Today is the Our Lady of Mt Carmel celebration day. Although the day is formally recognised throughout the world on 16 July we have placed our celebration within a friendlier weather slot so that the Walkathon is able to take place in more favourable conditions.
There are numerous activities running. We all gathered for Mass in the morning followed by the walkathon around the beautiful natural paths of Donvale and this was followed by a series of fun activities. The most popular of these seemed to be the “dunk the teacher into the water” activity!
The purpose of the day is to foster community and to raise much needed funds for Timor-Leste. The funds raised complement the large container load of materials that has just arrived in Hera for Fr Bruce Clarke and his fellow Carmelites to distribute to local communities in Dili and Zumalai. We have recently had our attention drawn to the plight of millions of refugees who are on the march from their homeland. A compassionate response is always needed. Likewise, it is good to acknowledge that Timor-Leste has one of the lowest per day pay rates in the world. It is a fiscally and literacy poor country but with great hope for its own self-governing future. Our efforts are a small way to support sustainable outcomes for our neighbours.
Three overseas tours are about to depart. The Timor-Leste immersion begins on Monday with a group of Year 11 students and staff about to be placed in remote and challenging circumstances with their Carmelite counterparts. The Battlefields Tour of Europe will allow over 60 boys, staff and parents to experience some of the most significant battle and cultural sites of recent times. Finally, the Italian Study Tour to our sister school in Imperia gives our boys the chance to be hosted by an Italian family, attend school and be supported by attending College staff. We wish all groups a safe travelling experience.
Recently a group of 32 students from year 9 and 10 represented Whitefriars at the State Championships for the National Science and Engineering Contest. We won through to the state championships after qualifying from the regional rounds earlier in the year. Congratulations to the boys on their third placing.
Our Year 8 Outdoor Learning Camp concluded successfully just over a week ago. We had an excellent attendance rate and the boys performed admirably in terms of both teamwork and self-sufficiency.
We had a very large number of Year 9 parents and students attend a study skills evening. It was a very useful night for families as they explored what study habits are most effective, listened to recent Old Collegians tips and took up various challenges around the planning of study time at home.
Middle Years Student/Parent/Teacher conferences were conducted last week. A high family participation rate was matched by many healthy discussions around learning. It is always good to see boys and parents discussing work together.
Congratulations to our Senior 1sts Hockey team who took out the ACC Premiership last week.
On a sad note can we please keep the families of Harry Trenwith (8 L5) and Hugh Cameron (12 C5) in our thoughts and prayers. Both families have recently lost their beloved Grandmothers. May they rest in eternal peace.
Almae In Fide Parentis