May 10 | 2017
Dear Avila College Community,
There is always much happening in any school day and in my experience
over this first month of term two, an Avila day offers diverse opportunities
for creativity, challenge and celebration.
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, Creativity was abundantly evident in is to talk with students, ask them
Mount Waverley, last week’s Creative Arts Festival at the questions and hear their responses to a
Victoria 3149 Besen Cente. Drama, Music, Visual Arts couple of my favourite questions:
T 03 9831 9600 and Dance came to life in many and • What are you learning?
[email protected] varied ways after months of planning • What has been the hardest
avilacollege.vic.edu.au and rehearsing.
thing to learn?
Avila College acknowledges the Led by students, supported by staff, • What do you do when you get
Wurundjeri people, the traditional the showcase of items inspired by the
custodians of the land on which theme “The Future” demonstrated that stuck?
the College is built. “the future is in great hands” with Avila • What’s the next thing for you
2 students at the helm!
on this learning journey?
The challenge of learning new
knowledge, new skills and new These simple questions might be an
understanding comes in many alternative for families over dinner or
different forms in an Avila school day. on the drive home to the classic – what
did you do today and the sometimes
One of the great joys for me as classic response “nothing much”!
Principal as I wander through classes
Our learning community has a great
deal to celebrate. I’ve noticed a rich
Through Mary, “we learn
to open our hearts to obey
God; in her self-denial,
we see the importance of
tending to the needs of
others; in her tears, we find
the strength to console
those experiencing pain,"
During this month devoted
to Mary let us find the time
to pray to her and ask for
her guidance in all we do:
Mary, Virgin and Mother,
you who, moved by the Holy Spirit,
welcomed the word of life
in the depths of your humble faith:
as you gave yourself completely
to the Eternal One, help us to
say our own “yes” to the urgent
call, as pressing as ever, to
proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Filled with Christ’s presence,
you brought joy to John the
Baptist, making him exult in the
womb of his mother.
Brimming over with joy, you sang
of the great things done by God.
Standing at the foot of the cross
with unyielding faith, you
received the joyful comfort of
the resurrection, and joined the
disciples in awaiting the Spirit
so that the evangelizing Church
might be born.
diversity of things worth celebrating; more than 200 visitors who toured Obtain for us now a new ardour
from parents volunteering at musical the College and entered into great born of the resurrection,
rehearsals on Sunday for the upcoming conversation about why Avila would that we may bring to all the
Mazenod-Avila performance of “Mary be the "right fit" for their year 4, 5 or 6 Gospel of life which triumphs
Poppins” and staff continuing their girl. A reminder to current and future over death.
professional growth through formal families that Year 7, 2019 enrolment
study on weekends and at night, to applications are due in by 25 August Give us a holy courage to seek
the excitement of getting to know our 2017. We already have much interest new paths, that the gift of
Year 7s over a Cookie and a Chat in the from families. unfading beauty may reach
Principal’s office. every man and woman.
Finally, this Sunday we celebrate and
Celebrating who we each are as recognise Mothers. Those women in Virgin of listening and
individuals and what connects us our lives who nurture, care, challenge contemplation, Mother of love,
together as a learning community is one and inspire us to be our best. Thank Bride of the eternal wedding
of the joys of my Avila journey so far. you and much love to all of our Avila feast, pray for the Church, whose
mothers (and mine too!). Hopefully pure icon you are, that she may
You’ll find on this page a snap shot many of our Avila mums will join the never be closed in on herself
of Cookies and Chat so far …. more PFA for breakfast this Friday. or lose her passion for
cookies, talking and photos to come! establishing God’s kingdom.
Last week we celebrated and Dr Michelle Cotter Star of the new evangelization,
showcased "all things Avila" during help us to bear radiant witness
Open Morning. We were joined by to communion, service, ardent
and generous faith, justice and
love of the poor, that the joy
of the Gospel may reach to the
ends of the earth, illuminating
even the fringes of our world.
Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for
God’s little ones, pray for us.
Amen. Alleluia! 3
Chair The Avila College Board has had a busy start to the year, having met
of the for a Board Formation Meeting in February, the AGM in April, followed
Board immediately by the First Reporting Meeting. I am pleased to share some
important highlights of these meetings with the Avila Community.
Board Formation Meeting management structures and processes,
Chair of the Avila Board while also highlighting the specific roles
In 2016 the Board realigned the 2017 and responsibilities of key positions.
4 Board Meeting dates to accommodate Madeleine informed the Board that
the financial reporting requirements this leadership model, recently
of the College. This provided the Board adopted after extensive research and
with an opportunity, for the first time, to consultation, develops authentic and
set aside the February meeting for both distributed leadership and also builds
Board formation and goal- setting for the leadership capacity of future Staff
the year. leaders.
To this meeting we were delighted to In a goal- setting exercise the Board
welcome both Dr Michelle Cotter, our identified the following areas to focus
incoming Principal and Fr Nicholas on in 2017
Pearce, Representative of the Canonical
Administrators. All members of the Avila • Further develop a culture of
College Board look forward to working collaboration and responsibility at
collaboratively with Michelle and Fr the Board level
• Identify School Policies related to
Mr Thinesh Chandraratne (Vice- Chair), Governance
Mr Des Moroney (Honorary Accountant)
and Ms Lyn McGuinness (College • Retain the focus of embedding the
Business Manager) provided some seven Child-Safe standards across
important formation to the Board about every organisational level of the
the College’s Financial Management School
and the role and responsibilities of the
Business Manager, the Board Finance • Provide relevant Board Formation
Committee and the College Board, in opportunities to build the capacity
this. of Board Members
Ms Madeleine Franken presented • Continue work developing a Board
an overview of Avila College’s Staff Handbook and revisit the Board
Leadership Structure to the Board Constitution Review
to build understandings of current
• Consider opportunities to continue
to grow Avila College
Annual General Meeting In a stimulating and informative
presentation Kim assisted Board
The reports presented by Avila Members to build understandings
College Leadership and the Board and identify opportunities to
Chair, tabled at the Annual Reporting continue Avila College’s growth.
Meeting, in April, informed those The importance of partnerships
gathered about the direction, activities with Primary Schools and Parish
and achievements of the College communities was noted.
community over 2016.
Board Members were encouraged
These reports highlighted the to ask questions to consolidate
outstanding opportunities for faith shared understandings. To conclude,
development and academic education Dr Cotter challenged the Board to
that are offered at Avila, confirming consider this question “What makes
the existence of a comprehensive Avila a great school?”
curriculum to meet the needs of
students, within a well maintained Avila Calendar
Catholic learning environment. Dates & Events
At the AGM, the Board positions of May 8 - 12
Chair and Vice- Chair were reappointed Yr 10 City Experience
to Mrs Sally-Anne Petrie and Mr
Thinesh Chandraratne, respectively. May 9 - 11
Mrs Jo Cowan was appointed Board Yr 7 & 9 NAPLAN
In addition, on the recommendation Acknowledgement PFA Mothers’ Day
of the Finance Committee, the Board Breakfast
endorsed the Financial Statements On a final note, the Board would
of the College for the year ended like to sincerely thank Ms Madeleine Top Acts Excursion
31/12/2016, and these were submitted Franken for her outstanding
to Catholic Education Melbourne as leadership of the entire community May 14
required, by the end of April. over the last two terms. Madeleine’s Aerobics State Final
service during this time of transition
Over 2016, the Avila College Board was characterised by wisdom, May 23
has farewelled Jodie Wyllie from compassion and dignity. SCSA Basketball
Good Shepherd Parish and welcomed
three new Parish Representatives to The Board acknowledges the May 24
the Board: Leanne Grima from Good wonderful blessing Madeleine’s Year 9 Reflection Day
Shepherd Parish, Carrie Heng from St leadership has been, ensuring
Christopher’s Parish and Jo Cowan from a smooth handover as our new May 26
St Leonard’s Parish. Principal, Dr Michelle Cotter is Student Free Day
welcomed and settles into the Avila
We look forward to their contributions community. OFFICE HOURS
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The National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
tests are scheduled for all Year 7 and 9 students in the first two periods
on Tuesday May 9, Period 1 on Wednesday May 10 and Period 1 on
Thursday May 11.
Mrs Madeleine Franken
Learning & Teaching
Ms Angela Torelli All NAPLAN tests will be held in the specific information to students about
Years 7 and 8 building to minimise the types of tasks and questions that
Director of Studies Y10 - 12 distractions. may appear in the different tests.
[email protected] It is important that students arrive to Mathematics teachers have reminded
school with plenty of time on the test students that they will need to supply
Ms Klara Baka dates so that they can proceed calmly their own scientific calculator for the
into their test venue. numeracy tests on Thursday morning.
Director of Studies Y7-9
The students are also encouraged to In 2017 there has been a change to
[email protected] eat a nutritious breakfast to assist the Numeracy Test. Students will only
with their concentration and overall sit one Numeracy test consisting of
6 wellbeing. two parts: Part A Calculator allowed
and Part B non-calculator. This will be
Students have been briefed in Year consistent at Year 7 and 9. Detailed
Level assemblies of the requirements, information was provided in the flyer
materials to bring and code of conduct that was sent home with the students.
during these tests.
To ensure that students feel confident
and clear regarding expectations
for the NAPLAN tests, English and
Mathematics teachers have provided
City Experience Avila College top achievers win
Premier’s VCE Awards
This week Year 8 students of Blue, Gold, Green
and Orange have commenced their week long Congratulations to Amanda DiSilvestro (Class of 2016)
City Experience. and Zoe Evans (Class of 2017) who were recently
presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their
In speaking to some of the students over the last outstanding academic results in 2016.
week it is evident that they are excited about the
learning opportunities beyond the walls of the Amanda received a Study Award for Excellence in
classroom this program will present. English (EAL) and Zoe received a Study Award for
Agricultural and Horticultural Studies.
The City Experience program is an integral part
of the wider Discovery Learning program at Avila The annual Premier’s VCE Awards recognise the top-
and it is vital that the students are present for performing students in the state, with more than
the entire week. 287 students presented with awards for outstanding
results this year.
The Year 8 students have been busy in the
past few weeks preparing for the program in The entire Avila College community is proud of
Homeroom and Geography classes. Amanda and Zoe, and would like to congratulate
them both on being the recipients of such
Mrs Liz Trembath (Year 8 Coordinator) along prestigious awards.
with other staff embarked on a practice train
trip to Glen Waverley for participating classes Amanda is studying Animation and Interactive Media
on Tuesday May 2. This gave the students an Design at RMIT, while Zoe, who is currently in Year 12,
opportunity to use their Myki cards to familiarise is completing her VCE studies this year.
themselves with the process.
I look forward to seeing the student
Presentations on Friday May 12 as well as
reading about the experience from the students’
perspectives in the next edition of the College
Director of Studies Y7-9
Study Skills in Year 10, 11 and 12
The Senior School years are expected to be a time of continued growth
- physical, social and mental/emotional. It is a time where students will
experience greater independence and a sense of increased responsibility.
This year will bring much success but Year 12 will be conducted every
it will not be without its challenges. Tuesday at 1.10pm in Room 50
Challenges approached with the right • Let’s get organised
attitude can be catalysts for growth and
are pivotal for optimal development. • Note taking
Every experience is a learning • How do I revise?
experience and approached with the
right attitude and optimism can be used • Practical Strategies for Exams
constructively to develop life skills.
• Exam Anxiety
At Years 10, 11 and 12 we are offering
specialized study skills sessions during These sessions are open to all
lunch. These sessions are focused students. If you have any questions
on staying motivated, learning the please contact the Year Level Co-
difference between study vs homework, ordinator or myself, (Angela Torelli).
coping with the demands of exams and
practical strategies to improve learning. Useful Links and Further Information
that can get overwhelmed during exam
times. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment
Authority is an invaluable resource for
VCE students. It gives them access to
past papers and study designs. They
can use these for exam practice.
Year 10 Sessions will be conducted Resources from the University of
every Monday at 1.10pm in Room 36 Adelaide’s counselling centre:
• Learning styles- how do I learn? Managing Exam stress
• Exam Anxiety- how to deal with it?
• When things go wrong- what to do Tips for overcoming procrastination
• Exam Session Study skills for students with specific
Year 11 Sessions will be conducted Open Universities: Resources
every Thursday at 1.10pm in Room 46 Deakin University: a great range of
• Let’s get organised resources for year 11 and 12s
• Exam Anxiety Andrew Fuller: Information for
• English and Maths revision session parents to support their children.
8 Director of Studies Y10-12
Lunchtime Study Sessions
Year Ten Year Twelve Year Eleven
(Mondays) (Tuesdays) Room 46
Room 36 Room 50
Tuesday 9 May
Monday 15 May Tuesday 16 May Thursday 18 May
Learning Note LOetr’sgagnetised!
Thursday 25 May
How do I learn? Tuesday 23 May
Monday 22 May How do
I revise? with Special Guest
Exam Anxiety Presenter Donna Teekens
how to deal with it
Monday 29 May Tuesday 30 May Thursday 1 June
When Things Practical Strategies English and Maths
Go Wrong for Exams Revision Session
What to do
Tuesday 6 June
Monday 5 June
Session with Special Guest
Presenter Donna Teekens
Staying Motivated to Study
How do I get motivated to study? This is one of the most common questions my students ask me.
Motivation is a key factor in success. I often send my Year 12 English class quotes to keep them
focused and boost their study motivation during peak periods.
1. For the student who is extremely productive 8. For the student who can’t see
at unimportant things; the end of the road;
“Never do tomorrow what you can do today. “When you think about quitting,
Procrastination is the thief of time". think about why you started”.
2. For the student who needs a reality check; 9. For the student who doesn’t understand the
purpose of mistakes;
"Push yourself, because no one
else is going to do it for you". “We learn from failure, not from success!”.
3. For the student who is master of excuses; 10. And finally…for every student;
“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday “All that we are is the result of what we have
you get a little better than the day before, thought. The mind is everything. What we think
it all adds up”. we become".
4. For the student who is a master One of the strongest factor for success is self-esteem;
of procrastination; believing you can do it, believing you deserve it and
believing you will get it.
"Do or do not, there is no try".
I see a lot of students who can become overwhelmed
5. For the student who is struggling during exam times.
with their self- belief;
I always remind them that this period won’t go on
“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, forever, that everything changes and all you need to
pretend that you do and at some point you will”. do is to just keep taking action, studying and you will
6. For the student who has big ambitions;
“Hard work beats talent Director of Studies Y10-12
when talent doesn’t work hard”.
7. For the student who can only see a mountain;
“Many times life will hit you hard, knock you
down, and hurt you. Persevere, never give up,
and do your best to get up and keep going".
Why I am always so tired?
Sleep Hygiene and Teenagers
Ms Janine Bauman Teenagers often complain about being tired, listless and sleepy. Research
suggests that a biological clock in the brain regulates the timing of
Deputy Principal Students transition into sleep and wake. Our “body clock” responds to the cycle of
light and dark and for many teenagers this cycle is often out of ‘whack’.
The need to be constantly connected, Finding the right balance can be a
Mrs Anne Stephens FOMO (fear of missing out), ease of challenge for families and to assist we
access with mobile devices and lack of recommend the following (click links):
Director of Pastoral Care Y7-9 boundaries around them, hectic after
school schedule, hormonal changes, • The Better Health Channel - Sleep
[email protected] and blue light from screens (studies hygiene tips for teenagers and parents.
have shown that exposure to blue light
Mrs Anna Marvelli in the evening can affect your circadian • f.lux - App to reduce blue light
rhythms, making it harder to fall asleep) emission from screens:
Director of Pastoral Care Y10-12 can create a vicious circle where
insufficient sleep causes a teenager’s • Good Sleep Habits
director.pastoralcar[email protected] brain to become even more active.
• Riding the Sleep Wave
The result is an over-aroused brain
which is less able to fall asleep Recommended reading and viewing:
followed by sleep deprivation which
has a cumulative effect. • The sleep-deprivation epidemic
affecting our teenagers is not all
Adolescents need to sleep between about screen time
9 -10 hours per night. Shorter sleep
times are associated with concentration ‘Seven in every ten 14-year-old girls
difficulties, mentally ‘drifting off’ get insufficient sleep, most of them
in class, poor decision making and recording fewer than eight hours, when
shortened attention span, moodiness, nine hours is the minimum required.
aggression and potentially depression. Technology isn't the only culprit.’
Inadequate sleep can also lead to an Recommended routine to encourage
increase the number of ‘sick days’ quality sleep ‘Forty-five minutes before
from school because of tiredness and bed, all technology is turned off, then
reduced sporting performance and the teen has a bath. A chilled music
academic performance. playlist is turned on, a snack and a drink
devoured, before the teen slips into bed.’
The dangers of sleep deprivation in
teenagers – and the solutions (SBS, 2016)
Performing Highlights In the course of the weekend The two groups were complimented
they are also addressed by on their performance and the
Avila students were on stage Murray Thompson the State representatives for Lebanon were
at the Melbourne Concert Hall Liberal Member for Sandringham given a prize for presenting the best
during the holidays performing and given a tour of the student resolution. Well done. The
with star Rhonda Burchmore. Legislative Council by the Hon. students are grateful to Mrs Fiona
Bruce Atkinson. It is also an Wright and Mr Ziad Baroudi who
Model United Nations opportunity for friendships to assisted them in their research. We
be made and networks to be are also grateful to the Rotary Club
The Rotary Club organize a very created. of Mt Waverley for their sponsorship
impressive Model United Nations of the students.
Competition called MUNA. This year Hannah Krasovec and
Atara Thenabadu represented Indonesian Dancing Workshop
Over a weekend students meet Lebanon; and Jessica Satya-Graha
at Parliament House Victoria and and Anokhi De Silva represented Avila language students were
debate up to twelve resolutions Sweden. introduced to traditional dancing
covering global issues that by the Suara Indonesia Dance
are currently impacting on
It is an excellent learning
experience as the students have
to research a specific country in
great depth and then present
their views articulately and rebut
challenges by opposing states.
Group in an interactive workshop where they learned Year 9 Slider Competition
to master choreography and movement.
The standard is high for this year's Slider
Debating News Competition. Year 9 Food Technology students are
creating an enticing and tempting array of slider
Round Three of DAV Debating proved to be one of the options in an attempt to secure the annual title.
hardest rounds we have faced in a long time. Trying to Year 9 students sample and vote for their favourite
defend keeping animals in captivity can prove to be a creations at lunctime. Check out some of the
difficult task! Overall we had six wins. Congratulations to delicious options so far!
the following students who received "Best Speaker Awards":
Dena Tissera, Kavia Pynadath, Tiana Pincic, Isabel Amoranto 13
and Sanjana Nair. Well done.
Guest Presenter Boori Pryor
Year 7 students were lucky enough to enjoy a
presentation from storyteller, writer and performer
Boori Monty Pryor. The inaugural Australian Children's
Laureate enthralled students with indigenous stories,
didgeridoo playing and dance.
Can you help? Avila-Mazenod Musical
We are looking for parents who can assist behind the
scenes with makeup for the Musical performances in
July. Email [email protected] au if you
can assist - no makeup experience necessary!
Vale Kath Campbell Kath would be seen arriving at the My Family
College laden with trays of baked So Many Things I Want For You
As any student of Avila College goods to be sold at Melicca’s by Kath Campbell, 1988
of the past forty years could tell Mission stalls; these were always
you, Kath Campbell has been a delicious. She was still doing this To stand firm against the storms,
stalwart of the College community. well into her advanced years.
To be loved and to love,
Since the death of her At every major school event, Kath
inspirational daughter, Melicca, in would be there, her presence a To be able to smile through tears,
1978, she has supported all of the constant symbol of support.
the students’ initiatives in raising To be in the pouring rain, and be
funds for Melicca’s Mission. Kath’s devotion to her daughter’s able to study the precious gift of
memory and her support of Avila one tiny raindrop.
This project was begun by College were inspirational.
Melicca before her death, with To feel the filters of sunlight
the guidance of Sr. Josepha, the Her beautiful, smiling face will be dancing with the shadows, and to
principal at the time, and was sorely missed by us all. know this is life with all its light
a means of raising funds for a and shade and you are part of it,
group of poor and underprivileged Anne Stephens
students in India. Director of Pastoral Care 7-9 To reach out above resentment,
and be able to forgive,
Melicca, Kath and Sr. Josepha
all believed steadfastly in the To laugh together and cry together
importance of the education of and to share,
To strive forward to live life,
belong to life and Be Life
To be secure without barriers,
and to be at peace with the
"Joy of Giving"
Our Yearbook photographers
have been busy capturing
images around the school.
Here are some of their latest
pictures showcasing life at Avila.
Art Club and Open Studio
Every Tuesday lunchtime the Avila
Art Captains run the junior art
club and senior open studio. All
students are invited in to work on
different art projects.
Take a look at what photographers
Tina Varone and Georgie Donnelly
from Year 8 have captured from
Samara Fernando,10 Gold
The Creative Arts Festival also showcases a range of art created by students working in class on the
Future theme. Here are some of the fabulous pieces created this year for the Festival.
Sarah Wolliheim, 8 Gold
Catherine Mullin, 11 Pink Eliza Scholast, 7 Red Natalia Prioriello, 9 Red
Sophie Marr, 7 Pink Shania Austine, 10 Gold Catherine Walsh, 11 Gold
18 Nicola Cheer, 9 Blue
Caitlyn Toomey, 11 Red
Siena Vascon, 9 Orange
Renae Trikoulis-Zouros, 11 Gold Januki Gunatilaka, 8 Gold
Tammy Do, 10 Green Olivia Bruce, 11 Blue 19
Take a look behind the scenes and at the rehearsals leading up to the staged production of the
2017 Creative Arts Festival!
Letter from the Audience
To the amazing staff and students involved in
Every single person involved in the show should be
so incredibly proud of what you presented.
I graduated in 2003 and I don't know any students
personally. I come to Creative Arts because it is a
fabulous show. This year, though, you surpassed
yourselves to present something that commanded
attention for the entire run of the show. It was
innovative, diverse, intelligent, moving and so funny.
I left Avila and went immediately to university at
Monash where I achieved a Bachelor of Performing
Arts degree. What you all presented on Thursday
evening was better than many professional
productions I've seen. It's made me wish I'd done
teaching so I could come and be a part of it all again.
Avila is a community, not just a school. Avila girls
become very proud Avila women and an Avila
woman is somebody who strides confidently into
the world and effects change in so many different
ways. The reason for this is the staff who give so
much of themselves to support passion and talent
in your students. Minds and hearts are nurtured and
supported alongside talent so that Avila girls are
also intelligent, respectful and compassionate.
On Thursday, the enthusiasm of both staff and
students, under the mind blowingly brilliant Roxanne
Lascaris and Justin Cash, to truly collaborate
with one another. Direction and production and
performance showed true teamwork between
staff and students or students with students and
staff member with staff member. It's a spirit and
a presence in performance you absolutely cannot
fake. The talent of the girls astonished me but I don't
know why, because it has always been that way.
I was especially moved and so very proud of the
girls who participated in the dance numbers when I
learnt that they conceived and choreographed those
numbers themselves. They were such memorable
performances. Every item demanded the audience
engage and evoked so many different emotions.
Thank you all so much for creating a show which was
entertaining and challenging and commanding.
Bry Balaton-Chrimes (and Nancy the guide dog)
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