From the Principal – When we are together, everything’s better

September 17th, 2020

Dear members of the Whitefriars College family,

As we conclude what has been a very challenging term for us all, I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to you for your continued support and encouragement of all that we are doing at Whitefriars in support of your sons. I have been overwhelmed by your generosity and the positive and resilient attitude you have displayed throughout this extraordinary period. I think that a positive attitude is the greatest gift we can give our children during difficult times. However, it is also often the most draining and difficult of endeavours. I often ask myself in these moments; who is caring for the carer? Each of you has shouldered a heavy burden, from juggling working from home and supporting children with their home learning, to dealing with the future uncertainties inherent in our current situation, among a million other things.

There are as many theories and approaches to dealing with these issues as there are issues themselves. I think it is important to seek out these resources, as often they can help us to view our situation through a different lens. For example, last week at Whitefriars we acknowledged RUOK day. This national day of action provides a wonderful opportunity to remind us to connect and support one another by asking the simple question; Are you OK? The idea being if someone says they’re not OK, make time to listen, encourage action and check in. That conversation could change, or even save, their life.

Personally, my approach to moments when I feel my resilience is waning, is three-fold:

It is these last two, which I find most powerful. Giving myself over to the care of others and to God, acknowledging that I can’t do this alone, and that I don’t always have all the answers, and being prepared to show vulnerability – can be a most liberating of experiences.

There are others who speak about vulnerability with far more eloquence than I ever could.

Jesus himself was the definitive example of vulnerability. He spent his life confronting his own vulnerabilities – from being tested in the wilderness, to the moment in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he handed himself over to the will of his Father. In his public life too, Jesus focused his energy and attention on the most vulnerable in his own community, from lepers to tax collectors. Ultimately, over and above all this, Jesus asks us to do the most vulnerable thing anyone can be asked to do – to love. And not just anyone, but particularly, those who are hardest to love.

So, in the midst of all this, the best we thing we can do is to love. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

 

Celebrations

Last Friday, we held our historic Whitefriars Day via zoom. What a wonderful celebration of our school and all it stands for. The brief for this day is one which…

There is no doubt that all three of these elements were present. Each was presented in thoughtful, creative and reflective ways. I am very grateful to Josh Vujcich for his excellent leadership of this day, well supported by Fr Paul, Br Sean, Mick Lafferty, Kelly Hoinville, Fiona Matthews, Tracey Phelan, Jeremy Freeman, Michael Bohan, Jack Gargano, Alessandra Akers, Alex Dunmill, Luke Harford and Zain O’Neill. Not to mention our wonderfully talented and dedicated students who provided us with liturgy, learning and laughter and incredible gifts and talents. I leave you with the address I presented to our community on Friday.

 

Mr Mark Murphy

Principal

 

 

It is great to be with you today as we celebrate Whitefriars day. Listening to those great young men of Whitefriars who have just spoken to us, gives me great encouragement because each of them, in their own way, has provided us with a wonderful insight into who we are as a school and what we are about. Courage, selflessness, family, perseverance, positivity are all words these boys used, which really describe the essence of a gentle man of Whitefriars. These young men also spoke of looking after each other, being the best version of yourself that you can be, taking pride in your school and celebrating the uniqueness of every member of our community. These boys understand the essence of who we are as a Catholic Carmelite school for boys.

Last week, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg spoke to our community about how we can support the development of resilience among our young men. He spoke about many of the things that our boys have mentioned today. There were three things he said, which stood out to me and which captured the heart of what it means to me to be a Whitefriars boy.

These were:

  1. When we are together, everything’s better
  2. If you want to feel good, do good.

In the language of the Carmelites these ideas can be better summed up as:

  1. Community – We are strongest when we are together, when we are in solidarity with each other, when we respect and celebrate the unique gifts of each other, when we show empathy, compassion and love for each other
  2. Service – Doing good and doing it quietly is in the Carmelite DNA. Doing good as Therese of Lisieux would. St. Therese spoke of the “little way” – to do small things with great love. What better model could we have as gentle men of Whitefriars?
  3. To connect with our spiritual self or in other words – to pray, to reflect on faith, to practice a more contemplative life. The Great St. Teresa of Avila gives us a hint about how to pray. She said we should not think of prayer as some intellectual thing or one where we had to pray using particular words. She said, rather, the important thing with prayer was not to think much but to love much.

