Yesterday I received a letter from the Australian International Islamic School of Brisbane thanking Villanova College for their support and words of sorrow at the tragic events in Christchurch last month. In the letter the Principal of the College stated, “It gives us great comfort to know we can rely on our fellow Christians to express their grief and condemn all forms of violence.”
During the recent Rugby tour to New Zealand, our players and staff also took time out of their schedule to visit the Al Noor Mosque where these tragic events took place. The Villanova College group were welcomed into the Mosque and a number of speakers shared with our students the sorrow the community experienced and the uplifting effect of the support they have received from across the world.
An important central tenet of our Catholic faith is the dignity of all persons.
“Jesus said, Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mk12: 30-31)
YEAR 9 CAMP
The students disembarking from the buses were tired and looking forward to getting home after four days of Year 9 Camp. Most of the students I spoke to used words such as, “awesome”, “fantastic”, “best ever” to describe the outdoor experiences at Pindari Dam, near Texas, NSW. A large contingent of staff accompanied the students and I know they were extremely excited to be home and to have a hot shower and a warm, soft bed.
Our students are afforded these experiences through the generosity of our staff. I thank Mr Peter Simpson, Mrs Vicki Lamb and Mr Greg O’Neill and the many staff who accompanied the students.
Last week two very special events were held, the Year 6 Mother and Son Evening and the Senior and Staff Banquet. The Year 6 Mother and Son Evening celebrated the important role mothers play in the lives of young men. Our Year 6 students were very attentive to their mothers and made the evening a very special occasion.
The staff who attended the Staff and Senior Banquet on Friday evening thoroughly enjoyed the company of the students. The strong relationships that exist between the students and staff assist enormously in creating an environment at the College where students and staff journey together in the learning process. Our Senior students were fine gentlemen on the evening and were a credit to their families. Thank you to the Year 12 parents who worked during the evening. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.
On Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day by being especially attentive to the mothers in our lives. Mothers play a critical role in the family and on this day, we say thank you to our mums for all that they do for the family on a daily basis. My mum passed away three years ago, and I miss her terribly. In a large family my mum was the glue that held us all together and she had the uncanny ability to know what was happening in each of her children’s lives. She demonstrated daily the unconditional love of a mother through her gentle yet firm support for each of her children.
I wish all our mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday.
We keep in our prayers Merle Gittins, Nana to Bailey Creevey (Year 12), who passed away on ANZAC Day.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal