Principal’s Corner

Congratulations Br Sean Keefe, 50th Anniversary as a Carmelite

Brother Sean Keefe is to celebrate his 50th Anniversary as a Carmelite next week. This is a tremendous achievement and a wonderful milestone for him. Whitefriars has been the beneficiary of Br Sean’s presence for more than two decades. He has a very pastoral manner with the students and staff alike, often displaying great empathy mixed with his Southern US humour.

Br Sean has long championed the cause of Timor Leste well before many of us had heard the true plight of this emerging nation. He has been the cornerstone of many local community initiatives being well known within the ranks of Manningham Council. The Order of Australia Award was testimony to his commitment to those most in need.

Congratulations and may he be with our Community well into the future.

Guys and Dolls has now concluded its run of shows. Well done to all cast, crew and staff for working so diligently on this production. Such opportunities are a key in the life of many students who benefit from a raft of outcomes, not the least of which is the sense of accomplishment through teamwork.

Our boys in Years 9-11 are thinking carefully about their 2018 subject selections at the moment. This is a staged process with input from subject teachers, pastoral staff and parents. It is very pleasing to see the level of conversation happening within families; such discussions can only be beneficial.

The second of our parent/student/teacher conferences took place on Wednesday evening. I wish to particularly acknowledge the high level of parent turnout and the supportive and optimistic tone that was evident. Such synergy between the school and home is very important. The greater the level of conversation, the greater the chance that learning outcomes will improve.

Our High Achievers from Semester One gathered last week. It is important to recognise achievement in all forms, no less so for academic performance. Nick Soraghan, past Vice Captain, spoke very practically about his time at the College and offered a few helpful hints.

Soreth House celebrated their feast day last Friday. Blessed John Soreth is one of the eight House Patrons within our pastoral system. He was a reformer within the Carmelites, one who would not accept mediocrity and yet he was also one who worked carefully with others to reach an agreed way forward. This sense of diplomacy enabled the Carmelites to be re-invigorated at the time. Each feast day we have a Mass within our Chapel. It is uplifting to hear the boys react so well to being asked to join in the responses of the Mass so that they feel a part of the celebration.

The Class of Year 7 2018 attended their assessment morning last weekend. There was a sense of nervous excitement and anticipation about the time ahead as they gathered in our Chapel. This was no less so for our new parents. We are confident that our incoming group will settle well I to the life of the school. A special thank you to our Parents’ Association for hosting a well subscribed morning tea.

The College Board held a full day meeting at Our Lady of Mt Carmel parish in Middle Park. The morning session was spent in contemplating the Carmelites charism. It is important for our Community to know that our Board are not only competent with their government or the College, but that they are also becoming increasingly more invested in the deep spirituality of the Carmelite way of life.

Almae In Fide Parentis

 

July 31, 2017

Welcome to third term.

Welcome to third term. Our young men seem to have returned fresh and enthusiastic for the challenges ahead. At the end of last term, a group of thirty-five boys and five staff journeyed to Darwin and the Tiwi Islands as part of an indigenous immersion program. This group had the

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June 30, 2017

Acting Principal – Mr Greg Stewart

The College grounds have been much quieter than usual in this final week of term 2. This may be partly due to the ongoing provision of experiential, educational opportunities for the boys. Our Year 9 students have been based this week at Victoria University, while exploring the Melbourne CBD under

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June 16, 2017

Acting Principal – Mr Brad Bird. Our new building is taking shape.

Our new building is finally starting to take shape. It was exciting to come to school a couple of weeks ago and see the slab had been laid. The Site Foreman advised that 45 truckloads of concrete went into that slab. A big day for the builders! Last week, the

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June 2, 2017

‘Whitefriars exists for all members of our community, present and past.’

The College held a prayer service for Jack Stanbrook (Class of 2014) and his family in our Chapel on Wednesday evening. Amongst the full Chapel were many of our Class of 2014, along with some older past students from the Class of 2009. Those young men were there to particularly

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May 19, 2017

Well done to our boys who undertook the Year 9 Outdoor Learning program. This challenging venture relies on increased resilience and group cooperation as the students undertake activities in varied outdoor settings in our State. The feedback from all groups has been very positive. It was particularly pleasing to hear

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