St Kevin's College, Melbourne

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St Kevin's College
St kevin's College Crest
Latin: Omnia Pro Deo
("All for God")
Address
31 Moonga Road
Toorak, Victoria, 3142
Australia
Coordinates 37°50′10″S 145°1′29″E / 37.83611°S 145.02472°E / -37.83611; 145.02472Coordinates: 37°50′10″S 145°1′29″E / 37.83611°S 145.02472°E / -37.83611; 145.02472
Information
Type Independent, Single-sex
Denomination Roman Catholic (Christian Brothers)
Established 1918
Headmaster Stephen F. Russell
Enrolment 2,010 males
Colour(s) Green, Gold and Blue               
Slogan "Family, Learning and Fullness Of Life"
Website

St Kevin's College, founded 1918, is a catholic , all-boys primary and secondary school in the Catholic tradition. The college is located in Toorak, Victoria, Australia. It has four campuses, three of which are in the suburb of Toorak; the fourth in Richmond. The school owned a campsite 'Silver Creek' in the town of Flowerdale which was completely destroyed in February 2009 during the Black Saturday bushfires. St. Kevin's was founded by the Christian Brothers. St Kevin's College is a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria.

St. Kevin's overlooks Gardiners Creek, a tributary that runs into the Yarra River, with Scotch College on the opposite side. The college has a long standing tradition with the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral and is responsible for the choral voices.[1]

St Kevin's is a school of the Archdiocese of Melbourne,[2] and is affiliated with the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)[5] and is a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria (APS).[6]

History[edit]

The school was established in 1918 in East Melbourne by the Christian Brothers who set out to establish a strong tradition of high academic standards. St Kevin’s was the matriculation centre for all of the Christian Brothers’ schools in Melbourne. With its early academic success, the enrolment soon outgrew its buildings in East Melbourne. In 1932, the school was moved to the corner of St George and Orrong Roads, Toorak. Property in Heyington was purchased and developed into playing fields. The Heyington Property is now the Senior School Campus, housing Years 7 to 8, and Years 10 through to year 12, in a vertical house system.

The Heyington Campus was built in 1960, notably the Kearney Building, which is visible on the approach from the Glen Waverley railway line. The Lansell Road property was opened in 1972, and that same year the Orrong road property was sold. In 1982, the K.C. Smith building was constructed for the middle school years on the Senior Campus, and in 1990 the Pavilion was opened. Since its opening, the Pavilion has flooded twice, both in 2005. Ovals one and two were completely submerged, resembling flooded school foyers in the 1970s.

Oval Number 1, Scoreboard in the background, and the Pavilion to the right.

The Cummins Building was refurbished in 1997, and currently houses the creative arts precinct, which includes arts, drama, music and artistic works. The McCarthy Building was opened in 1997, housing Art Studios, the Campus Library and the Administration Block. The Lansell Road property is now home to the Glendalough Campus, and in 1999 became a full primary school, housing prep to grade 6 students. Also in 1999, Year 9 students moved from the Senior Campus to a dedicated campus named Waterford in Balaclava. Waterford currently resides in the former Vaucluse College FCJ site in Richmond.

In March 2006, a $16 million indoor pool, gym and sports facility, the Wilding Centre, was blessed by Cardinal George Pell and opened for the students.

In 2009 the Godfrey building was opened.

In 2010, the Boyd Egan Hall was opened at Glendalough and substantial floods filled the school's ovals and damaged the Fraser tennis courts.

In 2011, work began on a three storey 14 million dollar Science Wing, located adjacent to Heyington railway station at the end of the Kearney Building.

In 2013, the Kearney West building was officially opened. The building contains brand new science labs, chemistry labs and woodwork rooms, which are used for senior classes.

Campuses[edit]

St Kevin's College has four campuses:

  • Glendalough - The St Kevin's Junior School it is named after the location of St Kevin's Monastery in Ireland. (P-6)
  • Heyington - In 1932 the current site of Heyington was purchased and at the time was used for playing fields. It now serves as the main academic campus. (7,8,10,11,12)
  • Waterford - Is the Year 9 campus, situated on Richmond Hill and occupies the facilities of the former Vaucluse College. (9)
  • St. Peter's - An ELC Centre that is a co-venture with Loreto Mandeville Hall.

Curriculum[edit]

St Kevin's College offers its Years 11 and 12 students the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the main assessment program which ranks the students in the state.

The class of 2009 have been highest-performing academic group in the history of the modern VCE for St Kevin’s College, making St Kevin's in 2009 the top-performing, non-selective, all boys, Catholic and Associated Public Schools of Victoria member school, with 33 per cent of study scores at 40 or over, and 14 perfect scores were achieved across 10 subjects.[7][8][9]

Co-curriculum[edit]

As part of upholding the value of "fullness of life" of the College, a number of initiatives are conducted:

Debating and public speaking[edit]

St Kevin's competes in the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools competition, and the Heyington Campus is the host venue for the Toorak regional competition. Five debates are held each year, and St Kevin's teams debate against other Melbourne schools on various current interest topics. St Kevin's participates in a range of other debating and public speaking tournaments, including those organised by Rotary, the RSL, UNYA and as of 2011, the WIDPSC, with one student competing representing Australia, and recording 8th place.[10]

Sport[edit]

St Kevin's College is a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria, the College teams take part in a competition providing a wide range of sports at different levels of achievement. In 2009 the College won the Soccer, Australian Rules Football and Rugby premierships - a feat that has never been achieved before in APS sporting history.

Theatre and drama[edit]

St Kevin's has a theatre department and each year produces a wide range of Plays, Musicals and Operas. A relationship between several different girls schools has been established to enhance the co-curricular dramatic arts program.

Aviation[edit]

St Kevin's College offers an aviation program to its students, and is the only secondary school in Australia to offer students the opportunity to earn a pilot's licence by the time they graduate.[11] The program has been commended by aviators and industry experts such as the late Nancy Bird Walton, AO, OBE, DStJ [12]

Coat of arms, crest and motto[edit]

The current school crest was adopted by Br Kearney in 1933. The school crest bears:

  • The Celtic Cross, signifying Irish Heritage, in the top left quadrant,
  • A single star, representing the Star of Knowledge in the top right quadrant,
  • The Southern Cross representing Australia in the bottom left quadrant,
  • A book with the Greek Letters Alpha and Omega scribed, symbolising God is all from beginning to end in the bottom right quadrant.
  • Surmounting the shield is another Celtic Cross which represents faith in God.
  • The school colours are, blue, green and gold.

The school's motto is, in Latin, 'Omnia Pro Deo' meaning 'All for God' or transliterated means 'All things for God'. This is taken from a letter of St Paul.

Relationship with other schools[edit]

St. Kevin's College, Toorak has a long standing tradition with Loreto Mandeville Hall with whom it established an ELC Centre, St. Peter's. The College also has a strong establishment with fellow independent schools Korowa Anglican Girls' School, Sacré Cœur School, Genazzano FCJ College and St. Catherine's School.

Notable alumni[edit]

Politics, public service and the law[edit]

  • Bill Bourke (2 June 1913 – 22 May 1981), a former politician and a former Labor federal Member for Fawkner.[13]
  • John Bourke, QC (30 June 1901 – 19 October 1970), a former Labor Member for St Kilda in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[14]
  • Jack Comber (15 April 1919 – 23 October 1992), a former Labor federal Member for Bowman (Queensland).[15]
  • Barney Cooney (born 11 July 1934), a former Labor Senator for Victoria.[16]
  • Frank Field (23 December 1904 – 4 June 1985), a former Labor Member for Dandenong in the Victorian Legislative Assembly and 10th Deputy Premier of Victoria.[17]
  • Jim McClelland (3 June 1915 – 16 January 1999), a former Labor Senator for New South Wales, solicitor, jurist, Minister in the Third Whitlam Ministry and Royal Commissioner.[18]
  • Clem Newton-Brown (born 3 September 1967), the current Liberal Member for Prahran in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[19]
  • Peter Randles (10 June 1923 – 12 April 2008), a former Labor, Labor Anti-Communist and Democratic Labor Member for Brunswick in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[20]
  • Scott Ryan (born 12 May 1973), a current Liberal Senator for Victoria.[21]
  • B. A. Santamaria (14 August 1915 – 25 February 1998), a prominent Australian Roman Catholic, journalist and anti-Communist political activist who founded the Democratic Labor Party.
  • Ted Serong, DSO OBE (11 November 1915 – 1 October 2002), was a senior officer of the Australian Army, most notable for his contributions to counter-insurgency and jungle warfare tactics during the Vietnam War.
  • Charles Sweeney, QC, a Federal Court Judge.[22]
  • George White (14 January 1905 – 5 May 1986), a former Labor, Labor Anti-Communist and Democratic Labor Member for Mentone in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[23]
  • Roger Martin, completed at St Kevin's College in the 1960s (Ecologist and author) - Leader in Koala research and publications in Australia including "Biology of the Koala" and "The Koala – A Natural History"

Sport[edit]

Media, entertainment and the arts[edit]

Clergy[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Catholic Education Office - Directory". Web.ceomelb.catholic.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
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  5. ^ "Our Schools and Entities | Edmund Rice Education Australia". Erea.edu.au. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  6. ^ "St Kevin's College". APS Sport. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  7. ^ VCE Results
  8. ^ Perkins, Miki (2009-12-17). "Full marks for Mount Scopus in VCE rankings". Melbourne: Theage.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  9. ^ 17 December 2009 12:00AM (2009-12-17). "Mt Scopus in Burwood sees 44 per cent of its VCE students get 40 or more for their subjects". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  10. ^ http://aidpsc.webs.com/results.htm
  11. ^ Vedelago, Chris (2005-10-29). "Passing the test with flying colours - National". Melbourne: theage.com.au. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  12. ^ http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/nap/files/WALTON.pdf
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  16. ^ "Famous alumni on Latham’s hit list". Crikey. 2005-03-30. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  17. ^ re-member - Parliament of Victoria
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  22. ^ "A brilliant career interrupted by war". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 January 2008. 
  23. ^ re-member - Parliament of Victoria
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