Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
At the Parents and Friends Association meetings I have often heard parents voicing their concerns about gaming and how quickly young people become fascinated with video games and spend endless hours immersed in this world. An interesting article from a company, Safe on Social Media came across my desk that offers this point of view in relation to gaming.
The article put forward the view that in themselves video games are generally not harmful. Research has indicated that gaming on its own does not cause disorders like addiction. Take for example the game Fortnite. For some students the amount of time spent playing the game has become an issue. However, parents need to understand why kids play, as well as when to worry and when to relax.
Addiction by definition, involves a lack of control despite adverse consequences. If your child can put down the controller and pull themselves away from the game to engage in a family conversation, sit down to a meal at the table and show interest in other activities such a sports and socialising, then according to this article they are not addicted.
The article quoted research by Dr Andrew Przybylski from Oxford University which revealed playing about one hour per day enhanced psychological well-being. Playing over three hours per day was correlated with less well-being.
In answering the question, “What makes it so difficult for even non-addicted kids to step away from video games sometimes?” the answer lies in the way a well-designed game addresses basic psychological needs.
“Fortnite, like any well-designed video game, satisfies what we are all looking for. According to Drs. Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, people need three things to flourish. We look for competence — the need for mastery, progression, achievement, and growth. We need autonomy — the need for volition and freedom of control over our choice. And finally, we strive for relatedness — the need to feel like we matter to others and that others matter to us. Unfortunately, when considering the state of modern childhood, many kids aren’t getting enough of these three essential elements.” (Safe on Social Media)
For further information on this article and how to support your son to set good boundaries, please refer to Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd or the Office of the eSafety Commissioner- www.esafety.gov.au
Celebration of Excellence
I am looking forward to welcoming members of our community to the Villanova College Celebration of Excellence Awards Evening to be held next Monday 29 October commencing at 6.30 pm at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. This will be a great celebration of the academic achievements of our students. The organising committee has been successful in ensuring my speech has been reduced to an acceptable length. All are most welcome to join with us as we recognise the outstanding academic performance of our students.
Strings in the Cathedral
With the background of a looming storm, our musicians and their families gathered in St Stephen’s Cathedral for the annual Strings in the Cathedral Concert. The performances enthralled the appreciative audience and the quality of the music was once again extremely high. One of the highlights for me was the combined ensemble of 125 musicians from Years 5 to 12 backed by the choir playing and singing, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Thank you to Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music and all our Music staff for their support and guidance of the students.
Year 11 Leadership Camp
The Year 11 students excelled in facing the challenges of their Leadership Camp in the wet, challenging conditions. The staff who accompanied our students were full of praise for the way in which the students faced the challenges in a positive manner and with good humour. Well done!
We keep in our prayers Mrs Sandy Foster – College Receptionist and her family following the recent death of her mother, Mrs Edna Henderson, grandmother of Trent (Year 12) and Dylan (‘15) Foster.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, College Principal