Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Following the 2017 review of the AIC Sporting program, two major outcomes have recently been announced- the publication of the AIC Sport Charter and the introduction of two new sports to the existing program from 2019. Next year Australian Rules Football will be played in Term One and Rugby League in Term Three. The addition of the two new sports will be trialled over the next two years.
The new charter for AIC Sport aligns the sporting program with the Vision and Mission Statements of each member College. Sport develops young men mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and is a key component of the curriculum offered in our College. The values and beliefs of Sport must align with the values and beliefs of the College. To have a disconnect between the two simply does not make sense. What we value and believe to be important as an Augustinian College must be the same values reflected in our sports program.
The expansion of AFL beyond the Junior teams in Term One will provide another opportunity for our students to represent the College. We have many students who currently play in club teams and I am confident we will be a strong force in AFL. With the introduction of rugby league in Term Three I have indicated to the AIC Management Committee, Villanova College will assess the feasibility of entering teams. Basketball is one of our premier sports at the College in Term Three and our program offers our students opportunities to represent the College. At this stage, I have indicated Villanova College will certainly field Junior – Year 5 and Year 6 Rugby League teams in the first year.
70th Year Celebration
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Friday 25 May is Mission Day where we come together as the community of Villanova College to raise funds to support the work of AFAS in the Philippines. Either today or tomorrow, families will receive a red candle pack. In a show of solidarity, I ask all families to take time during next week in the lead up to Mission Day to light the candle each evening and to prayer as a family remembering the many families in the Philippines who have so little and life is a daily struggle. The images below show our students visiting the candle factory in the Philippines and assisting with the making of the candles.
Each year the debate about NAPLAN and the need for testing appears in the media at this time. For our students most take the days of testing in their stride and do their best. NAPLAN is designed to provide data on the progress of each child in numeracy and literacy. This data is beneficial to both families and schools to help determine future needs for each child and to identify specific areas of need. NAPLAN data is only one measure we use to determine the progress of the students.
Overall, I have been very pleased to see the students attack the test papers in a confident and mature manner.
We keep in our prayers the Kearney family following the recent death of Gerald Kearney, grandfather of Patrick (’09), Dominic (’12) and Oliver Kearney (Year 12).
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
Mr Mark Stower