Deputy Principal's Report

The Reason for the Season

“In switching on the light of the Nativity scene, we wish for the light of Christ to be in us. A Christmas without light is not Christmas. Let there be light in the soul, in the heart; let there be forgiveness to others; let there be no hostilities, which are dark. Let there be the beautiful light of Jesus. This is my wish for all of you, when you turn on the light of the crib.”

Pope Francis (2014)

Padua Rosebud Happenings

Year 10 have completed their exams and attended the Year 10 into Year 11 Transition Day up at Mornington. Tomorrow, we celebrate their final day at Padua Rosebud with their peers, staff and parents. Year 9 have also concluded the Aspire9 program and will experience their Transition Day at Mornington on Monday 3 December in preparation for Year 10 in 2019. Year 8 students have concluded their House Leadership Speeches with successful candidates to be announced at the Final Assembly on Wednesday 5 December, followed with Campus Carols and House Celebration Days on Thursday 6 December and a visit to the movies to conclude the school year for the students.

The school year has one week to travel for Years 7-9. May every student take up the challenge in the last week of Term Four, a challenge that was set for them at the beginning of the term… “do a good deed, say a kind word, make a difference in the life of a peer.”

Parents can expect College information to be emailed before the end of this year, ready for the beginning of the 2019 school year, detailing dates and general information that will be particularly important for new families.

 

Thank You to Year 10!

After four years Year 10 students will soon leave Inglewood Crescent. Friday morning the Liturgy and Final Assembly Awards Presentation will be a fitting end to their school year, as will the Year 10 Social at the National Golf Club tomorrow evening. The importance of Year 10’s last day at Padua Rosebud is a significant time in their Rites of Passage.  

Year 10 students have left their imprint on Padua Rosebud. They have offered counsel to their younger peers when it was required and, on most occasions, accepted the wisdom and advice of their teachers when needed.  It takes a village to raise every child and thank you to all staff who have been involved (no matter how large or small) in nurturing Year 10 students towards adulthood.  We sincerely thank parents for supporting their sons and daughters along their journey over the past four years. When school and home use the same road map it is far easier to navigate the terrain!

No teenager is perfect and most have ‘a moment’ or two at home or at school, yet when they have needed to stand and be counted, Year 10 were there in numbers. Year 10 are a lucky lot! Why? Because they have had House Coordinators who have been outstanding mentors. I know they are grateful for the time, dedication and acumen they received from Mrs Goldsmid; Mrs Paton; Ms Cummins; Mr Slavin and other House Coordinators during their time at Padua Rosebud.

Year 10 have been prepared well for the next stage of their educational journey. They will have much to offer their new peers at Padua Mornington. Padua Rosebud is about nurturing leadership, developing character and understanding that Christ is always by our sides.  Thank you Year 10.

 

Year 7-9 Awards Assembly and Student Leadership 2018

Congratulations to the students who will receive awards at the Assembly next week for their excellence across curriculum and or in specialist areas of school life. Congratulations must also go to the students who will be announced as the leaders of our Rosebud Campus in 2019. These achievements are statements of their maturity and desire to share their gifts with their peers. May they continue to use their academic talents and leadership acumen for the common good of all and in the spirit of service to others.

 

Christmas Giving

Thank you for supporting the Christmas Hamper Appeal for 2018. We can all so easily get caught up in the business of the end of year that the real meaning of the season can sometimes be unintentionally misplaced. Our thanks to Mrs Goldsmid and the Catholic Action Program students for highlighting and organising the collection of donations that will be distributed to families leading up to Christmas Day.

 

Thank You

As this is my last contribution to the Paduan, I offer my sincere thanks to the families who have entrusted your sons and daughters to the charism and spirit of Padua. Since 2013 my time at Padua College has been predominantly at the Rosebud Campus and what a joy it has been each morning to greet the day with a “good morning” to the St Anthony statue and more importantly to work alongside such wonderful and inspiring colleagues (both teaching and non-teaching) who every day are committed to the students in their care. When commissioned in 2000 as a Principal in the NSW Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese, I took Romero’s Prayer as my leadership creed because I believe that in Catholic education we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Those who fought so hard in the past to give Catholic education a voice in Australian society, to educate young men and women in a personal relationship with Christ. There is no doubt that Padua, like all Catholic Schools, sends young people into the adult world who have integrity and who do make a difference, even when faced with the challenges of living in a contemporary world. We are never fully formed but to instil lifelong learning into the hearts and minds of our students, enables them to understand that life is never perfected, but the students will be better for experiencing a holistic education. It has been my privilege to share the journey.

 

Romero’s Prayer

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.

The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

 

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.  No prayer fully expresses our faith.  No confession brings perfection.  No pastoral visit brings wholeness.  No program accomplishes the church’s mission.  No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

 

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.  We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.  We lay foundations that will need further development.  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

 

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.  This enables us to do something and to do it well.  It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.  We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

 

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

 

Christmas is Coming!

On behalf of the Padua Rosebud staff we wish all families a blessed, joyful and peaceful Christmas with laughter aplenty. Christmas is family time, particularly in attending Mass or at other Church services. Christmas is to be treasured and may we be generous in our thoughts and prayers for families coping with illness and or missing the presence of loved ones. May the joy of Christ fill a struggling heart. If you are travelling around Christmas time, go gently on the roads, near or afar.

 

Wayne Smith
Deputy Principal Head of 7-10 Rosebud Campus