Killester College Newsletter

07 June 2019
Issue Three
Principal's Report
Latest News and Reminders
HEPE and Sport
Performing Arts
English and Humanities
Maths, Science and STEM
Killester College
03 9547 5000
433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Friends,

This term is running away from us with only three weeks to go and so much yet to be done.  This week the Year 10 and 11 students commenced their exams and Year 7 to 9 students are completing assessment tasks as units of work come to an end.  We also have the GAT taking place next week for all students studying a Year 12 subject.  All in all, it is a busy time that will repeat itself every year of secondary school.  So, as always, I would encourage students and parents to take the long view and if girls find this a stressful time of the year, then some self reflection is needed to consider how to manage such busy periods.  Whether it is school, work or family life, we will always be presented with times where we have to manage a lot of demands so developing skills and self awareness will help young people successfully navigate these busy times.


Congratulations to our Year 10 Drama class who this week participated in the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival at Frankston.  The girls prepared for the competition during the term, working as a team to deliver a successful and thought provoking performance.  This is great preparation for those students wishing to continue Drama as part of their VCE studies.  Thanks to Ms Galante for the ‘behind the scenes’ work with the girls.  Thanks also to the Year 10 girls who continue to run Peer support sessions for our Year 7 girls or volunteered to assist at St Joseph’s primary school homework club.  Year 10 girls are certainly engaged in many activities.


Next week will be a short week as there is no school Monday or Friday so I take the opportunity to remind you now that we have our Term 2 Music concert Monday, June 17th.   This is always a great celebration of the girls’ work during the semester and is well worth attending, so I hope to see many of you there.


We are very close to signing the contract to commence building our Performing Arts centre on the Rosemary Avenue oval, where the portables have been removed.  This will be an exciting stage in our development and hopefully will enrich the experience for students engaged in these subjects.  The flip side of this is that, once complete, we can then extend the indoor facilities for PE and Sport by reworking the Kennedy Hall. We will keep you informed once the builders set up and hopefully we can continue to use the drop off zone. Best wishes for the coming two weeks,

Leanne Di Stefano, Principal





The Word of God

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord, and not for yourselves. Remember that the Lord will reward you; you will receive what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real master you serve.

Just people shall blossom like lilies.
They shall flourish forever in the courts of our God.

Latest News and Reminders

The Week Ahead

Monday 10th June

No School - Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Yr 9 SCIP Program

Yr 10/11 Exams

Wednesday 12th June

Yr 9 SCIP Program

Yr 10 Exams

Yr 12 GAT

Thursday 13th June

Yr 9 SCIP Program

Yr 10/11 Exams

VCAL to Springvale Park Special Development School P3-4

Friday 14th June - STUDENT FREE DAY

No School - Curriculum and Assessment Day

Out and About

As we head into Week 8 and the Queen's Birthday weekend, we are reminded of the busy-ness of this stage of Term 2 each year. Years 10 and 11 students will continue exams next week and Year 12s will have the GAT on Wednesday. Reports are being completed and planning is underway for Semester 2.


Parents are reminded that next Friday, June 14th, is a Curriculum and Assessment day and, as such, will be student free.  


As we approach the mid-way period for the wearing of the winter uniform, it is perhaps an appropriate time to remind students that the skirt length needs to be to the bottom of the knee and that the blazer is to be the outer garment - not the jumper. Also, the PE uniform is not to be worn to or from school, unless there has been prior approval.


The annual, and highly successful, Winter Concert occurs on Monday 17th June in Kennedy Hall from 7.00pm. It comes as a highly recommended event within the school. There will also be wonderful food at the interval, courtesy of the Hospitality classes and the Killester Involvement parents.


Finally, as you are now aware, we launched this new electronic format of the newsletter last week. Your opinion of it is encouraged at our facebook page.  With best wishes for the coming week,

Loreto Cannon, School Organisation and Community Development


From the Finance Office

Email address

If you wish to contact the Finance office regarding fees, please use the new email address:


We are still waiting on some fees to be paid, so, if you do not have an installment arrangement, please forward payment now, or, if there is some difficulty, contact the Business Manager, Sandra Rotunno today, to discuss alternate payment options.


Final notice for the CSEF allowance eligibility, so if you are a current healthcare card holder (not a Medicare card) and have not competed a form, please do so now.

New bank details

If you have a current automatic installment arrangement, please check your bank/credit card details and notify us immediately if there have been any changes.

Car Parking - Springvale Library

Please refer to the attached document for further details


Upcoming Events



Participation and Leadership Program

PAL, or Participation and Leadership Program, is a program run by Year 12s who plan and undergo an activity for five weeks which will benefit both the student facilitators and the students participating in the activities. For Cycle 2 of PAL, our group decided to organise Cookie Decorating lunchtime sessions for the girls. With only icing, a biscuit and some lollies, the girls were able to make some wonderful creations and also get to eat it! A treat for their hard work. Although some may say this activity has no benefits, we disagree. Not only were girls able to display their creativity but we were also lucky to witness the formation of friendships between girls from the same or different year levels. We focused on welcoming all girls - in association with our school theme of ‘Hospitality’ - and celebrate coming together with enthusiasm and joy. We were so lucky for this five week activity to be the success it was and we would like to thank all the girls who participated and attended. Thank you also to the teachers who approved this activity and allowed us to utilise the space we were given.



Mary Diaco, Veronica Maroun, Jessica Nguyen, Vivian Pham, Amy Tran, Lisa Tran, Year 12 Students


Career News


Term 2 has been a busy one with each Year 10 having their individual Pathways Interview to discuss their subject selections for next year and aspirations for the future. Hopefully these, along with their learning during Future Directions week will help them to make some informed decisions about their future directions.  Next term it will be time for the Year 12s to have individual interviews about their next steps beyond the school gate. Some students have already been investigating options and made appointments to see me. Over the next couple of weeks in their Homeroom Pastoral period the Year 12s will have information sessions about applying for post-secondary Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS) and where to next as they prepare for VTAC registration in August.


2019 VTAC publications

In light of both these big decision making stages of your daughter’s lives please find links below for the 2019 VTAC publications. The following guides are now available in the Publications section of the VTAC website and printed copies will arrive soon for each student in the appropriate year level.

VTAC Year 11 and 12 Guide: Researching courses and applying

The VTAC Year 11 and 12 Guide helps students research tertiary courses and leads Year 12 students through the application process. In 2019, the 30 Minute Mentor interviews have been replaced with a new profile series, Pathways in Focus, which highlights study journeys and careers.


VTAC Year 10 Guide: Choosing senior school studies for the right reasons

The VTAC Year 10 Guide provides information  and activities to help Year 10 students identify  their strengths and interests, research tertiary education and choose their senior school  studies. The Guide also includes example ATAR calculations which  demonstrate the impact of  selecting VCE subjects based on scaling alone.



What’s Uni Like?

If your Year 10-12 daughter is not sure whether university is for her or not, then the 

following site could be useful.  Link:

The site is a self-paced course that helps you answer 3 Questions:

•    Uni – is it for me?

•    Uni – what should I expect?

•    Uni – what academic skills will I need?


Tertiary Open Days

Another good way to explore post-school study options is to attend an Open Day and the season is nearly upon us. Victorian Tertiary Open Days start on the first weekend in August and run nearly every weekend throughout Term 3. The students in years 10-12 have been emailed a summary of the dates for Victorian Tertiary institutions and they can also find a copy on the Careers Team Drive in the relevant folder. They can also find a sheet helping them get the most out of their open day experience. 

I would especially encourage girls in Years 10 to 12 to attend a couple as it may help them decided where they might like to study.  Please refer to the following site for all published Australian Open Day dates: 

Megan Larritt, Careers Counsellor,


Tailored Pathways Excursion

Our experience at The Tailored Pathways Program was extremely tiring. It pushed us out of our comfort zones by making us talk and reach out to people. We learnt about ourselves and our capabilities, for example socialising and being competitive. We learnt that socialising is difficult and when there is something we are passionate about we can get quite competitive. We were able to see our flaws and it made us want to improve our socialising skills and to take more initiative in discussions. We especially enjoyed making a spaghetti tower in a small group.  Thank you to Penny and Ms Campbell for giving us this experience.

Emmy Le, Jennifer T and Junjila Mangala, Year 10 Students



HEPE and Sport

All Schools Road Relay Championships

A team of four girls from Killester College were entered in the All Schools Road Relay Championships last Saturday. The team members were Jessica Ingleby (St Elizabeth), Georgie O’Brien (St Elizabeth), Ava Woods (St Rafka) and Olivia Tavone (St Rafka). The girls competed against approximately 50 Grammar, Catholic and Independent Victorian schools. They each ran a distance of 2.2 kms around Princes Park in Carlton.  The course was flat and crowded and the girls did well to keep their place against a large number of other competitors.  The girls placed 25th overall and should be proud of their achievements, this being the first time they had run this event. A special mention to Jessica who, as first runner in the relay, beat all the schools' competitors in the event in a time of 8 mins. Well done and we look forward to competing in future years. Jessica will be representing Killester at the All School’s Cross Country championships at Bundoora in June and we wish her every success in that event.  Our own SCSA Cross Country will be held at the end of the term and the girls have been training for this event each week.


A big thank you to Michael Ingleby, who took some great photos and supported the girls. We were very fortunate to also have the support of Jo and Gavin Burren from Athletics Victoria, whose daughters, Amy and Sarah, (Killester past students) were past runners in this event. 

Michel Kennedy, Cross Country Coordinator



Performing Arts

Private Music Lessons

Term 3 Music Lesson Enrolment forms will be available from the front office this coming week.  Please complete the form and return it to the office no later than Friday 28th June, the final day of term.



English and Humanities

School Holiday Writing Workshops

Writers Victoria are running workshops in the school holidays for secondary school students at The Wheeler Centre (next to the State Library of Victoria). The workshops, which are run by industry professionals, will cover:

* Novel Writing

* Writing for the Screen

* Personal Essays and Opinion Pieces

Killester students have attended the workshops in the past and have raved about them. Eligible students may apply to the Disadvantaged Writers Fund to receive assistance with costs. More information and details about how to register can be found at

Maths, Science and STEM

Maths Competition     

The Maths competition is on again this year! It is a great opportunity for anyone and everyone to participate. It is a multiple choice quiz with a range of questions to challenge the brain.   I encourage ALL OF YOU to take part in this as it also adds to the list of extracurricular activities you do!!!  It will be held in Term 3 on August the 1st.    All you need to do is give $4.00 to your Maths teacher with your Name and Homeroom on the envelope.  

Due before the 17th of JUNE.

Maths Club

Years 10-12 Every Monday lunchtime in BRO3 (bring your lunch)

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