Keilor Downs College

23 March 2018
Issue Two
Principal's Message
School Information
Harmony Day
Welfare
English Homework Club
Breakfast Club
SPORT
Community News
Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038
AU

Principal's Message

Principal's Message - Linda Maxwell

Welcome to our first iNewsletter for 2018. It has been a calm and constructive start to the year and our 225 Year 7 students have settled in very well. We ended 2017 on a high note with our Year 12 students achieving excellent results. The 2017 Dux was Yiran Wang, a lovely International student from China who involved herself in a wide range of community and social issues while at KDC. Her ATAR of 98.95 was a reflection of her hard work and perseverance throughout her time at the school. Another highlight was the achievement of a perfect score of 50 in Sociology by Taahira Rajudin, which was an outstanding effort. In total, 16 students achieved ATARs over 90 and another 17 students achieved a score over 80. The overall VCE mean was 29.6, which is a very strong performance from our Year 12’s.

You will see a continued improvement in our communications with parents through the launch of our Facebook page, twice a term iNewsletters and a refurbished website. Compass continues to be a crucial platform for communicating about dates, events, student progress, learning tasks and reports. Please check your child’s latest progress reports and make appointments to see teachers at our upcoming parent teacher interviews.

We have welcomed several new staff members this year but I would particularly like to draw your attention to our new Student Welfare Coordinator for senior students, Victoria Sobh, and three new House Leaders – Ewen Burt (Blue), Nick Hooper (Red) and Robyn Bewley (Green). They have settled in very quickly and positively and are rapidly getting to know their students and families. It is also with sadness, but great pride, that we farewell Belinda Parini. She has been appointed as Assistant Principal at Coburg College. Belinda has been at KDC for 13 years and has been an enormously energetic and gifted PE teacher and curriculum leader. We wish her well in her new role and know that she will be a fantastic addition to her new school.

Finally, we are well on the way to finishing the canteen refurbishment and the next big project is the renovation of the library. Concept drawings are being finalized and we hope to have this finished by the end of this year. Our School Council elections have just been held and we congratulate Stuart Miller and Sam Biundo as continuing members and Hannah Andrianopoulos as a new parent member. We would also like to thank outgoing parent member Sasha Mallia for her tremendous contribution to our Council, particularly her expertise in school finances.

Just to finish, I must share with you the great pleasure I had yesterday in attending our annual Council awards ceremony where a huge range of wonderful student achievements and contributions were recognized. This came after a positive, uplifting Harmony Day where we celebrated the huge range of cultures that make up our KDC community. We had many ‘firsts’ yesterday, including songs in Swahili, Albanian, Fijian and a beautiful Sri Lankan dance performance. Our multi-cultural make-up and celebration of diversity continues to one of the strengths of our college.

 

School Information

Registration for the SEAL test closes on the 24th April, with the test being held on the 28th April.
Dates to Remember

March

Mon  26/3       Parent/Teacher Interviews

Fri     29/3       Last day of Term 1.    2:30pm finish

April

16/4     Term 2 Begins

25/4      ANZAC DAY

30/4      Pupil Free Day 

May

8/5 - 10/5  NAPLAN

17/5    IDAHOBIT Day

25/5   National Sorry Day

 

 

 

 

June 

4/6 - 13/6  Year 10 & 11 Exams

11/6   QUEENS BIRTHDAY

13/6   GAT Exam

25/6    PUPIL FREE DAY

25/6 - 29/6   Work Experience Week

29/6  Last Day Term 2.    2:30 pm finish.

 

TERM DATES FOR 2018:

Term 1: 30th January to 29th March

Term 2: 16th April to 29th June

Term 3: 16th July to 21st September

Term 4: 8th October to 21st December

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE LEADERS AND COORDINATORS 2018.

 

RED HOUSE: (Absence line - 9365 8017)
House Leader: Nicholas HOOPER

Student Coordinators Helen Kontos, 

Gowri Nair & Ron Cox
GREEN HOUSE (Absence line - 9365 8015)
House Leader: Robyn BEWLEY
Coordinators: Peter Gould, Erica Toth

& Marie Velkov
BLUE HOUSE (Absence line - 9365 8041)
House Leader: Ewen BURT
Student Coordinators:  Denise Grant, Trent Cocks & Shrikan Reddy.
YELLOW HOUSE: (Absence line - 9365 8034)
House Leader Riki DWYER
Student Coordinators: Ourania Drakoulas
Sophie Galliker & Rachael Barlow

 

Harmony Day

Harmony Day

KDC celebrated Harmony Day on Wednesday 21st March with a Lunchtime festival to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all members of the KDC community.

The day also coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The lunchtime festival included a number of activities organised by SMAD students, including 3-on-3 Basketball, a Rubik’s cube competition, Flag Trivia competition, and signing hands to place on the Harmony Tree. There were also a number of music and dance performances, with a number of students singing in languages other than English, and showcasing dance from their culture in front of a large crowd of staff and students, and a special performance from the KDC choir. The Year 10 Business students, EAL club, and Year 12 VCAL students were also involved, running a number of food stalls selling a range international foods which were very popular with students and staff. Year 10 Explore Your World students also ran sessions with Year 7 students around the Harmony Day theme.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Harmony day, whether it was through organisation, or by attending the event to make the day a successful and fun experience for all.

Welfare

Welfare Information

Are You Our Next Young Leader of the West?

IPC (Improving, Promoting, Community health have been successful in receiving funding from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and is excited to be leading Young Leaders of the West program, a 2-year project, in partnership with Sons of the West – the Western Bulldogs and Brimbank’s City Council.

Our Young Leaders of the West program centres around the recruitment of young people, between the ages of 16-25, who live, work or play in the City of Brimbank as ambassadors to co-design a gambling awareness and prevention program that engages other young people and communicates responsible gambling to peers and the community.

As part of the project we will be holding workshops with our young leaders and working with them to co-design, promote and pilot prevention initiatives that will target other young people in the community.

Recruitment for our Young Leaders has just commenced and we are keen to fill spots with young people who are passionate and enthusiastic about improving the health of our community. Sessions will run Tuesdays from

5-7pm for four fortnights starting the 17th April at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine.

If you, or someone you know, is aged between 16 and 25 and either lives, works or plays sport in Brimbank, IPC Health would like to hear from you. You will receive an incentive for your time upon completion of four co-design sessions.  RSVP by April 16 to either Karen Steenbergen on 0457 513 601 or Stephanie Papadimitropoulos on 9219 7192 for further discussion.

 

For further information please see Ms Arif.

 

English Homework Club

Homework Club

English Homework Club at KDC is for all Year 7 to 10 students seeking assistance with their work.
So bring your English work along to H5 every Tuesday at lunchtime or after school on Thursdays in H5

Hope to see you there!

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club
Thursday Mornings 8:00-8:40 am @ Front of Student Welfare Office. Please come along and enjoy a delicious breakfast to start your day. 

Boredom Busters

Come on down to the FLC on a Thursday lunch time for some fun activities.

8th  March -Board Games & TWISTER Challenge

15th March - Friendship Bands

22nd March - Minute to Win It Challenges

29th March - Short films & Popcorn

 

SPORT

Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the students who represented KDC in the Keilor Division Swimming Championship on Friday 9th March. All students were competitive and placed in the top 3 in almost every race. A special mention to the students who wanted to swim in an older age group to fill empty events and maximize our chance of winning. Going into the relay races KDC were on top of the points tally. Unfortunately, we did not have the numbers to have senior relay teams. This proved the difference with St Albans gaining additional points to take the lead by 41 points.

KDC finished in 2nd place in the division. 

 

 

 

Community News

Hillside Football Club

Looking for Boys and girls Born in 2003 or 2004 to join Hillside Football Club

Come and join the Shark Frenzy in 2018

Please contact: [email protected] OR Kory on M: 0417 510 610

 

Keilor Downs College