Deputy Principal's Report

With Term 3 now in the final days it can truly be said it has been a big term on the 11-12 Campus. With most Unit 3 and 4 subject’s coursework now complete, students in these subjects now turn their attention to the final exams. With exams for subjects traditionally worth 50% of the study score, students must remain in the game and continue to work towards achieving the best result they can. With each student entering this time of the year with an array of emotions and feelings, once again we can defer to our school motto - “Perseverance Conquers All”.

 

A huge thank you to Belinda Taylor for all her work in ensuring no stone has been left unturned in preparing for the upcoming trial exams during the holiday period and the first two days of Term 4. The trial exams provide students with the ability to apply their knowledge of the year’s work in an identical fashion to the end of year exams. The feedback given by the teacher will help guide the student in identifying strengths and weaknesses and further enhance their ability to achieve to the highest standard possible. Whilst the staff continue to provide every opportunity for success, it really is time now for each and every student to take ownership and shine in this upcoming exam period.

 

The VCAL program has shone in the wider community this term. Students have been involved in programs that support community issues such as one punch violence and homelessness, and in community programs such as the Benton Square garden project and Scope, where ‘We see the person not the disability’. The real world experience that the students have gained from these projects underlies the importance and specific nature of the VCAL program. I also thank all the staff in the VCAL program who so willingly look to enhance the hands-on learning experience for the students.

 

The Year 12 Graduation Mass at Padua and Valedictory Dinner at the Mornington Racecourse on Tuesday 24 October has officially been launched. As we embark on the new format of celebrations for 2017, it is important to note that all celebrations have been planned to provide time for all parents, staff and students to come together as part of the Padua community. The attendance of families at both these events is crucial and once again highlights the continued support the parent body has for Padua College.

 

We finish the term with Progress Report meetings on Thursday and Friday. These opportunities are crucial in ensuring that as parents you have a clear understanding of the learning that is occurring in the classroom. If you are unable to attend these meetings I encourage you to make contact with all teachers as soon as possible. The Year 11 students now have only 8 weeks before starting their Year 12 studies, so all advice that is given now will support them well into 2018.

 

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