I was having a bad morning on Wednesday. Nothing was going to plan, the work was piling up, the inbox was full and the line of people waiting to see me was growing. After escaping from my office, I went down to visit the Year 5 students in their new classrooms to see some happy faces and experience their enthusiasm for learning. Well I was not disappointed! The students made the new learning spaces come to life. There were groups in the project spaces working on their PowerPoint presentations, students sitting at the benches collaborating on a project, on couches and one or two boys were working quietly on their own. The teachers were flying around the room checking on progress with groups and individuals and making sure students who needed assistance received help. There were smiles all around the classrooms. The teachers are happy, and the students love their new learning spaces. It really did put a smile on my face.
As I walked back to my office, I knew all the effort to have this building completed was worth it – just to see what a difference these contemporary spaces make to teaching and learning.
If you have not had an opportunity to take the Virtual Tour of the new St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre I certainly encourage you to click on the link and see the new learning spaces. We are very happy with the new spaces provided for our staff and students.
At the end of this term we farewell Mr Brendan Kennedy, Pastoral Area Leader – Junior School who is taking 12 months leave. Brendan and his family will be residing in Canada and we wish the Kennedy family all the best for the move. Replacing Mr Kennedy will be Mr Callum Hackett who has accepted the position as Acting Junior School Pastoral Area Leader for the next 12 months. Taking Mr Hackett’s class will be Mr Jack Cabassi. I know our community will welcome Mr Cabassi to the College.
At the end of the term Mrs Margaret Stevenson – Support Officer Middle School will be concluding her time at the College. We wish Margaret and her family the very best for the future.
Mrs Ros Giles has accepted the position of Acting Curriculum Area Leader – Middle School Religion replacing Ms Christianne Kemp who has taken Maternity Leave until the start of 2021.
We welcome Mr Tyler McCluskey to the College from next term. Mr McCluskey has accepted the position of Curriculum Area Leader – Humanities and is looking forward to commencing his duties at the College.
Year 5 – 12 Roles
Mr Kirk Astill has accepted the position of Director of Studies at the College and will commence in this role from next term. Mrs Liana Baillie has expanded her responsibilities to now be responsible for Data Analytics and Academic Performance.
We offer our congratulations to Mr Josh McKechie and his wife Lucy on the birth of a beautiful daughter, Lily Brenda McKechie.
Sport Term Three
I appreciate there has been volumes of information disseminated regarding sport for next term. Please take the time to familiarise yourself and your son to the changes in arrangements so that we can avoid any unpleasantness during the games and entering and leaving venues. Thank you for your co-operation in following the guidelines and keeping everyone safe.
Start of Term Three
Term Three will commence for all students on Tuesday 14 July. Students in Years 5 and 6 will begin the term in the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre. I will send home details to families about new drop-off and pick-up points and entry gates for the Junior School students during the first week of the holidays. Middle School families will also need to adjust their drop-off and pick-up arrangements. Full details will be sent home during the break.
It has certainly been an interesting 10 weeks since the Easter break. We have had much to contend with over the weeks and I want to thank our families, students and staff for their support during these times. I hope our families have an opportunity to take some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy our beautiful winter weather. Stay safe and healthy.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal