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18 February 2022 

Dear Avila Community,

I often hear students and staff use the word 'community' when asked about what Avila means to them or what is special about their school. It is wonderful to hear and last night we were delighted to share that community spirit with the newest members of our Avila family at the Year 7 Welcome Mass. The sun was out and shined brightly for our liturgical celebration on the Lawn, and what a wonderful sense of community we shared. 

Thank you to Father Michael for leading our service and our Director of Faith and Mission, Kelly Bunning for organising such an inviting and inclusive ceremony that was the perfect culmination of the Year 7 Reflection Day.

As we navigate our 'new normal', we are especially thankful for these joyful occasions when we can be together in person and celebrate the spirit of community that is Avila.

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

Light of Welcome

Loving God, author of all gifts;

We praise and thank you for all the gifts you have entrusted to us.

Pour out your Spirit upon us so that we may form a faith community that recognises and promotes the gifts in all people so that we may all share in the mission of Jesus.

Inspire us to be a school that is welcoming and accepting.

May our faith community nurture and commission all members to live our particular gifts. 

Give us the courage to be the light of welcome, a voice of gentleness and an outstretched hand of love.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Gospel Reading

Sunday 20 February
Luke 6: 27–38
Love your enemy.

Sunday 27 February
Luke 6: 39–45
Take the plank from your eye.

22 Feb The Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle
23 Feb Saint Polycarp
01 Mar Shrove Tuesday
02 Mar Ash Wednesday

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Avila College

Learning in Action

Inspired by Matisse, Year 11 Studio Arts students worked with still life compositions.
Year 9 students learnt about Pythagoras theorem.
Year 8 students created poly sculptures to float
In Mathematics, Year 7 students drew rockets using protractors to accurately measure the angles.

Learning and Teaching

Tutoring Initiative Update 2022

The remote learning experience was different for every student. While some students thrived, some students may not have engaged fully with remote learning and some students will understandably have gaps in their knowledge and understandings. As you may be aware, the Victorian Government’s Tutor Learning Initiative has been extended to engage tutors in 2022 to support students in their learning.

College staff will work together to identify students whose learning was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will include the analysis of student voice data, results from standardised tests and school assessment tasks, and teacher judgement. Sessions will be run during timetabled classes for Years 7 to 12 with Year 11 and 12 students having access to additional group tutoring during common study periods on Wednesdays after lunch and Friday Day 10. Regular engagement at tutoring sessions is important to maximise the impact of this support.  Families of students identified for tutoring will be contacted via Operoo.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students at all stages of the learning continuum to receive targeted teaching and feedback, and to develop their confidence as learners. 

Public Speaking and Debating

Lions Club Youth of the Year Competition - A Tie!

On Sunday 13 February, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the Lions Club’s annual Youth of the Year Public Speaking Competition. The day started off early at 9:30am with an interview where we were required to outline our passions and interests, and to answer a series of questions on current issues. After an extended break, we presented two impromptu speeches, followed by prepared speeches, on a topic of our choosing. We chose to discuss the effects of xenophobia and racist atitiudes toward Asian people in Australia.

After the two years of COVID forcing all competitions to move to online formats, we were very excited to finally participate in an in-person competition again. The organisers of the event, The Lions Club of Mount Waverley, were very welcoming and warm towards both of us, which made competing a lot more enjoyable. We were able to gain insight into a range of important issues from around the world whilst also enjoying the chance to chat with knowledgeable members of the club.

We are very grateful to start off the year with a competition where we both tied for the Public Speaking award. We feel very lucky to have received this achievement and have every hope that the rest of the year will be as good!
Elizabeth Dinh and Sophie Marinis
Year 12 Public Speaking and Debating Captains
DAV Training Workshop
This week, a team of twelve keen and excited Year 9 debaters attended an online workshop run by the Debaters’ Association of Victoria.  Attended by students from all across Victoria, the workshop outlined strategies to assist new and returning debaters prepare for the upcoming debating season. Participants examined the key ideas involved in the topic for round one, reviewed some debating terminology, and learnt how best to structure their speeches. With a little work, they’ll be ready for another great year of debating!

By Abigail Yee (Yr 9 Public Speaking and Debating Captain) with Jordan Kharbat and Emily Zhang

Year 7 

Reflection Day and Welcome Mass

On Thursday the Year 7 students 'ignited the flame' during their Reflection Day. They immersed themselves in the Presentation values and explored the stories of Nano Nagle and St Teresa of Avila. A beautiful Mt Waverley sunset closed our day, bringing parents and families together with a Eucharist celebrated by Fr Michael Buck from St Patrick's Cathedral. 

Year 10 

Parent Information Evening

The Year 10 Parent Information Evening is scheduled for Thursday 24 February from 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Parents will have the opportunity to meet their daughter's Homeroom Teacher, discover the new City Inquiry project and learn about the Year 10 program at Avila College.

Please register for the Year 10 Parent Information Evening via the following link:


The Online Safety Youth Advisory Council

eSafety is establishing an Online Safety Youth Advisory Council for young people aged 13 to 24 years.

The Council will provide advice to Government about issues that young people experience online and explore ways of supporting them to have positive online experiences. It will also inform eSafety's youth policies and programs. 

Applications are now open to anyone aged 13 to 24 years who is passionate about helping young people have positive experiences online.

Applications to join the Council are open from 14 February to 14 March 2022. 
Click here for the application form.

Community Announcements

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