Welcome to Villanova College. A Catholic school in the Augustinian tradition delivering excellence in the development of character, intellect, and spirit in young men. I invite you into our community and to share our vision of excellence in boys’ education.
We are proud of our story of Catholic education in the Augustinian Tradition since our humble beginnings in 1948. In those early days the teaching staff were comprised of Augustinian Fathers who held aspirations of high standards in the academic, cultural, and sporting growth of every child, as well as building a lived community of families where members are, “one heart and one mind on the way towards God”.
Our challenge today is to deliver an educational foundation that caters to the needs of young men in a dynamic, rapidly changing world. A Villanova education equips our students with the skills, habits and intellect to confidently interact and lead their world, with focus, creativity, courage and strength, while upholding the values of our tradition.
Today, Villanova College caters for more than 1,400 boys from Year 5 to 12 across three distinctive precincts. The Three Schools, One College structure recognises the developmental journey of our students as they move from pre-adolescence to adulthood. Each school is designed to cater for the educational, social, and emotional needs of each student through age-specific programs.
At Villanova we have a vison of the graduate. The sensibilities, attitudes and actions of a young man who has walked the journey in the green and gold. This graduate is built inside and, importantly, beyond the classroom. He is formed through opportunity and relationships. As such, our students have access to a rich variety of cultural, sporting, and social justice programs. The graduate is the ‘whole person’, with College staff recognising the need to provide opportunities and challenges for students to develop their unique gifts and talents. Each Villanova student is asked to look inside themselves, explore new horizons that will challenge them to excel beyond expectation, and rise to that challenge with the help and support of their peers, parents, and faculty.
A distinct feature of our Augustinian values is the strong sense of welcome and community that unites staff, parents and students. We treasure open, friendly, and caring relationships between teachers and students. As an educator himself, St Augustine considered this an essential element for both good teaching and learning.
We teach boys about life and quality relationships, modelled to us by Jesus. We teach about the interior journey, spiritual reflections and choosing the right actions. We welcome people of all faiths and denominations to share our story of hope.
In this way we continue to forge our reputation as a Catholic college “striving for excellence in boys’ education as an Augustinian community, one in mind and heart on the way towards God.”
MR PAUL BEGG
I hope you will accept our invitation to become a part of this special community where we strive for excellence in boys’ education as an Augustinian community, one in mind and heart on the way towards God.