Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
“Buzz” and “good vibe” were words I heard when moving around the College campus during the QCMF last weekend. The campus was certainly alive with musicians busily preparing for their performances and rushing to the venues. The army of volunteers was on hand to ensure all our guests were welcomed and looked after during their time at the festival. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time to support the QCMF.
The four days event is a huge logistical exercise with over 13,000 performers attending the Festival this year. Congratulations to Mr Michael Jones, the Music staff and all associated with the QCMF. All who attended were impressed with the high level of organisation and professionalism of the event.
Our musicians performed admirably over the four days of the Festival. Congratulations to all ensembles, choirs and bands who took advantage of the opportunity to display their hard work and dedication to Music. Our conductors and Instrumental Music teachers can be extremely proud of the performance of their students.
Year 12 QCS TEST
Next Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 August, the Year 12 students who are OP Eligible will be sitting the Queensland Core Skills Test. This test is extremely important in determining a student’s OP Rank and is used to scale the academic results achieved by a student at the end of Year 12. Students will sit the Writing Task and Multiple Choice I Papers on Tuesday and the Short Response Paper and Multiple Choice Paper II on Wednesday – a total of seven hours of testing.
Since Term Four Year 11, these students have sat 10 practice exams and attended a number of workshops and tutorial sessions in preparation for the QCS Test. Our students can be confident of what to expect in the test and how best to respond to each paper. We wish the senior class of 2017 all the best for next week.
Year 10 2018 Information Evening
The introduction of the new Queensland Certificate of Education in 2019 heralds a significant change in the education landscape. The changes have resulted in new syllabuses for all senior subjects and the introduction of an external assessment task written and marked by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
Accompanying these changes is the introduction of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – ATAR that will replace the OP System for the graduating class of 2020. To be eligible for an ATAR, students must meet the following criteria:
- Satisfactory completed (C – Grade) an English subject
- Studied five general subjects or four general subjects plus one applied subject or Vet course at AQF Certificate III or above
- Accumulated their subject results within a five-year period
While students must satisfactorily complete an English subject to be eligible for an ATAR, the result in English will only be included in the ATAR calculation if it is one of the student’s best five subjects.
Parents of our current Year 9 students are invited to attend the Year 10 2018 Information Evening in the Hanrahan Theatre commencing at 6.30 pm next Tuesday 29 August 2017.
At the end of next week, I will be taking the remainder of the term as Long Service Leave and will resume duties at the commencement of Term Four. In my absence our Deputy Principal, Mr Steven Bremner will be Acting Principal.
We keep in our prayers past student, Joshua van Genderen who passed away last week. We offer our heartfelt prayers and thoughts to his family.
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, Principal