Headmaster's Weekly Address

11-May-2017


Two nights at the Theatre have been richly rewarding in the last week. Shakespeare’s ‘A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream’, was performed in conjunction with St Catherine’s. The acting skills on display were mature, purposeful and well above what the public might expect of school students. A reliable litmus of a quality performance is the sense of time flying by. It did the night the Russells enjoyed the play. May I particularly mention Damian Russo as Nick Bottom and Sam Collins as Oberon.

My second night was locked in the Cummins Courtroom as our VCE Unit 3/4 Theatre Studies class presented ‘Twelve Angry Men’. This suspense-filled production of theatre and film adaptation was presented with great aplomb. A fine drama drew us in and gave one so much upon which to reflect during the performance, on the drive home and, indeed, the next day! My congratulations to Ms Christie and the whole cast: Chris Ballek, Alexandras Bartaska, Thomas Blake, Phillip Borg, Zac Jensen, Michael Lew, Sam McCabe, Morgan Reinwald, Damian Russo, Jordan Smith, Pat Tynan, David White, and Andrew Xanthis.

At Heyington Assembly, we welcomed our Jubilarians and senior Old Collegians to the College. Our most senior Old Collegian present was Mr John Daly (SKC 46) and we welcomed the College Captain of 1967, Mr Chris Hanson as his classmates joined the Jubilarian cohort. We thanked them for the culture they had formed, developed and passed on to we, who are the SKC school community today. As part of our physical recognition of our bonds and familial links, I asked all who have, or have had, a brother at St Kevin’s to stand. Hundreds did. I then asked those whose father, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and even great, great grandfather had been part of our story to stand. Again, hundreds stood.

The challenge was then put to those with enriching and deep family ties and those such as my son, James, who are the first in their family to attend St Kevin’s to ensure that they at school and beyond our gates, continue to enhance the name and reputation of SKC by their behaviours and relationships – professionally and personally.

The Centenary Tour was launched during the week and I strongly encourage those interested to go to the College website (under QuickLinks) to register.

Our musicians returned from the Mount Gambier Jazz Festival, having enjoyed their music-making and the chance to watch many highly talented musicians. My thanks to Dr Mathers and Messrs Beasy, George, Lawson, Lewicki and Werner for accompanying our four Big Bands. Particular congratulations to Big Band 1 and Mr Werner for their third placing in their competition and to Rohan Anderson-Cleary (Year 11 McCarthy) for his selection as Trombone 1 in the Superband for the Festival.

It is with real pleasure I announce that Mr Ross Corstorphin has been appointed Bursar to succeed Mr Ray Tyrrell. Mr Corstorphin holds a Double Degree - Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce, and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has been coach of the Second XI Cricket and a 10A Hockey coach. Prior to joining SKC in 2012, he worked in a senior position with Moore Stephens in both Melbourne and London. We received many applications from well-qualified and experienced candidates. Please join me in congratulating Mr Corstorphin on his appointment, which he will take up in July. We will pay full tribute to the remarkable service and skills of Mr Tyrrell when he finishes at SKC next term.

May I extend my best wishes to all Mothers for Sunday. I did make a suggestion to the boys of one action they could take to express their admiration and gratitude for all the mothering they received in their families. I will do some research to see if my message got through!

Excellence Award   
Year 11  Rohan Anderson-Cleary
 
  Awarded Trombone 1 in the Division 2 Superband, at Generations in Jazz at Mount Gambier 
     
Headmaster’s Study Award   
Year 12  Literature  Harrison Giavris 
    Patrick Gigacz  
 
William Harris 
    Jesse Masson Moyle 
    Hugo Mitchell 
     
Year 10  Australian History  Riccardo Bonacci 
    Connor Evans 
    Finn Sargenston 
    Paul Stamatelatos 

Kind regards



Stephen F Russell
Headmaster

St Kevin's College will develop an awareness that the St Kevin’s College family forms part of the global
Edmund Rice family

(from the Mission Statement)