We are incredibly proud of Class of 2019 members – Harry Wade, Hugh Parrott and Mitchell Guest for entering The Push-up Challenge.
The Push-Up Challenge started in 2018 and aims to raise awareness of mental health in Australia. This year, The Push-Up Challenge highlights the devastating number of Australian lives lost to suicide in 2018.
“I am happy to help any young athlete, who is happy to help themselves”.
This was the response from two-time premiership star, Kane Lambert, when he was asked to work with our Year 9 and 10 Sport students during Term 2.
Over the past three weeks, Kane has been working with the students on athlete wellbeing and gratitude. His message is simple, be grateful for what you have got and ensure that you know – your actions define you. He is a strong advocate for full-time athletes focussing on developing their off-field skill-set whilst they are playing, with an emphasis on having something in their life outside of sport such as work, study and/or community involvement.
Here is a snippet of what a few Year 9 students had to say after their session with Kane this week.
Kane will continue to work with the boys right up into the end of term 2.
Well done to the Associated Catholic Colleges for getting ISO challenges up and running – in a time when we are all missing our Term 2 sport. If you haven’t checked out the latest results (or entered), please click on any of the links below.
The Sustainability and Environment Team have run an annual photography competition for many years. Photo entries reflected a theme and were exhibited and voted on in the library during Health PE and Enviro Week.
This year the competition has changed. Sustainability and Enviro Week is a new week in August. The competition will now include a range of digital medium entries.
ENVIRO in ISO competition is now open for entries, and we are thrilled with what we have received so far!
The theme is about your personal connection with your home or local environment and/or a sustainable action whilst in isolation. You can document this time by taking photos, creating a short clip or animation, art work etc. Your ORIGINAL work will be electronically displayed during Sustainability and Enviro Week. ALL ENTRIES WILL BE EXHIBITED ANONYMOUSLY. Entries will be viewed and voted on by staff and students and the top 3 will receive recognition and great prizes.
ENVIRO in ISO entry deadline is Monday 20 July 2020. Please email Ms Menzies if you have any queries.
Parents – are you looking for practical strategies to help your child(ren) study independently during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you looking for ways to motivate and support your child’s education?
Elevate Education will be offering a 60-minute webinar, which will delve into practical strategies for parents on how to boost their child’s motivation, and keep them organised and engaged with their education.
Event Title: How to help your child study effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic
Over a hundred years ago, tens of thousands of young men and women went to war in Europe – many did not return, but those that did were all heroes. In the century since, Australia and New Zealand have remembered the Anzac spirit of sacrifice on 25 April. This has become a sacred day to our national memories and shared story. Every year we remember all those wars and campaigns in which we have served and sacrificed – from the beaches of Gallipoli to the deserts of Iraq. Anzac Day is a time to acknowledge the Aboriginal, Torres Straight Islander and Maori peoples who valiantly served our nations in the face of discrimination. We pray for all those lives torn apart by the current conflicts in the world, and we remember all the men and women serving in the Australian and New Zealand Defense Forces. Anzac Day in 2020 will be like no other – the first time in a century where we have been unable to gather as a community at dawn. This weekend is an appropriate moment to reflect on our Anzac spirit in light of so many Australians and New Zealanders who are suffering. At dawn tomorrow you may like to join the national movement of #AnzacAtHome. At 5.55am, head to your gate or driveway with a candle or torch as Australians line the street across the country in silence to recall the Anzac spirit. The Whitefriars community gathers virtually today to celebrate Anzac Day, and you are most welcome to join in with our prayer:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor do the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Now I don’t know about you, but many of us are struggling with the demands of home learning, working, restrictions and the uncertainty around when this will all end. A colleague said to me, and I quote “I didn’t cry today, so it’s a good day!” Everyone is exhausted and it can at times be trying, but during this, there are moments of laughter, joy, togetherness and a sense of accomplishment. Whitefriars produces the In Fide is to share with families the great learning and activities taking place at the College but as this is not possible at the moment we would like you to share with us.
Please send photos through with a caption explaining the image. Please be mindful when taking the photograph to ensure that the they are appropriate in terms of clothing, hair styles, facial hair, backgrounds etc. If the photographs include family members not at Whitefriars, please ensure you have permission to share this with the College and our social media pages. Please email photographs at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org
What do we want to see?
Anything, that you think will make someone smile:
As mentioned in the Principal’s News, everyone in the Whitefriars community has been impacted by COVID-19 but our experiences vary greatly. What however has not changed, is our willingness to help each other where we can. If you are a Whitefriars family with a business that has been impacted by trading restrictions and social distancing – but you have changed your business model in order to continue during this period – please let us know. We will let the wider community know who you are and garner any support that we can.
I hope everyone is well and taking care of their loved ones and themselves during these challenging times.
The Manningham Monster Raffle tickets were sent to you earlier this year and unfortunately, they cannot be returned to school. Please be assured that you are under no obligation to sell any unsold tickets but you are required to return the unused tickets and ticket stubs by Thursday 30 April, thank you to those who have already returned theirs. Please address to:
Mrs Marie Cameron
19 Maggs Street
Doncaster East 3109
We are only making this request as our obligations, by law, state that we are required to account for all tickets sold and unsold.
Any raffle money collected may be deposited into the following account:
Whitefriars College Parents’ Association
BSB: 063 167
Account: 1010 7938
Please put your son’s given and surname as the deposit reference.
Thank you to for your continued support of Whitefriars College.
Mrs Michelle Stapelfeldt
Whitefriars Parents’ Association President
Happy Earth Day! The Sustainability and Environment Team wish to acknowledge the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday this week. It is a special global environment event that aims to raise awareness of our actions on the environment. Whitefriars College continues its waste, energy, water and biodiversity journey to ensure the College actions are for the benefits of the environment. Although the enormous challenges of climate change can seem overwhelming, simple things can help.
Want to learn more?
2040 is an award-winning documentary by Melbourne filmmaker Damon Gameau. He travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. If you have not seen this inspiring and thought-provoking film, celebrate Earth Day by watching it.
Have you been going for walks in your local area and hearing frog calls? Do you want to know what these species are? Frogs are sensitive to their ecosystems and indicate changes to water health and habitats. The Science Technology Environment at Whitefriars (STEW) Club are taking part in the Melbourne Water Frog Census activity during April. The group met via zoom yesterday to discuss the Frog Census App features and safety guidelines. Under the Covid-19 regulations one of the reasons to leave home is exercise. This is a good opportunity to get moving and become citizen scientists with your family. Remember, safety comes first (always go with family member, take care around water, avoid poor weather, wear proper clothing, wash hands afterwards, never handle animals and always take a phone).