Well done to our ACC Cross Country Team

September 13th, 2018

Congratulations to our ACC Cross Country team on their performance at the ACC Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park yesterday.

After two terms of work (with Wednesday and Friday 7am sessions and weekend carnivals), it was great to see so many personal best results from our athletes on the day.

The day was successful for the boys being in third place for the entire day but just being pipped in the last race by the team that was below us consequently moving us in to fourth place.

A big thank-you must go to the following people:

Congratulations to the following students achieving Top 20 places:

Congratulations also to our U/13 Team on their 3rd place finish and U/14 Team on their 2nd place finish.


Australian Paralympian Jaryd Clifford visits Cross Country Team

September 3rd, 2018

We were very fortunate to have Australian Paralympian Jaryd Clifford attend our Cross Country session last week, where he both trained with the boys and spoke to them about his experiences of being a professional athlete.

Jaryd is not only a world champion in his T13 (sight impaired) classification; he made history at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland where he became the first Australian Paralympian to compete at an ‘ablebodied’ world championships (after winning the national able-bodied championship!).

Click here for a story on his career to date

National Tree Planting Day

September 3rd, 2018

Whitefriars College celebrated National Tree Planting on the 3 August. Thank you to Nicholas Smith (Middle School Captain) and Joel Monteiro (Senior School Captain) for organising the leadership group to participate. A big thank you to Mrs Ciavarella, Mrs Alexander, Anton Porto (8) and Hamish Harrison (8) for giving up their lunchtime to plant. Poa Lab grasses were planted at the front entrance, sourced from the not-for-profit nursery at Friends of Warrandyte National Park.

Read a Million Words House Challenge Celebration 2018

September 3rd, 2018

The Shortis Library has hosted a number of activities during Book Week promoting reading and writing, including engaging workshops by visiting author Jack Heath, a Manga meetup, quizzes on this year’s theme of ‘Find Your Treasure’, Where’s Wally, Wookie and Stig competitions and the House Reading Challenge celebration.

The Read a Million Words House Challenge concluded on 10 August and a celebration was held for all the participants who collectively read 28,124,421 words over a three-month period. Achieving the most words read overall, the winning house was Lisieux (9,624,153) followed by Mantua (5,139,643) and Soreth (3,055,220) in 2nd and 3rd place.

Congratulations on the individual achievements:

Most words read in each year level awards in order:


Regional Chess Championships

September 3rd, 2018

On Monday 6 August we had our first major chess tournament for 2018. The boys from Years 7 to 12 participated in the Regional Chess Tournament at Marcellin College and competed against students from a number of different schools in the region. We are  pleased to announce that the boys did extremely well.

It was the first chess competition for many of the team members, and the boys played with great spirit and enthusiasm. Whitefriars entered two teams this year with all the boys experiencing some success and learned much from the seven games they each played.
There were over 20 teams competing at the tournament, with each team having between 5 to 10 members. At the start of the day, we were informed that the top seven teams would go to the State Championships.

Our WFC Team 1 finished fourth overall and has now been invited to take part in state finals; the boys are very excited.

A special note of thanks must go to Ms Rhonda Powling (Chess Manager) and Mr William Wood for their extensive preparation of the boys throughout 2018. A special thanks to Dr Goodall for driving the team bus to get us there and back.

Whitefriars Team 1 Whitefriars Team 2
Jayden Bardrick, Year 10 Marcus Dunlop, Year 10
Jacob Sanderson, Year 10 Hayden Menzies, Year 9
Ethan Hooi, Year 8 Daniel Almaraz, Year 11
Fynn Jones, Year 9 Lucas D’Costa, Year 9
Alex Long, Year 12 Paddy Sanderson, Year 9

“The Marcellin Chess Tournament was a challenge for all our students, and everyone from Whitefriars put in their best efforts, with Team 1 managing to secure a place in the State Finals this year. All the boys gave it their best and had a good time.” Fynn Jones, Year 9

The Blessing and Official Opening of the Science and Technology Building

September 3rd, 2018

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:

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.


To see all of the images from the event, please CLICK HERE

House Swimming Carnival

August 6th, 2018

Thank you to all staff and students (especially our College Sport Captains) for your amazing assistance and participation on the day. The collegial support and
spirit was fantastic and something that our college consistently does extremely well.

We wish to congratulate:

1st 2nd 3rd
Junior Evan Chee Patrick Zwarts Harry Rooney
Senior Sean Blackley Dylan Knight Liam Donohue

The Fastest Friar Results were:

Junior Fastest Friar

Place Time Name House
1 27.00 Evan Chee Soreth
2 28.53 Patrick Zwarts Lisieux
3 28.91 Harry Rooney Trinity
4 29.84 Luke Cormack Stein
5 30.04 Riley O’Connell Stein
6 30.46 Ryan Dickenson Mantua
7 30.51 Connor Ward Stein
8 31.30 Jonas Morrison Soreth

Noel Kierce Senior Fastest Friar

Place Time Name House
1 25.57 Sean Blackley Mantua
2 25.63 Dylan Knight Soreth
3 26.19 Liam Donohue Corsini
4 26.44 Marcus Agnos Mantua
5 26.45 Justin Botha Stein
6 26.93 Matthew Farley Stein
7 27.04 Jack Gurrie Soreth
8 27.28 William Campbell Soreth

Carnival Placings


Place House Points
1 Stein 885
2 Soreth 754
3 Trinity 717
4 Corsini 696
5 Avila 644
6 Lisieux 635
7 Brandsma 632
8 Mantua 537


Place House Points
1 Stein 665
2 Soreth 625
3 Avila 601
4 Brandsma 537
5 Corsini 537
6 Mantua 536
7 Lisieux 489
8 Trinity 443


Days for Girls – Charity Update

August 6th, 2018

Another example of Faith in Action Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Together, we’re creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all.

Our movement has reached more than one million girls — and counting! With your help, we can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period. Whitefriars College is the first boys school in Australia to take up the championship of this women’s health initiative, and we would love for all of our College community, parents, staff and students to continue to be on board. The benefits to the girls and women receiving the Days for Girls kits are immediate – some aspects of their lives change that day. We hope that our involvement in this cause will also benefit our students, developing their positive attitudes to women and growing their understandings around gender equality.

In 2017, members of the Timor-Leste Immersion program took 280 Days for Girls kits for distribution, with a particular focus on the communities of Zumalai and Beilaco. This has helped to eliminate some of the barriers that women face in participating in work and education. In 2018, we delivered 242 Days for Girls Kits.

We are holding a series of information evenings and practical workshops to get a wider section of our College community involved in the Days for Girls program. Details for the next session are below, please join us.

Practical Preparation and Packing Workshop
Sunday 12 August 10.30am – 2.30pm

The afternoon is designed to be a hands-on workshop, enabling you to contribute directly to the creation of the kits – no sewing experience
necessary! It includes a sausage sizzle to be provided by members of the Templestowe Rotary Club.Function Room, Butler Building, Whitefriars College
RSVP NOW https://www.trybooking.com/XARN



Corsini demonstrate Faith in Action

August 6th, 2018

Corsini House have been working with Doncare as our House Charity Partner for a number of years and we are always looking for different ways to support them. One way is to offer financial support through our Feast Day donations, but just as important, we look to offer ‘hands
on’ practical support in the form of ’Faith in Action’.

The Kiwanis Club of Manningham have been working with Doncare to provide emergency personal packs to women forced to leave their family home because of domestic violence. Our new partnership with the Kiwanis Club sees us provide resources for these packs and then have our Year 7 Corsini House students put them together.

Last term we asked parents to support this worthy cause. Each student in a Pastoral Care was asked to bring one item for the packs. Students in C1 were asked to bring in a shower cap, students in C2 were asked to bring in a toothbrush, students in C3 were asked to bring in a packet of tissues, students in C4 were asked to bring in a face washer, students in C5 were asked to bring in a roll-on deodorant, students in C6 were asked to bring in a comb and students in C7 were asked to bring in feminine hygiene pads.

On Friday 20 July, during a Year 7 Corsini Religious Education lesson, Janet from the Kiwanis Club supervised the Year 7 group putting together the emergency packs for Doncare. Its was a great success and we managed to make 40 packs in the one lesson!

A big thank you to the parents, students and staff of Corsini House to make this initiative happen and we hope to replicate this success in Term 4.




Book now! SCINEMA Film Festival

July 29th, 2018

SCINEMA is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere showcasing the best in science cinema from around the world. SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to inspire the young, satisfy the curious, explain the baffling and ask the impossible.

So join us for an evening of Science in our new Science and Technologies Building:

Wednesday 15 August

7pm – 9pm

Whitefriars College, 156 Park Road, Donvale 3111

As we present the best of the SCINEMA program with you including:

Bookings required: planitsyncit.com/st1955



Whitefriars Engage Parent Workshops

June 25th, 2018

The College will be providing parent sessions early in Term 3 regarding the use of Whitefriars Engage.

Whitefriars Engage – How to access and use the system

Monday 23 July – please book for this workshop using the Try Booking link: trybooking.com/WHIJ

This session is a repeat of the parent workshop in Semester 1, which focuses on how to access the features in Whitefriars Engage, including timetable, documents, assessments and academic reports.

Whitefriars Engage – Using Engage to improve your son’s learning

Monday 13 August – please book for this workshop using the Try Booking link: trybooking.com/WHJH

This parent workshop will focus on strategies that you can implement as parents using information accessed on Whitefriars Engage. The workshop will include discussion on organisation, goal setting, using feedback and grades to improve academic achievement, reflection
techniques and developing a growth mindset. There will also be an opportunity during the evening to provide parent feedback regarding Whitefriars Engage.

Second place in Indonesian Language Competition

June 25th, 2018

Whitefriars is delighted to announce Nicholas Gunawan, of Year 8, has achieved second place in the annual Victorian Indonesian Sayembara Lisan oral language competition. Nicholas prepared extensively at home and at school and was examined in general conversation as well as presenting a prepared topic. He competed in both preliminary and final rounds against students from many other Victorian schools. Thank you for your very diligent work, Nicholas – we are proud of your efforts.

Mr Jackson and Mrs Scott

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