Newsletter - Volume 12 - 24th August 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Prayer for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Last Tuesday August 15, 2017 was the Feast of the Assumption.  I have included a prayer for the Assumption of Mary

Woman of Listening,

Mary, woman of listening, open our ears;

Grant us to know how to listen to the word of Jesus among the thousands of words in this world;

Grant that we may listen to the reality in which we live, to every person that we encounter,

Especially those who are poor, in need, in hardship.

Mary, woman of decision, illuminate our mind and our heart, so that we may follow the word of your son Jesus;

Give us the courage to decide, not to let ourselves be dragged along, letting other direct our life.

Mary, woman of action, obtain that our hands and feet move “with haste” towards others.

To bring them the charity and love of your son Jesus, to bring the light of the Gospel to the world, as you did.



School Improvement Surveys

Annually, Insight SRC and the Catholic Education Office Melbourne support schools to conduct their School Improvement Surveys (SIS).  These surveys have been distributed to all families and they aim to identify factors that contribute to the organizational health of our school and provide valuable information about future planning and ongoing improvement. I encourage all families to complete the surveys. The feedback that you provide in these surveys will determine our future improvement goals and help us to plan for future school improvement. 

Mary MacKIllop Day

St Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint and patron saint of Penola Catholic College. We recently celebrated St Mary MacKIllop Day on Tuesday August 8, 2017 which is the anniversary of Mary’s death on August 8, 1909.  The day was a great celebration and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  It began with a mass and on behalf of the Penola community I would like to thank those responsible for the organization of the mass.  Thanks to Fr Tony Cox, our College Chaplain who celebrated the mass, thanks to the College Ministry team led by Ms Nicole Allan, the Maintenance Team for the set-up of the ASH, thanks to the Ministry Band for their beautiful singing and music and to staff and students involved as altar servers, readers and Eucharistic Ministers.  I commented to the students afterwards how impressed as I was with their reverential attention throughout the mass which was a reflection that we must being doing something right at Penola! 

I haven’t heard of a final amount of money raised for each of the respective charities as yet but I am confident that our students will have raised a considerable amount of money.  A reminder to all families to return your donations as soon as possible.  I know that a number of the stalls raised a considerable amount and I thank both the staff and students involved with these activities as well as the fundraising conducted prior to Mary MacKilllop Day.  Our students were dismissed at 3.00pm and we opened up the rides to our own families with younger children as well as families from our primary feeder schools.  In total, more than 150 people attended the afternoon session and I thank the staff who volunteered their time to enable this event to take place.

JJAMM Week...

August is always a month of great celebration at Penola as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and spend a week focussing in prayer and activity on the invitations extended to us through the faith filled lives of Mary, JulianTenison Woods and St Joseph. This is affectionately known in many of the 35 Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools (AJJASS) across Australia and New Zealand as JJAMM week and is a wonderful celebration of our Catholic identity as expressed through the Josephite charism.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thanks to the many parents who made the effort to attend our recent Parent Teacher interviews.  I hope that they were informative and that teaching staff were able to highlight the areas where your child is doing well as well as areas for future improvement. This opportunity, scheduled at this time especially for students, reflects the key stage in the academic year for students. We hope the evening provided an opportunity for dialogue for families that enables there to be every opportunity for success for our students between now and the end of their academic year. With semester I reports not far behind us, we are asking students to make their subject choices for 2018. Penola staff are always very enthusiastic about promoting their subject areas and are more than happy to explain, discuss and encourage a student to select a particular course of study.  My advice is to talk with your son or daughter about their strengths and weaknesses.  Discuss their interests and consider possible career options.  Talk to friends, older students, and family who have been through the process.  For our Year 12 students, visit Open Days and most importantly have as many conversations with your teachers as possible.  Staff at Penola are here to help, and it is part of our profession that is most rewarding. Supporting our young students to make considered mature responses which will hopefully influence their futures in a positive way.

Josephite Exchange

On Thursday August 24 and Friday August 25 we will host one of our Josephite schools from South Australia, Mt Carmel College at Rosewater. The visit will involve a number of sporting competitions in sports such as netball, soccer, football, volleyball and basketball.  It also provides an opportunity for our students to engage with students from another Josephite school and get a better understanding of the Josephite charism.

NAPLAN results

I believe that this year’s NAPLAN results are our best ever based upon growth from Years 7 to 9.  We have had better results in individual areas but these are our best results overall and our best ever in Numeracy.  I have listed these results below for our community to view and make their own interpretations.  A score of +4 indicates that our growth was 4 points better than the state whereas a score of -4 indicates that we were 4 points behind the state in terms of growth.

There are a number of messages that we can take from these results but the first is that the more effort we put in the more we improve.  The second is that if you concentrate on doing your best you will often do better than what you thought you could.  The third is that your Postcode does not define you, unless you let it.  One of the ways that you can let it is to give up on yourself by not giving your best.  This allows you to make excuses such as I didn’t really try or no one believed I could do it or I could have done better. I have seen countless examples of extremely successful people from our area who have only been successful because they believe in themselves.

Leadership Assembly

I have included an excerpt from my speech last Friday

I would also like to speak about the potential that is within us all and ways that we can find this potential.  There are a number of you who attended our Annual Awards night last year where Dr Thushara Perera was our guest speaker for the night. Dr Thushara is a past student of this college from where he graduated in 2003. He worked as part of the Bionic Vision team to successfully trial Australia’s first artificial retinal implant (bionic eye). At present, his research focusses on cutting-edge therapies for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.  They insert an electronic patch into the brain and when they turn it on, the tremors which are associated with Parkinson’s disease either reduce or completely disappear.  This allows these people to write, feed themselves and other fine motor skills that their tremor doesn’t currently allow.

Dr Phong Nguyen was a graduate from Penola Catholic College in 2006. He subsequently completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours at Melbourne University.  He has since completed a PhD degree at Monash and is now working as a scientist specifically looking at how to improve regeneration in blood and muscle after injury.  His research has assisted many victims of road trauma and workplace accidents.

There are countless other examples of former students that I could provide that are making a difference in our world today. In fact, later on in this assembly we will hear from a former student, Koky Saly, who is also doing great things. The question you need to ask yourself is why couldn’t it be me!

Koky Saly was born in a temple, converted to a prison for pregnant woman, where they kept his mother. When the war ended his family escaped Cambodia and sought asylum in Australia. He studied at Penola Catholic College graduating in 2000. He studied at RMIT graduating from the Media Arts Honours program in 2004. He was awarded the Emma Hayne Memorial Award acquisitive prize for great potential in photographic art (PSC), named Student of the Year in the Experimental Category by the Victorian Institute of Professional Photography (VIPP) and short-listed for New Photo-Artist of the year by the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP). He has exhibited his work in Australia and internationally including the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Gallery 4A, The Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai) and other amazing places that is now part of another life.

Koky has also built five schools in rural Cambodia, which he continues to support through his work with BabyTree Projects which is a non-profit organisation he founded in 2007. In 2012, he was awarded the RMIT SEEDS Fellowship. In 2013, he was awarded the RMIT Social Impact grant worth $15,000 for his BeeKeeper pitch. In 2014, he launched Beekeeper (a fashion and accessory social business) through a crowd funding campaign raising over $37,000. He also finalised his Masters of International Development studies at RMIT, graduating in 2014. BeeKeeper Parade is now a sustainable and successful social business.

Koky believes in freedom, in difference, in a sense of humour, and in finding beauty in the smallest things and happiness. Koky spoke about four things that all great leaders possessed, namely;

• The power of imagination

• The ability to change the world resides in all of us but in some it lays dormant.

• True courage is required to succeed.

• Promise keeping is essential.

I wish you well for the remainder of the term, Particularly the Year 12 students with less than 8 weeks of timetabled classes before exams.  A reminder to all students studying at Units 3 & 4 level that the compulsory practice exams will occur in the second week of the holidays and this provides you with the best possible preparation for your final exams in late October and November.


