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19 March 2021 Issue 6

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

It's been another exciting and busy week at Avila. Amongst the many and varied lunch time and after school activities there have been students recognising Closing the Gap, Harmony Week and standing up against Bullying.

I've continued Cookies and a Chat with Year 7's and learnt even more about their favourite thing about Avila so far...Junior Drama Club, REC Group, the Library at lunch time, Science, Maths, the Cafe, homeroom, Peer Helpers...and the list continues...eating Cookies with Dr Cotter got a mention too! 

Best wishes for a restful weekend to all. As we wear orange and green today for the National Day of Action Against Bullying I am very proud of our Peer Helpers and Wellbeing leaders who continue to find ways to further enhance our learning community. 

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

God Our Father,
Creator of all people.
Teach us to see your image and likeness in all our neighbours of every race and religion.
We thank you for the diversity of race and culture within our school and broader. community.   
Grant that we may always promote the justice and acceptance that ensures lasting peace and harmony.
May we continue to show respect to all people and find the true meaning of peace as proclaimed by Christ.  
Lord, help us to remember and appreciate all people, as one country with many stories. 

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Sunday 21 March
John 12: 20–33

Jesus foretells of his death and resurrection

21 Mar  National Harmony Day
22 Mar  World Water Day
23 Mar  St Turibius of Mogrovejo (Commemoration)
25 Mar St Oscar Romero
25 Mar Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord

Quick Links

Formative Review | Dr Cotter

On 22 and 24 March 2021 a panel consisting of Mr Christopher Bence, Regional Leadership Consultant MACS Northern Region, Ms Mary Farah Principal of St. Aloysius College, North Melbourne, Ms Filina Virgato Regional Leadership Consultant MACS Western Region will be conducting a Formative Review of Avila College's Principal, Dr Michelle Cotter. The purpose of this review is to provide feedback to Michelle in her role as Principal of Avila College, to provide commendations and affirmations of what Michelle has achieved, and to make recommendations as to where Michelle can further grow in her role.
To assist with the above process, there will be a virtual session for parents who wish to participate. All responses will remain confidential to the panel.

The Parents Group Interview will be held by Zoom on
Wednesday 24 March 
Time:  9.30-10.00am

If you would like to be involved, please forward an expression of interest here.

Highlight of the Week

This Thursday the Avila Community celebrated Close the Gap Day. The Close the Gap campaign aims to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and is a highly regarded movement that has shaped government policy. 

To acknowledge the Day, Avila girls joined together in St Teresa’s garden for some Indigenous face painting, nail painting, temporary tattoos and not to mention some very important petition signing that will help Indigenous Australians health and wellcare getting closer to closing the gap!

This week we also celebrated Harmony week which is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.

Avila acknowledged Bulling No Way! which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.

On Friday, we had a casual clothes day where girls wore blue, green or orange which are the respective colours for these organisations and in the stand against bullying. Through this girls brought a gold coin donation to which all the money went to Caritas, helping Avila reach our goal of $6000. Thank you to all the girls that donated. We really appreciate it! Keep up the great work. 

Caitlin Grima and Monica Fazzino
Faith and Mission Captains

Curriculum | Year 9 Enviro

Terrariums, a little slice of nature indoors

SCSA | Indoor Cricket

Cricket Champions!

This week we had a junior, intermediate and senior team participate in the inter-school Indoor cricket tournament held at Boxhill indoor center. This has been the culmination of many weeks of hard work from all involved and I’d like to thank all the students who participated with great energy and excellent sportsmanship throughout selection, training and the tournament itself. 

Our Junior team had an extremely successful day winning their age group. They played 3 rounds winning all of their games and then qualified for finals taking out the grand final win with a score of (not sure). A special mention and congratulations to Jessica Hoogeveen and Stephanie Wales for being selected as Most Valuable Players of their matches.

The Intermediates also had a good day but unfortunately missed out on finals after only getting one win in the early rounds but still put in an amazing amount of effort and were very supportive of the other teams. In their final game for 3rd and 4th they took the win with a score of (not sure). The seniors also had a very successful day winning their grand final against Marter Christie. They had only won 2 out of the 3 games losing the first game by a mere run, but still managed to make the finals. It all came together for them in the final keeping the opposition to only 29 runs. 

Overall it was a very successful day for Avila, coming away with wins in 2 of the 3 sections and everyone having participated with such great spirit. Thank you Mr Pulvirenti (Juniors), Ms Bauman (Intermediates) and Mr Roberts (Seniors) for giving up time each week to help each team train and reach their potential on the day. 
Avila Cricket Captain Olivia Thomas

Community | Faith 

Project Compassion

There are only a couple of weeks left for our annual Project Compassion fundraiser.  If you would like to donate to Project Compassion you can donate to our Avila Caritas Page.


Close the Gap Day

VCE Unit 3 & Senior VCAL | PST

Parent-Student-Teacher Conversations

We encourage all VCE Unit 3 and Senior VCAL parents/carers and students to participate in a face-to-face learning conversation with their teacher/s to discuss the continuous feedback that has been provided on SIMON/PAM and what the next steps for learning are.

Careers Practitioners will be available to talk with parents/carers and students in the Careers Hub.

Face-to-Face and Zoom options

  • We encourage conversations to be face-to-face meetings onsite at the College. Conversations can be held virtually on Zoom if parents/carers and students are unable to attend. Each conversation will run for 7 minutes to facilitate a smooth transition to the next appointment.
  • Additional opportunities for virtual conversations will be available in Term 2 on Wednesday 21 April and Tuesday 27 April. Bookings for these two opportunities will be released in due course.
Come Prepared
To ensure that the conversations are meaningful and targeted, we encourage you to read through all the feedback provided on SIMON/PAM before your scheduled session.

Book Your Session
Learning conversations are scheduled for:
  • Thursday 25 March
  • Wednesday 21 April (bookings will be available in due course)
  • Tuesday 27 April (bookings will be available in due course)
To book your session, please log into PAM. Bookings will close at 6.00pm the day before.

If you encounter any problems using PAM please contact our IT Help Desk, via phone on 9831 9600 or email


Harmony Week and National Day of Action Against Bullying

Year 7's created a chain of action and support against Bullying on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and students celebrated diversity with chalk drawings on Harmony Day.
School Tours

Welcoming our community!

For the first time in over 18 months, Avila was able to welcome prospective families on campus for school tours. Thank you to our Ambassadors and VET Hospitality students.

Know someone who'd like to do a tour? Simply book online 

Year 10 Parents | Morrisby Career Results

This week all Year 10 students were offered the opportunity to complete the Morrisby Careers Quiz. This is one of many resources used to support students as they explore their future pathways. Students will receive the results of the quiz in an interview with a Careers Teacher in Term 2 and will then be able to share the results with others.

If your daughter was absent for the quiz please encourage her to complete it over the school holidays. All students were emailed the required links and codes on 16th March.

Careers | Pathways

Calling all Foodies!

Looking for a fun experience during the holidays that involves food?

Come witness an Angliss first, a student and teacher compete in the ultimate cake decoration contest. See how they keep up under pressure, and at the end of the session, you can ask about life as an Angliss student and how you can make your start in the Food industry.

For future butchers, bakers, patissiers, chefs and food technicians – you don't want to miss this event! William Angliss Teacher Vs Student Cook Off

Health Centre

We have been notified of a case of scabies in the community. If your daughter is exhibiting symptoms such as red bumps or blisters on the skin which are very itchy, please click this link for more information and contact your General Practitioner (GP).

On Thursday 27 March, in the 15 minute waiting period after Year 7 immunisations, students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a short survey from the City of Monash relating to the Monash Active Recreation Opportunities Strategy. The survey is voluntary with paper and pens provided.

Community Announcements

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.

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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