Vice Principal's Report

As we complete week four of the school term, it is a timely reminder that time waits for no one. With the 2018 SAC calendar now distributed, all students and parents can create formal structure around the balance of study, part-time employment and social activities. The Careers team led by Mrs Shannon Maher have begun the process of initial interviews for all 336 Year 12 students. The career pathway forms that were completed by students are crucial in maximising the time spent with the Careers team in planning for the future.

Tickets for the Year 12 Formal on 2 March are now finalised with the final preparations in place for what will be a wonderful evening. All Year 12 students will finish this school day at 1.15pm after a brief assembly and ticket distribution. Year 12 VCAL students will be able to collect their tickets at the end of school on Thursday from Senior Admin. As this is a formal College event, students are still representing the College and their behaviour and attitude will be held to the same account as a normal school day. Your support in this matter as parents is greatly appreciated by all staff who provide the supervision for the evening.     

All Year 11 students were involved in the Peninsula-based ‘Fit to Drive’ Program. This Program is specifically tailored to Year 11 students across the Peninsula to continue on from the Year 10 program of ‘Keys Please’ and is a foundation for the Year 12 ‘Teenagers Road Accident Group’ Program. ‘Fit to Drive’ continues the ongoing education on what it is to be a responsible driver on our shared roads.

The Year 11 students are in the process of electing House Vice Captains and becoming part of the Senior Student Council. This wonderful opportunity exists for students who look beyond their own studies within the College and seek to continue the process of improvement at Padua. Such grounding in formal leadership has seen many Year 11 Leaders fill the position of School Captain the following year.

The Swimming Carnival provided a wonderful opportunity for all students to represent their House and for the Year 11s, this was the first time for their new senior House. With a beautiful sunny day provided, the students participated with great enthusiasm and spirit. Congratulations to the Mercy House and their swimming squad for being crowned 2018 Champions.

SIS sport is underway and is a terrific manner in which all students can represent the College, enjoy some exercise and meet new people. Padua offers such a rounded curriculum, one that seeks to help students to remember to keep balance in their lives. It has been fantastic to see the three campuses come together as one representing Padua on the sporting field.

Following the successful Elevate Education session offered to all Year 11 students with the focus on Time Management (the development of study routines, work smart habits and the strategies to avoid procrastination),  the College will be offering a second free Elevate session. All Year 11 and 12 students are invited to participate in the session on Student Elevation, which focuses on key skills students can use to motivate and propel themselves forward. This session will further assist with goal setting and planning pathways for future direction.

Second Elevate Education Session 
Please note that this is an opt in session, free to all Year 11 and 12 students. Date Tuesday 20 March 3.30 to 4.30pm at the senior campus. Venues to be announced. A CareMonkey will be sent out to parents with a Trybooking link. Limited spaces.

As always I encourage all parents to continue to be active members of the Padua community, engaging in conversation about what topics are being studied in class, keeping abreast of upcoming events and making contact with subject teachers as needed.

Curtis Stone
Vice Principal | Head of 11-12 Campus Mornington