Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

Year 8 illumunate NextGen Challenge

May 31st, 2019

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Over 5 days, Year 8 students have been engaged in the illuminate NextGen Challenge. The illuminate Challenge is an exciting and immersive experience for students which aims to activate the next generation of confident, creative and capable young entrepreneurs.  The focus for the Challenge is to develop a tourism solution/business case model that draws visitors to Melbourne out to experience aspects of regional Victoria.  Students have really stepped up to the Challenge, learning valuable skills to prepare them for the future. Despite the large workload and tight deadlines, students took control of their learning.

The challenge focuses on 4 groupings of skills:
Communicate which takes into account speaking, writing and presentation skills,

Understand which takes into account critical thinking, inquiry, digital & financial literacy,

Solve Problems which takes into account creativity, problem solving and reflection,

Work Smart which takes into account collaboration, organisation & perseverance.

The Challenge concluded with a Demonstration Hall Parent Expo, where students were able to showcase their work to parents, families, friends and teachers. It was wonderful to have so many people together sharing in their accomplishments. Well done to all groups who worked so well throughout the Challenge and a big thank you to parents for braving the cold weather conditions to attend the Parent Expo.

A big thank you also to Illuminate Education, Deakin University and Chartered Accountants Australia.

Written by Trent Collins, Director – Middle Years

ACC Senior Soccer

May 31st, 2019

On 22 May, the Whitefriars vs Emmanuel soccer match started at 1.30pm. Our school needed a goal to go through the semi finals in the competition. In the first minute, I had a big chance to score a goal which was a one on one against a goal keeper. Unfortunately, I missed it because of nerves. After a while, I overcame them to score a goal! Once I scored this goal, our team warmed up to smash Emmanuel! We ended up 4-0 in the first half – but that was not enough for us, so we concentrated during the second half and scored more than 13 goals.

I was bit frustrated because I missed many chances. In the last 20 minutes I got subbed off but the score was still 7-0. I believed my team could reach 13 and they did it in last minute. By trusting my teammates, I have realised there is nothing impossible in soccer. Although we will face St Joseph Geelong (first on the ladder) next Wednesday, we will do our best in the match. It is on at 1.30pm if you are interested.

Written by Toshiya Tsuji (Japanese International student)

Corsini House unpack 6,000 items for Doncare

May 31st, 2019

Students in Corsini House have been working with Doncare as our House Charity Partner for a number of years and we are always looking for different ways to support them. One way is to offer financial support through our Feast Day donations, but just as importantly we look to offer ‘hands on’ practical support in the form of  ’Faith In Action’.

Two weeks ago I was contacted by the CEO of Doncare, Doreen Stoves, who was in desperate need of some help. The St Hilary’s Hope community and the partnering churches in Boroondara had been collecting food donations and were able to deliver them to Doncare in MC Square on Monday 20 May. As there were over 6,000 items of food that were being delivered in a truck, the staff at Doncare were in need of some helpful young men from our College to unload food. Despite the rain and cold, nine Year 7 Corsini students, supported by our College staff, helped unload the truck and ensure the donations were stored for future use.

Well done to all involved.

Written by Tom Sykes – House Leader Corsini



2019 Social Justice Day

May 31st, 2019

On Monday, 52 years after the referendum which recognised Indigenous Australians in the census, Toby Brown, Daniel Cutts, Marcus Mohr and Jake Passeri represented Whitefriars College at the Secondary Students Social Justice Day. Along with other Catholic Colleges, we gathered at the Australian Catholic University for the event, which was organised by the Justice Education in Catholic Schools (JECS) Committee.

The theme of the day was ‘Our Journey to Justice’, where we reflected on how justice cannot be attained by being passive, but rather by being active, involved and committed. We were introduced to the story of William Cooper, an Aboriginal activist who is known for his work in protesting for the suffering of not only his own people but the suffering of those around the world. He was responsible for the connection between both Aboriginal and Jewish communities today, by holding “the only known private protest against the Nazis following Kristallnacht”.

Following this lecture conducted by Abe Schwarz, a co-founder of the William Cooper Legacy Foundation, we were split into groups and discussed the four core principles of Catholic Social Teaching: human dignity, subsidiarity, the common good and solidarity. Throughout these talks, we discovered the workings of Foundations such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Care, ACRATH and the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne. When we met back together, we discussed what we had learnt about William Cooper and social justice with his great-granddaughter, Leonie Drummond.

At the end of the day, we participated in a West-African form of music using the traditional drum, called a djembe, and took part in traditional Mandinka dancing, singing along to the vibrant Usman who lead all the students. Overall, the day was extremely interesting for us and we learnt how to be active participants in our communities.

Written by Jake Passeri, Toby Brown, Daniel Cutts and Marcus Mohr (Year 11)

ACC Golf Open 2019 and Independent Schools State Golf Final

May 31st, 2019

Recently, the Whitefriars golf squad (Jack Perrin, Blake Ritchie, Lochie O’Connell, Jack Knight, Jordan Goss, Alex Dunmill, James Doran and myself) ventured to the Northern Golf Club in Glenroy to compete at the 2019 ACC Open Golf Tournament. After a warm-up hit on the range, we were sent off to our respective groups to commence the day’s play. It seemed a thoroughly enjoyable day for all, with the standout performers including Jack Knight (89, +17), Lachie O’Connell (86, +14), Blake Ritchie (85, +13) and our top scorer Jack Perrin (82, +10). We finished tied for 3rd place with St. Bede’s and St. Joseph’s Geelong in Division One, a great achievement considering our recent promotion from Division Two.

Three of our high scorers then qualified to compete at the Independent Schools State Golf Final at Long Island on last Monday. Jack Perrin played a terrific round in very difficult conditions to score 78. That left him in 2nd place in the Yr 7-9 Division and in 3rd place overall.  Lochie O’Connell came in at 16th in the Year 7-9 Division with Jack Knight placed 20th in the Year 10-12 Division.

On behalf of the boys, I would like to thank Mr Dalrymple for his tireless commitment to and support of the golf program. Thanks also to Mr. Height for his help with the Independent State Final.

Written by Conor O’Farrell, 2019 Golf Captain

Year 7 Seedling Activity

May 31st, 2019

In 1270, a Carmelite monk called Nicolas of Cusa, wrote a document titled The Fiery Arrow. He describes the joys of God’s natural creation and its connection to the Mt Carmel environment. Fast forward nearly 750 later and the Carmelite eco-consciousness continues in the Year 7 RE Creation Unit. The Sustainability and Environment Team ran a session with all the Year 7 students about caring for creation though a seed planting activity. The boys made their own pot plant out of recycled newspaper and then planted a lettuce seed. The groups will care for their seedling for the term in class and then plant their seedling at home to enjoy with their families. Caring for creation in action.

World Bee Day

May 31st, 2019

Did you know bees are responsible for pollinating 70% of crops worldwide and contribute to $3 billion agriculture industry? These highly intelligent species are essential and need protecting. The Sustainability and Environment Team celebrated World Bee Day on Monday 20 May. William Stapelfeldt (Year 8) and Mrs Maria Ciavarella were our guest Beekeepers who presented amazing bee facts, showed beekeeping equipment and explained the honey collection process. Students and teachers were able to sample different honey samples too. This presentation has inspired a group of students to research beekeeping and are proposing a College beehive club. Stay tuned!

Well done to Year 9s for successful OLP Camp

May 30th, 2019

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Congratulations to all Year 9 students who attended the Outdoor Learning Program camp last week.

To the students who attended camp – we are extremely proud of your accomplishments over the week.  I am sure you faced big and small challenges along the way but you should be extremely proud of the way you were able to work together to reach the final destination of your OLP journey.

Since returning you have shared many stories of resilience, leadership and teamwork. I have also heard about many of the fun and exciting activities you experienced.

When confronted with challenges in the future, you should look back to the camp and remind yourself – you can achieve great things no matter how physical or mentally tough things might be.

Remember you succeeded;

These are just some examples of the many achievements you would experience on camp. I am sure you could give more examples, many of which I am sure your peers, teachers and parents would love to hear.  Be sure to share your tales of success and challenge.

The teachers working with you also spoke of how great a cohort you were while on camp – very impressive!

