Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Sunday 29 July through until Saturday 4 August is Catholic Education Week. Catholic Education Week is a celebration of the work of so many women and men who play a key role in Catholic education. The theme for 2018, “Discovering New Horizons” is taken from an address delivered by Pope Francis to young people at the 2016 World Youth Day Mass. The Holy Father challenged those present to ‘open new horizons’ to share the Good News. It was an invitation to move outwards to the margins where those most in need are often found.

In recent times the Catholic Church has experienced some negative press through the Royal Commission. It is important to also recognise the many activities of the Catholic Church that help so many including, health care, aged care and outreach agencies including the St Vincent de Paul Society. Catholic Education in Australia is another example of the great work of the Catholic Church and this week we celebrate the role Villanova College plays in Catholic education.

As part of the celebration of Catholic Education Week our Year 5 students have been visiting our neighbouring Catholic Primary schools to read and interact with the Prep and Year one students. The interaction between the students has been fantastic and our Year 5 students have been excellent “big brothers” for the younger students.

70th Anniversary Villa Ball

The room was decorated beautifully, and the ladies and gentlemen were exquisite in their attire. The Villa Ball was a wonderful celebration of our community as members of the parent body came together to enjoy an evening of great food, entertainment and dancing.  The music was so good I believe Mr Levander and Mr Bremner both cut some amazing moves on the dance floor. Special thanks to Mrs Nicole Binney and Mrs Jilane Anderson and their committee for the organisation of a great event. I also thank the Parents and Friends Association for their support of this event.

Academic Assembly

Last Friday the College community came together to celebrate the academic results from Semester One. Many students were recognised for their outstanding achievements over the past six months. A large audience of parents and extended family members were in attendance and I made the point that the presence of so many family members gives a real boost to our staff knowing the strong partnership between home and the College so essential to the success of our educational endeavours is firmly cemented.

AIC Cross Country

Next week our Cross Country team will compete in the 2018 AIC Championship. Over the last three months I have watched the team training in the early morning during each week in preparation for the event. I know our runners have prepared well for the competition and we wish them every success on the day.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord,

And our hearts are restless until they rest with You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal


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Head of Junior School

Catholic Education Week 2018 is being celebrated whole-heartedly in the Junior School.  Officially opened by Father Peter with the cutting of the green and gold ribbons, we began our Monday by acknowledging that our faith is something we should be proud of.  Catholic Education Week is an inclusive, collective and meaningful time to recognise the achievements that faith provides us.  Believing in God, equality, community and truth, gives us the moral codes and motivation to do the right thing.  It means we belong.  We are unique and valuable, whatever our strengths might be.  Our efforts during this week are important to our own identity, family, group of friends and the community.

This week we have aimed to promote and foster the beliefs of the Old Testament narratives and the New Testament message of Jesus to “love one another as I have loved you.”  Challenged to “Discover New Horizons” has been accepted with enthusiasm by our students.  With picture books, games and snacks, our young men have ventured to Our Lady of Mt Carmel, St James, St Martins, and tomorrow will visit St Thomas’.  The aim for each boy was to show kindness, patience and respect to a younger person in the community.  To reach out and be the “big brother” is a very important part of our Well Being program.  Being prepared with activities, showing flexibility when a Prep student has ideas to share, and feeling the positive aspects of making one person your complete focus for an hour.  To give is to receive.  Our thanks to the parish schools involved for being so receptive in hosting us this week.

Families in our Junior School may have discovered that they have gifts of the Holy Spirit to share with each other around the dinner table.  Our competition to identify, explain using an example, and share our gifts together, mean that tomorrow we will have seven lucky people winning a dinner voucher to a local restaurant.  The gifts of Piety, Knowledge, Wisdom, Counsel, Reverence, Fortitude and Understanding have plenty of presence with our Villanova families.  The boys have been so excited putting their entries into the boxes each morning before school – we can’t wait to see who will be choosing their favourite cuisine as a reward on Friday!

Each day our Year 6 Term 3 leaders have been watching the boys care for their environment, take turns, show consideration and be positive in the playground.  A Year 5 and a Year 6 student each have won a handball during both breaks to remind us that it’s the small things – manners and attitude – that make our free time the best it can be.  The sporty designs on the handballs have proven very popular.  On Monday we also celebrated World Friendship Day, using St Augustine and his two closest mates, Alypius and Possidius, as a token shared to all boys.  My thanks to Mrs Mascadri for organising these gifts for our students.

Tomorrow, Junior School staff will cook and serve a sausage sizzle, free of charge, for all students.  We would like to say thank you for being a part of our Catholic Education Week celebrations with something warm and filling for stomachs – perfect in these chilly conditions.  Teachers, specialist staff and school officers are an integral part in building faith and making connections to the scripture, not always easy, but certainly the building blocks for humanity.  To take the time to prepare, cook and serve your sons is one of the many gestures our educators make each and every day.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the planning of the Villanova Ball, which was held at Moda Events, Portside, last Saturday evening.  It was a triumph in terms of giving us all a chance to socialise outside the College gates.  Not only were parents transformed into glamourous visions, but there was generosity aplenty for the guest speakers and auction raising money for the Tolle Lege Library.  The dance floor provided the perfect ending for the night and there will be many memories of dance moves to our favourite songs for years to come.  Thank you to all who attended – it was a truly wonderful experience.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

Stepping Up
One of the intentional messages that I have communicated to all Senior School cohorts across the first few weeks of this new term is my aspiration of students challenging themselves to strive for excellence and buying into a culture of high expectations.

Year 10 students were reminded last Form Meeting that their transitioning period is now compete and they should now realise the study requirements and revision cycles that will be critical to their success within the new senior schooling system. Their camp experience next week will provide a significant opportunity for the grade to galvanise their team-building skills and develop aspects of their character.

Our Year 11 students have been challenged to answer the call of servant leadership this term and support their Year 12 brothers who at times will require their sole focus to be directed towards their academic program and their preparation for the QCS Test. At Cor Unum Spirit Committee meetings, the House Vice Captains have been tasked with fostering this commitment from the Year 11s and I look forward to seeing a positive response.

On Wednesday’s Year 12 Form Meeting, our Academic Captain Asier Goni launched the final push towards the QCS Test with the screening of a promotional video. All Year 12 students who are sitting this test understand that upholding their 2018 theme of ‘where there is unity, there will be victory’ will guarantee success on the QCS Test and ultimately contribute to stronger end of year results.

Theatre Sports and Positive Risk Taking

Earlier this week, our two Senior School Theatre Sport Teams competed in the Quarter Finals of this year’s competition. I was fortunate to attend Monday night’s performances at All Hallows School and witness the incredible courage and creativity of our young men. Mentored by their wonderful coach Mrs Sophie Kenny, our Year 10 and Year 11 students showcased their spontaneity, wit and charisma in creating four improvisations. Many would see the challenge of live performance as a daunting proposition. Our students relished their moment and demonstrated positive risk taking.

Often risk taking has been associated with negative connotations, especially regarding the decision-making processes of teenagers. There are times, however, when showing courage and embracing vulnerability, can be considered as risk-taking. On Year 12 Retreat, I shared the following reflection by William Arthur Ward on this perspective:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is to risk involvement.

To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To hope is to risk despair.


But risks must be taken…

For the greater hazard is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing,

Has nothing and is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, change, love or live.

Chained by their attitudes they are slaves, they have forfeited freedom.

For only a person who risks is free.


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” – T.S. Eliot

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

Academic Assembly
Last Friday’s Academic Assembly had a real sense of occasion whereby the College community celebrated the success of our high achievers across Years 5 to 12 in Semester 1. The number of young men congratulated for excelling in their studies was a real highlight. These students have worked diligently to achieve so highly and have used strategies such as early preparation for assessment, organisation and reflection to excel.

In addressing the entire student body, I urged those who did not walk across the stage to set this as a potential goal for the future if they fell just short. For those who have worked to capacity and achieved to their potential, you are to be commended just as much as those who were given awards. Your hard work and determination will eventually be recognised.

The award winners for Semester 1, 2018 are:

Year 5: Lachlan Boustead, Luke Bukowski, Liam Curtis, Dylan Fryga, Thomas Hellyer, Bailey Horvath, Nikolas Katakis, Adam Kielenniva, Isaac Lerato, Jackson Mantis, Liam Martin, Jonah Nicolaou, Matthew Peachey, Joshua Rheinberger, Mitchell Thompson and Liam Viney Gonzalez

Year 6: Harrison Bryant, Toby Dixon, Daniel Egert, Harrison Huber, Luca Jordan-Vieira, William Makridakis, Ewan McCarthy, Gabriel Pavilion, Fionn Rossi, Darcy Smith and Matthew Sondergeld

Year 7: Lachlan Allen, Ryan Buck, Joshua Butterfield, Jasper Chan, Larry Clark, Charlie Corrigan, Ethan Delaney, Kian Dumont, Alexander Hulme, Jacob Miles-Wrency, Jackson Moloney, Harrison Murphy, Christos Nicolaou, Mitchell Rieck, Thomas Rieck, Jackson Rouhliadeff, Lachlan Sturgess, Riki Taylor, Ashton Taylor, George Trigenis, Nicolas Vega, Thomas Winn and Adam Zanatta

Year 8: Jonathan Alford, Edward Alford, Patrick Bryant, Toby Clark, Christian Dang, Mitchell Egert, Luke Exley, Michael Gordon, Thomas Hoctor, Nicholas Kambouris, Harris Killips, Liam McConville, Lachlan McGregor, Callan McInerney, Gabriel Palacios, Lachlan Rheinberger, Luke Schaumburg, Benjamin Watson and Daniel Waugh

Year 9: Sebastian Allan, Henry Barras, Jake Blackwell, Harry Corrigan, Matthew Danen, Nicholas Fee, Travis Graham, Louis Henderson, Henry Holroyd, Isaac Langford, Declan Leahy, Nicolas Manero, Andrew McKee, Luke Palmer, Lachlan Reardon, Fiachra Richards, Dominic Rolls, Henry Stevens, Joseph Testa, Harrison Tippins and Ryan Walker

Year 10: Frazier Brockett, Timothy Calvisi, Nicholas Chay, Isaak Collie, Christopher Djelovic, Jack Dunbar, Nathan Farrelly, Samuel Feenstra, Zane Genrich, Daniel Halligan, Mason Luu, Callum Moses, Callum O’Connor, Jaxon Paterson-Wright, Oliver Rae, Xavier Sauvage, Luke Skelton, Thomas Stenson and  Murphy Woodger

Year 11: Joshua Civitarese, Matthew Conway, Nicholas Halvorson, Harry Lenton, Benjamin McGregor, Millan McIntosh, Jacob Perrier, Thomas Pham, William Pulsford, Bradley Roulant, Vincent Schouten, Matthew Short, Nickolas Sofios, Samuel Stenson, Will Stevens, Connor Walker and Alex Wang

Year 12: Isaac Abraham, Speros Angeli, Thomas Balshaw, Samuel Chamberlain, Alexander Chay, Leo Clarke, Mitchell Crawford, Trent Foster, Hunter Gapes, Conor Gillam, Asier Goni, Liam Hampson, Timothy Hazlewood, Ronan Hughes, Shayle Korander-Matheson, Daniel Moses, William Munro, Angelo Natale Davila, Miles Parker, Sebastian Phelan, Lewis Porter, Matthew Rankin, Nelson Thorpe, Joshua Schaumburg, Mark Stuart and Samuel Vecchi

Upcoming Subject Information Evenings

Parents should be aware of the upcoming subject information nights. These nights are focused on providing information to students and parents about subject selection for 2019.

Year 10, 2019:              6.00pm, Tuesday 14 August in the Hanrahan Theatre

Year 8, 2019:                6.00pm, Tuesday 21 August in the Hanrahan Theatre

Year 9, 2019:                6.45pm, Tuesday 21 August in the Hanrahan Theatre

After each of the presentations, students and parents will be encouraged to move to the Veritas Precinct where Curriculum Area Leaders and teachers will provide further information about subjects.

Tutoring Opportunities for Term 3

Staff Tutoring

Tutoring offered by staff will commence next week. The list of these opportunities is available in this week’s Villa View and is accessible via the following link.

Tutoring – Term 3, 2018

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.

John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

Like Fortnite, Twitch has taken the world by storm. With over 100 million active monthly users, it is highly likely your son is using the platform. What is Twitch? Put simply, it is a video platform where “gamers watch gamers gaming”. Some compare it to reality television for the younger generation. As a live streaming on-demand video service for gamers, Twitch carries a lot of appeal for teenagers and particularly boys. Users create profiles, vlog, blog, like, chat and interact within this active, growing online community. Whilst most users engage with the platform responsibly, the chat rooms and private messaging functions attract sexual predators who groom and isolate young, impressionable minds.

To learn more about Twitch and consider the potential risks please read this recent article posted by Brett Lee and the Internet Safe Education team. Villanova College blocks access to the platform when students use the BYOD wi-fi. This ensures students use network resources appropriately and ensures our quality of service for cloud access (Google Drive, OneDrive) and internet services is prioritised and reserved for educational purposes only.

Email etiquette

In 2017, it was revealed 269 billion emails are sent each day. Email remains one of the simplest and effective forms of digital communication. No matter the length or purpose, all emails should constructed and reviewed with care. They form part of one’s digital footprint and create lasting impressions on others. In light of this, the College has recently updated an email etiquette guide for students.

This visual, engaging guide will help students with the following points:

  • Crafting an effective subject line
  • Opening a conversation
  • Using language and punctuation appropriately
  • Including attachments the right way
  • Things to think about when replying
  • The etiquette of group email

Students in the Middle School will explore these email guidelines during their PD program next week. However, all students are encouraged to adopt these guidelines to ensure they are putting their best “digital foot” forward.

Jason Lane, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools Elearning Pedagogy Leader


Reminder – A+ Orals Training

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Annual St Vincent de Paul Sleep-out and Winter Appeal
Fittingly, the College’s winter appeal takes place this week, which is Catholic Education Week. Ever since St Mary MacKillop established Catholic schools to serve the poorest children in Australia, Catholic schools have emphasised the importance not only of service to the poor, but also of taking effective social action to bring about change. One of the foundation stones of a good Catholic school is to provide opportunities to change the way a young person of good will looks at the world around him or her. This approach is best summed up in the “see, judge, act” motto of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and YCS Ministry at the College.

How do you change the lens through which a person looks at the world? One way is through the creation of experiences which allow role reversal and empathy to occur. For this reason, the Winter Appeal culminates in our sleep-out on Friday 10 August, where more than 30 students and staff experience in their bones what it is like to sleep on cardboard in the winter air for a night.

Your generous donations to the Winter Appeal – canned food, hygiene items, warm clothing/ bedding – will be sorted, packaged and handed over to our guests from Rosies and Ozcare on the evening of the Sleep-Out. Year 10 – 12 students who wish to be involved should pick up a form from St Vincent de Paul leaders Ms Sally Byron, Mrs Katie Dauth-Sousa or Mrs Mylan Warren.

Some of the canned food collected will be delivered this week to Blind Eye Ministry, a drop-in centre on Merivale Street. Half of the Year 12 cohort experienced Blind Eye in action on their Year 12 Street Retreat, and this has led to a steady trickle of further donations.

The College also sponsored Blind Eye’s recent competition for photographers on the street, called “The View from the Street”. Two staff members, David Hood and Pat Atkinson, attended the photo exhibition on Thursday last. The initiative by Blind Eye also featured on the 7.30 Report: By running a parallel “View from the Street” photo competition for Year 12 students, the College sought to create empathy within our young men, encouraging them to look at Brisbane from a different angle. The View from the Street  Sleeping Rough at Southbank

Catholic Education Week:

While the Royal Commission and the Pope have both rightly pointed to the need for change in the Catholic church, it is also important to ask why Catholic schools make a difference for many young people. I would humbly offer two points which are worthy of consideration:

  1. Catholic schools place a clear priority on educating young people to make a better society – to “somehow leave this beautiful planet” better for our having been here, as Pope Francis puts it. Such a mission gives purpose and dignity to a young person’s life, militating against isolation, and depression. The mission at Villanova College remains one of turning out fine young men of Gospel values who make a difference in the world. In times of change, such a clear direction provides a beacon of hope, and light.
  2. Catholic schools are built on the premise that there is an objective and true basis to the world: God shapes the world and each of us in love. This is the antidote to relativism and futility. Every person, young and old is capable of change and growth. Supported in a faith community, each young person who enters these gates can make progress in their study, through humility, persistence, family support, faith and community. This approach is the opposite of the “rat race.”

We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.…(From Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians)

John Holroyd, Dean of Mission & Identity



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

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

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mrs Belinda Tucker and the members of Irish Ensemble 1 and 2 for their efforts last Sunday afternoon at the St James fete.  The organising committee were very appreciative the students were able to perform, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the boys’ music.  Thank you and well done!

Big Band – Mt Carmel Fete – Sunday 5 August

As per our annual tradition, the Villanova College Big Band will be performing at the Mt Carmel Fete this Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm.  We look forward to this new-look outfit under the direction of Mr Josh McKechie sharing their music with the audience.  Please head along, support the boys, and enjoy a great afternoon of entertainment.

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 the 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.

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

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 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 Middle School / Senior School 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


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

It is pleasing to report the results on Saturday from the remaining Year 7 – Year 12 basketball and Year 5 – Year 12 tennis games continued the success shown on Friday afternoon. Against stiff opposition, Villanova won 27 of 33 basketball games and 11 of the 17 tennis matches. This is an outstanding start to the season considering St Patrick’s were second in the basketball aggregate in 2017 (Villanova were first) and were ranked one place lower than Villanova in tennis last year.

It would not be uncommon for teams to change slightly after last weekend in readiness for Round 2 against St Laurence’s. 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.

Last weekend our AIC Cross Country squad participated in some training runs on Saturday as part of their preparation for the upcoming AIC Championships. The final Cross Country Meet will be held this Friday afternoon at Runcorn hosted by St Laurence’s College. All runners are required to attend. Further information is found below in the AIC Cross County section.

The AIC track and field training program will commence the week beginning Monday 20 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 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 and Tennis sections on the website within the ‘Season Schedule’ documents. In particularly, I would like to remind all tennis players to adhere to these standards as there were many alternatives worn by players last weekend. We are hoping the standard will improve this weekend. Parental support in this matter is essential and is very much appreciated.

This weekend Villanova will face St Laurence’s in the local derby. As usual, we will expect a high level of competition from our rivals. Please note that all Year 5 – Year 12 basketball games are played on Saturday for this weekend only. I urge all boys to stay and support the First V game. As always, we would expect our boys to give 100% on the court. A reminder too that we must conduct ourselves in the correct manner whether it be on the court or as a spectator.

I wish everybody involved with cross-country, basketball and tennis all the best this weekend. Please enjoy!

AIC Tennis and Basketball Round 2 against St Laurence’s College, Saturday 28 July – Times and Venues

All Year 5 and Year 6 basketball games will be played on Saturday for this weekend only and will revert to Friday afternoons after this weekend for the rest of the season. 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 v St Laurence’s College.

AIC Cross Country – Mr Brett Morrissey, AIC Cross Country Coordinator

The annual AIC Championships are now only one week away, and our runners can’t wait to race.  The squad has training tomorrow morning, with a light taper next Monday.  They also have their final warm-up meet this coming Friday afternoon at St Laurence’s College, Runcorn.

Several positions are on the line, particularly in the very strong Under 13 and Open age groups. Once again, the coaches would like to congratulate all runners who have trained so hard this year, but it will be so difficult for us to have to select 12 runners in these two age groups to represent Villanova on Championship day.

The boys from Year 7 – Year 12 will be transported out to St Laurence’s playing fields tomorrow afternoon at 3.05pm and should return to Villanova by approximately 6.00pm.  I am hoping all runners in the squad enjoy their final warm-up meet this week and look after themselves in the coming days to ensure that they are in peak condition for the AIC Championships next Wednesday, 8 August.

Congratulations to the Year 7 students who have stepped up, and are representing the College in the Under-12 competition.  There are still three runners required in the Under 12’s to fill all of Villanova’s spaces.  I encourage any Under 12 Year 7 students who have fitness from other sports, and wish to support their peers next Wednesday by running 3km, to urgently see Mr Stariha, Mr Morrissey or Mr Pascoe.

Keep working hard gentlemen! 

AIC Cross Country

The final AIC Cross Country Meet before the AIC Championships will be hosted by St Laurence’s College at Runcorn tomorrow afternoon.  A bus will depart the College at 2.45pm for the Year 5 and Year 6 runners and should return at 5.00pm. A Year 7 – Year 12 bus will depart the College at 3.05pm and return at 6.00pm. All runners are required to attend.

Program of Events

Event Time Distance
Year 5 4.00pm 2 km
Year 6 4.10pm 3 km
12 and 13 Years 4.20pm 3 km
14 and 15 Years 4.35pm 4 km
16/Open Years 4.55pm 6 km

Venue: St. Laurence’s College Playing Fields, Nathan Road, Runcorn

AIC Cross Country Championships

The AIC Cross Country Championships will run next Wednesday 8 August at Limestone Park. Buses will depart the College at 9.00am for all runners. We envisage that all buses will return to the College by 3.30/3.45pm.  We hope to announce the team by tomorrow.  All runners will receive an information note tomorrow regarding the arrangements on the day of the AIC Championships.

Cross Country Uniform:  It is imperative that all Villanova College 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.

  • Villanova white running shorts
  • Villanova athletics singlet
  • Villanova squad shirt
  • Villanova sports cap (green)
  • Villanova sports jacket (not compulsory)

Note – This uniform is the same as the AIC track and field uniform. All items are available from the Villanova College Uniform Shop.



Lion St, Ipswich

DATE:               Wednesday August 8 2018 

EVENTS:                            11.00am                      Year 5                           2km

11.15am                      Year 6                           3km

11.35am                      12 Years                       3km

11.55am                      13 Years                       3km

12.15pm                      14 Years                       4km

12.45pm                      15 Years                       4km

1.15pm                        16 Years                       6km

1.45pm                        Open                            6km

PRESENTATION:                        2.30pm – 2.45pm 

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

Round 1 of the basketball season was a tremendous success with Villanova winning 27 of the 33 games played.

The First V had a satisfying 70 – 35 win that showed the potential of the team and was just reward for the hard work put in during the pre-season. Before the game, 2012 First V Captain, Ben Davis handed out the jerseys and gave an inspirational address on the value of playing their role for the team. Each home game sees us bring a former player back to address the players to remind of where the jersey they are wearing has been before and to inspire them to leave it in a better place.

This week sees us playing Saint Laurence’s College and will be great to have the Junior teams playing alongside the Middle and Senior teams on the Saturday in what should be a blockbuster day. It was great to have so much support for all players last Saturday and hopefully that continues to grow each week. As we strive for success each week, let us remember the 2018 basketball motto – Be Humble but Hungry.

Goold Hall Canteen – AIC Basketball

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. 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 2 v SLC

Saturday 4 August

If all parents who can assist could please report to

Robyn Gunning at the Canteen

Time Parents of Team
7.00am 5B, 5D
7.30am 7A, 5A, 5C
8.30am 8B, 7D, 8D
9.30am 8A, 7E, 8E
10.30am 9B
11.30am 9A
After 11.30am Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated


AIC Basketball Year 5 and 6

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 seven from eight against St. Patrick’s 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.

Well done to all the boys on a fantastic start to the season and good luck for Round 2 matches against St. Laurence’s College.  Round 3 matches will be against Ambrose Treacy and not a bye as was previously scheduled. Year 6 players will travel to Indooroopilly on Friday 10 August.

AIC Basketball Results v St. Patrick’s College

First V SPC W 70 35
2nd V SPC W 31 27
3rd V SPC L 35 37
4th V SPC W 49 31
11A SPC W 41 30
11B SPC W 34 27
10A SPC W 37 31
10B SPC W 43 37
10C SPC L 26 52
10D SPC W 40 13
9A SPC L 38 41
9B SPC L 31 33
9C SPC L 25 31
9D SPC W 22 17
8A SPC W 56 20
8B SPC W 39 11
8C SPC W 35 8
8D SPC W 58 8
8E SPC W 47 2
7A SPC W 53 22
7B SPC W 49 21
7C SPC W 54 14
7D SPC W 42 8
7E SPC W 47 10
7F SEC 7E W 42 15
6A SPC L 24 46
6B SPC W 49 18
6C SPC W 34 12
6D SPC W 44 7
5A SPC W 41 8
5B SPC W 36 5
5C SPC W 43 4
5D SPC W 38 4


AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, AIC Tennis Coordinator

Last Saturday saw the first round of the 2018 AIC Tennis Season.  Our Tennis players were eager to face the opposition, knowing they were prepared and ready.  Their efforts over the preceding weeks in practising and upskilling certainly paid off in facing St Pat’s!  A great way to start the season, with overall success being achieved after some very close matches.  Results were 11 Wins and 6 losses, which was testimony to the fighting spirit of our boys and the encouragement from peers, parents, and managers.

While all players should be congratulated, I wish to acknowledge three students this week.  Firstly, Alex Faccio, Year 10 and reserve for the First IV, was outstanding in all matches, and was a main attraction for audiences on the day with his exceptional game play. Secondly, a relatively new player to Villanova’s AIC tennis is Year 12 student Andres Urbina, who won his singles and one doubles match, playing in the Open Thirds. Finally, possibly the greatest accolade goes to Michael Lane, Year 7, who, for two years narrowly missed making it into a Villanova team, but through sheer determination and self-improvement is now on the books!  Michael fought back in his singles from being down four games to two to make it six-six, and then lost by a mouse’s whisker in the tiebreaker seven – nine.  Great quality tennis, and let’s keep the spirit alive as we face St Laurence’s this weekend. 

AIC Tennis Results v S Patrick’s College 

First IV SPC W 7 1
2nd IV SPC W 8 0
3rd IV SPC W 6 2
11A SPC L 1 7
11B SPC L 1 7
10A SPC L 3 5
10B SPC L 4 4
9A SPC W 7 1
9B SPC L 1 7
8A SPC W 5 3
8B SPC W 5 3
7A SPC W 8 0
7B SPC L 2 4
6A SPC W 4/33 4/25
6B SPC W 4 2
5A SPC W 5 1
5B SPC W 5 3

 Villanova Inter-House Track and Field Carnival – Compulsory!

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 16 August. All students are to attend school as per normal times. Buses will then transport the boys to and from Villanova Park. We ask all parents to support the College and ensure that all boys attend. More details will be available in next week’s 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

Met East Track and Field Nominations

All athletes from 13 Years – Opens who wish to nominate for the 2018 Met East Track and Field Championships are to complete the nomination form, which can be found at the Sports Office. Please note that students must meet qualifying standards to be considered. These standards will not be advertised. ALL nominations close Friday August 10th.

AIC Track and Field Training

AIC track and field training officially commences the week beginning Monday 20 August, which is the week after Ekka week. This year all students from Year 5 – Year 12 (excluding the middle-distance runners) 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.

Middle distance athletes will train at Little Langlands on the days listed below.

  • Year 5 and Year 6 – Monday and Wednesday afternoon at Little Langland’s 3.15-4.30pm. Coach – Mr. Tom Lonergan
  • Year 7 – 12 – Monday and Wednesday mornings at Little Langlands 6.45 – 7.45am. As an alternative (for those who can’t make the Monday and Wednesday session) students can attend a Thursday 6.00 – 7.30pm session at Tees Athletic Club, Stanley Road, Carina. Park Runs at Stones Corner on Saturday’s commencing at 7am will also be included. Coach – Mr. Brian Pascoe

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.

Lytton District Track and Field Carnival 

The Lytton District U10-12 Track and Field Carnival will be held at Villanova Park next Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7. All boys nominated have been given the relevant information for the two days of competition. There will be many athletes and their families present on the day and we are looking for assistance at the canteen. If all Villanova parents in attendance could spare some time helping while they are waiting for their son to compete, it would be greatly appreciated. The Carnival runs from 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.   All students selected are to find their own way to and from Villanova Park on both days of competition.

Term 4 Zone 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 U12 divisions. Year 6 students wishing to play will be placed in the BEARS competition.

Villanova will be entering a couple of teams into the BEARS competition for Year 7 to 11 students wanting to play cricket in Term 4 for Villanova, 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 is now available to interested students from the Sports Office or on the College website. 

Representative Sport 

Tyler Clelland and Will Vig recently represented the Queensland Team at the Australia School Sport Swimming Championships in Hobart.

Tyler came ninth in Australia in his breaststroke and fourth in Australia in his 10x50m all age relay. Will made the final for his backstroke and came eighth in Australia and fifth in Australia in his 4x50m freestyle relay. Awesome results and such an amazing experience. Well done boys!

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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 –


Library Roster

Wednesday 8 August

Donna Leahy

Denise Smith (After Tuckshop)

Thursday 9 August

Sue Mulligan

Maryanne Bingham

Kelly Stassi (After Tuckshop)


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Community Update

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)


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.


San Sisto “90’s Theme” Dance

Years 7 – 12 will be held on Friday 10 August at the Carindale PCYC.  The dance will run from 7pm – 10pm. Entry fee is $10 and current student ID is required.  Come in your best fluorescent outfit!


Moreton Bay College “Starry Night” Dance

Years 7 – 10 will be held on Saturday 11 August in the Oriel Handley Hall at Moreton Bay College.  The dance will run from 7pm – 10pm.  Entry fee is $10 and current student ID is required.  Come along for a night with the stars!


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

Fr John Louis Hanrahan OSA

John Louis Hanrahan was born in Limerick City in 1920 and entered the Order in 1937 at Orlagh.  After studying in Rome and Dublin he was ordained in 1943.  He arrived in Australia in 1948, just before the College started at Whinstanes.

As the second Prior and Rector John was a good communicator, a scholar and a man of culture.  He introduced elocution and drama, and fostered choral and instrumental music.  He shared the first Rector’s Augustinian spirit and ability to win love and loyalty.  In fact, he had creativity and eagerness to spare, maintaining his position as part-time university lecturer in Latin and his involvement in the Villanova Players.

In conversation and when teaching Fr Hanrahan’s use of language and humour was entertaining and brilliant.  He taught with a sense of the dramatic – pregnant pauses, raising of eyebrows, sense of humour, and heroic turn of phrases were all well-used with subtlety.  With the small numbers in the Senior classes a Hanrahan class was an unforgettably delightful seminar-like experience.  Here was a man who loved learning, was completely masterful and in his element teaching.  He would sometimes go from lecturing at the University of Queensland straight into a classroom of secondary students at Villanova!

After six years as Rector of Villanova Fr Hanrahan became the Provincial of the Australian Augustinians.  Driving himself as hard as ever, he twice developed major cardiac conditions which forced him to leave all work at the age of 48 years.  As mentally agile as always but barely able to leave his room, he lived in retirement in a nursing home in Ireland from 1969 until his death on 25 January 1981 – just 60 years old.

In all Fr Hanrahan was on the staff at Villanova for 17 years, and this constituted the major portion of his active priestly ministry. The warm and gregarious spirit often attributed to Villanova is a part of his legacy that remains strong at the College right to the present day.

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