Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Welcome back to an exciting Term Four. I hope all our families had some down time over the past two weeks and feel recharged for what will be a very busy and hectic term.
Queenslanders to date have done a fantastic job in restricting the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that have been in place are now starting to ease. In planning for the events of Term Four the College staff will continue to follow the guidelines set down by the government while making every accommodation to have parents and families present at key events. I ask please for your patience and understanding as we grapple with the guidelines and how best to enact them in holding certain events, especially as our Senior students graduate from the College.
It is at this time of the year that we commence planning for 2021 and placing events in the College calendar. The approach we will adopt is to assume events will go ahead in 2021 with some restrictions on numbers, especially indoor events. There will always be the provision in these uncertain times to either postpone events or to cancel events at short notice if the College community experiences a positive case of Coronavirus.
International travel for all groups including sporting, AFAS and Music will not occur until a vaccine is readily available. The risk across the globe is too high and it is necessary to take a very cautious approach. In 2021 there are no plans to take groups from Villanova College overseas.
Year 12 Students
We keep in our prayers the Year 12 students as they enter their final term of the year. For the next three weeks the students are working closely with their teachers in preparing and refining their knowledge for the upcoming external exams. Beginning on Monday 26 October the Year 12 students will begin their external exam block. The exams will be held over a three weeks period concluding on Tuesday 17 November. We continue to support, encourage and challenge our Year 12 students over the coming weeks and wish them every success for the external exams.
Mr Greg O’Neill will be taking Family Leave for the next three weeks. During this time Mr Peter Simpson will be Acting Head of Middle School.
Socks and how our boys wear them is driving me crazy! I walk around telling the boys, ‘short pants long socks, long pants, short socks.’ Boys will pull up their socks when told and will try to keep them up but with little success. Students can buy garters from the Uniform Shop to keep the socks up. Another solution is also to buy bigger socks, as some students are still wearing the socks they had in Year 5 and having grown significantly, will never be able to pull up their socks as they will not reach. It may be time to buy some new socks that fit.
In the return to hot weather and summer, students need to have the correct hat – formal hat with formal uniform and sports hat with sports uniform.
Our staff will continue to remind and challenge students about their unform and I ask parents to help us by ensuring socks fit the student, belts are black without big flashy buckles and students are wearing the correct hat.
AIC Track and Field Carnival
The 2020 AIC Track and Field Carnival will be held tomorrow and on Saturday at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre, Nathan. Following the easing of restrictions on numbers, adult spectators will now be permitted to attend. Parents of the competitors can attend the Championships; however, they will be required to sign in and follow all safety requirements of the venue.
We wish our athletes all the best for the carnival.
We keep in our prayers our Year 12 students and their families as they begin their final term at Villanova College.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal