Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Last Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day. It was a day to recognise the important role fathers play in the life of a family. Mr Steve Biddulph, psychologist, family therapist and author of a number of books on manhood and raising boys wrote about the need for fathers especially to be present for their family and children.
Due to the busyness of careers and work, traditionally fathers were often absent from home, leaving for work before children were up and coming home from work often after the children were asleep. On the weekend, most fathers were too tired to be really engaged in what was happening in the family.
The changes forced on our work life by the pandemic over the past months has seen many parents working from home and mums and dads becoming more present in the lives of their children. With many fathers and mothers working from home, the busyness of a normal day can be better managed with two people to deal with school, transport, homework and bedtime routines.
In talking to a number of fathers recently, I found that they have really enjoyed the time at home with their families and especially with their children. The pandemic has forced people into a new situation and in doing so, has allowed fathers and mothers to refocus on their children and family.
It is not surprising to see this ‘new normal’ has brought about the realisation for many the role of parent is our most important in life.
I wish to acknowledge the many parents, Old Boys and members of staff who supported the students at Villanova College during the Chess, Rugby and Football seasons. Overall, there were in excess of 60 teams involved in the three activities and each team required a coach who was willing to give of their own time and to be present on the sidelines or the classrooms to guide the young men under their care.
It is only through the generosity of our community that our students could be involved in AIC Sports and play with their mates. On behalf of all at Villanova College, I say thank you to the parents, Old Boys and staff for their dedication and generosity during the past season.
Finally, I wish to also acknowledge the hard work of our Sports Department and Director of Sport, Mr Craig Stariha. I am aware of the many hours of planning that has gone on behind the scenes to ensure Friday night and Saturday events run smoothly for all.
Chess, Rugby and Football Finals
Unfortunately, due to the evolving COVID situation at an AIC school, the upcoming sporting program for the remainder of Term Three has had to be cancelled. The safety of all in our community is our highest priority.
Following a very strict COVID-Safe Plan, our musicians had an opportunity to play before a very appreciative audience last week. It has been many months since our last performance and like our sporting teams, it was time to showcase the hard work and hours of practice that has been occurring behind closed doors.
Congratulations to the Music staff and our Director of Music, Mr Michael Jones for their organisation of a great concert for the parents and musicians.
We welcome to the College Mrs Natalie Davidson, Foundation Manager. Natalie has settled into her new role following many years working with families for Women’s Legal Service supporting their work through the organisation of fundraising events and other initiatives. Natalie is very quickly discovering the wonderful people of Villanova College and their generous spirit.
We keep in our prayers all those in our community who are battling ill health and are struggling. We ask for God’s compassion and healing spirit to be with all those who need his loving embrace.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal