Killester College Newsletter

13 February 2020
Issue One
Principal's Report
2019 VCE Results
Latest News and Reminders
Performing Arts
Year 7 Profiles
Killester College
03 9547 5000
433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171

Principal's Report

Welcome to all families who have joined our Killester Community for the first time, I hope that your daughters have settled well into life at their new school. We are acutely aware that some students find the transition to a new educational setting more difficult than others, should your daughter be having trouble with navigating her new environment please contact her Homeroom teacher to discuss strategies we can put in place to help with a successful transition.


The year began for staff with a mass celebrated by Fr Brian Collins in our newly refurbished chapel. Our Eucharistic celebration gave us the opportunity to spend time in prayer remembering our colleague, Kath Lawson, as well as all those impacted by the bushfires. Additionally we discussed as a staff how best we can honour the memory of Ms Lawson here at school, We have received feedback regarding a number of different ways the College can ensure this is done appropriately and, as plans are finalised, I will communicate these with our whole college community.


Our College theme for 2020 is Justice and we used our understanding of this to look at ways in which we can offer sustained and meaningful support to those who have suffered following the tragic bushfires. We have committed to working with the Resurrection and St Joseph Parishes when they have a Lenten drive to provide any necessary goods for those in rural communities who are still suffering. More details about this will come home via your daughters in the coming weeks. One other area for focus was discussion on ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint and look at ensuring we honour the gift of our sacred earth. At Killester we acknowledge the challenge that a more sustainable future must be sought and aim to develop entrepreneurial thinkers of the future who will problem solve in new and exciting ways to enable our earth to heal. We commit to engaging students in a dialogue about how they can be active and vocal participants in bringing about change at a school and societal level.


In April of this year the College will be undergoing a review to be conducted by members of the Kildare Education Ministry team and the Catholic Education Office. Staff have been very busy in planning for the review and will continue this work in the coming weeks. Some families will remember the CEMSIS survey that was distributed last year, the feedback received from this survey (by students, parents and staff) will be a valuable source of evidence for us to determine areas for great celebration as well as areas for growth. There will be an opportunity for parents to be involved in focus groups with our reviewers, should you wish to be involved in this conversation please email me at the College at Further information about these sessions will be published closer to the review days in Term Two. 


Our opening College assembly was a great celebration that enabled us to welcome back and congratulate the high achievers of 2019, recognise the students who will become the graduating class of 2020 and welcome the new Year 7s and other students joining our community. I congratulate all of our students who achieved excellent academic results in 2019. In addition, I congratulate all of our Year 12 2019 VCAL class who achieved a completion rate of 100%.


On a more individual level I also extend my congratulations to Sierra Lee who represented Victoria at Wollongong NSW over the holidays  in the indoor hockey nationals, a member of a bronze medal winning team. 



I very much look forward to meeting with all families at our upcoming parent information evenings and wish everyone a hopeful and joyous start to 2020. 

Ms Sally Buick



2019 VCE Results

Killester College congratulates and respectfully acknowledges all students who have worked hard to complete their Senior VCAL/VCE Certificates in 2019. Our local area is fortunate to have Catholic Schools who continue to provide wonderful educational opportunities for our Community.


Whilst VCAL/VCE results are significant, an ATAR is only a reflection of a small moment in time and does not define a person. The Senior Pathways Team hope is for students to be able to find and develop their passion and love of learning.


All of our families would know the dedication and hard work that their daughters have committed to their education. They would also know the sustained support offered by the staff of the College.


The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is the measure used in offering places in Higher Education. Currently over 97% of graduating VCE students from Killester will undertake Higher Education this year. We congratulate our College Dux, Cynthian Thai, who achieved an ATAR Score of 96.65.


We further acknowledge that:

  • 100% completion rate for VCE/VCAL
  • 13% of students received an ATAR over 90
  • 35% of students received an ATAR over 80
  • The median ATAR was 74 (State Median of 67.74)
  • 97% of VCE students received a University offer.
  • 75% of VCE students received their first or second preference for their University course.

Killester College would like to congratulate the 2019 cohort on these wonderful results! The 134 students Year 12 students of 2019 did so whilst demonstrating strength, kindliness, courage, resilience and being generous of heart.


The challenge is now presented to the current Year 12 students to continue this work ethic in a collaborative manner in the spirit of the Kildare Ministries Core Values.


Jason Mahmoud

Senior Pathways Coordinator




O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thorn bush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns forever and ever.


 - Walter Rauschenbusch

Latest News and Reminders

Upcoming Events


2020 Term 1 


Monday 10 February

School Tours 9.00am-9.45am

Tuesday 11 February

Stewardship Committee and Council Meetings

Friday 14 February

School Swimming Carnival


Monday 17 February

Yr 7 attending Mass at St Josephs Primary School Springvale P1-2

Yr 11 and 12 Parent Night 

Tuesday 18 February

Yr 8 LOTE Incursion

Yr 9 and 10 Parent Night

Wednesday 19 February

Induction Day for Access Monash Mentoring Program

Year 7 and 8 Parent Night

Saturday 22nd February

VCE Art at the NGV

Traffic Disruption - Hillcrest and Heather Grove from 10th February

Please refer the attached letter from Prestige Civil Group in relation to upcoming traffic disruptions for the next 10-12 weeks.  We recommend you allow additional time when dropping off and collecting your daughter or make alternative arrangements.   

Out and About....

It has been a smooth start to the year. Thanks has been conveyed to the students for the way they presented on the first day of school for school photos. Thanks also for the support from our parents/guardians.


A reminder that the first Killester Involvement Committee (KIC) meeting will occur next Wednesday (February 12th) at 5.45pm in the staff room. From then on we will meet on Mondays (once or twice a term) at 7.00pm. If any parent / guardian is interested in joining us for 2020 please feel free to come to our initial meeting next Wednesday... everyone is welcome. Alternatively, you can email me on


Next Friday, February 14th, is the annual Inter-House Swimming Carnival in Noble Park. Parents etc are reminded of the need to sign in at the entrance so that we are aware of who is at the event. A letter was sent to all parents this week explaining that this year. All students need to come to school at the normal time for Homeroom and cannot be dropped directly at the pool. The letter gave instructions regarding the ability for girls to be collected / to walk home directly from the pool after the event.



Monday February 17th -  Years 11 and 12 Parent Evening

Tuesday February 18th - Years 9 and 10 Parent Evening

Wednesday February 19th - Years 7 and 8 Parent Evening


Best wishes to those families who have been celebrating Chinese New Year  - the Year of the Rat. 


Loreto Cannon

School Organisation and Community Development

College Uniform

Summer Uniform

  • Navy Blazer
  • Striped frock (to be worn no shorter than bottom of knee length)
  • Navy blue monogrammed pullover (Year 11 & 12 – light blue pullover)
  • White Knee High sock – Navy & Sky stripes
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes
  • Navy hair ribbons OR navy hairband

Winter Uniform

  • Navy Blazer
  • Tartan skirt (to be worn no shorter than bottom of knee length)
  • Navy slack with embroidered logo and pocket piping 
  • Navy blue monogrammed pullover (Year 11 & 12 – light blue pullover)
  • Fawn blouse
  • Navy Knee High sock – Sky stripes
  • Navy Opaque Tights
  • Black leather lace-up school shoes
  • Navy hair ribbons
  • Navy scarf with embroidered logo (optional)
  • Navy Rain Jacket

Sport Uniform

  • Killester polo shirt
  • Sport shoes
  • White socks
  • Navy Killester Rugby top
  • Navy Killester track pants
  • Navy Killester shorts
  • Navy Killester cap
  • Navy sport bag

School Bag

  • Killester backpack

The School Uniform is available from:

169 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong Vic 3175
Telephone: 9792 3187 or 1300 888 798

or alternatively from

BuxWear Online

School Production Rehearsal Dates

Please note the following rehearsal dates for the school musical, The Addams Family.


  • Monday Lunchtimes
  • Thursdays after school 3.30pm until 5.30pm
  • Half day rehearsal ( students will be out of class period 5 &6): 

                    Thursday 26th March, Day 9, 1.00pm - 5.30pm 

                    Thursday 25th June Day 4, 1.00pm - 5.30pm 

  • School Holiday Rehearsals Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July
  • Thursday 30th July Monash Theatre Rehearsal day (ALL DAY) 
  • PRODUCTION WEEK Monday August 24th - Saturday 29th August (see details below)
  1. Monday 24th Aug - small backstage crew
  2. Tuesday 25th Aug - all cast and crew
  3. Wednesday 26th Aug - all cast and crew
  4. Thursday 27th Au - all cast and crew
  5. Friday 28th Aug - evening performance only- students should be in class that day.
  6. Sat 29th Aug - Matinee and Evening performance

Final Cast List will be posted on Monday.  Please see Jenna Cronin or Donna Brunt if there is an issue.  We have reduced the amount of rehearsals during school time so that classes are disrupted as little as possible.

Donna Brunt and Jenna Cronin

Production Coordinators



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Unless you have a confirmed instalment payment arrangement with the College, the due date for payment of fees is 28/2/2020. New instalment holders will have already arranged their payment options and if you have a plan from last year it will automatically carry over to this year. If you wish to have an instalment plan but have not submitted the forms as yet, please do so now.  If there is any difficulty in managing the fee payment, please call within the next week and make an appointment with the Business Manager, Sandra Rotunno, to discuss other payment options and how we can help. If we do not hear from you by the end of February, it is expected that all fees will be paid by the due date.


If you currently hold a valid Health Care Card or Pension Card you are eligible for the CSEF (Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund) allowance payment from the State Government. To receive this payment, (that will be credited to your fee account), come to the Finance Department of the school front office and complete an application form. You need to present your concession card when submitting the application. If you have claimed this allowance last year there is no need to complete another form.

