Senior School Newsletter

 20 November 2014, Volume 65 No. 34

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

As we push deeply into our final term, it is right and proper that I publicly share with our community, news of goings and comings on our staff. This week I farewell in this forum, colleagues who have served our community for many years and some whose stay has been but brief as they helped us fill a need for part of this year.

The two most notable departures are Mr John Mount and Mrs Dorothee Florenini who both joined the staff at the beginning of 1981. A combined 68 years of service to Glendalough and Heyington from two generous and talented teachers. The College Annual will have a detailed vale to each of these SKC educational elders. Also retiring from the noble profession at year’s end are Ms Erin Smart (Glendalough), Mr Trevor Read (Heyington), Mr Pat O’Connor (Heyington) and School Officer from Waterford, Ms Belinda Garnsworthy. Taking up promotion positions at other schools are Mr Peter Finnigan at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace, Mr Tom Purcell at Trinity Grammar, Mr Damian Butler in New York, Mr Cameron Barry at Brighton Grammar, Ms Jessica Kornacki at Mentone Girls’ Grammar and Mr Michael Monagle at CBC St Kilda.

It is a good thing that staff progress their careers and a real compliment to St Kevin’s that so many leaders in education are emanating from our school. Mr Jon Roberts has completed thirteen years of dedicated service and we acknowledge and thank Mr Carlos Franco and Ms Michelle Jacobs, for their second semester contributions at Heyington.

Were we not blessed by the break in the weather on Sunday for Family Fun Day at Glendalough? There was a wonderful atmosphere and the organising team led by Mrs Rachael McGarry deserve our admiration and thanks for giving our Junior School community such an excellent event.

On Wednesday evening I had the opportunity to thank at dinner all the parent support groups who do so much to create the sense of community that is St Kevin’s. The majority of parent leaders are completing their term of office and those generous folk are listed below. It is exciting to know that others have given their sons fine example by volunteering to take on roles to serve our community. The retiring parent association leaders are :

Basketball Association
Mr Mark Youden
  Football Association
 Mr Simon Olsen
  Glendalough Mothers’
Mrs Skye McEwen

Music Association
Mrs Katrina Prior
  Old Collegians'
Mr Peter Macdonald 

Past Mothers’ Association
Mrs Marg Hawker 
  Rugby Association   Mr Kevin James 

Senior Mothers’  Mrs Mardi Tovey
  Soccer Association  Mr David Quinn 

May I remind all Years 7 – 11 of the requirement for boys to be present at Hamer Hall on Sunday 7 December at 3.30pm. Dress will be formal – long trousers, ties and College jackets. My hope is that adults attending will match the boy’s dress standards.

We also republish term dates for 2015 hoping that families recognise the important of teaching time remaining academically sacrosanct. Do plan holidays in the school holidays.

Student Term Dates 2015
Term 1
Friday 30 January - Friday 27 March (8 weeks)
Thursday 29 January - Year 7 Orientation Day
(Labour Day Monday 9 March)

Term 2
Monday 13 April - Friday 19 June (10 weeks)
(Correction Day Friday 5 June,
Queen’s Birthday Monday 8 June)

Term 3
Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
(Staff Reflection Day TBA)

Term 4
Monday 5 October - Friday 4 December (9 weeks)
(Mid-Term Holiday Monday 2 November,
Melbourne Cup Tuesday 3 November)

Badminton  Captain  James Chan 
  Deputy Captain  Sonny Li 
Cricket  Captain  Joshua Boehm 
Cycling  Captain  Julian Guinane 
Rowing  Captain of Boats Jack Parncutt 
Tennis   Captain  Billy Friend 
Volleyball  Captain  Jesse Outen 
  Deputy Captain   Tom Jok 

Kind regards

Stephen F Russell

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

Faith and Mission

Monday morning

Allow me to start with a sombre story. It is made all the more poignant for me by the sense of energy and life that pervaded the Family Fun Day at Glendalough on Sunday. A vast number of tireless works made that day possible. Hopefully, the exuberance of the children (and even some adults) made it all worth the effort.

Then, the following morning, I was sitting in the office near the Chapel of St Kevin, wondering which tasks could be avoided for the moment, when, unknown to me, a motorcyclist was killed on the Monash Freeway a matter of metres from my desk. There are 155,000 vehicles a day that pass the Chapel and we hardly notice them. In this case, I was caught short by the gap between my mundane list of jobs and the tragedy that was taking place at the same time so close. The Freeway was closed for some hours and traffic was delayed. It is a proper thing, of course, that we should be stopped in our tracks by such an event, even if it involved a total stranger. He was still part of our community. He probably thought he was doing something mundane as well, such as getting to work. Life never sticks to the scripts we create.

On the previous Wednesday, Bishop Deakin celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation in the chapel for twenty one of our Year 9 students from Waterford. The Bishop reminded the boys that 75% of what Jesus says in the Gospels is about social justice. He challenged the boys to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit, celebrated in Confirmation, to make the world a more just place for everyone from asylum seekers to those within our own families. The Holy Spirit always undermines the barriers we tend to create in the world and in our lives. For the Spirit, the things that happen on my desk and those that happen on the Freeway are all part of God’s story.

As they prepared for Confirmation, the boys were asked to think about many things, including where they have experienced God in their lives. Here are a few of their responses:

I have experienced God is my life when I have felt alone or when no one has been around me. I have also experienced God in my life when I have been happy or when I have felt understood or welcomed. God has been in my life when I have made my own decision to pray for God’s guidance.

I have experienced God at many places in my life, including when I go to Friday morning Mass, when one of my friends was in hospital, when I went to Wineglass Bay and when I helped at Food Bank.

When you experience one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you experience God. When you experience God’s creation, the earth, you experience God.

I have experienced God in my life when I pass tests or exams that I didn’t think I was going to pass. Also when I was on the Rice Program and I was looking over the side of the boat at the hills, the dolphins and the whales.

I have experienced God in true love and relationships around me and the dedication of my family to me. I experienced God through the beauty of nature around me when I was on the Rice Camp.

I have experienced God when I went on the Rice Camp to the Wet Tropics and I hiked up a mountain at 5.00am in the morning and we found ourselves on the edge of the cliff looking over Brisbane feeling that we are free.

I experienced God when my grandmother passed away during the exam period. I felt pressure as well as sadness but I pushed myself through the hardship. God helped me through this.

God is everywhere and in everything, especially in me and other people. Because of this, I experience God every day, within my family, at school and when I am alone by myself.

I have experienced God in decisions I have made every day and in prayer. I have experienced God through the Rice Camp. He pushed me through the times when I felt I was going to give up.

I have experienced God when I got knocked out in the pool. Under the water, my eyes were open and it felt as though I was breathing normally. In the distance of the water, a white light was coming closer and closer. Although I was underwater and unconscious, it felt as though God was coming to welcome me into his kingdom.

When I was younger my grandpa died. I was only three and I was named after him. He was very close to me. He used to take me to the park every day when he knew he was dying. And when he died it hurt everyone in my family. He had an effect on everyone’s lives.

Every day is an experience of God.

There are certain times when I feel really good about myself and that is due to the work of God. On a holiday at the start of the year to the Gold Coast I had an amazing time and that was God reaching out to me.

Mass is one of the most prominent times I have experienced God as whenever I receive the Eucharist it literally allows God to enter inside me.

I believe God is always in my life because there is such a small chance that events occur in a certain sequence and most things that happen to me make sense (it’s hard to explain) and are for a reason, so I believe it’s all God’s decision.

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith & Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • VCE Examinations continued.
  • Mr Critchley and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Pastoral Committee Seminar took place.
  • Staff members undertook Appraisal.
  • Rowing Association met.
  • Year 10 Final Liturgy was celebrated.
  • Fathers’ Association held AGM.
  • Staff attended APS Fixtures for 2015 meeting.
  • Headmaster hosted the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • There was a meeting of Music Co-ordinators.
  • Glendalough Mothers’ Association held AGM.
  • Year 11 students Review Meetings took place.
  • Curriculum Committee Annual Dinner was held.
  • Year 12 students attended Interviews Skills Program.
  • Friends of Art met.
  • Year 10 Examinations commenced.
  • Staff completed assessment for VCAA and Professional Development in Wilderness First Aid.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Harry Sipos
Year 7

For his outstanding commitment towards all aspects of College life. 

Darcy Denham
Year 8

For the positive way in which he approaches all aspects of College life.

Filmon Kalayu
Year 9
For outstanding courtesy shown towards members of the public, whist travelling on the train.

Ethan Khamly

For his ability to balance St Kevin’s commitments with further external study.

 Thomas Meysztowicz

  For his generous support of House charity, St Ignatius Friday Night School.

Riley Bolton
For excellent participation at his weekly Community Service placement.

Sebastian Smith
For  a positive attitude and commitment to all aspects of College life.

Nicholas Kaloger
 For quiet and determined commitment to his academic studies.

Luke Rausch

For his generous commitment with assisting the boys in the Middle School Homework Club.

Calendar Dates

Friday 21
Year 10 Examinations
Glendalough Mothers' Association AGM


Boyd Egan Hall
Saturday 22
APS Summer Sports Fixtures

Monday 24
Year 12 Headstart Program
Years 9-10 Examinations
Associations Calendar Meeting


Brandon Room
Tuesday 25
Year 12 Headstart Program
Years 7-10 Examinations
Combined Mothers' Associations Mass and Dinner


Chapel of St Kevin
Wednesday 26
Year 12 Headstart Program
Years 7-10 Examinations
Finance and Property Committee Meetings


Thursday 27
Year 12 Headstart Program
Years 7-10 Examinations

Friday 28
Year 12 Headstart Program
Years 7-10 Examinations
Years 10 and 11 students conclude

Saturday 29
Summer APS Sport Fixtures
 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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Purchase of iPads

Current St Kevin’s families, who are looking at purchasing or updating their son’s iPad, may wish to take advantage of an offer from the Apple Store at Doncaster.

The store is running two nights specifically for new and current St Kevin’s families. At these nights, families will have the opportunity to purchase an iPad at a reduced price, and be able to watch a presentation on the Apple Store, iBooks and the built-in features and apps that come free with iPad.

If purchasing a new iPad, AppleCare+ is highly recommended as it covers the iPad for two instances of accidental damage.

The two nights are Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 November. The format of the nights will be:

  • 4.00pm Parents welcome in store and can purchase at St Kevin's pricing
  • 6.00pm Event presentation commences and kids start hands-on activity at the Kids Zone
  • 6.45pm Event presentation concludes and parents can purchase at St Kevin's pricing
  • 7.30pm Store closes
For parents or students who already own an Apple device and want to upgrade, Apple Retail offer Reuse & Recycle, so bring your old iPad or iPhone to the event to find out more.

Parents only need to register for the event presentation. If you are coming to the Apple Store to purchase only, registration is not required. Please use the link below to register.
If you have questions regarding this, please contact Mr Grant Frazer (SKC Information Technology Manager) by email at or by phoning 9822 0911.
Mr Edward (Ted) Guinane
Director of Administration

Family Fun Day 


Thank you to all for making the SKC FAMILY FUN DAY a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who helped at our Family Fun Day. It was a wonderful success in terms of community spirit and lots of fun. With over 2,400 people coming to our day, we managed to raise a record profit of $147,000.

A big thank you to Mrs Adderley and our amazing FFD committee members who have been working on this special day since February. Thank you - Sandy Brooks, Claire Whitbread, Carolyn Nankervis, Maria Claydon, Clare Power, Nellie Mitchell, Mary Youseff, Denise Woolerton, Jacquie Blackwell, Skye McEwen & Kylie Blackwell.


 Congratulations to the following raffle winners:

College Fee Credit Raffle:
1st  Lachowicz family  (Chris Yr 7)  
2nd  Urrutia family  (Liam Yr 6) 
3rd  Reeves family  (Darcy Yr 10) 
Major Raffle:
1st  E. Aviles 
2nd  A. Breene 
3rd  S. Marburg 
4th  N. Dawson 

Mrs Rachael McGarry
Family Fun Day Co-ordinator


Careers News

It was fabulous seeing students so engaged today with Mr James Lynch as he ran the Interview Skills Workshop. Predominantly attended by Year 12 students, this year some Year 11 students also took up the opportunity to brush up on their communication skills in order to obtain part time jobs. We wish all the Year 12 students who have interviews in the coming weeks the very best of luck. Do not forget to bring in any letters of advice received following your interviews during Change of Preference Week so we can help you with your final decision making! A reminder to Year 12 families that the Change of Preference Week Careers Appointments can be made from Monday 1 December.

A number of students intending on doing Work Experience in December are still to complete their safe@work testing. Please ensure students in Years 10 or 11, who wish to do so, come to the Careers Office this week to complete their testing and receive their Work Experience Arrangement Forms. Any students who have not informed Ms O’Sullivan that they are intending on taking a Work Experience Placement these holidays are reminded that the deadline has now passed.

We are looking forward to spending time with Year 11 students (officially Year 12, 2015) next week during their Headstart Week. The Careers timeline will be outlined for students who are all asked to see us in both Term 1 and Term 3. Students will complete an online survey providing us with information about their current pathway ideas and interests. Finally students have been asked to write an online letter to themselves about their goals and aspirations for Year 12. We find this time with the students valuable in terms of initiating conversations about pathways, and focussing on the need to start the 2015 year in the best possible way, in order to give themselves the options they deserve.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Accessing VCE Results via SMS
  • Swinburne University UniLink Diplomas
  • University of Melbourne - Free Public Lecture: 'The No-Bell Prize'
  • ANU Change of Preference Advisory Day
  • Keeper for a Day Program
  • Australian College of Sports Therapy
  • Medical Administration Training
  • VCE 2015 Summer Schools
  • YHA Fact Sheet
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 website and show you around. Please email Cameron Barry for any further enquiries.
Mr Cameron Barry 
Head of Outdoor Education


Co-curricular Spring Sports

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

Please click here to view last weekend's APS Sport Results

Please click here for this weekend's APS Sport Fixtures

Late amendment for 2nds Cricket - this match will now be played on Plunkett Oval – same time.
(same Melways Ref for Roche Oval).

