Environmental and Social Justice Community Partnership

March 29th, 2021

The CLC and WFC Environment and Social Justice Partnership met via zoom last Thursday 18 March. The 40 students that gathered introduced themselves and were asked what they were passionate about and what environmental or social justice concerns were. These included: gender pay gap, tree planting, nesting boxes, ways to reduce their carbon footprint, beekeeping, preserving biodiversity, conservation of natural vegetation, composting, bushland foraging, looking at economies and how it relates to our carbon footprint, protecting women’s rights, minimising racial discrimination and action for climate crisis awareness.

Next term the students will get a chance to meet one another and begin working on community projects that support their concerns and passions.


Mrs Jo Menzies

Sustainability & Environment Team

STEW Club – Making Honeycomb

March 29th, 2021

On Wednesday 24 March students discovered how to make honeycomb, they explored the secrets to the unique texture of Australia’s very own Violet Crumble and Cadbury’s popular Crunchie bar and discovered the real reason why they are covered in chocolate. Students taste tested commercial and homemade honeycomb and observed honeycomb being made. The students learnt about how heat causes the bicarbonate of soda to break down and release the gas, carbon dioxide.  The gas gets trapped within the sugar, this results in the bubbles in the honeycomb.

If you would like to make this at home please see Mr Berryman’s video here. If you happen to make some at home, please send me a photo!


Mrs Daniela Carboon

Learning Leader – Science & Technology



STEW Club – Fire Writing

March 29th, 2021

On Wednesday 17 March, students participating in STEW Club – Fire Writing where secret messages and images were created using invisible ink (potassium nitrate) and then revealed by touching a flame to the edge of the text. The messages burnt away leaving the paper untouched except for the fire writing. The ink used was an oxidising agent which, when heated provides more oxygen to keep the reaction going.


Mrs Daniela Carboon

Learning Leader – Science & Technology


2021 ACC Tennis

March 29th, 2021

The 2021 Tennis season was one the team were looking forward to. Hoping to defend our premiership from the previous year, the boys played with exceptional class and determination. The team, made up of Year 11s and 12s, proved to be a successful side that mixed well together both on and off the court. As a result, the team went undefeated throughout the season overcoming many close matches and a snap lockdown to finish second on the ladder, enabling a home semi-final against Parade. As usual, the boy’s comradery lead by team coach Mr Height, got us through setting up a thrilling final of tennis against Mazenod at the home of tennis, Melbourne Park. The final proved to be incredibly tough coming down to the last few matches. However, the teams continuous support for one another enabled Whitefriars evident skills to shine through allowing for a premiership once again. A big congratulations to the team for their victory and Whitefriars spirit throughout the season. To the Year 12s, well done on a stellar run to five premierships and ending our high school tennis on such an accomplishment. To the Year 11s, the victory was well deserved and there is plenty of potential to take the flag home once again next year. Lastly, a big thanks to Mr Height for his incredible effort to support and drive the boys to play at such a high level. Well done team!

Jack Hartnett, Tennis Captain


2021 ACC Athletics

March 29th, 2021

In what was a beautiful day, the Whitefriars Athletics team arrived at Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park, determined to make an impact in 2021, after the event was cancelled last year. We headed out for a warmup, followed by a speech by the Athletics captain, inspiring the boys to give it their best effort for the day. Post speech the boys were revved up for a big day.

The day kicked off the open 3000m following promptly by the hurdles. With the events running all day, on and off the track, it is a credit to all the boys who competed.

Congratulations to the following boys who placed top three in their events, well done to you all.

Congratulations to all the boys listed above, what an amazing achievement to have all those top three place getters. Further congratulations to all of those who competed, everyone should be proud of their efforts.

The ACC awards are broken into age group, section and overall placings. Whitefriars came:


Big congratulations to the Year 10 students who took out their respected age group.

Cup Results; Whitefriars came:

Overall, Whitefriars came 3rd in division one with a score of 292.

In 2nd please was St Joseph’s Geelong (309) and the winner, Parade (334).

Lastly, congratulations to the following boys who broke Whitefriars records:

With the day coming to an end, it was time for the Whitefriars Captains, Lachie Parrott, Ethan Wu and Trent Seegets, to deliver their final speech to the boys who got the chance to compete. With Wu tearing up, showing all emotion and how much the Whitefriars Athletics squad has meant to him over the past few years; he summed up perfectly how the Captains felt. For them it was the end, for the Year 7s, it is just the beginning.

Personally, I could not have picked a better group of boys to be leading this new team with, even though there was limited training due to COVID, everyone gave it their all. All the boys formed a bond from this team. I could not have been prouder of the efforts from these boys.

I will remember this day for the rest of my life.

Lachie Parrott, Athletics Captain


2021 ACC Senior Volleyball

March 25th, 2021

This year’s ACC Senior Volleyball season was an exceptional one for Whitefriars in both the A and B divisions. Both sides won three out of four games played, finishing second, behind Mazenod, in the stronger of the two pools, blue pool. One match was abandoned due to the snap lockdown so positions on the ladder were very tight, but by playing a consistent high standard of volleyball we got over the line and managed to get two teams into the semi-finals. Unfortunately the B side went down in the semi-final, however the A side managed to make it all the way to the grand final before being defeated by Mazenod – a great first experience for a number of Year 12s in the side to play in their first grand final.

All the players in both teams represented Whitefriars with honour and pride, and received results for the time and effort that was invested. A big thank you to all the boys who committed to playing throughout the season, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Last but not least, a very special thank you to Mr Freeman and Miss Rock who put in a power of work throughout the season to ensure the sides could perform at their best every week and continue to build a great culture around volleyball at Whitefriars.

Good luck to the boys in the younger year levels who will be representing the College in volleyball later in the year, I look forward to seeing how all the teams go this year and in the future.

Patrick Cotter, Volleyball Captain

2021 ACC Senior Cricket

March 25th, 2021

What an excellent season for Whitefriars, with high levels of participation and some outstanding team and individual performances from across the board.

The 1st XI competed in the 35 over competition. They finished the regular season 2nd and hosted a home semi-final against De La Salle College on the Whitefriars main oval. Chasing 90 runs to win on a difficult pitch, the boys unfortunately fell just short by 10 runs.

The 2nd XI playing in the division 2 T20 competition, similarly, fell just short of a spot in the grand final.

A huge congratulations to opening batsmen Jamie Ross who managed to score 101 not out in the 1st XI. The innings was one of the few hundreds made for the College in recent history. Congratulations Jamie!

A big thank you must go to all the players who contributed this year, playing every Wednesday afternoon is a big commitment and I hope enjoyed it. To the Year 12s who have played their last ever game for the College, thank you and well done.

A special thank you to coaches Mr Kellar and Mr Ciardulli, your guidance and coaching during the season is much appreciated by all the boys.

Good luck to our Year 7-10s who will play cricket in Term 4. It won’t be long until you’ll be representing the College in senior cricket.


Thomas Sonderhof, Cricket Captain


College Organist to be featured on ANZCO DVD

March 25th, 2021

Last year I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists (ANZCO) which has been established in an effort to promote the rich musical inheritance left to us by our forebears in our churches, cathedrals and concert halls around Australia.

As part of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of ANZCO, a DVD is being produced featuring students playing the organs at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Scots Church, St. Pauls Cathedral and the Melbourne Town Hall. On 16 March, I was privileged to record my piece on the organ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which was especially meaningful given our links with the Cathedral at Whitefriars College.

ANZCO is endeavouring to promote education and an interest in the organ to the younger generation. The DVD will be released later this year, and I look forward to participating in the event.

Ben Harris, Year 12


A thought-provoking International Women’s Day

March 15th, 2021

The Power of Storytelling

Addressing gender inequality in a way that goes beyond tokenism has historically been challenging, particularly in a boys’ school. Is it possible to deliver a feminist message that has male students of every age leaning in and listening, instead of pushing back?

After this week, I can confidently say yes.

Through the power of collaboration, storytelling, and relationships, we may have found the key to addressing gender inequity in a way that promotes self-reflection and true empathy in a lasting way.
In preparation for International Women’s Day, a passionate group of senior students and staff (both male and female), gathered to create a new way to promote gender equality within our College. The senior students were adamant that the voices heard on International Women’s Day this year, should be just that – the Women in our community.

Together we decided to film a series of interviews, with the aim of educating the students and staff about the complex difficulties of being a woman at a boys’ school. The interviews were cut into three 8-minute episodes, shown each morning in pastoral care.

They answered questions such as “Have you been treated a particular way because of your gender?”, “Have you ever felt intimidated at this school?”, “Why is International Women’s Day relevant at Whitefriars?” and “What can we do to create positive change?”

It was a true display of female empowerment, brought about by student agency and the result was even better than we could have hoped.

You could hear a pin drop in the classroom as the videos were playing, every set of eyes glued to the screen. The students were respectful, receptive, and attentive. The videos prompted many discussions, even in the school yard. They allowed other female staff to recall instances where they had personally faced accounts of gender discrimination and gave staff members the opportunity to help educate students about a variety of issues facing women not only in our school or Australian context, but around the world.

A heartfelt thankyou to the people involved in bringing this production together. I hope that this momentum continues, and we can do more positive work in the space of gender equality throughout the year.


Mrs Kelly Hoinville-Catania

Coordinator – Student Activities


A visit from St Bede’s Primary School

March 15th, 2021

‘Professional Sharing’ was on the agenda for visiting Learning Diversity staff from St Bede’s Primary School in North Balwyn. Our Whitefriars College Learning Diversity team shared their professional approaches to providing support for students with specific needs and disability.

Both Whitefriars College and St Bede’s staff reflected on the Catholic principles of Horizons of Hope, in their work with diverse students, including, embracing difference and diversity, building a culture of learning together, and committing to achieving the highest standards possible based on reflective practice. Staff considered the NCCD processes developed, to ensure that the curriculum is accessible to all students.

We were fortunate to be joined by the Principal, Mark Murphy, and the Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching, Mark Ashmore, to welcome the group and speak further about the importance of equitable access and opportunity for diverse learners. We would like to thank Amanda Martin at St Bede’s for helping to coordinate this professional learning opportunity.


Mrs Simone Livingstone

Learning Leader – Learning Diversity

The Resilience Project – Gratitude

March 15th, 2021

As you will be aware, the school has taken on The Resilience Project as part of the Wellbeing Program to help develop resilient and happy young men. One of the key principles of this program is Gratitude. Practicing gratitude is a way of focussing on the positive things in our lives and appreciating what we have rather than what we don’t have. I encourage parents/guardians to bring this theme into their homes and work in partnership with the College in helping your sons develop a sense of hope – a powerful mindset in the health and wellbeing of any person. The following link contains information about the significant benefits of gratitude; Gratitude. Below is a list of questions which parents/guardians can use with their sons:


Mr Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students

Speak words of comfort…

March 12th, 2021

Dear members of the Whitefriars College Family,

Every morning over tea and toast, I have a quick flick through the paper to ensure I keep up with the news of the day. I have to say it is not often an uplifting experience. Concerning issues on a global, national and local level, dominate. Issues we cannot shy away from or ignore. Issue too which must be confronted, understood and acted upon. Even my beloved bombers have not given me cause for much joy in recent times!

In the midst of all this we are in the season of Lent in our Church Calendar. A season where we are supposed to stop, reflect and prepare for that most hope filled of moments in our Church; Easter. But in these troubling times it is hard to feel hopeful.

Our good friend Pope Francis encourages us to be hope-filled people during this time. In his Lenten message Francis tells us…

“In these times of trouble, when everything seems fragile and uncertain, it may appear challenging to speak of hope. Yet Lent is precisely the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation.”

But how is this possible when things appear a little bleak? The answer, Francis believes, lay in the idea of reconciliation. He says that if we seek forgiveness from God and from those we have wronged, we in turn can spread forgiveness to others. So, the challenge Francis provides us during this time is to…speak words of comfort, strength, consolation, and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn”.  Easier said than done, I know, but an action which could be quite liberating all the same.

Whitefriars is a place that continues to provide me with a great sense of hope both in the present and for the future. I am filled with hope when I see young men engaging thoughtfully and respectfully in the week of activities and discussion presented to them in recognition and Celebration of International Women’s Day, which occurred this week. I am inspired too, when I see a group of committed students come together, dedicated to the care of our planet as part of our Environmental and Social Justice partnership with Catholic Ladies College (CLC) Eltham. The aim of this group is for students to come together to discuss, plan and complete environment and social justice projects in our communities.

Whitefriars is a place too, where our young men thrive and challenge themselves through a wide range of activities and initiatives. Many of our students have a passion for music, both in front of and behind, the microphone. I would like to highlight three students in particular who not only have supported our music program here at Whitefriars but who also demonstrate their talents for singing and leadership beyond the gates of our school. I would like to congratulate three Whitefriars Boys who have been granted leadership positions in the 2021 National Boys Choir leadership team. Well done to:


Mr Mark Murphy


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