Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
We welcome back students and staff following the conclusion of lockdown that occurred last week. What a difference the presence of students and staff make to the energy level of our College. There is vibrancy that comes from people busily moving across the campus rushing to lessons and enjoying break time.
I am really appreciative of the support of our community to handle the current restrictions in place in Queensland. I know it is not easy to have students and teachers wearing masks trying to communicate in the classroom. Our staff are finding alternative ways to communicate effectively with students without having to remove their mask.
At the moment the following restrictions are in place in the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs)
- No school assemblies or other large group activities
- Activities permitted are instrumental music, choirs, performances, sport and PE classes.
- Parents, carers and visitors are not allowed on school sites.
The students have done a great job in adapting to the wearing of masks. Our teachers are finding teaching in the classroom very different as the non-verbal facial expression is often a tool utilised by teachers to communicate with students. Teachers are reporting it is difficult to identify students and when teaching, which student is speaking and responding to questions. Hopefully we will see all these matters settle as we become used to teaching with masks.
I am hopeful that these restrictions will be lifted or eased after two weeks have passed. We need to all remember each of us plays our part in keeping our community safe.
Year 5 2023 Enrolment Interviews
It was wonderful to meet many new and existing families at the recent Year 5 2023 enrolment interviews. Our band of willing staff members undertook the challenge to complete the interviews despite the lockdown. With the use of technology, we were able to continue the enrolment interviews and meet students and families over the internet.
The enthusiasm of the young men to embrace all that Villanova College has to offer was great to hear and we look forward to welcoming these young men to our College.
Thank you to the many staff who conducted the interviews over the past two weeks, especially our Enrolments Officer, Ms Clare Bass.
This year the Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival will be held in a virtual format. Schools have nominated their ensembles and choirs in various sections and have compiled videos of the performances that will be judged by experienced adjudicators and the feedback provided to the performers and school staff. The three categories of gold, silver and bronze awards will still be awarded for performances, as has been done in the past.
Students and families will be able to view the performances on the YouTube channel and the links will be made available to students and families this week.
I wish all our performers and musicians every success for the QCMF.
We keep in our prayers Fr Peter Jones OSA – Prior Provincial and his family following the recent death of his sister, Catherine Ewing last week.
May her 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.