Vice Principal's Report

In what can only be described as a massive week in education, the previous week has seen Padua come together in many ways to celebrate the graduating class of 2017. The week began with the whole school assembly in which the entire College acknowledged the graduating class of 2017 with special recognition to all top students in subjects awards and also the perpetual Year 12 awards. Such an event provides not only recognition to those who received awards but provides the students in Years 7-11 with the inspiration to be on stage when their time comes. 

The Graduation Mass on the Tuesday evening was a special time when all families of the graduating class of 2017 came together to share in the spirit of Padua College. The Mass was driven by many of the Year 12 students and once again the music department and associated students provided exceptional support in making the Mass a memorable occasion for all. The Valedictory Dinner that followed the Mass was a dinner that will be spoken about for years to come. With the room filled to capacity and the energy that this provided is the way in which Padua sees this event for 2017 and beyond. To look over the room and witness families and friends sharing a meal in celebration of a graduating child brings home that whilst Padua provides an education to all, for many the Padua community develops into a Padua family. It was a privilege to be able to acknowledge the award winners from Monday in front of their parents and the memories that this provided will last a lifetime. I can’t thank enough the families that were able to be part of this perfect celebration to the Year 12 Class of 2017.

Wednesday was the traditional ‘Celebration Day’ for our Year 12s. Once again the students need to be commended on the manner in which they were able to celebrate with each other and the staff on this day. For some, many hours were used in planning and preparing for the dress up theme with outstanding individual and group costumes. Having the day finish with the now tradition rite of passage through the school that is lined with the Year 7-11 students called time on their formal classes.    

Now the time has come for the VCE students to gear up for the final VCAA exams. The work that has been completed over this year and the years prior have them in the position of preparedness for this time. I wish all students completing these VCAA final exams nothing but the best and to continue to stay focussed until the final exam has been completed. I also wish to acknowledge and congratulate the outstanding staff who continue to provide every opportunity for all students to achieve to the best of their ability. 

Katrina Greenwood and I were able to celebrate with both Holly Taylor (Excellence Award) and Taylor Griffin (Encouragement Award) and their families in acknowledging their outstanding 2017 as part of the VCAL program. The evening once again highlights that the VCAL pathway is, for many employers, the preferred option in training for life in the workforce. I wish Holly and Taylor all the success for the years ahead and know they both are very thankful for their teachers’ support over the years and the ability to be part of such an innovative VCAL program at Padua under the guidance of Katrina Greenwood.

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