Welcome back to Term Three and the commencement of Semester Two. I hope all our families had an enjoyable break despite the lockdown that occurred in the first week. We are very fortunate that Queensland schools could recommence with face-to-face learning this week unlike our cousins in New South Wales.
The situation down south is a timely reminder that we must all remain vigilant and do the right thing when it comes to wearing a mask and practising good hygiene. I remind parents to keep your son at home if he is displaying any flu or cold-like symptoms and to make sure he has a COVID test. The normal protocols we have adopted are as follows.
- Stay at home and get tested if you are displaying a cough, runny nose and cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Remain at home until the symptoms have eased and you have received the results of the test to say you are negative.
- Masks while not mandated, should be worn if it is impossible to social distance in a crowded situation.
Thank you for your understanding and patience with the measures to keep our community safe and to maintain a healthy environment at the College.
Thank you to the many families and students who met with our teaching staff to discuss the academic performance of their student. The teaching staff are always encouraged by the interest shown by our families and the students in the academic program.
The ZOOM platform has been used for the last two Parent-Teacher Conferences across this year. The feedback we are continually receiving from our staff and families is this platform allows connection with teaching staff in a more efficient manner without the hassles of finding a park, the right room and allows the working parents to “zoom in” from their desk if needed.
The Teaching and Learning Office will continue to gather feedback from families and staff so we can make an informed decision about future conferences. We understand without face-to-face meetings we lose a little part of the community engagement with our families that we hold so dear.
At the end of this week, we will farewell three staff members. Mr Jonathan Tunny commenced with us at start of the year and has decided to move to retirement. Mr Matt Smith, Year 7 Humanities Teacher has accepted a position at Nudgee College, and we thank Matt for his service to the College over the past seven years. Mrs Mary-Anne Bray, College Receptionist will be retiring after twenty-four years of dedicated service to Villanova College. We thank Jonathan, Matt and Mary-Anne for their work with our students and families and wish them all the best for the future.
As we begin the new term, I thank our families for ensuring our students leave home for school properly attired in the correct uniform. Can I ask please if parents can check on their son’s hat. Many students are missing their hats- they are either in their room or locker or possibly lost. Your assistance with this will be greatly appreciated.
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.