On Monday of this week Whitefriars focused on the issue of domestic violence through the promotion of the White Ribbon campaign. It is sobering to think that, on average, one woman per week dies as the result of male inflicted domestic violence. Beyond that figure lies significant numbers of women and children who live in fear. Our College leaders have taken up the issue through the posting of a video that demonstrates their attitude to this prominent social problem.
I encourage you to go to the College Facebook site to see this production. It is all student generated. Our boys believe that young men and men need to speak up and be heard on this issue and I congratulate them for taking such a proactive stance on this area.
Our Antipodean travellers have just left for Nepal. Around 30 boys and six staff will be undertaking social action projects within the region. We wish them well on this inaugural venture. We look forward to seeing them fit and well as they return just prior to Christmas.
The first Whitefriars Golf Day was held just over a week ago. It was a well-patronised event with many Old Boys returning for the opportunity to
re-unite and participate in a day of fun and fund raising. We were delighted that Matt Cronin could join us as we seek to support the PC12 campaign that focuses on stopping one-punch injuries and death. Our Development Team enabled the day to proceed seamlessly.
The appreciation Mass and Dinner for our volunteers and past parents saw 140 people gather for Mass and then dinner on the decking. It was a delight to see our past and current families mix so positively. Thank you to the large, regular crew who volunteered their time so willingly throughout the year.
The Class of 2016 returned to the College last week. It was interesting to talk to these young men about their journeys over the past twelve months. Clear to see was that Whitefriars continues to offer a holistic education to a broad range of boys who go on to take up many diverse opportunities in work and study.
The Flying Start Program is in full swing. This allows the Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to begin their 2018 classes. As they do so, the younger levels are finalising their assessments as they prepare for the final week of the year.
Our Year 7 boys are experiencing fine conditions at Camp Jungai (Eildon). The multitude of activities allows for appropriate challenge whilst reinforcing the house bonds formed within their class groups this year. Well done to these students as they ratchet up the level of responsibility they assume whilst on camp.
Whitefriars was most fortunate to have attended the launch of Shared Stories. This book is a compendium of some 520 pages, which highlights the outstanding writing, poetry and artwork of Catholic students throughout Melbourne. The College featured prominently in the production. We were pleased that one of our Year 9 students, Alex Dunmill, was asked to host the event. Well done to our English and Visual Arts staff who worked so professionally with the boys.
As we approach Advent and the Christmas season I wish all of our families every blessing. I will be writing to our community in a separate note that will be emailed out next week.
We remember in our prayers Patricia O’Brien, mother of staff member Anne Maree Wight and grandmother to staff member, Andrew Wight and Jacob O’Brien, Year 7 Lisieux. Patricia passed away recently. May the Lord welcome a good and faithful servant to His keeping.
Almae In Fide Parentis