Last week at the College Assembly I spoke to the students about learning the lessons from our Year 12 students. I recounted the story of speaking with two Year 12 students who were unhappy with their progress in Term 1 this year. The had set goals for each subject and fell short of their goals. When they were questioned as to why they thought they did not do well in their exams the two boys had a similar tale to tell. Both boys suffered from distractions and procrastination. In the classroom they were easily distracted by what was happening around them. At home when studying they would find every reason to put off the work until the last minute, and as we all know when we rush work, we often produce a low-quality finish.
The task I have set these two young men is to move their seating away from their mates in the classroom as a first step. The second step is to tackle their procrastination by breaking down all the assessment tasks into achievable pieces. When studying I have suggested removing all devices that are causing distractions and to set some rewards after completing a block of study.
For more information on beating procrastination please see the following website- https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/03/22/10-ways-to-beat-procrastination-and-get-things-done/#45a00e812902
At the moment there are two building projects on the go for the College, a new grandstand at Villanova Park and the Stage One – New Learning Centre at the Coorparoo campus.
The new grandstand at Villanova Park is beginning to take shape with the foundation work completed. The builder will soon commence the structure for the upper floor and place the steel supports for the roof. Once the roof is on the builder will begin all the internal works including the fit out of the changerooms and public amenities.
There has been a number of delays to the project including rain delays over the past two months, and the projected completion time is now towards the end of July 2019.
NEW LEARNING CENTRE
The ground works for the New Learning Centre have commenced in earnest and preparations are well underway for the builder to commence the foundation work over the coming month. Safety around the building site is paramount and is the responsibility of all members of our community. Particular attention needs to be applied when using either Seventh Avenue or Eighth Avenue for drop-off and pick-ups.
When trucks are entering and leaving the site extra care will be required and I ask all parents to please be vigilant around the construction site. The builder will have traffic control persons in all areas where trucks are entering and leaving sites.
Last Friday evening over 360 Villanova College mothers gathered to enjoy an evening of great food, music and company. Despite the sudden storm that hit at around 7.30 pm, the enthusiasm of our guests was not to be dampened. Serving our mothers was an army of volunteer dads who gave up the night to ensure all guests were looked after on this special occasion.
Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for their generosity in sponsoring this event.
We keep Mrs Jacqui Steendyk in our thoughts and prayers following the passing of her father, Allin Tudor, in late April.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal