This week we welcomed all our students back to the College. On Wednesday, our Year 12 students did an outstanding job assisting our new Year 5 students to take those first tentative steps as ‘brand new’ Villanovans. I know many of the Year 5 students were quite nervous about starting at their new school and meeting their classmates and teacher. Those fears were quickly swept away through the warm welcome they received from all in our community. We are all looking forward to sharing the next eight years together.
Our theme for 2019 – Community/Communitas
In 2019 our theme is exploring the meaning of community/communitas. We often use the term community to describe our College. Parents describe Villanova College as a strong, supportive community. During this year we will explore the meaning of the term community or communitas and rediscover why it is one of the key characteristics of an authentic Augustinian school.
Hats and Dress
I was most impressed with the standard of dress of our students as they returned to classes this week. All students begin the year with the best intentions and I will them to continue to wear their uniform with pride. I thank all parents for your efforts in ensuring our students have returned well-groomed and dressed ready to begin the new year.
In our climate wearing a broad brimmed hat is one way of providing adequate sun protection when out in the sun. It is one simple step we can take to help educate our young men about being ‘Sun Smart’ when outdoors.
In addition to the 12 new staff that I introduced in my welcome correspondence last week, we also welcome to the College Mr Robert Stewart who will be teaching Music during Term 1. Robert brings to the College a wealth of experience in classroom music.
Year 11 2019
Our Year 11 students will be the first cohort of students to experience the new Senior Studies syllabuses and the new Tertiary Entrance system – ATAR. Over the past two years we have been preparing for this significant change to Senior Schooling in Queensland and are eagerly looking forward to the challenges of a new system.
The new Senior Syllabuses will see the introduction of new courses and new subjects available to students. Assessment in the subjects has been reduced to four major pieces of assessment totalling to a mark out of 100. For the majority of subjects three assessment pieces will be set internally, with the final paper being set by an external panel.
Embedded in the new syllabuses are the 21st Century skills and capabilities required for the future. Through an extensive range of experiences and learning opportunities students will learn to be critical and creative thinkers, sophisticated communicators, collaborators and productive members of teams with well developed personal, social and technological skills.
MMG Education Survey
Thank you to the many families who took the time to complete the 2018 MMG Education School Improvement Survey. The data analysis has been delivered to the College and over the coming weeks I will share with our community the results of the survey.
You have made us for yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal