Year 6 Australian Aboriginal Art Installation
The role of the Australian Aboriginal artist is to record and pass on Dreaming Stories and stories of country to future generations. To share these stories, artists use a wide variety of lines and shapes within their artworks to depict people, time, places and events.
Over the course of the previous term the Year 6 Art students have been establishing an Australian Aboriginal Art Installation in the Reconciliation Garden located outside the Upper Library on the College grounds. For this unit, the Year 6 students produced a range of 2D and 3D artworks based on a Villanova story that was significant to them. The lines and shapes pressed into the clay are symbolic of their own story’s location. In this installation there are 141 stories about Villanova College from 141 different Junior School students.
One of the participating Year 6 students was asked about his artwork. His confident response was this: Can you please tell me the story behind your land spirit? My story is that at Villanova you have highs and you have lows and you have to face obstacles. And if you conquer the obstacles you get the reward.
Where is the location of your land spirit? On the sporting fields, so track and field and rugby…
How do the marks pressed into the clay represent the sporting fields? The lines on the side represent the outlines of the field. The dots represent people and the obstacles that you have to face.
Welcome to a refugee
In the term beginning in late September 2015, once again Villanova will welcome a refugee into the school community by giving that person her or his first job in Australia, and receiving a great deal in return, as once again we are reminded of the opportunities for work, education and peace that we enjoy in Australia.
We are also working with the Multicultural Development Association to offer a warm invitation to Milperra and Yeronga State High Schools to attend the fifth running of the Fair Go football event at Villanova Park at Tingalpa. For the first time this year a five-a-side soccer competition will run alongside touch football competition so that we can be as inclusive as possible in our welcome.
One highlight of this year’s event will be the “State of Origin” match between the Boystown team from Queensland and the Boystown team from New South Wales. (Boystown run programs which enable young people outside the schooling system to re-enter it). Boystown students have been attending Fair Go Football since it began in 2011. A friendly relationship has now grown up with Villanova. To the great credit of our students, the young people who access the Boystown programs have felt very much at home at our college, and feel that the encounters with our students have been based on a high degree of courtesy and respect.
St Augustine’s Day
Early on the morning of the Feast of St Augustine last Friday, students in the middle school ministry group (YAYM) formed a production line to hand wrap pear drops (English boiled confectionery) for every student in the College. As is always the case with YAYM events, when the hard work starts the new recruits roll in. The pear drops reminded us of the story of Augustine the teenager stealing pears from a neighbour’s orchard. He later reflected on this incident with considerable shame: he felt that – under the influence of his peers – he had actually been motivated by the desire to be a rebel and to destroy property. Struck by the truth of his capacity to sin, he became far more open to and appreciative of the need for God’s grace.
This story was superbly acted out for us by a group of Year 10 Drama students. The Mass included the unveiling of the Junior School’s united artwork of Augustine (made by thumb prints). It was striking when after Communion a student sang “Give us your peace, O Lord” (a Jesse Manibusan hymn), and peace gently descended in the Goold Assembly Hall.