Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Recent events at a school at Upper Coomera have hit the media headlines and I hope made all families sit up and take notice. While I am pleased to hear the seven young men have now all been released from hospital this event highlights a number of key issues.
Interestingly, many of the authors of books on Boys Development have emphasised the risk-taking behaviour of young boys as being one of the key issues. We see this trait in the incidents of males involved in driving accidents and a host of other statistics related to risk-taking behaviour. Boys will take risks and not think of the consequences. The area of the brain responsible for forward thinking and planning is not well developed in young adolescent males and as a consequence they will often find themselves involved in impulsive acts with little regard for personal safety or the safety of others. They simply do not think ahead.
The second key issue is the availability of substances in our society and the ease in which these substances can be purchased. Our young people are certainly more affluent than I can remember being when I was a young man. With part-time jobs they have a disposable income that allows them a level of financial independence. The supply of substances is widespread in every community and we, the adults, need to be aware of the ease of access to these substances for our young people.
The media attention on this issue provides a great opportunity for all families to have a discussion around the dinner table. I am confident our young men will have an opinion about the story and hopefully in sharing this opinion may provide a great opportunity for a wider discussion about smart choices and personal safety.
AIC Swimming Carnival
Next Monday our AIC Swimming Team will compete in the 2018 AIC Swim Carnival at the Sleeman Sports Centre at Chandler. Accompanying the swimmers will be a vocal group of students from Years 5, 10 and 12 who will be travelling to Chandler to support our swimmers.
Swimming can be a very lonely sport. Most events next Monday will be individual swimmers competing against other competitors and the clock. The support of our cheer squad on the day will remind our swimmers that they are not alone. Behind them is the support of the whole College urging each swimmer to achieve their best. We wish the swimming team all the very best for the carnival.
With only two weeks until the famous Villanova College International Carnival on March 17, the excitement is certainly building in our community. This event is a highlight of the year and I urge all families to book this night as a family night to come and experience the wonderful food, entertainment and activities for all members of the family.
The International Carnival Committee has been working tirelessly to ensure this year’s event is a great success. All funds raised from the carnival are directed to projects within the College to improve educational opportunities for our young men. This year the Parents and Friends Association have earmarked the funds to assist the redevelopment of the Tolle Lege Library into a dynamic “iCentre” catering for a diverse range of learning environments within this space.
I had an opportunity to sneak into the back of a dress rehearsal for the upcoming musical last night and I was delighted to see the enthusiasm and skills of the students as they performed their respective roles with confidence. The musical promises to be a wonderful showcase of the talents of young people from Villanova and Loreto Colleges.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal