Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
This year, Social Justice Sunday will be celebrated on 30 September. The 2018-2019 Statement titled, A Place to Call Home: making a home for everyone in our land, is a response to the growing problem of homelessness in Australia. The Scriptural basis of this year’s statement is Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke10:30-35), about the outsider who stops to help a man in desperate need, takes him to safety and pays for his care.
Earlier this term I attended the Year 12 Retreat and the group of students I accompanied walked through West End and visited a number of agencies that supported people who were homeless. Meeting the people who were struggling with life challenges was a very humbling experience. The selfless workers who give generously of their time to support those who are most in need were an inspiration to us all. What we heard repeated so many times was the simple message –“Do what you can to help others- one person can make a difference.”
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au
Assessment Block has commenced for Year 11 and Year 12 students and all students will be engaged in preparations for assessment tasks. It is important our young people understand the need for self-care and a balanced approach during this busy time. Crucial to exam success is adequate sleep, good diet and exercise. There is always the temptation to ‘pull an all-nighter’ and cram for the exam the next day.
Here are eight tips for exam success
- Make the most of your study time
- Don’t just study solo
- Deal with your stress- exercise is a great strategy
- Ask for help- see your teacher
- Get plenty of sleep
- Prep the night before
- Make the most of your morning -eat a good breakfast
- Take your time when in the exam room- do not rush
There are many good sites on the internet that are available to parents and students to help get through this hectic, stressful time.
Parents and Friends Association
Villanova College Parents and Friends Association is an extremely important and crucial body of our College. The P and F is the key group for parental engagement in the College and performs many functions including communication between families and the College as well as providing numerous social functions to build community.
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents and Friends Association will be held next month on Monday 15 October in the Tolle Lege Library. Is a role on the Parents and Friends Association something of interest to you? Can you give time to make a difference to this school community? Many of our existing Executive members have been serving for a number of years and are keen to see new faces, new ideas and new energy brought to this important body. Please consider if a role on the Parents and Friends Association is for you. All are most welcome.
Basketball and Tennis Season
As the basketball and tennis season concludes this Saturday we thank all coaches, manager, venue convenors, officials and spectators for their support of our students. We have enjoyed much success during the season and many teams will compete for a premiership this weekend. It has been pleasing to see the many Old Boys who have returned to coach teams again this year, we are certainly grateful for their involvement. Thank you also to the many volunteers who have worked in the canteen during Saturday fixtures.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal