- Semester 2 2023 Reports
- 2024 Operational Times
From the Principal
- Thank You
Dear Parents and Carers,
Ave Maria Community Awards Night
During the last week of term, the College held the Ave Maria Community Awards Night (ACAN). As always, this night was a wonderful celebration of student achievements in a range of pursuits – academic, creative, artistic, sport and social justice, recognising the many ways that young people can excel and reach their own personal best. Students who received awards were recognised for the following characteristics in their chosen area:
I would like in particular, to acknowledge the following two award recipients who received our most prestigious awards of the night:
The Helene De Chappotin Award which is awarded to a student and is open to all students at the College. The Award acknowledges exceptional commitment to the dimensions of the College Mission Statement. This Award symbolises the motto 'Striving for Truth through Love'. The criteria for this award includes academic effort; participation in faith and social justice activities; displayed leadership qualities; participation in and membership of different groups operating within the College; and a general commitment to and support for the College charism. Congratulations to Jocelyn O’Keefe, a current Year 10 student for being the 2023 recipient of this highly regarded Student Award.
The Francis Staff Service Award which was awarded to Garry Whicker, a long serving and well-respected staff member of the College. Garry was recognised for going above and beyond his normal duties, his work with students in leading the co-curricular area of the College and his readiness to lend a hand when needed. Garry is the ultimate quiet achiever. Garry was acknowledged for the way he builds strong relationships, fostering independence and growth in young people. Garry is committed to providing a range of opportunities that allow our students to explore their talents outside of the classroom. Congratulations Garry!
I am sure that you will join me in congratulating all the Award winners, for which a list has been included at the end of this newsletter.
Finally, as the year draws to an end, I would like to thank the entire Ave Maria College Community – students, staff, and parents, for their ongoing support.
I would also like to say special thank you to the following particular staff who will be leaving us at the end of this year – Miss Joanna Hammer, Mrs Suzanne Lake, Mrs Kate De Bolfo, Miss Natalia Sacchetta, Mrs Erika Zanini, Mrs Sonia George, Mrs Anna Murray, Mrs Ana Yarrovi and Mrs Sara Cardina-Sanders. Each of these staff members has committed themselves to wanting the best for students at this College and ensuring they have received the best education possible during their time with us. We thank them sincerely for their commitment and efforts, we wish them all the best in their new endeavours.
Thank you to members of the College Leadership Team – Mr Dane Calleja (Executive Deputy Principal – Learning and Operations), Ms Leonie Rushbrook (Assistant Principal – Students and Engagement), Miss Joanna Hammer (Assistant Principal – Community and Growth Semester One), Mrs Natalie Meddis (Acting Assistant Principal Community and Students Semester Two), Mr Patrick Hogan (Director of Catholic Identity and Mission), Miss Deborah Bradshaw (Director of Learning and Pathways), Mr Allan Thompson (Business Manager), Mr Anthony Kirley (Human Resources and Compliance Manager) and Miss Amy Chapman (EA to the Principal). I thank them all for their commitment, service to the College and agile leadership modelled throughout 2023.
As Christmas approaches it is a time where God comes to us in person when his son Jesus Christ is born. The story of his birth is one of love, joy, kindness, and simplicity. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus who came to show us how to live, let us place our trust in God. Christmas is the greatest gift as Christians that we receive. Christ is the great gift of hope and love that binds us together and who remains with us in all we do, therefore I would like to share the following Christmas blessing with you.
God grant you the light of Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
As you prepare for Christmas with your families, may you trust in the truth of God’s love, continuing always to strive for truth through love.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Executive Deputy Principal
- Semester 2 2023 Reports
- 2024 Operational Times
Semester 2 2023 Reports (Years 7-11):
The Semester 2 2023 Reports are now available for families to access via the Parent Access Module (PAM). These aim to provide families with an overview of student growth and development in relation to the Ave Maria College Charter for Education and the stipulated VCAA/Victorian Curriculum Outcomes for each subject and year level. The reports also provide information about student performance on key pieces of assessment. These reports should be viewed in conjunction with the feedback and assessment marks released by staff throughout Terms 3 and 4 2023.
Families with questions or requiring further information associated with the Semester 2 2023 Reports are welcome to contact Subject Teachers and/or the Mentor Teacher.
College Operation – Remainder of 2023:
Families are reminded that the College will close for the year on Wednesday 20 December 2023 at 1.00pm.
In addition to this, families are also reminded that College services will be unavailable at the following times:
2024 Lesson Times and School Day Structure:
Ave Maria College continues to review its operational structures to support best practice learning and teaching. In 2024, the College will be launching a revised schedule of lesson times and structure for the school day. This forms part of the College Strategic Plan, aiming to enhance learner growth and engagement.
The table below contains the schedule of lessons and structure of the school day that will be implemented from the commencement of the 2024 Academic Year.
Standard School Day:
Based on best practice educational research, this model will see an increase in the frequency of contact that students have with subject teachers and ensure learning experiences continue to meet the needs of the contemporary student.
In viewing the revised model, families will notice that classes will continue to conclude slightly earlier on a Day 8 of the College Timetable. This will enable the College to maintain its Professional Learning and Growth Program for members of teaching staff to ensure students continue to engage in research based high impact learning experiences.
The College Library will continue to remain open before and after school as per current practice. Changes to the times for the school crossing, before and after school yard duty and bus services will be implemented to support the change in operational structure.
2024 Student Return Dates:
2024 classes will resume for students on the following dates:
Assistant Principal (Students and Engagement)
- Final Days 2023
- Missed School Vaccinations
The Academic year finished as it began: with students belonging and thriving and being the best version of themselves.
The Year 12 cohort showed much dedication as they completed SACS and revision, then either completed exams or began their pathways to employment and training. They are to be congratulated on supporting each other.
The Year 10 and 11 cohorts followed the Year 12 example, and completed their exams and then began the Senior Orientation Program.
The Year 7-9 students completed their academic tasks and began a wonderful program of education and social/emotional programs that were developed by the Sub-School Leaders and the Domain Leaders collaborating. The Year 7-9 program included some of the following: the amazing BBC Earth Experience with David Attenborough, Science experiences at the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Bubbology/ Mad Science, the Proactivity boxercise, dance and laser tag, the Maths Games Day and creating Christmas Poetry and Christmas Food cooking as gifts for family members. The students very much enjoyed these activities and celebrated with a final sausage sizzle and donut.
Central to being at a Catholic school, all students completed the year with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Tony Doran, where they looked at the impatience that occurs at the end of the year and how it related to the Advent season. The focus was reviewing how they could use this time as preparation in their lives, to reflect on being a better person as Jesus would have wanted.
It was with great excitement that our newest members of the Ave Maria community then joined us for their orientation last week. The Year 6 students joined us for their first full day at Ave. The warmest welcome from staff and from the peer support leaders was extended to these students, and the activities allowed time for them to feel comfortable in their new surroundings knowing they will be supported through their transition to secondary school.
I would like to thank staff and parents for all the support this year, in working with our young people. I often re-iterate that it is in partnership with our parents that we can achieve the best outcomes to help young people grow, and to be the best versions of themselves. As staff (in conjunction with parents) we need to model what we want to see in our young people. If we want to see less screen time being done with young people, then we need to ensure that we model less screen time ourselves: maybe over the Christmas/New Year break share a walk or a bike ride, buy/borrow a book, complete a jigsaw together or learn a new craft or bake together.
I wish you all the best in the season of Advent as we prepare for Christ’s birth.
I hope that each student and family have a safe and joyous break,
Key messages for parents/guardians
Acting Assistant Principal (Wellbeing and Community)
- ACE Awards
Academic and Community Awards Night (ACAN)
At the end of each year we celebrate the achievements of our students at the highest level. On Tuesday, 5 December we recognised our students through a range of awards.
Academic awards celebrated the highest academic achievement in each subject at each year level and in the Horizons program. We recognised contribution to the College community through our House awards, rewarding those students who have actively engaged in a range of activities throughout the year. We also acknowledged students who demonstrated strong leadership abilities and the qualities encouraged by the Franciscan charism. The Future Leader Award and the Spirit of Ave Award recognise these qualities.
We acknowledged the top five students in each year level as they joined the Honour Roll. Our Dux for each year level was announced and all students were awarded certificates and trophies for their outstanding achievement.
In addition to awards presented by the College, we also have strong ties with external community and academic organisations. This year we bestowed the following external awards:
A highlight of the evening was the performances. Our choir, led by Ms Sophie Maclure, performed Woyaya (We are going) by Osibisa and When I grow up from Matilda the Musical. Charlize Bacarac (Year 9) delighted the audience with her rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
Photos from the evening can be found here: ACAN
A list of our major award recipients can be found at the end of this newsletter.
ACE Awards Assemblies
The ACE Awards are distinguished from ACAN Awards as they recognise different achievements and contributions of our students. These awards are grounded in the Ave Charter for Education and are intrinsically connected to our goals of supporting our students to belong, engage and thrive.
The Engage and Thrive awards recognise the highest achievements in individual classes and the students who have made the most growth. In addition to this, the Belong Award is earned by a student in each Mentor Group who has displayed the values of the College through inclusion, kindness, hard work, engagement and support. The ACE Awards allow us to celebrate many aspects of our students and the way they contribute to the culture of the College.
The photos from the Year 10 and 11 ACE Awards Assembly can be found here: Ace Awards Semester 2 2023
The photos from the Year 7 – 9 ACE Awards Assembly can be found here: ACE Awards Semester 2 2023
*Please note: these photos may require your child to log into their College account to access.
Director of Catholic Identity and Mission
- A Christmas Carol
The celebration of Mass is always one of thanksgiving since this is the central theme of every Eucharist. This year, each end of year liturgical celebration was particularly focused on this theme, since it was an opportunity as members of the community of Ave Maria College, to be grateful for the many opportunities we have had to learn, grow, reflect and become better people. A separate liturgy was held for the senior students, junior students and staff. I wish to thank in particular, the choir, led by Sophie Maclure, who were exceptional in what they contributed to each liturgy. I am also thankful to Fr. Tony Doran for leading each liturgy and for his generous support throughout the year as our custodian of mission.
Once students have finished the year, the end of year staff days are always a busy time. This year, time was given over to reflect on our theme for 2023, “May we treasure God’s word, like Mary”. On Wednesday 6th December, staff had an opportunity to explore a traditional Christian form of prayer known as Lexio Divina. It involves reflecting deeply on a passage from Scripture and meditating on how it relates to life today. Our staff also had time to explore other forms of Christian meditation. I wish to thank the wonderful Ave Maria staff for the way in which they entered into the day.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens famous book, A Christmas Carol, is often a favourite story in the lead up to Christmas. Like most classic tales, its message is as pertinent today as it was in the mid-19th century. At Ave, our Year 8 Religious Education students complete the year with a brief study of the story and the context within which it was written. Ebenezer Scrooge represents the issues of the day, including corporate greed, a disregard for human rights, an ignoring of those in need and the spirit of Christmas going missing. Each of these themes could just as easily describe Christmas in 21st century Australia.
As we come to the end of another academic year, I wish all students and their families a Christmas period filled with generosity, care for one other and an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Director of Learning and Pathways
- Youth Response
- 2024 Booklists and subject changes
Youth Response Conference
We congratulate our Academic Leaders for organising Ave Maria College’s inaugural youth led and run conference, in particular Ellie Smith (Year 11 Academic Leader), Natasha Castello (Year 10 Academic Leader) and Dominique Venables (Year 8 Academic Leader) for leading the two days of activities.
The conference was held at Ave Maria College, where students from five schools from across Australia focussed on STEAM and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Delegates participated in a series of STEAM and design thinking activities that encouraged them to consider real-world solutions to issues in their local community and beyond.
Dr Sarah Richardson, Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation worked with the students on how to best engage with others, not just in Australia, but across the world. Ryan Evans, Lego Master and creator of the Brickulum, used LEGO bricks to explore with students the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The conference was a great success, with students focussed on the evolution of Youth Response and how our schools can collaborate on STEAM based projects, with schools in the Asia Pacific region.
We look forward to continuing, and building upon, our partnership in 2024.
The booklist closing date is Sunday, 17 December 2023. A copy of the booklist can be accessed via www.campion.com.au using the login code "GMXK”.
All students from Year 8-11 were given the opportunity to make subject changes prior to the end of the year. All subject changes are now closed and finalised.
Prior to the commencement of the Senior Pathways Program, all students were provided an email with instructions on how you can access Edrolo for their confirmed 2024 program. Edrolo is available for 29 VCE subjects, with online video theory, video solutions, and exam-style questions to help students learn, revise and get assessment-ready. Students should be accessing this over the course of break to ensure to best prepare themselves for.
Careers Education Leader
- Year 12 Transition Information
- Tertiary Offers
- Career Exploration
Unit 3-4 VCE subject results (Year 11 and 12 students) and ATAR release
To access the Results and ATAR Service online, (or via the App), from 7am, Monday, 11 December, students will need to have registered first on the Results and ATAR website. Students will be asked to provide their name, VCAA student number, date of birth, email address and create an 8-letter password. The password created will be valid for use in both the App and website. All students will receive a printed statement in the mail.
For more FAQ see: https://resultsandatar.vic.edu.au/results/html/faqs.htm
Year 12 Change of Preference
After receiving results and ATAR, students have the opportunity to change tertiary course preferences, but final changes are due by 12pm, Wednesday, 13 December. Our Careers Advisers are available for advice at this time. All Universities/TAFEs have 1:1 counselling hotlines and online service for students. Contact details are available here
Our Careers Advisors will be available on Monday 11 December for counselling. Phone or email for an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offers and Enrolment
Change of preference is open for 24 hours until 22 December, then again after the January round on 12 January. See dates here
Always accept your first offer, as you can withdraw later if offered something higher on your preference list in a later round. 80% of offers are made in December, so don’t count on later round offers.
Early Entry Programs
Congratulations to over 80 Year 12 students, who have an early entry offer to tertiary study. These offers may be for a preferred or pathway course.
There are now seven different early entry programs available for students for tertiary entry. Each has different requirements but mostly recognise students’ community involvement, volunteer work, employability skills, or any leadership roles. ACU Guaranteed and the new, La Trobe ASPIRE Year 11 Conditional Offer programs also consider Year 11 results.
Successful applicants receive either
Students are encouraged to get involved in their school or community to be eligible to apply. See more information on Early Entry Programs here.
Year 7 and 8 Careers Activities
During our end of year activities, Year 7 and 8 students explored their interests and strengths that could lead to their future careers. Students were inspired by some exciting Ave Alumnae journeys. Each student completed a Career Action Plan, including career interests, favorite subjects, and activities they enjoy.
Work Experience 2024
Work experience will be available for Year 10 students in 2024 and is optional and voluntary. Students who wish to pursue a placement in a career area of interest are encouraged to start researching now. A letter has been sent home to parents with details. Enquiries are welcome to Ms Zoe Anderson, email@example.com
Ave Maria Careers Website - Career Exploration
School holidays are an opportunity for students to continue their online research of careers and courses. Students are encouraged to explore occupations, labour market growth and careers using our Ave Maria Careers website. On the homepage, students can search the VTAC site, which contains all Victorian university courses by entering a keyword ie. architecture, law, medicine, engineering. Career Bullseye Targets are a great way for students to see the careers that favourite subjects can lead into.
Academic and Community Awards Night
Our full list of award winners from ACAN 2023
Helene de Chappotin Award - Jocelyn O'Keefe (Year 10)
St Francis Staff Service Award - Mr Garry Whicker
Future Leaders Awards
Year 7: Sophie Horne
Year 8: Monique Failla
Year 9: Alessia Marino
Year 10: Daniella Lima
Year 11: Olivia Morey
Spirit of Ave Award
Year 7: Milana Manariti
Year 8: Alycia Jose
Year 9: Mia Meskovski
Year 10: Geneva Fenton
Year 11: Petra Zagari
Year 12: Evelyn Zuccarelli
Rising to the Challenge Horizon Award - Victoria Golz (Year 8)
Ampol All-rounder - Ella Colomer (Year 12)
Moonee Valley Foundation Award - Kiara Bacak (Year 12), Tahlia Sweeney (Year 12)
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar - An Hoang (Year 10)
ADF Future Innovators - An Hoang (Year 10), Alice Hengel (Year 12)
ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award - Zara Hogan (Year 10), Elizabeth Curtolo (Year 12)
House All-round Champion - Tessa Kendall (Year 8)
House Sport Champion
Marlo Atkins (Junior)
Giulia Kopievsky (Intermediate)
Isabella Ewing (Senior)
House Cultural Award
Charlotte Hogan (Junior)
Charlize Bacarac (Intermediate)
Sophie Smith (Senior)
Sporting Excellence Award: Netball State Representation
Millicent van Diemen (Year 9)
Sporting Excellence Award: Swimming State Representation
Chiara Hutchinson (Year 11)
Sporting Excellence Award: Softball State Representation
Tahlia Sweeney (Year 12)
Prestigious Club Award: Tae Kwon Do
Bianca Motta (Year 11)
Prestigious Club Award: Athletics
Tayissa Kekoc (Year 8)
Year 7 Honour Roll
Charli Steward, Alyssa Micallef, Molly Izard, Emily Hensley, Milana Manariti (DUX)
Year 8 Honour Roll
Mary Douglas, Mia Reddie, Jasmine Minhas, Tayissa Kekoc, Victoria Golz (DUX)
Year 9 Honour Roll
Ayla Karlovic, Gloria Crnov, Millicent van Diemen, Grace Kulyk, Isabella Del Re (DUX)
Year 10 Honor Roll
An Hoang, Aliza Hall, Jocelyn O'Keefe, Avery Kozuh, Maya Touma (DUX)
Year 11 Honour Roll
Alessia Palazzolo, Alannah Boccabella, Abbey Kerr, Talia La Rocca, Ellie Smith (DUX)