Killester College Newsletter

28 June 2019
Issue Four
Principal's Message
Prayer
Latest News and Reminders
Careers
Wellbeing
HEPE and Sport
English and Humanities
Maths, Science and STEM
Killester College
03 9547 5000
433 Springvale Rd
Springvale, VIC, 3171
AU

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Friends,

The reporting process for Semester 1 was completed this week and you should receive your daughter’s report next week.  Please contact the school if it does not arrive by the end of the week and a duplicate will be organised for you.  Overall, girls can be pleased with their efforts, but everyone can set goals for next semester to improve upon their classroom performance or to engage more with extracurricular programmes.  I encourage you to contact teachers with any concerns.  Whilst there is a Year 12 Learning Conversation evening early next term, the Year 7-11 evening is not until September so please don’t wait until then if you have any worries.

 

Thank you to all the families who donated food items to last week’s Mass for the Poor.  The Springvale Vinnies who will distribute the food to families in need, gratefully received all the contributions.  We had many visitors join us at last week’s Mass and as an expression of our Kildare Ministries’ value of Hospitality and welcoming all to the table, the Student Leaders greeted our guests and after Mass escorted them to the staff room for a shared lunch. 

 

Our inaugural hockey teams competed with great success at this week’s SCSA competition.  Congratulations to all girls playing such a technically difficult game.  The junior and senior girls played so well they won their division.  Well done. 

 

School certainly doesn’t stop because it is the end of the term.  Our Killester Big Band travelled to Echuca yesterday for a two-day performance programme which includes playing on a paddle steamer on the Murray.  Next week we have a number of netball teams competing in the International Netball Competition.  This is held from Tuesday 4th July to Friday 7th July at Waverley Netball Centre Jells Park, so if you’re in the area in the latter part of the week, stop by to cheer our girls on.  The two day holiday programme will be run again for some of our girls whilst some students will be coming to school for classes.  My thanks to all staff involved in the additional activities for the girls.  It is a great commitment to keep offering opportunities to students to be their best.

 

This is my final newsletter as Principal of Killester.  It has been a privilege to work at the school for the past 31 years, and as Principal for 21 years.  I have a firm belief that as adults, we all share the responsibility of guiding young people to be the best person they can be as they take their position in the world.   Parents have the key role in forming their children, but as a school, we too contribute in a significant way.  This is what has driven me in my role over my career – a clear sense of responsibility towards our young people.  To work in a school that also is deeply imbued by Gospel values of caring for each other and welcoming all has also helped shape my time at Killester.  I leave with gratitude for all I have received from the school community – students, staff, parents and the Stewardship Council.  I wish God’s blessing for each and everyone of you for a future of love and peace,

Leanne Di Stefano, Principal

 

Prayer

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you,
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home,
And may the land of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Latest News and Reminders

The Week Ahead

School Office Holiday Hours - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm

Tuesday 4th July to Friday 7th July - International Netball Competition

Monday 15th July

Student Free Day

Year 12 Biology DNA Lab Excursion to Melbourne University

Tuesday 16th July

Term Three Commences - Students Return

Building Bridges Program at Mazenod from 3.45pm

Thursday 18th July

Year 8 into 9 (2020) Student Briefing P5

Year 10 into 11 (2020) VCE Pathways Night

Friday 19th July

Year 10 Italian Day Out - Catholic Leadership Centre - All day

Year 10 into 11 (2020) Subject Selection OPEN

Year 11 into 12 (2020) Student Briefing P3

Year 9 into 10 (2020) Student Briefing P5

From the Finance Office

The CSEF Allowance closes today and we cannot accept any applications after next Monday. For the last time, if you have a current Health care or Concession card and have not completed a CSEF form, do so now.  If you have outstanding fees and are having difficulty in making payment, please contact  the College to arrange a meeting with the Business Manager by the end of next week.

Upcoming Events

 

Careers

VCAL and Life Skills Community Garden Project

The VCAL students working on this project were: Susan Martin, Jessica Zuel and Marisa Ghneim, with

help from the Life Skill girls and the experience of Tony, we developed a community garden. The first thing we had to do to our garden was to clean and remove the dead weeds and rubbish. This was our least favourite thing to do throughout this project.

