Senior School Newsletter

 18 June 2015, Volume 66 No. 17

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster


Mr Michael (Mick) Young, father of our College Captain, Laurence Young 

Dear Parents

Ten days ago, Melbourne was in the grip of ‘the big freeze.’ No, not a weather phenomenon brought on by an icy cold front, but rather a phenomenon of community spirit and promotional bipartisanship that drew attention, following the inspiring lead of Neale Daniher, to raise awareness about MND. MND stands for Motor Neurone Disease, a degenerative disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig's disease.

The universal show of support for this cause was as impressive as the strength of the legend championing it. Initially hoping to raise around $250,000, the weekend campaign centred on the big freeze at the G has attracted nearly $2.5 million. And through it all are points of inspiration, from supporters, to medical researchers, to those such as Neale Daniher who are journeying with it.

While much is known of Neale and his heroic approach, less may be known of any earlier trailblazer in this awful forum. Jon Blais, also known as Blazeman, was an American triathlete who battled ALS (or MND) a decade earlier. I heard about him from a good mate a number of years ago, and have been fascinated by the story. What caught my eye and mind most directly, though, was the extraordinary passion, wisdom and strength that emanated from this character, and his ability to search out the essence of truth in the frailties of life.

Blais is credited with the following, one of the more inspiring observations and challenges on the truth of our lives that I have read:
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine.
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
There must be a point in our lives where we need to look ourselves straight in the mirror and, free of any other opinion or influence, alone with ourselves, search out the reality of our being, the essence of our character, the truth to our lives. In fact, there may well be many points in our life journey, at crossroads, on bumpy tracks, down windy, uncertain paths or even on the straight, where we need to reference that map that Blais puts to us. Let’s trust and pray that, when we are in the centre of life’s fire, when all else falls away, that we are sustained from the inside, nourished by our faith, and content with the wholeness of our character. Let’s also trust and pray that, as parents, teachers and as a collective College community, these are the lessons of life that we fearlessly and in good faith seek for our young men to know and cherish.
Excellence Awards
Headmaster’s Essay Competition Years 7 & 8
First Place
Thomas Gilbert                     

Highly Commended
Max Leiner
Brandon Law
Paul Stamatelatos 
Headmaster’s Study Awards     
Year 12
Dominic Lawrence 
    Nicholas Jarrett 
Year 11
Aviation Jack O’Connor 
Year 10
Science Albert Shen
Year 8
Massimo Acquaro 
    Thomas Christie 
    Matthew Griggs 
    James McBurnie 

Kind regards,

William Doherty
Acting Headmaster
St Kevin's will value diversity and friendship within the community.
(from the Mission Statement) 

Faith and Mission

World of Cards

My wife and I are part of the ‘boxed set’ movement, people who like to follow an entire TV series which we can play when we get a moment that suits us. Lately, we have been watching House of Cards, the story of a fictional American vice-president, Frank Underwood, and his wife, Claire. The pair make Macbeth and Lady Macbeth look like a couple of do-gooders. They are deceitful, conniving, manipulative, ruthless, lying, murdering and, on the whole, not very nice. The series has many twists and turns to keep you guessing. The problem is that, after a couple of dozen episodes, it has gone stale. Almost everyone in House of Cards is an amoral opportunist. They are nearly all awful. After a time, unmitigated evil is actually quite boring. It is just not what people are like.

The relationship between darkness and light in someone’s life, on the other hand, is fascinating. The human story is about the struggle between those two attractions. If we are honest, we have to admit that most of our motives are mixed. Our generosity is usually tinged by elements of selfishness and our selfishness is lightened by elements of love. Christianity understands this profoundly. House of Cards doesn’t.

