The Whitefriars Community sends its deep condolences to the Cronin family on the passing of their son and brother, Patrick (Class of 2014). There have been a number of emails sent to families recently outlining the events that led to Patrick’s passing and there has also been extensive media coverage. We welcomed back most of our Class of 2014 to the College earlier this week. It was an important opportunity to gather and support one another.
Whitefriars is a school for life. It looks after those who are within our student and family body and remains deeply interested in those young men who take their place in the world. Thank you to the many families who have sent messages of condolences and support.
The Middle Years parent/teacher/student conferences took place last week following on from the Senior Years version at the end of first term. We had a very large turnout of families who were keen to discuss their son’s learning. This is a very good way to listen to a common message and engage the students in their own learning. I was delighted to have met so many of you at the afternoon or evening sessions. We intend to look at increasing the number of time slots available at the next set of conferences so that an even larger number of teachers can be seen by families.
The senior play, The 39 Steps, takes place next week. The boys, and a few girls from Sion College, have been rehearsing well over a long period and are keenly looking forward to showing their talents. We have many gifted boys in this area who find great joy in performing. I recommend the performances to you.
Whitefriars has a strong connection to Timor-Leste. We have staff members who are from that country that are in Chaplaincy or training roles. Many of these young men are in classes with your sons. We have installed an additional flag pole and had an official recognition ceremony with the whole school to affirm our relationship and commit to supporting the Carmelites in Timor- Leste. The Carmelite Chapter takes place on Brisbane next week to elect a new Provincial and Council. I will be attending that meeting with our College Chair.
The College Board and current Provincial Council have now approved our Stage 1 building program. This stage will include a lecture theatre, food technology area, multiple science rooms to cater for all of our needs and a new Materials and Design Technology area with design rooms. Extensive re-aligning of our parking will also take place to make our campus safer for pedestrians.
The Mother’s Day breakfast takes place next Friday. We have had an enormous response and have moved the function to the upper gymnasium. This event gives our mothers and boys the chance to celebrate women in their role as mums.
Letters of offer for our 2017 Year 7 student group are about to be sent out. Current families who have boys coming into that level should receive that offer early next week.
Almae In Fide Parentis