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23 April 2021 Issue 9

Avila College News

Welcome to Term Two!

After an extraordinary first term, I am hopeful that students, families, and staff enjoyed and celebrated Easter with some time for quiet, reflection, remembrance, and relaxation, as well as some sweet treats.

The weeks ahead are full of opportunities to engage within the Avila community. Coming up we have the Parent-Student-Teacher conversations, Creative Arts Festival, musical rehearsals, SCSA sports, debating and public speaking, new learning in subjects and much, much more.

Our Cookies and a Chat with Year 7 students have seen some animated conversations, laughter, smiles, and insights shared across the table, together with many cookies. Year 12's, you are next on the morning tea invitation list and I look forward to sharing a cuppa and conversation with you too. 

As we enter this important weekend, we will remember them.

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

Gracious and loving God, the cross of Christ is the sign of your desire for justice and peace for all.

Open our minds to your vision as we remember all who suffered through Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Grant all servicepersons who sacrificed health and life for the good of all, the gift of your deep peace.

May we who inherit the freedom for which they fought become instruments of your peace in our homes, workplaces and world. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. 

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

25 April
John 10: 11–18 The Good Shepherd.

25 April Anzac Day
26 April Feast of St Mark
27 April St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort
28 April St Peter Chanel
29 April Memorial of St Catherine of Siena

All 2021 newsletters are also published and archived on the Avila website. Click here to view.

Quick Links

Highlight of the Week

Co-Curricular | Recognition Program

Introducing NEW College Colours

The Avila College Colours Recognition Program acknowledges, celebrates and encourages contribution, commitment and excellence across a diverse range of co-curricular areas of school life. 

The new College Colours program provides additional opportunities for the formal recognition of students, over and above existing programs such as Celebration of Excellence awards, student leadership and Student of the Term.  

College Colours will be awarded annually for the following five categories: Academic, The Arts, Catholic Identity and Community, Public Speaking and Debating, and Sport.

All the details about the new College Colours program, eligibility periods, categories, points and awards are contained within the Colours Guide. Please visit the dedicated page on the Avila website or download the digital booklet here. 

Public Speaking and Debating

Parent-Student-Teacher Conversations

Due to strong demand for Parent-Student-Teacher conversations, an additional opportunity for these important conversations has been scheduled.  All parents/carers and students who were unable to make a booking are encouraged to book. It is a great opportunity to discuss student goals for 2021 and students' next steps for learning.

  • Virtual bookings for all families who have not had a conversation will be held on Tuesday 18 May 10.30am-4.30pm. 

  • Bookings will open on PAM on Friday 30 April and close 6pm on Monday 17 May. 

Classes on Tuesday 18 May will operate with the following changed arrangements:

  • An alternate timetable will operate with all classes finishing at 1.10pm

  • Years 7 to 10 will learn from home. Students unable to learn from home can register to come to school using this link and will be learning in the Resource Centre.

  • Year 10 students undertaking VCE studies can come onsite for their class. Students must sign in/out at the General Office and report to the Resource Centre to complete learning for the remaining classes if onsite.

  • Years 11 and 12 students will learn onsite. Students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 subject will undertake a practice General Achievement Test (GAT) to prepare for the GAT in June. This will operate from 2.00pm-5.15pm.

Public Speaking and Debating

The Voice

Congratulations to Year 8 student Caitlin Mujie, who successfully made it through to the National Finals of the United Nations Youth Association Public Speaking Competition called "The Voice". Thank you also to Jackie Benton for sharing some of her time and expertise on Aboriginal people with Caitlin.

The Voice Public Speaking is run by the UNYA Australia and provides young people with the opportunity to propose creative ideas to solving global issues. I had the honour of being amongst the 5 delegates representing Victoria for the national finals. 

Due to COVID restrictions, a hybrid approach was adopted, with some states conducting the event via Zoom. For Victoria, we had two days online and one onsite with the other Victorian delegates.

The three day event was packed with speeches and an array of workshops and social activities. We even had two guest speakers - a former US senator and a President of a youth not-for-profit organisation. It was an eye-opening discussion as I learnt about their struggles and how they overcame them.

On the third day, results were released. I made it into the top five of the Junior Division for the Grand Final. That moment was a mixture of joy but nerves because in two hours we had to research, plan and write a speech on the topic, ‘How can international organisations effectively respond to the rise of nationalism?’ All finalists in both divisions presented their speeches followed by a Q&A session. 

While preparing for the speech, the other delegates had Trivia and a UN Youth Representative Consult. Though I didn’t make it in the top two of my division, it was still a wondrous experience. Listening to the other speeches also gave me different perspectives and ideas.

Throughout this journey, I have enriched and improved my skills in public speaking, helped to sharpen my reasoning skills and the ability to think on my feet. It was an exciting experience. I made friends that were really supportive and the team running the event were amazing. I would like to thank my parents, Mrs Valladares, the staff and my friends that assisted me tremendously throughout the whole competition. I couldn’t have done it without them. This public speaking opportunity is open to all students from Years 7-10 and I highly encourage everyone to give it a shot. You will definitely gain from the experience.

Caitlin Mujie | 8 Silver

Curriculum | Product, Design & Technology

Year 11 Kimono Inspired Designs

Year 11 students are about to start production of their kimono inspired  outfit. Here is a sample of the designs and sketches created in the lead up to their final design.


Year 8 Fabric Totes

Year 8 students are producing their own bags by choosing small pieces of fabric and ironing them onto interfacing. They then plan their stitching and use a combination of hand and machine stitches to not only decorate but to hold the pieces together strongly to make their own fabric. 

Co-Curricular | Book Club

Come and join Book Club!


Do you like to read? Do you like to talk?
Do you like being creative?
Well book club is for you!
Come and be part of the Avila book club.
We meet every Day 7 (Tuesday) at lunchtime in the library.
Keep an eye on SIMON for book club notices.
Above are some photos of the creative book faces made in Book Club!

Wellbeing | Resources

Discussion Topics

A number of informative and useful articles have recently been published highlighting the dangers of vaping (use of e-cigarettes) in young people and how parents can discuss this meaningfully and calmly within the home environment.

Click here to access the article from ALDF. An extract from this article is included below.

Knowing Girls have also published an online article here. 

eSafety Resources

The eSafety Commissioner is offering a number of free webinars for parents and carers including a guide to parental controls and how devices and apps can be set up to help young people stay safe online. Click here to view the webinar topics and schedule.


Cookies with Dr Cotter

Year 12 Parents

Pathways to Tertiary Information Sessions

Information sessions are being held to assist students with a disability, mental illness or chronic illness to transition to university or TAFE. The sessions cover how to disclose a disability, seek out available supports and negotiate reasonable adjustments in the tertiary sector. There are also sessions designed for parents. Click here for more details.


PSW has Moved


Community Announcements

Study Space
Do you need a place to study after school? Starting 27 April, Monash Youth Services will have a dedicated study space open every Tuesday during Term 2 from 3-5pm. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Spots are limited and bookings are essential. 

To book your spot visit

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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