Senior School Newsletter

 5 March 2015, Volume 66 No. 05

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Walking the talk is so important. How joyous to have the Captain of Boats, Jack Parncutt, playing a saxophone solo as part of the Big Band performance at Heyington Assembly! A good SKC education is a rounded one that sees a lad immersed in academics, sport and the arts, understanding always that all is done with the College motto, ‘Omnia Pro Deo’, underpinning life.

At the recent Board meeting, endorsement of the first overseas Music Tour was given. The trip mid-year 2016 will see a combined instrumental and choral tour party travel to Venice, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. Participation in ‘Summa Cum Laude’, a large International Youth Musical Festival in Vienna, will be one of the many highlights. It is a natural progression in our ever-maturing and diversifying music program that this group has similar opportunities as many of our language, history, art, sport and social justice groups.

During Heyington Assembly, I detailed the myriad opportunities of recent years. More importantly, I shared with the boys the criteria by which student involvement is determined. The list of applicants for all tours is presented to the College Leadership Team with input from senior pastoral staff and a full printout of a boy’s contributions to school life and his behaviour and discipline record. The latter is a key criterion.

A student’s involvement in and contribution to a particular activity is then considered. A commitment to ongoing involvement in the activity or subject is also seen as an important element. Balance in the tour party – age, positions or skill - is also considered. There is a clear expectation that a student is up to date in all academic endeavours and that his effort grades in recent reports are strong. All can see that it is certainly not ‘first in best dressed’ in terms of selection of tourists. Finally and fairly, no boy may tour if his school fees are not up to date. I have shared this information at Waterford Forum.

Do enjoy the long weekend.

Please see 2016 Student dates below for your information.

Headmaster's Study Awards
Year 12
Damon Cai                                               
    Daniel Castellana
    Branden Lay
    Richard Smart
Year 11
Raymond Chau
    Alexander Collins
    Alexander Connell
    Jack Mallon
 Kind Regards,
 Stephen F Russell

2016 Student Dates

Term 1
Monday 1 February -Thursday 24 March (8 weeks)
Friday 29 January -Year 7 Orientation Day
(Labour Day Monday 14 March)

Term 2
Monday 11 April -Friday 19 June (10 weeks)
(Anzac Day Monday 25 April, Correction Day Friday 3 June, Queen’s Birthday Monday 13 June)

Term 3
Monday 11 July -Friday 16 September (10 weeks)
(Staff Reflection Day Friday 26 August)

Term 4
Monday 3 October - Friday 2 December (9 weeks)
(Mid-Term Holiday Monday 31 October, Melbourne Cup Tuesday 1 November)
Presentation Ceremony Sunday 4 December (compulsory attendance for Years 7 – 11)

Please click here for more information
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St Kevin's will value diversity and friendship within the community.
(from the Mission Statement) 

Faith and Mission

Dear Lord

During term one, Year Seven has been having retreat days. Every year, each level in the senior school undertakes a retreat. These retreats all have a different theme or emphasis but they share in common the challenge of stepping aside from our normal activities for a short while and spending time getting to know ourselves, each other and above all, God. The retreats tend to be enjoyable: God makes good company.

This year, for the first time, the boys of Year Seven have been presented with a college Bible during their retreats. The Bible bears the school crest and has a presentation plaque which says ‘Year 7, 2015. Year 12, 2020.’ The idea is that this is a book to last for the whole of their schooling and, indeed, well beyond.

The word Bible means ‘book’ or ‘library’ and, like any great library, it includes a vast range of material and offers a wide diversity of reading experiences. As we mature over the years, our ability to read scripture also matures. The Bible is one book that actually reads us. It has an uncanny ability to shed light on the experiences that preoccupy us at any stage of life and to leave us with a fresh perspective. It connects us with a long human struggle for faith: parts of it are over 3000 years old. It asks for patience and openness and a sense of wonder. It can’t be read like a novel nor like a textbook. Perhaps a better analogy is a cookbook: it doesn’t make much sense unless we are using it to try and create something in our lives that will profoundly nourish both ourselves and others. The Bible doesn’t provide just one recipe for life. It returns again and again to the surprising and mysterious ways in which God feeds us.

