Principal's Welcome

The Year 5 students were full of enthusiasm as they joined the lines and prepared to march down Old Cleveland Road to the Coorparoo RSL yesterday. For many of these young people the Anzac stories and spirit may not be deeply entrenched but they realise the importance of the day to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice for peace in our country.

At the Anzac Day Service, the message was one of peace. The men and women of Coorparoo who enlisted were remembered during the Anzac Day address by Lt Col Andrew Kirby, Commanding Officer, 9RQR. These young men and women went to the same school as many of the students present at the service. They walked the same streets, sat in the same classrooms and fought for our way of life. Our peace and prosperity as a nation are built on the sacrifice of so many young men and women.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them”
We will remember them.

Thank you to the many parents and students who took advantage to meet with the teaching staff at the Parent-Teacher Conferences held on Tuesday of this week. It was pleasing to see so many students in attendance with their parents to hear first-hand the feedback from the teaching staff. More and more often we are asking our students to reflect on their own learning and progress and to put in place strategies to ensure progress continues to occur.

This Saturday we begin our AIC rugby, football and chess competitions with a trial round against St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. I remind all players, supporters and spectators of the Code of Behaviour and our expectations of good ‘sportsmanship’ and fair play at all times. Spectators to our games need to always support the teams and the officials in a respectful manner, ever mindful that it is school sport and the officials, coaches and managers are often volunteers who give generously of their time.

The AIC Sports Association has developed a Charter for the Association to define the purpose of our sporting activities and to explicitly state what we value about the sporting opportunities offered to students from the eight Colleges.

The chosen motto for the association, “Learning and growth through sport and competition”, places a clear focus on students developing their character and growing into adulthood through the experiences found in sporting competitions.

To develop good and healthy young people of character through sport and competition within a Christian context.

The AIC will provide well-organised competitions in sport and other activities that foster participant engagement and pride in communities in a holistic Christian context. Our students, staff and families (both past and present) will nurture spiritual, moral, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development through respectful and compassionate relationships in a safe environment.

We keep in our prayers the Christian communities of Sri Lanka and offer our sympathy and care to those who have lost loved ones. We also keep in our prayers the family of Fr Peter Jones OSA, Prior Provincial following the recent death of his father, Warwick Jones.

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

God Bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Head of Middle School

Over the past few weeks I have been watching and reading with interest the recent debate around how we, as a society, define ‘freedom of speech’. Stemming from comments made by a prominent Australian rugby player via his Instagram account, some media commentators have challenged their readers to reflect on the importance of “free speech” and the freedom to hold one’s own religious beliefs.

In my opinion this is a very relevant topic for the young people today – and it has nothing to do with either rugby, or “freedom”. The lens through which I’ve observed this issue relates mostly to social media, and it is layered with important takeaway lessons for today’s youth.

Personally, I respect everyone’s right to believe what they want to believe. I also reserve a right to vehemently disagree with them and hold an alternate view. This is freedom. However, the ongoing explosion of social media throughout the past five years has seemingly blurred the boundaries of what views can or can’t be expressed. As difficult as it is for adults to navigate this indistinct path; for youth who are novices in critical thinking and exposed to increasing amounts of social media – the pitfalls are plentiful

We find ourselves in an era where the President of the United States communicates (and over-communicates) to the world via Twitter; a platform he uses uncritically to share his personal opinions, regardless of how well or otherwise they are founded. We have Facebook being used to live-stream terror attacks. We have Instagram accounts used by high-profile people to promote hate or intolerance. There are other platforms too, some used by teens to freely access and distribute explicit sexual material. While many of us might set out to uncritically dismantle these platforms, we need to remember that, when used correctly, they provide us with the ability to greatly increase the inter-connectivity of all of humanity – and a well-connected humanity is less likely to turn upon itself.

Thus, as adults, it falls upon us to make our expectations about what is acceptable and unacceptable to post online crystal clear to a youth that does not always want to hear what we have to say. Free speech is not about being able to say/do/distribute what you like, it is – like all privileges – bound up with social responsibility and, dare I say it, kindness. As Pope Francis has said, ‘Truth without charity results only in a new level of hell on earth’. 

In 2018, the Middle School Pastoral Care team worked through more incidents of students using social media inappropriately than we ever had previously. Whilst for each incident, we endeavoured to repair the harm, restore relationships and focus on the teachable moments, the sceptic in me suggests that quantity of incidents will only increase in the coming years.

As parents and teachers, we hold a great responsibility – to set and uphold the standards of online and social media behaviour for our young people. To do this we need to understand the technology ourselves, and role model acceptable practice.

We need to be having conversations about how social media works, it’s benefits, it’s pitfalls, it’s dangers, and how and when we can use it appropriately. And we need to call out unacceptable use and continue to use those moments as opportunities to learn, repair harm and deepen relationships.

It’s not easy I know, but here are two websites that at least​ provide useful start points:  and

At the end of the day, we want our young men to be happy, educated and to live out their values not just in the “real world” but in the cyber domain too.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Welcome back to what promises to be another busy yet exciting term ahead at the College. I hope that all Senior School students and their families had a wonderful Easter weekend filled with much joy and spiritual renewal. The consistent message by Church leaders in celebrating our holiest of weekends in the Christian calendar was that God is always present in our lives. Our Archbishop Mark Coleridge proclaimed in his homily on Easter Sunday – “the Easter event is God’s masterpiece. It’s never back then and back there; it’s here and now; it’s always and everywhere. The Risen Christ himself stands among us today, in Brisbane and in this cathedral, speaking the words of fire that echo down through the ages and through every corner of the cosmos, “Peace be with you”.

With the placement of Easter at the conclusion of the holiday period and with the parent-teacher conferences and ANZAC Day public holiday, this first week is incredibly short. It is vitally important that students remain focused and disciplined in returning to their study routines and push through the challenge of this early disruption.

During the holiday period, I hope that all Senior School students and parents unpacked the mid-semester report and purposefully reflected upon the feedback of teachers in relation to diligence towards learning, classroom behaviour and participation, study habits and overall progress. Tuesday’s parent-teacher conferences allowed for opportunities to teachers, parents and students to further discuss ways and strategies to improve moving forward. I hope that all senior school students know what they need to do to in order to drive their individual improvement and accountability this term.

Over the course of my holiday period, I indulged in some binge TV viewing of one of my favourite shows Game of Thrones. With one of the most widely anticipated final seasons in the history of television now screening, GoT has certainly captured the attention of viewers. I came across an article by study.EU pertaining to HBO’s series regarding what the show can teach us about student life and the challenges of successful study.

  1. “Winter is coming.” (Ned Stark and other Stark family members, in just about every episode.)

Replace “winter” in this quote with “exam time” and you got the one golden rule overarching the full duration of your studies. Be honest: How many times did you end up simply cramming the night or, at best, the week before an exam? Instead, remind yourself regularly that the exams will come, and motivate yourself for study sessions during the term. You will thank yourself later.

  1. “The mind needs books like the sword needs a whetstone.” (Tyrion Lannister, season 1, episode 2)

Here is another advocate of regular study sessions: Just like a sword needs to be whetted to stay sharp, you should keep your mind sharp by staying on top of your course reading. It’s also always a good idea to seek out material beyond the books and journals specified by your teachers. That way you gain a much better understanding of your academic discipline and can put everything you learn into perspective.

  1. “Sometimes a man has to make hard choices, choices that might look wrong to others.” (Sam Tarly, season 5, episode 8)

What Sam shares here is a general life lesson rather than something that only works at school. The hard choice might be studying when others are partying. If you’re really certain about something, don’t let other people’s opinions throw you off.

  1. “I read it in a book.” (Sam Tarly, multiple episodes)

By now it should have become relatively clear that many of the lessons students can take from Game of Thrones are about buckling down and studying. Samwell Tarly has developed into one of the unlikely heroes over the progress of the series, and he owes a lot of that to his thirst to learn new things.

  1. “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” (Ygritte, multiple episodes)

For supposedly knowing nothing, Jon Snow has made it pretty far. Perhaps he owes that to what’s at the core of Ygritte’s statement to her lover: Always be humble, and never forget that you still have a lot to learn.

I wonder who ascends the Iron Throne once and for all at the conclusion of this season and wins the Games of Thrones?

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” – George RR Martin

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

About 60 students and staff formed the Villanova College contingent who marched to Coorparoo RSL for the ANZAC service yesterday morning, where College Captain Matthew Rolls along with Vice Captain Will Barwick laid a beautiful wreath on behalf of the College. It was wonderful to see so many boys of all ages representing the Villanova community. Lt Colonel Andrew Kirby gave the address and spoke of men from Coorparoo who signed up 104 years ago. It made you feel as if you were on holy ground. In particular, he mentioned Captain James Atkinson of Cavendish Road, and Reg Verry, who now has a street named after him. Neither man returned from the Western front and both forwent the opportunity to marry loved ones and have a family. Lest We Forget.

The College’s own service featured an interview with 99-year-old Mr Richard McKenna, a veteran of Milne Bay. Fought at the end of August in 1942, the Battle of Milne Bay was the first land victory over the Japanese in World War II. About 4000 ill-equipped and raw Australians faced an elite force of marines who were determined to capture three airstrips at the Southern tip of New Guinea.

Richard was a Corporal in the 25th Battalion based in Toowoomba. His role was to help defend one of the airstrips with his mortar. In the interview, he describes the heroism of his commanding officer, Lieutenant “Aub” (Aubrey) Schindler, and Private Herbert Hamilton (“Hammy”). Richard explains that Aub set up a forward observation post only 50 metres from where the Japanese were mustering. Hammy was his runner. An unlikely hero in glasses, Hammy dodged tracer fire to deliver crucial orders about where the mortars should train their fire. Richard said that to look at him, “You wouldn’t give two bob” for Hammy, but he proved the hero of the hour.

Mr McKenna, the last member of the 25th Battalion to be at the Toowoomba dawn service this year, also spoke about what ANZAC Day means. He said that it is about mateship, which he describes as a bond which formed between men of all backgrounds.

Today also features a fund-raiser for Legacy by selling chocolate bars. Legacy are all about community because they keep the families of wounded or deceased service men and w omen connected to the community. The range of Legacy items – from teddy bears to tie pins – will continue to be available for purchase at the main College Reception until next Thursday.

Following the advice of some of the tourists’ parents, we decided to offer a gesture of support and solidarity at one of the mosques that suffered the terrorist attack in Christchurch. When presenting special Villanova symbols, the boys were ushered into the Mosque. Shoes off, the boys then listened to the local Imam who described the importance of listening and learning about other faith communities.

We will finalise our Project Compassion collection for 2019 early next week. Particular thanks go to the students who have been bringing in small collection boxes which they have filled at home. If there are any boxes still to be returned, please send them in next week and hand in to Mrs Mascadri or Mrs Lamb in Student Services.


MISSION DAY falls on Friday May 24. Staff and students have had a series of planning meetings with the aim of re-imagining Mission Day. Overall, there has been a desire to:

  • Emphasise the importance of bringing the three schools together in a shared community day.
  • Ensure that the “mission” of Mission Day focuses on creating a better Villanova community as well as raising funds for our sister schools in the Philippines.
  • Challenge students to move away from consumption to sharing of our gifts, graces and energies for the Common Good.
  • Create a signature event or activity for each year group to look forward to each Mission Day.

To fulfil these aims, Year 10 volunteers will start their journey into becoming Villa men by manning the main food and activity stalls. They will also work with the Year 6s to provide a range of fun games and activities for them. Year 12 students will share part of the day with their Year 5 brothers, taking on the challenge of an Amazing Race. Year 7 students will bring back the much-missed culinary event of Multicultural Day, making the food on Mission Day more about telling our story rather than “fast” food. Students in Year 8 and Year 9 will share in a special film festival looking at ways in which hyper-consumption jeopardises our planet, and also looking at creative solutions. The Year 11 cohort will undertake the task of creating a series of staff-student challenges during Mission Week. For each year level, Mission Day will accelerate the mysterious process by which students leave the College as fine young men ready to make a difference in the world.

Father Ken Untener has a great prayer which sums up the vision of the planning team:

This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an pportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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I take this opportunity to welcome back all families to Villanova from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable time as a family over the Easter break. Looking ahead, there is no doubt that Term 2 sport will be another action-packed adventure. During this term AIC chess, cross country, rugby and football will get into full swing. Villanova will host the annual exchange with our brother College, St Augustine’s College, Sydney at the end of term. Our AIC cross country squads will continue with their preparations for the up-coming AIC Cross Country Championships to be held on Monday 13 May at Curlew Park.

This weekend Villanova will play a trial round of rugby and football against St Patrick’s College (SPC). However, due to circumstances beyond our control our First XV will play a trial match against Padua (not St Pats) this Saturday at Villanova Park at an early 10.00am kick-off time. From Round 1 the starting time will revert to the normal 2.15pm kick-off time. Unfortunately, there is no scheduled chess trials against SPC this week due to a series of calendar clashes between the two Colleges which could not be reconciled.

Our First Tennis Development Squad have begun their 2019 pre-season program which will be held each Wednesday evening at the Morningside Tennis Centre. Our Junior Tennis Development Program commences tomorrow evening and will run for eight consecutive Friday evenings throughout Term 2. On top of this, there will be many Lytton/Composite and Met East events held throughout the term as per the regional sports calendar available through our College’s website.

As you can see there are plenty of opportunities for all students to become involved in the sports program. We expect that when a boy commits himself to a sporting team or squad, he follows through with that commitment until the end of season.

Prior to the commencement of each sports season the College requires all students to complete a ‘Sign-on Form’. Both the student and the parent are required to sign the form indicating that they are willing to commit to that sport for the whole season.  The Sports Office uses this information to determine how many teams the College will nominate in that sport in each year level into the AIC competition. Coaches are appointed and training schedules, equipment, refs etc. are then organised to ensure all students are catered for.

We ask parents to support the College by ensuring their son attends all training sessions and is available to play each weekend. With the long weekend approaching it is important that all players make themselves available to play their allocated games on these weekends. If families are travelling away on these weekends we ask that this be done after your son’s game is played. With the number of students who have registered to play rugby or football we have purposely submitted more teams into the competition with less reserves in each team to maximise every player’s playing time. If players do not attend the games on these long weekends, teams will be left short and this is not the Villanova way. Again, please consider your son’s commitment to the team before making travel plans.

As we approach the chess (internal), rugby and football trial matches for the season this weekend, I ask parents to be patient and understanding of the selection process. It is always a very short turnaround from season to season in the AIC calendar. The next two weeks both at training and during the trial games will be important for coaches in the selection process. Please attend all training sessions and games to make this process easier.

I wish everybody the very best this term and please remember to get involved, offer your talents to the College and enjoy and good times spent with your mates!

Both tours went extremely well over the Easter vacation. Given the short week, a full report of both tours will be given in next week’s newsletter edition.

Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v SPC. Note that the weekly draw is found in the ‘Weekly Fixtures’ section.

Villanova Park Canteen – Sports Club
The Sports Club requests the assistance of parents to help serve or cook at our canteens on the weekend. As players should arrive at least 30 minutes before their game for warm up we propose parents could work in the canteen during this time. After the warm up period working in the canteen parents could then see their son’s game. If we all pitched in it would make the task less demanding for others. Please help if you can.

Villanova Park – Trial v SPC – 27 April

We kindly ask parents to assist when their son arrives for warm up 30 minutes before their scheduled game.

If all parents who can assist could please report to Robyn Gunning

Time Rugby Parents Football Parents
7.00am 7A, 7B, 6A, 6B, 5A, 5B
7.30am 5 Gold, 5 White
8.00am 8A, 7C, 6C, 6 Gold, 6 White, 5C, 5 Gold
8.30am 7 Gold, 7 White
9.00am 8B, 7 Gold, 7 White, 8 Gold, 5 White
9.30am First XV 8C
10.00am Any parents who can assist

Please ensure you access the College’s website to view weekly team lists, coaches contact details, by-laws, training schedules and weekly fixture schedules.

Be reminded that we are still in the trial process stage. We are hopeful that the teams will settle down next week after the trials this weekend against St Patrick’s College leading into Round 1 of the season.

Football Coaches Gaining Coaching Accreditation
Please find below a photograph of the coaches who attended and passed their Skills Acquisition / Games Training Phase FFA Coaching Course over the recent school holidays, held at Eastern Suburbs Football Club.

This is the third year that the course has been arranged by the School Football Director for Villanova Football Coaches – Mr Michael Rooney.

Completing this Australian National FFA Curriculum course will greatly help the coaches as they prepare for the 2019 football season. The coaches now have the tools and understanding to allow them to plan sessions and introduce skills, drills, and games awareness into their teams training and game plans over the coming weeks.

The instructor who run the coaching course was extremely impressed with the level of ability the guys showed during their sessions. Furthermore, it is great to see that the coaches who participated are all Villa Old boys keen to give back to their College. Well done coaches and many thanks go to Mr Kemp and Mr Rooney for organising this important training.

AIC CHESS – Mrs Mylan Warren, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
After a long series of trial matches for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior players, the Chess season is about to get underway next Friday afternoon May 3, against St Edmund’s in an away game. Please note, no junior teams are required to attend.  Players have already had one trial game against St Laurence’s, but due to the public holidays and parent teacher interviews we did not trial against St. Patrick’s this week. However, we did continue with our internal trials at the College.  The teams have now been decided and will be presented to the College at Assembly next week on Wednesday May 1. Congratulations to all the boys who have made a team and the best of luck for the season.

Each week the teams will be listed on the website and I ask that parents let me know if a student is sick or unable to play, so that arrangements can be made ahead of time. All students will be transported by bus to and from the venue for our away games.  Boys are to wear their grey uniforms with ties for the night.  Please inform me if students require a special diet, as Afternoon Tea is provided at each school.

Good luck to all the teams and hopefully it is another successful season.

All cross-country runners are asked to give cross country their full commitment over the next few weeks as the AIC Championships are not too far away. Please see a list of the important dates listed below. Bus transportation will be supplied to all meets.

Wednesday May 1

  • AIC Meet at Curlew Park, Sandgate. Hosted by St Patrick’s, this will be held in the afternoon after school. Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villanova at the completion of the meet.

Wednesday May 8

  • AIC Meet at St Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Runcorn. Hosted by St Laurence’s, this will be held in the afternoon after school. Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villa at the completion of the meet.

Monday May 13 

  •  AIC Championships at Curlew Park, Sandgate

Year 5 and Year 6 AIC Cross Country – Mr Tom Lonergan
Please see below the proposed training program this term heading towards the AIC Championships.

Training at Little Langlands recommenced yesterday, April 24. There will be no training today – Friday April 26.

During Term 2 the boys will train on a Monday and Friday afternoons, due to AIC cross country meets being held on Wednesday: May 1 and 8. Training days are: Monday April 29, Friday May 3 and Friday May 10.

Please note: As Monday May 6 is a public holiday, we will have a training session from 8.30am – 10:00am at Whites Hill Reserve. All Year 5 and Year 6 boys, serious about being a member of the AIC team, are requested to attend that session. We will assemble at the gate of the Eastern Districts Cricket Ovals.

Villa Runners Club (non-compulsory) will continue to be held on Sundays These sessions will continue every Sunday through to October 20 (including school holidays).

The annual exchange between Villanova College and our brother school St Augustine’s College (SAC) will take place from June 26 – 28 in Brisbane. Each year the exchange has students from both Colleges compete against each other in rugby, football, basketball and debating. The exchange offers an opportunity for the staff and students of both Colleges to form bonds and further strengthen the already strong relationship.

At present a schedule has not been made available. We will advertise as soon as it is complete. Students who are in the First basketball, rugby and football squads as well as the Senior debaters would be expected to take on a billet.

Well done to Thomas Winn who has made the Met East Golf Team that will compete in the 10 – 19 years at the Golf State Championships to be held at Keperra late April/early May. Best wishes Tom!

Congratulations to Adrian Adebiyi who made the Met East 13 – 16 years Football Team that will compete at the Queensland State Football Championships held in Toowoomba in early June. Well done Adrian!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Welcome back everyone – I trust you have all enjoyed your Easter break and have returned refreshed.  We have a great term of music ahead and I am certain you are looking forward to it as much as I am!  Please note, even during these shortened weeks ‘if it’s a school day’ rehearsal will be running.  All times from last term stand as per usual for the term ahead.

We have our assessment due in Week 2 of this term (next week).  If you have any questions or queries regarding this, please ensure you contact your son’s Instrumental Music teacher through the Music Office.  Students have received this information some time ago during Term 1.  I have been impressed with some of the ‘drafts’ that have been coming in and look forward to seeing the finished performances next week.

Every second year, Villanova College and Loreto College combine their theatrical and musical expertise to present the highly-anticipated combined schools’ musical.  We are currently sourcing musical rights and are preparing to audition and cast our next musical at the beginning of Term 4, 2019.  This year, rehearsals will begin in November and will continue until the end of Term 4.  Rehearsals will resume during the student-free days from January 20 -24, 2020.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be published prior to audition so families can plan their availability.  The performance dates are February 27, 28, 29 2020 in the Hanrahan Theatre.

The Keith and Dawn Wieneke Bursary has been moved from our regular Term 3 spot to mid-way through Term 2.  This move was made to alleviate pressures on assessment periods for the Senior School and lighten the load around QCMF.

Information regarding entry into this event, sign-up forms, and timing of heats will be communicated through your teachers over the coming week.  If you are taking lessons externally, please collect this information from the Music Office.  I encourage you all to enter this competition as a means of focussing practice and receiving feedback over the coming eight-week period.  I look forward to hearing you all in the heats.

An email regarding our itinerary, rehearsals, and requirements for the term will be sent home over the weekend.  Please engage with this as there will be some information required from students by the end of this month.  We meet for the first time this term next Tuesday afternoon, April 30, 3.15-4.45pm.  See you all there.

All students in the music program are encouraged to participate in the Entertainment Book drive in order to raise ‘tour credits’ toward tours planned by the Music Department.  It is a great way for families to reduce the cost of these ‘large items’ over time as tour credits remain with the student until they are used or the student graduates.

We remind all Year 5 students to please return any unsold entertainment books to either the Music Office, or the box that has been placed in their classroom for this purpose.   For people who have purchased a book already, please come to the Music Office to collect it.

Thank you all very much for your continued support of this initiative.  We look forward to being one of Entertainments biggest contributors again!

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As is tradition, we look forward to the fantastic events we have planned in the near future:

Term 2
2 29 April – 3 May Instrumental Music Task 1 Due (wind/brass/strings/percussion)
3 6 – 10 May Instrumental Music Task 2 Distributed (wind/brass/strings/perc.)
4 Monday 13 May Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7.30pm
4 Thursday 16 May Upper Intermediate String Festival – BGS – 3.30-5.30pm
5 Monday 20 May Upper Intermediate String Festival – BGS – 3.30-5.30pm
5 20 – 24 May Wieneke Music Bursary Heats – during school time across week
5 Thursday 23 May Upper Intermediate String Festival – BGS – 3.30-5.30pm Concert 6pm
6 Tuesday 28 May Wieneke Family Bursary Finals – Hanrahan Theatre

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

The Villanova P&F Executive invites all Villanova mums to the Annual Mothers’ Night on Friday 10 May from 6.30pm – 11.00pm on the Senior School Terraces. Tickets are $50 (includes nibbles, drinks and entertainment) and are available via Parent Lounge. RSVP by Monday 6 May.

Click here for the full invite.

Silver Rose Photography will be taking class groups, individual and sibling photos on the following days:

  • Year 11 class groups and individual photos and Year 12 cohort and individual photos – Thursday May 2
  • Year 5 to Year 10 class groups, individual photos and all sibling orders – Thursday May 9

Sibling packages MUST be ordered before Tuesday 7 May (the sibling package will not be available to purchase as of Wednesday 8 May via the Silver Rose website).

All class group and individual orders MUST be in before Thursday 16 May to avoid the late fee of $9 (all orders placed on 17 May onwards will incur the late fee).

Please note that Silver Rose Photography never place student images online to view before purchase due to security reasons.  If you are not happy with the image provided Silver Rose will refund upon return of the photos.

Please click here for ordering instructions.

Tickets are now on sale via Trybooking.  This year, we dedicate the lunch to the memory of Mr Nick Simpson, an avid supporter of sport at Villanova College. What a fantastic afternoon it promises to be at our new venue – The Greek Club. Check out the line-up of speakers:

  • MC – former Wallaby and current Triple M Breakfast host and Fox Sports Presenter, Greg ‘Marto’ Martin
  • Laughs – former Australian Cricketer and famous raconteur, Greg ‘Fat Cat’ Ritchie
  • Special guest panellists who will talk all things Origin and Rugby League – current Melbourne Storm premiership-winning coach and former NSW Blues coach – Craig Bellamy and former Broncos, Queensland Origin and Kangaroos legend, and current Channel Nine presenter – Darren Lockyer

All details are attached on the invite. Do not miss out!

YAYM (Young Augustinian Youth Ministry) invites fellow Villanovans to visit the 2019 Mother’s Day Stall! High quality gifts, beautifully wrapped (including a gift card) will be available.

Prices of gifts are $5, $10 and $20, and there is something for everyone. This stall is dedicated to women with the proceeds going to Breast Cancer Research and the Adult Learning Program in the Philippines. The stall will be open at first break in Tolentine 10 for Junior School students on Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd May and for Middle and Senior School students from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th May.

To all Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers, we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday 12 May.

You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet Spirit, which is so precious to God. ~ 1 Peter 3:4

Kath Underhill, John Holroyd and YAYM students

It is necessary for all students to have their student card with them when making purchases at the Tuckshop. Boys who have lost their cards are to have them replaced.  Replacement cards are available from the Tolle Lege Library (before school or at first or second break) at a cost of $5.00.

To view our current tuckshop menu: Tuckshop Menu Price List – 2019


Monday 29 April
Gina Avolio
Marnie Dalrymple
Melissa Young

Tuesday 30 April
Gerda Odonnell
Marina Ryan
Allison Holt
Sherry James
Mary-Anne Peralta
Therese Staley
Ann O’Brien
Leanne Roulant

Wednesday 1 May
Lily Fontana
Karen Blue
Katrina Theil
Connie Collins
Deb Griffiths
Anastasia Bailey
Angie Browne
Cleo Manolis
Kylie Harris

Thursday 2 May
Michelle Boxall
Bernadette Perrier
Taryn Byrne
Louise Wilson
Lisa Kelly
Anita Lazzarin
Belinda McPherson
Flora Di Stasi
Rachel Jones
Michelle Thomson
Annetta Cayas
Mandy Tong

Friday 3 May
Nikki Reid
Caroline Caffery
Gregoria Makras
Nakeeta Sturgess
Natasha Dredge
Allan Greig
Michelle MacKenzie
Dale Barnes


Tuesday 30 April
Melanie Pickering
Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 1 May
Maritsa Malanos

Thursday 2 May
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham


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Community News

Years 7 and 8 students are invited to the All Hallow’s Dance on Friday  3 May from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Drop off and pick up zones are at the Kemp Place and Dodge Lane entrances.  Cost of entry is $10 and current student ID is essential for entry to the dance.

This external course for students will be held on Monday 20 May from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Further details available here. 


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