Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Community
At the recent Parents and Friends Association meeting held on Monday 12 November all positions declared vacant were able to be filled. I thank the members of our community who responded so positively to my letter and offered their assistance. The Executive Members for 2019 are shown below:

President – Mr Vass Cayas
Vice President –  Mr Peter Roberts
Vice President – Mrs Donna Fingland
Secretary – Mrs Jacqueline Kerr
Treasurer – Mr Michael Cherry
Year Level Representative Co-ordinator – Mrs Allison Gamer
International Carnival Convenor – Mr Cameron Clelland

We are grateful for the generosity of these men and women and I look forward to working with them to future the mission of Villanova College. I thank outgoing Executive Members, Mr James Griffiths (President), Mr Ernie Civitarese (Vice President), Mr Damien Colbert (Treasurer)and Mrs Robyn Wills (Secretary) for their dedication and hard work over many years.

Farewell to Year 12
This week we will farewell the Year 12 class of 2018. For most of these young men and their families Villanova College has been a significant part of their lives for the past eight years. As they conclude this phase of their lives, they confidently enter a new phase of adult responsibilities, work commitments and study. Most of the students will take a well-deserved break over the coming month and we continue to keep them and their families in our prayers.

Christmas Concert – Music
The annual Christmas Concert featuring our Junior School students and members of our intermediate and senior ensembles will be held on Tuesday 20 November in the Cassiciacum Gardens (Senior School terraces) commencing at 6.00pm, with a barbecue operating with light refreshments from 5.15pm.  The concert is always a great evening of entertainment for the whole family so please come along. I know the students always appreciate the support of the audience as they perform their musical pieces.

Year 12 Queensland Core Skills Results
In early September the Year 12 students sat the four papers of the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS). The test is used by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority to scale the subject results achieved by the students in each Year 12 cohort. This data is then utilised in the calculation of the Overall Position (OP) for students seeking tertiary entrance in 2019.

21.3% 36.9% 29.1% 12.8% 0%

As the results above show 87.2 % of the OP eligible students achieved a Grade A-C on the test papers. This result shows a steady improvement from the majority of past results and is due to the thorough preparation and familiarisation programs conducted across the past 12 months with the students. On Saturday 15 December the Year 12 students will be able to access their Overall Position via Student Connect at the QCAA website.

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

It is the last week for our 2018 Year 12 students.  After many years at Villanova College, they will officially become “Old Boys” on Friday.  In honour of their achievements and presence, our Junior School students in 5 Gold together with 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 Thomas Hellyer, who has proudly represented us as the speaker for such an important occasion.

“Good morning to our big brothers – the Year 12s of 2018.  We really can’t imagine what it’s like for you today – to be ready to walk out the College gates for the last time.  We are blessed that you have been a part of our start at Villanova and we want you to know just how special you are to us.

We are in awe of you all.  You tower over us in height, you have voices deeper than most of the male teachers in the Junior School, and you seem to know it all.  You look confident as you walk past us, like the white shirts lift the IQ points somehow.  Every time you smile at us, say hello, or ask us how our day is going, we are thrilled that you remember to look down and see us.  All we need is a minute of your attention to feel that we really belong here with you.  We get that feeling of being your equal for just a moment, until you walk on by and we remember that we need another six years before we can be in your shoes.

Since day one, you have been present with us.  Walking into the Junior School with our new bags and boxes of books was when you first helped us.  We can’t believe you had some of the same teachers we have today – will Mrs Rouhliadeff ever pass Year 5?  You have served us sausage sizzles and burgers to celebrate rites of passage or entertained us with your stalls on Mission Day.  At lunch breaks you show us new handball moves and you sometimes let us win which makes us feel like a million bucks.  You’ve helped us with homework in the Library too – we can’t imagine why you would volunteer to do that, but we are grateful.  On Sports Days you help us swim faster, run quicker and throw further, just because you cheer us on – we think it might be part of your spirit pushing us – and we know that we are better Villanovans because you shared your joy of competition with us.  We have learnt how good it feels to be offered a helping hand and we need this to be Year 6 leaders in 2019.  You have shown us your talents as musicians and in theatre – this means we can see what passion and hard work can do for an audience.  You have remembered us at Whole College Assemblies when you speak about the weekend games and fundraising activities – so thank you for helping us to understand that our wins matter just as much as yours.  We love your promo videos the best – they make us laugh and the music helps resuscitate our minds after listening to all the people talk on stage.

At the Celebration of Excellence, we see the energy of achieving the best in your subjects.  We see how proud you are that the study, drafting and learning is to you.  This year is the first time most of us have had to really learn how to study for a test.  We watched you try to figure out the Sportsman of the Year, the Villanovan of the Year and the Dux of the College.  You all know each other so well, yet you are still so happy when someone succeeds – that teaches us to never give up, that we could be the names they call in 2025.  This year, I was lucky enough to be an award winner in Grade 5 and I was a little nervous when I first got to the Convention Centre.  I felt a little lost, and Dad wasn’t allowed to walk past the door to help me – but I had two of you that saw me, and assured Dad that you would get me there safely.  I felt so grateful, especially when I did find the right place on stage and I knew it would all be ok.  To those two Year 12s, I will never forget that you taught me first hand that at Villanova we always look out for each other.

As Year 12s you have shown us what Faith means – in God and in each other.  We know that the world sometimes brings challenges, but your work through AFAS and in fundraising for Orange Sky Laundry, Rosies, St Vincent de Paul and helping refugees with work and sporting equipment, shows us compassion and generosity.  It is the greatest man of all who can pray for help and then action a need in the community.  It takes the greatest men to join as one, to bring equality for opportunities in this world.  Thank you for teaching that because we are seeing the words in the bible coming to life through you all.

We wish you all the best for your lives in the world outside these fences.  We hope you find a job that excites you, and a life that reminds you how lucky you are.  We will continue the legacies you leave behind, and we will strive to make you proud enough to come back and visit us in the future.  Thank you for being the best role models we could ask for, and most of all, thank you for showing us what Villanovan Spirit means in your words and actions throughout 2018. 

And of course, c’arn the Cats!”

How insightful our youngest Villanovans are – and how this reminds me that the greatest impact of all is how we make others feel about themselves.  These are the memories we leave each other, no matter how long we might be here on College Grounds.

Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Senior School

2019 Student Leadership Team
Following the conclusion of the selection process last Thursday and Friday, the 2019 Student Leadership Team is now finalised. I would like to congratulate the following Year 11 and 10 students on their appointments:

Portfolio Captains
Academic Captain:         Matt Short
Cultural Captain:            Dominic Duskovic
Ministry Captain:           Reece Jansen
Music Captain:               Matt Conway
Sports Captain:              George Stokes

House Captains and Vice Captains
Crane House
Captain:                   Louis Caltabiano
Vice-Captain:          Max McCaul

Goold House
Captain:                  John Caffery
Vice-Captain:         Lachlan Galbraith

Heavey House
Captain:                   James Livingstone
Vice-Captain:         Tadgh O’Neill

Murray House
Captain:                   Jake Perrier
Vice-Captain:         Jaxon Paterson-Wright

Senior School Formation Program
Last Friday, the Year 11 cohort had the opportunity to view a performance of the play ‘Wired’. From the creative talents of Brainstorm Productions, this play forms part of their student wellbeing educational theatre program. ‘Wired’ addresses student mental health and emotional wellbeing, including the physiology, causes and effects of stress, anxiety and depression- all relevant and pervading issues that our young men are challenged to navigate their way through.

The underpinning narrative of the play is as follows- two adolescents with extremes of behaviour, metabolism, hormones, goals and perspectives are spiralling out of control in different directions – one into stress and overload, the other into depression. When their lives collide, they are forced to change course. The audience has the opportunity to see the characters play out an alternative path towards greater resilience and mental wellbeing.

During the performance, the actors engaged directly with our Year 11 students, asking their insight and advice as to how the characters could find solutions to their mental health issues- particularly in reaching out for help and support. I would like to thank Year 11 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Peter Meecham for including this within the Senior School Formation Program and affirm the Year 11 students for their exceptional theatre etiquette and contributions within the performance.

Year 12
On Tuesday this week, the Year 12 students celebrated the first component of their end of year celebrations at the Senior Formal. It was a memorable occasion on many fronts. 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 and parents throughout the evening was also very impressive.

The highlight for me, however, was the exceptional conduct of our Year 12 students. They were outstanding, and I was incredibly proud of their spirit of camaraderie and brotherhood. Their maturity and unity are a reflection of the wonderful mentoring and upbringing by our parents and teachers at Villanova College. I would like to thank Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Tony Rolls 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 Voice.

There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. This path does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus.” – Jodie Foster

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School


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Curriculum Update

Villanova Goes to Uni
Last week, Year 11 Physical Education students attended the University of Queensland’s Human Performance Labs. This was part of the data gathering component of the exercise physiology unit that they are currently studying. The centre focuses on the application of Sports Science to elite athletes and teams and is used extensively by sporting organisations leading up to events such as World Championships and the Olympics.

All students were put through a series of speed and power tests with a select number of boys also completing a maximum endurance aerobic test. The data that was obtained was then able to be used by the students to support recommendations concerning their own training programs.

The excursion also allows students to consider their options for further study and gave them a glimpse of university life. While some indicated a desire to explore Sports Science, others stated that this was the first time they had been to a university and were curious about what other courses were on offer.

Hopefully the benefits of the excursion for the students will be go beyond just the requirements of the assignment.

Patrick Atkinson, Physical Education Curriculum Area Leader

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There is plenty to report within each of the main Ministry groups, especially with new leaders being elected, and new ideas mooted for 2019. The overall Ministry Captain for 2019 will be Reece Jansen.

SVP has provided a basket for each pair of co-pastorals. The challenge is that the brother pastorals will create a Christmas hamper for a local family or person in need. Each pastoral has been assigned a particular neighbour to collect for. We urge each student to enter the spirit of Christmas giving and make a personal commitment to add to his pastoral’s basket.

The proceeds of yesterday’s final sausage sizzle of the year will be used to top the baskets up with treats. The Sausage Sizzle was well supported, with excellent teamwork from the YCS and SVP students. The hampers will be delivered next week by SVP members. Meanwhile, the profit from the Talent Quest was $337. This will be used to provide a few more places for children who don’t normally have a holiday to go on SVP’s Kids’ Camp next year.

SVP have also combined with the Student Council to invite students to bring in refundable bottles and cans. Steve Henderson, a relative of a staff member, has kindly agreed to supply a wire-framed bin, and to help with depositing the bottles and cans. The plan is that student ideas for improving amenities will be listened to, with money raised being set aside to pay for the more popular and practical requests. With each successful purchase for the College, the next collection will assist one of the organisations we partner with, e.g. Rosies or St Vincent de Paul.

Lap-top appeal/ Super Coders: I would like to extend a warm thank you to the many families who gave laptops to help resource the Coding program – for kids who are of refugee background – which Villanova will run over the holidays, in tandem with the St Vincent de Paul Society. The first session will be on 20 November, with several young old boys and staff volunteering.

YCS: The teachers supporting YCS were privileged to meet one of the first Chaplains of the organisation, Fr Wally Dethlefs, at the end of last week. Fr Wally served the organisation in the late 60s when it had a Brisbane membership of 4000 students. Powerfully employing the SEE-JUDGE-ACT way of responding to issues, the YCS movement of this era questioned government policies, such as the indefinite detention of young people in the notorious Wilson House. Interestingly, YCS was seen as too political and resources were diverted away by the Bishop of the time. In the YCS meeting last Friday, we decided to re-affirm the central principle of SEE-JUDGE-ACT as a way of building a better Villanova. Co-Captains in 2019 will be Andrew Worthington and Oliver Bernal, with Jack Dommett as Secretary.

YAYM: Having elected a new team of servant leaders for 2019, the students are busily planning their final visit to Duhig Village Nursing Home for 2018. The program will include a concert, bingo, conversation, and then leaving gifts such as home-made Christmas decorations.

AFAS: Last week’s meeting was lit up by excellent speeches from the new leaders for 2019, who are Joshua Kerr (President), Josh Civitarese (Vice-President) and Marcus Sountas (Secretary). It was apparent that this group share a vision which is based on respect for the past and a humble appreciation for how wide-reaching the efforts of AFAS can and will be.

John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Preparation for 2019
Over the coming week, we expect to be able to communicate rehearsal schedules and timetables for Term 1, 2019.  To ensure these are accurate, we are seeking the submission of our final outstanding forms.  If your son has not submitted paperwork to the Music Office outlining his intentions regarding Instrumental Music for 2019, please ensure this is communicated through as a matter of urgency.

Christmas Extravaganza
We have finally succumbed to Mrs Sleep’s ever-present Christmas Cheer and agreed to host our first Christmas Extravaganza concert.  The event will be convened next Tuesday evening, 20 November, on the Cassiciacum Gardens (Senior School terraces beside the Veritas building).  We will be featuring our Year 5 Band, Year 6 Band and Strings, Consort String Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble 1 and 2, Percussion Ensemble 1 and 2, Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble.

Students have been asked to wear their performance uniform with some accompanying Christmas ‘bling.’  The Music Support Group will be running a BBQ and bar from 5:15pm with the concert commencing at 6pm.  We look forward to sharing a relaxed evening of music, celebrating the end of another great year at Villanova.

Leaders for 2019
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Matthew Conway for being elected the 2019 Music Captain and would also like to recognise James Battersby who will be our Music Vice Captain.  On behalf of our music staff, I would like to express how much we are looking forward to working with these students as they take on this important role in our community.  Our remaining leadership roles will be confirmed and communicated very shortly.

Sydney 2019 – Australian International Music Festival
Villanova College are taking a touring ensemble to Sydney next July to participate in the Australian International Music Festival.  We are seeking expressions of interest from students who did not receive the first invitation earlier this year.  If you have received this invitation, we would like to receive your paperwork in the Music Office by Thursday next week.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for our students – I strongly encourage you to consider having your son participate in this great event.

Loreto and Villanova College 2019 Combined Music Camp
Preparations have been completed for the return of our annual combined music camp with Loreto College at QCCC Mapleton.  We are extending our invitation to our middle school musicians this year with the goal of expanding the involvement of our entire community.  The camp will run from 1 – 3 February 2019, concluding with a concert in Hanrahan Theatre on the Sunday afternoon/evening.  It is a great opportunity for our students to start the year strongly and build those social connections so vital to fostering community within our schools.  I highly recommend your son accepting this opportunity should it arise.

Date Claimers
As per tradition, we cast our eyes over the coming term.  Please note the following in your diaries:

Term 4
Week 7 Tuesday 20 November Christmas Extravaganza – ensembles outlined above
Week 7 All rehearsals conclude
Week 8 2019 rehearsal schedule and timetables distributed

Michael Jones, Director of Music

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2019 Coaches, Managers and Officials Needed!
For those who are interested in any of the abovementioned positions in 2019, please download the nomination form from the College website and return it to the Sports Office as soon as possible.

All forms received will be compiled into a database. Before each season commences a member of the Sports Office will contact those who have expressed an interest to assist. A final confirmation of commitment will be asked for and further details will be given.

I thank all those who were able to assist throughout 2018 and I invite those who would like to assist in 2019 to become involved for the benefit of our students and the College.

Villanova College Swimming – Langlands Pool
The last day for Villanova swimming in 2018 will be Friday 21 December.  Villanova swimming will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.  However, we certainly hope all our swimmers will continue their training throughout the Christmas holiday period.

AIC Cricket and Volleyball Trials
All AIC cricket trials are now complete for all Year 5 teams, as well as Years 7 – 12.  Year 6 trials are to be completed tomorrow.

In 2019, the following cricket trials have been organised before Round 1 of the AIC Cricket season:

Cricket Date Claimers

  • Thursday 24 January, 7A against 7B internal trial at Villanova Park 8am – 12midday, Field TBC
  • Friday 25 January trial against Churchie for the following teams (6A, 6B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 10A, First XI and Second XI), the Third XI and Fourth XI will have an internal trial and 9B will trial against 10B (TBC)
  • Saturday 2 February 2019 Year 6 – Year 12 trial against SPC (all teams). All Year 5 teams will play internal games
  • Saturday 9 February AIC Round 1 against SEC

Note: This is Day 2 of the Cricket Day/Night Test and the day before the Australia Day long weekend. We ask all players to keep this date free please.

6A 6 Blue 8:15am -12:15pm Oval No 4 Villanova Park Syn 30
6B 6 Grey 8:15am – 12:15pm Smith Field No 1 – Churchie Syn 30
7A See below
7B See below
8A 8 Blue 8:15am – 1:00pm Fr John Seary Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35
8B 8 Grey 8:15am – 1:00pm Oval No 3 – Villanova Park Turf 35
9A 9A 8:15am – 1:00pm Andrew Slack Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35
9B See below
10A 10A 8:15am – 1:00pm Old Boys 1 – Churchie Turf 35
10B See below
First XI ACGS First XI 10:00am – 5:30pm Main Oval – Churchie Turf 50
Second XI ACGS Second XI 8:15am – 1:00pm Long Oval – Churchie Turf 35
Third XI Villanova Fourth XI 1.15pm – 5.30pm Fr John Seary Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35
Fourth XI Villanova Third XI 1.15pm – 5.30pm Fr John Seary Oval – Villanova Park Turf 35

*Year 7A v 7B Internal Trial Match – Thursday 24 January at Villanova Park (Field TBC) 8am – 12 midday
* Year 9B v 10B game TBC – Friday 25 January at Villanova Park, 1.15pm-5.30pm

Cricket Selection Process – Phase 2
After the trials held over the weekend, all coaches on the day were asked to submit to the Sport Office their ‘recommendation’ as to who they believe should be in the A, B, C teams based on the performances given at the trial game.

Please be aware all players were offered at least 4/5 overs batting overs (within a pair) and a minimum of two overs bowling on the day of the trial. Mr Nathan Dufty was 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 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 and 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 early next week. In fact, all Year 7 – Year 12 teams are already posted, Year 5 and Year 6 teams/squads will be added and posted early next week. 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.

Volleyball Trial Process
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 17 November and another set of volleyball trials have been organised against SLC next Saturday 24 November as well. We hope to finalise all volleyball teams from Year 7 – Year 12 after the SLC trial day. These teams will be posted on the web before the end of year.

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 17 November – AIC volleyball trials against Iona
  • Saturday 24 November – AIC volleyball trials against SLC
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January – AIC volleyball clinics (time and venue TBA)
  • Saturday 2 February – Full school volleyball trial against St Patrick’s College
  • Saturday 9 February – Round 1 v SEC

Volleyball Trial Game against Iona Saturday 17 November
Please be aware that a full set of volleyball trial games has been organized v Iona for all teams. Please visit the College website for all times and venues. Players are to arrive at least 30min before their allocated game time. All players are to wear their PE uniform.

Swimming/Volleyball and Cricket Clinics – 2019
The College has organised specialised clinics, which are open to all students from Year 5 – Year 12 in 2019. These are great opportunities for our student athletes to develop their skills before the commencement of the 2019 AIC sport season. Please check the website under the various sports for more information.

  • Cricket Clinic – 21, 22 and 23 January at Villanova Park
  • Swim Clinic – 21 January at Langlands Pool
  • Volleyball Clinic – 18 and 19 January (times and venue TBA)

AFL Trials
AFL trials have now concluded. All squad lists are now posted on the web under the AIC AFL section. Please note that the First team (consisting of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 players) have a squad of 30, this squad will be reduced after the Friday 1 February trial against SPC next year, after this game the First XVIII team will be announced.

During Week 1 of Term 1 next year, the following teams will trial:

AFL Trial Date Claimers
Friday 1 February

  • Year 8 and Year 9 team trial against SPC at Yeronga, times TBA
  • First XVIII team trial against SPC at Yeronga, times TBA

Saturday 2 February

  • Year 7 team trial v SPC at SLC grounds, Runcorn, times TBA
  • Year 5A and B and Year 6A and B internal trials at Yeronga, times TBA

After 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 boys can be added to a cricket team if required.

First XI and combined 10A/2nds Cricket Trial Matches
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 17 November vs Iona at Iona

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

Note – Players are to provide their own lunch

Cricket Coaching Camp at Villanova Park
Please be advised that a cricket coaching camp will run at Villanova Pk for all interested students from 21 -23 January 2019.  This camp is open to all students entering Villanova in Years 5 – 10 in 2019. The cost of the camp is $175 per child and is run by experienced cricket coaches including Villanova’s First XI coach. We strongly recommend all boys to participate. Please refer to the College’s website under co-curricular/sport to view further details.

Representative Sport
Well done to Ethan Raymond on his selection into the Met East 15 – 19 years cricket team.  Ethan will compete at the State Championships in March next year. Best wishes Ethan!

Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information

‘The Villa Kitchen’ Cookbook Has Arrived!
Those of you who had pre-ordered your cookbook/s, you should have received them at home by now.

There are still books for sale – it is not too late to purchase your very own copy of a piece of Villanova history for either yourself, your son or a loved family member. To make sure you don’t miss out on your copy of this special 70th Anniversary keepsake, order your copy (or copies) on Flexischools asap.

The cookbook is a wonderful memento of the school for not only your son but for family as well. In the past the book has popped up on many an occasion:

* A memento for when your Year 12 boy graduates – either at the end of this year or in the future
* A great Christmas gift for family and friends
* A gift for host families for those boys who travel representing the College
* A great recipe book for anyone leaving home
* A treasured keepsake for many Old Boys

The book not only contains recipes and food images reflecting our Villanovan tastes and flavours but also encompasses images of the school and its surroundings along with a brief history of a number of its buildings.

All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to the P&F. We look forward to you enjoying your copy of the The Villa Kitchen.

Purchases can be made thru flexischools via the cookbook option.

If you have any queries regarding the cookbook please contact Megan Stuart – or Jacqui Steendyk –

Monday 19 November
Kym Edser
Nicole Winsbury
Jenny Lanskey
Liz Burge
Chris Ghikas
Rachel Meyer
Donna Skelton
Souni Morelli

Tuesday 20 November
Lisa Murphy
Christina Ross
Ita Dumont
Kelly Collins
Dimi Stergou
Maria Kambouris
Lisa Waugh
Miranda Dang
Zam Stamatellos
Sharon McCulloch

Wednesday 21 November
Tracey O’Reilly
Karen Meimaris
Netta Rizk
Karen O’Mara
Narina Jenkinson
Alison Wilde
Sam Wellspring

Thursday 22 November
Julie Paterson
Jane O’Brien
Georgina Horky
Jayne Smith
Kellie Killips
Catherine Bishop
Nicky Micheletti
Sue Godwin
Karla Stanley
Julia Fleming
Lucy Sheridan

Friday 23 November
Mary Atkinson
Maria O’Leary Chay
Effie Prineas
Kelly Kendall
Melissa Lorimer
Marina Pennisi
Melissa Clark
Maria Spina


Monday 19 November
Bronagh Earthrowl
Leah Coogans

Tuesday 20 November
Susanna Greaves

Thursday 22 November
Sue Mulligan
Maryanne Bingham

Friday 23 November
Melanie Pickering
Gab Byrne


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Calendar of Events

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Community Update

Changes to Mr Gravatt Bus Service for 2019
Mt Gravatt Bus Service have confirmed the following changes to two of the TransLink services provided to Villanova College by Mt Gravatt Bus Service for the 2019 calendar year.

Effective 29th January 2019 the 8010 PM service will be scheduled to depart 5 minutes earlier than the current time, also there are timetable changes to the 8017 AM service.  The overall time taken for the 8010 service should not change, therefore students catching this service will be arriving at their destinations approximately 5 minutes earlier than this year.  The changes to the timetable of the 8017 AM service are to improve reliability of the service, scheduled arrival at the college remains unchanged.

The Mt Gravatt Bus Service web page will be updated with new timetables during the Christmas break.

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Archive Anecdotes

Villanova House System
There are four Houses at Villanova College : Crane, Goold, Heavey and Murray – all derived from early Augustinian Bishops.  The first Australian Augustinian Bishop was Father James Goold and the three other Bishops: Martin Crane, James Murray and John Heavey were important Augustinian pioneers who worked towards the creation of a strong Augustinian presence in Australia.  This is the first story in a series of four.

JAMES GOOLD – first Bishop of Melbourne

James Alipius Goold was born in Cork, Ireland in 1812.  He entered the Order of St Augustine and was ordained in 1835.  He became aware of the lack of priests in Australia and following permission from the Irish Provincial, arrived in Sydney in 1838.  He found that there was governmental suspicion of Catholicism as it could potentially provide the Irish convicts and ex-convicts with a rallying point.  A greater problem was that many of the Irish who lacked contact with their church since arriving in Australia, were often not willing to embrace it again.

Soon after Goold’s arrival he became Parish Priest at St John’s, Campbelltown (1841) and built a presbytery, several churches and a number of schools.  He always observed Augustinian feast days, a challenge when he was the only Augustinian in Australia at the time.

After serving the Campbelltown community for nine years, Goold was appointed the first Bishop of Melbourne in July 1847.  His trip to Melbourne in a stage coach was held up by bushrangers on the way, and has become quite a legend within the Augustinians.  He is also known for his support of the miners at the Eureka Stockade.

Once in Melbourne, Goold collaborated with other protestant religions to fight the government into supporting church schools with financial aid.  He was also a leading advocate and organiser in the building of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne in 1850.

Goold had always hoped to establish an Augustinian monastery in his own dioceses. However, it was not until after his death that the first Australian community of Augustinians was established.

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