Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
The Lenten Season has commenced and for Christians across the world this is a very important time of renewal. It is also a time of reflection and a time of purpose. During the Lenten season we often speak of sacrifices that an individual will undertake during the 40 days. Some of us may have given up sweets, chocolates, chips and other luxuries.
Our students during the Lenten Season are asked to support Project Compassion and Caritas Australia in assisting the poor across Australia and the world. Through their generosity of giving money to support the work of Caritas, we take a positive step towards ending poverty and injustices in our world. In the words of Saint Oscar Romero, we are challenged to, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”
On behalf of our community, I thank you for your continuing support of Project Compassion and our efforts to make a difference through this giving program.
I must admit I am a fan of Ash Barty. She is a fantastic sportsperson and a great role model for all students who strive for excellence in their sporting lives. What I most like about Ash Barty is her humility and how gracious she is in defeat. Recently at the Australian Open, Ash Barty lost the Quarter-Final and despite commentators calling the time-out her opponent took due to heat exhaustion unfair, she did not join in blaming her opponent or make excuses for losing the match. Her behaviour and attitude were a great example to all sportspersons. She took responsibility for the loss.
Over the last few weeks, I have spoken to our Senior students about how best to support their peers on the sporting fields and courts. Our supporters become very passionate about their teams and wanting the players to win the competition on the day. In their enthusiasm they sometimes cross over from being supporters to an undisciplined and unruly mob shouting at the opposition to put them off their game.
Today, poor behaviour from spectators at games where players are abused is simply unacceptable. In all codes when this happens the supporters are removed from the ground and sanctioned in some form.
Our young men need to understand and to learn the difference between being a supporter of the team, applauding the talents of the players and a “yobbo” on the sideline yelling abuse at the opposition. In AIC Sport, abusing players, match officials and coaches/managers is never acceptable and will not be tolerated.
Our job as educators and parents is to ensure our young men understand good sportsmanship extends beyond the players on the field, it extends to spectators as well. We expect our students to applaud the players enthusiastically and to cheer them on to do their best. If their team wins the match to accept graciously, and in defeat to do so with humility and grace.
AIC Swimming Competition
On Friday, our AIC Swimmers will compete in the 2021 AIC Championship at the Chandler pool. We wish all our swimmers every success on the day. I know that our swim team has been training hard over the past weeks in the lead up to the competition and every Friday night they have hit the water in competitions between other AIC Colleges. Thank you to our coaches and managers for their efforts over the season.
Prayers and Thanks
Last week we received the news that Nicholas Cherry – Year 7 has received a donor heart, following surgery in Melbourne. The early results are very positive, and Nicholas is responding well. Michael and Sylvia, his parents wanted to express their thanks to all in our community who have supported the family and kept them in their prayers. We are hoping Nicholas will return to Brisbane and the College in Term Three. Please keep Nicholas and the Cherry family in your prayers.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal
In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community.