So, if we engage respectively and supportively in our community, if we serve others by doing small things with great love and if we treat prayer as a way to reach out to others with love – we will truly live what it means to be Whitefriars people.

I wish to thank you all, staff and students, for the way you have supported and cared for each other during this difficult time. You have inspired me every day with your fortitude and your generosity. Stay safe and stay well, look after each other and I pray that we will all be back together soon.

Until then remember we can all take comfort from knowing, that we are all in the care of our loving mother Mary.

 

Covid Poem

When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check-up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.

When this ends,
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way–better
for each other
because of the worst.

– Laura Kelley Fanucci

 

James Phelan Writing Workshop

September 17th, 2020

Reflection on ‘How to tell a gripping story’

By Joshua Sarlos, Year 8

On Friday 3 September, James Phelan, bestselling author and creator of the popular book series The Last Thirteen, held his second writer’s workshop over Zoom. This workshop was organised by the library staff and was a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy and learn.

The workshop itself consisted of an introduction by James Phelan and a journey through his life, showing the students key moments from his childhood and the events that he used as inspiration for his stories later in life. James inspired us while speaking about events – like when he decided he wanted to be an author – and everything that happened before he truly set his path to his dream career.

James talked about how he got his first book published and then went on to explain where he draws inspiration for the characters featured in his stories, such as from his real-life close friends and family. Following this, James explained how he believed “writing was the hardest part” and the many stages of editing and review a book goes through before it is published, educating everyone that it may not be as easy as it seems.

Finally, James answered questions from the students, giving them an insight into how he writes, and sharing his knowledge with the participants. He gave tips on how to do things like come up with a good ending, show true character in a tricky situation and how to add better description to your writing.

James Phelan’s writing workshop was an educating and fun experience for everyone who attended. I’m sure that nobody will forget how he inspired them that day.”

 

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

In addition to the enlightening virtual author workshops focusing on suspenseful writing, Book Week 2020 at Whitefriars was celebrated with online quizzes on the CBCA theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. At this time of year, we also highlight the CBCA Shortlisted titles, from which the winners will be announced in late October.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved places in the Book Week quizzes:

Dr Seuss Kahoot

 

Mrs Jenny Corbin

Learning Leader – Library

and

Mrs Cass Andison

Teacher Librarian

 

 

Fatigue and a way to recovery

September 16th, 2020

COVID-19 government restrictions and the time in isolation throughout the winter months has meant that Term 3 has been more challenging than previous years. The uncertainty and the adaption to change increases emotions and it drains one’s energy. We have each found ways to cope with the changes, be it through (what feels like) endless zoom conferences, Netflix watching or cheering on your team on Kayo.

We cannot underestimate the time it takes for us to recover our energy and positivity, as we move beyond the COVID-19 restrictions.

Take your mind to a time when you have had to physically exert yourself for an activity. A walk, a run, a performance on stage. It can take time to recover from such exertion. Emotional exertion also has an impact.

Each of us have experienced the emotional strain of maintaining family, school and work commitments. Some in our community have worked as essential workers and some on the front line as health care workers. Thank you to these members of our community. Isolation, financial strain and maintaining motivation for learning are challenges that lead to fatigue.

In schools, our teachers and our students do tire towards the end of each busy term. The online environment behind the screen, the uncertainty and the adapting to change has sapped energy, making Term 3 no different. Our senior students have spent most of the Term 3 at home preparing for upcoming important assessments. We are acutely aware that our Year 7-10 students have continued to persevere during the Home Learning Program, unfortunately for longer than their time at school in 2021.

Daily routines, sleep, exercise, diet and finding time to be device free can assist in maintaining our wellbeing and optimum performance with learning. Contemplation is also important to ensure patience, as is considering others in our community.

The holidays bring us each an opportunity to recharge the batteries and to reflect upon how to approach Term 4 with routines that will sustain us for the remainder of the school year. Getting sufficient sleep and exercise can make a huge difference to managing and succeeding in academic outcomes upon returning to school in Term 4. Likewise, the holidays may possibly provide an opportunity to enjoy a pastime (bike ride, drawing or painting, playing an instrument) or learning a new skill (i.e., cooking, gardening, solving puzzles, etc.) or indulging in reading for pleasure.

Take care.

Further communication will be provided early in Term 4 regarding the possibility of returning to school as the College receives guidelines from the government and Catholic Education.

 

Mr Mark Ashmore

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

 

Whitefriars Day – Something Special

September 16th, 2020

In times of hardship and challenge, we look for strength and support from the communities with which we belong. We are blessed to have a wonderful community at Whitefriars and the celebration of Whitefriars Day on Friday 11 September, where over 1000 people gathered virtually, was a testament to this.

The day began with a liturgy led by our Carmelite Chaplains Father Paul Sireh, Brother Sean Keefe and our Liturgy and Social Justice Captains, Zain O’Neil and Luke Harford. College Captain, Alex Dunmill spoke to the community about the supportive environment at Whitefriars, the brotherhood which exists and the strong sense of family. This was followed by a series of testimonies from the young men of Whitefriars who shared with the community what it means to them to be a Whitefriars boy. Thank you to Toby Brown, Josh Hannan, Ben Bugeja, Baxter House, Joel Savy, Landen Couper, Amin Yekta and Sourav Gary who spoke about the following qualities of our community – courage, wearing the uniform with pride, achieving the best you can, looking after your mates, a supportive community, being selfless and serving others and being a gentle man.

Mr Murphy, our College Principal, addressed the community and spoke of the Carmelite tenants of Prayer, Community and Service and how these are the essence of the Whitefriars community.

Finally, to continue to foster our connection to the people of Timor Leste and our support of the Carmelites who work closely with them, the traditional Walkathon was replaced with the ‘Walk in Their Shoes’. Students and families were encouraged to go for a 40-minute walk, symbolic of the average time it takes a Timorese student to walk to school. The accompanying photographs show the spirit and solidarity expressed by our community and the video below, put together by Mayra Walsh, Community Development Ministry Director for the Carmelites, made it real and provided us with inspiration and awareness of our friends in Timor-Leste.

https://clickv.ie/w/gVwo

The day was a wonderful celebration of Whitefriars College and showed that when under duress, the strength of a community shines through. A special thanks to Mr Joshua Vujcich, Director – Identity, Mission and Faith for steering the planning and delivery of the day.

 

Mr Mick Lafferty

Deputy Principal – Students

 

 

The Carmelites supporting you

September 16th, 2020

Links:

www.carmelites.org.au

www.thecarmelitecentremelbourne.org.au

www.facebook.com/CarmelitesAET

carmelcare@carmelites.org.au

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Manningham City Council Citizen Scientist Holiday Fun

September 16th, 2020

Manningham City Council and Melbourne Water are offering citizen scientists activities for the community to engage in over the holidays. Below is a link to the App and information. Please adhere to COVID regulations, always go with an adult and be mindful of your safety around water and the bushland. Dial 000 in case of emergency.

 

Frog Census Program via the Application

https://www.melbournewater.com.au/water-data-and-education/get-involved/be-citizen-scientist/frog-census

If you hear a frog load the app, take a recording and send it in for identification. MMC are working towards accessing this data to create some Frog Identification maps for Manningham.

 

Platyspot Program via the Application

Similar to the Frog Census Application if you are walking along a waterway and see a Platypus, then log it in with this Platyspot App. Manningham is also working towards data sharing so we can include this data in our reporting.

http://platypusspot.org/

 

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Council sponsors this program and we receive the data and create important bird maps from the information citizen scientists collect.  Don’t forget to record all the water and terrestrial birds found around Manningham on your walks.

https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

https://www.manningham.vic.gov.au/birds-in-manningham

 

Spring Outdoors program

Manningham is again running a huge Spring Outdoors program. We have a heap of online things to participate in.

https://www.manningham.vic.gov.au/spring-outdoors

 

The Sustainability and Environment Team wish you a wonderful and safe term holiday.

