Headmaster's Weekly Address

03-May-2018

Dear Parents,

The Centenary Ball is to be held on Saturday 16 June at the Sofitel Melbourne. Conversations at school events and even in my local shops, indicate a very large interest from current families, past parents and old collegians. When preparing for this celebration, we booked a space that would allow the largest social gathering in my 20-plus years at the College. The apparent and widespread enthusiasm caused me concern that we may disappoint many folk. To assuage this possible disappointment, we have booked a second ballroom space linked to the Grand Ballroom and on the same floor. This will mean another 200 seats! We will be able to move between rooms, dancing in the larger space (with a live band performing), and perhaps conversation in the second after our meals. There will be a video link between the rooms. When bookings open on Friday, allocation to ballrooms will be made in order of booking. We are looking to have as many of us gather as possible on June 16. It will be a night to remember.

My thanks to all the secondary parents for their en masse attendance at the Academic Progress Interviews. I know that many took advantage of our IT Department being on hand to conduct the mini-tutorials on the use of the Portal. Literacy across the Portal will continue to increase in importance – reports, student progress, newsletters, OAP forms and information, and many other important items will only be available on the Portal.

Friday last, the Russells and our Director of Studies, were part of a large SKC section of the audience at Crazy for You at St Catherine’s. The Gershwin Musical was performed so well by all the cast. I must, however, highlight two aspects of the night. Oliver Palamara in the lead role, displayed truly remarkable dancing skills to complement his acting and singing. Other than costume changes, I do believe he was on stage most of the night. The duet with Oliver and Tom Liszukiewicz received tumultuous acclaim from the audience.

Wednesday evening I enjoyed our Theatre Studies Class production of Charley’s Aunt. Last seen on stage at St Kevin’s in 1972, the current cast gave strong performances and entertained a near full house. It should be noted the boys all have production responsibilities as well as their on stage persona! Amazed by the efforts of all, my favourite characters were Lord Fancourt Babberly, played by Finn Millar, and Charley Wykeham, played by Andrew Willett. Congratulations to Ms Christie and all involved.

Edmund Rice’s Feast Day was celebrated in fine style this week. Father Joe Caddy celebrated Mass in the Wilding Centre where our boys were respectful and participated so well in the Eucharist. It is no small thing!

Headmaster's Study Awards:

Year 12 Aviation William Hogan
Year 10 Australian History Marvan Adams
Owen Heares
Vincent Luc
Luke Russo
Year 9 Digital Technology Liam Coady
Nathan Nguyen
Science Emile Ambrosi
Luca Di Conza
Dominic Conidi

Excellence Awards:

Year 11 Paul Stamatelatos World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, for having competed admirably in the four sections – Debating; Impromptu Speaking; Interpretive Reading and Persuasive Speaking



Year 10 Samuel Roach World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, for having competed admirably in the three sections – Debating; Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading; and, for having won the Persuasive Speaking section, triumphing over students from all around the world who were up to 19 years of age

Kind regards,

Stephen Russell