Newsletter . Volume 18 . 24th November 2016

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Parents/Guardians,

End of Year

This Advent, as we prepare for the Blessings of this Christmas Season, may I thank all Penola Catholic College parents for your support of the College throughout the year and for your partnership with us in the education of your sons and daughters. May Christ’s Peace and Joy be with each of you and with your loved ones.

One of the things that Mary MacKillop was fond of saying was “to never see a need without doing something about it.”  Mary MacKillop saw a need for Catholic education for the poor.  She tried to address this need by creating a religious order, the Josephite nuns, where they would go out to help the poor and help educate them and try to improve their situation and their life.

If you look at all of the great people within history, they have all had a significant effect upon society.  Mary MacKillop is certainly one of these people.  Mary battled many hardships throughout her life, her health, she was ostracised and even had a period of ex-communication from the Catholic Church.  Throughout it all, she never lost faith in her own beliefs or her convictions that she was doing the right thing.  Mary MacKillop is an outstanding example of leadership in action. 2016 marks the 150th Anniversary of the establishment of the Sisters of St Joseph by Mary MacKillop in 1866.



Currently all students are either completing or have completed their end of year exams. These exams are another important method of assessment and it is important that the students approach them seriously and work hard to achieve the best set of results via these in each subject. I would like to stress to all students the importance of talking with their individual teachers about the content and structure of the exams – they should not leave anything to chance! I encourage students to find out as much about the exam from their teachers and begin their preparation based on this information.

Successful revision or study requires many different ingredients – one of the key elements that I wish to touch on briefly this week is the importance of sleep! Regardless of normal routines it is absolutely vital that our young women and men to get regular sleep.

Do you know how much sleep the average teenager requires according to the very latest research?

The actual research shows they require a minimum of 9.25 hours and that one of the biggest problems is that we have teenagers being the most sleep deprived segment of the population. We need to take the whole issue of sleep as one of the most important issues, when it comes to setting boundaries we need to fight over things that matter and that's generally stuff that relates to their wellbeing.

In the context of completing exams successfully, it is absolutely important that our students are fresh and alert when they sit for them. Regular sleep without the distractions of mobile phones, i-pods or MP3 players, TVs or computers is essential for academic success and for the well-being of our students!


2016 Art Show

The annual College Art Show was officially opened on Thursday, November 11. The works on display have been taken from all subject areas in the Visual Arts department and across all year levels.  The items on display are of a high standard and provide evidence that our students have wonderful opportunities to develop their talents and skills in these areas of endeavour.  Congratulations to Ms Francesca Pascalis and all our art teachers and technicians for their efforts throughout the year and for the organization of the Art Show. I am constantly amazed at the talents of our students.


Parents and Friends Association AGM

On Monday 28th November the Parents and Friends Association of the College will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium.  This will be followed at 7.30 pm by refreshments in the foyer of the Auditorium. All parents of the College are invited to attend.


Remar Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Mr Ben Messo, Ms Ann-Maree Dellorso, Mr Barney Ratcliffe, Mr Gilbert and James Mein and the 9 members of our Blue Caravel who will travel to Alice Springs on Friday 2nd December for the Remar solidarity immersion experience. Once again, our caravel members will support the people of the Amoonguna indigenous community located near Alice Springs.  We wish them every blessing and trust that both communities, ours and theirs, will be enriched by this experience.


Under the Starts Concert and the Glenroy Music Soiree

Over the past fortnight we have seen two fantastic events for our music performers in the form of the Under the Stars concert held on Thursday November 10 and the Glenroy Music Soiree held on Wednesday November 16.  Both of these events showcased the talents of our musicians, bands and performers. Unfortunately, I am rhythmically challenged but I can appreciate the talents of our students and their musicianship.  Hours and hours of practice goes into perfecting their skills and talents and I was incredibly proud of the courageous students who performed live on these nights.  I thank the parents and friends who supported our students on these nights as well as the Music staff including Mr James Maddocks, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mr Richard Linton and our instrumental teachers Michael, Ben, Susan and Norman.



In the next fortnight a number of staff members will be leaving the College.  Mrs Kath Bretag will retire after 22 years of service to our College as Canteen Manager. Prior to this Kath also worked in the Therry College canteen.  Kath has worked in the canteen at both the Glenroy and Broadmeadows campus.  I thank her for her efforts and wish her well in her retirement.  Mrs Kerry Williams, retired at the conclusion of Term 2 2016 by which time she has completed 18 years of service to our College.  I congratulate Kerry on this outstanding achievement and thank her for all she has contributed in her teaching role, particularly as part of the Student Services team as a Special Education Teacher.  Mrs Patti Whykes leaves us after 19 years at Penola Catholic College predominantly as a food assistant on both the Glenroy and Broadmeadows campuses. We bid farewell also to Mrs Debra Share who retired at the end of Term Two, 2016 after 20 years at Penola Catholic College.  Deb has been involved in the Administration area of the College throughout these 20 years, particularly in the Campus Office at Broadmeadows. Mrs Maria Krysinski leaves us to pursue her own business and was a fantastic English and Food teacher as well as serving as a Year Level Coordinator for a number of years.  I thank her for her service at Penola.  Mr Paul Matton has moved to England with his family for the next 3 years after nearly 14 years of service to Penola Catholic College.


A number of other staff members are leaving because they have gained positions in other schools or settings, or because their contracts have concluded.  On behalf of the college community I thank them for their work and efforts on behalf of our students. Best wishes to Melisa Potts, Natalie Raspudic, Roberta Santoro, Tracey Ciantar, Kim Donovan, Carolyn Stone, Sandra Tohme, Ben Messo, Sarah Moss, Melissa Vella, Andrea Di Castro, Robert Lindsay, Melanie Brooks and Vanessa Carew.


A number of other staff are taking some form of leave for 2017 either maternity leave or leave without pay.  These include Bill Dunne, Carolyn Layton, Maria Grosso, Joan Thomson, Suzan Masters, Jenny Doan, Donna Mihos, Hannah Bonaddio and Marian Kolta.


Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Last Monday night the College staff gathered with the young men and women of Year 12 and their parents at their Graduation Dinner. It was a fantastic night made better by being able to share it with staff, students and parents. It is very rewarding to see the pride and the joy amongst the students and the excitement about having finished this part of their educational journey. Congratulations to all members of the class of 2016, their parents, teachers and all other staff who helped to get them to this point. We look forward to the release of the VCE results on Monday December 12 and pray that our students get their just rewards for their efforts.


Mr Chris Caldow



From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

By the time you read this article, we will already be a week into the 2017 academic year. The Headstart Program has commenced with a focus on giving students the opportunity to make a start on next year’s study program. It is also an opportunity to make fresh beginnings and to set attainable goals for the next twelve months. In …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Junior Campus Stuart Harrison

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Junior Campus Stuart Harrison

Congratulations to our Year 8 girls’ soccer team who made it into the Grand Final last Thursday but unfortunately lost 5-1 to a very good side. It has been a big two weeks with performing arts on the Junior Campus starting with the Junior Music Soiree last Wednesday.  On Tuesday of this week our Year 7s performed in the Year …

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Whittlesea Art Show

Penola Catholic College would like to congratulate Robert Maiorana in 8I who won 1st prize at the Whittlesea Art Show in the junior category.

Robert also won the Principal award (Junior Category) at our Penola art show!

An excellent achievement, Congrtulations Robert. 

Sport Report by Dean Bird

Sport Report by Mr Dean Bird

Year 8 Premier League Sports Report

Girls Volleyball Over five weeks of Premier League the year 8 girls’ Volleyball team played against St Monica’s, Kolbe, CRC North Keilor, Salesian and Marymede Catholic Colleges.  Unfortunately, we lost our games but have had very close scores and our gaming skills increased tremendously.  During these games, all volleyball players gained respect for the …

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Forms can be filled out NOW for 2017 providing your card is eligible

CSEF eligibility DATES

For concession card holders 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 one (30 January 2017) or term two (18 April 2017).

CSEF Applications forms can be collected either:

• Accounts Office (Broadmeadows Campus)

• Glenroy Campus Office

• Attached to this newsletter

• www.education.vic.gov.au/csef

• Emailed to dgaetano@penola.vic.edu.au

CSEF Flyer

CSEF 2017 Application Form


Academy Uniforms will now be selling the new logo on all College clothes.

All uniform with the old logo with the exception of blazers will be donated to an overseas charity in the next few weeks.


Second Hand Uniform Sales


Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am until 10.30am

Term 4:    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 http://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