Senior School Newsletter

 26 February 2015, Volume 66 No. 04

Regular Notices

Other Notices

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents

My calendar rather starkly tells me we are mid-Week 5 of a 9-week student term.  Much has begun well and there is much to do.  At the Parent Information Evenings, I announced to the community that I would be using Term II for Enrichment Leave.  There was a range of emotions I detected on the faces of the various audiences but may I simply thank the many people who have generously wished me well and even gone as far as to say that my leave is well-deserved.

Allow me to share part of the plan.  My time will actually begin accompanying my wife and her mother to the Loreto Federation in Ballarat.  I hope to be a decent driver, good dinner companion and an attentive ear to all that is discerned and discussed by this gathering of Loreto women.

Across the following three weeks, I will be assisting in Edmund Rice Flexible Learning Centres.  In each instance, I will essentially be working as a Teacher Aide or bus driver or general roustabout as I learn more about the culturally rich and diverse North Melbourne Flexi, and am taught about the culture and challenges of our indigenous Edmund Rice sisters and brothers in the Flexis in Alice Springs and Townsville.  Realistically, I expect I will be challenged and rewarded.

Mid May, Kate and I head to London where, on Friday 15 May, we will host an Old Collegians function.  If you know of any of our community in the UK, do get them to check the website or send Mr Kevin Culliver their email.  Visits to the schools with whom we have links will follow, with time already booked at the London Oratory School, University College School, Felsted and the Royal Grammar School.

Some exercise will follow with a cycle through the Loire on the way to visit our sister school in Orleans.  Time in Florence and some rural relaxation will precede our reaching the final destination, Rome.  I am hoping my energy levels will be dangerously high when I return for the start of Term III, armed with some fresh ideas and recharged from our experiences and travel.

Mr Bill Doherty will be Acting Headmaster in my absence.  Ms Janet Canny and Mr Ted Guinane will hold the joint role of Acting Deputy Head with specifically delineated responsibilities.  Mr Nick Clark will join the College Leadership Team for Term II.  It is a very capable team more than able of leading our community.

I jot these thoughts but a few hours before our first College Board meeting for 2015.  I wish to publically thank this talented and generous group for their willingness to serve our community.

Martin Nally
Chair Past parent - 2 sons
Peter Leahy
Deputy Chair
Past parent
  Finance Committee Member
Jolanta Baldasso
  Past parent - 3 sons
Kate Clark
  Current parent
Michael Doble
  Old Collegian 1979
    Past parent - 2 sons
Bill Doherty
Deputy Headmaster
Current parent
Stephen Ellich
  Current parent - 2 sons
John Lincoln
Chair Property Committee
Past & current parent
Brian McGuinness
Foundation Board
Old Collegian 1965
    Past parent
Craig Meade
Chair Finance Committee
Past parent
Stephen Russell
Headmaster Past parent
Br Bill Wilding
  Headmaster 1994 - 2003
Denise Woolerton
  Current parent
Pauline Ryan
EA to the Headmaster
  Secretary to the Board
Headmaster's Study Awards
Year 12     
Australian Chemistry Olympiad Examination
Damon Cai                                              
    Adon Ewing
    Sammy Lim
    Edward Meehan
    Wendell Zhang

Kind Regards

Stephen F Russell

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Faith and Mission

Let it be said

Just because two people share the same name, it does not mean they have much else in common. I have taught boys who shared the same name as famous writers, yet that was no guarantee the student would like English. I once taught a boy burdened with the same name as a most brazen and obnoxious media personality. Thankfully, the boy was a pleasure to know. His older namesake could have learnt a lot from him. I know colleagues who have taught people called George Bush, Malcolm Fraser, John Major, Jack Nicholson and even Francis Pope. None of them was famous.

In the last few weeks, I have encountered two people called Stephen Fry. One is a well-known comedian and actor. I have enjoyed a great deal of his work, relishing his performances in movies such as Wilde and Gosford Park. Along with my children, I have been enthralled by his reading of the entire seven volumes of Harry Potter, and I enjoyed a documentary series he made by touring the United States in a London taxi. He has spoken bravely of his struggles with mental illness.

Fry is the kind of atheist who would actually like God to exist just so he can be angry with God. He is normally broad minded, but Fry was reduced to a stifling narrowness recently when he was asked on TV what he might say to God if he were to find himself at what are figuratively known as the pearly gates. I think the correct term for what Fry had in mind for God is shirt-fronting. He indicated that he would say ‘how dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right. It is utterly, utterly evil.’ He would ask ‘how can I respect a capricious, mean minded stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain.’ He described God as both ‘an utter maniac’ and ‘totally selfish’.

Of course, any Christian has to confront the problem of pain and suffering. Someone once said that believers have trouble explaining the existence of evil while atheists have trouble explaining the existence of love. But Fry seemed to have no room in his world for grace in adversity or for what many people experience as the redemptive nature of suffering. God did not make the trouble to which Fry refers. Rather, God offers us a deep and challenging companionship as we travel through any number of hardships. The depth of God’s companionship is shown to us in the cross of Jesus. During Lent, we focus once again on the mystery of the cross. For Christians, the cross is the key that unlocks the mystery of our humanity, including its undeniably destructive aspects.

On Monday at the assembly at Heyington we met another Steven Fry. This Fry is a contemporary American pastor who lives in Tennessee and is the composer of a wonderful song which was performed by the senior vocal ensemble, led by Dr Barclay and accompanied on the snare drum by Taylor Wilson from Year 12. I had not heard the piece before but it moved me profoundly. Its words cut to the heart of Lent and speak to the issues confronting the other Stephen Fry:
Let it be said of us
That the Lord was our passion
That with gladness we bore
Every cross we were given
That we fought the good fight
That we finished our course
Knowing within us the power of the risen Lord

Let it be said of us
We were marked by forgiveness
We were known by our love
And delighted in meekness
We were ruled by his peace
Heeding unity's call
Joined as one body
That Christ would be seen by all
Next weekend at Mass, we will hear one of those readings which is grist to the mill of someone like the first Stephen Fry. God appears to have no good reason whatsoever for asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son. It does seem capricious. But perhaps the point of the story is precisely to shock readers, especially those who expect God to be confined to the standards of human logic. We learn that because Abraham was open to the inscrutable ways of God, he is to have ‘descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the beach.’ Let it be said that every one of those descendants will have a different story to tell, even if their names are occasionally the same. They will all encounter the cross in a way that is just for them.
Mr Michael McGirr
Dean of Faith & Mission

Fullness Of Life

This week at St Kevin’s College... 

  • Mr Dash and Kenny students assisted with the serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Rowing Association held a meeting.
  • Nepal Information Evening took place.
  • House Swimming Carnivals were conducted for Years 7 to 12.
  • Year 12 Business Management students went on excursion to Carlton Brewery.
  • Music Tour 2016 Information Evening was held.
  • Year 10 students participated in the driver education program “Keys Please”.
  • Rahill House Pot Luck Dinner was celebrated.
  • College Board met.
  • Kearney House held a fund-raising “Bake Off”.
  • Year 10 Commerce students went to Monash University.
  • Ms Cullen and Cusack students assisted in Edmund Rice Refugee Tutoring Program at St Albans.
  • Cusack House Charity Event was held.
  • Year 10 students commenced community service throughout Melbourne.
  • Years 7F, 7G and 7H completed a Retreat.
  • Year 10 Dancing Classes with LMH continued.
  • Glendalough students completed swimming trials.
  • Year 5C students visited the ELC.
  • Old Collegian Dr Chris Wright addressed the Year 12 cohort.
  • Nepal Fundraising Lunchtime BBQ took place.
  • College Prefects were presented at a Years 7/8 Assembly.
  • SKC Portal training was conducted for staff.
  • Year 6A and 6C attended an excursion to the Melbourne Museum.
  • Years 3 and 4 students participated in an interschool Swimming Exchange with Brighton and Scotch College.
  • Year 12 Parent function took place.
  • Friday morning Eucharist was celebrated in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Years 10, 11 and 12 Aviation students attended the Avalon Air Show.
  • Year 6 parents held a social function.
  • Kearney boys and Ms Ritchie participated in the St Ignatius Refugee Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students, accompanied by Mr Odachowski and Ms Rowland, assisted at the Fitzroy Tutoring Program.
  • Mr Duke and Purton students assisted at the community group PACSEL in Richmond.
  • Staff attended professional development in Ethics and Aviation, and at the International Art Series, Psychology Teachers’ Conference, Science Teachers’ Conference, Physical Education Conference and the VIT Mentoring Program.
Ms Janet Canny
Director of Students


Benjamin Di Conza
Year 7

For his caring and supportive behaviour towards another student.

William Penfold
Year 8

For returning a peer's property that was left on Public Transport.

Max Lourey
Year 9
For instigating a charitable proposal to involve students in a social justice initiative.

Thomas Lloyd
For assisting boys in Years 7 & 8 with their academic studies.

Henry Leng

For his artistic contribution to house spirit.

Antony Sinni
For his hard work in winning 2nd place in the Lion Youth of the Year Competition.

Thomas Jok
For his care and compassion for younger members of the College community.

Joshua Boehm
For role modelling outstanding leadership as Captain of Cricket.

Dominic Lawrence

For aiding a  student who was feeling unwell at the Opening Year Mass.

Calendar Dates


Friday 27
Year 10 Dancing Class
Year 6 Parent Function
Year 12 Parent Function

Smith Hall
Saturday 28
Summer APS Sport Fixtures
Year 5 Scholarships
Year 10 Scholarships
Smith Hall
Smith Hall
Monday 2
Year 5A - 5D Camp begins
Year 6 SKC/Sacre Coeur/Korowa/Loreto Exchange Program
Year 7C Retreat
Fathers' Association Meeting
Rugby Association Meeting
Soccer Association Meeting
Friend's of Cricket
Basketball Association Meeting

7.00 pm
7.30 pm
7.45 pm
7.45 pm
7.45 pm

Boyd Egan Hall
Delaney Room
Brandon Room
Mannix Room
Brandon Room
Tuesday 3
Year 7D Retreat
DAV Debating Round 1 (SKC)
Year 7 and 10 Immunisation
Year 11 Parents Coffee Morning
SKOCA Meeting
Prep Parent Literacy Information Evening

9.30 am
6.30 pm
7.00 pm

Delaney Room
Boyd Egan Hall
Wednesday 4
Music Association Soiree
7.45 pm
Boyd Egan Hall
 Thursday 5
Year 7I Retreat
Year 5 Parent Function
Year 8 Male Mentor/Father and Son Evening
Friends of Art

7.00 pm
7.00 pm

Smith Hall
 Please see the College Calendar for full details and future dates.

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From the Director of Studies

Traditionally, the study of a foreign language for Australian students has not always been a top priority. Geographically removed from Europe and, perhaps, with just a touch of arrogance or complacency, Australians of the 20th Century never felt it necessary to learn a foreign language. How those times have changed!

As is probably common knowledge now, last year, for the first time at St Kevin’s, the school adopted the approach of introducing four foreign languages to the Year 7 students within their academic program. Clearly, the change from the study of two languages to four was successful. Our evidence has shown that previously, in any one year, between 40 and 50% of Year 8 students studied two foreign languages (where the study of only one is compulsory). In 2015, however, roughly 85% of students in Year 8 are currently studying two languages. Of course, we cannot draw any absolute conclusions about the surge of take-up just yet; we will wait for a few more years to see if this trend continues. It is, though, most fascinating to see the great interest the current Year 8 fellows have in the acquisition of multiple foreign languages. Our hope would be that the trend does continue; but, we shall wait to see what transpires towards the end of this year.

St Kevin’s does have a wonderful track record when it comes to the teaching and learning of foreign languages in Years 10 to 12. Another innovation, which was implemented three years ago now, was to allocate six periods a week to the study of French, Japanese and Mandarin in Year 10. It is crucial that, for those boys who would like to pursue their foreign language study into their VCE years, they have every opportunity to achieve well. To give these boys the best possible grounding in their language learning and retention, the extra three periods each week in Year 10 mean that the boys will be far more competitive when it comes to sitting for both the Oral and Written components of the VCE Examination in Year 12.

In each Year 7 and Year 8 class of French, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish, the College has employed the services of a Language Assistant who will be part of each language class once weekly. The role of the Language Assistant is to work with small groups of students in their oral and aural language, as well as to foster further interest in, and passion for, the language and culture of those countries where the target language is spoken. The Language Assistant might also work with boys who find the language challenging so as to reinforce certain grammatical concepts that have been covered in class. Also, there is the opportunity for team-teaching, which is seldom possible in the secondary school system, and which will provide the boys with a different voice and an extra facilitator in the classroom with respect to their linguistic studies.

In continuing to strive for new ways of value-adding to the boys’ education at St Kevin’s, the College took the decision to introduce Spanish to all boys at Glendalough. A Latinate language, we felt, would be more accessible and more applicable to the primary-aged boys; so, once weekly, the boys are taught the language and the culture of Spain and South America. What a vibrant and engaging learning environment every Junior School classroom has already proven to be! 

Because of our expansion in foreign languages, and our already-proven ability to inspire and to teach foreign languages from highly-qualified staff, the College has taken the decision that all students who wish to pursue French or Japanese or Mandarin at the Units 1,2,3 and 4 level, must do so at St Kevin’s and not at external provider schools. The College will no longer sign off on students’ applications to study any of these three languages outside of St Kevin’s. This decision is right and proper, and will take effect from the beginning of the 2016 year. For Spanish, the same decision will come into effect in 2018, when our first Year 11 cohort of Spanish will be enrolled with the VCAA.
Mr Gary Jones
Director of Studies

Scholarships 2016

Applications Now Open

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

Applications for Choral Scholarships for entry into Year 5, 2016 and Instrumental Scholarships for entry into Year 7, 2016 are now open. Please note that academic scholarship applications for entry in 2016 are now closed.

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


Tickets are now on sale for the first production of 2015, Year 10 Play 'Great Expectations'. The play is an abridged adaptation of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic. The story follows beleaguered orphan Pip on his quest for love, fortune and happiness. He encounters colourful characters such as jilted bride Miss Havisham and escaped convict Abel Magwitch, as well as dear Estella. Through a series of secrets, misfortunes and coincidences, Pip endures much suffering and learns many of life’s hard lessons before finally achieving a degree of happiness.

Year 10 boys have been rehearsing with students from Sacré Cœur since term 4 last year. The large cast will bring the dramatic story to life in three performances at Ruby Tout Theatre.

Please note the starting time of 7pm, which will be the starting for all St Kevin’s productions this year. Bookings are now open.

  Year 10 SKC/Sacré Cœur Play: Great Expectations
7.00 pm 10, 11, 12 March
Ruby Tout Theatre, Heyington Campus, St Kevin's College
Adults $16; Concession $11
Bookings please click here
Mr Simon Parris
TIC Productions

Fathers' Association Meetings

All dads are invited to attend our first Fathers' Association meeting for the year on Monday, 2 March at 7.00 pm in the Clovelly room, next to Boyd Egan Hall, Glendalough.

Please also 'SAVE THE DATE' for the Fathers' Association Dinner at Amora Hotel on Monday, 16 March. More information to follow next week.
Mr Evan Raptis
President, SKC Fathers' Association

Basketball Association Meeting

The first meeting of the Basketball Association will take place next week on Monday, 2 March, 7.45pm in the Brandon Room.

Basketball is a sport with growing participation at the College. The Association is very active in further developing the sport at SKC. The Basketball Association runs holiday coaching programs, a Cross Age Tournament and has been part of setting up an SKC Old Boys Basketball Team. This year our first USA tour will take place in December.

All parents who are interested in being a part of this vibrant committee are welcome to attend the meeting.

Should you have any queries, please contact Sue O'Shea, Secretary, SKC Basketball Association at
Mrs Sue O'Shea
Secretary, Basketball Association

Rugby Information Night

All SKC rugby families are invited to attend the Rugby Information Night for the 2015 rugby season.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Time: Commencing 7.30 pm, concluding 9.00 pm
Venue: Brandon Room, Cummins Building

U13 players will receive their FREE two match membership of the Rebels on this night.

Please click here to view the flyer.
Mr Kevin Culliver
TIC Rugby

SKC Rowing Association

Save these Dates

Victorian Championships BBQ

Saturday, 28 February 2015
Time: To commence once the boys return from the Victorian State Championships, to conclude at 7.00 pm
Venue: SKC Rowing Sheds

Please click here to download a flyer for the event.

Rowing Presentation Night and Heads of River Dinner

All Year 8 - 12 Rowers are invited to join us on this special occasion.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Smith Hall, Heyington
Dress: Boys are to wear full summer school uniform. Gentlemen to wear jacket and collar and ladies the equivalent.
RSVP: Friday, 13 March 2015
Bookings can be made by clicking on the following link

Please click here to download a flyer for the event.

Heads of River Gourmet BBQ

Family and friends are invited to the Heads of River Gourmet BBQ lunch.

Date: Saturday, 21 March 2015
RSVP: Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Bookings can be made by clicking on the following link

Please click here to download your invitation to the event.

For further enquiries, please contact Gillian Goller at or 0409 144 331.

Mr Michael Bennett
TIC Rowing 

Year Level Parents' Events

Year 7

To all Parents of SKC Year 7 boys - Come and meet other Year 7 Parents at the following event:

Friday, 13 March 2015
Time: 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Venue: Giorgios Restaurant & Cafe Bar
  Corner of High Street and Glenferrie Road, Armadale
Price: $42 per person. Includes superb finger food and two complimentary drinks (champagne, premium wine, beer, soft drinks). Drinks at bar prices thereafter.
RSVP: Wednesday, 11 March via the following website

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact your Year 7 representatives:

  • Jacqui Burke on email or via telephone, 0421 757 360
  • Sally O'Callaghan on email or via telephone, 0447 567 667
  • Katrina Swift on email or via telephone, 0415 124 054

Year 11

Dear Year 11 Parents,

You are warmly invited to attend the first social event on the Year 11 calendar on Tuesday, 3 March:

Date: Tuesday, 3 March 2015                                                                          
Venue: Sissi & Co, 1290 Malvern Road, Malvern
Time: 9.30 am
Whilst an RSVP is not essential for this event, it would be good to get some idea of numbers so if you think you will make it, please contact Mary Meysztowicz on 0411 297 501.
Please also ‘SAVE THE DATE’ for the following functions later in the year:
Term 2
Saturday 9th May – Parents' cocktail party
Further details will be provided in future newsletters
Term 3
Friday 21st August – Parents' dinner
Further details will be provided in future newsletters
Should you have any further queries, please contact your Year 11 Reps:

  • Mary Meysztowicz on 0411297501 or email
  • Cassandra Barnett on 0409520263 or email

Please note, for 2015, RSVP dates will be strictly enforced. It has necessitated as a matter of professional courtesy and etiquette to be accommodating with the Venues and/or the Catering group who are providing the SKC community with their fine level of service for an event. This also includes year level functions whether hosted at a venue, or at a private home.



Aquatics End of Season Awards Dinner

Date: Saturday, 14 March 2015                                                                            
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Smith Hall
Booking: Please book at
Please note, all tickets MUST BE PREPAID. There will be NO MONEY collected on the night. The dinner is compulsory for all swimmers and divers.
Ms Jo Howard
Convenor, SKC Aquatics Committee

Sacre Coeur & St. Kevin’s Tennis Day and Luncheon

We invite you and your friends to join us for the annual Sacre Coeur & St. Kevin’s Tennis Day and Luncheon:
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Venue: Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club
From 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. The luncheon will be held at 12.45 pm in the St Kevin's Pavilion
Luncheon Guest Speaker: Mandy McCracken                                                                                       
Bookings: Please book via the following site:
  Entries close Friday, 20 March.

There will be a round-robin doubles format. Attendees are able to participate in a Cardio Tennis* workout at 11:30am. All levels of players are invited - including social players. Men are most welcome.

Please click here for more information.
Ms Karen Clydesdale
Manager Community, Tennis Australia

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 for any further enquiries.
Mr David Howard 
Head of Outdoor Education


Co-curricular Summer 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

Mr Luke Travers
Dean of Sport

Diving Program

Vacancies currently exist in the excellent SKC diving program. Classes are well structured and groups are small. Boys in Years 6, 7 & 8 are invited to try a class any Wednesday of term at the Wilding Centre:

Year 6 boys:
3.30 - 4.45 pm                                                                                                           
Year 7/8 boys:
4.30 - 6.00 pm                                                                

The first class is free after which fees are charged by the term on the school account. Pro-rata adjustments are available.

Please direct all bookings and enquiries to College Diving Coach/TIC Elizabeth Howard via email at or mobile 0438 571 403.

Ms Elizabeth Howard
College Diving Coach/TIC Diving

Athletics Club

Recreational running/walking coaching for Mums and Dads

The St Kevin’s Athletics Club is pleased to offer coaching for those Mums and Dads wishing to get that little bit fitter, while the weather in Melbourne is at its peak. This program is designed for all abilities from the serious “fun runner” to the casual walker.  All you need is the desire to improve!

Training takes place at the Botanical Gardens track (meeting on the Tan Track near the corner of Domain Road and Anderson Street, South Yarra) at 9:15 each Monday and Friday mornings and the sessions last between 40 - 60 minutes. The program starts on Monday, 23 February and runs until Friday, 27 March, 2015 (the end Term 1). The cost for this training is $80 for 1 day per week or $150 for 2 days per week for the balance of Term 1.

Training is conducted by qualified club coach Steve Cain (SKC 2002) and is open to all SKC parents and friends.

For any questions please contact Steve Cain on 0407 230 748. To book, please follow the TryBooking link:

Mr Peter McGarry
President SKAAC

Soccer Survey

St Kevin's College Soccer program had 25 teams participating in 2014; the largest number in the history of soccer at the College. It is anticipated that it will continue to grow in popularity in the APS.

In an effort to better co-ordinate activities, the SKC Soccer Association is asking parents of boys who have chosen soccer in 2015 to provide their contact details and preferences via an online survey, which can be accessed by clicking here. Details provided will be used to efficiently distribute information such as notifications of changes of time and venue, cancellations and rosters.

All soccer parents are strongly encouraged to complete the survey.
Mrs Eleonora Luisetto, Mr Nick Hale
SKC Soccer


Each year the tertiary institutions provide the opportunity for Careers Practitioners to visit one of their campuses, learn about any changes to course structure, course offerings, initiatives in teaching pedagogy and approaches to student learning both in and outside the lecture theatre. Whilst this means we are absent from the College at times, such days are an invaluable experience to “get the feel” of a campus and ensure we are providing the most up to date and relevant information to our students, in a similar way to when students visit institutions on their Open Days.

Last week I attended the Swinburne University Careers Practitioner’s Seminar and this week I will attend the equivalent day at Deakin University, Burwood Campus. Swinburne University conveys an air of excitement and opportunity due to the amazing new buildings and facilities, and the mantra of creating Australia’s most employable graduates. A new Law School was officially launched on Monday of this week with an LLB which will focus on Commercialisation, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. The introduction of a High Achiever Program which provides opportunity for students with ATARs over 95 to be a part of world class research teams from Year 1 will no doubt attract many students to their Science, Design or IT degrees (with Business and Engineering to join the Program in the near future). Swinburne no longer talks of TAFE but pathways which include Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas and UniLink offerings, all of which can lead to students transitioning into the higher education sector successfully. Swinburne University may have been considered in a different light previously ... today, it is worthy of student attention should the courses of interest be offered.

Items of note in the Careers News this week include:

  • Strive4College Information Session at St Kevin’s College
  • Veterinary Science Open Day 2015
  • News from Monash University: Enrol in a Monash MOOC; News from the Business and Economics Faculty
  • The Blue Mountains Hotel School (Sydney) – Quick Facts
  • The International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) – Quick Facts
  • Quick Facts About Swinburne University
  • Nursing Careers Allied Health (NCAH)
  • Sandringham Sports Physio Careers Session

Any students wanting to organise Work Experience for the forthcoming holidays are asked to come and see Ms O’Sullivan as soon as possible.

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


Europe Music Tour 2016 – Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from families who wish their son to be considered for the European Music Tour to be held in June/July 2016. Students in Years 9 - 12 (2016) are eligible for consideration and should return their form to the Music Office by Friday, 13 March.

Copies of the Information Pack are available from the Music Office.

Year 7-9 Music Camp March 23-25

A rehearsal camp for musicians in Years 7 - 9 is being held in the last week of this term. Located at Rutherford Park, Blampied, this camp will see over 130 boys and music staff engaged in an intensive period of rehearsals, culminating in a concert for Year 7 and 8 students.

All students in the Middle School Strings, Middle School Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra (Years 7 - 9) are expected to attend this camp.

Forms have been distributed in ensemble rehearsals, are available on the Portal and by clicking here. Forms should be returned to the Music Office as soon as possible.

Music Association Soiree and Raffle

The Music Association is contacting families about the Music Soiree. This is a special evening for parents in which the music teachers present a short concert and the Music Association a lovely supper. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a performance by the music staff and to meet them in an informal setting.

This year the Staff Big Band will feature the well-known drummer John Morrison as a special guest artist. Associated with the Music Soiree is a Raffle. If you are unable to attend on the night, please consider supporting the Association’s fundraising by purchasing raffle tickets.

You will find a link to the Soiree ticket and Raffle Ticket application form here.

Music Office – C305

Mrs Beth Little and other music office staff 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.

Music Dates Term I

Wednesday March 4 Big Band Incursion

Wednesday March 4 Music Association Soiree 7.45 pm Boyd Egan Hall
Sun-Tue March 8-10 Cathedral Choir Camp
Thursday March 12 Senior Concert Band Workshop with LMH  3.45 pm MMC
Saturday March 14
Music Scholarship Auditions  
Monday March 16
Symphony Orchestra workshop with BGS  3.45 pm, Smith Hall
Mon-Wed March 23-25
Year 7-9 Music Camp  
Mr Simon Harris
Head of Music

Cathedral Choir

March - April 2015 Dates

Please click here to view a draft schedule of Cathedral Choir dates for March and April.

ANZAC Day Mass

Archbishop Hart has requested that the Choir sing at the 9.30 am Mass on ANZAC Day (Saturday, 25 April). This will mean that rehearsal will commence at 8.00 am. Given that this is a public holiday, there will be no APS sport on this day. As you will note from the attached dates, some time concessions have been made to the boys in the week following.

March Choir Newsletter

Parents will receive the Choir's March Newsletter via email later next week.

Sunday, 8 March - Departure for Camp

Boys will attend 9.30 am rehearsal and 11.00 am Mass as per usual in St Kevin's uniform. They should bring with them their bags for camp which will be stored in the Cathedral Music Office. Lunch will be provided at the Cathedral after Mass.  Boys will then travel to the camp by bus and in uniform, and change in their cabins on arrival. I will go over these details with the boys this Sunday.
Dr Daryl Barclay
Director, St Patrick's Choir/Head of Choral Music

St Kevin's French Exchange Programme 2015

Lycée Cours St Charles, Orléans

Once again a group of 25 students (13 boys and 12 girls) from Cours St Charles Orléans, our sister school will be joining our St Kevin’s community in arriving 28 June and departing 23 July. This is a wonderful opportunity to form great friendships during these exchanges and many St Kevin’s families who have hosted previous exchanges found it an exciting and enriching experience.

Students wishing to take part in the September 2016 Exchange Programme are expected to host. Please note that the spirit of the Exchange is to offer a family experience. You are not expected to provide expensive and exotic activities.

If you are able to assist, even for some of the period, please contact Madame Cullen at Heyington on 9822 0911 or at
Madame Cullen
Head of Languages

Swap Shop 

The next Swap Shop will be held on Thursday 19 March from 3.00pm - 5.00pm at the Waterford Campus, Darlington Parade, Richmond.

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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