Keilor Downs College

21 December 2018
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Report
School Information
Office 365
Girls In Politics
Summer Singing Concert
Summer Music Festival
Global Leaders 
Keilor Downs College
(03) 9365 8000
100-110 Odessa Avenue
Keilor Downs, Victoria, 3038


Office Hours 

Tuesday 29th January -   9.00am to 6pm

(closed 12.00pm to 1pm lunch break)


Families are advised that there may be considerable delays for transactions at the General Office on Tuesday 29th of January.

Families may prefer to attend on another day – all services provided

by the General Office on 29/1/2019 will also be available

from Wednesday 30th January onwards.

Office hours from Wednesday 30th Jan onwards 8.15am – 4.15pm

(no monies receipted after 3.30pm).


Please Note

Payments will be accepted by the General Office up to 3.30pm on

Thursday 20th December 2018.






No monies will be receipted on this day

Principal's Report

Photo: Linda Maxwell - Presenting the DUX Award to Shane Hong.

Principal's report

Our fantastic VCE results mean that we end the year on a particularly positive note. Reaching a mean score of 30 is a goal that we’ve had for the last six or seven years so to finally achieve this was both satisfying and exciting. The Graduation ceremony last Wednesday night showcased the whole range of achievements of our 2018 Year 12 students. Our Dux was Shane Hong, who achieved a remarkable ATAR of 99.35, and was joined by another 18 students who also achieved ATARs above 90. Thirty-one different students achieved a combined 56 study scores over 40, including a perfect 50 for Sasha Reljic in Health & Human Development. The honour board next year will require room for 44 faces, which is our best ever. There was also recognition of excellent achievements in VCAL, VET and a range of community service awards. A particularly pleasing aspect of the ceremony was that three students on our PSD (Program for Student with Disabilities) achieved awards for their great efforts in a range of areas.

I want to thank and congratulate our graduating Year 12’s for their great attitude and effort and wish them all the very best for their future. I also want to wish our whole community a very happy, safe and relaxing break.


School Information

Students return - Wednesday 30th January 2019

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:     29th January to 5th April 2019

Term 2:     23rd April to 28th June 2019

Term 3:     15th July to 20th September 2019

Term 4:      7th October to 20th December 2019


Office 365


The Department of Education and Training (Department) and your school are using online learning services to support learning and teaching. This pack provides information on one of the online services, Office 365 and advice in relation to its safe and responsible use.


For more details on Office 365 visit:

  • Skype for Business
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Sway
  • PowerApps
  • School Data Sync
  • Minecraft: Education Edition

Office 365 is an internet based service provided by Microsoft for class activities. It provides students with access to online education services such as:

  • Microsoft Web Apps (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote)
  • Exchange
  • One Drive
  • SharePoint
  • Forms
  • Flow

These tools are for collaboration which necessitates students being able to find and connect with other students and staff, either at their own school or within the Victorian government education system. As part of their school work, students may be able to communicate via email with people outside of their school.

The online services offered by Microsoft may be updated from time to time, but are only made available to students once they have been reviewed and approved by the Department.


What are the benefits of this service for students?

  • Teaches students to be ‘digital citizens’ through the use of an online system.
  • Provides access to digital tools for a range of classroom activities.
  • Allows students to actively collaborate with their class on school work.
  • Provides digital whiteboard capability in group discussions.
  • Enables students to access their classwork from different channels (i.e. laptops, iPads and smartphones).
  • Helps students to build working relationships with each other.
  • Promotes knowledge sharing.

What information might students store in Office 365?

  • In addition to the information needed to provide access to Office 365 (student’s username, password, name, year level, home group and school), student’s schoolwork will also be stored in Office 365.
  • Students have the ability to store and share any school work related content on the platform, such as photographs, audio, video recordings. They can also add non-classroom related information.
  • Student’s data is stored in data centers located in in Victoria and New South Wales.
  • How can you help protect your student’s information?

    Whilst your school provides your student’s Department username and password to Microsoft to enable them to only access their own information on Office 365, there are some things that you can do to help keep their information safe.


    Remind them not to share passwords with anyone, as they cannot be sure how secure another person will be with their details. 

    Teachers will remind students to only use Office 365 for activities related to schoolwork.


    Talk about appropriate uses of technology at school and at home. Remind them that anything uploaded to Office 365 can be viewed by teachers.

    In rare cases, Microsoft’s technical support team may have access to information stored in Office 365.


    Please note that Microsoft will never contact you or your child directly. If you or your child are contacted by anyone claiming to be Microsoft support, contact your school immediately.


Girls In Politics

Girls in Politics

On Saturday the 10th of November I had the opportunity to attend Girls in Politics: Camp United Nations for Girls, a leadership program for girls aged 8 to 15 to discover the work done by the UN.

The program began with an introduction about the UN and its purpose. Each table group was designated a continent and each person was assigned a country to represent. I represented the UN member state, Turkey. Throughout the day we learned about the best practices for public speaking and about the structure of the UN such as the general assembly and security council.

Later in the day, we had a mock election to elect the general assembly president and the secretary general. As a delegate for Turkey, I ran for the position of Security Council and gave a speech on behalf of my country talking about what I would do to end civil war in my nation.

Attendees then had the opportunity to vote for the best candidate. Overall, I learned a lot about the work of the United Nations and the working groups of the organisation whilst also developing my public speaking and leadership skills.

Written by Imarsha 9Y1.


This year the College provided two female students with the opportunity to attend the UN Girls in Politics leadership program. Sinali of Year 7 and Imarsha of Year 9 were successfully awarded scholarships and attended in November. 




The Open Secondary Chess Team have just competed in the Chess nationals and came an outstanding 7th in the nation.

From left to right in the Photo, Michael Nguyen 11R1,  Zakary Severn 11Y3,  Toan Le 9R2, 

Arshdeep Chhabra, 11B2,  Adrian Kong 10R1 and Ebel Korah 8R1

Our top player was Zakary Severn who came 14th and Toan Le who came 41st.

Summer Singing Concert

Summer Singing Concert

The annual Summer Singing Concert was held in the Theatre in F2. It was a spectacular night of singing and it was wonderful to see our amazing students get on stage and perform. Students from Year 7 to Year 12 sang, including two numbers from the KDC Choir.

Thank you to all families and friends who attended, it was heart warming to see a concert that was packed to the rafters with a supportive audience!


Summer Music Festival

Summer Music Festival

The annual KDC Summer Music Festival was held on the evening of Thursday 6th December. Despite the very hot weather, the night was a successful celebration of Music and community at KDC. The festival atmosphere was enhanced by food and drink stalls, craft stalls, and amusements. It was great to see so many people from the KDC community come together to support the students performing on the evening. Congratulations to the Music Department for their hard work in delivering such a successful night. Also, a big thank you to all the volunteers who both donated goods and assisted on the evening to make the Summer Music Festival a successful event in 2018. Expressions of interest to assist with the 2019 event will open in Term 3, 2019. 


Global Leaders 

Food Drive

The 2018 Year 9 Global Leaders program concluded on the 30th November with the last day of the Food Drive for Anglicare Emergency Relief - St Albans. Over the course of the Food Drive, the KDC community collected over 900 items, which included 200 packets of pasta, 250 packets of two-minute noodles, 100 cans of baked beans and spaghetti, and nearly 100 cans of fish. This is in addition to the over $1,100 that the Global Leaders program raised through grants and fundraisers for St Albans Emergency Relief.

The organisation is very grateful for the generosity of the KDC community, and the Year 9 Global Leaders thank the community for support of their project.



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