Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
Last week saw the conclusion of Mission Week where the College community raises funds to help the people of the Philippines. For over 28 years Villanova College has maintained support for four communities in the Philippines and, through regular visits to the country, has established strong and lasting friendships with the people.

In the current pandemic world, travel overseas is not possible and we continue to support the communities who have been severely affected by COVID-19 and are really struggling with the basic essentials for life. Funds have been made available to the four communities and the people on the ground have purchased food items and other essentials to ensure the children and their families have food and adequate supplies during this difficult time for so many people across the world.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the efforts of AFAS at Villanova College. Your care and compassion for those who are most vulnerable has made all the difference in their lives. Thank you.

Student Leadership Appointments 2021
Following last week’s announcement of 2021 College Captain (elect) Louis Henderson, I congratulate the following gentlemen who have been offered and accepted the following leadership positions.

College Vice Captain: Thanasi Keskinidis
Student Council President: Luke Palmer

Academic Captain: Ben Sciacca
Cultural Captain: Declan Dunleavy
Ministry Captain: James Reid
Music Captain: Harrison Egart
Sport Captain: Gus Godwin

We congratulate these young men for their generosity and willingness to be of service to Villanova College. I have assured them of our support during the upcoming year to fulfill their responsibilities.

Year 12 Mock Exams
Next week the Year 12 students will sit their Mock Exams in preparation for the upcoming External Exams to commence from Monday 26 October. The Mock Exams will mirror the style of assessment the students will experience during the External Exam period. For our Year 12 students their performance on the exams across the eight days will provide a good measure of where they are in their preparations.

Early in Term Four students will receive their feedback from their teachers on their assessment tasks to assist with guiding their studies and preparations over the last weeks of the term. We wish the students all the best for this important stage of their Year 12 journey.

Last Weeks of Term Three
For all students, the coming weeks will see assessment periods held up to the final days of this term. Students need to be finding time to undertake revision and study regularly over the next few weeks to optimise their performance on the exams and assignments.

With tomorrow, 4 September being a Student-free Day, students will have the opportunity to have a very productive day revising work, completing assignments and catching up on set tasks.

Sport and COVID-19
Last Saturday the police responded to a complaint from a member of the public regarding the lack of social distancing at Villanova Park on Saturday. After showing the police our COVID Safe Plan and explaining the controls put in place to limit the number of people on site and the personal hygiene measures in place, they were able to report back that all reasonable measures were being followed.

On Monday I also received a call from the Department of Sport and Recreation who had also received a complaint about social distancing at Villanova Park. After explaining the measures in place and providing the COVID Safe Plan, the Department were happy to advise the Queensland Health Department that all was in order for the sporting fixtures at Villanova Park.

I thank all the families, students, coaches and players who are following the guidelines set down to ensure Villanova College provides a safe environment for our students to enjoy sport on a Saturday.

Please ensure you are following the guidelines set out below.

  • Football and Rugby – Maximum of two parent spectators per participating student.
  • Chess (indoor venues) – no parent spectators allowed.
  • Allow 100 student spectators for the First XI and First XV games only.
  • All other games, players and parents are asked to follow the “Get in-Play-Get out” rule.
  • Scan into and out of the venue to allow for accurate contact tracing if required by Queensland Health.
  • Practise social distancing when and where possible

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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Teaching and Learning

Senior Drama Production
A Wasteland.
A distant city skyline.
A mound of black earth
The cries of a child.

Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? In a quirky graphic novel style, it weaves a stark urban reality with the mythic underworld.  Against this grim backdrop the young hero, Frank Sparrow, must endure dangers and trials, overcome weakness, find love and face death.”

The cast of this gripping play has been working tirelessly together with industry professionals from Zen Zen Zo and the cinematic genius behind Mary Poppins, Craig Wilkinson

Cast, in order of appearance:

Patrick Franco Chorus
Tadgh O’Neill Chorus
Tom Parker Chorus
Thomas Wilson Chorus
Oliver Rae Chorus
Josh Smith Chorus
Digby Timms Chorus
George Greenhalgh Walker
Kyle Boyle Frank
Jose Lagrosa Officer
Dylan Crouch Judge
Ethan Reid Lawyer
Dale D’Souza Parent 1
Nicholas Marrinan Stan
Holly Munn Parent 2
Jeremy Carroll Teacher
Nicholas Marrinan Rat
Bridget Donoghue Kira
Rory Kay Hare
Lachlan Galbraith Nyx
Jacob Keay Warren
Elliegh Ings Kid
Jose Lagrosa Aaron
William Lawrance South Boy
Jai Everding Police
Marcus Kuhlmann Goat
Julien Chiruta Old Man
Dale D’Souza

Dylan Crouch

Nicholas Marrinan

Jeremy Carroll

Eloise Crawford

Kelly Gang
William Lawrance

George Greenhalgh

Ethan Reid

Alex Lemon

Holly Munn

Elliegh Ing

South Gang

Performance dates
Wednesday 16 September (for parents and family members) – 7.00pm
Thursday 17 September (for Old Boys and Community members including staff)  – 7.30pm

Tickets will be available via Trybooking next week, with the ticketing link released on the Villanova Facebook page and in Villa View.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, there will be no gathering before or after the event and Contact Tracing Registers will need to be signed on entry.  Details at the venue.


Year 10 Drama
On Tuesday, our Year 10 Drama students attended Queensland Theatre’s Billie Brown Studio to compete in The Scene Project.  The boys had worked tirelessly to devise, rehearse, and polish a 15-minute performance that blew the socks off the audience of other schools, teachers and professional theatre-makers.

The day comprised of presenting their work, participating in performance workshops, ensemble building with other schools and watching the professional performance.  Our own Lachlan Bremner was approached to present his role in the professional presentation due to the illness of one of the actors and Declan Curtis and Bailey Korander-Matheson participated in a group scene.

They deserve congratulations and should bask in all the glory.  A fantastic day was enjoyed by all.

Mrs Sophie Kenny

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Junior School

Father’s Day is this Sunday, 6 September.  It is a really important time for Dads – past, present and future – because men in a family matter greatly.  We are, as human beings, part of our own heritage (so for me this combines a Russian and English story of immigration to Australia), our upbringing (I have divorced parents) and the impossible dream of being the best father in the world (in between work, bike riding, sport and listening to blogs).  It is a privilege to care for children – and I know that in my heart, I would do everything for my sons, and anything for the people in the village that helps me raise them – the coaches, teachers, friends and relatives who support them as they navigate the world.  Especially in 2020, a year of roadblocks and U-turns, let’s make this Sunday a day where we are present, engaged and honouring the roles in our families that guide and nurture the children.

I want to remember and pay tribute firstly to the Dads who are no longer with us.  This Sunday is a time when heart strings can pull tightly on wives and children, grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who are gathering at a place and time that will bring to the forefront emotions and memories that might bring tears.  It might be one of the toughest days for some of our families who are still very much grieving, and I want to send our prayers to you.  May your hearts be filled with light, laughter and memories of love this Sunday.

Some of 5 Black and White’s ‘nuts and bolts’ Father’s Day gifts

To the Dads that wake up to green eggs and bacon (ham) thanks to Dr Seuss – you might think I’m joking but please just ask my wife who did this once upon a time – then enjoy!  If you receive socks, jocks, tools or jewels (glitter on cards is always popular) then smile.  You are remembered, loved and worthy of a gesture of kindness.  Your reaction is all the boys want to see – surprise and the fact they got you just what you wanted, needed or secretly never knew you had to have.  Some Junior School Dads will be lucky to be opening the Father’s Day gifts from the Mini Vinnie service leaders – and thank you to Chloe Adams and Ben Valentine for coordinating the lunch time teams each day this week to meet the very high demand!  Kath Underhill, Senior School Learning Enrichment Leader, was integral to the cellophane collaborations and we are very grateful for her time and energy.

Our Dads of the future – how excited you must be.  The anticipation of fatherhood is one you often keep quiet, until there is news to share.  It is a huge decision, and sometimes an even bigger surprise, to know that fatherhood is on the horizon.  May you be blessed in achieving your family, be it through conception, adoption or fostering a child – all are equally important and crucial to building the community that will one day be the very people we need to help us in our older years.

It’s becoming quite apparent as I grow older, that I use Dad jokes a lot.  It’s more natural than ever before, and I’m increasingly comfortable with socks and slides around the house, wearing lycra on the bike on weekends (and stopping for coffee with my mates), and I think I’ve reached a comfort level with knowing full well that I will never be a handy man.  Like NEVER.  We have just ordered some lovely house numbers for our letterbox and front of door display – and I have no idea how to install them.  My father-in-law will and I know that asking him will save me hours of research, wasting my own time and the purchase of items from Bunnings that I will never use again.  I think I am officially becoming the Dad who is passing the milestone of “I will be” to “I am” and it’s liberating.  I have two teenagers now and maybe that’s part of it – they are stronger, faster and smarter than I ever was, and they have the potential to be more than I ever will be.  It’s quite an incredible thing to know that, and to be lucky enough to enjoy it.

To my Dad in Hobart, who will no doubt walk the dogs, hopefully take the boat out for a spin on the Derwent River, cook an amazing dinner and have it served up by 6.30pm – Happy Father’s Day.  We remember Grandad Nicovialic and his determination to bring our family to Australia, from Russia, through China, via a pitstop in Hawaii.  He risked everything for a life that would bring us all the opportunity and lifestyle that we have today.  We are blessed, and we remember all men who have done the same, and in their own way, love and do their very best for their families.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Senior School

2021 Student Executive and Portfolio Captains
Yesterday, voting processes continued for the election of the remaining executive positions and portfolio captains. It gives me great pleasure to affirm the following students in their appointments:

Vice Captain: Thanasi Keskinidis
Student Council President: Luke Palmer

Academic Captain: Ben Sciacca
Cultural Captain: Declan Dunleavy
Ministry Captain: James Reid
Music Captain: Harrison Egart
Sport Captain: Gus Godwin

In speaking with the cohort, the calibre of these elected student leaders is testament to the depth of fine young men within the Year 11 cohort. Unfortunately, in any voting process, there are those students who miss out on formal leadership positions which can result in feelings of disappointment. I spoke of this following the vote and reinforced how pleased I was of the quality of the shortlists in the aforementioned positions. Badge, or no badge, all Seniors have both the opportunity and responsibility to make a positive contribution to the Villanova College community and I am excited by the way in which they will leave their mark on the College next year.

The Spacing Effect: How to Improve Learning and Maximise Retention
Following on from my article last week which had a focus on accelerated learning, I wanted to continue to share insights pertaining to the meta-skill of learning how to learn. The spacing effect is an effective way to learn and retain information that works with our brain instead of against it according to author Shane Parish.

In an environment of external examinations that tests a student’s knowledge and understanding of content spanning a year, the days of cramming are over and our young men need to develop the study and revision skills and employ them regularly throughout the year as part of their weekly routines. The spacing effect is built upon the following belief- we are better able to recall information and concepts if we learn them in multiple, spread-out sessions.

You can read more about the spacing effect including specific ways of implementing the system by following this link:

Mental Health Round
This Saturday marks the final time our Year 12 students will play sport at their beloved Villa Park in the final pool round of football and rugby fixtures against St Peter’s Lutheran College. A central tenant of the vision of this year’s Student Leadership Team has been in the promotion of positive mental health. In his address to commence this term, College Captain Max McCaul again implored the student body to look out for their mates and continue to ask those they feel that might be struggling- ‘are you okay?’ Building upon this, the Student Leadership Team has designated this week’s fixtures the ‘R U OK Round’ with Student Leaders and Cor Unum Committee members engaged in promoting this significant mental health initiative ahead of R U OK Day on the 10th September. I congratulate Max and the SLT for their advocacy of this important issue pertinent to the health and wellbeing of our young men.

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Mission Week
We had a successful Mission Week last week, culminating in celebrating the Feast of St Augustine with two Masses. The Liturgy Band provided vibrant music, and Fr Saldie created a memorable sense of occasion, especially with his homily about the truths held in the human heart. Many teams of staff made it possible for the College to come together as a faith community, including the cleaning team, and our grounds staff. The students did themselves proud with their standard of participation and respect for the occasion.

Social Justice Learning
Immediately following the first Mass last Friday, a number of Senior and Junior students teamed up to share some social justice learning experiences. The Year 12 Religion and Ethics classes played social justice Monopoly with 5 Black, 5 White, 6 White and 6 Black.


Meanwhile, about 20 Ministry and Cor Unum students joined 6 Blue and 6 Red in a tower building activity. Groups of students were given resources as different countries to create beautiful and tall towers, under the watchful eye of “UN Observers.” After ten minutes of planning, trading, and building, came the “reveal,” namely that countries like the Philippines had far fewer “technologies” like scissors and sticky tape. To compound the problem, only rich countries like Australia were given “inside” information about the true value of resources like the post-it notes. These revelations of course paved the way for a presentation by our Ministry leaders about how College ministries like AFAS seek to help to redress the imbalances of an unfair world. Within the context of the game, the massively wealthy USA were asked to donate something to the Philippines and Sudan. They could only spare a microscopic blob of blue tac.

The students also had the chance to simply enjoy being “brothers in arms” whilst playing handball. Special thanks are due to class teachers Ms Chloe Adams and Mr Matt Wilson for throwing open the doors to a new kind of project-based learning.

AFAS and YAYM On Tour
Each break time of Mission Week was enlivened by “highlight” memories, such as Fr Saldie’s twinkle toes in tinikling (Filipino dancing with bamboo poles) and the “happy capitalism” of the Business class running the sari sari stall to benefit AFAS. Meanwhile the “Ekka” showbags made and sold by YAYM did a roaring trade. The week culminated in the draw of the 100-slot raffle, the filling of which led to Year 8 students Charlie Cox and Charlie Berridge dying their hair in Filipino colours. Showing admirable solidarity, they were joined by Fr Saldie, our Campus Minister.


Special thanks are due to Fr Saldie and Mrs Theresa Henry for their organisation of Filipino World, to Ministry leaders Isaak Collie, Luke Barton and Nathan Farrelly for their tireless leadership and planning, and to our generous-hearted Service Learning Coordinator, Ms Nicole Jones.

Father’s Day Stall
This week sees a joint hosting of the popular Father’s Day Stall, with Mini Vinnies helping to sell a great range of gifts in Junior School at morning tea, and YAYM looking after the lunch sales for the rest of the College. Ms Kath Underhill has poured all her creative energy into ensuring a plentiful supply of quality gifts. As usual, all proceeds go to Movember and the adult education program run by AFAS through our sister school in Bacolod.

Looking Ahead: RUOK
St Augustine writes that, “There is no better proof of friendship than to help our friends with their burdens.” This weekend will see a special initiative with Senior students giving out RUOK wrist-bands at the home fixtures against St Peter’s. This gesture will serve as a prelude to RUOK Day on Thursday 10 September. The Firsts teams will also wear yellow arm-bands as a sign of the commitment of our older students to make Villanova College a safe and welcoming space where each student feels seen, and included. For a number of years, Mrs Maria Mascadri in Junior School has ensured that we sell yellow-themed treats on RUOK Day so that we can make a contribution in return for their valuable resources. You may wish to have a look at their website:

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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This weekend marks the third round of the AIC Rugby, Football and Chess season, after which all schools will be ranked in their pools. The same ranked schools in each of the pools will play each other in the finals held next weekend. It will be the case that all schools will be responsible for hosting a particular year level during the finals. Therefore, our year levels will be playing at different locations next weekend. Please see a list of host Colleges below:

Host Colleges for Finals Round – Year 5 – St. Laurence’s College, Year 6 – St. Patrick’s College, Year 7 – Padua College, Year 8 – Iona College, Year 9 – Villanova College, Year 10 – St Peter’s Lutheran College, Opens – Marist College Ashgrove.

St Laurence’s College will be the host College for all AIC Chess games from Year 5 – 12 next Friday 11 September.

Rugby League trials will commence for all students from Year 5 – 12 next week. These trials are scheduled in and around the current rugby and football training schedules. Only those boys who played AIC Football and AIC Rugby are permitted to trial for AIC Rugby League. All age groups will only have one trial session before team selection, excluding the Year 5 and Year 6 age levels who will have two. All interested players must attend the trials to make a team. If boys are absent, sick or injured for the trial, they will miss out on selection. Given the quick turnaround we must get teams sorted by the end of next week. Trials will not continue during the final week of school. This week will be used for training only to get our teams prepared for the tournaments held during that week or the week afterwards. Please read further details below.

The AIC Track and Field training program has begun. It is pleasing to report that the coaches have been impressed with the attendance from our younger boys at training so far this season. The attendance of those from Year 7-12 could be better although we do understand the need to place studies as the priority particularly with the Year 12 students.  Although we know there are many things happening within our sports program now, we ask those boys who have been selected in the Track and Field squad to regularly attend training each week. The training schedule is posted on the web under the AIC Track and Field section. The second AIC meet for the season is held next Thursday 10th September at SAF. We ask all those involved with rugby to give Track and Field priority on this afternoon. Please read more information regarding the AIC Track and Field season below.

As detailed below, the Villanova swim program will commence next week for those boys who are currently in Year 5 – 11. This program is open to anybody who wishes to become part of next year’s AIC swim squad or for those who simply want to improve their fitness. Note – boys who wish to do this program must be capable swimmers, these are not stroke correction or learn to swim sessions. Please read below for further details. I strongly encourage your son to get involved. In order to further develop Villanova sport, we must accept that a good work ethic and attendance to regular training (among other things) is a must. It is a fact that we must do the hard work pre-season in order to obtain good results in competition just as we did last season – let’s keep up the great work ethic and results achieved last season!

Livestreaming – to account for the limited crowds who can attend the game this weekend, both the 1st rugby and football games will be livestreamed. Please find the links below to all games.

Round 3 Football/Rugby Links:

Villanova V SPLC  (Football – 1.15pm Rugby – 3.15pm)
Ashgrove V Padua  (Football -1.40pm Rugby – 3.30pm)
SPC V SEC  (Football -1.20pm Rugby 3.15pm)
SLC V Iona (Football – 1.15pm Rugby – 3.15pm)

Given the large amount of teams Villanova College has submitted into the AIC Competition, it is the case that many teams do not match up with St Peter’s this weekend and have supplementary games v other Colleges including Nudgee and Churchie. Please read the schedule found within the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section for all times and venues. We have teams playing here, there, and everywhere this weekend.

I wish us all the very best this weekend in chess, rugby and football fixtures against St Peters Lutheran College (and other Colleges). Please enjoy!

 AIC Chess, Rugby and Football Round 3 v St Peters Lutheran College, Thursday 3 and Saturday 5 September – Times and Venues

All AIC Chess games are played on Thursday afternoon (this week only) and all AIC Rugby and Football 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 Peter’s Lutheran College in the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section.

Given the busyness of this week, we decided to withdraw from the AIC Track and Field meet held at SAF this Thursday. At this stage we plan to involve ourselves in the AIC Track and Field meet held at SAF (not UQ) held next Thursday 10 September. The Year 5 and Year 6 athletes will be bussed out at 2pm. The Year 7  -12 athletes will be bussed out directly after school. The Year 5 and Year 6 athletes will return at approx. 5.15pm and the older boys will come back later that evening. As the program has not been decided yet, we cannot advertise specific times. This will be done via the ‘Locker Room’ when the program is locked away. An App message will be placed to notify parents of the posting. Parents are not permitted to attend the AIC Track and Field event. More details to follow next week.

Those students who have Rugby Union training on this night are asked to attend the AIC Track and Field meet as the priority, boys may attend the Rugby League trial that afternoon as there is only one trial session. The full program including times as well as the bus departure and arrival times will be posted in the AIC Track and Field section of the website. Students who are listed in the AIC Track and 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.

Mr Chris Everding, AIC Rugby Co-ordinator

The rugby round against Iona is always a challenge for both Colleges. Being a southside derby the boys lift their intensity and the battle can sometimes be brutal. The 9A match was always going to highlight the rivalry between Iona and Villanova. The 9A side is littered with some quality players but they were made to look mediocre last year being beaten by 50 points, however they set their goal on this match and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately, they went down 14 – 15 to a desperate team but it showed the fighting spirit and mateship that comes with a committed performance.  This was also strongly present in the First XV game where the teamwork and commitment kept Iona scoreless until the last few minutes of the match. A late try to Iona made the score 19 – 7 and Villanova retained the Tiger Trophy. The Firsts will be hoping for a big showing against SPLC on Andrew Slack Oval this Saturday. This will be the last appearance for our year 12 boys at home and they will want to finish their rugby at Villanova on a high. A win against SPLC and a SLC loss to Iona may give the boys an opportunity to play in a 1 v 1 final the following week.

The results at Villanova Park last Saturday in rugby were very good. All the Year 6 teams won convincingly, and Year 5 teams also performed well, with the As and Bs having big wins.

Please check the draw carefully this week. St. Peter’s College do not have many teams and our boys are playing all over Brisbane against six other AIC Colleges and two GPS Colleges. This week has caused more headaches for our coaches with injuries and multiple away teams, so they have had to strategically select teams and reserves without taking the backbone out of other teams and leaving them weakened. Please be aware of this when team lists come out and work with our coaches as they try to formulate what is best for each year level. It is not ideal leading into a finals week having so many teams play away and against so many opponents, but the alternative was to give the boys a bye and in such a short season, we did what we could to find an opposition.

Just a reminder to ALL Villanova parents and supporters, as we are hosting the last round for the rugby season, it is still imperative that you practise social distancing and you leave straight after your son’s match has concluded. There was a visit by the Queensland Police last weekend to check on spectators and make sure everyone was doing the right thing. It would be a travesty if Villanova Park is shut down on Saturday because some people will not follow the non-negotiable guidelines set out by the AIC Association. Two spectators per player ONLY. Last Saturday, officials on the gate at Villanova Park had to ask families entering the venue why there were more than three people in the car. If you do not want to have your vehicle turned around, please abide by the Health Regulations.

AIC Rugby Results v IONA

TEAM Round 2
Round 1
First XV 19-7 W 8-10 L
Second XV 10-22 L 15-19 L
Third XV 7-24 L 5-22 L
Fourth XV 17-10 W 10-21 L
Fifth XV 12-24 L (v ASH) 22-12 W
10A 0-50 L 14-15 L
10B 0-31 L 12-10 W
9A 14-15 L 17-0 W
9B 5-50 L 29-31 L
9C 0-86 L 0-50 L
8A 0-46 L 5-34 L
8B 0-50 L 31-19 W
8C 34-19 W 34-22 W
8 Gold 36-19 W 17-10 W (v PAD)
7A 0-17 L 5-68 L
7B 7-34 L 25-15 W
7C 17-12 W 12-27 L
6A 31-7 W 31-15 W
6B 27-12 W 29-15 W
6C 47-35 W 72-0 W
6 Gold 42-5 W 60-15 W (v SPLC)
5A 42-14 W 30-7 W
5B 34-5 W 59-0 W
5C 7-7 D 58-0 W
5Gold 7-20 L 7-20 L

Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Football Co-ordinator

Round 2 against Iona proved to be another tough round of matches for our Villanova football teams. At the end of the day we had a total of 10 wins, five draws and 16 losses. Whilst we may not have come out on top in terms of wins, we were certainly competitive in most games which was pleasing to see. Several teams have set themselves up nicely coming into the last round of normal fixtures before the finals round. We currently have 10 sides who remain undefeated and will be looking to put on another strong performance this weekend against St Peters.

The First XI came away with a thrilling 3 – 2 win against Iona. The boys got started in tremendous fashion with the first goal being scored by Oliver Shanks after only 30 seconds. A penalty, taking perfectly by Josh Smith was the next goal scored by Villanova, quickly followed by Oliver Shanks’ second goal to see Villanova go up 3 – 0. Unfortunately, Iona were able to turn the tide and applied pressure of their own scoring two quick goals before halftime. Although the second half remained scoreless, it was certainly tense and at times felt like we were the team chasing the equalising goal. Congratulations must go to our First XI boys for coming away with the 3 – 2 win against a formidable opponent in Iona. This win sees our boys take on St Peters this weekend in what will most likely prove to be the decider in who gets to compete in the 1 v 1 playoff during the finals round. Good luck to the boys and this is a game definitely worth tuning into via the livestream!

We will be taking on St Peters this weekend in Round 3 fixtures. Could I please ask all parents and players to check the draw carefully this week for game times and venues as we will have a number of teams playing at different venues.

I would like to remind all players about the importance of training to the best of their ability and ensuring that what is practised at training filters into the game. There have been numerous close games this season and if players continue to put in the hard work, hopefully we can turn some of those close results into wins for Villanova! In addition, please ensure that if you are absent from training that you contact your coach prior to training so that the coaches can plan effectively and get the most out of training sessions.

This weekend will see the seniors taking to the field in their last match of Football for Villanova at Villanova Park and I would like to wish them all the best of luck. There is no doubt that they will always cherish the moment and look back on with fond memories.

Good luck to all the players and coaches this week in your matches against St Peters.

AIC Football Results v IONA

TEAM Round 2
Round 1
First XI 3-2 W  0-0 D
Second XI 1-3 L 1-2 L
Third XI 0-0 D 2-4 L
Fourth XI 0-2 L 1-2 L
Fifth XI 1-0 W 1-0 W
Sixth XI 0-4 L (V PAD) 4-3 W
10A 0-1 L 5-0 W
10B 6-1 W 2-2 D
10C Bye 3-2 W
9A 0-3 L 6-1 W
9B 0-2 L 0-7 L
9C 1-0 W 0-4 L
8A 0-2 L 3-3 D
8B 0-1 L 1-0 W
8C 1-1 D 0-2 L
8 Gold 1-5 L 2-2 D
8 White 0-2 L (v ASH)
7A 4-1 W 4-3 W
7B 2-0 W 0-0 D
7C 5-0 W 2-2 D
7 Gold 4-1 L 0-3 L
7 White 0-2 L (v ASH)
6A 1-1 D 1-2 L
6B 5-3 L 1-0 W
6C 2-0 W 1-1 D
6 Gold 5-0 W 5-0 W
6 White 0-7 L (V ASH)
5A 3-2 L 2-3 L
5B 2-2 D 2-0 W
5C 4-1 L 1-3 L
5 Gold 4-1 L 4-3 W
5 White 1-1 D (V ASH)

Mrs Sally England, AIC Chess Co-ordinator

 Chess is well under way for the revised season. Last Friday we travelled to Iona and had a comprehensive win on the night, with five wins, one draw and one loss. This week we will be playing at home against St Peters.  This is the third and final round for the season. Scores will then be tallied and the finals for all teams will be played at St Laurence’s on Friday, September 11.  The players will be taken by bus to St Laurence’s College, but parents will be expected to pick up the boys at the end. Further information on times will be proved in next week’s Villa View. We have a number of teams in contention for the finals so good luck to all the boys for this week against St Peters.

Boys who are in the music night will remain at the college after chess and others will be able to leave at the end of the night. This could be between 5.30pm and 6.00pm, dependent on when St Peters is able to arrive. Practice for the Juniors continues Monday and Wednesdays in the Junior School and T10 is open every morning tea for Middle and Senior teams. Good luck to all.

AIC Chess Results v IONA

TEAM Round 2


Round 1


First IV 14-2 W 7-9 L
Senior A 8-8 D 4-12 L
Senior B 11-5 W 10-6 W
Intermediate A 12-4 W 8-8 D
Intermediate B 9-7 W 6-10 L
Junior A 5-11 L 1-10 L
Junior B 13-3 W 9-7 W

In 2020 the AIC Rugby League season will be in a tournament style format with multiple games being played over a one or two-day period. The tournaments will be played as follows:

  • Year 7 – 12 teams (two-day tournament) – Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September hosted by Iona College (during the school holiday period). Schedule to be confirmed.
  • Year 5 and Year 6 (one-day tournament) – Friday 18 September hosted by Marist College Ashgrove during school time (boys will be transported to and from the venue). Schedule to be confirmed.

Teams Entered into the AIC Competition (one team only per category below):

  • Year 5
  • Year 6
  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Year 10
  • First XIII (combined Year 11 and 12)

AIC Rugby League Trial Schedule (7 – 11 September)
Trials will be held in the final week of the AIC Rugby Union and AIC Football season (week beginning Monday 7 September). All trials will be scheduled at Easts Rugby League’s main field either before or after school (timetabled around the current rugby and football training schedules).

Easts Main Field
6.30am – 8.00am
Year 6 Year 8 Year 10 Year 7 Year 5
Easts Main Field
3:15pm – 5.00pm
Year 9 Year 6 Year 5
Villanova Park
3:45pm – 5.15pm

Due to time restrictions, all age groups will only have ONE TRIAL session before teams are selected. Years 5 and Year 6 will have two trial sessions. Year 11 and Year 12 students trialling for the First XIII will be bussed out to Villanova Park with the Track and Field Squad. A bus will return to the College after the trial.

IMPORTANT! If players do not attend the allocated trial session, they will miss out on the chance to be selected. There will be no catch-up trials for students held during the training week.

AIC Rugby League Training Schedule (14 – 18 September)
Once the teams have been selected, each team will then have two training sessions held during the last week of school before they play.

All training for Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Villanova Park. There will be transport from the College to Villanova Park. Please note that there is no return bus service from Villanova Park. Parents are asked to collect their son from training at Villanova Park at 5.00pm.

Training for Year 5 will be scheduled for Monday and Wednesday morning at Little Langlands.

Training for the First XIII will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Little Langlands and Easts Rugby League’s main field.

Little Langlands
6.45am – 8.00am
Year 5  

Year 5


Year 9
Villanova Park
3.45pm – 5.15pm
Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 10 Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 10
Little Langlands
3.30pm to 5.00pm
Year 9 First XIII
Easts Main Field
3.30pm – 5.00pm
1st XIII

AIC Rugby League Tournament Schedule – TBA
The AIC Rugby League tournament schedule has not been released. Specific times and venues for all games will be published via the ‘Locker Room’ page on the website when this information comes to hand.

AIC Rugby League Uniform
After the teams have been selected, boys will be asked to purchase the Rugby League uniform.

Any student who represents the College in Rugby League must wear the full College Rugby League Uniform. Jerseys will be issued by the staff from the Uniform Shop.  The College will notify all players regarding the collection of their jerseys from the Uniform Shop; this will be done via morning notices. Note that all players must purchase the new rugby league shorts ($45). The normal hire cost of the jersey ($20) will be waived this season.

The uniform includes:

  • Villanova Rugby League Shorts (not PE shorts nor the Football shorts)
  • Villanova Rugby Socks (same as Rugby Union and Football socks)
  • Villanova Rugby League jersey. This jersey will be made available through the College Uniform Shop. Students will be required to collect their own jersey during Week 10 once the coaches have confirmed team selections. A complete list of all teams will be given to the staff at the Uniform Shop. There will be no hire cost for the jersey this season.
  • Villanova Sports Socks

Any issues or questions should be directed to the coaches/managers as the first point of call. The Rugby League Co-ordinator then the Director of Sport can then be contacted if there are any other issues of concern.

Rugby League Co-ordinator – Mr Blake McLauchlan
Director of Sport – Mr Craig Stariha

Zone cricket registrations will close tomorrow 4 September. Please refer to the AIC Cricket Page in the Locker Room to find the Cricket Information Letter, Online Registration Form, Term 4 COVID Plans and the payment process. We will endeavour to place boys with their requests, but they will come down to player numbers and filling up gaps, so each team has an equal number of players to give everyone plenty of time on the field, not as a reserve.

The initial administration duties will be a coordinated by team of dedicated parents, Ross Whitby, Jeff Ilka and Phil Horton in conjunction with the Sports Office. Parents are asked to fulfil the duties required to run matches on Saturday. All training will take place in the morning and will be run by Nathan Dufty (Villanova’s First XI Coach) and a team of experienced coaches. Parents will not have to run the training sessions. Please nominate to coach or manage your team and fill out this information on the online form.

A reminder that all players signing up must have their own equipment. The College will not be supplying kits to use this year and there will be no meeting during the last week of term. All information will be sent via email.

Please be advised that the Villanova College Swim Program will commence next week for those students who are currently in Years 5 – 11 (that is, our 2021 AIC Swimmers). All new students to the College in 2021 are invited to commence their training in Week 1 of Term 4 as per days and times listed below.

The cost of these sessions will be a one-off fee of $150 per student for the season leading up to Week 1 of the school year in 2021. This program is heavily subsidised by the College and I am sure all would agree; it is very good value. We are hoping that students who currently swim with Jets or any other club are also able to join our program, if not just to build a sense of culture and spirit amongst our squad.

All students who are interested need to complete a swimming rego/payment form which will be posted on the College’s website via the AIC Swimming section early next week. We encourage as many boys as possible to participate. Our success in 2021 is dependent upon the work put in this year!

All training sessions will be held at the Langlands Park Memorial Pool complex. Langlands Pool is located at 5 Panitya Street, Stones Corner. All training sessions will be under the direction of Mr Gilly Santos – Villanova Swim Coach (Years 9 – 12) and Ms Kerry Holland – Villanova Swim Coach (Years 5 – 8).

Training is open to all students who hope to become a member of Villanova’s 2021 Swim Team or for students wishing to increase their physical fitness but must be competent swimmers. Please note that these sessions are for students who are capable swimmers, they are not ‘learn to swim’ sessions. Parents who are looking for ‘learn to swim/stroke correction’ sessions may wish to enroll their son/s in an alternate program run at Langland’s Pool.

The below training schedule will apply throughout the entire season.  All Villanova students will compete in the AIC competition from Year 5 – 12. Training sessions will now be joined from Year 5 – 12 not split sessions which has been the case in previous years.

Note -year level is based on the year which the student will enter in 2021


Students in Years 5 – 12 in 2021

Tuesday 7.00am – 8.00am
Thursday 7.00am – 8.00am
Friday 6.30am – 8.00am

 Fees: A flat fee of $150 will be charged per student for all training sessions up until the start of the 2021 school year. This includes all sessions over the summer holiday period. Students are then entitled to attend as many training sessions as possible throughout this period. Altogether, those who join the program could have access up to 50 training sessions throughout this period at a cost of only $150 (this is $3 per session by highly skilled and qualified swim coaches). The more sessions you attend the more value for money you receive. This represents outstanding value.

Kerry Holland has asked all members of the Jets Swim Club to participate at least one of the Villanova squad sessions each week.  These additional sessions will help build team spirit and provide further skills training for Met East squads, and relay practice.

Please Note: For current students, all payments are to be made through Parent Lounge – Tours and Excursions. Parents with boys commencing in 2021 will be advised at a later date about how payments can be made.

Flipper/Pool Buoy and Bag: All students are required to purchase their own flippers and pool buoy for training. Langlands Pool will supply your son with a training pack at a cost of $75. An order form is attached to the registration form found on the web. This form must be lodged with Langlands Park Pool (not Villanova College) to receive your training gear at a discounted price.

Special Welcome Meeting: A special meeting will be held for all squad members on Friday 9 October at Langlands Pool. This meeting will take place after the training session scheduled that day (training will finish a little early that day). All squad members are invited to join the meeting including the students entering the College in Year 5 and Year 7 in 2021. It is simply a meet and greet with all coaches and managers and a run through of the season. The meeting will conclude at 8.00am.

For those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity, please complete the online form. The link will be provided within the registration document which will be posted on the web.  Late comers will be accepted; however, they will be required to pay the full fee.

If you have any further queries please contact the Villanova College Swim Co-ordinator, Mrs Juanita Jacobs via email  Alternatively, please contact the Sports Office on 3394 5621.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Auditions are Closing…
As per our Music Department calendar, audition submissions close tomorrow for all Middle and Senior School musicians.  Students will have received this information via email and through their Instrumental Music teacher.  Please note – this audition process is NOT a prerequisite for participation.  You cannot fail this audition.  This is an annual assessment tool we use to gauge the development of the program overall and guide decisions around the number and type of ensembles we require each year.

To assist us in being able to communicate ensembles by the end of term, we will require your son’s audition to be submitted this week.

Thanks for your assistance with this matter.

Gala Concert – Week 8
The Gala Concerts are being held this evening and we are playing to two sold out houses! (within COVID-Safe limits of course).

Links for streaming of these concerts are below.  I hope that you are able to join us in celebrating what has been achieved in music thus far this year.

Concert 1 – 5.00 – 6.30pm – all Junior School Ensembles and Guitars and Choirs

Concert 2 – 7.30 – 9.30pm – Irish and Jazz Ensembles, all Middle School and Senior School Ensembles

Change of Enrolment Forms
To adjust enrolment without penalty for Term 4, 2020, we require all change of enrolment forms to be submitted to the Music Office in person or via email ( by 3pm TOMORROW, 4 September, 2020.  If you require a form, please contact Alison in the Music Office.

Changes made after this date may incur a term fee charge for Instrumental Music.

Key dates for Term 3
Key dates for Term 3 were distributed via email during the final week of the holidays.  May I ask that you note the following dates in your diaries as ‘set’ for the coming term:

Term 3
8 3 September 2020 Music Finale Gala Concert (may be moved)
10 14 September Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
10 14 – 18 September 2020 Ensembles posted outside Music Office
10 18 September Instrumental Music Assessment Task 2 Due (Year 12 only)
Holidays 19 September

Entertainment Memberships
Entertainment Publications are no longer selling books, just digital memberships from 2020 onwards.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please access our membership portal through the links below.  There are a number of great offers available focussing on supporting local and small businesses through this challenging period.

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.  We are glad to continue to be of service to you and your son as we navigate this challenging time together.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

*Value displayed is an example of potential savings within the Membership only and is subject to available offers at any one time. The redemption examples show how a Member could redeem the cost of the Single City Membership in one day.

^The additional $10 and $20 per Membership sale during the current promotional period 12am 14 August 2020 – 11:59pm 13 September 2020 AEST will be paid to the relevant Entertainment fundraising group as per the standard payment terms within the corresponding quarter.

*All member offers are subject to terms and conditions. Check individual offers on the Entertainment Membership App or for more information. For all dining offers, it is optional for participating businesses to accept your Entertainment Memberships on all official Australian and New Zealand public holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. © 2020 Entertainment Publications of Australia Pty Ltd.


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Parent Information

Last days to order your school photos!
All orders MUST be in before Monday 7 September to avoid the late fee of $9.

Please note that Silver Rose never place student images online to view before purchase due to security reasons. If you are not happy with the image provided Silver Rose will refund upon return of the photos.

Click here for ordering instructions.

Lost Property from Villanova Park
Any uniform or personal items left at Villanova Park are collected after training and initially stored in the Lost Property container in the Medics Room at Villanova Park (the old change rooms). At the conclusion of Saturday sport each week, all lost property is returned to Student Services at the College. Students who have misplaced items have the opportunity to check the container in the Medics Room at their subsequent training or on match day, or check in at Student Services the following week. We hope this clarifies the process for parents. As always, please name everything to assist the return of lost items.

Vacation Care Program – Helping Hands
Villanova Helping Hands is open for Vacation Care! We have exciting themes, excursions and incursions planned – see the Vacation Care program by clicking here.

We are open this Friday for the pupil free day. The theme is ‘Minute to win it’.  If you are enrolled, bookings can be made via iParent:
If you aren’t enrolled, please register and then follow the steps after registration:

Tuckshop Roster (Monday 7 September – Friday 11 September)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.


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