Vice Principal's Report

With the final VCAA exam completed on 21 November, time for many will stand still as we await the release of the ATAR results on Friday 14 December. Please refer to the Careers page of The Paduan for when the Careers office will be open for any students who wish to seek further advice on future pathways. Once again, we wish all students who are nervously waiting for their results all the best if using the ATAR to pursue further study.

Friday 23 November brought to a close the 2018 academic year on the 11-12 Campus. All of our Year 11 students came together for the end of year liturgy, 2018 VCE exam debrief classes and the academic assembly. The liturgy was a beautiful reflection on the year completed around the College theme of ‘Faith in Action’. A heartfelt thankyou to Peter Woodhouse for his work in ensuring that school liturgies continue to be driven and centred around student involvement. The academic assembly at the end of the day was highlighted with in excess of 70 students being presented on stage with academic excellence awards, scholarships, sports and music awards. To have so many parents and grandparents in attendance highlights the wonderful community that is Padua College. Congratulations to all students who were recognised at this assembly, as it highlights the work they have done in 2018 and provides a perfect platform for their studies in 2019. Below is a list of all of the Year 11 award winners who were presented at the Assembly.

Year 11 2018 Final Assembly

Congratulations to all the students who received Special Awards, Sports, Music and Academic Excellence & Achievement Awards, presented at an assembly on 23 November. The VCE students who were presented on stage received from 5 to 7 Academic awards, while the VCAL students received 4 awards. All these award winners are listed below.

Year 11 - Special Award Winners

Congratulations in particular to the following students who won special awards and were presented with prizes and certificates:

* Brad Fenby Scholarship – Caitlyn Sheldrick

* Max Suhr Award – Natalie Blake

* Deakin University Young Influencer Award – Tessa Houlihan


Year 11 2018 Academic Excellence and Achievement Awards


Contribution to Music – Year 11

Eddy Irvine

Kyle Tricarico

Sergio Strippel


Female Vocal Group

Rebecca Shute


Male Vocal Group

Ethan Barry 




Graham Warr Male Sprinter of the Year:  Seth Sullivan (Year 11)

Female Sprinter of the Year: Georgia Middleton (Year 11)



Robbie Morgan-Morris Award: Jessica Guy-Toogood and Harry Bilston



Boys Player of the Year: Matthew Bates



Female Footballer of the Year: Shania Gammaldi



Female Soccer Player of the Year: Jennifer Quinlan



Male Basketballer of the Year (MVP):  Jacob Melhem



Female Netballer of the Year: Grace Hodder           



Georgia Middleton


Transition Day

Transition day on Thursday 29 November brought together the graduating class of 2020. It was exciting to see all 398 students start their transition into the Year 10-12 Campus together. Monday 3 December will see the graduating Class of 2021 come together for their first taste of life on the Senior Campus. This day will allow all 428 students to start their journey as senior students as one. House and homeroom allocations will be announced on this day and students will spend time meeting the many new faces that make up the Year 10-12 Campus. We warmly welcome all students to the campus and particularly the new students joining the Padua community from other schools in 2019.

As this is the last time that I address the Padua community about the Year 11-12 Campus, I take this opportunity to focus on the staff who make this campus the place it is each and every day.

I commend the teachers who fill the classrooms with their knowledge, wisdom, laughter and genuine care for each and every student. These attributes and their passion for bringing learning to life is what makes Padua the place it is. The students openly talk about the commitment they have from staff in helping them achieve their best. As parents you should feel comfortable that all staff at the College know the importance of their role in developing the academic ability and social conscience of your child.

The Pastoral team, led by Gina Goss and Peter Harte, have supported our House Co-ordinators: Sharon Marshall, Anthony Barnhoorn, Nathan Bradbury and Caroline Jeremiah. Whilst much of their work may not be seen by parents, I am privileged to witness their passion for student well-being in ensuring each and every student is known and supported in all possible ways within their House. For this I am most thankful and I know that many parents are too.

The passion of our Learning and Pedagogy team leaders, Helen Sugameli and Travis Pearce, in ensuring that each student is afforded the course of their choice, highlights that each student is valued. The additional support in SAC and exam assessments to provide equity amongst the cohort is also greatly valued.  I know that many parents appreciate their swift action in supporting them and their child.

Shannon Maher in the role as VCAL Co-ordinator has continued the growth of this pathway. With the continued increase in numbers this year and for 2019, her forward thinking and solution-based approach in seeing students succeed is based on the respectful relationships that she has built. Shannon’s passion for VCAL will continue as she moves solely into the role of Head of Careers.

I sincerely thank the Careers and Pathway team, Learning Enhancement staff, Senior Administration and the Wellbeing Team for their ongoing dedication and willingness to work with both students and families in finding positive outcomes in such a professional and discrete manner.

I thank the maintenance team, who provide a clean and welcoming environment, for your willingness to be flexible in providing the many requests from new learning spaces, fixing hot water issues to exam preparations. Your role in providing the right learning atmosphere is greatly appreciated.

I encourage you as parents to take the time to make contact with staff prior to the end of this year to thank and acknowledge their efforts over 2018. Such support from you as parents is more powerful than you can imagine.

Finally, I wish all families a restful, peaceful and Holy Christmas season and I look forward to continuing to work with the community of Padua in 2019.