Volume 19
28 November 2019


From The Principal: Mr Chris Caldow

College Board Information Session

We have four vacancies arising on our College Board at the beginning of next year as four of our Board members reach the end of their tenure. An invitation is extended to parents to come along to an information session being held on the evening of Wednesday, 19th February for parents who are interested in the work of the College Board. The information session will provide an opportunity for parents who may be willing to offer their services as Board members in this year or subsequent years, to gain an understanding of the governance of the College.

The information session will commence at 7:00pm in the Conference Room at the Broadmeadows campus followed by our February Board meeting for those wishing to stay on.

Parents and Friends Association AGM

On Monday 2nd December the Parents and Friends Association of the College will hold its Annual General Meeting at 6.00pm in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium.  All parents of the College are invited to attend.

New Governance Model for Catholic Schools

In Term 4 of this year, all school principals of Catholic Primary schools and Regional Secondary Colleges were asked to attend a meeting at CEM where it was announced that Archbishop Comensoli was responding to the recommendations relating to school governance made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by creating a new governance model for 292 Catholic schools in our Archdiocese.  A Steering Committee has been established to oversee the implementation and regional meetings have been held where stakeholders have been consulted on what the best model might be for our Catholic schools. All 292 schools will be incorporated under the new single governance structure.  This will have implications for the way that we work with our priests as they will no longer be the employers in our Catholic schools. The Archdiocese is aware of the need to keep our clergy involved in our Catholic schools and consultation with the priests about how this may happen will take place.  The new governance model must be in place by January 2021.  College Advisory Boards will remain to enable local participation within our Catholic schools. I will keep our Penola community informed as this unfolds.

End of Year

As this is the final newsletter for 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Penola Catholic College community a very safe, happy and holy Christmas and summer holiday. For some in the community this time will include receiving VCE results and then confirming plans for 2020 at university or in another tertiary setting or commencing an apprenticeship or other employment. For students undertaking Units 3&4 VCE subjects, this time should include some form of preparation for the year of work ahead. It is important, however, that we enjoy the time shared with family and friends and that we express gratitude to our Lord for these gifts and blessings.

The year has been marked with great energy and success in many areas at the College. Congratulations to all students who committed themselves to their studies, to the co-curricular sporting and cultural activities available at the College and who were involved in some form of community service activity throughout the year. These are the students who will gain the most from their time at Penola Catholic College.   

On behalf of the wider school community, I would like to thank all staff (teaching and support) for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for providing the best for all students.

This Advent, as we prepare for the Blessings of this Christmas Season, may I thank all Penola Catholic College parents for your support of the College throughout the year and for your partnership with us in the education of your sons and daughters. May Christ’s Peace and Joy be with each of you and with your loved ones.

One of the things that Mary MacKillop was fond of saying was “to never see a need without doing something about it.”  Mary MacKillop saw a need for Catholic education for the poor.  She tried to address this need by creating a religious order, the Josephite nuns, where they would go out to help the poor and help educate them and try to improve their situation and their life.

If you look at all of the great people within history they have all had a significant effect upon society.  Mary MacKillop is certainly one of these people.  Mary battled many hardships throughout her life and her health, she was ostracised and even had a period of ex-communication from the Catholic Church.  Throughout it all, she never lost faith in her own beliefs or her convictions that she was doing the right thing.  Mary MacKillop is an outstanding example of leadership in action.

Remar Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Miss Emma Tabone, Mrs Nella Dalrymple and the 7 members of our Blue Caravel who will travel to Alice Springs on Friday 29th November for the Remar solidarity immersion experience. 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.

Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Last Thursday night the College staff gathered with the young men and women of Year 12 and their parents at their Graduation Dinner. It was a fantastic night made better by being able to share it with staff, students and parents. It is very rewarding to see the pride and the joy amongst the students and the excitement about having finished this part of their educational journey. Congratulations to all members of the class of 2019, their parents, teachers and all other staff who helped to get them to this point. We look forward to the release of the VCE results on Thursday 12th December and pray that our students get their just rewards for their efforts.

College Medals 2019

The award of a College Medal recognises those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the college over an extended period of time.

At the Awards Evening, the Josephite Medal was presented to Ms Janine Ireland. Janine Ireland commenced work at Therry College in 1984. She has been at the school for a total of 35years. Janine is a hardworking staff member who goes above and beyond to assist and help staff, students and parents of our College community.

Janine has a positive impact on the community professionally and pastorally.

The ongoing assistance and loyalty that Janine has provided the College is greatly appreciated, she has assisted for many years with the Broadmeadows Staff association, Father’s Day breakfast, Mother’s Day breakfast and last year with the Friday morning breakfast club, as well as selling food at the production and other various evening functions for the Parents & Friends Committee.

Janine has volunteered her time with the Parents and Friends committee, has organised a college fete and given her time for preparation of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary. She is now assisting with the planning of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations for next year.

The Charism of the Josephites has been to roll up your sleeves and help out where needed. Janine has certainly been a supporter of this Charism by quietly helping out and assisting wherever she could.

College Awards Evening

On Tuesday 26th November, we held our annual Awards Evening, in which students were recognized for their achievements and contributions throughout the year.  We welcomed to the College as our guest of honour Brenton Egglestone.

It was heartening to see so many students receive recognition for their efforts and participation throughout the year.  I congratulate all award recipients and I thank Mr. Ernie Pisani, Mrs Dianne Lee and the members of the organising committee for their work in ensuring the success of the evening.


In the next fortnight a number of staff members will be leaving the College.  We have made the difficult decision to outsource the Canteen and have contracted Metro Canteens to commence with us in 2020.  As a result we farewell Maria Cuzzupe (1 Year), Margaret Agostinelli (7 years), Mary De Biase (3.5 Years), Michelle Fiscarellin (9.75 years), Monty Gangahar (2 years) and Vicky Murphy (3 years).  Each have contributed in their own way to the life of Penola Catholic College and I thank each of them for their efforts.

Mr Adam Hipwell has been appointed to Ave Maria College and we wish him well. Adam has taught Outdoor and Environmental Studies as well as Physical Education in his time at Penola Catholic College and been our Literacy Leader for the past 4 years.  He has been with us for the past 11 years and we wish him well at Ave Maria College. Mr Thomas Le leaves us to join De La Salle College as the Head of Mathematics and was a fantastic Mathematics teacher here for the past 9 years. I thank him for his service at Penola Catholic College.  Mr Daniel Hennequin has taught Media here at Penola for the 11 years and leaves us to take up a position at Northside Christian College in 2020.  We wish him well. Mrs Jenny Doan has resigned after teaching Japanese, Careers and Physical Education after 16 years at the College.  Jenny has a position at Overnewton College for 2020 and we wish her well. Ms Claire Rochford has been appointed as a Mathematics and Science teacher at Marymede Catholic College for 2020 and we wish her well.  She has taught Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Junior Science during her 14 years with us. Ms Ann-Maree Dellorso has been appointed as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Parade Catholic College for 2020.  She has taught Science, Health and Physical Education in her 5.25 years with us and we wish her well.  Mr Dion Hughes has been appointed as a Health and Physical Education teacher at The Hutchins School in Hobart for 2020.  Dion has taught Health and Physical Education as well as being a Year Level Coordinator for the past 2 years during his 2.5 years with us.  We wish him well. Mrs Bridie Wallace has resigned after a long period where she has been on maternity leave as an Art teacher.  Bridie commenced with us in 2003 and is currently studying Kinesiology and hopes to set up her own practice.  We wish her well. Mrs Elizabeth George has a Senior Biology position at Loyola College for 2020 and has been with us for 19.5 years.  Elizabeth has been Head of Science for the past 15 years and been fantastic in this role as well as being an outstanding Biology teacher throughout her time as well. We wish her well for the future.

A number of other staff members are leaving because they have gained positions in other schools or settings, or because their contracts have concluded.  On behalf of the college community I thank them for their work and efforts on behalf of our students. Best wishes to Madeleine Pepperell, Jane Dalli, Fran Jennings, Michelle Galati, Mona Botros and Sarah Rossi.

The following staff will be taking maternity leave during 2020 –Catherine Weekes, Elaine Georges, Lauren Johnson and Evelyn Assaad. Catherine Harkin and Rita Preziuso are taking 2020 off as leave without pay. Lisa Grech re-joins us from maternity leave at the beginning of the year and Stacey Noulas and Donna Mihos re-join us at the beginning of Term 3.



School Tuition Fees 2020


Student Photographs

A reminder to all parents that you need to notify the College if you do not give permission for your son or daughter’s photograph to be published in newsletters or promotional materials.  We would like to begin to place more photographs and videos on MyPenola and so I take this opportunity to remind you of the student permission form for photographs.  If we have not received your permission form back at the College we have assumed that your consent has been provided.  It is the responsibility of each family to make this decision and notify the College if you decide to exclude your son or daughter from having their photograph published.  In practical terms, this will mean that your son or daughter will need to be excluded from most group shots such as class photographs as these are published in our Year Book each year.

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 19

Fr Tony’s Christmas Message New Life: New Beginnings   Just as buds on a tree herald unmistakably the coming bloom of the season of Summer, God fills our daily lives with his life-giving grace to make us bear fruit for eternal life.  To be a Christian means we have eyes to see in the seemingly ordinary circumstances of life that …

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2020 Annual Student Photos


Penola Sport Facebook Page



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 
on book list pick-up day
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.

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