Finally, after almost 12 months, countless meetings and site visits, the major building work for the new St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre is complete. Over the next few weeks the building will be commissioned for occupation by our staff and students.
The classroom spaces are excellent, and the quality of the finish is extremely high. I am confident the students, parents and staff will be very excited to see the new facilities once the building is open for business. What is more exciting is the fantastic learning opportunities that can be provided by our dedicated staff. We now have the spaces to explore new ways of engaging with young men to ensure learning continues to be exciting and meaningful.
Returning to the Classroom
What a journey it has been for all of us as we have worked through the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on education. Our staff are all very excited to welcome the students back to the College on Monday 25 May.
Below are a few reminders as students return to the College:
- Driving and Parking: Please remember all areas around the College are 40 km/h School Zones and ensure you drive carefully. Drop-off Zones are clearly marked by the green and white striped poles. Please drop-off quickly and move on. Please do not double park as this puts young lives at risk and will block other drivers. Please be respectful of our neighbours and do not park over driveways.
- Winter Uniform: During Term Two, the winter uniform is to be worn and all students are expected to be in the College tie. The College jumper and blazer (Senior School students only) are the only warm items to be worn. Sports jackets are not part of the formal uniform and can only be worn with the sports uniform.
- Visiting the College: During the remainder of this term, parents are requested to minimise visits to the College where possible. It is a requirement to sign in when visiting the College via the College Reception.
- Sick Children: If your child is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms, please do not send them to school. Students with these symptoms must stay at home until the symptoms have abated.
Our staff will welcome the students on Monday, and we will assist the young men to settle back into their study routines as quickly as possible. It is understandable all returning students will be very excited to see their friends again in the school yard and classrooms in these first few days.
Sport in Term Three
Thank you to the Directors of Sports from the AIC Colleges for the many hours of planning that has gone into devising the arrangements for sport in Terms Three and Four in 2020. There are just a few minor details to be finalised and once these details are completed our families will be advised of the new arrangements for sport in 2020.
Congratulations to Mr Blake McLauchlan and his wife Tara following the birth of a beautiful baby girl, Alba Sage McLauchlan. We wish the McLauchlan family every blessing at this time.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal