Newsletter - Volume 6 - 11th May 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear Members of the Penola Catholic College community,

The Catholic Church has been in the news for the past three years for all the wrong reasons with the State Parliamentary Enquiry into Child Abuse followed by the Royal Commission.  We all are shocked and saddened by the appalling extent and the nature of the abuse that has been revealed through these hearings. The effects of this abuse are traumatic for both survivors and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this child abuse and their families.  For most of us, it is unfathomable that the clergy members could betray their vows and complete these atrocities against some of the most vulnerable in our society, our children.  I would like to acknowledge the courage of those survivors who have been before the Commission and have told their story – some for the first time.  

If there are any positives to come from this time, it is that there have been considerable changes to organisations such as schools, churches and youth organisations to make them much more child-safe.  Legislation changes came into effect on August 1, 2016 and there have been considerable discussions and policy changes to ensure that Child safety is paramount. 

 It is an offence for Principals to knowingly fail to report child abuse as it quite rightly should be.  Legislation changes are listed below:

Grooming offence targets communication, including online communication, with a child or their parents with the intent of committing child sexual abuse 

Failure to disclose requires adults to report to police a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed against a child

Failure to protect applies to people within organisations who knew of a risk of child sexual abuse by someone in the organisation and had the authority to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently failed to do so.


The Child Safe Standards are:

• strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

• a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

• a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

• screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

• processes for responding to, and reporting, suspected child abuse

• strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

• strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

In direct contrast to these painful and overwhelmingly negative messages about the Catholic Church are the good news stories that are rarely told.

• There are 713,000 students education in Catholic schools

• There are 1,710 Catholic schools in Australia

• 1239 Catholic Primary Schools, 350 Catholic Secondary Schools, 95 P-12 schools and 17 Catholic Special Schools

• 82,000 staff within Catholic schools

• 55,287 lay teachers and specialist staff

• 70% of all teachers and 45% of all principals are women

• 26,348 General staff (support staff) and 365 Religious staff working in Catholic schools

• ACU is the fastest growing, truly national university … producing the largest number of nursing and teaching graduates in Australia.

• 66 Catholic hospitals providing 9,500 hospital beds (12% of all hospital beds)

• 8 dedicated hospices with palliative care services

• Largest welfare provider outside the Government – 63 member organisations, 12,800 employees, 500 different services, 1.1 million clients who were cared for in 2012

• St Vincent de Paul is the largest and most extensive volunteer welfare network in the country with 18,209 members and 30.910 volunteers.

• Largest provider of trained personnel for the Third World

All of this information is taken from the latest National Census in 2012.  In anyone’s language, the Catholic Church provides a significant contribution to modern society.


NAPLAN Testing

This week students in years 7 & 9 will participate in the National Assessment Programme – Literacy and Numeracy.  This programme is conducted by the Australian Government through its agency, ACARA, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.  The tests are held over three days, Tuesday – Thursday, 9th – 11th May.  The tests provide useful information to students, parents and schools in terms of student capabilities and areas for improvement.  Parents who have any queries in relation to the tests are invited to contact Mr Dullard at the Glenroy campus, or Mrs D’Angelo at the Broadmeadows campus.

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.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews took place last evening.  I have been heartened by the number of parents who have been attending our interviews and taking an active role in the learning of their children.  Research indicates that parents who take an active role in their child’s education results in significantly better outcomes for these students.  Your son or daughter notices whether you attend these interviews, whether you are taking an interest in what they are doing and whether you think learning is important. Parents act as role models in so many areas of a child’s life and their beliefs about education and the importance of learning are vital.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

Once again, the College will host a Mother’s Day breakfast for mothers and their children tomorrow morning, Friday 12th May.  I am grateful to Mrs Angela Xidias and the many staff members and students who will be assisting with the breakfast which, as you may appreciate, is a very large undertaking.  The guest speaker is Chris Daicos who will speak about a growth mindset and how to develop this in your children.

Best wishes to all mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers for a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday.

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.

We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.

We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.

We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.

We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.

We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

God Bless,

Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 6

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 6

Students have settled into Term 2 quite comfortably now and are commencing their revision for the up-coming exams. The next few weeks are packed with events and activities as mentioned in my last Newsletter entry. The exams, themselves, should not be feared. They are a fact of school life and experience tells us that if they are planned for in …

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Penola Sister School Exchanges


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ANZAC Day Student Legacy Ceremony

On Friday 21st of April, my year 10 World of Business class was lucky to attend the inspirational and touching ANZAC student commemoration ceremony conducted by the legacy foundation. It was such an amazing experience being able to sit there and pay respect to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for each of us. Seeing all the current men and women from the respective forces and seeing the faces of those who protect our lives, really allowed us, especially myself to think about how lucky I am being in such a safe and secure country like Australia. However, the best part of that day was when Thalia and I were allowed to represent our school by laying a wreath for the past ANZAC soldiers. Knowing that we were representing Penola Catholic College as we laid the wreath and paid respect for all the lives which were given up for us, meant a great deal for both of us. To conclude, it was a very beautiful and moving ceremony and everyone who attended was able to connect, give thanks and be truly grateful for the services these brave soldiers have made and continue to make every single day of their life.

Chanilka Amantha Jayakodi Arachchage


Glenn manton incursion

On Friday the 10th of May, the year 10 cohort was granted the opportunity to have a session with Glenn Manton. For all those who don’t know him, Glenn is an ex AFL player, playing for both Essendon and Carlton, a comedian and used to have a spot on Channel 9’s Footy Show. But primarily he is a teacher. Glenn shared stories about his past and how they got him to where he is today. Although it was all a good laugh we all left the auditorium a little bit wiser.

Ella Ryan 10B

It was a very exciting and thrilling presentation because when he started it was quick and unexpected. I felt like I learnt so much from him like not to take life for granted and to always make sure you surround yourself with the right people. He is a good bloke with the right stories to tell, always entraining he also knows how to lead people into positive pathways. It was a great way to spend 2 periods.

Marya Dawoud 10C

Such an inspirational and hilarious person. I absolutely loved the time Glen Manton spent with the year 10 cohort. He was very engaging and enthusiastic about everything he spoke about. It is truly inspiring to engage with such an authentic and knowledgeable person. His workshop was very informative and highly interactive. Glen has left us all with something to take away and to implicate in our daily lives. A true legend.

Sabrina Batras 10I

On Friday 5/5/17, Glenn Manton a former Australian rules football player who played for Carlton and Essendon came and visited the year 10’s and spoke to them about some of his experiences. Glenn is a very friendly, kind and enthusiastic  person who likes to help people in many ways. If you want to contact him, then you can direct message him on Instagram.

Bawlina Khammoo 10C


Work Experience 5th – 9th June

All year 10 students will be participating in the Work Experience Program from 5th to 9th June.

Congratulations to all students for organising their placements and we wish them well during the week. Students will be given final instructions in the near future.

Any student absent from Work Experience must notify the employer and Mrs Foster as soon as they are aware of an absence. All students and employers will be contacted during the Work Experience week. 


Wetlands conservation initiative

The Environmental Action Team (E.A.T) has committed to ongoing conservation of the College’s wetlands. This is to ensure that the native and indigenous species of the area can thrive and, in turn, increase Penola’s biodiversity.

This project has started with the initial weeding of the wetlands. In a mere lunchtime, the team was able to clear bins full of invasive species.

It is hoped that this work can continue this year, and can allow for further planting to be completed.

Many thanks to Gareth Henderson and the maintenance team for the support of this work.


Maria Alberto

Head of Learning for Religious Education


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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



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. Blue blazers with the old logo will also be accepted. All items must show they have been dry cleaned by having the dry cleaning tag attached. 

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


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