Newsletter - Volume 6 - 10 May 2018

From The Acting Principal: Ernie Pisani

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

As we move further into what is a really busy term, I continue to be amazed at how much a school can cram into its term’s program. The calendar is alive with events and activities that are testimony to the delivery of a holistic education. The drive to develop students into good, respectful citizens who are faith driven is evident in these events and activities that abound in the calendar. Hopefully, this Newsletter gives you a snapshot of the achievements of the past few weeks and what is coming up in the next few weeks.

Mother’s Day

The unique bond that a mother has with her children cannot be understated and so it is fitting that on Friday 11th May we take time out at the college to celebrate and acknowledge mothers and their role in our lives. A special invitation has gone out to all mothers (and grandmothers) of students at the college to celebrate this special day by attending a mass in their honour (with their children) starting at 7:20am  in the college chapel, a special breakfast straight after mass and then to hear motivational speaker Nathan Hulls. This is a significant event which should not be missed and last minute tickets can be acquired through the event organiser, Ms Angela Xidias.  Finally, I wish all mothers a very special and memorable day on Sunday.

Parent Student Teacher Partnership Meetings

Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings will take place on Thursday 24th May (4:00 - 8:30 pm). These meetings will take the shape of student-led conferences where the students will drive the conversation focussing on: Academic Achievement, SMART Goals, Work Habits/approaches to learning, Co-Curricular Activity Involvement and Pathways (10-12). I strongly encourage that you take up the opportunity to meet with staff to ensure that all is well with your child’s progress and discuss any matters that are relevant to their learning or wellbeing. As the semester nears its end, and as exams are on the horizon, these opportunities provide students and parents an invaluable opportunity to discuss the strategies for exams. Interviews can be booked on the Parent Portal from Wednesday  16th  May.


Over the past few weeks Year 8, Year 10 and Year 11 students have participated in their annual retreat. These retreats offer students a time for personal reflection and exploration of their place in the world. Given the school’s mission of educating the whole child these experiences are particularly important in shaping young minds to be respectful citizens and a reflection of the goodness of God.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

In recent times, the process and formula for determining school funding for students with a disability has been overhauled. The government has introduced the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) to determine the funding needs of schools. Through this program schools are required to ensure that the processes for determining what a disability is, and how staff can adjust their teaching and learning programs to be inclusive of all students, is in place. Staff are currently being trained to identify disabilities and explore options of adjustment. There are a number of changes made to this process from that of previous years. The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) have supplied an information sheet for schools, parents carers and guardians which gives some detail to how the NCCD will work. This information sheet is included in this Newsletter.


NAPLAN is a yearly assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It tests the types of skills that are vital for every child, such as: reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments this year for Years 7 and 9 take place on: Tuesday 15th May (Language conventions and writing),  Wednesday 16th (Reading) and Thursday 17th May (Numeracy).

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students are gearing up for the upcoming Work Experience Program. Most students have already organised their placements and the various training modules. These modules include Occupational Health and Safety and White Card training. The Work Experience Program is an invaluable opportunity for students as they reach the stage of their lives where decisions about careers and educational choices need to be made. The program also tests students’ resolve in seeing how the world of work operates and the various expectations placed upon them in that setting.

Student Leadership Program

The Student Leadership Program was launched last term. The program seeks to train and get ready students with aspirations of becoming leaders in our college and in their lives. Throughout the course of this term there are a number of after-school training sessions for these students to develop their skills in leading teams, managing school projects, and developing student initiatives. We wish students well in this venture and thank staff who are running these sessions. Students who wish to get on board with this program can see Ms Perkin for further information.

Wishing you well for the fortnight ahead with a special greeting to all mothers.

Ernie Pisani

Acting Principal

From the Acting Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Maria Alberto Vol. 6

From the Acting Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Maria Alberto Vol. 6

Year 10 Retreat On Friday the 4th of May, Year 10 students gathered for their annual retreat. The students were separated as men and women, and listened to presenters from Real Talk Australia discuss the Catholic stance on love and relationships. This tied in directly with the students’ relationships unit in Religious Education classes. The retreat was an enlightening day …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D'Angelo


Term 2 Naplan PTI Report


Penola Student-Led Conference Handbook - Parent Copy



French Trip

Our French Trip To begin our trip, we headed off for Paris. It was a seven hour flight from Melbourne to Dubai and then another twelve hour flight from Dubai to Paris. When we finally arrived in Paris, everyone was excited for the three weeks to come but also to be standing on solid ground again. Once settled into our …

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Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies Surf Coast Excursion

On Sunday the 29th of April, the Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies cohort headed to the Surf Coast for their 3-day coastal discovery trip, the last trip of their two years of VCE OES. Blessed with some fantastic weather, our students undertook the range of activities on offer, ranging from surfing, to education and also some conservation work. The behaviour of our students was excellent and in all attendance represented Penola Catholic College with pride and aplomb. Sites visited were Anglesea, Point Roadknight and Airey’s Inlet where students had the opportunity to learn about one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations that is also home many significant and threatened species such as the hooded plover whose population is now at 3000 and declining. Well done to our students on completing their VCE OES experiences and on behalf of Penola Catholic College, we hope you have had numerous positive experiences that will last you a lifetime and also help foster a sense of custodianship and respect for outdoor environments. A final thank you to Mr Reynolds and Mrs Saunders for assisting with this trip.

Mr Adam Hipwell

Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies teacher


Year 8 Resilience Incursion

On Friday 27th April, 8A, C, E, F and 8 I participated in the Resilience Incursion that took place during the Pastoral Lesson.

The incursion took a positive and constructive approach to giving students the necessary tools when dealing with stress, anxiety, grief, anger, depression and other difficult emotions. It also provided students with knowledge on where to seek help, at and outside of school, and how to be proactive in helping others and become more resilient.

Key concepts covered during the session were:

- To identify our part as community members

- Strategies when coping with stress, grief or depression

- Decision making based on reasoned values and community

- Promotion of empathy, community and working together.

The students appreciated the opportunity to be engaged in the activities that ran during this session and I am positive that they took away some valuable suggestions from the presenter.

The following homerooms 8B, D, G, H and 8J also participated in the Graffiti Incursion, where they explored the issues of graffiti our community is faced with in an educational presentation. This presentation was led by Warner Youth Education and it informed our students of legal, social and personal consequences of graffiti. It encouraged students to be part of the solution by taking care of our surroundings, including our school grounds, and by developing a sense of civic pride.

This is what one of our students had to say:

"The Graffiti Presentation was very educational and we learned that graffiti is an illegal act to vandalise other people’s properties. We also learnt that Street Art and Graffiti are two very different things. Street Art is painting pictures utilising spray paint and paint and it is done with permission. The Graffiti Presentation was very hilarious and enjoyable which makes it easier for us to concentrate and learn."

Kenul Gunasekara 8A

The following Pastoral Lesson, students will attend the alternative incursions.

Thank you,

Anisa Shllaku

Year 8 Co ordinator.


Improving literacy at Penola Catholic College – the role of parents/guardians

Improving literacy at Penola Catholic College – the role of parents/guardians In light of the key role parents and guardians play in championing the academic growth of their child/children, we thought it might be helpful to share some tips that will assist parents/guardians support their child in their literacy improvement journey. Stay involved – continue to find out what your …

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2019 Students with Disabilities (SWD) Information Sheet for Schools, Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please click here to read.

NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please click here to read.


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!


Penola Sport Facebook Page 


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