Principal's Welcome

Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all members of our community. As this situation unfolds, we have made every effort to ensure clear communication is provided to our community. I will keep you informed of any future updates as they become available.

I am conscious of the financial implications of the pandemic for many families. The College is prepared to offer every assistance to our families to ensure their sons continue to receive a great education at Villanova College. I ask parents to keep us informed of changing circumstances with your employment. Please do not make decisions without first speaking to us and finding out about the options available at the College to support your family.

What is happening at the College?

  • Personal hygiene is a high priority with hand cleaning and protocols in place for coughs and sneezes as well as no handshakes. Where possible we are asking students to be aware of social distancing.
  • Social distancing guidelines in classrooms where possible.
  • Staggered lunch breaks to ease congestion at the Tuckshop and school yard.
  • Students have been directed to take home books, learning materials and laptop each night.
  • Sport and training has been cancelled for the remainder of the term for the following sports – Cricket, AFL, Rugby and Football trials and training, Tennis for Senior grades, Cross Country and Volleyball. Year 7-12 Chess will continue as normal.
  • Teaching staff are preparing for online learning.
  • All interstate and international travel suspended for staff.
  • Where possible, meetings will be conducted online via video-conferencing.
  • Teaching and learning is continuing in all classrooms.
  • All communication and updates from the College relating to the Covid-19 pandemic can be accessed via the App or by clicking here.

In the case where schools are closed for a period of time, the College teaching staff will undertake to provide continuity of learning through online platforms. Teachers will prepare work for their classes and students will access the work through the instructions provided in an email from their teachers. The majority of class work will be provided through the OneNote platform or Moodle.

It is important to have realistic expectations about when staff will work during a longer-term school closure. It is reasonable to expect that staff, if able, would work the normal working hours while working from home. Please keep in mind that our teachers will experience the same realities as others during a shutdown i.e. caring for sick family or they may become sick themselves. It may not be possible for a teacher to respond to every student query they receive in one day.

During a lengthy school closure, we hope to continue the business and maintenance operations of the College. In this situation a skeleton crew of staff will be onsite (if possible) to continue operations including finance, IT and grounds and maintenance.

What do parents need to do to help us?

  • It is imperative that parents and families inform the College as soon as possible that on medical advice, a member of their household is being tested for Covid-19. Please contact the relevant Student Services Office – Junior, Middle or Senior School. While awaiting results, students are to remain at home and once results are clear, can return to the College.
  • Please go to the Parental Portal and ensure your contact details are correct.
  • Download the Villanova College App and make sure you are receiving notifications.
  • Keep the College informed of your son’s non-attendance at school.
  • Make sure you follow the Queensland Health guidelines regarding self-isolation and quarantine guidelines.
  • Review your travel plans for the Easter holidays.
  • Reinforce personal hygiene protocols – boys need lots of reminders!

Student Absences
I am aware that a number of families have removed their children from classes at this time. I respect parents right to make this decision in the best interest of your family. Please be aware that our teaching staff are preparing quality lessons for each day. It is not possible for our teachers with many students absent to set individual work for students who are not in class. Students working from home are encouraged to engage with the OneNote platform to access work to continue their learning.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God bless
Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Head of Junior School

I am writing this article on Wednesday morning, 18  March at 6.30am.  The reason for this is because I am trying to communicate the most recent information to our Junior School staff, parents and students about the current circumstances regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is a time of change all around us, and I am proud of how we are managing the vast amount of information from all over the world, whilst still engaging in day to day routines.  Our expectations remain flexible, but high – it provides some comfort and security for the boys we work with.  They deserve to know that we might not have all the answers at the moment, but we can find a way to manage any situation together.

As parents, last night we received a letter from our Principal, Mark Stower about matters regarding co-curricular, IT, health and wellbeing and academic procedures to enable us an insight into the next six weeks.  This is for the moment – and that’s hard for those of us who find comfort in the routines of previously planned Assessment Calendars and training/practice times in team events.

Being positive is important at this time for the students who look to us when they are disappointed that their last round of sport is not taking place.  They are disheartened that trials and games may be delayed in Term 2.  We are putting our health and our community first.  The safety of the people we work, play and socialize with deserve the priority that is being given.

As a Junior School, we have the youngest cohort who might need to manage some changes if we are to work at home for a period of time.  What will this look like?  Well, that will completely depend on the circumstances of every family at the time it occurs.  What I can reinforce to you is:

  1. Junior School Staff, being of good health, will make attempts to communicate with you about teaching, learning and assessment plans. Today they will meet as year levels to discuss the equity of working from home – how to ensure that the same information, access to attention and feedback – will work across the team.  This might happen via email or One Note – and as such relies upon the boys having a charged device that can access the internet.
  2. Boys will have flexibility in when they complete their work assigned – this will depend on who is looking after them, their health at the time, and their ability to complete the task. We would encourage the boys to have a buddy or two from their class that they stay in touch with online.  This will give them some company to talk about the task and their ideas.  Siblings, parents and extended family members of course can provide similar company.
  3. Staying calm and communicating online – being patient with replies will be paramount. Knowing that Junior School staff also have families and friends to care for will mean they have responsibilities similar to yours, and they will have windows of time that work best.  Remember that our community is one that cares greatly for every person and we must all show kindness.

Assessment plans might have to be altered, and that is quite ok.  It’s inconvenient, but it’s not catastrophic.  At the moment by all reports, classes are travelling according to our Calendars.  Boys are peaking with their learning, checklists for revision and study, and are looking to complete or begin tasks.  As a Junior School Administration Team, we are prepared to make professional judgements on the achievements should absences, access to learning portals or equitable circumstances be in question.  We are very aware that the boys deserve courtesy and a level platform to show their best work.

The boys should look to keep routines as much as possible.  There are two weeks ahead of us and we might be uncertain how they will unfold, but we can continue to show solidarity with following the guidelines of the World Health Organization, checking on our neighbours and enjoying what experiences we have together today.  Make the most of the hours we are sharing together – find gratitude in the smallest of things.  If we must work from home, then I’m sincerely hoping for the back decks around my neighbourhood to resemble Italy’s joy in music.  We will make the very best of the cards we are dealt.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

Responding to Covid-19
In addressing all Senior School cohorts earlier this week and in my discussions with the Student Leadership Team, Cor Unum Spirit Committee and students in the yard, I am particularly conscious of the social and emotional impact of the Covid-19 health crisis on the wellbeing of our young men.

With the postponement of significant upcoming events and disruption to the co-curricular program, the way in which we support our students in coming to terms with a sense of loss of their overall school experience is critically important. In speaking with our counselling team, the following signs may suggest to parents that your son might be struggling in their response to limited co-curricular engagement:

  • Fluctuations in mood, especially exhibiting anger and frustration.
  • Decreased motivation for completing schoolwork.

Please be assured that your son may access the counselling services at the College if they require any assistance or support. Furthermore, if parents sense their son may be exhibiting some of these behaviours, I strongly encourage you to talk with the Pastoral Area Leader.

In reading Shane Parish’s Farnam Street Blog last weekend, he referenced the five stages of grief – denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. For our students, especially our Year 12s, there will be a mix of these stages in the weeks and months ahead. The Senior Theme of Brothers in Arms (or perhaps given the current social distancing protocols Brothers at Arms Length), needs to be a lived reality for our young men as they support one another in focusing on the ways in which they can show resilience and courage in controlling how they positively respond to challenges they will collectively face.

Year 10 Transition into Senior School Interviews
Over the course of the last month, Year 10 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Sean O’Neill and I have been conducting our Transition into Senior School Interviews with all Year 10 students. Utilising the TrackOne Data Analytics Goal Setting Module, we have explored with the students their approach to study, their engagement in their new learning environment, whether they have chosen the right electives, their grade aspirations for the semester ahead and the specific strategies that will be employed to achieve their subject goals. Both Mr O’Neill and I have been impressed with the maturity and honesty underpinning our conversations and how a great majority of students have positively responded to the increased expectations of the Senior School- both inside and outside the classroom.

Podcast of the Week
I return to The Art of Manliness Podcast series this week and recommend the episode entitled ‘Solve Problems Before They Become Problems’. We are all familiar with the parable of the couple who continually rescue drowning children downstream until exhaustion only to finally realise that perhaps it would be wise to go upstream and elucidate the origin of the problem. In this episode, presenter Brett McKay interviews author Dan Heath and they explore the following points:

  • Why are we more drawn to the reactive moments of life?
  • Why it actually feels nice to solve downstream problems
  • What is “problem blindness”?
  • How to stop tunneling on specific problems
  • Why we adapt to problems rather than solve them
  • Taking ownership for problems that aren’t “yours”
  • Bringing groups together to solve large-scale problems
  • Understanding the ripple effects of our interventions

You can access the podcast by following the link:

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

Crossing a rickety bridge: Ministry in the next few weeks
As I write this week, I find myself thinking much more than usual about the very first Lent, namely Jesus’s time in isolation in the wilderness before his public ministry. I think there was a sense of preparing for something important inside him, and when he began his public life, he did so with amazing courage and clarity – announcing the good news to the poor. Maybe it was because he had experienced social isolation so fully that he was able to reach out and heal the unrecognised people at the edges of society and beyond.

By far the best thing about the role I am privileged to hold is the daily engagement with students who are committed to exactly the mission Jesus so surprisingly announced in his local town synagogue (church). And this year, especially, there has been an escalating enthusiasm and momentum. The flip-side of the students’ passionate conviction is the sense of loss when their plans and projects are cast into doubt by the Covid-19 virus.

This reality will create a wilderness experience, but I am sure that a renewed creativity and vision will be the result. Staff volunteers will deliver the St Vincent de Paul hampers to 23 local households doing it tough. Surplus gifts will go to Rosies and Emmanuel City Mission (the drop in for the homeless).

At time of writing, we are hoping to go ahead tomorrow with a day of support and solidarity between the three schools to mark anti-bullying day – report to follow.

Brothers and Sisters in alms
At a time of panic-buying and sometimes selfishness, it is the people on the edges who are most at risk. This is why the response to our “Brothers and sisters in alms” day last Friday was so timely and wonderful: ALL the Pastoral baskets suddenly filled up. Indeed, an advance team of Year 9 students delivered much needed goods to Emmanuel City on Saturday. In fact, we raised their toilet roll stocks from six to eight. This is what financial director Mick McDade said: “We appreciate everything you do. You guys are amazing. You genuinely give us strength! Let’s regroup stronger than ever. It’s a worry…especially for the homeless. They are very, very vulnerable. We can’t thank you enough.”

This week we are trying to top the baskets up with sweet treats and personalized items for the families and households that the baskets will go to next week.

The Green Team
The newly formed environmental team – under the enthusiastic leadership of Theo Day – are already having a significant impact, both short term, and in strategic thinking. In terms of immediate results, we have seen the bottle and cans bins fill up: students are taking up the challenge to be “a GOAT like Lebron” and shoot the recyclables through the basketball hoops.

Similarly, another Clean Up of Norman Creek occurred last Friday afternoon, bringing together about 15 staff and students, alongside two young Old Boys (Reece Jansen and Bradley Roulant) and recent parent Rob Jansen. Rob addressed the boys about the work of the local organization Finger Gullies – offering bush-care for fauna and flora in Coorparoo.

Other mid-term projects include educational ideas like switching off electricity for the last hour of school on 26 March (before “Earth Hour”) and asking Tuckshop to run plastic-free Fridays.

The following reflection is worth quoting in full – it was sent to me by a colleague at St Edmund’s:

From Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13 2020

Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So, we pray, and we remember that
Yes, there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes, there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes, there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes, there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes, there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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The 2020 sports year has been like no other. The season has been plagued by wet weather with the first 2 rounds cancelled in both AFL and Cricket. Now with the increasing concerns involving the coronavirus, the back end of the season has come to a halt.

The last week saw many major developments occur with regards to how COVID-19 has impacted the world. As you are aware, the Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled. Within days this figure was revised down to 100.

Many sporting organisations have had to make hard but sensible decisions to cancel or postpone sporting events in the effort to limit social distancing in order to contain the virus. The Metropolitan Regional Sports Office, Cricket Australia, Football Federation of Australia, AFL Queensland among many other sporting organisations have cancelled or postpone all sporting events from grassroots levels and above to assist with the containment of the virus. The AIC Sports Association has simply followed suit.

Given the ever-changing information which comes to hand regarding COVID – 19 and its impact on sport, we highly recommend that members of the Villanova community regularly check the College’s website, namely the ‘Locker Room’ page for the most up to date information pertaining to Villanova sport.

Please be aware that any of this information could change from hour to hour, day to day or week to week. The Villanova Sports Office will plan and prepare for the sports events ahead until we are advised by the relevant authorities to cancel or postpone.

In fact, as I was just about to send this article for publishing a message from Queensland Athletes has advised that all Cross Country and Track and Field competitions and training be suspended or cancel until May 31. Cross Country training is now suspended at Villanova College.

The most recent information at the time of publishing is found below:

  • Round 7 AIC Cricket, Volleyball and AFL are now cancelled. Training for these sports have ceased.
  • Cross Country training is now suspended at Villanova College on the advice of Queensland Athletics.
  • The Senior Tennis Development program due to commence next Wed 25 March is suspended until further notice.
  • On the advice of Rugby Australia’s announcement earlier this week, all Ben Mowen, Andrew Slack squad training as well as all rugby trials planned for the remainder of the term will be cancelled.
  • On the advice of the Football Federation of Australia all AIC Football training and trials are cancelled until the end of term.
  • Year 5 and Year 6 AIC Chess training is cancelled until further notice. Year 7 – 12 chess training will still go ahead. Chess trials against SLC next Friday 27 March are unlikely.
  • All pre-season Basketball programs (cubs/sabres and wildcats) will go ahead until further notice.

As per correspondence emailed by the College Principal on Monday 16 March, the AIC Management Committee will meet today to discuss the impact of COVID 19 and its implication on Term 2 Sport.

At present our College would be speculating if we were to say what will happen in Term 2 without meeting and discussing this issue with all other members of the AIC Association. There is no doubt that Villanova along with all AIC Colleges wishes to provide safe opportunities for our boys to play sport. If the advice from government authorities remains that gatherings should be no more than 100 people. It could well mean that the Term 2 AIC Cross Country, Chess, Rugby and Football season is in jeopardy.

At present, Education Queensland has given the directive that all representative school sport programs which includes district, regional, state, national, interstate and international competitions are cancelled until further notice.

Many people within our community have been quick and eager to give their advice around playing rugby and football in Term 3. Rescheduling basketball to Friday evenings. Moving chess to mid-week games in Term 3 and so forth. It will be inevitable that some time will be lost in the calendar and it cannot be made up. If this is the case, we will not be able to fit in all the planned activities/sports for the year. Depending on the decisions made, not all people are going to be happy in AIC with regards to the sports that may or not may be able to be played this year.

Given the circumstances and the uncertainty of what will come, we ask for your patience and understanding. It is our hope that more information will unfold before the end of term regarding the make-up of Term 2 and 3 AIC Sport.

As the AFL, Cricket and Volleyball seasons have now concluded, I thank all players, coaches, officials and parents for the season. As mentioned, it was a highly unusual season to have so many cancellations of games and training due to wet weather and now the coronavirus. I must say that our community has handled these sport disruptions very well and I thank you all for that. In next week’s newsletter we will publish the full results including all premiership teams and aggregate performances and provide an overview for the season.

Finally, it looks as though we have no sport, except for the rugby Strength and Conditioning and Year 7 – 12 Chess until the end of term. I’m not sure what to do with myself this weekend or next?

Keep safe and enjoy whatever sport is on the TV!

AIC Cricket – Round 7 v St Patrick’s College
Wet weather plagued last weekend’s round scheduled against St Patrick’s College. Due to the slippery conditions at Shorncliffe, several crucial games were cancelled. The hardest hit with the weather will be our 9A and 7B teams. They haven’t lost a match but because Padua managed to get on last weekend and win in both grades, it leaves our boys having an undefeated season, and still finish second. The state of Villanova’s grounds, superbly prepared by our dedicated ground staff, afforded some of our teams the opportunity to get on and play.  We had a disappointing round, winning 8 games and losing 11 of the matches played, but at least the boys were out there playing.

Due to the current health crisis, the remaining round of cricket has been cancelled.

AIC Cricket Results v St Patrick’s College

Team 1 v SEC 2 v PAD 3 v IONA 4 v SPLC 5 V ASH 6 v SPC
First XI Wash Out Wash Out W

9/192- 96


151- 133


6/135- 134


9/142 – 7/145

Second XI Wash Out Wash Out W

3/131- 6/130


218- 180


8/128 – 2/132


150 – 35

Third XI Wash Out Wash Out W

7/225- 98


5/145 – 144


3/44 – 38

Fourth XI Wash Out Wash Out W v Ash 5hts

9/86- 8/83

L v Ash 5ths

68- 7/69


7/273 – 7/30

W v Villa 5ths

5/110 – 6/68

Fifth XI Wash Out Wash Out L

6/103- 4/106

L v SLC 4ths

7/134- 2/135

L v SLC 4ths

8/82 – 7/150

L v Villa 4ths

6/68 – 5/110

10A Wash Out Wash Out W

4/134- 9/102


8-185- 38


5/103 – 102


2/34 – 33

10B Wash Out Wash Out W

6/227- 74


6/185- 78


123 – 8/124


3/64 – 63

10C Wash Out Wash Out BYE L v SLC 10B

7/123- 6/125


1/84 – 83

W v 10 Gold

3/199 – 6/19

10 Gold Wash Out Wash Out L

9/90- 97

BYE L v Pad 10C

7/106 – 3/107


6/19 – 3/199

9A Wash Out Wash Out W

5/182- 8/69


1/69- 68


1/71 – 70

Wash Out
9B Wash Out Wash Out W

2/95 (20)-

9/119 (35)


6/149- 73




Wash Out
9C Wash Out Wash Out W

5/135- 108

W v Ash Gold

5/82- 9/81


8/76 – 3/77

9 Gold Wash Out Wash Out L

9/53- 5/123

L v Iona 9C

9/32- 3/38


6/74 – 4/47

8A Wash Out Wash Out L

69- 7/131


65- 5/66


9/65 – 4/113


84 – 8/103

8B Wash Out Wash Out W

6/106- 78


5/134- 91


60 – 7/126

Wash Out
8C Wash Out Wash Out W

3/64- 9/63

W v Iona 8C

6/111- 7/79


55 – 6/148


48 – 1/90

8 Gold Wash Out Wash Out W v Ash Gr

4/88- 38

L V Ash White

4/102- 6/103


53 – 6/115

7A Wash Out Wash Out L

108- 5/156


2/68- 7/67


7/152 – 61


8/115 – 2/119

7B Wash Out Wash Out W

7/96- 8/81

W v Ash 7B

7/133- 65


9/103 – 27

7C Wash Out Wash Out L

5/67- 5/115


2/124- 4/76


8/60 – 5/97

7 Gold Wash Out Wash Out L

49- 80

L v Ash 7 Gold

44- 116


72 – 121


79 – 140

6A Wash Out Wash Out L

78- 165


5/77- 8/76


88 – 8/145


5/89 – 6/80

6B Wash Out Wash Out L

4/67- 1/68


3/104- 33


8/102 – 3/137


9/101 – 6/118

6C Wash Out Wash Out L

5/79- 2/85

W v Villa Gold

6/113- 7/73


3/85 – 5/51


7/83 – 8/61

6 Gold Wash Out Wash Out L

7/92- 1/99

L v Villa 6C

7/73- 6/113


5/65 – 4/64

L v SLC 6C

7/91 – 3/114

6 White Wash Out Wash Out L

5/64- 5-67


52- 5/62

Lost on forfeit L

4/111 – 6/114

6 Green Wash Out Wash Out L

31- 5/99


6/64 – 9/46

6 Blue Wash Out Wash Out W

3/43- 19

W v Iona Gr

4/97- 4/75


130 – 72

W v Pad Gr

61 – 46

5A Wash Out Wash Out L



1/188- 78


137 – 88

5B Wash Out Wash Out L

5/83- 5/94


5/95- 94


67 – 100

5C Wash Out Wash Out L

7/77- 9/90

W v Villa Gold

8/108- 7/52


7/78 – 8/75

5 Gold Wash Out Wash Out L

5/38- 2/66

L v Villa 5C

7/52- 8/108


6/17 – 8/97

5 White Wash Out Wash Out L

79- 80

L v Ash 5 Gr

3/96- 4/124


3/50 – 6/51


AIC Volleyball
Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator

That’s a wrap for AIC Volleyball 2020! It is an unfortunate way to end the season but we close doors having had quite a successful 2020. Villanova Volleyball finished with four Premierships, our 7B and Second XI team finished in top spot and our 10C and 9C finished undefeated. Villanova took fourth place in the Aggregate placing which is up from our seventh-place finish in 2019. From all 18 of the Villanova teams, we had eight finish in the top two on the ladder. All of these results are an improvement on our 2019 season,  and we look forward to keeping the momentum through the 2021 season. Volleyball will re-surface later in the year as we prepare to take on some Schools Cup tournaments and trial matches in preparation for our next season.

We thank all our coaching team for their contribution to our program, our large group of officials that took to the referee stand or the score bench and a special mention to all our parents for their support throughout the season, Villanova Volleyball is grateful and appreciative of the time given by staff members, coaches and parents. Finally, we would like to thank all that helped with the running of the canteen, the Boxall and Abraham families and the First VI parents for their post-game lunches and to Villanova’s own Robyn and Simone for their work behind the scenes.

I conclude this report with some sadness that the season is over but also some excitement for what the future holds for Villanova Volleyball!

AIC Volleyball Results v St Patrick’s College

Team 1 v SEC 2 v PAD 3 v IONA 4 v SPLC 5 V ASH 6 v SPC
First XI L 3-1 L 3-0 L 3-1 W 3-0 L 3-1 W 3-0
Second XI W 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-1 W 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-0
Third XI W 3-0 L 2-0 L 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-0 L 2-1
11 A L 2-1 L 2-0 L 2-0 L 2-0 L 2-0 L 2-0
11 B W 2-1


L 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-1 L 2-1
10A L 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-1 L 2-1 W 2-0
10B L 2-0 L 2-0 W 2-1 L 2-1 L 2-0 W 2-0
10C W 2-1 W 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-0 W 2-1 W (Forfeit)
9A W 2-1 L 2-1 W 2-1 L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-0
9B W 2-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 2-1 L 3-0 W 2-1
9C W 2-1 W 2-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 2-1 W 3-0
8A W 2-1 W 3-0 L 3-0 L 2-1 W 2-1 W 3-0
8B L 2-1 L 2-1 L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-0 L 3-0
8C W 3-0 L 2-1 L 3-0 W 3-0 W 2-1 W 2-1
8 Gold Wash Out L 3-0 L 2-1 W 3-0 L 2-1 L 3-0
7A W 2-1 W 2-1 L 2-1 L 2-1 W 2-1 W 2-1
7B W 2-1 W 2-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 L 3-0 W 3-0
7C L 2-1 W 3-0 W 2-1 W 3-0 W 3-0 W 2-1
7 Gold Wash Out W 3-0 L 3-0 W 3-0 L 2-1 W 2-1

Mr Adam Fry, AIC AFL Co-ordinator

What an unforgettable season 2020 AFL has been. In between washed out trainings and games and more recently the current health crisis, it has certainly been a unique and challenging season. What we can be proud of is the hard work and dedication over 150 Villanova men displayed when representing the college. To accomplish a top four finish in the aggregate, we displayed that we had some fantastic wins, but still have some improvement moving into 2021. A huge effort to our teams with our year 8/9’s, 7’s and 6A’s all finishing second. We must applaud however our 6B’s and 5A’s on an outstanding undefeated season. Villanova AFL is in great hands in the future years.

I would like to say a big thank you to firstly all the parents for your continual support and running around for each boy to ensure that we had such a successful season. I would like to thank Craig, Todd, Anthony and Chris in the Sports Office for all your work behind the scenes to ensure a fantastic season. Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you to all coaches Brian, Jared, Darren, Greg, Matt, Liam, James and Benji for your hard work and dedication to these players throughout the season. Without our coaches our season would not have been even close to what it was, and the boys thoroughly enjoyed having you all show them your skill and commitment to the cause.

It has been an unforgettable season of Villanova AFL which would not have been possible without all our players putting in one hundred percent week in, week out. I look forward to trials and training getting underway at the end of 2020 and cannot wait for round one in 2021.

AIC AFL Results v St Patricks’ and Ashgrove

Open – St Patrick’s College 7.2(44) def. Villanova College 5.4(34)
Year 8/9 – St Patrick’s College 6.3(39) def. Villanova College 3.8(26)
Year 7 – Villanova College 8.7(55) def. St Patrick’s College 0.0(0)
6A – Villanova College 7.2(44) def. Marist College Ashgrove 3.6(24)
6B – Villanova College 12.18(90) def. Marist College Ashgrove 3.1(19)
5A – Villanova College 7.7(49) def. Marist College Ashgrove 2.1(13)
5B – Marist College Ashgrove 6.2(38) def. Villanova College 5.5(35)

AIC Chess
Mr Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

Unfortunately, this week we have suspended the Junior Chess Competition at morning tea due to the large numbers of students who participate in the Junior School. We are looking at alternate arrangements to allow the boys to continue in some format during this term and next. Further information will be forthcoming in both the newsletters and the sports information. Please check these on a regular basis for any updates.

The Intermediate and Senior levels have smaller numbers and so, as there are five teams in these levels, a day during the week will be allotted for each team after consultation with the boys as to which days are the best for them, depending on other activities that they are required to attend during the week. The boys will be notified of this by email and it will be placed in the newsletter and sport page once the days are set.

At this stage it is unlikely that the trial games against other schools will go ahead and decisions will be made in relation to the Term 2 competition later this week. Updates will be available as information comes to hand.

First IV Tennis Training Squad
Many of our top tennis players have been issued with an invitation to attend a First pre-season tennis training program which was due to commence next Wednesday 25 March. Those who have been invited are asked to complete and hand back their ‘statement of player commitment’ form to the Sports Office ASAP.

Due to the coronavirus situation this program is now suspended until further notice. Hopefully we can commence this program early in Term 2.

Representative Sport Cancellations
Please be aware that ALL trials for Met East, Composite and Lytton have been postponed. If Lytton parents are chasing a refund for a cancelled trial, please refer to the Locker Room and go to the District Sport section.

Representative Sport
Well done to the boys below who had made the Met East Swim team that was due to be held at Chandler in late March (which is now cancelled).  The efforts put in by each of those listed below reflects many hours, weeks, months and in some cases years of hard work and training. All these boys are to be congratulated on their perseverance and efforts – Wyatt Clelland, Benjamin Landers, Oliver Jacobs, Thomas Longland, Caleb Johnston, Harvey Thompson, Darcy Kerr, Wade Wildin-Powell and Tyler Schafer.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Ensemble lessons and rehearsals
At this stage, we are running business as usual in the Music Department within the bounds of changes to routine previously communicated home.  Any information regarding change of routine due to our health situation has been sent via email to students and parents, countersigned by the Principal.  These letters are then placed in Parent Lounge along with all other Covid-19 correspondence that has been sent by the College. A special webpage has also been set up. If you have not seen these documents, please take a moment to read over the changes we have implemented to safeguard the health of our community.

As we continue on campus, all absences must be communicated to the Music Office.  If your son is at home, we require communication notifying how long he will be away from school.  At the moment, students who are absent and notify the Music Office will have their lessons either made-up in the future or credited against future accounts.  If you do not notify us, I will not be expecting teachers to make up the missed lesson.

I have been receiving requests for online teaching for students not attending school.  At this stage, this will not be an option in our program.  We are, however, working on solutions to maintain student progress as well as possible through online means.  Once this is clarified, I will communicate home with families.

Debut Concert Series
Due to recent events, our Debut Concert Series has been cancelled.  Over the end of this week, we have been filming our ensembles in performance in Hanrahan Theatre.  These will be shared with families over the weekend.  A link will be distributed to parents and students via email.

Entertainment Books
Every year, our Music Support Group participates in the Entertainment Book drive.  This year, Entertainment Books are selling their digital format only.  Information will be distributed to students involved in the music performance program at Villanova over the coming fortnight.

Entertainment Memberships can start anytime and are packed with thousands of substantial savings on dining, travel and fun family activities. The digital membership is easy to download to start using instantly. New offers are added weekly for ongoing value all year round. Ordering information is available here.

Would your business like to reach 20K people in the music or education market?
This year is the 30th Anniversary of QCMF.  If you would like to promote your product or services to over 20,000 people from across Queensland at this fantastic event, please contact our Festival Business Development Manager, Gordon Hughes – or 3394 5691.

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.  We hope that we can continue to be of service to you and your son as we navigate this challenging time together.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

Our 2020 Tuckshop menu is available by clicking here.


Monday 23 March
Kym Edser
Liz Burge
Donna  Skelton
Natalie Blackshaw
Michelle Blum
Christine Poole
Dave Learoyd
Doone Wildin
Kyle-Ann Walsh

Tuesday 24 March
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Luisa Snell
Deanne Wooden
Cath  Watson
Katrina Kozionas
Genevieve Keskinidis
Jo Kalligeros
Jennifer Spoto
Venetia Vitanza

Wednesday 25 March
Karen O’Mara
Narina Jenkinson
Alison Wilde
Sam Thompson
Rum Raddatz
Melissa  Townsend
Tabbatha Pillon

Thursday 26 March
Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Sue Godwin
Julia Fleming
Lucy Sheridan
Samantha Rigden
Clancy Wincote
Andrea Carter

Friday 27 March
Maria O’Leary Chay
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Maria Spina
Emma Capaldi
Paula Conte
Anna Lestani
Tanya Henry




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