Year 12 Completion
Over the last fortnight we have moved through the process of farewelling our Senior students from the everyday challenge of classes and encouraged them toward the period of external examinations. Last week they had their farewell assembly and guard of honour. As we progress toward ushering a new class of Villanova men to a future beyond the gates, their Senior year and its legacy deserves reflection.
Their Senior motto was a simple “In yourself the future lies.” It was clearly a calling toward their promise and their potential. On that day in early February, I reminded them that it was not a simple calling but a challenge. A challenge to respond to the gifts and talents that have been given to them through their birth and life and to develop them into a life that is lived in love, enjoyed in company and reflected upon to ensure their achievements benefit all those with whom they encounter and share time. Spending this 12 months in consideration, reflection, examination, questioning, and learning. One’s Senior year is a time to understand that the future we speak of is a finite opportunity – one can’t afford to waste it. Each day is valuable in itself, as a stand-alone moment. We cannot keep considering and thinking about our potential and what may be in our tomorrows. Our life is about making today matter.
So, it was most definitely not a simple motto!
How then did they go?
In the simplest terms, my experience of these young men is that they have done well. The Villanova man makes life matter by their actions, their words and their relationships. A Villanova graduate of 2022 made it matter by how they treated each other and the boys in our community. The Seniors of 2022 certainly made people feel welcome, safe and worthwhile. Our Seniors showed us how that love isn’t so hard to deliver. St Augustine informs us,
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.”
Over the next few weeks our Seniors will experience stress and pressure as they prepare for their examinations. In the life they lead beyond the gates of Villanova there will be daily challenges and times where the road ahead may look bleak, or at times impassable. Our farewell message to them, and to all our boys, is that they are prepared for these times. Our Villanova graduates of 2022 can and will prevail, in fact excel. Each has been prepared by their experiences and their Augustinian education to face and overcome all difficulty and challenge. In so doing each can reach fulfillment, understanding and uncover elements of the truth we search for. As Augustine says,
“To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world; war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendour. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain, for it is the friction which polishes him. It is the pressure which refines and makes him noble.”
The Villanova College Seniors of 2022 have been successful in their sport, academics and music. In that success they have used it as an example to others, shown respect to each other and oppositions, celebrated humbly but acknowledging the hard work and commitment that bore their success. In their achievement they have shown humility.
The Seniors of 2022 grew to understand the importance of learning, of challenging, of question. They have displayed the importance of being restless in our search.
The Seniors of 2022 have grown in their eight years at the College, they have as a cohort made mistakes, been asked to learn, being laid with the challenge to reflect and delve deep into themselves to uncover answers – the have experienced interiority.
The Seniors of 2022 were friends, they valued each other, the College and our traditions – they have shaped our community.
As Principal of Villanova College, on behalf of our community, I thank our Seniors of 2022. They have, to the best of their ability, been the hallmark of our College values.
Celebration of Achievement Awards Evening
At Villanova College we profess to be a school of faith, one that values our young men, their wellbeing and growth. We are a place of community, humility, truth and interiority; a place that cherishes our young men challenging them in their learning and development while equally acknowledging and celebrating their achievements and accomplishments. Creating examples and role models for others to aspire to and use as models of action and example. Core to that process is then our Celebration of Achievement Evening, ensuring it is broad in its acknowledgment and inclusive of our students talents, encouraging our boys to accept themselves as different but that each is a young man of honour, integrity and dignity, invited to have life and live it to the full.
In recognition of this we have broadened the scope of our celebration of achievement evening to make it more inclusive of our student body and acknowledge the breadth and depth of our student achievement and endeavour. This year the event will include outstanding achievement across Academic, Faith, Cultural and Sporting spheres in Years 5 – 11.
This year the Villanova College Celebration of Achievement Awards Evening will take place on Tuesday 8 November at the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Doors open from 6:00 pm and the ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm.
Parents of awardees will be notified by 3:00pm, tomorrow, 21 October and will be informed of booking details for ticketing. Together with the Villanova Staff, I look forward to celebrating our boys, their growth and learning, with the Villanova community.
Community Consultation Period Villanova College STEM and Sports Excellence Precinct
Today marks the beginning of the community consultation period for our application to have our ministerial infrastructure designation adjusted so that we can build our Villanova STEM and Sports excellence precinct.
Within this newsletter (in the parent information section) is information regarding the overall College Master Plan, with particular focus on this important centrepiece development. Information can also be found on the College website.
Parents are always welcome to book time to come and see me to discuss any matters relating to College life and development, in particular any aspects relating to this project and College future directions.
College Budget Process
Over the past three months the College Leadership Team, Finance Committee and Board have been engaged in shaping the 2023 budget. I am sure all understand the complexities and challenges of the current economic and social environment as, in both your work and family environments, we all navigate similar sets of circumstances. As such I will communicate with all families in the near future the 2023 College fee schedule and the key influencers and projects planned for the College and your son’s education.
The College would like to pass on the condolences of the whole Villanova College Community to Charles Pearce [Year 7], his family and the Mt Carmel School community on the passing of Charles’ little sister Ava last Saturday.
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.