Newsletter - Volume 5 - 26 April 2018

From The Acting Principal: Ernie Pisani

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

Dear Parents,

Term 2 has started with its usual level of busyness. Staff spent the first day of term engaged in a holistic experience of reflection. The Staff Spirituality Day gave all staff the opportunity to experience prayer in different forms, to affirm one another and then reflect on the theme for the year. It was a highly successful experience ensuring that staff were ready to commence the challenges that Term 2 provides.  

I hope that the holidays gave students some breathing space from the rigor of study and the fast pace of Term 1; ensuring that they are able to return to Term 2 ready for the challenge. I also wish that the Easter message of redemption and good will is resounding in the student’s quest to be the best that they can be during this term.

The calendar this term is also rich and full of many exciting programs. Among them are: retreats, various sporting competitions, City Experience for Year 9 students and Work Experience for the Year 10 students and student leadership training. Later in the term, exams will complete the Semester 1 program and will lead into the commencement of Semester 2.

Chris Caldow is currently on some well-deserved leave. Having spent some time travelling with the French students and the staff who visited our sister school in France, Chris has taken some Long Service Leave with his wife, Marnie. Chris will resume his role as Principal on his return on June 18th. In his absence I have been appointed Acting Principal. Nicole Allan, Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission, will fill in as Acting Head of Senior Campus for the same period of time.

Other staff changes: Maria Alberto is replacing Nicole Allan as Faith and Mission Coordinator until 8th June; Helen McGlone is replacing Marnie Caldow in Special Education until 8th June; Chantelle Lipplegoes is replacing Pauline Micallef in the Campus Office for the whole of Term 2; Kellie Smith is replacing Allison Beck in Food Technology until 29th June; and Doretta Mudgeway, ERC Manager, is on leave until 8th May. We wish all staff taking leave every best wish and safe travels.            

Periodically, schools are reviewed to determine how effective their mechanisms and policies are for the delivery of an appropriate school program. In Term 1 2018, Penola Catholic College employed Australian Centre for Academic Research (ACER) to conduct the review using the National School Improvement Tool (NSIT).

Three reviewers were assigned to this review and interviewed a range of staff, students and parents. They viewed a number of college policies and studied a variety of data to assist in making summary commendations and recommendations for the school’s immediate and long term school improvement plan. Among these were a series of recommendations which will become the recognised action plan for the school improvement framework. The College Executive have now set a path and timeline for performing various tasks. The College website has a page dedicated to this review and will have regular updates as to the College’s progress in working through the tasks and recommendations. The full review and a statement from the planning committee is available on the website.

College Chaplains are an integral part of a Catholic school’s community. Whilst their time is often limited they do their best to be engaged in school programs and establish a vibrant link with their parishes. The Archbishop of Melbourne, Archbishop Dennis Hart, recently wrote to the college, advising us that the following chaplains have been assigned to the college: Rev Peter Njau CSSP, Rev Adaikkala Raj Lourdusamy, Rev Vincent Nguyen, Rev Giang Tran, Rev Dishan Candappa, Rev Vo Duc Thien and Rev Tony Cox. We are grateful for the work that these priests do for our community and look forward to a healthy and successful relationship.  

Our next student free day is Thursday May 10th.  On this day staff will be engaged in a professional development activity that will focus on the process of incorporating data for a differentiated classroom. This is a full day event and so students from both campuses are not required to be at school.

I wish all students and staff the very best for the term ahead and I look forward to your support in the ensuing weeks.

Ernie Pisani
Acting Principal


From the Acting Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Maria Alberto Vol. 5

From the Faith and Mission Team Term Two Leadership Arrangements Over the next term, I will be covering Nicole Allan as she acts as Head of Campus at Broadmeadows. Please do not hesitate to contact me with Faith and Mission or Religious Education matters during this time. I look forward to serving the College Community in this new capacity before …

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Victorian Bar Student Achievement Award.

Year 12 Legal Studies

Congratulations to Thomas Morrison of Year 12 who was successful in receiving the inaugural Victorian Bar Student Achievement Award.

This year we were invited by the Hume City Council to nominate a student who is a high achiever in Legal Studies to be considered for the Victorian Bar Council Award. This award had certain criteria:

• The student must have completed Year 11 Legal Studies

• The student must be currently studying Year 12 Legal Studies

• The student wants to pursue a career in Law in the future

• The student must be receiving excellent grades in their subjects

• The student must be involved in co-curricular activities within and outside of the school

Thomas was competing against other students who attend schools in the Hume region. There were 15 schools who participated in this competition and Thomas was one of the successful students.

In being the successful applicant, Thomas and his parents were invited to the awards ceremony where he began to network and make contact with barristers from the Victorian Bar Foundation. He also receives:

• $1500 towards his education

• Attending a recital evening with two other Penola students who wish to pursue a career in law

• Being part of the mentor program where Thomas will be teamed up with a lawyer for the year

The award ceremony was held on Thursday 29th March at the Victorian Bar Foundation and both Thomas’s parents and myself were very proud when he received his award by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Digby and the Mayor of Hume, Geoff Porter.

This award will be presented to a group of students attending schools in the city of Hume over the next five years, therefore I wish all future Legal Studies students at Penola Catholic College, Good luck, work hard and strive to be nominated for this award as it will open many doors and opportunities for you.

On behalf of the Humanities department and Thomas’s Year 11 and Year 12 Legal Studies teacher, we offer him Congratulations and Good Luck in the future.

Chrisoula Argyropoulos
Head of Humanities.


St. Vincent’s Easter Egg Donations

Thank you to all the families who donated eggs to our St. Vincent De Pauls Easter Egg drive. All eggs were distributed to families in our community and were very grateful for the kindness and thoughtfulness shown by the Penola Community. I would like to give an extra special Thank You to Ms Erin Bonavia and

Ms Lauren Johnson, Year 12 Co-ordinators, who set aside an Easter Egg donation day and our Yr 12 students  generously donated large amounts of eggs.

The images show a portion of the eggs donated, unfortunately they did not all fit on the table.

Thank you for your support

Chrisoula Argyropoulos


Year 10 Dance - Wakakirri

This year our Year 10 Dance Class are taking part in  a state-wide dance challenge, Wakakirri (story dance) performing at The Cloc Tower on July 26th in Moonee Ponds.

It’s exciting to be participating in this special event which has been established since 1992.

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest Story-Dance Festival, involving over 20,000 students across every State and Territory each year. Hundreds of schools across Australia create Story-Dances for Wakakirri that reflect their students’ thoughts, ideas and aspirations. These stories are performed in professional theatres in front of the official ‘Wakakirri Panel’ who are searching for ‘Story of the Year’.

Our students are collaboratively creating their unique story dance about Identity and self-image, the outside pressures and judgement teenage girls feel and to break free from the influences that bind them, and discover who they truly are.

Parents will have an opportunity to see this performance at school ( More information and dates to follow in upcoming newsletter in term 2 )and purchase tickets to the Official Wakakirri event on the 26th July.


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Parents can set daily limits and view transactions online.

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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


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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