Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
It has recently been announced that the Federal Government will overhaul education funding from 2018. Over the next ten years an increase in funding will be provided to the education sector for Australian schools. The details of the plan are not clear at this point in time and it is difficult to know the possible effects on Catholic schools in Queensland.
The issue of school funding is often a very divisive and heated topic of debate. It is very important parents are well informed of the facts on education funding and I will keep our community informed as further details of the new funding arrangements are released.
It is important to realise that in order to enact the proposed changes new legislation will need to be developed and tabled in Parliament and the necessary Bill agreed upon and passed. This will be a lengthy process and we hope to have clarity of funding arrangements moving into 2018.
Next week from Tuesday May 9 through until Thursday May 11, Year 5, 7 and 9 students will be sitting the 2017 NAPLAN Tests. The NAPLAN Tests provide point-in–time information in relation to a student’s performance in literacy and numeracy.
The Literacy paper will test the following areas:
- Language conventions – spelling, grammar and punctuation
- Writing – knowledge and control of written language
- Reading – comprehension
The Numeracy Test held on the last day will assess the following areas:
- Measurement, chance and data
- Algebra, function and pattern (formal algebra for Year 9 only)
In 2017 changes have been made to the timing and organisation of NAPLAN Numeracy test for Years 7 and 9. Students will now complete the Numeracy Test in one session of 60 minutes’ duration. Part A (calculator allowed) will be 50 minutes. Part B (non-calculator) will be 10 minutes.
This has resulted in a reduction in the number of items in the Numeracy Test from 64 questions to 48 questions.
Through our NAPLAN Preparation Program the students are familiar with the requirements of the NAPLAN Test and can be confident over the three days of testing of doing their very best.
St Augustine College Sydney Visit
Next week, from Sunday 7 May until Tuesday 9 May Villanova College will host staff and basketball, debating, football and rugby teams from St Augustine’s College, Sydney. This annual visit of students and staff between the two Colleges forges strong bonds of friendship and understanding of the two Australian Augustinian Colleges. The young men from St Augustine’s College will be billeted with our students and during their visit will experience school life in another Augustinian College. I thank the families who have so generously opened their homes to our visitors.
Tomorrow night, 5 May a very special evening will be held at the College involving the staff and senior students sharing a meal together. For our staff this is a very special occasion, one that is always a treasured memory of the year. The senior students often invite the staff to sit at their table and our staff are absolutely chuffed at being invited. Thank you to the many Year 12 parents who support this event through their presence assisting with the serving of the food and organisation of the evening.
You have made us for yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal