Principal’s Corner

Welcome to Term 3

Reflection
The world really is a small place! People of all ages share the same wishes for opportunity, inclusiveness, hope, freedom and peace:
The Christian Faith that informs our existence is much more than teaching a particular creed or implementing a set of rituals. It is a commitment to teaching about living life to the full – with Knowledge, with Wisdom, with Compassion, with Love, with Justice, with Freedom and with Faith in the future.

Together we make the difference in each other’s lives.
Together we relate the stories that bind us all,
We strive for a better world,
dignity of all,
wanting to be reconciled,
stand together as one.

Church Feast Days
The Transfiguration of the Lord – August 6
‘Before the eyes of his disciples, Jesus didn’t glow, he “shone like the sun”. He was filled to overflowing with the Light; so lit up that even others could see it. As he spoke, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, ‘This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’ (Lk 9: 34-35)

St Mary of the Cross – August 8

God of the pilgrim
St Mary MacKillop trusted your guidance in her journey of life
and deepened her confidence in your will.
May we renew our trust in your Providence to lead us in hope.
May we relish the sacred in the ordinariness of our lives.
May we grow in the fullness of your love
and the depth of your mystery.

 

A New Beginning
Belatedly, I say ‘welcome back to Term 3’ to you all. I trust that the holidays were relaxing times for you and that the usual routines have started positively for each person. Semester Two is well under way and our Whitefriars young men are continually encouraged to take all the opportunities presented to them, and, to create opportunities for their own learning too! Engaging, challenging and enjoyable work begins in our learning spaces, as we strive to help the learner:

  • communicate about their learning; our learning
  • reflect on the ways that they learn best
  • develop ways to check their progress and set goals directed at constant improvement
  • listen to, and understand, the learning intentions explained for each lesson
  • measure their learning success
  • celebrate their achievements.

Science and Technology Centre – Blessing and Official Opening
Whitefriars College celebrated a very proud and significant occasion on Wednesday 1 August, with the Blessing and Official Opening of the Science and Technology Centre. The celebrant for the Blessing Liturgy was Fr Paul Cahill O. Carm. (Provincial Prior) and Fr Paul also had the honour of unveiling the plaque and declaring the new centre ‘open’. A full report of the Blessing and Opening will appear in the next edition of In Fide, acknowledging the participation and commitment of many to this project and to those who played important roles at the Blessing and Opening. Classes have been held in the new Centre since June, to the delight, excitement and appreciation of the boys and the staff.

International Student Program
Whitefriars College would like to advise you of the appointment of Mr Tony Thio as the Whitefriars International Student Program Leader as of July 2018.Tony has been a member of the College community for the past five years as a Chinese Language and English Teacher. Tony has also been the Learning Leader of Languages for the past two years.

As a previous International Student himself, Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this revised role. We wish Tony well in his new role as ISP Leader.

Professional Learning
I recently attended two very rewarding and beneficial professional learning events:

  • National Catholic Secondary Principals Conference (CaSPA) – Leading in Diverse Times;
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) Conference – inspiring keynote, plenary sessions and interactive sessions based on the latest research and practice in education. Mr Mark Ashmore (DP Learning & Teaching), Mick Lafferty (DP Students) and Gabrielle Dalton (Executive Assistant to the Principal) also attended.

The College Leadership Team will now be reflecting on key learnings from these events and a report will be shared with College community in the weeks ahead.

Bereavements
We ask that you keep the following families in your thoughts and prayers on their recent loss of loved ones.
Sean Blower Year 8 Mantua, Owen Terrill Year 7 Trinity and Daniel Karanicolos Year 12 Soreth who all lost their Grandfathers recently, Ryan MacPherson Year 10 Soreth and John Murphy Year 10 Corsini on the loss of their Grandmothers and Basil Cristiano Year 9 Soreth on the passing of his Uncle. The Scanlon family on the sudden passing of Tom Scanlon (Class of 2013 Mantua).

May they rest in eternal peace in the arms of our loving God.

Best wishes to all members of the College community.
Mr Anthony Kirley

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