Congratulations to all involved in the 2019 International Carnival. Behind the flashing lights and the wall of tents is an army of volunteers who gave countless hours to ensure the event was a great success. My thanks to Carnival Convenor, Mr Cameron Clelland who oversaw the organisation of this event. His dedication and great organisational skills enabled the willing band of volunteers to provide wonderful food and entertainment for our community and visitors. This is Cameron’s final year in this role and I acknowledge his significant contribution to the College through his work with the International Carnival.
AIC Term 1 sports have concluded for the season and I thank the coaches, managers and supporters for their work with our students over many weeks. Our sporting program relies on many volunteers who give up their family time to be available to coach our young men. Thank you for your generosity.
Villanova College cricket won the overall Aggregate Shield for cricket with numerous premierships. Our First XI team ably led by Captain, Matt Short were undefeated this season and were worthy winners of the premiership. Their final game of the season against St Laurence’s College saw an epic battle and the tenacity and determination of our players saw a win in the final over of the day.
Our volleyball teams performed well across the season and the players thoroughly enjoyed the competition.
Congratulations to all our AFL players for a fine season. The Year 5A team was undefeated during the season. This is the first year AFL has been introduced into the senior grades and our Year 8/9 and Open teams had great first seasons.
COLLEGE BOARD AGM
Last night we welcomed members of the Provincial Council and Prior Provincial, Fr Peter Jones OSA to the Annual General Meeting at the College. Fr Peter Jones in his address reminded all present of the Augustinians continued support of Villanova College and the important work of educating young men carried out by our staff. During the meeting the College Leadership Team and I presented our vision for the future and our Action Plan for 2019. Board Chair, Mr Peter Geraghty also presented his report for the year and thanked his fellow directors for their work across 2018.
The support of the Order of St Augustine, Australasia is appreciated, and the members of the Order continue to share a great interest in Villanova College.
Congratulations to Mr Anthony Kemp and his wife Kaitlyn on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Rosie Florence Kemp, sister for Archie and Poppy.
We keep in our prayers Mrs Colleen Conway, grandmother of Matthew (Year 12), mother of Sean Conway (Class of ‘84) and sister of Old Boys, Bob and Ron Myatt who passed away on 2 March. We also continue to keep in our prayers the community in Christchurch, New Zealand. We pray that God’s love and compassion will continue to help heal the brokenness of intolerance and hate.
St Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi
Mr Mark Stower, Principal