The Whitefriars Trivia Night took place last Saturday. This evening is run by the Parents’ Association of the College and was held at St John’s in Mitcham (one of our local feeder parishes).
There was an excellent response with numbers again growing this year to give a considerable number of tables. The most pleasing aspect was the representation of parents across the year levels and that a number of our current students were also present. There was a strong community feel to this event which seeks to offer friendship first, and then fund raising, as goals. Congratulations to Max Connors and the committee on the success of the night with a particular thank you to Marisa Smeed who coordinated the many aspects required.
In another community gathering we held our Father’s Day breakfast early this morning in the College Functions Room. It was lovely to see the dads with their sons sharing breakfast and stories together. Alan Richardson, St Kilda coach and father of two boys at Whitefriars, spoke of his own journey as a father and this was appreciated by the group. Well done to the dads who made the time to be with their sons. As the event was sold out a few weeks ago we will look to possibilities to accommodate even greater numbers in the future.
I had the opportunity to attend the Jazz Soiree recently. It was a most enjoyable evening with strong family support for the boys performing. I am full of admiration for these music students who commit to their craft. We have been particularly blessed with a highly committed and generous group of Year 12 musicians.
The Year 11 Student Leadership program has now drawn to a close. It culminated in a two day retreat held at Amberely. I was fortunate enough to present a session to the boys, one of many inputs from various members of staff and current Year 12 leaders. We are confident that the young men chosen will lead us well in 2016.
The parent/student/teacher conferences for Years 10-12 took place last week. We had an excellent response from families who were keen to discuss their sons learning. We are grateful for the obvious support the College receives in this regard. The corresponding afternoon and evening for Years 7-9 takes place this Thursday.
Our “Science Roadshow” has been out and about over the past weeks. Dr Steve Goodall has been accompanied by our students as they present some colourful and interactive sessions with our feeder parish schools. The young boys and girls of Years 3 and 4 have certainly appreciated the spectacle.
Well done to our Chess boys who took out an ACC Chess Championship recently. The boys were excited by the win which is just reward for effort by the team and Mr Teggelove. We have our senior boys in ACC Grand finals in both hockey and basketball next week.
A letter in regard to Presentation Evening 2015 will be arriving via email shortly. Please take the time to read this letter as it gives initial details about the format for this year.
The College expresses its sincere condolences to the Ratten family on the passing of Cooper Ratten. The funeral was held on Monday of this week and was a moving tribute to Cooper. We continue to hold the family in our thoughts and prayers. We are also thinking of Thomas Moore Year 7 E4 and his family on the passing of two maternal great grandparents and a great uncle recently. May they rest in eternal peace.
Almae In Fide Parents