Serving Others in Need

At Whitefriars, one of the statements in our Mission and values document reads, “This education aims to empower young men to live with integrity through experiences of community and prayer and through a sensitivity to justice.” To be a school of integrity, we must do what we say we will do – walk the talk. It is incumbent on us to provide our students with opportunities to serve others and know what it means to live a just life.

Each House at Whitefriars has taken on a charity of which they focus their efforts throughout the year to raise awareness of, and collect valuable funds, for. Doncare is a community service provider in the Manningham region who have supported people in the Manningham area who are experiencing crisis and disadvantage for over 50 years. Doncare has been the Corsini House Charity Partner for several years. Each year, the students of Corsini House offer ‘hands on’ practical support by working with the Kiwanis club. The Kiwanis club of Manningham have been working with Doncare to provide emergency personal packs to women who have to leave the family home because of domestic violence. Under the leadership of Tom Sykes (Corsini House Leader), Corsini House formed a partnership with the Kiwanis club to provide the resources for these packs and then put them together at the college. Corsini families collected a range of personal and hygiene items to go into these emergency bags and on Wednesday 19 May, the students spent the morning packing them and getting them ready for distribution.

At Whitefriars, we are committed to creating gentle men who help others in need, and this faith in action is a critical ingredient to this end. Thank you to all the Corsini families for their contributions, and to the boys who packed the emergency packs, well done! A final thank you goes to Mr Tom Sykes for his tremendous stewardship of this worthwhile program.

St Therese of Avila of Avila, Carmelite Saint, said it best:

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

Compassion on this world,

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,

Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,

Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes with which he looks

compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students