Principal's Welcome

The Gospel reading last Sunday told the story of the lepers, cured by Jesus. We are familiar with this story as ten lepers, outcasts of society, called to Jesus to have mercy and “take pity on us.” Out of the ten only one of those who was cured came back to Jesus to thank him.

Sometimes in life we receive a ‘wakeup call’ that makes us stop and take notice of the gifts that we receive in abundance. Having a sense of gratitude for the many gifts we receive helps each of us to focus on how fortunate we are, rather than wishing for more and more.

For one of the men cured, the gratitude shown towards Jesus reflects his understanding that this gift has come from the love God has for humankind.

“Then he said to him, “stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Lk: 11-19)

The process of electing the 2020 Student Leaders has been completed and I am pleased to announce the following positions. I congratulate these young men and thank them for their acceptance of their leadership position and the many challenges that comes with leading.

College Captain Elect: Max McCaul
College Vice Captain Elect: Tadgh O’Neill
President Student Council Elect: Murphy Woodger
Academic Captain Elect: Jack Dunbar
Cultural Captain Elect: Jose Lagrosa
Ministry Captain Elect: Isaak Collie
Music Captain Elect: Sean Kearns
Sports Captain Elect: Hamish Muir
Crane House Captain Elect: Will Stankunas
Goold House Captain Elect: Lachlan Galbraith
Heavey House Captain Elect: Hamish McKee
Murray House Captain Elect: Declan Ries

I have assured these young men of the support of the staff and the wider community as they prepare to take up their important roles next year.

At this time of year most of our supporters’ groups have their Annual General Meetings and the election of office bearers for the next twelve months. Our College is significantly advantaged through the generosity of our many volunteers who give so many hours to support the education of young people. At the recent meetings I attended I was overwhelmed by offers to help the College through the donation of funding for a range of different resources. The College certainly appreciates the efforts of our supporters’ groups and the generous donation of funding.

On Monday evening 28 October, Villanova College will hold its annual Celebration of Excellence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). This evening recognises the academic achievements of our students and celebrates excellence across the range of activities offered at the College.

QPAC is a wonderful performance space and provides an air-conditioned and comfortable space for families and guests. Unfortunately, the venue has seating for approximately 1500 persons, so it is not possible to accommodate all the students and families of Villanova College.

Our Year 12 students are required to be in attendance for this evening and the families of our senior students have received correspondence from the College about this event.  Students who are receiving prizes have also been notified and I invite their families to join with us on this evening to recognise their outstanding work.  Families are most welcome to attend and enjoy a very entertaining and enjoyable evening.  For further ticketing information, please contact Mrs Kath Underhill

I ask if a student is attending with his family that he wears the College uniform with tie. I am looking forward to celebrating the outstanding achievements of our students at the 2019 Celebration of Excellence.

The humanitarian crisis in Syria at the moment calls for mercy and compassion. Despite the actions of people in the past there are many men, women and children who need the support of the world to not allow the death of innocent people.

We pray that the leaders of the World will see the humanity of these people in the faces of the men, women and children.
You have made us for yourself O, Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Teaching and Learning


The Villa Visions annual art exhibition showcasing the exciting work of our Visual Art students will be held on Friday 25 October from 6.30pm – 8.00pm in Goold Hall, with viewing continuing on Saturday 26 October from 9.00am – 11.00am. Students, parents, teachers and members of the College community are warmly invited to attend.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital works from across Year 5 – Year 12. Student awards will be presented at 7.15pm on Friday evening.

In Villa Visions tradition, attendees have the chance to vote for the ever-popular People’s Choice Award. The event will be catered by Villanova College Hospitality students and entertainment will be provided by our wonderful College musicians. A gold coin donation is appreciated on entry with all proceeds going to AFAS.

Below are examples of the exceptional talent that will be on display.

We are exceptionally proud of our students and the works they have created and look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Villa Visions.


St. Augustine once said, ‘Let our searching be such that we can be sure of finding, and let our finding be such that we may go on searching’ (De Trin.9.1,1).

At Villanova College, our teachers are invested in life-long learning and self-reflection through our Collaborative and Reflective Practices (CRP) Program. If your son has ever mentioned being videoed in class or having his work photographed, his teacher was probably collecting evidence for a CRP lesson reflection.

Over 70 teachers, from 11 different year levels and departments meet twice a term to discuss pedagogical approaches, practices and applied methodology, to improve the teaching and learning that happens here at the College, to ensure our student’s success.

Over the coming weeks we will share with you some of the amazing work our teachers are doing in the classroom through the CRP Program and how it is enriching your son’s time here at Villanova College.

Mrs Kate Alexander, Acting Collaborative & Reflective Practices Program Leader

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Head of Junior School

This week the Junior School hosted new Year 5 parents of 2020 at our annual Orientation Evening.  I find it so inspiring – the hope and energy that begins to come in waves from this moment on.  It’s a brand-new step for so many families and an opportunity for us to remember what truly matters – the boys who walk through the gates.  There are future Villanovans who can’t wait to start their journey and some already have with Term 4 AIC swimming and cricket training making new friendships right now.  Mrs Bayley and Ms Akenson guided a group of very special guests last week to introduce them to their new College and I am grateful for all their efforts.  It’s a privilege to be preparing the transition for our future learners and I am very grateful to the energy of all staff involved in Wednesday evening’s preparation and facilitation of information and resources.

Energy is important in Term 4.  It’s a time to embrace each other and realise that our gifts and talents are best shared before we all move into a new year and class.  This is a time to consolidate what we have learnt about each other – to make the very best out of every moment.  To do that, we must be willing to look for the positives, to deliberately lift our community to its highest.

“Come to the table”.  As a student, parent or teacher, are you sitting at the table ready to work collaboratively?  Do you take your part in helping the Term 4 experiences highlight the best features of all involved?  This is the time to do so.  It is crucial to work together – more than ever.  Remind your son all he has learned to date; all he has achieved.  The smallest of things – organisation and preparation – to the highest of things – achievements.  This is the time to be grateful for all that is happening around us.

“Focus on your goal”.  Identify a specific target for Term 4.  What is a realistic and achievable goal – with support?  How will your son achieve this?  – What is the plan?  Term 4 is the chance to use the wisdom and strategies that 2019 has taught you.  Be proactive and dare to try something different.  If you are not sure then just ask – a teacher, a Curriculum Area Leader, a Pastoral Leader.  It is never too late, and there is always a way to write the ending to your own story of Year 5 or Year 6.  Are you brave enough?  I challenge you to focus on one last goal for the year – you have six weeks left gentlemen and I believe that you can put your minds to anything, if you really want it.

“Ask for help”.  Who will help you – it’s always the best idea to have a mentor – older sibling, classmate, parent or teacher?  Find someone you trust, someone you like.  The most definite path of success lies in teamwork.  We are never alone.  Someone to check in on you will make the world of difference.  So, ask – write an email, ask in person or even get your parents to reach out.  Your helping hand might be in your classroom or they might be a sporting coach or teacher you have come across in another way.  Reach out and I can guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised with the response.

“Make a plan”.  We need to be realistic about life – our commitments and abilities.  So strategically looking at our available times, places and helping hands means more of a chance of success with our goals.  Maybe a mate also wants the same thing – get them involved!  We need a visual on the fridge in our room or on the back of the bathroom door – wherever we can regularly see that we have a commitment to uphold.  It only takes 30 minutes, three times a week, to make a habit happen.  That is completely possible for anyone to make happen.

“Reward yourself”.  Be kind to yourself and those people who work with you.  Celebrating that effort and change are in themselves the first step.  Results come eventually – not always immediately.  Be persistent and be strong in your beliefs.  Short term rewards are important as they motivate you emotionally and spiritually.  I would think every week we need a treat for any extra work completed.  Make a chart or use an App to record the time you spend.  Realise that the journey is incredibly valuable, and that your true potential will be recognised at some point.  Be patient.

Your energy can make all the difference.  Keep the hope and dreams alive that you had in the Term 4 before you came to Villanova – that pure, uninhibited kind of energy that means anything is possible.

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 12 – “Teachers in the Hot Seat” with Mrs Kate Alexander and Mr Alex Sullivan.

Click on the image to begin listening.

Previous episodes are listed here.

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

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

I would like to congratulate all Senior School students for the way in which they returned last week and settled back into the classroom environment and the routine of study. There certainly was a positive energy evident in the Senior School precinct as I engaged and conversed with the students across the Cassiciacum Gardens. It was great to see our Year 12 students, enjoying the company of their peers, no doubt discussing the suit they will be wearing and the method of transportation to their upcoming Formal. We continue to emphasise to our Seniors that they should savour these remaining days in the company of their Villanova brothers and ensure that they continue to work productively with their teachers until the final assignment is submitted and test completed.

With the return to the summer uniform, I would like to remind all students and parents that our high expectations continue with the wearing of socks. There were too many occasions last week of students wearing socks well past their lifespan- and as such worn at half-mast. I have informed all students that I will have no hesitation in asking certain students to wear long pants if this issue is not addressed.

Following on from my commentary on grit and the power of perseverance last week, I would like to return to the Podcast series- ‘The Universal Man’- that I have shared previously and the latest episode on ‘Motivation’. Both presenters offer some practical insights on this timeless topic. You can access the podcast here:

Yesterday, the Year 11 cohort finalised the 2020 Student Leadership Team with the elections for Portfolio and House Captains. I congratulate the following students on their appointment:

Academic Captain Elect: Jack Dunbar
Cultural Captain Elect: Jose Lagrosa
Ministry Captain Elect: Isaak Collie
Music Captain Elect: Sean Kearns
Sports Captain Elect: Hamish Muir
Crane House Captain Elect: Will Stankunas
Goold House Captain Elect: Lachlan Galbraith
Heavey House Captain Elect: Hamish McKee
Murray House Captain Elect: Declan Ries

I look forward to witnessing the articulation of the leadership vision of the 2020 Student Leaders and mentoring these fine young men next year.

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”- John C Maxwell

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

On Wednesday evening a special gala evening was held for Loreto and Villanova Year 12 students who have been involved in Ministry. Often, Ministry does not immediately appear to be the most attractive option for a co-curricular commitment, however, it is a tribute to both colleges that by the end of their schooling journey, students take a humble pride in the achievements of the Ministry groups.

Year 12s with Mr Matt Levander

About 60 students and staff sat down together for a delicious two course meal, generously provided by Christalla from IGA in Camp Hill. The recently elected leaders (Year 11) formed a wonderful service team, and they found the opportunity to start planning for next year.

Year 11 waiters: Nathan Farrelly, Tadgh O’Neill, Murphy Woodger and Max McCaul

The celebratory evening got underway when the Rosies van arrived to serve cold and hot drinks. Sarah Corbett, who coordinates the Brisbane volunteers, explained why listening to the patrons of the Rosies van has such an impact.

Next to speak was Anthony Forshaw, Youth Engagement Officer from St Vincent de Paul. He spoke memorably about the importance of forming communities. Fr Peter Wieneke, College Chaplain, then explained how young school-leavers are welcome to undertake outreach projects supervised and supported by the Augustinian Volunteers – there are currently 14 young people at work in Australia, mainly with indigenous people, under this program.

Winners of best op-shop dress: Will Barwick (Villa), Fiona (Loreto), with Ministry Captain Reece Jansen, Mr Matt Levander and Anthony Forshaw (St Vincent de Paul)

Finally, we heard from Eddie Murray, Prison Chaplain, and Manager of the Blind Eye Drop-In Centre for homeless people. He spoke beautifully about how the finest work a young person can be involved in is opening his/her heart, and Blind Eye is a space where the impact of loving service has an unbelievable impact, “not in a Hollywood way,” but bringing dignity to people who have been “battered” by life’s mischances. You could tell that every heart in the room opened up, and Eddie reminded us why colleges like Villanova and Loreto exist: to fulfil the mission. He also explained that the name “Blind Eye” comes from St Mary MacKillop’s instruction that we never turn a “blind eye” to those in need. Run on the smell of an oily rag, Blind Eye is aiming for big things in 2020, and it is a privilege for our students to be involved.

The theme of the evening was St Vincent de Formal (op shop clothing), and we saw spirted fashion choices, with the girls veering to 80s wear with eye shadow, and the boys choosing bold shirts with trilbies, bow ties and brown brogues.

I would like to thank all the guests, including the Villanova staff who attended. Special mention must go to Ms Kath Underhill who poured so much creativity and passion into ensuring a memorable night for all. The compering work was very ably undertaken by Reece Jansen (Villanova College Ministry Captain) alongside his Loreto counterpart, Fiona O’Sullivan.

