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4 February 2022 Issue 1

Dear Avila Community,

Welcome to the new school year - a year to Create together - building our community spirit, supporting each other, sharing a sense of adventure and embracing deep inquiry. This year is full of possibilities and I know our Year 12 Class of 2022 will step forward and lead the way for us all, Creating new ways of being our best selves and along the way inspiring each of us to strive for our own excellence. 

We also welcome our newest community members - the Year 7 Class of 2022. You are just beginning to create your Avila experience and I know you’ll do a great job of creating an awesome first year of secondary school and we will all be here cheering you on.

To Create is many things, including being brave, adventurous and hopeful. 

To embrace our College theme of ‘Create’  is a fabulous opportunity for collaboration. As we Create we step boldly into the future of 2022, together, knowing that nothing is impossible.

We Create the year ahead day by day, in small ways and sometimes in big ways...with a shared vision, a commitment to action and individual spirit.

Best wishes for the year ahead to all members of the Avila family. I look forward to us Creating a fabulous year with and for each other and led by a creative and talented team of students leaders.

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

Faith & Mission

Weekly Prayer

A Prayer to the Creator

Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams.

Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calender

Gospel Reading

Sunday 6 February
Luke 5: 1–11
An abundance of fish are caught by Simon.

8 Feb St Jerome Emiliani
8 Feb St Josephine Bakhita
10 Feb Memorial of St Scholastica
11 Feb Our Lady of Lourdes
11 Feb World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Avila College 2022 Theme


Quick Links


News and Views in 2022

This year our newsletters will be produced in a slightly different format, but will still offer a chance to see and experience all that is happening and Created in the week at Avila. Our bumper newsletter (NEWS) will be distributed fortnightly with a smaller visual edition (VIEWS) sent out on the alternate week. Both editions will also be available on the Avila website

You can also catch our #AvilaPhotooftheDay on the Avila Instagram feed and other news via Avila's Facebook page

Avila College

Welcome to our Year 7 students!

Year 7 Welcome Mass
A Year 7 Welcome Mass will be held on Thursday 17 February from 6-8pm. More details will be emailed to Year 7 parents next week. 

High Achiever's Assembly

Celebrating the Class of 2021

Avila College was delighted to welcome back members of our Class of 2021 for the High Achievers Assembly. In line with our COVIDSafe measures, the ceremony was live-streamed into homerooms as our High Achievers were recognised for their academic and community achievements.

Thank you to Jocelyn Satya Graha, our 2021 College DUX, for sharing her insights and experiences as she prepares to study Medicine at Monash University. 

Thank you also to Mr Matt Fregon, State Member for Mt Waverley who presented the Norm Gibbs Community Leadership Award via video.


National Road Champion!

Congratulations to Year 12 student Sophie Marr who is the Junior Women’s National Road Champion! Sophie won the gold medal at the 2022 Federation University Road Race National Championships in January. 

VCE Season of Excellence

Top Class Theatre Studies & Dance

We are proud to announce that Amelia Pawsey (2021) and Year 12 student Sophie Parks have been selected to perform at the prestigious Top Class Theatre Studies performance at The Playhouse and the Top Class Dance concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre respectively, in March this year. Congratulations Amelia (Theatre Studies) and Sophie (Dance).

The following video is a recreation of Amelia Pawsey’s perfect-score A+ Year 12 Theatre Studies monologue exam from 2021. Amelia, performs the character of Emilia, the title character from a 2018 play set in Elizabethan England performed at The Globe Theatre in London. 

The monologue is taken from three different parts of the play: the first section showing Emilia as a young playful child, then as an adult, and finally as a wise 76-year old. Amelia selected the music in the piece and composed some of it herself. 

Community Annoucements

Holy Family Netball

Holy Family Netball Club are looking for Year 7-12 players! All skills and all divisions welcome. Pre-season starts now, with training just behind Avila. Contact

Face Masks

Face masks are now mandatory in all indoor situations. Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5m.

Avila Calender

Jump on the Avila website to download the 2022 school calendar directly to your digital devices.
Avila College | 35 Charles St Mt Waverley 3149
9831 9600 | |

Avila College acknowledges the Wurundjeri People as the Traditional Owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

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