Kennedy’s Annual Gratitude Week

The student council thought that participating in Kennedy's annual Gratitude Week would be a great way for staff and students to stay energised during the last week of Term 2.

Gratitude can be summarised as the quality of being thankful, recognising the value of the good things in our lives and showing appreciation for them through our actions.

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.

Interhouse Cross Country Fun 

Yesterday we had excitement around the oval as students participated in our annual Interhouse Cross Country Carnival.

Although it looked like it was going to be wet, the sun graced us with its presence and students showed enthusiasm and commitment, some wearing some fun accessories that represent their house colours.

Kennedy Arts Cup 2021

On Wednesday 5 May, we held the annual Kennedy Arts Cup. After auditioning over 40 students, our finalists performed their pieces to an enthralled college audience. This event is a fantastic opportunity for our students who excel on the stage to showcase their talents for their peers and they certainly didn’t disappoint! All performances were outstanding in their own right, but we would like to acknowledge the place winners:

1st Place: Stephane Migui (Forrest, year 12) who impressed the audience as he  performed an original piece entitled “Love and Hate”.

2nd Place: Rachael Sanju, Nami Dickson & Arpitha Roy (King, year 11) who performed a beautiful rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead.

Spark a Change – let’s stop disrespect

We can all spark a powerful change – let’s stop disrespect at the start.

We know that violence against women is a serious issue, but what we often don’t realise is where the cycle can start – in childhood, with the acceptance of seemingly harmless words and actions that are founded in disrespect.

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.