Principal's Welcome

Welcome back to Term Three. Our students were greeted on their first day with the chilly westerly winds blowing up the hill and through the campus. A timely reminder we are in winter and cooler mornings are forecast.

The students have returned with great enthusiasm and energy after their break from the busy routine of school and are now ready to settle back into their schoolwork.

Yesterday in my Year 11 Academic Coaching class, I asked the students to reflect on their past semester and to take some time to review their academic progress. The students were honest and frank in their personal reflections.

I share with you some of the questions that we used for the review activity. You may find these questions helpful when you sit down with your son to review his Semester One Report in the coming days.

  1. What went well last semester? In which subjects did I achieve my goals?
  2. Subject/s results that I am not happy with?
  3. What areas did I not do well in? What areas do I need to concentrate on for the next six months?
  4. What help do I need to achieve the results I want?
  5. What activities do I have during the next six months? -sport/work/cultural/ministry/family commitments?
  6. What steps can I take to be organised and on time with my work?
  7. How well am I using the drafting process? Do I allow Mum/Dad to proofread my work?
  8. What is my engagement in classes like? Do I need to be more engaged and focused in class? How many times do I interact with the teacher?
  9. How well am I handling procrastination and distractions? Where do I place my mobile phone when working on schoolwork?
  10. Check your personal health, sleep patterns, exercise, nutrition, water intake, chill out time – quiet spaces.

COVID-19 and College Operations
For most activities that occur within the College we have returned to some sense of normalcy. Classes are in operation; students are active during break times and most of the co-curricular activities are back in preparation.

We will continue to insist on a high level of hygiene for all members of our community and will maintain the position of students, staff and parents staying home if they are presenting with any flu-like symptoms. We certainly do not want a repeat of Learning@Home for our families, students and staff.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Next Wednesday 22 July we will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences via the Zoom platform – video conferencing.  Please note this is a pupil free day.

By now parents should have received all the instructions for booking the interviews with staff. Our staff have attended training on the process to be used on this day and information will be provided to parents to guide them through the process. I do not expect any major difficulties with this process.

Please contact the Student Services Officer of each respective school in the first instance if you have any questions about the Parent-Teacher Conferences:  –  3394 5692  –  3394 5524  –  3394 5525

Please note bookings for the Parent-Teacher Conferences will now close at 3pm next Tuesday, 21 July.

Drop-off and Pick-up Zones
Thank you to the many parents who have displayed patience and understanding with the drop-off and pick-up zones. I have been out on Eighth Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to view the traffic flow. Please continue to move up to the end of the zones to allow access behind you when dropping off and picking up. Our students can walk a few metres to the car and should not expect to be dropped off or picked up at the College gate.

We keep in our prayers Mr John Holroyd and his family following the death of John’s mother, Anne last week in England.

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

We also keep in our prayers the wider Augustinian community as Deacon Quang Tuyen Pham OSA prepares for his ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday 1 August 2020 in Sydney.

God bless
Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Teaching and Learning

Welcome back to all students and families for Term 3. I hope that you were all able to enjoy a break after what was a particularly interesting Term 2. Whilst the College continues to work under some conditions that have been brought about due to COVID-19, our staff are looking forward to a more normal approach to classes this term.

The Curriculum Office has undergone some changes over the past few weeks. The first is that of a name change. The office will now be known as the Teaching and Learning Office in order to better reflect the work that is done, not only in the curriculum space, but also as it relates to classroom pedagogy and learning. The second is some changes to staffing. I would like to congratulate Mr Kirk Astill on his appointment as the Director of Studies. Mr Astill was previously our Senior School Social Sciences Curriculum Area Leader and he will now be responsible for elements of the curriculum such as leadership of the Curriculum Area Leaders, subject changes and examinations timetables to name a few. Ms Liana Baillie remains in the Teaching and Learning Office, with her role now encompassing student academic achievement and data analytics.

Semester 1 reports were released yesterday and are now available on Parent Lounge. In looking over these reports, our students have done themselves proud by achieving highly in a time of inconsistency and uncertainty. Their ability to adapt to the Learning@Home phase was admirable and demonstrated that they have indeed developed some of those 21st century skills required to be successful whilst at school and in life after school. Many have shown excellent problem-solving skills, flexible ways of communicating and have worked keenly with technology.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are being held next Wednesday (22 July) via Zoom Conferencing. Details have been emailed to all parents as to how bookings can be made and how the conferences will be held.

Our teachers are looking forward to speaking with parents / guardians and students next Wednesday to discuss Semester 1 progress and how improvements can be made for Semester 2.

Please contact the Student Services Officer of each respective school in the first instance if you have any questions about the Parent-Teacher Conferences:  –  3394 5692  –  3394 5524  –  3394 5525

Please note bookings for the Parent-Teacher Conferences will now close at 3pm next Tuesday, 21 July.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Junior School

Here’s to new beginnings.  We have arrived!  The St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre is now filled with Junior School students.  No more anticipation, only the real deal.  It is an incredible feeling – slightly surreal, but it is like Christmas in July for all of us.  We have been given all the gifts – city views, grass on Whinstanes Oval and a full basketball court for breaks and best of all, learning spaces that will best develop our young men.

The one crucial gift is still your son.  He is why we have built the St Thomas Learning Centre.  Boys need space, creativity, flexibility and legitimate experiences in decision making with their development in curriculum.  How they learn is just as important as what they learn.  They need explicit guidance and consistent support to achieve their best.

The collaborative spaces mean all Year 5 teachers are together on Level 1 and the Year 6 staff on Level 2.  There are three generous double-spaced classrooms with a total of four shared spaces across each year.  The proximity between the teachers in each cohort is of great value.  More conversations, higher levels of support, professional sharing of ideas and resources, and the access available to observe each other lifts the pedagogical profile of everyone.  Teachers become the role models for the four Cs of 21st century skills – communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

Planning is crucial in these spaces.  Weekly Curriculum Meetings track the progress of learning goals and the prediction of outcomes.  Teachers share the progress from lessons and compare the gains made, the challenges faced and most importantly, keep the student as the focus for fair and equitable assessment.  Collaborative teaching partners plan together, ensuring that there is a balance of experiences with instructions, content delivery, opportunities to deepen understanding and a reflection upon the learning paths taken.  Teachers can see their colleagues working next door through the glass doors, they move between the spaces and gain inspiration from the different ways that learning occurs.  There is an increase in professional sharing – from the way furniture is arranged, how ideas are recorded, the way students can be grouped and most importantly, how learning can be shown in many more ways than we could ever imagine.

The pedagogy of every teacher – the approach of a teacher to cater for the learner’s mind, heart and spirit – should always be evolving.  In the St Thomas Learning Centre there is the highest support for teachers to take their practice beyond the expected.  Engaging the boys takes energy and careful thought.  The options of leading, assisting, observing, supporting and evaluating between two educators give advantages to the boys within the room.  Strengths are combined, and a second opinion is always available.  A student has a choice about who to ask for help.  A teacher can have the time to spend, knowing that the learning continues with their collaborative partner.  The momentum in the classroom does not stop.

Next Wednesday, 22 July 2020, we will host our Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom, in keeping with COVID procedures.  All parents will have received instructions via email, on how to access Parent Lounge and book a time with their son’s class teacher.


In the Junior School all Semester 1 assessment was sent home for your perusal before the holidays.  It is now time to set goals for Term 3.  What would your son like to achieve academically, socially/emotionally or on a co-curricular level over the next 10 weeks?  Keep the goals realistic, check in regularly and reward the effort placed into making changes that show improvement.  Working together with your son’s teachers is the best way to stay motivated and have the highest success possible.  Changes mean work.  Work takes time.  Let us make the time.  Let us model the effort.  Your son is worth the change, the work, the time and the effort.  Let us give him a platform he will remember in the years to come.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Senior School

Welcome back to all Senior School families for the commencement of the third term.

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 will be conducted virtually next Wednesday will provide students and parents with further feedback building upon 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. This will be formalised for Year 11 and 12 students in the Academic Coaching Program lessons in the first phase of this new term under the guidance and direction of their Academic Coach.

This week saw the commencement of timetabled lessons in the new St Thomas of Villanova Learning Centre and it was pleasing to see both the students and teachers responding positively to their new learning spaces. Year 12 students also received an induction regarding the use of the outdoor kitchenette, and we hope that this space becomes fully operational for student use next week. The incorporation of this facility in the Senior School signals a show of faith from the College that our young men will step up and demonstrate the appropriate maturity and responsibility in keeping this space clean and tidy.

Mission Australia Youth Survey
I emailed Senior School parents earlier this week regarding the participation of Senior School students in this year’s Mission Australia Youth Survey. The survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them. In the 2019 Report, young people reported mental health, the environment and equity and discrimination as the three most important issues in Australia today. For the third year running, mental health was identified as the top national issue for young people. Mental health also relates to each of the top four personal issues of concern in 2019: coping with stress, school or study problems, mental health and body image.

With the participation of our Senior School study body last year, we received a tailored report which provided invaluable data for our pastoral care and counselling teams. We are aiming for our students to complete the survey in a Form Meeting early this term.

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a God.” – Shakespeare

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Creating Change Without Cancelling The Past
The Ministry area of Villanova College is all about helping students to see where change is needed and then taking practical steps. Freedom of action means having good guiding principles. A shared vision regarding looking out for people who may not have a strong voice is a good starting point. If the student advocacy and action is personal and relational then I think all involved will experience a benefit of humble encounter.

A common pitfall with student projects is to want to bring about a massive change and then get bogged down wondering how to take a first step. So, we – the teachers involved in the Ministries – seek together with students to discern what an appropriate first step might be. With the Green Team, it was to organise a proper recycling scheme. Now we are serving a wider community, e.g. with Norman Creek clean-ups. This expanding operation effectively builds good habits of community service within the students.

So, what are some of our first or second steps for Term 3?

  • AFAS have made a big donation of $20,000 to four sister schools/ communities in the Philippines. They will document how this money is spent and provide feedback. We are also exploring how to undertake Mission Day 2020.
  • YAYM have started a wonderfully popular MineCraft Club through the energetic leadership of Leon Tom, Year 7. We want to build on this initiative and also assist in a special Middle School project to assist children who are living in poverty, including refugees.
  • YCS are relishing being in the same building as the Junior School brothers and are working on a special “RUOK” conversation space.
  • The Green Team want to open up a partnership with Finger Gullies to embark upon tree-planting.
  • SVDP will follow up on the great success of the Winter Appeal and continue to support the homeless through practical initiatives.

Green Team: Clearing up Norman Creek Report
Towards the end of last term, a small group of dedicated students visited Norman Creek for another Green Team clean-up. Although not as grand in scale or as long as other clean-ups, there was still a large amount of rubbish collected and a visible difference made.

The members of the Green Team were valiant in their efforts to ensure that as much rubbish as possible was picked up and that the Creek looked cleaner, even if it was only for a couple of days. The Green Team also have other projects in the works alongside further clean-ups, including potential tree planting, which will ensure the College is working towards creating a noticeable and permanent impact on the environment, for the better.

(Isaak Collie, Ministry Captain, 2020)

Cancel Culture
Given the scale of media coverage of Black Lives Matter and “cancel culture,” I would like to offer a few remarks about what these cultural movements mean, and about where Ministry work at Villanova College should engage – and where it should not. Black Lives Matter is often referred to in a loose way as being “woke” – as in “woken up.”

The idea here is that the people in the movement have woken up to underlying injustices within society. It follows, in this way of thinking, to say that males from an English and middle-class background have a fortunate starting point in life, having priority access to significant opportunities. This awakening is no bad thing, as long as the next steps are clearly discerned and taken with due humility.

Sometimes students are keen to join the popular movement, for example wanting to wear a wristband. My preferred response is always to gently challenge: rather than signalling that we are aligned with where the popular applause is, who is actually unseen or disadvantaged at Villanova, or on our doorstep? That is where the best “first steps” can be taken.

“Cancel culture” – tearing down statues and high-profile people – needs to be responded to with good sense, especially regarding the realities of the human condition. We have to be so careful about pointing a finger of purity at others in the past who fell short of truths which history, like tectonic plates shifting, has now made clearer. In this situation, three fingers always point back at the accuser. A human is bound in his/her time and place in history. We have to live in a specific culture, even if there are toxins in the water.

Basketball players attended Mass this morning ahead of the opening round of AIC Term 3 Sport

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Welcome back to all for what will be a busy term of sport. There seems to be a buzz around the school yard as the boys are keen and eager to play sport again commencing with Round 1 against St Peter’s this weekend in basketball and tennis.

All tennis and basketball teams from Year 5 – 12 have now been selected. These teams have been posted in the respective AIC Basketball and AIC Tennis sections on the website. Training for these sports has now commenced as per training schedules found in the respective sport sections of the website.

Given the situation in the southern states many of us are acutely aware that a second wave is very possible. Everyone within our community must take responsibility and do their part to understand and follow the procedures put in place. Much time and effort has gone into planning the AIC season ahead and to make our venues COVID safe.

As mentioned in the last three Villa Views, the procedures put in place this term will be different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The College has produced ‘COVID Site Plans’ for all Villanova sporting venues. These include the Villanova Multicourt, Goold Hall, Clem Jones, Morningside Tennis Centre and Mary Ward Centre (Loreto College). The site plans detail drop-off and pick-up points, entry and exit paths into the venue and registration areas. I ask all parents to download the venue maps and read the information on these maps with their son, so all parties are aware of the expectations and procedures put in place.

A copy of all maps is found in the Weekly Fixture section on the website. Simply scroll below the weekly schedule to see the venue maps. Each week we will post the opposition maps in this section so parents can easily access them.

Once at the venue all those who are permitted entry must register their attendance at the registration desk. Some venues will simply use the team sheet for the players registration. Venues will be closed when games are in place. After each game, venues will be cleaned before the next group is permitted entry. Once the games are complete all players are asked to vacate the premises immediately via the exit paths to the pick-up points.

Players must arrive in full playing gear as change rooms will be closed off. All drinking fountains at Villanova will be closed off, therefore it is imperative that all boys bring two water bottles for the trial day and game days held throughout the season.

With regards to the regular season a decision has been made by the AIC Management Committee that NO PARENTS WILL BE PERMITTED ENTRY TO SPECTATE AT ANY AIC BASKETBALL AND TENNIS GAMES this year EXCEPT those who have boys playing in an Open basketball or tennis team. These players may ONLY have one parent attend their games.

As all parents of those students from Year 5 – 12 (excluding the Open teams) will not be permitted entry, these parents will be asked to ‘drop off’ and ‘pick up’ their son/s only. Please understand this rule will be strictly enforced. Parents will be denied entry or asked to leave if they attend games.

When it comes to the First V Basketball game and depending on the size and layout of the venue, a very select few students will be permitted to spectate, most likely around 10 – 30 per College. These boys will most likely come from the Year 12 cohort. Those keen to spectate will be selected and notified on the Friday before game day. Unfortunately, due to the size of the St Peter’s basketball venue, they are unable to accommodate any student spectators this weekend, only one parent per player from each team can be accommodated at this venue. For those games hosted by Villanova College in Goold Hall we have calculated that only 15 student spectators per College will be allowed.

Livestreaming – AIC will livestream all First V Basketball, First XI Football and First XV Rugby games each weekend. Each week we will provide the link to all parents via Villa View, website and the College App. This week’s game can be viewed via the following link –

Presentation of First V Basketball and First IV Tennis Team – A full College assembly will be held next Friday 24 July at 10.35am to present to the College the First V Basketball and First IV Tennis Teams. A special invitation to those parents involved will be sent via email today. Unfortunately, given the restrictions in place and the size of our venue, only one parent per player may attend.

Please read below some important information regarding some of the major ‘Return to Sport’ procedures for next term.


Drop-Off and Pick-Up Points

  • Players, coaches and officials are only permitted to enter the venue. Selected students (for the First game) and one parent per player are allowed for the Open games only. No other parents will be permitted to spectate at games
  • Parents and school buses are to drop off and pick up at the designated areas during the specified times.
  • Players are not to arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the start time. At the conclusion of the match all players must vacate the venue immediately via the exit path to the pickup zone

Entry and Exit Paths

  • Please observe and obey all entry and exit paths as per venue map provided

Site Registration

  • All players and all adults including coaches, officials, staff, parent spectators (Opens only) and first aid officers etc must register their attendance at the registration desk


  • Utilise the hand sanitiser before, during and after the game. These are located at the many sanitiser stations at the venue
  • Shower at home both pre-game and post-game
  • Come to the venue dressed in playing uniform. There will be no access to changerooms. Toilet facilities will be available. Players are not to bring any unnecessary equipment e.g. basketballs
  • Follow the displayed signage at the venue and social distance at 1.5m always
  • If you are displaying signs and symptoms of feeling unwell STAY AT HOME and seek appropriate medical advice
  • Those who display flu like symptoms will not be permitted entry

Canteen Facilities

  • No canteen facilities are available
  • All players, coaches, officials and spectators are required to bring their own water bottles to the venue. Two full water bottles per player is recommended. Water fountains will be closed


  • Venues will be cleaned before and after each match
  • There will be an appointed COVID Officer at each venue

 Download the App

  • We encourage all members of the community to download the COVID Safe App to assist with contact tracing in the event of a contracted case whilst at any AIC sporting event

As always, I urge all students to get involved in the sports program and enjoy the challenges you face along the way. I feel for those boys who did not make a basketball or tennis team. Opportunities still exist for all boys to join the cross-country squad (training details are below), furthermore all boys will be guaranteed a place in a team during the up-coming rugby and football season, no one will be turned away from these sports.

To those who represent us this weekend. Play hard, play fair and enjoy the good times with your friends!

v St Peter’s Lutheran College, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 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 St Patrick’s College.

AIC Tennis and Basketball Uniform – High Expectations!
Any student who represents the College in AIC Tennis or  Basketball (or any sport) must wear the full and correct College uniform. Students who are not dressed correctly will not be permitted to take to the court or field. 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.

By today all players should have collected their Villanova basketball singlet from the Uniform Shop in readiness for Round 1 this weekend (Year 5 and Year 6 boys were given theirs by Mr Everding). Basketball players must purchase the correct shorts from the Uniform Shop.

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 or white socks
  • Villanova sports cap (green)

 Basketball Uniform

  • Villanova basketball shorts (not PE shorts)
  • Villanova sports socks or white socks
  • Villanova basketball singlet. This singlet is for hire and will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. These singlets should have been collected by the Year 7-12 students already. Mr Everding has distributed all Year 5 and Year 6 singlets. The hire cost of $20 has been waived this year

AIC Basketball Season

Many thanks to those who were able to attend the basketball trials last Saturday.  It is commonplace for us to have several trial sessions and at least one full trial game against another College before selecting teams. Given the timeframes available, our coaches have been put under pressure to select teams after only one session. As all A and B teams and C and D team train together, it would be likely that some coaches will adjust teams based on performance at training and on game day throughout this short season.

The full ‘AIC Basketball Season Schedule’ document is now posted within the AIC Basketball section of the website which is available through the ‘Locker Room’ page. Please refer to this document for all information pertaining to the up-coming season.

AIC Tennis Season
Many thanks to those who attended trials last weekend. Usually we would have more trial sessions however we were guided by the timeframe and government restrictions put in place. All training has commenced at Morningside Tennis Centre. We ask all players to commit to all sessions and games throughout the short season.

The full ‘AIC Tennis Season Schedule’ document is now posted within the AIC Tennis section of the website which is available through the ‘Locker Room’ page. Please refer to this document for all information pertaining to the up-coming season.

Pre-season Squads

As from this week several rugby and football squads will commence their pre-season training along with our First and Second rugby and football squads who have commenced training already. All squads who train at Villanova Park will be transported to the venue. Parents are required to collect their son/s after training from Villanova Park. We ask all parents to stay in their vehicles when collecting their sons.

All squad lists for each group are posted on the web under the respective AIC Rugby and AIC Football sections. These squads were chosen based on performances last year.

Rugby Pre-season Training – Term 3 (commencing Week 1, Term 3)

  • First XV and Second XV rugby squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
  • 10A rugby squad – Tuesday afternoons at Villa Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
  • 9A rugby squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50 – 5.15pm
  • 8A rugby squad – Thursday afternoon at Villa Park, 3.50 – 5.00pm
  • Year 7 rugby – (open to all interested players) at Little Langlands, Friday 6.45 – 8.00am

Football Pre-season Training – Term 3 (commencing Week 1, Term 3)

  • First XI and Second XI football squad – Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park, 3.50-5.00pm
  • 10A football squad – Tuesday afternoons at Villanova Park, 3.50-5.00pm

All cross-country training will continue this week as per times below. Please be aware that runners do not need to register to run anymore as restrictions allow up to 100 boys to train so all are welcome.

Year 5 and Year 6 Squad – Training will be held each Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. Boys are to meet Miss Roberts at the Junior School Area after school and she will walk the boys down to training. Parents to collect their son/s from Little Langlands after training.

Year 7 – 12 Squad – Training will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6.45am. All students are to meet at the front of Goold Hall at 6.45am sharp (not at Little Langlands). Late comers must remain at the College.

IMPORTANT! – All Cross-Country runners should be participating in two – three training sessions per week, unless they are involved in another sport, in which case they should be completing at least one cross country session per week to be prepared sufficiently for the AIC Championships.

AIC Cross Country Championships
The AIC Cross Country Championships will take place at Curlew Park on Wednesday 12 August. 12 competitors per age group will be selected to compete. This year there will be no ‘lead up’ meets. The coaches will select those who will compete by Week 4 of this term.

