Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
I have undertaken to keep our families aware of the information regarding the recent announcement by the Federal Government on reforms to Education Funding from 2018.
The funding package announced by the Prime Minister and the Education Minister includes a number of changes that should be of concern to us as a Catholic school community.
While the package includes a base funding increase beyond what had previously been proposed by the Federal Government, it also alluded to a number of changes to the existing funding system which may impact on the overall level of funding to Queensland Catholic schools.
The Catholic education sector is concerned the Federal Government has, to date, been unable to provide the necessary detail to allay concerns about potential funding reductions.
Some key points of concern include:
- The absolute failure of the Federal Government to consult with the Catholic sector before announcing its proposed changes
- The lack of detail and so a heightened sense of uncertainty about our future funding position
- Proposed changes to the funding model which target Catholic school systems and which will potentially reduce our funding and impact on fee levels in schools.
The Catholic education sector has urged the Federal Government to urgently meet Catholic education representatives to provide more detail about how the proposed changes will impact on schools, teachers and parents and to negotiate an acceptable outcome.
The uncertainty of funding for the future is a significant issue for all schools and Villanova College as we plan for the future. As you are aware we are embarking on the development of the Master Plan for the future and our planning requires a certainty of Commonwealth funding.
Despite the uncertainty regarding the funding our priority always remains the well-being of our students and we will use whatever funds are allocated to us in the most effective and efficient ways to ensure families continue to have the choice of Catholic schooling for their children.
St Augustine College Tour
A special thank you to the many parents who so generously opened their homes and hearts to the students from St Augustine’s College, Sydney over the past few days. Our brother school from New South Wales competed against Villanova College in rugby, football, basketball and debating. The games and debate were fiercely competitive and the battles were fought in a spirit of collegiality and friendship. Congratulations to St Augustine’s College team for winning the basketball, football and rugby. Villanova College Senior Debating team was successful in the debating.
Since 1962/3 these annual exchanges have been conducted between the two Colleges and the strong bond of friendship between the two Australian Augustinian Colleges continues to grow. We thank St Augustine’s College students, Mr Jonathan Byrne – Principal and the staff for their support of this exchange and look forward to visiting Sydney in 2018.
The students confidently tackled the three days of testing this week and I am pleased to see they gave their very best to the papers. The NAPLAN data will provide important information to parents about their child’s progress at this point in time in the areas of Literacy and Numeracy. NAPLAN 2017 Reports from the Commonwealth Government will be available to families and schools later in the year.
Year 6 Mother and Son Dinner and Staff-Senior Banquet
Last week two wonderful celebrations were held at the College. The annual Year 6 Mother and Son Dinner was a great success with Year 6 mothers spending time with their son without the normal distractions of a busy home. Goold Hall was decorated beautifully for the occasion and I thank Mrs Maria Mascadri, Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff and Year 6 staff for their organisation and support of this event.
The Staff-Senior Student Banquet held on Friday evening was a special occasion where the staff and senior students share a meal together. For our staff this evening is one of the highlights of the year. Thank you to the senior students for their gracious hospitality and friendly banter with our staff. There were many stories told during the evening and I know I discovered many things. Thank you to Mr Tony Rolls and the staff for their support of this event. The Year 12 parents gave generously of their time to help serve the meal and were selfless in their service to the College. Thank you to all Year 12 parents who assisted on the night or in the lead up to this event.
You Have made us for yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal