Principal’s Corner

The Council of International Schools accreditation visit

Whitefriars has a Mission and Values document which outlines the vision for our community. It is a widely circulated piece that adorns the walls of our learning spaces and offices.

The challenge for us is in always seeking to live those sentiments as well as possible. The Council of International Schools (CIS) pictured above, has just completed a seven-day accreditation visit. This visit was the culmination of planning from the past two years. It has involved all members of our community through surveys, meetings and reports. The eight-person team came from overseas, interstate and country Victoria, each having a particular expertise in areas such as mission, learning and teaching, wellbeing, finance and so forth. We were delighted to be able to share our practice with them and to have our College benchmarked against a world standard.

Thank you to those parents and Board who generously made themselves available to speak with the team. The results around accreditation will not be known until around mid-April, as the report remains confidential until it goes through a verification process. It was clearly acknowledged by the CIS team that our students, staff, parents and Board enjoyed strong and positive relationships and that our Mission was lived out with vigour and thought. I will write to our community once the final report is received.

 

Our senior boys have taken on the challenge of the Shave for a Cure. A number of them have decided to lose their carefully groomed hair in order to highlight the need to support those families who experience cancer. We all know of someone who has been through that journey. A substantial amount of money is being raised. This was self-initiated by the boys. Congratulations to our senior students who have put words of support into action.

Many people would be aware that Will Harvey (Class of 2016) suffered serious injuries following a fall at this time last year. His former classmates continue to support Will, as do members of our community.

There is an opportunity for further practical support through a funding page. The following link will provide access to that page:

https://www.gofundme.com/help-for-william-harvey

Whitefriars continues to keep Tony, Kathryn, Jono and the family in our thoughts.

Our Year 7 2018 interviews take place Saturday 25 March. We have healthy interest in the College and are keen to speak to families about why they see Whitefriars as a good opportunity for their sons. Our transition process effectively begins at that point as we gather information, which becomes useful for us in preparation for the incoming cohort.

Senior students will experience their Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences in just over a week from now. These are important discussions around their learning progress. These young men will know how committed they have been over the term. Any advice from these conferences is best heard with the family, staff and student present at the one time. We look forward to those conversations.

We are nearing the end of our Year 7 Welcome Dinners. It has been lovely to see the families of our boys gather in the Chapel, move to the top of the College entry to plant their family tree and then socialise around the Reflective Garden. Our boys have settled extremely well and have quickly become part of the fabric here.

Congratulations to our ACC Swim Team who won their fourth consecutive title just over a week ago. This is a significant effort as there is strong competition amongst the 12 Colleges. Mr Cotter, Mr Legge and the team have every reason to be proud.

Our House Athletics was held at the Tom Kelly track last week. The participation level of the boys was outstanding. The attendance rate was no different to a standard school day, which indicates a want to be present and partake. Our senior leaders were particularly prominent. Well done to the House of Lisieux who won the overall competition.

Our new car park is now open and the building is progressing well.

We ask that you keep in your prayers this week the family of Peter and Eliot Ciardulli on the sudden loss of Damien Workman, Peter’s nephew and Eliot’s cousin. We also pray for Linda Dingley and her family with the passing of her father John ‘Jack’ Tanner. May they find strength and comfort at this difficult time with their memories, family and friends, and their faith.
Rest in Peace.

Almae In Fide Parentis

 

February 24, 2017

Opening School Mass

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Welcome to 2017

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Original Class of 1961 – 50th Year Reunion

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A fond farewell for our Year 12s

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