Junior School Newsletter

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Year 12 are nearly through their VCE examinations and Year 11 are deeply engaged with their examinations.  Years 7 – 10 should be in revision and exam preparation mode, ensuring they are using all materials available on the Portal, concentrating every moment in class, attending study sessions after school to seek help from staff and tutors if they have identified gaps in their knowledge.  Examinations are a chance for a student to show what they know and the thinking processes they have developed.  My colleagues will set exams with this positive philosophy forefront of their minds.

The common papers in each year level, do allow for accurate statistical analysis of our students.  It is important to note that the contribution of statistically adjusted examination scores plays only a part in a student’s global grade generally in a subject: Year 7 20%; Year 8 30%; Year 9 40%; Year 10 50%; Year 11 50%.

May I remind families across the College of the key dates and timings of end of year functions:

Carols7pm Tuesday 3 DecemberSmith Hall
Year 6Mass6pm Thursday 5 DecemberSt Ignatius Richmond
Years 7 and 8Presentation6pm Monday 9 DecemberMelbourne Town Hall
Year 9Presentation6pm Tuesday 10 DecemberSmith Hall
Years 10 and 11Presentation8pm Monday 9 DecemberMelbourne Town Hall

It is perhaps also important to note in family planners, the 2020 Term dates:

Term 1

Friday 31 January – Friday 27 March

Year 7 Orientation Day: Thursday 30 January

Term 2Tuesday 14 April – Friday 19 June
Term 3Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September
Term 4

Monday 5 October – Friday 4 December

Years 7, 8, 10, 11 Presentation Evening: Monday 7 December

Year 9 Presentation Evening: Tuesday 8 December

Summer sports for many senior teams is underway even though we have needed winter attire as spectators these last few weeks!  I look forward to helping support our players and coaches alongside parents, in these final weeks of Term IV.

Co-Curricular Appointments



Deputy Captain

Max Leiner

Daniel O'Malley



Deputy Captain

Joshua Herington

Harry Davies

FutsalCaptainMarcus Fernandez
SwimmingCaptainJake Patterson

Kind regards,
Stephen Russell

From the Director of Glendalough

Dear Community Members,

Blessed are the art makers. That’s coming from me, someone who can barely make a stick figure look recognisable. Blessed are those people who bring expression and understanding through art. The boys of Prep A had such an experience this week. Working with an artist and as artists, the boys created art to express their understanding of the Gospel story of The Beatitudes. Before and during the art activity, the boys discussed what the Beatitudes mean to us in Prep A at Glendalough. Here are their creative expressions and words… 

We can be happy if we are thankful for what we have and are willing to share with others.

We can be happy if we know God will comfort us if we need it.

We can be happy if we try our best to do the right thing.

We can be happy if we are loving and kind to others, even people we don’t know.

We can be happy if we help others to get along.

We can be happy if we are content with who we are.

James Daly
Director of Glendalough

From the Ministry Team

Competent and Compassionate

As our year comes to a close, so too does our Year 10 Vitae program – a huge success in 2019. The Vitae program is one that aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the skills involved in ethical, spiritual, personal and effective leadership. It is a relational process of students coming together, attempting to accomplish change, and making a difference to benefit the common good. Groups this year, facilitated by a selection of generous staff, focused on: mental health, the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School, sustainability, technology, men’s health and faith and mission networks. Some ways students were able to increase awareness, included attending conferences and reporting back to the College, presenting to Middle School Tutor Groups and collecting survey data from students.

In addition to raising awareness for their group's focus, the boys also engaged in other altruistic activities including attendance at Middle School Study Sessions, mentoring younger students and presenting to Tutor Groups on positive study habits.

Over the past few weeks, the boys have also been walking the quadrangle, raising money for the Poppy Appeal, through the selling of wearable poppy’s – the uptake was excellent for a worthy cause. On Remembrance Day we stop to remember those who are killed at war and honour their sacrifice. As I stood on the steps of the chapel on Monday morning and looked out across the quadrangle, I was captivated by my observations. The most skilled teachers can have difficulty ensuring students are quiet even at the best of times and yet, on this occasion during their recess break, approximately 100 boys were silent for a minute of remembrance. There are moments in our history that leave memories for our nation, that resonate with all of us and bring us together, and this was one of those moments.

Unfortunately, war has long been a part of our history and although it was said that World War I would be the war to end all wars, this was not to be the case. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to be people of peace; to understand other nations and cultures and to build peace amongst ourselves and across nations. A common phrase that can be heard after a war is, ‘How could God let this happen?’ However, one of the core ideas of Christianity is that we must face the potential for evil that exists within us and within the world. Jesus’ confrontation with the devil in the desert is a key example of this. Jesus took the suffering of the world into himself, conceptually meaning that he is someone who decided that the suffering of the world was his to share – this is also what we are called to do.

What happens when we share in the suffering of others is two-fold. Firstly, it forces us to develop. We learn what we need to learn in the world and absorb the experiences that would enable us to face the suffering and to assimilate it. We are forced to become more competent and compassionate, which is a key point of socialisation. Secondly, by taking on the additional stress and demand voluntarily, it transforms us biologically, because within our genetic structure there are all sorts of potentials; however, that won’t be unleashed unless we place ourselves in a position where the demands necessitate it. By following that pathway: truth, the acceptance of suffering and the confrontation with malevolence, we produce a physiological and spiritual transformation in ourselves that matures us into the representation of the Father on Earth.

Our passionate and competent boys in the Vitae program have volunteered to take on additional stress and demand, to work for others, to face discrimination and to raise awareness and in so doing have unknowingly transformed themselves spiritually and physiologically through challenging themselves to reach their potential. They have placed themselves in a position where the demands of their engagement necessitated development. My observations during a minute of silence on Monday aren’t a consequence of learned behaviour and conditioning. It is a developed understanding of compassion and respect that students at St Kevin’s have continued to build upon during their time at the College and will continue to do, long after they have graduated.

Mr Aaron Lewicki
Assistant Dean of Faith and Mission

Fullness of Life

  • VCE and Year 11 Examinations continued.
  • Kenny students with Mr Franks assisted with the preparation and serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Year 10 Subject Selections interviews were held.
  • Remembrance Day ceremonies were held.
  • The Fathers’ Association, the Rowing Association, the Old Collegians and the Friends of Art met.
  • Year 8 JSP Debating was hosted by St Kevin’s.
  • McCarthy students with Mr Mitchell assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Literacy Testing took place at Glendalough.
  • The Preparatory 2020 Information Evening and Orientation Morning were held.
  • Year 1 students visited Heyington for a Science lesson.
  • Speakers from Jesuit Social Services presented to Year 10 students on Masculinity.
  • Cusack students and Mr Conti assisted with the Breakfast and Sports Program at Trinity Primary School in Richmond.
  • Year 5 visited the Early Learning Centre.
  • Parents enjoyed a number of Year Level functions.
  • The Glendalough Spring Ensemble Concert was enjoyed by a large audience.
  • Friday Morning Mass was held in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Rahill students and Ms Willenberg and Mr Franks assisted with the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Purton students and Mr McKinnon assisted at the Police and Community Recreation Program in Richmond.
  • Staff attended Professional Development at the Wilderness First Aid Training Program, VCAA, a NAPLAN Workshop and the School Counsellors’ Conference.

Mr Ted Guinane
Director of Administration

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