Newsletter - Volume 18 - 30 November 2017

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

End of Year

As this is the final newsletter for 2017, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Penola Catholic College community a very safe, happy and holy Christmas and summer holiday. For some in the community this time will include receiving VCE results and then confirming plans for 2018 at university or in another tertiary setting or commencing an apprenticeship or other employment. For students undertaking Units 3 & 4 VCE subjects, this time should include some form of preparation for the year of work ahead. It is important, however, that we enjoy the time shared with family and friends and that we express gratitude to our Lord for these gifts and blessings.

The year has been marked with great energy and success in many areas at the College. Congratulations to all students who committed themselves to their studies, to the co-curricular sporting and cultural activities available at the College and who were involved in some form of community service activity throughout the year. These are the students who will gain the most from their time at Penola Catholic College.   

On behalf of the wider school community, I would like to thank all staff (teaching and support) for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for providing the best for all students.

This Advent, as we prepare for the Blessings of this Christmas Season, may I thank all Penola Catholic College parents for your support of the College throughout the year and for your partnership with us in the education of your sons and daughters. May Christ’s Peace and Joy be with each of you and with your loved ones.

One of the things that Mary MacKillop was fond of saying was “to never see a need without doing something about it.”  Mary MacKillop saw a need for Catholic education for the poor.  She tried to address this need by creating a religious order, the Josephite nuns, where they would go out to help the poor and help educate them and try to improve their situation and their life.

If you look at all of the great people within history, they have all had a significant effect upon society.  Mary MacKillop is certainly one of these people.  Mary battled many hardships throughout her life, her health, she was ostracised and even had a period of ex-communication from the Catholic Church.  Throughout it all, she never lost faith in her own beliefs or her convictions that she was doing the right thing.  Mary MacKillop is an outstanding example of leadership in action.

Parents and Friends Association AGM

On Monday 4th December the Parents and Friends Association of the College will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium.  This will be followed at 7.30 pm by refreshments in the foyer of the Auditorium. All parents of the College are invited to attend.

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.

College Medals 2017

The award of a College Medal recognises those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the college over an extended period of time.

At the recent Awards Evening, the Mary of the Cross Medal was presented to Ashlee Milich.  Ashlee has been heavily involved in the REMAR and Christian Service programs on offer at Penola Catholic College.  She has also been our Captain of Sustainability for 2017. I thank Ashlee for her generous support of the College.

Also at the Awards Evening, the Josephite Medal was presented to Mr Ray Turner. Ray has been involved in the College for approximately 13 years

whilst his children Jessica, Megan, Matthew and Rebecca attended Penola Catholic College. Ray was an active member of the College Board (2012-2016) and took on the position as a Board Executive Member for a number of years. Ray brought great wisdom to the Board particularly from a financial perspective and questioned, where appropriate, whether decisions were in the best interests of our families. Ray is a very positive supporter of the College and has been always willing to help makes events successful.

The Charism of the Josephites has been to roll up your sleeves and help out where needed Ray has certainly been a supporter of this Charism by quietly helping out and assisting wherever he could.

College Awards Evening

On Monday 27th November, we held our annual Awards Evening, in which students were recognized for their achievements and contributions throughout the year.  We welcomed to the College as our guest of honour Justice Phillip Priest, who entered the Victorian Bar in 1980, became a Queens Counsel in 1998 and was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2012. Justice Priest was previously a student at Geoghegan Catholic College, one of our predecessor Colleges.  It was heartening to see so many students receive recognition for their efforts and participation throughout the year.  I congratulate all award recipients and I thank Mr Ernie Pisani, Mrs Dianne Lee and the members of the organising committee for their work in ensuring the success of the evening.


In the next fortnight, a number of staff members will be leaving the College.  Ms Suzan Masters has resigned from the Campus Office after 21 years of service to our College. I thank her for her efforts and wish her well in the future.  Mrs Helen McGlone has decided to retire at the conclusion of this year after returning to us at the beginning of 2016.  Helen worked here previously from 2001-2008. Helen has held the position as Head of Enhanced Learning for 2017 as has always been a passionate advocate for our funded students and their families. I thank her for all she has contributed in her teaching role, particularly as part of the Student Services team as a Special Education Teacher.  Mr Phillip Chan leaves us after two different stints at Penola Catholic College (2002-2007, 2014-2017) teaching Mathematics, Science and Senior Chemistry. Throughout his time, he has held a number of roles including Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning, Year Level Coordinator, Acting Daily Organiser for the Broadmeadows campus and most recently VCE Coordinator of Students.  He has performed these roles with a minimum of fuss but has always supported both staff and students in these roles.  I wish him well for his retirement. We also bid farewell to Mr Bill Dunne who has decided to retire at the end of this year having had the previous year off on leave without pay.  Bill joined us in 2009 and has taught both Religion and Information Technology throughout his time here at Penola Catholic College.  Bill taught previously in a number of Catholic schools prior to joining us including Geoghegan Catholic College, one of our predecessor Colleges.  I thank him for his efforts at Penola Catholic College but also more broadly for his contribution to Catholic Education.  We wish him well in retirement. Ms Carolyn Layton has decided to retire after over 20 years of service to Penola Catholic College and I thank her for her efforts in teaching predominantly Science in her time with us.  Carolyn is a previous winner of the Penola medal which indicates the contribution that she has made to our community.  She was and remains a passionate advocate for the environment. Mrs Nora Macawili leaves us to join Assumption College Kilmore and was a fantastic Mathematics teacher here since 2003. I thank her for her service at Penola Catholic College.  Mr Photios Pavlou has taken up a position at Lowther Hall College and we wish him well. Photios has taught Senior Mathematics and Science in his time at Penola Catholic College and has been a Year Level Coordinator for most of his seven years with us.

A number of other staff members are leaving because they have gained positions in other schools or settings, or because their contracts have concluded.  On behalf of the college community I thank them for their work and efforts on behalf of our students. Best wishes to Silvana Guzzardi, Julie Pilioglou, Michelle Galati, Olympia Kangalis, Katherine Meddis, Brent Pelton, Melissa Vella, Elizabeth Bone, Kim Nguyen, Angela Villella, Hannah Monagle, Naomi Nolan, Joe Bilotta, Angela Villella, Narelle Lever, Kirsty Kelly, Troy Jacuta, John McKay, George Khoshaba and Matthew Seviour.

A number of staff are taking some form of leave for 2018 either maternity leave or leave without pay.  These include Hannah Bonnddio, Diane Farah, Elaine Georges, Bridie Wallace, Stephanie Cassino, Steve Woodburn, Maria Grosso and Leanne Adams.

Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Last Friday night the College staff gathered with the young men and women of Year 12 and their parents at their Graduation Dinner. It was a fantastic night made better by being able to share it with staff, students and parents. It is very rewarding to see the pride and the joy amongst the students and the excitement about having finished this part of their educational journey. Congratulations to all members of the class of 2017, their parents, teachers and all other staff who helped to get them to this point. We look forward to the release of the VCE results on Friday, December 15 and pray that our students get their just rewards for their efforts.

Mr Chris Caldow



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.

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 17

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 18

Dear parents, we continue to move through the final stages of the term and year. The Headstart program has continued to give students a valuable insight into the academic requirements for 2018, as well as giving them a context for the holiday homework that is to come. On top of this, a number of significant events have taken place over …

Read more.

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 17

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 18


So much has been achieved this year at Penola Catholic College! We, the staff, have enjoyed watching our students grow and develop in every aspect of school life… 

Read more.


Student Dress Code 2018

 To view the 2018 Student Dress Code click HERE


French Excursion

On 20th October, Mrs Favrin’s VCE Unit 2 French class had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional French meal at a French restaurant in Carlton.

'Paris Go' is a restaurant located in Carlton, Melbourne. It is a popular place for people to eat and enjoy the elegant and authentic French cuisine. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a beautiful setting, authentic French posters and elegant French music. Sitting at our table, we had a wonderful view of the streets of Carlton. It's in the perfect place! There were many tables with elegant white fabric chairs, and also pictures of the beautiful city of Paris displayed on the walls. We thought we were in France! The menu offered a wide variety of delicious dishes. For our entree, we had a taste of escargots, (snails with butter, garlic sauce) and bread. The sauce was the perfect complement, and they were exquisite! Our main courses were beef bourguignon, cassoulet or coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine). I enjoyed the beef bourguignon but they really amazed us all with each dish. Everything was followed by a delicious choice œufs à la neige, a meringue covered in beautiful rich caramel sauce, tarte au citron, a tangy lemon tart, trio de mousse au chocolat or crème brulée. All meals were beautifully presented. The chefs took great care to select the best quality ingredients. The restaurant also catered to all of our tastes by offering a large selection of traditional French dishes, which were expensive but worth it. The service and the waiters were of high quality and very friendly. We loved their French accents! We had a pleasurable dining experience, while eating authentic French cuisine that had the most exquisite flavours. For this reason, I highly recommend going to Paris Go.

Marko Younan


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 


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


2018 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) Changes

The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) performed a review of the 2017 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) payment and application process with a view of simplifying the process for 2018. Changes include:

• The requirement for parents / legal guardians to complete and submit a new application form each year has been removed. This change has been made to simplify the application process for parents / legal guardians and reduce the administrative workload for schools

• Parents / guardians who received the CSEF payment in 2017 at Penola Catholic College will not be required to submit a new application form in 2018 (or subsequent years)

• The automatic Centrelink validation process will verify CSEF eligibility by confirming if the parent / guardian holds a valid concession card

• A CSEF form will only be required to be completed if:

• new students are to enrol at Penola Catholic College (includes students in Year 7 2018)

• parents / guardians applying for CSEF for the first time.


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