Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Last Saturday at Villanova Park before invited guests, the College held the official blessing and opening of the grandstand. Fr Peter Wieneke OSA, College Chaplain celebrated the blessing of the grandstand and Mr Ross Vasta, Federal Member for Bonner and Old Boy of Villanova College, officially opened the grandstand.
The story of Villanova Park is one of many volunteers working together with the Augustinian Fathers to create a set of playing fields that our current students enjoy. In the early days there were working bees where parents grabbed a shovel and shifted a mountain of dirt. To help raise funds, beer bottles were collected for recycling and the funds obtained used to further develop the grounds. Many ‘Footy Doubles’ were also sold in pubs around the southside of Brisbane to raise funds for the grounds.
The great facilities we enjoy today are a product of the sweat of so many parents and Augustinian Fathers who had a vision of playing fields where Villanova College would host other Colleges in competition and fellowship. We give thanks for the efforts of those early pioneers who so generously gave of their time and energy.
Most people are aware that bus drivers are obliged to allow students to board the bus if they do not have any money to pay the fare. This change in rules came about following the Daniel Morcombe case. This week while supervising bus duty, it was brought to my attention that large numbers of our students are not paying the bus fare and are telling the driver they do not have a Go Card. In one instance on the 895 bus, thirty (30) students did not pay the fare.
I am confident our families have provided their sons with a Go Card. I am also confident most students understand the rules regarding bus fare. In agreeing with the rule change that no child should be left behind, I do believe those with the capacity to pay the bus fare should do so.
We will continue to monitor the situation and if necessary, we will be in contact with families if your son habitually does not pay the bus fare.
Following the April Parent-Teacher Conferences the College sought feedback from parents and staff regarding the suitability of ZOOM interviews as the way to deliver the conferences. The feedback was overwhelmingly in favour of continuing with the ZOOM platform for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
On Monday 12 July, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held following the end of Semester One reporting period. Information concerning the conferences will be sent home to families in the next few days. Students are most welcome to join the conferences with their parents/guardians.
Please note Monday 12 July is a student-free day and Term Three will commence for all students on Tuesday 13 July.
I look forward to welcoming back all our students after a well-deserved break.
We keep in our prayers the community of Lourdes Hill College 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
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.