Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
The unconditional love of a mother is a powerful force. St Augustine of Hippo experienced the unconditional love of his mother, Monica throughout his early life. Augustine as a young child rebelled against the tight controls his mother placed upon him. “In Augustine’s description of his early life, Monica appears above all as a relentless figure: ‘She loved to have me with her, as is the way with mothers, but far more than most mothers.” (Brown, Augustine of Hippo)
Monica had a burning desire that her son, Augustine would receive a good education and to know God. She never gave up on this dream and worked relentlessly to ensure Augustine had every opportunity to receive a useful education and to come to the realisation that God was indeed calling him to higher ideals.
This Sunday on Mother’s Day, we give thanks to our mothers. We are grateful for their unconditional love for their children and the many sacrifices they make on a daily basis so that their children can have the life they desire for them.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Villanova College mums. I hope you are spoilt on Sunday and your children say thank you.
The current smartphones have a far greater capacity than many of us realise. With a smartphone, our young people have access to a world outside our boundaries and it can be difficult to keep track of where our students may venture on their phones.
Recently we have become aware that students are receiving inappropriate materials via “air drop” on their phones. Normally you have to accept a picture or video from another phone to receive the item. However, in the cases we know about the identity of the sender is not disclosed and students will still accept the air drop from an unknown source.
It is time parents and caregivers take a moment over the weekend to remind their son about the expectations of proper use of smartphones. These are powerful tools in the hands of young people, and they need our guidance.
Thank you for your support on Saturday at the AIC Sporting Competition. I am not aware of any incidents on the day and the students played their games in the right spirit and displayed good sportsmanship.
The conditions made the day more difficult with a lack of cover on the lower fields, but despite the weather our spectators persisted with their support of their teammates.
We will continue to expect the highest standard of behaviour of all players and spectators involved in the AIC Sporting Competition. We look forward to welcoming our fellow AIC Colleges to Villanova Park during the 2021 season.
Week Four Check In
Week Four is always a great time to check in to see how our students have settled back into school life after the Easter break. With the group of Year 12 students I am mentoring as their Academic Coach we have concentrated on being organised and planning for the week ahead. One of the tasks the students must complete each week is their weekly timetable, showing me their commitments and how they will manage their time. Many students are leading very busy lives with sporting, cultural and work commitments during the week whilst being a full-time student with 30 hours of school time.
Our young people need assistance to be accountable for how they use their time. They need that adult voice to make sure they are being reasonable and not putting down unrealistic study times that will be hard to maintain.
We keep in our prayers all the peoples of the world as they deal with the effects of COVID. We pray governments and leaders will realise in a pandemic, no one will be safe until all people are safe. We especially keep the people in India in our prayers.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
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.