Principal's Welcome

Over the past week, all Catholic schools across Queensland have celebrated ‘Catholic Education Week’.  Here at Villanova, we are a deliberate Gospel community.  We are a community whose core ethos is about making a difference.  We are a community whose birthright lies in the liberation of the marginalised.  Our challenge is to make the call to justice, and to make educating for justice central to all of our curriculum – not just for Jesus, but for 21st century education.  Our aim is to have a curriculum that prepares our young men to live effectively in this world and, even more, to make it better – better for all.

To assist in the delivery of this curriculum, the College has devised a strategic Master Plan to accommodate the needs of educating young men in the twenty-first century.  Stage One incorporates a three-story home to the Junior School (Year 5 and Year 6) with Senior School students occupying the top floor.  The building will contain flexible learning spaces, an auditorium, offices and under-cover play spaces.  The facility will allow us to provide current and future generations of students with learning environments specifically for the changing nature of careers in the 21st century.  Through flexible learning spaces, the new facility will promote the development of a range of ‘soft skills’ that we know are essential in the future: skills like collaboration, teamwork, self-direction and problem-solving.  Planning is currently under way to renovate the current Junior School facilities in preparation for the Middle School to expand from 2020 onwards.

Also under construction is the first phase of development at Villanova Park.  The grandstand will be operational by mid-August, allowing the Year 5 rugby league team to be the first students to run onto Andrew Slack Oval from the ‘tunnel’.

Consisting of two new Villanova changerooms, a canteen and increased seating for 400+ spectators, the new grandstand will be a wonderful place for the community to gather and celebrate.  With the completion of the grandstand, efforts will move towards completing the Villanova Park Master Plan.  These plans include new athletic facilities, increased oval space, better parking and traffic infrastructure, as well as a new maintenance shed and function centre.

We are certainly entering an exciting phase of life here at Villanova College and I thank all community members who have been part of the ‘vision’ to put these plans into place.

Mr Steven Bremner, Principal (Acting)



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Teaching and Learning

We are delighted to inform you that Villanova College will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS Assessments this year. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales, with over 35 years’ experience in educational assessments.

ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies. Students from years 5 through to 12 are welcome to sit any of the relevant categories.

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.

Subject   Sitting Dates
ICAS Digital Technologies Monday 2, Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 September 2019
ICAS Science Wednesday 4, Thursday 5 and Friday 6 September 2019
ICAS Writing Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 September 2019
ICAS Spelling Bee Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019
ICAS English Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September 2019
ICAS Mathematics Wednesday 18, Thursday 19 and Friday 20 September 2019

We encourage you to consider entering your son/s into ICAS this year. The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.

ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to computer-based assessment. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.

Learn more about ICAS here:

Online parent payment:
To register your son in any of the following ICAS assessments, please visit

ICAS fees can now be paid online. Visit and enter your school’s unique code (06437055de ) to make a direct payment to UNSW Global. Registrations close on 14 August 2019.

Partnering with UNSW Global, we are proud to offer our students the ICAS Assessments, and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.

Mrs Kath Underhill, Exceptional Learners Program Lead




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Head of Junior School

This week we celebrate Catholic Education Week in Queensland. The theme of Many Voices. One Spirit has been chosen because it promotes inclusiveness. The many voices represent the students, parents, families, parishes and communities within the five dioceses of Queensland. The spirit encompasses faith, the Holy Spirit, school spirit, team spirit, parish spirit and family spirit. The theme brings together all the ideals of contemporary Catholic schooling; feelings of energy, enthusiasm, love, joy, values, relationships, togetherness, learning, unity and belonging.

Catholic Education Week in the Junior School is exciting. From the beautiful banners being displayed all around to the Junior School sausage sizzle tomorrow, the energy of Catholic Education Week at Villanova College is a constant buzz. The spirit of relationship, learning and togetherness is expressed through our students visiting local Catholic primary schools. Throughout the week Villanova College Year 5 and Year 6 students have visited Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 classes at Mt Carmel, St James, St Martins and St Thomas’.

Our boys have taken this opportunity very seriously. From whole school discussions, to practising reading picture books to an audience in class, making the youngest members of Catholic schools feel special and connected has been their priority. Many boys were able to visit their own former primary school and the teachers that had taught them in the past were so impressed with how they have continued to develop since moving to Villanova. The younger students thoroughly enjoyed the stories and games that our students shared with them, almost as much as they enjoyed eating the chips that the boys gave them as a small present. This annual tradition is wonderful expression of our Catholic Identity and solidarity. Special thanks to Nichole Rouhliadeff and our teachers for continuing to make these visits possible.

Another Catholic Education Week tradition that continues in the Junior School is the Gifts of the Holy Spirit Competition. Students nominate their family members when they have demonstrated one of the seven gifts: right judgement, courage, knowledge, wisdom, reverence, wonder and awe in God’s presence and understanding. At the end of Catholic Education Week nominations are drawn from each box and winners receive a restaurant voucher to share as a family.

In the Junior School, Catholic Education Week will draw to a close with a free sausage sizzle cooked by Junior School staff tomorrow morning at Morning Tea (first break). It is the perfect way for us to come together as a community and share a meal.

Congratulations to our Student Leaders for Term 3.

From Left to Right: Daniel Gyte, Lucas Fleming, William Rogers, Sabastian Bailey, Lachlan Boustead, Jonah Nicolaou

Mr Brendan Kennedy, Head of Junior School (Acting)

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Head of Middle School

This term, in place of the Middle School editorial, we will be featuring a series of podcasts where we’ll discuss a range of issues relevant to our adolescent boys. Happy listening.

Episode 3: ‘Mindfulness’ with Mr Alex Sullivan

Click on the image to begin listening.

To listen to previous episodes:

Episode 1: ‘Effective Feedback’ with Ms Kate Alexander and Ms Christianne Kemp

Episode 2: “The Adolescent Brain”

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

This week’s topic of conversation pertains to the importance of our young men establishing and then practising the values which project moral character and individual integrity. According to Dr Tim Hawkes, values are those guiding principles which form a code to live by. They can be difficult conversations because ‘the conversation can so easily degenerate into a sermon, which can so easily morph into a lecture, which can so easily end in a fight’. Nevertheless, our sons require strong parent and teacher role modelling and support in shaping their moral code and underpinning values.

At Villanova College, our three gateway values of Interiority, Community and Search for Truth, coupled with our inculcation of the Gospel values taught by Jesus, provide our students with a solid foundation in shaping their own code which will hopefully see them develop into fine young men.

I love a good TED Talk! Thankfully, one of my colleagues referred me to a thought-provoking and humorous talk by Tim Urban entitled, ‘Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator’. Urban outlines the barriers to effective study and completion of assignments- largely through the distractions of the Internet, which feed a mindset of instant gratification. You can view the talk here:

Earlier this week, our Year 11 cohort embarked upon their camp experience at Helidon Spa at the foot of the Toowoomba Range. Facilitated by Emu Gully Adventure Education Group, our young men were challenged to venture out of their comfort zones by sleeping in tents and preparing their own meals.

The ‘Adventure’ Program is designed to develop resilience and provide opportunities to foster teamwork, communication, leadership and character. As such, this camp forms an integral part of the journey our young men will take towards their impending leadership responsibilities as Seniors of the College next year and their selection of the Student Leadership Team. In next week’s Form Meeting, the process for the selection of leaders will be outlined. I would like to thank Year 11 Pastoral Area Leader, Mr Tony Rolls for his organisation of the camp and affirm the staff who attended the camp and supported our students.

“Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas.” – John Maxwell

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News - Catholic Education Week

“O God, you are my God, for You I long…” (Psalm 62). These words formed part of the 6.25 am prayer at the end of the annual Sleep-Out. These aching words aptly state how clear and needy life is for the rough sleeper. With just the cold, the stars, and a wandering imagination for company, your mind drifts to the essentials of human life. I think this simplicity is one reason why students want to participate in the annual Sleep-out. The other main reason is the desire to really experience – in a small way – what a homeless person feels.

This year’s Sleep-Out began with a visit to three outreach organisations in West End. The Peel Street hostel – now run by Vinnies – houses 78 men for up to three months, thus being the largest men’s hostel in the state. After providing several blankets, sleeping bags and toiletries (winter appeal), we heard from care worker, Steve. To be honest, he painted a confronting picture in the hostel of ice addiction, mental health concerns and loneliness. Next was a visit to Blind Eye Ministries, the drop-in centre to which we will next week bring the hundreds of cans and staple foods donated by Junior School students.

Finally, we were welcomed at the St Vincent de Paul offices on Merivale Street for a presentation on homelessness by Dan Ingledew (Youth Engagement Officer and 2013 Old Boy). Some of the information imparted was surprising: the most rapidly growing group of homeless people is women over the age of 50. It was also interesting to hear Dan’s vivid memories of sleep-outs past.

Back at Villanova, the Rosies van arrived at 6 pm. We filled it to the brim with biscuits, blankets (many hand-made), sleeping bags, toiletries as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc. Sarah Corbett is the Coordinator of the Brisbane Rosies team, and she shared stories of the patrons and listened to the students’ questions whilst serving hot chocolates. The exercise of service and sharing is the essence of what Rosies is.

After a pot noodle dinner, there was time for recreation – soccer in Goold Hall – before night prayer, lighting the fire and settling in for the night. Interestingly, the boys become quite territorial about their cardboard “living space.” This reflects quite well the premium placed by a homeless person on safety and knowing where your stuff is.

I would like to thank all the staff and students involved for an exceptional night of learning.

Monday saw a special visit by 17 Middle School students and the Irish Ensemble to the residents at Duhig Village, Holland Park. The afternoon began with Bingo and Family Feud, compiled and led by Year 9 students, Zac Child, Jose Sibi and Xavier Simondson. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the Irish Ensemble, before the afternoon concluded with the Villanova College anthem and gifts of home-baked cookies, prepared especially by Zac.

Many of the residents were happy to see the Villanova students again. Looking out at the room, what was most impressive was the empathy and the courtesy of our students. Manager Dean-na Adh is very impressed with Villanova students, and we have an open invitation to return. In fact, Villanova College is the only school to which this welcome is accorded.

Special thanks are due to staff members Kath Underhill, Fr Pete and Michael Jones who organised this visit to coincide with the start of Catholic Education Week.

Led by the community-building initiatives of the Junior School, we pause this week to remember and celebrate the pioneering spirit of Catholic Education. The first Catholic school in Australia was founded 174 years ago, and St Mary MacKillop’s passionate advocacy sums up what the Catholic school is about when it is at its best.

The Junior School students will this week visit each of our main feeder schools to read to and spend time with younger students.

Through YAYM, Middle School students sold “Nova Nation” wristbands yesterday, with all proceeds going to Blind Eye drop-in centre for the homeless.

Senior School students will be involved in two visits to Blind Eye to deliver the brimming quantities of staple foods collected in the Winter Appeal.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity



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Last Friday our Year 5 and Year 6 students commenced Round 1 of the AIC basketball season against Ambrose Treacy College. Our boys did extremely well winning all games. This laid a solid platform for our older boys to do the same on Saturday.

The results on Saturday from the remaining Year 7 – Year 12 basketball, the Year 5 – Year 12 tennis and rugby league games continued the success shown on Friday afternoon. Against the opposition, Villanova won 28 of the 30 basketball games, 11 of the 15 tennis matches and four from the six rugby league games played. This is an outstanding start to the season. Furthermore, it is pleasing to report that all First teams in tennis, basketball and rugby league won their games convincingly against St Edmund’s College.

Last weekend marked the inaugural first round of the AIC rugby league season hosted by St Patrick’s College at Curlew Park. The concept of all schools sharing the host duties throughout the season seems to be well received by all involved. I must say, after looking at all other AIC Colleges there is no doubt in my mind that the Villanova rugby league uniform is by far the best too!

Let the record books show…


Rugby League Co-ordinator – Mr Blake McLauchlan
First XIII Rugby League Coaches – Jon Buchanan and Sinave Faitala
First XIII Rugby League Captain – Ollie Harris
First XIII Rugby League Game – Villanova College 46 defeated St Edmund’s College 22
First XIII ever Villanova try scorer – Jack Horan

No doubt Jack Horan will tell his kids and grandkids of his marvellous first ever try scored by a Villanova First XIII player in future years. The years may add more length to his run. In fact, knowing Jack, his recollection may well have escalated to a full field runaway try by now. Nonetheless, it was a good solid burst five metres out from the line to secure our first points of the game. Well done to all the team on a great first up victory!

The First XIII rugby league team after their victory.

It will not be uncommon for teams to change slightly after last weekend in readiness for Round 2 against Padua. In fact, we encourage our coaches to constantly monitor players from all teams and change teams weekly based on player performance, attendance and attitude at training and on game day. Rewarding players for consistent effort is an important part of our sports program.

AIC track and field training program will commence the week beginning Monday 19 August, that is, the week after Ekka week. The College is committed to ensure that we offer a quality-training program for those students who are interested in joining the track and field program from Year 5 – Year 12. Please find below further details regarding the up-coming track and field pre-season program.

I would like to again, strongly remind students about following through when a commitment is given. Villanova is a place where many opportunities are on offer across many different areas. The College is very mindful not to overburden students. I have mentioned on more than one occasion recently that the Sports Office is committed and has the flexibility to negotiate training schedules where a student has made other co-curricular commitments.

The College endeavours to provide the best possible coaching across the sports program. In fact, we have many very well qualified coaches in place so that our students and the program continue to improve. It would be disappointing to source quality coaches and not have students attend the sessions without apology. Please urge your son to follow through with the commitment given or have him come to the Sports Office to talk through any issues. We are here to help.

I must also remind all students of the College’s expectations when it comes to uniform standards. We have advertised the uniform requirements in the Villa View for several weeks now. The current uniform requirements are also listed in the respective AIC basketball, rugby league and tennis sections on the website within the ‘Season Schedule’ documents. In particular, I would like to remind all tennis players to adhere to these standards as there were the odd alternatives worn by players last weekend. We are hoping the standard will improve this weekend. Parental support in this matter is essential and will be much appreciated.

This weekend Villanova will face Padua College. As usual, we will expect a high level of competition from our rivals. Please note that all Year 5 – Year 12 rugby league games are played at Marist College Ashgrove this Saturday. I urge all boys to stay and support all games.  As always, we would expect our boys to give 100% on the court/playing field. A reminder too that we must conduct ourselves in the correct manner whether it be during the game or as a spectator.

I wish everybody involved with rugby league, basketball and tennis all the best this weekend. Please enjoy!

Round 2 v Padua College, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August – Times and Venues

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

Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

After weeks of trials and training, Villanova certainly made a great start in Round 1.  It began on Friday afternoon with our Year 5 and Year 6 teams playing Ambrose Treacy and securing all eight wins in a dominant display. It continued against St Edmund’s on Saturday with us ending the day on 28 wins and two losses. St Edmund’s are a tough basketball school, so it shows the excellent effort of coaches and players to ensure they were ready for the start of the season.

In what was always set to be a blockbuster Round 1, the First V secured a fantastic victory over the reigning premiers. It was a tight physical contest that was played in very good spirits and was supported by a healthy crowd. The players certainly enjoyed the support in securing the 56 – 48 win. I would like to thank old-boy and former 2015 First V Captain Dylan Pitt who returned to the College to present the jerseys to the players before the match and gave an excellent address on how to be selfless for the team. This week we come up against Padua who can’t be taken lightly. To achieve our goal of Champion School, we must continue to train hard and look to secure wins across all age groups. Good luck!

Well done to all boys, coaches and parents for your efforts last week in Round 1 of basketball. Thank you to the managers for getting your team distribution lists up and running and rosters organised for getting the boys to the games.  Congratulations to all the Year 5 and Year 6 teams winning 8 from 8 against Ambrose Treacy College. All the Junior School teams played exceptionally well for the short period they have been together, particularly the Year 5 teams, who commenced their Villanova basketball careers in fine style.

Good luck for Round 2 matches against Padua College this weekend.  Due to Goold Hall being unavailable, all Year 5 and Year 6 basketballers will travel to Padua tomorrow afternoon.

AIC Basketball Results v St Edmund’s College

TEAM Round 1


1st V 56-48 W
2nd V 31-30 W
3rd V 58-19 W
4th V 58-18 W
11A 71-20 W
11B 52-30 W
10A 25-31 L
10B 53-22 W
10C 67-10 W
10D 32-15 W


9A 37-46 L
9B 48-37 W
9C 33-15 W
9D 74-1 W


8A 61-38 W
8B 40-35 W
8C 48-17 W
8D 60-4 W
7A 40-32 W
7B 41-15 W
7C 38-4 W
7D 59-8 W
6A 66-8 W v ATC
6B 96-13 W v ATC
6C 61-18 W v ATC
6D 48-2 W v ATC
5A 51-16 W v ATC
5B 18-6 W v ATC
5C 24-2 W v ATC
5D 34-0 W v ATC


We are asking parents to once again help by volunteering their time to assist in the canteen. It is usual that we need the most help within the first hour with food preparation and coffee sales.

Although at times the canteen may look like they have enough helpers, please come and offer your time as some of those volunteers may need to get to their son’s games. So please come along and help, meet some new friends and catch-up on what is going on around the College. Please see the roster below:

Goold Hall Canteen Roster

Round 2 v Padua

Saturday 3 August

All parents who can assist are asked to report to

the Canteen when they drop their son off for warm up.

Time Parents of Team
7.15am 7A, 7D
8.15am 8B, 8D
9.15am 8A, 9D
10.15am 9B
11.15am 9A
After midday Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated

Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby League Co-ordinator

Villanova rugby league teams kicked off the season very successfully with four wins and two losses overall from Year 5 – Year 12. All four wins were aggregate games, which gave Villanova a great start to the inaugural rugby league season.

The 1st XIII team conceded an early try but managed to hit back going into halftime with a 10-point lead. They raced away in the second half to record a very solid 46 – 22 victory. For many of our First XIII players, rugby league is a new experience; however, the team demonstrated that they have what it takes to be the best and be victorious over the other AIC schools in the First XIII competition.

The Year 9s were lucky enough to train alongside rugby league legend, Mick De Vere last Wednesday. Mick played 161 games for the Brisbane Broncos and was the leading point scorer at the club from 2001 to 2003. He made five appearances for the NSW Blues in State of Origin and represented the Australian Kangaroos in four test matches. The boys certainly appreciated his insight into the game, and we thank our Year 9 coach Steve Livingstone for introducing him to the boys.


This weekend we come up against Padua College for Round 2. All games will be placed at Marist Brother’s Ashgrove (Frasers Road, Ashgrove). With the season up and running all boys are reminded that if you will be away for family reasons or injury, it is imperative that you contact your coach and let them know. If you are unable to get in contact with your coach, please contact the Sports Office. We will pass on the information on to the coaches, so they can make the necessary changes and notify other players of team changes, well in advance for the following round. Team lists will continue to change each week with boys being rostered on for byes. All boys need to be aware that their attendance, attitude and willingness to improve play a big part in keeping your place in our rugby league teams. Please put in your best performance week to week and support and encourage all your teammates.

AIC Rugby League Results v St Edmund’s College

TEAM Round 1  v St Edmund’s
1st XIII Win: 46 – 22
YEAR 10 Win: 30 – 16
YEAR 9 Loss: 38 – 0
YEAR 8 Win: 16 – 10
YEAR 7 Win: 22 – 12
YEAR 6 Loss: 48 – 12

Mr Craig Stariha, AIC Tennis Co-ordinator

Villanova enjoyed a great first round of results against St Edmund’s and Ambrose Treacy College over the weekend. It was pleasing to see our First V had a convincing win to start their season campaign defeating St Edmunds 7 – 1.

Round 2 will see Villanova up against Padua College. Please be aware that all Year 5 – Year 8 games are played at Morningside Tennis Centre. The Year 9 and Year 10 teams will play Padua at the Nudgee College tennis courts and our Year 11, Open and First V teams will play Padua at the Shaw Tennis Centre.

All players are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before their game each week. Best wishes to all involved!

AIC Tennis Results v St Edmund’s College

TEAM Round 1 v SEC
First V Win: 7-1
 Second V Win:  6-2
Third V Loss: 4/27-4/29
10A Loss: 3-5
10B Win: 6-2
9A Win: 7-1
9B Win: 8-0
8A Win: 6-2
8B Win: 6-2
7A Win: 7-1
7B Win: 7-1
6A Loss:  6-2 v ATC
6B Win: 6-2 v ATC
5A Win: 6-2 v ATC
5B Loss: 3-5 v ATC

All students from Year 5 – Year 12 are required to attend Villanova’s annual Inter-House Track and Field Carnival at Villanova Park on Thursday 15 August. All students are to attend school as per normal times. Buses will then transport the boys to and from Villanova Park. We hope all parents support the College to ensure that all boys attend. More details will be given in next week’s edition of the Villa View.

The College is looking for a large band of parents to assist with canteen duties on the day of the Inter-House Carnival. If you are able help, please contact Mrs Robyn Gunning – Mob 0400 841 720 or

AIC track and field training officially commences the week beginning Monday 19 August, which is the week after Ekka week. This year all students from Year 5 – Year 12 will train on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at QSAC or S.A.F (State Athletic Facility), which are the tracks based at the old QEII stadium in Nathan. A bus will transport all athletes to and from each training session. We hope to commence training at 3.45pm and conclude by 5.15pm. The bus should return to the College around 5.40pm.

The coaches will cover all track and field disciplines across all age groups at these sessions. Training as a Year 5 – Year 12 squad will increase team spirit and ensure our athletes are able to attend the various sessions we have on offer.

A full program will be available on the College’s website by the end of next week.

This year Villanova will again run an internal cricket competition for Year 4 students who will be entering the College in 2020. It looks like, at this stage, that all Year 4 matches will be played in the afternoon at Kianawah Park, to keep the boys together and to free up cricket fields in the morning.

The current Year 5 students who are interested, will be invited to play for Villanova in the Eastern Districts pre-Christmas competition during Term 4 in the U11 divisions. Year 6 students wishing to play will be placed in either EDJCA or BEARS competitions.

All Year 7 – Year 12 students wishing to play will be placed in a team and will play in the BEARS competition. Forms inviting your son to sign on will be sent home shortly. The format this year will be an online registration and all parents will be given the steps to follow to sign on successfully.

Teams will only be nominated if we have enough parent volunteers to coach and manage on Saturdays. The College organises the set up and weekly coaching is also taken care of, but the running of matches on Saturday is the responsibility of Villanova parents. Please indicate if you can be a match day coach/manager on the form. Students are free to play for other clubs and this decision will have NO bearing on AIC selections in 2020.

A reminder to all parents to please notify Mr Craig Stariha – Director of Sport, via email if your son has made any representative team. It has been the case that some boys have been left off our representative list which appears in this section each week simply because the College has not been notified by parents. Once students make a Met East, Queensland State or National representative team, all information is often given directly to the parents not the College.

The College will publish all Met East, Queensland State and National representatives (Composite District and Lytton District representatives will not be published). The College will publish limited non-school/club representative teams – only state teams and higher.

Well done to Nicholas Humphries who recently made the Queensland Under 14 volleyball squad. Nicholas will travel with the team to Canberra during September for the nationals. A fantastic effort Nicholas, best wishes!

This week Andrew Vick participated in the 2019 Australian School Sport Swimming Championships in Melbourne as a member of the Queensland team.  Day 1 of racing saw him compete in the heats for 100 breaststroke where he made the final and later won a bronze medal.

Andrew then competed in the 200 freestyle and came fourth overall. On the very last day of competition, Andrew competed in two relays winning a bronze medal in the 17 – 19 years 4×100 freestyle relay as well as placing fifth in the 4x50m freestyle.

This is a sensational effort by Villanova’s 2019 Swim Captain – Andrew Vick. We are very proud, well done Andrew on a fantastic achievement!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport



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Last night we hosted our inaugural chamber evening event.  This performance format requires much focus and preparation, and provides opportunity for our students to develop their musicianship, leadership, and ensemble sense.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those students who performed and commend their efforts.

Whilst there is much to celebrate, this opportunity also allows us as a department to reflect on both the performance outcomes and the event itself.  We are pleased by the small wins we are hearing in our students’ development and look forward to improving these areas of opportunity.  We are also mindful of the nature of the performance environment and will make appropriate adjustments moving toward future chamber evenings.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents who came to support their sons – it was a fantastic roll up.  Thanks must also go to our wonderful Music Support Group who did a great job feeding the gathered masses.  Finally, thank you to the staff and students who worked so hard over Term 2 and Term 3 in preparation for this event; I appreciate the time and effort invested.

QCMF IS COMING!  15 – 18 August
We are now only two weeks away from our 29th Queensland Catholic Colleges’ and Schools’ Music Festival.  From Thursday 15 August through until Sunday 18 August, we will be welcoming over 15,000 students from across Australia; this year we are welcoming students from Davenport, Tasmania for the first time!  106 schools will be represented by almost 570 ensembles – it is going to be a great event!

Every year, over 700 fantastic volunteers come along and help our College host what is a vital event in the life of Catholic Education in Australia.  Our volunteer committee would really love to hear from you and we strongly encourage our friends from far and wide to come and join our QCMF family and celebrate music, music education, and the youth in our Catholic schools.  I can say unequivocally that this is an incredible event for our broader community and one that you must experience to realise the positive impact it has on so many.

Our volunteer portal is now active.  Please take the time to visit, sign-up, and join us for a couple of hours over the weekend.  The site for volunteering is located at  If you have any queries regarding volunteering at QCMF, please contact our organising group via

The Villanova performance times for QCMF have been distributed to families earlier this week.  Please ensure you received these via email.  For our community’s information, the times are available by clicking here.

We hope that you will come and support the Green and Gold and share in some of the fine music our students have been preparing over the past few months.  I look forward to seeing you all around campus or down at St James’ over the weekend.

If you have purchased books through the drive, please collect your books from the Music Office.  If you require clarification around collection of your Entertainment Books, please contact Mrs Schrauf in the Music Office on 3394 5691.

Entertainment Books can still be purchased through our Villanova Music Support Group portal (link below) or through the Music Office.

Thank you all very much for your continued support of this initiative.  We look forward to being one of Entertainments biggest contributors again!

