Newsletter - Volume 5 - 27th April 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Members of the Penola Catholic College community,

We celebrated ANZAC Day last Tuesday, where we commemorate the landing of members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on 25th April 1915.  For Australians the day carries enormous and solemn significance because it is the day on which we remember and pray for all those who have died in the service of our country, and we remember also those who served in the defence forces in the very many conflicts and peace-keeping missions in which our country has been involved.  We acknowledged ANZAC Day at our respective Campus Assemblies on Friday April 21, 2017. We pray for the honoured dead whose sacrifice and memory remain so dear to us.

The Gallipoli campaign was but one chapter in a terrible war that cost millions of lives and was dubbed at its conclusion as “the war to end all wars”.  We know it today as the First World War, and we are also well aware that many wars and conflicts have since followed.  Those who have been to war know full well of it horrors, and upon their return speak mostly of the sacrifices of their comrades and the cause of peace.  As we pray for the dead, and all those who were injured or whose lives were deeply affected by war, let us pray also for peace in our world.  Let us give thanks for the great privilege of living in land that is relatively peaceful and let us do all that we can to ensure that all people are able to live in freedom and peace.

Changes to Reporting

As hopefully most of you are aware, we have started to report continuously online through MyPenola.  As each student completes their various forms of assessment, a comment is provided on MyPenola which provides feedback about their performance in the assessment task, suggestions for improvement and a work habit.  Significant amounts of time and effort go into developing these comments and providing feedback to both parents and students.  Please take the time to review these comments and discuss with your daughter/son(s).

As a result of this move to continuous online reporting, we are no longer producing progress reports during Terms One and Three.  We have also made the decision to remove comments from the end of semester reports as these comments have already been provided on MyPenola throughout the semester.  Parents will still receive an End of Semester report for each subject which will provide percentages for each student’s assessment tasks, a rating of their progress according to the new Victorian Curriculum progression points and a scale showing their performance in a range of general work habits.  Essentially the reports will look identical to previous year’s but there won’t be a comment as the comments have been provided for each assessment task throughout the semester.  This allows both the student and family to receive more timely feedback that then allows students to make the necessary changes or improvements before their next assessment task.

Netflix program – 13 reasons why

The national headspace School Support Program has grown increasingly concerned by the impact of a recently aired show on Netflix titled “13 Reasons why”. The series depicts a young woman who suicides and presents the viewer with very confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of suicide method and means.

The headspace School Support program and eheadspace service has received a growing number of concerns from schools, parents, and young people since the show has aired in Australia.

This show directly exposes viewers to very risky suicide content and may lead to a very distressing reaction by the viewer, particularly if the audience is children and young people. National and international research clearly indicates the very real impact and risk to harmful suicide exposure leading to increased risk and possible suicide contagion.

headspace School Support and eheadspace is urging school communities, parents, and mental health services to be aware of the dangers and risks associated for children and young people who have been exposed to this content. The national suicide media program, Mindframe, also has significant concerns and warnings related to this content.

Please see attached helpful information for schools, mental health services, and parents if they are aware that children or young people have been exposed to the content and have expressed concerns around their own mental health, distress, or suicidal thoughts and feelings.

1800 650 890

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800


Athletics Carnival

The College Athletics carnival was held at the College on Friday 31st March.  This is a major community event and is one of the few occasions throughout the year when students and staff gather for a day of friendly competition and enjoyment. More about the results and description of the day will follow later in the newsletter but I have to say that I was pleased with the large number of students who did attend the carnival.  As mentioned in our last newsletter, all absences will be followed up and a significant number of students will be asked to attend school on Monday April 24 to make up the time that they missed on the last day of term.

There are some students and families who believe that the Athletics Carnival is not a valuable activity and may condone the absence of their son(s) or daughter(s) from the Athletics Carnival.  This is most concerning to me as I believe that students should be involved with all aspects of College life, not just the ones that they enjoy or want to do.  Each student and family has signed up for the whole package and I believe that whole school activities are important and that each student should attend.   

Mother’s Day Friday May 12

This term we will again mark Mother’s Day with mass at 7.00am followed by breakfast in the Assembly and Sports Hall (ASH) from 7.45am. I encourage you to come along, particularly our mothers, as we acknowledge the special contribution that you make to your son or daughter’s life.  The early morning start has never been a barrier to high levels of engagement and joy from our families.  We will be running a bus from the Broadmeadows campus to Glenroy at the conclusion of the activities.

Blessing of our new Mary Aikenhead Gymnasium

The new Mary Aikenhead Gymnasium will be blessed and officially opened on Monday 15th May at 2.30pm.  The Gymnasium will be blessed and opened by Bishop Terry Curtin and Senator James Paterson, Senator for Victoria, who will attend the opening ceremony on behalf of the Australian Government.  Parents are most welcome to attend the opening and blessing.  I ask that if you are able to attend could you please notify the Glenroy Campus Office so that we can ensure that we have enough seating provided for our parents, guests and students.

Teaching protocols

As a staff we have been having a number of discussions about what constitutes excellent teaching.  As a result of these discussions last year we came up with a set of teaching protocols which we believe outlines what we are striving for as teachers at Penola Catholic College.  I have attached a copy of these protocols so that we can be held publically accountable.  The intention is that all members of our community can see our teaching protocols and hold all of our teaching staff to account based upon them. 

Teaching Protocols

1. We know our students and how they learn: 

• By broadening our understanding of the range of social, cultural and religious backgrounds of all students and work to ensure that all students are treated equitably

• By establishing positive relationships through formal and informal interactions catering to the learning needs of all students (Differentiating our teaching and assessment practices)

• By collaborating with each other, Learning Support Officers, EAL teachers and Literacy Coaches to cater to the learning needs of all students.

• By creating consistent and inclusive classroom environments, allowing all students to learn equally by tapping into their intrinsic motivation, vision, goals and journey.


2. We know our content and how to teach it:

• By using Learning Area and PC&T meetings to share, review and evaluate curriculum documentation (using the Penola curriculum development templates and Curiosity and Powerful Learning as a guiding principal)

• By following the Teaching and Learning cycle

• By developing a culture of high expectations for all students and believe that all students can succeed at their own level and pace.

• By differentiating for all students in order to provide a challenging curriculum for all.

• By collecting samples of student work to better document and measure student improvement.


3. We create and maintain a supportive and safe learning environment:

• By setting clear expectations that are positive.

• By implementing co-operative learning strategies.

• By managing challenging behaviours by using restorative practices to manage challenging behaviours. 

• By using ICT safely, responsibly and ethically.  

• By being vigilant about plagiarism.


4. We at Penola Catholic College assess, provide feedback and report on student learning:

• By using a variety of formative and summative assessment methods.

• By collecting and analysing student data to gain an understanding of where students are at, planning accordingly and measuring the growth in their learning. (A sense of belonging and a desire to work towards God's Kingdom of justice and peace.)

• By assessing students work regularly and providing feedback, ideally within two weeks.

• By reporting on and celebrating student achievements.


5. We at Penola Catholic College engage in professional learning:

• By accessing various forms of professional learning to support the implementation of the mission of Catholic education, the vision and priorities for the College as a holistic community of learners. 

• By participating in Planning and Coaching Teams with colleagues to plan, collaborate, moderate, evaluate, observe and provide feedback to each other in order to improve practice.

• By regularly reflecting on and critically evaluating our own professional knowledge and practice.


6. We at Penola Catholic College engage professionally with parents/carers, professional teaching networks and broader communities:

• By respecting the teachings of the Catholic Church, and sharing the responsibility to follow our mission statement and upholding Catholic values.

• By communicating with families to support learning, productive school-family partnerships and supporting others in the profession to do so.

• By aiming to be active members of the teaching profession.

• By understanding and fulfilling our legal responsibility as teachers.

• By responding to communication from parents via phone, email, diary or face to face within two working days.


Best wishes to all students, staff and families for a successful second term.

God Bless,

Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani

Dear Parents,

Over the term I break I was lucky enough to accompany 8 students with Liviana Danielle on the Classics trip to Greece and Italy. These educational tours are a wonderful example of how learning can be extended by visiting the places and themes of study. The opportunity to visit the Acropolis, Pompeii and the Colosseum as well as …

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan

From Sr. Rita Malavisi rsj, our resident Sister of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart

“Being Easter People”

Twenty one years ago, on the Saturday following Easter Sunday, I chose this day to make my life commitment as a Sister of St Joseph. What did that mean? That for the rest of my life …

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A note from Schoolpix….

It has come to our attention that the Class Books that were ordered as part of the School Photo Package (Years 9 – 12 only) have been incorrectly printed.  We are in the process of rectifying this matter and you will be supplied a replacement book very shortly.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


2017 Elevate Program

On Friday 24th March, all Year 8 students participated in the Elevate Program. The session ran during the Pastoral period and the focus was Study Skills. Below is an outline of the session:

Our student greatly benefited from this session and the feedback was very positive. This what some of our Year 8 students had to say:

“I would rate this program 10/10 as it is very fun and interesting. Something that I learned today was how to take notes properly.” Mia Aquilina 8F

“10/10, I learnt about dynamic reading.” Mikaela Borg 8E

“I would rate it 10/10 because I really enjoyed it. I learnt taking how to take notes.” Nathan Facciol 8H

The next Elevate session will be held on Friday 26th May and the focus for this session will be ‘Time Management’.

Anisa Shllaku
Year 8 Coordinator 


Exchange Student Visit

On Tuesday, 21st March, we had the pleasure of hosting the Japanese and French Exchange students here at the Junior Campus. They were accompanied by our Year 7 and 8 students who hosted them for the day. The students were able to attend regular classes with their host partner and at lunch time we all spend some time together, getting to know one another better.

Our students greatly enjoyed the experience of learning about different cultures and learning new words and phrases in Japanese and French. We hope the friendships formed on the day will continue in the future.

I would like to thank all the French and Japanese teachers, the French and Japanese exchange students and our Penola students together with all the teachers who opened up their classrooms on the day.

Anisa Shllaku
Head of Languages
Glenroy Campus


From the Careers Office

UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test)

A reminder that if your son/daughter is intending to apply for Medicine (Monash University) or Oral Health/Dentistry (La Trobe University) for 2018 entry, then they are required to undertake the compulsory UMAT as part of the entry criteria.

UMAT registration is currently open with registration closing at 5:00 pm on Friday 2nd June, 2017.

For further information regarding the testing and selection process, please contact either the careers office or your child’s maths/science teacher.

Careers Week and Expo

This year the careers week will run at the senior campus from Monday 24th – Friday 28th July.

Planning is currently underway. If there are any Penola parents or family members who would like to present a career specific information workshop on their profession/business please email nnolan@penola.vic.edu.au.  These workshops will be delivered on Tuesday 25th July and will run for 20 minutes to groups of year 11 and 12 students.


RELOADED Returns for 2017 with an International Special Guest!

Reloaded, our series of Youth Rallies, is back for another year and we are kicking things off with a bang! On Friday the 19th of May, Steve Angrisano, an internationally renowned singer/songwriter from the U.S., who has performed for millions around the world at events such as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and World Youth Day, will be gracing our Mary MacKillop Auditorium for a special night of music, fun and inspiration.

With free entry, free food and a world class performer, this is definitely a night not to miss! Check out the flyer for more information. Need just that little bit more? Contact either of the Youth Ministers, James and Gilbert Mein (jmein@penola.vic.edu.au or gmein@penola.vic.edu.au) or the Deputy Principal, Faith and Mission, Nicole Allan (nallan@penola.vic.edu.au).

See you there!!


Overseas Trips

One of the most effective methods for language acquisition is via immersion.  Spending time living and breathing the language is just what Penola Catholic College is offering Year 9, 10 and 11 (2017) Language students.  The Penola Catholic College 2018 Study Tours to France and Italy will depart in March next year, with the Japanese tour departing in either March or September.

This is your chance to meet new people, practise your language, learn about the culture and history of each country, see famous icons and savour authentic cuisine. But if that’s not enough, you will also have some time living with a family, enjoying family life, attending school and living the life of a teenager in each of these countries.

Family life OS

What do families talk about?  What do they consider important?  What is the structure of the school day?  What are the expectations of students?  Have these questions answered as you live with a family and attend school in a foreign country.

Easter in France/Italy

Experience Easter traditions. Eat chocolate fish and attend Easter Sunday Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris or the Vatican in Rome.


Visit one of the most beautiful villages in Provence, Saint Paul de Vence, see the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the luxurious lifestyle of Monaco…or follow the Stations of the Cross lead by the Pope at the Colosseum, and take a gondola ride in Venice… or experience the busy-ness of Tokyo, see Hiroshima and many of the incredible Temples of Japan.

Avignon/Cesena/Tokyo  - Homestay

Enjoy life as an international teenager living with a French/Italian or Japanese family and attending High School. Find out why people only “dansent” on the Pont d’Avignon, how Sorrento in Italy differs from Sorrento in Victoria and experience the incredible efficiency of the Japanese in all things technological.

Are you interested?

Early in Term 2, these trips will be launched at year level Assemblies, where we will be handing out letters asking interested students and their parents to come to an Information Evening in early May. So listen out for this information early term 2 and, of course, if you require any further information or have any questions, ask Mrs Favrin … either by email afavrin@penola.vic.edu.au or visit her in her office (N004). Please note that students who are planning to travel with these College trips must commit to completing a full year of the language in 2018.


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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 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 3:00 - 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



Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

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

If you wish to sell your freshly dry cleaned second hand uniform items (new logo/uniform), you can do so by leaving them at Reception at the Broadmeadows Campus. All items must show they have been dry cleaned by having the dry cleaning tag attached. 


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