Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Today, our Year 12 students attended their Retreat Day at the College. Our Year 12 students are approaching adulthood rapidly and with age comes responsibilities and greater expectations. This Retreat provided these young men an opportunity to pause and take time to reflect on their own journey and the road ahead.
In a few months, our Year 12 students will be preparing to leave the College and move to the world of work and study. Guiding each young man will be a set of values or beliefs that have been forged into his character through his experiences in his family, school, relationships and friendships. It is through all these experiences that his character has been formed and will continue to be formed as he moves through life.
At Villanova College we strive to develop good young men. We do this important work in partnership with our families. We have at our disposal a very talented staff who work with these young men every day forming their character through a range of experiences. We teach the young men good manners and remind them of the need to respectful, courteous and polite. Each of us play a part in forging the character of these young men.
An Augustinian Graduate document articulates a number of distinct qualities of a graduate from an Augustinian school. These include humility, interiority, a restless search for the truth and ongoing conversion. These concepts have been further distilled into the image of the “Villa Man”. The “Villa Man” was first proposed by students in the 2011 Senior cohort. The idea was to find a way of representing how pursuing a wide range of different interest and talents is all part of being the “Villa Man”.
At the Year 12 Retreat our students and staff will be involved in an activity to articulate what does this concept of the “Villa Man” look like today. Next week I will share with you what the students believe to be the qualities of the “Villa Man”.
Basketball and Tennis
Congratulations to all coaches, managers and players for a fantastic season in 2020. Our teams played with passion and skill across the season. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be back playing sport and competing. Thank you to our parents for their support during the season. It was difficult for families when they were unable to attend the matches due to restrictions on spectators.
Our First V Basketball Team played an exciting match on Friday evening and thrilled the crowd with their talents. Congratulations to St Edmund’s College, Ipswich who were victorious on the day.
We are now at the halfway mark of this term and it is time to check in and to see how well our students have settled back into the routine of school, homework and studies. The next sporting season commences next week, and an increasing number of students will need to juggle training, game day and tiredness with all their other commitments.
I ask parents of our Years 11 and 12 students to please keep an eye on work commitments. Students spend 30 hours per week at school and if they commit to 20 or more hours of paid part-time work the hours quickly build to an unmanageable amount when study, sport and other social commitments are added in.
Young men often struggle to balance all the demands of life. They want to do it all and will try valiantly to please everyone and suddenly fall down in one aspect. As busy adults we have learnt the strategies that ensure we can juggle many demands. It is worth sharing some of these strategies with your son as he navigates this busy time of the term.
We keep in our prayers and thoughts Br Tuấn Anh Lê OSA who will be ordained by Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, on Saturday 15 August in St James’ Parish Church, Coorparoo, Brisbane.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal