Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
This Thursday evening the Year 12 students of 2021 will graduate from Villanova College. Sharing the evening with these young men will be their parents, extended family members and staff of the College. The saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, comes to mind as I reflect on the journey for these young men over the past years. Through many different activities, parents of our students get to know each other and often spend time together, whether on the side of sporting fields, at school functions and even going on camping holidays together. It is this support that is so crucial to raising good young men. Over the years our students have been exposed to great role models, people who show them the way to act, behave and live a good life. Often they are there to provide advice, pick up the pieces when things go wrong and support each other with the task of raising a teenager.
On Thursday evening we give thanks to the many mums and dads, teachers, coaches, managers and extended family members who have helped shape the young men who will stand proudly before those present in Goold Hall to finally walk out the door as a Villanovan.
We keep our Year 12 students and their families in our prayers.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine 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.
Vaping and E-cigarettes
I started to smoke when I was 13 years of age. By the time I left school to go to University I was smoking 15 cigarettes or more a day. This habit stayed with me until I was 32 and my health started to deteriorate. I had a young family at the time, and they needed their dad around, so I quit. It was one of the hardest habits to beat. I know in my heart that I can never put another cigarette in my mouth. It would all start again.
The latest statistics on vaping sees one in seven teens engaging in the practice. There is a lot I do not know about vaping, so here is some research:
- Johns Hopkins University (US) researchers say vaping is less harmful than cigarettes, however they found it is still not safe.
- Australian National University and Melbourne University researchers found using e-cigarettes triples the chances of a non-smoker taking up cigarettes.
- E-cigarettes burn liquids that contain nicotine, often at higher levels than a tobacco product.
- Curtin University research has found vapes contain chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons linked to lung, bladder and gastrointestinal cancers. Further research found “dangerously high levels” of lung irritant benzaldehyde and high levels of a cinnamon flavouring known as trans-cinnamaldehyde which the TGA has now banned.
- Buying or selling an e-cigarette that contains nicotine without a doctor’s prescription is now illegal in Australia.
So what do parents do when they discover their child may be vaping? In broaching the topic with your son it is important not to immediately go on the defensive or be judgemental. Find a good time for a conversation away from other members of the family. Help your son to find good research on vaping that points out the effects and harms. Calmly, confiscate the vape and explain the reason for doing so is to keep him safe. If you are concerned he is accessing vaping at school please ring the respective Pastoral Area Leader. We are currently working with our families to develop the best way to deal effectively with this growing problem.
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.