Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Following months of planning and discussions, I am pleased the design of the new façade for the eastern wall of the Father Michael Morahan Staff Centre is finalised. The new design is constructed of lightweight materials and will feature the symbol of the Augustinian Order etched in the glass panels. The reflective panels of glass will capture the image of St Scholastica Chapel and Langlands. We now begin the process of construction of the wall and fixing the facade to the existing building.

Assessment Period

Students across the campus are busy completing their end of Semester One assessment tasks. Year 11 and 12 students are currently afforded the opportunity to only attend the timetabled assessment and be in attendance 20 minutes prior to the commencement of exams ready with all required materials.

If students are remaining at the College to study, it is a clear expectation that they study in either the Tolle Lege Library or Senior Study Centre. Students are reminded to ensure they are considerate of the continuing classes that are occurring across the College at this time.

The final games of the AIC rugby, football and chess competitions last Friday/Saturday brings to conclusion the Term Two sporting program. Many thanks to the coaches, managers and supporters who were there on the sidelines supporting our players during the season. Many of our coaches are Old Boys and parent volunteers who love to coach young men and do so for the love of the game. Our students have the opportunity to participate in so many activities through the generosity of our Old Boys and parents. Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to all students involved in chess during this season. The Open, Intermediate A and B teams and Junior A won their respective premierships. Villanova College placed second overall in the aggregate. Thank you to Mrs Sally England, Mrs Mylan Warren and all the coaches for their support of our students.

We congratulate Ms Maureen O’Dwyer on her engagement to Mr Tony Pappalardo. We wish them every success for the future.

Prayers Please

We keep in our prayers at this time Mr Charlie Fisher and Father Joe Walsh OSA who are both recovering following recent stays in hospital.

We also keep in our prayers Ms Alison Squires and her family following the death of her stepfather Dan Sheehan last week in the United States.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, Amen

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Head of Junior School

This time next week you will be reading your son’s Semester One Report.  In the Junior School, we provide Assessment Calendars and send home Criteria Sheets for assessment tasks as well as all exam papers.  This is to ensure the boys are keeping themselves prepared and accountable for all their work between home and school.  The highest support for their best efforts is possible when everyone is on the same page.

I trust your son’s results will be pleasing and indicative of his effort and ability at this point in time.  Any ‘surprises’ should be discussed promptly with your son to explore his understanding of the task/unit, revision and study habits prior (including his social, emotional and co-curricular commitments) and his determination to meet his true potential.  A combination of these factors might warrant future changes or getting in touch with your son’s teacher for more information.

Semester One results are an opportunity for assessing what has worked best for your son to date in Year 5 or 6.  There are many things to celebrate including sport and music. Some boys will be fortunate enough to know they can keep doing what is currently in place.  They are managing their class work, home tasks, revision and assessment preparation and achieving the results they desired.  Some boys will have some achievements that will be most pleasing and some that they know will need to give more attention after the holidays.  It might be subjects that they enjoy a little less; however, I am sure they know that more focus and attention to teacher feedback might be the key to improvement.

If any boys feel disheartened about their results then I would like to think that this is the perfect time to be honest about looking forward to making changes.  In Year 5, there is certainly an adjustment to a more formal assessment process and it is understandable that there is an adjustment period for some students.  Let us remember a few key things.  Firstly, overall grades on a report card are based on several pieces of assessment.  This means we can be accommodating for the days when boys are not one hundred percent or weary.  Secondly, it is ok not to be perfect in every subject across the National Curriculum.  Our strengths should be celebrated and our challenges should be given credit if we have done our best.  If we have let circumstances slide – and it is a natural part of protecting ourselves sometimes to avoid what is hard in life – then let us use this time in 2017 to work out a plan, with parents and staff, on how to make positive changes in Semester Two.

It is possible to contact Junior School staff during this busy marking period; however, if schedules are busy a reminder that our College Parent Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 11 July.  Bookings will be available through the PTO site using a username and password emailed to you shortly after reports are sent.  This is a time when minds are fresh and meaningful goals can be made collaboratively.  It is empowering when families and staff can work together and it is the best scenario for the student to know that everyone is working to help them.  There certainly is a level of commitment required from the student himself but it is so encouraging when they have full support behind them.  I do encourage you to contact your son’s teacher to ensure Semester Two is about your son’s potential being realised.

It will be wonderful to see the boys exhale once assessments are completed.  Already there are valuable STEM projects and Genius Hour tasks being undertaken in some classrooms.  Learning based purely upon the boys’ interests and areas of curiosity will ensure the last few days are being used productively.  Thank you to all the staff who will make it a priority to keep the boys focused and driven to maximising their education until the end of the semester.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

Last week the New York Times published an article entitled “The Secret Social Media Lives of Teenagers“. The piece by Ana Homayoun seeks to shed light on the ever-growing social media usage of adolescents and the strategies they are using to hide their online activity from their parents.

The article also highlights the ease at which teens can receive inappropriate content, including violent, sexual, racially and culturally offensive material. Quite often such material can be received unwillingly, when part of private group messages and group chats, or simply though unsolicited advertising.

Based on American research, conducted by Common Sense Media, 30% of teens revealed that their parents had little or no idea about their social media usage. This should provoke us here at Villanova to ask the question, do we as parents and teachers really know what and how our boys are using social media?

Homayoun recommends, “adults need to shift the conversation around teens’ social media usage away from a fear of getting caught and more toward healthy socialisation, effective self-regulation and overall safety.
Undoubtedly, the key to this is open and honest communication. This however, might be a “perfect world” concept, as many of our young men do not wish to share information about their online experiences.

For concerned parents, there are a number of apps on the market to help you monitor your son’s social media usage. It is worth doing your research to find the one that might work best for you. I also advise you to be open about using such monitoring apps and have open and honest conversations about why parent-monitoring apps are an important safety tool (and not an act of mistrust).

Parents who have concerns about their son’s social media usage and would like to enlist our support or access our advice, are encouraged to contact their son’s Pastoral Area Leader: Year 7 – Mr Ben Lynam blynam@vnc.qld.edu.au, Year 8 – Mr Matt McGrath mmcgrath@vnc.qld.edu.au and Year 9 – Mr Peter Simpson, psimpson@vnc.qld.edu.au.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Launch of Cor Unum Committee
At last Friday’s Senior School Assembly, Goold House Captain Paddy Price and Murray House Captain Jonathon Boxall launched the Cor Unum Committee and presented its inaugural members with Villanova spirit badges.

As stated in the Villa View earlier this term, the purpose of this sub-committee of the Student Council reflects its name – to be the one heart of College spirit. The Cor Unum Committee provides an opportunity and platform for student leadership. Those who are selected in the committee and wear the Villanova spirit badge will be charged with promotion of spirit, upholding the core College values and encouraging the student body to unleash their inner pride and passion for the green and gold.

A Man for all Seasons

Last weekend another trimester of sport and activities came to its conclusion. Congratulations to all Senior School students who have participated in chess, debating, football and rugby. Furthermore, I acknowledge the continuing efforts of those young men who engage in ministry and musical endeavours that continue throughout the year.

When the Semester One report cards are issued, there will be statement of a student’s co-curricular activities included. I will be asking the Senior School Pastoral Area Leaders to peruse these reports to ascertain the participation and engagement of all Senior School students in co-curricular activities. One of the key aspects of our Senior School vision is the promotion of a holistic educational philosophy whereby our young men develop and nurture talents both inside and outside the classroom environment. I will be challenging all Senior School students to involve themselves in at least one co-curricular activity over the course of the year.

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.’ Saint Augustine

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum

Exam Block
At the time of writing, the College is in the middle of examinations, assignment submissions, marking and reporting. This week and the next are extremely busy while these processes are completed. Thank you for the support of your son over this time, helping him get to school on time prepared and ready to sit these examinations. The benefits of a good night’s sleep (at least eight hours), exercise, eating regularly and healthily and a regular study program best prepares students for success in formal examinations. The only thing left then is a positive mindset of believing that they can do well (provided all the other factors are in play) and being organised to bring the appropriate materials needed for the specific exams. Parents can certainly help reinforce these messages regularly.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Later this week parents will receive information regarding the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday 11 July.  Access to the PTO web link on the Parent Portal will be available from 9.00 am, Monday 19 June and will close at 9.00 am on Friday 7 July. There are detailed instructions to ensure that bookings are confirmed prior to exiting the system and it is important for parents to follow these instructions. Support will be available until Thursday 22 June through the Curriculum Office, but please be aware that the Curriculum Office will be closed over the holiday break.

End of Semester Report

The Semester One Reports will be available through the Parent Portal by 3pm on Thursday 22 June. This is the first formal report for the year and will give specific information regarding your son’s achievement levels in individual subjects. For those parents who are new to the College, the following grading system is in place for Villanova College reports:

Years 5 – 9

Each subject has an overall grade of A, B, C, D or E (A being the highest). Each assessment criterion is also scored on a scale of A to E. The meanings of the five grades are as follows:

A = outstanding level of achievement; B = very good level of achievement; C = satisfactory level of

achievement; D = below satisfactory level of achievement; E = experiencing considerable difficulty.

Years 10 – 12

Each subject has an overall grade of A, B, C, D or E (A being the highest). Each assessment criterion is also scored on a scale of A to E. There is no direct relation between grades shown on Semester Reports and results shown on final Statement of Results issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) of Year 12.

Australian Government Reporting Requirements

Parents will be provided with the number of students who have achieved a specific achievement level (A-E) in various subject areas. This information allows you to compare your son’s achievements to that of other students in your son’s peer group at Villanova College.

Mr Paul Mead, Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning

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Ministry

Ministry Wrap Up: Term 2
Even in the busyness of the end of term, there are still many good news stories about Mission Day bubbling to the surface. Owing to some generous donations, we have now raised very close to $19,000. If we reach the target of $19,000, I will honour the “stretch goal” of a slap-up dinner for 16 unsung student heroes of the day. The figure raised is not the only measure of a very good day, but it is telling that the students themselves set a target way beyond what had been achieved and absolutely smashed the previous record (by over $5,000).

The other significant measure, to my mind, was the tremendous enthusiasm that rippled throughout the community, from the “Fab Forty” student representatives from each Pastoral, to parent helpers, teachers putting their shoulder to the wheel whilst also having fun, the P and F and even external bodies such as Domino’s Pizza and ABC Fun Rides.

Year 12 leaders, Daniel Duskovic, Fabrice Ragoo, Matt Davies and Dylan Cranitch have now circulated a comprehensive survey to ensure an even better product next year.   Well done boys!

YAYM and the State of Origin Meal Deal

As is ever their way, YAYM (Middle School Ministry) are working hard right to the buzzer. Next Monday, 19 June, we will be offering the “O’ Neill Meal Deal” of a sausage sizzle (better than Bunnings) and maroon or blue themed lolly bags, all for only $3 cash.

Participating students will be given tokens to place in either an orange jar or a red jar.  The orange jar represents the percentage of the money we will give to Orange Sky Laundry while the red jar will represent donations for Rosies.

Of course, YAYM are not simply thinking of Stat of Origin, but also the people who are sleeping rough in winter and who love and need the service and friendly conversation provided by Orange Sky and Rosies. For any families who wish to walk the extra mile (or two), we will also have a one day collection on Monday toiletries for Rosies and the Big Issue. Both organisations are crying out for

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Wet wipes

Donations can be left with Mrs Browning, Mrs Lamb or Mrs Mascadri in the respective Student Services Offices.

What the Archbishop Said

Last Thursday Mr Stower and I formed a table of dads and sons for the Men Alive Breakfast.  Archbishop Mark Coleridge was guest speaker, on the topic The Future of the Catholic Church. The Archbishop made several noteworthy points. He feels that both the election of Pope Francis and the Royal Commission are signs that the Spirit is alive in the Church, but that it is impossible to put up a sign “Business as Usual.” Instead, business will have to change and that is why Catholic Bishops have called a synod (meeting) for 2020 in order to make decisions about lasting change. Consultation will be wide and deep in order that the agenda is set by the people and not from the top down. We aim to attend the next breakfast on 9 October and will once again invite fathers to walk alongside their sons, focusing on where we draw our strength.

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

 

 

Mission Day 2017 was a massive success! Thank you to all the parents who assisted the day ranging from donating goods, helping to prepare food and giving your sons money to spend on the day. This year we were able to break records with our revenue falling just shy of $20,000. This money will go a long way in assisting our Filipino friends and more details on how the money will be spent will be communicated in the lead up to the bi-annual AFAS Tour in September.

This year’s Mission Day also highlighted the spirit of solidarity, which was evident in many areas of the day. This became especially evident to me a few days prior, when I was transferring a box of tickets through the Junior School. I was walking down some stairs when I lost my footing and dropped the tickets all over the floor. I braced myself expecting a hoard of Junior School students to start grabbing handfuls of tickets and make a run for it… but instead, a large group of them came over and started to help me place them all back in the box.

AFAS will continue to fundraise throughout Terms 3 and 4. Watch this space.

The Men Alive Breakfast was an awesome experience. Archbishop Mark spoke brilliantly on the changes the Catholic Church in Australia is undertaking.  It was wonderful to be part of such an inspiring morning.

Daniel Duskovic, Villanova College AFAS President

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Sport

Villanova finished the Trimester 2 season against Marist College Ashgrove on the weekend. In terms of our results across the season, Villa performed well from Years 5 – 12 having 12 undefeated/premiership football teams, one AIC rugby premierships and four chess premierships including a premiership to our Open Chess Team. Furthermore, we had a number of teams who recorded only one loss or were placed second on the ladder in their respective age groups.

A list of all undefeated/premiership teams including their coaches is listed below. A sensational effort by all involved.

AIC Football

Premiership/Undefeated Teams

9B – Coached by Nick Klaassen

7A – Coached by Terry Kambouris

7B – Coached by Joseph Iezzi and Hamish Gorniak

5 XI – Coached by Paul Ellison

9 White – Coached by Paddy Wallis and Luke Perkins

8 Green – Coached by Paul Mulligan

7 White – Coached by Callum Davies and Ben Keller

6A – Coached by Aldo Avolio

6B – Coached by Tom Spillane

6C – Coached by Anthony Kemp

6 Gold – Coached by Georgia Mills-Geer

5B – Coached by Kristina Moss

AIC Rugby

Premiership/Undefeated Teams

9A – Coached by Jon Winsbury and Eddie Harris

AIC Chess

AIC Premiership/Undefeated Teams

Open Chess – Managed by Sally England and Mylan Warren

Intermediate A – Managed by Sally England and Mylan Warren

Intermediate B – Managed by Sally England and Mylan Warren

Junior A – Managed by Sally England and Mylan Warren

There is little doubt that receiving awards and recognition as a premiership/undefeated team is always pleasing. However, schools should not gauge the true success of their sports program on these awards alone. Student’s participation and enjoyment of sport should be at the forefront and be a key indicator of success.

Having committed boys with the right attitude, as well as quality coaches and managers who have the ability to extract the very best from the boys individually and as part of a team is ideal, and in most cases this occurred.

In order for the footy season to run smoothly, the College relies on the good will of many within our community to fulfil the various roles needed.  When I look back at the season, I believe Villanova had much success because our community ‘pitched in’ to make the season work. To this end, I thank the players, canteen helpers and ground staff. A special mention to all coaches and referees, who gave freely of themselves to provide the opportunity for our boys to play schoolboy footy. Villanova did well this season and I am proud to be a member of a community whose participants are prepared to be involved and to have fun along the way.

I would like to acknowledge the great work by our AIC Chess Coordinator, Mrs Sally England for her role in the development of the chess program. Villanova shot up from seventh position to second overall in the aggregate this year, narrowly missing out on the overall aggregate by just two points to St Pat’s. It is pleasing to see that we have good structures and coaches in place to ensure our chess students are equipped with the necessary skills to do well in competition. The numbers in Chess Club have again increased dramatically and the results are now coming our way winning four premierships from a possible seven. Well done to all chess players for a great season!

As one season finishes the next begins. Good luck to the many students who have participated in basketball and tennis trials this week. It is great to see a large number of boys are keen to represent their College in these sports. It is unfortunate that we have had to cancel a number of tennis trials this week due to the rain. All tennis players must attend the remaining trials in order to be considered for selection into a team.

We have tennis and basketball clinics this weekend. Please read below for further details. Good luck to all and enjoy!

AIC Cross Country by Mr Brett Morrissey, Cross Country Co-ordinator

Year 7 – 12 Training on the June/July Holidays

All runners are urged to continue their hard work over the June/July holiday period, if Villanova is to be successful at the annual AIC Championships on Wednesday, August 9 at Limestone Park.

Rather than meeting at Villanova College three mornings a week for the usual training, the following sessions will be available to runners over the two-week break:

  1. Monday night – wear your Villanova shirt/singlet for free session
    • Thompson Estate Athletics Club, 391 Stanley Rd, Carina, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
  1. Thursday night – wear your Villanova shirt/singlet for free session
    • Thompson Estate Athletics Club, 391 Stanley Rd, Carina, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
  1. Parkrun
    • Various places around the world offer free park runs every Saturday at 7.00am.  Distance is 5km.

Nearest venues to Villanova are Minnippi Park (Meadowlands Rd), Stones Corner or Southbank.

Several Villanova runners do this religiously every week with their parents and their times are recorded, with some beginning to achieve remarkable improvements due to their consistent approach.  Parkrun enables families who may be going to the Sunshine or Gold Coasts for their holidays to have a run whilst on holidays, as they are literally everywhere!

A two-week program will also be made available on the Villanova College website for students who want to do some quality solo training sessions.

Continue the hard work over the June/July holidays as this make a significant difference to the results for the whole squad.

AIC Rugby Results against Ashgrove

AIC Rugby Report by Mr Blake McLauchlan

Congratulations to everyone involved in Villanova rugby for 2017. As the season ends, it was fantastic to see the commitment displayed by our boys and the development of skill level improve as the season progressed. Trials began back in Week 9 of Term 1 when 22 teams from Years 5 – 12 were selected and entered into the AIC Competition.

During the holidays, our Andrew Slack and Ben Mowen squads gained some valuable experience competing against teams from New Zealand on the inaugural Rugby Tour of New Zealand. Shortly after, all teams were involved in a second trial game against St Peter’s and Ambrose Treacy College. This gave all of our coaches an opportunity to finalise selections before heading into Round 1 of the competition against St Pat’s.

Unfortunately, once again Villanova rugby was plagued with injuries very early on in the season. Our First XV and 10A’s in particular lost some very valuable players, which made the first few rounds of the AIC competition difficult.  As always, the boys did their absolute best to stand up and persevere with solid results against St Laurence’s and St Edmund’s. Slowly boys began returning from injury as we approached the back end of the season. This brought some much-needed momentum that was displayed during matches against Padua, Iona and St Peter’s.

Overall Villanova placed 5th in the aggregate. This is the best overall result we have achieved since 2011. Congratulations to the 9A’s who shared the premiership in the aggregate competition. It was fantastic to see teams win this year, who have been unsuccessful in previous seasons. There is no doubt that our rugby program is heading in the right direction.

There is a lot of work that goes into the selections, coaching and management of the 22 teams that represented the College this year and a huge thank you goes out to everyone involved, for what has been a fairly successful season for the College. We continue to rely on the generosity of parents, old boys and external coaches to give our boys a run on the paddock every Saturday. I would also like to extend a massive thank you to all of our members of the Villanova community who offer to help with refereeing and officiating for each of our home games. Bring on 2018!

AIC Football Results against Ashgrove

AIC Football Report by Mr Chris Everding

Thirty-six sides took to the field this year in the AIC Football competition. This is the same number of sides as last year and just over a third of the teams either won a premiership or went through the season undefeated. Overall, this is an outstanding result for the College and the future looks strong based on the participation levels and results of the teams in the Year 5 – 9 age groups.

The 9B, 7A (undefeated) and 7B sides all came away with aggregate premierships and special mention needs to be given to the 9B and 7B sides who both had to win their last match against Ashgrove to leap frog them for the premiership. In two excellent tight games, Villanova defeated Ashgrove, 1 – 0 and 2 – 1 respectively to clinch the premierships. The 7A team had two draws and no losses on their way to winning the premiership by one point over Iona and Ashgrove.

The following teams went through the season undefeated 5th XI, 9 White, 8 Green, 7 White, 6A, 6B, 6C, 6 Gold and 5B, while the 7th XI, 8B, 7C and 5C sides only lost one match.

The aggregate placings after the 2017 season were as follows:

Ashgrove 71.5, Iona 70.5, SLC 63, Villanova 57, SPC 44.5, Padua 42.5, SEC 41.5 and SPLC 40.5

Looking towards the 2018 season based on this season’s results, Villanova is in a very strong position. If the aggregate table was taken on the Year 7 – 9 age group, then Villanova would have finished first, in front of Ashgrove, SLC and Padua. Our Year 6 boys ALL went through undefeated and will add strength and points to the aggregate. What we will need next year is for our open teams to gel early and work together to build a strong open campaign. These boys will need to step up, play hard and fight to earn their jersey.

The success of our football season could not have happened without the positive drive and direction from Michael Rooney who helped guide the many coaches, who volunteered to develop the skills of the students who played this year. Many thanks needs to go to Mickey who is shaping the direction of Football at Villanova. On a weekly basis, he moves around each year level trying to get Villanova teams to work on similar drills, play a particular style and have year levels interacting better with one another. Mickey organises coaching sessions and courses for our many coaches and has also been instrumental in acquiring outside coaches, who have come on board with a vision to making Villanova Football a force. Tom Carnarvas and Hayden Fritz were recruited by Mickey and have done an exceptional job preparing and coaching the boys.

A big thank you to Len Catalano and Shane Stefanutto for all the time they have put into the First XI squad. From half way through last year, when trials began to last week-end, these men have put in many hours to get our boys prepared and ready to take on opposition colleges. Unfortunately, they did not come away with the results they were hoping for but all of the boys represented the College well during every match throughout the season.

The College would also like to thank the following parents for coaching sides and giving up their own family time to spend it with Villanova teams; John Intelisano 2nd XI, Paul Ellison 5th XI, Paul Mulligan 8 Green, Terry Kambouris 7A, Aldo Avolio 6A, George Vasiliou 6A, Simon O’Neil 5A and Sean Hodgson 5 White.

A number of staff also participated in the football program this season and your presence around the boys enabled the season to run smoothly. Thanks to Julie Davis 1st XI Manager, Paul Gribben 2nd XI, Darren Thomas 10A, Anthony Kemp 6C, Georgia Mills-Geer 6 Gold, Kirstina Moss 5B, Melissa Wilson 5C, Kelson Lee 5 Gold, Allison Squires 5 White and Nichole Rouhliadeff 5 Green.

Most of the coaches looking after our teams this year were returning Old Boys. These men formed the largest group of coaches we had this season and the reports coming back from parents regarding their interaction with the boys and coaching, were very positive and without them, we would have struggled to field all of the teams. I commend their commitment to Villanova Football and the enthusiasm with which they have wanted to give back to the College.

It would be wonderful to see them all again next year.  My thanks to:

  • Vassili Stammes 3rd XI
  • Liam Carlton-Jones 4th XI
  • Conor Hughes 6th XI
  • Robert Bolton 6th XI
  • Dylan Foster 7th XI
  • George Koulouris 7th XI
  • Matthew Reece and Henry McGahan 10B
  • Michael Mascadri 10C
  • Nick Klaassen 9B
  • Nick Gauci and Jayden Woolaston 9C
  • Jacob Mulcahy and Jarrod Koning 9 Gold
  • Paddy Wallis and Luke Perkins 9 White
  • Emmanuel Alexion and Harris Wakeling 8A
  • Daniello Romano 8B
  • Rohan Shay and Zac Mroczek 8C
  • Jun Tominaga and Dante Schick 8 Gold
  • Jackson Potter and Ben Jones 8 White
  • Joseph Iezzi and Hamish Gorniak 7B
  • Wilson Lam and Jack Stamatiou 7C
  • Jake Motley 7 and Ryan Picaro 7 Gold
  • Callum Davies and Benjamin Keller 7 White
  • Tom Spillane 6B

Games would not have gone ahead without the support of parents and students refereeing. There were many games that required covering week after week, and I would like to extend our thanks to parents, Richard Danen and Richard Adebiyi for always availing themselves to assist with refereeing. Thanks to students Hunter Gapes, Ben McGregor, Daniel Halligan, Thomas Knowles and Gabriel Mungarrieta who also answered the call when referees were needed.

AIC Chess Results against Ashgrove

AIC Chess Report by Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator 

The inaugural season for The Black Knights has ended with an exciting final night against Ashgrove. By the end of the night, the Open team had won the premiership for 2017.  The four players were – Aidan O’Donnell, the quiet one; Alex Ilka, the youngster; Lachlan Perrier, the extrovert and Theo Samios, the very excited captain.  Both Senior A and B teams also had good rounds of competition to contribute to the overall position of the team. Senior B had a great turn around after being very close in the first three rounds but still being unsuccessful, to then winning the following three rounds and tie the last night. The Black Knights won through, never giving up, always believing they could have success. Senior A and B players were Sam Stenson, Tom Balshaw, Hudson Rogers, Nathan Whitby, Alex Wang, Kieran Dooley, Max Eberhardt, Jack Gerrard, Andrew Worthington and Danny Chung (Vice Captain).

The Intermediate teams also had a fantastic season with the Intermediate A team winning the Premiership with the loss of only one game. The team consisted of William Ilka who won every game that he played – a fantastic effort for William; Connor Leahy and Tom Stenson who alternatively played position 2 and Aiden Lee and Mason Luu who played in positons 3 and 4. Aiden also had a fantastic year only losing three matches out of 14 in the whole season, a great win percentage for the year.

The Intermediate B Team also had a wonderful year, only losing one game to St Laurence’s, our old rival, but triumphing with the aggregate to have a very successful year gaining the Premiership. The team consisted of six players who alternated to allow everyone to play. The team was – Tom Hoctor, Harry Blaser and Daniel Waugh who played positions 1 and 2, Connor Whitby, Patrick Bryant and Christian Dang who played positions 3 and 4. The boys played together in the junior teams, and they have continued their winning streak into the intermediate level. I look forward to seeing them improve every year as they go through the system.

The Junior teams also managed to be the top team in the junior aggregate as they have for the last three years. Both of the teams remain undefeated, with Junior A gaining the Premiership and Junior B, gaining second position due to a draw. Team A was – Seb LoGiudice, Alex Hulme, Harry Bryant and Tom Winn (who lost only two games the whole season). Team B – was Joe Hoctor, Marc Sylla, Fionn Rossi and Max Blaser.  This was a fantastic effort again for the younger boys as most of them were in Year 5 and new to the College this year. Again, we look forward to watching these young men progressing through the levels.

This year, C teams were introduced into the competition to try to promote more participation. While Villanova had full teams, it was not a universal participation, so only a few schools fielded C teams. We congratulate all the boys in the C teams who participated in our coaching, practices, championships and games where possible. These teams will continue to be part of the College Chess Team always striving to gain a position in AIC. The senior players were Fabrice Ragoo, Matt Clarke, Brody Roper, Angus Boyer and Ethan Bell. The Intermediate team was Xavier Simondson, Blake Waugh, Alex Bryant and Peter Samios and finally we have our large band of enthusiastic Juniors  Oliver Wills, Lachlan Brown, Max Lee, Mattias Cotroneo, Liam Little and Seb Wilson.

It is also great to see we now have a number of families participating, with two players from each of these families – Ilka, Whitby, Samios, Blaser, Hoctor, Stenson and the three Bryant brothers.

It has been a wonderful season with many people to thank: Mr Stariha and Mrs Schofield who were always in the background helping in any way they could; the parents who brought the boys to and from the practice and competition every week and Mrs Blair who provided the team with food and drink when we played at home. We also have to thank our new coach Charles, who provided invaluable information and support by attending our games and reviewing them in the following week.  Our two Old Boys Matt Richards and Owen Peries, who helped each week with the Juniors, and provided the boys and Mrs Warren with invaluable support.  I would lastly like to thank Mrs Warren for joining us this year and working with the Juniors during the week and on Friday night to help them prepare.

A successful season could not be achieved without all the people involved, but more importantly, the results would not have been achieved without the players, coming and playing for two terms to reach their potential. It has been a great achievement to go from seventh for the last two years, to second, winning four premierships. Congratulations to the whole team for your persistence and dedication throughout the semester. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Remember there are no more coaching days on Wednesday or Friday morning but the championships continue during morning tea, or just come to have a fun game with friends.

AIC Tennis

The complete schedule of the entire AIC tennis season including trials, clinics, training times etc. is posted on the College’s Website under Sport/AIC Tennis.

It is unfortunate that the rain has caused us to cancel trials this week. It is very important for all boys who wish to play tennis to attend all remaining trials next week and the clinic this weekend in order for the managers/coaches to select teams. Tennis trials will continue next week as per schedule below. The team managers should notify players of their selection at the conclusion of the trials. There may be some cases where the managers require more time to sort through some players. If this is the case, these players will be invited back next term to the allocated training schedule for that age group for a number of sessions until the manager is able to decide.

Tennis Trial Schedule

The official training program will commence on day one next term, Wednesday 12 July. All players are required to attend both training sessions each week. The College will provide transportation back to school after the morning sessions held at Morningside Tennis Centre. All other transport to and from Morningside Tennis Centre will be the responsibility of the parents.

AIC Tennis Clinics

All boys who are trialling for teams MUST attend the AIC Tennis Clinics. These clinics will be held on Saturday 17 June at the Churchie Tennis Centre NOT the Morningside Tennis Centre. The times for each of these clinics are:

  • 7.00 – 8.30am – Year 5 and Year 6 (4 courts, 4 coaches)
  • 8.45 – 10.15am – Year 7 and Year 8 (4 courts, 4 coaches)
  • 10.30 -midday – Year 9 and Year 10 (4 courts, 4 coaches)
  • 12.15 -1.45pm – Year 11 AND Opens (4 courts, 4 coaches)

AIC Tennis Trial Games

Saturday 15 July – Full school tennis trial Years 5 – 12 against Ashgrove (home schedule)

AIC Basketball 

The complete schedule of the entire AIC basketball season including trials, clinics, training times etc. is posted on the College’s Website under Sport/AIC Basketball.

Week 1 of basketball trials will conclude at the end of this week. The second week of trials will be Monday – Wednesday of next week. The College is aware that many Year 12 students were unable to attend trials this week. If this is the case, these boys must make sure they attend the second week of trials in order to be considered. After these trials, teams will be announced and all students who have made an A and B team must listen for announcements about collecting their uniform for the first trial against SLC on the first day of school next Term.

Basketball Trial Schedule

AIC Basketball Clinics

Only those boys who have gained selection into the A and B squads must attend the AIC Basketball Clinic on Saturday 17 June in Goold Hall. These squads will be announced at trials over the coming days. All coaches are asked to attend these clinics.

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

AIC Basketball Trial Games

  • Wednesday 12 July  – Trial v St Laurence’s College (Year7 -12 A and B  teams only)
    7A/B, 8A/B, 9A/B at Villanova College, times TBA (either 4 or 4.45pm)
    10A/B, 11A, 1sts and 2nds at St Laurence’s College, times TBA (either 4.00, 4.45 or 5.30pm)
    Bus transportation will be provided for those boys playing at SLC. Parents are asked to collect their son/s promptly afterwards from St Laurence’s College.
  • Friday 14 July – Year 5 and 6 trials v Ashgrove at Villa/Ashgrove.  Times and venues to be advised.
  • Saturday 15 July – Year 7 – 12 trials v Ashgrove at Villa/Ashgrove.  Times and venues to be advised.

Year 5 and Year 6 Basketball

The squads for Year 5 and 6 basketball will be placed on the noticeboards around the boys’ classrooms next Monday.  All players should then know which squad they are in and their training sessions are on for Term 3. This training schedule is located on the AIC Basketball Season Schedule found on the College’s website. Training will commence for all teams the first week back after holidays. Please note that basketball shorts will need to be purchased by Friday July 14, which is a trial round against Ashgrove for Year 5 and Year 6 teams. All the hire singlets will be distributed to boys next term prior to the trial. The hire cost of the singlets will appear on Term 3 school fees.

Villa-Fit  2017

Villa-Fit is currently undergoing a new structure and at this stage, there will be no Villa-Fit at the commencement of Term 3.  Once all the details have been finalised parents and students will be notified.

Representative Sport

Well done to Mitchell Rieck, Jaxon Paterson-Wright, Henry Oberhardt and Ryan Siepel who all made the Met East Cross Country Team that will compete at the State Championships held at Bald Hills mid-July. A great effort boys and best wishes!

Congratulations to Jackson Moloney who recently made the Met East 11 – 12 Rugby Union Team. Jackson will compete at the State Championships in August at Carrara. Best wishes!

Harrison Rieck has made the Queensland Swim Team to compete at Nationals and Pacific School Games in December.  He will be competing in the 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and five relays. Awesome effort, good luck Harrison!

Charlie Cooke recently competed in the Met East Team U19 School Sport Volleyball Tournament in Caloundra. Charlie was selected to represent Queensland in the U19 team and has been invited to play in tournaments in Singapore and Malaysia in September. A fantastic achievement, well done Charlie!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music

Rehearsals final week of term

As we have a number of staff away on tour next week, the following rehearsals WILL NOT be running during Week 10 (Monday – Wednesday)

  • Monday
    • Percussion Ensemble 1 – Cancelled
  • Tuesday
    • Percussion Ensemble 2 – Cancelled
    • Flute Crew – Cancelled
    • Big Band – Cancelled
    • Supernovans / Senior Choir – Cancelled
  •  Wednesday
    • Year 6 Band -Cancelled (Strings ARE running)
    • Con Vivo Strings – Cancelled
    • Flute Crew Too – Cancelled

Year 6 students WILL need to bring their instruments to school next Wednesday.  Band is not meeting before school; however, strings are rehearsing as per the regular session time.  All lessons will be on as per usual during the day.

All other rehearsals will continue as per our regular schedule, including Symphonic Band on Wednesday afternoon.

As there is no school on Thursday, Mr Neville would like to reschedule Guitar Ensemble 2 to Tuesday morning, 20 June, from 7am for the final week of term only (next Tuesday).

Rockhampton Tour

Next week a tour party of 40 students and five teachers will be travelling to The Cathedral College in Rockhampton to participate in the Catholic Education Music Camp, Rockhampton Diocese.  Our students will be leaving on Monday morning and will take in some of the sights of Central Queensland including a visit to Koorana Crocodile Farm, The Singing Ship, St Christopher’s Chapel, a cruise on Keppel Bay and a little island time on Great Keppel Island, and that is only the first day and a half!

For the remainder of the week, our students will join with several hundred students from across the Rockhampton Diocese, from Bundaberg to Mackay and out to Emerald, rehearsing, learning and preparing music for the Gala Concert on Thursday evening.  If you have family in Rockhampton, encourage them to get along to this event, it is always great entertainment.  The concert commences at 6pm in the Mercy Centre (off Derby Street) at The Cathedral College, Rockhampton, on Thursday 22 June.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff travelling with the students and wish them all safe travels on their journey.

Rotorua Tour

Our Rotorua tour party have entered the final stages of preparation for this upcoming event.  37 students, three staff and two parents will be travelling to Rotorua to attend Rhapsody Rotorua, a gala event akin to our QCMF.  We will be joining several schools from across New Zealand’s North Island and seven schools from Australia in workshops, concerts and activities across the first week of our winter holidays.

A reminder to all ‘tourists’ that we are rehearsing tour repertoire over the following days/times:

  • Sunday 18 June, 3 – 5pm in the String Room – Parent info session at 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 20 June, 3 – 4:30pm in the Hanrahan Theatre
  • Friday 23 June,  2 – 5pm Hanrahan Theatre
  • Saturday 24 June, 8am – 12noon – Hanrahan Theatre – Concert for parents at noon

Massive Raffle Draw – Congratulations to our winners!

Our Massive Raffle was drawn at the final Gala Concert last Thursday evening.  Congratulations to the following winners:

First Prize: Mrs Christina Jones – Three nights’ accommodation at Paradise Resort Gold Coast Plus Double 7-Day Pass to Dreamworld, White Water World and Skypoint Tower

Second Prize: Mrs Samantha Rigden, $200 QPAC Voucher – expires May 2018

Third Prize: Mrs Paula Hoctor, Dining Voucher to California Native

Debut Concerts

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank those students, parents, and staff members who assisted with the organisation and running of our Gala Concerts last week.  We hope that the new format was enjoyable for you all.

Thank you to those who have sent in feedback, it is greatly appreciated.

Date Claimers

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

Term 3

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 4

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 the 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 the 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

UQ Lunchbox Sessions

During Weeks 3 and 4 of Term 3, Student Ambassadors from the University of Queensland will be visiting Senior School students to conduct Lunchbox Sessions.  During these Lunchbox Sessions Student Ambassadors will share their experiences about their relevant degree, their subject selections, practical experiences they have had and extracurricular activities available.  Below is the outlined schedule:

Monday 24 July: Law

Tuesday 25 July: Medicine

Wednesday 26 July: Engineering, Architecture, IT and Planning

Thursday 27 July: Health and Exercise

Friday 28 July: Science and Mathematics

Monday 31 July: Arts, Advanced Humanities and Criminology

This will encompass:

  • Drama and Music
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology

Tuesday 1 August: Arts, Language, and Politics Philosophy and Economics

This will encompass:

  • Politics
  • International relations
  • International studies
  • Philosophy
  • Languages

Wednesday 2 August: Journalism and Mass Communication

Thursday 3 August: Education and Health, Sport and Physical Education (HPE)

Friday 4 August: Business, Economics and Commerce

Mrs Dianne Martin, Pathways Program Leader

 P&F Trivia Night

Mega Raffle Winners

The winners of the Mega Raffle drawn on Saturday, 10 June at Villanova Park are: Damien Gilhooley, Paul Coffey, Paul Green, Mike Griffin, Bruce Myers, Steve Ryan, Craig Edwards, John Ware, Andy Mellors and Sean Zegenhagen.  Congratulations to this lucky group who purchased their ticket at the recent Sports Lunch.

Thank you to all the Villanova families and friends who supported the Sports Club by buying a ticket.

The next meeting of the Sports Club will be held on Wednesday, 12 July at 6 p.m. in Goold Hall when we will vote on another exciting major project for Villanova Park.

Sports Club Committee

Library Roster

 Tuesday, 20th June

Cristina Palacios

Tuckshop Roster

Monday, 19 June

Michelle Dixon, Alicia Maunsell, Jody Fazldeen, Kyle-Ann Walsh, Michelle Lewis, Leah Coogans, Jude Johannesen

Tuesday, 20 June

Kate Hartley, Jo Phillips, Lisa Meredith, Sally Wearne, Jilane Anderson, Deanne Perrier, Debbie McWilliam, Lisa Stone, Nicole Binney, Victoria Lenton, Nicky Rosso

Wednesday, 21 June

Sharron Genrich, Lisa Prendergast, Tina Taylor, Lisa Moroney, Clare Godwin, Paivi McIntosh, Jean Egan, Monica Curtis

Thursday, 22 June

Pupil Free Day

Friday, 23 June

Pupil Free Day

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Calendar of Events

Stay up to date with the College events please proceed to the event calendar.

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Community Updates

Canossa Catholic Kindergarten Turning 50

Canossa Kindergarten is turning 50, and are wanting to reach out to their past students and families to come and celebrate. Please see the invitation for more information.

OUR LADY’S VISITORS’ DAY

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