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13 August 2021 Issue 19

Avila College News

This weekend promises to be bright and sunny...

As we start to emerge from the cold of winter, let's take pleasure in the blooms starting to blossom, the sunny skies and the little things that bring us joy.

For me, this week has provided an opportunity to virtually meet and interview all our candidates for the 2022 School Co-Captain roles and it has been a thoroughly rewarding experience. To see (via Zoom) the eloquence, maturity and school pride demonstrated by our student leaders and hear them articulate their vision for the future brings me great joy. It is a testament not just to their individual accomplishments and commitment, but to the effort and contribution of our whole school community which has collectively helped shape the perspectives of these young women who are eager to give back and serve their community. 

I trust that you have a chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend. Stay safe, remember to check the latest public exposure sites and find joy in the simple pleasures.

Dr Michelle Cotter | Principal
Exec. MBA, M.Ed. Leadership, M.Ed. RE, Post Grad. Dip. IT, Post Grad. Dip. Adult Ed., Grad. Dip. RE, B.Ed

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer


Please help me to rest in your happiness,
To allow a smile to linger on my lips,
To dwell within a wonderful memory,
To walk back through sunlit places.

Please help me to awake with hope,
To engage with life in all its variety,
To take in the beauty of others joys,
To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness.

Please help me to sing with faith,
To carry the truth close in my heart always,
To rejoice at new life and
To have peace as I age.

Please help me to indulge in love
To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy,
To taste the kindness of friendship,
To feel the warmth of embrace.

Please help me not to miss
A single drop of heaven,
To catch each moment
And drink in the great joy of life.

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Sunday 15 August
Luke 1: 39–56
Mary visits Elizabeth.

15 August Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
16 August St Stephen of Hungary
19 August World Humanitarian Day
19 August St John Eudes

Quick Links

Subject selections are due on Friday 20 August. Take a look at the Avila College Curriculum Guide to discover the many and varied subjects on offer in 2022.


Public Speaking and Debating

Through lockdown, bad weather and a plethora of IT issues, the world of debating and public speaking has carried on!


Tuesday evening, many students from Year 9 right through to Year 12 returned to their computers for the final round of the DAV Senior Debating competition.  

Ever ready for the challenging conditions, our teams debated with wit and verve on a broad range of issues including the place of the military on our television, the national economy, the use of drones and even the place of celebrities in social justice movements.   

All of our debaters are to be congratulated on their efforts this season, and most particularly for their commitment and forbearance in this last round, in which remote preparation and connectivity issues caused some interruptions to the sparring of words and ideas.

Particular congratulations to the following students whose teams enjoyed fabulous wins:

Year 9 Avila 2 | Monique Adolphe, Jolene Cheah and Lily Shields (Best Speaker).

Year 9 Avila 1 | Amy Dickson (Best Speaker), Eve Feeney and Natasha Forster.
Year 9 Avila 1 will be progressing to the playoffs later this month, and we wish them every success!


On Wednesday evening, three Year 8 students, Abigail Yee, Brianna Hulston and Jasleen Dhariwal, along with students from a range of schools across Melbourne, participated in the second round of the DAV Junior Public Speaking competition. Prepared speeches having been the previous week's focus, this week the competition concentrated on impromptu speeches, commencing with a brief introduction on how to interpret a topic with speed and how to present an impromptu speech. Students were then moved into the breakout rooms to receive the first of two topics, and to start their four minutes of planning and writing.  

The topics certainly posed challenges, asking students to consider propositions such as, what we might think of aliens, and the possibility of turning back time. Abigail, Brianna and Jasleen responded to the challenge of presenting to an audience in an online setting with flair and imagination, and they are to be congratulated for their very entertaining and engaging speeches!


Enjoy eBooks!

The Avila College Library is a wonderful and well stocked resource centre for students. Don't forget that eBooks are also available to download. Ms Baker has put together a useful video on how to access eBooks online.

Year 8

Medieval Times

Year 8 students have been exploring the topic of the role of the church in medieval times and were challenged to create a cartoon strip on Thomas Becket's murder in the cathedral or design a medieval cathedral. Here are some of the results!



Virtual Excursions and Activities 

While Melbourne is currently locked down, there are still lots of ways to explore and enjoy the culture and community of our city from home. Take a look at some of the ideas below to enjoy this weekend.
Melbourne Museum at Home offers a range of virtual tours and activities including a virtual exhibition of Top Designs 2020.
Take a look behind the scenes and learn about how the Australian Ballet productions are brought to life in stage. 
Get up close and personal with the animals at the Melbourne Zoo through their virtual tours and live cams.  
Peek inside Melbourne's most famous and striking buildings by delving into Open House Melbourne's virtual archive. 
Learn how to knit and support our Vinnie's drive with some colourful squares for our woollen blankets. 
The Sydney Science Festival starts tomorrow and is free and online.
Stay connected with highlights from the NGV including online exhibitions such as Triennial and Top Arts 2021.
The Immigration Museum at Home is always open and showcases our multicultural community.

Uniform Shop

Student Sales

Second Hand Uniform Shop - Students Only - lunchtime open
We recognise it's been difficult at times to access the second hand uniform shop with COVID restrictions on non-essential visitors to the College meaning we have been unable to welcome parents as usual.  With this in mind, we are happy to announce two new dates for 'students only' to visit during lunchtime.  We will be running a sale on discontinued items (still able to be worn by our Year 8-12 through to 2023) over this period too. 

Student Only lunchtime open dates:
Tuesday 24 August 1.15pm - 1.45pm
Wednesday 25 August 1.15pm-1.45pm
Location:  Second Hand Uniform Shop - students to enter through Gym only

Discontinued Uniform Styles - New and Second Hand - Flash Sale Year 8-12's!  

  NEW Ex PSW Stock Secondhand Stock
Tracksuit Jacket $50 $40
Tracksuit Pant $30 $25
Fleece Vest $30 $25

Terms and Conditions:

  • New and Second Hand discontinued styles can only be worn by Year 8-12 through to end of 2023 after which point the new design must be worn.
  • Not all sizes available - be quick!
  • No Exchange or Refund -  change room available
  • Students only - due to COVID restrictions in place

Careers and Pathways

Updates From ACU

Year 12 Revision Webinars 
23 August – 31 August 2021. Please visit the ACU website for the subject schedule and webinar times. 

Entry and Pathways to ACU webinar 
Tuesday 7 September 2021, 6 – 7pm

Campus tours – September school holidays 
Students can visit the ACU campuses to get course information and chat with current students. 
Ballarat Campus: Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 September 
Melbourne Campus: Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 September
Explore and register 

ACU Guarantee 
Closing date – Friday 24 September 2021

Experience ACU
Students can explore their local campus, meet staff and students and get helpful tips on preparing for university.
Ballarat Campus: Tuesday 28 September 2021, 9am – 1.30pm Register now
Melbourne Campus: Thursday 30 September 2021, 9.30am – 2.30pm Register now 

Avila College

Workplace Gender Equality Report

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 requires non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency each year for the preceding 12 month period.

Our report for 2020-2021 has now been submitted. As part of the required notification and access requirements, the College is required to advise our school community that the report has been submitted and to provide access. Click here to read or download the report.


Flashback Friday

It’s Subject Selection Season again and where better to gain inspiration but from our wonderful and multi-talented Avila Alumnae?   

Margaret Hellard (Class of 1980)


Professor Margaret Hellard is an Epidemiologist and Deputy Director (Programs) at The Burnet Institute and is currently focused on working with the Australian community around the behaviour change that is required to stop the ongoing transmission of infection from COVID-19.

Her Year 12 subject choices were: English, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematical Methods and Biblical Studies (she emphasises that she focused on comparative religions, including reading the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Koran).

Kerrie Brewer (Class of 1994)

Kerrie Brewer is the General Manager of Development, Infrastructure and Government Relations at Hawthorn Football Club.  She remembers studying English, Mathematical Methods, Legal Studies and P.E. in her final year at Avila College.

Mikaela Ortolan (Class of 2014)

Mikaela Ortolan appears regularly as a journalist and reporter on ABC Breakfast News, recently keeping us informed on the events on the NSW and Victorian borders. In Year 12, Mikaela undertook English, Maths, Chemistry, Psychology and Studio Arts - Visual Communications. When she was studying at RMIT, she used the skills that she’d gained in Vis Comm to run her own photography business. 

Kala Gare (Class of 2014)

Kala Gare, an actress and musical performer, who is about to appear in the stage show ‘Six’ studied Music Performance, Drama, Italian and English Literature in Year 12. "I believe in Year 10, I did Music Performance Units 1 and 2, then in Year 11, studied Music Investigation Units 1 and 2.  I completed Music Performance Units 3 and 4 in Year 12", Karla recently remembered.

NEWS FLASH - Kala will be appearing on The Voice on Monday 16 August at 7.30pm.

As we can see, their choices were varied and often, quite brave; but if we look hard, we can see an inkling of the career in which they all eventually go on to excel. 

Face Masks

Face masks are now mandatory. Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5m.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Please get tested and isolate at home until you receive your results.
For the latest public exposure sites in Victoria please click here. 

Avila Calender

Jump on the Avila website to download your 2021 diary directly to your digital devices.
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 
Matthew 5:16
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