Principal Jon Charlton’s belief that every individual deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion reflects Kilvington’s motto: ‘Not for our own, but others’ good.’
All student leaders have a responsibility to community service at Kilvington. In addition to this, two School leaders are selected to oversee Kilvington’s social and community service program each year.
For one semester in Year 9 Students engage in the K Challenge. This takes the form of a negotiated contract in which students embark on a challenge with a focus in one of the following three areas:
• The Community
• The Global World
• The Environment
Students select a site to volunteer their skills. Not only will your child participate, contribute and engage with their community, but they will also create and implement a project that positively contributes to their selected site. At the conclusion of your child’s Year 9 journey, they will have gained important insights into the broader world, learned how to manage their own physical wellbeing, engaged with their teachers and classmates on a deeper and more collaborative level and taken responsibility for creating a positive outcome for a community-based organisation.
Each House selects a community organisation to support for the year. They are then allocated a term during which a number of fundraising initiatives are held on behalf of their chosen charity. House Captains and Vice-Captains rally support from the Kilvington community for initiatives such as bake sales, sausage sizzles, competitions and smoothie sales. Charities have included YGAP, Very Special Kids, the Australian Childhood Foundation, Indigenous Hospitality House, Cancer Council Australia, and Baptcare.
The K24 Challenge is a whole of School community event that raises funds for charity. Students, staff, parents and the wider community form teams to cycle the furthest distance in 24 hours. In 2016 the K24 Challenge will be supporting Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, a charity dedicated to inspiring discussion about organ and tissue donation.
The World Challenge
Senior School students have the opportunity to participate in World Challenge activities.
In order to attend, students have to raise the majority of the funds themselves and most of the trip is student-led. Activities include living in a remote village and working with the local community on projects such as building facilities for local schools and churches.
They will also participate in treks, local adventures and cultural activities.
This program helps develop student leadership, teamwork and decision-making skills, and contributes to a global perspective of the world around them.
Kilvington’s whole-school charity is World Vision, which provides emergency relief and assists community development projects. Together, these address the causes of poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency. Kilvington participates in the 40 Hour Famine and channels crisis funding through World Vision.