The core components – Explore and Challenge– combine best practice and current research with Kilvington’s vision of inspired learning within a holistic framework. The School’s Year 9 Program offers students the best of both worlds, enabling them to participate in valuable experiences outside the School while remaining within Kilvington’s community.
Students volunteer their time every Friday for one semester with a community or environment group. During this time they contribute and engage with their site. At the conclusion of the semester, student teams create a display based on their experience and present it to parents, teachers and their site supervisors at a Challenge Expo Night.
Students participate in two key activities as part of the Explore focus of Year 9. This includes a city camp and the Be Your Best Self character conference
Year 9 ‘Be Your Best Self’ Character Conference
Supporting Kilvington’s key pillar of Character, students participate in a week of talks and activities designed to encourage them to be their ‘best selves’. Students listened to a range of speakers including former Olympian Phil Burrows who talked about grit, resilience and resourcefulness. To encourage the students to learn about empathy they undertook a challenge to create a prosthetic hand and learned how to manoeuvre a wheelchair.
Students stay in the city for their ‘Urban Experience’ City Camp. Throughout the week, the students explore the physical, cultural and social issues facing Melbourne. They also have the opportunity to explore and become immersed in Melbourne’s many unique precinct areas.
Importantly, students choose an important social or economic issue and use their time in the CBC to develop a possible solution. They then present this project to their peers, staff and parents at a special Explore Project presentation evening.
Year 9 - Discover Who You Can Be
Year 9 Curriculum Handbook