Senior School Newsletter

  23 February 2017, Volume 68 No. 3

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

The Eucharist is at the centre of our faith. The grace that flows from this sacrament certainly enriches my life and the wonderful sense of community that celebrating Mass produces, is a gift to be treasured. In the last week, there have been four remarkable Eucharistic celebrations.

Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral was uplifting in so many ways. Old boy Priest, Fr Michael Dyer, preached with such poignancy as he told his family’s story of their migration to Australia. What a wonderful contribution his parents, brothers and sister have made to our country! The music, choral prayers, and, our boys reverence and participation, made me a very proud Headmaster. The following morning, I shared Mass with the men of Kearney and Years 7B and 8B before school. Sunday saw the Chapel of St Kevin overflowing with Years 7 and 8 families, joyously enhancing the argument for the Chapel extension. I was privileged to be at St Peter’s Toorak for the Early Learning Centre, Opening of Year Mass on Sunday morning. Our College Captain and two other senior leaders, both of whom have journeyed through ELC to Year 12, helped us send the message to the families and boys of the ELC, that they are part of the St Kevin’s family.

The Awards Assembly on Monday at Heyington was splendid. College Captain of 2007, Christopher Gatto, was eloquent, direct and thoughtful, as he reflected on the true qualities of a leader. The 2017 College Captain, Matthew Lynch, was inclusive and inspirational in his address. It was a delight for me to fall deep into the shadow of these Kevinians in my few words. So many of us enjoyed catching up with the men and families of last year, as we honoured the academically successful members of the VCE Class of 2016. Our senior student leaders received their badges, knowing that they have the responsibility to enhance the culture and values of SKC.

As interviews conclude for the Year 7 Class of 2019 and Year 5 2018 interviews commence, it is important that all current students understand that they are privileged to be students at St Kevin’s. It is a sad reality that many fine boys from first-rate homes are not successful in gaining a place here. The expectation that young men who do have a place, by their attitude and behaviour, in and out of the classroom, at school, and on weekends, uphold our values and principles is an absolute. I regularly ask the question, ’When are you a St Kevin’s boy?’ The answer is, wearing the uniform (at school or when travelling), playing sport, at the shops, playing for your local club and out socially. Failure to uphold the good name and reputation of our College could result in forfeiture of a student’s place.

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's College develop a culture where relationships promote positive behaviour and improved academic outcomes, through fair process, restorative practice and Relationship-Centred Education
(from the Mission Statement)

Faith and Mission


Last week, the entire school assembled at St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate Mass. It was a great day. Our Celebrant was Fr Michael Dyer, a former student of St Kevin’s. Fr Dyer was only ordained last year, having spent 37 years as a Christian Brother. So he is very close to our story. He came from Ulladula in NSW especially to be with us. As Fr Dyer shared part of his own journey with us he spoke about the readings of the day: the story in Genesis where God entrusts Noah and his descendants with care for the planet and the part of Mark’s Gospel where Jesus confronts his followers to make a real decision. Here is part of Fr Michael’s homily:

“Alleluia! Your words are spirit Lord and they are life - you have the message of eternal life. Alleluia!” This beautiful Johannine text heralded this morning’s Gospel. The privileged and formidable task for me now as homilist is to offer you a “living commentary on the word of God” and hopefully to link relevantly today’s readings, penned over 2-3 millennia ago, with our contemporary lives. Please pray that I will be worthy of this task, and that the words spoken and sung throughout this magnificent liturgy will continue to engender spirit and life in all of us. 

As you know, the Bible comprises various literary genres, including the narrative genre. Permit me to share, using scripture as my lens, something of my own narrative. By so doing, I hope to encourage you to reflect upon your own life narrative which faith enfolds.

Today’s reading from Genesis develops the story of Noah and his sons. Naturally, for Mr. Noah to sire sons, Mrs. Noah was essential. Sadly, the Biblical text overlooks, yet again, the fundamental role which women have played in the history of our salvation in Christ. Nonetheless, thanks to the Noah’s gratuitously saying yes ‘to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth’, the original creation, which had been damaged by the egoism of Mr. & Mrs. Adam and Eve and their offspring was mercifully revitalised. Let us always trust in the words of Pope Francis that the Lord ‘always awaits us, loves us, has pardoned us.’

Today, here in this stunning Cathedral of the city where I was born, I can reminisce thankfully about my own parents and brothers who, in 1949, boarded another ark in India, the SS Stratheden, and sailed across the seas from Bombay to Melbourne, despite the racial prejudice demonstrated by the White Australia Policy. Like the Noah family, Marie and Eric Dyer took an enormous risk in search of a better life for their sons, Clive, Ken and Terry. Thank God they did! My brothers, all old boys like me of this venerable College were educated extraordinarily well. In time Clive would serve his adopted country as Consul General in New York; Ken would go onto making award winning ABC documentaries and Terry would head up the ABC Graphics Department and introduce the first computer generated graphics. For thirty seven years I was a Christian Brother and in April last year I was ordained a priest with my twin sister, a ballet school Principal, robing me in my vestments.

Young men of St Kevin’s, let us hope that like those aboard Noah’s Ark and the SS Stratheden, a bright future awaits you and trust that God is always faithful to his Covenant. Let us pray that you will be contented, successful and faithful. This is guaranteed if, like the Noahs and Dyers, you metaphorically tattoo yourselves with your amazing College motto: Omnia pro Deo! Moreover, as it says in Matthew’s Gospel,’ may those who see your good works give praise to your Father in heaven.’

Today’s Gospel is one of my favourite Biblical texts. For the youthful students amongst us, and for your teachers, support staff and parents - who are your primary educators in life and faith matters – let us remember the vital function that questioning plays for living spirited lives which grapple with eternal truths. Jesus questions his disciples whilst ‘on the way’, aka as the pilgrimage of life: ‘Who do people say I am?’ After listening to disciples’ broad brushed response Our Lord asks an even more penetrating question: ‘Who do you say I am?’ Let us hear afresh this question today and let us commit, whilst ‘on the way’ during our 2017 academic year, to further exploring our answer to the most fundamental of questions. As a Catholic School Community in the Edmund Rice tradition, we have a divine imperative to examine this question together: ‘who is, and who can Jesus Christ be for us, today? Let us pray that, like St Peter, and despite his messiness and ours, we too can speak up and declare: ‘You Lord Jesus are the Christ’. Ultimately, this testimonial is the only trophy that is worth displaying, the only qualification worth acquiring and the only criteria by which we will be judged.

Fr Michael Dyer
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Kenny students with Mr Foley assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Brunswick.
  • Year 7 students completed the Yarra Walk.
  • 2016 Awards Assembly and Prefects Investiture was held, followed by lunch with parents and guests.
  • Year 6 Exchange with Sacre Coeur, Korowa and Loreto took place.
  • Music Association met.
  • McCarthy students and Ms Phelan assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Rugby Association held a meeting.
  • Years 7 and 8 Geography Curriculum Writing took place. 
  • Year 12 Legal Studies students visited Barwon Prison.
  • Year 12 Geography students completed a Field Trip.
  • Year 10 Art students went to the Hockney Exhibition at NGV.
  • Year 7G, H and I classes were on Retreat.
  • Swimming trials were held for Years 5 and 6 students.
  • Cusack House students, with Ms Power and Mr Harris, assisted at the Trinity Primary Before School Program in Richmond.
  • All Year 10 students commenced Community Service.
  • Glendalough Parent Teacher Interviews took place.
  • Year 10 Careers Avenue Testing was held.
  • Friday morning Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Year 12 students were addressed by Old Collegian, Mr William Doble in the Guest Speaker Program.
  • Year 3 and 4 Swimming Exchange with Brighton Grammar was held.
  • Year 6 Student Leadership Conference took place.
  • Year 10 Dancing Classes continued with Loreto, Mandeville Hall.
  • Rahill students with Ms Burns assisted refugees at the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Purton students were accompanied by Mr Ross in assisting at the Police and Community Recreation Program in Richmond. 
  • Mr Carter and Kearney students assisted with tutoring of refugee students at St Ignatius in Richmond.
  • Year 12 Parents enjoyed a social function at Kooyong.
  • Victorian State Debating Trials were hosted at the College.
  • Prep Parent function took place.
  • APS Sport was completed.
  • Academic Scholarship Testing took place.
  • Staff completed Professional Development in Religion and Society, Informatics, Cystic Fibrosis, Physical Education, Courses at the University of Sydney, History, Psychology, the VCE, and Bronze Medallion.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Adrian Cidoni
Year 7
For his care and assistance of an injured student.

Liam Coady
Year 8
For his positive demeanor and willingness to assist staff and peers.

Nathan Pahljina
 Year 9

For his contribution to the 'Waterford Has Talent' Show

Lachlan Fogarty

For stepping in to assist an unwell classmate.

Henry Leng
For his wonderful artistic contribution to the Kearney Bake Sale.

Stefan Zupan
For providing excellent assistance at Opening School Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral. 

Henry Corcoran
For his enthusiastic approach to the commencement of the Academic year.

Joshua Park

For his excellent solo music performances in both Assembly and House Reflection.

James McGannon
For his excellent musical contribution to the Opening School Mass.

Calendar Dates


Friday 24
Prep Parent Function
Year 12 Parent Function
Year 7I Retreat
1st XI Cricket v WC (a)
Year 10 Dancing Class
Year 7 Instrumental Scholarship Applications close

Saturday 25
APS Sport
Year 7 Scholarship Testing

Monday 27
Year 5A-5E Camp begins
Preparatory Students commence full time

Tuesday 28
Year 5A-5E Camp
Year 8A, 8B Retreat
Year 7 Immunisations  
SKOCA meeting


Delaney Room

Wednesday 1
Ash Wednesday
Year 5A-5E Camp
Year 10 Keys Please Program
Combined Associations' meeting



Thursday 2
Year 5A-5E Camp
Archbishop’s Conference with Youth at SKC
Friends of Art
Board Meeting


Brandon Room
Brandon Room
 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.


Foundation Annual Dinner

The St Kevin’s College Foundation Annual Dinner will be held at The Australian Club on Tuesday 28 March. Please click here for further details and to book for the dinner.

The sole purpose of the Foundation is to provide funds for bursaries and scholarships to those who would not normally have the chance of a St Kevin’s College education. The Foundation looks forward to seeing as many as possible from the broad St Kevin’s community attend.

The Foundation’s aim is to provide financial support to the College, so that student diversity – socio-economic, demographic – is enhanced, and that families in need of assistance in order to attend the College are supported. As the Headmaster has stated on many occasions, the Foundation is not about ‘bricks and mortar’ nor improved, specialist academic, sporting or cultural equipment. Funds raised and Memberships monies are to assist families who may not have the capacity to send their son to St Kevin’s.

The community can assist in the following ways:
  • attend the dinner, click here to purchase tickets (only available through Trybooking)
  • become a Member of the Foundation or donate, click here to find out more

St Kevin's College Foundation Raffle

The 2017 Raffle conducted by the Foundation to raise funds to assist its bursary and scholarship program is now open.

A magnificent prize of 5 nights accommodation in Queenstown, New Zealand is available (click here for details).

Raffle tickets can be purchased on the same site as the purchase of Foundation Dinner tickets, however you can still purchase raffle tickets without attending the dinner.

Go to: www.trybooking.


2017 Foundation Events:

  • Annual Dinner - Tuesday 28 March
  • Soiree - Wednesday 7 June
  • Business Breakfast - Wednesday 16 August
  • Generations Function - Monday 13 November
 Mr Kevin Culliver OAM
Secretary, Foundation

Year Level Parent Events

Year 8 

Year 8 Parents - please save the dates for the upcoming events:

Term 1

Friday 17 March - Coffee Morning
Sissi & Co, 1290 Malvern Road, Malvern
From 8.45am

Term 2

Saturday 29 April - Year 8 Parent Cocktail Party
Details to be confirmed. 

Year 10

Year 10 Parents – please save the below dates:

Term I

Thursday 30 March – Mums' Dinner & Comedy Night

Venue:  The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan Street, Carlton 
  Preview Show Starts at 7.00pm - Monica Dullard: “Ageing with Attitude” 
Time:  Kitchen opens from 5.00pm. Fantastic Meals. Great Selection of Wine, Tap Beer 
Cost:  $18 per person plus dinner. 
Transport:  Parking costs $5 and is available at 217 Elgin Street, Carlton (after 5.00pm).  
  Tram: 1 or 8 Tram Stop 112, Elgin Street, Carlton  

Term 2

Saturday 20 May – Year 10 Parents Official Function
Details to be confirmed

Term 3

Saturday 29 July – Combined Associations' Cocktail Party
See future Newsletter for details

Sunday 20 August – MCG – Melbourne vs Brisbane
Details to be confirmed

Term 4

Friday 3 November – End of Year 10 Parents' Celebration
Details to be confirmed

Rowing Events

Twilight Parent BBQ - Saturday 25 February

All Rowing parents are invited to join us for a casual Twilight BYO BBQ this Saturday at the Boat Shed from 5.30pm.

Please click here to view a flyer.

Rowing Presentation Evening - Sunday 19 March

All rowers in Years 9 to 12 are required to attend the Presentation Dinner and Year 8 rowers are encouraged to attend. We hope that parents of rowers will join us to support their son/s and to celebrate the 2017 Rowing Season. Please note that this is a catered, two course dinner which requires payment through Trybooking. Present your Trybooking confirmation (phone or printed ticket) at the door for entry.

Please click here to view a flyer which contains booking details.

APS Heads of the River - Saturday 25 March

Rowing families and friends are invited to attend the SKC Marquee at the 2017 Heads of the River at Nagambie. Book your lunch ticket for a sumptuous BBQ lunch for adults or super hot dog for the kids on Trybooking, then all you have to remember on the day is your folding chair, hat, sunscreen and your best cheering voice.

Please click here to view a flier.
 Mrs Sue O'Shea
Vice President, Rowing Association

St Kevin's College Fathers' Association

Dad’s Night Out

All fathers and male mentors of SKC boys are welcome to attend.

Date:  Wednesday 8 March 
Time:  7.00pm 
Venue: Romeos of Toorak, 450 Toorak Road, Toorak 3142 
Cost:  $60 per person (includes dinner and drinks - premium beers and red and white wine) 
Bookings: no later than Friday 3 March

CONTACT DETAILS: Mr. Damian Andrews ( or on 0416 294 822

Please click here to view an invitation.

SKC Fathers’ Association – Helpers Form

Calling all dad’s and male mentors; Sign-up to help out at one of our many events in 2017. Remember, many hands make light work. Plus you get to meet and socialise with some great blokes.

Go to to register.

SKC Fathers’ Association – Facebook Group

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

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

SKC Fathers’ Association – March Meeting

When:  Monday 6 March at 6.30 pm 
Where:  Brandon Room, Heyington Campus 

All fathers and mentors welcome.

Please click here to view the invite on Facebook:

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

St Kevin's Aquatic Committee

Save the Date

The St Kevin’s Aquatic Committee requests all boys in the school swim and diving team, together with their parents, to keep 18 March 2017 free, to attend the Presentation Luncheon at noon in the Smith Hall.

Booking details to follow.
 Mrs Gabi Sorge
Secretary, Aquatic Club

St Kevin’s & Sacré Cœur Tennis Day

Monday 27 March at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
9am – 12:30pm
Luncheon 12:45pm at the St Kevin’s Pavilion

Cath Baker will join us for lunch and share her story of living with Motor Neurone Disease. The profits from the tennis day will be donated to Cure MND.

All levels of tennis players are welcome.

Only Trybooking entries will be accepted. Please click here to book: Entries close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 22 March.

Please click here to view a flyer.

Please contact Karen Clydesdale on 0402 975 964 or or Jo Croagh on 0419 181 961 or should you have any queries. 

47th Annual St Kevin's College Art Show Catalogue

Advertising Opportunity

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 – Monday 29 May 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 on

Zimele Walkathon

The annual Zimele dinner, which will be hosted by St Kevin’s on Saturday 26 August, is an inspiring social justice event for the whole school community. 

A few positions have become available on the enthusiastic Organising Committee, so parents, especially those from Glendalough and the ELC and particularly those with skills in venue decorating, ticketing administration, graphic design, event sponsorship and promotion, are welcome to become involved.
Otherwise, the Committee asks for your generous time and effort in rallying auction items and raffle prizes - big and small.

For further details, please contact Jacqueline Dinan via or 0413 621 100.  


Cricket Presentation Dinner

Cricket families are invited to attend the 2017 Cricket Presentation Dinner.  

Date:  Saturday 25 March 
Venue:  Smith Hall 
Time:  6.45pm for 7.00pm 
 Mr Nick Baff
TIC Cricket


Please click here to view this week's Sports Fixture.

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


Music Association Soiree – Monday 6 March

The first special concert date for the year is one just for parents. Each year the Music Association hosts a Soiree with performances by the music staff followed by a lovely supper. This is a great opportunity for parents to hear our teachers perform, to meet them over supper and just to enjoy a relaxed evening of wonderful music. Come and see why your son’s teachers are so passionate about music! 

