Volume 15
15 October 2020


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 15

Term 4 Welcome

The term has begun and both the VCE, VCAL and Year 7 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. We can’t wait for Monday, 26 October when all of our …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 15

Year 12 Finish

As the Year 12 students prepare for the final stages of their formal education, we wish them every success. These students will be farewelled in a series of appreciation activities that start on Tuesday 27th October. On the following morning, they will have their annual dress up morning followed by a special breakfast with staff. Because of …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 15

Welcome back to Term 4.

I hope you have had an opportunity to rest and have some downtime over the last two weeks. It was fantastic to welcome back our Year 7s this week and look forward to seeing the Year 8s on the 26th of October. Remote learning has been difficult for all involved and a return to onsite …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: John McKay Vol 15

Dear Families,

Welcome to Term 4 in a year that is completely singular. Below I have outlined some information about the opportunity to buy students’ 2021 English resources.  This gives students the chance to get their books for English prior to the summer holidays so that they can read their novels in preparation for classes beginning next year. For those …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 15

10th Anniversary of the Canonisation of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop 17th October 2020  

Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne in 1842 and died in Sydney on 8th August 1909.  She took the religious name, Mary of the Cross. Responding to the isolation of colonial families, she pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their …

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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


Co-curricular News

It has been great to see Penola staff and students continue to participate in the Co-curricular program during Remote Learning. LOTE club has been an integral part of Year 12 Italian because it has allowed me to practice and gain confidence in areas I previously lacked the confidence in. Although it happened during lunch time, we were able to eat …

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VCAL News 

Additional VCAL classes

Additional supervised VCAL classes will be running every Tuesday for Intermediate and Thursday for Senior students periods 1- 4. Students will be dismissed at 12.40PM on those days.  

These classes are for students who require additional assistance to meet their VCAL outcomes.

VCAL – Additional VET hours

VCAL students currently undertaking some of our VET courses are required to attend and complete additional VET hours to meet the requirements of VCAL.

The course will be running at school from 9-3pm on October 19th, November 16th,17th, 18th & 19th.  The required students have been notified and attendance and participation in this course is compulsory in order to meet the ISS VCAL requirements.

If you have any questions regarding either of these matters, please feel free to contact our VCAL
Co-ordinator Laura Elliott.


VCAL @ Work - Arnel Davis – VCAL Liaison

Keep moving as best you can especially if you are in Year 12 that’s my only advice. The following 4 months post year 12 seen me travel to 3 states in order to decide on what I was doing, and where best to pursue opportunities including traineeships, TAFE and other employment opportunities. It wasn’t COVID but still an emotional rollercoaster. …

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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.


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.


2020 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

The eligibility date to qualify for the CSEF has been extended to Monday 5th October 2020

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 applications will continue processing until Friday 27th November 2020

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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