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Kildare College

Welcome to Kildare College

We warmly welcome you to the treasured secret that is Kildare College: A school small enough for every student to be known and valued, yet big enough to bring out her best.

Kildare College is a Catholic secondary school for girls in the Brigidine tradition. We enjoy a reputation of being a vibrant and diverse learning community that nurtures independent and thoughtful women with strength and gentleness of character.

At Kildare we are committed to challenging, inspiring and bringing out the best in your daughter. Our broad and innovative curriculum caters to her individuality, supports her talents and promotes academic excellence.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their academic, moral and spiritual development through a range of thought provoking and challenging activities.

At Kildare, we nurture a love of learning and foster a desire for excellence in a supportive environment where staff and families work in partnership to help young women develop the self- belief and confidence that will sustain them into the future.

At Kildare, our three ‘R’s, Relationships, resilience, results set us apart from the rest.

We invite you to contact us and experience the Kildare College difference.

Margaret Rouggos

The Vision of St Brigid

Kildare College's heritage originates from the Brigidine order in 5th Century Ireland, which was continued in the 1800s by Bishop Daniel Delany.

St Brigid of Kildare was a valiant woman, strong and gracious and a prophetic leader. She revolutionised Irish society with her philosophy that education has the power to transform and liberate by establishing communities of prayer, education and culture for those in need.

The Sisters of St Brigid were visionary and contemporary educators who first came to Australia in 1883 establishing schools in New South Wales and Victoria. Since 1966 Kildare College has been educating young women with the same energy and foresight, under the continued guidance from the Brigidine Stewardship Council. Today over 700 Sisters of Brigid and the wider Brigidine family around the world are committed to upholding Brigid’s vision of compassion and justice for humanity.

Kildare College takes its name proudly from the original site of St Brigid’s first monastery in Kildare Ireland, meaning “The Church of the Oak”. An oak sapling from this original monastery grows in the grounds of Kildare in Holden Hill to signify links with the past and hopes for the future. Our surrounding traditional gardens, the indigenous Kildare Wirra garden and our learning programs all reflect a spirituality that is deeply rooted in nature and the care of the earth.

While Kildare continues to deliver an innovative contemporary education, tradition remains an important element. Your daughter will develop a strong sense of identity and unity with the College through the House System and College celebrations such as Brigidine Day. Forums, retreats and association with fellow Brigidine schools interstate and internationally ensure our continued connection to our past whilst building the foundations for our future.

Curriculum at a Glance

The curriculum at Kildare College offers many opportunities for engaging learning, discovery and challenge.

Each student is encouraged to pursue personal excellence and to move towards independent learning.

Electives offer an opportunity for students to experiment and engage more pertinently with the subjects. We emphasise girls' growing independence and choice, yet curriculum offerings still provide a core basis of study that continues to serve our students' needs and keep their options open.

The qualities of informed decision-making, personal negotiation and productive work practices come into play.

Learning From Beyond the Classroom

The wide range of activities, student committees, clubs and opportunities for leadership that Kildare College offer are comparable with many larger schools and yet our size means that everybody has the opportunity to explore their potential.

At Kildare College it is not just the outstanding sportspeople or the most talented musicians who perform. Every girl is involved, and it is our team spirit, dedication and inspiring teaching that sees our students consistently rise to outstanding results.

How to Enrol Your Daughter at Kildare

Brigidine Schools are committed to providing outstanding accessible education at a cost that is not a burden to families. Brigidine Schools offer enrolment to families regardless of their religious background, ethnic origin or socio-economic situation.

Kildare College accepts students on a continuous basis at all year levels and welcomes all applications.

Process of Enrolment
Application for enrolment at Kildare College is made by submitting a completed Application for Enrolment form, together with a most recent academic report and a non-refundable application fee. Lodging an application form does not guarantee acceptance.

Please contact the College or visit our website for more details.

Kildare College

96 Valiant Road
Holden Hill, SA 5088
Phone: 08 8369 9999
Fax: 08 8369 9975



Key Details:

  • Type: Catholic
  • Level: Secondary
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religious Affiliation: Catholic
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • International Students: Yes


See us in action!
Prospective students and their families are welcome to visit us to view the College and see daily life at Kildare.
Please visit: College Tours
Or email us at Book a tour and experience first hand our dedication to your daughter's education.

Please visit:
Kildare College Holden Hill | Scholarships


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