Headmaster's Weekly Address

01-Mar-2018


Our Centenary Program continues to bring great joy and reflection, and is encouraging forward-thinking. So many of our community are keen to attend events. Restrictions on numbers will inevitably lead to some disappointment, so my advice is to book and attend an event when the opportunity presents itself.

There are two events this term for which I know there are currently tickets available. The first is our inaugural Albert Street Lecture on Wednesday 7 March in the Ruby Tout Theatre (Heyington Campus) commencing at 7.45pm. Our guest and speaker is Archbishop Mark Coleridge (SKC 65). If you read his homily in last week’s Newsletter, you would be right to expect an erudite, pragmatic and forward-looking address, on where the Church will be, across the next twenty years. There is no cost to attend but please book (details below).

The second Centenary event for which tickets are currently available is the Foundation Dinner to be held on Tuesday 27 March at Carousel, Albert Park. The address will be delivered by Susan Pascoe AM, an eminent Australian by so many measures: community leadership; academic excellence; and, tangential thinking across contemporary issues. In this our Centenary Year, I believe it is vital we consider our origins and do all we can to maintain into the future, a geographic and socio-economic diversity at St Kevin’s. By attending this dinner, you will be making an important contribution to secure our philosophical origins well into the future. If you can join us, that is wonderful; if not, consider supporting the Foundation raffle (details below).

Melbourne’s freeways/tollways were at their best last Saturday, helping me to watch our lads ‘across Melbourne’. A brief Heyington visit for some cricket and tennis, saw me then head to the State Volleyball Centre at Dandenong to witness victory for our Firsts. Having lost the first set comprehensively, the next three sets were a seemingly different team! My next stop was Geelong Grammar, where we had multiple teams engaged. The quality of the contests, the excellence of the facilities and, most importantly, the enjoyment of the players from both schools, across a range of sports, made the drive more than worthwhile. We must never underestimate the quality and fine ethos of the sporting competition of which we are a part in the APS.

Our Houses are beginning their Social Justice funds’ drive with a variety of evening events for boys and sometimes their families. While these funds are important and do have a significant impact, we must always remember that the most powerful and truly character-enriching and character-forming element of our senior Social Justice Partnerships, is the relational aspects of each House’s particular partnership. We need to thank the many staff who make these opportunities available for our boys. Just this week, Mr Junkovic went with Kenny boys to St Mary’s House of Welcome, while Mr Schottner headed to St Peters’ and St Paul’s with the McCarthy lads. Mr Keenan accompanied Cusack students to Trinity Primary School, and Mr Ross led the Purton brigade to PACSEL. Mr Parris escorted the Kearney cohort to St Ignatius Tutoring, and Mr Burns walked alongside his Rahill students at the Fitzroy Reading Program. This happens week in, week out, and is at the heart of who we are – a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition.

Omnia pro Deo

Excellence Awards

William Maligin

Year 10    

First Place, National final
2017 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition 

William Cornwell

Year 12    

First Place, U19 Mens IV
2018 NSW State Rowing Championships

Angus Hart

Year 11

First Place, U19 Mens IV
2018 NSW State Rowing Championships

Christopher Johnson    

Year 12

First Place, U19 Mens IV
2018 NSW State Rowing Championships

Oscar Ryan

Year 10

First Place, U19 Mens IV
2018 NSW State Rowing Championships

Oscar Sinni

Year 12

First Place, U19 Mens IV
2018 NSW State Rowing Championships


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)