Volume 7
21 May 2020


From the Principal, Mr Chris Caldow

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 7

Dear Parents, After half a term of remote learning, face to face teaching will resume for our Year 11 and 12 students on Tuesday 26th May. I can tell you that staff are excited about the resumption of face to face teaching and look forward to the core business of teaching. Despite the sadness that COVID-19 has brought to the …

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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


Languages Week at Penola

LOTE Week - Junior Campus

Languages Week is indeed an essential experience for all students undertaking French, Italian and Japanese, as it is a celebration of not only languages but also cultures and traditions around the world. Due to Remote Learning, languages week was celebrated differently this term. For each language students were asked to engage in a variety of cultural activities. Our Year 7 …

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To Tool or not to Tool

 Penola 2020 VCAL Graduates Robert Casey and Nathan D'Augello had one thing in common when they commenced in the program.

This pair both wanted to become apprentices immediately upon graduating, however the reality is with insurance risks, the likelihood of a business putting a student on for work placement is significantly less than it was 30 years ago. This may mean a student has to travel further for an opportunity on the tools or seek opportunity in the retail pathway of that trade.

This is why we also promote getting placement in the chain of supply, doing this enables students to handle and gain an understanding of the product used in the particular trade. This also enables students to gain networks within the particular industry, in the case of the graduates mentioned earlier both have gone different ways:

- Robert who studied Certificate II in Plumbing for 1 year at TAFE while in a School based traineeship, has opted to remain working for REECE Plumbing (Retailer) and is now employed full time. There was no position for Robert at the Airport West branch so he was moved across to the Thomastown branch. The REECE company pride themselves in developing and up-skilling staff. Robert's goal is to become a Sales Representative for the company.

- Nathan who studied Certificate II during Year 11 and 12, spent Semester 1 of 2019 at Middendorp Electrical (Retailer) Airport West. However prior to Semester 2 Nathan a City Moreland resident won a placement with Footscray based Watt Group Electrical.Watt Group Electrical owner and former Western Bulldog Matthew Pearce, was impressed with Nathan and working at Middys prior to starting played a massive role in him landing the position. Post completion of his placement Nathan was offered a full time apprenticeship which he accepted, Nathan has won several employee of the          month awards since commencing.

Both Alumni are well on the way to achieving their goals!

Anyone who is willing to provide an opportunity for work placement students, or is interested in the program please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Arnel Davis
VCAL Liaison
(03) 9908-9033


Tips for helping children returning back to school

With the news that our children will be returning back to school, some parents may feel delighted and relieved, others may feel anxious about the decision to send their children back to school.

We wanted to share some strategies for parents about helping your child manage this next phase of changes more easily. The following information may assist you with this process:

What do I need to consider as a parent?

• Some children will be keen to return, others may be anxious.

• Attending school means a return to routine. The school routines can reduce stress and anxiety for most children because they can meet with their friends, have opportunities to interact with others, and enjoy a wider environment than when they were restricted to their home.

• When your children return to school, it is important that they do so with your confidence that school is okay. It is unhelpful to share your own or other’s anxiety about this decision for children to return to school or concerns you may have about any them falling behind in their education this year.

• For siblings who may have to wait a little longer before returning to school, remind them that this will take place as soon as possible

What will help my children when they go back to school:

• Ask your child if they have any questions or concerns about returning to school.

• Discuss their concerns calmly and encourage them to consider which school staff they can speak to regarding schoolwork related concerns.

• Remind them they are also able to speak to one of the school counsellors if they are feeling anxious or have other wellbeing concerns.

• When talking about return to school with your child, refrain from using the word “unsafe” about school because it may have a negative effect on them settling back into school.

• Check they have all school equipment/books/ water bottles and food packed ready for the start of the school day.

• If your children have been going to bed late and getting up late, encourage them to start going to bed about 15 minutes earlier the week before their return date to begin to adjust to school wake up times.

•  Be confident on the day they return to school and let them know their first few days will be focusing on helping them settle back to their school routine and adjust to changes needed to maintain recommended hygiene and distancing practices.

• Remind your children to greet their friends without hugs or kisses.

• You may feel anxious how their first days back have been, but they may feel a bit tired with the changes from lockdown. Giving them a little time to rest and eat before being questioned about their day can help them to wind down.

• Try not to fret if they are not very communicative, this is very normal for adolescents.

• Remember the school staff are here to support parents about concerns you may have but please be patient they are busy helping your children to adjust to the new changes.


Parent's Corner

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by current circumstances?

Are you concerned about your child’s deterioration in mental health?

The following links may be useful:

• Beyond Blue has a checklist for parents’ observations of their child’s presentation.  The parent will obtain feedback on whether their child will benefit from professional support, and be provided with a list of relevant services.


• Parentline is a free telephone counselling service for parents to support family wellbeing and parenting


• Healthdirect provides free telephone health advice from a nurse for physical and psychological issues, as well as an online “symptom checker”


from your College Psychologists


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


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


CSEF Officer
Delia Gaetano


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

Are you ready for winter?

Our Thomastown store is open with normal trading hours and we recommend visiting sooner rather than later!

We are fully stocked and adhering to social distancing and disinfecting all surfaces between sales. There are currently no queues so you will be served immediately but this will change come closer to back to School.

Alternatively on-line is available at all times.

Thank you


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