Headmaster's Weekly Address



Secondary boys are spread far and wide. The Music camp for Years 7-9 has 150 boys in residence and I look forward to their concert later in the week, when they return from making music in the bush. Our Year 10 and 11 cohorts are pursuing activities as diverse as surf lifesaving, horseriding, hiking, caving, canoeing, bike riding and rafting. Two groups have left for extended periods in Thailand and Nepal, where they will be involved in social justice projects, as well as some challenging outdoor education experiences.

The 12s have a week of examinations to keep them busy and, as a result of a very productive Year 13 visit and seminar, are well aware that a strong base of ‘academic aerobic’ fitness must be put in place early in the year, if they are to finish strongly in end of year examinations.

A group with particularly poignant memories of examinations, gathered in the Galleria on Monday evening. Past Duces ranging from Kevin Rosengren of 1954 to James Toohey of 2011, enjoyed one another’s company and allowed in some instances, wives to check in SKC Annuals, on their husband in the year of his graduation. It was a very happy occasion, where engineer mixed with doctor, physicist with banker and teacher with lawyer. Among the group were current grandfathers, fathers, uncles and brother of SKC 2012 students. They were delighted to learn of current academic endeavour and a little amazed by St Kevin’s 2012 facilities. We were among some genuinely ‘saintly’ men, judging by what I learnt of their community involvement and fine scholars.

Summer sports concluded over the weekend with our boat club performing at the highest overall level in my time at the College. Our 1st VIII rowed an excellent race in the final, to place second, with our 2nd and 3rd VIIIs finishing third. The 10As were in the A final, whilst our Year 9 crews excelled; (9A – First; 9B and 9C – second, 9D and 9E - First, 9F and 9G – Fourth). Congratulations to Ms Slattery, Mr Eaton and their dedicated coaching panels, and to a very determined boatshed, led well by Steven Walsh and Nicholas Sanders.

Our APS Premiership in Swimming has been supported on the sporting dais by Futsal and Squash, convincingly winning their competitions. Badminton secured second place on the APS ladder and Table Tennis also finished on the podium with a best ever third place. Our Tennis, Cricket and Volleyball 1st teams were all mid table. A fine summer sports effort!

Congratulations to our APS Summer Sports representatives :

Gary Li
Michael Turnbull
Marcus Or (Captain)     Christopher Badger
Fergus Calwell              Samuel Johnson
Aidan Slack
Table Tennis
Cristian Viglietti (Captain)
Sebastian Teoh

The Easter holidays will give us all a chance to refresh, ready for what will be a very active term, culturally, academically and in sport. My prayer for all families is that they find in the Easter message of Resurrection, grace to enrich relationships and look to the future with confidence. The Russells greatly enjoy the beauty and richness of the Easter liturgical celebrations. Do gather your families and find time to pray together this Easter, to celebrate the most important religious observance of our year.

A reminder that across the College, all boys are to return in winter uniform on Day 1 of Term II.

Please remember Douglas Vanni (Year 10) and his family in your prayers, following the sad passing of his brother Thomas last weekend. 

Stephen Russell