Our College

Avila College History

The School has experienced an incredible journey since its humble beginnings, over 50 years ago.


From an initial enrolment of 110 girls in Forms 1 and 2 and just two full time staff, Avila has grown tenfold to become a leading provider of Catholic education for young women. It is now one of the largest Catholic secondary schools for girls in Victoria with an enrolment of more than 1100 students. Testimony to the Avila success is that past students can be found in all corners of the globe pursuing a diverse range of careers and vocations and making a meaningful contribution to the world in which they live.

The College initially operated from temporary classrooms in the grounds of St. Leonard’s Catholic Primary School in Glen Waverley before moving to its present location in Charles Street, Mount Waverley at the start of 1966. Initially students were accommodated in portable classrooms. Construction of a single
classroom block began and the grounds looked very much like farm paddocks.

The Building Timeline

Date Event
1966 First building at Charles Street, Mount Waverley
1967 North Wing building completed
1968 Science laboratories constructed
1969 West Wing completed
1971 Library built
1974 Third Science laboratory finished
1980 Specialist block opened
1985 Terry Roche Resource Centre opened
1992 Presentation Wing and Music School completed
1996 Food Technology, Agriculture and Horticulture Centre’s and Year 9 area completed
2001 Administration, Science and Senior School completed
2004 Art Centre, Music Room and Year 9 facilities opened
2006 Bunjil Centre opened
2012 Year 7 and 8 building opened
2015 Gathering Space and Gymnasium and Ag Hort Centre opened
2016 Outdoor Learning Space and Memorial Garden opened.

Inspirational Women - Avila College Principals

Name Time at Avila
Sister Patricia Carroll (1965 – 1970)
Sister Raymonde Taylor (1970 – 1973) (dec.)
Sister Josepha Dunlop (1974 – 1979) (dec.)
Miss Patricia Ryan (1980 – 1986)
Mrs Maureen Thompson (1987 – 1995)
Ms Filomena Salvatore (1995 – 2005) (dec.)
Ms Liz Gleeson

(2006 – 2010)

Ms Louise Gunther (2011-2016)
Dr Michelle Cotter

(2017 - current)