Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family
In preparation for the commencement of the Stage One Build in 2019, Villanova College is required to engage in a community consultation process. Over the coming weeks you will notice signage around the College advising residents of the upcoming development on site. The College has also delivered letters to residences and conducted a letter-box drop.

The community consultation is a required step of the Infrastructure Designation Application to the Minister of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. The College will hold a “drop in session” on Wednesday 12 December in the Chapter Room, Augustine Centre from 5.30 pm until 7.30 pm where members of the community can meet the Project Team and discuss the project.

Catering for a student-centred education model—Proposed Ministerial designation
Villanova College has taken the next step towards seeing our proposed new building up and running in time for Term 1 2020.

In accordance with Chapter 2, Part 5 of the Planning Act 2016, we have asked that the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning designate our land premises located in Coorparoo as educational facilities.

  • If the Ministerial designation is approved, it will acknowledge and reflect what we use our land for today, and it will help us to cater for our natural growth.

As you know, this natural growth is occurring in all schools across Queensland because of the introduction of Prep in 2007, changes to the school starting age in 2008, and Year 7 moving to secondary schools in 2015. This natural growth will see the population of the College grow to approximately 1,326 students, and we will require an extra five full time staff at 2020.

As part of the College’s ongoing approach to moving towards a student-centred 21st Century learning model, the proposed Ministerial designation involves the construction of a four-storey building on the western portion of our site. This new building will generally comprise:

  • a covered outdoor area
  • a Junior School learning suite, amenities, staff rooms, and offices at levels 1 and 2
  • a Senior School learning suite, amenities, auditorium, and offices at level 3.

To find out more about the Ministerial designation and the proposed new teaching and learning centre, please visit

Community consultation for the Ministerial designation commenced on 22 November 2018.  You may have seen the advertising signs that have been placed on Main Avenue and Fifth Avenue. This consultation period will end on 24 January 2019.

During this time, we are also:

  • advertising in the South East Advertiser
  • providing an opportunity for interested community members and neighbours to drop-in and talk with representatives from the College.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the consultation process, please visit the or call Mark Stower on 3394 5504.

Images of the Stage One Build
The New Learning Centre will provide innovative and contemporary classroom facilities for Years 5 and 6 on the first and second floors as well as reception, offices and meeting rooms for the Junior School. The third floor will house additional classrooms for the Senior School in a flexible arrangement with specialist rooms, collaboration spaces and contemporary classroom spaces.

Villanova Park
The grandstand development at Villanova Park is progressing well with the project moving to the tender stage this week. We are hopeful that the project will be completed in time for the first home game of the rugby and football season in 2019.

Last Week of the Year
The final week of the Academic Year will be held next week with classes concluding on Friday 30 November. Students from Year 5 to 10 will have normal classes from Monday 26 November to Wednesday 28 November. The Year 11 students will have additional presentations on Wednesday 28 November – Safe Driving Education conducted by RYDA followed by the Year 11 Odyssey Challenge on Thursday 29 November.  Also, on Thursday the younger students will be attending end of year activities at theme parks including Wet ‘n’ Wild and White Water World. On Friday 30 November students will attend school as normal with a special End of Year Liturgy and College Assembly commencing at 10.00 am. Parents are most welcome to join us in Goold Hall at this time. Students will be dismissed at 10.45 am on Friday.

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

Tonight, we will hold our Year 6 Moving On Ceremony in the Hanrahan Theatre.  For two years, there have been 166 students who have embraced the opportunities and managed the high expectations of the Junior School at Villanova College.  They have coordinated co-curricular commitments, performed in music rehearsals and realised their potential across the academic subjects in the classroom.  Socially, they have formed friendships that I hope will last a lifetime.  Emotionally, they are much more aware of who they are, what they need to do to achieve their best, and most importantly, know that staff and their Villanova brothers are always on call to help.

Each student will be celebrated tonight for their achievements in Year 5 and Year 6.  We will remember their highlights – camps, social justice fundraisers, sporting teams and carnivals, musical and theatrical events, and favourite classroom learning projects.  Projected onto the screen will be images of everyone’s favourite moment – always an incredible medium to really appreciate just how far each student has come along.  Our official Student Leaders have been working behind the scenes to prepare the commentary that will remind us what life has been like through the eyes of ten, eleven, and twelve year old boys.  There are bound to be many laughs and some quiet tears of pride, but this evening is by far one of the best parts of my role – thank you in advance to all Year 6 students, for keeping us grounded and inspired to make the memories shine brighter for you.

The Junior School Sportsman of the Year will be announced this evening.  As Mr Everding takes the stage, I know that our young men will start looking towards those classmates who have excelled in competitive arenas across the AIC, Lytton, Metropolitan East and State/National levels.  As the speech is being read out, so too will the list of the finest accomplishments that have been by this individual.  Their dedication to physical and mental capabilities in water or on land will be impressive.  The time invested by this student and his family to commit to the hours of training and attendance at competitions mean that together, they will celebrate the highest honour this evening.  I also wish to take this moment to commend any individual who has set their alarm, put themselves into trials to make a sporting team, and shown 100% effort to use their coach’s guidance and work collaboratively or completely on their own for the sake of their best score or time.  To wear the green and gold is the honour we all share.  The Wildcat is with us in every stroke, step and goal.

The recipient of the Robert Sellars Augustinian Fellowship Award will also be declared proudly tonight.  We will remember Robert Sellars and his cheeky smile, welcoming his family to be with us and present the highest accolade in the Junior School.  Callum Hackett was his classmate and Melissa Liddy was teaching at Villanova when Robbie was cracking jokes, keeping life real and managing his treatment for leukemia.  Robbie’s story and legacy are a key component of the Year 5 and Year 6 Days of Reflections, as well as part of our social and emotional program.

We purposely set out to help our students develop the self-control, the kindness and the service to others, so our sons can be the best mate, that one day will be the best partner and father.  Staff are responsible for nominating a group of students that show the absolute highest qualities of goodness, spirit and strength in humility.  We will notice who puts others first over the two years.  Nominations must be seconded, and then staff must give examples of such qualities, which are to be voted upon during attendance at a special meeting just for this purpose alone.  I am thrilled to be awarding such a prestigious recognition this evening to an incredible student, knowing that his family will be proud, thrilled and overjoyed to see him acknowledged for all that he has done.  He has made our Junior School so much better for just being with us.

When tonight is all said and done, just know how proud we are of your sons.  As we call out names and hand over their certificates, there will be family, friends and staff who admire each person walking across the stage.  They have grown in ways that can’t be measured in testing.  They stand tall because of their time in the Junior School, and they are most certainly ready for their next adventure in the Middle School.  God bless these boys and the people who love them.

Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Head of Middle School

Last week, comic book legend Stan Lee, passed away at the age of 95. Instrumental in the creation of heroes such as Thor, Iron Man and Spider-Man, Lee’s own creative legacy lives on via Hollywood’s recent obsession with all-things super hero.

Lee’s genius lay not simply in his ability to create memorable heroes with super talents, but rather in his creative ability to bring to life characters of depth and complexity – with exposure to all the personal flaws, vulnerabilities and ethical dilemmas, that we ‘real life’ mortals face on an almost daily basis.

Despite his humble beginnings when, at 17, he took a job with a publishing start-up company, Lee will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the creative geniuses of both the last and the current century.

We might ask, in an era reliant on and dominated by, technology, ‘Where does creativity feature?’

When the QCAA published their overview of 21st century skills, one of their sub-headings read, “Preparing students for a changing world”.

Featured in these skills, wedged amongst critical thinking, communication, collaboration, personal/social skills and ICT skills, was indeed ‘creative thinking’. With the aspiration being to include such skills throughout the new Senior Syllabuses, it is pleasing to see the QCAA acknowledge the value of creativity.

Whilst I have never held the view that childhood is a dress rehearsal for adulthood, I do see the importance of encouraging and developing skills (such as creativity) throughout the formative years; skills that will greatly assist young men and women when they eventually hit the workforce.

Creative thinking and creative problem solving are two of the qualities that many occupations require. Creative thinkers produce unique ideas and approaches and often see the opportunity for success even in failure. Creative problem solvers find solutions that others don’t think of and have the ability to add depth to analysis and strategy.

But how do we nurture creativity in our young men?

With a three and five-year-old at home, I witness daily the beauty of creativity and play. But for adolescents, Lego, water paints and a mud kitchen may not necessarily appeal.

As we know, adolescence is a developmental time when teenagers begin to question their parent’s values and can challenge the expectations of teachers. Helping the boys see that divergent thinking can in fact help them negotiate the predicaments they find themselves in, may well foster their creative side.

We can also consider:

  • Regular reading (especially fiction)
  • Making time for writing or drawing
  • Encouraging safe risk-taking activities
  • Scientific exploration;
  • Tactile activities such as cooking

As we fast approach holidays, a challenge for many parents will be to occupy the days without excessive screen time. Finding time and material for, and encouraging creativity, may well be a way to occupy their time and their minds.

Greg O’Neill, Head of Middle School

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Head of Senior School

Year 12 Graduation
Last Thursday, the Class of 2018 celebrated a significant rite of passage in their young lives- the completion of their secondary education. During the day, a Graduation Assembly was called to allow the student body the opportunity to affirm the Year 12 students for the final time and thank the Seniors for their outstanding leadership of the College over the course of 2018. One of the many highlights was Year 5 student, Tom Hellyer’s remarkable tribute to the big brothers of Year 12. During the assembly, the Student Leadership Handover Ceremony was also conducted. College Captain James King finished his moving speech with these fitting remarks:

I wanted to conclude my final speech today with a quote from an inspirational human to motivate you all. However, after searching for the best part of a few weeks, I was left to believe Andy Bernard from the US Office has words which are most fitting. “I wish there was a way to know when you’re in the good old days before you have actually left them.” From these few words I realised it’s not a coincidence that Old Boys come back to coach and tutor present students year after year. It’s not a coincidence that dozens of staff either used to go to Villa or were a part of the community well before being here. It’s not a coincidence that events like Villa Old Boys dinners and past Villa mums functions are constantly overflowing with people. There’s a reason behind this and it’s because people don’t want to lose the connection with something they love so dearly as Villanova. If you are fortunate enough to be attending the College on the Coorparoo hills next year and beyond, I want you to know that you are currently making the memories that you are going to remember in 20 years time. Know that the opportunities you participate in now will be reminisced as the ‘good old days’ when you are an old boy. Cherish every moment in the green and gold whilst you have it as it won’t be long until you have put on the Villa uniform one last time just like the class of 2018 today.

2019 College Captain Elect Matthew Rolls also affirmed the impact and legacy that the Seniors of 2018 have gifted the College whilst also encouraging those in the grey shirts: ‘this is your call to action, we have all witnessed what outstanding leadership and success can be attained at this college, I challenge you to approach 2019 with passion in your heart, a spring in your step and a clear mind’.

At the conclusion of the assembly, the student body formed a Guard of Honour stretching from Goold Hall to the Senior School Precinct to offer one final tribute to an eclectic group of young men who have etched a significant chapter in the rich history of our fine college.

In the evening, Fr Peter Wieneke’s wonderful homily during the Graduation Mass spoke of the journey which boys embark upon on the road to manhood and captured those values inculcated at Villanova College which we firmly believe arms our young men with the mindset and spirituality that will lead them to lives of significance and the purpose to do great things in our world.

I would like to personally thank the Seniors of 2018 for a remarkable year. Under the humble yet inspirational leadership of College Captain James King, they made their Senior Vision a living reality and in so doing confirmed that where there is unity, there most certainly will be victory. I would also like to affirm Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Tony Rolls for his guidance and support of the Seniors throughout the year.

Final Week Program
Next week’s program for the Senior School has been finalised with correspondence already sent home by the Pastoral Area Leaders. All students should have the opportunity to receive their assessment results from the latest examination period. I hope that these are positive results which reflect a commitment to finishing the academic year well. I will be reviewing the reports and results of all Year 9, 10 and 11 students over the course of the holidays and the Pastoral Area Leaders and I will be contacting parents of underperforming students at the commencement of next year to discuss ways to improve their studies and commitment to their learning pathway moving forward.

The Year 11 schedule of activities next week includes a focus on road safety, team work as well as the invitation for all students to contribute ideas to the Year 12 vision for 2019. The Student Leadership Team will gather for a formation and planning day on the first week of the December holidays to commence the articulation of their action plan and strategic intentions.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Curriculum Update

This term students in 9 Sport Science have been investigating principles of Biomechanics through different sports. A sport which relies heavily on the knowledge and implementation of biomechanics is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ).

On Tuesday 6 November and Friday 9 November, the boys visited Advance Martial Arts (AMA) at Woolloongabba and were introduced to Matt Cooper, owner of AMA and a second-degree black belt. Throughout the two sessions the boys learnt some simple maneuverers such as side control, back mount, guard and the hip escape. It was a great experience for the 9 Sport Science class to be able to participate in the growing sport of BJJ and to understand the predominant influence of biomechanics in such a sport.

Ms Emily Want

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Christmas Hamper Appeal
“There are different kinds of gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit.” (from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians)

The decision to allocate particular families or profiles to each pastoral – with regard to giving 20 hampers to local people in need of friendly support – has proved a good one. Whilst some hampers remain empty, many students and Villanova families have walked the extra mile. We are seeing:

  • Wrapped presents for particular family members
  • Extra gifts to distribute across a number of families, like table cloths and stationery
  • Pastorals putting money in to buy extra chocolates, Gift cards and treats after discussing how best to use the money they give.

On top of this, the Junior School students have taken the initiative to collect extra items to top up the hampers. It is genuinely a collective effort.

I would also like to say that it is never too late for a particular student to wake up, pay attention and start giving. It is through events like this that the reality of College spirit, of a faith community is created. It takes courage and humility for a particular student to cross the room where the basket is still empty, but it is through these unseen, individual acts of courage that a faith community becomes real, as this same spirit will then flow into sport and every other good thing that unites the community. It is not a different spirit for sport, and different again for academics or music. The same one spirit flows into each enterprise that makes being at Villanova worthy of the name of St Thomas of Villanova.

May I politely ask you to have a word with your sons about our Christmas Appeal?

Warm Recommendation: Eric Mugenga

Eric has been employed by the College this term as a General Maintenance Officer under the banner of the Work and Welcome program. He has been excellent in this role. He adds value to the Grounds and Maintenance team with hard work, eagerness to learn, and good humour, while also contributing to the wider life of the College. It is wonderful to see the warmth with which the boys greet Eric. Likewise, the grounds and maintenance team speak highly of his work ethic and his enthusiasm. Originally from Rwanda, and arriving in Australia six months ago, Eric has thrived on the community atmosphere at Villanova and treated the grounds as if they were his own home. His time with us runs out in early December. It may be that your workplace needs a grounds and maintenance person or handyman. I recommend Eric very highly. Please email me if you have an idea about his next work opportunity: finding his next job will make a big difference for Eric.

A Flood of Recent Donations
Thanks to the energy and persistence of Mrs Judy Krasniewicz and Ms Lesa Shepherd (Finance team), we have now paid all the organisations the profits raised from fund-raising drives this year. This includes another payment of over $500 to the Vinnies appeal for drought-affected farmers, another $500 to Rosies, $1000 from the Fathers’ Day stall to the Movember campaigns of Villanova staff and young old boys, and a further $500 to breast cancer research (final profit from Mothers’ Day stall).

Moreover, Simon Crawford, the organiser of the recent Gillis-Conway Ping Pong Cup for Orange Sky Laundry has informed us that over $10,000 was made on the day (Sunday 4 November) for Orange Sky. A significant role was played by Villanova families and students, and I would wholeheartedly recommend support of this annual event in future.

These donations make me feel humbly proud of the efforts of Villanova students, staff, families and old boys. In this vein, the orientation night for the Super Coders occurred at the College on Tuesday evening, with over 10 laptops donated and re-imaged by the College community.

Messages from Partner Organisations
With the year nearing its end, it is good once again to ask, “Why do we do ministry at Villanova?” I asked this question to some of the organisations we have supported this year. Here are three responses:

Unbelievable generosity from the Villa community! Thank you so much for blessing the homeless with these vital items! [We continue to drop off staple foods and hygiene items] God bless (Roby Curtis, Blind Eye Ministries, South Brisbane – drop-in centre)

The boys at your school are fine young men and we’re so glad to be part of their journey (Sarah Corbett, Coordinator of volunteers, Rosies)

We would like to thank you for your generous donation and support and your ongoing interest in Milly’s Housewhich we are sure more than ever will now be a reality for young people who need a bridge to life… (Eileen Stanley, Managing Director, Milly’s House)

Villanova students continue to put their faith into action through supporting families and children involved in Vinnies Youth Programs. Continuously demonstrating passion, empathy and enthusiasm, students have provided friendship and positive new experiences to children on Buddies Day, Soccer Stars, Volunteer Refugee Tutoring and Community Support (VORTCS) and Kids Camp. Behind the scenes, Villanova’s Student Ministry has supported families in the Coorparoo area through their creativity, generosity and talents. Vinnies Youth really appreciates all the energy and time given by students and looks forward to a fantastic 2019.     (Anthony Forshaw, Youth Engagement and Development Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society, Queensland)

John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Thank you all!
As Director of Music here at Villanova, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the wonderful support we have received from our community across this year.  From the College community through to our families and student body, thank you for assisting us in making a difference to so many students’ lives.  We have had an incredible year of transformation within our department – one that places us in good stead well into the future – and we have successfully hosted the largest celebration of music Queensland has witnessed through this year’s QCMF.  None of this would be possible without our community’s continued support – I do not have the words to communicate the extent of my gratitude.  Thank you!

Christmas Extravaganza
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our musicians, families, and staff for the fantastic support of our inaugural Christmas Extravaganza Concert.  The evening on the Cassiciacum Gardens terraces was pleasant, punctuated by music from our talented musicians and the joyful chatter and activity of a community coming together.  It was a wonderful way to celebrate and reflect on what has been a watershed year in music at Villanova.

The Music Support Group worked tirelessly in our bar and BBQ area to assist in feeding the crowd.  I believe this has been one of our most successful events – this would not have been possible without the support of our community and the efforts of this fantastic group of volunteers.  Thank you one and all.

Next year’s extravaganza is on the calendar…  I wait with bated breath to learn Mrs Sleep’s vision for our celebration in 2019!

Sydney 2019 – Australian International Music Festival
The expression of interest for this event closes at 4pm this afternoon.  If you have received an invitation through our second round offers and are considering sending your son, please ensure you have completed the paperwork and paid the deposit.  We will be speaking with the tour company at the end of this week and putting aside our flights for the journey.

Loreto and Villanova College 2019 Combined Music Camp
The invitations for next year’s combined music camp have been distributed.  We look forward to sharing a weekend with 260 musicians from Villanova and Loreto College early next year.  Participation in this camp is based on demand – please ensure your medical form is completed and returned by the closing date – Friday 30 November.  Camp fees may be paid through Flexi-schools from 2 December 2018.

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

Term 4
Week 7 All rehearsals conclude
Week 8 Friday 30 November 12 noon – closing acceptances for 2019 Combined Music Camp
Week 8 2019 rehearsal schedule and timetables distributed

Michael Jones, Director of Music


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As the Christmas holiday period is just around the corner, it would not be unreasonable to assume that the sports program at Villanova would be on ‘shut down’ mode. However, this is not so! Please find listed below some of the sporting activities we have planned over the summer vacation period.

Villanova College’s success in sport this year has been very pleasing. Success in sport comes through hard work and dedication from many people. The hard work and dedication needed to do well is often unseen and is generated by the efforts of many people spanning the entire season. This includes involvement in lengthy pre-season programs. Currently we have many students involved in cricket, volleyball, swimming, football and rugby pre-season programs. I acknowledge the efforts these students and their coaches give towards these programs and I congratulate them all for their ongoing commitment and dedication. Well done boys!

Unfortunately, hard work and dedication will not always guarantee premierships or first places. This is an unpleasant fact that we just have to accept. However, in my mind, there is no doubt that hard work and dedication is instrumental in building a positive school culture and builds character among our students. Sport at Villanova is about getting involved, giving your best, pride in the jersey, enhancing school spirit and enjoying the challenges you face with your teammates.

The bigger picture here is not about winning or premierships, although we work for them. It is about giving it your best shot and accepting that things don’t come easily and at times you must grit your teeth and get ‘stuck in’ in order to reap the rewards. There are many life lessons to be learnt whilst participating in sport.

I thank the entire community for the efforts given this year. Again, there are many opportunities listed below for our students over the vacation period. Our success next year will be traced back to our hard work and commitment given by those involved in the activities such as those listed below. Keep up the good work boys!

AIC Volleyball Trial Game v SLC – Saturday 24 November
Please be aware that a full set of volleyball trial games has been organized against SLC this Saturday 24 November. All times and venues are posted in the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section on the College web page.

Villanova Summer Vacation Sport Program

Andrew Slack Squad Training

  • The strength and conditioning training sessions will continue during the first two weeks of the school holiday period, concluding on Friday 14 December
  • The field sessions will conclude on Thursday 29 November
  • The strength and conditioning training sessions will commence on Monday 14 January
  • Any parents who are not already members of the “Villa Andrew Slack Squad 2018/19” Facebook page are invited and encouraged to join – the coaches will be using this group as a key point of contact for the parents and players
  • The coaches will contact the players via Facebook to arrange the schedule commencing in January 2019.

Ben Mowen Squad Training

  • The strength and conditioning training sessions will continue during the first two weeks of the school holiday period, concluding on the Thursday 13 December
  • The strength and conditioning training sessions will commence on Tuesday 15 January
  • There will be no field sessions held during the Christmas vacation period
  • The first field session will commence on Wednesday 6 February.


  • Combined First XI/Second XI/10A T20 against GT game at Villanova Park on Wednesday 5 December. Four games will be played on two fields played in both morning and afternoon. Players to play two games during the day – team lists and schedules are posted on the website
  • Oblate Cricket Cup in Perth, Sunday 9 – Thursday 13 December
  • Old Boys v First XI Cricket game at Villanova Park on Wednesday 23 January, 2.30pm
  • Year 7A v 7B Internal Trial Match – Thursday 24 January at Villanova Park (Field TBC) 8am-12 midday
  • Year 6A and 6B, 8A and 8B, 9A, 10A and First XI, Second XI, Third XI and Fourth XI cricket trials against Churchie on Friday 25 January (see schedule below). If boys are unable to play, please email Mr Stariha so that alternate arrangements can be made
  • Year 5 – Year 10 Cricket Camp will be conducted on the 21, 22 and 23 January. All details found on the web.


  • Volleyball Schools Cup Tour to Melbourne Sunday 9 – Friday 14 December
  • Volleyball Clinics at Sleeman Sports Complex – Jan 18 and 19, details will be placed on web asap (please read further information below).


  • Villanova College Swimming – Langlands Pool;  Last day – Friday 21 December.  Start back – Monday 7 January
  • A Swim Clinic will be conducted on Monday 21 January, all details are found within the AIC Swimming section on the web.


  • First XI and Second XI (including all Japan tourists) – Day 1 of training in 2019 will be Wednesday 30 January, 3.30 – 5.00pm, Venus TBC.

AIC Cricket and Volleyball Teams
The draft cricket and volleyball teams are now published on the web. We aim to publish the volleyball teams again next week after the trials against St Laurence’s this Saturday.  Volleyball teams will be graded A – C (D teams in Year 8 and Year 9) based on ability. Cricket teams will be graded A – C based on ability. All teams lower than a ‘C’ team will be referred to as a ‘coloured team’. These coloured teams are of equal ability, therefore a ‘gold’ team is no better than a ‘green’ or ‘blue’ team despite how the team lists are presented.

It is normal that some boys may feel disappointed.  I ask all members of the community to be resilient and accepting of the coaches’ call. There has been much time, effort and communication amongst the coaches to get the selections correct. Inevitably, there will be a difference of opinion from some within the community. This happens in all teams at all levels right up to the national teams.

Japan Football Fundraiser
Please come and support the 2019 Football Tour Group by getting your car washed for $10.

The car wash will be operating from 9.30am to 3pm this Sunday, 25 November at the old Scurr Brothers Mitre 10 site at 1437 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt. It would be great for us all to get behind this fundraising event, please pass on the offer to all your family and friends.

AIC Volleyball Clinics – 2019 Date Claimer
Please be advised that a volleyball clinic will be held on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January at the Sleeman Sports Complex for all members of the 7A and 7B, 8A and 8B, 9A, 9B and 9C, 10A/B and 10C, 11A and 11B, First VI, Second VI and Third VI volleyball players. The clinic will run from 8am – 3.30pm on both days.

Due to numbers, size of facility and staff available, we are unable to invite all teams to the clinic. Boys are to find their own way to and from the venue and are to supply their own lunch. First aid will be provided both days.

This clinic is designed to provide the volleyball program with a significant lift by offering most players a two-day intensive program to further develop their skills and promote a positive and energetic volleyball culture within the College. An invitation will be issued to all players within the week. We are hopeful that most players will be available to attend.

AIC Cricket Trials
Please find below the schedule for the cricket trials to be played on Friday 25 January against Churchie. Team lists are found on the web under the AIC Cricket section. All players in these teams are required to attend, as these trials will form part of the trial process.

Most teams will play with up to 12 players per team. After these trials, the coaches are required to select their team to participate in a full set of school trials against St Patrick’s College on Saturday 2 February.

If your son is unavailable for the trial below, please email Mr Craig Stariha – so that alternative arrangements can be put in place.

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 No trial
10A 10A 8:15am – 1:00pm Old Boys 1 – Churchie Turf 35
10B No trial
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

Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Parent Information

Monday 26 November
Narelle Rieck
Julie Stokes
Jane Green
Sally Caltabiano
Maria Woodger
Sylvia Wright
Mary Brady
Stephanie Sullivan
Susanne Smyth

Tuesday 27 November
Donna Perkins
Melissa Davidson
Lisa Forsyth
Nicole Webb
Leanne McMahon
Sonia Ballen
Susan White
Tricia Allen
Donna Fingland

Wednesday 28 November
Tina McCaul
Peta Gomersall
Kathy McCaul
Maria Corones
Lena Bazzo
Lisa Gorry
Denise Smith
Fiona Jenkins

Thursday 29 November
No Tuckshop

Friday 30 November
No Tuckshop


Monday 26 November
Bronagh Earthrowl
Leah Coogans

Wednesday 28 November
Donna Leahy
Denise Smith


All those who had pre-ordered your cookbook/s should by now have received them. If you have not yet received your order, please ensure it is collected from your son’s year level Student Services Office.

Anyone wishing to order cookbooks for Christmas must have their order in by FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER 2018.

No cookbook deliveries will be made between 8 December 2018 – 21 January 2019.
Orders placed after 7 December 2018 will not be delivered until Term 1 2019.

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 –

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"Back to School" Information

OfficeMaxSchools is the College’s preferred stationery supplier for the supply of your son’s stationery in 2019. As the school year slowly comes to a close, I would ask parents to consider the stationery requirements for each of their son’s subjects.

Please find below instructions for ordering:

How to Order
Visit and follow these easy steps:

  • Search for your school Villanova College, Coorparoo, QLD and enter your school access key 2XU6Q if required.
  • Complete the student’s details and select Year level.  Simply select all relevant subjects.
  • Review your requirements list and make changes (if required).
  • If you need additional items, top up from our Back to School special range, and checkout.

Please note: some list items have been denoted by your school as a requisite for the subject or year.

Year 5 List           Year 6 List           Year 7 List           Year 8 List           Year 9 List        Year 10 List        Year 11/12 List

Please note: For home deliveries only, if you have more than one student at the same school repeat above steps.

Once completed, an order confirmation will be sent to your email address.

Please note: Any technology items you order will be sent separately to the rest of your items.

Order Deadlines and Delivery Information
Home Delivery
Your order will be delivered to your nominated address.

  • Orders placed on or before 2 December 2018 will be delivered free of charge before the end of December 2018.
  • Orders placed between 3 December 2018 and 9 December 2018 will be delivered free of charge before the beginning of Term 1, 2019
  • Orders placed between 10 December 2018 and 31 December 2018 will incur a delivery fee of $12.95, and be delivered before the beginning of Term 1, 2019
  • Orders placed after 31 December 2018 will incur a delivery fee of $12.95 and cannot be guaranteed before the start of Term 1, 2019

Australia Post – Orders are delivered via Australia Post’s eParcel service. As soon as your order is dispatched an email will be sent to let you know the Australia Post tracking ID Number. Your order can be tracked at  Note: PO Box addresses are not accepted by Australia Post.

John Christie, Dean of Teaching and Learning

The Villanova College Uniform Shop will be open on Monday 21 January 2019 until Friday 25 January 2019 from 9am – midday and 1pm -3pm.

From Tuesday 29 January 2019 until Friday 1 February 2019 the Uniform Shop will be open from 7.45am -10am.

From Monday 4 February 2019 normal trading hours will resume as below:
Monday               7.45 – 10am
Tuesday               CLOSED
Wednesday         CLOSED
Thursday             7.45 – 10am
Friday                  7.45 – 10am

The Villanova College Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 January 2019 from 9am – midday.

From Thursday 31 January 2019 the usual trading hours of 7.45am – 9.15 am will resume.

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Archive Anecdotes

Villanova House System : Martin Crane

This is the second story in the Villanova House system


MARTIN CRANE : first Bishop of Sandhurst (Bendigo)

Martin Crane was born at County Wexford, Ireland in 1818 and studied in Italy for the priesthood.  He was ordained in 1841 and seven years later was appointed Prior of the Augustinian Convent, Rome.  In 1855  Crane returned to Dublin and under his instructions the magnificent Church of St John the Baptist was constructed.  Leaving behind many friends and achievements he accepted his new appointment as Bishop of Sandgate, arriving into Melbourne in 1875.

Crane  was concerned about the lack of trained teachers in Catholic schools and arranged for a community of Sisters of Mercy to come from Ireland.  These Sisters were very effective teachers and administrators and between 1877 and 1879 four new schools were opened.

In 1882 Crane travelled to London for an operation to remove cataracts from his eyes.  Unfortunately, the procedure resulted in total blindness, but he did not let this handicap interfere with his work.  With the assistance of Fr Stephen Reville, he continued building schools and churches in the diocese including a new cathedral.

At 83 years of age Bishop Martin Crane died on October 21 1901, and is buried in St Killian’s Cathedral, Bendigo.

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