Deputy Principal's Report

Teachers Talk Transition at Tyabb

As we approach the mid-point of Term 4, the focus on transition becomes an important component of the work for teachers in finishing this year and preparing for 2018. Grade 6 students from our Parish feeder primary schools have been in this week to familiarise themselves with the Tyabb campus. They will soon be back for Orientation Day where they will be welcomed into their House, meet their Homeroom teacher and familiarise themselves with new classmates and environs.

Transition happens at the other end too with our Year 10 students who are finishing their final weeks at Tyabb ahead of transitioning to the Mornington Campus. They are currently completing final assessments, preparing for exams and making the most of the time remaining before commencing VCE or VCAL in 2018. Later this term the Year 10 students from all three campuses will have their Orientation Day at Mornington where they too will meet their peers and teachers for next year.

These are important aspects of the pastoral care that Padua College is so well known for and there are important outcomes for both students and teachers. Getting to know students and building relationships with them is extremely important in ensuring that they flourish with their studies.

With the Year 9 students out on camp this week, the Year 7, 8 and 10 students have been making the most of the improving weather at recess and lunchtimes. There are many great benefits to be gained through sharing fun times with friends, kicking a football or playing basketball and our students are certainly encouraged to make the most of their breaks so that class time can be well spent focussing on learning. A highlight for this week has been the Tyabb Bake-Off, brilliantly organised by Mrs Sugameli and well attended by a number of keen and enthusiastic young bakers.

Parents are reminded to ensure that the proper wearing of the College uniform remains a priority. Of late there have been some students who are bending the uniform regulations to suit themselves. The wearing of sports uniform on days when school uniform should be worn, black socks instead of navy blue and worse still, black socks with sports uniform. Tyabb students know the rules when wearing the uniform and they also know that their Homeroom teacher and House Coordinator are vigilant in upholding the rules. Another point to mention is the wearing of helmets for those students who ride to school. Of late there have been students who are risking more than a police sanction by riding without a helmet.

It is vital that every student finishes the year on a positive note. Keeping abreast of school commitments and remaining positive helps to build maturity as a learner and ensures success. Teachers are here to help and it is important for students, parents and staff to work together so that 2017 is a year to remember.

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​