Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
What exciting days Tuesday and Wednesday were this week as we welcomed back all the students for the commencement of the 2018 academic year. The students have returned eager to embrace the opportunities on offer at the College and to begin their classes and meet their teachers.

Thank you to all families for their care and attention to grooming and the College uniform. The students have returned well dressed and with hats. During these very warm months we will be extra vigilant in encouraging our students to wear their hats when outside.

Our theme for this year is “LEADING LEARNING”.

At our recent College Assembly, I spoke about the responsibility of each student to take an active role in his own learning journey this year. Each classroom teacher has the responsibility of leading the learning in their classrooms to ensure students reach their full potential.

70th Anniversary

2018 is a year of celebration as we mark the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of Villanova College. In 1948 Villanova College threw open the doors and 40 young men across Years 5, 6 and 7 marched in and so began this wonderful story of Catholic education in the Augustinian Tradition in Brisbane.

One of the highlights of the celebrations this year will be the Musical, Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation) to be held on June 1 and 2 in the Hanrahan Theatre. Please pencil in these dates.

Building Works

The work on the Fr Michael Morahan Staff Centre is now only days away from completion. The scaffolding and fences have been removed and the students have their seating areas available once more. The image in the glass façade is the emblem of the Order of St Augustine -a flaming heart pierced by an arrow on the background of an open book.

The open book suggests a dedication to intellectual searching or study; the pursuit of knowledge, both divine and earthly. The flaming heart indicates Saint Augustine’s great personal charity and the fact he preached love of neighbour as the way to serve God. The arrow piercing the heart and the book represents the spirit of God piercing our minds and hearts and calling us to a continual growth of faith, hope and love in our lives.

Prayers and Congratulations

Congratulations to Mr Matt Lalor and his wife Urszula on the recent birth of their first child, Rosemary Ewa. We also keep in our prayers Mr Ed Havelock and his family following the recent death of his mother in law, Mrs Rita Buenavista.

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

Welcome to the Villanova College Junior School.  2018 is upon us and life once again breathes into Villanova buildings.  Colour and information adorns the walls, signs direct us, and people’s voices can be heard around every corner.  We have formally embraced our Year 5 cohort with fresh faces, hands that volunteer before the task is revealed and energy abounds.  Yesterday we welcomed many familiar faces in Year 6 as well as introducing some new friends into our classrooms.  These students return with anticipation and wisdom, which will be such a blessing and enhance every effort of the staff who will work with them.

A sense of ritual is important with boys.  For centuries, around the world, there have been rites of passage and a sense of belonging as boys find their needs grow and change.  Villanova is a place where such rituals exist, and it is our conscious intention to honour our boys, our history and Augustinian values that we coordinate the events to follow.

On Tuesday, we began the journey of our youngest Villanovans with a hearty welcome breakfast.  The highlight I am sure, after a somewhat nervous car ride to the College, was to see their classroom and meet their teacher.  Once introductions and simple initiations took place – nametags, birthdays, best wishes written by parents and even ‘some getting to know you’ games – then we had the opportunity to build relationships.  Old Boys could catch up and take photos of the next generations coming to Villanova, families could exhale and give any nervous butterflies a solid feed of bacon and egg rolls with juice, tea or coffee.  Our staff cooked, served and socialised amongst the crowds bringing the Augustinian hospitality to the forefront of our community – whilst new, already an integral part of all the potential that 2018 can bring.

ID photos have been taken so that our students can access services such as library borrowing, photocopying and the Tuckshop.  These cards will be delivered to each class in due course – until then we can work systems manually and of course, Mrs Blair and her incredible team in the Tuckshop always accept cash.  Being issued an ID card means a lot to the boys as it is a symbol of belonging and having access to privileges.  It carries responsibility and will in time help the boys manage their organisation and independence.

A new tradition began this week with our Year 12 cohort sitting next to every Year 5 student and singing the College Anthem and College War Cries in Goold Hall.  It was indeed a sight to see, the men who now truly sing about the spirit of Villanova, our Year 12 senior students.  White shirts beside each brand new grey shirt.  The physical heights varied greatly but every voice was just as loud, if not quite as deep   by the end of the session.  An invitation to be on stage to help lead a war cry was eagerly accepted by some students – and they lead the chants like this was the only College they had ever known.

On Wednesday, we had our first Buddy Morning Tea – where Year 6 boys collected their Year 5 mates and shared their eating time to introduce themselves and catch up about the holidays.  Many took this chance to play together – handball, tiggy and ball games of all kinds saw new friendships forming.  This ritual will continue in weekly sporting fixtures every Friday – where the boys can make friends in House groups as well as across year levels.

Every classroom will begin their own rituals for 2018.  Each teacher has their way of engaging with the boys – unpacking and entering a room, managing morning prayer and notices, right through to lesson formats and work expectations.  Have peace of mind that the support for our routines will be high, consistent and rewarded for successful attempts.  Know that our Restorative Practice program begins immediately.  Firm boundaries within expectations and encouragement.  Planned opportunities to get to know each other’s strengths and challenges and symbols, rituals and feedback to allow the Junior School boys every chance to feel connected and willing to try their best.

Next Wednesday sees the Year 5 students leave for a three-day camp at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast.  Detailed information will soon make its way home and combined with a lot of in-class preparation, we anticipate the best ritual of all.  The chance to really get to know each other by having quality time – building relationships that will genuinely enhance classroom connections and the ability to trust each other in new learning situations.

Our College theme for 2018 is “Leading Learning”.  Our staff are committed to celebrating your son’s achievements and finding pathways for conquering challenges.  To lead the learning that will see this happen requires experiences that show a sense of humour, a willingness to listen and the strength to lean on others when we find our comfort zones are pushed.  Your support in helping your son pack his belongings, promote the best intentions of this experience will make the Friday afternoon pick up in Week 2 the sweetest success they can feel as champions of their own learning.

May we all embrace tradition, trust the experience and impact of ritual, and be amazed with just how incredible our young men truly are.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

On behalf of all Middle School staff, I extend a warm welcome to all families as we commence the 2018 Academic Year. On Tuesday, we welcomed our Year 7 students for their Orientation Day. It was a great opportunity for the boys to familiarise themselves with their new teachers, new classrooms, new surroundings and enjoy a campus tour and BBQ lunch with our Year 12 students.

The start to the school year is typically a busy time and there are a number of key events in the coming weeks.

Year 7 and Year 8 Parent Information Evening, Monday 29 January 2018

Commencing at 6:00pm in the Hanrahan Theatre, located in the Augustine Centre, the evening is an excellent opportunity for parents to visit their son’s classroom and meet the teacher/s. The boys are not required to attend.

Year 9 Parent Information Evening, Thursday 1 February 2018

The Year 9 evening commences at 6:30pm and is an opportunity for parents to hear more about the Year 9 academic program and the pathways towards senior schooling. We will also explore the potential challenges of working with and parenting 14 – 15 year-old boys and outline the support that is available. The boys are not required to attend.

Year 8 Camp, 5 – 9 February 2018 at Dicky Beach

Monday – Wednesday:  8 Gold, 8 Maroon and 8 Red

Wednesday – Friday:  8 Blue, 8 Green and 8 White

Year 7 Camp, 12 -16 February at Currimundi

Monday – Wednesday:  7 Blue, 7 Gold and 7 Green

Wednesday – Friday: 7 Maroon, 7 Red and 7 White

These camps are an excellent opportunity for the boys to get to know their new classmates and build relationships with their teachers. I thank the teaching staff for their support of the camps and I look forward to spending these weeks with the students and staff.

Finally, and especially for those who enjoy scrolling through their social media during their lunch breaks, check out our new Middle School Instagram account vnc_middle_school or follow the link to https://www.instagram.com/vnc_middle_school/

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

The first week of another academic year is always infused with great enthusiasm and energy, especially as a new senior class begins writing the final chapter of their Villanova Journey whilst a new cohort of Year 5 students begins writing its first chapter. It was wonderful to witness the number of Year 12 students who arrived early at school on Monday to welcome the Year 5s into the Villanova Family, demonstrating that all seniors now step into positions of leadership, responsible for sustaining the spirit of community in which this College is built upon. A significant highlight of opening day was the afternoon spirit session where the Seniors taught the Year 5 students the College Anthem and selected chants before tunnelling them out of Goold Hall.

It has been pleasing to see the way in which the entire Senior School student body has returned, and I have been very impressed by the standards of uniform and grooming, especially the wearing of the College Akubra. There certainly has been a nervous energy amongst the Year 10 students as they get acclimatised to their new surroundings in the Senior School precinct and the stairs in the Veritas Building.

Next week the Year 12’s will be formally commissioned as leaders of the Villanova College community at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. This is a significant rite of passage in the life of these young gentlemen, whereby the Senior class pledges their vision of leadership and receives their senior badge. The Year 12 theme for 2018 is- Where there is Unity, there is Victory. The underpinning importance of unity within the success of a Senior class cannot be understated. Unity of purpose, spirit and mindset for academic and personal excellence (especially come QCS Test time) is essential.

I would like to remind you about the series of Parent Information Evenings across the next three weeks:

Year 12                     30th January             6.30pm

Year 11                     7th February              6.30pm

Year 10                     12th February           6.00pm

Pastoral Area Leaders will be sending home further information about these evenings as well as key focus areas for each respective grade.

Finally, it is with excitement that I inform the Senior School community of the launch of its own Instagram Account which will visually capture the unfolding story of another exciting year at Villanova College and the energies and efforts of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Our username is: vnc_senior_school or follow the link to: https://www.instagram.com/vnc_senior_school/

The medium is the message– Marshall McLuhan

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

 

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Ministry

Entering our 70th Year
The five young Irishmen who started Villanova College seventy years ago today would, I think, be happy with the way that so many students of Villanova College reach out to others, to create a unified campus and to make a difference beyond our gates.

One small story illustrates this aspect of the “Villanova Man.” In December, recent old boy Dan Ingledew (2013) was named Saint Vincent de Paul volunteer of the year for his excellent work running a soccer program for children in Moorooka. These children, many of whom are from refugee background would not otherwise have a chance to participate in organised sport.

One of Dan’s key offsiders is Angus Tracey, the St Vincent de Paul leader from 2017. Villanova College has created pathways and partnerships by which young men go out from beyond the gates and make a difference. I would urge all Middle and Senior School students to consider joining a Ministry Group in 2018.

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Tuesday 30 January at 10.30 am

Every school year begins with a sense of excitement and occasion. The new staff, students and families bring a vibrant enthusiasm which renews the community. What has really stood out this year is the warmth of the welcome that has been offered by all Year 12 students, the student leaders of 2018.

On Tuesday, we will join together as a whole to celebrate Mass, with the focus being to encourage and support our Year 12 students as they provide leadership and example for the rest of the College. One special feature of our celebration will be when these young men take a special pledge, vowing to honour the traditions of the College, begun 70 years ago, and to add their own legacy. All family members are warmly invited to this Mass, which will take place in Goold Hall at 10.30 am.

John Holroyd, Vice Principal – Ministry, Mission and Evangilisation

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Music

On behalf of the entire Music Department, I would like to welcome all students and their families to Villanova College.  We have a number of exciting developments in Music in 2018 and I am looking forward to the year ahead.

New Staff at Villanova College
At the conclusion of 2017, our Music Department went through a restructuring phase to allow us flexibility and the ability to implement new changes occurring in Instrumental Music education.  As part of this process, the College created three new positions.  It gives me great pleasure to introduce three new members of the Music staff at Villanova College:  Head of Brass – Mr Josh McKechie, Head of Winds – Miss Emma Carey and Head of Strings – Ms Raquel Bastos.  These teachers have already had an opportunity to meet and work with our Middle and Senior School students who attended the Music Workshop on Monday.

Music Workshop
On Monday 22 January, most of our Middle and Senior School musicians participated in our Music Workshop.  This was a day of rehearsals, focused on blowing, bowing, hitting out the cobwebs formed over holidays and re-joining together in our fellowship of Music.  This workshop was invaluable for our teachers in allowing an insight into ensemble make-up and provided a great opportunity to get the year started on a positive note.

I would like to thank all families and students who supported this event.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank administration for allowing our Music staff time during our busy professional development period to undertake this activity.  Finally, I would like to thank our fantastic team for their efforts with the students across the day, it was most beneficial for all.

Rehearsals and Lessons
Rehearsals and lessons will commence in Week 2 for all students.  A rehearsal schedule has been sent out via email to all participant students and their parents.  If you have not received this, or received one by mistake, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 as soon as possible.  A rehearsal schedule has been included with this week’s newsletter for your information.

Please note: Chamber Ensembles, Junior Choir, Irish Ensembles and Jazz Ensembles will not commence until Week 3 or 4.  Please stay tuned for information in Pastoral notices, Villa View (newsletter) and email.

Lesson timetables are being finalised and distributed today.  Please check your email and your son’s Villanova email inbox for this information.

Rehearsal schedules T1 2018

Sporting Clashes with Rehearsals
Our students are always very involved in many activities and we are very happy to negotiate time to ensure we can meet most commitments.  In discussion with the Sports Office, we have come to the following arrangement:

  • Students in ‘A’ teams (two training sessions per week) will rotate rehearsal with one training session every fortnight; i.e. rehearsal and training one week, two training sessions the next.
  • Students in ‘B’ teams (two training sessions per week) will attend one training session and rehearsal every week
  • Students in all other teams (one training session per week) are to rotate training and rehearsal every fortnight; i.e. rehearsal one week, training the next.

Should you have any concerns, please contact me through the Music Office and I will be more than happy to discuss this further.  Please ensure your son contacts the ensemble director so that they are aware of the scheduling arrangement to assist in maintaining accurate attendance records.

Big Band and Irish Ensembles
Students will receive an invitation to either join or audition for one of these ensembles over the next week.  If your son receives such an email, please consider his availability and load before accepting or rejecting this offer.  Please keep in mind also that Irish Ensemble 1 and Big Band will have tours planned later this year.

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

Term 1 2018
Week Date Activity
2 Ensemble rehearsals and lessons commence
3 Monday 5 February Music Supporter’s Group Meeting – 7:30pm
7 Monday 5 March Music Supporter’s Group Meeting – 7:30pm
7 7 – 10 March Musical (evening performances) in Hanrahan Theatre
8 Wednesday 14 March Proposed Year 5 Excursion to QSO (10am Concert)
10 Tuesday 27 March Jump Start Day (Year 5 all day – Hanrahan Theatre)
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Sport

It is with great pleasure that I welcome all families to Villanova College for what I hope will be an exciting year of sport ahead. Our aim is to maintain and further develop Villanova’s sports program from Years 5 – 12 and to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to participate and enjoy all the benefits which playing sport can provide.

Villanova College offers many opportunities for its students to become involved in a wide variety of areas including sport, music, culture etc. My advice to all students is to ‘get involved’ in the life of the College. Enjoy the challenges and friendships you encounter on the way and be proud to represent your College by the way you conduct yourself on and off the sports field.

At Villanova, it is considered a privilege to don the green and gold. I encourage all students to show pride in the uniform each week by training hard and playing even harder. Best wishes go to us all in 2018, let us all do our bit for the year to be a fun and enjoyable one!

Listed below are the members of the College’s Sports Office. We ask students and parents to contact any of the personnel below if you have a query or question of a sporting nature:

Mr Craig Stariha                  Director of Sport                                                   3394 5611

Blake McLauchlan              AIC Sport Coordinator                                      3394 5584

Anthony Kemp                     Acting AIC Sport Coordinator                        3394 5505

Erika Schofield                     School Officer – Sports Office Support     3394 5621

It is imperative that all students and their families regularly access the College’s website to obtain sporting information. Simply go to www.vnc.qld.edu.au from the home page scroll down to the ‘Latest News’ section.

Within this section, select the ‘Locker Room’ https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/locker-room/locker-room-july-18/  that has all the latest sports information for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section which outlines the times and venues for all games for that week. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will also take you to sections pertaining to each individual sport (for example, AIC Cricket, AIC AFL, AIC Volleyball, AIC Swimming etc.) which will have further details pertaining to that sport.

Within the sports pages you will find information regarding team lists, weekly draws, training schedules and much more. The website is updated regularly and should be checked regularly by all players and families throughout the entire year.

Villanova families are strongly encouraged to download the College’s app from the App store. Simply search – Villanova College Skoolbag App (free download) and follow the prompts. Messages and alerts are often sent via this app. In particular, messages regarding the cancellation of matches or training, special reminders etc. The Villa View (newsletter), website and app are our major avenues for imparting information. Please check and use them regularly for all information pertaining to sport.

Already all AIC volleyball, AFL and cricket team lists, training schedules, weekly game schedules, coaches’ details and much more have been added to the website for all to see. Likewise, all information pertaining to the AIC swim season has been posted. Please take the time to navigate through the site as I believe most of your questions and queries will be answered in this section.

I thank all of those who have assisted the Villanova Sports Program over the years in taking on the various roles needed. I encourage as many people as possible to assist in 2018 by coaching, managing, refereeing, scoring, serving at canteens etc. throughout the year when the opportunities arise. I am certainly looking forward to meeting as many people as I can over the year ahead.

This afternoon after school all capable swimmers from Year 5 – 12 are invited to join the Villanova Swim Squad to participate in a swim meet/time trial at Langlands Pool from 3.30 – 5.00pm. All Year 6 – Opens cricket teams, Year 7 – 12 volleyball teams will trial against Ashgrove on Saturday 27 January while Year 5 cricketers and Year 5 and Year 6 AFL players will have internal trials. Please read further details below as well as on the website in order to be fully informed of all the information you need to know. Good luck to all involved and please enjoy!

Sports Trials – Australia Day Weekend

Given the long weekend, we encourage all players to attend the various trials held this weekend before family trips away. Round 1 commences next weekend and it is imperative that all coaches and teams have a trial in order to ensure teams and selections are correct moving forward. Those who are unable to attend will not be guaranteed a position in a higher graded team. All players are to check the team lists posted on the website for this weekend’s games. Information regarding these trials was advertised extensively to all players dating back to last year.

Saturday 27 January – AIC Cricket and Volleyball Trials v Marist College Ashgrove

This Saturday 27 January, Villanova will participate in cricket and volleyball trials against Ashgrove (ASH). All volleyball teams from Year 7 – 12 as well as all cricket teams from Year 6 – 12 will play games against Ashgrove at various venues. All Year 5 cricket teams will trial internally. Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against Ashgrove.

Go to the website, scroll to the bottom of the home page, locate the ‘Latest News’ section and select the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section and open the pdf doc which lists all game times and venues. Links from the ‘Locker Room’ will take you to the AIC Cricket and Volleyball section which will have all team lists, training schedules and coaches details amongst other information.

AIC Cricket

By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of cricket trials this Saturday 27 January against Marist College Ashgrove. As always, there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process. As this is considered a trial game, negotiations have been made with Ashgrove to allow coaches from both Colleges to be flexible during the match. Therefore, leniency will be given this weekend in order for the coaches to give all players an opportunity to perform.

As this weekend’s game is only a trial, may I please ask all parents and players to be patient as there will be some movement of players from team to team, as the coaches finalise teams ready for Round 1 next weekend against St. Patrick’s. All boys should check the web site regularly to keep abreast of all information regarding teams, training and games. All players are to wear the correct Villanova cricket uniform; have adequate water, sunscreen and a hat for the games. Please be advised that all training schedules are finalised and training has begun as of this week as per schedule posted on the web.

Villanova Cricket Uniform

All players from Year 5 – 12 are to wear whites.

Cricket Whites

  • White pants
  • Villanova cricket shirt
  • Sports shoes
  • Villanova green sports cap or broad brimmed hat

Under no circumstances are players permitted to wear club shirts or club hats.

Important note – All cricketers from Year 5 – 12 are asked to wear protective equipment. It is compulsory for all batsmen and wicket keepers whilst keeping up to the stumps to wear a helmet. All players are required to purchase and wear their own cricket box protector.  The College will provide two helmets per kit.

Year 5 Cricket Trials

Cricket trials begin this Saturday morning. All teams will play at Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road Tingalpa. There are 11 cricket fields at this venue and our allocated fields (5, 8 and 12) are in the middle and back left hand side as you drive in to the complex. Please see the map below.

5A/B trial – Field 5 – Meet Mr Simon Dickie, Mr Bennett Griffin and Mr Patrick Coffey at 7.45am.

5C/Gold trial – Field – 8 Meet Mr James Anderson and Mr Luke O’Neill at 7.45am

5 White/Green trial – Field 12 – Meet Mr Sam Everding, Mr Matthew Winsbury, Mr Patrick Thomas and Mr Jonty Carlson at 7.45am

Team lists are found on the web and are on the Junior School notice board. Boys are to be at the venue by 7.40am and they are to wear cricket whites if they have them or their College sports uniform. Cricket gear will be supplied.

When the trials have concluded, the boys will be selected into teams. This year there will be A, B and C teams selected.

The remaining teams will be evenly graded on ability and placed into the supplementary draw.

Saturday’s draw, coaches’ details, by-laws and training schedules have been placed on the web page for you to view. A revised list for Round 1 against St. Patrick’s College will be posted next Tuesday. Please note that many of the boys will change into different teams and that this is part of the trial process. There will be a number of changes throughout the season as we endeavour to place boys into their right ability level groups. If there are training clashes with other commitments, after these changes, please contact the Sports Office and we will try to work out a solution.

It will take a season or two to get the boys into their right teams. Please be patient with the selection process as we can only grade the boys on what we see. Their attitude and sportsmanship, also contribute to the selection process and we expect very high standards in both areas when the boys are representing the College.

Wet Weather Procedures

In the event of rainy weather, a notification will be placed over the College’s Skoolbag App. An alert will only be given if games are cancelled due to wet weather.

On training days:

If it is raining in the morning, training will be cancelled. It may be the case that no alert on Skoolbag will be sent out in the morning. It is recommended that you contact the coach, if you are unsure. The coaches’ details can be found on the College’s website.

If afternoon training is to be cancelled due to rain evolving during the day, then an alert will be posted on Skoolbag by 1.00pm as well as an announcement to the students over the College’s PA system. If training is cancelled during the session, boys at Langlands will be taken to the undercover carpark at Easts Rugby League Club and boys can be collected from there.

AIC Volleyball – (Volleyball Co-ordinator – Ms Barbara Dewisbdewis@vnc.qld.edu.au )

The AIC volleyball program has commenced and all volleyball players from Year 7 – 12 are asked to attend a volleyball meeting in OD2 on Monday 29 January during first recess.

A number of trial games and training sessions were organised late last year. Furthermore, we had our annual volleyball skills clinics last Monday to hone the players skills and rotations before the season starts proper.  I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all players and coaches who gave up a day of the holidays to attend. Villanova will have 19 teams participating again in the AIC volleyball competition this year – BE ENGAGED IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING at training and on game day will be the motto for this year. All teams are yet to be finalised.  Please continue to check the website each week to be informed of training and game times.

2017 was a year that saw new beginnings with volleyball at Villanova.  Two teams participated in the Primary Schools Cup held in August as well as Year 7 and Year 8 teams who participated in the Junior Schools Cup in October. The two teams in the Primary Schools Cup gained valuable experience while the Year 7 team finished with a silver medal and the Year 8 team was placed a creditable fourth.  This has been a great achievement for volleyball at Villanova.

During December boys playing in the First VI travelled to Melbourne to compete in the National Schools Cup where they finished 11th overall in their nominated division – Boys U/17 Division 1.   From all reports the games were very close, a credit to all the players.

With the closeness of many games throughout a volleyball season, it has come to our attention that this part of volleyball needed to be addressed.  As part of the volleyball program we have appointed a Skills Development Co-ordinator, Dean Bielanowski.  Dean has been appointed to develop a growth mindset to ensure players are able to overcome the hurdle of closing out a game.   This growth mindset should become clearer in players’ games as the season progresses.

This Saturday, January 27, all volleyball teams are set to trial against Marist College, Ashgrove.  All training officially began from yesterday and the training schedules, team lists, game times, team duties, refs and scorers are all posted on the College’s website. It will be necessary for parents, players and coaches to check the College website on a regular basis to ensure all information is delivered in a timely manner.

Volleyball shirts have been issued to the boys this week.  Please check morning notices for other volleyball information. Players are required to be in correct uniform as this demonstrates pride in themselves and Villanova College.

Villanova Volleyball Uniform – Hire Shirts

As from this weekend, all volleyball players must wear the correct Villanova College volleyball uniform as listed below

  • Villanova volleyball shirt (for hire from the College Uniform Shop – details below)
  • Green PE shorts only (no basketball, football or rugby shorts allowed)
  • Villanova socks only and sports shoes

Players are to keep their shirt for the entire season and return them to their coaches at the conclusion of the season at a hire cost of $15 for the season. This cost will be added to your son’s Term 2 school fees account.

AIC AFL – Mr Adam Fry AIC AFL Co-ordinator

Welcome back to the 2018 AFL season. By now all players should be aware that we have a full round of internal AFL trials this Saturday 27 January at Yeronga AFL Club. As always with trials, there will be a certain level of ‘organised chaos’ as our coaches continue the selection/trial process before finalising teams. This Saturday being an internal trial game there will be no training this week. All teams will begin their training in Week 2 after the trials this weekend. Teams will be announced on Monday of Week 2, with a list of each team will be posted on the website. As is the case for all AIC sports, these teams are not final, boys will have the opportunity to move between A’s, and B’s depending on training and game performance each week. All available players are expected to meet at Yeronga at 7.15am for a 7.30am start this Saturday.

As AFL is new to some Villanova families, sorting through all the necessary rules and regulations may take a couple of weeks. I ask all parents and players to be patient as the coaches do their best to sort out everything as quick as possible. I ask that all players please wear an old jersey/shirt that they can play in this weekend and if already purchased wear the Villanova rugby shorts and socks. Please be advised that all training schedules and teams will be finalised by Monday 29 January and training will begin as of Tuesday as per the schedule posted on the web.

I am excited to get the season underway and look forward to seeing everyone out at Yeronga on Saturday.

AIC Swimming Report – Mrs Juanita Jacobs AIC Swimming Co-ordinator

Many thanks to the 56 boys who attended the first swimming squad clinic on January 15.  The day included some land gym work, swim training and games to conclude with a BBQ lunch and free swim on the water slide.  Coaches were impressed with the efforts of the boys who worked well on the day.  The day was an excellent opportunity for the team members to get to know each other and for the new Year 5 students to meet each other and the older members of the squad.  We were very grateful to the Open squad members who cooked the BBQ, helped with the clean up and generally assisted on the day.  Their support and leadership was appreciated by the coaches.

Training will continue for the next six weeks.  Details are available in the swimming squad newsletter and on the College website.  With only six weeks left until the AIC Championships, we must have as many swimmers in the water as often as possible to ensure that we are ready for the competition.

I would strongly encourage any student who would like to be part of the squad to attend time trials happening this week or see the Swim Manager for their age group. More detailed information about the 2018 swimming season, including information packs, uniform requirements, dates and times of training and AIC swim meets have been handed out to students this week. This information is also available on the College’s website. The first AIC swim meet is at Langlands Pool this Thursday 25 Jan from 3.30 – 5.00pm. All interested squad members from Year 5 – 12 are expected to attend.

Villanova Time Trial – Thursday 25 January

Who:  All Year 5 – 12 swimmers

Where:  Langlands Pool

When:  3.30-5.00pm

Middle and Senior School Inter-House Swimming Carnivals

Date: Wednesday, 31 January (Week 2)

Venue: Langlands Pool

Time: Middle School – 9.00am – 11.30am Senior School – 12midday – 2.30pm

Important notes

– All students are required to wear their sports uniform to and from school on the day of the Carnival

– Students are required to bring and wear their hats, sunscreen and have water bottles.

– Students are encouraged to wear the Villanova swim togs or jammers

– A canteen will be operational at both carnivals.

Lytton District Swimming Trials

The Lytton District swimming trials will be held at Moreton Bay College on Friday 9 Feb for under 10, 11 and 12 swimmers. Only two or three boys per event, who meet the qualifying times over the next week, will be given the relevant information regarding these trials. We also need to send along a parent as an official. If your son is selected and you can assist, please contact the Sports Office and let us know of your availability. All students must find their own transportation to and from the carnival.

 

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Parent Information

Instagram, Immunisations, and Tuckshop Roster

Instagram

The College is currently trialling a new addition to our social media communications tools. Each of the three schools has established a new instagram account in order to keep parents up to date with the day-to-day activities taking place at Villanova.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this trial, please contact Ms Terry Hamilton, Marketing, Communications and Enrolments on hamiltont@vnc.qld.edu.au or 07 3394 5593.

Immunisations

The Brisbane City Council Immunisation Team will be visiting Villanova College throughout the year to provide free vaccinations to all Year 10 and Year 7 students.

Year 10 students will be offered Meningococcal ACWY vaccinations and the Year 7 students will be offered HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and dTpa (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough) vaccinations.

Parents are asked to complete, sign and return the Vaccination Consent Form that was provided to your son on Wednesday 24 January if you wish for him to participate in these vaccinations.  An information sheet with further details is attached to this form for your perusal.  If your son has not provided you with this form please contact the relevant Student Services Office.

If you do not wish your child be vaccinated through this school program, please complete the No to Vaccination section on the consent form

All completed forms will be collected by Queensland Health on Friday, February 2. 

Tuckshop Roster

MONDAY 29 JANUARY

Harding

Shanne

Schenk

Anne

Roberts

Kelly

Stuart

Megan

Audet

Lauren

Avolio

Gina

Stines

Anna

McPherson

Belinda

Dalrymple

Marnie

Young

Melissa

Jordan-Vieira

Loretta

Curtis

Monica

 

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY

Odonnell

Gerda

Gilhooley

Lisa

Ryan

Marina

Holt

Allison

Reardon

KLissa

James

Sherry

Peralta

Mary-Anne

Greer

Ellen

O’Brien

Ruth

Kruysmulder

Leanne

Staley

Therese

 

WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY

Challinor

Maree

Fontana

Lily

Blue

Karen

Jenkins

Fiona

Theil

Katrina

Collins

Connie

Shirdon

Rebecca

 

THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Boxall

Michelle

Perrier

Bernadette

Frail

Julie

Byrne

Taryn

Wilson

Louise

Griffiths

Debbie

Harris

Cathy

Kelly

Lisa

Kelly

Brooke

Lazzarin

Anita

Rohloff

Zoe

 

FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Kays

Sara

Hampson

Cathy

Curran

Therese

Kennedy

Veronica

Pereira-Trevethan

Tracy

Reid

Nikki

Caffery

Caroline

Makras

Gregoria

Grigson

Sally

Weston

Lia

Akehurst

Chelsea

Chan

Natasha

Sturgess

Nakeeta

 

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