Principal's Welcome

College Open Day
Last Thursday we welcomed some 340 families and well over a thousand people to the College to share and celebrate Villanova College life and the opportunities it presents to our boys. The preparation for such days are vitally important because it asks everyone involved in the school to ask the question “Why?”

  • Why does Villanova exist?
  • Why is a Catholic school in the Augustinian tradition important?
  • Why would someone want to send their son to our College?
  • Why do I choose to work here?
  • Why is education and teaching so important to me and to parents?

In asking these questions you are encouraged to engage in defining clarity of purpose, re-orientation to one’s motivations and action and a re-identification of what outcomes one is looking for that may deliver happiness and satisfaction. Questioning “why” delivers purpose and defines accomplishment.

There is another layer though that is specific to the realm of our Augustinian identity. Asking “Why” shapes our convictions to our values of humility, interiority and being restless in our search for truth. This time of questioning and finding answers or solutions shaped our Open Day. It made the decision about who presented, what was showcased, how we shared our community. The goal was to show “The Villanova Graduate” and how we get there. The showcase was the boys who participated, who performed, who led tours, who spoke with visitors, who engaged in activities with one another in community. For that I am very thankful as for me it was yet another opportunity, in a different setting to get to know the real Villanova. To see how when challenged the Villanova boy steps up. I have seen it in the classroom and on the sports field, but these are places where largely boys are comfortable, they know the landscape! Engaging with strangers, talking about their school, showing welcome and hospitality and feeling the nervousness of a question they don’t quite know the answer to – this is a new challenge! I am honoured to say that our boys, your boys, stepped up brilliantly. Equally, our staff again showed their quality and commitment in the way the event was organised and managed and the careful way our prospective parents were considered in the design of the program and what elements of College life were showcased. It was a great day to get to know our school and define our direction and purpose with clarity and intent.

National Reconciliation week
Last week we acknowledged National Sorry Day and this week has been Reconciliation week. Included in these acknowledgements was last weekend’s Reconciliation round. A week when all First sides in football and rugby deliver an acknowledgement and commitment to reconciliation. This is one of the great characteristics of AIC, as an association of largely Catholic schools, with one Lutheran school we have shared values and shared perspectives. This means that the sporting field can perhaps achieve more than just the outcome of a game.

Last Friday’s assembly we also heard from former Brisbane Lion Mr Daryl White of his own family’s experiences in Alice Springs and the trauma of life as part of a family directly impacted by the policy and practices that delivered the national disgrace that was the ‘stolen generation’. Such presentations and conversations are always difficult for those who are the privileged or were the beneficiaries of such government policy and actions. Developing in ourselves empathy and understanding is often difficult because, as we analyse the outcomes and impacts of those historical decisions, we have to acknowledge their abhorrence and with that be willing to accept responsibility to take action to reconcile and heal the wounds that have been caused. Too often we keep an insular perspective and only consider that because we personally have not engaged in direct action that alienated communities or stole children and culture from our first nations people that we have nothing to reconcile or apologise for. However, we are challenged to move beyond such insular and selfish perspectives. There needs to be collective acknowledgement, clear and honest education and perhaps some contextualised rebalancing of resources or finances to build measures that engage community, reconnect culture and proactively see the value of indigenous culture and indigenous peoples restored. It is a complex and timely task, but when you engage with Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples and talk of their culture and custom it is such a worthwhile pursuit for our national identity.

College security adjustments
As per my email from earlier in the week the first stage of College security arrangements will begin next week, a week ahead of time. From 8:45 each morning all College gates will be locked and access is only available from Sixth and Seventh avenue. This is for students, parents and contractors. All parents will be required to go to the Main College Reception to sign in, as has been previous College practice. Students if late for school will go directly to their sub-school administration area.

Core infrastructure elements are being planned and further information will be shared in due course.

Vale Fr Gerry Dullard, Augustinian Priest and former Rector of the College
One of the great characters and friends of Villanova College Fr Gerry Dullard passed away this week in Melbourne. Given his presence and passion for Villanova College, and influence over past generations of Villanovans, a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday 14th July at 7pm with Fr Peter Wieneke hosting. More details will follow. It will be held on campus at the College but the exact venue is yet to be determined. To RSVP please click here.

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

It is eight weeks until one of my most favourite Villanova College events of the year – the Villa Community Carnival is returning on Saturday, July 23.  After two years of socially distancing and restrictions on hospitality events, it is the prime opportunity for parents to show their spirit of community, so that St Augustine himself would think his words on the pages had indeed come to life.

Let me paint the picture for you, for unless you have older students you may be first wondering what the International Carnival is all about.  The College grounds are transformed with rides, stalls, food and drink areas, raffles, live bands, and most importantly the laughter of all who walk through the College gates.  Ride passes see students entertained for hours with friends, fairground games show off the skills we never knew we had (the lob-a-choc a crowd favourite), people queue for home-made fudge/toffee and bunting is stuck to any surface that stands still long enough.  Whilst the music pumps through the speakers and vocalists belt out a cross section of lyrics, you will find me queuing for the grilled octopus, haloumi and honey puffs at the Greek Stall – guaranteed firm winner every single time.  Others crowd for the hot chips, Italian pizzas and pastas, burgers, Indian curries and much much more.

I am putting out the call for Year 5 and Year 6 parents to volunteer some time towards the “Procurement and Stall Logistics Convenor Team” please.  We need the bodies and hands to set up to do one of a number of tasks:

  • Helping organise stall requirements in terms of consumables (plates, cups, wine glasses, tablecloths).
  • Physical picking up and returning of hired/borrowed goods (deep fryers, barbecues, fridges)
  • Organising collection/return of equipment from other schools (tents, tables, lights)
  • Liaising with stalls to ensure all requirements are met during set up – problem solving!
  • Coordinating and supervising volunteers for set up (Friday afternoon/Saturday morning) and/or packing down (Sunday) of the event (tents, lighting, fencing, signage installation, infrastructure positioning)

We NEED your help – and what better way to get to know other parents or spend time with the best mates you already have by volunteering their services as well!  It is time to engage – to commit to bringing the International Carnival back to the forefront of the boys’ experiences.  Show your sons firsthand that this is how a community pulls together and gets the work done to maximise the fun factor.

Please email Emma-Jane, the Carnival Convenor as soon as possible with your names and commitments.  The grilled octopus depends on it!

Of course, there will be many other ways to help – running the stalls on the night, making baked goods, wrapping up prizes etc. – so never fear, everybody can pitch in.  However, we really do need those that can action the grounds to make the space within the College gates work as all the countries, cultures and backgrounds coming together to show off their wares.  Where voices can spruik what they are selling.

Our Junior School families will have the full support of those with experience from other years – do not fear you will be left alone to figure things out.  There is a passing of wisdom and a time to step up to the plate which is now.  PLEASE help us highlight what really matters in our community –people and our connections with each other.

­­­Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School


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Middle School

Last week we opened our gates to prospective new members of our Villanova community for our annual Open Day. Hundreds of hopeful families toured the campus, wanting to catch a glimpse of what we do and how we do it. The morning tours were led by a group of 45 Year 9 students supported by 25 Year 6 boys.

It was a big moment for these Year 9s. Entrusted with leading a tour group and showcasing the College, its charism and its facilities. Any nervous moments that I may have had prior to the tours quickly dissipated as tours commenced. What I witnessed was a perfect example of what happens when you afford young people an opportunity to lead and show agency.

Not only did they speak with confidence and clarity, but they showed a passion for the College and their own holistic journey. It was truly inspiring.
I extend a warm thanks to these boys involved for their service and leadership. I also thank the staff and students who were more widely involved in the event.

This Friday, I commence my long planned for and much appreciated, Long Service Leave. I am quite looking forward to this time away from the College and know that this leave will serve as a time of both personal and professional renewal. I want to thank the various staff who will cover for me in different ways during my absence and appreciate the well wishes I have received from multiple Villanova College families. Mr Sean O’Neill has been appointed as the Acting Head of Middle School until I return in October.

I wish all students, parents and staff all the best for the coming months.

Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School


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Senior School

A Stoic Mindset
As we enter into a busy assessment period with the upcoming examinations for our Senior School students, where our young men can be met with feelings of stress and anxiety, it is important that they consider their locus of control. This introspection of mindset is a particularly stoic way of working- having a clear understanding of the things within one’s control and focusing energy on these things rather than those that remain outside one’s control.

What are these things that are in one’s control?

  • My thoughts and actions
  • How I speak to myself
  • How I spend my free time
  • What I give my energy to
  • The goals I set
  • How I handle challenges
  • My boundaries

The elements outside of one’s control include:

  • The actions of others
  • The past and the future
  • The opinions of others
  • What other people think of me

I wish all Senior School students every success in their examinations and assignment completion across the coming fortnight.

Servant Leadership
One of the underpinning philosophies associated with the character formation of our students is servant leadership- the intrinsic value of an unselfish mindset in supporting others. Two recent events at the College offered our Senior School Students this opportunity to demonstrate servant leadership- our Open Day last Thursday and the St James School Under 8s Day on Tuesday of this week.

At the Open Day, students across Years 10-12 served as tour guides in the afternoon and evening sessions and were outstanding ambassadors for our College. Our inaugural involvement in St James’ School Under 8s Day saw a contingent of our Year 10 students organise a series of games suited for younger primary school students. I would like to congratulate our students for their positive display of servant leadership across both of these events.

Senior School Assembly
Tomorrow morning our Student Leadership Team will conduct the first Senior School assembly for this year in the Hanrahan Theatre. This assembly provides a great opportunity and platform for our student leaders to address the student body about projects including the upcoming You Are Not Alone Fun Run.

The State Manager for Lifeline, Mr Geoffrey Newman will also address the assembly to discuss with our young men the way in which funds raised in the fun run will support the work of their Crisis Call Centres in supporting those at risk within our community. I would like to commend the Student Leadership Team for their work in preparing this assembly.

Staff Senior Banquet
Tomorrow evening, Year 12 students will have the pleasure of engaging in table fellowship with their teachers at the Staff-Senior Banquet- one of the oldest and most storied traditions that exist at Villanova College as part of  the Senior journey.

This distinctly Augustinian ritual celebrates the poignancy of the teacher-student relationship and provides a rare opportunity for our Seniors to enjoy a social occasion with staff. The night also reinforces the importance of continued unity and a shared commitment by the Senior class moving into their final semester at the College as they endeavour to prepare for their external examinations and seek to leave a legacy.

I would like to thank Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader, Mr Tony Rolls for his organisation of the evening. Furthermore, the contribution of the Year 12 parent group always makes the occasion a special memory for our young men.

“Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.” – Andrew Murray

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School


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Ministry and Formation News

Ongoing conversion – Be Brave.  Make Change!
Reconciliation Week 2022

Reconciliation Week – an important week in the calendar of Australia, and for us here at Villanova College!  Our incoming Prime Minister in his first address named the priority of the Uluru Statement From the Heart, and a commitment to supporting a First Nations Voice to Parliament.  How fitting for this year’s theme for Reconciliation Week is ‘Be Brave. Make Change!’ As we seek reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we certainly do need to be brave – willing to listen and to really hear; to be willing to create spaces to learn about the culture, history, lore, language, wisdom and spirituality of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We have certainly been being brave and making change during Reconciliation Week.  We have had groups of students attending a number of events across Reconciliation Week.  Students and staff together attended Lourdes Hill College for their Reconciliation Week assembly.  It was awesome to see how alive and active their community is with a full student led assembly that included a water blessing, song, dance, poetry and music.  Our students marvelled as their Reconciliation Captain led us!

The next morning on Sorry Day we gathered some of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students together with leaders from our YCS group at Wynnum for the Sorry Day Ceremony led by Winnam Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders.  This was an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the damage done through the stolen generation and to recommit ourselves to the ongoing process of reconciliation.  On Friday our full community gathered for our Reconciliation Assembly which included an address from Darryl White, successful AFL player who shared his personal story and broke open the challenges present in Reconciliation week.  Today there is another group of Villanova students joining in the events for Reconciliation Week with other students from across the Brisbane Archdiocese.  We look forward to hearing about their experience.

At this time we particularly acknowledge our own Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff.  We are so proud that you are members of the Villanova community, and we have much to learn from and are with you as we make the journey towards Reconciliation.  At Villanova College we are preparing to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan.  We look forward to doing this in partnership with all our staff, students and community.  In our wider Church there is a link also to the message from the Archdiocese for Reconciliation Week which is well worth the read to consider our involvement in supporting change to ensure First Nations voice in parliament.

From our Ministries
Our ministry teams have a constant run of events and activities happening. The Green Team had a clean up of Norman Creek a couple of weeks ago and this week they will be out and planting in Finger Gully. These students join with the groups heading out each week to Emmanuel City Mission, our YAYM students who have been plogging around the College conducting races to clean up at lunchtime.

The following captures the enthusiasm of our students:
Alex Russ – a member of the Green Team:

“Sitting in Period 6 Geography, my heart was beating with excitement as I was about to go on my first ‘Norman Creek Clean Up’. My right leg bounced, up and down, under my desk waiting for the clock hand to strike 3:00. Restless, I tried to pace the beating of my heart with a deep breath. I was so excited as to what I might get my hands on; a new cricket ball, a pair of old air pods, maybe even something exciting like an old cooking knife or a worthful watch. “Bing, Bing, Bing”. The school bell had rung, and I flew down to Goold Hall where I was accompanied by Fr Saldie, Fr Pete, Ms Garrone, Ms Watson and the other excited boys. Making our way down to Norman Creek my mates and I were pondering over the many opportunities of what items we could find entangled in the mangroves.

Upon approaching the first cleaning segment of the creek – after barely a minute – my foot stumbled upon about a hand sized round object half in the dirt of the mangroves. Dusting it off and wiping off the mud, it was a jumbo handball! Normally these would sell for at least $3.oo – $5.oo in most of the regular shops. My first worthy find, and it wasn’t even 10 minutes in! Moving further down the river, the group split up into two.

The Year 11’s went to the left of the river, whereas the Year 10’s (my group) went to the right and further down following the foot path whilst collecting any rubbish we spotted. About another 10 – 15 minutes past, and thanks to the help of Oliver, Patrick, and Charlie’s eagle eye spotting we managed to fill about a full jumbo rubbish bag. Further down from where we were walking, after crossing over a road, I heard some boys tussling in a nearby bush. I saw Raif, Harry, Lachey, and Keeney standing over a mud ridden short drop off cliff. Down the bottom was a big yellow lid bin! However due to the excess weight from all the flood and rainwater that it had collected, it was unable to move. Tightening my gloves I slid down the hill to where Harry and Ollie were trying to move it. With help of my added strength, and Harry’s ingenuity of using a branch as a tactical lever, we were able to flip the bin forcing all the water to empty and return to the creek. Then Ollie, Harry and I made a chain to pull the bin up the side of the cliff. Success! We managed to take the bin with us for the rest of the journey whilst also using it as the perfect contemporary storage unit for full bags of rubbish.

Another 10 – 20 minutes later, Ollie, Charlie, Patty, and I came upon a crossover bridge that was full with rubbish underneath. Climbing over the side of the bridge Patty and I used the rubbish grabber to glide around the slippery mud under the bridge like an ice-rink whilst collecting rubbish along the way. We managed to collect another two halves of the big rubbish bags. Among the large amount of rubbish, we collected two bonus handballs, a small bum-bag, and a pair of very muddy pants. This was the easy part. The funniest part was climbing back up the bridge which was a challenge since the decaying board we climbed down on had snapped because Patty decided to bounce on it. Whilst it was amusing to see each of us fail to climb back up, I was able to swiftly jump and grab the railing of the bridge and pull myself up. Sadly our time was over, but at least we were able to reflect on the amount of rubbish that we collected. Walking back up the hill leading to Goold Hall, the boys and I were able to reflect on the amount of enjoyment and pleasure we had to race around and collect the rubbish that was damaging Norman Creek. Outside of Goold Hall, covered in mud, all the boys brought the rubbish together to show our success. Thanks to Harry fishing the baby huntsman spider out of the bin we found, we were able to store all the rubbish in the now empty bin. This experience was great fun, and a bonding experience for me and my friends who participated. I highly recommend this experience to anyone that wishes to participate and to not let the thought of getting your hands dirty prevent you from coming. This was an awesome experience and I hope to be a part of the following years clean ups for the rest of my time at Villanova. I would very much like to thank Fr Saldie and Ms Jones for giving me the option to participate in this learning experience, especially with my mates too.”

Archbishop Mark has a message for you
Last week we had the Federal election and this week we have Sorry Day. The new government has said that it will fully endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and that seems positive. One of the three key elements of the Statement is an Indigenous voice to parliament, and the new Prime Minister has pledged to have a referendum on this in his first term. That too could be good. But it will be good only if it has not just bipartisan support but support across the political spectrum which has become more diverse as a result of the election. In this country it’s hard for a referendum to pass and almost impossible when there isn’t very wide political and popular support. The last thing we need is for the question of an Indigenous voice to parliament to become a political football. It would mean that the referendum would almost certainly fail. So it’s up to all of us to ensure that those elected to the new parliament understand what’s at stake and throw their weight behind the push for an Indigenous voice to parliament. That would be another major step on the way to reconciliation.

Our online Parish Priest Fr Peter Brannelly encourages us to acknowledge and celebrate the unique God-given dignity of everyone blessed to call Australia home this National Reconciliation Week. Watch now.

Villa Cares Flood Benefit
We continue to hear media reports of those still recovering from the effects of the floods and of the needs of those who still require assistance.
The recent Villa Cares Flood Benefit Concert raised $2,400 to help those affected by floods. Generous donations were received from Greg Cooley Wines and the Villanova College Parents and Friends Association.

Thank you to those who attended the Concert or who made donations. Your contributions will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those impacted by floods.


Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Teaching and Learning News

Open Day
Last week we welcomed many of the wider community to our annual Open Day. Open Day is an opportunity for our staff and students to showcase the College, and to demonstrate all that goes on not only during class time but after hours also.

Tours were ably led by students across our all year levels and it was great to see prospective parents and boys engaging in conversations with our students about what makes Villanova College such a vibrant learning community.

Examination Timetables
As we approach the end of another term, the focus for the majority of our students turns to examinations. As always, our teachers are continuing to work with your sons not only on their subject knowledge but also on the best way to prepare for examinations.

Mr Astill has emailed students in all year levels with regards to specific examination details, and assessment calendars continue to be available on Student Café and accessible to parents on Parent Lounge.

Holidays During Term Time
During the last two years, COVID has certainly inconvenienced the wider community in many ways. The ability to travel and take holidays are certainly areas most affected. With the easing of travel restrictions, it has been wonderful to see families being able to resume travel.

Whilst I understand that families are very keen to travel, I would remind parents / guardians that keeping this to the holiday period allows for continuity in their son’s learning and prevents him from missing important assessment.

The Teaching and Learning Office is sometimes contacted by parents asking for assessment dates to be modified in order for their son to finish the school term early. If an early departure for the term (or a late start for the new term) is unavoidable, please be aware that:

  • Any assignment that is due while the student is away needs to be submitted prior to their departure
  • The integrity of examination must be maintained and as a result, examinations cannot be completed early

I thank parents / guardians for their understanding of this matter.


Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

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I congratulate all members of our college community who did their part to ensure the round of fixtures was relatively trouble free against St. Laurence’s College over the weekend. However, there were a few spectators that need to remember that if we want our sons to display good sportsmanship towards the opposition players and to the referees, it should be modelled by coaches and parents. A couple of games were marred by abuse directed at the referees from the sidelines and whether it was from Villanova parents or from the opposition, there is no place for it in on our sporting fields. There is a code of conduct for spectators, and it should be followed by all.

Conduct of Spectators
a) Good play by either side should be acknowledged by spectators in the appropriate manner. This can encourage players and help them to lift their game as the match or contest progresses. Unwise or fanatical barracking can make a player perform foolish actions in his play, or incite him to foul play, which is not to be condoned.
b) The Head of College has the legal right to remove any person or persons who do not conform to the acceptable standards of behaviour as laid down by his school.
c) Consumption of alcohol by spectators during the conduct of a match or contest is not permitted.
d) Referees or umpires are not to be approached by spectators at any time before, during or after a match.
e) Abuse of any form, directed at referees is not acceptable and has no part in the AIC association. Spectators responsible for yelling abuse at games may be asked to leave the venue.
f) Cheering and supporting one’s own team is recognised as part of the conduct of the game and, provided this barracking is within the requirements of the By Laws (with respect to Athletics and Swimming), it is to be encouraged. However, negative barracking against another school is not acceptable, and should be discouraged.
g) While the host school should make every endeavour to provide for the disposal of rubbish, all should make every effort not to litter any parts of the playing fields and/or grounds.

Junior School AIC Cross Country Champions
Well done to our Cross Country team who yesterday competed at the annual AIC Cross Country Championships at Curlew Park. The boys worked hard during what was a very disruptive pre-season and came away with an equal first place overall in the Year 5 and Year 6 Aggregate with Iona and a third place overall in the 12 years to Open Aggregate.

Our Year 5 team took out first place in their age group division, with four runners finishing in the top 10. Many thanks go to our Cross-Country Co-ordinator Mr Brian Pascoe as well as to the entire coaching staff including Mr Jordan Roache, Mr David Barton, Mr Tom Lonergan and Ms Amy Roberts for all their time, effort and expertise in preparing the team for what was a strong showing by our runners. The coaches will prepare a full report for next week’s Sports Bulletin.

It was another huge round of rugby, football and chess fixtures over the weekend as our boys took on St Laurence’s College. In what were very trying and muddy conditions at Villanova Park, the boys dug in and played some entertaining rugby. Unfortunately, the state of the fields meant we had to give up our home ground advantage to SLC. I was extremely proud of all the boys as we had many competitive games across the board in both rugby and football. Unfortunately, the opposition proved to be too strong on the day in chess, winning all matches, while the football sides lost 16 and won eight with three draws. The rugby teams turned the tables on SLC from last year and came away with 13 wins and 12 losses.

For me, the game of the week was the 1st XI football match. Villanova was up against an unbeaten St Laurence’s outfit, and we had to forego our home ground advantage due to the condition of Field 5 at Villanova Park and play SLC at Gair Oval, South Brisbane. There was a lot to play for from both sides. The intensity of the game was extremely high with great determination shown by both teams. Villanova dominated a frustrated Laurie’s team and came away with a 4-1 win. It was a great game of schoolboy football, played in good spirits. Well done, Villa! It is certainly the case that there is no easy game in 1st football anymore. Each school can win on the day if teams are not prepared to switch on and bring their best. With 2 rounds remaining, our boys must not get ahead of themselves and must be prepared to play with the same intensity for the remainder of the season. We take it one game at a time and St. Edmund’s College will be a very tough assignment. Prepare well!

I thank all members of the ‘Villanova Sports Club’ and their helpers, who do an outstanding job each home game assisting with the running of the canteens at Villanova Park. These people provide such an important service to our own community as well as showing a sense of hospitality to our guest Colleges from week to week. I encourage as many Villanova parents as possible to spend some time serving in the canteen, as it is a great way to build community spirit and it is an ideal way to make new friends. At times the canteen does need the help of parents to serve and cook as other parents must get away to watch their sons play, this can leave the canteen understaffed from time to time. If all families could lend a hand for 30 min prior to the commencement of their son’s game, it would be most helpful.

On behalf of the College, I thank the Sports Club for their organization of the annual Sports Club Luncheon held last Friday at the Greek Club. We thank the members of the organizing committee and in particular, Eddie Harris, for all his hard work. Not only is this a great community building event, but it is also a way to acknowledge Villanova’s sporting greats and to raise funds to improve and upgrade the College’s sporting facilities. The work and level of support the Sports Club offers the College is outstanding. Be assured that every cent raised from canteens, mega raffles, the luncheon etc. goes directly into these sporting facilities. Little things like assisting in the canteens for 30 minutes each week is a way that all parents can put their shoulder to the wheel and support the Sports Club in their fund-raising efforts.

Much planning and preparation has been spent as we look ahead to the Trimester 3 sport program. Please read the relevant sections below which outline further information pertaining to the trial process in each of the AIC sports offered in Trimester 3. Please encourage your son/s to become involved in these trials and for him to showcase his talents to our school. As College policy dictates, those with special gifts and talents are encouraged to represent our college, furthermore, please be aware that participation in school sport does take precedence over other sporting interests and commitments outside of school. As paraphrased by St Thomas of Villanova – our gifts and talents are not for us alone, they are to be shared with others for the good of our community.

Villanova Park will be used this weekend to host the Year 9-Open rugby and football and many other supplementary games. Best wishes to all involved this weekend as we play St Edmund’s College in the main round of chess, rugby and football. Determination, effort and pride will be the order of the day. I wish all our Year 12 students the best of luck as they play their final fixture in rugby and football at Villanova Park. Thank you for your involvement in the program over the years. I hope you enjoy your last game at Home.

AIC Cross Country – Year 5 and Year 6
On the last Wednesday of Term 1 the Juniors were able to have their first training session of the cross country season.  Though the ground was wet from recent rain the session went ahead in a restricted fashion. Two weeks of school holidays, where we were able to program and conduct seven training sessions, turned out to be invaluable in providing a foundation to the boys’ fitness. The cancellation of the training session on Anzac Day, due to rain, provided a prediction of what was to come for the remainder of the season.

Fortunately, Villanova was able to provide suitable testing at Sunday afternoon sessions run at Whites Hill Recreation Reserve. The 28 Year 5 and 14 Year 6 boys took this disruption in their stride and their regular participation ensured a worthy team was able to be selected for the AIC Championship yesterday, 1 June. Congratulations to the 12 boys from each year level who were selected to represent Villanova College in 2022.

AIC Cross Country – Mr Brian Pascoe, AIC Cross Country Coordinator
Many brave Villa students went to Curlew Park, Sandgate last week to compete at the annual AIC Cross-Country Championships. The runners affectionately known as the ‘Running Wildcats’, relished the opportunity to finally compete in a Cross-Country event following the cancellation of the warm-up events due to the prolonged rain event.

There were many great runs on the day which was a product of the perseverance, consistency and hard work displayed over the Cross-Country season. The effort was rewarded with many great by Running Wildcats given the opportunity to show how great they are and run at their best.

Significant efforts displayed by Running Wildcats at Curlew Park included the following, with the first home in each age group is acknowledged as age champion.

  • Under 12: Ethan Prasaad 4th, Pat Overland 12th, Ethan Hayward 16th, Ashane Jayaweera 23rd.
  • Under 13: Steve Woodgate 10th, Liam Holmes 17th, Billy Pearson 20th, Nate Lobegeiger 23rd , Oliver Kotzur 25th , Josh Franks 25th.
  • Under 14: Bailey Horvath 8th, Jack Fidge 9th, Dan McPhee 13th , Toby Hall 19th , Patrick Holmes 20th.
  • Under 15: Chris Anderson 18th, Matt Carson 25th, Henry Oberhardt 26th, Joe Grigson 33rd, Dam Warman 34th.
  • Under 16: Kyan Simpson 4th, Ben Hermiston 17th, Alex Holmes 20th, Sam Rigby 26th.
  • Open: Mitch Rieck 5th, Joaquin Wieczorek 6th, Cohen Stewart 17th, Luke Schaumburg 33rd, Michael Anderson 42nd, Patrick Grigson 51st.

At the championships to cover for injury and illness a number of boys ran in older divisions which were also longer than they had trained for. They ran brave, these runners included Boston Midgley and Luke Estreich. Well done supporting the Running Wildcats on the day.

The Aristo Zenonos Medal for the most outstanding performance of the day was awarded to Kyan Simpson who bravely took the lead at the 2 km mark in the Under 16 event. After a brave performance he was caught not far from the finish line attaining a excellent result in 4th runner home. Well done Kyan.

I would like to acknowledge the excellent running program delivered to the Running Wildcats by the coaches and managers. The work of Amy Roberts, Tom Lonergan with the Junior School and mentoring the Middle and Senior Schools were Jordan Roache, Gerard Gannon, and David ‘Barto’ Barton’s, who were always empathetic and professional, assisting each competitor to show how great they are!

Well done,
Mr Brian Pascoe, AIC Cross Country Coordinator

AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Fixtures, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June – Times and Venues
All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St Edmund’s College (and other supplementary games) are available on the College’s website.

Villanova Sports Club Canteen Roster
Please support the Villanova Sport Club by assisting in the canteen as per roster below.

Rugby/Football Canteen Roster

Villanova Park – 4 June

We ask parents to assist when their son arrives for warm up 30 minutes before their scheduled game.
All parents who can assist are asked to report to Sarah Patterson.

Time Rugby Parents Football Parents
7.00am 5D, 6D, 10B
7.30am 6A, 6B
8.00am 9A, 9B, 5C
8.30am 5A, 5B, 9C
9.00am 10A, 4th XI, 9C
9.30am 5th XV, 5C, 9B
10.00am 2nd XI, 3rd XI, 10C
10.30am 4th XV, 10B, 9A
11.00am 1st XI
11.30am 3rd XV, 10A, 8D, 8E
12.30pm 2nd XV
1.00pm 1st XV

Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues
**A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, ALL AIC Sporting venues are dog free venues**
As is the case with Villanova College, all members of the AIC Competition have the policy that their playing grounds are dog free.  I ask that all members of the Villanova community to respect each College’s policy and not take their dog to any AIC playing fields. It is awkward for Villanova staff to remind dog owners of this policy each weekend.

AIC Fixtures and Training – Absenteeism
As a matter of course, we would expect that if a player were unable to attend a game or training for any reason that he would notify the coach involved. This can be done directly through the Sports Office (during the week) or alternatively and preferably, parents can use the coaches contact details (email address) which is posted on the website under the individual sports sections.  The College requires all students to commit wholeheartedly to the entire season including all training and games where possible – it is the ‘Villanova Way’. May I please ask all parents to support the College regarding this matter.

AIC Cross Country – Mr Brian Pascoe, AIC Cross Country Coordinator
Many brave Villa students went to Curlew Park, Sandgate last week to compete at the annual AIC Cross-Country Championships. The runners affectionately known as the ‘Running Wildcats’, relished the opportunity to finally compete in a Cross-Country event following the cancellation of the warm-up events due to the prolonged rain event.

There were many great runs on the day which was a product of the perseverance, consistency and hard work displayed over the Cross-Country season. The effort was rewarded with many great by Running Wildcats given the opportunity to show how great they are and run at their best.

Significant efforts displayed by Running Wildcats at Curlew Park included the following, with the first home in each age group is acknowledged as age champion.

  • Under 12: Ethan Prasaad 4th, Pat Overland 12th, Ethan Hayward 16th, Ashane Jayaweera 23rd.
  • Under 13: Steve Woodgate 10th, Liam Holmes 17th, Billy Pearson 20th, Nate Lobegeiger 23rd , Oliver Kotzur 25th , Josh Franks 25th.
  • Under 14: Bailey Horvath 8th, Jack Fidge 9th, Dan McPhee 13th , Toby Hall 19th , Patrick Holmes 20th.
  • Under 15: Chris Anderson 18th, Matt Carson 25th, Henry Oberhardt 26th, Joe Grigson 33rd, Dam Warman 34th.
  • Under 16: Kyan Simpson 4th, Ben Hermiston 17th, Alex Holmes 20th, Sam Rigby 26th.
  • Open: Mitch Rieck 5th, Joaquin Wieczorek 6th, Cohen Stewart 17th, Luke Schaumburg 33rd, Michael Anderson 42nd, Patrick Grigson 51st.

At the championships to cover for injury and illness a number of boys ran in older divisions which were also longer than they had trained for. They ran brave, these runners included Boston Midgley and Luke Estreich. Well done supporting the Running Wildcats on the day.

The Aristo Zenonos Medal for the most outstanding performance of the day was awarded to Kyan Simpson who bravely took the lead at the 2 km mark in the Under 16 event. After a brave performance he was caught not far from the finish line attaining a excellent result in 4th runner home. Well done Kyan.

I would like to acknowledge the excellent running program delivered to the Running Wildcats by the coaches and managers. The work of Amy Roberts, Tom Lonergan with the Junior School and mentoring the Middle and Senior Schools were Jordan Roache, Gerard Gannon, and David ‘Barto’ Barton’s, who were always empathetic and professional, assisting each competitor to show how great they are!
Well done.

AIC Chess – Mr Nick Verity and Mr Jack Lamb, AIC Chess Co-ordinators
St Laurence’s College took Round 5 in convincing fashion beating Villanova in every age group. St Laurence’s performance last season gave us a strong indication of what we could expect, and they certainly delivered on that front. This week we take on St Edmund’s at home. Our coach Alex is likely to be in attendance to support us as well. Make sure to utilise Alex’s expert feedback following game one.
Please note that Junior School players are not required this Friday as St Edmund’s does not have Junior teams.

Training is Monday morning (Junior/Intermediate) and Tuesday morning (Senior/Intermediate) from 7:15 am in the Middle School STEM Lab under the Tolle Lege Library. These sessions will be with coach Alex so please come prepared with any questions you have from Friday’s games or from your practise games in general. Players who are unable to attend these sessions must notify staff else their eligibility to play in Friday’s games may come into question.

A reminder that breaktime practise is still available from Tuesday to Friday at first break in T10 for Intermediate and Senior players and on Wednesday and Thursday in V13 at second break for Junior players. We do not expect players to attend every breaktime practice session, but they should be making themselves available for at least one of these breaktimes as time over the board is worth more than just playing online.

AIC Chess Results v St Laurence’s

Villanova College – Chess Results 2022
Team Rd 1 v IONA


Rd 2 v SPLC Rd 3 v ASH Rd 4 v SPC Rd 5 v SLC
Open 7-9 L 2-14 L N 6-10 L 5-11 L
Senior A 6-10 L 7-9 L O 6-10 L 6-10 L
Senior B 10-6 W 16-0 W 4-12 L 2-14 L
Intermediate A 5-11 L 0-16 L G 3-13 L 2-14 L
Intermediate B 7-9 L 4-12 L A 10-6 W 4-12 L
Junior A 9-7 W 6-10 L M 9-7 W 0-16 L
Junior B 12-4 W 13-3 W E 14-2 W 4-12 L

AIC Rugby – Mr Adam Fry, AIC Rugby Coordinator
Fixtures against St. Laurence’s College in any sport, will give us a fair idea as to how we are progressing. In the rugby matches played on the weekend, Villanova was successful in 13 matches, unfortunately had 11 losses and a couple of internal games. If you look at the top teams in each age group Villanova was victorious in the 6A, 7A and 8A by comfortable margins, while the 5A’s, 9A’s, 10A’s and 2nd XV all had one score losses against very strong opposition.

The 9A and 10A teams, both lost by five points and three points respectively in very physical and close encounters, and the 1st XV loss on Saturday was a lot closer than the scoreboard would suggest. Every week our players seem to rise to the challenge and it’s obvious that the scrummaging has been taught well.   Unfortunately, the same old scenario will hit us in two weeks when this short season comes to an end.

Special mention must be made of the wonderful Reconciliation Ceremony before the 1st XV game on the weekend. The importance and significance of the day was highlighted by both colleges; players, families and students all coming together to recognize Indigenous peoples in our community.

As we look towards Round 6 against St Edmund’s College many of our rugby teams will be playing their last home game for the season, which is sure to generate plenty of atmosphere around the park.  Let’s have as many spectators as possible supporting our Seniors in what is sure to be a very special day.

Parents are reminded that they are not to approach a coach, referee, or any member of the opposing school. If there any issues or concerns that parents may have regarding rugby, they should be directed to the Rugby Coordinator or the Director of Sport.

Best of luck to all teams!

Team of the Week

Name Team
Riley Richards 3rd XV
Patrick Tiernan 6A
Sam Binney 9A
Joe Breslin 5B
Cameron Wallis 5th XV
Patrick McIlwain 10C
Finnegan Staley 8A
Lachlan Sheridan 7A
Ben Gaffney 6C
Joseph Wilson 1st XV
Joel Lee 10B
Flynn Brown 2nd XV
Pat Scarrott 5C
Ben Mackey 7B
Alessandro Porreca 4th XV

Results after Round 5 v St Laurence’s College

Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH 4 v SPC 5 V SLC
1st XV 26 – 25 W 19 – 29 L 22 – 15 W 0 – 22 L
2nd XV 6 – 12 L 17 – 12 W 5 – 5 D 14 – 15 L
3rd XV L 0 – 14 L

v ATC 1st VX

15 – 0 W 17 – 5 W
4th XV L 0 – 12 L

v ATC 2nd XV

5th XV 17 – 12 W

v MAR 7th XV

Wash Out 17 – 15 W
10A 5 – 20 L 12 – 7 W 10 – 7 W 10 – 15 L
10B 22 – 24 L 24 – 12 W

v ATC 9/10A

42 – 0 W 38 – 0 W
10C 33 – 12 W 43 – 14 W

v MAR 10E

Wash Out 41 – 12 W


10D 5 – 50 L

v Padua

9A 5 – 48 L 37 – 7 W 19 – 5 W 7 – 10 L
9B 7 – 65 L 38 – 12 W

v ATC 8/9A

17 – 7 W 0 – 41 L
9C 7 – 46 L 0 – 30 L

v MAR 9D

Wash Out 12 – 36 L
8A 0 – 17 L BYE 49 – 0 W 20 – 5 W
8B 19 -7 W Wash Out 19 – 17 W
8C 32 – 7 W 29 – 7 W

