Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Watching the Winter Olympics, it is fascinating to see the gracefulness and skills of the athletes on surfaces that are difficult to even walk safely upon. The performances of the athletes are due to many hours of dedicated practice and sacrifices over many years.  Training to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics starts several years before the finals as athletes train for many hours every day to perfect their routine.

Interestingly, if you asked the athletes I suspect they will say they do not particularly enjoy the training. However, I am sure the athletes will say they enjoy the feeling of achievement and success that comes with achieving at the highest level.

So too it is with academic studies. I am sure our students do not particularly enjoy the repetitiveness of homework, assignments and assessment. However, what we hope to instil in our students is an intrinsic motivation and desire to do their very best and to strive for excellence. To not accept mediocre work or to make excuses for not achieving well. Our culture is based on high expectations for each student with high support when required to assist our students to reach for the stars.

We will continue to challenge, support and encourage each student to achieve to the highest standards.

Footloose Musical

This year Villanova College in partnership with Loreto College is staging the musical Footloose and expectations are running high in anticipation of a wonderful musical production.  Tickets went on sale late last week and sold out very quickly!  Should any further tickets become available families will be notified via the Skoolbag App.

Students and staff have been working tirelessly on this production and all associated with the musical are looking forward to the opportunity to perform for family, friends and classmates.  We wish them all the best of luck.

Scholars Assembly

Recently, the College invited students from the senior class of 2017 who achieved an OP ranking from OP1 to OP3 to attend the Scholars Assembly.  At this assembly, the College community congratulated the students on their academic achievements and presented each graduate with a special plaque.

It was interesting to note the many activities the students who achieved at the highest level were involved in during their senior year. Each of these students participated in the co-curricular program and Ministry work in addition to their studies. One of the key factors to their success was their strong connection to the College.

We continue to wish all our recent graduates every success in their new endeavours in 2018.

Prayers Please

We keep in our prayers and thoughts Mr Graeme George and his family following the recent death of his father, Jim George.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

Building relationships is a key factor in leading learning.  If we feel a connection, even if it’s someone knowing our name, then we are on the way to making meaning out of our interactions.  I am currently on a winning streak of 2 full classes from 2, in my 2018 Pepsi Max Challenge.  I have had 17 days to learn 153 names in Year 5 and 7 names in Year 6. Of course, I cannot also let the remaining 159 boys’ names in Year 6 go either!  5 Gold and 5 Green have done their very best to switch classroom seats, wear someone else’s glasses, hold another’s diary – but all in vain to see if I mix their name up.  It’s inevitable I am going to start handing over Pepsi Max cans as the week progresses, but it’s a whole lot of fun in the meantime.  Just for the record – it’s first and last names that I must pronounce correctly (class teachers are the impartial judges should there be any questions!).

I have been spending time in all Junior School classrooms to establish the presence of Restorative Practices as an integral part of our Pastoral Care Program.  I encourage you to explore more details using our College Website at your earliest convenience.  The approach to making amends when relationships experience conflict or harm is second to none.  It restores faith and humanity.  It gives every individual a voice and the chance to be heard.  It explores our thinking and motives for our words or actions.  It gives us a chance to reflect on our interiority.  That’s a huge opportunity for young men.  A chance to really put the mirror on our feelings, attitudes and honest intentions in our interactions with others.  The only other chances for this kind of “safety” for boys exists mostly in the surf, around the campfire or on long road trips.

The social discipline window of RP ( is worth your time to consider in terms of bringing up boys in 2018.  It highlights how control (boundaries and discipline) can combine with support (encouragement and nurturing).  It gives us a chance to reinforce that every time we deal with a young person we have the chance to make a significant impact – either “to” or “with” them – and ideally, we are teaching them how to work with others in society.  In the Junior School RP Sessions I have explored the feelings associated on the Compass of Shame and you can refer to this on page 15 at – and your son might have some brilliant Shrek, Despicable Me and Nemo examples he can share as student-friendly examples from our sessions.  We are aiming to raise awareness of emotions, what they are called and how they impact our sense of clarity and actions in both positive and negative situations.  We need to be explicit in how to manage our inner voices, our deepest sense of selves, in a community.  We need Restorative Practices to be an everyday kind of experience and our staff will lead your sons in language, conversations and actions that promote safety, a sense of belonging and self-worth.

Belonging and self-worth come from participating with others.  Already our College Camps have fast tracked memories, trust and positive experiences – possibly some ongoing laughs for the rest of the year.  Our Lob-a-Choc collections each week are seeing classes unite in the pursuit of the most kilograms of chocolate ever gathered within four walls – the ultimate Pizza Party is on the horizon for the winning class.  Our Lenten Pledges see us challenging ourselves in showing generosity and patience with ourselves and others.  For the record, it’s been a week without potato chips for this Head of Junior School (and yes, my family still ate them on the weekend, so I just had to leave the room!).  House Points are being collected by boys who polish shoes, pick up rubbish that doesn’t belong to them and complete Homework tasks on time.  These are collected each week and at our last count it was Murray leading Heavey, Crane and Goold – the shiny House Shield awaiting the first-place getters is in my office (Crane lads I am seriously assuming your current 3rd placing is all part of your winning strategy?).  Our College International Carnival is Saturday 17th March, 5pm to 10pm, and that’s the ultimate community event.  If not just to sample the grilled octopus at the Greek Stall, then perhaps to get that home-made fudge or listen to the acoustic bands amongst the lights, rides, games and night sky.

Gentlemen, I am so proud of the progress I can see already in your classrooms.  There is such pride in being a Villanovan.  The staff and I are already some of your biggest supporters.  You are valued, respected and ready to achieve your potential as best you can.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

How much do you know about yourself and how you present and relate to others? How would you describe your personality?

Over the coming weeks, our Year 9 students will be engaging with a Personality Types unit in PD. The boys will be completing an ‘enneagram activity’ as they learn more about their own personality and more importantly, what it means for them and the people in their lives.

Activities such as these help us teach and promote ‘Social Awareness’, one of the five broad Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. Social Awareness is the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, and to understand ethical and social norms.

Over the past number of years, Villanova College has undertaken a number of strategic steps to further and deepen its understanding of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and its implications for both educators and parents.

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, meeting 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

At Villanova College, an SEL Working Committee developed Villanova’s own SEL framework that adopted CASEL’s five competencies but have devised 37 skills or ‘sub-competencies’. Over 2018 and beyond, the College community will be called upon to engage with this framework and wrestle with its implications, both at school and at home.

For those eager to read more, would be a great place to start.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

References: 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.

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Head of Senior School

Maximising Academic Success
As we enter the middle of this first term, all senior school students should be fully aware of our high expectations- outlined by their classroom teachers, Pastoral Area Leader and myself- regarding their commitment to leading their own learning and maximising their engagement and focus in the classroom and in their home study environment.

Leading learning from a student perspective can be demonstrated in several ways. Students who are struggling with their understanding of content and processes in their subjects can demonstrate personal responsibility for their learning by proactivity seeking out the support of their teacher to ensure they do not fall behind in their work. Furthermore, the additional tutoring offered by various Curriculum Area Leaders and staff, which was published by Mr Christie in last week’s edition of The Villa View, provide students with further opportunities to cement their knowledge and understanding of both content and approaches to assessment tasks. I strongly encourage senior school students to embrace these opportunities and congratulate those scholars who already incorporate these sessions in their weekly study plan.

It is also incredibly important that students are keying in on the intentional messages around time and organisational management and effective study habits which have been reinforced in Form Meetings and by their Academic Mentors in ISP. The Pastoral Area Leaders have been focusing on the use of Outlook Calendars as one such tool to purposefully organise study time. Further strategies will continue to be illuminated in the weeks ahead. Study skills and sustaining an intrinsic motivation to succeed academically is a central theme across the term one formation programs in the Senior School, such is the value we place on building a strong foundation in the first term.

Restorative Practices (RP@V)

Students who walk into any Senior School classroom would have noticed the addition of two new posters which draw attention to an important aspect of our Restorative Practices process at Villanova College. I would like to unpack the rationale underpinning one of these posters.


As highlighted in my article last week, our restorative practices philosophy, coupled with our Augustinian gateway values of interiority, restless search for truth and community, are illuminated through our human connectedness fortified by the strength of our relationships.

When relationships are threatened by conflict and harm, our aim is to ensure students and teachers are given opportunities to work towards the restoration of relationships for the common good and as a means of personal growth and development.

One of our restorative processes is a restorative discussion which occurs in the aftermath of wrongdoing (examples of which could be student- student bullying, a student disrespecting a member of staff, student misconduct on public transport) whereby the offender is challenged to consider the impact of their behaviour. The poster outlines the questions which are asked to prompt reflection and to foster empathy -two important mindfulness traits associated with our social and emotional learning framework- within our students as they commit to repairing relational harm. The presence of these posters in senior school classrooms is the first step in our strategic commitment to refocus attention towards our RP processes. I would like to thank Mr Graeme George for his ongoing support of RP within the College and for designing the posters.

 “Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.”- Anthony J D’Angelo

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry Sign-Ons
The Ministry sign-on week held this week was preceded by a Ministry Assembly last Friday. During this assembly, a number of students stood up to explain the work of each Ministry. What really stood out was the passion in the presentations, seen especially in the description of special projects for 2018.

In this regard, YCS leaders Jack Dommett and Reece Jansen (both Year 11) set out their determination to create permission for boys to say when they are “not okay.” They spoke courageously of when stress visits and the alpha male response, when banter goes too far – is simply not helpful. They offered some alternative steps in conversation, like being brave to say “I appreciate you” to a friend, and remembering that “it’s OK [normal] not to be OK.”

The AFAS students were likewise passionate in describing the Exchange to the Philippines last year. Brendan Wallis interviewed fellow Year 12 students Tim Hazelwood and Henry Goodwin, firstly asking how these young men had changed because of their experience. Both spoke powerfully of feeling very lucky and of having their eyes opened by the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino families. Why do we work so hard to raise money on Mission Day? was the second question raised. We heard about the massive difference the gift of education brings to the 16 scholars and their families, whom we fund through high school. However, there is another side to the College community’s generosity. By raising more than what is needed for the scholarships, the students have the unbelievable power to make a difference on the ground.

The story of Muscles stands out. The students were building a toilet block for the local community and noticed every day the enthusiastic and savvy presence of nine year old “Muscles.” On deeper reflection, the Villanova boys worked out that Muscles was not going to school. This was because his family had no money and needed him to work. Therefore, the AFAS students left money for Muscles to now attend school. Every cent raised at Mission Day has a massive leverage in the Filipino communities we visit.


A welcoming display of all Villanova ministries has been created in the Tolle Lege Library, including banners of the great friendships formed in the Philippines last year. I encourage all students to come and see. What’s the worst that can happen?

Project Compassion: A Good News Story

Just as with AFAS, the money that a student gives through Project Compassion exerts a tremendous difference in the lives of people quite like us, except for birth into a different country. One Middle School student was struck that a certain contribution could buy a sewing machine for a girl in Nepal, thus giving her an escape from the stigma of being a widow, at age 12! He then quietly set out to make this amount of money, using his gifts and talents. On Monday he brought a Project Compassion box to school crammed with coins. He had raised the money to reach the target. Caritas Australia were of course delighted to hear this good news story. I asked the student what had motivated him. He replied, “Well, I am very lucky and have so many good things like my phone. I felt I wanted to do some good. When I saw the poster [Project Compassion tells you what certain amounts given will buy], I knew I could reach the target for the sewing machine.”

 Ministry Away Days

This week we had two groups of students representing Villanova Ministry at nearby events. On Tuesday after school, a delegation went to the Iona Ministry Expo to listen to and learn what other schools are involved in, as well as listening to speakers from local outreach organisations. What this occasion does is allow like-minded students to meet and combine energy in creating a better Brisbane. This kind of conversation is often the foundation for good friendships and an enthusiasm for wider service. Led by Mrs Underhill, seven Year 12 students proved wonderful ambassadors for the College’s spirit of service. St Thomas of Villanova would approve.

A similar opportunity exists tomorrow (Friday) when four students have been invited to a special “Year of Youth Forum” at Lourdes Hill College. The aim of the evening is for diocesan leaders to listen to how young people think they can create a better community and a better church. I am sure once again St Augustine would approve, as for him, the church is the community of people setting out on an exciting path together, striving to be “one in heart and mind on the way to God.”

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Senior String Musicians ‘Leading Learning’
In alignment with our College theme of ‘Leading Learning’, a number of our Senior Leaders donated an hour of their time to assist their younger colleagues in Strings Consort rehearsal.  Our leaders have been challenged at the start of the year to work on developing ties with our younger musicians; I am very pleased to see these gentlemen rising to the challenge so early in the year.

On behalf of Ms Bastos and String Consort – well done and thank you!

Year 5 Instrumental Music – Testing Process Complete
I am pleased to say that we have completed our testing process for all Year 5 students.  This activity has allowed us to see students hold and produce sounds on instruments available in order to provide a guide as to instrument suitability.  Students have received instrument preference forms at last week’s lesson; a copy has also been emailed home to every Year 5 family.  These documents need to be returned to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.  I believe there is a prize for the class who has returned all forms first.

We will be working on allocations over the coming week and we plan to announce these to students at their music lesson next Tuesday.  I am looking forward to seeing all of our new students involved in the program – it is going to be a very exciting time!

Rehearsals During Week 7
Due to our production week in Week 7 (week commencing Monday 5th March), all rehearsals will be cancelled.  Hanrahan Theatre has been placed off-line due to the placement of sets, props, and the technical equipment in preparation for ‘Footloose.’  The show is a ‘sell-out’ so hopefully you managed to get some tickets – it is going to be great!

 Rehearsals will continue as per usual from Week 8 to the end of term.

Morning Rehearsals – arrival times
Our rehearsal schedule states that all rehearsals in the morning commence at 7am and conclude at 8:15am.  I require that every ensemble has at least an hour rehearsal.  As I communicate to my morning ensemble members, we play for an hour from when we commence rehearsal; this expectation has been communicated to all staff members in the department.

Should we arrive to set-up and play in a focussed manner, and we commence at 7am, we will conclude at 8am.  Likewise, if we take time to set-up and commence at 7:15am, we will conclude at 8:15am.  I understand we like to have a little down-time between rehearsal and class; I also understand we have a requirement in terms of teaching and learning objectives and curriculum standards to acquit.  We can only do this through ensuring the appropriate quantum of teaching time.

If you or your son has any concerns regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the Music Office for clarification.

Entertainment Books
Every year, our Music Support Group undertake the Entertainment Book drive as a major fundraising event for students involved in the music program at Villanova College.  In 2018, it gives me great pleasure to say that the Villanova College Music Support Group produced the highest sales in the state.  This is down to the fantastic support we receive from our community, and the tireless work of Mrs Schrauf in the Music Office.  On behalf of all in Music at Villanova, thank you!  We raised in excess of $4,800 across last year’s drive.

Our Entertainment Book drive will be convened again this year.  Presale envelopes will be delivered to all students in ensembles from Year 6-12 at the beginning of March.  Books will be handed to all Year 5 students at the College at the start of the Book Drive – around the 19th of March.  Details will be forwarded home once these have been confirmed with Entertainment Books.

Date Claimers
As per tradition, we cast our eyes over the coming term.  Please note the following in your diaries:

Term 1
Week Date Activity
7 Mon 5 Mar Music Support Group Meeting – 7:30pm
7 7-10 Mar Musical (evening performances) in Hanrahan Theatre
8 Wed 14 Mar Proposed Yr 5 Excursion to QSO (10am Concert)
10 Tues 27 Mar Jump Start Day (Year 5 all day – Hanrahan Theatre)
Term 2
2 Thur 26 Apr Debut Concert 1 (MS ensembles)
3 Mon 30 Apr Music Support Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Time flies as this weekend marks the half 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 – 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, 23 February.

Once again, we are requiring parents and old boys to assist the College by coaching and refereeing teams/games for both rugby and football in 2018. Your son/s need your help. If you are able to assist please 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 promptly 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 Years 7 – 12 have enough space to train adequately and are at the same location at the same time to enable 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. All Year 5, Year 10 and Year 12 students as well as some selected Year 11 students will support our swim team on the day of the Championship. We ask the parents to support the College by ensuring their son/s attend school on this day 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 strong weekend of results against St Edmund’s winning all games in cricket. However, St Edmund’s did have the better of us overall in the volleyball. It was great to see both First teams win their games in sensational fashion. Well done to the AFL players who played Padua over the weekend in a tough round of footy. At the bottom of the AFL report please note a link to the Qld AFL Facebook page. There are many excellent photographs posted here each week.

Please find below another link which shows our mighty 6B AFL Team celebrating their win on the weekend by chanting the school war cry, the passion the boys display in this clip is excellent –

I know our boys are looking forward to putting on the green and gold this weekend as we take on Padua in cricket and volleyball and Ashgrove in the AFL. The opposition will be tough, and every boy will have to stand up and be counted this weekend to ensure success. I’m backing the boys in green and gold all the way, good luck to all and please enjoy!

Round 4 Fixtures – Saturday 24 February, AIC Cricket and Volleyball v Padua, AIC AFL v Ashgrove

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

AIC Cricket

Villanova produced another pleasing round of results over the weekend winning all games against St Eddies. 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 Padua have several competitive teams across the board who will challenge us. I wish all teams the very best!

Due to wet conditions the First XI game was in doubt over the weekend because of the many afternoon/evening thunderstorms Ipswich had over the past week, including a 70mm down pour last Thursday night. After a delayed start, the First XI game got underway at 12.15 and both sides agreed on a 30 over match format. Villanova were sent into bat and scored 121 runs. The games were extremely tight, however in the end Villanova managed to get Eddies out for 108 runs. Harry Short was Man of the Match, scoring 27 runs and bowling 3/12 off four overs.

1st XI Cricket Team celebrating a St Edmund’s win (above)

Due to an injury to one of our First XI players during the week the team called up Ethan Raymond from the seconds to play over the weekend. As expected Ethan was welcomed into the squad by the team and managed to score a few runs and take a wicket on the day. Ethan Raymond is now player number 457. Well done and congratulations Ethan!

Ethan Raymond being presented with his First XI cap by First XI Coach Nathan Dufty – player number 457 (above)

Cricket Team Photos – Round 4, Saturday 24 February 2018

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.

Team                                                   Photo Time                                              Game Time

  • 10 C                                            7:15am                                                       8:00am
  • 10 A                                            7:25am                                                       8:15am
  • 10 B                                            7:35am                                                       8:15am
  • First XI                                       8:15am                                                       9:30am
  • Second XI                                12:10pm                                                   1:00pm
  • Third XI                                     12:20pm                                                   1:00pm


AIC Cricket Results v St Edmund’s College

Villanova College – Cricket Results – Round 3 v SEC





First XI SEC W 121 106
Second XI SEC Draw – WASH OUT
Third XI SEC W 6/193 10/73
Fourth XI Villanova Fifth XI W 9/204 10/70
Fifth XI Villanova Fourth XI L 10/70 9/204
10C ATC W 8/80 10/49
9A SEC W 3/180 10/117
9B ATC W 1/63 10/62
9C Ashgrove 9 Gold W 4/176 10/108
9 Gold Ashgrove 9 White W 8/91 4/87
8A SEC W 146 130
8B SEC W 5/217 10/41
8C SLC 8 Gold W 2/68 9/65
8 Gold Villanova 8 White L 2/85 3/102
8 White Villanova 8 Gold W 3/102 2/85
7A SEC W 2/198 9/54
7B SEC W 9/175 10/55
7C SEC W 4/143 10/36
7 Gold Villanova 7 White W 5/104 4/56
7 White Villanova 7 Gold L 4/56 5/104
7 Green ATC L 5/97 4/120
6A ATC L 7/54 8/98
6B ATC L 10/79 6/100
6C ATC L 8/79 9/84
6 Gold ATC W 2/44 4/43
6 White Villanova 6 Green L 8/41 2/92
6 Green Villanova 6 White W 2/92 8/41
5 A ATC L 6/109 7/148
5 B ATC W 9/81 6/60
5C ATC D 9/75 5/75
5 Gold ATC Draw – WASH OUT
5 White Padua 5 Blue W 6/93 7/76
5 Green BYE


Cricket Grips
Villanova Cricket Grips and Helmet Badges are now available for purchase on

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

Last weekend’s round of games against SEC proved to be a hard-fought venture for the Wildcats. The round saw the first win of the season by the Firsts which may give them the boost to finish the season well.  This may also be a message for the 9A’s who won a hard-fought battle against SEC.  As we approach the halfway mark of the volleyball season, teams will need to train well to ensure errors are kept to a minimum. Each week teams are edging closer and closer to a victory especially in the lower year levels.   Coaches are now given the task of preparing their team to rise above the losses and progress to success. The encouragement and support given by parents each week is valued by all teams and we thank you.

Year 7, 8 and 9 will travel to Padua this weekend and teams will need to arrive focused and ready to play as Padua continue to strengthen their might in the game of volleyball.

‘Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.’

Date Claimer – Year 10, 11 and 12 photos will be taken next weekend – 3 March.

Volleyball Canteen Roster

Goold Hall – Round 4 v PADUA – 24 February

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

Time Parents to assist
7.30am 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


AIC Volleyball Results v St Edmund’s College 

Volleyball Results – Round 3 v SEC
Team Opposition Results Villanova Opposition
First VI SEC W 3 2
Second VI SEC W 2 1
Third VI SEC W 2 1
11A SEC L 0 2
11B SEC W 2 0
10A SEC L 0 2
10B SEC L 1 2
10C SEC W 2 1
9A SEC W 2 1
9B SEC L 0 3
9C SEC W 3 0
8A SEC L 1 2
8B SEC L 1 2
8C SEC L 0 3
8 Gold ATC W 2 1
7A SEC L 1 2
7B SEC L 1 2
7C SEC L 0 3
7 Gold SEC L 0 3


AIC Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swim Coordinator

Last Friday evening, the Villanova Swim Squad joined the Langlands Brisbane Jets for their Friday Club Night.  Thank you to the swimmers and parents who waited out the storm and participated on the night.  We continue to train each week and work to improve the times for each swimmer.

Tomorrow afternoon, the squad will be participating in an internal trial at Langlands Pool.  The squad will walk down together to the pool once they have been dismissed at 3pm.  This is an important meet for all swimmers as it is the final opportunity to post times for the AIC Championships and team selection.  The final Villanova time trial will be held on 2 March and will enable coaches to fine tune team selections.  Thank you to all the swimmers and parents who have made the effort during the pre-season, it t is much appreciated.

Date:  Friday, February 23 – Internal Trial

Venue: Langlands Pool

Time:  Warm-up – 3.15pm; Start 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Parents are to collect their son from Langlands Pool at approximately 4.30pm

Please keep in mind we 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. As competition is tight in many of the year levels, 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.

Friday Breakfast

Several boys have not yet returned forms or money for their Friday morning breakfast, please ensure your son returns these to the Sports Office this week.


AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator

It was a mixed weekend for Villanova AFL last weekend. The 6B’s had an outstanding win against some quality opposition to keep their streak alive. Unfortunately, the Year 5 players did not have the results go their way last weekend, however we are all extremely proud of the efforts of all players and are looking forward to getting back this weekend against Marist College Ashgrove.

This weekend games will once again be at the same time as the previous weekend with our B teams commencing at 8am and both A teams beginning at 9.15am. This week’s games are on Fields 1 and 2 so hopefully the showcase field brings out the best in our boys. Thank you to all parents for the continual support shown each weekend, it is truly appreciated. Just a reminder that if your son cannot attend training or games, they must let coaches know. We look forward to seeing you all out at Yeronga this weekend.

Results Round 3

5A Padua 8.5.53 defeated Villanova 4.3.27

5B Padua 14.12.96 defeated Villanova 2.1.13

6A Padua 11.4. 70 defeated Villanova 7.5.47

6B Villanova 7.7.49 defeated Padua 3.5.23

Week 4 Fixtures

Year 5 Year 6
B Team v

Marist College

8:00 am

Field 1

B Team v

Marist College

8:00 am

Field 2

A Team v

Marist College

9:15 am

Field 1

A Team v

Marist College

9:15 am

Field 2


Please use the link below to view AFL photos on the AFL Queensland Facebook page:


AIC Rugby and Football Training/Trials

 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 19th March.

Note:  All Year 5 and 6 students will do some skill and drill sessions within their Friday sport times commencing on Friday, 9 March. All players will need boots, mouthguards and any suitable jersey (this does not have to be a Villanova Jersey). The staff will notify the boys when they will be doing contact drills and need extra protective gear.

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

Please see the divisions below and note that in each division the players will be graded from A, B, C etc. Opens will be graded from First, 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 (Year 11 and Year 12 students will be grouped in opens this year)


AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers

 19 – 22 March (rugby and football training commences at Villanova Park for all Year 7 – 12 teams)

Saturday 24 March AIC rugby and football v SLC (full school trial)

Wednesday 28 March First XV trial v Iona and First XI trial v SPLC (after school)

Saturday 21 April AIC Rugby and Football v 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 and Opens at Villanova Park 4.00 – 5.15pm, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Year 5 and Year 6 at Little Langlands, morning session 7.00-8.00am/afternoon session 3.15pm-4.45pm (specific days will be confirmed)

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
  • First and Seconds at Villanova Park on 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 will be confirmed)

AIC Chess Training

Chess Club will begin on Wednesday and Friday mornings in Term 2, from 7.30am – 8.30am. Lunchtime time sessions will also be available at first break every day for game practise. The Chess Club sessions offered this term will double as the trial process to select AIC teams.


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 2018 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 12 Rugby:  Blake McLauchlan email:


AIC Rugby, Football, Cross Country and Chess Sign-Ons

Please be advised that all boys from Year 5 – 12 have been given the opportunity to sign-on for the up-coming Villanova 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 regard 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 available from the web page.


Met East Cross Country and Villanova Runners Club (VRC)

Representative Program

Boys keen to try-out for the Lytton District Cross Country team are advised of these important dates:

April 26 2018:  Lytton Trial to be held at Villanova Playing Fields, Tingalpa

June 5 2018:  Met East Trial to be held at John Paul College, Daisy Hill

July 21/23 2018:  State Championship – Sunshine Coast, Qld

The Met East Team is selected according to annual age groups i.e. 10 Years, 11 Years and 12 Years. This means that some 12 Years boys will be in Year 6 while others will be in Year 7. Those interested in trying out for this team are advised that Mr Lonergan will be commencing the Villanova Runners Club on Sunday 18 March 2018 (4 – 5pm). The Runners Club meets at the gate adjacent to the Cricket Clubhouse, at the Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road Camp Hill. This activity, which includes Tabata and trail running is open to any person, student or adult, who wants to improve their fitness.

As the AIC Cross Country Championship will be held on Wednesday 8 August 2018, Villanova Juniors will commence training on 14 May 2018. This provides a 12-week season (including holiday training) more than enough for boys in Year 5 and Year 6.


Representative Sport

Well done to the following students on their performances at the 2018 Queensland Sprint Championships held over the weekend:

  • Caden Clelland: Achieved personal best times in all his races. Caden qualified for Age Nationals with his freestyle and placed third in Queensland in the 13-year-old 50m breaststroke Final
  • Charlie Kerr: First reserve in final in 11-year-old 50m backstroke (11th overall)
  • William Vig: First reserve in final in 11-year-old 50m freestyle (11th overall)
  • Tyler Clelland: Top 10 in Qld in 11-year-old 50m breaststroke
  • Adam Zanatta also competed
  • Cohen Stewart: Top 10 in Qld in 12-year-old 50m backstroke, freestyle and breaststroke
  • Jack Hewitt: Top 10 in Qld in 13-year-old 50m freestyle
  • Harrison Vig: Top 10 in Qld in Multi-Class 50m backstroke, freestyle and butterfly
  • Andrew Vick: Top 10 in Qld in 16-year-old backstroke and breaststroke
  • Nicholas Elsey: Top 10 in Qld in 16-year-old butterfly and freestyle and a third placing in 16-year-old 50m breaststroke.


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Performing Arts

‘Footloose’ – Villanova College & Loreto College Musical

Thank you so much for your overwhelming support of the musical. It is my pleasure to announce that we are officially SOLD OUT! We are so excited that the students will be performing to full houses every night and can’t wait to share our talents with you.

Students will have an opportunity to see a couple of scenes during assembly time on the 7th March.

Two more intensive weeks of rehearsals for the cast, orchestra and crew and then it’s show time.

Ms Justine Silk, Performing Arts Curriculum Area Leader

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Parent Information

eLearning Update, Library, Uniform Shop, Tuckshop

eLearning update

“Parenting with Technology in the Age of Social Media”
Monday 19 March 2018 at 6.30pm

On Monday 19 March, Villanova College will be hosting a parent education event to help support the community families with managing and regulating safe online behaviour. A common concern for parents is the lack of knowledge and understanding about the apps, social media sites and chatrooms our young people engage with as the “normalisation” of digital technology continues to evolve. This education event will provide parents with information, technical skills and advice to be more informed and involved with the social behaviours and potential threats that affect our children.

Task Force ARGOS will be presenting a session regarding the social site predators that target and groom our youth – and how to best safeguard children falling victim to the convincing behaviours and profiling these criminals utilise. Additional speakers and topics are being finalised and will be shared via the next Villa View. Please click the following link to RSVP for this FREE event – we are also seeking your feedback as to what information we should cover to make this event as relevant and informative as possible.

Link to register attendance:

or register via QR code (attached).

Software installation tutorials

BYOD Software installation tutorials have just been added to our BYOD Facebook page at: – please view this playlist of short videos to learn how to install software, uninstall trial software and ensure your son’s laptop is connected to the different services used at the College. If you need support with installation and BYOD readiness please continue to contact the BYOD email address: or access the forms and resources on the College BYOD web page at:

Mr Jason Lane, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools eLearning Pedagogy Leader


Library Roster

Monday 26 February

Jane Wipps

Tuesday 27 February

Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 28 February

Donna Leahy

Thursday 1 March

Sue Mulligan

Maryanne Bingham



Tuckshop Roster






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Community Update

Villanova Carnival

San Sisto College Dance

When:  Friday 9 March 2018

Where:  Carindale PCYC – 27 Narracott Street, Carina

Time: 7 pm until 10 pm

All students from Year 7 – 12 are invited to attend
Student ID is required on entry. Dance entry is $10.
Come in your best international fancy dress outfit!
For more information, contact San Sisto College –


Seton College – Community Open Day

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