Volume 2
18 February 2021


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 2

We are back to school!

In great news the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced that the 5 day lockdown will finish and the schools are able to re-open.  We have resumed school today and will continue hopefully for the remainder of the term.  It is imperative that students wear masks to and from school and also during school.  Where …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 2


The use of masks in school has been mandated by the Victorian government. In the latest government update, despite the return to school on Thursday, masks are still required to be worn at school, both in class and on the yard. In the past few weeks some students have been heavily relying on the provision of masks by the …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 2

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy start to the term with our Year 7 students being welcomed officially by receiving their Penola Catholic College badge, school photos, House Assembly and the Year 7 beach program. Amongst this, our students have also settled into the school year and are beginning to get to know their teachers and subjects and making …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Faith and Mission: Robert Dullard Vol 2

College Theme 2021

We are a Catholic school and as part of our identity as a Catholic school, we follow the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. When we talk about Mary’s Charism, we are actually referring to the characteristics or actions of Mary that attract us to her and that inspire us to be like her. Therefore, …

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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


News from the Head of English – Mrs Sanrda Harrison

Dear Parents and Guardians,   I hope the commencement of the academic year has been both a positive and rewarding start for you and your child. Despite the current situation we are all faced with, we do hope this ‘Snap Lockdown’ issued by the State Government is exactly that and we shall return to onsite learning immediately. In the interim, …

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Opening College Assembly

On Friday 5th February, we came together to celebrate our opening College Assembly. It was an opportunity for us to acknowledge the achievements of the Class of 2020 as well as welcome 230 new Year 7 students to our College. Due to Covid restrictions the Assembly was streamed to the Junior Campus. As per our tradition, Mr Caldow presented all our Year 7 students with our Penola College Pin as an official welcome to our community. Our Year 8 students, who patiently waited on the oval, also welcomed our Year 7 students by giving them a huge round of applause as each class came out of the Gymnasium. I am certain that this day provided our Year 7s with a warm welcome and a memory they will forever cherish.


Ms Anisa Shkembi

Transition Coordinator and Head of Languages, Glenroy


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 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


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


2021 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 2021 if any of the following changes have occurred:

• New student enrolments: Your child has started or changed schools in 2021 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 2021.

CSEF Flyer Attachments: English, Arabic and Vietnamese




CSEF Application Form Attachment





Dear Parents/Guardians,

School Fee Statements will now be sent by email only. The first Statements were emailed on 3 February. If you did not receive this Statement please contact us to update your email address.

We are happy for families to make payments weekly, fortnightly, monthly or per term. If you have not already done so please start your payments as soon as possible. If you are  paying per term we expect the payments to be made in the first two weeks of Term 1 and then the first week of each term after that. We ask families to have their accounts finalised by November.

On the statement there are details to make payments using Bpay or Bpoint. Please note that if you are using Bpay there is a different CRN for School Fees and Laptop payments. Please ensure you use the correct one to ensure payments go to the correct account.

Payments can also be made at either Campus using card only. The College NO LONGER ACCEPTS CASH as a form of payment. If you wish to pay using direct deposit please send an email to schoolfees@penola.vic.edu.au and you will be provided with the details.

If you would like to set up a regular Visa/Mastercard Payment Agreement please contact us and we can send through the paperwork for completion or you are more than welcome to phone the College and choose the School Fees Option and we can take payment over the phone.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your account please contact Lisa Crosbie or email schoolfees@penola.vic.edu.au.


Thank you.

Lisa Crosbie
Phone:  9908 9041


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