Headmaster's Weekly Address

Last weekend afforded me the opportunity to meet with many parents from our ELC lads’ folks to those parents with Year 12 men. The ELC function was a very happy event held at Loreto Toorak in the magnificent Mandeville Centre. Kate and I chatted with parents beginning their SKC journey, some of whom I had taught and families who are now well settled into Glendalough with their older boys. In my address, recognising the quality of our ELC staff and programs, I highlighted the expert, personal and dynamic leadership of Ms Kylie McLennan, our Head of ELC who after eleven years will be concluding her time with us at the end of this year.

Saturday evening we joined a very convivial crowd for the Combined Associations Event in Port Melbourne. The chance to meet many parents, relatively new to our school, was one of the many enjoyable parts of the evening. Our Associations all do so much to ensure that our sense of community continues to enrich all our lives and consequently improves the St Kevin’s educational experience for all our boys.

Every so often it is important I re-emphasise some of the commitments a family makes when they accept a place at the College. It is my expectation that parents and school have both understood clearly what are the non-negotiables in terms of an SKC education. We function so well as a school because these mutual obligations are understood from the outset and our families so whole-heartedly and willingly support the College.

These understandings include, but are not restricted to:
  • All boys from ELC – Year 12 participate actively in Religious Education, Catholic worship, retreats and age-appropriate social justice involvement
  • Secondary students are required to represent the College in sport on a Saturday in Years 7 – 12. Boys must do a summer and a winter sport and those capable, participate in Athletics
  • Outdoor Education is a key element in an SKC education from Years 3 – 11, it is expected that all students participate
  • Attendance and/or participation in full College events and activities is required, for example, House sporting events, APS Athletics, Tutor Group activities
  • Ensuring that behaviour in class never impedes another student’s learning
  • Understanding that all boys carry the reputation of St Kevin’s at all times, not only when involved in College activities and wearing College uniform. Our students are SKC men, seven days a week, and their actions and demeanours must always aim to meet College standards.
Many have their last round of winter sport this weekend. Boys, do thank your coaches personally. I encourage families to attend the Presentation Nights. Our thanks to the Dean of Sport, Mr Travers and Assistant Dean of Sport, Mr O’Brien. It is also right that we recognise and thank our six TICs:
  • Basketball: Mr Mark Langan
  • Cross Country: Mr Brosie McCann
  • Football: Mr John Hart
  • Hockey: Ms Charlotte Banks
  • Rugby: Mr Kevin Culliver
  • Soccer: Mr Nick Hale

Foundation Business Breakfast

St Kevin's College will nurture relationships and develop friendships among students, staff, Old Collegians and their families.
(from the Mission Statement)