Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has highlighted the need for all schools to have very clear procedures in place to ensure Child Safety is the highest priority. Last year as part of the Non State Schools Cyclical Review process held every five years, the College was required to show evidence to external validators that the College is compliant with State and Federal legislation to operate as a Non State School in Queensland. An important component of meeting compliance is a regular review of our Student Protection Policy and Procedures.
The Student Protection Policy and Procedures document can be found on the College‘s website- www.vnc.qld.edu.au under the tab – Our College, Policies and Documents. At the College Assembly tomorrow, Friday 24 February the Student Protection Officers will be re-introduced to the student community.
The Students Protection Officers for 2017 are shown below:
Mr Mark Stower – Principal
Mr Steven Bremner – Deputy Principal
Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff – Head of Junior School
Mr Greg O’Neill – Head of Middle School
Mr Matthew Levander – Head of Senior School
Mr Adrian Hellwig – College Counsellor
Mr Tass Sakellariou – College Psychologist
Mrs Julianne Shaw – Drama Teacher
Within each classroom at the College is a poster reminding students to be proactive and to speak to the Student Protection Officers or a trusted adult if they have any concerns.
The rectification work on the Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre and Veritas Building continues and progress is being made. In consultation with the College Board the decision has been made not to construct the same wall on the east side as was there prior to the collapse. The recommendation to the architect has been to design a wall using lightweight materials. The architect is currently developing concept drawings to be tabled for comment.
At all times the College Leadership Team and the College Board have taken the view that the highest priority is the safety of all persons on the campus. We are striving to have the highest safety factor in all areas and we continue to work with the builders and engineers to achieve this goal.
Last Friday we welcomed back to the College members of the 2016 Senior Cohort to recognise their outstanding achievements in their Senior studies. Twenty-six students were recognised for placing in the top 10 % of OP Eligible students in the State of Queensland. Recently I was informed Matthew Reece (Senior 2016) has been successful in securing a QUT Vice- Chancellor’s Scholarship for 2017. We congratulate Matthew on his scholarship.
We ask for your prayers for the families of Mr Greg O’Neill and Mr Sean O’Neill following the passing of their Grandmother, Mrs Helen O’Neill and Mrs Sandy Foster (School Officer – Reception) and Dylan (’15) and Trent (Year 11) following the recent death of her father in law and their grandfather, Mr Reg Foster.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal