Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
The central message of Easter is one of hope. Lent is the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation. As we enter the Easter Triduum, we call to mind the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Thursday begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the ritual washing of the feet. The altars are stripped of ornamentation, leaving only the cross and candlesticks. Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a time of reflection and prayer.
Easter Sunday is a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and mankind. During these times of uncertainty and troubles we turn our hearts to the message of the Gospel.
“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (Jn 10:10)
It is almost 12 months since the last lockdown of schools and students being sent home before the Easter break. The latest situation facing Greater Brisbane is a timely reminder that we cannot be complacent with hygiene, hand washing and contact with people through hand shaking or touching.
At this stage we are unsure as to the length of the lockdown and whether it will extend across the holiday break and into Term Two. I have asked our teaching staff to plan for the possibility of a return to Learning@Home for the start of Term Two. We are hopeful that this restriction will not be necessary.
I will keep all our families aware of upcoming matters through communication channels. There will be an update later this week in relation to all sporting events including training camps and trial matches.
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday 19 April from 9.00am – 7.00pm. Parents have now booked their interview times of 10 minutes duration with seven minutes of talk time and three minutes to finish one interview and start the next interview. The school bell will ring to provide a warning that the 10 minutes of time has concluded.
These conferences are a great opportunity to meet your son’s teachers and to hear how he has settled to the challenges of this academic year and his subject demands.
Remember Mid-Semester Reports are available for viewing on the Parent Portal.
We congratulate Mrs Amanda McKay and her husband Matt on the recent birth of their daughter, Ruby Edith McKay. During the break Mr Blake Stockton will be marrying Ms Chenoa Masters. We wish them well for their nuptials.
We ask for your prayers for Fr Francis Belcina OSA following the death of his father, Arturo last week in the Philippines.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
As we conclude this term, I hope that all our families will have time for a break and despite the current lockdown make the most of the opportunity for Easter with family and friends.
Joyous Time of Year
May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear.
And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
to bless you
and be your loving guide.
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.