Killester College Newsletter

19 July 2019
Issue Six
Principal's Report
Latest News and Reminders
HEPE and Sport
Performing Arts
Library News
Year 7 Student Profile
Killester College
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433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171

Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Dear Parents and Friends,

It has been an absolute privilege to begin my first week as the Principal of Killester and I am so very grateful to the staff and students who have made me feel so welcome, reflecting in action our theme this year of hospitality. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to Ms Leanne Di Stefano who was so gracious and generous with her time and wisdom, and I can only hope that the work we continue reflects the outstanding example she gave as a leader who truly gave witnesses to the teachings of Jesus and the values of a Brigidine Education. 


The week began in a flurry of activity with all staff gathering on Monday to reflect on the ways in which we deliver our contemporary and relevant curriculum and how we can ensure that the learning needs of our students can be met. It was fabulous to sit with dedicated educators who are so determined to ensure that the opportunities afforded the students in our classrooms are ones that challenge them to be the best version of themselves. The overwhelming feeling I had as I walked away at the end of the day was how fortunate the students at Killester are to have such a creative and committed team of people working with them. The focus on pathways has continued throughout the week as the young women of Killester have been talked through the myriad of subject offerings provided for them at the College. The key message being presented to the students through these processes has been one that supports students ensuring they choose subjects and pathways that they enjoy and that reflects their skills and capabilities. 


My thanks is extended to Ms Emma Neville who gave up a sizeable proportion of her holidays to organise and support the girls participating in the International Netball competition held in the first week of the break. Additionally thanks to Mr Peter O'Neill and a number of our senior students who gave of their time in the Building Bridges Program hosted at Killester this week. The program brings together students from different faith based schools across Melbourne to engage in dialogue, indeed an opportunity to build bridges. 


Lastly I thank and congratulate the students themselves for the start they have made to Term Three. The girls have returned to their studies renewed after the mid year break and have shown themselves thus far, to be young women of strength and kindliness. 


Sally Buick, Principal



Latest News and Reminders

The Week Ahead

Monday 22nd July

No Year 12 Classes - English Unit 4, Outcome 2

Year 10 Hospitality to the Langham Hotel 12.30pm to 4.00pm

Year 10 Volunteers to St Josephs Springvale Homework Club 3.45pm

Year 11 into 12 (2020) Subject Selections OPEN

Year 9 into 10 (2020) Subject Selections OPEN

Year 8 into 9 (2020) Subject Selections OPEN

Tuesday 23rd July

Year 11 PD Day

Year 8  Art to NGV Federation Square 8.45am to 1.30pm

Building Bridges Program Mount Hira College 3.45pm-7.00pm

Wednesday 24th July

Year 10 Hospitality to the Langham Hotel 7.30am to 11.30am

Thursday 25th July

SCSA AFL - Western Oval, Parkville 7.45am to 4.15pm

Year 8 St Agatha to Wallara 9.00am to 1.00pm

Friday 26th July

Year 9 Shrine of Remembrance 9.00am to 2.00pm

Out and About

Welcome back. It has been a chilly start to the term and the girls have welcomed the opportunity to remain inside at lunchtime.  There are a number of dates for family calendars:


Tuesday 30th July is the Year 12 Parent Student Teacher Learning Conversations, commencing at 3.30pm until 8.00pm in Kennedy Hall. Bookings will need to be done via PTOline, with codes being sent to parents soon.


There will be a reunion for the class of 1989 here at the College on Saturday 3rd August. Details are available from Kylie Taberner here at the school.


Subject selections for 2020 are commencing over the next week, how quickly this comes around each year! Parents are asked to discuss subjects for next year with their daughter(s) and if there are queries to contact Mr Mahmoud, Mr McPhail or me regarding the VCE/Yr 10 and Mr McPhail or me regarding Years 7-9. You can also speak to the relevant Student Development Leader.


Last Sunday we welcomed Kei Kei and Eris, our Hong Kong exchange girls. There are also two boys from Hong Kong at Mazenod. The students will visit Healesville Sanctuary, the city and attend classes in their time here. We appreciate the assistance of the Trajer family (Petrina in the front office) and the Naik family (Anushka in Year 10) who are hosting the girls.  Best wishes for the coming term.


Loreto Cannon, School Operations and Community Development

Upcoming Events

Class of 1989, 30 Year Reunion 



Access Monash Activity: Year 11 Uniopoly

On Thursday July 18th during their Homeroom period, all the Year 11 students participated in the Access Monash run Uniopoly. After a few technical hiccups, the students took part in teams of about 6 in an interactive game related to university. The teams took turns rolling a large colourful dice, each colour representing a different set of questions about university life. The question categories included: surviving VCE, SEAS, transitioning and applying to University, costs involved with post-school study and other random questions. The Access Monash Mentors also spoke of their own experiences. Hopefully, this provided the Year 11 students with some insight into the university path that might lie ahead for them.

Megan Larritt, Careers

Careers Expo 26th July to 28th July

With the subject selection processes beginning at Years 9-11 and Year 12 students having to think about their choices beyond secondary school, your daughters might find the following event useful.

Careers Event: Melbourne Careers Expo

When:  Friday July 26th to 4.00pm Sunday July 28th

The Melbourne Career Expo showcases about 150 exhibitors and encompasses a range of career opportunities from employment to education and training in the trades, corporate and professional sectors. It also exhibits an array of career advice material with regards to employment opportunities, University and TAFE pathways. There will be free workshops and seminars on a range of topics including industry panels and cooking demonstrations, resume checking and subject selection specialists. The interactive stage will showcase activities related to music and digital design.  


Please use the link here for more information about the event:  


Free tickets can be downloaded directly from the website:



HEPE and Sport

Cross Country

When the gun went off the Killester champions pushed against the wet grass for success. Sprinting towards the finish line was hope for great achievements, the cross country runners competed at Fairfield Park on Tuesday 18th June.


It was a very intense and wet day with a temperature of only 18°, but with encouragement and hard work, the girls pushed through, keeping in mind that they were representing Killester. It was a very tough competition against the other high school cross country teams however, in the juniors, Jessica Ingleby performed incredibly and held first position in the race, she achieved first place in the junior division two. Mitsuki Otaka who is in the junior team, also performed extremely well placing tenth. The senior team excelled and came seventh overall. The juniors succeed in placing 6th against the other schools, Intermediates achieved 6th place as well. Overall Killester performed really well and accomplished positioning 6th out of twelve in division 2.


 Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the race and kept strong through the tough weather conditions. We would like to thank Mrs Kennedy and all of the other teachers for supporting us and cheering on.

 Harleen Kaur and Sonika Sraghu, Year 9 Intermediate Cross Country Team

International Netball

During the first week of the school holidays we had 24 Netballers represent Killester College in the International Netball Schools Championships at Waverley Netball Centre. The girls participated in the four day tournament in some extremely tough competition! The Juniors squad finished 20th out of 29 teams and the Senior squad played some very tough games and finished 15th out of 22 teams.


I want to take this opportunity to thank the students and their parents for their commitment to the team and amazing attitudes during the four days. Bianca and I are so proud of their efforts!!


Also thank you to the following staff who came down and supported the girls; Ms Cronin, Ms Sadler, Ms Collins, Mr Luciano, Miss Roberts, Ms Campion, Ms Curtis and Ms Xuereb. Thank you for giving up your holidays to support the girls, it was greatly appreciated.  Again congratulations to the 24 girls involved in the teams, it was a great effort by all!

Emma Neville, Year 8 Student Development Leader and Netball Coach

Performing Arts

Concert Band Tour of Echuca

On the last Thursday of the term, 15 brave Killester musicians of the Concert Band along with their leader, Mr. Vague and faithful sidekicks, Ms. Addis and Mr. Hickey took to the road for a triumphant tour of Echuca. 


The mighty Murray river beckoned us as we crossed the border into New South Wales to stay at our very comfortable accomodation at Merrol Holiday Park in Moama. I'd thoroughly recommend this tourist park to any families who are thinking of taking a holiday up that way. Our cabins were perched high above the Murray's edge giving us a lovely vista each morning. The mist rising off the river and the Red Gums leave an indelible image on your mind.


Friday saw two performances. The first was for 600 primary students from St. Mary's Echuca which we found to our delight was in fact a Brigidine school. ( See photo). The concert saw our music captains, Angel Chau and Mikayla Lowther  host a newsroom type commentary about the power of film score music especially John Williams ( of Star Wars, Harry Potter fame). The band played very well holding the concentration of a huge crowd of preps to Grade 6's right to the end of the 50 minute concert.


Our second performance of the day saw us arrive at the Echuca Specialist School. We performed a 40 minute concert for the entire school. These are very special concerts both for our girls and the audience. It is very important for our girls to see the power that music has in all quarters of our society. The enthusiasm and the joy that the audience gave and received from the girls' playing left a very warm feeling for all concerned.


The afternoon was an exploration of the famous port of Echuca followed by a highly entertaining and action packed trivia night back at the caravan park which was won by the Brass section. Saturday saw one of the wettest days Echuca had seen for about a year. This was very good for the dry, parched land but not so good for an outdoor performance at the Echuca Farmer's Market which had to be abandoned with only thirty or forty notes played. That didn't stop the Killester Concert Band in the afternoon as they braved the elements and entertained a packed boat on the Emmy Lou paddle steamer on an hour long cruise up and down the Murray. The finish of the cruise ended in high drama when a mini twister raced through the port causing a massive house boat to come free of it's moorings and block the river. If not for the courage of the fearless crew( is that a song?) we may still be on the river as we speak..


Overall our girls performed beautifully across the whole four days, both musically and in their behaviour. It is a pleasure to take such mature and friendly people on tour. These are the experiences that prove to be some of the most memorable of our student's school days. My thanks to Mr. Vague for preparing the girls so well and injecting such a love of performance into their lives. My thanks also to the all of the touring party; Mikayla Lowther, Angel Chau, Kezzia Chan, Cindy Le, Catherine Nguyen, Anna Eam, Rejoice Simon,Alicia Lay, Grace Nelson, Shelby Turone, Lauren Trang, Adriana D'Agruma, Lyn-Thao Nguyen, Christie Giang, Leila Tabak.

Bernie Hickey, Music Learning Area Leader


Important Music Dates for Term 3

Monday 29th July  School Assembly - Improvisation group with Mr Vague

Sunday 18th August  Essentially Ellington Stage Band Festival

Killester Stage Band - Xavier College, Kew  2.00pm-6.00pm

Monday 19th August  Monash Youth Choir Competition

Swing Sisters – Huntingtower School, Mt Waverley 2.30pm-6.30pm

 Friday 23rd August Brigidine Day - All Choirs and Concert Band at Killester College

 Monday 9th September Lunchtime concert in courtyard

 Wednesday 11th September School Assembly performance HONK

 Wednesday 18th September Farewell Concert for the VCE Music students involving all senior ensembles and choirs plus Honk



Library News

Why is there always a Jigsaw Puzzle out in the Killester Library?

Aside from the fact that jigsaw puzzles are fun and a great activity to bond with others, there are proven educational benefits to jigsaw puzzles. These include:

Jigsaw puzzles exercise the left and right sides of your brain at once.

Jigsaw puzzles improve your short-term memory.

Jigsaw puzzles improve your visual-spatial reasoning.

Jigsaw puzzles are a great meditation tool and stress reliever.

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to connect with others.

Jigsaw puzzles are also great for some alone time.

You’ll live longer,  and better if you puzzle regularly. Puzzling stimulates the brain and actually wards off the plaque that is the marker of Alzheimer’s, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Neurology. The study compared brain scans of 75-year-olds to 25-year-olds. The elderly people who did puzzles regularly had brain scans comparable to the 25-year-olds.

And that is why we have a new jigsaw puzzle each week for all the girls to share in.

Year 7 Student Profile

Jayda Borg Year 7 

Hello everyone, my name is Jayda Borg and I am a Year 7 student and an AFL football player.  I play in U14’s for Dingley Dingoes.

Every school holidays I do this football camp for 2 days straight called “Rookie Me” and it helps you master the basic skills of football and helps you improve your behaviour as a person and footballer.  I enjoy it as it helps your football skills but it also helps you improve your behaviour and what you should bring to the classroom and footy training. I have also made many friends from this program.  I attended the “Rookie Me” camp on the holidays, and it was very fun, Here are two candid shots from the holidays at “Rookie Me”!

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