Wominjeka Tree – a valuable link with our past.

The Wominjeka Tree came to Whitefriars recently. This “mobile” tree was on loan and is a symbolic representation of the real life version used thousands of years ago by the Wurundjeri people of Mullum Mullum. The original tree was a gathering place for those passing through the area with a focus on special ceremonies including a ritual smoking celebration. Strangers would then pass on to Wurundjeri land securely. Whitefriars will be using a tree within our grounds as a Wominjeka Tree. It will be centred around a common gathering point and represent a valuable link with our past.

Our boys are well served in the Careers area. In addition to the counselling around courses and the exposure to many tertiary institutes and work places, there are also a number of careers breakfasts held. The recent Engineering breakfast was a good example of using old boys to give information on an area as well as giving the opportunity for tertiary providers to present. A large number of our families took the opportunity to attend.

Our Night at the Movies Gala took place just over a week ago. These nights were held at Karralyka in conjunction with Sienna College and allowed over 240 boys and girls to sing, act, dance, mime and create. The technical side was also coordinated by the Whitefriars boys. Congratulations to all these performers who gave wholeheartedly of themselves and allowed audiences to have an entertaining experience. In 2017 we will be performing a musical.

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Grandparents morning for our students was held just over a week ago. We had over 500 grandparents/special friends meet with their corresponding Year 7 boy(s). Although the weather was damp there was no shortage of enthusiasm or affection. The liturgy, class explanation and food all seemed to be well received.

Well done to our senior VCAL group who have just returned from Queenscliff where they held a working camp. The students constructed a number of various works at the property and are gearing up for life beyond Whitefriars at the end of the year.


CLC 2Another group of senior students joined the young women from Catholic Ladies College Eltham for a fund raiser in support of the Pat Cronin foundation (PC 12). The match was played in good spirit in Eltham and raised both awareness and funds. We were pleased that the Cronin’s could join us for that event.

Many students are in the midst of exams. This particularly relates to our Year’s 9, 10 and 11 cohorts. It has been pleasing to see the level of commitment applied to this challenge. We wish all boys well as they do their best over the course of this week. The Unit 3/4 GAT took place on Tuesday for the seniors whilst our Years 7 and 8 students are undertaking topic tests.

Well done to our students on their demeanour and presentation at the Year 12 Formal. The tickets to this event were much in demand; it seems that our older boys make very fine chaperones! It is good to see these young men be respectful to their female counterparts and enjoy themselves in a responsible way.

The town planning permit for our new Science and Technology building and the revised traffic management is about to be submitted to local council.

On a sadder note please keep the family of Zak Stone (L7) of in your thoughts and prayers on the recent loss of his grandfather. May he rest in peace.

Almae In Fide Parentis


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