Principal's Welcome

This weeks’ Principal’s editorial is a long one! However, I question if there is a more pressing focus in schools as young men grow than the management and guidance of relationships as they grow from boys to men.

I commend to you the detail below regarding our direction and development in the space of bullying and harassment, and the management of relationships in the College.

Bullying harassment and student relationships at the College
In my early examinations of Villanova life for me as the new Principal investigating how student relationships were operating at the College and how, when they inevitably go wrong, that breakdown is managed was of highest priority. In every school the point of greatest failure is in relationships and their management as boys are at their most vulnerable, confused and challenged during their teenage years, as they leave behind their childhood and move toward maturity at vastly different rates and as once loved games, pastimes and friends rapidly become points of conflict and polarisation.

In a school of 1400 boys there is a myriad of interactions, positive and negative, everyday and as such this is the biggest challenge for our teachers and pastoral leaders. As such there must be a clear and definitive approach to relationship management and, when it reaches a threshold, bullying behaviour. Largely our teaching approach in the school, which underpins Augustinian education, is that of Relational Pedagogy. It greatly assists in creating a global school environment of positive and supportive relationships. However, as we live our daily lives anger, frustration, disappointment, and stress can see poor choices made particularly as we look to engage within and across our social and friendship groups. It is here where the nexus between relationship breakdown and bullying lies. As young men look to find their place and exert power or influence over others. It is here where we must intervene both proactively through structures and reactively through quality processes. It is in this space where our pastoral Leaders are doing further training and skill refinement.

I share with you the process for responding to relationship breakdown and bullying situations in the College. This will shortly be available to all families in pamphlet form from the College should you wish to access it.

At Villanova College we acknowledge bullying and relationships are complex and multilayered. In response our approach is informed by research and flexible in nature to respond to the needs of the situation and its participants.

The College maintains a ‘zero tolerance’ of bullying standard with College actions and response varying based on the particular set of circumstances presented. This doesn’t mean bullying won’t occur,  it is a commitment that when reported the College will respond.

Our responses are designed to result in behavioural change and call on all stakeholders to own the problem and contribute to the solution.

Our intervention strategies look to create solutions to the issue rather than simply punish. Purely punitive responses fail in the intended action to improve the situation for the victim, strengthen their outlook and discourage the negative behaviour of the bully or bullies.

There are four important elements integral to the solution of bullying:

  1. The authority figures and their response.
  2. The victim, their actions and timeframe of reporting.
  3. The perpetrator and their outlook, reasonings and methods.
  4. The bystanders and their commitment to peace, justice and collusion or rejection of the perpetrators action.

Our approaches and responses to intervention are informed by Dr Ken Rigby’s “Bullying Interventions in schools.”

The six methods of intervention identified by Dr Rigby and to be utilised in College responses are:

Strengthening the Victim
This is a very important process in bullying intervention. It is essential but cannot be the only step. Victims need to both identify the why and develop/be given strategies to deal with challenging social situations. These ‘strengthening’s’ are physical, verbal and attitudinal (mainly confidence). This though can often be an ongoing commitment of the student, parent and College community which is its most challenging element. The work of Mark Dobson and Evelyn Field are excellent guides to work with students and families. Strengthening the victim will occur in all cases but can very rarely be the only response. It must be paired with further strategies.

Mediation
Mediation is a strong and empowering process which sees the parties face each other and look to develop empathy and understanding. It is not always an appropriate first response but is always an option, particularly for older children. It does require a key skill set to ensure that it remains honest, non-punitive, focused on resolution and is future oriented. Participants own the process and must agree to involvement. While effective it is not the best way to deal with irrational adolescents who are emotional and not at a level of maturity to understand the purpose and practice clearly.

Restorative Conversations and  Practices
Restorative conversations and practices are the most common way that the College will deal with bullying issues. It aligns closely with our Augustinian charism and global student support strategy. There is a clear structure and has a series of questions where the ‘wrongdoer’ self identifies their behavioural actions and choices, outlines expected and accepted behaviours and asks students to identify future choices. It involves parties individual responses and interacting face to face with an adult guide. The victim is equally asked to express their experience of what happened, why it happened and how the actions of the other made them feel. Encouraging those bullying to have a better understanding of their behaviour and its impact on others. It challenges students to act in honesty and with commitment to improve. Additionally, teaching social skills and developing character elements such as empathy, understanding and compassion.

Create Support Groups
The support group method is a seven-step approach that looks to engage the strength and values of the ‘group’ particularly the bystanders. The bully and victim are involved but the responsibility for resolution is with everyone.

    1. Talking with the victim
    2. Convening a group meeting
    3. Explaining the problem
    4. Promoting shared responsibility
    5. Asking for ideas
    6. Leaving it up to them
    7. Final meeting

The support group or ‘no blame’ method encourages communities to solve issues of bullying together, to agree to group goals and to support the community in achieving expected and accepted behavioural standards.

Method of Shared Concern
Is a complex method and approach but matches bullying itself – a complex and challenging social issue. It is a combination of mediation and the support group approach. The mediator works first, individually with the bully/ies and then with the group. It also may require greater intervention and direction from the mediator.

It requires the identification of the people involved and the group, the inclusion of bystanders, an acknowledgement by the bully of their behaviour, an explanation of the process and a clear statement of intent by the mediator to understand, respond and stop the circumstances and behaviour that is occurring.

Disciplinary Approach
The disciplinary approach is perhaps what may be considered the traditional approach.

It appeases parental and victim need for retribution however, it can fail to address in any transformational way the actions of the child/bully. As a first step response in dealing with matters of bullying and harassment it is not ideal but there will be times of extreme events where it may be the only and best option.

Where it is the first option in lesser or early stage bullying the likely outcome is transference to other children or a maintenance of bullying toward the victims with a change in the mode or method of transition and/or the identity of those bullying. There is a time and a place for a disciplinary approach to both create space between the victim/s and perpetrator/s and also to understand the situational factors. Equally there are times when the bully needs to be removed totally from the situation. This though is a likely final step.

The common element through all of the processes is:

  1. Bullying cannot be solved unless reported
  2. The bully must be called out
  3. The unacceptable behaviours must be articulated
  4. The victim needs to have a voice, be heard, be strengthened and be part of the solution.

When do we apply each method at Villanova College?
Each incident or report must first be investigated in a free and safe environment. This may see perpetrators, and even victims, required to spend time at home on suspension or on internal suspension. This is very much dependent on the situation detailed.

Teachers and Pastoral Area Leaders will make decisions on approaches based on situations and what is likely to have the greatest effect at long term solution and learning growth. The approach and practice will be discussed with parents of victims and bullies so that they are aware of our practice, the timeframe of events and expected outcomes or goals of the process implemented.

What role does the home play?
As parents are you having conversations with your son about acceptable standards? Every young man has the ability to be negative in their relationship with others. Even the quietest and most gentle child can fall victim to the lure of taking a higher place in the social hierarchy, or joining in on the ‘game’ of putdowns. Aligned conversations at home and school about empathy, compassion, understanding for others, the courage to speak and the courage to not be a bystander will all help your son grow into a fine young man. He will make mistakes, we all do, but how we respond and grow from the mistake is the measure of our maturity, growth and future success.

Mother’s Day

On behalf of our community, I wish all mothers a very enjoyable and special day on Sunday.   I hope mothers receive the thanks they deserve for the support, guidance and love they provide.

Hold My Mother Close

Creator God, hold my mother close to your Heart
As we hold her close to mine. Let her know today and every day
How much we love her. Lord, comfort her mind and reassure her
that her motherly care was everything we needed and wanted
And that we love her dearly.

Lord, comfort her body as she ages and grant her health and
Vitality as she goes through her days here on earth. Bring all
Good things to my precious mother, dear God, and bless her
Every day, in every way. Amen

 

Mr Paul Begg, Principal

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

 

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Junior School

Tonight, is our Year 6 Mother Son Evening.  A ritual to celebrate the women in our life who give above and beyond, in every aspect of life, to ensuring our students reach their potential every day.  It is an event that is planned meticulously, with thoughtful attention given to treating our Mums to an evening that is all about them.  It is such a thrill that 2022 allows us the opportunity to be together, over 170 students and their Mothers, dining, laughing, and enjoying something very precious, the gift of time together.

In classes, the Year 6 students have worked on writing letters to their mothers.  First, the boys must brainstorm memories and experiences they have shared over the years.  I was a part of the 6 Gold and 6 Green lessons last week, and what a privilege it was to listen to the stories the boys recalled.

What matters to these boys – how do they know they are loved?  One word became the common theme – cuddles.  This was not just a word the boys chose quickly to write about.  Our boys love the way their Mums cuddle them – they can re-enact your arms or the tilt of your head. The safety and love those cuddles provide – even when it happens in front of mates – is second to no other thing that Mums can do best.

As I drafted the letters with boys, I realised the pride that came with sharing their Mums with me.  The eyes widen, the smile lengthens and the breath gasps as they “must tell you” their memories of holidays, board games, cooking (spaghetti, roasts and brownies the top three) and watching movies together.  There are details stuck firmly in their minds of being slathered in sunscreen when the weather was hot at the beach, screams of panic in a downpour after hair was blow dried and the ability to produce snacks at any given minute.  A definite consensus was reached – the time that Mums give up driving the boys to sport.  Our students might race out of the car as soon as you arrive to a field or court, and they might very well say they did not hear you scream support from the sidelines during the game, but they love that you were there.  “They could be doing heaps of other things” agreed many students, nodding like the wise old eleven-year old’s that they are.  “Like what?” I asked, just to see what they would say.  Catching up with girlfriends – coffee, shopping, exercise – the top idea, then came reading a book (apparently incredibly challenging when every time you pick it up the boys are hungry or need you for something important) and also included was working – our jobs in the 21st Century are no longer from nine to five.

There is an opportunity in the letters to apologise, for “that time” when the boys stepped over the line – perhaps they never really told you that in hindsight, they can now see how they have hurt your feelings or behaved in a less than acceptable manner.  I know from personal experience, that my mother Rachel, is still owed many of these – it is true, I was very mischievous and highly spirited in my younger days.  She can share stories with my all too delighted wife and sons about my antics, and I have no choice but to nod my head and admit my selfish ways here and there growing up.  Of course, your son’s mouths drop open when I try to explain this – because a Head of Junior School has always been on a path of service right?  Wrong!  So, I assure them, that when they use their emotional vocabulary and words such as “frustrated” and “irrational” come up, then I understand.  It is ok.  In particular, one student shared a story about impatience when his Mum was trying on clothes in Target.  How annoying it was to hang around the change rooms, watch the same shirt and dress on and then off, and then in different sizes, watching other people come and go.  So, he lost his cool, let his non-verbals and tongue loose right in that moment but now he looks back and cannot understand why he could not give 15 minutes in exchange for the hours, days and weeks his Mum has given for him.  That is a moment of clarity for him.  Beautiful.  It is an act of humility that boys appreciate more than we might ever know – the chance to step back and see Mums as real people who deserve to know that we could be better sometimes.

The last part of the letter is my favourite – the PS moment.  Often a witty, in-joke between Mother and Son.  This can be a time of “the great reveal” and I can only say the chance to admit that perhaps a few last-minute confessions (think money spent on Apple ID) so be prepared!  I would bet that by this section, there will not be a dry eye in Goold Hall, under the fairy lights, as sons wait eagerly for their Mums to give those hugs that they love most.

Maria Mascadri, the Year 6 staff, Learning Enrichment team and College groundsmen have made this evening possible – thank you, from every Mother and Son of 2022.  Maria, without your planning and attention to every detail, we could not possibly bring this all together – we applaud your generosity of spirit and time.  To all our Year 6 Mums, may God bless your every step and cuddle.

­­­Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

 

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Middle School

Over the last two weeks our Year 9 classes have been enjoying their annual camp experience. Located at the scenic Noosa North Shore, the camp has been an awesome opportunity to get away from the comforts of home and face the various challenges of camp life and a packed activity program.

Our activities this year had a distinct leadership focus as the College continues to prioritise the social and emotional development of our boys. Various raft building, mountain biking, bush survival and initiative challenges were used as ways of developing their leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Some purely fun games were thrown in along the way with laser tag and mini golf both being offered.

The ultimate challenge involved a gruelling canoe trek across Lake Cootharaba to Boreen Point. Here the boys set up their own camp, cooked their own dinner and breakfast for themselves, while at the same time looking for opportunities to help their mates as well. On a couple of occasions staff [both ours and the camp supplied instructors] commented on seeing wet, tired and bedraggled students being comforted and helped by their camp group mates – even to the extent of lending a clean, dry towel! Once again, the elements were against many groups, as they battled driving rain, wind and shifting tides, some taking up to five and half hours to complete the journey.

The grit and resilience shown by our young men was truly outstanding, as was the support they showed one another throughout the tough, and challenging, times that some activities presented.

The camp staff used Villanova’s own GREATS framework to challenge and support the boys:

G- Growth

R- Respect

E- Effort

A- Accountability

T- Teamwork

S- Service

Many boys rose to, and accepted, the challenge of this framework – leading one camp staff member to comment, “Are you sure these are only Year 9s?” High praise indeed from instructors that see many school groups through each year.

At a time when many schools have abandoned their camp programs, I am truly grateful to the Villanova staff who volunteered their time in order to make this camp possible for our Year 9s. They include Ms Lynam, Ms Alexander, Ms Waterson, Mr Lynam, Mrs Carey, Mr Hellwig, Mr Lamb, Mr S. O’Neill, Mr Verity, Ms Cook, Fr Saldie, Ms Drakogiannakis, Ms O’Donnell and Mr Creamer. Special thanks must go to Mrs Vicki Lamb for her coordination behind the scenes and Mr Alex Sullivan for ensuring the camp was safe and accessible for everyone and Mr Begg taking out time from his busy schedule to join us for one night of each camp.

On behalf of the staff, I want to thank the boys for their engagement with our program and the polite, friendly, and mature manner in which they worked with us.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Senior School

Mindset

I often start my Year 12 English class with a reading and reflection from ‘The Daily Stoic’, by Ryan Holiday. The book contains 366 meditations on wisdom, perseverance, and the art of living. One of the significant takeaways from any study of Stoic philosophy is learning how to harness the power of mindset- in particular, having an appreciation of the things you can and cannot control. In his latest blog, author Shane Parrish talks about the mindset gap. He writes-

“At the onset of COVID, one group of people, became paralysed and waited. They waited for someone else to take the lead and tell them what to do. They waited for schools to go online and figure out how to educate their kids. They waited for the government to tell them what was safe and what was not. They waited for clarity. They waited for certainty. And they waited for other people to solve problems so they could continue with life.

Another group of people refused to stop. While they might have slowed down, they kept adapting. Inch by inch they did what they could and moved forward. They kept the expectations of themselves and their kids high. They pushed forward at work and home. They solved problems. And they learned new skills.

The difference between these two groups comes down to mindset.

All the energy you put into things you cannot control comes at the expense of things you can control. And because they focus on what they can control, the second mindset is far more resilient and adaptable than the first. And that makes all the difference.”

Pillars of Wellbeing – Exercise
One of the key elements of the PERMAH Framework for Positive Education and Wellbeing is H for Health. Underpinning this aspect of the framework is a focus on the habits that enable you to thrive both mentally and physically. One such habit is incorporating a healthy dose of exercise within one’s weekly program. In the latest issue of Men’s Health magazine, the author Annie Hayes writes about some of the benefits that come from running that you will feel immediately. These include the following:

  1. Makes you happy
  2. Relieves stress
  3. Boosts learning and memory
  4. Lifts sleep performance
  5. Boost metabolism
  6. Provides an energy boost
  7. Increases attention span.

It is vitally important that our young men, especially those who are not engaged in the College’s sporting programs, consider ways if incorporating exercise into their schedule.

Podcast of the Week
It was certainly an emotional weekend just gone at Iona College for the First Round of AIC Sport, with famous victories for the First XI Football and First XV Rugby teams. There were not many dry eyes on the field at fulltime! In reflecting on these victories, it was clear that the teams harnessed the support of the wonderful Villanova community and were playing not for themselves but for others.

I am an avid follower of leadership guru Jon Gordon, the author of several books, including the Power of Positive Leadership. He also hosts a podcast titled, ‘Positive University’, and in his most recent episode, he interviews the Superbowl winning football coach of the LA Rams, Sean McVay, one of the most articulate young leaders in world sport today. The conversation touches on McVay’s ‘Process and Standard of Performance’, inspired by the legendary UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden.

In the middle of his pyramid, is a great maxim- ‘we not me’. It speaks of connectedness, the power of relationships, the value of humility and a belief in something bigger than oneself.

There are some pertinent takeaways in the aspects of leadership, culture and the fabric of great teams. I certainly recommend a listen.

Coach of the Super Bowl Champion LA Rams | Positive University Podcast | Jon Gordon

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, you need a team.’ – John Wooden

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

 

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Ministry and Formation News

Ongoing conversion – The Call of the Risen Christ!
As Term 2 gets underway our students are embracing the opportunity to engage in service in our local community.  Giving of their time and energy to connect with people and looking to assist in practical ways.  The following are some of their reflections:

Vinnies Youth Camp
In the Villa Kids Camp picture, from left to right we have Villanova Old Boys as well as our current Vinnies leader:
Daniel Ingledew (2013), Campbell Muir (2015), Angus Tracey (2017), Xavier Simondson (2022) and Bradley Roulant (2019).

KIDS CAMP 2022
Kids Camp is an annual three-day camp where children have fun participating in outdoor adventure activities and team building challenges. Volunteer leaders support every child acting as positive role models, developing meaningful and supportive relationships with children who attend camp. A superhero-themed camp took place over 8 -10 April where we took away 26 children and 21 volunteers to Luther Heights Youth Camp at Coolum Beach. With the goal for all the young people to become Avengers, this year’s camp involved initiation and graduation ceremonies, superhero training, mini missions, beach games, and comic book crafts. The packed schedule was full of fun, laughter, creativity, and teamwork. Kids Camp is a fantastic opportunity to form new friendships, strengthen existing connections, and create positive memories that will last long after camp.

Xavier, leader of Vinnies at Villanova this year made the following reflection of his experience:
“The St Vincent De Paul Youth Camp was definitely an experience I will never forget. As a volunteer assisting about 30 or so kids, whilst it was a lot of work it was so much fun. Whether we were playing card games at lunch or going to the beach, we were all just enjoying the weekend. It was even quite enjoyable to talk with all the other volunteers, a fair few of them being Villanova old boys. Knowing how fun this now is, this will probably be something I will still do after leaving Villanova.”
Xavier Simondson

Rosies
Term Two provides the opportunity for students in Year 11 and Year 12 to work on the Rosies van providing supper and company to people on the streets in the city of Brisbane. Our students capture well the impact of the experience on them:

“Growing up in a stable home, homeless people were always viewed as the same. Bad energy, low mood and as much as it sucks to say, they were often viewed as ‘bad people’. Yet, doing Rosies allowed me to see that this was so far from the truth. When you get the privilege to talk to some of the people, you eventually see that everyone is so unique, just like the people in our lives at school or home. Everybody has a different energy, and most of them would love a conversation. Every conversation was different and exciting to listen to. So, from that perspective, they aren’t much different from us, they just live life a whole lot harder. Thanks, I had lots of fun Friday night. I would definitely do it again.”
Ashton Taylor

“During our debrief, I shared a few words about a man I met named Clayton. He could talk for hours about all of the different things he had a passion for, such as literature and pop culture. He told Brenton and I about the countless pop culture events he has attended and about the community he has around him, many of which are either homeless or generally less fortunate, who share a common interest in pop culture. Despite the rough times he is going through, I noticed that he had a smile on his face throughout the entire time we were at the park.”
Finn Prendergast

“I found doing Rosie’s so insightful. Learning each complex individual, every time a different unique story, was fascinating especially how they all come together and look out for each other in an almost unspoken community. Some of the boys, as well as myself, got to experience the real world. What I found especially insightful after talking to one of the blokes Clayton, was that each person was so generous even though they had little. Clayton was giving us advice in life, and how to avoid making mistakes, but above all said to always do what makes you happy. It’s obvious how they just love having someone to talk to and show affection to, and we could tell they were appreciative of us giving up one Friday night to spend some time with them and offer a quality meal.”
Eli Holroyd

“Ashton and I had the privilege of talking to Antonio, one of the patrons we served on the evening. Whilst talking to him, one phrase he said has really stuck to me, “always cherish the smaller things”. Obviously, this can be applied in many ways but, what it meant for me was always doing a little positive action will put a smile on someone’s face, whether that be asking the patrons if they’d like another coffee, or simply asking how their day has been. It was also interesting to see the amount of people who walked past and purposely tried to walk a bit faster or not make any eye contact. It made us realise how the patrons we serve were stereotyped as a minority, when really, they’re very nice, loving, people.”
Isaac Solomon

Emmanuel City Mission
Thursday 28 April will go down in the Ministries history books at Villanova College.  It marked the beginning of our weekly partnership with Emmanuel City Mission with students meeting at 6.30am to prepare breakfast and spend time with people experiencing homelessness.  This will be an ongoing opportunity as ECM has opened their doors overnight on a Wednesday and people will be needing a good breakfast on a Thursday morning.  Again, our students’ reflections speak volumes for themselves.

“The trip to Emmanuel City Mission was a privilege. Volunteering to help the homeless and vulnerable was an eye opener as it truly changed my views and perspectives towards these people and broke the stereotypes that are normally portrayed through the media and the public. We were welcomed with smiles and there was a warm community energy throughout the facility. There wasn’t a person who didn’t say ‘thank you’ or ‘please’ and the stories told really gave me an understanding of the position these people are in and gave me a sense of gratitude. I would definitely do it again and I recommend anyone to give it a go.”
Ned Sukkar

“Talking and listening to the homeless people at Emmanuel City Mission was very eye-opening and rewarding for me. Hearing their stories and understanding their struggles (which were largely to no fault of their own) made me much more appreciative of the life that I have, and grateful for the supportive and caring community around me. Each and every person I met was incredibly polite and grateful for us being there; the amount thanks I received was overwhelming. I highly recommend helping out at Emmanuel City Mission as it was a great experience overall.”
Lochie McGregor

“Our experience at Emmanuel City Mission provided the boys with a true appreciation of the opportunities we receive each day that we may take for granted. Their kind hearts welcomed us as soon as we arrived at the facility and allowed us to feel safe and welcomed in a peaceful environment. The boys cooked up the perfect breakfast to pair with great conversations that allowed for new friends to be made. If you ever get the chance, I will highly recommend participating in the Emmanuel City Mission as the experience is second to none.”
Jonathan Hazidavis

In the coming weeks there will be more stories about this.  Ten young men, and three teachers were there yesterday morning to begin this tradition, but all in our community will have the opportunity to be directly and indirectly involved.  At present all our Year 12s have signed up to go at least once, and as a community we’ll be asking people to help us raise the money to ensure that there will be breakfast served each week when we are there.  We are joining in a faith response to the needs in our city.  We have seen, judged and are acting!  We have used Good Counsel to do something good in our wider community.

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Teaching and Learning News

Student Perception Survey
As teachers, we know the power of feedback. Timely, specific and forward focused feedback can provide students with real purpose in improving their levels of understanding. Teachers provide feedback on work done every day in the classroom in order to improve a student’s knowledge. Teachers provide feedback on a student’s assessment so that he can improve in specific areas next time he gets the opportunity to complete a similar task.

Feedback is normally seen as a one-way interaction. Teachers provide feedback in the majority of instances. What many schools do not offer is the opportunity for students to give their teachers feedback. It could be seen as a risky activity by some teachers, however, gathered properly, student feedback can vastly improve the quality of teaching by empowering teachers to make positive and effective change. Surveying gives teachers more support to make informed decisions for a better student learning experience.

Over the next two weeks, most teachers will conduct a student perception survey with one of their classes. In this time, it is likely that all students at the College will have an opportunity to provide feedback that affirms the great work our teachers do on daily basis and to provide teachers feedback to potentially improve classroom pedagogy and participation.

NAPLAN
Towards the end of Term 1, students have been preparing for NAPLAN testing that occurs next week and the week after. All students at Villanova College engaging in NAPLAN will be completing the tests online and as a result some of the preparation students have been engaged has been to familiarise themselves with completing their testing on their devices. Tasks and activities the students have engaged in have been :

  • Downloading to their device a ‘locked down’ browser to enable the students to access the test securely.
  • Completing two practice tests to familiarise themselves with the platform. This involved entering codes and other details to ensure they are accessing the testing environment correctly.
  • Testing the functionality of the various test environments. For example, making sure that they are accustomed to using the writing platform for the Writing test.

Given that your son’s device is so important to this testing, parents are asked to assist by ensuring their son’s device is in good working order and that it is fully charged each morning when they come to school. The College will have spare laptops on hand for each NAPLAN test session, however, we do not want to rely on these as your son is familiar with his own device.

More information has been forwarded to Year 5, 7 and 9 parents this week. In the meantime, and along with your son’s teachers, I would ask parents/guardians to encourage their sons to engage in the tests to the best of their ability. The practice / demonstration environment that students can also use to familiarise themselves further with the tests can be found at : Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au).

Starting to Write an Assignment
We have navigated three weeks of Term 2. If your son has not yet been given assignments or started those already handed out, they will not be far away. When helping students with assignments, the focus is often just on the research process. These tips will focus on getting started with the writing.

  • It is important check the requirements.

So, you have done all of your research, collected the information you will need and are ready to start writing your assignment. Before you begin, revisit the requirements, format and criteria for the task. Be very clear on what the assignment is asking you to do and any guidelines you have been given for the assignment. If you are unsure at all, check with your teacher. It can be good to have the assignment questions written on an index card that you keep next to you while working so you stay focused on answering the question and meeting the requirements.

  • Make sure you plan a structure

Your approach will vary depending on the style of your assignment (e.g. essay, speech, presentation or report) but regardless of this, unless it is explicitly given to you, you need to decide the structure of your assignment.  Have you determined the main points, the headings and subheadings? Have you made sure you have gathered information about all parts of the question? Have you found any diagrams, images, photos, quotes needed to reinforce any points? Before you begin the writing, create a structure for your work listing all of the headings and sub-headings you will write about. Keep checking back with the criteria or requirements to ensure you are answering the assignment questions.

  • Just start writing

The best thing to do if you have no idea how to begin your writing, is to just start writing. Now this may sound a little strange, but many students do not start writing because they want what they write to be perfect or ‘right’ the first time. Do not worry whether your writing is up to standard at this stage. Instead concentrate on getting your ideas down onto paper or screen. Choose a section and start putting down ideas on the sorts of things you could include in that section.  The hardest part of any writing is starting. Once you start putting down ideas this generates other ideas and before you know it you have some text to work with. So even if you have no idea where to start just write or type ‘I don’t know what to include here’ and even writing this will get your subconscious thinking about what could be included.

  • It is important to use your notes

Once you have started, you can use your notes from the research you did to build your ideas and arguments for your assignment. This mean that you integrate your own thoughts and ideas with the research you have done using this to help support your ideas. Make sure that you reference correctly, this means that when you use materials you have researched, particularly quotes, you make it clear where this material has been sourced from. You may find holes in your research as you progress and have to then do additional research about those areas.

  • Show some creativity

Unlike an essay, you generally have a bit more scope in how you present an assignment. Think about how you can bring the material to life for the reader. Photos (appropriately referenced) are a good start and sometimes diagrams, tables, examples, statistics or flowcharts may be appropriate. You might use lists, bullet points or colour to make the material more user-friendly. Your teacher will be reviewing many assignments on the same topic, so what can you do to make yours stand out or have a unique angle.

  • Review and review again

Have you ever had that experience where you write something, leave it, come back the next day and read it again and find a whole heap of errors you did not see the first time? This is why it is important to space out your work on your assignment over a number of weeks and days. You need time to edit your work and you need space between edits. When you come back with a fresh eye, you will be able to look at your work from a different perspective and get ideas on what you could do to improve your work. As you review your work, look for spelling and grammar errors, possible repetition or unclear areas. Reading your work aloud is surprisingly a great way of locating errors or things that do not make sense.

 

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Sport

Villanova Sport

Round 1 of the AIC Chess, Rugby and Football season was played against Iona College over the weekend. In terms of results, some teams fared better than others. Some won by large margins, and some were well beaten. In my eyes it was good to see that most games across the board from Years 5-12 in both codes were competitive.

I was particularly happy with how our boys entered the spirit of competition last weekend. The boys rose to the occasion and were great ambassadors of the College which contributed towards a trouble-free round of fixtures. The way it should be.

Last Friday the College hosted an assembly to acknowledge those boys who are participating in the current AIC sports season. At present we have well over 1000 boys across the College who have signed on to play rugby, football or chess during this term. This number is outstanding. It is great to see so many boys are connecting with the College and with their mates in this way. Well done boys!

At the assembly we were also able to present our 1st chess, rugby and football teams to the College. These boys have worked tremendously hard during the pre-season, and we wish them all the best for the rounds ahead.

The College assembly gives me the opportunity to address the boys, it is commonplace for me to continually challenge the boys to be the best they can be and for them to represent themselves and our College with a high sense of pride and to play and train with commitment. Overall, I could not help but be impressed with the teams over the weekend. The confidence, commitment and improvement shown by our players, particularly within our rugby and football programs, was very noticeable. I could not help but think that our rugby and football pre-season programs are making a significant difference.

Whilst we enjoy the boys being competitive and giving their all on the weekend, we must be mindful not to go overboard. First and foremost, we encourage boys to get involved and enjoy the experience of playing sport. This must be at the heart of why we play. At times, the intense physicality of these games, particularly the higher graded games can bring out the best and worst in people. Foul language, fighting, yelling and unsportsmanlike conduct has no place in the AIC sporting arena and certainly has no place at Villanova College. The support of our parents to reiterate this same message to the boys would be greatly appreciated.

As we head into Round 2 of AIC rugby and football fixtures, I ask everybody involved to give some serious consideration to the College’s expectations listed below. I hope to have the support of our entire community to ensure that these are being met throughout the season.

Expectations of Villanova Students

  • All players to run on the field in a tidy manner. Socks pulled up!
  • We encourage all teams to chant the school war cry after the game (if victors)
  • All team members of the previous game are to stay behind and form a ‘run on’ tunnel for the next team before departing the ground. No one leaves until this is done. Boys forming the tunnel are to cheer them on and clap- Not push or bump players running through.
  • All students are to stay behind the barriers in place and NOT enter the field of play. This could incite negative reactions from opposition players.
  • As each boy wears the Villa uniform and is seen to be a representative of our fine College, this conduct should be in keeping with the traditions and values we instil in our students. Inappropriate and unsportsmanlike behaviour on or off the field is not accepted
  • Adherence to the spectator uniform policy regarding the wearing of the academic uniform
  • Be welcoming of our guests from other Colleges
  • We expect 100% effort and a strong will/passion from all players to do well for the College, the team and yourselves – School Pride!
  • Commitment to the team and College throughout the entire season (making yourself available to play on long weekends, not pulling out etc.)
  • Attend games at least 30min before kick-off to prepare well, some coaches may require players to attend earlier
  • Get involved and enjoy the time spent with friends and coaches
  • Support the Villa Sports Club by purchasing food from the Villa Park canteens as the money raised helps to fund Villa Sport projects.

These are just some of the College’s expectations.

Achieving favourable results should not form the only reason why we participate in sport. Having said this most people who play sport are keen to be victors. There is no shame in anyone wanting to do well, in fact, it is encouraged. However, the way we go about it is important. Humble in victory and gracious in defeat and always in a positive sportsmanlike manner is our preference.

I hope our boys and coaches have a strong drive to do well this season. I hope that all teams can further develop pride in themselves and in their school by the way they conduct themselves whatever the result. I hope we all experience the desire to work hard and be determined to keep up the efforts throughout the entire season, particularly if the chips are down. I wish everybody all the best throughout the season and most of all – I hope we all enjoy it!

Round 2 will be played v St Peter’s Lutheran College this weekend. As we have many more teams than the opposition College it does mean most of our teams do not match up and will be playing in the supplementary competition against others schools this weekend. Please ensure you check the weekly schedule carefully and turn up to your venue at least 30min prior to kick off. We have teams here, there and everywhere this weekend.

I challenge all Villa men to stand up and be counted this weekend to produce our very best on the paddock. Good luck to all!

Mega-Raffle

The Villanova Sports Club is again running a Mega-raffle in 2022. First prize is $10 000, only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each. You could buy one ticket on your own or perhaps you could form a syndicate with friends. Over the next two rounds the mega-raffle tickets will be on sale at the Villanova Park canteen. All proceeds will benefit Villa sport.

Villanova Park Training – Parent Pick Up

 I ask parents to ensure that they pick up their son/s by the allocated finish time at Villanova Park after training. All boys are to be collected promptly by 5.00/30pm (depending on the coach) please.

AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Fixtures, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May – Times and Venues

All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v St Peter’s Lutheran College are available on the College’s website. Please be advised that many teams have a supp game v other Colleges. Please check the schedule carefully.

AIC Trimester 3 – Rugby League, Tennis (managers), Basketball Coaches Needed!

Currently the College is seeking coaches and managers of the abovementioned sports for the up-coming AIC Trimester 3 program. Trials will begin during the last week of this term. The season will be conducted during term 3 as per the College calendar.

If you are keen to assist the College by taking on a role of coach or manager, please email the respective people below.

Trimester 3 Sign-Ons – Rugby League, Tennis, Basketball and Track & Field

The Sports Office plans to release the Trimester 3 Sign-On Forms for those wishing to play AIC Rugby League, Tennis, Basketball and Track & Field early next week. All those wishing to play must complete an online sign-on form. The link to this form will be posted on the web next week.

Please Note:

ALL students who sign on can only select ONE team sport, to allow for greater participation across the College. Boys can choose a team sport and also do Track and Field. Track and Field is open to any student wishing to improve their skills in running, jumps or throws.

Basketball

  • Year 5 and Year Basketball will be played on Friday afternoons. Games will commence at either 4pm or 4.50pm.
  • Year 7 – 12 students will play basketball on Saturday.
  • 36 boys will be selected in each Year level and will be graded into 4 teams.

Tennis

  • Year 5 – 12 students will play tennis Saturday mornings.
  • There will be two teams of four/five players per year level.

