Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
As the Easter holidays loom closer we are aware that we soon commence Holy Week in preparation of the Easter Liturgies. We take time on Good Friday to call to mind the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins, so we could have eternal life.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and his triumph over death.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jn 3:16

Parenting with Teenagers in the Age of Social Media

Last Monday the Parents and Friends Association sponsored the presentation, “Parenting with Technology in the Age of Social Media.”  Mr Grant Hughes from Taskforce Argos and Mr Brett Lee, Internet Safe Education, advised parents of the strategies to keep children safe when using social media. Both presenters have had extensive experience in dealing with the negative aspects of social media and the internet. For our young people social media and the internet is a major part of their world and daily experiences.

There are many informative resources available from the Internet Safe Education website-

One such resource is the booklet Five Principles to Stay Safe Online.

  1. Set Rules and Boundaries
  2. Stay Current about new apps, games and websites
  3. Parents, Take Charge
  4. Use Management Controls
  5. Communicate with your children so they know to speak with you if there is a problem

One of the key messages from both presenters was the importance of communication and supervision. As the parent you have the right to know what your child is looking at on line and with whom they are engaging with online. Using mobile devices should be a highly visible activity and not conducted in the late hours of an evening in the child’s bedroom.

International Carnival

Congratulations to Mr Cameron Clelland and his team for a very successful International Carnival held last Saturday. Our community spirit was most evident on the night and the many visitors who attended the event thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment, great food and fine company.

The International Carnival relies on the generosity of our parents to man the stalls, prepare the food and to undertake the hundreds of jobs that need to be completed to ensure the night is a success. The countless hours provided by the band of volunteers is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who assisted with the International Carnival. We look forward to 2019.

Stranger Danger

Recently I became aware of a notice from Cannon Hill Anglican College to their community regarding an incident that occurred outside the grounds at Villanova Park. The notice appears below, and I ask all parents to speak to their children regarding this matter and the suitable response if their son is confronted in this way:

In response to media reports, I wrote in the last CHAC Newsletter about recent incidents in Brisbane where school children had been approached by strangers. I suggested that it was timely for parents to remind their children to be careful when walking to and from school, to be aware of their surroundings, and to not accept lifts from anyone who is not known to them.

Unfortunately, another concerning incident has since taken place. Wynnum Police have informed the College of a situation that occurred after school on Friday 16 March, where a late-model, silver Toyota Hi-Lux with two male occupants stopped adjacent to a student who was making his way home from school. The occupants were in their late 20s or early 30s and were wearing high visibility vests. One of the occupants began to exit the vehicle while asking the student if he wanted to get into the utility. The student immediately sprinted home to safety. The incident occurred on Manly Road, opposite Villanova Park.

In light of this new information, the following important reminders about stranger danger may assist:

  • Tell your child not to listen to or be near a stranger–rather, they should move away or back inside the premises they have vacated.
  • Tell your child to never ever go with a stranger–no matter what the stranger says.
  • Share a code word with your child that is easy for them to remember and assure them that only a trusted adult will know the code word that you both share.
  • Tell your child that strangers may make up sad stories, like looking for a lost pet, needing help with a sick child, or needing directions.
  • Tell your child that strangers may offer treats, gifts or lollies for ‘helping’.
  • Have your child make sure an adult they trust knows where they are at all times.
  • If your child has to walk alone somewhere, encourage them to walk near busier roads.
  • If your child is ever frightened, they should go into a ‘safe place’ like a shop, police station or school. They must never get into a car with someone they don’t know.

These tips and further safety information can be found on the website.


We keep in our prayers Mrs Agi Waloszek, Business Manager and her husband Arek following the recent death of Arek’s father Lucjan Waloszek following a battle with illness.

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

We also keep in our prayers Mrs Emma O’Neill, wife of Mr Greg O’Neill who is ill at this time.

You have made us for Yourself, O Lord

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

The International Carnival last Saturday evening was superb in sights, sounds and smells that carried clearly through buildings and spaces normally reserved for learning.  Lights and flags adorned every roof top, signs attracted the crowds, musicians dazzled us with talent and the food did not disappoint a taste bud.  Games and rides entertained the young whilst adults found time to catch up with friends at a venue other than a sporting field, stage or canteen shift.  Our Junior School Lob-a-Choc ran throughout the full five hours thanks to the generosity of all Year Five and Six families.  A whopping 355 kilograms (and 228 grams for those counting) was donated this year!  6 Red and 5 Gold take the honours with 58kgs and 45kgs respectively – so pizza and Slushee prizes are on their way.  Everyone who sought the half price specials over the past month deserves a huge round of applause.

Another example of College Spirit was that of our 6A and 6B teams playing for AFL premierships last Saturday.  Mr Fry assures me that both teams ran out onto the fields to win for the green and gold, however it was the mighty 6Bs who saw their dreams come true this time.  Both teams are deserving of our congratulations – with rain affecting some training sessions it must be a fine mix of talent, attitude and determination that saw the season end on such a high note.

The football and rugby season is now upon us, and this week we have been seeing the boys swap rules and outfits for the next season of AIC sport.  I would imagine the Tuckshop will need to increase their hash brown orders for these hardworking lads.  Coaches get the chance to work their magic this week and we will see our trials against St Laurence’s this Saturday.  Boys will get their chance to show their best sporting selves on the fields.  Parents will be cheering from the sidelines as goals and tries hopefully accruing for the boys to set spirits soaring.

Junior School boys will also compete in Chess at St Laurence’s tomorrow evening.  Our best wishes for all Villanova teams this weekend.  I will see you in the queue for those famous bacon and egg wraps at Villanova Park on Saturday.

In the classrooms, boys have had their brains in sixth gear this week.  Assessment items are all around us – in many formats and with a lot of support between home and school.  Teachers are ensuring all boys have the best platform from which to achieve from – and there are many students who have their eyes firmly on a goal or two in different subject areas.  Working smarter and harder would be a common theme in all classrooms at this stage of the term.  Workbooks, textbooks, One Note and/or Hapara in Google Docs are prime sources of revision and reference for checking off preparations.

Lunch boxes may need a little extra for the next few days – perhaps some inspirational notes tucked under the sandwich might be just what your boy needs after calculating numbers, demonstrating his use of a bible, completing reading comprehension or using scientific terms on a diagram.  Let’s ensure there is down time for everyone at some stage of the afternoon or evening – young men need fresh air, some games or competitions (yes, the AFL starts Thursday night!) and a lot of hugs and unconditional love.  We all do.  Teachers and parents need to make sure that there’s laughs and good food in-between work and co-ordinating family life.  I have March Madness – a College basketball competition in the USA running at present.  It is unpredictable yet fascinating to see teams rise, fold or just simply pull out buzzer beaters to blow the crowd’s minds.  Life is also about fun – balance is key. May all our Junior School families find their balance of spirit, work and play this week.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

House Cup Update
Last Friday saw the culmination of the Senior School House Dodgeball Competition. This hotly contested House Cup event saw spirited competition and the re-emergence of parochial house rivalries throughout the week’s fixtures. Congratulations to Heavey House who remained undefeated throughout the competition to be crowned champions. Goold House claimed second place whilst Crane House defeated Murray House for positions third and fourth. I would like to affirm the outstanding leadership of the Cor Unum Spirt Committee for their exceptional coordination of this event, particularly the work of John Lowe and his Dodgeball sub-committee. The buy-in from the senior school student body for this event was also incredibly pleasing which bodes well for the strategic vision of the Student Leadership Team to promote the re-visioning of the House Cup throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

International Carnival

Last Saturday night, the annual P&F International Carnival once again transformed our Coorparoo hill into a cosmopolitan mecca for worldly cuisines and entertainment. It was wonderful to see the number of senior school students enjoying this social event prior to seriousness of this week’s examination period.

One of the initiatives of the organising committee in consultation with the College was the establishment of a ‘social hub’ for our older students in the senior school precinct and terraces, where they could enjoy live music. The enthusiastic audience was entertained by three acts- the comeback of the a cappella group Supernovas, a performance by our Year 12 musicians, culminating with the headline set by current Year 10 student Sean Kearns and his band The Benchwarmers. The concert was a great success judging by the appreciation of the energetic audience. I would like to thank Year 12 student Liam Hartley for coordinating the AV and logistics for this event.

“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Bono

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Year 5 Instrumental Music – Jump Start Day
Next Tuesday 27 March heralds our annual Year 5 Jump Start Day.  After almost a month of Instrumental Music Tuition, our Year 5 students and Music staff have the fantastic opportunity to participate in a day of music making down in the Augustine Centre.  Across this day your sons will be participating in ensemble, small group, and choral musical activities.  This day provides him with a term’s tuition within a seven – eight hour period and allows the students to become aware of how to work within the team environment that is the ensemble rehearsal room.

