Principal's Welcome

The Gospel reading from last Sunday tells the story of the post-resurrection scene where the Apostles are gathered together, hiding away in fear and confusion when Jesus appears and stood among them. Thomas, one of the twelve was not present at this time and when he was told the story, he refused to accept the truth. For Thomas he would only believe if he saw the wounds of Jesus with his own eyes.

I am challenged by this Gospel reading from John on many levels. At times I too can be highly judgemental and blind to what is behind the actions of people. At times my faith can be a little shaky if I do not make God and prayer a central part of my daily routine. At times I can doubt the good in our world when I see the many incidents of hate and destruction. Despite these occasions my faith in God remains strong.

During this Easter Season of the Church we have received a message of hope.

“Christ has Died, Christ has Risen, Christ will come Again!

This week at the College Assembly I spoke to the students about the topic of good sportsmanship when representing Villanova College. I firmly believe good sportsmanship comes from strongly held values about the dignity of the person and doing the right thing when faced with choices. I want our players to be fierce competitors and I want our players to play the game in the right spirit.

Last weekend there were a number of incidents where our students, in the heat of the game, let fly with some very unsavoury language directed at the opposition. Now some may say in the heat of battle this is acceptable. I disagree. We teach our students at Villanova College to treat all people with respect. One way we show respect is in the way we speak to each other. Our opposition each Saturday are our guests from a brother College of AIC. They deserve our respect. We show this respect by welcoming them to our College and by being a great opponent, playing a hard and fair game and extending the hand of friendship at the end of the contest.

If you are a Coach or Manager of our students, I ask that you model through your words and deeds the expectations of good sportsmanship we have for all our students no matter the level of competition. Our young men need to be guided by role models who understand the game is not just about winning.

Thank you to the many students who participated in Anzac Day Services last week. It was pleasing to hear a number of reports of the great work of our students at a number of ceremonies including  many Dawn Services. Well done to all involved.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God Bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Head of Junior School

It is no secret how much I love sport.  One of the perks of working with young men is the sport program on offer all year round.  Monday mornings are full of the weekend’s results, tall tales, glory moments and we then begin anticipating the next round.  Parents make up an integral part of our sport calendar – the pickups and drop offs, the cheering on the sidelines, and the chats in the car on the way home.  Donning a uniform and helping in a team situation really solidifies friendships and builds self-confidence and resilience.

Our trials for AIC rugby and football have now ended and we move forward with over 245 students in the Junior School participating.  Every student who wants to play makes a team.  The trial process was extended this year to give every boy a chance to show their ability, attitude and willingness to commit to training/game sessions.  Staff and coaches deliberated before and after each session, communicating with the Sports Office to make the best decisions possible.  Round 1 will confirm the choices made and any stand out players may be invited to change teams for Round 2, at the coach’s discretion.

The announcement of teams at the end of Term 1 was a real mixture of surprise, joy and as always, a little disappointment when hope meets reality.  Staff, including Year Level Managers, were on hand to listen, discuss and include the other side of the story – working restoratively to build resilience and foster a little determination to do our best in the team we are in.  These conversations were timely in the classrooms.  We heard jubilation from those who had made teams considered a higher level than last year.

Our Year 6 students have their teams from 2018 to compare with, and this brings a sense of wisdom when they express themselves.  Some have a little guilt listening to boys who in Year 5 were in A or B teams, and now find themselves in C, Gold or White teams.  We talked about how some boys have grown physically over the past 12 months and may have increased fitness, coordination levels, and possibly were able to show their talents in a manner that caught the attention of selectors.  Boys who did participate in Gold or White teams last year were vocal about the fun they had – and how they really did develop skills and game plays together beyond their imaginations.  What was clear, was that every team had a brilliant time together.  That every coach works whole-heartedly to include fun in a competitive format.  Our Year 6 boys know that the season will become much more than a letter or colour.

For our Year 5 students, most have experienced making teams at club and representative levels.  Many students have been playing since Under 6, and quite a lot have been privileged to be included in higher development programs over the past year or so.  When our AIC teams have between 10-14 on the playing roster, it’s a tough call to make between the teams in each year level.  So, our staff and coaches make the call and we move forward, looking at every game to see if a student may be invited at a later day to change teams – at our discretion.  Sometimes boys have average games and sometimes they shine – based on themselves and on the opposition they face.  We want the students to feel great about their contributions and succeed where possible.

I want to thank those parents who are already showing the highest support with our rugby and football program in 2019.  There are coaches, managers and parents who can lend a hand at training so that the attention each boy receives increases.  There are supporters such as against St Patrick’s last weekend, who have introduced themselves to other team parents and have cheered every effort made on their son’s behalf.  Parents congratulated and consoled their sons after every game knowing that it’s not the ARU or A-League, but indeed a Year 5 and Year 6 competition.  Thanking coaches for their best efforts is just one of the ways to model sportsmanship and etiquette off the field.

My wife came home last Saturday morning, raving about the Year 5 football games.  Boys that she works with in her own class were seen in a different light.  Boys from other classes suddenly have a connection with her just by sharing a laugh or a pat on the back for seeing them do well on the field.  She already has some fine examples of boys who went the extra mile and carried ball bags, stayed back for an extra game and made it their job to shake her hand in gratitude before going home.  With the bluest sky and sunshine that morning, together with the Villanova canteen’s finest bacon and egg wrap you will ever taste, her season as one of the Football Coaches is one of pride and an honour to spend quality time outside the curriculum, building relationships and memories that might just be some of the best ones the boys remember long after graduation.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

This week, I spoke to all Senior School cohorts pertaining to expectations regarding conduct and uniform during the winter football and rugby seasons.

During last term’s Senior School Assembly, the Student Leadership Team in conjunction with the Cor Unum Spirit Committee launched the Cor Unum Players and Spectators Pledges.

These pledges outline the values we espouse and the ideals of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct both on and off the field.

Unfortunately, during the trial fixtures against St Patrick’s College last weekend, there were instances in which some of our students did not measure up to these expectations, particularly on the field where foul language was reported by parents and staff.

These pledges will only have substance through the positive actions of our young men on the field and on the sideline.

In order to promote a united brotherhood of proud Villanova men, I outline the following uniform expectations for Senior School students:

  1. All Senior School players are to arrive at the venue in their full academic uniform (I allow sports caps on weekends only in place of the Akubra);
  2. All players are to ensure that they are in the correct Villanova College playing kit in order to take the field;
  3. At the conclusion of the match, players are encouraged to stay and support the remaining fixtures in the age group and either the First XI or First XV main game. The Cor Unum Spirit Committee will launch a campaign of #playandstay this season;
  4. All spectators who attend to support the College and players who remain to spectate are to be attired in full academic uniform. By arriving in academic uniform, there is no excuse not to get back into the uniform after your match.

It is always a great time of the year out at Villanova Park and with four home fixtures this trimester, I look forward to a successful and enjoyable season for all Senior School students.

One of the strategic intentions underpinning the Senior School Formation Program is a continuing focus on positive contractions of masculinity and challenging existing and potentially toxic definitions of what it means to be a man. For many adolescent males, there continues to be restricted space of values that represent the traditional and hegemonic characteristics of masculinity. In his book, ‘How to Raise a Boy’, psychologist Michael Reichert explains that strong relationships with parents and teachers can help boys become their true selves, even when those selves don’t fit within narrow cultural norms. I strongly recommend reading the following interview conducted with Reichert by Senior Editor of The Atlantic news website Julie Beck:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

So much of what the students do for the wider community and for the College is described at Villanova as “cor unum” spirit. The Latin phrase refers to a favourite idea of Augustine, of people coming together and “being of one heart and one mind.” The source of this saying is the Acts of the Apostles, and an account of the exciting spirit which animated the first communities who sought to follow “the Way:”

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus…
(Acts 4: 32-3)

In this vein, both ANZAC services last week brought the community together to remember and to bear witness to something beyond ourselves. A chocolate sale last Friday – after our ANZAC service – then raised more than $250 for Legacy.

Looking ahead the Spirit team at the College, the Cor Unum committee, have planned a series of events leading into Mission Week which will bring the community together “one in mind and heart.” The first is “The World’s Greatest Shave” on May 10. Proceeds assist with Leukaemia research, but a number of “stretch goals” have been designed to raise extra funds for AFAS. On May 17, the College will take on our sister school, Loreto, in netball. Villanova teddies will be sold at the game for $5, with all proceeds to go to AFAS.

Every year Mrs Underhill organises a wonderful Mothers’ Day stall, with the considerable and enthusiastic assistance of YAYM – Middle School ministry boys. The beautifully chosen and wrapped gifts will cost between $5 and $20. The stall opens today and will take place every break in T10 while stocks last. All profit goes to a) breast cancer research, and b) the AFAS program through which we support adults who need to return to school in the Philippines to obtain the school leaver’s certificate. This certificate is vital as you cannot even work at McDonalds in the Philippines without it.

Some staff are extremely generous with their time in order to prepare and support this event. As well as Mrs Underhill’s leadership, we greatly benefit from the generosity of staff members, Mrs Palmer, Mrs Norfolk and Mrs Kieseker.

One of the iconic features of Mission Week (Week 5) is that each family receives a red candle and a prayer ritual which invites solidarity with the families in the Philippines whom we humbly wish to support on Mission Day. The candles are made in Cebu and physically carried back by each AFAS Exchange. Students attending this year will return with the next batch. All this week, a team of AFAS students have worked behind the scenes to prepare the candles for each family, under the leadership of College Chaplain, Fr Peter Wieneke.

A group of parents and recent students were hopeful that we could provide, host and run the Alpha Course, for free, at the College this term. However, the time commitment on Sunday evenings for our older students proved too much for a weekly commitment to be viable. The team will now meet to discern a different way to offer an opportunity or event which better fits the busyness of term time. The way the “church” looks for many young people is undergoing change. What is happening with this team of staff, parents and old boys is an attempt to create a non-traditional spiritual resource and support for older students.

I was fortunate to attend the Mass to pray for the people of Sri Lanka at St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday. The Mass was organised as a means to build bridges within the  community by a Sri Lankan family. There were many guests of all faiths. (I had to give up my place of honour to Annastacia Palaszczuk).

Re-printed below is the special prayer which was said together:

Prayer for Sri Lanka            

Most merciful God, we turn to you in sorrow, holding up to you the many dead in Sri Lanka, their family and friends who mourn them and the shocked and grieving nation. Give the dead eternal rest, console the bereaved, heal the nation’s wound. Let justice be done, let life prevail, and let Your mercy bring peace to us and to the whole world. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord, the Prince of Peace, amen.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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It was great to see the entire College was able to participate in a full round of AIC rugby and football trials over the weekend against St Patrick’s College. It has been advantageous to our preparation this season to have two full rounds of trials under our belt before we head into Round 1 this weekend.

Our coaches have been sorting through all players and were able to trial different combinations to get the teams right by Round 1. As teams are announced this week the reality is that some boys will be disappointed with their grading. The best way to deal with this matter is to show resilience and to work even harder at training and during the game each week to prove to your coach that you are capable to move up in the gradings. The coaches have been asked to monitor all players and change teams weekly based on player performance, attendance and attitude. A player’s position in a team is not guaranteed.

As stated in last week’s newsletter we remind all families that we do have a long weekend approaching when we play St Edmund’s College in Round 1 this weekend. In your family planning we ask that all players make themselves available to play before they depart on any family trips away. This issue was clearly stated within the rugby/football and chess sign-on forms which all players and parents signed. Understandably, if we have many players absent, our teams will be under strengthened and the full complement of teams will be compromised. We are hoping that all players will stay and play before enjoying a well-earned break with family and friends.

Please find below information pertaining to the College’s uniform expectations of its students on game days during the footy season.

Best wishes to all this weekend against St Edmund’s College. Enjoy!

All players are to wear the complete rugby and football playing uniform as published below. Football players should not wear the basketball or PE shorts; they must wear the College football shorts.

Please note that all boys who attend the Year 9 – Year 12 rugby and football fixtures on the weekend as a spectator or player must wear the College academic uniform. Therefore, students are not permitted to attend their games wearing the playing uniform. If students intend to stay and support other teams at the Year 9-12 venue they must get changed into their academic uniform after their game, this includes ties and blazers for Senior School students.

Students who are playing at the Year 5 – Year 8 venue may be permitted to wear their playing uniform before and after their games. However, if the younger boys (Year 5-8) wish to travel and support the Year 9 – Year 12 matches, particularly the first games, they must change into the academic uniform.

Players of both the First XI football and First XV rugby teams must attend the venue in full academic uniform including white shirt (including boys who are in Year 10 or Year 11), tie and blazer. Long grey pants are preferred. This same uniform is to be worn to all post-match functions.

It is paramount that the parent body supports the College to ensure that these expectations are met. Wearing the correct uniform appropriately is the standard which is expected.


Villanova Rugby Uniform

  • Villanova rugby jersey
  • Villanova rugby shorts
  • Villanova rugby/football socks
  • Mouthguards compulsory
  • Head gear optional
  • Villanova green zip jacket or Villanova track suit optional (no other jackets /jumpers are permitted)

Villanova Football Uniform

  • Villanova football jersey
  • Villanova football shorts (not the PE shorts/ not the basketball shorts)
  • Villanova rugby/football socks
  • Shin guard’s compulsory
  • Villanova green zip jacket or Villanova track suit optional (no other jackets/jumpers are permitted)

Please Note

  • Football players must wear the Villanova football shorts not the Villanova basketball shorts, which do look similar.
  • The Canterbury rugby and football socks are the same
  • Students may train in any coloured gear

All times and venues for Round 1 this weekend v St Edmund’s College are available on the College’s website. Please note that most Year 5 – Year 8 football and rugby teams will play at home and the Year 9 – Year 12 football/rugby teams will play at Tivoli Sporting Complex (which is not at the St Edmund’s campus).  Please note that a number of teams have been entered into the supp draw this weekend and will play different Colleges at various venues throughout the season. Please check the schedule on the website for all times and venues.

Due to various situations, the First XV rugby will play against St Edmund’s at St Edmund’s College next Tuesday May 7 with a 3.30pm kick-off.

Please be aware that all AIC teams will be posted on the College’s website from week to week. All coaches have been advised to select teams based on player performance, attitude and attendance at training. Therefore, the College strongly encourages the movement of players from team to team each week if warranted and no position from Firsts to Year 5 is guaranteed throughout the season (especially the ‘A’ teams and First teams).  We hope this will encourage a friendly rivalry for positions within a cohort, but we also hope this rewards those players who have trained hard and performed well.

ANNUAL VILLANOVA SPORTS LUNCH – Mr Leo Wallin, Organising Committee Member
Please be advised that the sixth Annual Villanova Sports Lunch will be held this year on Friday May 31, and, in a change to tradition, it is on the move! With a cracking line-up of guest speakers and expected increase in attendees, the organising committee have decided to move to a larger venue where everyone can be accommodated comfortably. So, we are heading to The Greek Club on Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane.

As usual, it will be a fun-filled afternoon with plenty of laughs and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends. Greg ‘Marto’ Martin will be the MC with a bit of fun provided by ex-Australian Cricket player Greg ‘Fat Cat’ Ritchie. Current Melbourne Storm and ex NSW Origin coach, Craig Bellamy and ex Bronco, QLD and Kangaroo legend Darren Lockyer will provide plenty of interstate banter in their rugby league panel discussion just six days out from Origin I.

Tickets are $160.00 each with an early bird price of $150 if you book before April 30; this includes canapés on arrival, a magnificent two-course meal and premium drinks package until 4 p.m. Our new venue will also host the traditional ‘after party’ in a private bar downstairs with finger food provided!

All money raised will be used by the Sports Club to improve sporting facilities and in particular contribute to the rebuild of damaged facilities at Villanova Park. This is an excellent event and I strongly encourage as many people as possible to ask their friends and families along and enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, drink and entertainment. Not to be missed!

To book your tickets please head straight to – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $150 HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

AIC CHESS – Mrs Mylan Warren, AIC Chess Co-ordinator
We are finally at the start of our chess season and this Friday night we are entering Round 1 with an away game against St. Edmund’s. Students will be transported by bus to and from all away games.   As it will be a long bus ride back from St. Edmund’s, we will most likely return after 6.30pm to the College.  Please be patient and wait for our return to collect your sons.

This year the College will be represented by Sam Stenson and Alex Wang as Co- Captains and Alex Ilka as Vice-Captain and Coach.

Just a reminder that the practice/coaching sessions will be at first break in T10.

All students are welcome to play on Monday during first break.

  • Year 5 – Year 6 First Break on Thursday and Friday
  • Year 7 – Year 9 First Break on Tuesday
  • Year 10 – Year 12 First Break on Wednesday

Next week, Friday May 10, will be at home game playing against Padua. All players are to attend (all junior teams and all C teams are included). The venue will be the Tolle Lege Library.

Teams will be announced on the website each week and I ask that parents let me know if a student is sick or unable to play, so that arrangements can be made well ahead of time. Boys are to wear their academic uniform with ties each night.  Please inform me if students require a special diet, as afternoon tea is provided at each venue.

Good luck to all the teams for our first game this week.

AIC FOOTBALL – Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator
Last Saturday was the final trial before the AIC Football season starts, this weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents, players and coaches for their efforts so far in being prepared for the season ahead. There were many strong performances from our teams in the trial games against St Patrick’s, indicating this could be the year where we give the competition a real shake and push for many premierships.

This weekend is the first round of the season where we will face St Edmund’s. It is imperative that all players come focused and ready to perform to the best of their ability and get a flying start to the season! To help with this, players need to ensure they are at their venue half an hour before kick-off to warm-up and prepare. All players are reminded to wear the Villanova Football uniform for their games this weekend. I encourage parents and players to check the College Website on a weekly basis to check team lists, venue and game times.

AIC RUGBY – Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby Co-ordinator
Congratulations to all our rugby teams who completed their final trial v St Patrick’s last Saturday. There is no doubt that the talent displayed by many of our boys throughout the trials has set us up for what looks to be a successful rugby season. This weekend we come up against St Edmunds for Round 1 of the AIC competition. Most teams from Year 5 – Year 8 will play at Villanova Park. Most teams from Year 9 – Year 12 will play at Tivoli Sporting Complex (not at St Edmunds College). We have a good number of teams who are in the supplementary draw this weekend and are playing at alternative venues than the ones listed above. Please check the draw posted on the website very carefully to see where your game is being held and at what time. This is a reminder to allow enough travel time to ensure you arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before your scheduled kick off time, unless you have been told to arrive earlier by your coach.

Due to a number of circumstances the First XV match scheduled to be played against St Edmund’s College this weekend, will now be played next Tuesday May 7 after school at St Edmund’s College, on Mulkerin Oval at 3.30pm. A 23-man squad will be released from class next Tuesday and will travel to and from the venue by bus. We wish all players the very best.

Villanova Park Canteen – AIC Rugby and Football
Most Year 5 – Year 8 football/games teams are playing at Villanova Park this Saturday, and we are asking for parents to once again help out by volunteering their time. The barbecue will fire up at 6.30am and it is usually in the first hour that we need the most assistance to prepare and cook the food. Please drop your son off and help out.

Although at times the canteen/barbecue may look like they have enough helpers, please come and offer your time as some of those volunteers may need to get to their son’s games.  The canteen/barbecue during the football/rugby season is the Villanova Sports Club’s main source of income and it can only operate with the help of Villa parents (both football and rugby).  So please come along and help out, meet some new friends and catch-up on what’s going on around the school. We hope to see you Saturday.

Rugby/Football Canteen Roster

Villanova Park – May 4

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 Mrs Robyn Gunning on arrival.

Time Rugby Parents Football Parents
7.00am 5 Gold, 5 White 7 White, 6A, 6C, 5A, 5C
7.30am 6B, 7 White, 5C
8.00am 6B, 7 White, 5C 7A, 8C, 6B, 6 Gold, 5B, 5 Gold
8.30am 6A, 10C, 5B 6 White, 5 White, 7B
9.00am 6A, 10C 8A, 8B, 6 White, 5 White, 7B
9.30am 7B, 8C, 5A, 7B
10.00am 7B, 8C, Third XV, Fourth XV Fourth XI, Fifth XI, 7 Gold, 7C
10.30am 7A, 8B
11.00am 8B
11.30am 8A

Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues
A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, all AIC Sporting venues are dog free venues including Villanova Park. Please do not bring your dog!

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


St Laurence’s Invitational AIC Cross Country Trial and AIC Championships
The Villanova cross country squad has resumed where it left off before the holidays, with all boys training hard in preparation for the AIC Championships on Monday May 13.

A number of the squad attended parkruns over the Easter Break. There were many good performances in these events including:

  • Both Sam Stenson and Jacob Dimmick ran sub 18 minutes.
  • Dan Gagliarde took five minutes off his PB to run sub 20 minutes.
  • Caleb Rogers beat his Parkrun PB by close to a minute.
  • Mr Jordan Roache was in career best form posting a time of 19 minutes on the morning of his wedding. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Roache.

Next Wednesday is the final opportunity for our runners to race and record a time to be considered for Villanova’s AIC Championship Team. It would be pleasing to see as many of the squad put their hard work and training to the test. The coaches are hoping that there will be a good representation of Villanova College cross-country runners the St Laurence’s Playing Fields, Runcorn. It will be an invaluable opportunity to race on a course very similar to the terrain of the course used for the AIC Championship’s at Curlew Park.

The ‘Running Wildcats’ are strongly encouraged to attend ALL the remaining training sessions in the next two weeks leading up to the AIC Cross Country Championships. Training will continue as usual Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning leaving Goold Hall by 6.45 am. The Wednesday sessions will be modified in light of the afternoon invitational cross-country trials.

Cross country is a golden opportunity to practise the key habits that enable a team, and an individual, to grow in character. The best way to be the person you wish to become is through discipline, training and teamwork.

All the AIC meets listed below apply to both the Year 5 and Year 6 and Year 7 – Year 12 squads at the same venue on the same day.

Wednesday May 8 – St Laurence’s

  • AIC Meet at St Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Runcorn.

Monday May 13 AIC Championships

  • AIC Championships at Curlew Park, Sandgate

Buses will transport the squad to the venue and back to Villanova at the completion of both the warm-up meets and the AIC Cross Country Championships.

Program for the St Laurence’s Warm-up Cross Country Meet:

4.00pm  Year 5 2km
4:10pm  Year 6 3km
4:25pm  12 and 13 Years 3km
4:40pm  14 and 15 Years 4km
4:55pm  16 Years and Open 6km

To ensure we arrive on time to the warm-up meet hosted by St Laurence’s College, the following travel schedule will apply on Wednesday May 8 Invitational Run:

  • 3.15 pm – buses depart Villanova for St Laurence’s Playing Fields, Runcorn.
  • 5.40 pm – buses depart Runcorn for return to Villanova College.
  • 6.00 pm – estimated arrival back at Villanova College, front gate – Sixth Avenue.

Villanova Running Uniform
Available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop

  • Villanova squad shirt (please note that this shirt is the same shirt that was used by the AIC swimmers and it will be the same one used for the AIC track and field team later in the year)
  • Villanova athletic singlet
  • Villanova running shorts (PE shorts/rugby shorts are not permissible)
  • Villanova sports/rain jacket (Optional)

It is with great anticipation I look forward to the Cross Country warm-up meets and AIC Championships to see how great each runner can be.

Well done to Henry Wright who has made the Met East Golf Team.  Henry will be competing in the 10 – 19 years Golf State Championships.  Best wishes Henry!

Congratulations to Patrick Holmes who has made the Met East 10 – 12 Hockey Team. Patrick will compete at the State Hockey Championships in Townsville in June. We wish Patrick all the best!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Just a reminder that all Instrumental Music Assessment is due for submission this week, unless your son has received advice from his teacher otherwise.  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 2019 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 and entry forms have been distributed to Music staff at Villanova College; entries are also available from the Music Office.  Please note that entries close on Monday May 13.  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.  Look forward to hearing you all in the heats.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate members of our Amadeus Chamber Strings and Ms Bastos for providing music for the Year 6 Mothers’ Dinner this evening.  I appreciate the time it has taken to prepare this repertoire and ensure all is wonderful for tonight.  Well done and thank you.

Due to a change of routine this year, we will not be submitting a combined orchestra with Loreto College in this year’s QCMF.  For the first time in over a decade, Villanova College will be looking to enter our own Symphony Orchestra!  We will be sending invitations out shortly regarding this opportunity.  This ensemble will be run over a shortened time period much as a professional music project would run.

We look forward to gathering the best and brightest of our musical community to ensure this ensemble becomes the success we feel it will be.  Stay tuned!

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 Department 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.

For anyone wishing to purchase an Entertainment Book, they will be available all term by either clicking on the link below, or through the Music Office.  If you have any queries, please contact Alison in the Music Office on 3394 5691.

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

The brand NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Memberships
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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

Silver Rose Photography will be taking Years 5 to 10 class groups, individual photos and sibling orders on Thursday 9 May.

If you require a sibling package it MUST be ordered before next Tuesday 7 May (the sibling package will not be available to purchase as of Wednesday 8 May via 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 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.

Students are to wear full winter academic uniform, including tie, long trousers and blazers.

Please be aware of the College’s Hair and Grooming policy: Boys are expected to have their hair clean, brushed/combed and of a length that is neat and tidy at all times. Teased or untidy hair and outlandish styles are not acceptable. Faces must be clean shaven. Side burns must not extend past the ears.

The World’s Greatest Shave campaign is run by the Leukaemia Foundation to raise funds to give people living with blood cancer the physical and emotional care they need and to drive rapid advancements in blood cancer research. One Aussie is diagnosed with blood cancer every 41 minutes, and the Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians living with blood cancer live a better quality of life and fund vital research. Here at Villanova we believe that this is a cause that our College can pledge our full support to, as it affects so many lives and families and lies close to our hearts.

Villanova College will be participating in the Greatest Shave on Friday 10 May. For those willing to ‘brave the shave’, we truly believe that our efforts can make a difference in the lives of so many suffering through a blood cancer diagnosis.

The Senior School has already raised over $4000 since beginning our campaign just six days ago. We currently have 15 students actively fund-raising and 30 students signed up, which is an incredible effort for our first time being involved in this rewarding experience and we can’t wait to watch our progress develop in the eight days we have left before the shave.

If you would like to donate to the World’s Greatest Shave through supporting the brave shavers of Villanova, please follow the link below:

In preparation for Mission Week, we have additionally decided to utilise the World’s Greatest Shave event to assist in our fundraising efforts with AFAS. Mr Stower has challenged us to fund-raise $2000 exclusively for AFAS over the coming weeks, and in return he himself will shave his head. This is a great opportunity for us to promote two very important causes: supporting leukaemia research, and increasing the number of projects AFAS will be able to undertake during Villanova’s immersion in the Philippines.

I would like to thank those that have already donated to such a worthy cause, your generosity is greatly appreciated. I am so proud to belong to a college that supports initiatives such as this and I look forward to sharing with you many great pictures from the day.

Thank you for your continued support.
Will Barwick

Help Villanova earn equipment by collecting Earn and Learn stickers. For every $10 spent, you will receive a sticker to add to your sheet. Completed sticker sheets can be dropped off at the Junior School Office or directly at Coorparoo, Camp Hill and Carindale Woolworths stores. Thank you for your support!

The promotion starts May 1 and ends June 25.

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.

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!

SAVE THE DATE – Year 8 Mothers’ Weekend
21 – 22 June, 2019
Oaks Calypso Plaza Coolangatta
Payment: via Parent Lounge

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 6 May
Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 7 May
Kate Hartley
Jo Phillips
Lisa Meredith
Jilane Anderson
Deanne Perrier
Lisa Stone
Nicole Binney
Victoria Lenton
Nicky Rosso

Wednesday 8 May
Sharron Genrich
Lisa Prendergast
Jayne Solomon
Lisa Moroney
Clare Godwin
Paivi McIntosh
Jean Egan
Peta Diedrichs
Eleni Diakos
Maree Martin

Thursday 9 May
Christy Grigson
Wendy Wallis
Tracey Wells
Diana McGregor
Janine Pugh
Maria Horton
Kerry Lapish
Naomi Greenwood
Anna Lestani
Lan Tran

Friday 10 May
Lesley Stevens
Amanda Robinson-Ilka
Melissa Paterson
Bridget Manning
Merissa Ryan
Barbara Dardengo
Cherie Barry
Amanda Knight
Melody Phillips
Jane Short
Lucinda Timms
Loretta Jordan-Vieira


Tuesday May 7
Melanie Pickering
Cristina Palacios

Wednesday May 8
Madhu Kalaimannan

Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school?

Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent?
Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and apply here  during May.

Late applications cannot be accepted after 31st May.


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Archive Anecdotes

Mount Walker
The 60 hectare property at Mount Walker near Rosewood, was donated to the College by Mr Ashley Daley in 1979.  A dedication ceremony was attended by over 300 people on March 18, 1979 and Villanova now had an outdoor education site for its students.

Large scale works, such as grading and surfacing the access road, levelling sites for later buildings and constructing two dams were carried out by a parent working for Caterpillar – at no cost to the College! In the early 1980’s many parents helped on weekend working bees to get the site ready for students.  In the mid 1990’s further improvements were made and new fencing erected around the campsite.

Primary school and Year 8 camps were held annually at Mt Walker until the mid 1990’s.  The boys worked through a program which aimed to develop teamwork, resourcefulness and bush skills.  Camp activities ranged from climbing the mountain, to visiting the Mt Walker cemetery where the first white settlers in the region are buried.  Local farmers and graziers allowed the students to visit their dairy and cattle farms to observe daily life and learn more about country living.

Those who attended the Mt Walker camps may still remember the long walks down to the neighbouring dairy farms, the guided tour of the old machinery shed, fresh milk from the farmer, bush walks through spear grass, the taste of freshly baked damper from the dutch-oven, the night time concerts, star gazing and stories around the camp fire.

While Mt Walker remains in the hands of the Augustinians, the College has not used the site as an outdoor education facility for many years.

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Community News

2 to 4 August 2019 : Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend – relationship enrichment for married couples at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston (on Brisbane’s bayside)

For bookings/details contact: Maria and David Murphy

Phone (07) 33421456,
Information website:
Watch our video –

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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