Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family

The Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) is once again upon us. This event requires an army of volunteers working tirelessly to ensure all our visitors have an outstanding experience of music over the coming four days. We are very pleased to welcome to our College the many thousands of students, their families and supporters.

From humble beginnings, Villanova College has been providing opportunities for young men to experience education in the Arts. All of our students involved in the Music program will be involved in the many activities of the Festival supported by their peers who will assist with the stage management, technical recordings and welcoming guests. We look forward to a wonderful Festival and celebration.

Replacement of wall in Sixth Avenue

Work has been completed on the removal of the front stone wall in Sixth Avenue this week. Unfortunately, there will be more work required to stabilize the area over the next twelve months. Work in this area provides an opportunity for the College to engage with Brisbane City Council to determine the feasibility of creating a drop off zone and waiting area in Sixth Avenue to assist with the flow of traffic around the College. Our architects and engineers will liaise with BCC over the coming months.

AIC Cross-Country Competition

Congratulations to the Villanova College Cross-Country Team on placing third in the recent AIC Competition. Many of the runners achieved personal best times and a number of our runners performed admirably winning their age division. Thank you to Coaches – Mr Brett Morrissey, Mr Kane Corby and Mr Brian Pascoe and the many Old Boys who supported the runners during the season.

Children’s Hospital Foundation

Year 8 student Max Shearer is certainly a courageous and determined young man. During his short life, Max has undergone numerous stints in hospital undergoing surgery to remove brain tumours. While in hospital, Max and his family have been supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, which helps sick children by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing comfort, entertainment, support and care for children and their families.

In 2017, Max is an Ambassador for the Foundation and their major fundraiser, 1200 km for Kids Charity Bike Ride. The riders will depart Sydney on Saturday 14 October and arrive in Brisbane at the Lady Cilento Hospital on Friday 20 October. Information about the ride and donations can be found at the following link:

You have made us for Yourself O Lord

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival
QCMF starts TODAY.  There has been a fantastic response to our call for volunteers thus far and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your assistance.  However, we still have opportunities available for you to come and join in the fun and festivities!

Our organising committee is seeking assistance with the delivery of baked goods that we may sell during the festival.  Please take these items to the Tuckshop on any morning of the Festival (Thursday through Sunday this week).

Villanova Performance Times at QCMF

All of our Villanova ensembles will be performing across the weekend.  I am pleased to be able to share the Villanova College performance times.   Please refer to the performance time document: QCMF performance times.

Performance uniforms will remain the same as our debut concerts in Term 2.  All students are required to meet their ensemble director one hour before their scheduled performance time on level 1 of the Augustine Centre.

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Head of Junior School

During Week 7, it will be my good fortune to be meeting some very special people, the families and students that will make up the Year 5 2019 cohort.  Not so long ago our current Junior School families were choosing special outfits, settling the butterflies in stomachs and crossing their fingers that their application would be successful.  There is something very special about positive first meetings and the boys are likely to remember the person who interviews them or something quite entertaining that they might have said during the conversation.

The most popular answer to what parents always hope for their sons is that they are happy.  Nothing else beats a child who is smiling and optimistic about life in general.  School is a good half of their time 5 – 6 days a week, so it is crucial for boys to be happy so that they are engaged and making the most of every opportunity.  Achieving happiness takes a great deal of solid combinations working together harmoniously.

Firstly, boys need to anticipate fun.  Humour keeps us all in check for surviving the business of work.  Smiles can instantly lift spirits and remind people they are welcomed.  I think our Junior School offers many chances for fun.  This week alone has seen ice-cream made from milk inside ice/salt bags, future Behind the News reporters beginning their illustrious careers, the next Usain Bolt will show himself at the Inter-House Track and Field Carnival, and just maybe, the next Chris Martin (Coldplay –  google him boys) will take to the stage at QCMF.

Secondly, boys need to have relationships they can count on.  They need high support, firm boundaries and honesty.  Praise wherever possible is key to their inner voices telling them they are fantastic human beings.  Now having seen the lunchboxes during breaks, I know our boys are able to count on their parents as some of those leftovers and sandwiches are incredible.  I know that our staff value every Year 5 and 6 student.  Anecdotal records and professional conversations about the lads take place every day to build a holistic picture.  Every person needs to be trusted, listened to and respected for their point of view.

Thirdly, boys need goals.  A target to reach or a checklist to complete by a set date.  End points work well for most males in classrooms.  Favourite subjects we never tire of, but we all know that some areas in life are not quite as much fun, so a countdown can be the motivation!  In Collaborative and Reflective Practice this year our staff have all had goals each term that focus on best teaching pedagogy and relationships that are meaningful in classes.  Our students are always encouraged to set goals each term so they keep both eyes looking straight ahead.  There is resilience in taking on board shared feedback and I would encourage everyone to be brave enough to allow small changes the chance to make a difference.

The boys I meet next week will give me a chance to remember the special qualities of Villanova College.  Our community, faith and opportunities are desirable and worthy of appreciation.  We should be grateful for these buildings and playgrounds, the staff, parents and most of all the young men that trust us each day.  Making the most of the chances that come are way is what life is all about.  We can be certain of great things if small matters such as manners, respect and kindness are shown to each other.  Let us be like Augustine of Hippo and look for ways to celebrate each other, in community, knowing that people will remember us because of how we made them feel in our lifetime.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

As part of the Year 9 Professional Development program and, as a preliminary to electing their new House Vice-Captains for Semester Two, we have been discussing the concept of leadership.

What is leadership? What are its important characteristics? How do they play out, here at school and in other contexts?

We asked the boys to reflect upon and discuss the following four questions:

  1. Who in the public sphere has effective leadership skills?
  2. What makes an effective leader?
  3. Which leadership skills do I not possess or need to work on improving?
  4. Which leadership skills do I feel comfortable exercising?

I as very impressed with the level of maturity shown by the boys and the depth of insight they displayed, as they considered the true meaning of what makes a leader.

Along with initiative, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, leadership remains a critical aspect of the 21st century skills our young men will require. As educators and parents, we will need to continue to foster and grow these leadership skills as they move through their final years of schooling.

At the end of this process, we asked each of our Year 9 students to nominate eight from their year level who they thought possessed the necessary skills to take up the position of House Vice-Captain. It was great to see the boys recognised the values that they each brought to the table and that, in the final analysis, every single Year 9 student received not just one, but multiple nominations.

From the shortlisted nominations, the following students were elected as Semester Two House Vice-Captains:

Jaxon Paterson-Wright (Murray)

Tadgh O’Neill (Heavey)

Murphy Woodger (Goold)

Will Stankunas (Crane)

They join the Middle School student leadership group, which already includes Tim Calvisi, Dale D’Souza, Luke Barton, and Max McCaul.

I congratulate these boys and wish them all the best with their new roles.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Year 10 Academic and Pastoral Interviews
This week, we commenced an academic and pastoral review of our Year 10 students, focusing upon their transition into the Senior School and their hopes and aspirations for their remaining two and half years at Villanova College. The team of interviewers have been incredibly impressed by the way in which our Year 10s have engaged in these interviews, especially their depth of reflections pertaining to their academic performance and subject selections, their recent camp experience as well as their hopes for their cohort as they move forward on their Senior School journey.

A ‘Villanova” Man for All Seasons

In our conversations with Year 10 students, one of the questions that is asked explores their engagement and involvement in College life. When discussing this, I share my triangular model of a Villanova Senior School student.  One who answers the call of our College Patron, St Thomas of Villanova who stated: ‘we are not born for ourselves, and the natural gifts and the free graces that we receive are not for ourselves alone but we have them that they might be of benefit to all.’

At the apex of the triangle should be the core focus of all students – achieving their full potential and committing to their learning pathway. I often hear the argument by some students that they cannot afford the time to engage in extra-curricular activities because it compromises their study and academic achievement. I challenge this view and the evidence strongly suggests that those students who experience the richness of College life and share their gifts and talents by involving themselves in cultural and musical pursuits, sporting programs and ministry service opportunities do remarkably well academically as they learn to use their time more purposefully. I strongly encourage all students to embrace the trifecta of academic achievement, extra-curricular contribution and servant leadership throughout their senior years.

The Reward of Resilience

With the annual Inter-House Track and Field Carnival held this week, I thought I would finish my article by sharing the remarkable story of our own Australian athlete and newly recrowned World Champion hurdler, Sally Pearson. As a passionate fan of track and field, her performance at last week’s meet in London was one of the highlights of my week (making up for Usain Bolt’s bronze medal in the 100m). Her comeback to the highest peak truly reflects the values of courage, persistence and resilience. To rise above the psychological scars of a string of near career ending injuries and missing the Rio Olympics is testament to her mental toughness. Her story is one that all students can draw inspiration from when they are challenged by adversity.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient” – Steve Maraboli

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry Events
“If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good.” (Pope Francis)

There is a very full program of Ministry events coming up over the next few weeks, starting with two outings at the day of writing:

  • YAYM (Middle School) excursion to Duhig Village Nursing Home, for songs, bingo and conversation
  • Year 11 and 12 students to attend the Lourdes Hill Social Justice forum on Domestic Violence

At the same time, our YCS group, ably captained this term by Patrick Thomas (Year 12), continues to visit the Junior School. Interestingly, the older students can tell you who of the “white shirts” were visited when they were in Year 5. It is good to see students like Patrick, Fletcher O’Neill and Ollie Kendall continuing a great tradition. All Year 10 and 11 students are invited to join YCS and be part of this simple act of brother-hood.

SVP Sleep-Out

On Friday 25 August, the Saint Vincent de Paul group will hold its annual sleep-out and homelessness conference. The first part of the evening brings students together from three local schools to listen to speakers from Rosies, Ozcare and Vinnies. We then spend time working together to assemble care packs to donate to both Rosies and to the In the Bag campaign, which provides good quality hygiene and beauty products for women in domestic violence shelters.

In order to assist with our donations, parents are warmly invited to donate any of the following items between Tuesday – Thursday next week, via the Student Services Offices:

  • Hygiene products: toothbrush, toothpaste, men’s and women’s deodorant, small soaps
  • Beauty items, e.g. hand cream or similar that would restore the dignity to a woman taking refuge in a domestic violence shelter
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for Rosies.

It is very humbling that these requests for practical support always meet with a generous response. I know that the students of Villanova, Loreto and Lourdes Hill will be privileged on the evening of August 25 to present the care packs that they make, as well as the warm items to the Rosies van. At the same time, they will learn a great deal about how such donations make a difference to people who, technically, are “homeless.”

The evening concludes with 35 lucky staff and students sleeping on cardboard on the quadrangle at Villanova College.

QCMF Mass: 7.30 am Sunday, 20 August in Goold Hall – All Welcome

Once again, a highlight of the QCMF weekend will be the chance to listen to the combined musical talent of five schools who are coming together to celebrate Sunday Mass in Goold Hall on Sunday morning at 7.30 am. Having attended the last two of these Masses, I have no hesitation in recommending this experience to Villanova families. It is a real pleasure to hear a Mass sung with verve by young people meeting to express joy in sharing music.

Legacy Week

Legacy Week 2017 will be held from Sunday 27 August – Saturday 2 September.  The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 70,000 widows and 1,900 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.

Public support will also help Legacy nurture children’s education, by contributing towards their school fees, books, uniforms, and recreational activities to aid their self-development and confidence.

If any student or family member would like to buy a badge, wristband or tiepin, these are currently available from College Reception. Legacy have been wonderfully supportive of the educational programs and the students here at the College, in supporting students who are keen to find out more about a military career and assisting with our annual ANZAC Service.

Mr John Holroyd, Vice Principal – Ministry, Mission and Evangelisation

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Congratulations to the entire Cross Country squad from Year 5 – 12 including all coaches and managers for a sensational performance at last week’s AIC Cross Country Championships. Villanova placed third overall which is our best ever result. Furthermore, we had three first places and two second places from the eight races run on the day. These fantastic individual performances are outlined below:

Year 5:  Ryan Siebel – Second Place

Year 6:  Mitchell Rieck – First Place

12 years: Cohen Stewart – First Place

13 years:  Jacob Dimmick – Second Place

15 years:  Jaxon Paterson-Wright – First Place

It seems unusual for there to be no sport scheduled for this weekend. I know this will come as a welcome break for parents who are forever transporting their children to and from the various activities each weekend. I hope you are all able to relax and enjoy some family time. A full schedule of next weekend’s fixtures will be published in next week’s Villa View.

I believe the standard of dress and the common approach our boys are taking in wearing their sport’s uniform throughout the season thus far has been excellent. My hope is that each week Villanova teams are well prepared, well organised and well presented. I must say that I am extremely happy with what I am seeing so far this season.

I think it is timely to thank all parents for their continued support throughout the year. Whether it be transporting boys to games and training, ensuring the boys are correctly attired or assisting and supporting the College in upholding our policies and procedures (not to mention the help given with canteens, coaching, scoring and managing etc.)  A strong partnership and support between the parent body and College is fundamental in order for our boys to receive the best education and opportunities possible. I thank all parents for your continuing support.

A very pleasing round of fixtures was played against Padua last weekend with great results. Next week we face Iona College. Villanova’s track and field pre-season training program officially commences next week. Please read all details below. I encourage all boys to get involved and to keep up the good efforts. Results come about through hard work and commitment given at training and on game day throughout the entire season. As stated, many times we are all responsible to do our part to ensure Villanova gives its best each week. Rest up this weekend boys, next week we are looking for all to fire on all cylinders against Iona!

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

The Villanova basketball juggernaut continues to roll on with another convincing display against Padua on the weekend. Of the 24 games played, Villanova was victorious in 22. The First V had an easier win on the weekend by 37 points, which was considerably less stressful after the nail-biters of the last two weeks. Our perimeter shooting was a highlight and reminds the boys that we are in still in contention and able to win against any side when we play our best. The weekend’s results continue to highlight the strength of our program and show just how hard our players are training and competing. It also shows how important the inclusion of our two High Performance Squads have been in accelerating the skills of players. For sixteen weeks, players were exposed to two sessions of acceleration to work on their fitness, speed, agility, footwork and jumping skills.  They then had skills sessions with our High Performance Coach, Murry Aldred. It has certainly shone through in games and no doubt, has helped us win many of the tight games.

As it is an interrupted week with QCMF, many teams will only train once so it is important that we use this bye to freshen up and return ready to battle against one our great rivals Iona.  With only three games remaining, it is imperative that we continue to enjoy our training and absorb the pressure of Saturday games.

AIC Basketball Results v Padua

AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, AIC Tennis Coordinator

A mixed week was had last week with our mighty Villanovan tennis players trying their best against Padua College. Once again spread out over three venues, it was great to see an increase in supporter numbers at the different venues cheering our lads on.   Out of 17 teams, we came away from the day with 11 wins, well-done boys.

Enjoy the bye this week; we look forward to the next round on 26 August.

AIC Tennis Results v Padua

AIC Track and Field

The AIC track and field pre-season training program will officially commence next Tuesday afternoon at SAF (State Athletic Facility). Training will continue every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon throughout the season for all age groups in all disciplines. A bus will transport all athletes to and from training and should return to the College at approx. 5.40pm.

The complete ‘season schedule’ is located on the College’s web page. Based on the results from this week’s Inter-House Track and Field Carnival a number of students will be asked to join the Villanova Track and Field squad and will be required to train each week. Students who have AIC tennis and AIC basketball training on these afternoons should see Mr Stariha in the Sports Office to negotiate an alternative training schedule.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Keith and Dawn Wieneke Music Bursary 2017
The Keith and Dawn Wieneke Music Bursary will be convened during Term 3 this year.  The Bursary is an annual solo competition open to all instrumentalists and vocalists enrolled in music lessons or ensembles at Villanova College.  Students who enter are required to prepare and present a short solo program for the heats stage.  Five students each from Junior, Middle, and Senior school will be selected to perform in the Bursary Finals for an external adjudicator.  There are cash prizes for each section:  Junior and Middle School section winners receive $250; Senior School winner receives $500.

Entries are now open for the Bursary.  An entry form has been included with this week’s newsletter; these are also available from the Music Office and your child’s instrumental/vocal teacher.  Entries close on Monday, 14 August and heats will be conducted during school hours from 23 – 25 August.  The finals are scheduled for the evening of Monday, 4 September.

I look forward to hearing you all play and witness our musical development over the past 12 months.

Villanova Performance Times at QCMF

All of our Villanova ensembles will be performing across the weekend.  I am pleased to be able to share the Villanova College performance times.   Please refer to the performance time document: QCMF performance times.

Performance uniforms will remain the same as our debut concerts in Term 2.  All students are required to meet their ensemble director one hour before their scheduled performance time on level 1 of the Augustine Centre.

Date Claimers

We now look ahead to August with our currently scheduled events.  Please ensure these are marked in your diaries.

Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 August Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival hosted by Villanova College.  Students will be required to volunteer for a short
Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 August Keith and Dawn Wieneke Music Bursary 2017 Heats (during school time)
Monday 4 September Keith and Dawn Wieneke Music Bursary 2017 Finals

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

Library News

We will be celebrating Book Week next week from Monday 21 August through to Saturday 26 August.  During the week, the Tolle Lege Library will be transformed into a bookstore.  Students, staff and parents are welcome to browse and purchase books supplied by The Book Warehouse and Dymocks.  EFTPOS will be available for staff and parents.

Book Week will also see the library hosting our 2017 Author-in-Residence, Nick Earls.  Nick will work closely with students in Years 6 and 8 and will also be delivering our Writers’ Festival this year.  The Festival will run from 3.30pm to 8.00pm on Friday 25 August and 8.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, 26 August.

The Festival Registration Form must be lodged with staff in the Tolle Lege Library no later than Monday, 21 August.  The payment of $30 is to be made via Flexischools.

Please contact the library for further details on 3394 5532.

Mrs Antonietta Neighbour, Director of Research Services

Tuckshop Roster

Monday 21st August

Kym Edser, Nicole Winsbury, Jenny Lanskey, Liz Burge, Donna Heaton, Chris Ghikas, Rachel Meyer, Donna Skelton, Souni Morelli, Angie Childs

Tuesday 22nd August

Tricia Intelisano, Lisa Murphy, Angela Crisafi, Irene Tornatore, Mechelle Fury, Christina Ross, Kelly Collins, Dimi Stergou, Maria Kambouris, Genevieve Keskinidis, Lisa Waugh, Miranda Dang, Irene Miano, Zam Stamatellos

Wednesday 23rd August

Tracey O’Reilly, Karen Meimaris, Natalie Jayne Dunton, Leanne Kruysmulder, Alison Wilde

Thursday 24th August

Julie Paterson, Debbie Winfield, Jane O’Brien, Lydia Wilcox, Georgina Horky, Jayne Smith, Kellie Killips, Catherine Bishop, Nicky Micheletti

Friday 25th August

Mary Atkinson, Maria O’Leary Chay, Cath Davies, Effie Prineas, Kelly Kendall, Tamara Hanley, Melissa Lorimer, Marina Pennisi, Nicole Dillon, Melissa Clark, Loreena Clark, Cathy Harris, Maria Spina, Angela Connolly, Jen Thomas, Kym Verity

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Calendar of Events

Stay up to date with the College events please proceed to the event calendar.

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