Newsletter - Volume 13 - 7th September 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Staff Changes

Mr Ernie Pisani is taking the next five weeks as long service leave and we wish him well for his break and travels.  As a result, Mr Stuart Harrison has been appointed as Acting Deputy Principal: Head of the Broadmeadows campus and Mr Robert Dullard as Acting Deputy Principal: Head of the Glenroy campus for the next five weeks.  Both are very competent leaders within their own right and I have the utmost confidence that they will perform the role very well.

Staff Spirituality Day

On Monday August 28, all staff met at St George’s Chaldean Church for our Staff Spirituality Day.  The morning sessions involved a focus on staff wellbeing led by guest presenter, Mr Mark Bunn. Mark understands the difficulties facing workers and organisations today – high stress, poor sleep, negativity, poor work-life balance, low motivation and workplace morale. Mark’s unique blend of both Eastern and Western health-science uses the secrets of the world’s healthiest, longest-living people and highest performing professional people, to help overcome these issues with simple, down-to-earth solutions that audiences love.

In the afternoon staff chose two of six workshops which investigated different aspects of spirituality.  The workshops included Spirituality and the Labyrinth with Sr. Rita Malavisi, Mystics and an evolving spirituality with Jack Stammers, The Spirituality of the Scot’s (Mary Mackillop’s Heritage) with Sr Audrey Thomson, The Magis – The Spirit of Future Leadership with Deborah Kent, Lifting our spirits through music with Dennis Alberto and An experience of Christian Meditation with Mirella Pace.

Josephite Exchange

On Thursday August 24 and Friday August 25 we hosted one of our Josephite schools from South Australia, Mt Carmel College at Rosewater. The visit involved 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. Unfortunately, Mr Carmel College proved too strong on the second day after scores were locked at 4 all after the first day and ran out convincing winners 10-4 overall.The visit was certainly a great success and I want to congratulate all students who were involved for their participation and behaviour throughout the two days of the Josephite exchange. The staff from Mt Carmel College spoke very highly of our students and staff, and once again I felt proud to be a member of this community. Many staff and students were involved in the preparations for the visit and I want to thank all of them, and especially Mr Brett Dickinson and Ms Kathryn Ennor for all their work in the overall organisation of this visit. 

Father’s Day Breakfast

In our setting – a coeducational school in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs, we are ever conscious of the impact we, as adults have on our young people. The influence that parents have on shaping their children is paramount and the second greatest influence usually comes from the teachers that young people have during their schooling. The opportunity to bring Dads and their children together is something which the College values enormously.

The evidence suggests that as Dads, we must ensure that we do find time to be with our sons and daughters and to take an active and genuinely interested role in their lives. I thank all those Dads who attended our Father’s Day breakfast on Friday September 1 and hope that all of our Dads and families enjoyed a great Fathers’ Day!

I have been fortunate to have my father be a strong and positive influence throughout my entire life. My father is from the era where men were seen as the provider and nurturing children was seen as the mother’s role. My father, whilst an extremely intelligent man, left school at the age of 15 to begin an apprenticeship as a butcher. Unfortunately, he lost both of his parents within a 6 month period whilst he was still aged 14. As a result, Dad always found it difficult to express his emotions particularly love. That is not to say that he didn’t love me or my siblings, he just wouldn’t say it. He demonstrated his love on a regular basis to all within the family but found it difficult to say. Fortunately, with the addition of grandchildren, he has become much better at verbally expressing his love. This is something that I am conscious of with both my son and daughter and I try to express my love to them on a daily basis. Sometimes too regularly if you ask them!

Year 7 Enrolments 2019

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2019 closed on Friday August 25.  A number of families applied after the close of enrolment last year and it makes it very difficult to accurately plan for the following year so I ask that you submit your enrolment as soon as possible.  Often families assume that we know that there is a younger sibling but I would be very disappointed if one of our existing families missed out on an enrolment due to not submitting their enrolment in a timely manner.

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 thank the families that completed this survey and a reminder that all families who complete the survey go into a draw for a $250 family fee discount. The feedback that you provide in these surveys will determine our future improvement goals and help us to plan for future school improvement. 

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 behaviour.  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 behaviour 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 lifestyle 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


I have included a reflection given by a staff member at our staff briefing on Friday as there is a truth within the reflection that resonated with me.


When I was 4 years old I thought, “My Daddy can do anything.”

When I was 5 years old I told my friends, “My Daddy knows a whole lot.”

When I was 6 years old I told my best friend, “My Dad is smarter than your Dad.”

When I was 8 years old I thought, “My Dad doesn’t know exactly everything.”

When I was 10 years old I thought, “In the olden days when my Dad grew up, things were sure different.”

When I was 12 years old I told myself, “Well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.”

When I was 14 years old I told my friends, “Don’t pay any attention to my Father. He is so old fashioned.”

When I was 21 years old I said of my father, “Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date.”

When I was 25 years old I thought, “Dad knows a little bit about it, but he should he has been around for so long.”

When I was 30 years old I said to my friends, “Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all he has had a lot of experience.”

When I was 35 years old my mantra was: “I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.”

When I was 40 years old I would ask myself, “I wonder how Dad would handle this? He is so wise and has a world of experience.”

When I  was 50 years old I said to myself, “I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learnt a lot from him.”

Office Closure

Reminder: On Friday 22nd September the school office will be closed due to Staff Professional Learning Day.

This is also a STUDENT FREE DAY with the exception of some students coming in to complete assessments. 

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 13

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 13

From our Youth Ministers, James and Gilbert Mein

On the 24th of August, Penola welcomed our Adelaide sister school, Mount Carmel College to our hometown for the annual Josephite exchange. To kick off this event, we celebrated a mass at the Broadmeadows campus’ chapel together. It was fantastic to see the unity of the …

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Father's Day Breakfast

On Friday 1st September, we hosted our annual Father’s Day breakfast. It was very uplifting and moving to see up to 3 generations of some families sharing breakfast together and mingling with other parents and staff. Breakfast was followed by a presentation by Robbie Ahmat, a former Collingwood and Sydney Swans AFL player. Robbie spoke about his journey from a family of 8 in Darwin to an AFL club in Melbourne and the steep learning curve that awaited him. Through his whole talk, the message he constantly reiterated to the students was that respect and education were the most important things. He pointed out that 20,000 players nominate for the AFL each year and only 8 make it therefore a backup plan is essential and that if you have an education, you can do anything. It is no different to what we try and impart to our students but sometimes it may resonate with them better to hear it from someone they may think only needs to be able to play footy. Robbie works with juvenile offenders at Parkville and also spoke about how many of them do not have an education or the support structures in place to help them stay on track and to choose friends wisely as the juvenile offenders commonly realize that their outside friends often do not care about them on the inside, only when they’re on the outside getting up to no good with them. Through it all, he spoke of the importance of respect towards parents, teachers, other students, family, strangers and what a better place the world would be if we all loved and respected one another.

As you would appreciate, an event like this requires a lot of organisation and helpers. A big thank you to all the maintenance staff, the Remar students and the many staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who were on deck before 7.00am to set up, cook and serve. It takes a village to raise a child!

 Mrs Xidias


Languages Week – Broadmeadows Campus

Quizzes, music, restaurant, food, Italian Immigration Museum, year 10 Japanese excursion and many other experiences were a highlight of Languages Week this year. The week ran from 14th to 18th August, with some activities taking place outside that week.

A highlight of the week is traditionally the year 9 Languages Banquet. Students set up a restaurant in the ASH and taste food from each of the language countries – Sushi, Lasagna and Eclair au chocolat. In addition, there are many prizes to be won, individual and table quizzes, tongue twisters and lots of laughter and fun.

Berthe Mouchette French Speaking Competition.

During the week, the VCE French students took part in the Berthe Mouchette Competition run by the Alliance Française de Melbourne. Students must complete  4 minutes of General Conversation and 5 minutes Discussion in French. We were very pleased with our results and particularly congratulate Thomas Morrison and Alessia Licitra of Year 11 who were both selected as Finalists. They will be attending the Alliance Française on Sunday 10th September to participate in the finals. Bonne chance!!



Congratulations to the 230 Year 7-12 students at Penola Catholic College who participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Results of the competition were very pleasing. One student received a certificate of High Distinction, 15 students received a Certificate of Distinction, 58 achieved a Credit and 71 achieved a Proficiency Certificate.

All entrants received at least a Certificate of Participation and an individual performance report.

Thomas Morrison from Year 11 received a High Distinction (top 2% in the state)

Nathan Gallagher from Year 10 received the Best in School Award for having the best standardised score.

The following students received Distinctions (top 15% in the state)


Year 7              Rithin Rakes, Jimmy Vu, Anthony Nguyen-Juico, Emre Cosgun,

                         Hayden Coulson, Callum Lasslet

Year 8              Emily Collings, Jamie Lang, Ian Nguyen, Sanka Marasinghe, Eric Nguyen

Year 9              Samuel Tunnacliffe

Year 10            Nathan Gallagher, Thiran Nalawattage

Year 12            Adrian Alessio



I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of all Maths Staff to wish students in Year 12 Further Maths, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths all the very best as they conclude their academic year and begin a rigorous study routine. I encourage students to prepare well for their practice exams in the second week of the holidays, as this will place them in good stead as they continue to prepare for their final exams and will ensure that they perform to the best of their ability.


The Lort Smith Excursion

The Lort Smith was an organised Excursion to volunteer our time to the animals that were in the shelter due to difficult circumstances they had experienced. The animals were either waiting to be adopted or waiting to have surgery in order to be healthy for their new families when they would be up for adoption.

Who was involved in the excursion? Chloe, Chanel, Jaina, Taylah, Shauna & Evett.

What was involved before the excursion was to proceed?

Before the excursion had happened, as a team we needed to create ideas of what to make to the abandoned animals at the shelter. Not only did we want to visit the beautiful animals, we wanted to also donate toys to them to ensure that these animals were not only having a place to live with food and water, but will also be occupied in the shelter for the meantime before they are adopted by the community.

The materials that we used for the toys, were old scrapped unused materials that were cut offs, from the textiles room. This encouraged us even more to recycle materials that had no purpose, being able to give them new life which would much appreciated by the animals and the staff that we had given to the ‘Lort Smith’.

When was this organised? When did it happen?

This excursion was slowly being organised as group before the end of term 2, this is where we were gathering ideas of where to go and what to do. Until we had firmly decided to go the Lort Smith, as we are all strong animal lovers and thought it would be a great idea to go to the Animal Hospital, as we would love to see the joy of animals faces when we would be visiting them and donating our handmade toys. 

After the two week holidays term 3 had commenced and we were still confirming dates by the teachers to ensure everything was done properly that way there was no disagreements by the staff at school.

Once we had confirmed the day for the 25th of August 2017, we called the ‘Lort Smith’ to confirm everything was fine on their behalf, which it was and by then the excursion was proceeded.  

Why did we choose the ‘Lort Smith’?

We had chosen to visit the Lort Smith to try and have an impact on an animal as we are all animal lovers, this wasn’t a huge impact but the thought of making toys for them would have been a light to them when the animals are in the shelter by themselves at night. By this one small act that the girls and I decided to do for the animals is a great start to increase many others within the community to do the same.

During the Excursion –

Once we arrived at the Lort Smith Hospital we checked in at the reception and we were then approached by a young lady that was kind enough to do a tour for us of the different parts of the hospital. The lady spoke about the animal’s background situations of entering the Lort Smith, why they were either in there or how they got there. This was a very educational tour and was very enjoyable seeing all the animals and finding out history whether they came from an abusive family, or they owner wasn’t able to look after them due financial funds or they may have become really sick, for example an owner was unable to take care of his dog no longer as he was diagnosed with cancer and had not much time left which is quite devastating for both the animal and the owner. 


Hokusai Exhibition, NGV International

“Katsushika Hokusai is regarded as one of the most influential and creative minds in the history of Japanese art. His unique social observations, innovative approach to design and mastery of the brush made him famous in Edō-period Japan and globally recognised within a decade of his death.”

On Monday 4 September, the Year 10 Japanese class took a day trip to the National Gallery of Victoria to experience the Hokusai exhibition. A short bus trip delivered us just behind the Gallery. Walking into the exhibition through the school entrance, we were greeted with a modern, industrial lobby, from which we were led up a set of stairs and into a classroom.

A presentation took place with two speakers, one of whom explained the life of Hokusai, his career, aspirations and a fraction of his works. The speaker then went to explain to us some general facts and information about the Edō-period in Japan and how modern society differs from that period. The second presenter continued to explain a set of paintings, however in Japanese. This gave us the opportunity to learn a handful of new words and phrases, as well as to practising our existing knowledge.

We then proceeded to tour the exhibition, and Hokusai’s amazing artworks. Almost 200 unique and individual paintings lined the walls of about six rooms. These paintings were from a range of his series, including ‘The 36 Views of Mount Fuji’ and ‘Forty-Seven Rōnin’. One collection which garnered a large audience was the ‘100 Ghost Stories’. Through his brush, Hokusai birthed multiple sets of manga (comics), which we had the privilege to see first-hand. The pictures and books were kept in glass cases to increase their longevity. Katsushika Hokusai’s most popular work, ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa’ was in full view in the last room of the showcase. Two copies of the painting were hung together in the centre of a large, black wall. Being such an iconic photo, it amassed the greatest crowd, which unfortunately directed us to the end of the exhibition.

Vincent Bui 10G


The Hokusai Exhibition was a great experience and gave us great insight into the life of Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist, Ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period.  We reflected briefly on wood block printing and the Edo period, being the Tokugawa rule between 1603 – 1868. It was fascinating.

The purpose of the Exhibition was to learn in further detail about Hokusai as an artist, not only about his most famous paintings but also to notice all the intricate details in the artwork that he produced. Attending the Hokusai Exhibition and seeing Hokusai’s incredible work, deepened our cultural awareness. Not only did we discuss in detail about Hokusai and his life in the 1 hour discussion session, but we also had the opportunity to experience his paintings in real life on the walls of the exhibition. すばらしかったです。

Teigan McLean 10A. 


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


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