Edmund Rice found a strong sense of direction for his life from the Bible. His copy of scripture is of special interest because he left behind so little of his own in writing. Yet he underlined a number of verses in his Bible and these are important clues as to the things he was passionate about. We think on some of them on the Year Seven retreat. He was plainly affected by verses such as ‘give to everyone who begs from you’ (Matthew 5.42) and ‘love your enemies, do good and lend, never expecting anything in return.’ (Luke 6.35). These verses are close to the heart of a school such as ours.

On their retreats, the students in Year Seven are also asked to write a short prayer. These prayers are often heartfelt and heartwarming. Here are just a few from a single class:

Dear Lord, please keep everyone safe and healthy this year, especially my grandma as she is suffering from cancer.

Dear Lord, thank you for being there for me. I believe in you and I pray you help me through the year.

Dear Lord, thank you for everything you have done for me and the people around me. Thankyou for the food I eat. Thank you for the friends I’ve made. Thankyou, Lord, for life.

Dear Lord, I hope this year will give everyone a chance to do something good in the world. I hope that every single person in Year 7 will make new friends and have a great first year at high school.

Dear Lord, thank you for all the wonderful things you bring to this world. Thank you for guiding us to do all the generous deeds for others.

Dear Lord, this year I really hope to be nicer and more tolerant, co-operative with my sister and family. I hope to try harder to please and not to make cruel jokes and to have more fun with my friends.

Dear Lord, look after my family and I as we have trouble in health.

Dear Lord, please look after my family and me throughout the year and look over us and guide us to be more like you.

Dear Lord, may I have the gift of knowledge as I start Year Seven brightly and make friends every day.

Dear Lord, could you please help me with my homework and my speech.

Dear Lord, we pray that all who dwell will be happy and that you look over all who are hopeless and give them hope.

Dear Lord, we pray for others that are less fortunate than ourselves. We pray to help the sick and wounded and give to the poor, doing this without thinking of a reward, just out of the goodness of our hearts.

Dear Lord, I pray for the hungry and the sick and the homeless. Bring joy to the world. I pray that poverty stops.

Dear Lord, I am so thankful for all you have given me and all you have helped me with. I’m grateful for how fortunate I am. I now pray that I can make it through this year.

Dear Lord, you are watching and listening and understanding. Please make better the lives of everyone not just at St Kevin’s but at all schools around the world.

Dear Lord, thank you for all of the wonderful years you’ve given to my family and I pray to have many more of these wonderful, happy and eventful years so we can live our lives even fuller and happier.

Dear Lord, I pray that my family stays safe and healthy. I hope that everyone is safe and that terrorists stop terrorising people.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith & Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College... 

  • Ms Sheridan and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Prep students enjoyed their first full week at school.
  • Careers Department hosted a lunchtime speaker on studying in the USA.
  • Years 7C, 7D, 7I participated in a Retreat.
  • Fathers’ Association held a meeting.
  • Years 7 and 10 students were immunized.
  • Soccer Association met.
  • SKOCA meeting took place.
  • DAV Debating Round 1 was hosted at the College.
  • Year 12 Physics students went to Luna Park.
  • Big Band Incursion took place.
  • Year 5A –D students were away on Camp.
  • Rugby Association held a meeting.
  • Mr Windle and Cusack students assisted in Edmund Rice Refugee Tutoring Program at St Albans.
  • Year 5 parents held a social function.
  • Friends of Cricket met.
  • Year 10 students continued community service placement throughout Melbourne.
  • Year 10 Engineering at Work Program continued.
  • Music Association Soiree was enjoyed.
  • Basketball Association held a meeting.
  • Prep Parent Literacy Information Evening was conducted.
  • Year 8 Father and Son Evening took place.
  • APS Divisional Swimming Championships were held for Years 3-6 students.
  • New Teachers lunch and meeting was conducted.
  • Friends of Art held a meeting.
  • Mr Richard Murray addressed the Year 12 cohort as part of the Guest Speakers’ Program.
  • Nepal Fundraising Lunchtime BBQ took place.
  • Year 10 Geography students went on excursion to Gardiner’s Creek Trail.
  • SKC Portal training was conducted for staff.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Kearney boys and Mr Toohey participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students, accompanied by Mr Burns and Ms McMahon, assisted at the Fitzroy Tutoring Program.
  • Ms Ferguson and Purton students assisted at the community group PACSEL in Richmond.
  • Cathedral Choir Students went on Camp.
  • Staff attended professional development in the VIT Mentoring Program and Growth in Coaching.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


William Turner
Year 7

For his organisation and initiative in his contact with teachers.

Ned Mulkearns
Year 8

For supporting his cricket team by travelling to Geelong and scoring whilst not playing.

Lachlan Powning
Year 9
For assisting a sporting team at late notice to ensure the match was played.

Phoenix Hunt
For his outstanding contribution to the Cusack charity dance.

Lachlan Youden

For his enthusiastic support of House and community charities.

Patrick Dempsey
For his dedication to his studies and the life of Kenny House.

Jacob Smith
For representing the College and his peers with distinction whilst on an excursion.

Benedict Wallace
For his commitment and contribution to the House Swimming Carnival.

Edward Gusman

For his excellent effort during the House Swimming carnival.

Calendar Dates

Friday 6
Year 5A - 5D Camp ends
Football Association Meeting

6.30 pm

Brandon Room

Saturday 7 Long weekend - no fixtures

Sunday 8
Cathedral Choir Camp
Monday 9
Cathedral Choir Camp
Labour Day Holiday

Tuesday 10
Cathedral Choir Camp
Year 8A and 8B Retreat
Year 11 OAP Meetings
Year 10 Play
Year 7A - 7E Female Mentor / Mother and Son Evening

3.30 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm

Ruby Tout Theatre
Smith Hall
Wednesday 11
Year 9 Outprac
Year 8C and 8D Retreat
Year 10 Play
New Rugby Parents Information Evening

7.00 pm
7.30 pm

Ruby Tout Theatre
Brandon Room
 Thursday 12
Student Resilience Survey
Rowing Photographs
Year 10 Play
Year 7F - 7I Mother and Son Evening

3.30 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm

Ruby Tout Theatre
Smith Hall
 Please see the College Calendar for full details and future dates.

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From the Director of Studies

On Friday of last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Middle School Assembly, where the Years 7 and 8 boys were formally introduced to the College Captain, the Deputy College Captains and the Prefects, all of whom were installed a couple of weeks earlier to the Years 10 to 12 students. It is, I think, a privilege to be involved with the younger fellows of Heyington: they are extraordinarily enthusiastic and always eager to involve themselves in new experiences.

With the audience in mind, the Headmaster and I thought it was the right time to launch this year’s Headmaster’s Essay Competition for the Years 7 and 8 boys. For the past three years now, the College has run these Essay Competitions in two sections: the Years 7 and 8 Section; and, the Years 10 to 12 Section. The genesis of each year’s competition starts with the prize itself. This year is the 150th year since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published in England. What an enduring story it is! And while one might not think that such a novel is always suitable for boys, St Kevin’s has had a long and glorious tradition of challenging the stereotypes that surround literature and literacy. In Year 12, we continue to teach Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. In Literature in Year 12, the boys studied Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. In Year 10, all students of English study Romeo and Juliet. Traditionally, all of these great works of literature would be considered texts that girls – rather than boys – might read. One of our jobs, as educators, is to continue to break down some of the stereotypes associated with boys’ behaviours, especially in an all-boys’ environment. What is so important about Alice in Wonderland is that it is a wonderfully imaginative story…a story that, if we do not suspend our sense of disbelief, is entirely implausible. Yet, it is the creativity of the narrative proper that draws us into Alice’s story and the world she meets down the rabbit-hole.

At the Assembly, I spoke to the boys about never losing touch with their creative selves. I spoke to the boys about my favourite play – John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, where the unlikely protagonist, whose name may or may not be Paul Poitier says that the imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world. He believes that the imagination is another phrase for what is uniquely us. To my way of thinking, this is a most fitting way to look at the significance of our imaginative capacities and capabilities.

Aware that much of what we do at secondary school is often analytical, this year’s Years 7 and 8 Headmaster’s Essay Competition invites the boys to think and to respond creatively. We’ve always had a tremendous response from the boys in the Middle School; and Mr Russell and I are hopeful that this year’s response will be even more wide-ranging. Of course, one of the hallmarks of a St Kevin’s student is to have a go, to be involved, to participate in new things. Not only are the details of the Competition below, they also appear on the Years 7 and 8 pages of the SKC Portal. Do encourage your son to write an essay this year; winners of such competitions can come from any boy who puts pen to paper. The Headmaster and I are certainly looking forward to reading the myriad essays that will come our way in late-March.

Headmaster's Essay Competition: Years 7 & 8

 Write a creative essay or short story that uses ONE of the following lines anywhere in your piece of writing:

  1. The White Rabbit, splendidly dressed, came trotting along in a great hurry.
  2. The roses were white, but there were three Gardeners painting them red.
  3. There was a dispute going on, between the Executioner, the King and the Queen, who were all talking at once.

Length: 600 – 800 words (Word Document with 1.5 line-spacing)
Due Date: Wednesday,  25 March 2015
Submit to: Mr Jones at the Godfrey Building. Remember to include your name and Tutor Group
Prize: A rare 1930 edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, including original, colour illustrations, which marks the 150th year since this wonderful novel was first published in England.

Mr Gary Jones
Director of Studies

Scholarships 2016

Applications Now Open

The College will be offering a number of Scholarships for 2016.

Applications for Choral Scholarships for entry into Year 5, 2016 and Instrumental Scholarships for entry into Year 7, 2016 are now open. Please note that academic scholarship applications for entry in 2016 are now closed.

Registration details can be located on the College website (click here).
Mr David Hill


Tickets are now on sale for the first productions of 2015, the Year 10 Play 'Great Expectations' and the Year 11-12 Play 'The Love of Three Oranges'.

The play 'Great Expecations' is an abridged adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic. The story follows beleaguered orphan Pip on his quest for love, fortune and happiness. He encounters colourful characters such as jilted bride Miss Havisham and escaped convict Abel Magwitch, as well as dear Estella. Through a series of secrets, misfortunes and coincidences, Pip endures much suffering and learns many of life’s hard lessons before finally achieving a degree of happiness.

Year 10 boys have been rehearsing with students from Sacré Cœur since term 4 last year. The large cast will bring the dramatic story to life in three performances at Ruby Tout Theatre.

In our second production for the year, senior students from St Kevin’s are joined by Year 11 and 12 girls from Sacré Cœur for the traditional commedia dell’arte play; 'The Love of Three Oranges'. Auditions were held in term four last year in preparation for the season at Ruby Tout Theatre this term.

Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre that began in Italy in the 16th century. It features stock characters, such as foolish old men and devious servants, in exaggerated social situations.

Prince Tartaglia's life is filled with misery until an evil witch and her equally evil henchmen curse him to search for three giant oranges. This quest, however, proves more fruitful than anyone could have imagined as the once-lonely prince discovers love, friendship, and laughter when he encounters wizards, monarchs, and a couple of narrators who aren't sure how far removed from the story they actually are.

Please note the starting time of 7.00 pm, which will be the starting for all St Kevin’s productions this year. Bookings are now open.

  Year 10 SKC/Sacré Cœur Play: Great Expectations
7.00 pm 10, 11, 12 March
Ruby Tout Theatre, Heyington Campus, St Kevin's College
Adults $16; Concession $11
Bookings please click here

Years 11-12 SKC/ Sacré Cœur Play: The Love of Three Oranges
7.00 pm 17, 19, 20 March
Ruby Tout Theatre, Heyington Campus, St Kevin's College
Adults $16; Concession $11
Bookings: please click here
Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Rugby Information Night

All SKC rugby families are invited to attend the Rugby Information Night for the 2015 rugby season.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Time: Commencing 7.30 pm, concluding 9.00 pm
Venue: Brandon Room, Cummins Building

U13 players will receive their FREE two match membership of the Rebels on this night.

Please click here to view the flyer.
Mr Kevin Culliver
TIC Rugby

Year Level Parents' Events

Year 7

To all Parents of SKC Year 7 boys - Come and meet other Year 7 Parents at the following event:

Friday, 13 March 2015
Time: 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Venue: Giorgios Restaurant & Cafe Bar
  Corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road, Armadale
Price: $42 per person. Includes superb finger food and two complimentary drinks (champagne, premium wine, beer, soft drinks). Drinks at bar prices thereafter.
RSVP: Wednesday, 11 March via the following website

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact your Year 7 representatives:

  • Jacqui Burke on email or via telephone, 0421 757 360
  • Sally O'Callaghan on email or via telephone, 0447 567 667
  • Katrina Swift on email or via telephone, 0415 124 054

Year 8

Dear Year 8 Parents,

You are warmly invited to our first social event of the year, a coffee and catch up in Camberwell.

Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2015
8.30 am - 10.00 am
The Baker's Wife
  414 Burke Road, Camberwell
RSVP: Please give an indication of your attendance to one of the Class Reps                           
Class Reps:      
Georgina Hawthorne on 0419 376 477                                       
  Lou Bilston on 0416 077 157
  Nicole Avery on 0409 015 170
  Sabrina Davies on 0408 519 664                              

Year 10


Dear Year 10 Parents,

You are warmly invited to attend the first social event on the Year 10 calendar on Friday, 13 March.

Date: Friday, 13 March 2015
From 8.45 am
Sissi & Co, 1290 Malvern Road, Malvern

While an RSVP is not essential for this event, we would like to have an idea of numbers. If you think you will make it, please contact Caroline Leng on 0412 894 211.

Please also ‘save the date’ for the following functions later in the year. Please check the newsletter closer to the dates for further details.

Term 2
Saturday, 2 May – Parent cocktail party

Term 3
Friday, 7 August  – Coffee morning

Term 4
Saturday, 24 October – Parent drinks

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Year 10 Reps:
  • Jacque Yates on 0405 430 454
  • Dominique Rogers on 0418 102 968
  • Caroline Leng on 0412 894 211         

Please note that for 2015, RSVP dates will be strictly enforced. It has necessitated as a matter of professional courtesy and etiquette to be accommodating with the Venues and/or the Catering group who are providing the SKC community with their fine level of service for an event. This also includes year level functions whether hosted at a venue, or at a private home.



Aquatics End of Season Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2015                                                                            
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Smith Hall
Booking: Please book at
Please note, all tickets MUST BE PREPAID. There will be NO MONEY collected on the night. The dinner is compulsory for all swimmers and divers.
Ms Jo Howard
Convenor, SKC Aquatics Committee

Fathers' Association Dinner

We would like to invite all dads/male mentors to our first dinner for 2015.

Date: Monday, 16 March 2015
Amora Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond
Time: 7.00 pm pre-dinner drinks, 7.30 pm start
$50 per person - Two course meal and beverages
RSVP: 12.00 pm, Friday, 13 March using the following link

Special Guest Speaker: David Perry

David Perry (Father of Chris, Year 8 and Luke, Year 9) started his working life as a Bank Economist. He then joined a stockbroker and investment bank with a focus on bond analysis and derivatives. He later, with a group of friends, set up a boutique stockbroking company and became an Equities Analyst and Research Head. In 2011, he joined the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance with responsibility for two public sector agencies, Victorian Funds Management Corporation or VFMC (investment arm) and Treasury Corporation of Victoria or TCV (borrowing arm).

He will talk (or preferably lead a conversation) about:

  • Lessons he learnt along the way while doing these things,
  • The investment markets generally - risk, diversification, trading, stock brokers etc, and
  • Workings of the Victorian Treasury, VFMC and TCV and the new Labor Government (facts only!)
We are extremely fortunate to have David as our guest speaker for the evening. There will also be an opportunity for an informal Q&A session.

These dinners are a great opportunity to meet and socialise with other St Kevin's dads.

All are welcome!            
Mr Evan Raptis
President, SKC Fathers' Association

Rowing Association

Save these Dates

Rowing Presentation Night and Heads of River Dinner

All Year 8 - 12 Rowers are invited to join us on this special occasion.

 Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Smith Hall, Heyington
Dress: Boys are to wear full summer school uniform. Gentlemen to wear jacket and collar and ladies the equivalent.
Friday, 13 March 2015
Bookings can be made by clicking on the following link

Please click here to download a flyer for the event.

Heads of River Gourmet BBQ

Family and friends are invited to the Heads of River Gourmet BBQ lunch.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2015
RSVP: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Bookings can be made by clicking on the following link

Please click here to download a flyer for the event.

For further enquiries, please contact Gillian Goller at or 0409 144 331.
Mr Michael Bennett
TIC Rowing

Sacre Coeur & St. Kevin’s Tennis Day and Luncheon

We invite you and your friends to join us for the annual Sacre Coeur & St. Kevin’s Tennis Day and Luncheon:

Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
From 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. The luncheon will be held at 12.45 pm in the St Kevin's Pavilion
Luncheon Guest Speaker: Mandy McCracken                                                                                       
Bookings: Please book via the following site:
  Entries close Friday, 20 March.

There will be a round-robin doubles format. Attendees are able to participate in a Cardio Tennis* workout at 11:30am. All levels of players are invited - including social players. Men are most welcome.

Please click here for more information.
Ms Karen Clydesdale
Manager Community, Tennis Australia

Outdoor Education

All St Kevin's parents are encouraged to visit the new Outdoor Education website on the College Portal. It will become your information hub for all Outdoor Education information. Please ask your son to direct you to the website and show you around. Please email for any further enquiries.
Mr David Howard 
Head of Outdoor Education


Co-curricular Summer Sports

Please check the Current Fixtures each Thursday afternoon for any sport draw changes.

Please click here to view last weekend's APS Sport Results

Please click here for this weekend's APS Sport Fixtures

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Diving Program

Vacancies currently exist in the excellent SKC diving program. Classes are well structured and groups are small. Boys in Years 6, 7 & 8 are invited to try a class any Wednesday of term at the Wilding Centre:

Year 6 boys:
3.30 - 4.45 pm                                                                                                           
Year 7/8 boys:
4.30 - 6.00 pm                                                                

The first class is free after which fees are charged by the term on the school account. Pro-rata adjustments are available.

Please direct all bookings and enquiries to College Diving Coach/TIC Elizabeth Howard via email at or mobile 0438 571 403.

Ms Elizabeth Howard
College Diving Coach/TIC Diving

Athletics Club

Recreational running/walking coaching for Mums and Dads

The St Kevin’s Athletics Club is pleased to offer coaching for those Mums and Dads wishing to get that little bit fitter, while the weather in Melbourne is at its peak. This program is designed for all abilities from the serious “fun runner” to the casual walker.  All you need is the desire to improve!

Training takes place at the Botanical Gardens track (meeting on the Tan Track near the corner of Domain Road and Anderson Street, South Yarra) at 9:15 each Monday and Friday mornings and the sessions last between 40 - 60 minutes. The program starts on Monday, 23 February and runs until Friday, 27 March, 2015 (the end Term 1). The cost for this training is $80 for 1 day per week or $150 for 2 days per week for the balance of Term 1.

Training is conducted by qualified club coach Steve Cain (SKC 2002) and is open to all SKC parents and friends.

For any questions please contact Steve Cain on 0407 230 748. To book, please follow the TryBooking link:

Mr Peter McGarry
President SKAAC



Trials for the 1st XI Soccer Team have begun. The remaining trials will be held on Tuesday, 10 and Thursday, 12 March. All trials will be held at 7:15am on Oval 2 at Heyington. Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 boys are welcome to try out. Members of the squad will be announced on Monday, 16 March.

Prospective 1st XI players and families need to keep Thursday, 19 March free for the Presentation of the Squad Playing Strips, which will take place at a Cocktail Party in the Pavilion, Heyington. It is recommended that soccer families pencil this date in their diaries.

Good luck to all participating players.

Soccer Clinic

The St Kevin's Soccer Clinic will be held again this year during the first week of the Term 1 holidays - Monday, 30 and Tuesday, 31 March. The Clinic will be held at Eastern Lions Soccer Club, Burwood with bus transport being provided to and from Glendalough for participants if needed. All soccer boys are welcome to attend, however places will be limited. Attendance at the Clinic is mandatory for members of the 1st XI Squad. The Clinic is a great opportunity for players of all ages to get to know each other. More information regarding the Clinic will be provided next in next week's newsletter. Mark the dates in your diary!
Mrs Eleonora Luisetto, Mr Nick Hale
SKC Soccer


Whilst attending the Deakin University Careers Practitioners’ Seminar last week, it was interesting to hear from the Vice Chancellor that Deakin is the number 1 ranked University in Australia for learning satisfaction for the fourth year in a row and is the third ranked University in Victoria for research. Deakin has clearly defined 8 graduate learning outcomes which are embedded into every Deakin degree including knowledge, communication skills, digital literacy, global citizenship, team work, critical thinking, problem solving and self-management; all with the aim of creating employable graduates.

Such graduate characteristics, it is hoped, will stand students in good stead in the future World of Work which Deakin sees being characterised by three big trends: robotics (students will need the ability to work with machines, design machines, and fill the spaces between the machine tasks such as coding), big data (everything we do now is part of a data set and there is a growing trend for people to give up information about themselves for any reason), and personalisation.To engage students, it is important that the University and the employment they enter into ensures that they feel courses and jobs are tailored to the individual. Deakin has a broad range of courses which should be considered favourably by students who find Monash and Melbourne overwhelming or who just like the environment of Deakin and its very student centred focus.

It was a pleasure to attend the Avalon International Airshow with our aviators and others interested in careers with the Defence Force or in Aerospace Engineering. Year 12 students were treated to an education session featuring a number of speakers from a variety of professions in these fields such as a RAAF Pilot, an Air Traffic Controller, and Aerospace Engineer and a Defence Force Technician. It is hoped that students who attended are now keen to research the variety of careers available when one has a passion for working with aircraft.

On Monday this week we had a representative from Strive4College present to approximately 25 students from Years 10 to 12 who are interested in pursuing their sporting or academic dreams in Colleges in the USA. Parents of students who attended are invited to continue this discussion at home and to be involved in the complex process which is applying for study in the US.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Reminder: UMAT Registrations
  • Open Day Dates for your diary
  • Do you want to find out more about Monash University Degrees?
  • Swinburne University News: Law; Engineering, Psychology; Physics Research; National Institute of Circus Arts; High Achievers’ Program; Industry Based Learning; Autism
  • Victoria University News: New Student Accommodation; What is Biomedicine?
  • Interested in Veterinary Science?
  • Studying Industrial Design at RMIT
  • Careers in the Defence Force
  • National Youth Science Forum
  • Careers in the Rail Industry
  • Forensic Medicine Career Information Session
  • New Courses on offer in 2016 at ACU
  • Vertical Double Degrees at ANU
  • High School Volunteer Programs
  • Hobsons Course Finder
  • Careers as a Diplomat
Any students wanting to organise Work Experience for the forthcoming holidays are asked to come and see Ms O’Sullivan as soon as possible.