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 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.


Kingston Parenting Program


Performing Arts

From the Music Department

Welcome back to Music for 2020. The year has already got going with most of our groups starting rehearsals in the first week back. It was great to see the girls already coming in on their holidays for Stage Band rehearsals for the Generations in Jazz competition. The Senior Vocal Group is also going to Mt. Gambier this year for the first time and their rehearsals started on Thursday.  Below is a list of the different groups and what day they are rehearsing in Semester One.


Concert Band -  Monday  3.15pm - 4.15pm  OMO7
Year 7 Choir -  Monday Lunch  KMO6
Stage Band - Tuesday 3.15pm - 4.15pm  OMO7
Heartstrings - Thursday Lunch - Anne Street
Senior Vocal Group - Thursday Lunch  OMO3
HONK!  -  Thursday  3.15pm - 4.00pm  OMO7
Swing Sisters -  Friday Lunch  OMO7

For your information parents and students I am listing the important music dates for Semester One. This may change and you will be informed via Edsmart if this is the  case.


Term 1
School Mass Tuesday Feb 25th  (All Choirs)
Lunchtime Concert  Tuesday March 17th  (Bands, Choirs)
Soloists Concert Wednesday March 18th (soloists in Theatrette)
School Assembly Thursday March 19th (Stage Band)
End of term Liturgy Friday March 27th (Choirs , Concert band)
Term 2
Mazenod performance Tuesday April 21st or 28th (Stage Band)
Generations in Jazz May 1st – 3rd (Stage Band and Vocal Group)
Soiree Monday May 25th (all instrumental students)
Soiree Tuesday May 26th (all instrumental students)
Winter Concert Monday June 15th (all ensembles and 7/8 classes)
Assembly Thurs June 27th (tbc)
Poor persons Mass Friday June 19th (Choirs, Concert Band)


It is with great pleasure that we welcome Kezzia Chan and Giselle Karaan to  be our music captains in 2020. Kezzia has been a dedicated member of all of our bands over her five years at Killester and Giselle is an integral part of our vocal program having completed VCE Music Performance in 2019 on voice. Both girls have demonstrated a great commitment to the music department and will be excellent role models for our younger students. They will also be a part of the exciting transition to our new building!!

Year 7 Profiles

My First Week at Killester - Student Reflections


Dona Thoppil - Year 7 St Rafka

On our first day of the week it was challenging because it was a new system to learn and we didn’t know anyone, but we soon made friends thanks to the orientation day. We started to get more comfortable at Killester. Our lessons were great with no homework. We were just  getting to know our teachers and our new classmates. And finally on the 5th of February, we all got our new macbooks which were the color orange. We learned how to email and access the student portal. Overall it has been an awesome week and we all look forward to the rest of our years at Killester.  



Mia Curtis - Year 7 St Hildegard

After my nerves, anxiety and trepidations settled on the first day I was ready to start. When I had my first class I was so nervous, but as soon as I walked in the door all the nerves went away because all the teachers and students were so welcoming. It felt like I was at home. By the time I finished my classes it felt like I had been there for some time. 





Karyna Ngo - Year 7 St Maria Goretti

Starting high school was the first time I have felt so many emotions at one time! Excitement about starting Year 7, anxiety about what the homework would be like and if I would make any friends, and so many more. But I realised I didn’t need to be anxious or scared, because everyone at Killester was welcoming and friendly and I had a great first day.  Many people had trouble with using a combination lock for the first time but everyone felt comfortable enough in their homerooms to laugh about it. When someone couldn’t open their lockers, no one was shy about asking for help. When classes started, I was a bit lost… schedules can sometimes be confusing but I know I’ll soon get used to it! I think that Year 7 at Killester will be full of fun learning opportunities and everyone will make new connections with new classmates!

Lunchtime Activities for Year 7s

School has just started and the Year 7s are just getting to know their teachers and classes. As you might know, they can feel lonely and confused on the first few weeks of school as it is a new environment and place to get used to. We, as Year 8 leaders, have gathered together to plan different lunchtime activities for them; such as trivia, kahoot, board games, puzzles and many more. These lunchtimes can help them get to know other Year 7s in their year level as it can also make them feel more comfortable.

Kelly Chi - Year 8 St Peter

Killester College Newsletter
Term 1 2020 School Calendar.pdf
Summer 2019 - Canteen Menu Terms 1 and 4.pdf
Killester Price List SEP 2019_2020.pdf
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Tennis Enrolments Term 1 2020.pdf
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Summer 2020 - Canteen Menu Terms 1 and 4.pdf
Purchasing Haines Calculators.pdf
Secondhand School Books.pdf
Traffic Disruption Hillcrest and Heather Grove.pdf
Career News #18 Friday 22nd November 2019.pdf
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Keysborough Fire Brigade Santa Clause Run.pdf
Headspace - Supporting Your Young Person during the Holidays.pdf
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Flyer - Strengthening and Raising Healthy Families.pdf
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