Principal's Welcome

Earlier this week we welcomed the grandparents of our Year 5 students to the College. On a cold and blustery winter’s day, the hearts of our visitors were warmed by the wonderful hospitality displayed by our Year 5 students and the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes to ensure there were ample cups of tea and sandwiches.

Speaking to one group of grandparents, who had travelled from Bundaberg to attend the morning activities, I could hear the pride in their voices as they recounted the visit to their grandson’s classroom and attending the music concert in the Hanrahan Theatre. Our young people are afforded many opportunities that simply were not possible in the times when their grandparents were attending school. In the space of two generations so much has changed.

It is now time for revision and study plan to be central for the next few weeks in the lead up to the End of Semester Assessment Tasks. For all students taking time to revise work covered over the past weeks and to ensure notes are in order is a crucial task that needs to commence now.

Students should be listening very carefully to their teachers as they outline the assessment tasks for the upcoming exams and assignments. If there is any doubt as to the tasks it is important students speak to their teachers to make sure they are clear and understand the requirements for the assessment.

Over the coming weeks it is expected all students will find the extra time to revise and prepare their study notes.

As parents it is also our responsibility to put in place some clear guidelines for study. Study should happen at a desk with good lighting. It should be a quiet space away from distractions such as mobile phones, game consoles and televisions. It is not spying to check occasionally on your son to see what he is doing. Please take note of what sites he has open on the laptop.

Taking breaks away from study is a way of rewarding effort. However too long a break can be detrimental so negotiate what is reasonable when study time is happening.

I wish all the students the very best for the upcoming End of Semester Exams.

The students responded with enormous enthusiasm to the call to get behind their teams over the past weekend. Beginning on Friday afternoon with great support for the chess teams, the tide of supporters turned up across Saturday to support all Villanova College teams. The final game of the day saw a capacity crowd gathered round Charlie Fisher Oval to cheer on the players of the First XV teams from both Colleges.

The support was outstanding, and it was pleasing to see so many players from other teams remain behind to lend their voices to the cheer squad.

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

Grandparents are the best, and although my grandparents are no longer with us anymore, my memories of them live on.

My father’s parents were Russian immigrants and lived in Launceston.  Grandad loved his backyard – homing pigeons, canaries and chickens.  Nikoliavic was the kind of man that wore long pants, a belt and a short-collared work shirt with a beret, even when hanging out with his “girls” and building all kinds of adaptations with chicken wire, timber off cuts and whatever he picked up off the footpaths.  He spoke Russian, attended Orthodox Mass each week, preferred the radio over the television and was always happy to have visitors.

Finding out we were having boys was the “best news ever” because the family name would live on.  Grandma lived in the kitchen, and at 4 foot 9 inches, she had step stools all over the house.  Zoya cooked Russian food – borscht (I still blame this for me not liking beetroot), pirozhki (I could never figure out what meat it was in those pies) and pelmeni (pork/veal dumplings which I still make with my own family – yum!).  Boiled eggs went with everything and she was renowned for never wasting a scrap of food.  I remember she collected newspapers and magazines, even records, and they were stacked high in the corridors.  Both were thrilled with any opportunity to see us as children and even more so when there were grandchildren.

My mother’s parents had an English background – the surname “Smith” summed them up perfectly.  Strong faith in their Baptist religion, meant that life was centred around the church and looking after eight children kept them busy.  Ron was a proud gardener; roses were his forte as well as the vegetable garden that provided food on the table.  He wore a tie every single day of his life, even when on his knees fertilising his plants.  Always found outside, he would take a fold-up chair outside with his Bible and “chase the sun” and read.  Janet hated cooking so it was meat and three vegetables – everything was boiled or stewed.  She sewed just about everything, the curtains, the kid’s clothes and embroidered handkerchiefs for every grandchild on their birthday until the day she died.  An avid reader, she dreamed of travelling and bravely went to London on her own (without Ron who refused to get on an aeroplane) for two “blissful” weeks (I will never forget how she described it) in her 80s.

Both loved family and manifested any kind of reason to get everyone together – imagine about sixty people for Christmas dinner.  Both were very proud of my work in education and loved our visits to Perth (they lived with my mum Rachel until they were 93) – they really believed that Harry and Jack were complete updated versions of my brother and me.


On Tuesday, the Junior School was blessed to see over 300 guests, the grandparents of our Year 5 boys for our annual Grandparents’ Day.  Beginning with performances in the Hanrahan Theatre, our visitors were escorted to classrooms where handmade rosary beads were given with handwritten letters – prayers and memories for people who show so much love and patience.  A feast was provided by parents, sandwiches and slices that would surpass any catering company.  Of course, my favourite was the egg and lettuce sandwiches – and it is fair to say I ate enough to last me until next year.  Thank you to everyone who made the time to prioritise our grandparents – it is incredibly important to pay homage to a generation who remind us to laugh more and love the small things in life.  The tents, seating, musical performances and serving of morning tea – handled professionally by student volunteers, staff and parents – we are so grateful to you all.

To anyone missing their grandparents this week, be it that they live interstate, overseas, unable to attend or indeed passed away – we also remember you.  Your photos and our stories will long be shared, never forgotten, and always loved.  One day it will be our turn to be the grandparents and I for one am looking forward to as much mischief as possible!

Our history shapes us, makes us and is every part of our being.  Our Villanovan community is ever much inclusive of every generation and influence upon the minds, hearts and feet that walk through our College gates.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

As stated in an earlier column this year, exercise is one of the core pillars of adolescent wellbeing. It is vitally important that we encourage our young men to allocate time in their busy schedules so that they maintain an appropriate level of fitness- whether that is through involvement in the College’s sporting program or a weekend walk along the beach.

If you need any further source of motivation to exercise, one only has to read the latest commentary from neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. The NYU professor and author of the book Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A personal program to activate your brain and do everything better, argues that exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain and which leads to significant cognitive-enhancing impacts for learning in the classroom. You can listen to her TED Talk here:

One of the most profound ways to cultivate engagement and dynamism in the classroom environment is the promotion of a culture of questioning and ensuring our students move from passive consumers of knowledge to active participants in the learning process. Recently, I came across the work of Warren Berger and his book A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas.

According to Berger, there are three main types of questions which foster problem solving – why, what if and how.

  • Why questions help to find the root of a problem
  • What If questions open up the floor for creative solutions
  • How questions focus on developing practical solutions

I encourage all parents to promote a culture of inquiry and questioning in order for our students to continue to actively participate in the learning process. Our new guide to application, introduced in the mid-semester reporting, emphasised participation in the classroom as a key performance indicator, defined as the degree to which the student contributes to class discussions and activities.

Tomorrow morning marks the return of the Year 5 and Year 12 Breakfast to the College calendar. This event, hosted by the Student Council is another important opportunity for the development of the Big Brother, Little Brother relationship as well as the fostering the bonds between the Junior and Senior School.

With the great success of the Peer Mentoring Program in Year 5, coupled with the future new Learning Centre seeing the Junior and Senior School Precincts becoming intimately connected, the breakfast will allow our Year 12 students to once again role model the values and behaviour of the Villanova man to their Junior School brethren. This Saturday at Villanova Park, our First XI and First XV will walk through their respective tunnels holding the hand of a Year 5 student which will no doubt be a special highlight for both players and students.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

As we come to the end of Semester, it is appropriate to review the Ministry year so far. As Reece Jansen, Ministry Captain, reminded the students on Monday, one main aim of 2019 was to set in place a culture of stewardship for our environment. Two main strategies were to focus on home-cooked food at Mission Day, and to commit to recycling refundable bottles and cans.

The former was a success. The Mission Day takings currently stand at over $15,000 – with some expenses still to be taken out or lodged. This is an outstanding achievement – and a tribute to the generosity of Villanova families and students.

To develop a culture of recycling has required sustained effort. Under the leadership of 2019 President Nickolas Sofios, a system has been put in place whereby pastorals help with the emptying of the bottle and can bins one week/ term. The aim here is to give students direct experience of the daily effort needed to change a culture. Interestingly, Australia buried $550m in aluminium cans last year (landfill). With the outstanding support of our committed cleaning team – Quayclean – Villanova has moved from zero to 21% recycling efficiency during the course of the last year. There are still many things to do. The next steps are: 1. To start recycling at Villanova Park – and Fr Saldie got things moving last Saturday with a team of volunteers; 2. To do a stock-take of what is ending up in General Waste and work out where improvements can be made.

Since it is the case that some Filipino families survive on $2/ day, it is also a question of justice that we pick the dollars (bottles and cans) off the ground or out of the wrong bins rather than sending them to landfill.

One of the first events in the Ministry calendar each year is the Sleep-Out. The experience of sharing the cold comfort of a cardboard bed on a winter night is surprisingly liberating, and it somehow brings staff and students together to be sleeping rough in the space where the busy learning normally occurs.

Each year, we combine the sleep-out with giving care packs to partner organisations such as Blind Eye Ministries, Rosies, Ozcare and the Big Issue. Listening carefully to the needs of people who are homeless – eg blankets and hygiene products – we make an annual effort to reach out in a practical way. The plan this year is to take the students on a walk through the West End to deliver such care packs. After Mission Day, there are 50 packs almost ready for Blind Eye.

Krispy Kremes did return to campus as part of our traditional State of Origin celebrations. Ms Underhill, Ms Mascadri & Mr Candy walked the extra mile to inject some fun into a busy assessment time – and raise more money for AFAS.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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It was another huge round of rugby, football and chess fixtures over the weekend as our boys took on Marist College Ashgrove. I was extremely proud of all the boys as we won the round in football and chess against solid opposition. Furthermore, it was pleasing to see our First XI football and Open chess teams win their games.

For me the game of the week was the First XI football match. Villanova were up against the ‘top of the ladder’ side. Our boys started the game very well and got out to a 2-0 lead at half time. Ashgrove came back to score once in the second half, but the Villanova boys managed to hold off the opposition in a thrilling 2 – 1 win. The game was very entertaining to watch with a very high skill level displayed by both teams. It is certainly the case that there is no easy game in First football anymore. Each school can win on the day if teams aren’t prepared to switch on and bring their best. With two rounds left, a premiership is not out of the question for our lads.

In terms of expectation, the game of the week was undoubtedly the top of the table clash between Villanova and Ashgrove in the First XV. It was great to see many within the Villanova community including present and past staff, students, parents and friends out in force to support the green and gold. The boys put up a gallant effort but were unable to come away with the win. Again, who knows what will happen in the last two rounds, Padua may do us a favor, but our boys must still prepare for another two tough games against St Patrick’s and St Laurence’s and take charge of what they can control. I am backing the green and gold all the way.

I congratulate all members of our College community who did their part to ensure the round of fixtures was relatively trouble free. I thank all members of the ‘Villanova Sports Club’ and their helpers, who do an outstanding job each home game to man the canteens at Villanova Park. These people provide such an important service to our own community as well as showing a sense of hospitality to our guest Colleges from week to week. I encourage as many Villanova parents as possible to spend some time serving in the canteen, as it is a great way to build community spirit and it is an ideal way to make new friends. At times the canteen did need the help of parents to serve and cook last weekend as other parents had to get away to watch their sons play, this left the canteen under staffed from time to time. If all families could lend a hand for 30 minutes prior to the commencement of their son’s game, it would be most helpful.

McDonalds Tingalpa: It has been noticed on the home games at Tingalpa that a number of students and visitors to Villanova Park have been frequenting McDonalds to buy food. There are two aspects to this practice that I want to draw to the attention of our parents and students. The first is the safety of our students in crossing four lanes of traffic to access McDonalds. Most boys especially will take the shortest route between A and B and often in their haste may make decisions that put their safety at risk. The second aspect is the loss of revenue. The canteen on Saturday is conducted by volunteers and all proceeds go directly to the Sports Club to sponsor the development of our sporting facilities and programs at the College. These hard working volunteers feel their efforts are not appreciated when students buy food from alternative outlets.

This Saturday I ask our parents and students to be mindful of these two aspects and to discourage students from leaving the venue to visit McDonalds. The food at the canteen is nourishing and plentiful and all funds raised  are  benefitting your sons. As of this Saturday 8 June, no McDonalds is to be brought on to the grounds of Villanova Park.

On behalf of the College, I thank the Sports Club for their organisation of the annual Sports Club Luncheon last Friday at the Greek Club. We thank the members of the organising committee, Jon Winsbury, Leo Wallin, Eddie Harris, Damien Carter, Rob Abraham, Andrew Solomon, Selwyn Turner, Brett Smyth, David Henderson and Jason Rasmussen as well as Sports Club President Jeremy Meredith for all their hard work.

Not only is this a great community building event, it is a way to acknowledge Villanova’s sporting greats and to raise funds to improve and upgrade the College’s sporting facilities. The work and level of support the Sports Club offers the College is outstanding. Be assured that every cent raised from canteens, mega raffles, the luncheon etc. goes directly into these sporting facilities. Little things like assisting in the canteens for 30 minutes each week is a way that all parents can put their shoulder to the wheel and support the Sports Club in their fund-raising efforts.

It is extremely pleasing to report that all 200 mega-raffle tickets are now sold. I thank Mr Jeremy Meredith and his Sports Club team for the enormous amount of time and effort they have put in to this project. The raffle will be drawn at half time of the First XV rugby game played against St Patrick’s College this weekend at Villanova Park with the winner receiving $10 000.

Much planning and preparation has been spent as we look ahead to the Trimester 3 sport program. Please read the relevant sections below which outline further information pertaining to the trial process in each of the AIC sports offered in Trimester 3. Please encourage your son/s to become involved in these trials and for him to showcase his talents to our school. As College policy dictates, those with special gifts and talents are encouraged to represent our College, furthermore, please be aware that participation in school sport does take precedence over other sporting interests and commitments outside of school. As paraphrased by St Thomas of Villanova – our gifts and talents are not for us alone, they are to be shared with others for the good of our community.

Villanova Park will be used this weekend to host nearly all Year 5 – Year 12 rugby and football games. Best wishes to all involved this weekend as we play St Patrick’s College in the main round of chess, rugby and football. Determination, effort and pride will be the order of the day. Enjoy!

AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Fixtures, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June – Times and Venues
All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St Patrick’s College are available on the College’s website.

Team photos will be taken to for all teams who haven’t yet had their photo taken at Villanova Park this Saturday 8 June. In fact, some teams are required to have their photo taken again. Please go to the respective ‘AIC Football’ and ‘AIC Rugby’ sections via the Locker Room on the website to view the photo schedule.

by Mr Leo Wallin

Friday May 31 saw the arrival of the sixth Annual Villanova College Sports Lunch…and what a day it was! An all-time record of 550 people descended on The Greek Club for an afternoon of fun, catch-ups with old mates and, more importantly the opportunity to raise a few dollars for the sports programs at Villanova College.

The day was a massive success and, while the final numbers are not yet in, the committee believe that a record amount has been raised. Our MC Greg ‘Marto’ Martin, the hilarious Greg ‘Fat Cat’ Ritchie and a great panel discussion with rugby league royalty in Craig Bellamy and Darren Lockyer entertained the crowd. Our friends at The Greek Club looked after us all fantastically, they must want us to return next year!

Many thanks must go to all the sponsors, raffle prize and auction donors and the organising committee who put in a tremendous amount of time making sure the day goes without a hitch, Jon Winsbury, Leo Wallin, Eddie Harris, Damien Carter, Rob Abraham, Andrew Solomon, Selwyn Turner, Brett Smyth, David Henderson and Jason Rasmussen take a bow! The day wouldn’t be as successful without the support of the College, especially the Sports Office, Marketing Department and of course Robyn Gunning who works tirelessly in the lead up and on the day.

Lastly to all who purchased tickets for the lunch – THANKS! Villanova’s community is alive and well! We hope you all enjoyed the day and will return next year where we must top this year! Look out soon for the announcement of next year’s date and please follow the Sports Lunch page on Facebook for all updates and photos of this year’s event, which will be posted very soon!

Please support the Villanova Sport Club by assisting in the canteen as per roster below:

Villanova Park – June 8

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 7B, 10C, 5A, 6A
7.30am 7C, 7 White, 5B
8.00am 9A, 7A, 10B, 5B, 6B
8.30am 7B, 6C, 5A
9.00am 5A 8A, 9B, 5C, 6C
9.30am 7A, 6B, 8C 10A, 5 Gold, 6 Gold
10.00am 7C, 8B
10.30am 8A, 9B, 6A Second XI, 5 White, 6 White
11.00am Third XI, Fifth XI
11.30am 9A, Third XV, 10B First XI, 8C
MIdday First XI
12.30pm 10A, Second XV, Fourth XV 8 Gold, Fourth XI, 7 Gold
1.00pm First XV
1.30pm Any parents who can assist

**A reminder to all parents that due to Health and Safety requirements, ALL AIC sporting venues are dog free venues**

As is the case with Villanova College, all members of the AIC competition have the policy that their playing grounds are dog free.  I ask that all members of the Villanova community respect each College’s policy and not take their dog to any AIC playing fields. It is awkward for Villanova staff to have to remind dog owners of this policy each weekend.

As a matter of course, we would expect that if a player is unable to attend a game or training for any reason that he would notify the coach involved. This can be done directly through the Sports Office (during the week) or alternatively and preferably, parents can use the coaches contact details (email address) which is posted on the website under the individual sports sections.  The College requires all students to commit wholeheartedly to the entire season including all training and games where possible – it is the ‘Villanova way’. I ask all parents to support the College regarding this matter.

by Mrs Mylan Warren, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

Round 5 saw the team play Ashgrove which gave the Seniors and Intermediates overall wins, but a loss for our Juniors. The Open’s bounced back from the previous week and had a very convincing win, while both Senior A and B held on for draws. The Intermediate B are having a great season winning all five rounds so far. Unfortunately, our Intermediate A and our Junior teams had a loss.

As usual, training and coaching continues every morning tea. A reminder to please let me know if a student is sick or unable to play, so that arrangements can be made ahead of time.

An early reminder that our final game (next week) will be an away game at St. Laurence’s College, so parents will be required to collect their sons promptly from St. Laurence’s College. This week we have a home game against St. Patrick’s.

Good luck to all the boys for their games this Friday.

Junior Chess Players

Senior A Chess Players

 Senior B Chess Players

Intermediate Chess Players

By Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby Co-ordinator

Marist Brother’s Ashgrove proved to be a formidable opponent for Round 5 on Saturday. Overall Villanova had a total of 8 wins. I would like to congratulate all the teams that fought hard for their win against such a quality rugby outfit in Ashgrove. It is always a difficult round when taking on Ashgrove, but I believe that across the board our boys were competitive.

Congratulations to all of our Year 5 teams who had an outstanding round against Ashgrove. Our 5A, 5B, 5C and 5 Gold teams still remain undefeated which is a very positive sign for the future of rugby at Villanova.

Unfortunately, the First XV had their first taste of defeat for the season going down 31 – 10. The boys were no doubt the better side in the beginning of the second half putting on 10 points just after half time. It was obvious that the Marist boys were taken by surprise as Villanova had been the only team to score points against them coming into Round 5 of the 2019 competition. Ashgrove were then able to quickly capitalise on a few opportunities handed to them with two quick tries changing the momentum of the match. There were some tough lessons learnt for the boys and I am sure they are looking to make amends this weekend against St Patrick’s College.

As we look towards Round 6 versus St Patrick’s College many of our rugby teams will be playing their last home game for the season, which is sure to generate plenty of atmosphere around the park.

Parents are reminded that they are not to approach a coach, referee or any member of the opposing school. If there any issues or concerns that parents may have regarding rugby, they should be directed to the Rugby Coordinator or Director of Sport.

Best of luck to all teams!

AIC Rugby Results v Ashgrove

TEAM Round 1 v SEC Round 2 v PAD Round 3 v IONA Round 4 v SPLC Round 5 v ASH
First XV SEC 53-12 Win PAD 23-19 Win ION 36-19 Win SPLC 52-19 Win ASH 31-10 Loss
Second XV SEC 43-0 Win PAD 31-7 Win ION 15-12 Win BYE BYE ASH 22-10 Loss
Third XV INT INTERNAL PAD 31-0 Loss ION 19-17 Loss SPLC BYE ASH 34-5 Loss
Fourth XV INT INTERNAL PAD 24-7 Win ION 17-12 Win ASH 24-15 Loss ASH 42-0 Loss
10A SEC 38-5 Win PAD 25-17 Loss ION 8-7 Win SPLC 68-7 Win ASH 43-0 Loss
10B SEC 73-0 Win PAD 24-0 Loss ION 19-7 Loss ATC 30-7 Loss ASH 66-0 Loss
10C ASH 29-17 Loss PAD 19-17 Win ION 27-14 Win ION 36-5 Win ASH 22-17 Win
9A SEC 24-19 Loss PAD 15-12 Win ION 32-12 Loss SPLC 28-12 Loss ASH 24-5 Loss
9B SEC 10-0 Win PAD 33-14 Loss ION 39-0 Loss ATC 55-7 Loss ASH 84-0 Loss
8A SEC 29-7 Win PAD 50-10 Win ION 53-7 Loss SPLC 57-0 Win ASH 24-10 Win
8B SEC 19-19 Draw PAD 84-5 Win ION 58-5 Loss ATC 55-5 Loss ASH 48-7 Loss
8C SEC 31-10 Win PAD 51-15 Win ION 63-0 Loss ION 17-14 Win ASH 38-0 Loss
7A SEC 51-7 Win PAD 43-5 Loss ION 24-7 Loss SPLC 39-37 Win ASH 40-5Loss
7B SEC 80-0 Win PAD 29-15 Loss ION 29-17 Loss ATC 34-29 Loss ASH 63-0 Loss
7C ASH 32-5 Win PAD 17-12 Win ION 21-19 Loss SLC 37-0 Win ASH 21-17 Loss
7 Gold ASH 41-17 Loss PAD 29-5 Win ION 29-7 Loss INT Gold win ASH 32-0 Loss
7 White ASH 58-5 Loss ION 34-12 Loss PAD 30-5 Loss INT Loss ASH 20-5 Loss
6A ATC 32-5 Win PAD 50-0 Loss ION 26-10 Loss BYE BYE ASH 52-0 Loss
6B ATC 19-7 Win PAD 40-17 Loss ION 34-0 Loss BYE BYE ASH 33-7 Loss
6C BYE BYE PAD 42-29 Win ION 19-17 Loss SPLC 74-7 Loss ASH 24-17 Win
5A ATC 28-7 Win PAD 19-7 Win ION 24-7  Win BYE BYE ASH 17-14 Win
5B ATC 24-5 Win PAD 26-10 Win ION 38-10  Win BYE BYE ASH 27-7 Win
5C ATC 43-0 Win PAD 37-15 Win ION 66-0 Win SPLC 60-0 Win ASH 58-0 Win
5 Gold INT 5Gold win PAD 43-20 Win ION 54-0 Win ION 35-0 Win ASH 17-14 Win
5 White INT Loss SLC 80-5 Win PAD 30-12 Loss ASH 41-36 Win PAD 64-12 Win

By Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator

The most recent round of football against Ashgrove was again a good tussle that saw many close and exciting games. Across the day Villanova had 11 wins, four draws and 16 losses in total. The good form of the following teams continued as they remain unbeaten after another round, well done to the; 9B, 8A, 6B, 6C. Unfortunately, the Second XI and 6 White sides had their first taste of defeat for the season and will no doubt be looking to get back into the winners circle this weekend.

Our First XI boys had a great win against Ashgrove who were sitting on top of the table, snapping a two-game losing streak in style. Once again, the Villanova side looked to be the dominant team out on the park and were able to capitalise on an early chance with Pete Klaassen finding the back of the net to take the lead. A nice piece of lead up work from the team set up the second goal scored by Terry Solomon to take a 2 – 0 lead into halftime.

Unsurprisingly, Ashgrove came out strongly in the second half chasing the lead only to have our boys play a nice brand of football which saw them use the ball intelligently keeping possession and controlling the game. Ashgrove clawed back a goal against the flow of play to set up a tense finish which saw them hit the post and have the ball roll towards the goal before being saved by Oliver Shanks. The Villanova boys were able to hold on much to the excitement of the great crowd that had gathered to watch a truly enthralling game of football.

This weekend will be the last time our Seniors will play at Villanova Park representing the green and gold for Football and it would be great to see as many supporters out there cheering on all the Open teams!

Once again good luck to all teams this weekend against St Patrick’s!

AIC Football Results v Ashgrove

First XI 5-2 W 3-0 W 1-2 L 0-3 L 2-1 W
Second XI 4-0 W 3-3 D 5-0 W 4-0 W 0-2 L
Third XI 4-2 W 1-5 L 3-2 W 8-0 W 2-1 W
Fourth XI INTERNAL 3-0 W 2-4 L 11-0 W 0-2 L
Fifth XI INTERNAL 3-0 W 0-3 L Internal 0-2 L
Sixth XI 1-3 L 6-2 W 3-0 W Internal 2-3 L
10A 0-1 L 2-3 L 1-3 L 0-2 L 1-1 D
10B 4-0 W 0-3 L 2-3 L 4-0 W 1-1 D
10C 5-0 W 1-3 L 1-3 L 2-3 L 0-4 L
10 Gold 4-0 W 3-2 W 5-2 W 0-2 L 6-5 W
9A 3-0 W 3-2 W 1-2 L 2-0 W 2-1 W
9B 2-0 W 6-0 W 1-0 W 2-2 D 3-0 W
9C BYE 5-0 W 1-2 L 4-0 W 3-2 W
9 Gold 0-6 L 6-0 W 4-3 W 7-2 W 4-1 W
8A 4-0 W 6-0 W 4-1 W 2-1 W 0-0 D
8B 1-1 W 8-1 W 0-6 L 0-3 L 4-3 W
8C 8-0 W 1-5 L 2-0 W 3-4 L 4-1 W
8 Gold 8-0 W 2-0 W 0-1 L BYE 0-3 L
7A 1-0 W 0-1 L 1-2 L 8-1 W 0-1 L
7B 1-6 L 0-2 L 0-4 L 1-5 L 1-3 L
7C 1-2 L 2-2 D 0-1 L 2-2 D 0-1 L
7 Gold 3-1 W 4-2 W 0-4 L 1-0 W 0-4 L
7 White 0-0 D 0-3 L 1-1 D 1-0 W 1-2 L
6A 3-0 W 5-1 W 2-3 L 7-2 W 3-5 L
6B 16-2 W 12-0 W 10-0 W 5-2 W 2-2 D
6C 4-3 W 4-1 W 7-2 W 6-3 W 6-1 W
6 Gold 1-0 W 3-0 W 1-2 L BYE 1-4 L
6 White 3-0 W 1-0 W 2-2 D 2-0 W 1-3 L
5A 0-5 L 1-10 L 1-10 L 0-7 L 4-3 L
5B 1-6 L 2-3 L 1-3 L 5-1 W 0-5 L
5C 0-1 L 0-13 L 0-1 L 2-2 D 0-9 L
5Gold 0-2 L 2-5 L 2-1 W 2-5 L 1-6 L
5 White 3-0 W 4-2 W 1-4 L 4-0 W 5-3 W

Basketball trials for students in Year 5 and Year 6 will continue during sport on Fridays until the end of term. Students will be notified during the final week of this term, whether they have been selected in a team. Parents are reminded that the competition for Year 5 and Year 6 students is played on a Friday afternoon and it is the parent’s responsibility to transport the students to their venues each week. Car-pooling has been very successful in the past and can be worked out with other parents when you find out if your son makes a team. We will need parents to manage their son’s team throughout the season. Managers will be responsible for getting messages to parents, sorting a roster for afternoon teas and organising carpooling for away games. Please contact Mr Chris Everding in the Sports Office if you can assist.

Again, this year, due to court availability, only four sides per age group can be entered the competition. Not all schools have the same number of team entries, which means that many of our sides will be travelling to different venues each week in a supplementary draw. An internal competition will be made available to all students who do not make a team, during sport next term on a Friday.

Boys from Year 5 – Year 12 who want to trial for the above-mentioned AIC teams must complete a ‘Trimester 3 Sign-On Form’. These forms have been distributed to all students in Year 5 – Year 12 in their Pastoral lessons. Any student who was absent on the day of distribution is asked to collect a form from the Sports Office or download one from the website. We encourage as many students as possible to get involved. All sign-on forms are now two weeks overdue.

Any student who is wishing to play tennis for Villanova must complete a ‘Trimester 3 Sign-On Form’. All trials will be held at Morningside Tennis Centre on the following dates and times.

There will only be one week of tennis trials. Trial week No 1 will commence on the week beginning Monday 17 June, which is the last week of Term 2.

All players are then required to attend the tennis clinics held on Saturday 22 June. After the trials held during the week and the clinic held on the weekend the coaches and managers will then finalise all selections.

All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions in order to be selected to represent Villanova. The managers and coaches of each age group will conduct these trials and will choose four players in each team plus two reserves for the age group. All teams are then to follow the training schedule as outlined on the ‘2019 Tennis Season Schedule’ posted on the web commencing day 1 of Term 3, that is, Tuesday 16 July.

Please note that some managers may require more time to select teams, therefore, some players may be asked to attend one or two of the regular training sessions held in Term 3 before teams are finalised, however, we aim to select all teams after the clinics though.

Tennis Trial Schedule (two sessions per age group plus clinic)

Week 1 Trial Schedule

  Monday  17 June Tuesday 18 June Wednesday 19 June Thursday 20 June
6.30am -7.45am Trial Session No 1

Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Opens

Trial Session No 2

Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and Opens

4.15pm – 5.45pm  



Trial Session No 1

Year 5 and Year 6

Trial Session No 2

Year 5 and Year 6

6.00pm – 7.30pm Coach Session

First IV

Coach Session

First IV

AIC Tennis Clinics
All boys who are trialling for teams must attend the AIC Tennis Clinics. The clinic will form part of the trial process as the teams will be selected after the clinics. These clinics are held on Saturday 22 June at the Morningside Tennis Centre. The times for each of these clinics are found below.

  • 7.00 – 8.30am – Year 5 and Year 6 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 8.45 – 10.15am – Year 7 and Year 8 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 10.30am – midday – Year 9 and Year 10 (four courts, four coaches)
  • 12.15 – 1.45pm – Year 11 and Opens (four courts, four coaches)

Any boy who wants to make an AIC basketball team must complete the ‘Trimester 3 Sign-on Form’ to register their interest. These forms have been distributed to all students during their Pastoral class. These forms are available from the Sports Office and are posted on the web and are now overdue.

Year 5 and Year 6 Trials – will be conducted within school time.

Year 7 – Open Trials – There will be one weeks of trials. All trials will be conducted in Goold Hall or at the Clem Jones Centre for all age groups. Boys trialling at Clem Jones must find their own way to the venue. The College will then organise bus transportation back to the College afterwards. Trial Week will commence on the week beginning Monday 17 June. Within this trial week, all age groups will have two trial sessions and the weekend clinic. All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions in order to gain selection to represent Villanova. After these trials, the coaches will then select all teams within that age group. Once selected all teams will then to follow the training schedule as outlined in the ‘AIC Basketball Season Schedule 2019’ document posted in the AIC basketball section on the web.

Note – coaches may choose to make a first cut of players after the first trial session.

Basketball Trial Schedule (two sessions per age group plus clinic)
Week 1 Trial Schedule

Goold Hall

Monday June 17  Tuesday June 18 Wednesday June 19 Thursday  June 20
6.30am – 8.00am Year 11 Trial Sessions Year 7 Trial Sessions Opens Trial Sessions Year 10 Trial Sessions
3.15pm – 5.00pm Opens Trial Sessions Year 10 Trial Sessions Year 11 Trial Sessions First V training

3:30pm – 5:30pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm First V training as normal

 Clem Jones – Carina

  Tuesday 18 June Thursday 20 June
6.30am – 8.00am 1 Year 9 Trial Sessions Year 9 Trial Sessions
2 Year 8 Trial Sessions Year 8 Trial Sessions
3 Year 7 Trial Sessions

 AIC Basketball Clinics
Only those boys who have gained selection in a team or have made it through the first cut after the first week of trials must attend the AIC Basketball Clinic on Saturday 22 June in Goold Hall. Final teams will be announced after the clinics.

7.00am – 8.30am Year 7
8.45am – 10.15am Year 8
10.30am – midday Year 9
12.15pm – 1.45pm Year 10

The VRC continues to meet on Sunday afternoons from 4pm – 5pm at Whites Hill Reserve (Cricket Ovals, Boundary Road, Camp Hill). This is an opportunity for Villanova athletes to maintain/build up their aerobic fitness as part of their training for track competition in the coming Track and Field season.  An open invitation is extended to families of the boys and in fact any people interested in improving their fitness. There will be no minimum standard of fitness required as all levels of fitness will be catered for during the session. Assemble on the Cricket Oval Number 3 where a Tabata session will be held, followed by aerobic running in the surrounding bushland.

Congratulations to Joshua Civitarese (Year 12) who competed on the weekend in the Queensland State Taekwondo Championships. Joshua won both his fights to take the Gold Medal and become Queensland State Champion in his Black Belt division. He will represent Queensland at the National Championships being held on the Gold Coast in September this year.

Later this month Joshua will be competing in the Australian Open (an international Worlds Taekwondo event) on the Gold Coast as well as the Third Oceania Presidents Cup.

This is an outstanding achievement, well done Josh!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport




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On Tuesday evening we held our 2019 Wieneke Bursary Finals in Hanrahan Theatre.  We welcomed Mr Kane McNally from St Patrick’s College to be our guest adjudicator for the evening.  Based on discussions with him, and responses from the audience, a very high level of performance was shared by all students involved.

Whilst there were many highlights across the evening, unfortunately we had to select a winner from each school.  Congratulations must go to our champions for 2019:

Junior School
Martin Beltran Mahoney – Violin

Middle School
Lachlan Beake – Guitar

Senior School
Nic Chay – Alto Saxophone

Congratulations also to all finalists – well done!

This week we have had the honour and opportunity to host Professor Annette-Barbara Vogel.  It has been a great experience for our students and we are witnessing many positive changes in their performance and technique already.  It is great to see our students taking on advice and knowledge and assimilating it so quickly!

We have the opportunity to share the positive outcomes our students are demonstrating this Friday evening, 7th June, with our friends from St Laurence’s College joining us in Hanrahan Theatre.  Professor Vogel and some of Brisbane’s finest chamber musicians will be joining our students in a concert commencing at 6:30pm.  There will be a BBQ prior to the concert hosted by our Music Support Group from 5:30pm.

Tickets for the concert are available via Trybooking using this link:  This will be a great evening of music – I strongly encourage you to come along and hear some fine musical performances.  A poster for the concert has been included with this week’s newsletter.

If you have purchased books through the drive, please collect your books from the Music Office.  If you require clarification around collection of your Entertainment Books, please contact Mrs Schrauf in the Music Office on 3394 5691.

Entertainment Books can still be purchased through our Villanova Music Support Group portal (link below) or through the Music Office.

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
Order online NOW

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

7 Fri 7 June Principal’s Tour of College (prospective enrolments)
7 Fri 7 June Strings Concert with Prof. Barbara-Vogel – 6:30pm – Sinfonia and Consort String Orchestras performing.
Holidays 4 – 11 July Tour to AIMF Sydney

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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College Advancement

By now, families will have received the first edition of the Villavoice for 2019. Amongst its pages, you will read about the exciting plans for our Coorparoo campus and the playing fields of Villanova Park. We invite you to become a part of the College’s most transformative building program in its history.

Villanova College as we know it today would not exist without the generosity of generations of parents, families and Old Boys. Drawing on this tradition, the Villanova College Foundation has reformed with the purpose of providing leading educational opportunities for our young men.

As you will read in the latest edition of the Villavoice, a key driver for the re-establishment of the Foundation has been the identification of new College-wide funding priorities which can be supported through philanthropy. These include increasing the provision of life-changing student bursaries and the transformative Master Plan developments at the Coorparoo Campus and Villanova Park.

Many of the facilities and programming enjoyed by today’s Villanovans are a result of the foresight, hard work and support of donors from generations past, who we honour and thank. Previous Foundation efforts focused on specific building projects and although successful, without dedicated staffing, the Foundation has been dormant for a considerable period. The Foundation is a long-term commitment and through the innovative ideas and support of the Villanova community, we are certain that its impact will grow significantly over the years to come.

 If you share our vision, we ask you to consider supporting the advancement of Villanova College and our inaugural appeal by making a fully tax-deductable donation, or
longer- term pledge, towards your Foundation’s newly established trust funds:

  1. The Villanova College Foundation Building Fund
  1. The Villanova College Foundation Wieneke Family Music Fund

You can donate online at

Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact the Foundation via

The Foundation’s costs are underwritten by the College’s general operating budget, which means your donation always goes towards the trust fund of your choice.

We have inherited a great legacy from our founders, and as donors ourselves, we look forward to celebrating the future success of the Foundation and our great College with you.

Yours sincerely

Mark Stower, College Principal and Proud Donor   
Paula Hoctor, 
Chair – Villanova College Foundation Committee, Current Parent and Proud Donor



Foundation Finance Sub-Committee
We are seeking assistance from an independent financial advisor to help guide Foundation funds (cumulative donations) on investment decisions. Please direct expressions of interest to the Foundation via

Foundation Business Breakfast Sub-Committee
We are also seeking assistance from interested persons to help with the planning and organisation of business breakfasts in 2019/20. This is an exciting initiative to engage and connect VOB, current families and existing Senior students. Please direct expressions of interest to the Foundation via

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Parent Information

By Cameron Clelland, Carnival Convenor

The 2019 International Carnival has been confirmed as an all-round success both building the social spirit of the College and returning a profit of $62,520 (up 7.5% from 2018) to the P&F to invest into Villanova.

Again, the great outcomes of the carnival are attributable to the hard work of the volunteers who work selflessly to produce the event. This committed team has underpinned an increase of 50% to the profits from the carnival since 2016.

The funds from the 2019 carnival will be well used and flow directly into the costs for refurbishment of the Tolle Lege Library that has significantly improved the functionality and performance of the library for our boys.

2019 has been my last year as Carnival Convenor and I have enjoyed the experience working with the amazing carnival team. In 2020 Jamie Whitlock will take over as Carnival Convenor and I wish Jamie and the carnival team all the best with the 2020 carnival.

POSTSCRIPT: Villanova College would like to publicly recognise the enormous time and energy Cameron has invested into the successful running of the Villanova International Carnival over the past four years. On behalf of the Villanova College community, thank you Cameron for your contribution and dedication.

Ladies – lock Saturday 2 November into your calendars for Villanova’s 6th Annual Derby Day for Ladies. Join the Villanova community at Blackbird Bar and Grill (1.00pm – 4.00pm) for another fun-filled Derby Day – it’s a chance to frock up and celebrate wth great friends, delicious food and lots of raffle prizes. Tickets will be available soon. To keep up to date, join the Villanova Derby Day for Ladies Facebook group.

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


Monday 10 June
Kym Edser
Liz Burge
Donna Skelton
Michelle Dixon
Michelle Blum
Megan O’Neil
Dave Learoyd
Doone Wildin

Tuesday 11 June
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Maria Kambouris
Lisa Waugh
Miranda Dang
Sharon McCullochJo Buchhorn
Melissa Moir
Luisa Snell
Genevieve Keskinidis

Wednesday 12 June
Tracey O’Reilly
Karen Meimaris
Karen O’Mara
Narina Jenkinson
Alison Wilde
Sam Wellspring
Sam Thompson
Rum Raddatz

Thursday 13 June
Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Jayne Smith
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Sue Godwin
Lucy Sheridan
Samantha Rigden

Friday 14 June
Maria O’Leary Chay
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Marina Pennisi
Melissa Clark
Loreena Clark
Maria Spina
Judith Collier
Emma Capaldi
Paula Conte
Anna Lestani



Tuesday 11 June
Cristina Palacios
Susanna Greaves

Wednesday 12 June
Madhu Kalaimannan

Thursday 13 June
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham


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Archive Anecdotes

Fr Kevin Burman OSA

Kevin Burman was born in Cairns in 1931, the middle brother of three boys.  After completing his secondary schooling at St Augustine’s, Cairns he decided to join the Augustinian Order.  There was no novitiate in Australia, so he travelled to Villanova University in New York then studied at the Augustinian College in Washington.  Fr Burman was ordained in 1956.

On his return to Australia that same year, he joined the staff at Villanova College where he remained for the next 19 years.  He was appointed third Rector of the College in 1965.  Due to the College rapidly increasing in numbers and the task of Rector becoming more onerous, it was decided to separate the positions of Prior (leader of the Augustinian community) and Rector – which had previously been combined.

Fr Burman was an outstanding educator and strengthened the Augustinian spirit, building on the earlier foundations of the College Rectors.  He broadened the academic life of the College and provided facilities to accommodate a wider curriculum, including film and music. The original library, a general-purpose room, the first three floors of Mendel Hall with an art room, science labs and classrooms were instigated during his headship.  The current Tolle Lege Library, conceived and supervised by him, was completed after his term had ended, but remains a legacy to his foresight.  The swimming pool and extended facilities at Villanova Park gave sport a great impetus.  Villanova became a force in TAS competitions, winning premierships in all sports and in all grades of competition.

Fr Burman recalls that Villanova prided itself in a sense of achievement over his time as Rector.  He describes these years as renewing the College all over again – it gained a sense of maturity in sporting and academic life, ethos and fabric.  It was a period of building upon what had already been established, a time of consolidation and striving for new goals.

Fr Burman retired from the Villanova College staff in 2012 and now enjoys his days in the Priory on the College campus.

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Community News

Budding Junior and Middle School authors and illustrators may be interested in the following school holidays camps:

Write Like an Author: Holiday Writing Camp
8 – 10 July at Forest Lake State Hight School. Details by clicking here.

Draw Like an Illustrator: Holiday Illustration Camp
8 – 10 July at Forest Lake State Hight School. Details by clicking here.



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