Principal's Welcome

We all get busy.  Sometimes I look at our young men and wonder how they cope.  My own school days seemed so uncluttered and simple in comparison.  In the midst of ‘busyness’ it is quite easy to lose sight of what is really important.  I look at my daughter, Charlotte, and my parents, reminding me that one of the great gifts small children and grandparents give us is that they have time to play and just ‘be’.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beautiful book The Little Prince tells us the story of a small boy, a fox and a rose; it is all about relationships.  We are often busy about things we really think are important – matters of consequence.  What is really important?  The Little Prince says,

I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman.  He has never smelled a flower.  He has never looked at a star.  He has never loved anyone.  He has never done anything in his life but add up figures.  And all day he says over and over, just like you: “I am busy with matters of consequence!”  And that makes him swell up with pride.  But he is not a man – he is a mushroom!”

Towards the end of the book, the fox (the Prince’s mate) leaves him with this wisdom:

And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.  Time spent with those we love or in becoming more who we are meant to be is never wasted.  Ultimately, that time is what really matters, it truly is a matter of consequence.  What is essential to life?  Love, courage, faith, trust, forgiveness and hope, perhaps all wrapped up in fun.

I am sure that many of our boys are tired and weary, some stumbling to get to the end of term!  Rest assured there are many staff feeling the same way. I wish our Villanova community a wonderful and safe break, allowing time to be spent with those we love.  Our thoughts and prayers go with the staff and students travelling to the Philippines on the AFAS exchange.

Young men may grow tired and weary,

Youths may stumble,

But those who hope in Yahweh renew their strength,

They put out wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary,

Walk and never tire!

Isaiah 40: 30-31

Mr Steven Bremner, Acting Principal

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Head of Junior School

There is a lot to be said for the atmosphere of the football season.  The cheering in my house last Saturday night for the West Coast Eagles, in extra time, to defeat Port Adelaide was brilliant.  My mum, Rach, is visiting from Perth.  I would like to let the residents of South East Queensland know that it was mostly her voice to be heard at the crazy hour of 11pm.  Then of course, we had the Cowboys beat the Sharks in extra time on Sunday night.  Their determination to play every minute of that game got them over the line with a field goal.  In one weekend I had the best of both worlds – Western Australia and Queensland both victorious.

Our Junior School boys are in their final week of Term 3.  Assessments are now completed and there is great anticipation for a well-deserved break.  The six-day a week commitment with academic and co-curricular activities is ending.  Our Friday afternoon Wildcats have returned basketball singlets to the Sports Office.  Our Saturday morning tennis lads have farewelled Morningside until 2018.  It is fair to say that excitement is building with our track and field squads; however, even they will pursue their own fitness and drills over the last two weeks of September.  Textbooks and workbooks can close and the beads of sweat on each page have time to dry before being re-opened in Term 4.

Conversations about holidays are certainly taking place all around the Junior School.  Boys are thrilled with the clear, warm weather that means multiple holiday activities and trips will meet their every expectation.  I have no doubt that our surfers will be up and down the coast each morning.  Body boarders will be hitting the beaches right down to Northern New South Wales and as far up as Hervey Bay.  Campers are looking forward to fine conditions out west and right down to Victoria.  Parents will enjoy a little relaxation on bed times, alarms in the morning and a little less planning the dinner choices around training sessions.  Boys will just love the freedom, as there will be no assessment criteria sheets in sight, no lists in a diary and a little more oxygen getting to the brain.

I sincerely hope there is time for families to connect in a fun kind of setting over the next two weeks.  Meal times can be a more collaborative process as boys should have the time and energy to prepare meals in the kitchen, on the bbq or even in the pizza ovens.  Donna Hay will surely have a new recipe for us to try out.  Board games and cards are ideal ways to enjoy the different personalities in a family.  I know we will be taking our favourites to Noosaville: Sequence, Blokus, Crib and my number one choice of Jenga.  Movies will surely be happening as well; while I cannot tell you what I have missed over the past 10 weeks at the cinemas, I am hoping there will be a comedy or action thriller to entertain us.  I will be hitting the roads and hills to catch up in some riding as well as the expected shoot around at any basketball court near us.  I am really looking forward to just exhaling and giving myself a chance to recharge the mental and physical batteries.

As Term 4 is an eight-week term, it will come and go very quickly.  I would suggest that if you have any last wishes or goals for your sons that you contact teachers within the first few weeks back at school.  If changes are to be instigated, then we will need four – six weeks to ensure they happen effectively.  Is there something on your sons’ mind that he would like some support in achieving?  Have a chat whilst you wait for the fish to bite or the next wave to come in.  Store it and check again with him the weekend before we resume on Tuesday October 3.  See if he can be the one to mention it to his class teacher and if not, just email your thoughts so we can make sure that every day counts for the last quarter of 2017.  Finally, please keep an eye on those West Coast Eagles; if we cheer loudly enough, anything can happen!

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

2017 Junior School End of Year Soiree Date Claimer

Come and join your fellow Year 5 and Year 6 parents, teachers and Junior School staff for a night of celebrating all that is great in our Villanova Junior School community.

Where: Victoria Park Golf Club – Orchard Room

When: November 10 from 6pm – 11pm

Put this date in your diary and stay tuned for further details next term.  

For further information, contact Melissa Clark – or Pauline White –

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Head of Senior School

Helping Students Develop a Greater Sense of Purpose
As an educator and pastoral leader of young men, I firmly believe that nurturing an environment at Villanova College where all Senior School students are supported in both discovering and developing their own unique purpose is incredibly important. According to Stanford University Professor William Damon, author of The Path to Purpose, having a strong internal purpose driving you forward is ‘the long-term, number one motivator in life’. It is a mindset, however, that many adolescents struggle with. Freelance education writer Linda Flanagan states that young students are full of big dreams but often lack a deliberate plan.

One of my strategic focus points for the Senior School moving forward is providing students with regular opportunities to dialogue with teachers and mentors about formulating strong plans to become more purposeful in their endeavours and learning pathway. Through a synergy of academic and pastoral care whereby staff are being informed by both academic and human data, it is envisioned that all students will be supported and tracked throughout the course of their Senior School journey at Villanova College. The Year 10 Academic and Pastoral Review Interviews was the first step in this direction. I thank Year 10 parents for their feedback regarding this process.

September Holidays

I wish all Senior School students (and their families) a wonderful September holiday break. My prayer is that you take the time to truly unwind and rejuvenate yourselves so that you return energised in Term Four to finish the year well. I particularly hope that our Year 12 students heed the good counsel provided by their teachers and are ready to complete their final term of studies with commitment and character.

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”- Pope Francis

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum News

End of Term 3
The last two weeks has seen several key events in the academic life of the College: the Year 12 QCS tests, end of term assignments and tests, Mid Semester Reporting, Subject Selection Evenings and Elective Choice processes. It has been a busy time of the year and I thank the students for their engagement of these important events and the support that you as parents have given your sons throughout this time. I trust that the coming weeks give all a time to reflect upon the successes of the term, to recharge the batteries and rest before the final term of the year.

Year 12 QTAC Applications

Year 12 students are reminded to register their application with QTAC over the coming weeks for on time applications. While students can apply after 26 September, they will incur a late fee. The QTAC Information Evening presentation has been sent to students individually, or more information is available via the following link:

Mid-Semester Reports

The Mid-Semester Reports will be available through the Parent Lounge Portal by 3pm tomorrow.   Please be aware that this is an interim report and provides information about how your son is progressing in his application and engagement in specific subjects. There are no specific subject grades associated with this report, but his individual results are available through the portal once marking and moderation procedures are completed.

There are no formal parent-teacher conferences in Term 4.  Should you wish to discuss your son’s progress in more detail or have any concerns about how he is progressing, please feel free to make contact directly with the relevant staff member.

Subject Selection for 2018 Years 8 – 12

Thank you to those who have responded so positively to the Subject Selection Evenings and information sessions provided to parents and students over the last weeks. The process of timetabling classes and allocating students to subjects is involved and I thank students for their engagement and interest in the various subjects on offer. This shows students have an active interest in their future and an earnest assessment of their personal strengths and interests.

The allocation of students to classes will be published in Term 4 so that they will know what subjects they will be studying prior to the end of the year. Should you wish to change your son’s subject choices for 2018, please advise the Curriculum Office in writing, so that such adjustments can be made wherever possible.

You will also receive information in Term 4 as to how to order stationery requirements online for 2018.

Mr Paul Mead, Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning

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AFAS Depart, Thursday 14 September
Seven staff and eighteen Senior School students will set off for the Philippines today to represent the College, deliver our Mission Day donations and experience warm hospitality. For many students, this will be a life-changing experience. It is worth reflecting on how the AFAS journey began. The first student exchange took place 25 years ago. This initial group included a current parent who went into education because of what he saw and experienced in the Philippines. The whole point of being educated in Gospel values to make a difference in the world becomes clear through experience; not book learning.

Ever since 1993, successive generations of staff and students have listened carefully to the priorities of our sister schools. Our exchange group this year will be able to look at buildings, courts, study huts and assembly areas that previous students from Villanova helped build. More importantly, friendships will be renewed. Filipino students wanting to say hello will bombard our students and ask them if they remember Paddy and Alex; Anthony and Zac; Spud and Campbell…?” In Kieran Dooley’s case, he can answer in the affirmative as both his brothers Aidan and Rohan and his father Brian have all visited the Philippines on an AFAS exchange.

It is also important to remember that staff and students pay for this privilege out of their own pockets. This way, all the money raised by the generosity of the Villanova community, especially at the best ever Mission Day goes straight to the families and amenities where the need is highest.

SVP – Distribution of Care Packs

The set of male care/ hygiene packs created at the Sleep-out was delivered to Ozcare in South Brisbane last week. Laurence, the young resident who spoke so well to our students, was happy to know that his speech had been so helpful.

Fair Go Footy and Opening of Memorial for Deceased Students and Staff, Sunday 15 October

The Fair Go Footy event at Villanova Park promises to be a wonderful community day and family members are welcome to come out and spectate or assist. The day begins at 9.30 am with the dedication of a memorial to the staff and students who have passed away during their journey through the College. Fr Peter Wieneke, the College Chaplain, will conduct this blessing near the Charlie Fisher Oval.

The touch footy and five a side soccer will begin at 10 am, with Grand Finals at 2pm and a canteen will run all day. One enjoyable sidelight of the day will be a special competition for Year 6 and Year 7 teams from Villanova, St Laurence’s, Bellbird Park and John Paul College. The aim is for the younger students to experience in a small way what the older students do: reaching out the hand of friendship to the diverse range of young people across Brisbane. Particular thanks goes to Toby Weston, Year 7, who has taken the lead in organising this facet of the day.

Keep the flame burning:

Without faith, the social justice actions at the College have no true source of renewal. Some Villanova families and staff have been finding that the Ignite Masses held once a month strongly engage young people, through lively music and good homilies. There is now an Ignite “Fuel” app that is designed to aid the prayer lives of young Catholics who are journeying with their faith:

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

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State Honours Ensemble Program 2017 – Qld Conservatorium of Music
Over the coming holidays, 17 Villanova musicians will join over 900 talented students from across Queensland to participate in the State Honours Ensemble Program 2017.  From 28 September to 1 October, students will be rehearsing with some of the finest conductor/teachers from across the country and the world.

The program culminates in a series of five Gala Concerts in the Conservatorium Theatre on Sunday 1 October.  Tickets are available for purchase through the Open Conservatorium Office; please contact them via phone on 3735 6337.

I would like to congratulate the following students publicly for their acceptance into the program, I am certain that this will be quite a learning experience for them all:

Student Name Year Instrument
Rowan Aukes Year 12  Clarinet
Sean Aukes Year 9 Trumpet
James Battersby Year 10 Trumpet
Xander Caulfield Year 11 Flute/Piccolo
Jack Challinor Year 11 Voice
Sam Chamberlain Year 11 Flute
Timothy Girard Year 12 Cello
Nicholas Halstead Year 11 Voice
Liam Hartley Year 11 Cello
Blake Humphrey Year 12 Trumpet
Callum Moses Year 9 Violin
Simon Mungarrieta Year 12 Percussion
Mackenzie Osborne Year 11 Clarinet
Sebastian Phelan Year 11 Euphonium
Joseph Roberts Year 11 Trumpet
Nelson Thorpe Year 11 Oboe
Alexander Williams Year 12 Clarinet

Co-Curricular Music Photos

Co-Curricular Music photos will be taken on the first Thursday back next term (Thursday 5 October).  Please make sure you have your shoes polished and hair is cut ready to go!  Schedules will be distributed with our re-enrolment packs.

Music Support Group

Our Music Support Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting during Term 4.  Two fantastic members of our executive, Stephanie Carlson and Sharon Williams, will be graduating from the Music Support Group as their sons graduate the College at the end of the year.  We will most definitely miss them as valued members of our team.  With that in mind, the group is looking for goal-orientated individuals who are connected and active in both the Villanova and wider community, have industry, management or relevant experience and are prepared to make a significant positive difference to what is a busy and exciting music community.

If you would like to discuss the operations of our Music Support Group and your possible involvement, I would welcome the opportunity to speak in person or approach our group through the Music Office.

Collection of Tupperware

A big vote of thanks must go to those who kindly donated cakes for sale over QCMF.  Now that the Festival is over, we have a mountain of freshly cleaned and washed Tupperware ready for collection.  If you are missing some of your valuable kitchen plastics, please drop by the Music Office and collect them at your earliest convenience.

Date Claimers

We now look ahead to the end of the year with our currently scheduled events.  Please ensure these are marked in your diaries.

Term 4:

Dates Activity
Week 1 – Tuesday 3 October All rehearsals and lessons commence – regular school day
Week 1 – Thursday 5 October Music Co-Curricular Photos – all ensembles
Week 2 – Sunday 15 October Live and Wired at Loreto (Big Band and Irish 1)
Week 3 – Monday 16 October Combined Concert Band/Wind Ensemble (Friday morning rehearsal) performing at Prestige Music Fest – arrive 7:20pm at Iona College PAC
Week 3 – Wednesday 18 October String Sinfonia (Friday morning rehearsal) performing at Prestige Music Fest – arrive 6:20pm at Iona College PAC
Week 3 – Thursday 19 October Symphonic Band (Wednesday afternoon rehearsal) performing at Prestige Music Fest – bus from College, perform at 5:20pm at Iona College PAC
Week 3 – Friday 20 October String Consort (Thursday morning rehearsal) performing at Prestige Music Fest – arrive 7pm at Iona College PAC
Week 3 – Sunday 22 October Strings and Choir at The Cathedral (St Stephen’s)
Week 4 – Thursday 26 October Bands and Guitars Finale Concert
Week 4 – Friday 27 October Combined Orchestra performing at Loreto (arrive 5pm)

Jazz Ensemble performing at Prestige Music Fest – bus from school, perform at 4:50pm at Calamvale Community College

Week 4 – Saturday 28 October Big Band performing at Prestige Music Fest – arrive 4pm at Calamvale Community College.
Week 5 – Tuesday 31 October Celebration of Excellence – QPAC (ensembles to be confirmed)
Week 5 – Friday 3 November Big Gig – International Guitar workshop/concert
Week 6 – Friday 10 November Senior Music Dinner
Week 7 – Thursday 16 November Graduation Mass

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Villanova College – AIC Champion Basketball School 2017 – Well Done Team!
It is now official, Villanova has won the AIC Basketball Aggregate by an extraordinary margin this year. This is now the third year in a row that Villanova has won the AIC Basketball Aggregate and is a wonderful achievement for the College.  I believe we should all be very proud of ourselves and the efforts given over the entire season.

It is interesting and pleasing to note that whilst there are no official overall AIC rankings, our results from Term 3 sport, which includes, cross country, basketball and tennis, ranks Villanova College and Ashgrove as the equal top best performing schools in AIC. Not bad at all!

On behalf of the College, I would like to congratulate all coaches, managers, officials and the many others who supported Villanova’s tennis and basketball programs in 2017. Overall, Villanova won an astounding 18 premierships in basketball and one tennis premiership. 

Overall, 24 out of our 31 basketball teams and eight out of our 17 tennis teams placed in the top three. I believe these results are a direct result of the hard work and dedication put in by all involved. Our teams were well organised, well trained and produced their best on game day in order for the College to produce these great results.

2017 AIC Basketball Aggregate Placings

First: Villanova College – 82.5

Second: St Patrick’s College – 69

Third: St Laurence’s College – 59.5

Our tennis boys also performed well throughout the season. Although we had only one undefeated team, the overall results showed a significant improvement from last year’s results with Villanova moving up two spots in the overall aggregate to fourth position. This year’s tennis competition was again fiercely contested. As mentioned all season, every win and loss is important in such a competitive competition. All players who attended all games and the regular training sessions should feel proud of their efforts knowing they produced their best for themselves and the College to gain fourth position in the overall aggregate. 

