Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Following meetings with engineers, architects and builders it is timely to provide a report on the building progress on the Veritas Building and Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre. Detailed below is an outline of the work to date:
- Western wall Veritas Building – additional structural fastenings have been added strengthening the existing support. This work is continuing under the guidance of a team of engineers and will be completed after the Easter break. The western stairwell of the building remains closed until all the work is completed.
- The steel rectification work is continuing and will soon come to a conclusion. The scaffolding is being removed around the seating area and terraces in the Senior Precinct. Over the coming days the worksite will be cleaned ready to be handed back to the College.
- The architects are currently developing concept designs for the new eastern wall. The new wall will be constructed out of lightweight material and will appear very different from the previous façade. Engineers will oversee the structural design of the façade and we will insist on all the necessary checks and balances to ensure confidence in the new design.
At this time, it is difficult to estimate when all the work will be completed. I am anticipating that the majority of works will be finalized by the end of Term Two. I thank you for your patience with what has been a very difficult situation. The students in the Senior School have adapted to the conditions extremely well and have been incredibly patient. I know all students are certainly looking forward to having their schoolyard back.
The 2017 International Carnival this Saturday promises to be the highlight of Term One with a great evening planned for families. Come along and join in the fun and excitement. The food will be spectacular and there is entertainment for the children with rides and games across the campus. Many of our most talented musicians and singers will be on hand to entertain the crowd as people enjoy the carnival atmosphere.
A reminder to all students and families that we certainly do not want our students to be wandering the streets on Saturday evening. Please ensure your son understands they are expected to enter the College grounds and remain inside if attending the Villanova College International Carnival.
We are hopeful of a huge crowd, fine weather and a beautiful night to come together as the community of Villanova College.
Music at Villanova College
The Year 5 Jump Start Day was a wonderful introduction to music for many of our students as they begin an important exposure to the fine arts. Many of our senior musicians began their journey on the stage of the Augustine Theatre and have now developed into fine musicians who perform at the highest level. For the young musician who are beginning the support and encouragement of families and friends will be the key to their continuing success. I look forward to the next concert and experiencing first-hand what persistence, dedication and practice can achieve.
This Friday, 17 March we welcome to the College Prior General of the Order of St Augustine, Fr Alejandro Moral Antón OSA and Fr Tony Banks OSA – Assistant General for Asia/Pacific. Fr Alejandro is in Australia to meet with members of the Augustinian Order. Fr Tony Banks is well known to the Villanova community as a past teacher and Vice-Rector of the College. We look forward to welcoming both Fr Alejandro and Fr Tony to our College on Friday.
You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal