Principal's Welcome

This Friday we celebrate the Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo.

Not all saints start out saintly. Sometimes they have to go a little wild before they settle down to God’s work. Aurelius Augustine’s mother worried that he lived a reckless life, and she prayed continuously that he would become a Christian. It took a long time, but finally her prayers were answered.

In 354 Augustine was born in Tagaste, part of northern Africa, which is today known as Algeria. His father, Patricius, was a Roman official. He owned land that he farmed. Patricius married Monica and they had three children. Monica was a Christian and also became a saint, but her husband was a pagan. She prayed often that her family would be Christians. Just before he died in 371, Patricius converted to Christianity. Augustine would not convert for many more years.

Augustine didn’t like school and spent much of his time playing with his friends. His teachers would often punish him for not knowing the correct answers. Finally, he discovered that he loved the Latin language. He worked very hard to study Latin and showed everyone he was actually very intelligent. Patricius wanted his son to be a teacher and have a good job with the Roman government. Augustine tried this, but really wanted to teach in Milan, Italy. In Milan, he thought, the students wanted to learn, and they respected their teachers and education.

While Augustine was in Milan, he met Bishop Ambrose. Augustine liked the way Ambrose explained things and because of this, Augustine decided to become a Catholic.

For more than 30 years after his conversion in 387, Augustine said and wrote many important things that helped people understand God and how they could have a personal relationship with God. He became a priest and a bishop in northern Africa, where he died in 430.

Today we still find Augustine’s explanation of the Trinity helpful. He wrote a famous book called ‘City of God’ that showed people the difference between living on Earth and living with God in Heaven. He also wrote a book called ‘Confessions’ that many people still read today. Augustine helped people see that God is very patient with us and loves us. God wants us to be in Heaven with him forever.

St. Augustine of Hippo is a Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of printers and brewers, as well as theologians.

As we celebrate both St Augustine’s Day and St Monica’s Day, please click here for a message from Fr Peter Jones OSA, Prior Provincial, Province of Australasia.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” ~ St. Augustine of Hippo

Mr Steven Bremner, Principal (Acting)

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Head of Junior School

Last week while driving through Camp Hill with my wife and family, a small object was thrown at our car. At the sound of the thud I saw a group of boys scatter into the surrounding houses. I stopped the car to see what was going on and one of the boys who was unknown to me stopped, conceding that he had been caught. My teacher mode came out and I wound down the window and asked, “What did you throw at my car?” The boy responded that it was an ‘ooshie’ and that it had been a dare from his mates. I had a brief conversation about it being a much more dangerous situation than they had probably thought.

My wife commented that these boys were lucky it was us and not a potentially more angry or violent person that they had hit. On Monday, I had a boy come to see me in the Junior School Office. Being one of the boys who ran, he had been watching from behind a house, recognised me in the car and upon hearing my voice, realised he knew who had been hit.

We had a restorative conversation.   “What happened? What were you thinking at the time? What have you thought about since? Who has been affected? How are you going to repair the harm?”

The two key points from our conversation was at the time, the boys were bored and came up with risky dares to entertain themselves. The other, was the boy’s insight into realising that while I was understanding of the poor choices he made that day, perhaps my wife might not be feeling as comfortable. He asked for a way to contact my wife and I suggested email. Upon receiving the email, my wife Diana was moved by his regret and accepted his apology.

Since this incident I have thought about the boys being bored and the difficulty children in contemporary society have with engagement. We often complain about kids’ reliance on technology and video games, but in their defence, it is getting harder and harder to have access to meaningful and enjoyable activities.

One of the greatest qualities of Villanova College is the variety of co-curricular and in-school activities that are available to our Junior School boys to engage with. For many boys the hardest part about it is selecting just one or two activities to do each term. As mentioned previously, on offer this term is rugby league, track and field, basketball and Tournament of Minds (TOM).

This weekend is our version of the magic round with all AIC rugby league games taking place at Villanova Park. Our TOM teams will compete at regional finals this Saturday at the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Lakes.  We have three Junior teams competing in the areas of STEM, Language Literature and The Arts. Special mention to Benjamin Bingham, Sebastian Sank and William Fritz who will be acting as comperes on the day.

