Keilor Downs College

30 November 2018
Issue Twelve
Important Dates
School Information
Curious Minds
Young Scholars Program
Microsoft Office 365
Student Voice
State Library
Music Festival
Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038

Important Dates


Monday 3rd December

 Step Up Week Yrs 9-11

Thursday 6th December

Summer Music Festival

Tuesday 11th December

Year 7 2019 Orientation Day

Wed / Thurs 12-13th December

Secondhand Book-sale

Tuesday 18th December

Year 8 Luna Park

Wednesday 19th December

Year 12 Graduation

Friday 21st December

Last Day of Year 1pm Finish

School Information

2019 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

Updating Details

Updating your details is easy. Please notify the General Office of changes in your circumstances as soon as possible. Any changes such as names, addresses, mobile number etc, can be updated on Compass via the office.

Second Hand Uniform

If you have any uniform items that your students no longer require, can you please consider donating them to student welfare.  You are welcome to drop them in to the front office.  If you have any questions, please contact Gina Hill on 9365 8000.

Office Hours

Office Hours are: 8:15am - 4:30pm

Late Arrivals

REMEMBER: please call the College if your child is absent for any reason. In order to minimize disruption to class and maximize learning opportunities for our students, we would like to remind you of the school policy regarding late arrival to school. Students are expected to be at school at 8:50am.  A warning bell rings at 8:50 am for Home group at 8:55am and class begins punctually at 9:04am. If your child is late for any reason, please notify the school by phone 9365 8000, or your child’s house. 

Red House – 93658 8017

Green House - 9365 8015

Yellow House - 9365 8034

Blue House 9365 8041

2019 Enrolments

For students not returning to KDC next year, please  notify the College on 9365 8000 ASAP.

Students who will be on holidays at the beginning of the 2019 also need to inform the College as this information is vital for planning purposes. 

Forms for extended absences from school can be picked up from their respective house.

Lost Property

Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student's name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly.

USBs should include a folder with the student's name and form to assist in returning it to the correct person. If you are missing items please see the front office or your house.

Curious Minds

Curious Minds

Well done to Michelle of 10G1  who participated in the Curious Minds program this year aimed at highly capable girls in Years 9 and 10 who have an interest in STEM learning areas.

This is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a coaching program. The camps will enable the girls to explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and Maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips.



Michelle reflected that.....

“The Curious Minds program provided a new experience and another perspective about what STEM could be. There were many workshops that allowed us to have fun while educating us about important aspects of each area. However, there were also difficult olympiad questions to challenge our knowledge. The Curious Minds program allowed me to learn more about career paths in STEM and made me more eager to learn more about that area.”


Young Scholars Program

Photo: Vanessa, Ashleigh, Vesses and Binhjelyn

Young Scholars Program

The College would like to congratulate Vanessa Liao of 10G1 for being accepted into the Kwong Lee Dow Young  Young Scholars program. 

What is the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program?

The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year 11 and Year 12 students, offering events and activities to help develop academic and leadership skills, and make connections with university academics, scholars and other high-achieving students before you start your undergraduate degree.

How do you hope to develop as a result of being involved in this program?

By partaking in this program, I hope to develop my skills in both academics and leadership, and further enhance my ability to be a leader and role model in both the school and wider community.

I hope that this experience enables me to discover my strengths and weaknesses academically, and to progress as an individual through my VCE years and beyond. 

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to getting to know a cohort of other like-minded individuals across Victoria, and attending events run by the KLD program such as VCE revision lectures, personal development workshops and overnight adventures.

Overall, I am looking forward to being a member of the KLD Class of 2020.


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 student accounts

Current years 9-11 parents will be receiving information through Compass news feed about students activating their free school Microsoft Office 365 account in time for Step Up week commencing next week (Week 9).

Parents are advised to read through the short document outlining the place of Office 365 in the delivery of the KDC curriculum and developing responsible digital citizens.

If you have further questions about the use of Microsoft Office 365, please contact Mary-France Navera on [email protected] or at the college on 9365 8000.

Student Voice

Student Voice

The College would like to thank each member of the Student Voice team of 2018 for their contributions to the school community. The team serve to represent the views and values of the student cohort and initiate change accordingly. 2018 was the first year the College has had a formal Student Voice team and we look forward to further developing and enhancing the voice of students in 2019.   


State Library

State Library

" The Year 7"s attended the State Library as part of their Humanities classes. Over the past 6 weeks, all classes had the opportunity to visit the grandeur of our State Library and immerse themselves in the history of our city. As part of their ICT and research skills, all year 7s had the opportunity to improve their research skills and learn about important figures in the making of Melbourne such as William Buckley - a lawyer and founding member for our State Library and William Barak, one of the first inhabitants of present day Melbourne and influential spokesperson for Aboriginal social justice. 

The below link is an example of the student research. 

Please click on the link to view and save your students’ work. This link will remain valid for 30 days:



Music Festival

Summer Music Festival

You're invited to the Annual KDC Summer Music Festival on Thursday 6th December at the College between 4:30-7.00pm.

Come along and enjoy the musical talent of our students, drama performances, giant games, activities, a photo booth, food and drink. Entry by gold coin donation.

Volunteer applications are also still open for parents, students and staff to be involved in helping to make this event a success. Please follow the link below to register your interest.

Keilor Downs College