RUOK Day 2021

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RUOK Day  Message from Student Leaders

In partnership with you we are constantly building and developing skills for our young people at EKC including self-care, help seeking, problem solving, building a tool kit of coping strategies, and increasing awareness of internalised feelings and thoughts.


As part of this endeavour, we are promoting RUOK? Day on 9/9/21 with a focus on strategies for connecting and having a conversation, such as those with your young person. Chatstarter (helping parents and young people support each other) has easy-to-use tips and resources to help build your confidence and capability to support your young person who may be experiencing distress or a mental health challenge in these difficult times. Having a small chat can make a big difference.

DET Learning from Home Information website including parent support line for parents 1800 338663 –


Yours sincerely

EKC Health and Wellbeing Team

Essendon Keilor College Chess Team

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25th May 2021 Northern Star Chess – Secondary Zonal Tournament – Term 2, 2021

No doubt, the second round of this year’s Northern Star Chess Tournament was equally exciting as the first.

The immense concentration required for chess was once again displayed by our amazing EKC students. Disciplined planning and foresight were carefully practiced by our students as they played against various schools from around Melbourne such as Penleigh Essendon Grammar, Suzanne Cory, Lakeview Senior College, St Monica’s College, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar and St Aloysius College.


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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.”

For the Fallen – the Ode, a poem by the English poet Laurence Binyon. First published in London 1914.

Essendon Keilor College – Enrolment Management Plan

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School Context

Essendon Keilor College is a multi-campus secondary school. The three campuses are in Airport West (Niddrie Campus – Year 7 to 9), Keilor East (East Keilor Campus – Year 7 to 9) and Essendon (Senior Campus – Year 10 to 12).

Policy Framework

The 2006 Education and Training Reform Act (ETRA) underpins the Department of Education and Training (DET) enrolment policy which can be found at:

The policy states that all eligible children and young people have the right to be admitted to their designated neighbourhood government school.

2021 School zone

The Essendon Keilor College campus zones have been approved by the Minister for Education and ensures consistency with DET policy and the ETRA legislation regarding closest school.

A student’s designated neighbourhood school is generally the school that is nearest the student’s permanent address as determined by the school zone. The website provides guidance on which school zone a student’s permanent residence is located within.

Our school zone

Our school zone is available on which hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones.

Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.

The Department provides guidance through the Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.

Priority Order of Placement

The potential future demand for enrolment places from within the local community indicates that the College must manage enrolments carefully and in accordance with the Priority Placement Order in the Enrolment Policy.  A student’s permanent place of address determines eligibility for enrolment at Essendon Keilor College.

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students are enrolled according to the Placement Policy’s priority order of placement, which has five criteria.

In circumstances when a school may not be able to accept all applications due to existing or future capacity concerns, schools must manage enrolment applications in accordance with the following priority order of placement:

  1. Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school.
  2. Students with a sibling at the same permanent address who are attending the school at the same time.
  3. Where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment, students who reside nearest the school.
  4. Students seeking enrolment on specific curriculum grounds.
  5. All other students in order of closeness of their home to the school

The future capacity needs at the Niddrie Campus of Essendon Keilor College means that 2021 enrolments will be confined to the first two criteria listed above.

Enrolments at the East Keilor Campus and the Essendon (Senior) Campus will be considered against the priority order of placement noting that Essendon Keilor College is not offering enrolment on approved specific curriculum grounds.

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be enrolled in a school based on compassionate grounds.  This is an overarching consideration and does not form part of the priority order of placement.  Schools are permitted to assess and make a determination for exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Schools must ensure that all applicants eligible under a criterion have been offered a place before moving to consideration of the next.  All students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school are guaranteed enrolment.

If you have any questions regarding the Essendon Keilor College Enrolment Management Plan, please contact the school.

David Adamson              Principal

2021 School Zones

Fig 1 – 2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – Niddrie Campus


Fig 2 – 2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – East Keilor Campus

2021 School zone for Essendon Keilor College – Essendon Campus

 The School zone for the Essendon Campus is the combined Niddrie Campus and East Keilor Campus zones.

STEM Centre of Excellence

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Welcome to a new destination for innovative STEAM learning programs. We are proud to announce Essendon Keilor College is one of 25 Schools in Victoria.

Delivered in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Government, the STEM Centre of Excellence at Science Gallery Melbourne investigates the collision of art and science. Embracing scientific and artistic inquiry alike, our programs foster development of transferable 21st century skills and explore design thinking programs through a creative lens.

The programs are designed in collaboration with young people to connect students to world- class scientific research, interdisciplinary artistic practice, innovative teaching, First Nations STEM programs and industry partners through state-of-the-art learning spaces in the new Melbourne Connect precinct.

for more information

Be Wise Presentation

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The Be Wise Program
The Be Wise program has been developed in consultation with teachers, psychologists, researchers, students, and parents to bring a whole of school/community approach to learning important wellbeing lessons. The Be Wise materials cover Pat’s story, anger and aggression, strategies for violence prevention, and the consequences of violence.

Congratulations – Lauren Khaw Dux 2020 97.3

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Congratulations – Lauren Khaw Dux 2020

We are very proud of Lauren Khaw our 2020 College Dux with an ATAR of 97.3

Lauren attended the Niddrie Campus Year 7 – 9  and the Essendon Campus ad Year 10 – 12. She is hoping to study at Melbourne University in 2021.

2020 Year Book!

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The 2020 EKC Yearbook was created by talented VCD Teacher Steven Clarke and Sadhana Srinivasan  A special thank you to all staff and students who took photos and wrote reports. This book is just one way to showcase the fabulous achievements of all the EKC students and staff. The incredible front cover artwork is by Sophia Lima.