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12 March 2021 Issue 5

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

This week has been action packed. For the first time in a year, our sports teams have been able to compete again with the relaunch of the SCSA tournaments. Congratulations to the Avila Tennis Squad who performed so well on the courts and enjoyed the chance to once again, represent our school so proudly. 

Our Year 7 students have also enjoyed their very first Avila camp experience and the chance to get to know each other, make new friends and come together as a cohort. It has been wonderful to see them embrace new skills - like rock climbing, camping under the stars and canoeing - with such enthusiasm and support for one another. While there will be some tired heads hitting the pillows tonight, there will also be some full hearts brimming with the first of many significant memories, bonds and experiences in their journey as Avila girls. 

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
In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis asks people to experience Lent with Love. To experience Lent with love means caring for those who suffer or feel abandoned and fearful. Love is a gift that gives meaning to our lives.  It enables us to view those in need as members of our own family, as friends, brothers or sisters.  A small amount, if given with love never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.  

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer

Good and loving God, source of every grace and blessing,
As we gather during this Lenten period, we place ourselves before you,
For you are filled with beauty and light and you care deeply for each one of us.
Help us to listen before speaking.
Help us to respect and understand the opinions of others.
Help us to trust one another and share with openness and vulnerability.
May your light enfold us.
May your Spirit guide us.
May your grace abound in us.
We make this prayer through
Christ Our Lord, Amen


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Sunday 14 March
John 3: 14–21

Jesus converses with Nicodemus

14-21 Mar  Catholic Education Week
17 Mar  Solemnity of St Patrick
18 Mar  St Cyril of Jerusalem (Commemoration)
19 Mar Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Quick Links

Year 10 Parents | Morrisby Career Testing 

Please Note: Accepting the recent Operoo form regarding the Morrisby Career Testing indicates that you do not want your daughter to complete the testing. A large number of students have currently been exempted. If you have accepted the Operoo in error please go back in and edit your response before 3.30pm on Monday 15 March.

Community | Faith

Project Compassion

The Avila campus was filled with music on Thursday lunchtime as students busked to fundraise for Project Compassion.

SCSA | Tennis

Tennis Champions!

Thursday marked the first SCSA tournament post-COVID, with the Avila Tennis team making their way to the Boroondara Sports Complex to commence a highly anticipated return to interschool sports. 

We were blessed with perfect weather, lifting our spirits even further. As the first round began, everyone was on top of their game with aces being served by Rachelle and Julia among others. The first round also included the beginning of our junior singles player Sophia’s undefeated streak of wins, and placing her with the Player of the Tournament award. 

Throughout the day the Avila girls played extremely well, with multiple matches being won 6-0, resulting in all three teams, Junior, Intermediate and Seniors proceeding through to the semi finals. 

Our Seniors played multiple amazing points, Avindri always giving her full power with each point, and Miah and Emily winning their doubles. 

All the girls showed great teamwork with our Intermediates performing incredibly well in their semis. Maya and Diyara played beautiful shots in their doubles and Emma smashing her singles opponent 6-1, and being awarded with the Player of the Tournament award.

Tough competition was placed on all teams, however they were no match for the skilled players in the Junior and Intermediates who proceeded to the Grand Final. And an incredible final result for both teams as they scored 1st place overall. 

Congratulations and well done to all of the girls in the Tennis team. After a tiring 7 rounds of matches everyone walked out with smiles on their faces and showed the true spirit of Avila. 

Year 7 | Marysville

Year 7 Camp

Learning and Teaching | PST

Parent-Student-Teacher Conversations

All parents/carers and students are encouraged to participate in Parent-Student-Teacher conversations for Semester 1. It is a great opportunity to discuss student goals for 2021 and students next steps for learning. 

Scheduling for 2021 has taken into consideration the need to maintain COVID-19 safe density limits and the feedback from our community about the virtual conversations held in 2020. For Semester 1 the opportunity to be onsite has been prioritised for VCE Unit 3 and 4 and Senior VCAL students. Students and parents/carers will also be able to access Careers Practitioners for drop in interviews while onsite. 

  • Face-to-face meetings onsite for only VCE Unit 3 and 4 students and Senior VCAL students on Thursday 25 March 3.30-8.30pm. Bookings will open Wednesday 17 March and close 6pm on Wednesday 24 March. 

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Wednesday 21 April 3.30-8.30. Bookings will open Wednesday 31 March and close 6pm on Tuesday 20 April. 

  • Virtual bookings for all year levels Tuesday 27 April 2.30-5.30. Bookings will open Wednesday 31 March and close 6pm on Monday 26 April. 

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

Wellbeing | Resources

Parent Webinars

The eSafety Commissioner is running a number of free webinars for parents and carers. The schedule is online here.

eSafety's parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama
This webinar will look at how parents and carers can support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships and what to do if things go wrong.

Careers | Pathways

Deakin Campus Tours 2021

Deakin University is running tours across all campuses during the Term 1 school holidays. Tours will be conducted with current Deakin students and students/families will have the opportunity to view the facilities and ask questions. 

Burwood Campus | Thursday 8 April, Tuesday 13 April
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus | Friday 9 April, Thursday 15 April
Geelong Waterfront Campus | Wednesday 14 April

Click here for more details and registration.

Faith | Community

Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Survey

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne aim for continuous school improvement. The ECSI Survey is a key element of this process. Students, parents and staff have an important voice in helping us to understand our current Catholic identity and where the school community might like to see itself in the future.The survey closes on Thursday 1 April.

Completing the Survey

  • Please click through to
  • Type in the case sensitive password Ghj654
  • Click the login button
  • Click on New User
  • In the drop down box "Select the group you belong to" click on Avila College Mt Waverley
  • Click on "Register in this research group"

Community Announcements

Mazenod Football Club

Mazenod Football Club is looking for players for the 2021 season and offering 50% off regular fees. For more information visit or email

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 Calender

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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