Senior School Newsletter

From the Acting Head

Dear Parents

The long weekend brought a mixture of emotions for students and staff of the College. For students of Years 7 to 11, it marked the conclusion of the examination period and a chance to rest and relax before returning for the commencement of Semester Two this week. For our Year 12 cohort, it was heads down in study as the boys prepared for a week of SACs, practice examinations and the all-important GAT. And for our staff, it saw the continuation of correction and report writing that occupied them on Friday, as they work diligently towards meeting deadlines and due dates to ensure the effective completion of Semester One’s responsibilities. It was also a break from the commitment of Saturday sport for many and the opportunity for a change in routine and pace.

School life is very much a mirroring of family life, with members dealing with different stresses and tensions at any time, and the need for those around them to ‘read’ the situation and know when to offer support and when to make allowances. Like families, we have rituals and routines at school but the chance to vary these at times comes as a relief. Timetables will be back to normal for everyone next week, in time to finish the term well before the mid-year break. Even with the holidays looming, it is important that these days after examinations are productive, with the boys making a positive start to a new Semester. We can also hope for some wisdom that might have come from their examination experiences!

In the next few days, your sons may come home with news of some results or hear that some boys have their exam papers returned but others haven’t. Our advice to parents is for you to wait for the full picture. All results, along with the teachers’ detailed comments, will be available on the Parent Portal from Monday, 24 June. With the continuous feedback to parents that the Portal offers and the recent Academic Progress Interviews which were so well attended, these reports should confirm your expectations and provide further insight into your son’s capacity for learning and study.

This year’s St Kevin’s College Foundation Annual Business Breakfast will bring together an extraordinary panel for a discussion on “Australia and China: Beyond Trade”. Featuring Professor Ian Harper, Dean and Director of the Melbourne Business School, Ms Jean Dong, Chief Executive of Australia-China Belt and Road Initiative, and Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Dr Geoff Raby, the discussion promises to be well informed, lively and very interesting. This important event on the Foundation calendar is on Wednesday, 28 August at 7.00am at the RACV City Club. Bookings details follow in this newsletter.

 

Headmaster's Study Awards

Year 9

Forensic Science

Ryan Huynh

Richard Lo Bianco

Mayen Malek

 

Mathematics

Ryan Cornelius

Lachlan Thomas

 

Kind regards,

Janet Canny

From the Ministry Team

Renew the face of the earth

As we get near to the end of the term, it doesn’t hurt to look back over the last few months. For people of faith, it has been a challenging and sometimes confusing year. A few weeks ago, I jotted down all the ways that religion has been in the news in recent months. Please take a few moments to read this list. There is a great deal to ponder.

  1. The shooting at the mosques in Christchurch and the aftermath.
  2. The bombings of Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.
  3. The sentencing and appeal of George Pell.
  4. New abortion laws were enacted in Alabama.
  5. Israel Folau’s contract was cancelled.
  6. Jean Vanier, one of the most inspiring Catholics of my lifetime, died. He was the founder of L’arche.
  7. Australian poet, Les Murray, one of the world’s greatest spiritual writers of the twentieth century, died.
  8. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a dreadful fire.
  9. The Pope’s published an exhortation about our wonderful young people called Christ is alive!
  10. The Pope visited Morocco, Panama, UAE and Eastern Europe.
  11. The Pope knelt and kissed the feet of the president of South Sudan and his wife at the Vatican
  12. A great many of our students have seen a movie which I have heard has a strong redemption narrative: Avengers: Endgame
  13. The Uniting Church allowed the celebration of gay marriage.
  14. The religious freedom debate has become more intense.
  15. Religion played a part in elections in Israel, India, Indonesia and South Africa.
  16. Both Mr Morrison and Mr Shorten were filmed at Christian churches during the election campaign.
  17. Mr Morrison said he has always believed in miracles.
  18. Pope Emeritus Benedict made news with a long statement about the sexual abuse crisis.
  19. There are probably other things as well.
  20. And then even more after that.

We could discuss any one of these events for a long time and debate its meaning and significance. Instead, I’d rather make a simple and obvious point.

God has become the most complicated character in our world.

At St Kevin’s, we are trying to lead our boys into a life where faith in God is the anchor point. We do this because we have a rich tradition of mind, heart and service. We know from centuries of experience that people who put themselves at the centre of their own world are destined to shallow and empty lives. People who put God at the centre tend to have the opposite experience. We want the boys to experience a faith that does justice.

Yet God has to carry so much cultural baggage. Not everything in the list above is negative. Far from it. There is much to celebrate. But there is also so much happening in the world that undermines the growth of faith.

Last Sunday we celebrated God’s creative response to chaos. On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit among a timid and confused group of Jesus’ friends. The Holy Spirit turned them from individuals into a community. It got them out the door to confront the reality of their world. It enabled them to be understood by anyone who cared to listen. It took them away from their fragile egos to the unbreakable core of their existence.

The Holy Spirit kept it simple.

The Spirit showed people the path to love.

At Pentecost, St Peter quoted from the prophet Joel:

Your young shall see visions,

Your old men shall see visions.

 

For thirteen years, I have started most of my classes at St Kevin’s with a prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, Fill the hearts of your faithful,

Enkindle in them the fire of your love,

Send forth your spirit Lord

And they shall be created.

And you will renew the face of the earth.

With each year, I pray this prayer with greater urgency, not less. The Spirit will renew the face of the earth. On our own, we will just keep stuffing it up.

 

Michael McGirr

Dean of Faith


Fullness of Life

  • Semester 2 commenced for Year 7-11 students.
  • VCE completed Examinations and the GAT.
  • The Latin American Tour Information Evening was held.
  • The Europe Music Tour Information Evening was held.
  • Year 10 students from McCarthy, Purton and Rahill enjoyed their Year 10 Immersion Retreat Experience in the CBD and surrounds.
  • The St Kevin’s Mother’s Association met.
  • The Glendalough APS Sports photographs were taken.
  • Year 10 students continued Community Service.
  • The Glendalough Winter Ensemble Concert was enjoyed by a large audience.
  • Staff participated in a Youth Mental Health Seminar.
  • Cusack students and Mr Harris assisted with the Breakfast and Sports Program at Trinity Primary School in Richmond.
  • Year 3 and 4 students went on an excursion to REPLAS Recycling Centre.
  • Year 7 students enjoyed a presentation from author Tristian Bancks.
  • Friday Morning Mass was held in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Kearney students and Mr Segal assisted at the Kids Kaboom Club in Richmond.
  • Purton students and Mr Barrett assisted at the Police and Community Recreation Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students and Mr Baff assisted with the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • St Vincent de Paul students along with Mrs Sheridan assisted with Tutoring in Richmond.
  • The Old Collegians Dinner was held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
  • The Rugby President’s Lunch was held in the Smith Hall.
  • Staff attended Professional Development at the University of Melbourne Careers Seminar and a Language Teachers’ Conference.

Mr Ted Guinane
Director of Administration

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