Our Student Wellbeing Program
Based upon the core conviction that every individual is of infinite value and intrinsic worth and needs to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, Kilvington has always had an enviable reputation for care.
We recognise that students learn most effectively when their emotional, social and physical needs are met. By supporting each student, promoting self-confidence in a happy and warm environment and working closely with families, we strive to ensure that each child flourishes.
Care is embedded within our academic, co-curricular and mentoring programs. Due to the small size of our student population, our students are not one of many in a crowd but are known to staff for their unique personality, strengths, talents, passions and interests.
The learning environment nurtures a growth mindset, underpinned by the understanding that with effort and resilience, students can be purposeful in their pursuit of personal best goals.
We also offer many specialised programs to help facilitate the sense of care in the School including our Buddy program, a vertical House System, Social and Emotional Learning programs, The Character Initiative and a Mentoring Program.
Classroom teachers assume primary pastoral care responsibility for each child in the Junior School, and they are supported by the Junior School Coordinators, Head of Junior School and Counsellor/Chaplain.
Our Student Buddy program has been designed to extend the feeling of connection between year levels, giving younger students in our Junior School a special friend. ELC and Prep students pair up with students from Years 4 – 6.
The younger and older Student Buddies do a variety of fun activities together, including reading and writing stories, cooking, and active play. Helping out with social issues is one of the major responsibilities of a Student Buddy and Student Buddies look out for each other at recess and lunchtime.
Social and Emotional Learning Program
Kilvington values and actively supports the development of personal, social and emotional wellbeing within our students. Through our Social and Emotional Learning program students participate in a variety of implicit and explicit learning opportunities aimed at developing students capacity to maintain positive relationships with others, manage emotions and develop self-confidence and self-esteem.
Your child will spend an hour each week participating in our Social and Emotional Learning program.
Kilvington’s Senior School Pastoral Care System is organised into the four House groups: Barrett (red); Burman (yellow); Fethers (blue) and Fysh (green).
The system is divided into Tutor Groups for Years 7–9 and Years 10–12, with three areas of assistance within it: the Tutor, the House Dean and the Head of Senior School, supported by the Counsellor/Chaplain, Year 9 and VCE Coordinators, Learning Support teachers and International Student Coordinator.
Kilvington has a Vertical Pastoral Care System. Its strengths, compared to a year level or other pastoral care systems, are:
- – students are well known and valued for who they are;
- – deeper relationships and connections between students and staff flourish;
- – a greater sense of House identity develops, whereby older students look out for younger ones, underpinning the ‘family concept’ and developing a community culture;
- – younger students can see what lies ahead in later year levels and be mentored;
- – more friends in other year groups are made.
We run a number of specialised programs for our Senior Students to help them develop life skills and manage the expectations of school life. These include: alcohol awareness workshops; how to ace your exams, staying safe on public transport, driving seminars and time management skills.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Year 12 Exam Stress
Supporting your teenager through their final school exams can be extremely daunting for parents. However, maintaining a calm household will ensure your child has the best chance of success.
To perform at their best, students will need regular and adequate sleep, a healthy diet, daily exercise and regular reassurance from parents that their success in life does not depend on their final mark. Many students will experience high levels of anxiety and depression during this time, so it is important that their mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.
Students should do plenty of practice exams, focussing on questions they don’t understand and always getting feedback from teachers. Parents should try not worry if they feel their child isn’t studying enough. Sometimes students need to experience the consequences of their choices as they do not have the maturity to associate effort with outcome. Getting a bad mark will not be the end of the world, but more of an inconvenience.
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Student Leadership Program
Leadership skills are one of the most important elements of success.
At Kilvington, we prepare students for the challenges of leadership. There are four major leadership positions at Kilvington: two School Co-Captains and two School Co-Vice Captains. It is the role of these Leaders to publicly represent our School, organise activities, and provide inspiring leadership to other students.
From each House there are also two Year 12 Co-Captains, two Year 11 Co-Vice Captains, and two Year 9 Leaders. In addition, Years 11 and 12 students have opportunities to hold a range of Academic and Co-curricular Leadership Positions These include: English, Science, Humanities, Languages, Art, Music and Digital Technologies Leaders, as well as Christian, Choral, Debating, Sport, Sustainability, Student Mentor and Robotics Leaders. Students of different ages are able to jointly participate with their elders, giving them a valuable sense of shared responsibility.
Children undergo three significant transitions during their school life:
Kindergarten to Prep, Year 6 to Year 7, and Senior School to University.
At Kilvington, we understand that children are especially susceptible to big changes, which is why we have made the process as smooth as possible by providing valuable support during these important moments in every child’s schooling.
Transition from ELC to Prep
Many children and families look forward to starting Prep with excitement, whilst others feel a little nervous. To assist and support families and children with this transition, Kilvington offers a number of orientation events in the Term before starting Prep. We work closely with families to help ensure the experience is a positive one.
Transition from Year 6 to Year 7
Kilvington’s transition program makes the exciting transition from Junior to Senior School into a special occasion, and helps students adjust quickly and comfortably to their new environment. At the end of Year 6, students are given the opportunity to participate in Senior School life for a day. This period allows them to preview the next year’s experiences, and to get a feel for their new environment.
To ensure that our Year 7 students are as comfortable as possible, we have created a special half-day orientation session for them, which begins before the rest of School has begun. During this time, they can explore the Senior School campus and begin to feel at home.
Transition to VCE
The two years of VCE are the most challenging of school life. With this in mind, we have implemented a comprehensive adjustment program to prepare students for this significant change. Kilvington’s two-week ‘Head Start’ program lays the groundwork for students’ future VCE success. During this time they refine their time management and study skills, both of which will be absolutely essential in the final two years of Senior School.
Several motivational speakers address students during this time. Two guest speakers featured in the past were ex-footballer Tom Hafey, and Daniel Dobos from Mental Blank Coaching. Both speakers talked to Year 10 students about the importance of maintaining focus and dedication in the years ahead. By the end of the Head Start program, students have gained a distinct advantage in terms of their future VCE performance.
Transition from Year 12 to University
The time between Senior School and University can be a challenging one, as students are required to make important choices that will affect their future careers.
To help students make the right choice about their time after VCE, ‘Gap Year’ providers are available throughout the year for consultation.
Kilvington’s Careers Day presents students with a full range of future options. Included on the day are motivational speakers, featuring people telling stories about the different paths their careers have taken.
We also strongly encourage students to attend University and TAFE Open Days, in order to gain more information about Melbourne’s educational options.