Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
I decided to make some sacrifices for the 2021 Lenten Season. Chocolate, ice blocks and alcohol are off the table for the six weeks of Lent. As I near the halfway mark my resolve has started to weaken and I begin to hear that little voice saying, “no one will know if you have one ice block or sneak a Kit Kat.” Well, I will know and that alone keeps me focused!
Pope Francis in his 2021 Lenten Message has this to say about Fasting.
“Fasting, experienced as a form of self-denial, helps those who undertake it in simplicity of heart to rediscover God’s gift and to recognize that, created in his image and likeness, we find our fulfilment in him. In embracing the experience of poverty, those who fast make themselves poor with the poor and accumulate the treasure of a love both received and shared. In this way, fasting helps us to love God and our neighbour, inasmuch as love, as Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches, is a movement outwards that focuses our attention on others and considers them as one with ourselves (cf. Fratelli Tutti, 93).”
May Mary, Mother of the Saviour, ever faithful at the foot of the cross and in the heart of the Church, sustain us with her loving presence. May the blessing of the risen Lord accompany all of us on our journey towards the light of Easter.
Pick-up and Drop-off Zones
I recently received a great suggestion from one of our parents that may help to ease congestion at the drop-off and pick-up zones around the College streets. The suggestion involves the following steps.
- Parents park in streets away from the College and wait for a text from their son to say he is ready to be picked up.
- Parents then drive to the pick-up zone and enters the queue. Their son will be ready and waiting and the movement of vehicles will be smoother.
The problem with the current way some cars are using the pick-up zone is the many drivers who park in the zone beyond the two minute limit waiting for their son to arrive. This causes the line to stop flowing and cars to bank up blocking all adjoining streets and intersections. I think it is worth trying this method.
In the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up I ask all our drivers to please be vigilant. Students when entering and exiting the school grounds may rush out or be distracted and not be aware of the flow of traffic. We need to be mindful of the risks that exists as students move in and out of the College.
AIC Swimming Championships
Congratulations to our AIC Swimming squad on their performances at the recent championship. Many students achieved personal bests and our swimmers rose to the challenge on the day. Villanova College won the Year 6 Trophy, Primary Aggregate and Under 12 Trophy and the team placed fourth overall. Thank you to our co-ordinator, Mrs Juanita Jacobs and managers, Mrs Theresa Henry, Ms Kirstina Dawson and Mrs Terri Dillon. We also acknowledge the work of our coaches, Kerry Holland, Guilly Santos and Nic Elsey. Congratulations once again to all involved in the swimming season.
Year 12 Exams
This week our Year 12 students will be sitting their assessment tasks for their Internal Assessments -IA. These assessment tasks will take the form of written exams and assignments. We wish all the students every success in these important exams.
Week 9, commencing on Monday 22 March, will see the Years 9 – 11 assessment period held and our students should now be preparing for these assessment tasks and undertaking weekly revision to ensure they are revisiting work completed over the past weeks.
Local Schools Community Fund Grant
Villanova Colleges acknowledges the receipt of funding from the Australian Government, under the Local Schools Community Fund program. A grant of $10,000 has been received towards the air-conditioning of refurbished classrooms in the O’Donnell Building.
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.