Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
As the Easter holidays loom closer we are aware that we soon commence Holy Week in preparation of the Easter Liturgies. We take time on Good Friday to call to mind the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, so we could have eternal life.
On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and his triumph over death.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
Parenting with Teenagers in the Age of Social Media
Last Monday the Parents and Friends Association sponsored the presentation, “Parenting with Technology in the Age of Social Media.” Mr Grant Hughes from Taskforce Argos and Mr Brett Lee, Internet Safe Education, advised parents of the strategies to keep children safe when using social media. Both presenters have had extensive experience in dealing with the negative aspects of social media and the internet. For our young people social media and the internet is a major part of their world and daily experiences.
There are many informative resources available from the Internet Safe Education website- https://www.internetsafeeducation.com/.
One such resource is the booklet Five Principles to Stay Safe Online.
- Set Rules and Boundaries
- Stay Current about new apps, games and websites
- Parents, Take Charge
- Use Management Controls
- Communicate with your children so they know to speak with you if there is a problem
One of the key messages from both presenters was the importance of communication and supervision. As the parent you have the right to know what your child is looking at on line and with whom they are engaging with online. Using mobile devices should be a highly visible activity and not conducted in the late hours of an evening in the child’s bedroom.
Congratulations to Mr Cameron Clelland and his team for a very successful International Carnival held last Saturday. Our community spirit was most evident on the night and the many visitors who attended the event thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, great food and fine company.
The International Carnival relies on the generosity of our parents to man the stalls, prepare the food and to undertake the hundreds of jobs that need to be completed to ensure the night is a success. The countless hours provided by the band of volunteers is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who assisted with the International Carnival. We look forward to 2019.
Recently I became aware of a notice from Cannon Hill Anglican College to their community regarding an incident that occurred outside the grounds at Villanova Park. The notice appears below, and I ask all parents to speak to their children regarding this matter and the suitable response if their son is confronted in this way:
In response to media reports, I wrote in the last CHAC Newsletter about recent incidents in Brisbane where school children had been approached by strangers. I suggested that it was timely for parents to remind their children to be careful when walking to and from school, to be aware of their surroundings, and to not accept lifts from anyone who is not known to them.
Unfortunately, another concerning incident has since taken place. Wynnum Police have informed the College of a situation that occurred after school on Friday 16 March, where a late-model, silver Toyota Hi-Lux with two male occupants stopped adjacent to a student who was making his way home from school. The occupants were in their late 20s or early 30s and were wearing high visibility vests. One of the occupants began to exit the vehicle while asking the student if he wanted to get into the utility. The student immediately sprinted home to safety. The incident occurred on Manly Road, opposite Villanova Park.
In light of this new information, the following important reminders about stranger danger may assist:
- Tell your child not to listen to or be near a stranger–rather, they should move away or back inside the premises they have vacated.
- Tell your child to never ever go with a stranger–no matter what the stranger says.
- Share a code word with your child that is easy for them to remember and assure them that only a trusted adult will know the code word that you both share.
- Tell your child that strangers may make up sad stories, like looking for a lost pet, needing help with a sick child, or needing directions.
- Tell your child that strangers may offer treats, gifts or lollies for ‘helping’.
- Have your child make sure an adult they trust knows where they are at all times.
- If your child has to walk alone somewhere, encourage them to walk near busier roads.
- If your child is ever frightened, they should go into a ‘safe place’ like a shop, police station or school. They must never get into a car with someone they don’t know.
These tips and further safety information can be found on the istaysafe.com.au website.
We keep in our prayers Mrs Agi Waloszek, Business Manager and her husband Arek following the recent death of Arek’s father Lucjan Waloszek following a battle with illness.
May his soul and souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
We also keep in our prayers Mrs Emma O’Neill, wife of Mr Greg O’Neill who is ill at this time.
You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal