Headmaster's Weekly Address


This is it! The final time in 2016 I will write to the families of St Kevin’s in the College Newsletter. Much continues to absorb our energy and interest as we accurately record the student and community achievements of 2016, and prepare for the 2017 academic year. The arrival of Advent, heralding the beginning of a new Church year, also puts us in the frame of mind to focus on new beginnings.

I must record my thanks to my colleagues for the great efforts that went into the Year 12 2017 Headstart Program. Our senior boys are now well-armed with strategic and suitable study for the Christmas vacation. I have just returned from the 2017 Student Leadership Camp in the Yarra Ranges, where I enjoyed the company of 48 of our senior boys, 12 past leaders of the College and 5 colleagues. It was busy, inspiring, tiring, and I came away confident that the College will be led well by our Year 12 of 2017. Fifty of our Year 10 boys and many staff are now halfway through the testing hike that is the culmination of the OAP Leaders training. In the Term IV edition of Omnia, I go into more detail regarding how we conduct leadership training at SKC and our plan for the future in the area of developing student leadership skills.

The recent Combined Mothers’ Liturgy and Dinner was a memorable night, as was Tuesday evening’s Glendalough Carols. Our boys sang so well and enthusiastically.

Last Saturday, Kate and I attended Mass and dinner here in Melbourne for EREA Heads from across the country. At the Mass before our social celebration, five exceptional educators from Edmund Rice schools were recognised for their efforts above and beyond in each of the Edmund Rice Touchstones: Justice and Solidarity; Gospel Spirituality; Inclusive Community; Liberating Education. The fifth of these EREA Charter Leadership Awards, the 2016 Executive Director’s Special Award, recognised a person who, through their life and commitment to the priorities of the Gospel, embodies the Spirit of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition in its entirety. That person was Chris Straford of St Kevin’s. It was wonderful recognition of a man whose energy and skills are so well-employed, leading our boys to learn in a liberating way, to be aware of the power of the Gospel, to be conscious of the other and, therefore, to behave inclusively, always promoting justice and solidarity.

I republish all the details of our concluding formalities below, and hope to see many of you at one or the other. I extend the blessings of Christmas to all and will have all our community in my prayers across the break.

3.00pm Sunday 4 December 
Years 7 & 8 
Presentation Ceremony @ Melbourne Town Hall 
7.00pm Sunday 4 December 
Years 10 & 11 
Presentation Ceremony @ Melbourne Town Hall 
7.45pm Monday 5 December 
Year 9 
Presentation Ceremony @ Smith Hall 

All boys must be in formal College uniform. Parents are asked to reflect their sons’ dress code.

Stephen F Russell
St Kevin's College will ensure that learning be recognised as a means of empowerment and liberation in our world within a Gospel context.
(from the Mission Statement)