The staff of Whitefriars have been undertaking voluntary seminars on Carmelite spirituality during the course of this year. These Carmelite enrichment sessions have included the history of the College, service education, signs and symbols of the Carmelites and a look at the tradition within our Catholic culture.
These are important sessions as they reinforce our view that we are all responsible for maintaining and enhancing our Catholic story which is so strongly enhanced by the Carmelite heritage of the College. Many of you would know that the Carmelites are spread throughout the world in various ministries including parishes, retreat work, social justice and environmental groups, schools and even within the United Nations as the only non-government (religious) organisation to be represented. At Whitefriars we need to be continually made aware of our story and how we fit into the larger Carmelite family.
Our students undertaking Units 3 and 4 are still in study mode with their VCAA Exams. The English exam began the process and was generally well received by the boys and their staff as a fair and reasonable paper. We continue to keep these young men in our thoughts as they strive to perform to their optimum.
The College Presentation Evening takes place on Monday. This is a significant event that seeks to highlight all areas of life at Whitefriars. All students in Years 7-11 are asked to be present and be accompanied by at least one adult. Year 12 students and their families are most welcome to attend. Ticket uptake has been very strong. We look forward to seeing our community gather at Hamer Hall next week.
The Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process is gaining momentum. We are now in the latter stage of gathering the final data and have begun the write-up process. This substantial document looks at all areas of the College and gives an assessment of how well we meet the criteria of a highly effective International school in a host of areas and what can be done to make a good school better. The team visit of CIS takes place from 4-10 March next year. The panel of 9 will consist of overseas, interstate and local educators, all experts in their fields. We look forward to this visit and, as we did with the parent survey responses, will have the final self-study document available to our community around the time of the visit.
We are pleased to advise that we now have our full building permit. The first stage, to take place later this month, will be the enabling works. These works include the upper and lower car parks and the pedestrian access areas. We hope to complete this by the beginning of the new school year. Our Science and Technology building has gone out to tender. All being well this building process will begin late January. Given below are some conceptual drawings around the design.
The College has been successful in its application to join the Young Leaders to China program. This exciting initiative gives the opportunity for Year 9 students of 2017, who are studying the language, to undergo a six-week immersion program in China. This program looks at the development of both language skills and leadership. Mr Tony Thio is leading the group. We look forward to hearing of the next phase in preparing our boys for this experience.
All parents of our current Year 8 students will shortly receive information about a more developed way of teaching Mathematics and English next year. We will be looking to refine the way in which these subjects are delivered to the Year 9 classes next year. This will incorporate a lowering of class sizes and a sharper focus on skill development.
The Mother/Son Mass takes place on 16 November. This is an opportunity to celebrate the role of mothers by having a liturgy together and then joining others socially over supper. All families of any year level, and indeed past families, are warmly invited to attend.
Almae In Fide Parentis