Newsletter . Volume 19 . 8th December 2016

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Parents/Guardians,

End of Year

As this is the final newsletter for 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Penola Catholic College community a very safe, happy and holy Christmas and summer holiday. For some in the community this time will include receiving VCE results and then confirming plans for 2017 at university or in another tertiary setting or commencing an apprenticeship or other employment. For students undertaking Units 3&4 VCE subjects, this time should include some form of preparation for the year of work ahead. It is important, however, that we enjoy the time shared with family and friends and that we express gratitude to our Lord for these gifts and blessings.

The year has been marked with great energy and success in many areas at the College. Congratulations to all students who committed themselves to their studies, to the co-curricular sporting and cultural activities available at the College and who were involved in some form of community service activity throughout the year. These are the students who will gain the most from their time at Penola Catholic College.   

On behalf of the wider school community, I would like to thank all staff (teaching and support) for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for providing the best for all students.


College Medals 2016

The award of a College Medal recognises those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the college over an extended period of time.

At the recent Awards Evening, the Mary of the Cross Medal was presented to Mr Joseph Tohme.  Joseph has been heavily involved in the REMAR and Christian Service programs on offer at Penola Catholic College.  He has also acted as an altar server for his entire six years at Penola Catholic College at all of our major liturgical celebrations. I thank Joseph for his generous support of the College.

Also at the Awards Evening, the Josephite Medal was presented to Mrs Riposa Belanti. Riposa Belanti has been involved in the College for approximately 8 years while her children Laura, John and Anthony attended Penola Catholic College. Riposa was an active member of the College Parents and Friends Association and took on the position of Treasurer for a number of years.  Riposa has been instrumental in assisting at many events & functions as a Parents and Friends representative and was also involved in the College Prayer group and catering committee. Riposa is a very positive supporter of the College and has been always willing to help make events successful.

The Charism of the Josephites has been to roll up your sleeves and help out where needed. Riposa has certainly been a supporter of this Charism by quietly helping out and assisting wherever she could.


College Awards Evening

On Monday 5th December, we held our annual Awards Evening, in which students were recognized for their achievements and contributions throughout the year.  We welcomed to the College as our guest of honour, Dr Thushara Perera,PhD, GradIEAust Research Engineer (Electronics Software) at The Bionics Institute of Australia. Dr Thushara was previously a student at Penola Catholic College.  It was heartening to see so many students receive recognition for their efforts and participation throughout the year.  I congratulate all award recipients and I thank Mr Ernie Pisani, Mrs Dianne Lee and the members of the organising committee for their work in ensuring the success of the evening.


Years 7 & 10 Laptops

It has come to my attention that a number of families are questioning the $1225.00 cost for the Years 7 & 10 laptops.  I appreciate that it is a significant amount of money and in the efforts to be as transparent as possible I have provided a breakdown of the costs associated with the laptops.

 SACCSS Sports Award

On Thursday November 17 the Sports Association of Co-educational Catholic Secondary Schools had their Awards presentations at Catholic Regional College, Sydenham.  A number of our students were recognized for their sporting prowess and I congratulate them for their awards.  The guest speakers for the lunch were Moana Hope, new Collingwood captain of the women’s AFL team and Ezi Magbegor, former Penola Catholic College student and member of the current Australian Under 17 World Champions Basketball team. Both gave fascinating insights into the time and dedication required to reach the top in their respective sports.

Moana grew up in Glenroy, has 13 siblings and played AFL with her siblings up until the age of 12.  She then joined a women’s AFL team and continued to excel in her chosen sport.  This year she was the first woman to kick over 100 goals in the Victorian women’s AFL competition.  All of this is impressive but when she told her story about what was a regular day for her, we got an insight into who she is.  Moana is a full-time carer for her disabled sister as well as working full-time with her own traffic management company.  She wakes at 4.00 a.m. and works on administration for her traffic management company until 7.00 a.m.  to set up the work day for all of her employees.  At 7.00 a.m. she wakes her sister, showers and feeds her and drives her to her professional daycare.  She works from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., then trains, then cooks for her sister and gets her to sleep.  From 9.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. she completes more administration for work. 