APS Diving Report Week Two - (click here) & Summer Athletics Report - (click here)

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport


Senior Music News

Students Ceasing Lessons at the end of 2014

Our enrolment system for instrumental music lessons assumes that students will continue from year to year. Families of students wishing to cease lessons at the end of 2014 are reminded to notify the Music Office by email or letter by Friday 21 November.

Please don’t take this an encouragement for your son to stop learning his instrument – we hope that Music will be a part of his life-long journey! However, this is a good time to have a talk with your son and decide on his Music plans for 2015. Notification of any changes enables us to have the correct staffing levels in place for the commencement of the new school year.

Presentation Ceremony Performances

The Senior Choir and Senior Concert Band will both perform at the Presentation Ceremony in Hamer Hall on Sunday 7 December. Extra rehearsals will be held in preparation for these important performances:

  • Senior Choir Wednesday 3 December 10.00am - 11.15am C308
  • Senior Concert Band Saturday 6 December 10.00am - 11.00am Victor McMahon Music Centre 

The letter giving details of these rehearsals and the call times on Sunday 7 December is available at this link - (click here).

Music Calendar

Monday 1 December - Glendalough Carols

Thursday 4 December - Year 6 Farewell Mass

Sunday 7 December - Presentation Evening Years 7, 8, 10 and 11    

Monday 8 December - Year 9 Presentation Evening       

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

Scholarships 2016

Applications Now Open

The College will be offering a number of Scholarships for 2016.

Academic Scholarships are available for entry into Years 5, 7 and 10 in 2016. Choral Scholarships for entry into Year 5, 2016 and Instrumental Scholarships for entry into Year 7, 2016.

Registration details can be located on the College website (click here).  

Mr David Hill

Combined Mothers' Association Mass and Dinner 

Tuesday 25 November

This year as an alternative to our lunch, we have decided to hold a Twilight Mass and Dinner for mothers to celebrate the end of year. Mass will be held at the Chapel of St Kevin, Heyington, and the dinner in Boyd Egan Hall.

Tuesday 25 November
Mass - Chapel of St Kevin
Dinner - Boyd Egan Hall
Mass - 6.00pm
Dinner - 7.00pm
$60 per person (two courses & beverages)
TryBooking - (click here)
Friday 21 November
This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the new adventures awaiting the boys, particularly for those who are leaving Glendalough and Heyington.

Class Reps are encouraged to contact the mothers in your class to get some tables together. To download a copy of the invitation - (click here).
Mrs Skye McEwan
President Glendalough Mothers' Association

Class Reps 2015

We Need You! 

Attention: Parents currently in Years 7 - 11

The Senior Mothers’ Association is presently looking for parents with son(s) currently in Years 7 - 11 to volunteer as Class Representatives for the 2015 academic school year. This would entail working collectively with two or three (maximum) Class Representatives per year level to support the College in arranging year level functions. Functions range from arranging morning teas, lunches and/or dinners, to the coordination of the evening year level function with the Leadership Team, along with supporting the Parent Associations’ functions which are held throughout the school year (Opening Mass & Luncheon, Father’s Association Dinner Dance, Mothers' Winter/Autumn Luncheon and End of Year Mothers' Mass and Dining function).

If you are keen to get involved and happy to support the SKC community, please email your expression of interest of Class Rep, no later than Friday, November 21st, 2014, indicating which year level, along with your details to Jenny Cluning (SMA Secretary) or call Jenny with any queries on 0404 894 309.
Mrs Jenny Cluning
Secretary, Senior Mothers' Association

Parent Functions 

Year 10

Year 10 Parents – Final Parents' Function
Friday 28 November
Home of Molly and Terry Birch
38 Albert Street, Malvern East
7.00pm - 10.30pm
$25 per person (includes sumptious finger food). BYO beverages.
TryBooking - by Monday 24 November, 12.00pm
Annie O'Donoghue 0439 550 939 or
Gillian Goller, 0409 144 331

Download a copy of your invitation for the fridge door - click here.


Swap Shop 

Term 4 - Thursday 11 & Friday 12 December

The Swap Shop will be open this term on the following days:

Thursday 11 Dec and Fri 12 December, 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the Waterford Campus, Darlington Parade, Richmond.

This is the busiest sale of the year and we hope that the increased opening hours will take some of the pressure off families wishing to purchase uniforms.

If any parents wish to volunteer to help with the Swap Shop then I would love to hear from you, please email or text me your details and I will add you to my mailing list.

We are always looking for uniform items to sell, so if any families have uniforms that they no longer require then please send them to us. Please click on the following page to see all the requirements - (click here)

Please contact Christine Quirk if you require any further information - 0403 338 765.

Mrs Christine Quirk
Swap Shop Co-ordinator

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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