Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Anzac Day continues to capture the attention of people of all ages. At the local Coorparoo Anzac Service large crowds once again lined the streets to watch the parade move down Old Cleveland Road to the Coorparoo RSL Club. Interestingly, the numbers of young people of school age participating in the march continues to grow each year.
Speaking to our students about Anzac Day, I can hear how proud they are of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and to preserve our way of life. The students want to be a part of a community who remembers those brave deeds of our military personnel in both armed conflicts and peace-keeping missions across our world.
“With the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Lest we Forget
Rugby and Football Season
This weekend we begin our AIC rugby, football and chess competitions with the first round hosted by St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. I remind all players, supporters and spectators of the Code of Behaviour and our expectations of good ‘sportsmanship’ and fair play at all times. Spectators to our games need to always support the teams and the officials in a respectful manner, ever mindful that it is school sport and the officials, coaches and managers are often volunteers who give generously of their time.
Over the past few months the AIC Sports Association has been developing a Charter for the Association to define the purpose of our sporting activities and to explicitly state what we value about the sporting opportunities offered to students from the eight Colleges.
The chosen motto for the association, “Learning and growth through sport and competition”, places a clear focus on students developing their character and growing into adulthood through the experiences found in sporting competitions.
The Management Committee of the College Foundation is seeking suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Foundation Manager. Details regarding this position including a position description, essential skills criteria and associated information can be found on the College Website under employment. Interested members of our community are encouraged to engage with the material and to submit an application.
As an inner city, suburban College we need to be mindful of our neighbours at all times. I am aware that a number of incidents have occurred involving double parking, blocking driveways and cars parked in the Drop-off and Pick-up zones. Brisbane City Council has received numerous complaints and they have informed me that Council Officers will be increasing their patrols and will book offenders who ignore the parking signage.
We welcome back the students and staff who have recently participated in the Exchange program to Augustinian Schools in the United States. Students and staff visited Malvern Preparatory College in Philadelphia and St Rita’s College in Chicago. Through exchanges such as these two experiences, our students and staff have the opportunity to experience the global Augustinian family and realise Villanova College belongs to a global educational network striving to live the ideals of a Christian community based on the writings and spirituality of St Augustine.
Congratulations to Mrs Justine Silk and her husband Jimmy following the birth of Madelyn Jane, sister to Zoe. Madelyn was born on 24 April.
We keep in our prayers the following families after recent deaths of loved ones:
Theo (Year 10) and Peter (Year 7) Day following the death of their grandfather, Mr Peter Kentrotis.
The Mullins family, following the death of Mrs Sue Mullins, mother of Josh (’15).
The Hazlewood family, following the death of Jennifer Hazlewood’s sister, aunt of Tim (Yr 12).
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal