Dear members of the Padua College community

Year 12 Final Days

Last week we celebrated our graduating Year 12 class with a number of significant events and I wish to congratulate the Year 12 graduating class on the manner in which they represented themselves on these occasions. The behaviour of the Year 12 cohort emphasised their maturity and the respect they have for the College Community, and their sense of belonging to that community.

On Monday 23 October we commenced with a whole College Assembly. This assembly has a threefold theme/purpose: Celebration, Aspiration and Leadership.

It was wonderful to have the three Campuses come together to celebrate that last formal Assembly for our Year 12 students; for the entire student body to acknowledge our Year 12 Award recipients and to witness the symbolic handing over of the College Student Leadership.

At this Assembly, the 2017 Student Leaders: Natasha Albers and Killian Doyle and Vice Captains: Sophie Clinch and Findlay Spalding, handed over the leadership of the student body to the newly elected 2018 School Captains: Bethany Hansen, Stephen Cumming, and Vice Captains, Lauren Cameron and Aoife Yau.

Bethany Hansen


Stephen Cumming


Lauren Cameron


Aoife Yau

2017 Award Winners announced at the Assembly on Monday were:

The Melanie Holden Surfing and Academic Award: presented in memory of Melanie Holden (1972 – 2004) a past student of Padua College who completed Year 12 in 1989. This award is given annually to a young woman from Year 11 or 12 who combines an avid interest in surfing with a diligence in her study.

The Winner was Meg Hamill of Mercy House.

The Susan Lash Award: Sue was instrumental in enabling students’ access to Vocational Education & Training opportunities and this Award is in recognition of the wonderful work she did solely on behalf of the Padua students. Part of the criteria for the decision of who receives the Award reflects this perseverance and the ability to overcome the odds, qualities that Sue possessed.

The winner was Lucy Callaghan of Mercy House.

 Mick McLoughlin Art Award: Michael McLoughlin (1943 – 2012) was Deputy Principal and inaugural Head of Rosebud Campus. He was an excellent teacher of Graphics and his design background is evident in the Rosebud Campus. This acknowledgment is given annually to a Year 11 or 12 student who has produced an outstanding piece of work in Arts or Technology as part of their portfolio work for the VCE.

The Winner was Amelia Ross, Year 11 of MacKillop House.


Tyler Shaw Memorial Award: This award is presented to a VCAL student in memory of Tyler Shaw (Class of 2011) who was tragically killed in a car accident.

The Winner was Tamika Dyble, Year 12 of Francis House.


 Year 12 Academic Award Winners

On Tuesday evening we had the Year 12 Graduation Mass, followed by the inaugural Valedictory Awards Dinner at the Mornington Racecourse. These were truly special celebrations that will be long remembered by our students and their families. I wish to thank Mr Curtis Stone, Ms Gina Goss, Mr Jim Baird, Mrs Pauline Lanigan, Mrs Carole Irving, Mr Mark De Fazio, Mr Terry Luppino, Mrs Jude Walker, Mr Ange Virgona, Mr Michael Harrison, Mrs Tania Grace and the Faith Team for their hard work, creativity and organisation in bringing the Assembly and Mass together. The music by Ms Gina Reimers, Ms Anne Marie Wilkinson and Mr Mark Mannock and all Year 12 House Co-ordinators and Homeroom Teachers for their efforts for these two major events. Thanks also to our celebrating priests, Fr Laurie Pearson, Fr Bill Ousley, Fr Paul Stuart and Fr Joel Peart.

The Valedictory Awards Dinner, held at the Mornington Racecourse, was such a wonderful success and I congratulate Mr Curtis Stone and Mrs Deb Clarke for the tireless work they put into this evening. The evening was highlighted by the inspirational addresses/speeches of the College Captains (Tash Albers and Killian Doyle) and Vice Captains (Sophie Clinch and Fin Spalding). We were also privileged to hear a reflection from Andrea Kirkpatrick who represented the parent body.

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcing of the Principal’s General Excellence Award winner for 2017, and I wish to congratulate Bridie Kennedy (MacKillop House) on receiving this Award.

The Year 12 Celebration Day followed on Wednesday including breakfast, activities in the Gymnasium, an Assembly/music items in the Frayne Centre, and a parade through the Mornington Campus grounds (where the Mornington Campus Years 7-11 students formed a guard of honour) and was a perfect last day for our Year 12 students. Along with staff that I have already thanked for making last week so successful, I also wish to thank again Mrs Deb Clarke and Mrs Michelle Fatchen along with Mr Bart Ryan and the Maintenance Team for their tireless efforts to make this such a successful day.


Year 12 Exams

VCE Examinations commenced this week with the English Exam on Wednesday and I extend to all students undertaking these final exams my very best wishes.


VCAL Presentation Evening

The VCAL Presentation Evening on Thursday 19 October was a wonderful evening for our VCAL students to showcase their talents, skills and efforts, and I thank Ms Katrina Greenwood, Mrs Meggin Morrison, Ms Deb Arrowsmith and Mrs Sarah Bounds along with the VCAL teaching staff for their work with these students.


Year 9 Camps

All Year 9 students are away this week attending the cross-campus Year 9 Camps. We have heard that all students are having an enjoyable time and I thank Mr Phil Helisma (R), Terry Luppino (M) and Rob Knight (T) for their overall organisation of these camps.


Building Works at the Mornington Campus

Building of Stage 1 of the Master Plan, a 2.5 storey Year 10-12 Learning Centre (between the Administration Building and the Library) is due to commence in the coming weeks. I look forward to bringing you updates of the progress.


Mid-Term Break and Melbourne Cup Holiday

A reminder that next Monday 6 November will be an at home study day, before the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday on Tuesday 7 November.


Sun Smart Policy

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


Anthony Banks