Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Farewell Ms Sally Buick

At the end of this term, Ms Sally Buick will be leaving Padua College to take up the position of Principal at Killester College. I wish to thank Sally for her 6½ years of service to Padua College, particularly over the last 3½ years since my appointment to the College. Sally’s support to myself (in the role of Senior Vice Principal) and to the College community as a whole, will be much missed and I wish her all the very best in her future ventures.

As I announced earlier this Term, Mr Sam Wright will be taking up Sally’s role of Vice Principal, Students from the commencement of term 4. I am pleased to announce that for term 3, Ms Gina Goss will fill the role of replacement Vice Principal, Students until Sam’s commencement. I thank Gina for taking on this role and wish her all the best.

Ms Gina Goss

 

GAT and Year 10 & 11 Exams

Last week, approximately 460 senior students sat the GAT at the Mornington Campus. This was a massive undertaking and I thank Mr Travis Pearce, Mrs Helen Sugameli, Mrs Pauline Lanigan, Mrs Rita Clough and House Co-ordinators, along with our Chief Examiner Ms Helen Sullivan, for their organisation in ensuring the smooth running of this test.

In addition to this, I would like to thank the above-mentioned staff along with Ms Gina Goss, Ms Deb Hill, the Senior Admin Team for their assistance with Year 10 and Year 11 exams and all staff involved in exam preparation and supervision.

Finally, thank you to Mrs Fia Hobson, Mrs Felicity Cooney, Mr Bart Ryan and the Maintenance Team for the myriad of organisational tasks involved in the past fortnight.

 

Warralong Immersion

On Friday 28 June, two staff and 15 students will be departing for a Warralong Immersion experience, working with an indigenous community in Western Australia. Students Tess Hansen, Monique Machin, Lily Neal, Jennifer Quinlan, Amy Russell, Caitlyn Sheldrick, Jordana Bowra, Mia Farish, Charlie Garner, Isaac Gee, Lucy Hutchins, Flynt Robbins, Charlie Robert, Josh Stephan and Nirmal Vijay will be accompanied by Miss Samantha Vinson and Mr Peter Harte. During their time away, students will be helping out in the local school, aiding teachers in the classroom and running afternoon activities. The students will also be planning after school activities like basketball, beauty treatments and arts and craft. In the evenings, the students will be cooking dinner and inviting community members along each night. Some nights there will also be a local cook up with the community elders and a disco for the local school children. On the weekends, students will visit Marble Bar and Pardoo Station. The group will be returning on Monday 6 July and I wish them all the best for safe travels and for an amazing experience.

 

Reporting

Staff are currently in the process of completing semester 1 reports ready for release via PAM at the end of the term. Parents will receive an alert letting them know when reports have been uploaded. I thank all teaching staff for the work they have undertaken in preparing these reports, as well as all support staff who have assisted with the online reporting system.

 

Production

Preparations for the 2019 school production School of Rock’ are well underway and the production team are very busy with rehearsals, set and costume design and preparation, and the myriad of tasks involved in putting on such a large production. I encourage families to buy tickets for what promises to be a great show!

 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

Following the recently passed legislation on Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria, I recommend reading the article by Mr Michael Harrison, Vice Principal – Mission and Community, on the Faith Matters page in this edition of The Paduan. Michael explores the issues surrounding the legislation and provides a link to the Victorian Catholic Church’s response.

 

School Holiday Break

As this is the last edition of The Paduan this term, I wish all students and their families a happy and restful holiday break. Monday 15 July is a Staff Professional Learning Day and we look forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday 16 July.

Anthony Banks
Principal