Principal’s Corner

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff

We Will Remember Them
November 11, 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). A Remembrance Day ceremony was held at Whitefriars last Monday morning.

Prayer 

God of the living and the dead, console and encourage those for whom Remembrance Day is one of profound significance. By your grace, work in the
hearts and minds of men and women, who today are reliving the agony, courage and compassion of war service. Help all of us to honour those who
have made so great a sacrifice, yet save us from ever glorifying the evil of war. Enable us to be peacemakers.
God of the past
There is a time for everything.
Give us wisdom to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future.
God of the present
Help us to celebrate the gift of now.
Thank you for sustaining us and bringing us to this moment in our journey.
God of the future
Fill us with hope that you dwell in our midst and journey with us.

Recent Events
I convey our appreciation and thanks to all those involved in the recent successful activities:

    • Remembrance Day Ceremony
    • College Assembly
    • ‘Experience Whitefriars’ Day 2 – for Catholic primary feeder school students
    • Mother’s High Tea, held on 1 November
    • Year 7 Outdoor Learning Program Information Night
    • Ensemble Performance at Blackburn RSL
    • Music Performance at St Francis Xavier Primary School Fete
    • Year 8 ACC Debating Competition. Whitefriars finished in first place!
    • ‘Remembrance Reflections’ Installation launch at Whitehorse Manningham Libraries
    • High Performance Athletics Sessions (before school; for current students and some future Year 7 students)
    • Victorian Schools State Track and Field Championships at the Lakeside Track, Albert Park
    •  Year 7 2019 Parent Information Night
    • Year 9 Social, held 8 November

White Ribbon Day Australia – November 23
As a community, we play a vital role in standing up, speaking out and ending all forms of violence against women, setting the standard for acceptable behaviour.

At the College Assembly, I shared the following words: “If we can teach children from a young age about respect, this will transpire through the ages. If we can set the standard for respectful behaviour and gender equality in the community, at home and in the workplace, we can eliminate violence against women and children. We do this by standing up, speaking out and acting when it comes to violence against women. Together we can intervene and prevent violence against women and children in our community.”

Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention campaign, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community. White Ribbon is committed to building an Australian community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

More information about White Ribbon and related matters can be obtained from the website: whiteribbon.org.au

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

Student Leaders
The Special Blessing and Commissioning of 2019 Student Leaders took place at the College Assembly on Wednesday 14 November. Congratulations to all those appointed and we wish them every success in their roles. Not only the student leaders, but, in fact, all students are commissioned to fulfil responsibilities to the best of their ability, supporting our wonderful College in all that they do. They are encouraged by helpful hints such as: be who you are and say what you feel; it is courage that counts; if you are distracted, guide your mind back to what you’re doing; every story you’ve connected with, every little accomplishment and every positive encounter is the result of taking action; set high standards; work hard to achieve them; be a messenger of peace.

2019 – Start of School Year – Term 1

  • Monday 21 January College Office opens
  • Monday 28 January Holiday for Australia Day. College closed.
  •  Tuesday 29 January Staff return
  • Thursday 31 January Year 7, 12 return
  • Friday 1 February Year 8, 9, 10, 11 return

Almae In Fide Parentis
Mr Anthony Kirley

November 1, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff Congratulations to the Year 12 Class of 2018 The Valete Mass and Valedictory Dinner were held last Thursday evening – a tremendous, celebratory occasion for the College. The Mass was held at the Cathedral and the Dinner at The Sofitel. Congratulations to our Year

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October 23, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff Welcome to Term Four. I hope everyone had a restful and safe break. It already seems so long ago! The term has definitely started with an abundance of activity and energy and Year 12 classes have now completed. Their last day is today, Friday

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September 21, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff Our Lady of Mount Carmel Day Feast Day Another wonderful ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast Day’ was celebrated on Friday 14 September, in glorious weather. Mass The day began with the celebration of the Masses by Fr Paul Cahill and Fr Paul Sireh,

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September 10, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff College Assembly The College Assembly was held on Thursday 30 August, celebrating achievement, participation and the ‘life’ of the College in Semester One. As part of the Principal’s address, students were asked to reflect on reasons driving their motivation for learning and to consider

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August 29, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians, Families, Students and Staff The Father’s Day Breakfast took place this morning in the new Functions Centre. Thank you to the guest speaker, Professor John Seymour, Director: Cancer Medicine; Director: Department Of Haematology; Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; and an Old Collegian. Special thanks to the Dad’s of Whitefriars

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