Villanova College acknowledges that the land we meet on today is the traditional lands for the Jagera and Turrbul People and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbul People as the traditional custodians of the region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Jagera and Turrbul People today.
On reading the Semester 1 reports, the overwhelmingly positive results clearly demonstrate the students’ commitment to their studies. The term ahead is an intense one with many curricular and co-curricular activities packed into a short period of time. To get the most out of this term it is essential that students organise themselves well and plan ahead. It is important that each of them spends some time, if not having done so already, outlining their goals, for inside and outside the classroom, as well as identifying strategies that will assist them in attaining their goals. Our College is a busy place as is evidenced by the number of significant events discussed in this newsletter.
One of my true blessings is working with the Year 12 Legal Studies class. Over the past week, I have met with many Senior students who are fearful and confused about their present, and unsure about their future. They are facing a whole series of changes. As we embark on Semester Two, our Year 12 peers are facing the end of the familiar – life at school – and the beginning of the unfamiliar – life after school. They will grieve the loss of the secure family that has given them meaning and purpose for so many years. They will grieve the loss of the day-to-day contact with friends and will be unsure of what lies ahead. Some can’t wait to be out of the gates while others are a little scared – both reactions are natural.
Someone once said that the only constant in life is ‘change’. We are constantly changing. Many changes are small, but some are quite significant. Every now and again we go into a period of transition or significant change from one period or position to another. When this happens, it is natural to grieve the letting go of that which we were used to, that which was familiar, that which was secure and often comfortable, and we venture out into the unknown. This letting go involves risk and requires courage. When we don’t recognise or listen to the changes within us, we can be confused by our unexpected reactions and moods. Change invites us to embrace it, to welcome it and accept it, but change for change’s sake is of little value. I often use the analogy of a journey; life is a journey and we are pilgrims on it. No ship is ‘at home’ moored tight and secure to the harbour pier. The ship is truly itself on the open sea. As they embark on their retreat experience and come to this part of their journey, our Year 12s can rest assured that they are doing themselves and our community proud.
This term we welcome to our community the new staff, students and families who will call Villanova home. Joining our staff this semester are:
Ms Paula Henry – English
Mr Neil Kelly-Roche – Music
Mr Ben Stuart – Senior School LET
Mr Benji Lynch – Middle School LET
Ms Samantha Reader – Year 9 – 12 Maths
Ms Sandy Elliott – Art
Mr Mark Olivier – Business
We also welcome back Mr Juha Stroja who returns from Long Service Leave and Mrs Amanda McKay who returns from Maternity Leave in a part-time capacity.
As the new semester begins, I look forward to seeing you at the many activities, events and functions around the College.
Mr Steven Bremner, Principal (Acting)