Volume 10
23 July 2020


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 10

Term 3 Welcome

The term has begun and both the VCE, VET and VCAL students and staff appear to be happy to be back at school. I hope that the holiday period was relaxing and that you were able to spend some quality time together as a family. In particular, I would like to welcome a number of new students …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 10

The college coped well with the challenges that we experienced in Term 2. Both staff and students did their best to establish strategies for the continuation of an education for our   students. It seemed that things were slowly going back to some level of normality towards the end of term. However, given the nature of the coronavirus, the challenges continue …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: John McKay Vol 10

Senior Subject Selection

To maximise the information available to students and parents, the Heads of Learning have worked tirelessly to create easy-to-access information for you all on MyPenola.  From Monday July 27, by following the links below, students and parents can watch informative Vodcasts on each of the Key Learning Areas focussing on senior pathways.  I invite all students to …

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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 @Work

Graduation of a different kind The overall purpose of the VCAL pathway is to supply entry level employees for Industry. Marcus Lobosco is the latest Penola student to Graduate to the ranks of employment, Marcus commenced in our VCAL program this year. Marcus combined his VCAL studies with Certificate II in Building and Construction, and commenced a workplacement in February. …

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Youth Ministry Update

Hello Penola Community! It’s Gil and James here, the College Youth Ministers.

The Faith and Mission Team at Penola has been working tirelessly build a sense of togetherness throughout the past few months of social distancing through a variety of initiatives. One new initiative that we’re leading is a weekly video series to build on the positivity of our College Community and remind us that we’re all in this together.

And we want you to be involved! Whether you’re a student, staff member, parent or even student teacher, please feel free to send us a photo or video of a positive experience you’ve had during isolation over the past few months or a hobby that’s helped you stay positive. If your submission is chosen, you’ll win a prize from the Faith and Mission Team! Send your photos and videos to gmein@penola.vic.edu.au.

The second way is to enter our weekly “Guess the Staff Member” Competition! Within the same community video, we’ll be hosting a weekly competition where you’ll have to identify as many PCC Staff Members as possible using their childhood photos! The student from each year level who correctly guesses the most staff members will win an UberEats voucher for your family (in the event of a tie, one name will be selected at random)!

So, submit your photos/videos gmein@penola.vic.edu.au and be watching from the 27th of July on MyPenola for your chances to win!!

For any questions, please feel free to contact us on gmein@penola.vic.edu.au.

Good luck and stay safe,
Gil and James, College Youth Ministers


Parent and Friends Association

The next meeting to take place, Monday the 3rd of August has been cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

On behalf of Penola College we would like to Thank You for your continued support of our College.


NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

What is the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data?

Schools must now complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) every year. It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments or “help” at school because of a disability. The NCCD helps governments plan for the needs of students with disability.

Click here to see more.

Arabic version
Vietnamese version 


Second-hand Uniform Shop

The Second-hand Uniform Shop will now be closed due to Covid-19 restrictions and being unable to allow parents on site.

We have now subscribed to the Sustainable School Shop where parents can buy and sell school uniform books calculators online. Please see the below information regarding the Sustainable School Shop.

Second-hand Uniform and Textbook Trading details here!

I would like to thank the generosity of parents who volunteered their time in running our uniform shop over the years.

Jenny Vinten
Penola Catholic College
Business Manager



All students and staff  have access to a range of ebooks and audiobooks. 

Simply download the ePlatform by Wheelers app from your app store.  Find Penola Catholic College library and log in using your school username and password.


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 Here:


The CSEF program for 2020 closes on 26 July 2020

CSEF Officer, 
Delia Gaetano


Important information regarding Cash Payments and the Accounts Office

The Broadmeadows Accounts Office is NOW OPEN for payments.
(Social distancing rules apply).

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 Glenroy Office will remain closed for all payments.

You may make payments using the following:

Direct Deposit/Internet Banking - please contact the Accounts office and we can provide the details you need to make payment this way

Bpay Payment – details are on your Statements to make payment

Bpoint Payment – details are on your Statements and can be paid by going to our Website and choose the e-payments link

Credit Card  - phone the College on 93012777 and make payment over the phone between 8:30am-3:30pm

If you have any other school fee inquiries you can email schoolfees@penola.vic.edu.a

Thank you.

All Academy Uniform purchases can now be made online or in-store at Academy Uniforms in Thomastown. 

To order online
- Go to Academy Uniforms
- Select 'Order online'
- Choose Penola Catholic College
- Enter password Broadmeadows

Orders can be sent to the College or your home address.

Please note: Academy Uniforms will no longer hold a store onsite at our College.

Academy Uniforms
238 Wolseley Place, Thomastown     
Ph: 9460 8011

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