Deputy Principal's Report

A warm, or should I say chilly welcome back to Term 3 to all members of the Year 11 and 12 community!

The progress report meetings held in last week of term for Unit 4 subjects was another successful night for both families and the staff working together to achieve the best educational outcomes. As is the way at Padua, we are now off and running in what is a busy term with Units 2 and 4 in full swing. For our students completing Unit 3 and 4 subjects we are fast approaching the start of the VCAA Exam period, with the English Exam on 1 November the starting point of exams for most students.

It has been a privilege to witness all students involved in the rehearsal for the College production of Beauty and the Beast which culminates in the sold out performances this week. What has been exciting to see is the Year 11 and 12 students who have committed their time amongst their studies to be involved in the production and working so closely with the younger students. I hope you were lucky enough to buy some tickets to witness the wonderful production.  

This Term started with our annual Semester 1 academic awards celebrating the Year 11 students who achieved academic excellence and achievement across their studies. The attendance of parents in these special assemblies only continues to highlight the strong partnership that exists between Padua College and our families. Such acknowledgement allows those students the credit they deserve and, if looked at as a challenge, challenges those who were not presented on stage to work towards this as a goal for Semester 2. 

In the recent holiday break a number of students engaged in the Indigenous Immersion trip with Mrs Grace and Mr Harte. It has been great to hear some of their stories from this journey and we look forward to hearing more information in the near future. This again highlights the willingness of our students to live outside their own backyard, living and breathing our rich indigenous culture.

All Year 12 students attended the TRAG presentation on Tuesday 27 June. In what can only be described as a truly confronting and emotional experience, the life-long messages that were delivered by emergency services workers were hard hitting, but nothing in comparison to hearing from two mothers who had lost their own children in road accidents. Many students commented on the power of this presentation in ensuring safe driving habits are formed now. On return from the presentation the cohort gathered in the Chapel for a reflection in which students were prevailed the opportunity to light a candle for those in their thoughts. I am sure that your child would have discussed the presentation with you at home.

This week we have seen our Year 12 VCAL students leave for their 3 day city experience camp. This camp has a clear focus on the cultural diversity and investigation into serious issues that the city of Melbourne now faces. It is on their return that they begin their analysis of issues identified and work towards identifying solutions. This work culminates in a presentation to members of the wider Padua community and fellow students. 

As always, I encourage all parents to continue to be active members of the Padua community, engaging in conversation about what topics are being studied in class, keeping abreast of upcoming events and making contact with a subject teacher as needed.