Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of Villanova College Family,
Early next month our College community will gather to celebrate the academic achievements of our students. In the past we have enjoyed a night of celebration at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre where our prize winners and their families attend a gala evening with entertainment by our talented musicians and performers.

For 2020 due to gathering restrictions in place, we have had to change to location and split the night into two events – Years 5 – 9 and Years 10 and 11.  The 2020 Celebration of Excellence will be held in the Hanrahan Theatre at the College on Wednesday 4 November (Years 5 – 9) and Thursday 5 November (Years 10 and 11). Year 12 students will be sitting their External exams and will have a special celebration in 2021 to celebrate their academic achievements and major prize winners.

Further details regarding these evenings will be available next week. Students who are receiving an academic prize will be informed shortly. There will be restrictions on the number of people who can attend these events and the arrangements for tickets will also be communicated in the very near future.

After an extra-ordinary year, it will be a real pleasure to celebrate with our community the academic achievements of our students. We have not had an opportunity to do so and this occasion is a very important event. I look forward to sharing this night with our families.

Year 12 External Exams and Graduation
Today was the final day of formal classes for our Year 12 students. They were farewelled from the College at the Farewell Assembly and the students formed a guard of honour to lead the students out the front gates on one of their last occasions.

On Monday 26 October, the students will begin their external exams with English, Business and Mathematics in the first week. We keep our Year 12 students in our prayers at this important time.

The students were very happy to receive the news that dancing is back on the agenda for the Year 12 Formal.

Building Works – Refurbishment of Year 7 Classrooms
Kane Construction have moved into the O’Donnell building and have commenced refurbishing the classrooms in readiness for the start of the 2021 school year. The new classrooms will be dynamic learning spaces designed to optimise the use of flexible teaching models.

The classroom design builds on the work undertaken with our Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms and offers students an exciting and refreshing environment in which to explore their first year of secondary education.

Artist impression of new dynamic learning spaces in the O’Donnell building

Street Parking around the College
The College recently received an email from one of our neighbours.

“I am writing this email to express my concerns regarding the collection of students outside my residence in Baragoola Street.

It appears that parents are using the driveway of my apartment block as a ‘pick up zone’. I understand this may be due to convenience, as I can understand the frustrations of collecting children from school. However, in a lot of instances, parents are parking their cars across the driveway for numerous minutes which is not appropriate.

In other instances, I have observed parents stopping in the middle of the road for numerous minutes which has obstructed the street for residents and other road users. This is inconsiderate and discourteous.”

I have assured the email sender that we will raise the issue with our families. Your support and care in this situation is appreciated.

Congratulations to Ms Amanda Waterson, Fr Saldie Resolado OSA, Mrs Maria Mascadri, Mr Jack O’Hare and Mrs Eleni Greenaway for their involvement in the virtual Sydney City to Surf run to raise funds for Augustinian Volunteers. We also congratulate our Volleyball teams following their participation in the Queensland Schools Volleyball Cup. Our Year 10 team was placed first in their division and the Year 7 team won their Division Two competition.  Thank you to the coaches and managers for their support of the teams.

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

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Junior School

This week the Junior School has the privilege of sharing with our biggest brothers on campus – the 2020 Year 12 students – the most heartfelt thanks, sincere best wishes for exams and excitement for the world beyond our College gates.  For the third consecutive year, Mr Matthew Levander has asked that a Year 5 student represent the cohort and speak to the Seniors about the “year that was”.  Billy Pearson from 5 Blue is this year’s representative and today we wish him all the very best in speaking to the Villanovans that stand proudly behind the men who today will attend their last formal school day.

The following is the speech Billy will read to the College students, Staff and Year 12 parents who will be watching from the Hanrahan Theatre.  Thank you, Billy, thank you Oliver Kotzur (understudy) and all the boys and teaching staff who contributed to the ideas and stories that had to be shared.  That deserve to be recognised because our Year 12 students matter a great deal to us.  Time flies, and it will soon be these Year 5s, Year 6s, that will sit in the audience and understand that at Villanova your words, actions and time is always noticed and valued more than you will ever know.

“Good afternoon to our big brothers of 2020.  Today I want to share how much you mean to the Year 5 cohort.  Yes, you might have missed a few favourite events, but remember this year is all we know of life at Villanova.  How lucky you are, to truly appreciate what were your best moments over the past six – eight years.  You are probably counting down the days of your time here at Villanova – but we are just beginning and already our memories are overloaded with funny stories.  We are excited just to be getting close to the Christmas holidays – and you are all very close to beginning the life you want to lead.  You can choose to stay up late, sleep in, study or work – nobody can tell you what to do or think.  Freedom is in your future and you should be so excited about that.

Walking through the College gates on Day One, you were the first people we saw – the white shirts shone like the pearly gates of heaven – that simile is for you Mrs Liddy, just so you know that figurative language is alive and well in our poetry unit.  Once you helped us get the boxes to our classrooms, we made a beeline for the BBQ.  One Year 5 boy remembers asking how much it was for a bacon burger – to which one of you responsible Seniors replied “$2 for you mate”.  Of course, we take everything you say as gospel, so this lad turned to ask his dad for money.  The Senior immediately had to explain it was a joke – but well played, because you all could have made a fortune that morning.  That’s something for the Year 11s to think about for 2021 – right?  We also remember the Spirit Singing that afternoon.  Mr Levander ran a tight ship during Period 6 – we wondered if all senior teachers had a background in the army or was it just him?  Anyway, that was our introduction to the volume that vivacious voices after puberty can reach.  Alliteration on point Mrs Liddy (wink).  You guys were loud, proud and happy to pop the jugular vein to recite North African words that we are still working out how to pronounce.

Term 2 was Learning at Home – three words we were thrilled to no longer hear by Week 6.  Our worries about returning to school, existed mainly because we realised that our teachers would now have the power to make sure we did the work.  Fear quickly disappeared because the community banners were hung high on the fences, and the Wildcat mascots were at the gate to high five us on the way in.  The thrill of being a Villanovan on common ground again was real – thank you for remembering us.   We knew you were our big brothers but, in that moment, we felt it right here (pump chest).  Don’t ever forget that – we look up to you.  Right up into those hairy nostrils, man beards and sweaty armpits.

Term 3 seemed to be all about good fun together.  We are in awe that you can still be interested in playing duck, duck, goose, and we have learned that music pumping through speakers will see you all migrate down the stairs to hang out with us.  Spirit rallies meant for the first time we were not the loudest people in a space, but we have learnt just how much louder our voices can get in Year 6 by watching you suck back oxygen to project further.  The AFAS Filipino Stall surprised us with treats from over the ocean and games that we are surprisingly good at.  Wonder when dancing sticks will be included in field events Mr Everding? In Debating, you helped us rehearse our speeches – and we helped you work on your poker faces.  The reality of listening to us speak a hundred miles a minute required patience and strength in your facial muscles you never knew existed.  To our weekly Wednesday mentors, your visits meant a great deal to us.  Learning your names, what you like in life, what superhero power you would have if you could – made connections with us.  You helped with the roll calls and enjoyed us calling you “Sir” – see, hanging out with Year 5s mean you automatically go up in status – we are glad to be of service.

Every time you came to play with us during lunch breaks was the best.  There was a soccer game, where one of you took the social distancing rules so seriously that it meant we couldn’t actually go near the ball – “1.5 metres don’t touch me, 1.5 metres don’t touch me”.  Let’s face it, that’s the only way you could outrun our young legs – you have another eight years of eating bacon burgers on us.

In AIC co-curricular events, we were glued to your online promotions, live streams and achievements.  To the First Basketball players, we were pumped to see you play Eddies in the grand final – you showed us the greatest part of being a man – you keep your head up, shake hands, gather together in a huddle and look to the next game.  Our Rugby heroes, letting us be on the sidelines to help as ball boys was an honour – it’s close enough to hear you all in the change room, psyching up with rituals and chants we can’t wait to learn.  At the AIC Athletics, the Opens team showed us what leadership takes – you helped us find our events, gave us warmups to prepare and cheered us on.  This meant we worked out what Villanovan Spirit was – pride, helping others and being there for the moments that matter.

So now you sit here, a little nervous about your last exams, but we also hope that you enjoy this moment right here and now.  You mean a lot to us, and to this College.  The classmates around you today share your stories.  There are teachers who will remember you for the right reasons, starting from Year 5 to this, your Senior year.  We miss you already, but we wish you the very best life outside the school gates.  From your little brothers, take very good care of each other and remember to visit us.  Seniors of 2020, goodbye and good luck.”

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Middle School

A warm welcome to all our Villa View readers from the Middle School.  The news from the O’Neill family continues to be positive. Greg’s wife Emma continues to make steady progress after undergoing a kidney transplant. I am sure that the support of the Villanova community has been a great comfort to Greg and the family, through what has been, and continues to be, a very stressful time.

The refurbishment of Year 7 classrooms has commenced as can be seen from the photos below. The plans for the rooms look fantastic and we will be keen to be showing them off at the start of the 2021 school year. We probably need to buy Mrs Vicki Lamb some earmuffs, as her office is directly opposite the building site!

Whilst on the topic of Year 7, Wednesday saw the first planning session by Year 7 teachers who are already preparing for the 2021 school year. The day was facilitated by Ms Kate Alexander, and the feedback from the teachers was extremely positive. Below is a photo below of the Year 7 teachers working collaboratively during their planning session.

As the Year 9 students are about to finish their Middle School journey, we thought it an opportune time to ask a few of them to summarise their time in Middle School in one sentence! I have included a few responses from them and some of our staff below:

Middle School was…….

Having the freedom to interact with other classmates if help is needed and not just rely on the teacher.’  Mitchell

The friendly environment and balance of work and fun.’ – Thomas

I think what has made Middle School so enjoyable is the ample amounts of opportunities we have as students to excel during this time at Villa.’ – Christos

The community at Villanova is what makes the Middle School so enjoyable.’ – Caden

The most enjoyable thing is the lessons we get taught about talents not determining your future, alternatively, the choices you make do.’ – Nicholas

‘Having boys from all three grades around you making school inevitably enjoyable for all.’ – Connor

I also asked a few Middle School teachers why they particularly enjoyed teaching in the middle School and they said:

I really enjoy the perspectives the students bring to the classroom. They are a diverse range of thinkers who never cease to surprise me with their understanding and questioning.” – Mr Shawn Creamer

Angela K. Bennett once said, “Teaching Middle School is an adventure, not a job.” Every day in the Middle School classroom is different. The students bring a sense of excitement, passion and energy to the classroom.” – Ms Kate Alexander

‘It’s a role that can be very rewarding. When I witness students in my class rise to the challenges that they often face and learn from their mistakes, I feel a sense of pride and satisfaction that I’ve assisted in some small way.’ – Mr Matt Conlan

Finally, as always, if you do have any concerns please make sure you contact the relevant Pastoral Area Leaders:

Mr Ben Lynam – Year 7
Mr Matt McGrath – Year 8
Mr Alex Sullivan – Year 9

Mr Peter Simpson, Head of Middle School (Acting)

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Senior School

Year 12 Farewell Assembly
Earlier today, the Class of 2020 were 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 strong brotherhood and a zest for College life. At their commissioning ceremony at the beginning of the year, the Seniors pledged to be ‘Brothers in Arms’ and they certainly have needed to band together in solidarity to face the unprecedented challenges of this year with pragmatism and resilience.

During the Farewell Assembly, Year 5 student Billy Pearson spoke fondly of the impact the Year 12 students had in positively interacting with their little brothers in the Junior School. In addition, the Student Leadership Handover Ceremony was also conducted. College Captain Elect for 2021 Louis Henderson affirmed the Seniors of 2020 for their leadership legacy:

“I would like to commend the class of 2020 on their dedication in raising awareness on men’s mental health and in particular the RU OK round which was a huge success. Not only this but your dedication to ministry has inspired many to continue their service beyond their college days. The formation of the Green Team ministry and the hard work given by President Theo Day will ensure that next year’s Green Team hits the ground running.”

College Captain Max McCaul, in his final speech to the student body reflected upon the journey of the Class of 2020:

“This year has been disruptive and at times unpredictable. The COVID-19 situation has affected our year in ways we would have never had thought. The many events we lost took a toll on all of us, however I am proud of the way we were able to unite and make the most out of everything that we were given. Even with these disruptions I wouldn’t change a thing about this year. The only reason for that is for my Villa brothers sitting around me today. So, thank you to all my brothers who have helped me throughout the years whether that has been through schoolwork or just mateship around the yard. I hope all of you have been able to look back and remember tons and tons of memories of your time here at Villanova. These have been the years that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.”

I wish our Year 12 students every success upon the commencement of the external examination period next Monday. As a Year 12 teacher myself, I am confident and optimistic that the collective journey that our students and staff have walked together in partnership in preparing for these examinations will culminate in successful outcomes for our Seniors.

Summer Academic Uniform
With the return to the summer uniform in Term 4, I would like to again remind all students and parents that our high expectations continue with the wearing of socks. There were too many occasions last week of students wearing socks well past their lifespan – and as such worn at half-mast. I have informed all students that I will have no hesitation in asking certain students to wear long trousers if this issue is not addressed. Furthermore, students must be wearing their Akubra hats to and from the College and in break times. I have emphasised the importance of our Year 10 and Year 11 cohorts finishing the year well, stepping up and especially our Year 11 students embracing a ‘white shirt’ mentality now.

 The Social (Media) Dilemma
There has been considerable interest and social commentary emerging from the 2020 Netflix documentary ‘The Social Dilemma’ and with good reason. The ABC panel show Q&A devoted their entire program on Monday night to explore the issue focusing on the following:

We post, we tweet, we like, and we share – but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? Tech designers have control over how billions of us think and act, and some of them have started sounding the alarm on their own creations. Reports show higher social media use is now linked to a decline in mental health. Political disinformation campaigns on social platforms are on the rise, undermining democracy in some countries. So how do we stop social media from reprogramming our lives and take back control? Is government regulation the way to go?

How do we retain the positive aspects of connectivity and people power that social media offers?

In watching ‘The Social Dilemma’ there are a number of takeaways for both students and parents worth considering. As I said to Year 10 students in their Form Meeting last week when I showed them the trailer, not all will agree with the contentions constructed in the documentary. But the extended metaphor of the ways the tech companies feed the addiction through tagging, number of likes, notifications etc… is quite powerful and should generate timely discussion about the importance of balance in the digital diets of our young men. I would welcome feedback from parents who have watched the documentary on their perspective on the documentary.

“Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.” – Sophocles

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Around the Ministries
It seems only a blink since Isaak Collie (Ministry Captain, 2020), was in Year 8, in Coorparoo McDonalds, politely telling the Middle School students why Ministry matters. The context was a de-brief after a YAYM visit to our friends at Duhig Village Nursing Home. Isaak joined Villanova in Year 8 and found his passion within the student ministries. It is now his final week in the role, and everywhere we look, we see the good outcomes from the commitment he and the other Year 12 students have put in over a number of years. So many little and ordinary actions add up to something extraordinary.

Right up to and including this their last week, the Year 12 Men of Ministry have been pouring their commitment into a series of “lasts:” last meetings, last activities, last speeches, last pizza parties. To this end, selling soft drink and gummy bears was a successful launch to the SVP Christmas appeal last week, raising about $160.

The highlight of the week, however, was the return of the 500m rowing challenge. The Senior, Middle and Junior School records were all smashed. Dante Santos of Year 12 set the amazing mark of 1.23.9, breaking a record held by Christian Welch since 2011. Cameron Bukowski was equally emphatic in setting a new mark of 1.32.9 for Middle School. Likewise, Luke Di Marco’s performance for Junior School in achieving the new mark of 2.02.2 was remarkable.

There will be another opportunity for Junior School entrants on Friday this week. They are invited to pay a dollar to support Vinnies to have a crack at the record and the prize. This activity will be run by our super-keen Mini Vinnies group.

Ministry Elections
One of the main tasks of the Ministry Meetings this week and last was to elect the 2021 leaders. I am pleased to announce the following leaders elect:

AFAS: President – Isaac Langford; Vice Presidents – Harry Corrigan and Xavier Simondson
YCS: President – Harry Corrigan; Vice President – Lachlan Friedman
SVP: President – Gabriel Gutierrez; Vice – TBC
Green Team: Co-Presidents Keegan Bell and Harrison White.

City to Surf
Five staff generously gave up their Sunday morning to walk-run the iconic Sydney City to Surf along the Brisbane River. (COVID-19 created this unique opportunity). Eleni Greenaway, Fr Saldie Resolado, Maria Mascadri and Amanda Waterson all completed the course together, while Jack O’Hare blazed a different trail. Between them, they have raised over $3,300 for Augustinian Volunteers Australia – a wonderful effort. They all would like to warmly thank the people who sponsored them.

Here is Maria’s account of a memorable day:

“The experience gave me so much satisfaction for so many different reasons. The cause we were funding for being the first – participating to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. Secondly, the support and company of the other participants is what kept me going – the laughter, pain, jokes and finishing line at the end.  Finally, a highlight for me was meeting the other Parish members from St James – Doreen and Kathy. Like St Augustine, I believe that “In this world two things are essential: life and friendship.”

The College also received the following message of thanks from Honorine Jarkey, from Augustinian Volunteers Australia:  We, the AVA Foundation Working Group want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for everyone’s hard work and wonderful support for this event and AVA.

If anyone would like to contribute to the cause, the link remains open until December:

SVP Gifts – Icon and Laptops
There are two anonymous and generous gifts which have been made in the past week to our St Vincent de Paul group. One is a donation of eight work laptops all set up and ready for refugee families to use as a learning tool. The second is a wonderful icon of St Vincent de Paul which featured at our Mass of All Saints last week.

Work and Welcome
Speaking of action on behalf of people of refugee background, the Grounds and Maintenance team here at Villanova have taken Bruno – recently arrived from Tanzania –  under their wing, even to the extent of giving him driving experience – they get the “L” plates out at lunch-break. Please let me know if you would like to know more about the Work and Welcome program. It is a practical and positive way to create a big step up for a person of refugee background seeking their first employment in the “lucky” country – .

Mass of All Saints
It was uplifting to be able to bring the different sub-schools together in two Masses last Friday. As usual, the students were engaged by the high quality of the music and Fr Saldie’s homily. He argued that all our ordinary actions of goodwill and generosity add up to have an extraordinary and sanctifying effect. Fr Saldie showed us a short film about an inspiring 15-year-old from Milan, called Carlo Acutis, who has recently been made a “Blessed,” which is one step away from being a Saint. Alert to the potential of social media, Carlo lived out a way of quietly placing his devotion to the Eucharist at the centre of a very busy and happy social life. Fr Saldie challenged us to be like Carlo in his enthusiasm to imitate Christ.

I would like to especially commend the Junior and Senior School boys for their responses, and their reverence after Communion. It is the sign of a strong community when boys fall into a deep silence of prayer and reflection.

And finally, here is the special prayer and blessing given to all the “saints” of the Senior cohort of 2020 in the final assembly today:

Loving Lord, we pray for your blessing upon the Senior Cohort of 2020, and we offer up a prayer of thanksgiving for the way they have shown us the many faces of the Villa Man, whether it be the sportsman, the hard worker who helps everyone in class, the musician who creates joy, or the men of ministry who serve others.

May the God of Abraham and Sarah, the God of Elijah and of prophets, the God of St Augustine, St Monica, and St Thomas of Villanova pour down upon each of you, your friends and your families, both today, and every day of your lives. We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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

Please click here for Sunday’s Readings.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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I must commend Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator and Mr Sean O’Neill, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator, for their organisation of our boys in the respective Volleyball and Basketball Schools Cup Competitions which were played late last week and over the weekend. Villanova’s involvement in competitions such as these helps the development of our programs, as our teams are exposed to a high level of competition from many schools across the state. This exposure galvanizes our teams which we believe will pay dividends as we lead into the respective AIC seasons. We can never underestimate that value of building a strong positive sports culture with our boys. The friendships and camaraderie formed among players and the parent groups within these teams was also very evident. Well done to all involved. Mention must be made of our Year 10 Volleyball team who took out a gold medal in the Honors Division as well as the Year 7 Volleyball Team who took out a gold medal in their division. A great weekend of performance was given by all basketball and volleyball teams, well done players and coaches! A full report is found below.

Our community is excited by the recent appointment of Ben Mowen as our Director of Rugby Coaching and Player Development. The College is proud to have produced two former Wallabies captains in Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack. Ben will work with both the Ben Mowen and Andrew Slack Rugby Development Squads over the pre-season commencing this term,  as well as with all the coaches during our regular rugby season. Given the buzz around the school yard since the announcement, I am looking forward to seeing the boys aiming up and learning as much as they can as we move forward in our rugby program. At the end of the day, the boys themselves are playing the game on the park.

Although the due date for sign-ons for those wishing to play AIC Cricket, Volleyball, AFL and Swimming was last Friday, the link remains open for those who have not yet registered. This link will remain open until next Friday 30 October – . Please be aware that trials for the abovementioned sports will commence in Week 5, that is, the week beginning Monday 2 November. Please read all trial information below which includes all specific times and dates across his year and next.

We wish the AIC Golf team all the best at the AIC Golf Championships next Monday.

Sports trials for the new Year 5 boys (2021) will be conducted this weekend. Trials for the Year 6 boys 2021 occurred this week, and the attendance at the swim training sessions has been outstanding, it is all happening at Villanova College.

As always, I encourage everybody to get involved and enjoy!

The Villanova College Sports Department is currently looking for experienced/highly qualified coaches to be involved in the football program starting later this term and continuing into next year. We are seeking coaches who will work with our ‘A’ level sides. Coaching positions will be paid. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please get in contact with Football Co-ordinator – Anthony Kemp,

Mr Sean O’Neil, AIC Basketball Co-ordinator

Queensland Basketball held their first ever Junior Schools Cup last week and Villanova was invited to participate the First Division in both age groups. This pitted us against some of the top schools from around  Queensland.  The Junior team, made up of students from Year 9 and Year 10, were able to win through the pool stages in first place which was a magnificent effort. Unfortunately, as the games wore on, the players had to overcome some injuries and ended up coming eighth.  This is still a huge achievement and the players should be very proud of themselves. Special mention must go to Mason Honeyman, who came seventh in average points out of the entire division.

The Sophomore team also battled in a very tough draw winning themselves through to fourth in their pool and finishing eighth.  Whilst they were hugely undersized as a team, they did not stop trying their hardest and executing their skills. Special mention must go to Mitch Honeyman who came sixth in average points out of the entire division.

These results are an excellent achievement and provides the program with plenty to work with over the coming years and keeps us as one of the top programs in Queensland for basketball.

Mr Todd Kropp, AIC Volleyball Co-ordinator

Last weekend Villanova entered four teams into Volleyball Queensland’s Schools Cup. The Schools Cup event was for Year 7 – 10 students and ran from Friday 16 October – Sunday 18 October. This event was played across 51 courts at six different venues and played host to a total of 313 teams ranging from Gladstone to Proserpine, Gold Coast to Toowoomba and everywhere in between.

Preparations for the Schools Cup began late in Term 3.  Due to the limited preparation time, teams were pre-selected, and training began in the September school holiday break. Villanova was represented by a single team in Year 7 Boys Division 2, Year 8 Boys Division 1, Year 9 Boys Division 1  and  Year 10 boys Honours.

Year 7 Boys
Congratulations to our Year 7 boys who took home the gold medal after only dropping one set for the tournament. We look forward to seeing these boys in action again soon and taking on Year 8 Boys Division 1 next year. The AIC season is looking good for this group of talented young volleyballers. We caught up with team manager extraordinaire, Ms Barbara Dewis, who was proud to see the level of good sportsmanship and support displayed by our young men which truly exemplifies the Villanovan way. A huge thanks to coach Egor and Ms Dewis for their efforts throughout the weekend! Click here to check out how the boys celebrated their final’s win!

Year 8 Boys
Our Year 8 boys started the tournament off on a high, having finished top of their pool at the end of the second day.  It was a tough finish to the tournament though, with the boys coming up against some very talented teams. Nonetheless, this team showed on multiple occasions their ability to battle with the best even beating the Division Champions, Ormiston College, earlier in the tournament. The boys leave the tournament in eighth place but having picked up some crucial skills to take into next year’s AIC season. Thanks to coach Kealan for his support and guidance throughout the tournament!


The Year 8 boys with coach Kealan

Year 9 Boys
It was a tough challenge ahead for the Year 9 boys entering Division 1. Having to move a few players around to different positions/roles posed a tough challenge for coach Nathan and the team, but Nathan was proud of the way the team conducted themselves on court and were open to new challenges. Whilst off the court, coach Nathan was impressed by the vocal range of the team during team karaoke. The boys finished the tournament in 14th place but we know the boys will be better for this experience and we look forward to following their success in 2021. Thanks to coach Nathan!

Year 10 Boys
What this team of young men achieved was truly something special. It was only weeks ago that Mr John Christie and I were providing reasoning as to why Villanova should be accepted as part of the highest division offered at the tournament, so to walk out with a gold medal and the 10 Boys Honours Champions plaque was no small feat. Each member of the team left everything on court (even skin from Blake Bishop’s hip!) as they battled some of the best teams in  Queensland.  This achievement will certainly turn some heads and solidify Villanova as a true competitor in the volleyball world. Thanks to Mr Christie and Shania!


The Year 10 boys and coaches Mr Christie and ShaniaI am a firm believer that success comes in many forms and I am truly proud of the success we found across the board this past weekend. The conduct of our young men, both on and off the court, was everything the coaching team asked for. A coach once told me a champion isn’t crowned because they won this or that match, but the impression they leave on all the people around them, and the coaching team are proud to say our boys lifted to that standard.

Finally, I would like to thank our parents for not only their understanding and patience as we worked through the COVID spectator guidelines, but also ensuring the boys were ready to take the court each match.

AIC Volleyball
Due to Goold Hall being used for exams, our morning pre-season sessions are now finished. Do not forget that AIC volleyball trials begin in week 5. Check out the Locker Room page for all the information.

Mrs Juanita Jacobs – AIC Swimming/Water Polo Co-ordinator

We have now well and truly begun the Villanova swim season. If your son is interested in joining the squad, there is still time. Please check the Locker Room section of the website for documents and further details on training times. Students must ensure they are out of the pool by 8am and getting changed as quickly as possible so they are not late to class.

AIC Water Polo will be contested over a one-day tournament format this year. All games will be held at Iona College on Sunday 1 November. Villanova will enter the maximum number of three teams (Year 7, Year 8/9 and Open Team). Mrs Jacobs will be the Villanova staff representative on the day. All interested boys had the chance to sign-on this week and a meeting has been called for all those who signed on, to advise them of the arrangements.  All information is also posted on the web under the AIC Water Polo section.

Date: Sunday 1 November
Venue: Iona College. Limited parking behind pool car park via Bulgin Ave. Street parking available but be wary of resident driveways. Parking also in College grounds to right of main drive via North Rd. Drop off is College drop off zone via Bulgin Avenue entry and Sandy Camp Road exit
Convenors:  Keith Harron (Iona) and Water Polo Queensland
Referees: Water Polo  Queensland
First aid: Iona staff have first aid qualifications.
Canteen: There will be no canteen
Draw: As per below with Year 7 (three games) from 8am – 10.30am and Year 8/9 (four games) from 10.40am – 2pm and Year 10/11 (three games) from 2pm – 5.40pm.

Teams, Match Formats and Player Eligibility

Must be enrolled as a full-time student at the AIC school for which he competes. Three levels of competition: Year 7, Year 8/9, Year 10/11.


  • The draw is gala type round robin.
  • The Year 10/11 champion receives a perpetual trophy based on three (win), two (draw), one (loss). All teams have three games except Ashgrove who have four so their best three results will count. If teams have equal overall points, the trophy will be shared.
  • Schools will need to provide two people for table duty

Team numbers

  • All games will be seven-a-side (six field players and a goalkeeper).
  • Schools may only field a maximum of 13 players in any single game. Need blue and white cap sets

Ball size

  • Year 10/11 (size five)  –   Year 7 and Year 8/9 (size four)


  • Normal water polo rules apply EXCEPT timing and exclusions.
  • Games for Year 7 will be two x 10-minute halves with one-minute half time.
  • For other Year levels, games will be two X eight mins running time halves with one-minute half time. NO POSSESSION TIME CLOCKS WILL BE USED BUT REFEREE HAS THE DISCRETION TO CALL TIME WASTING.
  • Any player EXCLUDED by the referee must swim to the designated exclusion area and then may return to the field of play OR be substituted.

Brutality, disrespect, inappropriate behaviour

  • The referee will be expected to write an incident report on the game card and the player will automatically be excluded form at least the next game. School may also follow own internal procedures.

AIC 2020 Water Polo Draw
It is a tight schedule so playing and duty teams must be ready as per tables

 Year 7 Draw

8.00am: Game 1 Iona v Villanova Table: Padua
8.25am: Game 2 Ashgrove v Padua Table: Iona
8.50am: Game 3 Ashgrove v Iona Table: Villanova
9.15am: Game 4 Villanova v Padua Table: Ashgrove
9.40am: Game 5 Padua v Iona Table: Villanova
10.05am: Game 6 Villanova v Ashgrove Table: Iona

Year 8/9 Draw

10.40am: Game 1 Padua v Ashgrove Table: Iona
11.00am: Game 2 Iona v Villanova Table: Ashgrove
11.20am: Game 3 Padua v St Peters Table: Villanova
11.40am: Game 4 Villanova v Ashgrove Table: St Peters
Noon: Game 5 St Peters v Ashgrove Table: Padua
12.20pm: Game 6 Iona v Padua Table: Ashgrove
12.40pm: Game 7 Iona v St Peters Table: Padua
1.00pm: Game 8 Villanova v Padua Table: St Peters
1.20pm: Game 9 Ashgrove v Iona Table: Villanova
1.40pm: Game 10 St Peters v Villanova Table: Iona

Open Draw

2.00pm: Game 1 Ashgrove v Villanova Padua
2.20pm: Game 2 St Peters v Padua Ashgrove
2.40pm: Game 3 Iona v St Patrick’s St Peters
3.00pm: Game 4 St Peters v St Laurence’s Iona
3.20pm: Game 5 Villanova v Padua St Laurence’s
3.40pm: Game 6 Ashgrove v St Patrick’s Villanova
4.00pm: Game 7 Villanova v St Laurence’s St Patrick’s
4.20pm: Game 8 Iona v Ashgrove St Laurence’s
4.40pm: Game 9 Padua v St Patrick’s Ashgrove
5.00pm: Game 10 St Peters v Ashgrove Padua
5.20pm: Game 11 Iona v St Laurence’s Iona

The aim of the event is to enjoy water polo within the spirit of AIC.

Players must wear the Villanova swim togs and the Villanova PE uniform to and from all games and be present at least 30 minutes before the first game.

The annual AIC Golf Championships will be held at Indooroopilly Golf Club next Monday 26 October. Mr Stariha has met with the team this week and has emailed all details to the parents involved. Mr Stariha will drive the bus leaving at 5.45am on Monday. Boys to meet in front of Goold Hall. The boys should return to the College for normal pick up at 3pm. Parents are most welcome to collect their son from the venue after the tournament. Best wishes go to all!

The Villanova College Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the Year 5 – 12 AIC sports program in 2021.  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 in order to serve our students by taking on specific roles. These roles include; coach, manager, referee, umpire, scorer etc. If you are able to help out 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 sought, and further details will be given.

The College is indebted to those who were able to assist throughout 2020. We now invite those who would like to assist in 2021 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 are able to assist –

Villanova College will conduct AIC Cricket, 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 2021.  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 2021, must attend these trials to be considered for team selection in 2021. Students entering Year 7, 8 and 9 in 2021 may only participate in cricket, AFL or volleyball as these will all be played on Saturday.

Students are required to wear any appropriate sporting attire to these trials.

IMPORTANT – Due to the COVID protocols in place, those wishing to play cricket must supply and wear their own equipment, including, gloves, box, pads and helmet to all trials and games.

Students wishing to trial must complete an online sign-on form (link found below) and simply 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.  Term 1 training times for all teams will be advised before the end of the year.

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 16 October. Link below.


  Monday 2
Tuesday 3 November Wednesday 4   November Thursday 5   November
6:30am – 8.00am Cricket

Year 11 and Year 12 at Little Langlands


Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall


Year 10 at Little Langlands


Year 10 in Goold Hall


Year 9 at Little Langlands


Year 9 in Goold Hall


Year 11 and Year 12 in Goold Hall

3.30pm – 5.00pm Cricket

Year 7 at Little Langlands


Year 7 in Goold Hall


Year 7 trials at Coorparoo JAFC


Year 8 and Year 9 at Coorparoo JAFC


Year 8 at Little Langlands


Year 8 in Goold Hall


Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 at Coorparoo JAFC

PLEASE NOTE: Trials are for those boys who are entering that year in 2021, e.g. Year 7 trials are for those boys who are entering Year 7 in 2021.

  • 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. Please keep these weekends free.

After the cricket, AFL and volleyball trials held during Week 5, Term 4 (that is, 2 – 5 November), the College has organised further trial games to take place on the weekend of Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. It is important that all interested students attend these trials as we hope to finalize teams and squads after this weekend. All times and venues will be given to all players during the trials played earlier in the week. However, most 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 2021. Therefore, the Year 7 trials are for students entering Year 7 in 2021.

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 16 October. Link below.

All teams from Year 7 – 12, Sunday 8 November 2020 at Villanova Park – Specific times and fields will be advised.

Please note the trial games for cricket will be played on Sunday 8 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 8 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 – Phone: 3394 5621

Date: Sunday 8 November 2020
Venue 1: Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa
Venue 2:  Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road, Tingalpa
Uniform: Villa cricket whites or any suitable sports clothing

All teams from Year 7 – 12, Saturday 7 November 2020 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 7 November in Goold Hall at Villanova College. After the Volleyball trials held on Saturday 7 November 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 – Phone: 3394 5621

Date:  Saturday 7 November 2020
Venue:  Court 1 – Goold Hall, Nearest Main Entrance and 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 mins prior to the commencement of their game.

Time Court 1 Court 2
8.00am – 9.30am Year 8 Year 9
9.30am – 11.00am Year 10 Years 7
11.00am – 12.30pm Open Year 11

Other Trial Matches Organised (only for those boys who are selected after Saturday 7 November)

  • Saturday 14 November, Trial match v Iona College – Times and venues TBA
  • Saturday 21 November, Trial match v St Laurence’s College – Times and venues TBA

Saturday 7 November 2020

Please note that all students who have signed up for AFL trials will be expected to attend further trials held on Saturday 7 November at Coorparoo JAFC, Birubi St, Coorparoo (Giffin Park). After the AFL trials held on Saturday 7 November 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 – Phone: 3394 5621

Date: Saturday 7 November
Venue:  Coorparoo JAFC, Birubi St Coorparoo, Giffin Park
Uniform: Any suitable sports clothing to play AFL including boots. 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
7.30am-8.30am Opens (Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12)
8.30am-9.30am Year 7
9.30am-10.30pm Year 8 and Year 9


Date Claimer – Further Cricket, Volleyball and AFL trials will be played against St Patrick’s College on Saturday 23 January, Times and Venues TBA. Please keep this date free.

In 2021 AIC Round 1 Cricket, AFL and Volleyball will be played in Week 1, Term 1 (not in Week 2 as has been the case in previous years). Therefore, we have organised trials on the Saturday before the boys commence the school year. Please keep Saturday 23 January 2021 free.

Trials for the Year 6 2021 students were conducted this week. Note – some new Year 6 boys entering the College in 2021 will be invited to attend trials at their Orientation Day which is held this Saturday 24 October 2020. These boys will trial separately from our current Year 5 boys going into Year 6 2021.

We hope to select boys into teams or squads by next week. AFL teams/squads should be released next Tuesday. Those who do not make an AFL team are invited to play cricket. These boys need to see Mr Everding after the AFL lists are published. The cricket teams/squads should be released next Friday.

FURTHER AFL and CRICKET TRIAL DATE 2021 – Year 5 and Year 6 Teams

Date Claimer – Further Cricket and AFL trials will be played against St Patrick’s College on Saturday 23 January 2021.  Times and Venues TBA. Please keep this date free.

In 2021 AIC Round 1 Cricket and Volleyball will be played in Week 1, Term 1 (not in Week 2 as has been the case in previous years). Therefore, we have organised trials on the Saturday before the boys commence the school year. Please keep Saturday 23 January 2021 free.

The Sports Office is currently looking at staffing for the 2021 sports season. If you can assist in any of these roles, we ask that you complete the online ‘2021 Coaches, Managers & Officials Nomination Form’. The link is found on the website or simply click here –

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.

Congratulations go to Joshua Rheinberger who has made the Met East 12 Years Basketball team that will compete at the State Championships held on the Gold Coast in late October. A great achievement Joshua, best wishes and well done!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Departing Seniors of 2020
Last Friday evening, we had the opportunity to farewell 23 Senior musicians with our annual Senior Musicians’ Dinner.  Our Senior musicians, their parents, and staff enjoyed a meal and some musical performances from our Irish Ensemble 1 and Big Band.  It was a great evening of fellowship and reflection, and a fitting end to what has been a challenging year.

I would like to thank our Music Support Group for assisting with the decorating of the space, and I would like to thank Mrs Tucker, Irish Ensemble, Mr McKechie, and Big Band for sharing in the celebration of the evening.

On behalf of the musicians of 2020, I would like to thank Sean Kearns our Music Captain, and our student leadership group for their efforts across the year.  Although we have been interrupted by a pandemic and the reduction in our activities, our student leaders have been doing a stellar job in finding ways of maintaining communication with our community and sharing the activities of our department with the College.  Thank you all for your perseverance and grit in the face of adversity; your resilience will place you in good stead as you move beyond your College experience.

Wieneke Bursary 2020
The heats for the Wieneke Bursary have been convened across this week with our the last of our performers sharing their music tomorrow morning.  It has been wonderful to listen to our musicians in this solo context and be able to witness more closely how they have all developed musically over the past year.  Although we have been in isolation for a period of time, and rehearsals and lessons were convened remotely, I am pleasantly surprised by the way our musicians have embraced this challenge and emerged more musically refined.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our entrants in the Bursary, for their courage and willingness to participate in this competition, and would like to thank them all for the contribution they have made and will continue to make to the musical life of the College.

The finals will be convened in Hanrahan Theatre on Friday 30 October, commencing at 6pm.  Information regarding finalists, accompanist rehearsals, and the schedule of the evening will be distributed after the conclusion of our heats tomorrow.

Good luck to you all.

Instrumental Music Assessment – Week 4
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Bastos, Mrs Jimenez, and Mr McKechie for the scheduling of rehearsals and performances for our IM Assessment Task 3.  Your son has or soon will be having a run-through with an accompanist this week (Week 3) and will be completing his assessment in Hanrahan Theatre next week.  Students will be required to attend the entire lesson they are scheduled; we have asked the students to make sure their class teacher is aware of their time so that we can reschedule to avoid assessment if required.

It would be appreciated if parents could double check correspondence from last week with the students so that they can mark in their diary the correct date and time for their performance.  Thank you all in advance for your assistance here.

Christmas Extravaganza
We will be holding our Christmas Extravaganza in Goold Hall on Thursday 12 November.  Information relating to ticketing and COVID-safe processes will be distributed next week.  Please keep an eye on your email inbox for important information.  The event this year will involve some Christmas Cheer with our Music Support Group organising a fantastic fundraiser for this concert.  I am really looking forward to sharing music again with our community.

Key dates for Term 4
Key dates for Term 4 are outlined below.  A revised calendar for the remainder of the year will be communicated over the break.  May I ask that you note the following dates in your diaries as ‘set’ for the coming term:

Term 4
4 Wieneke Bursary Finals
4 26 – 30 October Instrumental Music Assessment Task 2 Due
(Years 6 – 11)
6 9 November Music Support Group AGM – 7:30pm
6 12 November Christmas Extravaganza
7 22 November Music Open Day – Year 5 Testing (TBC)
7 22 November Music Support Group EOY BBQ
8 23 November Loan instruments returned for servicing
8 23 November All rehearsals conclude

Entertainment Memberships
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Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.  We are glad to continue to be of service to you and your son as we navigate this challenging time together.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music



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Parent Information

Helping Hands – Term 4 Clubs
This term, we are offering clubs that provide learning outcomes for each child. Students are invited to join us for Lego Masters Club, World Star Sports Club, and Animation Claymation Club. Our team has planned a weekly program for each club to maximise fun and learning outcomes.

If you have any questions, please email or call 0437 784 379
If you are enrolled, bookings to be made via iParent:
If you aren’t enrolled, please register and then follow the above step after registration:

Helping Hands Villanova operates between 6:30am – 8:30am and 3:00pm – 6:00pm on school days. We also operate a Vacation Care program during holidays between 6:30am – 6:00pm.

Tuckshop Roster (Monday 26 – Friday 30 October)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.




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Archive Anecdotes

Villanova College Rectors
Fr Michael David Morahan OSA – Rector: 1995 – 2009

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’s Church, Coorparoo and continued to study completing his Bachelor of Science degree in 1971.  Michael moved to St Augustine’s, Brookvale the following year and completed his Grad Dip in Education at UNSW.

From 1980 to 1990 Father Michael 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 Father Michael was appointed Rector of Villanova College, and was the third past pupil to lead the College as Rector.

As Rector he 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, One Heart One Mind Project was launched,  and Villanova Park was redeveloped and expanded.

Restorative Practices were 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 the College formally inaugurated the Three Schools within one College.

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

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