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08 October 2021 Issue 25

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

This week our Year 12 Class of 2021 returned to learning on campus. It has been wonderful. There have been all the expected COVID safe measures matched with masked smiles, genuine laughter and a renewed sense of community and belonging. This cohort of students are doing us all proud.

This week also marked the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and animals. St Francis cared for all God’s creation and this is something we can all treasure in the everyday of life - even in our unusual current conditions. Our commitment to stewardship of our world binds us together and in the prayer of St Francis - make us all a channel of God’s peace.

As our Year 12 students undertake their final preparations for the end of secondary school we keep them in our thoughts and our prayers. Confident they will strive for greatness and encouraging them always to reach out.

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

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday 10 October
Mark 10: 17–31
A man asks Jesus what he has to do to enter the kingdom.

9 October
St Denis and Companions
St John Leonardi

11 October

14 October
St Callistus I

Quick Links


Public Speaking - Year Level Competition

In a world where everything seems to move so quickly, taking the time to prepare and to present a speech requires a great deal of focus and determination, and a preparedness to consider ideas from viewpoints at which we might not easily arrive. 

This year’s participants in the 2021 Public Speaking competition rose magnificently to the challenge, revealing considerable skills in communication, and performance, and most of all, a willingness to lead by example.

The competition was adjudicated by Ms Crowe, and our Public Speaking and Debating leaders (from different year levels), and we offer our congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s competition on their highly engaging presentations, and in particular, to the following students for their successful results.

Year 7 Public Speaker of the Year
Congratulations to Heidi Chang (Year 7 Public Speaker of the Year) and Amber Shums (Highly Commended). 

Year 8 Public Speaker of the Year
Congratulations to Abigail Yee (Year 8 Public Speaker of the Year) and Mahta Moradiamani (Highly Commended). 

Year 9 Public Speaker of the Year
Congratulations to Amy Dickson (Year 9 Public Speaker of the Year) and Angelina Torcasio (Highly Commended). 

Year 10 Public Speaker of the Year
Congratulations to Natasha Perera (Year 10 Public Speaker of the Year) and Luisa Oro (Highly Commended). 

Year 11 Public Speaker of the Year
Congratulations to our joint winners, Colette D'Costa and Elizabeth Dinh.

The Arts

Student Artwork

Year 8 students have produced some sensational artworks working with materials they have on hand at home. Enjoy our mini exhibition.

Rosha Ghassemieh (left) Mahta Moradiamani (right)

Madison Rose Cusdin (left) Evelyn Lam (right)

Elisha Murphy (left) Jayda Tram (right)

Jane D’Cunha


Remote Learning in Action

Year 8 Silver students have also been busy in the kitchen creating a family meal or snack. Yum!

Layla Collins – Lemon Chicken and Streamed green beans

Kheli Samaraasinghe - Mongolian Lamb and Stephanie Salim - Egg Fried Rice

Annabelle Donnelly - Fajitias

Inez Marostica - Carrot Cake

Class of 2021

Year 12 Milestone Celebration

Graduation Milestones
  • Tuesday 19 October will be the final day of classes for Year 12 students. 
  • Each Homeroom will celebrate a liturgy and the graduation during Period 4 on Tuesday 19 October.
  • Each student will be acknowledged and receive their graduation stole, certificate and photograph. 
  • In Homeroom groups, students will process out through the Stephensons Road gate as Avila staff farewell the Class of 2021.
Pre-Packaged Lunch

An individualised pre-packaged lunch and drink will be provided for Year 12 students on Tuesday 19 October. Students will then enjoy lunch together outside on their final day. 

Family Virtual Graduation Celebration

A digital copy of the virtual Graduation will be released to all Year 12 families on Tuesday 19 October. This will enable families to share in the experience - and they may choose to watch it together at their own homes with a celebratory dinner at a time that suits them. 

Wellbeing Resources

6 ideas for families to beat the lockdown blues

All families are experiencing highs and lows in lockdown, write school psychologists Kerri Rhodes, Sharon Turner and Annie Yang. They offer the six Cs to help maintain family morale. This article from the Parents website may provide some useful strategies.


PSW - New Store and Process

Avila College's uniform supplier PSW have relocated their store to 342-350 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. It is now set up as a warehouse store, so all Avila stock is kept onsite.  PSW has extended trading hours from 15 November - 12 March.
  • Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm

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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