A Hope-filled Learning Community

Learning brings hope and, in a Catholic school, it is seen as a journey of endless possibilities, where students are inspired to search for meaning and explore questions about the world around them.

At Padua College, students are encouraged to develop a courageous approach to learning in a culture where mistakes are welcomed and seen as an opportunity for learning. It is a positive, creative, and hope-filled learning community where Catholic values and spirit are shared and the sacred dignity of each person is nurtured.

Established in 1898, Padua consists of three junior campuses (Year 7-9) at Mornington, Rosebud and Tyabb and a senior campus (Year 10-12) at Mornington. Excellent staff, facilities, grounds and resources at each campus provide ample opportunity for students to excel in areas of curriculum, leadership, arts, and sports at Padua College.

A culture of high expectation across the cognitive, spiritual, physical, social and emotional domains informs the learning and teaching programs at the College. This assists students to develop their capacity to make informed, reasoned and ethical judgements that impel them to act and make a positive impact on their world. Padua’s social justice programs are just one example of where learning connects beyond the walls of the classroom to the real life context.

Padua students are supported in their development as self-aware, self-regulated and independent learners who feel empowered to present their own ideas, opinions, knowledge and experience; and future-focussed learning equips them to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. By knowing their students and building positive relationships that support engagement, Padua teachers ensure that each student’s cultural and social background, and their needs and abilities are respected in the classroom. An inclusive and differentiated curriculum that is flexible and accessible to all provides a positive and empowering learning environment.

Padua College delivers a diverse curriculum offering multiple pathways to suit the specific learning needs and interests of its students.

All Year 7 and 8 students undertake a common, integrated curriculum that provides a strong foundation, a love of learning and a sample of the subjects offered in the subsequent years of schooling. In Year 9, students attend a dedicated Aspire9 Centre at one of its three junior campuses. The Aspire9 program is specifically tailored to the needs of this adolescent period and designed to engage and foster a range of 21st century skills including innovation, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

Students then move to the Year 10-12 Campus at Mornington where they can undertake a wide variety of elective subjects, or begin their VCE pathway through an accelerated subject. Padua also offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), a Senior Secondary Qualification which provides Year 11 and 12 students with an alternative to VCE and prepares them for further studies in vocational education and training and for employment. It allows for individualised learning programs based on each student’s interests and strengths, focusing on the practical application of work skills. Padua also offers nationally recognised vocational certificate (VET) programs that allow students to include vocational studies within their Year 10, VCE or VCAL Certificate.

By enabling students to make meaningful connections and engage in authentic learning experiences, it is the hope that each individual is able to recognise their God-given talents, be the best that they can be, and make a positive impact on their world.

Padua College is hosting a series of Twilight Open Days in March and you’re invited to learn more about what the College can offer your child. To register your interest, visit:

W: padua.vic.edu.au

Peninsula Essence, Education & Training Feature – March 2021