At noon the whole country was covered with darkness which lasted for three hours. And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day” Luke 24:46

Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, the last day of the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday) and is the beginning of the Easter season of the liturgical year. As we know from the Gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. One practice of commemorating Easter is the joyous greeting of “Christ is risen” and a response of “He is risen indeed!” It reminds us that Jesus is alive and present and he welcomes us in a new life with him.

In the Gospels, the precise details of the Easter narrative vary slightly, but none of these variances are seen as critical to the main story. Based on direct evidence from the mid-second century, it is believed that Easter was regularly celebrated from the earliest days of the Church. The Easter date is movable and always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter in the Roman Catholic Church is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne take part in a biennial survey called the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity Project (ECSIP). Staff, students and parents will all be invited over the next two weeks to participate in the project. Input from the Whitefriars community assists in strengthening who we are and where we are going as a school in the Catholic, Carmelite tradition. There is something very special about Whitefriars, and the data from this project supports our continuing aspirations of forming ‘gentle young men’.

Whitefriars has been endeavouring to develop stronger links with our local primary schools. This week we welcomed over 300 ‘little’ visitors onsite for a day of ‘Experience Whitefriars’. We do this to remind people about our community – our parents, our boys, our teachers, our Old Collegians and to continue the positive conversations around Whitefriars in the wider community.

Senior students will experience their Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences in just over a week from now. These are important discussions around their learning progress. These young men will know how committed they have been over the term. Any advice from the conferences is best heard with the family, staff and student present at the one time. We look forward to those conversations and the opportunity to affirm and/or advise accordingly.

I have been meeting with the various Year 12 House groups over lunch this term and asking them about how they have begun the year, life at the College in general and their aspirations for 2020 and beyond. They are a fine group of young men who have an eclectic but worthwhile set of interests and subsequent career ambitions. The most obvious aspect of this lies in the fact that Whitefriars caters for a broad group of boys and enables such a group to enter into wide ranging and interesting professions, businesses and trades.

A group of eight Year 9 students, supported by two staff, departed Australia last weekend as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. This involves a world-class, six-week in-country immersion program, designed to prepare second language Chinese students to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an inter-connected global community. The boys are currently studying at Beijing Language and Culture University before moving into Chengdu for the remaining four weeks. The experience is all
about language immersion and leadership.

We are delighted to report that Daniel Crain (Year 8) represented the College at the All Schools State Diving Championships recently and was successful in winning gold for boys in the Year 7/8 section. This is a wonderful outcome that again reinforces the worth of personal commitment.

Almae In Fide Parentis

Mr Greg Stewart

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