Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Mission Week will be held in the coming week commencing with a special liturgy to be held tomorrow, Friday 27 August. Mission Week is a time when our community focuses on the needs of people who are often the most disadvantaged.

Villanova College has supported four Augustinian communities in the Philippines for almost 30 years. Our support has provided funds for scholarships for students to attend school and receive an education.  In addition, our funds have also supported the feeding program in Cebu for the poor children and families who gather in the cities looking for work. Through our strong relationships with these communities built over time we can be confident our funds are being gratefully received and put to good use.

This Friday our Year 10 students will be cooking the sausage sizzle and for a donation of $6.00 (payable on Parent Lounge), students will receive a sausage on bread with onions, a soft drink and a pack of chips- what a great deal!

In the Dare to Donate I have accepted the challenge of wearing the Wildcat suit for the day. I am hoping the students will get behind this initiative and donate lots of money to see me dressed in the Wildcat suit. I am hoping it will be a cool day as I am told it is very hot in the suit!

We have set the target of raising $10,000 or more to continue our support of the communities in the Philippines. Each family plays a key part in the fund-raising through Red Candle Week. I encourage you as a family to come together at dinner time to light the candle and say the prayers as we who have been given much keep in our prayers those who have so little. Please click here for the Red Candle Family Program which will be coming home with your eldest son and a candle tomorrow.

The 2021 Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) was held without the usual fanfare and huge crowds. Few people outside the music students and families would have been aware of the festival occurring online. Despite the lack of an audience, our students performed extremely well, and we can be proud of their achievements in their performances during the festival.

Over the four days of the festival, 22 ensembles performed and Villanova College was awarded 14 Gold, seven Silver and one bronze certificate.

Congratulations to the following ensembles and choirs for winning a Gold Certificate.

Symphonic Band Year 5 String Orchestra
Guitar Ensemble 1  Camerata String Orchestra
Guitar Ensemble 2 Supernovans (Choir)
Junior School Wind Band       Chamber Brass
Wind Ensemble Irish Band 1
Year 5 Grainger Band Liturgy Band
Sinfonia String Orchestra Year 5 Holst Band

My thanks to our Music staff and Director of Music, Mr Michael Jones for their work with our students and organisation of the Festival.

We keep in our prayers the family of  Mr Justin Musumeci following the recent death of Justin’s father, Sam (Salvatore).

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Long Service Leave
For the remainder of the term, I will be taking Long Service Leave, returning to the College on Monday 27 September. In my absence Mr Steven Bremner, Deputy Principal will be Acting Principal.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand.  We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.  This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community. 


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Musical Announcement

2022 Musical
We are very excited to announce that the combined Villanova and Loreto Musical for 2022 will be High School Musical.

We are very much looking forward to discovering who our next generation of stars will be on the stage, in the orchestra pit and behind the scenes.

All students who are currently in Years 8 -11 are invited to audition and were emailed home all the necessary audition material yesterday.

Don’t forget to register your interest and start preparing for your auditions.  “This could be the start of something new” for many of you and we cannot wait to see the talent that lies within our college communities.

If you have any additional questions, please email me,

Justine Silk, Musical Producer

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Junior School

From the minute we get up in the morning, human beings are solving problems.  The thing is, we don’t think about problems until the task is seen as inconvenient or takes more time or effort than what we wanted to give.  This is when the sighing, eye-rolling and drama can really kick in – and this can be easy to spot with our Year 5 and Year 6 students, teenage siblings or even in ourselves.  The last few weeks of Term 3 can be tough – and this year we have found little routine in the past seven weeks which can mean we have to focus on how to help ourselves and each other more than ever.

Prevention is better than cure.  Five minutes of organisation and preparation can save half an hour of unnecessary stress.  So, students should set routines that mean packing bags, checking the College Diary/OneNote timetables the night before.  A uniform check – socks inside shoes, belt inside shorts/trousers and jumper with shirt.  Make some decisions about breakfast and lunch.  Know that your homework is completed and then sleep well.  The best rest comes from letting your brain relax and not pre-empting the panic of the morning rush to get to school without the right gear and workbooks completed.

By Term 3, most students should be able to do this mostly on their own – but it’s not to say we all don’t appreciate a helping hand (something special in the lunch box) or a parent double checking the sports bag when tiredness kicks in.

There are problems we can solve ourselves and this week our boys are exploring the strategies that they can use when they find they don’t have stationery, can’t find their laptop or that workbook is missing in action.  “Three before me” is a great one.  Boys must try three steps before getting an adult to intervene.  The first step can often be to stop and think more clearly – when we rush or are worried, our minds are muddled.  Take a breath and reset.  The second step can be to look – actively not passively.  Thoroughly.  Taking an entire tidy tray out and checking from the bottom to the top (emptying those loose sheets perhaps and re-packing odd glue sticks and pencils too).  It’s amazing what can be found underneath furniture, behind shelves and sometimes in the tray next to or above.  The third step is getting a mate to help – a second perspective can make the treasure hunt a little more entertaining and often bring in new ideas on where to look.

Sometimes problems are a little more complicated – and we need the help of a friend, classmate, or teacher.  Often, it starts with having a conversation.  Having a trusted ear is important.  We look for someone that might have the time, patience and willingness to stop and help – is this you?  Are you willing to put your plans on hold to help someone (a close friend or a new Villanova brother)?  In the busyness of the next few weeks, try to be available and able to notice that person who’s perhaps waiting for a helping hand.

Solutions might take time – so be prepared to breathe deeply and wait for steps to take place.  As long as you are heading towards a solution, then try to be grateful.  It’s a start!  Conversations lead to possibilities – and different people can be so creative in how they can find a way to help.  Being open minded helps a lot – trust is important.  This is when learning about ourselves can really have a huge impact – we see someone else show us their perspective and our world can open up wider than ever before.  This happens with adults more than you realise.

In our Junior School briefing on Wednesday, I asked for help with playground supervision.  Within minutes, I had teachers share thoughts and suggestions that meant the people who knew first-hand the very problems that were happening brainstorming.  From that, came practical measures – an extra person to supervise an eating area, a suggestion for the summer months where Year 5 and Year 6 students can eat together in the shade, and also the reality check that boys need our support to sit down and eat properly at breaks but with tuckshop queues and Father’s Day gift purchases.  We must stay flexible.  I must always remember that the teaching team are the first point for solutions that I could ever hope to seek.

My advice with problems – have the mindset and good company that looks to the solutions.  Don’t dwell too long on what doesn’t work.  Project your time and energy into what possibly could make you happy, more successful and a part of something that is heading forwards.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Senior School

This week saw the confirmation of appointments for the Student Executive Leadership Team for 2022. I would like to congratulate the following young men for accepting the responsibility in leading the College and Senior Class of 2022:

College Captain Elect: Riley Richards
College Vice Captain Elect: Cameron Wallis
Student Council President Elect: Thomas Price

Cameron, Riley and Thomas

Last Wednesday, Riley addressed his peers and outlined his leadership commitment and vision for a positive and successful 2022. I would like to share an excerpt from his speech:

“I remember coming through the big green gates for the first time back in Year 5, feeling a tremendous amount of anxiousness for the 7-year unknown journey that lay ahead of me. Looking up at the big Year 12 kids in white shirts and whilst holding my dad’s hand, I couldn’t have imagined that one day, I would be in this position that I am right now, just a term and a half from putting that same white shirt on myself.

As we edge closer to being the boys in the white shirts, I’ve come to realise, the ‘white shirt’ is more than just that. There’s a large, wide-spread responsibility that comes with being the Seniors of this school, a responsibility that transcends the fact of whether you have a badge on your tie or not, a responsibility that transcends the fact whether you play sport, play an instrument, study music, sing, do drama, are academic or not. This responsibility is gifted to each and every one of us. This responsibility is a gift to be a role model and a leader, to be a friendly face to that Year 5 kid whose stomach is in knots with worries, to be a living, walking, breathing symbol of what a true Villanova man represents. Leadership is different things, it’s a choice we make every day.

We owe it to ourselves, to our family, but ultimately, we owe it to the man, your fellow Villa brother sitting on your left and sitting on your right. Yes, there’s no doubt that he is different to you. There’s no doubt, that he may play and enjoy a different sport to you or has different interests to you, but I can stand down here today and confidently say that after my 7 years here of getting to know each of you that there is at least one thing that you and everyone else in this theatre right now has in common – and that’s the hope and belief that together, next year will be our best year yet. Whilst some may see our differences to each other as a weakness or a dividing factor, I beg to argue the opposite. In our differences lie our strengths, our differences create an unmatched potential for this cohort going forward into the final step of our journey here.”

Yesterday, the cohort voted for the Vice-Captain and Student Council President positions. Prior to voting for the Student Council President, the shortlisted candidates had to submit their vision statement outlining their aspirational intentions and passion projects they wish to realise through the vehicle of the Student Council in 2022. I am pleased to share Tom Price’s vision:

“The matters I would address as President of the Student Council in 2022 include recognising student mental health concerns by raising awareness, hosting social events, and involving staff and students in basic mental health training. Another matter I would address is enriching the school’s culture towards those less fortunate, women, staff, and each other, by building positive relationships through events such as student-staff tournaments, Loreto-Villanova sporting fixtures and homelessness awareness events. COVID has taught us the importance of relationships in our daily lives and that together we are stronger and can overcome any obstacle, together. I will work to develop relationships between year levels, connecting Villanova’s Three Schools as one College, ultimately by promoting support behind younger year levels, be it in sport, music or ministries. I will be a voice for students, pushing for change where it is necessary, no matter its size. We all have change we want to see before we leave Villanova, and I will work my hardest to ensure each and every one of us has a voice.”

Next week, the Portfolio and House Captaincy leadership positions will be finalised and I look forward to affirming those young men.

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker Washington

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School




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Ministry and Formation News

Mission Week 2021 – Friday 27 August until Thursday 2 September
Last weekend our family headed up to Red Hill cinema to watch the movie ‘Free Guy’.  I went a bit reluctantly as I’m not into gaming, but it was, to my surprise, a fantastic film that had us all laughing and even shedding a tear.  Without giving away too much, Guy is the ‘blue shirt’ extra in a computer game who develops a sense of purpose that is triggered through an attraction to a ‘player’ and who consequently develops a mission that reaches well beyond the boundaries of the game and in fact flips it into an exploration of relationships, friendship, love and striving for the common good.  The film was a fascinating exploration of what it means to be human and what it means to have a sense of purpose, a mission in life.  How timely for us as we head into our very own Mission Week here at Villanova!

This coming week we are invited to explore the idea of Mission.  What does Mission mean?  What is our Mission?  Individually?  Collectively as part of Villanova College?  These are the questions we’ll be starting to explore through our liturgy on Friday.  We’ll explore how Mission Day began in 1975 as an Aid Day and how over time it has sought to not only celebrate our community but also raise funds for various projects AFAS has been involved with through our relationship with people in the Philippines.  We’ll also consider the Mission that Jesus taught and modelled to us.  A mission to build a more just, compassionate and loving world.  A world aiming towards a City of God where we are in right relationship with one another and our earth.

This week also is the Feast of both St Monica and St Augustine.  Monica was Augustine’s mother, a devout woman of faith.  She watched with great anxiety when as a young man Augustine in his quest to find his mission in life avoided faith completely.  In fact, Augustine’s life was one of loose living including parties, entertainment and worldly ambitions.  As a parent we know the absolute longing we feel for our children to find their mission and purpose.  We long for them to find ways to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world.  Monica too cried out to God to be active and present in Augustine’s life.  She had to wait quite some time!

Meanwhile Augustine remained restless.  He sought truth and love desperately.  He had an incredible intellect, and his search took him far and wide.  He learnt much and was certainly successful in a worldly way, but he was far from satisfied.  When he finally hit crisis point Augustine realised that until he turned his life around, he would remain restless.  This conversion moment is one we remember each time we pray as a community at Villanova:

You have made us for yourself O Lord,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you!

Augustine can provide us with great insight.  Augustine overcame strong heresies, practised great poverty and supported the poor, preached very often and prayed with great fervour right up until his death. Indeed, his writing and speeches can still inspire and provide us with direction over 1500 years later. That strikes me as a Mission that lasts!  I wonder what of his story speaks to you, speaks to our boys?

Certainly, this exploration of Mission is well worth discussing and exploring in the coming week.  We hope that you can do this as you light your red candle at home and pray for God’s mission of love in our world.

Mission Week essentially has three important aims.

  1. To have fun and celebrate as a community here at Villanova College!
  2. To learn more about what Mission means at Villanova College and in particular our AFAS program with the Philippines.
  3. To raise money to support our friends in schools and projects in the Philippines through AFAS.  This year, to maintain our commitments to communities in the Philippines, we need to raise at least $8,000.  These funds exert a startling leverage. We fund 16 students to stay in high school each year, an adult education program, various building projects in our sister schools and communities, and projects responding to the specific arising needs in communities.

To achieve these aims we need everyone to be actively involved.

Red Candle Week – 27 August until 2 September
During our Mission Liturgy on Friday all families will receive a red candle made by our friends in the Philippines and information and prayers about our AFAS projects.  We ask all families to light the candle each day of Mission Week and share the stories and a prayer for our friends in the Philippines.  An electronic copy of this has been emailed to all families and we are asking all eldest sons to be responsible for bringing home the candle and a hard copy of the stories and prayer for AFAS.

Thursday 2 September – Dare 2 Donate Day and Concert
Dare 2 Donate is happening at Villanova College on Thursday 2 September!  This is the chance for our students to have a heap of fun daring our teachers and student leaders to do things. The main concept behind this student led initiative is to raise funds by daring teachers and student leaders to do something unusual, dress differently, perform or generally make a good-natured fool out of themselves.

The Student Council believe that this event is significant to the culture of the College as it highlights the positive relationships that are formed between staff and students. It encompasses our college values of community and humility!  It is our key fundraiser for AFAS in 2021.  We are needing the daring of staff and student leaders and the generosity of students and their families to make a difference to projects we support in the Philippines.

AFAS – At the Heart of Mission Week

The Augustinian
The August 2021 edition of The Augustinian magazine is available by clicking here (featuring contributions by three Villanova students).

Sunday Readings at Home
Please use this link to access this week’s readings and commentaries.

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Track & Field is now in the second week of training. Many students from Year 5 – Year 12 have been invited into the squad based on performances at this year’s Inter-House Track & 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 plus possible club commitments.

I must say the attendance at Track & Field training last week was good, unfortunately attendance on Tuesday afternoon this week was very poor. 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 cannot have a situation where Villanova’s best are not prepared to be involved and represent the College when asked. We would expect those who aspire to be members of the 2021/22 Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack squads as well as the junior football and senior football development squads to be more than willing to participate. The same applies for those wishing to be members of the Cubs, Sabres and Wildcats basketball squads and cricket emerging talent squads.

Please understand that if a student is unwilling to involve himself when asked to join the Track & 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 the College down.

I make no apologies for setting the bar high for Villanova College 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 for Villanova to perform at its best.

Our basketball is going very well so far this season. This weekend will see many ‘top of the table’ clashes against St Laurence’s across Year 5 – Year 12. Premierships are on the line, and  I ask all boys to keep up the good work and to back themselves this weekend.

Our tennis performances across the year levels and general conduct have been pleasing. I am expecting another solid round from all tennis players this weekend against St Laurence’s.

Overall, we had an excellent round of results against St Patrick’s last weekend in rugby league. We are expecting our boys to do very well this weekend against St Laurence’s and next weekend against St Edmund’s.  Best wishes to all rugby league players!

We again thank members of our community for abiding by the COVID restrictions put in place across all AIC venues. A summary of these restrictions is found on the website and is listed below. Best wishes go to all AIC teams this week as we take on St Laurence’s College in the local derby. They will be ready for battle and so will we. Best wishes to all and go for it boys!

COVID Restrictions (to be applied across all AIC sporting venues)

AIC Basketball – Only one parent per player (the First V Basketball Team may have two parents per player) will be permitted at each basketball venue. All spectators must wear masks indoors and sign in using the QR code at each venue. There are no student spectators allowed.

AIC Tennis and Rugby League – Please note that unlimited spectators are permitted per player due to the outdoor venues. All spectators must carry masks with them, must socially distance and sign in using the QR code at each venue.

AIC Tennis, Rugby League and Basketball Round 5 v St Laurence’s College, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August – Times and Venues

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

Livestreaming – First V Basketball and First Rugby League v St Laurence’s College
The abovementioned games will be livestreamed this weekend. Please find the links below.

  • The First V basketball game – Villanova v St Laurence’s will be livestreamed commencing at midday this Saturday 28 August –
  • The First XIII rugby league game – Villanova v St Laurence’s will be livestreamed commencing at 11.00am this Saturday 28 August –

Many thanks to the many boys and their parents for supporting the Track & Field program so far by attending the various training sessions held over the past two weeks. We are very fortunate to have many high-level coaches in place including 12 College staff members to ensure we give our boys the best coaching possible. I will attest that our squad is receiving an excellent standard of coaching.

The first AIC Track & Field meet for the season is next Thursday 2 Sept evening at SAF (State Athletic Facility at Nathan), the second meet will be held on Thursday 9 Sept at SAF. We ask all rugby league, basketball and tennis players to give Track & Field their highest priority and ensure they attend both these meets. A full program including event times as well as the bus departure and arrival times will be posted on the AIC Track & 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.

AIC Track & Field Meet – SAF, Thursday 2 September (next week)
The first AIC Track & Field meet for the season will be held next Thursday 2 September at SAF. This meet will be for all students from Year 5 – Year 12 and we would expect all boys to attend. Bus transportation will be provided. Year 5 and Year 6 students will depart Villanova by bus at 2.00pm and return to the College by bus at 5.15/30pm. Year 7 – Year 12 students will depart by bus at 3.10pm and return to the College at 8.15pm. Parents are welcome to collect their son from the venue. The full program for this week’s meet is below.

Please refer to Parent Lounge and Student Café portals to view a full list of students required to attend the weekly training sessions for Track & Field. All boys are to give this meet their highest priority over any other sporting commitment.

Parent Spectators at AIC Track & Field Meets – COVID Requirements

  • All spectators, outside coaches will need to QR code in upon entrance
  • Parents and spectators are welcome; however, they cannot sit in the grandstand, this is reserved for competitors only
  • Parents and spectators can watch from the perimeters/fence lines and are welcome to bring chairs
  • At this stage, masks are still required to be worn by all students of all ages. Adults must have masks with them and wear them if they cannot socially distance

AIC Track & Field Program – Thursday 2 September at SAF

3.00pm Hurdles Years 5 & 6
3.20pm 200m Years 5 & 6
4.00pm 800m Years 5 & 6
4.30pm 100m Years 5 & 6
4.45pm Hurdles 12 Years – Open

3000m (inside lanes)

5.15pm 200m 12 Years – Open
5.35pm 800m
6.00pm 100m
6.50pm 400m
7.20pm 1500m (2 age groups per race)
7.45pm Relays


3.00pm SHOT PUT






3.45pm LONG JUMP







4:30 pm









14 & 15YRS



14 & 15YRS


5:20 pm















6:10 pm SHOT PUT 1







14 & 15YRS



12 & 13YRS


7:00 pm SHOT PUT 1










12 & 13YRS





When: Sunday 29 August (4 – 5 pm) and each Sunday until 26 September.
Where: Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary Road, Camp Hill
Who: Open to all students/parents/siblings/friends etc.

This activity is an initiative of the AIC Juniors Running Coach – Mr Tom Lonergan. It is an opportunity for all aspiring AIC Middle Distance runners to complete an extra training session each week. Parents, siblings and friends of the athletes are invited to participate in the training. One of the training activities will be a Tabata session. Tabata is an anaerobic activity which complements fitness for running. 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:

Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

The weekend round of basketball was a tremendous success against a typically strong St Patrick’s. After a disrupted COVID training schedule, it showed great resilience to jump back onto the court so quickly and work as a team so well. We ended up with 25 wins, one draw and five losses. Of particular note was the clean sweep in both Year 7 and Year 10.

The First V had a convincing win 108 – 70. The boys produced a fun and exciting brand of basketball where they pressured well, shot well and put lots of heat on the rim.

This week sees us up against the old foe of St Laurence’s. Based on the results, up to 10 teams across the program will have premierships decided off this round. Hopefully, a strong week of training this week will have them primed for success.

First V Captain – Harry Rouhliadeff getting set for a big dunk!

Our First V Basketball Team after their winning performance v St Patrick’s.

Goold Hall Canteen Roster

Round 5 v St Laurence’s
Saturday 28th August

If parents can assist, please report to Robyn Gunning at the Canteen.

Time Parents of Team
7.30am 10B
8.30am 10A
9.30am 11A
10.30am 2nd V
11.30am 1st V
After 12.00pm Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated

AIC Basketball Results v St Patrick’s College

TEAM Round 4
Round 3
Round 2
Round 1
1stV 108-70 W Not contested DNP 108-74 W
2ndV 45-34 W Not contested DNP 64-40 W
3rdV 24-20 W Not contested DNP 47-17 W
4thV 28-29 L Not contested DNP 30-22 W
11A 45-32 W Not contested DNP 45-37 W
11B 33-38 L Not contested DNP 42-15 W
11C 49-21 W Not contested 17-17 D 15-18 L
10A 81-38 W Not contested 34-46 L 58-74 L
10B 69-19 W Not contested 37-38 L 33-39 L
10C 35-20 W Not contested 38-13 W 20-17 W
10D 47-11 W Not contested 61-25 W 17-16 W
9A 21-43 L Not contested DNP 39-53 L
9B 29-27 W Not contested DNP 35-40 L
9C 64-27 W Not contested DNP 30-26 L
9D 42-22 W Not contested DNP 20-22 L
8A 59-23 W Not contested 55-10 W 44-34 W
8B 36-16 W Not contested 51-16 W 35-36 L
8C 37-36 W Not contested DNP 27-33 L
8D 18-23 L Not contested DNP 15-16 L
7A 52-17 W Not contested 49-30 W 57-29 W
7B 54-36 W Not contested DNP 40-17 W
7C 30-20 W Not contested 56-4 W 38-4 W
7D 16-14 W Not contested 62-16 v GT 38-21 W
6A 28-30 L Not contested 70–11 W 22-24 L
6B 43-14 W Not contested 90–4 W 42-21 W
6C 16-16 TIE Not contested 34–8 W

v Ash

6D 34-12 W Not contested 45–7 W

V Ash

5A 44-20 W Not contested 47–11 W 45-9 W
5B 34-11 W Not contested 48–6 W 31-16 W
5C 33–10 W Not contested 15–9 W

V Ash

5D 27-0 W Not contested 18–16 W

V Ash


Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Tennis Co-ordinator

It has certainly been a roller coaster of a season so far! With the announcement that sport was returning confirmed on Wednesday afternoon it was straight into action getting AIC sport back on track for Term 3. With Round 4 given permission to proceed, the Villanova tennis teams took on a formidable St Patrick’s College. After competing against St Patrick’s earlier in the term, I’m glad to say we continued posting some very positive results. For some teams, the weekend was most definitely a challenge. It was refreshing to see the Villanova boys playing each rally until the end, fuelled by the support they received from the rest of their teammates.

I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our First IV team who recorded an 8 – 0 win against a very well-trained St Patrick’s. This is particularly special knowing the Villanova boys finished with a 7 – 1 victory in the trials showing their growth on the court in both skill and mindset. Sometimes it is easy to underestimate your opponent and become complacent if you have beaten them in the past, but it was good to see this wasn’t the case. First IV Captain Joe had this to say about the match;

Round 4 against St. Patrick’s was a great win for the First IV tennis team. It is our first official win of 2021. We built momentum in the doubles and finished them off in the singles. As always, the singles matches were great to watch despite the Aqua Fitness Class blasting a selection of 80’s hits to exercise to. We finished the day with an 8 – 0 win which is an incredible effort from all the boys. This is exactly the push we needed to prepare for Round 5 against St Laurence’s this Saturday. Once your match is done, I encourage you to come over to the main courts to watch us take on the 2020 Premiers. Good luck to all the teams this weekend. It will be a tough round but remember that your score won’t always reflect your match. Take what you can from your St Patrick’s and St Laurence’s matches and apply them to the rest of the season. Hope to see you out at Morningside this Saturday.

 Training sessions have returned to normal this week, I know our players and coaches have been looking forward to returning in full. I know the boys have been training hard on the court in anticipation of another tough round of AIC Tennis against St Laurence’s College.

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our players, our families and our coaches and managers for ensuring Round 4 could continue safely. I understand many may have had other plans, but we appreciate the commitment to Villanova College Tennis.

1st Tennis Player – James Reid

AIC Tennis Results v St Patrick’s College

TEAM Round 4
Round 3
Round 2
Round 1
First IV 8-0 W Not contested 7-0 L 7-1 L
Second IV 0-8 L Not contested 8-0 L 7-1 L
Third IV 1-7 L Not contested 7-1 L 5-3 W
11A 8-0 W Not contested 3-1 W 8-0 W
11B 8-0 W Not contested 1-1 D BYE
10A 1-7 L Not contested 0-4 L 3-5 L
10B 4 (24) – 4 (29) L Not contested 0-4 L 4 (20) -4 (21) L
9A 6-2 W Not contested 0-8 L 3-5 L
9B 4 (27) – 4 (24) W Not contested 3-5 L 8-0 W
8A 5-3 W Not contested 1-5 L 2-6 L
8B 6-2 W Not contested 2-4 L 2-6 L
7A 5-3 W Not contested 0-8 L 5-3 W
7B 0-8 L Not contested 0-8 L 7-1 W
6A 5-3 W Not contested 1-3 L 5-3 W
6B 5-3 W Not contested 2-3 L 5-3 W
5A 4 (33) – 4 (35) L Not contested 5-3 W 6-2 W
5B 7-1 W Not contested 2-5 L 8-0 W

Mr Blake McLauchlan, AIC Rugby League Co-ordinator

Congratulations to all of our rugby league teams for Round 4 against St Patrick’s College. There was a buzz around the ground, and it was fantastic to feel the energy and enthusiasm amongst the boys for the return to play after lockdown. Villanova put on an impressive performance coming away from Shorncliffe with 5 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. It was great to see all teams scoring points with some impressive attacking combinations.

Unfortunately, the First XIII went down against a side that was very beatable. The boys demonstrated that they could score points, crossing over for two tries through the middle of the ruck in the first half. St Patrick’s were then able to quickly capitalise on a few opportunities handed to them with two quick tries at the start of the second half, changing the momentum of the match. There is no doubt that our First XIII have improved from their first-round defeat. I urge the First XIII to remain positive and composed as they look towards Round 5.

This weekend we take on St Laurence’s College. I challenge our boys to bring a positive mindset to the game and back themselves. There is always a great rivalry between us and St Laurence’s and the ‘black and gold’ can be a difficult task to conquer at times. I urge all players to train hard this week and ensure their hard work filters through to the game.

I would like to once again remind all parents that they are not to approach a coach, referee, QRL representative or any member of the opposing school. If there are any issues or concerns that parents may have regarding rugby league, they should be directed to the Rugby League Co-ordinator or Director of Sport.

I wish all teams the best of luck for this weekend. Play within the spirit of the game and as always, chase the win.

AIC Rugby League Results v St Patrick’s College

TEAM Round 4
Round 3
Round 2
Round 1
1st XIII 12-34 L Not contested 0-76 L
YEAR 10 40-12 W Not contested 20-22 L
YEAR 9 26-20 W Not contested 12-20 L
YEAR 8 12-12 D Not contested 8-32 L
YEAR 7 44-10 W Not contested 4-28 L
YEAR 6 50-6 W Not contested 22-12 W
YEAR 5 36-24 W Not contested 24-24 D


Villanova Park Canteen Roster

Round 5 v St Laurence’s
Saturday 28 August

If parents can assist, please report to Sarah Patterson at the Canteen.

Time Parents of Team
7.30am Year 5 and Year 8
8.30am Year 6 and Year 9
9.30am Year 7 and Year 10
10.30am First XIII
11.30am Any parents who can assist would be greatly appreciated

Well done to Mitchell Rieck who has been selected in the Queensland Cross Country Team to compete in Adelaide later this year. Mitchell has worked extremely hard to come back from a significant injury to get himself ready and able to compete. A great story of resilience and perseverance. Best wishes Mitchell!

Congratulations to the following boys who ran in 800 metre finals at the Lytton Trial:

10 Years – James Chapman – 2.50 and Lawson Greenwood 2.56
12 Years – Jacob Short 2.23, Liam Holmes 2.29, Charlie Farmer 2.43 and Billy Pearson 2.45
Lytton Team – Jacob Short finished in second place and was selected in the Lytton Team. Liam Holmes finished fifth and missed selection by 0.03 seconds.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music News

QCMF 2021 – Fantastic Outcome!
Our fantastic admin team in the Music Office has completed collating the results for all participants in this year’s QCMF.  It has been a mammoth effort and I would like to recognise the wonderful work of Mrs Magnus and Mrs Schrauf in ensuring all schools received their Award recognition.  We continue to collate adjudications and certificates and hope to have these distributed to schools over the next week.

Our ensembles have done exceedingly well over the festival.  We have had two interrupted years with COVID restrictions, and a building that has been offline for three months.  However, of 22 ensembles entered in this year’s festival, we have achieved 14 Gold, seven Silver and one Bronze Award.  Against all odds, we have achieved beyond many of our AIC equivalents and exceeded expectations to do extremely well.  Congratulations to all students and teachers for their wonderful efforts!

Our results are outlined below:

Ensemble Name Section Result
Percussion Ensemble Percussion Ensemble 1A Silver
Concert Band Concert Band 1C Silver
Symphonic Band Concert Band 1A Gold
Amadeus Chamber Ensemble Instrumental Ensemble 1A Silver
Guitar Ensemble 1 Guitar Ensemble 1A Gold
Guitar Ensemble 2 Guitar Ensemble 1B Gold
Junior School Wind Band Concert Band 2B Gold
Wind Ensemble Concert Band 1C Gold
Year 5 Grainger Band Concert Band C Gold
Sinfonia String Orchestra String Orchestra 1A Gold
Year 5 String Orchestra String Orchestra C Gold
Camerata String Orchestra String Orchestra 1B Gold
Choir Choir 1B Silver
Supernovans Vocal Ensemble 1B Gold
Junior School String Orchestra String Orchestra 2B Silver
Consort String Orchestra String Orchestra 1C Bronze
Big Band Jazz Band 1A Silver
Chamber Brass Instrumental Ensemble 1A Gold
Irish 1 Contemporary Ensemble A Gold
Liturgy Band Contemporary Ensemble B Gold
Jazz Ensemble Jazz Band C Silver
Year 5 Holst Band Concert Band C Gold

Reminder – Enrolment Adjustments
A second reminder that all changes to Instrumental Music enrolment without penalty need to occur by 4pm on Friday 2 September.  Alterations after this date may incur a term of tuition fees.  For access to the enrolment change document, please contact the Music Office or visit the College website.

Calendar Revision
Now that we have a clearer path to what will be allowable within current and future restrictions, we are able to revise and have approved a calendar of events for the remainder of the year.  A draft has been formed for consideration by leadership; once this is approved, we will communicate to you all.  Looking forward to getting back to playing music in front of audiences!

Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers
Our fantastic Music Support Group have organised an innovative fundraiser for Villanova College.  You may have heard the buzz about our Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers…  the MUST HAVE items for the beach/cricket/park/fishing/BBQ/etc. this Summer! (flyer attached).

Villanova Branded Camp Chairs – $35; Wildcat Coolers – $30

All items can be purchased via trybooking through the following link:

All profits go to the Music Support Group.

Opportunity to Participate
The Music community at Villanova welcomes all students interested in participating in ensemble or instrument/vocal tuition.  If your son would like to take lessons on an instrument this year, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or via email at for further information.

Date Claimers
A calendar revision is being considered.  Further information to follow as soon as it is available.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Music at Villanova College.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information


Middle School and Senior School: Monday 30 August through to Thursday 2 September  –  first and second break, unless sold out (RE Centre)

Gifts are $5, $10, $15 and $20, cash sales only.

Next Monday, 30 August, all Year 10 students who returned consent forms earlier in the year will receive their Meningococcal vaccination.  This will be administered by nurses from Ozcare from 8.45am.  Please ensure your son has an adequate breakfast before attending the session on the day. Students will need to wear a mask to the vaccination clinic (even if restrictions ease) and bring a pen to write on their vaccination cards.

Please note that any student who has either received or will be receiving the Covid vaccine within a 7 day period of the school clinic is NOT able to receive the Meningococcal ACWY.

If you require further information, please contact

Date: Sunday 12 September
Time: from 2.00pm
Venue: Coorparoo Bowls Club
Food and drinks available for purchase. Get into the Villa spirit and wear your green and gold!

It is with regret that the Sports Club has decided to cancel the Derby Day for Ladies function this year as it is now falls in the middle of the recently-announced long weekend. While other dates were put forward, unfortunately none were suitable for us. We look forward to Derby Day returning bigger and better in 2022.

Tickets for the Year 5 and 6 Parent End of Year function are now open:

Date: Saturday 6 November, 2021
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Martini Bar, Story Bridge Hotel
Cost: $45.00 (includes drink on arrival, canapes and noodle box)
Bookings: click here

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Library.

All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.



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