Senior School Newsletter

 30 April 2015, Volume 66 No. 11

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Are obstacles our friend? For many people, obstacles are to be avoided, and for good reason. In today’s fast-paced world, we too often don’t have time to waste. Besides, our brains are tuned to avoid wastefulness and to seek to maximise efficiency. This links to our effectiveness and allows to us accomplish more and with better results. Many people would certainly be familiar with at least one book or author who has published sage advice and whose words have offered meaningful direction and purpose in life, even if only for a short period of desire after the inspiration of reading the logic and being fired with a sense of purpose. This, however, is not my theme.

My question falls to the inherent value to be gained by having to overcome something that presents a challenge, something that is not straight-forward or whose answer is obvious, something that requires us to think or to shift our approach, something that at times knocks us off the horse. This analogy is perhaps useful and may evoke a memory that many have shared. I certainly have, and can still recall the day in my youth when, having headed over the bridal I found my posterior on the earth rather more suddenly than I had planned, and staring up at the blessed mule, I could not help feeling that he, in returning the stare in his nonchalant way, was putting forward the challenge: where to next? To be fair, had I experienced the same as Mulga Bill, similar context though different ‘vehicle,’ I may too have been tempted to leave said transport in Dead Man’s Creek, which necessarily includes good judgement in any discussion of responding to a challenge. However, the challenge presented by my horse that day remained: do I walk it home, do I get right back on, do I abandon the exercise altogether?

Inevitably, moving on from the horse, to overcome any specific problem or point of difficulty or an experience of awkwardness or the test of inability or the challenge to mindset that stands in our path, we need to draw into ourselves to examine the simple values we hold, the reasons why the obstacle is worth tackling and to establish some of the parameters by which one would go about the approach. Another portion of our thought is devoted to determining whether it is worth it or not; is the point on the other side of the obstacle really worth the potential effort expended? The scenarios are countless … falling off a horse, not being selected in a certain team, receiving a poor result in an assessment, suffering an unexpected injury, the list goes on.

I’m assuming it’s by now comfortable to remind ourselves that we are in the business of educating our young men, be this as parents or as teachers. Our desire is to see them succeed. We certainly do not wish to see them fail, or flounder or become stuck. But at what point are we able to walk with them, to coach, mentor or teach them, whatever term we choose, as they learn to navigate themselves through the journey of life? If we are only guiding them onto the highway of efficiency, and ensuring that there are no roadblocks on their trajectory to wherever it is they might end up, would we be satisfied with the view of the world that they enjoyed on the journey or, more significantly, the skill-set or the experience they have when they get there? It is these experiences that will help to teach them what it is they need to know in order to sustain themselves meaningfully in their life that is to come.

Most of us can sail when the wind is at our back, we can walk with purpose when the road is signposted and clear, but so often in life there are no signposts, the wind is hard in our face, and the road ahead, whether of our choosing or not, is anything but straightforward. Have we learnt the skills, or taught the skills, much less helped to build a well of resolve to endure and overcome what now lies ahead?

In a number of the Parent Information Evenings at the beginning of last year, I noted how important it was that we teach our boys to fish, that we don’t simply give them the fish. To do the latter is certainly efficient, though perhaps a little too expedient. Surely one of the great challenges yet gifts we have as parents, teachers, guides and role-models for our boys, is that we take the time to show them the art of fishing, to encourage them to persevere when the fish aren’t biting, to allow them to sort out the line when it inevitably becomes tangled, to learn the locations and the moments of when to drop the line in the water, to learn the knack of giving the line some slack or of reeling hard to gather the catch.

So, when our young men next encounter an obstacle in their path, perhaps we can reflect on how we can help them to navigate their way through it. Is there the occasion to learn an important lesson or moral of life? Perhaps the practicalities of life might mitigate our capacity to let it play out; but, if not then, when? It is so often by doing and failing, and doing again and failing again, and staying with it to see it through, that life’s greatest lessons are learnt. In this way, boys are able to gain confidence from what they found that lies within. I feel a number of our Outdoor Education programs offer great and consistent testament to this. I am also reminded of the wisdom enshrined by the Irish poet Samuel Beckett, and given recent life on the tattooed arm of tennis player Stan Wawrinka: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” To produce the result may be a win, but the greatest wins are surely those that were thoroughly owned and earned, and that come from within. They are the ones that inspire the next, and that bring the greatest and truest satisfaction.

Speaking of such things, our 1st XVIII must have drawn great confidence from their stirring win over a very strong Caulfield side in the opening round of the APS season on the Saturday before Anzac Day. While they were not victorious in the following game against the always powerful St Patrick’s Ballarat side, they again did themselves no discredit and could reflect on key moments that might have been. I felt all games played last Wednesday in Ballarat, from the football to soccer, hockey, basketball, cross-country and rugby were all played in great spirit, all were keenly and closely contested and our thanks to the staff, coaches and players of St Patrick’s for their generous hosting and welcome.

I wish all boys every success in their endeavours as all teams move into the APS competition this weekend. May they remember the reason we play such games, the clear expectations of sportsmanship and fair play we hold for ourselves, as much as the spirit of our endeavour and the bonds that we form as part of team and College. And when the going is tough, a question I hope of when not if, be it in a match or through a training session, in selection or injury, in sport or the classroom or beyond, I hope that the obstacle can be seen for what it is, that the young man can be given the chance to respond, can be guided in the spirit of Beckett, and can emerge from the battle stronger and wiser for the experience.

Headmaster’s Study Awards
Year 9 History Evan Tomaras
    Mitchell Turner
  Mathematics Aurelio Palamara
  Religious Educaion Timothy Ellul                                                             
    Nicholas Grossi
    Jackson Silvey 
    Connor McDade 

Kind regards

William Doherty
Acting Headmaster

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

Faith and Mission

Ground level

Last Friday night, we had dinner with some friends whose relative had loaned them an apartment on the seventy-fifth floor of the Eureka Tower. This is what people must mean by the high life. Now that winter sports are well underway, I know that most of our students would have welcomed the opportunity to take the stairs. I, on the other hand, have reached the stage of life where, for places higher than sixty floors, I am prepared to consider the elevator.

The view was intoxicating. For several hours while we chatted, we watched darkness cover the city as, hundreds of metres below us, commuters made their way home. We could see thousands of red tail lights heading off on all the freeways, gradually becoming more spread out as rush hour eased. We could also see the big screen at the MCG. Conversely, the apartment had such a large screen of its own that I wondered if people with binoculars in the Great Southern Stand could have returned the favour. The river far below took on the silver quality of night. One by one, we identified landmarks. The city looked beautiful and symmetrical from up there. You couldn’t see any mess.

In Year Ten Literature, we read a short poem by William Wordsworth called ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.’ It is called a sonnet which means that it is tightly structured. The boys learn that poetry is created when discipline and passion come together and energy is released into language from the friction between them. The passion of this poem is Wordsworth’s vision from a high bridge of London in 1802 ‘a sight so touching in its majesty’. He sees the city as a person which ‘doth like a garment wear/the beauty of the morning.’ It even has a ‘mighty heart.’ Wordsworth looks from a distance over ‘ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples.’

In that same year, 1802, another man was giving voice to a different but no less powerful vision of another city. The man was Edmund Rice and the city was Waterford, a large port in Ireland, a place from which people were embarking for the opportunities of the new world. Edmund Rice had a vision of a new world starting right at home. His vision was not lofty or elevated. It came from looking with faith and compassion at the streets of his own city.

Nobody could accuse Edmund Rice of being a poet. He left behind very little in writing. But if he had tried his hand at poetry, his work would have been more epic than lyrical. He was a merchant who became fearfully rich, a rare thing for a Catholic in his world. The death of his wife, whose name we don’t know for sure, left an aching hole in his world which only God could fill. He spent all his money on the people that you can’t see from lofty places, namely the kids around the port and streets. He started a school. The first day was a disaster. The students, who were used to fending for themselves on the street, had no concept of such an orderly place as a classroom. It was lucky for us that there was a second day. If there hadn’t been a second day, there would have been no St Kevin’s College for the last ninety-seven years. One reason that Rice was able to keep going was his realisation that education was about the whole of life, not just the classroom. So he started a bakery because nobody learns much when they are hungry. He also started a tailors shop to make uniforms because nobody learns much when they lack dignity.

Next Tuesday, Edmund Rice Day, we celebrate the 213th anniversary of the founding of that little school. The whole of St Kevin’s will gather for Mass in the Wilding Centre which will be celebrated by Fr Huy, the parish priest of Richmond, a man who came to Australia as a refugee after spending time in a concentration camp. After communion, Sr Margaret Fyfe from Caritas Australia will be presented with a large cheque, the fruit of our fundraising in Lent for Project Compassion.

Part of that money, this year, will be going to Nepal where 90 current students have visited as part of their Year 11 outdoor education. The money raised by both staff and students from wearing plain clothes will also be going to Nepal. Later in the day, all students will be engaged in raising money for a range of Edmund Rice ministries, including Zimele. In the evening, the Parent Enrichment Program will be hosting a visit from Sherene Hassan, the Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia and former Vice-President of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

All of these visitors and activities remind us of the vision of Edmund Rice in 1802. He never started with a neat and tidy plan. He never had all the answers. In fact, there were times when he had very few of them. But his vision was one of openness to the world at his feet in all its messy complexity. He found God at ground level.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith & Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • The College Board met.
  • The Big Band competition was held at Mt Gambier.
  • The Glendalough Cross Country took place at Heyington.
  • Year 7G, 7H and 7I were on camp.
  • Mr Valladares visited the Year 7 camp.
  • The Senior House Rowing competition was held.
  • Senior Academic Progress Interviews were conducted at Heyington.
  • Year 11 Legal Studies students attended an excursion to the courts.
  • Mr O’Connor and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • Staff completed Professional Learning in digital learning, Religious Education Course writing and a La Trobe University careers meeting.
  • DAV Debating was hosted at the College.
  • Mr Valladares and two students attended the APS Chess competition.
  • Year 12 Chemistry students attended an excursion to Monash University.
  • The St Kevin’s Old Collegians Association met.
  • A Jazz Concert was held in Boyd Egan Hall.
  • The Year 10 Dancing Class Social took place in the Smith Hall.
  • Mr Clifford accompanied six students to the State Golf Championships.
  • Kearney boys and Ms Rankin participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students, accompanied by Mrs Power and Mrs Smith, assisted pupils in the Fitzroy Tutoring Program.
  • Year 10 parents enjoyed a social function.
  • Mr Wilson and Purton students assisted at the community group PACSEL in Richmond.
  • Year 10 students continued community service placement throughout Melbourne.
  • The founding Executive Principal of Parkville College, a juvenile detention centre, Mr Brendan Murray, addressed the Year 12 cohort as part of the Guest Speakers’ Program.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • The first full round of APS Winter Sports took place. 
Mr Nick Clark
Dean of Student Wellbeing


 Thomas Duncan
Year 7

For making a great effort in returning lost property to a fellow student.

James Fabbro
Year 8

For the safe return of a peer's musical instrument found abandoned on Public Transport.

Rory Buggle
Year 9
For showing leadership and perseverance in raising money for Caritas.

Lewis Powell
For his outstanding contribution towards the organization of Founder's Day festivities.

Vivek Satyajit

For his contribution to the Friday Night School at St Ignatius.

Jordan Smith
For his excellent contribution to House spirit.

Dylan Faamausili
For his diligent and committed approach to his Academic Studies.

 Timothy Rawolle
For his generous involvement in the House Rowing competition.

James Rankin

For kindly offering to care for a member of the public on his way to school.

Calendar Dates

Friday 1 Year 7G, 7H & 7I Camp ends
Big Bands Generations in Jazz

Mt Gambier

Saturday 2
APS Sport
Big Bands Generations in Jazz
Year 10 Parents' Function

Mt Gambier
Stanley's Place

Sunday 3  Big Bands Generations in Jazz  Mt Gambier   
Monday 4
Soccer Association Meeting
Golden Jubilarians' Assembly
Years 5 & 6 Male Mentor / Father & Son Cooking Masterclass
Music Association Meeting

10.30 am
7.00 pm
7.45 pm

Smith Hall

Tuesday 5
Edmund Rice Day Mass and Celebrations
Semester 1 ends
Parent Enrichment Program
Years 10 - 12 Tutor Group Outing
Years 5 & 6 Male Mentor / Father & Son Cooking Masterclass
VCE Theatre Studies Play 1

1.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm


Ruby Tout Theatre
Wednesday 6
House Cross Country
Foundation Board Meeting
St Catherine's/ SKC Play
VCE Theatre Studies Play 1
RICE Information Evening
12.10 pm
6.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.45 pm

Board Room

Ruby Tout Theatre
Thursday 7
St Catherine's/ SKC Play
Blokes and Books Breakfast
VCE Theatre Studies Play 2
Sacrament of Reconciliation Information Evening
Friends of Art Meeting
Years 5 & 6 Male Mentor / Father & Son Cooking Masterclass

7.00 am
7.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm
7.00 pm


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

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Choral Scholarships

Applications Now Open

Applications for Choral Scholarships for entry into Year 5 in 2016 are now open. Please note that Academic Scholarship and Instrumental Scholarship applications for entry in 2016 are now closed.

Registration details can be located on the College website (click here).
Mr David Hill

Nepal Appeal on Edmund Rice Day

When the earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, it had been only three short weeks since a group of St Kevin’s students had been walking those streets in Kathmandu that are now covered with the ruins of fallen buildings, as part of Year 11 OAP.

As we watch the inexorable rise of the death toll and the profound scenes of grief, we are still anxiously awaiting word of how much damage was sustained in Jilibrang, the remote village that first met St Kevin’s in 2011 and which has been the focus of the community development work undertaken by our Year 11 boys every year since. From that initial meeting, over 110 Kevinians have lived with, worked with, and broken bread with people who are now facing the challenges posed by a catastrophe of this scale in one of the poorest regions of one of the poorest nations in our world.

They are our friends, and they need our help.

This coming Tuesday 5 May, Edmund Rice Day, the boys of St Kevin’s who have travelled to Nepal and left their sweat in the soil of Jilibrang, will be holding an appeal, collecting cash donations from students in Prep to Year 12, to raise funds for the earthquake relief effort. We ask boys to give generously. In a country where the average daily wage is less than the cost of a cup of coffee in Melbourne, your contributions will be of immense value, and show our friends the extent to which we are thinking of them in their time of need.

They are our friends, and they need our help.
 Mr Nick Baff
On behalf of all staff and students who have completed the Nepal Trek

Year Level Parents' Events

Year 8 

Dear Year 8 Parents

We have two exciting social events to look forward to this term: a coffee morning on Friday May 15 and a cocktail party on Saturday May 30.

Coffee Morning

Date:               Friday, 15 May 2015 
Venue:  The Baker's Wife 
  414 Burke Road, Camberwell
Time:  8.30 - 10.00 am 
RSVP:  Please give an indication of your attendance to one of the Class Reps via text message or email. 

Cocktail Party (please also see attached flyer for your fridge!) 

Date:     Saturday, 30 May 2015
Venue: Marquee Room, Amora Hotel Riverwalk 
  649 Bridge Road, Richmond 
Time:  7.30 - 10.30 pm 
Price:  $47 per person, includes delicious finger food and complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink) for the duration of the evening 
RSVP:  Monday 25 May, via Trybooking:

Please direct any enquiries to the Class reps listed below:

  • Sabrina Davies on 0408 519 664 
  • Lou Bilston on 0416 077 157 
  • Nicole Avery on 0409 015 170
  • Georgina Hawthorne on 0419 376 477

Year 10

Dear Year 10 Parents,

We warmly invite you to attend the first Year 10 parent function of the Term:

Saturday, 2 May 2015
Stanleys Place (at the rear of Firechief Pizzeria and opposite Rivoli Cinema)
  169 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East
From 7.30 pm
$44 per person - includes superb finger food and one complimentary drink.  Drinks at bar prices thereafter.
8.00 pm Wednesday 29 April via Trybooking

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact your Year 10 Reps:

  • Jacque Yates on 0405 430 454
  • Dominique Rogers on 0418 102 968
  • Caroline Leng on 0412 894 211        

Year 11

Dear Year 11 Parents,

We warmly invite you to come along to the Year 11 Parents' cocktail party:

Saturday, 9 May 2015
Giorgio’s, Cnr High Street and Glenferrie Rd, Malvern
  (enter the function room via the High St entrance)  
From 7.30pm
$42 per person - includes superb finger food and a complimentary drink. Drinks at bar prices thereafter.
8.00pm, Tuesday, 5 May via Trybooking

Year 12

 We invite all Year 12 parents to join us for a morning tea:

When:  Friday, 1 May 
Where:  Sissi & Co, 1290 Malvern Road, Malvern 
Time:  9.00 am 
Please note that for 2015, RSVP dates will be strictly enforced. It has necessitated as a matter of professional courtesy and etiquette to be accommodating with the Venues and/or the Catering group who are providing the SKC community with their fine level of service for an event. This also includes year level functions whether hosted at a venue, or at a private home. 


Basketball Cross Age Tournament

The Basketball Association invites all APS Basketballers to this special event on Tuesday 12 May, 3.30 to 5.30 pm. It will be a great opportunity to play an afternoon of basketball with boys from Year 7 to 12 and enjoy the complimentary sausage sizzle to finish.

Parent Enrichment Program

Sherene Hassan: the journey of an Australian Muslim woman.

Tuesday 5 May at 7.45 pm in the College Pavilion.

There is too much negativity about Islam these days. We owe it ourselves to learn the truth from someone whose life has been shaped and enriched by her Islamic faith. Sherene Hassan, the director of the Islamic Museum of Australia, is an inspiring woman. She is the perfect guest with whom to share our celebration of the feast of Blessed Edmund Rice which takes place on that day. Edmund Rice encourages us to build a world based on deep faith and profound principles of justice. His legacy urges us to move beyond a stereotype. Sherene has a heart-warming and uplifting story to share. She can answer many questions.

Sherene Hassan served as Vice President and Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body for 90,000 Victorian Muslims for nearly eight years. She was one of the media spokespeople for the Council during that period. To date she has conducted over 1,000 information sessions on Islam to diverse audiences ranging from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School to the Australian Federal Police. In December 2007, Sherene was selected by the Age newspaper as one of Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential people. Sherene has been involved in interfaith dialogue since 2001 and is passionate about building bridges with the wider community. Formerly a chemistry and physics teacher, Sherene is married with four children.

Everyone is most welcome. An RSVP is not essential but would help with planning. Please contact either Michael McGirr (email) or Sue O’Shea (email).
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith and Mission


The 39 Steps

The St Catherine’s School and St Kevin’s College combined theatrical offering this year is the quirky and hilarious play The 39 Steps. 

Originally written as a novel by John Buchan in 1915, The 39 Steps was later made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1930s, finally being adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow in the late 20th century. The hit play has been performed around the world, and remains a long-running hit on London’s West End. Buchan’s protagonist, Richard Hannay, is one of the most enduring heroes from the Golden Age of the fast-moving adventure thriller. Hopefully you can join us for an evening of mystery, espionage and slapstick as we venture with Hannay from London, over the Forth Bridge, across Scottish moors and all the way back again to see if he can crack the case in time. 

Cast members from St Catherine’s School and St Kevin’s College have been busy rehearsing since the end of 2014, and are all very excited for opening night to show their work to an appreciative audience.

This is a show for the whole family to enjoy, and tickets are on sale now. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre.

  Years 10-12 St Catherine’s/SKC Play: 'The 39 Steps' 
7.30pm 6, 7, 8 May [week 4 term 2] 
St Catherine’s School Hall, Dorothy Pizzey Centre, St Catherine’s, Toorak 
Adults $20; Concession $10 

VCE Theatre Studies Plays

Due to the growing popularity of VCE Theatre Studies, there are now two Year 12 classes. Each class will present a play that is directed, designed and performed by the students in that class. The two classes have chosen a pair of plays that create an interesting contrast in styles.

The play that will be performed on the first two nights is Breaker Morant, by Kenneth Ross. Breaker Morant is an Australian naturalistic play written in 1978. Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in 1901, South Africa, Lt Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp and has a captive executed. 

This classic play follows the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants. It explores the themes of colonialism, legal integrity, crime and punishment and mateship. 

The second Theatre Studies play is Rhinoceros, by Eugene Ionesco. Rhinoceros was written in 1959 and is a French absurdist play. This style will contrast sharply with the naturalism of Breaker Morant. 

Over the course of Rhinoceros, the inhabitants of a small, provincial French town turn into rhinoceroses. The play is often read as a response and criticism to the sudden upsurge of Communism, Fascism and Nazism during the events preceding World War II. The play explores the themes of conformity, culture, mass movements, philosophy and morality. 

  VCE Theatre Studies Play: 'Breaker Morant' 
     7.00 pm 5, 6 May 
  Ruby Tout Theatre, St Kevin’s College, Heyington Campus 
  Adults $16; Concession $11 

     VCE Theatre Studies Play: 'Rhinoceros' 
  7.00 pm 7, 8 May 
  Ruby Tout Theatre, St Kevin’s College, Heyington Campus 
  Adults $16; Concession $11 

Hairspray Jr

Tickets are now on sale for the 7-9 Musical, Hairspray Jr.

Hairspray is the hit 2003 Broadway musical, which was also made into a movie starring John Travolta as Edna. The family-friendly Junior version is reduced in length, while still keeping the big songs intact, with a running time of around 75 minutes.

Join lovable teen crusader Tracy Turnblad as she strives for fame, love and racial integration, all the while keeping her hair as high as possible. While doing good for others, Tracy also helps to bring her shy mother Edna out of her shell, and her kindness wins attention from television heartthrob Link Larkin.

A large cast of over 70 students from St Kevin’s and Loreto have been working tirelessly to bring the lively songs and dances to life. The fashions of 1960s Baltimore will be on display as the cast sing and dance through big numbers such as "Good Morning Baltimore,” “Welcome To The ‘60s” and “You Can’t Stop The Beat.”

Tickets for this popular show are sure to sell fast. Bookings are now open.

  Years 7-9 SKC/Loreto Musical: Hairspray Jr
2.00pm 17 May; 7pm 19, 20, 21 May
Vaucluse Hall, St Kevin’s College Waterford Campus
Adults $25; Concession $16
Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Books and Breakfast

The Library is hosting the annual Books and Breakfast event on Thursday, 7 May from 7.00 - 8.20 am. Parents are invited to enjoy breakfast with their sons while listening to a talk from Dr Joshua Funder. 

Dr Joshua Funder has recently released the book Watson's Pier, which traces not just one man’s journey, but the history of a nation. It also challenges the historical record of what happens in the final moments of Anzac cove. The book offers a new perspective on the meaning of Gallipoli . The story is told as a mixture of fact and fiction.

Bookings cost $15 and can be made at the following link

Please click here to view a flyer for the event.
 The Library Staff

Old Collegians

Golden Jubilarians Assembly

The Golden Jubilarian's Assembly will be held on 4 May 2015 in the K.C Smith Hall. This special assembly brings together our past students who left us fifty or more years ago. It provides an excellent opportunity for our boys to hear more of the history and heritage that binds us together as we move towards the centenary in 2018. 

Following the assembly in KC Smith Hall, Heyington Campus, there will be a morning tea and the opportunity to tour Heyington Campus.

Old Collegians from the Peer Year 1965 and beyond are invited. Please email Kevin Culliver at or phone 03 9832 4974 to advise him of your attendance.

Class of 2014 First Year Reunion

All members of the Class of 2014 are invited to attend the 1st Year Reunion on Tuesday, 19 May in The Pavilion, Heyington. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and chat about life after St Kevin's. The 2014 College Annual and other items will be available for collection on the night.

Please email your RSVP to Kevin Culliver at or phone 03 9832 4974 by the 12 May 2015.

Further details can be found here.
 Mr Kevin Culliver
Executive Officer, Old Collegians

45th Annual St Kevin’s College Art Show

The 45th Annual St Kevin’s College Art Show is a competition, exhibition and sale of art work by over 700 leading Australian artists. It will be held this year from Friday 22 – Monday 25 May in the K.C. Smith Hall, Heyington Campus.

Invitations will be posted to all families early in Term Two. For further information on the SKC Art Show and/or to subscribe for updates, please visit

Advertising Opportunity in The Art Show Catalogue

Promote your business whilst 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

Art Show Café Coordinator

The Art Show Association is looking for an Art Show Cafe Coordinator. We require someone who will oversee the running of the cafe during the three days of the Art show. If you are interested please email Eleonora Luisetto on

Mrs Eleonora Luisetto
Convenor, Friends of Art

Combined Parents' Association

Save the Date – Upcoming Event

We are very happy to announce the return of the Combined Parents Association Cocktail Party.

