Headmaster's Weekly Address

25-Sep-2017
Assembly at Heyington allowed us the opportunity to recognise many boys for academic effort, sporting achievement and social justice commitment. Primus inter pares was the presentation to Hugh Flanagan of Year 12 Kearney with an Edmund Rice Award. An Edmund Rice Award recognises a member of the St Kevin’s community who gives highly commendable service to others in the spirit of Edmund Rice. Hugh’s House Head, Mr Segal, wrote in his recommendation to the Leadership Team …

Hugh started attending Friday Night School at St Ignatius in Year 11 and has been there every week through Year 11 and Year 12. All Kearney boys in Years 11 and 12 are expected to attend St Ignatius three times over the course of the year but Hugh took it upon himself to attend every week. He is paired with the same young student each week and has built a meaningful and supportive relationship with this student. Hugh’s service to others, in terms of the power of liberating education, sets a great example to the rest of the community. Hugh does not have a position of leadership at the College nor has he ever sought praise or recognition for his commitment. He is one of the most humble young men to grace Kearney House.

Subsequently, Aidan Trinh, Year 12 Rahill and Matthew Griggs, Year 10 Kenny, were announced as the recipients of Australian Defence Force, Long Tan Awards. These awards commenced in 2006 and seek to recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community, as well as those who display strong values such as doing one’s best, respect for others and ‘mateship’, characteristics that are integral to Australian society. Over 2200 schools participate in these awards, which are an initiative of the Australian government, in concert with the Australian Defence Force, to encourage senior students – tomorrow’s leaders – to actively participate in the life of their schools and local communities

Congratulations were extended to all involved in the Year 8 play, Jungle Book. Directed by Ms Christie with Mrs Power as Assistant Director, the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling Mowgli stories was great fun. Connor Heath as Mowgli, Dominic Morelli as Shere Khan and Benedict McGirr as King Monkey were first rate. It was a very large cast which gave me great joy. Our thanks are extended to the Korowa girls for their partnership. In this last week of Term in the Vaucluse Hall at Waterford, our Year 9 boys in partnership with Genazzano have performed Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. My thanks to Miss Sarah Glenister as Director and her staff team that have given another large cast the opportunity to ‘tread the boards’ or work backstage. Lucas Dyt, John Burgess, Ben O’Donoghue, William Maligin, Anthony Wilks, Samuel Roach, William Cameron, Maxwell Tribe and Joshua Herington all had significant roles. This is the 10th of our 11 stage productions this year. Keep your eye out for the Year 7 play early next term.

The Mr Baff-inspired and led, 24 Hour Zimele Challenge, was a great success across the weekend and is proving to be an important part of St Kevin’s support for the Edmund Rice Foundation.

We have farewelled the China Tour and European History Tour and the last of our Year 8 camps are completed this week.

Boys in Years 7 – 12 remain in winter uniform until Cup Weekend. 

May I remind any family that may be moving or considering for any range of reasons, leaving St Kevin’s in 2018, to be in touch with my office before the start of next term. Enrolment conditions do require a term’s notice and I would like to offer any extra places that may result from student movement as soon as possible.

Enjoy the break!

St Kevin’s College/MITS Partnership

A family is sought to host in 2018 a lad from Mooroopna in country Victoria who is designated to attend SKC. Please call Mrs Ryan (9832 4967) to organise a conversation then interview with me as soon as possible.


Edmund Rice Award

  Year 12


Hugh Flanagan


Service to others through his commitment to Friday Night School, continuous weekly attendance through Years 11 and 12 

Excellence Award

  Year 10


Zhihan Jiang


For having successfully attained his A.Mus.A in violin, having begun to play the violin only in Year 7

Headmaster’s Study Awards

  Year 12 French Patrick Gigacz
Hugh Vuillier
David Wang
  Year 11 French Lucas Allori
Simon Cosgrave
Francis Nguyen
Anthony Salib
Mitchell Turner
  Year 10 Australian History Thomas Gilbert
Leonardo Grossi
William Penfold
Samuel Posterino
William Thorn
French Andres Bartlett
Nicholas Collins
Charles Cullen
Oscar Lane

Kind regards,

Stephen F Russell

Value our Catholic heritage, its foundations and view of the world. 
(From the Mission Statement)