Principal's Welcome

As we approach the half-way mark of this first term, it is worth taking a moment to check on the status of your son. In the busyness of family life, the weeks and days can fly past and before we know it the end of term is upon us. Allow me to pose some questions for you at this key time.

  • How has your son settled to the challenges of the new year?
  • How are his organisational skills at the moment?
  • Does he seem to have it together with all the demands he is facing with sports, schoolwork, home life and possibly work?
  • Is he getting enough sleep? (recommendation is 8 – ten hours per night)
  • How is he handling his classes and working with his teachers?
  • How is the homework, assessment tasks and homework routine?
  • How is his general mood? (this can be difficult to determine in teenage years)

Our Pastoral Area Leaders and Heads of School have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in dealing with boys. If you have any concerns, I urge you to contact your respective Pastoral Area Leader or Head of School to discuss the matter.

At the recent AIC Sports Management meeting the issue of spectator behaviour and good sportsmanship was raised. The AIC Charter states the vision for the AIC Sports Association as, “To develop good and healthy young people of character through sport and competition within a Christian context.”

Furthermore, the Mission Statement clearly articulates how this vision is to be enacted.

The AIC will provide well-organised competitions in sport and other activities that foster participant engagement and pride in communities in a holistic Christian context. Our students, staff and families (both past and present) will nurture spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, physical and social development through respectful and compassionate relationships in a safe environment.

All the activities on offer to the students of AIC Member Colleges provide opportunities for learning and growth. All Member Colleges understand the importance of competition to challenge young men to participate and live a healthy life. Through the thrill of competing, sporting activities teach our young men about winning humbly and losing graciously.

At all sporting facilities you will notice new signs that will remind all spectators of the expectations of good sportsmanship and a reminder about respecting all volunteer umpires, coaches and managers. Without the generosity of these volunteers the AIC Competition would not be possible.

MMG EDUCATION – Parent Survey Results: Overall Satisfaction/Agreement

Parents New to the School- Statements relating to starting at Villanova College N/A N/A N/A 89% (Very High)
Overall satisfaction with camps N/A N/A N/A 89% (Very High)
Overall satisfaction with communications from Villanova College 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High)
Statements relating to Parent Portal 75% (High) 79% (High) 74%(High) 76% (High)
Management and Leadership of Villanova College 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High)
Satisfaction with facilities N/A N/A N/A 79% (High)
Reputation in the wider community 75% (High) 70% (High) 70% (High) 71% (High)
Affinity (Loyalty) 89% (Very High) 89% (Very High) 79% (High) 89% (Very High)

STATEMENT FROM ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE RE: the verdict in the Cardinal Pell case:

The news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on historical child sexual abuse charges has shocked many across Australia and around the world, including the Catholic Bishops of Australia. The Bishops agree that everyone should be equal under the law, and we respect the Australian legal system. The same legal system that delivered the verdict will consider the appeal that the Cardinal’s legal team has lodged. Our hope, at all times, is that through this process, justice will be served.

In the meantime, we pray for all those who have been abused and their loved ones, and we commit ourselves anew to doing everything possible to ensure that the Church is a safe place for all, especially the young and the vulnerable.

We remember in our prayers Mrs Avis Greenup, great grandmother of Andrew Dickie (Year 6).

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen
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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Teaching and Learning

This year’s theme of community is an important one in many ways as it applies to Teaching and Learning. St Augustine regularly spoke of the importance of community as a means of learning. He believed that the search for truth sought after in learning was best served in dialectic encounters where the need for lively interactive dialogue among learners was critical. Individually, we can achieve many great things. The Scholars’ Assembly two weeks ago was evidence of this. We celebrated the successes of our most recent Old Boys and those students who demonstrated academic excellence in Semester 2, 2018. However, we know that the attainments of individuals such as these young men are rarely their own doing.

  • The impact teachers have can never be underestimated; the lessons spent in the classroom, the time spent in after-hours tutoring and the number of hours devoted to marking assessment is considerable.
  • Time and time again, stories of the support of family members are attributed to success.
  • Peers can also have a significant impact.

In 2019, Villanova is keen to explore additional opportunities that involve the College community to provide greater educational opportunities. One such opportunity begins next week as the ‘Study Hub’ commences. The ‘Study Hub’ involves students from the Senior School offering their time to assist Junior and Middle School students with their academics. More specific details will be communicated to parents in a separate communication later this week, however, assistance will be available to Junior School students on a Tuesday and Thursday morning before school whilst Middle School students can seek help on a Wednesday afternoon. I thank in advance the students of Year 10, 11 and 12 who will assist with this initiative and encourage any of our younger students to take advantage of this.

Our Year 12 cohort have commenced their final year of studies with enthusiasm and a collective will to do well. As many would be aware, 2019 marks the final year of the current QCE system, including the Overall Position (OP) system. For students choosing to pursue an OP, their success depends on their own individual results and the performance of the Year 12 cohort. The Queensland Core Skills (QCS) tests form the later part of the ‘equation’ and its importance cannot be underestimated. Our Senior group are well aware of this and have made a commitment this year that they will work together for the group’s collective success. Each week, Year 12 students engage in lessons that are designed to improve areas critical to success in the QCS tests. However, there are other chances for the students to gain vital practice and guidance with this area of their studies:

  • All OP-eligible students undertook a workshop on Tuesday with an external provider in order to hone their literacy and writing skills. These will continue throughout the year.
  • Practice QCS tests will be periodically completed over the coming three terms. The first is next Thursday with all students completing a practice Writing Task.
  • The College often collaborates with Lourdes Hill College students in QCS practice sessions.
  • On the final day of this term, students will sit practice Multiple Choice and Short Response tests.

Our Year 11 students are now well and truly on the journey that is the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. The College has offered a range of subjects to suit the strengths and interests of our young men, and with optimism that our curriculum will realise excellent results at the conclusion of 2020. Students at Villanova College have the option to study subjects in the following three (3) categories – General subjects, Applied subjects and VET subjects.

  • General subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond secondary schooling that may lead to tertiary studies, vocational education and training or work. The results achieved in General subjects may contribute to a student’s ATAR.
  • Applied subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work. Results from one (1) Applied subject may contribute to a student’s ATAR when combined with four (4) General subjects.
  • VET subjects are also suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work. They are typically certificate courses such as the Certificate I in Construction or the Certificate III in Business. Results from Certificate III courses or above (i.e. Certificate IV or Diploma) may contribute to a student’s ATAR when combined with four (4) General subjects.

Just a reminder that Villanova College subscribes to the study skills website Parents and students at the school can access the site at school and at home.  The College’s subscription details to are:

User name:        forvillanovaonly
Password:          129results

This is a website with units of work on different study skills topics, looking at how students can improve their results, as well as other resources and planning templates to make dealing with schoolwork a little more stress-free. At times throughout the year, your son may work through some of the activities during class, however, parents might like to encourage the use of the website as the need arises.

Over the coming days, assessment calendars, including details around examinations at the end of the term, will be made available to Senior students. Year 10 and Year 12 student’s assignment details should already be appearing in the Students Café (and also in Parent Lounge). Examination details are being finalised. Year 11 students will receive a separate assessment calendar by email as the College works within the new senior system.

Further information relating to assessment, and in particular examinations, will be communicated to students and parents over the coming weeks.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning



Gregory Terrace/All Hallows’ Annual Maths Tournament
What is the only 2-digit number that has a square root, a cubed root and a sixth root which are all whole numbers?

This was one of the simpler questions which were asked of the students who attended the Maths Tournament at All Hallows’ School on Tuesday, 26 February.

Along with over 300 students from 18 different schools, 20 Year 6 and Year 7 students from Villanova College participated in this annual event where they had to solve challenging and thought-provoking Maths problems.

While our teams did not place in the top three, it was a great exercise in collaborative and group thinking processes.

Many thanks to three Villanova mums:  Rachael Gagen, Louise Wilson and Nancy Katakis for assisting with supervision on the day. I congratulate all 20 students and look forward to Villanova College competing in many more extension programs such as this in 2019.

Mrs Kath Underhill, Program Leader Exceptional Learners Year 5 – 12

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Head of Junior School

Balance in our lives between work and play can be tricky.  When do we prioritise ourselves?  When should the needs of others be given attention?  How do we know when we need to put our community first?  Every human being would have their own response to these questions.  Yet we need to aim for a balance of all needs if we are to live our best life.

Year 6 Class Leaders : L-R Thomas Hellyer, Lewis McMahon, Luke Phillips, Isaac Lerato, Jay Gill, Ewan McCosker

The one thing that I know is true, is that combining the schedules of four family members is an artform.  I know the weekly timetable (what can be planned) is on our fridge and there are colours used to get our attention.  This aim is for the three males is not to keep asking about days and times (three times over each morning and night), but if I am honest, we all still do.  I am flat out knowing where I’m meant to be, let alone the boys, but we collectively all try hard to stay on top of things.

Year 6 students at the Maths Tournament hosted by All Hallows’ School and Gregory Terrace on Tuesday.

The reality is that technology helps us access dates, times and locations, but a family needs to put that together.  So, each week is a labyrinth of pick-ups and drop-offs, packing and unpacking gear, and scoring/managing sporting teams.  The physical side of life needs minutes allocated for travel, packed snacks and endless water bottles.  We have a network of amazing friends who we can carpool with, swap car runs with, and as result, the village helps raise us all (I count myself as still growing up)!

Exercise keeps me sane.  Riding my bike is my first choice at any opportunity.  There is nothing better for this Head of Junior School than to clear his head on the open road.  I love the River Loop (and the coffee afterwards) around Woolloongabba, but I also enjoy heading down to the Bay.  Whether I ride on my own, find a group to join along the way, or organise a group – exercise clears my head and helps me find more patience and motivation for my family and work commitments.  I sleep better at night if exercise has been a part of my day.  I am often the first person at night heading to bed, preferring to read or catch up on some social media before lights out.

Watching my boys play sport and helping to coach or assist with scoring/managing duties keeps me interested during the weekends.  It is fair to say we clock up some kilometres in the cars every weekend between school and club commitments, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My sons get to play with school mates but also branch out and make new friends from other schools.  They engage in their community centres for training, games, fundraising and celebrations.  We experience wins, losses and some brilliant opportunities every year.

As a family we enjoy watching sport (maybe three of us more), the Oscars (maybe one a lot more than the other three) and movies together.  We love humour, action and adventure, and I must admit the drama/romance genre gets priority occasionally.  TV series can often connect us – the eating challenges on “I’m a Celebrity Australia” had us thoroughly entertained.  The point is, we try to find things we can all share together as a family.

Year 6 Green Chapel Mass

Life cannot be all work or all play.  We need goals to keep us focused and moving forward in life.  By now, your son should be settling somewhat into his new class.  A Term 1 goal for some boys may be to focus on what’s fun at school – getting through the door on a Monday morning with a smile can take practice.  Another goal might be to ask a new friend over for a catch up one afternoon.  Being brave enough to extend an invitation takes courage.  Some boys may need to set a goal of getting their homework completed on time.  Others may need to remember their College diary each afternoon.  For some students their goals may be directed towards doing their best in a subject – How will they succeed? What is their plan to revise, study and reach their full potential?  How can our boys find balance between school, home and community?  Whereabouts does their happiness lie?  This is for us all to work on this week.  Balance is very important for our sense of self, relationships and belonging.  Everyone is different.  We all need to set carefully thought out goals that help us live our best lives.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

Over the last two weeks all of our Year 8 students and most of our Year 7 students (7 Green and 7 Gold head off next week) have been away on their annual year level camp experience.

Year 8 students travelled to Dicky Beach Caravan Park and soaked up the awesome beach weather. Camping in tents, the boys were exposed to a range of different activities. These included: surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding and mountain biking. The boys also participated in a surf awareness program, designed to improve their knowledge about the surf and surf safety, and the invaluable role that surf life savers play. Each day also featured the obligatory game of campsite cricket, finska, or touch footy on the beach. Make sure you check out the Instagram pictures and stories, if you haven’t done so already, at:  vnc_middle_school.

For their camp, our Year 7 students travelled to the Currimundi Sport and Recreation Centre. Whilst some groups got to enjoy perfect weather, the looming Cyclone Oma forced a number of groups away from the beach to find some alternative activities organised for them back at camp. There was a variety of experiences including high ropes, the giant swing, fishing, kayaking, circus skills, rock climbing, caving and initiative games. Afternoons were mostly spent with a cricket bat and ball or being part of the traditional Year 7 camp ultimate frisbee game.

The camps were successfully coordinated and facilitated by Mr Matt McGrath (Year 8) and Mr Ben Lynam (Year 7) and on everyone’s behalf I want to congratulate them for their efforts. By next week, 24 of our Middle School teachers and staff will have been away on camps so far this year and I would like to express my personal thanks to them for volunteering to support our College camp program.

It is worth noting that Year 8 and Year 7 camps occur at the start of each year for strategic reasons. The experiences gained on camp provide an excellent opportunity for the boys to get to know their classmates and their teachers. Away from the comforts of home, the boys are also called upon to be mindful of others and be sensitive to the challenges that certain activities can present for each individual. I must say how wonderfully well the boys accomplished this.

In a recent publication of Dumbo Feather, Jane Nethercote interviews Arne Rubinstein, the author of the well-recognised book The Making of Men, about a range of topics, including rites of passage for young men.

For schools he offers this advice:

Look at the school camp. It’s the perfect opportunity—where kids are taken away to do activities in another environment. The school camp actually has most of the major elements of a rite of passage but none of the awareness. You know, they go canoeing, bike-riding, climbing, they stay up all night, they get really tired and they come home. If instead that was like, “Let’s share stories, let’s talk about how we reacted to the challenges, and at the end let’s honour each of the kids who’s been on the camp.”

I was pleased to read this because his ‘If instead…’ is an integral part of our school camps. That said, I encourage parents, when the time is right, to dig a little deeper about their boy’s experience on their camp. Get them to tell stories and unpack the challenges and how they were overcome. And most of all, celebrate their achievement of being away and returning.

I also recommend the Dumbo Feather article as I, for one, really valued the read.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

As we come to the mid-point of the first term, it is extremely important that students are taking full advantage of the support structures that provide opportunities to maximise academic success. I continue to reinforce with students that a strong relationship with their classroom teacher is the primary platform for realising their academic goals. The sanctity of the teacher- student relationship, within the context of a distinctly Augustinian approach to learning and teaching, must be fundamentally valued.

Students who are struggling with their understanding of key concepts in their subjects should proactively seek out the support of their teacher to ensure they do not fall behind in their work. This requires sacrifice and commitment on behalf of the student to take full responsibility for their learning pathway.

Furthermore, the additional tutoring offered by various Curriculum Area Leaders and staff offer further opportunities for students to cement their knowledge and understanding of both content and approaches to assessment tasks. I thank the wonderful generosity of our Senior School teaching faculty for their ongoing support of our students.

Deeper engagement within the assessment process is another area in which students can improve the quality of their assignment work. The drafting phase should be valued and reflect the student’s best work at that point in time to maximise the value of teacher feedback. When students submit incomplete drafts of poor quality, they limit the scope of feedback available to them which compromises the strength of the teacher-student relationship.

Parents who have any concerns regarding the current progress of their son, are strongly advised to make contact with classroom teachers and academic coaches (in Year 11 and Year 12).

This Friday, the first Senior School Assembly for the year will be conducted in the Hanrahan Theatre, led by members of the Student Leadership Team. Building upon last week’s video presentation on Villanova student culture, it will be an opportunity to once again celebrate and reinforce the value of a holistic education by including items on academics, sport, music, leadership and Cor Unum spirit. I thank the SLT for their work in preparing this assembly. Next week, I will share with you aspects of my Head of School address.

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

The student body responded with great generosity to the flood crisis in North Queensland last Friday. Students wore green and gold, and many went the extra mile: wearing cork brim hats, giving more than a gold coin and supporting the sausage sizzle.

The ubiquitous sausage sizzle was once again organised by the Year 9 team of Tom Price, Tom Hoctor, Wilson Griffin, and Jack Stone. The 250 sausages vanished quickly, and my sincere apology to the disappointed students who missed out.  It is a tribute to this Year 9 team who have done so well with their organisation of past events, that such a large number of boys supports them.

Overall, a transfer will be made of over $2,400 to Vinnies today. A symbolic big cheque was presented to Vinnies Schools’ Liaison Officer, Dan Ingledew (‘13) on Friday’s assembly. Dan described how the money will be put to very good use, aiding both Townsville and the farming community.

The whole team of Ministry students presented a fast-moving and tightly scripted overview of the way the ministries work at last Friday’s assembly. One outstanding feature was the willingness of two young Old Boys from last year, Liam Hampson and Tom Balshaw, to convey the importance of service as a hallmark of the ‘Villanova man’.

The assembly acted as the precursor to the sign-ons to the various ministries on Monday and Tuesday this week. This process included a lively display in the Library and the Rosies training evening on Tuesday. The Ministry year is now launched. All students are welcome to “come and see” what goes on in the various groups and perhaps they will find one way in which they can give their time and talents to the wider community.

We now have 10 clearly marked bins for plastic bottles and cans. I ask and challenge all students to make a small change in their individual behaviour:

Think about what you are doing with your drink; then put the bottle or can in the correct bin.

Added together, these actions will make the difference between a mountain of trash – and a mountain of cash. The money redeemed by the Council’s recycling scheme will be put to use on improving amenities and spirit, e.g. purchase of a new Wild Cat suit as well as donations to those in need, as discerned by the student body.

Recycling is not only a way of reclaiming the campus, it also builds virtues of thrift and responsibility in each student who accepts the challenge, as well as providing an income stream to put student ideas and dreams into action.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Time flies and this weekend marks the half way point of the cricket and volleyball season. Our swimmers are making their final preparations for the up-coming AIC Swimming Championships and we are already looking ahead to next term’s sporting program which includes rugby, football, cross country and chess. There are certainly plenty of opportunities for our students to become involved. By now all students from Year 5 – Year 12 have been given a ‘Trimester 2 Sport Sign-On Form’. I ask all parents to ensure that their son has completed the appropriate form and it has been returned to the Sports Office.  The information collated from these forms is used to plan and prepare the season ahead. This form is available on the College’s website and is due TOMORROW.

Once again, we need parents and Old Boys to assist the College by coaching and refereeing teams/games for both rugby and football in 2019. Your son/s need your help. If you are able to assist, please make contact with Mr Blake McLauchlan (rugby) – or Mr Anthony Kemp (football) – from the Sports Office. We wish to finalise all coaches/referees for the up-coming AIC rugby and football season as soon as possible.

To assist families with their forward planning, please find below a full schedule of the ‘Term 2 AIC Sports Training Schedule’. All teams training at Villanova Park will be transported to the venue by bus. Parents will be required to collect their son/s after training.

Our wish as a College is to use Villanova Park as much as possible. The training schedule is designed so that all rugby and football teams from Year 7 – Year 12 have enough space to train adequately and are at the same location at the same time for our skills coaches in both rugby and football to monitor/assist coaches and player development.

On behalf of the College I wish all swimmers the very best in their preparations for the up-coming AIC Swim Championships. The College will send out all Year 5, Year 10 and Year 12 as well as some selected Year 11 students to support our swim team on the day of the Championship. We ask the parents to support the College by ensuring their son/s do attend school on these days and attend the AIC Swim Championships if required. Our swim team would certainly appreciate the support of their College in the stands as they take to their events.

Villanova had another good weekend of results against Iona College, winning all but one game in the cricket aggregate. Iona did have the better of us overall in the volleyball. It was great to see the First XI cricket team win their game in sensational fashion. Well done to the AFL players who played Iona and St Pat’s over the weekend in a tough round of footy.

I know our boys are looking forward to putting on the green and gold this weekend as we take on St Peter’s in cricket and volleyball and Padua in the AFL (Year 7 – Open AFL teams have a BYE this weekend). As always, we ask every Villanova boy to stand up and be counted this weekend to ensure we perform at our best. I am backing the boys in green and gold all the way, good luck to all and please enjoy!

Round 4 Fixtures – Saturday 2 March, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v St Peter’s Lutheran College, AIC AFL v Padua and Friday 1 March Swim Meet at Yeronga

Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v St Peter’s and Padua. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.

Villanova produced another pleasing round of results over the weekend winning all but one game against Iona College in the aggregate games. Many of our cricket teams are in premiership contention after the first three rounds of the season. I ask all players to remain focussed on the round ahead as St Peter’s have in the past upset some of our teams due to our boys taking the opposition lightly. Do not allow this to happen this season please. I wish all teams the very best!

The First XI cricket team had another dominating win over the weekend. The boys are playing well and are focussed on what they need to do each week, without getting ahead of themselves. As mentioned above, the opposition can never be taken lightly no matter the past results. Best wishes to all teams this weekend.

Cricket Team Photos – Round 4, Saturday 2 March 2019
Please be aware that some cricket photos will be taken this weekend before the scheduled cricket games played at Villanova Park. We ask all players to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled photo time listed below dressed in their full and correct cricket uniform. The photos will be taken near the large score board. A full photo schedule is posted under the AIC Cricket section on the website.

Villanova College – Cricket Results – Round 2 v Padua
First XI IONA W 5/147 146
Second XI IONA W 3/87 86
Third XI IONA W 242 9/68
Fifth XI White BYE
10A IONA W 6/195 9/181
10B IONA W 4/234 4/149
10C SLC W 5/133 5/105
9A IONA W 135 107
9B IONA W 194 174
9C IONA W 2/182 5/65
9 Gold SLC GOLD W 5/98 4/89
9 White ASH WHITE W 2/135 5/102
8A IONA W 8/128 91
8B IONA W 4/231 90
8C IONA W 2/96 8/92
8 Gold PADUA C W 1/27 9/26
8 White IONA GOLD W 3/117 5/115
8 Green PADUA GOLD W 2/90 5/67
7A IONA L 9/78 9/109
7B IONA W 6/113 111
7C IONA D 7/96 96
7 Gold IONA L 6/96 5/99
7 White IONA W 77 76
6A IONA L 7/136 4/219
6B IONA L 7/108 8/134
6C IONA L 8/99 4/115
6 Gold IONA L 7/86 3/125
6 White ASH WHITE L 3/74 2/82
5 A IONA L 6/138 5/158
5 B IONA W 3/177 120
5C IONA W 7/137 95
5 Gold IONA L 5/110 6/95
5 White PAD GOLD L 69 105
5 Green PAD GREEN W 2/112 6/85

 AIC VOLLEYBALL – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator

Volleyball is 90% heart, 10% skills and 10% passion.  You ALWAYS give 110%! No matter what!

I am not sure if this statement is proving to be a strategy for all teams after THREE rounds of the AIC competition. Some would say that Villanova got a lesson from Iona in how to win games when they count – play hard and play to win. After observing many training sessions during the week, players must improve their attitude to training.  Training provides the platform for all coaches to have in place a game strategy for their opposition.  Unfortunately, some players are taking it upon themselves to use training as ‘fooling around’ time and this is costing teams valuable points in sets at crucial times.  Yes, we all talk about players needing to have fun, but if some players are genuine and sincere about winning, there are a few concerns that will need to be addressed before this weekend’s round of fixtures:

  • Notify coaches of absence from training and games
  • Arrive on time for training and games
  • Arrive early for court duty
  • Train with a purpose
  • Encourage and support each other at training and games
  • Listen to coaches at training and during games

Sometimes it is not how good you are, but how badly you want it.  If you have the right mental attitude nothing can stop you from achieving your volleyball goals.’

On a much brighter note, congratulations must go to those teams who had a win against tough opposition. As we move to the next round against SPLC, all teams will need to be well prepared and ready for everything that SPLC will serve to you.  Stand strong and committed to your team and as always – C’arn the Cats!

Volleyball Canteen Roster

Goold Hall – Round 4 v SPLC – Saturday 2 March

We 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 11B
8.30am Third VI, 10C
9.30am 11A, 10B
10.30am 10A, Second VI
11.30am First VI
12.30pm Any parents who are willing to assist


Volleyball Results – Round 3 v Iona
First VI IONA L 0 3
Second VI IONA L 0 2
Third VI IONA L 1 2
11A IONA L 0 2
11B IONA L 1 2
10A IONA L 1 2
10B IONA L 1 2
10C IONA L 1 2
9A IONA L 0 3
9B IONA W 2 1
9C IONA L 1 2
8A IONA W 2 0
8B IONA W 2 1
8C IONA L 1 2
8 Gold IONA W 2 1
7A IONA L 0 3
7B IONA L 0 3
7C IONA L 0 3
7 Gold IONA L 1 2

 AIC SWIMMING – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swim Co-ordinator
The swimming meet last Thursday was the first time that all schools had participated in a combined meet at Chandler.  Usually we have smaller meets to collate times and monitor progress.  It was a great opportunity for many of our swimmers who may not have swum at Chandler previously to experience the big pool atmosphere and marshalling processes.  We were so pleased to have such a large turn out on the night, as it makes team selection much easier when we have the data to be able to make decisions.  It was also very pleasing to receive compliments (and some concerns) from the other coaches, about the strength of our younger swimmers and the numbers in the squad.  Let’s hope that our preparation leads to positive results at the AIC Championships.

There were several Year 9 boys who assisted on Thursday night under the leadership of Caden Clelland.  The staff were most appreciative of their maturity and commitment to the younger squad members.  Thank you to those boys who stepped up, well done!

The next meet will be held at Yeronga Park Pool hosted by St Laurence’s.  It is the final opportunity to challenge for positions in the championship events at AIC.  We will have one final meet in the Villanova Pool for swim offs as needed on March 8, along with the squad break up.  There is a lot of competition for all the events and particularly for the relay positions.  I encourage all swimmers to make the most of the final week of training and preparation for the Championships.  Please get to the pool on time, with your equipment and prepared to work hard.

Date:  Friday March 1
Yeronga Park Swimming Complex
Warm-up 4.00pm – 4.30pm; Start 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Parents are to collect their son from the Yeronga Park Pool at approximately 6.00pm

Please remember we now only have one meet left to get times from the boys.  These times are used to determine the boys who will swim at the AIC Swimming Championships at Chandler. The competition is tight in many of the year levels, so it is important the boys are training hard and as often as possible.

Note – If you are not able to attend the Friday carnival for any reason please contact myself or the relevant swim manager.

AIC Swimming Championships at Chandler – Monday March 11
Please note that all information regarding the program, event schedule, bus times, what to wear etc as well as the final team list will be published next Wednesday March 6. This gives our coaches/managers an opportunity to use the times posted at the meet this Friday at Yeronga and next Tuesday at the Met East Carnival to select the final team. We encourage boys to give that last-ditch effort this Friday to make the team. Best Wishes to all!

AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator
Another positive performance last weekend on the AFL field with five wins and two losses across our seven teams. Unfortunately, both the Opens and our Year 8/Year 9 teams had close losses.  We are extremely proud of their efforts however, as there was no one on the bench in the Opens and the Year 8/Year 9 team up against a Year 9 team.  The effort and dedication shown by the players to finish out the game was outstanding to witness.

A special mention must go to our Year 7 boys, who after returning from camp ran over the top of Iona to claim a thrilling victory.

This weekend we have byes for our Year 7 – Open teams with only our Year 5 and Year 6 teams representing the College. It would be fantastic for our young boys to see some senior players supporting them this weekend and might be what we need to get wins over a tough opposition in Padua. Training will still go ahead for all teams aside from the Year 8/Year 9 team, so make sure you are organised and ready to dig in on the track.

I look forward to seeing as many Villa supporters as possible this Saturday at Yeronga to cheer on our up and coming stars.

IMPORTANT:  As specified at the time of AFL sign-on, we require all AFL players to attend at least one cross country training session each week, as there is no doubt that the quality of fit and athletic players we have playing AFL would do extremely well in cross country. These athletes would help to bolster our overall performance at AIC Cross Country.

Training for the Year 7 – Open squad commences next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6.45am. Year 5 and Year 6 commence the week after.  Please read the cross country section below for more details. We hope to see all AFL players attend at least one session per week (there are only eight sessions in the season).

Villanova College – AFL Results – Round 3 v SPC and Iona
5A SPC W 84 12
5B SPC W 75 6
6A SPC W 123 23
6B SPC W 80 51
7 IONA W 39 31
8/9 IONA L 35 44
10/11/12 IONA L 28 51

The first training/trial session will occur the very first week after Round 7 of cricket, AFL and volleyball, which is the week beginning Monday March 25.

All training times and venues for all Year 7 – Year 12 teams are listed on the College’s website and below. All Year 5 and Year 6 teams will train at Little Langlands or Whinstanes, specific days and times to be announced for Year 5 and Year 6 football.

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, Year 11 and Opens

AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers
25 – 28 March: (rugby and football training begins at Villanova Park for all Year 7 – Year 12 teams)
Saturday 30 March: AIC rugby and football Internal trials (only First and Seconds rugby and football teams will trial against SLC)
Saturday 27 April: AIC Rugby and Football against SPC (full school trial)

AIC Rugby, Football and Chess Training/Trial Schedule
The below schedules will be applied all season.

Rugby Training

  • Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Opens at Villanova Park, 4.00 – 5.15pm, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Year 5 at Little Langlands, Tuesday afternoon 3.15pm – 4.45pm and Thursday mornings 7.00 -8.00am
  • Year 6 at Little Langlands, Tuesday mornings 7.00am – 8.00am and Thursday afternoons 3.15pm – 4.45pm

Football Training

  • Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Thirds, Fourths and Fifths at Villanova Park 4.00 – 5.15pm, Monday and Wednesday afternoons
  • Firsts and Seconds at Villanova Park 4.00 – 5.30pm Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Year 5 and Year 6 at Whinstanes/Little Langlands, morning session 7.00 – 8.00am/afternoon session 3.15pm – 4.45pm (specific days to be confirmed)

AIC Chess Training
Chess is open to all boys from Year 5 – Year 12. All interested chess players are asked to attend the sessions below. These sessions will act as selection trials for the coaches and managers involved. All sessions will be held in T10.

All students from Year 5 – Year 12 are welcome to play on Monday during first break

  • Year 5 – Year 6 students first break on Thursday and Friday
  • Year 7 – Year 9 students first and second break on Tuesday
  • Year 10 – 12 first and second break on Wednesday

Rugby and Football – Coaches/Referees
As the winter football season is fast approaching, the Sports Department is asking all parents and Old Boys who indicated last year they wished to assist in these two sports in 2019 to confirm that they still wish to do so. If you have an interest in refereeing or coaching, please contact:

Year 5 – 12 football – Anthony Kemp email:
Year 5 – 12 rugby – Blake McLauchlan email:

AIC Rugby, Football, Cross Country and Chess Sign-On
Please be advised that all boys from Year 5 – Year 12 have been given the opportunity to sign-on for the up-coming Villanova College rugby, football, cross country and chess season. 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 are to sign off on the ‘Sign on Form’ indicating they are aware of the College’s policies and expectations with regards to school sport. In particular, that school sport is given priority over club sport as written in the College diary. The sign on forms were distributed last week during Pastoral as well as being up-loaded on the web page.

The Cross Country program is split into two squads – The Year 5 and Year 6 squad and the Year 7-Opens squad. Both squads will be trained separately by different coaches and managers. The AIC Cross Country Championships will take place on Monday 13 May, Term 2 – Week 4.

We are aware that many boys will have lots of different activities going on. We encourage our best runners to represent Villanova on the day of the championships. It may be the case that a student may not be able to attend all training sessions due to other commitments. If this is the case, we simply need students to communicate this to the coaches and managers involved. We are open to negotiating alternative training schedules with those who have other commitments.

AFL players are required to attend at least one training session as specified before playing AFL.

Year 5 and Year 6 Training will commence for all interested Year 5 and Year 6 students on Monday 11 March. Training will continue every Monday and Wednesday afternoon after school at Little Langlands from 3.15 – 4.45pm. Parents are to collect their sons promptly from Little Langlands.

Year 7 – Opens Training will commence for all boys interested from next Monday 4 March and will continue every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning up until the AIC Championships.  Boys are to meet in front of Goold Hall at 6.45am.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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On Tuesday 26 February, we celebrated the commencement of the musical careers of our new cohort of Year 5 musicians.  The annual Jump Start Day brought together the entire Year 5 cohort and our instrumental music team for an entire day of making music.  The focus of the day is to ‘jump start’ the musical learning of our new musicians, fast-tracking vital ensemble skills that ready our teams for the musical year ahead.

Students commenced the day with massed singing, led by our choral team of Ms Gill, Mr Stewart, and Vocal Captain Tim Nielson.  Our accompanist extraordinaire, Mrs Stuart, guided our choristers through a rousing rendition of Villa Brothers; a new theme for Junior School composed by our previous choral director Mr Timothy Sherlock.  We then moved into ensemble rehearsal.


Within our ensemble rehearsals, students learned how to sit, focus, and follow the conductor.  From knowing how to hold our instrument to how to play and stop together, it was quite an incredible experience being enlightened to the role of the conductor and the power of the baton.  The students focussed very well and worked diligently over four and a half hours of rehearsal (with breaks of course) in preparation for the evening’s concert.

The Jump Start Day Concert in the Hanrahan Theatre was at capacity with the ‘Standing Room Only’ sign placed at the front of the College.  Parents excitedly entered the Augustine Centre, full of anticipation as to the music they were about to hear.  The students shared their efforts most enthusiastically, producing some awe-inspiring sounds – each and every performance concluded with a standing ovation from those gathered in the audience.

On behalf of the Music Department at Villanova, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Junior School staff for allowing us the time to work with the students.  I would also like to thank the rest of the College for their flexibility and patience around the utilisation of resources and rooms – it is most appreciated.  We would like to thank the parents and friends who attended the concert – your support was most appreciated, and I am sure your sons are looking forward to sharing future performances with you.  Finally, I would like to thank the students who came and worked with us in good faith across the day; it truly is amazing what can be achieved when you approach a new and exciting activity with a growth mind-set.

To assist us with our duty of care before school, all ensemble directors will be marking attendance at the start and conclusion of each rehearsal.  Parents of students who are marked as absent without an explanation will receive an auto-email from the Music Department seeking clarification.  Whilst we acknowledge that the Student Services and Music Office may be notified of your child’s absence, an Ensemble Director is not privy to that information before school unless they are contacted directly.  In the interests of ensuring we are all aware of student whereabouts, we will send the auto-email in the morning to ensure our supervision responsibilities are acquitted.  I understand this may cause a little frustration; however, I would like to ensure you all that we take our responsibility for the care of your child very seriously.

Please include your son’s Ensemble Director in any absentee contact so that we may ensure all records are accurate and up-to-date.

As per communication home to those who have responded to the Irish Ensemble Auditions, these are taking place after school TOMORROW in the Play House.  I am looking forward to hearing our budding Celtic musicians!

Our Sydney Tour team are now meeting to rehearse every Tuesday fortnight after school.  Our next session will be held on Tuesday 5 March commencing at 3.15pm on stage in the Hanrahan Theatre.  This rehearsal will conclude at 4.45pm.  If your son is participating in this tour, he will be required to attend these sessions.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr Jones through the Music Office on 3394 5691.

A tour update letter has been emailed home.  Please check to ensure you have received this.  If you have not, please contact the Music Office urgently for a copy.

As per our music calendar, our Debut Concert Series is arriving with great gusto!  Both evenings will be commencing a little later than usual at 6.30pm, to allow families a little more time to arrive relaxed and prepared.  To assist in family logistics, our fantastic Music Support Group will be running a BBQ as well as snacks and liquid refreshments at both concerts.  A list of goodies (including price) will be advertised in next week’s Villa View.

Whilst the running order is yet to be confirmed, we have determined the allocation of ensembles to concerts.  Please refer to the table below for this information:

Tuesday 12 March Thursday 14 March
  • Concert Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Consort String Orchestra
  • Sinfonia String Orchestra
  • Guitar Ensemble 1
  • Guitar Ensemble 2
  • Percussion Ensemble 1
  • Brass Ensemble
  • College Choir
  • Supernovans
  • JS Wind Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • JS String Orchestra
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Big Band
  • Percussion Ensemble 2

I look forward to sharing the work our students have completed over the first four weeks of rehearsal – it is going to be great!

Our dedicated Music Support Group Executive have already met for the year to shape the agenda of this fantastic organisation.  The Villanova College Music Support Group have supported music, music activities, and musicians at Villa for many years.  It is a wonderful group to join in order to meet like-minded parents and broaden your community network within the College.

The Music Support Group meet for the first time on Monday 4 March in the Music Classroom on level 1 of the Augustine Centre.  Meetings commence at 7.30pm and are a pleasure to attend.  We look forward to new members and welcome anyone with an interest in Villanova College and Villanova Music.

Hope to see you there!

In 2018, Villanova College Music Support Group were again the top selling fundraiser in Queensland for Entertainment Book!  This would not have been possible without our community’s ongoing support for this wonderful group and initiative.  March is upon us and, like the looming Australian Rules season, Entertainment Book season is here!

All students in the music program are encouraged to participate in the Entertainment Book drive in order to raise ‘tour credits’ toward tours planned by the Music Department.  It is a great way for families to reduce the cost of these ‘large items’ over time as tour credits remain with the student until they are used or the student graduates.

The 2019 Entertainment Book pre-sale drive commences next week; however, you may begin purchasing books or online subscriptions via the link below.  Thank you to those who have purchased Entertainment Books through the music office previously – we look forward to your continued support!

As is tradition, we look forward to the fantastic events we have planned in the near future:

Week Date Activity
6 Monday 4 March Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
7 Tuesday 12 March Debut Concert 1
7 Thursday 14 March Debut Concert 2
9 Tuesday 26 March Open Day – tours from 8.30am and 10.30am
10 Monday 1 April Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7.30pm

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

The Tuckshop will be offering a special Ash Wednesday Menu on Wednesday 6 March – click here for menu options.
To view our current tuckshop menu: Tuckshop Menu Price List – 2019

Monday 4 March
Lauren Audet
Gina Avolio
Anna Stines
Marnie Dalrymple
Melissa Young
Loretta Jordan-Vieira
Monica Curtis
Charmaine Lum

Tuesday 5 March
Marina Ryan
Allison Holt
Sherry James
Mary-Anne Peralta
Ellen Greer
Therese Staley
Rajni Chopra
Ann O’Brien

Wednesday 6 March (Ash Wednesday)
Lily Fontana
Karen Blue
Katrina Theil
Connie Collins
Deb Griffiths
Anastasia Bailey
Cleo Manolis
Kylie Harris
Lee-Darnall Toia

Thursday 7 March
Michelle Boxall
Bernadette Perrier
Louise Wilson
Lisa Kelly
Anita Lazzarin
Belinda McPherson
Flora Di Stasi
Rachel Jones
Michelle Thomson
Annetta Cayas
Mandy Tong

Friday 8 March
Veronica Kennedy
Tracy Pereira-Trevethan
Nikki Reid
Caroline Caffery
Gregoria Makras
Sally Grigson
Nakeeta Sturgess
Natasha Dredge
Allan Greig
Michelle MacKenzie

Monday 4 March
Lusia Snell

Tuesday 5 March
Cristina Palacios

Thursday 7 March
Anastasia Bailey
Melanie Pickering

Over the coming weeks, Villanova College will supply information to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training that is required as part of the Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection. To comply with this collection, we must advise our parents and provide them with links to FAQs 2019 Information Collection and 2019 Collection Notice.

If you have any further questions regarding this collection, please contact the Villanova College Compliance Officer, Mrs Kath Hackett via email at

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Villanova International Carnival

Keep those donations coming in! By now, families should be aware which stalls (allocated by year level) they have been asked to support. If not, Issue 3 of the Carnival newsletter will let you know the allocation of stalls and the donations requested.

We are still seeking volunteers to assist with the set-up and pack-down of the Carnival – three shifts (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) to choose from. We are also keen to hear from a parent who is willing to become our Publican’s Purse Convenor. Details in the newsletter.


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Archive Anecdotes

VILLANOVA HOUSE SYSTEM: John A. Heavey – first Bishop of Cairns
This is the fourth and last story about the Villanova House System.


John Heavey was born in County Wicklow, Ireland in 1868.  After his ordination in Rome (1891) he returned to Ireland to teach at a small Augustinian boarding school.  When Bishop Murray died in 1914, John Heavey was appointed as his replacement as the Bishop of the Vicariate of Cairns.

Due to an influx of Italian migrants, the Catholic population in the Cooktown area increased by 43% during the time of Heavey’s administration.  Heavey had the challenge of providing for the pastoral needs of immigrant Catholics and turned to three Italian speaking Spaniard Augustinians to support this work.  Over the next eight years, English and Italian speaking Maltese Augustinians provided a special ministry for the migrant population.

Father Heavey was criticised for not reconciling the apparent differences between Irish-Catholic worship and the Italian Roman Catholic tradition.  It was claimed that he was unable to achieve an integrated Catholic community.  However, the number of Catholic schools increased as did the number of church districts during his administration.

Father John Heavey passed away on June 12, 1948 at the age of 79 years.  He was known to be a scholarly and retiring person, with a dedication to routines.  Villanova College celebrates his contribution to education and Augustinian ways, naming the fourth House: Heavey.


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Community News


Members of the Villanova Community are invited to attend one of the many Clean Up Australia Day sites around Brisbane on Sunday 3 March 2019.   This event is regarded as Australia’s largest annual environmental event. To find and join a Clean Up site, click here.

Attendance is particularly welcomed at the closest site to Villanova College, Moorhen Flats, next to Norman Creek. Please note that a teacher will be in attendance at this site.

Time:  8am (suggested duration 1 – 1 ½ hrs), Sunday 3 March 2019.
Location:  Moorhen Flats picnic area, 106 Deshon Street, Woolloongabba
Bring:  hat, sun cream, water, gloves, enclosed shoes and insect repellent

Junior and Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult. 

If you wish to attend, please advise Mr Col Grant via email and you will receive a permission form to be signed and returned prior to the event.

A number of schools have recently extended an invitation for Villanova boys to join them at upcoming school dances.

All Hallows’ School – Friday 1 March (7.00pm – 9.00pm). $10 entry – ID required. This dance is for Years 7 and 8 students only.
Loreto College
– Friday 1 March (7.00pm – 10.00pm). $15 entry – ID required. This dance is for Years 9 – 12 students.
San Sisto College – Friday 8 March (7.00pm – 10.00pm). $10.00 entry – ID required.

The Parish of St Peter and Paul’s invites youth (high school age and above) to a young-led Mass on Sunday 10 March at 5.30pm. Stay after Mass to enjoy a pizza and drink supper (donation towards supper appreciated). RSVP to the Parish Office –


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