When classes started at Kilmore International School in April 1990, there were just four students. Today the school has 422 students from grade 3 to year 12, with more than 14 nationalities.
The school has 140 staff, including 50 teachers, and 130 students who are boarders. it’s clear when you visit the school that the students and staff are proud of their history and tradition and want to share it.
Principal Andrew Taylor says the school only offers the rigorous International Baccalaureate program at years 11 and 12, to give students a “well-rounded education, with a global view.” He says the program is also community focused, which gives the students a “lived experience of the town.”
“Students develop self‑motivation and self-management”
“We are trying to achieve international mindedness, from a semi-rural setting,” he says. “The two-year program is rigorous, but it helps students develop self-motivation and self-management. It’s a long race and not a sprint, which mirrors life.”
School captains Jacob Knight and Phoebe Ned say they genuinely enjoy the IB program, as they believe it’s preparing them for the real world. Jacob and Phoebe say the IB strongly encourages them to give back to the community, which they love. Through fundraising for the Children’s First Foundation, to volunteering at Dianella or performing a concert at the Elms, community work teaches them about life and other people. There are also sports, music, drama, art and environmental activities in which students at all levels can get involved.