The Kilmore International School is modelled on international schools overseas. It was established in 1990 to provide a true and exceptional international education for students, whether local or from abroad. The buildings of the school were originally built in 1887 by the Marist Brothers of the Catholic Church and became Assumption College.
The buildings and grounds were purchased by the current owners in the 1980s. The new owners completely renovated and modernised the existing buildings. New classrooms including a library, science wing, drama and music studios, art rooms, computer laboratories, general classrooms along with staffrooms were added over the next twenty years as well as a modern dormitory for girls. In 2011, a state-of-the-art Language Learning Centre was opened. The school grounds now contain 2 soccer fields, basketball courts, cricket facilities and tennis courts.
From 1990 through to 2009, the school offered secondary education only. Due to increased demand for high quality education in the local area, students in Years 5 and 6 were admitted in 2010 and Years 3 and 4 in 2015.
Since opening in 1990 with two international students, we have grown from strength to strength. Our alumni are employed by leading corporations around the globe. We have a vibrant community of graduates who remain close friends with staff and fellow students. Even though the alumni form a diaspora in many nations they are linked by the experience of completing their IB Diploma together at The Kilmore International School. Our ethos of dedicated, small classes continues as our students numbers have grown to over 400.
In 2015 we celebrate our 25th anniversary as one of the most successful IB world schools in the southern hemisphere and the success of our graduates, both locally and globally, makes us all enormously proud.
Sport, recreation and play are essential in the physical and social development of children. Sport also helps to define Australian culture. Our sports program consists of interschool competitions and internal House events throughout the year.
Not only does sport develop specific physical skills, it also improves health and fitness and enables children to experience friendship, team work and fair play. The friendly rivalry between Houses on Sports Days lifts school spirits. All students at The Kilmore International School are members of the Kilmore Golf Club and the Kilmore Leisure Centre with its fully equipped gymnasium and heated indoor pool.
Interschool Sport Events
TKIS competes in School Sport Victoria (SSV) events. Students can progress from district and regional competitions to state championships. Students are selected to represent the school in the following:
Art, drama and music are a universal and imaginative language, a window on human thought and emotion. Experiencing the Arts makes us more perceptive and sensitive and widens our horizons. That entry into other worlds and minds give us ways of seeing, hearing and expressing form, imagination and meaning. The Arts teach us to think critically, read perceptively, write lucidly and speak articulately; they connect us to others and give us pleasure for its own sake.
Great emphasis is put on the Arts at The Kilmore International School. Art, drama and music are part of the core curriculum up to Year 9. Students develop music appreciation and performance skills and have access to a keyboard studio; we also offer private instrumental and voice tuition. In the Visual Arts, students sample and explore a wide range of media and materials. Drama lessons allow students to develop character and individual performance skills. There are many opportunities to perform at assemblies and exhibitions, plays and concerts are also held regularly.
All students attend at least one school camp during the year. These are journeys of discovery. Camps bring the curriculum alive through field work and experiential learning and challenge students through activities such as bushwalking, rock climbing, skiing, abseiling, horse riding and canoeing.
On camp, students learn about themselves and how to take responsibility for their own decisions and choices; they also learn how to live and work with others.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh is an enriching program inviting young people to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. Participants design their own unique program centered around their interests and passions, and is entirely voluntary.
Students at The Kilmore International School have shown a lot of interest in the program over the years and we have therefore provided the necessary guidance and advice to students that want to take part.
The Kilmore International School offers boarding from Year 7. Boarders are the “heart and soul” of the school and experience a family atmosphere where girls and boys from Melbourne, country Victoria and from around the world become part of a close-knit international learning community. Houseparents, the Head of Boarding, the Boarding Manager, medical staff and kitchen staff are responsible for the safety and welfare of boarders. Full or weekly boarding is available.
All boarding houses have their own common room with kitchen facilities, television and wireless internet. The dining room provides delicious and well-balanced meals. The school also provides ample space and supervised activities for students to grow, learn and play. All students are members of the local 18-hole golf club as well as the community leisure centre with swimming pool and gymnasium accessible for boarders after hours.
