A key aspect of education at Villanova is the attention given to the individual needs of boys at different stages of personal and spiritual development. Junior School teachers work hard to provide boys with a sense of belonging, particularly by encouraging friendships among fellow students, along with parents and staff. These relationships are especially important to boys at this stage of pre-adolescence and form the basis of productive community engagement for years to come.
Junior School staff are aware of the particular challenges for boys at this stage of their lives such as peer friendships and the need to promote self-esteem, as well the management of basic feelings including aggression, frustration and hurt.
Activities both within and outside the classroom respond to the specific needs of pre-adolescent boys. Junior School students are given numerous opportunities to express themselves during activities such as Circle Time, and to build relationships with their classmates through sport and practical music and drama performances.