Senior School Newsletter


 28 August 2014, Volume 65 No. 24

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Smith Hall was transformed as it has never been before last Saturday evening for the Zimele Dinner. Images from the African Plains, the throb of African drums, dense foliage and a myriad of other tasteful, effective and imaginative decorations and effects set an extraordinary environment for the important business of raising our knowledge of the Edmund Rice Foundation work in South Sudan and Kenya and the raising of funds. At both levels, the night was an enormous success, due in no small part to the leadership and energy of Mrs Cath O’Malley.

It did feel a bit strange to face a ‘normal’ Smith Hall for Assembly on Monday morning! May I take the chance to recognise publically, the work of Ms Linda Hunter, our Cleaning Supervisor and her team, alongside the great work done by Mr Peter Macdonald, Acting Facilities & Operations Manager. Their ability to transform a venue for functions, presentation evenings, dinners, and regular school use is admired and appreciated.

Smith Hall foyer was the venue for the reunion of the Class of 2009 on Monday evening. Yes, sometimes I do feel I should just put an army stretcher in the Smith Hall! Danny Barrett the College Captain of that fine year, had helped gather a very large crowd who enjoyed one another’s company and a chance to look around some of our more recently built facilities. Fortunately, I had the company of three strong, eloquent and knowledgable women in Ms Canny, Mrs Ryan and Mrs Brewis to assist Mr Culliver and me to welcome the crowd and conduct the tours.

Co-curricular Appointments :
Captain of Snowsports  Tom Hoppe 
Captain of Water Polo  Max Musarra 

Excellence Award
Year 12  James Macaronas  1st place
VCAA Plain English Speaking Competition 

Headmaster’s Study Awards

   
Year 8
English   Luke Shannan 
  Geography  Fergus Brittain 
    Simon Cosgrave 
    Ethan Dossetor 
    Timothy Ellul 
     
Year 10  Science  Lachlan P McDonald 
     
Year 11  French  Alexander Athanasiadis 
    Damon Cai 
    Daniel Castellana 
    Edward Meehan 
     
Year 12  Geography  Anthony Campus 
    Ryan Losty 

This Friday is a student free day as my colleagues across the College, academic and support staff, gather for spiritual reflection and renewal with a program developed by the astonishing Michael McGirr, Dean of Faith & Mission. We are meeting at the Abbotsford Convent in Collingwood. Stay tuned for updates on the day.


Kind regards


Stephen F Russell
 

Please click on the following link to book your tickets to the Combined School Concert
to be held Monday 8 September, Hamer Hall - http://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/classical-music/st-kevins-college


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

Rock

On Monday, the College Captain, Andrew Borg, gave a typically thoughtful and thought provoking address to the assembly at Heyington. He was inspired by a vision for the future of the Catholic Community. This is part of what he said:

At Mass on Sunday, we heard the story of Peter’s realisation that Jesus was the Son of God. Since Peter’s time, the Church has developed, changed and grown. Yet, in modern times, the Church has been called into question by some of its followers. They ask whether the word of the Gospel is still relevant in our world. No longer do we endorse death by stoning. No longer do we see tax-collectors as the epitome of evil. No longer can we so easily relate ourselves with ancient parables regarding farming and agriculture.

I would like today to speak about a man, some would say a ‘descendant’ of Pope St Peter, who has a vision to keep the true meaning of faith alive for all people. This man wants to keep us engaged with our ever changing world.

He is a man who goes out of his way to live in a hostel. He drives around in an old Ford Focus and writes back to strangers who send him letters. Pope Francis, the revolutionary Pope, is a man who practises what he preaches. He acknowledges the disabled, has breakfast with the homeless and lives the lifestyle that Jesus followed. In his position, Pope Francis has been given a responsibility to nurture all of the Catholic Church and he is going about this in a way that has seldom been seen before.

As a figure in charge of both a sovereign state and an institution so steeped in order, so vast in its charity, so oppressed by scandals, Pope Francis has been recognised as one piece to a large and complex puzzle that attempts to bridge the gap between the financially rich and poor, the gap between the faithful and the secular.

He possesses both charisma and humility. Pope Francis has attitudes that are a breath of fresh air onto the Church.
When confronted by serious questions, Francis has thoughtfully considered responses that allow us to see the simple teachings of the Church for what they were originally meant to mean. Regarding women considering abortion because of poverty or rape, he has said “Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?” Regarding the gay community, he has said “If a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, who am I to judge?” Regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, “communion is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.’ And finally to women worldwide, “that they should be more present in the places of decision-making in the church.” It seems that Francis is calling for a fresh approach. What is the message that he is attempting to get across? It does not matter who you are, where you come from or how old you are. Followers of any faith must recognise that as long as there is deep faith, and that you are doing your absolute best to see the goodness within people, the global community succeeds.

From the streets of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has seen the changing world, and over 77 years has recognised that the Church cannot solely stick to some of its outdated attitudes if they wish to continue to preach not only what it means to be a good Christian, but also in essence what it means to be a good person.

Conservative critics have called Pope Francis too liberal and that he is going against what the Catholic Church stands for and is not a man of faith at all. They believe that the former club bouncer, janitor, and literature teacher has to pay the price of being popular and not get carried away by the newfound fame that he possesses. From the efforts already made by this Holy Man, fame is the last thing on his agenda. He has a role to perform, and if that means that he wants the Church to reform, then it is not an attempt to be seen as a celebrity, but instead so that we can see the Church for its messages that they truly stand for.

Both St Peter, and Pope Francis, have one important thing to teach us. Yes, the Bible is an ancient text but the message should not be lost. ‘Treat others the same way you want them to treat you', is not that difficult a message. But the way in which Pope Francis is portraying it to newer generations is in a fashion that is straightforward yet progressive - a movement that confronts the world’s most difficult questions, and creates a new environment that we should all want to be part of. Pope Francis is but one piece of this frazzled puzzle; change comes from us and how we take his message on board. The outcome: God only knows.

Andrew Borg
College Captain

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith & Mission
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Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Year 8A, 8B and 8C went on Camp.
  • Mr Junkovic accompanied Kenny students in assisting with serving breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • Years 7 and 8 JSP Debating took place.
  • Year 6 SKC/ Korowa/ Loreto Exchange Program occurred.
  • Class of 2009 Reunion was held at the College.
  • Staff attended GTAV Conference.
  • Year 11 Aviation students went to Williamstown Air Force base in NSW.
  • French Tour meeting took place.
  • Year 12 Biology excursion to the GTAC Centre at the University of Melbourne was held.
  • Staff members attended the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference, hosted at St Kevin’s.
  • Senior Musical “South Pacific” was performed over three nights.
  • Year 9 students attended Outprac.
  • Author James Moloney presented to Year 7 students.
  • Year 10 Community Service continued.
  • Bench Press Competition was run by Year 12 students.
  • Mr Daly attended EREA Junior Schools Leaders’ Conference in Brisbane.
  • Cusack students with Mr Langan assisted with tutoring at Edmund Rice Refugee Centre in St Albans.
  • Year 10 Geography students went on a local field trip.
  • First Eucharist Information Evening was held at Glendalough.
  • Prep - Year 2 Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary took place.
  • Staff Reflection Day was held at Abbotsford Convent.
  • Students participated in the British Parliamentary Debating Competition.
  • Staff completed professional development on St Kevin’s Portal.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students
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Omnia


Rhys Patterson
Year 7
For his welcoming demeanour and display of manners whilst travelling on public transport.

 Samuel Crowe
Year 8

For resilience and commitment during a difficult time.

Owen Mahoney
Year 9
For assisting with preparations for Book Week.

Jordan Crisante
Cusack

For outstanding attitude towards his VCE studies.

Foti Tomaras
Kearney

  For general excellence in the Community Service program.
                       

Jack Fogarty
Kenny
For excellent contribution to recent Science Week program.
                       

Harrison Bennetts
McCarthy
For being a great team player in Winter Sport.

Oliver Matterson
Purton 
For generous involvement in House administration.
                       

Nicholas Powell
Rahill

For quiet and determined commitment to his studies.
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Calendar Dates

AUGUST
     
Friday 29
Staff Reflection Day - No Classes
Year 8A, 8B and 8C Camp ends
Senior Musical - 'South Pacific'
Interschool Snowsports Championships (Secondary Schools)





Mt Buller
       
Saturday 30 Athletics and Water Polo
Interschools Snowsports Championships (Secondary Schools)

 

Mt Buller
       
SEPTEMBER
     
Monday 1 Year 8D, 8E and 8F Camp begins
Year 9 Immunisations
Soccer Association Meeting
Parent Enrichment Program



7.45pm


Brandon Room
Pavilion




Tuesday 2
Year 8D, 8E and 8F Camp
Glendalough House Music Festival
Year 9 Play - 'Macbeth'


7.00pm


Vaucluse Hall, Waterford
       
Wednesday 3
Year 8D, 8E and 8F Camp
Year 9 Play - 'Macbeth'
 
7.00pm
 
Vaucluse Hall, Waterford
       
Thursday 4
Year 8D, 8E and 8F Camp
Glendalough Father's Day Breakfast
Year 12 SAC Day - No Classes




       
Friday 5
Year 8D, 8E and 8F Camp ends
Year 10 Dancing Class
Winter Activities Dinner
 


 

       
Saturday 6
Athletics and Water Polo
 
 
 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: newsletter@stkevins.vic.edu.au by 5pm on Monday.

 

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Parent Enrichment Program

‘Making friends with reality: what you can’t learn from screens'.

Nick Clark, Dean of Student Wellbeing at St Kevin’s College.

Many parents are concerned about the prevalence of screens in the lives of their children. In particular, they are concerned about the amount of time devoted to gaming and social media of one kind or another. Nick Clark understands the lives of our young people and has a great deal of experience in dealing with such issues, especially in counselling situations. His vision is practical and based on common sense. This is a great chance to think about an issue that isn’t going away and hear about some helpful strategies.
Date:  Monday 1 September 
Venue:
Pavilion, Heyington
Time:
7.45pm - 9.15pm
All adults are welcome. An RSVP is appreciated to assist us to prepare but it is not essential. Please reply to either Michael McGirr (mcgirrm@stkevins.vic.edu.au) or Susan O’Shea (sue_fit4fun@bigpond.com).
Mr Michael McGirr (TIC)
SKC Parent Enrichment
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St Kevin's College Drama Productions /Musicals

 
Dates:
Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 September 
Venue:
Vaucluse Hall, St Kevin’s College Waterford Campus, Richmond 
Time:
7.00pm
Cost:
$16/ Adult
$11/ Concession 
Bookings:
TryBooking - (click here)
 St Kevin’s College & Genazzano FCJ College Year 9 Play - 'Macbeth', Book now!
'Macbeth' is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and emotionally intense plays. It has shocked and fascinated audiences for around four hundred years.

'Macbeth' tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.

Year 9 students from St Kevin’s and Genazzano have combined to present this timeless tragedy. Already Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, the script for this presentation of 'Macbeth' has been expertly edited for performance and viewing by students. Tickets are now on sale - Book Now!


Dates:
Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 & Friday 12 September 
Venue:
Ruby Tout Theatre, St Kevin’s College Heyington Campus 
Time:
7.00pm
Cost:
$16 Adult/ $11 Concession 
Bookings:
TryBooking - (click here)
St Kevin’s College / Korowa Anglican Girls’ School Year 8 Play - Book now!
Year 8 students from St Kevin’s and Korowa have joined forces to present 'Myth-o-logues', a new play exploring the myths and legends of Ancient Greece.

The Greek mythology tour guide is Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who no one believes. Cassandra will lead the audience through stories of war, relationships and the origins of good and evil.

Through monologues and re-enactments, the audience will re-live stories and legends, such as that of the mighty Trojan warrior Paris, who abducted the beautiful Helen, wife of King Menelaus. There is also the poet Orpheus, who travelled to Hades to rescue his deceased wife Euridice, and Arachne, who challenged Athena to a weaving contest and was changed into a spider for her boldness.

With a brisk running time that is under an hour, and plenty of action and variety performed by the large cast,
'Myth-o-logues' is suitable for all ages. Tickets are now on sale for 'Myth-o-logues' - Book Now!

Photographs take of the recent 'South Pacific' Musical have been uploaded onto the St Kevin's website photo gallery.

Mr Simon Parris (TIC)
SKC Productions
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Old Collegians' Association

 

Noble (Education) Professions Reunion

During the lead up to the centenary in 2018, we are celebrating our past and developing a richer understanding of our heritage. Past students who have entered these professions hold a special place in this process.

Those Kevinian's from the Noble (Education) professions are invited to join the Headmaster for a cocktail party, to celebrate the achievements of St Kevin’s and those Kevinians in your vocation. Please contact Kevin Culliver from the Old Collegian's Office to advise if you are in one of these professions, so we can update your contact details to forward an invitation to you in due course.

Date:
Wednesday 10 September 
Venue:
The Galleria, McCarthy Building
Time:
6.00pm - 8.00pm
RSVP:
Monday 8 September

Dates for 2014

The Old Collegians' 2014 event dates have been updated on the SKC Website. Please take the time to diarise any relevant dates and further details will be forwarded to you closer to the time.  If you have moved or changed your email address recently please contact us so we can update our records and keep in touch with you. Thank you.

Recording of Occupations

During 2013 the Old Collegians' Association ran several cocktail evenings for specific occupation groups and we intend to do the same in 2014. The nights were a great success, with many a story and business network cemented in the common experience of being a Kevinian.

The St Kevin's Old Collegians' data base needs to have a record of the occupations so that invitations can be sent to the correct people. We are very keen for all Kevinians to nominate their occupation but specifically this year we would like to hear from all of those of the Noble Profession (education). 

Please contact Kevin Culliver (Executive Officer SKOCA) old-collegians@stkevins.vic.edu.au

Mr Kevin Culliver
Executive Officer SKOCA
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Careers

Careers News

With subject selections due this week for Years 9, 10 and 11, we have been busy responding to phone calls and emails to help students and parents as much as possible, whilst we are committed to keeping our appointments for the Year 12 students selecting their tertiary preferences for 2016. We will be available for students in Years 10 and 11 during Term 4 once the Year 12 students have left to study for their final exams should they require further discussion and clarification about VCE subject selection.

With the Open Days over it is important for all Year 12 students to make their preliminary tertiary preference selections via the VTAC application system. Year 12 parents who were unable to attend the Information Sessions last week may view my presentation - (click here). Students who do not require an appointment with us to complete their applications are encouraged to come to the Careers Department on Mondays at lunch time to do so with our supervision. All applications must be completed by the end of Term 3.

Next week we are fortunate to have two past students returning to St Kevin’s to share their experience since leaving the College. James Hicks has just completed his under graduate studies at Oxford University and will talk about applying, studying and living in the UK. Euan Edwards is studying Geospatial Science at RMIT and will talk about this growing field where jobs are plentiful and rewarding. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who have an interest in learning about either of these opportunities are encouraged to attend these lunch time sessions

Any students wishing to do Work Experience in the forthcoming holidays must see Ms O’Sullivan prior to Friday 5 September to ensure the safe@work testing and paperwork can all be completed.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Upcoming Open Days (as mentioned below)
  • ADFA Open Day
  • Australian College of Sports Therapy Open Days
  • Reminder VTAC Key Dates
  • Part Time Work Opportunity with St Kevin’s Amateur Athletics Club
  • Employment Opportunities at the Australian Open
  • Rugby Young Achiever Award
  • News from La Trobe University: Reminder Aspire Early Admissions Program; Sport at La Trobe; VCE Plus
  • The Monash Guarantee
  • Victorian Transport Association Cadetships in Logistics
  • Relocation Scholarship to the University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • Box Hill TAFE Advanced Diploma of Engineering Pathway to Deakin
  • Ecotech Technical Cadet Program
  • Zoos Victoria School Holiday Programs
Please see Careers News for more details.
 Ms O'Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The Careers Department
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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 Cameron Barry barryc@stkevins.vic.edu.au for any further enquiries.
Mr Cameron Barry 
Head of Outdoor Education
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Sport 

Sport Changes for 2015 - Final Week to submit changes

Changes for sport allocations for 2015 have now opened and any student wanting to change their sport allocation for either SUMMER and/or WINTER SPORTS in 2015 must make written application on the appropriate forms by Monday 1 September 2014. No late applications will be considered.

Forms are located on the Co-curricular/Sport page of the SKC website - (click here), from the Heyington or Waterford Receptions, the Heyington Sports Office (K218), Year 8 and Year 7 Level Co-ordinators and House Heads. All forms need to be submitted directly to  Heyington or Waterford Reception or to the Dean of Sport directly.

Any boys wishing to undertake Cycling (a new Summer Sport in 2015) must sign a separate form.

Any further enquiries regarding sports allocations should be directed to the College Dean of Sport, Mr Luke Travers.

Sports Photograph Ordering Online - National School Photography

Please click here to order your 2014 Team Sports Photographs online and follow the below mentioned steps:-

• Access the National School Photography website
• Click on the ‘orange’ option ‘Group & Event Photos
• Pop-up box will appear prompting you for a password (enter – SKC4)
• Login
• Select Campus and images required
 

Co-curricular Spring Sports

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

Please click here to view APS Sport Current Results.

Please click here for this weekend's APS Sport Fixtures.

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport
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Music

Combined School Concert - Monday 8 September

Information about this concert has been distributed at ensemble rehearsal. Click on this link for a copy of the letter which includes details regarding ticketing. Ticket sales are progressing well, with over 650 tickets sold so far. Book your seats soon if you haven’t already done so.

It is important that all of our musicians return the permission slip to the Music Office so that they can participate in the rehearsal and concert at Hamer Hall. Please check with your son that he has done this.

Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for Concert Bands and String ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra will commence soon. Boys need to book a time on the sheets outside C308 and collect audition information sheets which detail the technical work and repertoire required for the auditions. These auditions are used to assist the music staff in placing students in the most suitable ensemble and allocating their part and seating position.

Term 3 Music Dates

Download a copy of the Term 3 Music Dates - (click here).

Music Office - C305

The Music Office C305, can be contacted by phone on 9804 3045 and by email at music@stkevins.vic.edu.au

Boys with enquiries are encouraged to visit the Music Office before school, at Recess or at Lunchtime.

Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music
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Parent Functions

Year 12

Year 12 Parents' Morning Tea
Date:
Tuesday 2 September 
Venue:
Home of Alison Weber
4 Woodstock Street, Canterbury
Time:
9.30am
RSVP:
Friday 29 August
Parent Rep Contacts:
Further enquiries please contact Marianne Van Schoten on 0425 724 475, Katrina Prior on 0414 920 756 or Alison Weber on 0438 816 159

Year 11

Year 11 'Steak and Parma' Night (Whole Family Welcome!)
Date:
Tuesday 2 September 
Venue:
The Prahran Hotel, 82 High Street, Prahran
Time:
7.00pm 
Cost:
$14 per person (pay on the night) - Includes Porterhouse steak or Parmagiana served with salad and chips. Beverages not included
RSVP:
When capacity is reached. (Book now! Limited seats available)
Bookings & Enquiries
Forward family name & contact number to Karen Zylstra -  klzylstra@yahoo.com.au or (m) 0417 001 842

Year 9

Year 9 Parents' Cocktail Evening (Last Parent Function for the year!)
Date: 
Friday 12 September
Venue:
Fog Bar & Restaurant (Back Bar)
142 Greville Street, Prahran 
Time:
7.30pm 
Cost:
$35 per person (includes finger food and drink on arrival)
RSVP:
TryBooking - http://www.trybooking.com/98609 by Friday 5 September, 5.00pm

Any further enquiries please contact Caroline Leng – 0412 894 211 or Jane Briggs – 0411 106 644. To download a copy of the flyer for the fridge door - (click here).

Year 8

Year 8 Parents' Drinks Evening
Date:
Thursday 4 September 
Venue:   The Malvern Hotel, Glenferrie & Malvern Roads
Time:
7.30pm
Cost:
$21.00 per person (delicious finger food and complimentary drink)
No cash accepted on the evening! Tickets are non-refundable. 
RSVP:
TryBooking - http://www.trybooking.com/99762 by Monday 1 September, 12.00pm
Any further enquiries please contact Jenny Dahlstrom 0401 088 165. To download a copy of the flyer for the fridge door - (click here).
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SKC Past Mothers' Association

Annual Luncheon - Book Now!

St Kevin's Past Mothers' Association extends a warm invite to all past mothers to attend the annual Luncheon.

Date: 
Thursday 11 September 
Venue:
The Riversdale Golf Club
Cnr Huntingdale & High Street Roads, Mount Waverley
Time:
12.00 noon
Cost:
$75.00 per person - (contact Marg Hawker for payment details)
Contact:
Mrs Marg Hawker - skc.pastmothers@gmail.com

Download a copy of the flyer for the fridge door - (click here).

Mrs Marg Hawker - President
Past Mothers' Association
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Swap Shop

Monday 15 September 3.00pm - 5.00pm

The Swap Shop will next be open on Monday 15 September, 3.00pm to 5.00pm at the Waterford Campus in Richmond. As the boys will be moving back into their summer uniforms, now is the time to check that everything still fits. If you have any items of uniform that are no longer required then we would love to have them. All you need to do is attach a label (click here) to each item and drop them off at any St Kevin's School Reception. Once the item is sold you will receive a cheque for 50% of the proceeds.

If you require any further information, then please contact me at swapshop@stkevins.vic.edu.au or 0403 338 765.

 Mrs Christine Quirk
Swap Shop Co-ordinator
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SKC Fathers' Association


 

St Kevin's College Fathers' Association Dinner
&
Years 7 & 8 Father/Male Mentor & Son Camp

Book Now

SKC Fathers' Association Dinner - Book Now!

We would like to invite all dads/ male mentors to our third dinner for 2014.
Date:
Monday 15 September 
Venue:
Amora Hotel, 649 Bridge Road, Richmond 
Time:
7.00pm for 7.30pm
Cost:
$50 per person (two course meal and beverages)
RSVP:
Friday 12 September, 12.00pm
Bookings:
TryBooking - (click here)

Special Guest Speaker: Duncan Hughes
It's 44 years since Duncan Hughes, Walkely Award winning journalist, St Kevin's old boy and father of Alexander (Year 8), had his first story published. It was on the front page of 'The Kevinian', our old school newspaper. Since then he has spent most of his life in daily journalism in Fleet Street, Wall Street, Washington, Canberra, Flinders Street and most of Asia covering everything from stockmarket crashes, to wars, terrorist attacks and elections. An irreverent look back on some of the personalities and big events.

We are extremely fortunate to have Duncan 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 Welcome!

Years 7 & 8 Father/Male Mentor & Son Camp - Book Now!

St Kevin’s College Fathers’ Association is pleased to announce the Year 7 & 8 Father/Male Mentor and Son Camp to be held at a YMCA camp site in Victoria on Saturday 20 September and Sunday 21 September.

The Camp will be available to all students in Years 7 & 8 and their fathers or male mentors. Make sure you get your application in early, as places are limited. Download a copy of the Camp letter - (click here).

This is one of the programs run by the St Kevin’s College Fathers’ Association and is designed to encourage and foster relationships between students and their Fathers or Male Mentors. It is also an opportunity for Fathers/Male Mentors to get to know other Fathers and Male Mentors from the College. The Camp is facilitated by J2A - Journeys to Adulthood Ltd, a not-for-profit company dedicated to enhancing the relationships between sons and their fathers.

The YMCA Camp site offers a range of activities including canoeing, high ropes, vertical challenge, giant swing, low ropes, orienteering, a trivia night and lots more.

The accommodation at the Camp is provided for in cabins. You will need to bring your own pillows and sleeping bags/doonas/blankets, etc. All food and activities are included in the price.

There will be a car rally to get you to the camp. Fathers/Male Mentors will drive and their sons will be required to navigate their way to the camp as well as answer some questions along the way.

Further details about the Camp will be provided to you once your Application has been accepted, including what essential items to bring on the weekend.

Cost: $220.00 per adult and student pair. Extra students at $80.00 each. Numbers are limited. Make sure you book by Friday 12 September at the J2A website - (click here). Further enquiries to: Mark Caldwell (J2A) on 9830 7906 or Evan Raptis (President SKCFA) 0412 887 669.

Mr Evan Raptis - President
SKC Fathers' Association
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SKC Old Boys' Football Club 

Friday 19 September - All Welcome

The St Kevin’s Old Boys' Football Club invites all members of the SKC school community to our annual Grand Final lunch.

To be held at Kooyong Tennis Club in the middle of AFL finals with Robert DiPierdomenico as our special guest speaker, it is a celebration of all things football (AFL & Amateur).

The SKOB community is very much about inclusion. It is particularly inclusive of the parents of prospective players. The club offers a great way to stay in touch with people you have come to know through the school.

Please have a look at the attached invitation. If you are in a business it is a fabulous networking event. If you simply want to get a group of friends together for a great lunch – it is always fun.

Guests can register and pay online - (click here).

Mr John Hart
TIC SKC Football
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Zimele Dinner - Thank You

The gift of hope

Thank you very much to all the generous people who supported the Zimele Dinner. Including donations, well over
$95,000 was raised on the night which is just an incredible result. All of this money will go directly to supporting the lives of women and children living with HIV AIDS at the Education For Life (EFL) in Kenya and Star Support in South Sudan. It is inspiring to see the entire St Kevin’s Community and friends of Zimele come together as one, to support the most marginalised women and children in East Africa.

I have seen many times the suffering of women and children in Africa. Mercy is a grandmother who looks after ten grandchildren because her own daughter and son died from HIV AIDS. She believes God took her children because God loved them more than her. Mercy sleeps in a shack with one bedroom. She relies on the EFL for food. She finds courage every day knowing there are others in the world walking with her. The Zimele Dinner enables her grandchildren to go to school, receive medication for HIV and enables her family to eat some nights. She has hope.

A special thank you to Brian Cosgriff for making the hall table, Anthony Breslin for his amazing painting on the night, Peter McDonald and Linda Hunter for their support, the Whitbread Foundation for their continual financial support to Zimele and St Kevin’s College for the use of their facilities.

I would especially like to thank the Dinner Committee for their energy, commitment and passion to make a difference, Daniel Mount, Andrea & Jim McKay, Kath and Joe McCarthy, Celia Conlan and Chris McNamara, Frank Mount, Liz Burrill, Lisa Gulikers, Jo Clarke, Stefan Angelini, Fiona Bennie, Jessica Kornacki, James O'Malley, Paul and Cath O’Malley, and the support of the Zimele Walkathon Committee. On behalf of all our friends in Africa, 'asanta sana' with all my heart.

Mr Tom Purcell
Zimele Chairperson
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Rainbow Ladies' Luncheon

 
 
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Interschool Snowsports Championships

 

Good Luck!

Wishing the SKC team of skiers and snowboarders competing in the Interschools Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller this week all the very best of luck.
"Carve it up boys!"


 
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Family Fun Day

Sunday 16 November, 10.00am - 4.00pm

The Glendalough Mothers Association are hosting our Family Fun Day (which occurs every second year) on the grounds of Glendalough.

The 2014 Family Fun Day promises to be a most exciting fair, with many rides, games, stall vendors, food, great entertainment, an online silent auction and sporting celebrity appearances. We anticipate good media coverage of the event and we extend a warm invitation to you to join our fundraising effort and enjoy the goodwill associated with being a part of our wonderful community.

If you would like to offer sponsorship or support our silent auction for this fantastic event, we would love to hear from you. All sponsors will be well advertised within and beyond the school community as major St Kevin’s College supporters. Please contact Rachael McGarry 0418 528 337 or rachaelmcgarry@optusnet.com.au

FAMILY FUN DAY BOOK STALL

The families of Year 2A will be running a book stall during Family Fun Day.
We have already started collecting books for all ages including non-fiction, recipe, coffee table, picture books and novels but we need your help.

We would really appreciate it if you could scan your bookshelves for any books you have finished and ask the boys to look for any books they have finished with to donate to the stall. A box will be at Heyington reception throughout Term 3 for all donations.
Thank you in advance for your support, Gail Pitt gailpitt@hotmail.com or Jacquie Blackwell jacquieblackwell@bigpond.com

For further enquiries regarding Family Fun Day please contact Rachael McGarry, 2014 Family Fun Day Co-ordinator - rachaelmcgarry@optusnet.com.au or phone 0418 528 337.

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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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