Newsletter . Volume 1 . 9th February 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back to all students and families. We particularly welcome those who are joining the College community for the first time.  We have a total of 228 new Year 7 students along with nine Year 8 students, five Year 9 students, nine Year 10 students, eight Year 11 students and one Year 12 student who are new to Penola.  In total there are 260 new students at Penola out of a total enrolment of 1434 students.  This means that nearly one in five students are new to Penola and I would ask all within our community to go out of their way to ensure that our new students are welcomed and supported in their transitional period.  In total we have 148 new families for 2017 so a particularly warm welcome to these families.  I hope that your time within the Penola community is both enriching and rewarding.

I am really looking forward to this year at Penola Catholic College and we have one focus for the year.  This is to build staff capacity in teaching staff, in fostering curiosity and developing powerful learning.  To this end, this school improvement focus will tie together a number of areas that we have already been working on namely explicit teaching of literacy, planning and coaching teams and improving student outcomes. Professional Learning will be targeted to assist staff in developing student curiosity and powerful learning. 

Our theme for the year is “Love one another and Help one another” (St Mary MacKillop, 1873).  This theme is particularly relevant to us within a school setting as the foundational aspect of any Catholic School is love.  This love manifests itself in many different forms throughout our interactions with staff, students and their families.  It is foundational in the care and concern that we have for the students in our care, our Pastoral Care that we provide for all within the community and our daily interactions with all involved with the Penola Catholic College community

As such, it is important that all students begin the year well in every context. It is important that the College uniform is worn well at all times; it means getting down to the core business of working hard in class and working with every teacher to produce the best set of results possible; it involves challenging oneself to participate in the vast array of co-curricular activities available; it means embracing the social justice programmes at the College and contributing to these. The evidence clearly supports the theory that the students who get the most out of schools such as Penola Catholic College are those who enthusiastically embrace the educational, cultural, sporting and social justice offerings available.

Advance Notice of Early Student finish (12.30pm) on Monday February 13

As part of our focus for the year, we have a professional learning session scheduled with Phillip Holmes-Smith who is recognised as a leader in using student data.  As a result, all students will finish at 12.30p.m. on both campuses.  An SMS will be sent as a reminder to every parent listed as the Primary contact on Care Monkey. 


In recent times we have been aware of members of our community who have suffered loss, including

• Tania Mateski on the passing of her brother-in-law, Zoran Mateski after a three-year battle with leukemia.

• Michelle Fiscarelli on the passing of her mother, Maria Farrugia who passed away in the middle of January.

• Doretta Mudgway on the passing of her mother-in-law in New Zealand on Wednesday January 25.

We pray also for the health of Ray Halliwell after his motor bike accident last year.  On a brighter note we congratulate Dustin West and his wife, Jayne on the safe arrival of Thomas David West last month.

I have provided a list of staff new to the College for 2017 including those who are returning to the College after a period of leave.


A key element in helping your child to succeed at the College is communication between you and your child’s teachers. While the student diary is the primary means of communication between teachers and families we also encourage other means of communication.  The email addresses of all staff at the College is the first initial of the Christian name followed by their surname. For example; Mrs Sue Delaney.  Sue’s email address is sdelaney@penola.vic.edu.au .

We hope that this will further facilitate our ability to work closely with you in catering for the welfare and educational needs of your child.  Your child’s Homeroom teacher should be the first port of call for any enquiries with the school.  Please feel free to make contact with me if you have concerns that are unable to be resolved by your child’s Homeroom teacher, subject teacher, Year Level Coordinators or Head of Campus.

I hope that all students will settle into a productive routine as quickly as possible; I hope they will participate in activities new to them this year; and I look forward to witnessing a genuine spirit of cooperation and partnership between all students and their teachers this year.

Bell Times

I have copied in the bell times for 2017.  You will note that they are all the same with the exception of our early leave day which is Day 6, i.e. every second Monday.  This will remain the same for the entire year so that families have certainty about the early leave days.  It also allows us less interruptions to class time by scheduling this once per fortnight.

Student Photographs

A reminder to all parents that you need to notify the College if you do not give permission for your son or daughter’s photograph to be published in newsletters or promotional materials.  We would like to begin to place more photographs and videos on MyPenola and so I take this opportunity to remind you of the student permission form for photographs.  If we have not received your permission form back at the College we have assumed that your consent has been provided.  It is the responsibility of each family to make this decision and notify the College if you decide to exclude your son or daughter from having their photograph published.  In practical terms, this will mean that your son or daughter will need to be excluded from most group shots such as class photographs as these are published in our Year Book each year.

Penola Catholic College Board

In 2017 three new Parent Representatives will be required as the Board’s current Parent Representatives will either have completed their term or will have had a son/daughter in the 2016 Graduating class. Nominations are now being called for Parent Representatives and will close on 2 March 2017. The function of the Penola Catholic College Board is to provide guidance, advice and bring a range of views that assist in informing some of the decision making processes of the school. The members of the Penola Catholic College Board are respected for their participation and knowledge and viewed by the Administration of the College as having an essential and significant role to play in the ongoing development of the College.

We welcome two Parent/Guardian representatives on the Board whose term of office will be 2 years respectively and we call upon all parents/guardians to contemplate taking up this unique and important role at the school. Nomination forms are available from the Principal’s Personal Assistant. Alternatively, the College can be contacted to have a nomination form emailed or posted to you.

The Board meets nine times per year. The first meeting is on Wednesday 15 February 2017.  We will hold a Board Information Session on this night at 7.00p.m. in the Boardroom at the Broadmeadows campus for any prospective Board members or parents/guardians who may be interested in finding out more about the role of the Penola Catholic College Board.  Attendance does not mean that you must nominate as a Board member. 

I look forward to a number of parents and guardians hopefully attending this Information session.

College Assembly

Our first whole school assembly will take place on Friday 10th February commencing at 9.00am. Year 7 students will be inducted and those 2016 Year 12 students who received an ATAR of 80 or more will be recognised with the presentation of plaques.  The Dux of the College, Nicole Ferliwicz, will be invited to address the students and staff.  We also asked students who received a study score of 40 or above to this assembly to be recognised.


Given the high number of new members of our community, I thought that this prayer was appropriate to begin the school year.

The Journey Begins

As we step into this new year,

Restore our spirits.

Renew our passion for sharing your wisdom

And nurture our compassion

for those in need of greater support.


Transform us as we seek to transform:

Guide us as we seek to guide;

Open our minds and hearts

As we seek to open minds and hearts

To the Good News of justice and peace.


Help us listen more deeply

To the world and to your Word,

So we can walk with those in our care,

Attentive to the Wisdom that

Calls us all to the Kingdom of God.


Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

The year has started positively on the senior campus with students quickly settling into good work patterns. The opening Campus Assembly emphasized that working together, creating good and trusting relationships and making good decisions were instrumental in experiencing a successful year. Best wishes for the year ahead to those entrusted to our care. The Campus Assembly also addressed the College …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Junior Campus Stuart Harrison

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Junior Campus Stuart Harrison

Welcome back to the 2017 school year and a special welcome to all our Year 7s.  At our 7 & 8 Information Evening on Tuesday night, it was fantastic to meet some of our new families and reconnecting with familiar faces.  The night was well attended and it was tremendous to be able to showcase our new Junior Campus Gym.  …

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From the Acting Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Robert Dullard

From the Acting Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Robert Dullard

On-line Continuous Reporting

The start of each year is a time of renewal and invigoration and so is the case for us, the Penola Community, in regards to the structure of our Assessment and Reporting. Over the next two years, we are introducing a very significant and exciting change to the way we report student assessment to our students and …

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!  I sincerely hope that this first newsletter of 2017 finds you having had a blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year! As a team we are well rested and enthusiastically back into working as hard as we can to build a strong, supportive and dynamic Catholic community here at Penola catholic College. This …

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MyPenola - Parent Information

MyPenola is our online learning and content management system, powered by Schoolbox that integrates with our student management database – Synergetic. The move to this online communication platform first occurred in 2013, and as with all major changes of this kind it has taken time for complete adoption of this system.  The main goal for 2017 is to have all …

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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 MyPenola.

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


Debutante Ball Information Night

An information night for the parish annual debutante ball will be held at Our Lady's Church, Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn on Mon 13th Feb at 7.00pm in the meeting room.

For all enquiries please contact Mrs Jeanette O'Neill on 93081592 or Mrs Kath Bretag on 0431550253. 

Thank you



Price changes:

600ml water $1.50

350ml Fruit Juice Bottle $2.50

Sausage Rolls $3.00

Dim Sims $1.00

Meat  Pie $3.50

Burgers & wraps  have increased to $5. 50, Vege & Beef Burgers $5.00 for a Full Canteen Price list please go to MyPenola, scroll down to Food @ Penola and click once. 


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



Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term One: Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 21
Term Two: Apr 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27
Term Three: Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 29, Sept 12
Term Four: Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 14, Nov 28

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 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.


Academy Uniforms
238 Wolseley Place,
Ph: 9460 8011


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