Padua Past and Present

Padua History

In 1898 the Sisters of Mercy opened the College of Our Lady of the Sea Boarding School for Young Ladies in Tanti Avenue, Mornington. In the following year, the Sisters established Padua House Preparatory School for Little Boys. The name ‘Padua College’ was assumed in 1950, and had both day students and boarders up until 1960 when there was no longer a need for boarding facilities.

Another important date in Padua College’s history is 1968 when the primary section separated to become St Macartan’s Primary school. Both schools continued to grow and in 1973 plans were drawn up for Padua College to be relocated to Oakbank Road, Mornington, which opened in 1975.

An official opening ceremony was held later, in February 1977. As enrolments increased a second campus was established at Inglewood Crescent, Rosebud in 1987 and a third at Tyabb in 2014.

The administration of the College passed from the Sisters of Mercy in 1976 to lay principals, including Mr Bernard McDowell (1977 – 1983), Mr Peter Gurry (1984 – 1995), Mrs Patricia Cowling (1996 – 2000) and Mr Christopher Houlihan (2001-2015). The present principal, Mr Anthony Banks, commenced in January 2016.


Padua Now

From these small beginnings, Padua College has developed into a thriving, multi-campus Catholic community, providing a co-educational secondary education to the children of families residing from Mt Eliza, across to Western Port and south to Portsea.

For over 120 years, Padua College has consistently offered students the very best education and pastoral care, always remaining true to the Catholic ethos. Students are encouraged to reach their fullest potential. In the words of the College Song, students are encouraged to ‘dream great dreams…if we persevere, we conquer all’.

Chapels provide settings for reflection and regular Eucharistic and Liturgical celebrations. Facilities at each campus are kept well maintained and up to date, and include superb sporting grounds. Natural bush and wetlands areas are an added feature of the College.

Our Mission and Values

Our College was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and is named after St Anthony of Padua. In partnership with our students, staff, parents, parishes and the wider community, Padua College gives witness to the Christian faith in our Catholic tradition. We aim to be a positive, creative, hope-filled learning community where Catholic values and spirit are shared and the sacred dignity of each person is nurtured.

Our Core Values: 

We welcome and affirm 
We inspire growth of the whole person 
We create a love of learning 
We build positive relationships 
We embrace diversity 
We show compassion for those in need 
We reconcile and forgive 
We work for a just and peaceful world

Use of the Padua College Logo and St Anthony Crest

The Padua College logo and St Anthony crest are owned by Padua College and they represent the substantial reputation and goodwill earned by the College since its establishment in 1898. In order to protect this reputation, any reproduction of the Padua College logo and/or crest requires the written permission of the College. Padua College is happy to consider requests concerning the use of the logo and crest, and to consider your request, an official request form must be submitted. Please download and complete the request form (below) and email it to: Please note that Padua College takes the unauthorised use of the Padua College logo very seriously, and will proceed to enforce their rights against any unauthorised user.


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