Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
At this time of the year, we pay particular attention to our Year 12 students as they begin the final stages of their time at Villanova College. For these young men the days are very quickly slipping by, and the final exams are just around the corner.

I know for many of our young men there is a sense of excitement for the future, tinged with a little trepidation when leaving what has been familiar for so many years. I hope we have instilled in them a sense of purpose and self- confidence to take the next steps in their life journey.

The support of their families and the staff of the College has prepared them to be caring, empathetic and responsible young men. Sure, they will make mistakes and I hope they will be accountable and have learnt the value of repairing harm that is caused to relationships and be ready to offer an apology to those who may be offended. I hope they will continue to display good manners and to be polite and courteous in their dealings with others. I hope they will seek opportunities to give back to their community through charitable works and will treat all people with dignity. I hope they will be humble and unassuming and grateful for all they have received. I hope they will find their relationship with God.

Our work with these young men is almost done. We will continue to challenge, support and encourage them to be their very best as they complete the final weeks of this year.

COVID Update
Thank you to our families for your support of the current restrictions. Students and staff are wearing masks when outside moving around the campus. In the classrooms the students can remove the mask when seated and the teacher may also do so when at the front of the room. In classroom situations where physical distancing is not possible the teacher when working one-on one with a student may ask him to wear a mask.

Villa Visions
Tomorrow, the 2021 Villa Visions Showcase will be held from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm in the newly refurbished Creative Arts Precinct. The showcase will feature the students’ work across Visual Arts, Drama and Multi-Media Studies. A light supper will be served. Villa Visions is always a great event highlighting the outstanding work of our students in the Creative Arts.

Staffing News
At the end of the week, we will farewell Ms Janet Murfin, Junior School Learning Support Officer.  We thank Janet for her work with the students and wish her all the very best for the future.

AIC Track and Field Carnival
Last Friday and Saturday our Track and Field athletes competed in the AIC Competition at QEII Stadium. The overall results placed Villanova College in sixth position for the Year 7 – 12 age group and fourth position for our Year 5 and Year 6 athletes. There were many outstanding performances, and every athlete gave his very best on the day. Our students were great ambassadors for the College. Thank you to the many coaches and managers supporting our team and a special thank you to the Sports Office for all their work during the season.

Sports Thank you
With the Track and Field Carnival over, the 2021 AIC Competition comes to a conclusion. I want to acknowledge and thank all the coaches, managers, umpires, referees and supporters who have made 2021 a very special year.

The Sports Office led by Director of Sport, Mr Craig Stariha and consisting of Mr Chris Everding, Mr Anthony Kemp and Mr Todd Kropp is to be congratulated on a great year. Their work organising the sporting program ensures our students have so many opportunities to participate in sports across the year.

Without the mums and dads volunteer army our sporting program would not be possible. I thank our parent body for their continued support and encouragement during the year. The Sport Canteens at both Villanova Park and Goold Hall have fed the hungry players during the year, and I thank Mrs Robyn Gunning and Mrs Sarah Patterson for their co-ordination of our catering services and the many volunteers who worked behind the counter.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand.  We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.  This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community. 

 

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Teaching and Learning

As our Year 12 cohort look to finish classes strongly, it is important for them (and all of our students) to remain positive at a time when the intensity of examination preparation can potentially overwhelm. It can be difficult to stay positive at all times about your schoolwork, particularly if you have challenges, whether they be personal or whether you are grappling with some other challenge. When we allow pressure and stress to build, we can get into bad habits and let go of good habits. As a result, students can feel even more drained and exhausted.

The key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including schoolwork and exams is to “fuel up”. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND and EMOTIONS.

BODY: Here are some things you can do to boost the energy in your BODY

  • Get better sleep.

Feeling good all starts with getting the right amount and type of sleep. Start with a good night-time routine. Stop anything that stimulates you such as caffeine or TV or computer, iPad or phone screens etc. Try a warm drink such as chamomile tea and use essential oils such as lavender oil. Having a soothing bath or shower can also help along with gentle stretching of tight or tense muscles. If you still feel you are not getting a “good” sleep, be sure to see your doctor.

  • Eat in Moderation

Never skip a meal, especially breakfast. Breakfast replenishes your body and helps you start your day full of energy. Eat three main meals, and two to three snack meals a day. Eating five to six times in a day keeps your blood sugar levels balanced, giving you an overall sense of well-being needed for focusing on your tasks and responsibilities.

  • Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise, at least three times per week for a minimum of 30-minute sessions, can virtually “soak up” stress chemicals in your body and help you to relax and even sleep better. Brisk walking, aerobic classes, swimming, bike riding, or jogging are great exercises to release stress build up and relax your body and mind to either start or end your day right.

MIND: Here are some things you can do to THINK more positive

  • Change your thinking and perceptions

Write down your top five fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Then ask yourself, “IS THAT TRUE”? Usually fears and worries are not based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to it. It is what it is for now!

  • Change your focus

Have you noticed that what we worry about we make bigger and keep closer to us by the way we think and focus? Try this…make your fears and worries SMALL in size (five cm in height) DARK in brightness and as far away as possible in DISTANCE. When we change the size, brightness and distance of the things that upset us in our minds it reduces the intensity of the emotion.

EMOTIONS: Here are some things you can do to FEEL more positive

  • Acts of kindness

Make a list of five acts of kindness you can do every day. Make them simple acts of kindness that are easy to do such as saying thank you etc. Do these five acts of kindness every day for six weeks. The research shows that people that do this and think of three good things in their life (as above) have a dramatic positive boost in their mood.

  • Three ‘good things’ exercise

Every day at the start and end of your day think of three good things that happened. Write them down. Then think about either WHY those good things happened or how it MADE YOU FEEL when those good things happened.

  • Start ticking things off your list

Pick something small and achievable to start with that you need to do for school and get it done. You will feel much more positive when you start doing things. Do a few more easy things to get your confidence up then tackle a more challenging task.

Year 12 External Examinations
The first three weeks of the term sees our Year 12 students finalising their preparations for their final examinations that commence at the end of next week. The first examinations, Essential English and Essential Mathematics, will be held next week. On Friday 22 October, the external examination block commences with Music in the morning and Economics and Health in the afternoon. Our Year 12 cohort then navigate just over three weeks of examinations concluding on Tuesday 16 November. The external examination timetable is below.

External Examination Timetable

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

 

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AWARDS FOR 2021
We recently celebrated the achievements of our Physics students and teachers.  The Year 12 Physics class presented Mr Graeme George with his award from the Australian Institute of Physics at a small morning tea for the department. Congratulations to Graeme for the well-deserved recognition of his commitment to his students and science education.

We also presented the Year 12’s with their AIP awards for excellence. There were 12 students who achieved 45/50 or higher on their internal assessment during the year, again recognising their determination and efforts to achieve their best in their final year of school science.

Well done to Graeme and to the following boys on their achievements:

Sebastian Allan, Henry Barras, Harry Corrigan, Edward Gallagher, Travis Graham, Louis Henderson, Henry Holroyd, Henry Holt, Isaac Langford, Nicolas Manero, Julian O’Loan and Paddy Perrier.

STEM ENRICHMENT
During the September school holidays a number of our Year 10 and Year 11 Science students participated in a number of immersion experiences.

Liam McConville (Year 11) was selected from a highly competitive field to work with University of Queensland researchers investigating the effect of chemotherapy drugs on cell division, with the hope of developing new treatment protocols.  The project, part of the SPARQ-Ed program,  involved learning new biotechnology techniques to collect data, and then complete detailed analysis of the results.  The researchers and staff complemented the students on their skills and motivation to learn.  Congratulations to Liam for his commitment to the program and for being an excellent ambassador for the College.

Year 10 students, Luke Waterson, Oscar De Tina,  Dom Martin and Alex Bearzatto were selected to participate in the UQ Junior Physics Odyssey (JPhO).  The students spent the week engaging in workshops to develop their understanding and enjoyment of Physics through hands on activities and problem solving.  The boys enjoyed their experience and particularly enjoyed working with ‘like-minded’ students from other schools from all over Queensland.

STUDY FRESH RESEARCH PROJECT
This term, the Year 10 Earth and Environmental Science class will be participating in the Study Fresh Research Project with University of Queensland. This project is being funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist and fits in with the unit of work being completed in Term 4. In this unit, the students are looking at environmental modelling and sustainability. The aim of the research project, in the long term is to link air quality with cognitive function in classrooms. The UQ staff collaborating on the project are a combination of electrical engineers, computer scientists, and behavioural scientists. The project will involve the Year 10 EES boys working with UQ staff in an initial workshop (at school) to build the air quality data loggers (temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide levels) and placing them in some of the classrooms around the College.

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Junior School

It’s Queensland Mental Health Week 2021.  Our mindset is incredibly important – it’s how we feel about our sense of identity and our connections to the world around us.  Nobody can understand what it is like to be “you”.  Only you really know how you feel about life and the way you get through the waves that roll through each day.

So, truth be told – we all have great days when we feel happy, light in spirit and jovial.  These days mean we notice the feel of the sunshine on our backs, the way a breeze passes by and how important our family and friends are to us.  We all know that some days we feel a disconnect – interpreting the people around us is blurred with paranoia and insecurity and there can be a snowball effect of small things going in directions that seem against us at the time.  We need to keep hope and belief that these moments will pass.  Life is about ups and downs but how we find strength in ourselves and each other as our experiences gather over the days, months and years.

“Take Time for Mental Health” is our theme this week – and it should be every week as far as I’m concerned.  Prioritising your balance of work, family, friends and self means you have the best chance of living your life to the fullest – it’s a gift and our time together is precious.  When work overrides and we find ourselves struggling to keep up the motivation and quality of our output – we can become resentful and negative.  If family and friends consume our time, then it’s often great fun for a while until we might begin to feel suffocated and desperate for breathing space.  How often do you think that you simply have far too much time on your own?  Give yourself a moment here.  I would hazard a guess that few of us feel we have “enough” time on our own to decompress and regroup ourselves.  If I go back to my childhood, then there was nothing worse than being “bored out of my mind” on a Sunday, which seemed to be the quietest day of the week in the 1980s.  No shops, sport or regular events scheduled on a Sunday.  It’s very different to 2021 where our lives seem to be in constant stages of preparation – there’s no single seasons anymore – so there’s little time to be bored at all.

So, we must take the time for our mental health because it’s not actually readily available.  We might have to plan ahead to ensure we exercise, walk the dog or find a quiet spot around the house to put our feet up.  We should look to be spontaneous and use an early morning wake up on the weekend to have breakfast by the ocean at our favourite surf club.  Building a culture of showing pride in putting ourselves first is something we can pass on to our children that will have a positive impact in their future.  There’s a reason why self-care measures such as haircuts, massages and something new to wear make us feel so good.  There are physical and psychological effects when we look after ourselves then we can be better at being with others.

The question is, can you be brave enough this week to start taking some time for yourself?  Learning how to let some of the housework go unattended may be where you start so you can fit in a river loop walk and a coffee.  Using your weekend time for recreation and not just to catch up on work missed means you can make that bike ride, boat show or any other exhibition you are keen to see.  A new recipe in a magazine should be tried out because it looks so delicious so give yourself the time to shop, chop and embrace new flavours.  Those boardgames or puzzles in the cupboard do not have to wait for the holidays – bring them out on a weeknight and declare it a no homework/study evening, declaring your family time comes first (timing is important here – please don’t get me into trouble).  If Covid restrictions are eased, then you definitely should make that trip to see family or friends before changes may come back into place.  Have no regrets about investing in yourself.  Make it a regular practice and notice the impact it has on how you feel.

Please see Queensland Mental Health Week | 9-17 October 2021 (qldmentalhealthweek.org.au) for more information and have a wonderful weekend taking the time for you!

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Middle School

The TV program Squid Game is currently the most viewed program on the streaming service Netflix and has undoubtedly caught the interest of many of our students. Coupled with the buzz and hype about the show, there have been cautionary messages from various sources about the violent nature of the program and the potentially harmful effects on young people watching the program.

Whilst I personally have not viewed the program, Squid Game is a fictitious, hunger-games style survival show. The program features extremely graphic violence, with characters tortured and killed for the pleasure of other characters. There is sex; there are threats of sexual violence, and scenes where women are assaulted.

The Australian classification rating for this program is MA15+, recommending restricting access for people under the age of 15 years. The program’s warning carries the following messages,

  • Strong Violence
  • Strong Blood and Gore
  • Strong Sex Scenes
  • Strong Suicide Themes
  • Strong Crude Humour

I remember movies, TV shows and video games when I was younger that pushed the boundaries of what could or shouldn’t be depicted. I distinctly remember the controversial release of video games like Grand Theft Auto (1997) and the rightful concerns about the violent messaging behind the game’s format. I also remember wanting to push the viewing limits with my parents as we walked the aisles of our local video rental store. In those times, the classifications on the side of the video or DVD ultimately determined what I could or couldn’t view. However, many years later, the way we consume entertainment has completely changed. Digital content can be accessed seamlessly from living rooms, bedrooms, or wherever we have access to a digital device.

Safe on Social is one of many organisations devoted to keeping kids safe when online and helping parents and teachers understand the various risks associated with children accessing digital content. With respect to Squid Game, they recommend that, “sensitive or younger viewers should avoid watching Squid Game on Netflix. As always, we recommend that you watch it first and talk to your kids about the themes if you decide to let them watch it. Consider the impact and possible desensitisation to extreme violence, gambling, and addiction.”

Throughout the year, in this editorial, I have recommended that parents pay close attention to what their sons can/can’t access online. The ongoing threats to our young people’s mental health associated with unrestricted social media usage, easy access to pornography and other inappropriate content, and the addictive nature of binge-gaming remain some of my greatest concerns. The need for all of us to establish clear and consistent messaging and boundaries around online access is critical. We need to provide strong protective factors for our young men as they try to navigate the pitfalls of an all too prevalent and pervasive multi-media culture.

The College has a range of support mechanisms for parents who have concerns about what their son might be accessing. Many of these can be found on the College’s website https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/student-life/our-technology/byod/cybersafety/.

Alternatively, parents may also wish to reach out to their relevant Pastoral Area Leader.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Senior School

Year 12 Farewell Assembly
Tomorrow, the Class of 2021 will be farewelled by the staff and student body in a special assembly culminating in the now traditional Guard of Honour. This year’s Seniors will forever be remembered as a cohort which possessed a holistic love of their College- engaging wholeheartedly in all areas of Villa life with spirit and determination. At their commissioning ceremony at the beginning of the year, the Seniors pledged to be ‘Humble in Confidence’ and ‘Courageous in Character’ and they have successfully lived out their motto to leave a profound legacy. We will live-stream the assembly so that parents, family and community members can also view the occasion. I will share with you some of the highlights of the assembly in next week’s Villa View.

One of the significant rituals at this assembly is the handover ceremony for the Student Leadership Team. Earlier this week, we conducted a morning tea for the 2021 and 2022 Student Leadership teams whereby the outgoing team had the opportunity to impart advice and wisdom from their student leadership experience. The incoming team already has some great energy and project ideas that they are keen to commence this term and establish a strong platform moving into 2022.

Year 10 Day of Reflection
On Monday of this week, Year 10 students gathered in the Hanrahan Theatre for their Day of Reflection which thankfully we were able to reinstate with the lifting of restrictions. Facilitated by Michael Fitzpatrick who has worked with our students for many years and is a great friend of the College, this experience offers our young men a rare opportunity within the busy nature of our calendar to stop and reflect not only on their journey as young men but as a member of their cohort.

Our students were challenged but showed courage in sharing their thoughts and opinions on a range of issues concerning their personal welfare and that of their peers. The Day of Reflection is an important part of the curriculum offered at Villanova College and reflects our gateway value of interiority. Saint Augustine expresses this value in the following way- “return to yourself. Withdraw from all the din. Look inside yourself to find a pleasant, private corner in your consciousness…” (Sermon 52,22) There were many truths shared and exposed throughout the day which is healthy in the social, emotional and spiritual development of our young me. I would like to thank Year 10 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Sean O’Neill for his leadership in coordinating the day as well as the staff who attended in support of the students.

Fellowship of the Strings
Last Thursday, I had a great pleasure to attend the String Gala Concert in the Hanrahan Theatre. Under the leadership of the Head of Strings, Ms Raquel Bastos, the quality of musicianship on display was outstanding. One of the highlights for me, however, was listening to Strings Captain Harry Corrigan speak about his Villanova experience as expressed through being a part of the Music (and string) program at the College. For me, it epitomised the underpinning value of why our young men should challenge themselves to be a part of the myriad of opportunities offered to them at the College. I would like to share with you an excerpt of Harry’s speech:

“There’s something special about being a part of Music and ensembles at Villanova. It’s you and 30 other people who all share one thing in common, and you are united by it – a love of music that you’ve had and let flourish for years. These are the blokes who have forced their bodies out of bed when it’s way too early just like you, and it’s this fellowship and camaraderie that I think is amazing. The hours of practice, years of early mornings and sharing of indisputable facts like violas are best used as firewood that makes being a part of music an experience you only get a few times in your life. This is something that also transcends age. In sinfonia this year, we’ve had members ranging from Year 8 right through to Year 12. At school, you only really get to know the people in your year. You get to know them very well, but you don’t get to know many people from other year levels. Music is different, however. Through it, I have gotten to know people older than me in previous years, as well as the people who will be standing where I am now in a few years time. But what does this all mean? Well, a huge part of an education at Villanova is about brotherhood, and to me, music has been one of the main ways that I have experienced this. Through music, the bonds of many of my friendships have been forged. Without music, a significant aspect of this concept is completely lost, I feel. That is what I will really remember about doing Music at this school. The people I did it with.

“If music be the food of love, play on.” – William Shakespeare

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Happenings in Identity and Mission this last week!

Panel on Consent hosted by BCE
Our Student Leadership Team for 2022 are immediately showing a readiness to engage in issues that are important and challenging, a great sign of what is to come!

On Tuesday afternoon our Student Leadership Team for 2022 headed across to All Hallows to join in the on-line inter-school Forum on Consent hosted by Brisbane Catholic Education.

The panel of experts were all eager to enter respectful dialogue with students in addressing questions around consent and respectful relationships.  They all had their own unique perspectives to offer to ensure that we were able to unpack each question through multiple lenses.  The panel included Prof Br David Hall from Australian Catholic University; Max Heers from True Relationships and Reproductive Health; Kate Miller from Task Force Argos – Internet Child Exploitation Unit; and Marisha and Andrew from R4Respect.  Their input all focused on questions posed directly from students, along with time to group discussion and further questioning.

Our students offered the following insights following the forum:

“To be given the opportunity to be able to experience a co-ed workshop to talk about something so important and prominent in today’s society is an opportunity that was extremely valued, and I hope we have more workshops like this in the future.” – Riley Richards

“It was an extremely rewarding experience to actually understand how different the perspectives around consent and healthy relationships are between an all boy and all girl school, something that can be taken into account in future workshops at Villa.” – Lachie Mc Gregor

“The experience was cherishable, as it was good to get some perspective on how to maintain positive relationships, and what we must to do to call out anything that can damage these relationships.” – Jose Sibi

“It was a very eye opening and confronting experience. To be shown and exposed to raw themes as we were, was an experience I will take a lot from and most certainly not take for granted. The girls were great to work with and added a lot to group conversations, through adding their points of view and opinions to points delivered by the panel.” – Dimitri Horton

“The experience to go not only to such an amazing seminar but also to undergo it with the group of All Hallows leaders was a real eye-opener. To discuss such vulnerable topics in an open and accepting environment really made the difference. Those running the event offered incredible opinions that allowed the seminar to run smoothly and allowed all to feel comfortable and open.” – Cameron Wallis

“Experiencing the seminar was not only personally rewarding but as a group, it was engaging, eye opening and raw to hear and experience the topics discussed in conversation. Breaking into small groups and having conversations with articulate peers of similar age provided incredible insight into such an issue that plagues society. An unbelievable experience that will hopefully aid society in creating positive relationships.” – Aston Gapes

“It was good to have the opportunity to put light to a current issue and discuss it. It was a good experience, and I would recommend these kinds of opportunities to other students.” – Blake Waugh

Green Team Cleanup
The Norman Creek cleanup was a great experience to be involved in. Opportunities for service leadership are always rewarding, and gives you great satisfaction knowing that, even if small, you have made a difference. This was very much the case with the cleanup, where we all practically got involved to clean up the creek, putting our key Catholic teachings and values into practice to be stewards of the world and to take care of the environment.

Together as a group, we were all surprised at what items we found, as well as the amount of waste we could collect from the sides of the creek in less than one hour. We were motivated to keep walking along the creek and digging into bushes to clean up as much as we could, which was evident with the end-result of the total collection of two – three large bags worth of waste. This gave us an appreciation that more needs to be done to protect the environment around us. The experience was enjoyable, and I look forward to working with the Green Team on more projects like these to continue making a difference within our community. – Jose Sibi


Rosies – Our friends on the street!
“But they seem so happy and supportive of one another, and of us as well.” This is one of the most common comments made by students undertaking Rosies outreaches and was reinforced on Friday night.

As the boys moved through the diverse groups of homeless people, giving out food and drink, two young men chose to share part of their stories with our students over a coffee. Despite the very challenging circumstances that brought them to Rosies that night, the overwhelming reflection from our students focused upon how open and positive they were. At one point the young men passed up additional food and drink because they thought others in the group were more deserving.

At the debrief following the outreach, the boys were firmly committed to continuing their involvement with Rosies next year. They reflected on encountering a section of society that was outside their usual experience and of the false assumptions that many make. The students spoke glowingly about how generous the patrons were, and of the benefits derived from gaining an insight into the significant challenges that impact the lives of others. Perspective can be a powerful tool. – Mr Pat Atkinson

When students from my class returned from Rosies this week they delighted in telling me that they had discovered our class prayer from the last term that they have learnt off by heart is shared with Rosies.  Isn’t that the great thing about those prayers we learn by heart!  So, it seems appropriate after our last night of Rosies for 2021 that I invite you to read, ponder and perhaps commit to memory the following prayer:

O Jesus,
Make our hearts so human,
That others may feel at home with us,
So like Yours,
That others may feel at home with you,
So forgetful of self
That we might simply become the place where You and they meet
In the power of Your Love and the joy of Your friendship.

Amen

Sunday readings at home
Please use this link to access this week’s readings and commentaries:

Worldwide Marriage Encounter invites couples, priests and religious to a Marriage Encounter Weekend to enrich and revitalise your Sacrament.  It gives you the opportunity to grow in your relationship with your spouse or your community.

Virtual weekend via Zoom, 22 October 2021 to 24 October 2021, commencing at 7.00pm on Friday – concluding at 4.00pm Sunday.  Contact Julie and Zyg Staszyc:  Email: sabookings@wwme.org.au

Ms Kate Garrone, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Sport

I am extremely proud of all the boys who participated in the 2021 Track & Field program over the season and to those who were privileged to represent our College at the annual AIC Championships held on Friday and Saturday of last week.

The early message given to our squad this year was to compete and give of your best at every training session to improve. We challenged the boys to challenge each other and to raise the bar for each other. Put simply, we wanted there to be a strong sense of competition within our team where the boys had to compete against each other to make the team. Once the team was selected the clear message to all athletes was to aim to break your personal best on the day.

Overall, Villanova was placed in sixth position in the 12 years – Opens and fourth position in the Year 5 and Year 6 Aggregates. Unfortunately, we were plagued with several injuries from some of our top athletes leading up to the championship which meant several boys had to fill the places. Although we performed one position better in the 12 years to Open category, we did drop from first to fourth in the Juniors which was a little disappointing, as we were keen to build on last year’s performance. However, we weren’t disappointed in the boys as we know they did give their very best on the day and we thank them for being great competitors and representatives of the College.

In some ways it’s easier to be involved in a program when things are going well. It shows a tremendous amount of courage and conviction from both student athletes and coaches to stick to a program, to work hard and to find a way to dig themselves off the bottom when the going is tough. Our boys did that this year. They worked hard, attended training, concentrated on their own efforts to improve and were keen to beat their fellow school mates to make the team. They then backed themselves on the day to produce in most cases a personal best but certainly the best they could muster on the day. I am very proud of all the boys and coaches. It’s about giving of yourself, having guts and showing pride – well done boys!

During my tenure at Villanova, it is my opinion that Track & Field is a sport which Villanova struggles with the most. Given we have a jam-packed sports program in place, it seems the interest with most students lies in other areas, therefore I never have been confident that Villanova has ever had its very best team perform on the day. I have much admiration for those who did compete and train and ultimately were prepared to represent Villanova at the annual championship. They then become Villanova’s best, and I thank them and their parents for supporting the program when asked. You did us proud!

Please be aware that the ‘2022 Online Sign-On Link’ for those wishing to play cricket, volleyball, AFL and swimming has been published on the website all week. Any student who wishes to represent Villa in these sports during term 1 next year must complete this online sign-on sheet by tomorrow, Friday 15th October.  As part of the sign-on process both the parents and students are asked to check a box to indicate that they accept and are aware of the College’s expectations and policies regarding Villa sport. Some of these are listed on the sign-on form.

At the bottom 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 Villa, 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 submitting the form. The sign-on link can be found on the College’s website under the Sport section or simply click here – https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/aic-term-1-2022-sport-sign-on

Cricket, AFL and Volleyball trials for all Year 7-12 2021 teams will be held week 5 of this term. NOTE! – Year 6 (2021) Cricket and AFL trials for those current Year 5 boys moving into Year 6 2022 will commence next Monday and Wednesday afternoon after school, please ensure you read all information below regarding times and dates. This information is also found on our website. Our aim is to have all cricket, AFL and volleyball teams selected before the end of year. Please see all trial information below.

Trimester 3 Sports Awards Assembly – Monday 18 October
The above mentioned assembly will take place next Monday 18 October in Goold Hall. All Track & Field, Basketball, Tennis and Rugby League awards will be presented. Due to Covid restrictions we are unable to invite parents to attend. The College will however, livestream stream the event commencing at 10.30am via the link – https://youtu.be/gy93olFupHc

We ask all families to check the award winners list posted within the Parent Lounge and Students Café portals. Simply log in as normal to these portals. Select the ‘Links’ tab from the top tool bar. From the drop-down menu, select the ‘Team Lists and Weekly Schedule’ tab to view the documents.

If you believe your son’s name is missing from an undefeated/premiership team, please contact the Sports Office. All other specific awards will remain a surprise.

AIC Touch
Mr Chris Everding, AIC Sport Co-ordinator

An AIC Touch Competition will be conducted on 23 October at SLC playing fields at Runcorn, from 7.30am to 12pm. There will be two Year 6 teams and one Year 7 team nominated by Villanova. The Year 6 teams have been selected from the Touch Football unit completed last term and a Year 7 team will have a selection trial next Monday afternoon (18 October) on Whinstanes from 3.15pm to 4.30pm. Students who have played some rep touch or played competition for several years and are available for both the trial and the competition on the 23 October, should have signed up today outside the Sports Office. Registrations will close at First Break tomorrow.

Coach, Manager and Officials Nomination Form – 2022
The Villanova College Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the Year 5 – 12 AIC sports program in 2022.  In particular, 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 has the opportunity to 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 online nomination form below.

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.

The College is indebted to those who were able to assist throughout 2021. We now invite those who would like to assist in 2022 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. You will no doubt find it rewarding and no experience is necessary. Please click on the link below if you can assist – https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/coachofficialnomination

AIC Water Polo
Students interested in playing in the AIC Water Polo tournament held on Sunday 24 October at Sommerville House are to register their interest via the sign-on sheet placed outside of the Sports Office. Registrations will close tomorrow.

If we do not have enough boys on the register, we will have no choice but to not enter teams in the competition.

The draw will be released next week after all AIC schools register. The divisions will be Year 7; Year 8/9 combined; Year 10/11 combined. No Year 12 team.

The Year 7 and Year 8/9 will most likely play in the morning and Year 10/11 in the afternoon. Those who register must be involved in the AIC swim program.

Villanova Swimming Training
For those who are wishing to be involved please complete the online rego/payment form which is posted on the College’s web site in the swim section. Our success next year is dependent upon the hard work put in this year. Attendance at training has been very encouraging. 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! Please remember these are not ‘learn to swim’ sessions, they are for boys who are competent swimmers who are able to swim laps of the pool without struggle.

For those wishing to enroll in the swim program, please click the link below to register your details online. Information regarding payment can also be found within this link. Please understand that the personal details and emergency contact information provided within the registration form will be shared with the staff from Langlands Pool. Langland Pool does not have access to the College’s data base and needs your contact information in the event of an emergency. If your details change you must notify the Sports Office (details below) as the updated information the College receives is not shared with Langlands Pool. If you do not wish for your emergency details to be shared with the staff from Langlands Pool, we will be unable to allow you to participate in the program.

Villanova Swimming Registration Link – https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/aic-swimming-registration—202122-

AIC TRACK AND FIELD
Mr Anthony Kemp, AIC Sport Co-ordinator

It was great to see that the 2021 Track and Field season went ahead uninterrupted after last year’s Covid affected preparation. As with all sports within the College there was excitement and eagerness from our athletes as they prepared to challenge themselves in a number of different disciplines. The lead up to the AIC Championships this year was smooth sailing in comparison to last season with all athletes given the opportunities to compete against other athletes from the various AIC Colleges in two warm-up meets held at SAF. It was evident from these two meets that we have some very talented athletes that would push themselves and perform very well at the Championships. Well done to all the boys for their efforts throughout the season attending training sessions, holiday sessions and warm up meets in preparation for the AIC Championships. In particular, our younger athletes from Years 5-7 led the way with attendance and enthusiasm at training and meets and hopefully this continues for many years to come.

At the 2021 AIC Track and Field Championships held at QSAC last week, the Villanova boys dug in and competed in every event to the best of their ability across the two days of competition. There are some extremely gifted athletes from other schools and our boys certainly matched it with the best of them. Not only did our athletes perform to the best of their ability but the way they supported and encouraged each other was outstanding and no doubt played a role in some of the great results we achieved.

Overall Villanova finished sixth in the final standings competing against some very tough opposition. Whilst it may not seem like the best result, there are certainly some positive signs for the future. Our Junior School boys once again led the way with some great results and finishing in 4th place overall. Congratulations go to our Year 6 boys who placed with a third overall in their respective age group. The 12 years age group also performed well across the two days finishing a respectable fourth for their age group. Overall placings for Villanova teams at the Championships were:

  • Year 5 – Year 6 Aggregate = Fourth (Year 5 Fifth and Year 6 – Third)
  • Year 7 – 12 Aggregate = Sixth (U12 – Fourth; U13 – Sixth; U14 – Eighth; U15 – Seventh; U16 – Fifth; Open – Seventh)

There were many notable performances by Villanova athletes throughout the Championships, with our athletes achieving 19 first places, 19 second places and 29 third places which equates to Villanova placing in more than 25% of the events which is a fantastic achievement by our athletes. Special mention goes to the following Villanova athletes who achieved first place in their events:

First place getters

Year 5:

  • Byron Shand (Hurdles)
  • Nathan Hannah (800m)

Year 6:

  • Charlie Gillett (Shot Put)
  • Lennox Hine (100m and 200m)
  • Liam Holmes (100m)
  • William Campbell (200m)
  • Oliver Kotzur (Hurdles)
  • Archie Dickinson (Hurdles)
  • Angus Browne (100m)

U/12:

  • Tom Longland (Long Jump, Hurdles, High Jump and Triple Jump)

U/13:

  • Harvey Anderson (100m)

U/16:

  • Mitchell Rieck (800m and 1500m)

Open:

  • Louis Henderson (Javelin)
  • Tommy Lawrance (Shot Put)

AIC Track and Field – Best Performance by an Athlete on the Day of the Championships were:

  • Junior School – Archie Dickinson
  • Middle School – Tom Longland
  • Senior School – Mitchell Rieck

Finally, special acknowledgement and thanks goes to staff members Ms Dewis, Mrs Dillon, Mrs Carabetta, Mr Pascoe, Mr Rolls, Mr Schiavo, Mr Valentine, Mr Levander, Old Boy Michael Criticos, and all the outside coaches who generously contributed their time and expertise towards coaching the Track and Field squad this year. A special thanks to the Sports Department of Mr Stariha, Mr Everding and Mr Kropp for their dedication towards coordinating the season, including assisting with coaching throughout the season.

2022 VILLANOVA CRICKET, AFL, SWIMMING AND VOLLEYBALL SIGN-ON AND TRIALS
Boys wishing to represent Villanova in the above-mentioned sports must complete the online sign-on form and attend all trials commencing this term. Please read all information below.

AIC Sports on Offer Term 1 – 2022

  • AIC Cricket – Open to all Year 5 – 12 students. All cricket is played on Saturday.
  • AIC Volleyball – Open to all Year 7 – 12 students. All volleyball is played on Saturday.
  • AIC AFL – Open to all Year 5 – 12 students. All Year 5 – 10 teams will play on Saturday. The Year 11 – 12 (Open) team will play on Friday afternoon.
  • AIC Swimming – Open to all, this does not conflict with the other sports.

Note – All Cricket, Volleyball and Year 5 – 10 AFL is played on Saturday. Therefore, students may trial for only one of these sports.

Year 11 – 12 AFL is played on Friday afternoon. Only Year 11 – 12 AFL players can trial for AFL and Cricket or Volleyball as they are played on different days.

Any boy may register for Swimming on top of the other sports played in Term 1.

AIC Sport Online Sign-on Link
Please click on the link below to register your son to trial for a sport. Registrations are due by Friday 15 October.

https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/aic-term-1-2022-sport-sign-on

Villanova College will conduct AIC Cricket, AIC AFL and Volleyball trials for all teams from Years 7 – 12 on the dates listed below. These trials are open to all students who are enrolled at Villanova College in 2022.  Please note that all students compete in their year level and not in their age groups.

All students, including those students who will join Villanova in 2022, must attend these trials to be considered for team selection in 2022. Students entering Year 7 in 2022 can only participate in cricket, AFL or volleyball. Students are required to wear any appropriate sporting attire to these trials. Sporting equipment will be supplied by the College. Students wishing to trial simply need to attend the venue 15 minutes before the advertised start time.

Commitment:  All teams will have one or two training sessions either before or after school each week during Term 1.  All Cricket and Volleyball as well as all Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9/10 AFL games will be played on Saturday during Term 1 as per the College calendar. Training times for all teams will be advised once finalised.

Initial AFL, Cricket and Volleyball Trial Schedule – Week 5

 

 

Monday 1 November Tuesday 2 November Wednesday 3   November Thursday 4   November Friday 5 November
6:30am – 8.00am Cricket
Year 11 and Year 12 (Opens) at Little Langlands
Cricket
Year 8 at Little LanglandsVolleyball
Year 8 in Goold Hall
Cricket
Year 10 at Little LanglandsVolleyball
Year 10 in Goold Hall
Volleyball
Year 12 (Opens) in Goold Hall
3.30pm – 5.00pm Cricket
Year 9 at Little LanglandsVolleyball
Year 9 in Goold HallAFL
Year 11/12 (Opens) trials at Coorparoo JAFC
Cricket
Year 7 at Little LanglandsVolleyball
Year 7 in Goold HallAFL
Year 7 and Year 8 trials at Coorparoo JAFC
Volleyball
Year 11 in Goold HallAFL
Year 9/10 trials at Coorparoo JAFC

PLEASE NOTE: Trials are for those boys who are entering the College in that year in 2022, e.g. Year 7 trials are for those boys who are entering Year 7 in 2022.

  • Little Langlands – Langlands Park, Main Avenue, Coorparoo (next to Easts Leagues Club)
  • Goold Hall – located on the Villanova College Campus, access via Eighth Avenue, Coorparoo
  • Coorparoo JAFC – Giffin Park, Birubi Street, Coorparoo

Further trials will be held on the following weekend dates after the initial trials are held above. Students will be advised of their team and subsequent playing time and venue after their trial session scheduled above. Please keep these weekends free.

Further AFL, Cricket and Volleyball Trial Dates (Year 7 – 12 Teams)
After the cricket, AFL and volleyball trials held during Week 5, Term 4 (that is, 1 – 5 November), the College has organised further trial games to take place on the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 November. It is important that all interested students attend these trials as we hope to finalise teams and squads after this weekend. All times and venues will be given to all players during the trials played earlier in the week. Some of these are listed below.

Those who do not make an AFL or Volleyball team have the option of joining a Cricket team. NOTE – The trials pertain to the year level the student enters in 2022. Therefore, the Year 7 trials are for students entering Year 7 in 2022.

All students wishing to trial for an AIC cricket, AIC AFL or AIC volleyball team must complete an ‘On-line Sign -on Form’ by Friday 15 October. Link below.

https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/aic-term-1-2022-sport-sign-on

Further Cricket Trials (Year 7 – 12 Teams)
Most (not all) teams from Year 7 – 12, Sunday 7 November 2021 at Villanova Park – Specific times and fields to be advised

Please note the trial games for cricket will be played on Sunday 7 November at Villanova Park. These trials are for selected teams/students only. NOT ALL BOYS WILL BE REQUIRED. After the trials held earlier in the week, we will advise those who are required to attend further trials on Sunday 7 November.  More information about team lists will be given at a later stage.

Please contact the Sports Office if you have any queries or concerns – sportsoffice@vnc.qld.edu.au Phone: 3394 5621

Date: Sunday 7 November 2021
Venue 1: Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa
Venue 2: Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road, Tingalpa
Uniform: Villanova cricket whites or any suitable sports clothing

Further Volleyball Trials – Year 7-12 Teams
(All teams from Years 7–12, Saturday 6 November 2021 at Villanova College, Goold Hall)

Please note that all students who have signed up for Volleyball trials will be expected to attend further trials held on Saturday 6 November in Goold Hall at Villanova College. After these trials all coaches will then select their volleyball teams/squads. If a boy fails to make a Volleyball team/squad, they are welcome to join a Cricket team. More information about team lists will be given at a later stage.

Please contact the Sports Office if you have any quires or concerns – sportsoffice@vnc.qld.edu.au Phone: 3394 5621

Date: Saturday 6 November 2021
Venue: Court 1 – Goold Hall, Nearest main entrance to the halll: Court 2 – Goold Hall, Near stage
Uniform:  Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing

* All players need to be at their respective venues 15 minutes prior to the commencement of their game.

Time Court 1 Court 2
7.30am – 9.00am Year 8 Year 8
9.00am – 10.30am Year 7 Years 7
10.30am – 12.00noon Year 9 Year 10
12.00noon – 1.30pm Year 11 Year 11
1.30pm – 3.00pm Opens Opens

Other Volleyball Trial Matches Organised (only for those boys who are selected after Saturday 6 November)
(Note – some training sessions will be organised before the games below – to be confirmed)

  • Saturday 13 November, Trial match v Iona College – Times and venues to be announced
  • Saturday 20 November, Trial match v St Laurence’s College – Times and venues to be announced

Further AFL Trials – Year 7-12 Teams
(All teams from Year 7 – 12, Saturday 6 November 2021)

Please note that all students who have signed up for AFL trials will be expected to attend further trials held on Saturday 6 November at Coorparoo JAFC, Birubi St, Coorparoo (Giffin Park). After these trials all coaches will then select their AFL teams/squads. If a boy fails to make an AFL team/squad, they are welcome to join a Cricket team. More information about team lists will be given at a later stage.

Please contact the Sports Office if you have any queries or concerns – sportsoffice@vnc.qld.edu.au Phone: 3394 5621

Date: Saturday 6 November
Venue: Coorparoo JAFC, Birubi St Coorparoo, Giffin Park
Uniform: Any suitable sports clothing to play AFL including boots and mouthguards. Bibs will be supplied

* All players need to be at their respective venues 30 minutes prior to the commencement of their game.

Time Coorparoo JAFC
7.00am – 8.30am Opens (Combined Year 11/12)
8.30am – 10.00am Year 7 and Year 8
10.00am – 11.00am Combined Year 9/10

Other AFL Trial Matches Organised (only for those boys who are selected after Saturday 6 November)
Note – some training sessions may be organised before the games below – to be confirmed

  • Friday 12 November, Open trial match v Iona College – Times and venues to be announced
  • Saturday 13 November, Year 6, 7, 8, 9/10 trial match v Iona – Times and venues to be announced
  • Friday 19 November, Open trial match v St Laurence’s College – Times and venues to be announced
  • Saturday 20 November, Year 8 and Year 9/10 trial match v St Laurence’s College – Times and venues to be announced

FURTHER AFL, VOLLEYBALL and CRICKET TRIALS – 2022
Please keep this date free.

DATE CLAIMER – Further Cricket, Volleyball and AFL will be played v St Laurence’s College on Saturday 29 January, times and venues to be announced.

AIC Cricket and AFL Trials – Year 6 Students (2022)
Students entering Year 6 in 2022 (current Year 5 students) will have their 2022 Cricket or AFL trials conducted on Monday 18 and Wednesday 20 October after school at Little Langlands from 3.15 – 4.40pm.

These trials are open to all students who are enrolled at Villanova College in 2022. Please note that in the AIC Competition the boys compete in their year level not their age groups. All students must attend these trials to be considered for team selection in 2022.

The College can only submit a maximum of three teams into the Year 6 divisions of the AIC AFL Competition. Therefore, some boys will miss out. Those boys who miss out on a place in an AFL team will be offered a place in a Cricket team. There are no limits to the number of Cricket teams we can enter.

Commitment required:  All teams will have one – two training sessions either before or after school each week throughout Term 1.  All Cricket and AFL games will be played on Saturday mornings during Term 1. Training times for all teams will be advised next year.

Note:  New Year 6 boys entering the College in 2022 will be invited to attend these trials. If they are unable to make these trials, we will trial these boys separately on their – ‘ORIENTATION DAY’ – which is held on Saturday 23 October 2021.

All interested students will be escorted down to Langlands Park after school by Villanova staff members. Parents are to collect their son/s from Little Langlands at the conclusion of the trials.

Please note that students may participate in Cricket or AFL and the Swimming program in 2021/22.

We hope to select boys into teams or squads after these two trial days. These teams/squads will be advertised by approx. Wednesday 27 October, that is, after the Orientation Day for new students as new boys will need to be considered.

Note:  Some training sessions may be organised before the games below – to be confirmed

  • Saturday 13 November, Year 6, 7, 8, 9/10 trial match v Iona – Times and venues to be announced

FURTHER AFL and CRICKET TRIAL DATE 2022 – Year 6 Teams

DATE CLAIMER – Further Cricket and AFL trials will be played v St Laurence’s College on Saturday 29 January, times and venues to be announced.

2022 Villanova Coaches, Managers and Officials Needed!
The Sports Office is currently looking at staffing for the 2022 sports season. If you can assist in any of these roles, we ask that you complete the online ‘2022 Coaches, Managers and Officials Nomination Form’. The link is found on the website or simply click here – https://form.jotform.com/VillanovaSport/coachofficialnomination

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.

Zone Cricket Training Schedule
Zone Cricket training sessions are in the table below. All players are required to attend these sessions from 6.30am to 8am. Please bring your own gear with you. As in the past, if your session is washed out, we have Thursday and Friday as back updates. A message will be placed over the App, notifying you of cancellations and when the rescheduled session will take place.

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Little Langlands – (Chadwick Place)

Field Session 6.30am – 8.00am

YEAR 5 AND 6 ZONE CRICKET YEAR 7 AND 8 ZONE CRICKET YEAR 9, 10 AND 11 ZONE CRICKET RESERVED MORNING SESSION IN CASE OF RAIN RESERVED MORNING SESSION IN CASE OF RAIN

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music News

Guitar, Choral and Strings Gala Concerts
I would like to extend my congratulations to all staff and students involved in the guitar and choral, and string gala concerts last Thursday evening.  The standard of performance was very high, and I am pleased with the quality of work produced by our students after another challenging year.  These events were a suitable celebration of Music at Villanova for 2021 – well done!

Thanks must go to our Music Support Group who did a fine job preparing the food and refreshments for the gathered masses.  I would also like to thank Audio Visual and Events Co-ordinator, Mr Caain Miller and his team for successfully acquitting  two evenings of consecutive concerts, including live streaming, all within his first week of work at the College. Thank you all for your efforts – they are much appreciated.

Battle of the Rock Bands – The Rentons
Congratulations must go to James Lewis, Tyler Castles, and Aidan Pedrina O’Connor for their set at last Friday’s Battle of the Rock Bands.  The students had the crowd in raptures, earning a standing ovation from their fellow musicians.  James and Aidan earned awards for Best Guitarist and Best Bass Player on the evening, and the team earned a Silver Award overall.  Thanks must go to Mrs Belinda Tucker for her coaching of the students through this experience.

Wieneke Family Music Prize
The Wieneke Family Music Prize heats have been scheduled over the next two days.  We are very much looking forward to announcing our finalists later this week after this process is complete.  The finals for this year’s Prize will be convened on Wednesday 20 October, commencing at 6pm in the lower Hanrahan Theatre.  Congratulations to all students who have decided to participate in this year’s competition and all the best to those successful in making the finals next week.

Information regarding accompanist rehearsals for finalists will be distributed upon completion of the Heats.  Accompanist rehearsals (where required) will be convened early next week.

 Music Awards Evening and Senior Farewell
This Friday evening, we are celebrating our Senior Students and recognising the Music Award Winners for 2021.

Our Year 12 Musicians and their families will be meeting for a special function at the front of the Augustine Centre from 5.30pm before moving to tables in the lower theatre prior to our function commencing at 6pm.  The awards evening element of our function will include performances from Symphonic Band, Sinfonia String Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble 1, Supernovans, Big Band and Irish Ensemble.

I am looking forward to sharing this inaugural event with our Senior Musicians, performers, and award recipients.

2022 Ensembles for Band and Strings
Our 2022 Ensembles will commence rehearsals next week, from Monday 18 October.  Ensemble lists were distributed at the end last term – reminder and welcome emails will be distributed a little later this week.  We are all looking forward to preparing our new groups for a great calendar of events in 2022.

Entertainment Publications Memberships
Entertainment memberships are one of the Music Support Group’s main fundraisers.  Just click on  the link to purchase a membership and obtain ongoing special deals throughout the year.

Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers
Our fantastic Music Support Group have organised an innovative fundraiser for Villanova College.  You may have heard the buzz about our Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers…  the MUST HAVE items for the beach/cricket/park/fishing/barbecue/etc. this Summer!

All items can be purchased via Trybooking through the following link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BMEML
Purchases can be collected from the Music Office and all profits go to the Music Support Group.

Opportunity to Participate
The Music community at Villanova welcomes all students interested in participating in ensemble or instrument/vocal tuition.  If your son would like to take lessons on an instrument this year, please contact the Music Office on 3394 5691 or via email at music@vnc.qld.edu.au for further information.

Date Claimers
We can now look ahead to what the new term brings!  Further information will be distributed shortly to participant families.

Term 4
2 Friday 15 October Music Awards Evening – Senior Farewell – Hanrahan Theatre
3 All rehearsals commence – new ensembles
3 Wednesday 20 October Con Artists Workshop (Wed. afternoon – Jazz and Big Band)
3 Wednesday 20 October Wieneke Family Prize Finals – Hanrahan Theatre – 6pm
4 Wednesday 27 October JMI Workshop (Wed afternoon – Jazz and Big Band)
5 Tuesday 2 November Celebration of Excellence – QPAC – 6-9pm
6 Music Support Group AGM – 7.30pm
6 Thursday 11 November Christmas Extravaganza – Goold Hall
7 Loan instruments returned for servicing

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Music at Villanova College.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Extra-Curricular News

MUSICAL UPDATE
This week saw the musical kick start with our Round 1 auditions. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the classrooms in the Augustine Centre were treated to fabulous singing, amazing acting and some sublime talent from the many brave students who nominated themselves to audition for an onstage role. Our production team have heard well over 100 boys and girls who are vying for a spot in the show. We congratulate everyone who auditioned and wish our call-back list all the best for their lead audition next Tuesday. The full cast will be released early in Week 4 ready for our first rehearsal on Thursday 28 October.

Thanks so much to the production staff from Loreto and Villanova who have had  the hard task of selecting our cast.

Mrs Justine Silk, Producer

THEATRE SPORTS FINAL
Last Saturday at La Boite Theatre, our Junior Theatre Sports team competed in the regional finals. The team members were Flynn Curtis, Will Godwin, Bryce Laidlaw, James Hainge, Tiernan and Turlough O’Neill.  The competition was fierce against teams from Nudgee, Churchie, All Hallows and Sheldon College.  Although we didn’t take first place, our team competed with focus and energy.  Congratulations to the team for making it to the finals and to Mrs Kenny for coaching the team this year.

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Parent Information

YEAR 5/6 PARENT END OF YEAR FUNCTION
Tickets for the Year 5 and 6 Parent End of Year function are now open:

Date: Saturday 6 November, 2021
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Martini Bar, Story Bridge Hotel
Cost: $45.00 (includes drink on arrival, canapes and noodle box)
Bookings: click here

STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY TRAVEL REBATE
Semester 2 2021

  • Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school?
  • Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent?

Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and apply at www.schooltransport.com.au by 31 October 2021.

LIBRARY ROSTER (MONDAY 18 OCTOBER – FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Library.

TUCKSHOP ROSTER (MONDAY 18 OCTOBER – FRIDAY 22 OCTOBER)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.

 

 

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