These tensions come to mind when we think about the relationship we have with most of the world’s population, the three quarters of God’s people who live in poverty. There has been a lot of publicity lately about what is called ‘voluntourism’, the phenomenon of wealthy people buying feel good visits to poor places. A friend of mine is a priest who has been teaching theology in Vietnam. He speaks about the rising number of orphanages in that country which owe their existence to support from well-meaning schools and other groups in places like Australia. He says that it has become common to drop off babies in places where they will have access to good things. So, far from helping orphans, the Australians are creating orphanages. Researchers are increasingly pointing to complicated problems arising from the best of intentions. A friend of mine was working recently in a school which had sent students to a Pacific island nation. The students had helped for a few days on some community projects and their work was appreciated. My friend was troubled, however, by the fact that the students all returned feeling so good about themselves because they had helped.
It wasn’t supposed to be about them,’ he said. ‘But it turned out that way. Surely if our students are experiencing bad situations, you at least want them to feel a bit confused.’

On the other hand, it would be far too easy to stay home, put our heads in the sand and pretend that most of the rest of the world simply doesn’t exist. We could stick to praiseworthy charities that look after people in our own backyard. The needs of what we used to call the Third World are enormous. The scale of poverty is unimaginable. We do have to respond and that does mean trying to build relationships. We are called to turn people with problems into people with names.

For the last few years, a large part of the response of St Kevin’s has focused on Zimele, a group which originated in the vision of Tom Purcell. This time last year, I had one foot in the air as I was heading off on the Zimele immersion to Africa. So I have had twelve months to think about that experience, one which I draw upon over and over. As we travelled along, it became clear that part of the courage required to make a lasting difference in the world is the ability to live with complexity. Simple solutions are often a sign of evasion. The more you are prepared to listen, the more complicated things become.

On the other hand, I came to admire the ways in which Zimele created freedom rather than dependence. The group has helped with such crucial things as providing lunch for students so they can get the most out of their education. Finally, Zimele has a light touch. A light touch does more than make people feel good for a while. It is more creative. Last year, I was present at the first Aussie rules game played in East Africa, between students from Tanzania and Kenya. This year, the group going will expand that exchange to include activities such as debating and music. The important thing is that there will be a year after that. And another one after that. Bit by bit, we build something stronger than a house of cards.
 Please support this vision and come to the Zimele dinner at St Kevin’s College on Saturday, 29 August.
It is always a great night. Go to
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith and Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • The EREA ‘Detention for Detention’ took place at Heyington and Waterford.
  • Year 10 students in McCarthy, Purton and Rahill had Retreats.
  • Year 12 students began Semester Two.
  • Parent Teacher interviews were held at Glendalough.
  • Selected staff had appraisals by Kevin Wilding and Associates.
  • The Football and Basketball Associations had meetings.
  • There was an Information Evening for Year 8 Outdoor Education.
  • Kearney House held a Trivia Night.
  • The Fathers' Association had a dinner with guest speaker Lewis Martin, Seven Melbourne Managing Director.
  • The Guitar Concert was held in Boyd Egan Hall.
  • Waterford students had Winter Sports photographs.
  • The Percussion Concert was held in Boyd Egan Hall.
  • Many Year 12 students completed a Responsible Service of Alcohol course.
  • The Heyington library held the Holiday Reading Afternoon Tea for staff.
  • The Piano Evening took place in the McMahon Music Centre.
  • There was an Information Evening for the 2016 UK Cricket Tour.
  • Year 12 students had an Interview Skills seminar.
  • Round 4 of the DAV Debating took place at Heyington.
  • Year 10 students participated in the ‘F1 in Schools’ program.
  • Year 4 students continued their swimming program in the Wilding Centre pool.
  • Mr McCann accompanied Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • Ms Squarci and Kearney boys participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Mr Hale and Purton students assisted at the community group PACSEL in Richmond.
  • Year 10 students continued community service placement throughout Melbourne.
  • Staff attended Professional Learning in VCE Politics.
  • Year 12 Art students attended the Ballarat Art Gallery.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • APS Winter Sports took place for selected teams.
Mr Nick Clark
Dean of Student Wellbeing


Will Vasta
Year 7

For his consistently determined approach to College Life.

Patrick Pettenon
Year 8

For consistently upholding the values of the College.

Charles Stoner
Year 9
For his true sportsmanship displayed in a recent APS Basketball match.

Jamieson Stefanac
For his support of the Arts at St Kevin's.

Michael Hester

For his contribution to the Kearney Trivia Night.

Andrew Browell

For his excellent contribution to College arts, academia and sport.

Harry Hingston
For upholding College values and contributing to College spirit.

Anastasios Dimitroulis

For outstanding commitment to his studies and a positive approach to school life.

Robert Roscioli 

For excellent representation of the College at the PESA Public Speaking competition.

Calendar Dates


Friday 19
Term 2 ends
Glendalough Semester 1 Awards Assembly

12.00 pm

Saturday 20
APS Sport (1st teams only)

Monday 22
Basketball Clinic
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Wilding Centre
Tuesday 23
Basketball Clinic
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Wilding Centre

Wednesday 24


Thursday 25

 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.

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Semester One Reports

The Semester One Reports will be available via the College Portal on Monday 22 June.

Please go to must use your Portal Parent Login Name (which is your 5 digit school ID number) and password to access your son’s report. If you do not have your login or password, please contact Reception on 9822 0911.

To access these reports, please select Parent Services on the left of the Portal Home Page, Parent Information Portal and Docs (from the top menu). Select your son’s name on the right and his current report and previous reports, if applicable, should be visible. You may open or save these documents. 
 Mr Ted Guinane
Director of Administration


June Holiday Clinic

These holidays we are running the ever popular SKC Basketball Holiday Clinic with Tom White and Jack Howell. Tom and Jack will be joined by members of the SKC Firsts Basketball Team as Assistant Coaches. Open to current players or beginners, this clinic caters for all skill levels. The program runs for two half days at the start of the holidays.

Please click here to view a flyer for the clinic.

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 June. 
Wilding Centre, Heyington
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (morning sessions), Years 7 and 8 (afternoon sessions) 
Years 3/4/5/6, mornings 9.00am to 12.00noon
  Years 7/8, afternoon 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Water bottle, suitable clothing (preferably reversible singlet if possible or light and dark shirts).
Cost:  $60 for the two half days. Bookings on Trybooking. See attached flier for details. Final bookings Friday 19 June at 4.00pm.
Sue O’Shea (Secretary, Basketball Association) 0417 305 903 or 
Years 3/4/5/6
  Years 7/8 
 Mrs Sue O'Shea
Secretary Basketball Association


Represent the College in Road Cycling

The VSCC is a criterium series where both licensed (racing) and un-licensed (novice) riders participate in cycling races on fun and safe courses across the state. Students from every corner of Victoria have the chance to represent their school and become state champion for respective categories. The events are co-hosted by Cycling Victoria and local cycling clubs.

Race days:

  • Casey Field Friday 7 August
  • Yarra Bend Wednesday 2 September
  • Bendigo Sunday 11 October (State Finals)
Students must have their own road bike, helmet, gloves and glasses.

Training Ride

A training session held on Sunday 19 July at the Hawthorn Velodrome at 9.30am. Junior riders may wish to finish up at 10.15 or join the senior boys riding to the ‘tear drop’ on Kew Blvd (via bike track and some roads). Practice races should conclude at 11.30

For those wishing to attend, please email Mr Peter Mitchell before Wednesday 15 July at

Please click here to download a flyer.
 Mr Peter Mitchell
TIC Cycling

Combined Parents' Association

Parents are invited to attend the Combined Parents' Association's Cocktail Party, to be held on Saturday, 25 July. Bookings can be made at Please click here to download a flyer for the event.

 Mr Evan Raptis
President, Fathers' Association

Glendalough Mothers' Association

Tickets on sale now

You should have received your invitation to this fabulous biennial event this week, which was sent home with your eldest son. Purchase your ticket or table of 10 at

Please see the attached invitation.

Please direct any questions to Renée Fitzgerald at or 0419 505 612


Dear Friends of Zimele,

This week you should have received an email from Tom Purcell explaining the importance of Zimele and how you can help. Please check your emails if you have not already seen it.

Over the holidays, we ask that you think of any family or friends who would like to join you at the Zimele Celebration Dinner on Saturday, 29 August.  All are welcome - past, present and future families as well as friends and family from beyond the St Kevin’s Community. Bookings are now open and can be made at the following address:

The Zimele advertising boards, generously donated by Jellis Craig, will be up in various locations next term.

We look forward to seeing everyone next term, after a well deserved break.

Mrs Cath O'Malley
On behalf of the Zimele Dinner Committee

St Kevin's Athletics Club

Recreational running/walking coaching for mums and dads

Run by SKAAC Commonwealth Games Decathlete Steve Cain, this coaching program is for mums and dads of all abilities. All you need is the desire to improve! Coaching will include technique correction and minimising injury issues. Training takes place at the Botanical Gardens track (meeting on the corner of Domain Road and Anderson Street, South Yarra) at 9:15 each Monday & Friday mornings.

Sessions are approximately 50 minutes. Starting on Monday 13 July and running until Friday 18 September.

Please register via Trybooking: Please find the cost below:

  • One day per week for 8 weeks, total cost is $120.
  • Two days per week for 8 weeks, total cost is $190.
  • Casual rate, paid on the day is $20 per session.
Should you have any queries, please contact Peter McGarry on 0458 083 992.
 Mr Peter McGarry
President, St Kevin's Athletics Club


Save the Date

A reminder that Saturday 8 August is Presentation Evening for the SKC Soccer families. Please mark it in your diary now to come along and help celebrate the season’s highlights for 2015.

Booking details will be forwarded in the coming weeks.

Capture the action

Photo Competition 2015

Parents, friends and family are once again asked to take photos of the action on and off the field at this year’s SKC Soccer games. Prizes for best photos will be awarded at the Soccer Presentation Night on Saturday 8 August. This year there will also be a prize for the best ‘SELFIE’. Selected photos will be placed on the College soccer website during the season and also be used for the Presentation Night photo slideshow. So make sure your son’s team is represented and submit your best photos. We have set up an account in DropEvent so that we can collect photos taken at this season’s soccer matches. It is a really easy system to use. Photos can be submitted in one of the following ways.

  • Email your photos to Please put the Year level, team and your name, (e.g. Year 9A by Hilary Williams) as the subject line.
  • Click on the link (, or copy and paste into your browser. You can drop photos into the applicable Year Level folder BUT please name the photo file, i.e. Year 9 A by Hilary Williams
  • CD’s or USB keys can be sent to the school office addressed to: SKC Soccer Photos 2015 Attn: Mr Nick Hale

To view photos, please go to the link and enter the password SKC.

If you have any queries please contact Hilary Williams on

Team managers: Please ensure at least one team photo is submitted.

 Mr Nick Hale
TIC Soccer


Co-curricular Sports

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

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

Please click here to view this weekend's APS Sport Fixtures

June Holiday Training and Competition Schedule

Please click here to view the June Holiday Training and Competition Schedule.

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Interschool Snowsports Championship

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 on the following dates:

Cross Country:
9 August
Primary School Competitions:
24- 26 August
Secondary School Competitions:
26- 30 August

Competence in skiiing or snowboarding is necessary however racing experience is not.

For more information, please contact Kylie Williams at Please click here to download the flyer.  


What an amazing week it has been at St Kevin’s this week in terms of opportunities for students to participate in information and educational sessions related to pathways and employment. Tuesday we were very fortunate to have a past student come and address the students interested in IT pathways at lunch time. Toan is off to work with Microsoft in the US and shared his passion for IT careers with the boys. Wednesday afternoon a visiting Professor from Swinburne University addressed approximately 25 students from Years 10 to 12 on the topic of Innovation Management, the power of creative thinking and developing a sense of empowerment in personal quests for learning. Immediately after school 15 Year 12 students attended an Interview Skills Workshop to learn how to confidently approach forthcoming course, scholarship and employment interviews.

Finally, on Thursday after school approximately 80 Year 12 students undertook their Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course in order to prepare themselves for employment in the hospitality industry which is very popular for part time employment income whilst studying at university. It is wonderful to see students taking up all these opportunities, broadening their resumes and therefore separating themselves from other students in terms of tertiary institution and employer eyes.

