Volume 4
18 March 2021


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 4

Penola Catholic College is a College that along with supporting students in their academic growth, has the care, safety and wellbeing of our students at the centre of our work. In recent weeks allegations of sexual assault in our National Parliament and by parliamentarians have been highlighted and discussed. A petition led by Chanel Contos demanding an improvement in the …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 4

Dear parents,

As Term 1 nears its conclusion we can well reflect on the achievements of the past two months. The calendar has been full with exciting things which truly reflect the holist nature of the educational experience at Penola. These experiences continue over the next two weeks before the term holiday. The House Athletics Carnival is due to take …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 4

Year 7 Retreats

Our Year 7 students had their retreat days over the last week lead by our Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission Robert Dullard. The retreat program is a fantastic day away from classes to reflect on the importance of life, while building our faith. Year 8 Elevate Program Our Year 8 students took place in the first …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Learning & Teaching: Vera Treloar Vol 4

Our approach to education at Penola Catholic College is holistic and student centred. Students enjoy studying a range of subjects in order to grow and flourish as learners. Visual Arts classes are always a popular choice and an integral part of the curriculum. Unit 3 Studio Art, Still Life drawing, direct observation workshop Drawing from direct observation is a skill …

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News from the Head of English – Mrs Sandra Harrison

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has certainly been a busy and productive Term One. Our students have been provided with many opportunities to immerse themselves in their studies of English. Furthermore, well-structured and accessible assessment tasks have been prepared by our staff which provide students with the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their understanding of the course content and acquired …

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Download the OPEROO app now!

Dear Parents,

Please be advised the CareMonkey App is no longer supported. 
All families must remove the app and download the Operoo App.

Thank you in advance.


Year 7 Open Water Learning Experience

In the month of February, the Year 7 students attended the Open Water Learning Experience (OWLE) organised through Life Saving Victoria (LSV) down at Sandridge Beach, Port Melbourne. LSV’s OWLE program creates ‘Everyday Lifesavers’ out of Victorian students, by engaging students with practical and engaging water safety, lifesaving and emergency response skills.

The OWLE teaches students about the following areas:

v  Learning to Swim between the Red and Yellow Flags

v  Water Safety – Focusing on rips and key safety signs

v  Rescue Strategies – Using equipment such as rescue tubes

v  Everyday Lifesaving – Focusing on the DRSABCD

v  Survival Strategies – Wearing a lifejacket and practicing important survival technique

Statistics by Royal Life Saving Australia show there has been a reduction of children drowning since 2000 to 2020, 567 lives have been saved all together, that is approximately 28 lives saved every year due to programs such as the Open Water Learning Experience. As a community, we are very fortunate that we live in a part of the world that has access to swimming facilities and beaches. The safety knowledge gained from programs such as the OWLE is designed to keep our students safe when around water and we hope that it will become relevant for them as they navigate their way around beaches throughout their lives.

With the weather being optimal for sessions such as this, the Year 7 students were taught Sun Smart skills as an extended form of safety when spending the day at the beach. The idea of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide was taught to students: Slip on a shirt (rash vest), Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade and slide on some sunglasses. All were compulsory before commencing the activities.

As a College, we would like to congratulate every student who completed the Open Water Learning Experience and thank them for their fantastic behaviour, their effort and their participation in the OWLE. We would also like to thank the staff at LSV, as well as our dedicated Health & PE staff for their involvement, participation and facilitation of the sessions.


Year 8 Medieval and RE Day – Glenroy Campus - 3rd of March

The year 8 students enjoyed a day of incursions for their Medieval and RE Day last week.

Here’s what Tiana Marinos of 8K has to say about the RE sessions:

To start with I would like to say thank you for the wonderful learning experience the RE team gave us. I know I definitely learned a lot. The first period we did with the Penola Youth Ministers, James and Gilbert, focusing on the Great Schism which was interesting. The issues leading up to the separation with traditions and how the two sides ended up excommunicating each other was something that I never knew about. The second session when we learnt about the Chaldean Church was quite fascinating too. Something that I took from that was how they sing all their prayers and how one of the prayers or rites they read is one of the most simple but Ancient there are. To end the RE part of the day was when we were introduced to how the Orthodox Icons were made. I never knew that real gold was used and such natural materials to create the paint, for example the egg. I certainly loved learning about how the icons were made and that there was a certain prayer and fast that you had to complete before even making such a beautiful piece of art. I hope that the RE and Medieval day was enjoyable for everyone and was an exciting day for all.

Tiana Marinos 8K.


Japanese Language Teachers Association Victoria – Poster competition

Year 9 student Maryam Zuhair has created a beautiful poster which is now in the entry for the JLTAV Events Poster Competition.

Her creative piece of art was created using watercolour and incorporated many elements of Japanese culture, including the Cherry Blossom, Mount Fuji, the red setting sun and the famous Tokyo Sky Tree Observation Tower, cleverly patterned with Koi fish. We commend Maryam on her artistic ability and wish her all the very best in the competition!

Donna Mihos.
Teacher of Year 9 Japanese.


Year 7 Camp

Year 7 Camp, an essential aspect of the transition for our students to secondary education here at our College, took place in the first week of March at Manyung, Mt. Eliza. 

During the three day stay at YMCA Camp site, our students were encouraged and supported in further developing their social and emotional skills and forming new connections with their peers and staff. As a team we worked together with our students to achieve common goals and helped them build resilience and coping strategies while undertaking various activities.

Our students had the opportunity to participate in Raft Building, Open Water Learning, Tree Top Challenge, Leadership Challenge, Crate Climbing, Low Ropes, Snorkelling, Sea Kayaking, Archery and the most popular activity, the Giant Swing. Students also had fun while competing in the Trivia Competition and they also show cased their dance moves during the Disco Night.

I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our Year 7 students for their involvement during this week and for giving things a go.

In particular, I would like to thank our parents/guardians for preparing their son/daughter for this valuable event as well as our staff for all their hard work and dedication in making this week possible for our students.

Anisa Shkembi
Transition Coordinator


Co-curricular at Penola: The Broadmeadows Debating Team

On Tuesday the 9th of March, a member of the Debating Association of Victoria facilitated a training session for the three Penola debate teams. The objective was to provide an overview of the Victorian competition format and the roles of each of the debate speakers. It was a lunchtime well spent, and students walked away with useful information and tips. It also sparked much excitement for the upcoming first round which will be held at Epping Secondary College on the 25th of March.


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 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


Parents and Friends

The Penola Catholic College Parents and Friends Association (PFA) exists to support the College by fostering an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere within the College. It provides an avenue for parents to engage with the College and to have a voice, sharing thoughts and expressing ideas. It also helps to conduct several community building activities for the College, along with some fundraising initiatives throughout the year. The PFA meets monthly during school terms and gratefully welcomes new members.

The PFA would like to warmly invite all parents, guardians or Friends of the College to our first Parents and Friends Association Meeting for 2021 on Monday, 3rd of May at 7:00pm. This will be held in Kerrsland at the Broadmeadows Campus, 29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows. Please come along and listen to an introduction into what we do and what we are trying to achieve moving forward.


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




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