Principal's Welcome

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope all our families and students had an opportunity for some quality family time and rest during the September break.

Recently the Catholic Bishops released Social Justice Statement 2019-2020, “Making it Real: Genuine human encounter in our digital world.”  The statement affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements of our digital world that may be harmful. These include information overload; social isolation; marginalisation of the vulnerable; consumerism and fake news.

Pope Francis is calling us to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’ and to ensure it is a place of genuine human encounter. We all have a role in making this new digital world one where hatred and divisions are rejected, and our love of God and neighbour is fostered always.

STUDENT LEADERS – 2020
I am delighted to announce that the following students have been appointed as the Student Leadership Executive Team for 2020.

College Captain Elect: Max McCaul
College Vice Captain Elect: Tadgh O’Neill
Student Council President Elect: Murphy Woodger

YEAR 12, 2019
Our Year 12 students begin the final term of their secondary education. As expected, they are excited, and I suspect a little anxious about the future and leaving the College for the final time in six weeks.  Many of the students have already counted how many days of school they have left and will eagerly tell you as they walk pass in the school yard.

It is at these times that the enthusiasm of youth needs to be tempered with the wisdom of age. As we all know if the senior students focus solely on the finishing date, they will miss all the fun and excitement each day will bring this term. We want our senior students to finish their time at the College in the best possible manner. Finishing well means they have maintained high standards in dress, behaviour and especially their studies.  This term’s results do count and are extremely important to their exit results so there is no place for complacency during the next six weeks.

BACK TO WORK
It is great to be back at the College and to once again be a part of this vibrant community. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away and the opportunity to study, reflect, relax and have time to pursue some personal interests.

Studying at the London Business School I was one of 35 participants from across the world. Eighteen nationalities were represented in the group. Despite many cultural differences there was a common desire amongst all participants to live a purposeful and good life and to balance the demands of a busy work environment with family demands.

We also welcome back from leave Mrs Mylan Warren and Mr Brian Morrow. Mr Tass Sakellariou, College Psychologist will be returning next week.

AFAS IMMERSION – PHILIPPINES 2019
During the September holidays twenty-four students accompanied by Mr Tony Hindmarsh, Mrs Juanita Jacobs, Mrs Theresa Henry, Ms Amanda Waterson and Fathers Saldie Resolado and Peter Wieneke travelled to the Philippines to support Augustinian communities. Through the generosity of our community these young men and women were able to provide financial support, friendship and physical labour to communities who have very little. Many of the projects undertaken required hard physical labour and our students jumped wholeheartedly into each challenge.

PRAYERS
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the Feltoe family on the recent death of Mrs Berenice Feltoe, mother-in-law of Pauline and grandmother of Michael (’09).  Berenice passed away on  October 4 aged 95 years.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen

We congratulate Mr Kane Corby and his wife Liesel on the recent birth of their second child, Isla born on October 4.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Teaching and Learning

TERM 4
It is amazing how quickly the September break comes and go. I am not sure if it is as a result of time moving quicker during holidays (or so it seems) or the anticipation of what the final term has in store for students and teachers at Villanova College.

YEAR 12
We wish our Year 12 cohort the very best in their academic endeavours as they complete their last term at the College. In speaking with your sons, please emphasise the need to continue working right up until the end of the term; there is still the opportunity to improve their position on subject rank orders, which could ultimately see an improvement in their OP. We are eagerly awaiting the QCS results and to see the positive impact that this could have on the OP results of all our Year 12 students.

YEAR 11
A large number of Year 11 subjects have now commenced work on Unit 3 in the Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. The majority of the young men in this cohort have acquitted themselves well and have received excellent results across Units 1 and 2. As the students are aware, Unit 3 (and Unit 4) work and results are critical to a student’s ATAR. Messages supporting this have been delivered to the students and teachers will continue to emphasise that there is no substitution for hard work and application.

Key messages have been communicated to all students and parents at various times over the past 12 to 18 months, however, it is worth emphasising a number of these as we commence Unit 3:

  • Students must be prepared to work through to the end of terms. Examination periods will not necessarily be held at the end of terms. Parents should be aware of this if they are planning holidays. There are valid reasons for assessment being re-scheduled (i.e. illness), however, holidays are not one of these.
  • I would direct parents and students to the Student Café and Parent Lounge where they will find the Year 10 – Year 12 Assessment Guidelines. All information relating to teaching and learning in the new SATE system is contained in this document. I would highlight the section on academic integrity. For students and parents wanting greater clarification in this area, please visit – https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/academic-integrity-for-students.html
  • An academic calendar for all Unit 3 and 4 assessment and other important events will be made available next week so that students can plan well in advance.
  • The QCAA is currently finalising the external examinations timetable (for November 2020). We hope to be able to distribute this soon.
  • Unit 2 reports will be finalised later this term and made available through Parent Lounge.

SUBJECT SELECTION
Subject selection for 2020 was finalised in the last week of Term 3. The vast majority of our students normally are successful in the choice of their subjects; however, we do have a small number of students, through odd combinations of subjects or timetabling clashes, who do not receive all their choices. The Curriculum Office will be in touch with these students over the coming weeks to discuss options for their academic courses for 2020.

NAPLAN ONLINE
On Wednesday this week, all Year 5, Year 6 and Year 8 students successfully completed a series of online tests that assisted the College in testing its IT infrastructure ready for NAPLAN 2020. Apart from a couple of minor issues with students logging on to the system, the College is ready to move from the paper version of NAPLAN to the online format. I thank the teachers and students for their willingness to participate in this event and we look forward to the move in 2020.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

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Head of Junior School

There was something very special about being back in the Junior School precinct today.  Speaking to your sons about having our best finish to the year, I could see excitement and hope in their eyes.  The first week of Term Four is exhilarating.  Learning and building skill sets is still our focus, but this is the ideal time to showcase organisation and helpfulness around the classrooms and playgrounds.  Wisdom comes into play over the next eight weeks.  Making wise decisions and choices.  Bringing out the best in each other.

Our Junior School Disco is on tomorrow evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Goold Hall.  Local parish schools have been invited and all Year 5 and Year 6 students are welcome to attend.  The evening is an opportunity for our boys to be hosts and to welcome and provide a fun experience for our guests.  With a DJ providing the music and lights, Goold Hall will be transformed into a mix of Saturday Night Fever and Footloose (showing my age here – and really that’s because my wife keeps playing those movies/songs at home).  $10 will get each student entry, a packet of chips and a drink – with many more items for sale.  Mrs Mascadri has blown the budget on every neon flashing device ever invented.  These splashes of colour will range from $3 to $10.

It is fair to say that there will be varying levels of comfort for the boys in terms of whether to attend the disco or not.  Let me be crystal clear – it’s about good old-fashioned fun.  It is a chance to see friends from the boys’ previous school amidst lights and music.  This dance provides another alternative for the boys to shine their talents in terms of rhythm and knowing song lyrics.  My dance moves are refined but heavily fall under “Dad steps”.  Experience tells me that I have the following mastered:

  1. The Step and Clap – feet together and clap – and repeat. Sometimes I even change my direction to mix things up.
  2. The Hallelujah – hands up – and for the chorus I can even pretend to push the ceiling up.
  3. The “Something is Down the Back of my Shirt” – just wriggle like you need an ice cube to fall from your shoulders to the floor.
  4. The Shaking Head – sometimes this includes shoulders too – really this move fits in with trying to hear someone else speak whilst the song is playing.
  5. The Tilted Spin – turning with arms out (maybe a click or two with the fingers) – always a great move to see where other people are in the room.

What helps everyone feel comfortable?  The lights are dimmed so nobody can really see if you can keep the beat.  We have staff and teachers circulating at all times – and if they are dancing then you are always going to enjoy witnessing that for years to come.  There is fresh air available just out the front of the Goold Hall canteen when you need a break.  What do you wear?  Whatever is comfortable – closed in shoes is a must for preserving your toes.  T-shirt and shorts are perfect – and if you want to dress up a little more with a collar, bow tie or trousers then that’s fine too.  Feeling good is going to ensure your dance moves are a little smoother.  A “coat check” is available – this means you can hand over your phone/wallet/bag and just put a ticket in your pocket – that way you don’t have to mind your things while in Goold Hall.

Of course, there is the option to ask a girl to dance.  The best advice I ever heard was from Mr McLauchlan in the Sports Department.  He said, “Walk up, smile, introduce yourself and ask, “Would you like to dance?”.  If she says yes, then fantastic – just stand opposite and keep your moves simple.  Say thank you at the end of the song.  If she says no, that’s ok – give her a compliment about her hair, her clothes and tell her to have a great night.  As you walk away, chances are she will be thinking what a shame she missed the chance to hang out with someone so sweet.”  Truer words never spoken.

Being a host is a privilege and there is nothing better than hearing back from the community that night or the next week about the manners and behaviour of our fine young Villanovans.  As a parent, I know how precious it is to hear the excitement and stories in the car on the way home.  It takes us back to our own childhoods and we know how this rite of passage is still important today for this generation to experience.  I am looking forward to seeing you all Friday night gentlemen!

Mr Stephen Rouliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

This term, we continue our series of podcasts where we’ll discuss a range of issues relevant to our adolescent boys.

Episode 11 – “Hearing the Student Voice” with Tom Price and Cameron Wallace

Click on the image to begin listening.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

FINISHING WELL
Welcome back for the fourth and final term of the academic year. I trust that all Senior School students and their families were able to spend quality time together and all are refreshed and ready to finish the year extremely well. I know that my time at Kingscliff gave me the impetus to relax and enable me to do plenty of reading.

This fourth term always is punctuated with a series of ‘last ever moments’, especially for our Year 12 students. For our seniors, this short sprint to the finish of their Villanova journey should certainly be savoured. The key message that was emphasised in this week’s Form Meeting was the reality that graduation is still six weeks away and there is still work to be completed which most certainly contributes towards their final results. Furthermore, the way in which our Year 12 students conduct themselves in these final weeks should reflect the gentlemanly values that have been instilled in them throughout their eight years at the College.

Year 11 students will commence Unit 3 work during this final term which certainly should focus their energy and attention towards their academic endeavours as they strive for success in the new QCE and ATAR calculations in their senior year. A collective spirit of solidarity and collaboration will be the foundation blocks of outstanding cohort achievement.

Our Year 10 students should also be ensuring that they complete their preparatory courses with purpose to enable them to move into Unit 1 next year with confidence and momentum.

Overall, the central aim of this week must be settling back into the routine of focused academic study both in the classroom and at home. I look forward to affirming the academic success within the senior school at our Celebration of Excellence evening in Week 4 of this term.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP
Yesterday, the Year 11 cohort voted to select the Student Leadership Executive Team for 2020. I congratulate the following students on their appointment:

College Captain Elect:  Max McCaul
College Vice Captain Elect: Tadgh O’Neill
Student Council President Elect: Murphy Woodger

These students will be well supported by the rest of the Student Leadership Team (selected next week) and the senior body. As part of Max’s candidacy speech, he spoke of the following leadership vision:

My vision for 2020 is one of unity and respect for both peers and teachers within the College, to ensure every boy feels safe and enjoys putting on the uniform and coming to school every day. Next year as you know is the first year of ATAR and to ensure every boy can reach their academic goals these qualities need to become second nature to us.

HOLIDAY READING
As stated earlier, I was blessed to have the opportunity over the holidays to read two thought-provoking books- Talking to Strangers by one of my favourite authors Malcolm Gladwell and Grit by renown psychologist Angela Duckworth. Coupled with listening to his podcast Revisionist History which focuses upon the overlooked and misunderstood events of human history, Gladwell’s writing exposes both the triumphs and tragedies of our humanity.

For the purpose of this editorial, I would like to share some of Duckworth’s commentary on the power and importance of grit within contemporary adolescence- especially given that our young men will require strength, resilience and optimism to face the challenges posed by a new system and environment of external examinations.

The following TED Talk provides a summary of her book and findings pertaining to student motivation and the currency of effort:

https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”- Peter F Drucker

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

WORK AND WELCOME
Every year we welcome a person of refugee background into our community under the Work and Welcome scheme. The scheme involves staff members giving up a few dollars each fortnight out of their salary in order to create enough funds to provide work for a recently arrived refugee. In this regard, Masoumeh started on Tuesday, and is currently assisting the Tolle Lege Library staff. Originally from Afghanistan, Masoumeh (18) hopes to be able to gain full-time work after her contract at Villanova. I would like to make special mention of Cristina Palacios who has taken Masoumeh under her wing in the Library, and helped her to deal with the pace of new experiences she is encountering.

Last year’s work and welcome placement, Eric Mugenga, is now working part-time as a permanent member of the Ambrose Treacy College Grounds and Maintenance Team.

AFAS EXCHANGE
The Exchange staff and students have come back brimming with enthusiasm to share their experiences and report first hand on the significance of the projects funded and undertaken by AFAS. College Vice-Captain, Will Barwick, shared with staff how struck he was by the powerful impact of AFAS in the communities visited. Isaac Langford (Year 10) added that it is the gift of our presence which is just as important as the practical and financial support.

The whole cycle of preparing for the AFAS Exchange begins with Mission Week each year (the week of 23 May, the Feast of St Rita). Every cent raised exerts a powerful leverage in a country where wages are much lower – as Reece Jansen, Ministry Captain, reminded us at the same staff meeting. On top of this, the solidarity shown, for example by walking the extra mile on Mission Day, is precisely the quality which ensures a very warm welcome for our students when the exchange occurs. It is the privilege of these students and staff to bring back to all of us a rich blessing which goes way beyond what can be bought in our culture.

Special thanks are due to staff members Juanita Jacobs, Theresa Henry, Amanda Waterson, Fr Peter Wieneke, and Fr Saldie Resolado, who gave up their holiday to accompany the boys in a deep immersion into Filipino culture. What can be said of the Exchange leader, Mr Tony Hindmarsh? He is a force of nature who paves the way for an experience of encounter and service which is life-changing.

SUSTAINABILITY: “BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD.” (GANDHI)
A team of older students, led by our YCS and Ministry teams, has taken the brave step of introducing a bottle and can recycling scheme this year. This one step creates a large amount of ongoing work and commitment; it is very hard to change the habits of boys (in Middle and Senior School) and get them to put the right things in the right bins. This means other people have to clear the clearly marked bottle bins up every day, e.g. tipping out yoghurt pots and other disgusting food waste. This work is hard and unrewarding, but it is good work, and it shows that we are determined to create a clean planet at Villanova. (One thing you never see in the Philippines is food waste!)

My own view regarding students attending climate change protests is that they have opportunities every single day at the College to change the climate of our campus. Such action would earn the right to tread a larger stage. Each person in Australia creates 53kg of plastic waste a year. Putting bottles in the right bin is a very simple way to make a difference. If a student wants to influence others, join the team of students who work hard every day to assist with our recycling and sustainability initiatives. Or speak to your friends and peers: show them how to use the bins with courtesy, gratitude and respect.

It just so happens that doing the right thing also brings very real cash incentives. Emptying the large wire bottle bin brings about $600 each time. Listening to student suggestions, Student Council have invested in 200 new Villanova handballs. Some will be used as prizes and most made available for purchase so as to generate an income stream for more student initiatives.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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AFAS Exchange

After over 12 months of planning, 31 staff and students departed for the 2019 AFAS Exchange at the end of last term, 27 years after the first Exchange in 1993.

To say the Exchange was an amazing experience for all is an understatement. All boys excelled themselves and exceeded our expectations as they extended the hand of friendship and solidarity to our fellow Filipino Augustinian friends. Whether it was by assisting in the construction of a wash and sanitation hygiene centre (drinking and hand washing taps at I. Makilan Elementary School), assisting with the construction of new classrooms, digging the hole for the septic tank at Divine Love or performing our Filipino dance, all boys put in 100%.

There were numerous great moments, many of which were in the ‘Villa Pride’ category and we truly did live out the Villa spirit. The Augustinian spirit was also very much alive as we shared meals, played games, sang and danced together, as well as interacting with each other.

A big “thank you” to the Villanova Community; you have made a difference in the lives of our Filipino friends.

Please see below how each community has been assisted:

Divino Amore Academy-Talisay City-Cebu Colegio San Augustin-Bacolod La Consolacion College-Murcia
*Academic  Scholarships

Gina Canopin, Elyza Dorimon, Raquel Alforque, Krystal Bolo, Sam Rabado, Cherry Mae Plagtiosa, Nicholas Bastatas, Eliza Maneja, Larence Serillano

*Project – Assist with construction of new classrooms

*Donation towards feeding program(for those who come to school without food) – Villa Hospitality and AFAS

*Donation towards purchase of music and sports equipment – Villa Visions and AFAS

*Donation towards a scholar’s transport expenses

* Donation toward the College’s accreditation

*Donation towards construction of new classrooms

*Scholars food parcels

*Academic  Scholarships 

Reyanne Magbanua, Cheza Mae Villanueva, Alfred Alegia, Khaye Sharlene Isidro

*Project assisting in the construction of Wash and Sanity Hygiene centre (drinking and hand washing taps at at I. Makilan Elementary School

*Donation by YAYM/AFAS to assist in Alternative Learning System-(night school for those who didn’t get the chance to finish their education

*Donation of two weeks wages for mother to stay at home with her child to get him ready for cleft palate surgery (cost of surgery donated by AFAS in 2017)

*Donation to scholar’s family to assist purchase household goods after house destroyed by fire

*Scholars food parcels

*Academic  Scholarships 

Archie A Canonicato, Richie C Rico, Nicole A. Rico, Louige V Segurolga

*Project – Donation for new Pre-school and building maintenance in outreach area

*Donation towards feeding program for children in outreach area

*Donation towards a “Family Health program”

* Donation toward the College’s accreditation

*purchase of four pedestal fans for staffroom

*Scholars food parcels

OTHER DONATIONS

  • Basilica Foundation
  • Kan-anan ni Nino Basilica/SNAF street kids program (private donation)
  • Missionaries of the Poor – Orphanage for the elderly (towards medical expenses-private donation)
  • Missionaries of Charity – Orphanage for the children and elderly (towards medical expenses – two private donations)

– donation towards Jasper and Gwen’s medical expenses
– recreational goods
– food parcel for community

  • Silay Outreach Community – establishment of Co-Operative
  • Hygiene Packs – boys in My Home Foundation
  • Hygiene Packs – Basilica Foundation participants
  • Hygiene Packs – Basilica/SNAF street kids
  • Hygiene Packs – Welcome Home Foundation

Some participants comments:

  • “Words cannot describe how much the 2019 AFAS Exchange has impacted upon my attitude and way of thinking towards life”
  • “My favourite parts were interacting with the people we were helping, especially my chaperone and her friends”
  • “Although there were challenges when seeing how some of the Filipinos lived, the joy that came when seeing their smiles made this one of the most rewarding experiences”
  • “The Exchange was bitter-sweet! It was enjoyable meeting people especially as they were all so loving and welcoming, but it was heartbreaking to see the conditions that some of them lived in”

 2018 AFAS ELDERS PROJECT – KINATARCAN ISLAND – FINALLY COMPLETED
Whilst it has taken some time to complete due to labour shortage/weather and many other interruptions, the mat weaving facility was finally completed and opened on Sunday September 29.

Many thanks to all who donated towards making this project achievable.

2020 AFAS ELDERS EXCHANGE – KINATARCAN ISLAND
Planning is underway for the 2020 AFAS Elders Exchange to Kinatarcan Island. This exchange differs from the AFAS Exchange in that it is open to staff, parents and Villanova Old Boys (Elders) – no school age students are able to participate. The group visits Kinatarcan Island and undertakes a building/construction project which is totally funded by Villanova Old Boys. In 2016, the group constructed the drying hut (hot house) for the use of drying the moringa leaf and in 2018 a mat weaving facility was built for all the island community to use.

The Elders Exchange will take place during the first two weeks of the December school holidays and will cost $2500.

If you are interested in attending and would like more information or would like to enquire about donating towards the project, please email Tony Hindmarsh at – thindmarsh@vnc.qld.edu.au.

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Sport

As I write this column it is hard to believe that it is the first week back after vacation and we are on the ‘run home’ to Christmas. With only eight weeks remaining in the term, there is no doubt that it will be a busy term ahead.

Our swim program continues this week with the addition of the new 2020 students who have been invited and welcomed into our program. An official ‘welcome breakfast’ for all swimmers will be held this Friday at the College pool (not Langlands) at 7am. We are hoping all students from Year 5 – Year 12 will attend as well as those who will join our College in 2020.

The AIC Track and Field Championships will run over a two-day period on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October which is during Week 3 of this term. I encourage all squad members to keep up the efforts at training. I wish all athletes the very best as we prepare for our next AIC Track and Field meet held tomorrow afternoon/evening at UQ, St Lucia. Please read below more information pertaining to the Track and Field program.

The volleyball program continues this week with the open squad training on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3.15pm -5.00pm. The College has also entered a Year 7 and Year 8 team into the Queensland Volleyball Schools Cup which will be played over a three-day period commencing next Friday. Best wishes go to all these teams!

Villanova’s ‘Emerging Cricket Talent Squad’ resumes their cricket training program this week and by all reports our coaches are very happy with the start and attitude given by all players.

The rugby squads will commence their strength and conditioning programs next week followed by the field sessions being introduced later in the term. The football squad will commence their training towards the end of term. More information regarding the football squad will be given in the weeks to come.

As from 2020, AFL and rugby league will continue to be offered to all Villanova students from Year 5 – Year 12 as part of the AIC Sports Competition. 2020 will be the second year of the two-year trial period for these sports, after which a review of these new sports will be held, and a decision will then be made with regard to their long-term future.

During Week 5 of this term we will commence all cricket, AFL and volleyball trials in the hope to get all teams selected before we break for Christmas. After the trial week we have organised a number of important internal and external trial games to further assist our coaches with team selections. Please see below for important dates.

A sign-on form will be made available to all students next week who wish to participate in the 2020 Term 1 AIC sporting program. Please see below for further information.

As always, we encourage all students to get involved in the sports program and to enjoy the experience along the way.

VILLANOVA TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
The abovementioned championship will take place this weekend on Saturday 12 October at the Morningside Tennis Centre. All players who have nominated must be present at 7.30am. A series of round robins will take place before the semi and grand finals. More information will be posted on the web today.

 AIC AFL (now open to all students from Year  5 – Year 12)

In Term 1 2020, AFL will be offered to all students from Year  5 – Year 12. As from Term 1 2020 the following AFL teams will be on offer:

  • Year 5 and Year 6: Two teams in each year level (A and B). Games will be played Saturday morning throughout Term 1. Year 5 and Year 6 students can choose to play cricket or AFL but not both.
  • Year 7: Only one team will be entered in the competition. These games will take place on Saturday morning during Term 1. Year 7 boys can choose to play AFL or cricket or volleyball as they are all played on Saturday.
  • Year 8 and Year 9: Only one combined Year 8 and Year 9 team will be offered. This game will be played on Friday afternoons/evenings. Year 8 and Year 9 students can play AFL and cricket or volleyball as these two sports are played on Saturday.
  • Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12: Only one combined Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 team will be offered. This game will be played on Friday afternoons/evenings. Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students can play AFL and cricket or volleyball as these two sports are played on Saturday.

2020 VILLANOVA CRICKET, AFL, SWIMMING AND VOLLEYBALL SIGN ON AND TRIALS
All students from Year 5 – Year 12 who are interested in representing Villanova in AIC cricket (Year 5 – Year 12), AFL (Year 5 – Year 12) and volleyball (Year 7 – Year 12 only) in 2020 must complete an ‘AIC Sport Sign-On Form’. These forms will be available to all students from Year 5 – Year 11 next week through their Pastoral classes. Students entering the College in 2020 have been sent the sign-on information during the September holidays.

Please note:

  • All students from Year 5 – Year 12 will play in the AIC Sport Competition
  • All cricket, AFL and volleyball teams will be selected in year levels in 2020 not in age groups. Therefore, boys in Year 8 will play in the 8A-D teams (not the 13A-D teams)
  • Students must attend all trials as listed below to gain selection. Failure to attend trials will affect team positioning
  • Cricket is open to all students in Year 5 – Year 12
  • AFL is open to all students in Year 5 – Year 12
  • Volleyball is open to students in Year 7 – 12 (2020) only

Date Claimers

  • AFL and cricket trials for students entering Year 6 in 2020 will take place during school time on Friday afternoons throughout Term 4
  • Trials for Year 7 – Year 12 students (2020) will commence on the week beginning Monday 4 November (Week 5) as per schedule below
  • Further Internal cricket games/trials will be held on Sunday 10 November for all teams from Year 7 – Year 12 (2020)
  • Further Internal volleyball/AFL trials will be held on Saturday 9 November for all teams from Year 7 – Year 12 (2020)
  • Volleyball trial matches against Iona will be held on 16 November
  • Volleyball trial matches against SLC will be held on 23 November
  • All specific times and venues TBA

INITIAL AFL, CRICKET AND VOLLEYBALL TRIAL SCHEDULE – WEEK 5

  Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6   November Thursday 7   November
6:30am – 8.00am Cricket

Year 11 and Year 12 at Little Langlands

Volleyball

Year 11 and Year 12 in Goold Hall

Cricket

Year 10 at Little Langlands

Volleyball

Year 10 in Goold Hall

Cricket

Year 9 at Little Langlands

Volleyball

Year 9 in Goold Hall

Volleyball

Year 11 and Year 12 in Goold Hall

3.30pm – 5.00pm Cricket

Year 7 at Little Langlands

Volleyball

Year 7 in Goold Hall

AFL

Year 7 trials at Coorparoo JAFC

AFL

Year 8 and Year 9 at Coorparoo JAFC

Cricket

Year 8 at Little Langlands

Volleyball

Year 8 in Goold Hall

AFL

Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 at Coorparoo JAFC

Note – Further AFL, volleyball and cricket trials will be held on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, as listed in the information (date claimers) above. All players must attend both the trial held during the week and weekend to be selected. Specific times and venues for these trials held on the weekend will be given at a later stage.

 ZONE CRICKET
 The Zone cricket competition begins this Saturday and Villanova has entered 15 teams in the competition. It is encouraging to see so many students wanting to develop their cricket before the AIC season kicks off early next year. This pre-Christmas competition will only benefit the cricket program and have a positive impact on all players. A massive thank you needs to go out to Jeff Ilka and Ross Whitby for their work behind the scenes, as well as the team coaches for getting the season up and running. The organising of team lists, fields and attending meetings to go into bat for the Villanova Cricket Club has taken up a lot of their time.

All team lists are available on the College web site. If you have not been in contact with your team manager, could you please do so before Round 1 starts this Saturday to provide contact details. The draws for all teams are available on either the EDJCA or BEARS cricket websites.

In case of bad weather, parents are to contact the team manager. Notices for zone cricket will not be placed on the College App.

VILLANOVA SWIMMING
Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator

 The swimming preseason is underway with a reasonable group of 10 – 30 swimmers in the pool each morning.  We will certainly be looking at building on those numbers as quickly as possible in preparation for the season.  It is important that swimmers begin training as early as possible, so they have the fitness and technique behind them to swim strongly at the AIC Swimming Championships in 2020.  If there are any problems with attending training, please email Mrs Jacobs and discuss these concerns jjacobs@vnc.edu.au  We encourage all swimmers to be present on Friday mornings each week, so that we can unite as a team and build success together.

Training session times are below:

SESSION TIMES
Day Students in Year 5 – Year 8 in 2020 Students in Year 9 – Year 12 in 2020
Monday 6.30am – 8.00am
Tuesday 7.00am – 8.00am
Wednesday 6.30am – 8.00am
Thursday 7.00am – 8.00am
Friday 6.30am – 8.00am 6.30am – 8.00am

It is important that students are present at the pool at least 10 minutes prior to start time.

Welcome Breakfast:  Tomorrow, is a welcome breakfast for all swimmers including the new students who will enter the College in 2020. This will replace the normal swim session. The breakfast will begin at 7am at the Villanova College Pool.  

AIC WATER POLO
Villanova will enter the maximum number of three teams in the AIC Water Polo Competition in Term 4. This year water polo will be played over a one-day tournament format at Sommerville House on Sunday 27 October.  The divisions will be a Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and Open teams.

The Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 games will be played in the morning and the opens in the afternoon. There will be modified playing times and no use of possession shot clocks. Water Polo Queensland will be assisting on the day.

At this stage all teams are full, and nominations are now closed. Further information will be given to all players closer to the tournament date.

Players must wear the Villanova swim togs and the Villanova PE uniform to and from all games.

BEN MOWEN AND ANDREW SLACK SQUADS
Both the ‘Andrew Slack’ and ‘Ben Mowen’ rugby squads will commence their pre-season strength and conditioning program next week as per the times outlined in the information package. The boys and coaches are all keen and eager to further develop themselves. I believe the hard work put in now will pay dividends later in the regular season. This is a great opportunity for all squad members, we encourage all boys to take up the challenge and push themselves to achieve greatness throughout the season.

The second of the two nutritional seminars will run next Wednesday morning in H3 commencing at 7am, and boys are to be present at 6.50am please. Parents can expect an email within the week containing the information discussed within these seminars as well as a specially prepared food guide booklet. If boys are to benefit from better nutrition, their parents must know what to buy and help prepare.

AIC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
The annual AIC Golf Championship will be contested on Monday 28 October at the Indooroopilly Golf Course.  We are currently seeking nominations from students in Year 7 – Year 12 who have a current AGU Handicap and Golf Link Number. Each College must submit a team consisting of five players. These players will be escorted by a staff member on the day of competition. Transport to and from the venue will be arranged by the College. All interested students are asked to see Mr Stariha to register. The final team will be selected based on handicaps. Nominations are due by next Tuesday 15 October.

AIC TRACK AND FIELD – TRAINING AND MEET IN TERM 4
Only two weeks of training to go before the AIC Championships

Villanova’s Track and Field program will continue this term with training held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon together with two AIC Track and Field Meets as listed below.

We require all boys to fully commit to the Track and Field program. Note that there are only two weeks of training before the AIC Championships, which are held in Week 3.

Buses are organised to transport boys to and from each training sessions as per normal returning at approx. 5.40pm. Buses will also transport students to and from the AIC Meets.

Date Claimers

Friday 11 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ
Tuesday 15 October – Training at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.15pm
Thursday 17 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ
Tuesday 22 October – Training at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.15pm
Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October – AIC Track and Field Championships at QSAC

AIC Track and Field Championships
The abovementioned championships will take place over a two-day period on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October.

The official team and all information pertaining to the Championships including event times, bus departure times etc. will be given to all squad members next Friday 18 October, the day after the final AIC Track and Field Meet held at UQ. We hope all boys continue to attend all remaining training sessions as well as the two final AIC Track and Field Meets and be able to post good times, distances and heights to push for selection into the Villanova Track and Field Team. We wish all athletes the very best in the final stages of their preparation.

Track and Field – AIC Invitational Meet
Please see details below for the next AIC Track and Field Meet to be held tomorrow

Date:  Friday October 11
Venue:  UQ, St Lucia

Year 5 and Year 6 students – bus departs Villanova at 2pm, returning at approx. 5.30pm
Year 7 to Open students – bus depart Villanova at 3.10pm, returning at approx. 8.15pm

Parents are welcome to pick up their son from the venue.

SCHEDULE OF TRACK EVENTS FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 UQ

TIME EVENT
3.00pm Hurdles Years 5 & 6
3.20pm 200m Years 5 & 6
4.00pm 100m Years 5 & 6
4.30pm 800m Years 5 & 6
4.45pm Relays Years 5 – Open
5:05pm 12 Years to Open Hurdles
5.25pm 800m
5.45pm 100m
6.40pm 400m
7.05pm 200m

SCHEDULE OF FIELD EVENTS FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 UQ

TIME EVENT AGE GROUP
 

3.00pm

SHOT PUT

HIGH JUMP

LONG JUMP

YEAR 5

YEAR 6

YEAR 5

 

3.45pm

LONG JUMP

SHOT PUT

HIGH JUMP

YEAR 6

YEAR 6

YEAR 5

 

 

4:30 pm

HIGH JUMP

TRIPLE JUMP

LONG JUMP

SHOT PUT 2

SHOT PUT 1

DISCUS

JAVELIN

13 YRS

14 & 15 YRS

16 YRS & OPEN

16 YRS & OPEN

12 YRS

13 YRS

14 & 15 YRS

 

 

5:20 pm

HIGH JUMP

TRIPLE JUMP

JAVELIN

DISCUS

LONG JUMP

SHOT PUT 1

SHOT PUT 2

12 YRS

16 YRS & OPEN

13 YRS

12 YRS

15 YRS

15 YRS

14 YRS

 

 

6:10 pm

SHOT PUT

LONG JUMP

HIGH JUMP

HIGH JUMP

DISCUS

JAVELIN

13 YRS

12 & 13 YRS

14 YRS

15 YRS

14 & 15 YRS

16 YEARS & OPEN

 

 

7:00 pm

TRIPLE JUMP

JAVELIN

LONG JUMP

DISCUS

HIGH JUMP

12 & 13 YRS

12 YRS

14 YRS

16 YRS & OPEN

16 YRS & OPEN

BASKETBALL REPORT – QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS CUP
Mr Sean O’Neill – AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

During the Term 3 holiday break the First V basketball team competed in the Queensland Schools Basketball Championship. Fresh on the back of their undefeated First V AIC Premiership, the boys were competing in Division 2 against schools from all over Queensland in a very tough competition. After finishing second in their pool games, the boys rallied hard and ended up making the bronze medal play-off game which they were able to win comfortably 74 – 54 against St Stephen’s from the Gold Coast. This has meant that next year we will be competing in the Championship Division with the top 16 schools in the state which will be a fantastic opportunity to compete against the best. A huge thanks to the Year 12’s who played their last game for the Wildcat’s Basketball Program and helped to propel us into the top league.

 REPRESENTATIVE SPORT
Well done to Alex John and Josh Civitarese who both recently competed at the Canadian Taekwondo Open.  It is with great pride that we report that both boys competed extremely well. Alex made it all the way through to the semi-finals in the 55kg division. He was defeated by the number one seed from USA and eventual gold medallist, who is also ranked third globally.  Alex secured a bronze medal.

