I am looking forward to representing Whitefriars as College Captain. I can say with confidence that the wider student leadership group will continue to build on the work of previous Captains. I look forward to working alongside College Vice Captains Adrian De Saram and Toby Brown, and assisting with the work of Middle Years Captain Landen Cooper, and Vice Captains Joel Savy and Amin Yekta. Whitefriars College, House, sport and activity leaders will strive to act as servant leaders representing the College and fellow students.
It is without a doubt that Whitefriars College has moulded me into the person I am. Before starting at Whitefriars, my older brother would talk about his ‘family of brothers’ and I know now, that life at Whitefriars is about so much more than just an education. The ever-present mantra of being ‘Gentle Men’ speaks to the College’s purpose of shaping us into thoughtful, caring and knowledgeable young men. It reminds us to value the unique strengths and aspects of each other; to actively participate in sports, visual arts, performing arts and academic programs to learn more about ourselves; to Belong, Believe, Become.
My goal this year is to not look too far ahead and to remind my Year 12 peers not to become too focused on exam marks, end of year results and ‘where we’re going’. Over my years, I have heard many student leaders iterate that we should try to never miss opportunities; that the worst thing we can do is walk out the of the gate wishing we had tried something else. Now at the helm, I ask you to ‘seize the day’ and make the most of this time now. Our Year 12 cohort will be the first to graduate in a new decade. For the Class of 2020, the road ahead will undoubtedly contain its struggles and stresses but, I have no doubt, sit alongside many joys and the strengthening of friendships.
I am less than a year off completing a journey that some never do. Around the world, there are children who cannot easily access education. Even in Australia, not all students have access to a wealth of subjects, a campus of bushland, Pastoral Care systems and immersion trips to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Timor-Leste, where we can witness first-hand the difference that opportunities and support can make. Our education shows us not only that we are incredibly lucky but that we have an opportunity to do something to help those less fortunate.
To the students of Whitefriars College, make the most of your time here. Work hard but also enjoy it. To the new Year 7s, welcome. As the year progresses, I know you will find your place. To all the staff, families, old Collegians and the wider community, who help each and every one of us flourish, I wish you best for your year ahead. Thank you for your constant support.
Almae In Fide Parentis
“The Whitefriars College community provided me with an atmosphere of belonging and trust between student and teacher. I learnt the value of knowledge and was nurtured and supported to believe I could become the person I wanted to be.”Dr Leon Malzinskas – Medical Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Western Australia (Class of 1974)