Senior School Newsletter

  23 November 2017, Volume 68 No. 35

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From the Headmaster

RYAN, Hector William Peter

St Kevin’s College expresses our deepest sympathy at the sad passing of our Year 12, 2017 student, Hector. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hector’s parents, Peter and Cate, his sister, Annabelle, and his extended family.

Hector was a student of the College from Year 7, 2012 and was a member of Cusack House. His studies flourished in 2017. Hector was a passionate oarsman and a keen basketballer.


Dear Parents

St Kevin’s College is a faith school. Our faith tradition is Christian. We are a Catholic school following the charism of Edmund Rice. My faith nourishes me, challenges me and, at times, I am confused. My actions, words and deeds, I hope, reflect that I am a pilgrim, one with flaws and faults, but one who has consciously decided that my belief in the Eternal and in the Gospels, remain the guiding principles in my life.

It is in times as difficult as these, following Hector Ryan’s (SKC 2017) death, that faith and the tradition and strength of this faith community allows many others and me the privilege to assist our families who are grieving and to ensure that our community gathers and draws strength from one another and our beliefs rather than split asunder in upset and confusion over such a tragedy.

Hector’s parents, Peter (SKC 82) and Cate, along with their daughter, Annabelle, asked me to thank all the SKC family who have offered support. It is so important that this support is ongoing. We have held the Funeral Service and Remembrance Ceremony here at school with the support of so many talented and generous colleagues. As you receive this Newsletter, we will be gathered on the Plaza, following the Remembrance Ceremony, supporting and comforting the family and one another.

Headmaster's Study Awards

Year 9 Japanese Thomas Duncan

William Maligin

Moving Images Jordan Sim

William Slupecki

Justin Ton

Julian Tkalec

Kind regards,

Stephen F Russell

Assist all students to achieve their potential academically, culturally, physically, socially and spiritually.
(from the Mission Statement)

Faith and Mission


It has been a sad week. As soon as we heard the news last Friday morning of the death of Hector Ryan, who had just finished his VCE examinations, the whole mood of the College changed. Both staff and students were hit hard. Hector had been the very embodiment of an exuberant, vibrant young man, bursting at the seams with life and energy. That is why his family chose the Gospel story of the talents as part of his Commemoration Service. It is a story about grabbing life with both hands and living it to the full. It is a story that Jesus told against settling for a fearful and timid life, sheltered behind defences of one kind or another. It is about adventure. Hector would have understood the message.

Hector’s death has been hard to accept, let alone understand. But there has been comfort at least in the beautiful ways in which people within our community have reached out to each other. They have been deeply concerned for Stefan as well and glad of his progress. The tree where the accident took place is close to our home. Over the weekend, I drove past on numerous occasions and always there were groups of young people quietly keeping vigil, helping each other to shoulder the burden of this terrible grief. Their dignity was beautiful. The messages pinned to the tree are all tender and loving and many of them are full of faith. A number of boys have hung their ties in the tree where they hang down like vines. On one of them, a boy has written in liquid paper ‘RIP Heccie. Watch over us all. See you up there one day.’

At our Remembrance Eucharist on Nov 7, Fr Chris Middleton said ‘God is not a spectator, but a fellow sufferer, whose love gives ultimate meaning and hope to our lives.’ I have been clinging to those words.

For Hector’s service on Thursday afternoon, his father, Peter, chose to read a celebrated sonnet. It is by a young airman, John Gillespie Magee, who died at the age of 18 in 1941. It speaks powerfully to us in this time.

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air… .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Remembrance Service for Hector Ryan (Year 12 2017) was held at the College.
  • Kenny students with Mr Courtney assisted with the preparation and serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Pastoral Committee Seminar took place.
  • Teaching and Learning Committee met.
  • Fathers’ Association AGM was held.
  • Meeting for Digital Technologies Curriculum Development took place.
  • Visitors from Cambodia Rural School Trust addressed Waterford students.
  • VCE Examinations concluded.
  • McCarthy students with Mr Keenan assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Year 11 History Empires Curriculum Development meeting was held.
  • Headmaster’s Presidents’ Dinner took place.
  • US Basketball Tour meeting occurred.
  • Thank you Morning Tea for Parent helpers was held at Glendalough.
  • Curriculum Committee Annual Dinner was celebrated.
  • Aviation “Wings Night” was held.
  • Years 3 and 4 Intensive Swimming Program was conducted.
  • Year 12 Interview Techniques Workshop took place.
  • Year 11 Review Meetings were held.
  • Year 10 Vitae Group held a BBQ to raise awareness and money to combat domestic violence.
  • Year 8 Curriculum Development in History was conducted.
  • TICs of Sport met.
  • Meetings were held for Property, Finance and Governance Committees. 
  • Year 11 Father/ Male Mentor and Son Dinner was celebrated at Australia Club.
  • Friday morning Mass was celebrated in Chapel of St Kevin.
  • New Staff for 2018 were welcomed to the College with an Afternoon Tea.
  • APS Sport took place.
  • Year 8 Parents enjoyed a social function.
  • Staff completed professional development at VCAA, STEM Conference, Tertiary Course Selections, NAPLAN Development, VCE Geography and Leadership.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Thomas McCallum
Year 7

For excellent and sustained efforts in his academic studies.
Joseph Romero
 Year 8

For his positive demeanor that embraces all aspects of College life.

James Miller
Year 9

For his willingness to enter wholeheartedly into all aspects of life at Waterford.

Callum Saunders
For his engagement and efforts with the Cusack House charity.

Codey Gunn Kearney 
For his thoughtfulness in returning a staff member’s lost property.

Abraham Boston Kenny
For his dedication to his studies and his display of kindness towards his peers.

Sam Cohen
For his commitment and support to House ethos.

John Dommisse
For his excellent contribution to a Vitae climate change presentation.

Alastair Richards
For helping a member of the community at a time of need.


Calendar Dates

November/ December
Friday 24 Year 7 - 10 Examinations
Saturday 25
APS Sport
Monday 27
Year 12 Headstart Program

Years 7 - 10 Examinations
  Association Calendar Meeting 7.45pm Brandon Room
Tuesday 28 Year 12 Headstart Program    
  Year 7 - 10 Examinations    
Wednesday 29 Year 12 Headstart Program
  Year 7 - 10 Examinations

  Parent Information Session 7.45pm Boyd Egan Hall
Thursday 30 Year 12 Headstart Program

  Year 7 - 10 Examinations

  Mothers' Mass 11.00am Chapel of St Kevin
  Mothers Luncheon  12.15pm Boyd Egan Hall

Please see the College Calendar for full details and future dates.  

Don't forget to make use of the Calendar search facility. For example, search on Father-Son to find information regarding the Father-Son Camps. The Calendar can be accessed from the top of any page on the College website.

Newsletter contributions should be emailed to by 5pm on Monday. 


Parent Information Session

Grief and loss: When somebody dies.

It is hard to talk about death and dying. It can be confronting, sad and awkward, especially with people who are grieving or even dying themselves.

The fact is, however, that if we don’t talk about death and dying, feelings of isolation, loneliness and distress tend to be exacerbated.

Next Wednesday evening the College Counsellors will be presenting on issues such as how to sit with grief and listen, ways to say goodbye and honour those who have died, ways to look after oneself and support others. 

When:  Wednesday, 29 November
Boyd Egan Hall, Glendalough
Time: 7.45pm - 9.00pm
RSVP: 4.00pm Monday, 27 November 

Mothers' Association

End of Year Mothers' Mass and Lunch

When:  Thursday, 30 November

Chapel of St Kevin, Heyington
Boyd Egan Hall, Glendalough
Time: 11.00am Mass and 12.15pm for a two course lunch with wine provided
Cost:  $65
RSVP: 9.00pm Sunday, 26 November 
Mrs Racheal McGarry -

Class Reps are encouraged to organise tables for each year level.
Mrs Racheal McGarry
President SKMA

Second Hand Uniform Swap Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop is located at our Waterford Campus in Richmond, enter via Darlington Parade. We have most items of clothing available to purchase at 50% off the retail price. Currently we have stock of Shorts, Short Sleeve Shirts, Jumpers, House Polo Tops & various Sports Tops. 

To continue to offer a wide selection of clothing items we rely heavily on the generosity of the St Kevins Community. Donations of any out grown clothing items would be much appreciated and can be made at the Heyington or Waterford Reception. Donations can be made at Heyington until December 15th and from January 10th 2018 onwards.

Our forthcoming open day and hours: Tuesday 30 January - 11am - 2pm

If you have any queries please feel free to email me on or text on 0411 135 432.

Mrs Sylvia Shaw
Second Hand Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

Fathers' Association

The SKCFA AGM was held on Monday evening, with the 2018 Executive being voted in. We are pleased to announce the following members were voted into the executive:

2018 SKCFA Executive Committee

Vice President - Steve Burke, Secretary - Rajesh Singh,
President - Simon Janes and Treasurer - Neil Fernando.

Thanks so much to outgoing President, Phil Skehan for his commitment to the SKCFA over the past two years. Many thanks also to those fathers who are leaving the College at the end of 2017, but have been key members of the Fathers’ Association over many many years, especially Kaz Barstaka and Michael Nolan. Thanks as always goes to the fantastic Amora Riverwalk and Tim Bilston for hosting the AGM and their ongoing support to the St Kevin’s College Community.

Dads/Male Mentors - get behind the Fathers Association and take part in the St Kevin's Community. 2018 events dates will be on the SKCFA Facebook site shortly. We encourage you to assist and/or attend one of the many events in the Centenary Year.

 SKC Fathers' Association - Facebook Group

Keep up to date on all the happenings in the SKC Fathers’ Association via our Facebook Group.  This is a closed group only available to SKC parents and guardians. To view the invite you must be a member of the SKC Fathers’ Association Facebook Group.
Mr Simon Janes
St Kevin's College Fathers' Association

Year Level Parents' Events 

Year 8 

End of Year Christmas Cocktail Party

When Saturday 25 November
Where: The Glenferrie Hotel324 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Time 7.30pm
Cost:  $45
RSVP:  Bookings closed

For any queries, please contact class representatives: 
Given the scale of numbers and catering associated with our events, RSVP dates will be strictly enforced where appropriate, so do not delay in securing your booking through the trybooking website. This includes year level functions whether hosted at a venue, or at a private home. Thank you for your understanding.


Please click here to view this week's Sports Fixture.  

Please click here to view last week's Sports Results. 
 Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport


Instrumental Lesson Enrolment

Families are reminded that enrolment in music lessons is continuous from year to year and that no re-enrolment is required.

Please contact the Music Office by Friday 17 November if you wish your son to cease lessons at the end of this year.

Remaining Term IV Music Dates

Tuesday 5 December Glendalough Carols 7.00pm SH
Wednesday 6 December Glendalough Instrument Try-out Day 11.00am-3.00pm MMC
Wednesday 6 December Senior Choir rehearsal 10.00am-12.00pm C308 
Thursday 7 December Year 6 Mass 6.00pm St Ignatius
Saturday 9 December Symphony Orchestra Presentation Ceremony rehearsal 2.30pm-3.45pm MMC
Sunday 10 December Yrs 7-8 and Yrs 10-11 Presentation Ceremonies MTH
Monday 11 December Year 9 Presentation Evening 7.45pm SH

Music Office - C305

Mrs Andrea McDonald (Music Administrator) 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, at Lunchtime or after school.
Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music


Over Sunday and Monday I was privileged to visit the Melbourne University campuses at Dookie and Shepparton. The Dookie Agricultural College is the destination for Agricultural Science students during part of their Melbourne University Degree and also for many students who take breadth subjects in this faculty. It is also the location of the Melbourne University pathway course: the Diploma of General Studies (more information below). The Rural Medical School in Shepparton provides amazing opportunities and facilities for Melbourne University Medical students as well as placements for other Allied Health students. Rural placements should definitely not be a cause for concern for potential Medical students as they offer wonderful opportunities for hands on and more varied learning experiences than are often available in metropolitan hospitals.

This week a group of Year 12 students took advantage of the Interview Skills Role Play Workshop run by Mr James Lynch at the College. We provide this opportunity for any students who have interviews for courses in creative fields, Medicine, Physiotherapy, IT, general part time or full time employment opportunities in order to ensure they are fully prepared. Students enjoyed the session and all highly praised the value of the experience. This opportunity will be available for Year 12 students in both June and November, 2018.

A final reminder that no new Work Experience applications will be processed as the deadline for completing the safe@work testing was last Friday, 17 November.

Please see Career News for more details.
Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
Careers Department

Cathedral Choir

New Mass Setting

This Sunday, on the Feast of Christ the King, the Choir will give the world premiere of a new Mass setting by Jesuit composer, Christopher Wilcock. His Missa Christus Rex will be performed with brass and timpani and the Choir will sing from the organ transept.

Reminder: Cancellation of rehearsal

Due to the changed transport arrangements impacting the Glen Waverley Line Next Friday, 1 December, there will be no afternoon rehearsal for the Trebles and Altos on that day.


Feast of Christ the King  Sunday 26 November  
Carols & Social Function        Friday 15 December
2017 Finish  After 11.00am Mass Monday 25 December

Return          Sunday 28 January
Choir Camp                Sunday 11 - Tuesday 13 March
Wedding                     2.00pm, Saturday 17 March
Easter Triduum         Thursday 29 March-Sunday 1 April
No Choir  Sundays 8 April
Recording Session 1  Wednesday 20 June
No Choir  Sunday 1 July
No Choir  Sunday 8 July
Recording Session 2  Thursday 19 July
Recording Session 3  Thursday 2 August
Recording Session 4  Wednesday 22 August
No Choir  Sunday 30 September

Dr Daryl Barclay
Director, Cathedral Choir
Head of Choral Music

Mothers' Association Merchandise

To order St Kevin’s Mother’s Association merchandise online please click the link: orders will then be delivered to your nominated campus (Heyington, Waterford or Glendalough campus) and can be collected by your sons or yourself. 

The previous date, Friday 1 December, is now School Closure Day so SKMA will have orders in your designated campus office ready for collection on Thursday 30 November

For any further details please contact Carole Putna and Maria Dasopatis via email

SKC Towels 

  A special direct link has been set up for St Kevin's Towel Orders. Please click the link: to order.  Towels are $50.00 each. 

Further enquiries please contact Skye McEwen - SKC Merchandising 0418314899.

Mrs Rachael McGarry
President SKMA