Senior School Newsletter

 17 July 2014, Volume 65 No. 18

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to Semester II. Across the campuses, energy and learning are already evident.

As you read this Newsletter, we will have completed the formal opening of the Victor McMahon Music Centre. In simple terms, it is a magnificent building, dedicated to taking the quality of music performance and education at St Kevin’s to a new high note.

Named in honour of the flautist and Old Collegian, Victor McMahon (SKC 1918), we have been privileged to have members of his family present with us. Victor’s career saw him perform at the highest symphonic and popular levels of music. Victor was an inspirational teacher, with flute greats Don Burrows and Jane Rutter among many crediting him as a major mentor and teacher. Victor was also instrumental in the introduction of music throughout schools in NSW with his McMahon Fyfe and teaching manuals. He returned to the College at the time of the Diamond Jubilee and for some less formal visits. The Performing Arts Award and Trophy bear his name.

This Lansell Road addition to our building stock will benefit boys across the College. The blessing was conducted by Monsignor Terence Curtin (SKC 63) and the building declared open by Mr Bryan Hoy (SKC 40). Bryan is an ebullient and constant supporter of all we do at SKC and as past student, past parent and past grandparent was ideally placed to represent the continuity that is real community.

Allow me to share the remarkable introductory prayer crafted by Mr McGirr as part of the opening …

  Let us remember the Wurundjeri Willam people, the original custodians of this land, people who made music in this place for thousands of years before us. For them, music was always at the service of the community. They had no concept of a celebrity, of applauding the performance of an individual just for his or her own sake. They had a rich sense that music celebrated a connection to the land and the river, to the people around them and to all those who had come before them. Music was an expression of their spirit, not their ego. We pray to God today that the talent we foster in this centre will take people beyond their own interests. We pray that we, as the Psalmist said, will make music for The Lord.

This centre is named after Victor McMahon, a former student and a renowned flautist of international standing. The flute is one of those instruments we read about in The Bible. We know that King David, as a boy, expressed his faith through the flute. Jesus used the image of the flute to talk about people who couldn’t listen to each other or to their world: he quoted a popular song, ‘we played the flute for you and you wouldn’t dance.’ Even in the twentieth century, people played the flute as they awaited execution in Hitler’s death camps.

Whatever the instrument, Music is an expression of hope. It reaches past words. It can express the greatest joy. It can also lighten the darkest circumstance. We pray today that in this place we will help young musicians to grow into people attuned to the circumstances of others, committed to putting back into harmony a world which is so often out of tune. 

We have welcomed back our cricketers from the UK who enjoyed great weather, good results and a wonderful experience. Thanks again to Messrs Schottner, Baff and Segal. The Japanese tourists excelled as ambassadors for their nation and school and the reports from Mr Arai, Ms Berry and Mr Bylsma validate enthusiastically, the educational, linguistic and cultural value of this trip. Exhausted by the travel and emotional commitment required, the Zimele group of staff, Messrs Purcell, Mount, McGirr and Stone have returned to school ready to enrich and deepen our understanding of Africa.

My sincere appreciation for the support offered to the College and me after the lead article in the recent Omnia. My follow-up to boys at Heyington was a simple plea that boys know that individuals acting morally and with good will, seen or unobserved, do influence both the micro and wider human climate in which we live. St Kevin’s can thrive when we act, knowing that ‘Omnia Pro Deo’ has meaning that can translate into daily behaviour and that the great mass of boys do value ‘learning, family and fullness of life’.

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

St Kevin's will value diversity and friendship within the community.
(from the Mission Statement) 

Faith and Mission

Dancing in daylight

If I had to choose a single word to describe the experience of being in Africa for three weeks over the recent holidays, it would need to be a very, very long word. It would include every letter of the alphabet and a few mysterious symbols as well. It would have hundreds of other words tucked away inside it.

Perhaps it might be more realistic to share a few snapshots of people whom the 18 members of the Zimele immersion came across in our pilgrimage through three countries.

One of these would be Walter Odhiambo, a lanky gentleman with a winning smile who was one of our hosts at the Education for Life Centre in Eldoret in Northern Kenya. The Education for Life Centre (EFL) is a ministry of the Christian Brothers that has grown in response to the tragedy of HIV in Kenya. It is hard from the vantage point of Australia to absorb the enormity of this crisis. It is no less easy to comprehend the spirit of the women mostly (and some men), who find support and a sense of community at the EFL, as well as a direction for life. The centre offers self-help groups in the area of micro-finance as well as training in various crafts that may provide a modest source of income. One person we met, Lillian, has been able to survive by buying and reselling small quantities of paraffin and kerosene that villagers use for cooking and light. Others make beads which some of you will have the chance to purchase at Zimele events, such as the dinner coming up on Saturday 23 August.

The community also creates joy. As we arrived, its members surrounded our bus and sang and danced with us as we covered the short distance to their gathering place. A journey of twenty or thirty metres took over half an hour and the atmosphere was an exuberant celebration of life and faith. Such joy became only more poignant over the next few days as we visited some members of the community in their homes. There some of us encountered people who had moved close to death because they simply did not have the food they need to eat with their medication. The medication was available but it didn’t work unless you had food as well.

After dancing and an exchange of songs, Walter Odihambo stood up in what we discovered was his customary bright green shirt and blue waistcoat. He told us he was 51 years of age, the proud father of six children and had been living with HIV since he was diagnosed in 2004. In a country where tribal identity makes a huge difference he comes from the Luo clan, based around Lake Victoria in Western Kenya.
‘I was completely without hope when I found out I had the disease’.

Walter caught the virus from his wife, Sarah, who, in turn, contracted HIV when she was out collecting firewood and was raped by three strangers. The offenders were arrested but used bribes to ensure their release. Both Walter and his wife had TB to start with and it wasn’t long before Sarah passed away.

‘I just lost hope. Our six children were very young. More to the point, HIV was a source of shame. It was a stigma and I suffered discrimination’.

Walter found that potential employers all demanded a health check and would not employ anyone who was HIV positive. He was out of work. So he began as a volunteer at EFL, paying home visits to the sick and helping people with their medication. He is particularly concerned about a number of evangelical churches in the area which do damage by convincing people they are able to perform miracles and cure them of HIV. This is good for church business but dreadful for the people who get conned and stop taking their medication. East Africa is a religious supermarket. Walter is the kind of man of faith who spends time convincing others that common sense is a more reliable path to God than wacky signs and wonders.

Walter lives in a shack which measures 3m by 3m, the kind of place where most of us keep our garden tools. With children, grandchildren and others, there are eight people in the space for which he pays about $35 a month. At the time we met, he was two months behind with the rent and the family was about to be evicted. His daughter has to sit at the door of the classroom because he is behind with the school fees as well. His smile belies a life of great stress and stress, he finds, makes his physical health worse.

‘I believe in God,’ he says ‘but it’s hard when you don’t have something to give your children to eat. I just pray every day that I will have the ability to find work’.

For the last 16 years, the Education for Life Centre has been led by Angie Obutu. Angie was widowed about two years ago and now looks after her three children as well as two she has adopted.

‘I have seen these women so low,’ she says, ‘that I could not believe they would be able to dance. But they do. That’s where I learn about God. This is the face of God’.

Angie Obutu will be the special guest at the Zimele dinner at St Kevin’s on Saturday 23 August. To purchase your tickets please click here -

Mr Michael McGirr
  Dean of Faith & Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Term 3 commenced.
  • Mr Nott accompanied Kenny students in assisting with serving breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • French Touring Party from Lycee Cours Charles Orleans were welcomed.
  • Year 9 students prepared for the RICE Program.
  • Year 10 and 11 students went on excursion to the Chemistry Department at Monash University.
  • Football Association meeting was held.
  • Mandarin Course Writing took place.
  • Soccer Association held a meeting.
  • Year 10 Nepal Parent Information Evening took place.
  • Kenny House Mass was celebrated.
  • A group of Year 10 boys participated in an Engineering Competition.
  • Aquatics meeting took place.
  • Year 10 PACTs Evening was held.
  • 1st XV Rugby team played Trinity School, Croyden in England.
  • McMahon Music Centre was officially opened.
  • Year 10 Religious Education students went to Mt Scopus.
  • Old Collegian Mr Marco Bonolo addressed the Year 12 cohort.
  • Winter Activities Photographs were taken at Heyington.
  • Year 5 and 6 father/Son Camp weekend took place.
  • Staff undertook professional development in the Act Mindfully Program.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Ethan Rode
Year 7
For his display of Kevinian spirit in promptly returning lost property to its rightful owner.

Daniel Deakin
Year 8

For demonstrating leadership and initiative with the introduction of the Year 8 Music Ensemble.

Vikash Yogaraj
Year 9
For his determination to achieve academic success despite ongoing illness.

Sione Tuipulotu

For selection in the Australian School Boys Rugby Union Squad.

Clarke Stewart

  For outstanding performances representing Victoria at the recent Australian Rugby Championships.

Hugh Ingram
For his contribution to the life of Kenny house and his service to SKC football.

James Macaronas
For outstanding commitment to
Good Grub and all
aspects of College life.

Henry Dempsey
 For displaying excellent insight, initiative and service to other members of the Tutor Group.

Joseph Micallef

For his outstanding representation of the College during the Japanese tour.

Calendar Dates

Friday 18
Year 9 RICE Program Preparation
Class Reps Meeting
Glendalough Mothers' Association Meeting
Heyington Winter Activities Photographs

Saturday 19
APS Sport
Year 5 and 6 Father/Male Mentor and Son Camp
Sunday 20
Years 5/6 Father/Male Mentor/Son Camp  
Monday 21
Year 9 RICE Program Preparation
Rugby Association Meeting

Mannix Room


Tuesday 22
Year 9 RICE Program
PURTON House Mass

Wednesday 23
Year 9 RICE Program
Lycee St Charles Touring Party depart
Thursday 24
Year 9 Transition Evening for Parents
Year 9 RICE Program
Friday 25
Year 10 Dancing Class
Year 9 RICE Program
Saturday 26
APS Sport 
Year 9 RICE Program
Glendalough Junior Ensembles Workshop
 Please see the College Calendar for full details and future dates.

Don't forget to make use of the Calendar search facility. For example search on Father-Son to find information regarding the Father-Son Camps. The Calendar can be accessed from the top of any page on the College website.

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SKC Finance Office

Important information regarding Semester Two Fees

Invoices for Semester Two fees have been mailed out to families and will be due and payable by 31 July 2014.

If you currently have a monthly payment plan in place, when you receive your Semester Two fee account, please check that your current payments will ensure the balance is cleared by 31 October 2014.

Please contact Mr Ross Corstorphin, Finance Manager ( or phone 9832 4966 if you have any further enquiries regarding fee accounts. 

Education Maintenance Allowance 2014 - Instalment Two

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is provided to assist eligible families with the costs associated with the education of their children.

Parents and guardians may be eligible for the EMA if they have a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

The second instalment of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) payment is due to be paid from mid-August onwards for parents/guardians who chose the ‘direct deposit’ or ‘pay direct to school’ payment option on their application form.

Please (click here) for the link to the EMA website for more information.

Closing date for parents’ applications – 31 July Bev Phillips can be contacted on 9822 0911 or email

Parents and guardians who lodged an EMA application at the beginning of the year do not need to lodge another EMA application to receive the second instalment EMA payment.

Mr Ross Corstorphin
Finance Manager

Old Collegians' Association


Dates for 2014

The Old Collegians' 2014 event dates have been updated on the SKC Website. Please take the time to diarise any relevant dates and further details will be forwarded to you closer to the time.  If you have moved or changed your email address recently please contact us so we can update our records and keep in touch with you. Thank you.

Recording of Occupations

During 2013 the Old Collegians' Association ran several cocktail evenings for specific occupation groups and we intend to do the same in 2014. The nights were a great success, with many a story and business network cemented in the common experience of being a Kevinian.

The St Kevin's Old Collegians' data base needs to have a record of the occupations so that invitations can be sent to the correct people. We are very keen for all Kevinians to nominate their occupation but specifically this year we would like to hear from all of those of the Noble Profession (education). 

Please contact Kevin Culliver (Executive Officer SKOCA)

Mr Kevin Culliver
Executive Officer SKOCA


Attendance at University and TAFE Open Days is really important. This is especially so if you plan to apply for a course which requires an interview, folio presentation or audition as part of the application process (Art and Design, Music and Drama courses for example). Make note of the dates of the Open Days you plan to attend in your diary now! Open Days are not just for Year 12 students, Year 10 is a great time to start some visits. Reading about a course that interests you is a great start and visiting the institution offering the course is even better. Year 11 students will also benefit from walking around a different institution from one they may have visited in Year 10. The more research students undertake prior to Year 12, the esier the burden of information gathering and selection in Year 12. For those who would like to attend a 'one-stop-shop', the Herald Sun Careers Expo is being held on the weekend of 15 - 17 August.

The VTAC Guide 2015 provides Year 12 students with a reference on all courses in Victoria. This is now available on the VTAC website. Additional research will be necessary on the VTAC or tertiary websites to determine eligibility and further requirements. We will commence seeing Year 12 students for tertiary preference advice from Week 4 this term. Year 10 families who have not yet booked an appointment to discuss DAT results and VCE subject selection are reminded to do so as soon as possible as interviews for Year 10 students will close at the end of Week 3 this term. Year 10 parents are reminded to buy a Metropolitan Newspaper on Tuesday 22 July. The VICTER supplement which outlines tertiary requirements for all courses in Victoria in 2017 will be available in this issue. Year 10 students are reminded of the importance of attending the Year 10 Transition Day on Tuesday 31 July. Students will receive valuable advice about the VCE, VET programs and subject selection. This year we are once again fortunate to have Mr Daniel Pereira presenting his Shape Your Destiny Program to the students in the morning. The outcomes of this program are:

  • to remove student confusion and uncertainty about their future by aligning their passions, talents and ideals to a pathway best suited to them
  • to create a year level of students who are motivated to perform well at school because they have connected to a compelling future
  • to set written and specific goals to give students focus and direction at school and beyond
  • to create a step-by-step plan of action, designed by the students, which will be the blueprint for their academic and career success
Year 9 families are reminded about the Year 9 Transition Information Evening which is to be held in the Hall at Waterford on Thursday 24 July from 7:45pm. All Year 9 parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • ANU Research Intensive Programs Information Session
  • What is VET in the VCE?
  • Student Exchange Information Session
  • VTAC Guide 2015
  • Scholarships at Bond University
  • Life Sciences Computation
  • Medical Radiations Career Open Day
  • Medical Imaging Courses Offered in Victoria
  • News from La Trobe University: Aspire – Early Admissions Program; Study Health and Information Management
Please see Careers News for more details.
 Ms O'Sullivan, Mrs Runciman & Mrs White
The Careers Department

Outdoor Education

All St Kevin's parents are encouraged to visit the new Outdoor Education website on the College Portal. It will become your information hub for all Outdoor Education information. Please ask your son to direct you to the site and show you around. We are currently uploading all Year 10 'Camino' information. Year 7, 8, 9, and selected Year 11 information will follow shortly. I encourage you to email the department as the first line of communication as we are not in the office often enough to respond to your phone calls. Please email Cameron Barry
Mr Cameron Barry 
Head of Outdoor Education


Co-curricular Winter Sports

Please check the Current Fixtures each Thursday afternoon for any sport draw changes

Please click here to view APS Sport Current Results.

Please click here for this weekend's APS Sport Fixtures.

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Debating & Public Speaking

Round 4 Senior Debating Results

Round 5 of the DAV Schools Competition (Years 9 - 12) will be upon us soon. In Round 5, debates are power-paired so that teams are paired with a team that has won the same number of debates as them. This should make Round 5 full of very close debates. After Round 5, the team(s) with the most wins at each year level progress to the state play-offs. SKC has teams in contention at each year level. SKC 1 and 4 at A-Grade have a chance. SKC 1 and 2 will play-off at B-Grade to make the finals. SKC 1 at C-Grade is the only undefeated team so will make the play-offs regardless of their result in Round 5 and SKC 1 and 2 at D-Grade are still in contention.

Over the holidays, James Macaronas (Year 12 and Walter Butler Trophy Winner in 2012 and 2013) competed in the semi-final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award. James was the winner of the semi-final and will compete as a grand finalist on Friday of Week 2 this term. We wish him the best of luck.

Round 4 Senior Debating results have been updated on the website - (click here). Well done to all of those that participated. The 'D' Grade fixtures have now been published on the webpage.

Ms Kelly Gallivan
TIC Debating

SKC Basketball Association

Basketball Presentation Evening

St Kevin's Soccer Association extends a warm invite to all players, family and friends to attend the annual Basketball Presentation Evening. This is a very popular evening and places sell fast. So book now!
Wednesday 6 August 
Smith Hall 
6.45pm for 7.00pm start  
Students: $25 Adults: $35. No Cash or cheques please. 
Only available through TryBooking - (click here)

Buffet provided by Spitting Image Catering BYO drinks, glasses and pre-dinner snacks. Soft drinks provided for students. Any further enquiries email: or contact Sue O’Shea 0417 305 903.
Download a copy of your invitation for the fridge door - (click here).

Photographs for Presentation Evening

A fabulous photo presentation is part of the evening's entertainment. There are only a few more weeks to take photos of your son’s team and send them in JPEG format to your Year Level Representative. Year 7 photographs are to be sent to Allison Hart. Please refer to the SKC website -
Mrs Sue O'Shea
SKC Basketball Association

SKC Soccer Association

Soccer Presentation Evening

St Kevin's Soccer Association extends a warm invite to all players, family and friends to attend the annual Soccer Presentation Evening.
Saturday 9 August 
Smith Hall
6.00pm for 6.30pm start
TryBooking - (click here)
or contact Jenny Davrain
This is a wonderful celebration of our boys' enjoyment of the game. Seating is limited so please be sure to book early.  Please don't miss out, mark it in your diaries now! Download a copy of your invitation for the fridge door (click here).

Don't forget to send your soccer photos to Mr Nick Hale TIC Soccer - or leave your CD or USB at Reception for Nick Hale to collect. A selection of photos will be included in the PowerPoint presentation during the evening.
Mr Nick Hale
TIC SKC Soccer

SKC Rugby Association

Rugby Presentation Evening 

St Kevin's Rugby Association extends an invitation to all players, family and friends to attend the annual Rugby Presentation Evening. All players are expected to attend with parents.

Friday 15 August  
Smith Hall

The booking procedure for the event which includes dinner will only be through the Trybooking website; details to follow in future newsletters. Please 'save the date' to ensure you are available on the evening.
Mr Kevin Culliver

Interschools Snowsports Championships 2014


Can you Snowboard or Ski?

Would you like to try racing? Then get involved with this years Snowsports Championships!
Competence in one of these disciplines is necessary - racing experience not required.
Cross Country
Sunday 10 August 
  Primary School Competitions  Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 August 
  Secondary School Competitions  Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 August
Mt Buller
For interested families - parents please contact Chris Papadopulos via email: Download the flyer for the fridge door! - (click here).


Victor McMahon Music Centre

The wonderful new music facility at Glendalough has been opened this week. The building is named after Victor McMahon, a former SKC student, professional flautist and visionary music educator. Twelve teaching rooms are complemented by a large ensemble rehearsal space, all carefully designed with the acoustical requirements of each room taken into account. We are delighted to have moved in this week.

Term 3

Term 3 is always a busy term, with many ensembles participating in the Victorian School Music Festival (VSMF), combined events with other schools and our own concerts, including the Combined School Concert which is being held at Hamer Hall on Monday 8 September. Information about this concert will be available next week. Book your tickets early to guarantee the best seats!

Term 3 Music Dates

Download a copy of the Term 3 Music Dates - (click here).

Music Office - C305

The Music Office C305, can be contacted by phone on 9804 3045 and by email at

Boys with enquiries are encouraged to visit the Music Office before school, at Recess or at Lunchtime.

Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music

Parent Functions

Year 12

Year 12 Parent Coffee Morning
Friday 25 July 
The Home of Maggie Burgess
8 Gordon Grove, South Yarra (off Punt Road)
Sunday 20 July
Any further enquiries please contact Katrina Prior on 0414 920 756.

Year 11 

We look forward to welcoming you on Friday, August 1st, at the home of Derek & Martine Browell. Details below.

Year 11 Parent’s Evening
Friday 1 August  
Home of Derek & Martine Browell
310 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East (Cnr Westgarth & Wattletree Rds)
7.00pm - 10.30pm
$35 per head (delicious finger food BYO beverages)
No Cash accepted on the evening. Tickets non-refundable
TryBooking by Friday 25 July, 3.00pm - (click here)
Download a copy of the invitation for the fridge door - (click here)
Any further enquiries please contact Karen Zylstra – 0417 001 842


SKC Past Mothers' Association

Annual Luncheon - Save the Date

St Kevin's Past Mothers' Association extends a warm invite to all past mothers to attend the annual Luncheon.

Thursday 11 September 
The Riversdale Golf Club
Cnr Huntingdale & High Street Roads, Mount Waverley
12.00 noon
$75.00 per person
Booking information will be published in next newsletter
Mrs Marg Hawker -

Download a copy of the flyer for the fridge door - (click here).

Mrs Marg Hawker - President
Past Mothers' Association

Tuck Shop Roster 

Term 3 

The new term 3 Tuck Shop roster can be found on the SKC website, please (click here). Thank you to the wonderful parents that volunteer their time. 


Bob Stewart 

Malvern Store Open 

 Download a copy of the Prep - Year 12 uniform requirements - (click here).

SKC Merchandise

St Kevin's Towel Orders

At just $50 each these towels are embroidered with your son's name and in theory, will never be lost! Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Delivery will be to the College to your son's classroom.

Please click here for the link to TryBooking to order.
Further enquiries please contact Mrs Ann James - SKC Merchandising. 

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