Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of joining with our staff to host the 2020 Year 12 Retreat at the College in the surrounds of the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre. The students normally have an overnight experience where they are away from the College and spend time together at Mt. Tamborine. Despite not being able to hold the retreat in the normal manner the students jumped enthusiastically into the activities.
I was so impressed with the manner in which the students and staff came together on the day to share their stories of trials and triumphs. Participants shared their own life journeys and the lessons learnt along the way. The depth of sharing by the students is a testament to the trust placed in the staff and the openness of our students.
The day finished with Mass in the open with our Year 12 students leading the music and sharing the prayers of the faithful. Fathers Peter and Saldie concelebrated the Mass and later the students shared a meal together before departing for home.
One of the activities undertaken during the day was listing the characteristics of the “Villa Man” and recognising what actions allow these qualities to flourish. The qualities listed by the students were the following: humility, honesty, being respectful, showing compassion, being a good mate, presenting with integrity, demonstrating faith, displaying enthusiasm, becoming educated, being passionate, displaying empathy, a caring nature and being resourceful.
The students were also very perceptive when identifying the inhibitors to developing these characteristics. We spent some time talking about the images of a man that are destructive and debilitating.
I came away from the Retreat buoyed by the discussions and spending time with good men who want to be their very best.
Rugby, Football and Chess
We will do our very best to ensure the Rugby and Football games held on Saturdays are conducted in a manner to ensure compliance with all guidelines and regulations. In order to achieve this, we need the co-operation of all families, students and all coaches and managers.
As always, the safety and well-being of our participants and the wider community is foremost in our planning. The Association has devised an AIC COVID Safe Return to Sport Plan and safety plans for all venues based on the restrictions and expectations set down by Sports Associations’ governing bodies and Queensland Government Health guidelines.
Measures in place
- Football and Rugby – two parent/guardian spectators per participating student.
- Chess (indoor venues) – no parent/guardian spectators allowed.
- Allow 100 student spectators for the First XI and First XV games only.
- All other games, players and parents/guardians are asked to follow the “Get in-Play-Get out” rule.
- Scan into and out of the venue to allow for accurate contact tracing if required by Queensland Health.
- First XV and First XI games will be live streamed each week.
Please be mindful that if you have any of the following symptoms you are not to attend the sporting fixtures:
- Sore throat
- Continuous cough or sneezing
- Extreme nasal or chest congestion
If we all do the right thing, we will be able to enjoy a return to sporting fixtures and our students will benefit enormously from the activities.
Red Candle Week
There are lots of ways that community is formed among those who make up the Villanova family. One of the very strong ways occurs this coming week. Our whole community of individual families have the opportunity to pray together at evening meal time. Your son should deliver the means to do so: a red candle and a prayer guide. In Red Candle Week, while at table, we think of those whose family tables are less well supplied.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal