Welcome Back

Welcome back!

We spend a lot of time welcoming back our students at the start of the year, which is always a joy, but we are just as keen to welcome back our families and those in our wider college community.

An old indigenous saying is that it takes a village to raise a child, and it is certainly true of schools like Padua that it takes a community to educate a child – students, staff, parents, families and the wider community working together. So welcome back to all parents, and a particular welcome to all new parents to our college community.


First Parent Meeting

The first Parent Group meeting for the year will be at the Mornington Campus on Wednesday 27 February 7.30pm in the Mornington Staff Room. It is planned that parents attending on the evening will be able to view parts of the new building which is nearing completion.

For those new to the college, the Padua Parent Group oversees parent activities in the college, including a Parent Education Forum, a Reflection Evening, the college’s participation in the Arthurs Seat Challenge, ‘Engage, Consult, Advise’ Evenings for parent consultation, Cooking Evenings to provide food for families in need in the community, and involvement in such events as International Women’s Day.

You are most warmly invited to this first evening. It is a quite relaxed and collegial gathering and all parents are most welcome.




1. Welcome and Overview of the Parent group

(Walk through new facilities available for viewing)

2. Proposed meeting dates 2019

3. Parent Forum - planning

4. House Parent Reps and involvement of parents on campuses – discussion

5. General discussion time on any other matters raised

 6. AOB


Twilight Open Days:  The Padua Parent Group will be running a sausage sizzle on the nights of the Open Days from 4-7pm as follows:

* Rosebud Tuesday 5 March 2019

* Tyabb: Thursday 7 March 2019

* Mornington: Thursday 14 March 2019

We really need some parents to assist with those BBQs.

If you are able to assist, would you kindly email Sarah Hansen (shansen@padua.vic.edu.au) or ph. 5970 4293 with your availability and on which campus you can assist.

Grateful thanks!


Community Cooking Nights:

You may have heard of our Community Cooking Nights, the aim of which is to cook and prepare tasty meals, cakes, slices etc that can be delivered to individuals and families experiencing some short or long term difficulties. These people are part of our Padua College Community and through the work of the College Pastoral Associate, Ms Mo Cromar,  food is delivered during the year to those who need our helping hand. The nights occur approximately once per term for a couple of hours in our Food Technology Kitchens at the Mornington Campus. It is a great way to meet other parents, whilst also knowing you are assisting other Padua families who are in, in one way or another, in need.

We would love some new recruits for this endeavor. So whether you are a new Year 7 parent, or an “old” Padua parent, please consider going on our list for the Cooking Nights. A Caremonkey will be sent to you. If you are free, hopefully we will see you there. If not this time, then the next! There is no permanent commitment, just an opportunity to assist where you can.  The first Cooking Night is Wednesday 20 March 2019. If you would like to be on the list, please email Sarah Hansen (shansen@padua.vic.edu.au) or ph. 5970 4293 for further details.


Feedback welcomed!

I would welcome feedback, questions or new ideas at any time.

Please feel free to contact me via email at mharrison@padua.vic.edu.au

Michael Harrison
Deputy Principal: Mission & Community