Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
I read with great interest an article in the Australian Weekend paper recently about an ‘elite’ boys’ school in Sydney and the “Muck Up” list that was created. This list become public and led to an outcry from many quarters about what values are taught in schools to young men.
I took the time to read the article to my Year 11 Academic Coaching class and to have a discussion with the students about the culture of our College. One of the big issues they raised was the demand for conformity at Villanova College. Some students felt the school rules on uniform and hair stifles free expression. While there are many aspects to that particular issue, I wanted the students to consider how accepting we are of people who are different. I believe this is the real issue for our young men.
A modern society expects young people to be inclusive and to respect diversity. To be compassionate and caring of other who may be struggling with their own identity. To be accepting of people who do not share our own values and views of the world.
When our young men leave the confines of Villanova College they will be faced with a world of great diversity and meet people from many different backgrounds and nations. How do we want our young men to act towards their classmates, workmates and strangers they will meet? It is one of the many challenges we face as we educate our young people to live life in all its fullness.
Thank you for the many families who have assisted to address the uniform standards of our students. We are continuing to challenge the students to dress appropriately in the uniform and to be conscious about sun safety in the yard and when out in the sun. A number of students are being a little cheeky about the backpack and wanting to push the issue at the moment. Families will be informed if a student continues not to meet the uniform expectations.
Socks continue to be a problem and for some students it is impossible to pull up their socks as they simply do not fit. As your son grows it may be necessary to buy larger size socks to ensure they fit. I have since been told we have run out of a certain size of school socks (9 – 12) in our Uniform Shop, however new stock is expected early next week.
Year 5 and Year 7 Orientation Morning
Last Saturday morning we welcomed the 2021 Year 5 and Year 7 students to the College. The students were very excited about stepping into their new school and meeting the staff. Each Year 5 student received a Villanova College hat with their initials and year of graduation (2028) embroidered on the back. The students were all very pleased with their new caps.
Our staff did a fantastic job in welcoming the students and engaging them in a range of activities to assist the boys to get to know their classmates and the surrounds of the College. I am sure the students feel confident about beginning the new year at Villanova College.
Year 12 Exams
On Monday 26 October, the Year 12 External Exams commenced across Queensland for all students. Despite a nervous beginning our Year 12 students embraced the challenge of the papers during this first week and their attitude and diligence has been excellent. Villanova College students understand the importance of showing determination, resilience and diligence when facing a difficult task like sitting external exams.
We look forward to celebrating the academic achievements of our students in 2021 once all the final results have been confirmed.
We keep in our prayers the father of Ms Liana Baillie (staff) who is ill at this time and hope he has a speedy recovery.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal