Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Ash Wednesday marks the commencement of the 2017 Lenten season. The theme for the Lenten Program for the Archdiocese of Brisbane is “Up from the Waters” from the Gospel of Matthew.
When Jesus had been baptised, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’ (3:16)
Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolise the dust from which God made us.
Over the coming weeks at the College, students and staff will be supporting the work of Caritas Australia through Project Compassion. The generous support of our community provides much needed resources for Caritas to make a difference in the lives of those who are the poorest.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority – QCAA has a range of resources and materials for parents about the new Senior system to be introduced in 2019 beginning with students in Year 11. These resources will provide important information about the changes to Senior schooling and the introduction of external examinations. The current OP system will be phased out in 2019 and replaced with the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – ATAR for Senior students completing their studies in 2020.
The link to the website is shown below. If your son is in Year 9 or below then this change will affect your family. Please take the time to view the resources.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Augustinian Spirituality Retreat with staff from the College. Fr Peter Wieneke OSA and Mr John Holroyd facilitated the retreat and conducted workshops on the life of St Augustine. One of the special moments was the opportunity to hear staff share parts of their own life stories and their involvement in Villanova College. We are very blessed to have dedicated staff members who give so generously of their time to the education of our young people.
The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training will be collecting student residential addresses from 1 March to 31 May 2017 for the recalculation of the socioeconomic status (SES) scores. The SES Score is applied to Commonwealth recurrent funding calculations to the end of 2017.
Schools have been directed to provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with section 21 of the Australian Education Regulation 2013. A statement of addresses contains the following three pieces of information about students at Villanova College:
- Students’ residential address (not student names or other identifying information)
- Students’ level of education (i.e. whether the student is receiving primary or secondary education)
- Students’ boarding school status (boarders or day students)
The full text of the notice from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training is attached below as a link.
We continue to keep in our prayers all those members of our community who are battling illness at this time.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal