Volume 1
4 February 2021


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 1

Welcome back to all students and families.

We particularly welcome those who are joining the College community for the first time.  We have a total of 230 new Year 7 students along with 26 new students at other year levels who are new to Penola.  This means that nearly one in five students are new to Penola and I would …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 1

Dear Parents and students,

Welcome to the 2021 school year. We are all excited to have students back and look forward to a bright and successful new year. I particularly welcome students who are new to the College and wish them a happy and easy transition into their new school. Year Level Assemblies After a week back from the Christmas …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 1

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome to all our Year 7 students and parents to the 2021 school year and welcome back our existing Year 8 students and their parents.  After a difficult year we look forward to returning to normal college life and make this year memorable for all in our community.  We hope the relationship between yourselves, your child …

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News from the Head of English - Mrs Sanrda Harrison

Dear Parents and Guardians, Happy New Year. I hope the new year has commenced positively for each respective family and 2021 brings happiness and good health for all. It is with a great sense of enthusiasm and immense dedication that I write to the school community, indicating that throughout the 2021 academic school year that I will fulfil the role …

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Health and Physical Education Department in 2021

The HPE team are looking forward to working with the students in 2021 and hope the students will gain both personally and academically from our curriculum offerings throughout the year. 

Uniform and Sunsmart Policy

Students are expected to wear the correct Physical Education Uniform to and from school on the day they have their PE class, in Term 1 this includes wearing a hat (Sun Protection Policy- Students).  The school provides sunscreen for students to apply at the start of their PE class, however if students have special requirements with sunscreen they will need to provide their own and we expect the students to bring a drink bottle to class to keep themselves hydrated.

In addition to the above we ask that students wear appropriate footwear to safely participate in class.  Slip on sand shoes or casual sneakers don’t usually provide the necessary support for ankles and allow for the grip necessary to participate in class adequately.  If you have any questions or comments about the uniform requirements please feel free to get in contact with your child’s class teacher.

Year 7 Open Water Learning Experience

In the week beginning Monday 8th February, students in year 7 will be involved in Life Saving Victoria’s “Open Water Learning Experience”.  Students will be involved in activities raising awareness about the open water and how to enjoy and be safe in these environments when using them.  Students will need parents permission for this excursion, this can be confirmed on Operoo or if you do not have an account your child will bring home a copy of the permission form to be signed and returned to their PE teacher prior to the excursion.

Year 10 Physical Education

In our endeavour to provide a diverse and engaging curriculum to our year 10’s we have them participate in a range of community sports and physical activities in the local area.  This is to give them ideas as to the activities they can pursue beyond their compulsory physical education classes and ideas on how to be active long into their future.  In term 1 the students will be involved in Lawn Bowls, Ten Pin Bowling and Golf.  Students will need parents permission for these classes and this can be confirmed on Operoo, if you do not have an account your child will bring home a copy of the permission form to be signed and returned to their PE teacher prior to the excursion.  Students involved in Premier League will not be involved in regular PE classes for Term 1 and compete for the school at this time.


Calling all sportswomen and sportsmen….

SPORT IS BACK IN 2021!  Sign up for a team today!

Dear Members of the Penola community,     

It is with huge excitement that I write to inform you that intra and interschool sport has returned for 2021…the good old days are back! 

I congratulate Benjamin Pieper (pictured above) on his appointment of Captain of Sport for this year.  I look forward to working with Ben in ensuring that Penola students enjoy their return to the court, field, pool or track.  Term one is very busy with numerous opportunities for students to get involved!  If any of the sports below appeal to you, please see Mr Griffin or Miss Ennor in the Sport office in the Shortis (Year 12) building.

For any sport questions, please email sgriffin@penola.vic.edu.au


 Young Carers Lunchtime Program

In every classroom across Australia, 2-3 student will have a caring role within their family. THE YOUNG CARER PROJECT believes in a school community where Young Carers have equal access to educational opportunities as their peers.

If you have a caring role in your family or live with a family member who needs regular care, you are welcome to come along to any or all of these lunchtime sessions. FEEL FREE TO BRING A FRIEND.

The program will run TERM 1 on Thursday at lunch time.

• Feb 11th

• Feb 18th

• Feb 25th

• March 4th

• March 11th

• March 18th

• March 25th

The themes covered are:

• Young Carers - who is a Young Carer, how it can affect someone's life, the positives of having a caring role

• Time Management

• Storytelling 

• Defining Values

• Goal Setting

• Team building

• Communication skills and talking about your caring role 

• Support post lunchtime sessions and more about Little Dreamers 

To register your interest or to find out some more information please email Daniela Mezinec (Student Counsellor) dmezinec@penola.vic.edu.au

Daniela Mezinec
Student Counsellor


2021 Annual Student Photos


Student Tuition Fees - 2021

Year Level                   Annual Fee

Year 7                                   $3,050
Year 8                                   $3,190
Year 9 and Year 10               $3,620
Year 11 and Year 12             $4,140

A family concession will be granted to all families who have two or more students enrolled at Penola Catholic College. A discount of 10% for the second child, 50% for a third child and 100% for the fourth and subsequent children will apply. At present, the maximum family fee is $8000.

compulsory Building Fund contribution of $200 will be charged annually for each student enrolled at Penola Catholic College.

Penola Catholic College offers a choice of plans to pay Tuition Fees. The option of fortnightly, monthly, by the term, or one off payments are available.  Fees can be paid by cheque, money order and eftpos. Payments through Centrelink are also accepted. Direct bank deposits and BPAY facilities are also available.


Student Photographs

A reminder to all parents that you need to notify the College if you do not give permission for your son or daughter’s photograph to be published in newsletters or promotional materials.  We would like to begin to place more photographs and videos on MyPenola and so I take this opportunity to remind you of the student permission form for photographs.  If we have not received your permission form back at the College we have assumed that your consent has been provided.  It is the responsibility of each family to make this decision and notify the College if you decide to exclude your son or daughter from having their photograph published.  In practical terms, this will mean that your son or daughter will need to be excluded from most group shots such as class photographs as these are published in our Year Book each year.


Parking Restrictions

There is restricted parking in Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, William Street, Glenroy and the surrounding streets in both these areas.

Please take note of the signage as parking officers are constantly patrolling the area. 

It is advised that parents are not to drop off or up pick students on the school grounds.

Parking in the reception car park is restricted to parents wishing to see reception or the accounts office only. It is not to be used for drop off/pick up of students.

Thanking you in advance. 


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


Sustainable School Shop

The Second-hand Uniform Shop will no longer be operating at the College.

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!

Click here to view available Penola Catholic College Uniform stock

Jenny Vinten
Penola Catholic College
Business Manager


2020 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

Eligibility Dates:

For concession cardholders CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either:

Term 1 (27th January 2021) or Term 2 (19th April 2021).

How to submit a CSEF Application in 2021

If you have applied for the CSEF in a previous year, you do not need to complete an application form in 2021.  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 Attachments: English, Arabic and Vietnamese




CSEF Application Form Attachment



WIN $100 gift voucher 

Hume City Council seeks to further understand our community’s views on Climate Change.  
In particular, Council wants to hear the voices of our younger residents.  Please complete the following survey prior to 28 February. 

You may like to enter the draw to win reward of $100 gift voucher.  https://surveys.hume.vic.gov.au/s3/ClimateSchools


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