Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Welcome back to Term Two to all our families. I hope the Easter Break was a time for family and relaxation after a busy start to the year. Term Two affords each of our students a new beginning as they build upon their efforts in the classroom over Term One. Most students are acutely aware of their own efforts and know if they are working well or can give a little more attention to their studies. The work of Term Two starts in this first week and I encourage all students to settle back quickly into their school routine.
Thank you to the many families who attended the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 17 April. It was especially pleasing to see the large number of students in school uniform, present with their parents for the meetings. The students play a critical role in their education and we encourage all students to have a voice in the discussion.
70th Anniversary Celebrations
On Wednesday of this week all students received a commemorative badge marking 2018 as the 70th year since the foundation of the College. The badge reminds each of us of the rich history of the pioneering men and women who worked so tirelessly to establish a special place of learning known as Villanova College.
I have asked the students to wear the badge on their ties during Terms Two and Three as a part of their formal uniform. Senior students may elect to place the badge on the lapel of their blazer. I hope all our students will wear the badge and be reminded that they belong to a rich history of Augustinian education in Brisbane.
Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation)
One of the key celebrations of our 70th Anniversary year is the performance of the musical Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation) in the Hanrahan Theatre. This wonderful musical will be performed on Friday evening 1 June and again on Saturday evening 2 June. Tickets are now available, and I encourage all families to take this opportunity to spend an evening together enjoying the talents of the performers and learning more about Saint Augustine.
Booking details are available via trybooking.com/VIZB be quick as tickets are selling fast.
Congratulations to the teams and individuals awarded for their sporting efforts during the first trimester sporting season. We had many teams presented as premiership winning teams and their achievements are deserving of recognition. It was pleasing to see a number of our coaches present for the Awards Ceremony and the obvious delight of the coaches in the achievements of the students.
Congratulations to Rhys Lanskey (Year 12) following his selection in the Australian team – Modern Pentathlon (swimming/running/shooting and fencing). Rhys will be competing at the upcoming Under19 Asia/Oceania Continental Championships in Thailand.
We keep in our prayers the following families after recent deaths of loved ones:
Mr Juha Stroja (staff) and his family following the death of Juha’s father, Mr Kalevi Stroja during the holidays.
Mrs Lyn McPartland and Nathan McPartland (Senior 2007) following the recent death of Mr Terry McPartland – former Head Groundsman at Villanova Park.
Mr Laurie Sheehan (former staff member) and his family following the death of their wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs Carmel Sheehan.
Mr Tony MacPherson (former staff member) following the death of his mother, Mrs Lorrie MacPherson during the holidays.
Angus Armstrong (Senior 2015) and his family following the death of Angus’ father, Mr Peter Armstrong earlier this week.
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal