From the Principal – Hope

Dear members of the Whitefriars College Family,

This week our College came together to reflect and pray on the meaning of Easter in our lives at our annual Easter Liturgical Celebration. The recurring theme which emerged from this celebration was one of hope. There is no doubt that our world is currently consumed with feelings of hopelessness. We crave good news stories that inspire hope in our lives. The Good news of our Easter story is that God Loved the world so much that he sent his son Jesus to be hope for the world. Jesus’ love for us was so great that he gave his life for us and was raised from the dead to give us hope and new life and to inspire us to be hope for others.

I am very blessed to be the Principal of Whitefriars College, where I get a front row seat every day to the hope that is displayed and exemplified by so many. This term alone, I have been inspired by the hope-filled acts of so many people in the Whitefriars family. Some of these actions have included…

  • Our Senior boys making our newest Year 7 boys feel welcome and safe at school in their earliest days here.
  • Students who present with great respect, prayerfulness and reverence at College liturgical events.
  • Student leaders who have taken their role of leading and co-creating very seriously and have already provided many opportunities to bring our community together and connect with one another.
  • Our Parents’ Association who give us hope through their generous and supportive presence at House Gathering nights, Open Day and social events, to name a few.
  • Students who have joined in the spirit of all the incredible activities offered throughout the term and given of their time and talent for the benefit of everyone. Such opportunities as House Athletics and Swimming, Leadership Development programs, ACC sport, the arts, lunchtime clubs, etc. have helped to connect our boys to school and to one another and assisted them to find ‘their people’.
  • Students who have dedicated themselves to supporting families as they discern the future of their child’s education through participation at Open Day and leading Open Morning Tours.
  • The dedicated staff of our College who have brought hope to Whitefriars through their commitment and hard work, creativity, skill, and their single-minded dedication to our students.

Most importantly, I have been filled with hope when I see young men wrapping their collective arms around a mate when he is doing it tough, particularly in moments of grief and loss, in its’ many and varied ways.

This is the hope of Easter, and we at Whitefriars are Easter people.

I wish you all the blessings of Easter and thank each of you, students, parents and staff  for being wonderful examples of hope in our community.


Mr Mark Murphy