After Ordination to the priesthood at St Francis Xavier, Frankston in 1969, Fr Laurie Pearson served as Assistant Priest at West Preston, East Brunswick, Mordialloc and Yarraville. During 1974 Fr Laurie was a full time student at the National Pastoral Institute located in Melbourne and his main field of interest at that time was an exploration about Adult Learning and Adult Faith Education. Later on Fr Laurie took part in a sabbatical renewal program at Hawkstone Hall in the U.K.
Fr Laurie was appointed Parish Priest at Norlane and Clayton, then at the beginning of 2001 became Parish Priest of Mount Eliza. During his time at St Thomas More he has served as regional representative on the Archbishop’s Council of Priests and was Priest Co-ordinator of the Peninsula Deanery for some years.
In regard to Fr Laurie’s experience of teaching, in his role as a Catholic Priest he has been involved in Education in Faith in various situations. This has included teaching catechetics to Primary and Secondary students at Catholic and Government schools. Fr Laurie has never received remuneration as a teacher. His initial association with the College Board was as deputy to Fr John Hannah until his retirement, when Fr Laurie became President of the Association of Canonical Administrators of Padua College.
2016 has been an extraordinarily
significant year for Padua College
and one for which we can, I believe,
be very proud. The work that has been put
into developing a Masterplan for the College,
an Educational Strategic Plan and a new
Leadership Structure are among the initiatives
that will impact upon the future of the College
for a long time to come.
It has been good, this year, for the Board to
have been able to listen to our Deputy
Principals including Sam Cosentino
(Community), Paul Fairlie (Learning and
Teaching), Wayne Smith (Wellbeing), Sally
Buick (Staff) and Michael Harrison (Mission)
who have given their insights and explanation
about the particular roles they play in the
positions they occupy. It is important for us
all to understand just what an all-embracing
entity this thing called “Catholic Education” is.
I want to congratulate and sincerely thank
Anthony Banks for the way he has moved
into the role of Principal. Anthony is a fine
Educationalist with a real vision. He has, in a
very short time, brought his own charism to
Padua College. I am convinced that Anthony
is the person to steer our College through the
times of transition that lie ahead. At the same
time, I am sure that Anthony would want me to
acknowledge the support and understanding
he has received from staff, students and
parents during his own time of transition.
It has also been a year of change and
challenge for the College Board.
I think all Board Members
would say that it really is
a privilege to be able
to serve the College
Community in this
way. However, I think
that nowadays we all
understand that such
an honour brings with
it its own responsibilities.
In March this year, the Board
took part in its own inservice
and formation at Moonah Links.
As a result of this activity, the Board has
instituted five Sub-Committees to facilitate
its operation, namely: Board Development;
Board Executive; Facilities; Finance; and Risk
It is important for us
all to understand just
what an all-embracing
entity this thing called
‘Catholic Education’ is.
I am most grateful to Gabe North (Board
Chairperson) who has been the driver behind
this Board development process. Gabe has
great respect for Padua and I know, is most
grateful for what the College community has
been able to offer her own family. But Gabe
has certainly repaid us by her committed
service. Unfortunately, Gabe steps
down as Chair at the end of
this year but will remain
a Member for at least
another two years.
We look forward to
welcoming a new Board
Chair, who will bring
their own special talents
to the role.
Once again, thank you to
all who have made 2016 such a
special year at Padua. Good wishes to all
who are waiting for exam results and looking
forward to a new post-Padua way of life. Do
have a wonderful family time over Christmas
and into the New Year, travel safely and may
God bless all that we do.
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