Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
A measure of the quality of a life lived can be determined by the number of stories that are told by those who knew you. In the case of Mr Charlie Fisher, he has lived a full life as the community at Villanova College has been recounting many stories about Charlie following his death last Saturday.

Charlie commenced teaching at Villanova College in 1969 and over the next 42 years occupied a myriad of roles from classroom teacher to Acting Rector. Charlie concluded his full-time work at the College in 2010 and retired from the position of Vice-Rector Student Services. In this role, Charlie was responsible for discipline of the students and was often dealing with a number of “scallywags” on any given day.

Despite retiring in 2010 Charlie was soon back at the College offering his services firstly as Registrar and later as Editor of the Villavoice.  Charlie knew everyone and if he did not know you, he quickly worked out who you were related to and you became his friend. His work with the Old Boys Association built strong connections with past families and students.

In his many roles, Charlie provided significant support to many new teachers to Villanova College and in later years, Charlie was a mentor and guide for the staff. He will be sorely missed.

O Loving Father and Saviour, send your angels to carry the soul of your servant from this earth to the heavenly place of eternal and everlasting life. Let family and friends who have passed before in faith be reunited in joy with the departed. Forgive any wrongs that have been committed and welcome this beloved spirit into the warm embrace of your unending peace. Amen. 

Strings and Choirs in the Cathedral

Last Sunday I attended the performances of the String Ensembles and Choirs in St Stephen’s Cathedral. The beautiful surroundings of the cathedral enhanced the experience of listening to the wonderful music and angelic voices of the choirs. My thanks to Mr Michael Jones – Director of Music and the Music staff for their work with the students across the year. The progress made is a testament to the dedication of the staff and students.

AIC Track and Field Carnival

On Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 October, our track and field athletes competed in the 2017 AIC Carnival at the QEII Stadium. The performances of the students were pleasing to see with many students producing their personal best times.  Villanova College placed eighth.  Thank you to the many coaches across all the disciplines who worked with the students during the season.

Celebration of Excellence Evening

Next Tuesday 31 October we will hold the 2017 Celebration of Excellence Evening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre commencing at 6.30 pm, with doors opening at 6pm. We are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the students as a community.

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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Celebration of Excellence Evening

The Celebration of Excellence Evening will be a wonderful time to acknowledge and celebrate the performance of students across the college. Many staff have invested a lot of time and effort to ensure this evening is a success. All award recipients and their families have now been invited to this event, as have the Year 12 parents and those whose sons are participating in music performances on the evening. Should you wish to seek extra tickets for this event but have already RSVP’d, please email Mrs Casey Ouston on Please be aware that as ticketing is now underway, if you wish to request extra tickets at this stage, that these seats may not be allocated together.

Parents and students in the wider community who wish to attend are asked to email Mrs Ouston with details of the number of tickets you wish to receive, your son’s name and year level and she will do her best to accommodate this request where possible. It will not be possible to request tickets to the event after 12 midday on Friday 27 October. All students who attend the Celebration of Excellence are required to attend in full academic uniform, including the college tie and long sleeve white shirt.

The calculations for Academic Awards is based on the cumulative results for the year to date i.e. Terms 1, 2 and 3. The subject specific awards for Years 7 – 12 are nominated by the relevant Curriculum Area Leader and awarded to the top student in that subject area across Terms 1 – 3. The Dux and Proxime Accessit for Years 5 – 11 is a new award and is nominated by the relevant Head of School, in consultation with Curriculum Area Leaders and the Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning. The College Dux has a long tradition at Villanova College, but the Year 12 Proxime Accessit will also be awarded on this evening. For those unfamiliar with this term, its Latin translation literally means, “Came very near”. It is awarded to the student who comes next after the winner in an examination or prize giving ceremony.

The criteria for Overall Academic Excellence is slightly different for each year level, depending on the core and elective subjects studied by students at the various year levels. There are no core and elective subjects in Years 11 and 12.

The Criteria for Overall Academic Excellence is as follows:

Years 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10: For core subjects, a minimum of four subjects are to be in the A Range. For Elective subjects, a minimum of two subjects are to be in the A range.

Year 7: For core subjects, a minimum of four subjects are to be in the A range. (The elective subject rotations are not graded)

Year 11 and Year 12: A minimum of five subjects are to be in the A range.

Mr Paul Mead, Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning

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Head of Junior School

The passing of Charlie Fisher last Sunday has impacted the hearts and minds of all Villanovans this week.  Charlie dedicated his life to loving his family and cherishing his community.  We keep everyone in our prayers as we celebrate his life, miss his presence and support each other.  Charlie’s contributions in his years at Villanova live vividly in the memories of our Old Boys and staff – I am confident that they will be sharing many stories and tales in his honour this week.  It is so very important for us to show gratitude to Charlie as a Villanovan, a husband, father and grandfather.

Gratitude for what life “gives”, “deals” or “hands” us is a different process for each human being.  Being appreciative for the sunrise if you are up early to exercise might differ to those who have very young children who think it’s the perfect time to start the day.  Managing the bliss of organized children who are looking forward to school will always be preferred to the mornings where shoes are playing hide and seek or the lunch box has been having a two day party with Friday’s yoghurt and polka dotted banana.  There are days when we smile, laugh and go to plan b (ok maybe it gets to z) – and yet there can be days where we really yearn for that Nickelodeon lifestyle.  Seeking perfection in life makes us human – but it really is all about the moments in-between.

I would imagine that Charlie would like us to really enjoy our families and our community.  To focus on the people we love within the walls of our homes and to cherish the Villanovans we work with.  Let’s stop and notice the amazing things about each other.  Remember how you fell in love with your partner.  The day you proposed and then the time you were married.  Think of your best friend and find a moment to surprise them with a coffee and chat – just because you can and should.  Look at your children and remind them of the day they were born.  Tell them how special they are – miracles of God – and that they are loved always and forever.  I have asked the boys to let their teachers be given some special attention with their best manners and respect – Charlie was always impressed most by the simplest of actions.  I have encouraged our sons find extra times to hug you so we can realise what a great job we are doing bringing up these incredible human beings.  Let’s encourage the boys to be the best mates possible this week – inclusive and kind on the playground.  Let’s honour the gift of gratitude that Charlie gives us as a community.  Let’s remember Charlie fondly and proudly.

This Friday, Queensland celebrates World Teachers Day.  Perhaps this is the most perfect time to share some words of kindness with the people who are patient, thoughtful and very invested in your son academically, socially and on a co-curricular level.  Being valued is the ultimate gift an educator can receive so I encourage you, or your son, to make Friday a little extra special in the Junior School.

It’s been a week of musical and sporting achievements.  Our strings brought new heights in their performance in the Cathedral on Sunday.  A musical highlight for the Year 5s and the perfect send-off for our Seniors.  Our AIC Track and Field Carnival saw Villanovans compete to the best of their ability after 3 months of intense training.  I am grateful for the many hours that the Music Department, Sporting Department, Tutors, Coaches and Managers have spent with our young men.  I am thankful for the parents who have watched, cheered and applauded not only their son/s but the efforts of anyone who is a Villanovan.

It is a week to also congratulate anyone who has made a milestone that may not see them on a podium.  Maybe a student in Year 5 presented a poem – this is an achievement because it’s hard to speak in front of others.  Perhaps a Year 6 student is proud of grasping a Maths concept in a new situation – another feat that shows persistence is everything.  There might be an incredible moment for a parent who can find a balance between work and home – a chance for good conversation. Let’s be grateful for the simplest of things and remember how lucky we are this week.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

On Monday our Year 9 students had the privilege of having time off from their ‘normal studies’ in order to experience and participate in their annual Day of Reflection. A critical part in the development of the ‘Villa-man’ our Days of Reflection are designed to provide time for reflection, spirituality, interiority and personal growth.

This can be a challenge for all us given the busyness of modern life. When do we take time to reflect on our journey? How often do we make the space to reconnect with our values? Our goals? Our spirituality? Our important relationships?

Guest speaker Michael Fitzpatrick facilitated the day. Armed with a guitar and a microphone, Michael’s sense of humour and gentle manner challenged our boys to reflect on their Middle School journey thus far, their upcoming transition to Senior School, the opportunities they are provided with and what they bring to the table of our community.

Michael touched on five specific themes throughout the day:

  • What are the best bits of Middle School?
  • What are my hopes and dreams for my future? 
  • What role does God play in my life?
  • What are my strengths?
  • What inhibits me? What are my fears?

By the end of the day, I found myself impressed with the way in which the Year 9 students participated in, and engaged with the program. Throughout the process, a large number of boys courageously stepped forward to the microphone to affirm another member of their cohort for their conduct and attitude. Others stepped forward to publicly acknowledge harm that they had caused to someone else, while still others stepped forward to publicly concede their limitations. One gets a real sense of pride seeing these ‘confessions’ linked to a genuine desire to step up to the mark and improve not only for the sake of the individual but for the group as a whole.

The boys, mindful of each other’s vulnerabilities and sensitive to one another’s stories, displayed a maturity not often seen in young men of their age, and I thank them for this.

More information regarding Days of Reflection for Year 7 and Year 8 will be communicated to parents soon.

All the best for the week ahead.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Year 11 Leadership Conference
Last Thursday, the Year 11 cohort attended the annual Leadership Conference. This was the culminating experience within the program leading into the selection process for the 2018 Student Leadership Team. College Principal, Mr Mark Stower and the General Manager – People for National Storage Mr Manny Lynch both delivered keynote addresses to commence the morning session – providing contextual frameworks around student leadership and the importance of relationships, authenticity and values.

The breakout sessions built upon the intentional messages of Mark and Manny and prompted the Year 11 students to consider the dreams and aspirations they have for their senior vision for 2018. They offered their reflections in front of members of the current 2017 Student Leadership Team and I thank College Captain Hamish Drummond and his fellow leaders for their honesty and wisdom that they imparted to the Year 11 cohort.

Following the afternoon nomination process, I closed the day with a final discussion of Kouzes and Posner’s five practices for exemplary leadership, which will guide the 2018 student leaders. They are:

  • Model the Way
  • Inspire a Shared Vision
  • Challenge the Process
  • Enable others to Act
  • Encourage the Heart

Future leadership development programs within the Senior School will be framed around these five key areas. Judging by the positive engagement of the Year 11 students at the Leadership Conference, I am excited by the leadership potential of the cohort moving forward.

Striving for Excellence
During the last school holiday period, I allocated some time to reading two books from one of my favourite authors on leadership and self-improvement, Jon Gordon. The two books were The Energy Bus – 10 Rules to Fuel your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy and Training Camp. The intentional message in the latter I would like to share with you this week. Training Camp is a fable about excellence. Centred around an NFL context, the narrative unpacks what ‘the best do better than everyone else’ by outlining 11 key traits and behaviours. The best:

  1. Know what they truly want;
  2. Want it more;
  3. Are always striving to get better;
  4. Do ordinary things better than everyone else;
  5. Zoom-focus;
  6. Are mentally stronger;
  7. Overcome their fear;
  8. Seize the moment;
  9. Tap into a greater power than themselves;
  10. Leave a legacy and
  11. Make everyone around them better.

Many of these characteristics underpin my vision for the development of young men within the Senior School at Villanova College. They reflect an ambition for success that is not fuelled by arrogance but rather an inner drive to become better each day, inspired by God. The last three points (particularly Point 9) resonate with our Augustinian tradition. St Augustine speaks about the “teacher within” who tests us on our restless search for truth. This teacher is the presence of God within each of us.

At next Tuesday’s Celebration of Excellence evening, we will affirm the outstanding academic performances of our students, many of whom exhibit the qualities above.

“We need to internalise this idea of excellence Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.”– Barack Obama

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Vincit Veritas Villanova
There are moments in the life of the College when it is as if a homing signal – like the bat signal – draws old boys back to the College. This has occurred this week with the response to the passing of Charlie Fisher. It is often much easier to define the values of the College and of the “Villa man” by pointing at a person. This is certainly the case with Charlie: humility, honesty, integrity and courage all come to life when you reflect on what he has given to Villanova over many years. When the Augustinians employed him, they could not have chosen better.

Dedication of Memorial at Villanova Park
The dedication of the memorial to the 19 students and staff who have passed away during their time at Villanova has been postponed to early in 2018. Clyde Wooderson, College groundsman and Adrian Hellwig, College Counsellor, have conceived and created a wonderful space. A native tree and a plaque honour each person and the feeling is that a sacred space has been created at Villanova Park, which enhances an already outstanding facility.

Year 11 Leadership
We were once again fortunate to listen to Manny Lynch (General Manager – People at National Storage) in his keynote address at the Year 11 Leadership Day last week. He addresses in both a practical and inspiring way what it entails for a group of young men to transform a culture. Providing memorable illustrations of team spirit from both his time in the Navy and his time leading the culture at the Brisbane Lions, Manny showed the students that every individual counts towards the overall performance. Sometimes, a student may get disheartened and feel disconnected. One purpose of the day was to give the message that each student matters, his voice and experience matter and that he can be part of a wider team vision of the senior cohort of 2018.

There was one other highlight. After morning tea, Fr Pete (College Chaplain) sat on stage with a large bowl and jug and said, “Right, who wants to wash my feet?” Eventually a brave Year 11 student crossed the stage and washed his perfect feet. Straight after, a Year 5 boy had his feet washed by another Year 11. By creatively re-enacting a key encounter from the Last Supper, we all saw more deeply what it means to be a servant leader. This is why the Catholic tradition is part of the holistic education offered at Villanova College. Without that Gospel encounter, days like Leadership Day just become a bunch of words from human beings.

Ministry Gala Night: Thursday 2 November
The contribution by the Year 12 Ministry students has been outstanding in Year 12. In order to both say thank you, and to offer some ideas for future community involvement, we are hosting a Gala Night dinner for these students in Veritas next Thursday. Students in Year 12 who have been involved in Ministry are welcome to attend and should see me for more details. Younger Ministry students are warmly invited to come along and be waiters on the night. Guests will include like-mined students from San Sisto and Loreto Colleges.

Mr John Holroyd, Vice Principal – Ministry, Mission and Evangelisation

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Strings and Choir at the Cathedral
Last Sunday our annual Strings and Choir in the Cathedral concert was convened; it was a wonderful afternoon of music and a great celebration of the year that was in our Strings and Choral department.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Strings Coordinator; Ms Christine Byrne, Choral Director; Mr Tim Sherlock, and our strings and choral team for the fantastic concert.

Thank you to our Music Support Group who assisted with the set-up and packing away of the event, and thank you to the large number of friends and family who came to join our students in celebrating their gifts in our spiritual place.  I am looking forward to next year’s concert with much anticipation.

Prestige Music Festival
Since writing last week’s offering, our Symphonic Band and String Consort had their opportunity to perform at Iona College.  Both groups performed above expectation, earning themselves a Gold Award each in sections that contained ensembles from ‘super powers’ Mansfield and Brisbane State High.  I am very pleased with how our staff and students have approached this opportunity and look forward to engaging with this festival again in the future.

Even though the College will be ‘closed’ for some Year levels due to Mr Fisher’s funeral, our Jazz Band will still be performing at Calamvale on Friday afternoon.  Students have been advised to contact the Music Office if they are travelling on the bus; bus students are to meet at the Augustine Centre by 2pm on Friday afternoon – the bus leaves for Calamvale at 2:15pm.  Big Band will have their opportunity to perform on Saturday afternoon/evening at the advertised time.

Information regarding the performance times and requirements for each ensemble have been sent to students and parents via email.  If you have not received this, please ensure you contact the Music Office urgently – or 3394 5691.

Please note, there is an admission cost for audience members (performers are free) – Adults tickets are $10; Concession – $5; Family multi-pass (more than one section/day, at different venues) – $35.  There is no EFTPOS at the door – please bring cash.

Big Band to play for River City Clippers
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Jared Proellocks for leading our Big Band at the recent River City Clippers concert last Sunday.  I have received several rave reviews regarding the boys’ performances – well done and thank you for supporting this event.

Bands Finale Concert
All students in Year 5 and Year 6 Band, Wind Band, Symphonic Band, Irish Ensembles 1 and 2, Jazz Ensemble and Big Band, will be performing in our Bands Finale Concert on Thursday 26 October (as per calendar and date claimers).  The Junior School concert will commence at 6pm; Middle School and Senior School concerts will commence at 7pm.  Further information has been sent home – please contact the Music Office if you did not receive it on 3394 5691 –

Audition Schedule
Due to Mr Fisher’s funeral on Friday and the preparations that have been occurring, all auditions have been postponed until Week 5, commencing Monday 30th October.

Celebration of Excellence
Villanova College will be hosting their inaugural Celebration of Excellence evening in the Concert Hall at QPAC on Tuesday 31 October.  Our Symphonic Band, String Sinfonia, Irish Ensemble 1, and Senior Choir will be performing as part of the event and will be required at QPAC on the Tuesday morning from 7:45am – 10:00am.  Information regarding the event and rehearsal arrangements will be forwarded home – please check your email inbox.

Music Support Group
Our Music Support Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting during Term 4.  Two fantastic members of our executive, Stephanie Carlson and Sharon Williams, will be graduating from the Music Support Group as their sons graduate the College at the end of the year.  We will most definitely miss them as valued members of our team.  With that in mind, the group is looking for goal-orientated individuals who are connected and active in both the Villanova and wider community, have industry, management or relevant experience and are prepared to make a significant positive difference to what is a busy and exciting music community.

If you would like to discuss the operations of our Music Support Group and your possible involvement, I would welcome the opportunity to speak in person or approach our group through the Music Office.

Date Claimers
We now look ahead to the end of the year with our currently scheduled events.  Please ensure these are marked in your diaries.

Dates Activity
Week 4 – Thursday 26 October Bands Finale Concert
Week 4 – Friday 27 October Combined Orchestra performing at Loreto (arrive 5pm)

Jazz Ensemble performing at Prestige Music Fest – bus from school, perform at 4:50pm at Calamvale Community College

Week 4 – Saturday 28 October Big Band performing at Prestige Music Fest – arrive 4pm at Calamvale Community College.
Week 5 – Tuesday 31 October Celebration of Excellence – QPAC – Senior Choir, Symphonic Band, Irish Ensemble 1 and String Sinfonia – arrive at QPAC by 7:45am.
Week 5 – Friday 3 November Guitar workshop/concert
Week 6 – Friday 10 November Senior Music Dinner
Week 7 – Thursday 16 November Graduation Mass

Mr Michael Jone, Director of Music

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It was great to see the Villanova Golf Team take out the annual AIC Golf Championships held at Indooroopilly Golf Course on Monday 23 October. This is the second consecutive year that Villanova has taken out the Championship. On behalf of the College I thank all the players as well as our Golf Co-ordinator; Mr Conlan for their efforts. A full report is found below.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter the AIC Track and Field Championships were held on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. I thank our coaches – Mr Garske, Mrs Rouhliadeff, Ms Dewis, Mr Lonergan, Mr Everding, Mr Schiavo, Ms Smith-Rowan, Mrs Dillon, Mr McLauchlan, Mr Rolls, Mr Corby, Mr Pascoe, Justin Lee, Isaac Lubrano as well as our experienced outside coaches for their efforts in training and preparing our squad. I thank the boys who have attended training and the meets throughout the season and gave their very best for the College over the two day period.

The overall we were placed eighth which was disappointing for the entire team given the time and effort we all put into the program. On behalf of our College I congratulate Marist Ashgrove College on their well-deserved win. A full report will be written in next week’s newsletter.

I take this opportunity to draw to your attention to a section written below regarding coaches, managers and officials needed for 2018. As with all Colleges within AIC, Villanova relies heavily on the assistance of staff, parents, students and Old Boys to assist with coaching, managing etc. Put simply, our boys depend upon the good nature of many within our community to give of themselves so that our students are able to enjoy the benefits that playing sport provides. PLEASE give serious consideration to nominating yourself to assist the AIC Years 5 to 12 sports program at Villa in 2018 by completing the nomination form found on the College website and in the Sports Office (further details below).  At this stage we are still short on cricket coaches. If you would like to assist the College by fulfilling a coaching role, please contact the Sports Office.

Volleyball and cricket trials commence next week for all students entering Villa in 2018 from Years 7 to 12. By this stage all students who are keen to participate should have completed the appropriate sign-on forms to register their interest. Students must attend these trials in order to be considered for a team. Students who are required at Music rehearsal next Tuesday morning must see Mr Stariha to inform him of their inability to attend. Alternative arrangements will then be made for these boys. Please find all dates and times listed below.

It was once said to me years ago – it takes many years to build a positive school culture but only one year to destroy it. I urge everybody within our school community to get behind the sports program and become involved. The positive school culture which can be enhanced by participation within sport benefits our whole College. The first step is to get involved.

Villanova College – AIC Golf Champions!!! Written by Mr Matthew Conlan
On Monday 23 October, five of Villanova’s finest golfers returned to the challenging Indooroopilly Golf Course as defending champions of the prestigious Balharry Shield. Jordy McGarry (Year 8), Jack Milner (Year 10), Nicholas Halstead (Year 11), Shayle Korander-Matheson (Year 11) and Nixon Smith (Year 11) mastered the challenging course again on their way to an impressive title defence.  With the weather threatening to play havoc and what was a hotly contested event, they remained calm in the trying conditions to run out event winners on a countback.

The Balharry Shield is a teams’ event, with each school in the AIC Competition entering up to five players. The winner is declared after the aggregate of the best four nett scores per team is calculated, and in the event of a tie, the fifth player’s score is counted.  At the close of play Villanova was tied on 298 points with St Edmund’s College. After careful inspection, we were declared the 2017 Champions by two shots.

Throughout the day, individual prizes were also up for grabs with players having the opportunity to win nearest the pin, longest drive and second approach shot competitions.  Congratulations to Jordy McGarry who won a nearest the pin and the second approach shot and Shayle Korander-Matheson who also took home a nearest the pin prize.

Our boys showed great sportsmanship and were excellent ambassadors of the College throughout the day.  There is no doubt that we will be back again to defend the shield next year and make it a three-peat! Well done boys!

2018 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 2018.  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 ‘2018 Coach, Manager and Officiating – Nomination Form’ available on the College website and from the Sports Office and return it to the Sports Office as soon as possible.

All forms received will be compiled into a database and 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 requested and further details will be given.

I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2017 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2018 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College. I am sure you will find it a rewarding venture.

2018 Villanova Cricket, Swimming, AFL and Volleyball Sign On and Trials
All students from Year 5 to 11 who are interested in representing Villanova in cricket, swimming, AFL and volleyball in 2018 must complete an ‘AIC Sport Sign-On Form’. These forms are available to all students from Year 5 – 11 through their Pastoral classes and are posted on the sport’s web page.

Please note:

  • All students from Year 5 – 12 will play in the AIC Sport Competition
  • All cricket, AFL and volleyball teams will be selected in year levels in 2018 not in age groups. Therefore, boys in Year 8 will play in the 8 A – D teams (not the 13 A – D teams)
  • Students must attend all trials as listed below
  • Cricket is open to all students from Year 5 – 12
  • AFL is open to students in Year 5 and 6 (2018) only
  • Volleyball is open to students in Year 7 – 12 (2018) only
  • Year 6 (2018) Cricket and AFL trials will be conducted within school time

Date Claimers
Please refer to the trial schedule below. Please note the year levels below will be your son’s year level in 2018.

Monday 30  October Tuesday 31  October Wednesday 1   November Thursday 2  November
6:30am – 8.00am CricketYear 11 and Year 12 at Little Langlands


Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall

 CricketYear 10 at Little Langlands


Year 10 in Goold Hall

CricketYear 9 at Little Langlands


Year 9 in Goold Hall

Year 11 and 12 in Goold Hall
3.30pm – 5.00pm CricketYear 8 at Little Langlands


Year 8 in Goold Hall

CricketYear 7 at Little Langlands


Year 7 in Goold Hall

Please note there will be further trials scheduled next weekend for cricketers and volleyball players. This will formulate the second phase of the trial process. All boy must make themselves available for these trials in order for coaches to select teams accurately. The schedule for these trials will be posted on the web early next week.

Date Claimers – Further Trial Dates

  • Trials will commence either before or after school on the week commencing Monday 30 October
  • Internal cricket games/trials will be held on Sunday 5 November for all teams from Year 7 -12 (2018)
  • Internal volleyball trials will be held on Saturday 4 November for all teams from Year 7 – 12 (2018)
  • Volleyball trial matches against Iona on 11 November
  • Volleyball trial matches against SLC on 18 November
  • All specific times and venues to be advised

LL = Little Langlands (Langlands Park) Main Ave, Coorparoo (next to Easts Leagues Club). Goold Hall = Located on Villanova’s College Campus, access via Eighth Ave, Coorparoo. All students wishing to trial for an AIC cricket or AIC volleyball team must complete a ‘SIGN ON SHEET’ and return it to the College’s Sports Office as soon as possible. Email:  FAX: 3394 5637

Swimming/Volleyball and Cricket Clinics – 2018

Please find attached to this newsletter information pertaining to the up-coming swimming and cricket clinics, which are open to all students from Year 5-12 in 2018. The volleyball flyer is not yet complete. These are great opportunities for our student athletes to develop their skills before the 2018 AIC sport season commences. Please check the website under the various sports for more information.

  • Cricket Clinic – 16, 17 and 18 January at Villa Park
  • Swim Clinic – 15 January at Langland’s Pool
  • Volleyball Clinic – 15 January in Goold Hall (flyer not available as yet)

Villanova Swimming – Mrs Juanita Jacobs, AIC Swimming Co-ordinator

Thank you to all the students who have been able to attend the morning training sessions.  It is great to see so many people in the pool developing their skills and fitness.  We realise that there are often clashes with other sporting trials or music programs and that getting organised can be difficult.  There will be training at Langland’s right up until Friday 22 December.

To start the 2018 season, all members of the Villa swim squad are invited to participate in a special Swim Clinic run by the team at Langland’s pool in January.  The clinic will include a mixture of pool and gym work.  There is no cost to participate.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP before Monday 20 November to Mrs Jacobs or through the Sports Office.  Morning tea and lunch are provided so we must have some indication of numbers for catering purposes.   This is a wonderful opportunity for the boys to improve their technical skills in the water and work with others in the team.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Jacobs –

Villanova College Swimming – Langland’s Pool 

Please find below the dates which training will cease over the upcoming vacation period at Langland’s Pool. We certainly hope all our swimmers will continue their training throughout the Christmas holiday period.

Villa Swimming

Last day – Friday 22 December

Start back – Monday 8 January

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sports

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Parent Information


The Villanova College annual art exhibition, Villa Visions will be held on Friday 27 October from 6.30 pm until 8 pm and will once again showcase the exciting work of our Art students.

We invite all students, parents, teachers and members of the school community to attend this event, catered for by Hospitality students with fabulous entertainment provided by the Music Department.

Please refer to the exciting promotional poster below created by Year 8 student Travis Graham for further details.

The exhibition can also be viewed on Saturday 28 October from 9am until 11 am.

Mrs Laurine Field, Acting Visual Arts Curriculum Area Leader

Year 11 End of Year Function

Villa Ball 2018


The Villanova College Second Hand Uniform Shop is urgently in need of items to sell, especially smaller sizes to assist new families joining our community in 2018.

We gladly accept donations or alternatively you can download a reimbursement form from the College website for items you wish to sell.

Items can be dropped off at any Student Service Office, the Uniform Shop or directly to the Second Hand Uniform Shop on Thursday morning between 7.45am – 9.15am.

We look forward to replenishing our second hand stock, while raising money for the Villanova P and F Association.  Your support is greatly appreciated

Mrs Maree Erikson


Monday, 30th October

Melissa Young

Tuesday, 31st October

Cristina Palacios


Monday, 30th October

Shanne Harding, Anne Schenk, Kelly Roberts, Megan Stuart, Lauren Audet, Gina Avolio, Anna Stines, Belinda McPherson, Marnie Dalrymple, Melissa Young

Tuesday, 31st October

Lisa Gilhooley, Marina Ryan, Allison Holt, Kate Harrison, Peta Wadsworth, KLissa Reardon, Therese Staley, Sherry James

Wednesday, 1st November

Andrea Verner, Maree Challinor, Jenny Salpietro, Lily Fontana, Karen Blue, Fiona Jenkins, Katrina Theil, Connie Collins, Rebecca Shirdona

Thursday, 2nd November

Michelle Boxall, Debbie Griffiths, Bernadette Perrier, Taryn Byrne, Monique Winn, Louise Wilson

Friday, 3rd November

Jane Forster, Nicole Coffey, Sara Kays, Cathy Hampson, Therese Curran, Veronica Kennedy, Tracy Pereira-Trevethan, Nikki Reid, Caroline Caffery, Gregoria Makras, Sally Grigson, Lia Weston, Chelsea Akehurst, Natasha Chan, Nakeeta Sturgess, Toni Ware

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