Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Hot cross buns and Easter eggs on shop shelves heralds a truly special time of the year for all Christians. For the past weeks we have been on a journey of renewal and conversion as we seek to renew our faith.
Next week as Holy Week begins, we journey with all Christians across the world as we recall Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. Pope Francis in his Lenten message encourages us to be open to the spirit through faith, hope and love.
In our Lenten journey towards Easter, let us remember the One who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). During this season of conversion, let us renew our faith, draw from the “living water” of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God, who makes us brothers and sisters in Christ. At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Christ.
On Tuesday evening of this week, the Mid-Semester reports were released to families via Parent Lounge. The report details the academic habits displayed by each student in the subjects studied. Parents will be able to see from the report how well their son has managed the academic challenges of the new year. Please note these reports do not contain academic results or grades for assessment tasks undertaken in the first eight weeks of this year.
Please take a few minutes over the coming days to sit down with your son to discuss the report and the ratings provided by the teaching staff. Discuss the areas that have gone well this term and look to see if there are areas that need attention. Help your son to set goals for the next report and the grades and results he aims to achieve by the end of the semester.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday 19 April via the Zoom platform. The College staff found the use of the Zoom platform in 2020 had many benefits for families and we will continue this method for the coming round of Parent/Teacher Conferences. Details explaining how to book interview times will be emailed home to families in the next few days.
AIC Code of Conduct
With the start of the rugby and football season it is a good time to revisit the expectations of spectators at all AIC sporting matches. In 2021 I have spoken to our Senior students on a number of occasions about the importance of role modelling to our younger students the correct manner to support our teams. On occasions we have not always been a good example of support and in the excitement of the competition our supporters have lost their way and behaved as poor sports.
Interestingly this week, a newspaper article titled, “Parents Teach Good Sports”, attracted my attention. In the article the writer was pointing out the role parents play in modelling sportsmanship, “… it was crucial mums and dads kept their emotions in check while supporting their kids, with no place for umpire abuse or bad behaviour. We need to be encouraging kids to get back up, to shake it off- that’s the kind of encouragement that’s going to be helpful.”
As we begin the new season of sports where many parents and extended family will be on the sidelines, we remember that our young people will often follow the lead of adults and by being a good sport no matter the result will demonstrate to our students good sportsmanship.
Next Thursday 1 April the students will conclude classes for the term at the normal finishing time of 3.00pm. A special Liturgy will be held on Holy Thursday as our community prepares to remember the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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.