Principal's Welcome

Welcome back. I am not sure who is most excited about starting the school year, the parents, the students or the teachers? What I do know is the excitement of starting a new year is infectious. Beginning a new school year is filled with new possibilities. What has happened in the past is now behind each student. Up ahead are new goals, new opportunities and new challenges.

A very special welcome to our new Year 5 students who commenced yesterday. Our newest students looked exceptionally sharp in their uniforms, new shoes and hats. We are very excited to welcome so many new families to the College and look forward to sharing the journey of your son’s education. Joining our new Year 5 students are a number of new students in Years 7, 8 and 9. We welcome all our new students and families.

An information letter was sent home to families earlier this week outlining the steps the College has undertaken to ensure the health of all members of our community. Regular updates are being provided to schools from both the Australian and State Governments Health Departments. If there is to be any changes in how schools are expected to respond to this situation, I will communicate those changes immediately.

It is important that we all remain alert and well-informed rather than alarmed.

We often speak to families about the importance of being involved in your son’s education. This does not mean you are sitting with him in the classroom. Rather it is being aware of what is happening in the school, with his schoolwork and other interest areas and supporting him to take advantage of the many activities on offer.

I have listed below some suggestions as to ways parents can be involved in College life.

  • Attend Parent Information Evenings over the next month and meet the teaching staff and learn about the learning program.
  • Join one of the following groups: Parents and Friends Association, Sports Club or Music Supporters Group.
  • Volunteer in the Tuckshop – a great way to meet other parents and see the school in action
  • Volunteer in the Second-Hand Uniform Shop.
  • Coach or be a manager for a sporting team.
  • Join the International Carnival held in March each year as a store convenor or volunteer.
  • Cook or serve at the barbecues at Villanova Park on a Saturday.
  • Be a model spectator on the sidelines cheering on the Villanova College teams.

All of these opportunities provide families with the chance to be involved and engaged in the Villanova College community and the benefits will be enormous. Your son will know you are involved in his education and interested in his school. You will feel a strong connection to our College and provide much needed support to all students.

The reality is that the holidays are over, and school has started. It is important that all of us are focussed on making a great start to the year. For our Year 12 students the work has started from day one and the expectation is that they will have their heads down and are back in the routine of full-time study. The Year 12 students are challenged to take full responsibility for their studies and learning.

For our younger grades there is a settling in period. However, homework, study and planning for assessments will begin in earnest in Week 2.

We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Woodgate family following the recent death of Mr Chris Woodgate (Senior 1998), father of Liam in Year 5. We also keep in our prayers and thoughts Mrs Linda Rolls and her husband Tony following the death of Linda’s mother Mrs Marian Beeston last Sunday.

May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, Amen

Please also keep in your prayers Mrs Ann Holroyd, mother of Mr John Holroyd – Dean of Mission and Identity who is ill at the moment.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless
Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Head of Junior School

The energy of the Year 5’s first day at Villanova College is invigorating.  Yes, it was hot, humid and beads of sweat ran down every forehead – but the smiles, hopes and excitement of 158 young Villanovans in Year 5 shifted our attention from physical to spiritual.  Every mum, dad, sister, brother brought a vision for the year ahead.  It’s a clean slate, a fresh start for us all.  A chance to be our best selves.  Nothing is more precious than that.  A new perspective, an opportunity for renewal.  I am forever grateful for our staff who worked tirelessly on ensuring classrooms were pristine, BBQs were cooking from 6.00am, and we were ready to greet and welcome the graduating classes of 2027.  It will come much sooner than you realise.  Be present this week and realise what a privilege this is to be here with loved ones in a place that strives to help your son be the best version of himself every day for the next eight years.

The joy of the Year 6’s first day returning to Villanova College is reassuring.  There is great comfort in our newest Villanova leaders coming into our spaces with wisdom and grace.  They are eager to impart their knowledge, hot tips and thrill of being able to help Junior School staff provide the best lunch breaks, fundraisers and events for the year.  With the boys finding their own “new beginning” in the form of a different teacher and working space, there is the ultimate opportunity to be clear about goals and visions for the academic, cultural and sporting year ahead.  Having learnt in 2019 what worked for them as an individual, what changes will they be brave enough to make to ensure they lift their achievements to reach new heights?  Year 6 staff are eager to support, challenge and engage our Junior School leaders in every way possible.

I know for a fact that the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi; John Altobelli, wife Keri and daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser; team parent Sarah Chester and daughter Payton; together with pilot Ara Zobayan in a helicopter crash last Sunday has impacted many people.  Anyone who knows me, will appreciate that I have spent my “other life” coaching, training and always dreaming about basketball.  It is much more than a “game” to me.  I am fascinated by the players, the drills and the talents that we are blessed to see in the NBL, NCAA (USA Collegiate Basketball) and NBA.  Like the passing of Steve Irwin, conservationist and Paul Walker, actor – I struggle because these are people who are incredibly passionate, determined and visible to me, my sons and the world we live in.  They are my age – their deaths remind me to be grateful for the moments and gifts I have in front of me every day.  I am reminded that each breath is precious, just like the chance to share the start of a school year – it’s momentous and a snapshot in a lifetime of a Villanovan – that means something precious to me.

Monday 3 February is another chance for fresh starts.  Our Junior School Parent Evenings will run in each classroom from 6pm.  It is a prime window for understanding your son’s teaching and learning for 2020.  It is the chance to let go of 2019 and embrace the opportunities of 2020.  Revised expectations, learning spaces and opportunities to contribute to your son’s education will be available.  I will be personally dropping into every classroom, in lieu of my Hanrahan Theatre presentation.  This year class teachers will manage the information in classrooms where maximum time with the people who form the ultimate support network are front and centre.  Adrian Hellwig (College Counsellor) will also be available as an introduction to the Well Being of every young Villanovan.

This time next week our Year 5 camp will be taking place at Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast.  Melissa Wilson and Amy Roberts have worked with all Year 5 class teachers to ensure this experience brings relationships and experiences together that will enhance our working capacities in classrooms from Week 3.  Through thrills and spills we can truly get to know your sons in three days so that trust, empathy and laughs echo into our National Curriculum back on College grounds.  We can manage anything when we believe the best in each other, and when we have proven we will be there beside one another come rain or sunshine.  I want that for every Junior School student in 2020 – let’s give these young men a platform to launch from.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

A very warm welcome back to our Middle School families for the 2020 academic year.

We will continue our series of podcasts where staff will discuss a range of issues relevant to our adolescent boys.

Click on the image to begin listening to this week’s episode – Opening the Innings with Mr Ben Lynam.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

It is with great enthusiasm and optimism that I write my first column for a new year and a new decade. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy their summer holiday and festive season and that students were able to devote some time for reflection of their 2019 journey and a look ahead to how they will maximise their experience at Villanova College in 2020.

It was wonderful to see the infectious energy and excitement of the Year 12 students on Wednesday morning, eager to wear the white shirt for the first time. As they heard the words of Villanova luminary and former College Captain Andrew Slack prior to receiving their Senior ties, it was apparent that the Class of 2020 had returned ready to lead the student body well in the year ahead. They conducted themselves with distinction as they supported both the Year 5 and Year 7 students on their opening day.

Our philosophy of student formation in the Senior School is underpinned by a focus on relationship building within a high performance culture where we challenge our young men to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.   Thank you to all Senior School parents for your support in ensuring that our students have commenced with high standards of grooming and wearing of the academic uniform. Pastoral teachers, Pastoral Area Leaders and I will continue to hold Senior School students accountable in this area throughout the year.

Next week all Year 12 students will be formally commissioned as leaders of the Villanova College student body at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a significant rite of passage in the life of these young gentlemen, whereby they

pledge their vision of leadership and receive their Senior badge. All Year 12 parents are welcome to attend this ceremony. The Year 12 theme for 2020 is – Brothers in Arms. Solidarity, empathy and mutual respect are core pillars of a strong brotherhood and I am confident that they will live out their theme throughout the year ahead.

I would like to remind you about the series of Parent Information Evenings across the next three weeks which outline important information pertaining to the academic and pastoral wellbeing of your son:

Year 10: Wednesday 12 February, 6.00pm
Year 11: Monday, 10 February, 6.00pm
Year 12: Thursday 6 February, 6.00pm

Pastoral Area Leaders will be sending home further information about these evenings next week.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of an extended period of holidays is the opportunity to get my teeth into a feast of great books. One of the best reads of my break was On the Road with Saint Augustine by philosophy professor James K A Smith. I shared the following passage with the Senior School faculty last Friday on the topic of relationships:

‘The Augustinian embrace of community and friendship is not utopian or idealistic. It is unstintingly clear-eyed about the realities of being-with, identifying the sorts of grievances and annoyances that still infect even our best friendships. Affirming the good of community, the Rule is a set of guidelines that provides a script for real-world friendships where every friend is still prone to egoism and selfishness, where jealousy is a struggle even for the saints among us. “I couldn’t be happy without friends,” Augustine testified. The community he lived in for the rest of his life was testament to that. We find ourselves in community; we need friends on the road. In the Rule, what looks like advice for travel turns out to be advice for the cosmic journey we’re on: “Whenever you go out, walk together, and when you reach your destination, stay together.”

I commend this book for those wanting to get a pragmatic and thought provoking perspective on the relevance of Augustine’s writings to our contemporary social realties.

“New year, new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately,  we write it. The choice is ours.”- Alex Morritt

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

After a steady stream of recommendations in the holidays, I watched The Two Popes. The film depicts a series of conversations between Popes Benedict and Francis, just before the former chose to retire. What becomes clear is that each listen to the other with intense courtesy and polite attention – especially when the other holds an opposite view. (This is a great model of Augustinian learning, through dialogue) But what also surfaces, I think, is a ringing endorsement of Pope Francis’s view of the church. For the new Pope, “church” is a group of people taken as they are, on the journey together, searching for love and truth.

It is this model of the church which animates and inspires what we do at Villanova College. Pope Francis speaks of a church which is “bruised” and out in the open, therefore able to be a “field hospital” with doors “wide open” to whoever seeks help and support.

An example of the College taking up this challenge occurred after the end of the school year in December. We opened the doors to the Vinnies Kids’ Club. This a youth club for young people who otherwise don’t have the chance to get together in a safe environment. Five students and three staff members turned up to cook a barbecue, joining the three Old Boys who helped to run the program.

I would encourage all students to look out for the Ministry opportunities available at the College. Not only do the ministry groups enable students to have a say in improving the quality of welcome and community on the campus, but also many initiatives are organised which lead to practical experiences of encounter and outreach.

We see how much young men grow and benefit from being able to give service to others – no matter how humbly or clumsily. We will therefore be expanding the Ministry program in 2020, with systematic links to the curriculum. The topics opened up in RE, for example, will be linked to practical ways in which the students can experience the Gospel in action.

Tuesday 4 February, Goold Hall – 10.30 am

The whole College community will celebrate the start of 2020 with the Mass of the Holy Spirit in Goold Hall at 10.30 am next Tuesday. All family members are warmly invited to join this occasion. The end of the Mass will see the Senior Students and the student leaders for 2020 take their pledges of service and receive badges which symbolise their responsibilities as servant leaders.

The symbols carried in the Mass represent the living story of the College since 1948, showing that both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis are right: there is always change and growth, and God can be found on the journey, but there are always the same values to which we hold firm.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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It is with great pleasure that I welcome all families to Villanova College for what I hope will be an exciting year of sport ahead. Our aim is to maintain and further develop Villanova’s sports program from Years 5 – 12 and to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to participate and enjoy all the benefits which playing sport can provide. Villanova is a place which offers many opportunities for its students to become involved in a wide variety of areas including sport, music, culture etc. My advice to all students is to ‘get involved’ in the life of the College. Enjoy the challenges and friendships you encounter on the way and be proud to represent your College by the way you conduct yourself on and off the sports field.

At Villanova, it is considered a privilege to don the Green and Gold. I encourage all students to show pride in the uniform each week by training hard and playing even harder. Best wishes go to us all in 2020, let us all do our bit for the year to be a fun and enjoyable one!

Listed below are the members of the College’s Sports Office. Students and parents are asked to contact any of the personnel below if you have a query or question of a sporting nature.

Mr Craig Stariha: Director of Sport, Phone 3394 5611
Mr Anthony Kemp: AIC Sport Co-ordinator, Phone 3394 5584
Mr Chris Everding: AIC Sport Co-ordinator, Phone 3394 5505
Mr Todd Kropp: Sports Administration Assistant, Phone 3394 5621

With regard to sports information, it is imperative that all students and their families regularly access the College’s website. Simply go to ,from the home page scroll down to the ‘Latest News’ section. Within this section select the ‘Locker Room’  which has all the latest sports information for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section which outlines the times and venues for all games for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to sections pertaining to each individual sport (for example AIC Cricket, AIC AFL, AIC Volleyball, AIC Swimming etc.) which will have further details pertaining to that sport. This information includes team lists, weekly draws, training schedules and much more. The website is updated regularly and should be checked regularly by all players and families throughout the entire year.

Villanova families are strongly encouraged to download the College’s App from the App store. Simply search – Villanova College App (free download) and follow the prompts. Messages and alerts regarding the cancellation of matches or training and special reminders are often sent via this app. The Villa View newsletter, website and app are our three major avenues for imparting information. Please check and use them regularly for all information pertaining to sport.

Already all AIC volleyball, AFL and cricket team lists, training schedules, weekly game schedules, coaches’ details and much more have been added to the website for all to see. Likewise, all information pertaining to the AIC swim season has been posted. Please take the time to navigate through the site as I believe most of your questions and queries will be answered in this section.

I thank all of those who have assisted the Villanova sports program over the years by taking on the various roles needed. I encourage as many people as possible to assist in 2020 by coaching, managing, refereeing, scoring, serving at canteens etc. throughout the year when the opportunities arise. I am certainly looking forward to meeting as many people as I can over the year ahead.

This Friday after school all capable swimmers from Years 7 – 12 are invited to join the Villanova Swim Squad to participate in a swim meet/time trial at Langlands Pool from 3.15 – 5.00pm.  Year 5 and Year 6 swimmers required are by invitation only. All Year 6 – Opens cricket teams, Years 7 – 12 volleyball, Years  7 – 12 AFL teams will trial against St Patrick’s on either Friday 31 January or Saturday 1 February, Year 5 cricketers and Year 5 and Year 6 AFL players will have internal trials. Please read further details below and access the website to view all times and venues for each sporting activity. Good luck to all involved and please enjoy!

Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February – AIC Cricket, AFL and Volleyball  

This Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February, Villanova will participate in many cricket, AFL and volleyball trials against St Patrick’s College (SPC). All volleyball teams from Years 7-12 as well as all cricket teams from Years 6 – 12 will play games against SPC at various venues. All Year 5 cricket teams will trial internally. AFL will be played either on Friday 31 January or Saturday 1 February depending on your son’s team. Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures.

Go to the website, scroll to the bottom of the home page, locate the ‘Latest News’ section and look for the ‘Weekly Fixture’ link to view the pdf doc which lists all game times and venues for each week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will take you to the AIC Cricket, Swimming, AFL and Volleyball sections which will have all team lists, training schedules and coaches’ details amongst other information.

By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of cricket trials this Saturday 1 February against St Patrick’s College. The Year 5 teams will have internal trials. As is typical this time of year there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process. As this is a trial game, negotiations have been made with St Pat’s to allow coaches from both Colleges to be flexible during the match. Therefore, leniency will be given this weekend, for the coaches to give all players an opportunity to perform.

As this weekend’s games are only a trial, may I please ask parents and players to be patient. There will be some movement of players from team to team as the coaches finalise teams ready for Round 1 next weekend against St Edmund’s College. All boys should check the web site regularly to keep abreast of all information regarding teams, training and games. All players are to wear the correct Villanova cricket uniform; have adequate water, sunscreen and hat for the games. Please be advised that all training schedules are finalised, and training has begun as of this week as per schedule posted on the web. All Year 5 training begins in Week 3 due to camp next week.

Villanova Cricket Uniform
All players from Years 5 – 12 are to wear whites.

Cricket Whites

  • White pants
  • Villanova Cricket Shirt
  • Sports shoes
  • Villanova green sports cap or broad brimmed hat

Under no circumstances are players permitted to wear club shirts or club hats.

Important note:  All cricketers from Years 5 – 12 are asked to wear protective equipment. It is compulsory for all batsmen and wicket keepers whilst keeping up to the stumps to wear a helmet. All players are required to purchase and wear their own cricket box protector too. The College will provide two helmets per kit.

Cricket managers needed
Many of our 33 teams are coached by Old Boys or parents. It is important for each team to have a manager to pass on any important information out to all team members and their parents. Other jobs include organising a contact list, looking after the gear and organising rosters for scoring and umpiring. This role allows the coaches to ‘coach’ and not have to deal with the administration side of things. If your son is playing and you can take on a manager’s role, please email Mr Chris Everding at the Sports Office,

 Year 5 Cricket Trials
Cricket trials begin this Saturday morning. All teams will play at Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road Tingalpa. There are 11 cricket fields at this venue and our allocated fields (8, 9, 11 and 12) are in the middle and left-hand side as you drive in to the complex. Please see the map below.

Team lists are found on the web and are also located on the Junior School notice board. Boys are to be at the venue by 7.40am and they are to wear cricket whites if they have them or the College sports uniform. Cricket gear will be supplied.

When the trials have concluded, the boys will be selected into teams. This year there will be an A, B and C team selected. The remaining teams will be evenly graded on ability and placed into the supplementary draw.

Saturday’s draw, coaches’ details, by-laws and training schedules have been placed on the web page for you to view. A revised list for Round 1 against St. Edmund’s College will be posted on the web next week. Please note that many of the boys will change into different teams and that this is part of the trial process.

There will be several changes made throughout the season to try and get the boys into their correct ability level groups. If there are training clashes with other commitments after these changes have been made, please contact the Sports Office and we will try to work out a solution.

It will take some time to eventually get the boys into their right teams. Please be patient with the selection process as we can only grade the boys on what we see. Their attitude and sportsmanship also contribute to the selection process and we expect very high standards in both these areas when the boys are representing the College.

Wet Weather Procedure
In the event of rainy weather, a notification will be placed over the College’s App. An alert will only be given if games are cancelled due to wet weather.

On training days:

If it is raining in the morning, training will be cancelled. It may be the case that no alert on the Villa App will be sent out in the morning. It is recommended that you contact the coach, if you are unsure. The coaches’ details can be found on the College’s website.

If afternoon training is to be cancelled due to rain evolving during the day, then an alert will be posted via the Villa App by 1.00pm as well as giving an announcement to the students over the College’s PA system. If training is cancelled during the session, boys at Langlands will be taken to the undercover carpark at Easts Rugby League Club and boys can be collected from there.

Volleyball Co-ordinator – Mr Todd Kropp

The AIC volleyball program has commenced again for 2020. Several trial games and training sessions were organised late last year, and Villanova volleyball players are ready to go! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and coaches who gave up their holidays to attend, we know this will be of great benefit for the season. Villanova will have 19 teams participating again in the AIC Volleyball Competition this year. All teams are still in draft form and will be finalised after this weekend ready for Round 1 next week against St Edmund’s College.

This Saturday 1 February, all volleyball teams are set to trial against St Patrick’s College.  All training has officially begun. The training schedules, team lists, game times, team duty’s, refs and scorers are all posted on the College’s website. It will be necessary for parents, players and coaches to check the College website on a regular basis to ensure all information is delivered.

Volleyball Canteen Roster
Trial v SPC (Saturday 1 February, Goold Hall)

We kindly ask parents to assist when their son is rostered on for court duty, or during pre-game warm-up as per the schedule below.

Time Parents to assist
7.30am 8C, 7C, 7D
8.30am 8B, 7B, 8D
9.30am 8A, 7A
10.30am 9B, 9C
11.30am 9A
12.30pm Any parent willing to assist

Villanova Volleyball Uniform – Hire Shirts
The collection schedule for hire shirts is below. Note – only the Year 10 – Open teams will receive their shirts ready for this weekend. Years 7 – 9 teams will collect their hire shirt next week. All Year 7 – 9 teams are asked to wear their full PE uniform to the trial games this weekend against St Pats.

Friday 31 January

  • First break – Year 10 teams
  • Second break – Year 11 and Open teams

Tuesday 4 February

  • First break – Year 7 teams
  • Second break – Year 8 teams

Thursday 6 February

  • First break – Year 9 teams

Villanova Volleyball Uniform

  • Villanova volleyball shirt (for hire from the Villanova College Uniform Shop – details below)
  • Green PE shorts only (no basketball, football or rugby shorts allowed)
  • Villanova socks only and sports shoes

Players are to keep their shirt for the entire season and return them to their coaches at the conclusion of the season. The hire shirt will cost $20 for the season. This cost will be added to your son’s Term 2 school fees account.

Check out this clip of some of the biggest volleyball spikes of 2019! –

AFL Co-ordinator – Mr Adam Fry 

Welcome back to the 2019 AFL season. By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of AFL trials tomorrow, 31 January and Saturday 1 February. As always with trials there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process before finalising teams. As this weekend is trial games there will be no training this week. All teams will begin their training in Week 2 after these trials.  Teams will be announced on Monday of Week 2 and a list of each team will be posted on the website. As is for all AIC sports, these teams are not final, and boys will have the opportunity to move between A’s and B’s depending on training and game performance each week. All available players are expected to meet at least a half hour before their scheduled game time. Please ensure if you have any issues making a training or game that you notify your coach as soon as possible.

As AFL is new to some Villanova families, sorting through all the necessary rules and regulations may take a couple of weeks. I ask parents and players to be patient as the coaches do their best to sort out everything as quickly as possible. All players will receive their playing jumpers this week and if already purchased must wear the Villanova rugby shorts and socks. Please be advised that all training schedules and teams will be finalised by Monday 3 February and training will begin as of Tuesday as per schedule posted on the web at Villanova Park, excluding our First XVIII who have been preparing well before Week 2.

All teams will be transported by bus to Coorparoo AFL Club on training days, but parents are required  to collect their son promptly at the end of the session. It is also a requirement that all players find their own means of transport to and from games on a Friday and Saturday.

I am excited to get the season underway and look forward to seeing everyone over the coming weekend.

Villanova AFL Uniform

  • Villanova AFL jersey – for hire from the Villanova College Uniform Shop
  • Villanova AFL socks (the same as the Villanova rugby/football socks)
  • Villanova rugby shorts (to be used for AFL)

Players are to keep their shirt for the entire season and return them to their coaches at the conclusion of the season at a cost of $20 for the season. This cost will be added to your son’s Term 2 school fees account.

AIC Swimming
Swimming Co-ordinator – Mrs Juanita Jacobs 

Many thanks to the 83 boys who attended the first Swimming Squad Clinic on January 20.   Coaches were impressed with efforts of the boys who worked well on the day.  The day was an excellent opportunity for the team members to get to know each other and for the new Year 5 students to meet each other, and the older members of the squad.  We were very grateful to the Open squad members past and present who cooked the barbecue, helped with the clean-up and generally assisted on the day, their support and leadership was appreciated by the coaches.

Training continues for the next five weeks.  The details are given in the swimming squad newsletter and on the College website.  With only five weeks left until the AIC Championships, we must have as many swimmers in the water as often as possible to ensure that we are ready for the competition.

I would strongly encourage any student who would like to be part of the squad to attend time trials happening this week or see the Swim Manager for their age group. More detailed information about this year’s swimming season, including information packs, uniform requirements, dates and times of training and AIC swim meets have been handed out to students this week. This information is also available on the College’s website. The first AIC Swim Meet is at Langlands Park Memorial Pool tomorrow, Friday 31 January from 3.30 – 5.00pm. All interested squad members from Years 5 – 12 are expected to attend.

Villanova Time Trial – Friday 31 January
Who – All Years 5 – 12 swimmers
Where – Langlands Park Memorial Pool
When – Friday 31 January from 3.30 – 5.00pm (staff will walk the younger boys to the pool, parents are to collect their son/s from the pool at 4.50/5.00pm)

Junior School Inter-House Swimming Carnival
The Year 5 boys had their swimming trials yesterday and have been placed into divisions for tomorrow’s Junior School swimming Carnival at the Villanova College pool. All Junior School parents are warmly welcome to attend the carnival for all or part of the day. Seating will be available for all parents outside the change rooms at the left as you enter the pool gate. We are looking for parents to assist with timekeeping on the day. If you can assist, please see Mr Everding when you arrive at the pool.

The carnival will begin at 9.15am and the program for the day will closely follow these times:

9.15am: 50m and 25m Freestyle events
10.15am: Butterfly events
10.45am: Backstroke events
11.15am: Morning tea
12:00m: 100m Freestyle events
12:15pm: Invitational relay
12.30pm: Breaststroke events
1:00pm: Relays
1:15pm: Presentations
1:30pm: Lunch

All students are to wear their sports uniform on Friday and will get changed into their togs before moving over to the pool. Students are to bring with them thongs or other casual shoes to wear from their classroom to the pool as well as sunscreen, sun shirt, hats and a water bottle. The Tuckshop will operate as usual for students wishing to buy their lunch. Parents are also most welcome to also use the Tuckshop facilities to purchase coffee or food.

A number of Year 5 boys were given a letter inviting them to be members of the squad depending on their times from yesterday. These boys will be required to attend an internal College Meet on Friday afternoon from 3.30pm – 5.00pm. Times from Wednesday, the Junior School Carnival and the Invitational Meet on Friday will be used to narrow down the squad in each year level in the Junior School and these boys will continue training as of next Tuesday. There is only five weeks until the AIC Championships and the squad members will be required to fine tune their strokes, practise their starts and relay changes under the guidance of our swim coaches.

Lytton District Swimming Trials
The Lytton District swimming trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 14 February for Under 10, 11 and 12 swimmers. Only two or three boys per event, who meet the qualifying times over the next week, will be given the relevant information regarding these trials. We also need to send along a parent as an official. If your son is selected and you can assist, can you please contact the sports office and let us know of your availability. Unfortunately, we cannot release a teacher for these trials and all students must find their own transportation to and from the carnival.

Middle and Senior School Inter-House Swimming Carnivals
Date: Wednesday, 5 February (Week 2)
Venue: Langlands Park Memorial Pool
Time: Middle School – 9.00am-11.30am. Senior School – 12midday-2.30pm

Important notes:

  • All students are required to wear their sports uniform to and from school on the day of the carnival
  • Students are required to bring and wear their hats, sunscreen and have water bottles.
  • Students are encouraged to wear the Villanova swim togs or jammers
  • A canteen will be operational at both carnivals.

During the school holidays both Harry Rouhliadeff and William Mahoney played in a representative basketball competition for the Spartans. Their team finished the pre games on top of their pool. This meant they played Brisbane Capitals in the final. Both Harry Rouhliadeff (17 points) and William Mahoney (8 points) performed well helping to secure a 74 – 71 win for their team.  Both boys are now in the running for U18 state team selection and would then play in the national titles in Ballarat later in the year. Well done boys!

Pictured above – William Mahoney and Harry Rouhliadeff

Congratulations to Nick Craig (Year 9) who has been selected into the Queensland Beach Volleyball Team.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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On behalf of the music staff here at Villanova, I would like to welcome back all of our students and families to what will be an exciting year of music.  I trust that you have all had a restful break over the Christmas season and are relaxed and rejuvenated, ready for the incredible activities we have planned for you.

Information regarding rehearsals and the calendar of events have been communicated home to all continuing families.  Your son’s instrumental teacher should have communicated lesson times home via email in preparation for next week.  If you are unsure when your son’s lesson is to occur, please contact the Music Office for clarification on 3394 5691.

We are returning to Mapleton this year for our annual combined music camp with Loreto College.  160 musicians and 20 teachers and parents will be heading up the mountain on Friday for a weekend of rehearsals to prepare for the year ahead.  We have a team of incredible clinicians who will be working with our students; I know this will be a most rewarding, very active weekend.

For our campers, please refer to the final information letter sent home earlier this week for your packing list.  Don’t forget your instruments!  Remember also that you will require a sleeping bag or linen and a pillow as these will not be provided.  Leaders are to meet at the Music Office at the conclusion of Period 5; all other students are to move to the Augustine Centre at the conclusion of Period 6.

For our families and community, there will be a brief concert on Sunday afternoon in Hanrahan Theatre commencing at 2.00pm.  We will be sharing the music the students have been working on over the previous 48 hours and celebrate the musical commencement of 2020.  We look forward to seeing you there!

All lessons and rehearsals will commence on Monday 3 February.  Please ensure you check emails for messages from teachers and ensemble directors.  If you are unsure, do not hesitate to contact us through the Music Office for further clarification.

I am looking forward to a great year.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

Our Outside School Hours Care program, through Helping Hands Network is up and running. We are extremely pleased that Old Boy, Anthony Tizzone (2011) is the Co-ordinator for OSHC at Villanova.

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 Helping Hands portal at  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.

The Villanova Tuckshop is a modern, commercial area of the College that provides an affordable and nourishing breakfast, morning tea and lunch service for the boys. Breakfast preparations begin from 7.00am and morning tea and lunch preparations beginning at 8.30am with the day concluding at 2.00pm.

The Tuckshop is a self-service system, with a diverse menu consisting of both freshly prepared and pre-packaged items. It is managed by a paid convenor but could not exist without its dedicated volunteer helpers. We welcome help from parents, grandparents, other caregivers, friends, etc.

Volunteers are rostered on one day every four weeks generally from 8.30am to 2.00pm but for those of you who can accommodate or prefer an earlier start and/or finish, you can be rostered on the breakfast shift from 7.00am.

Even if you can only give just an hour or two, this is still very welcome – we can make use of any time you are able to give us.

Our helpers are provided with a cuppa and cake for morning tea, a delicious lunch, lots of laughs and an opportunity to see their sons in their school environment. If you’re a little nervous about volunteering alone, why not join with a friend!

Current volunteers have mentioned the following reasons as to why they enjoy working at the Tuckshop:

  • it helps our boys and the school community
  • it is great opportunity to meet other parents & chat to others with similar interests
  • boys enjoy seeing their parents at school (even though they won’t always admit it)
  • it is a chance to get to meet your son’s friends and their teachers
  • it is a great way to seek advice from parents who have “been there, done that”
  • it is a lot of fun

Please consider volunteering.  WE NEED YOU! If you are interested in volunteering you can either call the Tuckshop on 3394 5592 or email Dot Blair –

Dot Blair, Villanova Tuckshop Convenor

Please click here for our 2020 menu and price list.


Monday 3 February
Narelle Rieck
Jane Green
Maria Woodger
Sylvia Wright
Mary Brady
Susanne Smyth
Katrina Hermiston

Tuesday 4 February
Donna Perkins
Nicole Webb
Leanne McMahon
Sonia Ballen
Susan White
Tricia Allen
Cristina Watson

Wednesday 5 February
Tina McCaul
Peta Gomersall
Kathy McCaul
Lena Bazzo
Lisa Gorry
Denise Smith
Fiona Jenkins

Thursday 6 February
Maria McGarry
Zsuzsa Henderson
Juanita Ryan
Pauline White
Bernadette Papagiannis
Kelly Stassi
Jane Lawson
Chrissy Bonfiglio
Leesa Francis
Emma Banaghan

Friday 7 February
Louise Pertnikovs
Jacki Wilson
Pauline Vasta
Maria Nicolaou
Jelena Duskovic
Rita D’Amore
Kathy Lerato
Donna Huntley
Maria Gordon
Sarah Sullivan


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Community News

Please click here for details regarding the Cannon Hill Parish Sacramental Preparation Program for the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation).

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