Director of Campus Report

It has been a big week for our Year 9 Cohort. Everything from floating on the Murray, to riding horses up mountainsides in the Howqua Valley, experiencing some culture in the artistic laneways of Melbourne or diving with dolphins in Port Phillip Bay. The stories of adventure were matched with stories of developing new friendships with Year 9 students from Mornington and Tyabb campuses. Many thanks to the staff that supported our Year 9 students in all these activities. The wonderful thing is we get to do it all again in week two of term two.The Easter Raffle Hampers are now starting to take shape and are offering a delicious variety of goods. The raffle will be drawn in our final assembly in week 10 on Thursday 4 April. Tickets are still on sale.

This week saw the first of a number of challenges that will form the basis of the PADUA CUP. The first challenge was the Padua Tug O’ War. The competition pitted teams from each House against each other in both Year 7 and Year 8 teams. The final was a close fought competition, but the overall winner for Year 8 was Anthony, and in Year 7, it was also Anthony.  Different events will take place until the end of the semester in a range of activities that will determine a Padua Cup champion.

Our Year 7’s have experienced the first of four Year 7 Rally Days. The Year 7’s compete in a range of sporting activities at different venues with the opportunity to meet Year 7 students from all the campuses. This is a great opportunity for our Year 7’s to see the other campuses and have some fun competing for House points. Our sport leaders play a vital role in making this day happen, and it is a great chance for these young people to show their leadership skill.

We are very proud of the many ways that our Padua students represent the college. Last Tuesday night at the SIS Performing Arts Concert, two of our students participated in a dance ensemble. Chloe Mason and Skyla Raeburn, both in Year 8, joined seven other girls from Tyabb and Mornington to perform on the evening. The girls travelled to Nazareth College once a fortnight to rehearse and the end result was a wonderful performance at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. A senior group also performed on the night and brought the house down.

Some of our Year 8 students also represented the College by being involved in the Local Primary School Lightening Premiership at Olympic oval and Our lady of Fatima primary school. These students helped score and umpire the sporting events. It is wonderful to see Padua students keen to give back to our local community.

No matter what time of the day it is at Rosebud Padua there is always something happening, it is a busy place. Planning, playing, teaching, keeping the wheels of education in motion is shared by all of us here at Padua.

Jim Baird

Co Director Rosebud Campus

Phil Helisma

Co Director Rosebud Campus