Facilities: All secondary rooms networked for individual notebook computer program, IT support centre, 6 science labs, specialist rooms for music, art, visual communication, manual arts and home economics; primary and secondary libraries, excellent computer facilities for primary, primary science room, gymnasium, ovals, tennis courts and multi-use courts, canteen.
The College runs its own buses to eastern suburbs and to the Nunawading station. Most students travel by private car and car pooling arrangements are common.
After School Care:
This facility operates between 3:30pm and 6:00pm every evening.
Key Enrolment Criterion:
One parent must be a practising Christian.
The College does not offer academic, music or sports scholarships. Financial assistance may be offered on economic grounds only.
Locality:Located in a beautiful bush setting in Donvale, one of Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
Whitefriars College is a Catholic Boys’ Secondary College conducted by the Carmelite Order. The College motto, "Almae in Fide Parentis" (In the Care of a Loving Mother) conveys something of the Order’s spirit and the way in which it endeavours to reach out to the students in its care.
Through our mission as a Catholic College, Whitefriars seeks to enable students to understand the principles and values of the Catholic faith and to experience these principles and values in a caring community to which they feel they belong. The staff at Whitefriars believes these ideals can only be realised in relation to students if they are also aimed for in the students’ homes.
The College staff relies heavily on the support of parents in the education of the boys entrusted to their care. We believe that a co-operative relationship between home and school provides the foundation for effectively pursuing the College's aims and ideals.
The major intake for students occurs at the Year 7 level, but students are welcome at other Year levels if vacancies exist.
At Our Lady of the Pines we encourage Catholic practices by sharing the knowledge, beliefs, values and ethos of the church. The staff bring with them a diverse range of faith experiences which provide students with models of adult Christian life.
Our school in collaboration with families, provides the opportunity for students to make a personal commitment to God through prayer, sacraments and participation in the faith journey.
Our Lady of the Pines is a place which fosters the development of positive self esteem and strives to provide a safe and secure environment where every individual is treated with respect and justice.
Our school is a place which presents a challenging and stimulating curriculum that is comprehensive and allows and encourages individual students to develop at their potential. Effort as well as achievement is valued.