Sad Passing of Ms Maria Grosso

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our colleague Ms Maria Grosso entered eternal life on Thursday 13 August, 2020 in the Northern Hospital in Epping. Maria had taken leave without pay for the remainder of the year to care for her father. Maria’s father passed away less than six weeks ago and this was a significant loss for her.

Maria joined our former College, Therry College, at the beginning of 1984 and has been part of the fabric of the Penola Catholic College community ever since. Maria taught Humanities and Religion and was a passionate advocate for the marginalised and supported St Vincent de Paul tinned food drives and other activities. Maria has held a number of roles throughout her time with both Geoghegan College and Penola Catholic College including Assistant Head of Religious Education at the Glenroy campus.

We pray for all her family at this time and extend our deepest sympathy to them.

May Maria’s soul and the souls of all our dearly departed rest in peace.

Prayer for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Last Saturday 15 August, 2020 was the Feast of the Assumption.  I have included a prayer for the Assumption of Mary

Woman of Listening,

Mary, woman of listening, open our ears;

Grant us to know how to listen to the word of Jesus among the thousands of words in this world;

Grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person that we encounter,

Especially those who are poor, in need, in hardship.

Mary, woman of decision, illuminate our mind and our heart, so that we may follow the word of your son Jesus;

Mary, woman of action, obtain that our hands and feet move “with haste” towards others.

To bring them the charity and love of your son Jesus, to bring the light of the Gospel to the world, as you did.

Amen

Year 7 Enrolments 2022

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2022 close on Friday 9 October.  A number of families applied after the close of enrolment last year and it makes it very difficult to accurately plan for the following year, so I ask that you submit your enrolment as soon as possible.  Often families assume that we know that there is a younger sibling, but I would be very disappointed if one of our existing families missed out on an enrolment due to not submitting their enrolment in a timely manner.

Year 12 Practical Assessments (Students coming onsite)

Listed below is a schedule for Year 12 students to come onsite to complete essential assessments for their VCE and/or VET programs. The VCAA can confirm that the Stay at Home Directions1 (the Directions) across Victoria enable:

  • students to leave their premises to undertake essential VCE and VCAL assessments onsite,
  • a school or other educational facility or institution to operate for the purposes of providing those services to those students, where it is ‘not reasonably practicable for those assessment to be undertaken’ from the student’s home, and
  • education staff can leave their premises to undertake support for the delivery of mandatory VCE and VCAL assessments onsite.

 

If parents require a permit for travel to drop their son or daughter at the College for any of these sessions, please email me at principal@penola.vic.edu.au and I will attach a permit in a return email.  The permit allows you to legally travel to and from the school in the event that you are stopped by Victoria Police.

Students will report to Reception upon arrival at the Broadmeadows campus where they will sign in and be temperature tested.

 

Subject Yr Level Day Date Periods Room Teacher
Systems Engineering 12 Monday August 24 9.45am–3.00pm SJW006 Mr Alex Roujnikov
VET Engineering 12 Tuesday August 25 1.00pm – 5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
Product Design & Technology Wood 12 Tuesday August 25 8.45am–12.45pm SJW001 Mr John Paul
Food Studies 12 Wednesday August 26 1.00pm–3.00pm F001 Ms Jessica Mann
Chemistry 12 Wednesday August 26 1.00pm–3.00pm TEW001 Ms Margaret Kostraby
VET Engineering 12 Wednesday August 26 1.00pm–5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
Visual Communication & Design 12 Thursday August 27 8.40am–10.40am NOL004 Mr Danny Diaz
Physics 12 Thursday August 27 8.40am- 10.40am SJW006 Mr Alex Roujnikov
VET Interactive Media 11 Thursday August 27 1.00pm –3.00pm L004 Mr Phillip Ineson
Music (Rehearsal) 12 Tuesday September 1 8.40am– 3.00pm PAC002 Ms Tania Hatherell
Product Design & Technology Wood 12 Tuesday September 1 8.45am– 12.45pm SJW001 Mr John Paul
VET Engineering 12 Tuesday September 1 1.00pm – 5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
Visual Communication & Design 12 Thursday September 3 8.40am–10.40am NOL004 Mr Danny Diaz
Systems Engineering 12 Monday September 7 9.45am –3.00pm SJW006 Mr Alex Roujnikov
VET Engineering 12 Tuesday September 8 1.00pm –5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
Music (SAC) 12 Tuesday September 8 1.00pm – 3.00pm PAC002 Ms Tania Hatherell
Product Design & Technology Wood 12 Tuesday September 8 8.45am– 12.45pm SJW001 Mr John Paul
Food Studies 12 Wednesday September 9 1.00pm – 3.00pm F001 Ms Jessica Mann
VET Engineering 12 Wednesday September 9 1.00pm – 5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
VET Retail Cosmetic 11 & 12 Wednesday September 9 12.00pm-3.00pm SJW005 Ms Marie Vicario
Visual Communication & Design 12 Thursday September 10 8.40am–10.40am NOL004 Mr Danny Diaz
VET Salon Assistant 11 & 12 Thursday September 10 12.00pm-3.00pm SJW005 Ms Marie Vicario
Systems Engineering 12 Monday September 14 9.45am –3.00pm SJW006 Mr Alex Roujnikov
VET Engineering 12 Tuesday September 15 1.00pm –5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
Product Design & Technology Wood 12 Tuesday September 15 8.45am– 12.45pm SJW001 Mr John Paul
VET Engineering 12 Wednesday September 16 1.00pm – 5.00pm SJW008 Mr Nick Laleas
VET Retail Cosmetic 11 & 12 Wednesday September 16 12.00pm-3.00pm SJW005 Ms Marie Vicario
VET Salon Assistant 11 & 12 Thursday September 17 12.00pm-3.00pm SJW005 Ms Marie Vicario

 

Advice

Probably one of the best piece of advice I have received was in this last week. I’d like to share it with you. In some ways, I wish I had received it earlier. But then I think I am really only ready for this in this ‘Second Wave’.  I read a quote from St Francis of Assisi: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” I think that’s the best advice I can give.

At the start of the year, if I had suggested to you that all our students would be schooled at home for most of the year, we would all have shouted, “Impossible!” And yet the focus has been on doing what’s necessary today, not thinking too far ahead. A psychologist in New York State offered a number of top tips for surviving isolation, many are gold and are about focusing on the necessary and the possible:

  • Get out at least once a day. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for your spirits.
  • Reach out to others. Try to do FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, phone calls, texting—connect with other people to seek and provide support.
  • Develop a self-care toolkit. This will look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (seven senses: touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (comforting pressure). An idea for each: a soft blanket or stuffed animal, a hot chocolate, photos of holidays, comforting music, lavender or eucalyptus oil, a small swing or rocking chair, a weighted blanket. A journal, an inspirational book, or a mandala colouring book is wonderful, bubbles to blow or blowing watercolour on paper through a straw are visually appealing as well as work on controlled breath. Mint gum, Listerine strips, ginger ale, frozen Starburst, ice packs, and cold are also good for anxiety regulation.
  • Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and if need be, a wide berth. A lot of cooped up time can bring out the worst in people. Each person will have moments when they will not be at their best. It is important to move with grace through blow-ups, to not show up to every argument you are invited to, and to not hold grudges and continue disagreements. Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this.
  • Notice the good in the world, the helpers. There is a lot of scary, negative, and overwhelming information to take in regarding this pandemic. There are also a ton of stories of people sacrificing, donating, and supporting one another in miraculous ways. It is important to counterbalance the heavy information with the hopeful information.
  • Find lightness and humour in each day. There is a lot to be worried about, and with good reason. Counterbalance this heaviness with something funny each day: cat videos on YouTube, a stand-up show on Netflix, a funny movie – we all need a little comedic relief in our day, every day.
  • Find the lesson. This whole crisis can seem sad, senseless, and at times, avoidable. When psychologists work with trauma, a key feature to helping someone work through said trauma is to help them find their agency, the potential positive outcomes they can affect, the meaning and construction that can come out of destruction. What can each of us learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis?

Hope! I want that for all of us, especially our Year 12s. I know that we will come out the other side. It will get better. Much better. The future is bright. The necessary and possible things we are doing today will build an impossible and better future for ourselves, for Penola Catholic College and for our world. Let’s build this future together.