Deputy Principal's Report


The end of Term 1 will conclude at Tyabb with an assembly and concert in the afternoon of Friday, March 31. The Cardijn House Easter Raffle will be drawn and students will be sent on their way to enjoy what remains of our wonderful weather. The season of Lent is well under way and with Easter falling at the end of the school holidays, the campus will be honoring this important liturgical event with a Lenten Liturgy on the last day of term.

The Tyabb staff will be farewelling our much loved Science Assistant, Ms Ann Lonsdale who is retiring from her role at the end of Term 1. Ann has worked at both the Rosebud and Tyabb Campuses and is an exceptionally organised, skilled and knowledgeable support to the Science staff at Padua. We wish her every happiness for the next stage of her life as she embarks upon some incredible adventures in her new Prado.

Mr Rob Knight returns in Term 2 as Pastoral Co-ordinator. Mrs Natalie Beattie has done an exceptional job in this role throughout Term 1 and will resume her role as McCormack House Co-ordinator when Mr Knight returns. Mr Heath Dwyer has done a sterling job as Acting McCormack House Co-ordinator for Term 1 and has been very busy leading and attending to Information Evenings, Year 7 Camp and range of other associated duties.

Mid-semester Reports will be available for parents to view in the Parent Access Module (PAM) by the end of term. Parents will be able to make bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews via PAM. These are occurring at Tyabb Campus on Monday, April 24 from 2pm-7pm and on Thursday, April 27 from 4pm until 9pm. More information will follow about the Reports and Interviews.

For some students, the school holiday break cannot come quickly enough and Term 1 presents some interesting challenges particularly in the last couple of weeks. Year 7 Camps are a very important part of the House experience at Padua and it has been wonderful to see staff and students enjoying themselves at Ferngully Lodge near Healesville over the past week. Our Year 7 students are growing before our eyes and are making steady inroads into their Padua education.

Social media is an all-consuming pastime for today’s generation and like everything in this generation and generations past, moderation is ok but too much can be detrimental. For adolescents, the temptations of Snap Chat, Instagram and Facebook can be overwhelming, time consuming and can lead to social problems if they are not properly managed. For many parents, maintaining control over their children’s use of technology is a huge task and we teachers are finding that some students are struggling to get the balance right between healthy and unhealthy use of social media. Despite warnings and education around cyber safety, the urge for some teenagers to engage in unhealthy use of social media is having significant consequences for relationships. As the holidays draw near, it would be timely for our young people to curb their use of social media, especially if they are finding it too much of a distraction and seek out more healthy and active pursuits.

Paul Fairlie

Deputy Principal

Head of Campus | Tyabb