Killester College Newsletter

15 November 2019
Issue Sixteen
Principal's Report
Latest News and Reminders
Community Service
English and Humanities
Performing Arts
Library News
Killester College
03 9547 5000
433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Friends, 

Our Gospel this coming week is from Luke, Jesus talks to us of the trap of being awed by how things look, he refers to the disciples admiring a temple with glittering stones and talks of how this building will eventually become a pile of rubble. There is much to discuss in the historical sense of what was happening at the time of Jesus and when Luke wrote his Gospel, however for us perhaps a key message is that we need to ensure we are not distracted by facades, that our faith is not about buildings or gifts, it is about being true to the message and consequent action Jesus encourages in us. Additionally Jesus tells his disciples "there is no telling who will hate you because of me...But stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry. Your perseverance will secure your life" Luke 21, 5-19. Our Church is currently experiencing a storm of criticism, some rightly justified, a significant challenge for us all is to remain faithful to the intimate and pure Gospel messages. Jesus talked always of love, of compassion, of faith and of hope. It is these messages we are called to remember and to ensure we bring into the lives of the young people in our care as, in partnership with families, we create opportunities for each student to encounter their loving God.


As always there has been much to celebrate at Killester this past fortnight. I would like in particular to congratulate two of our students who have had success in very different fields. Tyrese Dimalanta has been chosen from a very large pool of applicants, to become a Youth Ambassador for the Shrine of Remembrance. This is a very significant achievement and we congratulate Tyrese on her appointment for 2020. In other exciting news Alice Nhim won the Make Silent Films festival award, we are all incredibly proud of the work Alice produced, her silent animation was a beautifully moving piece about a young girl. The competition received entries from all over the state and to be the winning entrant in her first competition is simply outstanding. Congratulations Alice! The majority of our Year 10 and 11 students are commencing their end of year exams and I congratulate them for the approach they have taken to this important time of the year. For many of our Year 12 students the exam period is over and we wish our students a restful break as they prepare for life in 2020. 


This week saw all staff and students stand silently for our Remembrance Day service, reflecting on the tragedy of war and praying for all those who still live in times and place of conflict. As we have come to expect our young women did an outstanding job in representing the College at a number of different events this past fortnight. The Joey's Van experience is beneficial for all involved and our students demonstrate their commitment to social justice by their participation. Equally some Year 10 students ran a PE exercise with a group of Primary School students at St Mark's this week, their Deputy Principal wrote to our staff acknowledging the way in which our students conducted themselves and stating how proud we must be of them, and indeed we are. Finally Ms Cannon and Ms Diep took a number of students to the St Vincent De Paul Memorial Mass earlier this week. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Peter Comensoli and as the  only school who attended our students shone, being involved in the  candle ceremony - bringing candles to the altar - each representing one of the 118 St Vinnie's volunteers who have passed away this year. They also received specific congratulations from the Archbishop and other dignitaries present at mass. 


This week we have prayed in solidarity with fellow Australians who are experiencing threat from bush fires across Queensland and New South Wales. We have, and will continue to, pray for those directly impacted and for those who willingly risk their own safety to help others in need. 


Sally Buick, Principal



Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through You, our rock and redeemer. 


Latest News and Reminders

Important Reminders


Year 7 2021 Enrolments 

If you have not yet submitted your Enrolment Application for your Grade 5 daughter please do so urgently to avoid missing a place a year 7 place at Killester in 2021.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar on 9547 5000. Enrolment application forms are available from the front office or can be downloaded from our website.

The Fortnight Ahead


Monday 18 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Yr 7 2020 Pre-Orientation Day - Learning Support Students only

Yr 9 SCIP Reflection Day

Tuesday 19 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Year 11 VCAL Surfing Excursion @ Point Leo 7.15am-3.30pm

Wednesday 20 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Final VCE Exams

Yr 9RT - Disc Golf Excursion P1-2

Thursday 21 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Year 11 VCAL Op Shop Challenge 8.45am-1.20pm

Yr 9/10 HPV/EB Camp - Departing Killester at 8.00am 

Yr 12 Graduation Dinner

Friday 22 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Yr 9/10 HPV/EB Camp - Jubilee Oval, Maryborough

Saturday 23 November

Yr 9/10 HPV/EB Camp - Jubilee Oval, Maryborough

Sunday 24 November

Yr 9/10 HPV/EB Camp - Returning to Killester 6.00pm


Monday 25 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Tuesday 26 November

Yr 10/11 Exams

Yr 8 Retreat Day @ Burden Park 10.30am-3.00pm

Wednesday 27 November

Final Yr 11 Exams

Yr 10 PAT Testing P1-2

Yr 9 Outdoor Ed Overnight Camp - Anglesea Surf Coast Track Departing 7.00am

Summer Sound Concerts (Concert 1 5.00pm Concert 2  6.00pm) @ Killester College, Theatrette 

Thursday 28 November

Yr 10 PAT Testing P1-2

Yr 11 2020 Transition Program to Monash University

Yr 9HL - Disc Golf Excursion P4-1.30pm

Yr 9 Outdoor Ed Overnight Camp - Anglesea Surf Coast Track - Returning 3.15pm


Saturday 30 November

The Jazz Night @ Killester College 7.00pm - featuring The Julia O'Hara Quartet


Out and About....

On Monday we held a short service at 11.00am for Remembrance Day.  The 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, each year, is the time when Australians take time to remember the men and women who fought and died in wars.   It was originally called Armistice Day, the day when the first World War ended after four years of fighting. Close to 62,000 Australians, men and women lost their lives during the first world war.  This year is the centenary of Armistice day, so holds special significance.    Together with the United Kingdom, the government of Australia decided to rename Armistice Day, Remembrance Day after the end of WW2. New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom and Australia all commemorate Remembrance Day. Thanks to the Year 11 Leaders: Cheska Yalung, Leeah Nguyen, Dzung Truong, Julie Hoang and Maria Thomas, for leading the service, and to Mr Bernie Hickey for playing the trumpet.


Year 11 and 10 exams commence next Monday 18th November, with a study day today (Friday 15th). The compulsory Year 12 and Year 11 2020 Transition Program commences after the exams, on Thursday 28th November.


Best wishes to the staff and students who are attending the Energy Breakthrough Camp in Maryborough at the end of next week into the weekend. It takes all year to prepare for this event, with a huge effort from Mr Peter Cherrington and Mr James Blanchfield. We hope all goes well.


Best wishes for the coming week.

Loreto Cannon

School Organisation and Community Development

Year 9 Camp


The morning of Wednesday 30th October, the Year 9 cohort and their teachers, boarded buses and set off for a three-day camp, at Lake Eildon with Bindaree Outdoor Education Services. We stopped at Yea for a short break. The Year 9 Leaders led us in a thoughtful and beautiful prayer, which they wrote themselves.  We re-boarded the buses, with Lake Eildon as our destination.


During the three day camp, students had the opportunity to sleep in tents, canoe, build a raft, hike and navigate in groups with a compass through Victoria’s bushland, cook their dinner in a trangia and star gaze. Along with strengthening bonds with their friends and build connections with their peers and teachers.  Many students were nervous, yet excited about going on camp. Some comments, which were made by students:

“I was excited to spend time with my friends.”

“I was looking forward to get off my phone for a few days and learn how to canoe. I knew that I was going to make new friends and I was very eager to build my teamwork skills.”


Camp can challenge students and this was reflected in comments such as: 

 “Camp would’ve been better if there were less bugs and the weather wasn’t as hot.” 

“No drop toilets please.”


All teaching staff and Bindaree camp leaders were very impressed with the way our students conducted themselves. As their SDL, I am very proud that the students pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and worked cohesively in groups.  


I hope the experiences and memories on camp will last with you forever.  Well done ladies!


Fros Stabologlou

Year 9 Student Development Leader.

Upcoming Events


Final Farewell Celebrations for the Class of 2019

On Thursday, 21 November at 7.00pm is the Graduation Dinner – the social event of the year!  This is the final farewell to the Class of 2019 and all students and their family members, as well as Killester staff, are welcome.  This function is at The Grand on Princes, 2251 Princes Hwy, Mulgrave.  Each Year 12 family has already received an Edsmart notification, and a special invitation, detailing the on-line booking procedure for the dinner.   I look forward to seeing you at these various events.

Kathleen Lawson

Year 12 Student Development Leader

Book Lists Available Online

This year we are being more environmental with regards to our booklist distribution. All booklists are now available online at Campion website. Visit and order using the code MG5R. There will be no paper book lists distributed but we continue to offer the service of a pickup day - 17 January 2020 - at the school. Parents also still have the option to pay for their orders by credit card or cash on collection.   Girls will find a copy of the book lists in their year level areas identifying which books can be bought or sold secondhand and the suggested prices.

Secondhand books can be purchased through the Sustainable School Shop


Catholic Education Today

Published each term, Catholic Education Today celebrates the faith, life, achievements and culture of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.


Schedule of Fees and Charges - 2020


School fees are inclusive of all camps and excursions and are the same for all year levels.  Discounts are applied to families with more than one student enrolled at the same time.


Total school fees are

  • One student $2,750.00
  • Two students $4,950.00
  • Three or more students  $6,325.00

CAPITAL CONTRIBUTIONThe Capital Contribution is $250.00 per family. This is a compulsory charge to ensure the resources and facilities are up to date .



Fees are billed on an annual basis in January and a statement forwarded by mail. Updated statements will be issued during the year by mail, only where an email address is not available. Correspondence by email is preferred. Payment is due by February 28th unless an instalment arrangement is in place.


Parents are again given the opportunity to choose their method of paying their College account.

Payment options are:

  • BPAY:  Details needed for BPAY will be listed on your statement of fees.
  • EFTPOS:  This is available for payment in the Finance Office.
  • CREDIT CARD:  This is available in the Finance Office, or by phone or by returning the payment slip providing details.
  • CASH OR CHEQUE:  If students are bringing cash to school it is advisable for them to bring directly to the Finance Office or place in the Fees Box outside the Business Manager's Office. Please make sure an envelope placed in the Fees Box is clearly labelled to identify the payment. The correct amount must be tendered as a receipt will be issued for the actual sum forwarded.
  • DIRECT DEBIT:  Direct debits can be arranged from credit cards or bank accounts.  Forms are available from the Finance Office or are available online at our website under College Information.
  • CENTREPAY:  Centrepay is a free direct bill paying service offered to customers receiving payments from Centrelink.

If an arrangement exists for your current school fees this arrangement will automatically continue unless we are notified otherwise.  The instalment amount will be altered accordingly.  The Finance Office is open Monday to Fridays from 8.30am to 4.30pm.



CSEF  -  If you hold a current Healthcare card you may be eligible for a $225 payment from the State Government as part of the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund.   Applications are available at the school office or are able to be downloaded from


If you are experiencing financial hardship please make an appointment to speak to the Business Manager, at the beginning of the year, for assistance.  Contact can be made by phone or email to



Technology - MacBooks

Parents will be separately billed in mid January and this account must be paid upfront before students are issued with the device in the first week of Term 1. The College will issue to all students a device to use while they are enrolled.  Each family will be charged annually for 3 years as a lease payment. If a student leaves the College before the end of the lease period the lease payments are forfeited. Please be aware in the event of an insurance claim an excess is payable.


VET Electives ( Vocational Education and Training)

VET fees for external colleges are in addition to the school fees. These charges will be invoiced to families in June and vary in cost, but can be as much as $2,000.


VCE Arts and Technology subjects:  These may incur additional costs.


Bus Runs

The school currently services two bus routes through Victorian Touring Coaches to Keysborough/Dingley and Endeavour Hills.  The 2019 costs of these are $250.00 per student per term.  New 2020 timetables are available and we welcome any enquiries about the routes.  After making application to the front office to use this service an invoice will be sent to you each term and a bus pass provided when payment is made.


Music Fees

Optional Instrumental Music Lessons are available to students interested in furthering their musical development. Information and application forms are available at our website under College Information.  Fees are payable before the start of each Term.



We would like to inform you of a special fund created by the Brigidine Sisters to support needy families including refugees, migrants, families experiencing long term unemployment or illness, Koori students, adolescents living independently of their families and low income working families who do not qualify for government assistance programs.  Donations from the public, together with the annual contributions from each of the Brigidine Secondary Schools will, over time, generate sufficient income to support a significant number of students in their education.   Your support will make a difference in the life of a young person in a world where the acquisition of skills and competencies remain the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. If you would like to help, please contact the Finance Office.

Community Service

St Joey's Van


It was a blisteringly hot day when the four of us signed up for Joey’s Van. Despite this, we were extremely excited to take part in it and do good for our community. After piling our bags into Mr McPhail’s LUXURIOUS car, we headed off to St Joseph’s, where we met Antonia, Anthony and Nadine. We proceeded to say a quick prayer and were provided with our hats before packing the van full of food and heading off to Dandenong Plaza. Once we arrived at Dandenong Plaza, we set up 2 tables and placed the delicious food such as soup, sausages, cakes and fruits on them as well as coffee, tea, cordial and milo to serve. Many of the homeless people were already waiting and lined up to get their food for the day. They lined up for seconds and even for thirds, some even coming back for fourth servings. The people were friendly and they were complimenting the food and engaging in conversation with us. It wasn’t long before all the food had run out and we bid goodbye to everyone that came. We then were heading back to St Joseph’s. We cleaned all the dishes used, laughing with and at each other throughout. We even took many photos together to commemorate the great time we spent together. Afterwards, we did a quick debriefing and prayer, saying our thoughts about the experience and how we felt throughout. Overall, it was an extremely fun experience and everyone was pleased that we took part.



Joey’s Van was an eyeopener for all of the girls that attended. We never really realise the strong impact that food has on people who do not have the same luxuries as us. It was a good time for us to reflect on the small things that we own and be grateful that we have more than what we need. Homelessness is a significant problem in Australia but being able to contribute and feed those who don’t have the luxuries of eating homemade meals made us feel that there needs to be a bigger change. The most interesting part to most of us was that there were some teenagers about our age who would also be lining up to get their only meal of the day. The patrons that attended were very nice to all of us and we were happy that we were able to feed people who are not as fortunate as we are. Our hands-on approach to this project allowed us to enjoy the time that was spent together. We are very grateful to have this opportunity to give back to the community and we strongly encourage next year’s year 11’s to participate in such an amazing experience.


Joanne Joy and Sandra Nguyen, Year 11 Students


Every year all schools in Victoria are invited to nominate a student that they feel are up for a challenge. The Lord Somers Camps take 100 young people aged between 16-18 from all over the state and brings them together for a week of problem solving, physical activities, leadership opportunities and a chance to meet some new people. There is one camp for boys and one camp for girls. Only the best of the best get selected.


This year we are very proud to announce the our Year 11 student Mandy Quach has made it through all levels of selection and is headed off the Lady Somers Camp with 99 other amazing Victorian young women for a whole week in January 2020. We wish her well on her adventure and congratulate her on being brave enough to try something so exciting. Well done Mandy!


Bronwen Auty

Yr 11 Student Development Coordinator


Exam Stress - Special Report

With exams for Year 10 and 11 students about to begin next week, students can often experience increased stress and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student's mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.

Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although the exam experience is important, it is not necessarily the most important factor in their learning experience.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well nourished and encouraging physical activity.

In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time for them. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about your daughter, please contact her Homeroom Teacher or Student Development Co coordinator.  
Good Luck to our students during this upcoming exam period.


Luana Doko

Student wellbeing Leader

Here is the link to your special report  Although this report focuses on Year 12 exams it s useful for all students who are doing exams.  Year 10 and 11 students can certainly benefit from this advice.  


Andrew Fuller – Psychologist also offers some helpful insights to focus on for students and parents.

This is the time of the year when motivation often slumps. At this time we look around for that magic ingredient - ‘MOTIVATION’. If only it came in a bottle or in a tablet or in the form of a suitably inspiring pep talk. We need to treat the cause of loss of motivation. Loss of motivation stems from a loss of belief in yourself, that you can be successful. What causes that loss of self-belief is anxiety. One way to manage anxiety is to avoid.  Avoidance looks a lot like putting your head in the sand, playing computer games endlessly, languishing on the couch, continuingly checking social media messages, yawning and looking bored. Of course, it is not always so calm. Avoidance can be interspersed with times of high drama when young people argue, rant, rave and panic.   We have two tasks to re-ignite motivation:

  1. Help young people to believe in themselves again; and 
  2. Reduce avoidance and anxiety.

Re-igniting Self-Belief

Ok you’ve delivered the pep talk, threatened to restrict all their privileges, pleaded with them, cajoled them, told them they can leave school if they wish and earn a measly pay rate working long, hard hours and they are still looking listless. They are not listening to you. What do you do?


Lower anxiety

Anxiety is like an infectious disease passed from one student to the next. Teenagers often give their friend’s opinions much more prominence than their parent’s advice. Trying to soothe, calm and re-inspire them with your words is like whispering a message while facing into a cyclonic gale.


Get up, stand up

Anxiety is exhausting. However, sitting or lolling about festering over your fears doesn’t help. If you can budge them, get them up and moving. Walking with them. Play sport. Even taking them for a drive is better than nothing.  Mindfulness activities and relaxation tapes may also be powerful but when students become really anxious, being active is the best place to begin. When we are stressed our body is geared up for action and unless we do something to rid ourselves of the built up stress hormones they stick around and de-motivate us.


Rev up

Dopamine is the neurochemical most powerfully associated with motivation.  Dopamine is increased when we engage in rhythmical movements. Activities like basketball, dancing, hula-hoops, down ball or four-square, drumming, skateboarding, surfing and playing tennis all increase dopamine.


Goals are good, systems are better

It is great to have a goal to do well but if you have no system to achieve that outcome you are unlikely to get anywhere close to where you want to be.  If you have developed a system earlier in the year, discuss returning to it. If it needs revising and updating, help them to do that. If they have been completing studies without any system at all now is a good time to introduce one.


Imagine forwards, plan backwards

The best systems involve imagining forwards and planning backwards. You can apply this to almost every aspect of life.  Start by imagining forwards. What do you want to have happen in your future and when do you want it to happen by? Just specifying your answer to that question increases the likelihood you will end up somewhere close to where you want to be.  Then plan backwards. What are the steps involved in creating that outcome. Writing down small steps on post-it notes and arranging them into a logical order helps.


The Online World

There are so many wonderful aspects of the online world for our students – staying connected with friends and family, sharing experiences and interests and of course opening up new opportunities to support and enhance learning.  It’s a challenge for our girls and families to balance these aspects with the possible negative aspects that can place our young girls at risk – emotionally and physically, affecting their overall wellbeing. 


At Killester we spend time speaking to students at every year level about sensible and safe use of their digital devices and the Internet.  We often find that Internet access and use at home can create circumstances where students place themselves at risk. 


Schools have been alerted to a new game played online which involves challenging young people to self-harm.  Obviously this is incredibly unhealthy and potentially very dangerous. Australian Police have put out a warning regarding the game should you wish to know more, the language could be alarmist so please be mindful of this,  


Our reasoning for drawing your attention to this is that there have been some cases in Casey related to self-harm that may be in response to this game, should you hear any discussion regarding this by your daughter and their friends please contact the school via your daughter’s Homeroom Teacher or Student Development Leader.


 Earlier this year we had Susan McLean from Cyber safety Solutions speak to parents.  Below you will find some additional advice and websites for resources.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school for support if you are concerned about your daughter’s Internet and social media use.


Luana Doko

Student Wellbeing Leader

On-line Safety Advice for Parents

How can I minimise the risks for my child?

  • Make sure that your children understand that they will not get in trouble if they tell you about a problem.
  • Be proactive to learn about the internet with your child – get your daughter to share their knowledge of the internet in a fun environment.
  • Spend time online with your daughter, just as you would with many other activities such as sport, board games and walking the dog – learn and explore together.
  • Install filters and other monitoring/blocking software to minimise dangers. This is already done in at Killester. Have up to date filtering software installed at home.
  • Know the sites they are accessing to ensure suitability. Filters CAN sometimes fail to protect and can be bypassed by a ‘tech savvy’ child.
  • Talk early, talk often – have an age appropriate conversation with your daughter about the information they share, the groups they join and the social media they use.
  • Promote self confidence and that it is OK to say “no” – let them know that they don’t have to give in to peer pressure or send intimate images just because others do.
  • Teach them about consent and respectful relationships – help them to understand the impact of sharing intimate images of others and that they are breaking someone’s trust when they do this.
  • Talk about the risks – what can go wrong and the legal issues. Remind them that whatever they say or put on-line can have a lasting effect on them and others.

What can I do when things go wrong?

  • Stay calm and open – reassure them that they are not alone and that you will work through their concerns together.
  • Listen, and act fast – there are a number of ways to do this. Get help and support – look after your daughter’s wellbeing and encourage them to request counselling and support advice.  Student Development Leaders and the College Student Services Team can guide you.

After school hours support is available for students and parents or 1800 55 1800

provides free and confidential online and phone counselling to young people aged 5-25.  It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. or 188 650 890 provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families.  It is available 9-11am, 7 days per week.


Support for parents - Parentline 13 22 89 – offering counselling, information and a referral service:



Career News


VCAL _ Express Yourself Day


On Thursday 7th of November, another amazing group of VCAL girls ran an Express Yourself event at lunchtime. It is all about promoting positive body image. The girls from Year 7 to Year 10 were invited to get their hair done and to get face gems with a gold coin donation. Proceeds of the activity went to the Village School Project.  It was busier than expected, although everyone looked fantastic after they were done! The intermediate VCAL girls, Julia, Alicia and Christina led the activity. Two people were on hair duty, braiding or space buns. The other, was on face gems duty and taking control of the money handling and the photo booth. They all worked together for the best experience for our customers.

Anna Cosio-Maramba

VCAL Teacher

English and Humanities

Year 7 Jewish Cultural Walking Tour

On October 16th, the Year 7 students went on an excursion to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Jewish culture. The excursion included  visiting the Jewish Museum and undertaking a one hour Jewish cultural tour in Balaclava. While rotating between these two activities, students enjoyed recess and lunch at Alma Park and made good use of the playground facilities.  Here is a reflection by Jeslyne and Jasmine.  



Upon arriving at the Jewish Museum we were led by our tour guides to different aspects of the gallery. The first gallery was the Jewish Year where we learned about the celebrations of the Sabbath and the Passover. The Sabbath is also known as the day of rest for Jews. Furthermore, the Passover is a celebration of the day when they were saved from the tenth plague.  The second gallery was about Jewish traditions and culture. In the Jewish religion, there is a scripture called Torah; a bit like the bible. The Torah contains the Old Testament and 613 laws followed by the Jews. We also learnt about Jewish marriage and that it is done under a canopy to represent God as our shelter. 


Next, we visited a nearby orthodox Synagogue. In the Synagogue, we learned that the star of David is a symbol of the Jewish religion. Crosses and statues and pictures of God were prohibited because Jews believed that there should be no representation of God.  After a break in the park, we learned about a Sukkah. A Sukkah is a tent to commemorate the forty years the Jews lived in the desert. It is a celebration that Jews stay in tents for dinner and sometimes sleep in.  


We also visited a Kosher supermarket which had all the Kosher food and was very interesting. The list of Kosher food changes annually. Recently M&M’s officially became Kosher. For a certain product to become Kosher it must be certified by a Rabbi; which is like a priest, but for Jews. The process is very expensive, so that’s why some companies may deny producing kosher foods.


Overall it was a wonderful experience to learn about Jewish religion and culture and to encounter Jewish people; to teach us about their faith.


 Jeslyne and Jasmine, Year 7 Students

Year 11 Big Issue Excursion Reflections


On Monday, October 28th the Year 11 Texts and Traditions and Religion and Society students visited the Melbourne CBD to develop a greater understanding of the homelessness in our city. They were first briefed on the good works and achievements of the Big Issue magazine and then listened to the stories of some of their vendors. The honest and open attitudes of the men and women that shared their stories, raised the girls’ awareness of how misinformed we are of the homeless. The students then visited Crossways, a low-cost restaurant welcoming all and providing a hearty meal for those who find it. To conclude the day students were encouraged to walk through Bourke Street Mall to buy a copy of the Big Issue and engage in conversations with the vendors, to break-down the stigma attached to homelessness. As part of their focus on texts as authority, students were able to consider a passage of scripture that underpins the work of the Big Issue. In this case, students were reminded to love their neighbour as themselves (Luke 10:27).


The following reflections were submitted by the students:

What was one thing that confronted you on the excursion?

Seeing homeless people on the streets begging for money with their animals was really confronting. In the past, I wouldn't have noticed them, whereas afterward the excursion I felt guilty that I could not give back and help them out in some way.  Joanne Joy


What confronted me was the way people treat marginalised people. I never paid attention to it before but after Peter's talking and discussion about The Big Issue during class, I took notice of the lack of eye contact and ignoring of their issues. Tamara Narcis


When my partner and I went to buy our Big Issue magazine, the vendor didn't have change and we had $10 on us. We both without thought decided to tell her to keep the change. It really struck me at that moment, that for us $1 is such a tiny amount but for that vendor, that could've got her an extra coffee or a sanitary product. Our small contribution can change an individual's life. We realised that saying hello or even smiling at them can make their day. Jerina Fernando


What did you notice about the homeless in Melbourne?

The homeless in Melbourne are all very different from one another. When walking around I feel as if some of the homeless were in a better situation than others, I know that is a very upfront thing to say but at the same time I feel as if people's hearts go out to all the homeless on the streets, I feel as if even though people don't acknowledge them when walking past they still take that initial glance and think to themselves "I could help them but then just keep walking".  Liana Dickson


Many of the homeless people in Melbourne had signs that told their story as well as people that were begging for money and for help. These people all looked as though they had been through severe trauma or hardship no matter their own personal story. Samara Romero


There were quite a few homeless people out in day sleeping on the street, some people had signs and I noticed that one man was begging while no one was giving him a chance. Grace Wilson


How can you spread the 'good news' of the The Big Issue?

By bringing awareness through it with talking about it with my family. Going to the city we could spend money buying a magazine knowing its for a good cause. Roshni Ravi


By spreading the good news of The Big Issue, it should be discussed on high social media platforms more. Cynthia Kyaw


I can spread the good news of the big issue through telling my family or those I know who work in the city to be more aware of the big issue vendors and to buy or even say hi to those selling.  Dzung Truong


How does the mission of The Big Issue connect to the Killester College 2019 theme of Hospitality?

The Big Issue's mission connects to our theme of Hospitality due to both having the motive of helping others and giving back to those who are in need of support and help either financially, mentally or health wise.  Chaliena Ta


Hospitality is accepting and welcoming. The Big Issue provided homeless people the chance to earn money and be more connected to the world and society. It connects to this year's theme because the Big Issue accepts all and does not discriminate. It provides them the opportunity to become a better self. Mandy Quach


The Big Issue provides homeless people with working opportunity, and the ability to interact with society, to reduce the feeling of being an outcast. Hospitality involves opening doors for people, the Big issue achieves this by providing homeless people with a means of income, of which they can purchase food and necessities to survive. Rosina Pachi

Performing Arts

Important Dates

Summer Sounds Concert - Wednesday 27th of November in the Theatrette

All the younger ensembles will be performing at this concert: Swing Sisters, Honk, Year 7 class ensembles, Year 8 advanced ensembles, Heartstrings.  It will be held in two sessions.  Concert 1  5.00pm-6.00pm and Concert 2  7.00pm-8.00pm. Details will follow in Edsmart as we get closer to the date. 


The Jazz Night - Saturday 30th of November  

Killester College Theatre -  7.00pm

Featuring: The Killester Stage Band

 Special Guests: The  Julie O’Hara Quartet

Tickets $8.00 per person.

BYO food and drinks

Tickets are available at


"An outstanding singer".....Laurence Donahue-Green (All about Jazz Magazine, New York)

"O'Hara's vocals are imbued with a strong jazz feel with eloquent phrasing, melodic variations and rhythmic expression" John McBeath (The Australian)

"With her perfect pitch, skillful improvising and ego-free style, O'Hara has carved out a reputation on the Australian and international music scene for high-quality performances that are accessible to everyone". Ken Turnball (Castlemaine State Festival review - vocalese project)

Vocalist, improvisor and songwriter, Julie O'Hara has been active in jazz for over twenty years, growing up in Melbourne, Australia, performing with Big Bands, gypsy swing, traditional jazz, R&B swing, bebop and vocalese. Julie has earned a reputation for her prodigious activity in Melbourne's jazz and music clubs, national and international music and jazz festivals as a versatile and committed vocalist and songwriter. She has performed with jazz lumineries such as Bob Sedergreen, Gil Askey, the B# Big Band and the Cat Empire.

Library News

Book Lists Available Online

This year we are being more environmental with regards to our booklist distribution. All booklists are now available online at Campion website. Visit and order using the code MG5R. There will be no paper book lists distributed but we continue to offer the service of a pickup day - 17 January 2020 - at the school. Parents also still have the option to pay for their orders by credit card or cash on collection.   Girls will find a copy of the book lists in their year level areas identifying which books can be bought or sold secondhand and the suggested prices.


Killester College Newsletter
Class of 1969 Reunion.pdf
Class of 2009 Reunion.pdf
2019 Term 4 Calendar.pdf
Summer 2019 - Canteen Menu Terms 1 and 4.pdf
Killester Uniform Price List.pdf
2020 Schedule of Fees.pdf
Yr 11 End of Year Exams 2019.pdf
Yr 10 End of Year Exams 2019.pdf
Tennis Enrolments Term 4 2019.pdf
Killester Summer Sounds Concert.pdf
Killester Jazz Night 2019.pdf
Purchasing Haines Calculators.pdf
Secondhand School Books.pdf
CGD - Performer Expression of Interest Dandy Show.pdf
Berwick Career News #17 Friday 8th November 2019.pdf
Career News #17 Friday 8th November 2019.pdf
Purchasing Haines Calculators.pdf