The Blessing and Official Opening of the magnificent new facility, the Science and Technology Centre, took place on Wednesday 1 August. Those in attendance included: Very Rev Paul Cahill O.Carm, Hon Kevin Andrews – Federal Member for Menzies, Mr Peter Duffy – Chairman of Whitefriars Inc. College Board, Mr John Finn: Whitefriars College Principal 2013 – 2017, representatives from Williams Ross Architects, Lloyd Group Construction Company and Prowse Quantity Surveyors, Fr Paul Sireh – College Chaplain, Mr Michael Mimmo – Whitefriars Parents Association President, Mr Phil Thomson – Whitefriars Old Collegians President, Ms Vicky Myers – Secondary Principals Consultant (CEM Eastern Region), principals of local Catholic primary schools, College Board members, Old Collegians, staff and students.
We all are forever grateful to the Whitefriars planning team who worked on this project, for their collegiality, professionalism, generosity of spirit and for being the imperative, decisive link for all parties involved in this building program. Thank you to Fr Paul Cahill O. Carm, for presiding over the Blessing Rite, performing the Official Opening and for his inspiring and reassuring words on the day. Fr Paul’s message focused on the Carmelite charism, the legacy of the Carmelites in providing Catholic education for our community and on the richness and meaningfulness of the Spirit and guiding tenets of Prayer, Community and Action in underpinning all our deliberations and service. Thank you to the College Board Chairman, Mr Peter Duffy, for his kind words in acknowledging the influence and dedication of the Carmelites to the education of young men at Whitefriars for almost sixty years, and on behalf of all of us, for acknowledging the impressive team effort for this project over the past three years. Thank you to Mr Mark Ashmore, the College Captains and the Science Captain, John Korasidis, for their words of appreciation. Thank you to Mr John Abrahams, Ms Gabrielle Dalton and Ms Keely Scicluna who played key roles in wonderfully organising the proceedings for the special day.
On behalf of the Whitefriars community, we sincerely extend our gratitude to a number of groups and people for their significant roles in delivering this outstanding facility:
- Carmelite Provincial Council Australia & Timor-Leste
- Whitefriars Inc. College Board
- Catholic Development Fund
- Williams Ross Architects: Chris Hose and Simon Bosma
- Lloyd Group: Simon Caruana, Aiden Woodhouse, Luke Leeves
- Prowse Quantity Surveyors: David Grennan and Anthony Prowse
- Mr John Finn: Whitefriars College Principal 2013 – 2017
- Other key members of the Whitefriars planning group at various stages – Mark Ashmore, Glenn Aspinall, Reece Todd, Natasha Alexander, Warren Moseley, Kristan Height and many other staff members.
The very dream of new facilities, of refurbishment have inspired our community, for the opportunities this will provide, in such effective ways in meeting local and global standards of education, global citizenship and social innovation. Our objective encompasses the legacy and vision of the Carmelite ethos in providing boys with every opportunity to make the most of what education has to offer, to strive to be their very best and be inspired to serve others. Almae In Fide Parentis.
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