Killester is a school that prides itself on providing a strong, broad curriculum in a caring environment based on Gospel values. In the current social and educational climate, we seek to provide education that empowers students to become life-long learners, who can think critically and achieve their potential. We want students to become adults who are confident in their interactions with others and can make positive contributions to society.
They need to have a sense of their own voice, a passion for learning and an understanding of community. In order to provide an authentic Christian environment for our learning community to exist, we endeavour to keep Gospel values at the heart of the school, in particular, those of justice and service.
Our school motto is 'Strength and Kindliness'. We hope that when students leave Killester they will embrace these qualities in their daily lives.
Minaret College is a co-educational independent Islamic school. It was established in 1992 to provide an integrated curriculum for children from Grade Prep to Year 12.
The integrated curriculum includes subjects which are taught in the Victorian Education System, in addition to Islamic studies, Qur’an, Hadith and Arabic. As part of the curriculum, students perform mid-day prayer (Salat – ul – Zuhur) in the school mosque, during lunchtime. The objective of the College is to instil Islamic morals, manners, and values in its students so that they can feel proud to be called Australian Muslims.
The school is located behind the Springvale shopping precinct with its main entrance on St John's Avenue. It is in close proximity to the Springvale Community Health Centre, Springvale Library and Springvale Railway Station. The school, the church and the friary are all located on the same block.
St Joseph's Primary School, Springvale, commenced in 1938 with an opening enrolment of approximately 43 children. It was initially staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions, but from the 1950s the school was run by the Brigidine Sisters. In 1974 the Conventual Franciscan Friars, OFM Conv, assumed the pastoral care of St Joseph's Parish. The Brigidine Sisters maintained a presence in the school until the mid 1980s.
Over the years the school and parish have grown and reflected the changing migration patterns of our country: from British and European immigrants to refugees from Asia, Africa and South America. At present the school has students from 17 different countries, speaking about 27 different languages.