Dear Parents/Guardians & Students

Staff News

We extend our best wishes to Ms Amy Bongiorno who commences Parental Leave next week for the remainder of the year. Mrs Sarah Treyvaud will increase her hours of work for this period to take over Amy’s duties in the College Alumni during Amy’s period of leave.
Our condolences to Mrs Monica Brown on the recent passing of her mother, who was also named Monica.

Vice Principal – Students

Following the appointment of Ms Sally Buick to the position of Principal at Killester College commencing in Term 3, I am pleased to announce that Mr Sam Wright has been appointed to the role of Vice Principal – Students at Padua College.
Mr Wright is currently the Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha and prior to this he has held the role of Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing and Organisation. Previously to his appointment at Mary MacKillop in Leongatha, Sam was the Deputy Principal at St Mary MacKillop College, Swan Hill. He therefore has 15 years Deputy Principal experience.
Mr Wright has been a member of the Executive of the Victorian Catholic Secondary Schools Deputy Principal Association, having been Treasurer of the Association for a number of years. 
We look forward to welcoming Sam to the Padua College community in Term 4 and were delighted that he was able to spend the day with us last Friday visiting the campuses and meeting staff and students. He will visit again this term on a number of occasions in order to prepare himself for this important role.
Ms Buick will leave Padua at the end of this term, and, as there will be a gap in the role of Vice Principal - Students in Term 3, an appointment of an Acting Vice Principal of Students will be made for Term 3. This acting role will be filled internally and I look forward to announcing that appointment in the coming weeks.
The Senior Vice Principal role, also currently held by Ms Buick, will be finalised and announced by the end of this Term.

Performing Arts Festival

This week we are celebrating the Performing Arts Festival at the College which actually commenced last Thursday with the Mornington Campus Autumn Concert at the George Jenkins Theatre. This was a wonderful evening providing students the experience of performing in front of an audience in a professional setting. Congratulations to Performing Arts Learning Team Leader Mr Mark Mannock and all staff who worked with and supported our students in preparing for the concert and assisting on the evening.
The Performing Arts Festival continues this week with a number of activities across the campuses, while, following the recent Production Camp, rehearsals for the 2019 Production of ‘School of Rock’ are ramping up in preparation for performances in July.

SIS Cross Country

I wish all students participating in the SIS Cross Country next Tuesday 28 May all the very best for a great day. Students have been training for this event, including participating in the recent Cross Country Camp and I wish them success for next week.

Year 8 Excel Day

Last Tuesday, the Year 8 students attended the Lord Somers Camp in Somers, where they participated in a day of activities centred around their wellbeing. It was lovely to see the student from the three 7-9 Campuses working and mixing together. My thanks to Ms Suzi Hyland (College Positive Education Facilitator) for her leadership in planning and co-ordinating the day.


Anthony Banks