Based upon our core conviction of every individual is of infinite value and intrinsic worth, and needs to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect, we have an enviable reputation for care at Kilvington.

Care at Kilvington


We recognise students learn most effectively when their emotional, social and physical needs are being met. Kilvington achieves this through fostering personal excellence, building relationships, strengthening character and developing spirit:

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In the areas of:

  • Supporting academic achievement
  • Encouraging personal best
  • Monitoring student progress

In the areas of:

  • Positive social skills
  • Respect and empathy
  • Belong and connectedness
  • Understanding and inclusivity

In the areas of:

  • Mindfulness and gratitude
  • Courage and positivity
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Confidence and adaptability

In the areas of:

  • Individual
  • House
  • Community
  • Global

Senior School Mentors meet regularly with students, both collectively and individually, in small Mentor Groups of approximately 10 – 12 students.

Topics discussed include stress management, healthy habits, relationship building, and study strategies. Plus as one-on-one conversations about each student’s progress, and any issues relating to their wellbeing and academic progress.

Mentors are key contacts for parents regarding their child's social, emotional and academic wellbeing. Effective mentoring relies on building strong connections between staff, students and parents, and our Mentors are committed to knowing each student; knowing their interests, strengths, weaknesses, and academic goals and outcomes.

Pastoral Care
The goal of pastoral care is to support each student, promote self-confidence in a happy and warm environment, and work closely with families to ensure that each child will flourish. Pastoral care consists of mentoring, guiding, monitoring and nurturing the students.
— Rev Janet Woodlock, School Chaplain

What is best for students to maximize their care?

  • Monitor academic and wellbeing needs of every student.
  • A pastoral care system that ensures students are personally connected and individually known and cared for by equipped, empowered and confident staff.

School House System

The Kilvington student body is organised into the four School House groups - Barrett, Burman, Fethers, and Fysh.

There are several House competitions run throughout the year including athletics, arts and swimming.

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 (with support from Kilvington's Counsellor and Chaplain, Year 9 and VCE Coordinators, Learning Support Teachers and our International Student Coordinator).

Support Programs

Kilvington have partnered with a number of innovative and highly reputable external organisations as part of our curriculum to support our students’ wellbeing.

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Kilvington adopts Independent Schools Victoria's Project Wayfinder curriculum. Founded at Stanford University’s d.School, Project Wayfinder brings an innovative approach to social emotional learning. These programs are inspired by cutting-edge, academic research and draw upon practices of traditional wayfinding navigation (Self, Community, Action) and is tailored for each year level.



Self - Students learn to explore their identities and experiences through activities focused on sharing, reflecting, and understanding.

Community - Assists students to build meaningful and compassionate relationships with each other, their communities, and the wider world.

Action - Supports students to be change agents and increase belonging with themselves, each other, and the wider world.



Self - Supports students to explore who they are by uncovering their personal stories and the gifts they have to offer the world.

Community - Students consider their relationship to the world, issues they care about, and where they can contribute.

Action - Students learn to be change agents in their communities by equipping them with skills to navigate their lives with purpose.


The Respectful Relationships initiative is a primary prevention program that tackles family violence through education. It involves building and promoting gender equity in relationships, challenging gender stereotypes, and supporting students to develop the pro-social behaviors that translate into equitable and courteous relationships.

Kilvington was selected by the Department of Education and Training as a Leading School to help roll out this initiative and assist other schools to develop their curriculums and build staff capacity in these areas.

In addition we work with The Man Cave, a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence charity that empowers boys to become great men and The Flourish Journey, a social and emotional wellbeing program for teenage girls, parents and teachers.

Kilvington students working with The Man Cave:

The Resilience Project

Kilvington have partnered with The Resilience Project to assist students to build their character strengths and explore the concepts of gratitude and empathy. Students are encouraged to take time to reflect, and practise mindfulness through the use of gratitude journals and guided mindfulness activities.

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