Newsletter . Volume 13 . 1st September 2016

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I have included an excerpt from my speech at the Leadership Assembly on Friday August 19.  

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus

Ernie Pisani

Congratulations to the recently elected College Captains Stavro Marogi and Darina Carvalho, and the vice captains elect, Brooke Davids and Jessica Repic. These newly elected leaders will assume their roles from September 9th, when the changeover of leadership takes place. Interviews are currently taking place for other high profile student leadership positions. Captains of Christian Service, Academic Excellence, Performing Arts, Sport, Sustainability and Applied learning are available. We wish the newly elected leaders and those applying for the various positions every best wish.

With the end of term fast approaching, parents are reminded that the start of the new term heralds in the change of uniform from winter to summer. I encourage all parents to ensure that by October 3rd the summer uniform is ready for their child to wear. The Student Dress Code for summer can be found on the College Website and in the Student Planner.

Parents of Year 12 students doing VCE are reminded that during the second week of the term break, students will sit their practice exams in readiness for their VCE exams later in the year. These exams are compulsory for all VCE students as they provide excellent preparation for the November exams. The practice exam timetable will be distributed to students shortly.

Students on the senior campus are finalising their subject selections for the 2017 academic year. The process has been a long one with many opportunities for students and parents to be informed about the various programs and subjects available. In the next few weeks further information will be given to students about subject selection changes, booklists and timetables for 2017.

Over the past weeks there have been some issues that have drawn our attention to student misbehaviour out in public places. The Broadmeadows Railway Station is a gathering point for students from Penola and other local and non-local schools which has the potential for concern. Whilst the school has expectations that students are respectful of one another and other members of the public, we rely on the goodwill and maturity of students to uphold the values of the school with regard to behaviour, the language used and the uniform standards applied. From time to time, we get complaints from members of the public who are concerned by the lack of social ethic that a minority of our students demonstrate. It is incumbent upon us to address these issues with our community. Over the next few weeks there will be an ongoing program across the senior campus to educate students and inform parents about the values of the school and the consequences that will be applied for those who wish to denigrate the college’s reputation on and off campus. As always we seek parent support with these issues.

Timeline dates for 2017 Re-Enrolment


Yr 12 2017 due 7/9/2016               $200

Yr 11 2017 due 05/10/16               $200

Yr 10 2017 due 31/08/2016           $100

Yr 9 2017 due 7/9/15                     $100

Yr 8 2017 due 31/08/2016             $100



Penola Catholic College Leadership Assembly

& the La Trobe University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship

On Friday 19th August, one of the special guests at our College assembly was Nathan Cerra, who graduated from Penola with the class of 2015. Nathan came to speak about the scholarship he was awarded last year and to encourage our current Year 12s to apply. As part of our involvement with the La Trobe University Schools Partnership Program, one of our Year 12s will be granted this scholarship once again this year. Information has already been passed on to the Year 12 students by representatives of La Trobe University who came to speak to students at lunch time session held recently. Any current Year 12 students who are interested are encouraged to see the Year 12 Co-coordinators for more information. Below is the speech delivered by Nathan at the Leadership assembly.

Speech by Nathan Cerra, Penola Catholic College Graduate of 2015 

Recipient of the La Trobe University Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship

As the end of year 12 draws near many students will begin to imagine life outside of high school and think about the opportunities of tertiary education. The option of university offers a fun and exciting lifestyle and a new method of learning. The format of a student’s education at high school is heavily impacted by teacher’s, who support and educate, however at university success is purely dependent on the individual’s motivation to advance. The environment of university is a refreshing change of pace, as workshop classes are filled with a large variety of people who lead different lives. The freedom of university forces your education to be self-driven creating a unique learning experience for everyone.

Students of Penola are granted many opportunities from the school due to the partnerships with universities. La Trobe offers one student of Penola the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship, and I was the 2015 recipient, and the first Penola student to receive this award. My goals for the future were drastically changed as new possibilities were given to me. The La Trobe Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship grants the recipient a generous sum of money to devote to educational fees. I will be receiving $6000 each year for the 3 years it will take me to complete my degree. With the scholarship recipients are also given the opportunity to participate in La Trobe’s Study Abroad program, allowing students the option to study a semester overseas in a large variety of countries. By winning the scholarship your place in the program is prioritised above other students of the university, which guarantees the unique opportunity to study internationally. Students from Penola who are planning to study at La Trobe should definitely apply for the scholarship as many new options are granted.

I wish all of the student who are presenting themselves as candidates for leadership positions all of the very best. These kinds of opportunities and the participation in co-curricular programs and community service are important to develop life skills. To all of you, especially the class of 2016, I encourage you to do your best and aim high so that you can achieve your dreams – you may even exceed your expectations!


La Trobe Partnership Program

On Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August the Year 8 students attended La Trobe University Bundoora for a taster of University. The School Partnerships Program Penola has with La Trobe provides students from partner schools with a greater knowledge base of what higher education entails, increased learner confidence and personal capacity, allowing them to have a more informed aspirations and capabilities as education decision makers. All students participated in engaging workshops such as Puzzle Hunt, Star Student, Sculpture Scavenger Hunt and Uni Buddies (Career Conversations).

Below is some comments from students that attended:

Over the 24th and 25th of August the year 8 classes went on an excursion to LaTrobe to get a brief feeling on what university is like. The day consisted of various parts with many activities and events. In our class groups we took part in many fun and amusing games such as a puzzle hunt where we were required to run around the university finding barcodes about main buildings and attractions. Another game played was called the “LaTrobe board game” where the class was split into four groups consisting of 5 students. From there an ‘avatar’ was designated who was the board game leader, the dice was rolled and questions were answered. The final activity was the statue scavenger hunt. LaTrobe is known for its many statues and it was our job to find the main ones lying around the university. All in all the day was full of fun and games and there were many facilities such as the food stores and gaming area which made the day an even bigger success.

Cassandra Mannarino 8E


My La Trobe University visit was a valuable learning experience for me as it gave me an idea of what I should expect when entering tertiary studies and what I will need to do to prepare for it.

The main learning for me was that at tertiary level, learning is totally my own responsibility. No one will check if I attend a class or if I am completing my homework. On the positive, I do have my own independence, but I have to put in the effort to understand the material enough to pass an exam or assignment.

The campus is not in one location and is spread across many locations in Victoria.

The classrooms are in the form of large lecture theatres where the lecturer will explain the material. It is up to me to take my own notes and ask questions to when in need of assistance. There are also tutorial rooms where smaller groups can work together to get a more intermit understanding of the material with assistance from a teacher. It would be important that I come prepared with my questions to gain the best value from the class.

Overall, going to university will require that I work differently than in high school as it will have complete independence and there is no one that will be monitoring my progress and prompting me to get work done. What I put in is what I will get out of university.

James Youil 8F


Innovative Schools List 2016

Each year The Educator magazine publishes a list of Innovative Schools. It is with great pride and delight that I announce that Penola Catholic College has been selected in this year’s Innovative Schools report for its CLIL program in Italian.

Below is the article and some photos of one of the CLIL classes.

Innovative schools 2016

At Penola Catholic College, we embrace multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism through our study of foreign languages. Three languages are offered – French, Italian and Japanese – and students must study at least one language through to the middle of year 10. Each year, we have senior classes for all languages, sometimes even multiples, with admirable results in all VCE languages.

Living in the 21st century requires our students to have skills and knowledge that allow them to participate in working towards global solutions for global challenges. The CLIL program, offered to Year 9 Italian students, is a most innovative program, suited to assisting students in achieving global competencies.

CLIL programs provide additional exposure to the skills needed to learn to decipher, read and write in a foreign language. They are designed to enhance meaningfulness of the content that underpins the school’s languages program, in relation to the broader curriculum. The results of CLIL undeniably facilitate the development of new communicative skills while learning new content, knowledge and intercultural understandings, therefore creating opportunities for authentic and purposeful learning through the target language.

CLIL stands for Content and Language Integrated Learning; in effect, a type of Immersion into the Language. We integrate 3 subject areas – Humanities: (History and Geography) and Religious Education with Italian. Year 9 CLIL students at Penola are immersed in the language for 400 minutes per week, as opposed to the 150 minutes for the Mainstream cohort.

Students are allocated 6 periods per 10-day cycle for Italian and 5 periods per 10-day cycle for each of CLIL Humanities and CLIL Religion; therefore, they receive 16 periods per cycle of instruction in Italian which enables them to be extended and to accelerate. The content for Religious Education and Humanities is the same as for the Mainstream students, except that it is delivered and assessed in Italian. Because students are studying these subjects in Italian, the language is not seen as an isolated study, but rather as the vehicle required to access the same curriculum as their peers and as a very useful, linguistically enriching tool.

One of our aims for the CLIL program is to create a strong pathway for students wishing to accelerate in their study of Italian by choosing VCE Units 1 & 2 Italian in year 10 and Units 3 & 4 Italian in year 11. At the request of the first Year 9 cohort, students who choose CLIL for year 9 now have the added opportunity to continue CLIL Religious Education and World War 2 History in year 10.

The first graduates of the CLIL program completed Year 12 Italian while in Year 11 in 2015 (they are currently in year 12). From the original group of 15 students in year 9, 12 accelerated and completed VCE Units 3 & 4 in 2015. The second and third cohorts are currently in years 11 and 12 respectively.

The College is intending to extend the program to include a French and Japanese component in the coming years.


Penola Catholic College Scholarships


Penola Catholic College recognises and encourages students who strive for excellence in a wide range of disciplines.  The College believes it important that students develop:



*   skills of creativity

*   a spirit of enquiry

*   self discipline

*   critical awareness

*   a sense of community

*   skills in leadership

*   a desire for academic excellence

*   be a Real Life Learner


Penola Catholic College endeavours to support students through the implementation of a Scholarship Program.  The Scholarship Program recognises and acknowledges students that take responsibility for, and are proactive in the development of their own learning.

We are thrilled to be able to announce the provision of a number of scholarships for 2017.  The scholarships are of $400 each and are categorised as Academic, Co-Curricular Involvement, Community Spirit and Personal Endeavour.


ACADEMIC                                        Presented to a student who demonstrates that they have achieved a level of academic excellence across all subjects studied.


CO-CURRICULAR                            Presented to a student who demonstrates participation in a wide range of activities other than prescribed academic subjects.


PERSONAL ENDEAVOUR               Presented to a student who rises to the challenges in both their personal and academic life.


COMMUNITY SPIRIT                        Presented to a student who demonstrates a high level of involvement in the life of the College and serves as a positive role model to others from the College community.


Students interested in applying for a scholarship are invited to complete an application form.  Students must only select one category of scholarship to apply for. Forms will be available on Friday, 2nd September and may be collected from the Campus Offices. 

All applications must be submitted to the campus office by Friday, 7th October.  The Scholarship Selection Committee will then short list and interview suitable applicants.  Recipients of scholarships will be acknowledged at the Awards Night held on Monday, 5th December.

Please Note:   Recipients of 2016 Scholarships are not eligible to apply this year, but may apply again next year.



Performing Arts News

 Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Each Year the Melbourne Theatre Company offers a week long intensive Course for selected

14- 16 year olds. This year our very own ‘Edna’ (Tim Douglas) from the recent college Musical ‘Hairspray’ has been selected as one of the candidates to attend this year’s Youth Scholarship Course.

The course includes free lunches and drinks as well as a week’s intensive course in Drama and performance, culminating in a small presentation. We congratulate Tim on this amazing opportunity from all the Performing Arts staff we wish you well.


Victorian Bar Student Engagement.

On Tuesday 16th August some of our Yr 11 and Yr 12 Legal Studies students had the opportunity to attend an informal seminar hosted by the Victorian Bar. This seminar was held at the Hume Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows. Our students were very lucky to hear the stories of prominent people in our judicial community. We were addressed by Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, Mayor, City of Hume, Paul Anastassiou QC, President, Victorian Bar, The Honourable Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC Supreme court, The Honourable Justice Michelle Gordon, High court and practising barristers. Each presenter told their story of how they pursued their career in law regardless of their gender, ethnic or socio-economic background. Students found the experience very valuable and inspiring. Below are some of their comments from the day:


What I found interesting on the day was how the young barrister from Lebanon was able to work hard and with dedication and hard work was able to make his career in law happen, it also showed us how to get a career through mentors in Victoria bar which previously I had no knowledge that this program existed. A very good experience, 8/10

(Matthew Meekoo Yr 12)

The excursion to the centre today was very helpful and gave me insight to what I need to do and how much work I need to do to become a barrister. I do want to pursue a job in law, and this would be to become a police officer, however if this fails I know I can take pathways to become a barrister and this excursion helped me to understand that everyone can do it irrelevant of my background, etc. It was good to listen to all the stories about how people from disadvantaged backgrounds, became a barrister. Overall this was an amazing experience.

(Simon Mahi Yr 12)

Focussing on goal setting and having determination rather thanjust discussing the job of a barrister itself was motivating for me.

(Taylor Gotovac Yr 12)

Sport Report by Brett Dickinson

Sport Report by Brett Dickinson

Year 9 Premier League Round 3 vs Kolbe

Year 9 Volleyball Boys

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The Victorian Government implemented a response package to assist dairy farming families.  This included assistance to primary and secondary students attending schools where one or both parents:

o Own an operating dairy farm

o Are share farmers on a property primarily operating as a dairy farm

o Hold a lease for an operating dairy farm

o Work as an employee on an operating dairy farm and this is their main source of employment


• The Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF) eligibility criterion is being extended, consistent with the 2016 drought response.

• Families that have previously qualified for the 2016 CSEF Drought Assistance are not able to also access the CSEF Dairy Assistance funding

• Dairy assistance payment is a one-off amount of $375per student that will be paid to schools.

Critical Dates:

• The Dairy Assistance CSEF will be paid to the school where the student is currently enrolled at the start of Term 2 2016

• Parents can apply for the dairy assistance funding by completing an application form for lodging it with their child’s school by 18 November 2016

• This one-off $375 payment to schools will be made from September 2016, with the program ceasing at the end of Term 4 2016

Action Required:

Eligible parents are to apply for the dairy assistance funding by completing the application form via the link below or go to the Department of Education and Training website, and lodging it with the school.


CSEF Dairy Assistance Application Form



Second Hand Uniform Sales


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

Term 3:       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


Academy Uniforms are now ON-LINE

- Simply go to www.academyuniforms.com.au


- Choose Penola Catholic College and enter password Broadmeadows

Orders can be sent to the School Shop or home address.


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