Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Winter has arrived and the cold winds blowing up through the middle of the campus caused many to seek shelter in the warm sunlight at break times over the last few days. The College uniform provides ample clothing items during the winter months. Students can opt to wear long trousers and the school jumper. Senior School students all have a blazer that can be added to the school jumper. This combination looks very smart with the school tie.
What is not permissible during these cooler days is the wearing of sports jackets, senior hoodies or senior jerseys. These items are only permitted to be worn with the sports uniform. I thank all members of our community for making every effort to ensure our students wear the correct uniform at all times.
Assessment and Stress
For many students this time of year brings enormous anxiety and stress as they prepare for end of semester exams and assignments. There are a number of important habits students can be mindful of to reduce the negative effects of exam stress and anxiety.
- Get Enough Sleep- a minimum of 7.5 – 8 hours per night. Having a sleep deficiency can actually make you less sharp mentally.
- Study Smarter- be organised with your study materials, list the important material you need to learn, remove all distractions including the mobile phone.
- Visualise Success- visualise yourself taking the test and achieving a fantastic result. Visualisation can also help you to remember information.
- Stay Calm- exercising regularly, eating well and meditation are just some methods to ensure you remain calm and focused during the exam period.
Following the conclusion of the Second Trimester of sporting fixtures, I wish to thank the many parents, Old Boys and staff who so generously gave of their time to support the students in chess, football and rugby. With their support we are able to offer our students an opportunity to represent the College and participate as a member of a team. Watching many of the games during the season I can see the obvious enjoyment boys gain from participating in sports. On behalf of the College I wish to thank all those involved in our sporting program. A special thank you to Mr Craig Stariha- Director of Sport and the Sports Office for their work during the past season.
St Augustine’s College, Sydney and Villanova College Boards
A new initiative being implemented in the June/July holidays will see the two College Boards from St. Augustine’s College, Sydney and Villanova College, Brisbane attend a combined meeting over two days to discuss matters of governance and learn from an exchange of ideas. The meeting will be hosted by St Augustine’s College in Sydney and the Villanova College Board members are looking forward to visiting our brother school and meeting members of their College Board.
Villanova College visit to St Augustine’s College, Sydney
On Wednesday 27 June our Open basketball, debating, football and rugby teams will travel to Sydney for a visit with St Augustine’s College. This tour continues to build strong relationships between the two Colleges. Villanova College students are billeted with the families of the St Augustine’s College students and it is through this friendship that we all come together as members of the wider Augustinian family.
Last Day of Term Two
Next Wednesday 27 June is the final day of Term Two. All students will be dismissed from classes at the normal finishing time of 3.00 pm.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal