Volume 4
19 March 2020


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow

Our first priority at Penola Catholic College is the health and safety of our school community. This is the fourth draft of this section of the newsletter that I have written regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) given that information is changing daily. I am aware that it has caused concerns for parents, staff and students. Because the health and …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 4

Dear parents, The end of term has come about quickly, and even though the past couple of weeks have been disrupted by the current pandemic, it has been a relatively smooth term. The mobile phone ban has been a success and even though a small number of students have shown some resentment to it, in the majority it has been …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 4

It has been a very busy time at the Glenroy Campus over the last two weeks for both Year 7 and 8 students. Year 7 Camp All our Year 7 students recently went to Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza for 3 days.  Apart from enjoying all Camp Manyung has to offer it is always a fantastic opportunity for our newest …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: John McKay Vol 4

Dear Parents, The last day of term (Friday March 27) was always scheduled to be Student-Free for our annual Staff Spirituality Day.  It will remain as a student-free day, however we will be trialing parts of our remote learning plan for students so that we can check whether students can access all of the necessary instructions/software that they need from …

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College Mural

In 2019, our College Captains, Chan and Vishnu attended the JJAMM Student Leaders Conference in February at Kincumber (NSW).  At this conference they had the opportunity to meet other student leaders from Josephite schools to discuss their goals for the year ahead.  Each school gave a presentation about their school to the other leaders and one of the things that struck both Chan and Vishnu was the fact that Penola Catholic College was very multicultural in comparison to many other schools.  They both decided that our Cultural diversity was a great strength of Penola and wanted to celebrate this in some way.  They decided to run a competition amongst students for the design of a mural to be painted on the back wall of the ASH at the Broadmeadows campus to celebrate our cultural diversity.  Jaida Mazotta’s (Current Year 10 student) design was selected and it has now been translated into a large mural that can be seen from the trains running on the Craigieburn line towards Broadmeadows.


Penola Debate Team

On Tuesday the 10th of March Amal Wehbe from the Debater’s Association of Victoria facilitated a training session for the Penola Debate Team.

This gave us the opportunity to expand our understanding of the manner, matter and method of debating. The session was very beneficial and not only taught us debating skills, but also gave insight to better public speaking, critical thinking and many more skills that can be taken into life experiences. Overall, the session was very insightful and a great way to kick start our debating journey.

Jordan Gioskos 10H

The Penola Debate Team will compete in the first round of the DAV Competition on Monday the 23rd of March.


2020 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

To submit a CSEF Application in 2020:

If you have applied for the CSEF in a previous year, you do not need to complete an application form in 2020.  Unless there has been a change in your family circumstances the school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.

You will ONLY need to submit an application form in 2020 if any of the following changes have occurred:

• New student enrolments: Your child has started or changed schools in 2020 or you did not apply at the same school in a previous year.

• Changed family circumstances, such as: a change of custody, change of name, concession card number or new siblings commencing at the school in 2020.

CSEF Flyer : English, Arabic and Vietnamese



CSEF Form Attachment:  



Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term One: Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 3, Mar 17
Term Two: Apr 14, Apr 28, May 12, May 26, Jun 9, Jun 23
Term Three: Jul 14, Jul 28, Aug 11, Aug 25, Sept 8
Term Four: Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 10, Nov 24


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


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