2017 AIC Tennis Aggregate Placings

First: St Peter’s College – 97

Second: St Laurence’s College – 80

Third: Marist College Ashgrove – 70

Fourth: Villanova College – 58

Congratulations go to all the premiership teams listed below:

2017 AIC Basketball Premierships 

Second Basketball – Coached by Mr Bill Lucas

Third Basketball – Coached by Mr Peter Meecham

11B Basketball – Coached by Mr Jock Lucas and Mr Aidan Dooley

10B Basketball – Coached by Mr Cameron Wicks and Mr Andre Ugrinic

10C Basketball – Coached by Mr Ryan Motley and Mr Tom Scanlan

9A Basketball – Coached by Mr Andy Sobieszuk

9D Basketball – Coached by Mr Lachlan Whiting and Mr Ben Porter

8B Basketball – Coached by Ms Rachel Nichol

8C Basketball – Coached by Mr Christo Vasil and Mr Tom Moses

8D Basketball – Coached by Mr Zac Genrich

7A Basketball – Coached by Mr Greg O’Neill

7B Basketball – Coached by Mr Justin Feuerriegel

7C Basketball – Coached by Mr Nic Milicevic and Mr Jared Pascoe

7D Basketball – Coached by Mr John Holroyd and Ms Jess Galpin

6A Basketball – Coached by Mr Steve Rouhliadeff

6B Basketball – Coached by Mr Adam Fry

6C Basketball – Coached by Mrs Melissa Liddy

6D Basketball – Coached by Mr Matthew Wilson

AIC Tennis Premiership/Undefeated Team

5B Tennis – Managed by Mrs Maria Mascadri

In order to further develop Villanova’s sports programme the Sports Department has implemented a number of initiatives including the formation of some specialised squads in an effort to develop our student athletes. The Andrew Slack Squad, the Ben Mowen Squad, the Emerging Cricket Talent Squad, First Volleyball Squad and the Swim Squad are all part of these programs. All information regarding these programs has now been dispersed and I wish all those who are involved the very best.

I encourage all students from Year 5 – 12 to give track and field the highest priority next term. There are only three weeks of training to go in Term 4, before the AIC Track and Field Championships are held.  Please read the information below regarding training over the holiday period and the first meet which will be held in the first week of Term 4.

I wish all students a safe and happy break. Please enjoy!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport


Villanova Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Coordinator

The 2017 – 18 Villanova swimming season has commenced.  Many thanks to the 15 students who have started the season with the Villanova squad.  We hope to see the rest of the students at the pool as soon as possible, so we can develop the skills and speed that are required for a successful 2018 championship.

If your son is interested in joining the swim squad, he can collect an information pack from the Sports Office.  We recognise that many swimmers train with their own coaches and clubs and may not be able to attend the additional swimming sessions for school.  Please let Mrs Jacobs know if this is the case, so we do have an indication of the boys who are in the pool training regularly.  This assists us for future planning of competition meets.

Training sessions are held at Langlands Park Memorial Pool, 5 Panitya Street, Stones Corner under the direction of Mr Guilherme Santos (Years 9 – 12 coach) and Ms Kerry Holland (Years 5 – 8 coach). Training commenced last Tuesday for current Villanova students and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday morning until Thursday 28 September (the last week of the holidays).

Training will continue from Week 1, Term 4 2017 (Tuesday 3 October) for new students enrolled at Villanova in Years 5 and 7 in 2018 as well as all currently enrolled Villanova students as per the schedule below. These sessions will run up to and including Friday 22 December 2017.

We ask that students arrive at least 10 minutes before their allocated start time so that we are in the water commencing training on time.

Day Students in Years 5 – 8 in 2018 Students in  Years 9 – 12 in 2018
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

The following Swimming Managers will be at Langland’s training sessions from Week 1, Term 4 to take the roll and answer any questions you might have.

Villanova Swim Squad Staff
 Mrs Juanita Jacobs Swimming Coordinator
Mrs Kirstina Moss Swim Manager Years 5 and 6
Mrs Terri Dillon
Mrs Theresa Henry
Swim Managers Years 7 to 12

There will be a welcome breakfast for all swimmers on Friday 6 October at the Villanova College pool from 7am. THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING AT LANGLANDS ON THIS DAY.  We look forward to meeting you all there and getting the swimming season underway.

AIC Water Polo

Due to low numbers, Villanova will not enter any teams in the water polo competition this year.

AIC Basketball – Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

The 2017 basketball season was another tremendous success. Having won back-to-back aggregate championships in basketball, we were well placed to do so again. To the credit of the players and coaches, we were able to achieve a third Aggregate Championship by an impressive 13.5 points. This again shows how dominant we are in this sport and a wonderful achievement from everyone involved.

Villanova entered 33 teams across Year 5 – 12 and of those, 18 won a premiership, while five teams were able to secure second place.

A special mention to the Year 6 and Year 7 teams who won premierships in all of their divisions.

What cannot be overlooked is the tremendous support and following that basketball has received from the Villanova community. Game day has become an entertaining spectacle with prizes, competitions, raffles and highly entertaining games. This has been due to the work of the Spirit Committee and all students and parents who come along and create such a wonderful atmosphere for the students to play in.

I would like to thank all coaches for their hard work and commitment they put in to teaching skill work and game play, this has been a considerable reason behind our recent success. This year we have been fortunate to have a wonderful line-up of coaches and the skill and experience they bring has been invaluable.

The other new initiative this year that has been a tremendous success is the two High Performance Squads, which ran throughout the first semester for selected students in Years 8 – 12. With training by an outside company to increase the agility, footwork, speed and fitness and then skill work with our two external coaches, our squad members were well prepared for the season. The dedication by these players was tremendous and certainly aided in being so successful this year.

Planning for 2018 planning is already underway with tours planned, High Performance Squad training and extra tournaments to ensure we continue with our momentum.  I look forward to seeing us continue to improve the skills of all players in the program.

Hire Basketball Singlets

We ask all players from Year 5 – 12 to return their basketball hire singlet to the Uniform Shop as soon as possible please.

AIC Basketball Results v Ashgrove

AIC Tennis – Mrs Kath Underhill, AIC Tennis Coordinator

The 2017 tennis season commenced early with tennis clinics and training sessions well attended, and it was obvious that enthusiastic Villanovan players were ready to give it their best for the long season ahead. Additional support has contributed to a more successful season with our overall aggregate ranking climbing from sixth in 2016 to fourth in 2017!

Some fixtures were very close, and our boys must to be commended for their resilience under pressure.  There is indeed a surge of talent coming through for the future of Villanova tennis, with the mighty Mascadri 5B team being undefeated Premiers for the 2017 season.  This is a fabulous start to their tennis journey at Villanova.

My thanks go to the efforts of all managers who worked so patiently with all teams:  Maria Mascadri, Michael Mascadri, Paul Mead, Sean Conway, Barbara Dewis, Matt Pertnikovs, Matt Donegan, Ben Stuart and Michael Burchett.  We also wish to acknowledge the support and professional input from Clive and the gang from Morningside Tennis Centre. The icing on the cake this year was having so many wonderful parents, who came along week after week to support their own sons and others. Your presence and cheering was invaluable.

The First IV had a quality, but challenging season as a reasonably young squad.  Credit must be given to our players for their ability to fight on and enjoy themselves.  While they did not always get the scores they wanted, they competed every week with pride and were supported with great encouragement and tactical advice from their coaches and Manager Extraordinaire Sean Conway.  I wish to personally thank Sean, who extended his services to the benefit of Villanova tennis in 2017.

Finally, to the players, well done on a hard-fought season. All the best to our Year 12 tennis aces, you have certainly added to the atmosphere of the courts with your jocularity and spirit. I look forward to working with Villanova tennis again in 2018.

AIC Tennis Results v Ashgrove

Villanova College Open Tennis Championships 

The tennis season finished on Monday with the running of the annual Villanova Tennis Championship. Year level champions were decided during the final two weeks of tennis training. These boys then progressed through to the Annual Championship to compete for the overall title. Well done to the boys listed below for taking out this year’s title:

Junior School Tennis Champion:

Sebastian LoGiudice  –  Year 6

Runner up: Oliver Simmons  –  Year 5

Overall Villanova Tennis Champion:

Shayle Korander-Matheson  –  Year 11

Runner up: Callum Moses  –  Year 9

AIC Track and Field – Holiday Sessions

All Villanova track and field athletes are encouraged to attend the holiday training sessions listed below. These sessions are conducted by external coaches the College uses for our track and field program. Please note that Villanova will not supply staff supervision at these sessions. Parents are encouraged to attend these sessions themselves.

These sessions are open to all athletes from Year 5 – 12 and are free of charge. All sessions will go for approximately 1.5 hours at the venues listed below.  Simply turn up and let the coaches know you are from Villanova College.

AIC Track and Field – Training and Meet in Term 4

It is now only three weeks of training to go before the AIC Championships!  We require all boys to fully commit to the track and field program in Term 4.

Villanova’s track and field program will continue next term with training to be held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon together with three AIC Track and Field Meets as listed below. Please note training will commence the first Tuesday afternoon back in Term 4 as per the schedule below.

Buses will 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

Tuesday 3 October – Training at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.10pm

Thursday 5 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ

Tuesday 10 October – Training at Villanova Park 3.45 – 5.10pm

Thursday 12 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at UQ

Tuesday 17 October – Training at SAF 3.45 – 5.10pm

Thursday 19 October – Training at SAF 3.45 – 5.10pm

Friday 20 October – AIC Track and Field Meet at SAF

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October – AIC Track and Field Championships

Track and Field – AIC Invitational Meet

Please see details below for the first AIC Track and Field Meet next term:

Date – Thursday October 5

Venue – University of Queensland, St Lucia

Year 5 and Year 6 students – bus departs Villanova at 2pm, return approx. 5:50pm

Year 7 to Open students – bus departs Villanova at 3:10pm, return approx. 8:20pm

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


Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator

Commencing in August this year we welcomed the start to yet another volleyball pre-season, with two teams from Year 6 heralding the start to what can be described as a busy schedule to Villanova’s volleyball season.  These two teams competed in the Primary Schools Cup Volleyball where both teams finished a creditable sixth place.

In Term 4 Villanova will also be entering a Year 7 and a Year 8 team in the Junior Schools Cup Volleyball tournament from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 October. This is the first time that the College has entered teams in this tournament.

This week we begin the trials for Firsts volleyball as well as preparations for Villanova’s second year in Provence Cup. The competition for Provence Cup will run for six weeks and is played at different venues, please refer to the College’s website for further details. Villanova will host a round of this competition on Wednesday 18 October in Goold Hall from 6pm.  If you ‘dig it’ feel free to come and observe volleyball at its best. All volleyball trials begin in Week 5 Term 4.

Villanova College Sportsman of the Year Award and the Father Tom Mescall Award for Excellence in Sport

The College has commenced the process of selecting the Villanova College Sportsman of the Year Award as well as the Father Tom Mescall Award for Excellence in Sport. Mr Stariha has spoken with all Year 12 students at their form meeting this week to run through the process of selection and the selection criteria.

Students wishing to nominate for either award must see Mr Stariha in order to complete a ‘Sporting Involvement Form’. This form is also available on the College webpage within the ‘Locker Room’ section.

Villanova College Sportsman of the Year Description

The Paul Finnimore Memorial Shield for Sportsman of the Year is awarded to a Year 12 student who has made an outstanding contribution to the College’s sporting program. The student will have represented the College in a minimum of three sports during their senior year displaying not only outstanding sporting ability but also exemplary sportsmanship and conduct.  Of these three sports there must be a combination of both individual and team sports. The recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award would not be in contention for the Father Tom Mescall Award.


  • Success in sport representing Villanova in the AIC competition as well as any other representative honours
  • Breadth of participation representing Villanova in at least three sports in the AIC competition including both team and individual sports
  • Sportsmanlike attitude both on and off the field at training and on game day

Note – the last criterion of which takes precedence over the other two.

Villanova College Sportsman of the Year Selection Process

  1. The co-curricular data is collected in TASS throughout the year and is entered in by the Co-Curricular Departments – Sport, Ministry and Music.
  2. Students who have participated in three or more sports during the calendar year will be asked to complete a Sporting Involvement Form (see attached). Students who nominate have the responsibility of including all of their sporting achievements on the form.
  3. The Director of Sport collates the Sporting Involvement Forms and presents a short list and recommendation of the Sportsman of the Year to the Head of Senior, Middle & Junior School, Deputy and Yr12 Co-ordinator.
  4. This group discusses the nominations and makes a recommendation to the CLT/ Principal for final approval.

Father Tom Mescall Award for Excellence in Sport – Award Description

The Father Tom Mescall Award for Excellence in Sport is presented to a Year 12 student in recognition of their sporting excellence. This award may or may not be awarded each year and may be awarded to more than one student in any given year. The Father Tom Mescall Award is a way to recognise those students who have succeeded at a first level (or Division 1 Level) in a variety of sports at Villanova as well as reaching a very high representative level in any given sport.

Representative Sport

Best wishes go to Rhys Lanskey who will be representing Queensland in the PCA National Championships in Tetrathlon (running, swimming, shooting and show jumping) in Toowoomba during the first week of the holidays. In the second week of the holidays Rhys is travelling to Roma where he is representing Metropolitan Zone 1 at the PCQ State Sporting Championships in the Formal Gymkhana, Sporting Gymkhana, Campdraft, Stockman’s Challenge and Mounted Games.

Villanova College Sports Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Villanova College Sports Club will be held on Wednesday 4th October commencing at 6:00 pm in Goold Hall.

The Sports club holds five meetings a year on a Wednesday night at which sporting and fundraising events are discussed.  The Sports Club works with Mr Stower and the College community to identify current needs and discuss future vision.

Nominations are now open for the positions of Club President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  Should you require any further information, please contact Jackie Harding, Villanova College Sports Club Secretary or refer to the Facebook group, Villanova Sports Club.

Mrs Jackie Harding, Secretary – Villanova College Sports Club

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Parent Information


Date: Saturday October 14, 6.30pm to midnight

Venue: Pop Up Room, Story Bridge Hotel, 200 Main Street, Kangaroo Point

RSVP: October 6 to Toni Honeyfield, 248 529

Payment: $36 per person for canapés, fork dish and a drink on arrival

Please book via the following link:

Year 9 Parent Reps


Saturday 7 October – 2pm

Late Lunch at Gemelli Italian Restaurant Broadbeach

$60 per person banquet (drinks to be purchased separately)

RSVP: 22nd September

Renae Stone –  0438 620 318,

Payment through Flexischools (Year 8 Mum’s lunch – Gemelli)

Unable to come for the whole weekend, why not join us for a late lunch on Saturday?  Catch up with some old friends and meet some new ones.

If you have any questions about the weekend, please contact one of your friendly Parent Representatives.

Amanda, Lucinda and Renae

Villanova College Sports Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Villanova College Sports Club will be held on Wednesday 4th October commencing at 6:00 pm in Goold Hall.

The Sports club holds five meetings a year on a Wednesday night at which sporting and fundraising events are discussed.  The Sports Club works with Mr Stower and the College community to identify current needs and discuss future vision.

Nominations are now open for the positions of Club President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.  Should you require any further information, please contact Jackie Harding, Villanova College Sports Club Secretary or refer to the Facebook group, Villanova Sports Club.

Mrs Jackie Harding, Secretary – Villanova College Sports Club

Library Roster

Friday, 6th October

Gina Avolio

Tuckshop Roster

Monday, 2nd October

Queens Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday, 3rd October

Gerda Odonnell, Lisa Gilhooley, Marina Ryan, Allison Holt, Kate Harrison, KLissa Reardon, Sherry James

Wednesday, 4th October

Maree Challinor, Jenny Salpietro, Lily Fontana, Karen Blue, Fiona Jenkins, Katrina Theil, Connie Collins

Thursday, 5th October

Michelle Boxall, Debbie Griffiths, Bernadette Perrier, Julie Frail, Taryn Byrne, Monique Winn, Louise Wilson

Friday, 6th October

Nicole Coffey, Sara Kays, Cathy Hampson, Therese Curran, Veronica Kennedy, Tracy Pereira-Trevethan, Nikki Reid, Caroline Caffery, Gregoria Makras, Sally Grigson, Lia Weston, Chelsea Akehurst, Natasha Chan, Nakeeta Sturgess, Toni Ware

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Calendar of Events

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

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Community Update

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