Principal’s Corner

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 what inspires them in their positive relationships with others, in their commitment to their academic program and in their faith formation – as a ‘gentle man’, finding time for prayer and speaking up for the silent. Some attributes of leadership were shared with the group prompting individuals to consider their decision making and responsiveness to others. For example:

Strong enough to be weak
Busy enough to make time
Wise enough to say “I don’t know”
Serious enough to laugh
Right enough to say “I’m wrong”
Important enough to be last
Responsible enough to play
Victorious enough to lose
Leading enough to serve others

Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Holy prophet Elijah, pray for us.

Assembly program: Prayer; National Anthem; Principal’s Address; College Captain’s Address; presentations on Global Citizenship @ Whitefriars i.e. Timor-Leste Immersion, Indonesian Study Tour, Young Leaders to China, Antipodeans – Nepal Trip, Year 9 City Experience; Reports of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Day planning, Sport, Environment and Performing Arts; Music Performance;

Awards to students including:
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar:

  • Patrick Daly

Illuminate Entrepreneur Competition:

  • Joe Petrowski
  • Sam Mathers
  • Fletcher Inggall
  • David Ola
  • Noah Sealey
  • Jake De Andrade
  • Jack Jenkins

Dante Alighieri Competition

  • Year 9 – Luke Carletti and Lucas D’Costa
  • Year 10 – Jamie Currow, Adrian De Saram and Massimo Corrente
  • Year 11 – Liam Jones and Marco Signor


  • 1st place Year 11 Italian-Australian section: Marco Signor
  • 2nd place Year 11 Non-Italian section: Liam Jones
  • 3rd place Year 9 Italian Australian section: Lucas D’Costa

ICAS Digital Technologies Medal Winner:

  • Jayden Bardrick

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

  • Year 9 and 10 Course Advice day on 29 August
  • Senior Play – ‘An Exercise in Collective Nonsense’
  • Excursions: Year 8 Science, Italian and Chinese; VCE Theatre Studies
  • College Assembly
  • ACC Competition (finals)
  • Classical Soiree
  • Year 9 Colonial History Trip to Sydney
  • Year 8 Bike Day
  • Sustainability Photography Competition (Theme: ‘Water’)
  • Health and Physical Education Week – many lunchtime events and associated learning activities
  • VCAL restaurant
  • Fun Run for the Pat Cronin Foundation

Fun Run – Cross Country Squad – Pat Cronin Foundation
A Fun Run for the Whitefriars ACC Cross Country Squad and senior students took place this morning at the College, raising funds for the Pat Cronin Foundation. By participating in such events as the Fun Run, and the Golf Day later in the year, Whitefriars College truly shows our supports for the Pat Cronin Foundation, holding dearly the importance of taking a stand against violence. We remember Pat as a respected, caring, gentle man, and we support the Foundation’s dedication to prevent coward punch attacks through awareness, education and research.

Cultural Exchange Program – Ruffini High School
This week we welcomed the students and teachers from Ruffini High School, Imperia, Italy, for their ten-day cultural immersion program at Whitefriars as part of our exchange program. We are involved in this program again with Academy of the Mary Immaculate College, Fitzroy, where the Ruffini girls will be going to school, whilst the boys are at Whitefriars. Through this reciprocal program over many years, friendships have been further strengthened and deepened and an excellent relationship between the Whitefriars and Ruffini schools has developed. Whitefriars returns to Ruffini in 2019.

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

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