Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Watching the young men come across the stage of the Hanrahan Theatre filled me with a great sense of joy to see the achievements of the 2020 Year 12 students Graduates’ Celebration last Thursday evening. The teachers present in the audience were feeling that same sense of joy as they watched their students who they had worked so closely with during the past two years stride confidently across the stage to receive their academic award. I give special thanks to our teaching staff who did an outstanding job during 2020.

We congratulate the following students on their outstanding results:

Dux of the College – Jack Dunbar
Proxime Accessit – Callum Moses

2020 College Dux – Jack Dunbar

Proxime Accessit – Callum Moses

QCAA Certificate of Academic Commendation – six A levels – Nicholas Chay, Isaak Collie, Christopher Djelovic, Zane Genrich, Mason Luu, Callum Moses, Jaxon Paterson-Wright, Oliver Rae, Jack Ransom, Xavier Sauvage, Harrison Sellwood and Luke Skelton.

100/100 for a subject – Nicholas Chay (Music) and Oliver Rae (Drama)

Overall Academic Excellence – Riley Balshaw, Jai Everding, Aiden Lee, Darren Muller, Digby Timms and Oliver Timms

The Potter Family Trophy for Excellence in Mathematics Methods and Specialist Mathematics – Harrison Wills and Jack Dunbar

The Bobby Smart Memorial Trophy for Excellence in Chemistry and Physics – Jack Dunbar

2020 Year 12: ATAR above 99.0: – Back Row:  Mr Matthew Levander, Mr Mark Stower, Tim Calvisi, Jack Ransom, Henri Honeyfield, Jack Dunbar, Chris Djelovic, Zane Genrich, Mr John Christie and Ms Liana Baillie. Front Row: Mr Kirk Astill, Samuel Feenstra, Isaak Collie, Xavier Sauvage, Callum Moses, Nicholas Chay, Luke Skelton and Mr Tony Rolls.

Well done to our students who excelled at their studies during a very challenging year.

We keep in our prayers Mr Stuart Rowland and his family following the death of Stuart’s mother Robyn last Friday.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand.  We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.  This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community. 


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Teaching and Learning

Last week was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and diligence of a number of students as a result of their academic performances in 2020.

On Thursday night, the community came together as we welcomed back last year’s Year 12 cohort for the 2020 Graduates’ Celebration. Given the nature of the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance system, final subject and overall results are not known until after the end of the school year. With this in mind, the College decided to bring these young men back and congratulate them on their efforts.

Award winners were as follows :

Subject Award Winners
Accounting:  Isaak Collie
The Thomas Barry Memorial Trophy for Biology:  Jaxon Paterson-Wright
Business:  Lawrence Leotta
Certificate I Furnishing:  Hamish Muir
Certificate III Business:  Ashley Faranda
Certificate III Information, Digital Media & Technology:  Peter Prineas
Certificate III Fitness:  Dale D’Souza
Chemistry:  Jack Dunbar
Design:  Jose Lagrosa
Digital Solutions:  Jack Dunbar
Drama:  Oliver Rae
Earth and Environmental Science:  Oliver Timms
Economics:  Isaak Collie
Engineering:  Jack Ransom
H.J. Summers Literature Prize for English:  Jack Ransom
English as an Additional Language:  Yunqi (Allen) Yang
Essential English:  Tadgh O’Neill
Essential Mathematics:  Peter Prineas
General Mathematics:  Joel Henders
The Damian Blyth Memorial Trophy for Hospitality Practices:  Peter Prineas
Italian:  Xavier Sauvage
Legal Studies:  Frazier Brockett
Mathematical Methods:  Jack Dunbar
Mathematical Methods:  Luke Skelton
The Eric & Mollie Whitehouse Trophy for Modern History:  Frazier Brockett
Music:  Nicholas Chay
Music Extension – Peformance:  Nicholas Chay
Physical Education:  Jaxon Paterson-Wright
Physics:  Jack Dunbar
Physics:  Samuel Feenstra
Religion and Ethics:  Luke Skelton
Specialist Mathematics:  Harrison Wills
The Flt Lt Mark Fallon Memorial Trophy for Study of Religion:  Isaak Collie
Visual Art:  Luca Cotroneo

Special Subject Prizes
The Potter Family Trophy for excellence in Mathemathic Methods and Specialist Mathematics:  Harrison Wills and Jack Dunbar
The Bobby Smart Memorial Trophy for excellence in Chemistry and Physics:  Jack Dunbar

Overall Academic Excellence
Riley Balshaw
Jai Everding
Aiden Lee
Darren Muller
Digby Timms
Oliver Timms

QCAA Certificate of Academic
Nicholas Chay
Isaak Collie
Christopher Djelovic
Zane Genrich
Mason Luu
Callum Moses
Jaxon Paterson-Wright
Oliver Rae
Jack Ransom
Xavier Sauvage
Harrison Sellwood
Luke Skelton

100/100 in Assessment
Nicholas Chay
Oliver Rae

The two final awards for the evening were the Proxime Accessit and the College Dux. After years of hard work and determination, it was terrific that all present could applaud Callum Moses as the Proxime Accessit and Jack Dunbar as the 2020 College Dux.


Friday’s Scholars’ Assembly had a wonderful sense of occasion about it. We welcomed back 12 of our high achievers from the 2020 cohort. Each of these young men, who achieved an ATAR of above 99.00, were worthy recipients of such high academic accolades based on the grit, determination and hard work they demonstrated throughout their Year 12 studies. College Dux (ATAR 99.85) Jack Dunbar spoke magnificently about his journey as a student through the Middle and Senior Schools, and a number of tips on how to be successful.

The second part of the assembly switched focus to the current students at the College who excelled in their studies in Semester 2, 2020.

  • Students in Years 6 to 12 were congratulated for achieving a minimum of all ‘A’s and no less than a one ‘B’ in their core subjects.
  • For Years 5 to 9, these achievements would be in the subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science and History / Geography.
  • For students in Year 10 to 12, the achievement was attained across all of their subjects. We all recognise that some students take time each year to settle into the academic routine whilst others simply get better over time.

The Semester 2 awards reward those students who excel in the second half of the year and who may or may not have received Semester 1 or Celebration of Excellence academic awards.

Award winners from Semester 2, 2020 were :

Year 5, 2020 Year 6, 2020 Year 7, 2020 Year 8, 2020
Frankie Banaghan

Robert Brine

Archie Dickinson

Damian Ellis

Isaac Fleming

Adam Ibrahim

Oscar Kallis

Billy Pearson

Brady Watson

Cooper Wooden

Owen Zulpo


Alexander Capaldi

William Dolphin

Hayden Eller

Akshay Karthikeyan

Thomas Longland

Oscar McCoola

Cooper Napoli Krombholz

Christian Snell

Luca Strong

Andre Tong

Reuben Wagels

Daniel Wilson


Christopher Anderson

Jacob Anderson

Sabastian Bailey

Lucas D’Amore

Matthew Dooley

Anthony Duskovic

Lucas Fleming

William Fritz

Dylan Fryga

Thomas Hellyer

Bailey Horvath

Nikolas Katakis

Isaac Lerato

Matthew Linnell

Noah Lum

Jackson Mantis

Samuel Mar Fan

Liam Martin

Jacob McBrien

Charlie McGrory

Jacob McInerney

Lewis McMahon

Mitchell Millard

Jonah Nicolaou

Matthew Peachey

Joshua Rheinberger

Hudson Rohloff

Mitchell Thompson

Liam Viney Gonzalez

Wade Wildin Powell

Charles Berridge

Harrison Bryant

Samuel Chiplin

Jackson Dalrymple

Dean De Marco

Bede Earthrowl

Daniel Egert

Ronan Flaherty

Charlie Hodgson-Day

Kiran JackPerez

Cooper James

Luca Jordan-Vieira

Arnav Kapoor

Thomas Loch

William Makridakis

Henry Manning

Ewan McCarthy

Gabriel Pavilion

Fionn Rossi

Darcy Smith

Matthew Sondergeld

Luca Ter Horst

Isaac Tippins

William Vig

Jack Visic

Sebastian Wilson



Year 9, 2020 Year 10, 2020 Year 11, 2020
George Argyros

Kai Asnicar

Ryan Buck

Jasper Chan

Larry Clark

Charlie Corrigan

Kian Dumont

Elijah Holroyd

Kieran Micheletti

Jackson Moloney

Christos Nicolaou

Mitchell Rieck

Thomas Rieck

Riki Taylor

Joaquin Wieczorek

Thomas Winn

Adam Zanatta

Aidan Behm

David Cassaniti

Toby Clark

Patrick Grigson

Nicholas Kambouris

Liam McConville

Josh McDougall

Lachie McGregor

Callan McInerney

Gabriel Palacios

Nicholas Pearcy

Luke Schaumburg

Jose Sibi

Hardy Zang

Henry Barras

Jake Blackwell

Harry Corrigan

Travis Graham

Henry Holroyd

Luke Palmer

Paddy Perrier

Ben Sciacca

Bailey St.Ledger

Harrison Tippins

Ryan Walker


In 2021 the College has launched a new “self-help” website for students. You may already be aware of this website if you helped your son complete the “2021 BYOD Start Up Guide” in recent weeks.  This is a private and secure site – your son will need to sign in with his College credentials using this conveniently short URL:

Since parents may not be able to view this website, I have published a short overview of the site at:

This overview covers key site links, BYOD news, essential guides and our roadmap for additional support documentation. Please post suggestions and feedback to

Why Edge?
One of our key initiatives in 2021 is to encourage the use of Microsoft Edge as the preferred web browser for schoolwork. Many students ask, “Why not Google Chrome?” There are several features unique to the Edge browser that make it a better option. Importantly, if students sign into Edge using their College credentials, they have instant access to Office 365 files, Class Notebooks, emails, calendar schedules – even the daily weather forecast in Coorparoo! I have published a short video for parents and students at:

There are additional features including Immersive Reader, Collections and Reader View. These will be covered at a later stage. For now, please encourage your son to show you how he can use Edge to access his work as he follows the video tutorial examples.

PaperCut printer driver installation
One of the important BYOD setup steps for 2021 is to install the PaperCut printer driver. Without this driver students cannot print at the College. The installation process will only work at school, so please encourage your son to check his emails for a recent message from myself (Jason Lane) with the subject “How to install PaperCut”.

The FUSE Cup begins
Villanova College is excited to be involved in the 2021 FUSE Cup. This esports League is open to students in Years 7 – 10 and provides young students with an opportunity to participate in a safe, supportive and structured national esports competition while developing positive gaming behaviours. To learn more visit

This term we are entering into the Year 9/10 Rocket League tournament. Presently, a group of Year 9 students are competing against each other two lunches a week in the Lower Library STEM Lab to decide our “Top 4”. These lucky students will represent Villanova College at the Brisbane finals at Marsden State High School on 17 March.

The Fuse Cup will continue throughout 2021 for Year 7-10 students and involve the following games, all played on the Nintendo Switch platform: Mario Kart (T2), Rocket League (T1 Year 9/10, T3 Year 7/8), FIFA21 (T3 Year 7/8) and Super Smash Bros (T3 Year 9/10).

Mr Jason Lane, e-learning Pedagogy Leader

This year, Villanova’s celebration of books will span two weeks: Monday 1 March to Friday 12 March. Books@Stones, our local book supplier (Stones Corner), will be converting the Ground Floor of the Tolle Lege Library into a book shop. The owners of Books@Stones, Michael and Karen, are past parents of the College.  This year, Michael and Karen will be on hand to help with any enquiries you may have with your literature needs. The Tolle Lege Library and book shop will be open from 7.30am each day, closing at 4.30pm on Monday to Thursday and 3.30pm on Friday. You are all welcome.

As part of our Book Week, we will be welcoming Nick Earls and John Larkin to Villanova as our Junior and Middle School authors-in-residence.

Nick Earls is the author of twenty books, including the bestselling novels Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses, Perfect Skin and World of Chickens. His work has been published internationally in English and in translation and has won awards in the UK and Australia. Five of his novels have been adapted into plays and two into feature films. He was the founding chair of the Australian arm of the international aid agency War Child and is now a War Child ambassador.

John’s books for young adults include his latest release The Pause (winner of the Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University Young Adult Book Award 2015), as well as Shadow Girl (winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults 2012).  Nick and John will be running class workshops with each Junior and Middle School class during the week. They will closely work with the boys and no doubt inspire them to write for enjoyment!

Our celebrations will include our Writers Festival workshops with Nick Earls. These will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3.15pm until 6pm. Thursday’s session will be a repeat of the Tuesday session. All students from Years 5 -12 are invited to attend the workshops. The cost will be $15 which includes afternoon tea. This will be a great opportunity for students across the entire school to work closely with an accomplished author. Nick will step them through the writing process and mentor them throughout the session.

See the attached flier with a registration form and more information about our Book Week celebrations for 2021. Please contact the Tolle Lege Library on 3394 5531 if you require any further information.

Mrs Robyn Heath, Library Assistant

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Junior School

This week we see the true beginning of routines with all Year 5 and Year 6 students working and playing in the Junior School precinct for the first full week together.  Our Focus of the Week is centred around goal setting, completing tasks (during school and at home) and beginning our path of resilience and perseverance in learning.

Goal setting for each student is a highly individualised process – starting simply and ensuring there is a chance of success is crucial.  Some boys, particularly in Year 5, will find that the expectations at Villanova College might be different to previous years.  Year 6 students may experience the inevitable lift in standards, higher than last year.  This happens all the way through to Year 12, I can assure you.  It is typical to find the first few weeks a time where you do not know all the answers, you might feel unsure and it could be a little “hit and miss” with the new routine – for example bringing the swim gear for your PE day, or having pick up arrangements confirmed for after school training.  That is quite ok, as there is not one person around you who has life worked out perfectly.  Perfection is a myth.  We still aim to do our best and we can do that with a few helping hands.

  1. OneNote is going to provide you with most of the answers, so please use it and share it with your parents on a regular basis so they can see the information and subject work too.
  2. Your College Diary has valuable information – for example, the expectations of uniforms and haircuts. By now, you and your parents should have signed pages 3 – 23 to acknowledge you understand which blades and blending the barber should use during school terms.
  3. Forgetting a pencil case, book or homework is understandable – it is going to be alright. Let your teacher know – explain the reason and most importantly let them know the “Plan B” – how will you manage?  Borrowing stationery from the class spares or a mate, writing work down on a spare piece of paper to glue in later that night, and bringing that homework in the very next day is all you can do.  If you find that you are repeatedly forgetting something – for example, charging your laptop – then it is time to work out a plan such as having a reminder card above your toothbrush so at night you have a picture to jog your memory.

Some students will find their goals are on a social level – making friends, feeling confident and happy to walk into school, classes and making contributions to learning.  Finding the courage to ask a mate or teacher for help can be a perfect goal to set during Term 1.  There are many strategies to work on positive, growth mindsets (The Big Life Journal and The Prodigy Game resources online are a great start) with our boys.

Students might be working on physical goals – joining an AIC team such as swimming, cricket, and AFL.  This means taking calculated risks in front of others, building trust with relationships, sharing the common victories and challenges as a team.  Developing skills and communicating decisions during a game takes a lot of coordination and has incredible benefits for a young man.

Academic goals are also important.  At Villanova College, subjects are graded at A, B, C, D and E levels using the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority standards.  In 2020 the Curriculum Office, led by Kirk Astill (Director of Studies) together with Liana Baillie (Data Analytics and Academic Performance) and John Christie (Dean of Teaching and Learning) reviewed assessment tasks.  This year we are revising and renewing assessment from Year 5 – 12.

Shortly, Year 5 and Year 6 parents will receive the Term 1 Academic Calendar showing when Assessment Tasks will take place.  Most assessment is completed at school under conditions that meet National Standards and account for the identified needs of the students.  Achieving a “C” grade means the student is achieving at the expected level for Year 5 or Year 6.  The work is completed satisfactorily.  Tasks are moderated between teaching partners, also at Year Level Meetings with other teachers and in consultation with the Junior School Curriculum Area Leaders – Leanne Addley (Maths and Science), Melissa Liddy (English and HASS – History and Geography) and Nichole Rouhliadeff (Religion).  To achieve in the “B” or “A” range, a student must demonstrate an ability above, or well above expectations for students at this stage.

At Villanova, this often means a combination of extra effort, time and higher cognitive level approaches that usually stem from revision and study – preparation is key.  To simply attend classes and be present for an assessment task may not be enough to achieve those highly anticipated B’s and A’s, so gentlemen, it is time to set your goals!  What is going to be your one – two subjects where you place your attention?  How will you manage your revision time on a regular basis to excel?  Who will help you to stick to your plan and help you reach your target?  It is most certainly the best practice to record your goal/s, talk to parents and teachers, and have check in points to ensure you are doing your best.

This week, I would like to set a little challenge and have a little fun – who exactly is reading my Villa View newsletter editorials?  I would like as many Junior School boys as possible to email me their goal/s for Term 1 – at – and I will pick one social, physical, and academic goal setter to share a little snack around the table in my office.  In a week where it is my challenge to know every student’s first and last names, I would also be honoured to share in your goals and see who I might be able to help over the upcoming weeks.  Entries must be received by Monday 22 February at 5pm.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Middle School

How well do we cope when we are outside our comfort zone? What strategies do we employ? Are they effective?

This month, our Year 7 and Year 8 students have been enjoying their annual camp experience. Being away from home can be a challenge for some, and many of the activities at the camps have called upon the boys to show initiative, be courageous, problem-solve collaboratively and master new skills. These moments are designed to place the boys outside what they are familiar with and the teachers and instructors have coached the boys on how to best manage the subsequent feelings of nervousness or uncertainty.

Our camp program is yet another way in which we promote and develop the five broad Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies.

Over the past number of years, the College has undertaken a number of steps to further and deepen its understanding of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and its implications for both educators and parents. The College’s new strategic evolution towards Positive Education will undoubtedly strengthen the boys’ SEL development.

What is SEL in a nutshell?

SEL by definition is “the process through which we learn to recognise and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships and avoid negative behaviours” (Elias et al. 1997).

These learnings, at both a school level and beyond, help integrate our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This integration enables our achievement of life’s day to day activities, the meeting of our interpersonal and intrapersonal needs and the development of the skills necessary to function successfully in society.

For students of all ages, the current research suggests that improving an individual’s SEL competency during their school years will enhance not only their academic development but can open pathways for success well beyond their graduation.

CASEL or the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, is one of, if not, the leading organisation devoted to promoting SEL in schools, homes and communities, and they have grouped these skills into five broad competencies which form their own SEL Framework.

These five competencies include:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

Pleasingly, these skills have been on display throughout the Year 7 and Year 8 camps, as the boys have flourished in the activities and risen to the challenges set for them.

For those eager to read more, would be a great place to start. Coming editorials will feature more about Positive Education and what it means for students, teachers and parents.

Elias, M, Zins, J, Weissberg, R, Frey, K, Greenberg, M, Haynes, N, Kessler, R, Schwab-Stone, M & Schriver, T 1997, Promoting Social and Emotional Learning, ASCD publications, Alexandria.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School


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Senior School

Academic Goal Setting and Study Skills
It is crucial that all Senior School students have settled back into positive and purposeful routines of study and are conscious of their engagement within the classroom environment to maximise their full learning potential. Across Form Meetings in the Senior School to commence this term, a significant focus has been placed on both “the how and the why” of studying and revision. As highlighted in the Parent Information Evenings, our new Senior system of learning and assessment now requires a significant amount of student recall of knowledge, with Maths and Science external examinations covering content across both Units 3 and 4. Cyclical revision loops whereby knowledge is tested and retested across the term and semester should now become an important element within a Senior student’s weekly study program, together with nightly homework and engagement in assessment processes.

The Academic Coaching Program in Year 11 and Year 12 provides a platform for our Academic Mentors to explicitly teach our young men purposeful approaches to study, especially with regards to formulating study plans as well as navigating through the challenges of balancing their academic program with their busy schedules. In addition, our Year 11 and Year 12 students were provided wonderful insights by our recent graduates in their Form Meeting, whereby they imparted practical tips and strategies which led to their success. I would like to thank our old boys for the generosity of their time and for Mr Rolls and Mr McLauchlan for organising these panel discussions.

Across the Senior School, all students are currently in the process of meeting with either their ACP Mentor or in the case of Year 10 students, Mr Sean O’Neill or myself in their Transition into Senior School Interview, to discuss their academic and personal goals for the semester ahead. Using the TrackOne program, students are asked to reflect on their current learning habits – both their strengths as well as their inhibitors. This meta-cognitive process is an important reflective exercise which challenges our students to go deeper in considering how they may improve as learners.

In shaping their learning goals and the specific strategies that will enable them to achieve these goals, we have challenged students to utilise the SMARTR approach to goal setting: Specific, Measurable, Actions, Realistic (and Challenging), Timeframe and Reflection. By shaping goals which apply this framework, there is a higher level of individual accountability which is a key pillar within the Senior School. I encourage all parents to discuss with their son the goals they have articulated for the period ahead.

Cor Unum Spirit
Last Friday lunch saw another blazing flame of Cor Unum spirit be ignited across the Coorparoo campus as the Senior School students led another passionate spirit rally. On Friday nights, the level of support for the Leaping Wildcats Open AFL Team has been incredible, leading into Saturday solidarity with the Volleyball and Cricket teams.

Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 regulations imposed by Stadiums Queensland at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler means that no spectators can be present to cheer on our swimmers which is a great disappointment for both the team and members of the Cor Unum Spirit Committee.

Whilst the conduct of the majority of our supporters has been exemplary, there have been a few minor issues which I have witnessed in regard to incomplete uniform and certain remarks inconsistent with our commitment to positive and respectful support. The 2019 Student Leaders articulated a set of guidelines and expectations of Villanova College supporters which I would like to share:

  • Chants promote a positive community environment- focusing on Villanova teams;
  • No personal put-downs or offensive remarks are made towards the opposition;
  • Standards are aligned with our College values;
  • The referees/umpires and their calls/decisions are respected;
  • A culturally tolerant environment is maintained at all times;
  • Good sportsmanship is applauded, regardless of team;
  • Any injured player, is clapped off the court or field;
  • Poor behaviour by any side is not condoned or encouraged;
  • All student spectators must be attired in full academic uniform.

I will be reminding our young men of these expectations, especially as we get closer to the excitement of the football and rugby seasons out at our beloved Villa Park. Best wishes to all Senior School teams ahead of this week’s Round 4 fixtures against St Patrick’s College.

“You can’t fake passion.” – Barbara Corcoran

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Living Gratefully and Walking Humbly!
On Saturday night, with the stunning view of the Brisbane city skyline before us, over 120 people gathered for the La Forza evening of music.  It was a wonderful community event, and the highlight amongst the soaring voices and lovely wine, was the stories of the Augustinian communities in the Philippines who are supported by the Villanova community through our AFAS and AFAS elder groups.

In particular, Mrs Juanita Jacobs spoke passionately about our connections with the people living on the island of Kinatarcan, who experienced a devastating typhoon in recent years.  The island is currently COVID free, but there are risks brought about by the necessary travel of the midwife returning to the mainland to sterilise medical equipment a couple of times each week.  The response of those gathered was to make donations so that we can provide this community with a steriliser.  It is a wonderful example of how together we can make a difference.  What was tangible amongst those gathered was the solidarity and strength of the friendships formed across time with our partner groups in the Philippines.

Clearly this is passed onto our students as well, and in the background four students served tirelessly across the evening to make sure that all went smoothly.  A heartfelt thanks to Isaac Langford, Harry Corrigan, Xavier Simondson and Ryan Hegerty for generously serving and assisting in creating a great evening.

‘Be More’ in Lent
Lent began on Wednesday 17 February, and the Villanova community gathered for our Ash Wednesday Liturgy when we are marked with ashes.  Over the next six weeks of lent we are encouraged to enter into the theme ‘Be More’.  This comes from Oscar Romero quote “Aspire not to have more but to be more.”

Over these coming weeks we are invited to:

  • Be Aware
  • Be Prayerful
  • Be a Voice
  • Be Active
  • Be Giving

In the coming weeks we will focus on each of these five ways to build a more just world.  In your family this week you could consider ‘Caritas’ the revolutionary love and boundless compassion for all creation that Jesus calls us to.  We might consider:

  • How do we wish the world could be?
  • What creates and maintains poverty?
  • How can we change this?


On Tuesday, our YAYM (Young Augustinian Youth Ministry) led off our fundraising efforts for Project Compassion with a very successful pancake stall for Middle School students.   The YAYM students demonstrated great organisational skills in preparing and running this stall and it was well supported by students who thoroughly enjoyed their delicious pancakes.

The student leaders of YAYM also attended the Project Compassion launch by Caritas.  The following are their reflections on the morning:

On Tuesday 16 February Charles Berridge and Charles Cox attended the Project Compassion launch at the Cathedral of St Stephen.

Proudly these boys represented Villanova College in front of the other Catholic schools in the Brisbane area all attending the launch. Archbishop Mark Coleridge led the service initiating the start of Project Compassion. The boys worked with other students in a secondary school workshop learning different methods schools have adopted to help raise money and awareness for Project Compassion. After the trip, the two boys came up with their phrase for Caritas at Villanova College, “Do more, be more, give more”.

We encourage all our students to engage with the materials from Project Compassion and the fundraising events in the coming weeks.  Together all our small contributions will make a very big difference in people’s lives.

God of Justice, awaken in me the determination to work for a more just world.
God of Love, prompt me to always seek the truth.
God of Compassion, strengthen me to raise my voice in solidarity with those experiencing poverty and marginalisation.
God of Strength, enliven in me the courage to stand beside those fighting injustice.
God of Grace, inspire me to be  more rather than to want more.
May I learn to walk your way of mercy and compassion with all.
May I be generous with what you have freely given so that my brothers and sisters can live life to the full.

Sunday Readings at Home
Please use this link to access this week’s readings and commentaries:

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Traditionally, the round played against Ashgrove in any AIC sport proves to be one of our toughest rounds of the season. I was extremely impressed with our results last weekend as we came away with six wins and one loss in AFL, 15 wins and 13 losses in cricket and eight wins and 12 losses in volleyball. Our First XI cricket and First XVIII AFL teams had two very good wins, but unfortunately our First volleyball went down in a very tight game.

Against such quality opposition our boys and the College did extremely well, and we should feel proud of our efforts. We had a number of teams on the weekend who had narrow losses and had cause to recount ‘what should have been’. As mentioned, our First VI volleyball team lost, they felt they should have taken the game. Our 10B cricketer team lost their game, as Ashgrove with one ball remaining, had to score four runs and they hit a six off the last ball to win. Our Third XI cricket team had it ‘in the bag’ but did not maintain the pressure, letting Ashgrove back into  a winning position.

There are many stories across the fields which recount good wins, narrow losses, stories of missed opportunity and so on.  As I reiterate to the boys often, if you leave the ground and feel that you have given your best, you should feel happy with the result. Even more so, if you enjoyed the experience and conducted yourself in keeping with our school values, you have got to be happy with that. Wins are great, losses are not but either way, it is schoolboy sport, let us all move on from the result and try for the win again next weekend.

From time to time, our players, spectators and sometimes our coaches can get it wrong. This happens at all AIC schools. When we do get it wrong, we will own our behaviour and we will make the necessary improvements the following week. As we reach Round 4, the halfway point of the season, I must say I am very happy with the conduct of our teams and the efforts put in by all players and coaches. Well done to everybody for your part in making the sporting experience positive for all.

I thank and urge all swimmers to keep up their training in readiness for the annual AIC Swimming Championships which will be held at Chandler next Friday 26 February. We ask all swimmers to give swimming their full priority over the next two weeks. The coaches/managers need to finalise the team and a number of ‘swim offs’ are needed. Attendance at the final AIC Swim meet for the season this Friday afternoon at St Peter’s is a must as it will be the last opportunity for boys to post a time to make the team. Best wishes go to all squad members and well done on the great work put in during the pre-season!

As per correspondence emailed out to all families earlier this week, please be aware that due to COVID-19 restrictions, the AIC Management Committee will not allow student spectators to attend the AIC Swim Championships this year. Parents and friends may attend but they must pre-book a ticket. If tickets are not pre booked, the Chandler staff will not let you in. Please read further details below.

For Villanova’s sports program to run effectively we rely on many people within our community to assist. These people include our students, staff, parents, Old Boys, friends of Villanova and outside bodies.

Ideally it would be favourable to appoint staff members to coach all teams. Or perhaps appoint coaches who are ‘independent’ and have no connection at all to the players in that year level. This move would go some way to resolve the perception that some may have in our community regarding ‘biased team selections’ and ‘favouritism’. An on-going goal for the College is provide opportunities for its students to participate and enjoy the experience of playing sport. It is pleasing to see our students are making the most of these opportunities to participate as testified by the large number of teams Villanova produces in the AIC Competition throughout the year.

There is a common problem which all schools and clubs face with regards to coaching – if there is not enough staff to take on all teams or if there are not enough outside independent coaches available, who coaches? The reality is our College relies on all community members to assist with coaching, refereeing and officiating for our boys to participate. This includes the involvement of parents. Parents coaching at a club or school level can at times raise concern from others. The concerns are generally issues surrounding biased team selections, favouritism and a lack of positive re-enforcement given to players.

At the commencement of each season the Sports Office calls upon those within our community to fulfil the various roles needed for the up-coming sports season, including coaches. We try as much as possible to appoint coaches to best fit the needs of the College based on those who have offered their services, experience, and the mannerism of the applicant. The coaches are briefed by the College and we try as much as possible to take some of the selection issues out of their hands initially, however, ultimately the coach does have a say in selections. It is part of what a coach does.

As is the case in all AIC Colleges, the Old Boy contingent makes up a considerable part of the coaching cohort. The Old Boys are enthusiastic and have a deep sense of loyalty towards their College. We are certainly grateful for their efforts as we depend on their generosity, otherwise our students would not be playing. We ask you to support the coaches and help lift their coaching aspirations and a willingness to give back to the College.

I take this opportunity early in the season to thank all coaches and managers of our cricket, AFL, swimming and volleyball teams, for making a substantial contribution to the Villa sports program for our students to enjoy all the benefits of sport. Our scorers, umpires, refs, canteen helpers, members of the Villa Sports Club and many others also deserve our thanks as we all go about our duties to give of ourselves to help others. As the Villa sports program is about ‘people’ we should be mindful that we are mostly dealing with volunteers who freely give of their time and I would encourage us all to support these people and be extremely thankful of them for what they do.

Even though we are only part way through Trimester 1, the Sports Office is currently looking to cement plans for the up-coming AIC Chess, Cross Country, Rugby and Football season for all students from Year 5 – 12. Please scroll down on this page or visit the College’s website to view the training days, times and venues for all Rugby and Football teams from Year 5 – 12 as well as other key dates. Again, we need parents and Old Boys to fulfil the many coaching and refereeing roles. If you can assist, please contact Mr Chris Everding or Mr Anthony Kemp using the details listed below.

Please be aware that team photos will take place this weekend for the Year 7 and 8/9 AFL teams. Another round of photos will be taken next weekend to catch up on those cricket and volleyball teams that did not have their photos taken the other weekend. Year 5 and Year 6 AFL photos will be taken in two weeks’ time. Stay tuned to the Villa View and Villanova College website for further details. Please see schedule below.

Round 4 this weekend will see Villanova face St Patrick’s College in the main draw. Let us keep up the great work ethic and please remember to enjoy the challenges and time spent with your mates along the way.

Round 4 Fixtures – Friday 19 and Saturday 20 February, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St Patrick’s College (in the main draw), AIC AFL v St Patrick’s/Padua College and Swim Meet at St Peter’s.
Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.

The following team photos will be taken this weekend for AFL. The boys will need to be at the photos 10 minutes before their scheduled time, dressed in their full sports attire. Any latecomers will miss out on being in the photo.

AFL Photos – Saturday 20 February, Coorparoo Field (trees next to Field 2)

Time AFL Team
7.15am Year 7
8.45am Year 8/9

Villanova versus Ashgrove in cricket is historically a tough and close round. Last Saturday proved no different as both Colleges tried to assert some authority over their opposition in the hope of claiming the upper hand. Overall Villanova came away with 15 wins and 13 losses and were just in front in the aggregate by 7 – 5. This will definitely help in the chase for the aggregate and close the gap on Ashgrove who have a lead of six points heading into Round 4.

The Thirds and 10B sides had very close games where the result was on a knife edge for the last few overs in each game. Ashgrove needed four runs off the last ball in the 10B game and were lucky in getting over the line much to the disappointment of our players. In the Third XI Villanova just could not get the last two wickets to take a solid win after rolling the top order batsmen early.

The First XI was another great match and after posting 157, Villanova had the challenging task of knocking over Ashgrove’s top order who had all scored runs in the first two rounds to help them to a couple of big wins. Ashgrove were coasting along nicely until they lost four quick wickets and then heaped the pressure on the middle order batsmen and finally exposed the tail to some excellent bowling. Ashgrove were dismissed for 117 on their Main Oval and the firsts are now the only undefeated team along with Padua who we meet in Round 7.

Another pleasing aspect of the matches on Saturday was the performances of the 6A, 7A, 8A and 8B teams. They have now put together a few wins and we hope they can kick on with it and finish the season strongly.

Matches this week are against St. Patrick’s College, with the older boys again playing away. A number of team photos were taken last week and there will be others taken next Saturday during Round 5. Not all teams will be able to have their photo taken, so provisions will be made to have them taken at a later date. All boys will have their team photo taken.

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH
First XI W

184- 99


7/216- 24



Second XI W

7/216- 7/197


130- 39


8/167- 136

Third XI W

124- 123


8/252- 11


5/174- 8/175

Fourth XI W

4/33- 32


3/29- 28

10A W

4/135- 134


208- 36


7/170- 9/109

10B L

206- 207


3/33- 32


9/135- 6/137

10C L

98- Pad 2/99


2/99- 9/96


9/140- 9/156

9A L

8/56- 4/174


7/91- 6/93


8/125- 2/217

9B L

64- 135


9/163- 117


8/70- 4/115

9C W

95- 94

internal L

5/104- 6/140

8A L

94- 7/111


4/132- 6/131


7/131- 7/85

8B W

8/100- 47

Internal W

6/129- 101

8C L

61- 62


1/100- 1/98


6/83- 7/116

7A L

8/124- 8/154


5/167- 5/166


3/107- 8/106

7B L

7/117- 8/147


5/33- 32


5/125- 4/127

7C L

9/55- 3/60


1/53- 6/52


9/27- 4/105

7 Gold L

64- 103


57- 2/107

7 White W L



3/97- 5/58

6A L

5/118- 9/163


5/197- 56


8/168- 102

6B L

85- 88


145- 132


120- 7/101

6C L

5/71- 6/91

Internal L

6/76- 4/124

6 Gold L

7/76- 7/108

Internal L

8/57- 5/58

5A W

8/182- 82


3/117- 54


4/151- 84

5B W

7/121- 108


3/85- 6/82


4/203- 9/153

5C W

4/76- 8/64


7/89- 8/52

5 Gold W

3/78- 8/62


68- Pad 64


3/58- 5/79

5 White W

3/91- 6/86


6/79- 6/78


4/125- 4/111

5 Green W

9/102- SLC 78


1/106- Iona 2/95


7/125- Pad 3/70

Villanova Team of the Week – Round 3

Player Team Statistics
Ryan Andrew Third XI 53 runs
Archie Godwin 6A 30 runs off 19 balls
Thomas Berkman 6A 53 not out
Alex Cran Second XI 86 runs
Tom Longland 7A 4/8
Josh Richards 7 White 24 not out off 14 balls
Ben Pickering 10B 73 runs off 69 balls
Marco Kotzur 5B 24 runs
Larry Clark 10A 67 not out
Mitchell Rigby 5B Team motivator/ excellent fielding

Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator

Three weeks in and Villanova AFL has set us up for a very strong push for our maiden aggregate victory. Our Open team had a well-fought victory and was thoroughly challenged throughout the entirety of the game. After being a goal down at half-time the boys came out ready to play footy and not worry themselves with the opposition. A well-disciplined half of football saw a goalless second half for Marist College Ashgrove.

Another fantastic win for our Year 7 boys who are really making a name for themselves as a relentless, well skilled footy side. The standouts for the weekend however were our mighty Junior Boys with the 5Bs having their first triumph of the season. After scores were level at three quarter time, the coach swung some moves, and the boys came out firing kicking four goals to none to run out victors. It was terrific to see the boys belt out the VNC anthem at the top of their lungs.

This week our Senior teams are up against St Patrick’s College. Even though our results against our opponents in the trials were fantastic, we cannot take this school lightly. We must continue to play with great sportsmanship and concentrate on winning the contest.  All must be prepared for a big game this week.

Our Junior boys will be playing Padua, who also are a very physical side. Boys ensure you train hard and are ready to go for a big weekend of AFL representing the mighty Wildcats.

Good luck to all teams this weekend and continue to play in the spirit of the game, ready to outwork your opponent.

Team Rd – 1 Rd – 2 Rd – 3






Year 8/9 W






Year 7 W






Year 6A W






Year 6B W






Year 5A W






Year 5B L






Mr Anthony Kemp

It was another tough day on court for our volleyball teams last Saturday against Ashgrove in Round 3 action. Once again, many games went down to the wire with sets and matches being extremely tight and decided by a few crucial points. Whilst we were not able to take out some of the closer games, the pleasing take away is that our boys put themselves in the position to win. The next step we must take is having that confidence and self-belief that we can win in those tight moments as we are no doubt capable of competing to a high standard.

Well done to our sides who were able to come away with a win on the weekend. In particular to those sides who continue to stretch their unbeaten streak (11B, 11C, 10B, 10C) so far this season. Also, it was great to see that the following sides (11A, 8A, 8C) got their first win of the year, hopefully kickstarting a little run of momentum as we approach the midpoint of the AIC Volleyball season. Unfortunately, our First VI team went down in four sets playing away to Ashgrove. The boys were certainly in the fight, with each set having the potential to go either way (25-27, 26-24, 21-25, 23-25). They will certainly be hitting the practice court hard this week and looking for some redemption to continue their fine season to date. Another side worthy of mention from Round 3 are the 9A’s who displayed great teamwork and a gutsy attitude on the court. Although, they started the first set slowly they fought their way into the match in the second set with a dominant display. It looked as though they were going to be beaten comprehensively in the third set with a slow 1-6 start, however through their great teamwork they fought back to 14-14 to only go down with a couple of simple errors. It was truly a great game to watch and hopefully they bring the same spirit this weekend.

Round 4 this Saturday will see us take on St Patrick’s College. Whilst it is always good to have a hit out in a pre-season trial against St Pat’s it is always important to remember that this is the real deal this week. So, no matter the result in the trial all players must be ready to take on the opposition and go for the win. Our Junior teams (7-9) will be playing at home again this week with our senior (10-Opens) teams playing away at St Patrick’s. Please check the weekly fixtures for game times and venue.

Please note that all players are asked to be in the correct uniform for their games of volleyball on Saturday – no rugby or basketball shorts, no black socks.  Please check the College website for more information.

Goold Hall Canteen Roster

AIC Volleyball Results v Ashgrove

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH
First VI W 3-2 W 3-2 L 3-1
Second VI L 2-1 L 2-0 L 2-0
Third VI L 2-1 L 2-0 L 2-0
11 A L 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-0
11 B W 2-1 W 2-0 W 2-1
11C W 2-1 v SLC 11D W 2-0 PAD 11D W 2-1
10A W 2-0 L 2-0 L 2-0
10B W 2-0 W 2-1 W 2-1
10C W 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-0
9A L 3-0 L 2-0 L 2-1
9B L 3-0 W 2-1 L 2-1
9C L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-0
8A L 2-0 L 2-1 W 2-1
8B W 2-1 L 2-1 L 2-1
8C L 2-1 L 2-1 W 2-1
8 Gold L 3-0 W 3-0 SPC 8F L 2-1
7A L 3-0 L 2-0 L 3-0
7B L 2-1 L 2-1 L 3-0
7C W 3-0 W 2-1 L 2-1
7 Gold L 2-1 W 3-0 W 2-1

Mrs Juanita Jacobs, Swimming Co-ordinator

The Villanova swim season is quickly coming to an end. I wish to publicly thank all the coaches, managers and swimmers for their efforts this season.  The AIC Championship is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people, and the support of all the swimmers and their parents is always appreciated.  The Sports Office have continued to support swimming, and nothing is ever too much trouble for them, and on behalf of the squad, I thank you.

Friday night was our third meet for the season at Centenary and it is pleasing to see some of our swimmers showing significant improvement in their times.  With only one week of training left before the AIC championships, and for us to perform to our potential on the day, we need squad members to be training and competing as much as possible.

Many of our swimmers have experienced success at competitions over the last weekend. Villanova was well represented at Lytton District trials with the following boys making it through to the Met East competition on March 3 – Isaac Bowen, Brody Clelland, Ethan Haywood, Beau House, Caleb Johnston, Ben Landers, Oliver Longland, Ben Mackey, Tyler Schafer, Jacob Short and Louis Stagg. The growing number of swimmers from Villanova representing the district is a positive sign for the strength and depth of talent in our ranks.

Tomorrow, 19 February, all members of the AIC Swim Squad will be acknowledged at our College Assembly which will be held in Goold Hall from 10.35am. Given COVID-19 restrictions only two parents per open swimmers may attend. Seating will be made available for these parents at the back of Goold Hall spaced 1.5m apart. We ask parents to sign in using the QR codes situated on the tables in the foyer of Goold Hall. Parents are asked to arrive by 10.30am.

Our final swim team, who will compete at the AIC Swimming Championships, will be selected based on times recorded at the AIC swim meets held throughout the season. Unfortunately, not every student who has trained throughout the season will swim on the day of the Championship. We do, however, recognise each swimmer’s importance within our squad and the efforts they have made, so every member of the will be acknowledged at this week’s assembly.  All swimmers who have consistently trained and attended the AIC swim meets will travel to Chandler next Friday either as a competitor or a reserve. Buses will transport your son to and from Chandler on the day of the Championship.

The full list of the Villanova College Swim Team, including the competitor list for each event will be posted on the website by noon next Tuesday 23 February.

The last AIC Swim meet for the season will be held at St Peter’s Lutheran College Pool from 3.45 – 5.45pm tomorrow, 19 February.  This meet is important as it is the last opportunity for all swimmers to post a good time to make the team. The coaches will confirm a swimmer’s place in each event after this meet and the College will then advertise the team by noon on Tuesday 23 February.

Normal training times will continue until next Thursday 25 February. We ask all swimmers to attend all remaining swim sessions as a priority so that we can practice relay changes, starts and finishes for the Championships. It is critical that the boys arrive 10 minutes before the allocated training session, so that warm up can begin promptly at either 6.30am or 7.00am depending on the day.

Next Friday 26 February, on the day of the AIC Swimming Championships, we ask all swimmers (and reserves) to meet the swim managers promptly at 6.40am in the Middle School Quadrangle wearing their swim uniform (Villanova squad shirt and PE shorts). The boys will receive some final team instructions before a team photo is taken at 6.45am before departing the College for Chandler at 7.00am.  The carnival will conclude by 1.30pm with presentations.  We ask all swimmers to travel as a team to the Championships on the buses provided. Parents may transport their son/s home directly after the carnival.

All students are to wear the College squad shirt and their College sports shorts to the AIC Championship – NO EXCEPTIONS.  If your son has not yet purchased his shirt, he must do so immediately from the College Uniform Shop.  The boys must compete in Villanova racing togs/or jammers or any plain colored togs (no multi-colored togs are permitted in the AIC rules) and the Villanova swim cap. The swim cap was distributed free of charge to all swimmers earlier in the season. Please be aware that only one pair of togs may be worn, to meet with QSA and AIC regulations.

Boys should bring their own food and plenty of water to drink on the day of the Championships.  Food for the day should be light and easily digestible.  As we are trying to encourage our athletes to follow a healthy diet, we ask our swimmers not to buy any food at the canteen until after their events.

Please find attached an ‘order of events’ schedule for the Championships.

Please find below an excerpt from a statement provided by the AIC Management Committee which was emailed to all families on Monday 15 February regarding spectators at the AIC Swimming Championships.

“We have been informed that, in order to comply with directives from Stadiums Queensland and adhere to Queensland Health requirements, the venue’s COVID-safe plan prevents shouting, cheering, hugs, high fives and other similar activities. Spectators are assigned specific seats and not permitted to move around the venue. The AIC accept these restrictions and understand why they are needed.

These restrictions make it difficult for student spectators to attend and fully participate in our AIC Swimming Championships. We know that our students want to enthusiastically encourage and support their schoolmates. Therefore, the AIC Management Committee has decided not to have student supporters attend this year’s Championships.

Parents and caregivers are very welcome to attend the event, following the COVID-safe requirements at all times. Parents must acquire a ticket and be allocated a seat in order to comply with the venue’s COVID-safe Plan. Parents and adult spectators can obtain tickets via the following link from 9.00am Wednesday February 17. The booking portal will close at 7.00pm on Thursday February 25. The booking link is:

Therefore, parents and friends may attend the AIC Swim Championship BUT they must book a ticket using the TryBooking link. Please be reminded of the following:

  • The booking portal was opened at 9.00am on Wednesday February 17
  • The booking portal will close at 7.00pm on Thursday February 25
  • Tickets are to be printed out and presented at the entrance to the Eastern Grandstand. All competitors will be in the Western Grandstand. Parents are not to mingle or go over to Western Grandstand at any stage during the event, nor are the competitors allowed over to the Eastern stand.
  • If tickets cannot be printed out or not presented, there will be a printed report of all ticket buyers given to the venue ushers. It is in your best interest to have all tickets printed before you enter the venue so that you do not get held up in any queues.
  • Parents may collect their son after the event from the venue. Alternatively, a return bus service to the College will be available. Boys should arrive back to school for normal departure at 3.00pm.

In case of an emergency on the day of the Championship please call Mrs Juanita Jacobs on 0417 777 501.

AIC Swimming – Key Dates

Friday 19 February

  • College Assembly at 10.35 in Goold Hall to acknowledge swimmers. Two parents per Open swimmer are permitted to attend this event.
  • Final time trial at St Peter’s Lutheran College. Bus transportation is provided to and from this event.

Tuesday 23 February

  • The Villanova Swim Team list will be published on the website by noon.

Thursday 25 February

  • The final swim training session for the season at Langlands Pool.

Friday 26 February – AIC Swim Championships at Chandler Pool

  • The swim squad meets in the Middle School quadrangle at 6.40am for a team brief and photo.
  • Bus departs the College for Chandler at 7.00am.
  • Arrive at Chandler 7.30am, warm up 8.00am – 8.30am, first event at 8.45am.
  • Presentations are between 1.15pm-1.30pm.
  • Bus departs Chandler at 1.45pm and returns to the College by 3pm.
  • Parents may collect their son from Chandler or back at the College at 3pm.

AIC Swim Meet at St Peter’s Lutheran College

Date – Friday 19 February
Venue –
St Peter’s Lutheran College Pool
Time –
Warm-up – 3.45pm; Start 4.00pm – 5.45pm
– The full program is posted on the Villanova College website

A bus will depart the College at 3.10pm and should return by 6.00/15pm. Only one parent per swimmer may attend. Parents may collect their son from the venue if they wish.

All students who are interested in representing Villanova College in AIC Rugby, Football, Cross Country and Chess in Term 2 from Year 5 – 12 must complete an online registration form –

Within the online form please tick your preference. Note that Rugby and Football will be played during the same time. Students who are eligible may choose either Rugby or Football as well as Chess and Cross Country.  Please see below all information pertaining to the up-coming Rugby and Football season.  This includes the commencement date of the trials as well as times and venues for all training.

IMPORTANT! – Students wishing to play AIC Rugby League in Term 3 must play either AIC Rugby Union or AIC Football in Term 2.

  • RUGBY UNION (Open to all students from Year 5 – 12) Games played on Saturday as per College Calendar.
  • FOOTBALL (Open to students from Year 5 – 12) Games played on Saturday as per College Calendar.
  • CHESS (selected students from Year 5 – 12) Games played on Friday afternoon/evening as per College Calendar.
  • CROSS COUNTRY (Open to all students from Year 5 – 12) Meets – Refer to College calendar.

We ask that all parents to complete this online registration alongside their son. Information regarding the student’s ID number, email address, parent’s email address, DOB and sport selection is required.

All nominations are due by Friday 26 February 2021.

We expect that when a boy commits to a team that he follows that commitment through until the end of season.  Both parents and players must acknowledge within the online sign-on form that they are aware of the College’s policies and expectations with regards to school sport. The College’s Selection Guidelines and Code of Conduct will also be found on the online sign-on form. Please note that school sport is given priority over club sport.

We hope to provide all A and B teams from Year 5 – 12 with two training sessions weekly, C teams and lower may only have one or perhaps two sessions depending on the coach. All games are played on Saturdays as per the College calendar.

AIC Rugby and Football Training/Trials
Any boy wishing to represent Villanova in either Rugby or Football must complete an Online Sign-on Form to register their interest –

The first training/trial session will occur the very first week after Round 7 of Cricket, AFL and Volleyball. That is, the week beginning Monday 15 March.

Training times and venues for all Year 5 – 12 rugby and football teams are listed below. All Year 5and6 teams will train at Little Langlands or Whinstanes. Year 7 – 12 teams will train at Villanova Park. The College will provide bus transportation to Villanova Park for all teams. Parents are required to collect their son from Villanova Park after training. There will be no return bus service from Villanova Park.

Please see the divisions below. Note in each division the players will be graded from A, B, C etc. Opens will be graded from Firsts, Seconds, Thirds etc.

Football – Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Opens
Rugby – Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Opens

AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers 

  • Monday 15 March – Friday 19 March (Rugby and Football training/trials begins at Villanova Park for all Year 7 – 12 teams; Year 5 and Year 6 teams will trial at Little Langlands/Whinstanes)
  • Saturday 20 March –  Internal AIC Rugby and Football Trials at Villanova Park (First XV, Second XV and 10A rugby and football versus Iona only, all other teams will trial internally at Villanova Park)
  • Saturday 27 March –  AIC Rugby and Football trial against SLC (full school trial – Year 5-12)
  • Saturday 24 April – AIC Rugby and Football trial against SPC (full school trial – Year 5-12)
  • Saturday 1 May Round 1 – Saturday 12 June Round 7 as per College calendar

AIC Rugby and Football Training/Trial Schedule
The below schedules will be applied all season. NOTE – some Year 5 and Year 6 training times could change depending on the coach’s availability, however, we will endeavour to keep to the schedule below.

Rugby Training

  • Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Opens at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Year 5 at Little Langlands, Tuesday afternoon 3.15pm – 4.30pm and Thursday mornings 6.45 -8.00am
  • Year 6 at Little Langlands, Tuesday mornings 6.45am – 8.00am and Thursday afternoons 3.15pm -4.30pm

Football Training

  • Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Third XI, Fourth XI and Fifth XI at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.00pm, Monday and Wednesday afternoons
  • First XI and Second XI at Villa Park 3.45 – 5.15pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Year 5 at Little Langlands, Monday afternoon 3.15pm – 4.30pm and Wednesday mornings 6.45 -8.00am
  • Year 6 at Little Langlands, Monday mornings 6.45am – 8.00am and Wednesday afternoons 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Rugby and Football – Coaches/Referees
If you have an interest in refereeing or coaching, please contact:

Year 5 – 12 Football – Anthony Kemp email:
Year 5 – 12 Rugby – Chris Everding email:

More information regarding Chess will come out in the weeks to come. Trials will commence soon during the week beginning Monday 1 March. Chess is played on Friday afternoon. Boys can participate in Chess, Cross Country and either Rugby or Football if they wish.

More information regarding Cross Country will come out in the weeks to come. Training will commence sometime before the end of term. The AIC Cross Country Championship is held during school time in Term 2, that is, Wednesday 2 June. Boys can participate in Cross Country, Chess and either Rugby or Football if they wish.

Please find below a list of composite trial and nomination dates. All paperwork can be collected from the Sports Office.

Sport Age group Return to the Sports Office
Squash 13 – 19 Years 22 February
Water Polo 13 – 18 Years 24 February
Rugby League 14 – 15 Years 22 February
Football 13 – 16 Years 23 February
AFL 13 – 15 Years 22 February
Surfing 13 – 18 Years 5 March
Basketball 16 – 18 Years 19 February

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Year 5 Immersion Program
Our Year 5 musicians had their first ensemble rehearsal on Tuesday and teachers were happy to see their excited faces.  The students spent the morning learning to participate in activities that will prime them for the year ahead.  We look forward to sharing some of their hard work at our first concerts a little later this term.

Thanks to parents for bringing their sons to school early for this momentous occasion.  Please remind your sons to arrive at the Augustine Centre by 7.20am for a 7.30am start.  Early is on time, on time is late.

Rehearsals and Lessons Are Continuing…
All rehearsals and lessons are running as per routine throughout this camp period.  We look forward to seeing your son at his allotted session. If you have not received the appropriate information or are confused as to your son’s attendance requirements, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Office via email – – or telephone 3394 5691.

The Term 1 rehearsal schedule is attached.  Please ensure your son is aware of the time and location of his sessions.

Date Claimers
And now we look ahead to what the term has in store…

Term 1
Week Date Activity
7 Monday 8 March Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
7 Across week Orava String Quartet attend String Orchestra Rehearsals
7 Tuesday 9 March Jump Start Day – Year 5 workshop and Concert
8 Tuesday 16 March Debut Concert 1
8 Wednesday 17 March Debut Concert 2
8 Thursday 18 March Debut Concert 3

Opportunity to Participate
The Music community at Villanova welcomes all students interested in participating in ensemble or instrument/vocal tuition.  If your son would like to take lessons on an instrument this year, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or via email at for further information.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Music at Villanova College.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

The Villanova College Parents and Friends (P&F) Association warmly invites all new and current families to our Annual General Meeting on Monday 8 March at 6.00pm in the Tolle Lege Library.

The P&F is run by a team of parents who aim to support the College in providing a rich learning environment for all our students. We are responsible for managing the College community’s parent engagement, social and fundraising events, which have become synonymous with the welcoming atmosphere of our Villanova College community.

Your attendance does not require you to nominate for any executive role, although some executive roles will be open for nominations at this AGM. The P&F presents a great opportunity for you to engage in the College community in a capacity as small or as involved as suits your life, work and family commitments.

We hope to see many new and familiar faces at our AGM, or at any future P&F meetings, which are held on the second Monday of most months from 6.00pm in the Tolle Lege Library.

Vass Cayas, Villanova College P&F President

The Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection is an annual data collection performed by the Australian Government.  Approved authorities are required under the Australian Education Regulation to complete this collection.

To ensure Villanova College provides accurate details, parents are requested to login to Parent Lounge to ensure that their details are correct. Further information about the Collection can be found here.

What a great night was had by all who attended the third Greg Cooley sponsored concert “La Forza” last Saturday night. The evening began as the sun set over Cassiciacum Gardens. Terraces with the backdrop of the city skyline. Luke Dickinson was the wonderful support act that provided the platform for the night’s main act of La Forza.

Dedicated to supporting AFAS, this year’s focus was to raise money towards the purchase of a steriliser for the midwife on Kinatarcan Island in the Philippines. The importance of the night was highlighted by Juanita Jacobs and Mark Edgerton speaking of their experiences on their trips to Kinatarcan Island. Those in attendance had a wonderful night and were entertained by the many songs that were part of La Forza’s repertoire.

Due to popular demand we have re-opened the TryBooking site to order your personalised Villa Wildcat towel. Orders will close at 3.00pm on Wednesday 10 March.

They will be delivered to school before the end of Term 1. On arrival, they will be distributed to your nominated son (if not advised differently). If you wish to collect it directly from me, please advise via email.

Thank you for your support on behalf of the Villa Sports Club.
Robyn Gunning, Email:

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.

Please note that we are experiencing some issues with the student cards of boys new to Villanova. Could all boys new to the College please continue to use cash for tuckshop purchases until the issue has been rectified. Thank you.

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Library.

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