Deputy Principal's Report

The remaining weeks of Term 3 will see all Unit 3 and 4 subjects concluding their course work so this time is heavy with formal assessment tasks in the forms of SACS and SATS. Such heavy assessment times can provide great challenges for many of the students. What is absolutely necessary is for students to be in class and focused on each lesson. Time away from school and out of class to revise, study, cram and complete folios only places more stress on your student and does not allow for specific teacher support. The advice now is to concentrate on refining work habits that should have been created over 2017 and prior years; keeping a balanced approach to studies, being mindful about the time spent in part-time employment and social activities.

This week has seen the current Year 11 students begin the process of electing the College and Houses Captains for the 2018 academic year. Under the guidance of Ms Goss all students have been able to have a close look at the role description for each position and make an informed decision as to whether they can commit to and live out the role. The speeches that have taken place have demonstrated to College staff that the student body will be represented as well as ever in 2018. Congratulations to all those students who took the courageous move in stepping outside their comfort zone to contribute to the wider Padua student community.

The Year 12 Graduation Mass at Padua and Valedictory dinner at the Mornington Racecourse on Tuesday 24 October is fast approaching. Please be mindful that communication to parents & guardians about these and other events for the Year 12 end of year celebrations will be via Care Monkey and also to the students via their student email. It is an exciting time for Year 12 students, families and staff to come together to celebrate their years at Padua College while  acknowledging VCE and VCAL academic excellence and other achievement awards for 2017.  

The Year 12 students have now had the opportunity to enter their preferences for 2018 University placement and for many students the accompanying SEAS application forms that assist in university acceptance. All Year 12 students were presented with this critical information at a recent assembly by our outstanding Careers Team. This presentation was also emailed to the students to allow for future reference around deadlines for applications. I encourage you to speak with your child around these opportunities and what is involved.

As always, I encourage all parents to continue to be active members of the Padua community, engaging in conversation about what topics are being studied in class, keeping abreast of upcoming events and making contact with a subject teacher as needed.