For those students who were unable to attend the camp, I encourage you to talk to the students who went on camp about their experiences. I am sure you will have the opportunity to be challenged in the future in many other aspects of your Whitefriars journey.

Well done and good luck for the rest of the term, as you now turn your attention back to your academic studies.

Written by Trent Collins, Director – Middle Years

Soreth House raise over $1,000 for the Acute Spinal Ward

May 30th, 2019

Well done to all of those involved in Soreth’s Wheelchair Sports Night. Fundraising for the Acute Spinal Ward at The Austin Hospital, raised $1,120.

Edith Stein House raise over $4,500 for Movember

May 30th, 2019

Last Friday was the greatly anticipated feast day for our House, Edith Stein. The festivities began with Mass in the Chapel said by Fr Paul, and it was great to see both participation and respect from all the boys present. Meanwhile, a number of Year 12 volunteers manned the barbeque to cook snags for the lunch that would follow. Senior House Leaders set up the venue. It was great to see plenty of smiles as we moved over to the Function Room in the new Science and Technology Centre, which proved a great venue for proceedings.

We were privileged to have Jake from the Movember Foundation come to speak to us over lunch about the Foundation’s focuses, their current projects and ultimately what our donations will go towards funding. He spoke about the Foundation’s mental health and suicide prevention programs that we are particularly supporting. We presented Jake with a cheque for $4, 582.80, being the fundraising from the past two years. This was followed by a dessert of cupcakes, a Stein House tradition, which this year was kindly provided by Harry Apostolopoulos and his mother Cheryl, who both achieved an extraordinary feat in preparing 180 cupcakes for both staff and students. Another of our Year 12s in Liam Jones helped tremendously by assisting with their icing on the day. We are very grateful to all of them. Also, Tanya Gulevski, the mother of Liam in Year 12, has thoughtfully donated a ‘Men’s Pamper Pack’ of grooming, shaving and shower products (from that will be raffled off at a later stage, with all proceeds going to Movember.

Ms Wight, Vice-Captain Marcus Mohr and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to a successful day, particularly our student leaders, and all Stein students and families who continue to support us in terms of our fundraising drive.

Written by Conor O’Farrell (Year 12)

Int. VCAL ‘The Studio’ Project Success

May 30th, 2019

Over the last four weeks, the Intermediate VCAL students have taken part in an external project called ‘The Studio’ at Marcellin College alongside VCAL students from Loyola, Our Lady of Sion, St Aloysius, Santamaria and Marcellin.

The project required them in split into two groups to plan, record and produce podcasts on a topic of their choice.  They also had to create a logo, stickers, a marketing plan and a budget to accompany the podcasts.

High Octane Radio – Podcast on cars Nature – Podcast on Climate Change
Julian Astuto Harrison Bowkett
John Murphy Luke Martin
Patrick Youie Ethan Smart
Will Smith Michael Caterino
Lachlan Hucker

Yesterday the boys participated in the showcase day in front of students, staff and a number of parents where they talked about what went well, what could have been improved and played a ‘best bits’ audio of their podcasts.

I would like to congratulate the ‘Nature’ podcast group who came out overall winners from the 20 groups that presented. John Murphy also received an individual award for his enthusiasm and input throughout the project.

Thanks to all the Intermediate VCAL staff – Christine Haddrell, Stephanie Dekazos, Nicolle Earle, Penny Yee and Brie Ellett for all of their hard work getting the boys across the line. Thanks also to Charlie Garzia and Jo Menzies who set aside some time to be interviewed as part of the podcasts.


Student art featured at Tunstall Square

May 30th, 2019

Well done to those involved in the design and painting of a car park at Tunstall Square Shopping Centre. Here are some great shots featuring car park artists, Jayden West and Daniel Almaraz.

The design was created with a view to amalgamating three different artworks completed by three different students in Year 12 Studio Arts. The artist influences were Esher and Sonia Delaunay. The design was to be colourful, eye-catching and visually interesting. The constraints of the project meant that there could be no logos or names used in the imagery itself.  Daniel Almaraz and Jayden West did a fantastic job, painting and sketching out our design for the College.


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