We are excited to be hosting the SKC Careers Expo on Tuesday 28 July from 5.00pm to 7.00pm and, with approximately 25 representatives attending from Tertiary Institutions to GAP Year providers, we hope as many of the Years 10 to 12 students and parents can attend as possible.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Royal Victorian Aero Club Flying Scholarship 2015
  • University of Melbourne JD Showcase
  • News From Monash University: Year 10 Independence Day; Year 11 Inspiration Day; Pharmacy Open House; Snapshot of Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University
  • Career as a Physiotherapist
  • Quick Facts about William Angliss Institute (WAI)
  • Business Degrees at Victorian Universities
  • Commerce Degrees at Victorian Universities
Please see the Career News for more details. 
Mrs O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Chamber Music Workshop

In Melbourne for the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the Classicus Trio from Russia will be based at St Kevin’s for a number of days in the lead-up to the competition. On Tuesday 7 July, they will offer our students a special day of workshops in the Victor McMahon Centre, with our two piano trios performing from 10.00am - 12.00noon. Observers are welcome. In the afternoon, they will offer our students the opportunity to observe an Open Rehearsal from 1.15 - 3.00pm.

Senior Music Camp

A non-residential music rehearsal camp is being held for the Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra on the final weekend of the upcoming holidays. Based at the Victor McMahon Music Centre and Boyd Egan Hall, the intensive rehearsals will take place on 11 and 12 July.

More information about this weekend can be found here.

Term 3 Music Dates

Saturday 25 July
Glendalough Junior Concert Band/Junior Strings Workshop
McMahon Music Centre & Boyd Egan Hall
Tuesday 28 July
Middle School Concert Band to VSMF
10.00am, Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Tuesday 4 August
Choral and Vocal Evening
7.30pm,  Boyd Egan Hall
Friday 7 August
Glendalough Concert Band to VSMF 4.30pm, Geelong Grammar School
Monday 10 August
Strings Evening – 7.30pm BEH  7.30pm, Boyd Egan Hall
Tuesday 11 August
Bands Showcase – 7.30pm SH  7.30pm, Smith Hall
Wednesday 19 August
Senior Concert Band to VSMF 7.00pm, Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Tuesday 25 August
Intermediate Concert Band to VSMF 1.15pm, Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Tue-Fri 25-28 August
Senior Musical
Wednesday 26 August
Big Band 1 to VSMF
8.15pm, The Australian Institute of Music)
Thursday 27 August
Big Bands 3 and 4 to VSMF 9.30am, The Australian Institute of Music
Thursday 27 August 
Big Band 2 to VSMF 7.45pm, The Australian Institute of Music
Wed-Thur 2-3 September
Glendalough Musical   
Monday 7 September   
VCE Music Recital – 6.00pm LMH 6.00pm, LMH
Friday 11 September
Solo Concert   
Saturday 12 September
Concerto Soloists – Newman College Chapel Newman College Chapel 
Monday 14 September
Music Association AGM   
Tuesday 15 September
Solo Concert   

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

Last Sunday

Congratulations to the Tenors, Basses and Altos of the Choir on their singing of the extremely difficult “Messe cum jubilo” by Maurice Duruflé. It is quite an achievement to be able to sing music of this technical complexity.

This Sunday

At this Mass, the Year 5 Choristers will be officially inducted, and the Head Choristers, Deputy Head Choristers and Senior Ensemble Leaders will be appointed by Archbishop Hart.

June Newsletter

The Choir Newsletter for June was emailed out earlier today. Please let me know if it did not reach you.


After this Sunday, the Choir will enjoy a short recess until Sunday 12 July when they will recommence at 9.30 am. I wish all those who will be travelling or holidaying during this time a safe and enjoyable break.
 Dr Daryl Barclay
Director Cathedral Choir
Head of Choral Music

Swap Shop 

The next Swap Shop will be held on Thursday, 17 September from 3.00pm - 5.00pm at the Waterford Campus, Darlington Parade, Richmond.

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

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

Mrs Christine Quirk
Swap Shop Co-ordinator
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