Whitefriars College – Donvale VIC

‘Belong. Believe. Become.’

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  • Principal: Mr John Finn
  • Enquiries: Mrs Linda Dingley
  • Gender: Boys
  • Yr Range: Yr 7 – 12
  • Enrolment: 1,200 students
  • Yr 7 Enrolment: 208 students; 8 classes
  • Languages: Italian, Mandarin & Indonesian
  • Fees for 2017: Yr 7 $10,320 Yr 12 $11,440 (+ Elective Subject Levies)
  • VCE Units 3 & 4: 47
  • VCAL: Yes
  • VET: Yes
  • CRICOS No: 01680G

“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

Whitefriars College offers a secondary education built on the foundation of the Carmelite tradition, of being aware of the Presence of God in everyday things, or walking in the Presence of God. The boys share in the charism of the Carmelite values of love, respect, tolerance, compassion, community and service. Represented in the College motto ‘Almae In Fide Parentis’ (In the care of a loving Mother), the College’s Carmelite tradition, together with the Whitefriars Mission Statement – Belong, Believe and Become – provide a nurturing environment for the boys to learn and do their best, achieving their full potential. These values and tradition set us apart – Whitefriars is the only Carmelite College in Australia. We are proud of our heritage and also of the ‘gentle men’ who leave us at the end of their secondary schooling.

We adopt a holistic approach to boys’ education, endeavouring to develop the students in all areas of their lives producing responsible, generous and capable men. The spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional grounding that students receive during their Whitefriars years, results in students who are happy in themselves, healthy in their relationships, confident in their abilities and ready to pursue success in all aspects of their lives.

We provide a diverse academic, sporting, cultural, environmental and spiritual curriculum, which is supported by caring and nurturing values and traditions in a safe environment. Our specialised staff inspire students to strive towards high personal achievement, developing confidence and direction for the future.

The Whitefriars One To One Tablet Program aims to enable students to be proficient active users of new technology. Students will use their tablet PCs as multipurpose tools for research, productivity, communication, presentation, reflection and thinking. The tablet PC will become the student’s own portable learning and communication tool, and allow students to take full advantage of the technology, whenever and wherever it will be useful.

The Tablet Program aims to equip each student with a powerful tablet PC and a wide range of current industry standard software; develop high levels of technological competence and literacy; develop proficiency in creating, manipulating and critiquing a wide range of digital content; build exemplary 21st century stills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking; facilitate improved handwriting, note taking and personal management skills; and use technology to expand the opportunities for students to be successful.

Boys learn differently. Our teachers specialise in teaching boys, embracing technology as a tool to ensure our curriculum features exciting and challenging programs to make learning fun, inspiring and engaging. Our committed staff inspire students to strive for high personal achievement, to be their best, to develop confidence and a strong sense of direction. We are committed to continuous improvement in learning, personal development, facilities and resources, all of which provide the basis for rich and extended learning.

Whitefriars College is committed to connecting students’ learning of sustainability across all learning areas. The purpose for environment and sustainability co-curricular activities is for students to have the opportunity to experience and understand real environment issues relevant in today’s society.

The College is located in the ecologically unique Mullum Mullum Valley, home to the Manna and Messmate gum forests, wetlands and Mullum Mullum creek. This environment hosts a number of native flora and fauna.

Whitefriars Environment Group (WEG) has operated for nearly 20 years with volunteer students completing a range of activities that, in many instances, are being incorporated into the learning areas.

Examples of environment and sustainability co-curricular activities are:

• Native Tree Planting – The Carmelite ethos to ‘Walk Gently on the Earth’ is discussed during this activity along with prayers and reflection.

• VCAL Conservation and Management – Weeding and planting.

• Native Transect Line Activity – Identifying and mapping native flora in the bushland.

• Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) – Water usage is logged and this data can be used in a number of applications in math and geography.

• Renewable Energy Activity – Students review and evaluate renewable / non-renewable energy types.

  • 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
  • Debating
  • Chess Club
  • Book Club
  • Science Club
  • Environment Club
  • Music & Drama Workshops
  • School Productions
  • Visual Arts Week
  • Effective Speaking Competitions
  • Philosophy
  • Australian Informatics 7
  • ICAS
  • Creative Writing Competitions
  • Mathematics Club
  • Rock Bands & Ensemble Groups
  • College Choir
  • Mathematics Competitions
  • Peer Support
  • Science Competitions ICAS and Rio Tinto
  • Whitefriars Key Club
  • Instrumental Programs
  • SRC Student Ambassadors
  • Whitefriars Active Science Project
  • Coding Club
  • Young Vinnie’s
  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Badminton
  • AFL Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Table Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Water Polo
  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • LOTE – Chinese, Indonesian or Italian (two selected)
Our Twilight Evening is on Tuesday 14 February and our Open Day is on Sunday 21 May. Throughout the year, Open Morning Tours are held most months during the school term. Bookings are essential. Visit our website for more details.

Competition Code: 1705