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International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) – Sunday 5 to 11 May 2019

May 17th, 2019

A big thank you to Mrs Maria Ciavarella who ran the It’s Not Rot compost workshop and the parents and staff who attended last Wednesday 8 May. Compost, green waste and worm farming information and tips were shared and compost issue were solved. Congratulations to Ms Vella who won the raffle prize of a Bokashi Bin. Students and staff took part in the Compost Awareness Week Quiz. Congratulations to Patrick Youie and Mr Harte for winning the quiz. For more information visit


Generations in Jazz

May 17th, 2019

On 3 May, selected Whitefriars music ensembles travelled to South Australia for the Generations in Jazz festival, held annually in Mount Gambier. Over the course of three days we were able to watch some of the most talented jazz artists from all over the world; such as Joey DeFrancesco, Lizz Wright, Kurt Elling, and of course James Morrison. The energy in the big tent was incredible. On the Saturday, we were given our opportunity to perform, and also learn from our peers from other schools. It was a fantastic experience for all the boys, regardless of whether it was their first time or third! 

Monash Beyond Business Challenge

May 17th, 2019

On the 26 April, myself, Nick Alonso, Lachlan Barr, Finn Payne and Spiro Damatopoulos were fortunate enough to represent Whitefriars in the Monash Beyond Business Challenge. We all met up at Monash University and were introduced to the challenge and the experience ahead. Part of the experience included an Industry Speaker Panel from Monash Alumni who had completed the International Bachelor of Business which is specifically run at the campus. It was interesting to hear the many pathways and ‘study abroad’ options available to university student. However, the highlight of the day was the competition…

There were three challenges run on the day but as economics students, we completed the economics challenge which analysed the effect of automation on the labour market. The challenge started off with a lecture on economics and automation which was a great insight into university life. Looking at the effect automation has on jobs such as surgeons and bricklayers, it was really useful to apply the concepts we had learnt at school into a practical situation. Using microeconomic principles, we had to prepare a presentation on the impact automation has on the economy. Each team had to choose a specific occupation so we chose to present on bookkeepers – analysing how their jobs are changing and disappearing due to automated processes and software. Competing against selection schools and international students from Monash College was never going to be an easy task but at the end of the day, our group was selected for being the best presentation. Overall, it was a great experience and winning only added to the day. On behalf of the team, we would like to thank Ms Borg and Ms Cape who organised the day for us.

Blake Ritchie


Indonesian Sayembara Lisan Oral Language Competition

May 17th, 2019

Every year, the Indonesian Sayembara Lisan Oral Language Competition is held across Victoria by VILTA. Eleven students from Year 8 participated in the competition’s first round which was held at Emmaus College, being examined in Indonesian general conversation as well as in the presentation of a prepared topic. I commend our students for their hours of practice and preparation, as well as for representing the College with distinction during our excursion. We encourage all students to continue to work hard in their language studies for the rest of Year 8 and in the years beyond. Thank you, gentlemen, for your honest, solid efforts. Thank you also to Ms Scarmozzino for assisting us on the day.

Selamat belajar Bahasa Indonesia, Pak Jackson and Bu Scott



Victorian Young Leaders to China

May 17th, 2019

Taking part in the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program was one of the best decisions in my life.

When we landed in Chengdu I was so amazed at how big everything was and I was excited for what was to come. I was keen to get to Sichuan University (where we would be staying for the next 2 weeks) and excited for all the new food we would be experiencing along the way. Before the trip I was not adventurous with food so I knew I would be up for a challenge. We had some very tasty foods like duck, fish, hotpot (which is very spicy), sweet and sour pork and many more amazing dishes.

While staying at Sichuan University we were immersed into the Chinese language and culture. We were shocked at the amount of extra study the local students do to help themselves. I was not so keen on this but in hindsight, I think it’s a good thing and it has taught me some good habits.

One of my favourite parts of the trip was being able to visit the many sights of China, which were absolutely magnificent. We didn’t get to see the Great Wall however we did visit the Pandas. Bund was also incredible – one of the most magical places in the world. The view of the main part of the city was stunning. It had a fabulous walkway that went for kilometres. It had great shops including the biggest Adidas and Nike store in Asia and tasty food stores. I also enjoyed the markets – it was fun to bargain shop! The Buddhist Temple in WuXi was magical. The detail and all the beautiful things inside made it so cool but the best part of WuXi was the Giant Buddha. It was absolutely massive and you had to go up a beautiful staircase to reach it. It is so big, when we finally got up to the top – it was too hard to look all the way up.

On the bus to Shanghai I&C Foreign Languages School I was so excited for a change, but more so that we were in Shanghai, which is one of the greatest cities in the world. The city is so big. In ChengDu, we had classes for the whole day, but in Shanghai we only had 2 hours of Chinese. Even though, my friends were back at home on school holidays – it was really great to be learning.

Shanghai was the highlight of the trip for me. Seeing all of the tourist sites with Mr Thio, getting to know my classmates better as well as making friends from new schools, was a blast. I would recommend going on this trip to future students studying the Chinese language. The Victorian Young Leaders to China program was fantastic and it has created friendships and memories that will last forever.

Byron Parton, Year 9




Easter Egg Hunt

May 17th, 2019

One of the Easter traditions at Whitefriars in the Year 7 Easter Egg Hunt. In House groups and with the support of their House Captains, the Year 7s perform a variety of tasks and overcome a variety of obstacles to gather as many chocolate Easter eggs as they can. Some would say this is rather indulgent, however, it is a great way for the Year 7s to build a sense of community and the Year 12 House Captains get the opportunity to work with the Year 7s in their House and build their connection.

House Cross Country

May 17th, 2019

The end of Term 1 had an exciting and energetic feel about it with the House Cross Country taking place for all Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students. With a brand new 3km course on show, students were eager to see the track and how they could perform in a bid to earn House points for the Annual House Cross Country. The race began on the main oval with students working hard to find positions early. It wasn’t long until the course led students down to the Mullum Mullum Track where they found themselves immersed in the stunning local environment that surrounds the border of the College. It was extremely pleasing to see students keen to participate and positively involve themselves in the event. Whether it was students running hard for a personal best, a jog with some mates or a recreational walk amongst the natural scenery, all students that participated should be commended on their efforts and House spirit. Congratulations to the Year level winners and place holders that completed the course with close finishes and fantastic times.

Congratulations to the following students who were victorious in the House Cross Country carnival today.

Year 9

Noah Wright – 11.16 Brandsma

Lachie O’Connel – 11.21 Avila

Callum White – 11.29 Corsini

Year 10

Max Hartnett 10.38 Soreth

Tom Sonderhiff 11.00 Stein

Jack Hartnett 11.04 Soreth


Steps to Sustainability Conference 2019

May 17th, 2019

On Friday 29 March, Whitefriars College presented at the recent Steps to Sustainability Conference at Melbourne Zoo. With over 200 educators from Victoria, the conference enabled schools to share their sustainability and environment stories and resources. Thank you to Ms Katherine Smith and Mr Scott Firmin for co-presenting the Whitefriars Water Programs, which included a Water Bug Blitz activity and explaining the water themed curriculum and events at the College. The team was fortunate to met Arron Wood, the Deputy Melbourne Lord Mayor and environment advocate and win his signed book Billabong Boy. His inspiring presentation from a country boy to politician reminded the conference attendees that caring for the environment is not just about biodiversity. Its connection to economics, wellbeing, health and education is paramount.


Daniel Crain – Gold in diving

May 17th, 2019

Over the weekend, Year 8 student Daniel Crain represented Whitefriars in the All Schools State Championship (Victorian School Boys Championship) at Aquanation in Ringwood. Daniel competed in the Elite U/14 Springboard event and finished in 1st place. Daniel will now be representing Victoria in the National All Schools Championship in December. Well done Daniel.


Maths Week 2019 – Theme: Digital Technologies

May 17th, 2019

Last week the Mathematics Faculty celebrated Maths Week. This year’s theme was ‘Digital Technologies’.

Activities ranged from an interactive workshop on ‘Engineering Innovation Challenge’ to the inaugural Kahoot Battle of the Houses. This year introduced a daily challenge which was a big success with an average of 300 responses per day.

Highlights included a visit from Swinburne University with some exciting engineering-based challenges, Ethan Wu is our Tetris champion and our Specialist Maths teams defended as our most talented mathematicians.

The activities were extremely well supported by students. Success of Maths Week is a team effort with special mention to Mr Paul Garriga, Ms Samantha Riddle and Timothy Abrahams (Maths Captain) for organising the various activities.


OVERALL CHAMPIONS – Corsini – Jayden Bardrick (11), David Ghaly (9) and Josh Wagner (10)

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

May 17th, 2019

Friday 15 March was the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a College developing gentle men, we take this issue very seriously and the College Captains and Wellbeing Captains got together to develop a whole school response to this issue. They began with developing a video for the College community titled ‘Call it out, so we can cut it out’. This video was shown to all students in their Pastoral Care groups on Wednesday 13 March. The aim of this video was to bring to the attention of the community, especially the students, that it is everyone’s responsibility to play a role in creating a bully-free environment at Whitefriars College and that being a bystander is not acceptable.

Here is a link to the video: youtube

The second activity the students planned, which occurred on Thursday 14 March, was to ask each Pastoral Care class to come up with a pledge statement about how to create a bully-free environment. The purpose of this activity was to engage all students in developing an anti-bullying charter, a commitment to zero tolerance of bullying in our community. The penultimate activity was a lesson created by the student leaders for the Wellbeing classroom on Friday 15 March exploring different examples of bullying and how to respond if these situations were to arise. Finally, the day culminated in a BBQ lunch.

I would like to thank Student Activities Coordinator, Kelly Hoinville, College Captains, Nicholas Beltrami, Alex Vander and Ronan Oppy as well as Wellbeing Captains Matthew Tapley and Jonathan Bingley for their hard work and initiative in planning this very important student-led response to bullying. Also, a thank you to Pastoral Care Teachers who supported the students in these activities throughout the week.

International Women’s Day

May 17th, 2019

Friday 8 March was International Women’s Day. The theme of the day was Balance for Better. Whitefriars students hosted a lunch for all female staff to mark this special occasion. It was an opportunity for the College to acknowledge the special role women play in our school and the importance for our boys to realise that gender equality is a critical issue around the world. Social Justice Captain, Joel Duggan addressed the gathering and below is an excerpt from his speech:

We are gathered here today for an important purpose. In an environment dominated such as it is by men and masculine attitudes, it is quite rare that we collectively reflect on women and what they contribute to our community. Whether it be as teachers, as canteen workers, as support staff, as receptionists, as administrators, or any other of the numerous roles that they play, each is a vital cog in the Whitefriars machine. Hence why it is so apt and so necessary that we dedicate some time each year – on International Women’s Day – to acknowledge this simple, yet often overlooked, fact.

At this lunch, students served food to the female staff members as a symbol of their appreciation of all the work they do for them at the College. Thank you to Joel Duggan, Jonathan Bingley and Matthew Tapley for their work in bringing students together in an act of service and appreciation.

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