Volume 5
23 April 2020


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 5

Dear Members of the Penola Catholic College community,   Survived Week One As we reach the end of the first full week of conducting classes online, I’m sure everyone is breathing a collective sigh of relief that our systems are holding up with no significant problems. I know that I am! I hope you too are feeling more confident about …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 5

Dear parents, The world seems to be plodding along despite the change in learning and teaching formats for your children and the school. A lot of work has been put into the digital mechanism for learning that we are currently using. Over the course of the past few weeks, staff have refined their technical skills to be able to deliver …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: John McKay Vol 5

Dear Parents and Carers, Thank you for your patience as we have prepared ourselves for the new reality of a full term of remote learning. As the Premier said, our new normal is that ‘if you can learn from home, you must learn from home’. Happily, as you are well-aware, we had anticipated this outcome, and much had been done …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 5

Faith and Mission at Home series Please be aware that we are currently publishing our Faith and Mission at Home series on MyPenola each week. Please ensure to view these as it is our endeavour is to keep everyone within our extended College community connected with their faith during this challenging time of Covid 19 and "Stay at Home". We …

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VCAL Food Security Network

Today the VCAL teachers volunteered their time to harvest more than 100 kg of vegetables from the VCAL garden which were donated onto FareShare. Thank you to all of the VCAL students for their efforts and the teachers for their contribution today. These vegetables will form part of a meal for more than 3000 Melbournian’s.


Now taking enrolments for Year 7 in 2022!

To enrol online please visit: 
Alternatively you can download a hard-copy here and post to:
PO Box 637, Glenroy,
3046, VIC, Australia

For any inquiries please email marketing@penola.vic.edu.au


VCAL - Essential Services

This year has seen our current circumstance highlight the importance of the essential service worker. The VCAL program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to ideally commence either School based apprenticeships or traineeships. These opportunities are hard to come by and this may mean not all are privileged enough to have one.

At present the demand for building and maintenance services remains unrestricted, this means VCAL students who fall in this category are at work each Tuesday, Wednesday and some on a Saturday.

There are still the stories of students who have lost SBAT arrangements, particularly 2 who were employed by Qantas and in the hospitality sector at the Airport.

On the positive side the college proudly boasts students who are both employed in chain of supply, at employers such as long-term partner REECE, whilst others in actual trades continue on work sites or conducting maintenance

The reality is real life experiences prepare these students for life beyond the Shadows of Mannes House.

Thank you.

Arnel Davis
VCAL Liaison


School Photo Distribution

Just an update on school photo distribution – unfortunately with the early closure of the College in Term 1 we were unable to distribute school photos as ordered through The School Photographer.  These will be ready and waiting for students when we return to normal schooling. 

Please note school photos are still able to be ordered :

The School Photographer P/L


Telephone: 1300 795 850


From the College Psychologists


Important information regarding Cash Payments and the Accounts Office

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and following government guidelines to reduce the use of cash we will not be taking cash at the College. The accounts office is closed to the public while remote learning is in place. You are welcome to ring between 8.30 and  3.30 and make a payment over the phone by ringing accounts 93012777. If you have any other school fee enquiries you can email schoolfees@penola.vic.edu.a



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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