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 towards the end of the holidays. 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.
During the mid-semester break we have a number of tours departing for overseas. The Open Rugby team will be travelling to New Zealand while the Open Football team will be visiting Japan. The tours are a wonderful opportunity for students to gain valuable match experience, interacting with young men from other countries and experiencing the cultures and sights. Thank you to the staff, coaches and managers for accompanying the students and providing this valuable experience.
Villanova Old Boys Association
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Villanova College Old Boys Association the new Executive Committee for 2017 was elected following the vacating of all positions. We welcome the new Executive Committee and thank them for their generous service to the College:
Mr Harrison Adams – President
Mr Luke Moloney – Vice President
Mr John Walsh – Vice President
Mr Peter Geraghty – Treasurer
Mr Jack Drake – Secretary
Mr Brett Morrissey – Committee
Mr Peter Ferguson – Committee
In welcoming the new Executive Committee, I would also like to recognise the significant contribution of Past President, Mr John Walsh. For the past ten years John has been one of the key driving forces within the Villanova Old Boys Association and through his initiatives has extended the hand of friendship and collegiality to all past students of the College and their families. We thank John for his dedication and generous spirit and we are pleased he will continue to be involved in the Association as Vice-President.
Over the mid-semester break I ask parents to find a few moments to sit down with their son to discuss his academic progress over the past ten weeks. While the Interim Reports do not contain marks for the past assessment, most students will be aware of how they are progressing in their studies. As we begin Term Two, it is important that students have had an opportunity to reflect on their progress and set realistic and achievable goals for the next ten weeks.
Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, 24 April. Parents will have received information regarding the procedure to be followed for booking times with the academic staff. I strongly encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your son’s teachers to discuss his academic progress. We welcome students to attend the conferences in their formal uniform, to be a part of their meeting and become involved in the teaching and learning process.
Thank you to all parents who reacted so quickly to the weather event. I was taken unaware by the announcement this morning through the media that “all schools would be closed.” The safety of our students, families and staff remains our highest priority at all times. Thank you for your understanding in these conditions.
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, Principal