Rugby League

  • Students can only play AIC Rugby League if they have played AIC Rugby Union or AIC Football. Rugby League coaches will be present at some of the rugby union rounds to look at players as part of the selection process. This will not determine the teams as some may be playing AIC Football, but it will give the coaches a guide as to the quality of players we have as the majority will be playing rugby.
  • There will only be one team per year level in Rugby League. The teams will be – Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, 1st Rugby League (combined Year 11 and Year 12 team), probably around 20 players per age group

Track & Field

  • Students can participate in any other sport as well as Track & Field. Track & Field training will commence halfway through Term 3 and the Championships will be early in Term 4.

AIC Golf Championships

 The annual AIC Golf Championships will be held at Nudgee Golf Club next Monday 9 May.

Congratulations to the following boys on their selection in the team;

Thomas Winn, Michael Gordon, Tate Ramsay, Henry Wright and Oliver Wright. All these boys have handicaps below 15, which many of us would love to have.

Mr. Everding has met with the team this week and has emailed all details to the parents involved. Mr Everding will drive the bus leaving at 5.40am on Monday. Boys are to meet in front of Goold Hall. The boys should return to the College for normal pick up at 3pm. Parents are most welcome to collect their son from the venue after the tournament. Best wishes go to all!

AIC Cross Country Report – Mr Brian Pascoe, AIC Cross Country Coordinator

The AIC Championship for the 2022 Cross Country season will be held on  Wednesday, June 1 at St Patrick’s playing fields, Shorncliffe.  We look forward to having our best runners represent Villanova’s squad, with strong numbers at training ensuring competitive sessions while training at Little Langlands in preparation.

As stated by former British Athletics Head Coach, ‘You cannot perform better if you are not challenged’. Thus, an important ingredient of an effective preparation for racing is to race. There are two opportunities for the ‘Running Wildcats’ to race and I challenge all members attend and practice their racing skills.

The races include;

  • Wednesday 11 May
  • AIC Meet at St Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Runcorn. Hosted by St Laurence’s, this will be held in the afternoon after school. Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villa at the completion of the meet.
  • Wednesday 18 May
  • AIC Meet at Curlew Park, Sandgate. Hosted by St Patrick’s, this will be held in the afternoon after school. Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villa at the completion of the meet.

 Please note, there will be NO training on the mornings of these Meets.

I encourage as many runners as possible to sign up to join the Cross-Country Squad scheduled for the next two Wednesday’s. The second race is being conducted over the same course as the AIC Championships which is invaluable preparation. The AIC Cross-Country Championships are scheduled for,

  • Wednesday 1 June AIC Championships
  • AIC Championships at Curlew Park, Sandgate.

 Congratulations to Kyan Simpson and Charley Hegarty who both recorded excellent performances at last week’s Composite District Cross-Country Trials. Kyan and Charley both qualified for team and will contest the Metropolitan East Regional Trials next month, good luck boys.

In cross-country running more so than in most other sports ‘consistency is king’. I would like to acknowledge the training efforts of Alex Jenkins, Michael Anderson and Joaquin Wieczorek who are yet to miss a training session this season, although all three boys have quite a busy schedule.

Running rewards consistency and resilience. So does life. Keep showing up.’ Des Linden

As such, Michael and Joaquin are setting the pace at training and Alex is in career best form with his running. Well done boys keep on setting the pace and tone for the Running Wildcats.

It is now a month to the AIC Cross-Country Championships, time to really commit to training with the Villa’s Running Wildcats.

Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country Report – Mr Tom Lonergan, Cross Country Coach

Well, we know all the holidays are now in the rear vision; let us hope the rainy weather is also. As of Wednesday, we only have four weeks left to prepare for the AIC Championship. Fortunately, some of the squad members took advantage of the holiday training and the special public holiday training sessions. As I look over the roll, I see that 17 Year 5 and ten Year 6 boys have done some training (a few just the one session). There are 45 Year 5’s and 24 Year 6’s who have nominated to run cross country so many have failed to honour their commitment.  Something I have noticed with the cross country boys is the extraordinary involvement they have in the Villanova sport offerings (particularly Rugby and Football), as well as their commitment to cultural pursuits and community sport. Where do they get the time?

Selected boys will have their first inter school competition event of the season, the Lytton Trial, which is being held at Villanova Park today. (results in next week’s Villa View). Those successful will move onto the Met East Trial and ultimately to the Qld Age Championship. Villanova College has boys capable of making it all the way. There are also AIC trials on Wednesday 11 and 18 May. These trials are after school and Bus transport will be provided. All Cross-Country squad members are required to attend these trials. Selection of the 12-man AIC team will be based upon results of these trials, and performance and attitude at Training. There is a phrase often directed to very busy people, it goes like this: “If you want something done – give it to a busy person” That, I believe, best describes our Junior Cross-Country runners!

Remember: Cross country runners have big hearts! They get that way from consistent training!

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

Even though Villanova was on the wrong end of some rugby games on the weekend, we are very proud of the way the boys dug deep, had a good go at Iona and fought hard right to fulltime whistle. Many sides showed gritty determination in their defence and attacked the opposition with aggression but fell short by a few points. This was very evident in the 5A, 7A, 7B, 10B and 2nd XV matches with all games being played in trying conditions. Our Junior boys were fantastic, winning seven out of eight games on the weekend. Overall, Villanova had a total of 11 wins, two draws and 14 losses.

The 1st XV match was one of the best matches in Villanova history. A Joey Wilson intercept and full field try opened the scoring for Villanova, but unfortunately a quick reply from Iona leveled the scores up. One more try apiece before half time meant that after 35 minutes, both schools went into halftime 12 points all. The second half was a real arm wrestle with both teams having opportunities to hit the scoreboard, unlucky for our boys it was Iona who capitalized on our small errors. With under 10 minutes to go, it looked like the 6-point deficit our boys faced was going to be too much to overcome. Welcome Connor Moloney. With only minutes remaining Connor read their past from the ruck, eyes open intercepted the ball and scored under the posts. Dan Taylor added the finishing touches and converted the extra points giving Villa a 1-point victory. It was a fantastic team victory, where every player and coach stood up to come away with a terrific win that now sets up our season. Moving forward, the boys have a challenge against St. Peter’s this Saturday with our first home game of the season at Villanova Park. It would be incredible to pack the field to cheer on our boys and keep the momentum flowing.

This week we come up against a number of Colleges for Round Two and this will be an away round for our junior boys. We ask all players to stay around and support the other teams in their year level or head over and watch the firsts. Just a reminder to all boys to please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled kick off time to allow for sufficient time to prepare and warm up for your game.

Being part of a team is important for many of our students, whether that be in their classes, the workplace or a sporting club. We have many players involved in either rugby or football this year and they should all be making the effort to stay behind or arrive early and support other teams in your year level and support all players who wear the Green and Gold. Team unity is a goal that we strive for but there were a number of teams on the weekend that were short of reserves as players from the previous game just left. Some teams had to finish their matches because they simply had no players to put on the field. Every player is to check with their year level coaches and bench for the next team.

One final reminder, could I please ask that if you are remaining behind to form a tunnel for the next team, that you DO NOT touch the players running through. Too many times on the weekend an innocent push resulted in players getting injured. This is a moment to applaud and cheer your teammates on, not push and shove. This also goes for when we score, unfortunately at the Firsts game the game winning try was soured by many boys running onto the field to celebrate. That field is reserved for players only, as supporters we do so from behind the fence. After the game there is ample time to celebrate with our brothers, but until that final whistle is blown, no one is to enter the playing field.

Best wishes to all teams this weekend as we look to have some great wins!

Team 1 v IONA
1st XV 26 – 25 W
2nd XV 12 – 6 L
3rd XV L
4th XV L
10A 20 – 5 L
10B 24 – 22 L
10C 33 – 12 W
10D 50 – 5 L v Padua
9A 48 – 5 L
9B 65 – 7 L
9C 46 – 7 L
8A 17 – 0 L
8B 19 -7 W
8C 32 – 7 W
8D L
8E 48 – 0 L
7A 7 – 7 D
7B 0 – 0 D
7C L
6A 38 – 17 W
6B 19 – 17 W
6C 41 -5 W
6D 59 – 12 W
5A 12 – 7 L
5B 20 – 10 W
5C 39 – 27 W
5D 50 – 15 W

AIC Football – Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Sport Co-ordinator

Round 1 against Iona is always a tough way to start the AIC football season and a good indicator for our teams in the season ahead. Our Villanova sides stood up to the test and performed very well in the first round of the season. At the end of the day, we had a total of 13 wins, 3 draws and 13 losses. In what has been another chaotic start to football it was great to see AIC football back on again, in particular it was great to see our Year 5 teams enjoying themselves in their first official match at Villa Park.

The First XI came away with a dominant 6-0 win against Iona to start their season in great fashion. The match started with a frantic pace and the action was immediate as Zac Vedelago was taken down in the box allowing Captain Angus Nicholson to score from the spot and go up 1-0 early. The Iona goalkeeper was forced into a one on one and ultimately took out our Villa player resulting in a red card for Iona and another spot kick for Villa. Angus Nicholson repeated his efforts and put us up 2-0 as it remained until half time. Being an extra man up eventually paid off as our boys continued to dominate field position and possession with Jasper Chan scoring from a corner to take it to 3-0. Zac Vedelago finished off with another goal after some classy lead up play from the back starting with Michael Anderson and Ben Hermiston to extend the lead to 4-0. The First XI boys were far from finished as Cameron Stavens scored a cracker with his left foot and Zac Vedelago finished the game off with the last goal taking the ball around the keeper and slotting it for a 6-0 win. A great team effort by all boys involved and some great momentum to take into matches this weekend against SPLC who have been one of our toughest opponents for a few years now.

We will be taking on St Peters this weekend in Round 2 fixtures. Could I please ask all parents and players to check the draw carefully this week for game times and venues as we have a number of teams playing at different venues. Our Years 9 – Open teams will be playing at home this week. Could I please encourage as many people as possible to get out there and support all teams and in particular the First XI boys who kick off at 12:15pm.

I would like to remind all players about the importance of training to the best of their ability and ensuring that what is practised at training filters into the game. There were a number of close games last weekend and if players continue to put in the hard work, hopefully we can turn some of those close results into wins for Villanova! In addition, please ensure that if you are absent from training that you contact your coach prior to training so that the coaches can plan effectively and get the most out of training sessions.

Good luck to all of the players and coaches this week in your matches against St Peters.

Round 1 Football Results v Iona

Villanova College – Football Results 2022
Team Round 1 v IONA
1st XI W 6-0
2nd XI L 3-1
3rd XI L 3-0
4th XI W 4-0
5th XI W 2-0
10A L 8-2
10B L 2-0
10C W 4-1
9A W 3-1
9B D 2-2
9C L 2-1
9D L 2-0 v IONA 9E
8A L 7-0
8B L 3-0
8C L 3-0
7A W 5-0
7B W 4-0
7C D 4-4
7D W 6-1
7E L 7-5 v PAD 7E
6A W 4-1
6B W 1-0
6C W 2-1
6D W 6-1 v PAD 6E
6E L 7-0 v SPC 6D
5A D 3-3
5B L 5-3
5C L 4-2
5D WOF v PAD 5F

Villanova Park Canteen Schedule

The Sports Club requests the assistance of parents to help serve or cook at our canteens on the weekend. As players should arrive at least 30 minutes before their game for warm up we propose parents could work in the canteen during this time. After the warmup period working in the canteen parents could then see their son’s game. If we all pitched in it would make the task less demanding for others and helps build the community spirit. Please help if you can.

Rugby/Football Canteen Roster

Villanova Park – Round 2 v SPLC – 7 May

We kindly ask parents to assist when their son arrives for warm up 30 minutes before their scheduled game.

If all parents who can assist could please report to Sarah Patterson

Time Rugby Parents Football Parents
7.00am   9B, 9C
8.00am   9A, 9D, 10B
8.30am 5D  
9.00am   10A, 4th XI, 5th XI
9.30am 6D, 5th XV, 9C  
10.00am   2nd XI, 3rd XI, 10C
10.30am 4th XV, 10C, 9B  
11.00am   1st XI
11.30am 3rd XV, 10B, 9A  
12.30pm 2nd XV, 10A  
1.00pm 1st XV  

AIC Chess

 Round 1 Chess Results v Iona College

Round 1 saw Villanova against Iona with mixed results. Senior B and the two Junior teams had wins and all the other teams had close losses. A thank you to the Year 9’s and Mr Lamb for soldiering on after four days at camp. This week we play at home against St Peters which is always a difficult round. Games are played in the Tolle Lege Library, and parents are welcome to collect students from there once they have informed teachers.

Practice is Wednesday and Thursday for the Juniors and for the intermediates and seniors any three days during the week as T10 is opened every day. Coaching will start next week, and Junior and Intermediate parents will be notified of the day, and senior boys will be notified by email. Boys are expected to attend where possible. Please remember if your son is unable to play, that notification is required to the relevant teacher so that we can rearrange teams.

Just a reminder of the season

Date / rounds

 

School Home or away
Round 1, April 29

 

Iona away
Round 2, May 6

 

SPLC (St Peter’s) home
Round 3, May 13

 

Ashgrove away
Round 4, May 20

 

SPC (St Pat’s) away
Round 5, May 27

 

SLC (St Laurence’s) home
Round 6, June 3

 

SEC (St Edmund’s) home
Round 7, June 10

 

Padua away
  Junior teams do not play St Edmund’s as they do not have a Junior School

 

 

 

Villanova College – Chess Results 2022
Team 1 v IONA

 

Open 7-9 L
Senior A 6-10 L
Senior B 10-6 W
Intermediate A 5-11 L
Intermediate B 7-9 L
Junior A 9-7 W
Junior B 12-4 W

Representative Sport

Congratulations to the following students on their selections into representative teams:

Mitchell Rieck in the Australian U18 Track and Field team. Mitchell came third at the Nationals a few weeks back and will compete for his country at the Oceania Games in Mackay in June. This is an incredible achievement, and we wish Mitchell all the best.

Flynn Spooner, Hugh Stanbury, Brock Howard, Harrison Rizio and Leo Afa Hutchinson, who were selected in the Met East No. 1, U12 Rugby Union Team. They will compete in the State Rugby Union trials in July.

Rhys Lanskey (2018) who has just won his third National Open Men’s championship in ‘The Modern Pentathlon’ in Melbourne last week.

Callum Davies (2016) has been selected for the Open Australian Athletics Team in the 1500m to compete at the Oceana Championships. Good luck Callum.

Jack Harris (Year 12)  on his achievements at the Queensland Clay Target Association championships last weekend in Townsville.

Jack’s accuracy over the weekend shooting clay targets, placed him first in the Junior Double Rise (shoot two clays at each station, totalling 50 clays). Jack was also crowned the ‘B’ grade High Gun Champion (highest combined score over the weekend). Jack will now contest the Nationals early next year.

Mr Chris Everding, Acting Director of Sport

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Music News

Rehearsals and Lessons
As we move through our final ‘short week’ for Term 2, we consider with joy the return of Mondays to our regular routine.  With Monday morning becoming our first day of the week, our rehearsal schedule returns to our Term 1 routine.

Concert Band and Chamber Winds return to Monday morning rehearsals.  Our Wednesday morning ensembles return to their regular rehearsal spaces.  A rehearsal schedule for the remainder of term has been included with this newsletter. To view click  here

This has been distributed via email to participant families. A reminder that Secret Men’s Business meets every Friday morning in the Playhouse, from 7:30am.  We look forward to welcoming all students in Year 5 – Year 8 interested in participating in an exciting new vocal group.  For more information, please contact the Music Office or Mr Chalmers directly – mchalmers@vnc.qld.edu.au

Please ensure your enrolments are up to date.  Contact the Music Office should you have any concerns regarding your son’s music tuition here at the College.

Survey Lunch-time Concert’s Recommence
This year, our student music leaders have determined that their focus will be outreach for 2022.  As part of acquitting this goal, the students will be assisting in the promotion and production of lunchtime concerts throughout the College campus across the year.  We have a packed schedule featuring at least one ensemble per week performing for our community during a mid-week break.

Yesterday our Chamber Brass ensemble shared a short bracket of music in the Junior School play area during first break.  The students did a great job performing for our Junior School colleagues; our Junior School friends were a great audience and most appreciative of the music our brass musicians performed.  We hope you enjoy the photos taken at today’s performance.

We look forward to sharing our Percussion Ensemble in Senior School next Wednesday, first break.  More photos to follow!

Open Day
Thursday 26 May has been gazetted our Villanova College Open Day.  Our Music program has been invited to provide music across this day to demonstrate the contribution music makes to our community.  A schedule of the day is being drafted; as soon as this is approved, we will communicate information regarding performances home to families.  We are expecting all Middle and Senior School ensembles to be participating in the afternoon, after school, on that day.  Please stay across emails this week for further information.

Music Support Group and QCMF
Our next Music Support Group and QCMF meeting will be convened on Monday 9 May, commencing at 7:30pm in the Chapter Room at the front of the Augustine Centre.

We are placing a call out for all previous volunteers to pencil into their diaries the dates for QCMF 2022 – 11-14 August 2022.  We look forward to welcoming you all back to what is going to be a great celebration of music in Catholic Education.  For more information, please contact the organising group at qcmf@vnc.qld.edu.au.

Music Uniform Requirements
We are now approximately four – five weeks away from our Winter Concert series.  Due to the proximity of this event, we recommend that students pull out their music uniform to check fit and quality well before these concerts.  Please remember that all students are to wear plain black socks under trousers.

A copy of our music uniform requirements list has been included with this fortnight’s Villa View.    Gents – please use this time wisely to check your uniform and ensure you are prepared well in advance of our upcoming concert season. For more information, click here.

Key Dates – Term 2
As we look ahead across the term, please ensure we pencil the following dates into your diary:

Term 2
Monday 9 May Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm
6 Thursday 26 May Open Day – All Middle School/Senior School Ensembles performing – morning and evening
7 Tuesday 31 May Debut Concert – Year 5 Ensembles (time TBC).
8 Tuesday 7 June Grandparents Morning Tea (Year 5 Band and Orchestra)
8 Tuesday 7 June and Thursday 9 June Winter Concert Season
9 Monday 13 June Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm
Holidays

Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers
Our fantastic Music Support Group have organised an innovative fundraiser for Villanova College.  You may have heard the buzz about our Villanova camp chairs and Wildcat coolers…  the MUST HAVE items for the beach/cricket/park/fishing/barbecue/etc.  (flyer attached).

Villanova Branded Camp Chairs – $35; Wildcat Coolers – $30
All items can be purchased via Trybooking through the following link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BMEML

Purchases can be collected from the Music Office and all profits will go to the Music Support Group.

Entertainment Publications Memberships
Entertainment memberships are one of the Music Support Groups main fund-raisers.  Just click on the link to purchase a membership and obtain ongoing special deals throughout the year.

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

Mr. Michael Jones, Director of Music

 

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Parent Information

EVENTS

Villa Park Canteen Volunteering
We are currently seeking volunteers to help with canteen and barista duties at Villanova Park. Volunteering for half an hour before your son’s game enables the canteen to operate and raise funds for sport at Villanova College.

Please register your interest to volunteer here: https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/our-college/volunteer/

Any inquiries please contact: Sarah Patterson: spatterson@vnc.qld.edu.au

Sports Lunch
The 8th Annual Villanova Sports Lunch is here and will be raising funds to support all sports at Villanova College. Fun, food and laughter all the way with your MC – Victoria Carthew. Ticket price includes special guest comedian Greg Ritchie and sensational guest panellists including Andrew Mehrtens, and other special guests to be announced. Also included is a two-course meal and a four hour drinks package (beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks). Very limited tickets. Get yours now here: https://www.trybooking.com/BXOLD

Villa Community Carnival Save the Date

ALINTA UNIFORM SHOP
For notices and the latest information on Alinta Uniform Shop stock levels visit the Alinta website: Homepage | Alinta Apparel

FINANCE
As FACTS Management has now been introduced, school fee payments through BPay will no longer be an available payment option.  Please log into https://factsmgt.com.au/ or phone FACTS on 1300 322 871 to arrange the payment of school fees.

TUCKSHOP
Can parents please remind all students to bring their student card or cash to make Tuckshop purchases. Student numbers WILL NOT be accepted.

View the 2022 Tuckshop menu and price list here: Menu-and-Prices2022-1.pdf (vnc.qld.edu.au)

VILLANOVA COLLEGE BUSINESS DIRECTORY 
Calling current parents, Old Boys and past parents — promote your business or service to members of the Villa community for free with the Villanova College Business Directory. List your business today for free via the link: https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/our-college/villanova-business-directory/

Questions can be directed to foundation@vnc.qld.edu.au

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY TRAVEL REBATE SEMESTER 1 2022
Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school?

Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent? Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and apply at www.schooltransport.com.au by May 31 2022. Late applications cannot be accepted after 31 May 2022. Students with Disability Travel Rebate (Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme) Semester 1 2022 (2

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