Newsletter - Volume 17 - 16 November 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear members of the Penola Catholic College community,

Month of November

Traditionally, Catholics observe November as the month of the Holy Souls.  The month commences with two great Feast Days, the Feast of All Saints (1st Nov) and the Feast of All Souls (2nd Nov). As I have mentioned in previous editions of this newsletter, it is also quite appropriate that during this month we observe Remembrance Day, 11th November, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when the hostilities ceased in the Great War, now more commonly known as the First World War.  In remembering, honouring and praying for the dead we recognise the inestimable value of life, the dignity and sanctity of those who have died, and the sure belief that life continues beyond death albeit in a way that we do not fully understand. In remembering and praying for our own loved ones who have died, we pay tribute to the gift that they have been to us, and we extend to them the care that they shared with us during their lives on earth.

Last week, at a special Memorial Mass in St Joseph’s Chapel, we prayed with those in our community who have suffered the loss of family members and friends this year.  The great consolation for us is that we know that those who have died are now with God, and are experiencing the fullness of God’s mercy and love.

We also celebrated All Saints day on November 1.  On this day we remember the people of God throughout history like our patron, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who have been recognised as Saints by the Church. These individuals, young and old have lived out their faith and, at times, have paid the ultimate price for believing in God by giving their lives as martyrs.  This year we think again especially of those countries around the world where Christians are being persecuted and are suffering for their faith. We remember the living saints of our times, the people of God living in this world today who by their example live their faith out daily.  We pray that the Saints past and present may inspire us all to follow their example of service to others.

2017 Art Show

The annual College Art Show was opened on Wednesday November 8.  The works on display have been taken from all subject areas in the Visual Arts department and across all year levels.  The items on display are of a high standard and provide evidence that our students have wonderful opportunities to develop their talents and skills in these areas of endeavour.  Congratulations to Ms Francesca Pascalis and all our art teachers and technicians for their efforts throughout the year and for the organization of the Art Show.

Annual Awards Night

The annual Awards Night will be held in the Assembly and Sports Hall on Monday evening, 27th November, commencing at 7.00pm.  Our guest of honour will be Justice Phillip Priest, a former Geoghegan student. All College families are warmly invited to attend this significant occasion.                           


This year we are continuing our successful Headstart program at the end of the year for two and a half weeks for current Years 9, 10 and 11.  In effect this means that our current Years 9 - 11 students will commence their 2018 VCE/VCAL subjects on Tuesday November 21 and finish on Thursday December 7.  The advantages to this program are that students can begin their 2018 classwork earlier and giving them additional time to learn their respective VCE and VCAL subjects.  I have included this information now so that families can plan their end of year holidays with certainty and also know the finish times of each of the respective year levels.

Year 11 End of Year Dates

Exams                                     Wednesday November 8 – Wednesday November 15

Funfields Excursion                Thursday November 16

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 21 – Thursday December 7


Years 10 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Friday November 10

Exams                                     Friday November 10 – Thursday November 16

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 21 – Thursday December 7


Year 9 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Friday November 10

Exams                                     Monday November 13 – Thursday November 16

Headstart program                 Tuesday November 21 – Thursday December 7


Years 8 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Friday December 1

Headstart program                 Monday December 4 – Thursday December 7


Year 7 End of Year Dates

Last Day of classes                 Thursday December 7


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.

Remar Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Mr Phillip Whittaker, Ms Claire Rochford, Mrs Nella Dalrymple and the 5 members of our Blue Caravel who will travel to Alice Springs on Friday 1st December for the Remar solidarity immersion experience. Once again, our caravel members will support the people of the Amoonguna indigenous community located near Alice Springs.  We wish them every blessing and trust that both communities, ours and theirs, will be enriched by this experience.


Our condolences to the Addo family, Joshua (Year 10G) and Emmanuel (Year 8B) on the passing of their father, Barimah Addo.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


Chris Caldow



2018 School Fees

Our College Board met last night, Wednesday November 15, for their regular monthly meeting.  As part of this meeting the 2018 budget was presented to the Board as recommended by the Board Finance Committee.  I am pleased to announce that we have been able to keep fee increases to a minimum with an average increase of less than 2.7%.  This is largely due to the fact that our Federal funding model has changed to the Gonski 2.0 model which means that low SES schools such as ours will receive an increase in funding per student beginning next year meaning that fees will not need to increase as much as previous years.

The 2018 Tuition Fees are as follows:

Years 7 & 8         $3,000

Years 9 & 10       $3,400

Years 11 & 12     $3,900


Bell Times

I have attached a copy of the bell times for 2018.  The intention was to have an earlier finish time so that we no longer have the early finish day and provide consistency of bell times for each day. It will mean that each day will begin with homeroom at 8.35am but finish at 3.10pm.  The 3.10pm finish time allows students at both campuses enough time to catch their relevant trains.

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Camp Rd Closure 

Camp Road will be closed for two weeks from 9pm Wednesday 15 November to 6am Thursday 30 November. The Upfield line will be closed from Upfield to Coburg from Thursday 16 November to Sunday 17 December with normal services resuming on Monday 18 December.

Below are some details you may wish to use in your school newsletters to let staff, students and parents know that the road and rail will be closed during the dates as listed below. We have also attached a pdf of the detour map if you wish to circulate it.


Camp Road Closure and changes to the Upfield Line

You may have heard that the level crossing at Camp Rd, Campbellfield is being removed by the Victorian State Government.  Works began in July this year, and the project is due for completion in early 2018.

In order to remove this crossing, construction works will be taking place over the coming weeks

Road and rail closures: major works Wednesday 15 November – Monday 18 December

Camp Road will be closed from Sydney Road to Northcorp Boulevard:

• 9pm Wednesday 15 November – 6am Thursday 30 November

There will be NO pedestrian access during this closure, though businesses will be remaining open during these works, with road detours in place.

Buses will replace trains on the Upfield line between Coburg and Upfield stations from:

• 8.30pm Thursday 16 November to the last service on Sunday 17 December.

• Normal train services will resume on Monday 18 December.

Buses along Camp Road

A shuttle bus will operate along Camp Road to Broadmeadows train station for connection with the 902 bus service.

Customers are advised to allow for extra travel time. Information on train replacement bus services can be found at ptv.vic.gov.au or by contacting 1800 800 007.


Our Lady's Parish Craigieburn will be holding their Deb ball on Friday 29th of June 2018 at Melrose Receptions. Our  Lady's  Deb ball committee have run their Deb for over 20 years and all profits go to Our Lady's Parish.The Deb ball committee will be holding an information meeting on Tuesday 6th of February at Our Lady's Church meeting will begin at 7pm. For any queries please contact Jeanette O'Neill 9308 1592 or 0431 564 877or Kath Bretag  9305 6915.


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


Please click the link to view the Fees, Levies and Charges Credit Card Agreement




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