Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The Mass of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday was a wonderful celebration to mark the commencement of the 2017 academic year. Once again Fr Peter through his homily, inspired our young men to strive to be the men of hope, character and faith. At the conclusion of the Mass the presentation of the Senior students and the Senior Leadership Team was held. Before the Villanova College community, the students recited their pledge to uphold the values of this College and to bear witness to a model of servant leadership based on the example of Jesus Christ. We will continue to support, encourage and challenge our Senior students to live up to the words of their pledge each day during 2017.
I have been very pleased with the positive attitude and enthusiasm displayed by our students over the past fortnight. The students have entered back into school life with energy as school work has started in all classrooms. Setting a routine is crucial for boys and they need to know what the expectations are at home regarding completion of homework, study time, computer time and household chores. At school we find setting clear expectations is comforting for boys as they know what to expect and will strive to meet our expectations. So it is at home, set clear expectations from the start and establish a set routine that is manageable in your home.
There are excellent resources available to parents on the Andrew Fuller Website-http://andrewfuller.com.au/free-resources Please take some time over the coming weeks to review these materials. I am confident you will find many helpful tips and strategies to assist you in supporting your son to get the most out of this academic year.
We welcome to our community Brother Saldie Resolado who has recently moved from Sydney to Brisbane for a year of formation at St James Parish, Coorparoo and Villanova College. Brother Saldie, a Deacon of the Church, will be ordained to the Priesthood later this year. We are very pleased Brother Saldie has joined our community and will keep him in our prayers this coming year.
The first few weeks of this term are typically a time for settling into school life and a routine. Over the past week there has been a number of extra activities and the students have embraced the opportunity to be involved in a range of different events. The Outdoor Education program offered to our younger students at this time provides many challenging activities and new experiences. The time away together also provides an opportunity to meet new classmates and to establish friendships in the early weeks of the year.
Congratulations to Mr Craig Smith, IT Manager and his partner Kae on the recent birth of their son Corban Martin Smith.
You have made us for yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal