Deputy Principal's Report

Light at the end of the tunnel...

Term 2 is long. The days get shorter as winter descends. The mornings are chilly and on some days the sun barely breaks through the greyness. But at Tyabb, there is always brightness! This happens in myriad ways. It could be the greeting given or received on a frosty morning or the smile and laugh during Homeroom to set the tone for the day. It may emanate from the brilliant displays in the Library or from the buzz in a classroom where students are fully immersed in their learning. The Tyabb staff value positivity and work with the students to build self-esteem and resilience. The weekly Pastoral Care period allows time for Homeroom teachers and House Co-ordinators to check in with the students and to monitor wellbeing. For every child, adolescence is a different journey and along the way each young person will need  support, a sympathetic ear, a mentor or a hero. Working in partnership with parents and care givers, Padua staff impact upon the lives of the young people of the College.

Tyabb is a beautiful campus. The buildings are warm, clean and inviting and the entrance to the College is grand. Our grounds and maintenance team, under the watchful eye of Mick Little are always working to preserve and improve the Tyabb environs. A landscaping project is well underway and is complementing the character of the buildings. New seating for students will be installed during the term break and by the end of Term 3 we can expect an enormous shade sail to be erected over the court area. This amazing structure will transform the campus and offer both shade in summer months and a dry space for wet days.

In the final fortnight of the term, many students (and staff) limp to the line. More than ever it is important for students to keep to a routine, maintain good eating and sleeping habits and stay in control of their school work. Semester 1 Reports are being completed this week and parents will be able to discuss the progress made by their children once these are released via the Parent Access Module (PAM).

Three Tyabb students in the spotlight are: Flynt Robbins, Year 9, Cardijn 5 who was recently presented with the Australian Scout Medallion – the highest achievement for Scouts in the 11-14 age group; Jessica Guy-Toogood, Year 10, Geoghegan 3 who has been starring for Vic Country in the AFLW competition and Kelsey Perry, Year 7, also from Geoghegan 3 who is competing at State level for Cricket. Congratulations to these students and to any others who are excelling in their sports and pastimes.