Principal's Welcome

At this time, the College Leadership Team is working together to frame the strategic priorities for the future. There has been an initial consultation with staff members of the College and the issues tabled and noted. You will recall a whole of College survey was conducted in 2018 by MMG and the results of the survey provide feedback on many issues to inform our future planning.

One of the key priorities for the future is the wellbeing of staff and students.  The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as a state in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community (WHO, 2016).

We know there is a strong link between student wellbeing, learning outcomes and the life trajectory of students. We recognise that the wellbeing of young people is improved, and their learning outcomes optimised, when they feel connected to others and experience safe and trusting relationships.

Staff wellbeing is a critical factor in building a stable environment for students. Ultimately, a healthier workforce will positively influence student engagement leading to better learning outcomes.

STUDENTS AND ROAD SAFETY
I received an email from a member of the public who took the time to inform me of her concerns regarding students from the younger grades who are running across roads in front of traffic and being cheeky to drivers who are alarmed at their antics. I have asked our staff to address this matter with our students. I also think it is important parents reinforce with their sons the danger of running across four lanes of traffic around school pick up times. We know boys struggle to foresee consequences for their actions at times, and it is the obligation of the adults in our community to point out the dangers.

VILLANOVA BUS
As part of the contract the College has in place with Belbaker Bus Company, we were offered the opportunity to have one of their buses wrapped in the colours of Villanova College based on our design. I am pleased to say we have completed the project and the wrapping of the bus is a stand-out. I am sure the bus travelling across Brisbane will continue to place Villanova College in the minds of families.

SENIOR STUDENTS
Our Year 12 students are currently completing their final assessment tasks and will conclude this phase next Tuesday 12 November. The Senior Formal will be held at the Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 12 November. On Thursday 14 November, the Year 12 students will be farewelled from the College at a formal whole of College Assembly to be held in Goold Hall. On Thursday evening the Year 12 students and their families will gather for the Graduation Mass and ceremony once again in Goold Hall.

Please keep our Year 12 students and their families in your prayers and thoughts as they begin the final week of their secondary schooling.

PRAYERS PLEASE
We keep in our prayers and thoughts the family of Mr Tony and Mrs Linda Rolls following the death of Tony’s mother, Kathleen Rolls, grandmother to College Captain, Matthew Rolls and Dominic Rolls (Year 10). We also keep in our prayers the family of Mr John and Mrs Judy Krasniewicz (staff) following the death of John’s mother Olga last night.

“May God hold each of them gently in the palm of his hand.”
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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Head of Junior School

This Friday is the annual Parents and Staff Evening at W Brisbane – a night of celebration for the team effort behind every boy in the Junior School achieving their best over 2019.  It is an occasion to reminisce over the experiences that have given us joy, and if previous years are anything to go by, a time for many laughs as we appreciate just how far the boys have come in their Villanova journey to date.

For Year 6 parents, the night is one to appreciate that the Junior School experience is drawing to a close and just how quickly that time has gone. For Year 5 parents, there is bound to be a strong recognition of all the “firsts” that have now been undertaken – knowing that next year there is a vast amount of wisdom to be drawn upon.  This evening is an opportunity to come together and be grateful for the best intentions and actions of everyone.  May I offer my heartfelt gratitude for the organisation of this evening, Mrs Lisa Meredith and the Year 6 parents involved, your diligence and attention to detail is very much appreciated.

An evening such as this is a testament to relationships.  It takes a great deal of time, patience and communication to build a relationship.  In life we get to choose our friends and our lifelong partners.  We find people that complement our strengths and weaknesses.  We build families of all different sizes and shapes, and we protect each other whilst sharing the daily ins and outs of life.  In a school setting, we find ourselves in a cohort, a class and a temporary family for a year.  We figure out our place in this group, and we build blocks of interactions and connections as we ride the rollercoaster of curriculum, co-curricular and religious experiences.

It is not always smooth sailing and that’s to be understood as perfectly normal.  We are not all aware of every background story, series of events leading to each day, or witness to every interpretation of happenings.  Yet we all try because we believe we can make a difference.  Hope is the common thread between us.  There are pressures upon all of us – and expectations that we aim to achieve.  It’s the effort to do what we can, when we can, that must be remembered when the year is all said and done.  We must show faith in our relationships, so our boys can have faith in themselves.

The essence of Restorative Practices is that our relationships have the most significant impact in learning and outcomes for students.  Now, that means not just the teacher and student – but the parent and teacher, as well as the parent and student.  That triangular diagram from my days at University is still clear in my vision for any kind of success at school.  Students will have the best outcomes if adults make the choice to work collaboratively towards raising a happy young man.  Adults need to model a positive outlook, a fresh take on a situation and we need to use our experiences to know that there are always two sides of a story – always.

It is this time of the year that relationships need every bit of attention and understanding.  The students are about to engage in their final assessment tasks for the year.  They must manage their excitement with preparation, revision and attention.  Not always easy for an eleven or twelve-year-old.  They will possibly need even more love, hugs and patience at home.  This is the last 100m to the finish line and we want them to finish strong – realising their abilities and potential.  The boys will need more rewards and patience at school.  They will be treating their classroom more like a home now – they are familiar and confident.  They need praise for what they do well just as much as they need to hear about how to improve their work.  We need to provide new and exciting experiences to stimulate their desire to keep learning and cooperating with each other.

Relationships are paramount to our sense of wellbeing.  They get us out of bed in the morning and help us walk into the College.  The simplest of things – a smile, compliment or thank you will mean the world over the next few weeks.  Make the time for each other, for students, parents and teachers.  Remember that together we stand stronger in this world.  There is nothing we cannot figure out.  We are all here to help each other be the best we can be.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

PODCAST OF THE WEEK
Following on from the recommended Universal Man Podcast pertaining to motivation a few weeks ago, I would like to endorse one of the latest episodes of the Art of Manliness Podcast entitled ‘How to Become Indistractable’ (created word by the guest). One of the underpinning contentions explored within the episode is that over-engagement with technology such as smart phones is a symptom of human distraction, not the cause. The ideas and topics explored are:

  • How uncertainty keeps us scrolling and scrolling
  • Parents, their phones, and kids
  • Why blaming the technology isn’t very productive (and what the root cause of distraction really is)
  • What does the word “distraction” really mean?
  • Internal triggers vs external triggers when it comes to being attached to your phone and apps
  • How tech has become a modern bogeyman
  • The power of setting implementation intentions
  • Why strict abstinence doesn’t always work
  • Time boxing and schedule syncing
  • How to hack back our attention
  • The real reason email takes up so much of your attention and time
  • Other actions to take when your internal triggers are pulling you to distraction
  • Blaming, shaming, and why neither are good for you
  • What are pre-commitments? How can they help us beat distraction?

You can access the podcast here: https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/podcast-553-how-to-become-indistractable/

SHAPING OUR WORLD VIEW
In conversations with some of my colleagues last week, I was reflecting upon the concerns I have about the general knowledge of some of our Senior School students and it prompted me to consider how they form their worldview on issues such as politics, foreign affairs, the climate and our economy. Of course some of these areas are explored in particular courses of study here at the College, but for those students who don’t study for example Economics, Modern History or indeed Study of Religion, how do they articulate a position prior to becoming an adult and having the opportunity to have their vote counted at the ballot box.

I was listening to the radio on my way into work last week and was impressed by the commentary of the Headmaster of Shore in Sydney, Dr Timothy Wright. I had the privilege of listening to him deliver a keynote on student wellbeing last term. He spoke of the importance of being well read and I couldn’t agree more. I will be looking at how we can promote a culture of reading further in the Senior School as well as exposing our students to quality writing which explores ideas and positions pertinent to our national and global interest.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Over the course of his Senior School journey, Year 12 student Jack Daly has combined his studies with work towards an external Certificate II in Creative Industries. Jack, this year’s Music Production Captain, has been a humble yet industrious servant leader contributing many hours to the various Villanova events. Last fortnight he submitted his substantial paperwork to an external RTO and they have granted his Certificate – a mixture of RPL and assessor observation. Congratulations Jack!

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”- Martin Luther King

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

RAFFLE AND SAUSAGE SIZZLE: BLIND EYE
Wednesday 30 October

“For many years, I had a hole in my heart….but six months ago, at Blind Eye,  I experienced love and acceptance.” (Michael Cox, former patron of Blind Eye Ministries Drop-in Centre)

These were the words spoken by Michael to the large team of student volunteers last week. They made it crystal clear why we wanted to raise enough money to open up the drop-in centre for a day. As Mick McDade (Blind Eye Philanthropy Manager) explained, the centre provides a welcome to about 40 homeless people each day, and you never know who will walk in that day, and the difference it might make.

By any measure, the day of action for and solidarity with people who are currently homeless in South Brisbane was a great success. Most importantly, it gave the students who planned the event the opportunity for a direct encounter with the people who benefit. This was humbling – especially when Michael explained that the “hole” in his heart had been caused by domestic violence in his home, the death of his father, and then his leaving school in Year 9. Finally, at age 45, after many addictions to mask pain, Michael feels as if he is living a new life. What a story!

The second most important aspect was the cor unum spirit on the campus, with Ms Adams leading a brilliant team of Year 6 helpers, with the Year 9 YAYM leaders on fire with enthusiasm, and with the Senior School leaders putting aside their revision to lend their support and energy. My sincere apology to the 30 or so mainly older boys who did not get the sausage sizzle. I am really grateful for their good grace and courtesy – we were just blown away by the level of support and enthusiasm.

Raffle prizes will have been drawn by the end of this week, with some exciting and imaginative prizes, ranging from the Matthew “the Bat” Hayden signed replica baggy green (currently on display in Reception) to the Queue Jump pass for Wet n Wild.

Excitingly, Blind Eye were so impressed by the enthusiasm and warm hospitality of our students, that we have been invited in next week for a special tour, workshop and lunch with the patrons.

NORMAN CREEK CLEAN-UP
Friday 8 November

So successful was last week’s clean-up that we are going again tomorrow, with a bigger convoy of utes and community-minded staff and students. It is a massive tribute to our Senior cohort of 2019 that – even as they prepare to leave the College, they still want to pour their service into selfless acts of service to the local environment.

We will hold a volunteer’s sausage sizzle tomorrow at 2.45 pm – in the spirit of the Mud Army – then do a shift at the creek area near Deshon Street. Warm thanks are due to Mr Col Grant and Fr Peter Wieneke, for their vision, enthusiasm, persistence and organisation. Special mention goes also to Year 12 students Will Barwick and Reece Jansen, who have created a buzz around this volunteer activity.

LEADERS ELECT MASS 31 OCTOBER AND ALL SAINTS MASS
The little liturgies feed the bigger ones at Villanova College. It was wonderful to be part of a group of 30 or so students, parents and staff praying together in the Chapel last Thursday as the leaders for 2020 were blessed. There is something very humble and down-to-earth about the way each person approaches the altar table as an equal. The Chapel is a space where there is no distinction between people. From the Chapel emanates the true source of cor unum spirit.

Speaking of which, the celebration of All Saints Mass in Goold Hall last Friday was rousing and dramatic. I have never heard the singing so loud and spirited, with Ancient Words raising the roof. As Augustine says, to sing together is to pray twice – and everyone who witnessed the finals anthems and the crowd engagement in Japan’s Rugby World Cup can attest to the truth of this observation.

The tricky bit now is to discern the difference between humility and becoming a crowd. But, in an age where young people do not often get the chance to enjoy sharing a Mass together, this is the right problem to have. The contribution of the current Year 12 students, under the enthusiastic leadership of Matt Rolls, cannot be under-estimated in creating a renewal of College spirit of which all the boys are humbly proud.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Sport

The official trials for the up-coming AIC AFL, cricket and volleyball season have commenced this week. I thank the many families who were able to complete and submit their sign-on forms to the Sports Office on time. This certainly assists the Sports Office with the huge task of organising and selecting teams for the respective season ahead.

May I please ask all concerned to carefully read the section below regarding the trial schedule planned for the up-coming weeks. It is extremely important to have those students who have been asked to attend the trials this weekend to be present.

Those who are unable to attend the trials will be considered, however, they will most likely be selected in a lower graded team. Please understand that it is impossible to appraise a student’s ability and select him in a team when they are not present. Students who are unable to make trials due to their selection in representative teams must see Mr Stariha so as this information can be passed to the coaches involved.

I wish everyone all the best over the trial period. Our aim will be to publish all teams/squads in AFL, cricket and volleyball by the end of next week.

YEAR 7 – 12 TRIAL INFORMATION – Volleyball, Cricket and AFL
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November

The College has organised further trial games to take place this weekend – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November. It is important for all interested students to attend these trials as we hope to finalize teams and squads after this weekend. All times and venues are found below.

Those who don’t make an AFL or volleyball team have the option of joining a cricket team. NOTE:    trials pertain to the year level the student enters in 2020. Therefore, the Year 7 trials are for students entering Year 7 in 2020.

VOLLEYBALL TRIALS
Saturday 9 November 2019

Please note that all students who have signed up for volleyball trials will be expected to attend further trials on Saturday 9 November in Goold Hall at Villanova College. After these volleyball trials all coaches will then select their volleyball teams/squads. These squads will be posted on the web by Sunday 10 November, 6pm. If a boy fails to make a volleyball team/squad, they are welcome to join a cricket team, if this is the case please contact the Sports Office to advise – sportsoffice@vnc.qld.edu.au Phone: 3394 5621

Volleyball team list and information – https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/student-life/co-curricular/sport/aic-volleyball/

Venue:  Court 1 – Goold Hall, Nearest Main Entrance
Court 2 – Goold Hall, Near Stage

Uniform: Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing

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

Time Court 1 Court 2
8.00am-9.30am Year 8 – Session Cancelled Moved to Friday 8 November 6.30-8.00am Year 9
9.30am-11.00am Year 10 – Session Cancelled Moved to Thursday 7 November 6.30-8.00am Years 7
11.00am-12.30pm Open Year 11

Further Volleyball Training and Trial Games
Once boys are selected in a volleyball squad, further training will continue in Goold Hall for the next two weeks. The specific time of the training session will be the exact same time and day as the trial session held this week. There will only be one training per week for each age group for the next two weeks as well as two trial games against Iona and St Laurence’s as listed below

Date Claimers

  • Saturday 16 November – Volleyball trials against Iona, times and venues TBA
  • Saturday 23 November – Volleyball trials against SLC, times and venues TBA

AFL TRIALS
Saturday 9 November 2019

Please note that all students who have signed up for AFL trials will be expected to attend further trials on Saturday 9 November at Coorparoo JAFC, Birubi St, Coorparoo (Giffin Park). After these on Saturday 9 November all coaches will then select their AFL teams/squads. These squads will be posted on the web by Monday 11 November at 3pm. If a boy does not make an AFL team/squad, he is welcome to join a cricket team, if this is the case please contact the Sports Office to advise – sportsoffice@vnc.qld.edu.au Phone: 3394 5621

AFL team list and information – https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/student-life/co-curricular/sport/aic-afl/

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 30mins prior to the commencement of their game.

Time Coorparoo JAFC
7.30am-8.30am Opens (Year 10, 11 and 12)
8.30am-9.30am Year 7
9.30am-10.30pm Year 8 and Year 9

CRICKET TRIALS
Sunday
10 November 2019

Please note the trial games for Cricket on Sunday 10 November are for selected teams/students only. NOT ALL BOYS WILL BE REQUIRED. We ask all students to check the College’s website for the team/squad lists for this weekend. This information will be posted by 3pm on Thursday 7 November. The web address is as below.

Cricket team list and information – https://www.vnc.qld.edu.au/student-life/co-curricular/sport/aic-cricket/

Those who are not required to play on Sunday 10 November will still make a team in 2020. The remaining players will be dispersed into the lower grade teams. These teams will be equal in ability and will be called a coloured team.

Venue: Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa
Venue: Kianawah Park, Wynnum Road, Tingalpa
Uniform:  Villanova cricket whites or any suitable sports clothing

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

Time John Seary Oval Villa Park No 3 Villa Park No 4 Kianawah Park Field 5 Kianawah Park Field 6
8.15am -12.30pm Year 9 A/B 35 Overs Year 7 A/B 30 overs Year 7C   30 Overs Year 9C 30 Overs Year 10C 30 Overs
12.45pm -5.15pm Year 10 A/B 35 Overs Year 8 A/B 30 overs Year 8C   30 Overs

Year 7 – Year 12 Villanova Cricket Selection Process
This article aims to clarify the selection process in order for all members of the Villanova community to understand how players are graded and how teams are selected.

The purpose of the Villanova cricket selection trials is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to display their batting and bowling skills over a 90-minute net session. External coaches are used to grade the players in order for teams to be selected.

The initial trials will take place at the Little Langlands cricket nets. At the conclusion of the trials, four teams from each age group from Year 7-10 only, will be chosen to play each other at an internal cricket trial game held on Sunday 10 November at Villanova Park or Kianawah Park. The best 22/24 players will play in an internal A/B trial; the next best 22/24 players will play each other in a C trial. At the conclusion of the game we hope to choose the A, B and C teams. Note – This will only involve 2020 teams from Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 students. Students who are not selected to attend these trials will automatically make a ‘coloured cricket team’. All coloured teams are of equal ability and those who make a coloured team will not be required to play a game at Villa/Kianawah Park on Sunday. Students who attend the trial game on Sunday and do not make an A, B or C team will be automatically placed in a ‘coloured team’.

Some students may not be able to make the Sunday trial game due to other cricket commitments. Please understand that selection into any club representative team/s does not guarantee a player’s selection into any Villanova team. Cricketers who are unavailable to play on the Sunday due to representative club cricket commitments will be considered for team selection, however, only their grading at the initial net session will be used.

Selection guidelines are as follows:

  • There will be no more than seven students at each cricket net
  • A Villanova staff member (either the Director of Sport or an AIC Sport Co-ordinator) will administrate and conduct the entire session and coordinate times for the duration of the session
  • There will be externally sourced and qualified cricket coaches located at each cricket net
  • Each student will get the opportunity to bat for 10 minutes
  • Each student will get the opportunity to bowl a minimum of 30 deliveries
  • The external cricket selectors will assess and personally rank each student based on performance displayed at the cricket net session in both batting and bowling. Each student will be given a tentative ranking in batting and bowling of either an A, B, C or D
  • In addition to the physical fundamental skill set that each player displays, head coach Nathan Dufty and fellow qualified coaches will be monitoring how each student interacts and conducts themselves in the presence of fellow players on a social level i.e. is the student supportive of other team members? Is he a good “team player”? Does the student show leadership capabilities? Does the student lack confidence? etc.
  • Based on the initial tentative rankings, the head coach Nathan Dufty will liaise with the Villanova College Director of Sport and both will select a combined A/B cricket squad and a combined C cricket squad.
  • Once these tentative squads are agreed upon and selected, those selected will play an internal trial game at Villa/Kianawah Park on Sunday 10 November. This will provide an opportunity for each student to display their skill set in a game situation.
  • Upon completion of the internal trial game the students as a collective will be divided into final team rankings of A, B, C or a coloured team in order to represent Villanova College in the season ahead. Note that current representative players who are unable to make the trial game will be considered. Their ranking from the initial net session will be used.
  • Further trials have been organised v Churchie and St Patrick’s College before round 1. More information regarding these trials will be given at a later stage. The College reserves the right to change these teams depending upon attitude, performances and attendance. Therefore, teams can and will change before Round 1.
  • Students entering Year 6 will have their cricket trials conducted by Villanova Staff members within school time.

PLEASE NOTE – All parents are to support this process and not engage in any undesirable conversations that may contribute towards a negative experience for all involved including the coach, other parents and players.

The ultimate aim of schoolboy sport is to ensure all students are engaged in sport and enjoy the experience of competition with their mates.

First and combined 10A/Seconds Cricket Trial Matches
Villa will play a trial match v Iona on the date listed below. Mr Nathan Dufty will select the two teams to play in the week leading up to the game and will notify those involved at the Emerging Cricket Talent training sessions. Players are to provide their own lunch.

Saturday 16 November v Iona at Iona

  • First 9.30 am 50 overs
  • Combined 10A/Seconds 1pm 35 overs

First XI/Second XI Football Trials
The College will commence the First XI /Second XI football program next week on Monday 11 November at the Coorparoo AFL grounds from 3.30-5.00pm and will continue for three consecutive weeks as listed below.

  • Monday 11 November
  • Wednesday 13 November
  • Wednesday 27 November

Currently we have a list of students who we require to attend the trials posted on the website under the AIC football section. Any other student who isn’t listed and would like the opportunity to trial is welcome to attend.

A full pre-season schedule outlining all trial and training dates in Term 4, 2019 and Term 1, 2020 is also posted on the web within the AIC football section. It is our plan to have a First and Second football squad selected and involved in a pre-season program. Boys are to find their own way to the venue.

2020 COACHES/MANAGERS AND OFFICIALS NEEDED – OUR BOYS NEED YOUR HELP!
The Villanova Sports Department is currently seeking coaches, managers and officials for the AIC sports program in 2020.  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 programs.

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 ‘2020 Coach, Manager and Officiating – Nomination Form’ available on the College Website and from the Sports Office 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 sought, and further details will be given.

I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2019 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2020 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. I am sure you will find it a rewarding venture.

SWIMMING/VOLLEYBALL AND CRICKET CLINICS – 2020
Please find below some date claimers regarding the up-coming swimming, volleyball and cricket clinics, which are open to all students from Year 5-12 in 2020. These are great opportunities for our student athletes to develop their skills before the 2020 AIC sport season commences.

Cricket Clinic – 14, 15 and 16 January at Villanova Park (information flyer is found in the AIC cricket section on the website)
Swim Clinic – 20 January at Langlands Pool
Volleyball Clinic – 20 January at Goold Hall

VILLANOVA COLLEGE SWIMMING – LANGLANDS POOL
Please find below the dates which training will cease over the upcoming vacation period at Langlands Pool. We certainly hope all our swimmers will continue their training throughout the Christmas holiday period.

Last day – Friday 20 December 2019
Start back – Monday 6 January 2020

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

 

 

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Music

REHEARSALS AND LESSONS – PROTECTED ACTION
You may all be aware that current protected action is impacting some areas of College activity and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  I would like to confirm with all families that co-curricular activities are not part of the work ban around the protected action currently and all rehearsals will be continuing as per scheduled.

Now that this matter has been clarified, information regarding the remaining events for the year will be distributed.

MUSIC SUPPORT GROUP AGM
I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the service of our 2019 Music Support Group committee, and thank the outgoing members of our Executive:  Laura Palmer – Treasurer; and Maria O’Leary-Chay – Secretary.  Congratulations to our current Executive:  Ken Hartley – President; Anjali Henders – Vice President; Rosalind Smith – Treasurer; and Suzi Walding and Lucinda Timms – Secretary.  I am looking forward to working with this team toward the support and promotion of our student musicians in 2020.

ENROLMENT CONTRACTS
Information regarding enrolment in the 2020 Music Program have been distributed by mail over the past week.  If you have not received this information, please contact the Music Office as a matter of urgency to receive a digital copy.  We are looking to have enrolments finalised early next week so that timetables and scheduling for 2020 can be organised well before the end of the academic year.

SENIOR MUSICIANS’ DINNER
This Friday, we farewell our current Senior cohort of musicians.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their service during their time here at Villanova.  They have been fine leaders for our musical community and I am certain they will all achieve what they set out to do in the coming years.  I would like to commend two of our students who have received early offers to their respective courses:  James Battersby (jazz trumpet) and Matthew Conway (percussion) have both been accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.  We wish them both the very best with their future studies.

Celebrations commence on Friday afternoon at the Camp Hill Bowls Club from 4.30pm with barefoot bowls; followed by a performance from our Irish Ensemble at 5:30pm, and dinner at 6.00pm.  I am looking forward to sharing time with our Seniors, Leaders of 2019, and families at this great event.

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

Term 4
5 Friday 8 November Senior Musicians’ Dinner
7 Tuesday 19 November Christmas Extravaganza
7 Wednesday 20 November All rehearsals conclude
7 Wednesday 20 November Loan instruments returned for servicing

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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Parent Information

YEAR 6 MOVING ON CEREMONY
A warm invitation is extended to Year 6 families to attend the Moving On Ceremony on Thursday 21 November at 6.30pm. Details follow.

THE VILLA KITCHEN COOKBOOK
With Christmas just around the corner, what better present to give and receive than a recipe book filled with tried and tested recipes from the wonderful Villanova community. The book not only contains recipes and food images reflecting our Villanovan tastes and flavours but also encompasses images of the school, its surrounds and a brief history of a number of its buildings. Together it creates what is bound to be a treasured memento of your sons’ time at the College. It is also a wonderful keepsake for any Old Boy you know who may wish to relive their Villa days.

The Cookbooks can be purchased via Flexischools for $35 and any orders will be sent home with your son. If you have any queries regarding the cookbook or its purchase, please contact Jacqui Steendyk – jsteendyk@vnc.qld.edu.au. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go towards the Villanova College P&F. We look forward to you enjoying your copy of The Villa Kitchen.

