Senior School Newsletter

 26 November 2015, Volume 66 No. 36

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

The inaugural Father and Son Year 11 Dinner was held last week and was a resounding success. The concept and execution of the evening rests with the Fathers’ Association. Mr Evan Raptis, as President, was Master of Ceremonies and Mr J P Whitbread our host at the Australian Club. Past parent, Mr Stuart Taylor, was a thought-provoking, entertaining and highly appropriate guest speaker. I had the pleasure of my son James accompanying me. It was a joy to witness fathers and sons in deep conversation and hear men giving their sons’ advice on the correct manners and behaviours at a formal dinner. I suspect this event has the potential to become an annual one.

During the week, I, alongside the Director of Studies, presented two young men with Kwong Lee Dow scholars certificates from Melbourne University. We congratulate Patrick Gigacz and David Wang on their academic recognition.

The calendar for 2016 took further shape at a meeting chaired by our Director of Administration, Mr Guinane. With Mrs Pauline Ryan, my EA, Mrs Adderley and representatives of most organisations, the complex matrix was developed. On Tuesday evening at dinner, I was able to publically recognise those who have led our various associations across 2016. May I particularly mention those whose time in their most recent roles and time at the College concludes this year:

Mr Martin Nally
Board Chair 2005 – 2015
Mrs Jenny Cluning
Music Association 2014 - 2015
Dr Anthony Gallagher
Rowing Association 2013 - 2015

Examinations have commenced well for Years 7 – 10. Year 11 are back as the Year 12 of 2016 and are academically engaged. This weekend, I head to Toolangi for the Student Leadership Camp with forty-six lads, 12 past students and four colleagues. Keep us in your prayers as we continue the important work of shaping the student leadership group of 2016.

A reminder that all Glendalough boys are expected at Carols this Friday evening. This joyous and liturgically significant night matches the significance and importance of the secondary Presentation Evenings.

Years 7 and 8  Sunday 6 December
Melbourne Town Hall              
Years 10 and 11
Sunday 6 December
Melbourne Town Hall
Year 9
Monday 7 December 
Smith Hall 

An SKC satchel is now available for students in Years 9 – 12. This can be used for excursions, study days and trips. The satchel is available from Bob Stewart now.

Kind regards

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

Faith and Mission


Never is a big word. It makes enormous claims. As teachers go through the process of writing reports, it is not a word we use too often. The reason is that it is just a bit too categorical. The reality of people’s lives, especially the young, is rarely so black and white. I don’t say you should never say never. But nor do I believe you should seldom say seldom. You can say often as often as you like.

Nevertheless, a well-meaning friend has given me a book called Neverisms. It is a catalogue of all the sayings that incorporated the word never, garnered from all sorts of sources ranging from the wise and the witty on the one hand down to mere attention seekers on the other. Some of it is worthwhile and a lot of it isn’t. I am not sure if it is meant to be an instruction manual for life. If it is, it would be hard work following all its advice. It has almost 400 pages.

Here are just a few samples:


Never say ‘oops’ in the operating room. An orthopedic surgeon.

Never learn to do anything. If you don’t learn, you will always find someone to do it for you. Mark Twain.

Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they’ve got nothing to lose. Robin Williams.

Never buy a fur from a veterinarian. Joan Rivers.

Never answer a telephone that rings before breakfast. James Thurber.

Never eat more than you can lift. Miss Piggy.

Go and never darken my towels again. Groucho Marx.

Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession. Charles Lyall.

Never start a project until you’ve picked out someone to blame. The Wizard of Id.

Never eat anything whose listed ingredients cover more than one third of the package. John Leonard.

Never confuse movement with action. Anon.

Never be afraid of anybody or anything in this life. Anon.

Never trust a fool with a sword. Arab Proverb.

Never give the ring back. Never. Swallow it first. Joan Rivers.

Never injure a friend, even in jest. Cicero.

Never complain about your age to someone older than you. Carol Leifer.

Never marry a man who refers to the rehearsal dinner as The Last Supper. Bumper Sticker.

Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire. Anon.

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. Phyllis Diller.

Never tell anyone to go to hell unless you can make them go. Bill Clinton.

Never lose your temper, except intentionally. Dwight D Eisenhower.

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. J M Barrie.

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect. Marcus Aurelius.

And my favourite of all:

Never lose a holy curiosity. Albert Einstein.

The funny thing is that it is harder to come up with sayings that start with Always. Perhaps this is because it is easier to warn than to affirm; easier to express a fear than a love. Indeed, I did a quick check on the text of the Bible in my computer. The word never appears in scripture 425 times. Always appears 103, only a quarter of that number.

Now, here is the question for a gold star: In what context is the word always most likely to appear in The Bible?

You have sixty seconds to think about it. While you are doing that, I’ll offer a clue. Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new year in the Christian calendar. So we set out once again on the ancient cycle of celebration, beginning with preparing for the birth of a child at Christmas and ending, as we did last Sunday, with an image of that very child having grown up, taken on the world and been crucified. On both occasions there is a sense that this is a king but nowhere is it at all obvious what kind of king. Jesus never left things as they stood. I mean never. Not seldom.

Anyway, a new year starts with resolutions and the Gospel on Sunday is good for that. In it, you will find the word always in its most common scriptural setting. Advent is the season of expectation. The word Christians use for waiting is prayer and, you guessed it, the most common use of the word always in scripture is in the advice pray always. That is what we hear at the start of a new year. Pray always. Never forget that.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith and Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College...

  • Mr McGirr and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy.
  • Year 12 2016 Headstart Program took place.
  • Years 7-10 Examinations were held.
  • Associations Calendar Meeting took place.
  • Headmaster hosted the Presidents’ Dinner.
  • Glendalough Semester 2 Awards Assembly was held.
  • McCarthy students and Mr Macfarlane assisted with the serving of dinner in St Peter and Paul’s Parish, South Melbourne.
  • Combined Associations Mass and Luncheon took place.
  • Glendalough Swimming Program continued.
  • New Staff for 2016 were welcomed to the College with Afternoon-tea.
  • Glendalough Carols took place.
  • Year 10 OAP Leaders’ Camp was held.
  • Year 12 2016 Student Leadership Camp took place.
  • Staff completed Professional Development at ComView, the School Law Conference, and at Associations for Chinese Language, Information Technology, Geography, Physical Education and STAVCON.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Dominic Oswald
Year 7
For his positive and mature approach to College life.

Connor Evans
Year 8
For the positive example he sets during Middle School study sessions.

Angus Gorman
Year 9
For his assistance around the College.
James Pettenon
For outstanding preparation in the lead up to the Semester Two examinations.

Aidan Cellini
For the determined way that he has commenced Headstart Week.
Lachlan Ryan

For excellent academic results in recent examinations.

Louis Schlaghecke
For his outstanding contribution to House Community Service.

Lachlan McKay

For generous assistance given at a College function.

Ethan Phillips
For his outstanding community service at Kiverton Park Aged Care Facility.

Calendar Dates

Friday 27
Years 10 & 11 students conclude
Year 12 Headstart Program
Year 7-10 Examinations
Glendalough Carols

7.00 pm

Saturday 28
APS Sport
Sunday 29
Year 12, 2016 Leadership Camp
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp  
Monday 30
Years 7-9 Correction Day - no classes
Years 12, 2016 Leadership Camp
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp


Tuesday 1
Years 7-9 Correction Day - no classes
Year 12, 2016 Leadership Camp
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp

Wednesday 2
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp
Years 7-9 Report Writing Day - no classes
Year 10 Review Meeting
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp
Year 6 Farewell Lunch
College Board Meeting

1.00 pm
7.45 pm

Board Room
Thursday 3
Years 7-9 Examination Review Day
Year 10 OAP Leaders' Camp
Year 6 Farewell Mass

7.00 pm

St Ignatius
 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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Scholarships 2017

Applications Now Open

The College will be offering a number of Scholarships for 2017.

Academic and Instrumental Scholarships are available for entry into Year 7 in 2017. Choral Scholarships are available for entry into Year 5 in 2017.

Registration details can be located on the College website's Scholarships page.
 Mr David Hill

Rowing End of Year BBQ

Thursday 3 December at the Boat Shed

 Mr Michael Bennett
TIC Rowing

Class Representative 2016

Volunteers needed for Heyington and Waterford Campuses

Attention Years 7 to 11 Parents

The St Kevin's Mothers’ Association is presently looking for parents with one or more sons in Years 7 - 11 to volunteer as Class Representatives for the 2016 academic year (for Year levels 8 to 12).

This role entails working collectively with two or three (maximum) Class Representatives per year level, to support the College in arranging Year level functions. Functions include morning teas, lunches and/or dinners. Class Reps coordinate the Year level function with the Leadership Team and support the Parent Associations’ functions which are held throughout the school year (Opening Mass & luncheon, Combined Association's Cocktail Party, Mothers' Winter/Autumn luncheon & end of year Mother’s Mass and dining function).

If you are keen to get involved and happy to support the SKC community, please email your expression of interest no later than 12.00pm, Friday 27 November  2015, indicating which Year level, along with your details to Mrs Susie Battistella (SMA Secretary) at Please call Susie on 0414 722 582 should you have any queries.
Mrs Molly Birch
President, St Kevin's Mothers' Association

Year 12 2016 Parents' Event

Attention 2016 Year 12 Parents - Save the date!

A great opportunity to kick off 2016 and celebrate our final year together!

Friday 26 February 2016
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Cost & RSVP:

Parking: Parking for non KLTC members is available across Glenferrie Road at HE Smith Reserve. Please do not use the Vision Australia Car Park.

Further queries, please contact Molly Birch (Mother of Ian, Year 12 2016) on 0407 849 762.
 Mrs Molly Birch
President, St Kevin's Mothers' Association

St Kevin's Mothers' Association

Save the date – First Function for 2016!

The St Kevin’s Mothers’ Association, in conjunction with the Glendalough Mothers' Association, would like to announce their first function for 2016. A special luncheon to celebrate an exciting year ahead, along with the opportunity to meet new families to the College and reacquaint friendships from last year! Last year’s luncheon was a huge success! Get in early to book! The Park Hyatt is convenient to Parliament Station and also offers garage car parking.

Thursday 18 February 2016
The Park Hyatt
1 Parliament Place, East Melbourne
12 noon
via Trybooking -
(Please refer to booking site for parties of FIVE or more)
Friday 12 February 2016 – 4:00 pm – unless SOLD OUT PRIOR

Contact: Further enquiries please contact Molly Birch – 0407 849 762

Please note, RSVP dates will continue to be strictly enforced & tickets are non-refundable.
 Mrs Molly Birch
President, St Kevin's Mothers' Association

Lost Property

Heyington Reception is holding a number of unnamed items in lost property. Items include prescription glasses, watches and an iPad.

If your son has lost any of these items during the school year please ask him to check Reception now as some items have come to us fairly recently. Parents can also ring Heyington and we will assist you over the phone. 
 Mrs Ruth Smith
Heyington Reception

SKC Cricket

The SKC Cricket Camp is back!

Hosted by SKC Cricket Professionals Carl Sandri and Brendan Drew, the SKC Cricket Camp offers players the chance to develop their skills over a fun-filled three day program with fellow SKC cricketers.

Please click here to view a flyer with more information.

7, 8, 9 December 2015
St Kevin's College Ovals
9.00 - 12.30 (8.45 am arrival)

  • Supported by SKC Friends of Cricket
  • Suitable for players of all standards
  • Coaching program covering all disciplines
  • Daily master classes
  • Specific programs for Years 3/4, Years 5/6 and Years 7/8
  • Individual and group coaching
  • Giveaways and participant raffle provided by sponsors
  • Guest player/coach appearances
  • 3 days of fun and skill development for $199
  • Discounts apply for multiple players
For information & bookings contact
 Mr Nick Baff
TIC Cricket


This week we have spent time with our new 2016 Year 12 students. It has been pleasing to see that most students are taking a serious approach to their VCE studies and are committed to getting that head start with their individual subjects. Our message to parents and students alike is that it is equally important to commence research about pathways following Year 12. Students have been asked to make an appointment with a Careers Practitioner early in Term 1 to discuss their initial ideas about what they would like to do in 2016. Experience shows that students who methodically research pathways early in Year 12 are able to take up the myriad of information opportunities relevant to their particular interests and invariably find the decision making time in Term 3 and then December a lot easier. Please encourage your sons to research courses, attend information sessions, career expos and lunch time speaker sessions provided at school throughout the Year.

We wish all the current Year 12s the best of luck for 14 December and remind students that the bookings for Change of Preference Appointments during the week 14 - 17 December will be open from 1 December. A representative from Monash University will be here on Tuesday 15 December from 12.00 to 3.00 pm for additional advice pertaining directly to Monash.

Any current Year 10 or 11 students who would like a further discussion about subject selections are welcome to email us with queries or to make an appointment in the first week of December.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Careers Department to all St Kevin’s families.

Please see the Careers News for more details. 
Mrs O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
The Careers Department

Cathedral Choir


Last Sunday, the Choir took on a very substantial program of music for the feast of Christ the King. This included the epic “Messe Solennelle” by Louis Vierne and Kenneth Leighton’s very atonal “Let All the World”, both of which were sung with great skill and confidence. From this Sunday, we move into the Church’s season of Advent with its emphasis on patient waiting and a more restrained musical repertoire.


All families should receive by the end of this week a mailout from me with more information on the 2016 Adelaide Tour, a Carols poster, and a list of dates. Please let me know by email if you don’t receive this.

Trebles & Altos Next Week

Given arrangements next week at St Kevin’s, including the final day of school for a number of boys next Friday, there will be no Treble rehearsal next Tuesday morning (although some boys will be scheduled for Voice Testing in this timeslot) and no Friday afternoon rehearsal for Trebles & Altos.

The normal Thursday morning Treble rehearsal will still go ahead. All Years 5 and 6 boys should check their emails and the portal page this weekend for their Voice Testing times.

Carols Service

A reminder that this year’s Carols Service has the new starting time of 7.30 pm.

Dr Daryl Barclay
Director Cathedral Choir
Head of Choral Music



Presentation Ceremony Performances

There are two groups performing at each of the Presentation Ceremonies on Sunday 6 December at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Year 7 and 8 Ceremony (3.00pm):
Senior Vocal Ensemble and Intermediate Concert Band
Year 10 and 11 Ceremony (7.00pm):
Senior Choir and Senior Concert Band

It is important that boys and their families are aware of the special rehearsals as outlined in the letter available here.

Remaining Term IV Music Dates

Friday 27 November  Glendalough Carols   7.00pm Wilding Centre 
Sunday 6 December   Presentation Evenings
Years 7 & 8 (3.00pm), Years 10 & 11 (7.00pm) 
Melbourne Town Hall
Monday 7 December   Year 9 Presentation Evening   KC Smith Hall 
Wednesday 9 December   Glendalough Instrument Try-Out Day  Victor McMahon Music Centre 

Music Office - C305

Mrs Beth Little can be contacted at the Music Office 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


Co-curricular Sports

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

Please click here to view this weekends APS Sport Fixtures and last weeks APS Sports Results.

 Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Swap Shop

The big, end of year Swap Shop opening is on again on the following days: Thursday 10 December from 1.00 – 5.00pm and Friday 11 December from 1.00 – 4.00pm. The Swap Shop is situated at Waterford Campus, 20 Darlington Parade, Richmond.

For information about how Swap Shop works and to sell school uniform items please click here.

We will be looking for volunteers to help with preparation and sale days. Please contact us at if you are interested in helping. Please advise email address and mobile phone number in your communication. At the end of November we will forward a list of days and hours for which we require assistance.

Please contact me on if you require any further information.
Mrs Christine Quirk
Convenor, Swap Shop

SKC Merchandise

St Kevin's Towel Orders

At just $50 each, these towels are embroidered with your boy’s name and in theory, will never be lost. Please allow up to 4 weeks for delivery. Delivery will be to the school and directly to your boy in his classroom.

Please click here for the link to TryBooking to order.

Mrs Ann James
Merchandising, Senior Mothers' Association
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