Dear Members of the Padua College Community

Girolami/McLoughlin Cup

Congratulations to the Year 10 students from all three Campus for their success in the Annual Girolami-McLoughlin Shield held on Wednesday. Thank you to Mr Nick Gleeson (T), Mr Brad Byles (R) and Mr Emilio di Paolo (M) for their co‑ordination of the sports involved in the Shield on Wednesday held at Rosebud. Thank you to staff who managed and coached the various teams and the students who participated so well in this year’s competition and congratulations to  Mornington Campus on their win this year.


Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews for Year 7 to Year 11

Progress Reporting commences this afternoon, Thursday 21 September at 4.00 pm and will also be held tomorrow, Friday 22 September. As such, there are no classes for any students on Friday; however, parents are encouraged to bring the students along to the interviews.


Padua Parents’ Group Meeting

Thank you to the parents who attend the Padua Parents’ Group ‘Meet the Principal’ evening on Tuesday at the Tyabb Campus. This was a great opportunity for me to get to know the parent community a little better and respond to questions about my vision for the future of the College.


Catholic Education Today

Please find attached a PDF to the Term 3, 2017 edition of Catholic Education Melbourne’s Catholic Education Today.


A Message to Parents of Year 12 Students from the Principal

Year 12 students will be asked formally at Assemblies to concentrate their efforts over this coming school break and in Term 4 on their studies and final assessments. In managing this, I request that they limit their attendance at social gatherings for the next few weeks, specifically on the evenings before school days. This particularly refers to the evening of the final day of formal classes, Graduation Mass and Dinner on Tuesday 24 October, and Year 12 Celebrations on Wednesday 25 October.

As such, I seek your support in not permitting student parties to occur, and discouraging your son or daughter from attending celebrations. Once their final assessments are completed, there will be ample opportunities to celebrate the end of their school days. Far too often among our young people, we have seen the effects of risk-taking behaviour resulting in, at the least, unhappiness when the school has to take action banning students from participating in end-of-year functions or examinations at our school, or at the worst, tragic outcomes of injury and death as a result of poor decision-making. I am confident our Class of 2017 will make you as parents proud of their efforts as we have been all throughout this year.


Mercy Day

Traditionally celebrated on 24 September, which this year falls in the school holidays, Mercy Day gives our school a chance to reflect on the charism imbued in the College as a school founded by the Mercy Sisters. Our Mercy House and Sebastian House are featured in this week’s ‘The Paduan’.


The Sisters of Mercy    

The Sisters of Mercy were founded in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827, by Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, born 29 September 1787. Catherine felt that God required her to do something permanent for the poor, and she founded an institution in which women might, when out of work, find a temporary home.

On the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, 24 September, 1827, the new institution for destitute women, orphans, and poor schools was opened and Catherine, with two companions, undertook its management. In 1828 McAuley chose the name of "Sisters of Mercy", having the design of making the works of mercy the distinctive feature of the institute.



The Sisters of Mercy were now bound to the laborious duties of instructing the ignorant, visiting the sick and imprisoned, managing hospitals, orphanages, and homes for distressed women; in fact to every work of mercy. Miss McAuley, now known as Sister Mary Catherine, was appointed first superior of the congregation, an office which she held for the remainder of her life.

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School Uniform

As you will be aware, the uniform to be worn in Term 4 is the summer uniform. Please note that the school jumper is not to be worn as the outer garment when travelling to and from school either in summer or winter.

It is compulsory to wear the College Blazer to and from school all year (except on designated “blazer free days” due to hot weather).


SunSmart Policy

In Term 4 all students are expected to wear the college hat or cap when outdoors. I ask all parents to ensure that their son/daughter has the appropriate hat or cap for Term 4.


Thank You

On your behalf, I would like to thank the teaching staff, administration and support staff, maintenance and customer service staff in the Uniform Shops and Canteens for all their dedicated efforts and hard work for your children, particularly over the last term.


Holiday Wishes and Return to Term 4

I extend to you my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable school holiday break and look forward to a very busy Term Four at Padua College.

Please note that Term Four commences for all students on Monday 9 October, Day 1 on the cyclic timetable.

Anthony Banks