Senior School Newsletter

  27 October 2016, Volume 67 No. 32

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Year 12, VCE examinations commenced on Wednesday with English.  Do keep the boys in your prayers across the next three weeks.  Year 11 examinations begin Friday week on 4 November, Year 10 on 18 November, Year 9 on 21 November and Years 7 and 8 on 22 November.

A reminder regarding Academic Presentation Ceremonies, Carols and other key events:

  7.00pm Tuesday 29 November
7.00pm Thursday 1 December
3.00pm Sunday 4 December
7.00pm Sunday 4 December
7.45pm Monday 5 December
Prep – Year 6
Year 6
Years 7 & 8
Years 10 & 11
Year 9
Glendalough Carols
Mass @ St Ingatius
Presentation Ceremony @ Melbourne Town Hall
Presentation Ceremony @ Melbourne Town Hall
Presentation Ceremony @ Smith Hall

Uniform change to summer dress for Years 7 – 9 is next Wednesday.  Years 10 – 12 may choose summer or formal (winter) dress.  All secondary students will be required to dress formally at the Presentation Ceremonies.

Orientation Day for Years 1 – 7 went well with delightful weather for a change, well-organised programs and enthusiastic boys.

Examinations – Years 7 to 11
The Library at Heyington remains open each weeknight from 3.30pm until 6.00pm, where there are Old Collegians who continue to assist boys with their studies in the full suite of subjects offered at the school. Staff members are often available to work with boys – either individually on in groups in the Lethbridge Room – on a range of subjects, too.

In Year 9, the boys at Waterford are able to access the Library two nights each week – Monday and Thursday – from 3.15pm until 5.30pm, with staff supervision and two Old Collegians as tutors to assist boys with their academic work.

On Monday and Thursday from 3.30pm until 5.00pm, boys in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to attend Study Session in the Smith Building – Rooms S208 and S209 – with support from current St Kevin’s students in Years 10 and 11.

All students in Years 7 to 11 will have access to Revision Sheets and Trial Examinations in each written subject. These will be made available to the boys either on the SKC Portal or in hard copy. Trial Examinations are useful revision tools for students to use so that they might better understand the format of the Examination and establish where their strengths and weaknesses lie in the subject matter of each of their disciplines.

As part of the SEED Program, students in Years 7 and 8 will revise study skills and study habits in order to prepare as best they can for the Semester Two Examinations.

Alan Zhang
Thomas Pollock
  Deputy Captain
Harry Williams
Deputy Captain
Angus Stucki

 Do enjoy the Cup long-weekend

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)

Faith and Mission

The times they are not a changin’ that much

Dear Bob Dylan,

I don’t expect you to reply to this. You don’t seem to respond to much in the way of correspondence. Even the committee that recently awarded you the Nobel Prize for Literature seemed confused that you had not responded to such a significant honour. A letter from me is hardly in the same category. Something from the Tax Office is probably more significant.

You have been part of the life of practically all of us who have now reached the high plateau of middle age. I can recall an evening around Easter in 1978 when I attended one of your concerts at the Sydney Show ground. It was a great night. I was in Year 11 and had never before been allowed to attend anything as close to hippydom. One of my friends had a father with long hair; he organised the tickets. It had been raining and we stood up to our knees in mud. I am sure there were shoes that were lost in the mud on that legendary night that are still finding their way to the surface during football games. I loved the whole thing. My group of friends debated the meaning of the lyrics on your new album. But I’d be lying if I said you had much in the way of small talk let alone repartee with your audience. There were thousands of us, hanging off every word. Other than the lyrics of your songs, all you said was ‘we’ll be back in five minutes’ when it was time for a break. You did return but your watch must have moved more slowly than most. During the break, there were mud fights. The drycleaners of Sydney must have done well out of the occasion. Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for drycleaners. The combination of fancy clothes and sudden downpours is worth a fortune to them. At one stage, you scratched your chin pensively.

‘He’s in really good form,’ said the father of my friend, scratching his own chin in order to share the moment. ‘He’s not normally so relaxed.’

The rebellious phase of my youth lasted until we got home. Yours, on the other hand, has endured until well into your eighth decade. The sheer stamina with which you have disregarded social niceties for so many years is strangely impressive. But I do consider that seeing you in concert way back then was a kind of rite of passage for me. Standing in the mud while you sang, if that’s the right word to describe the way your voice hacked at the songs, Hard Rain and Mozambique seemed like such a grown up thing to do.

The real point of this letter is to acknowledge the role you had in my becoming a Christian. Our family always went to Mass and, yes, those were the days when the parish had a band with drums and electric guitars to accompany the hymns. Mass was hardly dreary. But there is a time in every life when a Christian needs to decide if he or she is a genuine believer or just fitting in with the values of home and family or rebelling against them for equally lazy reasons. Both the rebel and the conformist allow themselves to be defined by others. You helped me reach a decision to be an adult Christian and I am deeply grateful. My life would have made much less sense without a relationship with God.

The catalyst was your first overtly Christian album, released the year after the concert at the Sydney Showground. I am not sure if you would even still call yourself a Christian. But Slow Train Coming was four-square Gospel. There was a song about the Garden of Eden and another called Precious Angel. The song that turned me around was Gotta Serve Somebody. It challenged me to imagine the world without me at its centre. I am glad that the idea of trying to serve God captured my imagination. I don’t claim to have done it well but I am fortunate to have tried. My deepest hope for our students is that they too will be energised and enlivened by a vision of life in the service of God. As you sang, you gotta serve somebody.

You once sang Forever Young for Pope John Paul II. He seemed to like it. When our eldest, Benedict, was baptised we chose the same song for the ceremony:
May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Kenny students with Mr Critchley assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Brunswick.
  • Orientation Day for Years 1-7 was held.
  • Year 10 Science students went to the zoo.
  • Guitar Concert took place.
  • Years 7 and 8 Science Talent Excursion took place.
  • Ms Adderley, Ms Roland and Ms Orlando assisted with serving dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Percussion Concert was held.
  • VCE Examinations commenced.
  • Year 10 students completed Community Service.
  • Glendalough Music Orientation Evening was held.
  • College Board met.
  • Year 9 students enjoyed their Social.
  • Year 8 Science students went to the Melbourne Museum and University of Melbourne.
  • Year 4 Parents had a Camp briefing.
  • Students and Mr Mitchell attended the Mindshop Program.
  • Director of Students attended an EREA “Inclusive Community” Working Party.
  • Swimming lessons continued for Years 3 and 5 students.
  • Year 10 French students went on excursion on a cultural immersion.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Preparatory 2017 Orientation Morning took place.
  • Careers Lunchtime Guest Speaker was from Education USA.
  • Kearney students and Mr Dunn assisted with the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students with Mr Burns assisted at the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Mr Ross and students from Purton assisted with the community police program PACSEL.
  • Staff completed Professional Development in Secondary Religious Education and at VCAA.
  • Edmund Rice Camp Trivia Night was held at the College.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Madal Kon
Year 7
For his generous contribution towards the Middle School charity drive.

Charles Conroy
Year 8

For consistently striving to forge positive relationships at the College.

Connor Henderson
Year 9

For his generous assistance given to another student.

Andrew Willett
For his commitment to further developing justice and solidarity in the College.

Jack Mumford
For his generous contribution of time and effort towards College events.

Sam Milne

For his excellent contribution to the life of the College.

Kyle Howden

For his care, assistance and leadership shown during Year 7 Orientation Day.

Angus Stucki

For commendable spirit, character and commitment to all aspects of College life.

Blake Parsons

For his generous contribution to welcoming the new Year 7 students on Orientation Day.

Calendar Dates


Friday 28
VCE Examinations
Preparatory 2017 Orientation Morning

Friday 29
APS Sport

Monday 31
Mid-term Holiday
VCE Examinations

Tuesday 1
Melbourne Cup Holiday


Wednesday 2
VCE Examinations
Annual Remembrance Eucharist


Thursday 3
VCE 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.


Year Level Parents' Events

Year 11

Coffee Morning 

We look forward to catching up with Year 11 parents for our last event of the year.
Friday 4 November
Time: From 9.00am
Sissi and Co
1290 Malvern Road, Malvern
Please let Caroline Leng know on 0412 894 211 if you can make it.

Should you have any queries, please contact Molly Birch on 0407 849 762.

Please click here for remaining 2016 dates for Year 12 Parents.

Fathers' Association

LAST CHANCE: Annual Year 11 Father & Son Dinner

Featuring guest speaker Mr Martin Heppell of the Resilience Project

Date: Thursday 17 November
7 - 11pm
The Australian Club
110 William Street, Melbourne
$100 per person (3 course meal)
(Optional photo memento available for purchase on the night: $15)
Tables of 10
Fathers: Gentleman's jacket, collar and tie. Students: Full winter uniform
Bookings: by 28 October 2016
Aaron Turner at or 0421 052 795

Please click here to view an invitation.

SAVE THE DATE: SKC Fathers’ Association AGM

Monday 14 November

All Fathers and Mentors welcome.
 Fathers' Association

Rowing Association

Rowing parents, you are invited to join the SKC Rowing Association and Rowing staff for a casual night of drinks and finger food at the family home of President Nick Ryan.

This is a fully catered event with a nominal charge of $40 per person via Trybooking.

This is a great opportunity to get to know other rowing parents from your son/s Year Level. Familiar names and faces are a bonus when you find yourself on a riverbank cheering together for the Blue, Green and Gold!

Saturday 19 November
Home of Nick and Germana Ryan, 30 Rosaline Avenue, Mt Waverley
Book now:

Bookings close 4.00pm, Wednesday 16 November for catering purposes.

Enquiries: Sue O’Shea 0417 305 903

Martial Arts

2016 Martial Arts Spring Grading Test Result

St Kevin’s College Martial Arts Spring had a grading test on Thursday 20 October and the following students successfully achieved a new belt status:

Benjamin Simkiss
Michael Simkiss
Alexander Woodyatt
Jordan Sim
Kieran Chue
Declan Portbury
Matthew Macdonald
Ethan Kelly
Congratulations to all, especially to Benjamin Simkiss who has attained a black belt after 5 years of hard work. Sincere thanks go to our head coach Mr Peter Keogh for his guidance throughout the season.

 Terry Arai
TIC Martial Arts

Glendalough Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day Countdown - Just over 3 weeks to go

Early bird wristband sale ends this Sunday 30 October

 Don’t miss out on early bird savings, buy online at

Unlimited Ride Pass – Early bird price $35.00 normally $40.00
The ALL INCLUSIVE wristband allows UNLIMITED access to ALL RIDES from 10am – 4pm (6 years+, some height restrictions apply).

Junior Wristband – Early bird price $15.00 normally $20.00
Junior wristband for selected age appropriate rides from 10am – 4pm (5 years and under).

Buy your Major Raffle tickets now

Buy online at:
We invite every St Kevin’s family to purchase tickets for our major raffle at a cost of $10 each for the chance to win:
1st Prize:
7 nights accommodation in a beautiful Paris apartment. Kindly donated by the Mahoney family.
A $2000 travel voucher. Kindly donated by the Whitbread family. Total Prize Value $4000
2nd Prize:
2 nights accommodation at Set & Sail Beach House, Mt Martha. Enjoy stunning views, tennis court & beachside tranquility. Kindly donated by 818 Dental.
Enjoy lunch and wine tasting for 2 people (value $400) at T’Gallant Winery Main Ridge. Kindly donated by the O’Reilly family. Total Prize Value $1400
3rd Prize:
Mercedes-Benz Ride on Remote Control Kid’s Car. Prize Value $1000.
Kindly donated by Mercedes-Benz Toorak.
4th Prize:
2 tickets to My Fair Lady and overnight stay at the Amora Hotel Riverside Room including breakfast.
Kindly donated by the Amora Hotel. Total Prize Value $550
5th Prize:
Apple Watch Sport 42mm
Total Prize Value $499. Kindly donated by JB Hi-FI.

College Credit Raffle Tickets

Buy online at:

Time is running out, please return these by Tuesday 8 November.

Only 1 Ticket Per Family. Ticket Cost is $20.00.
1st Prize - $5000 College Fee Credit
2nd Prize - $3000 College Fee Credit
3rd Prize - $1000 College Fee Credit
All ticket stubs, including unsold tickets must be returned to Reception in a sealed envelope addressed: College Raffle no later than Tuesday 8 November. If you have any queries, please contact our Raffle Coordinator, Michelle Rayner via email

Silent Auction

Silent Auction online bidding opens Monday 7 November

We need your help

We are seeking more donations for the Silent Auction. Ideas include:
  • Private Chef Experience
  • Children’s Birthday Party Voucher
  • Theme Park Tickets
If you can offer your help in any way we would be thrilled to hear from you. Let's make this Silent Auction as exciting and as popular as we can!

If you can help, please contact our Silent Auction Coordinators: Helen Pagnin - or Tanja Vukasovic -

Family Fun Day Webpages

Please head to our FFD information pages via the St Kevin’s College website or use this link:

Order wristbands, plan your day, buy your raffle tickets, organize which stalls you want to visit, view the map and bid online for your favourite Silent Auction items.