 

We grew parsley, silver beet, mint and coriander, We also planted plants in the garden, which made it look so beautiful. These vegetables were all dug out of the garden, and taken to the kitchen to be cleaned. A portion of these vegetables were given to the kitchen to be used in cooking classes and some of the vegetables were sold in the staff room. Our prices ranged around $2.00 - $4.00.

 

We are very thankful for having the opportunity to help our good friend Tony and Ms Brunt. We all enjoyed working together as a team and getting along with one another.

Community Garden Committee 

VCE Biology Excursion

On Tuesday 25th of June all the Unit 1 Biology students went to the Melbourne Zoological Gardens to complete fieldwork to consider the interdependencies which exist between species and their habitat and ecosystem as well as what happens when these are thrown out of balance. After the workshop about the Southern Corroboree Frog and the Philippine’s crocodile, the students took part in a discussion about the process of artificial insemination in the Zoo’s international captive breeding program for the Asian Elephant. Over the day students learnt:

 

  • how to apply what they’re learning in class to a real-world context
  • the scope of skills needed to protect an endangered species and the role of zoos in preserving species biodiversity both in zoos and in their natural environment
  • about the global amphibian crisis, from the cellular level through to the flow on effect on ecosystems

The students had an enjoyable day as they wandered the zoo checking out the range of animals on display. It was great to see the young lions out basking in the sunshine, the streamlined penguins gliding through the water, the elegant giraffe’s strolling their enclosure and the giant tortoise slowly munching on its grass. Most girls found the animal they had selected to observe. They will present a short presentation about their chosen animal, its habitat and distribution, its adaptations and the impact of humans on the species to their peers back at school.


Some Student Reflections:
Kelly: I learnt the difference between an Asian Elephant and African Elephant – Asian elephants
are smaller, lighter in colour, have smaller ears and only the males have tusks. I also thought
the elephants were pretty.

Cindy: The experience was educational as the zoo teachers explained the threats and dangers
to many of the animals as a result of human actions.
Julia: The butterfly room was fun and really warm and comfortable.

Wellbeing

Brigid's Well at Killester

This exciting new space is named after St Brigid, our Patron Saint. She had a determination to help the needy and to empower them through education. Brigid’s Well in Ireland is said to have healing powers and the running sound of water has a calming effect. The Student Services Resource Centre - Brigid’s Well, offers a space for students to:

 

Find calm

Reflect and meditate

Learn how to self care

Seek guidance from the Student Services Team

Access resources relating to well being and pathways

 

Students will have access to Brigid’s Well every lunchtime.  A range of activities will be on offer such as yoga, mindfulness/meditation and Tai Chi.  A Drop-In Centre will be available to students every Wednesday after school, where students will be able to connect with our Student Support Worker.  Our School Psychologist will conduct lunchtime information sessions on a range of issues such as anxiety, friendships and depression. Students will also be able to access information on a wide range of community services such as Headspace, Kids Help Line and Beyond Blue.  Staff with expertise from the areas of Wellbeing, Career Pathways and Learning Diversity will also be available to provide students with guidance.

 

Well being Week introduced students to this space.  On offer each lunchtime was yoga, a Services Expo, meditation, an anxiety information session, Maker Space session, Tai Chi and Zumba.

 

Brigid’s Well has been in the making for the last six months and the Student Services Team is very excited to offer this additional opportunity to support students.  Many thanks goes to Ms Di Stefano for her vision and encouragement in the development of this space as well as Mrs Rotunno and the Maintenance Team for setting it up.

 

 

Luana Doko, Student Wellbeing Coordinator and Katie Mills, Student Support Worker

HEPE and Sport

SCSA Hockey

The SCSA hockey competition was held on Tuesday, 25th June. This was the first time that Killester had entered any teams into SCSA hockey. We entered a junior team (made up of students from Years 7-9) and a senior team (made up of students from Years 10-12).   The girls played against the following schools on Tuesday: Clonard, Ave Maria and St. Aloysius. 

 

With only a handful of students having experience in playing competitive hockey, our teams did exceptionally well. We made two grand finals, and came away with two wins, with both the senior & junior teams winning the plaque.  We are so proud of our girls.  It is clear that the students at Killester have a great talent for hockey!  I think we can now call ourselves the Hockeyroos of the SCSA!

 

Congratulations to Annalise Karamanlis (junior) & Satwant Kaur (senior) who were both voted the most valuable players in their respective grand final matches. Well done girls; a great effort. 

