Friday, October 20, 2017

Principal's Comments

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Congratulations to the Year 11 Arts students on being the first to get their NCEA portfolios away for marking. I enjoyed sharing the development stories that are behind the works. Each is unique and personally meaningful. Thank you to Mrs Plunket for the evening tutorials that have allowed students to complete the work to such a high standard.

This weekend we are celebrating our 90 years of Catholic Education at Redcastle. We will be acknowledging and paying respect to those, who over 90 years ago had the vision and foresight to establish what has become one of the country's premier Catholic co-educational boarding and day Schools. It is an opportunity to remember the good times and growth points that have not only shaped past pupils but added to the richness of the St Kevin’s story.

Over those years, the Christian Brothers, followed by the Dominican Sisters and more latterly lay staff, have lived the College Motto ”Facere et Docere” To do and to teach. I would like to pay tribute to the commitment, dedication and passion that these men and women of principle, have shown, as they modelled Christianity in often very challenging conditions. As a College, we are grateful for their lives of service, for we who follow stand on their shoulders and benefit from their labour.

There are 350 people registered for this weekend’s celebrations, which in itself is a testament to the esteem with which the College is held and the impact it has for “good” in people's lives.  I wish the participants well, as we share stories, enjoy the hospitality and now doubt embellish the many tales waiting to be retold.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Defibrillator Installed at the Office

This week staff have received training on how to use the newly installed AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) which has been installed outside the school office. The defibrillator is able to be used by anyone in the community. Staff all have the code and there is a telephone number to ring on the cabinet for others to gain access.

Talent ID Training Camp

Some exciting news from Touch NZ over the holidays!   Congratulations to Brylee More for being selected into the Talent ID training camp tournament team!  Well done on this amazing achievement!

Hostel Happenings

At the end of last term a number of girls enjoyed a fun day out in Dunedin. A big thank you to the staff who went with the girls.

This weekend the school is celebrating its 90th year with a reunion. A big thank you to the students for helping us get ready for the celebrations.

The hostel is closed for the weekend and will reopen on Monday after 2pm

The seniors only have two weeks of classes left for the year before tutorials and study leave. The focus must be on academics for this last term as we prepare for the exams.

Hostel High Tea, Graduation Mass and Senior Prize Giving is on Monday 6th November. If you would like to attend the Hostel High Tea please let either Lou or Raelene know. Cost is $15. The High Tea will begin at 5pm.

Trapshooting Nationals

Our trapshooters traveled to Hamilton in the holidays for the Secondary Schools Trapshooting Nationals and North Island Competition, with a successful set of results.   Ellie Monk and Anna Craig were selected for the Ladies Central South Island team and Anna for the South Island team as well.  She also placed first after a shoot off in the Ladies North Island Skeet.   The boys shot extremely well against some very tough competition.  Ryan Kennedy, Brandon Howell and Clark Ewing were selected for the Central South Island DTL team.  Well done everyone!

Our Town Tickets On Sale

Don't miss this classic play with a distinctly Oamaru flavour!!

Tickets for 'Our Town' the NCEA assessment play are now available from the school office.
The play will be held on the 27th and 28th October and proceeds will go to the Home and School.
Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for a school aged child. Children under five free.

(Ticket & poster artwork by Jonte Kydd-Law)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Thank you to the team from the  Ara Level 3 Hospitality course who provided a celebratory morning tea for the staff today. It was gratefully received. It is wonderful to see our students developing the practical skills needed for the industry in a real life setting.

As we finish a jam packed term of tremendous learning experiences, I would also like to publicly thank our staff and parent community for your commitment and dedication to both classroom delivery and extra-curricular opportunities. Your hard work models our values and Special Character to our students.

Over the holidays the College will be furiously preparing for the 90th Anniversary at Labour Weekend. Please spread the word within your network as we are still accepting late registrations.

Finally I would like to wish everyone a relaxing and refreshing spring holiday. May the weather be kind and your travels safe. 

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Winter Warmer Food Drive

The Winter Warmer food donations were presented to Mrs Houlihan and Mrs Marsh from the St Vincent de Paul Food Bank.  The JAG initiative had been running throughout the term and as well as the generosity of our College families we extend our thanks to New World for donating the reusable grocery bags.

Thank you to Carol Edwards for sharing these photos with us.

Student Representative BOT Results

There was a good voting turnout for the Student Representative on the Board of Trustees for 2018. on Friday 22 September. Over half of the College voted.  Each candidate brought their unique style and personality to the campaign. Well done to all the candidates that participated.

The Board of Trustee Student Rep Election Results are as follows:-

St Kevin’s College
Board of Trustees Election
Declaration of Student Election Results

Eli Winders 141
Georgia Oakes 72
Piper Beach 11
Invalid Votes: 9

I hereby declare duly elected: Eli Winders


Sue McErlane
Returning Officer

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Longest Drive

While our Senior students are busy with exams there was some fun Interhouse competition among the Junior school today with a 'Longest Drive' competition.   What great weather for golf!

Boys - 1st Treacy, 2nd Clancy, 3rd Magee and 4th Whyte
Girls - 1st Whyte, 2nd Magee, 3rd Clancy and 4th Treacy

Celebration Of Sport 2017

 All that was excellent about sport at SKC was celebrated on Friday evening at the 2017 Celebration of Sport Awards. Congratulations to all of our awards winners and a big thank you to Bronson Ross who was our guest speaker for the evening.

Sporting Blues
Jack Andrew - Basketball
Amber Cunningham - Cricket
Alex Gonzales - Basketball
Polly Harper - Equestrian
Iessha Mansfield - Swimming
Ben McCarthy - Rugby
Brylee More - Touch
Max Yanzick - Athletics

All Round Sporting Prizes
Junior Sportswoman (Camellia Cup) - Penny Keeling
Junior Sportsman (Boyle Cup) - Max Yanzick
Senior Sportswoman (Margaret Breen Cup) - Laura Preston
Senior Sportsman (Donovan Cup) - Adam Sew Hoy

Outstanding Premier Awards
Outstanding Student Contribution - Georgia Vickers
Outstanding Sportswoman (Kearney Family Cup) - Polly Harper
Outstanding Sportsman (Carrickmore Cup) - Max Yanzick

CLICK HERE to view a full list of prize winners

Thank you to Josh Cunningham for capturing the evening.  CLICK HERE to view more images.

Regular Class Attendance

Simba decided pop down from the Hostel in order to assist Mr Thompson's te reo Maori class yesterday!  Simba is a regular attendee of classes at the College, as well as a participant in Senior Drama Productions and end of year Graduations!