I have spent two days of this week at the Carmelite Assembly which was held at the Port Melbourne side of the Carmelite Parish. Carmelite Friars and Lay people from across Australia gathered there to reflect on the work of the various ministries and to discern a way forward into the future. Whitefriars College is one ministry amongst many; we focus on the education of youth through the development of gentle-men who are ready to make a difference. It was pleasing to hear from a number of speakers, one of whom was Nicholas Soraghan from the Class of 2013. Nick spoke of the influence that the College had on him in terms of his own faith and the way in which a Carmelite ethos had been prominent.
The Provincial Council of the Carmelites meet late this week to look at future planning based on commentary from the Assembly.
The season of Fame – The Musical! has now been run. Congratulations to the cast, crew, orchestra and staff who all worked in a very collaborative way to ensure that the shows were both professional and enjoyable. The fact that all shows sold out and that the audience were highly entertained spoke well of the worth of such productions. In a boy’s college it is very important that the Performing Arts is a strong and attractive option.
Our Grandparents and Special Friends morning was held last week. Given that the entire gymnasium was at capacity for the paraliturgy it was clear that these mornings hold a valued place in the lives of our families. The boys hosted their guests in the classrooms, on tour, in prayer and for the morning tea itself. It is clear that so many of our boys are regularly cared for and guided by older family members and friends.
We have had Multicultural and Visual Arts Weeks recently. Both of these contained a wealth of activities for the boys and staff and provide an interest and opportunity beyond the standard classes. Whether it was eating an Italian meal or drawing a life-like image of Br Sean, the boys were well occupied.
There have been two recent reunions. These have been for our 1995 and 2005 alumni groups. It is so heartening for staff to listen to fond stories of times past at the College and to see how boys grow into fine men who have such diverse career paths and interests.
We are delighted that a number of our students have performed at high levels recently. Given below is a sample of such achievements:
•Lachlan McAlary of Year 8 for 1st Prize and Jake Hester of Year 11 for 2nd Prize in the Victorian Indonesian Statewide Speaking Competition
•Joshu Faye-Chauhan of Year 12 for winning the Regional Final of the VCAA English Plain Speaking Competition
•Joel Duggan of Year 8 for first prize in the prestigious Write4Fun State competition
•Andreas Lepore of Year 12 for winning three silver medals at the recent Australian Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to all of these young men who are combining real effort with strong interest to achieve their goals.
The College recently hosted a number of local Parish Primary schools for a Sports day. We were delighted that we are able to re-connect with schools of origin for so many of our current and past students. Our connection with the wider community is important as it helps to build a sense of connection for our young men.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sullivan and Pitruzzello families after their recent losses. Jordan Sullivan lost his Grandfather and
Luis Pitruzzello lost his Great Grandmother. May they rest in eternal peace.
Almae In Fide Parentis