Kilvington Grammar School is renowned for leading the way in curriculum and co-curricular areas through Flagship Programs. These ‘Flagships’ have an emphasis on best practice and partnerships between our School and the community. We pride ourselves on our achievements in these areas on a local, state and national level and are constantly looking for new ways to excel in them.
The Flagship Programs not only provide us with a high profile in education, but also offer our students the unique opportunity to shine on the bigger stage. Furthermore, the size of our School allows your child to participate in many programs.
See below more information about our key Flagship Programs: Writing, STEAM, Robotics, Performing Arts, Technology and Global Connections.
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”– William Faulkner
Writing well and in the correct style is a vital skill in education and life, and practice in this area is needed regularly. It is a life-long activity that requires us to take risks, to find our voice and then to reflect. Our vision is to encourage and support students with their endeavors, to ‘get (their thoughts) down’ and to ‘take chances’.
One of the ways we do this is through the annual Kilvington Writers Festival. This week-long program provides the opportunity for our community to express itself and to celebrate the gift and power of writing. We are committed to fostering students to become responsible global citizens capable of communicating, collaborating and empathising with their peers and others worldwide.
Global Connections Through Writing
At Kilvington, we have partnerships with schools in Indonesia, Japan and China. Our students connect with their international peers through a variety of platforms including a Blog established by Year 8 students titled, ‘Looking through a window I see…’. This joint curriculum project allows Year 8 students from Kilvington and Global Jaya International School, Jakarta, to post and share thoughtful, colourful and often poignant observations of their surrounding environment.
We encourage our students to participate in a range of competitions including the ICAS English Competition, Write Across Australia, Somerset Celebration of Literature and the Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Competition.
“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein
STEAM encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. STEAM develops students’ skills beyond the traditional Science, Technology, Art and Mathematics curricula. They apply their skills from these lessons to complete transdisciplinary projects, solving real-world problems. These projects not only enrich the acquisition of STEAM skills, but develops core capabilities such as digital literacy, problem solving, communication, creativity and critical thinking.
Within the STEAM program is an outstanding Robotics program. Beginning in Year 4, Robotics challenges students’ coding and building skills, as well as their problem solving, creativity and resilience. Robotics is taught as part of the curriculum from Years 4-9, and students have the option of joining the prize winning Robotics Club from Year 5, that competes and has enjoyed successful at a state and national level.
Performing Arts (Music)
“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” – Leonard Bernstein
Kilvington is committed to providing all students with the finest possible Performing Arts experiences. The growth and development of every student is realised as they become proficient performers who can capably evaluate, understand and appreciate the unique qualities of the Performing Arts. The Performing Arts Faculty is an environment characterised by rigorous learning challenges and expressive creativity. It is a place where young people make connections as they share the experience and joy of the Arts together.
For more information on Music at Kilvington visit our Performing Arts page.
“Technology can become the ‘wings’ that will allow the educational world to fly further and faster than ever before – if we allow it.” – Jenny Arledge
Kilvington has long a history of being at the forefront where technology is concerned. We were one of the first laptop schools in Australia, was a Beta-testing site for the ‘Schools Net’ program, which was dedicated to successfully integrating the internet into schools, and was Australia’s first wireless school.
As part of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, your child will enjoy a high level of exposure to different forms of technology from Prep through to Year 12 including iPads, Tablets, and Windows and Mac-based devices. We offer Year 9 Game Programming, Year 9 Animation and Multimedia, and VCE Unit 1 and 2 IT.
We continue to maintain our progressive reputation when it comes to technology with the introduction of 3D printing into the curriculum to further enhance learning. Students from Years 6 – 9 are incorporating the printers into projects such as designing and producing playgrounds, creating characters for use in stop-motion films and ebooks and building robots. The next step will be 4D printers!
The School encourages participation among students in Years 5–10 in the ICAS Computer Competition.
For more information on Technology at Kilvington, click here.
“As our collective world gets smaller, the worlds in which we individually engage become more numerous and complex” – David Perkins
To provide our students with a global perspective that exposes them to different languages and cultures, and to prepare them for a highly connected world, Kilvington has developed strong partnerships with internationally-based schools in France, Japan, Indonesia, and China.
Students have the opportunity to travel to our sister schools as part of study, cultural or sporting tours, host students from these schools, as well as collaborate on projects using technology such as Skype.