On Saturday we will begin the enrolment process for our 2023 Year 5 students. I always find this process to be thoroughly enjoyable. Before you are a new family, often with no connection to Villanova College who are seeking a great education for their son. Many have done their research before arriving and have decided an all-boys’ school is the right environment to place their son to flourish and develop into a fine young man.
Research carried out in 2019 by Independent Schools Queensland found the top 10 reasons parent choose independent education:
- Preparation for student to fulfil potential in later life
- The high quality of teachers
- School seemed right for child’s individual needs
- Good discipline
- Teaching methods/philosophy
- Encouragement of responsible attitude to schoolwork
- Reputation of school
- Emphasis placed by school on developing student’s sense of community responsibility
- Range of subjects offered
- Size of school
As we celebrate Catholic Education Week, I also hope for our families that there is an appreciation and desire to be a part of a Catholic community for the values that permeate our community.
The theme for Catholic Education Week in 2021 is, “A Spirited Tomorrow” and we celebrate the men and women of the past who through their dedication, persistence and sacrifice established Catholic schooling in Australia 200 years ago, as well as our present staff who carry the story of Catholic education forward today.
Following clearance from Queensland Health, I am pleased to advise that the students from the family with a positive case are now clear to return to all normal activities. The parent is out of hospital and fortunately only suffered mild symptoms. The family has thanked our community for their thoughts and prayers. We were very fortunate the parent had been fully vaccinated.
Congratulations to the Parents and Friends Association and Villa Ball Convenors, Mrs Alison Gamer and Mrs Lauren Audet for the great social event they were able to stage last Saturday evening at The Tivoli. Over 160 parents of the College and a number of staff enjoyed a great evening of dancing (socially distancing) and just catching up after so long without social functions.
There were many sponsors who supported the event and kindly donated prizes for the many raffles. The Parents and Friends Association and Villanova College is very grateful for their support.
Our “Good Manners” program continued this week with the focus on student behaviour on public transport. Most years I receive numerous complimentary emails from the public about our students behaviour on public transport as well a number of emails describing behaviour that is simply unacceptable.
On public transport our students are expected to act like a gentleman and offer their seat to an adult who may be standing, especially to the aged. We expect the students to keep their bags and gear out of aisles and off seats. When conversing with their mates to be mindful of their language. Finally, to ensure that they do not have loud music or loud games playing from their phones.
- Offer your seat to an adult
- Keep the aisle and seats clear of bags
- Be mindful of your language
- Keep the volume down
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Farrelly family and Isaac (Senior 2019) and Nathan (Senior 2020) following the death of their older brother Luke over the weekend.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
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.