Senior School Newsletter

  25 May 2017, Volume 68 No. 14

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Last week I spent two full days in Marysville with Catholic Principals from across Victoria. The keynote addresses were delivered by a remarkable English Dominican Priest, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP. I have read many of his articles in ‘The Tablet’ across the years and seen him interviewed on screen. He did not disappoint my high expectations. With deep intellectual rigour and humour, Fr Timothy used scripture and the philosophical questioning style an Oxford don has within his quiver to fire arrows with true direction and tipped at their arrowheads with ‘truth serum’. His topics included, ‘Touching the Imagination: the Adventure of Faith’ and separately, ‘The Adventure of Teaching’. Whilst appropriately recognising the challenges and mistakes of our Church, as evidenced by the Royal Commission and knowing we have some political and financial conundrums to be sorted with regards to funding, it was great to be able to nourish the soul. We are, after all, a faith-based school first and last.

Two of Fr Timothy’s books I recommend are, ‘Why Go To Church: The drama of the Eucharist’ and, ‘What is the Point of Being a Christian?’

May I add my congratulations to those Year 9 students who received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation at St Ignatius. Our boys were well-prepared by Mr Roberts and I so enjoyed the Mass atop Richmond Hill.

It was good to catch up with many from last year’s VCE class at the Old Collegian-hosted function early last week. Those with whom I spoke were settled in their post-school studies and enjoying life. One of their cohorts not present had done not only his family and school proud, but the nation. Luke Macaronas competed in the 2017 International Public Speaking Competition in London and won. To be Australian Champion was in itself remarkable; to out-speak the best of the best across the English-speaking world, simply extraordinary!

The Art Show opens this Friday night. The Russell family will be there ‘en masse’. Do take the chance across this weekend to visit the show.

The following speech was delivered to students at a Heyington Assembly on Monday 15 May by Dante Di Paolo, one of our Deputy College Captains. The message is a wonderful one for all of our boys to hear; and, we wanted to be able to share it with the broader St Kevin’s community.

Good morning, Mr Russell, staff and boys.

To take to the lectern following a man who is as good with his words as Mr Jones is no small task, even for the most skilled speaker. In an attempt not to pale in comparison with Mr Jones, today I’d like to talk about a man whom, I’d argue, rivals our great Director of Studies in his ability to use words; that is, the Grammy Award-winning rapper, Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick Lamar has it made. He’s now had three platinum-selling albums, meaning that three of his albums have sold more than a million copies each. At the age of 29, he is worth about 35 million dollars and in his recently-dropped album titled ‘Damn’, which attracted thousands of listeners in just hours after its release, Kendrick speaks freely and easily about coming from poverty on the streets of Compton, California, to being proclaimed as a ‘visionary’. It is easy to see why many kids of our age aspire to ‘be’ like him.

Personally, I wouldn’t wish Kendrick’s life on anyone. Whilst on the surface, it seems as though he does have it all and his life is perfect, it doesn’t take too much digging to discover the struggles he has gone through, and continues to go through. These struggles aren’t those typical of a gang-member-turned-rapper; they are the same struggles that we face every day.

Even though the themes which are all-too-common in rap music are still present in his tracks, Kendrick’s music goes much deeper than what we might expect from hip-hop. He talks about his battle with his own mind and feelings in a way that is straight and easy to understand. To give you a sense of exactly what I’m talking about, I’d like to give you a pretty hard-hitting example. In his song titled ‘U’, Kendrick Lamar talks openly about his struggle with mental illness. He talks about the low point of his life: sitting in a hotel room during his first tour – a time at which he should have been ecstatic – alone, screaming aloud because he ‘wasn’t happy with himself or how his life was going.’

Now, I’d argue that all of us have felt a bit annoyed at ourselves like Kendrick did at this point, and I’m here to tell you that it’s normal. If mental health issues can affect a man as successful as Kendrick, they can most definitely affect us.

The song continues to explore in painstaking detail Kendrick’s weaknesses: his lack of will to go out and socialise; his stress; and, Kendrick even talks about his dark struggles with depression and alcoholism. In the songs ‘Swimming Pools’ and ‘The Art of Peer Pressure’, the singer deals with the pressures exerted on him by his mates, or ‘home-boys’ as he calls them. This is something we all know about – we’ve all been in a situation where we do something that we really can’t even believe we are doing, just because it’s the done thing. Lamar goes to prove that these things are OK and normal, and that they are issues that aren’t exclusive only to him. They are issues that are here in our school, in us and in our mates.

Some people might say that Kendrick is ‘brave’ or ‘courageous’ for airing his plight so openly like this. Others would argue that it should be the norm for any bloke to talk about what’s going on in this way – and I would agree with them. Everyone acknowledges that there is some sense of unease around mental health, around talking about your feelings, and around actually seeking help when everything goes pear-shaped – it’s undeniable. But, has anyone here ever actually questioned why there is a stigma around these things? Essentially, I feel that we are restricted from speaking about our feelings because it isn’t the ‘manly’ thing to do. Being a man and having emotions historically don’t go hand in hand. But despite this, Kendrick talks about his issues like they are the most normal thing in the world, and it is due to this openness that his words are being used in TV ads and by psychologists to describe what having a mental illness feels like. In fact, Kendrick uses these insecurities to his advantage: he turns them into songs for us that help to normalise all these things that are going on, but he is also able to rake in ‘fat stacks’ – as he calls them – for himself in the process. Kendrick proves that it is possible to be a man and still be vulnerable, and shows us that it is alright not to subscribe to ‘masculinity’ as most define it.

What seems truly funny to me here is that I’d say that most of us, myself included, know more about the mental state of celebrities like Kendrick than that of our mates. In my last speech, I talked about brotherhood and today I’d like to call on it again: imagine if everyone could talk like Kendrick at St Kevin’s, if we could all say exactly what we felt without the fear of judgment from anyone else. It might mean that we get a fewer ‘intellectual’ comments from the ‘speak-before-you-think’ operators, but ultimately, talking about what’s going on in your life is good for everyone’s wellbeing.

Let me assure you of this, boys, if poor mental health doesn’t affect you, it most definitely affects at least one of your mates. Remember that whatever people have going on in their lives doesn’t make them strange, or different, because it can happen to anyone. Mental illness, just like the flu or any other type of sickness, happens. It is how we get around one another when things are grim that truly defines us.

Headmaster’s Study Awards
Year 9 English Shaun De Monte

Jamie Miller
  History Finn Davern
Thomas Fernando
    Joshua McClelland
Marvan Adams
    Fabian Battista
Co-curricular Appointments
Cross Country Captain Ned O'Brien

Kind regards,

Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's College will assist all students to achieve their potential academically, culturally, physically, socially and spiritually.
(from the Mission Statement)

Centenary Tour and Centenary Pilgrimage

A reminder that Expressions of Interest have been extended and will now close on Friday 2 June 2017.

Please refer to Quick Links for all the information. 
 Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students

Faith and Mission

Freak Flag

For the last few weeks, as life eddies and swirls around St Kevin’s with its usual colour and vibrancy, many of us have stopped to look at an image of a woman with a moth sitting on her face. We all need art in our lives that makes us pause to think and this painting is a great example. It is called Euchloron Megaera Moth Mask and has been generously donated by the artist, Deborah Klein, as the major prize in the raffle for this year’s art show which starts on Friday night and continues until May 29. My history with raffles is that I only ever win prizes I don’t really want, such as hair curlers, walkie talkies and garden gloves. So I don’t expect to win this one but I will happily keep one of the many postcards that have been printed featuring the painting. Postcards are useful when it comes to art. If somebody offered me an original Caravaggio, for example, worth countless millions, I wouldn’t know where to put it. A postcard, worth 50c, does not present the same problem.

Deborah Klein’s painting shows a large and beautiful African moth, full of colour, sitting impertinently on the face of a woman whose tightly arranged hair suggests an otherwise orderly approach to life. Her space has been invaded. Her beauty has been surpassed. But look at her eyes peering through the wings of the moth. They are mysterious. You can’t tell if she is amused or displeased by this awkward situation. The sense of something deeper lurking beneath a playful surface makes this a fascinating picture.

Funnily enough, this image makes me also think of Shrek, the musical version of which is being staged this week at Waterford by students in Years 7 to 9 from both St Kevin’s and Loreto, directed by Mr Simon Parris. Shrek also has a colourful and captivating exterior on the top of a substantial core. It began life in 2001 as an animated movie. Anyone who has had children will remember when they were very young (perhaps they still are) and they watched the same movie over and over. Sometimes, in the dog hours of the afternoon, parents would sit down to watch it with them, expecting to catch up on some of the sleep which belonged to the night before but had been stolen away. The problem was that the movies were too good. I must have watched Toy Story 2 on dozens of occasions. The original Toy Story would have been subjected to the same scrutiny except for the fact that it got mangled in the VHS machine, catapulting us into the DVD era where we still remain. The people who make children’s movies face the special challenge of the audience that returns again and again and needs to be charmed every time. Shrek was in this category. It was always delightful. It always landed its message about embracing people who may be different. The princess asks ‘who could love a beast so hideous and ugly.’ Yet nobody gets far in a relationship without owning up to their ugly side.

It is great to see our middle school students having such obvious fun with Shrek Jr. It is extremely funny, full of improbable encounters. The relationship between the ogre, Shrek (Leo Evans) and the Donkey (Thomas Schofield) is reminiscent of the celebrated relationship between Don Quixote and his helper, Sancho. It is a reminder of the saving power of unlikely friendships. Those who associate the donkey with Eddie Murphy’s famous performance will not be disappointed by Tom Schofield. There is a song towards the climax of the production called Freak Flag which sums up the whole adventure. It is sung by the cast of fairytale characters who make up part of the story: Gingerbread Man (Andrew Collins), Pinocchio (Timothy Beadell), Ugly Duckling (Ned Dwyer) and Mama Bear (Alexandra Pacella). The message might be familiar but it’s still a great one to celebrate. It’s one we need to hear over and over without allowing it to lose its colour:

We spend our whole lives wishing
We weren’t so freakin' strange.
They make us feel that way.
But it’s they who need to change.
We’ve got magic. We’ve got power.
Who are they to say we’re wrong?
What makes us special, makes us strong.
Let your freak flag wave. Let your freak flag fly!
Never take it down. Raise it way up high!
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Work on the extension to the Chapel of St Kevin and the Tooronga Sports Fields continued.
  • Kenny students with Mr Dash assisted with the preparation and serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Brunswick.
  • Year 6 students went on an excursion to Environment Community Park, East Brunswick.
  • Tennis and Diving Premiership Celebration took place.
  • Fathers’ Association met.
  • Hockey Cotton Cup was conducted.
  • Years 7-9 SKC/LMH Junior Musical “Shrek Jr” was performed over three nights.
  • Glendalough students enjoyed Author in Residence, Jane Goodwin.
  • Staff completed First Aid Training.
  • Reconciliation Meetings were held for parents of Year 3 students.
  • McCarthy students with Mr Mitchell assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Korowa/SKC Musical “Legally Blonde” was performed over three nights.
  • Year 10 Community Service continued.
  • Cusack students and Mr Bylsma assisted at the Breakfast Program at Trinity Primary School in Richmond. 
  • St Vincent de Paul students, with Ms Power and Mr Valladares, assisted with tutoring at EREA Refugee Centre in St Albans.
  • National Simultaneous Storyline was held at Glendalough in all Homerooms.
  • Cycling and Touch Premiership Celebration Luncheon took place.
  • New Staff held a lunch meeting
  • Students and Mr McGirr attended Legacy Public Speaking Competition.
  • Glendalough Open Morning was held.
  • Friday morning Mass was celebrated.
  • Year 12 Legal Studies went on an excursion to County Court.
  • GMA Meeting took place.
  • Year 12 students were addressed by Mr Edward Tudor, Executive Director of Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.
  • Annual St Kevin’s Art Show opened.
  • Purton students, accompanied by Mr Davenport, assisted at the Police and Community Recreation Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students with Mrs Wallace and Mr Wallace, assisted at the Fitzroy Reading Program for Refugees.
  • Mr Spada and Kearney students assisted with tutoring of students at St Ignatius Refugee Program in Richmond.
  • APS Sport was conducted for all teams.
  • Forty Years of SKC Basketball was acknowledged with Students v Old Collegians match and celebrations.
  • Staff completed Professional Development in Middle Years Drama, William Angliss College Courses, Mental Health in Schools and Education Outdoors Conference.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Samuel Benvenuto
Year 7
For his outstanding efforts in fundraising for Edmund Rice Day.

Luca Pane
Year 8
For his outstanding fundraising commitment towards the Year 8 Walkathon.

Hugo Goodman
Year 9
For his technical expertise and efforts for Shrek Jr, our Junior Musical.

Nathan Nardella
For his selfless preparedness to assist his peers in need.

Vincentius Susilo
For his commitment towards the production of the Kearney magazine.

Harry Livens
For his commitment to study and Kenny House activities.

Taylor Connell
For his generosity in donating significantly to the ‘Have a Ball’ Foundation fundraiser.

Ethan Duane
For his excellent contribution to the Momentum program.

Eamonn Avery
For his outstanding and ongoing commitment to Fitzroy Reading Room, Rahill's social justice partnership.

Calendar Dates


Friday 26
Art Show Preparation
GMA meeting
Art Show Opening Night
Korowa Musical


Clovelly Room
Smith Hall
Saturday 27
APS Sport
Art Show
Basketball v Old Collegians
40th Anniversary SKC Basketball
Korowa Musical

10.00am - 6.00pm

Smith Hall
Wilding Centre

Sunday 28
Art Show
10.00am - 4.00pm  Smith Hall
Monday 28
National Reconciliation Week
Art Show
Rugby Association Meeting
Guitar Concert

10.00am - 4.00pm

Smith Hall
Delaney Room
McMahon Music Centre
Tuesday 30
Art Show Dismantling - Fathers’ Association
Autumn Concert
Smith Hall

Wednesday 31
House Cross Country

Thursday 1
Year 3A, 3B Camp begins
Glendalough Music Camp
Years 10-11 Examinations

 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.


Mass at Glendalough

For the remaining Fridays of this term, our weekly Mass will be celebrated in the Boyd Egan Hall at Glendalough at 7.50am. This is owing to the renovation of the Chapel of St Kevin which is currently in progress at Heyington.

Everyone, including parents, is most welcome to join us for Mass at Glendalough. Please note the early starting time of 7.50am.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

St Kevin’s College After-School Student Study Programs

The College is proud of the academic and pastoral programs it runs for students from Years 7 to 12 beyond the 8.30am and 3.15pm bell. At this time of the year, where all boys in Years 7 to 11 are preparing for Semester One Examinations, and where Year 12 fellows are consistently studying and revising for their SACs and other assessment instruments, I thought it fitting to remind families of the offerings available to all students. Apart from the teachers who are named in the following suite of academic extras, many other teachers are regular attendees in the Library, the Smith Building or the Albert Street Study Centre to ensure all students – whether they are in a teacher’s class or not – are catered for with respect to their learning and Examination preparation.

The environment in each of these spaces is excellent: they are all alive with collaborative and individual revision, practice questions, explanation, problem-solving and academic conversations.

Because each of the areas is supervised, the boys manage their behaviour very well, knowing that they are working in communal learning environments, and not their own private study. It is a wonderful to witness the industry of so many adolescent males taking to their studies with enthusiasm and purpose, even on these wintry evenings when darkness is well and truly looming by 5.15pm. Long may the boys’ efforts to do their best continue! 

1. Middle School Study Sessions
  Who: Years 7 and 8 students
  When:  Monday and Thursday 3.30pm to 5.00pm
  Venue:  S208 and S209
  Support:  Year 10 Vitae students
  Supervisors:  Mrs Wallace, Mr Bull, Mrs Burns, Mr Hetchler
2. Waterford Study Sessions  
  Who: Year 9 students
  When:  Monday and Thursday 3.15pm to 5.30pm
  Support:  Two Old Boy Tutors
  Supervisors:  Mrs Frasca (Monday), Mr Klupacs (Thursday)
3. Albert Street Study Centre  
  Who: Year 12 students
  When:  Monday to Friday 7.00am to 8.15am and 3.15pm to 6.00pm
  Support:  Three Old Boy Tutors (afternoons only)
4. Heyington Library  
  Who: Years 7 and 8 students and Years 10 and 12 students
Academic Review Program (46 selected Years 10 to 12 students)
  When:  Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.25am and 3.30pm and 6.00pm
  Support:  Three Old Boy Tutors (afternoon only)
  Supervisors:  Mr Coyne (Monday & Thursday), Mr Clark (Tuesday & Wednesday), Ms Canny (Friday) 

Mr Gary Jones
Director of Studies

47th Annual St Kevin's College Art Show 

The St Kevin’s College Art Show is a competition, exhibition and sale of artwork by leading Australian artists. It begins this Friday 26 May at St Kevin’s College, in the KC Smith Hall, Heyington. Tickets to Opening Night are $40, including drinks and canapes, and are available through Trybooking:

If you are unable to attend the opening, you can still visit the art show on Saturday 27 May, Sunday 28 May and Monday 29 May in the KC Smith Hall. General entry tickets are $10 per adult and can be purchased at the door. Students and children are free. You may visit the Art Show website for more information:

Art Show Raffle Reminder

It's not too late to return your raffle tickets (sold and unsold) and monies to SKC reception by Friday 26 May. You may also return tickets, or purchase tickets, at the Art Show.

Please make cheques payable to St Kevin's College Friends of Art.

The raffle prize is a $3000 artwork by Victorian artist Deborah Klein. The raffle will be drawn at 5pm on Sunday 28 May in KC Smith Hall.

Follow the Art Show on Social Media

You can find the Art Show on Instagram at @skc.artshow, Facebook at St Kevin’ College Art Show and twitter at @skcartshow. Please follow the Art Show and repost/share with your family and friends. This is a great way to be a part of the lead up to and spread the word about the Art Show. You may also preview some of the artworks on Instagram.

Call for Volunteers

The Art Show requires the assistance of additional volunteers on Monday 29 May and Tuesday 30 May. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Rosie Mullaly if you are able to offer a few hours, morning or afternoon, on either of the above dates:


Legally Blonde

Tickets are now on sale for the Korowa / St Kevin’s College senior musical Legally Blonde.

University student Elle Woods wants nothing more than to be Mrs Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him from proposing; she is too blonde. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. 

Senior Students from Korowa Anglican Girls' School and St Kevin's College are bringing the much-loved movie, Legally Blonde, to life at Korowa. Based on the popular 2001 movie, Legally Blonde the musical played on Broadway in 2007-08 and toured Australia 2012-13.

You are invited to a night of show-stopping tunes and plenty of laughter as Elle Woods takes on Harvard University.

Years 10-12 Korowa/SKC Musical: Legally Blonde
7.30pm 25, 26, 27 May 2017 [week 6 term 2]
Beatrice K Guyett Assembly Hall, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, 10-16 Ranfurlie Cres, Glen Iris
Adult $25; Student $17

Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Old Collegians News

Annual Dinner

Date:  Friday 2 June
Time:  7.00pm for 7.30pm
Venue:  Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club 
  Glenferrie Road, Kooyong 
Tickets:  $85 for two-course dinner and drinks 
Bookings:  Only accepted online at
RSVP:  Friday 26 May 

Parking on Club grounds is not permitted however spaces are available in the carpark opposite the Club entrance on Glenferrie Road.

Please click here to view an invitation, which includes information on the special guest of honour, Dr Anthony Bergin (SKC 1971).
 Mr Kevin Culliver OAM
Secretary, SKOCA

Year Level Parents Events

Year 7

Parent Social Evening

Please join the Year 7 parent group for a social catch up and some sumptuous finger food…

When: Thursday 1 June
Where:  Georgios Restaurant (please note change of venue)
Downstairs function room
1235 High Street, Armadale
Time:   7.30 – 11pm
Cost:   $42 – includes finger food and two drinks
RSVP:   Monday 29 May, 4pm via

Any queries please call Lucy Leiner 0402 057 971

Year 8

Coffee Morning

All Year 8 mothers are encouraged to come along for a coffee and catch up.

 Date: Wednesday 7 June
 Venue: Romulus and Remus, 648 Bridge Rd, Richmond (just around the corner from Richmond Boulevard)
 Time: 8.45am

While it is not essential, we would appreciate it if you could send a short text to one of the Year 8 Reps to provide an indication of numbers:

  • Felicity Scheffers on 0411 128 638
  • Melissa Chen on 0423 825 400

Year 12

Please join us for an opportunity to catch up on how the year is progressing.

When: Saturday 3 June
Where:  Grand Hotel Courtyard
  333 Burnley Street, Richmond 
Time:  7.00pm - 10.00pm 
Cost:  $46.50 per person, includes canapes, along with one complimentary drink on arrival.
RSVP:  Tuesday 30 May – 5.00pm via Trybooking -

Any queries please contact:

  • Jane Briggs on 0411 106 644
  • Caroline Leng on 0412 894 211

Fathers' Association

SKC Fathers’ Association Dinner

When: Tuesday 13 June
Where:  Amora Hotel 
  649 Bridge Road, Richmond
Speaker:  Colin West of The Fathering Project 
Cost:  $55 per person (includes 2 course dinner and drinks) 
Contact:  Steve Burke on 0448 331 653 or 

SKC Fathers’ Association – Facebook Group

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

NOTE: This is a closed group only available to SKC parents and guardians.

Rugby President's Lunch

The 2017 Annual Rugby President's Lunch will be held on Saturday 17 June at 12 noon.

This annual event is for all the family, friends and players associated with St Kevin's Rugby. Special guests, past players, will be attending on this rugby themed day. 

To view the flyer for this event please click here.

Bookings can be made at:
 Mr Kevin Culliver OAM
TIC Rugby


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


Guitar Concert

A concert featuring guitar ensembles and soloists is being presented in the Studio of the Victor McMahon Music Centre on Monday 29 May. This concert commences at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

Autumn Concert

Next Tuesday, 30 May, our senior ensembles will present a concert at 7.45pm in the Music Auditorium at Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew. The ensembles performing are the Senior Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, Senior Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble and Big Band 1. There will be a short rehearsal for each ensemble prior to the concert. Please find further details in the letter here. Tickets are not required for this concert.

Remaining Term II Music Dates

Thursday 25 May Final performance of Year 7-9 Musical Shrek Jnr. Waterford
Thursday 25 May  Solo Concert 3.30pm, C308 
Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 May Korowa Musical Legally Blonde
Friday 26 May Solo Concert 3.30pm, C308 
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May  Art Show performances in SH 
Monday 29 May
Guitar Concert 7.30pm MMC
Tuesday 30 May Autumn Concert 7.45pm MLC 
Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 June   Glendalough Music Camp 
Sunday 4 June Woodwind AMEB exams at MMC 
Wednesday 7 June Foundation Soiree 6.30pm BEH 
Friday 9 June Sing Off! At Xavier College
Wednesday 14 June Glendalough Winter Ensemble Concert 7.00pm BEH 
Tuesday 20 June  Piano Concert 7.30pm BEH
Monday 26 June  Music Tour rehearsals 
Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 June  Tasmanian Tour (Senior Concert Band & Big Band 1)

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


With Year 10 and 11 students gearing up for the examination period commencing next week, it is time to assess subject choice for Semester 2. It is wise to make a tough decision now to provide options moving forward rather than persevere with a subject that is already too difficult or taking up additional time at the expense of subject study balance. However, it can also be a time to reassess commitment for those subjects to be continued. Subject changes MUST be made by Wednesday 21 June.

Year 10 students and parents are reminded NOT to book Careers Appointments from Thursday 1 June UNTIL students know their examinations timetables. There are appointments available during the examination period for students following or prior to exams once they are aware of their availability. Please email Mrs White at for an appointment. All Year 10 and 11 students are encouraged to use the opportunity that the mid-year examinations present to assess subject selections for Semester 2. Any changes should be considered carefully and we are very happy to discuss these with students once they have received their examination results.

Students of all senior year levels are encouraged to look into university experience programs during the holidays as it is so important to research the environment in which tertiary study is undertaken as well as the potential courses. There is no better way than spending a day at the University.

Last Friday evening I had the privilege of meeting the Senior Outreach Officer from NYU Abu Dhabi. Students who aspire to an ATAR above 98 and who want a truly global education may wish to take a look at this amazing option. NYU Abu Dhabi is looking for a diverse mix of students who, through their application, demonstrate academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, global leadership potential, independent thinking, and a commitment to improving the world. Financial support is VERY generous, covering tuition fees, two trips home per year, travel abroad to study and much more. To learn more about how to join NYU Abu Dhabi’s community of talented, innovative students from over 100 countries and to get answers to any questions you might have, please visit

A reminder that any students wishing to undertake Work Experience in the mid-year break MUST see Ms Pingiaro prior to the end of Week 7 (Friday 2 June) if they have not already done so.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Dates to Diarise in Term 2
  • Explore the Life of a Monash IT Student
  • Monash Art, Design & Architecture (MADA) Student Experience Day
  • William Angliss Institute New Degrees
  • The Swinburne Advantage
  • ACU Early Entry Programs: Passion for Law; Passion for Business; Early Achievers
  • Competitions at the University of Tasmania
  • ACU University Experience Day
  • News From Deakin University: #1 Sport Science School in the World; New Environmental Engineering Course
  • Exercise and Sport Science Degrees at Victorian Universities
  • Snapshot of the Australian Catholic University
Please see Career News for more details.
 Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
Careers Department

Cathedral Choir

Parent Meeting

A reminder to email me by close of business tomorrow if you will be attending our meeting next Thursday.

Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Here is the promotional paragraph being used by the Archdiocese: 
Pentecost Sunday 4 June 2017 at 6pm – St Patrick's and St Paul's Cathedral Choirs Unite in Sung Prayer at St Paul's Cathedral. On Pentecost Sunday at 6pm at St Paul's Cathedral, a Choral Evensong for the Day of Pentecost will be sung by the Choir from St Paul's combined with the Choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral – completing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is the first time these choirs have combined for worship. In addition, the Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Fr John Salvano, has been invited to preach. Join in the Spirit and make this a Pentecost to remember. (The combined Cathedral Choirs rehearse publicly in the Cathedral from 4.30pm.)

Open Rehearsal

In any year when an Open Day is held, we conduct an open Treble rehearsal in the Studio at Glendalough. I am conscious that this opportunity wasn’t available last year, nor will it be this year. To compensate, we will make the Treble/Alto rehearsal from 3.30-4.30pm on Friday 16 June open to any parents who may wish to attend. A similar opportunity will be made available next term as well.


Meeting of Choir Parents Thursday 1 June
Service at St Paul's  Sunday 4 June (evening - no morning Mass) 
No Trebles/Altos Friday 2 June (Glendalough Music Camp), Friday 9 June (Correction Day), Tuesday 20, Thursday 22, Friday 23 June
Open Treble/Alto Rehearsal Friday 16 June
Choristers Emeritus   Sunday 25 June (no Trebles) 
No Choir Sundays 2 July, 9 July, 1 October
Hobart Tour   Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October
Confirmations Sunday 5 November 
Carols  Friday 15 December 
 Dr Daryl Barclay
Head of Choral Music
Director, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir


Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open on Tuesday 30 May from 5.30pm - 7.30pm. It is located at the Waterford Campus in Richmond. Please enter off Darlington Parade & follow the signs.

We have a good stock of long sleeve shirts, jumpers & trousers in various sizes.

Winter Sale: All House polo tops are $5. 
 Mrs Sylvia Shaw
Second Hand Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

St Vincent de Paul "Have a Ball Day”

Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers who donated sports balls to the Have a Ball Foundation on Friday 19 May 2017. An amazing 1005 balls were donated which is an unbelievable effort. These will be distributed to indigenous communities in the Northern Territory over the coming months.  
Michael Junkovic
TIC St Vincent de Paul