Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Our twin themes for 2021, ‘Humility and Gratitude’ need to be reflected in our actions this year. This is a challenge for all in our community. St Augustine stated very clearly in his writings that humility is the “… basis for all genuine humanity, for all genuine spirituality as well as for all real happiness and fulfillment.” (St Augustine on Humility)
Sadly, in our modern world, humility is more often than not identified with self-deprecation, with an absence of or weakness in asserting oneself, with minimalization of all that one is or has. St Augustine teaches us, “…humility is the critical, root virtue for discovering and becoming who we are called to be in Jesus, and thus for attaining fulfillment and genuine happiness.” (St Augustine on Humility)
“Humility is about understanding: truly understanding ourselves that we might understand the God within. Humility is about loving: loving ourselves that we might love others, and in loving others that we might love God within. Humility is about living: living in the real world, living fully the happy life, living according to the pattern of Jesus and the plan of God for us.” ( Fr A Chappell OSA, St Augustine on Humility)
Gratitude, our second theme is an attitude that all are challenged to adopt. How do we give thanks for all that we have been given? I so often find myself grumbling about some small matter and losing sight of all the blessings I receive that I am truly grateful for each day. I will challenge myself to see all the gifts I receive and to express gratitude for all that I have been given.
Parents and Friends Mothers Evening
Last Friday evening over 400 mothers joined together to celebrate at the annual Parents and Friends sponsored event. An army of fathers took on the onerous task of serving drinks and food during the evening. From all reports the event was a great success and it was amazing to see the enthusiastic response from our community to support this event. I do believe our guests thoroughly enjoyed the 70s and 80s music played during the evening with many mothers breaking out moves not seen for some time on the dance floor. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Executive and especially Mr Peter Roberts for their organisation of this event.
The funds raised from this event were specifically targeting the supply of additional basketball hoops for the Middle School precinct. My sincere thanks for the Parents and Friends Association for their generous gift to the College in supporting this initiative.
Parents and Friends Meeting
Last Monday evening, representatives from the Teaching and Learning Office were invited to attend the Parents and Friends Association meeting to discuss reporting and how parents use the feedback from their son’s assessment tasks that is provided by the staff. The discussion was most helpful for both our staff and the parents present at the meeting. There were a number of important matters raised that will be taken away and acted upon to assist parents to continue to play an active role in assisting our staff to guide the students in their assessment tasks. I thank the parents present for their feedback to our staff.
Music at Villanova College
With the temporary closure of the Instrumental Music rooms and Music classrooms, our musicians have been playing in the vacant classrooms around the College campus. This has resulted in all our students and staff being increasingly aware of the strength and size of the music program here at the College. The Music staff and Director of Music, Mr Michael Jones have done an excellent job in continuing the momentum of the Music program despite the difficulties we are currently experiencing with the Augustine Centre.
On Wednesday evening our Year 12 Music Extension students performed their assessment pieces in the College Library. It was a wonderful display of talented musicians who have worked very hard over many weeks to polish their performance. The students and Music staff are to be congratulated on the quality of the performances.
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.