In next Sunday’s Gospel we hear the story of Jesus feeding the crowd of people who had gathered to see him. We are told one of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted.
We are familiar with the rest of the story and the amount of food that was left over to be collected at the end of the meal. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes is symbolic of the Eucharist. We gather around the table and after breaking bread we eat together.
In our lives we need sustenance not only for our body but also for our spirit. How do we find time for God in our busy lives?
Good Manners Program
As a staff we have commenced a Good Manners program with our students. We are focusing on the manners that operate in a school setting. We will leave the home manners to our families.
Each week we will focus on a particular behaviour or manner. The students will hear from their teachers the reason for the manner and how it is applied and model the expectation. This week we concentrated on “Good Morning” and “Good Afternoon” with eye contact and acknowledgement of the person. Over the coming weeks we will focus on one particular manner with the students.
The program details week by week are shown below.
|ONE||Greetings – Good Morning and Good Afternoon and eye contact|
|TWO||Showing respect when on public transport – language, standing up and offering your seat and phones|
|THREE||Opening the door for someone|
|FOUR||Knocking when entering a room and apologising when late.|
|FIVE||Leaving room for people to walk along corridors and moving out of the way – saying excuse me|
|SIX||Correct manner of addressing an adult – Mr, Mrs, Miss and Sir|
|SEVEN||Phone etiquette at school|
|EIGHT||Importance of being on time and punctual|
|NINE||Remove your sunglasses and earbuds to speak to someone|
|TEN||Please and thank you|
Villa Cocktail Ball
This Saturday evening, the Parents and Friends Association will be hosting the bi-annual Vila Ball at the Tivoli, Fortitude Valley. The Villa Ball is an opportunity for parents of the College to come together and enjoy a great evening. I know the organisers have worked tirelessly to manage an ever-changing social event due to restrictions affecting Brisbane. It has certainly been a difficult task and we are in need of your support. Although ticket sales have closed, you are still able to purchase raffle tickets (click here) for a chance to win 14 wonderful prizes packages. Your support of the raffles 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.