Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Fr Bart Huynh San

The Padua College community was saddened to hear of the passing of Fr Bart Huynh San recently following a period of illness. Fr Bart was the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Rosebud, and had spent much time celebrating Mass with members of the College community, particularly with our Rosebud Campus students, over the years.

The funeral service was celebrated last Friday by Archbishop Peter Comensoli at Our Lady of La Vang Shrine in Keysborough and was a wonderful celebration of Fr Bart’s life.

May he rest in peace. 


Year 12 Final Days

This week we have had the opportunity to celebrate our graduating Year 12 class with a number of significant events and I wish to congratulate our Year 12 graduates on the manner in which they represented themselves on these occasions. The behaviour of the Year 12 cohort emphasised their maturity and the respect they have for the College community, and their sense of belonging to our community.

On Monday 21 October we commenced with a whole College Assembly and this is one of the annual events in which we have the three campuses come together to celebrate. This is the last formal assembly for our Year 12 students and provides an opportunity for the entire student body to acknowledge our Year 12 Award recipients and to witness the symbolic handing over of the College Student Leadership.

At this Assembly, the 2019 Student Captains: Isabella Shannon and Grainne Snooks and Vice Captains: Monique Machin and Edward Brownlee, handed over the leadership of the student body to the newly elected 2020 College Captains: Lucy Hutchins and Nirmal Vijay, and Vice Captains, Holly Curigliano and Noah Crosling.

Lucy Hutchins

Nirmal Vijay

Holly Curigliano

Noah Crosling


2019 Award Winners announced at the Assembly on Monday were:

The Melanie Holden Surfing and Academic Award: presented in memory of Melanie Holden (1972 – 2004) a past student of Padua College who completed Year 12 in 1989.

This award is given annually to a young woman from Year 11 or 12 who combines an avid interest in surfing with a diligence in her study.

The Winner was Hailey Reid of MacKillop House.


The Susan Lash Award: Sue was instrumental in enabling students’ access to Vocational Education & Training opportunities and this Award is in recognition of the wonderful work she did solely on behalf of the Padua students.

Part of the criteria for the decision of who receives the Award reflects this perseverance and the ability to overcome the odds, qualities that Sue possessed.

The winner was Charlotte Posthuma of Bernard House.


Mick McLoughlin Art Award: Michael McLoughlin (1943 – 2012) was Deputy Principal and inaugural Head of Rosebud Campus. He was an excellent teacher of Graphics and his design background is evident in the Rosebud Campus. This acknowledgment is given annually to a Year 11 or 12 student who has produced an outstanding piece of work in Arts or Technology as part of their portfolio work for the VCE.

The Winner was Todd Dupas of Francis House.


Year 12 Subject Awards Winners

On the evening of Tuesday 22 October we had the Year 12 Graduation Mass, followed by the Valedictory Dinner at the Mornington Racecourse. These were truly special celebrations that will be long remembered by our students and their families. I wish to thank Mr Curtis Stone, Ms Gina Goss, Mr Peter Harte, Mr Jim Baird, Mrs Pauline Lanigan, Mrs Rita Clough, Mr Mark De Fazio, Mr Terry Luppino, Mrs Jude Walker, Mr Ange Virgona, Mr Michael Harrison, Mr Peter Woodhouse and the Faith Team for their hard work, creativity and organisation in bringing the Assembly and Mass together. The music by Mrs Jodie Williams, Mr Mark Mannock and Mr Simon Landid and all Year 12 House Co-ordinators and Homeroom Teachers for their efforts for these two major events. Thanks also to our celebrating priest, Fr Joe McKay, Franciscan Vocations Director.

The Valedictory Dinner, held at the Mornington Racecourse, was such a wonderful success and I congratulate Mr Curtis Stone and Mrs Deb Clarke for the tireless work they put into this evening. The evening was highlighted by the inspirational addresses/speeches of the College Captains (Isabella Shannon and Grainne Snooks) and Vice Captains (Monique Machin and Edward Brownlee). 

We were also privileged to hear a reflection from Mr and Mrs Diedre Snooks who represented the parent body.

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcing of the Principal’s General Excellence Award winners for 2019, and I wish to congratulate Tessa Houlihan (John XXIII House) and Monique Machin (Djeembana House) on receiving this Award. (L-R Monique Machin, Mr Anthony Banks and Tessa Houlihan)

The Year 12 Celebration Day followed on Wednesday including breakfast, activities in the Gymnasium, an Assembly/music items in the Frayne Centre, and a parade through the Mornington Campus grounds (where the Mornington Campus Years 7-11 students formed a guard of honour) and was a perfect last day for our Year 12 students. Along with staff that I have already thanked for making last week so successful, I also wish to thank again Mrs Deb Clarke and Mrs Michele Fatchen along with Mr Scott Chapman and the Maintenance Team for their tireless efforts to make this such a successful day.


Year 12 Exams

VCE examinations will commence next week with the English exam on Wednesday, 30th of October and I extend to all students undertaking these final exams my very best wishes.


Aspire 9 Focus Week

Next week, all Year 9 students will be involved in Focus Week activities either at the various campuses or on camps and daily excursions. My thanks to our Aspire9 Director, Mr Mark De Fazio, and our campus Aspire9 Leaders, Mrs Andrea Cummins (R), Mr Lance Albrecht (T) and Mr Tony Anderson (M), along with Ms Bec Seal, for all their work in preparing these weeks, as well as to all staff involved in working with our Aspire9 students.


Staff News

We extend our condolences to Ms Marcelle Ryan (College Public Relations Officer) on the passing of her father (Ted) earlier this week.


Mid-Term Break and Melbourne Cup Holiday

A reminder that next Monday 4 November, will be an at home study day preceding the Melbourne Cup public holiday on Tuesday 5 November.


SunSmart Policy

In term 4 all students are expected to wear the College hat when outdoors. I ask all parents to ensure that their son/daughter has the appropriate hat for term 4.



Anthony Banks