Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
“A spectator’s leg was broken – just from merely looking on.”, is a line from the famous Banjo Patterson poem, The Geebung Polo Club. I think it is an apt description of the frenetic pace at the moment in the College with a host of activities clambering for our attention.
Footloose, the Musical has begun, and all four nights of the show have now been sold out. The cast and crew have worked diligently over the past three months to assemble a show with the ‘WOW’ factor. I am confident our community will be spellbound by the talents of the students from Villanova and Loreto Colleges.
The AIC Swimming Carnival saw Villanova College placed fifth overall. The Year 6 team were placed first and the Junior swimmers achieved an admirable third placing. Well done to our junior swimmers. There were many personal best times during the day and our congratulations and thanks must go to the coaches, managers and supporters.
On top of all these activities, the business end of this term is rapidly approaching. Assessment tasks, due dates and assignments are coming due and students need to be mindful of finding time to give their full attention to preparations for assessment.
As the end of the term approaches it is important we, the adults, keep a close eye on the amount of sleep our sons are achieving each night. At this pre-adolescent and adolescent age, we know the experts advice is to have a minimum of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Please ensure no mobile devices or computers are in the bedroom.
Planning for the International Carnival is in full swing and the organising committee ably led by Mr Cameron Clelland is finalising the last-minute details. The International Carnival is the key fund-raising event for the Parents and Friends Association. The evening will be a spectacular event with food from across the world and wonderful entertainment for the whole family.
Over this final week in the lead up to the carnival the stalls are seeking the assistance of our families for a range of items. Please give where you can to assist our Parents and Friends Association.
Last week the Gospel reading describe the scene where Jesus drove the market sellers and money changers from the temple. It is a powerful story and conjures images of Jesus displaying displeasure at the actions of people in the temple. Later in the reading Jesus foretells of his resurrection and triumph over death when he says, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”
Jn 2: 13-25
Today, Jesus’ Spirit dwells within me, making my body a temple. I can pray because
God’s Spirit already rests in my body. Yet I sometimes feel a block in my sense of
relationship with God. When I act without love, when I use violent words, when I see
faults in others that I choose not to notice in myself … These decisions might lead me
to think of myself as removed from God’s favour and distant from God’s presence. But
Jesus wants me to return to relationship with him.
So now I ask Jesus for an ease in relating with God. I take time to consider the ways
my body is a temple of God’s Spirit. I ask God for a new sense of wonder and awe at all that I am. (Week Three- Lenten Reflection)
A SPECIAL MESSAGE
During the December holidays I attended the funeral of Daniel Roulant (’12) who tragically passed after contracting Meningococcal. Daniel’s parents, Nicolas and Leanne wished to thank the Villanova College community and raise awareness of Meningococcal disease.
“Our son Daniel Roulant (Villa Old Boy 2012) tragically passed away on 29 November last year after suddenly contracting Meningococcal B. Since his passing, we have received many messages of support, bunches of flowers, visits, as well as cooked meals, some of them prepared by Villanova Mums. Leanne and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those people in the Villanova Community who have been helping us through this extremely difficult time.
Daniel was a wonderful son, an adored brother of April and Bradley (Year 11), and great friend to so many. He was a kind, loving, honest, dedicated, and hardworking young man that was always loyal to his family and friends. On the afternoon of 29 November, Daniel went to work ready to start his shift, shortly after arriving he started to feel unwell, by later that evening he was gone. That is how quick Meningococcal can strike.
As we do not wish any other family to have to endure the same suffering as ours in losing a child, we have made a commitment to help raise awareness of the dangers of Meningococcal, the symptoms and most importantly the need to vaccinate. There are two vaccines available. One covers the A, C, W, and Y Strains (made available to year 10 students last year and this year) and the other covers the “B” Strain released in 2014 (but only available via script from a GP). Meningococcal is on the rise, with 2017 having the most cases since 2005. So please discuss with your GP and ensure that your kids are vaccinated for all strains as most of them will not be.
For further information on this deadly disease, please take the time to check the Meningococcal Australia Website (www.meningococcal.org.au) and discuss it with your friends and family as communication is key to saving lives.
Nicolas and Leanne Roulant
We keep in our prayers the family of Ms Christianne Kemp following the death of her uncle Ian Jenkins in Canberra during the week. We also keep in our prayers the community of St Mary’s College, Kingaroy following the death of a Year 10 student.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal