Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
The Lenten journey has begun and it is a time of discovery. Time to discover the many ways we encounter God’s word, by the richness of the Scripture readings we hear during this season and through the people we encounter along the way who challenge us to live the spirit of the Gospel by our words and actions.
It has been said that Lent can be seen as a yearly second chance. Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes the second chance, to “return to God with our whole heart.”
Lord, grant us this wisdom to properly understand the difference between talk and action.
Teach us the path of doing and help us to take that path. Amen (Pope Francis)
AIC SWIMMING CARNIVAL
Congratulations to all involved in the AIC Swimming Carnival held on Monday, 6 March. Our swimmers did the College proud and we were very pleased with their determination and effort on the day. Villanova College placed first in the Year Six age group and with the results of the Year 5 group won the Junior School Shield. Overall Villanova College placed fifth in the competition. The Open swimmers were placed second in their age group and all swimmers were outstanding on the day.
The supporters attending on the day did a terrific job supporting the swimmers and the Senior students led from the front.
The 2017 International Carnival will be held on Saturday, 18 March commencing at 5.00pm. Preparations are well under way and the Stall Convenors are hoping families will be generous in donating the ingredients they need to prepare their delicious foods. Over the coming days I encourage all families to get behind the Parents and Friends Association and to give generously as all donations will assist enormously.
This year we are asking parents to assist us to ensure that students who attend the Carnival remain inside the school grounds and do not congregate outside in the streets surrounding the College. In the past many students have departed the Carnival to go to McDonalds down the road. It breaks the hearts of Stall Convenors to see so many hungry mouths being fed away from the Carnival. If students are attending the International Carnival, they are expected to enter the College grounds and remain inside until they are collected by their parents.
Term Two will see all students across the College wearing the winter uniform. Hopefully the weather conditions will be more suitable by this time of the year. Students in all year levels will be required to wear the College tie. Year 10 and 11 students are required to wear the College blazer as part of the winter uniform. The blazer for Year 10 and 11 students will be worn to and from the College and at all formal assemblies including Form Assemblies. For all other year levels, the College blazer is optional. Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are also required to wear long trousers in Terms Two and Three.
When the weather does turn cold students may wear the College jumper or blazer. Tracksuit tops, Senior jerseys or hoodies are not to be worn with the academic uniform.
Please keep in your prayers Mrs Heather Kelsall, College Archivist, who is 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