In addition to all these events happening, our Term Three Leaders have started the Lego Masters and basketball shootout competitions. These organised activities give our students even more opportunities to engage in the College and with each other.

Finally, thank you in advance to all families who will be attending the Father’s Day Breakfast tomorrow morning. As ever, thank you to the Junior School staff who have committed to helping early in the morning to cook and serve the delicious food.

Mr Brendan Kennedy, Head of Junior School (Acting)

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Head of Middle School

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

Episode 7 – “Social Emotional Learning (Part 2)” with Dr Ashleigh Wright and Mr Adrian Hellwig

Click on the image to begin listening.

To listen to previous episodes:

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

Episode 2: “The Adolescent Brain” with Mr Greg O’Neill

Episode 3: “Mindfulness” with Mr Alex Sullivan

Episode 4: ‘Writing’ with Mr Shawn Creamer

Episode 5: “Humour” with Mr Alex Sullivan, Mr Ben Lynam, Mr Shawn Creamer and Mrs Julie Colbert

Episode 6: ‘Social Emotional Learning’ with Mr Greg O’Neill

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

I return to one of my favourite podcast series- The Art of Manliness this week and recommend the following episode on time management for your consideration. If you struggle with procrastination, goal-setting, and generally moving ahead in life, the heart of your struggles may be your view of time. Host Brett McKay speaks with Steve Chandler, author of the book- Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-Pleasing, Self-Doubt, Over Commitment, Broken Promise and Chaos. Key points to their discussion include:

  • What was life like for Steve before he found his purpose?
  • What is non-linear time management?
  • Why do traditional approaches to time management sometimes cause procrastination?
  • How we trick ourselves into thinking we’re taking action
  • The decreasing value of more and more information
  • Why you should re-read impactful books
  • How and why to break big tasks into small, even microscopic steps
  • Gamifying your to-dos
  • Overcoming being behind on things (on a mental level, too)
  • How people-pleasing gets in the way of our accomplishing things
  • What’s the role of goals in non-linear time management?
  • A time warrior knows what he wants to do; what if you don’t know?

You can access the podcast by following this link:

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, our Year 12 students will sit the last ever Queensland Core Skills Test – the grand final following months of training and preparation. In this week’s Form Meeting, members of the Student Leadership addressed the cohort and once again reinforced the fundamental message that only through a united, team approach where every member of ‘Team Villanova’ plays their part, that success will be guaranteed. I would like to thank Director of Data Analytics, Mrs Liana Baillie, for her leadership of the preparatory program and the Year 12 Academic Mentors for their work in supporting our Seniors throughout the year. I offer this prayer and my best wishes for the highest QCS mean possible:

My God, enable me to trust in the good outcome of the test I am about to take; help me to contribute my own share of optimism and confidence.
With your grace, my God, I hope to crown my efforts with success.
Keep far from me at this moment any presumption that it all depends exclusively on me.
You are next to me, my God, the necessary and welcome presence in all the moments of my life.
I will take this test, my God, because it is important for my future.
My God, be the source of my inspiration in my doubts and uncertainties supporting me with your blessing.


“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

The Feast of St Augustine occurred on Wednesday 28 August and the whole College will celebrate with a special Mass tomorrow at 10.30 am in Goold Hall. All family members and parents are warmly invited to attend. The theme of the Mass will explore how we make ourselves rich in God’s eyes. A wonderfully hopeful aspect of the education offered at an Augustinian school is the determination to look beyond external markers of a person’ worth. As Augustine writes, “God loves each one of us as if he or she were the only one.”

This very quotation is on one of the new signs installed in the Senior School area in time for this week. I would like to thank A+ Signage for their wonderful work and support in this regard. Augustine was a deep thinker who was able to express profound insights in ways which call you to attention and reflection. Therefore, we hope that these quotations will themselves help to form the fine young men of Villanova.

Preparing for the Feast of St Augustine

For those who would like to learn more about what we see as the unique or distinctive features of a graduate from an Augustinian school, there is a document to be found on the website:

It was a privilege to spend some time off campus last weekend with a group of staff to explore this document. What we realised is that to have Augustine as an inspiration places Villanova in a great position to offer something distinctive to the world of Catholic education.

When Year 7 student Charlie Berridge approached me last week and said, “I want to dye my hair yellow and green,” my curiosity was piqued. Charlie has very good reasons to want to acknowledge and support the work of the Cancer Council, and the Middle School community rallied behind him, purchasing yellow ribbons as an act of solidarity last Friday. $126 has been sent to the Cancer Council, which does not include extra money raised via a GoFundMe page.

Week 7 is proving busy with a Sustainability Summit on Thursday at morning tea which will be aimed at listening to the students’ assessment of how far we have come with recycling, and what the next steps are. There are ideas bubbling up from the student body, but a bigger picture and structural thinking is now needed in order to sustain the change and make further progress. At one level, it is all about changing the behaviour of boys and adults so that the effort is made to put the right rubbish in the right bin. At the wider level, this kind of cultural change is only made possible by a great deal of effort and teamwork. If Villanova were the planet, would we be saving it? If not, why not?

Always eagerly anticipated, the Father’s Day stall sells fun and imaginative gifts for fathers ranging from $5 to $20. It is a tribute that so many of the younger students knock the door down to purchase them. All profit goes equally to the adult education program funded by AFAS, and to Movember. The final day for the sale is tomorrow (Friday 30 August).

Happy Socks are aptly named, bringing a splash of colour and fun. Senior School students were invited today to pay a gold coin to RUOK in return for wearing happy socks. The idea is to show a fun and practical support for making the campus safe and happy. The climate of the campus is very important to an Augustinian school, and I thank the Year 11 students Sam Chigwidden, Aidan Quinlivan, Hamish Lorimer and Andrew Stavrou who have organised the Happy Sock Day.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity




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Track and Field is now in the second week of training. Many students from Year 5-12 have been invited into the squad based on performances at this year’s Inter-House Track and Field Carnival. During this time of year we realise that many boys will have a lot on their plate with regards to tennis, rugby league, basketball, club AFL and league finals plus the football clubs who insist on their players doing three training sessions per week which I heavily question.

Villanova needs the support of the parent body to back the coaches and Sports Office to ensure that those who are invited into the Track & Field squad do attend and train. We can not have a situation where Villa’s best are not prepared to be involved and represent the College when asked. The 2019/20 Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack squads have been published already. The junior football and senior football development squads will be published within the AIC Football section on the website over the coming weeks. The High-Performance Basketball Squads (Cubs, Sabres and Wildcats) will be announced at the end of the season.

Please understand that if a student is unwilling to involve himself when asked to join the Track and Field squad, he will not be considered, or his name will be withdrawn from any development squad. These squads always remain a privilege not a right for our students. The selection is very much a reward for not only their ability given to the respective sport in question but also for their willingness to give of themselves to the College when asked. As always, the Sports Office is willing to negotiate alternative/specialised training schedules for those who do have a lot on their plate. Students must contact the coach or Sports Office to sort through a schedule which is workable. Students who continue to hide and promise the world to their coaches and not turn up simply let’s the College down.

I make no apologies for setting the bar high for Villa students. In our AIC sports competition, premierships and school aggregates are up for grabs and I would hope that our boys are keen and eager to contest them. I believe our boys have been well prepared and organised throughout the current trimester of sport season. As a result, Villanova is in with a real chance to do very well this trimester if we continue to work hard and play well as a team. There is no pressure on any student or any team to win. The only expectation we have is that our boys give 100% at training and on game day and that they conduct themselves as Christian men both on and off the court each week. Maintaining and building school pride and a positive culture is important to us, I ask all students to continue do their part this trimester of sport in order for Villa to perform at its best.

Our basketball is certainly going very well so far this season as a large number of our teams are currently undefeated or are in premiership contention. I do not want to get ahead of ourselves but the situation presently is that Villa is leading the AIC basketball aggregate. It is important that we have a good round v Ashgrove this weekend to cement our chances to become the champion basketball school this year. I ask all boys to keep up the good work and to back themselves this weekend.

I am left disappointed that a number of our tennis players from Years 10-12 have had cause to withdraw from playing in their tennis team due to various reasons. On average we have had 3-4 pull out each week over the first four rounds. If a boy commits to a season we would expect that he follows through with the commitment for the entire season. Having students with the backing of their parents withdraw from fixtures at very late notice each week is totally unacceptable. This type of behaviour goes against the Villanova spirit and certainly lets down the team and the College.

Our tennis performances across the year levels and general conduct has been pleasing. I am expecting another solid round from all tennis players this weekend v Ashgrove.

Best wishes go to all AIC teams this week as we take on Marist College Ashgrove in Round 5 of fixtures. They will be ready for battle and so will we. Best wishes to all and go for it boys!

AIC TENNIS, RUGBY LEAGUE & BASKETBALL ROUND 5 v Marist College Ashgrove College, Friday 30th & Saturday 31st August – Times & Venues

All Year 5&6 basketball games are played on Friday afternoons. All Year 7-12 basketball and Year 5-12 tennis and rugby league games are played on Saturday.  Please go to the College’s website to view all times and venues for this weekend’s fixtures v Marist College Ashgrove.

Goold Hall Canteen Roster

Round 5 v Ashgrove

Saturday 31st August

If all parents who can assist could please report to

Robyn Gunning at the Canteen

Time Parents of Team
7.30am 7A & 7D
8.30am 8B & 8D
9.30am 8A & 9D
10.30am 9B
11.30am 9A
After 12.00pm Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated

Photos will be taken for those teams who will play at the home venue this weekend for Year 5 basketball and rugby league only. All players are asked to wear the full and correct uniform as indicated in past newsletters and which is stated in the ‘Season Schedule’ found in the respective AIC Basketball and Rugby League sections.

The photo schedule is found on the website. Teams who aren’t listed this weekend will be listed next weekend when they play at home.

Many thanks to the many boys and their parents for supporting the Track and Field program so far by attending the various training sessions held over the past 2 weeks. We are very fortunate to have many high-level coaches in place this year including Rio Olympian and Gold Coast Commonwealth Athlete – Matt Denny. Matt’s coach, Ben Thomson (son of cricketing great Jeff Thomson) is also on board. Both are internationally experienced coaches and are overseeing our Javelin and Discus programs with Mr Rolls and Mr Schiavo. We also have Bill McKenny, a very experienced sprints coach plus many others on board including 13 College staff members to ensure we give our boys the best coaching possible.

The first AIC Track and Field meet for the season is held this Thursday evening at UQ, the second meet will be held next Friday 6th September at SAF. Those students who are involved with AIC Basketball must commit to that sport as a priority, all other boys are asked to come along to the meet. The full program including times as well as the bus departure and arrival times is found in the AIC Track and Field section within the website. Students who are listed in the AIC Track & Field squad are expected to attend all training sessions and meets. If for any reason students are unable to attend they are to contact their coach directly please.

Villanova Runners Club – Mr Tom Lonergan, Middle Distance Coach
Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Rd, Camp Hill
Open to all students/parents/siblings/friends etc.

This activity is an initiative of the AIC Juniors Cross Country & Track Coach – Mr Tom Lonergan. It is an opportunity for all aspiring AIC runners/sportsmen to complete an extra training session each week. Parents, siblings and friends of the athletes are also invited to participate in the training. One of the training activities will be a Tabata session. Tabata is an anaerobic activity which complements fitness for running. Another component of this session is a Bush Run which utilizes the many Trails in the Whites Hill bushland area. Further information about this program can be gained by contacting Mr Lonergan email:

Villa Runners Club will be offered every Sunday (4 – 5pm) from Sun 21st July through to Sun 13th October. 

Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

This week was another excellent round against St Peter’s Lutheran College. We were able to secure all 12 aggregate results and won 24 of a possible 26 games. While some of the results were very lopsided, it was great to see the sportsmanship that our players exemplified. We were always humble in the way we went about winning but still continued to play high-class basketball. This was exemplified by the 1st V who played hard and stuck to their structure throughout the entire game. Undefeated after 4 rounds is an excellent result and the players and coaches are looking forward to the challenge of the last 3 rounds. The results after 4 rounds show us having a lead in the aggregate championship but we have 3 highly competitive games to come. None more so than this week against Marist College Ashgrove. A number of premierships will be decided this week so good luck to all teams at training this week and at the games on Saturday.

AIC Basketball Results v St Peter’s Lutheran College

TEAM Round 1


Round 2


Round 3


Round 4


1stV 56-48 W 61-47 W 77-74 W 111-47 W
2ndV 31-30 W 44-26 W 53-25 W 65-13 W
3rdV 58-19 W 50-12 W 59-13 W 93-37 W
4thV 58-18 W 16-18 L 44-11 W 43-22 W
11A 71-20 W 42-39 W 53-29 W 96-28 W
11B 52-30 W 32-37 L 21-18 W 64-24 W
10A 25-31 L 34-31 W 53-40 L 46-29 W
10B 53-22 W 32-35 L 44-29 W 40-35 W
10C 67-10 W W 43-6 W 82-5 W
10D 32-15 W


21-22 L 26-8 W

v SPC 10E

33-37 L


9A 37-46 L 38-36 L 53-22 W 52-17 W
9B 48-37 W 49-35 W 53-22 W 41-28 W
9C 33-15 W 21-27 L 52-19 W 65-12 W
9D 74-1 W


49-9 W 46-13 W 38-19 W
8A 61-38 W 100-17 W 43-35 W 51-28 W
8B 40-35 W 75-10 W 51-45 W 57-14 W
8C 48-17 W 47-12 W 37-33 W 56-6 W
8D 60-4 W 68-6 W 28-26 W 58-3 W
7A 40-32 W 47-17 W 23-41 L 51-9 W
7B 41-15 W 25-23 W 49-16 W 54-10 W
7C 38-4 W 30-23 W 39-24 W 59-9 W
7D 59-8 W 51-8 W 33-35 L 38-41 L
6A 66-8 W


66-7 W 42-44 L 101-3 W
6B 96-13 W


76-4 W 32-16 W 96-2 W
6C 61-18 W


35-21 W 61-13 W BYE
6D 48-2 W


26-6 W 42-12 W BYE
5A 51-16 W


48-13 W 48-15 W 23-22 W
5B 18-6 W


28-5 W 23-16 W 52-4 W
5C 24-2 W


14-10 W 19-8 W BYE
5D 34-0 W


17-18 L 35-0 W BYE

Mr Craig Stariha, AIC Tennis Co-ordinator

It is great to see a huge number of students who have fully committed to the tennis program on a weekly basis. As mentioned in my editorial above, we do expect that once a student commits to a season we would expect him to attend all games and training sessions where possible.

Last weekend we met St Peter’s for what we expected to be our toughest round of the season. I congratulate all players on their efforts throughout the day. Overall, St Peter’s proved to be too strong on the day and we congratulate them on their fine performance.

I do have much admiration for many of the Villa boys who showed persistence and never gave up on the day. This weekend we have another tough round v Ashgrove. Again, all players must dig deep as we face the second of our two toughest rounds this season.

AIC Tennis Results v St Peter’s Lutheran College

TEAM Round 1


Round 2


Round 3


Round 4


1stV Win 7-1 Loss 1-7 Loss 8-0 Loss 8-0
2ndV Win 6-2 Loss 3-5 Loss 2-6 Loss 8-0
3rdV Loss


Win 5-3 Win 8-0 Win 4/27-4/23
11A BYE Loss 3-5 Win 5-3 Loss 8-0
11B BYE Win 4/31-4/25 Win 7-1 Loss 5-3
10A Loss 3-5 Loss 1-7 Loss 1-7 Loss 8-0
10B Win 6-2 Win 7-1 Win 5-3 Loss 7-1
9A Win 7-1 Win 6-2 Loss 4/25-4/32 Loss 6-2
9B Win 8-0 Win 8-0 Win 5-3 Loss 6-2
8A Win 6-2 Win 8-0 Loss 4/27-4/29 Loss 6-2
8B Win 6-2 Win 7-1 Win 6-2 Loss 8-0
7A Win 7-1 Loss 3-5 Loss 7-1 Loss 8-0
7B Win 7-1 Win 8-0 Win 5-3 Loss 6-2
6A Loss 6-2


Win 7-1 Loss 2-6 Loss 5-3
6B Win 6-2


Win 6-2 Win 8-0 Win 4/30-4/29
5A Win 6-2


Loss 3-5 Win 6-2 Loss 4/21-4/32
5B Loss 3-5


Win 7-1 Win 6-2 Win 6-2

Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby League Co-ordinator

This Saturday we take on Ashgrove for Round 5. It will no doubt be an exciting round as we host all Colleges at Villanova Park and will be using the new grandstand on Andrew Slack Oval for the first time. Having two weeks off has given our injured players across all teams an opportunity to rest and recover. I know that many of the boys are keen to give it their all this weekend as we introduce rugby league to Villanova Park in its inaugural year.

Just a reminder that there will be photos this weekend for all rugby league teams. All boys are to wear the full rugby league uniform. Please check the rugby league section of the college website to find out the time your photo is scheduled for.

I wish all teams the best of luck for Round 5.

Congratulations to Harry Vig for being selected in the Queensland swimming team to travel to Canberra in October for the State Teams Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport.  Our current senior squad coach Guilly Santos has been selected as one of the coaches. Villanova Old boy Craig Harkiss has also been appointed as team coach.  Craig was Villanova Swim Squad Captain in 2007 and assistant coach for a number of years.

Well done to Villa Old Boy, Callum Davies (class of 2016) who won the 5km Bridge to Brisbane event last Sunday. Callum was a fantastic AIC middle distance/cross country athlete who also played football and 1st cricket in his final year for the college. It is always great to see our old boys going on to bigger and better things. Well done Callum!

Well done to Mrs Eleni Greenaway who ran the Bridge to Brisbane in the 5km event and placed 651. After a solid start the legs started to give way. A top effort though!

Congratulations go to Mitchell Rieck (800n/1500m) and Peter Klaassen (high jump) who both recently made the Met East Track & Field Team. Hey will now compete at the Qld State Championships held in Cairns in October. Best wishes men!

Well done to Sam Binney who came second at the Qld Track & Field Championship for 12 Years Shot. Sam has now qualified for the Qld State team to compete at the National Championships held later in the year.

Congratulations go to Josh Smith who has made the Qld U17 Cricket Team that will compete at the National Championships held in Mackay in late Sept, early Oct.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport



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Information regarding our program for 2020 will be distributed over the coming fortnight.  We have a number of exciting opportunities planned for our students and I am really looking forward to working with you and your son’s again.  We also have a fantastic tour program in the works for 2021 – stay tuned for some great news

Audition Materials for Band and String students have been distributed via email.  Please check your inboxes for this information.

This year, we will be conducting auditions via Flipgrid.  Students will be required to upload their videos by the end of the first week in September.  Ensemble allocations will be communicated home before the end of term.  We will be communicating home regarding the new rehearsal schedule well before the end of this term.  Please remain vigilant for the communication of this information.

This year, members of our JS String Orchestra and Consort String Orchestra will be participating in the Junior String Festival at Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School.  Students will be travelling to BGGS after school each day and will need to be collected by parents upon the conclusion of each session.  There is a concert for families commencing at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd September.

Information will be communicated home via Gig-sheet shortly.  Please communicate with the Music Office if you have not received this after your son’s next rehearsal.

Our final Music Support Group meeting for Term 4 will be convened on Monday 2 September.  At this meeting we will be having a ‘debrief’ on the QCMF just passed.  This will be an informal gathering – we strongly encourage you to come along!

Entertainment Books 2019
If you have purchased books through the drive, please collect your books from the Music Office.  If you require clarification around collection of your Entertainment Books, please contact Mrs Schrauf in the Music Office on 3394 5691.

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

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

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Term 3
6 Mon 19 Aug Audition Materials Distributed – all MS/SS students (not Yr12)
8 Mon 2 Sept Music Support Group meeting – 7:30pm
8 Mon 2 Sept Junior String Festival – BGGS – 3:45 – 5:45pm
8 Tues 3 Sept Junior String Festival – BGGS – 3:45 – 5:45pm – Concert 6:30pm
8 Fri 6 Sept Audition Video Submission Deadline
8 Fri 6 Sept Principal’s Tour of College (prospective enrolments)
9 Wed 11 Sept 2020 Ensembles posted outside Music Office

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Mary Poppins - the musical!

The Loreto College and Villanova College Creative Arts staff are working hard behind the scenes preparing for Mary Poppins.  The artistic vision has been decided and we can’t wait to bring this magical performance to the Hanrahan Theatre in February 2020.

Next week all students in Year 8 – Year 11 will receive an email with the audition information attached.  Students interested in auditioning should download the attachment, read it carefully and discuss their potential involvement with their parents.

The audition information includes:

  • How to register for an audition
  • Audition dates and location
  • The rehearsal schedule and performance dates
  • Roles and character descriptions
  • Audition material
  • Involvement fees
  • Costume details

If you have any questions, please email Mrs Justine Silk

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Parent Information

Start organising your table of 10 for the Villanova College P&F Trivia Night on Saturday 19 October from 6.30pm in Goold Hall. BYO food and drinks – $25 per head. Further details to follow.

Get in quick for the hottest tickets in town for the 6th Annual Derby Day for Ladies at Blackbird Bar and Grill on Saturday 2 November from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Ticket sales open tomorrow at 8.00am. Click the image for further information and the ticketing link.


The final Information Evening  for ALL boys who are participating in this year’s Exchange​ will be held next Thursday, September 5 at 7.00pm in V7. Please arrive early as you will be required to complete Smart Traveller and collect tickets/Exchange booklet/polo shirts and cap before commencing the meeting at 7.00pm. I will be there from 6.15pm.
Tony Hindmarsh


With assignments and drafts due soon, it may be timely to top up your son’s PaperCut (printing) account.

Parents can do this via the Flexischools website. After logging in:

a. Click Online Ordering (for the account that needs more credit).
b. Click Make a Payment in the Photocopying and Printing section.
c. Select an amount and process the payment.

Click here for information on how to use Flexischools.


Loreto College warmly invites Villanova College parents to an evening with Simon Cleary, author of The War Artist on Thursday 5 September (6.00pm for 6.30pm) at Loreto College.  The RSVP date has been extended until Wednesday 4 September (5.00pm). Do you not need to have read the book – simply come for the discussion. For further details and to RSVP, click on the image.


To view our current tuckshop menu:
Tuckshop Menu Price List – 2019


Monday 2 September
Kym Edser
Liz Burge
Donna  Skelton
Natalie Blackshaw
Michelle Blum
Christine Poole
Dave Learoyd
Doone Wildin

Tuesday 3 September
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Maria Kambouris
Lisa Waugh
Miranda Dang
Sharon McCulloch
Jo Buchhorn
Melissa Moir
Luisa Snell
Genevieve Keskinidis

Wednesday 4 September
Tracey O’Reilly
Karen Meimaris
Karen O’Mara
Alison Wilde
Sam Thompson
Rum Raddatz
Monica Curtis

Thursday 5 September
Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Jayne Smith
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Julia Fleming
Lucy  Sheridan
Samantha Rigden

Friday 6 September
Maria O’Leary Chay
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Marina  Pennisi
Melissa Clark
Loreena Clark
Maria Spina
Judith Collier
Emma Capaldi
Paula Conte
Anna Lestani
Tanya Henry


Tuesday 3 September
Cristina Palacios
Donna Leahy

Thursday 5 September
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham

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Archive Anecdotes

The Honour Blazer was introduced early in the 1950s and awarded to a small number of Senior students each year “who demonstrated qualities of leadership…a sense of responsibility and willingness to support the College in all aspects of school life” [p. 34 One Mind, One Heart].  This was extended to include the Honour Pocket additionally awarded for excellence in particular College activities.  It was decided in the 1960s that this distinctive blazer would be awarded more sparsely and thus only five were allocated in both 1960 and 1961.

Under the leadership of Fr Laurence James Mooney O.S.A., Rector 1976 – 1986 there was a move to reject elitism amongst the students. In 1978, no prefects were appointed and instead every Senior student was encouraged to participate in prefect duties.  Thus, this was also the year when no Honour Blazers were awarded and the tradition became relegated to history.

View the 1961 Honour Blazer and photos currently on display near the Tuckshop.

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Community News and Events

Past families of C&K Arrowsmith Street (Carina) Kindy are invited to join in 50th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 15 September from 2.00pm.  Further details here.

Come along and experience a day at C&K Coorparoo Kindergarten, 53 Meridian Street, Coorparoo on Saturday 7 September 2019, between 9:30am – midday. Visit to find out more.

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