Volume 3
4 March 2021


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 3

As we enter Autumn and the second month of the term, it is timely to reflect on some of the happenings so far: 1466 students have been engaged in learning across both campuses. Year 7 Meet & Greet sessions have been conducted last Tuesday, 23 February via Teams and were well attended by the parent body. Our Opening Assembly presented …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 3

Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7s headed off to Camp Manyung at Mount Eliza this week. This was a fantastic opportunity for our Year 7s to bond with the peers in their homeroom, staff and other year 7 students. There were many activities for the students to be involved in with the giant swing and high ropes challenge being amongst …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: Vera Treloar Vol 3

The term is progressing quickly with students well on the way to completing several components of their Semester 1 program. Despite a few days of remote learning our staff and students are appreciating the time spent in face to face classes. As you would be aware strengthening the learning culture at Penola is a priority as we support 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


News from the Head of English – Mrs Sanrda Harrison

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope the term is progressing well for you and your respective families. It is pleasing to observe that students have returned to school in a settled manner after our recent Snap Lockdown. Most students are displaying a willingness to immerse themselves in their studies of English. I do hope that all students are also working …

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We are very fortunate to have these amazing people working with our students and staff in the three languages that we offer at Penola. They are a great asset and we particularly thank Mr Caldow and the College Executive for providing Language staff and students with such a valuable resource. I would particularly encourage the students to “chat” with the …

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Co-curricular at Penola

Penola has had a great start to the year regarding Co-curricular! There has been the introduction of new activities and clubs in 2021 such as the following at Broadmeadows; STEM, History, Sustainability, Chemistry Basics in addition to Accelerated Food Club and French Club at Glenroy. Students are encouraged to engage in the co-curricular activities offered at Penola as there are many benefits. Please click on the link below to view the numerous activities available at both the Broadmeadows and Glenroy campus.

2021 Co-curricular Handbook

Belinda Carbone (Co-curricular Co-ordinator)


Accelerated Food Club @ Glenroy

STEM Club @ Broadmeadows


VCA L@ Work - Arnel Davis – VCAL Liaison

As we commence 2021, pre-employment skills and certifications again dominate the conversation. In order to commence Work Placement of any kind students must be aware that they will need to complete both a General Safe@Work and an Industry specific one. Those who wish to work in the construction industry will also need a Whitecard.

Parents who are yet to book their dependants Learner\Licence permit tests for I urge you to do so as soon as possible and as close to their Birthday as you can. There are major delays around this at VicRoads at present. Those who are studying the Certificate I in Employment Pathways, have had a brief opportunity for an introduction to the Vic Roads Learner site and associated texts in order to put this in their psyche.

It is also recommended that a volunteer Working with Children Check (this is valid for 5 years),is obtained for free at the post office, and can be done at the same time as obtaining a Tax File number. Both need to be applied for online, prior to the visit to the Post Office.

Having all these things lined up, helps avoid future headaches for students entering the workplace.


ACTROL is a company specialising in Industrial Refrigeration, plumbing and tools that was acquired by REECE group in 2014. We have now had in excess of 40 Penola students through the REECE SBAT program, but none until now have been appointed at one of the subsidiary companies.

This is exciting and opens up further possibilities for students at Metal Flex and Viaduct, these companies are also relatable to other trades.

Jack Shabo becomes the first to work outside a REECE branded store and will work with ACTROL in Melbourne. I congratulate Jack on his willingness to follow up and persist over the holidays, to eventually gain employment that they may take him well beyond Year 12.  

During the course of this year the program remains open to Year 11’s until May, and is open all year to Year 10’s to join.

Cutting a new pathway

VCAL and Certificate III in Hairdressing School based apprentice Tahlia Di Mattia, carefully planned out her journey during 2020. Tahlia utilised the school pathway program to decide whether or not to pursue an apprenticeship early,or continue with VCE.

Tahlia pursued employment and was lucky enough to gain employment at Burlesque in the Moonee Valley area. Tahlia is tracking well and is a flying example of how to use Penola Catholic College’s alternate pathway program.

Switched on John

In the long term VCAL student John Amato wishes to become an Electrician.

In order to gain entry to the VCAL program, John compiled an impressive portfolio which clearly demonstrated his prior experience, and why he wants to become an Electrician.

John respects the pathway of an Electrician, and for his upcoming placement has nominated Middendorp Electrical as his placement.

John will learn more about electrical fittings and other electrical product distributed by Middys. John will study the Certificate II in Electrotechnology to compliment his placement, and hopes to complete the final 3 Semesters of school placement with a licenced Electrician.


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.

• 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