Deputy Principal's Report


With ten weeks of school remaining for 2017, the Tyabb staff and students are aiming for a perfect 10.  After weathering a difficult Term 3, the sun has returned and the campus has come to life. Students are well rested after the holidays and have been encouraged to set their heights high over the coming weeks as the freshness and comfort of Spring envelopes them. The run home will no doubt be busy but with good habits and a determined attitude, Term 4 promises to be hugely successful.

Congratulations to Ms Kellie Spicer for her leadership and coordination of the SIS Debating teams this year at Tyabb. Last Thursday, the Intermediate Team consisting of Byron Lewis (Best Speaker), Zorg Blacker and Daniel Gamble assisted by Tate Ascott, Zara Coles and Olivia Hills as support, argued in the negative for the topic: That the use of animals in sport should be banned. This is the second year in succession that Ms Spicer has led the Tyabb debaters to victory. What an amazing achievement and a credit goes to the students who have so willingly given their time to hone their skills throughout the debating season.

Parents are reminded that summer uniform is to be worn throughout Term 4 and that sports uniforms should be worn only on days assigned. Hair should be tied back, jewellery worn only as per the College regulations and hoodies or other undergarments are not to be worn. The College blazer must be worn to Homeroom each morning. It is good to see many students being sun smart and wearing their College hat or cap. The wearing of these is compulsory from Cup weekend.

There has been a strong pastoral focus throughout 2017 on encouraging positivity in the mental health of young people. Our teachers have been working through a program during Pastoral Care periods and our Wellbeing Team continues to offer a range of support for students. The House Coordinators at Tyabb under the leadership of Mr Rob Knight are doing a wonderful job in supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of students on the campus.

Late this term, on the evening of Thursday, November 9, local adolescent health expert Di McGreal will host an evening for parents promoting positive mental health for young people. This initiative has been formulated through the Family School Partnerships Westernport Cluster that involves Padua Tyabb and our feeder parish primary schools, St Mary’s, St Brendan’s and St Joseph’s. Please refer to further information in this edition of The Paduan.

Paul Fairlie
Deputy Principal | Head of Tyabb Campus​