Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Last week saw the conclusion of Mission Week where the College community raises funds to help the people of the Philippines. For over 28 years Villanova College has maintained support for four communities in the Philippines and, through regular visits to the country, has established strong and lasting friendships with the people.
In the current pandemic world, travel overseas is not possible and we continue to support the communities who have been severely affected by COVID-19 and are really struggling with the basic essentials for life. Funds have been made available to the four communities and the people on the ground have purchased food items and other essentials to ensure the children and their families have food and adequate supplies during this difficult time for so many people across the world.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting the efforts of AFAS at Villanova College. Your care and compassion for those who are most vulnerable has made all the difference in their lives. Thank you.
Student Leadership Appointments 2021
Following last week’s announcement of 2021 College Captain (elect) Louis Henderson, I congratulate the following gentlemen who have been offered and accepted the following leadership positions.
College Vice Captain: Thanasi Keskinidis
Student Council President: Luke Palmer
Academic Captain: Ben Sciacca
Cultural Captain: Declan Dunleavy
Ministry Captain: James Reid
Music Captain: Harrison Egart
Sport Captain: Gus Godwin
We congratulate these young men for their generosity and willingness to be of service to Villanova College. I have assured them of our support during the upcoming year to fulfill their responsibilities.
Year 12 Mock Exams
Next week the Year 12 students will sit their Mock Exams in preparation for the upcoming External Exams to commence from Monday 26 October. The Mock Exams will mirror the style of assessment the students will experience during the External Exam period. For our Year 12 students their performance on the exams across the eight days will provide a good measure of where they are in their preparations.
Early in Term Four students will receive their feedback from their teachers on their assessment tasks to assist with guiding their studies and preparations over the last weeks of the term. We wish the students all the best for this important stage of their Year 12 journey.
Last Weeks of Term Three
For all students, the coming weeks will see assessment periods held up to the final days of this term. Students need to be finding time to undertake revision and study regularly over the next few weeks to optimise their performance on the exams and assignments.
With tomorrow, 4 September being a Student-free Day, students will have the opportunity to have a very productive day revising work, completing assignments and catching up on set tasks.
Sport and COVID-19
Last Saturday the police responded to a complaint from a member of the public regarding the lack of social distancing at Villanova Park on Saturday. After showing the police our COVID Safe Plan and explaining the controls put in place to limit the number of people on site and the personal hygiene measures in place, they were able to report back that all reasonable measures were being followed.
On Monday I also received a call from the Department of Sport and Recreation who had also received a complaint about social distancing at Villanova Park. After explaining the measures in place and providing the COVID Safe Plan, the Department were happy to advise the Queensland Health Department that all was in order for the sporting fixtures at Villanova Park.
I thank all the families, students, coaches and players who are following the guidelines set down to ensure Villanova College provides a safe environment for our students to enjoy sport on a Saturday.
Please ensure you are following the guidelines set out below.
- Football and Rugby – Maximum of two parent spectators per participating student.
- Chess (indoor venues) – no parent spectators allowed.
- Allow 100 student spectators for the First XI and First XV games only.
- All other games, players and parents 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.
- Practise social distancing when and where possible
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal