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29 October 2021 Issue 27

Avila College News

Dear Avila Community

There is much to be joyous about this week - despite the wild weather on Friday!
  • Our Year 12 cohort commenced their VCE written exams. Following much detailed planning, communication and logistics the Avila examination centre has been a great venue for our students to perform at their best, safely and quietly.
  • All year levels have returned to face to face teaching at least in part. There has been a distinct spring in the steps and smiles beneath the masks as students have entered through the gates and into their classrooms.
  • With Victoria moving through the different phases of the Covid Road Map we are now able to begin planning with eased restrictions for activities for school settings. We are carefully planning for the remainder of the year. In some cases we are deferring activities until next year but others will go ahead in term four. Students and families will be kept informed and the College Calendar will be updated as plans are finalised.
Every best wish for the Melbourne Cup long weekend, it will be a great chance to recharge, relax and ready for the return of all students and all staff onsite from Wednesday 3 November.

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

Giver of all wisdom and greatest of all teachers,

Look upon our teachers and all those who work in schools with love, grant them the resolve to never give up on our children who at times fall behind.   

Bless their hearts for they rejoice when students succeed and encourage them when we fail.   

Bless them with gentle patience for the path of learning is never easy.   

Help them see the potential in each student and instil in them a commitment to keep on learning.   

Let the light of your example shine upon all teachers and school staff  to build up with their words, to love with their mind and to share with their heart.


Faith & Mission

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday 31 October
Mark 12: 28–34
The wise scribe asks Jesus which is the greatest commandment. ‘Give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and to God the things that are God’s.’

1 November
Solemnity of All Saints

2 November
Commemoration of All The Faithful Departed (All Souls)

3 November
St Martin de Porres

4 November
Memorial of St Charles Borromeo

Quick Links


Learning in Action

Throughout the week, Year 7-11 students have transitioned back to face-to-face learning, enjoying the opportunity to get back into the Avila laboratories, studios and classrooms. 


Thank You

Avila College received a telephone call from a local citizen this week, praising Year 8 student, Annabelle Horvath. Annabelle found a lost seven year old girl in her neighbourhood and "came to her rescue", comforting and reassuring her as they navigated her way back home, which took some time.

The little girl's parents were incredibly grateful and in their words, explained that "Annabelle went above and beyond and was absolutely wonderful, mature and responsible in her approach to a challenging situation".

Thank you Annabelle.


2022 Booklist | Year 10, 11 & 12

This afternoon Year 9-11 students will receive confirmation of their 2022 subject selections via email. Click here to access the Year 9-11 booklist via the Avila College website. If you are accessing the booklist directly from the Campion Books website, please use the access code: "32GM".

Orders placed by 9 November will be delivered via Australia Post for the commencement of the VCE HeadStart program for 2022 on 24 November.

For students requiring access to Edrolo resources please click for the Edrolo Account Access Instructions.

If you are looking to purchase second hand resources, the Sustainable School Shop may be a useful option to consider.


Year 9, 10 & 11 Exams

The 2021 exam dates for Year 9, 10 and 11 students have now been finalised. These dates were carefully chosen to provide students with the optimal opportunity to engage in face-to-face learning whilst balancing their need for practical examination experience. 

Year 9 Exams
Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 November | English, Maths and Science Exams

Year 10 Exams
Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 November | English, Maths and 1 Science unit plus any accelerated Unit 2 Exams

Year 11 Exams
Wednesday 17 - Tuesday 23 November | All subjects Exams

Class of 2021

Valedictory Dinner

Due to the current easing of restrictions, we are thrilled to announce that the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner will be going ahead. Our Class of 2021 and their parents will have the opportunity to get together to celebrate the conclusion of their formal schooling and enjoy a chance to chat, share stories and hear from our 2021 Valedictorian.

The dinner will be held on Monday 6 December from 7pm-11pm at the The Promenade, Caulfield Racecourse. (Access from Gate 22 on Station Street).

All Year 12 students, together with up to two parents/guardians are invited to attend this special event.

Please be aware, as a school event, this is an alcohol free evening. 

COVIDSafe Settings

  • As per current government restrictions, all attendees must be fully vaccinated.
  • Attendees will be required to check in via the QR Code and provide evidence of their vaccination status. 

Dress Code

  • Semi-formal attire. 

Booking Tickets

  • Tickets are $100 each for a three course meal and beverages (no alcohol).
  • Strictly three tickets only per student for up to 2 parents/guardians. 
  • Please identify any special dietary requirements for each ticket holder at the time of ticket purchase.
  • 3 or 4 families can be seated to a table. If you wish to be seated with or near another family, please indicate on the booking. Requests will be accommodated as far as possible.

Please book your tickets via by Friday 19 November.

Year 12 Formal 

Unfortunately despite many attempts to reschedule and hold the Year 12 formal throughout the year, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this event. We trust that the Valedictory Dinner will be a fitting end to the year that both students and their parents can share together. Tickets will be refunded for the formal next week. 


Year 8 Wellbeing Wall

As part of their return to onsite learning, Year 8 students considered and shared how they can make the most of this time. 

Dealing with Disturbing Content

This article may be of assistance if you've heard about a tv show or movie that makes you a bit uncomfortable or your teenager has watched something disturbing already. Here are some tips from ReachOut for supporting your teen through the minefield that is online content.

Year 8 

As part of their transition back to onsite learning, Year 8 students considered how they can make the most of this time. 



Secondhand Uniform Shop - Term 4

We are pleased to announce that the secondhand uniform shop can now reopen.

Please Note: As per MACS (Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools) policy, only fully vaccinated customers can enter the shop and will be required to check in with the QR Code, produce evidence of their vaccination certificate and adhere to the 4sqm density limits. 

Opening dates and times are listed on the Avila school calendar and below:

(Year 9 - 11 Students Only) Lunchtime Sale 

A lunchtime sale of new, discontinued Avila uniform items will be held in the Gathering Space on Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 November. 

These discontinued items can only be worn by Year 9 - 11 through to end of 2023 after which point the updated designs must be worn. Items on sale include the fleece vest, tracksuit pants and tracksuit top.

Be quick - limited sizes available! Eftpos only available.


Happy World Teacher's Day!

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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