Monthly Archives: February 2017

Launch of our new College website

“This is what knowledge really is. It is finding out something for oneself with pain, with joy, with exultancy, with labor, and with all the little ticking, breathing moments of our lives, until it is ours which is rooted in the structure of our lives.”

–          Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

I am delighted to announce the launch of our new College website today. The new website can be located at . The website is the brainchild of 2016 Kardinia graduate, Torin Peel, and his company Swiftfox, .

In a wonderful display of initiative, Torin and his fellow Swiftfox Director and current Kardinia Year 12 student, Hamish Boyd, pitched the idea for a new website to me during the latter half of 2016. The boys showed a great deal of business acumen well beyond their years and really left me with no choice but to accept their proposal to create a modern, attractive website that reflects who we are as a College.

I encourage you to visit our new website and see the end product for yourself. We are also keen to ensure that the website continually evolves and improves so please take the opportunity to provide feedback and ideas through the link on the website.


Have a great week!

Significant Events

Prefect Investiture and Colours Ceremony

Last Thursday our College celebrated our first major event of the year, the Prefect and Colours Investiture. The ceremony was a significant one in our calendar and was an opportunity to not only invest our incoming College Prefects but also acknowledge the outstanding work of our students in 2016 through the awarding of Colours.

These events always remind me of what makes Kardinia so special. From the respectful nature with which the 1300 strong student body observed the ceremony, to the calibre of the speeches delivered by our students, to the performances by our talented musicians and the wide range of achievements by our Colours recipients, it really was Kardinia personified. Respectful, wise and friendly within a climate of acceptance and excellence. This is Kardinia!

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IB Awards Ceremony

I also had the opportunity to attend the Victorian and Tasmanian IB awards ceremony in Melbourne last week along with our IB coordinator, Ainslie Howard and our Director of Marketing and Admissions, Sarah Milford. This event celebrates all IB graduates from 2016 and acknowledges those students who received IB scores of 40 and above. Kardinia had three students in this category with Connor Hoekstra, Annika Hoffmann and Katherine Sercombe all receiving Certificates of Distinction. Annika was also acknowledged as one of only 19 students in Victoria and Tasmania who achieved a perfect score of 45. A tremendous achievement.

Parent Events

It has been wonderful to see so many parents attend the various welcome evenings held in the Junior School last week as well as the College Open Day on Sunday. These events provide the perfect opportunity for parents to connect with the school at the beginning of the academic year and for our staff to connect with parents. The following events are listed on KICONLINE as well as in the study planner.

There will be an opportunity for new Senior School parents to attend a welcome evening on February 23 from 730pm in the Hall. I would encourage all new parents to the Senior School to attend this evening as it provides us with the opportunity to share a little about the Senior School with parents as well as providing parents with the opportunity to meet staff and fellow parents.

An information evening for all Year 8 and 9 parents will be held on March 14 from 730pm in the Hall.

There will be an opportunity for all parents to attend a Drug and Alcohol Seminar at the College with Paul Dillon on March 8. We ran this informative session last year and received very positive feedback from parents.

Parent teacher interviews in the Senior School will be held on March 24, 28 and 30 this term and in the Junior school on March 28.

March 25 is KICFEST and it promises to be another fabulous event. Keep an eye out for further information from the KICFEST committee in the coming weeks.

Of course parents are also welcome to contact teachers directly to discuss progress and concerns and all teachers will attempt to meet with parents as soon as is possible.

Have a great week!


Opening of Kardinia Grove

“Kardinia Grove”, our Year 5 campus, was officially opened by our College chairperson, Yoshi Katsumata, at a ceremony held on February 2, 2017. Over 100 parents and staff attended the opening where the work of the Kardinia Grove steering committee, led by Matt Baron, was celebrated and acknowledged. “The Grove”, as it has become affectionately known as, is an exceptional learning environment that emphasises place based learning and encourages our learners to learn about their environment so that they can make positive changes. Our Year 5 students have embraced the new campus with a great deal of enthusiasm and have already begun making the campus their own. The Grove will be available for College group events such as art and sporting camps so that our entire College benefits from this wonderful facility. We will also be providing opportunities for parents to attend Open days at The Grove to experience the campus first hand.



Kardinia welcomes Dr Sam Ginsberg to the College Board  



I am delighted to inform the community that Dr Sam Ginsberg has been appointed to the Kardinia College Board. Dr Ginsberg along with his wife, Jenny, visited the College last week as part of his induction into the College and to attend his first Board meeting.

Dr Ginsberg brings a wealth of experience in education, psychology and community service to the Board and compliments the skills and interests of existing Board members. Dr Ginsberg will be attending numerous College events this year and is looking forward to meeting students, staff, parents and alumni.



Kardinia International College Board

(Yoshi Katsumata (Board Chair), Dr Sam Ginsberg, Graham Corney (Board Deputy Chair), Hiroko Suzuki, John Goodfellow)

Welcome to 2017

I am delighted to welcome the Kardinia community to the 2017 Academic Year and in particular make special mention of those families who have joined us for the first time this year. I know that our community will make you feel welcome and I look forward to seeing all parents at the various College events throughout the year. I will also be informing the community about our upcoming elections to the Parent Development Board in the coming weeks so keep an eye out in Enews for further details.

We have had a fabulous start to the year today with 1900 students and over 200 staff settling straight into the routine of teaching and learning. It was wonderful to see the smiling faces as students entered school this morning and hearing stories of their adventures over the holidays. It was also nice to have a campus full of students again after 7 weeks of holidays.

2017 promises to be another landmark year in Kardinia’s short history. Today saw the first group of Year 5 students head out to “The Grove” for their first day of place based learning. We look forward to sharing the Grove campus with the community throughout the year and providing opportunities for families to visit and see the exciting work that is going to take place there. We have the official opening this week, which also coincides with our first Board meeting of the year. Our Chairman, Mr Katsumata, is also on site this week and enjoying visiting classrooms and talking to our students.

2017 also marks the launch of our new strategic plan (2017-2020) which very clearly sets out our strategic priorities and goals for the next 4 years.

Some of our goals for 2017 are:

  • Develop a K-12 pedagogical framework that underpins all teaching and learning;
  • Increase opportunities for student engagement in the local and international community;
  • Fully exploit student data to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Develop a Kardinia definition of international mindedness and audit our curriculum to ensure it truly is a balanced international curriculum;
  • Develop a shared understanding and approach to student wellbeing;
  • Develop a dynamic social media framework;
  • Create a digitally agile and flexible teaching and learning environment;
  • Enhance sporting and outdoor learning spaces;
  • Refurbish toilet blocks and increase availability across the College

The full strategic Plan along with the 2017 Annual Plan will be uploaded to our new College website when it is launched in the coming weeks.


2016 Academic Results

I am delighted to inform the community that our 2016 Academic results were once again outstanding and matched our record-breaking results achieved in 2015. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the 2016 Year 12 cohort along with all staff that supported and facilitated their learning during their time at Kardinia. Families also play a huge part in achieving these results, as they truly are a community achievement.

Results Highlights

Annika Hoffmann: IB Score 45/45 = ATAR 99.95

Dux of Geelong

Kardinia has had the Dux of Geelong for the last two years


28% of Y12 cohort received an ATAR of 90 or above

52% of Y12 cohort received an ATAR of 80 or above


IB average score of 36 compared to a world average of 29.21


Have a great year!