Pentecost is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his
Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter. We celebrated Pentecost Sunday last
Sunday. Without Pentecost the Christ event – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus –
remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit
of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.
Pentecost lifts the whole mystery of salvation out of its particularities and makes it into
something universal, embracing all peoples, all countries, all seasons, and eras. Pentecost is
also the moment of empowering. Each individual human being can claim the Spirit of Jesus as
the guiding spirit of her or his life. In that Spirit we can speak and act freely and confidently with
the knowledge that the same Spirit that inspired Jesus is inspiring us.
New Cover over the Courtyard between the Mary Aikenhead Gymnasium and the
Cameron Building on the Glenroy campus
Over the past week, Greenline have installed a cover over the Courtyard between the Mary
Aikenhead Gymnasium and the Cameron Building on the Glenroy campus that will provide
additional shelter and shade. My thanks to Mr John Gribble, Property Manager for all of his
hard work in seeing this concept being realized. My thanks also to Mr Simon Ridings, our OHS
Compliance Officer, for ensuring that those on-site were briefed around our safety procedures.
Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings – Thursday 16 July
One of the last tasks for our Family Liaison Officers was to ask families when they would like to
have the next round of Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings. The majority of parents
confirmed that they would like these to occur in Term 3 rather than this term. As a result, our
next round of Parent Teacher Student Partnership meetings will take place remotely on
Thursday 16 July which is the first Thursday of Term 3. These interviews will take place using
Microsoft Teams and we will send the invitation to the relevant student’s email address and they
will be present at the interview and assist their parents in connecting to the interview.
Significant Changes on the Glenroy Campus
If a student comes to sick bay, with a temperature of 38.8 or more they will need to wait in an
isolated area (meeting room on the Glenroy campus) as directed by the first aid officer on duty.
Parents are phoned and the student is to be collected. If a student presents as being unwell/or
injured but does have any of the COVID-19 symptoms (sore throat, cough, fever, and shortness
of breath) they can then be seated in the first aid area or in a treatment room. Sick bay will have
disposable sheets and wipeable pillows. Armchairs will be cleaned with sanitizer.
Students will only have access to their lockers twice throughout the day, during homeroom and
at lunchtime. The period of access will be staggered so that all students with a top locker have
access, followed by the students with the middle lockers and finally the students with the bottom
Students are encouraged to use a small backpack (smaller than the College bag) that can be
placed on the back of their seats in class. Students are encouraged to carry their books, laptop
and food (recess or lunch) in this bag to and from school. Staff and students are reminded to
clean their phone regularly.
Students are strongly encouraged to download the COVID Safe App on their own mobile
phones. In a change to our usual practices we are encouraging students to carry their mobile
phone with them rather than placing it in their locker at the start of the day and collecting it at the
end of the day. This is to assist with the tracking of students in the unlikely event that a student
or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. Students are still not allowed to use their phones
during the school day (including recess and lunchtimes unless directed to do so by their
Students should bring their own water bottle for use at school as they should not drink directly
from drinking fountains at this time. Signs will be placed to indicate this. Taps may be used to
refill water bottles. Student drinking fountains have been changed so that drink bottles can be
refilled using sensors by placing the student water bottle under the tap or timed taps.
In subjects where students use class equipment, hand sanitation will be practiced before and
after equipment use. In areas where equipment is being used regularly by students which may
include shared computers, class sets of teaching and learning materials, tools and musical
instruments etc., hand hygiene immediately before and after use of shared equipment is
recommended. Wipes will be provided for the classroom teacher to distribute to students to
clean items of equipment that will be used by other students. Additional bins for wipes will be
placed in all classroom spaces.
Year 7 Students will finish period 6 five minutes early to allow them to move off the campus prior
to the Year 8 students. Year 7 students will leave via the side gate on Menana Road (beside the
Mary Aikenhead Gymnasium). Year 8 students will finish at 3.10p.m. and leave via the front
gate onto William Street as per usual.
Year 8 students will enter the Year 8 corridor through the stairs to the ERC and exit via the
stairs near the front office. Year 7 students that are upstairs will enter through the external
stairs from the shade sails area and exit via the stairs near the Music room. Year 7 students
downstairs will enter through the glass doors from the shade sails area and exit through the
door near the student toilets.
Bell Times – Glenroy Campus
With the smaller area and campus size on our Glenroy campus we have decided to stagger
both recess and lunchtimes for the Years 7 & 8 students. Students will have restricted access
to their lockers twice a day. In homeroom and at lunchtime as well.
The canteen will be available for Glenroy students from Tuesday 9 June. The canteen’s
preference is to not use cash so students can pay by card or phone (if set-up).
Busyness of this Term
If you thought you had been busy this term, here is some data to confirm it! Clearly we have all
been busy with the remote learning that has taken place. I would once again like to take this
opportunity to thank all parents and guardians for the role that you played in assisting your
daughters and sons with their remote learning.
The Annual report for 2019 is available on the College website. It provides an overview of the
2019 year for Penola Catholic College with reports from the five key areas of the College
namely Education in Faith, Student Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching, Leadership and
Management and Community. It also includes a report from myself as Principal and Mrs. Mary
Anastasopoulos as Board Chair.
2021 Year 7 Enrolments
As I hope you are all aware, 2021 Year 7 Enrolments closed on Friday 17 August of last year.
We have had an additional 104 enrolments since the closing date. If there are any current
families with children in Grade Six who are intending to enrol them at Penola in 2021, I would
ask that you make contact with Ms. Jessica Alvarez at the College as soon as possible. I would
be saddened for one of our current families to miss out on a place due to the fact that they have
not submitted an enrolment application. I have asked Principals of our feeder Parish Primary
schools to check that all of their families who indicated that they were applying for a position at
Penola have indeed applied. I ask our current families to do the same as a matter of priority.