Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
On Monday 28 August, the College marked the occasion of St Augustine’s Feast Day. Tomorrow, commencing at 10.30 am, the College community will gather in Goold Hall to celebrate Mass in recognition of St Augustine.
Augustinian Spirituality reflects the actual life story of St Augustine. As a young man he was restless and without direction. He pursued a long and painful search for truth that he hoped would provide him with peace. In the drama of his conversion at the age of thirty-three years, he felt his innermost heart lovingly spoken to by the Word of God. He wrote, “The words of your Scripture knocked at the door of my heart.” (Prior General Alejandro Moral Anton)
Last week was a whirlwind of activity across all facets of College life. Beginning with the Year 5 and 6 students competing in Wakakirri last Wednesday where their performance was widely acclaimed. We have since received news that the Villanova College performance won the Best Science Fiction Story Award in Division One and our students will now perform in the Regional Finals. On Saturday Mr Nick Earls, Brisbane based author facilitated the 2017 Writers Festival held at the College. Over twenty students from the College enjoyed the opportunity to work with Nick Earls and develop their writing skills. The Writers Festival is an annual event held in conjunction with Book Week. Following on from these events, five teams competed in the Tournament of the Minds Competition and our teams performed extremely well. The Secondary English Literature team placed second in their competition and will now compete in the State Finals to be held next month.
Update on the Building Works
Negotiations have been completed with Hutchinson Builders and I am pleased to report that work will commence on completing the eastern facade wall on the Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre at the end of this term. The building company has indicated there will be no further cost to the College. I am hopeful of having this project finalised by the December holidays. Work will commence in this area of the College during the upcoming September break and will continue over Term Four.
Year 12 QCS Test
Our Year 12 students admirably handled the demands of the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS) held earlier this week. The students’ attitude, determination and persistence were commendable and I was extremely pleased with their efforts across the two days.
Over the final weeks of Term Three all students will be undertaking assessment tasks as they complete units of work. At this time of the term, it is important all students are setting aside time to conduct regular revision and study. Leaving work to the last minute is not a wise approach to study. My advice to all students is to begin the revision and study of their work now in preparation for the busy final weeks of this term.
We keep in our prayers all members of our community who are battling illness at this time. We pray that our loving and compassionate God will continue to provide comfort to all.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal