Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Taking the time to reset goals as we begin a new semester is important for all students. Following the Parent-Teacher Conferences where feedback was provided to many students and parents, it is time to reflect on the achievements of the first six months and re-evaluate what changes need to be made to ensure academic goals are met by the end of this year. As part of the academic mentoring program, key staff will be meeting individually with all Years 11 and 12 students over the next fortnight or so to review the academic performance of the students over the past semester and to set goals for the next two terms of work.
Year 12 Retreat
Interestingly, the adults accompanying the Year 12 students on their Retreat often find the experience to be enormously beneficial and informative. Young people see the world through very different eyes to their teachers. During the Year 12 Retreat each group experiences a Social Justice problem involving poverty, homelessness and mental health. During the encounter our eyes are opened to the size of the problem in our society. We are also made aware of the many inspirational people who work in this area and who through their efforts make a real difference to the lives of those on the margins.
Spending time with the Year 12 students last week was a great experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The quality of our young men as people of faith and character is a testament to their families.
Year 11 Semi-Formal
Last Friday evening the Year 11 students hosted their 2018 Year 11 Semi-Formal. The young men were gracious hosts and looked after their guests during the evening. The students had a wonderful time and enjoyed the opportunity to mingle socially in a relaxed and safe environment. I believe a number of our staff showed the younger generation some of the older dance moves that were popular some years ago!
The weekend sees the commencement of the basketball and tennis AIC Competition. We wish all teams every success during the season. I remind all our spectators of the behaviour expectations in place at all games conducted by AIC. It is extremely important young players witness appropriate behaviour by coaches, managers and spectators at all times. Supporting our teams is important and must be done without demeaning the opposition players or coaches. In the heat of battle, when the score is close is when this support needs to be most vocal, and always, positive.
Prior to the commencement of Term Three two teams from Villanova College competed in the Kokoda Challenge- Jim Stillman Cup 48 km Challenge. The Wildcats Blue team were first over the line of the 250 teams competing. However, as one team member did not complete the entire course the team was ineligible for a category placing in the event results. The Wildcats Purple team finished in 21st place. The achievement of both teams was outstanding.
|Team||Wildcats Blue||Wildcats Purple|
|Mentor||Mr Harry Adams||Mr Paul Olsen|
Roarke Ronan (Senior 2017)
Thank you to mentors, Mr Harrison Adams – President Old Boys Association, Mr Paul Olsen, Mr Roarke Ronan – Senior 2017 and Mr Brian Pascoe. The many hours of training and preparation were greatly appreciated by the teams.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal