Deputy Principal's Report

Padua and the Mornington Peninsula Community Spirit ~ (Look for the helpers)

It seems in recent times we need only turn on the television news or click a link to an online news article and we are overcome with stories from near and far that are troubling and at times distressing. In our own community we know friends and family who are touched by illness or accident. Sometimes this sad news can feel overwhelming…

Fred Rogers was a famous US children’s TV host from the 1960s through to the 1990s. He was an advocate for progressive education and a movement beyond an “old world” view where children were seen but not heard. In an interview later in life Mr Rogers was asked about how we as adults can talk to young people about tragic events, below is his response;

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world." — Fred Rogers

In our own Catholic tradition we are called to be helpers many times throughout the Gospel, and also in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah when he says;
“Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day” (Isaiah 58; 10-11).

It is difficult for us as adults to talk to young people about difficulties in life, but I think we all find HOPE when we look for the helpers and then when and where we can, BE the helpers.

In our Year 7-10 Mornington Campus, one of our own, Kynan Omann (Year 9 – Assisi House), has recently been diagnosed with a Germinoma Brain Tumour. This is a treatable illness and Kynan is responding well to treatment and is still attending school around visits to The Royal Children’s Hospital and the new Monash Children’s Hospital. If we “Look for the Helpers” we will obviously see the medical teams that care for those afflicted by illness, and we thank God for them, but we will also see amazing spirit and care both within Padua but also in the wider Mornington Peninsula Community.

An example of this is the support shown by Kynan’s Under 15 Mt Martha Football team mates (many Padua boys included) who have had their heads shaved at their local football club in solidarity with Kynan. It is indeed heart-warming to see young people being so caring and supportive of their friends.

Thank you to the Mt Martha Football club for sharing the photo of the team with us and allowing us to share it with the Padua Community via the Paduan.


I ask that we keep Kynan in our thoughts and prayers and the entire family; Kynan’s parents, Samantha and Phil and older brothers Josh and Austin.

Wishing you all continued blessings.