Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family

On Monday evening 29 October, the Celebration of Excellence Awards Evening will be held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). On this occasion we recognise the students who have achieved outstanding results in their academic studies across 2018.

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 received correspondence from the College about this event last week. Students who are receiving prizes will be notified by email on Friday 19 October 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.

Bookings for the evening are via TryBooking link – There is a maximum of four (4) free of charge tickets per family. Parents are asked to book their tickets by 5pm on Wednesday 24 October. Tickets will be available for collection from Villanova College Reception on Thursday 25 October and Friday 26 October from 7.30 am until 4.00 pm.

I look forward to welcoming members of our community to this important event.

AFAS Elders Project 2018
In early December 2018, Old Boys, staff and parents will embark on an immersion experience to Kinatarcan Island, Philippines to continue the great work started in 2016 to build a Community Centre for the people of Kinatarcan Island.

In 2013 Typhoon Yolanda hit the island and damaged much of the surrounding reef and island infrastructure. For many families their primary source of income on the island disappeared overnight. The residents of the island are attempting to develop an alternative economy.

In 2016 they constructed a drying house for the Moringa tree and the new Community Centre will also house their mat weaving initiative and is another step along the long road towards recovery.

If you would like to assist the AFAS Elders reach their target of $8000 please donate towards this project. It will be gratefully received.

Donations may be deposited into the following account:

BSB                                     064-786              
Account Number              019232109

When making deposit/transfer, please put ‘AFAS Elders’ in the description plus your name:  AFAS Elders – Smith.   If you would like to remain anonymous, please put “anon” instead of your name.

Unfortunately, AFAS Elders is not a registered charity, so donations are not tax deductible but if you require a receipt, please contact Tony Hindmarsh via email –

Year 11 Leadership Camp 
It would seem the Year 11 students and staff are quickly gaining a reputation as ‘drought-breakers’ as their annual Leadership Camp often coincides with significant periods of rain. I am sure the staff and students will embrace the challenges of mud, rain, cold food and trekking across mountains in trying conditions. The challenges of the camp will certainly take all participants out of their comfort zones and I am confident through this experience our young men will continue to grow in confidence and independence.

Augustinian Appointments for 2019
Following correspondence from Prior Provincial – Fr Peter Jones OSA Order of St Augustine, I am pleased to announce that Fr Peter Wienke OSA will remain on staff at Villanova College as College Chaplain in a part-time capacity for 2019. Fr Peter has been elected to the Provincial Council and will juggle his responsibilities as a Council member with his pastoral work at the College.

Fr Saldie Resolado OSA has been appointed to the role of Augustinian Campus Minister – Villanova College from January 2019.  Fr Saldie is well-known to our community and to the staff and students and we look forward to welcoming him officially to our College.

Prayers Please
We keep in our prayers all our families, especially the Spoto family and ask for God’s continued blessing on all in our community.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal


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Head of Junior School

Last Friday evening the Junior School hosted a Disco, inviting local parish schools for an evening of fun.  Being a host is something our young men need to practice.  Extending an invitation via email to the principals was my role, but it’s important to know that Mr Brendan Kennedy also took some Year 6 student leaders to the schools to ask in person.  We spent the week highlighting how important it is to ensure our guests felt welcomed and above all, have an evening to remember.

The anticipation of the Disco grew steadily over the week.  Tickets were pre-purchased, as were the numerous glow glasses, wigs and accessories that brought an added sense of celebration.  We modelled how to have conversations with a new friend – introducing ourselves, paying a compliment and asking questions that might help us get to know someone better.  Emphasis was also given on how to say thank you or goodbye upon leaving a conversation.  Manners and respect were expected, and I am very proud to say that we feel our Year 5 and 6 students acted like the gentlemen we want them to be.  The heavens may have opened up with some rainfall, but we had 224 Junior School boys ready to greet 156 guests from All Hallows (48), Our Lady of Mt Carmel (32), St Thomas’ (16), St James (16), St Martin’s (16), St Oliver Plunkett (14), St Joachim’s (7), St Peter and Pauls (3), St Catherine’s (3) and St Joseph’s (1).

The art of dancing is one that some people are born with – rhythm and beat come naturally to their hands, hips and feet.  It is safe to say that I belong to another group where I stick to one or two moves that involve loud clapping, elbows out, and my feet just move left and right (timing is always a bonus).  I might wiggle my head if I really love the song.  Lyrics escape me most of the time, and my family takes great joy in correcting my versions of the words in songs in the car.  The boys’ dance moves were fantastic on the night – thanks to some impromptu dance lessons in certain classes – and I was blown away by how many seem to know the classic 70s and 80s songs (thanks parents!).

Old boy, Nick Madden (’15) provided the best DJ sounds based on the boys’ own selections, and perhaps a few teacher requests thrown in for good measure.  Boys danced in small groups, chatted and smiled having a drink outside, and some were brave enough to ask a guest to dance.

There was a superb display of all we have worked on in 2018 with our Focus of the Week skills – eye contact, a smile, introducing ourselves, asking a question, listening and saying thank you.  Positivity, resilience and fun were clearly at work all night.  All staff who helped on the evening thoroughly enjoyed seeing the boys engage in the opportunity to socialise in another setting.  Many thanks to Mrs Mascadri and her team of parent volunteers who really ensured that our door checks, cloak room, canteen and extra supervision were first class.  The preparation, supervision and cleaning up assistance truly makes the world of difference to our boys’ experience.

Tomorrow the College is seeking to show support for the Lady Cilento Hospital’s ‘Juiced TV’ program.  It is an “in-house” recorded program that strives to entertain young people who spend extended periods of time receiving treatment.  Everyday people mix with local celebrities and sporting heroes (most are contributing their time without publicity) to help the time pass.  I was privileged to see two of our own Villanova Middle School students take part in promoting the “Funky Tie Day” on Monday evening during the news.  I encourage all Junior School boys (with permission) to raid Dad’s or Grandad’s tie selection in the cupboard and wear it proudly tomorrow.  Giving a gold coin donation to class teachers for collection can help sustain ‘Juiced TV’ for future programming costs.  As parents, we certainly know that our children’s health is a top priority, and our compassion for those who spend significant time in a hospital is wide-felt.

Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

This Saturday night our Middle School students will come together to enjoy their annual Middle School Dance. Throughout the week I have been promoting the event amongst the boys as a great social occasion. We have invited girls from a number of neighbouring schools and are expecting an excellent response.

The dance, hosted at the Carina PCYC, 27 Narracott Street, Carina commences at 7:00pm and concludes at 10:00pm. All funds raised on the evening, will go to support two great causes – Juiced TV and AFAS.

Juiced TV, which you may not be familiar with, is a program that operates within the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and provides entertainment and support for sick kids during their hospital stay. Since its beginnings in 2015, the program has had an amazing impact on the lives of over 1800 patients and their families. Celebrities who have supported the program, including Chris Hemsworth, Justin Timberlake and Johnny Depp, have enabled Juiced TV to connect with the kids in a fun, educational and extremely beneficial way.

Two of our very own Year 9 students, Lachlan Lea and Maxwell Shearer, each of whom have had their own health battles, are superstars within Juiced TV circles [you may have seen them on Channel Ten on Monday night] and are great ambassadors for the program. A part of the proceeds from Saturday night’s dance, along with tomorrow’s “Funky Tie Day” and sausage sizzle will go to this well-deserving cause.

Villanova’s very own AFAS (Australian Filipino Augustinian Solidarity) will be the other beneficiary of proceeds from the dance.  For over twenty years AFAS has been raising money for underprivileged communities in the Philippines and have sponsored countless students through their education. There will be a contingent of AFAS students and staff present on Saturday night to promote their work and explain where the proceeds of ticket sales will go.

Hopefully the dance will not only be great night for our boys, but also a successful fundraiser for these two awesome charities.

Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Year 11 Camp
As you read this article, the Year 11 cohort will be in the middle of their camp experience, an expedition though the wilderness of Camp KoYkoda, Maroon. This camp provides an opportunity for our young men to be taken out of their comfort zone and be challenged to work effectively as a team in order to conquer the various activities. The philosophy of the Camp Kokoda program is built upon the following principles and values:

  • Learning through Doing
  • Self-Awareness and Self-Management
  • Group Development
  • Community Mindedness
  • Connection with Nature
  • Fun and Excitement

I would like to thank Year 11 Pastoral Area Leader, Mr Peter Meecham, for his organisation of this camp and for the generosity of the teaching staff who supported our students through their presence and guidance.

Student Leadership
The third pillar of the Villanova College Student Leadership Model is Community Leadership. Villanova has a proud and vibrant community of students, parents, staff, old boys and friends of the College. Our Community Expectations lay the foundation to promote good behaviour, positive relationships and personal responsibility. Additionally, through the participation in the wide range of community-based activities, each student is enabled and empowered to share his skills and attributes with others. Members of the student leadership group are expected to have shown past involvement in these activities and indicate an intention to continue to be involved in the academic, sporting, cultural, music and religious activities of the College.

Returning to the leadership book ‘Ten Leadership Lessons you must Teach your Teenager’ introduced last week, Dr Tim Hawke’s first lesson focuses upon ‘making choices’. Within the chapter, Hawkes argues that not only must young people be awake to the possibility of leadership opportunities, they must also understand that they can create leadership opportunities by making the choice to ‘be involved’. There is a plethora of ways our Senior School students can contribute and serve our community- through participation in the richness of the co-curricular program and ministry platforms through to being a member of the Cor Unum Spirit Committee. I continue to challenge all Senior School students to ensure that they are maximising the full value of their holistic education at Villanova College. I would like to share as my quote for the week, an excerpt entitled, ‘The Man in the Arena’, taken from the speech ‘Citizenship in the Republic’:

‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’- Theodore Roosevelt  

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School


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Curriculum Update

The Villa Visions annual Art Exhibition showcasing the exciting work of our Visual Art students will be held in Goold Hall on Friday October 26 from 6.30pm – 8pm. Students, parents, teachers and members of the school community are warmly invited.

We are exceptionally proud of our students and the works they have created. The exhibition will showcase a selection of two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital works from Year 5 – Year 12. The presentation of student awards will take place at 7.15pm.

Villa Visions will be catered by Villanova College Hospitality students and entertainment will be provided by Villanova College Music students.  A gold coin donation is appreciated on entry with all proceeds going to AFAS.


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Funky Tie Day
Villanova College is humbly proud to support the initiative of Year 9 students Lachlan Lea and Maxwell Shearer, who are ambassadors for the “Go Casual” day for Juiced TV and the Queensland children’s hospitals this Friday, 19 October. Go Casual was inspired by a 16-year-old student called Sophie, a friend of Lachlan and Maxwell. Their idea is to have a day in which students add a fun and casual dimension to the school uniform, paying a gold coin in return for this action. In an interview on Channel Ten news last Friday, Max simply stated that Juiced TV “can actually make staying in hospital fun.” Juiced TV brings fun, and agency to children and young people in the wards at Lady Cilento Hospital. If you want to catch the interview with Max, Lachlan and Sophie, please click on the following link:

All Villanova students are warmly encouraged to wear a funky tie tomorrow in solidarity with Max and Lachlan, and in practical support of this great cause. Students are to please bring a gold coin donation in return for wearing the splash of fun and colour. Raiding dad’s or grandad’s tie stocks (with permission) is absolutely the right approach. There will be three boxes of Favourites for the best three ties.

Lachlan, Max and friends from Year 9 are also preparing a sausage sizzle for first break: $2 for either a soft drink or a sausage-and-bread (better than Bunnings), or $3 the combo. Again, gold coins please.

The Villanova-Loreto Talent Quest (for Vinnies)
While he was a current student of the College, Old Boy Christian Shema felt that we had to do more for the homeless people of Brisbane. He said that a talent quest was the way to respond, as it would be a fun student-led way of bringing the two Colleges together in a shared aim, whilst showcasing the talent in both student bodies. To this end, 14 acts from Villanova and Loreto are coming together to entertain you on the evening of Thursday 25th October in the Hanrahan theatre. The evening begins at 6 pm and concludes at 7.45 pm. There will be a short interval. The proceeds from the gold coin donation and food sold will all go to Vinnies. Vinnies will supply one of the three judges who will discern the first prize winner ($100 voucher) against the criteria of talent, crowd appeal and X Factor. If you would like to come along and feed the kids, there will be a sausage sizzle from 5.30 pm. The $5 meal deal buys a sausage-in-bread, cupcake and cold drink.

If the standard of the last two years is anything to go by, it will be worth coming along. Another attraction is that the Talent Quest is one of the few events conceived, led and delivered by the students.

Other SVP initiatives
Coding Club: A group of young old boys, in tandem with QUT and Vinnies, will be running a coding club from late November for kids of disadvantaged background – identified through St Vincent de Paul programs. (Most of these children are in fact of refugee background) The aim is to create a community service that gives a powerful learning to young people who would otherwise not have access to such a program. If you have an old laptop you wish to donate, we would love to hear from you. Essentially, we will re-image the laptops so that the young people in the program can learn two coding programs, Python and Scratch.
 AFAS – Solidarity with sister schools in the Philippines
It is humbling that the whole College community rallies behind AFAS to support the forthcoming exchange in 2019, by providing extra funds for community activities promoted by our three sister schools. To this end, both the Strings in the Cathedral (Sunday 21 October), and Villa Visions (Oct 26 – 27) will donate their gold coin entrance fee to AFAS. The leverage and impact of these funds will really hit our students and staff: a few dollars go a long way to help Filipino students and families because for some of the families we visit, $2 is the sum total of what is earned each day.

The Wallis family likewise deserve our gratitude having raised $440 for AFAS through the Year 12 cuff links initiative.

John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Strings at Prestige
Last Sunday I had the pleasure to witness String Consort, String Sinfonia and Amadeus Chamber Ensemble perform at Calamvale Community College as part of the Prestige Music Festival.  Each ensemble were fine ambassadors for the College.  Consort and Amadeus earned a Silver award for their performances, with String Sinfonia earning a Gold award for their performance.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the students and thank the parents for their assistance in supporting this activity.  I would also like to congratulate Ms Bastos and the string team for the fine work they continue to do with our boys.

Symphonic Band at Prestige
Our Symphonic Band will be representing Villanova at the Prestige Music Festival A-grade section tomorrow evening.  Last year the students performed exceedingly well, earning themselves a Gold Award.  I am looking forward to them sharing their program with a new audience this week.

The students will be performing around 7:45pm in the Performing Arts Centre at Iona College, Wynnum West.  It would be great to get some green and gold support in the audience – tickets are available at the door, cash sale only.

Strings and Choir in the Cathedral
The highlight of our musical calendar is upon us this weekend.  Our String and Choral Department have been working diligently this semester, including extra combined rehearsals over the past fortnight, to put a fantastic program together for your listening pleasure.  The afternoon commences at 2:30pm in the Cathedral of St Stephen, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.

Parking is available for all audience members in the Cathedral carpark, accessible via Charlotte Street.  Students are to arrive at 1:15pm to assist with set-up and tuning in preparation for our concert.  Parents are most welcome to enjoy the Cathedral precinct or stroll down to Eagle Street Pier until the music commences.

Students have been asked to bring a share plate for afternoon tea:  Junior School students are to provide some savoury goodies; Middle and Senior School students are to provide sweets.  Soft drinks and or water will be provided for attendees at the afternoon tea; Champagne and orange juice will be provided for adults.

Come and enjoy a great afternoon of music!

Big Band at Live and Wired
Once you have enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of music and reverie within the Cathedral precinct on Sunday afternoon, I strongly recommend making the journey back over to Loreto College for the annual Live and Wired Event.  Hosted by the Music Department at Loreto College, our students look forward to this item on the annual musical calendar.  It is a great afternoon on the oval in Coorparoo; lounging in picnic chairs, sampling goodies from the assembled food vans, and enjoying an afternoon of great music from some of the best secondary school jazz and contemporary bands in Brisbane.

The Villanova College Big Band has been added to the bill for this year’s Live and Wired.  The students will take the stage with Mr McKechie at 6pm.  I strongly urge you to come along to enjoy the afternoon leading up to our ensemble, and then enjoying the licks and lively harmonies from the boys in the Villanova Big Bad Band.  I hope to see you there!

Preparation for 2019
Shortly we will be distributing information regarding re-enrolment for 2019.  We encourage our students to continue their music education, confident in the cognitive and academic benefits gained from learning an instrument.  There is current research published in Australia that recognises that learning a musical instrument rewires a child’s brain such that it enhances receptivity to learning in the classroom.  If you have four minutes, I strongly recommend you making a coffee and finding a comfortable chair to view this video – – Anita Collins is the face of a new music education revolution backed by the ABC.  She is a music teacher and researcher, having completed a PhD in music learning and brain function.  Anita is Australian and at the forefront of this important development – I recommend her story.

Information regarding the operation of next year’s program for all year levels, our new work program, and re-enrolment will be sent home via mail.  As always, should you have any questions or queries regarding our program and the opportunities available to your son, please do not hesitate to contact me through the Music Office – I am more than happy to speak with you in person or over the phone.

We will be seeking re-enrolment forms to be submitted early in Term 4 so that we may effectively plan our new schedule and staffing requirements.  Budgeting details for 2019 are to be completed before we may distribute our information.

Date Claimers
As per tradition, we cast our eyes over the coming term.  Please note the following in your diaries:

Term 4
Week 2 Friday 19 October Prestige Music Fest – Symphonic Band – evening – Iona College
Week 2 Sunday 21 October Strings and Choir in the Cathedral – afternoon – St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane.
Week 3 Friday 26 October Prestige Music Fest – Concert Band – evening – Coorparoo Secondary College
Week 4 Monday 29 October Celebration of Excellence – QPAC Concert Hall – ensembles TBC
Week 4 Friday 2 November Prestige Music Festival – Big Band – afternoon – Calamvale Community College
Week 5 Monday 5 November Music Support Group AGM – 7:30pm
Week 5 Friday 9 November Senior Musicians’ Dinner
Week 7 Tuesday 20 November Christmas Extravaganza
Week 7 All rehearsals conclude

Michael Jones, Director of Music

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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 held last Friday afternoon/evening was cut short 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 Thursday afternoon/evening after school at SAF. 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 Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. The Year 6, 9 and 11 cohorts are required to attend as spectators on Day 2 of the Championships.  All Year 6, 9 and 11 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 ‘2019 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 Villa in these sports during Term 1 next year must complete a sign-on sheet and hand it back to the Sport Office before Friday 26 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 Villa sport. 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 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 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 2019 teams will be held in Week 5 of this term. Our aim is to have all cricket, AFL and volleyball teams selected before the end of year.

The Villanova Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the Year 5 -Year 12 2019 AIC Sports Program.  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 season as a priority as we would like these people to assist with the trials held in just a few weeks.

I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2018 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2019 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. You will no doubt find it rewarding and no experience is necessary.

 Villanova Swimming Training
 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
Villanova will enter the maximum number of three teams in the AIC Water Polo Competition in Term 4. Games will be played on Wednesday afternoons after school as per below.

  • Game 2 v Padua at Padua – October 24
  • Game 3 v Ashgrove at Ashgrove – October 31

Game times

  • Year 7 and Year 8 – 4.15pm
  • Year 8and Year 9 – 4.50pm
  • Opens – 5.25pm

The next game will be held in Week 3 which is next Wednesday 24 October. Bus transportation will be provided. The bus will depart Villanova for Padua at 3.10pm. The bus should return at approx. 6.30/40pm. Parents are welcome to collect their son from the venue after the game.

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

AIC Volleyball – Ms Barbara Dewis, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator
Dig it! Set it! Hit it! As each team takes to the court this weekend in Junior Schools Cup they will be constantly reminded of these three elements.  The tournament for Junior Schools Cup will see Villanova represented by a Year 7 and Year 8 team and will play in the division 2 category of the tournament.  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.

Last week was the beginning of the Provence Cup with Villanova going down to Iona in both Year 10 and Year 11 divisions.  This week both teams have a bye and will return to the fray next Wednesday night.  Please check the College website for information.

AIC Track and Field
Villanova’s 2018 AIC Track and Field Team is very much looking forward to competing at the annual AIC Track and Field Championships which will be held next Monday 22 October and Tuesday 23 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 Monday or Tuesday. However, we believe that all those who have trained are important members of the 2018 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 Tuesday 23 October.

The final team will be announced this Friday after the last AIC Track and Field meet is held on Thursday evening.  An important meeting will be held at the second break this Friday 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 on Friday.

As you are no doubt aware Day 1 of the AIC Championships falls on a student free day. We ask all competitors competing on this day to arrive at the College by 12.15pm ready for a 12.30pm departure. Although students may be collected after their event from the venue. We ask all student athletes on both days to arrive at school 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:                   Monday 22 October 2.00pm – 5.00pm, Main Stadium – QSAC, Kessels Road, Nathan

Transport:           Bus departs Villanova College from Sixth Avenue at 12:30pm and will return to the College by 5.30pm

Day 2:                   Tuesday 23 October 8.30am – 2.00pm, Main Stadium – QSAC, Kessels Road, Nathan

Team Photo:      All athletes are to assemble/meet in the quadrangle 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 23 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 Nic Elsey who has been selected as Team Captain for 2018. Nic has led by example with his commitment to the 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 Monday and Tuesday next week and we look forward to an enjoyable and successful couple of days.

AIC Golf Championship
The annual AIC Golf Championship will be contested on Monday 29 October at Indooroopilly Golf Club. Five students have been selected to represent the College.  All players are to meet Mr Stariha at 5.45am in front of Goold Hall on the day 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 Stariha will transport the team by mini bus to and from the venue. Please contact Mr Stariha for any further queries or questions.

2019 Villanova Cricket, AFL, Swimming and Volleyball Sign On and Trials
All students from Year 5 – Year 12 who are interested in representing Villanova in AIC cricket (Year 5 – Year 12), AFL (Year 5 – Year 12) and volleyball (Year 7 – 12 only) in 2019 must complete an ‘AIC Sport Sign-On Form’. These forms have been distributed to all students from Year 5 -Year 11 during their Pastoral classes. Students entering the College in 2019 have been sent the sign-on information during the September holidays. All sign-on forms are due back to the Sports Office next Friday 26 October.

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 2019 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 – 12
  • Volleyball is open to students in Year 7 – 12 (2019) only

Date Claimers

  • AFL and cricket trials for students entering Year 6 in 2019 will take place during school time on Friday afternoons throughout Term 4
  • Trials for Year 7 – 12 students (2019) will commence on the week beginning Monday 5 November (Week 5) as per schedule below
  • Further internal cricket games/trials will be held on Sunday 11 November for all teams from Year 7 – Year 12 (2019)
  • Further internal volleyball trials will be held on Saturday 10 November for all teams from Year 7 – Year 12 (2019)
  • Volleyball trial matches against Iona will be held on 17 November
  • Volleyball trial matches against SLC will be held on 24 November
  • All specific times and venues TBA

Initial Cricket and Volleyball Trial Schedule – Week 5
Note – The trials below are for the year the student is entering Villanova College in 2019, therefore the Year 8 cricket trials are for current Year 7 students going into Year 8 in 2019.


  Monday 5 
Tuesday 6 November Wednesday 7   November Thursday 8   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 Yeronga

3.45pm – 5.30pm

Oval 2


Year 8 and Year 9 at Yeronga

3.45pm – 5.30pm

Oval 2



Year 8 at Little Langlands



Year 8 in Goold Hall




Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 at Yeronga

3.45pm – 5.30pm

Oval 2

2019 Villanova Coaches, Managers and Officials Needed!
The Sports Office is currently looking at staffing for the 2019 sports season. If you can assist in any of these roles, we ask that you complete a ‘2019 Coaches, Managers and Officials Nomination Form’ which is found on the website 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.

Volleyball Schools Cup – Melbourne
We have announced a 10-man touring squad to participate in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup Tour to Melbourne from the 9 – 14 December. All successful members have been given an information letter which contains payment, permission and medical forms to be completed. May I please ask all successful students to return the permission form by next Tuesday 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. The cost of this tour is $1670.

Oblate Cricket Tour – Perth
A squad of 13 will be chosen by this Friday to partake in the above-mentioned tour to Perth from 9 -13 December. All successful members will be given an information letter which contains payment, permission and medical forms to be completed. May I please ask all successful students to return the permission form by next Tuesday 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. The cost of this tour is $1550.

Representative Sport    
Well done to Matthew Conway who has just returned from the U19 Qld Volleyball Team tour to Singapore and Malaysia.

The team competed in several warm-up matches in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur during the week – losing only once to a Singaporean National Men’s Team. The team then competed in the Twin Towers International Volleyball Tournament at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, winning the final 2 – 1 on 13 October against a Kuala Lumpur men’s team.

Matthew was voted player’s player by his team mates and was also awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Tour. This is a fantastic achievement, well done Matthew!

During the last week of the holidays Rhys Lansky travelled to Maryborough for the PCQ Camp Draft, Stockman’s Challenge, Formal Gymkhana, Sporting Gymkhana and Mounted Games State Championships. He had a great week and came home with two third placings, two fourth placings and five fifth placings.

Rhys was in Tamworth competing at the Interschool Horse Spectacular from last Friday through to Tuesday of this week. The results of this competition are not known yet. We congratulate Rhys yet again for his outstanding achievements!

Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information

From the Villa Sports Club
Just a reminder Flexischools is now open to place your orders for the Villa supporter’s shirt, cricket grips and the Wildcat towel. The Supporter’s shirt and Cricket Grips are available now. Towel orders must be placed by no later than November 6 to receive delivery by the last week of Term 4.

The Villa Sports Committee would also like to thank Jackie Harding who has been a great supporter of all our events during her time as Secretary. On behalf of all committee members, Jackie, we thank you.

Jeremy Meredith, Sports Club President

‘The Villa Kitchen’ Cookbook

You don’t want to miss out! Sales of The Villa Kitchen are continuing to go well but to ensure you don’t miss out on your copy of this special 70th Anniversary keepsake, make sure you order your copy (or copies) on Flexischools asap.

The cookbook is a wonderful memento of the school for not only your son but for family as well. In the past the book has popped up on many an occasion:

* A memento for when your Year 12 boy graduates – either at the end of this year or in the future

* A great Christmas gift for family and friends

* A gift for host families for those boys who travel representing the College

* A great recipe book for anyone leaving home

* A treasured keepsake for many past Old Boys

The book not only contains recipes and food images reflecting our Villanovan tastes and flavours but also encompasses images of the school and its surroundings along with a brief history of a number of its buildings.

All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to the Parents and Friends Association. We look forward to you enjoying your copy of the The Villa Kitchen.

Delivery and distribution is expected early in November and once received you will be notified.

If you have any queries regarding the cookbook please contact Megan Stuart – or Jacqui Steendyk –


Monday 22 October

Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 23 October

Lisa Murphy
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Kelly Collins
Dimi Stergou
Maria Kambouris
Lisa Waugh
Miranda Dang
Irene Miano
Zam Stamatellos
Sharon McCulloch

Wednesday 24 October

Tracey O’Reilly
Karen Meimaris
Natalie Jayne Dunton
Netta Rizk
Karen O’Mara
Narina Jenkinson
Alison Wilde
Sam Wellspring

Thursday 25 October

Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Georgina Horky
Jayne Smith
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Sue Godwin
Karla Stanley
Julia Fleming
Lucy Sheridan

Friday 26 October

Mary Atkinson
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Marina Pennisi
Melissa Clark
Loreena Clark
Maria Spina
Angela Connolly
Jane Short



Thursday 25 October

Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham

Friday 26 October

Melanie Pickering

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Archive Anecdotes

Fr Michael David Morahan OSA
Rector: 1995 – 2010                                

Michael Morahan was born in Brisbane in 1952 into a family of six children.  His parents Brian and Shirley had both belonged to the tennis club at Whinstanes.  His primary schooling was with the Presentation Sisters at Norman Park, and his secondary education at Villanova College where he graduated in 1969.  He entered the Order in 1970 and completed his studies for the priesthood at the Gregorian University, Rome.

He was ordained in 1978 by Archbishop Francis Rush of the Brisbane Archdiocese.  To gain pastoral experience he was appointed to St James’ Church, Coorparoo and continued to study completing his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971.  Father Mike moved to St Augustine’s, Brookvale the following year and completed his Grad Dip in Education at UNSW.

From 1980 to 1990 Fr Mike taught a variety of subjects at Villanova College including Physics, Computing and Study of Religion.  He was appointed Assistant Principal, Curriculum in 1986 and in 1991 he moved to St Augustine’s, Brookvale as a member of their teaching staff.  In 1995 he was appointed Rector of Villanova College, and was the third past pupil to lead the College as Rector.

As Rector Fr Mike managed some major reforms at Villanova.  In 2003 The Schooling Project was started reviewing the College Curriculum and student welfare procedures.  Between 2003 and 2005 the Augustine Centre including the Hanrahan Theatre was constructed, the One Heart One Mind Project was launched and Villanova Park was redeveloped and expanded.  Restorative Practices was adopted in 2004 as the model for pastoral care and discipline.  The Cor Unum Centre at Villanova Park opened in 2006 and between 2006 and 2007 while Villanova remained one College in the Augustinian tradition, the College formally introduced the Three Schools One College model.

Fr Mike left Villanova in 2009, the last Augustinian Rector assigned to the College and moved to Cairns as an educational consultant.  Sadly, his life was cut short, as he passed away on 25 June 2011 in Cairns at the age of 58 years.


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