Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Taking the time to reset goals as we begin a new semester is important for all students. Following the Parent-Teacher Conferences where feedback was provided to many students and parents, it is time to reflect on the achievements of the first six months and re-evaluate what changes need to be made to ensure academic goals are met by the end of this year. As part of the academic mentoring program, key staff will be meeting individually with all Years 11 and 12 students over the next fortnight or so to review the academic performance of the students over the past semester and to set goals for the next two terms of work.

Year 12 Retreat

Interestingly, the adults accompanying the Year 12 students on their Retreat often find the experience to be enormously beneficial and informative. Young people see the world through very different eyes to their teachers. During the Year 12 Retreat each group experiences a Social Justice problem involving poverty, homelessness and mental health. During the encounter our eyes are opened to the size of the problem in our society. We are also made aware of the many inspirational people who work in this area and who through their efforts make a real difference to the lives of those on the margins.

Spending time with the Year 12 students last week was a great experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed. The quality of our young men as people of faith and character is a testament to their families.

Year 11 Semi-Formal

Last Friday evening the Year 11 students hosted their 2018 Year 11 Semi-Formal. The young men were gracious hosts and looked after their guests during the evening. The students had a wonderful time and enjoyed the opportunity to mingle socially in a relaxed and safe environment. I believe a number of our staff showed the younger generation some of the older dance moves that were popular some years ago!


The weekend sees the commencement of the basketball and tennis AIC Competition.  We wish all teams every success during the season. I remind all our spectators of the behaviour expectations in place at all games conducted by AIC. It is extremely important young players witness appropriate behaviour by coaches, managers and spectators at all times. Supporting our teams is important and must be done without demeaning the opposition players or coaches. In the heat of battle, when the score is close is when this support needs to be most vocal, and always, positive.

Kokoda Challenge

Prior to the commencement of Term Three two teams from Villanova College competed in the Kokoda Challenge- Jim Stillman Cup 48 km Challenge. The Wildcats Blue team were first over the line of the 250 teams competing. However, as one team member did not complete the entire course the team was ineligible for a category placing in the event results. The Wildcats Purple team finished in 21st place. The achievement of both teams was outstanding.

Team Wildcats Blue Wildcats Purple
Mentor Mr Harry Adams  Mr Paul Olsen
Participants Shayle Korander-Matheson

Callum Corbett

Lawrence Barry

Roarke Ronan (Senior 2017)

Mark Stuart

Alex Bryant

Murphy Woodger

Bronte Pascoe

Thank you to mentors, Mr Harrison Adams – President Old Boys Association, Mr Paul Olsen, Mr Roarke Ronan – Senior 2017 and Mr Brian Pascoe. The many hours of training and preparation were greatly appreciated by the teams.

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

There is no doubt that technology plays an incredible role in our community.  Information is but a click away, any time of the day or night.  Communication can be managed amidst the busiest of schedules.  Social media brings together people with common values, interests and needs.  Technology can be a valuable, supportive and inclusive tool in our busy world.

As adults, we marvel at the wonder and positive impact that technology makes.  This takes into consideration that some of us remember a life where encyclopedias were classed as research, waiting for the dial up tone to connect the internet was the most exciting sound ever, and a trip to the letter box was exciting to catch up on news from relatives living interstate.  We have had the privilege of sharing Atari, Donkey Kong Gameboys and even having a remote for the television.

Our sons have grown up in a technologically advanced world – nothing like our childhood.  Screens bring convenience, a wealth of facts and “how to” instructions, provide a platform for sharing gifts and talents as well as delivering hours of entertainment.  Used with supervision, set up with appropriate access restrictions and balanced with meaningful non-screen activities, technology enhances the learning and connection for a young man.

A recent article in the Weekend Australian, July 14 – 15, 2018, by Megan Lehmann, caught my attention.  Its purpose seemed to be making parents, educators and the community aware of how teenagers might misuse their iPhone via SMS, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Messenger mediums to share impulsive comments about each other.  Unsolicited feedback, criticism and taunts cause anxiety, feelings of injustice and depression.

Rachel Downie, a former teacher who now travels across Australia running anti-bullying campaigns, makes it clear that “…you don’t speak to other humans like that”.  So as parents, how do we send a clear message to our children about communicating online?  It’s a reality that many young students have access to phones and computers – including online gaming.  What can we do as a community to foster respect and responsible use of technology?

  1. Be a role model. We need to show our sons first hand that we use social media and technology in moderation, for positive social connections and commentaries.  Knee jerk reactions have no place online.  Emotions such as frustration, anger, jealousy, envy and rage do not belong online.  Our words need a context and a relationship with the person receiving them, that is one of understanding and equality.
  2. Provide opportunities for plenty of face to face conversations. Reinforce sensitive, meaningful conversations that involve opinions, sharing feelings and honesty.  Be accountable for your own feelings so that your son/s can appreciate that adults too must work on managing social relationships.  Encourage the expression of disappointment and irritation in spaces that are safe and where listening is without judgement.  Give time for emotions to pass and reflect that whilst it’s normal for human beings to experience such feelings, they always pass.
  3. Ensure that there are clear rules for using technology. Each family needs to find what works for them.  Suggestions from research include keeping devices out of bedrooms (charge them in a neutral space like a living room or spare room), keep family time a priority around the dinner table, limit time online (gaming on weekends only during term time for example) and monitor devices from time to time (privacy can be respected with open viewing agreements).

Negotiating best practice with technology is our responsibility.  Our students’ brains are still developing, and they need our help to learn in a supportive environment.  Please make it a priority this week to revise the practices and expectations of using technology.  Let our Junior School be an example in the making of digital diligence.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

Year 12 Retreat Program
Over the last week, I have had the fortunate opportunity to journey with our Year 12 students on their retreat experience. As I told our young men, it was indeed a privilege to share this time away with them. It is my hope that all Year 12 students have been enriched by this rite of passage experience. In my presentation, I spoke about the courage to embrace vulnerability and to peel back the mask to reveal the authentic self. According to Brene Brown, “owning our story can be hard but not as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy- the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Throughout the Retreat, students were encouraged and supported to reflect on their own journey in their relatively young lives after listening to the presentations by staff. Recurring messages pertaining to the themes of vulnerability, relationships and trust offered our young men a scaffold to nurture their inner selves or as Saint Augustine described as the value of interiority.  The program also provided a platform of nourishing the spirit of brotherhood within the cohort which will be an important source of energy needed to collectively face the pressures associated with term three.

Year 11 Semi-Formal

Congratulations to our Year 11 students for the way in which you conducted yourselves at last Friday’s Semi-Formal. You were most hospitable in your care and concern for your partners and the energy and enthusiasm on the dance floor throughout the evening was infectious.

Academic Assembly 

Tomorrow’s assembly focuses on affirming the academic achievement of our students across their Semester One studies. I would like to congratulate all Senior School award recipients on their diligence and dedication to their academic endeavours and encourage those who fell just short to be motivated to work towards an award at the Celebration of Excellence Evening in Term Four.

Commencement of Trimester Three Sport

This weekend marks the commencement of the AIC season for basketball and tennis against St Patrick’s College. It has been my consistent expectation throughout the year that all Villanova College players and supporters model the highest standards of sportsmanship both on and off the court. With the unveiling of the new Wildcat mascot earlier in the week, I strongly encourage those spectators supporting our players to embrace the spirit of the green and gold and attend at least one fixture across this trimester. A reminder that those spectators remaining to support the First teams must be attired in full academic uniform.

Theatre Sports 

Best wishes to our Theatre Sports participants who move into the next round of competition next week. One team will compete on Monday night at All Hallows, while a second team will perform on Wednesday night at Clairvaux Mackillop College. Both events commence at 7pm.

We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us, or spare us.”- Marcel Proust

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

A New Term, New Challenges
In the ‘busyness’ of commencing a new term, we can often forget or neglect to reflect upon what was achieved in the previous term. As I sit amongst the Year 12 Heavey and Murray men on their retreat, I have heard how quickly Term 2 passed and just how quickly Term 3 has commenced. “No time to look back sir. I’ve already got three assignments.” However, it is important that before we start a new task, a new assignment, a new job, we look back on what we have done before because without reflection, in whatever form it is delivered, we limit our opportunity to improve.

As students commence Semester 2, I would encourage students to engage in a process of reflection. This process could be done in a number of ways with effective reflection including:

  • Acknowledging and ‘owning’ results: Students need to take responsibility for their achievements. Without this, any reflection will be superficial or ineffective.
  • Answering a series of questions to prompt the reflection process. These could include:
    • What did I learn?
    • What activities did I complete that assisted in the learning process?
    • What activities were engaging and motivating?
    • What areas / topics did I struggle with?
  • Recognising the areas that were strong. Adopting a ‘strengths-based mentality’ rather than one constructed on deficit is key to building on levels of knowledge and achievement.

At the same time, it is important to move away from thoughts that one’s level of ability is fixed. Many researchers have worked in the field of mindset and have written extensively on how adopting a growth mindset has significant positive effects on achievement, regardless of an individual’s ability.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

Last week, the reflective process was particularly evident with Parent-Teacher Interviews occurring. It was fantastic to see the number of parents and students who attended to receive feedback on students’ Semester 1 performances. I would like to thank all the staff involved in such an important process.

Upcoming Subject Selection Evenings

The College will hold a number of subject information evenings over the coming month:

  • Year 10 Subject Information Evening: Tuesday 14 August (for current Year 9 students)
  • Year 8 and 9 Subject Information Evening: Tuesday 21 August (for current Year 7 and Year 8 students)

Information for the Year 10 evening has been communicated already whilst information for the Year 8 and Year 9 evening will be forwarded in the coming week. Both evenings will commence at 6.00pm in the Hanrahan Theatre.

University of Queensland Young Scholars’ Program

As published before the break, the University of Queensland’s Young Scholars Program (YSP) provides high-achieving secondary school students with a unique and inspiring opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ’s academic community. This program is also an opportunity for students to engage with other high achieving students across many learning disciplines and be mentored by university academic staff. It is open to students achieving academic excellence across a range of subjects and is not just STEM related.

The application process opened on 28 May 2018 and all applications must be lodged with UQ by 10 August 2018.  A statement of support from the College is required as part of the online application and this can be coordinated with the assistance of the Curriculum Office.

Further information can be found at the following link:

Should you require any further information, please contact the Curriculum Office on 3394 5521.

Tutoring Opportunities for Term 3

Staff Tutoring

Tutoring offered by staff will commence next week. The list of these opportunities will be published next week.

Student Tutoring

The ‘Homework Hub’ continues to be led by a committed number of Year 10, 11 and 12 students aiming to provide assistance to students in the Junior and Middle Schools. Details are as follows:

When:              Tuesday and Thursday mornings (7.30 to 8.15am)

Where:             Tolle Lege Library

Aim:                 Junior School students – Homework assistance

Middle School students – Homework assistance, assignment help and examination preparation

Students wishing to attend the ‘Homework Hub’ can sign on with their core teacher or simply attend on the mornings listed above.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning


UQ Lunchbox Sessions

Once again, Villanova College has invited UQ to present information about different courses on offer.

The topics and dates are listed below. This is open to all Year 10, 11 and 12 students. The sessions will be held in V10 during second break. There is a signup sheet in the Curriculum Office, so we can get an idea of numbers.


Monday 6 August:            Engineering, Architecture and IT presented by Charlotte Salmon (Bachelor of      Engineering/Business Management)

Tuesday 7 August:            Science presented by Abi Edwards (Bachelor of Biomedical Science)

Wednesday 8 August:     Humanities and Social Sciences presented by Lachlan Seawright (Bachelor of International Studies)

Thursday 9 August:          Business, Economics and Law presented by Han Tang (Bachelor of Advanced Finance)

Friday 10 August:              Health and Medicine presented by Mary Caole (Bachelor of Biomedical Science completed, currently in the Doctor of Medicine) and Kaitlyn O’Leary (Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science)

Mrs Dianne Martin, Pathway Program Leader

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The Kokoda Challenge – courage, mateship, sacrifice and endurance
On the final weekend of the school holiday, six students undertook the daunting challenge of a 48 km run across rugged terrain, to raise funds for the Kokoda Foundation (supporting youth at risk). This challenge was met with amazing tenacity by the students involved, supported to the hilt by staff (Messrs Olsen and Pascoe), recent old boys, and parents. The articles by VOBAI President and mentor, Harrison Adams (2011) and current student, Mark Stuart, are well worth reading to understand the transformational impact of this enterprise.

St Vincent de Paul Kids Camp

The same weekend also saw nine current and former students assisting with a special holiday camp for children – mainly of refugee background – who otherwise do not get to experience a holiday. Year 12 students Liam Hampson, Declan Edser, Dominic Duskovic and Tom Balshaw were joined by young old boys, Daniel Duskovic, Daniel Ingledew (2013), Fabrice Ragoo, Angus Tracey and Hamish Drummond (2017). It is remarkable that such many the Kids’ Camp team is comprised of Villa men. Camp organiser, Anthony Forshaw, has now reserved three places for Villanova students, so impressed is he by the quality of these young men.

Year 12 retreat report

The concept of “the Villa Man” was first outlined by the Senior cohort of 2011 – Harry Adams’s year – during their Year 12 Retreat. The students themselves have continued to take a lively interest not only in the formation of their own character, but also in the creation of a legacy for younger students. Students shared insights at the retreat which show how appreciative they are of the supportive environment which allows friendship, community and strong character to grow at Villanova College. Meeting people who are homeless at the start of the retreat, on sponsored walks organised for each house, helped to pave the way for such insights.

The retreat creates an environment in which the students feel safe to share their stories with each other, and with staff members who walk with them. I would like to congratulate the open and accepting way in which the students engaged with the retreat, and to express appreciation for the generosity shown in raising sponsorship money. Similarly, the students and families were so considerate in donating supplies to Rosies and the Big Issue. The volunteers from the Rosies van wrote to say how much they loved the experience of meeting the Villanova students. They were blown away by the stream of donations – coffee, hot chocolate, warm clothing – humbly offered out of the boys’ back packs.

Winter Appeal, 2018

Leading up to our annual sleep-out on August 10, and as part of our response to Catholic Education Week (next week), we ask and challenge students to bring in the following items which are urgently needed this winter by people who are homeless and at risk:

  • Cans of beans, spaghetti or soup
  • Pot noodles
  • Hygiene products, especially deodorants, toothpaste and toothbrush and shaving items
  • High quality sleeping bags or blankets

Many of the patrons served by Rosies, and Ozcare, (who will receive these donations on 10 August), have to move accommodation quickly. They often leave behind items like blankets and hygiene items, so they are always in demand.

These donations will be greatly appreciated, and it will be an honour for the Senior Students who undertake the sleep-out to present them to representatives of Ozcare and Rosies. Please bring them in either to Mrs Vicki Lamb in Middle School or the Lower Library in Junior School.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission & Identity


Jim Stillman Cup (48km), Kokoda Challenge 2018

After months of 5am starts on Mt Coot-tha, well before the sun rise, Saturday 14 July saw a transformation of boys to men, as six young Villanovans took on the Kokoda Challenge.  It would be remiss of this report, at this time, to not make mention of an honorary Villanovan – Bronte Pascoe (Year 12, Lourdes Hill). Bronte walked every step of the way with the men from Villanova and is to be commended for her dedication, commitment and resilience – she certainly did herself, and the green and gold, proud.

Congratulations to you all on making the commitment to training and getting to the start line. As the boys have since found out, the real commitment began at 11am on July 14, a commitment to their mates – one of support and sticking together even when times get tough. Moreover, the challenge presented a real opportunity to benefit from their hard work, and benefit they did.

Wildcats Blue, led by Harrison Adams (’11) and consisting of current Year 12 students Shayle Korander-Matheson, Lawrence Barry, Callum Corbett and 2017 Old Boy, Roarke Ronan jumped out of the start line fast and didn’t look back. This team managed to be the first across the line at each major checkpoint and took line honours for the event.

The second Villanova team, Wildcats Purple, was led by Staff members Brian Pascoe and Paul Olsen and came in 30th position after spending more time trekking at night time. Mark Stuart Year 12, Murphy Woodger, Alex Bryant Year 10 and Bronte Pascoe (Lourdes Hill, Year 12) worked together as a team to ensure they completed the event strongly. Trekking through the army land at Canungra, Murphy’s feet blistered badly, and he was an inspiration to his team putting up with a lot of pain to complete the arduous challenge. 

An undertaking such as this would not be possible without the many hours that Brian Pascoe and Paul Olsen both put in behind the scenes – ensuring that teams are entered, organising training each week and providing information down to the final detail. These two men have provided valuable life lessons each week, all of which placed the young men in good stead for not only this experience, but also life outside school. A massive thank you to you both for your time and commitment.

To the parents, well done on making it out of bed well before 5am each weekend to ensure you arrived at Mt Coot-tha on time and that no session was missed. Your encouragement and dedication to this event and your children is second to none.

It is fitting, to acknowledge the strong relationship between this event, and our commemoration of one Villanovan who made the ultimate sacrifice whilst on active service during the Vietnam War. Terry Hendle (’64), commenced at Villanova in Grade 4, 1956, having moved up the hill after a couple of years at St James. Suddenly, on 29 November shortly after a Viet Cong squad stumbled across the Australian contingent, the 6th RAR came under attack. Terry was hit in the stomach, as two other soldiers suffered minor to more serious injuries. Not long after, Terry and one other were evacuated by helicopter and taken to the US 36th Evacuation Hospital. Terry died of wounds in the early hours of November 30, 1966. Terry was very popular with mates from school and the army, and his death was a sad loss.

Those that knew Terry are very proud to say that his memory lives on at the College through the good works of the Endowment Trust named in his honour.  This story was relayed to both teams before they took on the Challenge, to allow a strong connection to be made between Villanova and the integral values of courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice that are so important to the Kokoda Foundation.

Finally, on behalf of the Old Boys Association, I congratulate each and every one of you on this outstanding achievement. It is a massive commitment and one that the Association is proud the College continues to invest in.

Vincit Veritas.

Harry Adams



There will be an information evening for all students who are interested in participating in the 2019 AFAS Exchange to the Philippines on Monday August 13 at 7.00pm in V7. This Exchange will occur during the September holidays and students need to be at least 15 years of age to be eligible to participate.

Tony Hindmarsh, AFAS Coordinator

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Rehearsals and Lessons
We are now only three weeks away from the commencement of QCMF.  I would strongly encourage all students to ensure they are prepared, punctual, and present for all lessons and rehearsals leading up to our Grand Final.  I am looking forward to hearing your improvement over the coming few weeks before we share our music with the State.

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

Both our Irish Ensembles will be sharing their musical talents at St James School Coorparoo this Sunday 29 July.  The students will be performing from 1:30-2:00pm – we look forward to your support at this great community event.  For your information, they are supporting a well-known rock-star bassist who is also a member of staff here at Villanova!  Come along and see who the mystery talent is…

Brisbane Girls Grammar School Workshops

Our Wind Ensemble and Concert Band travelled to Brisbane Girls Grammar School yesterday afternoon while our Symphonic Band played host to an ensemble from BGGS for our annual combined workshop and concert.  This is the third year we have conducted this event and by all accounts this was enjoyed by our students yet again.

After working through the challenges of travelling around in Brisbane peak-hour traffic, all our young musicians worked diligently through a focused rehearsal, preparing combined works in readiness for performance at the end of the evening.  A brief afternoon snack around the BBQ allowed for some socialising before getting ready for the concerts.  Feedback from staff, students, and parents around this opportunity was positive and I believe that the performances were of a great standard.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students who attended and our parents who were able to make the concerts – we appreciate your support.  I would also like to recognise the work of the BGGS and Villanova Music teams who made this opportunity a reality – well done, and thank you!

Co-Curricular Music Photos

Co-Curricular Music Photos will be taken next Tuesday, 31 July in the Hanrahan Theatre.  A schedule of photos has been sent home and is also included with this newsletter.  Junior School photos will occur before school – Year 5 students will remain briefly after their regular rehearsal in the morning; Year 6 students will need to be in the Hanrahan Theatre shortly after 8am in readiness for their shoot.

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 the Villanova College 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

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 our groups share their music with our community.

The 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 QCMF, please visit our website –

The QCMF 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

Date Claimers

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

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

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music


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All trials for AIC basketball and tennis are now complete. Round 1 of AIC basketball and tennis will commence against St Patrick’s College this Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July.

The annual AIC Cross Country Championships at Limestone Park will be run on Wednesday 8 August. The Championship will comprise of runners from Years 5-12 and will be conducted during school time. A bus will transport all competitors to and from the event. A full schedule is posted on the College’s website under AIC Cross Country. Over the next few weeks I ask all runners to give their full priority to the Cross-Country program, this may mean that some students will miss several basketball or tennis training sessions over the next couple of weeks.

The College is short a few runners in certain age groups. Throughout this week and next several boys will be asked to join the squad and attend the remaining two weeks of training and various meets. We are hoping those boys who have been identified as suitable runners will gladly accept the invitation and challenge to represent Villanova. It is easy to say no and turn down the request. It is harder for the boys to say yes. I am hoping both the boys and their parents will support the College if required.

I urge all parents and students to check the College’s website regularly for updates regarding the Villanova sports program. This includes information regarding training/trial schedules, team lists, upcoming fixtures/events, by-laws, uniform requirements etc. Plenty of notice/information is given to students via morning notices, assemblies, newsletters and of course the College website.  I request the support of the parents to ensure that the boys are receiving the information and are following through with their commitment by attending all sessions when necessary. As mentioned in last week’s Villa View, the Sports Office is willing and able to negotiate alternative schedules to assist students who have many commitments. The ‘Villanova Way’ is to help when you can and to follow through once a commitment is made.

Best wishes to all over the next few weeks as we prepare for the up-coming AIC Cross Country Championships and Round 1 of AIC basketball and tennis this weekend against St Patrick’s College. Enjoy!

Villanova’s Canterbury Green Zipped Sports Jacket

Villanova’s green zipped sports jacket is on sale from the Uniform Shop for $110. During these cooler months, our boys would benefit from wearing a warm jacket such as this to and from training sessions, games, track and field meets etc. It is important that our boys are dressed in uniform as it sends a positive message about our school to the community. The jacket looks good and certainly will keep the boys warm. The Sports Office strongly urges parents to invest in this piece of clothing. Please be assured that the design will stay for years to come and the jacket can be worn at all Villanova sports events. 

AIC Tennis and Basketball Round 1 v St Patrick’s College, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July – 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 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 Basketball and Tennis 

All AIC tennis and basketball trials have concluded. Team lists will be posted on the College’s website each week by Thursday. Please be aware that these lists can and will change each week depending on player performance, attitude and attendance at training.

We are expecting a significant challenge from St Pat’s this weekend. In our quest to retain the basketball aggregate and our firm placing in the tennis aggregate we ask all boys to come ready to play this weekend. Good luck to all involved!

AIC Basketball – Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Coordinator 

Last weekend provided the final week of trials before Round 1 of the AIC season. The Year 7 – Year 11 A and B teams were also give an opportunity to trial against SLC last week, so all teams should be in a good position leading into the weekend.

At the Assembly this week, we had the opportunity to congratulate all boys who are playing basketball this year, and specifically the First V team. As I mentioned at the Assembly we are currently the holders of the AIC Champion School for basketball and have been now for the last three years. It is a great feat to be able to maintain such excellent standards in basketball and we look to continue to strive for another aggregate this year. It is a goal that the basketball program has set, and it takes every player, in every team to push themselves and their teammates at training and at games to achieve it.

Villanova University in the US having won the basketball championship this year remained very humble throughout the lead up to the Final. It was the continual chatter of it not being about any player, but the team. Not being about any award, just the process. No care for individual success, just the team goals. We may be the AIC Champion School, but it doesn’t mean we lose our humility and sportsmanship. We conduct ourselves on court and in the stands with the utmost respect for every opposition and chase our goals, not results. I think Villanova University’s motto for the year is one that we should adopt for the 2018 season and use a mantra in every team, every week – Be Humble and Hungry. Let our on-court work reflect our skills and training and our off-court behaviour reflect that of a Villanova man.  Good luck to all teams as we strive together for that goal.

Goold Hall Canteen – AIC Basketball

As Round 1 of the Year 7 – Year 12 basketball season starts this Saturday, we are asking parents to once again help by volunteering their time to assist in the canteen. The canteen will open at 7.45am. 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 school. Please see the roster below.

Goold Hall Canteen Roster

Round 1: Saturday 28 July

Villanova v SPC

All parents who can assist are asked to report to

Mrs Robyn Gunning at the canteen

Time Parents of Team
7.30am 10B, 10D
8.30am 10A, 7F
9.30am 11A
10.30am Second V
11.30am First V
After 11.30am Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated

AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, Tennis Coordinator 

The Tennis Program has been in play for some time now with Clinics, Trials and Junior, Middle and Senior Championships in Term 2 and throughout the term vacation. It is with great delight that we welcome back all returning Villanova players, as well as new players to our Green and Gold season.

