Deputy Principal's Report

Tyabb Students Learn Together

Students learn best when they learn together. Being able to teach another student how to do something is the best way to consolidate one’s own learning and demonstrate deep knowledge. Padua Tyabb students are making the most of opportunities to learn with and from each other. The breakout spaces in our general learning areas are adjacent to the classrooms and teachers are constantly giving students opportunities to work on tasks collaboratively. Group work and inquiry based learning tasks encourage students to work together in solving problems and developing responses. Learning from one another helps students to remain engaged with their learning and builds confidence.

Over the past couple of weeks Padua Tyabb students have been active both in and out of the classroom. The Agriculture and Horticulture plot has become home to some furry and feathered friends and this is generating great interest for the students who have quickly become attached to the campus’ newest arrivals. Under the guidance of Mrs Georga Cowan, ideas around sustainability and bio-diversity are being developed. Year 9 Agriculture and Horticulture students were joined by Year 10 Hospitality students on their Paddock to Plate excursion to Wollumbi Farm in Balnarring last week. The students learned a great deal about sustainable farming practices and the business of running an enterprise in a local setting.

Reconciliation Week was recognised through class liturgies in our new sacred space Murrup Biik and at a campus assembly last Wednesday morning. Mrs Racheal Minos and our Fire Carrier students, Alkira Barber, Taylor James and brother and sister Caitlyn and Liam Sheldrick presented a respectful and appropriately positive slant on Reconciliation issues. Caitlyn included a very powerful personal story that added meaning and relevance to the lives of indigenous Australians.

Our Year 9 Italian students participated in the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition at Melbourne University last week and had a wonderful cultural experience that culminated in Lygon Street. Thanks to Ms Inserra and Miss Balassone for their wonderful work in preparing the students.

Teachers are in the midst of collating assessments and will be completing Semester 1 reports over the next two weeks. This Friday 9 June is a student-free day which runs into the Queen’s Birthday holiday long weekend on Monday 12 June.  Classes resume on Tuesday 13 June and the final three weeks of school for the term will be busy and are an opportunity for students to finish off their excellent work for the semester.

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​