Vice Principal's Report

Welcome back to what can only be described as a fast and furious run home for all of our graduating Year 12 students. With the final day of scheduled classes being Tuesday 24 October the work that has been completed over the year is now being pulled together for final exam preparations.

This evening (Thursday 19 October) was the annual VCAL presentation evening. The evening showcased the depth and detail of work covered this year by all students. The highlight of the evening was seeing the students present their ‘personal journey story’ to their peers, teachers and family. Congratulations to all the VCAL students for their contribution to the evening and throughout the year.

The trial exam period over the holiday break and first two days of Term 4 played a significant role in having the students prepared for what they will encounter in the VCAA exams. With a near perfect attendance the students are now receiving these grades and making the final adjustments in preparation for the final exams. Congratulations must go to Mrs Taylor for her typically outstanding planning, communication and execution of having 450 students complete all practice exams in every subject.

The first week back in Term 4 started the official VCAA exam time for our Italian and Drama students who had their oral and solo performances officially assessed. Congratulations to the students for their performances under the guidance of Hayley McMillan (Italian) and Gina Goss (Drama). The Music department has been in lock down with many students rehearsing their solo and group performances that happen very soon. I have had the privilege of listening to some of these students and have no doubt their creation and dedication will reap rewards. Thank you to Mark Mannock and all the music staff for their continued guidance of our budding superstars.

Our creative students who have been working over the year in preparing folios and final pieces of work are to be congratulated for their final products. The first two weeks has seen both the Arts and Technology Learning Areas display their final products. Whilst the students are to be congratulated for their imagination and attention to detail, the teacher’s commitment to the students and ensuring their ideas come to life cannot be underestimated. To Hannah Williams (Arts) and Anne Allan (Technology) as Learning Area Leaders and all the staff in these departments, your tireless work is truly valued by all members of the Padua community.

The final touches are now complete for the upcoming College Graduation Awards Assembly, Graduation Mass, Valedictory Dinner and Celebration Day. Parents of all Year 12 students have received more detailed information and we as a community look forward to celebrating these events with you. Your support as parents in attending specific events is greatly appreciated and highlights the contribution you have made to the College over the years.

It is exciting to be able to showcase below the amazing journey of Kiah Broadsmith (Year 11 Mercy) who recently went to New York and was part of the Couture Fashion Week. Kiah loved every moment of the trip and has made connections for return trips in the near future. Congratulations Kiah and we wish you every success in the future. 

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