Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Tuesday 10 October was the Feast Day of our Patron Saint, Saint Thomas of Villanova. Thomas grew up in a relatively wealthy family in Spain. His parents actively supported the poor families in the surrounding villages and Thomas, through their example, developed a keen social awareness.
Thomas excelled at school and went on to university where he gained numerous qualifications. A restlessness over took Thomas and he left a prestigious teaching role at the university to join the Augustinian Friars. He was ordained to the priesthood and served the people of his local community.
Thomas fought against injustices and neglect of the poor. As Archbishop of Valencia, he gave all his energy to the spiritual and material needs of his people, especially the poor. Hundreds of people turned up daily to his church to be fed and seek assistance. He became known as “the Father of the Poor”.
On Monday 9 October, the Parents and Friends Association hosted an Information Evening for parents on the College Master Plan. Mr Peter Dawson from Architectus presented the preliminary planning and major concepts that have emerged from workshops and consultation with key stakeholders in our community. The presentation was well received and I thank the many parents who offered feedback to Mr Dawson for consideration.
The work to complete the wall of the Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre will be commencing in the very near future. Hutchinson Builders are preparing the site and awaiting the supply of steel and materials so that construction can commence. This work is expected to take place over the coming weeks with a finish date close to Christmas. We will all be overjoyed when this project has been completed.
The remains of the Cor Unum (One Heart) Centre at Villanova Park are currently being demolished and all materials removed from the site. The area is being secured so that sporting fixtures can continue on the playing fields.
We will commence planning for the future build over the coming months.
Fair Go Touch Football
This Sunday, 15 October the annual Fair Go Touch Footy Competition will be held at Villanova Park. This event brings together young people from across Brisbane to enjoy a celebration of friendship through sport. We look forward to welcoming the many schools who are participating in the competition.
Villanova Staff and Student Memorial
Prior to the commencement of the Touch Footy Competition a special ceremony will be held at Villanova Park to bless and open a special memorial to those staff members and students of the Villanova College community who died while in service of the College or were attending the College. The ceremony will commence at 9.30am.
Year 11 Leadership
The journey to being Year 12 student leaders in 2018 has begun for our Year 11 students with the Year 11 students embarking on their Leadership Camp this week. Preparation for this role requires a change of attitude and mindset. The Year 11 students need to realise wearing the ‘white shirt’ carries an expectation that they will be role models and servant leaders to this community. Our leadership model is based on the “Servant Leadership Model” as demonstrated by the example of Jesus Christ in his ministry to all people. Servant leadership is not about power or position – it is focused on being of service to others.
We keep in our prayers all members of the Villanova College Family who may be battling illness at this time, especially Mr Charlie Fisher. We also keep the family of Blake (Year 12) and Ryan Humphrey (‘15) in our prayers following the death of their grandmother, Mrs Glenys Humphrey earlier this week.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal