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Creating Hope For Angel

Ave Maria College's Year 12 cohort have helped raise $2150 for Moira Kelly's Creating Hope Foundation. All proceeds will go directly towards an operation for five year old Angel.

Angel arrived from Pakistan over 18 months ago with her mother Siniya, leaving her father and brother behind in hope of a miracle operation to save her life. Malnourished and suffering from CLOVES syndrome, Angel experiences daily pain from a rare condition causing her feet to swell. She is now facing a double leg amputation.

After Angel came to visit the Year 12 students in August, Jasmine Christodoulou championed the Year 12 group's fundraising efforts. Today Angel came back to the College where Jasmine presented her with a cheque for the money raised from our wonderful senior students and their families. Angel thanked the students and sang them a song- Roses by The Chainsmokers.

Humanitarian Moira Kelly, who has been responsible for Angel's plight thus far, told the students that Angel hopes to be like Moira's adopted son Ahmed- but wearing pink shoes. Ahmed, a double leg amputee, represented Australia at the London and Rio De Janeiro Paralympics.

Congratulations and well done to all those involved rasing funds. A special mention to Jasmine for leading the efforts. If you'd like to donate to the Creating Hope Foundation please click here.


Back to Ave Day

On Sunday, 10 September the College welcomed back the Classes of 2012, 2007, 1997, 1987, 1977 and 1967. The sun shone over the Mary Centre many took the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, take a tour around the College and flick through old copies of Vidans. The afternoon was filled laughter and sharing stories. Thank you to Emily Daye ('12) for her funny and witty reflection on her time at Ave and journey since.

Father's Day Breakfast

Over 150 people joined us for the annual Father's Day Breakfast, to hear alumnae guest speakers Madeline Keryk ('13) and Nicola Stevens ('10). After some breakfast and a mingle, this year's student leaders opened the morning with a prayer and Year 11 student Corrine Merolli performed a solo guitar instrumental. Madeline and Nicola shared thoughtful and inspiring speeches on their time at Ave, their journey since, and their momentous year in the AFL women's competition. Thank you to all those involved.


Rowing Victoria's Open Age Stokes Salver Award

Ave Maria College congratulates Alessia Masiero, Year 11 winner of this year's Rowing Victoria's Open Age Stokes Salver Award.

Alessia has braved the icy waters of the Yarra River for 6 consecutive Saturday mornings in order to compete in the female open age Winter Sculling Championship.

In its fifty plus year history Alessia is only the second rower from Essendon Rowing Club to win this very competitive championship and the first student from Ave Maria College to do so.

Alessia is now looking forward to continuing her training as she looks towards representing Essendon Rowing Club at the 2018 Australian National Championships in Sydney in March 2018.


Hairspray, The Broadway Musical

Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year's College production of Hairspray, The Broadway Musical. Held over two nights at Darebin Arts Centre, the high energy singing and dancing extravaganza was well received from audiences. Months of practice was evident in the professional performances by all. The sold out shows, saw nearly 1000 people come to see the shows. Well done to all those involved.

Ave Maria Day

On Tuesday, 15 August 2017 the College celebrated the Feast of the Assumption with a fun filled day of activities. The day kicked off with the 'Ave Variety Show' where students from Years 7 to 12 performed in array of dazzling songs, instrumentals and drama skits. A College mass was held in Francis Hall, led by Bishop Terry Curtin. The afternoon saw students change into casual clothes, to enjoy a sausage sizzle lunch, staff v's students debate, games and activities and food trucks.

The day ended with the annual 'House Dance Competition'. Students eagerly choreographed dances to songs from the 60', 70's, 80's and 90's all in anticipation to be crowned the 2017 Ave House Dance winners.  A huge congratulations to Mary House, who took out this years competition taking on songs from the 70's, Staying Alive and Dancing Queen. 

Congratulations to all involved helping make this year's Ave Day so memorable.

Melbourne Period Project

Ave Maria College has been busy collecting sanitary products in support of The Melbourne Project. This organisation aims to provide care, support and sanitary products for homeless women in Melbourne. There are currently over 100,000 people in Australia who are homeless, 44% of which are female. After a very successful drive two years ago, the College's Faith and Social Justice Team encouraged students to donate the items. Picture below, Ella Grace-Arnold (Yr 7) and Grace Abboud (Yr 8) with only a fraction of the donations the College handed over to the charity this week.

WKO Junior All Japan Karate Championship

The College congratulates Year 8 student Amelia Cain who recently competed in the World Karate Organisation (WKO) Full Contact Karate World Cup.

Held in Osaka, Japan over one day with 1900 competitors up to 16 years of age Amelia finished in overall 3rd place.

Going into the competition Amelia was the current Australian champion in Kyokushin (full contact karate) Under 14 female division.

Fantastic achievement Amelia.

For more about Amelia's journey leading into Japan Read more. 

Mary Centre Award in Singapore

Ave Maria College's Mary Centre was recently awarded a Commendation at the Learning Environments Australasia Awards for excellence in the design and development of educational facilities. The awards were announced at the Learning Environments Australasia Regional Conference dinner in Singapore on Thursday, 13 July 2017. Awarded projects demonstrate the effectiveness of comprehensive planning and innovative learning experience and outcomes. For more read here.

Above image: Presenting the award to Ms Elizabeth Hanney is past student and Hayball Architect Marissa Cavalchini.