Senior School Newsletter

  16 November 2017, Volume 68 No. 34

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

It has been a time for remembrance at the College and in the broader community. You may have read elsewhere of the Remembrance Eucharist, celebrated by Fr Chris Middleton SJ, during which we prayed for Old Collegians and staff who had died in the last year. Please say a private prayer for each soul listed below, and their families.

Dominic John De Marco (SKC 1936)
Lawrence John Gall (SKC 1936)
Francis Joseph John Kissane (SKC 1936)
Fr Paul Bernard Gardiner OAM SJ (SKC 1938)                  
Fr Desmond Cameron (SKC 1939)
Richard (Dick) Charles O'Neil (SKC 1940)
Fr John Wade Spillane (SKC 1940)
John Aloysius Landy (SKC 1942)
Redmond Francis Nolan (SKC 1942)
Kenneth George Howell (SKC 1943)
Brian Thomas Dowling (SKC 1944)
Geoffrey Reginald Griffiths (SKC 1944)
John Michael O'Brien (SKC 1945)
Terence O'Mahony (SKC 1945)
Fr John Doenau sj (SKC 1946)
Desmond James McKenna OAM (SKC 1947)
Keith James Lodge (SKC 1948)
Burton (John) Joseph Filgate (SKC 1951)
Philip Joseph Ryan (SKC 1951)
John Francis O'Connor (SKC 1954)
William Thomas Maloney (SKC 1955)
Leo M Mooney (SKC 1959)
Kevin John Cosgriff (SKC 1961)
John Clement Halfhide (SKC 1962)
Geoffrey James Lancashire (SKC 1963)
Philip Murphy (SKC 1965)
Paul Michael Coleman (SKC 1966)
Peter Francis Williams (SKC 1968)
Paul Anthony Hickey (SKC 1970)
Bernard James Mulraney (SKC 1970)
Lindsay John Lowrey Collins (SKC 1971)            
Hugh Oswald Kiernan (SKC 1972)
Thomas Patrick Stewart (SKC 1972)
Thomas Portelli (SKC 1978)
Benjamin Scott (SKC 1997)
Lachlan William Rhodes (SKC 2005)
Nicholas Charles Oriander (SKC 2007)
Christopher John Straford (2008 - 2017)
Cheryl Patricia O'Dwyer (2003 - 2017)

On Saturday 11 November, I was impressed by the solemn and respectful manner Armistice Day was marked by students involved at the time, in APS Sport. World War One was far from a determined result 100 years ago and young Australians were sacrificing their lives in great numbers, principally on the Western Front in France. Many of those fighting were relatives of the young men preparing to start in a new school in Albert Street, East Melbourne in the following year.

It is also one hundred years since Lenin, in a seemingly against-the-odds coup, seized power for the Bolsheviks in Russia and consequently established the first communist state. The political balance of world affairs was permanently altered. In another Russell attempt to illustrate why the study of international history is so important for each generation, let me share some rather frightening figures that I read in an article entitled ‘Perhaps it’s a case of ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’, in last weekend’s The Weekend Australian … The Russian revolutionaries and their later successors in China and elsewhere achieved a record of far more deaths than either world war. According to the London-based project to create a Museum of Communist Terror, 15-18 million people died in World War I; 40-80 million died in World War II; and 80-100 million died under communist regimes.

Let me finish on a much more pleasant and positive note by extending congratulations to the young men listed below, on their appointment to student leadership roles at SKC:

  Captain Deputy Captain
Badminton Sam Wilson Alan Zhang
Cricket Jack Di Stefano Luca Gambell
Cycling Tom Bufadeci  
Diving Mark Jencik Luke Shannan
Futsal Christian Zubcic  
Gymnastics Andrew Willett  
Martial Arts James Appleyard  
Swimming Michael Reid Ryland Brian
Table Tennis Michael Athanasiadis  
Tennis Nelson Walker Codey Gunn
Volleyball William Barron Jordan McCorkell

Kind regards,

Stephen F Russell

Commit to reconciliation and actively promote interaction with indigenous Australians both in their communities and the St Kevin’s community
(from the Mission Statement)

Faith and Mission


It’s a good day when you have a spare minute to look into the reason behind the latest Google banner.

On Tuesday, Google was celebrating the 131st anniversary of the hole punch. I apologise that I had not kept up with this news. I can only plead that 131 is not an auspicious number and the hole punch is a humble servant of order that doesn’t seek much in the way of thanks or recognition. My hole punch, a veteran of the age in which bills and bank statements came in the mail and needed to be punched into folders, lives in semi-retirement. From time to time, it asks still to be allowed to spray little circles of paper around the carpet like confetti. It is a happy little device but not without mischief. The most powerful vacuum cleaners in the world have been frustrated by those tiny paper bits of round paper. But my punch continues to make merry with them, not like my stapler which gets angry and starts bending small pieces of metal into strange contortions. A stapler is a control freak, forcing pages into a relationship from which they can only escape by force. A hole punch takes a gentler approach to life. It introduces pages to each other and allows them to share the same space, but still gives them freedom to move and even to go and sit with other pages with whom they are better matched.

The hole punch is the brainchild of Fredrich Sonnecken, not a name that many of us will greet with instant recognition. I would have like to have met him and asked how he came up with his punch. Perhaps he was a boxer. Or maybe a drink maker. More likely, he was sick and tired of homeless paper drifting all over his desk with nowhere to call home. The first punch only did one hole at time. It would have made an interesting nail clipper for those of us who get tired of concave finger nails and want something different.

Sonnecken was not the only person in history to confront the forces of chaos and come up with a creative solution. In 1867, Samuel B Fay invented the paper clip. Or so it is said. In the next few years, fifty separate paper clip designs were patented, suggesting that there are many ways to bend a piece of wire. I imagine that a good number of those patents were sought by people who had dreary office jobs and time to fiddle around with the stuff on their desks. Incidentally, you can buy a single paperclip for as much as $2500. I’d rather spend that kind of money on a decent stapler. Legend has it that a primitive stapler was presented to King Louis XV in France, but when you read that each staple was inscribed with royal insignia, you have to imagine that they were a different commodity from the ones we buy in boxes of 5000 for a few dollars. Let’s give the honours to George McGill who patented a stapler in 1866. His idea was improved upon by Henry R Heyl in 1877. And others that followed.

All in all, the late nineteenth century in America was the cradle of modern office stationery. The filing cabinet was patented there in 1893. There were 160 separate patents sought there for mechanical pencils between 1822 and 1874. The earliest clipboard was patented around 1870-1871. The Shannon Arch File, the invention that led to the modern legal industry, came into being in 1877. Thomas Edison invented the first mimeograph in the same period. It was truly a golden era for sedentary professions.

What is the point of all this?


If you happen to be sitting at your desk, you are surrounded by a long list of gadgets. Every one of them was somebody’s brainchild. They are all the result of creativity, insight and even enterprise. You don’t have to move more than two feet to feel your indebtedness to those who have come before you and come up with ideas that help us. Just because we have forgotten who they are, it doesn’t mean we are not their beneficiaries.

This is before we even stand up and go to the kitchen. Or the bathroom. Or the garden.

Every day, we enjoy a rich inheritance.

This is a thought for November, the month when Christian people remember and give thanks to those who have come before us. We have a folder in the chapel full of names of people our community is remembering. We pray for them and hope that they will also pray for us.

The names have been put on sheets of paper. And yes, the pages have had holes punched in them so they can sit in the same folder. We all belong together.

Speaking at our Annual Remembrance Eucharist last Wednesday evening, Fr Chris Middleton SJ reminded us that God belongs with us as well, even in times of painful loss:

If the God of creation respects our freedom, it does not mean that the same God of love can stand aside from a world where love is accompanied by pain and hurt. God is present to us while respecting our freedom. God’s friendship provides support and strength in bad times. In Jesus, God walks with us and shares our pain. God provides a way of living through Jesus who is a compass or guide to show us the best way to live. God also allows us to find meaning in suffering. And God gives hope – death is not the end, and love triumphs over evil.

Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Kenny students with Ms Sheridan assisted with the preparation and serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Year 11 and VCE Examinations continued.
  • Soccer Association met.
  • Preparatory Information Evening took place.
  • Staff completed a Learning Workshop on Emotional Regulation Skills.
  • McCarthy students with Mr Cosgriff assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Curriculum Committee met.
  • Years 3 and 4 Intensive Swimming Program was conducted.
  • EREA Identity Conference was hosted at St Kevin’s College.
  • Ministry Team held a meeting.
  • Year 10 Vitae Groups presented to their peers.
  • Glendalough Spring Ensemble Concert was performed.
  • SKOCA AGM took place.
  • ELC Parent Information Evening was conducted.
  • SKMA AGM was held.
  • Glendalough staff completed Professional Development in Report Writing.
  • Staff completed eLearning Workshop.
  • Friends of Art met.
  • Friday morning Mass was celebrated in Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Preparatory 2018 Orientation Morning took place.
  • St Vincent de Paul conducted a lunchtime BBQ.
  • Staff completed professional development at VCAA, Leadership in Catholic Schools and Religious Education Network.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Alex Lupacchini
Year 7
For consistently upholding the values of the College

Nicholas Bare
Year 8
For his enthusiastic commitment to all aspects of College life.

Justin Mitchell
Year 9
For his true reflection of College values in caring for, considering and supporting a fellow student.

Ben Canterbury

For his excellent contribution to Tutor and House Activities

Lachlan Kirkwood
For his improved approach to his studies in Semester Two.

Joshua Banna

For his excellent contribution to life at the College.

David Comande
For his enthusiasm and leadership during Year 7 Orientation Day.

Alexander Trnacek
For his outstanding contribution to his Year 10 Community Service placement this semester.

Thomas Woods
For his outstanding and ongoing commitment to Fitzroy Reading Room, Rahill's Social Justice Partnership.

Calendar Dates

Friday 17 VCE Examinations
  Year 11 Examinations    
  SKC Rowing Association Evening 7.30pm Pavillion
Saturday 18
APS Sport
Monday 20
VCE Examinations

Fathers' Association AGM 6.30pm Amora Hotel, Richmond
Tuesday 21 VCE Examinations    
Wednesday 22 VCE Examinations
  Year 11 Review Meeting

  Aviation "Wings" Night

Thursday 23 Finance, Property and Governance Meetings

  Year 11 Father/Son Dinner 7.00pm Australia Club, Melbourne
Friday 24 Year 10 Examinations
  GMA AGM   Clovely Room
Saturday 25 APS Sport    

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.


SKC Rowing Association

Parents are invited to join the SKC Rowing Association and Rowing Staff for a casual night of drinks and finger food at the Pavillion, St Kevin's College, Heyington. You will be greeted with a complimentary glass of beer or champagne on arrival. This is a great opportunity to get to know other Rowing parents from your son/s year level.

When Saturday 18 November 
Where Pavillion, Heyington
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $30, please BYO drinks
Thursday 16 November 
Enquiries:   Jacqui Burke 0421 757 360
 Mrs Jacqui Burke
SKC Rowing Association

Fathers' Association

November Annual General Meeting

    When: Monday 20 November

    Amora Hotel
    649 Bridge Road, Richmond

    6.30pm Arrival
    7.00pm Start
    Dinner: At Fathers' expense
    Drinks: SKCFA will run a small drinks tab
    RSVP Friday 17 November to
    All Fathers and Mentors welcome.

    LAST CHANCE: Annual Year 11 Father and Son Dinner 

    You are invited to the SKC Fathers' Association Annual Year 11 Father & Son Dinner. The dinner will feature guest speaker Mr Tom Harkin of the 'Man Up' ABC TV series.   All Fathers and Mentors welcome.

      When: Thursday 23 November

      The Australian Club
      110 William Street, Melbourne
      Cost:  $100 per head (Includes 3 course dinner, drinks)
      Time 7.00pm
      Dress: Fathers - Gentleman’s jacket, collar & tie; Students - Full winter uniform
      Seating: Tables of 10 
      RSVP Friday 17 November

      For any questions please contact Aaron Turner: or 0421052795 
      Click here to download PDF invite

       SKC Fathers' Association - Facebook Group

      Keep up to date on all the happenings in the SKC Fathers’ Association via our Facebook Group.  This is a closed group only available to SKC parents and guardians. To view the invite you must be a member of the SKC Fathers’ Association Facebook Group.
      Mr Simon Janes
      St Kevin's College Fathers' Association

      Mothers' Association

      End of Year Mothers' Mass and Luncheon

      When:  Thursday, 30 November

      Chapel of St Kevin, Heyington
      Boyd Egan Hall
      Time: 11.00am Mass and 12.15pm for a two course lunch with wine provided
      Cost:   $65
      RSVP:  Monday 27 November
      Mrs Racheal McGarry -

      Class Reps are encouraged to organise tables for each year level.
      Mrs Racheal McGarry
      President SKMA

      Second Hand Uniform Swap Shop

      The Second Hand Uniform Shop is located at our Waterford Campus in Richmond, enter via Darlington Parade. We have most items of clothing available to purchase at 50% off the retail price. Currently we have stock of Shorts, Short Sleeve Shirts, Jumpers, House Polo Tops & various Sports Tops. 

      To continue to offer a wide selection of clothing items we rely heavily on the generosity of the St Kevins Community. Donations of any out grown clothing items would be much appreciated and can be made at the Heyington or Waterford Reception. Donations can be made at Heyington until December 15th and from January 10th 2018 onwards.

      Our forthcoming open day and hours: Tuesday 30 January - 11am - 2pm

      If you have any queries please feel free to email me on or text on 0411 135 432.

      Mrs Sylvia Shaw
      Second Hand Uniform Shop Co-ordinator

      Year Level Parents' Events 

      Year 11 

      Coffee morning

       When: Friday 17 November
       Where: Hawthorn Common - 302 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
       Time: 9.00am
       RSVP Wednesday 15 November 
      Contact Maria Rasopatis - 0411154293

      Year 8 

      End of Year Christmas Cocktail Party

      When Saturday 25 November
      Where: The Glenferrie Hotel324 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
      Time 7.30pm
      Cost:  $45
      RSVP:  Thursday 16 November

      For any queries, please contact class representatives: 
      Given the scale of numbers and catering associated with our events, RSVP dates will be strictly enforced where appropriate, so do not delay in securing your booking through the trybooking website. This includes year level functions whether hosted at a venue, or at a private home. Thank you for your understanding.


      Please click here to view this week's Sports Fixture.  

      Please click here to view last week's Sports Results. 
       Mr Luke Travers
      Dean of Sport


      Instrumental Lesson Enrolment

      Families are reminded that enrolment in music lessons is continuous from year to year and that no re-enrolment is required.

      Please contact the Music Office by Friday 17 November if you wish your son to cease lessons at the end of this year.

      AMEB Examinations

      Over seventy students completed a practical exam for the Australian Music Examination Board over the weekend. It was pleasing to see so many musicians accepting the challenge of preparing pieces and technical work to their best standard.

      Many thanks to the busy accompanists Dr Mark McGee, Mr David McNicol and Ms Melanie Lee. Our young musicians are very fortunate to be working with such an expert team.

      Term IV Dates

      Thursday 16 November Glendalough Spring Ensemble Concert 7.00pm BE
      Tuesday 5 December Glendalough Carols 7.00pm SH
      Wednesday 6 December Glendalough Instrument Try-out Day 11.00am-3.00pm MMC
      Wednesday 6 December Senior Choir rehearsal C308 10.00am-12.00pm
      Thursday 7 December Year 6 Mass 6.00pm St Ignatius
      Saturday 9 December Symphony Orchestra Presentation Ceremony rehearsal 2.30pm-3.45pm MMC
      Sunday 10 December Yrs 7-8 and Yrs 10-11 Presentation Ceremonies MTH
      Monday 11 December Year 9 Presentation Evening 7.45pm SH

      Music Office - C305

      Mrs Andrea McDonald (Music Administrator) 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, at Lunchtime or after school.
      Mr Simon Harris
      Head of Music


      It has been a pleasure touching base with many of the Year 10 students to finalise their VCE subject selections. There is still a small opportunity to change subjects following examination results if necessary. There will be some appointments available following the examinations should students and families require a further conversation about final subject choices. Please book online. Year 10 and 11 students are also advised that Friday November 24 is the last day for submission of Work Experience Arrangement Forms for the December/January period. Students are advised Work Experience Placements can only be done during the weeks when the College office is open (until Wednesday 13th December & from Monday January 10th). All safe@work testing must be completed by Friday November 17 at the latest to ensure the processing of forms in time.

      Looking towards 2018, we will be asking all Year 12 students to make an appointment to see a Careers Practitioner in Term 1, 2017. It is important to start researching pathways for 2019 as early as possible to make the decision making in Terms 3 and 4, which comes all too quickly, considerably easier. To start them thinking, we are introducing Year 12 students to our online Careers Website, associated tools and exercises which we hope they will take advantage of during study periods early in Term 1, 2018. We are looking forward to spending time with the “new” Year 12s.

      Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

      • Dates to Diarise in Term 4
      • The Good Universities Guide 2018
      • UMAT 2018
      • SKC Bachelor/Doctor of Medicine & UMAT Information Session
      • 2017 VCAA Results
      • Dates of Main Round Offers for all States
      • ANU Melbourne Advisory Day
      • News from Monash University: What Happens if Something Occurs After the VTAC SEAS Deadline?
      • VCE 2018 Summer Schools: Access Education Summer School; NEAP VCE Summer School Program; The School for Excellence Summer School
      • Useful Tips for Successful Interviews
      Please see Career News for more details.
      Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White
      Careers Department

      Cathedral Choir


      Carols & Social Function  Friday 15 December
      2017 Finish  After 11.00am Mass Monday 25 December

      Return          Sunday 28 January
      Choir Camp                Sunday 11 - Tuesday 13 March
      Wedding                     2.00pm, Saturday 17 March
      Easter Triduum         Thursday 29 March-Sunday 1 April
      No Choir  Sundays 8 April, 1 July, 8 July, 30 September
      Recording Session 1  Wednesday 20 June
      No Choir  Sunday 1 July
      No Choir  Sunday 8 July
      Recording Session 2  Thursday 19 July
      Recording Session 3  Thursday 2 August
      Recording Session 4  Wednesday 22 August
      No Choir  Sunday 30 September

      Dr Daryl Barclay
      Director, Cathedral Choir
      Head of Choral Music

      Mothers' Association Merchandise

      To order St Kevin’s Mother’s Association merchandise online please click the link: orders will then be delivered to your nominated campus (Heyington, Waterford or Glendalough campus) and can be collected by your sons or yourself. 

      The previous date, Friday 1 December, is now School Closure Day so SKMA will have orders in your designated campus office ready for collection on Thursday 30 November

      For any further details please contact Carole Putna and Maria Dasopatis via email

      SKC Towels 

        A special direct link has been set up for St Kevin's Towel Orders. Please click the link: to order.  Towels are $50.00 each. 

      Further enquiries please contact Skye McEwen - SKC Merchandising 0418314899.

      Mrs Rachael McGarry
      President SKMA