Mary St Post
The Mary St Post contains news and updates about KSR for alumni, former staff, parents and anyone else interested.
We often get asked the question, “have you all settled into Res yet?”, and we must admit that sometimes it catches us by surprise when we realise that we are still relatively new to this community! We actually feel far more than settled — we feel completely at home and ‘part of the furniture’, so to speak. Since the last Mary St Post (Edition 2), we had a wonderful end to Semester 2 last year, full of so many fun and engaging events and memorable times. Footy Day, Formal, End of Year break up, and the closing service were a few of the highlights. It was really sad to farewell to last year’s second year students, but we have loved seeing some of them around KBC and having them visit Res from time to time.
From passionate coriander objectors, to great artists, Kew Student Residence (KSR) celebrates all people. And this time round, we are talking art with Molly Hodgson. Undoubtedly, Molly Hodgson is one of our greats. Although Molly hates coriander, she is a very good artist. Molly is Victorian College of the Arts worthy (they only accept 120 students per year) and look, that’s pretty darn good! So, to make us sound like we know how to newsletter at KSR, we decided to ask her about her everyday ponderings and how she creates such good-looking art!
On the 23rd of September, we had our annual Kew Footy Day at Victoria Park in Collingwood. What a great weekend it was! With near perfect weather and a very good turnout, the day was a real success. It was awesome to see lots of people who have not been around the Kew community for some time, getting involved and being able to meet others who are now part of the Church or the Res. Male and female teams Res, Ex Res and Church all competed for the label of Footy Day Champions.
Claire & Michael Wilson (1982-1984)
It was 1982 and on Sunday 21st February the 40 residents of Kew Baptist Youth Hostel (as it was known then) moved in from all over country Victoria, ACT and NSW.
Richmond were still then a VFL/AFL powerhouse and were premiers in 1980 and runners up in 1982, but they went quiet until this year. Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister. Australia still had not won the America’s Cup (nor had anyone else except the New York Yacht Club). It was the previous millennium and a very long time ago. Astonishingly, there was no internet or mobile phones. It was truly the Dark ages!
Emily Conley one of our second year students last year was given the opportunity to travel to Nanjing, China with her Inline Hockey team, to compete in the World Roller Games representing Australia.
At KSR we think this is a pretty amazing achievement, so we decided to ask her about it!
We know that students from rural Australia are at a disadvantage – for a wide range of reasons – in regards to access to, and success in, higher education. Studies have shown the support by way of scholarships for financially disadvantaged students can not only increase the opportunity for further education and improve educational outcomes, but that these scholarships also contribute to their recipients’ improved self-efficacy and contribution to society.
By Brian Allen (’13-’14)
Having grown up in Orange, NSW, Kaitlyn Chapman-Mortimer was excited to embrace the life of a university student and all that Melbourne had to offer.
Before leaving for Melbourne, Kaitlyn’s mum, Heather, teased her about finding her husband at “the Res”. Kaitlyn told her mum she was going to uni to get a degree, not a husband.
By Clare Rankine (’13)
It’s these cold July days that make me think of my first year in Melbourne. Experiencing new everything, new moments, new people, new winter.
It’s been a long day at uni, and I catch the 109 back to Res. The tram slides me out of the city and into the suburbs, to Kew, a place I’m beginning to know better, but still have time to explore.