Headmaster's Weekly Address

26-Oct-2017

Dear Parents

There are some weeks at St Kevin’s when the range of activities, events and occasions, still surprises me after fourteen years as Headmaster! The recent days have filled my heart with joy, astounded my already deep understanding of student talent and determination, and given me cause to celebrate my vocation as teacher.

Our final performance in the Tout was the Year 7 play The Adventures of Rikki, Tikki Tavi, in conjunction with Sacre Coeur. Directed by Ms Gilchrist, with assistance from Ms Pelle, it was a great success! Some 56 students had direct involvement. Lachlan De Garis in the lead, displayed wonderful timing, excellent dialogue delivery and a great comedic sense. The monkey pack was lively and fun to watch. My other favourites were Aidan Hawe as the Porcupine and Lucy Meagher as Shere Khan. A most sincere well done is extended to all involved.

The week-long display of our senior students’ work in Studio Arts, Visual Communication & Design and Design Technology, provided vast evidence of real talent and fine teaching. To all our exhibitors and Head of Department, Mr Karl Sebire, may I say you produced a show worthy of significant crowds and generous acclaim!

It was wonderful on another evening to be at the major annual fundraiser for the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS). Imagine my joy, both as a Director of MITS and Headmaster of St Kevin’s, to meet so many SKC families who had decided to support this important event. Another two MITS students will become part of St Kevin’s in Year 8, 2018.

On Friday evening, Kate and I were treated to fine music, good food and stimulating company at the Secondary Music Awards Dinner in Smith Hall. We so enjoyed the performances and the chance to recognise the best of student contributions to each of our bands and ensembles. This, I am sure, will be but the first of many of these nights.

Across the week we had the pleasure of hosting students from St Brendan’s Yeppoon (QLD), on a reciprocal visit and we welcomed home our lads who had been on exchange to Ratcliffe College (UK). These are another two examples of the many opportunities available to our boys.

Saturday morning I was in Church. I was not seeking divine intervention for the Athletics later in the day, but was supporting our Year 4 boys as they made their First Communion. St Ignatius was filled almost to capacity with family and friends. The boys had been prepared so well and participated with reverence and a little awe in the Mass. It was a genuine privilege to share this day with them.

A short ride had me at Lakeside Stadium to watch our Athletics Team, led by TIC Mr McCann and Captain of Athletics, Phillip Borg, reclaim the APS Athletics title in a very strong performance. Our athletes achieved many personal bests and displayed great sportsmanship many times throughout the meet, and were humble and gracious in the victory. The crowd support, as is our custom, was large and the athletes told me this was of great help in the track events. The one instance of foolish and dangerous behaviour at the end of the day, was a great disappointment. This has been followed through and suitable sanctions applied. The Dinner I attended that night was a very happy, family-centred event.

By Monday, we were in full Valedictory mode. Each Senior House farewelled their boys in the morning, before the resumption of those important final classes. The last formal lessons of the year were Tuesday morning. We then celebrated a Formal Assembly, at which Ned Dwyer of Year 8, Mr Jones and myself, delivered Vale addresses before Benjamin Byrnes, ELC – Year 12, replied on behalf of his peers. Lunch shared with staff was followed by the Headmaster’s Liturgy in the Tout.

We then gathered for Mass at St Francis in the city. It is always a time of reflection, gratitude and celebration, tinged with sadness. Dinner followed at the Pullman where the College Captain proposed a toast to the College to which I replied. I then proposed a toast to parents to which Mrs Francois Borg replied in an erudite and heartfelt manner. The night was a celebration of family, College and friendship.

As this Newsletter goes out, we will have much to report to our Board, which meets tonight.

SKC is alive and well.

Co-curricular Appointments

Cricket     Captain     Jack Di Stefano 
  Deputy Captain       Luca Gambell

Kind regards,

Stephen F Russell
Headmaster
Promote the vision of Blessed Edmund Rice calling us to see God present in all members of our community and society, especially those alienated and with little hope through service of others in local, national and world communities.
(from the Mission Statement)