Newsletter - Volume 14 - 21st September 2017

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 Principal: Chris Caldow


Staff Changes

Mr Jason Hussey will commence four weeks of long service leave at the beginning of next term.  Mr Troy Jacuta has been appointed to replace Mr Hussey during this time.  Ms Megumi Irihama is taking all of Term 4 as long service leave and Ms Angela Villella has been appointed to replace her.  Mrs Bridie Wallace will commence Maternity leave at the end of this term and Mr John McKay has been appointed to replace her.  Ms Andrea London will commence her maternity leave at the beginning of next term and Mr Dion Hughes will replace her for Term 4.  Ms Elaine Georges will commence her maternity leave at the end of this term and will be replaced by Ms Melissa Vella.  We welcomed back Ms Marian Kolta last week from her maternity leave and I thank Ms Amanda Hawker for her efforts throughout her time with us.  At the beginning of next term, we welcome back Ms Danielle Prescott from her Maternity leave to teach Years 7 & 8 Science and Mr Deveraj Kumar who returns after a term of long service leave.

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 form 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. 

Family School Partnerships

The evidence clearly supports the theory that those parents who are engaged in their child’s learning assist their children in achieving the best outcomes.  It also suggests students who get the most out of schools such as Penola Catholic College, are those who enthusiastically embrace the educational, cultural, sporting and social justice offerings available. One of my starting points for my discussion is the critical way the partnership between family and school develops – and overtime, has a quantum impact on the education of the students. I regularly make the point that school and family must work in close alignment with one another.

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The things we do at school are strengthened if they are in sync with the things that occur at home; and here, I particularly discuss the vital importance of developing right from the beginning, good home study habits, as well as the appropriate and safe use of ICT. For example, I make the point that the application of home study in the junior years can be a bit controversial. In one sense, home study can be a fairly ineffectual activity, inasmuch that it does not greatly impact on the day to day learning of the students – that is, until they reach senior school. However, in another sense, home study is a remarkably valuable activity because of the way effective, productive habits are formed through its regular application. What home study achieves at an early age, is the forming of patterns of behaviour, among them the crucial participation of parents in their learning which reinforces that school and home ‘are one’. But as well as this, learning regularity, self-discipline and steady application become acquired skills that translate into embedded habits for later years.

We have a very strong commitment to developing learning programs that are highly engaging for students and call them to have levels of independence, creativity and critical thinking that expand their mental capacities in all sorts of ways. But there is another side to learning which was once a highly prized dimension of learning but now might be viewed as the poor cousin to this more attractive part of our educational endeavours; and that part of learning is, the steady development of skills and habits of both mind and body. These are capabilities that are slowly absorbed and accrue to develop and deepen the capacity of the students in later years, and for life.

Staff who choose to work in Catholic schools often make a conscious choice to work in this environment.  It is often said that teaching is a vocation which requires equal measures of faith, patience and perseverance.  The reasons why people choose to work within Catholic education are many and varied but I am sure that the Holy Spirit is involved in some of these decisions.  Working in a Catholic school presents many challenges but also many rewards. 

When speaking with prospective staff members, one of the first questions that I ask is why have you chosen to apply for a position at Penola?  This is generally followed by another question such as what does it mean to support the Catholic ethos of a school?

When listening to the responses, I am seeking to get an understanding of the motivations of the prospective staff member as well as the role that faith plays in their own life.  Parents are the primary educators of each child’s faith but we recognise that within Catholic schools, a key role is to help support the students in their own faith journeys. Therefore, the questions about support of the Catholic ethos go to the heart of whether the person applying for the job is aware of the importance of faith development in our students and, more importantly, in their willingness to provide support in this area.


A key element in helping your child to succeed at the College is communication between you and your child’s teachers. While the student diary is the primary means of communication between teachers and families we also encourage other means of communication.  The email addresses of all staff at the College is the first initial of the Christian name followed by their surname, for example Mrs Sue Delaney.  Sue’s email address is sdelaney@penola.vic.edu.au .

We hope that this will further facilitate our ability to work closely with you in catering for the welfare and educational needs of your child.  Your child’s Homeroom teacher should be the first port of call for any enquiries with the school.  Please feel free to make contact with me if you have concerns that are unable to be resolved by your child’s Homeroom teacher, subject teacher, Year Level Coordinators or Head of Campus.

Year 12 Information Night

Thanks to the small number of Year 12 parents who attended the Year 12 Information Night on Wednesday September 6. These are very important occasions and knowing the effort that goes into them by our staff it is disappointing to see so few in attendance. I hope the information you received was positive and will be useful in knowing our expectations for the upcoming weeks and the ways in which the school will acknowledge your sons and daughters as they complete their secondary education.

I would like to publically thank all Year 12 parents for their support of Catholic education and Penola Catholic College.In particular, I would like to thank those parents whose last child is completing their education at Penola Catholic College.  We hope that this is not the end of our association and that you will encourage your children to continue their association with the College through the Collegians association.

I would like to leave you with a poem that has been attributed to Mother Teresa that speaks of the essence of her as a person and is particularly relevant to us all:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 14

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 14

From the Faith and Mission Team From our Chaplain, Fr. Tony Cox A Prayer for the Now: All powerful God , you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.  You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.  Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.  Fill …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 14

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 14

Dear Parents and Guardians, As we approach the end of Term 3, I wish to advise you of the examination dates for Years 7-11, of the changes to the way digital resources will be ordered for Years 7-12 and to announce the winner of the School Improvement Survey parent raffle. I have also commented on the NAPLAN results and a …

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Parent Teacher Student Conferences Years 7 & 8

On Tuesday 10th October, we have our final Parent Teacher Student Conferences for Years 7 & 8 students for the year.  They will run from 4.00pm – 8.30pm at the Junior Campus, Glenroy.  The PTSC provide opportunities to maintain effective communication with your child’s teachers and to discuss your child’s progress, especially in lead up to the forth coming exams.  On Monday 2nd October, MyPenola (parent portal) will open for bookings.  We hope that you have found our Online Continuous Reporting beneficial and that you are logging in on a regular basis to access the valuable feedback given by your child’s teachers.


Health, PE and Outdoor & Environmental Studies week

September 4th to 8th was Health, PE and Outdoor & Environmental Studies week at Penola. During the week there were various activities on offer for  both staff and students to promote healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. Events of the week included staff v student sporting matches, fitness classes, wetlands revitalisation sessions, skateboarding sessions and ride to school day to name just a few. Well done to all students who embraced the various activities during the week in an effort to promote and enhance their physical, social and mental health and wellbeing. Thanks also to all staff involved in the organising of the week.

A reminder to parents and guardians that with term four just around the corner, students are required to adopt Sunsmart behaviours.  The school hat is compulsory for all students in PE classes and the wearing of the hat is also recommended for all lunch and recess break times  during the term.


100 Exhibition

The Visual Art Department is very excited to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in the 100 exhibition; Michelle Pham 12F, Jessica Crumpler 12F and Hannah Emeagi 11E.

100 is an art exhibition profiling Melbourne’s centenarians through portraits created by skilled young artists. The project is about bringing generations together outside the typical family unit, celebrating elders from the community and creating a fun platform for inter-generational exchange.

Our students visited their partnered centenarian and through conversation they got to know one another. The students were given the opportunity to do some initial sketches and ask questions of their centenarian (giving the teenagers an insight to their life and experiences). Following these get-to-know-you sessions the girls had time away to complete their portrait, before it was prepared for display.

100 has engaged 200 participants from 70 Melbourne suburbs, 63 secondary schools and 87 nursing homes.

The exhibition will run from 4-17 October 10am – 5pm, and will be launched on Sunday 8 October at 3.30pm at The Stables @ The Meat Market in Melbourne.

All portraits will be gifted to the centenarians and their families at the close of the exhibition.

We are most proud of Michelle, Jessica and Hannah and look forward to seeing the exhibition.

Thank you

Miss Pascalis


Technology Show 2017 (11-13 October)

You're invited!

Wed 11 October







Finger food & drinks provided


Performing Arts Centre

29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows


Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition 2017 

The Languages Department are thrilled to announce that this year, we had an overall 2nd place winner in the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition. Our students have been participating in this competition for many years in which students select from a range of poems in Italian to recite to a judge from the Dante Alighieri society. It is with great pleasure that we announce that this year, a year 10 student accelerating in year 11 Italian won 2nd place in the category of Italo-Australian students. A big well done to Alessia Viggiano for her commitment to memorising her poem and using excellent pronunciation and intonation. We look forward to participating in the competition next year and hope we can have many more victories, like Alessia's in the coming years. 


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