Keilor Downs College

19 October 2018
Issue Ten
Principal's Comment
Important Dates
School Information
Japan Trip
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Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038

Principal's Comment

Linda Maxwell

Time is racing past and I can’t believe we are already into Term 4. However, we are very aware that the Year 12’s finish their classes this week, which is always the first sign of the end of the year closing in. The Year 12 students have been a lovely group all year and we wish them the very best with their exams, VCAL presentations and upcoming celebrations, including Big Day Out, Formal and Graduation.

We are just about to embark on our biggest facilities project yet, which is the refurbishment of the library. We will shut down the current library in a few weeks to allow the renovation to occur and only a small ‘pop up’ library will be operating for the rest of the term. Another big facilities project was completed in the last holidays and we now have large areas of solar panels on several of our buildings. This will provide about a third of our electricity needs and should save us over $20,000 a year in power bills. You can see the panels on the Science building in the photo below. Several large art works also went up in the holidays.  These were created by students and really add to the school environment. One painting is in the outdoor classroom and the other is in the welfare courtyard. We also put in an iced water tap so that students can fill their water bottles. If this is a success, we will look at adding more around the school. The Facilities Team continue to improve the school’s environment and I regularly receive positive comments from students and parents.

If you like seeing regular good news stories and great photos, you might want to consider joining the college’s Facebook page. There are so many positive achievements by our students that it is hard to keep up!

Again, best wishes to the Year 12 students and hoping everyone has a great Term 4,


Important Dates


Monday 22nd October

Last Year 12 Assembly 

Tuesday 23rd October

Year 12 Big Day Out

Friday 26th October

Year 7 Immunisation, Year 10 Formal

Monday 29th October

Year 7 2019 Interviews

Tuesday 30th October

Premiers Reading Challenge

Wednesday 31st October

Year 12 Exams begin




Tuesday 6th November


Mon - Wed 12-14th November

Year 9 Camp

Tuesday 13th November

Year 11 VET Classes finish

Friday 16th November

Last Day Yr 10 & 11 Classes

Monday 19th November

Year 10 & 11 Exams begin

Wednesday 21st November

Year 12 Exams finish

Friday 23rd November

Year 12 Formal

Wed - Fri 28 - 30th November

Pre CAL Bike Camp


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

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Italy trip

18th of September 2018 saw 12 students from years 8 to 11 and two teachers, Miss Green and Yellow House Leader, Mr Dwyer depart on a more than 20-hour voyage to Italia!

From the day we arrived to our final departure two weeks later, we were constantly on the move, walking at least 15 kilometers per day in order to take in the sights and sounds that make up Italy.

Starting in Rome, we visited the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican, eating multiple gelati along the way. On our way to Florence, we stopped off in Sienna where the famous bareback horse race, il Palio happens twice a year. Florence was where we tested our bartering skills, shopping for leather and souvenirs as well as taking in the artwork at the Galleria dell’Accademia.
In Venice we rode in a gondola and put our creative skills into practice by decorating our own Venetian masks. We also saw a soccer match, Venezia vs Livorno, however the players may have something to learn from our KDC Soccer School, with the game ending in a 1 – 1 draw.

Milan was our final stop, with a quick visit to the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Students were able to do some final shopping before hopping back on the plane which would take us home. The Italy Trip once again proved to be a very memorable and informative experience for all, with the students behaving very well and representing the school and Australia excellently. A very big and grateful thank you to Mrs Tonkich and Mrs Vivarelli for organising this amazing experience and to the school community for its continual support with the trip.



Japan Trip

Japan Trip

I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Japan from the 20th -30th of September. This experience was both interesting and rewarding and provided me with an insight into another culture. I met some amazing people, both from our school and Japan who I will never forget. Through the exchange trip, I was paired up with my host student, Tamana, who I met when she came to Australia and stayed at my house. We bonded really quickly and I had a great time staying at her house and meeting her family. One thing I noticed was that everyone in Japan is really nice and they all strive to make you feel welcome.
By staying at Tamana’s house I was able to experience a more traditional way of life that I would not have been able to experience otherwise. For me, this was really intriguing and exciting, especially when I attended a Japanese school as the structure is very different compared in Australia. I even participated in a sports class where they were learning gymnastics. I met many of Tamana’s friends from school and even played basketball with one of them after school. One of my favourite moments was visiting the primary school, purely because all the kids there were so cute. Despite the language barrier it was still fun helping the young first graders with their origami task.

The second part of our trip was a in Tokyo. This was a very different experience than Shiroi (where our host Families were) as it was a main city and was often very crowded. Here we got to know those that went on the trip with us a bit better as we were spending all our time with them. When we drove into the city by bus, one thing hit me hard. The city is so big!!! I was concerned that we couldn't find our way around. Lucky for us, we had some lovely guides to take us around the city. They took as to multiple places ranging from temples to places in the city, and my personal favourite the VR centre. That was really cool and enabled us to play four games with other people. My favourite was the Mario Kart game where we were versing our friends around a gigantic virtual Mario kart track in a car.

The whole trip was an experience I will never forget. I met some amazing people who opened up their home and welcomed me warmly. I thank Tamana’s family for being so kind. I would recommend this trip to anyone who is thinking of going. You won’t regret it and you will come back with amazing memories  you will never forget…

by Aleesha Brownbill 10G1



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