From the acting Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students, 

Staff News 

Congratulations to Miss Samantha Vinson (M) and Mr Chris Walsh (M) on their recent engagement. We extend our condolences to Mr Phil Helisma (R) on the recent passing of his father in law, and we also offer our condolences to Ms Marjorie Canal (Vice Principal – Staff) on the passing of her brother, Jean-Pierre, last week. 



Our Aspire9 students enjoyed a wonderful week last week during their first Focus Week for the year. Students were involved in a number of activities including a City Experience, a Work Ready Program, an Outdoor Education camp and a Think Global, Act Local Program. All Year 9 students will participate in each of these activities throughout the year and I thank our Aspire9 Director, Mr Mark De Fazio, along with Aspire9 Co-ordinators, Mr Lance Albrecht (T), Mrs Andrea Cummins (R) and Mr Tony Anderson (M) with support from Ms Bec Seal, for all their work in preparing and implementing these Focus Weeks. 



Last Thursday and Friday we held the first of our Year 7 STEAM Cups for the 2019 school year at the Red and Green Houses at the Mornington Campus. These students under the guidance of Ms Angela Phillips and the STEAM Team, spent two days working in small teams to design and build simple machines, these then had to all come together to make one House machine! One of the most enjoyable elements of being Judge for the STEAM Cup was hearing the students talk of how they worked in team and learned a great deal about this vitally important skill.  

These students have had lots of fun while learning all about the design and development of small machines. STEAM Cup activities will occur for Mornington Blue and Yellow Houses and at the Rosebud and Tyabb Campuses throughout the year.  


Year 7 2021 Enrolments 

A reminder to all families that enrolments for Year 7 2021 are now open and details can be found on the College website. Applications for Year 7 2021 close on Friday 10 May 2019. 


Year 12 Formal 

Tomorrow night our Year 12 students will gather for their Formal at the Mornington Racecourse. This promises to be a wonderful night for our Year 12 students who will be able to take a break from their studies for a few hours to enjoy this night. A special thank you to Mr Curtis StoneMs Gina Goss and Mrs Deb Clarke who are the function co-ordinators. 


Padua Day 

Next Tuesday 2 April the whole College will celebrate Padua Day with all students coming together at the Mornington Campus. We will commence with celebrating Mass, have whole school photo followed by a carnival which will include a number of social justice and student led activities, rides and food trucks, finishing with an outdoor concert. 


Farewell to Fr Laurie Pearson 

Earlier this week the Padua College Board farewelled Fr Laurie Pearson and thanked him for his years of service to the College, as he prepares for retirement at the end of May. Fr Laurie was welcomed to the parish of St Thomas More’s, Mt Eliza in January 2001 and joined the Padua College Board as a representative of the Canonical Administrators in 2004. He became President of the Association of Canonical Administrators in 2005 and has been an active member of the College Board since that time. Fr Laurie has been involved in major projects at the College such as the development of the Mornington Campus Chapel, the building of the Tyabb Campus and, most recently, the development of the Master Plan for the Mornington Campus and the first stage of that Master Plan, the Whyte Senior Learning Centre. By way of honouring Fr Laurie’s contributions to the College community we have named the lecture theatre in the Whyte Senior Learning Centre the ‘Pearson Lecture Theatre’. 

Fr Laurie will celebrate Mass with the whole school community next Tuesday 2 April for Padua Day and we will take this opportunity for the students and staff to thank and farewell Fr Laurie.


Easter Liturgies 

Easter liturgies will be celebrated across all Campuses next week prior to the holidays and also upon our return from the holiday break following Easter. As we do each year, on Thursday 4 April Rosebud Campus students will be involved in a celebration of the Stations of the Cross. This is always a very moving celebration and thank Mr Peter O’Halloran for his work in preparing the students so beautifully. 


Holiday Wishes 

As this the last Paduan before the school holidays, I wish all students a restful break and all families a peaceful and holy Easter. We look forward to all students returning for term two well rested and ready for another term of activity and achievement. All classes resume on Tuesday 23 April, following the Easter Monday public holiday. 


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