Navigate your way around using the following tabs:

  • Wristband Sales and Rides
  • College Credit Raffle
  • Major Raffle
  • Event Map
  • Silent Auction and Live Bidding
  • Stalls (Non Food)
  • Food Stalls
  • Sponsors
  • Committee Members

To access a list of our generous sponsors, please click on the link:

Sponsors List

2016 Family Fun Day Committee


It is pleasing to see a number of Year 11 students booking Careers Appointments to discuss subject selection. Those who are strong academically are reminded of the opportunity to enrol in a University Extension subject. In the past, students have taken University Maths (offered at St Kevin’s), Accounting (either at the University of Melbourne or Monash), and Biology to name a few. Deakin, Swinburne, La Trobe and RMIT all offer Extension Subjects also. Please go to the SKC Careers VCE Extension Studies Section, or the University websites for relevant information then come up to the Careers Department to discuss. Applications must be submitted to Mr Jones, Director of Studies.

We have also been busy with some past students who have chosen to return to the College to seek advice about changing courses/pathways. It is wonderful to have this ongoing contact with these young men who we can advise about their options and the process of application. More than this, though, we can learn from them about what they have and have not enjoyed, first-hand experience of Universities and TAFEs, campuses, support and the general tertiary landscape. This proves beneficial for discussions with current students, strengthening our knowledge and helping us to counsel wisely.

Year 12 students are advised that the Change of Preference area in their VTAC user accounts will close on 8 November at 4pm. This will remain closed until 21 November when the VCE examinations have concluded. Students are advised not to think about their preferences during the examination period.

Year 12 students are also reminded that there is an Interview Skills Workshop being held on Wednesday 16 November from 10am till 11:30am. Any students who may have an interview as selection criteria for courses on their preference list, or who are intending on applying for part time jobs are encouraged to attend. Registration is essential, either in person at the Careers Department or via email to Mrs White.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:
  • Reminder: VTAC 2016 Key Dates
  • Monash University Special Access Scheme Application
  • Career as a Paediatric Nurse
  • Technical Trades in the Defence Force
  • Careers in Retail
  • Melbourne Polytechnic Bachelor of Built Environment
  • What’s the Right Health Job for You?
  • Careers that Started in Science
  • Life Sciences Computation
  • Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
  • Australian Jobs
Please see the Careers News for more details.
 Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Instrumental Lessons

As we assume that students will continue learning their instrument from year to year, there are no re-enrolment forms for instrumental lessons. Although a term’s notice is normally required, the Music Office must be advised by Friday 11 November if you wish to cancel your son’s instrumental lessons from the end of the year. 

Remaining Term IV Music Dates

Thursday 10 November
Glendalough Spring Ensembles Concert
Saturday 12 November
AMEB Exams
Sunday 13 November
AMEB Exams
Thursday 17 November
Glendalough Concert Band to VSMF
Monday 21 November
ABRSM Percussion Exams
Tuesday 29 November
Glendalough Carols
Wednesday 30 November
Senior Choir rehearsal for Presentation Ceremonies 
Saturday 3 December
Symphony Orchestra rehearsal for Presentation Ceremonies
Sunday 4 December
Years 7-8 and Years 10-11 Presentation Ceremonies
Monday 5 December
Year 9 Presentation Evening
Wednesday 7 December
Glendalough Instrument Try-out Day

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

Music Office – C305

Mrs Andrea McDonald can be contacted 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

New Mass Setting by Andrew Ford

Congratulations to the Choir on their accomplished singing of Andrew Ford’s idiosyncratic “Missa Brevis” last Sunday.

“Sing, My Soul”

A reminder that the Choir’s new CD “Sing, My Soul” is now on sale from the Cathedral gift shop for $25 a copy ( An updated promotional clip with samples from the CD can be accessed using the following link:


Carols & Social Function: Friday 9 December

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



Co-curricular Sports

Please click here to view this week's APS Sports fixture.

 Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Swap Shop

The remaining Senior School Swap Shop opening dates are:

  • Thursday 8 December from 1.00 to 4.00pm and
  • Friday 9 December from 1.00 to 4.00pm
The Swap Shop is situated at Waterford Campus, 20 Darlington Parade, Richmond. For more information about the Swap Shop, please click here.

Please email should you require any further information.
Mrs Samantha Beven
Convenor, Swap Shop

SKC Merchandise

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  
 Mrs Skye McEwen
SKC Merchandising