Senior School Newsletter

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Fullness of life is part of who we are at St Kevin’s. On Heyington Assembly, we celebrated academic success in a nationwide science competition; creative writing with the announcement of the winners of the Headmaster’s Essay Competition; music recognition in the Solo Competition winners and the wonderful sound of the Celtic Ensemble; sporting success at the national level in diving and cycling; national success in public speaking and debating; and well-wishing of our APS Athletics Team. Then we heard from the College Captain and Headmaster, who, without prior collaboration, Sam Cato spoke on the attributes of a good bloke and SFR, a good man, and how both definitions, ideally, should apply to a fine Kevinian.

During this week, we welcomed fellow EREA students from St Brendan’s Yeppoon as we reciprocated their hospitality of last term. The Year 7 play, The Happy Prince, commenced its season on Tuesday and the Leadership Team had the privilege of attending on the opening night. Congratulations to Ms Christie, Ms Pelle, and their large cast and crew. Our thanks to Sacré Coeur for their involvement. Timing allowed the Leadership Team to then move across to the opening of the VCE Exhibition Showcase of works from Product Design and Technology, Studio Arts, and Visual Communication Design in Smith Hall. The skills of the 88 senior students’ work, professionally displayed, spoke well of students and their teachers. Awards were presented by Old Collegian Dominic Guthrie (SKC 1991).

My hope is that all families will have their copy of Bound by the Green, Gold and Blue by the time you are reading this Newsletter. Martin Nally (Board Chair 2005 – 2015) launched our history on Monday evening. The boys and staff received Claire Levi’s beautifully presented book and I hope all our community enjoy reading sections and discovering the many photographs, across the next few months.

Co-Curricular Appointments

Cricket Deputy Captain Michael Parsons

 

Excellence Awards

Aloysius Chong (Marimba) Solo Competition
(Equal) Second Place Senior Section
Patrick Duncan Walter Butler Public Speaking Competition
First Place Junior Division
Thomas Fernando Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship
Seventh Place
Zhihan Jiang (Piano) Solo Competition
First Place Overall
First Place Senior Section
Max Leiner National Junior Road Cycling Championships
Gold Medal - U/17 Road Race
Matthew Nguyen Solo Competition
Third Place Intermediate Section
Joshua Park (Violin) Solo Competition
(Equal) Second Place Senior Section
Sebastian Poon (Violin) Solo Competition
Second Place Intermediate Section
Samuel Roach Australian Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championship
Persuasive Speaking Champion
Interpretive Reading Champion
First Place Overall

Walter Butler Public Speaking Competition
First Place Intermediate Division
Paul Stamatelatos Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship
Eighth Place and Grand Finalist

Walter Butler Public Speaking Competition
Overall Winner
First Place Senior Division
Stephen Su (Cello) Solo Competition
First Place Intermediate Section
Maxwell Tribe Speakfest Championship
First Place Interpretive Reading

 

Headmaster's Study Awards

Victorian Science Talent Search Major Bursary Prize

Year 7 Max Debski
Year 8

Ethan Duffy

Patrick Duncan

Aidan Hawe

William Noonan

David Phillips

 

Headmaster's Essay Competition

Year 8 Sebastian Poon First Place - Middle School Section
Year 12 Evan Tomaras First Place - Senior School Section

Kind regards,

Stephen Russell

From the Dean of Faith

Eyes

I didn’t even know his name. But I couldn’t tell you how many times I have walked past him as he sits on the footpath outside Coles in Glenferrie Road, Malvern. Sometimes he has a hat in front of him, asking for money. Other times he seems to have some art for sale. I have often thought that it would be good to stop and offer the hand of friendship, perhaps to ask how he came to be so far down on his luck. He is there at all hours of the day and in all weather, even when it is blazing hot. Yet I have never stopped, perhaps because I have so much shopping that needs to be got to the car, clearly not problems the man faces. The only people I have seen chatting with him are teenagers, often in school uniforms that their kindness does proud. Young people do tend to be more open. This is one of the things that keeps me teaching. It is good to be surrounded by people who believe in a hospitable world. Older folk sometimes live more defensively.

Eventually, he did stop me in my tracks and I discovered that his name is Robert. This did not happen in Glenferrie Road, however. It happened on Tuesday night at the opening Showcase 2018, the exhibition of work done in Product Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Studio Arts by our VCE students. There was a feast of talent to enjoy, much of it underwritten by a willingness to explore human depths in creative ways. Luke Rushbrook-Stock’s films are a fine example of this.

It may be unfair to single out a single exhibitor, but Luke Jones's two large portraits of people from the margins are breathtaking. One of them is of Robert, the man I passed by in Glenferrie Road. Luke had spoken with Robert and established enough trust for Robert to be willing to be photographed and then have his image painted. Robert is portrayed with his bags around him, drinking from a two-litre bottle of milk. The work is wonderfully dignified. It is honest and uncomfortable. It takes great pains to notice somebody who is easily overlooked and to turn the tables, putting them at the heart of a creative world. It asks pointed questions by having Robert look obliquely at us rather than the other way around. Luke says he was trying to show "the vulnerability, lost innocence and isolation of the homeless." It is terrific to see our spiritual and artistic lives brought so close together.

Something similar was happening earlier that night during the Year 7 performance of The Happy Prince, produced along with Sacré Cœur. Many of us will already be familiar with the beautiful story by Oscar Wilde, on which the play is based. It concerns a prince (played with great poise by Stephen Mathers) whose life was blissfully isolated in the Palace of Sans Souci. "I did not know what tears were for." But once he dies and is turned into a statue he says "I can see all the ugliness and misery of my city." The prince is compassionate and befriends a swallow to take the jewels out his eyes and give them to the poor. Once they are gone, he then sends the gold leaf in which he is adorned to the destitute so they can buy food. He ends up looking like a wreck and the statue is soon melted down. But his heart is so strong it stays intact. It gets thrown on a rubbish dump, along with the body of the little swallow. Then God asks one of his angels to bring the two most precious things in the whole city. Of course, they are the body of the swallow and the heart of the prince. These were the things that spread love and kindness.

Because Oscar Wilde is often remembered for reasons that may not matter as much as some people think, it is easy to forget that he was a superb spiritual writer and that his De Profundis is one of the classic books about the journey of a soul. He died a Catholic.

All this in the week took place in a week when we celebrate the creation of a number of new saints in Rome last Sunday, not least St Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero was assassinated while saying Mass in 1980. He had spoken up on the side of the poor and against injustice in his native El Salvador. The powerful of the world thought he could be disposed of. No such luck. Romero said: "aspire not to have more, but to be more." He also said: "there are things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried." Both The Happy Princeand a painting of a homeless man can vouch for that.

Michael McGirr

Dean of Faith

Fullness of Life

  • Kenny students with Mr Junkovic assisted with the preparation and serving of breakfast at St Mary’s House of Welcome.
  • Students and staff arrived from St Brendan’s College Yeppoon for their annual exchange to St Kevin’s.
  • McCarthy students with Mr Mitchell assisted with the serving of dinner at St Peter and Paul’s in South Melbourne.
  • Preparatory students participated in the Swimming Program.
  • The Year 6 SKC/Loreto Mandeville Hall Exchange was held
  • Year 5 students participated in the City Discover Tour.
  • The Centenary Book was launched and distributed to students.
  • The Glendalough Music Awards Evening was held in Boyd Egan Hall.
  • The Basketball Association, Foundation and Old Collegians met.
  • Mr Chris O’Connor spoke to the Year 12 Students about the transition to tertiary life.
  • Year 11 Visual Communication Design students participated in the “Architect for a Day” Program.
  • Year 9 students and staff participated in the Outprac and Retreat Program.
  • Year 8 JSP Debating and Public Speaking was held.
  • Audiences enjoyed the Year 7 SKC/Sacre Coeur Production of “The Happy Prince.”
  • The VCE Art and Design Exhibition was enjoyed by large numbers in the Smith Hall.
  • Year 12 Japanese students had their VCAA Orals. 
  • Year 10 students continued Community Service.
  • The APS and Junior APS Athletics Carnivals were held.
  • Cusack students and Mr Butcher assisted with the Breakfast and Sports Program at Trinity Primary School in Richmond.
  • Year 11 Studio Art students enjoyed a workshop with artist Trudi Harley.
  • The SKC Year 11 Debating Team competed in the DAV Grand Final.
  • Friday Morning Mass was held in the Chapel of St Kevin.
  • Year 10-12 students participated in Stella Fella Day to take a stand against slavery and human trafficking.
  • Year 10 Aviation students visited Airservices Australia at Melbourne Airport.
  • The Years 7-12 Music Awards Dinner was held.
  • Kearney students and Ms Maple assisted with the St Ignatius Tutoring Program in Richmond.
  • Purton students and Ms Pelle assisted at the Police and Community Recreation Program in Richmond.
  • Rahill students and Mrs Murphy and Mr Hill assisted with the Fitzroy Reading Program.
  • Glendalough First Eucharist was held at St Ignatius Richmond.
  • The Athletics Presentation Dinner was held in the Pavilion.
  • Junior British Parliamentary Debating was held.
  • Staff completed Professional Development at the Mathematics CEM Professional Learning Seminar.

Mr Ted Guinane

Director of Administration

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