Senior School Newsletter

  20 April 2017, Volume 68 No. 9

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Welcome to Term II!

I have enjoyed conversations with boys regarding their break and have been delighted how often mention of spending time with Mum and Dad featured as one of the highlights of the holidays.

Every term has academic focus, but there is no doubt, full, formal reports and examinations bring that extra dimension to Term II. All boys should be using the advice and direction gained from the Academic Progress Interviews, to map out – literally – their approach to studies each and every week leading up to the mid-year examinations, for Years 7 – 12. We have in place, after-school support at Heyington and Waterford, so that extra help can be sought by every lad who has the humility and good sense to know that he needs help.

Winter sports are also adding to the sense of excitement about the College. The St Patrick’s Exchange gave all six senior squads the chance to play our fellow EREA school, in balmy Ballarat on Wednesday afternoon. The honours on the day were diplomatically shared. Our host won Football, Soccer and Cross Country, while we were successful in Basketball, Hockey and Rugby. My thanks to Mr Travers and all involved in the organisation of this, our longest standing sporting tradition, which dates back to 2018.

Debating has recommenced and I do hope most families have read Omnia and pencilled in which musicals and music performances they plan to attend this term. I am excited to share the news that it will be during this term that our new sports grounds at Tooronga will come into use. I hope to announce the opening date within the fortnight.

We welcome to staff in recent times:
  • Mr Alain Van Gurp Year 6D Homeroom Teacher
  • Ms Elizabeth Mathews Student Support Officer Glendalough
  • Mr Angus Henderson Building Services
  • Mr Andrew Teoh IT Systems Engineer (from 1 May)

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's College will celebrate family life as the embodiment of a deep spirituality, which nurtures the individual and promotes personal liberation
(from the Mission Statement)

Faith and Mission


So now we know the truth. Eggs are no good for your health. The news has emerged that for many years Emma Morano, a resident of Verbania in the Lake Maggiore region of Italy, ate very little other than three eggs a day, two of them raw and one of them fried. Of recent times, on advice from her doctor, she cut this down to two eggs. But evidently the damage was already done. Her life was cut short. She only lived to be 117. Just imagine what she could have achieved on a diet of kale and quinoa. 

When Emma died on Easter Saturday, she was the last person in the world to have lived in the eighteen hundreds. In many respects, her life was not that easy. Her fiancé died during World War I. She was then pressured into marriage by a man she described as abusive and whom she took the decision to leave. Their only child, a boy, died a cot death when he was less than six months old. You can only wonder how many times Emma thought sadly about the difference between her span of life and that of her son. She worked in a factory until the age of 65 and then in an hotel. Hers was an ordinary life and apart from the fact that she became the oldest person in the world, we may never have heard of her. Millions of quiet lives come and go, every one of them dear to God. Every child who dies in Syria is no less important. Every soldier in North Korea is the same. So is every refugee and asylum seeker. It was touching looking at photos of Emma Morano in her small apartment to notice images on the wall that were obviously important to her: the Holy family, St Anthony, the Pope, a crucifix. Her carer said that she always held her hand before she left and thanked her. Both the images on the walls and her relationship with her visitors speak of Emma’s need to connect with a love beyond ourselves. Nobody is ever too old for that. 

We heard about Emma in the car on our way to celebrate the Easter Vigil on Saturday night. As the vigil starts, the church is plunged into darkness. A bright fire is built outside the back door and from this fire the Easter candle is lit before it is brought into the church and the words ring out ‘the light of Christ.’ 

One moment stays with me from this year. As the candle arrived at the back door, it threw its light on the face of an elderly woman who was sitting a few places from us across the aisle. For a moment, the only light in the whole church was the glow that fell upon her face. I don’t even know her name. She was looking with rapt attention at the back door, waiting for that candle to arrive and the message of life, light and hope that it brings. Heaven only knows how many times she had taken part in this ritual. But she looked as if it were the first time. Her face was alive with excitement and anticipation. She was smiling with her whole face. Along with the rest of us, she listened to the ancient prayer:

Christ yesterday and today
The beginning and the End
The Alpha
And the Omega.
All time belongs to him
And all ages.
To him be glory and power;
Through every age and for ever. Amen.

And then

May the light of Christ rising in glory
Dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

May we all welcome the risen Lord into our lives with the same eagerness as that elderly woman. There are boys in our school who may live to be 117. A good number will probably make it to 100. They will create a world which is as different from ours as the nineteenth century. They will need more than eggs to energise so many years and give them purpose. They will need a deep connection with others and with God. 
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Term 2 commenced.
  • Work on the extension to the Chapel of St Kevin continued.
  • Years 7A, B and C went on Camp.
  • Soccer Association meeting took place.
  • Annual Sporting Exchange with St Patrick’s College Ballarat was played.
  • DAV Debating was hosted at the College.
  • Rugby Association met.
  • Academic Progress interviews were conducted for Heyington and Waterford students.
  • APS Summer Sports Review meetings took place.
  • Friends of Art met.
  • Friday morning Mass was celebrated.
  • Year 9 students completed Outprac and Retreat.
  • Year 10 Engineers@Work Groups met.
  • Year 12 students were addressed by Ms Lucinda Nolan.
  • UMAT Preparation Session was held for Year 12 students.
  • Year 10 Dancing classes continued with LMH.
  • Easter Liturgy took place at Glendalough.
  • Rahill students with Mr Burns assisted at the Fitzroy Reading Program for Refugees.
  • Mr Segal and Kearney students assisted with tutoring of students at St Ignatius Refugee Program in Richmond.
  • Staff Summer Activities Dinner was celebrated.
  • APS Round of Sport was conducted for selected teams.
  • Rugby Xavier Sevens was played.
  • 1997 1st XV111 Premiership Reunion was held.
  • Big Bands Workshop was conducted.
  • Staff completed Professional Development in VIT, Students with Disabilities, VCAA and ACU careers.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Charlie Galea
Year 7
For his positive attitude and willingness to assist others.

Euan Cheney
Year 8
For returning a peer's lost wallet to College Reception.

Hamish Petersen
Year 9
For his persistence and enthusiasm for all aspects of life at Waterford.

James Farrar
For his outstanding commitment to the ‘Time & Space’ program.

Samuel Tucker
For his positive spirit on the Year 10 OAP.

Francis Nguyen
For his excellent contribution to College life.

Cameron James
For his commitment and enthusiasm within the House and College community.

Alexander Trnacek

For his time and commitment to the ‘Time & Space’ program.

Devan Workman

For his excellent support of the DAV Debating teams.

Calendar Dates


Friday 21
Year 7A, 7B, 7C Camp
Year 9 Outprac
Year 9 Retreat
Year 10 Dancing Class
Summer Activities Dinner
Glendalough Uniform Shop


Saturday 22
APS Sport
1st XVIII 1997 Premiership Reunion
Rugby – Xavier Sevens

Sunday 23
Big Band Workshops    
Monday 24
Secondary Academic Progress Interviews
Fathers' Association Meeting
Rowing Association Meeting
2.30 - 8.30pm
Clovelly Room
Brandon Room

Tuesday 25
Anzac Day Holiday


Wednesday 26
St Patrick’s Sporting Exchange
SKOCA meeting
Rugby Association meeting
Big Bands Concert


Delaney Room
Boyd Egan Hall

Thursday 27
Heyington Summer Sports Photographs
Glendalough Homeroom Photographs
Finance, Property and Governance Meetings
Year 10 Dancing Class Social

7.30 - 9.30

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

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

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

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.


Saint Vincent de Paul - Good Friday Appeal

Congratulations to all the boys from Years 9 – 12 who assisted with the RCH Pied Pipers and the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital. The Pied Pipers contributed a total of $335,538.99 to the 2017 Good Friday Appeal, including the valuable sum of $3,398.95 collected by the students of St Kevin’s College. 

Our sincere congratulations to everyone involved in achieving this wonderful contribution. The Good Friday Appeal was another record at $17,605,662.
 Mr Michael Junkovic
St Vincent de Paul Coordinator


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tickets are now on sale for the Years 10-12 St Catherine’s/St Kevin’s College Play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and endearing comedies.

The play deals with the universal idea of the joys and complications of love. The plot focuses on four intertwined stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers and their escape to the forest, the magical world of the Fairy King and Queen and their enchanted followers, a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of Pyramus and Thisby for the wedding of the Duke of Athens, who has taken the Queen of the Amazons as his bride. 

The season opens on Thursday 4 May, which is in week three of this term. The St Catherine’s Drama Auxiliary will be selling food and beverages at each performance, with a Bar on Friday 5 May for the Gala Night.

Years 10-12 St Catherine’s/SKC Play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6.30pm 4, 5 May, 3pm 6 May 2017
St Catherine’s Hall, Dorothy Pizzey Centre, St Catherine’s, Toorak
Adult $25; Students $15
 Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Year Level Parent Events

Year 8

The RSVP date for our first official parent function for the year has been extended to 5.00pm this Friday 21 April.

Trybooking is available so please book now to confirm your attendance.

Date:  Saturday 29 April 2017 
Venue:  The Emerald Hotel, 415 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne 
Time:  7.30pm 
Price:  $27.00 per person, includes sumptuous finger food and complimentary beverage on arrival (thereafter drinks at bar prices) 
RSVP: by Friday 21 April 2017 at 5.00pm 

Please note, this RSVP date will be strictly enforced, no exceptions. Tickets are non-refundable.

Contact details:
  • Felicity Scheffers on 0411 128 638 or 
  • Carolina D'Amico on 0419 896 288 or 
  • Melissa Chen on 0423 825 400

Year 9

Save the Dates

Term 2:

  • Friday 28 April - Mothers' Association Lunch at Kooyong
  • Thursday 4 May - Parents' Coffee Morning from 9.00am. Please see email sent to Year 9 parents for the address.

Term 3:

  • Saturday 29 July - Combined Parents' Association Cocktail Party 
  • Wednesday 9 August - Year 9 Mums' Post RICE Camp Lunch at Crown Conservatory.

Term 4:

  • Tuesday 17 October - Morning Coffee Catch Up at Georgios
  • Thursday 2 November - Waterford Social and Parents Drinks
  • Monday 11 December - Waterford Presentation Evening
Further details will be advised through the Newsletter.

Please contact your Year 9 Reps with any queries:


Cyber Safety and the role of the Media

What is cyber bullying? 

How does it affect young adults and adolescents? 

What is mainstream media’s role in all of this?

The Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria and the renowned in her field, Dr Lauren Rosewarne are hosting an information session dedicated to addressing the real problem of cyber bullying on young people and what parents can do.

Dr Lauren also discusses how news outlets are distorting the issues of new technologies in the area of cyber harassment and will help demystify some issues that have become muddied through this misinformation. 

Bookings can be made at or at

Location:  Melbourne Girls College 
Date and Time:  7:30pm to 9:00pm - Thursday 27 April 2017 
Booking fee:  $20 (Standard), $15 (ADAVIC Member) 

SKC Fathers’ Association – April Meeting

Date:  Monday 24 April 
Time:  6.30pm 
Venue:  Clovelly Room, Glendalough Campus 

All fathers and mentors welcome.

To view the invite please go to

NOTE: To view the invite you must be a member of the SKC Fathers’ Association Facebook Group 
Mr Aaron Turner 
SKC Fathers' Association

St Kevin's Mother's Association

Mother's Day Luncheon

Please note that this luncheon is now SOLD OUT. 

Please visit the Trybooking website (here) if you would like to put your name on the waitlist, as this may provide you with the opportunity to attend if cancellations occur.

If you have purchased a ticket and would like to sit with five or more ladies, please email the names of paid attendees to as soon as possible. 

Date:  Friday 28 April  
Venue:   Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club  
  489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong 
Time:  12.00noon to 3.30pm 
Cost:   $95 per person (includes a two course meal, beverages plus a sweet); cash bar beginning at 2:00pm 
RSVP: to add your name to the waitlist. 

Parking: Parking for non KLTC members is available across Glenferrie Road at HE Smith Reserve. Please do not use the Vision Australia Car Park.

Queries – Molly Birch on 0407 849 762  

47th Annual St Kevin's College Art Show

Save the Date

The St Kevin’s College Art Show is a competition, exhibition and sale of art work by leading Australian artists. This year it will take place from Friday 26 May (Opening Night Cocktail Party) to Monday 29 May at St Kevin’s College, in the KC Smith Hall, Heyington.

Promote your business while supporting the College. Advertising space is now available in the Art Show Catalogue (prices start at $95.00). If you are interested in advertising, please email Kerry O’Hagan for details:

The St Kevin's College Art Show raffle working bee is on Wednesday 19 April from 7.00pm onwards in the Brandon Room, Heyington. All welcome. If you are able to volunteer for this event please contact Rosemary Mullaly:

If you would like to know more about the St Kevin's College Art Show you may visit our website at or follow us on social media: St Kevin's College Art Show (Facebook), skc.artshow (Instagram), @skcartshow (Twitter).



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


Welcome back to a musical Term II. This term is always very busy, with tours, camps, musicals and concerts. 

The Big Bands have a busy start to the term with rehearsal workshops this Sunday and a concert at 7.00pm on Wednesday 26 April. This concert is presented in Boyd Egan Hall and parents are invited to bring a supper to enjoy at tables while the Big Bands present their programs for the National Stage Band Championships (Mt Gambier). The Jazz Ensemble will set the mood in a performance commencing at 6.30pm.

Sunday 23 April  Big Band Workshops MMC 
Wednesday 26 April Big Bands Concert 7.00pm BEH 
Friday 28 April  Glendalough Early Days Concert 3.30pm BEH 
Tuesday 2 May  Edmund Rice Day Mass 
Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May  Generations in Jazz, Mt Gambier 
Tuesday 16 May  Glendalough Choir to Eisteddfod Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Tuesday 16 May  Solo Concert 3.30pm, C308 
Wednesday 17 May Chamber Music Festival 7.00pm BEH 
Sunday 21 - Thursday 25 May  Year 7-9 Musical Waterford 
Thursday 25 May  Solo Concert 3.30pm, C308 
Thursday 25 - Saturday 27 May Korowa Musical 
Friday 26 May  Art Show SH 
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 May  Guitar Concert 7.30pm MMC
Monday 29 May  Autumn Concert 7.45pm MLC 
Tuesday 1 June Glendalough Music Camp 
Thursday 1 - Saturday 3 June  Woodwind AMEB exams at MMC 
Sunday 4 June VSMF Orchestra Section Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 June  Foundation Soiree 6.30pm BEH 
Wednesday 7 June  Glendalough Winter Ensemble Concert 7.00pm BEH 
Wednesday 14 June Piano Concert (BEH) 7.30pm 
Tuesday 20 June  Piano Concert (BEH) 7.30pm 
Monday 26 June  Music Tour rehearsals 
Tuesday 27 - Friday 30 June  Tasmanian Tour SCB & BB1

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


Term 2 in the Careers Department is the term predominantly allocated to Year 10 student and parent aptitude testing follow up appointments, in which we discuss academic and career implications as well as outlining initial VCE subject selection considerations. Please ask your Year 10 sons to go online through either the Careers pages of the portal or the SKC Careers website to book an appointment at a mutually convenient time. Appointments are currently available to the end of Week 3 with the following weekly appointment slots to be released at the end of each week. Please ensure appointments are booked with whichever Careers Adviser is available at your most convenient time.

Year 12 students who did not manage to book a Careers Appointment in Term 1 are still able to book an appointment during the first two weeks of Term 2. From Week 3, appointments will be for Year 10 students only. There will be opportunities for Year 12 students to learn more about pathway options throughout the term via lunch time information sessions such as Bond University on Tuesday 20 May. Students are reminded that Bond University scholarships are now open for application. With two dedicated 50% scholarships available for St Kevin’s students, this is an amazing opportunity to pursue study in a world renowned private university. Students in Year 12 who are interested in applying for these prestigious scholarships are advised to commence the process soon. We are also looking forward to our free UMAT Information Session this Friday after school for any Year 11 and 12 student interested in Medicine or Dentistry. Students have been asked to register attendance with Mrs White to ensure materials can be collected by all.

Both Monash University and the University of Melbourne are running evening information sessions about particular courses which are also very useful for Year 12 students. See below for dates and registration information.

Many families have previously attended our SKC Careers Evening. The format for 2017 will be a Careers Expo in the Smith Hall to which years 10, 11 and 12 students are invited on Tuesday 1 August, early in Term 3. In 2018 this event will revert to the speaker session program so this is a good year to learn about course options at the various institutions both in Melbourne and interstate, gap year programs and study in the US.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • VCE & Careers Expo 2017
  • UMAT 2017
  • News from the University of Melbourne: ‘Focus On’ Series; School of Geography
  • News from Monash University: ‘Inside Monash’ Seminars Series 2017; New Bachelor of Media Communication in 2018
  • RMIT University Financial Planning/Accountancy Double Degree
  • La Trobe University News: Biomedicine and Health Sciences; I-Aspire Program
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU) News: ACU Early Achievers’ Program (EAP); New Bachelor of Physiotherapy; New Bachelor of Nutrition Science
  • Why Study at Bond University?
  • Fulfilling Careers in the Community Services Sector
  • Deakin University Health Course Information Sessions
  • Agriculture Degrees
Please see Career News for more details.
 Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
Careers Department

Cathedral Choir

Holy Week & Easter

I am delighted to report that our Choristers were at their very best for the recent Holy Week and Easter ceremonies at the Cathedral. The four days make for a very intense experience, both in terms of the liturgies themselves, and also in terms of the travel and organisational commitments required from parents and Choristers to make it all happen. My thanks and congratulations to the boys and their families for your wonderful support.

Induction of New Choristers & Appointment of Choir Leaders

This Sunday at the 11.00am Mass, our new Choristers will be officially inducted by the Archbishop and will also receive their white surplices. The Choir Leaders will likewise receive their appointments and medals from His Grace. A full list of the boys involved in the ritual is as follows:

ENSEMBLE LEADERS: Henry Corcoran & Jesse Masson-Moyle 
LIBRARIAN: Adam Taylor 
HEAD CHORISTERS: Fernando Carlos & Peter Mulqueeny 
DEPUTY HEAD CHORISTERS: Jake Santin & Kyle Reynolds 
NEW CHORISTERS (Year 6): Xavier Connor; (Year 5): Luke Clancy, Gianni Di Conza, Jayden Heenatimulla, Cooper Lowry, Joshua Stormont, Nicholas Weymouth

Excellentia in Choro

Congratulations to the March winners of our monthly excellence award: Jamie Stefanec, Year 7 (Junior) and Sean Quinn, Year 11 (Senior).

Auditions for Year 4 or Year 5 2018

A reminder that applications close on 12 May. Detailed information about our Choral Scholarships and a short promotional video can be found on the St Kevin’s Website.


 Jamie Stefanec Sean Quinn
Induction of New Choristers  Thursday 23 April     
Scholarship Applications Close  Friday 12 May     
Scholarship Auditions  Saturday 20 May     
Service at St Paul's  Sunday 4 June (evening)     
Choristers Emeritus   Saturday 24 June (no trebles)     
Hobart Tour   Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October    
No Choir Sundays  Sunday 9 April, Sunday 2 July, Sunday 1 October  

 Dr Daryl Barclay
Head of Choral Music
Director, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir


 St Kevin's Towel Orders 

Please click for the link to TryBooking to order your SKC Towels. 

Towels are $50 each.

Further enquiries please contact Skye McEwen - SKC Merchandising on
0418 314 899