Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The Anzac Spirit was reflected in the faces of the young men who joined with many others for the annual march down Old Cleveland Road to the Coorparoo RSL Club for the ANZAC Day Service on Tuesday morning. From the youngest students to our Senior leaders, pride was etched on their faces as they paid their respects to those men and women who have served and continue to serve in the Armed Forces.
PARENT AND TEACHER CONFERENCES
Thank you to the many parents who took advantage of the opportunity to meet with our academic staff to discuss their son’s progress following Term One. It was pleasing to see so many students attending the interviews and engaging with their teachers. I am aware that there was a glitch in the system this year and that a number of families did not have their times for the conferences confirmed with the teaching staff. I do apologise for any inconvenience caused. Be assured we will thoroughly review our systems to discover what needs to change before the next round of interviews following Term Two Reports.
FIRST WEEKS OF TERM TWO
A number of happenings including Public Holidays occurring during the first three weeks of this term has resulted in the start to the term being quite disjointed. One of the risks with the short weeks is that our students find it difficult to focus on returning to school work following the holidays. The best solution to this problem is to re-establish the routine of schoolwork and homework as quickly as possible. Most boys also have training commitments on this term which further complicates matters. Re-establishing the routine and giving time to study and homework are the keys to a successful start to this term.
NEW SYSTEM – SENIOR SCHOOLING
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has been given the responsibility from the Queensland Government to review and rewrite the Senior Syllabuses in Queensland. This extensive work is proceeding with the QCAA releasing the draft syllabuses for feedback and consulting with schools. As more information is released regarding the new system of Senior Schooling and tertiary entrance processes, I will keep our families informed of what the changes will mean for our students.
To gain a better understanding of the impact of external assessment, a team of Curriculum Area Leaders will be travelling to Melbourne and Sydney this week to meet with colleagues from Victorian and New South Wales Colleges who have been conducting external assessment and using the ATAR-Australian Tertiary Admission Rank for tertiary entrance. I am confident our staff will find the discussions to be extremely fruitful.
SUPPORTERS ON SATURDAY SPORT
A reminder that students staying on to support the First XI Football and First XV Rugby teams each Saturday are required to change from their playing uniform into the College academic uniform to be a member of the supporters group. Villanova College supporters will gather together in a sectioned off area of the grandstand in front of the Cor Unum Centre to support our teams. I thank parents for reinforcing this expectation to our students.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal