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Monash University Scholars 2020

November 12th, 2020

Congratulations to Evan O’Connor, Jacob O’Brien and Benjamin Smith for being awarded the Whitefriars Monash Scholars for 2020. Monash Scholars is a prestigious program for high achieving secondary school students. The program is offered by Monash University to give high potential students a unique headstart into university life. It provides opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as, giving students the knowledge, skills and confidence to make the right study choices. It also enables them to expand their network of like-minded peers.

From the Principal – On holiness

November 11th, 2020

Dear members of the Whitefriars College Family,

Recently in our Liturgical Calendar, 1 November to be exact, we celebrated the feast of all Saint. This is a day on which we celebrate the lives of all our loved ones who are now resting in the palm of Gods hand. The name saint not only refers to those who have been officially given the title by the Church but to anyone who has led a good and holy life. Pope Francis tells us that to be saints is not a privilege for the few but a vocation for everyone. He goes further to say that holiness is not only for those who spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living lives with love and bearing witness in everything we do.

When I first hear the word ‘holiness’, I think of the holy cards we used to get as children with images of halo covered saints looking up to heaven. These images are important, but to a little boy they made the idea of holiness look impossible to attain. Pope Benedict XVI tells me that Holiness does not consist in not making mistakes or never sinning. Holiness grows with the capacity for conversion, repentance, willingness to being again, and above all the capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness. In simple terms, therefore to be ‘holy’ or ‘saintly’ means to strive to be the best version of myself that I can be.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have bared witness to many Whitefriars boys who have been engaged in holy pursuits, to become the best version of themselves. At our Year 12 farewell evening attended by our Year 12 students and their families via zoom we celebrated a group of young men who have overcome great adversity during this very challenging year. Young men who kept their eye on the ball and who focussed on the things they could control rather than those beyond their influence. We celebrated the efforts and achievements of all our young men, as well as recognising some individual students who had demonstrated extraordinary effort in achieving above and beyond expectations. Below you will find the citations for three of the most significant awards offered by the College to graduating students.

Last week, we further celebrated the gifts and talents of our senior students and our annual Visual Arts and Design Exhibition. I have been very fortunate this year to have observed the development of some of the great work which is on display at our exhibition. It has been inspiring to hear the boys speak about their work, to hear the stories behind it and the many difficulties and problems which they have encountered and solved along the way. It is often the story behind the work, which is as important and powerful as the work itself. This year’s story for our senior Studio Arts, Product Design, Media and Visual Communication students has been one of adversity, obstacle and set back. It has been one too of resilience, grit and triumph against the odds.

I would like to congratulate each of our Visual Arts students on the determination they have shown and the ‘never say die’ attitude that has seen them complete some of the most mature and skilled work I have seen under the most difficult of conditions.

This week, our Year 12 students commenced their final VCE examinations. I am sure you will join me in prayerful support for these young men as they apply all they have learnt throughout this extraordinary year to these tasks over the next couple of weeks.

To attain holiness does not rest solely in the achievement of great things, it is also about how we live in the day to day. It was St. Therese of Lisieux who I believe hit the mark about holiness when she said that we should do little things but do them with great love. Since the return of all our students and staff, I have seen small acts of kindness and generosity that demonstrate that many in community are well on the path to holiness, to becoming the best versions of themselves.



Principals Award

This is an occasional award, which may be presented to a Year 12 student who has achieved commendably in Year 12 in spite of some particular and special hardships, which he has had to contend with throughout the year.

There are not many people who can say that they will leave an impression on a school which will stand long after they have left. Only people who have truly inspired others, who have achieved great things, who have the respect and admiration of their peers, who have overcome challenges beyond anything we can fully appreciate can possibly achieve this lofty status.

There is definitely such a person among the class of 2020. That person is Ben Bugeja. Ben is not a man who is defined by his physical limitations, he transcends them. He has participated more fully in every aspect of school life than most. He is a constant presence in our midst, always doing all he can to support his community. St. Therese of Lisieux said that we should do little things but do them with great love. There is no doubt that Ben loves his school and he loves his mates. He has spent the past six years doing a million little things, motivated by a deep love for this College. Whether it be through his role as a great Leader of Mantua House or assisting Year 7s to feel safe and welcome, or being present at out of hours events or simply being there for a friend in need, Ben has done all these things with love. His House Leader Murray Prior describes him as being someone who stubbornly perseveres and who is his own harshest critic, always striving to be better than he was before. Ben has not only taken the road less travelled, he has carved out a new one. One which I know others will be inspired to follow.

Congratulations Ben on six years of effort and achievement here at Whitefriars. This school is all the better for having you here.


The Father Noel Kierce Award

This award is named for Father Noel Kierce, Educator, Principal, Chaplain and friend to all in the Whitefriars community. A man who was the exemplar and essence of the Carmelite spirit in our school for over 35 years. This award is presented to a student who, over his time at the College has demonstrated personal growth and maturity, embodied the Whitefriars Spirit of looking after one another, had a significant involvement in artistic or sporting pursuits, shown endeavour “above and beyond” in some capacity and been actively involved in the wider College community.

The recipient of this award has embodied these qualities and attributes. He has been a student who has engaged in many aspects of College life, excelling particularly on the sporting field where he has not only demonstrated great skill and endeavour, but has been an exemplar of sportsmanship and leadership both on and off the field. This young man has also thrown himself into his studies with great energy and enthusiasm, achieving academic excellence and enrichment awards during his time at Whitefriars, along with academic half colours. He has also achieved a WOCA award in 2015, along with the Charlie Milesi award. This young man is a natural leader who enjoys the confidence of his peers and has held a number of important leadership roles in our College. In his endorsement, this young man’s House Leader said he lives out the Carmelite Charism in the way he carries himself at the College and in the broader community. He has consistently been a strong role model to students at all year levels and is admired and respected by all for his service to the College and his exceptional character. This year this young man took on a senior student leadership role with the same passion, generosity and positivity he has embraced all other aspects of school’s life. He has given of himself time and time again, without thought for his own needs, in particular attending a number night time zoom meetings with prospective families to provide to speak of his authentic and genuine love of Whitefriars College.

It is my great pleasure this evening to announce the recipient of the Father Noel Kierce award is Toby Brown.



Fr Frank Shortis Award

Fr Frank Shortis was Carmelite Priest who was the founder of our great school almost 60 years. Fr Shortis was a giant of education and a great Carmelite without whose courage and vision Whitefriars would not exist. This award goes to a student who, over his time at the College, has consistently embodied, exhibited and promoted the spirit and ethos of Whitefriars in his conduct and relationships – both within and beyond the College Community.

The recipient of this year’s award is a young man who, since arriving at Whitefriars has demonstrated a maturity beyond his years and has consistently embodied the ethos of the College in all that he does. When this young man speaks, everyone sits up and listens. This young man has a very strong moral compass which guides him through life and is closely aligned with our Carmelite ethos founded in contemplation, community and service. He goes about his business quietly forming relationship after relationship with peers and staff with a reputation for reliability, honesty and loyalty.

He has been a consistently strong supporter of his House and particularly his House charity both in the College and in the wider community. His House Leader describes him as a young man of conviction and integrity and most importantly, he is the epitome of the gentle man with the consistent ability to show genuine empathy towards others.

The list of awards and accolades this young man has achieved is too numerous to mention. Suffice to say, they have covered sport, academia, leadership and social justice over the full six years of his time at Whitefriars.

This is a man has led our College in 2020 with distinction, maturity and most of all a deep love of this school and his mates. It is my distinct pleasure to award the 2020 Fr Frank Shortis award to Alex Dunmill.

Farewell Class of 2020

November 11th, 2020

In what can only be described as an unprecedented year, the Year 12s of 2020 have almost closed the chapter on their Whitefriars story. In a year usually reserved for significant milestones, they have faced many disappointments and challenges both at school and beyond. In life, it is not the situations we face which define us; it is the way we choose to respond. I was inspired by the resilience and ‘get on with it’ spirit the Class of 2020 showed throughout the year. They chose not to let the factors beyond their control sour their year. Instead, they kept bouncing back, moving forward with courage and a gentle spirit which will be the legacy of the Class of 2020.

As I walked around the yard on the student’s final day of classes, I saw the incredible bonds of friendship which had been forged over their time at school and even though many of the significant Year 12 moments in time did not occur this year, this brotherhood will endure and can never be taken away.

Below is an exert from Alex Dunmill’s College Captain address to his cohort on their final day:

‘The years passed as we grew into our blazers, we demanded top lockers and found our place in the school. Sports, plays, classes, exams, and the standard day – they all helped mould us into the people we are today. Each of our stories will be different and I know I am not capable of giving a speech that resonates with each of your memories here. However, they all share the underlying theme of brotherhood, that despite our differences, we are all Whitefriars boys.

At the end of the day, we all support each other. I have seen that this year in the way that despite our separation, we are closer than ever. We have gone through this as a group, and we have come out with a special bond that only the Class of 2020 will understand. One thing that was always repeated to us each year was to never make light of the opportunities that are offered at this school. Our time here is limited. In less than two hours we are done. We take that last trip out those gates. In roughly a month, our VCE journey will be over. I hope that as our time here runs out, we can all say we made the most of our six years. That we took on every challenge, that we tried every new idea that sparked our interest, and that we placed our mark on the College. Although the sand in the clock has almost run out, that does not mean that our connection here ceases to exist. As I said last night, Whitefriars will always be a special place. Equally, Whitefriars will always be our place. What we have done here will last on in our memories, and in the mates that surround us all today.

Finally, to the boys. The Class of 2020. At times, like all brothers do, you’ve made me want to pull my hair out. But every little thing I may have got worked up over always pales in comparison to the love I have for all of you. That may sound weird to hear that – maybe not from me particularly – but I genuinely love all of you. I have loved the time I have spent with you all and I will always wish for the best in all that you do in the years to come.’

These stirring words from a young man who has led his community so well was a fitting way to say farewell. However, Whitefriars is a home – to those who are currently here and to those who have gone before. I wish all the students well with their exams and remember; once a ‘Friar, always a ‘Friar.



Mr Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students



2020 Language Perfect World Championship Competition

November 11th, 2020

A Whitefriars education aims to assist students taking their place in a contemporary global society as valued individuals, alive with the wisdom of the Gospel. Our boy’s have needed to draw on their sense of social justice, service and an understanding of the common good throughout 2020 as they reflect and contemplate information pertaining to COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter movement, the US Presidential election process and the recent Remembrance Day. Such events develop an understanding and compassion for others. Learning in the classroom, at home and in the community provides us with the spiritual, intellectual and social experiences that helps each young man contribute to a just and sustainable world.


2020 Language Perfect World Championship Competition

On Friday 30 October, after months of remote learning of Languages in the Home Learning Program, we were able to celebrate our winners of the Language Perfect World Championship Competition. The Education Perfect Languages Championship is a 7-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Languages. With approximately 200,000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire our students’ language learning while they compete on a global scale. By answering questions correctly, students receive points which go towards awards and prizes. Our global ranking this year was 315th out of 2,155 schools. Whitefriars came 243rd overall in Australia out of 1,454 schools and 71st overall in Victoria our of 330 schools.

Congratulations to the four winners of the Whitefriars Language Perfect Championship 2020:

1st Elian Deeb Year 7 Indonesian Emerald 5,008 points
2nd Daniel Triffett Year 10 Indonesian Gold 4,658 points
3rd Samuel Ng Year 8 Indonesian Gold 3,673 points
4th Zac Westwood Year 8 Italian Gold 3,040 points


We also congratulate the following certificate award winners:

Amin Khatibi-Yekta Year 9 Chinese Silver 2,779 points
Marc Cordeiro Year 10 Indonesian Bronze 1,765 points
Lukas Mallios Year 8 Italian Bronze 1,529 points
Daniel Kilkenny Year 8 Indonesian Bronze 1,044 points
Henry Fyfe Year 9 Italian Bronze 1,028 points
Bailey Wallace Year 8 Italian Credit 707 points
Jacob O’Brien Year 10 Indonesian Credit 649 points
Louis Wade Year 10 Indonesian Credit 632 points
Ethan Downie Year 9 Indonesian Credit 506 points


Mr Mark Ashmore

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

Roger Luo selected for G&T summer program

November 11th, 2020

The National Mathematics Summer School (NMSS) is held annually every year. This is a selective camp that caters for students from all over Australian who are in Year 11. It is a two-week ‘gifted and talented’ program designed for students who not only enjoy Mathematics but who are also very mathematically able.

Topics range from number theory through to chaos and topology. Selection for NMSS is based on MAV tests designed to find whether you can use what you know mathematically in creative ways to solve unfamiliar problems.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Roger Luo (Year 11) has been invited to participate in National Mathematics Summer School for 2021. Roger sat the selection test in August and was recently notified that he had been offered a place in the ‘gifted and talented’ program which is restricted to 75 students nationally. This is a wonderful achievement and due recognition for the work Roger has put into his mathematics at the college. It should be mentioned that Ms Liz Moloney, Roger’s Teacher, has been supporting and mentoring him throughout this process.

I wish Roger all the very best in the summer program. The summer school program runs from 13 to 20 January 2021.


From the Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

October 30th, 2020

Celebrating on-site learning

Over the past fortnight, staff have welcomed back our Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students. There was a sense of hope and optimism as students reconnected with one another and their teachers.

Learning in the classroom has focussed on opportunities for students to discuss issues, collaborate and share their viewpoints and undertake practical lessons. Application of theory learnt during the Home Learning Program is now being applied with practical classes occurring in Health and Physical Education, Drama, Music, Visual Arts and Science & Technologies.


Year 12s – Thank you, congratulations and good luck

Our Year 12s, whilst sharing moments of nostalgia and an opportunity to play ‘downball’ for their final week of school, have continued to show an unwavering commitment to their studies.

Preparations are underway for the final examinations, with teacher feedback being received by students from the VCE Trial Examination.  Practice questions and essays shared with teachers and collaborative discussions about learning is happening in class and the Academic Study Centre after school.

Meanwhile, our VCAL students are now actually having the chance to exhibit the applied learning pathway they choose some 12 months ago. Completion of VET studies, the practical component of their Public Safety Firefighting course and their final projects have been the focus during Term 4.

Congratulations to our Year 12 students for their commitment to their studies during the past 6 years. The College community wishes them all the best for their upcoming examinations and transition to further study or work.


Connection, Purpose and Performance Mindset – Ben Crowe

Old Collegian Ben Crowe, professional mentor and leadership coach who has helped the success of the Richmond Football Club and Ash Barty, recently spoke to our Year 12 students as part of preparations for their examinations. Year 12s, and all learners in our community, can use Ben’s strategies to connect, find purpose and develop a performance mindset:

  1. Connection


  1. Purpose


  1. Performance Mindset


ACC Chess

Congratulations to our Chess team, who throughout 2020 have represented the College in ACC, regional and most recently the State Championships. The effort to train to develop strategies and then execute these skills under competition has been outstanding. I congratulate Jayden Bardrick for his leadership and Mrs Rhonda Powling for facilitating the learning opportunity for the students.


Visual Arts Exhibition

The Whitefriars Visual Arts Exhibition is a highlight during any given year. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions, the exhibition is reverting to a virtual gallery. Students are having their art pieces curated in readiness for the exhibition that will be launched next Friday 6 November. Despite the challenge of undertaking the practical elements within Media, Product Design Technology, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design, the students have developed wonderful art pieces that will engage their audience. Thank you to Visual Arts Captain Andrea Sticca, Ms Georgia Madden (Visual Arts Learning Leader) and our amazing Visual Arts staff.


Mr Mark Ashmore

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

From the Principal – Restoring the balance

October 29th, 2020

Dear members of the Whitefriars College Family,

It is with great excitement that I write to you this week as our Year 8, 9 and 10 students return following the longest absence of students from school in the history of education in this country.

It is moments such as this when it is good to take a breath, reflect and give thanks for all that our community has achieved through this extraordinary time. I am immensely proud of everyone in our Whitefriars family who has adapted to a situation, none of us could possibly have imagined, with such agility and flexibility. More than this, our community has behaved with grace, generosity and a willing sense of community knowing that it is our unity that will most successfully see us through this time.

There are times though, I must admit, where our present situation leads me to feelings of frustration and even dejectedness when I see the impact this pandemic has had on families and staff and on the wellbeing of our fine young men. It is easy in these moments for this frustration to boil over as we have seen in recent times. I think it’s because this present moment has caused us all to feel off-balance. Things just aren’t the way they should be.

The gospel reading for the Sunday on which I am writing this article (30th Sunday of Ordinary time) is a timely reminder to me about how I should approach the state of affairs in which we find ourselves. To restore the balance in my life, even if I can’t change the situation.

In this story from Matthew, Jesus is challenged by the leaders of the day to answer the question – which is the greatest of the commandments? Now of course these leaders had their own motivations for asking the question. In a sense they were attempting to throw Jesus off balance.

Jesus response is as simple as it is profound.

‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.’

Through this simple phrase, Jesus restores the balance. Even more than this he provides us with a signpost as to how we should live our lives particularly in these most troubling of times. When in doubt, love. When all else fails, love. It’s not as difficult as it sounds.

I have witnessed great acts of love in our community over these many months of disruption. Seeing how our returning students have supported the COVID safe measures our College has put in place for the safety of all. Observing staff working harder than they have ever worked before to provide the best learning opportunities possible under these conditions. Reading emails of encouragement and gratitude from parents. These simple examples of love are among the many I have observed which have helped to restore the balance.

The latest Carmelite Communication puts it far better than I could…

Love of God and love of neighbour belong together as two parts of the same whole. It means that true faith, as Jesus teaches it, is about being in loving relationship with God and other human beings.
The Kingdom of God is not some far off place, but the moments when God’s life breaks into the human story usually through the good, healing, loving words and actions of human beings. Those moments bring love, wisdom, grace, compassion, generosity, forgiveness and peace into our lives.
That is who we are called to be and what we are called to do.

I couldn’t agree more!


Cultural Diversity week

I would like to thank Ms Kelly Hoinville for her work in presenting this year’s Cultural Diversity Day. The boys appreciated the various activities including the Kahoot and Cooking competition and the chance to dress up for the cultural free dress contest. Thanks Kelly for your innovative and creative approach under special circumstances.


State Chess Competition

Congratulations to our highly talented chess team who on Friday finished 9th in the State Chess Championships. Mr Ashley Payne told us that it was great to see so many new players getting tournament experience; this should bode well for future years. A wonderful finish to what has been a very successful season of chess this year.

Congratulations Ms Powling, Jayden (Chess Captain) and the chess team!


Mr Mark Murphy




College Captains 2021

October 29th, 2020

Student leadership holds a very special place in the fabric of Whitefriars College. We want our young men to work in partnership with us to continue to grow the culture of community, prayer and service. After an extensive process including a 5-week leadership formation, speeches to their cohort and interview, it is with great pleasure that I announce the College Captains for 2021.


College Captain

Charlie Schroder

“I feel an immense sense of privilege and honour in being elected for the position of 2021 college captain, and I am excited to act in my full capacity as a leader in the community; and to see what next year may bring.”

College Vice-Captain

Baxter House

“I am ecstatic and honoured to take on this role alongside Charlie and Alex, and I am looking forward to the year ahead for the Whitefriars’ students and staff to be able to unite in person and focus on fostering a collective community.”

College Vice-Captain

Alexander Pisotek

“I look forward to building on the success of the previous captains and the opportunity to dedicate my service to a school and community I love to be a part of.”

Throughout the student leadership process, each of these young men spoke about giving back to their school which has given them so much. Their passion and commitment to their school is of the highest order and I have no doubt that they will make Whitefriars an even greater place of learning, faith and service.


Mr Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students

Science Enrichment 2020

October 29th, 2020

This year, students in Yrs. 7-10 had the opportunity to participate in the annual ICAS Science Competition for 2020 online. The participation in the competition was high despite the changed circumstances due to COVID-19. Organized and coordinated by Dr Stephen Goodall (Science Enrichment), the ICAS Science competition is skill-based and includes subject contexts of Earth and Beyond, Energy and Change, Life and Living, Natural and Processed Materials and assesses skills in interpreting data, applying data and higher order skills.

I am pleased to announce that the results for this competition were excellent with a number of students receiving a distinction award. A summary of results are presented below. Well done boys!

Year Level Student Score Awards
7 Zander Downie 28 Credit
7 Jonathan Katos 33 Distinction
7 Julian Pruscino 35 Distinction
8 Lucas Ficarra 22 Merit
8 Pasindu Ganegoda 18 Participation
8 Samuel Lochner 22 Merit
8 James Palumbo 24 Credit
8 Dathen Seneviratne 37 High Distinction
9 Amin Khatibi Yekta 14 Participation
9 Lukas Mallios 29 Credit
9 Aidan Mayorkinos 17 Participation
10 David Dunlop 30 Distinction
10 Damien Hall 19 Participation


ICAS Digital Technologies Competition

In Term 3, students in Yrs. 7-10 had the opportunity to participate in the annual ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) Digital Technologies Competition for 2020 albeit in slightly different circumstances. Coordinated by Dr Stephen Goodall (Science Enrichment), the ICAS Digital Technologies competition assesses skills and knowledge in the areas of databases, graphics, multimedia, operating systems & computer hardware and programming. Results are now available and I am pleased to announce some fantastic performances. Of particular note was the outstanding performance of Dathen Seneviratne of Year 8. His score of 36/45 not only placed him in the top 1% of all participants; this is a wonderful achievement for Dathen and due recognition for his on-going endeavor in the field of Digital Technologies at the College.  A summary of the results are provided below.


Year Level Student Score Awards
7 Zander Downie 25 Participation
8 Lucas Ficarra 34 Distinction
8 Pasindu Ganegoda 27 Credit
8 James Palumbo 22 Participation
8 Dathen Seneviratne 36 High Distinction
9 Amin Khatibi Yekta 20 Participation
9 Lukas Mallios 25 Participation
10 Cole Anastasiou 33 Credit
10 David Dunlop 28 Merit
10 Carlin Thapliyal 34 Distinction


Mr Ashley Payne

Learning Leader – Academic Enrichment and Data

ICAS English Competition Results 2020

October 29th, 2020

In Term 3, a number of keen and motivated Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 English students competed in The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English Competition online. The competition was designed to challenge and extend students in key areas of reading, sentence structure and vocabulary.

I am pleased to announce that the results for this competition were credible across all year levels. Results are presented below. Of particular note was Dathen Seneviratne and Julian Pruscino who both received Distinction; a commendable effort.

I would like to thank Mr James Smith for his organization and coordination of this initiative and Mr Andrew Wight for his support of the Enrichment Program more broadly. Well done boys! Certificates will be presented to those below shortly.

Year Level Student Score Award
7 Julian Pruscino 45 Distinction
8 Dathen Seneviratne 44 Distinction
8 Brayden Mate 29 Participation
8 Pasindu Ganegoda 28 Participation
8 James Palumbo 25 Participation
8 Lucas Ficarra 28 Participation
8 Lukas Mallios 34 Credit
9 Amin Khatibi Yekta 25 Merit
9 Alastair Capell 18 Participation
10 Damien Hall 10 Participation


Mr Ashley Payne

Learning Leader – Academic Enrichment and Data

Ben Crowe speaks to Year 12s

October 29th, 2020

On Friday 16 October, Year 12 students, their parents and teaching staff were fortunate to be given a presentation from Ben Crowe. Ben is the Whitefriars School Captain 1986 and current Performance and Mindset Coach for the likes of Ash Barty, the Richmond FC, the Australian Cricket Team, and guest speaker for many big businesses and corporations, having previously been involved in sports marketing at Nike and his own companies, Gemba and Unscriptd. Ben is a very highly regarded and popular speaker around Australia and globally (his interview on SEN is that radio station’s most downloaded interview). He’s not just interested in sports though; he was a Literature/Arts student at school & university and a lot of what he’s currently doing with his new company, mojocrowe is based on those studies. Ben gave a very entertaining and informative talk on Performance Mindset – so basically getting the Year 12s into the right frame of mind to do their best in their upcoming VCE exams and also in other areas of their lives. His key points ranged from starting each day well (‘win the morning and win the day’), having a mantra to get inspired, focusing on what can be controlled in life, having perspective and having a positive mindset. The talk was very inspiring and enjoyed by all. We thank Ben for graciously giving of his time and talents free of charge to support our Year 12s.

His Instagram page is @mojocrowe


Joe Mutimer scores US Basketball scholarship

October 29th, 2020

In the midst lockdown, Joe Mutimer (Class of 2019) fulfilled his life long dream of heading to the US on a basketball scholarship. Joe represented Whitefriars College from 2014-19 and was an integral part of our basketball program including ACC premierships, Australian Championships and twice being named in the ACC team of the year. Joe also represented Nunawading Spectres and Victoria and from these roots spawned the dream to play basketball in the US.

Joe accepted a scholarship at St. Cloud State, a Division 2 College in Minnesota (about 100km NW of Minneapolis). St Cloud plays in the NSIC conference against teams as far away as Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Joe travelled to the US in September and after enduring a quarantine period commenced training in early October. The St. Cloud State “Huskies” had a successful season last year and are looking to build upon their recent performances. With team mates from around the world, Joe is a Freshman guard who is living his dream despite the Covid 19 world we live in.

All the Whitefriars College community celebrate with Joe and commend him on achieving a scholarship in the US.



Mr Andrew Worner

en English