Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
As the mid-semester break approaches we are reminded of the importance of the Easter celebrations that will occur at the end of this week. Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The Gospels tell us that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death.
Christ has Died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come again.
Interestingly, the recent events engulfing the Australian Cricket Team has brought to the fore the values that underpin sports and competition. There has been much talk about the “culture” of the team and a ‘winning at all cost’ mentality. What are the key values we hold to be central to playing sport? I would be so bold as to suggest the following: fair play, competitive spirit, playing within the rules, displaying humility in winning and graciousness in defeat and participation.
Following the AIC Review held last year, the Management Committee is devising a suitable charter and guiding principles statement for the sporting association to which Villanova College belongs. The draft charter has included the following principles:
Respect for self and others
I am pleased to see the AIC Sports Association Management Committee producing a definitive statement of what our sporting association values to guide all member schools in ensuring our sporting competition is underpinned by the values espoused by the eight Colleges that form the association.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday 17 April in Goold Hall. Parents have been invited to book times with the teaching staff via the online booking system PTO. The Parent/Teacher Conferences are a great opportunity to meet with staff to discuss your son’s academic progress. In recent years we have encouraged the students to also attend the meetings, so they can hear first-hand what areas the teachers feel need attention and the positive habits the students display in the classroom. Students attending the Parent/Teacher Conferences are asked to wear their academic uniform.
Year 5 Jump Start Day
On Tuesday evening I attended the Year 5 Concert along with many parents and family members. The students had spent the day working with our Music staff with their instruments and in the evening provided a wonderful concert for the parents and family members. The enthusiasm of the teachers had obviously rubbed off on the students who appeared to thoroughly enjoy the performances and finished the concert with the Year 5 Choir singing a new song especially written for the occasion. I am looking forward to the next concert and witnessing the progress made by our students.
Congratulations to Mrs Kate Alexander and her husband Kurt, on the birth of their son, Jake John Alexander born 23 March.
Please keep in your prayers Mrs Janette Aquiningo and her family following the recent death of Janette’s brother, Robert Hood this week.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
God of power and might, by your holy will you raised Jesus
from the dead so that we might share his life eternally. As we
rejoice and give thanks for your great goodness and mercy, help us
to reach out to those who do not believe in the Gospel. Fill us
with your compassion so that with loving hearts we may serve the
poor and needy for love of you. Strengthen the faith of our family so that
we may grow together in love.
May your joy grow in us day by day, Amen
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal