Welcome to Term 4
This week we held a College gathering that celebrated the academic performance of our Seniors who studied the Diploma of Business throughout Year 11 and 12 here at the College. It was an excellent snapshot of what can be achieved through focused effort and collaborative learning practice. Each of the 20 enrolled students, and we had a 100% graduation rate, achieved the Diploma. Hard work, with good advice and guidance from the College, has placed them “ready to launch” into post school life. As such for our Seniors it is the first mark of what is to come. This term, above all terms, they are called to move forward from establishing a legacy toward actually embedding their learning and transforming it into a concrete pathway to 2023 and beyond. It was so impressive to see over 40 boys engage in external academic preparations over the September holiday break and as always, our staff who were present with them to guide and challenge toward their success.
This afternoon and tomorrow, we also have the final AIC event of 2022, the AIC Track & Field Championship. In some ways Athletics has seemingly gone under the radar a little in the AIC calendar over the years as sports such as AFL and Rugby League have come to prominence but its importance in school life and to individual students is not lost nor discounted.
In introducing the Open Athletic squad Mr Michael Garske reflected on two phenomenal Villanova athletes in Brian Emerson who still holds TAS/AIC records in 100 and 200m events from the early eighties and Josh Robinson who post Villanova went on to represent Australia at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. In these two alumni our boys have outstanding role models in the outcomes of commitment, effort and accountability.
In conclusion, across this final term our focus is on completing the years learning and development for each boy. Villanova has an identity in the collective, that is unmistakable across our 74 years of life, but we have a responsibility that is individual. To care for, challenge, mature and develop the character, intellect, and spirit of each individual boy. As such that is the key focus of this term, having each boy analyse and challenge themselves around what have I learned this year and what is still to be developed and developed more deeply.
Mr Paul Begg, 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.