As I reflect on the journey of 2019, I do so in the knowledge that we have collectively endeavoured to work for the benefit of our young men, enabled growth through experience and assisted them in their preparations for a future full of optimism and promise. I would like to thank each and every member of the community for all you have done to contribute to the College’s success in 2019.
As we often say, academic pursuits are just one aspect of a boy’s learning experience at Whitefriars. It is important that we recognise the holistic nature of learning – leadership, social, emotional, sporting, debating, theatre, music, enrichment and the aspirational journey of our boys becoming ‘gentle men’ of integrity who actively seek to live in God’s presence by walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
Within this context, I am pleased to be able to report that as a result of a genuine effort by the boys, authentically engaged and challenged by teaching staff in a variety of ways, the College’s 2019 VCE results are the best recorded for a number of years. With an Average Study Score of 31.24 and an ATAR average of 72.32, there were 11 students who achieved a study score above 95.00 and 36 students who achieved a study score above 90.00. There are some wonderful stories of students across the cohort achieving above (even well above) their expected results. While more detailed information about VCE results can be found in a separate report, I wish to pass on my congratulations to our students who worked tirelessly with their VCE teachers throughout the year to achieve these results.
As we move towards the climax of the Advent season, we remember that the Advent wreath is made of a circle of evergreen branches laid flat to symbolize eternal life. Four candles stand in the circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent. In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle, the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.
The Christian message then is simple and so is the Christmas message. It is a time to celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ into the world. His message of love and unconditional acceptance provides us a blueprint for how our lives are best lived. With this in mind, I wish you and your families a Christmas filled with love and joy and I look forward to everyone returning safely for the 2020 school year.
Almae in Fide Parentis
Mr Greg Stewart