I take this opportunity to welcome all families back to Villanova College (albeit in a new format for the time being) from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable time as a family over the Easter break. Looking ahead there is currently no clarity around what will happen in AIC sport during Terms 3 and 4.
As was published late last term, all sporting activities including pre-season training is cancelled throughout Term 2. A number of meetings will be held this term to discuss what may or may not happen for the remainder of the year. The uncertainty of a commencement date makes any forward planning difficult. If it were only one sport on offer, it would not be as complicated, however, when we offer multiple sports across multiple age groups the difficulty becomes greater as more decisions have to be made and agreed by all schools.
Our aim remains to have something in place which allows for maximum participation, if and when sport returns. My personal aim is to look after the Year 12 cohort as a priority and to salvage what we can for them in their final year.
I encourage us all to keep up a level of fitness throughout this period. It is great to see that more families are getting out and about around our local neighbourhoods walking, jogging and cycling. During this term, the weekly ‘Villanova Fitness Program’ will continue be posted every Monday as a way of promoting exercise amongst those in our community. More information regarding this program is found below.
May I also draw your attention to the section below regarding the hire jerseys. We would like these returned as soon as possible please. In the meantime, keep safe and keep fit.
Volleyball/AFL and Rugby League Hire Shirts/Jerseys
May I please ask those students who hired a volleyball or AFL shirt/jersey for the 2020 season to return them as soon as possible to the College please. We also have a small number of Rugby League jerseys which have not been returned from last year as well (these families have been contacted via email this week).
All hire jerseys/shirts can be returned to the Uniform Shop (8am – 1pm), Sports Office (8am – 3pm) or Main Reception (7.45am – 3.00pm). Please ensure your jersey or shirt has a name tag of some sort attached for accounting purposes.
Villanova Weekly Fitness Programs
Each week the College will publish a ‘Weekly Fitness Program’ which is designed so that all members of our College community (staff, students and parents) are able to access and use as a way of maintaining and/or further developing a level of fitness throughout this COVID-19 period. The weekly program includes 3 sessions (Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3). You may choose to complete these 3 sessions on any day throughout the week or perhaps double up the sessions to make a full 6-day program with a rest day. All activities can be completed without specialised equipment.
Feel free to access the weekly programs via the link provided if you are interested. All programs remain on this site for you to refer back to if you wish. Enjoy!
AIC Cross Country
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 in the effort to maintain their fitness levels during this period of time.
Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Strength and Conditioning
The College gym is currently closed, however, our Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mr Michael Walsh has devised a program for all squad members to follow during this closure so as the boys can keep up their general fitness levels.
If any member of the squad has access to gym equipment at their homes, you are able to email Michael Walsh directly with a list of equipment you have and he will devise a special program for you to follow on top of what has been offered. Otherwise please follow the program posted in the AIC Rugby Union section, link below.
Top 25 Australian Swimming Rankings for the Season
As the competitive swimming season was cut short this year some of our swimmers did not get to swim at Age Nationals and State Swimming Championships, after training hard all year. However, it is important to celebrate the amazing season results for some of our swimmers.
Our congratulations to the following swimmers, who have all been recognised in Swimming Australia’s Top 25 for the 2019/2020 season in various events and strokes:
13 years – Tyler Clelland – four swims in 50 Breaststroke, 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke
14 years – Caden Clelland – five swims, including a third in 50 Backstroke, 50 Breaststroke, 50 Butterfly, 100IM and 200IM
15 years – Jack Hewitt – two swims in 200 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle
These swims combine both the short and long course in Swimming Australia’s Top 25. This is an outstanding achievement from these boys, well done!
Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport