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 who took the time to be with their sons. Thank you to our Development and Enrolment team and Parents’ Association for organising and assisting and to the Principal’s Leadership Team for their attendance and assistance too.
Bless all the fathers in the world.
Father, we ask that You guide them to be good role models and loving to their children.
We also ask that You help them to be a father like You are.
Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.
Archbishop’s Letter: I commend to your reflection the attached letter from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli (new Archbishop of Melbourne). The Archbishop’s letter is in response to the Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God.
An abundance of activities and vibrancy surrounds all of us at Whitefriars as Term 3 reaches its middle stages. What a truly fantastic place it is. We know that events and programs do not just happen without tremendous effort. I encourage all of us to remember that a simple thank you to the staff, students and parents who make it all possible, clearly shows our appreciation and goes a long way to ensuring things can continue into the future. With all these happenings, there are many commendations:
Siena-Whitefriars Musical – A Chorus Line (High School Edition). Many students and staff (especially at Siena College) worked incredibly hard to ensure the success of this production. It was an absolute delight to attend the performance
Electronic World International E-Innovation Contest
Legacy Public Speaking
Year 10 Ballroom Dancing rehearsals (still in progress)
Year 8 OLP Camps last week
Year 7 students: who received the Brown Scapular at the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption
Junior and Senior Rock Concerts
Mother and Son Mass
National Science Week, including ‘Scinema’ night
Annual Mathematics Competition
Year 11 Formal held Friday 17 August at Ivanhoe
‘Whitefriars Engage’ Parent Workshop(s)
‘Back to the 80s’ Trivia Night, organised by the Parents Association. A huge success. Thank you sincerely to the organising committee.
Year 11 Peak Skills Program
‘Read A Million Words’ Celebration
Many subject specific excursions/events
I am sure I have missed more than one venture, for which I do apologise. Congratulations and thank you to any others I may have missed.
Thank you to the many parents who attended the Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews on Wednesday and Thursday. I do hope that the dialogue proved extremely helpful and has assisted students in focusing on goals, on areas for improvement and, to be aspirational, in order to achieve their best in their studies.
The students who were deemed “High Achievers”, based on their academic performance in Semester One, were acknowledged at a special morning tea last Monday. The 2017 College Dux, Thomas Cantwell, was a guest speaker for the occasion. The High Achievers, together with many other outstanding contributors in various aspects of College life, will be acknowledged at the forthcoming Whole School Assembly on Thursday 30 August.
It is extremely pleasing to see a large number of Year 11 students taking part in the Leadership Squad and in the forthcoming Leadership Retreat early next week, in preparation for the selection of College Student Leaders in 2019. I wish all these students the very best for the process of selection for leadership roles.
The celebration day for Our Lady of Mt Carmel is to take place on Friday 14 September. This is an important time for the College as we gather in prayer and give thanks for the heritage bestowed on us from those who have believed so strongly in a Catholic education enhanced by a Carmelite charism. The annual walkathon is part of the day where each boy is asked to see what financial support he can gather so that we can collectively donate these monies to Carmelite works in Timor-Leste. Information regarding the walkathon will be distributed to students next week. On Our Lady of Mt Carmel Day, following the walkathon, there will be a series of activities for the boys to participate in, as well as access to food vans on site. It promises to be a most enjoyable day for our community.
New Science and Technology Centre
The Blessing and Official Opening of the magnificent new facility, the Science and Technology Centre, took place on Wednesday 1 August. Those in attendance included: Very Rev Paul Cahill O.Carm, Hon Kevin Andrews – Federal Member for Menzies, Mr Peter Duffy – Chairman of Whitefriars Inc. College Board, Mr John Finn: Whitefriars College Principal 2013 – 2017, representatives from Williams Ross Architects, Lloyd Group Construction Company and Prowse Quantity Surveyors, Fr Paul Sireh – College Chaplain, Mr Michael Mimmo – Whitefriars Parents Association President, Mr Phil Thomson – Whitefriars Old Collegians President, Ms Vicky Myers – Secondary Principals Consultant (CEM Eastern Region), principals of local Catholic primary schools, College Board members, Old Collegians, staff and students.
We all are forever grateful to the Whitefriars planning team who worked on this project, for their collegiality, professionalism, generosity of spirit and for being the imperative, decisive link for all parties involved in this building program.
Thank you to Fr Paul Cahill O. Carm, for presiding over the Blessing Rite, performing the Official Opening and for his inspiring and reassuring words on the day. Fr Paul’s message focused on the Carmelite charism, the legacy of the Carmelites in providing Catholic education for our community and on the richness and meaningfulness of the Spirit and guiding tenets of Prayer, Community and Action in underpinning all our deliberations and service. Thank you to the College Board Chairman, Mr Peter Duffy, for his kind words in acknowledging the influence and dedication of the Carmelites to the education of young men at Whitefriars for almost sixty years, and on behalf of all of us, for acknowledging the impressive team effort for this project over the past three years. Thank you to Mr Mark Ashmore, the College Captains and the Science Captain, John Korasidis, for their words of appreciation. Thank you to Mr John Abrahams, Ms Gabrielle Dalton and Ms Keely Scicluna who played key roles in wonderfully organising the proceedings for the special day.
On behalf of the Whitefriars community, I sincerely extend our gratitude to a number of groups and people for their significant roles in delivering this outstanding facility:
Carmelite Provincial Council Australia & Timor-Leste
Whitefriars Inc. College Board
Catholic Development Fund
Williams Ross Architects: Chris Hose and Simon Bosma
Lloyd Group: Simon Caruana, Aiden Woodhouse, Luke Leeves
Prowse Quantity Surveyors: David Grennan and Anthony Prowse
Mr John Finn: Whitefriars College Principal 2013 – 2017
Other key members of the Whitefriars planning group at various stages – Mark Ashmore, Glenn Aspinall, Reece Todd, Natasha Alexander, Warren Moseley, Kristan Height and many other staff members.
The very dream of new facilities, of refurbishment have inspired our community, for the opportunities this will provide, in such effective ways in meeting local and global standards of education, global citizenship and social innovation. Our objective encompasses the legacy and vision of the Carmelite ethos in providing boys with every opportunity to make the most of what education has to offer, to strive to be their very best and be inspired to serve others. Almae In Fide Parentis.
We ask that you keep the following family in your thoughts and prayers on their recent loss of loved ones.
Abraham Arnaud of Year 7 who lost his Grandfather recently.
May he rest in eternal peace in the arms of our loving God.
Best wishes to all members of the College community.
Mr Anthony Kirley