Newsletter - Volume 9 - 22nd June 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

AJASS Conference

Last week I attended the annual AJASS conference in Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney.  It was a great opportunity to learn from colleague principals and leaders who are also working in Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools.  There are currently 36 schools throughout Australia and New Zealand who have joined AJASS in an attempt to understand the Josephite charism and live it out within today’s context.

Sr Monica Kavanagh, the Congregational leader for the Sisters of St Joseph, spoke at our AJASS Conference last week.  She placed a number of challenges before us as to the role and function of AJASS.  Some of her questions included:

How important is AJASS to you as a principal of a school in the Josephite tradition?

What does AJASS mean for you, our staff and our school community?

How would you describe the purpose of AJASS in 2017?

What makes AJASS different to other educational organisations to which we belong?

What have been the greatest benefits for our school community belonging to AJASS?

How do you see AJASS’s on-going direction and future? 

What is the on-going relationship between AJASS and the Sisters of St Joseph?

The ongoing question for us is how to witness the Gospel news through the Josephite charism to the students entrusted to our care.  I found these days challenging as I listened to how these remarkable women, the Sisters of St Joseph, were answering God’s call. 


Work Experience

Thanks to our Careers staff for their tireless work in assisting over 280 Year 10 students with work placements in the week of May 23 – May 27.  Thanks also to staff who took the time to visit a number of students within their work placements during this time.  Many favourable comments have been received from employers and the wider community regarding the positive impact that many of our students had within their work placement.  As a school community it is great to receive these comments as often we only hear negative comments regarding the youth of today, but it is great that the community gets to see the wonderful young people that we deal with daily, in action.  More information regarding this week of work experience will be contained within the Newsletter.


Last Wednesday, 14 June the Senate committee examining the Quality Schools package handed down its report. On Thursday, 22 June both the Senate and the House of Representatives are set to rise for Parliament’s long winter break. The Government may try to force its legislation through the Parliament before then. I have provided a fact sheet about the inequities of SES funding produced by the CECV which outlines the concerns surrounding funding according to SES.

Click on this link to access the information.


We are looking forward to enjoying the production of “Cinderella” which will be presented over three evenings from Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th August in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium at 7.30pm. There is a matinee session on Saturday 5th August starting at 2.00p.m. as well. Students and staff, under the direction of Ms Catherine Hosking, have been working hard for many months now in preparation for what promises to be an outstanding series of performances.  We wish them well and I encourage students and families to support them by your attendance.

Vocal Festival at Gladstone Park Secondary College

Last Wednesday, June 14 our annual Vocal Festival was held at Gladstone Park Secondary College.  This was a fantastic night where our Junior and Senior choirs had the opportunity to perform along with a range of our talented solo vocalists.  The talent on display was fantastic and I am constantly in awe of the talents of all of our students, in this case our vocalists.  Special thanks to Mr James Maddocks, Head of Performing Arts, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Richard Linton, Mrs Dianne Lee and Miss Susan Hull our vocal teacher for their efforts in preparing the students for this event.

End of Term

Students will be dismissed on Friday 30th June at 3.30pm.  Classes for Term 3 resume at 8.40am on Monday 17th July.

I hope that the holiday period provides some respite from the normal busyness of life and that students and staff return refreshed for the new term.

Let us give thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts of the second term and the first semester. This week the Church celebrates 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.

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.

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

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 9

We are well into Semester Two now and the new semester brings with it new opportunities for a fresh beginning. It brings with it a variety of exciting events that will take place next term. Transition programs, Mary Mackillop Day, the Student Leadership program, the annual College production are a small sample of the events that the college is gearing …

Read more.


Flexi Schools – Cashless Canteen System

Penola Catholic College is in the process of introducing a cashless canteen system called Flexi Schools for both our Broadmeadows and Glenroy Campus College Canteens.  Over this term we have been trialling the new system with teaching staff. We hope to phase this new system in for students from the start of Term 3. We anticipate all going well we may be totally cashless  by Term 4. This new system allows you to order your lunch online prior to 11.00am daily. Parents can load up their students ID card through the Flexi School System and students will use their ID card for purchasing. Parents can also set up lunch orders and views their student purchases and balance.

Please click the link below and follow instructions to sign up or head straight to their website.

Flexi Schools Instructions


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. 

Careers Expo / Senior Programs Evening (Tuesday 25th July)

A quick note to advise that there will be some Tertiary Providers who will be staying back from the Day/Expo in order to meet and speak with Parents prior to the Senior Programs Evening.

The Providers will be available until approx. 6:30 pm on this evening and will be located in the FASH.

Please utilise the time either prior to, or after your Child’s specific year level presentation to come and speak to representatives from RMIT, Melbourne University, Kangan TAFE, Deakin and Monash Universities.


Penola Sport Facebook Page 



Penola Catholic College introduces our 2017 production, Cinderella.
Click the link below to secure your tickets now. 






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 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