Newsletter - Volume 8 - 8th June 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Government funding cuts to students with disability

Today, over 10,000 students with disability are educated in Catholic schools across Victoria.

Government funding support is critical for our schools to meet the individual needs of these. In 2011, the Gonski Review recognised this when it recommended that students with disability be funded through a loading that should be matched to the needs of each individual student. Until this measure could be established, the Gonski Panel recommended that all students with disability were funded at the same rate.

While all students with disability receive the same loading from the Australian Government, within Catholic education, we differentiate the funding support provided to students based on our own assessment of each student’s needs. This system is considered to work well.

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) trial was established to come up with a standardised definition of students with disability that could be used to compare spending and support in all states and territories. The collection relies on surveys filled out by school principals and teachers, not assessment by medical professionals.

Under the NCCD there has been a significant increase in the number of students considered to have a disability. Initial analysis of the NCCD showed that some schools were over estimating the needs of some students with disability. In addition, as students are only counted in the NCCD if they are receiving an ‘adjustment’ for a disability, it appears this is favouring the wealthier schools which can afford to make individual adjustments to meet all the needs of their students.

School leaders and disability support groups, including Autism Support Australia, have said that the data is unreliable. Even the Education Minister said in December that the NCCD was flawed and that ‘This data … hasn't come to a credible landing point just yet.’

So, why is this important?

On 2 May, the Turnbull Government announced that it will use NCCD from next year to determine how students with disability will be funded by the Australian Government.

This might have been all right, if the total amount of federal funding available to students with disability was to grow, but this will not be the case for Catholic education.

Under the Government’s proposal, more students will be classified as having a disability but, in most cases, they will attract less funding to Catholic education.

This means that most students who are currently funded for their disability will receive less money from the government.

Based on the current data, the total funding provided to Catholic school students with disability will be 17% lower over the next 10 years.

It beggars belief that some of the nation’s students who are in most need of funding support are going to be disadvantaged because of the Turnbull Government’s decision to use a funding calculation for students with disability which its own Education Minister says is not credible.

Mid-year examinations

Students in years 10 finished exams last week and commence work experience this week.  Our Year 9 students were involved in City Experience last week and hopefully took the opportunity to become involved in a range of different activities. Year 11 students commenced exams last week and will complete their exams by the end of this week. A number of Year 11 students and all year 12 VCE students will be undertaking the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 14th June.  We wish them well for these important assessments.

Annual report

The Annual report for 2016 is available on the College website.  It provides an overview of the 2016 year for Penola Catholic College with reports from the five key areas of the College namely Education in Faith, Student Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching, Leadership and Management and Community.  It also includes a report from myself as Principal and Mrs Joanne Grindrod as Board Chair.

Staffing Changes

• Ms Amanda Abboud returns from maternity leave on Wednesday June 14 replacing Ms Julie-Anne Palma who commences maternity leave and we wish her well for her impending birth. 

• Ms Clara Pellens joins us to teach Years 9 & 10 Mathematics to replace Mrs Sandra Wagner who has resigned due to ill health.

• Ms Nora Macawili has taken over the Year 11 Maths Methods class from Mrs Wagner and Mr Thomas Le has taken over the year 11 General Maths Methods class of Mrs Wagner.  I know that there have been considerable disruptions to these classes and I am confident that these classes will now have the continuity that they require.

• Ms Angela Vilella has completed her replacement position as of Friday June 9 and I thank her for her efforts.  She will rejoin us in Term 3 when Ms Soula Argyropoulos commences Long Service Leave. Ms Kim Agbeti rejoins us after being on maternity leave and we welcome her back.

• Ms Anna DiPerna has resigned from her role as Year 10 Coordinator and I thank her for her efforts.  Ms Katie Murray-Fawcett and Ms Lisa Grech have been appointed to replace Ms DiPerna for the remainder of the year, working together with Mr Mark Johnstone.

• Ms Nella Centorrino has been appointed to replace Mrs Maria Alberto as she commences maternity leave.  She will also be taking some of Mr Peter Hatherley’s Religious Education classes as well.

Prayer for the next fortnight

This week the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit revealed itself to the world.  This Sunday celebrates the feast of the Trinity, a recognition of the three different forms of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  On Sunday June 18 we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. In every celebration of the Eucharist we remember the way that Christ fed the crowds who came to him and how he gave his entire life for us. He feeds us too when we remember and receive Christ’s self-offering, his body and blood in the form of bread and wine in the Eucharist.

Our country has just celebrated National Reconciliation Week and our world has celebrated International Children’s Day. There are many things to celebrate this week, but in particular, we want to hold in our hearts and minds this week that Christ gave his very life, his body and blood for us.  

O Lord Jesus Christ,

You who have given us Your precious Body and Blood to be our meat and drink,

grant that through frequent reception of You in the Holy Eucharist,

I may be strengthened in mind and body to do Your holy will.


Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.

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Careers Expo at Senior Campus (Tuesday 25th July)

The Careers Team will hold its annual Careers Expo on Tuesday 25th July in the ASH.

Please click this link for further detail. 


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. 


City Experience Journal

Monday the 29th of May

Our first day of city experience. After all the waiting and excitement, the day had finally come. Once we got into the city we went to Parliament where we got the chance to be fully informed about the government and political issues. Here we went into a variety of rooms to be taught about the different things that occurs and the positions people play. After that we were able to have a break for lunch and were allowed to wonder the city on our own for a bit. Next we walked to the Mary Mackillop Heritage Centre. Whilst there the Sisters furthered our knowledge about our patron saint Mary Mackillop.

Tuesday the 30th of May

Day 2 started with the Shrine of Remembrance. Here the volunteers gave us an insight into the World War 1. We got the chance to see some artefacts that were used, uniforms that were worn and images of people who fought. We were also lucky enough to be a part of a small, reverent ceremony to acknowledge those who lost their lives for us. After that we had time to work on our PBL projects. Today our group put in money to make our own care packages to give to the homeless. They were all very grateful and their expressions of gratitude touched us deeply. To end the day, we went on the LOTE Walk.

Wednesday the 31st of May

Day 3 began with an opportunity to work on our PBL projects and eat lunch. Then we walked to the offices of The Big Issue, a company that try to help the homeless and disadvantaged. We were also lucky enough to hear the story of a homeless man whose life took a turn for the worse but managed to get help from organisations including The Big Issue. Finally, we finished the day with Urban Scrawl. During this, we walked to popular lane ways to see the amazing street art.

Thursday the 1st of June

Day 4 was the Mary Mackillop walk. We visited many of the different places that had a connection to our patron saint. Sr Rita guided us to see various statues of the saint and buildings that were significant to her life. The second activity planned for the day was Magistrates Court. The security system there was very strict and we had to follow lots of rules when we entered the court rooms. This was an eye opening experience, listening to people’s stories and learning how the justice system works.

Friday the 2nd of June

The week had come and gone so very quickly. The last day had arrived and we started it off with PBL time. Next we had the Immigration Museum. We had the chance to wonder through and learn about the different groups that immigrated into Australia, so many artefacts throughout the museum that represented Australian history. Our final activity was ACMI. We explored the history of moving images, we were able to play many games and had a great time. After a great but tiring week we can honestly say that our city experience will never be forgotten.

Jessica and Rachelle 9B


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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

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CSEF 2017 Application Form



Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term Two: 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