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 12 Valete Class of 2018. We commend you on the way you prepared for the
final assessments and exams and on the way you conducted yourselves in recent weeks. We are extremely proud of you. We hope you will always
appreciate that success and opportunity are achieved through dedication and resilience.
The VCE English Exam was held on Wednesday and other exams are scheduled to 21 November. We continue to keep these young men in our
thoughts during this assessment period.
We have the greatest respect for our Year 12 graduates in achieving their unique place in the history of the College; and now as Old Collegians. May
their aspirations, successes and challenges always be guided by the inspiration of the Spirit, in the care of a Loving Mother – Our Lady of Mt Carmel.
Be humble in serving others. Aspire to be more.
Build me a child, O Lord
to be strong enough to know when they are weak,
and brave enough to face themself when they are afraid;
proud and unbending in their honest defeat and humble and gentle in victory.
Lead them, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here let them learn to stand up in the storm;
here let them learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a child whose heart will be dear, whose goal will be high;
a child who will master themself before they seek to master others;
one who will reach unto the future, yet never forget the past.
(Adaptation of The Father’s Prayer, Douglass MacArthur)
Whitefriars Parents’ Association
The Association continues to be active, spirited and committed to the College; through ‘friends raising’ as well as fundraising; giving freely of their time. For all of this I say thank you. On behalf of the College, I extend our gratitude to the Association: 2018 Office Bearers – Michael Mimmo (completing his term as president after two years), Samantha Clifford, Lucy Corrente and Don Chesterman (completing his term as Treasurer after five years); to the elected members and regular attendees at meetings and planning sessions; and to all those behind the scenes who also continually offer wonderful support to myself, the staff, students and families of the College.
Many of you will have heard the news in the media regarding the funding arrangements and commitment by Federal and State Governments for the
years ahead. Letters from the Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne, Mr Stephen Elder, can be accessed at the following links:
• For Parents – Victorian Goverment Capital Funding Announcement
• 180921 – Letter to Parents Aust Govt Funding
• For Parents – Liberal Nationals Capital Funding Announcement
In the interim, in a similar manner to the 2018 funding arrangements, Whitefriars will again have a decrease in funding next year. The College is committed to maintaining all of our current programs without an unusual fee increase. Any fee increase for 2019 will be in line with past practice. Letters to families including the Schedule of Fees for 2019 will be distributed in mid-November.
Remainder of Term Four
The commitment of the parents and students continues to motivate and nurture our community. For your belief, trust and support we all are truly grateful.
Almae In Fide Parentis
Mr Anthony Kirley