It was with a great sense of relief that we welcomed back to the College Year 11 and Year 12 students this week. I know the students were very excited to be returning to school and even those who may not have school as one of their favourite pastimes were happy to be back with their mates and teachers. The excitement was palpable and infectious with smiles and laughter once again filling the rooms and hallways.
Over the next two weeks we will welcome back the remaining students and we are all very excited to be planning for their return. I will keep our families informed as we move closer to the date of the students returning on Monday 25 May.
St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre
The new St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre will be handed over to the College on Monday 18 May at 5.00 pm. Following the hand-over of the building we will commence the commissioning process to prepare for occupancy.
Details of the plan appear below:
Tuesday 19 May – Thursday 28 May: Furniture and teaching equipment will be installed.
Tuesday 19 May – Monday 8 June: Audio-visual equipment and IT infrastructure including internet, bells and security cameras will be installed, tested, and commissioned.
Monday 8 June – Friday 12 June: Staff teaching materials and administration materials transferred across to the new building.
Monday 15 June – Building ready to be occupied.
I am confident the students and the staff will be thrilled with the new facilities and teaching spaces once they become available. It has been a massive project and I wish to acknowledge the support of the College Board and the Building and Capital Committee. In particular, the Chair of the Building and Capital Committee, Mr Michael Schaumburg, has provided sound and reasoned advice throughout the project and has assisted enormously in his own time to deliver an excellent building.
Eighth Avenue Drop-off/Pick-up Zone
I understand the frustration of our parents when cars from builders and neighbours park illegally in the zones in Eighth Avenue reserved for morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups. I have personally communicated our concerns with the building company and also informed Brisbane City Council of the need to patrol this location, especially in the morning.
When we move the Junior School to the new building, we will work with Brisbane City Council to re-design the drop-off/pick-up zone to allow a more efficient flow of traffic.
While this planning is taking place, I ask for your patience and understanding. Please do not park in a manner which may put young lives at risk. We must all be aware we are sharing the streets with our neighbours and as such we should never park across someone’s driveway or block the street.
Following the Mid-Semester reporting period, it was planned to hold Parent-Teacher Conferences in April. Unfortunately, due to the gathering restrictions this was not possible. The College is currently seeking the best method for meeting with parents face to face. Once our planning is completed, I will communicate home how we will conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences.
We are certainly fortunate in Australia, and in particular Queensland, not to have experienced a high number of deaths due to the Coronavirus. We are thankful for our island nation and the care of our medical staff. Let us keep in our prayers those in our world who have lost loved ones and continue to deal with severe restrictions.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal