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Whitefriars College

156 Park Road

Donvale VIC3111

Tel: 03 9872 8200

Fax: (613) 9872 4343


Website: www.whitefriars. vic.edu.au

Key Details

Type: Catholic

Level: Secondary

Gender: Boys

Religious Affiliation: Catholic

Learning Extension: Yes

Indigenous Education: Yes

International Students: Yes

Scholarships: Yes

Our History

Whitefriars College was established as a Catholic Secondary School for boys by the Carmelite Order in 1961. Situated in Donvale the College is located in a unique bushland setting of 19 hectares making it one of the largest sites of any Catholic College in Melbourne.

Our Spirituality

Contemplation community service and Devotion to Mary mother of Jesus are basic to the Carmelite Spirituality on which Whitefriars College draws. This spirituality inspires a nurturing educational environment which enables students to feel that they belong; that they can believe in themselves and in that beyond themselves and that they have something to contribute to the world at large. We are living the motto drawn from the Carmelite spirit and tradition: In the care of a loving mother.

Student Wellbeing & Community Engagement

A Vertical House system is the basis of our Pastoral Care program. Students become well-known to staff who have a special interest in their holistic development. They are also connected to other students across the Year levels and offer each other leadership and support. Strong Counselling and Chaplaincy services are integral to this program. Whitefriars students participate in a number of community service activities. These include donating blood tutoring under-privileged children and assisting many of the local community groups. Students raise money for various charities such as the Carmelite Mission in East Timor caritas oxfam special appeals and those adopted by each of our House groups.


Our diverse curriculum challenges students to strive towards high personal achievement. Our well-developed notebook computer program directed by multi-talented and specialised staff coupled with extensive resources and an eco-friendly bushland setting provide the basis for rich and extended learning.

Co-curricular sport and Outdoor Education

Beyond-the-classroom activities include the Year 7 Transition camp the Outdoor Learning Program for Year 8-10 the Kairos Retreat in Year 11 and the Community Building Retreat in Year 12. Among a vast variety of co-curricular opportunities students can also participate in the music instrumental program drama and musical productions debating chess and environmental action. Comprehensive Physical Education and extensive sports programs both intra and inter school underpinned by highly skilled staff and excellent resources are the basis of our endeavours to promote the health and physical development of all students. An elective Outdoor Education program is also available.


 International learning room Library resource centre LOTE Resource room x 3 Bush setting x 19 hectares Design and Technology centre Basketball courts x 5 Fitness weights and circuit centre Performing Arts / Drama centre Religious Education room Science labs x 7 Visual Arts centre Canteen Careers Centre Chapel Counselling centre Cricket nets x 3 Wireless site – laptops for every student Gymnasium Media suite Music centre Recording studio Ovals x 2 Soccer pitch Theatre


What Makes Us Special

Whitefriars is the only Carmelite school in Australia and is ideally placed in a unique bushland setting. We have a long-established leading edge


Yes the College offers both limited Academic Scholarships and an Old Collegian Scholarship.

Visit us in 2014

If you are interested in seeing the College on a normal school day open Morning Tours are held on the following dates between 9am - 10. 30am:

Monday 10 and 24 February

Monday 3 March

Monday 31 March

Monday 5 May

Monday 2 June

Monday 4 August

Monday 1 September

Monday 6 October

Monday 10 November

Registration is essential to attend all College events Click Here to register. Our Open Day is held on Sunday 19 October between 10am and 3. 30pm.

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