Dear members of the Padua College community,


We offer our condolences to the Armstrong family on the passing of Wendy after a long battle with illness. We remember Wendy’s husband, Rob and current students Jazzy (Year 11 MacKillop) and Indierah (Year 7 McCormack), along with older siblings Christopher, Andrew and Ashley at this sad time. May Wendy Rest in Peace. 


College Production – ‘Beauty and the Beast’

As this is College production week, there is much excitement across the Campuses about the 2017 production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The show is a sell out with opening night this evening, Thursday 27 July and also with performances on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

I extend my best wishes to the entire cast and crew and wish to thank them all for the tireless work they have put into preparing this show. I would particularly like to thank our Producer, Mrs Kylie Donnelly, and her team for the outstanding efforts they have made in putting this show together.


Hugh Van Cuylenberg – Parent Forum

The Parents in Partnership at Padua Forum will be held on Wednesday 23 August at 7.00pm at the Mornington Campus. This year the Parent Group have been able to secure Hugh Van Cuylenberg, Founding Director of ‘The Resilience Project’, to present. Hugh has been working in education for over 13 years. Starting out as a primary school teacher, he then moved into a position working in a secondary setting with disengaged adolescents. The highlight of his teaching career was the year he spent in the far north of India volunteering and living at an underprivileged school in the Himalayas. It was here that he discovered resilience in its purest form. Inspired by this experience, Hugh returned to Melbourne and commenced working on his own programs for schools. ‘The Resilience Project’ was born. Having completed his post graduate studies into mental health and resilience, Hugh has developed and facilitated programs for over 300 schools Australia wide. In 2015, the National Rugby League asked Hugh to design and implement a program for every club in the competition. Off the back of the success of the NRL program, Cricket Australia were quick to follow for all their professional sides. Hugh has also worked closely with the Australian Netball team and 11 of the AFL sides. Hugh is now working closely with corporate and not for profit organisations to help promote positive mental health strategies in the work place. 

This is a free event for our parents - for bookings please go to:


Indigenous Immersion

Over the last holiday break, nine Year 11 students and a Year 12 student, accompanied by Mr Peter Harte and Mrs Tania Grace, embarked on a 10 day Indigenous Immersion to Warralong in Western Australia. This was an amazing experience for these students and staff and it is wonderful to have this connection with one of our indigenous communities, and to hear and see our students return with enthusiasm and a willingness to share their experiences.

I thank all of the students and staff who attended and who were involved in this wonderful initiative, especially Bern Young and Michael Harrison who had the initiative to begin the partnership.


Awards Assemblies

Awards assemblies occurred at each of the Campuses last week and were a wonderful celebration of our students’ achievements. My thanks to the many staff including Mr Curtis Stone, Ms Gina Goss, Mrs Belinda Taylor, and Mrs Pauline Lanigan for the Year 11 Academic Awards Assembly on Tuesday; to Mr Paul Fairlie, Mr Rob Knight, Mrs Helen Sugameli, Mrs Cathy Moloney and Mrs Donna Newman for the Tyabb Campus Awards Assembly, also on Tuesday; to Mr Wayne Smith, Mr Phil Helisma, Mr Shane Trembath, Ms Tina Lunny and Mrs Kylie Baker for their work with the Rosebud Campus Awards on Wednesday and to Mr Stephen Veneris, Mr Terry Luppino, Miss Amy Beale, Mrs Aimee Vegar, Mrs Fia Hobson  and Mrs Karen Templeton for the Awards Assembly at the Mornington Junior Campus on Thursday. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate the achievements of our students in this formal setting and to see staff, students and parents appropriately recognising these students’ achievements.


Enhancement Chemistry Student Success

Congratulations to Mr Bill Esman who again has worked with the Monash Chemistry Enhancement students to achieve outstanding results once again this year. 



Next Thursday 3 August will be the annual ECaT (Education and Careers Training) Expo which will be followed by Subject Selection Evenings at each of the campuses the following week. The Expo will take place in the gym at the Mornington Campus 5.00-7.00pm and will give students and parents an opportunity to speak to representatives from Universities, TAFEs, Private Colleges and employment agencies. Year 10 and 11 students can discuss the various options in the Senior school, which include VCE, VCAL and VET, and can also get advice from the Course Advice stand. There will also be Information Sessions for Year 10’s in the UFC at either 5.30pm or 7.00pm.

All Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents have been invited to attend ECAT via Care Monkey and I would encourage students and families to attend.


St Vinnies Trivia Night

The Annual St Vinnie’s Trivia Night will be held Friday week on Friday 4 August. This night is organised by the Year 12 CAP class, assisted by Mrs Bernadette Young and I encourage families to attend what promises to be a fun-filled night that will raise funds for St Vinnie’s.


Staff News

We welcome back from sick leave this Term Mr Frank Colcott (M), Mr Emilio di Paolo (M) and Mr Andrew Sambell (M) who all had surgery at the end of last Term.

I also wish to welcome the following staff members back from periods of leave: Mrs Bec Sawyer, Ms Amy Bongiorno, Mrs Fiona Clifford, Mr Mark Fancett, Mr Ed Traczyk, Ms Gina Goss, Ms Mona Esmaty, Mr Michael Eason (M) and Mrs Tina Van Wees.

Our best wishes to Ms Mary Cattermole who has undergone surgery this weekend. We wish her a speedy recovery.

I wish to welcome the following staff who are replacing staff currently on leave:

Mrs Suzanne Enderlin replacing Ms Robyn Gooley (M); Mr Sam O’Day replacing Mrs Penny Markham; Ms Maddy Budge replacing Mr Mick Slavin’s teaching load. My thanks to Ms Petrina Tyler for replacing Mr Slavin’s House Co-ordinator position for Term 3. Mr Jim Baird (M) and Mr Danny Galvin (R) have also taken periods of leave at the beginning of this Term.

At the end of last Term we farewelled Mrs Bernadette Lawrence (R) as she retired from the College after 18 years of service. I extend my very best wishes for the future to Bernie and thank her for her dedicated years of service. Bernie will be replaced at the Rosebud Campus by Ms Sherelle Perry for Semester 2.

In preparation for the commencement of the new building at the Mornington Campus, from Term 3, Mr Bart Ryan will take on the role as Project Head Supervisor of the Maintenance Team at the Rosebud and Tyabb Campuses as well as Project Manager for the new Year 10-12 Building. Mr Scott Chapman will take on the role of Head Supervisor of the Maintenance Team at the Mornington Campus.


Staff Professional Learning Day

All teaching staff were involved in a professional learning day Monday 17 July which commenced with us viewing the film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’. This film was most motivating and thought provoking and following the viewing, staff worked in groups discussing how we might implement some of the ideas from this film at Padua College. My thanks to Ms Kelly McGurn for organising this day for our staff.