Newsletter - Volume 8 - 2 June 2016

From The Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last week I spent nearly all of my time at the Broadmeadows campus. This week I have spent most of my time at the Glenroy campus.

Both have given me a deeper insight into the individual personality of each campus. What is unique to Penola Catholic College is 2 campuses but 1 school. 2 personalities but 1 identity. 2 staff groups but 1 team. 2 renditions but 1 purpose.

Because we are dealing with people, we are dealing with different stories. We, as the people, possess different skills and carry different needs.

But there has to be a similarity or even synchronicity in the way we try to achieve growth and development in our young people; so they can be agents of change for the world, agents of God’s love for the world.

And there has to be some similarity in the way we try to challenge and grow staff so they can be the learning and spiritual nurturers of our young people.

This year there has been a lot of change again for staff. New visions, new programs, new structures, new ways of thinking and doing. It has been a challenge to fit all of these in around the demands of preparing young people for a life of constant change and adaptation.

The best teachers I have worked with always focus on the students; on their particular needs, on their goals, on their talents. And this means that they need to study them as learners, as people. And then adjust their teaching methods, or pedagogy as we call it, accordingly. A bit like what you all do at home.

Those of you with more than 1 child know that they are different. Different needs, different talents, different ways of seeing their world. You treat them a little differently in some ar­eas as befits this uniqueness, and a bit the same in areas where that is either possible or appropriate. Same for excellent teachers. And we have so many at this College.

So, why can each campus have a slightly different personality?

Because the excellence in our teachers means that they are responding in more targeted ways to their students. And the sum of the differences across the students gives each campus its own personality. Remember, this is a College that is always striving to be smarter, and understand its students better by developing the resources to meet their needs; material and human resources.

So, what do our teachers do when they are not teaching your sons and daughters?

They work on ways to create better learning. And we know who will benefit from that. Everyone


Vocal Festival at Gladstone Park Secondary College

Last night our annual Vocal Festival was held at Gladstone Park Secondary College.  This was a fantastic night where our Junior and Senior choirs had the opportunity to perform along with a range of solo vocalists including VCE students.  The talent on display was fantastic and I am constantly in awe of all of our students, in this case our vocalists.  The evening was capably co-hosted by Huyen Nguyen our Performing Arts Captain.  Congratulations to both Emily Collings and Joshua Busuttil on receiving awards for their contribution to the Vocal program.  Special thanks to Mr James Maddocks, Head of Performing Arts, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Richard Linton and Ms Susan Hull our vocal teacher for their efforts in preparing the students for this event.


Annual report

The Annual report for 2015 is available on the College website.  It provides an overview of the 2015 year for Penola Catholic College with reports from the five key areas of the College namely Education in Faith, Student Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching, Leadership and Management and Community.  It also includes a report from myself as Principal and Mrs Joanne Grindrod as Board Chair.


Parent Forum

The ‘Principal’s Dinner & Conversation’ held on Thursday May 19 in the College’s Stringybark Restaurant provided an opportunity for discussion around the development of a new Master Plan. I invited parents to provide some suggestions on what they may consider should be included in the new plan to meet the future needs of our students and staff.

There was plenty of discussion around what facilities to include and whether the current facilities are being used to their full potential or could be repurposed for other activities. Thanks to the parents involved in the evening as well as our Chef Mr Garry Cottom and our hospitality students who prepared a delicious three course meal and were assisted by Mrs Corlien Heijnen.


Staffing Changes

• Ms Amanda Abboud commenced maternity leave on Monday May 16 and we wish her well.  Ms Carli Saddington has been appointed to replace Ms Abboud and has been teaching for the past five years at Melton Secondary College.

• Ms Jennifer Doan commenced maternity leave on Friday May 27 and she has been replaced by Ms Naomi Nolan for the Careers part of her load and her Physical Education classes will be shared by existing staff.  We welcome Ms Nolan to Penola Catholic College, she will continue to work with MacKillop College, Werribee in Careers as well as with us.

• Mr Richard Dowling has completed his replacement position as of Friday June 10 and I thank him for his efforts.  Ms Vivian Saad re-joins us after being on maternity leave and we welcome her back.

• At the beginning of term 3 we will welcome back Ms Stephanie Casino (nee Bifano) and Ms Lisa Grech back from maternity leave. We thank Ms Nella Centorrino for her efforts in replacing Ms Lisa Grech.  Mr Andrea Di Castro will continue with us in a part-time role.  We will also welcome back Mr Bernie Brown after 6 months leave and thank Mr Robert Lindsay for his efforts in replacing Mr Brown for the first two terms.

• Ms Anna DiPerna has relinquished her role as Year 10 Coordinator for the remainder of the year and will be working on a part-time basis until the end of the year.  She will resume her full-time role including her Year 10 Coordinator position at the beginning of 2017.

• Mr Phillip Chan returned from his long service leave on Monday May 30 and we thank Ms Jean Deutscher for her efforts in replacing him for the past six weeks.  Ms Deutscher has agreed to replace Mr Photios Pavlou for Term 3 while he takes some well-earned long service leave.


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus

Ernie Pisani

Dear Parents,

We are well and truly into the term now. To say that it has been a busy term would be an understatement as over the past few weeks we have completed the Year 9 City Experience and Year 10 Work Experience programs as well as many other school related activities. There have been positive reports about these two learning opportunities for students and I wish to express my thanks to both students for their behaviour and application to the experiences, and to staff for their efforts in providing these opportunities.

Year 10 and 11 students are currently completing their Semester One Exams. Staff will be using the grades from these exams, as well as other assessments, to complete their Semester One Report. The report will provide an indication of the growth over the first half of the year and will point to an improvements recommended over the second half of the year. The reports will be available to parents to access on MyPenola on the following dates: 17th June for Years 10 -12 and 27th June for Years 7 – 9. Whilst there are no Parent Teacher Student Interviews with these reports, parents are welcome to contact a staff member about any issues that may arise from these reports.

In the early stages of the Term 3, the Student Leadership Program will be launched for students in Years 10 and 11. This program endeavours to invite and involve students into leadership opportunities that will be on offer for the latter stages of this year and into 2017. After the launch, students who enrol themselves in the program will explore notions, qualities and skills of student leadership in a series of training sessions which include a Leadership Camp in October. This program endeavours to give students a voice in the school and is a commendable addition on any curriculum vitae. Students are encouraged to be involved with this program.

During the months of June and July Metro Trains are running a campaign to highlight commuter safety in and around train stations. Authorised Officers will be on site at some railway stations to observe and instruct on safe ways to access trains. Some advice that Metro Trains are recommending is: students should stay behind the yellow lines until the train has come to a complete stop, allow other passengers to alight from a train before attempting to go on board, and minding the gap between the train and the platform. We hope that students view these safety procedures with due respect so that they, and other commuters, remain safe when accessing the public train network.

Parents are reminded that Wednesday June 8th is a Report Writing Day for students on the Broadmeadows Campus only and therefore there are no classes scheduled for this day for senior students. The Glenroy Campus will run as per normal and they will have a Report Writing Day on 17th June when senior students have a normal day.

We wish students every success for the current exam period.


Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) Excursion

On the Tuesday 3rd May, students attended an exciting science excursion to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) as a part of their Year 10 elective subject “The Universe”.

VSSEC is situated on the grounds of Strathmore Secondary College and provides sensory rich, hands-on, scenario-based science experiences for students. All programs are embedded within the school curriculum and follow Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and VCE guidelines

Our students arrived at the Centre in the morning and immediately faced the challenge of programming a small spherical robot, named Sphero, using the programming language “Tickle” on the iPads provided. The students demonstrated great teamwork and precision in applying a range of mathematical skills and programming techniques in order to maneuver Sphero around a Mars-based obstacle course. After morning tea, our students were given the opportunity to reflect on and share their experiences with staff members and their peers.

The second half of the day focused on the main theme of the excursion, “Robotic Mission to Mars”. Our students undertook online site selection and pre-mission training before selecting roles as scientists and engineers in a simulated mission control environment. The goals of the mission were to survey the Mars landscape with a Mars rover and search for evidence of water and/or organic life. With great enthusiasm and energy, the class collaborated in selecting the most appropriate path for the Mars rover, while avoiding obstacles. They compared the scientific value of the sites against the energy budget and available time. Students carried out a variety of scientific and engineering duties including spectral analysis of minerals, radiation analysis from Solar winds, navigation and control of the Mars rover and robotic arm, equipment diagnostics and data communication between Earth and Mars.

I would like to personally acknowledge and thank the dedicated VSSEC staff members for their time and commitment in having provided such an inspiring and valuable program for our Penola science students.

Mr Pascal Roulant




Senior Netball

Penola v Antonine Netball match report

The mighty Senior Girls hosted our Round 3 Netball clash at our fortress that is Broadmeadows Leisure Centre. In the first quarter the girls got off to a dominant display with Ellie down back announcing herself as the intercept Queen. Meanwhile up forward Matilda was UNSTOPPABLE knocking down 15 for a 17 to 1 first quarter lead. Katrina was electric in the middle with some magical passes that would put Sam Mitchell in his place. Carisma was the great wall of Broadmeadows down in the backline stopping attack after attack from the Antonine girls. Meanwhile it was more of the same up forward with Chloe and Matilda putting on a clinic, 35 to 3 at halftime. As the second half began, Chloe with her less than 100% eyesight starting dropping bombs early in the 3rd quarter to continue our dominant start. Again, Carisma was all over the Antonine girls, forwards with her hands into every pass becoming the new Mrs Inspector Gadget keeping Antonine scoreless for the quarter. Pass of the day was from Carisma to the shooting dynamo Chloe up over 3 Antonine defenders to spot her up for another goal. The 4th and final quarter didn’t get off to a great start with goal scoring machine Matilda coming off with an injured hand, Antonine kept our girls scoreless for the first 5 minutes of the last quarter, but Penola’s team defence and endeavour to work up and down on the court saw us re-establish our dominance putting on late goals. Eventually coming out 57 to 5 winners.


Mrs Saunders and Mrs Carew


Senior Football

In wet conditions, Penola travelled out to Epping to take on rival St Monica’s in a must win game to keep finals hopes alive.

It was a great start with Daniel Bof kicking truly early, and, Matthew Bennardo and Recce Desira causing headaches for the opposition at ground level. Unfortunately a lapse of concentration allowed St Monica’s to score a goal and Penola went into the first break holding only a one point lead despite dominating much of the play. In the second quarter, Marcus Perrusio ramped up his presence in the midfield and pushed hard forward to kick a beautiful goal on the run. Daniel Bof continued his good form in the ruck and also managed another major when at full forward. Unfortunately some ill-discipline cost Penola two direct goals and kept St Monica’s in the hunt. The score at half time, still a one point lead to Penola. In the second half, Peter Dispenziri’s hard work and attack payed off as he kicked a crucial goal. Jonathan Iapachello was steady as always in defence repelling much of St Monica’s attack. At the other end, Reece Desira and Harry Hurley were both working hard to convert on the scoreboard with one goal apiece each. Enough to see Penola to victory. The final result, a satisfying 15 point win. Well done boys.

Grand final hopes now hinge on a big win next week against CRC Melton to boost percentage.

Penola             7-5-47

St Monica’s     5-2-32

Best-     Perussio, Desira, Bannardo, Dispenziri, Bof, Iapachello

Goals-   Bof- 2, Perussio- 2, Dispenziri- 1, Desira- 1, Hurley- 1


Mr Mills and Mr Reynolds


Girls AFL Day

On May 23 at three different venues across Melbourne, Penola Girls Football Teams played off against other schools in the SACCSS Association in Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. Juniors were the most successful for the day winning a couple of games but Intermediate and Senior Teams struggled, although a fantastic day was had by all involved. Well done to all girls and thanks to Mr Reynolds, Mr Mills for taking the seniors, Mr Davis and Miss Bonavia, and Miss Ennor for taking the Intermediates. Thanks also to Mrs Prescott for coaching the Junior Girls.


Language Perfect World Championships

The 2016 Championships have now come to a close. Congratulations to all the Penola Languages Students who participated in the competition, particularly to the prize winners listed below. As there was high participation at the Glenroy Campus, the Faculty has decided to reverse the prizes originally advertised, to reward the Glenroy students who spent many hours learning vocabulary.


Here are some statistics about our placement:

•           158th overall globally (out of 1111 schools)

•           112th overall in Australia (out of 761 schools)

•           35th overall in VIC (out of 212 schools)

•           14th overall in Italian (out of 869 schools)

•           1st for Italian in the 1001-2500 students category (out of 44 schools)

•           4th in VIC for the 1001-2500 students category (out of 10 schools)


Congratulations to the following students who have won prizes:

Prizes sponsored by Penola Catholic College Languages Faculty

Broadmeadows Campus:

1st $50 Voucher – Shaveen Fernando (year 9)

2nd $40 Voucher – Braydon Robinson (year 9)

Glenroy Campus:

1st $50 Voucher – Jayan Duwal Shrestha (year 7)

2nd $40 Voucher – Guney Genc (year 7)

3rd $30 Voucher – Quoc Tan Tran (year 7)

4th $25 Voucher – Ian Nguyen (year 7)

5th $20 Voucher – Fadi Markce (year 7)

Silver Prize Draw Winners (2,000+ points) - $50 iTunes voucher (sponsored by Education Perfect)

Fadi Markce - Year 7

Congratulations also to Braydon Robinson, Dip Raj Rai, and Harry Hoang who have been randomly selected by Education Perfect and have won a $20 I Tunes Voucher.


Dear Penola Catholic College,


In June and July we will be receiving exchange students from Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, France, Japan, Sweden, Slovakia, the USA and the Netherlands. Our new arrivals will live with a host family and attend a local school for 3, 5 or 10 months. As we plan for their arrival, we are keen to hear from suitable families who might be interested to host a student.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages. To this end, we would be grateful if you would place a notice in your newsletter or mention it on your website. You can download the newsletter notice here in pdf format or as a Word doc.

Hosting an exchange student can be a truly rewarding experience. It allows a family to experience a foreign culture first hand, be exposed to a new language and pass on a bit of our own culture. They might even make a friend for life!

All students have at least basic levels of English, would attend a school in your local area and live the life of a local. Below is a sample of students who will be arriving.  

16 year old Brazillian student Luiza is looking forward to coming to Australia to experience a different culture and improve her English. She is passionate about being healthy and enjoys going to the gym and hopes that she can exercise with her Australian host family. Luiza enjoys watching TV, reading and studying and describes herself as easygoing, outgoing and open minded.

Caroline is a 16 year old student from Denmark. She is looking forward to getting to know a new culture, meet new people and have new life experiences. Whilst in Australia, she is hoping to continue to do athletics and running and if possible try surfing and participate in social activities. Caroline describes herself as happy, sporty, extrovert, independent and caring. 

Leopold is a 16 year old student from France who loves his cats, horse and pony as well as scuba diving and music. When he is not studying, he enjoys lots of activities such as climbing, body building, swimming and going to the cinema. He visited Australia as a young child and has great memories and therefore would like to spend a year here getting to know the culture. His parents describe him as curious, interested in different cultures and passionate about nature. animals and the water

Koen is a 17 year old student from Holland. He is passionate about scuba diving and has his advanced licence. He enjoys travelling, experiencing new cultures and broadening his horizons. His family describe him as honest and responsible with a sense of humour. In addition to diving, Koen enjoys sports, meeting up with friends, reading, listening to music and working at his local supermarket. 

Simone is a 16 year old student from Italy who loves to travel, play the drums and play table tennis. He has many passions such as skiing, sailing, being on the water and cooking as well as playing with his dog. He is looking forward to coming to Australia and is intrigued by the outback and the beaches. Whilst here, Simone would be interested in trying new sports

You can view more profiles of students arriving soon from our website. Please note that this is just a handful of the students who will be arriving.  If families would like a selection of student profiles sent to them to review and decide which student may fit into their family best, please contact us or reply to this email. 

The Stuart family were thrilled to have Danish student Simon stay with them for 8 months. As commented by host mum Victoria, "it has been a fantastic experience.  Simon has been an awesome role model to our two young children, he has been like an older brother to them." Victoria continues, "the experience has benefited us too, as it has allowed us to have greater free time and flexibility as a family. I was very impressed with Simon, as within the first couple of days he was here, he asked what should his chores be?"  

"Just give it a go, the benefits will surprise you.  I highly recommend it", mentions Australian Host Dad Andrew, from the Stuart family.  "Not only do your children benefit, but the benefits exist for the parents too."  Host Dad, Andrew continues, "We are so lucky to have Simon come stay with us.  He is a fantastic student, easy going and not very demanding.  He has fitted into the Australian way of life so easy. He even obtained his Bronze Medallion.  We are so proud of Simon."

Student Exchange Program

The Stuart family talk about their hosting experience further and discuss the ups and downs of hosting, why they hosted and the benefits of being a volunteer host parent. Please check out their video here.  You can also watch a selection of videos of the Cain family from our host family testimonials page on our website.  

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ.  We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. You can find out more about our organisation by visiting www.studentexchange.org.au

If your students, families or language teachers have any questions about hosting an exchange student or would like to view profiles of students arriving from other countries, they can respond to this email, call our office on 1300 135 331 or visit our website. Our staff members will be happy to discuss which student might be best suited to their family. No obligation. 

Please note that the purpose of this email is to find families to host international exchange students.  Thank you in advance for your assistance. 

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Harders
Hosting Coordinator

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd

PO Box 1420, Mona Vale  NSW 1660 Australia
T: (02) 9997 0700 F: (02) 9997 0701
W: www.studentexchange.org.au

Suite 2590, PO Box 83000,
Wellington 6440 New Zealand
T: 0800 440079 F: 0800 440077
W: www.studentexchange.org.nz

ABN: 49 101 489 356



Booking for the upcoming Penola Catholic College musical Hairspray is now open!

Book now by clicking here!


Stringybark Restaurant

During Term 2 the Hospitality students from Penola Catholic College will open the Stringybark Restaurant with the guidance of their teacher, Chef Garry Cottom. The restaurant will operate on the Broadmeadows Campus and will be open to the Penola Community and the general public. The Hospitality students will be responsible for the running and operating of the restaurant, supervised by trained staff. The Stringybark Restaurant will open every Thursday from 5.30 pm to 8.30pm during Terms 2 and 3.


For the fixed price of $25.00 patrons can enjoy a delicious 3 course meal. Drinks including soft drinks and espresso coffee/tea can also be purchased with your meal. No alcohol is served and BYO is not allowed. All reservations and payments can be made online through the Try Booking website (www.trybooking.com). For catering reasons only online bookings are permitted. Bookings can be made from the 19 April 2016.                                                                



Second Hand Uniform Sales


Fortnightly: TUESDAYS at Broadmeadows Campus from 8.45am until 10.30am

Term 2:     31st May,  14th June

Term 3:     12th July, 26th July,  9th August,  23rd August,  6th September

Term 4:     4th October,  18th October,  8th November,  22nd November,  6th December

Anybody who wishes to sell their freshly dry cleaned second hand uniform items, can do so by leaving them at Reception.  A small fee will be charged for postage and handling.

All items must show they have been dry cleaned by having dry cleaning tag attached. 


Academy Uniforms

238 Wolseley Place,


Ph: 9460 8011

Academy Uniforms also run a school shop service at Broadmeadows Campus in the current second hand uniform area in the Mannes building on:

Wednesday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30am

Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:00pm


Penola Catholic College

Junior Campus: 35 William Street, Glenroy, VIC 3046
Senior Campus: 29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, VIC 3047

Postal Address:
PO Box 637, Glenroy, VIC

Telephone:(03) 9301-2777
Fax:(03) 9301-2770