v MAR 8D

47 – 15 W 12 – 7 W
8D L BYE Wash Out V PAD 8D
8E 0 – 48 L Wash Out Internal
7A 7 – 7 D 102 – 0 W 17 – 0 W 31 – 7 W
7B 0 – 0 D 34 – 7 W

v MAR 7C

0 – 0 D 7 – 17 L
7C L 24 – 17 W 35 – 10 W 12 – 41 L
6A 38 – 17 W 36 – 0 W

v ATC 6A

25 – 0 W 25 – 10 W
6B 19 – 17 W 56 – 0 W


Wash Out 5 – 0 W
6C 41 -5 W 35 – 20 W

v MAR 6D

Wash Out 46 – 5 W
6D 59 – 12 W 5 – 50 L


Wash Out 0 – 20 L


5A 7 – 12 L 40 – 0 W

v ATC 5A

12 – 5 W 17 – 21 L
5B 20 – 10 W 58 – 10 W

v ATC 5B

42 – 5 W 25 – 0 W
5C 39 – 27 W 27 – 5 W

v PAD 5D

Wash Out 24 – 10 W


5D 50 – 15 W 15 – 19 L


Wash Out 10 – 40 L


AIC Football – Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Coordinator
It was fantastic to finally see all teams have the opportunity to get out and play a game after what has been a few frustrating weeks due to the rain. It was a big round as well coming up against our local rivals in St Laurence’s who are always a tough opponent in whatever sport we play them in. Adding to the occasion as well was the importance of celebrating Reconciliation Round with our First XI boys wearing a newly designed Indigenous jersey. The results on the weekend were a bit of a mixed bag with teams not being able to train for a few weeks, no doubt having an impact. The final wash up in term of results was eight wins, three draws and 16 losses. I am sure that with the boys returning to training this week that they will be looking to take out the win this weekend.

Our First XI boys continued to get their season back on track taking on St Laurence’s, who coming into this round were the sole leaders of the First XI AIC Football. It was unfortunate that we had to give up our hosting duties at Villanova Park, however, our boys were confident they could produce a good result after last week’s efforts on the same pitch at St Laurence’s.

From the opening whistle the boys looked on and hungry to beat their archrivals. Early possession and field position paid off with great passing from the back through to Ben Hermiston who slotted the first goal to lay the foundation of what was to come. St Laurence’s countered the early pressure and started to work their way back into the match before a great ball from Tom Rieck found Jasper Chan who was able to beat the keeper and pile on the pressure taking Villa to a dominant 2-0 lead going into half-time. Not surprisingly, Laurie’s come out firing in the second half attempting to get back into the game. Unfortunately, they were able to pull back a goal making it 2-1. From this point it was great to see that the First XI boys didn’t drop their heads and continued to play to their game plan keeping it positive and creating plenty of chances. This continued pressure from Villanova drew an error from St Laurence’s as they committed a foul in the box giving away a penalty. Keeping his composure, captain Angus Nicholson stepped up to the spot and stretched the lead to 3-1. The fourth and final goal for Villa was no doubt the highlight play of the day with Ben Hermiston scoring the goal of the season so far, slicing through the defence and shooting on the run from the corner of the 18-yard box to take it past the keeper – a truly superb goal. With the game finishing 4-1 in Villanova’s favour, it sets up a dramatic finish to the season with a number of College’s including Villanova on top spot.

The final two games of the season are crucial and this weekend the boys look to take on another form team in St Edmund’s. Adding to the occasion this will be the Seniors last home game for the season so it is no doubt going to be a cracking game, I am sure that the boys would love all of the support that they could possibly get.

With two games left in the football season we have a few teams who have worked themselves into contention for an undefeated season. Congratulations and good luck for this weekend go to the 5A, 6C, 7A, 9B, 9A and 10C sides who remain undefeated so far which is a fantastic result.

This weekend we play our fixtures against St Edmund’s College. Most Year 9 – Opens teams will be playing at Villanova Park this Saturday with several supplementary games organised for sides. Our Year 5 – Year 8 sides will be playing away this week in Ipswich and surrounding areas of Indooroopilly, however, please check the schedule as there are a couple of Year 5 – 8  teams playing at Villanova Park this week as well. If travelling to Ipswich for your fixture, please factor in travelling time to your journey to allow you to get there in time.

Good luck to all teams this week!

AIC Football Results v St Laurence’s

Villanova College – Football Results 2022
Team 1 v IONA 2 v SPLC 3 v ASH 4 v SPC 5 V SLC
1st XI W 6-0 L 2-1 W 4-0 W 4-1
2nd XI L 3-1 W 4-0 W 2-1
3rd XI L 3-0 W 3-1 L 5-0
4th XI W 4-0 W 4-2 L 5-0
5th XI W 2-0 L 4-2 L 3-0
10A L 8-2 L 2-1 D 1-1
10B L 2-0 L 4-0 L 4-2
10C W 4-1 W 2-0 D 1-1
9A W 3-1 W 4-0 W 3-1
9B D 2-2 W 5-0 W 4-0
9C L 2-1 W 5-3 v MAR 9D L 4-3
9D L 2-0 v IONA 9E W 4-1 v MAR 9E W 4-1
8A L 7-0 L 2-1 L 11-2
8B L 3-0 L 3-1 L 4-1
8C L 3-0 L 3-1 L 9-0
7A W 5-0 W 5-1 W 2-0
7B W 4-0 W 3-0 L 5-3
7C D 4-4 W 7-0 L 5-2
7D W 6-1 D 1-1
7E L 7-5 v PAD 7E BYE
6A W 4-1 W 12-1 L 4-0
6B W 1-0 W 3-2 L 3-2
6C W 2-1 D 1-1 v MAR 6D D 1-1
6D W 6-1 v PAD 6E W 3-1 v MAR 6E L 2-1
6E L 7-0 v SPC 6D W 4-2 v SLC 6E L 1-0
5A D 3-3 W 9-1 W 5-2
5B L 5-3 W 5-0 W 5-1
5C L 4-2 W 4-1 L 4-0
5D WOF v PAD 5F L 13-1 v MAR 5D L 8-1

Year 5 and Year 6 Basketball Managers Needed
Parents are reminded that the competition for Year 5 and 6 students is played on a Friday afternoon, and it is the parent’s responsibility to transport the students to their venues each week. Car-pooling has been highly successful in the past and can be worked out with other parents when you find out if your son makes a team. We will need parents to manage their son’s team throughout the season. Managers will be responsible for getting messages to parents, sorting a roster for afternoon teas and organising carpooling for away games. Please contact Mr Adam Fry in the Sports Office if you can assist.

Again, this year, due to court availability, only four sides per age group can be entered into the competition. Not all schools have the same number of team entries, which means that many of our sides will be travelling to different venues each week in a supplementary draw. An internal competition will be made available to all students who do not make a team, during sport next term on a Friday. 

AIC Tennis, Rugby League and Basketball Trials
Boys from Years 5-12 wishing to trial for the above-mentioned AIC teams must have completed a ‘Trimester 3 Online Sign-On Form’. The link has been advertised previously and is now closed. Any students who have not signed on to register their interest must now contact the Sports Office directly.

All trials will commence the very first week after the current rugby, football and chess season is complete, that is, the week beginning the 13 June. All season schedules for the up-coming basketball, tennis and rugby league season are now posted in the respective sections on the website. These schedules contain all training dates, times and venues as well as other important information. Please find below some trial information.

 AIC Tennis Trials
Any boy wishing to make an AIC Tennis team must complete the ‘Trimester 3 Online Sign-on Form’ to register their interest. The link to the online form is now closed. Those who did not register must contact the Sports Office to register their interest

Villanova will submit the following teams into the AIC Tennis competition. Each team will consist of four players. We hope to carry up to two reserves per age group if they are needed to fill in for any injured or absent players. Please understand the reserves will not be guaranteed any games. We do encourage the reserves to attend training each week.

Teams Nominated into Competition:

1st IV, 2nd IV, 3rd IV, 4th IV, 5th IV, 10A, 10B, 9A, 9B, 8A, 8B, 7A, 7B, 6A, 6B, 5A and 5B.

There will only be one week of tennis trials. Trial Week No 1 will commence on the week beginning Monday 13 June, this is the last week of term. All trials will be held at Morningside Tennis Centre. All times and dates are listed below in the – AIC Tennis Trial Schedule (also found on the website and listed below).

All players are required to attend the AIC Tennis Clinics held on Saturday 18 June. After these clinics, the coaches and managers will then finalise all team selections. Please note that some players may be cut after the two trial sessions held during the week and therefore will not be needed to attend the clinic on Saturday.

All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions and the clinic held on Saturday to be considered for team selection. All teams are then to follow the – Term 3 Training Schedule, as outlined within the Season Schedule document (found on the website) commencing on day 1 of Term 3, that is, Tuesday 12 July.

Please note that some managers may require more time to select teams, therefore, some players may be asked to attend one or two of the regular training sessions in Term 3 before teams are finalised.

AIC Tennis Trial Schedule
MORNINGSIDE TENNIS CENTRE (Beverley St, Morningside)


13 June


14 June

Wednesday 15 June Thursday

16 June


17 June

Saturday 18 June
6.30am -7.45am Trial Session 1

Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Opens

Trial Session 2

Year7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Opens

Year 5-12 Clinics

See schedule below


4.15pm – 5.45pm  


Trial Session 1

Year 5and 6

Trial Session 2

Year 5and 6

6.00pm -7.30pm Coach Session

1st IV

Coach Session

1st IV

Teams scheduled to train/trial at Morningside Tennis Centre (MTC) before school are to find their own way to the MTC. The College will supply bus transportation back to the College after training/trials. The bus will collect students at approx. 7.50am and return before the commencement of the school day. Should the bus arrive late the students are expected to sign in at Student Services.

AIC Tennis Clinics
All boys who are trialling for teams must attend the AIC Tennis Clinics. These clinics are held on Saturday 18 June and will form part of the selection process. The clinics will be conducted at the Morningside Tennis Centre. The times for each of these clinics are found below.

  • 7.00 – 8.30am Years 5 and 6 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 8.45 – 10.15am       Years 7 and 8 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 10.30 – noon Years 9 and 10 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 12.15-1.45pm         Years 11 and Opens (four courts, four coaches)

AIC Tennis Training Schedule
Once selected, each player will be required to attend two training sessions per week as outlined in the training schedule found in the Season Schedule document on the website. This schedule will commence as of Term 3, Day 1, that is, Monday 11 July. One session will be conducted by our experienced tennis coaches. The other session will be conducted under the supervision of the assigned manager for that year group. All Year 5 and 6 teams will have both sessions conducted by an experienced coach and manager.

All training sessions will be held at the Morningside Tennis Centre, Beverley St, Morningside. The College will only provide bus transportation back to the College after the Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions. Parents are responsible for transporting their son/s to and from all other sessions.

AIC Tennis – External Trial Schedule
1st IV Tennis Trial – Marist College Ashgrove
The 1st IV Tennis team will play a trial game against Marist College Ashgrove at Marist College Ashgrove on Tuesday 12 July after school. Transportation to the venue will be supplied. Players are to find their own way home.

  • 4.00pm start

Year 5-12 AIC Tennis Trials v Padua College
Saturday 16 July – Full school tennis trial Year 5-12 v Padua College

AIC Tennis Uniform
All students who represent the College in tennis must wear the full College tennis uniform. All items are available from the College’s Uniform Shop. This includes:

  • Villanova PE Shorts
  • Villanova squad shirt (Please note – this is not the Villa PE shirt. The ‘Squad Shirt’ is the same shirt worn by all AIC Cross Country, Swimming and Track and Field squad members and is new this year.
  • Villanova sports socks
  • Villanova sport cap (no other caps are permissible)

AIC Basketball Trials
Any boy wishing to make an AIC Basketball team must have completed the ‘Trimester 3 Online Sign-on Form’ to register their interest. The link to the online form is now closed. Those who did not register must contact the Sports Office to register their interest

Year 5 and Year 6 Trials – will be conducted within school time.

Year 7 – Open Trials – There will be one week of trials only. All trials will be conducted in Goold Hall or at Clem Jones for all age groups. Boys trialling at Clem Jones must find their own way to the venue. The College will then organise bus transportation back to the College afterwards. ‘Trial Week’ will commence on the week beginning Monday 13 June. Within this trial week, all age groups will have two trial sessions as well as the clinic held on Saturday 18th June. All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions as well as the clinic to be considered for selection to represent Villanova. After these trials and the clinic, the coaches will then select all teams within that age group. Once selected all teams will then follow the training schedule as outlined on page 1 of the Season Schedule document found on the website, commencing day 1 of Term 3.

Note – coaches may choose to make a first cut of players after the first two trial sessions. Therefore, those players not selected will not be required to attend the clinics held on Saturday 18 June.

AIC Basketball Trial Schedule


13 June


14 June

Wednesday 15 June Thursday

16 June


17 June

6.30am -8.00am Year 11 Trial Sessions Opens Trial Sessions Opens Trial Sessions Year 7 Trial Sessions
3.15pm -5.00pm Year 10 Trial Sessions Year 8 Trial Sessions Year 11 Trial Sessions
5.00pm -7.00pm 1st V training as normal 1st V training as normal


  Tuesday 14 June Thursday 16 June
6.30am-8.00am Court 1 Year 7 Trial Sessions Year 7 Trial Sessions
Court 2 Year 9 Trial Sessions Year 8 Trial Sessions
Court 3 Year 10 Trial Sessions Year 9 Trial Sessions

AIC Basketball Uniform
Any student who represents the College in basketball must wear the full College basketball uniform. Singlets will be issued by the staff from the Uniform Shop.  The College will notify all players regarding the collection of their singlet from the Uniform Shop; this will be done via morning notices. Note that all players must purchase the basketball shorts and hire the singlet from the Uniform Shop at a cost of $20 for the season.
The uniform includes:

–           Villanova basketball shorts or PE shorts

–           Villanova sports socks

–           Villanova basketball singlet. This singlet is for hire and will be made available through the Villanova College Uniform Shop. Students will be required to collect their own singlet once the coaches have confirmed team selections. A complete list of all teams will be given to the staff at the Uniform Shop. The hire cost is $20 for the season.

AIC Basketball Clinics
Only those boys who have gained selection in a team or have made it through the first cut after the first week of trials must attend the AIC Basketball Clinic on Saturday 18 June in Goold Hall. Coaches are asked to attend the Clinics.

Year 7 – 7.00am – 8.15am

Year 8 – 8.15am – 9.30am

Year 9 – 9.30am – 10.15am

Year 10 10.15am – 11.30am

AIC Basketball – External Trial Games
Tuesday 12 July – Trial v Marist College Ashgrove (Year 7-12 ‘A and B’ teams only)

Venue – Marist College Ashgrove (All times below are to be confirmed)

  • 3:45pm- 10A and 10B Champagnat Centre, 7B outdoor court.
  • 4:30pm- 2nds and 11A Champagnat Centre, 7A outdoor court.
  • 5:15pm- 1sts Champagnat Centre

Venue – Villanova

  • 3:45pm – 8A and 8B
  • 4:30pm – 9A and 9B

Bus transportation will be provided for those boys playing at Ashgrove. Parents are asked to collect their son/s afterwards.

Friday 15 July – Year 5 Trial v Padua College (Home)

Friday 15 July – Year 6 Trial v Padua College (Away)

Saturday 16 July – Year 7-9 v Padua College (Home)

Saturday 16 July – Year 10-12 Trial v Padua College (Away)

AIC Rugby League Trials
Any boy wishing to make an AIC Rugby League team must have played AIC Rugby Union or Football in Term Two and must complete the ‘Trimester 3 Sign-on Form’ to register their interest. Those who did not register must contact the Sports Office to register their interest
Villanova will enter the maximum permissible number of teams into the AIC Rugby League competition. A list of all teams is found below.

Teams Entered into the AIC Competition (one team only per category below)

  • Year 5
  • Year 6
  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • 1st XIII (combined Year 11 and 12)

All teams will have two trial sessions commencing during the week beginning Monday 13th June as well as internal trials on the 18 June.
Year 10 and Open trials will be conducted at Villanova Park after school. These boys will be transported by bus out to Villanova Park on Monday 13 June and Wednesday 15 June. Please note that there is no return bus service from Villanova Park. Parents are asked to collect their son from all trials conducted at Villanova Park promptly at 5:00pm. All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions to gain selection to represent Villanova. After these trials, the coaches will then select One team only within that age group.

Year 5 Team – 18 boys will be selected.
Year 6 to Year 10 Team – 20 boys will be selected.
1st XIII Team – 22 boys will be selected.

AIC Rugby League Trial Schedule


13 June


14 June


15 June


16 June


17 June

Little Langlands
6.45am – 8.00am
Year 5 Year 8 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Little Langlands
3:15pm – 4.45pm
Year 6 Year 9 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7
Villanova Park
3:45pm – 5.15pm
Year 10, 11, 12 Year 10, 11, 12

Please Note – If players do not attend all allocated trial sessions, they may miss the chance to be selected.
Once the teams have been selected, each team will then have two training sessions per week held during Term 3. The complete training schedule is found within the season schedule document posted on the web. The Term 3 Training Schedule will commence Day 1, Term 3, that is, on Monday 11 July.

AIC Rugby League – External Trial Game
AIC Rugby League Trial Game – Saturday 16 July – Year 5-12 Trial v Padua College at Padua.  Times and field to be advised.

AIC Rugby League Uniforms
Any student who represents the College in Rugby League must wear the full College Rugby League uniform. Jerseys will be issued by the staff from the Uniform Shop. These jerseys are for hire only. The College will notify all players regarding the collection of their jerseys from the Uniform Shop; this will be done via morning notices and will be conducted during Week 1, Term 3 before the trial game against Padua College. The hire cost of the jersey will be $20 for the season.

The uniform includes:

  • Villanova rugby shorts (not PE shorts)
  • Villanova rugby socks (same as Rugby Union and Football socks)
  • Villanova rugby league jersey. This jersey will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. Students will be required to collect their own jersey during Week 1, Term 3. This will be after the coaches have confirmed team selections. A complete list of all teams will be given to the staff at the Uniform Shop. The hire cost will be $20 for the season.

Representative Sport
Congratulations to Archie Dickinson, Year 7, who back in March competed in the Little Athletics Queensland State Championships. Archie won the 80m hurdles, came fourth in the 400m and finished third in the 200m hurdles.

Archie was then selected in the Queensland team (as one of 18 boys) to compete at the Australian Little Athletics National Championships in Melbourne.  He was selected for both hurdling events and Archie finished with two top 10 finishes, coming fifth in Australia for the 80m hurdles. The Queensland team finished second overall.  Well done Archie!


Mr Chris Everding, Acting Director of Sport

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Music News

Banquet Rehearsals and Lessons Continue to End of Week 9
As we approach our Winter Concert Season, we look forward to QCMF on the horizon.  As such, it is vital that students attend at least all core ensemble rehearsals up to and including the end of Week 9.  Core ensembles include our Bands, String Orchestras, Choirs and Guitar Ensembles.

We generally expect students to make all ensemble rehearsals during block exam periods.  I appreciate that this is a busy time of year for assessment within class.  We ask that students ensure rehearsal remains part of their regular routine and plan their time effectively around these regular sessions.

A brief reminder that changes to enrolments for Term 3 are due this coming week.

Open Day – Thank You
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their involvement and engagement with our recent College Open Day.  The evening session was quite the mammoth effort; however, we have received many positive comments regarding the music representation on the night.  The work undertaken by our students, staff, and crew to put this experience together was amazing.  Congratulations and thank you for your service to your community!

Year 5 Debut Concert
Tuesday this week we celebrated our Year 5 musicians with their very own Debut Concert.  Our Year 5 Band, Year 5 String Orchestra, along with our Sinfonia String Orchestra and Symphonic Band performed to a full house in Hanrahan Theatre.  All groups were very well received, and the students all performed admirably.

Thanks must go to our Music Support Group for the fantastic barbecue feast they prepared.  Thanks also to all family and friends who came to support the students – we appreciate your enthusiasm in the audience.  Thank you also to our Music staff for the work they undertook to prepare the students for this great opportunity.  Well done everyone.

Banquet Winter Concert Series
As the temperature drops and the westerly wind blows through the College, our Winter Concert Series draws nigh.  Information regarding these two concerts has been distributed to families and students; please ensure this information is engaged with.  Should you have not received this information, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 as a matter of urgency.

Our first event is on Tuesday 7 June, commencing with our Jazz, Rock, Irish Ensembles on the Terrace (outdoors), then a mix of our bands and string orchestras indoors.  Our remaining bands and orchestras, guitar ensembles, and choral groups will be performing on the Thursday evening, 9 June.

The Music Support Group will be providing a barbecue dinner on Tuesday.  Depending upon stock, the barbecue may run Thursday; regardless, refreshments and snacks will be sold both nights.

Tickets are available via TryBooking – please refer to the attached flyer for further information.

Click here to view the event flyer

Banquet Music Uniform Requirements
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. Music Uniforms 2022

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

Term 2
8 7 June Grandparents Morning Tea (Year 5 Band and Orchestra)
8 7 and 9 June Winter Concert Season
9 Monday 13 June Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm

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.

Villanova Branded Camp Chairs – $35; Wildcat Coolers – $30

All items can be purchased via TryBooking through the following link:

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

Entertainment Publication 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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Library News

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday May 25 was aimed at promoting the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book.
Our Year 5 students shared the story “Family Tree” during their library sessions and discussed the key themes of family, community and change.
The boys worked collaboratively to make connections and record their thoughtful ideas!

Click on the link to share the story:

National Simultaneous Storytime 2022 – YouTube


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Parent Information


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:

Any inquiries please contact: Sarah Patterson:

Villa Community Carnival Save the Date

Grab a buddy and volunteer at the Villanova Community Carnival – 23 July 2022
The Villanova Community Carnival needs volunteers to fill key roles at our 2022 Carnival:

✔️ Equipment Logistics – set up and pull down

✔️ Sponsorship and Donations

✔️ Marketing and Communications

✔️ Procurement

✔️ Volunteer Roster co-ordinator

✔️ Stall Convenors

✔️ Ride Tickets

✔️ Cakes/sweets

✔️ Soft Drinks

✔️ Lob-a-Choc

✔️ Tombola

✔️ Security

✔️ Rubbish management

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these roles, please email or  Alternatively, please attend the first Carnival Committee meeting  on Monday 23 May in the Tolle Lege Library, commencing at 6.30pm.

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

Read a message from the Alinta Uniform Shop regarding holiday opening hours and a stock update here

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

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 (

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:

Questions can be directed to

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 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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