Deputy Principal's Report

Term one continues to bring great blessings and opportunities for our students to show their leadership and talents across a range of activities. Below are just a couple of examples of students living by our Padua Credo;

1. Do your best.

2. Help others achieve.

3. Respect environment and community.

 

Last week two of our Year 9 students, Sophie McKenzie (Clare House) and Sylvie Walker (Romero House), represented the College by competing at “Girl Sail”, organised and run by Toorak College, at Davey’s Bay Yacht Club. The girls took part in three races in the morning and finished amongst the placings in all of threse, which propelled them into the gold class racing for the afternoon. This was tough competition but the girls managed a 6th and 10th position which are excellent results against all Victorian schools. Many thanks to Mrs Anne Johnson for her assistance on the day.

As our Aspire9 Program gets into swing we are starting to see the benefits with engaged and active learning across all spheres. A telling example of this occurred during Period 5 and 6 on Friday afternoon. Three Year 9 classes are scheduled for Maths at this time (as a side note, I recall from almost 20 years ago, one of the first classes I taught was Year 9 Maths at a previous school and Period 5 and 6 on a Friday was not always a time of maximum student engagement...), our Maths Learning Area Leader Mr Wayne Hardy, working with Maths teachers Ms Monique Walpole and Ms Samantha Vinson, arranged for the three classes to work together, breaking up students into smaller teams to compete against each other to solve trigonometry questions. Students used a whiteboard tablet to record their team's answers and then raced these answers up to a recording table  with the goal of being fast and correct.

Not only were students developing their Maths skills but perhaps, more importantly, they were building those skills that we all use every day, namely communication and teamwork. Below are a couple of photos from the afternoon, I hope you get a sense of the movement and excitement and just to reiterate, this was Period 5 and 6 on a Friday afternoon and double maths lesson. Well done to all! This is the sort of energy, enthusiasm and excitement in regards to learning that was envisaged when then the Aspire9 Program was first proposed.

Wishing you all continued blessings.

Stephen Veneris
Deputy Principal | Head of 7-10 Campus Mornington