Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Over the past two weeks our Year 12 students have been faced with the task of sitting their final external exams. Over 17 days, most students had their exams in the first two weeks and a smaller number of students had four exams in the first week.
One of the key habits our students require to be successful is the ability to be organised. Organisational skills can be taught. There are strategies that we all employ to be highly organised and on top of all the demands that come rushing at us daily.
The top academic students have learnt this skill and have many strategies they utilise. You can see these strategies in action when they are coming closer to exams and assessment times. The first thing you notice is these students have developed and cemented a daily homework and study timetable and work all other activities around their studies.
The second strategy I have noticed is the top students have broken their tasks down to manageable pieces and they are very disciplined in tackling the tasks early and not procrastinating. The third action I have noticed is the top students make use of every minute of class time and regularly engage with their teachers seeking guidance and assistance when needed.
As our young men grow and develop it is important we assist our young people to develop these organisation strategies and learn from their mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. Within the family and our College, we can provide that supportive and safe environment. However, if we do all the tasks for our sons and do not allow them to stand on their own two feet, we should not be surprised when they fall.
So, let us begin this morning by expecting our sons to have made his lunch, packed his bag and to have his full uniform on when he leaves the house. As he picks up his school bag you are confident he has all items as he packed it the night before and you saw him checking his timetable and sports roster. You know he will have a good day at school because he understands the importance of utilising his time fully in the classroom and engaging with his teachers. And because he is well organised, he will be a much happier and pleasant person to be around and his friends will appreciate his new demeanour.
“Always was, Always will be”, is the 2020 theme of NAIDOC Week. During this week, our College community have been exploring a number of different activities including the flag raising ceremony in the Junior School, exploring language in the Middle School and indigenous games for Health and Physical Education. Ms Barbara Dewis and Mr Blake Stockton have assisted our staff and students to explore the wonders of indigenous culture.
This week we commemorated Remembrance Day. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I. Over the past century, this reflection has been adopted across the globe as a time to remember those who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts.
We continue to pray for peace in our world for all peoples.
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.