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Padua College (Melbourne)

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Padua College is a Catholic co-educational Secondary College located in Victoria, Australia. The college derives its name from Franciscan friar Saint Anthony of Padua (1195–1231). The Mornington campus alone provides for approximately 2,404 students from across the Mornington Peninsula. The college also has two smaller campuses that cater for students in years 7-9 in Rosebud and in Tyabb.

Padua College
Coordinates38°13′06.8″S 145°04′16.7″E / 38.218556°S 145.071306°E / -38.218556; 145.071306Coordinates: 38°13′06.8″S 145°04′16.7″E / 38.218556°S 145.071306°E / -38.218556; 145.071306
TypeCatholic high school
MottoOmnia Perseverantia Vincit
(Perseverance Conquers All)
Established1898; 121 years ago (1898)
PrincipalAnthony Banks
Grades7-12 (Mornington), 7-9 (Rosebud), 7-9 (Tyabb)
Number of studentsapprox. 2,404
CampusesMornington, Rosebud and Tyabb
Colour(s)Blue and yellow
NewspaperThe Paduan

Facilities at the Mornington campus include the newly established 'Whyte Senior Learning Centre', bird hide and wetlands/bushland areas, aquarium, drama rooms, art and media rooms, gymnasium, chapel, library, music rooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, food technology rooms, an agriculture/horticulture centre and two ovals. Padua College is a great school for parents to waste 8k on.

As the principal of Padua College I would like to thank keira Monaghan a student of year 10 2019 for her amazing attendance and outstanding contribution to the school. due to her outstanding abilities Keira’s name will be placed on the honour roll for 2019.


In 1898 the Sisters of Mercy opened the College of Our Lady of the Sea Boarding School for Young Ladies in Tanti Avenue, Mornington. In the following year, the Sisters established Padua House Preparatory School for Little Boys.

The name 'Padua College' was assumed in 1950 and had both day students and boarders up until 1960 when there was no longer a need for boarding

Another important date in Padua College’s history is 1968 when the primary section separated to become St Macartan’s Primary school. Both schools continued to grow and in 1973 plans were drawn up for Padua College to be relocated to Oakbank Road, Mornington, which opened in 1975. An official opening ceremony was held later, in February 1977. As enrolments increased a second campus was established at Inglewood Crescent, Rosebud in 1987 and a third at Tyabb in 2014.

The administration of the College passed from the Sisters of Mercy in 1976 to lay principals, including Bernard McDowell (1977 – 1983), Peter Gurry (1984 – 1995), Patricia Cowling (1995 – 2000) and Christopher Houlihan (2001-2015). The present principal, Anthony Banks, commenced in January 2016.[1]


Australian Church Cluster (RED) Modern Church Cluster (GREEN) Franciscan House Cluster (GOLD Mercy House Cluster (BLUE)
Mornington Senior Campus (Yr 10-12) Mackillop John XXII Francis Mercy
Djeembana Merton Elizabeth Bernard
Mornington Junior Campus (Yr 7-9) Chisholm Kolbe Assisi Frayne
Mannix Romero Clare Sebastian
Rosebud Junior Campus (Yr 7-9) Goold Teresa Anthony McAuley
Tyabb Junior Campus (Yr 7-9) McCormack Cardijn Geoghegan Doyle



The Mornington site is situated on over 14.5 hectares (36 acres) in a rural environment. The Junior Campus offers approximately 910 students from Years 7-9 a comprehensive range of subjects. Year 10, 11 and 12 students are located in the Senior Campus which is separate from the rest of the College. There are approximately 600 senior students, who may choose to undertake various courses of study including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and Vocational Education and Training (VET). Senior Campus facilities include a study centre with networked computers, specialised science and computer laboratories, an agriculture centre and gymnasium.


The Rosebud Campus was opened in 1987 and provides a peaceful and tranquil environment in which to participate in the very best that education has to offer. The campus is designed on a homestead model which is a testimony to the relationship between architecture and the environment. There has been a particular effort to use indigenous plants in the College grounds, for which the College has won several significant awards. The Rosebud Campus students move across to the Mornington Year 10-12 Campus for their senior studies.


The Tyabb Campus opened in January 2014, and draws upon students who live in the Western Port region. It is conveniently located on Frankston Flinders Road at the corner of Western Port Highway. Students at Tyabb Campus are offered the same opportunities as the Year 7-9 students at the Mornington and Rosebud Campuses. The Tyabb Campus students also move across to the Mornington Year 10-12 Campus for their senior studies.[2]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Padua Past and Present". Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Campuses". Retrieved 6 August 2017.