Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

Ensembles rock at Booroondara Eisteddfod

May 30th, 2019

Well done to Mr Bello and his incredible ensembles for their efforts at the Booroondara Eisteddfod. The Senior Guitar Ensemble received a ‘Highly Commended’ and the Intermediate Ensemble set the standard very high at their first Eisteddfod performance. Well done!

VOTE NOW: Back to Earth Grant

May 30th, 2019

Click here to vote for a $5,000 Back to Earth Grant: Whitefriars College

The $5,000 will fund raised garden beds outside of the Science & Tech Centre, linking our resources ‘back to’ the Mullum Mullum Valley environment. Part of our Outdoor Learning Centre, the garden will engage students in all learning areas i.e. Food Technology, Science, Environmental Studies and Materials/Design. It will reinforce the importance of paddock to plate, sustainable practices and putting green waste to good use i.e. compost. We will use recycled materials where possible to construct the beds and signage and where possible, the students will be involved in designing/building of the beds, planting, maintenance etc.

Voting closes midnight, 9 June 2019



2019 Pink Ladies Luncheon

May 20th, 2019
Inviting all members of the Whitefriars community to join us to celebrate the women in our lives and our club.
Raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Network Australia in memory of Anne Blackney.
Anne recently lost her brave fight against Cancer and was a much loved member of our club. She was a tireless servant in our Canteen for the last 4 years – never missing a game despite her struggles. Always loved and remembered.
Our special guest speaker will be Kirsten Pilatti, CEO of BCNA
On Saturday 1 June 2019 at 11:30am

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Monster Chops to play at Civic Awards!

May 17th, 2019

Congratulations to Monster Chops for being asked to perform at the Manningham Civic Awards next Wednesday evening. The boys impressed audiences last year with their exceptional skills and musicianship and we are very proud they have been asked to feature in this annual event once again!

Mental Health Bushwalk and Indigenous Picnic

May 17th, 2019

A group of Year 8s enjoyed a bushwalk to the College wetlands on Monday. The Sustainability and Environment Team were promoting a chance for students to take a break out from the day to enjoy the unique Mullum Mullum Valley and mentally reboot. Once at the wetlands the group tried three different teas; manuka blend, kawakawa blend and lemon grass tea. The benefits of herbal teas are immense. Reduces stress, good for skin and circulation and anti-bacterial. The boys also enjoyed indigenous riberry jam and davidson’s plum jam on short breads. These jams pack a punch in flavour. The riberry jam is from the native Lilli Pilli plant and the unique flavour includes ginger, clove and cardamom. The Davidson’s Plum jam is from the fruit of a far north Queensland plum tree and the fruit has an acidic plum taste. To read or try these wonderful indigenous foods, visit The Sustainability and Environment Team have purchased a few indigenous bush tucker plants and will be planting these around the college throughout the term.

Careers in Commerce and Accounting Breakfast

May 17th, 2019

The ‘Careers in Commerce and Accounting Breakfast’ for Year 12 students and parents is an annual event for our College community. This morning, we showed off the new Science and Technology Building whilst enjoying breakfast and listening to speakers from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Smith and Feutril Accountancy, Swinburne University and Old Collegians currently studying Commerce/Business at The University of Melbourne, Swinburne University, Deakin University, RMIT University and Monash University.

Our speakers provided first-hand insight into the study options in this field and the various opportunities students should plan for during their study programs such as internships, graduate programs, global study options and registration with professional bodies.


Wed 5 June – Annual Indigenous Celebration Day

May 17th, 2019

On Wednesday 5 June, Whitefriars College is hosting our annual Indigenous Celebration Day.  We invite you to attend a luncheon, featuring guest speaker Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn).  Cyril is one of the most celebrated indigenous AFL footballers – a 4-time Hawthorn Premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist.

Cyril is the guest speaker for the luncheon and will also be involved with our Senior Football teams who will play as part of the celebrations.

11:45am Luncheon commences

12:00pm Division 2 team versus Parade College

2:00pm Division 1 team versus De La Salle

The whole College community will be in attendance for our Indigenous Celebration Ceremony between both games (approximately 1:45pm).

Join us for what will be a very special day.

Click here to make your Luncheon Booking



Can drive for St Vincent de Paul

May 17th, 2019

Over the next few weeks, Whitefriars will be holding a ‘can drive’ in an effort to collect cans to donate to St Vinnies. Due to the size of our community, a great amount of good could be done to help out the less fortunate if every student were able to bring just a couple of cans of food. This is an excellent opportunity to put into action the key values of service and charity that underpin our college and I highly recommend that as many people as possible get involved.

If you have any cans to donate, please drop them by Mrs Cameron’s office next to Lost Property in the canteen. However, do note that while St Vinnies will accept just about any type of canned food, they have asked that cans of lentils not be donated as they are not currently needed.

Any enquiries you may have should be directed at Mrs Cameron, my fellow Social Justice Captain Julian Lanza or myself.

Written by Joel Duggan – Social Justice Captain

Regional Chess Tournament

May 17th, 2019

On Monday 6 May, 20 enthusiastic students in four teams participated in a regional chess tournament hosted by Marcellin College, and run by Chess Australia. For this tournament there was a grand total of 181 participants, coming together from 14 different schools across the region, with a total of 34 teams between them.

In a strong effort Whitefriars College’s first team (T1) managed to secure a position of 12th, with a total of 19 wins between the five members over the course of the day. This score within the top third of the placements shows an outstanding effort from the boys in this team, as well as everyone else who participated in the tournament.

The overall winner of the tournament was Scotch College, with an impressive score of 28.5 wins out of 30.

Our best performing player in this tournament was Andrew Fennell, who had five wins and the following boys had a very credible 4 wins: Simon D’Costa, Lucas D’Costa, Jayden Bardrick, William Stapelfeldt, Paddy Sanderson and Hayden Menzies.

Additionally, I would like to thank Ms Powling for arranging our participation within this event.

Whitefriars Regional Chess Team:
Ben Alberico, Daniel Almaraz, Jayden Bardrick, Hamish Breen, Max Burgoyne, Riley Costello, Cameron Dennis, Simon D’Costa, Bill Donaldson, Lucas D’Costa, Marcus Dunlop, Andrew Fennell, Hayden Menzies, Noah Munro, Jake Passeri, Jacob Sanderson, Paddy Sanderson, Yianni Komninos, Oskar Stapelfeldt and William Stapelfeldt.

Daniel Almaraz – Chess Captain

Hayden wins Young Vic Achievers Award

May 17th, 2019

On Friday 10 May, Year 7 Avila student, Hayden Rujakin, and his sister, Stephanie, were acknowledged on behalf of ‘Hayden’s Helping Hands’ at the Victorian Young Achievers Awards. Hayden established ‘Hayden’s Helping Hands’ in late 2014 to help people experiencing homelessness and women and families fleeing domestic violence. The charity was established to enable the youth of any age to volunteer. He has since grown the charity and has approximately 20 volunteers and helps in the order of 70-100 people per week.

The purpose of ‘Hayden’s Helping Hands’ is to distribute food and supplies to people experiencing homelessness, provide opportunities for people who are experiencing homelessness to interact, improve access for the homeless to basic human needs such as clothing and promote an awareness of homelessness.

The award is a fantastic achievement and a wonderful recognition of Hayden’s, and his sisters’, initiative, care and concern for others.



‘Friars chosen for ACC Swimming Championships!

May 17th, 2019

Well done to Evan Chee (Year 9), Aiden Gleeson (Year 10), Jack Gurrie (Year 11) and Justin Botha (Year 12) who were selected to represent the ACC on Monday in the 2019 Victorian Schools Swimming Championships. The boys were chosen to represent the association after their strong performances in the ACC swim Carnival earlier in the year and did not disappoint on the night.

A special mention to Evan Chee and Aiden Gleeson who finished on the podium in a few of their individual events.

Avila House donates $1000 to Pat Cronin Foundation

May 17th, 2019

On Friday 3 May, Avila celebrated the feast day of our patron Saint, Teresa. As a part of the celebrations, we collected donations for our house charity, the Pat Cronin Foundation. Pat was a former Avila boy, so the organisation is very close to our hearts.

During our Wellbeing session, we gathered in the Chapel for a celebration mass and then enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch. During this time, the boy’s watched a video on the events after Pat’s tragic passing (inc. news shorts from the day after, during the court case and the start of the Foundation) – crystallising the importance in us continuing to #BeWise.

The highlight of the day, was presenting Pat’s mother Robyn with an Avila t-shirt (signed by everyone in the house) and a cheque for $1,000. Robyn thanked the boys for their donations and spoke with warmth about Pat’s time at Whitefriars. Her final request was that we take forth the Foundation’s message and ‘End the Coward Punch’.

Well done to the boys in Avila.

#PC12 #BeWise

Patrick Daly – Avila House Captain




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