Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Welcome back to Term Three to all our families and students. Over the last week I, and many others were held spellbound by the rescue of the “Wild Boars” Soccer team from the flooded caves in Thailand. It is truly amazing what can be achieved when people work together using their talents and skills to achieve a common goal. As we begin this new term we too have a common goal- to provide our young men with a Catholic education for the future that prepares them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Provincial Chapter Augustinian Australian-Asia Province 2018

During the recent Semester break I had the opportunity to attend the Provincial Chapter of the Augustinian Fathers of Australia/Asia Province. The Chapter is held every four years and through a process of discussion and discernment the Chapter determines the key priorities for the Order over the next four years.  One of the key priorities for the Augustinian Order of Australia/Asia remains a strong commitment to the education mission of the two Augustinian Colleges in Australia, Villanova College and St Augustine’s College.

At the Chapter the Augustinian Fathers elect a new Prior Provincial and Provincial Council. Fr Peter Jones OSA was elected Prior Provincial and we congratulate Fr Peter Jones OSA on his election and keep him and the Provincial Council in our prayers. Provincial Counsellors of the Australian/Asia Province are Frs Brian Buckley OSA, John Sullivan OSA, Peter Wieneke OSA and Francis Belciña OSA, Provincial Bursar and Reserve Provincial Counsellor- Fr Dave Austin OSA, Provincial Secretary and Reserve Provincial Counsellor- Fr Percival Sevare OSA.

Back Row: Frs Percival Sevare OSA (Provincial Secretary and Reserve Counsellor), Peter Wieneke OSA, John Sullivan OSA (Counsellors), David Austin OSA (Provincial Bursar and Reserve Counsellor), Francis Belciña OSA and Brian Buckley OSA (Counsellors).

Front Row: Br Ki Hoon (Salesio) Lee OSA (Delegation Superior, Korea), Fr Alejandro Moral Anton OSA (Prior General), Fr Peter Jones OSA (Prior Provincial), Fr Anthony Banks OSA (Assistant General – Asia Pacific).

I acknowledge the dedication and support of Fr Dave Austin OSA, Provincial emeritus who is well known to our community. Fr Dave has been a great supporter of Villanova College and I thank him for his leadership and support over the past four years. Congratulations also to Fr Peter Wieneke OSA, College Chaplain on his election to the Provincial Council.

The Australian/Asia Augustinian Chapter 2018 Participants

Our Year 12 Students will be attending their Retreat experience over the next four days and we keep them in our prayers during this important time. The Retreat provides an opportunity for our young men to pause, reflect and pray. Each of the retreat groups will be interacting with a social justice problem and will reflect on how the social problem may be addressed.

On Friday evening the Year 11 students will host the Villanova College Semi-Formal at Dockside. This event provides an opportunity for our young men to display their gentlemanly qualities in a social setting. I am confident they will conduct themselves in the correct and appropriate manner.


We keep in our prayers Mr Michael Feltoe, son of staff member Mrs Pauline Feltoe who is undergoing surgery next week.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

On Monday Junior School Staff engaged in a Restorative Practice Professional Development session with Graeme George.  With 35 years of experience here at Villanova College, Graeme’s passion – beside Senior Physics – is the developmental relationships framework for educators, in an Augustinian setting.  I know first-hand that Graeme’s passion is genuine, as all teaching and office/administration staff who attended as not one peeked at their mobile phone during the session. My thanks to Melissa Wilson for working with Graeme for this presentation, ensuring the Junior School needs were given priority.

We were reminded of how precious our work is, teaching your sons.  Our pedagogy – the “how” of teaching – is scientifically proven to matter the most in affecting your son’s progress and achievements.  Graeme reiterated that the work we do in the Junior School, building emotive literacy and using Circle Time/Well Being opportunities to build relationships makes a great impact in the Senior School.  Revisiting the biology of the young developing brain meant all staff could reinforce how every smile, conversation and interaction impacts our young men neurologically.  We have the ultimate privilege and sacred trust in working with your son over a year.

At the Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, we had the chance to discuss Semester One’s pastoral, academic and co-curricular achievements.  Planning Semester Two is important – our boys need to be conscious learners, with the highest support between home and school.  I would like to share with you the Five Elements that our staff are conscious of in their goals, thanks to Graeme’s research.

  1. Adults need to express care for the young people they work with. Being dependable, listening, believing in youth, showing genuine warmth and encouragement are the actions that can make a difference.  We have a responsibility for these students to know that they matter, and we enjoy spending time with them.
  2. Educators need to challenge growth. We do expect the boys to do their best, to reach their potential, show accountability and reflect positively when disappointment occurs.  We are in a position where we have a responsibility to be mindful of reaching outcomes and so we plan, prepare and look to engage each individual across the day so that everyone gets some of what they like, but also what they need.
  3. Providing support is imperative for young students to succeed. We need to navigate the learning goal, empower the knowledge and skills through best learning practices, provide the learner with the tools that will see them make connections with clear boundaries, and advocate the effort along the way.  Completing tasks and achieving best results are necessary and this includes homework.  Revisiting key concepts in work books, using Google Docs or One Note and referring to the Assessment Calendar is necessary.
  4. The concept of power being shared fairly is important when working with students. Respect should be given, earned and reciprocated.  Inclusive practices for teaching, learning and evaluation build trust, so then turn taking with leading or following becomes easier.  Collaborating with teachers and other classes helps us learn from others.  Choices in how we learn also give us a sense of control over what we need on a certain day, in a subject.  Providing opportunities for leadership matter, and we certainly know by now that we have some incredible experts who will happily mentor their peers if given the chance.
  5. Students need to expand the possibilities of their world. They need inspiration to find horizons they never knew existed.  Connections through people, online sources or other tools foster meaningful learning and develop passion.  Creativity thrives in the moment that a “lightbulb” turns on and so we need to be watching our students carefully to see their inquiry and direct them accordingly.

We are so fortunate to have had the chance to establish our mindset in such a positive manner to start Term 3.  I wish every student at Villanova College a successful “third quarter” – this is where premierships are won gentlemen – and where we can see you rise to any occasion should you truly want to.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

Making a responsible decision can sometimes be a challenge for our young men. In the ‘heat of the battle’, this can be a point of much frustration for parents and teachers alike.

As rational adults however, we understand that adolescence is a time of great physical, emotional, social and cognitive change. Neurological reconstruction sees their pre-frontal cortex (the thinking part of the brain) rely heavily on the limbic system (emotional part of the brain) in order to make many decisions. This often explains why teenage decision-making is more likely to be lead by emotion and not common-sense.

Thankfully we also know that Social Emotional skills such a responsible decision making can be learnt and should be taught and both schools and parents can play significant roles in developing these SE skills. Taught most effectively, they are integrated into classroom learning and everyday home life.

What is responsible decision making?

Put simply, it is the ability to make flexible and responsible decisions and problem solve by using a process of weighing options and considering consequences. It involves being able to create a plan and execute a plan of action, evaluate its effectiveness, consider the inhibitors, and revise the plan if necessary.

How do we facilitate our young people in developing this skill?

As above, SE learning needs to be integrated into everyday learning experiences, however parents can certainly adopt a few simple strategies to foster this development.

Encourage your sons to:

  • Imagine or brainstorm other ways of doing something
  • Remain open to new or alternative ideas or ways of thinking
  • Set and achieve homework and study goals
  • Evaluate risks associated with certain activities
  • Apply the following six steps when solving simple daily problems:
  • Identify the problem
  • Think about why it is a problem
  • Brainstorm possible solutions
  • Evaluate the solutions
  • Put solutions into action
  • Evaluate the outcome

Each year the College surveys its students using the Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) instrument. The survey is completed anonymously and provides us with a snapshot of the boys’ overall wellbeing and SE development. A handful of the questions relate to Responsible Decision Making:

Survey Statement Percentage of Year 7, 8 and 9 students who agreed with the statement in 2017 survey
When I don’t understand something, or something is boring I give up too easily 40%
I have a “say” when it comes to making decisions about the way we do things at home 73%
I am good at solving conflicts 76%
When I get angry, I act without thinking 35%

Over the coming weeks, I will share more results from this survey as I address the other Social Emotional competencies, and the support that parents and teachers can provide to foster the development of these skills.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Welcome back all Senior School families to Term 3. In the AFL, they speak of the third quarter as the premiership quarter, and certainly we enter an incredibly dynamic and important term of the year, especially for our Year 12 students with the QCS Test and our musicians with the QCMF.

I hope all students had the opportunity to recharge and enjoy their mid-year holiday break and that all have returned ready to respond to new challenges and continue to build a mindset geared towards striving for excellence in both the classroom and how they conduct themselves as young men.

The parent-teacher conferences that were conducted earlier this week provided students and parents with purposeful feedback building upon the comments from the Semester One Academic Reports. I hope that all students have honestly reflected upon their academic performance and progress last semester and coupled with the teacher feedback are articulating new goals for their studies moving forward. I would like to thank the Senior School teaching faculty for their energy in preparing for these conferences and the counsel they provided to their students.

After reviewing the Semester One academic data, there is certainly the capacity for students to improve their performance. The cultivation and disciplined sustainment of effective study skills and attention to assessment processes- especially the importance placed on planning and drafting phases- is two key areas which will lead students towards academic growth.

I would like to affirm the efforts of our Year 12 students who as a Senior class, lifted their academic achievement with seventy percent of the cohort improving their overall GPA.

As stated in my correspondence at the end of last term, key staff will engage with all Senior School students to discuss their academic performance and explore whether every student is maximising their potential. This started with the SET Plan Interview process with our Year 10 students on Tuesday and will continue in ISP lessons with our Year 11 and 12 students over the first few weeks of the term.

There are several key events this term which are poignant in the Villanova Senior School journey. As you read this article, Year 12 students from Crane and Goold House will be in the middle of their Retreat experience. This significant formation time provides our Seniors with an opportunity to reflect on how their personal story has been shaped by their Villanova journey. The retreat also encourages our young men to nurture the value of interiority by exploring their inner selves, which is one of the foundational aspects of an Augustinian education. I would like to thank Dean of Mission and Identity, Mr John Holroyd and Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Tony Rolls for their leadership and organisation of the Retreat program.

Tomorrow, the Year 11 students will no doubt enjoy their Semi-Formal occasion. Such events are important in the social development of our young men and I am confident that they will prove to be most generous and chivalrous in their care of their partners throughout the evening. I appreciate the efforts of Year 11 Pastoral Area Leader, Mr Peter Meecham in his organisation of this event.

Best wishes for another successful term.

‘Love is the beauty of the soul.’- Saint Augustine

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

Queensland Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards – Villanova Winners!

June, students Zac Adams and Henry Goodwin were named winners of the Senior Student Category at the Queensland Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAwards, the nation’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy.   Each year the iAwards shine a light on the exceptional achievements of those at the forefront of Australian innovation

Zac and Henry used a range of technologies to create an app to overcome the lack of a mobile interface for Student Café – the student access point for TASS.  The app, written for both Android and iOS, gives access to a student’s timetable, teachers, substitute teachers, results, due dates and more.  It includes notifications on the phone and the iOS version even integrates with a smart watch.  The iOS version is already available on the App Store.

At the awards showcase and dinner, Zac and Henry spent much of the evening demonstrating and explaining their project to people representing private and government organisations and corporate competition entries.  They also met with Kate Jones, the Queensland Minister for Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games.

As winners from the Queensland competition, Zac and Henry will present their project at the Australian iAwards competition in Melbourne in August.

Yr 8 Integrated Technologies

At the end of Term 2, over sixty students took home their own customised foosball table with a 3D printed ball and electronic scoreboard.  These were produced during the semester in the Year 8 Integrated Technologies Course.

Students learnt many workshop skills while building the foosball table.  They designed the base and the players in the Design class, learning to use a design process and prepare their designs for laser cutting.  The balls were 3D printed using the printers in the Design classroom.  The scoreboards are programmed on an Arduino Nano, using Digital skills developed at the start of the course.  The students then assemble the components to create the electronic scoreboard.

The students completing this course have experienced the Technologies subjects – Digital, Design, Engineering and Workshop – that are available in the following years. Teaching staff, Chris Atkinson, Evie Skinner and Kane Corby are to be thanked for the work that they have put into provided these opportunities for the Year 8 students.

Kathy Duncan, Middle & Senior School Technical Studies Curriculum Area Leader


A+ Orals Course

This unique course is designed specifically for the oral assignments students are required to present in many subjects.  Students will learn the skills, strategies and techniques that will allow them to make the most of any speaking opportunity.

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E-Learning Update

Elearning: Is your son ready for Semester Two?
As we commence another semester of study it is an important time to check a few laptop matters with your son. Please take some time this week to ask your son the following questions?

Batteries – does your son’s laptop last 6+ hours each day?
Firstly, there has been considerable discussion recently regarding battery issues affecting laptop usage in class. It is expected that all laptops last six hours of regular use while at school. Typically, this is the case. However, where students stream data before and after school, use laptops in the library throughout recess breaks and multi-task (using multiple apps at once) this exhausts battery life considerably. There are some apps and settings that significantly affect battery life. Please visit the following Villa Moodle link to learn more: Understanding your laptop battery.

App and file audit – do any apps and files need to be uninstalled?
Over the holidays students tend to use laptops for personal use, such as games. As we commence another term please ensure your son uninstalls game clients, cleans the desktop of icons and deletes unnecessary images/videos from the hard drive. I will be discussing this – amongst other semester-starting strategies – in Form Meetings and PD sessions early this term. An organised laptop is a critical step towards an organised approach to this semester.

Storage – is your son using Drive File Stream?
During last term, Google Drive File Sync was replaced with Google Drive File Stream. Students need to stop using File Sync and start using File Stream. This transition requires students to (a) check that all files are synced to, then (b) uninstall Google Drive File Sync, then (c) install and configure Drive File Stream. This new product also operates differently. Files are now served “on demand” meaning no files or folders are stored locally, unless the user changes a default setting. I have placed a full set of guidelines in Villa Moodle at this link: Google Drive File Stream.

Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12 students – are you approaching the end of a BYOD warranty period?
Depending on when you purchased your son’s laptop (e.g. late 2015 or early 2016), you may be nearing the end of a three-year warranty period. If there are any missing/damaged keys or ports, battery issues, etc then now is the time to act. Once the warranty period expires repairs can be more costly and problematic. Some warranties also include one free battery replacement – this in itself can prolong the life of a laptop beyond the end of its warranty period. Therefore, I would recommend you locate the original paperwork and discuss any issues with your warranty provider. If your son’s laptop is nearing the end of the laptop warranty period, it is also worth considering when is the right time to switch to a new model. Refer to our notes and guidelines on the BYOD page of the College website. A particularly useful document is the BYOD Parent Information brochure.

Mr Jason Lane, Junior, Middle & Senior Schools Elearning Pedagogy Leader

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QCMF 2018
This year’s Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival will be the largest on record.  In our 28th year, we are welcoming over 15,000 students from 112 schools across Queensland and Australia.  Villanova will become the musical centre of the Catholic Education world for four days from 16 – 19 August.

Performance times for Villanova have been finalised and have been distributed via email earlier this week.  Please ensure you have received these and note the arrival times.  For your information, these have also been included below.  All students will need to be on level 1 of the Augustine Centre at the set arrival time so that preparations may best be made for our performances.  I am really looking forward to hearing all of our groups share their music with our community.

QCMF is more than an event that our community hosts, and it is more than a performance opportunity for our students in their ‘home venue.’  This festival is a celebration of music education and Catholic education; it is a celebration of community; and, it is a celebration of learning and growth.  I encourage you to come along and share in this celebration with our friends from around the country and share in the fantastic music produced by our students.  For more information regarding the festival, please visit our website –

This festival cannot be held without the support of a fantastic group of volunteers.  Every year we have a great team who fill over 1,700 roles across the weekend of QCMF; many of whom enjoy the event so much they return year-on-year.  I encourage you all to come along and experience our event from a volunteer perspective.  The QCMF volunteering portal is now open and ready for operation – head along and view where you may assist:

QCMF 16 – 19 AUGUST, 2018
CB1C(1) Emma Carey/ Sam Sleep Wind Ensemble THUR 16 Aug 3:45:00 PM 4:45:00 PM Goold Hall
GE1B(1) Russell Neville Guitar Ensemble 2 THUR 16 Aug 5:11:00 PM 6:11:00 PM Augustine Centre
GE1A Russell Neville Guitar Ensemble 1 THUR 16 Aug 7:12:00 PM 8:12:00 PM Augustine Centre
SOC(1) Raquel Bastos Year 5 String Ensemble FRIDAY 17 Aug 7:30:00 AM 8:30:00 AM Augustine Centre
SOC(1) Christine Byrne Year 6 String Ensemble FRIDAY 17 Aug 8:25:00 AM 9:25:00 AM Augustine Centre
CBC(2) Emma Carey Year 5 Band FRIDAY 17 Aug 9:13:00 AM 10:13:00 AM Goold Hall
IE2 Samantha Sleep JS Flute Crew FRIDAY 17 Aug 10:42:00 AM 11:42:00 AM Veritas
IE1C(3) Samantha Sleep Flute Crew FRIDAY 17 Aug 12:03:00 PM 1:03:00 PM Veritas
CB2A Samantha Sleep/ Gordon Hughes Year 6 Band FRIDAY 17 Aug 1:15:00 PM 2:15:00 PM Goold Hall
SO1B(2) Raquel Bastos Amadeus Chamber Ensemble FRIDAY 17 Aug 2:55:00 PM 3:55:00 PM Tolle Lege
SO1B(1) Raquel Bastos Sinfonia String Orchestra FRIDAY 17 Aug 4:28:00 PM 5:28:00 PM Augustine Centre
IE1A(1) Joshua McKechie Brass Ensemble FRIDAY 17 Aug 5:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM Veritas
PEC(1) Gordon Hughes Junior Percussion Ensemble SATURDAY 18 Aug 9:35:00 AM 10:35:00 AM Augustine Centre
CH1B(4) Timothy Sherlock College Choir SATURDAY 18 Aug 10:29:00 AM 11:29:00 AM St James Church
IE1A(2) Christine Byrne Corelli Ensemble SATURDAY 18 Aug 10:49:00 AM 11:49:00 AM Veritas
JBC(2) Michael Jones Jazz Ensemble SATURDAY 18 Aug 11:30:00 AM 12:30:00 PM Tolle Lege
PE1A Gordon Hughes Senior Percussion Ensemble SATURDAY 18 Aug 5:35:00 PM 6:35:00 PM Augustine Centre
JB1A(2) Joshua McKechie Big Band SATURDAY 18 Aug 6:37:00 PM 7:37:00 PM Goold Hall
SO1C(1) Raquel Bastos Consort String Orchestra SUNDAY 19 Aug 8:37:00 AM 9:37:00 AM Augustine Centre
CB1C(3) Joshua McKechie/ Michael Jones Concert Band SUNDAY 19 Aug 8:45:00 AM 9:45:00 AM Goold Hall
FO1B Michael Jones  et al. Loreto and Villanova Colleges Symphony Orchestra SUNDAY 19 Aug 10:58:00 AM 11:58:00 AM Augustine Centre
CE(4) Belinda Tucker Irish Ensemble 2 SUNDAY 19 Aug 12:40:00 PM 1:40:00 PM Quadrangle Stage
VE1A(3) Timothy Sherlock Supernovans SUNDAY 19 Aug 1:55:00 PM 2:55:00 PM St James Church
CE(5) Belinda Tucker Irish Ensemble 1 SUNDAY 19 Aug 3:00:00 PM 4:00:00 PM Quadrangle Stage
CB1A(3) Michael Jones Symphonic Band SUNDAY 19 Aug 5:35:00 PM 6:36:00 PM Augustine Centre

Rehearsals and Lessons Term 3

All lessons and rehearsals have commenced in earnest!  With only four weeks to the QCMF, it is vital that all students are present and prepared for every session.  Our rehearsal schedule continues as per previous terms without change.

I am really looking forward to hearing our students perform for our visitors next month – with this being the biggest festival yet, it is going to be a great event!

Brisbane Girls’ Grammar Workshops

As per previous years, our concert bands will be participating in an afternoon of workshops with our friends at BGGS on Wednesday 25 July.  The Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will be travelling to Spring Hill while the Symphonic Band will be remaining at Villanova College.

Information regarding the workshop, transport arrangements and the concert for parents will be forwarded shortly.

Irish Ensemble 1 & 2 at St James’ Fete – Sunday 29 July

With the onset of winter, the Villanova College Music ‘Fete’ season has commenced.  As per the date-claimers below, we have a number of performance opportunities over the coming 5 weeks – please ensure your son has made arrangements with sport/working commitments to ensure his availability.

Both our Irish Ensembles will be sharing their musical talents at St James’ School Coorparoo on Sunday 29 July.  The students will be performing from 1:30-2:00pm – we look forward to your support at this great community event.

Co-Curricular Music Photos

We have changed the time of our photo session this year to before the QCMF rather than the week following to ensure we’re all looking well-rested and generally well for this year’s year book.  Photos this year are going to be convened on Tuesday 31 July.  A schedule of photos will be sent home to parents once approved by our photographers and the College.

Please use this as an opportunity to ensure you have your son’s performance uniform organised for QCMF.  For your information, performance uniform requirements have been included below.

All Year 5 musicians are required to wear:

  • grey shorts;
  • formal white shirt (available from uniform shop);
  • long 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 Villanova 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

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

Term 3
1 Monday 16 July Music Support Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
2 Wednesday 25 July BGGS workshop (after school) – Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band
2 Sunday 29 July Irish Ensemble 1 & 2 at St James’ Fete
3 Tuesday 31 July Co-Curricular Music Photos – Augustine Centre
3 Sunday 5 August Big Band at Mt Carmel Fete
4 Monday 6 August QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
6 16 – 19 August QCMF
7 20 – 24 August Wieneke Family Bursary Heats
7 Friday 24 August MS/SS instrumental/vocal student excursion to QSO (morning concert)
7 Sunday 26 August Irish Ensemble 1 and Big Band at St Brendan’s Fete
8 Tuesday 28 August Wieneke Family Bursary Finals
9 3 and 4 September BGS, BGGS, Somerville Strings Workshop (after school) – String Sinfonia, String Consort
9 Monday 3 September Music Support Group/ QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music


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Welcome back to all for what will be another busy term of sport. It is only Week 1 and already we have many sporting opportunities on offer for all students from Year 5 – 12.

AIC cross country training is back in full swing. AIC tennis training for all teams from Year 5 – 12 commenced on Wednesday afternoon of this week. Tennis training will continue as per the season schedule posted on the College’s website listed under the AIC Tennis section. Please be aware of the new starting times for tennis this year. The time slots have changed significantly from previous years. All players need to be aware of these as we lead into the season ahead.

All A, B, First V and Second V basketball teams from Year 7 – 12 have had a trial against St Laurence’s this afternoon.  The official basketball training program for all teams from Year 5 – 12 has commenced and the full season schedule is again found on the web under AIC Basketball.

Please note that the ‘Season Schedule’ document found on the website under the respective AIC Tennis and Basketball sections contain the complete training schedule, coaches contact details, uniform expectations, home and away schedule, games times and much more. If you are requiring information regarding your respective sport I believe all answers should be found within this document.

The AIC track and field program will commence in Week 6 of this term – please be on the lookout for further details via next week’s Villa View and the College’s website.

We commence the first of the three AIC cross country meets for the season at Limestone Park this Saturday 21 July. Several boys may have a clash between AIC basketball/tennis trials v Ashgrove and Cross Country. In this case we would prefer the boys to commit to their basketball and tennis game/match as a priority although we hope many are able to play their game and catch the bus out to Limestone Park in the afternoon after their game.

We wish our squad the very best as they continue their preparations for the annual AIC Championship which will be held on Wednesday 8th August at Limestone Park. Many of these boys have been in training since the middle of Term 2. I have much admiration for these boys. They often juggle their personal schedules to fit in other co-curricular commitments as well as their studies but manage to turn up to training and the designated meets regularly to represent themselves and the College well.

In my opinion, to boost or better a school’s sports program we must firstly look at ‘School Spirit’. I feel fortunate that I am involved in community where many people exhibit enormous amounts of school spirit often. Our boys show spirit through participation, enjoyment and support of their mates and the College. May I please ask parents to assist the College in its quest to further develop school spirit by strongly encouraging your boy/s to get involved and to support others when asked.

Over the coming weeks, I will be personally asking some of our talented student athletes to join the AIC track and field training program and perhaps to fill some places in our AIC Cross Country Team. There is no doubt that our College community gives greatly to each of its students. From time to time, I believe, it’s a fair request that the College asks something in return. If a student is good enough and talented enough to represent his College – then he should. It would be a great shame to see our best athletes, musicians or perhaps academic students not use their gifts to benefit the College and to better themselves. We understand the need for a balanced education and we do not want to over-burden our students, but we want Villanova’s best to shine. If there are issues surrounding a student’s work load which impedes him from participating, please contact the Sports Office. The Sports Office is reasonable in its approach when working with families and students to come up with solutions and alternative programs which is beneficial for all. Again, I urge all students and parents to support this process. If you have a gift, please use it to benefit others.

This weekend we have basketball and tennis trials against Ashgrove as well as a cross country trial at Limestone Park. This will be a further opportunity for coaches to assess players and runners. I would expect some movement of players between teams in readiness for next weekend’s Round 1 fixture against St Patrick’s College. Coaches are instructed to choose their teams each week based on attendance, player performance and attitude.

As always, I urge all students to get involved in the sports program and enjoy the challenges you face along the way. Enjoy the term ahead boys!

AIC Tennis and Basketball Trial Round v Ashgrove, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July – Times and Venues

All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. All Year 7 – 12 basketball and Year 5 – 12 tennis games are played on Saturday.  Please refer to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures against Marist College Ashgrove.

AIC Cross Country – Mr Brett Morrissey, Cross Country Coordinator

The first AIC cross country meet is held this Saturday 21 July at Limestone Park. This is the first opportunity for our runners to race the other AIC College’s, and put their hard work and training to the test.

The coaches are hoping that there will be a huge representation of Villanova College cross-country runners this Saturday at Limestone Park and that ALL runners attend ALL the remaining training sessions in the next three weeks leading up to the AIC Cross Country Championships at Limestone Park on August 8.

A final plea to students who are/were thinking of doing cross-country when AIC rugby or football was completed last term, now is the time to train.  We train on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6.45am, meeting outside Goold Hall. The Year 5 and Year 6 runners train Monday and Wednesday afternoons 3.15 – 4.30pm.

Remember – there are only three weeks remaining with three warm-up carnivals to get a time on the board!

The AIC Championships will be held at Limestone Pk on Wednesday 8th August. A full program of the day’s events is posted on the College’s website under Sport – AIC Cross Country. A bus will depart the College with all athletes early that day. More details to follow in next week’s edition.

It is imperative that all runners from Year 5 – 12 attend all training sessions as listed below and meets in the lead up to the day of the AIC Championships.  Over the next two weeks Cross Country training should be given priority over any basketball or tennis training.

AIC Cross Country Meet – Limestone Park – Saturday 21 July

Venue: Limestone Park, parking off Salisbury Road or Lion Street, Ipswich. A bus will transport all Year 7 – 12 runners departing Villanova at 1.00pm and retuning at approximately 4.30/45pm. All Year 5 and Year 6 runners are asked to find their own transport to and from the venue.


2.00pm Year 5 2km
2:15pm Year 6 3km
2:30pm 12 years and 13 years 3km
2:50pm 14 years and 15 years 4km
3:10pm 16 years and Opens 6km


  1. Sports Medicine Personnel will be located near the finish line for the treatment of injuries.  (provided by AIC).
  2. There will be no presentation of awards for place-getters.
  3. Limited canteen facilities available on the day.

Cross Country Camp

A group of 35 students and two staff members attended the annual AIC Cross Country Camp which was held at Currimundi towards the end of last term. I must commend all squad members for the way in which they conducted themselves whilst on camp – a fantastic group of boys! It is a satisfying feeling to take a group of boys on a camp such as this and to see them benefit greatly from the experience, not only physically but more importantly, how they bonded as one team. Well done boys!

Important AIC Cross Country Dates – Year 5 – 12

Saturday July 21 Limestone Park

Year 5 – 2.00pm

Year 6 – 2.15pm

12 years and 13 years – 2.30pm

14 years and 15 years – 2.50pm

16 years and Open – 3.10pm

Saturday July 28 Year 7-12 Park Run at Stones Corner 7am. Students meets at Goold Hall at 6.30am and jog down together.

Year 5 and Year 6 training session at Whites Hill reserve 4 – 5pm

Friday August 3 SLC HOST at Runcorn

Year 5 – 4.00pm

Year 6 – 4.10pm

12 years and 13 years – 4.25pm

14 years and 15 years – 4.40pm

16 years and Open – 4.55pm

Wednesday August 8 AIC CHAMPIONSHIPS


Year 5 – 11.00am

Year 6 – 11.15am

12 years – 11.35am

13 years – 11.55am

14 years – 12.15pm

15 years – 12.45pm

16 years –  1.15pm

Open – 1.45pm

Presentations – 2.30pm

 Important Notes

  • Bus transportation will be provided to and from school to each cross country meet
  • The first meet is held at Limestone Park this Saturday 21 July in the afternoon. This will clash with our basketball trials against Ashgrove. All tennis players should finish their game and be able to attend this meet. Very few basketball games are scheduled around the departure time, so most runners will be able to make the bus to Limestone Park or may make their own way to the venue. If a clash occurs, we ask that basketball be given the priority. We would envisage this would affect minimal runners. Students are permitted to find their own way to Limestone Park.
  • Bus departure times will be posted on the web and the newsletter in the week leading up to that meet
  • We have moved all Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games against SLC on Friday 3 August to Saturday 4 August. This will enable all runners to participate in the Friday AIC Cross Country meet at Runcorn and play basketball on the Saturday.

Gold Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament Report – Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Coordinator

Over the holidays, Villanova took three teams to the Gold Coast Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Coomera Sports Centre. 58 teams competed in Open DIV 1, 2 and U15 DIV 1 and 2. As an excellent lead into the AIC season, our First V, 11A and an U15 team competed over four days amongst some very tough schools from around Queensland and even overseas.

While our First V and 11A’s didn’t enjoy the success they wanted, it was an excellent opportunity to rehearse and prepare for Round 1 and both teams should feel confident about their chances this season.

The U15 team comprised of boys from Years 8, 9 and 10 went through the tournament undefeated. Whilst it was in Division 2, this team had no training together and was still able to produce outstanding basketball. They eventually played a very tough Somerset College in the Grand Final and had a magnificent win with great pressure defence and a strong offensive game. We look forward to challenging in Division 1 next year.

It is now about all the boys taking those skills back to their teams and using them to ensure we continue the success at AIC level.

AIC Tennis and Basketball – Teams

All internal AIC tennis and basketball trials are complete. We hope to publish all teams on the web by Thursday of each week. Please note that these teams may change throughout the season depending upon player performance, attendance at training and attitude. In fact, we expect further changes to teams after we play the trials against Ashgrove this weekend. These trials will assist our coaches to finalise their teams before Round 1.

All information regarding the season schedule for both tennis and basketball is posted on the College’s webpage including bus arrangements for those teams training at Morningside Tennis Centre and Clem Jones Basketball Centre before school.

AIC Tennis and Basketball Uniform

Any student who represents the College in tennis and basketball must wear the full and correct College uniform. Students who are not dressed correctly will not be permitted to take to the court. Uniform standards will be kept and maintained at a high level. The College requires the support of the parent body to ensure these standards are met.

Tennis Uniform

  • Villanova PE shorts
  • Villanova team shirt (Please note – this is not the Villanova PE shirt. The ‘team shirt’ is the same shirt worn by all cross country, swimming and track and field squad members)
  • Villanova sports socks
  • Villanova sports cap (green)

Basketball Uniform

  • Villanova basketball shorts (not PE shorts)
  • Villanova sports socks
  • Villanova basketball singlet: This singlet is for hire and will be made available through the Villanova College Uniform Shop. Singlets have already been collected by the Year 7 – 12 students.  Mr Everding distributed all Year 5 and Year 6 singlets last term. The hire cost is $15 for the season and will be charged to your son’s next school fees account.

AIC Rugby and Football

The Sports Office is looking to finalise the return of all rugby and football kit bags and equipment. We ask all coaches who still have the kits at home or in the boot of their car to please return them to the Sports Office as soon as possible.

Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Squad

We hope to publish next year’s Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack within the next four weeks. Those who accept an invitation to join either of these squads are required to participate in the College’s Track and Field program.

Japan Football Tour and New Zealand Rugby Tour – 2019

We are happy to report that both tours will proceed during the Easter break in 2019. The Sports Office will be in contact with families soon to publish a full list of tour participants and to inform each group of those who have nominated themselves to be the respective Fundraiser Coordinator. Those who wish to involve themselves in the fundraising events will need to email the coordinator directly to register their interest.

Acceleration Cricket Academy

With pre-season coming along for the cricket season, there is a great opportunity to develop cricket specific movements.  Acceleration are running a Cricket Academy which will work on aspects of the cricketers game such as hand-eye coordination using NeuroTracker, strength, cricket specific power and also deep system work for stability and flexibility.

This program is aimed at improving cricketers as athletes, to make them stronger, more powerful and allow them to build a great foundation to play season after season. Paul Woodford (who is running the program) plays first and second grade cricket and works closely with both senior and junior cricketers at UQCC and he aims to combine his passion for cricket and sports performance by running this Academy.

This academy is open to boys and girls aged 11 – 17 and programs will be monitored and changed depending on skill and athletic ability of the athletes to ensure that each individual player sets themselves up for the 2018/19 season.

A link to the Cricket Academy website can be seen below:

To save $10 please use this Voucher Code: UQCC

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport


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Parent Information

ACARA Privacy Notice 2018

Please see the attached regarding information required to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) for schools.

‘The Villa Kitchen’ Cookbook

The Villa Kitchen is back! In recognition of Villanova’s 70th Year Anniversary, The Villa Kitchen: Victus Veritas – Nourished by Truth is being reprinted for all Villanovan families and friends to share and enjoy.

Many of you may remember the original Villa Kitchen published back in 2013. It is a large 272-page hard cover cookbook (22x26cm), printed in full colour on 157gms gloss paper making it feel wonderfully luxurious.  The books are stitched and sewn so that they can fully open flat. Most important of all, the books are made up of 354 tried and tested recipes from Villanovan families and reflects flavours and tastes that when combined, characterises a typical Villa family kitchen.

The book not only contains these wonderful recipes and food images, but it also encompasses images of the school, its surrounds and a brief history of a number of its buildings. Together it creates what is bound to be a treasured memento of your son’s time at the school.

All funds raised from the sale of The Villa Kitchen go toward the P&F to assist with their many projects benefiting the College.

The Villa Kitchen will be delivered late in Term 3.  Pre-orders are currently being taken and payment can be made via Flexischools. At this time, we are offering a pre-order special where you can purchase your copy, or copies, of The Villa Kitchen for $30, which is a great investment towards what has become a treasured keepsake of the school. Once the pre-sale period concludes the cookbooks will be sold for $35.

We look forward to you enjoying your copy of The Villa Kitchen.

If you have any queries regarding the cookbook, its delivery or distribution, please don’t hesitate to contact Megan Stuart; email –


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Library Roster

Wednesday 25th July

Donna Leahy

Thursday 26th July

Sue Mulligan

Maryanne Bingham

Melanie Pickering

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Calendar of Events

Villanova Ball Raffle – Drawn next Saturday 28 July – Don’t miss your chance to win!

Grab your Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball Raffle Ticket for your chance to win a Term’s Tuition Free.

The Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball is supporting an important fundraising initiative of the Parents and Friends Association – the upgrade of the Tolle Lege Library.

By purchasing a ticket in the raffle, you are supporting this important fundraising initiative for the school community.

Tickets are priced at $20 each, 3 tickets for $50, 7 tickets for $100

1st Prize – Villanova College, Coorparoo
Tuition and School Levies for Term 4 2018 for 1 student only, excluding Building Maintenance Levy.
Valued at $2,364

2nd Prize – A Night In The City
Moda Restaurant – Edward Street
Javier’s Table Experience at Moda Restaurant
for four people plus One night’s accommodation for four people at The Stamford Plaza, Brisbane.
Valued at $1,250

Terms and Conditions apply.

For full details and to purchase tickets go to:


Year 7 Mother’s Weekend

When: 14 September 2018

Where: Breeze Hotel Mooloolaba

Cost: $280 (Inc 2 nights Accomodation, Fri Dinner, Sat Lunch)

Contact: Allison Gamer  0437184704

Payment to be made via Flexi-Schools.

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Community Update

St Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee FETE – Sunday, 29th July – 10am-3pm

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Community Fete – Sunday 5 August – Art Union Tickets for sale

St James Parish – Sacrament of Confirmation

St James Parish Coorparoo (date claimer for Term 3)… Children who are 8 years & in Year 3 or older, (and who have been baptised), are invited to prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Contact our Parish Office to register your interest and come along to the Information session being held on Tuesday 21st August (phone 3397 1671 / email All relevant information will be provided at this session, including Family session dates and Practice date. Confirmation Ceremony will be held on Thursday September 13th (7pm St James Church)


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Archive Anecdotes

The Villanova Crest

The Villanova College crest consists of three “V”s, the heart and an open book.

The large central V signifies “Villanova” and the two smaller ones represent the motto “Vincit Veritas” – Latin words for truth conquers.  These words were inscribed in stained glass at the house, Whinstanes where Villanova College began in 1948.  Today this window is a feature of the foyer in the Hanrahan Theatre.

Vincit Veritas was adopted as the College moto since St Augustine’s teachings stressed the importance of knowledge and truth.  “Nothing conquers except truth – Sermon 358.

The book and the heart are taken from the coat of arms of the Augustinian order.  The open book illustrates the quest for truth so ardently pursued by the Augustinians – “Lord, that I may know myself, that I may know Thee”.  The heart is the symbol of the love which inflamed Augustine’s whole being, and urged him to continue the quest until he was secure in the possession of Truth itself.

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