Dear Members of the Padua College Community

It goes without saying that this has been a very difficult week at Padua College. The sudden death of Amy Carter in Year 10 has challenged all of us, and we find ourselves with many more questions than answers. It is at these times that we truly see and feel the value of community. I am so proud of the way in which we have come together as students, parents, families and staff to support each other and find a positive way forward.

Our College Mission statement challenges us to be a ‘hope-filled learning community’ and my experience of this week, despite significant challenge, is that we have kept hope at the forefront of what we do. Our hope continues to be that we will educate our students to recognise the great gifts that God has given each one of them, and that they will grow in confidence to be able to use those gifts for the good of all people in our school community, our families and our world.

Our focus in the weeks ahead will be to support Amy’s family as they grieve the loss of their daughter. We will continue to work with families to care for the students in our community who are most affected, that they may feel they are held safely in God’s hands. We will encourage all members of the Padua community to respond to each other with compassion and care and so come to peace in our hearts.

I would like to acknowledge and thank so many people outside the school community, such as the counsellors from other schools and the staff from Headspace and Catholic Education Melbourne, who have responded so generously to support us.

May God’s love be felt in our hearts and homes as we move forward, always in hope.

Staff News

I ask members of the Padua College community to remember in their prayers Mrs Kay Anderson on the passing of her mother recently. Congratulations to Mrs Stacey Edmund (R) on the safe arrival of baby Maisy ealier this week.

NAPLAN

NAPLAN Testing for Year 7 and 9 students was undertaken recently and I thank Ms Kelly McGurn, Ms Amy Beale, Mr Shane Trembath and Mrs Helen Sugameli for the work and co-ordination they undertake to ensure the smooth running of these tests.

SIS Cross Country

On Tuesday of this week students from all three campuses competed in the SIS Cross Country Competition. I congratulate Mr Terry Luppino, along with all supporting staff and student competitors on winning the senior, intermediate, junior, aggregate girls, aggregate boys and the overall trophies this event for the 30th year in a row!

Production Camp

 wish to thank Mrs Kylie Donnelly (School Production Director) and the team of staff that accompanied the cast of the 2017 School Production, “Beauty and the Beast” on the first school Production Camp last week. All reports are that the team worked hard for the three days that they were at Somers Camp and that we can look forward to a great show early in Term 3!

 

School Funding

Families will have heard much in the media recently about the proposed new federal funding model and the effect this will have on schools, particularly Catholic schools. I have included in this edition of The Paduan some information regarding funding from the Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne, Mr Stephen Elder. (see attachement)

Arthurs Seat Challenge Launch

Last week saw the launch of the Annual Arthurs Seat Challenge Event. The Arthurs Seat Challenge will be held on Sunday 5 November and is a 6.7km run/walk, held annually since 2002 to promote the profile of the ‘Fit to Drive Program’ and raise funds to enable the program’s continuation. The Arthurs Seat Challenge is a wonderful annual event, especially for families, schools and sporting groups to come together and raise community awareness about the overrepresentation of young people in road crashes. Over time the community, through this combined action, has successfully educated young people about safer road use.

Anthony Banks
Principal