Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Next Wednesday, 26 May is my mum’s birthday. Mum passed away on Christmas Day, 2016 and she would have been 95 this year. I am confident she would not have enjoyed the past twelve months with lockdowns and the scare of COVID.
Mum was the matriarch of the family. While dad was always the threat of further discipline, it was mum who provided the glue that held the family together.
I recall one day on the school holidays when I was in my teens, the four Stower brothers were at home while mum and dad went to work. Someone decided it was a good idea to buy a carton of beer and to have a table tennis competition with the local kids in the neighbourhood. When mum got home from work, she already knew all about the raucous games, foul language, smoking and drinking. To say I learnt my lesson would be an understatement.
Parents play such an important role in setting the standards for their children. Our young people learn so much from home including good manners, respect and how to treat others fairly and compassionately.
Outside in society, our young people have so many different influences that will slowly try to chip away at the standards that we set for our children. To build a strong armour against all the influences that chip away at our standards, we need to keep in communication with our children and to work really hard at keeping the conversations open and honest to know what is happening in their lives. At times having these difficult conversations can be hard and uncomfortable. However, we, as parents need to be brave and sit down with our kids to discuss those difficult topics when the opportunity presents.
When I reflect on my youth, I am so glad mum and dad were strict with me. Without standards, I know I would have lost my way and floundered through my early years.
Next Wednesday the College Open Day will be held and we have thrown open the grounds and classrooms to our visitors. Three tours of the College will occur with the first tour commencing at 8.30am followed by tours at 10.30am and again at 4.00pm in the afternoon. Please be aware the Open Day activities will increase traffic around our surrounding streets.
We are looking forward to welcoming our Open Day visitors to the College and I am confident our visitors will experience a vibrant and enthusiastic community of staff and students working together with families to develop fine young men.
Last Friday our Year 12 Music class had their musical compositions performed by an internationally recognised, Brisbane based ensemble, Topology. Three of the pieces composed by Sebastian Allen, Joe Timms and Max Shearer were performed on assembly to an audience spellbound by the quality of each piece of music. On Friday evening the students and staff worked with Topology to perform the pieces composed by the students. Everyone who was present applauded the performances and the excellent standard of the music compositions. Well done to our Year 12 Music students and their teacher Mrs Belinda Tucker.
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.