Vice Principal's Report

A very warm welcome to the Year 10-12 Campus to all parents and students as we embark on the 2019 school year. Students are to be commended on the manner in which that have started the academic year amidst the changes in place with regards to the Whyte Senior Learning Centre.

2019 is a landmark year at Padua College as the Senior Campus now comprises our Year 10 students. The additional four new Houses: Bernard, Elizabeth, Merton and Djeembana - continue to provide the outstanding pastoral and academic care for all students on the Year 10-12 Senior Campus.

To our 28 new Senior students who join Padua College for the first time in 2019 we welcome you and your families. We look forward to seeing you all share your gifts and talents with the Padua community and know that as a community we are here to support you on your journey.

To all staff who are new to Padua this year, I extend my welcome. I know that our parents will embrace your gifts and talents that you will share with their children.  I welcome to significant leadership roles on the 10-12 Senior Campus the following staff; Ms Mairead Johnson as the new House Co-ordinator for the Djeembana House. Ms Johnson joins us from within Catholic Education and brings with her extensive experience in working with senior students in their final years. Marcus Butler as the Head of VCAL brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in this growing pathway at Padua College. I also welcome to the their new roles within the College, Mr Paul Ribet as Elizabeth House Co-ordinator, Mrs Julie Barnhoorn as Bernard House Co-ordinator and Mrs Mona Esmaty as Merton House Co-ordinator.  

Our 10-12 Senior Campus information evening provided the opportunity for all parents and students to begin or consolidate the valuable relationship that exists between the school and home through spending time with their homeroom teacher and house co-ordinator. It was exciting to see such a large attendance and to hear the positive comments on the evening.

The campus opened with the Year 12 students beginning the year by attending their House Retreats. These Retreats are held in such regard by previous students who continually comment that they are a highlight of their time at Padua. The move to the very start of the year was in response to the overwhelming feedback from students that they wanted to forge a close relationship with their Homeroom Teacher and House Co-ordinator as soon as possible. The retreat program provides a focus on who each student is as an individual, within the wider community, their connection to family and the contribution they can have to the world outside Padua. It is part of the College Mission on educating and developing the whole person.

The next few weeks will see many students complete their first SAC, SAT or Assessment that are the building blocks for 2019. It is as of this time that all students have 100% access to all of the marks for their subject, an even playing field for all. I encourage all students and parents to communicate with their subject teacher and homeroom teacher in the pursuit of excellence in all they endeavour at Padua.