Please see for more details.
Mrs O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Europe Music Tour 2016 – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest are invited from families who wish their son to be considered for the European Music Tour to be held in June/July 2016. Students in Years 9-12 (2016) are eligible for consideration and should return their form to the Music Office by Friday, 13 March.

Copies of the Information Pack are available from the Music Office.

Year 7-9 Music Camp 23-25 March

A rehearsal camp for musicians in Years 7-9 is being held in the last week of this term. Located at Rutherford Park, Blampied, this camp will see over 130 boys and music staff engaged in an intensive period of rehearsals, culminating in a concert for Year 7 and 8 students.

All students in the Middle School Strings, Middle School Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra (Years 7-9) are expected to attend this camp.

Forms have been distributed in ensemble rehearsals, are available on the Portal and by clicking here. Forms should be returned to the Music Office as they are now overdue.

AMEB Examinations

Instrumental teachers are distributing forms to students who are preparing for an AMEB examination in the June session. These forms are due back to the Music Office by Thursday, 26 March. There will be a further opportunity to sit an AMEB examination in Term IV.

Music Office – C305

Mrs Beth Little and other music office staff can be contacted at the Music Office by phone on 9804 3045 and by email at Boys with enquiries are encouraged to visit the Music Office before school, at Recess or at Lunchtime.

Remaining Music Dates Term I

Sun 8 - Tue 10 March Cathedral Choir Camp
Thursday 12 March Senior Concert Band Workshop with LMH  3.45 pm MMC
Saturday 14 March
Music Scholarship Auditions  
Monday 16 March
Symphony Orchestra workshop with BGS  3.45 pm, Smith Hall
Mon 23 - Wed 25 March Year 7-9 Music Camp  
Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music

Cathedral Choir

March Newsletter

The March Cathedral Choir newsletter was distributed to parents this week. We hope that all of the parent email addresses on file are up to date and active, but please let me know if you did not receive the Newsletter. In the meantime, it is also available by clicking on this link.

February Excellentiam in Choro Award

Our new Award for excellence in the Cathedral Choir was presented for the first time last Sunday before Mass. Congratulations to William Boult of Year 8 who is our junior winner and to Noah Janssen of Year 11, our senior winner.
 William Boult
 Noah Janssen
Dr Daryl Barclay
Director, St Patrick's Choir/Head of Choral Music

St Kevin's French Exchange Programme 2015

Lycée Cours St Charles, Orléans

Once again a group of 25 students (13 boys and 12 girls) from Cours St Charles Orléans, our sister school will be joining our St Kevin’s community in arriving 28 June and departing 23 July. This is a wonderful opportunity to form great friendships during these exchanges and many St Kevin’s families who have hosted previous exchanges found it an exciting and enriching experience.

Students wishing to take part in the September 2016 Exchange Programme are expected to host. Please note that the spirit of the Exchange is to offer a family experience. You are not expected to provide expensive and exotic activities.

If you are able to assist, even for some of the period, please contact Madame Cullen at Heyington on 9822 0911 or at
Madame Cullen
Head of Languages

Swap Shop 

The next Swap Shop will be held on Thursday 19 March from 3.00pm - 5.00pm at the Waterford Campus, Darlington Parade, Richmond.

We are always looking for uniform items to sell, so if any families have uniforms that they no longer require then please send them to us. Please click on the following page to see all the requirements - (click here)

Please contact Christine Quirk if you require any further information - 0403 338 765.

Mrs Christine Quirk
Swap Shop Co-ordinator

SKC Merchandise

St Kevin's Towel Orders

At just $50 each these towels are embroidered with your son's name and in theory, will never be lost! Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Delivery will be to the College to your son's classroom.

Please click here for the link to TryBooking to order.
Further enquiries please contact Mrs Ann James - SKC Merchandising. 

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