Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Welcome back to Term Two. I hope all our families had an opportunity during the break to enjoy time with family and friends. We welcome back the students after a disrupted conclusion to Term One. Our recent experience of a short closure is a timely reminder that despite best efforts of governments across the world, the threat of the COVID pandemic is still very much with us. It is important that we do not become complacent and think that the virus is no longer circulating across borders.
We welcome back to the College the following staff who have been on leave. Mrs Kristina Moffett (nee Whitehead) and Ms Christianne Kemp have both returned to the College following Maternity Leave. Mr Justin Feuerriegel has cut short his leave from the College and will be returning to a teaching role in the Middle School replacing Ms Georgia Mills-Geer who will be taking Maternity Leave. We also welcome Ms Mary Bergmeier – Health and Physical Education teacher replacing Mr Pat Atkinson.
Mrs Dot Blair will be taking a well-deserved break from her busy role as Tuckshop Convenor for the next couple of weeks. Mrs Joy Browning – Student Services Officer – Senior School has made the decision to retire from her duties and we wish Joy all the best for the future. Mrs Shannon Lynam is taking leave for Terms Two and Three and we look forward to her return later this year.
The College has investigated an outbreak of mould in the music practice rooms and Hanrahan Theatre. While there is no immediate danger, exposure to mould can affect people in a variety of ways. The remediation of the problem will require an extensive clean and take a number of weeks. I have taken the decision to close the Augustine Centre until the remediation process is completed, and we receive the ‘all clear’ for resuming activities in the Augustine Centre. There will be significant disruption to the activities of the College, especially the Music program and I thank Mr Michael Jones and all the Music staff for their understanding and patience. Alternative rooms have been arranged for the teaching of Music.
On Friday 16 April, the Villanova College Board held their Annual General Meeting with the Prior Provincial, Fr Peter Jones OSA and members of the Provincial Council. At the meeting we farewelled two long serving Directors, Ms Donna McMahon and Mr Geoffrey Egert. Both Donna and Geoffrey have served on the Villanova College Board since 2012 and we thank them for the dedicated and generous service to the College and Augustinian education.
Following the AGM, Villanova College hosted the Board Directors from St Augustine’s College, Sydney and the Provincial Council for a day of workshops on governance, risk management and Catholic education in Australia. We were very pleased to welcome the Board Directors from St Augustine’s College to Brisbane and to share our stories.
Commencement of the Term Two Sports
Following trial matches this Saturday, round one of the Term Two sports program will commence on Friday 30 April and Saturday 1 May. This year the response to participate in teams from the students has been outstanding and we are fielding more teams in Football and Rugby than previous years.
The role of parents in educating their sons about good sportsmanship is an extremely important one. How adults behave on the sidelines and as supporters will be crucial for our young people receiving the right messages. As a member of the AIC Sporting Association Villanova College supports the clear expectation of all involved to be good sports and to display appropriate behaviour on the sidelines at all matches.
This Sunday 25 April we will remember those brave young men and women who served and continue to serve their country in the Armed Forces. Anzac Day is a time to show our respect and to remember those who served and those who gave their lives for our way of life here in Australia.
The College will be marching on Sunday 25 April from Baragoola Street and students attending are asked to wear full academic uniform including hats. Please gather where you see the Villanova College banner. The march will commence at 8.00 am (those participating are asked to arrive at 7.45am) and conclude at approximately 10.00 am.
Anzac Day Prayer
Gracious and loving God, the cross of Christ is the sign of your desire for justice and peace for all. Open our minds to your vision as we remember all who suffered through Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Grant all servicepersons who sacrificed health and life for the good of all, the gift of your deep peace.
May we who inherit the freedom for which they fought become instruments of your peace in our homes, workplaces and world.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
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.