Headmaster's Address

Dear Parents

We talk of Melbourne and four seasons in a week and, amazingly, a day sometimes.  Soft rains, mists and cold nights were part of the Toolangi Leadership Camp experience.  Past Leaders, senior staff and 45 boys explored the style and requirements of an SKC leader across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  I am so grateful to all who were part of this important time.

Refreshed by a home shower, we joined the Glendalough community on Tuesday evening in Smith Hall for Carols on a sunny summer’s evening.  A massive crowd enjoyed our boys’ homeroom carols and songs, and the choral specialist groups’ performances immensely.  Particular congratulations to Ms Friend, Mr Campbell and Mrs Roland for their co-ordination of this important end of year event.

In a year of many major events, the retirement of Mr John Davenport is significant.  John graduated from St Kevin’s in 1970, the recipient of the Ken Ogilvie Prize and Deputy Captain of the College.  A Science Degree, Diploma of Education, time working in industry and in Government schools, prepared him for his return to St Kevin’s in 1981 as a teacher of Science and Mathematics.  John’s education of boys for the next 38 years has been generous and life-changing for so many students.  He was Form Master of Years 8 and 9, Year Level Co-ordinator of Years 10 and 11 and perhaps, most influentially, Purton House Head.  TIC of Cricket, APS Delegate and Social Justice advocate and participant, are further ways by which John enhanced our community.  He is the Guest of Honour at the Years 10 and 11 Presentation Evening.

Tonight at St Ignatius, we will celebrate Eucharist with our Year 6 students as they prepare to cross the bridge to Heyington for 2019.  Our Board will convene for its final meeting of 2018 later tonight after a day of truly high summer temperatures.

I look forward to seeing families at the ELC Liturgy and function on Friday, one of our three Presentation Ceremonies (I ask that you match your dress code to that expected of your sons) or perhaps the Year 12 Formal.  My sincere thanks to all for your whole-hearted participation in the celebration of our Centenary.  I wish all a very happy and Holy Christmas.

Presentation Evenings and End of Year Student Functions


Thursday 6 December

Year 6 Eucharist

St Ignatius Richmond


Friday 7 December

St Peter’s ELC

Boyd Egan Hall (Glen)


Monday 10 December

Years 7 and 8 Presentation Evening

Melbourne Town Hall


Monday 10 December

Years 10 and 11 Presentation Evening

Melbourne Town Hall


Tuesday 11 December

Year 9 Presentation Evening

Smith Hall (Hey)


Kind regards

Stephen Russell