Aspire9 Launch

On Thursday 8 February, Padua College Year 9 students gathered at the top of Arthurs Seat to celebrate the beginning of the Aspire9 program. Students and staff from our three junior campuses were taken to various locations by bus where they proceeded on foot, taking in the magnificent views that Arthurs Seat has to offer as they climbed towards Seawinds Gardens. The climb was symbolic of the various challenges that our students will face this year.

Seawinds provided an incredible backdrop to our Liturgy, which began with an acknowledgement of the Bunerong people, the traditional owners of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Bay. During the Liturgy, we explored the significance of the word ‘Aspire’ and challenged our students to direct their hopes and ambitions towards achieving something in 2018 and beyond. Using the Parable of the Mustard Seed, we asked our students to develop and apply their gifts and talents to be the best they can be, to be that small mustard seed that grows into greatness.

The activity sessions focused on building cross-campus relationships and asking students to pause and reflect on their journey and their hopes and dreams for their future. Students were asked to reflect on their strengths as an individual and how they can use these strengths to help them to achieve their goals. Every student was given a stone to take away as a physical reminder of the strength of their character and their personal goals for the year.

The day was made possible thanks to the wonderful teachers and support staff that made the tough trip up Arthurs Seat with our students and facilitated the activities. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team of parent helpers who worked all morning to provide a barbeque lunch.

Our students have started the year incredibly well and should be commended on the way they have embraced the opportunities they have been given. We are looking forward to the many opportunities and challenges that lay ahead this year.

Mark De Fazio
Director of Aspire9