The academic program is first class and teachers are available after school and in the evenings to provide extra tutorials. Supervised ‘prep’ or homework in the evenings helps to develop study routines and further improve academic results. Frequent communication between the School and the home ensures parents are kept well-informed of their child’s progress. Weekend excursions, camps and a range of competitions in sport, debating and music provide a rich experience to make lifelong friendships and to develop leadership, tolerance, independence and personal growth. Boarding enables students to live, learn and work in a community.
Junior School (years 3-6)
At The Kilmore International School, we believe that primary school should be challenging, yet safe, friendly, reassuring and encouraging. It should be a place where each child’s contribution is valued and a place where they can grow.
When your child starts to explore the world in their junior years, they need to be in an environment where the sky’s the limit – where they are valued and encouraged to reach their potential. We value traditional styles of learning whilst providing more challenging extension work for students with advanced abilities. The focus in the Junior School is on giving boys and girls their own learning spaces, and the best possible start to their education. The regular use of laptops enables our students to learn anywhere and anytime. The curriculum has a strong focus on literacy and numeracy and is also enriched with music, visual arts and drama, as well as library, physical education, science and Chinese as a second language. The study of Chinese (Mandarin) will develop skills of listening, speaking, reading and future cultural engagement with Australia’s most important trading partner.
The Junior School provides an exciting and stimulating cross-curricular program. Students can play a musical instrument, perform on stage in school plays, take part in interschool sport, attend excursions and join the annual camp. All students are members of a House. The House Music Festival and House Athletics carnival are fun-filled activities which enhance a strong sense of belonging and team participation. Leadership roles are strongly encouraged. The school captains lead the weekly assembly, select fundraising activities and contribute to the school newsletter.
Middle School (years 7-8)
The Middle School provides opportunities for students to learn and grow in ways that respect and acknowledge this critical phase of their lives. Whilst the core focus in our Middle School is still firmly on literacy and numeracy, the Australian Curriculum offers a wide range of subjects of study and the flexibility to work at different levels or rates. The academic standard is very high with a focus on fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding and is designed to prepare them for the independent learning required to succeed in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. All teachers have specialist training and experience in educating 11 to 14-year olds. Extra academic support and enrichment is provided in after school tutorials.
At a time of exceptional physical, social and emotional growth, students are given opportunities to express their ideas, and to follow the questions raised by their own intellectual curiosity. The co-curricular programme, House system and annual weeklong camps ensure a well-rounded education for every student. International Day celebrates our social diversity and helps to raise awareness and money for local and international service projects
Homeroom teachers act as mentors, responsible for the academic, emotional and social wellbeing of all students within a House. They help with personal organisation and study techniques, provide clear behavioural expectations, and encourage each student to enter academic competitions and special events such as school play.
Senior School (years 9-12)
Senior School students are engaged on a journey marked by common and binding intellectual and social experiences that they will remember all their lives. In Year 10, students study the Australian Curriculum to give them a solid grounding in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Physical and Health Education. Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is introduced and students have elective subjects to choose from. This gives them an opportunity to try subjects in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program before entering Year 11. The standard of the Year 10 programme is very high and is aimed at preparing students for the IB Diploma Programme. We have engaged Morrisby Careers Education and Guidance Services to support Year 10 students and their parents make important decisions about their future education and career.
In Years 11 and 12 our students embark on the 2-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The IBDP is a demanding two-year programme of study of the traditional academic disciplines. It emphasises inquiry-based and independent learning as well as rigorous assessment, exactly the skills needed to succeed at university. With evidence that IB students perform better in higher education than their peers, the Diploma is recognised and welcomed by leading universities and colleges around the world. The teaching staff are highly qualified subject specialists and IB examiners. Specialist career counselling is also provided.
An international education prepares students for an interconnected world. Based on the ideals and experience of citizenship, personal character and leadership, we equip our students to flourish when they attend universities in Australia and overseas. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can apply for leadership opportunities as School Captain, House Captain, Service Captain or Publications Captain. When our students graduate, they are World Ready.
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