Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is currently conducting hearings into the Catholic Church. Archbishop Mark Coleridge in his address to congregations in the Archdiocese of Brisbane, spoke about the need for a cultural change and the work that has been carried out in the Catholic Church and all Catholic education institutions to ensure children are safe.
“Through these three weeks there will be some grim moments and there will be some shocks, inevitably. But there will also be a chance to tell a better story of what has been done and what is being done now and what will be done in the future to ensure that the future is very much better than the past.” Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Francis Sullivan, CEO – Truth Justice and Healing Council in addressing the Royal Commission spoke about the key changes made over the past four years to address the issue of abuse and to respond to abuse survivors.
“The most significant and far reaching change is the establishment in November last year of a new independent body to set standards within the Church for child safety.
The company, Catholic Professional Standards Limited, will audit and report on the compliance by bishops and religious leaders with the standards.
The Company will audit the performance of bishops and religious leaders on how their services comply with standards. The audit report will be made public. In this way the leaders will be held accountable.
Over the past four years many dioceses and religious orders have also committed to revisiting past claims, making adjustments to payments and other compensations provided to abuse survivors.
From the early days of the Royal Commission, the Church, through the Council, has been one of the most consistent voices calling for the adoption of a national, independent child sexual abuse redress scheme…” Francis Sullivan – CEO
We keep in our prayers all those who have suffered and continue to suffer. May the mercy of Jesus Christ and his loving compassion be with you.
Planning for the 2017 International Carnival is well underway and the excitement within our community is building. This year we are planning a wonderful evening of food, entertainment and community spirit. We are currently seeking Convenors for the following stalls:
- Silent Auction
If you are able to assist with these important roles, please contact Mr Cameron Clelland, International Carnival Convenor – firstname.lastname@example.org
The College will work with the International Carnival Committee to determine the best strategies to ensure all students remain inside College grounds when attending the Carnival and are not leaving to wander the surrounding streets. The support of all parents is required to ensure students understand these requirements to provide a safe and supervised environment during the Carnival.
Year 6 Camp
I had the pleasure of visiting the Year 6 students at Lake Moogerah last Thursday on a hot and dry afternoon. The boys were thoroughly enjoying their activities and the challenges of the camp and were grateful there were water activities available. The warm conditions made the night time sleeping difficult at times but the students quickly found a solution by relocating their sleeping materials to the air-conditioned spaces. It was great to share the evening meal with the students and to witness some very healthy appetites.
The Parents and Friends Association have assisted the College to complete a Traffic Management Plan for Brisbane City Council to deal with traffic problems around the College during the busy times of the day. The following strategies will be put in place.
- Investigations to determine if a 40km/hour school speed zone could be introduced to Main Avenue.
- Traffic congestion on Sixth Avenue – the trialing of No Left Turn and No Right Turn restrictions from Fifth Avenue between 2 – 4pm on school days.
- Continued presence of Officers from Council Suburban Safety and Parking Control to police illegal parking in streets around the College.
I will continue to keep our parents and families updated on the actions being taken to ensure our students are safe when entering and departing the College.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal