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23 July 2021 Issue 16

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community,

Our week of remote learning has again been a reflection of the strength of our Avila community. Students sharing a commitment to achieving their best academic outcomes, a wholesome belief in the importance of offering emotional and social support to each other and an attitude of ‘let’s make the best of our circumstances’. On Thursday this Avila spirit came through strong and loud in our whole school lunch time Zumba! 

Photo: A virtual lunch catch up with the Zumba Hosts plus Oscar the dog.

A reminder to our school community to continue to check exposure sites and to follow the directions of the Department of Health. Our community wide commitment to the health of all is a credit to Victorians embracing the importance of doing whatever we can to keep others safe.

As we continue on this journey together, please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support. I also encourage you to find something joyful to smile about whenever you can and share that with your peers, teachers and classes. You might just bring a smile to someone unexpectedly!

Wash your hands, wear a mask and take care,

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

Father, You teach us here that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun. Grant us by your Spirit the wisdom to know when it is time to plant, and when to uproot; when it is time to tear down, and to build; to keep and to throw away. May we know when it is time to weep and mourn, and when it is time to laugh and dance. Remind us that there is also a time to heal, and a time for peace.  

By your grace, may each of us be happy and do good while we live. Grant us the gift of finding satisfaction in all we do. 

In the name of Jesus,


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Sunday 18 July
John 6: 1–15
Jesus feeds five thousand.

26 July Memorial of Ss Joachim and Anne
29 July Memorial of St Martha
30 July St Peter Chrysologus
30 July International Day of Friendship



Quick Links

VCE Update

The GAT - New Date

In light of current restrictions, Avila College has received notification that The General Achievement Test (GAT) will be rescheduled to 12 August, pending further public health advice and logistical constraints on that date. Classes will be as timetabled on Thursday 29 July.

VCAA have also advised that the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process will be used to finalise VCE results for each and every student completing one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3-4 sequence in 2021 and also for VCAL students. The process will also include assessments of the individual impact of coronavirus on each student including school closures, direct impacts on student health, ongoing issues with remote learning and mental health challenges.

Avila College staff will support students in the CED application process later in the year.

Faith & Mission 

Quiz Master

A big congratulations to Delta Rohani (9 Red) who recently participated in the Australian Society for Medical Research School Quiz (run in conjunction with Monash University) and came first for Year 9 in Victoria.  

Design Technology

Remote Learning in Action

Year 10 Design & Technology students have been analysing hoodies, t-shirts and pants to prepare for making their own in class.

Year 8’s have been counting clothes and discovering the impact their choices have. Also upcycling unwanted t-shirts into bags!

Year 7 student Heather Cassidy has penned a science inspired poem while in lockdown.

Us solid particles, we stick together don't you know, we vibrate but always stay with each other, we don't go. We make up your clothes, your books, and your nose! 

Hi, we are liquid particles, you'll see us in many articles. We often go on trips and visit our new friends, whether they're next to us or on opposite ends. We love to pop in and say hello! So now you know how we spend our days... Making up your coffee, milk and cafes! 

So much energy we are gas particles! Never know where we are going, we move to our own knowing, rarely passing buddies on the way! We flow around the place with so much speed, the fact we are too energetic is guaranteed! You can't see us but we are in the air, your fuel, your gas, but you can learn about that In class!


Wellbeing Resources

Clinical Psychologist, Author and Family Therapist Andrew Fuller has been engaged by MACS to present two free webinar sessions next week on the topic of: Supporting your child’s learning and help to get their spark back. Andrew’s webinar will help parents with practical tips on home schooling and show them how to get their kids’ mojo back by finding their particular learning strengths and identifying 10 things highly successful students do to study. He will also help parents to deal with the after-effects of 20/21 with tips and information on how to overcome anxiety in children.

Monday 26 July 26 | 1.00 - 2.00pm
Register for tickets here:
Tuesday 27 July 27 | 5.30 - 6.30pm
Register for tickets here:

The eSafety Commissioner's education and training team are offering a range of free online webinars for parents and carers. The webinars explore the latest research and offer a chance to learn more about safety online. 

Safe on Social have also published an article: Parent Tips During Lockdown.

Careers and Pathways

Interested in the Trades Industry?

Box Hill Institute are running an information evening on all things Trades: Where to now? Industry, Employment and Education Pathways – Trades Night.

Students and parents will hear from current industry speakers, including representatives from Reece Plumbing, Carpentry Australia, Women in Trades and more.
Topics include;
  • Hotspots and growth opportunities in the Trades Industry
  • Employer perspectives 
  • Success and support for Women In Trades
  • How to work with Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks
  • The Apprenticeship Support Officer program
Box Hill Campus | August 4 | 5.30-7.00pm | Register Here
Lilydale Campus | August 11 | 5.30-7.00pm | Register Here

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.

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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