TUCKSHOP

Tuckshop Menu Price List – 2019

TUCKSHOP ROSTER

Monday 11 November
Lauren Audet
Gina Avolio
Anna Stines
Marnie Dalrymple
Melissa Young
Janet Rogers
Heidi Price

Tuesday 12 November
Gerda O’donnell
Marina Ryan
Allison Holt
Sherry James
Mary-Anne Peralta
Ellen Greer
Therese Staley
Ann O’Brien
Belinda Taylor
Robyn Dickie
Leanne Roulant
Eleni Diakos

Wednesday 13 November
Lily Fontana
Karen Blue
Katrina Theil
Connie Collins
Deb Griffiths
Anastasia Bailey
Angie Browne
Cleo Manolis
Kylie Harris

Thursday 14 November
Michelle Boxall
Bernadette Perrier
Louise Wilson
Lisa Kelly
Anita Lazzarin
Belinda McPherson
Flora Di Stasi
Michelle Thomson
Annetta Cayas
Mandy Tong
Jenny Kwok

Friday 15 November
Tracy Pereira-Trevethan
Nikki Reid
Caroline Caffery
Sally Grigson
Nakeeta Sturgess
Natasha Dredge
Allan Greig
Kelly Rigby

LIBRARY ROSTER

Tuesday 12 November
Cristina Palacios
Melanie Pickering
Susanna Greaves

Wednesday 13 November
Madhu Kalaimannan
Donna Leahy

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Community Events and Information

LANGLANDS PARK MEMORIAL POOL OPEN DAY
The Villanova community is invited to the official opening and Open Day of the Langlands Park Memorial Pool on Saturday 7 December from 8.00am to 2.00pm. Free entry. Further details here.

NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE MASS FOR THE IRISH COMMUNITY
Join with other members of our Irish Community in praying for the peaceful repose of your deceased relatives and friends at our Annual November Remembrance Mass, which will take place on Sunday 17 November at 12 noon in St. James’ Church, 165 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo. Fr Seamus Mc Mahon SM will be the celebrant.

This year, our Mass will also be a Memorial Mass for Fr Paddy Dwyer OMI, who sadly died last year – a good friend of IASAQ and former chaplain to Rosies.

Tea/coffee will be served afterwards – an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.

The Mass is being organised by The Irish Australian Support Association of Qld Inc (IASAQ). IASAQ is part of the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme. Our primary mission is to assist any Irish or Irish Australian persons in time of need or distress. For further information, please contact the IASAQ Co-ordinator on 0432 087 328.

BECOME A HOMESTAY FAMILY
ISCA is looking for homestay families to host visiting international students who are here to study and enjoy the Australian high school experience. The age group ranges from 15 up to 18 years of age.

Please contact International Student Care Australia (ISCA) by visiting our website www.isca.net.au or contact us on (07) 3851 0704 during business hours or email us at isca@isca.net.au for further information. ISCA pays a competitive market rate per week to reimburse you for your costs.

 

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Coorparoo and the new Villanova College

Villanova College had opened at Whinstanes with 40 students in 1948, and by the early 1950’s the numbers had only grown to 80.  By 1951 it was clear that the Whinstanes site was not sustainable as a long-term site for Villanova.  The Augustinians had wished to have a school where they could serve a large number of students and their families. The original location and student numbers could not support the Augustinian community and the priests relied on income from their parish work at weekends. A new site had to be found, where future enrolments were assured.

This prompted much searching for a new location by the Augustinians, supported by Archbishop of Brisbane, James Duhig.  The actual decision on relocating to Coorparoo has an air of mystery but in March 1952 the Augustinians took over St James Parish.  Fr. Ben O’Donnell is credited with identifying ‘Langlands’ then home to the Good Samaritan Sisters, as a possible site for the new College.

With support from the Archbishop, the Augustinians set about financing the new school at Coorparoo while still maintaining the Whinstanes campus.  Plans were drawn and on March 8, 1953 the foundation stone was laid for seven classrooms, a science laboratory and a small office – today known as the “Tolentine” building.  At a cost of £50,000 the building was ready to accept students on February 4, 1954, and the new school year opened with 234 students enrolled, heralding a new beginning in luxurious surroundings!

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