A final reminder that online subject selections close today for our Year 8 students, this Monday for our Years 10 & 11 students, next Friday for our Year 9 students and the following Monday for our Year 7 students. 


Tips on how to be a top role model

No matter what young people might say, parents and care givers are still the most influential role models in their lives.  Children learn how to behave from the people closest to them.  This includes how they deal with their emotions and cope with stress and anger and how they relate to others socially.  It also teaches them how to empathise with others and what is appropriate behavior.  This is a very important message given the potential stresses that come out of trying to make long term decisions such as future career pathways.

As they get older and become more independent, it is important not to underestimate the importance of being a good role model.  Having a strong healthy relationship with a young person will help them navigate the danger years when alcohol, drugs, risky behavior and peer pressure are also vying for their attention.

• Show support: as teenagers get older they still turn to their parents for advice. Show you support and trust their decisions and they will be more likely to come to you for advice and let you know what is going on in their lives.

• Get involved: try to stay involved in a teenager’s life, share their interests and ask about their friends.  Teenagers are most likely to choose friends who are like them, so encourage good values from a young age.

• Do what you say: if you are asking a young person to respect certain rules and a life style make sure you stick to it as well.  Show them you have confidence in who you are and what you believe in.

• Healthy lifestyle: demonstrating good eating habits and a positive attitude to your body willhelp young people feel positive about their own body image and be more accepting of their body shape.  It also emphasizes having a healthy body rather than striving for the external stick thin images portrayed by the media.

• Exercise regularly: this encourages teenagers to do the same.  This gets them out of the house and away from the computer and other social media that can take up so much of their time.  It also gives them a different outlook and perspective on life and encourages social interaction with others through team sports.

• Life is about learning: show that you enjoy learning and that you are not frightened to try something new.  This can be in both formal and informal education.  Show that sometimes things need a bit of work and sticking at before you get results.

• Look on the bright side of life: an optimistic attitude and positive outlook in life will develop a sense of ‘can do’ in a teenager rather than ‘what’s the point’. This is an important skill for them to develop and helps build their resilience and self-confidence.

• It’s alright to make mistakes: the important thing here is how you handle them.  Everyone makes mistakes and the key point is for a young person to know that this is how we learn. Take responsibility for your actions and talk about how they can be corrected.

• Do unto others: Teenagers will treat people with respect and kindness if it is shown to them first. Talk to them about social issues and point out positive role models in the media (e.g. Nelson Mandela) and inspiring historical role models (e.g. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa).

• Problem solving: try to demonstrate how to solve problems in a calm and productive way (listen and think calmly, consider options and other people’s needs, find constructive solutions and, sometimes, work towards compromises). Getting angry when things don’t go well doesn’t help teach a child how to handle a situation when it doesn’t quite go the way they had planned.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 12

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 12

From the Faith and Mission Team From our Youth Ministers, James and Gilbert Mein Youth Ministry always continues at Penola, for both our past a current students!! Firstly, a huge thank you to the College’s Ministry Band for their efforts during the Mary MacKillop Feast Day. Our students amazingly enhanced the experience of Mass for our staff and students, leading …

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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

  Penola Catholic College is committed to continual improvement to ensure we live out our Mission to provide a high quality, holistic education to our students. The School Improvement Framework of the Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) has two purposes: to satisfy the expectations of government and sector authorities about accountability for the outcomes of schooling; and to assist schools and …

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Father’s Day Breakfast

On Friday, 1st September between 8.00am and 10.30am, Penola Catholic College is hosting its annual Father's Day Breakfast. 

Please click the invitation below for information on how to attend.

Father's Day Breakfast Invitation


PCC Student Dress Code

The Penola Catholic College Dress Code can be found on pages 16-18 of the Planner. Thank you to the majority of students who are following our College Dress Code. However, there are a number of students who continue to defy or challenge our rules in the areas of PE uniform, jewellery, shaving and hairstyles.

To summarise the main issues:


With the cold winter weather, a number of students have been wearing the Sports Uniform as an alternative to the College winter uniform. A reminder that students are only permitted to wear the Sports Uniform for PE and for some other practical classes in a small number of subjects as directed by the teacher: Dance, VET Outdoor Education, Exercise Science and Community Recreation.

Students are not permitted to wear alternative items to the prescribed Sports Uniform. Some students have been wearing black track pants, fleecy track pants, etc. If students cannot wear the Penola Sports Uniform, they are required to wear the FULL WINTER uniform and change into the Sports Uniform at school. Non-permitted uniform items are not permitted to and from the College. Students will be required to work in Time Out if they wear non-permitted items of clothing to the College. A note will not excuse the student wearing incorrect items of clothing as the students are asked to wear the winter uniform if they cannot wear the full Sports Uniform.

The Sports Uniform comprises of a Rugby Top, Polo Top, Shorts or Tracksuit with maroon trim, white socks and proper footwear such as Cross Trainers or Running Shoes.


The only jewellery permitted is a watch, one pair of gold or silver studs or sleepers in the ear lobe and a small silver or gold cross on a matching chain. No other items of jewellery are permitted, even if covered. Non permitted items of jewellery will be confiscated and returned at the end of the term.


Boys are required to be clean shaven. Unshaven boys will be asked to shave at the office. If a student is asked to shave on 2 occasions, he will be issued with a lunchtime detention. On the 3rd time, the student will be sent home.


The College expects students’ hair to be neat and tidy. Students’ hair should be off the face and tied back if collar length or longer. Flamboyant hairstyles or unnatural hair colouring are not permitted. Students are not permitted to shave their heads. A number 1 haircut is the shortest permitted.

The aim of the uniform policy at Penola Catholic College is to support and reinforce the strong positive profile and reputation of this school in the wider community, and to foster a strong sense of student identity and pride in the school. Parent support in achieving this for the benefit of all students is appreciated.

Mrs. Angela Xidias
Coordinator of Students
Broadmeadows Campus


Languages Week Glenroy

7A & 7H had the wonderful opportunity to attend the French incursion and learn loads about the French culture, while still having fun! The incursion including songs with French instruments, sing-a-long songs, awesome dances that everybody joined in, and best of all, a real mime artist! He mimed to us many adventures and soon had all of us laughing, he was very convincing indeed! Overall, it was an amazing and educational experience.

Tina Khateri

On Monday the 14th August, Year 7 classes studying Italian in Semester 2 watched the incursion called ‘Mission Gnocchi’ performed by the company La Comica Variety Productions. The play went like this - once Mario had explained to James that they were making Gnocchi they put the aprons on, their Italian chef hats’ on their heads and then they got to work. They started off with making the dough. As Mario was ready to start mixing, he asked James to get a spoon from the kitchen which was behind the stage but instead of getting a normal mixing spoon, James got one of the biggest spoons you have ever seen! Once the dough was made, Mario started turning the dough into gnocchi by using a fork but James was trying to make the situation harder than it needed by bringing in useless cooking utensils! Once they had started chopping the rolled out dough into gnocchi sized pieces, some dough made its way into the crowd. Once the gnocchi were all cut, it was put into a pot while singing the gnocchi song during the process. After this they went out the back to cook the gnocchi and that was the end of the incursion. I enjoyed this incursion because of the amusement that the two presenters gave all of the students studying Italian during Semester 2. What a way to learn about gnocchi! On one final note, I would like to thank all of the Italian Teachers for a wonderful job they did to organise the incursion for us.

By Angus Drenen 7I

On Wednesday, 16th August, the Italian classes in year 8 experienced an incursion that made Italian history and general knowledge exciting and fun. We learnt hand gestures, how to properly prepare pizza and pasta the Italian way, stereotypes of Italians and how to translate songs into feelings. The instructors from MUSA demonstrates dances and basic calls that Italians would use to communicate if they didn’t know one or the other regional language. There were also fun activities to quiz our knowledge and pizza coupons were awarded to those who got the answer.

Breannon Davids 8F

Japanese Incursion – Sushi Making Demonstration

On Thursday 17th of August, the year 8 Japanese classes had the opportunity to learn how sushi is made. Ito Sensei, the sushi chef taught the components of sushi. After all the ingredients were prepared, he taught us how to roll up the sushi. After Sensei had made about three rolls he let some of the students attempt to make a sushi roll. Later we all ate the sushi rolls. After were received an Obento Box with Onigiri (Seasoned Rice Ball), Katsu (Deep Fried, Crumbed Pork), Futomaki (Big Seaweed Roll with Vegetables), Tori Tebayaki (Chicken Wing in Teriyaki Sauce) and Yakisoba (Fried Noodles with Vegetables). It was delicious and all student enjoyed the experience and food.

Archibald Brownett 8E

Japanese Incursion – Year 7 Manga Drawing

Monica and I are here to tell you a little bit of our Japanese incursion we did on Thursday 17th August in period 6. 7G took part on drawing Manga (Cartoon Drawing) with a lady called Leah. We had a chance to learn how to draw cartoons and was able to design a character we liked. We had many different options to choose from to draw and they were all really cool.

At the start of the lesson we were given a piece of white paper and Leah explained what it is and how to do it. She told us the good thing was even if you are not good at drawing or you like to make things perfect Manga doesn’t have to be perfect. This was so much fun and my class and I really enjoyed taking part.

Esther Plochino and Monica Pham in 7G 


Parish Day

On Friday 11th August, all year 8 students had the opportunity to attend their local Parish and spend the morning there engaging in various activities. I along with eighteen students visited Good Shepherd Parish, Gladstone Park. In the morning students experienced the Holy Rosary followed by Mass. They later participated in group activities. We would like to thanks all the people involved on the day for making us feel very welcomed.

Anisa Shllaku
Year 8 Year Level Coordinator
Languages Coordinator, Glenroy

The year 8 students were introduced to a new religious experience called Parish Day. On this day, all us students went to our Parishes in the morning, and were involved in mass and a series of activities. I myself went to the Good Shepherd, as that is my parish, and I had a great time. The people were all very nice and welcoming, and overall it was very interesting. We learnt about the history of the Church, took part in some games and even went to mass. Going to mass with the school was very different to going with our families, as we all sat at the front as a group and felt as though father was talking just to us. Overall, Parish day was a good day. Parish day gave me a new perspective of Church.​

Mikaela Bork 8E


Japanese Club Excursion

On the 18th of August, Ms Irihama and Mr Greatwood took 15 Japanese Club students to a Japanese Restaurant Chiba for lunch as part of Languages Week. A few weeks prior to going to the restaurant, the Japanese Club Students met in the ERC to learn greetings and what conversation goes on at a Japanese Restaurant. The day was here at 12pm we walked to Glenroy Station to catch the train to Moonee Ponds to have lunch at Chiba. Once we arrived at the restaurant we were seated at our table and started off by enjoying Miso Soup with Tofu for entrée. The we started the main course every student got to choose what they were going to have for Main course. I choose the Bento Box with Miso Soup. Other dishes that students had were a plate of Sushi, Yakisoba and Toridon etc. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Then it was time to have desert.  For desert the students had Green Tea ice cream, Banana Tempura and Dorayaki which is Sweet pancake filled with crushed red bean served with fresh fruits and a choice of vanilla, green-tea of black sesame ice cream. Then unfortunately it was time to go back to school so we hoped on the Train once we got back to Glenroy station it started raining luckily earlier when we were at the restaurant Mr Greatwood organised a Penola Catholic College bus to pick us up from the station on behalf of all the students that went on the excursion. We would like to say thank you to Mr Greatwood for not making us walk back to school in the pouring rain. The Japanese Club excursion is one of my highlights so far this year I really enjoyed it as did the other 14 students that came. On behalf of all of the Japanese club students I would like to say thank you to Miss Irihama and Mr Greatwood for taking us on the excursion.

By Angus Drenen 7I


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. 


Penola Sport Facebook Page 



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