Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
The central message of Easter is one of hope. Lent is the season of hope, when we turn back to God who patiently continues to care for his creation. As we enter the Easter Triduum, we call to mind the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Thursday begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the ritual washing of the feet. The altars are stripped of ornamentation, leaving only the cross and candlesticks. Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a time of reflection and prayer.

Easter Sunday is a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and mankind.  During these times of uncertainty and troubles we turn our hearts to the message of the Gospel.

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (Jn 10:10)

Lockdown Information
It is almost 12 months since the last lockdown of schools and students being sent home before the Easter break. The latest situation facing Greater Brisbane is a timely reminder that we cannot be complacent with hygiene, hand washing and contact with people through hand shaking or touching.

At this stage we are unsure as to the length of the lockdown and whether it will extend across the holiday break and into Term Two. I have asked our teaching staff to plan for the possibility of a return to Learning@Home for the start of Term Two. We are hopeful that this restriction will not be necessary.

I will keep all our families aware of upcoming matters through communication channels. There will be an update later this week in relation to all sporting events including training camps and trial matches.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday 19 April from 9.00am – 7.00pm. Parents have now booked their interview times of 10 minutes duration with seven minutes of talk time and three minutes to finish one interview and start the next interview. The school bell will ring to provide a warning that the 10 minutes of time has concluded.

These conferences are a great opportunity to meet your son’s teachers and to hear how he has settled to the challenges of this academic year and his subject demands.

Remember Mid-Semester Reports are available for viewing on the Parent Portal.

Congratulations
We congratulate Mrs Amanda McKay and her husband Matt on the recent birth of their daughter, Ruby Edith McKay. During the break Mr Blake Stockton will be marrying Ms Chenoa Masters. We wish them well for their nuptials.

Prayer
We ask for your prayers for Fr Francis Belcina OSA following the death of his father, Arturo last week in the Philippines.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

As we conclude this term, I hope that all our families will have time for a break and despite the current lockdown make the most of the opportunity for Easter with family and friends.

Joyous Time of Year
May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear.

And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
to bless you
most abundantly
and be your loving guide.

God bless.

Mr Mark Stower, 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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eLearning News

PaperCut Printer Installation
Recently, there has been an increasing number of students reporting to the IT helpdesk for assistance installing the PaperCut printer driver on their BYOD laptops.

PaperCut is the name of the universal driver used at the College for student printing in the library and other common study areas. Importantly, installation of this printer driver this can only be done while at school – the setup process must check for and confirm the network address of the printer driver on the local network. Attempting to install this driver at home will fail.

There are extensive guides to support students with the installation of PaperCut. These are located on the BYOD software site in the News section. Students may click this link for direct access (sign-in required): https://vnc4.sharepoint.com/sites/BYOD/SitePages/PaperCut-Printing.aspx

Email etiquette
With the recent lockdown in effect, students are reminded that emails to teachers should be properly composed and structured. Effective digital citizenship is reflected in how we present ourselves online, including how we communicate in our emails – no matter how brief the message.

The BYOD website provides guidance on email etiquette at (student sign-in required): https://vnc4.sharepoint.com/sites/BYOD/SitePages/Email-etiquette.aspx

Mr Jason Lane, eLearning Pedagogy Leader

 

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Junior School

Looking back to Monday morning, a Brisbane lockdown was far from my mind as I gave my best motivational speech to your sons.  We thought we had four days to showcase our best work in the last few exams, teachers had planned some Easter celebrations, and there was the promise of our booked holidays waiting for us.  The last week of term had started, and we could all feel the energy lifting in the Agora assembly area.

Within minutes, news of our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement had teachers using their professional judgement to make the most of the day to complete as much assessment as possible.  I am not going to lie – there were screams of delight from the classrooms at the thought of three extra days – ten and eleven-year-olds received the news of a lockdown very differently to many adults.  At the end of the day, walking along the Year 5 veranda, I saw last minute Circle Time games with crepe paper, books being packed, classrooms tidied, and nothing but smiles on every face knowing that the day, despite being a little different, had achieved all that was humanly possible.

This week is the holiest of all the Church’s calendar for believers.  It is the week that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a Sunday, palms were laid on the ground and held high to welcome Him.  His forty days and nights in the desert, wrestling with His upcoming end of time on Earth, was over.  It was time to show the people His love, compassion, and strength in having our sins forgiven.

On the Monday, He visited the Temple and was frustrated that a holy place was also being used for selfish, corrupted business.  Turning over tables and telling the merchants they were disrespectful is the only time I ever recall Jesus showing such strong emotions – that the world loses focus on what is important.  The Mount of Olives was visited by Jesus on the Wednesday – where it is understood the fall of Jerusalem was predicted in parables.  It was a time to help the people understand that His time was coming to an end on Earth – and that He would return.  Maundy Thursday was a day where Jesus and His disciples shared their last meal together, as Jesus modelled service and humility washing the feet of those He loved.  Betrayed by his closest friend, Jesus was found by soldiers praying in the garden of Gethsemane to His Father, and by morning Peter had denied knowing him before the rooster crowed three times.  Placed on the cross, between a murderer and a thief, our Lord Jesus Christ, died after his last words “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”.

In pre-COVID times, Good Friday services at Catholic Churches do not include the Eucharist – rather believers venerate the cross – they place their fingers/hands above, or upon a cross at 3pm.  It is a solemn service, and a powerful reminder that Jesus, as human flesh just like us, could be that selfless and trusting of God, for us.  It was all for us.  His time on Earth brought the Commandments more meaning, having a person in front of us gave the messages of loving one another the impact we needed to be better than we were.

Across Term 1, we have all had the chance to be better than we were 10 weeks ago.  Every aspect of ourselves has been tested in small ways.  Our organisation, patience, trust, and relationships require constant attention when working in education.  We have real people beside us, all with different family routines, and the expectations to meet National Curriculum Achievement Standards keeps us very busy as we also manage the musical, sporting, and creative commitments that bring balance to the teaching and learning of every young man.

I am most proud of the Junior School – parents, students, and staff.  I am grateful for the support and investment of time, energy and care we all aim to provide every day of the week.  May you all have a blessed Easter weekend, enjoy some pyjama mornings, movies, sport, games, meals and laughs with family and friends.  This time for rejuvenation and respite is well deserved and needed, so we can embrace Term 2 with the passion and perseverance it will need.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Middle School

As the first term of the 2021 school year comes to a close, it is important the boys devote time throughout the holidays not only to relax and recharge, but to reflect on the term that was.  Unfortunately, the term concluded somewhat abruptly and not all classes would have had the time to complete assessment programs and receive feedback on their progress. This will now be the focus of the first weeks of Term Two.

The boys will not require their Term One results in order to reflect on their Term One learning habits. In their recent Personal Development lessons, all Middle School boys were asked to submit goals for the year, and review their learning strengths, habits and growth areas.

Some of the questions used here can be applied to end-of-term self-reflection:

  • How well did I demonstrate interest and application in class? Was I always prepared for learning? Was I motivated to succeed and complete all my set tasks?
  • Did I show appropriate behaviours in my classes? Was there room for improvement?
  • How well did I participate in class discussions or activities?
  • Am I progressing/improving and on the way to achieving my goals?
  • Have I established good habits for learning and study in class? Have I been completing my homework? Have I been prepared for assignments for exams?

Upon their return to school, the boys will be asked to more formally reflect on their Term One and review their goals. I would encourage all boys to use this holiday time to wrestle with the questions above, and ready themselves for a rigorous but exciting Term Two.

As we head into the Easter weekend, the Christian Easter themes of sacrifice and love are especially relevant.  It is with deep gratitude we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made and hope of restoration and salvation that comes. The last twelve months have impacted all of us, but undoubtedly to differing degrees. The sacrifices that we have made, the moments we have lost, the friends and family we have been unable to see, are all acts of love. Love for those in our community who are elderly, vulnerable, or immune compromised.

For me and my family, we are always mindful of the impact that COVID and lockdowns have had on families but are also incredibly grateful for the sacrifice that everyone makes to keep one another safe. From my family to your family, may your Easter be filled with positivity, peace and good health.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Senior School

Vaping
Earlier this year, Mr Paul Dillon presented to all Senior School students and also spoke with parents regarding the emergence of the practice of vaping e-cigarettes. An e-cigarette, which looks like a pen or USB, is battery powered device containing liquid, which is quickly heated to significantly high temperatures, to produce vapour which is inhaled. The following link outlines further information compiled by Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia (DARTA) which is Paul Dillon’s company: http://darta.net.au/wordpress-content/uploads/2020/02/E-CIGARETTES-AND-VAPING-FINAL-2020.pdf

In conversations with a number of colleagues in other schools, vaping is the most prevalent issue at the present time, with students considering the practice to be less of a risk – both in terms of the impact on their health and ‘getting caught’ by either parents or teachers. We will continue to work with our students and families to provide education and awareness.

Term 1 Reflections
This time last year, we were busily preparing for the impending period of learning@home and quickly realising the realities of life in a global pandemic. A year on and we have learnt a considerable amount about ourselves as a society – both our resiliency and fragility. Yet as you read this article, we finish the first term yet again under extraordinary circumstances in lockdown.

As a Senior School community, we have made a solid start to the 2021 academic year. The Senior class has established a strong platform on which to build upon in all areas of College life. They have worked diligently in their academic studies and have imbued a great spirit for involvement in all areas of College life. I would like to congratulate College Captain Louis Henderson, the SLT and all Year 12 students for the positivity and commitment exhibited thus far.

The Year 11s have faced the challenges of their first units within the Queensland Certificate of Education with determination, armed with the support of their teachers. Continued diligence and an appreciation of their individual academic responsibilities pertaining to their learning pathways will be required moving into Term 2.

The Year 10 cohort has made a conscientious start to their senior schooling journey. Whilst there have been some transitional challenges associated with the increase in workload and expectations, there has been a real preparedness by the students to adapt and develop positive habits which are required to fortify the foundations for success across the next few years.

The Senior School Formation program has continued to focus on a plethora of pertinent issues associated with the personal development and growth of our young men as well as providing education and awareness of the inherent risks (health and legal implications) associated with an engagement with alcohol, drugs and social media with presentations from both Paul Dillon and Brett Lee. In addition, there continues to be much emphasis placed on challenging toxic constructions of masculinity and reinforcing the values and virtues of the Villa Man as I have written about throughout the term.

I thank the Senior School teaching faculty, Pastoral Area Leaders, Learning Enrichment Team and Counselling staff for their work with the Senior School students throughout this term. The mental health and wellbeing of our students continues to be our most significant priority in liberating our young men to achieve their goals and fulfill their true potential. I would also like to thank our Head of Careers and Pathways, Mrs Julie Duffy for her work and commitment in meeting with every Year 12 student across Term 1 to discuss their transition beyond Villanova – certainly a major investment in the support structures offered at the College.

As we move into next term and the formalities of the winter academic uniform (such as blazer, tie and trousers), I would like to remind all of the value of pride in their personal appearance, and I expect that all students are appropriately attired for the commencement of classes as outlined in my earlier correspondence. The support of parents in working collaboratively to sustain a culture of high expectations is always much appreciated.

Looking forward and the second term is always punctuated with the importance of either consolidating a strong academic start or bringing about change to address issues which limited success in the first term. I strongly encourage all parents to have a conversation with their son regarding their interim report and ask for students to be involved where possible in the Zoom Parent Teacher Conferences that commence the new term.

I wish all Senior School families a Holy Easter and a relaxing and reflective holiday. Please stay safe and I hope that this latest crisis does not negatively impact our collective holiday plans.

“Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters and let us allow hope to be rekindled.” – Pope Francis

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Living Gratefully and Walking Humbly!
It is 2021 Holy Week and this week the plans at Villanova College were laid out as follows: a committed group of students and staff were cleaning up the Norman Creek on Palm Sunday; on Monday all Senior students, along with a team of 19 staff were to head up to Tamborine Mountain for a time of retreat; on Tuesday our YAYM (Young Augustinian Youth Ministry) group planned to complete their huge efforts of raising awareness and funds to “Be More” for Project Compassion; on Wednesday our Vinnies group were to head out to deliver the baskets of food and Easter goodies to families who are doing it tough in our local area; on Holy Thursday the whole community planned to gather for a liturgy to remember the passion, death and resurrection of Christ; on Saturday morning staff and families still hope to prepare and serve breakfast and share time with about 100 people experiencing homelessness at Emmanuel City Mission.

All of this changed radically on Monday morning when lockdown was announced, and the day was filled with trying to fit as many of those things as possible into Monday!  Yes, it is a big week!

As I come to the end of my first term at Villanova, I also realise it is also representative of how things happen here at the College.  The rhythm of taking action, responding to what is happening, meaningful conversation, prayer, intentionally setting up opportunities to challenge and stretch us, asking questions, digging deeper, generosity, responding to needs, creatively engaging is certainly what happens each day at Villanova.

As the term draws to a close there is much to be grateful for.  I hope this might be a conversation you could have around the table at home over the Easter weekend.

Some words of wisdom from Pope Francis…
One of the great events of our Church every two years is the celebration of World Youth Day around the world. Many of us will remember the wonderful occasion in Sydney in 2008 when over half a million young people gathered from around the world, including many young people from Villanova and Augustinian parishes. It was a great testament to the energy and vision of youth in our Church.

Unfortunately, COVID has stopped these inspirational gatherings. However, the message of hope that they instilled in young people is needed more than ever. Pope Francis has a beautiful way of communicating with the youth of the world about what is of most importance. Below are some excerpts from his message to young people about the upcoming World Youth Day in Lisbon in 2022.

We do not know if it will go ahead, however we can all commit to the ideals and vision that Francis shares with us:

Dear Young People

In this journey, every time we reach an important milestone, we are challenged by God and by life to make a new beginning. As young people, you are experts in this! You like to take trips, to discover new places and people, and to have new experiences. That is why I have chosen the city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, as the goal of our next intercontinental pilgrimage, to take place in 2022. From Lisbon, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, great numbers of young people, including many missionaries, set out for unknown lands, to share their experience of Jesus with other peoples and nations. The theme of the Lisbon World Youth Day will be: “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39). In these two intervening years, I want to reflect with you on two other biblical texts:, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”(Lk 7:14) and “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen” (cf. Acts 26:16).

Dear Young People…do not let yourselves be robbed of this sensitivity! May you always be attentive to the plea of those who are suffering and be moved by those who weep and die in today’s world. “Some realities of life are only seen with eyes cleansed by tears” (Christus Vivit, 76). If you can learn to weep with those who are weeping, you will find true happiness.

So many of your contemporaries are disadvantaged and victims of violence and persecution.

Let their wounds become your own, and you will be bearers of hope in this world. You will be able to say to your brother or sister: “Arise, you are not alone”, and you will help them realize that God the Father loves us, that Jesus is the hand he stretches out to us in order to raise us up.

If you give life, someone will be there to receive it. As a young woman once said: “Get off your couch when you see something beautiful and try and do something similar”. Beauty awakes passion. And if a young person is passionate about something, or even better, about someone, he or she will arise and start to do great things. Young people will rise from the dead, become witnesses to Jesus and devote their lives to him.

Dear young people… what are your passions and dreams? Give them free rein and, through them, offer the world, the Church and other young people something beautiful, whether in the realm of the spirit, the arts or society. I repeat what I once told you in my mother tongue: Hagan lío! Make your voices heard! I remember another young person who said: “If Jesus was someone who was only concerned about himself, the son of the widow would not have been raised.   Pope Francis 2020

I once more close with the Project Compassion prayer as Lent draws to a close.  May the risen Christ of Easter find his home in you.

God of Justice, awaken in me the determination to work for a more just world.
God of Love, prompt me to always seek the truth.
God of Compassion, strengthen me to raise my voice in solidarity with those experiencing poverty and marginalisation.
God of Strength, enliven in me the courage to stand beside those fighting injustice.
God of Grace, inspire me to be  more rather than to want more.
May I learn to walk your way of mercy and compassion with all.
May I be generous with what you have freely given so that my brothers and sisters can live life to the full.
Amen

Sunday Readings at Home
Please use this link to access this week’s readings and commentaries.

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Sport

Let us all hope that things return to some sort of normality when we return next term.

I mentioned last week that all members of the Sports Office and the coaching staff shared a sense of frustration given we lost nearly two weeks of rugby and football preparation in our pre-season. Of course, it is essential to see all players often in the trial period so that coaches can make informed choices with regards to team selections.  After the cancellation of so many sessions due to the wet weather conditions, we were looking forward to resetting the program this week but unfortunately all training was again cancelled due to the current COVID situation in Greater Brisbane.

After only one training session and an internal trial game, we had asked coaches to submit draft team lists to the Sports Office so that we could posted these on the web. This was purely done as a base point. Ideally, we would have had more sessions to sort boys out by this stage. We fully realise that not all these teams are correct given that we only had one to two sessions with the boys. Again, I ask for the patience of parents. These teams are draft only and will change.

We are hoping we can start again next term with trials and training as from day one next term, that is, Tuesday 20 April as per ‘Term 2 Training Schedule’ posted within the ‘Locker Room’ section of the website. Please take time to look at this schedule. All rugby players are due to commence on the first day back.

We have several sporting teams who are training over the holiday period. This includes the First, Second and 10A rugby and football teams and the cross-country boys. The holiday training schedule is posted on the website. Please keep an eye out for any app messages for all updated announcements regarding the status of any training and games.

Let us hope we return to normal next term. In the meantime, I wish you all a safe and holy Easter.

ANZAC and Labour Day – Long Weekends and Term 2 Sport
Please note that there are two long weekends scheduled early in Term 2. We ask parents to ensure their son is available to honour their commitment to the team by attending the matches scheduled before heading off to enjoy a well-deserved break.

It is imperative that players are not missing during these weekends. We ask parents to take this into consideration when planning any trips away.

AIC Rugby and Football Trial Games – Date Claimers 

  • Term 2 Training will commence Tuesday 20 April as per ‘Term 2 Training Schedule’ posted on the website
  • Saturday 24 April AIC Rugby and Football trial v SPC (full school trial:  Year 5 – 12)
  • Saturday 1 May (Round 1) – Saturday 12 June (Round 7) as per College calendar

Holiday Training Schedule – involving 10A, Second and First Rugby and Football
A number of rugby and football training sessions and games are planned over the upcoming Easter break. Please go to the ‘Locker Room’ to view all times and venues for training.

Ballymore Cup Squad – 16-18 April
A 25-man squad for the Ballymore Cup played from the 16 – 17 April is posted on the web within the AIC Rugby section. A full schedule will be posted when it is finalised by the Queensland Rugby Union organisers.

Note – all 25 players must self-register via Rugby Xplorer. Please follow the instructions below.

Registration Process
All teams should have players and coaches registering to their school.  There is no cost for this.  Schools are requested to provide team sheets for your 25-person squad and QRU will set up your teams within Rugby Xplorer.

Registration is a simple process and supports the management of the competition to an online option, which may require parental support as many players will already have an existing My Rugby ID number and to access this will very likely be under a parent’s email account and access.

Register as a Player/Coach/Team Manager
Register or sign in through Rugby Xplorer here https://qld.rugby/participate/register/register-to-play

For those on a computer select ”Register” on the left-hand tab. For those on the app select ”More” at the bottom and then ”Register”. Search for one of the Rugby Clubs listed below on this page (in our case Villanova College)

Select ‘’Player/Coach/Team Manager/Match Official etc.’’ under ‘Role’. Follow the prompts for personal details. No payment is required.

Rugby Trial – First and Second Trial Match v St Augustine – 10 April
The First XV and Second XV team lists for the trial match to be played v St Augustine’s at Villanova Park on Saturday 10 April is posted on the web within the AIC Rugby section.

Game times:

  • Second XV 1.30pm kick off
  • First XV 45pm kick off

Football Trial – First XI and Second XI Trial Match v Brisbane Grammar – 17 April
The First XI and Second XI team lists for the trial match to be played v BGS at Villanova Park on Saturday 17 April is posted on the web within the AIC Football section.

Game times

  • Second XI 11.45am kick off
  • First XI 10.00am kick off

AIC CROSS COUNTRY
Mr Brian Pascoe, Cross Country Co-ordinator

Easter Training Program – Year 7-12
The cross-country training for the ‘Running Wildcats’ has been excellent for those runners who have been training. I strongly encourage each member of the squad to continue training through the lockdown period and the Easter holidays to maintain the fitness developed through some outstanding training during the latter stages of Term 1.

The AIC Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Wednesday June 2, at St Patrick’s College, Sandgate.

There have been many students who have uploaded the Strava app. I encourage further members of the cross country squad to download the free app and join the club. Although, the Strava app works better on fitness trackers and smart watches it is also very effective with any smart phone. However, you will need to carry your phone (arm brace preferable) when running to get maximum benefit from the app.

This will be highly beneficial if the lockdown is extended to allow you to challenge and monitor your teammates training. Strava is a free digital service accessible through both mobile applications and the web. Many students have been uploading runs regularly, following other athletes, giving them kudos and comments, joining clubs and challenges.

It is a closed club so to join the squad on Strava please join Strava and request access to the:-  Running Wildcats Cross Country Squad.

Easter Training
The recommended Cross Country training each week should incorporate (using the table below):

  • One session from Option 4, with the Parkrun being the preferred option.
  • Two sessions from Option 1, 2 or 3.

Warm-up for all sessions 10-minute jog + drills/run throughs (high knees, butt flicks etc) as per the usual warm-up completed before each Cross Country session.

Easter Holiday Training Program

Option List 1

Speed Sessions

List 2

Fartlek Sessions

List 3

Hill Sessions/

Resistance

List 4

Long Run/ Park Run

 

1 4-5 x 800m Reps, 2min rest

(Goal time 2.30)

3 x 9min Fartlek,

3min Rest

(4min on, 1min off, 2min on, 1min off, 1min on)

2 sets (4 x 30sec Hills, 1.30min rest) 3min Rest b/sets

(I.E 30sec uphill, 1.30min recovery downhill)

3 km Time Trial

(Time a 3km run which should be completed at maximum capacity)

2 4- 5 x 3min Reps, 2min Rest 4 x 4min Fartlek, 3min Rest

(4x (30sec easy, 20sec hard 10sec harder)

Beach/Park session

2 sets (4 x 15sec Sand Dune Hills, 1.30min rest) 3min Rest b/sets

(I.E 15sec uphill, 1.30min recovery)

15min Threshold Run

(15min non-stop at race pace)

3 2 sets

(4x 200m Reps, 1.30 Rest)

(3min Rest b/sets)

(Goal time < 40sec)

20 min Fartlek

(2 x 90 sec on/off) + (4 x 60 sec on/off) + (4 x 30 sec on/off) + (4 x 15 sec on/off)

Beach/Park session

2 sets (4x 150m Reps, 1.30 Rest) 3min Rest b/sets)

(Goal time 30-40 sec)

5 km Park Run

Please email any of the coaches if you require further clarification about the Cross-Country holiday training program.

We look forward to having each runner in the team, become the best runner he can be. Dedication to training especially when no one is watching, is a key habit that enables a team, and an individual, to grow in character.  Challenge yourself boys because we are confident of you becoming a ‘winner’.

Please see former British athletics Coach Frank Dick describe what winning is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIrdZ9PWahc

Please visit the AIC Cross Country section on the College’s website to view a complete Cross Country training schedule designed by our coaches for students to follow during the Easter period –https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/student-life/co-curricular/sport/aic-cross-country/

Junior Cross Country Training
Mr Tom Lonergan, Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country Coach

There will be training sessions offered in the coming school holidays. These training sessions will be held at Whites Hill Reserve on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am  – 10.00am. Enquiries about Juniors Cross Country can be directed to coach, Mr Lonergan on email – lonert24@gmail.com

REPRESENTATIVE SPORT
Congratulations to Joseph Wilson and Will Mahoney who have both made the Met East 16 – 18 years Basketball Team that will compete in the State Championships in late May. Best wishes Joseph and Will!

After participation at the recent Queensland School Sport State Baseball Championships, Sebastian Shimizu has been selected to be a member of the Queensland School Sport 12 – 14 years Baseball Merit Team 2021. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic QSS teams will not be competing at any higher competition in 2021. This is an outstanding achievement, well done Sebastian!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music

Augustine Centre Update
Based on our current information, we are expecting the Augustine Centre to be operational for the commencement of Term 2.  Information regarding the location of lessons and commencement of rehearsals will be communicated over the Easter holidays.  Please check your email inbox and the Villanova College App for developments over the coming fortnight.

Upbeat Global Leadership Workshop
Unfortunately, due to the lockdown we have had to postpone this opportunity.  We are in communication with Dr Arau and other participating schools to organise an alternate date.  Once this has been confirmed we will communicate to all students who received the initial invitation.

Tuition Fees – Semester 1
As per the Music Handbook 2021 (distributed via email last year), please note that all hire charges, tuition fees, and ensemble levies will for Term 1 and Term 2 will be sent via statement over the coming month.  This information will be distributed via the Finance Office.

Entertainment Publications Memberships
Entertainment memberships are one of the Music Support Groups main fundraisers.  Just click on the images below this article to purchase a membership and obtain ongoing special deals throughout the year.

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/BBQ/etc.

Villanova Branded Camp Chairs – $31; Wildcat Coolers – $26

All items can be purchased via TryBooking through the following link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BMEML

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

Opportunity to Participate
The Music community at Villanova welcomes all students interested in participating in ensemble or instrument/vocal tuition.  If your son would like to take lessons on an instrument this year, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or via email at music@vnc.qld.edu.au for further information.

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

Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

ST MONICA’S KITCHEN
If you know of someone in the community who would benefit from some complimentary pre-cooked meals, please get in touch. The meals have been prepared by our Year 10 Hospitality students. Please email:
stmonicaskitchen@vnc.qld.edu.au

YEAR 10 MOTHERS’ WEEKEND – SAVE THE DATE! 
When: Friday 18 – Sunday 20 June, 2021
Where: Oaks Hotel, Toowoomba
Price: $85 for lunch and dinner/$65 for dinner only. Accommodation can be booked directly with the hotel
Payment: Through Parent Lounge

Further details, including how to RSVP, will be emailed shortly.

UNIFORM SHOP – EXTENDED HOURS
The Uniform Shop will extend hours in the lead-up to the commencement of Term 2 as shown below:

TERM 1 HOLIDAYS TRADING HOURS
Thursday 15 April 7.30AM – 4.00PM
 Friday 16 April 7.30AM – 4.00PM
 Monday 19 April
(Pupil free day)
7.30AM – 4.00PM

COMMUNITY WATERWAYS CLEAN UP PROGRAM
Thank you to all who supported the first event at Moorhen Flats last Sunday. There are further opportunities to come together to look after our local environment.

  • Sunday 18 April 2021, 8.00 – 11.00am
  • Sunday 16 May 2021, 8.00 – 11.00am
  • Sunday 6 June 2021, 8.00 – 11.00am

For further information, click here.

These events are championed by Villanova College and are run in conjunction with the Brisbane City Council.

TUCKSHOP ROSTER (TUESDAY 20 – FRIDAY 23 APRIL)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.

 

 

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