There is something special about Whitefriars College. I have interviewed countless prospective students and parents over the years, and I couldnâ€™t count the number of times these parents have commented on the incredible â€˜feelâ€™ they got when they walked around the College on a tour or during Open Day.
On Friday 11 September, the College community will be celebrating Whitefriars Day (formally known as Mount Carmel Day). The aim of the day is to celebrate the fantastic Whitefriars community we belong to, connect with our Catholic Carmelite tradition and raise awareness of our connection and support of the people of Timor-Leste, (the photos you see are the wonderful young people of Timor-Leste). This year, we will all be participating in a virtual event with a few additions to make the day more meaningful.
Instead of the traditional walkathon, we have planned a special event called â€˜Walk in Their Shoesâ€™ and this is where we need the support of the whole Whitefriars community. In line with Victorian Government restrictions permitting exercise ‘once a day for up to 1 hour within a 5km radius of a personâ€™s home’, we ask students and extend an invitation to families to walk for 40 minutes around their local area in solidarity with young people in Timor-Leste. The 40 minutes is significant as it is the average walking time it takes a young Timorese to walk to school. When exercising with your family, be sure to take a photo and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share this amazing community experience.
Mr Joshua Vujcich, Director â€“ Identity, Mission & Service, has prepared a short video (for staff and students) to promote this significant day.
I hope it is a wonderful celebration as we join together as a community and celebrate all that is great about Whitefriars.
Mr Mick Lafferty
Deputy Principal – Students