Whitefriars College – Donvale VIC

‘Belong. Believe. Become.’Whitefriars College – Donvale, Vic

Est: 1961

Address: 156 Park Rd, Donvale VIC 3111
Tel: 03 9872 8200
Fax: 03 9872 4343
Email: info@whitefriars.vic.edu.au
Web: www.whitefriars.vic.edu.au

 

“Whitefriars nurtures boys into being gentle-men with strength of character. It encourages a virtuous, courageous outlook, respectful of others whilst never diminishing personal core beliefs.” - Mr John Finn

Enquiries: Enrolment Officer
Email: nfo@whitefriars.vic.edu.au
Gender: Boys
Yr Range: Yr 7-12
Enrolment: 1,160 students
Yr 7 Enrolment: 208 students; 8 classes
Languages: Italian, Mandarin & Indonesian
Fees for 2014: Yr 7 $8,660  Yr 12 $9,780
VCE Units 3/4: 41
VCAL: Yes
VET: Yes

 

Facilities

Destinations Year 12

• Arts Centre/Visual Arts Centre
• Bush Setting (19 Hectares)
• Design & Technology Centre
• International Learning Room
• LOTE Resource Centres x 2
• Performing Arts/Drama Centre
• Religious Education Centre
• Trade & Industry Centre
• Library Resource Centre
• Yr 12 Common Room
• Multi-purpose Areas x 2
• Basketball Courts x 5
• Weights/Circuit Room
• Gymnasiums x 2
• Cricket Nets x 3
• Soccer Pitch
• Careers Centre
• Lecture Theatre
• Counselling Room
• Music Centre
• Science Labs x 7
• Media Suite
• Theatrette
• Wireless Site
• IT Labs
• Chapel
• Wetlands
• Ovals x 2
• Halls x 2
• Canteen
Year 12   Destinations

 

About Us

Whitefriars College was established as a Catholic Secondary School for boys by the Carmelite Order in 1961 and is the only Carmelite school in Australia.

Carmelites endeavour to witness the presence of God in people, in nature, in the Word of God and in the deepest recesses of the human spirit. Wherever they go and whatever they do, including education, Carmelites endeavour to cultivate a spirit of prayer and reflection, a commitment to justice and peace – expressed in the service of others, a respect for and a welcome of the individual, and a keen sense of belonging to a community. Carmelites live ‘in allegiance to Jesus Christ’, and draw on the inspiration of Mary his mother, Elijah – the Prophet of Mount Carmel, and the many holy men and women who have followed the Carmelite ‘way’ in their lives.

Whitefriars College provides a nurturing educational environment enabling students to feel they belong, that they can believe both in themselves and in that beyond themselves, and that they have something to contribute to the world at large.

Year 7 Transition Program

Research indicates that if young boys feel a sense of belonging at school, their sense of wellbeing will increase, along with their chances of academic success. The development of quality relationships amongst students, and between students and teachers,is of paramount importance in the education of boys.

Transition to Whitefriars begins by visiting each primary school boy and his teacher to ensure a sound understanding of his needs and to reassure him of the steps ahead.  Orientation Day is designed to give each boy an opportunity to familiarise himself with his new school and new classmates, and to meet his Head of House, Pastoral Care Teacher and some of his subject teachers.

An extensive induction program covering all aspects of College life becomes the focus in the first week of Year7, before heading to an exciting three day camp.

In the Whitefriars community, we aim to support each student in the development of his full potential as a human being and challenge each student to achieve excellence in whatever ways he is capable.

Year 10 Community Service Program

“For I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.” (Jn 13.15) The Pastoral letters of St. Paul to Timothy and Titus show that from the earliest times, ministry was expected to be marked by love that overflows into service, stewardship and compassion. This is also reflected in the Carmelite Charism where we are called to Christian service that is directed towards building the Kingdom of God. Throughout all Year levels, our students are encouraged to participate in services and ministries that aid our community.

This Program allows students to minister to others through sourcing and committing to a week’s service in a chosen agency or organisation. This encourages students to live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ where his selfless work among the needy is the inspiration for our students to share their gifts and talents with others.

The Carmelites seek the face of God in the heart of the world. Likewise, we prepare our students to do the same.

Visit Us in 2014

Our Twilight Transition Evening is on Tuesday 18 February, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Our Open Day is on Sunday 19 October from 10:00am to 3:30pm. Open Morning Tours are usually on the first Monday of the month during school term, check the website for specific dates. Registration via the College website is essential.

Scholarships

Yes. The College offers three Academic Scholarships for Year 9 and an Old Collegian Scholarship.

International Students

CRICOS Provider Code 01680G

Course Name/Codes Secondary Years 7-12 024787 / 064895D

Whitefriars College has a long standing and successful International Student Program.