Keilor Downs College

05 April 2019
Issue Three
Principal's Message
Important Dates
Chess Tournament
KDC student 
Italy Trip
School Council
Rex - KDC Therapy Dog
Breakfast Club
Brimbank Youth Week
Premiers Reading Challenge
Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038

Principal's Message

Linda Maxwell

As Term 1 ends, we can look back on a very positive start to 2019. I would like to talk about a couple of issues. Firstly, a big thank you to the representatives that have just retired from our School Council and acknowledge their very positive and active participation. Three of our excellent parent representatives have retired – Paula Moore-Ward, Maria Longo and Rima Allouche. Peter Havard has also retired as a staff representative and Michelle Bui as a student representative. This, of course, has opened up opportunities for some new members of Council so I would like to welcome Anne Ingram, Jeeti Kaur, Helena McAloon, Daniel Di Lisio and Joelene Lam.

One of the new activities we have introduced this year, is a school musical. We are doing the junior version of High School Musical and our music and singing staff have already been blown away by the talent and commitment of the dozens of students who have auditioned. I look forward to this whole processing unfolding and can’t wait to see the final production.

Finally, I am on leave for the first six weeks of Term 2. Daniel McFerran will be Acting Principal for the first three weeks and Dale Ritchie will be Acting Principal for the next three weeks. Lena Hudson will be Acting Assistant Principal for the six weeks and will be looking after the portfolios of Curriculum and Blue House. I wish them well and know that I leave KDC in good hands.

Important Dates

Term Dates

Term 1:     29th January to 5th April 2019

Term 2:     23rd April to 28th June 2019

Term 3:     15th July to 20th September 2019

Term 4:      7th October to 20th December 2019



Monday 22/4 - Easter Monday - Public Holiday

Tuesday 23/4 - Students Return - Term 2

Wednesday 24/4 - Year 12 Assembly

Thursday 25/4 - ANZAC DAY - Public Holiday

Friday 26/4 - Year 11 Assembly

Tuesday 30/4 - OPEN NIGHT

Chess Tournament


Keilor Downs College hosted our first ever Chess Inter-school Tournament on Wednesday 27th March.

 We are keen to contribute to the inter-school chess community, and to promote chess in our school, as hosting enables more students to attend.

 Schools that participated in the tournament were Suzanne Cory, Braybrook, St Albans Secondary and Copperfield College. We also had a boy attend from Keilor Views Primary who came fifth in the Middle Years Division.


 Keilor Downs College had individual success with Zakary Severn (12Y3) winning and Adrian Kong (11R1) coming second in the Open Secondary division (Years 10 to 12).  In the Middle Years, Ebel Korah of 9R1 won that Division.


In the Team events, KDC came second in Middle Years, but won the Open Secondary, qualifying for the State Finals in September for the third year running.


Students who are interested in playing Chess are welcome to daily lunchtime practice in the FLC. Beginners coaching takes place on Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes.


We also have immediate competition vacancies for girls wanting to play.


Well done KDC.



KDC student 

Jax Scaife

KDC is very proud of our student Jax Scaife. He was chosen as a Young Ambassador being 1 of 10 students in Victoria to attend Legacy Day at the Shrine Of Remembrance. He laid a wreath on behalf of all Victorian schools as part of ANZAC Day services which will be on the 25th April.

The ceremony was also attended by the Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau. Jax is also a Air Force Cadet with the 405 squadron based in Sunshine which he attends every Wednesday afternoon. The Shrine website offers more information about the Cadet Program.




Italy Trip

Italy Trip

2020 Italian Study Tour Expression of Interest.
Following the very successful Italian Study Tour in 2018, I’m excited to announce that Keilor Downs College will be organising another Italy Trip for the September holidays in 2020.
An educational tour is remembered for a lifetime, it’s an immersive experience that opens students’ eyes and broadens their minds. Students return home with an enhanced intercultural understanding, increased self-awareness and emerging leadership skills.
We are hoping to visit Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan and Siena with day trips to Pisa, Verona and Lucca to provide students with an in depth understanding of the history and culture of Italy. The price of the tour depends on numbers, however I have been advised that for a tour such as this, will include breakfasts and dinners, some tours of the major landmarks, entrance fees to museums of interest in each city visited, and city taxes, the price will be approximately $5,500 plus spending money approximately $500.00 is adequate. We are happy to set up an account for any family wishing to pay by instalments. Drinks with meals and any other services are not included in the itinerary. Students need to have a current Australian passport with 6 months’ validity from re-entry date. Further details will be attached to the itinerary.
The school will need an $800 non-refundable deposit by Friday 9
th August 2019. Students are asked to submit an expression of interest by Friday 31st May. A representative from World-strides will host a meeting for students and parents once we have sufficient numbers to proceed. College staff will accompany students who will be supervised at all times. If you are interested, forms can be picked up from the L.O.T.E Office and a meeting in early Term 4 will be announced once numbers are in.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Mrs Tonkich or Mrs Vivarelli  on 93658000 or at [email protected].


Students’ comments from Italy Trip:
It was such an incredible experience and enjoyed every minute. Favorite moments, the gondola ride in Venice and I loved Florence, everything about it and it made me feel happy. It was an unforgettable trip and a once in a lifetime experience.
The Italian School Trip was an extraordinary and enriching experience. It was a once in a life time experience to discover Italy as I had learnt it in school and I was able to learn so much more. It's an extremely beautiful trip that I will remember for the rest of my life and an opportunity that should definitely not be passed up.



School Council

School Council

School Council Elections 2019










Thank you to the 9 parents and 5 students who nominated for School Council. It is great to see so many people willing to contribute to the future development of the College.


We welcome the following parents as new members of Council: Anne Ingram, Sarbjeet Kaur and Helena McAloon. Shrikan Reddy has been re-elected as a staff member; and Joelene Lam is the new student member.


Our three retiring parent members have all been great contributors to School Council and we hope will continue to be involved at KDC in other programs and activities. Thank you to Rima Allouche, Maria Longo and Paula Moore-Ward for all your input. Peter Havard is also to be thanked as he concludes his term as a staff member, as is Michelle Bui, an inaugural student member of Council. Well done everyone, the college has certainly benefited from your involvement.

Rex - KDC Therapy Dog

Rex - update

Rex  has been an integral part of KDC, he's been very busy and a much loved therapy dog at KDC.

We look forward in seeing Rex in Term 2, well done Rex on all your hard work.

There is research that shows that having animals in schools, helps to make students feel less anxious and makes it easier for them to talk and express their feelings.

Rex is a small brown poodle, who belongs to Emma Ford, our MIPS Officer. Rex is very gentle and bright, is non-allergenic and likes people. When Rex is "on duty" he wears his blue KDC coat. He has an official timetable but will not be coming into general classes. 


Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club

The Keilor Downs College Breakfast Program

Here at Keilor Downs we recognise breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We have observed a significant number of students who are not eating breakfast before coming to school. The Breakfast Club is an initiative to promote the importance of breakfast. The Breakfast Club will be run on Thursday mornings 8am -8.40am outside the Wellbeing building.

Cheese toasties, hot chocolate and cereals will be available at no cost to students.


WHEN: Thursday 2nd May 2019

WHERE: Wellbeing Building

TIME: 8am -8.40am

Brimbank Youth Week

Brimbank Youth Week

Brimbank Youth Week, 5-14 April 2019. 
Victorian Youth Week is a week long celebration of young people aged 12-25. It gives young people an opportunity to express their ideas and views, and act on issues that affect their lives. It also lets you have a lot of fun and celebrate the positive contributions young people make. This year, events in Victoria will be organised across Victoria to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. Brimbank Youth Services and Brimbank Libraries have worked in partnership to bring some Youth Week fun to Brimbank.
Check out:
*All activities are for 12-25 year olds unless stated otherwise.

Morning Mandalas with BYS Youth Support
A space to create some mandalas while chatting with a youth worker.
Sunshine Library: Friday 5 April, 10-11:30am
Deer Park Library: Monday 8 April, 10-11:30am
Brimbank Learning Futures (Visy Cares Hub): Tuesday 9 April, 10-11.30am
Sydenham Library: Wednesday 10 April, 10-11:30am
St. Albans Library: Thursday 11 April, 10-11:30am
Keilor Library: Friday 12 April, 10-11:30am

Youth Drop in & Mindfulness Activities
Have a chat with a youth worker in a creative space while learning about mindfulness.
Brimbank Learning Futures (Visy Cares Hub): Tuesday 9 April, 1:30-4pm
Brimbank Learning Futures (Visy Cares Hub): Thursday 11 April, 1:30-4pm

Youth Mindfulness with Brimbank Leisure Services
Join Aurora in a fun and small group Mindfulness session. Learn about Mindfulness and how it can assist you with overcoming the stresses of school, friends and work by improving sleep and overall well-being.
Sunshine Library: Saturday 6 April, 11am-12noon

Youth Week Leisure Centre Membership Deal

Receive a no joining fee discount if you sign up to a Youth Membership ($11.50 p/w) at Sunshine or St Albans Leisure Centre between 6-14 April. Youth Memberships are for 13-15 year olds and provides access to:

  • Gym-every day between 12noon-close. Please note parent/guardian must be present with teens in the gym from 5.30pm onwards.

  • Access to health assessments and personalised programs (parent/guardian must be present for health assessment)

  • Access to the aquatic area, including outdoor pool during summer

Gaming Tournament
Come along for a fun tournament with Head-space where you can compete on PS4 and Xbox games.
Sydenham Library: Tuesday 9 April, 2-3.30pm
Deer Park Library: Thursday 11 April, 2-3.30pm

Queer Gaming Tournament
Come along for a fun tournament with Headspace where you can compete on PS4 and Xbox games. Run by young people for young people.
Sunshine Library: Wednesday 10 April, 5.30-7pm

Meet Your Local Services
BYS Young Communities
Come along to an expo of youth related services and win showbag prizes.
St. Albans Library: Friday 5 April, 3.30-4.30pm

BBQ Time @ Sydenham
How do you like to be involved in the Sydenham community? We want to hear from you! Come along for a snag and chat. In partnership with Sydenham Neighborhood House and Youth Services we are holding a BBQ to celebrate Youth Week. Be entertained by dance-hall dancers including Lerato from Burn City Queens and some local rappers too!
Sydenham Neighborhood House: Wednesday 10 April, 1.30-2.30pm

BYS Movie Night & Pizza
Come chill, watch a movie and eat some pizza! For 12-17 year olds.
Sydenham Library: Tuesday 9 April, 4.30-5.30pm

Teen Book Club
Get inspiration on what to read next and enjoy discussion on books that range from latest best-sellers to classic literature.
Delahey Community Centre: Monday 8 April, 4.30-5.30pm

Plastic, Fantastic Clay!
Explore the marvellous properties of clay and ways you can form it into whatever you like. Presented by Hunt Club Community and Arts Centre.
Deer Park Library: Tuesday 9 April, 5-6.30pm

Cultural Storytelling
BYS Panel Discussion
Come join us for an engaging discussion on the experiences of young people and the topic of cultural story-telling!
Sunshine Library: Friday 12 April, 1:30-2:30pm

BYS Cultural Story-telling Workshops
Explore cultural story-telling through spoken word, rap, music, art and podcasts.
Sunshine Library: Friday 12 April, 2:30-3:30pm

Career Talks Series
Come have a free meal, chat & network with other young people. Courtesy of RMIT youth work students, there will be special guest speakers, career advice and a chance to have your say in the first episode of a live podcast series about Brimbank’s young people balancing study, work and life.


Premiers Reading Challenge

Premiers Reading Challenge

Premiers Reading Challenge is now OPEN.

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Keilor Downs College is excited to be participating.
The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 30th of August 2019 at KDC.
Students from Year 7 to 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

10 PRC Challenge List (star) 5 of your choice.
All students who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers. In addition, KDC Library celebrates all certificate achievers and higher achievers in reading with a special event in October.

Happy Reading!

Keilor Downs College