Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Celebrating our 70th Year in 2018 is a significant milestone. To mark this special occasion a concert event will be held at the College and all families and friends of the College are invited. This special event will feature songs from the musical, Augustine: The Way. The songs have been written by former staff member Mr Tony Macpherson and will be performed by three acclaimed singers, Mr Simon Hyland, Ms Samantha Shaw and Ms Caroline Mulvenna.

Tickets are available now and are priced at $25 per person.  There will be two performances open to the public on Friday 1st June and again on Saturday 2nd June. The performance will be a wonderful evening of entertainment for all the family and refreshments will be on sale during the evening.

Villanovan Magazine

The 2017 Villanovan Magazine has been delivered to the College and distributed to families via the students last Monday. Please ask your son to ensure the Villanovan Magazine reaches home in good condition and does not languish at the bottom of his bag or locker. Congratulations to the team behind the Villanovan Magazine especially Mrs Linda Rolls, Mrs Kath Underhill and Mrs Nicole Weldon.

Introduction of the New Senior Schooling System in Queensland

In 2019 all schools in Queensland will be introducing the New Senior Syllabuses and Tertiary Entrance systems. To assist parents to better understand what these changes will mean for their sons a special Information Evening will be held at the College on Tuesday 8th May in the Hanrahan Theatre commencing at 6.30 pm. This event is particularly of interest to parents of students in Years 9 and 10. However all are most welcome to attend the presentation.




Information regarding the new Senior Schooling System, ATAR and the new Tertiary Entrance system can be found at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Website- and at the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre-QTAC-

I encourage parents and students to access these websites and engage with the wealth of material available.

Year 9 Outdoor Education Program

I am sure the Year 9 students will be looking forward to arriving home to their own beds and to home-cooked meals. Over the past four days, our Year 9 students have been at Pindari Dam outside Texas, New South Wales at a remote bush camp setting to undertake a range of challenges designed to push the students out of their comfort zones in a safe and controlled environment.

One key aspect of this experience is teaching the students about responsibility and owning their actions. During the past four days the students are required to cook their own meals, keep their eating and sleeping areas tidy and be on time and prepared for all activities.

When they hit home at the end of the four days it is important to remind them of the lessons they learnt during the camp. Boys are expected to know how to cook and prepare a meal, boys can keep a room tidy and boys can arrive on time, prepared for activities. It is crucial, we as parents and the adults, do not take away all the opportunities for our young people to learn lessons through failure and consequences.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord,

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

Tonight, our annual Mother Son Evening for Year 6 students will take place in Goold Hall.  No longer will this space be our beloved basketball stadium.  Fairy lights will twinkle from the mezzanine, flowers will adorn more than thirty tables and an incredible two course meal will be served.  Our young men will choose to wear their finest smart casual clothing with collared shirts and tailored shorts or trousers to escort a very special guest to their seat.  With entertainment provided, we hope to send a very clear message about how women transform our lives.  They teach us unconditional love, raise us beyond our expectations in so many areas of life, and instil core values deep within our soul.  Mums, aunties, grandmothers, neighbours, teachers – the examples of strength, courage, gentleness, humour and passion for living life to the fullest is always close by.  Tonight, is all about honouring that special person.

I grew up in Perth, Western Australia.  My mum made looking after my older brother Peter and myself her fulltime vocation.  We caught buses to parks, walked to the grocery shops and on weekends went to the beach after seeing my grandparents.  Family was very important to her and with seven siblings she was no stranger to teaching us how to embrace life’s opportunities and laugh whenever possible.

We moved to Hawaii from 1980 to 1982 and this will always be mum’s favourite time as a family.  As Australians, we kept the American families highly entertained.  My peroxide white hair and wild nature meant lots of outside time which was cool when you had volcanoes, beaches and American friends who loved to celebrate holidays like Halloween in the biggest sense possible.

In 1987, my parents separated, and we were back living in Perth.  Mum got an apartment and went back to work fulltime.  Suddenly I was riding my bike to school, getting lifts to training and figuring out how to manage two different lives in two new homes.  Looking back, I wasn’t the most flexible of pre-teens.  I was angry and annoyed to have to adhere to so many routines and expectations.  Mum never waivered in front of me.  She was very clear about what was possible and that my happiness would always come first.  Compromising all my “wants” would take mum a lot of patience and biting her tongue.  I know that now because I watch my wife do the same with her time, prioritising our sons’ schedules before her own and making sure we are all served first at meals.

We have two massive cork boards with photos pinned in collages of our childhood, still hanging at mum’s place in Perth.  Harry and Jack love looking at them – photos of Peter, Mum and I on all kinds of adventures.  Some are from Hawaii, some from road trips in our cream Datsun with the windows rolled down (no air conditioning back then) and many with friends and family getting together for meals and special events.  What really amazes me is how much she spoils my kids.  They get absolutely anything they want when we visit.  I was told to have an apple when I was young – my two lads get the Woolworths aisles packed into the pantry.  She even turns on a second fridge!  I had a strict bedtime but with the grandkids she will bring out pillows and blankets for the late-night movie.  Presents turn up after most trips to the shop to “get milk” – the list really does go on.  She loves nothing more than just watching the boys play, disagree, chase each other and wrestle to resolve such differences of opinion, and then play again.  Mum is astounded by how similar they are to my brother and me.

We talk each week – quite often around when the West Coast Eagles play on the weekend.  She is an avid fan and calls on her way to the stadium or before she watches it with Peter and his family.  Updates about our work, sport with the boys and how school is going for everyone are always the hot topics.  She tells us she loves us all the time.  Her laugh I can hear even after she has hung up the phone.  I know she knows I love her but tonight I’m going to see around one hundred and sixty boys and think of her.  As we dedicate a night to our mothers and special guests, I really want our students to be present as sons.  I’m hoping they will embrace the love, sacrifices and role that you all play in their lives.  We, the staff, as sons and daughters ourselves, certainly do.  Thank you for coming along this evening and allowing us to celebrate you as guests of honour at Villanova College.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

During every holiday period, I always aim to digest at least one good book. This Easter break, I was fortunate to read a particularly engaging and pragmatic self-improvement book entitled The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen. The integrating theme of the text is the process of turning simple disciplines into success and happiness. By that of simple disciplines, they are as easy as reading 10 pages of a good book every night. Easy to do, but equally as easy not to do, hence the necessity for discipline and consistency.

As an English teacher, I often speak to students about the importance of reading to widen perspectives, broaden vocabularies and become better writers. Consistently reading 10 pages every night, equates on average to one book a month. To begin my Year 12 English class this year, I shared with my students the following link of 100 books every man should read over the course of his lifetime:

The philosophy behind The Slight Edge has also been adapted to speak to the lived experience of teenagers. The Success Foundation commissioned author John David Mann to write a free e-book entitled Success for Teens- Real Teens talk about using The Slight Edge. You can access the book following this link:

The book outlines the following key focus points and intentional messages:

  1. Little Things Matter
    The little things you do every day, whether positive or negative, will determine what kind of life you lead.
  2. Attitude is Everything
    Your actions are driven by what you most deeply believe about yourself and the world.
  3. Use the Moment
    You can create a better future by spending less time in the past and taking action in the present.
  4. Everything Starts with Small Steps
    Every success in life, large or small, starts and continues with small steps.
  5. There’s No Such Thing as Failure
    Success is built on failure, which helps you discover your strengths and creates unexpected opportunities.
  6. Habits are Powerful
    Positive habits are powerful tools that can help you reach your full potential.
  7. You’re Always Learning
    There’s no standing still in life, you always have opportunities to learn something new.
  8. Make Your Dreams into Reality
    By taking small, positive steps over time, your dreams can come true.

I commend this resource for the consideration of all Senior School students and parents.

Old Boys Round and Fixtures against St Laurence’s College

The second trimester of AIC Sport commenced last weekend with some spirited fixtures against St Patrick’s College. Thank you to those students who followed the expectations regarding wearing their academic uniform and another reminder to those students who didn’t to address this moving forward.

This Saturday marks the traditional rivalry round versus St Laurence’s College. Given that it has also been designated as the Old Boys Day, there is sure to be a wonderful atmosphere at Villanova Park. (Credit to Yr 12 Student, Billy Turner for creating the promo video below).

Villa vs Lauries – Old Boys Day – Saturday 5 May

We look forward to seeing plenty of current families and Villanova Old Boys at Villa Park this Saturday 5 May. The dedication ceremony of our new memorial to those staff and students who passed away while at the College will be held at 9.00am. As the 2nd trimester of AIC Sport continues, this Saturday also marks the traditional rivalry round versus St Laurence’s College. The First XI Football (12.15pm) and First XV Rugby (2.15pm) teams would certainly appreciate a healthy crowd as they look to claim their first win of the premiership season. As we celebrate 'Old Boys Day' in this, our 70th Anniversary year, there is sure to be a contagious atmosphere at Villa Park that is not to be missed!

Posted by Villanova College on Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Cor Unum Spirit Committee has invested considerable energy throughout this week to build up the significance of this event in the sporting calendar, culminating in tomorrow’s spirit rally at lunch time. I remind all students that the focus of our attention needs to be directed towards our own performance and the positive support of our players. Furthermore, the First XI Football and First XV Rugby teams would appreciate a healthy crowd as they look to claim their first win of the premiership season. If there is one weekend this term that you can prioritise your time to attend and support your Villanova brothers, this is the one.

Staff-Senior Banquet

Tomorrow evening, all Year 12 students will dine with their teachers at the traditional Staff-Senior Banquet. This evening celebrates the intrinsic value placed on the relationship between teachers and their students- a cornerstone of Augustinian education. The Year 12 cohort has made an impressive start to their Senior year and this night reinforces the importance of continued unity and brotherhood, especially in their collective approach to their academic studies and preparation for the QCS Test.

I would like to thank Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Tony Rolls for his meticulous organisation of this event and the Year 12 parent group for their generous work in ensuring that this will be a special and long-remembered night in the lives of our Year 12 students.

‘The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.’- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

On Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May (Week 5), the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be held across the country for students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9. The goal of the tests are to identify the level of literacy and numeracy in students in these year groups, and for schools to then use the data to inform their pedagogy and curriculum.

In speaking with your sons in the lead up to Week 5, I would ask parents / guardians of our Year 5, 7 and 9 students to convey positive messages about NAPLAN. More specifically, emphasising effort in completing the tests is what will result in Villanova students performing at their level of ability. Persistence, determination and stamina are all great messages to deliver.

QCS Practice
At the same time our Year 5, 7 and 9 students are completing the NAPLAN tests, our Year 12 students will complete an important two days of Queensland Core Skills (QCS) tests practices. The QCS tests, and more importantly the results our Year 12 cohort achieve in completing them, are crucial to the Overall Position (OP) that each student receives at the end of the year. Given the QCS very much depends on the ‘collective effort’, the College has been quite deliberate in our preparation for the tests proper that occur in the first week of September.

We wish all our students completing the NAPLAN and QCS practice tests the very best.

Introduction to Senior School Information Evening
Thank you to those parents / guardians of students in Year 9 and 10 who have responded to the invitation to attend next Tuesday’s Introduction to Senior School Information Evening. The evening will be an opportunity for parent / guardians to gain much needed insight into your son’s impending journey through Senior School and more specifically the new Queensland Senior system of education. The form sent to parents / guardians also allows respondents to ask any questions that would like answered on the evening.

If parents / guardians have not responded, please use this link to indicate your attendance and / or questions.

Tutoring Opportunities for Term 2

Staff Tutoring
Tutoring offered by staff commenced in Week 1 of the term. The list of opportunities can be accessed using this link below.

Link to Tutoring Opportunities for Term 2

Student Tutoring
Peer tutoring commenced last week with a number of Junior and Middle School students already utilising what is an amazing opportunity. The ‘Homework Hub’ is being led by a committed number of Year 10, 11 and 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’ can sign on with their core teacher or simply attend on the mornings listed above.

QUT Vice Chancellor’s STEM Camp
The QUT Vice Chancellor’s STEM Camp is an opportunity for current Year 11 students to experience the various STEM disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in an integrated and hands-on way. It is held at the Queensland University of Technology in their state of the art facilities from 23 to 28 September 2018.  Applications are open until 7 May. Parents should encourage their son to apply  using the following link (Vice Chancellor STEM Camp).

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning


Ecoman 18 to 20 April 2018

The Ecoman Program is an opportunity provided to Year 11 Accounting, Business Management and Economics students. It is conducted over three days and is designed to simulate the operations of a medium-sized manufacturing company over a four-year period. At the beginning of this term we saw the transition of 20 Villanovan business students into young businessmen making the corporate decisions necessary to take a failing business to success.

Business concepts such as strategic planning, financial accounting, cost management, sales and marketing and human resource management were introduced and explained in simple terms and the concepts were then reinforced through the operation of the company.

The students formed four competing coffee machine manufacturing companies. The young executives made over 30 decisions each ‘financial year’ relating to marketing, production, finance and human resources management. Competition was fierce with Crème a la Crème achieving the highest share price of $879. Final share prices of $820 for Founded ‘n Grounded, $811 for Blacked Beans and The Grind $796 were also impressive.  A fantastic result for all companies!

Once trading was completed each businessman confidently presented their company’s financial reports to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting. Thank you to the parents who were able to attend for their support.

Many thanks also to Queensland Private Enterprise Centre (QPEC), supporters of the program, the facilitators Bob Kelsey and Joe Abercrombie, as well as Hays who provided our corporate venue for the three days.

The feedback from the young men was glowing.

What did you like best about the program:

The venue added to the excitement and entertainment of the program; the real-world approach to running a business; learning how certain scenarios can affect results; business decision making; new learning experience and exposure to business; Bob and Joe’s knowledge; experience of running a business; the venue; the real business atmosphere.

Year 10 Food & Hospitality

Each Wednesday morning until 20 June, the Year 10 Food and Hospitality class will be operating a breakfast café.

Michelle Smith-Rowan, Middle & Senior School Business Studies Curriculum Area Leader


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Ministry News
One good way to try to describe the work of the different ministries at Villanova is as the limbs of one body. When all the limbs work together – as they are right now – there is a great sense of urgency and purpose. With Mission Day coming up on Friday 25 May, the different ministries are working together to ensure that Mission Day is a great day.

This year, a team of students and staff – Jack Verner, Liam Hampson and Tom Balshaw (Year 12); Mrs Melissa Wilson and Mrs Casey Ouston – have been working hard on the logistics and the vision for the day. The vision statement is that Mission Day will be “an exceptional day upon which the whole college – each of the three schools – will come together to create community, learn with the heart about our sister schools in the Philippines, and raise funds for them.”

YAYM (Middle School Ministry) have been assisting by selling Cadbury’s chocolate for AFAS (the Ministry which supports our students and their families in the Philippines). I would also like to thank the families who have taken chocolates to sell at their workplace or in their community. Please email me, if your family would like to sell a box: There are certain times when chocolate is good for you. This is one of them.

Project Compassion
YAYM were also in the vanguard of the money-raising for Project Compassion during Lent. The Junior and Middle School students raised a little over $3,800. This is the highest total we have raised in Lent for many years. Extra efforts and creativity from YAYM, like the collection at the International Carnival and the hot cross bun sale, have certainly made a difference.

The spirit of happy and virtuous capitalism will next be seen in the Mothers’ Day Stall. This will occur every morning tea in the Middle School Study Centre. The fabulous gift packs range in price from $5 to $20. Ms Kath Underhill has done very well to source and package a wide range of tempting gifts. All profit will go to women’s breast cancer research and to women’s education in the Philippines.

The events organised on the day of our ANZAC service and upon ANZAC Day itself have raised over $300 for Legacy, as well as promoting awareness of this wonderful cause within our community. The best moment was the barbecue prior to the local ANZAC March. I wished I had provided more than the 100 sausages we cooked, as so many Villanova families turned up to support the event.

The quality of the student response was no doubt stirred by the addresses given by the two young old boys on ANZAC Day: Officer Cadet Daniel Igoe (2015) and Lieutenant Jackson Healy (2011).

Kokoda Challenge
Another humble but significant response that the College makes to the ANZAC legacy is to enter teams in the Kokoda Challenge – an extremely demanding run/walk across the Gold Coast hinterland of either 48 or 96 km. Under the exceptional leadership of Messrs Brian Pascoe and Paul Olsen, two teams will enter in 2018, raising funds for youth at risk, through the Kokoda Foundation. At the same time, the students are put through a character-building program such that they come to appreciate in tired legs and aching lungs the values of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Identity and Mission


Invitation – Wayne Haines Memorial Lecture

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Entertainment Books
All Year 5 students are asked to return any unsold Entertainment Books to the Music Office in the book’s original envelope.  This envelope allows us to identify whose book has been returned and therefore avoid confusion when completing our stocktake.

If you have purchased books, these are available for collection from the Music Office.  Books and digital memberships are still available for purchase either online or through the Music Office.  Please contact Alison on 3394 5691 or email for further information.

Debut Concerts
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, staff, and families involved in making our debut concerts during Week 2 a great success.  Both events ran well with the assistance of our stage crew and showcased effectively the hard work of all our ensembles over the course of Term 1.

The students will have the opportunity to reflect on our efforts through their upcoming rehearsals.  We were testing a new recording process for QCMF over these two events; these recordings are being utilised for in-house, reflective practices with a view to improving educational outcomes.  Thanks must go to Old Boy Alex Williams for his design and implementation of this process.

Staffing Changes
This week we welcome two new members to our team and farewell another.  Mr Sean Mackenzie (Lower Brass – Term 2) and Ms Melissa Gill (Voice – 2018) have joined our community to manage the studio teaching loads of Mr Ben Marks and Mr Craig Atkinson respectively.  Both Melissa and Sean are fine musicians, experienced performers, and fantastic teachers.  I am looking forward to having them join our team and work with our department across this year.

Ms Leana Critchell will unfortunately be leaving us during this term.  Her partner has managed to earn a position with Amazon in Seattle, U.S.A. so they are packing up the family and moving to the Pacific North-West over the coming month.  On behalf of the Villanova College community, I would like to wish Leana and her family all the best as they take on this great new adventure.

ANZAC Bugling
Although our ANZAC Liturgy occurred some time ago, I would like to recognise the efforts of Year 12 student Joseph Roberts.  Joe accepted the challenge of filling the role of bugler at our Villanova College ANZAC Liturgy – a very difficult proposition in front of your peers.  He also willingly gave of his time to fill the same role at St James School last Tuesday morning.  I am sure you will join me in recognising Joe’s efforts and will congratulate him as he moves through the College grounds.

Irish at Newnham Hotel, Upper Mt Gravatt
Congratulations to our Irish Ensemble 1 for their performance as part of the McGregor Lions Club fundraiser for the Australian Lions’ Children’s Cancer Fund.  The students received a donation themselves from the McGregor Lions; these funds will be contributed to the fundraising efforts for AFAS.  Thank you to the students and Mrs Tucker for giving of their time for such a worthy cause.

Brigham Young University Wind Symphony and Singers
Brigham Young University trains some of the finest tertiary musicians in the United States of America.  We have the opportunity to host them on one concert in their Australian tour where they will be performing with our Symphonic Band.  I highly recommend coming along and viewing this concert – Friday 18 May – ticketing information to follow.

To pique your interest, please take a look at the video links below:

Aldo Rodriguez Delgado
We are hosting international guitar sensation Aldo Rodriguez Delgado during the final two weeks of May.  Aldo’s visit will culminate in a finale concert involving students from Villanova, Loreto and Churchie.  Aldo is an internationally renowned performer and educator, currently working in the Conservatorium in Costa Rica.  The finale concert will be convened on Thursday 24 May.  Ticketing information to follow.

Again, please acquaint yourself with Aldo’s music via the following film clips:

Date Claimers

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

Term 2
5 Friday 18 May Brigham Young University Wind Symphony (U.S. College) visiting Villanova – use of Hanrahan Theatre
6 Tuesday 22 May Junior School Chamber Evening – SS Terraces
6 Thursday 24 May Aldo Rodriguez Delgado – International Guitar Workshop
7 1 and 2 June Augustine: The Way (Songs of Love, Loss and Liberation)

Hanrahan Theatre

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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Round 1 of the AIC chess, rugby and football season was played against St Patrick’s College over the weekend. With regards to the aggregate standings, Villanova took out the round in chess and football as well as drawing the day with St Pat’s in rugby. Although these results are very pleasing, I was more pleased with how our boys entered the competition.

When I address the boys on College Assembly, it is common place for me to continually challenge the boys to be the best they can be and for them to represent themselves and our College with a high sense of pride and to play and train with commitment. Overall, I couldn’t help but be impressed with the teams over the weekend. The confidence, commitment and improvement shown by our players, particularly within our rugby and football programs, was very noticeable. Against solid opposition Villanova were very competitive. Well done to all!

Whilst we enjoy the boys being competitive and giving their all on the weekend, we must be mindful not to go overboard. First and foremost, we encourage boys to get involved and enjoy the experience of playing sport. This must be at the heart of why we play. At times, the intense physicality of these games, particularly the higher graded games can bring out the best and worst in people. Foul language, fighting, yelling and unsportsmanlike conduct has no place in the AIC sporting arena and certainly has no place at Villanova College. The support of our parents to reiterate this same message to the boys would be greatly appreciated.

As we head into Round 2 of AIC rugby and football fixtures, I ask everybody involved to give some serious consideration to the College’s expectations listed below. I hope to have the support of our entire community to ensure that these are being met throughout the season.

Expectations of Villanova Students

  • All players to run on the field in a tidy manner. Socks pulled up!
  • We encourage all teams to chant the school war cry after the game (if victors)
  • All team members of the previous game are to stay behind and form a ‘run on’ tunnel for the next team before departing the ground. No one leaves until this is done.
  • As each boy wears the Villanova uniform and is seen to be a representative of our fine College his conduct should be in keeping with the traditions and values we instil in our students. Inappropriate and unsportsmanlike behaviour on or off the field is not accepted
  • Adherence to the spectator uniform policy regarding the wearing of the academic uniform
  • Be welcoming of our guests from other Colleges
  • We expect one hundred percent effort and a strong will/passion from all players to do well for the College, the team and yourselves – School Pride!
  • Commitment to the team and College throughout the entire season (making yourself available to play on long weekends, not pulling out etc.)
  • Attend games at least 30 minutes before kick-off to prepare well
  • Get involved and enjoy the time spent with friends and coaches
  • Support the Villanova Sports Club by purchasing food from the Villanova Park canteens as the money raised helps to fund sporting projects at Villanova College

These are just some of the College’s expectations.

Achieving favourable results should not form the only reason why we participate in sport. Having said this most people who play sport are keen to be victors. There is no shame in anyone wanting to do well, in fact, it is encouraged. However, the way we go about it is important. Humble in victory and gracious in defeat and always in a positive sportsmanlike manner is our preference.

I hope our boys and coaches have a strong drive to do well this season. I hope that all teams can further develop pride in themselves and in their school by the way they conduct themselves whatever the result. I hope we all experience the desire to work hard and be determined to keep up the efforts throughout the entire season, particularly if the chips are down. I wish everybody all the best throughout the season and most of all – I hope we all enjoy it!

Please be reminded that the AIC Cross Country season will commence for Year 7 – Year 12 students next Wednesday 9 May. The Year 5 and Year 6 students will commence on Monday 14 May. All details pertaining to the season are found in the ‘AIC Cross Country – 2018 Season Schedule’ which is posted on the web within the AIC Cross Country section. We believe the necessary preparations and programs are in place for our students to do well throughout the up-coming season. Hard work and effort is now needed. We would encourage as many students as possible to join the program.

Round 2 is against St Laurence’s this weekend. I challenge all players to stand up and be counted to produce our very best on the paddock. Good luck to all!


The Villanova Sports Club is again running a Mega-raffle in 2018. First prize is $10 000 and only 200 tickets will be sold at $100 each. You could buy one ticket on your own or perhaps you could form a syndicate with friends. Over the next two rounds, the mega-raffle tickets will be on sale at the Villanova Park canteen. All proceeds will benefit sport at Villanova College.  The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 1 June – Round 6 against St Peter’s College.

Rugby and Football Photos

All teams playing rugby and football at Villanova Park this Saturday will be required for their team photo. We ask all players to attend their allocated photo time 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Players are to wear the full and correct uniforms including football boots.  Those who attend late will miss out on their photo. Photos will be taken next to the scoreboard on the main field.

First rugby and football photos will be taken during Round 6. Year 5 – Year 8 football photos will be taken later in the season, possibly Round 4.

Round 2 Saturday 5 May 2018
Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time and arrive
dressed in the correct sporting apparel including boots.
If you arrive LATE, sorry NO photo.
7:15am 7C 9:50am 9B
7:25am 5C 10:00am 4th XV
7:50am 9C 10:10am 8A
8:00am 7B 10:20am 6B
8:10am 6 Gold 10:50am 3rd XV
8:20am 5B 11:00am 10B
8:50am 8B 11:10am 9A
9:00am 7A 11:20am 6A
9:10am 6C 12:10pm 2nd XV
9:20am 5A 12:20pm 10A


Round 2 – Saturday 5 May 2018
Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time
and arrive dressed in the correct sporting apparel including boots.
If you arrive LATE, sorry NO photo.
6:40am 9C 8:50am 10 Gold
6:45am 9 White 9:00am 10A
6:50am 9 Gold 9:40am 4th XI
7:30am 9A 9:50am 6th XI
7:40am 10B 10:15am 2nd XI
7:50am 10C 10:50am 3rd XI
8:40am 9B 11:00am 5th XI


Villanova Park Training – Parent Pick Up

May I please ask parents to ensure that they pick up their son/s by the allocated finish time at Villanova Park after training. Already we have had parents arrive over an hour after training is finished. It is not an expectation or duty that Villanova staff stay behind but they do so to ensure all boys are safe. All boys are to be collected by 5.00/15pm at the latest please.

AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Fixtures, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 May – Times and Venues

All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v St Laurence’s College are available on the College’s website. Please note that the Year 9 – Year 12 football and Year 5 – Year 12 rugby teams are drawn to play at Villanova Park and the Year 5 – Year 8 football teams are drawn to play at Runcorn. Several teams have picked up a supplementary game against other Colleges. Please check the schedule carefully.

AIC Rugby –  Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby Co-ordinator

Villanova played St Pat’s in 19 games of rugby across the College from Year 5 – Year 12, winning 11 games and losing eight. In the aggregate competition we drew with SPC winning six and losing six. Unfortunately, the First XV’s went down in a match which saw Villanova cross the line early in the first five minutes. Unfortunately, SPC ran in three quick tries in the first half which put us on the backfoot going into the second half. Villanova worked hard to get back into the game dominating both possession and territory, however, St Pat’s were menacing at the break down not allowing our boys a quick play of the ball. As disappointed as our boys are, they are keen to make amends this weekend.

Please note all Year 5 – Year 12 rugby games will be played at Villanova Park this weekend for the local derby against our traditional foes – St Laurence’s. We ask all players to stay around and support the other teams particularly the First XV who kick off at 2.15pm.

Round 1 Rugby Results v SPC

Rugby Results – Round 1 V SPC
Team Opposition Results Villanova Opposition
1st XV SPC L 12 31
2nd XV SPC W 44 10
3rd XV SPC L 5 17
4th XV SPC L 0 17
10A SPC W 27 5
10B SPC L 0 68
9A SPC W 19 10
9B SPC W 47 7
9C SPC W 39 5
8A SPC L 5 29
8B SPC L 5 25
7A SPC W 29 5
7B SPC W 67 0
6A SPC L 12 33
6B SPC W 50 0
6C SPC W 59 0
6Gold BYE
5A SPC L 15 19
5B SPC W 27 0
5C SPC W 50 0

AIC Football – Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator

Villanova enjoyed a successful first round against St Patrick’s College to kick off the AIC football season. In total Villanova had 14 wins, eight losses and three draws from 25 games. Our First XI team dominated throughout their game and scored early to take the lead. Unfortunately, a contentious offside call late in the second half saw St Patrick’s score to level the game which ended in a 1-1 draw.

This weekend we will take on our close neighbours and rivals St Laurence’s. Traditionally, St Laurence’s are a very strong opposition in football and I would like to encourage all our players to go out and push for the win. Please note that our Year 5 – Year 8 teams will be playing at Runcorn and our Year 9 – Year 12 teams will be playing at Villanova Park. Our First XI boys will be kicking off at 12:15pm and it would be great to see as many spectators there as possible to support them and create a real home advantage.

A reminder to parents and players that team photos for Year 9 – Year 12 teams will be taken this weekend at Villanova Park. Please check the photo schedule on the College website.

Good luck to all teams this weekend!

Villanova Park Canteen Schedule

This weekend we are looking for parents of the Year 9 – Year 12 football players and the Year 5 – Year 12 rugby players to man the canteens at Villanova Park. Please find below a suggested schedule:

Rugby/Football Canteen Roster

Villanova Park – Round 1 v SLC – 5 May

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 9C, 9 White, 9 Gold
7.30am 7C, 5C
8.00am 9A, 10B, 10C
8.30am 7B, 5B, 9C, 6 Gold
9.00am 10A, 9B, 10 Gold
9.30am 7A, 5A, 8B, 6C
10.00am 4th XI, 6th XI
10.30am 8A, 9B, 4th XV, 6B 2nd XI
11.00am 3rd XI, 5th XI
11.30am 9A, 3rd XV, 10B, 6A 1st XI
12.30pm 10A, 2nd XV
1.00pm 1st XV
2.00pm Any parents who can assist

Round 1 Football Results v SPC

Villanova College – Football Results – Round 1 v SPC
TEAM Opposition Result Villanova Opposition
1st XI SPC D 1 1
2nd XI SPC L 0 2
3rd XI SPC L 0 2
4th XI SPC L 1 4
5th XI SPC L 1 4
6thXI Iona 7th XI W 5 0
10A SPC W 4 2
10B SPC W 2 1
10C SLC Gold W 7 0
10 Gold Padua 10C L 0 4
9A SPC W 4 1
9B SPC W 4 2
9C SPC L 2 3
9 Gold 9White L 1 2
9 White 9Gold W 3 2
8A SPC W 3 1
8B SPC W 8 1
8C SPC W 6 0
8 Gold SLC Green W 4 0
8 White Iona Gold W 12 0
7A SPC W 5 1
7B SPC W 5 1
7C SPC W 3 0
7 Gold SPC D 1 1
6A SPC D 1 1
6B SPC W 5 1
6C SPC W 3 0
6 Gold SPC L 0 5
6 White Iona White L 0 5
5 A SPC L 3 5
5 B SPC W 5 0
5C SPC L 1 4
5 Gold SPC W 2 0
5 White SLC Green W 3 0


AIC Chess – Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

What a start to our 2018 chess season! Congratulations to the boys for a first-round win. On Friday we competed against St Pat’s after a long and slow bus journey. The Open team had a hard-fought victory to begin with, and hopefully this is a sign of continued success. Both Senior teams had great wins. The Intermediates had a draw and a loss, and our Junior teams also had a win and a loss. Another great start to the season, as we continue the winning start we had last year. Things are certainly looking promising.

This week we play St Laurence’s at home in a new venue for all teams. We will be playing in the Veritas Building on the lower level, so students can be collected from there at the end of the night. I have asked the boys to remain at the venue until their team is finished the rounds, but if students have other sporting games or another commitment then they can leave early. Students are also asked to help clean up the rooms at the end of the night before they leave.

Training is at the same time from 7.30 – 8.30am. Boys are welcome both days, but we are concentrating on Friday for Juniors and Wednesday for The Seniors/Intermediates for coaching purposes.  Morning Tea practices are on every day in T10. This year, the Juniors are asked to attend when we play St Edmonds as the team photos will be taken. They will then have Afternoon Tea and play a practice round. A permission letter will come home next week. Boys have received a running sheet of rules and dates so please check that they have brought this home to you.

Teams will be placed on the website. Good luck to the boys on Friday against St Laurence’s.

Round 1 Chess Results v SPC

TEAM Opposition Villanova Score Opposition Score Result

AIC Cross Country

A 2018 Cross Country season schedule is now posted on the Sports website under AIC Cross Country. Training for the Year 7 – Year 12 squad commences next Wednesday 9 May. The Year 5 and Year 6 squad will commence on Monday 15 May. All students are welcome, simply turn up to training to register your interest.

Representative Sport

Congratulations to Jake Fazldeen, Mason Honeyman and Jake Miles-Wrency who have all been selected in the 10 – 12years AFL Met East Team that will compete at the State Championships at Chelmer during June. We wish these boys the very best, great effort!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport


Villa Park Canteen – Thanks to our Volunteers

On behalf of the Villa Sports Club I would like to thank all our volunteers who have helped in the canteen from the start of the Rugby/Football season. We only ever ask for your assistance in the half hour prior to your boy’s game but we do have quite a few people who call by after their son’s game has finished to check if we are still in need of help. Our canteen only runs as well as it does because of the help and support from you, our Villa community. So, this weekend being as big as it is going to be I call on you to please check your teams roster and anyone else who can offer assistance to come to the canteen & BBQ on the upper level.

Robyn Gunning, Villa Park Canteen Co-ordinator


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Parent Information

Ordering School Photos, Book Week Celebrations, Villanova Mothers Night, Tuckshop Roster, and Library Roster:


School Photos

Next Wednesday, 9 May , all students in Years 5 – 10 will have their individual portrait and class photos taken, as well as sibling photos if requested.

All photos may be ordered at using the code XVC18, with a requirement that sibling photos be ordered by Monday 7 May. For any enquiries, please contact Kath Underhill at

Villanova Book Week – Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May

We are looking forward to our Book Week celebrations commencing next week.  From Tuesday 8 May through to Saturday 12 May the Tolle Lege Library will be transformed into a bookstore. During the week, students, staff and parents will have a chance to browse and purchase books supplied by The Book Warehouse and Dymocks.

Renowned author, James Phelan, will work closely with Junior and Middle School students during the week and he will also lead our Writers Festival.

The Villanova Writers Festival will commence Friday evening and conclude Saturday afternoon. The festival represents a tremendous opportunity for our students to work closely with one of Australia’s successful authors. He is planning a practical, hands-on series of activities. The general theme of the festival will be “survival”, with a focus on “What happens next: how to find, create and complete your story”. Students will move through a variety of exercises and have plenty of time to create a work and participate in discussions about writing.

The festival will run from 3.30pm to 7.00pm Friday (11 May) and continue from 9.15am to 3.30pm, Saturday (12 May).  The Festival Registration Forms are supplied in this newsletter and should be lodged with the Tolle Lege Library by 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 Mothers Night – Friday 11 May – Tickets on Flexi Schools

Tuckshop Roster


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Library Roster

Tuesday 8 May

Anastasia Bailey

Wednesday 9 May

Donna Leahy

Thursday 10 May

Maritsa Malanos

Friday 11 May

Jane Whipps

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Calendar of Events

Augustine: The Way – Anniversary Performances on 1 & 2 June 2018 – Tickets on sale now!

To celebrate Villanova College’s 70th Anniversary, we welcome back – ‘Augustine – The Way’, a Musical illuminating St Augustine’s colourful and fascinating life story. You will be treated to performances by:

Villanova Old Boy SIMON HYLAND (Miss Saigon, The Boy from Oz, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hair the Musical, the movie South Pacific), vibrantly portrays the facets of Augustine as he experiences love, loss and liberation.

SAMANTHA SHAW (London West End Singer and Actor Les Miserables, Chess, Oliver, The Beggar’s Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Oz, Aspects of Love), expresses so powerfully in song the emotion, heartache and never ending love of Augustine’s mother Monica.

CAROLINE MULVENNA Contemporary classical singer whose amazing quality of voice brings to life the early passions of Augustine!

Mark this special Anniversary Event in your diary for the Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June in the Hanrahan Theatre – tickets on sale now.


Villanova Sports Lunch – Friday 25 May – Tickets on sale now!

Villanova Anniversary Ball – Saturday 28 July – Tickets on sale now

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Archive Anecdotes

Villanova College Cadet Unit

The Cadet Unit was formed at Whinstanes in 1952 with 48 cadets. The unit flourished with the move to Coorparoo and an increase in student enrolments. Fr O’Donnell, Rector 1948 – 1958, saw it as a means to encourage good disciplinary training and personal development.  He believed that Cadets promoted the right attitude towards authority, a sense of responsibility, an appreciation of fundamental freedoms and a spirit of patriotism.

By 1956 there were over a hundred members in the Unit under the leadership of Fr Rod Cameron, Fr Bernie Connolly and Fr Paul Dempsey.  The Annual Camp at Greenbank became the highlight of the year with mock battles where the Unit divided into two opposing forces and with blank ammunition carried out a realistic battle defending and attacking strategic positions.

The Cadet Unit was so popular that by 1975 more than 200 Villanovans shared the weekly activities and the annual camp.  Unfortunately, this was also the year that the Commonwealth Government decided to stop funding Army Cadets across Australia, and the Villanova Cadet Unit was disbanded.

Information from: One Mind, One Heart. Coorparoo, 1998.

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