Headmaster's Weekly Address

24-Nov-2016

Family Fun Day at Glendalough last Sunday lived up to its name splendidly.  The big crowd, made up of so many happy boys and generations of their families, enjoyed the many delights on offer and the rides and entertainment.  The day was a very powerful expression of community, the result of hundreds of hours of planning and preparation by an enthusiastic and talented committee.  It was led with deftness, skill and sheer hard work by Mrs Claire Whitbread.  I must show some will-power to make the cakes we purchased last a little while rather than their finding too direct a route to my waistline!

On Thursday evening last week, a large cohort of fathers and sons of Year 11 gathered for a formal dinner at The Australian Club.  Generously, my son James (SKC05), received an invitation and so I enjoyed as dad, like so many others, the simple but significant pleasure of dinner, one on one, with one’s son.  The speaker organised by the Fathers’ Association who hosted the night, was first rate, Hugh van Cuylenburg.  His address, centred on resilience, had our attention and gave all present much to reflect upon.  The acronym of GEM was his gift to us: Gratitude – Empathy – Mindfulness.

The Melbourne trains had worked perfectly – I am lucky sometimes – to get me to the Year 11 Dinner punctually, because at 6.35pm on Thursday, I was still in the Ruby Tout, having listened to the final of the DAV A-Grade Debating Competition.  St Kevin’s secured the Shield with a remarkable 5-0 adjudicator decision, defeating an articulate and accomplished Melbourne High School team.  Congratulations to our senior team of Luke Macaronas (C), Christopher Bates, Lachlan P McDonald and Antony Sinni.  Their coach and our TIC of Debating, Ms Kelly Gallivan, also deserves accolades.

As I have written often, it is important we are at our best as a community when people need support in difficult times. Generations of parents, past pupils, current staff and boys, attended and musically assisted at the Requiem Mass of Mrs Margaret Rogers on Friday afternoon.  Mother of four SKC men, David (SKC92), Matthew (SKC94), Chris (SKC98) and Michael (SKC01), Marg and her husband Tony (deceased), were true St Kevin’s stalwarts. Margaret’s service on the Mothers’ Association, Past Mothers’ Association, Convenor of the Art Show, Board Member and Rowing Committee, demonstrated but a small part of her generous and capable nature. R.I.P.

On Tuesday of this week, I had the opportunity to thank the many who have followed in the Rogers’ family footsteps when we hosted, in the Galleria, the Presidents’ Dinner.  It is a small but, I hope, significant and personal way I can say thank you on behalf of all of us, to those who are prepared to lead our myriad Parent Associations which support our school so well.  The key aim of all these great groups is the creation and nurturing of our sense of community.  It is my hope that every St Kevin’s family will find the right time in their journey through the school to join one of the Association Committees.  Our actions speak very loudly to our children.  To serve others is, we hope, a key characteristic of a Kevinian, and parents have the opportunity to show this moral and community value by joining our Associations.

Weekly Friday morning Mass before school has concluded for 2016; I will miss this weekly Eucharistic gift.  My thanks to the Ministry Team for the logistics and to Mr Michael McGirr for sourcing so many priests.  I wish to particularly recognise Fr Dom Murphy of the Camberwell Priory for the regularity of his Fridays with us and the poignant but simple way his sermons spoke to our boys.

Year 11 have begun their Year 12 studies, the rest of Heyington and Waterford are ensconced in examinations and much final assessment and reporting is underway at Glendalough.  It remains time for us all to keep our concentration and work rate high! 

 

Co-Curricular Appointments:
Drama
Captain
Alexandras Bartaska
  Deputy Captain
Damian Russo
     
Debating
Captain
Maxwell Thomas
  Deputy Captain Debating
Patrick Gigacz
  Deputy Captain Public Speaking
Samuel Collins
     
Tennis
Deputy Captain
Todd Millington



Stephen F Russell
Headmaster

 

 

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(From the Mission Statement)