Newsletter - Volume 18- 14 November 2019


From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Dear members of the Penola Catholic College community,

Month of November

Traditionally, Catholics observe November as the month of the Holy Souls.  The month commences with two great Feast Days, the Feast of All Saints (1st Nov) and the Feast of All Souls (2nd Nov). As I have mentioned in previous editions of this newsletter, it is also quite appropriate that during this month we observe Remembrance Day, 11th November, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when the hostilities ceased in the Great War, now more commonly known as the First World War.  In remembering, honouring and praying for the dead we recognise the inestimable value of life, the dignity and sanctity of those who have died, and the sure belief that life continues beyond death albeit in a way that we do not fully understand. In remembering and praying for own loved ones who have died, we pay tribute to the gift that they have been to us, and we extend to them the care that they shared with us during their lives on earth.

Last week, at a special Memorial Mass in St Joseph’s Chapel, we prayed with those in our community who have suffered the loss of family members and friends this year.  The great consolation for us is that we know that those who have died are now with God, and are experiencing the fullness of God’s mercy and love.

We also celebrated All Saints day on 1 November. On this day we remember the people of God throughout history like our patron, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who have been recognised as Saints by the Church. These individuals, young and old have lived out their faith and, at times, have paid the ultimate price for believing in God by giving their lives as martyrs.  This year we think again especially of those countries around the world where Christians are being persecuted and are suffering for their faith. We remember the living saints of our times, the people of God living in this world today who by their example live their faith out daily.  We pray that the Saints past and present may inspire us all to follow their example of service to others.

2020 Mobile Phone Ban

We have made the decision to ban mobile phones throughout the school day for 2020.  Thanks to parents who responded to the survey with in excess of 70% of parent responses in support of a ban of mobile phones. Students will still bring their phones to school but they are not to be taken to class nor into the grounds at recess and lunchtimes.  Students will be responsible for locking their own phones in their lockers throughout the day.  There may be times where a staff member specifically asks students to bring their mobile phones to class to use for educational purposes such as specific apps etc. but this will be clearly communicated to students.  There will obviously be a range of sanctions for students who are caught with their mobiles which will be outlined to students over the next fortnight and to families in the next newsletter.  It is our intention to introduce this in Headstart this year.  I have listed below the consequences for students who are caught using their mobile phone during the school day in Headstart and throughout 2020.

1st offence

The student will receive a warning and the teacher will record this on Office 365 Excel

2nd offence

The phone will be confiscated and placed in the office. An automated message will be sent to the parent

Eg. Your child has breached the Mobile Phone Policy for the 2nd time. Should there be a further breach, you will be required to collect the phone from the Campus Office

Students who refuse to hand the phone over to the staff member will incur the consequences of the 3rd offence

3rd offence

The phone will be confiscated and placed in the office. A parent will be required to collect the phone.

4th offence

The phone will be confiscated and placed in the office. A YLC/COS meeting will be scheduled with parents and students. A Saturday Detention will be applied

2019 Art Show

The annual College Art Show was opened on Wednesday 6 November. The works on display have been taken from all subject areas in the Visual Arts department and across all year levels.  The items on display are of a high standard and provide evidence that our students have wonderful opportunities to develop their talents and skills in these areas of endeavour.  Congratulations to Mr Jason Hussey, Mrs Naomi Diaz and all our art teachers and technicians for their efforts throughout the year and for the organization of the Art Show.

Annual Awards Night

The annual Awards Night will be held in the Assembly and Sports Hall on Tuesday evening, 26 November, commencing at 7.00pm.  Our guest of honour will be Brenton Eggleston, a former Penola Catholic College student and College Dux. Brenton has gone on to become a physiotherapist working in elite sport in the AFL and English Premier League. All College families are warmly invited to attend this significant occasion.

Under the Starts Concert

Our music performers had the opportunity to shine at the Under the Stars concert held on Wednesday 6 November. This event showcased the talents of our musicians, bands and performers. Unfortunately I am rhythmically challenged but I can appreciate the talents of our students and their musicianship.  Hours and hours of practice goes into perfecting their skills and talents and I was incredibly proud of the courageous students who performed live on these nights.  I thank the parents and friends who supported our students on these nights as well as the Music staff including Mr James Maddocks, Mrs Dianne Lee and our classroom and instrumental music teachers.                                 


This year we are continuing our successful Headstart program at the end of the year to eight days for current Years 9, 10 and 11.  In effect this means that our current Years 9 - 11 students will commence their 2020 VCE/VCAL subjects on Tuesday 26 November and finish on Thursday 5 December.  The advantages to this program are that students can begin their 2020 classwork earlier and giving them additional time to learn their respective VCE and VCAL subjects.  I have included this information now so that families can plan their end of year holidays with certainty and also know the finish times of each of the respective year levels.  Current Years 7 & 8 students will commence Headstart on Monday 2 December and finish on Thursday 5 December.

Year 11 End of Year Dates

Exams                                     Wednesday November 13 – Wednesday November 20

Celebration Day                      Thursday November 21

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 26 – Thursday December 5


Years 10 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Wednesday November 13

Exams                                     Thursday November 14 – Thursday November 21

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 26 – Thursday December 5


Year 9 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Friday November 15

Exams                                     Monday November 18 – Thursday November 21

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 26 – Thursday December 5


Years 8 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Thursday November 28

Headstart program                 Monday December 2 – Thursday December 5 at the Broadmeadows Campus


Year 7 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Thursday November 28

Headstart program                  Monday December 2 – Thursday December 5 at the Glenroy Campus


Student Free Days this Term

Friday 22 November and Monday 25 November are Student Free Days for the Broadmeadows/Senior Campus. This will allow our Senior students (Years 9-11) a small break between finishing exams and commencing their Headstart program and allow our staff to have a correction day to finalise grades. Our junior students (Years 7&8) have exams on Friday 22 November. The Year 7 students are at the Glenroy campus and Year 8 students are at the Broadmeadows campus.

Friday 29 November is a Student-Free Day for our Years 7 & 8 students at the Glenroy campus to all our Junior campus staff time for correction and report writing of the end of year reports.

Year 7 Enrolments 2021

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2020 closed on Friday 16 August. 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.

REMAR Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Miss Emma Tabone and Mrs Nella Dalrymple and the 7 members of our Blue Caravel who will travel to Alice Springs on Friday November 29 for the REMAR solidarity immersion experience and return on Friday December 6. I will also accompany the students for the first part of the trip from Friday 29 November to Tuesday 3 December. Once again, our caravel members will support the people of the Amoonguna indigenous community located near Alice Springs.  We wish them every blessing and trust that both communities, ours and theirs, will be enriched by this experience.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Chris Caldow

From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 11

From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 18

Dear parents, Students and staff are anticipating a busy few weeks as we enter the final stages of the 2019 academic year. Revision classes are currently taking place to ensure that students are well prepared for the end of year exams. The dates of each of the exams for Years 9 - 11 are still available and can be accessed …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 18

From the Glenroy campus With only two weeks to go before Headstart for both our 7s and 8s, it is a busy time on the Glenroy Campus as classes finalise assessment tasks and English and Maths classes begin preparing students for their exams. 2020 Year 7 Information Night and Grade 5 Interviews On the 31st of October we welcomed out …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 18

Corpus Christi - St Mary of the Cross Reflection Day On Thursday, 7th November, the Faith and Mission team hosted students from Corpus Christi Primary School for a Saint Mary of the Cross Reflection Day. This involved a tour of the sites of St Mary of the Cross here at the College and then a trip into the city to …

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Under The Stars

Families enjoyed a wonderful night of music from our very talented Performing Arts Students .  Hosted by Katrina Ross & Luca Polimeni (College Performing Arts Captains for 2019 & 2020) on Wednesday November 6th in the Performing Arts Courtyard.  This was our first official performance in this space with the new roof which makes this area very versatile - the show and sound was impressive.

Thanks to all involved with the evening.


Dear parents and guardians,

This year we are collecting a variety of items for St. Vincent De Pauls to distribute during Christmas to families in our local community. Items that are non-perishable can be donated to the school. Items can include:


• Pasta

• Pasta sauces

• Biscuits

• Rice

• Tuna cans

• Muesli bars

• Spreads

• Cereals

• Special treats

• Activity books

• Reading books

• A gift; for example – a pair of earrings, a basketball (brand new, not used)

The collection will take place from the 26th November – 5th  December. All items can be left at the Broadmeadows campus office situated in Kerrsland. Please ensure that the food items are not passed their best before date.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.

Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.


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Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term Four: Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 12, Nov 26

The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open 22nd January 2020 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm


Interested in selling your uniform?

If you wish to sell your freshly dry cleaned second hand uniform items (new logo only), you can do so by leaving them at Reception at the Broadmeadows Campus. All items must show they have been dry cleaned by having the dry cleaning tag attached. All items must contain the NEW College logo. The College will also accept NEW logo items as donations for struggling families.

Second Hand Uniform Selling Day!

Academy Uniforms run a school shop service at Broadmeadows Campus in the current second hand uniform area in the Mannes building on:

Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30am
Thursday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00pm
Academy Uniforms are now ON-LINE

Simply go to: Academy Uniforms
Choose Penola Catholic College and enter password Broadmeadows
Orders can be sent to the School Shop or home address.

Academy Uniforms
238 Wolseley Place,
Ph: 9460 8011


Penola Catholic College

Junior Campus: 35 William Street, Glenroy, VIC 3046
Senior Campus: 29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, VIC 3047

Postal Address:
PO Box 637, Glenroy, VIC

Telephone:(03) 9301-2777
Fax:(03) 9301-2770