Brother Sean Keefe is to celebrate his 50th Anniversary as a Carmelite next week. This is a tremendous achievement and a wonderful milestone for him. Whitefriars has been the beneficiary of Br Sean’s presence for more than two decades. He has a very pastoral manner with the students and staff alike, often displaying great empathy mixed with his Southern US humour.
Br Sean has long championed the cause of Timor Leste well before many of us had heard the true plight of this emerging nation. He has been the cornerstone of many local community initiatives being well known within the ranks of Manningham Council. The Order of Australia Award was testimony to his commitment to those most in need.
Congratulations and may he be with our Community well into the future.
Guys and Dolls has now concluded its run of shows. Well done to all cast, crew and staff for working so diligently on this production. Such opportunities are a key in the life of many students who benefit from a raft of outcomes, not the least of which is the sense of accomplishment through teamwork.
Our boys in Years 9-11 are thinking carefully about their 2018 subject selections at the moment. This is a staged process with input from subject teachers, pastoral staff and parents. It is very pleasing to see the level of conversation happening within families; such discussions can only be beneficial.
The second of our parent/student/teacher conferences took place on Wednesday evening. I wish to particularly acknowledge the high level of parent turnout and the supportive and optimistic tone that was evident. Such synergy between the school and home is very important. The greater the level of conversation, the greater the chance that learning outcomes will improve.
Our High Achievers from Semester One gathered last week. It is important to recognise achievement in all forms, no less so for academic performance. Nick Soraghan, past Vice Captain, spoke very practically about his time at the College and offered a few helpful hints.
Soreth House celebrated their feast day last Friday. Blessed John Soreth is one of the eight House Patrons within our pastoral system. He was a reformer within the Carmelites, one who would not accept mediocrity and yet he was also one who worked carefully with others to reach an agreed way forward. This sense of diplomacy enabled the Carmelites to be re-invigorated at the time. Each feast day we have a Mass within our Chapel. It is uplifting to hear the boys react so well to being asked to join in the responses of the Mass so that they feel a part of the celebration.
The Class of Year 7 2018 attended their assessment morning last weekend. There was a sense of nervous excitement and anticipation about the time ahead as they gathered in our Chapel. This was no less so for our new parents. We are confident that our incoming group will settle well I to the life of the school. A special thank you to our Parents’ Association for hosting a well subscribed morning tea.
The College Board held a full day meeting at Our Lady of Mt Carmel parish in Middle Park. The morning session was spent in contemplating the Carmelites charism. It is important for our Community to know that our Board are not only competent with their government or the College, but that they are also becoming increasingly more invested in the deep spirituality of the Carmelite way of life.
Almae In Fide Parentis