Josh Civitarese competed in the under 59kg division. He won his first fight by defeating a Canadian opponent 31 – 11 to make it to the quarter finals. In the quarter final Josh was narrowly defeated by another Canadian athlete who was the eventual silver medallist.

Pictured above – Alex John receiving his bronze medal

Pictured above Josh Civitarese (left) and Alex John (right) at the Canadian Open

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

 

 

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Music

REHEARSALS AND LESSONS TERM 4
For the current period, please ensure your son attends his regular ensemble rehearsal (Term 3 groups).  Information regarding ensemble directors, rehearsal schedule, and movement to 2020 ensembles will be distributed shortly.  Until that time, please maintain the status quo.

Ensemble lists for all bands and string orchestras for 2020 have been posted outside the Music Office.  I encourage your son to come down and take a look at the groups so that they are prepped and ready for the new change when it occurs.

All timetables for Term 4 are now posted on the notice-board inside the Music Office foyer.  Lessons will be continuing through until the second-last week of term; some teachers may be teaching early in the final week.  Please contact your son’s instrumental teacher now if he is departing school earlier in the term so that adjustments can be made to the timetable.

SHEP QUEENSLAND – 3 – 6 OCTOBER
Over the final week and weekend of our recent holiday period, we had a number of students attend the State Honours Ensemble Program at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.  Hosted by Open Conservatorium, SHEP affords the opportunity for students from across Queensland to come together and commune, preparing music for performance in the Conservatorium Theatre through a series of intensive workshops.  There were 12 students from Villanova who were granted the opportunity to participate in this event.

The feedback we have received from students, families, and the Conservatorium was that this was a great experience.  I would like to commend the efforts of our students and their families and teachers in supporting their musical development.  We will be recognising these students at an assembly a little later this term.

LIVE AND WIRED FESTIVAL
This year our Big Band and Irish Ensemble 1 will be performing at the Live and Wired Festival, hosted by Loreto College.  Information relating to this performance opportunity has been distributed via email to parents and students of those ensembles.  If you have not received this information, please contact the Music Office.

A poster for this event has been included with this week’s Villa View.  It is always a pleasant afternoon of music, showcasing some of the finest school ensembles from around Brisbane.  There are food trucks and refreshments available at the event and a concurrent art show will be held in the Mary Ward Centre.  Bring your picnic blanket or beach chair and enjoy a great afternoon of music – music starts at 3pm and runs through until approximately 7pm.

STRINGS AND CHOIRS IN THE CATHEDRAL
As per tradition, our string and choral program will be celebrating their year of music in St Stephen’s Cathedral on Sunday 27 October.  This event commences at 2.30pm and concludes with a shared afternoon tea on the Cathedral grounds from 4.30pm.

Information around rehearsals and arrival times on the afternoon has already been distributed.  Please remember that students are required for both afternoon sessions at the College on Tuesday 15 and Tuesday 22 October.  Schedules and arrival/ departure times for these sessions were emailed at the end of last term before the holidays.  Please ensure you check this information has arrived.

We are looking forward to another great afternoon of music and welcome our friends and family to come and join us in this important occasion in our calendar.

CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE
For the third consecutive year, Villanova College will be convening the Celebration of Excellence in the QPAC Concert Hall on Monday 28 October.  We will have four ensembles involved in the formal program of events:  Symphonic Band, Sinfonia String Orchestra, Big Band and Irish Ensemble 1 and will have a handful of ensembles performing prior to the event in the foyers of the Performing Arts Complex.

Information around logistics for this event, along with arrival/departure times and transport arrangements for the event and rehearsal, will be distributed as soon as details have been confirmed.  We look forward to providing music for this important occasion in the College’s academic calendar.

MUSIC SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
The penultimate Music Support Group meeting will be convened in the Chapter Room, off the foyer of Hanrahan Theatre, on Monday 14 October (next Monday) at 7.30pm.  If you would like to learn a little more about the happenings in the music department and support this fantastic group that supports your son’s music experience, I strongly encourage you to attend.

DATE CLAIMERS
As is tradition, we look forward to the fantastic events we have planned in the near future:

Term 4
1 7 – 11 October All rehearsals commence – new ensembles
2 Monday 14 October Music Support Group meeting – 7.30pm
2 Sunday 20 October Live and Wired Festival – Loreto College
3 Sunday 27 October Strings and Choirs in the Cathedral – St Stephen’s Cathedral
4 Monday 28 October Celebration of Excellence – QPAC
4 Sunday 3 November Bands and Guitars at the Old Museum – Venue TBC
5 Monday 4 November Music Support Group AGM – 7:30pm
5 4 – 8 November Instrumental Music Assessment Task 3 Due
5 Fri day 8 November Senior Musicians’ Dinner
7 Tuesday 19 November Christmas Extravaganza
7 Wednesday 20 November All rehearsals conclude
7 Wednesday 20 November Loan instruments returned for servicing

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

P&F ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Parents and Friends Association is on Monday 14 October 2019, in Tolle Lege (Upper Library) at 6.00pm.

The Parents and Friends Association plays a vital role at Villanova, giving parents the opportunity to participate in the life of College in a variety of ways as well as raising funds to provide financial support for many of the initiatives being undertaken by the College.  The P&F has at its core the community aspect of College life and to accomplish this holds a number of functions throughout the year including the annual International Carnival, Mothers’ Night, year level functions and Mothers’ Weekends, to name just a few.  Next year will be no different with many functions being held by the P&F including the bi-annual Villanova Ball.

The current committee would like to invite all parents to become involved in the P&F:

  • If anyone has any interest in nominating for executive positions, please email the Secretary, Jacki Kerr – jke88542@bigpond.net.au – to lodge your nomination.  Executive positions are President, Vice President (2), Treasurer, Secretary and Class Rep Co-ordinator.
  • If you are interested in joining the committee, we urge you to attend the AGM and lend your support to the College.

We look forward to seeing you all at the AGM on October 14 where wine and cheese will be served.

TRIVIA NIGHT
Who will take honours at the 2019 P&F Trivia Night – will it be the Rockstars, the Winter Campers or another table of trivia aficionados? It’s not too late to purchase your tickets.  To book: https://www.trybooking.com/BFDGZ

2019 BOOK WEEK
Next Monday, 14 October, will see our Book Week commence for 2019 and the Tolle Lege Library is excited to present to our community a bookshop, an author-in-residence, and our Writers Festival.  The festival will culminate on Saturday, 19 October. John Larkin will present workshops throughout Week Two for our Junior and Middle School classes.

Over Friday afternoon/evening and Saturday, John will also run our Writers Festival. Students from Year 5 to Year 12 are welcome to register for this event which will cost $30. This will cover afternoon tea and dinner on Friday, and morning tea and lunch for Saturday. The Writers Festival flier and registration form are included in this Villa View.  Please complete the registration form, pay through Parent Lounge and ask your son to submit his form to the Tolle Lege Library by Thursday, 17 October.

Throughout the week and for the duration of the Festival the Tolle Lege Library will be transformed into a bookshop. We will be stocking books for the entire family supplied by Dymocks and The Book Warehouse.

Staff, students and parents are all welcome to browse from 7.30am to 4.30pm Monday – Thursday, Friday from 7.30am through to 8.00pm, and Saturday from 9.00am to 2.30pm.

Please contact the Tolle Lege Library on 3394 5531 if you require any further information. We look forward to seeing you next week!

2019 DERBY DAY FOR LADIES – EARLY BIRD TICKETS CLOSE TOMORROW
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets tomorrow to take advantage of the early bird price of $110.00. After Friday, the ticket price will be $120. Tickets are selling strongly so don’t miss out! The 6th Annual Derby Day for Ladies at Blackbird Bar and Grill on Saturday 2 November from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Click the image for further information and the ticketing link.

NON STATE SCHOOLS TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE SCHEME (NSSTAS)
Are you eligible? Please find information here for the Bus Fare Assistance Program and the Students with Disabilities (SWD) program under NSSTAS. Online applications for Student Travel Assistance, Semester 2, 2019 must be submitted by Thursday 31 October 2019.

TUCKSHOP
Tuckshop Price Increases: please note that from the beginning of Term 4 the price of sushi, hot dogs and finger buns will increase due to a rise  in wholesale prices.

The new prices will be:
Sushi                    $3.50
Hot Dogs             $3.00
Finger Buns        $1.50

Tuckshop Menu Price List – 2019

TUCKSHOP ROSTER

Monday 14 October
Gina Avolio
Anna Stines
Marnie Dalrymple
Melissa Young
Janet Rogers

Tuesday 15 October
Gerda O’Donnell
Marina Ryan
Sherry James
Mary-Anne Peralta
Ellen Greer
Ann O’Brien
Belinda Taylor
Robyn Dickie
Leanne Roulant
Eleni Diakos

Wednesday 16 October
Lily Fontana
Karen Blue
Katrina Theil
Connie Collins
Deb Griffiths
Anastasia Bailey
Angie Browne
Kylie Harris

Thursday 17 October
Michelle Boxall
Bernadette Perrier
Taryn Byrne
Louise Wilson
Lisa Kelly
Belinda McPherson
Flora Di Stasi
Michelle Thomson
Annetta Cayas
Mandy Tong
Jenny Kwok

Friday 18 October
Veronica Kennedy
Nikki Reid
Caroline Caffery
Sally Grigson
Nakeeta Sturgess
Natasha Dredge
Allan Greig
Michelle MacKenzie
Kelly Rigby

LIBRARY ROSTER

Tuesday 15 October
Melanie Pickering
Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 16 October
Maritsa Malanos

Friday 18 October
Donna Leahy

 

 

 

 

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Community News and Events

VILLANOVA MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE
The Middle School Dance will be held on Friday October 11 at Carindale PCYC from 6.00pm – 9.00pm.  Cost of entry will be $15 and invited schools will be required to provide student ID.

VILLANOVA JUNIOR SCHOOL DISCO
The Junior School Disco will be held on Friday 11 October from 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Goold Hall. Further details are available by clicking here.

LIVE WIRED AT LORETO COLLEGE
Loreto College extends an invitation to Villanova College families to join them for the 10th Annual Live Wired Music Festival on Sunday 20 October from 3.00pm – 7.00pm. Villanova College bands will be contributing to the line-up in what will be a great afternoon of jazz, soul and rock.

Further details by clicking the image.

PERSUASIVE ORAL SEMINAR
A Persuasive Oral Seminar for Years 10 – 11 students will run on Wednesday 6 November from 4.15pm to 7.00pm at St Joseph’s College (Terrace). For further information, click here.

PARABLES PODCAST
Why are the parables of Jesus so important and why do they still resonate today? The Parables Podcast is a new fortnightly se­ries featuring Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s insights and reflections on the parables of Jesus. In the first episode, he gives an overview of the parables, what they were and how they were used. You can listen to these podcast by subscribing to our channel “Archdiocese of Brisbane” on your preferred podcast app, or by downloading from the link : https://brisbanecatholic.org.au/articles/ep-1-introduction-to-the-parables/ and https://brisbanecatholic.org.au/articles/the-parables-podcasts-ep-7-the-great­banquet/ Over the past few months the five top parables, as voted for by parishioners on social media, will be covered by the Archbishop. This is the final episode.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENTS QUEENSLAND – FREE EVENT BRISBANE PARENT EVENING 
“Building positive wellbeing in young people” – Thursday 17 October, Mount Alvernia – 5.30pm – 8.00pm. Further details here.

AAFC 203 SQUADRON OPEN DAY
203Squadron AAFC is based at ACGS (Churchie) and is open to all students (from 13 to 17 years of age) from schools in the area. The Squadron is holding an Open Day on Saturday 19 October from 1.00 – 3.00pm. Further details by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

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