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1 April 2021 Issue 8

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

Today we gathered together as a Catholic and Presentation community to further prepare for Easter through our Holy Thursday liturgy. The Easter Triduum is a significant three day period in our Church year. We come together to reflect and pray as people committed to the Resurrection and all that is promised in the joy of Easter Sunday. Students led us in the Stations of the Cross through interpretation of the scripture, prayer and music.

Our last week of school has been busy and joyous. Our inaugural whole school Sports Day at Jells Park was bathed in sunshine, participation and competition. Our Sports and House Captains inspired all and PE and Sport staff coordinated a major logistics exercise - it was a great day to be an Avila person - congratulations to all!

The holiday break offers a timely opportunity to rest and reconnect, to spend time with family, friends and some solo downtime too. Taking a break away from the busyness of school life and giving ourselves permission to rest is important for us all - students, parents and staff.

Happy Easter to all.

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

Draw us forth, God of all creation.
Draw us forward and away from limited certainty into the immense world of your love.
Give us the capacity to even for a moment taste the richness of the feast you give us.
Give us the peace to live with uncertainty,
with questions, with doubts.
Help us to experience the resurrection anew with open wonder and an increasing ability to see you in the people of Easter.

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

The Easter Triduum

1 April  
Holy Thursday
John 13: 1–15 Jesus washes the feet of his disciples.
2 April  Good Friday
John 18: 1 – 19: 42 He had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.
3 April  Holy Saturday
Mark 16: 1–7 Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified, has risen.
4 April  Easter Sunday
John 20: 1–9 The teaching of scripture is that he must rise from the dead.

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Highlight of the Week

House Sports Carnival

Highlight of the Week

This week we held our first ever House Sports Carnival. The day included a range of sports that students competed in and of course lots of house spirit and impressive costumes! All the girls did an amazing job and had lots of fun.

The day was a great success and all students are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved. 

Lucy WalesYr12 Sport Captain 2021

Learning & Teaching | PST

Parent-Student-Teacher Conversations

All parents/carers and students are encouraged to participate in Parent-Student-Teacher conversations for Semester 1. Year 12 parents/careers and students who were unable to attend in Term 1 are also encouraged to make a booking. It is a great opportunity to discuss student goals for 2021 and students next steps for learning.

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Wednesday 21 April 3.30-8.30. Bookings are now open on PAM and close 6pm on Tuesday 20 April. 

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Tuesday 27 April 2.30-5.30. Bookings are now open on PAM and close 6pm on Monday 26 April. 

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

Curriculum | Religious Education

Pre-Easter Liturgy

Today as a Faith community we come together to pray and reflect on Holy Week. Students took part in a solemn liturgy focusing on the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross installations were part of the Year 9 Religious Education program, giving students the opportunity to express their ideas and reflections through art on their meaning for them today. 

Award and Recognition

Student of the Term

Congratulations to recipients of the Student of Term; Jessica Nenos Year 7, Ruby Bird Year 8, Amy Dickson Year 9, Jyothika Nair Year 10, Stella Hicks Year 11 and Prue Roach Year 12.

Curriculum | Humanities

Medieval Times

...and the Year 8 Medieval Expo continued this week with the investigation of some very interesting techniques and remedies.

Food Technology | Yr8 

Easter Scones

Hospitality | VET

Lemon Curd Easter Biscuits

Curriculum | Drama

2021 Creative Arts Festival coming soon

A sneak peak of Year 9 and 10's rehearsing for the 2021 Creative Arts Festival. This snap was taken from the balcony of the newly renovated Bunjil Auditorium.

Sport | Jells Park

Avila Sports Day

Avila's new sports day program proved to be a huge hit on Tuesday. Beautiful autumn weather along with the full Jell's Park facilities meant every student could participate in a range of fun and challenging activities. MacKillop was awarded the Avila House Spirt Award whilst the House placing for the day are as follows:
Place House Points  
1st Nagle 2109
2nd MacKillop 2063
3rd Chisholm 1680
4th Flynn 1351

Awards | Professional HALT Certification

Kelly Bunning

Congratulations to Kelly Bunning who this week was awarded a Certification of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher. One of only 12 to receive this certification in Victoria, Kelly has been inspirational in her psychology curriculum and we're extremely privileged to have her on staff.

Sport | World Record

Australian Cycling Championships

Congratulations to Sophie Marr Year 11 who last weekend competed in the Australian Cycling Championships. Team Vic did exceptionally well and walked away with a stack of medals. Sophie was in the 4000m team pursuit team that won gold and set a new Australian Record with a time of 4.33.066! Sophie also managed to grab silver in the Madison and a bronze in the individual pursuit. Great result!

Alumnae | Music

VCE Top Class Music

Alumnae Isabel Amoranto after her performance on the harp at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Library | Resource Centre

The best space

The Avila Library is always a fun place to be. Completed just before the Easter break is the latest jigsaw - 1000 pieces done and dusted!

Student | Parent Reminder

Power Outage | April 16th (school holidays)
PAM / SIMON not available

On Friday 16 April between 7am-6pm United Energy will be undertaking major works on site associated with the relocation of our electrical substation, requiring a full power outage for the College.  

College applications hosted locally will not be accessible on this day - for students and families, please be aware that PAM; SIMON; and our Community Connect Portal will be impacted. All Google applications will remain accessible (email; Google Classroom etc). Power is expected to be restored by 6pm.

Thank you for your understanding as we take another big step toward readiness for our Ballygriffin project commencement.

Term Two Gate Opening Arrangements

In response to a proposal from the Student Representative Council (SRC) and changed restrictions in relation to Covid-19, the gate opening arrangements for term two will change.

The backgate to the College which is accessible from Stephensons Road will now open at 8:00am. Any student entering the grounds via the back gate before 8.15am will need to go directly to the Resource Centre until the rest of the College buildings open at 8.15am

Arrangements for the front gates remain the same with gates opening at 8.15am

Community Announcements


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Flu-Like Symptoms

Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Please get tested and isolate at home until you receive your results.

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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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