Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The release of the 2018 NAPLAN results brings forth the annual debate about the validity and usefulness of the NAPLAN Test. The media will capture the arguments from both sides and highlight the division that exists in the community regarding the test.
The NAPLAN Test provides valuable information to both families and schools about the individual performance of each student. This test held in May each year is a point in time test measuring each student’s progress in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The areas tested include; Language Conventions- (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation), Numeracy, Reading and Writing.
The results of the NAPLAN Test are made available to families, so parents can see how their student is progressing in these key four domains. This information is complemented by academic reports families receive from the school to provide a full picture of the student’s progress across the year.
In a similar manner the NAPLAN Test provides standardised results to Villanova College and informs the school about the progress of each cohort or year group of students. In addition, the data is provided for each individual student so additional support can be targeted to those students who are challenged by areas in literacy and numeracy. The NAPLAN Results are complemented by all the additional testing and monitoring that occurs in the College to assist our staff to have a complete academic profile for each student.
The College will report the 2018 NAPLAN Outcomes next week following a thorough and comprehensive review of the data.
Next Tuesday 4 September and Wednesday 5 September, Year 12 students eligible for an Overall Position will sit the Queensland Core Skills Test.
Tuesday 4 September: AM- WRITING TASK PAPER
PM- MULTIPLE CHOICE PAPER I
Wednesday 5 September: AM- SHORT RESPONSE ITEM PAPER
PM- MULTIPLE CHOICE PAPER II
The students have undertaken a thorough and comprehensive preparation program over the past eight months. I am confident our students will take into the test room a positive attitude and will tackle the test papers intelligently and with confidence. We wish all our Year 12 students every success over the two days of testing.
MOTHERS OF VILLANOVA OLD BOYS FUNCTION
This Saturday 1 September, the second Annual Mothers of Villanova Old Boys afternoon function will be held on the Senior School Terraces commencing at 2.00 pm. This occasion is a wonderful opportunity for the mothers of our Old Boys to reunite and catch up. For many mothers, once their son leaves the Villanova College community upon graduation, there is a sense of loss. The good friends who walked the journey of growing and educating young men together and who offered support in times of need often drift away as the busyness of life intrudes. This Saturday is an opportunity to reconnect with good friends.
Tickets are available via www.trybooking.com/WSYC or for further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Year 5 students are excited about the upcoming Father and Son BBQ Breakfast to be held tomorrow. The boys will be proud to have their dads visit the school and to spend some time together. As Father’s Day is this Sunday 2 September, I wish all fathers a great day with family and loved ones.
St Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal