Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
On Thursday 11 November, we remember the guns that fell silent on the Western Front on November 11, 1918. In World War I more than 60,000 Australians lost their lives. During the day at 11.00 am we will pause and be still in silence to recall the supreme sacrifice made by so many young men and women. We will offer a prayer for peace for our world which is still experiencing violent unrest, wars, and conflicts.
They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget
Activities over the last weekend
Last Friday afternoon Villanova College students joined with Loreto College students to host the Head 2 Heart Program for disadvantaged young people. The program offers respite for families who are struggling with a range of issues and disadvantage by offering an overnight stay where the young people engage in a range of activities. The students from both Colleges were plunged into the role of carer and guardian under the watchful eye of staff from both Colleges.
Ms Nicole Jones and Mrs Kate Garrone were glowing in their reports on the work of the students from both Colleges. They were empathetic, compassionate, caring, responsible and humble in their interactions across the weekend. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the students and our staff to host such an event.
Mothers of Old Boys
On Saturday afternoon over 100 Mothers of Old Boys gathered in the College grounds to reconnect and share memories and stories of their days as mothers of Villanova College. Many of the mothers worked in a range of activities as volunteers from the Uniform Shop to the Tuckshop and their contribution made a significant difference to the students at the College.
Thank you to the event organisers, Mrs Kath Underhill, Mrs Nat Davidson, and the many staff who contributed their time and effort to assist with the catering and drink service. We thank Mr Nick Foster for the music during the afternoon. Over $2000 was raised for the Terry Hendle Bursary.
Bridge to Brisbane
On Sunday morning 20 students and supporters took part in Bridge to Brisbane as part of the Bridge to Bursaries campaign. It was brilliant to see the students getting behind the activity and an incredible $7,500 was raised for the Terry Hendle Bursary. A very big thanks also to Father Saldie whose tenacity and dedication helped to make Bridge to Bursaries so exceptional. He was with the boys every step (run) of the way. Many members of our community were also involved in the Bridge to Brisbane and contributed to the fundraising for the bursary.
Tomorrow we will farewell from the College, Mrs Sue Homann – Marketing and Communications Manager. Sue has worked tirelessly to ensure the highest standards with all the marketing and communications produced by the College and has lifted our online presence enormously over the past three years. We wish Sue and her family all the best as they relocate to Sydney to be reunited with Sue’s husband Matt.
Tom Price, Student Council President, 2022 has produced a video for Mental Health titled, “You are not Alone.” Tom wrote to many schools across Brisbane to invite them to take part and most accepted the invitation. Tom was also able to gather the support of many recognised community members to add their voices to the cause. The 2022 Student Leaders are determined to raise awareness of Mental Health across our community and all schools. We thank Tom for his initiative and the many people who supported this project. Here is a link to the Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch0Zg1aZPs8
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal
In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging. This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community.