Newsletter - Volume 2 - 22nd February 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Year 7 Enrolments 2019

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for next year (2019) closed on August 25 of last year.  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.

Beginning of the Year

It is hard to believe that that the students have only been back three weeks.  In this time we have had a range of activities including our Beginning of Year Mass, Years 7 & 8 Information Evening, School Photographs, Parents and Friends Meeting, a Board Information Meeting, Opening Academic Assembly and our Year 7 Welcome Dinner.  Our Year 7 Welcome Dinner took place last Friday and we had in excess of 400 people in attendance.  My thanks to the Parents and Friends who sponsor the evening and all those who attended. At our first College Assembly we acknowledged our VCE High Achievers from the Class of 2017 (more information contained later in this newsletter) and presented College Pins to all of our new students.

Adam Zuchowicz (College Dux), Chris Caldow (Principal), Adrian Alessio (ATAR in the 90’s)

Parent Information Session for the Broadmeadows campus on Thursday March 1

As part of our endeavor to engage all parents in their child’s learning, you will receive a personal invitation from the Homeroom Teacher of your child or children to our meet and greet Parent, Teacher, Student conversations.  The first of these will take place on Thursday March 1 from 4.00pm until 5.30pm and 6.30pm until 8.30pm.  In the break it is our intention to run information sessions for each of Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12.  The intention is to provide relevant information to parents on the same night as the PTS interviews so that parents are not having to come out on another night.  For this to be successful it will require parents to attend the first round of interviews and stay on for the relevant information session or alternatively attend the information session first and then stay on for interviews.  More information about the night is included in Ernie Pisani’s section of this Newsletter.

The purpose of the Meet and Greet Session is for parents to meet the teachers of their child or children, to convey important information about your child or children to the teacher and to discuss their goals for the year.  What we are seeking from these sessions is to find out as much information as we can about your child to assist us with planning and maximizing the growth of each student in our care.

Lent in the school community

The following is part of an extract from Joe Doolan who writes for the Melbourne Catholic Education Office.

 Lent is a time to renew and restore our relationship with Christ. In what ways can this be enabled and supported in the school community?

Each gospel concerns an encounter with Christ that challenged people to open themselves to God, to faith, to truth, to life. Catholic schools provide opportunities for such encounters throughout the year, but Lent demands a special effort. These opportunities might include:

• providing regular prayer and meditation sessions (daily or weekly, for individuals

  and groups)

• reflecting on the Lenten readings

• using images of the face of Christ for prayer and meditation

• ensuring every classroom, gathering space and public space contains an image   

  or symbol that is not only a reminder of Catholic identity but an invitation to be

  open to Christ’s presence

• encouraging participation in Project Compassion, not just in donating or raising

  money but in opening our eyes to the suffering around us and making a

  compassionate response.

Lent is a chance to encounter Jesus, to remember again his invitation to chat, to come and see who he really is. It is a rich season for schools to look into the face of Jesus, not merely in our chapels and classrooms with crucifixes and other images. Every encounter we have with a student, colleague or staff member can lead to a more profound realisation about our lives in Christ.

Principal Review

My thanks to all who were involved with my formative review including parents, students and staff.  The process for the review is that the panel will look at the survey responses as well as the interviews that they conducted and come up with a report that will contain both commendations and recommendations for areas of improvement.  Provided I show evidence on working to address the areas for improvement, the Canonical Administrators make a decision at the end of my second review (2019) about whether to offer me another 5 year contract from 2021 onwards. I thank everyone for your honest feedback.

Wednesday February 21 – International Mother Language Day

This prayer invites us to come to a deeper awareness of the linguistic and cultural traditions that are part of the fabric of our community and city. We will be invited to pray for the grace to be people who aspire to solidarity through respect, understanding, tolerance and dialogue of and about cultural diversity.  Given the wonderful diversity within our own Penola community, I thought this prayer was most appropriate.


Loving God,

To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.

Help us all acknowledge the importance of learning through the mother tongue.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 2

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus Ernie Pisani Vol. 2

On Thursday March 1st the Senior Campus will be having its first Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meeting (PTSPM) for the year. On this occasion it is a meet and greet opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teachers with special emphasis on meeting the Homeroom teacher. Because of Head Start, the senior students are well into their 2018 academic program. …

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From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 2

From the Deputy Principal: Head of Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo Vol. 2

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017 At the Opening College Assembly on Friday 9th February, 2018 we welcomed back the highest achievers from the VCE class of 2017. Overall, our students performed extremely well and we are extremely proud of all of our VCE & VCAL students who graduated from Penola Catholic College last year. Two students gained an ATAR …

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2018 Language Assistants – Semester 1

Each year, we are very fortunate to have native speakers working in our Languages classrooms. There are many benefits in this, amongst which the authenticity of the language and the extra assistance provided for students to help them build their skills and knowledge.

This year, we are very pleased to welcome (and welcome back) the following assistants:

Hi everyone,
my name is Francesca Lo Presti and I am one of the two Italian language assistants at Penola Catholic College. I come from Sicily (south of Italy) and I arrived in Melbourne four years ago with my husband and two young children, to find a new job and build a new life.
I was very happy when I joined the Penola team: I have always wanted to work in class with students, I love seeing their progresses in Italian and I will do my best to support them with their learning.
I am a very passionate and dedicated person and I hope to leave a positive mark on students’ lives.

Salve a tutti,
mi chiamo Francesca Lo Presti e sono una delle due assistenti di lingua italiana presso il Penola Catholic College.
Vengo dalla Sicilia (la parte più a sud d’Italia) e sono arrivata a Melbourne quattro anni fa con mio marito e i miei due figli piccoli, per cercare un nuovo lavoro e costruire una nuova vita.
Sono stata molto felice di entrare a far parte del team qui al Penola: ho sempre desiderato lavorare in classe con gli studenti, mi piace vedere i loro progressi in italiano e farò del mio meglio per supportarli nel loro percorso di apprendimento.
Sono una persona che si appassiona molto a quello che fa e spero di lasciare un segno positivo nella vita degli studenti.

My name is Angela Lorusso and I will be the Italian language assistant for Term 1 and 2 here at Penola.

I am 23 years old and I come from a small, nice town called Conversano in Puglia, however I moved to Venice to attend Ca’ Foscari University, where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages, French and English, and where now I am finishing my Master’s degree in language teaching. 

I am passionate about languages and teaching and I am really glad to have been given the opportunity to work with the students here at Penola and to share my Italian heritage with them!

Mi chiamo Angela Lorusso e sarò l’assistente di lingua italiana per il Term 1 e 2, qui al Penola.

Ho 23 anni e vengo da Conversano, un paese piccolo ma molto carino che si trova in Puglia. Tuttavia, mi sono trasferita a Venezia per frequentare l’Università Ca’ Foscari, dove ho conseguito la mia laurea in lingue straniere, francese e italiano. Attualmente sto finendo la Magistrale in Glottodidattica, sempre nella stessa università.
Ho una passione per le lingue e l’insegnamento e sono davvero grata di avere avuto l’opportunità di lavorare con gli studenti del Penola e di poter quindi condividere il mio bagaglio culturale italiano con loro!

Konnichiwa. My name is Naomi. I’ve been at Penola for 6 years as the language assistant. My main job is to support the senior students studying Japanese with their oral and writing skills. I also spend some time in the creation of authentic materials for the students. Good luck for 2018.


My name is Luca Corbo. I’m 25 and I’m from Belgium. I graduated last year in Communication. I’m passionate about music and travel, so after having finished my studies I decided to travel around Australia. I arrived in Australia three months ago and I really appreciate the experience of being here. Working at Penola as a French language assistant is a must for me. It’s interesting to share my culture and speak French with the students. I hope that I’ll bring them the help they need to achieve their goals. According to me learning a new language isn’t an easy task but the most important thing is to try and never give up…

Je m’appelle Luca, j’ai 25 ans et je suis originaire de Belgique. Je suis diplômé en communication depuis l’an dernier. Passionné par la musique et les voyages, après mes études, j’ai décidé de partir à la découverte de l’Australie. Je suis arrivé dans votre beau pays il y a trois mois et je dois dire que c’est une expérience très plaisante. Travailler au collège Penola en tant qu’assistant en langue française est un must pour moi. De plus, je trouve très intéressant le fait de partager ma langue et ma culture avec vos enfants. J’espère que je leur apporterai l’aide dont ils ont besoin pour atteindre leurs buts. Selon moi, l’apprentissage d’une langue n’est pas facile mais l’important c’est d’essayer et de ne jamais abandonner.


JJAMM Conference

As College Captains for 2018, it is a requirement that we attend the JJAMM Conference in Sydney. This conference provides us with the opportunity to go into depth about what is it to be a Josephite Leader, as well as working with like-minded student leaders from all around Australia. The first two nights of our journey were spent in North Sydney,  where we participated in a range of activities exploring our faith and Josephite history at Mary Mackillop Place. We then travelled to Kincumber and spent 3 nights furthering refining our leadership skills and planning for the year ahead at the site that Saint Mary Mackillop founded as a home for boys who were neglected.

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity which we are extremely grateful for. The long-lasting connections we made with all the other leaders is something we will cherish.  We hope to take on board what we learnt an implement this into our time as College Captains in 2018. Each JJAMM group is able to leave a lasting memory and this year, each leadership group was provided with a tree to plant at Kincumber. This represents the effects that we may have, but may never get to see.

We are grateful for Miss Bonavia for accompanying us and making sure we knew where we were going and what we had to do. As a team we were able to share and receive new ideas for our school. We look forward to implementing many new ideas with the mindset that even smallest initiatives can make the biggest difference.


Literacy Improvement at Penola Catholic College

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the 2018 academic year here at Penola Catholic College. We hope it has been a positive start for your son or daughter.

Here at Penola, we are into the fourth year of our whole school Literacy Improvement Program. With a number of initiatives in place, we strive to maximise student outcomes, starting at Year 7 through to the final year of VCE. Some of our initiatives include:

-          professional development for teaching staff

-          surveying students seeking their input into teacher practice

-          a Literacy Improvement Team across both campuses working with staff to make the literacy demands of their subject more explicit to our students

-          in-class coaching sessions for staff

So far we have had some promising results with our 2017 NAPLAN growth being as or greater than that of other Australian schools in four of the five domains. Furthermore, 2017 saw our best average VCE study score in Penola’s history.

If you have any queries about this program, please feel free to make contact to discuss further.

Warm regards,

Adam Hipwell

Literacy Leader


Shrove Tuesday Celebration for Senior Italian and French classes.

Martedì Grasso, or Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)dates back to history when people had to eat all their fats before the beginning of the Lenten Season. As a special treat, the year 11 & 12 French students had the opportunity to taste les crêpes à la confiture (pancakes with jam, whilst the year 12 Italian students were able to enjoy le chiacchiere / i crostoli. Smiling faces at the end of the lessons were testament that students enjoyed their experience.


Don't forget to sign up to Flexischools!

Flexischools system allows students to pay at the canteen using their existing student card.
Parents can set daily limits and view transactions online.

Click here!


Student Photographs

A reminder to all parents that you need to notify the College if you do not give permission for your son or daughter’s photograph to be published in newsletters or promotional materials.  We would like to begin to place more photographs and videos on MyPenola and so I take this opportunity to remind you of the student permission form for photographs.  If we have not received your permission form back at the College we have assumed that your consent has been provided.  It is the responsibility of each family to make this decision and notify the College if you decide to exclude your son or daughter from having their photograph published.  In practical terms, this will mean that your son or daughter will need to be excluded from most group shots such as class photographs as these are published in our Year Book each year.


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



Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term One: Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 6, Mar 20
Term Two: Apr 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, Jun 19
Term Three: Jul 17, Jul 31, Aug 14, Aug 28, Sept 11
Term Four: Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27

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. 


Interested in selling your uniform?

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.


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