Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Last Saturday was a historic occasion for the Augustinian Order of Australasia with the ordination of three Augustinian Deacons to the priesthood. Francis Cabarrubias Belcina, Saldie Lie Vallecer Resolado and Percival Perez Sevare were ordained at Saint Kieran’s Church, Manly Vale before His Excellency Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio to Australia.  It is almost sixty years since the last occasion three Augustinians were ordained at the same time. The Filipino community of the Northern Beaches of Sydney were wonderful in their support and celebration of this milestone. We look forward to Fr Saldie returning to Brisbane next week where he will continue his ministry work in the parish of St James, Coorparoo and at Villanova College.

Senior Schooling 2019

Over the coming weeks we will introduce to families the key points of the changes to Senior Schooling being introduced into Queensland schools in 2019.

Key Points:

  • There will be 97 new , redeveloped and revised senior syllabus documents to support the implementation of the new Queensland Certificate of Education-QCE
  • Subjects will be grouped into three categories – General, Applied and Vocational Education subjects
  • Three school-based internal assessments and one external assessment worth 25% (marks each) in most General subjects. Mathematics and Science subjects will have an external exam worth 50% (50 marks).
  • Calculation of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank- ATAR by Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre-QTAC for entry to a tertiary institution post school.

Year 9 Camp

It was a pleasure to accompany the students to the Year 9 Camp this year and to share the experience with Delta Company. The students faced the challenges presented to them with enthusiasm and dedication and came away from the four days experience with increased confidence and hopefully an understanding that their actions have consequences. Thank you to the staff who accompanied and provided support to the students.

Federal Funding

Families will have received a letter informing them of the facts surrounding the School Funding legislation currently under consideration by the Federal Parliament. It is important to keep in mind the manner in which Catholic schools are funded in Queensland as part of the Catholic Schools System. Villanova College does not receive funds directly from the Federal Government. The Federal funding the Queensland Catholic Schools System receives is distributed to the College by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.

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

Competition is a wonderful tool for any human being.  It raises the heartbeat, neurons fire in the brain and the possibility of success is within anyone’s reach.  The Firsts rugby team played against Iona last Saturday and it was a fine example of young men rising to the challenge.  For our Year 5 and 6 students it was the chance to run onto the field which meant the world to them.  With eyes wide open and smiles from ear to ear, they could not soak up enough of the atmosphere created by the crowds.  Our Villanova team was victorious after a mighty show of determination and teamwork giving us the finest end to another brilliant day at Villanova Park.

Later in the day, a mum from the 5B football team came to show me some incredible video footage of the boys’ chanting the Villa War Cry at the end of their 2 – 1 victory earlier that morning.  The vision of boys with arms around each other and the loudness of their cheering voices did indeed give the viewer goose bumps.  The Junior School boys have been working hard on learning the North African words in class and during lunch break competitions.  It does take bravery and a team of 12 to recite the lines at a level that reveals the passion of being a Villanovan.  I would like to set a challenge to all sporting teams for next weekend, with the theme of “Villa Pride” I would like to see whatever photos or videos we can share to celebrate the fantastic work that is happening on Fridays (chess) and Saturdays (football and rugby).  Best entry wins a hot chip party for their team!

It is fair to say there is also competition in academics over the next few weeks.  Boys are at the business end of the term with the Assessment Calendar showing us that there are oral presentations, exams and assessment tasks due until the beginning of Week 10.  Boys are trying to meet their own expectations, match their parents’ hopes and show staff that they have worked to the best of their ability.  There are going to be opportunities galore for making sure our boys are organised, well prepared and managing their workload in a way that keeps their outlook positive and realistic.

For the boys to manage themselves best through the assessment period, they will need to know the difference between hope and ability.  Hope is available to all boys and they are at a school that certainly hopes they achieve the best grades possible.  Hope comes from wanting to please, wanting to feel good about themselves and enjoying how it feels to celebrate positive results.  Ability can generally be split into two areas, natural talent and work ethic.  Now natural talent is a conversation for God, but we all know that some things in life are just so much easier than others.  An individual’s work ethic can make the world of difference.  It is more likely if you have done everything you can,   results can be celebrated no matter what they are.  Perfection is for the movies.  Our boys are sorting, comparing, analysing and summarising information across many subjects in the best way they know how.

It will be the pastoral side of life that our boys will need our full support over the next few weeks.  Praise, humour and opportunities for fun are just what we need to manage our busy school schedules.  They will need the chance to make decisions to feel a sense of control, time to play games and enjoy their favourite passions in the world as well as know that we are here to help them.  We need to place emphasis on the importance of family, friends and the relationships we value.  Let us thrive in working hard in class but just as hard in bringing joy into each other’s lives at the same time.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

Last week 14 staff members and I travelled to Pindari Dam, NSW, with our Year 9 students for their annual camp. It is interesting when talking with the current Year 12 students to hear them reminisce. The consensus is that the Year 9 camp is the best camp of all and the one that leaves the students with the most memories. The camp requires the boys to sleep in swags, cook their own food, clean up after themselves, participate in challenging activities and survive a life-style they are not at all familiar with in a beautiful rural setting.

Included in the activities is the famous “buttress climb”; a boat ride across the dam followed by a short climb and then a longer traverse around a huge outcrop of rock. The climbers are then rewarded with not only breathtaking views of the dam and local surrounds but also a great sense of achievement and even a set of dog tags provided by the Emu Gully staff in recognition of what they have accomplished. Other activities include driving twister buggies, a GPS navigation walk, piloting 3hp boats around a smaller dam on the property and a walk to the old stone hut for billy boiling races, the opportunity to handle live yabbies and a spud cooked in hot coals.

While the activities were exciting and enjoyed by all, the focus of the camp went deeper than having fun. With an ANZAC theme, the camp promoted values such as personal resilience, teamwork, respect and mateship.

Our Year 9 men were outstanding throughout the week with countless acts of selflessness witnessed and commented on by Villanova staff and camp instructors alike.

I would especially like to thank the staff who attended the camp, leaving behind their own families and friends to make this experience possible. I thank Mr Hellwig, Mr Smith, Mr Stower, Mr Hackett, Mrs Lamb, Ms Squires, Mr Feuerriegel, Mr Candy, Mr McGrath, Mr Creamer, Mr Corby, Mr O’Hare and Mr Lynam. Special thanks to Mr Peter Simpson for his planning and coordination of the camp.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School


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Head of Senior School

The age-old debate, quality versus quantity certainly generates significant attention when discussed in the context of homework and study. Within the Senior School Form Meeting program, regular attention is focused on providing students with strategies to maximise their study time, however, it is important that this time is purposefully spent.

According to Katrina Schwartz, author of the article ‘Why effective practice is just as important as the hours of practice’, to get the most out of study and practising skill sets, it must be consistent, intensely focused and target the edge of one’s ability. Furthermore, students need to ‘unplug’ themselves from the distraction of their social media feeds and take regular breaks to avoid unproductive study sessions.

Submission of Assessment

A reminder to all Senior School students of the importance of attending to the submission of final assessment items in a polished and disciplined manner. I have received feedback from some senior teachers that this area requires improvement. Students are given specific instructions by their teachers as to how assessment items are to be submitted, especially paperwork requirements and Turnitin protocols. Ideally, students should aim to have their submission finalised the night before the due date to avoid printing and other issues at school. Under no circumstances are students to be missing from class to attend to the completion/printing of their assessment submission.

Villanova Spirit

It was wonderful to experience the spirited atmosphere at Villanova Park last weekend for the football and rugby fixtures against our southern rivals, Iona. After a stirring assembly the day before, in which several Student Leadership Team members implored the student body to be at Villanova Park in numbers, the response was indeed pleasing to see.  Student spectators are once again reminded that they must be attired in academic uniform.

‘Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit’ Jawaharial Nehru

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry: Red Candle Week

Ordination of Brother Saldie

Last weekend, four staff members accompanied by two students had the privilege of attending the Ordination of former brother, now Father Saldie Resolado OSA. It was a wonderful celebration, especially as for the first time since 1958 at the one ceremony three men were ordained Augustinian priests in the Australia Province. The parish church of Saint Kieran’s, Manly Vale, was packed to the rafters and the music was brilliant. People travelled from Augustinian parishes as far away as Kyabram, Melbourne and the Philippines to share in a great day. Our two student representatives, Daniel Duskovic and Fabrice Ragoo, were at times the centre of attention from the pilgrims, I guess because they represent the future of our faith community and they represented the College extremely well.

Red Candle Week

It is this same pair of students who are now driving Red Candle Week, in the lead up to Mission Day.  With enormous energy and commitment, while also retaining a great sense of courtesy with the capacity to listen, Daniel and Fabrice are once again leading the way. As a result of their conviction and resourcefulness, we have seen an excellent response from the community. Thank you for all the donations that are rolling in as well as the fantastic support that is pouring in for the boys. The message for all students:  be part of the team on Mission Day, all rowing together in the same direction as there is a special place/ role in the crew for each student.

Talent Quest

The second Villanova-Loreto talent quest was held at Loreto College last Thursday, when sixteen acts graced the stage and it proved to be a joyful and student-centred occasion. Highlights included excellent guitar/ vocals from Paddy McLearie, Ryan Buck (Year 6) and Lachlan Beake (Year 7 and placed second), a passionate performance from front man Josue Adams (Year 12) and special appearances by returning students James Danen and Marco Ghikas.

The overall winner was a Year 8 Loreto student who composed and performed a brilliant dance to a song by Sia. One of my favourite acts was the dance shared between Christian Shema (Year 12) and his Year 7 sister, Esther, who is now finding her way at Loreto. Chris secretly prepared the dance for the main purpose of allowing Esther to shine.

However, where was the greatest talent of all on the night? That accolade rests with Alex Williams who worked out and fixed the Loreto sound system. It reminded me of the rapid-thinking NASA scientists who sling-shotted Apollo 13 back from beyond the moon. Fabrice Ragoo and Angus Tracey (Year 12) deserve praise and gratitude for the quiet work they did behind the scenes in conjunction with the Loreto Ministry Captains. The evening raised $469 for Rosies. This absolutely fits Christian Shema’s original vision: that we risk sharing our talents on this event to help the homeless in our city.

Mr John Holroyd, Vice Principal – Ministry, Mission and Evangelisation

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It was another huge round of rugby, football and chess fixtures over the weekend as our boys took on Iona College.

I congratulate all members of our College community who did their part to ensure the round of fixtures against Iona 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 staff 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 parents as possible to spend some time serving in the canteen, as it is a great way to build community spirit and 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.

Villanova Park will host most games this weekend from Year 5 – 8 plus some other supplementary/internal fixtures from Year 5 – 12. Thank you to all families who arrived early on the weekend in order for their son/s to be present for their team photos. The remaining photos for the Year 5 – 8 football and rugby teams will be taken this weekend at Villanova Park, please see the schedule below for all times.

It is extremely pleasing to report that all 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 during half time at the Firsts rugby game against Marist College Ashgrove next weekend at Villanova Park with the winner receiving $10 000.

Much planning and preparation has been going on 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 show case 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 (College Diary P18). 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.

The Year 7 – 12 and Year 5 and Year 6 cross-country squads have been in training for a couple of weeks now. I encourage all students to keep up attendance and efforts at training, we need as many boys as possible at training to ensure Villanova produces its very best on the day of the AIC Championships in week 5 of Term 3. The annual AIC Cross Country Camp will be held at Currimundi during the last week of school this term. At this stage we still have places available, please make contact with the Sports Office if you wish your son to attend. Alternatively go the College’s website to download the ‘Cross Country Camp – Expression of Interest Form’. It is a great camp!

Best wishes to all involved this weekend as we play St Peter’s College in the main round of chess, rugby and football. Determination, effort and pride will be the order of the day.

AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Fixtures, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June – Times and Venues

All times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against St. Peter’s College are available on the College’s website.

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.

Only the 7 XI and 9 White will not have had their photos taken after this weekend. The Sports Office are currently looking at a suitable time for these photos to be taken.

Photo Schedule


Villanova Sports Club Canteen Roster

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

Dogs at AIC Sporting Venues

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

I ask that all members of the Villanova Community respect each College’s policy and not take their dog/s to any AIC playing field. It is awkward for Villanova staff to have to constantly remind dog owners of this policy each weekend. 

AIC Fixtures and Training – Absenteeism

As a matter of course, we would expect that if a player were unable to attend a game or training for any reason 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. 

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

The excitement is growing after the fantastic win against Iona in Round 5 of chess.  Every team won on the night, with the Open team having a great comeback to draw, leaving them still in the race for the premiership. This has been a very encouraging turn around for the team to come from placing seventh in the last two years to facing the prospect of being in the top 3 positions. The last two rounds against St Peter’s this Friday and Ashgrove on the last night will come down to the wire as to what that position will eventually become. So good luck to all the teams for the final two rounds as individual team premierships are on the line and the overall aggregate. What a night it will be against Ashgrove!

As tomorrow is Mission Day and hence free dress, please remember to bring your uniforms to change into as we are away at St Peters. The bus will leave by 3.10pm at the latest.  Return will be around 6 – 6.30pm. Please advise Mrs Warren or myself if your son cannot attend.  Practice and coaching sessions are still on for this week and next and the championships are continuing. The final round will be at home on the 9 June.

AIC Rugby

It was very pleasing to see the Villanova boys play well against Iona on the weekend. The improvement overall in our rugby program is encouraging. It is not necessarily about winning more games than the opposition, although I do confess to enjoying that winning feeling!  The pleasure for me comes when I see the Villanova boys giving 100% for their College and their mates on the paddock.

To top off the day the First XV team performed brilliantly against the opposition in a hard fought battle and took the win in the dying moments of the game. Please see below a picture capturing the match-winning try by Matt Winsbury with no time left on the clock!

Matt Winsbury with the match-winning try


AIC Football

Villanova were up against some tough opposition over the weekend as Iona has been the in-form school and will probably take out the aggregate this year. We wish all players the very best as they face St Peter’s and Ambrose Treacy in football this weekend.


AIC Cross Country

Information regarding the up-coming Cross Country Camp will be distributed before the end of the week. Any student from Year 7 – 12 who would like to attend camp and has not completed the necessary form is asked to collect one from the Sports Office or via the web ASAP. We have a few spots remaining. Any potential runner who is currently playing rugby or football is encouraged to join the squad and attend the camp.

AIC Date Claimers:

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

  • Wednesday 21 – 23 June Villanova Cross Country Camp at Currimundi Recreation Centre (open to all Year 7 – 12 students only)
  • Saturday 22 July AIC Meet at Limestone Park hosted by St Peter’s and St Edmund’s College (this will be held after Round 1 of basketball/tennis in the afternoon)
  • Friday 28 July AIC Meet at Curlew Park hosted by St Patrick’s College
  • Friday 4 August AIC Meet at Runcorn hosted by St Laurence’s College
  • Wednesday 9 August AIC CHAMPIONSHIP at Limestone Park

Please note the College will supply bus transportation to and from each venue listed above.

Year 5 and 6 Basketball Trials 

Basketball trials for students in Year 5 and 6 will continue until the end of Term 2. Students will be notified during the final week of this term if they have been selected in a team. Parents are reminded that competition for Year 5 and 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 organised with other parents when teams are announced.

Again this year, due to court availability, only four sides per age group can be entered into 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 Friday sport next term. 

AIC Tennis and Basketball Trials

Boys from Years 5 – 12 wishing to trial out for the above-mentioned AIC teams must complete a ‘Trimester 3 Sign-On Form’. These forms have been distributed to all students in Years 5 – 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 due tomorrow.

AIC Tennis Trials

Any student who wishes to play tennis for Villanova must complete a ‘Trimester 3 Sign-On Form’. All trials will be held at Morningside Tennis Centre (MTC) and the College will provide bus transportation for all players back to school after the morning sessions. All boys must find their own way to MTC for the morning and evening sessions.

There will be two weeks of trials. Trial number 1 will commence on the week beginning Monday 12 June. Trial number 2 will commence the following week beginning Monday 19 June. Within these two trial weeks, all age groups will have four trial sessions in total – trial session number 1, 2, 3 and 4 as per the schedule below. All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions in order to be considered for selection.  The managers and coaches of each age group will conduct these trials and will choose four players in each team plus one reserve for the age group. All teams are then to follow the training schedule commencing on Wednesday 12 July.

Please note that some managers may require more time to select teams, therefore, some players may be required to attend one or two of the regular training sessions held in Term 3 before teams are finalised.

Tennis Trial Schedule


AIC Basketball Trials

Any boy wishing 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.

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

Year 7 – Open Trials:  There will be two weeks of trials held. All trials will be conducted in Goold Hall or at the Clem Jones Centre for all age groups. All players trialling at the Clem Jones Centre must find their own way to the venue. The College will then organise bus transportation back to the College afterwards. Trial Week No 1 will commence the week beginning Monday 12 June. Trial Week No 2 will commence the following week beginning Monday 19 June. Within these two trial weeks, all age groups will have 3 – 4 trial sessions in total – Trial Session No 1, 2, 3 and 4 as per trial schedule found below.  All interested students are to attend ALL trial sessions in order to be selected to represent Villanova. After these trials, the coaches will then select all teams within that age group. Once selected all teams will then follow the Term 3 training schedule as posted on the ‘season schedule’ on the web within the AIC Basketball section.

Please note:  Coaches may choose to make a first cut of players after the first trial week. All players who have made it through the first cut are then able to attend the basketball clinic on Saturday 17 June.

Basketball Trial Schedule

Representative Sport

Well done to Lucas Boylan and George Stokes who both made the 14 – 15years Met East Ruby Team and will now compete at the State Championships in Townsville in July. A great achievement, well done and good luck boys!

Congratulations to Jordan Zappala who recently made the Met East 13 – 15years Met East Football Team that will compete in the State Championships in Cairns in July. Well done Jordan and best wishes!

On Sunday 8 January, at the 2017 Queensland Junior Track Cycle Championships at Anna Meares Velodrome, Chandler, Matt Rolls won the bronze medal in the U17 Teams Pursuit. A great effort. Well done Matt!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Special Guest at Villanova

At Symphonic Band rehearsal this week, we had an impromptu visit from a good friend of mine, Mr Tracy Wright.  Tracy is a well-respected music educator from Georgia, U.S.A., and is currently in Queensland working with the Open Conservatorium and this week’s SHEP MS program this weekend.  Tracy kindly came and worked with the boys, refining aspects of their performance in readiness for next week’s concert.  We appreciate this opportunity and wish Tracy and his wife Amy all the best for the remainder of their time in Australia.


Massive Raffle Draw – Great Prizes!

The Music Support Group have organised a fantastic raffle to be drawn at the Thursday evening Debut Concert, on 8 June in the Hanrahan Theatre.  Tickets will be sold for $5 each or three for $10.  These can be pre-purchased by contacting the Music Office on 3394 5691 and purchasing via a credit card transaction.  Alternatively, these tickets will be on sale prior to the concerts from 6 – 8 June in the Hanrahan Theatre.

We have some great prizes on offer for our lucky winners:

First Prize:                              3 Nights’ Accommodation at Paradise Resort Gold Coast plus a double 7-Day Pass to Dreamworld, White Water World and Skypoint Tower

 Second Prize:                       $200 QPAC Voucher – expires May 2018

 Third Prize:                            Dining Voucher to California Native

Debut Concerts Next Week

The schedule for our debut concerts has been finalised.  I am looking forward to three evenings of music in the Hanrahan Theatre.  Each concert will commence at 6pm; however, we will have refreshments and some light music on the JS Terrace from 5:30pm.  Entry will be by gold coin donation,   great value for an evening’s entertainment!

Each concert will contain around seven items; we should conclude by 7:30pm each evening.  Students will be required to be at the College, in performance uniform, from 5:15pm.  The ensembles performing in each concert are outlined below; please note this is not a running order:

Tuesday 6 June Wednesday 7 June Thursday 8 June

Clarinet Choir

Flute Crew



Year 5 Band

Big Band

Wind Ensemble

Jazz Ensemble

String Sinfonia

Percussion Ensemble 2

Year 5 Strings

JS Choir


Con Vivo Strings

JS Flute Crew



Brass Ensemble

Year 6 Band

Symphonic Band

Year 6 Strings

JS Little Big Band

Percussion Ensemble 1

Guitar Ensemble 1



Corelli Chamber Ensemble

Amadeus Chamber Strings



Concert Band

String Consort

Guitar Ensemble 2

Senior Choir


Irish Ensemble 2

Irish Ensemble 1


Gig sheets have been emailed home to all participants.  For every ensemble your son is involved with, please ensure you have received and completed the forms.  We look forward to seeing you here over the concert series.

Performance Uniforms

As per last week, students will require the following uniforms for next month’s concert series:


All Year 5 musicians are required to wear:

  • grey shorts;
  • formal white shirt (available from the College Uniform Shop);
  • long Villanova school socks;
  • school tie;
  • black leather belt; and,
  • polished black school shoes.

The following table outlines uniform requirements for the remainder of our ensembles:

Formal Performance Uniform:

  • Long black dress pants (no colours, pin stripes, casual pockets, etc.)
  • Black leather belt
  • Polished black leather shoes
  • Black socks
  • White, long-sleeved cotton-blend dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)
  • College tie (ensure appropriate length)
The following ensembles require this uniform: 

  • Year 6 Band and String Ensemble
  • Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band
  • Strings Consort, String Sinfonia
  • JS Choir (Year 6 vocalists only), Villavoce (MS Choir), Senior School Choir
  • Clarinet Choir, Flute Crew, Brass Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble 2
  • Irish Ensemble 2
Concert Blacks:

  • Long black dress pants (as above)
  • Black leather belt
  • Polished black leather shoes
  • Black socks
  • Black long-sleeved Microfibre dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)
The following ensembles require this uniform:

  • Big Band, Jazz Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble 1 and 2
  • Percussion Ensemble 1


Irish Ensemble Uniform:

  • Kilt, belt and Sporran (hired through College)
  • White, long-sleeved cotton-blend dress shirt (no stripes/patterns)
  • College Tie (ensure appropriate length)
  • Celtic dress socks (purchase through uniform shop)
  • Black polo shirt (plain – no patterns)
The following ensembles require this uniform:

  • Irish Ensemble 1



All uniform items can be sourced through the College Uniform Shop or external clothing retailers.

For further information regarding uniforms for ensembles at Villanova College, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or

Date Claimers

We now look ahead to August with our currently scheduled events.  Please ensure these are marked in your diaries.

Term 2:

Monday 5 June Music Supporter’s Group Meeting and QCMF Planning meeting – 7:30pm in Music Classroom, level 1 of Augustine Centre
6, 7 and 8 June Debut Concert Series.  All ensembles will be involved once over these nights.  Schedule to be confirmed shortly.
Sunday 18 June Big Band performance at St Catherine’s School, Wishart Fete

Irish Ensemble 1 performance at St James’ School International Fair.

19 – 23 June Rockhampton Diocesan Music Camp Tour (MS students)
26 June – 2 July Rhapsody Rotorua Tour (SS students)

Term 3:

Monday 10 July (Staff Day) Symphonic Band workshop at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School 2 -5pm.  Concert at 6pm
Monday 17 July Music Supporter’s Group Meeting and QCMF Planning meeting – 7:30pm in Music Classroom, level 1 of Augustine Centre
Thursday 20 July Wind Ensemble and Concert Band workshop at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School.  3:30 – 5:30pm.  Concert at 6pm.
Monday 7 August Music Supporter’s Group Meeting and QCMF Planning meeting – 7:30pm in Music Classroom, level 1 of Augustine Centre
Tuesday 8 August and Thursday 10 August QCMF Preparation Concerts.  All ensembles will be required to perform once over these evenings.
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 August Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival hosted by Villanova College.  Students will be required to volunteer for a short period over the weekend.  All ensembles will perform once.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on school students with disability

All Government and non-Government schools across Australia are required to participate annually in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

All Australian schools will collect data on their students who are receiving adjustments to meet additional learning and support needs in accordance with their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005. This data will be provided to the Australian Government to assist in the development of a consistent, national picture of the education needs of students with disability.

The Queensland Department of Education will provide data to the Australian Government from all Queensland schools in such a way that no individual student or school will be able to be identified. In this way, we will ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all students. Please be assured that all information is protected by privacy laws which regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information.

Further information about the data collection can be found on the Australian Government Department of Education website:

Mr Paul Mead, Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning


School Photos

***To avoid this late order fee, order must be placed by 13 June.

***If your son was absent, or your sons missed the sibling photo opportunity, please email Kath Underhill at

***2016 and 2017 co-curricular photos may also be viewed and ordered online.

Mrs Kath Underhill, Senior School LE Program Leader/Villanovan Editor


The Ecoman program is offered to 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 15 Villanova 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 three 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 between Coffee Hub, Bean Machine and Crème Creations. However, it was Perfezzionare Coffee Solutions who won the day with the highest share price.

Once trading was complete, each businessperson confidently presented their company’s financial reports to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting – a very daunting task!

Thanks to Queensland Private Enterprise Centre (QPEC), supporters of the program as well as Institute of Chartered Accountings who provided our corporate venue for the three days.

Many thanks to Bob and Garry for guiding us through the day-to-day operations of our business, as well as assisting us with our decision-making – usually for a price!
Catering was excellent
Working in the city was a great experience
Finn Geeraerts (Marketing Director) and Jack Honan (Financial Director)

Invaluable information on Accounting, Management and Economics
Gus Clegg (CEO)
First-hand experience about running a business
Andrew Lewis (Financial Director)
Experienced the ups and downs of the market
Harvey McCaul (Marketing Director)

It was great opportunity to participate in a real business environment. Each of the group assumed roles such as CEO, HR Director, Production Marketing Director or Financial Director and were responsible for the decisions for our department.
Anastasi Stergou (Production Director)
Panayiotis Vorkas (Financial Director)

Ecoman was a great few days. We learned how to run a business and the difficulties and stress that comes with the responsibility. Being in the winning group was certainly rewarding. Overall, the experience was excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it!
James Muldoon

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


All parents should have received email communication in relation to Wakakirri and the purchasing of tickets for the performance in August.  If you have not received such communication, please contact Mrs Gina Ellis on

Mrs Gina Ellis, Wakakirri Director

Interested in sport at Villanova College? 

The Villanova Sports Club is particularly looking for Junior School families to become actively involved.  The Sports Club is a voluntary group of parents and friends who have an interest in sport and supporting our young sportsmen by organising fundraising events throughout the year.  Money raised from these events contributes to sporting infrastructure and coaching at Villanova College.

Six meetings a year are held on the College campus where current sporting and fundraising events are discussed. 

The next Sports Club meeting will be held in Goold Hall on Wednesday, 12 July at 6 pm.  We look forward to seeing you then.

Mrs Jackie Harding, Sports Club Secretary

Year 11 Parent Function – Date Claimer

Parent function Year 11 Semi Formal

Martini Room, Story Bridge Hotel

14 July, 2017 – 7.30-10.30pm

More information and invitation to come.

Mrs Suzanne Littleton, Year 11 Parent Representative



Monday 5th June

Leah Coogans, Bronagh Earthrowl

Tuesday 6th June

Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 7th June

Sharon Vecchi, Denise Smith

Thursday 8th June

Melanie Pickering, Kelly Stassi (after Tuckshop)

Friday 9th June

Jaclyn O’Shea, Anna Egert

Tuckshop Roster

Monday 5th June

Narelle Rieck, Julie Stokes, Jenni Boxall, Jane Green, Sally Caltabiano, Megan Price, Maria Woodger, Cath Griffin

Tuesday 6th June

Donna Perkins, Melissa Davidson, Lisa Forsyth, Nicole Webb, Leanne McMahon, Sonia Ballen, Susan White, Tricia Allen, Cristina Palacios, Cristina Watson

Wednesday 7th June

Angela Dooley, Tina McCaul, Peta Gomersall, Kathy McCaul, Karen Marrinan,Maria Corones, Lisa Gorry

Thursday 8th June

Paula Lisignoli, Maria McGarry, Zsuzsa Henderson, Juanita Ryan, Kath Eberhardt, Pauline White, Bernadette Papagiannis, Kelly Stassi, Jane Lawson, Louisa Coote, Chrissy Bonfiglio, Eleni Stathis

Friday 9th June

Caroline Agnew, Louise Pertnikovs, Jacki Wilson, Pauline Vasta, Kellie Smith, Adriana Sofios, Gerry Ternel, Leanne Bryant, Maria Nicolaou, Kim Creevey, Naomi Jansen

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Calendar of Events

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Community Update


A charity event in aid of families across Queensland affected by Cyclone Debbie with proceeds going to the GIVIT Cyclone Debbie Disaster Recovery. 

Award-winning Queensland author Ian Townsend and the ABC’s Jenny Woodward come together to examine the story of weather and the powerful role it plays in a story, adding tension, danger, atmosphere, intrigue and beauty.

The event brings together two fabulous storytellers to share their experiences and anecdotes in what should be a very special and poignant event. Ian Townsend’s book The Devil’s Eye uses one of the fiercest storms in Australian history as the centre of its tale, and Jenny Woodward has been the face of Queensland weather for over 30 years providing her with a treasure trove of tales to tell.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their own stories.

Where Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne

When 3.30-5 pm Saturday 17 June

Price: $25 / $20 + booking fee

For further information and to book:


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