Thriving Chinese Classes

The Year 7s are learning functional literacy in exchanging greetings and sharing personal information such as name, age, and number of family members. The majority are first-time Chinese learners but a handful are continuing their learning journey in the language.

Australian Education Awards 2021 Excellence Awardees

We are honoured to announce that  Kennedy has been selected as an Excellence Awardee for Secondary School of the Year - Non-Government in the Australian Education Awards 2021.

The selection is based on the following achievements in 2020:

Consistently high standards of teaching and learning
Academic and other achievements during the 2020 school year
Rigorous professional learning to improve teaching and curriculum delivery
Strong communication links with students, parents, teachers and the wider community
Effective management of facilities, finances and human resources
Demonstrated commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

Winging it? Study planning starts now!

Winging it – “done without preparation, unplanned, thrown together, unstudied”.  These are just some of the definitions that come up on wordhippo.com.

Here we are in Week 3 already and exams are four weeks away – “plenty of time” I can hear our students say! But we don’t want them to “wing-it” We really want to encourage them to be prepared and to have balance – this is easy if they have a study plan which starts now!

So here are my five top-tips to success in exams/study:

Plan – use the planner Direqt messaged to you if you are in Year 11 or 12, or in the Kennedy Diary if you are in Years 7-10. Write down when your tests and exams are, when you are going to study, including breaks, and put it somewhere the whole family can see.

Kennedy Student Art Displayed at Goolugatup Heathcote

Two of our former 2020 Year 12 students, Zevanya Sumodisatro and Lynn Lim, had the opportunity to display their artwork at the recent Southern Perspectives 2021 Exhibition at Goolugatup Heathcote. ​The Exhibition was to celebrate the talent and ideas of some of the State’s most promising young artists! The Exhibition is a thought-provoking artwork from Year 12 Visual Arts students.

From the Research and Study Centre

Maker Space is the area put aside in the Research and Study Centre where students and teachers can explore new skills and ideas together – Explore, Inspire, Collaborate

Last year the Maker Space area was expanded with additional storage, table and chairs which have been so beneficial as there is plenty going on.

High School Musical Production

We did it! After two years of planning, auditioning, rehearsing, social distancing and then, more rehearsing! Last week, Kennedy (finally) presented its production of High School Musical on Stage!

The audiences were very supportive: laughing at every joke, cheering for every backflip and definitely shedding a tear or two.

Chung Hwa Lion Dance troupe visit Kennedy

As part of the Chinese Language Curriculum program, Chung Hwa Lion Dance troupe was invited to put up a spectacular lion dance performance during recess on 18th February.

Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture in which performers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume to bring good luck, fortune and chase away evil spirits.

Term 1 College Assembly

Yesterday morning we had such a great time at the whole College Assembly. It was nice to see student’s faces without any masks.

We welcomed back some of the high-achieving graduates from 2020 to present them with Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards.

2020 Public Speaking Competition

As part of the Kennedy Cup, the Kennedy Public Speaking Competition took place on 7 December and was open to all students from Year 7-10. It was amazing to see nine contestants from different year groups participate in our Annual Public Speaking Competition this year.