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4 June 2021 Issue 13

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community,

Today we welcomed back our Year 11 and 12 students. I am once again so impressed with the resilience, positivity and can-do attitude of our students and staff. Our community continues to adapt and change as needed, embrace learning and teaching across a variety of platforms and support the health and wellbeing of all Melbournians. Thank you.

Over the coming week, we will have students and staff both on site and working at home, in line with the relevant government directives. Unfortunately we are not permitted to have visitors on site, but our General Office will be staffed and contactable via telephone. Depending on their timetable, teachers are contactable via email during the usual school day hours. 

We miss having the Year 7-10 students on campus, but hope to see them back at school soon. 

Please stay warm over the weekend and I hope you have the chance to enjoy the sun during your exercise hours when it comes out.

Stay healthy and keep safe,

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
World Environment Day is on Saturday 5 June. It is an environmental awareness day, run by the United Nations. The aim of the Day is to raise awareness of the environment and specific environmental issues.

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer

Heavenly Father, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

6 June
Mark 14: 12–16, 22–26
Jesus took bread, broke it and shared it.

09 June St Ephrem
11 June Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 
12 June Memorial of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Quick Links


SCSA Basketball

On Monday 24 May, Avila’s four SCSA basketball teams headed to MSAC for the day where they competed in multiple matches against other schools. There was lots of encouragement, cheering and enthusiasm shown when playing and supporting other teams, showcasing the proud Avila spirit!

Everyone played really well throughout the day, with all four teams advancing to the semi finals and three out of four making it into the grand final. Although many of the finals didn’t go our way, the Seniors came away with a win by just one point!

A big congratulations to Amelia Coyle from the Intermediates team who was chosen as Best Grand Final Player despite the team's loss. Overall, it was a great day and all students involved are to be congratulated on the effort they showed throughout training and on the competition day!

Stephanie Wales | Sport Captain


Public Speaking and Debating

Earlier this term Avila students were very busy competing in a number of public speaking competitions. Well done to all!
  • Kimberley Berger competed in the Ainger Peck Public Speaking Competition at Melbourne Girls' College Richmond. 
  • Emma Johnston and Amelia Pawsey competed in the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award, at Nossal High School (below).

  • Eve Feeney and Amy Dickson competed in the DAV Intermediate public speaking competition at Mentone Grammar where Amy was awarded runner up for the day, and best Year 9 speaker. 
  • We also had a number of students involved in Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition where Cythnia, Jyothika and Gisella made it through to the semi-finals in their respective categories, and Jyothika was awarded runner up for the senior category. Well done to Jeovanna Curran, Ashlyn Mamachan, Mahta Moradiamani, Monique Adolphe, Cynthia Castaneda-Moreno, Lily Shields, Natasha Forster, Samin Hamidy, Abigail Yee, Jyothika Nair, Gisella Santosa, Clodagh Brooks, Anna Kouvelas and Suhavi Singh. (below)


Remote Learning in Action

BrainSTEM students met with their mentors (scientists from different universities) over Zoom.

Year 9 | Humanities

Year 9 Humanities students are learning about the Gold Rushes.  Carmena Witham's Gold! drawing represents the digger's hard work.

Year 7 & Year 10 | Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers have been running virtual homeroom connections with their Year 7 classes. 


Wellbeing Resources

The Victorian Government has released a number of resources and links to support the wellbeing of students as they adapt their learning during coronavirus. 

These include the Feeling It series by Smiling Minds - for senior students - a 6-part series of short videos which cover essential wellbeing topics:


Learning and Teaching

Steps to Exam Success

Please check SIMON for further updates on the revised examination timetable. 

Review all SAC’s and assessment tasks to determine areas of strength and challenges
In reviewing your SAC’s and assessment tasks ensure that you ascertain whether the areas of challenge are related to poor knowledge, the application of your knowledge or your examination technique. 

Complete your summary notes for mid year exams It is helpful if you develop your notes into multiple 1 page Mind-Maps, colourful summary/concept notes for revision.
Work in 45 or 50 minute blocks. Studies have shown that if you have a small 5 minute break then spend at least 5 minutes actively reviewing that sessions work, you will improve your retainment of the information by over 50% and by over 90% if you review the work each week before the exam.
Master how to stress less by gently breathing in through your nose feeling the breath travel down to inflate the lower abdomen. Slowly release the air to “leak” back up and out through the nose. Try to slow down the breathing with each consecutive breath and repeat at least ten times.
Aim to eat a small, balanced and nutritious meal every 3-5 hours.
By doing this you will help to manage your blood sugar levels which will in turn go a long way to maintaining your energy levels, keep your mood elevated and hunger at bay.

Avila Archives

Flashback Friday

Last week, the Reconciliation Group acknowledged Sorry Day at Avila.  The REC Group has a long and proud history at our College. It was begun by Anne Vadiveloo, was led for many years by Chris Valladares and continues to be a voice of honour and integrity at Avila.

Avila also had some famous visitors in the 90s. Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter came to perform for students.

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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