Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
At this time of the year, we pay particular attention to our Year 12 students as they begin the final stages of their time at Villanova College. For these young men the days are very quickly slipping by, and the final exams are just around the corner.
I know for many of our young men there is a sense of excitement for the future, tinged with a little trepidation when leaving what has been familiar for so many years. I hope we have instilled in them a sense of purpose and self- confidence to take the next steps in their life journey.
The support of their families and the staff of the College has prepared them to be caring, empathetic and responsible young men. Sure, they will make mistakes and I hope they will be accountable and have learnt the value of repairing harm that is caused to relationships and be ready to offer an apology to those who may be offended. I hope they will continue to display good manners and to be polite and courteous in their dealings with others. I hope they will seek opportunities to give back to their community through charitable works and will treat all people with dignity. I hope they will be humble and unassuming and grateful for all they have received. I hope they will find their relationship with God.
Our work with these young men is almost done. We will continue to challenge, support and encourage them to be their very best as they complete the final weeks of this year.
Thank you to our families for your support of the current restrictions. Students and staff are wearing masks when outside moving around the campus. In the classrooms the students can remove the mask when seated and the teacher may also do so when at the front of the room. In classroom situations where physical distancing is not possible the teacher when working one-on one with a student may ask him to wear a mask.
Tomorrow, the 2021 Villa Visions Showcase will be held from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm in the newly refurbished Creative Arts Precinct. The showcase will feature the students’ work across Visual Arts, Drama and Multi-Media Studies. A light supper will be served. Villa Visions is always a great event highlighting the outstanding work of our students in the Creative Arts.
At the end of the week, we will farewell Ms Janet Murfin, Junior School Learning Support Officer. We thank Janet for her work with the students and wish her all the very best for the future.
AIC Track and Field Carnival
Last Friday and Saturday our Track and Field athletes competed in the AIC Competition at QEII Stadium. The overall results placed Villanova College in sixth position for the Year 7 – 12 age group and fourth position for our Year 5 and Year 6 athletes. There were many outstanding performances, and every athlete gave his very best on the day. Our students were great ambassadors for the College. Thank you to the many coaches and managers supporting our team and a special thank you to the Sports Office for all their work during the season.
Sports Thank you
With the Track and Field Carnival over, the 2021 AIC Competition comes to a conclusion. I want to acknowledge and thank all the coaches, managers, umpires, referees and supporters who have made 2021 a very special year.
The Sports Office led by Director of Sport, Mr Craig Stariha and consisting of Mr Chris Everding, Mr Anthony Kemp and Mr Todd Kropp is to be congratulated on a great year. Their work organising the sporting program ensures our students have so many opportunities to participate in sports across the year.
Without the mums and dads volunteer army our sporting program would not be possible. I thank our parent body for their continued support and encouragement during the year. The Sport Canteens at both Villanova Park and Goold Hall have fed the hungry players during the year, and I thank Mrs Robyn Gunning and Mrs Sarah Patterson for their co-ordination of our catering services and the many volunteers who worked behind the counter.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal
In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community.