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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.

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.

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

Essendon Keilor College – Update March 22: CORONAVIRUS

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Many of us have been following media reports today concerned about what the next few weeks will hold for our families, our schools, our workplaces and our homes.  It is important to continue to follow the advice given by the Australian and Victorian governments. This includes bringing forward school holidays to commence on Tuesday 24th  March. The decision on whether to re-open schools after the Term 1 holidays on Wednesday 15th April, will be determined following advice from the Chief Health Officer.  If school closures continue after the Term 1 holidays teachers will be providing online learning.

Parent Teacher Conferences – Cancelled – Normal school day Monday 16th March

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Parent Teacher Conferences – Cancelled – Normal school day Monday 16th March

To the EKC school community.
I have decided that parent teacher interviews on Monday will not go ahead as planned. With the new advice that is coming through about gatherings of large numbers of people I think it is sensible to be conservative and do everything I can to protect the health of all of us.
Classes will run as normal on Monday and students should attend as usual.
At this stage there is no information about possible school closures. If the government decides to close schools I will inform the College community immediately.
I apologise for any inconvenience, but the health and well being of staff, students and parents is my top priority.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns.

David Adamson

Term Dates 2020

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Term Dates

2020

Term 1 29 January 27 March
Term 2 14 April 26 June
Term 3 13 July 18 September
Term 4 5 October 18 December

ESSENDON KEILOR COLLEGE Curriculum Days

Schools are permitted four pupil free days per year for planning, curriculum development or assessment and reporting purposes. Students do not attend school on these days.

Day 1     The day before school starts 28th January 2020 – Curriculum Planning

Day 2     TBC – Curriculum Planning

Day 3     Friday 12 June – Reporting and Assessment

Day 4     Monday 2 November – Curriculum Planning

Day 5      Friday 4 December – Reporting and Assessment