Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Thank you to the many families who have taken advantage of the opportunities to attend the Parent Information Evenings held over the past fortnight. Next week the Year 10 Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday, 13 February at 6.00 pm and the Junior School Evening will be held on Wednesday, 15 February commencing with Year 5 at 5.30pm and Year 6 at 6.30 pm. At each of the Information Evenings the importance of a strong parent-school partnership has been emphasised as one of the key ingredients to boys achieving well academically. Parents have been encouraged to utilise the support structures in place at the College to assist parents and students navigate the often challenging years of early adolescence.
It has been a very busy time over the past fortnight as the students settle into a routine and the challenges of a new year. For all students it is important that they now give priority to their study program and find the time to sit down and complete homework tasks, assessment pieces and revision of work covered during the day. Students need an area in the house that is relatively quiet and away from distractions to set up their work area. As one of my colleagues recently stated, students having their phones with them when they study invites 25 other people into the room with them and that is not a good situation for most boys.
Year 5 Camp
Last week Mr Steven Bremner and I visited the Year 5 students at their Outdoor Education Camp. When we arrived the students were engaged in a range of activities including rock climbing, whirlpool making, obstacle course with mud bath, construction of a medieval sling shot and mountain bike riding. It is no wonder the boys returned home tired and happy. We stayed for dinner and our table companions were most delightful conversationalists.
Congratulations to Mrs Kate Alexander who recently received funding of $2000 from the State Library of Queensland – Design Minds: Design Spark Microgrant Program. The funding will support project-based learning in the Year 7 integrated learning unit with a particular focus on water in the world and its connection to the people who use it. This unit will be conducted in Term Three as part of the Geography, English, Religion and Science curriculum.
We also congratulate Tristan Lacy – Year 9 who has recently been selected in the National Performance Program for Basketball. Tristan is one of six players from South-East Queensland to be invited into the program. Joshua Schaumburg – Year 11 will represent Queensland in the Under 15 Australian Cricket Championships to be held later this term. We congratulate Joshua on his selection.
We ask for your prayers for Mrs Helen Palmer (School Officer – Learning Support) and her family following the recent death of her mother, Mrs Joan Thompson.
May her 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