At present no parents are permitted to attend the Championships, with the exception of  one parent per each competing Year 12 student.  More information regarding the Championships will be given in the coming weeks.

Villanova Runners Club (VRC)
Sunday afternoon 4 – 5 pm at Whites Hill Recreation Grounds, Boundary Road Camp Hill (meet at Cricket Oval # 3). Open to all students/parents/siblings/friends etc.

This activity is an initiative of the AIC Juniors Cross Country Coach, Mr Tom Lonergan. It is an opportunity for all aspiring AIC Cross Country runners to complete an extra training session each week. Parents and siblings of the athletes are invited to participate in the training. One of the training activities will be a Tabata session. Tabata is an anaerobic activity which complements fitness for running. Further information about this program can be gained by contacting Mr Lonergan via email:

Villa Runners Club will be offered every Sunday (4 – 5 pm) from Sunday 7 June through to Sunday 18 October. N.B. There will not be VRC on Sunday 9 August 2020.

The AIC Track and Field program will commence in Week 6 of this term – please be on the lookout for further details via the Villa View and on the College website.

 Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music Information

Ensemble lessons and rehearsals Term 3
All lessons and rehearsals have commenced.  Please ensure you have received a copy of this term’s timetable from your son’s tutor/teacher.  If this has not arrived via email, please contact the Music Office: or 3394 5691.

The Term 3 Rehearsal Schedule has been included here with this Villa View for your revision.

Co-curricular Music Photo Day
Our Co-curricular Music photo day has been convened for Tuesday 21 July 2020.  This will be next Tuesday, Week 2, Term 3 (day before parent/teacher interviews).  Students in Years 6 – 12 will be required to wear their performance uniform for the photo.  All Year 5 students will need to wear their regular school uniform (grey shirt).

Students may wear their performance uniform to school; however, they must change into their academic uniform once they have completed their photo sessions.  All students will need to change in the Percussion Room or Green Room on the day.

The schedule of photos has been distributed via email so that students are prepared for the day.  Year 5 and Year 6 ensembles will be photographed before school (Year 6 from 8am).  All staff have received a copy of this document so that they are aware of student movement.  Students will be required in the lower theatre 15 minutes before their photo is due to be taken.

Performance Uniform Requirements
This year has been extremely quiet in terms of performance opportunities for our students.  However, as we move forward, we are looking to more opportunities to share our music with the broader community.  We will have at least one performance in Week 8 this  term, with others scheduled for Term 4.  Students will be required to wear performance uniform for these activities.

To assist with preparations for these events in September, we would like to clarify performance uniform requirements with families.  As it has been sometime between performances, I would also like to ask our ‘veteran’ performers to check their uniforms; you may have grown between events!  Best we are prepared now before the hectic nature of school life returns.

Performance uniform information is outlined below:

All Year 5 musicians are required to wear:

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

*NB – this uniform is not required for photos.

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

Formal Performance Uniform

  • Long black dress pants (no colours, pinstripes, 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:

  • JS Wind Band & JS String Orchestra
  • Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band
  • Consort String Orchestra, Sinfonia String Orchestra
  • College Choir, Supernovans
  • Clarinet Choir, Flute Crew, Chamber Brass, Brass Band, Saxophone Ensemble; Amadeus Chamber Ensemble; Camerata String Orchestra
  • 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 & 2
  • Percussion Ensemble 1
Irish Ensemble

  • Kilt, belt & 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

Key dates for Term 3
Key dates for Term 3 were distributed via email during the final week of the holidays.  May I ask that you note the following dates in your diaries as ‘set’ for the coming term:

Term 3
1 14 July All rehearsals and lessons commence for Term 3
1 14 July Music Support Group / QCMF Meeting – 7:30pm
2 21 July Co-curricular Music Photos – 8am-1pm – Schedule to follow
2 22 July Parent-Teacher Conferences – 9am-3pm
5 10 August Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7.30pm
6 17 – 21 August Audition Materials Distributed – all MS/SS students (not Year 12)
8 31 August – 4 September Audition Video Submission Deadline
8 4 September 2020 Music Finale Gala Concert (may be moved)
10 14 September Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
10 14 – 18 September 2020 Ensembles posted outside Music Office
10 18 September Instrumental Music Assessment Task 2 Due (Year 12 only)
Holidays 19 September

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music


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