Twilight Opening

Join us for a vibrant Twilight Opening on Wednesday the 24th of March from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, to discover all that Killester has to offer. You’ll have a chance to meet and hear from our Principal, staff and students. During the evening you’ll be able to explore our modern facilities and buildings while on a student-led tour. We’re looking forward to seeing you there – all are welcome!

Alumni Career Snapshot – Marta Miranda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marta Miranda, a graduate from our class of 1993. Marta is currently working as a Master Data Lead. Here’s what she had to say about her career path. 

What subjects did you study in Year 12?

Home economics, English, Maths, Drama, Legal, Psychology

What are some of the roles you have held in your career?

  • Community Radio Grants Manager
  • Master Data Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Data Lead on Large System implementations
  • Promotions Co-ordinator

What path did you take to get to where you are now?

I’ve always been a hard worker and have readily put my hand to learn new things. I studied at Tafe briefly, then found an office job and worked my way up in organisations and roles, to become more senior and gain more experience.

Who inspired you to get where you are?

My first manager was a man who always encouraged others. He helped me go from an Office Junior to a Senior Account Manager of a major Airline within a year.  He always told me to not be afraid to make a mistake and give things a go.

What do you love most about what you do?

I enjoy the simplicity of an area I understand and assisting people in education and understanding the way systems work.

What are you most proud of in your career?

My volunteer work. I have spent the last 25 years in community radio in various roles outside of my normal day job and I thoroughly enjoy it, its a great passion of mine and something I get so much from. I am also proud of the networking and connections I have made whilst working for some amazing global companies, this has set me up in a good position for when roles become available people will always reach out to me.

What has been the most challenging thing about your career?

Trying different types of roles and then realising that I am actually good in the Data and Systems space.  Not being afraid to try another area, a few years back I gave up a great contracting role to work for a recruitment company and then realised a week later that I made a mistake.  Then being resilient enough to just get back to what I love.

What have been some career highlights?

The amazing connections and friendships I have made along the way, travelling interstate and being able to gain so much more experience and not taking work opportunities for granted.

Do you have anything special that you remember about your time at Killester College?

The friendships I made along the way, the nurturing teachers and my amazing Drama teacher who told me I had so much potential on the big stage, that I think it translated into my love for my community work.

Do you have any words of wisdom/advice for our Killester Girls?

Don’t overthink things, there is so much emphasis to be someone specific or do something specific, but I encourage you to always put up your hand to try new things in the work environment and to look for ways to enhance your developmental path. Most organisations really encourage you to take the lead on this nowadays.  You have nothing to lose in life by giving something a go or trying something new.

There is no right or wrong in a career, do what makes your heart sing.  You really want to be in a position to say “at least I gave it a go”, you will find your way and find what truly makes you happy.

2021 Uniform Requirements

School Photos- Friday 29th January

Day one of school is School Photos, therefore, students must be in the correct Summer Uniform and hair must be natural in colour. Each ear must have one single, simple earring only and there is to be no obvious makeup (including Eyelash extensions or False lashes). Blazers will be required for the school photos. A Religious necklace is permitted if it is not clearly visible.

Should you choose to attend school on Friday 29th January with extreme hair colour/ style or eyelash extensions you will not be included in the school photos. 

Please note that false eyelashes or eyelash extensions will need to be removed as will any nail polish or false nails (SNS, Shellac etc) before school begins.

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Student Dress Code and Uniform Requirements

Shoes: if you do not need new shoes, students may continue to wear the brown school shoes. Once you need a new pair of shoes you will need to purchase black school shoes. 

Socks and stockings: all students are required to wear the new School socks which are available from Buxwear.

Summer Uniform: White Socks (No other White socks are to be worn).

Winter Uniform: Navy Blue Socks or Stockings (No other Blue socks are to be worn).

Blazers: are to be worn to and from school as the outer garment (Optional on days of temperatures of 30 degrees plus).

Summer uniform: 

-Striped Dress (bottom of knee length)

-Monogrammed Jumper (Navy/ VCE Blue)

-White Killester socks (Long or Short option)

-Black Leather Lace-up School shoes

-Navy Hair Ribbons/ Headbands

-Navy Blazer

Winter uniform:

-Pleated Winter Skirt (bottom of knee-length)

-Killester Long Pants (optional)

-Monogrammed Jumper (Navy/ VCE Blue)

-Blouse

-Black Leather Lace-up School shoes

-Navy Blue Killester Long Socks or Navy Opaque Tights

-Navy Blazer

-College Rain Jacket (outerwear only and not to be worn indoors) 

-College Scarf with Crest

Pants: the College pants can be purchased at the uniform shop, they are an alternative to the winter skirt. You do not need to have both, students may choose to wear the pants or the winter skirt with the winter uniform. 

PE Uniform: Students are permitted to come to and from school in their PE uniform on the days where they have timetabled PE lessons. The school jumper or blazer are not to be worn with the PE uniform. 

-Killester Polo Top

-Sports shoes

-White sports socks

-Killester Rugby Top

-Navy Killester Trackpants

-Navy Killester Shorts

-Navy Killester Cap

Jewellery: 

-Piercings other than one set of earrings are not permitted. Plastic spacers and band aids are not an acceptable alternative. 

-Jewellery is not to be worn with the exception of a wrist watch and one pair or small earrings (studs or sleepers).

Any inappropriate item of Jewellery will be confiscated and returned by the SDL at the end of the day. Any subsequent offence, the item will be confiscated for a longer period of time. 

Make-up & Nail Polish: 

-Make up and eyelash extensions/ false eyelashes are not to be worn. 

-Nail polish, acrylic nails (SNS, Shellac etc) are not permitted.

Other:

Blazers are compulsory for all year levels (optional on forecast temperatures of 30 degrees plus)

-T-shirts/ under garments are not to be visible under uniform

-No tights/ pantihose to be worn with Summer Uniform

-Hair should be tied back for PE/ Home Eco/ Science/ Art & Textiles classes to ensure safety

-Students are NOT to carry their school bags to classes with them. They should remain in their lockers throughout the day.

Meet the Killester Team – Dr Lim

This week we’d like to introduce you to Dr Lim our devoted Science Learning Leader. Dr Lim has an interesting background and many hidden talents, take a look!

We all have a favourite book that we come back to time and time again, what’s yours and what do you love about it?

One of my favourite books is a Chinese autobiographical trilogy entitled “The Torrents: Family. Spring. Autumn” that recounts the decline of a large feudal family following the May Fourth Movement of 1919. I also like Dan Brown’s thriller novels which are packed with mysteries and controversial theories about the Catholic Church.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Mathematics. This has been one of my strongest subjects since I was young. I like the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when I successfully solved a particularly hard problem!

When you were growing up what did you want to be?

I wanted to be a medical doctor to save lives!

What was your first paying job?

A research assistant in a biochemistry lab.

What career path did you follow to get to where you are today?

After finishing my BSc (Hon) degree in Malaysia, I migrated to Australia with my parents. While working as a Research Assistant, I was offered a scholarship to do my PhD. I did a short period of Post Doc in Melbourne after my PhD. When my son was born, my husband and I wanted to introduce him to our culture and let him experience Malaysian life that we have been brought up in. So, we returned to Malaysia for nearly four years. During those years, I had my first “teaching” experience working as a full-time lecturer at the University of Malaya, lecturing Biochemistry to mainly first-year medical students. When my son was ready to start school, we returned to Melbourne. A year before we came back to Melbourne, my daughter was born. She required a lot of care and medical attention. That was when I decided to have a career change so I could spend time with my kids. Teaching became an obvious choice. I could teach other kids as well as my own, and most importantly I could spend school holidays with my children without worrying about childcare! I love it and it has been my career ever since!

What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?

Gardening!  I actually enjoyed it but unfortunately, my fingers are not ‘green’, many plants I planted did not survive!

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

A concert by MSO in Hammer Hall featuring Lang Lang playing Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No.1 in B-flat minor. I love that piece and Lang Lang is an amazing pianist!

What would your ‘spirit-animal’ be and why?

I did a ‘spirit-animal’ quiz. It says I am a cat because it symbolises curiosity, creation, and independence. Apparently, I am always dreaming up a new side project or planning my next adventure! The funny thing is that I’m not a big fan of cats in real life.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I enjoy cooking some ‘special, non-everyday’ food for my family when I am not busy with school work. My family thinks that I am pretty good at it! 

Which historic figure would you like to meet and why?

Donald Trump! He is outspoken, eccentric, has a very different perspective of the world! Amazing he has more than 70millions American voted for him.

What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?

A metal pot for collecting/cooking food/water, a thick coat to keep warm and a good knife for cutting stuff. And my lovely husband as a companion!

Have you met anyone famous?

My son plays a lot of golf. I have been to many golf tournaments and I have seen Tiger Woods up close in a couple of those tournaments.

How long have you worked at Killester?

I started teaching at Killester since 2001. Coming to 20 years!

What is the favourite part of your job?

Apart from imparting my knowledge and share my experience with students, I also enjoy listening to their stories and learning “new-generation” stuff from them.

What motivates you at work?

