Semester One was jam packed with incredible student achievements on the sporting field, in the classroom and on the stage. This is a true reflection of the diverse and balanced education at Whitefriars. The following achievements were acknowledged at our recent whole school assembly:
Four Whitefriars boys were selected to represent the ACC in the Victorian School Association Swimming Championships – Evan Chee, Justin Botha, Aidan Gleeson and Jack Gurrie. The ACC finished 6th out of all the 14 other associations competing. At the meet, Evan achieved two 3rd placings and one 2nd placing while Aidan achieved one 3rd placing.
Evan Chee and Jack Gurrie both competed in the Australian Age Swimming Championships in April. Evan competed in 26 races over the 6 days and some of his outstanding results are as follows: Gold in the 400m Individual Medley and 400min the Individual Freestyle, Silver in the 200m Freestyle, Bronze in the 200m Backstroke, 200m individual medley and 4x50m medley, 4th in the 100m Butterfly and 5th in the 200m Breaststroke and 4x50m Freestyle relay. Jack’s achievements were also outstanding and his Australian rankings of 6th 200m Breaststroke, 8th 400m Individual Medley, 10th 50m Breaststroke, 14th 200m Individual Medley and 15th 100m Breaststroke are testament to his skill, hard work and dedication.
We also had a number of Senior students selected in the Senior ACC Team of the Year in their chosen sports: Max McLean, Jack Davidson and Kinnan Asdagi for Cricket, Blake Reardon for Tennis and Erald Mercini for Volleyball.
A number of students competed in the Monash University Business School Beyond Business Challenge. A team of five Whitefriars students took out 1st place: Blake Ritchie, Nick Alonso, Lachlan Barr, Finn Payne and Spiro Damatopoulos.
Daniel Borg (Year 11) and Jayden Bardrick (Year 11) achieved a Distinction on this year’s Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition run by the Australian Maths Trust. This is a one-hour competition where students solve real-world problem, which are designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking. Daniel and Jayden scored 14 correct answers out of 15 putting them in the top 6th percentile of the competition.
The Plain English Speaking Award is a competition conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and is held across the state. The regional event is the first stage and was held at Aquinas College with students from Yarra Valley Grammar, East Doncaster Secondary College and Box Hill Secondary College. Congratulations to Jack Davidson (Year 11) who finished second.
Christian Dietzsch achieved second place in Victorian Indonesian Oral Language Competition.
Our Choir, Senior Band and Drumline were once again invited to represent the College at three ANZAC Services: the College Service, the Templestowe Schools Service and the Templestowe RSL Memorial Service, where they performed as an integral part of the commemorations.
At the Generations In Jazz Festival in Mount Gambier, our Big Band, senior vocal group ‘The Rolling Tones’, Jazz Combo and Monsterchops represented the College in three days of competition, performance and workshops. Generations in Jazz is an internationally recognised festival showcasing some incredible student and professional talent from around the globe.
Also, the VCE Theatre Studies class presented their production of ‘The Real Inspector Hound’. This production was entirely directed, performed, designed and constructed by the Theatre Studies boys.