Senior School Newsletter

 30 July 2015, Volume 66 No. 21

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

Our Year 9 Waterford lads are now nearly at the end of the Rice Program. Boys were kayaking, climbing, sailing, hiking, and will have learnt more about their own character and, I venture, the character of our generous and able St Kevin’s staff who are alongside them.

Final weeks of the winter sports competitions give me another opportunity to highlight the many ways staff at St Kevin’s go that extra kilometre. That so many of our teams (95 I counted last Saturday) are coached or managed by our staff means so much for our pastoral care program. What is learnt about a boy in Hockey can influence, for the good, how one approaches the teaching of that same lad in Mathematics. Time spent on camp does translate to high quality pastoral relationships. Our belief in the benefit to boys of our programs is so strong that we do insist on participation in school teams over local or district teams. It is why on the enrolment form each parent has signed, there is a clear commitment to St Kevin’s sporting involvement.

Last weekend saw two very successful community-building social events. On Friday evening, the Caligiuri family hosted the St Peter’s Early Learning Centre Cocktail Party. The number of Old Collegians among this parent body gave me great pleasure. The Combined Parents evening in the city on Saturday was another wonderful opportunity for parents to mix. My sincere thanks to the Fathers’ Association, led by Mr Evan Raptis, Senior Mothers’, led by Mrs Molly Birch and Glendalough Mothers’ Association, led by Mrs Claire Whitbread.

Often at College functions, I am asked questions regarding enrolments. Joyously many parents speak so well of the lads at St Kevin’s that their friends and family have a real interest in obtaining a spot for their sons. For the record, our main entry points are Preparatory, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 10. The Enrolment Policy sits on the College website.

Interviews for those entering Preparatory, 5 and 10 occur in the year prior to entry. For Year 7, we try to complete all interviews two years out, that is, in a boy’s Year 5, and make offers in the first half of that year. Our hope is that those who might be disappointed have time to look at another school. To be invited to interview, you must be registered. Published below are the years currently open for registration :

2016  Prep       
2017  Prep  Year 10    
2018  Prep  Year 10    
2019  Prep  Year 10     
2020  Prep Year 5 Year 10  
2021  Prep  Year 5  Year 10   
2022  Prep  Year 5  Year 7  Year 10 
2023  Prep  Year 5  Year 7  Year 10 
2024  Prep  Year 5  Year 7  Year 10 
2025  Prep  Year 5  Year 7  Year 10 
2026  Prep  Year 5 Year 7  Year 10 
2027  Prep  Year 5 Year 7 Year 10

You can see from this, that to be considered for Year 7 in 2022, you need to register now, in a boy’s Preparatory year. Families recently arrived from overseas and interstate are able to make application to my office directly, to be considered for late registration. Those successful in late registration are usually families with an SKC or Edmund Rice connection.

Given Open Day was cancelled due to the Glen Waverley line closure, we have held a very successful Glendalough Open Morning and on Saturday 5 September will welcome visits to Heyington, 10.00am – 12noon.

Dr Daryl Barclay has been appointed Director of St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir through until the end of 2018. Mr Craig Buys is acting as Year 8 Co-ordinator for 8E – 8H this term, replacing Mr Galante who is on leave. Mr Andrew Mathers is acting Head of Music while Mr Harris is on leave.
Kind regards

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

Faith and Mission


There’s a lot to say about advertisements. I noticed one the other day in which a certain product was described as ‘Australia’s most loved toilet paper.’ No. I think it was even more pretentious. It proclaimed ‘Australia’s most loved toilet tissue.’ You do wonder who could possibly love toilet paper.

Every day, people talk about the value of the dollar. I’d like to see news bulletins in which we heard about the fluctuating value of that word ‘love.’ After all, it is the currency that creates everything we most need in our lives. When I see silly posters about toilet paper, I wonder if the value of love is in decline. Love holds its value only when you give it away.

This week, two speakers at St Kevin’s brought the point home to me. Last Friday afternoon, our students in Year 12 heard an excellent talk on the subject of asylum seekers from Julian Burnside QC. Of course, the scale of the human catastrophe engulfing refugees all over the world is bewildering. There is something in the order of 50 million of God’s children in flight across borders. Many of them are running from the very people that we ourselves also fear. But, no matter what the scale, it is still a human catastrophe.

Burnside provided some staggering information, especially about the costs of running the centres on Manus Island and Nauru and how that money could be used more effectively. He pointed out that half the boat people coming to Australia in the last fifteen years had been Hazara people from Afghanistan and nearly all of them were obvious refugees. ‘If you are an Hazara fleeing the Taliban,’ he said, ‘you are as likely to be a refugee as a Jew fleeing the Nazis.’ He also said ‘if we are frightened of boat people we can be frightened of kittens.’

Burnside emphasised the right of a country to choose who enters it. He compared the situation to that of a homeowner. Of course, that person is entitled to decide who comes into their house and when. But imagine if a child is being chased by a person with bad intentions and, in their hour of need, knocks on your door without an invitation. Surely, said Burnside, that situation is different. What is the point of labelling that child ‘illegal.’ Just because the choices that love calls us to make are clear it doesn’t mean they are easy or comfortable. Burnside said that we are in the process of deciding the type of country we want to be.

The choices faced by love was also the theme of our Parent Enrichment Program on Wednesday night when we looked at issues surrounding alcohol in the lives of our boys. The presenter was Vanessa Bate who has been a member of Victoria Police for twelve years and has untold experience as a counsellor and educator. The large number of parents who came was a sign that this is an ongoing issue of concern. Some of them also wanted information about the wider issue of illegal drugs in the community. There was no doubt that our parents are motivated by deep love and feel apprehension about bringing up young people in a world that can sometimes be chaotic.

Vanessa’s stories and first hand knowledge were illuminating. She spoke of having attended the deaths of six teenagers owing to alcohol abuse. She told the story of a grand final victory in U15 football where fathers walked onto the field at full time with slabs of beer. Vanessa threatened to have them arrested. She said that love is not afraid of being unpopular. Several times, she emphasised that parents are called to be the parents, not the best friends of their children. Vanessa has been a single mother. She related occasions on which her son was relieved that his mum had the strength to draw boundaries and say no. She knows that, after 10pm, ninety per cent of police call outs are related to alcohol. In Victoria, one young person dies every week as a direct cause of the consumption of alcohol. The damage done by alcohol abuse massively outstrips all other drugs combined.

Yet even within this context, Vanessa wanted parents to feel empowered. She underlined research to show that, despite what some people think, parents are still the most significant influence in the lives of teenagers. The behaviour we model, especially around alcohol, is highly influential.

Vanessa made two concrete suggestions. The first is that parents need to support other parents. They would do well to talk to each other and back each other up on hard choices. She pointed out that parents need their own peer support and that this has a measurable impact on giving them the confidence to become a forced to be reckoned with.

The second suggestion asked parents to be aware of the reasons that things can sometimes get out of hand. Vanessa quoted a researcher who said that ‘the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.’ The vast majority of us really understand Vanessa’s main point and it was good to hear it reinforced. We need to do all we can to really be a part of the lives of our children and to keep trying even when we feel unwelcome on planet adolescence. The very effort of trying speaks volumes and, even if they have headphones in their ears, children will hear what our actions say. Love can be like that. It can cut through anything.

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith and Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Year 9 students and staff returned from the RICE Program.
  • Mr Junkovic and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • Staff Appraisals were conducted.
  • Years 10 to 12 Careers Evening took place.
  • Middle School Band participated in the Bands Festival.
  • Rugby Association held a meeting.
  • Year 11 Geography students went on a field trip to Philip Island.
  • Year 10 students completed Community Service.
  • Year 10 Science classes went to the Zoo.
  • Planning meetings for Year 11 Christian Living Camps were held.
  • Mr Langan and Cusack students assisted with tutoring at the Edmund Rice Refugee Centre in St Albans.
  • A large crowd attended the Parent Enrichment Evening on “Our Choices, Their Choices”, presented by a Victorian Police Officer.
  • Years 5 and 6 “Wonder of Living” Program took place at Glendalough.
  • Students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition.
  • Kearney House Mass and Supper took place.
  • Principal Rehearsals for “Beauty and the Beast” were held at Glendalough.
  • Old Collegian, Mr Toby Exton, spoke to the Year 12 cohort of his experiences as a GAP Tutor in England for a year.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Year 10 Dancing Classes continued with Sacre Coeur and Korowa students.
  • Kearney boys and Mr Segal participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Mr Ross and Purton students assisted at the community group PACSEL in Richmond.
  • Rahill students with Mr Burns contributed to the Fitzroy Refugee Tutoring Program.
  • Glendalough Staff enjoyed a social function.
  • Cross Country Presentation Evening was celebrated.
  • Staff attended professional development in Tertiary Admissions.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Lucas Mascia
Year 7

For extraordinary assistance at APS Sport.

Jason Zhang
Year 8
For his helpful assistance towards the mother of one of his peers.

William Lewis
Year 9
For his extraordinary dedication and success in APS Cross Country.

Angus Farrar
For his generous time and assistance offered to the St Vincent De Paul Society.

Thomas Cooper

For outstanding support offered at St Ignatius Friday Night School.

Oliver Marriott

  For his outstanding contribution to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Dylan McDermott
For his significant contribution to House Singing and Spirit.

Jake Victor

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

Pierce Vasilopoulos

For excellent work on the BBQ for the Y-House fundraiser.


Calendar Dates


Friday 31 Year 10 Dancing Class                

Smith Hall
Saturday 1 APS Sport

Sunday 2
Cross Country Presentation Evening
5.00 pm
Monday 3 School Improvement Framework Visit
Soccer Association Meeting
Football Association Meeting
Year 10 VCE Information Evening

6.30 pm
7.45 pm

Mannix Room
Brandon Room
Smith Hall
Tuesday 4
Year 10 - 12 House Winter Sport
SKOCA Meeting
Choral & Vocal Evening
Hockey Presentation Evening
11.30 am
6.30 pm
7.30 pm
7.00 pm

Delaney Room
Boyd Egan Hall          
Smith Hall            

Wednesday 5 DAV Debating Round 5 (SKC)
Foundation Board Meeting

6.00 pm

Brandon Room

Thursday 6
School Improvement Framework Visit
Year 10 Transition Day
Year 7 & 8 APS Cross Country
Basketball Presentation Evening
Year 9 House Winter Sports Carnival

6.45 pm
12.10 pm

Smith Hall

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

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Cross Country Presentation Evening

St. Kevin's Cross Country team extends a warm invite to all athletes and their families to attend the season ending Presentation Evening. This is a wonderful celebration of our boys' enjoyment in the sport.
Date: Sunday, 2 August
Venue: College Pavilion (Heyington)
5.00 pm for a 5.30 pm start

The booking procedure will be through Trybooking, please follow the link above to purchase your tickets. All athletes are invited to attend with their parents. Check the Cross Country portal page for further details.
 Mr Brosie McCann
TIC Cross Country

Hockey Presentation Night

Tuesday, 4 August
Smith Hall
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
$30 per ticket
To be made online at prior to Friday, 31 July

Students to wear full winter uniform. BYO Glasses and drinks for adults.

We would love to see any photographs you took during the season. Please email with any photographs you would like to share.

Please click here to view a flyer for the event 
 Mr Ashley Foley
TIC Hockey

Martial Arts Spring Training

St Kevin’s College would like to advise all Years 7 to 12 students of an exciting 10 week Martial Arts Spring Training program during Terms 3 & 4, commencing on Thursday, 6 August (after the Winter Sport season).

The program will have 10 weekly training sessions (Thursdays only) under the instruction of a Martial Arts Specialist and SKC Head Coach, Mr Peter Keogh, who will teach Self Defence, Karate and Conflict Management Skills at the following time and venue.

3.30 pm till 5.00 pm on Thursdays.
Commencing Thursday, 6 August
Concluding Thursday, 22 October

Wilding Centre
$150 for 10 sessions
The program is designed to allow existing Martial Arts students to further improve their skills, but no prior experience is required.

A white training uniform may be required (martial arts jacket and pants). The purchase of a uniform can be arranged through the College at a discounted price.

If you are interested, please fill in an application form available here and hand it in to the College Reception with attention to: Mr Arai. Applications will close on Thursday 6 August.  
 Mr Terry Arai
TIC Martial Arts

Basketball Presentation Evening

Date: Thursday, 6 August
Time: 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm start
Venue: Smith Hall          
Always a wonderful event, this year we are privileged to have the legendary Lindsay Gaze as guest speaker at the Presentation Evening. For catering purposes, bookings now close at 10.00 pm Sunday, 2 August. No late bookings can be accepted.

Parents please bring pre-dinner drinks (including glasses) and snacks. Boys are to wear full winter uniform.

Please click here to download a flyer for the evening.
 Mrs Sue O'Shea
Secretary, Basketball


Soccer Presentation Evening

St Kevin's Soccer Association extends a warm invitation to all players, family and friends to attend the annual Soccer Presentation Evening.

Saturday, 8 August 2015
KC Smith Hall
6.00 pm for 6.30 pm
To be made at or contact Jenny Davrain at

This is a wonderful celebration of our boys' enjoyment of the game. Seating is limited so please be sure to book early.  Please don't miss out, mark it in your diaries now!

Please click here to view a flyer for the evening.

Photo Competition 2015

We have one more round to capture the action on the field.  We require selfies, team shots and action shots for selection into our Photo Competition and also for our photo slideshow to be played on Presentation Night.  It’s easy to upload the photos into a specially created user friendly Drop Event. Here’s how:

  • Send via email to Please put the Year level, team and your name in the subject line, ie. Year 8B by John Smith
  • Photographs can also be uploaded to the website.  Please access Please upload photos to the applicable Year level folder and name the photo file as above (eg. Year 8B by John Smith)
Should you wish to view photos, please access the above website and fill in the password SKC.

If you have any queries please contact Hilary Williams on
 Mr Nick Hale
TIC Soccer

St Kevin's College Foundation

Foundation Business Breakfast - SOLD OUT

We wish to advise that St Kevin's College Foundation's Inaugural Business Breakfast is now sold out. Thank you to all those who have purchased tickets to what will surely be a fantastic morning.
 Mr Kevin Cullliver OAM
Secretary, Foundation


Rugby Presentation Night

Friday, 14 August
Smith Hall

This is an evening College event that includes a meal. All players are expected to attend and in full winter uniform. We hope as many of the family can attend as well. Parents and families will sit separately from the boys. Sports Awards are presented on the night.

VSRU Grand Final Day

Saturday, 8 August
Marcellin College, Bulleen Road, Bulleen

  • 1st XV, 2nd XV and U15 rugby teams will be playing.
  • The U15s are only playing as it is a round that is needed to complete the ladder.
  • Teams from every school play at the one venue for 1st XV, 2nd XV and U15.
  • Teams play off for a ladder placing from 8th to 1st (as applicable) in 1st XV and 2nd XV
  • All U13/ U14 and U16 boys are asked to attend to support.
  • Timings of matches depend on ladder places after August 1st.
 Mr Kevin Culliver OAM
TIC Rugby

Football Presentation Night

Saturday, 15 August
6.30 pm
Smith Hall
Adults: $36, Students: $26
Meal included.
 Mr John Hart
TIC Football

GMA Spring Prelude Ladies Luncheon

Bookings close Monday, 10 August

Organise your spring outfit and dust off your hat and join us for this fabulous biennial event.

Your ticket includes a two course lunch, drinks and entertainment.  There is the option to purchase Mumm Champagne at our Champagne Bar and there is a wonderful array of silent auction items to bid on.

BOOKINGS CLOSE on 10 August and tickets are selling fast. To avoid disappointment please purchase your ticket or table of 10 at

Raffle Tickets

If you can’t attend the event and would like to be in the running for the chance to win one of the wonderful raffle prizes you can purchase tickets by visiting

1st Prize

7 nights’ accommodation Mantra Bel Air Broadbeach, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Sub Penthouse, kindly donated by the Terzini family. PLUS 2 x Melbourne – Gold Coast fully flexible flights (subject to availability), kindly donated by Travel Design International. Some exclusion dates apply to the accommodation. Valued at $3,500.

2nd Prize

Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB, kindly donated by JB HI-FI. Valued at $1,000. 

3rd Prize

1 nights’ accommodation at The Westin, Melbourne. Superior Room, parking and breakfast, kindly donated by The Westin and Guzzardi family. PLUS 2 tickets to a show at a Marriner Theatre, kindly donated by Marriner Group. Valued at $780. 
The Spring Prelude Ladies Luncheon Committee would like to thank the kind sponsorships and donations by retailers, companies and the College community.

Terzini Family, Savi Communications.

Amora Hotel, Cadbury, Catanach’s Jewellers, 818 Dental, Geelong Football Club (Costa Leng family and Marketing Department), Gingerlilly, JB Hi-Fi, Jellis Craig, Mini Party People, Planinsek Art, Travel Design International, Whitbread Insurance.

Avoca Hill Bookshop (Hepburn family), Apartments at Docklands (Thorn family), Basile Imports, Blush Enterprises, Betty McDowell, BOUNCEInc, Brand Developers (Nankervis family), Charalambous family, Cidoni family, Claydon family, Crown Resorts, Durance Armadale, Eternal Weddings, Guzzardi family, Gunson family, House, Love Fairley, Lowry family, Marriner Group, Matruglio family, OPSM, Rose Street Trading, Sage Candles by Sarah & Camilla Kaufman, Sheehan family, Sophie Moran, State of Escape, The Joy Solution, Winnett Specialist Group, Wine Lover.

Friends of St Kevin’s College
Couch Candy, Jaquelyn Muller Children’s Books, Robert’s Confectionary, Styled Sealed Delivered, Williams family, Youssef family.


As we only have a month to go before the 7th Annual Zimele Dinner on August 29 we are reminded how Zimele reflects the St Kevin’s mantra that motivates us to ‘Fullness of Life’!

The Immersion group are back, the Dinner is in full swing and as the weather warms up we look forward to the Walkathon on Sunday, 25 October.

The 2015 Immersion group are back on Australian soil - enriched by the experience of being immersed in the culture of those African communities that are the focus of our Zimele fundraising. A chance to witness first hand the immense challenges of the women and children living with and /or orphaned by HIV Aids.

Tom Purcell and John Mount have led a new Immersion Group to these Communities each year for almost the last 10 years. It is a chance to see Zimele funds giving access to basic needs – it is the first step towards the communities being able to ’Stand on their own Two Feet. You will recognise all the Immersion participants past and present at the Zimele Dinner – they are proudly wearing their African Shirts.

Hamish Burrill (SKC 2014) writes
"The best experience I've ever had. The most amazing place with the most beautiful people!"

Please support Zimele in any way you are able. We encourage you to book tickets for the Dinner (bookings can be made at – tables are in groups of 10 but you can just sign up and send us a quick email ( and we will find you a welcoming table! It is a wonderful way to meet other St Kevin’s families from across campuses and year levels, past present and future families and the teachers and staff of the College.

Please note we sold out early last year so perhaps best not to leave it till the last minute.

We still need your support with Silent Auction prizes – every cent counts! Please contact us with any ideas and contributions – all are welcome. If you are able to help, please contact Kath McCarthy ( and Celia Conlan ( 

Watch out for the boards going up at each campus. We look forward to seeing you at Smith Hall on 29 August to the sound of African Drums!
 Mrs Cath O'Malley
On behalf of the Zimele Dinner Committee

Combined Parents' Association

An Evening of Elegance

This past weekend the Combined Parents Association held their annual cocktail party "An Evening of Elegance" in the beautiful Ballroom at the Park Hyatt. We would like to thank all those that attended and helped make the night such an amazing success. It was a fantastic night with families from right across the College coming together for a night of entertainment, great food and an opportunity to socialise and grow the St. Kevin's community.

Congratulations to the following people who took out the wonderful raffle prizes on the night.

  • 1st Prize: Phillips Family
  • 2nd Prize: Woolerton Family
  • 3rd Prize: O'Callaghan family
  • 4th Prize: Burke Family
  • 5th Prize: Livens Family
Finally I would like to thank the following people who without their assistance and generosity this event would not have been the great success that it was:
Evan Raptis - SKC Fathers' Association, Molly Birch - Senior Mothers' Association, Claire Whitbread - Glendalough Mothers' Association, Richard O'Callaghan - DTZ, Steve Burke - Hocking Stuart, The Della Family - Pageset, The Hesseen Family - Original & Authentic Aboriginal Art, Frank Marchesani - Mercedes Waratah Press, Krystyna Raptis, Stan Macaronas, Brad French, Eddie Demaresq, all the parents who assisted both on the night and during the organisation period and Park Hyatt Melbourne.
I would also like to say a big thank you to Ted Guinane, Leah Cozens and the whole administration team at St. Kevin's who without them not only this event but all St. Kevin's events would not run so smoothly.

Once again thank you to those who attended and we look forward to seeing you all at next years event. 
 Combined Parents' Association

Year Level Parent Functions

Year 8

There are a number of events this term that we would like to bring your attention to:

  • The Year 8 Coffee Morning will be held on Friday, 31 July at Sissi & Co (1290 Malvern Road, Malvern). We have had some lovely catch-ups so far this year at our coffee mornings and hope to enjoy another one this term. (Please note the change of venue to Sissi & Co)
  • The St Kevin’s Spring Prelude Ladies Luncheon will be held at Leonda by the Yarra this year on Wednesday, 19 August. The ladies luncheon is a lovely opportunity to share an afternoon with old friends or a great chance to cement new friendships. We would love to see as many Year 8 mums there as possible. If you can organise a group please put together a table of 10 or alternatively please just nominate Year 8 in the notes when completing your Trybooking form (www.trybooking/127023)

If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact one of the Class Reps:

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

Year 9

Mothers Dinner

We warmly invite all mothers of Year 9 boys to attend this great opportunity to catch up and share the stories of our boys' RICE adventures (the boys will not be attending).

Giorgios, High Street & Glenferrie Roads, Armadale VIC 3143
Wednesday, 12 August
7.00 pm
$46.50 per person (includes three course meal and complimentary beverage on arrival)
Monday, 10 August

For more information, please contact Jane James at, 0409 970 903

Year 10

Coffee Morning

Friday, 7 August
Raven Hill Cafe, corner of High Street and Albion Road, Ashburton
(ample parking behind the cafe)
From 9.00 am
Caroline Leng
0412 894 211

Year 11

Drinks & Supper

We warmly invite all Year 11 parents to attend one of the few events in the year we can gather as a year level. 

Friday, 21 August
Emerald Hotel, 415 Clarendon St, South Melbourne 
From 7.30 pm
$34 per person - includes superb finger food and complimentary drink on arrival
Bookings close at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 18 August
Cassandra Barnett
0409 520 263

St Kevin's Athletics Club

Recreational running/walking coaching for mums and dads

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

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

Please register via Trybooking: Please find the cost below:

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

Japanese Student/Teacher visiting SKC

Host Family Desperately Required

From Monday 31 August to Friday 18 September, St Kevin's College is hosting a student teacher from Aichi University of Education, in Japan. The student teacher will work as a teacher assistant to classroom teachers at all three campuses.  The goals are for the student teacher to experience a different educational environment, deepen intercultural ties and forge friendships, as well as become more independent and learn to live and operate on a day-to-day basis in English. We are looking for host families.  A profile of the student teacher is available upon request.
HOMESTAY: It is hoped that the student teacher will homestay with a school family that resides close to the school. $35.00 will be paid to the host family, per night, which is expected to cover two meals per weekday and 3 meals per Saturday/Sunday. Please contact the school office as soon as possible if you are able to assist.


Co-curricular Sports

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

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

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

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Interschool Snowsports Championship

Can you ski or snowboard? Would you like to try racing? Get involved!

Students are invited to attend the Interschool Snowsports Championships to be held at Mount Buller on the following dates:

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

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

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


What a night! We hope all who attended the SKC Careers Expo on Tuesday evening found the time spent with the representatives of the many institutions informative. From the level of noise in the Smith Hall, it seemed that students and parents alike received valuable information and resources to aid VCE subject selection and pathways following Year 12. Thank you for supporting this event in such fabulous numbers.

Planning will now commence for the 2016 Careers Evening which will involve panels of speakers, including past students, reflecting on their pathways and careers to provide a different perspective on student choices.

Year 10 Careers Appointments will be completed at the end of this week. Bookings are now open for Year 12 students (parents are welcome to attend) who are required to submit their VTAC applications for tertiary study prior to the end of Term 3. Please encourage your Year 12 son to book an appointment as soon as possible.

The next two Monday evenings provide Year 10 and Year 12 parents the opportunity to be informed about VCE subject selection and the tertiary application process respectively. Year 10 students are expected to attend with their parents on Monday August 3. The Year 12 VTAC Information Evening on Monday August 10 is for parents only. Please put these important dates in your diaries.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Open Days THIS WEEKEND
  • Tax File Numbers
  • Career in Audiology
  • UMAT Preparation 2016
  • The University of Melbourne Quick Facts
  • Academy of Design Open Day 2015
  • Macleay College Information Evenings
  • SAE Creative Media Institute Open Day
  • Medical Imaging Courses in Victoria
  • News From Monash University: Update from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; New Faculty of Science Website; Pharmacy Magazine Goes Digital!
  • The University of Otago Quick Facts
  • Study in NSW – All about UAC
  • LEAP Advanced Engineering Workshop: Engineering Link Project
  • NIDA Courses and Experiences For Young People
Please see the Career News for more details. 
Mrs O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

An excursion has been organised for the Year 10, 11 and 12 Music classes to attend an Open Rehearsal of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Thursday August 6th in Hamer Hall. This is a rare opportunity for our students to witness a professional orchestra in rehearsal. They will gain wonderful insight into how professional musicians work together with a conductor to prepare a concert program. They will also be able to meet some MSO musicians and ask questions about their profession. On this occasion, the orchestra will be rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, under Maestro Vasily Petrenko.

There is no cost for this excursion, but transport will be by train, so students will need a valid train pass. The boys will depart from Heyington at 9.30am and return by 1.30pm.

Victorian School Music Festival Performances

During Term 3, a number of college ensembles will be participating in the Victorian School Music Festival. Performances as part of this festival are open to the public and admission is free.

Specific information on each festival performance is available on each ensemble portal page.

Here is a summary of festival performances:

Friday 7 August
Glendalough Concert Band  4.30pm Geelong GS 
Wednesday 19 August
Senior Concert Band  7.00pm Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Tuesday 25 August
Intermediate Concert Band  1.15pm Hawthorn Arts Centre 
Wednesday 26 August
Big Band  8.15pm The Australian Institute of Music 
Thursday 27 August
Big Bands 3 and 4  9.30am The Australian Institute of Music 
Thursday 27 August Big Band 2  7.45pm The Australian Institute of Music 

Choral and Vocal Evening

A concert featuring the Senior Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Glendalough Choir, as well as solo voice students, will be held on Tuesday, 4 August in Boyd Egan Hall, from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. This will be the last such concert for our Year 12 boys, a number of whom have been singing in the Choral program since Year 3.

Strings Evening

A concert featuring all of the College String ensembles is being held in Boyd Egan Hall at 7.30pm on Monday, 10 August. The concert will include the Celtic Ensemble, Junior Strings, Year 6 String Ensemble, Glendalough Strings, Middle School Strings, Latin Strings, Cello Ensemble, Chamber Strings and will conclude with the Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Band Showcase Concert

A concert featuring all of the College concert bands is being held in Smith Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 11 August. The concert will include the Junior Concert Band, Glendalough Concert Band, Middle School Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band and will conclude with the Senior Concert Band.

Ensemble Auditions Term III

Auditions will be held for the Symphony Orchestra, Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands and the four Big Bands later this term. The audition dates will be as follows:

  • Intermediate & Senior Concert Bands (woodwind) – Weeks 8, 9 & 10
  • Intermediate & Senior Concert Bands (brass) – Weeks 8 & 9
  • Intermediate & Senior Concert Bands (percussion) – Week 8
  • Big Bands – Weeks 9 & 10
  • Symphony Orchestra – Week 10
Audition Information is available from C308, the McMahon Music Centre and from Music staff.

The new ensembles will be listed in the window of the Music Department on Friday 18 September. Rehearsals will commence Week 1 of Term IV.

Term 3 Music Dates

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

Music Office - C305

Mrs Beth Little can be contacted at the Music Office by phone on 9804 3045 and by email at Boys with enquiries are encouraged to visit the Music Office before school, at Recess or at Lunchtime.
 Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music

Cathedral Choir

Choral & Vocal Concert

A reminder that, as per last week’s Newsletter, the Cathedral Choir will be singing at the St Kevin’s Choral & Vocal Concert to be held next Tuesday 4 August at 7.30 pm in Boyd Egan Hall. As many of the boys are already members of the Glendalough Choir or Senior Choir, this is an extra date for the Years 7 & 8 Trebles and Year 9 Altos only. The concert is a free event and we encourage as many family and friends to attend as possible. It will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Cathedral Choir closer up than usual.


Choir Newsletter

There is no July Choir Newsletter given that the school holidays occupied a significant amount of the month. The August Newsletter will be available at the end of next week.


A reminder that the Choir is booked to sing at a wedding on Saturday 22 August in the Cathedral. Participation on this occasion is voluntary, but I will need boys to commit this week if they are available by ticking their names off on Sunday. 

 Dr Daryl Barclay
Director Cathedral Choir
Head of Choral Music

Swap Shop 

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

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

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

Mrs Christine Quirk
Swap Shop Co-ordinator
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