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.'
Year 9 'Make a Difference' Day
Vietnam Social Services Trip 2011
All Houses have three components to their social service: Educational, Financial and Practical. For the Educational component, all Houses invite a speaker from their charity to an Assembly, giving students an understanding of their charity’s benefits. The Financial component allows students to organise one casual clothes day and one other fundraising activity to raise money for their charity. The Practical component ensures that students in each House are actively contributing in a positive way.
Each Junior School class chooses a social service activity for the year, which could be anything from supporting Guide Dogs to singing at the local aged care facility. All classes will make presentations about their project in Junior School Assemblies (educational component), along with a practical activity. Some may also make a financial contribution, depending on the charity.
Barrett House's chosen charity is Machaseh House. Established by the St Kilda Baptist Church, Machaseh House provides a home for secondary students unable to live with their families while they finish their schooling. Jasmine, who lives and works at Machaseh House, spoke to students at a Senior School Assembly about the positive effect Machaseh has had on many students. To raise funds, Barrett ran a casual clothes day in Term One and a cupcake stall in Term Two. The Barrett tutor groups also donated goods to create four large Easter hampers.
The other Senior School Houses also follow this three-part model. Fysh supports Indigenous Hospitality House, offering a peaceful atmosphere for Indigenous people supporting a family member in Melbourne's hospitals. Burman supports the Cancer Council Australia, including Daffodil Day, and Fethers supports Baptcare.
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. Early in 2010, the students organised ‘Frosty Fridays’ to raise funds for Haiti. World Vision appreciates the students’ generous donations.
Every year, we have had some outstanding speakers visit the School. For instance, Jimmy Pham, the Founder and Director of KOTO, recently addressed Years 10 – 12 at a specially organised Assembly. KOTO is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. Jimmy is a humanitarian who has been bettering the lives of Vietnamese street children for over a decade.