When:  Saturday 25 July 2015                                                         
Where & Time:  TBA 
More details to follow soon!   

We are currently in the process of finalising this years venue. The SKC Fathers’ Association, Senior Mothers’ Association and Glendalough Mothers’ Association aim to make this event even bigger and better then last years. With your support of this whole school event it will undoubtedly be an amazing evening to remember. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this event in the coming weeks.

If you would like to be a part of the committee who is organising this event, please contact your Association President.

Kind Regards,

Evan Raptis – SKC Fathers’ Association President

Molly Birch – Senior Mothers’ Association President

Claire Whitbread – Glendalough Mothers’ Association President

Outdoor Education

All St Kevin's parents are encouraged to visit the new Outdoor Education page on the College Portal. It will become your information hub for all Outdoor Education information. Please ask your son to direct you to the website and show you around. Please email for any further enquiries.
Mr David Howard 
Head of Outdoor Education


Co-curricular Summer 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

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

St Kevins' Amateur Athletics Club (SKAAC)

Mums & Dads Run Club, Term 2 2015

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 & Anderson Street, South Yarra) at 9:15 each Monday & Friday morning. Sessions are approximately 50 minutes.

Classes start on Monday 27 April and run until Friday 19 June. The cost for one day per week for 8 weeks is $80. Two days per week for 8 weeks costs $150.

To register please go to the following Trybooking site:

Should you have any questions, please contact Peter McGarry on 0458 083 992.
Peter McGarry
SKAAC President


Thank you to the Year 10 families who have already booked their Careers Appointments. Appointments are now closed to Year 11 and Year 12 students to allow for all Year 10 students to take up this opportunity to have a discussion about personal testing results and preliminary VCE subject selection. Should Year 11 or 12 students require an appointment they are welcome to visit the Careers Department and ask for one. Wednesday afternoons will always be available when Year 10 students are at their Community Service placements.

Students interested in applying to the US, UK, Canada or New Zealand might like to purchase a new iBook explaining the application process. If you are interested search using your iBooks application for “Applying for Universities Abroad”, you can then purchase it for $39.99 should you wish to do so. Remember the Careers Department is here to help you with such applications and there are some free resources we can provide so purchase of this iBook is by no means a necessity.

This week Year 12 students have all received a copy of the Year 12 ATARs by Subject Area publication which is a valuable resource. It contains lists of all courses in Australia by subject interest area ranked by ATAR for 2015 and is differentiated by State. Please ask to have a look at this book and ensure your sons have commenced researching potential pathways for 2016.

Year 12 students have received an email about the opportunity for them to do the Responsible Service of Alcohol course on Thursday June 18 from 3:30pm to 8.00 pm. Due to demand, I have arranged for an additional trainer to attend on this evening so there are now 20 more places left in the course. Please click register if your son is keen to attend as there will be no further places available once these are filled.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Reminders: UMAT Registrations; At Monash Seminars; Focus on Melbourne Seminars; The VCE and Careers Expo 2015
  • News from the Australian Catholic University (ACU): New Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2017; ACU Early Achievers’ Program; University Experience Day
  • News from Bond University: Top 10 Reasons to Study at Bond; Open Day 2015
  • Interested in studying Information Technology?
  • Law Week
  • Monash University Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Music
  • Melbourne University Courses: Most Popular
  • igIDeas Expo
  • Swinburne Science Experience
  • La Trobe University News: Next Generation Youth Forum; 2016 Nursing Prerequisites; 2016 Occupational Therapy Prerequisite Clarification; Elite Athlete 
  • Bonus Entry Scheme
  • Deakin University and Navitas Rebrand Pathway College
  • VCE Information Night at Deakin Unversity
  • What does an Archivist do?
  • Careers in Chartered Accounting 
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science Courses in Victoria
Please see the Career News for more details. 
Mrs O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Autumn Concert at Deakin Edge

On Monday 25 May, the senior ensembles will present a concert in the wonderful acoustics of Deakin Edge, Federation Square. The groups performing are the Senior Concert Band, Senior Choir (including the Vocal Ensemble), Symphony Orchestra (including Chamber Strings) and Big Band 1.

Each ensemble will have a short rehearsal in the venue on the afternoon of the concert. The times for these are in the letter, which can be found here. The concert is a free event and commences at 7.45pm.

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 next term 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.


A number of our senior musicians have been successful in events outside of the College.

James Emerson (Year 12) was awarded First Prize in the Secondary Student section of the 34th National Liederfest, Australia's most prestigious German Art Song competition.

Three boys have been offered places in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Secondary Symphony project: Sam Beagley (Year 11, trumpet), Jack Parncutt (Year 12, clarinet) and Joshua Park (Year 9, violin). These boys will rehearse and perform alongside MSO players. Rehearsals take place during Education Week, with the project culminating in a public performance conducted by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch at Hamer Hall on June 4th.

Remaining Music Dates Term II

Term II is always a busy one for musicians. Please take note of these dates:
Fri 1 - Sun 3 May Big Bands to Generations in Jazz  Mt Gambier
Tues 5 May
Edmund Rice Day Mass   
Wed 6 May  String Recital  3.30 pm, McMahon Music Centre
Thur 7 May
String Recital  3.30 pm, McMahon Music Centre
Mon 11 May
VCE Music Recital
6.00 pm, McMahon Music Centre
Wed 13 May
Chamber Music Festival  7.30 pm, Boyd Egan Hall
Thurs 14 May
Foundation Soiree
6.30 pm, Boyd Egan Hall
Sun 17 - Thurs 21 May
Junior Secondary Musical, (Hairspray Jr)  Waterford
Mon 18 May
SCB Workshop with BGS
3.45 pm, McMahon Music Centre
Fri 22 - Sun 24 May
Art Show performances   
Fri 22 May
Solo Concert
3.30 pm, C308
Mon 25 May
Autumn Concert
7.45 pm, Deakin Edge
Tues 26 May
Solo Concert
3.30 pm, C308
Thurs 28 - Sat 30 May
Glendalough Music Camp
Wed 10 June
Glendalough Winter Ensemble Concert  7.00 pm, Boyd Egan Hall
Mon 15 June
Guitar Concert
7.30 pm, McMahon Music Centre
Mon 15 June
Music Association Meeting
7.45 pm, C308
Tues 16 June
Piano Evening and Percussion Concert  7.30 pm, McMahon Music Centre &
Boyd Egan Hall
Sat 11 - Sun 12 July
Senior Music Camp
(Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra)
McMahon Music Centre

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 Parris
Head of Music

Cathedral Choir

A busy weekend

With the addition of Mass on Saturday as well as Sunday, last weekend was a busy one for the Choir. The boys’ singing of Palestrina’s Missa pro defunctis, a substantial new work learnt only this year at Archbishop Hart’s request, was inspiring and highly appropriate. It was also a very significant element in the Requiem Mass which marked the Centenary of the Anzac landings. My thanks to all our boys and their parents for supporting these extra commitments on the weekend.

Excellentiam in Choro

Congratulations to Dominic Morelli of Year 6 and Adon Ewing of Year 12 on receiving the Excellentiam in Choro Award for the Month of April. 
Dr Daryl Barclay
Director Cathedral Choir
Head of Choral Music


French Exchange Programme

St Kevin’s - Lycée Cours St Charles, Orléans 2015

Thank you to all the generous families who offered to host students from our Sister School, Lycée Cours St Charles, arriving on 28 June and departing 23 July 2015. At this stage, we are still seeking 12 Host families. Could you please consider the possibility of hosting a youngster from Cours St Charles and help us welcome the group? The group consists of 13 boys and 12 girls. 

Please note that given the limited number of places for the 2016 St Kevin’s Exchange programme to Orléans and given the spirit of our Programme, it is our expectation that students wishing to participate in the 2016 exchange will need to host a St Charles Student. 

If you are able to assist, even for some of the period, or require further information, please contact Madame Nadia Cullen at Heyington on 9822 0911 or at 
Madame Nadia Cullen
Head of Languages

Swap Shop 

The next Swap Shop will be held on Thursday, 18 June from 2.00pm - 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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