Senior School Newsletter

  15 September 2016, Volume 67 No. 28

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

At 9.00am last Saturday morning, the sound of a cow bell signalled the start of the 24 hour Ultrathon conceived by Mr Baff in support of Zimele. Many teams comprising hundreds of students, parents and friends, circled our ground or cycled in situ, raising funds to supplement the Dinner monies, other student fundraising and families’ ongoing annual commitment to the Brothers’ work in Africa.

On Assembly at Heyington, I used the two Zimele events, the Dinner and the Ultrathon, as the bookends to catalogue the library of St Kevin’s social justice events in the week gone. It is not an exceptional week as so many of the events are so regular. In many ways, it is their regularity which makes them all the more worthwhile. Monday saw staff and Kenny boys serving breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome; dinner was provided by McCarthy men and women at St Peter’s & St Paul’s South Melbourne; Mannix House at Glendalough ran their Zimele fundraiser; all 255 Year 10 boys and fifteen staff ventured out on Wednesday afternoon for Community Service; Cusack staff and boys headed to St Albans to assist that refugee community; our Kearney team on Friday went to Friday Night School at Richmond; Rahill folk headed to Fitzroy tutoring; Purton continued their longstanding commitment to the study and recreation program in partnership (PACSEL) with Richmond Police.

I explained to the boys that we do this across the year, week by week, because we are a faith school. Our work in this social justice space is the Gospel in action. It is our clear responsibility as we respond to the maxim: ‘to whom much is given much must be expected’. Whilst acknowledging the innate pleasure in trying to make a difference in the lives of others, I believe strongly that we should never ignore the many gifts we receive from our relationships with others alongside whom we walk and who live beyond our immediate lives. We develop empathy with people and issues. We nurture and shape our character so that we make better decisions in our lives; and, we gain knowledge of our society.

My hope is that our boys will continue serving others well beyond their time at SKC. If they do, then as school community and, dare I say, as families, we will then be able to hold our heads high and say we educated our SKC boys well.

Squad Room was the Year 8 play directed by Mrs Power, assisted by Mr Nott, which provided my Friday night out. More than forty SKC lads were on stage or involved in production in tandem with twenty Year 8 Korowa girls. Hearty laughs from the tradition of slapstick humour was a great way to finish the week.

On Monday evening, the Leadership Team, Mr Culliver, Mr Klupacs, Mrs Ryan and Mrs Brewis entertained the class of 2011 at their five year reunion. It was wonderful to catch up with so many young men finding their way successfully from the world of study to work. The Captains all undertook different undergraduate degrees but are all now studying Law. I am wondering about the nature of our conversations in my office across that 2011 year!

As I write, I am just back from a very successful Grandparents’ Day at Glendalough, hosted so well by the boys. The hospitality extended to the grandparents by the GMA was superb. This evening, we have the Fathers’ Association Dinner, which I am sure will be a great night.

Enjoy the break.

Excellence Awards   
Tournament of Minds - Second Place, Regional Final
Year 10
  Daniel Deakin
    Jarek Heares
Tournament of Minds - Creditable Performance, Regional Final
Year 10
Dominic Dinh
  Nicholas Reynolds
Headmaster Study Awards
Year 7
History  John Matenson
Year 8 Mathematics
Tunan Shi
Year 10
Australian History Harrison Conners 
    Dylan Hopkins
    Andrew Willett
Year 11
Patrick Gigacz
    Liam O’Donnell
    Hayden Ross
    Maxwell Thomas
    Finley Tobin 

Kind regards

Stephen Russell

St Kevin's College is committed to the creation and maintenance of a child safe school environment. The care, safety and welfare of students are embedded in policies and procedures which ensure a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse.

Faith and Mission

Sing, my soul

Dr Daryl Barclay is Director of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir and Head of Choral Music at St Kevin’s. The Cathedral Choir is about to launch its first recording for many years. It is a CD not to be missed. This week, Dr Barclay reflects on the rich legacy and history of the Choir, and the unique experience it offers our students.

The year is 1939 and Europe is on the brink of the cataclysmic events of World War II. Gustav Radda, grandfather of Tom Radda in Year 11, arrives in Australia as a young member of the newly formed Vienna Mozart Boys Choir towards the end of a triumphant international tour. Dr Georg Gruber is their conductor – a man whose dream it has always been to take the finest young voices in Vienna to the rest of the world. To prepare for the tour, the boys have learnt some 300 songs in seven different languages. The acclaim they have met with in cities such as New York and throughout the Pacific Islands is echoed in Australia, especially at their highly successful concert in the Melbourne Town Hall. The Choir’s return passage to Europe will be by steamer, sailing from Perth at the conclusion of their tour. Everything seems as perfect as the remarkable sound of the twenty scholarship boys themselves until Australia finds itself at war with Germany and commercial vessels are commandeered for the war effort, leaving the Choir suddenly stranded in Australia.

As the cliché goes, “One man’s loss is another man’s gain”, and that other man in this instance was the legendary and redoubtable Dr Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 to 1963. Mannix was aware of the Choir’s visit to Melbourne and seized the opportunity of inviting the Viennese choristers to form the backbone of a new Cathedral Choir in Melbourne (I suspect he couldn’t believe his luck when he learned of their predicament!). The boys were offered accommodation with Melbourne families and an education at Parade College in East Melbourne with the Christian Brothers. The warm reception initially accorded them was short-lived, however, when they were subsequently classified as German citizens and therefore deemed to be political aliens: their celebrity was over and the struggle to find a new place for themselves in Australian society had begun. Happily, history records that all but one of these boys returned to Vienna to live. In an interview Gustav Radda gave to George Negus on ABC television in 2004, the former chorister looked back on his unique circumstances from the perspective of a man in his senior years: “It certainly would have been a different fate for me had I stayed in Vienna. I may not be alive even today. So there's no regrets whatsoever.”

As a successor to Dr Gruber, I am very much aware of the significance of our rich history and the remarkable circumstances of our founding. For me, there is something beautiful in the way the present Cathedral Choir’s history is bound up with the experience of a displaced and marginalised group for whom music became a lifeline and a refuge. At the same time as these twenty Viennese choristers were coming to terms with a new and strange culture, their singing was providing a form of spiritual nourishment for the Catholics of Melbourne as the beauty of their voices began to transcend the stark realities of their radically changed circumstances; of the dislocation from their families and the cultural life of Vienna; and of the uncertainty of their futures in a world now hostile to them.

That critical task of spiritual nourishment continues today through the voices of 50 current St Kevin’s boys and four Old Kevinians who comprise the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir in its 21st century incarnation. The music we sing spans a period of more than a thousand years; the composers whose works we perform include giants such as Palestrina, Mozart and Haydn; and the place in which we sing is one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals. What an extraordinary experience for a young man in today’s world – to be one of the custodians of a musical heritage as rich and diverse as that endowed to humanity through the Catholic Church. Our leadership role in the Church’s liturgy is something of which we remind ourselves every Sunday morning in the prayer we recite before processing into the Cathedral. For us, it sums up our call to serve through the gifts at our disposal and, in the process, to be transformed in our own hearts by the role we play and the music we sing:

Bless us, O Lord, who lead your praise.
What we sing with our lips
help us to believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts
help us to practise in our lives;
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Dr Daryl Barclay

The Cathedral Choir can be heard in concert on Friday September 16 at 7.30 pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral (tickets at the door). The Choir’s new CD entitled “Sing, My Soul” will be on sale through the Cathedral Gift Shop from 10 October (

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • French, American History and European Art Tours took place.
  • Kenny students with Mr Hart assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Year 8G, 8H and 8I went on Camp.
  • Music Association AGM was held.
  • Year 12 Biology students went to GTAC and the Zoo.
  • McCarthy students and Mr Macfarlane assisted with serving dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Year 12 Before and After School Study Program continued with Café Academus and Weekday Workshops.
  • Grandparents Day was celebrated at Glendalough.
  • Class of 2011 Reunion took place at the College.
  • “Detention for Detention” service took place.
  • Staff versus students Water Polo competition was held.
  • Year 10 students completed Community Service.
  • Retirement function was held for Mrs Nanette Ferguson and Mrs Beth Little.
  • Father’s Association Dinner took place.
  • St Kevin’s College Child Safe Committee met.
  • Students participated in the Schools Chess Competition.
  • Snowsports Presentation Evening was held.
  • Year 9 Collaborative Program took place.
  • Year 11 students participated in the “Fit to Drive” Program.
  • Year 7 Immunisations took place.
  • Staff members attended the IBSC Conference.
  • End of Term Mass was held at Glendalough.
  • Year 12 SACs/Practice Examinations were completed over three days.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Rahill students with Ms Murphy assisted at the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Staff Association held a function.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Dominic Morelli 
Year 7
For his continued courteous and helpful behaviour around Smith building.

Joseph Millie
Year 8

For his outstanding commitment to Water Polo despite injury.

Andrew Rastocic
Year 9

For his continued positive attitude to life at Waterford.

Ian Birch
For his ongoing commitment to the Friday Night School.

Dion Di Battista
For his selflessness in helping to coach the Middle School Baseball team.

Miles Piner
For his excellent contribution to fundraising for Legacy Week.
Timothy Patterson
For his commitment to McCarthy social justice.
Callum Hayes
For embracing “fullness of life” in a spirit of service to others.
Angus Edwards
For his selflessness in helping to coach the Middle School Baseball team.

Calendar Dates 


Friday 16
Year 12 Practice Examinations
Year 8G, 8H, 8I Camp ends
Term 3 ends
Staff Association Function


Saturday 17
Years 7/8 Father-Son Camp


Sunday 18
Years 7/8 Father-Son Camp     
Monday 19
Term 3 Holidays

Tuesday 20
Term 3 Holidays


Wednesday 21
Term 3 Holidays


Thursday 22
Term 3 Holidays

 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.

Newsletter contributions should be emailed to: by 5pm on Monday.

Full Article or Flyer: for inclusion on website (to be linked from the short article in the newsletter) to be sent in a separate Word document.


Years 7-11 Semester 2 Progress Reports

The Semester 2 Progress Reports will be available via the College Portal on Monday 19 September.

Please go to must use your Portal Parent Login Name (which is your 5 digit school ID number) and password to access your son’s report. If you do not have your login, please contact Reception on 9822 0911.

To access these reports, please select Parent Services on the left of the Portal Home Page, Parent Information Portal and Docs (from the top menu). Select your son’s name on the right and his current report and previous reports, if applicable, should be visible. You may open or save these documents.
 Mr Ted Guinane
Director of Administration

From the Director of Studies

Just last week, the College was notified by one of its very successful Old Collegians about the Institute of Public Affairs Open Minds Workshop, which will take place on Saturday 22 October at the State Library of Victoria.

What a wonderful opportunity this would afford some of our boys in Years 10 or 11!

If you think your son might be interested in attending this event, do encourage him to apply. I’ve included the link to the IPA flyer below. There is a cost involved; but, I’ve every confidence that the day-long program will be an excellent one.
 Mr Gary Jones
Director of Studies


Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit

Tickets are now on sale for Year 7 Play Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit.

This clever comedy is presented by Year 7 boys from St Kevin’s in collaboration with Year 7 girls from Sacré Coeur. The large cast has been working on the play throughout Term 3.

Is there a bigger group of psychotics and sociopaths than nursery rhyme characters?  Read some nursery rhymes — you know it’s true!  That makes heinous crimes, such as the tragic case of Humpty Dumpty, quite difficult to solve.  Detective Green and the Punnish Sir (Yes, he’s always scrambling for egg puns!)  have been called in to investigate a crime scene where a Mister Humpty Dumpty has been found shattered and fowl play is suspected.  

They have one hour to solve the crime — the same time frame as a typical Law and Order episode, minus commercials. Can they do it?  The yolk’s on you if you think this hilarious tongue-in-cheek play is for young children. There are so many puns and plot twists in this comic romp, even the cast were surprised by the ending!  

Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Year 7 SKC/Sacré Coeur Play: Law and Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit
11, 12, 13 October 2016
Ruby Tout Theatre, St Kevin’s College Heyington Campus
Adults $16; Concession $11
Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Year Level Parents' Events

Year 11

Coffee morning

We look forward to seeing lots of Year 11 parents for coffee on Friday 16 September.

Friday 16 September
From 9.00am
Sissi and Co, 1290 Malvern Rd, Malvern
Pay at the venue based on consumption
While it is not essential, we would appreciate it if you could send a short text to Caroline Leng (0412 894 211) to provide an indication of numbers. 

Year 12

Mother & Son 2016 Mass and Breakfast

Please join us to celebrate Mass in the Chapel of St Kevin, followed by breakfast in the KC Smith Hall.

Sunday 9 October
9:00am in the Chapel of St Kevin with breakfast immediately following in KC Smith Hall
$78.00 per mother & son ($39.00/head) – additional Year 12 sibling $38.00 per head
Mothers – smart casual, Boys – full College uniform
no later than 4.00pm, Monday 3 October - unless sold out prior
Please note the change in RSVP date.

Mothers and sons will be seated together – follow the prompt on the Trybooking website for additional seating requirements.

Please note, a photographer will capture mums & sons upon arrival to St Kevin’s Chapel, with photographs to be displayed and purchased during/after breakfast. Cash will be the preferred method for purchase at $5.00 per photo. No EFTPOS facilities will be available.

Boys are encouraged to attend with their mother or another significant person (father, sister or auntie) in their life.

Should you have any queries, please contact Gillian Goller on 0409 144 331 or Molly Birch on 0407 849 762.

We look forward to seeing you on the 9th!

Please click here for remaining 2016 dates for Year 12 Parents.

Fathers' Association

SAVE THE DATE: Year 11 Father & Son Dinner

Thursday 17 November
The Australia Club

Further details to follow.
 Fathers' Association

Glendalough Family Fun Day 


Sunday 20 November 10am – 4pm

It is with great excitement that the Glendalough Mothers' Association is once again hosting our biennial 2016 Family Fun Day on the grounds of our Junior School Glendalough Campus.

There are only 9 weeks to go until we celebrate this day with our wonderful St Kevin’s College community.

Please lock the date in your diaries, as this is not only our most anticipated event for the year but is also our biggest fundraiser for 2016. Ride wristbands will be available for purchase via Trybooking from Monday 10 October. Early bird discounts are available until Friday 21 October.

The 2016 Family Fun Day promises to be an exciting event for our boys, with many rides, games, stall vendors, food, great entertainment, an online silent auction and sporting celebrity appearances. We anticipate good media coverage of the event and we extend a warm invitation to you to join our fundraising effort and enjoy the goodwill associated with being a part of our wonderful community.

If you would like to offer sponsorship or support for our fantastic event we would love to hear from you. All sponsors will be well advertised within and beyond the school community as major St Kevin’s College supporters. See the Sponsorship Packages for further detail. A list of our very generous sponsors can be found here.

The Family Fun Day Community Newsletter is now available. Please click here to download it.

Please contact Claire Whitbread with any sponsorship or support queries.

We are currently seeking support for the below rides:


Sponsorship Cost: $2,400 

Sponsorship Cost: $4,125 


Are you able to assist with donating goods or services for our online silent auction?

The 2016 Family Fun Day Silent Auction will once again be online and we hope to offer many wonderful and exciting items. Online bidding will commence in the lead up to FFD. On the day of the event all items will be on display in the Boyd Egan Hall and two large screens will showcase items along with real time bidding levels. For further information contact Helen Pagnin at or Tanja Vukasovic at


College Credit Raffle Tickets

Tickets will be sent home with your son this week. Do not miss this fabulous opportunity to win amazing savings on school fees. 
Only 1 Ticket Per Family. Ticket Cost is $20.00.
1st Prize - $5000 College Fee Credit
2nd Prize - $3000 College Fee Credit
3rd Prize - $1000 College Fee Credit

We look forward to welcoming many senior school families to the 2016 St Kevin’s Junior School Family Fun Day.

2016 Family Fun Day Committee

Aviation News

Please click here to view the Volume 13 Issue 2 Aviation News.

 Mr Terry Arai
Aviation Teacher


It is very pleasing that there are many Year 10 students who have taken the opportunity of the forthcoming holidays to spend one week at a Work Experience placement. We hope that the placements are rewarding experiences and provide valuable insights into the world of work into which the students are venturing. The benefit of this first-hand experience when discussing careers pathways cannot be overestimated. Ms O’Sullivan will contact all students once during their time at the place of work to discuss how the placement is progressing.

Year 12 students who have not submitted their VTAC preferences have until Thursday 29 September at 5pm to do so without financial penalty. All such students have been contacted and reminded of this during the last week of term. Students applying for Special Consideration (SEAS) are reminded that the deadline for submission of ALL documentation is Tuesday 4 October at 5pm. With the release of the UMAT results imminent, it is important to remind students aspiring to Medicine NOT to remove any Medicine courses from their VTAC preference list as these CANNOT be reinstated at a later date, no matter what your UMAT result. Mrs White will be available Monday 19 September to help students with their VTAC applications if required.

Year 10 and 11 students are reminded that there are many programs to attend at the Universities during the holidays to familiarise yourself with their environments and programs. Year 12 students are reminded about the Monash, RMIT and Box Hill Institute Folio Preparation courses which may still have some places available.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Reminders
  • Year 12 News: VTAC Applications; Tertiary Offers; Pathways; Audition and Art Folio Preparation Workshops
  • Thinking of Studying Marine Biology at Deakin University?
  • William Angliss Institute News
  • Monash University News: Monash Indigenous Entry Scheme; VCE Science Revision Lectures; Science Precinct Tours; Scholarships
  • How Do I Get a Job?
Please see the Careers News for more details.
 Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department


VCE Recitals

The six boys in the Year 12 class will present their recital programs as a practice recital in the McMahon Studio on Wednesday 30 September, commencing at 2.00pm. Students considering undertaking VCE Music Performance Units 1-4 are encouraged to attend.

Ensemble Auditions

The Concert Bands and Big Bands are now holding auditions to establish ensemble allocations and seating position for the 2017 ensembles. Concert Band students can find a link to the online audition booking form on their portal page and a list has been posted outside the Music Office for the Big Bands. Audition materials have been distributed at ensemble rehearsals and are also available at the Music Office. It is still not too late to make an audition time!

Other ensemble notes

  • Symphony Orchestra: Commenced normal rehearsals this week (with all of the new players)
  • Middle School Strings: Resumes normal rehearsals on Friday 9 October.
  • All Concert Bands: Resumes normal rehearsals in Term IV, Week 2.
  • All Big Bands: Resumes normal rehearsals in Term IV, Week 1.

Music Dates

Term III

Wednesday 28 September
VCE Recital

Term IV

Tuesday 4 October
Solo Competition Finals
Monday 10 October
Small Ensembles Concert
Tuesday 18 October
Year 12 Final Eucharist
Monday 24 October
Guitar Concert
Tuesday 25 October
Percussion Concert
Wednesday 26 October
Glendalough Music Orientation Evening
Thursday 10 November
Glendalough Spring Ensembles Concert
Monday 21 November
ABRSM Percussion Exams
Tuesday 29 November
Glendalough Carols
Saturday 3 December
Orchestra rehearsal for Presentation Ceremonies
Sunday 4 December
Years 7-8 and Years 10-11 Presentation Ceremonies
Monday 5 December
Year 9 Presentation Evening
Wednesday 7 December
Glendalough Instrument Try-out Day

A full list of the important Music dates for the year is provided here.

Music Office – C305

Mrs Andrea McDonald 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

Cathedral Choir

A Busy Weekend

With sung Masses on Saturday and Sunday as well as photos after Solemn Mass, last weekend was more than a little busy for our Choristers. That they rose to the occasion with their customary energy and enthusiasm and also sang very beautifully should come as no surprise.

St Kevin’s Newsletter

You may have noticed above that Mr Michael McGirr has kindly allowed me to guest-write his newsletter column this week in order to publicise our Cathedral concert and CD launch in October, and also to focus on the life of the Choir within the culture of St Kevin’s.


A reminder that the full Choir has a 6.30pm rehearsal this Friday at the Cathedral, ahead of our Concert at 7.30 pm. The program will run for approximately 70 minutes after which a supper will be held in the Cathedral Room. Mrs Nancy Bartaska has kindly agreed to coordinate this.


Archbishop Hart

Archbishop Hart has informed us that he will be attending our concert on Friday and is very much looking forward to hearing us perform. He will also drop in to the Choir’s rehearsal this Sunday to give us a blessing ahead of our tour to Adelaide at the end of the holidays.

As the Term Comes to an End …

This has been a huge term for the Choir, mainly through its strenuous efforts towards producing our first commercial recording in 20 years, but also in terms of learning new repertoire and singing at a number of events such as the Choral and Vocal Concert and the recent Ordinations. I remained very impressed by the boys’ progress and very thankful to all of our parents and families for their support and cooperation through which the Choir is able to accomplish so much. I hope you enjoy and make the most of Sunday 25 September when you can all rest from your labours at the Cathedral.


In addition to the weekly rehearsal and Mass schedule:

No after school rehearsal:
Friday 16 September
Concert in St Patrick’s Cathedral:
Friday 16 September
No Choir:
Sunday 25 September
Adelaide Tour:    
Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October
CD Launch: 
Sunday 9 October (immediately after Mass)
Carols & Social Function:
Friday 9 December
 Dr Daryl Barclay
Head of Choral Music
Director, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir



Co-curricular Sports

Please click here to view last week's Sports Results.

 Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Swap Shop

The Senior School Swap Shop is opening today, Thursday 15 September from 1.00 – 4.00pm. In Term 4, there will be two Swap Shop opening dates:

  • Thursday 8 December from 1.00 to 4.00pm and
  • Friday 9 December from 1.00 to 4.00pm
The Swap Shop is situated at Waterford Campus, 20 Darlington Parade, Richmond. For more information about the Swap Shop, please click here.

Please email should you require any further information.
Mrs Samantha Beven
Convenor, Swap Shop