Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Welcome Back

I warmly welcome you all to the new school Term. I hope everyone has had an opportunity to rest and recharge and is ready for a productive Term 3!

I would especially like to welcome the students and families who are new to the College this Term as they begin their Padua College journey.

 

Semester One Awards Assemblies

These have been celebrated at the Tyabb Campus (last week of Term Two) and Mornington Senior and Junior (this week) and will be celebrated at Rosebud in two weeks' time.

I would like to congratulate the award recipients and encourage all students to continue to use their God given talents during Semester Two.

Thank you to family members who attended these assemblies as this really does increase our sense of community. I also thank the staff involved in organising these Assemblies.

 

School of Rock!

I hope everyone has their tickets for what promises to be an amazing show this year! So much work has be undertaken by Mrs Kylie Donnelly and the huge number of staff involved in the 2019 School Productions. It promises to be another outstanding show!

This week we had a sneak preview of the show, with a performance at the Mornington Campus Awards Assemblies. If this was an indication of what is to come, we can all look forward to an amazing show.

 

Warralong Immersion

Reports from our travellers to Warralong over the holiday break was that they have had an amazing experience immersing themselves with an indigenous community in remote Western Australia. My thanks to staff Ms Sam Vinson and Mr Peter Harte for accompanying 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, and Josh Stephan on this trip.

 

Monash Enhancement Chemistry

Congratulations once again to Mr Bill Esman and his Year 12 Monash Chemistry Enhancement students. The first Semester results have indicated that 5 students have received High Distinctions and 2 students received Distinctions. These are once again outstanding results and I congratulate Mr Esman, along with students Kurt Alaimo, Georgie Brick, Alex Davies, Ronan Pakai, Dylan Reagon, Harry Wetherill and James Sapkin on these achievements.

 

Past Student – Kyle Swan

Late last Term we were informed of the sad passing of former Padua College student, Kyle Swan. Kyle left Padua at the end of Year 11 in 2006, after having completed Year 7 – 10 at the Rosebud Campus. We keep the Swan family in our thoughts and prayers, parents Leigh and Carmel and brother, Hayden (also a past student of Padua College).

 

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Daniel Kerlin (M) and his wife Katrin, on the arrival of baby boy Arlan late last Term. I congratulate Mrs Mel Kenyon (M) and her husband Brent, on the safe arrival of baby Ruby Nicole over the school holidays.

We extend our condolences to Mrs Bernadita Arias-Lazo (M) who travelled to Chile over the holidays to spend time with her mother before she passed away.

 

I wish to congratulate Ms Kelly McGurn on her appointment to the position of Senior Vice Principal from the commencement of this Semester. This role was formerly held by Ms Sally Buick and effectively means that Ms McGurn will act on my behalf in my absence. I congratulate her on this appointment and look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Ms McGurn will also continue in her role as Vice Principal – Learning & Teaching.

At the end of last Term we farewelled Mrs Hannah Williams as she leaves the College to pursue other opportunities. Mrs Williams will be replaced by Ms Christine Blake, joining us from St James College, East Bentleigh.

 

I extend my best wishes to a number of staff who have commenced periods of leave from the commencement of this Term:

Mr Bill Dynes (R) will be on leave for the remainder on the year and will be replaced by Mr Alex Karney-Jeffrey.

Ms Brittany Graham (R) has commenced Parental Leave until the end of Term 1, 2020. Ms Graham will be replaced by Mrs Donna Nettlefold (SIS Sports Co-ordinator role) and Mr Barry Tickner (Teaching Load).

Mr Mick Slavin (R) will also be on Long Service Leave for Term 3 and will be replaced by Mrs Petrina Tyler (McAuley House Co-ordinator) and Mr Daniel Kerwin (Teaching Load).

Mrs Tonia Paflis (M) commenced Long Service Leave until the end of Term 3 and is being replaced by Ms Annette Green.

A number of other staff have commenced shorter periods of Long Service Leave at the beginning of Term 3 and I wish them all the very best and hope they return from their leave relaxed and refreshed.

Ms Madeleine McClelland will be taking a period of Long Service Leave from the beginning of Term 3 and at the end of this she will retire. I wish to thank Ms McClelland for her 22 years of service to Padua College (an initial 6 year period of employment and then returned at a later date for a further 16 years) and wish her all the very best for future.

 

Staff Professional Learning Day – Monday 15 July

On Monday of this week all teaching staff were involved in a Professional Learning Day which included a presentation from Richard Eisenmajer, an expert in Autism Spectrum Disorder. This day also provided staff with an opportunity to work on some curriculum mapping. I thank Ms Kelly McGurn and Ms Marjorie Canal for organising this day.

 

Year 10 Careers Program and eXcel Day

At the end of Term 2, Year 10 students were involved in the Year 10 Careers program. From all reports this program was a great success and I wish to thank Ms Shannon Maher, Mrs Sarah Bounds and the Careers Team for organising and co-ordinating this program for our Year 10 students. Also in the final week of Term 2, Year 10 students were involved in the Year 10 eXcel day. This was a wonderful initiative and provided our students with some invaluable information around potential issues that they are dealing with. I wish to thank Ms Sally Buick, Ms Gina Goss and Ms Suzie Hyland for organising this day and all staff who presented on the day.

 

Year 12 TRAG and Year 10 RACV Road Smart Programs

Late last Term our Year 12 students were once again involved in the TRAG program and the Year 10 students in the RACV Road Smart Program. These programs, while at times might be confronting for students, are important in their road safety education as they prepare to be drivers on our roads. My thanks to Ms Gina Goss and Mr Peter Harte for their work in co-ordinating these important programs for our students.

 

Student Feedback Conferences & School Reports

During the last week of Term 2 we trialled the Unit 3/4 Student Feedback Conferences. My thanks to Ms Kelly McGurn, Mrs Helen Sugameli, Mr Travis Pearce and Ms Deb Hill for arranging the schedules for this evening, and to Mrs Fia Hobson and Mrs Felicity Cooney for arranging the Period 5 & 6 replacements for teachers. This evening was well attended by parents and we look to continue this format in the future.

Parents will have also received student reports via PAM at the end of Term and I thank all teaching staff for their efforts in preparing these reports and Mr Luke Low for his tremendous efforts in ensuring all reporting data was ready for the release of Semester 2 reports.

 

Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS)

Included in this edition of The Paduan is a PDF letter regarding information about CEMSIS – Catholic Education Melbourne’s School Improvement Surveys. Members of the College community will be invited to participate in the CEMSIS Surveys in September this year and information regarding the surveys is included in the letter mentioned above.

 

In Lieu of Scheduled Class Time – Term 3

I wish to remind parents that later this Term there will be a number days that students will not be required to be at school:

* Thursday 22 August – Grade 6 Interviewing Day. It was originally planned for Year 11 & 12 students to be in attendance on this day but all students will now NOT be required to attend classes on this day.

* Friday 23 August – Staff Wellbeing Professional Development Day.

* Friday 13 September – Oral Progress Reporting Day.

 

I thank parents for their support of the College and our staff in these important activities during this Term.

Anthony Banks
Principal