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15 October 2021 Issue 25

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

Next week the Class of 2021 will be graduating. Their resilience, commitment and good humour during such an unusual senior school experience has been extraordinary. As individuals they have adapted to all the challenges presented and as a cohort, have exhibited a keen sense of community spirit and genuine connectedness throughout their time at Avila. They have journeyed with us, dared themselves to do, opened their hearts and hands and shown that we really are better together. This year they have been the light for each other and a beacon of brightness and hope for all the year levels. While they will be missed, they will always be part of the rich tapestry that is Avila, just as Avila will be part of them too. We wish them well as they prepare for their VCE exams and finalise VCAL and VET competencies and we remind them to reach out to their teachers and wellbeing staff in the coming weeks.

Tonight we look forward to celebrating our sporting stars in the annual Sports Awards Night. This year it is a premiere virtual event, with special guest, Olympic Kayaker, Warwick Draper. It is sure to be another great community celebration, so don't miss out - log on to our youtube channel at 7pm to be part of it all. 
Today is St Teresa of Avila's Feast Day. Our patron saint and namesake's legacy and spirit continues to live on and shine brightly in our small corner of the world. We remember St Teresa for her faith filled life and dedication to teaching others about how to pray and having a relationship with God. One of the first female Doctors of the Church, she was a mystic, writer and a poet and we draw strength from her eloquence: Let nothing disturb you...if you have God you will want for nothing.

Thanks to all members of the Avila community for your ongoing support of each other and the broader community.

Stay 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

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer

Lord, grant that I may always allow myself
to be guided by You,
always follow Your plans,
and perfectly accomplish Your Holy Will.

Grant that in all things,
great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever You require of me.

Help me respond to the slightest prompting of Your Grace,
so that I may be Your trustworthy instrument for Your honour.

May Your Will be done in time
and in eternity by me, in me, and through me.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday 17 October
Mark 10: 35–45
Whoever aspires to greatness must serve the rest

15 October
Memorial of St Teresa of Jesus

16 October
St Hedwig
St Margaret Mary Alacoque

18 October
Feast of St Luke

19 October
Memorial of Ss John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues
St Paul of the Cross


Quick Links


Premiere Tonight - 2021 Sports Awards 2021

Who will be Avila's Sportswomen of the Year?
Avila College's Sports Awards premieres tonight at 7.00pm.
Watch it here:

The Arts

Creativity at Avila

Year 9 Studio Arts students have been working at home manipulating papers (wrapping paper, magazines and pages from old text books). They used quilling and coiling techniques to create either a purposeful or decorative artform.

Year 12 students held a mini exhibition of their final year works in the Avila art studios, displaying an exciting array of diverse creative mediums and expression. 


Learning in Action

Year 8 students have been getting creative with their Black Death studies.

Year 12 Food Studies students completed a revision breakfast bash to revise concepts for the exam and had the chance to enjoy eating their work together.  


Educational Publishing Award

Congratulations to Avila College Teacher, Carla Catanzariti, who co-wrote the text book Ecco! Senior which won the 2021 Educational Publishing Award in the Secondary Student Resource category. 

The judges said the book was authentic, meaningful and carefully written; building students’ confidence as they progress through the course. Highlights include the expertly produced digital resources and thought provoking intercultural and critical thinking prompts that extend students beyond just learning a language.

Congratulations Carla!


Year 7 Students | 2nd HPV Vaccine

The Monash Council Immunisation Service have released another two community school sessions for Year 7 students to receive their HPV 2nd dose if they haven’t already attended previously or organised the vaccine privately. 

The Monash Council Immunisation sessions will be conducted at the Mount Waverley Community Centre on  Tuesday 19 October and Wednesday 20 October. Please click on the following links to make an appointment:
Tuesday 19 October | 4pm-7pm  

Wednesday 20 October  
Please note the current ATAGI recommendation is to have 7 days between the COVID vaccine and any other vaccine.


Online Learning at School

Year 7-11 students will be learning from home until at least October 26. However, onsite supervision at Avila College is available for vulnerable children and children of authorised workers.

Students approved for online learning at school will be supervised and required to:
> meet the health criteria 
> attend for the normal school day hours from 8.35am-3.15pm 
> sign in and out at the Avila College General Office
> adhere to strict physical distancing rules on campus
> wear a face mask
> bring their own lunch/snacks, water bottle and headphones (for virtual sessions)
> follow their individual timetable for the day
> follow all directives given by College staff.

To apply, please complete and submit the form below.

Please email any queries to

Face Masks

Face masks are now mandatory. Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5m.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Please get tested and isolate at home until you receive your results.
For the latest public exposure sites in Victoria please click here. 

Avila Calender

Jump on the Avila website to download your 2021 diary directly to your digital devices.
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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