Headmaster's Weekly Address

30-Mar-2017


No doubt all are looking forward to the Easter break. The fact that our nation takes holidays for four days, apart from school breaks, should, in itself, tell us of the enormous significance of these ‘Holy Days’. Easter is more than just a special time for families to gather. ‘The celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus is the very heart of who we are, both as a Christian community and as individuals. These are the events which enable us to understand what it is to be a human being.’

My sincere hope is that every St Kevin’s student is afforded the opportunity to attend Easter Mass. Our family is strengthened and renewed by our involvement in Holy Week liturgies and the ultimate celebration that is Easter morning. Do enjoy the time with your family and do find time for the most significant feast in our Christian faith.

Students in Year 12 conclude this term with practice examinations and SACs. Year 10 and Year 11 are involved in Outdoor Activities Week. Years 7 – 9 musicians are in camp, yet there remains much activity for those of us here at school. 

Last week many of us enjoyed the Mrs Gillian Gilchrist directed, ‘The Burial at Thebes’. The sophisticated and moving production showcased the particular talents of Patrick Gigacz as Creon and Andrew Willett as Tiresais. The female leads from Sacré Coeur, Helene Pollocks as Antigone and Saska Abel as Ismene were also very accomplished. The entire cast deserve praise for the way they drew the audience into the struggles and dilemmas faced by the characters. The choices of the ancient Greeks are not dissimilar to those we face today.

Summer Sport concluded with our Tennis Team, APS Premiers for the sixth time. Congratulations to the team, skipper Kyle Didone, TIC, Mr Paul O’Brien and Coach Mr Kane Dewhurst. Touch Football won their competition. Well done to Captain Angus Edwards, TIC, Mr Matt Senior and Coach Mr Bob Windle. Cycling won the State Title, led by Henry Yates with founding TIC Mr Peter Mitchell a powerful force behind the scenes. Lawn Bowls finished second, Cricket and Table Tennis third.

Our Rowers had a great day at Nagambie with all senior crews rowing in the A finals. The 1st VIII finished fourth, having broken six minutes in both races on the day. There was little wind assistance; so those in the know, and with an historical knowledge of the sport would acknowledge the two 5:58 minutes across 2000 metres is a real accomplishment. The 2nd VIII and 3rd VIII both finished second, and the Open IV won their race. Years 10 and 9 crews were highly competitive. It was a great day for our Boat Shed.

A reminder that across the College, boys return in winter uniform from the start of next term until the first day after Cup Weekend for Years 7 – 12 and the start of Term IV for Glendalough.

My thanks to all those who attended the Foundation Dinner in the city. A ‘sell out’ crowd listened attentively to our Guest of Honour, current parent and past College Captain, Mr Anthony Caligiuri (SKC 1990). The influence of family and SKC in Mr Caligiuri’s professional life came through strongly in his address. He was informative and entertaining and the intersection of business and philanthropy clear.

Congratulations to the following boys who were named as APS Representatives for the APS v AGS Games:

Cricket 

Harry Wardlaw, Blake Parson 

Table Tennis 

Michael Athanasiadis, Ryan Kang 

Have a Happy and Holy Easter

Kind regards



Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's College will value diversity and friendship within the community
(from the Mission Statement)