Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Watching the Winter Olympics, it is fascinating to see the gracefulness and skills of the athletes on surfaces that are difficult to even walk safely upon. The performances of the athletes are due to many hours of dedicated practice and sacrifices over many years. Training to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics starts several years before the finals as athletes train for many hours every day to perfect their routine.
Interestingly, if you asked the athletes I suspect they will say they do not particularly enjoy the training. However, I am sure the athletes will say they enjoy the feeling of achievement and success that comes with achieving at the highest level.
So too it is with academic studies. I am sure our students do not particularly enjoy the repetitiveness of homework, assignments and assessment. However, what we hope to instil in our students is an intrinsic motivation and desire to do their very best and to strive for excellence. To not accept mediocre work or to make excuses for not achieving well. Our culture is based on high expectations for each student with high support when required to assist our students to reach for the stars.
We will continue to challenge, support and encourage each student to achieve to the highest standards.
This year Villanova College in partnership with Loreto College is staging the musical Footloose and expectations are running high in anticipation of a wonderful musical production. Tickets went on sale late last week and sold out very quickly! Should any further tickets become available families will be notified via the Skoolbag App.
Students and staff have been working tirelessly on this production and all associated with the musical are looking forward to the opportunity to perform for family, friends and classmates. We wish them all the best of luck.
Recently, the College invited students from the senior class of 2017 who achieved an OP ranking from OP1 to OP3 to attend the Scholars Assembly. At this assembly, the College community congratulated the students on their academic achievements and presented each graduate with a special plaque.
It was interesting to note the many activities the students who achieved at the highest level were involved in during their senior year. Each of these students participated in the co-curricular program and Ministry work in addition to their studies. One of the key factors to their success was their strong connection to the College.
We continue to wish all our recent graduates every success in their new endeavours in 2018.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts Mr Graeme George and his family following the recent death of his father, Jim George.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal