Dear Parents & Students,

VCE - The ATAR Score 

The ATAR is an overall percentile ranking, calculated in steps of 0.05, reflecting the comparative performance of each successful VCE candidate. The ATAR is a nationally equivalent measure (e.g. a University Admissions Index of 95.00 in New South Wales is equivalent to an ATAR of 95.00 in Victoria).  


Padua College VCE 2018 Results 

I would like to congratulate the Class of 2018, their teachers and parents on many excellent results. Of the 272 students who received an ATAR, 12 students received ATAR scores greater than 90, of which 5 were above 95; the highest score being 98.65. 

There were 12 students to achieve an ATAR greater than 90 including;

Will McHenry

David Roberts

Joel Wills


Bethany Hansen

Joshua Patrick

Caden Adams

Stephen Cumming


Hugh Greenhill

Daniel Petty

Jemma Lee

Lewis Warner 

*Plus one Student who has declined publication of results

In total, 53 students received scores above 80 which accounted for 19% of our VCE students and a total of 103 students (38%) who attained an ATAR above 70. The median ATAR for the 2018 cohort is 62.7 and the median student core is 30.

I congratulate Will McHenry as the College Dux of 2018 (ATAR 98.65).  


Christmas Hampers 

My thanks to the Padua College Community and member of the Padua Parents’ Group for the work you have done in gathering together so many donations for the Padua Christmas Hampers. These hampers are in the process of being delivered to a number of Padua families and I extend my thanks also to all the members of the Padua College community who have donated so generously to this Christmas Hamper appeal. In particular, I would like to thank the Padua College Pastoral Associate, Mrs Mary Cameron, and Padua Parent Group member, Mrs Sarah Hansen, for coordinating this wonderful activity. 


End-of-Year Campus Liturgies 

Masses and Assemblies were held at each campus during the final student days for 2018 last week to celebrate the achievements of our Year 7, 8 and 9 students this year. These were wonderful times of celebration, recognition and giving thanks for the fantastic year. 

I congratulate all the Academic and Special Award winners who were presented across the three campuses at Assemblies during these past few days of Term. You will find them acknowledged on their relevant Campus page in this issue of The Paduan. 


Year Book 

My thanks and congratulations to Ms Marcelle Ryan and Ms Kathleen Williams for another wonderful production of the 2018 College Year Book. So many hours of work go into this and the result is, once again, outstanding! 


Grade 6 2018 Orientation Day for Year 7 2019 

Current Grade Six students who will be our new students for 2019 attended at all three campuses on Tuesday 11 December for Orientation Day. I thank our Student Wellbeing and Growth Leaders, Mr Phil Helisma, Mr Terry Luppino and Ms Natalie Beattie who, along with House Co-ordinators, and Deputy Principals – Heads of Campus Mr Wayne Smith, Mr Stephen Veneris and Mr Rob Knight/Mr Peter Kerr, worked to ensure a successful programme was in place for the Grade 6 students. 



I ask all parents to ensure that the students’ uniforms are checked to ensure they are in great condition and fit appropriately for their return in 2019. Students are to return in full Summer Uniform and are reminded to ensure their hair style meets the College requirements and that personal grooming issues are attended to, including being clean shaven and wearing appropriate jewellery according to College policy. All students must bring their hats as there will be assemblies held outdoors. Students who do not meet the College policies on grooming and uniform will be removed from classes and parents asked to collect them. All students will be required to follow the Dress Regulations which includes blazer worn to and from school commencing in Term One.  

In particular, girls are reminded that: 

* summer dresses must be at least knee-length;

* mid-back band on their summer dress should be buttoned up and not tied in a knot to bring the dress in; and

* t-bar sandals must be buckled up at all times. 

The only bag permitted at school is the College Bag and non-uniform items will not be permitted. 


Student Departures 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students who are leaving Padua College at the end of this year good luck for their future and I trust that they have fond memories of their friends and times here at the school. 


Staffing Changes for 2019 

I would like to acknowledge those members of the College community who are leaving Padua College and wish them all the very best for 2019 and beyond: 

Staff finishing at the end of 2018


* Kay Anderson (Hillcrest, Berwick)

* Tony Briglia (retiring)

* Amy Beale (Our Lady of Sion, Box Hill)

* Robyn Beesley (resigning)

* Mary Cameron (retiring)

* Vilma Disney (end of contract)

* Christopher Haller (retiring)

* Abbie Hansen (end of contract)

* Mary-Therese Haxell (end of contract)

* Danielle Hayes (end of contract)

* George Hindley (retired)

* Fiona James (end of contract)

* Angelica Mason (Wesley College)

* Erin Napier (St Bede’s, Mentone)

* Georgia Nixon (St Joseph’s, Ferntree Gully)

* Sarah Peng (Peninsula Grammar)

* Cathyanne Summers (NSW)

* Bernadette Young (retiring) 



* Suzanne Enderlin (end of contract)

* Stefanie Hall (Mount Erin, Secondary College) 

* Wayne Smith (Principal – St Mary’s Seymour)

* Anne Whelan (retiring) 



* Alyce Campbell (end of contract)

* Karen Eccleston (resigning)

* Paul Fairlie (Deputy Principal – St Francis De Sales College, Adelaide)

* Mark Fancett (resigning)

* Charlene Smith (end of contract) 

People who have been on LWOP for 2019 and now resigning

* Ella McConnell

* Nicole Jane

* Erin Napier

* Monica Sever

* Laura Di Scala 


Campus Transfers 

Staff Transferring from Rosebud to Mornington:

* Greg Bradbury

* Claire Burke

* Brad Byles

* Rita Clough

* Suzannah Hyland

* Laura Roberts

* Sinead Ryan

* Jenny Tomkins

* Kirsten Trewin 


Staff Transferring from Tyabb to Mornington

* Tony Anderson

* Natalie Beattie

* Rochelle Bradbury

* Paul Ribet 


Staff transferring from Mornington to Rosebud:

* Jim Baird 


Maternity Leave for 2019:

* Liz Filgate

* Chelsea Holmes

* Bridie Larkins (Term 1 only)

* Bree Colcott (from 18/2/19)

* Georga Bryant (from 18/3/19) 


LWOP/LSL for whole of 2019

* Marnie Kavanagh 



Staff Members who remain on leave from the College for the start of 2019:

* Assunta Galbraith (R Maternity Leave);

* Brigitte Hamilton (M – Maternity leave). 


Staff Members returning from leave for the commencement of 2019:

* Ciara Roberts 


Staff new to the College for 2019:

* Andrew Ferguson (T – House Co-ordinator - Maths/Science/Humanities

* Mairead Johnson (M – House Co-ordinator English/RE)

* Grainne Temple (M English)

* Shanae Burnett-Raby (M – English)

* Maureen (Mo) Cromar (College Pastoral Associate)

* Marcus Butler (M VCAL Leader)

* Christopher Walsh M - Maths

* Susanne van Heerwaarden (M – English LTL/ English)

* Sonny Voss (T – English/Humanities) 



I thank our priests of the region for their time and their support in what is a very busy role for them. In particular, Fr Laurie Pearson at St Thomas More Mt Eliza, Fr Ian Mackintosh OMI at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Sorrento, Fr Mihn Tran SJ from St Macartan’s Mornington, Fr Michael Miles from Immaculate Conception Hastings and the Western Port Parish, Fr Bart Huynh San from Our Lady of Fatima Rosebud and Fr Peter Zytka OSPPE from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Dromana for their Eucharistic leadership at the College as they have kindly offered their time to celebrate Masses at the College and be involved in the Sacramental Programme.  


I also thank our Faith Development Team Mr Michael Harrison, Mr Ange Virgona, Mr Peter O’Halloran, Mrs Mary Cameron, Ms Anne-Marie Wilkinson and Mr Peter Woodhouse; our Musicians, Mrs Gina Reimers, Miss Stefanie Fusco, Mr Mark Mannock and Mrs Cathy Moloney who co-ordinated the organisation and music for the many Masses and liturgies throughout the year along with our Religious Education teachers. 


2019 School Commencement 

All staff will resume at the College on Tuesday 29 January 2019 (following the public holiday on Monday 28 January) and will undergo professional development seminars and meetings on this day and Wednesday 30 January. 

Year 12 students will attend Year 12 Retreat from Wednesday 30 January – Friday 1 February. 

Year 7 students will commence on Thursday 31 January 2019 (Day 4 timetable). 

Year 8 and 9 students will commence on Friday 1 February 2019 (Day 5 timetable). 

Year 10 and 11 students will commence on Monday 4 February 2019 (Day 6 timetable).   

Any students new to Padua College in Years 8 to 10 attend their respective campus on Thursday 31 January 2019 for Orientation Day. 

Christmas Blessings 

In closing, I would like to sincerely thank all families and members of our wider Padua College Community for your support for the College and our staff members this year. I wish all members of the Padua College community the very best for the holy Christmas and a safe, restful and enjoyable holiday season.  

I look forward to continuing in partnership with you all in 2019. 




Anthony Banks