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14 May 2021 Issue 11

Avila College News

A Celebration of Creativity

The depth and breadth of creative talent within our Avila community never ceases to amaze and inspire. Last night's premiere performance of the Creative Arts Spectacular in the recently renovated Bunjil was a truly fabulous showcase of student talent, imagination and dedication. It was a genuine celebration of creativity with a dazzling display of drama, music, dance, song and digital art bringing Van Gogh's Starry Night to life, right here in Mt Waverley. 

Congratulations to all the students involved both on stage and behind the scenes. From lighting to choreography, stage direction and props, all those rehearsals and your hard work resulted in a 'Spectacular' production. We can't wait to enjoy it again tonight and tomorrow. 
In more creative news, our inaugural Lantern Project took flight this week. Students from Years 8 and 9 identified as high achievers in literacy and the visual arts have embarked on a writing and illustration journey that will in coming weeks see new publications come to life. Once again, this week has been full of colour and laughter at recess and lunch as Year 12 students join me for a cuppa and a chat. What a great group of young Avila people they are.

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
Thank you to Jane Ie from 9 Pink who wrote this week's prayer. 

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer

Dear God,
As risen Jesus, you O God appeared to the frightened disciples and offered the peace of God, granting them hope, courage and confidence in facing the life situations.

We draw to your presence our gracious God, and pray for the situation in India at the moment. We specially pray for people who are reeling in fear, anxiety and distress because of COVID.

You are our Good Shepherd, and grant your comfort and peace to all people in India. May your healing be on this world, and help us to know that you are a God, who is constantly walking with us.

We specially pray for our grandfathers and grandmothers and for all their generation, who have been vulnerable, grant them your peace and healing. We remember people whose mental health is affected, who are in trauma, who are in a panicking situation with what is happening around, help us to recognise you in our boat to still the storm and let your peace, love and grace prevail in all our lives.

We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. 

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

2 May
John 16: 15–20
Jesus commissions the eleven, ascends to heaven.

14 May Feast of St Matthias
18 May St John I
21 May St Bernadine of Siena

REMINDER | Year 7 - 10 Learning from home on Tuesday 18 May
On Tuesday 18 May, Parent Student Teacher Conversations will run from 10.30-4.30pm. Year 7-10 students will be learning from home and Year 11-12 students will finish early at 1.10pm. Conversation bookings close on Monday 17 May at 5pm.

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Be The Light

HighLight of the Week

The scripts are finished, the costumes are ready, the brand new Bunjil theatre is ready to Go! That’s right, it’s Creative Arts week! Last night we opened our 2021 Creative Arts Festival with the first of four sold out performances! This year’s festival ‘Starry Night’ inspired by Van Gogh’s Post Impressionist painting, features music performances, Drama skits and dances of every style.

The best part? All our dances and drama performances have been completely student written, directed and choreographed. Students have worked so hard over the last four months to create this magical show! I personally am so proud of the way students have committed themselves to rehearsals, learned lines and rehearsed material in their own time. It is a massive credit to their work ethic and passion for the arts and has really paid off as this show has turned out to be amazing!

A massive shoutout to all the amazing teachers who have helped put this performance together as well as the team of student leaders, musicians, artists directors and choreographers who have given up so much of their time during the last 4 months to put this show together. Thank you to all the students who are participating in the performances and also our amazing audiences filled with friends and family who are coming to support us during our shows!

Last night was magical and we can’t wait to keep this magic alive for the next three sold out shows over the weekend! Hope to see you all there!

Amelia Pawsey Drama Captain

Rehearsals | Behind the Scenes

Australian Education Awards | 2021

Secondary School Teacher of the Year

We are delighted and proud to announce that Avila College's Director of Improvement, Catherine Spurritt  is a finalist in the Australian Education Awards under the category of Secondary School Teacher of the Year (Non Government School).

Nominations for the award are received from all over Australia and Catherine was not only nominated, but is a finalist together with just eight other teachers. Congratulations Catherine, and we look forward to the final announcement in August.

Year 10 | English

Learning in Action

In Year 10 English we have been studying Macbeth. We recited the potion scene and each student had a prop that represented each ingredient that was for the witches cauldron. Eva Periac

Year 8 | Design Technology

Year 7 | Art

Sport | Equestrian 

Show Jumping!

Boneo Park! It’s the premier equestrian centre in Victoria. It was a privilege to ride there, especially as I got to represent my school in the Victorian Equestrian Interschools Showjumping (VEIS) competition on May 7th. It was my second showjumping competition which in itself was daunting. I entered the division ‘Improvers’ which was the height of 75 - 85cm, the highest course of jumps we (my horse Taj and I) had ever done. However I knew I had nothing to lose, and only experience to gain. Also I have such deep trust and faith in Taj, that overall I was really looking forward to this challenge together.

The day started at 4am, as there was much organising to be done. We got to Boneo Park at 6am which gave me plenty of time to prepare Taj and to warm up properly. The competition started promptly at 8am. That's when the nerves hit! 
We placed 8th out of 40 competitors and I couldn’t be happier! My little mare gave me her all, and we learned so much more about showjumping and competing. I feel incredibly lucky to have her as not only my team mate, but my best friend! I am so proud of her and can't wait to do this again in September.
Lucy Bryce | 7 Silver

Community | STEM

Seeking STEM experts

Following the success of our 2020 "Zoom Shark Tank" with our Year 7 students, we are again looking for parents and alumni who work in STEM-related roles to support the learning of our students.

The time commitment is approximately 60 minutes on Tuesday 15 June and all volunteers are required to have a valid Working With Children Check. If you are able to assist, please email Catherine Spurritt, Director of Improvement:

Pathways | Careers

Information Events

Please remember to sign up for information events covering all post school options via the Avila Careers Website. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, on-campus events will probably not run at all this year so the webinars offered may be the only way to find out about areas of interest and to explore what is on offer.

Year 10 and 11 students are encouraged to participate in at least 3 events a year.

On the Avila careers website (very last link on the SIMON homepage) click on the Important Info link and then the calendar of events.  By clicking on each event you can read details of the event, timing and follow the direct link to register. 

Community Announcements

Year 12 Theatre Studies Play

The Year 12 Theatre Studies class will present their performance of Hecuba, a one-act Greek tragedy by Euripides, on Monday 24 May at 7:00pm in Bunjil Creation Centre at Avila. This is a student-directed and produced performance. Tickets to this show are free of charge and must be booked in advance via TryBooking. We hope to see you there!

When a student is absent from school, parents are asked to contact the Absentee Line and then provide a written note to the Homeroom Teacher on their return.

Whilst appointments during the school day are sometimes unavoidable, written permission to leave the College must be provided on the day and handed to the student's Homeroom Teacher. Students will be supplied with an Early Leave Pass, which is handed into the General Office when the student signs out. 

Face masks are mandatory while travelling on public transport. Your face mask must cover your nose and mouth and you must wear it for your entire journey. It's also recommended you wear a face mask when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people, such as at busy stations and stops. There are exemptions for children under 12 years old and those adults who have an exemption.
Wearing a fitted face mask helps protect both you and the people around you.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Please get tested and isolate at home until you receive your results.

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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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