Operating Principles

In following the path of St Augustine:

  • We embrace the living traditions of the Catholic Church, participating in the mission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane with our Augustinian charism and organisational independence.
  • We bear witness to the Gospel’s vision of life, centred on Christ, and challenge those values of contemporary Australian society which erode the dignity of the human person.
  • We value and seek humility and interiority as the just paths for each individual to form, nurture and restore healthy relationships with themselves, with others and with God.
  • We assist our students to realise the fullness of their potential as they strive to integrate the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of life and culture in ways most appropriate to their particular stage of development.


Since being founded by five Irish priests back in 1948, Villanova College has always been an independent Catholic school for boys under the care of the Augustinian Order.

The College opened on a 10-acre property in Hamilton, with the large onsite residence, called ‘Whinstanes’, functioning as three classrooms, a chapel and sacristy. Students also had access to tennis courts, cricket oval and other sporting facilities.

Forty boys attended Villanova that first year and by 1951 it was clear the Whinstanes property could no longer adequately house the growing student population. After much searching, the Augustinian Fathers eventually chose Coorparoo as the new site for the College in 1954.

Villanova College still sits on this very site in the grounds of Langlands. From 40 students to 1,200, Villanova has continued to grow into the close community we now cherish today.

The Augustinian Order has a long history in education reaching back 700 years. A love of learning and pursuit of understanding are hallmarks of the Order, which Villanova has made part of its character since day one.

This unrelenting pursuit for knowledge and understanding ensures our lives will be based on truth, for it is truth that conquers. This is reflected in the College motto: Vincit Veritas (“Truth Conquers”).

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