I am a fan of good manners. Manners may seem to be a tradition from the past, something that grandmothers and grandfathers spoke about. However, I still believe manners are just as relevant today as they were in the past.
Manners provide guidance in how to behave in all social occasions. Manners guide our actions and set the boundaries and expectations for one’s behaviour. For example, manners tell us when you meet a stranger you look the person in the eye and extend your hand in friendship and speak confidently. Manners also guide our young men’s behaviour when they are on public transport. They know not to be loud and boisterous, offer their seat to others and excuse themselves when moving pass people to enter and exit. A simple thank you and please is always appreciated.
Manners are not caught, they are taught, and instilling a good understanding of manners within our young men requires consistent and constant reminders. This is the challenge because it can become tiresome to be constantly reminding boys of their manners. However, I firmly believe it is worth the effort and instilling good manners into the habits of our students will hold them in good stead for the multitude of social interactions they will encounter in life.
I want people who interact with our students to remark on their good manners and to be surprised and delighted to see their confidence and social skills. This is one of the goals that we set for our work with the young men of Villanova College.
The Queensland Independent Education Union – QIEU has advised the College union members will be holding a thirty (30) minute stop work meeting on Wednesday 20 November. Negotiations of the next Enterprise Agreement have stalled between Catholic employers and the Union.
The College will continue with normal classes on this day and all assessment tasks scheduled for Year 11 will continue as normal. Students will either remain in their normal class with their teacher or be supervised by a member of the College Leadership Team.
Thank you for your understanding during this time of industrial action. All parties are working towards a satisfactory conclusion to negotiations.
FAREWELL YEAR 12 2019
Tomorrow the Year 12 students of 2019 will walk out the doors of this College for the last time as students of Villanova College. I hope they are ready and eager to leave – this will indicate that we, as a staff have done a great job in preparing our young men for the future. I understand this can be a sad time when a student and his family leave a community that has been such a significant part of their lives for many years. Our staff wish all the Year 12 students and their families every blessing in the months ahead as they begin a new phase of their young lives.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen
We keep in our prayers and thoughts Ms Sally Byron and her family following the recent death of her sister-in-law.
May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Mr Mark Stower, Principal