Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
This will be my last newsletter ever! As a principal I have written a weekly newsletter for the past 19 years. This amounts to approximately 722 newsletter articles. I have lost count of how many letters I have sent to families or phones calls, emails etc.
As I move to retirement the most common question I have been asked is, “What will I do with my time?”. The second most asked question has been, “Will I miss school?”
The answer to the first question is I am taking a 12 month break to spend time with family and friends and to do many of the pastimes I have had to put on hold due to work commitments. My daughter, Kirsten will be married next year in March and my son, Ben who is in London, will return to Australia to be home for this special occasion after three years abroad. Being retired means I can spend the time with family and friends as we celebrate this milestone without rushing back to work.
Yes, I will miss working in schools. Schools are such exciting places. Working with young people keeps you young and certainly on your toes. I will miss all the ‘scallywags’ who put a smile on your face with their zest for life and cheekiness.
I will miss the interactions with the staff and families of Villanova College. For me the challenge will be to find ways to give back to the community in some form – whether through charitable work or some other service industry. I am sure I will find the right mix after taking the next twelve months to re-engage with the world.
Thank you to all our families for your support over the past seven years. It has been a privilege and an honour to be principal of Villanova College and I will continue to watch this great College move forward in the years to come. Thank you to the staff, students and Augustinian community for their support of me. I will keep you in my heart and in my prayers.
Year 12 Farewell Ceremonies
Last week we farewelled our Year 12 students with two very special events. On Tuesday 16 November the students and invited partners gathered with parents and staff for the annual Formal Dinner held at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The young men looked suave and sophisticated in their formal wear and their partners were beautiful in their evening gowns. I was very proud of the way our young men conducted themselves during the evening. They were a credit to the College and their families.
On Thursday 18 November, students, staff and families gathered in Goold Hall for the Graduation Mass and Farewell Ceremony. The Mass was a very special occasion and the music and signing from the Liturgy Choir enhanced this sacred ceremony for all present. Following the Mass, the students were presented with their graduation certificate and Old Boys tie.
We offer our congratulations to the following students who received recognition for their achievements and service during 2021.
🏆 Fr Tom Mescall Award for Excellence in Sport
🏆 Service Awards
🏆 Fr Michael Morahan OSA Silver Medallion
(For leadership through service)
🏆 Musician of the Year
🏆 Sportsman of the Year
🏆 Villanovan of the Year
We continue to keep our Year 12 students and their families in our prayers.
Moving On Ceremonies
During this week we have held two special ceremonies to mark the conclusion of significant education milestones. On Tuesday evening the Year 6 Moving On ceremony farewelled our Year 6 students as they now move to the Middle School and their first year of high school. Today we farewelled the Year 9 students as they transition from the Middle School to the exciting Senior School as the Year 10 students of 2022. Thank you to all staff involved in these special occasions and to the many families present to share these special moments.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
God bless and farewell Villanova College.
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.