Monthly Archives: October 2016

Gotemba Nishi 50th Anniversary Celebrations

This week marks a very special week in our college calendar. Our original sister school, Gotemba Nishi High School, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Kardinia’s partnership with Gotemba Nishi dates back to our very beginnings in 1996 and it is a relationship built on mutual trust and respect. This week I will be attending the celebrations in Japan along with our Deputy Principal, Paul Dowie and Business Manager, Gary Polglaze, as guests of Gotemba Nishi.  The celebrations will take place over a number of days and will also be attended by current Kardinia students who are attending Gotemba Nishi as part of our Sister School Exchange program. I look forward to representing our College during the celebrations and reporting back on the events in Enews next week.


Have a great week!



Sister School Signing and Year 12 Celebrations

Sister School Agreement signed with Discovery College, Hong Kong


I am delighted to inform the Kardinia community that we have signed a Sister School Agreement with Discovery College, Hong Kong. Discovery College is an all through (Year 1-Year 13) IB College (PYP, MYP and DP) located on Discovery Bay, Hong Kong. Kardinia already has strong links with Discovery College with a number of ex Kardinia staff members currently working at Discovery College, a number of ex Discovery College students currently attending Kardinia and it was also the school where our Junior School Head of School, Matt Baron, previously worked as the Vice Principal of the Junior School. Discovery College is part of the English School Foundation’s group of schools and also happens to be one of the schools I worked with during my time in Hong Kong.


The main aim of the partnership is to strengthen relationships, understanding and appreciation between the two schools. We aim to achieve this through the creation of opportunities for students and staff to participate in both formal exchange programs and short term visits as well as through sharing resources and collaborating on the curriculum.


The signing of this Sister School Agreement adds to the already established Sister School partnerships that we enjoy with Gotemba Nishi High School in Japan and Saint Alyre in France. These programs play an important role in helping us fulfil our cornerstone goal of developing internationally minded students who are both culturally aware and sensitive.


Year 12 Celebrations

Last week saw our school community come together for a number of significant Year 12 celebrations. The traditional Year 12 breakfast on Wednesday was a lovely event where staff and students shared breakfast at the beginning of the school day. Thursday saw the Year 12 Celebration Day which was a highly energised event complete with plenty of water and good humour. The Graduation Ceremony on Thursday evening was another classic Kardinia event with plenty of tradition and ceremony making the event a memorable one for all involved. The week concluded with ta wonderful Graduation Dinner on Friday evening where families had the opportunity to celebrate the end of their child’s formal secondary education. All in all, a fabulous way to honour our graduating class of 2016!

Have a great week!



Kardinia Spring Ball


The inaugural Kardinia Spring Ball was held on Saturday evening and if the enthusiasm on the dance floor was anything to go by, the event was a roaring success! It was a wonderful evening with outstanding entertainment provided by both our highly talented school band, Square One and the accomplished performers in Mad House from Melbourne. The Ball was the brainchild of the Parent Development board and in particular, Maree Robertson, who did an outstanding job in organising the event and encouraging parents and staff to attend. I am sure after the success of the evening that the Kardinia Spring Ball is here to stay!


If you would like to get involved with the Parent Development Board or just help out at KICfest, please come along to our final Parent Development Board meeting of the year on Thursday, November 17. All meetings are held in Main House (Morongo House) and commence at 730pm. We would love to see some new faces at the meeting.


Have a great week!


Welcome Back to Term 4


Welcome back to all members of the Kardinia community to what is shaping as an extremely busy and exciting final term. The final term of the school year is always one that is met with mixed emotions and I am sure this year will be no different as the excitement of looking forward to the end of the year is mixed with the realisation that for our year 12 students that this will be the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

We are starting the term with a week of Chinese cultural celebrations which have been coordinated by our overseas students from China. The program aims to provide our student body with a glimpse into Chinese culture and I am sure our students are going to enjoy the variety of activities on offer.

This Saturday evening sees the Parent Development Board hosting the inaugural Spring Ball which I am sure is going to be an outstanding event. The Ball is an opportunity for staff and parents to come together and enjoy an evening of fine food and refreshments in a relaxing setting. I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at this event.

Next week we move into our Year 12 graduation ceremonies and dinner which our entire year 12 student body are looking forward to. This is an opportunity for us to honour our departing year 12 students and wish them all the very best for their upcoming exams which will take place over the coming month.

The remainder of term four is just as busy as we have numerous events happening around the College and I would encourage all parents to keep a regular eye on the calendar on KIC Online to ensure they are up to date and prepared for the term ahead.

Have a great week and a fabulous final term!