Our Stories - Students

Kilbreda Mentone Wellbeing

Bridgette - Year 8

My start at Kilbreda in Year 7 was amazing. As soon as I stepped into the school I felt so welcome and I also felt that this would be the place where I would learn everything I needed to know. In my first week I made new friends quickly and my friendship group continued to grow bigger and bigger as I met more girls. My homeroom teacher, Ms Chandra was so lovely and I got to know the girls in my homeroom really well. They were all so welcoming and friendly and I felt very honoured to have been voted in as one of the Class Captains in Term 1. I was scared at first to meet my subject teachers. I had watched way too much High School Musical, but they were all so kind and helpful. I loved all my subjects and learning about so many new things. My favourite subjects were Japanese and Mathematics. I loved it when I received one of Ms Donoghue’s famous Japanese stickers. Kilbreda offers many extension opportunities. I was excited to be offered extension work in Mathematics and the chance to participate in the Big Science Competition, Public Speaking Contest and trade shares in the ASX Stock Market Game.At lunchtime there are so many things to do. I am in the Choir which is so much fun and everyone there is very friendly. I also do dance with the Kilbreda Dance Company which is run by students and they are all so nice and encouraging. I am in a recreational dance team called Emerald but there is also a competition team for those who like to compete. There are lots of sporting opportunities too such as Indoor Cricket, Athletics and Basketball. I have my hands full at Kilbreda with fun, challenging and exciting new things. I am so excited about my time here!

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Mali - Year 8

I came from a primary school with only one other person from the school coming to Kilbreda that I wasn’t close with. It was pretty daunting to say the least, coming to a new school, where I only knew one girl. However, as soon as I started school, it was like a big warm hug! All of the girls from the older year levels are willing to help, as well as the teachers. I got lost a couple of times, but the way Kilbreda introduced and incorporated the different classrooms was so easy and smooth. On orientation it was explained how everything would work and when and where to go everyday. When I started on the first day I felt like I had been going to Kilbreda for years. All of the teachers are so nice and nurturing. I currently do Cello and Singing Lessons, which is during school time, however the lesson times change to prevent me missing the same class over and over again. As well as that I also am in the Kilbreda Dance Company. I love this as everyone gets involved and there is ability level teams, so everyone can develop. I’m also in Debating and the Choir, so as you can tell, Kilbreda has SO many opportunities. The transition to secondary school was smoother than I had ever imagined.

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Amy - Year 10

My time in Year 9 brought not only fun experiences but many opportunities. I enjoyed the Year 9 BRIDGES program, which included four main components: The BRIDGES to Change component enabled us to learn and understand the way the world works. This program included writing resumes, applying for jobs and also prepared us for future interviews. Throughout this component, we learnt skills that will help in future employment and different pathways that we might be interested in. The BRIDGES to Country component taught us the importance of farmers in Australia. This section enabled us to learn where our food comes from and the struggles of many farmers in Australia. The BRIDGES to City component allowed us to go into the city and explore Melbourne. Every BRIDGES day, we traveled in groups and made our own way to the city where we went to many different places such as the Botanic Gardens, the Shrine of Remembrance and Parliament House, learning more about our city. This component helped build independance and time-management which is very useful. The BRIDGES to Community component included learning more and contributing towards the community.The BRIDGES program was a very rewarding program.

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Gladys - Year 10

In my years at Kilbreda, I have had an incredible time taking up the many opportunities available to me. My family migrated to Australia in 2009 in search of providing a better and more sustained future for my older brother and I. In 2009, 53% of the entire Zimbabwean population was struggling to survive. My parents made the courageous decision to relocate to Australia. The country that I am from didn’t obtain many opportunities for me, but since coming to Kilbreda I have been met with more than I could’ve imagined. In Year 8, I was able to enhance my leadership skills as a Middle School Leader and in Year 9 I became one of the two Liturgy and Social Justice Leaders. As a leader at Kilbreda College, I was able to take part in planning various events, attend leadership seminars and be a voice for my peers within the leadership team. I was also able to work with spectacular staff that have our best interests’ at heart. I have made amazing friendships at Kilbreda through leadership and sporting opportunities available. Transitioning through high school can be difficult, but the staff at Kilbreda make it so easy for all of us every year. My favourite part about being a Kilbreda girl is how welcoming the community is and the way everyone is accepted for who they are. I have very much enjoyed being at Kilbreda and I am excited to finish the rest of my high school journey at a place filled with positivity.