A lot has been happening over the past two weeks at the Glenroy campus.
Year 7 Retreat
Our Year 7s experienced their first Penola Catholic College retreat day over the last two weeks. The students started the day by being posed the question “At the age of 12 and 13 can you make a difference in the world?” Students had meaningful discussions about their own impact on our world and the real difference they can make now and into the future. As with all of our retreat program the key idea was around respect and building empathy in our youth.
Monday 29th July was the start of this year’s Maths Week, with many interesting things happening around the campus including guest speakers and maths boot camp. For the students the highlight was the drone incursion where the students controlled small drones using their phones.
Year 8 Pastoral Period
On Friday the 26th of July our Year 8 students were separated into boys and girls to hear from two guest speakers. Our girls talk was titled ‘Skip Deep’ discussing the pressures placed on young woman in the 21st century and the portrayal of women in the media. This program is part of a wider pastoral program at Penola where we aim to develop strong, independent women.
Our boys had a discussion titled ‘Man Up’ examining the mixed messages that boys receive about what it is to be a man. The key message was around being respectful and how to ensure we have thoughtful interactions with those around us and the wider community.
On Friday the 9th of August, we welcome back Ms Susan McLean a former Victoria police officer and a key person in developing cyber safety programs throughout the world. Susan will be visiting the Glenroy Campus to speak to our Year 7s about the importance of being safe online as well as online bullying.