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11 June 2021 Issue 14

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community,

A warm welcome back to onsite learning on a chilly Melbourne winter's day!

As Melbourne emerges out of lockdown we again look to each of us doing small things to help the bigger picture. Mark's Gospel this Sunday directs us to see this path too. In the Parable of the Mustard Seed we hear that "the mustard seed, the smallest of all the seeds, grows into the biggest shrub of all".

Thanks to all who continue to keep our school, families and community safe in whatever way we each can by wearing a mask, washing hands, keeping 1.5 metres distance or getting a vaccine. Each little act helps. Thank you.

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

In the midst of Winter, when the days are cold and wind can pierce, remind us of the warmth of your love.

In the midst of Winter, when days are short, dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early to remind us that in the darkness your light still shines.

In the midst of Winter, when the flowers of spring still lie hidden in the earth, when leaves are off the trees, and the world can seem bleak remind us that rejuvenation is but a short time away.

And when in our lives we feel as if we are experiencing a season of winter, reach out to us with the power of your resurrection so that we may feel the warmth of your love and see your light that alone can take away the darkness of our soul.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

13 June
Mark 4: 26–34
Parable of the mustard seed

14-20 June National Refugee Week
19 June St Romuald

New Gate Opening Times
Please note both the front and back gates to Avila College will now open for students at 8:00am each morning. We encourage use of the Stephensons Rd gate to reduce congestion in Charles St during the construction period. 

Quick Links


Our New Building Project is Starting!

Take a sneak peek into the plans for the new Ballygriffin Senior Learning Centre building project and hear more about the construction plans from Avila College Business Manager, Kristen Steer.

Learning and Teaching

Exam Updates

Year 9 Exams

All Year 9 students will undertake examinations in English, Mathematics and Science on Tuesday 15 June and Wednesday 16 June. As this is the first time the students will undertake formal examinations which are reported on, students will be undertaking examination revision in their classes. They are expected to use the techniques, strategies and tips learnt in the classroom, at home as well, to ensure they maximise their potential.

Examinations will take place in the Hall in line with COVID safe practices. When students are not undertaking examinations they will attend timetabled classes apart from Wednesday where they will undertake Careers related activities in preparation for Subject Selection. 

Year 10 Exams

The Year 10 Examination Period commences on Tuesday 15 June and concludes on Friday 18 June. Students have already received the examination timetable and should be preparing adequately. Students have also been informed about the details and procedures to follow during this period. Given the nature of the last year, subject teachers are working closely with the students to ensure that the examination period is a positive learning experience for all students. 

Students are permitted to leave the College at the end of their final examination on a particular day. However, students are NOT permitted to leave the College in between scheduled examinations and study room provisions have been made. Students are expected to attend each examination in full school uniform including their school bag.

It is absolutely essential that you notify the College should your daughter become ill during the examination period. Medical documentation must be provided in this instance. 


Learning in Action

Food Studies students embraced the challenge to create a dinner box based on Dinnerly recipes.

Year 8 | Art

Students explored sustainability in the ocean through art.

Year 8 | Humanities

Year 8 students studying remotely were set a task where they were medieval architects and the King had given them a brief to design a new castle for the royal family.

Year 7 | Remote Learning


Wellbeing Resources


Avila Archives

Flashback Friday

Avila students yet again have proven their adaptability throughout lockdown. Adaptable learning  has been a hallmark throughout our history.  Our girls have learnt in many places and in lots of ways. Whether it is basic mechanics, ceramics, Science pracs or knitting; we've got it!


Community Announcements

Flu-Like Symptoms

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

Avila Calendar

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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