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: 1,200 students
Yr 7 Enrolment: 208 students; 8 classes
Languages: Italian, Mandarin & Indonesian
Fees for 2015: Yr 7 $9,280  Yr 12 $10,270
VCE Units 3/4: 41
VET: Yes



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.

Our Curriculum

Whitefriars College focuses on educating, motivating and empowering students to be life-long, discriminating learners. We foster a culture of study, refl ection, constructive critical thinking and creative thinking that helps them develop the skills, understandings and attitudes that enable them to grow intellectually, emotionally and spiritually, and to positively contribute to the society in which they live.

We offer a wide choice of studies, with courses in Religious Education, English, Languages (Indonesian, Italian and Mandarin), Mathematics, Sciences, Information Technology, Materials Technology, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Humanities, Commerce, Health and Physical Education and Outdoor Learning, as well as vocationally-oriented programs.

These studies are complemented by our Pastoral Care, Transition, Personal Development, Academic Enrichment and Sporting programs, and a wide range of co-curricular activities, including various productions, competitions and challenges.

Whitefriars staff focus on using leading edge learning and teaching practices to engage boys. Each student is provided with a tablet computer; our emphasis is not primarily on learning to use technology for its own sake but, rather, on using whatever means (including technology) that might be most appropriate to maximise learning.

Building Leaders

The ‘Leadership Program’ allows boys to explore what it actually means to be a leader and, in turn, what is expected of a leader at Whitefriars.

The Leadership Retreat allows students to identify their strengths, establish goals to improve on their weaknesses and reflect on their leadership qualities, and how to utilise them to help contribute to the best possible culture at the College.

Another important program available for our senior students is the KAIROS Retreat. KAIROS provides an opportunity to explore our relationship with ourselves, our community, and with God.

Our students are invited to reflect on their own faith journey and begin to deepen their spiritual lives, as they seek the presence of God in all things.

Visit Us in 2015

Our Twilight Open Evening is on Tuesday 17 February at 7:00pm. Our Open Day is on Sunday 18 October from 9:30am  to 2:30pm. Open Morning Tours are held each term. atholic Schools Guide 2015 – Our Future


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.