Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
The last three weeks have been very busy with a host of activities occurring. It seems that as soon as one activity is finished the next one is crying out for attention. Life can sometimes be like this, and we often must hang in there keeping our eye on the goal at the end.
For our students, the next two weeks will see the Semester One assessment period completed. Before the holidays can be enjoyed and our students and staff take a well-deserved break there is much work to be done.
When faced with multiple demands and limited time the experts in time management always advocate breaking down the long list of tasks into manageable pieces that can be achieved. For example, when faced with revising a whole semester of work break it down into 30 minutes a night. I know this does take discipline to consistently sit down at the study desk each night.
When facing an assignment task break it down into smaller pieces. Work on the introduction and once you have that completed, begin working on the opening paragraph and so on. Breaking down each task into smaller chunks makes a seemingly huge task manageable.
Year 12 Retreat
The Year 12 Retreat provided me with the opportunity to work with a small group of students as we explored a range of topics and reflected on our own personal life journeys. The students were very trusting and brave to share their thoughts and feelings during the retreat and it was a real privilege to be able to share this time.
Our staff accompanying the students over the two days were also trusting and brave as they shared their own stories of their lives and the ups and downs of relationships and life. The students were very receptive to the staff sharing their stories and showing their vulnerability in front of the students.
As our young men move towards the half-way mark of their final year at Villanova College, we keep our Year 12 students and their families in our prayers.
Year 12 Mentoring Breakfast
This morning we welcomed to the College members of the business community to sit down at breakfast with our senior students to discuss career options for the future. Many of our Mentors are Old Boys of the College who have generously given of their time to provide advice to our young men.
Catering for the event was our Hospitality Students under the tutelage of Mr Tony Rolls. The students were very excited to take on the challenge of serving breakfast to such a large crowd.
Over the last month a number of our staff have welcomed new additions to their families. Ms Georgia Mills-Geer and her husband Clyde welcomed a baby boy, Ruben. Mrs Nicole Hinds and her partner Carl welcomed a baby boy, Lennon and Ms Kirstina Dawson welcomed a baby girl, Zayla.
We keep in our prayers the Richards family following the death of Mr Nigel Richards. The Richards family has a long association with Villanova College with five sons attending the College – Patrick, Simon, Andrew, Tim and Peter. Nigel’s two grandsons, Fiachra – Year 12 and Eoin – Year 8 currently attend the College. Nigel and his wife Judith were involved in the St James Parish and had a special place in their hearts for the Augustinian community. Nigel was an active member of the St Vincent De Paul Society for many years.
We also keep in our prayers and thoughts the family of Mr Adrian Hellwig following the death of Adrian’s brother Peter in Sydney recently.
May their soul and the soul of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
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.