 

Ms Jo Menzies

Sustainability and Environment Team

Health, PE and Environment Week

September 16th, 2020

To celebrate Health, PE and Environment Week from 31 August to 4 September, the PE Learning Area joined with the Sustainability and Environment Team to design an action packed engaging five-day program for the whole College community.

WFC@Home Olympics embraced the Olympic spirit of the postponed Tokyo Games to encourage everyone to get moving and be sustainable. Students and staff have enjoyed a variety of activities across the week.

Starting on Move it Monday students were encouraged to move with two awesome sessions on offer. Students, staff and their children, took part in a Live Basketball Skills Session with expert basketballer Joe Mutimer (class of 2019) and a Live Personal Training Session with Byron Koester (Immortal Fitness). A week-long competition to find the best Strava artist was also announced.

Tasty Tuesday provided students the chance to explore their sustainable food side to create a vegetarian meal, whilst Wellbeing Wednesday allowed students to take some time out and be mindful. Ben Horsnaill of Year 12 Trinity showed us how with a fantastic video on Forest Bathing.

Watch the videos here:

Ben’s Forest Bathing

Year 11 PE students also incorporated these activities as part of their practical work in a unit an Activity Planning.

Wednesday also offered staff an opportunity to do some Self Care with Carly from Diamond Valley Myotherapy and Exercise to work on their posture and release some tight neck muscles.

Technique Thursday allowed students to work on refining any number of sporting skills, which was also incorporated into the Jnr Sport Program. Students and staff were also able to fine tune their motivational skills with a 30 sec motivational Rev Up.

Finally Fun Friday provided excitement with Mr Murphy and School Captain Alex Dunmill attempting to beat the Guinness World record for most peas eaten with a toothpick in 30 seconds, challenging staff and students to do the same. Students also took part in the Famous Sporting faces competition.

 

Results of the week are as follows:

Strava Art – Weeklong Activity

1st Place ($20 Rebel voucher) by Jacob Tymms (Year 8): Fish biting a Fisherman

2nd Place ($10 Canteen Voucher) by James Cleary (Year 7): James

3rd Place ($5 Canteen Voucher) by Harry Beagley (Year 10): Radar Speed Gun

 

Commendation

Elian Deeb (Year 7): COVID-19

Riley Jones (Year 7): A guy wearing a Russian hat

Riley Di Conza (Year 7): Elephant

Jacob Tymms (Year 8): Surfing dude, Woolly Mammoth, Karate Kid

Ned Hargreaves (Year 10): The Stingray

James Williams (Year 10): The Slide

Harry Apostolopoulos (Year 10): Dodgem Car

Angus Bunker Smith (Year 11): Flying Bird

 

Move It Monday Photography Competition

Gold ($50 JB Hi-Fi voucher) by Xavier Barker (Year 12): Bamboo Forest

Silver ($30 JB Hi-Fi voucher) by Jordy Walton (Year 9): Mansfield

Bronze ($20 JB Hi-Fi voucher) by Jett McIntyre (Year 9): Jonquil

 

Commendation

Hayden Guest (Year 11): Prodigious Sunset

 

Roger Luo (Year 11): Squiddly Boy

Fynn Jones (Year 11): Arapiles Gold

Harry Apostoulos (Year 10): Hanging with the Buds

Xavier Barker (Year 12): Taronga zoo tiger

 

Tasty Tuesday Vegetarian MasterChef Winners

Gold ($20 Rebel voucher and vegetarian cookbook) – Elian Deeb (Year 7)

 

Wellbeing Wednesday Photo Winners

Gold ($20 Rebel voucher) – Lochie Reidy (Year 10)

Silver ($10 Canteen voucher) – Jacob Klos (Year 11)

Bronze ($5 Canteen voucher) – Will Maxwell – Evans (Year 11)

 

Technique Thursday Recycled Art Competition

Gold ($20 Rebel voucher) – Haywood Chen (Year 8): Camera

Silver ($10 Canteen voucher) – Phil Deane (Year 8): Cockatoo Sculpture

Bronze ($5 Canteen voucher) – Toby Dabelstein (Year 7): Toilet Roll Monster & Luke Hall (Year 8): WW11 Corsair

 

Famous Faces Quiz

Gold ($20 Rebel voucher) Zoravar Deo (Year 10)

Silver ($10 canteen voucher) David Bell (Staff)

Bronze ($5 canteen voucher) Evan Smeed (Staff)

 

Pea Eating

Gold ($20 Rebel voucher) Pat O’Shannasy (Year 8) – 29 Peas

 

Commendation

Alex Dunmill – 26 peas

Mark Murphy – 20 peas

 

The Health and PE team thank all students and staff for their involvement in the very first “Remote Health Pe and Enviro Week”.

 

Mrs Katherine Smith

Learning Leader – Health and Physical Education

 

Event: Spring Planting with Maria

September 16th, 2020

The Science Technology and Environment @ Whitefriars (STEW) Club are presenting a gardening workshop with teacher, Ms Maria Ciavarella.

Her talk, “Getting Ready for a Bumper Harvest” is open to parents and staff and will occur on the first Tuesday of the holidays, 22 September from 7 – 8:30pm.

To RSVP, please email: jmenzies@whitefriars.vic.edu.au

Learning new skills

September 4th, 2020

Father’s Day will mean a great deal more for me this year.

My daughter, our first born, is in my arms as I write this article – she is just days old, being home for minutes.

Last week was filled with emotion; anticipation, fear, intrigue, overwhelming happiness, excitement and apprehension. I am sure fathers in our community can return to the moment their son entered into the world and recall these feelings. However, I suspect many would not have worn masks throughout the duration of a birth and stay in hospital (COVID-19).

Upon reflection (yes, we have had some quiet moments), I began to think about the life skills that prepared me for this key moment in becoming a dad. Fortunately, I have had wonderful parents, teachers and mentors that have guided, questioned, challenged and nurtured me so that I have a suite of skills and a positive mindset.

Learning new skills and seeking understanding on new topics has been important as I look to care for a newborn.

Many of the skills and habits our teachers are teaching and promoting to our students are similar to those skills I have used to learn new things during the past week. These transferrable life skills are important towards fostering positive relationships, along with reflecting, questioning, communicating, thinking critically and problem solving. Changing a nappy or swaddling a newborn are necessary skills but more importantly, it is being able to effectively deal with challenges in different situations using the ‘soft’ or ‘essential’ skills that can make a difference in the learning process.

So, what does this mean for our young men studying in the Home Learning Program?

It is challenging at the moment with COVID restrictions but to avoid or retreat is not an excuse.

Use available resources (parents, siblings, peers and teachers) to improve your understanding of the people around you and the circumstance you are in. Acquire new skills by looking at opportunities to further develop oneself. Ask questions when you don’t have the answers to ensure understanding. Learn from your mistakes – reflect on how you can improve.

Continue the journey to become gentle men. You will fully understand this term when you hold and care for a child.

To the Whitefriars boys, spend some time thanking your dad this weekend. Stay strong and prepare well for your studies.

To the Dads, Happy Father’s Day.

 

Mr Mark Ashmore

Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching

 

From the Principal – Light and Life

September 3rd, 2020

Dear members of the Whitefriars College family,

Over these weeks of home learning, I have been constantly amazed at the creativity, innovation and thoughtfulness of our staff, as they continue to provide opportunities for our young men to engage in learning on a daily basis. Since I last wrote in this space, there have been a variety of events and initiatives which have brought a bit more life and light into this time of isolation for our boys. For instance…

I attended the Lisieux House assembly, hosted by Minh Nguyen and Lachlan Callander, supported by House Leader Amanda Hourigan and her able assistant Russell Melenhorst. It was a wonderful opportunity to bring our boys and teachers together to celebrate the great Lisieux House and the efforts and achievements of our young men.

I also attended a lunchtime concert presented by Susan Neilson and our highly talented music students. We heard from many of our passionate musicians across a variety of musical genres. Thanks to Susan and all of the music staff for providing another moment of joy in our week.

Last Monday, I attended the Read a Million Words presentation event hosted by Cassandra Andison. Cassandra and Jenny Corbin, along with the Library team, have been a driving force behind this wonderful initiative. I was inspired by the passion for reading, displayed by our boys, and the looks of pride and joy on their faces when they were recognised for their literary efforts. It was wonderful to see our staff involved in the competition as well. There is nothing more powerful than when we model worthwhile learning behaviours to our students, and there aren’t many more valuable learning behaviours than reading.

On Tuesday evening, I hosted a meeting on Zoom with a group of families who are attempting to work out where their son should go to secondary school in 2022. That’s a pretty tough challenge when you can’t physically visit, nor get that feeling in your gut about the right place. However, our secret weapon that night gave these families a sense of who we are and what we are about – Toby Brown, one of our two wonderful College Vice Captains! I wish you could have heard Toby speak with such passion and deep love for his school. He spoke about the community here at Whitefriars and how they had walked with him and inspired him throughout his journey. Toby’s presence was a testament to his loving and supportive family, and our staff, who have worked in partnership over the past six years to assist him in becoming the gentle man he is today.

On Wednesday and Thursday night, we held our historic Student Parent Teacher Conferences via Zoom. The feedback from parents has been overwhelmingly positive. It takes skills to conduct an interview under normal circumstances – when it’s via a screen it takes more! It takes a relationship and it takes confidence, knowledge, mutual respect and understanding, which transcends the technology. It also takes a bit of a leap of faith, which frankly, all of us have had to do a lot of this year. In making these comments, I pay tribute to both parents and staff who each engaged in equal measure to ensure the success of these important meetings.

Last week, my lack of science knowledge was exposed by the challenging questions Daniela Carboon (Learning Leader of Science) and her team put together for Science Week. I have to say though, I did look forward to the science quiz each morning and I know many of our young men with a passion for science would have looked forward to it, as well along with all the other creative and fun activities. Another glimmer of light in the week for our young men!

We heard about the incredible success of our Chess team, who finished in second place in the ACC Online Chess Tournament – only 1 point behind the winner! One of these amazing young men, Jacob Sanderson, won an incredible 7 out of 7 games – now that’s discipline. I encourage you to read more in Chess Captain Hayden Menzies report. In the words of Hayden… A massive thank you to Ms Powling for organising our place in the competition, providing us with resources to continue to practice chess while Chess Club cannot meet, and keeping us up-to-date while the technical difficulties persisted.

This week at Whitefriars, Health and Physical Education Week was led by our Katherine Smith, Jo Menzies and our enthusiastic PE staff. Our boys participated in a variety of challenges and activities throughout the week. These included everything from Skills and Fitness Zoom sessions, cooking a sustainable meal, to growing their own food and just taking some time out. Students even had the opportunity to take on our Principal and College Captain in attempting to set a new Guinness book of World Record for pea-eating with a toothpick!

In these challenging times we could be forgiven for not wishing to look to far ahead. At last week’s Course Advice Day, that is just what we asked our Year 9 and 10 students to engage in. Our staff supported our boys to reflect on what they liked and what they had an aptitude for, as they discerned their courses of study for next year. I am very grateful to our staff who provided a great service to our boys as they discerned a bright future during this challenging time.

How lucky are we to be in a place that brings us so much light and life in times that are not so bright and light? I hope you all have a great week. And remember, reach out to each other. In this place, I know you will not be disappointed.

 

Mr Mark Murphy

Principal

 

Happy Father’s Day

September 2nd, 2020

In lieu of our annual Father’s Day breakfast, we would like to wish all of the fathers, stepfathers, male teachers and mentors – a wonderful Father’s Day via this video.

In this year of unequivocal change, we hope that you have been given a greater glimpse into your son (and what makes him tick!) and that what you’ve both learnt about each other, changes your lives for the better.

The College community wishes you a wonderful weekend.

 

Whitefriars Day

September 2nd, 2020

There is something special about Whitefriars College. I have interviewed countless prospective students and parents over the years, and I couldn’t count the number of times these parents have commented on the incredible ‘feel’ 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 ‘Walk in Their Shoes’ 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 person’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 jvujcich@whitefriars.vic.edu.au so that we can share this amazing community experience.

Mr Joshua Vujcich, Director – Identity, Mission & Service, has prepared a short video (for staff and students) to promote this significant day.

Whitefriars 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

 

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