I heard someone say that Lent was not a time for giving something up. It is a time for taking something on! What is it that you will take on this Lenten season? For me I have a special interest in the work of Caritas Australia and Project Compassion. In particular, I am inspired to do something through the personal stories of people assisted through the work of Caritas Australia.
Phany From Cambodia
Twenty-seven-year-old Phany, lives in a village in western Cambodia. Struggling to earn a living as a rice farmer, she was forced to leave her daughter behind in the village, to take up construction work in the city.
In 2016, Phany joined a Caritas supported program, learning more productive farming and irrigation techniques. Her community learned to work together for better water management, to combat drought.
Over 70 percent of Cambodia’s population live in rural communities – and the farming families living in poverty are the most food insecure. Thirteen percent of Cambodians live below the poverty line, while 35 out of every 1000 babies die due to malnutrition.
Often the small amount of money we give to Project Compassion seems insignificant to us and yet it makes such a difference to those who have so little. Together we can spread compassion and love to those in need.
At this point in time it is important that our community stays aware and not alarmed at the possibility of further spreading of the virus in Queensland. Good hygiene, staying home if unwell and seeking medical attention are the recommended actions.
The following website from the Australian Government provides all the relevant and up to date information.
AIC Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to our swimmers on a terrific showing at the 2020 AIC Swimming Carnival. Villanova College placed fourth overall. The younger swimmers excelled in their respective age groups with Villanova College winning the Primary School Aggregate Shield and placing second in the Year 5 age group and first in the Year 6 and 12 Years age groups. Across all age groups the swimmers represented the College with distinction.
The swimmers were admirably supported by our students who volunteered their time to be present at the event. The support was endless across the evening and I thank the students for their attendance.
Thank you to our Coaches and Managers for their work with the Swim team. We especially thank Mrs Juanita Jacobs, Mrs Theresa Henry, Mrs Terri Dillon, Ms Kirstina Dawson and the Villanova College Sports Office.
Mary Poppins Musical
The curtain has closed on the 2020 musical, Mary Poppins. I was fortunate to attend the musical on Opening Night and thoroughly enjoyed the show. In fact, I would say this show was the best school production that I have seen. The cast and crew and production team produced a highly professional performance, and all associated with the production are to be congratulated.
In speaking with the students involved their common response has been how good it was to be involved and the overwhelming sense of achievement.
With the introduction of the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), exam blocks will no longer occur at the end of term. Next week the Year 12 students will sit their exams for Unit 3. Students and parents have received a copy of the exam block by email and are aware that students will be studying at home on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Year 11 students will commence Exam Block in Week 8 – March 16 – 20 for Unit 1. Students and parents will also receive a copy of the exam timetable and expectations for the exams.
Pastoral Outreach Forums
Members of our community have launched a number of Pastoral Outreach Forums for Old Boys of Villanova College and their families who may have been affected by past abuse at the College. This group, while independent of the College, have our full support. For further information regarding the forums please click here.
We received the sad news last night of the death of Fr Joe Walsh OSA. Fr Joe arrived in Australia in December 1961 and taught at Villanova in 1962 and again from 1966 – 1976. Fr Joe also served as chaplain to Princess Alexandra Hospital and in our Augustinian parishes, including St James’ Coorparoo. Please keep Fr Joe 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