Killester College Newsletter

18 December 2019
Issue Eighteen
In Memory of Kath Lawson
Principal's Report
Latest News and Reminders
Community Service
Science, Maths and STEM
Performing Arts
Library News
Killester College
03 9547 5000
433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171

In Memory of Kath Lawson

Our College community is in mourning as we deal with the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Kath Lawson, who died last Friday after a short battle with cancer. Kath was a determined, committed and loving educator who inspired all who worked with her. The outpouring of grief by all in our community has been extraordinary and speaks greatly to the ways in which Kath touched the lives of so many. There have been numerous past students speak to us in the past few days about the fact that they themselves have gone on to be educators and teachers because of Kath. This legacy is one that will ensure Kath's work and love of learning will continue.

Kath's life will be celebrated at a memorial mass at Resurrection Parish, Keysborough tomorrow, Thursday 19 December at 10:30am. 

We ask for your continued prayers for all who are suffering at this time of grief.   

Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. 

Principal's Report


Dear Parents and Friends,


"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14).


At our final assembly last week I was privileged to be able to address our students about some reflections I have had in the past few weeks regarding the true message of Christmas. Whilst Christmas is an opportunity for us to celebrate with family and friends, it is also a time where we can reflect on the message of the beautiful Gospel we will hear at Christmas mass. There has been an enormous amount of debate over the years about the role of the inn and innkeeper in the story of Mary and Jesus, and it would be very easy to become distracted by that debate. However, for us here at Killester it offers us an opportunity to ask how we have been hospitable in the face of need, particularly this year with our theme of hospitality. At it's simplest, Jesus was the newborn son of refugees, undoubtedly his parents were frightened, and at their time of greatest need they could find nowhere to stay. Regardless of what the biblical scholars tell us, I have in my mind a kind innkeeper and his wife, talking calmly with Joseph and Mary, and offering them a room in their barn. In this one kind and simple act they demonstrate to us the absolute meaning of hospitality. We often question our own government's treatment of refugees and ask how we as a society can live to be more like the innkeeper and offer refuge to those who seek asylum. In reflecting on this I asked our students to consider where they have shown the hand of kindness and hospitality to others and challenged them to consider this in the coming holidays as they celebrate Christmas with loved ones. 


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have sent prayers and condolences to our community as we mourn the death of our beloved colleague and friend, Ms Kath Lawson. We dedicated the opening of this newsletter to Kath, and will be honouring her life and work tomorrow at her funeral mass, and in the coming weeks and months here at school. 


I wish all members of our community a peaceful and holy Christmas and New Year and I look forward to continuing our work together in 2020.


Sally Buick




Gracious God

We pray for our school community

that the holidays ahead will bring renewal and rest,

comfort, peace and hope that 2020 promises.

Please strengthen us to let your peace calm the tension

and unrest that can trouble us as the busy year ends.

Let this instead be a time of inspiration and motivation

to renew our goals and plans for a fulfilling year of new opportunities.


Latest News and Reminders

School Office Holiday Hours

Thursday 19th December - Office closed for Christmas Holidays

Monday 13th January - Office re-opens 8.30am-3.30pm


Upcoming Events


2020 Term 1 


Friday 31 January

Student Return - Full Summer Uniform

School Photos

Monday 3 February

School Tours 9.00am-9.45am

Tuesday 4 February

Yr 7 Swimming Training 9.00am-12.00pm


Monday 10 February

School Tours 9.00am-9.45am

Tuesday 11 February

Stewardship Committee and Council Meetings

Thursday 13 February

Year 9 Parent Night

Friday 14 February

School Swimming Carnival

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 (optional)
  • 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

Book Lists Available Online

This year we are being more environmental with regards to our booklist distribution. All booklists are now available online at Campion website. Visit and order using the code MG5R. There will be no paper book lists distributed but we continue to offer the service of a pickup day - 17 January 2020 - at the school. You will be asked to create an account with Campion if you have not already. Parents also still have the option to pay for their orders by credit card or cash on collection.   Girls will find a copy of the book lists in their year level areas identifying which books can be bought or sold secondhand and the suggested prices.

Secondhand books can be purchased through the Sustainable School Shop


Catholic Education Today

Published each term, Catholic Education Today celebrates the faith, life, achievements and culture of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.


Urgent Reminder

This is an urgent request for payment of any outstanding fees.  If you do not contact the Business Manager urgently, fee payment will be expected immediately and we will be in touch with you in the next few days to take payment in full.



Fee Statements for 2020 will be mailed in the second week of January, so, if you have a new address, please inform the College immediately. Future reminder statements will be emailed at the end of each term.  If you have an instalment arrangement and your credit card/bank account details have changed, please advise the Finance Office before the 18th of December.  Unless you notify us, your agreed instalment plan will continue in 2020 and the instalment amount will be adjusted accordingly.  


To all from the Finance Team, wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

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.


Supporting Your Young Person During the Holidays

School holidays are fast approaching.  Your daughters have worked hard all year and deserve a break and special family time during this holiday season.  Rest and social time is very important to revitalize and energize for the next year of their education. This article from Headspace offers some helpful advice for supporting your daughter during the summer holidays.

Wishing all families a blessed Christmas.  May you all celebrate this special holiday season together.

We look forward to commencing another year of your daughter's educational journey in 2020. Peace to all.

Luana Doko

Student Wellbeing Coordinator


Career News

Please click on the box below to view the latest career news.


Community Service

2019 Rotary Award Recipient

On Thursday 28th November I was privileged to attend a Rotary Dinner in Keysborough with one of my Year 10 students and her parents.  Jashan Kaur is the 2019 Rotary Award recipient, and I was very proud sitting at the table with her. She kept up some great conversation with the two Rotarians at our table, and then presented a short speech of thanks when awarded with a certificate and watch from the President of the Keysborough Rotary Club. Jashan has been involved in quite a number of activities in and out of Killester College throughout this year: the Justice and Democracy group, the Climate Change Protest, Brigidine Day, a Harmony Day performance and Joey’s Van – just to name a few. Congratulations Jash. I hope to see many girls getting involved in the Killester community in the coming year.

Trelene Luecke

Year 10 Student Development Leader

Keysborough Fire Brigade Santa Run

The Keysborough Fire Brigade will be stopping at 14 locations around the Keysborough vicinity. Bring your family, friends and children to come and see the big red truck with SANTA on board!!!  As you may gather, Santa will be quite busy so he will be attempting to stick to a strict time frame as his got to get back to the North Pole.

 ***Please Note times may vary during any emergencies that may arise during the day of the event.  The Keysborough Fire Brigade's focus is on providing required emergency response for the residents of the Keysborough area.***



Language Perfect World Championships 2019

This year the LPWC were held for seven days from 27th August – 3rd September. The girls competed with other students in their classroom, the school, with other schools in Victoria, Australia and many countries around the world. We had another very successful year and Killester achieved fourth place in the world overall on the global scoreboard. For the Indonesian language, as a school, we achieved first overall in the world and first overall in Victoria and for the Italian language, as a school, we achieved second overall in the world and first overall in Victoria. We had 182 winners overall win awards in all categories  from Elite (10,000 pts), Emerald (5000 pts), Gold (3000 pts), Silver (2000 pts), Bronze (1000 pts) and Credit (500 pts). All Elite category winning students were finally presented with their trophy, certificate and badge at our recent school assembly last Wednesday 4th December. 


Congratulations to our top four students: In fourth place Christie Giang (14,000 pts), in third place Melinda Lao (16,572 pts), in second position Leah Tea (17,299 pts) and in first place from Year 9 Italian and with 21, 729 points, Charleene Ngo. Congratulations to all the students on a magnificent effort and we look forward to another successful year in next year’s Language Perfect World Championships 2020.  As Federico Fellini would say “A different language is a different vision of life”.   Above is a picture  of our Elite winning students.


Grazie and Terima Kasih

Liliana Gallo

Learning Area Leader - Languages

Science, Maths and STEM

Australian Maths Competition

This year we have had a staggering number of students take part in the Australian Maths competition.  Students were challenged with problems that required more than just simple arithmetic. A big congratulations to every student who participated and especially to those who achieved excellent results.  A fantastic effort by one of our Year 7 students, Methuli Arachchige for being awarded the 'Best in School' certificate. Well done!  


The following students all received Distinction certificates:

Year 7

Methuli Arachchige

Mai Le

Julie Sao

Shanel DCunha

 Year 8

Stephanie Chhua

Vivien Owens

Sophia Quach

Christina Vo

Jacqui Dong

Mary Nguyen

Tharley Nguyen

Teagan Dao

Mahekpreet Dhillon

 Year 10

Nicole Kwok

Karina Nguyen

Kristy Huynh

 Year 11

Michelle Ly


Well done to all of you and I look forward to seeing more people taking part next year!


Ms Jenny Duong

Yr 7-9 Maths Learning Area Leader




Performing Arts


Library News

Greater Dandenong Library Summer Events

While the Killester Library will be closed over the summer break, local libraries have lots on offer. 

For example, check out the  Summer Reading Club at the Dandenong Library. It fun and free and a great way to access some fantastic reads.


Killester Library Staff wish you a happy and healthy Christmas season.

Book Lists Available Online

This year we are being more environmental with regards to our booklist distribution. All booklists are now available online at Campion website. Visit and order using the code MG5R. There will be no paper book lists distributed but we continue to offer the service of a pickup day - 17 January 2020 - at the school. Parents also still have the option to pay for their orders by credit card or cash on collection.   Girls will find a copy of the book lists in their year level areas identifying which books can be bought or sold secondhand and the suggested prices.


Killester College Newsletter
Term 1 2020 School Calendar.pdf
Killester Jazz Night 2019.pdf
Summer 2019 - Canteen Menu Terms 1 and 4.pdf
Killester Price List SEP 2019_2020.pdf
2020 Schedule of Fees.pdf
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Term 1 2020 School Calendar.pdf
Australia Day Freeza Youth Stage - CGD.pdf
Purchasing Haines Calculators.pdf
Secondhand School Books.pdf
Career News #18 Friday 22nd November 2019.pdf
Purchasing Haines Calculators.pdf
Keysborough Fire Brigade Santa Clause Run.pdf
Headspace - Supporting Your Young Person during the Holidays.pdf
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