Knowing that I play a role in helping my students to develop and grow to reach their potential and that I could make a difference to a young person.

What is your favourite thing about Killester?

Our students – their humble backgrounds, their cultures and their respectful nature.

If you had advice/words of wisdom for our girls what would it be?

Life is like a chemical equilibrium, you must consider both sides of the equation and choose the best direction to react that is best for you in that particular situation.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the Killester community?

Other than English, I also speak Mandarin, Malay and a few Chinese dialects (Hokkien, Cantonese and Teow Chew). 

I want to go trekking in Patagonia when the world is safe again!

Alumni Career Snapshot – Vicki Macdermid

We’d like to introduce you to Vick Macdermid a Killester graduate from the class of 1975. Vicki is a Thought Leader, Speaker and Creator of The Power Quotient, a model for mapping and achieving extraordinary potential for leaders and their teams. Here’s her full interview:

What subjects did you study in Year 12?

English, Australian History, General Maths, Legal Studies, Politics

What are some of the roles you have held in your career?

Group Accountant for manufacturing company, Senior Partner at Pitcher Partners, Chair Inclusion & Diversity Committee, Superannuation Fund Board Member & Chair, Charity Boards

What path did you take to get to where you are now?

  • Studied Accounting part-time for two years and then completed my Bachelor’s Degree full time 
  • Took a graduate accountant position with what was then Hungefords which subsequently merged with what became KPMG and a demerger in 1991 when Pitcher Partners was formed
  • Held various roles in the firm and worked in different areas
  • Became a partner in 2001 and retired as a partner in 2020
  • Completed many post-grad studies including Applied Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a research paper “What Horses Teach us about Leadership”
  • Created a leadership program based on my studies for groups and teams incorporating workshops co-facilitated by horses
  • Completed ICF PCC Coaching certification in 2019
  • Currently studying for certification in Positive Intelligence

Who inspired you to get where you are?

Not one person in particular but many for different reasons:

  • my mother who was widowed at age 39 with 6 kids who always worked very hard
  • my uncle who ALWAYS believed in me 
  • many of the partners and others I worked with as a young accountant
  • people I have met through horses 
  • the horses I have met, particularly Macca

What do you love most about what you do?

I get to witness the transformation of potential to power through people interacting with the horses, and each other, in ways that are transformative – I help them make magic.

What are you most proud of in your career?

  • Even when feeling as if I were a voice in the wilderness, I persisted 
  • Creating a path for others & being a source of wisdom
  • Assisting and supporting many younger staff (some now partners) in their career journey
  • First female to qualify as CA while with the firm (Hungerfords)
  • First to take maternity leave
  • First to work part-time
  • First female of the firm to be promoted to partner (Pitcher Partners)
  • Delivering a TEDx on Connection and Intention Through Horse Power in 2019

What has been the most challenging thing about your career?

Often loneliness in gender and approach. I wear my heart on my sleeve and express my views, which, at times, did not serve me. I was also responsible for keeping our house running while working full time which was hugely challenging.

What have been some career highlights?

Being the sponsoring partner for the admission of a new partner in 2017.

Do you have anything special that you remember about your time at Killester College?

To be honest, my friends and I were rather mischievous at school. I have many happy memories of what my close friends and I got up to while at Killester.  At a school reunion, maybe 15 years ago, Sr Anne greeted me with “Have you broken anything yet Vicki?” :). 

 

Do you have any words of wisdom/advice for our Killester Girls?

Make Magic Happen – we all can and we all should. 

Meet the Killester Team – Mr. Lam

This week we’d like you to get to know Mr. Lam, our devoted ICT and Media Teacher, a bit better. Here’s his full interview: 

We all have a favourite book that we come back to time and time again, what’s yours and what do you love about it?

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys when I need reminding to cherish what I have. My second would have to be Way Station by Clifford Simak because it managed to make the universe seem immense and small at the same time. It’s just a quiet little story that is full of hope to relax with.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

It was Art before I discovered computers and film. I understood Maths, but alas, it did not understand me.

When you were growing up what did you want to be?

Nothing clear, but being an immigrant kid, I wasn’t aware of the possibilities at the time. I did aspire to make my mother proud and make enough money to take care of her.

What was your first paying job?

At thirteen, I got an after school job at a restaurant in Springvale. The first thing they got me to do was chop a basket of chilli. I can still remember the chilli acid burning for days under my fingernails. I got paid 16 dollars for the night and I did not return the next day.

What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?

You would think cutting chilli was the worst job, but there were many others worse than that. The worst was working on the farm when I was at University during the summer holidays. Under the 35 degrees sun, I learned that a 65-year-old grandmother was tougher than I was and I wasn’t cut out for manual labour.

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

I’ve been to three Bob Dylan concerts. I did not understand a word he was singing and it sounded like he sang the same song for two hours and it was absolutely mesmerising. Because it’s Dylan – the only songwriter to win the Nobel prize for literature.

What would your ‘spirit-animal’ be and why?

My name in Chinese means Dragon. When I was born, my mother got a soothsayer (that’s right, my mum believed in voodoo) to critique my name and birth signs. He concluded that I would have a lot of trouble with water, so he added a ‘wood’ character next to the ‘dragon’. So my spirit animal is a dragon, clutching a log of wood, drifting in the ocean, trying not to drown. On a side note, I did have a lot of trouble with water, but that’s another story.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I can do the moonwalk, but going forward, otherwise known as walking.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why?

I would love to meet Franz Kafka, just to get a sense of how weird he was and then have tea with Laozi to calm down.

What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?

My guitar, because on a desert island no one can hear you sing. The Brothers Karamazov because it’s one of those books that you lie to people for having read, to sound smart. Maybe with nothing better to do, I’ll actually read it. If I can cheat a little, I’ll also take the complete collection of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I would happily escape to Pratchett’s universe to pass the time. Maybe even then, I’ll still be pretending to be reading The Brothers Karamazov, but is actually reading Terry Pratchett.

Have you met anyone famous?

Arnold Schwarzenegger, when my son won the cup stacking competition he was sponsoring. We shook hands, he congratulated Rui. I drooled a little because it’s Arnold! He was smaller than I imagined, but I imagined him being a giant.

What is the favourite part of your job?

It has to be interacting with students, if it isn’t, you shouldn’t be teaching.

What motivates you at work?

Students are a work in progress, they are full of potential and once in a while, you get to play a part in uncovering that potential. The feeling you get is all the motivation one needs.

What is your favourite thing about Killester?

Our enthusiastic students and dedicated staff, what else?

If you had advice/words of wisdom for our girls what would it be?

Be conscious of time, it is precious.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the Killester community?

Did you know that Stephen Hawking was buried between Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton? How cool is that?

The Tullow Centre has Won 4 Prestigious Architectural Awards

We are more than delighted to announce that our Tullow Centre has received four prestigious architectural awards, namely:

  • Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA)  – 2020 Best Public Building/Structure 
  • Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) – 2020 National Design Memorial Award
  • Design Matters – 2020 Past Presidents’ Award
  • Design Matters – 2020 Best Non-Residential-Commercial Building >$2M

The Tullow Centre (Killester’s Performing Arts and Music Learning Facility) was the vision of Leanne Di Stefano (Killester’s former principal). When it became evident that our Arts curriculum was flourishing we dreamed about the perfect building for both the Performing Arts and Music departments, as well as the rest of the school community. We then met with Crosier Scott’s, a Melbourne based architecture firm, who designed the Performing Arts and Music space of our dreams. 

The new building and surrounding landscape was designed to complement the rest of the campus. The centre is a meaningful and practical addition to the school that can be used for a range of activities. The name Tullow is significant to Killester as Tullow is a town in Ireland where the Brigidine Sisters originated from.

The design incorporates bespoke music and drama facilities, internal and external performance and gathering zones, flexible and adaptable learning and activity spaces, offices and administration areas, as well as functional storage, garage and accessible toilet/change-room facilities alongside landscaped recreational spaces that provide an opportunity for further congregation and summertime performances.

The Centre itself is vibrant warm, welcoming and striking. It is a place where the performing arts can be highlighted, celebrated and taught in purpose-built spaces that all students can enjoy. The design incorporates playful references to musicality through the use of material and colour, while the design fully exploits its location and orientation, weaving the new facility into the fabric of the existing campus. 

We love our new building and can’t wait to see how it is used in the years to come. We will release a virtual walkthrough in time – keep monitoring our Facebook page. 

Alumni Career Snapshot – Jenny Lindell

Meet Jenny Lindell who graduated from Killester College in 1970. Jenny had an interesting career by starting her life as a Medical Imaging Technologist and then shifted across into Politics. She began her political career as an Electorate Officer, then became a Member of Parliament and finally ended up as Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

What subjects did you study in Year 12?

Pure Mathematics, Calculus and Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English

What are some of the roles you have held in your career?

Medical Imaging Technologist, Electorate Officer, Member of Parliament, Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly

What path did you take to get to where you are now?

I loved my 20-year career as a MIT but I became more politically active after my children were born. In 1990 an opportunity presented itself to work in a local MPs office which gave me more time for politics. I was elected in 1999, re-elected in 2002 and 2006, lost my seat in the 2010 election and am now happily retired.

Who inspired you to get where you are?

My parents were determined that their daughters would be given the educational opportunities that their mother was denied and they made many sacrifices to ensure that happened. In return, I made the fullest use of those opportunities.

What do you love most about what you do?

I love being retired and pleasing myself as to how I spend my time. My working life was centred around helping people – within the health sector originally and then through advocacy and legislative change through the political system. 

What are you most proud of in your career?

My four years as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. I was the 35th person to hold that position and only the second woman.

What has been the most challenging thing about your career?

I chose a career that doesn’t have much down. Learning to balance my time between work and family was an immense challenge.

What have been some career highlights?

Being a member of the Bracks/Brumby Government and the reform of the Victorian Legislative Council.

Leading the campaign for and delivering the Aspendale Gardens Primary School.

Being a member of the Alpine Grazing task force which recommended the removal of cattle grazing licences in the Alpine National Park. 

Do you have anything special that you remember about your time at Killester College?

I have especially fond memories of times when I was in trouble with Mother Dorothy!  I have always remembered her kindness in the face of my belligerence and have tried to emulate her behaviour.

Do you have any words of wisdom/advice for our Killester Girls?

Sister Bernadine wrote some words for me as I left Killester in 1970 –

 ‘ the high soul takes the high road, the low soul takes the low road and in between on the misty plains the rest rock to and fro‘

I have always interpreted this to mean that it’s a choice to be made – high, low, in between – nothing is set in stone, your future is in your hands.

Meet the Killester Team – Ms. Buick

Meet Ms Buick, Killester’s well-loved Principal. We interviewed Ms Buick to help you get to know our fearless and faithful leader a bit more. 

We all have a favourite book that we come back to time and time again, what’s yours and what do you love about it?

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, it is a superb story about adversity, family and love…he writes beautifully and captures the heart of Australia.

What was your favourite subject at school and why?

Literature, mainly because I love to read and understand how clever authors put together their work.

What was your first paying job?

Helper at a Florist.

What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?

Selling pens over the phone…I hated it because I had to cold call people and try to sell them a pen. The only people who wanted to talk were very lonely and they just wanted to chat and then I hated asking them to buy a silly pen, I was pretty bad at that job and only lasted two days.

What’s the best concert you’ve been to?

Melissa Etheridge.

What would your ‘spirit-animal’ be and why?

A dolphin because swimming in the ocean is one of my favourite things to do.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I am “an iceberger” which means I swim (when I am allowed outside of the 5 km zone) every morning at Brighton beach. I try to do this all year round and we don’t wear wetsuits so it can get pretty cold in Winter.

Which historical figure would you like to meet and why?

Edith Cowan, who was the first female parliamentarian in Australia, and Nelson Mandela who always spoke about peace. If I get to go way back in time it would be pretty cool to have a chat and a cup of tea with Jesus.

What are the three items you would take with you on a desert island?

I am going to cheat and count my family as one item, and a kindle as a second one, even though I know there wouldn’t be internet or power…and I guess a box of matches.

Have you met anyone famous?

I met Pope John Paul II in Sydney in 1986.

What is the favourite part of your job?

Talking to the students and hearing their dreams for their future and the way they can help create a better society.

Do you have a favourite biblical scripture and if so what is it?

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”.

What motivates you at work?

My unshakeable belief that every single person has the right to an education, that an education gives every young woman choices, that an education is the way to create a fair and just society. This founded upon our Catholic values.

What is your favourite thing about Killester?

The students and staff.

If you had advice/words of wisdom for our girls what would it be?

Wow, only one is too hard. Always listen with your heart to what others and your god are saying to you, always strive to be the best version of yourself…and your body; your rules.

 

Alumni Career Snapshot – Dr Susie Tang, PhD

This week we are profiling Dr Susie Tang who graduated from Killester in the class 2011 and went on to study Medicine and become a Doctor.

VCE Subjects Taken

  • English
  • Maths Methods
  • Specialist Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology

My Career Highlights

  • The exposure and opportunities to interact with patients and their families as a medical student and transitioning to becoming a junior doctor has been very rewarding.
  • The medical field is endless – I’ve attended trauma calls in emergency, help delivered babies, assessed sick kids & scrubbed into theatre to help the surgeons.

Top 3 Things of My Career

  • Everyday is something different
  • Helping those who are at their most vulnerable
  • You never stop learning

Challenges of Being a Doctor

  • Endless studying
  • Late nights and weekend shifts

My Advice for the Killester Girls

If you are passionate about making a difference in someone else’s life and love your sciences, I would highly recommend Medicine as a career. It’s a life-long journey but definitely rewarding!