Headmaster's Weekly Address


On Monday at Heyington Assembly, our 2017 Officers were presented to the College and given their badges, with many of their parents present. Speaking to the boys, I asked the rhetorical question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ I suggested the answer in our context and culture was a resounding YES!

Boys need to offer support, affirmation, sympathy and direction to their St Kevin’s brothers. It is, I suggested, relatively easy and still important, to give praise when a friend or SKC brother does well in his studies, on stage, or in sport. It is crucial to give support when a boy knows another has injury or has suffered a known upset or tragedy. If a St Kevin’s boy is a good brother and suspects another student needs help to deal with a crisis, then he would go to a staff member to ensure support is offered.

Perhaps the most important and most difficult brotherly act is to tell a friend when his behaviour is out of character or simply wrong. Although the most difficult of the ‘keeper’s actions, it can so often be the most important. My hope is that Kevinians know clearly the difference between right and wrong, let alone legal and illegal, and would always be prepared to speak the truth to another Kevinian.

Our Parent Information nights have now concluded. Thank you to all my colleagues across the College for their attendance, and particular thanks to those who were MCs and spoke on the evenings. Nearly all staff were involved in some capacity. There was a great atmosphere at last Saturday’s swimming meet and I was delighted that our first full round of Saturday APS sport was conducted so well and in beautiful conditions.

This week sees the three committees of the College Board – Finance, Property, and Governance - meet for the first time in 2017, prior to the Board meeting in a fortnight. Each committee is chaired by a member of the Board. Our College is deeply indebted to those who serve at Board level and on Board Committees. Our 2017 membership is:

St Kevin’s College Board:   
Chair  Mr Peter Leahy  Michael 2012 
  Mrs Jolanta Baldasso Mark 2008, Richard 2010, Daniel 2013 
  Mrs Kate Clark Lachlan 2015 
  Mr Michael Doble (1979)  Will 2012, Sam 2014 
  Mr Stephen Ellich  Brendan Year 10, Jarrod Year 8 
  Mr John Lincoln  Thomas 2013, William Year 10 
  Mr Craig Meade  Jordan 2013 
  Ms Denise Woolerton  Jamie Year 9 
  Mr Stephen Russell  James 2005 
  Mr Bill Doherty (ex officio)  Conor Year 6 
Finance Committee:   
Chair  Mr Craig Meade   
  Mr Julian Battistella   Taylor 2017, Gilbert Year 12, Jesse Year 9, Oliver Year 1 
  Mr Michael Doble    
  Mr Paul O’Malley  James 2013, Tim Year 11, Daniel Year 8 
  Ms Clare Power  Patrick Year 4, Hamish Year 3, Samuel Prep 
  Mr Paul Shanley  Thomas 2016, Xavier Year 10 
  Mr Stephen Russell   
  Mr Ray Tyrrell  Bursar  Reece 2003, Blake 2005
  Mr Ross Corstorphin  Finance Manager 
Governance Committee:   
Chair   Mrs Kate Clark   
  Mr Stephen Ellich   
  Ms Denise Woolerton   
  Ms Janet Canny  Director of Students 
  Mr James Daly  Director of Glendalough 
  Mr Ray Tyrrell   
Property Committee:   
Chair  Mr John Lincoln   
  Mr Anthony Caliguiri (1990)   Michele Year 1 
  Mr Shane Dalton  Drew 2000, Glyn 2005 
  Mr Dominic Pagliaro  Andrew Year 10 
  Mr Nick Sier (1996)    
  Mr Denis Stephenson  Matthew 1989 
  Mr David Thomas (1995)   
  Mr Michael Wilkinson  Christopher 2000, Edward 2003, Thomas 2005 
  Mr Stephen Russell   
  Mr Ray Tyrrell   
  Mr Anthony Johnson   Facilities & Operations Manager Christopher Year 11 

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)