Ezi left Penola Catholic College at the end of 2014 to join the Australian Institute of Sport where she has a scholarship for Basketball.  She trains twice a day, one session from 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. and then another session after school from 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Ezi is currently completing Year 11 in the midst of this training and competing.  She is currently preparing with the Australian Under 19 Basketball team as they prepare for World Championships in 2017. We are very proud of Ezi and hope that she is able to continue her success in basketball.


Parents and Friends Association AGM

Last Monday November 28 we held the Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting.  There were 3 positions up for election at this meeting, namely Vice President, Secretary and Board representative.  Mrs Carmen Alongi resigned as Vice President and I thank her for her efforts as Vice President over the past two years.  Mrs Vivien Miles was elected as the new Vice President.  Mrs Jeanette Mooney continues in the role as Secretary and I thank her for her ongoing efforts.  Mr Anthony Alizzi has been elected as the Board representative replacing Ms Joanne Grindrod after her 6 consecutive years on the College Board.  I thank Jo for her efforts and know that she will continue to support Penola Catholic College in the years ahead.


Mr Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

Dear parents,

The Headstart program has, in many ways, defined the academic program for 2017. Students have been able to gauge the standards and the course requirements for their 2017 learning program over the three weeks of Headstart. I wish to thank the staff for providing this great opportunity for students; and the students for accepting the challenge of commencing …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo

From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo


So much has been achieved this year at Penola Catholic College! We, the staff, have enjoyed watching our students grow and develop in every aspect of school life. The Awards Night, held this week, was a wonderful celebration of the achievements of so many of our students in 2016. …

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Science Club

Scientific Christmas tree:

The scientific Christmas tree that was made in science club was Mrs.Tatam’s idea. To start off the process we made the base by using a retort stand and after used boss head’s and clamps starting with the bigger boss head’s at the bottom of the Christmas tree and the smaller ones at the top to make the shape of a Christmas tree. After we finished the skeleton we used different types of flasks and filled them with food dye and water and applied them to the Christmas tree. Then we just made a star at the top of the tree from a molecular model kit. To finish the Christmas tree we added different types of decorations, such as copper sulphate crystals. The scientific Christmas tree took about 4 lessons at lunchtime to finish but we ended up with a great result. I would like to thank Mrs.Tatam, Iden, Nikolas, Breannon and Amanda for all being a part of this and making science club fun for everyone.



All Year 10 students will be participating in compulsory Work Experience from 5th June to 9th June 2017.

All year 10 students should now have completed the General Module of Safe@Work. This is a compulsory Occupational Health and Safety training module which must be completed prior to commencing Work Experience.

Students will also complete an Industry Specific Module of Safe@Work early in March which complete the compulsory Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

Parents are asked to assist their child in seeking a suitable placement. It is recommended that students start looking NOW to avoid disappointment as some industries are extremely difficult to secure suitable placements.

Students are to collect a yellow Work Experience Request Form from the Careers Office. This form is to be completed and returned to Careers Office at the earliest possible time so that the Ministerial (legal) Documents can be processed for signatures from the employer, parent and student. The Principal must also sign this document to complete all legal requirements.


The Work Experience Request Form is also available from the Year 10 Careers page on my penola.

For further information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Foster or Mrs. Rullo in the Careers Office.


Debutante Ball

Our Lady's Parish Craigieburn is holding their annual Debutante Ball on Friday 30th June, 2017.

If any Year 11 or Year 12 girls are interested, please contact Mrs Bretag at the canteen or ring Mrs Jeanette O'Neill in 9308 1592 as soon as possible.

Thank you


Penola Sport Facebook Page 




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


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: Academy Uniforms


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