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VALE Robin Adamson

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ROBIN ADAMSON

12.6.1954 – 18.7.2020

 

The Essendon Keilor College community mourns the passing of Robin Adamson. Robin was an exceptional leader, teacher, colleague and friend. Our thoughts are with David and his family at this difficult time.

Robin began her connection with the Essendon Keilor College at Keilor Heights High in 1990 as an English teacher. This was after working at Altona Secondary College, the Education Department Curriculum Programs Section and Lincolnville School Support Centre. At the formation of the College in 1993 Robin had leading teacher status and in 1997 she achieved Principal Status, firstly at the East Keilor Campus and then at Niddrie Campus.

Her experience in curriculum development was invaluable as Essendon Keilor College evolved to be a high performing inclusive school. Always innovative Robin mentored many teachers both young and old to improve outcomes for students. She encouraged others to take risks and to believe in themselves.

Many of you will recall Robin’s contribution to the College overseas programs. She was an experienced traveller and loved to share tales of her overseas exploits to all who would listen. It was her desire to share this love of travel that resulted in our biannual overseas trips to Japan, Italy and more recently Viet Nam. She accepted visitors to our country with the same passion.

Robin was a passionate supporter of government education. Her contribution to the Principal team has been immeasurable. It is a testament to her leadership and mentoring philosophies by the many leading teachers and Principal class staff who developed from her guidance. She was insightful, strategic and proactive. Throughout her career, she produced quality documentation, clearly articulating her views and vision that all young people no matter what life throws at them should be given every opportunity to succeed in education and life.

Term 3 2020

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As you are aware, the Victorian Government has made some significant announcements about the introduction of new measures for schools across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
These include a change to arrangements for schools at the start of term 3.
There will be five student-free days from Monday July 13 to Friday July 17 for all of our students at the Keilor and Niddrie campus and Year 10 students at the Essendon Campus Students at the Essendon campus will attend VCE and VCAL classes from July 13th.
Classes are expected to resume for all students on Monday 20th July 2020.
During this period teachers will be completing their planning for a return to school and the possibility of a return to online learning.
We like all of you, feel unsettled by this, however if the decision is made to resume remote learning in term 3 the college is in a strong position. The positive learning experiences of term 2 with further planning and refinement will ensure that all students of Essendon Keilor College will be supported to learn and achieve together.
As soon as the Department of Education release further details, we will inform you of our plans in term 3.
Stay well,

Essendon Campus Welcome

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Welcome to the Essendon Campus

Welcome Message

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.

Essendon Campus Tour

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.