Deputy Principal's Report

It’s Not Where You Start, it’s How You Finish

The final month of any school year is an opportunity for students to leave an indelible impression on their academic year. Remaining on top of assessments, staying engaged with class activities and seeking assistance as required are hallmarks of maturity as a student. Secondary students experience daily a range of learning and teaching experiences and need to be organised and motivated to successfully adapt to different teaching styles and relationships. Teachers work hard to build a rapport with their classes and to set expectations that are fair and reasonable. At the same time, they seek to support the learning of each individual student by challenging them to achieve their best.

As Term 4 progresses, the weather improves, the days are longer, spring rolls into summer and the ability to remain focussed is challenged. Good students, mindful of their responsibilities and eager to maintain high standards of respect and attainment, rise to the challenge and finish their year on a high. Expectations are high in the last month of the school year and Tyabb students are being encouraged to have a strong finish to 2017.

The campus remains a busy place. We have enjoyed visits from the feeder primary schools as part of their transition to Padua and next week will host an evening for Year 7 2018 parents. Year 10 students have met with their 2018 House Co-ordinator from the Mornington Campus as part of their transition to Year 11. This will continue for students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE subject who will be participating in a full day at Mornington with VCE teaching staff. This will give them a taste of what to expect for 2018 as well as some holiday homework.

Year 9 students returned from camp animated and renewed. Students from years past fondly speak of their Year 9 Camp experience and no doubt many stories and memories are still being shared. As always, reports from camp leaders about the behaviour of the students was very good.

A special word of thanks to Mr Luke Tyrell for his work with the Arthur’s Seat Challenge team from Padua. Tyabb representation was incredible and all credit should go to Luke for his enthusiasm and motivation of this year’s entrants.

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​