Deputy Principal's Report

Thank you to all the Year 11 students who completed their subject selections for 2018. Now that this has been completed we can now begin to construct the timetable for 2018. As we create the timetable based on these selections, any request for change of subjects for 2018 would need to follow the appropriate channels including completions of subject change request form and careers meeting prior to the request being considered. As always, our priority is to ensure that each student has the course they wish for 2018.

Congratulations to the Year 11 and 12 students who participated in the College Athletics Carnival on Tuesday. For some this was one of the remaining opportunities to partake in an event that allows them to support their senior house. Once again we wish all the Year 11 and 12 students who represent Padua College in the upcoming SIS Athletics Carnival the very best of luck.

The Year 12 VCAL students have now taken their learning from the classroom and are actioning their social justice activities, with one class focusing on homelessness and the other on one punch violence. The students are to be congratulated for their work in planning such a breadth of fundraising opportunities and for providing a platform for educating both students and staff on their respective social justice issues.

Tuesday provided our Year 12 cohort with the second part of guest presenter (and parent) Ben Carvosso. Ben contacted the College after the recent academic awards ceremony and offered his exceptional skills in motivation and change from within. Ben has extensive experience in working with young adults and adults in providing all individuals with an opportunity to reflect on what they have done and, most importantly, what they can do to make a positive change moving forward.

Whilst as a College we continue to provide a diverse range of opportunities that aim to engage and consolidate the work covered in class, ultimately it is the responsibility of your child to ensure that they have prepared effectively for the class, task at hand and end of year exams for VCE students. A constant challenge for staff is the growing trend of students using their phone or electronic device in class for social connection. This severely impacts the ability of your child to gain the most from the class as they are engaged in non-educational activities and requires the teacher to stop the class. Your support in helping not only the teacher provide your child with the best grounding for assessment, but also for your child to be the best they can be, is greatly appreciated.   

As the College is about to begin Stage 1 of the Master Building Plan, this impacts the ability of students who drive and park on site at Padua. As of Term 4 no student parking is permitted at the College. Further information in regards to parking for the end of year exams will follow. Please discuss this change is parking arrangements with your child including ensuing they park in accordance with council regulations.

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.

Curtis Stone
Vice Principal | Head of 11-12 Campus Mornington