Senior School Newsletter

  26 May 2016, Volume 67 No. 15

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

The Foundation Soiree treated the audience to a night of remarkably high quality music and song. The Vocal Ensemble and Dr Barclay were audience favourites once again. Joshua Park entranced us with a virtuoso-standard playing of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor Movement One. The Captain of Music, Sam Beagley, demonstrated why he is considered one of the nation’s best young trumpeters, playing Martinu’s Sonata Movement One. Noah Janssen amazed those who hadn’t heard him sing previously, with his vocal range and stage presence. All student performers have my heartiest congratulations; and, to my colleagues, Drs Barclay and McGee and our College Head of Music, Mr Harris, well done on another night showcasing the talent of our boys and the quality of the teaching they receive.

The 46th Annual Art Show has come to a close, and has brought so much joy and so many people to SKC. An enormous thank you to the team that put together this Melbourne-famous event. Allow me to specifically recognise the Convenor and President, Ms Eleonora Luisetto and the Artist’s Secretary, Mrs Monique Harpur. In talking to the boys on Assembly, I highlighted the importance of the Art Show on three levels – community: every year the Art Show draws together volunteers and guests from across generations of the SKC family. It also opens St Kevin’s to the broader community in which we live. Culturally: the show is a part of a statement that St Kevin’s values the Arts in our lives and in the education of rounded young men. Aesthetically: the corridors and rooms across all four campuses are adorned with artworks purchased across forty-five years. These works lift the spirits and, I hope, often provide chances for reflection, admiration and simple visual pleasure. My thanks are extended to all who attended and to those fortunate enough to find a piece that suited their home. It is also appropriate I recognise our Honorary Judge, Ms Sophie Ullin, for her expertise and attendance at both Opening Night and Artists’ Night.

Assembly at Heyington concluded with my entreaty to all boys and staff that they be both standard bearers and alert custodians of the ‘good name’ of St Kevin’s College. I like the slightly old-fashioned concept of ‘good name’ as opposed to the perhaps marketplace-driven concept of ‘reputation’. A good name comes from moral, gentlemanly behaviour, exhibited by our boys on public and private occasions. It grows because boys display character and good manners when they are being actively observed and, even more importantly, when their family or school are not watching. I appealed to all boys to be always conscious of their behaviour, language, movement and co-operation when travelling. Our good name stands or falls, to an interestingly large degree, because of the acts of many individuals on trains and trams. We all celebrate in the good name of our College and hence all must act to enhance our good name.

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell
St Kevin's will value diversity and friendship within the community.
(from the Mission Statement) 

Faith and Mission

A year in the life of Laudato Si’: “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”.

May 24th saw the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ signing of his encyclical Laudato Si’. It was later officially released on June 18th . This is a perfect time to reflect on the lasting meaning of this document and do a stock take on how we, as Catholics, have taken on the Pope’s direction.

Firstly, a full disclaimer, I am a poor example of an environmental warrior. I regularly drive, by myself, to school when I live within reasonable cycling distance and despite the excuses that I ramble off effortlessly, I have no valid reasons for not cycling. Previously a devout “bring my own bags to the supermarket” advocate, I have transformed into that person at Coles who happily supports the “no-more than three items per plastic bag” policy. I do participate in very low level recycling. I hate waste and will eat past being full to clear my plate and make sure to eat that nearly out of date chocolate yogurt sitting at the back of the fridge. But overall, I really ought to be abashed and do significantly more.

Laudato Si’ engaged academics, climate scientists, economists and political analysts with theologians – no mean feat. Public opinion was moved by Pope Francis’ words and a study, undertaken by Yale University, indicated that within a six month period 11% more Catholics in the U.S. said they were worried about global warming than had been before, and 8% more of the general population. The percentage of people who think global warming will harm people in the U.S. and abroad also increased: 17% more Catholics thought global warming would harm people in developing countries and 13% more thought people in the U.S. would be harmed.

The Catholic Church in Australia is a large organisation. We have a lot of people power. In the 2011 Australian National Census there were 5,439,257 Catholics in Australia. That is 25.3% of the overall population. We would have a significant sway, if used together, in the upcoming elections with regards to the government’s climate change policy. We also own a lot of properties and employ a lot of people. We can take many steps such as switching to LED lighting or solar panels before we are faced with tougher choices. It is a hope that the leaders of the Church will take actions this year in the spirit of Laudato Si'. As Pope Francis said, "Reality is more important than ideas."

Key quotes from Laudato Si':

I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all. […] (14)

The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life. (23)

Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. […] (25)

If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith. (64)

The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have made painfully obvious the detrimental effects of disregarding our common destiny, which cannot exclude those who come after us. We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity. (159)
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely. Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf, in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop, in a poor person’s face. The ideal is not only to pass from the exterior to the interior to discover the action of God in the soul, but also to discover God in all things. Saint Bonaventure teaches us that “contemplation deepens the more we feel the working of God’s grace within our hearts, and the better we learn to encounter God in creatures outside ourselves”. (223)

We would like to invite all parents/guardians to the upcoming Parent Enrichment
evening, on Thursday, 16 June. Please click here for details.

Mrs Alice Power
Acting Dean of Faith and Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Kenny students with Ms Brady assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Years 3A and 3B Camp took place.
  • The 46th Annual Art Show concluded with the Artists’ Night.
  • Years 7-9 students attended Public Speaking Competition.
  • McCarthy students and Ms Phelan assisted with serving dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Swimming Program continued for Glendalough students.
  • Staff completed Leader as Coach Workshop.
  • French Tour Hosts Information Evening took place.
  • Year 10 students completed Community Service.
  • National Simultaneous Story Time Reading took place at Glendalough.
  • Forum Debates were held.
  • Headmaster’s Advisory Group met.
  • GMA meeting took place.
  • Years 10 and 11 students commenced examinations.
  • Glendalough Music Camp was held.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Parliamentarian Mr Michael O’Brien addressed the Year 12 cohort.
  • Kearney boys and Mr Toohey participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Students from Purton with Mr Duke assisted with the community police program PACSEL.
  • Rahill students with Mr Burns assisted at the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Staff completed Professional Development in EREA “Into the Deep” Formation program, Teaching Grammar and Understanding Student Anxiety.
  • Year 10 parents enjoyed a social function.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Lachlan Peel
Year 7
For embracing all aspects of College life.
Louis Timlock
Year 8
For his conscientious assistance during the setting of Smith Hall for examinations.

Ben Tesoriero
Year 9
For his exceptional care of an injured peer at Football on Saturday.

Gaspar Chan
For his willingness to contribute to the College and to respond at short notice.

Daniel Tran
For selflessly filling in for a Debating team at short notice.
Oscar Sinni
For his excellent participation at a LaTrobe University Leadership conference.

Brenton Lohan
For showing commendable resilience in overcoming  adversity.

Finn Jenkins

For his kindness and friendliness shown to the young children at PACSEL.
Ned O'Brien
For his outstanding service to Fitzroy Reading Club.

Calendar Dates

Friday 27
Years 9-11 Examinations
Glendalough Music Camp
Year 10 Parent Function
GMA meeting


Clovelly Room

Saturday 28
APS Sport
Glendalough Music Camp


Monday 30
Years 7-11 Examinations
Rugby Association meeting


Delaney Room

Tuesday 31
Years 7-11 Examinations
SKMA meeting


Brandon Room

Wednesday 1
Years 7-11 Examinations


Thursday 2
Years 7-11 Examinations
Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation


St Ignatius
 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.

Full Article or Flyer: for inclusion on website (to be linked from the short article in the newsletter) to be sent in a separate Word document.



All VCE Students Undertaking a Unit 3/4 Study in 2016

All students undertaking a Unit 3/4 Study in 2016 are required to sit the GAT at 10am on Tuesday 7 June. Student GAT timetables, GAT information pamphlets and past GAT papers were distributed to students within the last week. The pamphlet must be read by all students so that they are familiar with the content of the GAT and the VCAA rules that apply for its conduct. A few key points of clarification are:

  1. Each student must present his photo ID (SKC Library card is sufficient) to a VCAA supervisor prior to entry to the GAT venue.
  2. Stationary must be in a clear plastic pencil case (or snap-lock bag,) and must include a HB pencil, eraser, sharpener and two pens.
  3. No electronic devices/phones of any kind are permitted in the venue.
  4. An English and/or Bilingual dictionary is permitted as long as it does not contain annotations; however a thesaurus is not permitted even if part of a dictionary.
  5. Rule 10 states that no food or drink is permitted without prior approval by the VCAA, however, students are permitted to bring a bottle of water into the GAT if they wish, as long as – it is no larger than 1.5L, is clear with no labels on it, is placed on the floor and is not shared.
  6. Students are strongly advised to arrive at the College no later than 9.30am to allow time to confirm their seating allocation and to be ready to move into the venue by 9.45am. Any significant issues arising such as illness must be directed to the Senior Studies Coordinator prior to the commencement of the GAT.
Information about the GAT and past GAT papers and solutions can be accessed on the VCAA website, including the following sites:

 Mrs Linda Linehan
Senior Studies Coordinator

Absentee Process

Parents are asked to please refer to the Absentee Process located on the College website (click here) in instances where their son is unable to attend school or will be attending late.

Where possible, we ask that parents please notify the College of their son’s absence or lateness, prior to 9.00am on the relevant day.
 Heyington Reception

St Kevin's College Art Show

The Friends of Art Association would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that helped the 46th Annual St Kevin’s College Art Show be such a great success. It is only with the support of the school community and the amazing talents of the ladies on the Association that the Art Show is able to continue such a long and cherished tradition.

