Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Over the next four days in excess of 15,000 people will visit Villanova College and St James Church for the 2018 Annual Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival (QCMF). The festival will showcase the musical talents of young people from across the state of Queensland.
Behind the scenes is an army of volunteers assisting to ensure the festival runs smoothly. With the number of visitors to the site I know the volunteers will be kept busy preparing food, drinks and providing assistance and guidance.
Thank you to the many volunteers who have so generously given of their time for this important and worthwhile event.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
I place enormous importance on the involvement of parents in the education of their child. Parents play a key role in supporting and complementing the work of teachers to educate the ‘whole’ child. When the support of families is not present the work of the teachers and the school becomes extremely difficult.
The Parents and Friends Association at Villanova College is one avenue for parents to be involved in the education of their child and all students. We need to hear your voices and opinions. There will times when parents will challenge what is happening at the College and in most cases, this leads to a change for the better.
The next Parents and Friends Association meeting will be held on Monday 10 September in the Tolle Lege Library commencing at 6.00 pm. All are most welcome to attend. I hope to see you there.
SUBJECT INFORMATION EVENINGS
Over the coming fortnight the College will host a number of Parent Information Evenings for the selection of subjects. The introduction of the new Queensland Senior syllabuses and new tertiary entrance system using ATAR requires careful attention to subject selection particularly in Years 9 and 10. I encourage all families to take advantage of the opportunity to hear about the pathways on offer to students and to discuss with their child his aspirations for the future.
QUEENSLAND CORE SKILLS TEST
On Tuesday 4 September and Wednesday 5 September Year 12 students eligible for an Overall Position- OP will sit the Queensland Core Skills Test. Over these two days students will sit the Writing Task and Multiple Choice I Papers (Day One) and the Short Response Items and Multiple Choice II Papers (Day Two)- a total of seven hours of testing.
Over the past eight months the students have experienced a number of practice exams and attended numerous workshops to prepare for the QCS. The test will examine the literacy skills of the students through the Writing Task and test the Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs) embedded in the senior syllabuses. The CCEs include skills such as analysis, graphing, calculations, substituting into a formula just to name a few. There are 49 CCEs that are able to be tested and students are exposed to the CCEs through their daily work in the classroom.
We wish all our Year 12 students every success as they prepare for the QCS Test in a fortnight’s time.
We keep in our prayers members of the Finnimore Family following the recent death of Mr Pat Finnimore, a great supporter of Villanova College, father and father-in-law of deceased staff member, Mr Paul Finnimore and current Deputy Chair of the College Board, Ms Donna McMahon and grandfather of Sean (’12).
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal