Volume 12
20 August 2020


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 12

Sad Passing of Ms Maria Grosso

It is with great sadness that I inform you that our colleague Ms Maria Grosso entered eternal life on Thursday 13 August, 2020 in the Northern Hospital in Epping. Maria had taken leave without pay for the remainder of the year to care for her father. Maria’s father passed away less than six weeks …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 12

Dear parents, As we enter the second half of Term 3, I think that we can see some light in the tunnel. The screen free day on Tuesday was a blessing as both students and staff have worked diligently to keep up with the massive workload that the remote feature of teaching and learning has created. Having said that, the …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 12

As we are now halfway through the term we have achieved so much during remote learning period. The positive feedback I have been receiving from our teachers has demonstrated the outstanding effort by our students who find themselves in difficult and unique circumstances. Student Connection The wellbeing teams at the Glenroy campus have initiated some student connection activities starting this …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 12

A Parent’s Voice (Useful insights and tips for parents by parents)

Presently, we are all having to cope with the difficulties of the Covid-19 lockdown and remote learning. In a recent discussion between a Year 9 parent and one of our College Family Liaison Officers, this parent informed us of how she had learnt a few lessons from the first …

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From the VCAL Liaison: Arnel Davis

As we have now entered Stage 4 lockdown, we have a very select number of School based apprentices and trainees who are part of the essential services sector. We wish these trainees and apprentices a safe experience and look forward to welcoming them back to school. To those that have gained private employment congratulations and the message is the same …

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From the Head of Instructional Practice: Sandra Harrison

Penola Catholic College Pedagogical Vision

Educators at Penola Catholic College meticulously design and deliver a learning and teaching program that is guided by our Mission Statement. …

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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


CareMonkey has rebranded to Operoo!


Goodbye CareMonkey, hello Operoo.

From Monday 10th August 2020, we will be rebranding the CareMonkey product and company to ‘Operoo’.

We have loved the ‘CareMonkey’ name and hope you have too. It has served us well. I know many of you have enjoyed the playfulness of the brand and memorable CareMonkey mascot over the last seven years.

Importantly, when CareMonkey becomes Operoo, you won’t have to change anything about the way you use our product or engage with our team. You’ll continue to enjoy access to the same product features, support services and pricing with which you’re familiar.

Welcome to Operoo!

Operoo is the same product you already know, just with a different name. We have the same team, the same management and the same commitment to solving problems and helping you become operationally more efficient.

From Monday 10th August 2020, any users going to www.caremonkey.com or www.caremonkey.co.uk will be automatically diverted to our new website: www.operoo.com

You’ll also see a new Operoo App in app stores soon. However, the CareMonkey mobile app will continue to work as normal.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT https://www.operoo.com/2020/07/29/caremonkey-rebranding-to-operoo/


Sustainable School 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!

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.


School Fee Accounts- Unidentified Payments

If parents can please check their school fees account as the College has had 2 large deposits made at a suburban branch and we cannot identify who these payments belong too. 

If you believe you have made payments and they are not showing on your account please contact the College accounts office 93012777.


Jenny Vinten - College Business Manager


Important information regarding School Fees and other payments

The College is NOW 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 or please contact us and we can provide the details

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 select the School Fees Option between 8:30am-3:30pm. 

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

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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