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Essendon Campus Welcome

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Welcome to the Essendon Campus

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Essendon Foyer

Year 10, 11 and 12

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Purpose, passion, positivity and principles drive learning at our college, we are preparing students for tomorrow’s world.

It’s a world that requires specific new knowledge, skills, capabilities and qualities – the ones we’re helping students develop with the support of expert teachers in a safe and stimulating environment.

Essendon Keilor College has a proud history of serving the Essendon community. We began at our Buckley Street site in 1913 as the prestigious Essendon High School and our forebears envisioned a school that could last a century. Today, we are still focused on providing an education for the future world.

Our professional staff, willingly go the extra mile for their students, they are mentors and coaches, counsellors and advocates. As such they steer students through their studies attending to the whole person; knowing them and caring about their academic progress, personal development and wellbeing. Student voice is very important to us.

We provide a comprehensive range of courses in VCE, VET and VCAL to facilitate the aspirations of all our students. Our recently upgraded facilities and resources ensure students have all they need to excel in pursuing studies in their chosen fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Arts, Languages, Design & Technologies, Sport or the Visual and Performing Arts.

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Call now 9319 1346

Return to School from May 26

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Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 12 May, some students will be returning to school from Tuesday 26 May.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is safe for Victorian school students and teachers to return to on-site schooling in a two-staged approach:

  • Stage 1 – from Tuesday 26 May

Early years students (Prep to Grade 2) and senior secondary students (Year 11 and 12) undertaking the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), and all specialist school students will return to on-site schooling. All staff will attend on-site.

 

  • Stage 2 – from Tuesday 9 June

Grade 3 to Year 10 students will return to on-site schooling, subject to health advice.

The Department’s latest advice on can be found at www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Mother’s Day Tribute 2020

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The Essendon Campus Hall building has been glowing pink to celebrate and honour all mums.

Thank you to all mums for the love and support.

Essendon Keilor College Open Day – Postponed until further notice

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Tours have been postponed until further notice.

Virtual tours of each Campus will be posted on our website shortly.

Enrolment inquiries please contact each campus via phone or the email links on our website.

Year 7 – 9 Niddrie Campus

Peters Street Airport West – Phone 9375 8400

Year 7 – 9 Keilor Campus

Quinn Grove East Keilor – Phone 8331 0109

Year 10 – 12 Essendon Campus

286 Buckley Street Essendon – Phone 9319 1300

Vale Bob Semple OAM BEM 1920–2020 former Essendon High School student

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Bob Semple OAM BEM 1920–2020

Bob Semple OAM BEM, one of the last Rats of Tobruk, died on 16 January at the age of 99.

21 April 2020

The eldest of four children, Bob was born on 4 May 1920 in Essendon, the suburb in which he lived his entire life.

His uncle was among the Anzacs killed during the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915, and Bob was determined to join up when the Second World War broke out. He was just 19, and had to get his parents’ permission.

Bob joined the Royal Australian Artillery, was sent to the Middle East and found himself at Tobruk. For eight long months in 1941, 14,000 Australian and other Allied troops held the strategic Libyan port in what was to be one of the longest sieges in British military history.

‘You had to try and win the game because if you weren’t there to try and win the game, you were wasting your time,’ Bob said.

He recalled the psychological and physical toll that holding Tobruk exacted on the defenders, particularly the incessant attacks from Stuka dive-bombers. An enduring and sad memory he carried was of the tragedy involving ten of his mates who were all killed when an artillery shell hit a truck in which they were travelling.

Bob also served in Lebanon and at Al Alamein and later in New Guinea.

When he returned to Melbourne on leave in 1944 he married his sweetheart, Isabel Buchanan, at his local church in Essendon. He ended the war in North Borneo. Bob attained the rank of sergeant and was discharged on 13 November 1945.

Bob became Drum Major of the Hawthorn City Pipe Band and chieftain of Pipe Bands Australia. He performed in Red Square in Moscow and at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland four times. He also became President of the Victorian Rats of Tobruk Association.

Bob returned three times to the desert, where he played the lament at the war cemetery at El Alamein, and visited the graves of his mates who are buried side-by-side in the desert sand. Looking back, he wondered how he managed to survive it all.

‘I’ve been at reunions where you would just look at one another, and say nothing, and the tears would just roll down the faces … to shed a tear is not a disgrace in my book.’

Bob featured in a commemorative stamp issued by DVA and Australia Post in 2018.

full account of Bob Semple’s wartime experiences is on the Australian War Memorial website.

ANZAC DAY 2020

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Essendon Keilor College – Corona Update Term 2

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Essendon Keilor College – Corona Update Term 2

Following advice from the Victorian Government on Tuesday 7 April, Essendon Keilor College will be moving to remote and flexible learning from Term 2 (beginning with a pupil-free day on Tuesday 14th April).
This is a step all Victorian government schools are taking to help slow the spread of corona virus (COVID-19). This means that all students who can learn at home must learn from home. This is a very clear directive from the Victorian Government based on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.
We will continue to offer limited on-site learning for those students who need to access this, including for students on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. Essendon Keilor College families need to check Compass posts for specific Campus details.
The Department’s latest advice on corona virus can be found at

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

It is important that we work together and support each other during this challenging time. We will be in touch with staff and parents and carers shortly with further details of what remote and flexible learning will look like at our school.
In the meantime, you might find it useful to look at the Department’s Learning from Home website. It provides resources and guidance for teachers and parents and carers.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/learningfromhome.aspx