Newsletter - Volume 11 - 10th August 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Cinderella – College Production

Countless hours of practice and rehearsal has gone into this year’s production “Cinderella”.  My thanks to the staff involved with the production particularly Catherine Hosking, James Maddocks, Simon Greatwood, Richard Linton, Jane Dalli, Sandra Warren, Dianne Lee and Ramona Arney.  I attended the Saturday night session and I was very impressed by the performance.  I thank the student body involved with Cinderella including the cast members, band, backstage and costumes.  I am mindful of the time commitment that this has meant both for our students, staff and also parents as they have had to ferry around their sons or daughters to rehearsals and the like.  I know that the performances are an accurate reflection of the effort, commitment and talents of all those involved. 


Mary MacKillop Day

St Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint and patron saint of Penola Catholic College.  This year we celebrate St Mary MacKillop Day on Tuesday August 8, 2017 which is the anniversary of Mary’s death on August 8, 1909.  Much has been planned for the day and the day has two main purposes.  The first is to celebrate our collective Josephite charism and spirit here at Penola.  This is done through a mass at the beginning of the day and later in the afternoon with rides and stalls.  The second aspect is to raise money for the six year level charities for those less fortunate than ourselves.  The main ways of raising these funds are through donations and then through the fundraising efforts of each homeroom both prior to the day and then on the day through the stalls.  I thank each student and family for supporting those in need through either donations or purchasing items at the various fundraisers that occur.  Donations to the Year Level charities is another way in which we put into practice that famous saying of Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it”. Our College has established a fine tradition of supporting the areas of need that the designated year level charities have identified and I see no reason why 2017 should be any different.


I hope that the day was both successful and rewarding for all.  A reminder that all students are expected to attend and be involved in college activities.  When you sign up for a place at Penola there are a range of different things that you are required to do as a result.  Involvement in whole school activities such as our masses and St Mary MacKillop Day is a non-negotiable.  I ask that you make contact with me directly if you know that your son or daughter was absent on MacKillop Day via email at principal@penola.vic.edu.au

Student Free Day – Tuesday September 5

Staff are currently completely re-writing the Years 7 – 10 Curriculum in preparation for the introduction of the new Victorian Curriculum in 2018.  To enable staff sufficient time to plan together we have decided to make Tuesday September 5 a Student-Free Day for curriculum writing.  Last term we conducted the curriculum writing during term time but it resulted in a number of classes being disrupted due to teacher absence from their regular scheduled classes.  This Student Free Day will provide a greater amount of continuity to student learning, less disruption but also reducing the workload for our hard-working staff. I recognise that this creates an imposition on families and thank you in advance for your ongoing support as we strive to improve student outcomes.


Parent Engagement in Learning

There is a significant amount of research that indicates the greater the level of parent engagement in learning, the better the student results.  Research from John Hattie suggests that when the effect size of effective teachers is complemented with the effect size of engaged parents, the resulting effect size is above 0.8 or two years’ achievement in one.  This suggests that when parents and teachers work together the achievement of all students is greater. Parent participation can be seen as a continuum from involvement to engagement to empowerment.

Statistics taken from our new College website indicate that less than 30% of families open the newsletter every fortnight.  The following strategies are suggested to increase parent engagement.

• Authoritative Parenting – a balance between love and warmth and setting boundaries.

• Know the value of education – parents model the behaviours of successful lifelong learners to their children

• Have high expectations and aspirations – parents hold high expectations for their children, communicate a belief in their potential to achieve and discuss their child’s educational and career aspirations.

• Family-led learning in the home – linking school work with current events, discussing learning strategies with your child and making connections between their current effort and achievement of future goals of employment or further study.

• Becoming engaged and staying engaged throughout their schooling – regular talk about school and the value of learning throughout schooling, particularly at transition points.

• Family-school communication – schooling is relationship based and requires quality two-way communication and meaningful dialogue between home and school.


Senior Programs Evening

Thanks to the many parents of Years 9 & 10 students who attended our Senior Programs Evening on Tuesday July 26. Our statistics indicate that a similar percentage of Year 9 parents turned up as last year but our Year 10 parent attendance was down significantly.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our Parent Teacher Student interviews will take place on Thursday August 17 at both campuses. I hope to see many of you at these interviews to continue to build on our relationship.  Education is a three way partnership between the school, the students and families.  With semester I reports not far behind us, parents are often asking the best way to assist secondary age students with their study. At times (particularly in Years 10-12) the courses are fairly difficult and demanding and parents are not always able to help directly with the content or answers that students are grappling with. However, there are many ways that parents can support students as they prepare for tests and other types of assessment. Perhaps the most helpful is to assist with a structure or method for studying. This ensures that students are not just sitting staring at textbooks or doing their work in front of the TV. One such method is known as the SQ3R method, which stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

Survey - get the best overall picture of what you're going to study BEFORE you study it in any detail. It's like looking at a road map before going on a trip.

Question - ask questions for learning. The important things to learn are usually answers to questions. Questions should lead to emphasis on the what, why, how, when, who and where of study content. Ask yourself questions as you read or study. As you answer them, you will help to make sense of the material and remember it more easily because the process will make an impression on you.

Read - Reading is NOT running your eyes over a textbook. When you read, read actively. Read to answer questions you have asked yourself or questions the instructor or author has asked. Always be alert to bold or italicized print. The authors intend that this material receive special emphasis. Also, when you read, be sure to read everything, including tables, graphs and illustrations. Often times tables, graphs and illustrations can convey an idea more powerfully than written text.

Recite - When you recite, you stop reading periodically to recall what you have read. Try to recall main headings, important ideas of concepts presented in bold or italicized type, and what graphs charts or illustrations indicate. Try to develop an overall concept of what you have read in your own words and thoughts and make connections to things that you already know. When you do this periodically, the chances are you will remember much more and be able to recall material for essays and tests.

Review - A review is a survey of what you have covered. It is a review of what you are supposed to accomplish, not what you are going to do. Rereading is an important part of the review process – it helps you to measure what you have learned and gained from your study. The best time to review is when you have just finished studying something. Don't wait until just before a test or exam to begin the review process.

Is the semester I report still in a prominent place and referred to regularly in order to assist with setting semester 2 learning goals? There is significant research to indicate that the higher the level of parent engagement in their child’s learning, the better the outcomes for these students.  I am keen to hear from parents if there are ways that we can assist you in being engaged in the learning process.  If you have any suggestions please contact me via phone or email principal@penola.vic.edu.au

Students are now able to access their student reports on MyPenola so that they don’t have to rely upon their parents to see their reports. To find their reports, they simply log in to MyPenola and click on the tile on the Student Dashboard titled My Reports.

Phase in of New Uniform

As most parents would be aware, our new uniform has been phased in over a number of years.  2018 is the year where the new uniform must be worn. I have listed the dress code below.



The Dress Code is a detailed written statement of the expectations that the College Board holds with regard to student appearance.

The Dress code applies during College hours (including travelling to and from the College) and when students are engaged in College activities out of College hours, or personal activities whilst wearing the College uniform (medical appointments, shopping, etc.).


The Penola Catholic College Dress Code aims to:

• Accurately reflect the values of the Penola Catholic College community

• Create a sense of collective and individual pride in students and their identification with Penola Catholic College

• Promote a positive College image within the wider community.


Uniform Requirements

All students are required to own and wear the prescribed Penola Catholic College uniform.

Uniforms should be kept clean, pressed and mended, and shoes must be kept clean and polished.  Frayed trouser / tracksuit hems are not permitted.

All items of clothing, including shoes, should be clearly named.

• The new College uniform will be phased in over a number of years; with all students required to be wearing the new uniform for the commencement of the 2017 school year.

• 2017 – Phase 2 : All Years 7, 8 & 9 Students and students NEW to the College must wear the new uniform – existing students in Years 10 – 12 may wear either the original or the new uniform (*).

• Tracksuit pants are optional in Terms 2 & 3.  If tracksuit pants are worn then they must be the College tracksuit pants.

• For 2018, Year 10 students have the option of wearing the blue blazer.  The navy blue blazer will become a compulsory uniform item for Year 10 students in 2019.

Only regulation items of clothing purchased from the authorized College supplier may be worn at the College - (No non College approved garments are to be worn)

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

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

Dear Parents, As we move into the middle reaches of the term, students are diligently engaged in researching and making decisions about program and subject choices for next year. With the recent Careers Expo, the Subject and Program Information sessions and the forth coming course advice sessions, students should be ready to make informed choices for next year. Please contact …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo

SEMESTER ONE REPORTS 2017 The Semester One Reports have been available on the Parent Portal since the 14th of July. They provide a summary of the common assessment tasks completed and information about the students’ work habits displayed in semester one. We expect that students use this information to review their performance in semester one and set new goals for …

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Dante Allighieri Poetry Recital 

On the 28th of June, the Year 11 Italian students were given the opportunity to recite an Italian poem at the University of Melbourne. We were asked to practice one of four poems that would have to be recited in front of a judge who would then decide if we made the finals in the annual Dante Alighieri Poetry Recital Competition. One of our choices was one of the most famous extracts from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. Two of us were brave enough to tackle reciting Dante.

Performing these poems was an incredible experience for us as we were able to conquer something as difficult as reciting a poem in a completely different language. Each of us had our fair share of nerves before it was our turn to recite the poem, however, after getting it over and done with, we felt immensely proud of ourselves.

We are so grateful that we were given this chance to be thrown in the deep end with a fairly challenging task as we learned so many new things about ourselves, such as, being resilient and getting over our nerves. The fact that we were able to speak to a stranger in a foreign language made us realise that we could conquer much more. This was even more stressful for the many of us Year 10 students who are accelerating and therefore competing with Year 11 students studying Italian across the State of Victoria.

During the stay at the University of Melbourne, the staff there made us feel comfortable and the judges themselves were quite friendly and patient. As well as reciting the poem, we were given an outside tour of the colossal university with our teachers who tried to inspire us to aim high! After the tour, we were taken to Lygon Street to have lunch at an Italian restaurant.  We also went to an amazing gelateria for ice-cream.

Overall, we really enjoyed this amazing day and undertaking the task of reciting our poem at the University of Melbourne is an opportunity we will never forget.

Thank you to our Year 11 Italian teachers: Ms. Graziano, Mrs. Grech and Ms. D’Angelo and to Marco Degano, our Language Assistant, for preparing us for the competition and organising the day.

We hope to report that we have some finalists and prize winners next term!

Alessia Vigiano (Year 10 student accelerating in Italian)


ACU excursion

The Language Centre students were taken on an excursion to the Australian Catholic University in July. The students wrote a short account of their adventures.


On Friday 28 0f July we went to ACU by bus from the school. We met two ladies and two students from the ACU. They gave us information about the university and education. After that we met the lecturer in sport science and we tried a few games, for example tests in grip strength, power, jump, reaction and boxing. After when we finished from the sports and science building, we went to had lunch in university’s café. We spent about one hour for lunch, then we walked with one lady and one student around the university. We saw the rooftop area, law courts, nursing area and the statue of Mary Mackillop. Finally the two ladies gave us presents and also they wished for us well for the future, then we went into the bus and returned to the school at 3pm.  

Mena Al-Farjo


On 28th of July, I went with my friends and our teachers to Australia Catholic University. It was a good excursion for us. We set off from our school in Broadmeadows by the school’s bus at 10:00 A.M toward Glenroy, to pick up our friends from the another school, then we continued our way. As soon as we arrived, there were two ladies and two students waiting us. They took us to a room and talked about many things. After that, we went with them to a lecturer in sports science, and it was my favourite part! When we reached to his room, he talked about many things, and showed us tests of grip strength, jumping, power and reaction. All the games were beautiful, but I preferred to play Boxing a lot, because it’s my favourite thing ever! We had lunch in the University Café too, and it was very delicious! When we finished our lunch, they took us in a round to see the university’s parts, we saw the rooftop area, law courts, nursing area and the university library, they were beautiful! After we had finished our excursion, we went back to our school then to home.

Seham Abd Al-maseeh


In the 28th of July, I had excursion to the ACU with my classmates and Glenroy students. At 10:30am we went by bus and took the Glenroy students. When we arrived se met our hosts from the university and two students that gave us a tour in the university. At the beginning they took us to the Sports Science area. We did tests of our grip strength, power, jump and reaction. The thing that I liked most was the practice of power. At 1:30pm we went to the café. They gave each on $15 to buy lunch. When we finished they took us to the rooftop. We could see many things from there because it was high building. We took many photos there because that was fantastic sight. After that we went to the nursing area. In the hospital ward we saw many things. There were dummies, machines and beds. Last place that we went to it was the law courts area. We saw the place of the judge, lawyer and people. It was the area that I liked most. At the end of the day we went to a meeting room. They gave us some presents. We thanked them for that day because they gave us many information and I knew many information about the universities. We took the Glenroy student to their school then we went to our Broadmeadows school. The thing that I liked most was when we met the Glenroy students because I missed them.

Valantina Saadoon 




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From the School Psychologists:

Netflix has released the film To The Bone. This film follows the journey of a 20 year old female who is living with anorexia nervosa. This film could raise concerns for young people, especially those struggling with or who have struggled with body image issues and eating disorders. Please see the attached document that highlights safe viewing and help seeking information. 

Support services available:

If the film raises concerns for you or someone that you know, we encourage you to reach out for support. 

• Penola Catholic College School Psychologists

• Family GP

• Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

• Headspace 1800 650 890

• Eating Disorders Victoria 1300 550 236

• Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 33 4673



St Mary MacKillop Feast Day Celebrations


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

All government and non-government schools in Australia are required to participate in the annual Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection).

This notice contains information to help prepare your school to participate in the 2017 national data collection.

Click here to find out more. 

NCCD Consent Form for parents. 


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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