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As is tradition, we look forward to the fantastic events we have planned in the near future:

Term 3
3 Friday 2 August Principal’s Tour of College (prospective enrolments)
4 Monday 5 August Music Support Group / QCMF meeting – 7:30pm
4 5 – 9 August Instrumental Music Assessment Task 3 Distributed
4 Tuesday 6 August Moderation afternoon – IM Assessment – 12:00-3:00pm
5 15 – 18 August Queensland Catholic Colleges’ and Schools’ Music Festival
6 Monday 19 August Audition Materials Distributed – all MS/SS students (not Year 12)
7 Monday 26 August Instrumental Music Staff Meeting – 3.45-5.00pm
8 Monday 2 September Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
8 Monday 2 September Junior String Festival – BGGS – 3.45 – 5.45pm
8 Tuesday 3 September Junior String Festival – BGGS – 3.45 – 5.45pm – Concert 6.30pm
8 Friday 6 September Audition Video Submission Deadline
8 Friday 6 September Principal’s Tour of College (prospective enrolments)
9 Wednesday 11 September 2020 Ensembles posted outside Music Office
10 Monday 16 September Interim Report Data due in Webbook – 3pm

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

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Monday 5 August
Kym Edser
Donna Skelton
Natalie Blackshaw
Michelle Blum
Megan O’Neil
Christine Poole
Dave Learoyd
Doone Wildin

Tuesday 6 August
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Maria Kambouris
Lisa Waugh
Miranda Dang
Sharon McCulloch
Jo Buchhorn
Melissa Moir
Luisa Snell
Genevieve Keskinidis

Wednesday 7 August
Tracey O’Reilly
Karen Meimaris
Karen O’Mara
Narina Jenkinson
Alison Wilde
Sam Wellspring
Sam Thompson
Rum Raddatz
Monica Curtis 

Thursday 8 August
Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Jayne Smith
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Sue Godwin
Julia Fleming
Lucy (V) Sheridan
Samantha Rigden

 Friday 9 August
Maria O’Leary Chay
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Marina  Pennisi
Melissa Clark
Loreena Clark
Maria Spina
Judith Collier
Emma Capaldi
Paula Conte
Anna Lestani
Tanya Henry



Monday 5 August
Cec McGuckin
Gina Avolio
Maritsa Malanos

Tuesday 6 August
Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 7 August
Madhu Kalaimannan

Thursday 8 August
Sue Mulligan
Marryanne Bingham

Friday 9 August
Gina Avolio
Donna Leahy





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Archive Anecdotes

1974 proved to be a vintage year for rugby at Villanova College.  The First XV won the T.A.S. Shield and three members of the team: John Dawson (Capt.), Brian Reeve and Geoff Lawler all gained selection into the Queensland Schoolboys Team.

Captain, John Dawson [front row, third from left] gained his football experience through the primary and minor “A” grade T.A.S. sides.  His outstanding tactical ability as a centre gained him selection in the 1973 First XV, in which he combined with co-centre Brian Canavan in launching many successful attacks on the opposition’s try line.  Captaincy of the 1974 side was granted to John because of his unique qualities of leadership and determination.

Geoff Lawler [back row, second from right] became the first Villanovan to gain full representative honours against an international team. As Footballer of the Year, this was a great achievement and  just reward for a player who contributed a great deal to the success of the First XV.

Mr Graham Prange coached this First XV and was known as the small man wielding the big stick! The stick was not one of punishment but rather of dedication, discipline and respect.  He viewed his coaching role as that of teacher and trainer, using his knowledge in these fields to coach the team.

View the 1974 premiership jersey and player information currently displayed near the Tuckshop.



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Community News and Events

Years 7 – 10 students are invited to the Loreto College Dance on Friday 23 August from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. Entry is $15.00 (ID required).

MBC is holding a dance for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 on Saturday 10 August from 7pm – 10pm. The dance will be held in Oriel Handley Hall.  Admission cost is $10 + current ID.

Calling all past St Thomas families. St Thomas would like to welcome back past students and parents to two events to celebrate this significant anniversary.

90th Anniversary Celebration: Friday 6 September, 6.00pm
90th Anniversary Community Mass: Sunday 8 September, 9.00am

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