Our Year 7 students have returned safely from their camp at Manyung, Mt Eliza. There was a genuine sense of excitement and energy through each of the groups thereby offering an opportunity to connect with other boys in their respective House groups.
Our senior House leaders were very influential with their talks and their general demeanour and recalled with fondness their own time when they were new to Whitefriars.
The Opening of School Year Mass was held recently. This is quite a logistical exercise as we transport 1400 people into St Patrick’s Cathedral. This was done with a sense of purpose as we recalled our Catholic story around the places where the first Catholics in Melbourne originally gathered. It also reminded us of our Carmelite heritage through the many Carmelite priests and brothers who attended. The occasion also gave us the venue to launch our revised Mission and Values Statements, recognise our incoming students leadership group, induct our new staff and certificate our high achievers from the VCE Class of 2016. Thank you to the many parents who joined us on the day.
Each of our Year 7 House groups has a liturgy and badge presentation ceremony held in the early evening over eight different days. The first three of these have now taken place. It is lovely to see the families of our boys come to the College to celebrate the induction of their son into his House. All families will also be planting a tree to recognise each boy. We look forward to the remaining celebrations.
The Class of 2007 returned to the College to celebrate their time here. With strong numbers, we were able to have many former students reconnect with each other, share past glories and have a tour of the 2017 version of Whitefriars.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) begins its weeklong visitation on 5 March. We will welcome our overseas, interstate and country Victoria educators as they assist us to continue our aim in providing the best experience possible for our students. Information from the visit will be made available to parents upon the conclusion of the accreditation process.
Whitefriars offers a significant number of trips and tours. We are delighted to announce that we will be offering a Northern Territory experience. The Northern Territory U/16 AFL representative side has been in contact to see if there would be interest in providing a competitive football match prior to their National Championships. We have accepted that offer. In addition to this sporting opportunity, the travelling group of our Year 10 and 11 students will be given many cultural experiences, including visiting the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu, Litchfield Park and a rock walk on sacred ground. Our boys will be staying at the Michael Long Centre in Darwin. A meeting for interested students has already taken place. Our intention is to explore further opportunities to broaden this experience for future groups.
Good luck to our ACC Swimmers who will be competing for the Shield tonight. They have put a good deal of effort into their preparation. We hope that they feel proud by being able to swim at the level to which they are capable.
Our building site seems to be growing. A very large excavation is about to begin with the sinking of the screw piles to follow, thus setting up the foundation. We are endeavouring to complete the top staff car park as soon as possible, but will wait until all student safety barriers and crossings are in place.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marco Mazziotta Year 9 T7 and his family on the recent passing of his Aunt. May she rest in eternal peace.
Almae In Fide Parentis