Deputy Principal's Report

Over the past few weeks I have been fortunate to meet a number of Grade 5 students from our surrounding Primary Schools who are applying for a place at Padua in 2019. Each young person I meet reminds me how blessed we are to have such a variety of interests and areas of excellence across all the students who are part of our Padua Community. To each Grade 5 child that I meet I am able to say, with my hand on my heart, that whatever you are interested in you will be able to succeed (and have fun) doing that at Padua as long as you are prepared to GIVE IT A GO!

Some examples of our Padua students getting involved and giving it a go are outlined below and include activities linked to Social Justice, STEAM and Future pathways.

Winter Sleep-out

Thank you to Mr Sambell and Mrs Kenyon for organizing the Chisholm and Mannix Houses Winter Sleep-out. This night allows students to have a glimpse into the lives of those people in our community that experience homelessness. This year funds raised went towards supporting Fusion. Fusion Australia is a not-for-profit Christian Youth and Community organisation who have a deep and ongoing commitment to developing resilience in individual lives. They also believe that young lives need a strong community around them, so we work alongside passionate people and networks from all over Australia in a variety of national and locally focused projects. Fusion first started over 50 years ago and have worked tirelessly to bring young people and their communities together with hope.

Year 10 Pathway Interviews

Over the past couple of weeks Year 10 students have been meeting with their respective House Co-ordinator in preparation for subject selection. We know this can be a time for anxiety for young people as they feel like the choices they are making now are locking them into a particular pathway. When discussing these options with our students I try to point out that these choices present a really “GOOD” problem. Throughout our lives we are presented with choices and it is a real learning activity for students to go through the process of researching the impacts of their choices by going online, talking to Careers advisors talking with older brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, even…parents. This is how we all gather information before making the best, most informed choices in our lives regardless of the context. This is a good and useful process and a process I know the overwhelming majority of our students have taken it very seriously.

St Macartan’s Science/STEM Activity

This week we have been fortunate as part of Science Week to have St Macartan’s Year 6 students visit Padua and partake in a Biodiversity activity and a Robotics activity within our new STEAM area. A number of Padua Year 9 and 10 students were able to guide and support the Year 6 students in the tasks and it was great to see the children across a range of year levels working together so well. Special thanks to Ms Amy Beale and Mr Paul Barton for facilitating the very special activities for our visiting students.

Wishing you all continued blessings.

Stephen Veneris
Deputy Principal | Head of 7-10 Campus Mornington