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19 February 2021 Issue 2

Avila College News

Welcome Back!

Dear Avila Community

The rhythm of school life is one of ebbs and flows. Regular and predictable routines can be quickly energised with a new idea, activity or concept emerging unexpectedly. Our transition to and from remote learning is a great example of this. As Avila people we are incredibly flexible, adaptable and responsive. We see the learning horizon ahead; change the things we can to better meet our needs, accept what we cannot change and forge ahead, strong in our belief that we can all learn and grow. 

The Lenten period that we have embarked on is a strong reminder of how we can take time out to consider who and how we are our best selves for each other, for our own sense of self and for our Catholic and Presentation community. Thanks to students, staff and families for your engagement with each other. We look forward to keeping on learning and growing together.

Happy Learning!

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

Our Lenten Journey

God Our Father 
Be with us as we enter into the wilderness we call Lent.
A time of denial, for stripping back to the essentials;
A time of charity, for becoming good news for others;
A time of prayer, for rediscovering you close at hand.
Send your angels to look after us 
As you did for Christ our Lord.


Faith & Mission

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli


To mark the beginning of the school year, Archbishop Peter has written to school communities in the Archdiocese of Melbourne to offer his prayerful best wishes for the year ahead. Read the Message from Archbishop Peter.

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Gospel Reading

Sunday 21 February
Mark 1: 12–15
After forty days in the desert, Jesus proclaims the reign of God.

20 Feb UN World Day of Social Justice
22 Feb Feast of The Chair of St Peter
23 Feb St Polycarp (Commemoration)

Quick Links

Avila Student Leadership

Highlight of the Week

From Last Week...
In this, the second week of Term 1, students have well and truly returned to study with the characteristic enthusiasm and positivity of Avila girls. This week, the school was able to gather in groups to celebrate the Opening of School Mass, as well as the Commissioning of the 2021 Leaders. 

The leaders were hard at work discussing subjects of importance in their portfolio area at a leadership seminar on Monday morning. They designed action plans for the year ahead, and listened to inspiring speakers including Dr Cotter and Avila alumnae Sinead Coulter. The Commissioning of Leaders that took place is a recognition of their work already begun, as well as much more to come. It was also a reminder to the leaders of their responsibility to “Be the Light” and lead the way at Avila.

The Opening School Mass afforded another highlight to the Year 12's in the school community, their last ever. They dived into the celebrations - in particular the rehearsal mass - with zest and enthusiasm, revelling in the familiar songs, embracing new ones with just as much vigour and experienced a rite of passage in their passionate rendition of the Avila Hymn.

Julia Grubnic | College Co-Captain

This Week...

This week we all endured online learning from Monday to Wednesday, however the Avila community began a familiar journey with their heads up high. Of course we were not alone. The Year 12 Co-Captains organised "Year 7 Lockdown Lunchtimes" where Year 7's and Year 12 leaders would play games together such as Kahoot, Among Us and This gave the Year 7's opportunities to meet new friends and have company during their lunchtime breaks.

During lockdown, we also celebrated Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Students celebrated Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes at home and sharing it on the "BE THE LIGHT" Google Classroom. People made pancakes in different colours, shapes and sizes. It seems that there are a few chefs in the Avila community!

On Thursday, we all came back from online learning and what a relief that was. The Avila spirit was better than ever! Thursday lunchtime our Year 12 Drama captains, Amelia Pawsey and Ebony Johnson, held a dance workshop to prepare for the upcoming MATCO production of We Will Rock You. People of different skill levels came together and shared the passion of dance, or at least the passion of trying something new. Other students participated in Swimming, Athletics, Indoor Cricket and Aerobics trials this week too. From Year 7, eager to participate in their first Avila sport team, to Year 12, trying to hold on to their last chance to play on the field, everyone came together to play the game they love.

The Avila spirit was vibrant this week, whether we were at home or on campus. We wish everyone a good week and hope everyone stays safe during this time!

Martina Go | College Co-Captain

Learning | Tutoring

Tutoring Initiative

The remote learning experience was different for every student. While some students thrived, some students may not have engaged fully with remote learning. As you may be aware, the Victorian Government’s Tutor Learning Initiative has been established to engage tutors in 2021 to support students who need extra assistance with their learning.

College staff will work together to identify students whose learning was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include the analysis of student voice data, results from standardised tests and school assessment tasks, and teacher judgement. Sessions will be run during the school day and students may be withdrawn from their timetabled class to work with the tutor. Regular attendance at tutoring sessions is important to maximise the impact of this support.

Families of students identified for tutoring will be contacted via Operoo.

Learning | VCE Psychology

Learning in Action

Epidemiologist and World Health Organization advisor Professor Mary-Louise McLaws discussed statistics and the use of data in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic with VCE Psychology students.

Learning | Year 8 Food Technology

Learning | Year 9 Drama

The Year 9 Drama class enjoyed an Incursion of the performance style Commedia dell'Arte with Rosa Campagnaro from "Make a Scene".  Students were able to trial the masks of the well-known Stock Characters, learn how to form the appropriate shapes and gestures of the style and understand how to improvise their own comedic "Lazzi" or short scenarios of slapstick stage business. 
Learning | Year 12 LAVP
Year 12 students shared what they like about remote learning in their online LAVP (Pastoral) class this week. 


Free Webinars and Resource Links

eSafety has scheduled new March dates for the Cyberbullying and online drama webinar for parents and carers. This webinar looks at how to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships and what to do if things go wrong.


Alumnae News

Courting Success

Two members of Avila's Class of 2020 have been awarded Basketball Scholarships at Division 1 Colleges. Hannah Rapp is currently playing at St Mary’s College near San Francisco and Elly Morgan is heading to Florida International University later in 2021.Congratulations Hannah and Elly!

Collection Notice for Parents/Guardians

2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information

As mandated by the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth), each year, Avila College is required to provide the Department of Education, Skills and Employment with the following information about each student at the school:

  • Names and residential addresses of students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s)
  • Student residential address (excluding student names)
  • Whether the student is a primary or secondary student(education level)
  • Whether the student is boarding or a day student (boarding status).
Read more detail here.


Traffic Management

When dropping off or picking up students, please be mindful of Avila's neighbours, the traffic direction and the school bus zones. 

Celebrating 200 Years

Bicentenary of Catholic Education 

Community Announcements

Clayton Festival

This year the Clayton Festival is going online with a digital program including these youth friendly events.
Online Trivia:
A night of trivia, challenges and live music, with prizes to be won! Register to join on Zoom on Wednesday 24 February from 5.00pm-6.30pm.
Origami Workshop:
Get crafty with an origami workshop and participate in a conversation on the ancient art of folding while you create your finished sculpture. Michael Clonaris and Monash Youth Services guide you through folding techniques and crazy kawaii creations. Register via to join on Zoom on Monday 22 February from 5.00pm-6.30pm.

Page Turner Project

The Avila Library is collecting pre-loved books and educational materials for the Page Turner Project.  Donations will go to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, West Welcome Wagon and the Give a Textbook Foundation, where they will be sent to disadvantaged communities in Australia and remote schools in the Philippines.

Face Masks

Face masks are now mandatory in all indoor situations. 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

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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