Welcome back. I am not sure who is most excited about starting the school year, the parents, the students or the teachers? What I do know is the excitement of starting a new year is infectious. Beginning a new school year is filled with new possibilities. What has happened in the past is now behind each student. Up ahead are new goals, new opportunities and new challenges.
A very special welcome to our new Year 5 students who commenced yesterday. Our newest students looked exceptionally sharp in their uniforms, new shoes and hats. We are very excited to welcome so many new families to the College and look forward to sharing the journey of your son’s education. Joining our new Year 5 students are a number of new students in Years 7, 8 and 9. We welcome all our new students and families.
An information letter was sent home to families earlier this week outlining the steps the College has undertaken to ensure the health of all members of our community. Regular updates are being provided to schools from both the Australian and State Governments Health Departments. If there is to be any changes in how schools are expected to respond to this situation, I will communicate those changes immediately.
It is important that we all remain alert and well-informed rather than alarmed.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN COLLEGE LIFE?
We often speak to families about the importance of being involved in your son’s education. This does not mean you are sitting with him in the classroom. Rather it is being aware of what is happening in the school, with his schoolwork and other interest areas and supporting him to take advantage of the many activities on offer.
I have listed below some suggestions as to ways parents can be involved in College life.
- Attend Parent Information Evenings over the next month and meet the teaching staff and learn about the learning program.
- Join one of the following groups: Parents and Friends Association, Sports Club or Music Supporters Group.
- Volunteer in the Tuckshop – a great way to meet other parents and see the school in action
- Volunteer in the Second-Hand Uniform Shop.
- Coach or be a manager for a sporting team.
- Join the International Carnival held in March each year as a store convenor or volunteer.
- Cook or serve at the barbecues at Villanova Park on a Saturday.
- Be a model spectator on the sidelines cheering on the Villanova College teams.
All of these opportunities provide families with the chance to be involved and engaged in the Villanova College community and the benefits will be enormous. Your son will know you are involved in his education and interested in his school. You will feel a strong connection to our College and provide much needed support to all students.
The reality is that the holidays are over, and school has started. It is important that all of us are focussed on making a great start to the year. For our Year 12 students the work has started from day one and the expectation is that they will have their heads down and are back in the routine of full-time study. The Year 12 students are challenged to take full responsibility for their studies and learning.
For our younger grades there is a settling in period. However, homework, study and planning for assessments will begin in earnest in Week 2.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Woodgate family following the recent death of Mr Chris Woodgate (Senior 1998), father of Liam in Year 5. We also keep in our prayers and thoughts Mrs Linda Rolls and her husband Tony following the death of Linda’s mother Mrs Marian Beeston last Sunday.
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen
Please also keep in your prayers Mrs Ann Holroyd, mother of Mr John Holroyd – Dean of Mission and Identity who is ill at the moment.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal