Dear Members of the Padua College Community


We offer our condolences to the Foran family and the Toorak College community on the passing of their student, Georgia Foran. Georgia’s grandfather is former College Business Manager, Mr Charles Foran and we keep the entire family in our prayers following Georgia’s death. May Georgia Rest in Peace. We also offer our condolences to Ms Kirstin Trewin on the passing of her father over the weekend and also to Mrs Simone Brick on the passing of her father-in-law in New Zealand also on the weekend.

College Production – ‘Beauty and the Beast’

My sincere congratulations to the College Production Director, Mrs Kylie Donnelly, along with staff and students from all three campuses who contributed to the wonderful success of this year’s production of “Beauty and the Beast’. This was a truly spectacular show that enabled approximately 180 students and 50 staff to be involved. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for 2019!

Year 7 and 8 Inter-Campus Rally Days

My thanks to all staff involved in the recent Year 7 and Year 8 Intercampus Rally Days. Particular thanks to Mr Emilio Di Paolo (M), Mr Nick Gleeson (T), and Mr Brad Byles (R) for all their organisation. This is such an important part of our cross-campus activities and encourages the spirit of “three campuses, one College”.

Herald Sun AFL Shield

Congratulations to Mr Emilio Di Poalo, along with Ms Sam Vinson, Ms Rachel Ball and Mr Steve Veneris on the Year 9/10 girls’ win in the inaugural AFL Herald Sun Shield last week. The girls represented the SIS in this competition and competed against Carey Grammar and Mount Lilydale Secondary College and came away with an outstanding win!

Hugh Van Cuylenburg – Parent Forum

A reminder that the Parents in Partnership at Padua Forum will be held on Wednesday 23 August at 7.00pm at the Mornington Campus. This year the Parent Group have been able to secure Hugh Van Cuylenburg, Founding Director of ‘The Resilience Project’, to present. Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form. Inspired by this experience, Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Having completed his post graduate studies into mental health and resilience, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide. In 2015 the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every club in the competition. Off the back of the success of the NRL program, Cricket Australia was quick to follow for all its professional sides. Hugh has also worked closely with the Australian Netball team and 11 of the AFL sides. Hugh is now working closely with corporate and not-for-profit organisations to help promote positive mental health strategies in the work place.  Book Now:


The annual ECaT (Education, Careers and Training) Expo was again a great success last week and I wish to thank Ms Meggin Morrison, Mrs Belinda Taylor, Ms Katrina Greenwood, Mrs Leanne Milne, Mrs Nicole Love, Mrs Kate Kerr and Mrs Sarah Bounds, along with Learning Area Leaders and staff who were on the display stands and passing on valuable information to our students and their families.

Information Evenings

Following the ECaT evening last week, this week we held Subject Information Evenings across all three campuses. In particular, these information evenings provide the students in Years 8 and 9 to make informed decisions on which electives and pathways they will undertake the following year. My thanks to all students and families that attended these sessions and in particular to the 7-10 Campus Curriculum Co-ordinators Mrs Helen Sugameli, Ms Amy Beale and Mr Shane Trembath, and all staff who assisted in the planning of these evenings.

St Vinnies Trivia Night

Congratulations to the Year 12 CAP class, assisted by Mrs Bernadette Young on another successful Trivia Night last Friday. Special thanks to Mr Phil Helisma and Mr Emilio di Paolo for hosting the evening.