Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
A very special welcome to all our families and especially those families who are new to Villanova College. The Villa View is our weekly newsletter and the format has been revamped for 2017. I trust you will enjoy the new format and will continue to find the Villa View an effective way of communicating the many happenings around the College.
Thank you to the many parents who have worked tirelessly to ensure their son(s) were ready to begin the new academic year. The students have returned with great enthusiasm and I am confident we will have another great year at Villanova College.
Our theme for 2017 is “Putting Teaching First”. Our focus for 2017 is centered on the classroom and the teaching and learning process. Our teachers are our most important resource in the education process and in 2017 we are placing an emphasis on the “Art of Teaching” and the associated learning that flows from good teaching in the classroom.
Welcome to Year Five
The first day finally arrived and the students streamed through the front gate to commence an exciting year of education. Accompanied by their parents, our youngest students were almost overloaded with the amount of materials they had to bring to school. Fortunately, the Year 12 students were waiting to assist the Year 5 boys and their parents and direct them to the Junior School meeting area. There were a few nervous mums, dads and students as the crowd grew in size and everyone waited in anticipation for the bell to ring so they could move to the classrooms and meet their new teachers.
After 24 hours the Year 5 boys have settled into their classrooms and are beginning to get to know their new surroundings. Next week they are off to Year 5 Camp.
Congratulations to Mrs Sophie Studders and her husband Merrick on the birth of their first child, Louis James, born 22 December, 2016. We also offer our congratulations to Mr Callum Hackett who became engaged to Miss Christina McPhee during the Christmas break.
The symbol below is the emblem for the Order of St Augustine. Every community across the world claiming to be an Augustinian community will display this symbol.
The open book suggests a dedication to intellectual searching or study; the pursuit of knowledge both divine and earthly. Saint Augustine is often portrayed holding a flaming heart to indicate his great personal charity and the fact that he preached love of neighbour as the way to serve God. The arrow piercing the heart and the book represents the Spirit of God piercing our minds and hearts and calling us to a continual growth of faith, hope and love in our lives.
You have made us for Yourself, O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
Mr Mark Stower, Principal