Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Welcome back to the final term of the year. The students have returned refreshed and ready for another busy and exciting term. For our senior students the time remaining in formal classes is a matter of only weeks. Each year we tell the students not to make the mistake of just focusing on the end. Rather we advise the students to live each day of this last term. To enjoy the time with their classmates and teachers and to appreciate the journey that is coming to an end as they move closer to concluding their time at Villanova College. We continue to challenge, encourage and support the students through the demands of Term Four.
Update on Fire at Villanova Park
The event of last week has once again shown the strength of our community. Following news of the fire at Villanova Park and the destruction of the Cor Unum Centre, I have received many phone calls, text messages and emails from our community offering their support. We are grateful for the support and offers of help from so many people.
The next stage of the process for dealing with the loss of the Cor Unum Centre is the demolition of the building and cleaning of the site to ensure it is safe and secure. The insurance company takes responsibility for this work and demolition will occur this week.
We will begin the process for the rebuilding of the Cor Unum Centre as quickly as possible. There are a number of changes that we would like to make to the previous design and we will be consulting with our architect to develop the new design in the very near future.
The loss of the Cor Unum Centre as a meeting place for our community will require some adjustments to programs that have traditionally been held at the centre. The sporting program for Term Four will not be affected and I expect all events to continue as normal.
Master Plan Presentation
Next Monday, 9 October, the Parents and Friends Association will be hosting a special presentation from Mr Peter Dawson, Director – Architectus who has been formulating the College Master Plan. Mr Dawson will present the “big ideas” for the Coorparoo campus and would like to hear feedback from our parents. The presentation will commence at 6.00 pm and will be held on the mezzanine level of the Tolle Lege Library. All are most welcome to attend.
Following the presentation the Parents and Friends Association will be holding their Annual General Meeting and all parents are most welcome to attend.
Year 11 Leadership
Next week, Year 11 students begin their preparation for the roles of senior leaders of the College in 2018. As part of the preparation, the students will be attending the Year 11 Leadership Camp from Wednesday 11 October to Friday 13 October at Camp Kokoda, Maroon Dam, Maroon. Over the three days, the students will face a number of challenges and will need to work together supporting each other to achieve the set goals. I am confident our Year 11 students will respond positively to the challenges.
We congratulate Mr Matthew Wilson who became engaged to Miss Linka Jenner during the school holidays.
Please keep in your prayers Mr Charlie Fisher and his family. At this time, Charlie is in hospital under palliative care and we keep him in our prayers and thoughts.
You have made us for yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal