Principal's Welcome

Pentecost Sunday brings to mind an image of the apostles gathered in a room in a state of shock following the recent events that had taken place. Jesus was no longer with them. The authorities were displeased with their activities and many of their followers had disappeared. The apostles were lost, bewildered, abandoned and scared.

Gospel – John 20: 19-23
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

“When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.”

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

At this time of Pentecost Sunday, we pray we take the time to be still and seek the presence of Jesus in our world. Watching the riots in America at the moment our world is in need of peace amongst all people.

Semester One Reports and Parent-Teacher Conferences
Semester One Reports will be made available to families on Wednesday 15 July via Parent Lounge. At the same time, the College will activate the Parent-Teacher Online portal from Wednesday 15 July to Tuesday 21 July to allow families to book meeting times with their son’s teachers. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday 22 July, with the day being a student-free day.

Due to the restrictions on gatherings we will provide parent-teacher interviews for families via video-conferencing and/or telephone to connect with teachers and to discuss the academic progress of their son. To afford as many parents as possible the opportunity to speak with teachers we will need to maintain a time limit for meetings. It will be important that meetings are conducted to the time schedule to ensure appointments are not missed due to delays.

I ask that on this day your son is present with you where possible for the Parent-Teacher Conferences to be involved in the discussion with the teachers.

Specific details for booking and participating in the conferences will be sent to families in coming weeks.

Augustinian Community
Recently the Augustinian community at Villanova College celebrated two significant events. Fr Kevin Burman OSA celebrated his 89th birthday and he is in very good spirits. Fr Peter Hayes OSA celebrated 60 years as an ordained priest and we join with the community in congratulating Father Peter on his accomplishments during his ministry of service over these past years.

Images of the new learning Spaces
Below are images of the new learning spaces in the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre.

Auditorium – teaching space – St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre

Learning Common – Level 3 – St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre

We keep in our prayers the community of Iona College following the tragic death of one of their Year 9 students. We offer our condolences and prayers to the College staff, students and community.

May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

God bless
Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Teaching and Learning

Welcome to Week 7. The disruptions of the early part of the term are now behind us and I hope that these past few weeks have allowed students to resume some sort of an academic routine. For some students, that will be easy; they would have already had some good procedures in place in order to maximise their academics. However, there are a number of students who have struggled in the past. What these last few weeks, and the remainder of the term, can provide is an opportunity to assess their approach and to improve this. The old saying of ‘it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen’ is true in every sense when considering a change in study routine. The College subscribes to an online study skills platform called ‘The Study Skills Handbook’. It contains a range of strategies that students can use to improve on their study approach. This can be accessed by students (and parents) by using visiting : and logging in with the following details :

Username : forvillanovaonly
Password : 129results

Our Year 11 students commence examinations this coming Monday. The examination timetable has been available to students for some time now whilst parents can view it on Parent Lounge. For many of our Year 11 students, these examinations will see the culmination of work in Unit 1 and will provide them with valuable feedback on their progress in the first unit of their senior studies. We wish them well.

Year 12 students are continuing with their internal assessment in Unit 3; Study of Religion assignments have been submitted this week whilst English oral presentations commence next week. There are a small number of assignments due in other subjects, however, most teachers are now looking at the preparation for external examinations in October. This may seem like quite a while away. As is always the case with the end of the year, it will be upon us in an instant. Further information about our preparation for external examinations will be made available soon.

The Year 8 to 10 examination period in Weeks 9 and 10 will be made available soon.

Everyone knows that taking notes is a good idea. Reading your textbooks seems like a great thing to do, and you’ve probably learned that it’s best to have a consistent place to study, one which is quiet, clean, and comfortable enough (but not TOO comfortable).

But what are the strategies that have been scientifically-verified to boost your retention?

One of the best things you can do is to take a break in the middle of your study sessions. In one study psychologists wanted to find out whether there was any difference in “spacing” a study session (this means to take a break in the middle) or “massing” instead (which means that you hammer it out all at once).

The researchers took two randomly-chosen, equal groups of students, gave them the same amount of study time, gave them the same material, and tested them on the material afterward. The only difference was that one group took a short break in the middle and the other group didn’t. The results were incredible.

The group that studied with “spacing” did 50% better than the group that studied with “massing.” That means in the same amount of study time, you could potentially boost your retention by 50% by just taking a ten-minute break.

All the best for the coming weeks.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Junior School

This week we have officially christened the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre with two lessons of Maths and 57 lucky Year 5 students.  Never will I forget their faces walking through the doors, nor the teachers for that matter.  All the dreams, the conversations and the planning has come to life – a dynamic learning space where the learner and the learning share the focus of attention.  There were cameras shooting, six organised spaces of tasks with materials and instructions for collaborative experiences, and every soul was marvelling at the design of the space.  Natural light, options for low/high/soft/firm furniture, and the choices for movement enhance the learner’s motivation and focus.  It’s just the tip of what we are about to embrace, and I am so very proud – because for years we have researched, reflected, analysed and made decisions as a team of professionals – and the boys will benefit greatly, there is no doubt.

Now, with both feet on the ground, let’s talk Assessment for Term 2.  The boys have done their absolute best with Learning@Home for five weeks, teachers have incorporated Check-In lessons for subjects, and the curriculum teaching has continued with careful planning in our units.  Together  our Curriculum Area Leaders, Class Teachers and the Learning Enrichment Team have worked on ensuring the Junior School Assessment tasks are equitable and meet National Curriculum standards.  Please, parents and students, know that we have your best wellbeing in mind – you can reach your potential with results, if you are working to your capacity.

So, it’s the million-dollar question – how do I revise?  How do I study?  When adults say those words to a young man, does it mean anything?  I wish I could tell you more inspiring stories from my youth gentlemen, but here is a little secret only those who read this Villa View will ever know.  I was not the most diligent student.  What?  Who said that?  Ok, I did.  It’s true.  I was obsessed with sport, riding my bike, and being sent to my room to do homework meant I spent my time studying my world map that covered my little wooden desk.  Capital cities, countries, continents and oceans – no problem – but never on the English, History, Religion and Science tests.  Geography and PE, I was all over it.  Read a book?  If it was statistics about sport, count me in.  Stories = snooze fest when Mr Rouhliadeff was young.  I survived my education, but it was a real mixture of ups and downs to figure out what was really so simple all along.  Put in a little work and you will reap the benefits.

So, let me help you out. Stick to five ideas.  Do not make it complicated!

  1. Understand your teachers provide all you need – trust them. I am not saying they have to be your best friend, but they are your best bet with YOU doing your best.  Your class OneNote, Work Books and learning tasks lead to the assessment.  No tricks, I promise.  You learn the “what” and “how” and “why” for a reason.  So, use it!
  2. You need a helping hand to make a plan and stick to it. You have every chance of doing your best IF you plan ahead.  Small chunks of time only – 30 minutes here and there, two weeks in advance from the test.  Someone to talk with, write notes/cards with, make games with, and answer questions with = success city.  You cannot fail.  However, you must book the time in so people are happy to help.
  3. Realise you need to give time to study. Do not get angry or frustrated about it – your parents send you to this amazing College, show some respect and work hard as a sign of gratitude.  Reward yourself for the time you invest (if you are productive!).  This should be negotiated with your parents ahead of time, and keep the expectations reasonable.  Make the experience of study fun – if it’s a speech then record yourself and watch it back, if it’s a written test then practice writing your answers, if it’s Maths then mix up main ideas each week and practice questions under a timer.
  4. Get mates involved. A study buddy or a group that can work with some friendly competitiveness to gently keep you on track.  When you all take a part of the topic to make some question and answer cards, Kahoot quizzes or mix and match games, then life becomes a lot easier.
  5. Be proud of doing your best. You are not expected to be anything but your best self.  My strength is still to this day, Geography, PE and Maths.  Hands down.  My challenge is certainly Literacy – the rules, the editing, the never-ending possibility of a reader having feedback for changes is exhausting.  Never mind!  Have you ever asked yourself what you love – what your passion is?  Embrace what you are good at, what you enjoy.  Remember that you must work hard with what you find challenging – persevere and don’t give up.  You might surprise yourself.

Congratulations must be passed on to Callum Hackett, who has accepted the position of Acting Pastoral Area Leader for Semester 2, 2020 and Semester 1, 2021.  Brendan Kennedy will be taking leave whilst he and his family live in Canada for a year.  We wish Brendan a safe and memorable trip and we look forward to hearing all his adventures.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Middle School

In this week’s podcast episode, we meet our Year 7 Class Representatives. Click the image to begin listening.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Senior School

St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre Tours
The highlight of my week has been taking our Year 11 and 12 students on tours of the Senior School level of the St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre and seeing their excitement and eager anticipation of inhabiting their new spaces. At the conclusion of the tour in the auditorium, I briefed students on our vision for teaching and learning in the new centre as well as expectations regarding ways of working.

Some key points from the presentation were:

  • This level was intentionally designed to provide Senior students and their teachers with dynamic new delivery methods for teaching and learning.
  • Our new auditorium provides the space to conduct lecture style delivery of lessons/parts of lessons before returning to tutorial spaces.
  • We are modelling a transition to tertiary educational environments and allowing for preparation for external examinations.

The Senior School level was designed with a specific focus on providing our Year 12 students (in particular) with the opportunity to prepare for their transition beyond Villanova and to take responsibility for the care of their own space.

  • Year 12 students will be given access to the kitchenette and the café style tables.
  • There is also a new toilet facility for all Senior School students.

  • With empowerment comes great responsibility to drive a culture of pride and care.

Whilst Year 11 and 12 English Orals will be conducted in the new classrooms next week, we will not commence full timetabled lessons until the commencement of Term three. Furthermore, the Senior School Student Services Office will also be relocated to the new level as well as the Pastoral Area Leaders and my office- the view of the cityscape one of added bonuses!

Stress Mindsets
According to Shane Parrish, mindsets are your beliefs about how the world works that shape the reality you experience. Think of them as the operating system for your mind — operating below the surface but controlling everything that happens. Your mindset creates your reality.

In her book, The Upside of Stress Kelly McGonigal argues that our stress mindset shapes everything from the emotions we feel about stress to the way we cope.
Defining stress, she writes:

“Stress is what arises when something you care about is at stake. This definition is big enough to hold both the frustration over traffic and the grief over a loss. It includes your thoughts, emotions, and physical reactions when you’re feeling stressed, as well as how you choose to cope with situations you’d describe as stressful. This definition also highlights an important truth about stress: stress and meaning are inextricably linked. You don’t stress out about things you don’t care about, and you can’t create a meaningful life without experiencing some stress.”

What should you do when you feel stress?

“The first step is to acknowledge stress when you experience it. Simply allow yourself to notice the stress, including how it affects your body. The second step is to welcome the stress by recognizing that it’s a response to something you care about. Can you connect to the positive motivation behind the stress? What is at stake here, and why does it matter to you? The third step is to make use of the energy that stress gives you, instead of wasting that energy trying to manage your stress. What can you do right now that reflects your goals and values? […] When you feel your body responding to stress, ask yourself which part of the stress response you need most. Do you need to fight, escape, engage, connect, find meaning, or grow? Even if it feels like your stress response is pushing you in one direction, focusing on how you want to respond can shift your biology to support you. If there is a side of the stress response you would like to develop, consider what it would look like in any stressful situation you are dealing with now. What would someone who is good at that side of stress think, feel, or do? Is there any way to choose that response to stress right now?”

In the Year 12 Formation Program last week, we explored McGonigal’s TED Talk pertaining to stress mindsets and discussed within the workshop proactive strategies in responding to stressful stimuli.

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Reconciliation Week: 27 May to 3 June
Thanks to the leadership of Lachlan Galbraith (Goold House Captain) and Staff Member, Mr Blake Stockton, a series of events has marked Reconciliation Week. Particularly notable was a display of First Peoples’ artefacts, curated and arranged by Mr Stockton. We also held a special Mass in the Chapel on Thursday morning and Mr Stockton gave the Acknowledgement in Wiradjuri language. This week the plan devised by Lachlan will include a special video – made by Pat Franco – about what reconciliation means at Villanova.

Letter Writing Campaign: Partnership with Lourdes Hill College
Owing to a productive partnership with Lourdes Hill College, led by respective Ministry Captains Isaak Collie and Sophie Nakamura, over 25 letters have now been sent to the elderly residents of Lorocco Nursing Home. The Colleges will now extend the campaign – appropriately to Reconciliation Week – to members of the aboriginal community of North Stradbroke Island.

Green Team and World Environment Day – Friday 5 June
In the best possible sense, the Green Team are on fire! Last Friday, the students conducted a clean up of the College Campus. The response by cleaning supervisor Erica Brown speaks for itself: “I just wanted to say that what the boys did today made a HUGE difference. Fridays are usually not my favourite day…but it [the help] has literally saved me hours of time and gave my attitude the happy boost that I needed.

Preparations have now begun for World Environment Day on Friday. There will be a special awareness campaign, including a “guess the number of bottles and cans” competition. The boys will mountain together all the bottles and cans collected in our special see-through bins. This is to show the difference that a few weeks of everyone chipping in makes. Prizes are a $20 and a $10 Tuckshop voucher. Appropriately, the entry fee for a guess is NOT a gold coin but adding five bottles or cans to our pile. This will later be redeemed for 10 cents each, with proceeds put to new ministry initiatives.

Mini Vinnies and YAYM
YAYM have bounced back with a full meeting last Wednesday. The students are now exploring two projects, namely an online or virtual visit to Duhig Village Nursing Home, and the foundation of a new Minecraft Club for Middle School students.

Furthermore, this week marks the much-anticipated launch of Mini Vinnies for Year 5 and Year 6 students, under the enthusiastic direction of staff members Ms Chloe Adams and Mr Ben Valentine.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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It was great to see the before and after school sports training programs commence this week for the first time since all sporting activities were banned at the end of last term. These current programs run in accordance with Stage 1 restrictions allowing outdoor training only with groups of no more than 10.

We had all plans in place ready to go at the start of this week. The Premier then announced further easing of restrictions on Sunday. These restrictions were originally set to commence from June 12. Now that Stage 2 restrictions have been brought forward (as from 12 noon June 1) it does now allow us to train groups of up to 20 people including the coach. We are also permitted to use indoor facilities, however contact work is still discouraged.

The Sports Office worked busily on Monday to readjust programs in accordance with the new guidelines, increasing the group sizes and in some cases, timings and venues to suit.

At present the First XV Rugby Squad, Year 5 – 12 Cross Country Squad, Open Tennis Squad and the First V  Basketball Squad have commenced their ‘Return to Play’ schedule. Although Stage 2 restrictions have been brought forward, we still intend to commence the Cubs and Sabres Basketball Squads as well as the First XI/Second XI Football Squad training programs as from the week beginning Monday June 15. The full ‘Return to Play’ schedules which includes all times and venues for each of these sports can be viewed in full detail on the web in the respective sport sections via the ‘Locker Room’. A list of all participants is also posted.

Unfortunately, due to government restrictions we cannot include a ‘Return to Play’ schedule which is inclusive for all students at the College from Year 5 – 12.

When Stage 3 restrictions come into play from the July 10, gatherings are set to increase to 100, contact and the use of shared equipment will also be allowed. At this time, we can involve the entire College. This is the reason we have scheduled the AIC Tennis and Basketball trials on Saturday 11 July.

At present we have plans in place for the commencement of all training and trials for those wishing to play AIC Basketball and Tennis during the first part of next term. We are also looking ahead to cement plans for the Rugby League and Track and Field season when further details regarding the season dates from the AIC Management Committee come to hand.

It is imperative that boys wishing to involve themselves in these activities complete the online sign-on form to register their interest. Boys can do either AIC Basketball or Tennis (as they are played at the same time) as well as AIC Cross Country in the first part of next term. In the second part of next term students can participate in AIC Football or AIC Rugby Union (as they are played at the same time) and AIC Chess and AIC Track and Field and AIC Rugby League as they are played at different times.

Complete season schedules for basketball, tennis, rugby union and football are now posted in the relevant sport sections on the website. These schedules include all training and trial times, season schedule dates, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things. Please read this information carefully as it will assist you in your family planning.

Season schedules for AIC Track and Field and Rugby League will be released early next term.

COVID-19 Safe Plan for Sporting Venues – Parent Spectators?
All organisations, including Villanova College must comply with government regulations regarding the running of safe sporting venues and ensuring all COVID-19 protocols are met. These regulations will include assigning a COVID Officer to each venue, ensuring gatherings are kept to stage level requirements, enforcement of social distancing, closing off changerooms, provision of sanitizers, regular cleaning on high touch points among many other things.

Given the current ‘Easing of Restrictions Road Map’ provided by the government, it is forecast that we can have gatherings of up to 100 people during the scheduled AIC Basketball and Tennis season. We are predicting 70-80 students plus around 20 adults including coaches, officials, first aid, sport administrators etc. will attend the trials on Saturday July 11. It will be the case that parents will have to drop and go on that day and will not be able to attend trials.

At this point it may be the case that no parents will be able to spectate during the season at all as the AIC Management Committee announced last week in the latest press release that student spectators will be the preferred option over parent spectators.

Rugby and Football is predicted to be played during Stage 4 of restrictions. However, the government has not yet released the gathering sizes which will be put in place.

To keep under the gathering restrictions, it is possible that we will have to limit student/parent spectators or not allow them altogether. This will no doubt cause some frustration and disappointment among our parent body, particularly those who have their sons play in the First teams.

As the season draws closer, more information will become available and will be communicated to all within our community via the Villa View and the College website. At present a final decision regarding the management of spectators has not been made. I merely write this section to our families to give you all a ‘heads up’ that this is something which may come into place and something you may have to deal with.

At present, I am looking at options of livestreaming First Rugby, Football and Basketball games at our home venue only. A very expensive exercise but something which will be explored fully as an option for those who will miss out on enjoying the proud moments of their sons or school mates in action.

More information regarding the protocols surrounding trials and games will be released by the end of term.

Term 3 – Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League, Track and Field Signs-on – DUE TODAY!
Those who are wishing to play AIC Basketball, Tennis, Rugby League, Track and Field must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form

These sign-on forms are due Thursday 4 June, today!

Term 3 – AIC Rugby, Football and Chess Sign-on – will carry over from last term!

The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Rugby Union, AIC Football, AIC Chess and AIC Cross Country as this has been done previously (back in Term 1). We ask you to please check the respective sign-on lists already complied and posted in the AIC Rugby Union, AIC Football, AIC Chess and AIC Cross Country sections of the website and check if your name does appear. If you wish to add or take your name from the already compiled list, please contact the Sports Office and we will amend


Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country Training
A full list of Year 5 and Year 6 boys who are invited to train Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3.15 – 4.30pm at Little Langlands is now posted in the ‘AIC Cross Country’ section of the website. These boys will be trained under the guidance of Miss Amy Roberts and Mr Tom Lonergan. All boys will be escorted to Little Langlands after school. Parents are then required to collect their son promptly from Little Langlands at 4.30pm.

As Stage 2 restrictions are in place, we can now train in groups of 20 including the coach.  Therefore, two groups of 19 have been selected by the coaches based on the Junior School Cross Country run held earlier in the year plus the limited training the squad had done before all training was closed. All boys will then be included when Stage 3 restrictions come into play allowing groups to be 100 in size. At this time that will commence on the first day of next term.

Year 7 – 10 Cross Country Training
Cross Country runners from Year 7 – 10 must register with a running group by using the links found within the AIC Cross Country section of the website. We will only operate three groups of 19, capped at 57 students. The training forms will be updated weekly. The Year 7 – 10 Cross Country training will be taken under the careful guidance of coaches Mr Dave Barton, Mr Jordan Roache and Mr Brian Pascoe.

There will be three venues used to ensure recommended safe distancing and separation between the groups.

  • Villanova College surrounds – Hill sessions – on campus.
  • Stones Corners/ Little Langlands sport fields and bike paths – jog to venue
  • Coorparoo AFC or Seven Hills Reserve – Travel by school minibus to and from venue

The online registration will automatically close when a group is full, so be quick to avoid disappointment. However, due to the limited number of positions we will initially limit each student to two sessions per week to allow maximum participation.

Year 7 – 10 Cross Country Training Registration – Week 8, Term 2, (8 – 12 June)
The training registration link for those wishing to train next week (June 8-12) is now open. Please register quickly before the groups are full.

All runners are to meet at the front of Goold Hall at 3.15 pm. They will then be assigned to a group. All runners will be dismissed from Goold Hall at 4.30 pm.

Villanova Runners Club (VRC) – commences Sunday 7 June
The VRC will meet on Sunday afternoons 4pm – 5pm at Whites Hill Reserve. (Cricket Ovals, Boundary Rd, Camp Hill) This is an opportunity for Villanova College athletes to maintain/build up their Aerobic fitness as part of their training for the coming Cross Country and Track and Field seasons.  An open invitation is extended to the boys interested in improving their fitness (squad will be limited to 19 runners).  Assemble on the Cricket Oval 3 at 4 pm; where a Tabata session will be held, followed by aerobic running in the surrounding bushland.

Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

The amended chess season will be played in the latter half of Term 3, as explained in last week’s Villa View.  The boys have been notified via email, that for the remainder of this term they can play each other online for practice. It is up to the individual to contact someone on the list to play. Hopefully, when we return in Term 3, we will start face to face play again on selected days for different groups to minimise the numbers. This information will become available at the start of Term 3, and as more information becomes available parents and boys will be notified.

The complete ‘AIC Basketball Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Basketball section on the website. Please read this information carefully.

Those who are wishing to play AIC Basketball must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form

The complete ‘AIC Tennis Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Tennis section on the website. Please read this information carefully.

Those who are wishing to play AIC Tennis must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form

The complete ‘AIC Football Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Football section on the website. Please read this information carefully.

The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Football as this was done mid Term 1. We ask all interested players to check that their name is found on the already compiled list posted on the AIC Football section of the website. If you wish to have your name added or deleted please notify the Sports Office immediately  –

The complete ‘AIC Rugby Union Season Schedule’ which includes all training and trial dates/times, season schedule, coaches contacts, uniform requirements among many other things is now posted in the AIC Rugby Union section on the website. Please read this information carefully.

The Sports Office will not reissue a sign-on form for AIC Rugby Union as this was done mid Term 1. We ask all interested players to check that their name is found on the already compiled list posted on the AIC Rugby Union section of the website. If you wish to have your name added or deleted please notify the Sports Office immediately  –

All season dates and times are still to be confirmed. Rugby League could be played as a three-day tournament during the September holidays or on Saturdays during Term 4. Students must play AIC Football or AIC Rugby in order to be selected to play AIC Rugby League. Those who did not return their hire jersey from last year will not be considered to play this year.

A complete season schedule will be made available early next term, although we hope to announce the definite dates of competition before the end of term.

Those who are wishing to play AIC Rugby League must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form

Track and Field training will commence during the last four – five weeks in Term 3 with some possible September holiday sessions. There will be two AIC Track and Field meets held in Term 3 on Thursday 3 and 10 September. The AIC Track and Field Championship will be run over a two-day period, in the first week in Term 4.

We will schedule Track and Field training around Rugby and Football training. We encourage boys to do Rugby or Football and Track and Field.

A complete season schedule will be made available early next term.

Those who are wishing to participate in AIC Track and Field must register their interest using this link to the online sign-on form

Uniform Shop – Villanova College Sports Jackets
Unfortunately, due to several issues including COVID-19, there are no sports jackets in any sizes from Size 10 to Large (inclusive) and there will be none made or delivered this year. Students are therefore permitted to wear anything to training for warmth. However, it is not recommended that they wear their Villanova jumper to sports training.

 Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music Information

Tuned In Podcast – Episode 7
This week Music Captain Sean Kearns, Strings Captain Oliver Timms, and Woodwind Captain Joel Henders share their perspective on the importance music has played in their schooling experience at Villanova and their lives more broadly.  Special guest host Mr Levander, Head of Senior School, also shares his view on the importance of music in the development of ‘The Renaissance Man’ and the holistic development of our community.  We hope you enjoy – click on the image to begin listening.

Want to be on the show to share your music or music experience?  Contact the production crew at .  We are now on Spotify and iHeart Radio – make sure to add us to your podcast feed!

Ensemble lessons and rehearsals Week 8 and beyond
Due to the announcement made by the Premier on Sunday afternoon around an increase in the size of groups allowed due to gathering restrictions, we will be adjusting our rehearsal roster.  Please keep across your email inbox over the end of this week for more information.  The new rehearsal roster will commence on Monday 8 June.

Adjustments to Enrolment
All adjustments to enrolment must be submitted by Friday 5 June.  Please ensure all enrolment or cancellation forms are signed and submitted to the Music Office – – before 3pm on this date.  Forms received after this date may attract fees for the entirety of Term 3.

Stay in Touch
We will be maintaining contact via email, through the Villanova Music Facebook page, and through your son’s OneNote music diaries.  Should you require assistance or consumables for your son’s instrument, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Office on 3394 5691.  Leave a voicemail if it is unattended – we will get back to you!

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.  We are glad to continue to be of service to you and your son as we navigate this challenging time together.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music


Entertainment Memberships
Due to the current climate, we have not been heavily promoting our Entertainment Memberships in 2020.  Please note that 2019/2020 Entertainment books/ memberships will be expiring at the end of June.

Entertainment are no longer selling books, just digital memberships from 2020 onwards.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please access our membership portal through the links below.  There are a number of great offers available focussing on supporting local and small businesses through this challenging period.

Villanova College Music Support Group
Alison Schrauf
07 33945691

^Your bonus WISH eGift Card will be sent by email within 30 days of purchase. A $10 WISH eGift Card will be issued when a Single City Membership is purchased, or a $20 WISH eGift Card when a Multi City or Multi Plus Membership is purchased between 15:00pm Friday 22 May 2020 and 09:00am Monday 13 July 2020 AEST. One eGift Card per order. Offer excludes Entertainment waitstaff and Corporate Partner offers. View WISH eGift Card FAQs here – WISH eGift Cards do not expire. Lost or stolen cards cannot be replaced. If you request a refund on your Membership within 30 days of your purchase and it is after receiving your eGift Card, the amount of the eGift Card will be deducted from the original value of your Membership purchased.

*2 months extra Membership applies to activated Single City and Multi City purchased between 22 May and 13 July 2020. From time of purchase, an Activation Code must be activated within three months. If activated within three months, the Membership will expire 14 months from the Activation Date. If not activated within three months, the Membership will expire 17 months from the Purchase Date.

+Bonus $50 Discover Queenland Voucher. T&Cs apply. See

#WIN 1 of 5 x $1000 WISH eGift Cards. T&Cs apply. See

*All member offers are subject to terms and conditions. Check individual offers on the Entertainment Membership App or for more information. For all dining offers, it is optional for participating businesses to accept your Entertainment Memberships on all official Australian and New Zealand public holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. © 2020 Entertainment Publications of Australia Pty Ltd.

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Tuckshop Roster (Monday 8 June – Friday 12 June)
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Archive Anecdotes

Villanova’s Second Rector: Fr John Louis Hanrahan OSA
1959 to 1964

John Louis Hanrahan was born in Limerick City in 1920 and entered the Order in 1937 at Orlagh.  After studying in Rome and Dublin he was ordained in 1943.  He arrived in Australia in 1948, just before the College started at Whinstanes.

As the second Prior and Rector,  Fr Hanrahan was a good communicator, a scholar, and a man of culture.  He introduced elocution and drama and fostered choral and instrumental music.  He shared the first Rector’s Augustinian spirit and ability to win love and loyalty.  In fact, he had creativity and eagerness to spare, maintaining his position as part-time university lecturer in Latin and his involvement in the Villanova Players.

In conversation and when teaching, Fr Hanrahan’s use of language and humour was entertaining and brilliant.  He taught with a sense of the dramatic – pregnant pauses, raising of eyebrows, sense of humour, and heroic turn of phrases were all well-used with subtlety.  With the small numbers in the Senior classes a Hanrahan class was an unforgettably delightful seminar-like experience.  Here was a man who loved learning, was completely masterful and in his element teaching.  He would sometimes go from lecturing at the University of Queensland straight into a classroom of secondary students at Villanova!

After six years as Rector of Villanova Fr Hanrahan became the Provincial of the Australian Augustinians.  Driving himself as hard as ever, he twice developed major cardiac conditions which forced him to leave all work at the age of 48 years.  As mentally agile as always, but barely able to leave his room, he lived in retirement in a nursing home in Ireland from 1969 until his death on 25 January 1981, at just 60 years old.

In all Fr Hanrahan was on the staff at Villanova for 17 years, and this constituted the major portion of his active priestly ministry. The warm and gregarious spirit often attributed to Villanova is a part of his legacy that remains strong at the College right to the present day.

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