If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the Music Association’s Raffle. Further information can be found on the flyer here

Tickets for the Soiree and Raffle are available at

Music Dates for 2017

A list of Music dates can be found here. Please check with your son which concerts he will be involved in this year and ensure that these dates are in your family diary.

Music Office – C305

Mrs Andrea McDonald (Music Administrator) 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


Each year the tertiary institutions provide the opportunity for Careers Practitioners to visit one of their campuses, learn about any changes to course structure, course offerings, initiatives in teaching pedagogy and approaches to student learning both in and outside the lecture theatre. Whilst this means we are absent from the College at times, such days are an invaluable experience to “get the feel” of a campus and ensure we are providing the most up to date and relevant information to our students, in a similar way to when students visit institutions on their Open Days.

Last Friday I was fortunate to visit Swinburne University for one such day. Programs offered at Swinburne are usually offered as a three year Bachelor Degree or a relatively new four year Professional option. This means students are able to work in related employment for one year of their course, gain invaluable experience in the industry of their choice, complete their degree and then be in a wonderful position to apply for graduate jobs. Other news from Swinburne included an expansion of their program over the next few years including the introduction in 2018 of a Bachelor of Engineering Practice (Hons), a Diploma of Applied Technologies (a Higher Apprenticeship program in collaboration with Siemens) and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Looking further ahead for 2018, Swinburne will roll out entry level Masters Programs in Physiotherapy, Dietetics and Speech Pathology to complement the Occupational Therapy already offered. Look for their new Architecture offering to come also. Swinburne is moving forward rapidly and providing students of all calibres with amazing opportunities.

Year 12 students may be considering arranging a GAP Year for 2017. Some organised programs hold information sessions and request registration early in the year. This week we have focused on some GAP Year programs which may be of interest.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:
  • Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
  • Inside Monash Seminar Series 2017
  • GAP Year Programs
  • AFX Student Exchange
  • Au Pair, Volunteer, Exchange Programs
  • Cultural Au Pair
  • Lattitude Global Volunteering
  • Projects Abroad
  • Southern Cross Cultural Exchange
  • Student Exchange Australia
  • Volunteer Abroad with WEP
  • Snapshot of Deakin University
Any students wanting to organise Work Experience for the forthcoming holidays are asked to come and see Mrs Pingiaro as soon as possible.

Please see St Kevin's Careers for more details.
 Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
Careers Department

Cathedral Choir

Choir Camp – Cover Letter & Permission Slip

I have emailed to all Choir parents the cover letter and permission form for the upcoming Choir Camp. These have also been uploaded to the portal page where there is a draft schedule for the camp. Forms are due back by 1 March. Many thanks to the numerous parents who have already returned their forms.


Camp Form Due
Choir Camp
Holy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday
Easter Sunday
Service at St Paul’s
Choristers Emeritus
Hobart Tour
No Choir Sundays  
Wednesday 1 March
Sunday 12 - Tuesday 14 March
Saturday 1 April (optional)
Thursday 13 April
Friday 14 April
Saturday 15 April
Sunday 16 April
Sunday 4 June (evening)
Saturday 24 June (no Trebles)
Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October
Sunday 9 April, Sunday 2 July, Sunday 9 July, Sunday 1 October 
PHOTO: Budding Year 12 organist Henry Corcoran is surrounded by admiring Choristers (L-R) Ivan Ljubicic, Liam Gibson Bourke and Benjamin Di Conza at the console of the mighty St Patrick’s Cathedral organ.
 Dr Daryl Barclay
Head of Choral Music
Director, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir


Swap Shop

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 March from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Thursday 30 March from 11.00am to 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 19 April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Thursday 20 April from 11.00am to 2.00pm
The Second Hand Uniform Shop offers a valuable service to the St Kevin's School Community selling quality items for 50% of retail price & items that are new with tags are 70% of retail price. Please consider donating to & purchasing from the Second Hand Uniform Shop.

Donations can be dropped off to the Main Reception at any of the Campuses. Please mark donations 'Waterford'. All items in good condition are gladly accepted.

Should you have any queries, please contact Mrs Sylvia Shaw at
 Mrs Sylvia Shaw
Convenor, Swap Shop

 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 
Mobile 0418 314 899