Volume 5
1 April 2021


From the Principal: Mr Chris Caldow Vol 5

Dear Members of the Penola Catholic College community, This is our last newsletter for the Term. Term One has been a very busy and successful start to the College’s Year. Activities are still being affected by the need for ongoing Covid-19 precautions. As we go into winter and the traditional cold & flu season these precautions become even more important. …

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Jumpstart Excursion to the RSPCA

On Friday the 12th of March the year 9 Jumpstart students were lucky enough to visit the RSPCA Burwood Centre.

It was a day enjoyed by many as it not only enabled all to become better informed in the important subject of animal welfare, but it also provided an opportunity for all to interact with many of the RSPCA’s furry and fluffy friends!

The students are now quite eager to actively support the RSPCA in constructive ways and are looking forward to re-visiting the organisation later in the year with their donations.

Below are just some snaps highlighting the day!


Mrs. M. Farah


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


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.


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