Headmaster's Weekly Address


Assembly on Monday was poignant and important. The Heyington Campus celebrated Easter, directed in our prayers, readings and hymns by Dean of Faith, Mr McGirr. We were encouraged to see the Easter season as a time of transformation when we, inspired by the message of the Resurrection, can be optimistic about our lives and the world around us, even if there are clear challenges abounding locally and internationally.

Our College Captain gave a fine address, linking our Christian faith, our self-identity and ANZAC Day. My contribution also spoke of the significance of Easter and I placed 1917 in the context of World War One and our own history. Co-Curricular Captains were appointed, we celebrated those Premiership Sports of summer gone and praised those whose efforts brought credit to themselves and the College.

The Last Post was played, the list of St Kevin’s fallen acknowledged and the Ode read. It was a full Assembly which also included the announcement that we hope to occupy the Tooronga Sports Fields late this term – weather co-operating! The other announcement of note was the launch of one of our proposed Centenary celebrations.

The College has toured the United Kingdom and Ireland for sporting, cultural and historical trips in recent years. As part of our Centenary celebrations, we are proposing a tour to London and Ireland during the Term One break next year. We believe it would be appropriate for any current Years 7 – 11 students to apply. If there is sufficient interest, and, subsequent to normal tour procedures, the tour will go ahead. An Information Night for students and parents will be held in Smith Hall, 7.45pm Monday 8 May.

Highlights of the tour will include a pilgrimage from outside Dublin across to Glendalough, time to visit Edmund Rice’s birthplace, Callan and Mass at Waterford. London attractions will include the Imperial War Museum, Lords Cricket Ground and a West End Show. Details are available on the College website under ‘Quicklinks’.

Embedded with the Student Centenary Tour will be a Pilgrimage option for Old Collegians, staff, parents and friends of the College. This will run parallel to the student tour for three days. Details of this concept are also on the website under ‘Quicklinks’.

I am looking forward to a full, normal week, Monday – Saturday in Week 3.

Co-Curricular Appointments: 
Basketball  Captain  William Vanderslik  Deputy Captain  Benjamin Byrnes 
Football  Captain  Cameron Hodges     
Hockey  Captain  Will Harris  Deputy Captain  Tom Pollock 
Rugby  Captain  Sione Tui  Deputy Captain  Angus Edwards 

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's College will acknowledge that for many members of the school family, the College is their primary faith community
(from the Mission Statement)