Friday 15 September 2023

Acting Assistant Principal (Wellbeing & Community)

Year 12 Graduation and Farewell

We are in the process of preparing for our final days of Year 12. A letter will be sent to families with more details about the events in the final days, the Graduation Mass and the Valedictory Dinner.

Monday, 9 October and Tuesday, 10 October

Year 12 Classes as normal 

Daily dress-up theme (touch of, not full dress-up):

  • Mon: Crazy socks, crazy hair
  • Tues: Aussie Classics

Wednesday, 11 October

P1-4: classes as normal

P5: Assembly Rehearsal Francis Hall

Dress: “Alternate Reality” 

a uniform that isn’t your own – other school / work / primary school / future career, etc.  

Thursday, 12 October

Final day of year 12 classes

P1-2: Classes as normal

Recess as normal 

Mentor and P3: Year 12 Assembly Francis Hall,

P4: Whole School Assembly Francis Hall

  • Year 12 Early finish – 1.40pm 

Dress:  School uniform and blazer (not PE and not Hoodie) 

Friday, 13 October

Year 12 Farewell Day 

No scheduled classes

  • from 8:00am: Breakfast provided Front Courts 
  • 9.00am – 9.45am: Extended Mentor Period Mentor Rooms
  • 9.45am – 10.50am: Farewell activities Francis Hall
  • 10.50am – 11.15am Recess (as normal)
  • 11.15am - 12.15pm Farewell activities Helene Level 3
  • 12.15pm – 1.40pm: Picnic lunch provided by the College Front courts
  • 1.40pm -   students depart the College 

Dress: Fun / Fancy Dress (celebrity / popular personality)

Monday, 16 October

Graduation mass and Valedictory dinner

* Optional onsite classes (as timetabled or as arranged) *

Mass and Graduation ceremony: St Therese’s Church, Lincoln Road Essendon (5pm start) 

Valedictory dinner: Showgrounds (7:00pm) 

Tuesday, 17 October

No students on site (Professional Practice Day for Staff) 

Wednesday, 18 October onwards

Year 12 students can come onsite by appointment, attendance must be recorded by the teacher. Students must sign in and out through Passtab.  

One Year On

Welcoming back our past students is always a highlight and we look forward to seeing our 2022 graduates for afternoon tea at the One Year On event on Tuesday, 10 October from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. Graduates will be sent an invitation to the event with a link to register. We can’t wait to hear how our graduates are thriving in the next chapter of their lives.

Arts and Technology Festival

The annual Arts and Technology Festival will be held on Tuesday 10 October from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. We welcome the community into the College to experience the creativity and innovation of the Arts, Performing Arts and Technology departments. Throughout the Mary and Helene precincts we will showcase media, sculpture, drawing, painting, technology, textiles, linograph and more. Families and students can then join us in Francis Piazza from 8.00pm for an excerpt from the Year 9 Play, solo and musical performances and the fashion show. This is a wonderful display of the hard work and investment of our students throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Year 9 Play

Ave Maria College Year 9 students have been working hard with students from St Bernard’s College on the inaugural Year 9 play: The Curse of Macbeth. This is a high school comedy that is accessible and entertaining for all. We will be welcoming students from our feeder primary schools during the day on Thursday 19 October and we are sure that they will enjoy the theatrics and fun. The play will be open to the public for evening performances in Francis Hall on Thursday 19 October and Friday 20 October. Tickets will be released soon and available for purchase. Our Year 9 performers have been working hard and we are looking forward to supporting them.


On Thursday 14 September our Year 11 VET Business class is holding a sausage sizzle to raise awareness of this important cause. The class have identified this as important to them and have been busy promoting the need to ask the important question “RUOK?”. Sausages will be $2 and can be purchased from Francis Piazza at lunchtime.

The theme for this year’s RUOK? Day is “I’m here to hear”. This reminds us of the importance of setting time aside to check in with our young people and to actively listen to what they have to say. Deliberately finding times and opportunities to connect and reflect together can help young people to take a pause in their busy lives.

Mrs Natalie Meddis
Acting Assistant Principal (Community and Partnerships)