Deputy Principal's Report

“You’re only as good as your team”………….Dominique Wilkins

Growing up in a cycling family I know well the importance of team spirit. Cyclists have to work together to get ahead in a race on the track or road. If everyone does their turn of pace, everyone benefits. Cycling could be considered a sport for the individual but any seasoned cyclist knows that no rider likes to confront a head wind.  On Friday last week there was a 9/10 AFL Match in play with the boys showing an impressive array of skills on both the field and scoreboard; nearby the 9/10 girls’ Soccer team was in full flight finding the net, while at the St Anthony Centre our boys’ Basketball team was in a tight contest but defeated by a better team on the day. All three sports required each player to bring their individual skills together for the team to benefit.  Not only are skills important but enjoyment is paramount and from these attributes comes a solidarity of team spirit where relationships and respect flourish. There was a wonderful spirit floating around the campus last Friday.  Students not playing were supporting their peers and the spirit amongst the Year 9 and 10 students was felt by their younger peers. On a warm autumn’s day the charism of Padua College was obvious in many ways.

Welcome Father Mac!

Padua Rosebud has been blessed to have Fr Ian McIntosh, the parish priest of St Joseph’s Sorrento, celebrating the Eucharist with Year 7 House Masses. Fr Mac (as the students call him) is a passionate Richmond supporter. He has a wonderful presence and communicates the message of the Gospel in a way that enables students to understand from a Christian and Padua perspective. We look forward to more visits from Father Mac, a troubled Tiger supporter.

College Production

Currently there are nineteen students from our Rosebud Campus in rehearsals for Beauty and the Beast. The students are part of the College-wide cast who deserve special mention, as they have been practising on Thursday afternoons and weekends to ensure they deliver performances worthy of such a wonderful storyline. A story with a message.

Year 9 Students - Thank You

The visit by Year 9 to the Jewish Synagogue in Elsternwick was in many ways a profound experience for our students and staff.  We learnt about the history and origins of Jewish beliefs and the similarities and differences from our Catholic Christian context. We also met Maria, a survivor who gave a gentle reflection on her life - how she survived the holocaust but also being renewed in spirit when migrating to Australia post Second World War. The photos below show Ashlie McIntosh accompanying Maria to the memorial room to place a Padua Year 9 Candle in memory of the past. The students also were able to view the Synagogue’s Torah (scriptures), the handwritten text from Jerusalem. A very valuable and worthwhile experience for Year 9 students and very worthy of meal time discussion.


The thoughts and prayers of the Padua Rosebud community are with the Carter family and Amy’s friends on the passing of Amy.


Best wishes

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