Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
What interesting times we are living in at the moment. Being back in lockdown and Learning@Home was not on my agenda for Semester Two, 2021. However, the safety of all members of our community is our highest priority and we will do what is necessary to assist our community to navigate this new wave of the pandemic.
Last year in the midst of the global pandemic Pope Francis had this to say.
“One of my hopes for this crisis we are living is that we come back to contact with reality. We need to move from the virtual to the real, from the abstract to the concrete, from adjective to the noun. There are so many real, ’flesh and blood’ brothers and sisters, people with names and faces, deprived in ways that we have not been able so see, listen to, or recognize because we have been so focused on ourselves.
The crisis has made visible the throwaway culture. The COVID health measures have exposed, for example, how many of our brothers and sisters do not have housing where social distancing is possible, not clean water to wash.”
I may grumble about not being able to travel further than 10 kilometres and having my freedom curtailed but in comparison to many in this world I am so lucky.
I have been very impressed with our students and our teaching staff. On Tuesday this week we began Learning@Home using the Microsoft Teams platform. From all reports the students have been ready for each lesson and engaging with the work being set. Our teaching staff have bravely embraced the new technologies, and many are exploring new ways of engaging with students online. I am confident our teaching staff will learn many new strategies during this period of home learning that will become a key part of how they engage students in the future when we return to face to face teaching.
Our teaching staff will stay in contact with our families if we see students not attending classes and absent from the school day. I remind families to please communicate with the relevant Student Services Office to report your son’s absence from class if for any reason he is unable to attend.
For some students there may be ongoing technical issues. Please reach out to our IT staff using IT@vnc.qld.edu.au for assistance. In some cases, students have received loan laptops loaded with Microsoft Teams to allow them to continue their learning.
For all our students we are recommending getting outside and doing some exercise at the end of the school day. After many hours in front of screens it is important for everyone’s well-being to get up out of the chair and into sunshine, fresh air and to exercise.
Year 12 Assessment
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has been made aware of the upcoming Internal Assessment items still to be completed by Year 12 students at Villanova College. At this point in time, we have communicated with the Year 12 students to expect their assessment block to commence once lockdown is lifted and the students return to school. The Teaching and Learning Office will continue to monitor the situation and will inform the Year 12 students once new information is at hand.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Jovellanos family following the recent death of Theo (Senior 2015). Theo battled childhood cancer and in recent times suffered a number of strokes. We offer our condolences to Alan, Issandra and Theo’s brother Xavier (Senior 2011).
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.