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This evening is an opportunity to meet and talk through a range of Padua issues with our principal, Anthony Banks. Anthony is always keen to hear parents’ ideas and perceptions about the education of their daughters and sons, and so we are greatly looking forward to hosting parents on this night.

The date for this evening is Tuesday 19 September at the Tyabb Campus.

If you haven’t been to the Tyabb Campus before, we will conduct a short tour of the campus at 7.15pm for those interested.




Two weeks ago the Padua Parent Forum Group ran an evening with speaker Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder & director of the Resilience Project, on how we as parents can help build resilience and positive emotional well-being in our children.

Hugh spoke enthusiastically and entertainingly about three pillars of resilience and mental health – gratitude, empathy, mindfulness – GEM. There were many touching stories and hilarious anecdotes, as well as some sobering statistics – 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health problem this year. All this while experiencing some technical difficulties which tested Hugh’s own resilience, a test he passed with flying colours.

If you would like to consider some of the material from the night, the slides can be found at

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the parents and staff who helped make this such a wonderful evening. But special thanks goes to the organising group of Deirdre Snooks, Louise Piva and Annette Wethering.




Last edition we highlighted a great resource at Headspace about communication.

This time of the term, particularly for older students can become quite stressful as final assessments are completed and exams come into view.

If you are concerned about how to handle this, there is another resource offered by Headspace – ‘A Parent Guide to School Issues and Stress’. It is highly recommended.

If you find a great on-line resource, please email it through on the address at this end of this page.




Sunday 12 November - set aside the date! Last year, the Padua College team placed second in numbers participating in this great community event, and this year we would love to see even more Padua parents, students and staff participating. You can get inspired by the video link, or go directly to the link below to register to either run in Team Padua or volunteer at the event. Help keep our kids safe on the roads.

Link to the promotional video:

Link to join the Padua team:

If you want more information, please go to …



The Parent Group meets to coordinate a range of activities for parents in the Padua community. Activities include the Parent Forum and the Arthurs Seat Challenge. We also discuss areas of parent interest or concern within the college.

The Parent group will meet on …

18 October 7.30pm (Mornington Campus – Staff Room)

28 November 7.30pm (Mornington Campus – Staff Room)

Please note that Parent group meetings in Term 2 were at Rosebud Campus and Term 3 at Tyabb Campus.



Parents coming together to prepare meals for those in our community who are in need.

The last one will be held on 1 November 7.00pm (Mornington Campus)





I dreamt I stood in a studio,

And watched two sculptors there.

The clay they used was a young child’s mind,

And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher, the tools he used

Were books, music, and art.

One a parent with a guiding hand

And a gentle loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled,

With a touch that was deft and sure.

While the parent labored by his side,

And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last, their work was done,

They were proud of what they had wrought.

For the things they had molded into the child,

Could neither be sold nor bought.

And each agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alone,

For behind the parent stood the school

And behind the teacher the home.

-Author Unknown



If you would like to email me with any thoughts, questions or suggestions, please feel free to do so. I’d love to hear from you

Michael Harrison
Deputy Principal: Mission & Community