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25 March 2022                A visual showcase of school life this week at Avila

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Parent Student Teacher Conversations

Bookings Open Today

A reminder that bookings for Parent Student Teacher Learning Conversations open today.

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Thursday 31 March 3.30pm-8.30pm. Bookings will open from 3pm on Friday 25 March and close 5pm on Wednesday 30 March. 

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Tuesday 26 April 3.30pm-8.30pm. Bookings will open from 3pm on Friday 25 March  and close 5pm on Monday 25 April. 

These days will operate with shortened periods with students finishing at 1.10pm. 

Click here to download the Parent Booking Instructions.

If a teacher is fully booked once the bookings have opened, please email pstconversations@avilacollege.vic.edu.au with your daughter's full name, year level and the name of the teacher you would like to speak with.

Year 10

City Inquiry Reminders

A reminder that the Year 10 City Inquiry program begins next Friday 1 April at the College. Students should dress in full academic uniform, including blazer, for the duration of the program. Students will need a MYKI card with sufficient funds to travel to and from the city. If a student is unwell and unable to participate in the daily program, a parent or guardian should contact the General Office on 9831 9600 by 8.00am. Detailed information was shared with families in the Operoo.

Co-Curricular

SCSA Swimming and Diving 

Reconciliation Group

Close the Gap

Religion & Society

Interfaith Religion Excursion

Year 11 Religion and Society classes went on an excursion with the Interfaith Network of Dandenong and visited Islamic Mosques, Buddhist and Taoist Temples, Orthodox churches and Sikh Temples. 

Avila in Action

Our Week in Pictures

Year 10's jumped on their broomsticks to play Quidditch.
Rotary presented Elizabeth Dinh and Sophie Marinis with their Lions Youth of the Year awards. 
Students participated in Round One of the DAV Debating Competition. Seven of the nine Avila teams won their debates!
VCAL students designed vision boards to help guide their senior school journey.
Year 7 students got creative in the Art studio.
Year 11 students discovered what it was like to be an Avila Executive for the day.
Students shared their cultures at Cultural Diversity Week.
The newly renovated Art Annexe opened for classes.
Repurposed fabric was used to create comfort cushions.

Cultural Diversity Week

Happy Persian New Year!

Rosha Ghassemieh, 9 Red

As someone who grew up in Iran, I always found my culture's traditions unique and special to my family. As part of the Avila community, I thought it would be great to share our traditions, especially since the Persian New Year was on Monday!

As Iran is in the Northern Hemisphere, the new year starts at the beginning of spring, and this year, it is even more special due to the fact that in the Persian calendar, a whole new century has begun. This year, we celebrate the year of 1401. Now it might sound a bit weird that the year is only 1401 because Iran is quite an old country; the actual reason behind the date is that it is the official years since Prophet Muhammed migrated from Mecca to Madina, in 622 ce. 

Back to common time, in Persian, we call the New Year “Nowruz”. Nowruz has been celebrated in Iran and the Persian diaspora for more than 3,000 years. Nowruz is celebrated by many traditional melodies, deep spring cleaning of homes, wishing others good luck, countdowns to the new year, dancing, the elderly giving gifts and a very important factor, “The Haft-sin”. The Haft-sin lies on multiple Persian tables in Iranian homes. Technically speaking, it is a table arrangement of 7 (Haft in persian) physical symbolic items whose names start with S in the Persian alphabet (sin). So, you would have 7 items starting with the letters on your table to mark the beginning of spring. Especially in the northern hemisphere where in winter cities are covered in thick blankets of snow, the Haft-sin brings warmth into all homes and shows that spring is finally here, and that it's time for flowers to bloom and for all to be active again.

I wish you the very best in this coming year. No matter what culture, we can all share traditions and our joyous times. If you would like to find out more or have questions, please feel free to email me personally and let me know what you think!

It couldn’t be more of a blessing to be able to share this information in harmony and cultural diversity week. Thank you and Happy New Year everyone!

Avila Archives

Flashback Friday

Catholic Social Teaching is very important to all at Avila College. As a reflection of this, Avila's Reconciliation Group has a long and proud history. It all began in 1979, when Jane Turner of Santa Teresa, NT, came to Avila as a student. The Rec Group has committed itself to 'Closing the Gap' since the Apology of 2008, and this was celebrated this week.  
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Avila College acknowledges the Wurundjeri People as the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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