Jump Start Day concludes with a brief concert in the Hanrahan Theatre and a short meet-and-greet opportunity with your son’s Instrumental Music teacher.  We will also have representatives from our wonderful Music Support Group who are looking forward to meeting our new Year 5 families.

Performance Uniforms

As per the date claimer below, we have our first concert of the year during the week of ANZAC Day – Week 2 next term.  To assist families in preparing for this, I would like to share uniform requirements to ensure we are all adequately prepared for this event.

Please note:  Only students from Year 6 and above need to organise performance uniform.  All Year 5 students, regardless of their ensemble involvement wear requirements as set out below:

All Year 5 musicians are required to wear:

  • grey shorts;
  • formal white shirt (available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop);
  • long school socks;
  • school tie;
  • black leather belt; and,
  • polished black school shoes.

The following table outlines uniform requirements for the remainder of our ensembles:


Formal Performance Uniform:


–        Long black dress pants (no colours, pin-stripes, casual pockets, etc.)

–        Black leather belt

–        Polished black leather shoes

–        Black socks

–        White, long-sleeved cotton-blend dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)

–        College tie (ensure appropriate length)



The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Year 6 Band and String Ensemble

–        Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

–        Strings Consort, String Sinfonia

–        JS Choir (Year 6 vocalists only), Villavoce (MS Choir), Senior School Choir

–        Clarinet Choir, Flute Crew, Brass Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble

–        Percussion Ensemble 2

–        Irish Ensemble 2


Concert Blacks:


–        Long black dress pants (as above)

–        Black leather belt

–        Polished black leather shoes

–        Black socks

–        Black long-sleeved Microfibre dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)



The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Big Band, Jazz Ensemble

–        Guitar Ensemble 1 and 2

–        Percussion Ensemble 1



Irish Ensemble Uniform:


–        Kilt, belt and Sporran (hired through the College)

–        White, long-sleeved cotton-blend dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)

–        College Tie (ensure appropriate length)

–        Celtic dress socks (purchase through the Villanova College Uniform Shop)

–        Black polo shirt (plain – no patterns)



The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Irish Ensemble 1

All uniform items can be sourced through the Villanova College Uniform shop or external clothing retailers.

For further information regarding uniforms for ensembles at Villanova College, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or

Entertainment Books

Our Music Support Group are raising funds to assist all students to participate fully in our music program.  This is also an opportunity for music students to raise funds towards their participation in our tour program and we need your help.  Order your NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. You’ll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. Please purchase your book here:

Date Claimers

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

Term 1
Week Date Activity
10 Tuesday 27 March Jump Start Day (Year 5 all day – Hanrahan Theatre)
Term 2
2 Thursday 26 April Debut Concert 1 (MS Ensembles)
3 Monday 30 April Music Support Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
3 Thursday 3 May Debut Concert 2 (SS Ensembles)

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Last weekend marked the last round of the AIC cricket, AFL and volleyball season for 2018. Much planning and preparation goes into each season to give each player an opportunity to develop their skills and enjoy the experience of playing schoolboy sport. Naturally the boys and their coaches are competitive and we as a College certainly do encourage all team members (players and coaching staff) to be the best they can be and to aim towards taking out premierships or aggregates if on offer. Although winning is not why we participate in sport there is no shame in proclaiming that we wish to be successful and go for the win if done in the correct manner.

At any level in sport it is ideal for all players, coaches and supporters to take their wins and losses gracefully. During this past term we had many teams who were able to take out premierships. We had many teams who fell just short and lost their last game and were unable to take out a premiership. We had some teams who were middle of the road in terms of results. My personal belief is that the true success of a schoolboy sport season is gauged on the enjoyment experienced by each player and the relationship that each player has formed with his fellow team mates and coaches whilst participating. As well as their progression of skill development.

I have received several positive emails this week from parents who have relayed to me the joy and positive experience that their son has had because of being involved in a positive team environment (led by the coaches). This for me is as equally, if not more pleasing to hear than the number of premierships we won.

Overall, Villanova managed to secure eight AIC cricket premierships and we were placed second overall in the cricket aggregate behind Ashgrove. Our AFL players did extremely well again this year to produce one AFL premiership from the four teams entered in competition. Villanova produced one AIC volleyball premiership and we were placed seventh overall in the volleyball aggregate. A more in-depth report for cricket, AFL and volleyball is listed below.

Congratulations go to all players on a sensational season, particularly those players who gained a premiership. On behalf of the entire College I wish to thank and congratulate all the coaches, managers and all players who produced their best week in, week out for themselves and the College for Villa to have such a successful season. Well done to all!

Just as one season ends the next starts, in fact, the preparations for the up-coming chess, cross country, rugby and football seasons have been in the pipeline for many months, much spanning back into 2017. The Sports Office has advertised the important dates and information regarding Trimester 2 sport for many weeks. This information is found on the school website. Morning notices at school during pastoral, the newsletters and the College website are our three main avenues for communication, if one needs to know pertinent information regarding sport please continue to check these avenues.

Rugby and football trials for Year 7 – 12 are held either on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday afternoon. Year 5 and Year 6 rugby and football are held either before and/or after school at Little Langlands or on Whinstanes. The complete training schedule is found on the website. Please note that training will re-commence first day back next term.

A complete set of AIC chess, rugby and football trials for all teams will be held this weekend as well as the first weekend back next term. As part of the agreement during sign-on, all players must make themselves available to participate in all training sessions and on game days throughout the entire season. I thank all those people within our community who are heavily involved in the coaching and officiating roles at these events. It certainly does take the effort of many people to ensure our boys are getting the opportunity to play sport and to represent their College. Thanks to you all and best wishes for the up-coming chess/rugby/football/cross country seasons!

Annual Sport Club Luncheon

The fifth annual Villanova College Sports Club Luncheon will once again be held at the ‘Gabba, overlooking the playing fields of the Brisbane Lions and Queensland Cricket on Friday 25 May 2018.

This year celebrates 70 years of sport at Villanova and I encourage you to be a part of the celebrations. Master of Ceremonies will be none other than the hilarious Vince Sorrenti, together with other special guests including Dan Leeson (’83) who has represented Australia as a Paralympian in multiple sports.

Tickets are $145 per head, early bird price, and are available for purchase now.

All money raised will help improve sporting facilities and contribute to the rebuild of damaged facilities at Villanova Park. This is an excellent event and I strongly encourage as many people as possible to ask their friends and families along and enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

Rugby, Football and Chess Trial Schedule – Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March

Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s trial fixtures at Villanova Park and Runcorn. Simply scroll down on the College’s home page to the ‘Latest News’ section and click the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.

AIC Cricket – Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Sports Co-ordinator

Villanova began term 1 sport confidently in cricket. Unfortunately, the weather was not kind to us. The wet and soggy conditions made it hard with 13 wins, 13 draws and seven losses against SPC in Round 1. Unfortunately, the wet conditions didn’t end there as all AIC games were cancelled in Round 4 against Padua.  Villanova bounced back and won Round 5 against Iona 18 matches to 16. More rain resulted in the cancellation of all Year 5 to 8 teams playing at Villanova Park for Round 6 against SPLC. However, of the games that were able to be played, Villanova won the aggregate with six wins and six draws.

The final round against Ashgrove was always going to be tough but having beaten five other AIC Colleges in the previous aggregate rounds, we were confident that our sides were going to be competitive and that we would come away with some premierships. Congratulations to the Third XI, 9B, 7A  and 7B sides for winning aggregate premierships and to the 10C, 9C, 8C and 7C sides who were the only non-aggregate premiership winning teams. Unfortunately, the First XI, Second XI and 10A premiership games all came down to the final round, and Ashgrove were too strong on the day.

Overall Villanova finished second in the aggregate behind Ashgrove and we were only nine points away from claiming the aggregate shield. This is an outstanding achievement and an improvement from our third place aggregate result last year. The two wet rounds against SPC and SPLC were the rounds that cost us valuable points. The final overall aggregate results are as follows:

First Place:  Marist Brother’s Ashgrove – 81

Second Place:  Villanova College – 73

Third Place:  St Laurence’s College – 68

Fourth Place:  Padua College – 64.5

Fifth Place:  St Patrick’s College – 53.5

Sixth Place:  Iona College – 42

Seventh Place:  St Peter’s Lutheran College – 24

Eighth Place:  St Edmund’s College – 16

The Junior School did not have any undefeated sides for 2018 but congratulations to the 5 White team who only had one loss.

Congratulations also to the following Year 7 – Open teams for their top three finishes:

Second Place:  Second XI and 10A

Third Place:  First XI, Fourth XI and 8B

2018 AIC Cricket Premierships Teams/Coaches

Third XI:  Rob Cole

10C:  Jamie Mullins

9B:  Mick Druery and Neville Jeffs

9C:  Jack Blanchfield and Aidan Dooley

8C:  Jeff Ilka

7A:  Stewart Rieck

7B:  Sean Parker and Joshua Fraser

7C:  Harrison Stanfield and Josh Mullins

Our thanks go to the following who coached a team this year, your efforts have enabled the boys to not only get a game but learn how to work hard and achieve very good results all season:

Staff: Chris Purcell (Mr) and Tony Rolls

Parents: Phil Horton, Rob Cole, Michael Schouten, David Short, Mick Druery, Neville Jeffs, Ross Whitby, Jeff Ilka, Stewart Rieck, John Godwin, Mark Eustance, Damien Colbert, Rohan McCaul, David Hollett, Simon Dickie, James Anderson and Luke O’Neill

Outside Coaches: Lee Parker, Gary Mulcahy, Jamie Mullins and Warren Dillon

I would like to make special mention to the following group of Old Boys, who have returned to the College and helped with the program. Some of these gentlemen are only in their first year out but they have made the effort to get involved and the impact they have had on the boys, particularly the Junior School boys has been invaluable:

Justin Lee, Ravin De Wijeyeratne, Damon Mulcahy, Sean Finnimore, Jack Blanchfield, Aidan Dooley, George Myers, Lachlan Wolf, Lachlan Perrier, Julian Rhodes, Sean Parker, Joshua Fraser, Harrison Stanfield, Joshua Mullins, Joshua Cole, Jack Fraser, Lachlan Kearney, Corey Heaton, Dominic Coote, Matthew Watson, Danyon Muller, Benji Lynch, Bennett Griffin, Patrick Coffey, Sam Ryan, Thomas Seymour, Sam Everding, Matthew Winsbury, Patrick Thomas and Jonty Carlson.

Thanks also to the self-elected cricket managers who assisted with the running of matches, organised rosters, scored and organised morning or afternoon teas for players and their families.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Villanova College Cricket Director, Nathan Dufty. Nathan has been instrumental in raising the profile of cricket at Villanova. He continues to strive to get the absolute best out of our players and worked closely with all coaches and players throughout the entire season. The Villanova College cricket season would not have the success it has had without him.

AIC Cricket Results

TEAM Opposition Result Villanova Opposition
First XI ASH L 10/102 3/103
Second XI ASH L 10/139 7/141
Third XI ASH L 10/164 4/175
Fourth XI ASH L 7/164 8/165
Fifth XI ASH L 10/76 6/115
10A ASH W 1/92 91
10B ASH L 10/169 4/215
10C ASH W 2/110 7/109
9A ASH L 9/97 10/98
9B ASH W 6/122 9/121
9C 9Gold W 3/173 6/75
9 Gold 9C L 6/75 3/173
8A ASH L 44 3/45
8B ASH L 10/126 5/134
8C ASH D W 6/135 6/133
8 Gold ASH White W 7/102 4/101
8 White ASH Green W 167 149
7A ASH W 5/154 7/71
7B ASH W 8/117 6/101
7C ASH W 9/97 9/87
7 Gold ASH White L 10/86 6/88
7 White ASH Green L 2/70 3/152
7 Green ASH Blue L 9/39 4/73
6A ASH L 7/83 7/90
6B ASH L 9/84 6/125
6C ASH L 8/65 2/120
6 Gold ASH White L 2/70 3/71
6 White ASH Blue L 6/86 3/102
6 Green IONA Green W 5/106 4/40
5 A ASH W 4/197 11/140
5 B ASH L 7/104 5/150
5C ASH W 3/100 7/82
5 Gold ASH White L 4/76 5/58
5 White ASH Green W 2/91 6/36
5 Green ASH Black W 5/72 6/54

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

After a long season Villanova volleyball has weathered the storm that engulfed players this season with close games that were lost or won by two or three points. In 2018, Villanova has come away with one premiership. The Second VI kept true to their word when they predicted they would be premiers at the end of the season, congratulations.  Well done to all the other teams who performed well to display improving levels of skills when on court.

With another season over, there are many positives to be learnt, raising the intensity at training and on court during game time, teamwork, support each other as well as congratulating players on good hits, passes, sets and serves.

To players and coaches, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your time and patience throughout the season.  For many, the season began back in August 2017 with the Primary Schools Cup, Junior Schools Cup, Provence Cup, Churchie Invitational and National Schools Cup. These outside competitions provide a platform for the AIC competition the following year. They also  give players an opportunity to hone their skills at different levels against some tough opposition.  Other than these competitions there is an opportunity for players to continue improving on their skill development through Volleyball Queensland with state trials (U15, U17 and U19) and the QAS Volleyball Program 2018/19 Emerging Talent Squads (targeting 15 years and younger).  For further information on both, visit the Volleyball Queensland website.  Many players have already registered for these and I wish them well.

As we close out the season Villanova volleyball says ‘farewell’ to several families – Harding (Damien), Codina (Tristan), Lisignoli (Ethan), Rotscheid-Felu (Tyreece), Rosen (Brayden) and Brown (Samuel) to name a few.  Thank you to the parents who have supported their sons throughout the season as well as working in the canteen, assistance on the BBQ, packing up at the end of the day and transport to and from games.

It would be rather remiss of me not to mention the tireless work of Mrs Robyn Gunning (canteen), Mr Jeremy Meredith (BBQ), Suzy Korander (canteen) and Anthony Kemp, for this I say thank you.

Together Everyone Achieves More’

QAS Volleyball Program – 2018/19 Emerging Talent Program

Please see attached to this newsletter a flyer regarding a great new opportunity for your younger volleyball players at Villanova to join the Queensland Academy of Sport Emerging Volleyball Program that is beginning in April for athletes 15 years or under. The program will focus on core skills, technique and strategy to succeed in volleyball.

We encourage as many students as possible to attend these trials. They may not make the team, but they will gain valuable experience!

AIC Volleyball Results 

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

 AIC Chess – Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

Tomorrow, we will be competing in the first trial game for the season against St Laurence’s at St Laurence’s.  All three levels will compete – Junior, Intermediate and Senior.  The boys will be transported by bus straight after school, but parents will need to pick up the boys from St Laurence’s.  The game will kick off as soon as we arrive. Two games will be played, and we hope to be finished around 5.30pm, 6.00pm at the latest. The boys play in their formal uniform not sports uniform.

The first week back will also have a trial game at home against St Patrick’s on Friday 20 April. More information will come home next term. Trial games are open to any player.  AIC teams will be announced at the end of Week 1, Term 2.  There will be A, B and C teams for each group level.

Coaching has finished for this term and will recommence on Wednesday April 18 for Intermediate and Senior teams only at 7.30 in T10. Coaching in Term 2 is only available for the actual teams and days will be specified for each group.

Junior players will continue with their trials on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 April, with no coaching sessions held in this week. From Week 2 only the actual Junior teams will attend coaching sessions on a nominated day. More information will be supplied once teams are chosen.

Morning Tea sessions will still be available to all players not just the selected teams.

Good luck to all boys on Friday but enjoyment for the night is the main priority.

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

What a fantastic year for Villanova AFL as we had over 60 players don the green and gold for what was a terrific season of footy. From the very first trials back in 2017, It was fantastic to see the eagerness and determination to do well and compete amongst some of the bigger AIC schools. From the very first weekend both Matt Conlan and I could see the fight in these boys across all grades and that never let up until our last game on Saturday.

A special mention must go to the year 6B Team on a terrific premiership season, it was incredible to watch your skill, teamwork and of course sportsmanship across the whole competition. Special mention also to our 6A team who were beaten in the last few minutes of the premiership match. Unfortunately, our Year 5 teams fell just short, but I know that we are all keen to get stuck back in for next season. I applaud all players on their continual effort, respect and comradery amongst the group and it has been a huge thrill for both Matt and I to coach the boys throughout the whole season.

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 say thank you to Craig, Erika, Blake and Anthony 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 Matt, Jacob and of course Matt Conlan for their hard work and dedication to these players throughout the season.

It has been an unforgettable season of Villanova AFL that 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 2018 and cannot wait for round one in 2019.

AIC Cross Country

Information regarding the up-coming AIC cross country season and the commencement dates for training has been posted on the website under the AIC Cross Country section. A meeting was held last Friday for all interested Cross Country runners from Year 5 – 12 where a hard copy of the season schedule was distributed.

AIC Rugby and Football Training/Trials

The complete Year 5 – 12 rugby and football training schedule is posted on the College’s website under the AIC Rugby and AIC Football sections. Training/trials have now begun and training will continue next week as per training schedule up until Tuesday 27 March. There will be no training on Wednesday 28 March.

Parents are asked to be patient regarding selections for both football and rugby teams. The process of placing boys into teams is a difficult one and will take quite a long period of time before coaches  settle on teams. There is a trial this Saturday, training next week and the first week back of Term 2, followed by another trial against SPC. The coaches will not know the final make-up of their teams until after this final trial on April 21.  If students are away for any period of the trial process it may influence the team selections. Many coaches will not know all players at this early stage and coaches are guided by who attends each session.

The Sports Office has received many emails from parents regarding students being absent from trials. I assure you that these names are collated and have been passed on to coaches. The reality is that it is hard to select players for teams when they are not present. Attendance during the trial process is important.

All students who have signed up will make a team – guaranteed. As we have said on many occasions, we want to get as many boys playing for Villanova as possible, regardless of what team they are ultimately in.

Please note

  • Rugby and Football Trials will continue next week on Monday and Tuesday only. This is the last week of Term 1.
  • All teams training at Villanova Park will be bused to the venue. Parents are responsible for collecting their son/s after training from all venues. Please ensure you collect your son/s on time so that staff do not have to wait until after dark to get home to their own families.
  • Please note finishing times differ for Year 5 and 6 students. Parents are asked to be at the training venues on time to pick up their son. Students not collected within 15 minutes of training concluding will be brought back to Goold Hall where they will wait outside the foyer.


The 7C Football side requires a coach for the upcoming season. The training days are Monday and Wednesday at Villanova Park. If you are able to assist, please email Anthony Kemp.

Date Claimers (as per College Calendar)

  • AIC rugby and football trial v SLC, Saturday 24 March (all teams)
  • AIC rugby and football trial v SPC Saturday 21 April (all teams)

Football/Rugby Referees Required

With the growing number of teams and with split venues, we are in desperate need for football and rugby referees. If you can assist with refereeing games, please contact:

Football Coach Required

The 7C Football side requires a coach for the upcoming season. The training days are Monday and Wednesday at Villanova Park. If you are able to assist, please email Anthony Kemp.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Joshua Civitarese who earlier this year competed in the Australian Junior selections at the AIS for taekwondo where he won the gold medal for his division. Joshua recently travelled to the Netherlands where he competed in the Dutch Open as a member of the Australian Junior Team, which is one of the largest tournaments in Europe. Joshua fought very well, being narrowly defeated by the silver medallist in his division.  This is an outstanding achievement. Well done Joshua!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information

eLearning Update, Year 7 Vaccinations, Library Roster, Tuckshop Roster:

eLearning Update

On Monday night a large group of parents attended the parent education event “Parenting with Technology in the Age of Social Media” in the Hanrahan Theatre. Detective Grant Hughes, Task Force ARGOS, gave a confronting presentation regarding CEM (Child Exploitation Material), cyber safety and insights into the isolation and control strategies that cyber paedophiles use to exploit children. Brett Lee, Internet Safe Education, then used elements of the ARGOS presentation to give parents a set of five strategies to help keep children safe when using connected technology.

Following on from the presentations, parents had the opportunity to ask questions of both speakers regarding the dark web, sexting and how to restrict/limit access to apps on various devices such as the Tor Browser. The evening concluded with a light supper coordinated by the Parents and Friends Committee.

As promised, I have placed all the resources mentioned or used during the evening on the BYOD page of the College website at:

If you scroll down to the Resources and Forms section you will find the sub-categories: Presentation materials; How-to guides (for setting up parental controls on Android, iOS, mac OS laptops and Windows 10 laptops); websites, services and programs (videos, modules, links and organisations that support parent education regarding technology).

Thanks to both our speakers, current parent and old boy Detective Grant Hughes and Brett Lee. The presentations were confronting, engaging and at times very entertaining despite the nature of the material being discussed. Thanks also to the Parents and Friends Committee for sponsoring the event and running the supper afterwards.

Finally, thanks to Mark Stower for his support in the organisation of this evening. I look forward to organising parent education events of a similar nature in the future. If you have any feedback on this event, please email me at:

Mr Jason Lane, eLearning Pedagogy Leader


Year 7 Vaccinations

Next Tuesday 27 March, the Brisbane City Council Immunisation Team will be visiting the College to administer the HPV Dose 1 and Boostrix vaccinations to Year 7 students.  This is the first of two sessions offered to the Year 7 cohort by the Council throughout the year.   HPV Dose 2 will be administered on Wednesday 14 November.  Immunisation Consent Forms were distributed to all Year 7 students at the beginning of the school year.  Only students who returned these forms with the consent section agreed to and signed will be receiving the vaccinations.  If you did not return the form and wish for your son to be part of the program please download the form from the Queensland Health Website and return to Mrs Lamb on or before Monday 26 March.

Please ensure your son has a satisfying breakfast on the days of the vaccination.  Should you have further questions please contact the Brisbane City Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 8888 and ask for Immunisation Services.

Ms Sally Byron, College Administrator

Library Roster


Cristina Palacios


Donna Leahy


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Pupil Free Day



Good Friday

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Calendar of Events

Sports Lunch, Gala Ball, and Carnival Wrap-Up:

Villanova Sports Lunch – Friday 25 May

Buy Tickets now

The 5th annual Sports Club Luncheon will again be held at the Gabba, overlooking the playing field of the Brisbane Lions and Qld Cricket on Friday 25th May. This year celebrates 70 years of sport at Villanova and I encourage you to be a part of the celebrations. Master of Ceremonies for the Day will be none other than the hilarious Vince Sorrenti together with other special guests including Dan Leeson, Villa Old Boy (1983), and Australian Paralympian in multiple sports. Tickets are $145 per head, early bird price, and are available for purchase now through the following link  All money raised is used by the Sports Club to improve sporting facilities and in particular contribute to the rebuild of damaged facilities at Villa Park. This is an excellent event and I strongly encourage as many people as possible to ask their friends and families along and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, drink and entertainment. Not to be missed! 


The Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball – Saturday 28 July

The Villanova College Parents and Friends Association invites parents of the college to come and celebrate this special milestone year at a gala night, designed just for you.

Dance the night away while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Moda Events at Portside Wharf, with elevated waterfront views of the Brisbane River and city skyline.

The Early Bird ticket price for the night is $155 per person and includes a tantalising food and beverage package that is sure to delight. Featuring a range of sumptuous canapés on arrival, entrée and main course, a decadent selection for a delicious dessert bar and a prestige beverage package complete with a selection of fine wines and craft beers.

To book your table of 10, simply visit the Trybooking website via  nominate your table captain and you’re set for a night to remember.

Don’t have a table of 10? No problem! Just email the Ball Committee on and we will endeavour to seat you with other parents from your year level.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 19 April 2018. Spaces are limited, so don’t miss out! Get your friends together and come celebrate the college’s 70th year in style.

Want to stay up-to-date on this special event? Join the Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball Facebook group.


Villanova Carnival

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Archive Anecdotes

Whinstanes – The History

Original residence of Mr A.B. Webster & family, 1931

Aerial photograph, ca. 1945

  • “Whinstanes” was located near the Brisbane River on the city’s north side in the suburb of Hamilton, and had its own railway station!
  • The area was developed early in European settlement, and Brisbane was still a penal settlement when the land was allotted during the 1830s.
  • The Webster family emigrated from Scotland in 1881, purchasing 15 acres of land and building “Whinstanes”. The name came from “whin”, a brambly bush and “stanes”, stones. The building was an impressive two storied residence with 8 bedrooms upstairs and wide covered verandahs on both floors.
  • The Websters lived there until Mr Webster’s death in 1925.
  • The Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College purchased Whinstanes in 1925 and ran a Junior Boys Boarding School at the property.
  • In 1941, in the midst of WWII it was considered unsafe to house the children so close to the petrol storage facilities located near the Brisbane River. The students transferred to Toowoomba, and the college premises was taken over by the 738th Military Police Battalion US Army.
  • After the war the property was sold to the Augustinian Fathers. Villanova College was conducted on the site from 1948 to 1953, when due to the need for a larger campus, it moved to the current location at Coorparoo.
  • The Augustinian Fathers sold the property to a developer who demolished the original Whinstanes residence and erected factories.

Villanova Archives

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