Thursday 01 June 2023

Executive Deputy Principal

  • Preparing for Examinations
  • Learning Program Spotlight
  • Emergency Management Exercise
  • COVID Safety
  • Preparing for Examinations
  • Learning Program Spotlight
  • Emergency Management Exercise
  • COVID Safety

Preparing for Examinations - The 6 Ps of Examination Success

The College wishes all students involved in the upcoming examinations the very best of luck. Included below are ‘The 6 Ps of Examination Success’ that may be of assistance to families as we work in partnership to support students with their examination preparation.

Personal Organisation

  • Check your examination timetable.
  • Do you know which materials you will need for each examination?
  • Set up a place to study at home. Make sure that it is quiet, well lit, comfortable, spacious and different from the place you use for relaxation.


  • Make yourself a Study Timetable. Ensure you study for appropriate periods of time, include regular times for breaks and balance study with other hobbies.
  • Complete all revision activities and study your own notes.
  • Create practice examinations/questions for yourself.
  • Ask someone to verbally test you.
  • Pin up facts or notes where you can see them.

Posing Questions

  • Make sure you see your Subject Teachers and/or your Mentor Teacher if you have any queries, questions or concerns.

Personal Wellbeing

  • Look after yourself. Your mind and body are like machines. If you do not look after them they will not work properly.
  • Make sure you:
  • Eat regular, healthy meals.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep.
  • Continue to do leisure activities and socialize (all work and no play can lead to burn out.).
  • Exercise regularly.

Positive Thinking

  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Remember positive thinking leads to positive results.


  • Do you know when your examinations are and their location?
  • Aim to arrive at each examination so that you provide yourself with enough time to settle prior to the commencement of Reading Time.

Learning Program Spotlight – International and Interstate Learning Tour Program

As part of our celebration of student learning, each Newsletter will feature a different learning program. This aims to educate the community in relation to our wide range of offerings, as well as celebrate the different pathways the students have the opportunity to engage in. This edition of the Newsletter will focus on the Ave Maria College International and Interstate Learning Tour Program.

Ave Maria College offers International and Interstate Learning Tours. Each of these tours aims to provide a global landscape for learning, extending opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge, skill and understanding beyond the boundaries of the classroom. The tours in operation are purpose built and strategically designed to enhance student growth and development.

Participation in tour programs provides students with opportunities to:

  • Enrich their learning.
  • Develop cultural sensitivity in interactions with people.
  • Develop an appreciation of diverse values and beliefs.
  • Enrich their own faith journey.
  • Enrich their understanding and experience of the Franciscan charism.
  • Give back to communities that are less fortunate than their own.
  • Explore future career pathways.

Please see Principal Ms Hutton’s article above that outlines the current menu of offerings for the 2024 International and Interstate Learning Tours. The itinerary for each tour is established in conjunction with the curriculum of correlating units, courses, and programs. 

Emergency Management Exercise – Wednesday, 31 May 2023

As part of the College Emergency Management Plan and our compliance cycle, the College Is required to host Emergency Management Exercises/Drills at different times throughout the academic year. 

These aim to maximise community health and safety, ensuring students and staff have the required knowledge, skills and understanding to respond appropriately in an emergency situation. Students and staff will participate in their next drill/exercise on Wednesday 31 May 2023. 

To maximise success and ensure all parties involved in the exercise are well supported, staff and students will be briefed and debriefed as part of the drill. 

Schedule of Classes:

Families are reminded that there will be no scheduled classes for students on the following days:

Monday 12 June 2023 – King’s Birthday Public Holiday – College Closed.

Friday 16 June 2023 – Staff Professional Practice Day – No Scheduled Classes.

Covid Safety

To assist families as we move towards Winter, included below is another copy of the CECV Advice previously circulated regarding COVID Safety.

Rapid Antigen Testing: It is recommended that Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are used by students in the following circumstances:

  • If symptoms of COVID-19 infection are present, no matter how mild.
  • If a student is a household or close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  • If a student is a social contact of someone who has COVID-19.

Tests are available via Council sites for the community. Individuals can attain 2 free packs (10 tests) for themselves and 2 free packs (10 tests) for each of their household members.

Testing Positive to COVID-19 – Notifying the College: It is recommended that students report a positive COVID-19 test result to their school on the day they receive a positive test result. The following process is to be activated when a student tests positive to COVID-19:

Note: The Department of Health also recommends that all Victorians report their positive RAT result to the Department of Health online, or by calling 1800 675 398.

Testing Positive to COVID-19 – Isolation Recommendations: Students who report a positive result are recommended to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and not attend school until their symptoms have resolved.

Face Masks: Face masks will continue to be available for students who choose to wear them.

  • The Department of Health recommends that face masks be used in the following circumstances:
  • Worn by a person who has COVID-19 for at least 7 days after a positive test when they need to leave home.
  • Worn by a person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 when leaving home.

Infection Prevention and Control: Individuals are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene, particularly on arrival to school, before and after eating, after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. Sanitiser Stations continue to remain in operation around the College.

College COVID Safe Plan: The College COVID Safe Plan will continue to remain in operation until further notice.

Mr Dane Calleja
Executive Deputy Principal