Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Welcome back to Term Two to all our families. I hope the Easter Break was a time for family and relaxation after a busy start to the year. Term Two affords each of our students a new beginning as they build upon their efforts in the classroom over Term One. Most students are acutely aware of their own efforts and know if they are working well or can give a little more attention to their studies. The work of Term Two starts in this first week and I encourage all students to settle back quickly into their school routine.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you to the many families who attended the Parent/Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 17 April. It was especially pleasing to see the large number of students in school uniform, present with their parents for the meetings. The students play a critical role in their education and we encourage all students to have a voice in the discussion.

70th Anniversary Celebrations

On Wednesday of this week all students received a commemorative badge marking 2018 as the 70th year since the foundation of the College. The badge reminds each of us of the rich history of the pioneering men and women who worked so tirelessly to establish a special place of learning known as Villanova College.

I have asked the students to wear the badge on their ties during Terms Two and Three as a part of their formal uniform. Senior students may elect to place the badge on the lapel of their blazer. I hope all our students will wear the badge and be reminded that they belong to a rich history of Augustinian education in Brisbane.

Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation)

One of the key celebrations of our 70th Anniversary year is the performance of the musical Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation) in the Hanrahan Theatre. This wonderful musical will be performed on Friday evening 1 June and again on Saturday evening 2 June. Tickets are now available, and I encourage all families to take this opportunity to spend an evening together enjoying the talents of the performers and learning more about Saint Augustine.

Booking details are available via be quick as tickets are selling fast.

Sports Awards

Congratulations to the teams and individuals awarded for their sporting efforts during the first trimester sporting season. We had many teams presented as premiership winning teams and their achievements are deserving of recognition. It was pleasing to see a number of our coaches present for the Awards Ceremony and the obvious delight of the coaches in the achievements of the students.

Congratulations to Rhys Lanskey (Year 12) following his selection in the Australian team – Modern Pentathlon (swimming/running/shooting and fencing). Rhys will be competing at the upcoming Under19 Asia/Oceania Continental Championships in Thailand.

Prayers Please

We keep in our prayers the following families after recent deaths of loved ones:

Mr Juha Stroja (staff) and his family following the death of Juha’s father, Mr Kalevi Stroja during the holidays.

Mrs Lyn McPartland and Nathan McPartland (Senior 2007) following the recent death of Mr Terry McPartland – former Head Groundsman at Villanova Park.

Mr Laurie Sheehan (former staff member) and his family following the death of their wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs Carmel Sheehan.

Mr Tony MacPherson (former staff member) following the death of his mother, Mrs Lorrie MacPherson during the holidays.

Angus Armstrong (Senior 2015) and his family following the death of Angus’ father, Mr Peter Armstrong earlier this week.

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

 God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

The Commonwealth Games provided endless opportunities for families to enjoy competition, victory, defeat and the ultimate human trait – sportsmanship.  My wife and sons all had their favourites to watch over the eleven days.  We were in awe of the sheer determination that the athletes had after months of preparation.  Their stories of training regimes, diet and mental focus gave us a snapshot into another way of living.  The tears of joy and elation as gold medallists realised their dreams was emotional for us all.  The inclusion of the para-athletes was a welcomed and highly celebrated addition to the program.  Many Villanovan families were volunteers, travelling each day or staying in provided accommodation for shifts between 6am and 11pm.  Congratulations on being actively involved in community service.  Those lucky enough to have tickets were treated to crowds of all nations, adorned with colourful flags and singing their anthems with pride.  What a wonderful thing it was to have hosted the finest examples of human connectedness and humility, whether our athletes actualised their place on the podium or just in the act of participation.

The Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday were the perfect opportunity for us to reflect and plan upon our son’s academic progress.  Term 1 goals were either achieved or slightly out of reach – and so changes must be made for Term 2.  Having your “eye on the prize” is important for young men.  It can be just one subject to improve marks in.  Perhaps it’s the overall revision/study habits that need a boost.  Organization could be the key thing to refine in order to meet expectations more successfully.  Now that initial feedback from your son’s teacher/s has been given, and some results have been received, what is the plan for Term 2?  Support from school and home is needed, without question.  Communication is key.  The boys need to know what strategies will work best for them.  Weekly goals are more obtainable and realistic.  Let the overall positive impact over eleven weeks be the best reward outcome possible.  Thank you to all parents who made the commitment and effort on Tuesday – your time and interest in your son’s progress is very important.

Our commitment to uniform and dress standards is impressive this week.  The boys are now wearing their College ties and with fresh new haircuts, they look ready to engage in learning.  Please be mindful of College expectations (listed in the Diary) with specific styles strongly preferred.  We have before and after school training with Rugby, Football and Chess, as well as before school Music lessons for both cohorts.  Lunch boxes might need a little extra snack, or some boys may benefit from Mrs Blair’s Canteen breakfast boosts – bacon burgers, hash browns and hot chocolates as the weather cools down over the next few weeks.  Our College Pin celebrating our 70th birthday is to be worn on every tie, in the centre, during Term 2 and 3.  Thank you in advance for ensuring the boys are packing their bags each night for the day ahead and checking off the list of correct shoes and uniforms.  It gets every day off to the best possible start for your son.

I was fortunate last weekend to share a bike riding experience with the athletes from Namibia, here for the Commonwealth Games.  Rest assured I was not at the front of the pack on the road!  What I did thoroughly enjoy was listening to Dan Craven who spoke candidly about his career path.  He did not actually have his sights set on riding at an international level.  Dan knocked back invitations to time trial – he simply didn’t have the right kind of bike or coaching for “that level”.  It took a little mental conversation with himself to realise “Hey, this is the OLYMPICS I could be in”.  Why NOT try out? By default, as other riders dropped out of the running, Dan eventually did time trial and was selected.  He was chosen to start the race at the Rio Olympics, with the elite athletes starting later (on the premise they would finish quicker).  His wife, used humour as part of her supportive role, and tweeted his start as well as the following stages where he was still “leading”.  Her positive tweets ranged from “Hi Mum” to “Still winning” to “Hey, the bike is holding up alright”.  Close mates were a little surprised considering Dan was meant to be riding with everything he had – this was the actual Olympics!  You know how social media goes?  Well, by the time the race was over, his Twitter had gone off the charts.  People had identified with his spirit, willingness to try his best and represent his country with the best gear he could manage.  That was enough for a country to rally behind this relatively unknown individual.  How inspiring.  How easily this kind of bravery and decision making could be made by any young Villanovan in his academic or co-curricular life this term.  Gentlemen, who is our Dan Craven?  You have eleven weeks to show us.  I can’t wait!

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School


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Head of Middle School

In 2018 we sometimes forget. We forget our friends’ birthdays without Facebook reminding us. We forget to put the bins out. We forget to hand that note from school to parents. We even forget to do our homework because we forget to write it in our diary.

But as ANZAC Day 2018 approaches, and we down tools for the day, we can’t allow ourselves to forget, ANZAC Day cannot become just another public holiday. ANZAC Day is the one day we set aside to ensure that we never forget. The sacrifice, the pain, the atrocities of war and the fight against them. Most of all the people that went through that, for us.

For too many Australians “Lest We Forget” is a catchphrase that lies dormant for the rest of the year. For our young people, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make emotional connections with the themes and values of ANZAC Day, and as parents and teachers we all have responsibilities to ensure that the message of ANZAC Day is not lost or forgotten.

As with all learning, our young men need meaningful experiences in order to create long-lasting memories.

Tomorrow, our College community gathers for its annual ANZAC Ceremony in Goold Hall at 10.35am. This moving assembly will undoubtedly capture the hearts and minds of our students as we remember and acknowledge the service men and women who selflessly fought for this country and for those who still do.

On Wednesday, our students are welcome to join the Villanova College contingent at 7.45am at the gathering point on Baragoola St, Coorparoo for the annual march. For boys attending that ceremony, a sausage sizzle breakfast (gold coin donation to Legacy) will be served around the College pool from 7am.

I look forward to seeing as many Middle School boys there as can make it.

Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School


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Head of Senior School

Welcome back to all senior students for the second term of the academic year. With an unusually long 11 weeks ahead of us, I hope that all students and their families had a restful Easter holiday, filled with much enjoyment and spiritual renewal.

If you indulged in some relaxation in front of the television like I did, it would have been difficult not to be drawn into the infectious patriotism associated with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Certainly, as a nation, Australia dominated the medal count with countless triumphs in many sports. There was one moment, however, that resonated with me more than any other highlight, which contains a valuable lesson for all students. To coin an adjective from legendary sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney- it was ‘special’.

That is the story of Australia’s Kurt Fearnley- a two-time Paralympic champion- who ended his glittering career magnificently with victory in the men’s T54 marathon. When interviewed after the race, he stated emphatically “everybody deserves nothing, if you want it, you have to work for it.” That is a sentiment that I would like to reinforce to all Senior School students. Receiving a positive result or acing an exam after the culmination of consistent hard work and disciplined revision should be strongly valued. A mindset of entitlement is the antithesis of this, whereby a student believes that past achievements will automatically lead to continued success. With the impending changes to senior schooling and assessment, the importance of consistent dedication to study and ongoing revision will certainly be self-evident.

With this week shortened by staff professional development and parent teacher conferences and next week’s ANZAC Day celebrations, it is crucial that Senior School students remain focused and disciplined in returning to their study routines and push through the challenges of this early disruption. Often there can be thoughts of writing off these beginning days of term until we return to our usual full week schedule, a mistake which must be avoided as our teaching and learning time must be maximised to the full.

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 learning engagement, organisation and classroom attitude. Furthermore, I trust that Tuesday’s parent teacher conferences provided an opportunity to further reinforce the strength of the three-way partnership between student- parent and teacher and that clarity was achieved in exploring the areas requiring improvement to maximise academic achievement in the term ahead.

Finally, I would like to emphasise the importance of all Senior School students collectively wearing their winter academic uniform with pride these next two terms. I thank parents in advance for your support from the home front in ensuring your son leaves for school each morning well attired and groomed.

I wish all Senior School students a very successful and purposeful second term.

‘My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.’- Maya Angelou

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

It is hard to believe that Term 1 has been and gone, and that students are already a few days into their Term 2 studies. I hope that all students enjoyed their time away from the College and were able to find ways to take a break from their studies.

Term 1 Reflection

By now, students should have had multiple opportunities to reflect on their Term 1 achievements and progress.

  • Term 1 Interim Reports were issued late last term and hopefully parents / guardians have engaged in conversations with their sons around the elements that support meaningful learning in the classroom.
  • Many results of Term 1 assessment will now have been returned to students. It is important that students acknowledge what they did well and the areas they need to improve in. Success in all forms of assessment is a combination of a student improving their knowledge of the skills and content in conjunction with their organisational skills and preparation.
  • The first round of Parent-Teacher interviews occurred on Tuesday. It was terrific to see so many parents and students utilise this opportunity to receive further feedback from teachers.

The beginning of Term 2, together with all the forms of feedback received, present students with the chance to reassess and adjust their academic goals.

Term 2 Important Dates

There are a number of academic events that will occur in Term 2 that both parents and students should be aware of.

  • Tuesday 8 May: Introduction to Senior Schooling Evening (for current Year 9 and Year 10 families)

Venue: Hanrahan Theatre

  • Tuesday 29 May: Year 10 Subject Information and Careers Expo Evening

Venue: Hanrahan Theatre and Senior School Precinct

Further information will be communicated to parents via email over the coming few weeks.

Tutoring Opportunities for Term 2

Staff Tutoring

In Term 1, students were afforded a range of opportunities to attend tutoring with teachers outside of normal class time. Similar opportunities will be made available in Term 2 and will be advertised to commence next week.

Student Tutoring

Peer tutoring has been shown to have a positive effect on the academic achievement of those students involved. This form of academic assistance already occurs in a number of forms at the College. In an effort to provide further tutoring, formalised student led tutoring will commence next week. The ‘Homework Hub’ is being led by a committed number of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students aiming to provide assistance to students in the Junior and Middle Schools. Details are as follows:

When :             Tuesday and Thursday mornings (7.30 to 8.15am)

Where :            Tolle Lege Library

Aim :                Junior School students – Homework assistance

Middle School students – Homework assistance, assignment help and examination preparation

Students wishing to attend the ‘Homework Hub’ need only to attend on the mornings listed above.

Young STEM interns relish a working holiday

While their peers were dreaming of Easter eggs over the last school holidays, 46 of Queensland’s brightest Year 12 students were dreaming up solutions to real world problems during STEM internships at QUT. Villanova College was fortunate enough to have two students – Nathan Whitby and Speros Angeli – selected to take part in the experience.

The annual QUT High School STEM Internships program is an intensive week that gets teenagers out of the classrooms and into real world research. It utilises QUT’s world-class research facilities at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) at Kelvin Grove, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, Institute of Future Environments and the Faculty of Engineering and Science Facility at Gardens Point, as well as the Queensland Institute of Medical Research at Herston. The focus is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including health and environmental challenges facing today’s world. Nathan was chosen to participate in the Astrophysics program whilst Speros was involved in the Environmental program.

QUT STEM teacher-in-residence, Patricia Hosking, said just 46 high schoolers from over 150 applicants were selected to assist QUT researchers. “Each student is assigned to one of our already-established research groups where they are involved in projects ranging from migraine and infectious diseases research to inland tsunamis, exoplanets, robotic vision and designer drugs” she said. “During the application process students had to describe the contribution they hoped to one day make to STEM research – and that’s really the point of this program. Students access very advanced laboratories and technology to experience cutting edge research and inspire them to forge a career in scientific research that will benefit humanity”.

During the program, students were not asked what they wanted to do when they grew up, but rather, what problems do you want to solve? The Speed Talks Breakfast keynote speaker, Naomi Paxton, won the 2018 CSIRO Young Alumni Scholarship for Physics and shared messages from her first lecture when she was a student.  “Your first job probably doesn’t even exist yet”. Professor Les Dawes, lead academic for the Environmental Engineering placement agrees. “30 years ago, I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now”.

The young interns will return to QUT on 30 May for a research presentation evening to share their new knowledge.

The QUT High School STEM Internships program is fully funded by QUT. All participants are also inducted into the QUT STEM scholars program, which includes access to the STEM scholars’ virtual Facebook hub, and invitations to exclusive STEM education events and activities. Updates on all things STEM for Schools can be found in our Facebook group #STEMis4me. Applications for next year’s internships will open in February 2019. Applications are open until 7 May for current Year 11 students to apply for the Vice Chancellor STEM Camp which is held from 23 to 28 September 2018.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning


Term 1 in Review from the Graphics and Design Classroom.

Term One 2018 was a busy and productive term and we have seen a lot of exciting design developments.

Middle School classes have been undergoing prototyping and modelling using the laser cutter and 3D printers. There have been many sensational design solutions from students.

Architect Peter Dawson visited the Senior Graphics and Design classes to share with them his insights into the design process. Students in Year 12 then designed their own solutions for a new community centre at Villanova Park.   The students were engrossed as Mr Dawson shared his thoughts and ideas for the new design and we thank him for generously giving of his time to inspire our students.

Each year as part of their Built Environment Folio, Senior Graphics student undertake a site visit.   This year students visited Villanova Park to conduct a site analysis to support and inform their design ideas.

As part of their Built Environment learning this term, Senior students also joined a walking architecture tour of the CBD and QUT.

Evie Skinner, Graphics Teacher


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ANZAC Services
The College will hold its ANZAC Service this Friday, 20 April, in Goold Hall at 10.35 am. We are privileged to welcome back to the College to address the students Lieutenant Jackson Healy (‘11)  and Daniel Igoe (‘15) who is currently at the Australian Defence Force Academy.  Both these young men have thrived after school by giving themselves to service of their country. It is the return of young men of this quality which helps to create a powerful occasion during the ANZAC service. The boys in Goold Hall see a living connection between the young men of 100 years ago, and young men who have gone from the body of the assembly to a life of generosity and servant leadership. There will be a Cadbury’s chocolate shop that same day with all proceeds to Legacy. Legacy is the organisation which supports the families of servicemen or women injured or killed in the line of duty. Students are encouraged to come and spend $1 or $2 cash on a Freddo or chocolate bar for this good cause.

Students are invited and encouraged to join the Villanova contingent who will march to Coorparoo RSL on the morning of Wednesday 25 April. We will meet at the College at 7 am for a sausage sizzle outside Goold Hall (gold coin to Legacy), then proceed to the gathering point on Baragoola Street for 7.45 am. The march takes us to Holdsworth Street – opposite Coles – for the ANZAC Service led by Coorparoo RSL. College Captain, James King, will lay a wreath and the service will conclude at about 9 am.

Servant leadership

On Sunday April 15, Liam Hampson (Year 12) and Dominic Duskovic (Year 11) gave up their day to attend the first ever “Empower” Leadership Training Day, run by St Vincent de Paul, for young people wishing to make a difference in the community. What was also impressive is that three young old boys – Fabrice Ragoo and Angus Tracey (2017) and Dan Ingledew (2013) – assisted in running what was an excellent day.

There is a strong emphasis in education on results, at the moment. While this is important, it sometimes spills over into the vending machine view of education – slot money in, shake the machine, and the product comes out. Villanova College will always work against any view of education which does not place the human person and his or her dignity at the centre. That is why we need to ask deep questions about our graduates: Who are they? Are they thriving? Are they making a difference? Do they use their gifts and graces to create happiness – in themselves and others?

YAYM Chocolate shop

Middle School Ministry students made a good point last term, “If Lent, why not Easter?” For this reason, the chocolate shop (mentioned above) will run for Weeks 1 and 2 from the Quadrangle, with Freddos or chocolate bars for sale for $1 or $2 cash. Proceeds will be split between Legacy and AFAS – in support of our sister schools in the Philippines. It was right to encourage students to give something up in Lent, and to donate to Project Compassion. It is equally right to celebrate Easter. Easter is the defining event of human history. A great door has swung open once and for all, bringing and promising new life for all people. The gleam from that hope tends to diminish the richer the country you live in; but it is our solidarity with our Filipino sister schools that boosts our faith. When we go to the Philippines, we find a world where there is every reason to celebrate Easter.

If any family member would like to sell a box of the Cadbury’s chocolate for us, I ask parents to please contact me by email  The College would very much welcome this support of our Easter campaign.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Identity of Mission



AFAS Elders Commit to another building project on Kinatarcan Island, Philippines

After the success of the inaugural 2016 AFAS Elders Exchange to Kinatarcan Island in which they assisted with funding and construction of the hot house for the drying of the moringa leaf.



This year, another group of AFAS Elders have committed to a project beginning in early December. They will assist with the construction of a building to house the production area for mat weaving where machines and the rest of the production line will be installed. At present, the mat weavers are making use of their individual homes as production areas.



This building is part of a long-term development plan that the Filipino Augustinians and Fair Trade Philippines have designed, and the project will benefit all families on the island.

As the total cost of the complete building exceeds the Elders budget, the 14 Elders (consisting of staff, old boys and parents) have committed to fund the costs associated with the slab and construction of the exterior of the building (approx. $8000 Australian). This will ensure the building is operational and the remainder of the interior will be completed in the future.

Keep an eye on future Villa View’s for ways to assist with raising the money required to fund this project.

Kinatarcan Island is approximately four hours north of Cebu, then an hour boat ride. During Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, every building on the island was severely damaged or destroyed. The rebuilding process is progressing slowly!

Mr Tony Hindmarsh, AFAS Coordinator

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Rehearsals and lessons commence – Day 1, Week 1

I trust that you have all managed a restful break over the Easter holiday and are champing at the bit, ready for the term of action ahead!  Lessons and rehearsals have now commenced for Term 2 and I am looking forward to hearing you all back in the Augustine Centre, busily working away in preparation for our concert season ahead.

A copy if this term’s rehearsal schedule has been included with this week’s newsletter.  It has also been sent home via email and Skoolbag this week.  All timetables for lessons have been distributed to families – please contact the music office should you have any questions or concerns regarding this in the first instance.

Year 5 Ensembles Commence

Year 5 ensembles commence next week on Tuesday 24 April.  Students will be required in the Augustine Centre at 7am; Band students rehearse on stage in Hanrahan Theatre, String students rehearse on level 1 in the String Room.  Students will need to bring their instruments, satchel with tutor book and folder, pencil, and their required accessories (reeds, valve oil, etc.).  This is an exciting event in the life of our music department every year – I am looking forward to seeing our Year 5 team down here next Tuesday morning!

Students in Year 5 who currently play in a Year 6 ensemble are not required to attend this rehearsal.  They are most welcome; however, they do not need to attend two rehearsals per week compulsorily.

ANZAC Liturgy

There has been an adjustment to our College calendar and our ANZAC Liturgy will be occurring tomorrow morning, 20 April at 10:35am.  Symphonic Band and the choristers from our Music Liturgy Ensemble will be providing the music for this event.  These students rehearsed during Period 6 this afternoon as well as their regular rehearsal yesterday after school.  Please feel free to join us in Goold Hall for this occasion.

Debut Concerts

Due to a clash of events with our Year 9 camp and given that we have a large number of Year 9 students in our more senior ensembles, we have had to adjust the position of our Debut Concert in Week 3.  Both concerts will now be occurring during Week 2, either side of the ANZAC Day public holiday.  Information has been communicated home regarding this.  The ensembles involved in each concert can be viewed below; please note, these tables do not indicate the running order for each event.

Tuesday 24 April Thursday 26 April
Percussion Ensemble 1 Percussion Ensemble 2
Guitar Ensemble 2 Choir
Big Band Supernovans
Jazz Ensemble Concert Band
Wind Ensemble String Consort
String Sinfonia Year 6 Band
Brass Ensemble Year 6 Strings
Irish Ensemble 1 Guitar Ensemble 1
Amadeus Chamber Strings Symphonic Band

Each concert will be commencing at 6pm and we aim to conclude by 7:30pm.  The Music Supporter’s Group will be providing refreshments prior to each concert from around 5pm.  Students will be required at the Augustine Centre by 5:15pm in performance uniform.  Uniform requirements, as outlined in previous newsletters this term, have been included again below for your information.

All Year 5 musicians are required to wear:

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

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

 Formal Performance Uniform:


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

–        Black leather belt

–        Polished black leather shoes

–        Black socks

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

–        College tie (ensure appropriate length)


 The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Year 6 Band and String Ensemble

–        Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band

–        Strings Consort, String Sinfonia

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

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

–        Percussion Ensemble 2

–        Irish Ensemble 2

Concert Blacks:

–        Long black dress pants (as above)

–        Black leather belt

–        Polished black leather shoes

–        Black socks

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


The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Big Band, Jazz Ensemble

–        Guitar Ensemble 1 and 2

–        Percussion Ensemble 1


Irish Ensemble Uniform:


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

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

–        College Tie (ensure appropriate length)

–        Celtic dress socks (purchase through uniform shop)

–        Black polo shirt (plain – no patterns)

The following ensembles require this uniform:


–        Irish Ensemble 1


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

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

Raffle Draw at Concerts – MASSIVE prize from Entertainment Book

Thanks to the success of our families during the recent Entertainment Book pre-sale drive, Villanova College has won a prize of two nights’ accommodation at Sea World Nara Resort and Water Park, including a double adult pass to Sea World.  We will be selling raffle tickets at both concerts with the prize being drawn at the second concert on Thursday 26 April.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

Year 5 parents are reminded that the deadline for returning Entertainment Book sales and any unsold books is tomorrow, Friday 20 April.  We have plenty of books in the Music Office to collect for those who have made online purchases or for those who want to purchase a book over the counter.   You can still purchase books for regions all over Australia via the following link

Thank you for your support in our biggest fundraiser for the year!

Date Claimers

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


Term 2
Week Date Activity
2 Tuesday 24 April Debut Concert 2 (rescheduled)
2 Thursday 26 April Debut Concert 1
3 Monday 30 April Music Supporter’s Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
5 17 – 19 May Brigham Young University Wind Symphony (U.S. College) visiting Villanova – use of Hanrahan Theatre
6 Tuesday 22 May Junior School Chamber Evening – Senior School Terraces
6 Thursday 24 May Aldo Rodriguez Delgado – International Guitar Workshop
7 1 – 2 June Tony MacPherson – Augustine Concert
8 Monday 4 June Music Supporter’s Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
8 Tuesday 5 June Grandparent’s Morning Tea (Year 5 Ensembles)

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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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 attend the annual exchange with our brother College – St Augustine’s College, Sydney. Villanova Park will again be the host venue for the Lytton District Cross Country event which will be held on the 26 April. Our AIC cross country squads will commence their pre-season training schedule this term. For training purposes our cross-country squad will be split into two squads, a Year 5 and Year 6 squad and a Year 7 – 12 squad. Please see below for more details regarding the AIC cross country season and training schedules. These squads are open to all interested students. They simply need to turn up to the first training session to register their interest with the coaches and/or managers.

This weekend Villanova will play a rugby, football and chess trial round against St Patrick’s College (SPC). St Pat’s have requested an earlier start time for the First XV game, however as from Round 1 the start time will revert to the normal 2.15pm kick off time. An AIC chess trial for students from Years 7 -12 is scheduled to be played against SPC this Friday afternoon hosted by Villanova directly after school.

Our First Tennis Development Squad have begun their 2018 pre-season program which will be held each Wednesday evening at the Morningside Tennis Centre. Our Junior Tennis Development Program also commences this Friday evening and will run for eight consecutive Friday evenings throughout Term 2. Initial plans and preparations are already in place for the up-coming AIC Cross Country Camp to be held at Currimundi. 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 website.

As you can see there are plenty of opportunities for all students to become involved in the sports program and 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.

Important Information for All Parents

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 off on 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 players playing time. If players do not attend the games on these long weekends, teams will be left short. This is not the Villanova way. Again, please consider your son’s commitment to the team before making travel plans.

Yesterday, a Trimester 1 Sports Assembly was held in Goold Hall to acknowledge those who performed particularly well in AIC cricket, volleyball and swimming as well as those who were members of undefeated or premiership teams. We congratulate all of those who received awards.

As we approach the chess, rugby and football trials 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 the good times spent with your mates!

Rugby, Football and Chess Trial Round v St Patrick’s College – Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April

Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against SPC. Note that the weekly draw is found in the ‘Weekly Fixture’ 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 this warm up period working in the canteen parents can then see their son’s game. If we all pitch in it will make the task less demanding for others. Please help if you can.

Rugby/Football Canteen Roster

Villanova Park – Trial v SPC – 21 April

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

All parents who can assist are asked to report to Robyn Gunning.

Time Rugby Parents Football Parents
7.00am Fifth XI, Sixth XI, 8 Gold, 8 White, 9 Gold, 9 White
7.30am 5B, 6A, 6C, 6 Gold
8.00am 9A, 10B, 9C
8.30am 5A, 8B, 6B, 5C
9.00am 9B, 10C, 10 Gold, 10A
9.30am Fourth XV, 8A, 9C, 7C
10.00am Fourth XI
10.30am Third XV, 10B, 9B, 7B Second XI
11.00am Third XI, First XI
11.30am 10A, Second XV, 9A, 7A First XI
12.30pm First XV
1.15pm Any parents who can assist

 AIC Cross Country

After a successful year in 2017, our cross-country coaches and managers are looking forward to building and developing the AIC cross country program, with the aim to win the AIC title. To achieve this, we must have a squad of dedicated runners who are prepared to regularly attend training over the entire season.

To effectively prepare our runners for the AIC Championships, we have taken the decision to split our cross-country athletes into two squads as listed below. There will be a Year 5 and Year 6 squad (who run in the Year 5 and Year 6 divisions) and a Year 7 – 12 squad (who run in the 12 Years, 13 Years, 14 Year, 15 Years, 16 Years and Open divisions). These squads will train independently with different coaches and managers.

Please find below the training schedules as well as commencement dates for training for both squads.

Year 5 and Year 6 Squad

Commence training – Monday 14 May

Training Days/Times – Monday and Wednesday 3.15 – 4.30pm



Year 7 – 12 Squad

Commence training – Wednesday 9 May

Training Days/Times – Monday/Wednesday/Friday 6.45 – 8 am


Further details regarding the cross-country season are posted on the College’s web page in the AIC Cross County section.

Lytton District Cross Country

Students in Years 5 and Year 6 who wish to be selected for the Lytton Trial next Thursday, 26 April, will have a run-off tomorrow morning in Period 2 at Langlands Park. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we missed out on our trial at the end of last term and we will have to select students based on where they finish tomorrow. Only the top four or five students in the U10 and U11 age group will be selected. Under 12 boys will be compared with our current U12 Year 7 students and information letters will be handed out to successful students. Training will commence on 14 May after school at Langlands for all Year 5 and 6 boys who wish to join the AIC cross country squad.

St Augustine’s Tour 2018

The annual exchange between Villanova College and our brother school St Augustine’s College (SAC) will take place from June 27 – 29 in Sydney. 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.

We hope to announce those who will attend the tour by Week 5 of this term. At present a schedule has not been made available. We will advertise as soon as it is complete.

Kids Karate Classes

The Australian Fitness and Martial Arts Club is starting new Kids Karate Beginners Classes for Children from four years and up (and parents) in Cannon Hill at the School of Arts, 958 Wynnum Rd, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.00 pm – 4.45 pm with teenagers and seniors at 6.30pm.

At Norman Park State School Hall classes are held on Saturday mornings from 10.45 am – 11.30 am. Beginner classes are held in Mount Gravatt on Monday and Wednesday. Contact Christine on 0400179960 for more information or visit the website  Free trial!  Join QLD’s leading Family Karate Club with competitive fees, great atmosphere and happy children and parents enjoying the sport of Karate.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Rhys Lanskey who represented Queensland over the Easter holidays at the NSW State Sporting Championships. Rhys competed in the Sporting Gymkhana, Camp Drafting and Team Penning Championships. Great effort and well done Rhys!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information

Library & Tuckshop Rosters:

Library Roster

Monday 23rd

Sharon Vecchi

Beth Reid

Thursday 26

Melanie Pickering

Friday 27

Gina Avolio

Jane Whipps


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Calendar of Events

Villanova Memorial Garden; Book Week Celebrations; Sports Luncheon; Yr 9 Family Event; ‘Augustine: The Way’ – Anniversary Performances; Yr 11 Semi-Formal Parent Event; & 70th Anniversary Gala Ball

Dedication of the Student & Staff Memorial Garden – Saturday 5 May 9am

The new memorial to those staff and students who passed away while at the College has now been completed. The dedication ceremony at Villa Park was originally scheduled for Sunday the 15th of October but we were unfortunately rained out. We have now re-scheduled for May 5th at 9.00am. As this is also the day of the Old Boys Heritage Round of Rugby we thought this would be an excellent opportunity for people to reconnect with the College.

The memorial stands at the edge of the Charlie Fisher Oval, between the upper and lower fields, and a stand of 19 trees has been planted. These form part of the living memorial to the 14 students and 5 staff who are currently commemorated. Beside each tree there is a memorial stone block bearing the plaque that contains each individual’s details. It is hoped that as many old boys and families as possible will be able to attend. Please RSVP to Adrian Hellwig

The list of those who are to be commemorated is as follows:

Students: Thomas Barry, Alan Chapman, Thomas Gregan, Rodney Hammond, Peter Miller, Andrew Milne, Craig O’Neill, Sean Prentice, Michael Purcell, Michael ruffin, Robert Sellars, Ray Snooks, Nicholas Spelman, and, Ronald Van Der Drift.

Staff: Kate Finey, Paul Finnimore, John Murphy, Gerry Smith, and, Ray Thomas, Charlie Fisher.

Villanova Book Week – 8-12 May


Although traditionally celebrated during the month of August, this year we will celebrate books, reading and writing during May. From Tuesday 8 May through to Saturday 12 May the Tolle Lege Library will be transformed into a bookstore, and renowned author, James Phelan, will work closely with Junior and Middle School students.

The Villanova Writers Festival will commence on Friday evening and conclude on Saturday afternoon.  Students, staff and parents are welcome to browse and purchase books supplied by The Book Warehouse and Dymocks. Last year’s successful Writers Festival was planned and run by Nick Earls. Similarly, this year, James has agreed to also run our festival. This will again prove invaluable as students can take advantage of the opportunity to work with one of Australia’s leading authors. The festival will run from 3.30pm to 7.00pm on Friday 11 May and continue from 9.15am to 3.30pm on Saturday 12 May.

The Festival Registration Forms are supplied in this edition of the Villa View and should be lodged with the Tolle Lege Library no later than Friday 4 May. Students can choose to attend for one ($15) or both ($30) days. Payment can be made via Flexischools.

Please contact the Tolle Lege Library for further details on 3394 5532.

Villanova Sports Luncheon – Friday 25 May – Tickets on Sale now!

Yr 9 Families – Barefoot Bowls – Sunday 27 May

Augustine: The Way – Songs of Love, Loss & Liberation – Anniversary Year Performances – 1 & 2 June Tickets on Sale now!

Live performances of the Musical “Augustine – The Way. Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation” return to Villanova’s Hanrahan Theatre Friday 1 June & Saturday 2 June 2018 commencing at 7pm.

Tony MacPherson, past staff member, and Simon Hyland (’93) have produced their first album called “Augustine – The Way. Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation”. Featuring performances by Simon Hyland, Samantha Shaw and Caroline Mulvenna. The concert will tell a story, and it is truly a good story. It is Tony’s hope that this concert will bring Augustine’s journey of restless search and illumination to a new audience.

Tickets are available now via TryBooking


Yr 11 Semi-Formal Night Parent Function – Story Bridge Hotel – Friday 20 July – Tickets on Sale now!


Villanova 70th Anniversary Gala Ball – Tickets on Sale now!


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Community Update

Loreto College Yr 9-12 Dance & Our Lady’s College Open Day:

Loreto College Yr 9-12 Dance ‘Sparkle, Shimmer & Shine’ – Friday 27 April 7-10pm


Our Lady’s College – Annerley – Open Day 19 May

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Archive Anecdotes

The Honour Blazer

The Honour Blazer was introduced early in the 1950’s and awarded to a small number of Senior students each year “who demonstrated qualities of leadership…a sense of responsibility and willingness to support the College in all aspects of school life” [p. 34 One Mind, One Heart].  This was extended to include the Honour Pocket additionally awarded for excellence in particular College activities.  It was decided in the 1960’s that this distinctive blazer would be awarded more sparsely and thus only five were allocated in both 1960 and 1961.

Under the leadership of Fr. Laurence James Mooney O.S.A., Rector 1976 – 1986 there was a move to reject elitism amongst the students. In 1978, no prefects were appointed and instead every Senior student was encouraged to participate in prefect duties.  Thus, this was also the year when no Honour Blazers were awarded and the tradition became relegated to history.

An Honour Blazer is currently on display in Junior School Administration.


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