Padua Parent News


We have spent a lot of time farewelling our Year 12 Graduates in different ways this week, and that is really important, but we would also like to recognise our Year 12 Parents!

Each of our four college captains and vice-captains at the valedictory dinner went out of their way in their speeches to recognise the importance of their parents’ support. I am sure they truly represent the gratitude our students have for your care.

I know the job isn’t finished yet, with exams starting this week and more stresses to come, but when that last exam is completed, please give yourselves a huge pat on the back.

A special thank you to those parents whose last student is finishing this year. We hope that Padua has been supportive of you, and that you have experienced home and school as a partnership over your time with us. You are always welcome here in the Padua community.




There will be an evening reflection in the St Francis of Assisi Chapel at the Mornington Campus on Tuesday 28 November, 7.00-7.30pm.

The focus will be on our wellbeing as parents, but within the context of Advent, as we reflect on the year.

For those who wish to stay on the for the final Parent Group meeting at 7.30, you are most welcome, but this is not necessary! There is no need to RSVP for this event.



The Arthurs Seat Challenge is an important event on our school and community calendar. Since 2002 the challenge of running or walking or Cliffie Young shuffling the 6.7km course up Arthurs Seat has been a fixture on the Mornington Peninsula calendar. And it is for a very important cause … supporting the ‘Fit to Drive’ program at Padua and in other schools which educates our young people to be safe and responsible drivers. It set out to save lives, and I am sure it has done just that over the past 15 years.

This year the challenge is on Sunday 12 November. Teams are signing up on all our campuses to participate in the day. Some of our students will play music and parents will provide the hungry participants with food and refreshments at the top of the mountain.

You are invited to participate in the run or volunteer at the event.

If you want more information, please go to …

Help keep our kids safe on the roads.




The Western Port Cluster Invites all parents and community to a Parent Forum.

Thursday 9 November 2017

Padua College Tyabb

Hosted by Dr Di McGreal

7:30pm to 9:30pm

Last year we were delighted to have Dr Di McGreal talk to us at our first Parent Forum on Positive Mental Health for Children. Creating positive mental health in our children is a challenge that parents, teachers and caregivers are faced with and we are coming together to share our knowledge and ideas to make it our priority.

Any questions then contact Anne-Marie Houlihan at



I an event organised by Di McGreal, who is also speaking at a parent forum on Thursday 9 November that is being hosted at Padua Tyabb on behalf of the Wester Port Cluster. 

Walk 4 Change is a great, FREE family activity to be held on Sunday 12 November from 10am-12noon at McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, and we warmly welcome all Padua families to participate! See the attached PDF for more details



New website to support mums

The Australian Government has launched a new online mental health resource to support new mums and mums-to-be through a range of perinatal support programs and resources.




The Parent Group meets to coordinate a range of activities for parents in the Padua community. The last Parent group for the year will meet on Tuesday 28 November 7.30pm (Mornington Campus – Staff Room). This meeting will review the year and set objectives for next year.



Our cupboards are still well stocked, so the final cooking evening has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing all our cooking volunteers in the new year, and great thanks to those who have been involved this year.


If you would like to email me with any thoughts, questions or suggestions, please feel free to do so. I’d love to hear from you

Michael Harrison
Deputy Principal: Mission & Community