The educational program of Essendon Keilor College is designed to ensure that all students achieve a high level of success throughout their secondary years of schooling and leave school well prepared for further study and work. New facilities on all three campuses have been designed to support the academic program and teachers have been chosen specifically for their expertise in working with students of particular age levels.
My name is David Adamson and I am the Principal of Essendon Keilor College.
Our two junior campuses, at Niddrie and East Keilor, have been developed to meet the special needs of students in Years 7 to 9. Both campuses provide excellent transition programs to ensure that the students move comfortably from primary to secondary school. A high priority is given to student management and the junior campuses are structured to give teams of staff the opportunity of working closely with groups of students. This enables teachers to effectively monitor student performance and behaviour and to work with parents to support the learning of their students.
Students are exposed to a comprehensive curriculum with a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy programs that provide students with the essential skills for academic success. The College is well known for our leading Languages Programs in Japanese and Italian which supports the focus on academic achievement.
Students have many opportunities to participate in a wide ranging extra curricula program involving sport, drama, camps, socials, and a strong instrumental music program.
In Years 10, 11 and 12 our students progress to the Senior Campus in Essendon where they have access to an extensive range of VCE, VET and VCAL programs. While at the Senior Campus, students benefit from exposure to the young adult learning environment where they learn to take responsibility for their own studies. The Campus has a team of student services staff who work with co-ordinators to assist students in preparing for their post secondary school pathways, as well as supporting them during the challenging VCE years. Our senior students benefit greatly from working with our highly experienced staff and they enjoy participating in a number of extra-curricular programs.
There are also programs which cater for students who need support in their transition from school to tertiary study and the work force. Each year up to 100 students from outside the College also enrol at the Essendon Campus to gain access to our wide diversity of quality programs.
Essendon Keilor College is well known for a number of excellent specialist programs. Students with a strong football interest can choose a VET Community Recreation Program that involves partnerships with the Calder Cannons and Western Jets Football Clubs and Victoria University. The football program is designed to prepare students for possible careers in the AFL but also provides a valuable experience for those students who may take alternative pathways. Since it began in 1999, 27 students have been drafted to AFL clubs, the most successful program in Australia. Students interested in pursuing a career in another sport can enrol in the general VET Community Recreation course and are supported by specialist Sports Performance facilities and links to appropriate sporting bodies.
Essendon Keilor College is well known for our Performing Arts Program with an Annual Production performed at the Clocktower Theatre. The College was nationally recognised in 2009 when we won an Australia wide competition to host the first ever Australian production of "The Ultimate School Musical” shown on Foxtel in 2010. The Music Technology Centre at the Senior Campus provides state of the art facilities for VCE and VET studies.
The College has a thriving Overseas Student Program with over sixty students from a wide range of nationalities. The Program provides students with access to an English Language Program as well as studying for the VCE in preparation for further study at Australian Universities.
The educational program of Essendon Keilor College is designed to ensure that all students achieve a high level of success throughout their secondary years of schooling and leave school well prepared for further study and work. Plans for the $10 million facilities upgrade are well under way and the new facilities on all three campuses have been designed to further enhance our academic program onto the 21st Century.