This week on Wednesday YAYM held its meeting in Junior School, in OD6, so as to encourage Year 6 boys to come along, with a view to their transition to Middle School, and also to give a voice to Junior School students in Ministry projects. The meeting was a great occasion, and Darcy Woodger (Year 6) offered some new ideas on how to best spend the money collected through collecting refundable bottles and cans.

We would also like to co-pilot a barbecue and raffle in the next few weeks in favour of Blind Eye Ministries (whose wonderful work is mentioned above).

There are many bad news stories about the Church, however very good work is also done, if seldom reported, by those seeking to build the “field hospital” church sought by Pope Francis. I loved reading about one of the Cardinals in Rome, who has the title of almoner, who literally shimmied down a pole into the basement of an apartment building in order to reconnect the electricity. Many migrant families have been using the building, but the energy company had cut off the supply. Cardinal Krajewski took matters into his own hands in order to restore dignity to the many vulnerable people in the building.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Well done to all students who have continued to work hard at track and field training over the season. We have regularly seen good numbers at training each week, particularly from the younger year levels.

Unfortunately, the AIC Track and Field Meet last Friday afternoon/evening was rain affected and some events were unable to go ahead due to the heavy rain. This was frustrating for all involved as these meets provide an opportunity for our athletes to post a good time, distance and height in the hope to gain selection in the Villanova Track and Field team.  The final AIC Track and Field Meet will be held this afternoon/evening after school at UQ. This meet will provide the last opportunity for the student athletes to show themselves and for coaches to select their final team.

The AIC Track and Field Championships will be held next Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October. Year 6, Year 9 and Year 10 cohorts are required to attend as spectators on Day 2 of the Championships on Friday 25 October.  All Year 6, Year 9 and Year 10 students are to attend school in their academic uniform. Buses will transport all spectators to and from the venue. We ask parents to support the College and ensure that your son does attend school that day and is supportive of our team/College. Please see below some important information regarding the Championships.

Please be aware that the ‘2020 Sign-On Forms’ for cricket, volleyball, AFL and swimming has been distributed to all students during their Pastoral class earlier this week. Any student who wishes to represent Villanova in these sports during Term 1 next year must complete a sign-on sheet and hand it back to the Sport Office before Friday 25 October.  Parents and students are asked to co-sign the sign-on form indicating that they accept and are aware of the College’s expectations and policies regarding sport at Villanova College.  Some of these are listed on the sign-on form.

On the reverse side of the sign-on form the College has listed the College’s Selection Guidelines and Code of Conduct. When signing on for a sport at Villanova, it will be the understanding of the College that players and parents do so knowing, agreeing and accepting the terms and conditions of this document. Please take the time to read before signing. Sign-on forms can also be downloaded from the College’s website under the Sport section.

Cricket, AFL and volleyball trials for all Year 7 – Year 12 2020 teams will be held in Week 5 of this term. Our aim is to have all these teams selected before the end of year.

The Villanova Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the Year 5 -Year 12 AIC Sports Program in 2020.  We require the assistance of staff, parents, Old Boys and friends of the College to take on the many duties needed to ensure that every student can participate and enjoy all the benefits that playing sport provides as well as ensuring the ongoing growth and development of our sports program across all areas.

Villanova’s success in sport is dependent upon many factors, one being the generosity of members within our community to give of their time and efforts to serve our students by taking on specific roles. These roles include; coach, manager, referee, umpire, scorer etc. If you can help in any way, could you please complete the nomination form posted on the College’s website under the Sport section and return it to the College’s Sports Office as soon as possible.

All forms received will be compiled into a database. Before each season commences a member of the Sports Office will contact those who have expressed an interest to assist. A final confirmation of commitment will be asked, and further details will be given. At the present time we need coaches for the up-coming AIC cricket, AFL and volleyball seasons as a priority as we would like these people to assist with the trials which will be held in just a few weeks.

I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2019 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2020 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. You will no doubt find it rewarding and no experience is necessary.

For those who are wishing to be involved please complete a rego/payment form available from the Sports Office or on the College web site. Our success next year is dependent upon the hard work put in this year. Attendance at training is good so far in the younger years. If you are looking for an activity to get your son busy and active (and off the computer screen) – sign him up for swimming, it is great for fitness!

AIC water polo will be contested over a one-day tournament format this year. All games are held at Somerville House. Villanova will enter the maximum number of three teams (Year7/8, Year8/9 and Open team) in the AIC Water Polo competition. Player nominations are now closed. Mrs Jacobs will meet with all players to confirm and impart the information below.

Date:  Sunday 27 October
Venue: Somerville House. Limited parking underneath pool car park. Street parking available but be wary of resident parking signage in streets near pool.
Convenors: Keith Harron (Iona) and Jordan Sheterline (Water Polo Queensland).
First Aid: There will be a dedicated lifeguard on duty as well as a sports medical officer.
Canteen: There will be small canteen (snacks and drinks only) in operation
Draw: As per the draw below with Year7/8 and Year 9/10 from 8am to 11am, and Open from noon to 3pm.

AIC 2019 Water Polo Draw
Year 7/Year 8: Field 1 Somerville House

8.00am: Game 1 Iona v Ashgrove Table: SLC
8.20am: Game 2 Villanova v St Laurence’s Table: Iona
8.40am: Game 3 Padua v St Peters Table: Ashgrove
9.00am: Game 4 Iona v Villanova Table: Padua
9.20am: Game 5 Padua v Ashgrove Table: Villanova
9.40am: Game 6 St Peters v St Laurence’s Table: Ashgrove
10.00am: Game 7 Iona v Padua Table: St Laurence’s
10.20am: Game 8 St Peters  v Villanova Table: Iona
10.40am: Game 9 Ashgrove v St Laurence’s Table: Villanova

Year 9/10: Field 2 Somerville House

8.00am: Game 1 Villanova v Padua Table: Ashgrove
8.20am: Game 2 St Peters v Ashgrove Table: Villanova
8.40am: Game 3 St Laurence’s v Iona Table: St Peters
9.00am: Game 4 Villanova v  St Peters Table: St Laurence’s
9.20am: Game 5 St Laurence’s v Padua Table: Villanova
9.40am: Game 6 Iona v Ashgrove Table: Ashgrove
10.00am: Game 7 Villanova v St Laurence’s Table: Iona
10.20am: Game 8 Iona v St Peters Table: St Laurence’s
10.40am: Game 9 Ashgrove v Padua Table: St Peters

Open: Field 1 Somerville House

12.00midday: Game 1 Padua v Villanova Table: AIC
12.20pm: Game 2 St Laurence’s v Ashgrove Table: AIC

Table: AIC

12.40pm: Game 3 Iona v St Peters Table: AIC
1.00pm: Game 4 Winner 1 v Winner 2 Table: AIC
1.20pm: Game 5 Winner 3 v Best loser 1/2/3 Table: AIC
1.40pm: Game 6 Next Losers of 1/2/3 Table :AIC
2.00pm: Game 7 Loser 4 v Loser 6 Table: AIC
2.20pm: Game 8 Winner 6 v Loser 5 Table: AIC
2.40pm: Game 9 Winner 4 v Winner 5 (gold) Table: AIC

Ms Barbara Dewis

Dig it! Set it! Hit it! As each team takes to the court this weekend in the Junior Schools Cup, they will be constantly reminded of these three elements.  This tournament will see Villanova represented by a Year 7 and a Year 8 team.  They will play in the Division 2 category of the tournament and are coached by staff members Barbara Dewis and Leanne Addley.  Both teams are fortunate to be playing at the same venue, the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre at Carrara.  This will be a good opportunity for both teams to support each other and I look forward to the weekend’s results.

Villanova’s 2019 AIC Track and Field Team are very much looking forward to competing at the annual AIC Track and Field Championships next Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre (QSAC).

The team’s preparation has been encouraging and we are looking forward to a successful carnival. Unfortunately, not everyone who has trained will get the chance to compete on Thursday and Friday. However, we believe that all those who have trained are important members of the 2019 AIC Track and Field Team, therefore all squad members who have trained throughout the season are invited to attend the carnival with the competing team as a spectator/reserve on Friday 25 October.

The final team will be announced tomorrow after the last AIC Track and Field Meet is held this evening.  An important meeting will be held at the second break tomorrow to give all information out to the entire team regarding the event schedule, final team list and other important information including buses times, uniform requirements etc.

This information will also be posted on the web tomorrow.

Although students may be collected after their event from the venue, we ask all student athletes on both days to arrive at the College and use the bus service provided so that our staff can account for the entire team on both days.

AIC TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP                              

Day 1:                   Thursday 24 October 1.15pm – 5.00pm. Main Stadium – QSAC, Kessels Road, Nathan
Transport:           Bus departs Villanova College from Sixth Avenue at 12 midday and will return to the College by 5.30pm

Day 2:                   Friday 25 October 8.30am – 2.00pm. Main Stadium – QSAC, Kessels Road, Nathan
Team Photo:        All athletes are to assemble/meet in the quadrangle at Villanova College at 6.45am for a team photo
Transport:            Bus departs Villanova College from Sixth Avenue at 7.20am and will return to the College by 2.45pm.

All members of the team must arrive at the College by 6.45am on Friday ready for a 7.20am departure on the team bus. All athletes are to meet on the quadrangle for a team photo before boarding the bus. Boys are to ensure they have eaten beforehand and have all the necessary food, drink and equipment for the day.  The first event on the program for Day 2 begins at 8.45am (Open 3000m).

Uniform:            All athletes are required to wear the full Villanova College athletic uniform. Boys who are not competing may wear their team shirt and green PE shorts.

 Competing athletes must wear the following:

  • Villanova athletics singlet
  • Villanova white athletic shorts
  • Villanova team shirt (COMPULSORY)
  • Villanova sports cap (green)

The boys will need to bring the following:

  • Hat/sunscreen/wet weather gear (if required)
  • Water bottle/s
  • Food (fruit, sandwiches)
  • Lunch will be provided on Friday 25 October – NO canteen
  • Please avoid junk food such as chips and milk drinks
  • Other sportswear i.e. spikes

The team bus will return to the College at the completion of the presentations on Day 2 by approximately 2.45pm.

Our congratulations to Ethan Campbell who has been selected as Team Captain for 2019. Ethan has led by example with his commitment to Villanova’s athletics program over many years.

Thank you for supporting your son during the track and field season this year.  I am sure all boys will give their best on Thursday and Friday next week and we look forward to an enjoyable and successful couple of days.

The annual AIC Golf Championship will be contested on Monday 28 October at the Indooroopilly Golf Club. Five students will be selected to represent the College at these Championships. All players are to meet Mr Smith/Mr Lynam at 5.45am in front of Goold Hall on the day of the Championships ready to arrive at the venue for team registrations at 6.20am. There will be a shot gun start at 7am followed by presentations around 1pm. Mr Smith/Mr Lynam will transport the team by minibus to and from the venue. Please contact Mr Stariha for any further queries or questions.

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 the 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 will be announced as soon as possible

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


Year 11 and Year 12 in Goold Hall


Year 10 at Little Langlands


Year 10 in Goold Hall


Year 9 at Little Langlands


Year 9 in Goold Hall


Year 11 and Year 12 in Goold Hall

3.30pm – 5.00pm Cricket

Year 7 at Little Langlands


Year 7 in Goold Hall


Year 7 trials at Coorparoo JAFC


Year 8 and Year 9 at Coorparoo JAFC


Year 8 at Little Langlands


Year 8 in Goold Hall


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.

The Sports Office is currently looking at staffing for the 2020 sports season. If you can assist in any of these roles, we ask that you complete a ‘2020 Coaches, Managers and Officials Nomination Form’ which is found on the web in the sports section. Please return the completed form back to the Sports Office. Villanova relies on the assistance of the parents, old boys and friends to help fulfil these roles. We encourage you to help if you can – your boys, our students are counting on us.

Volleyball and Cricket Coaches Needed
We need coaches of the teams listed above to assist with trials very soon. If you are keen to take on a coaching role, please complete the nomination form described above and return to the Sports Office asap.

Mr John Christie will announce a 10-man squad to participate in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup at the Gold Coast from the 7 – 14 December 2019.  All successful members will be given an information letter by the end of next week which contains payment, permission and medical forms to be completed. Please note that a player fee of approx $200 will be charged and all players will be asked to find their own way to and from each of the games during that week. Carpooling may have to be organised.

A squad of 13 will be chosen by this Friday to partake in the above-mentioned tour to Melbourne from 8 – 12 December 2019.  All successful members will be given an information letter which contains payment, permission and medical forms to be completed. Players will be announced next Tuesday 22 October, and the paperwork will be distributed next Wednesday 23 October . I ask all successful students to return the permission form by next Friday to indicate whether they are keen to go along or not. This will give us enough time to select other students to take their place if they are unable to participate. The cost of the tour is approx. $1550, perhaps a little less.

Well done to Nick Craig (Queensland 14 years maroon team), Nicholas Humphries (Queensland 14 years white team), Tom Boxall (Queensland 15 years maroon team) and Cooper Stevens (Queensland 15 years white team) who all travelled to Canberra over the school holidays to compete in the National Volleyball Championships.

Nick Craig’s team competed extremely well to come away with a silver medal. Tom Boxall was appointed captain of his team which also won a silver medal in the 15 years division.

Mr John Christie (Villanova First VI Volleyball Coach) also attended the National Championships as the Queensland 15 years (white) coach.

Well done to all these men on a great achievement representing their state at the highest level.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport



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Information will be communicated to families regarding a change to rehearsal schedule from Week 3 onwards.  All bands will move to ‘2020’ ensembles from Week 3.  All string ensembles will move to ‘2020’ ensembles from Week 4 after Strings in the Cathedral.  We look forward to welcoming our new members!

This year our Big Band and Irish Ensemble 1 will be performing at the Live and Wired Festival, hosted by Loreto College on Sunday 20 October.  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.

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 at next week’s rehearsal at the College on 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.

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, 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.

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

Term 4
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

The P&F is looking forward to a fun night this Saturday at the 2019 Trivia Night!!

  • Raffle tickets: 1 ticket for $5, or 3 for $10.
  • Last Man Standing: $750 cash prize. 1 number for $20 or 3 numbers for $50. Only 100 numbers will be sold.
  • Eftpos available on the night.

All money raised on the night goes towards the College P&F fundraising efforts for our boys’ school.  Doors open at 6:30pm, for a 7.00pm start. BYO table decorations, drinks and food! Prizes for best dressed!

Tickets available at the door or book online at:

The 6th Annual Derby Day for Ladies at Blackbird Bar and Grill on Saturday 2 November from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Click here to secure your tickets.

Middle School End of Year Parent Celebration – Saturday 23 November, 2019 from 6.00pm. Full details to come!

Over the past week, there have been many messages of thanks received for what the 2019 AFAS Exchange participants were able to achieve. Whether it was through making new friends, meeting the AFAS scholars and their families or assisting communities both physically and financially, it was the whole College community that enabled this group to achieve so much.

Many thanks to all members of the College community for their support in raising funds for the variety of projects AFAS undertook whilst in the Philippines. The money donated was raised in the following ways:

17 Scholarships:  Proceeds from Mission Day
Extra scholarships at CSA-B:  Proceeds from Mission Day
Projects:  Proceeds from Middle School dance
Family Health Program (LCC Murcia):  Mission Week candle sales
Alternative Learning Night School:  YAYM Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls
Feeding Program at DAA:  Villanova Hospitality Department
Art, Music, PE equipment:  Villa Visions
2019 medical expenses – at orphanages run by Missionaries of the Poor and Missionaries of Charity:  Dr Juergen Landmann from Carina Medical and Specialist Centre and a  private donation
2019 Basilica Street Kids Program:  private donation
Food parcels and hygiene packs:  AFAS Exchange participants donation

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

Tony Hindmarsh, AFAS Co-ordinator

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 Menu Price List – 2019


Monday 21 October
Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 22 October
Kate Hartley
Jo Phillips
Lisa Meredith
Jilane Anderson
Deanne Perrier
Lisa Stone
Nicole Binney
Victoria Lenton
Nicky Rosso

Wednesday 23 October
Sharron Genrich
Lisa Prendergast
Lisa Moroney
Clare Godwin
Paivi McIntosh
Jean Egan
Peta Diedrichs
Eleni Diakos
Maree Martin
Loretta Jordan-Vieira

Thursday 24 October
Christy Grigson
Wendy Wallis
Tracey Wells
Diana McGregor
Janine Pugh
Maria Horton
Naomi Greenwood

Friday 25 October
Lesley Stevens
Amanda Robinson – Ilka
Melissa Paterson
Bridget Manning
Merissa Ryan
Barbara Dardengo
Amanda Knight
Melody Phillips
Jane Short
Lucinda Timms



Tuesday 22 October
Cristina Palacios
Susanna Greaves

Wednesday 23 October
Maritsa Malanos

Thursday 24 October
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham






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Community News and Events

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.

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.

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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