The opening trial round against Ashgrove was filled with mixed results but was fought with great spirit and determination. A very exciting result, and one which was fought to the end was that of our First IV, who won by a Wildcat’s Whisker, 4/6/57 to 4/6/53. Congratulations to the boys on a sterling effort.

During the break, the masterful Firsts manager Mr Sean Conway organised a Firsts (Shayle Korander-Matheson, Matthew Conway, Callum Moses, Zach Norman and Alex Faccio) versus Old Boys (Ben Stuart, Yannick Norman, Jacob Willems and Chris Martin (and spectator Matt Pertnikovs) tournament.  It was great to see the Old Boys had donned their First IV tennis gear for the event. The Old Boys were too strong in the majority of singles matches however the current team managed to win all doubles games played.

Wishing every team member the courage to strive for success and to believe in yourself and your teammates. Good luck for a wonderful Saturday against St Pat’s.  Please be sure to be at your venue at least 15 minutes before game time, as the schedule has changed this year, and the timing for matches is very tight. 

Photo – Old Boys v current First IV squad

 AIC Cross Country – Mr Brett Morrissey, Cross Country Coordinator

The Villanova cross country squad has resumed where it left off before the holidays, with all boys training hard in preparation for the AIC Championships.  The squad were treated to a BBQ breakfast prepared by the Villanova Sports Department, to show their respect of the hard work being put in by the runners.  Such was the quality of the breakfast prepared by the Sports Department, the cross country squad have invited them to repeat the gesture next Friday morning, for their final Friday morning session before the AIC Championships.

We also presented two more $50 Rebel Sport vouchers, for outstanding performances at training.  Massive congratulations to Alex McDougall (Year 10) and Caden Griffiths (Year 7) for pushing themselves to their limits.  The AIC cross country coaches were particularly impressed with the mental toughness of these two fine young men at various training sessions.  Enjoy spending the money at Rebel Sport – you deserve it!

Alex McDougall and Caden Griffiths pictured with Coach – Mr David Barton.

Year 5 and Year 6 Cross Country – Mr Tom Lonergan, Cross Country Coach

The trial run on Saturday is probably the first interschool cross country competition many of the boys have experienced. Given that the AIC Championship is to be held on the Limestone Park course in just 16 days’ time, it was an invaluable opportunity for the boys to gain knowledge of what obstacles need to be overcome, to do well on Championship day. I am most disappointed with the number of boys who turned up to race as a mere seven boys from Year 5 turned out, which is not at all satisfactory (I received one apology).  There were 13 year 6 boys (and 2 apologies) which was a little better. Please honour your commitment to Villanova cross country, the boys are training well and those who raced on Saturday did particularly well.

Things you need to know:

Saturday 28 July: The Junior Squad will train at Whites Hill Reserve from 4 pm – 5 pm.  Any athlete unable to attend this training must attend the VRC training on Sunday 29 July from 4 – 5 pm.

Friday 3 August: AIC Meet at Runcorn hosted by St Laurence’s 4 pm – Bus transport supplied

Monday 6 August: Training followed by Pasta Night. All finished by 6.30 pm

Wednesday 8 August: AIC CHAMPIONSHIP at Limestone Park 

Limestone Park Trial held on Saturday 21 July 2018

This was an afternoon event designed to enable boys to fulfil any school commitments and still get to the trial.

Villanova Year 5 boys were outstanding: Patrick Holmes 2nd and Mitchell Millard 4th showed the benefit of Holiday training. Charley Hegarty and Jack Buchanan finished in the top 15 runners.

However, we need to count the place of the first six runners of each school to decide the champion age group. We had only three other runners and they battled hard in their first cross country race.

As mentioned above 13 boys represented Villanova in the Year 6 race. It was a bit of a wait before the best Villa boys finished. Harry Huber was our best, just ahead of Max Carson and Henry Oberhardt.  Will Green, Kyan Simpson, Liam McGarvey, Joseph Grigson and Joey Watson provided support.  Ryan Siebel was running at the State Cross Country Championships and two other top runners were absent. 


We continue to train Monday and Wednesday afternoons 3.15 – 4.30 pm

Please note: As mentioned above, we have a training Session from 4 – 5 pm on Saturday 28 July at Whites Hill. If, for any reason, you cannot make this session you will be expected to go to VRC on Sunday 29 July. Our next and final racing opportunity available is on Friday 3 August when we go to the SLC Meet at Runcorn.

Pasta Night

All squad members should have received an invitation to this function. It will be held after training on Monday night 6 August. We will train from 3.15 – 4 pm and then move to Goold Hall for something to eat and a few speeches. RSVP by Wed 25 July. 


Mr Matthew Conlan is the Manager of the Junior Cross-Country Squad and he can be contacted at the College during School hours.

Mr Tom Lonergan is Head Coach. He can be contacted by email at or by phone on 3349 0767.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Callum Davies – Villanova Senior 2016 – World Junior Championships – Finland 10 – 15 July 2018

Callum has qualified for the World Championships with an excellent run in Australian Championships.

Although ranked 41 of the 45 qualifiers, Callum ran a personal best in the heats and qualified for the Final. He almost matched his heat time in the final (just .03 slower) when he finished in 14 place. See video of the race here:

All cross country runners note the relaxed running style of most of the runners. First and second place getters conserved their energy by being patient and taking the shortest route to the finish line. Cross Country runners can learn from this. The importance of last Saturday’s trial was giving you knowledge of where the course goes. You can then ensure you take the shortest route around the course. 

Late News

Ryan Siebel ran 11.35, for 3 km, and finished in 35 place at the State Championship. This is a fine effort running against the best 11 yrs. boys in the state. Mitchell Rieck, captain of the Juniors last year, ran just over a minute faster (10.32) for the 3 km and placed 12th for the 13 years. 

Year 7 – Year 12 Cross Country Squad Training

Training will continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings commencing at 6.45am at Little Langlands.

Important AIC Cross Country Dates – Years 5-12

Bus transportation will be provided to all runners for each meet listed below. The bus schedule will be advertised each week via the website and the newsletter.

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

12yrs and 13yrs – 4.25pm

14yrs and 15yrs – 4.40pm

16yrs and Open – 4.55pm

Wednesday August 8 AIC CHAMPIONSHIPS


Year 5 – 11.00am

Year 6 – 11.15am

12yrs – 11.35am

13yrs – 11.55am

14yrs – 12.15pm

15yrs – 12.45pm

16yrs –  1.15pm

Open – 1.45pm

Presentations – 2.30pm

AIC Cross Country Uniform – It is imperative that all Villanova runners look like a team, therefore we expect all runners to wear the following uniform on the day of the championships and to all meets.

  • Villa white running shorts
  • Villa athletics singlet
  • Villa squad shirt
  • Villa sports cap (green)

(All available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop) 

Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Squads 

The participants of the abovementioned squads for the up-coming 2017/18 season will be published on the web in the AIC Rugby section late in Week 4. All members are expected to participate in this year’s track and field program. The complete program details will be posted towards the end of this term. 

AIC Track and Field 

AIC Track and Field training will commence for all age groups from Year 5 – Year 12 the week beginning Monday 20 August. All training will be held at SAF (State Athletic Facility, which is the stadium outside next to QSAC) or QSAC itself on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45 -5.15pm. All athletes will be transported by bus to and from SAF and QSAC. A full season schedule will be available on the web by the end of next week.

Lytton District Track and Field Carnivals 

The Lytton District U10-12 Track and Field Carnivals will be held at Villanova Park on Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7. Nominations are due next Tuesday 31 July, and we will be using training sessions during Friday sport and last term’s HPE results, as well as AIC results from last year to finalise the team that Villanova will be sending. There are restrictions on the number of nominations, so places in the team can only be filled with the following numbers: 100m – four competitors in each age group, 200m – three per age group, field events – two per age group, 800m – three per age group and 1500m – three per age group. Boys will be notified next Tuesday morning if they have been selected and all relevant paperwork will be distributed.  All students selected are to find their own way to and from Villanova Park on both days of competition.

Canteen help for Lytton District Track and Field Carnivals

There will be many athletes and their families present over the two days and we are looking for assistance at the canteen. If all Villanova parents could spare some time helping out while they are waiting for their son to compete, it would be greatly appreciated. The Carnival runs from approximately 9am – 3pm on both days. There will be close to 1000 people at Villanova Park on Thursday and this will be the time that most help will be needed.

Term 4 Cricket 

This year Villanova will again run an internal cricket competition for Year 4 students who will be entering the College in 2019. 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/U12 divisions. Year 6 – Year 11 students wishing to play will be placed in the BEARS competition, but the number of teams will depend on the availability of fields and parents who volunteer to coach. Students are free to play for other clubs and this decision will have NO bearing on AIC selections in 2019. A note outlining details will be available to interested students with contact details by the end of next week from the Sports Office. 

Representative Sport 

Well done to Tyler Clelland and William Vig on their selection into the Queensland School Sport Swimming Team that will participate in the Australian School Sport Swim Championships in Hobart from 25 – 31 July. A great achievement. Best wishes boys!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport 

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Parent Information

‘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 –


ACARA Privacy Notice 2018

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


China Tour 2019 Information Evening

An information evening to determine expressions of interest for a proposed China Tour in the 2019 September school holidays will be held next Wednesday, August 1 in the Hanrahan Theatre at 6:30pm.

All students studying Chinese from Years 9 – 12 next year are eligible to attend.  The tour will include sights in Shanghai, Nanjing, Xian, Beijing and conclude in Singapore before returning to Brisbane.

If you are interested but unable to attend, please contact me via my email:

I look forward to meeting you next Wednesday evening.

Sally Byron, College Administrator


School Photography Update

Next Tuesday 31 July, Professional Photographers will be at the College to photograph the following groups:  

·      All Music Groups

·      Sons of Old Boys

·      Grandsons of Old Boys

·      Catch up for sibling photos and individual portraits missed on the previous photo days in May

Please remind your sons to ensure they check the Morning Notices for exact photo shoot times. This will be the final opportunity to have these photographs taken.

Kath Underhill


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Library Roster

Monday 30 July

Bronagh Earthrowl

Leah Coogans

Sharon Vecchi

Tuesday 31 July

Susanna Greaves


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Calendar of Events

Old Boys’ Annual Dinner – Friday 3 August

Last chance to purchase your ticket to the Old Boys’ Annual Dinner.

This year this event promises to be one of the best as we celebrate the nostalgia of the past 70 years!

Tickets can be purchased online at:


Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball Raffle 

Raffle Closes Saturday 28 July 2018. Drawn at 8pm Saturday Evening.

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:

Live Auction On The Night!

An original piece, “First Break” commissioned for the Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball by renowned Australian portrait artist Jan Williamson, will be displayed and auctioned on the night of the ball (see attached).

Jan’s work has been selected many times in the Archibald Prize, winning the Packers’ Prize twice and the People’s Choice Awards in Sydney and Melbourne.

For many years, she has been chosen in the annual Tattersalls’ Art Prize and other major Australian exhibitions including Portia Geach, Moran and Shirley Hannan.

Among her many subjects are Emeritus Bishop William Morris, playwright David Williamson, Dr Eddie Liu, Professor Sally Walker, Wayne Bennett and other arts and sporting identities.

Jan’s current and ongoing work is painting her many grandchildren, (two of whom are current Villanova College students) and childhood beach scenery.

Jan has been happily married to a Villanova Old Boy, Peter Williamson, for 52 years.

Don’t miss this opportunity to own a unique piece of Villanova College History.

Guest Speaker – Tim Franklin

The Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball is very pleased to welcome Tim Franklin, Villanova Old Boy (2000) as our guest speaker for the evening.

Tim continues to establish himself as one of Australia’s best amateur age-group ultra-endurance athletes. He has competed in more than 30 endurance events consistently placing highly, has been sharing stories of his journey for many years and is a highly sought after public speaker.  Tim is all about owning your life, celebrating successes and learning from failures.  

We appreciate Tim taking time out from his busy schedule to come and share his story with us.

Villanova College 70th Anniversary Ball Committee

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Community Update

Lourdes Hill College “Winter Wonderland PJ’s Party”  

Middle School Dance – Year 7 – 9. 

Good Samaritan Centre on Friday 3rd August – 6pm-8.30pm. 

$10 and current Student ID required for entry.


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)


Easts Tigers Football Camp

Whether you are new to the game or are looking to learn new skills and improve your game the Easts Tigers Holiday camp is for you.

Come and join Current Easts Tigers Intrust Cup Players and Development Staff at our September School Holiday Camp.

The registration cost of $75pp covers three two-hour sessions, including morning or afternoon tea.

The sessions will be age specific, with the 9-11am session catering for 6-12-year olds, and the 3-5pm session for 13-17-year olds.

Once registered the player will be receive a free participant pack containing a bag, cap, t-shirt and top 20 Intrust Super Cup poster. There will also be guest appearances by our Intrust Super Cup players.

There will be first aid on site.

Spaces are limited so ensure that you register online now to secure your spot.

For further information please contact Easts Tigers Development and Pathways Manager Steve Peoples at or (07) 3397 4541.


Holland Park Junior Cricket Club (HPJCC)

2018/19 Registrations are Open!

Join On-Line:    

More Information:     Call Jo – 0418 97 67 97

Cricket with HPJCC

Ages 5 to 7 :      ‘Junior Blaster’ – Learn the skills to play cricket and have fun doing it! – Friday Afternoon or Saturday Mornings

Ages 7 to 10 :     Master Blaster – Fun, social, safe cricket games – Friday Afternoons

Ages 7 to 16 :     Junior Cricket – Play real matches against other clubs with progressive game structures to suit particular ages.

Girls :   Play Girls Only and/or Mixed Cricket.  All Girls have access to our famous “Girls Only Zone” skill development sessions

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Archive Anecdotes

First Rector – Fr Richard Ronan Benignus (Ben) O’Donnell OSA
Rector 1948 to 1957

Fr Ben O’Donnell OSA was born in 1917, at Kilronan, County Galway.  He was the fifth child of a family of 13 children, five of whom entered religious life.  Fr O’Donnell’s father was a lighthouse keeper on regular transfers to different lighthouses.

Fr O’Donnell was received into the Augustinian Order at Orlagh in 1934, pursuing his studies in Cork then Rome, and ordained in 1941.  After teaching in Ireland, he was sent to Australia in 1947 as Prior of the Augustinian Community and the first Rector of Villanova College.

The Villanova staff were all young Augustinians, with Fr Ben the oldest member at thirty!  After the trials of establishing the College at Whinstanes it became obvious that it was not a suitable location.    Fr O’Donnell then led the negotiations to relocate the College to Coorparoo.  He supervised the building of the new College and visited local primary schools to recruit boys to Villanova.

Fr O’Donnell was a great leader and set standards by example.  He set the tone and pace for the Community and all difficulties were borne together. Fr Ben embodied the Augustinian spirit of community and friendship, and communicated this to others.  A man of piety and vision, a true pioneer, his sense of fun and his unfailing good humour made light of the many difficulties faced by the Augustinians.

Fr Ben O’Donnell finished as Rector in 1957, and until the onset of his final illness lived in the community of St Augustine’s College, Dungarvan.  He passed away in December 1996

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