Padua College is undergoing significant changes to better meet the future educational challenges and needs of our students.
With student engagement the key priority, the College has increased its curriculum offerings by re-structuring its campuses and constructing a Year 10-12 contemporary learning centre with collaborative learning spaces.
The Whyte Senior Learning Centre was constructed to accommodate the Year 10-12 Senior Program after the College was restructured in 2019. Our Year 10 students now have the opportunity to complete a three-year VCE or three-year VCAL Program, with far more options to accelerate learning in their area of interest.
The Year 7 and 8 Integrated Learning Program focusses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) which is designed to encourage independent and engaged learning through problem solving and enquiry-based learning. These skills are further developed by our Aspire9 Program, launched in 2018, which delivers a diverse range of learning experiences that build on the self-efficacy of our Year 9 students.
These developments are designed to ensure that Padua College provides a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum, characterised by excellent teaching that encourages every student to:
Stage One of the Buildings Masterplan commenced in 2017 with the construction of the Whyte Senior Learning Centre, which accommodates the Year 10-12 Senior Program. This contemporary learning facility, officially opened in 2019, is dedicated to our students in Year 10, 11 and 12.
Construction of the long-awaited Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at the Mornington Campus commenced early 2021 with occupation anticipated at the beginning of the 2022 school year.
The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) will be a contemporary multi-purpose space that will not only benefit our dynamic Performing Arts Department but also the wider local community. The PAC is designed by architects Baldasso Cortese, who also designed the Whyte Senior Learning Centre.
Building Engineering, an accredited, award-winning commercial building company, has been appointed to construct the facility after an extensive tender process. This Centre will be an amazing space for all students at the College to utilise and we look forward to the many events that we will be able to share in once it is completed.
It is anticipated that the Performing Arts Centre will be officially opened in 2022.
Four new covered, multipurpose courts at the Mornington Campus were recently constructed, opening at the start of the 2021 school year. Located on the oval behind the Gym, these courts are nearby the Village and are therefore easily accessible to our Year 7-9 students to use at recess and lunchtime.
In order to accommodate the PAC and Courts Projects, a bus slip lane and reconfiguration of the Mornington Campus Bus Bays took place over the Christmas 2020-2021 school holidays. Parents will be kept informed of any impact to student drop-off and pick-up during 2021.
Overall, these facilities will bring so much to our students, both in the formal classroom setting and for recreational sporting use.
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