Headmaster's Weekly Address


It has been just the weather for Swimming Carnivals. Not surprisingly, participation has been willing, and, I am told, some staff were even tempted to suggest the reinstatement of a staff versus student relay, simply to get in the pool! On a serious note, I wish to thank the staff responsible for the organisation and conduct of the events: Years 7 – 9 and Years 10 – 12, Mr Travers and Mr O’Brien and Prep – Year 6, Mr Stone and Mr Hayes. As far as results went, our P - 6 champion House was Polding (who also won the House Spirit Award); 7 – 9 was Purton; and, 10 – 12 was Kenny. Many of us will have the opportunity to support our APS teams next Monday evening as we defend our 2016 premierships in Swimming and Diving.

Changing a published date is akin to a serious social crime in my view. Hence, an alteration to the published College calendar is no small thing at SKC and is only finally accepted when all avenues to stick to the first published date have been exhausted. The new date for the St Patrick’s Sporting Exchange is Wednesday 19 April 2017 – the first Wednesday of Term II and only the second day of term. A tradition which began in 1918 needed preservation. Senior teams in Australian Rules, Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby and Cross Country, will travel to Ballarat to compete with our brother EREA school. They will be visiting us in 2018 on 18 April.

Another event of some tradition and standing is the Zimele Walkathon, which is calendared and will be held this Sunday, 19 March, at Yarra Bend Park. Details appear elsewhere in this Newsletter. Students have been encouraged to register and Old Collegians contacted. Please support this worthy cause.

The ever-increasing maturity and effectiveness of our Senior House system gives me great pleasure, confidence in our staff, boys and families, and a real sense of gratitude for the leadership exhibited by our House Heads. In recent weeks, we have had the Rahill House Quiz Night, Cusack Green Dance, Kenny Pizza and Film Night and Kearney Bake Off. These events not only enhance relationships, raise funds for those large charities supported school-wide, but also create the time on Edmund Rice Day for the Tutor Group outings. It is the proverbial win – win – win. I do know Purton and McCarthy have their plans well in hand!

Much work is underway to complete the massive tasks that are the Year 10 Camino Walk, Year 11 Outdoor Education Camps and Years 7 – 9 Music Camp, all of which take place in the last week of this term. Attendance at these advantages boys in so many ways; so, quite naturally, absence is a serious disadvantage. By the time you read these thoughts in the Newsletter, we will have made absolute commitments to many firms, guides, trainers and the like, regarding final numbers. Any changes from here on in, can only be considered for reimbursement of camp fees in the most serious of economic hardship circumstances.

My Wednesday visit to Waterford this week gave me confidence that our men on Richmond Hill are making the most of their special year. If I counted accurately, 27 boys had the opportunity to speak, perform or be recognised on stage at Forum. The 2017 Waterford staff are active and contributing to the great variety of Waterford experiences; and the steady and experienced hand of the Dean of Waterford, Mr Klupacs, and his team, have our Year 9 Campus humming.

Kate and I are looking forward to the Aquatics Luncheon on Saturday and Rowing Evening on Sunday to round out the water theme with which I commenced in this piece.

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

 St Kevin's College will celebrate family life as the embodiment of a deep spirituality, which nurtures the individual
and promotes personal liberation.

(from the Mission Statement)