Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
Thank you to the many families who attended the Celebration of Excellence Evening held last Tuesday at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. It was pleasing to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of our students across so many areas of College life. The prize winners are to be congratulated for their dedication and determination. Harrison Rieck, College Dux, in his address spoke about the importance of “grit and resilience” in striving for excellence. So many of our students are learning the value of setting goals and taking the necessary strides to achieve their dreams.

My thanks and congratulations to Mr Steven Bremner, Mrs Kath Underhill and Mr Matt Levander and the team of staff involved in the organisation of the event. Our special guests, Fr Dave Austin – Prior Provincial, Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC, Mr Christian Welch, Mr Tony MacPherson and Mr Simon Hyland thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we were pleased to share this special event with our guests.

The major prize winners on the night included the following senior students:

Musician of the Year – Blake Humphrey

Sportsman of the Year – Paddy Price

Villanovan of the Year – Daniel Duskovic

College Dux – Harrison Rieck

Student Leaders 2018
Following the selection process for Student Leaders for 2018, I am pleased to announce the students who have accepted leadership positions:

College Captain – James King

College Vice-Captain – Hunter Gapes

Student Council President – Liam Hampson

I have assured these three young men of the support and prayers of our community as they accept the challenges of leadership. I am confident each will be fine examples of servant leaders in 2018.

Vale – Charlie Fisher
Thank you to our Villanova College family for their support, prayers and thoughts for the Fisher family following the death of Charlie Fisher last week. The strength of this community was evident in the many Old Boys, past and present staff and parents who attended the funeral to farewell Charlie.

Senior Students Final Weeks
Tomorrow will be the last day of formal classes for our Year 12 students. The College community will gather for a special Eucharistic Celebration to commemorate the Feast of All Saints in Goold Hall commencing at 10.30 am.

We keep the Year 12 students and their families very much in our prayers as they come to the end of their journey at Villanova College. We will farewell the Year 12 students on Thursday 16 November at the Graduation Mass in Goold Hall.

You have made us for Yourself O Lord

And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, College Principal

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Head of Junior School

On Monday afternoon, Junior School staff gathered for the nomination process and voting of the Year 6 student who will be presented with the 2017 Robbie Sellars Award.  Staff now deliberately notice the smallest things each day – greetings, manners during lessons, kindness towards others and a devotion to co-curricular areas.  Academic perseverance is also noted.  We look for the student who embraces the opportunities that Robbie shared with positivity and enthusiasm.

Robbie Sellars was an inspirational Villanovan who we remember as setting the highest standard for showing spirit and generosity towards others.  Robbie was in the same Year 5 Green class as Junior School teacher Callum Hackett and at next Friday’s Year 5 Day of Reflection, we will hear the inside stories that entertained his friends to no end.

Robbie’s physical self was not able to beat leukaemia, but his spiritual self is still very much a part of history and we look for similar attributes in 2017.  One of the most touching things I will always remember is that his one wish was to have a seniors jersey, which the College gladly provided and Robbie wore with pride.

The winner of the Robbie Sellars Award will be announced at the Year 6 Moving On Ceremony on Wednesday, 15 November in the Hanrahan Theatre.

Mr Everding is also busily tallying up points for the Junior School Sportsman of the Year.  Participation in Villanova AIC teams, representative and individual successes all count towards the individual who has shared his physical strengths in competitions.  There are many contenders in such a sporty cohort and it will be with great pride that this individual, will get to hold the Sporting Shield up high for all to cheer.

Mrs Sleep will be presenting the Junior School Musician of the Year.  This is the first time we will celebrate the talent and hard work that comes with instrumental genius at the Moving On Ceremony.

Mrs Mascadri is busily collating all Year 6 memories of life at Villanova.  Along with the parents’ invitation was the request to submit one photo per student of a special time over the past two years.  We want to celebrate their first day, favourite team, stage performance or class adventure.  Please ensure your photo is included by sending it to Mrs Mascadri by Friday, 10 November.

The Moving On Ceremony promises to be one of great memories and emotions.  Thoughts of Year 5 and all the “firsts” now combine with the mature young men who have hit the ground running in Year 6 and take on all the experiences offered.  I sincerely look forward to shaking everyone’s hand and looking at the proud faces that will be in the audience.  Thank you in advance to those who have planned ahead so that we will have enough seating for all 151 families.  I would usually accommodate any request for extra guests, but we simply must work within workplace health and safety guidelines.  All Year 6 students are to be dressed in academic uniforms with ties and polished shoes please.

I am confident that our Year 5 boys are eagerly preparing to take on the leadership and responsibility that awaits them in 2018.  I see them in the playground this week displaying the “walk and talk” of experience that comes after nine months of Villanova life.  Having met the Year 4s who are so excited about coming next year, I can barely believe that we are so close to the end of our school year.  From experience, it will be the smallest things that will matter for the next three weeks.  Rules, respect and relationships need our care and attention.  We can be familiar with each other – but we absolutely must support and work collaboratively to finish things off as they started.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School


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Head of Middle School

Last Friday I was privileged to attend the funeral service of one of Villanova’s great stalwarts, Charlie Fisher.

On a personal level, Charlie played a number of roles in my life. As a student, I both respected and admired him and his role as Deputy Principal. As he did for decades before I arrived at Villa as a student, Charlie guided, shaped and moulded young men, using his own balance of old fashioned values, discipline and compassion. He was truly a master!

Then the master had another disciple, as I returned to Villanova as a teacher and became the beneficiary of Charlie’s mentoring. I learnt much about boy’s education, leadership and pastoral care from Charlie, something for which I will be forever grateful.

Whilst Friday’s send-off fittingly paid tribute to Charlie’s life as father, husband, family member, friend, teacher, coach etc., I believe the funeral service also highlighted the part of Villanova that makes us different.

Hundreds of Old Boys, along with former parents and staff, attended to both support the Fisher family and to pay their own respects to Charlie.  Flanked by hundreds of current students and staff, the Villanova community came together in big numbers and acknowledged the 42 years of service that Charlie provided the College.

As I glanced down the spirited guard of honour, that literally closed Old Cleveland Road at one point, I began to reflect on not just Charlie’s life and his years of service to the College, but rather the legacy that his service created. A legacy that was supported by the men and women that served with him over his four decades at Villanova, many of whom stood side by side last Friday.

Charlie undoubtedly recognised that Villanova is a special place. A place where humility and pride can and should coexist. A place where people matter and relationships are always the solution. A place where good men do not just emerge by accident, they require strategic care and cultivation. A place where learning does not need to be traditional and the ‘search for truth’ is always a journey.

As current teachers, students, and parents, we become the custodians of the legacy that Charlie and others have created. As I now occupy the office where Charlie spent much of his career, this is a challenge and a responsibility that I personally receive and try to pass on.

Charlie’s passing again reminds us of the words of Saint Thomas of Villanova, “We are not born for ourselves, and the natural gifts and free graces that we receive are not for ourselves alone, but we have received them that they might be of benefit to all.”

Vale Charlie Fisher and thank you.

Mr Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Last Friday was an incredibly emotional day with the Requiem Mass for the late Mr Charlie Fisher. Whilst I did not get the chance to truly know the impact of his tenure at Villanova College, by attending his funeral and listening to the many stories of his underpinning influence on student formation and pastoral care, I know that his legacy remains a strong thread in the rich tapestry that is the story of Villanova College. This was indeed evident by the way in which our Year 12 students responded with their exceptional conduct and representation of the Villanova student body. I was incredibly proud of them all.

Celebration of Excellence Evening
Last Tuesday also marked another significant College event, the inaugural Celebration of Excellence Evening at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the outstanding academic achievements of our fine young Villanovan scholars. 2017 Academic Captain, Harrison Rieck’s address poignantly reflected upon his journey as a Villanova student. He stated:

Learn to seize every opportunity. Throughout the course of my senior schooling, this college has availed to me the opportunity to join programs, participate in forums and attend conferences across the state and the country. However, the majority of these would not have occurred without proactivity and persistence. Say yes more often, meet new people and most importantly, learn from every experience.

The wisdom that Harrison imparted was incredibly apt and his message is one that all Senior School students should embrace.

I would like to congratulate all Senior School students who received awards for Overall Academic Excellence and Subject Awards. I would also like to affirm the outstanding achievement of the Year 10 and 11 recipients of Dux and Proxime Accessit:

Year 10 Dux:  Matthew Short

Year 10 Proxime Accessit: Thomas Pham

Year 11 Dux: Asier Goni

Year 11 Proxime Accessit: Leo Clarke

Finally, the recipients of this year’s Major Awards of Distinction are a group of exceptional young men of distinguished character who have made significant contributions to Villanova College in the areas of academia, sport, culture and service. They epitomise the Augustinian gateway values and are wonderful role models for our College community. I warmly congratulate and recognise these Year 12 students:

Villanovan of the Year: Daniel Duskovic

Dux of College: Harrison Rieck

Proxime Accessit: Joshua Cole

Sportsman of the Year: Patrick Price

Musician of the Year: Blake Humphrey

2018 Student Leadership Executive
Finally, the executive for the 2018 Student Leadership Team was confirmed last week with the appointments of James King as 2018 College Captain (Elect), Hunter Gapes as 2018 Vice-Captain (Elect) and Liam Hampson as 2018 Student Council President (Elect). I would like to congratulate these fine young men for accepting the call to serve and the significant responsibilities placed upon them. I am confident they will lead the College with distinction next year and I look forward to mentoring them in their roles. The Portfolio and House Captains voting took place earlier this afternoon and we will notify the community of those appointments in next week’s Villa View.

I would like to share with you the leadership prayer I offered the Year 11 cohort prior to last week’s voting as it speaks of our servant leadership model inspired by Jesus Christ – the Good Shepherd-


Leadership is hard to define.

Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.

Leadership is like a handful of water.

Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.

Leadership is not about watching and correcting.

Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.

Leadership is not about telling people what to do.

Lord, let us find out what people want.

Leadership is less about the love of power

and more about the power of love.

Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.

Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.

Let our greatest passion be compassion.

Our greatest strength love.

Our greatest victory the reward of peace.

In leading let us never fail to follow.

In loving let us never fail.


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”– John F Kennedy

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

2018 Stationery Lists
Parents are now able to purchase their son’s 2018 stationery online through OfficeMax.

The 2018 elective allocations for students in Year 8 – 12 have been displayed on Middle and Senior School noticeboards over the last week and students have been asked to check these allocations for next year in the daily notices.

Parents will need this elective information before purchasing stationery, as while there are common items needed for core subjects, the elective subjects have slightly different requirements. Please ask your son to check his elective allocations prior to purchasing any items to avoid unnecessary costs.

While online purchasing is available, parents can obviously purchase their stationery lists personally if they wish to do so. The Parent Lounge will have links to the online website through each individual year levels stationery list.

Mr Paul Mead, Vice Principal – Teaching and Learning

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Ministry Gala Night
An exceptional group of committed students has run the main Ministry groups at the College this year. In order to say a resounding “thank you,” and to offer suggestions about ways to stay involved in community outreach, we will host a Ministry Gala Night tonight.  Veritas will be transformed into a pop-up “skyline” restaurant to host Year 12 students from three local schools. Four recent graduates from these schools will be the guest speakers. They will describe their experience of continuing involvement in community building at home (Rosies and SVP) and overseas (AFAS Elders).

Around the Ministry Groups
Yesterday was “Crazy Sock Day” at Villanova College.  Using the “happy socks” fashion as a cue, the St Vincent de Paul group urged students to wear colourful socks in return for a dollar. The proceeds will go towards creating and delivering 20 Christmas hampers for local people who are struggling at this time.

Meanwhile, AFAS have drawn up plans for a special Filipino garden in the Senior School precinct. The garden will be a sacred space; a space set apart to commemorate the partnerships forged with sister schools in the Philippines over the last 25 years. AFAS President, Daniel Duskovic, has found out what plants grow in similar gardens in our three sister schools and we will plant similar, eg aloe vera, palms and crotons. The centrepiece will be a shrine made of bamboo and corrugated iron, quoting the buildings of the shanties visited in the Philippines. Inside will be a statue of the Santa Nino – the Holy Child. The Augustinians serve the large basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which is the spiritual focal point of the people. It is here that the distinctive red candles are lit for personal prayers. We stand in solidarity with the Filipinos in lighting red candles in Mission week.

Meanwhile, YCS have held their elections for 2018 and I congratulate the team of Year 10 students for their willingness to serve as leaders next year: Jack Dommett, Oliver Bernal, Reece Jansen and Andrew Worthington.

Invitation to All Saints Mass – Friday 3 November, 10:30 am in Goold Hall
All parents and family members are welcome to join the College community for the celebration of the Feast of All Saints in Goold Hall tomorrow. The Mass will offer a particular focus on the conclusion of the schooling journey of the seniors of 2017. The seniors have led the College with a spirit of dignity and service, and this sense of respect was prominent in the way the cohort conducted themselves so well at the celebration of the life of Mr Fisher last Friday. Along with many old boys and young boys, they formed a guard of honour for the hearse as it departed. What we saw on that day is that the young men of 2017 are ready to take their place in the ranks of fine young “Villa Men.” These men seem to have a “homing signal” knowing when it is right to return to alma mater and place themselves at the service of others.

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

Please find attached Cultural Captain Finn Pol-Bodetto’s speech which he delivered at assembly two weeks ago.

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Guitar Finale Concert
Tomorrow evening we host our Guitars Finale Concert.  As part of this event, we are welcoming special guests from Churchie, Loreto and the Cobalt Guitar Ensemble.  The concert will commence at 6:30pm in Hanrahan Theatre.

Students involved in the concert will be required in the Hanrahan Theatre from 4pm for a combined rehearsal before the concert.  Students will be fed pizza between rehearsal and the concert – please bring your performance blacks to school; hanging space will be provided in the Music Office foyer.

The Music Support Group will be providing refreshments before the concert from 6pm on the Junior School Terraces.  I am looking forward to see you at our final concert for the year in the Hanrahan Theatre.

Prestige Music Festival
Jazz Ensemble and Ms Collier are to be congratulated for their efforts at the Prestige Music Fest last Friday afternoon.  The students earned themselves a Platinum Award in the C Grade Jazz Ensemble Section for their performance; this is a first for Villanova this year and possibly first in history for the College.   Well done!

The Big Band performed on Saturday evening and produced a great performance, earning themselves a Silver Award in the A Grade Jazz Ensemble Section.  Our rhythm section were identified as the best on the night and were awarded a special prize, and Jonty Carlson earned an Excellence Award for his bass playing.  Congratulations all around.

Bands Finale Concert
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all students and staff involved in the Bands Finale Concert, held on Thursday 26 October.  The event was another fine demonstration of all things musical at Villanova and a fitting end to 2017 for this element of our program.  I am looking forward to the fine progress we have made continuing into 2018 – well done to all and please enjoy your sleep-ins for the remainder of the year.

Music Support Group
Our Music Support Group will be holding their Annual-General Meeting on Monday 6 November, commencing at 7:30pm in the Music Classroom on level 1 of the Augustine Centre.  Two fantastic members of our executive, Stephanie Carlson and Sharon Williams will be graduating from MSG 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 you can 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.

Date Activity
Week 5 – Friday 3 November Guitar Workshop/Concert
Week 6 – Monday 6 November Music Support Group AGM – Music Classroom – 7:30pm
Week 6 – Tuesday 7 November All Bands, String, and Guitar Ensembles for 2018 listed
Week 6 – Friday 10 November Senior Music Dinner
Week 7 – Thursday 16 November Graduation Mass

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

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The official trials for the up-coming AIC 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 with the huge task of organising and selecting teams for the respective season ahead.

I 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 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 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 in both cricket and volleyball by the end of year.

AIC Track and Field Report – Written by Mr Michael Garske
The quality of the athletic performances at the annual AIC Track and Field Championships continues to get stronger each year. Following from last year’s twenty-six new individual event records and four new relay records, there were eighteen new individual records and one new relay record set over the course of the two days of competition. Jaxon Paterson-Wright (U/15 1500m: Division 1) and the All-Age 6 x 400m Relay team were amongst the record breakers, finishing second in their events.

The competitive nature of the carnival kicked off with all schools gathering in the centre of the arena for squad warm-ups and last minute pep talks. Each then loudly and proudly declared their readiness for the competition with spirited renditions of school chants. After some final words of encouragement from their squad captain, Connor Wadsworth, the Villanova squad continued its tradition of tunnelling the Open 3000m competitor onto the track. In a titanic tussle, Jaxon Paterson-Wright performed admirably for the College, finishing a close second.

There were many notable performances by our competitors throughout the Championships, with Villanova athletes achieving twenty-two first places (21 individual events and one relay), seventeen second places (15 individual events and two relays) and thirteen third places (all individual events). Special mention goes to the following Villanova athletes who achieved first place in their events:


Student’s Name Event Division Distance
Christian Porreca Shot Put Year 5 Division 2 9.34m
Angus Henning Shot Put 15 Years Division 2 12.37m
Peter Klaassen High Jump 15 Years Division 1 1.84m


Student’s Name Event Division Time
Benjamin Lawrance 60M Hurdles Year 5 Division 4 11.70
Thomas Rieck 60M Hurdles Year 6 Division 4 10.61
Nicholas Elsey 110M Hurdles 16 Years Division 1 15.61
Ethan Turner 100M Year 6 Division 7 14.66
Ashford Dawson 100M Year 6 Division 6 14.80
Mitchell Rieck 100M Year 6 Division 4 14.18
Hugo Harrison 100M Year 6 Division 3 14.08
Thomas Rieck 100M Year 6 Division 2 13.94
John Nolan 200M Year 5 Division 5  30.46
Harley Wheaton  200M Year 6 Division 8  29.86
Caden Griffiths  200M Year 6 Division 7  29.44
Thomas Rieck  200M Year 6 Division 4  28.39
Hugo Harrison  200M Year 6 Division 3  28.33
Mitchell Rieck 200M Year 6 Division 2  28.15
Henry Oberhardt 800M Year 5 Division 2  2:37.94
Caden Griffiths  800M Year 6 Division 2  2:30.95
Mitchell Rieck 800M Year 6 Division 1  2:22.60
Stewart Cohen 1500M 12 Years Division 1  4:55.58

Overall placings for Villanova teams at the Championships were:

Year 5 – 6  Aggregate:  Third (Year 5 – Fifth and Year 6 – Second)

Year 7 – 12 Aggregate:  Eighth (U12 – Sixth, U13 – Seventh, U14 – Seventh, U15 – Seventh, U16 – seventh and Opens – Eighth).

I would like to thank staff members Ms Barbara Dewis, Mrs Terri Dillon, Mrs Nichole Rouhliadeff, Ms Michelle Smith-Rowan, Mr Kane Corby, Mr Brian Pascoe, Mr Paul Schiavo and Old Boys, Justin Lee and Isaac Lubrano, as well as all of the outside coaches who generously contributed their time and expertise to the track and field squad this year. In addition, a special thanks to the Sports Department of Mr Craig Stariha, Mr Chris Everding, Mr Blake McLauchlan and Mrs Erika Schofield for their dedication towards coordinating the season.

AIC Cricket and Volleyball Trial Information – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November

The College has organised further trial games to take place this weekend. AIC volleyball will be played this Saturday 4 November at Goold Hall (Villanova College Campus) and AIC cricket will be played this Sunday 5 November at Villanova Park (Manly Road, Tingalpa).

Please note the trial games for cricket this weekend 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 this afternoon (as the last trial is on Thursday morning). The web address is:

Cricket team list and information –

Volleyball team list and information –

Please note that all students who have signed up to trial for volleyball will be expected to be at the trials, unless coaches have asked particular students that they are not required to attend. Selected volleyball teams/squads will be posted on the College website by mid next week.

Please contact the Sports Office during school hours for any queries or questions on 3394 5621.

AIC VOLLEYBALL TRIALS – Date: Saturday 4 November

Venue:  Court 1 – Goold Hall, nearest the main entrance

Court 2 – Goold Hall, near the stage

Uniform:                Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing for boys entering Villanova in 2018

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

AIC CRICKET TRIALS – Date: Sunday 5 November

Venue:                     Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa

Uniform:                Villanova cricket whites or any suitable sports clothing for boys entering Villanova in 2018

Time Andrew Slack John Seary Villa Park no.3 Villa Park no.4
8.15am-12.30pm Yr. 9 A/B squad

35 Overs

Yr. 8A/B squad

30 Overs

Yr. 10C squad

30 Overs

Yr. 7C squad

30 Overs

12.45pm-5.15pm Yr. 10 A/B squad

35 Overs

Yr. 7 A/B squad

30 Overs

Yr. 9C squad

30 Overs

Yr. 8C squad

30 Overs

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

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 -1 2 (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

Year 7 – 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 teams 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 will be 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 on Sunday 5 November at Villanova Park. The best 24 players will play in an internal A/B trial; the next best 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 2018 teams from Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10.  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 Villanova 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 10 students at each cricket net
  • A Villanova staff member (either the Director of Sport or an AIC Sport Co-ordinator) will 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 eight – 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 Cricket 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, Nathan Dufty will liaise with the Villanova College Director of Sport and/or the AIC Sport Co-ordinators in order to 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 Villanova Park on Sunday 5 November. This will provide an opportunity for each student to display his 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 and their ranking from the initial net session will be used.
  • Students entering Year 6 will have their cricket trials conducted by Villanova staff members within school time.

First XI and Combined 10A/Second XI Cricket Trial Matches
Villanova will play two sets of trial matches against Iona and SLC on the dates listed below. Mr Nathan Dufty will select the two teams to play in the weeks leading up to the games and will notify those involved at the Emerging Cricket Talent training sessions. Players are to provide their own lunch.

Saturday 11 November v Iona at Iona

  • First XI 9am – 50 overs
  • Combined 10A/Second XI 1pm – 35 overs

Saturday 18 November v SLC at Villanova Park

  • First XI 9am – 50 overs
  • Combined 10A/Second XI 1pm – 35 overs

First XI Football Trials
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr Thomas Carnavas to the position of Villanova’s First XI Football Coach and Mr Terry Kambouris as Villanova’s First XI Football Manager for the up-coming 2018 season. Both men have a great deal of coaching experience and are looking forward to working with the boys to create a new culture and direction in our football program.

The coaching staff would like to invite motivated and committed boys to attend the up-coming First XI football trials. Altogether, there will be four trials conducted during the latter part of this term. The initial trials will be held at the Coorparoo AFL Club, Giffin Park, Birubi Street, Coorparoo. The trial dates and times are listed below:

Wednesday 1 November – 3:45 – 5:15pm
Wednesday 8 November – 3:45 – 5:15pm
Wednesday 15 November – 3:45 – 5:15pm
Wednesday 22 November – 3:45 – 5:15pm

The coaches will specifically be looking to select students who demonstrate a good awareness of the game and are able to make sound football decisions as well as possessing a high degree of technical ability. The program will present a significant challenge to all players. Those who accept entry into the squad will be required to commit to the program wholeheartedly. Those wishing to trial are to register their interest by completing a sign-on form located at the Sports Office.

Numbers will be reduced after each of the trial sessions above and a squad of 26 players will eventually be selected after the trial period leading into the holiday break. These 26 players will be required to follow a general fitness program over the holiday break.

An extensive pre-season program will then re-commence on Wednesday 17 January 2018.  After the training session on Wednesday 17 January, the 26 players will then be divided into first and second squads (13 in each). Both squads will continue to train together most Wednesdays throughout Term 1, 2018.

There is no doubt that those wishing to be a member of the First XI program will experience a significant change in direction. The level of professionalism and expectation from all involved within the program will be upheld and we are hopeful that all players and parents will do their part to ensure the standards and positive culture created within the Villanova First XI squad is maintained.

I am certainly looking forward to the season ahead and I wish all contenders the very best as they look to proudly represent Villanova College in 2018 with pride and honour.

Volleyball Tour – Melbourne
All members of the abovementioned tour group have now been selected and information regarding the tour has been emailed to all parents. May I please ask parents to return all permission and medical forms to the Sports Office as soon as possible and ensure that the payment for the respective tours are paid on time.   

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.

Swimming, Volleyball and Cricket Clinics – 2018
The College has organised specialised clinics, which are open to all students from Year 5 – 12 in 2018. These are great opportunities for our student athletes to develop their skills before the commencement of the 2018 AIC sport season. Please check the website under the various sports for more information.

Cricket Clinics:  16, 17 and 18 January 2018 at Villanova Park

Swim Clinic:  15 January 2018 at Langlands Pool

Volleyball Clinic:  15 January in Goold Hall (flyer not available as yet)

Villanova College Swimming – Langlands Pool
Training at Langlands Pool will cease on Friday 22 December 2017 and will recommence on Monday 8 January 2018.  However, we certainly hope all swimmers will continue their training throughout the Christmas holiday period.

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information


Last week saw the first round of musical auditions occur. It was wonderful to see the excitement and talent on display from both Loreto and Villanova.

Call back auditions were held on Monday afternoon and the cast and orchestra will be announced tomorrow.

Congratulations to all who have auditioned.  We are all excited to see the show unfold over the coming months of rehearsals. Stay tuned for further details about the performances in March next year and regular updates on the rehearsals.

Mrs Justine Silk, Musical Producer



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, 6th November

Sharon Vecchi

Tuesday, 7th November

Cristina Palacios

Wednesday, 8th November

Donna Leahy

Thursday, 9th November

Maritsa Malanos, Kelly Stassi, Sue Mulligan

Friday, 10th November

Gina Avolio


Monday, 6th November

Michelle Dixon, Alicia Maunsell, Kyle-Ann Walsh, Heather Martin, Michelle Lewis, Leah Coogans, Jude Johannesen

Tuesday, 7th November

Kate Hartley, Jo Phillips, Lisa Meredith, Sally Wearne, Jilane Anderson, Deanne Perrier, Debbie McWilliam, Lisa Stone, Nicole Binney, Victoria Lenton, Nicky Rosso

Wednesday, 8th November

Sharron Genrich, Lisa Prendergast, Jayne Solomon, Tina Taylor, Clare Godwin, Paivi McIntosh, Jean Egan, Monica Curtis

Thursday, 9th November

Silvana Abraham, Christy Grigson, Wendy Wallis, Tracey Wells, Diana McGregor, Luisa Pigozzo-Brown, Janine Pugh, Maria Horton, Suzanne Littleton, Deanne Lawson

Friday, 10th November

Andrea Seymour, Lesley Stevens, Heather Cormack, Amanda Robinson – Ilka, Meeta Lal, Melissa Paterson, Amy Nolan, Vicki Rossi, Kelly Rigby

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Calendar of Events

Stay up to date with the College events please proceed to the event calendar.

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Community Update

Irish November Remembrance Mass – Brisbane

The Irish Australian Support Association of Qld Inc (IASAQ) invites you to our Annual November Remembrance Mass, which will take place on Sunday 5 November at 12 noon in St. James’ Church, 165 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo.

Come and join with other members of the Irish Community in praying for the peaceful repose of deceased relatives and friends. Tea/coffee will be served afterwards – an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends

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 Association Co-ordinator on 0432 087 328.

Invitation to Diaconate – Ngoc Hai Dang Nguyen OSA

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