We would like to thank our prize sponsors for supporting our artists:
  • Atelier Art Supplies
  • St Kevin’s Mothers’ Association
  • Nuline Charter Pty Ltd
  • Baldasso Cortese Pty Ltd Architects
  • St Kevin’s Fathers’ Association
  • St Kevin’s Old Collegians’ Association
  • Mr Geoff Cunningham, our contributing artist who has generously donated the prize for our raffle, “ Love Me Tinder”  won by Mrs Lisa Batson.
  • Our wonderful Judge, Ms Sophie Ullin,  Head of Fine Art, at Leonard Joel whose detailed explanations and artistic insight were greatly appreciated by all.
  • Peter Sandor and the Fearless team for their efforts in creating the Art Show’s logo design, branding, website and for designing the front cover of the show’s catalogue. The donation of their time and creativity is much appreciated by the whole St Kevin’s community.
The Art Show could not be the success that it is, without the contribution and support of the sponsors acknowledged in the Art Show Catalogue.

I would also like to thank St Kevin's College. This event truly encompasses the SKC ethos of family, learning and fullness of life. There are so many people who have assisted within our school community and your assistance and willingness to help in bringing the Art Show together is absolutely invaluable.

Finally, I would like to thank the clever, accommodating, creative mothers on the Association, with whom I have been blessed to work with over the years. We shared many laughs and good times together. I will miss working with you and I wish you the very best. I look forward to attending future Art Shows.

Best wishes and regards to all.
 Mrs Eleonora Luisetto
Convenor, St Kevin's College Art Show

Year Level Parents' Events

Year 8

Coffee Morning

We look forward to seeing Year 8 parents at our next coffee morning.
Wednesday 8 June
From 9:00am
‘The Stables of Como’ café, Como Avenue, South Yarra
Pay at the venue based on consumption
While it is not essential, we would appreciate it if you could send a short text to Alison Johnson (0412 656 947) or Heather Snell (0403 189 335) to provide an indication of numbers.

Year 12

This year will be a very busy year for Year 12 parents, please find attached a list of important dates for 2016.

St Kevin's Old Collegians' Association

All past students of St Kevin's are invited to attend the:

St Kevin's Old Collegians' Assocation's
70th Annual Dinner

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Glenferrie Road, Kooyong
Friday 3 June 2016 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm


Please find attached an invitation.

An email invitation has been forwarded to all Old Collegians. As we may not have up-to-date email addresses for everyone, we ask that you please pass this message onto any Old Collegians you may know.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Culliver, Executive Officer, SKOCA at or 9832 4974.
 Mr Kevin Culliver OAM
Executive Officer, SKOCA

Fathers’ Association

Fathers' Association Dinner

Special Guest Speaker: Collingwood Coach & SKC Father - Mr Nathan Buckley

Tuesday 7 June
7.00pm - pre-dinner drinks
7.30pm - two course meal is served 
Amora Hotel Riverwalk, Richmond
$55 per person
Only at by Saturday 4 June

All fathers of SKC boys are welcome to attend. Space is limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Facebook Page

Keep up to date on all the happenings in the SKC Fathers’ Association via our Facebook page:

NOTE: This is a closed group only available to SKC parents and guardians
 Mr Philip Skehan
Secretary, St Kevin's Fathers' Association

Parent Enrichment Program

Paul Dillon – Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia (DARTA)

Thursday 16 June
7.30pm for 7.45pm
Pavilion, Heyington
In continuing our Parent Enrichment Program for 2016, we wish to invite you to attend the second Parent Enrichment evening for 2016.

This evening is presented by Paul Dillon, Director and founder of DARTA. Paul is passionate about ensuring that the community has access to accurate and up-to-date alcohol and other drug information. He continues to work with many school communities across the country to ensure that they have access to good quality information and best practice drug education.

Paul has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years. Through DARTA he has been contracted by many agencies and organisations across the country to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He has worked extensively with a range of sporting organisations, including the Australian Cricketers Association, the Rugby Union Players' Association and the Football Federation of Australia, to provide training workshops to elite athletes on a range of alcohol and other drug issues. Paul regularly provides media comment and is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia. If you would like to find out more please come along!

Everyone is most welcome. An RSVP is not essential but would help with planning. Please contact either Alice Power ( or Sue O’Shea ( 
 Mrs Alice Power
Acting Dean of Faith and Mission

Rugby Association President's Lunch


Combined Parents' Association Cocktail Party

The St Kevin’s Mothers’ Association, along with the Glendalough Mothers’ Association and the St Kevin’s Fathers’ Association would like you to join us for our annual Combined Association's Cocktail Party!

Friday 29 July 
The Terrace
Gate A, Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra
7:00pm - 10:00pm
$81.50 per person (includes sumptuous canapes & beverages)
Cash bar from 10:00pm to 11:30pm
Raffle drawn at 8:15pm - DJ to begin at 8:45pm
3.00pm, Friday 22 July - via
(unless sold out prior)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact Details: Molly Birch - 0407 849 762
Molly Birch, Rachael McGarry,
Claire Whitbread, Jerome Adams and Bruce Duncan

 Combined Parents' Association

Interschool Snowsports Championships

Can you ski or snowboard? Would you like to try racing? Get involved!

Students are invited to attend the Interschool Snowsports Championships, to be held at Mount Buller in the month of August. Competence in skiiing or snowboarding is necessary however racing experience is not.

Details are available on the new Snowsports portal Please refer to the File "Snowsports Information Pack". For more information and to register your interest, please contact Simon Gaunt at


In order to present students and parents with accurate, up to date information, it is imperative that Careers Practitioners regularly attend Professional Development opportunities to learn and also actively network with others in the profession. Doing so allows us to experience tertiary environments first hand, engage with tertiary academics and understand changes to course offerings. It is imperative, however, that students also visit tertiary institutions to research their own opportunities and experience the differing environments. Please remember to diarise the Tertiary Open Day dates on Sundays in August. Year 12 students need to be visiting as many institutions as possible. Year 10 and 11 students can take the opportunity to visit one or two institutions to commence their pathway research. All the dates are available from here. Both Monash University and the University of Melbourne have course specific information sessions, many of which take place late May/early June. Dates are available in previous newsletters and on the University websites. Registration is essential.

Families are also reminded about our SKC Careers Expo is to be held on Tuesday 26 July from 5:30pm to 8.00pm. This is an opportunity to select three different panels of speakers to learn about their experiences and career journey, and to hear from tertiary institution representatives about course offerings. The Defence Force will provide an information session. To view the flier for this event, please go to the Careers Home Page of the SKC Portal.

A reminder that those students who have not seen Ms O’Sullivan about potential Work Experience placements during the mid-year holidays will now need to wait until the Term 3 holidays to organise placements.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • University of Sydney Information Evening
  • News from RMIT University: Science in the City Laboratory Tours; Medical Laboratory Visits; New Double Degree in Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • ACU Passion for Business (P4B) Early Entry Program
  • News from Monash University: Medicine Update; Recognising Students True Potential – Access Monash Scholarships; Supporting Young Leaders
  • Universities in Western Australia: Curtin University; Edith Cowan University; Murdoch University; University of Western Australia; University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Law Undergraduate Degrees on offer in Australia
  • Elite Sporting Scholarships at Victorian Universities
  • Quick facts about William Angliss Institute
Please see the Careers News for more details.
 Mrs O’Sullivan, Ms Nelson & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Flute Ensemble Success!

Congratulations to the Senior Flute Ensemble who were placed equal 2nd in the Victorian Flute Guild’s Ensemble Competition last Sunday. Well done Mr Callander and boys!

AMEB Entries

Instrumental teachers are currently distributing application forms for AMEB examinations in Term 4. Please note that the forms need to be returned to the Music Office by Friday, 17 June.

Remaining Term II Music Dates

Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 May
Glendalough Music Camp
Friday 3 June
SKOCA 70th Annual Dinner
Tuesday 7 June
Music Tour Information Evening
Wednesday 8 June
Glendalough Winter Ensembles Concert
Friday 10 June
Middle School Strings and Glendalough Strings to VSMF
Tuesday 14 June
Piano Concert and Percussion Concert
Wednesday 15 June
Guitar Concert
Sunday 26 June - Sunday 10 July
Europe Music Tour

A full list of the important Music dates for the year is provided here.

Music Office – C305

Mrs Beth Little 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.
 Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music

Cathedral Choir

Information for Trebles

A reminder that, due to the Glendalough Music Camp this week, there will be no Friday afternoon rehearsal tomorrow. Also, as the Mass setting on 19 June this year will be Duruflé’s Baritone Mass, the Trebles will not be required on that Sunday. However, they will still rehearse on the Tuesday and Thursday mornings of the last week of term. The Friday rehearsal on 17 June will not go ahead due to the early finish at Glendalough.
 Dr Daryl Barclay
Head of Choral Music
Director, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir



Co-curricular Sports

Please click here to view this weekend's APS Sports Fixture.

Please click here to view last weekend's results.

 Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Swap Shop

The next Swap Shop will be held on Thursday 16 June from 1.00 - 4.00 pm. The Swap Shop is situated at Waterford Campus, 20 Darlington Parade, Richmond.

For information about how Swap Shop works and to sell school uniform items please click here.

Please contact me on if you require any further information.

Mrs Samantha Beven
Convenor, Swap Shop