Kostka Hall Social History Project


The Kostka Hall experience is unique to those who walked through its gates every day. Thousands of members of the Kostka Hall community will possess wonderful personal memories of their time at "Xavier by the Sea" and will no doubt experience a sense of loss at the closure of the Campus at the end of 2021.

We do not want to lose your memories. Whilst many will be unique to the individual students and families who went there, collectively they make a wonderful story. We would like to publish a selection to celebrate Kostka Hall's history as well as keep them for future generations. 

If you are interested in contributing to the social history of Kostka Hall or have any questions, please email Alumni Coordinator & Executive Officer of the Old Xaverians Davina Calhaem at Should you wish to share memorabilia, please contact the Xavier College Archivist Catherine Hall at

Join us at "Back to Kostka Hall Day" to celebrate our Social History Project initiatives on Saturday 13 November, which is the Feast Day of Stanislaus Kostka SJ. Please mark this date in your diary for tours, displays and reflections from members of the Kostka Hall community.

Kostka Hall Oral History

Fr Chris Gleeson SJ (OX 1961) chats with Ken Roche AO (OX 1960).

Kostka Hall by the Decades: 1930s to 1940s


Kostka Hall Men for Others

Justin (Jock) Serong (OX 1988)

Jock Serong

Jock Serong attended Kostka Hall from 1980 to 1984 and the Senior Campus from 1985 to 1988. He attended Melbourne University, graduating with an LLB (Hons) in 1995. He has since worked as a barrister and with the Martu people of WA’s Western Desert, as well as representing asylum seekers in the Federal Court.

Jock changed career to become a full time writer in 2013. His first novel, Quota, won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. His most recent novel, The Rules of Backyard Cricket, was shortlisted for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

Jock’s comments on his new book, On the Java Ridge are, ‘It’s moving away from crime – it’s a move into something more political. It looks at asylum seekers in a fairly unusual way. One of the reasons I’m doing it is the asylum seeker debate in Australia has been thrashed out in the media for years and people have dug their trenches and good journalism is failing to move people. I think what happens next is fiction gets involved – books and films – in working away on changing people’s opinions.’

Jock notes that he ‘owes a great deal of my love of English - reading it and writing it - to the wonderful Mrs. Margaret Howse, who taught me at Kostka. I'm very grateful to her as I'm sure many other people are.’