Newsletter - Volume 16 - 2 November 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Student Free Days this Term

Monday November 6 is a Student Free Day to allow staff to meet together to write the new Victorian Curriculum which will be introduced from the beginning of 2018.  This day will be student free for both campuses.  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.

Friday November 17 is a Student Free Day. This will allow our Senior students (Years 9 - 11) a small break between finishing exams and commencing their Headstart program and allow our staff to have a correction Day to finalise grades. It will also allow our Junior students (Years 7 & 8) a study day prior to their exams on Monday November 20.

Monday November 20 is a Student Free Day for the Broadmeadows campus as a Report Writing Day.

Friday December 1 is a Student Free Day for the Glenroy campus as a Report Writing Day.

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.

Farewell to Year 12 students

As our Year 12 students completed their formal classes with us last week and begin their written exams this week it is fitting that we pay tribute to them in this, their final newsletter, before their final exams finish.  For the vast majority of students, their behavior was impeccable throughout the final week where they completed a range of activities including a College Assembly where they were farewelled by all staff and students, their Year 12 breakfast and dress up morning and the Graduation Mass.  We take this time to reflect on their contribution and achievements over the past six years and celebrate the conclusion of their secondary education.

I take this opportunity of firstly thanking our two College Captains, Darina Carvalho and Stavro Marogi for their leadership of the student body over 2017.  Both of these young people have worked very hard and have made a wonderful contribution this year.  I also thank all of other Year 12 students who have held positions of leadership for their contribution to our Penola community.

I have recently spoken at a Year 12 assembly to highlight to the students the importance of remaining focused on study in the coming weeks as they approach their examinations.  I also highlighted the importance of safety in the post examination celebratory period and to look out for each other during this time to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous incidents. I encourage parents and guardians to discuss this with their children if they are going away with others to celebrate.

I encourage the Year 12 students to become active in the Penola Collegians Association next year so that they may maintain strong links with the College community into the future.  I wish all the Year 12 students every grace and blessing for their future and, in particular, wish them well in the upcoming examination period.

I am sure that all members of our community will keep our Year 12 students in their prayers over the next few weeks.  I have included below an excerpt from my speech at the Graduation Mass

“…As parents, family members and staff members, there are, no doubt, many things that we would like to say to you, our graduating students, as you prepare to leave the college and embark on the journey of adulthood.  Our hearts are filled with hopes and prayers for you, and indeed some fears and anxieties as well. I would like to share several of those hopes with you.

We hope that you will be people filled with joy.  Life is full of many wonderful gifts.  May you recognize in these gifts the spirit of our gracious and loving God.  With great joy, may you be able to place your trust and hope in God.

We hope that you will be people filled with love.  May you be able to share the gift of yourself with others and as you do so, be able to grow in self-understanding and acceptance. Our most basic human need is to love and to be loved in return.  It is difficult to love those who are selfish and totally self-centred.  As parents I thank you tonight for the privilege of educating your sons and daughters and congratulate you on your insight in working with the College to promote Christian values.

We hope that you will be people filled with peace and that you will be peace-makers.  Our world is crying out desperately for peace.  Peace-makers seek to transform the world.  May you use your energy, talents, skills and, most of all, your imagination, to create such a world.

We hope that you will be people filled with courage.  To be courageous is to be true to yourself. We pray that in all situations in your lives you will be true to your human dignity as people created in the image and likeness of a loving God.  We pray that you will be true to the ideals and values of the Christian faith, the faith in which you have been nurtured within your family, your schools and parishes.

We hope that you will be people filled with compassion.  To be compassionate is to journey with those who suffer or who are in need.  Like Saint Mary MacKillop, our College patron, may you never see a need without doing something about it.  May you recognise the great injustices in our world and be fired with a burning zeal to make the world a better place. ..”

I know this is an exciting time but it is also a pretty scary one. The future can be uncertain. Your story has not yet been written, so embrace the uncertainty. University or TAFE is great but trust me, it's not for everyone.  One of the benefits of uncertainty and change is the myriad of opportunities it provides. Who would have thought when I left school that there would be web designers, social media editors or mobile phone sellers!

Please do not get me wrong, there is no bigger proponent for higher education than me. That's why it's so important for our city and state to improve our current educational system. We owe it to graduates like you. Thanks to the opportunities I received from my tertiary studies, I was able to find work in country Victoria and, later, in Melbourne.  But that was my path. It doesn't have to be yours.

What's most important is that you capitalize on the opportunities that are presented to you. Whether it is on campus or in a trade school, find your own path. Continue to learn, strive to be authentic – the best possible version of you that you can be. Don't mimic the paths of others. Be flexible but be patient. Who knows where life will take you – take measured risks and bolster yourself when times get tough.

To parents and family members, I say thank you for the privilege of allowing us to share in the lives of these young men and young women.  We thank you for the trust you have placed in us. I congratulate you for the work that you have done as parents and care-givers in raising such wonderful young people.  To those families of Year 12 students who this year will conclude their association with Penola, I thank you for your commitment to Catholic education and for your support of Penola Catholic College over many years.  May you continue to be blessed in the important role than you play as parents and guardians.

Finally, to the students, I would like to finish by reminding you who you are.  You are Penola people and you have been educated at a College which has respected you.  You have come from families that have loved you unconditionally.  As you move into the next stage of your life travel the journey with confidence in the spirit of Jesus Christ and Saint Mary MacKillop.

Year 10 Ball

The Year 10 Ball is one of my favourite events in our Calendar as it provides an opportunity for our parents to see their sons and daughters interacting with others and enjoying themselves.  It also allows us as staff members to see some of our students in a different light as they present themselves in a different way to the way in which they may present in the classroom.  My thanks to the staff who attended the night, our Year 10 PE staff who assisted in teaching the dancing, Michelle Galati, Deveraj Kumar and Rosa Lucarelli for their expert dance tuition and to Katie Murray-Fawcett, Lisa Grech and Mark Johnstone for all of their organisation of the event.  My favourite part of the night is the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dance where all enjoy the experience!


For me Term 4 is the beginning of something wonderful: Spring, new journeys and for all those who love Christmas it is the beginning of the countdown to Advent.  As the end of the year approaches for the students, it is important to savor the experiences of these final few weeks at school. Taking the time to laugh with friends, enjoy the warmth of the approaching summer sun, the fragrance of the blooming blossoms and to remember how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful city. This term we will be focusing on offering thanks and goodwill to not just God within prayer, but amongst the teachers and the students as a focus within religion classes. We hope that you have the opportunity to stop in a beautiful park or on a sandy beach, and to lie down and look up at the wonderful sky that encompasses us. To take in its grandeur and simply say, ‘Thank you God for this wonderful gift of life and nature, I am eternally grateful


Spring Awakening by Lily Baker

Spring is the magical time

When the rainbow lorikeets hum and the honey suckles Blossom,

When I actively bounce down the sand dunes

And onto the pea green grass,

The waratahs and the wattles bloom,

And my heart opens to the riot of spring.

I love this time when everything comes to life,

Nature triumphs in the trees, swaying freely in the wind,

Stealing my train of thought

And making my imagination run wild.

I am inspired by this heavenly kingdom,

The tranquility of dew droplets falling,


The mastery of the rain.

I feel connected.

Tree sap trickles down the bark of native gum trees

I examine this, calmly, curiously.

Sometimes the wind whispers to me at dusk

Giving me confidence within my body

I promise

I will always make the most of springtime.

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 16

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 16

Dear parents, the term is moving at a rapid pace and the senior campus is gearing up for the final stages of the 2017 academic year. Last week we had a successful finale for our Year 12 students. The final assembly and Graduation Mass and ceremony were fitting tributes to them as they enter their final stages of their enrolment …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 16

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 16

This is the time of the academic year when we are preparing to finalise the assessments and examinations for what has been learnt this year as well as planning for the next academic year. While our students are preparing for what may seem daunting examinations, our teachers are both finalising this year as well as preparing for Headstart and our …

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 16

From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 16

From the faith and Mission Team From Sr. Rita Malavisi rsj, our Sister of St. Joseph A few weeks ago, I travelled to Sydney for some meetings with my Congregation. At Mary Mackillop Place, Mount Street, North Sydney- I sat at the Tomb of Mary MacKillop and took the prayers of the community of Penola Catholic College. So close to …

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Did you miss Year 12 Graduation?

Year 12 students who were not in attendance at the College Graduation Mass and Ceremony can collect their graduation certificate from the College reception. 

Year 12 Dinner

Year 12 students attending the Year 12 Dinner on the 24th November can collect their tickets from Ms Barton or the Year 12 Coordinators. Tickets are non-transferrable and photo ID is required on the night. 


Penola Sport Facebook Page 


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




Forms can be filled out NOW for 2018 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 (29 January 2018) or term two (16 April 2018).

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 2018 Application Form


Interested in selling your uniform?

Our second hand uniform shop is running low!

If you are interested in selling your clothing please have them dry cleaned and handed in to Reception.
All items must contain the NEW College logo. 

The College will also accept NEW logo items as donations for struggling families.


Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

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