An Australian wildlife show gave students a chance to interact, up close and personal, with the animals.

THE Kilmore International School celebrated its annual International Day in vibrant style, transforming the school grounds into a festival, with exciting cultural activities, food trucks and performance song and dance.

The vision of the day was to host a fun-filled gathering for students, and their parents and guardians, where all could experience the diversity the school offers.

Principal Peter Cooper said the event was a special way to come together as a community after a long time apart.

“The weather was perfect, the timing and variety of events and performances was great, food was spot on – all carried out within COVID guidelines and the ever-present threat it could have been called off at any moment,” he said.

‘What stood out to me was the wonderful community feel.”

School captains and the student representative council from years three to 12 planned and coordinated student-led activities, providing numerous avenues for leadership skills to shine.

The main stage showcased the student body, with displays of cultural music, instruments and dance, along with original pieces developed by rising musical talent. Students and families were also treated to an Australian wildlife show where students were able to interact, up close and personal, with the animals.

Students and families shared in cultural presentations of traditional items and a variety of games and activities such as Indian rice art, Japanese writing and origami, as well as Indian henna and Chinese dance.

Sports activities were played out with competitive spirit, while a robotics display showcased innovation – the robot wars were a hit.

A flash-mob dance was coordinated throughout the morning, culminating in a school-wide and community dance on the school’s oval – the finale capturing cultural diversity and joy.

The school is improving accessibility to its world-class education, with a train ride on the V-Line service and connecting shuttle buses to the school.

The school has partnered with coach service provider Seymour Coaches to offer transport connections. A new bus route has been established in Craigieburn, with additional routes in Gisborne and Whittlesea-Mernda, which extends as far south as Mernda train station.

Applications for The Kilmore International School are invited, with enrolments open for 2021-2023 across all year levels.

Numerous scholarship opportunities are also available, including the innovation scholarship initiative, open for applicants in years five to 10 in 2022. Applications close on April 9, 2021.

The scholarship focuses on creative thinking and presentation skills, awarded to recipients for the duration of their schooling at The Kilmore International School.

Further information can be found at www.kilmore.vic.edu.au.