Dear Members of the Villanova College Community
I sincerely thank all members of our community who have supported the College in its time of need. There is a strength within our community that binds each of us together. I know that all families are deeply affected by what has occurred with the sudden death of a Year 10 student and draw strength from knowing we do not walk this journey of grief alone. Our God is a God of great compassion, love and forgiveness and we know that he is always with us and especially in our time of need.
I have received many messages of support from colleagues from other AIC Colleges and our surrounding Religious Institute schools. I have been grateful for their words and offers of support.
Headspace is an organisation that supports school communities especially in times of loss of life through suicide. They have a wealth of information and resources for students and families on their website-www.headspace.org.au There is also an office of Headspace at Woolloongabba located at 182 Logan Road, Woolloongabba (ph. 32492222) and firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/headspaceGabba/ Villanova College families will be prioritised at the practice in Woolloongabba so please do not hesitate to call if you need support.
This week is Mental Health Week in Queensland and we are reminded that mental health and well being is just as important as our physical health. The theme for this year is “Value Mental Health”. There are six simple steps that have been proven to improve well-being in everyday life:
- Be active – do what you can, enjoy what you do, get moving and improve your mood.
- Keep learning – embrace new experiences, recognise opportunities, surprise yourself.
- Connect – talk, listen, be there.
- Give – your time, your words, your presence.
- Take notice – remember the simple things that give you joy.
- Care for our planet – it’s the home we all share.
Over the coming days and weeks our staff will continue to monitor and support our students and every support will be offered to all members of our community.
YEAR 9 REFLECTION DAY
On Tuesday I dropped into the Year 9 Reflection Day held in the Hanrahan Theatre. I arrived just in time to catch the singing and dancing. As someone who has a great fear of singing in public I was amazed to see one of our Year 9 students standing at the microphone belting out a song. That took real courage! I stayed to judge the dancing section as the students performed the Macarena and Chicken Dance. To see our young men taking a chance to just enjoy the moment was great to see.
I know the Year 9 students enjoyed the opportunity to take time to reflect on their own personal journey and to do so in such a supportive environment.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARENTS AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
The Villanova College Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 15 October at 6.00pm in the Tolle Lege Library.
There WILL BE A NUMBER OF POSITIONS BEING VACATED that must be filled at this meeting. Many of the Executive have held their respective roles for a number of years and will now be moving on.
Positions to be filled include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. We are also looking for a parent to shadow our Carnival Convenor with a view to taking over this role following the 2019 International Carnival.
The Parents and Friends Association plays an important role in representing the interests of the parent body whilst supporting the College. Providing a formal structure and support network for parents, our sons benefit significantly as a result.
Without the Parents and Friends Association and a functioning Executive, many of the fundraising events including our ever-popular Mothers Night will not be possible.
We welcome back to the College following leave, Mrs Eleni Greenaway and Mrs Gina Ellis. We also welcome back from Sick Leave- Mr Nick Simpson and Mrs Kathryn Duncan.
Mr Darryl Cummins- Grounds and Maintenance and Mrs Nicole Weldon – Marketing, Communications and Enrolments, resigned from their respective roles during the holidays and we are currently seeking replacement staff.
We congratulate Mr Kane Corby and his wife, Liesel on the recent birth of their first child, Evelyn Corby. Mr Corby will be on Paternity Leave for the next two weeks.
We keep in our prayers all members of our community and ask for God’s continued blessing on all families.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal