The aim of this page is to provide our new families commencing at Villanova in 2021 with a one-stop-shop to all information regarding your son’s start. We hope this is a helpful resource as we understand the volume of information you receive can be a little overwhelming. Please don’t hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org should you require clarification on any matter.
TERM DATES 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 27 January – Thursday 1 April (Years 5, 7 and 12 will commence on Wednesday 27 January. Years 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 return on Thursday 28 January) Term 2: Tuesday 20 April – Friday 18 June Term 3: Tuesday 13 July – Friday 17 September Term 4: Tuesday 5 October – Friday 26 November
NB: It is imperative that families adhere to term times. Early departure for, or late return from vacation periods are neither encouraged nor endorsed.
SCHOOL HOURS Junior, Middle and Senior: commence at 8:25am and conclude at 3:00pm. It is recommended that boys arrive 5 – 10 minutes before the commencement time.
STUDENT ABSENCES The College’s preferred notification for student absentees is through Parent Lounge or the College App. An alternative number to report an absentee is 3394 5699.
HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Parent Lounge Parent Lounge is the College’s main communication tool to provide parents with up-to-date information from the College on events, notices and various activities. Parent login details were provided to new families in your information packs at the New Parents Welcome and Information Evenings in September and will remain the same for the duration of your son(s) time at Villanova College. Parent Lounge is accessible from the College website www.vnc.qld.edu.au.au and the College App and has a number of features that allow parents to change personal details and update student medical details. Official school reports are available on Parent Lounge at the end of each semester (June and December) and interim reports are available to parents in April and September.
App Villanova College has its own customised App to communicate directly to both parents and students. The app is free and accessible for Android and Apple devices via the Google Plan Store and the Apple App store. To install the College app search for Villanova College. The app is a handy option to report absentees, receive important notifications (for example training cancellations), log into Parent Lounge and access College web links like the Weekly Sports Draw.
For information on downloading the App click here.
Newsletter The e-newsletter (Villa View) is published every Thursday during term time. It is emailed to parents and is also available via the App and the College’s official Facebook page.
Flexischools Parents are able to set up an account using Flexischools which allow students to use their student ID cards as debit cards to pay for purchases at the Tuckshop and Tolle Lege Library for printing. Full details on how to set up a Flexischools account will be given once your son is provided with this student ID card early in 2021.
For information on setting up your Flexischool account, click here.
Social Media The Villanova College official Facebook and Instagram pages along with the separate sub-school Instagram pages keep current students, parents, Old Boys and prospective parents up to date with College news and events. The year level Facebook groups are often a great information source in those first few months (even if most posts tend to be about lost uniform items). Please note that membership of our Facebook groups comes with responsibilities and guidelines. These pages are for parents and caregivers only (an Admin will approve you after verifying eligibility).
UNIFORMS AND FITTING APPOINTMENTS
Uniform fittings appointments will be conducted between 1 – 3 and 11 – 15 December, 2020 and 11 – 15 and 18 – 21 January, 2021. For information on how to book your son’s fitting appointment, please click here.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD) Villanova College is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. To assist you in your purchasing decisions for BYOD laptops for 2021, please watch the following video presentation by Jason Lane, eLearning Pedagogy Leader (13 mins). This video covers examples of BYOD laptop use at the College, purchasing advice and BYOD support/contact information.
The College seeks to assist parents in device selection with an optional Parent Purchasing Portal. The portal aims to make purchasing simpler by offering a range of devices that meet the minimum recommended specifications. Parents may use this portal to select a device, accessories, warranty extensions and ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) plans and payment options.
Visit the JB Education Parent Purchasing Portal at:
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE Villanova College partners with Helping Hands Network to deliver on site Outside School Hours Care – before and after school as well as during holiday periods and staff development days to our community.
The Helping Hands Network has a philosophy of building brighter futures together through the provision of quality childcare in partnership with students, families and colleges. They tailor their programs to meet the individual college community needs. More information on the company can be found at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au
It is a licencing requirement that any student using the service must be enrolled. As there is no fee to enrol with Helping Hands, it is recommended that all students in Years 5, 6 and 7 are enrolled so that the service is available for your family, even if only required on an emergency needs or last-minute basis.
You can enrol online through the parent portal at www.helpinghandsnetwork.com.au. A Parent Handbook will be available from the Uniform Shop during the uniform fitting weeks.
As a College we look forward to welcoming Helping Hands and know that they will add significant value to our families and local community. In the interim, if you have any questions about Helping Hands and the service they will be providing, please contact the Helping Hands Help Desk on 1300 612 462.
DROP-OFF and PICK-UP To help with the large volume of traffic, the College has designated loading zones for each school. Junior School should use the designated zone at the bottom of Eighth Avenue, Middle School parents are asked to use the zone in Fifth Avenue while Senior School parents use the loading zone at the top of Eighth Avenue. Please move to the front of the line to avoid further congestion in peak periods. Please be aware that Brisbane City Council officers often patrol the area and fine parents who don’t use designated loading zones. We request that Seventh Avenue is not used for drop-offs or pick-ups.
Both sides of Sixth Avenue and the front of the College are reserved as Bus Zones, with No Standing signs at both ends of the zones. Please note traffic restrictions in place on Fifth and Sixth Avenues between 2 – 4pm.
Please do not drive onto the College grounds, driveways or staff parking areas to drop off or pick up your son. A safe waiting area for boys who finish after-school training/rehearsals late, is inside the security gates at the Sixth Avenue entrance.
Please do not double park or block driveways – this includes the Sixth and Eighth Avenue entrances.
Please remember the 40km/h school zones.
TRANSPORT To view bus routes and transport options click here
FIRST DAY BARBECUE BREAKFAST WELCOME (Year 5) Family members are invited to join us for a special barbecue breakfast in the Agorra (lower level of St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre) from 7.30am on the first day of school (Wednesday 27 January). Please note this event is dependent on COVID-restrictions.
VILLA SUPPORTER GEAR The Villa Sports Club and Music Support Group offer a range of Villa Supporter Gear for parents. From 2021, all supporter gear items will be sold through the uniform shop.
WELCOME VIDEOS In COVID-free times, our incoming parents would normally attend Orientation Day and hear from key people at the College and representatives of our parent groups. This year, they are sharing information via video. Please click on the image below to begin listening.