Principal's Welcome

I am a fan of good manners. Manners may seem to be a tradition from the past, something that grandmothers and grandfathers spoke about. However, I still believe manners are just as relevant today as they were in the past.

Manners provide guidance in how to behave in all social occasions. Manners guide our actions and set the boundaries and expectations for one’s behaviour. For example, manners tell us when you meet a stranger you look the person in the eye and extend your hand in friendship and speak confidently. Manners also guide our young men’s behaviour when they are on public transport. They know not to be loud and boisterous, offer their seat to others and excuse themselves when moving pass people to enter and exit. A simple thank you and please is always appreciated.

Manners are not caught, they are taught, and instilling a good understanding of manners within our young men requires consistent and constant reminders. This is the challenge because it can become tiresome to be constantly reminding boys of their manners. However, I firmly believe it is worth the effort and instilling good manners into the habits of our students will hold them in good stead for the multitude of social interactions they will encounter in life.

I want people who interact with our students to remark on their good manners and to be surprised and delighted to see their confidence and social skills. This is one of the goals that we set for our work with the young men of Villanova College.

The Queensland Independent Education Union – QIEU has advised the College union members will be holding a thirty (30) minute stop work meeting on Wednesday 20 November. Negotiations of the next Enterprise Agreement have stalled between Catholic employers and the Union.

The College will continue with normal classes on this day and all assessment tasks scheduled for Year 11 will continue as normal. Students will either remain in their normal class with their teacher or be supervised by a member of the College Leadership Team.

Thank you for your understanding during this time of industrial action. All parties are working towards a satisfactory conclusion to negotiations.

Tomorrow the Year 12 students of 2019 will walk out the doors of this College for the last time as students of Villanova College. I hope they are ready and eager to leave – this will indicate that we, as a staff have done a great job in preparing our young men for the future. I understand this can be a sad time when a student and his family leave a community that has been such a significant part of their lives for many years. Our staff wish all the Year 12 students and their families every blessing in the months ahead as they begin a new phase of their young lives.

An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen

We keep in our prayers and thoughts Ms Sally Byron and her family following the recent death of her sister-in-law.

May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

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Teaching and Learning

As this Villa View goes to print (or online), the young men of Year 12 are completing their last days here at the College. Tonight, we see them graduate after years of giving their best in their academic endeavours. Examinations and assignments are now things of the past and the students can now relax a little as they wait on their final results.

An important component of a Year 12 student’s Overall Position (OP) is his performance and his cohort’s performance in the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test. The results from this test were released yesterday and Villanova’s performance looks to be positive. Over the coming days, final rank orders will be finalised, and information will be sent to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA), in preparation for final OP calculations to be completed.

It can be difficult to stay positive as examinations approach. The more important we perceive the examination to be, the more stress we can feel. While feeling some stress can be positive and help us get motivated to study, we all have a tipping point. When our stress levels reach our personal tipping point, this higher level of stress can lead to inaction, where we avoid doing the work necessary to be prepared, and as a result feel even more overwhelmed. If not dealt with, the stress can build and lead to anxiety and depression.

The key to being positive and managing negative emotions such as anxiety and feeling down and depressed in any pressure situation including examinations is to “fuel up”. It goes without saying that if we are exhausted, tired, stressed or depressed it is very difficult, if not impossible, to deal with the pressure of examinations. “Fuelling Up” is about boosting wellbeing factors in your life. You need to boost the wellbeing factors in your BODY, MIND and EMOTIONS.

BODY: Put your health first and eat healthily, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. We all know what to do, but we need to make the decision to prioritise our own well-being. Without the right fuel you will feel exhausted and depleted and it is very hard to be positive when you aren’t feeling your best.

MIND: To think more positively, challenge your perceptions. Write down your top five fears and worries. What’s the worst thing that can happen? How valid are these fears? Usually fears and worries are not based on reality but on imagined scenarios that have little to no evidence. If it’s something that can’t be changed bring acceptance to it, but if it can be changed, take action.

EMOTIONS: To help yourself feel more positive every day think of three good things that happened that day and how they made you feel. Also take the focus off yourself and do three simple but deliberate acts of kindness every day. It might be a kind word, a compliment, helping someone or surprising someone with a kind act. You will be amazed at how making other people feel better lifts your mood as well.

There are further examination tips at

All the best over the next two weeks to all our students as they look to finish the year well.

Mr John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning


Instructions for ordering stationery requirements for 2020 can be found on Parent Lounge under School Links.


In this issue of Villa View, we hear from Miss Emily Want about the positive impact the College’s Collaborative and Reflective Practices program has had on her teaching practice this year.

“Being new to the Year 8 Math/Science team at Villanova College this year, CRP has provided me with an opportunity to deepen my understanding and consolidate my teaching practice.

Meeting and conversing with members of the Year 8 Math/Science CRP team has enabled me to share current teaching methods utilised in my classroom, receive feedback and implement further ideas. This type of feedback has been invaluable to my professional development and to the students in my classroom. I am hopeful that this will be a continuing area for the staff at Villanova College.”


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Head of Junior School

It is the last week for our 2019 Year 12 students.  After eight years at Villanova College, they will officially become “Old Boys” on Friday.  In honour of their achievements and presence, our Year 5 students with the help of Mrs Nichole Rouhliadeff were given the task of writing a speech for the Graduation Assembly.  Simply too good not to share, I would like this ode to the graduating young men to be read by all our community.  My sincerest gratitude to Ronan McMahon, who proudly represented us as the speaker at this important occasion.

“Good morning to our big brothers of 2019.  Today I want to share how much you mean to the Year 5 cohort this year.  You are counting down the days of your time here at Villanova – but we are just beginning.  We are excited just to be getting close to the holidays – but you are all so close to beginning the life you want to lead.  That’s amazing!

From day one you were waiting for us as we walked in with books, bags, polished shoes and nothing but our smiles and wits to see us through.  You seemed so sure of yourselves, with clean white shirts and all the knowledge of Villanova buildings, places and faces – full of confidence and hope.  Just like Mr Fry was about Essendon’s chances this year, except you guys delivered!  You thought we were small and entertaining, and we were in awe of your height and amount of leg hair hanging over your socks.  You came on camp in Week 2 – throwing us around in the pool, bodysurfing beside us in the waves, launching into the mud pit to convince us that cleanliness was overrated – and you built the belief that we belonged.  We were Villanovans immediately and we are your brothers forever.

Each week you came to see us during something you call Pastoral – we call it that time of the morning when we realise we have forgotten to do our homework, left our sports bag at home or that our musical instrument is on a Brisbane City Council bus heading into the City.  Yet for two mornings a week we learnt to race into class and focus on your words of wisdom and sense of humour.

You shared the different phases of the year with us – the highs and lows that made us feel perfection is a myth and real life is a rollercoaster we should enjoy.  This means the world to us.  We thought older people had the world figured out, and now we know that being happy and starting each day with a clean slate is all that matters.  We have learnt by your example to trust that our teachers and classmates will understand us, help us and encourage us.  You reminded us to enjoy Year 5 – that we are privileged and fortunate to be here.  Your stories about the Philippines, Rosies and St Vincent de Paul service leadership make it very clear we have more than we will ever need in life.  We should have faith in God, ourselves and our community.  We have built faith in you too – and today we remind you to be happy with your best life outside the College gates, just as you have taught us to live ours inside them.

You have taught us what spirit is – we always thought it belonged in a church or was something that came out of the bible.  We can now feel the spirit in our hearts, minds and bodies.  You taught us the War Cry – we now speak North African with more enthusiasm than we do English much to Mrs Liddy’s disappointment.  There’s nothing more than we want to do is to continue yelling those words at spirit rallies and sporting games in solidarity with you.  We still have pretty much no idea what we are saying but hey, if we shout it loud enough then the spirit of all Old Boys should help us lift our winning odds.  Thank you for letting us hold the flag, walk at the front of the crowd and let us stand in the middle of your spirit gatherings.  This makes us feel like the centre of your universe – stronger than any Marvel superhero.

We have some favourite memories.  Your disco tips for dance moves proved invaluable this term.  We are very grateful for the one liner that got us the laughs with the ladies which meant we had time to introduce ourselves.  It’s never too early to start securing Formal dates for 2026!  The looks on your faces when we made a guard of honour for your last QCS exams was something we will never forget.  Your frowns disappeared, the smiles turned 90 degrees and then we either high fived or dodged the water bottle sprays as you walked into this very space where you sit today as graduates.  On the last day when you ran a lap of the College, we laughed at the ties around your heads, the pencils that fell out of pockets and the silly string that spilt over us – if it were not for your white shirts and beards our teachers would have thought you were us at the end of NAPLAN! 

Our lasting memory will be your presence at our rugby, football, basketball and track and field events.  When you make a tunnel, hold our hands and walk onto the fields, cheer us from the sidelines and stay to watch us play, we are automatically the winners no matter the score. 

You talk with us, teach us and have fun with us.  You are about to leave us and the teachers who have known you since you were in Year 5.  We will miss you, but we promise you that we will keep working towards being just like you one day – except we will just be much more good looking!  Thank you, Seniors of 2019, for looking after us.  May life bless you and keep you safe.”

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

This term, we continue our series of podcasts where we’ll discuss a range of issues relevant to our adolescent boys.

This week’s episode is: Episode 15 – “Confidence” with Mr Peter Simpson.

Click on the image to begin listening.

Previous episodes are listed below.

Episode 14 – “Ministry” with Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission & Identity, and 2020 Ministry Captain, Isaak Collie.

Episode 13 – “Improving the Middle Years’ Experience” with Mr Adrian Hellwig

Episode 12 – “Teachers in the Hot Seat” with Mrs Kate Alexander and Mr Alex Sullivan

Episode 11 – “Hearing the Student Voice” with Tom Price and Cameron Wallace

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

In my humble opinion, there is something timeless about the works of The Bard, William Shakespeare, despite the occasional rumblings and protests of our youth. One of my favourite speeches by Jacques in Shakespeare’s play As You Like It is titled All the World’s a Stage and explores the journey of men throughout their lives; the seven ages of men. The transition from early to late adolescence is marked by the following passage:

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.

The rites of passage that our young men at Villanova College experience in their eight year journey are all incredibly important in their formation and development, whether that be the transition and moving on from school to school to becoming Seniors in the white shirt and ultimately to graduating and becoming Old Boys. It is my eternal hope that in the great stage play of life, the scenes that unfold whilst at school leave a positive mark on our young men.

On Tuesday this week, the Year 12 students celebrated the first component of their end of year celebrations at the Senior Formal. It certainly was a memorable night. The sartorial choices by our young men are to be commended- they certainly looked incredibly stylish in their dinner jackets. The way in which these young men engaged with their partners, parents and teachers throughout the evening was also very impressive and reinforced the strength of our wonderful community. Both College Vice-Captain Will Barwick and Student Council President Nickolas Sofios spoke of the importance of both the teaching faculty and parents in shaping the development of our young men of Year 12.

Will stated, “We would like to thank our own personal chefs, chauffeurs, nurses, teachers, cleaners and even counsellors – our parents. Too often it may seem that their work goes unnoticed, but deep down we not only see, but appreciate our parents’ efforts every day. We’re the first to admit their jobs aren’t easy, but we are eternally grateful to them for providing us with such incredible opportunities”.

Nick expressed the following sentiment- “In two days, the fine young Year 12 students of Villanova College will graduate. I think I speak for all the boys when I say that this journey wouldn’t have been the same without our teachers and staff.  Every step of the way, they’ve supported us, they’ve challenged us, and they’ve inspired us to perform at our best”.

I would like to thank Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Peter Meecham for his meticulous organisation of the evening. I look forward to sharing with you, reflections from the Year 12 Graduation in next week’s Villa View.

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry News

After school last Friday a group of 18 staff, students, and parents gathered to go back to Norman Creek and continue the clearing-up work. Nourished by the ubiquitous sausage sizzle, we set off along both sides of the creek, heading back up alongside Little Langlands, and into the past. We could hear the lazy thunk of leather on willow (Villa cricket nets) as we entered a different world in the mangroves – perhaps a little similar to what the first explorers of the Brisbane River would have found. Except, the large amount of tennis balls, plastic lids, polystyrene, plastic bags, bottles, cans and other detritus that washes up on the banks as the tide goes in and out.

How do you quantify the difference such a mission makes? One bird-watcher passing by spoke to us about rails and moorhens. It was pointed out that turtles eat the polystyrene which swells in their stomach and then they cannot eat the food they need. I like to think that the work we did on Friday will maybe save the lives of some creatures further out where the river meets the ocean – creatures whose lives are interconnected with what human beings choose to do, and not do. No doubt as well that some of the tennis balls originated at Villanova.

I would like to thank Mr Colin Grant for his precision and organisation. His logistical care ensures that each kind of human rubbish is appropriately disposed of, and that each student is looked after with the right equipment, hydration, and hygiene. But further than that, the wonderful words he greeted us with established a deeper connection to the land and its peoples: “Wunya, Wunya! Nginda, ngari nga ngahmbili, Yuggera djarra-na, Yuggera warril-na.” Literally in English:    Enthusiastic greetings! You, me and everyone on Yuggera land, Yuggera water.

The passion and expertise of the Jansens (parents to Reece) meant that we were a microcosm of the Villanova community at its best, with parents, non-teaching staff, staff, and students of different year levels working side by side. Mr Richard Nankivell met the group at the start to explain the work of the Norman Creek Community clean-up team (N4C). A shout-out must also go to the eight Year 12 students, veterans of AFAS, who cannot get enough of being Villanova men. Will Barwick, in his last week as College Vice-Captain, walked the extra mile by sourcing extra grabbers and cooking the snags.

It has been a great pleasure to go delivering gifts to the raffle prize-winners. First out of the hat was Dante Monteverde 6 Blue, who claimed the Uber Eats experience: he and three mates will receive their lunch of choice one day this week, on a tablecloth, with green and gold napkins. The similar prize of the Wet n Wild queue jump pass went to Year 8 student Sam Twaddell. The signed replica baggy green went to a beaming Mr Brian Pascoe, and Joe Grigson, Year 7, claimed the framed Super Cars “Villa Rocks” poster signed by Messrs McLaughlin, Mostert, and Crick. All in all, twelve prizes were awarded, from the lolly tray (Luke Judge, Year 5) to various $30 vouchers and signed merchandise.

It would be fair to say that Blind Eye have been blown away by the spirit and generosity of the Villanova students. In return, they invited seven members of the 2020 student leadership team to attend a special workshop at the drop-in centre on Tuesday 12 November. We were given a tour of the facilities and everything you see amounts to a safe place, a place of listening, of sanctuary, of dignity, and of practical needs being met. There is no status that divides people and the casual lay-out of lounge chairs, pool table and servery puts visitors at ease. The washing machines, shower, clothing racks, and barber service offer the things the guests most need to feel human and refreshed. What struck me was the way it is a place of “now” – like being at the Rosies Van, this is the antidote to stress.

We had the honour of presenting a BIG cheque for $1093. This represents one day of Ministry at Blind Eye: one day of non-judgemental service to about 50 people who are currently homeless. To put this figure into perspective, it costs about $1000 to keep one person in prison for a day.

Next was a workshop in which we explored the potential for partnership in 2020. It is interesting to see how much our students gain from Blind Eye. Blind Eye is a place that points to how to live out a Catholic mission in today’s world. This point was strongly reinforced for all of us by the warmth of the greetings received from the patrons. I am guessing this is what Christ intended in his years of active ministry.

Twenty-five local people and families have politely asked the local St Vincent de Paul group for practical support this Christmas. To this end, each pastoral has been assigned one person or family. The boys have been asked to collect items to create a special Villa hamper for that local neighbour. In offering guidance on what to bring, useful gifts fall into three categories:

  • Staples (rice, pasta, non-perishable meals)
  • Treats (chocolates, lollies, biscuits, mince pies…)
  • Hygiene and dignity items (deodorants, soaps, toothbrush etc.)

It is not so much a case of giving a lot, but more a challenge to give a little, maybe by adding one or two items to the family shop. New members of SVP are always welcome. This will bring the opportunity to deliver the baskets. The reactions of the recipients are amazing-humbling.

Junior School have jumped on board and are collecting to provide wrapped gifts for the children in the homes we will deliver to in Week 8. Deadline for collections is Thursday of Week 7, 21st November.

Another ministry opportunity for Senior School students is to join YCS – Young Christian Students. In short, the aim of this group is to create a safe and supportive environment for each of the younger students. It is telling that many of the YCS volunteers recall as motivation visits from the “white shirts” when they were in Junior School. With the new building bringing Senior and Junior students closer together next year, there is a great opportunity to further develop the bonds of brotherhood. Hamish McKee and Frazier Brockett have humbly stepped up to lead YCS in 2020.

Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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For those who are interested in any of the abovementioned positions in 2020, please download the nomination form from the College website and return it to the Sports Office ASAP.

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.

Training will cease on Friday 20 December 2019 and will recommence on Monday 6 January 2020. We certainly hope all swimmers will continue their training throughout the Christmas holiday period.

All AIC AFL and cricket trials have now been completed for Year 5 teams and Year 7 – Year 12 teams.   Year 6 (2020) cricket trials will be completed by tomorrow.  In 2020, the following cricket trials have been organised before Round 1 of the AIC cricket season:


  • Thursday 23 January, 7A v 7B internal trial at Villanova Park 8.00am – 12midday, Andrew Slack Oval
  • Friday 24 January, trial v Churchie for the following teams – 6A, 6B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B, First XI, Second XI, Third XI and Fourth XI. Third XI and Fourth XI will have an internal trial
  • On Saturday February 1, Year 5 will have an internal trial. Year 6 – Year 12 teams will trial against SPC
  • Saturday 8 February AIC Round 1 v SEC


6A 6A 8:15am – 11:30am Smith 1 Oval Syn 25
6B 6B 8:15am – 11:30am Smith 2 Oval Syn 25
7A Internal Game *Please see below *Please see below
7B Internal Game *Please see below *Please see below
8A 8A 8:15am – 12:45pm Oval No 3 – Villanova Park Turf 30
8B 8B 1:00pm – 5:30pm Oval No 3 – Villanova Park Turf 30
9A 9A 8:15am – 1:00pm Long Oval Turf 35
9B 9B 1:15pm – 5:30pm Long Oval Turf 35
10A 10A 8:15am – 1:00pm Main Oval Turf 35
10B 10B 1:15pm – 5:30pm Main Oval Turf 35
Villanova First XI ACGS 11A 9:30am – 5:30pm Andrew Slack Oval – Villanova Park Turf 50
Villanova Second XI ACGS 2nd XI 8:15am – 12:45pm Fr John Seary Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35
Villanova Third  XI ACGS 3rd XI 1:00pm – 5:30pm Fr John Seary Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35
Villanova Fourth XI VILLA 5th XI 8:15am – 12:45pm Oval No 4 – Villanova Park Syn 35

*Year 7A v 7B Internal Trial Match – Thursday 23 January at Villanova Park, Andrew Slack 8:15am-12:45pm

After the recent trials, all coaches were asked to submit to the Sport Office their ‘recommendations’ as to who they believe should be in the A, B, C teams based on the performances given at these trial game.

Please be aware all players were offered at least four/five overs batting overs (within a pair) and a minimum of two overs bowling on the day of the trial. Mr Nathan Dufty and members of the Sports Office were present throughout the day observing players and talking to those who conducted the games regarding selections. The Director of Sport and the Head Cricket Coach (Mr Nathan Dufty) will work through the recommendations and cross-reference the performances given at the game with the gradings given at the net sessions held last week in order to formulate all teams.

As per the ‘Selection Guidelines and Code of Conduct’ signed and agreed by all parents at the time of sign-on. A, B and C teams are graded. All coloured teams will be of equal grading. Students who make an A & B team are classified as competitive teams who compete for aggregates. These players will have a specific role in the team and duties will not be shared equally within these teams. If parents prefer their son to receive equal batting and bowling opportunities, please inform the Sports Office and we will place your boy in a C team or lower.

All teams from Year 5 – Year 12 will be posted on the web in the AIC Cricket section by 3pm tomorrow.  These teams will be considered as draft teams. Following the trials and training held early next year these teams can and will change.

All cricket team/squad lists are subject to change throughout the entire season depending on player performance, attitude and attendance at training.

AIC volleyball trials are still on going. Please refer to the College’s website to find a list of all boys required for further trials against Iona this Saturday 16 November. Another set of volleyball trials have been organised against SLC next Saturday 23 November.  We hope to finalise all volleyball teams from Year 7 – Year 12 after the SLC trial day. These teams will be posted on the website before the end of year.

Volleyball teams for this week and next will be posted in the AIC Volleyball section of the website.

All volleyball team/squad lists are subject to change throughout the entire season depending on player performance, attitude and attendance at training.

Volleyball Date Claimers:


  • Saturday 16 November– AIC Volleyball Trials v Iona
  • Saturday 23 November – AIC Volleyball Trials v SLC


  • Monday 20 January – AIC Volleyball Clinics (time and venue TBA)
  • Saturday 1 February – Full College volleyball trial v St Patrick’s College
  • Saturday 8 February – Round 1 v SEC

Volleyball Trial Game v Iona – Saturday 16 November
Please be aware that a full set of volleyball trial games has been organised v Iona for all teams. Please visit the College website for all times and venues. Players are to arrive at least 30 minutes before their allocated game time. All players are to wear their PE uniform.

The College has organised specialised clinics, which are open to all students from Year 5 – Year 12 in 2020. These are great opportunities for our student athletes to develop their skills before the commencement of the 2020 AIC sport season. Please check the website under the various sports for more information.

Cricket Clinic – 14, 15 and 16 January at Villanova Park
Swim Clinic – 20 January at Langlands Pool 7.00am-1.00pm (flyer posted on website)
Volleyball Clinic – 20 January (Goold Hall – times to be advised)

AFL TRIALS – date claimers (first week back in 2020)
AFL trials have now concluded. All squad lists are now posted on the web under the AIC AFL section. During the first week back next year the following teams will trial:

Friday 31 January

  • Year 8 and Year 9 team trial v SPC at Coorparoo, time to be advised
  • First XVIII team trial v SPC at Coorparoo, time to be advised

Saturday 1 February

  • Year 7 team trial v SPC at SLC grounds, Runcorn, time to be advised
  • Year 5A and 5B and Year 6A and Year 6B internal trials at Yeronga, time to be advised

At the conclusion of the internal Year 5 and Year 6 trials, all ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams will be announced. Those students who were unsuccessful in making an AFL squad are more than welcome to play cricket. We ask these students/families to email the Sports Office – so that he can be added to a cricket team.

Villanova will play a trial match against Iona this weekend. Mr Nathan Dufty has selected the two teams to play in these trial matches. These teams are posted on the web in the AIC Cricket section.

Saturday 16 November v Iona at Iona

  • First game: 9.30am – 50 overs
  • Second game: 1.00pm – 35 overs

Note – players are to provide their own lunch.

Please be advised that a cricket coaching camp will run at Villanova Park for all interested students from January 14 – January 16 2020. This camp is open to all students entering Villanova College in Year 5 – Year 10 in 2020. The cost of the camp is $230 per child and is run by experienced cricket coaches including Villanova’s 1st XI coach. We strongly recommend all boys to participate. Please refer to the College’s website under co-curricular/sport to view further details.

Well done to the boys below on their selection into the respective Met East Cricket teams. Fantastic effort.

  • Max Gosling, 13 – 14yrs Met East Cricket team
  • Aiden Lee, 15 – 19yrs Met East Cricket team
  • Blake Muller, 15 – 19yrs Met East Cricket team

Congratulations to Gray O’Neill who made the Under 12s Australian Gold Rugby team and played in the Junior Oceania Rugby Tournament over the weekend. Gray’s team made it through to the semi-finals against Samoa and were defeated 17 – 15. This is an outstanding achievement, well done Gray!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport



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Information regarding enrolment in the 2020 music program has 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.

All College instruments need to be returned to the Augustine Centre next week, preferably before the end of school on Wednesday 20 November.  This includes those instruments that are on loan at home.

We will require these instruments for a brief period to organise cleaning and servicing.  These instruments will be available for loan over the holidays; students requiring these loans will receive new loan agreements.  Instruments will be released with a return of loan agreement to the Music Office.

Next Tuesday evening from 6.00pm, we will host our final music event for 2019 on the Senior Terraces beside the Veritas building.  Students are encouraged to come in performance uniform ‘with something Christmassy’.  This may be a Santa hat, elf ears, or even a little tinsel around instruments.

The Music Support Group will be running a barbecue for families shortly after 5.00pm and there will be drinks and ice-creams for sale.

Please come prepared for a little carolling and a lot of Christmas spirit.

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

Term 4
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

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 – 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 Menu Price List – 2019


Monday 18 November
Alicia Maunsell
Kyle-Ann Walsh
Heather Martin
Leah Coogans
Mary Sclavos
Sylvia Vaitsas
Carmel Scaini
Lisa Gifford

Tuesday 19 November
Kate Hartley
Jo Phillips
Lisa Meredith
Jilane Anderson
Deanne Perrier
Lisa Stone
Nicole Binney
Victoria Lenton
Nicky Rosso

Wednesday 20 November
Sharron Genrich
Lisa Prendergast
Lisa Moroney
Clare Godwin
Paivi McIntosh
Jean Egan
Peta Diedrichs
Eleni Diakos
Loretta Jordan-Vieira

Thursday 21 November
Christy Grigson
Wendy Wallis
Tracey Wells
Diana McGregor
Janine Pugh
Maria Horton
Kerry Lapish
Naomi Greenwood
Lan Tran

Friday 22 November
Lesley Stevens
Melissa Paterson
Merissa Ryan
Barbara Dardengo
Amanda Knight
Melody Phillips
Lucinda Timms


Tuesday 19 November
Cristina Palacios

Wednesday 20 November
Donna Leahy
Madhu Kalaimannan

Thursday 21 November
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham

Friday 22 November
Gina Avolio

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Community Events and Information

Please click here for details of the Youth Mass (high school age and above) on Sunday 24 November at 5.30pm.

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.



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Over 70 years ago, Fr John Louis Hanrahan OSA of Villanova College, then located at Whinstanes, gathered a few friends together who shared a common interest in acting.  Little would he realise that the Villanova Players would go on to become the most successful amateur theatrical group in Brisbane. Much of the Players success was derived from the selection of unusual plays whenever possible, and new members were encouraged to become actively involved as soon as possible after joining.

The first public performance of the Players on 11 October 1948 were three one-act plays – The Miracle Merchant, Between the Soup and the Savoury and The Proposal. In his welcome prior to the performance, Fr Ben O’Donnell made some interesting points to the overflowing audience:

“Your support tonight convinces us that you realise the need for a central Catholic Movement to cater for the aspirations of youth (and the middle-aged!) who are tired of watching Hollywood stars and have the initiative and ability to act themselves.

Tonight’s performance augurs well for the future and is, we hope, the first of a long series.  We trust that the group will grow and become the hub of a larger movement which will incorporate many Brisbane Parishes.  The idea is to train producers from as wide an area as possible, so that when trained in this central Villanova Movement they may be able to form groups and become producers in their respective Parishes. Another aim is to set in motion a healthy interest in all that the Thespian Art connotes…”

Fr Paul Dempsey took over the leadership of the Players in the late 1950s, and then a few years later Fr Hunt the Parish Priest at St James Church, became Chaplain to the Players.  This proved to be the break with Villanova College, however a number of past students with thespian ambitions have continued to join the Players over the years.

In 2005 the Augustine Centre was opened with the main auditorium named the Hanrahan Theatre, in honour of Fr. Louis Hanrahan.

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