 

Thank you to all the staff who allowed us to take these girls out of some Period 4s so we could train with them as a team - we couldn't have done it without your support so thank you so much!   The girls had a great day.  Thanks you also to Peter Cherrington and James Blanchfield for their efforts with training and coaching throughout Term 2.

 

Rebecca Roberts, Sport Learning Area Leader

English and Humanities

Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition

Ciao Everyone!

On the morning of Wednesday, June 26th, Italian students from Years 9,10 and 11 gathered together and boarded the bus to Melbourne University for the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition. We were all fairly anxious, but also excited as we practised our poems repeatedly on the bus trip there. We entered the lecture room where we were waiting to be called, group by group by our last names. The groups were taken up to a room where we had to recite our chosen poem to one judge. When everyone finished reciting their poems, we were immediately relieved.

After this we made our way to Lygon Street to have some lunch. We ate pizzas, pasta and even gelato!  We were able to choose our preferred restaurants and we also had the opportunity to window shop which is always exciting!

 

There was a lot of excitement on the bus trip back to school after a day packed with fun and exciting memories. The day was, overall, a great experience and we all really enjoyed it!  Now we will have to wait patiently for the results! In bocca al lupo (‘Good luck’ in Italian!)

 

Grazie mille to our teachers, Signorina Maroun, Signora Jamieson, Signorina Timlin and Signora Urban

By the students in Signora Urban’s Year 9 Italian class.

Maths, Science and STEM

Year 10 Scienceworks Excursion

On Monday the 24th of June, the entire Year 10 level made their way to Spotswood to go to Scienceworks on a cold winter morning. When we got there, we ate our morning tea and then the level was split into two. The group that we were in went to the Lightning Room as our first event. In this one hour session, we learnt about how electricity is generated. The presenter also showed us how electricity is used in our everyday lives through many interesting demonstrations. In the end of the session, the presenter made lightning behind the huge Faraday’s cage, and told us the safest ways to protect ourselves if we ever get caught in a lightning  storm. After we had lunch, our group went into the cool Planetarium. We got to sit in chairs that leaned back and the presenter showed us Earth from the time life began through different periods such as the ice age and when lava was running throughout all of Earth. He then “took ”us to different planets such as the Moon, Mars and Venus, and told us why no life exists up there. He also showed us how Melbourne’s night sky would look like on that night with and without light pollution. We have never seen so many stars in our sky before!

 

Before we made our way back to school, we visited the Sports World area, with all different types of activities, such as hand eye coordination, skiing and racing Olympic athletes etc. Overall the day was very interesting and the programs summarised what we learnt in Science at school. The Planetarium was particularly fantastic and a great experience for many of us!

 

Sarah Bose and Adriana D’Agruma, Year 10 St Michael

VCE Biology Excursion

On Tuesday, June 25th all the Unit 1 Biology students went to the Melbourne Zoological Gardens to complete fieldwork to consider the inter-dependencies which exist between species and their habitat and ecosystem, as well as what happens when these are thrown out of balance. After the workshop about the Southern Corroboree Frog and the Philippine’s crocodile, the students took part in a discussion about the process of artificial insemination in the Zoo’s international captive breeding program for the Asian Elephant. Over the day students learnt:

  • how to apply what they’re learning in class to a real-world context
  • the scope of skills needed to protect an endangered species and the role of zoos in preserving species biodiversity both in zoos and in their natural environment
  • about the global amphibian crisis, from the cellular level through to the flow on effect on ecosystems

The students had an enjoyable day as they wandered the zoo checking out the range of animals on display. It was great to see the young lions out basking in the sunshine, the streamlined penguins gliding through the water, the elegant giraffes strolling their enclosure and the giant tortoise slowly munching on grass. Most girls found the animal they had selected to observe. They will present a short presentation about their chosen animal, its habitat and distribution, its adaptations and the impact of humans on the species to their peers back at school.


Some Student Reflections:
Kelly: I learnt the difference between an Asian Elephant and African Elephant – Asian elephants are smaller, lighter in colour, have smaller ears and only the males have tusks. I also thought the elephants were pretty.
Cindy: The experience was educational as the zoo teachers explained the threats and dangers to many of the animals as a result of human actions.
Julia: The butterfly room was fun and really warm and comfortable.

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