Dear Parents and Students

Catholic Education Week St Patrick’s Day Mass & Concert

Every year in the Archdiocese of Melbourne we celebrate Catholic Education Week with a St Patrick’s Day Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by a concert for the student attendees at Treasury Gardens in the Melbourne CBD. This year I was delighted to be able to attend this Mass and the Concert at which a showcase of Padua College musicians performed. Congratulations to Mr Mark Mannock, Mr Simon Landid, Ms Gina Reimers, Mr David Tohill, Mr Andrew Jackson and Mr Tom Sly and the student musicians who very well received by the audience!


SIS Relay Carnival

The SIS Swim Relay Carnival was held last Friday evening at the Pines Pool and was a wonderful opportunity for 65 of our students from all three campuses, to compete against other schools in the SIS Competition. My thanks to Mr Emilio Di Paolo, Mr Nathan Bradbury, Mrs Nicole Love, Mr Nick Gleeson, Mr Brad Byles and Team Coach, Mr Colin Shugg for all their efforts with our Swim Team.

Year 7 Camps & Year 12 Retreat

This week Year 7 Camps have continued for our Tyabb Campus students and we have also had the Year 12 Retreats. I wish to thank Mrs Natalie Beattie, Mrs Tania Grace, Ms Gina Goss and Mr Curtis Stone, along with all staff who have attended these camps/retreats as well as those staff who have supported staff and students by staying at school. Next week Year 7 students from the Mornington Campus will be attending camp and I thank Mr Terry Luppino, Mr Stephen Veneris and all staff who will be attending to make this experience a special one for our students.

Year 7 2018 Enrolments

Please be aware that enrolments for Year 7 2018 were conducted last year with the Grade 5 2016 students. If you have a current Grade 6 student who is not already enrolled or not on College waiting lists, you should contact Ms Christine Mose, Enrolment Registrar, immediately.

Year 7 2019 Enrolments

For Year 7, 2019 students (Grade 5, 2017) enrolments opened earlier this week and the closing date for receipt of applications will be in Term Two on Friday 19 May 2017. If you require an application package, please contact the College Registrar, Ms Christine Mose. Please see the College website if you wish to book a tour of any of our campuses.


Staff News


We remember in our thoughts and prayers the following

Our best wishes go to Mrs Liz Filgate has commenced Parental Leave this week.

Best Wishes

We welcome back to the College Mr Peter Kelly who will be replacing Mrs Filgate.


Educational Strategic Plan & Master Plan Parent Info Evenings

A reminder to all parents and guardians that we will be holding information evenings at each of the Campuses early in Term 2 to outline to our school community the Educational Strategic Plan that was developed last year for implementation over the next two years; the Master Plan for the Mornington Campus as well as Schematic Plans for the first Stage of the Master Plan which is a new 2.5 storey Year 10 – 12 Learning Centre. Parent Information Evenings have been scheduled to commence at 7.00pm at each of the campuses as follows:

Mornington Campus – Monday 1 May

Rosebud Campus – Tuesday 2 May

Tyabb Campus – Wednesday 3 May

I am looking forward to sharing these new developments at the College with all members of our College community.


European Tour

My best wishes to Mr Frank Colcott, Ms Sally Buick, Mr Curtis Stone, Mr Stephen Cussigh and Mrs Linda Colcott along with the 28 Padua College students who will be departing for their European Tour next Thursday night. We wish them safe travels and look forward to hearing of their wonderful experiences on their return.

Archbishop Romero’s Anniversary – Tuesday 24 March

Oscar Romero (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980) was a prominent Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop in El Salvador. After witnessing numerous violations of human rights, he began to speak out on behalf of the poor and the victims of El Salvador's long and bloody civil war. This led to numerous conflicts, both with the government in El Salvador and with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church


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 Archbishop Romero’s sainthood cause has been fast-tracked by Pope Francis with Romero to be beatified on May 23 in San Salvador.

This ceremony of Beatification puts Romero one step away from sainthood and the beatification has been called a gift for the world, but particularly for the people of El Salvador.‚Äč

Romero was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980.

Caroline Chisholm’s Anniversary – Wednesday 25 March

Caroline Chisholm (30 May 1808 - 25 March 1877) eased the path of thousands of migrants to Australia. Her special concern during thirty years in Australia was for homeless girls and poor families during Australia’s formative years. Lacking material resources but utilising great personal assets of energy, human sympathy, administrative ability of a high order, personal charm and dignity, along with a husband unobtrusively devoted to her work, and undying faith in her cause, she was a great pioneer in the history of Australia.

Such was her influence, Caroline has held a special place in the hearts of all Australians and I am sure our students would be surprised to know that Caroline featured on the original $5 decimal (paper) banknote from 1967 until 1992.


I wish everyone a safe, happy and holy Easter break. May you all enjoy time with family over the Easer period as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us and celebrate his resurrection.

Anthony Banks