Year 8 – Engaged in Enquiry

The Year 8 Curriculum is challenging and stimulating, and students are encouraged to be adventurous and follow lines of enquiry. The strong focus on thinking skills and nurturing inquisitive attitudes develops Year 8 students’ ability to construct their own understandings and successfully solve problems.

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Featured Programs

Our Sustainable World

A ‘think tank’ over three exciting days incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths where students actively take part in researching and developing solutions to environmental and social challenges, including the design and building of a sustainable city.


Every year, Kilvington Year 8 students host STEAM Week. This includes activities such as creating an interactive mural to make STEAM visible in the school environment.

They also participate in a wide range of workshops from practical, hands on activities as well as observing and working with special guest presenters from various fields.

Empowering Connections Through Character Development

Character and Connections workshops have been introduced for all students in Years 7-10 as part of Kilvington’s Character Initiative. These workshops helps students improve their relationships with staff and their peers and reflect on and strengthen their own character.

Each year level has a different focus theme and this theme will be developed and reinforced through a variety of different practical activities and workshops.

Giving students the opportunity to have time away from academic pressures to improve their overall wellbeing and mental health will in turn help students become more committed to their academic journey.  The workshops also give us time to resolve any concerns and manage students’ relationships.

In Year 8, students participate in four THE 3Cs IN RELATIONSHIPS workshops focused on  compassion, care and collaboration.

Student Wellbeing

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.