October 18 | 2017
From the Principal
“Happy Avila Day” was shouted in full voice on Monday this week
and it was indeed evident by the end of the day that the rich tapestry of our learning community had been strengthened.
Our Avila Day Eucharist was shared by students, staff, parents and friends of Avila and generously celebrated by
Fr Pearce (Parish Priest of Holy Family).
Thanks to all who worked behind the scenes to develop our shared liturgy and in particular to Mrs Marino, our Director of Faith and Mission for her liturgical leadership and Mrs Lascaris for her leadership of the music.
Our feast day Mass was a joyous, prayerful and faith lled celebration of our Catholic and Avila identity.
Our shared Gospel values, our Presentation charism, our heritage
as a school community named after
St Teresa of Avila all came together
on our feast day and enabled us to further build our identity and our spirit.
As individuals each of us - “Avila People” - make a difference in small ways every time we live out our Avila values of Faith, Vision, Community, Compassion, Action, Daring, Justice and Presentation.
In everyday school life, in personal endeavours, in teams, in classes, online and in relationships, the way we participate grows us as individuals and we each shape our identity as a learning community.
We bring more joy to life and we achieve more together, for ourselves and for each other when we choose to harness the spirit of Avila.
After students had left at the conclusion of Avila D ay College staff, present and past and Year 12 students gathered together for the rededication and blessing of the Filomena Salvatore Re ective Garden named after the sixth Principal of our College.
We also remembered other students and staff who sadly passed during their time at Avila.
The re ective garden has been landscaped to provide a space for quiet contemplation amongst blooming yellow roses, cascading rosemary and a waterfall water feature.
As a school we are naturally attuned to looking forward, but the past
and her foundations are what our school has been built on, with all of her thousands of students and staff shaping our community identity over time and in small ways every day.
We are the Avila story and in this garden space we capture some of the spirit of how we are “Avila” for each other.
Dr Michelle Cotter
Exec. MBA, M.Ed. Leadership, M.Ed. RE, Post Grad. Dip. IT, Post Grad. Dip. Adult Ed., Grad. Dip. RE, B.Ed
35 Charles Street, Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149
T 03 9831 9600 [email protected]
Avila College acknowledges the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land on which the College is built.
In the coming week we farewell our graduating Class of 2017.
Our Year 12 VCE and VCAL students have worked hard throughout the year and they have done us and themselves proud. We see them graduate with pride, with joy and a little sadness.
We will of course miss them. We very much want them to go out into the world lled with the Spirit of Avila in their hearts and minds and with the spring of Nano Nagle and St Teresa of Avila in their feet, whilst putting their hands to good work whenever they can. Good luck Year 12!
Dr Michelle Cotter
I am deeply saddened to inform members of our school community that after a long and brave ght with cancer, Elissa Pawsey, wife of Adam and mother of Amelia (Year 8) and Tom (Grade 6, Holy Family) passed away this morning.
Together with Amelia's Year 8 peers and the extended school community we offer our love, care and support to all those affected by this sad loss.
Our condolences are extended to Adam, Amelia and Tom and to Elissa’s family and friends whom we keep in our thoughts and prayers.
May today there be Peace Within
St Teresa of Avila
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the in nite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into our bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you.
Student of the Term Awards
Avila College 2017 - Term 3 Awards
The Student of the Term Award is an individual recognition of students who actively seek to achieve excellence in their participation in and contribution to Avila College school life - recognising and celebrating the “every day of school life” and contributing to our learning community culture. Students and staff nominate students for this Principal’s Award.
Year 7 | Lynn Ng
Lynn shows passion for learning and excels in all of her studies.
She applies herself diligently and persists with concepts to reach high levels of understanding. She always tries to help those who need a hand in daily school life and will patiently work with other students to support their learning too.
Lynn actively participates in various school groups and enjoys school life. She won the Avila Factor music competition during Music Week, a signi cant achievement for a Year 7 student, and she performed again for the Year 7's at their assembly this term. Her skills on guitar and singing are sure to be a feature of Avila life in the years to come!
Year 8 | Ellie Sykes
As a member of the Avila community, Ellie displays commitment to Gospel values of faith, hope and love through her engagement with peers. She is kind and considerate of others and is polite and courteous in her dealings with staff and students.
Through her persistence and continued effort Ellie shows a willingness to tackle every task she encounters with optimism.
She demonstrates commitment to the extra curricular program in the Music School as a member of the Orchestra and Concert Band, Flute and Clarinet Ensemble, Avila Choir, Music Theatre Choir and Chamber Choir. Ellie's involvement in the recent Music Festival was evidence of her working with a wide and varied number of other students who were mostly older than her.
Year 9 | Beatrice Van Rest
Beatrice is a gentle and considerate member of all her classes. She works independently but is also very supportive of her peers and unfailingly courteous towards her teachers. She always has a smile on her face and demonstrates empathy towards others in her attentiveness to them and consideration of their needs.
Beatrice is almost always smiling, her positive vibe is extremely contagious. She brings a passion of learning to all her peers around her. She is honest, persistent, determined and an overall great friend. She works hard in striving for success.
Beatrice has a passion for learning, no matter how hard or easy a topic is, and always wants to learn more. She always asks questions when she does not understand and helps her peers.
Beatrice is an outstanding student who is always contributing in class and in extra curricular activities. She gives her own time up to participate in various school activities such as the library reading competition, debating, Brain Stem, Cube-Rider and many more!
Year 10 | Anna Zhang
Anna is a very committed to taking up the many opportunities presented at Avila. She has attended many faith events in the school and actively participates and offers her assistance when requested.
She is a vibrant, engaging leader within our community and strives to learn and teach others too.
Anna commits herself to all aspects of her academic learning. She shows diligence, manages her workload well and achieves her goals.
Anna contributes to a wide range of clubs and extra curricular activities including Brain Stem and music groups.
She is an inspirational member of the community and provides her peers with a comforting, kind person to rely on and be inspired by.
Anna demonstrates leadership in many ways including through her involvement in the Students Create the Future committee.
Year 11 | Felicity Rose Anestopoulos
Felicity Rose has assisted in creating a Friendship Club for other students this term. She has helped create a community for students feeling isolated. Her actions have been to invite, run activities and liaise with staff about this Club and Felicity Rose has always shown compassion and kindness to others.
Felicity Rose is most conscientious in her studies, always taking up
the advice of her teachers to improve her results. She is inclusive and through her actions demonstrates kindness and patience with all she encounters. She has been pursuing her studies with great independence and motivation.
Year 12 | Crystal Zhou
Crystal is a very academic student. However it’s the way in which she undergoes her learning that truly re ects her commitment to Gospel
and Presentation values. Without a doubt, Crystal is putting in extra hours to not only allow herself to learn but to help others to do so.
She is constantly posting links to helpful study sites and even posting her own notes, helping those girls who are struggling in their learning.
Crystal is a keen participant in all House Days and is a unique soul in the Year 12 corridor. Crystal consistently gives her learning everything she has. She endeavours to achieve greatness and does so by putting her best foot forward every day.
Crystal provides support for students around her, whether that be through a simple hello or a helping hand. She is a clear representation of how little things make a huge difference.
The Students of the Term enjoying lunch with Dr Cotter. (Ellie Sykes absent)
Spirit of Avila Award 2017
The Inaugural Presentation of the Award
The creation of an annual Spirit of Avila Award seeks to recognise and celebrate an individual student whose contribution to school life across the school year has made a signi cant difference to the spirit of our continuously improving school community.
Springing from our shared Presentation and Gospel values and inspired by the mission of Nano Nagle, as well as being infused by the wisdom of St Teresa of Avila, the Spirit of Avila Award is intended to be a signi cant whole school award with a focus on “spirit in action”.
It is awarded to one student on Avila Day and seeks to highlight the signi cance and importance of “spirit” in school life. The Avila family is enriched by the diversity of skills, aptitudes and passions students bring to every day school life.
The generosity with which our students share their talents and time bene ts themselves, their peers and the whole school community as they grow in con dence and strengthen their sense of their Avila identity.
Our 2017 Spirit of Avila Award recipient, Brittany Moore, saw that her skills and knowledge in mathematics might bene t younger students.
Brittany made a year long commitment to tutoring and mentoring Year 7 and Year 8 students every week in and amongst her own Year 12 studies.
Her gentle manner in the way she offers support and help to these students and her generosity of time for the bene t of younger students is quiet and unassuming.
Brittany gives of her time to teach skills and knowledge, she builds the maths capacity and con dence of others and she models how important relationships truly are in a learning community.
Congratulations Brittany - our recipient of the Spirit of Avila Award 2017.
Faith and Mission
Avila Day Mass
Avila College was delighted to welcome our community members to the annual Avila Day Mass.
It was a moving Mass full of beautiful music and joy. Thank you to Fr Pearce and everyone who attended. It was particularly special for our Year 12 students attending their nal Avila Day Mass and lovely to hear their re ections;
"Avila Day gives the college the opportunity to feel the community spirit that makes you feel like you belong to something bigger yet still personal".
- Ashleigh Janky, Year 12
"The hard work and dedication of the staff, madeAvilaDayMassoneofthe most special experiences in my entire Avila journey! Singing at the top of my lungs with my sisters around me will be a memory that I will cherish forever".
An invitation to Mass - Year 12 Families
Year 12 students and their families are invited to join us as we celebrate Mass and pray for the Year 12 students as they embark on their VCE exams.
Please join us at
Holy Family Parish on Wednesday 1 November
at 9am followed by morning tea in the Church foyer.
Ms Carmela Marino
Director of Faith and Mission [email protected]
Faith and Mission Captains
Chiara Smith Alicia Roy
Faith and Mission Captains
Young Vinnies - Back to School
The Young Vinnies Group is looking for Back to School supplies to distribute
to members of the community in need. We invite all students to contribute items that will be of use to other students and to make it easier, have allocated speci c items to each year level.
Please bring them into school and drop them off to the Young Vinnies baskets located in each year level corridor. The Young Vinnies Group will package these up at the end of October.
Faith and Mission Important Dates
Sunday's Gospel Reading
Sunday 22 October
Matthew 20: 1-16a
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Sunday 29 October
Matthew 21: 28–32
The man with two sons
Tuesday 17 October
Memorial of St Ignatius of Antioch
18 October Feast of St Luke, Evangelist
Thursday 26 October
Universal Children’s Day
Saturday 28 October
Feast of Ss Simon and Jude
Learning and Teaching
Welcome to Term Four
We wish all Year 12 students well as they prepare to undertake their nal VCE examinations over the next few weeks.
Students conclude their classes next week and the College community will farewell them on Tuesday 24 October.
Year 12 students are advised to use their study time wisely by revising notes and completing practice exams at home. If students need to contact a teacher they should do so by phone or email.
Some students may have extra revision classes scheduled; however, the general advice is not to waste time travelling to school to see a teacher without making prior arrangements.
Subject selection con rmation for 2018
Within the next few weeks, students currently in Years 10 and 11 will
be issued with booklists and slips con rming their subject allocations for 2018.
Of course, developing a timetable for 1100 students is a complex task that takes much time. So far, only the senior timetable grid has been nalized with Years 8 and 9 expected to be completed within the next few weeks.
If there are serious concerns with
subject allocation, students should let Mrs Franken know immediately.
When subject selections are con rmed, students will be issued with hard copies of the booklist.
Please note that all orders must be lodged online with Campion. Those who place senior booklist orders before Friday 3 November may collect their books and large art supplies from Campion staff in the Gathering Space between 12:30pm and 4:00pm on Friday 17 November.
Alternatively, parents may arrange for home delivery from Campion Books and large art items will not be left at Avila College so senior students may need to make arrangements with another family member or friend
to collect their package on Friday 17 November.
To accommodate the many students who undertake accelerated learning in Years 10, 11 and 12, the booklist for the senior students contains all three year levels’ requirements in the one document.
Students studying VCE Year 11 and 12 subjects in 2018 will need to have the correct resources for use during HeadStart (24 Nov – 1 Dec) and with holiday homework.
Mrs Madeleine Franken
Learning & Teaching [email protected]
Ms Angela Torelli
Director of Studies Y10 - 12 [email protected]
Ms Klara Baka
Director of Studies Y7-9 [email protected]
Our bookseller, Campion has been very supportive in lodging orders early with publishers so that,
as far as possible, resources are available for HeadStart.
The HeadStart program for (2018) Years 11 and 12 is designed to prepare students for the following year’s study.
VCE and VCAL students will be introduced to each course and given homework for the holidays that must be completed by the rst day of classes in 2018.
We ask that parents support their daughters’ senior studies by submitting orders by 3 November so that students can keep up with the expected learning, both during HeadStart and over the holidays.
Orders for booklists for Years 7 to 9 will need to be completed online by Thursday 30 November for home delivery in January or for collection from the College between 9:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday 23 January.
Extensive use of digital resources at Avila enables students to learn from material that is current, engaging and interactive. Very few resources can be purchased second hand.
It is important that students have the correct edition of resources, including access to rich and interactive links that support student learning.
Although various websites such as Gumtree and eBay offer the opportunity to buy or sell second- hand books, we urge caution in purchasing second-hand resources and ask that families check carefully for the edition and licence.
Due to licensing constraints, many digital resources cannot be sold second-hand.
Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching.
Avila Calendar Dates & Events
Open Morning and Tours
Year 12 Leaders' High Tea Reconciliation Group 20 Year Reunion
PFA World Teachers Day Lunch
PFA Year 7 and Year 12 Afternoon Tea
Yr 12 Farewell Assembly Graduation Mass & Dinner
Yr 10 Drama Festival Performance Second Hand Uniform Shop 1 - 4pm
Yr 10 Drama Festival Performance
November 1 - 24
Yr 8 Re ection Day
Mid term break - students not required Of ce Closed
Public Holiday - Cup Day
AVILA COLLEGE GENERAL OFFICE HOURS
8am - 4.30pm
PLEASE CALL THE ABSENTEE LINE BEFORE 10am IF YOUR DAUGHTER IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL on 9831 9696
Students Create the Future.
Student voice continues to gain momentum at Avila.
Members from the Students Create the Future Committee, which is made up of a number of students from various year levels, have been implementing some of their projects.
It has been very rewarding to see their ideas come to fruition. They are actively involved in using the data from the resilient youth survey to drive their vision of assisting students see their potential, develop a positive sense of self, and hope for the future and make Avila an even greater place to be!
Ms Janine Bauman
Deputy Principal Students
Watch the Video - Students Create the Future | Love Yourself
If you have dif culty viewing the video, you can watch it here:
Ms Janine Bauman
Deputy Principal Students [email protected]
Mrs Anne Stephens
Director of Pastoral Care Y7-9 [email protected]
Mrs Anna Marvelli
Director of Pastoral Care Y10-12 [email protected]
Schoolies Week 2017
For many Victorian school leavers, Schoolies Week is a time to celebrate a milestone in their lives. But this shouldn’t mean attending events that may risk their health and safety or cause problems for the communities they decide to visit.
In order to reduce potentially harmful behaviour and maximise safety during Schoolies Week, parents are encouraged to talk to your daughters about the risks associated with alcohol, especially drinking to excess, registration and safety tips.
Both Year 12 students and parents of school leavers are encouraged to access the website called Good Times, Great Breaks of the Victorian Government and the Surf Coast, Morning Peninsula and Bass Coast Shires
(www.goodtimesgreatbreaks.com) This site is a valuable resource for both
students and parents to access.
Please encourage your daughter to act protectively of herself and her friends and emphasie the importance planning carefully and engaging safely in the “Schoolies” event.
School Uniform Changeover to Summer Uniform
From the beginning of Term 4 until Friday 20 October, students can wear either the winter or summer uniform.
All students must be wearing the summer uniform by Monday 23 October.
Please keep in mind that students cannot wear their sports uniform to or from school in Term 4. The PE uniform must be brought to school.
The Avila College Uniform Policy can be downloaded from SIMON. Queries should initially be directed to your Homeroom teacher.
Parents and students would be aware that increasingly schools are reconsidering features of their school uniform to ensure a variety of options are available to students
One feature is the inclusion of dress shorts and a shirt for the summer uniform and trousers with the winter uniform.
We are currently trialling some of these options and will provide more information in the coming months as we continue to work with students around these changes.
When decisions are nalised a full uniform list will be published via the school newsletter.
Ms Janine Bauman
Deputy Principal Students
Santa Teresa Immersion
Journeying to the Red Centre
What an amazing experience ten Avila travellers - Emma, Charlotte, Chiara, Maddy, Elise, Mietta, Monique, Tiara, Ms Janine Bauman and Ms Donna Teekens, had on our recent Santa Teresa Immersion!
We landed to warm weather in Alice Springs leaving behind one
of Melbourne’s coldest weeks in September. Plans were immediately changed due to the sad passing of a respected elder in the community. This was our rst experience of
the rich Aboriginal culture which we were further exposed to as our journey continued.
Our ve days in the indigenous community of Santa Teresa were lled with challenges and new experiences.
A highlight was playing with the children in the kindergarten, who were always full of energy with bright smiles on their faces.
Another great memory was helping out the Aboriginal women elders in the Spirituality Centre. We spent time speaking with them and being immersed in their culture as they shared their stories with us.
One night during our stay in Santa Teresa, we went out bush with Sister Liz (Parish Assistant), and a few local residents.
We had dinner under the stars as Sister Liz shared with us her knowledge and experience about the current issues faced by the Aboriginal community.
We all found this an eye opening experience. We also visited the cross on the hill, which is the highest point in the community.
We ended our journey in Uluru, staying in the Yulara camping ground. We slept under the stars in swags and had early morning starts to witness the sunrise at both Kata Tjuta and Uluru.
We were well looked after by both Steve and Bob who acted as our guides and masterchefs. We learnt about the importance of Uluru and the respect the Aboriginal people have for their land.
We feel privileged and grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the immersion, which was lled with laughter, an appreciation of the Aboriginal culture and inspiration to make change. Our sincere appreciation to Mrs Donna Teekens and Ms Janine Bauman for their guidance, support and organisation, without which this journey would not have been so enjoyable.
We will never forget this Santa Teresa Immersion and will cherish this for the rest of our lives.
Tiara Chandraratne and Elise Cramer
Year 7 Indonesian
It was a kaleidoscope of colour and texture as Year 7 students enjoyed a sartorial cultural experience when they mixed and matched traditional Indonesian batik and lace out ts.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) recently visited Avila College to lm and take photos of senior students "in action" for their new curriculum guide and website. Look out for the photos!
Paris in Melbourne
Avila College French students visited the Dior exhibition at NGV.
French Study Tour New Caledonia
On Saturday 23 September, a group of 20 excited students boarded a plane to New Caledonia for the 2017 French Study Tour.
Beginning each day with a ‘pain du chocolat’, the tour consisted of an aquarium visit and a trip on the ‘Tchou Tchou Train’ to explore the city of Nouméa to take in its incredible views.
Over the next 5 days we attended French classes at CREIPAC, which, lucky for us, was overlooking the water and mountains. The teachers were so lovely and we enjoyed learning there. We visited the local high school ‘Lycee Blaise Pascal’ and became friends with some of the students.
We also had the chance to do a tree top canopy walk, where we navigated through obstacles and rode zip lines all while being surrounded by a beautiful forest.
On our second last day we were taken to the stunning Amédée Island where we observed
the marine life, turtles, a lighthouse and native dancers. The natural beauty was best captured after climbing the 247 steps of the famous ‘Phare Amédée’ (Amédée Lighthouse) to experience a panoramic view of the island surrounded by a coral reef.
While there we watched a performance by the locals and participated on stage in some native dancing, which was followed by a lesson in sarong tying.
The tour concluded with Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral and visiting the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. We learnt about the Kanak culture and the history of the country.
Thank you to Mr La Fauci, Ms Dennis and Ms Torelli for supporting us throughout the trip. What an opportunity to practise our French and build our con dence!
Emma Deegan – Year 11
Avila College Sports Awards Night 2017
Avila College provides a variety of sports for students to immerse themselves in to enrich their school journey.
Participating in these sports provides students with all the teamwork and leadership skills to assist them in their endeavours inside and outside of the College.
Sport at Avila is also a fantastic platform for girls to interact with students from different year levels.
Students are provided with the opportunity to create strong friendships with their team mates which often continue beyond their College years.
On Thursday 21 September Avila celebrated and showcased the year that was in sport and recognised the outstanding contributions of Avila sportswomen.
Congratulations to all the award recipients and to the Avila Sportswomen of the Year 2017 who were nominated on the strength of their participation, performance and sportsmanship.
Year 7 Sportswoman of 2017:
Year 8 Sportswoman of 2017:
Year 9 Sportswoman of 2017:
Year 10 Sportswoman of 2017:
Year 11 Sportswoman of 2017:
Carla Di Gregorio
Year 12 Sportswoman of 2017:
Each year Avila College also presents the Melanie King Memorial Trophy to the Overall Outstanding Sportswoman.
Melanie King was Avila Sports Captain in 1982, but was sadly killed in a car accident in 1983. The inscription
on the trophy reads “Melanie, a mischievous grin; the cheeky smile, a droll comment. Her many endearing qualities that drew us all to her, will ensure that her memory lives on.”
This year the Melanie King Memorial Trophy for 2017 was awarded to a student who has displayed outstanding leadership across a number of sports and who represents the College in the interschool program with commitment, passion and loyalty.
Congratulations Carla Di Gregorio, the Avila Sportswoman of 2017.
Thank you also to our Sport Captains who coordinated and hosted the evening.
Mr Tim Ross
Watch the video: 2017 Sports at Avila
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Avila Day Morning Tea
What's on in the Library?
Crochet Group meets on Wednesday lunchtimes on the comfy couches.
Even if you can't crochet at all, Helen Tillinh and other staff are available to help you get started.
Come along, have a chat and make something!
The Simunye Project
Thank you to the Avila community for all your donations to the Simunye Project. Mrs Donna Teekens, from the Avila Counselling team worked in
Cape Town and the Limpopo Province in the holidays, painting, building fences, making brick keyhole permaculture gardens, running activities for children and contributing 28 large suitcases of donations from Australia.
Congratulations to Avila Athletics Captain, Monique Larose, who recently ran in her rst Athletics Victoria Shield competition and in doing so, set a new Year 11 School Record in the 100m, clocking 12.78s, bettering the old mark of 13.11s. Well done Monique!
Congratulations to the Ladies Nunawading U18-23 team who won their grand nal by two points! The team includes Meg Brideson, Stephanie Prigg, Madison Carr, Mikaele Buccella, Paris Halford, Niamh Smith,
Grace Cross, Alex Amos and Roisin Selvarajoo.
Avila Alumnae Reunion
Avila College welcomed back the Class of 1997 and the Class of 1992 for their 20 and 25 Year Reunions.
Asthma Action Plans - Important for all Parents
Care Monkey Update - Asthma
One in nine Australians have asthma – around 2.5 million people. It is a common phenomena and Avila College has many students with asthma.
The Victorian Education Department asthma guidelines say that all people who have asthma should have a written asthma action plan.
They are especially needed by people who have moderate or severe asthma, a history of severe are-ups, or poorly controlled asthma. But, like a quick-relief inhaler, even those with rare symptoms need to have a plan on hand.
The plan should explain what to do for:
1. daily treatment (with medications and environmental controls)
Thunderstorm Asthma and HayFever
Please be aware that if your daughter suffers
from hayfever and is treated with antihistamine medication this will also need to be recorded in their caremonkey pro le.
Over the last year a number of hayfever sufferers also suffered from thunderstorm asthma, a form of asthma that is triggered by an uncommon combination of high pollen and a certain kind of thunderstorm.
Thank you in advance for your immediate attention to the asthma plan.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Kerri Stiles or myself in the Health Centre.
2. how to recognize and handle worsening asthma.
Some parents may assume that an asthma plan is not necessary, as their child does not get asthma often. Unfortunately many of the people who end up in Emergency Departments with asthma are those who do not suffer often.
The Avila College Health Centre will be sending out a letter and asthma plan to all students. These will need to be completed by a doctor and returned as soon as possible to the Health Centre.
A copy of the asthma plan also needs to be uploaded to your daughter’s Care Monkey pro le.