Principal's Welcome

Dear Members of the Villanova College Family,
As our Year 12 students prepare to enjoy their final days at Villanova College, I wish to acknowledge and thank the many families who will also conclude their association with the College this week. For many families all their sons have attended Villanova College and our association has spanned many years. I know for those families the sudden departure from College life will be the end of an important chapter. Thank you to those families who end their time with us. We have appreciated your ongoing support and contribution to our place and wish your family all the best for the future.

We keep in our prayers our Year 12 students and their families during this time of transition. It is a time of moving on and taking the necessary steps to leave what has been so familiar to push out into the adult world. I am confident our young men are well prepared for the future and will continue to live by the values of this College and their faith.

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

Final week: 23 November – 27 November
Monday 23 – Thursday 26 November:
Students will be completing assessment tasks, examinations and assignments.

Friday 27 November:
8.30am – 9.00am: All students to meet in Pastoral Care classes – Junior School in classrooms
9.00am – 9.30am: Sub-school meetings
9.30am – 10.00am: Morning tea
10.00am – 11.00am: College Assembly and Advent Liturgy
11.00am:  Dismissal

Please note the Tuckshop will not be open for students on Thursday 26 or Friday 27 November.

Prayers
We ask for your prayers for Fr Saldie Resolado OSA and his family following the death of his father, Salvador Resolado in the Philippines this week.

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

God bless

Mr Mark Stower, Principal

In keeping with the spirit of Reconciliation, Villanova College acknowledges the Yuggera and Turrbal peoples, as the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we stand.  We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.  This has always been, and always will be, a place of teaching and learning connected to country, culture and community. 

 

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Teaching and Learning

elearning Update – Goodbye Google Drive, Hello OneDrive
As we prepare for the use of Microsoft Teams for digital class collaboration and hybrid learning next year, there is one significant change that may affect your son.

In 2021 students will NOT have the ability to store or retrieve files on their Google Drive File Stream area. This shift away from Google is a very deliberate one to assist the College in providing a singular, consistent and connected platform for file storage, file sharing and digital collaboration – Microsoft Teams.

If your son has been using Google Drive to store school-related files and documents he must move them to his College OneDrive account. This must occur before January 1, 2021. The College has put together a range of guides to support students in setting up OneDrive to automatically designated sync files/folders from a BYOD laptop. These guides cover students with both Windows 10 and Mac laptops.

Please navigate to: https://vnc4.sharepoint.com/sites/byod and click on the tiles and links as required. You will also see other important documentation in this new home for all BYOD support. Importantly, I have posted a page with end-of-year maintenance tasks to ensure your son’s laptop is refreshed and ready for the 2021 academic year. Please note this site requires your son to sign in with his College email and password.

If you have any questions regarding the transition from Google Drive to  OneDrive – or you think your son needs 1:1 support to do this – please email me via the College elearning email address: elearning@vnc.qld.edu.au

Mr Jason Lane, elearning Pedagogy Leader

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Junior School

On Tuesday, November 24, we celebrate our Year 6 Moving On Ceremony in the Hanrahan Theatre.  For two years, there have been 168 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 their best, and most importantly, know that staff and their brothers are always on call to help.

Each student will be celebrated next Tuesday 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.

Our Sportsman of the Year will be announced on 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.

Our Junior School Robbie Sellers Award will be declared proudly on this night.  We will remember Robert Sellars and his cheeky smile, and on behalf of his family we will 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 lives on in the boys who walk through our gates every day.

With our social/emotional programs 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 the night is all said and done, just know how proud we are of your sons.  As we call out their names and hand over certificates, there will be family, friends and staff who will really admire each person walking across the stage.  They have grown in ways that cannot 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.

Mr Stephen Rouhliadeff, Head of Junior School

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Senior School

Year 12 Formal
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 (some even donned the velvet which got a huge tick of approval). 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. My thanks to Year 12 Pastoral Area Leader, Mr Tony Rolls for his organisation of the event and the many hours he poured into constantly adapting the event in response to the changing COVID landscape. I look forward to sharing with you, reflections from the Year 12 Graduation in next week’s Villa View.

Senior School Formation Program
Over the last two weeks, our Year 10 and Year 11 students have had the opportunity to experience a range of presentations by guest speakers with the purpose of inspiring, educating and challenging our young men in their personal development. Speakers from RACQ’s education arm have explored personal financial management and the exciting yet sometimes daunting road to learning to drive.

Villanova Old Boy Tim Franklin has told his inspirational story to our Year 10 students to frame discussions around goal setting and former Olympian and Hockeyroo Captain Mark Knowles invited our Year 11 students to consider his leadership model of – leading self, leading others and leading for the future.

I would like to thank Year 10 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Sean O’Neill and Year 11 Pastoral Area Leader Mr Blake McLauchlan for their continued work in shaping engaging and thought-provoking content for our Senior School students to absorb in the Form Meeting program.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.” – Numbers 6:24

Mr Matt Levander, Head of Senior School

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Ministry and Formation News

Christmas Appeal
The Christmas appeal – “putting the Christ back into Christmas” – has caught the imagination of the community. We are overwhelmed and humbled by the extent of your generosity. There are many snapshots which tell the story of the wider campaign. One is seeing the enthusiasm and determination of the Junior School classes to prepare a fitting hamper for the local family they were paired with. These baskets sit in my office now – including wrapped gifts for the children – and I know they will make a difference.

Another snapshot is Tyler, Year 5, racing in after the basket with a large tin of hot chocolate. This will go straight to Emmanuel City Mission – the drop-in centre for the homeless on Merivale Street. They are creating an amazing Christmas for many of our homeless neighbours by staying open from 21st to 25th December continuously, including offering a place to sleep for the night. I think the gifts that we are donating, like the hot chocolate, will make a very practical difference.

In this same regard, young old boy Kush Sami (2011) this week dropped off 24 Christmas puddings and 24 cartons of custard. We will be assisting his annual stationery drive for poor school children in Sri Lanka and India in pour final week clear-up. If you or your son has any left-over stationery, please donate!

Origin Sale
We will be topping up our donations to Emmanuel City by using the proceeds from Wednesday’s State of Origin sale of donuts, soft drink, and lolly bags – all maroon or blue themed. What was really great to see was the enthusiasm of the sales team, combining YAYM with SVP with the teamwork of staff members, Ms Jones, Ms Kieseker, Ms King, Ms Palmer and Ms Underhill (who masterminded the operation). Students gave generous support and – at time of writing – I don’t yet know if our efforts will have secured a Maroon victory. Early signs are though that we have made more than $500 in profit for Emmanuel City Mission.

It will be a privilege for a group of about ten Villanova staff to deliver these funds and goods to Emmanuel City on Monday 30th November, when we have signed up as a team to cook the big brekky that day for the patrons

Year 7s and Rosies
Owing to a new initiative by Ms Jones and Ms Giles (Coordinator of RE in Middle School), all the Year 7s were able to see the Rosies Van and listen to the work done by “our friends on the street.” Listening to Sarah Corbett, the Brisbane Coordinator for Rosies, has clearly had a stirring impact. Ms Jones yesterday delivered a large amount of goods to the Rosies office all collected by the Year 7s. One of the Rosies zone coordinators, Des Williams, rang the College this morning to register his warm thanks for the surprising, timely, and generous donation.

AFAS news
In similar way, our sister College in Bacolod (Philippines) reported some hardship in the local community there as a result of the two recent typhoons. Tony Hindmarsh, AFAS Co-ordinator, has provided a prompt “yes” to the transfer of $285 in AFAS donations to mitigate flood damage. Many staff and students will remember visiting scholars’ houses on the exchanges and experiencing the rain waters lapping over the threshold of the bamboo mesh houses.

Opening of Are You Okay? Space
A special service was held this morning (Thursday) to unveil the “Are You Okay?” space planned and developed by the YCS Ministry team this year. YCS have always worked consistently and creatively to provide a welcome and a friendly space to younger students, and this area creates a kind of holy ground where so many of such encounters take place. The garden also forms part of the students’ response to creating a climate of awareness about cultivating good mental health – hence the reference to our annual RUOK? Day events. The area marks out the intention to make every corner of the campus a place where a student or staff member will feel encouraged to ask, “Are you really okay?”

A Reflection on NAIDOC Week 2020 – Always was, Always will be
by Mr Blake Stockton

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 has been a long time coming. Over 65,000 years, we have been connected to this beautiful country. We have hunted, played, explored, danced, sung and shared stories for that time and continued our customs and lores longer than any civilisation in history. Our story is remarkable when one stops to reflect on it. We have always been here, and as Australians, we should be proud of this incredible story.

While most will see the theme as a reminder of the longevity of our people on this land, I see it more importantly as a reminder that we always will be here. We don’t just survive in this country; we thrive in so many ways. Our connection with the Dreaming is more crucial than ever with the destruction of land and seas. Our concept of community and sharing should be a lesson to all, and our understanding of the bigger picture beyond our selves is a message of humility that is a timely reminder in a world littered with greed, ignorance and ego. It is humility that has allowed us to learn from the white man how to buwanha (grow) and it is this humility that we ask of our brothers and sisters in Australia to now winhangarra (listen) and buwanha with us. We are the oldest teachers in the world with 65,000 years of knowledge to share with those who are willing to listen.

Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand – Stephen Covey

Departing Year 12 Cohort
Speaking of this project reminds me powerfully of the lasting legacy of the Year 12 Ministry students. From the peanut butter sandwich fuelled Hamish Mckee (YCS), to the polite and warm persistence of Ashtan Edser (SVP), to the exuberance of Theo Day (Green Team), to the compassion and eloquence of Nathan Farrelly (AFAS), all the Ministry leaders have excelled this year. Ministry Captain Isaak Collie has been outstanding in uniting vision to practical action. He made the insightful point that in 2020 the students went beyond thinking of their role as fund-raising, to instead creating a better community here at the College in order better to serve our partner outreach organisations.

So we pray down a special blessing for our Seniors of 2020:

May Almighty God – the God of Abraham and Elijah,
The God of Augustine and Monica, and of St Thomas of Villanova;
The God of St Mary McKillop and of Oscar Romero
Pour down upon each of these fine young men – and on their families –
Both today, and every day of their lives – Amen!

Sunday Readings
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Mr John Holroyd, Dean of Mission and Identity

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Sport

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

Villanova’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 the 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 must 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 Villa is about getting involved, giving your best, pride in the jersey, enhancing school spirit and enjoying the challenges you face with your teammates.

I suppose 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 do not come easy and at times you must grit your teeth and get ‘stuck in’ in order 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 21 November
Please be aware that a full set of volleyball trial games has been organised against SLC this Saturday 21 November. Please be aware that all members of the Year 7 – 9 teams will have a court duty before or after their match. Team lists can be found on the AIC Volleyball page, match times and venues are posted in the ‘Weekly Fixture’ section. The duty roster is available here or on the AIC Volleyball page.

VILLANOVA SUMMER VACATION SPORTS PROGRAM

Rugby

Andrew Slack Squad Training

  • Strength and conditioning training sessions will continue during the first week of the school holiday period, concluding on Friday 4 December
  • The field sessions will conclude on Thursday 3 December
  • Strength and conditioning training sessions will commence on Monday 11 January 2021
  • Any parents who are not already members of the “Villa Andrew Slack Squad 2020/21” 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. Please note this page is setup for coaches’ communications to players and parents only.
  • The coaches will contact the players via Facebook to arrange the ‘Training Camp’ scheduled to commence in January before the boys begin school, that is, the week beginning Monday 18 January.
  • Field sessions will begin, Term 1, Week 2 – with 2 sessions per week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 6.45am – 8.00am. First session – Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Ben Mowen Squad Training

  • Strength and conditioning training sessions will continue during the first week of the school holiday period, concluding on Thursday 3 December
  • Field sessions will conclude on Wednesday 25 November
  • Strength and conditioning training sessions will commence on Tuesday 12 January 2021
  • There will be no field sessions held during the Christmas vacation period
  • The first field session will commence on Wednesday 3 Feb, that is Term 1, Week 2, 2021

 Cricket

  • Tuesday December 1 – First XI/Second XI and 10A trial v Gregory Terrace at Villanova Park. All games commence at 9.30am
  • Thursday December 3 – First XI trial v John Paul College at JPC. Game commences at 9.30am
  • Monday December 7 – Internal T20 matches at Villanova Park (involving boys from First XI/Second XI/10A teams)
  • Tuesday December 8 – ‘Team Day’ (involving boys from the T20 matches from Monday December 7)
  • Monday 18 January and Tuesday 19 January 2021 – First XI T20 tournament hosted by Padua
  • Tuesday 19 January – Thursday 21 January – Cricket Clinic at Villanova Park (see information below)
  • Friday 22 January 2021 – 6A; 8A; 9A; 10A; Second XI and First XI will have their annual cricket trial v Churchie. Times and venues posted below. Please keep this date free. We will also have an internal 7A v 7B cricket game on that day too. If boys are unable to play please email Mr Stariha cstariha@vnc.qld.edu.au so that alternative arrangements can be made
  • Saturday 23 January 2021 – All cricket teams from Year 6 – 12 will have a trial game v St Patrick’s College (times and venues TBA), Year 5 will also have internal trials on this day (specific times and venues TBA)
  • Saturday 30 January 2021 – Round 1 v Iona College

Villanova Cricket Clinic – 19 – 21 January 2021
The annual Villanova Cricket Camp will be held at Villanova Park on 19 – 21 January 2021. This camp is open to all Year 5 – 9 (2021) cricketers, including boys entering the College in 2021. We recommend all players attend the camp as a good way to bolster their skills before the AIC Cricket season.

Venue:  Villanova Park, Manly Road, Tingalpa
Ticket Price:  $210.00
Food and Drinks: BYO
Registerwww.10ksports.com.au/eventsTime: Three Day Camp – 8am-12pm each day

Volleyball
First VI training clinic and friendly matches – Saturday 28, Sunday 29, Monday 30 November (Times and venues TBA)

  • Volleyball Clinics at Goold Hall – 18 and 19 January 2021 – details found on web and below

Villanova Volleyball Clinic Schedule – 18 and 19 January 2021
Please be advised that volleyball clinics will be scheduled for Monday 18 January 2021 for all volleyball players from Year 7 – 12, and Tuesday 19 January 2021 for selected teams. Please see the schedule below for details.

Venue:  Goold Hall, Villanova College, Eighth Avenue Coorparoo
Uniform:  Sports PE uniform or any suitable sports clothing

Monday 18 January 2021

Time Court 1 – Goold Hall Court 2 – Goold Hall
6.30am – 8.00am Year 7 Year 7
8.00am – 9.30am Year 8 Year 8
9.30am – 11.00am Year 9 Year 9
11.00am – 12.30pm Year 10 Year 10
12.30pm – 2.00pm Year 11 Year 11
2.00pm – 3.30pm Second VI Third VI
3.30pm – 5.00pm First VI First VI

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Time Court 1 – Goold Hall Court 2 – Goold Hall
6.30am – 8.00am Year 7 A Year 7 B
8.00am – 9.30am Year 8 A Year 8 B
9.30am – 11.00am Year 9 A Year 9 B
11.00am – 12.30pm Year 10 A Year 10 B
12.30pm – 2.00pm Year 11 A Second VI/Third VI
2.00pm – 3.30pm First VI First VI

 Swimming

  • Villanova College Swimming – Langlands Pool. Last day – Friday 18 December. Commence in 2021 – Monday 4 January
  • A Swim Clinic will be conducted on Monday 18 January 2021.  6.45am – 11.30am, all details below and within the AIC Swimming section on the web.

Villanova Swim Clinic Schedule – Monday 18 January 2021

Who: Open to all swimmers who have been training at Langlands Pool or for those serious swimmers training at other Clubs
Venue:  Langlands Pool
Date: Monday 18 January 2021
Time:  6.45am – 11.30am

Coaches will work on perfecting your body position in the water, stroke correction and core strength to achieve maximum efficiency in the water. Students must bring their own morning tea and snacks, all swimming gear, running shoes, water bottles, hat and shirt for gym work. Please register your attendance with the Villanova Swim Co-ordinator – Mrs Juanita Jacobs email: jjacobs@vnc.qld.edu.au

AFL

 Friday 22 January 2021 – First team trial v SPC, times and venues TBA

  • Saturday 23 January 2021 – Year 7 and Year 8/9 team trial v SPC. Year 5A and 5B and Year 6A and 6B internal trials, times and venues TBA by next week

 Football

 Thursday 26 November – First XI Football Trial at Villanova Park, 3.45 – 5.30pm

  • First XI and Second XI – Day 1 of training in 2021 is Wednesday 3 February, 3.30 – 5.00pm, Venue TBC.

AIC AFL, CRICKET AND VOLLEYBALL TEAMS
The draft AFL, 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 on Saturday 21 November. 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 disappointment. 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.

AIC AFL, Cricket and Volleyball Trials v St Patrick’s College (SPC), Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January 2021
The abovementioned trial schedule will be finalised and published by this time next week. Please be advised that all cricket, volleyball and Year 5 – 9 AFL trials will take place on Saturday 23 January. Year 5 and Year 6 AFL will be internal trials. Open AFL trials v SPC will be played on Friday afternoon.

AIC Cricket Trials – Villanova v Churchie, Friday 22 January 2021 (Year 6 – 12 ‘A’ Team Trials)
Please find below the schedule for the cricket trials to be played on Friday 22 January 2021 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 boys will back up the next day and play in a full school set of school trials against St Patrick’s College on Saturday 23 January 2021.

After the First XI/Second XI/10A trials against Gregory Terrace and the First XI trials against John Paul College which are due to be played before Christmas, we will repost the full school team lists on the web to advertise the First XI/Second XI and 10A teams in readiness for the trials against Churchie and St Patrick’s College next year. Please stay tuned for these updated team lists. The team lists will be advertised via the AIC Cricket section on the website.

If your son is unavailable for the trial below please email Mr Craig Stariha – cstariha@vnc.qld.edu.au so that alternative arrangements can be put in place.

Villanova College v Churchie – ‘A’ Cricket Team Trial Schedule, Friday 22 January 2021

VILLANOVA ACGS TIME VENUE SURFACE OVERS
6A 6A 8.15am – 12.15pm Oval No 4 – Villanova Park Syn 30
7A Internal Game 8.15am – 1.15pm Oval No 3 – Villanova Park Turf 40
7B Internal Game 8.15am – 1.15pm Oval No 3 – Villanova Park Turf 40
8A 8A 8.15am – 1:15pm Fr John Seary – Villanova Park Turf 40
9A 9A 8.15am – 1.15pm Andrew Slack Oval – Villanova Park Turf 40
10A 10A 8.15am – 1.15pm Old Boys 1 Oval – ACGS Turf 40
Villanova Second XI ACGS 11A/Second XI 8.15am – 1:15pm Long Oval – ACGS Turf 40
Villanova First XI ACGS First XI 9.30am – 5.00pm Main Oval – ACGS Turf 50

*Note – The Year 7A v 7B teams will play an Internal Trial Match on this day as per scheduled above

Villanova College Cricket Helmets – FOR SALE
Due to popular demand we have opened another opportunity for our boys to buy their own cricket helmets. Order yours before next Friday 27 November and receive it before the AIC Cricket season commences in 2021.

Given the COVID climate, all cricket players will be required to supply and wear their own cricket gear including cricket helmets in the foreseeable future.

Villanova has approached Gray-Nicolls to introduce a special line of specialised Villanova helmets which are green in colour and have the College Crest embroidered on the front. Gray-Nicolls have offered a range of three helmets to choose from. If you wish to purchase your own Villanova cricket helmet, please follow the link below to order online. Orders will close on 27 November.  All orders should be delivered to your door by January ready for the 2021 AIC Cricket season.

Online Order Link –  vcs.gnsportsclubs.com
Size Chart – GN Size Chart

REPRESENTATIVE SPORT
Well done to Matthew Dooley in Year 7 who recently won a gold medal at the Queensland Karate Federation State Titles, for 12 and 13-year-old over 55kg Kumite. A great achievement Matthew!

Mr Craig Stariha, Director of Sport

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Music

Christmas Extravaganza
I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff, students, and families involved in our Christmas Extravaganza Concert last Thursday.  We have received many compliments regarding the event and whilst much appreciated, would not be deserved without recognising the efforts of over 50 parents, volunteers, and staff who had some role in ensuring the event was a success.

We have shared some happy snaps from the evening – please enjoy.  Thank you to you all.

 

Instrumental Music 2021
Information regarding the program for 2021 has been forwarded home via email over the past week.  If you or your son did not receive this information, please contact the Music Office as a matter of urgency.  We are looking forward to some exciting opportunities next year; we look forward to sharing these with you and your son.

We require a returned, signed and completed enrolment form clearly outlining your son’s engagement with music next year.  All enrolments will be rolled over and Semester 1 fees placed on accounts if this document is not returned.

If you have any queries regarding Music at Villanova and our son’s involvement, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Office for further information on 3394 5691.

Get your Christmas Gifts Here!
Our fantastic Music Support Group have organised an innovative fundraiser for Villanova College.  You may have heard the buzz about our Villanova Camp Chairs and Wildcat Coolers…  the MUST HAVE items for the beach/cricket/park/fishing/barbecue/etc. this summer! Click here for details.

Villanova branded camp chairs – $31; Wildcat coolers – $26

All items can be purchased via Trybooking through the following link:  https://www.trybooking.com/BMEML

Purchases made before Sunday 22 November can be collected from the Augustine Centre from 3.15 – 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, 23 November.  If you are unable to collect at this time, please contact the Music Office to organise alternative arrangements.  Purchases made after 22 November may be collected before school on Friday 27 November from 8.00 – 8.30am.

Only limited stock available in this run – order quickly or you will have to wait until the new year.  All profits are going to the Music Support Group.

Entertainment Memberships
Entertainment Publications are no longer selling books, just digital memberships from 2020 onwards.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please access our membership portal through the links below.  There are a number of great offers available focussing on supporting local and small businesses through this challenging period.

Thank you all for your continued support of Villanova Music.  We are glad to continue to be of service to you and your son as we navigate this challenging time together.

Mr Michael Jones, Director of Music

 

 

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^The additional $10 and $20 per Membership sale during the current promotional period 12am 14 August 2020 – 11:59pm 13 September 2020 AEST will be paid to the relevant Entertainment fundraising group as per the standard payment terms within the corresponding quarter.

*All member offers are subject to terms and conditions. Check individual offers on the Entertainment Membership App or www.entertainment.com.au for more information. For all dining offers, it is optional for participating businesses to accept your Entertainment Memberships on all official Australian and New Zealand public holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day. © 2020 Entertainment Publications of Australia Pty Ltd.

 

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Parent Information

Villa Supporters’ Gear
Our Sports Club and Music Support Group have a great range of supporter gear available for sale:

  • VNC Folding chairs
  • Wildcat Coolers (which can also be used as a seat)
  • Pink and gold VNC caps
  • Wildcat swimming towels
  • Cricket grips

Please note – orders for Wildcat towels will close next Thursday – 26 November. You will be advised by phone when your order will be ready to collect.

Visit the Trybooking page to place your orders.

Villanova International Carnival – one more role to fill!
Thank you to the amazing volunteers who have put up their hand to help at next year’s Carnival in key positions. We have only one more role to fill – our Logistics and Safety Convenor.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please do not hesitate to contact event co-ordinator Jamie Whitlock by email jamie@brubecks.com.au

Tuckshop Roster (Monday 23 November – Wednesday 25 November)
All volunteers rostered on this week will be contacted directly by the Tuckshop.

Please Note:
The Tuckshop will be closed on Thursday 26 and Friday 27  November 

Helping Hands – Vacation Care Program
Here at Helping Hands Villanova, we are here to help care for your boys in a fun environment. We open at 6:30am for before-school care where we offer a nutritious breakfasts while also creating a lighthearted environment for young men to grow and play. This care also extends to after-school care until 6.00pm. During this session we provide a variety of activities including a multitude of clubs. Our sports club has focused on cricket to prepare the boys for their games on the weekend. We also offer a homework club every afternoon, where students are assisted by Old Boy staff and student teachers. For those looking for fun alternatives on the school holidays, we offer a vacation care program from 30 November to  18 December, reopening on 4 January until 25 January. For this year’s Christmas school holiday period we have organised multiple excursions including rock-climbing and many incursions such as laser skirmish day. For inquiries please send us an email at villanova@helpinghandsnetwork.com.au or call 0437 784 379

 

 

 

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