Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
In 2017, the Management Committee (Principals and Heads of Colleges) of the AIC Sporting Association undertook a review of AIC Sport. The main purpose of the review was to assist with future planning and direction for the Association. Professor Cliff Mallett and colleagues from the University of Queensland conducted the research through survey instruments and focus group workshops. Many families from Villanova College provided feedback to researchers and the data from all Colleges has now been collated and analysed.
Last week Professor Cliff Mallett presented the draft recommendations to the Management Committee for consideration. In his presentation, he made the point that the feedback from parents was overwhelmingly positive about the role of sport in Colleges such as Villanova College. Overall parents were happy with the offerings and opportunities provided for their sons.
The draft recommendations centered around four key themes:
Recommendation One: Commitment
The AIC should commit significant time and engagement to respond to these findings.
Recommendation Two: Revised Governance and capacity of AIC
The AIC should develop a clearly articulated philosophy and mission of the organisation as a broad point for decision: who we are and why do we exist? It is strongly encouraged AIC align with and complement the philosophy and mission of the guiding principles espoused by this school system. What does membership involve?
Recommendation Three: What, How and When
The key discussion points are based on the most prominent issues associated with depth, breadth and duration/time of competition.
- Continue to offer current sports
- Extend the current offerings of Australian Football and Rugby League as seasonal sports for a trial period (e.g. two years)
- Reconsider what sports are offered in each term to maximise participation.
- Stipulate minimum number of teams per age group for each sport.
- Consider weekly, tournament, conference style competitions to optimise use of facilities and sport offerings
- Design a programme that includes greater sampling of sports and modified sports such as touch rugby (league), Rugby 7’s, Futsal etc. especially in the younger grades
- Improved links with community sport.
- The AIC would benefit from re-scheduling competitions, which allow parents to be at one venue. Time is an ongoing issue.
- Reconsider the duration of the competition seasons.
Recommendation Four: Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the AIC
- Provide opportunities for key stakeholders to provide feedback about the program seasonally. In addition, the routine collection and periodic analysis of relevant data would be valuable and informative for the AIC.
The next step will involve the Management Committee meeting regularly to work through the data presented and recommendations made to devise a way forward from 2019 and beyond.
Settling In to 2018
As we conclude Week Three, students should be settling into their routine for the new school year. We all want our sons to be happy and bursting with enthusiasm for school, jumping out of bed in the morning ready to go to classes. If you are sensing your son has not settled into a routine, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Pastoral Area Leader. Shown below are the contact email for the Pastoral Area Leaders, please drop them a line if you have any concerns:
Junior School – Mr Brendan Kennedy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 7 – Mr Ben Lynam – email@example.com
Year 8 – Mr Matt McGrath – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 – Mr Peter Simpson – email@example.com
Year 10 – Mr Sean O’Neill – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11 – Mr Peter Meecham – email@example.com
Year 12 – Mr Tony Rolls – firstname.lastname@example.org
A Villanova College family with a son in Year 10 is currently seeking a weekdays, term-time boarding arrangement to reduce travel time for their son. If there is a family able to provide accommodation for this student, please contact Ms Amanda Waterson, Principal’s Executive Assistant on 3394 5504.
We keep in our prayers the family of Anas Raed (Year 11) whose brother is seriously ill at this time. We also keep in our prayers Mrs Lorraine Waterson, mother of Ms Amanda Waterson and Grandmother of Luke (Year 7) who is ill and currently in hospital.
You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal