Newsletter - Volume 7 - 24 May 2018

From The Acting Principal: Ernie Pisani

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

Last weekend we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. At the Feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles of Jesus and marked God’s coming to earth to interact with humanity. The Holy Spirit came as a symbol of truth that created an inner voice and showered us with gifts which we rely on for guidance and prayer. May the Holy Spirit be with us this year as we continue this journey seeking growth of mind and heart.

College Assembly

At last week’s college assembly students were reminded that school gives opportunities for personal expansion and development. One of the themes of the assembly was that school provides students with unrecognised “needs.”  In other words, needs that are still not clearly discerned, but will become clearer as the years roll on. It takes a lot of persuading to have faith in our system of education and the belief that an honest effort now will provide for them later on. The assembly was also an opportunity to showcase the vast talents that students have at Penola Catholic College.


With the term being at the half way mark, students are gearing up for exams and other end of semester activities. Year 10 students commence their exams on Friday 25th May followed by the Year 11 exams from Friday 1st June. The exams are used as indicators of progress and are part of the overall assessment of the semester’s work. Therefore, students are encouraged to prepare for them well, utilising every resource available to them. Revision classes are a good way to prepare, but personal study plans for the weeks ahead is vital in the lead up to exams. We wish students every success for these exams and for the semester’s grade which will come in due course.

Staff Professional Development Day

On the Staff Professional Development Day on 10th May we continued to develop our skills and knowledge in the pedagogical frameworks required to meet the needs of every student under our care. The focus was on the process of incorporating data for a differentiated classroom. In essence it was based on understanding the role and the impact of good pedagogy (Curiosity and Powerful Learning) and devising lessons and programs for students to access at their learning levels. The student data dashboard which was launched at the PD is an exciting utility which will be used to identify trends and learning issues that are emerging in the hope that it can clarify the support a child needs.

Year 12 Building/VCAL Centre

A Year 12 Building/VCAL Centre Party has been established to plan for a building that will house Year 12 general purpose areas and some specialised areas for the VCAL program. Whilst the ideas are still in the formation stage, it is hoped that a state of the art building will be designed that will allow for the dynamic teaching programs for Year 12s in the future. As the process of research, planning, funding applications and building is a long term process, it is hoped that building will be completed by 2020/21.


Congratulations to Sam Papadopoulos (Year 9 mentor) and his wife, Helen, on the birth of their third child, Isaac. Isaac was born on Wednesday at a healthy weight of 3.46kg and is a perfect gift for his two brothers.

Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings

I hope you were able to attend the Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings which took place on the 24th May. These meetings are a good opportunity for parents and students to determine the level of progress over the first semester and to discuss any issue related to their children. This year we have taken the option to have Student-led Interviews where students take the lead in prompting discussion and focussing on their goals for the year.

Staff supervision before hours

The College provides supervision out on the school yard during school times to ensure that students access the grounds in relative safety. A number of staff are deployed during recess and lunchtime to supervise the grounds. Staff will always act in a supervisory role whilst on school grounds, but before the Homeroom period in the morning, and after regular classes are completed for the day, supervision is not designated to specific areas but staff will be on Campus. For students who arrive to school especially early, the College Educational Resource Centre will be opened from 7:45am on both Campuses and for those staying back, will close at 4:00pm at Glenroy and 4:30pm at Broadmeadows.


Students in Years 7 and 9 completed their National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Tests during the course of last week. The NAPLAN tests provide a level of reporting that assesses student progress in the areas of Literacy, Comprehension and Numeracy which will identify needs or trends in each student’s learning experience and assists in determining if the school is meeting the educational outcomes of students in these areas.

With best wishes.

Ernie Pisani

Acting Principal

From the Deputy Principal Acting Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Nicole Allan

From the Deputy Principal Acting Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Nicole Allan

Netflix program – 13 reasons why – Season Two Last year we alerted families to the concerns surrounding the viewing of Netflix series ’13 reasons why’. This year we once again bring this to your attention as season two of this series began airing last week. The national Headspace School Support Program has grown increasingly concerned by the impact of …

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

From the Acting Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Maria Alberto Vol. 7

It has been another busy fortnight in the Faith and Mission department. Thank you to all staff and parents who have supported recent initiatives, particularly those from the Parents and Friends Association. Please know that your efforts are most appreciated. We keep our Year 10 and 11 students in our thoughts and prayers as they move in to the examination …

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Penola Catholic College Dress Code

Penola Catholic College Dress Code

Penola Catholic College Dress Code The Penola Catholic College Dress Code can be found on pages 16-18 of the Planner. Thank you to the majority of students who are following our College Dress Code. However, there are a number of students who continue to defy or challenge our rules in the areas of PE uniform, jewellery, shaving and hairstyles. To …

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Our Chaplain, Fr. Tony Cox, Celebrates 40 Years as a Priest!

This Sunday, the 27th of May, sees Fr. Tony Cox, our College Chaplain and Columban Father, mark 40 years as a Catholic Priest. This is an outstanding achievement that signifies his dedication and sacrifice in pastoral support of those he has minister to over these years. As a Columban Priest, Fr. Tony spent many years on mission for the Church, in particular ministering to Catholics in Japan where he lived for a number of years. When he returned to Australia he went on mission of a different kind, ministering to the students, staff and families of Penola Catholic College, and today we are the very blessed beneficiaries of his compassion, wisdom, creativity and epic sense of humour. His dedication to our community is exemplary with him giving much more than his one day per week time. Fr. Tony is also Helm of our current Remar Blue Caravel and has offered to minister to the Remar Community a number of times too.

We thank God for the gift Fr. Tony is to our community and to the Church and ask God to watch over him to enable him to continue his wonderful work for many, many more years to come.

A number of staff and students will gather this Sunday at St. Francis De Sales Parish in Oak Park to celebrate 9:30am Mass with Fr. Tony. You are all very welcome to attend!


Victorian College Championships for Basketball

On Friday the 11th of May our senior boys basketball squad competed in the qualifying day for the Victorian College Championship (VCC) competition at Werribee basketball stadium. Our boys have been training since the beginning of the year for this day, getting to school at 7:30am on many a cold morning to improve as a team and most importantly, have fun and enjoy getting to know each other. After finishing runners up on the SACCSS senior sports day we were confident that if we played to our potential, we were a great chance of qualifying for the VCC finals stage.

Our boys represented our school with pride as they won each of their round games convincingly. This meant we reached the final where we played against an impressive Point Cook team who we had to beat to get through to the next stage. Unfortunately after leading at half time we went down in the final, losing by 11 points in the end. Best players for the day were Daniel Alessio and Cooper Ward-Bloch who put in classy performances in each of our games. A big thank you to Mr Le and also Jack McQuillan for their help on the day and congratulations to following for making this year’s VCC senior boys basketball team:

Frank Mete
Cooper Ward-Bloch
George Enchev
Daniel Alessio
Josh Hinaut
Brody Ward-Bloch
Lakshitha Kiriwendala
Alain Capuno
Anthony Pegorin
Mitchell Pieper
Angus Collins

Thanks for reading,
Mr Hipwell


Italian Exchange Student Report

Melbourne- Rome On the 28th March 2018, 15 Penola students departed from Melbourne Airport with Ms. Graziano and Ms. D’Angelo. We would like to share with you some highlights of our study tour, part of which was shared with the Penola Art Tour and Marian College students. Arriving in Rome, we got an insight of how busy, and different the …

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The Berthe Mouchette Competition was a good experience. My poem, ‘Les neiges de l’Himalaya’, which was also a song, was easy to remember.  I just kept repeating it to myself. When it was time to present my poem to the judge, I was sent into a small room with only the two of us. I read aloud my poem and then it was done. It was easy. I would recommend everyone to try it because it is a great experience and the first prize is a trip to France. I hope more students decide to participate in this competition. And remember, Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail!

Julian Petts, 8G

A few students at Penola including myself, Nelana Ferguson, participated in the Berthe Mouchette French Poem Competition on Tuesday the 8th. We had to pick one of the four poems that our teacher, Madame Demeuse, gave us. At first when we heard Madame Demeuse read the four poems, we all looked at each other and wondered how we could pronounce the words that precisely. But we were given plenty of time to practice and a recording of Madame Demeuse reciting the poem. It was tough at first to make sure each word was pronounced correctly, letters and vowels were spoken right and it flowed with fluency, but the end result was great. On Tuesday, a lady came to get all of the Year 7 students involved in the French competition. We were all nervous and I was first. When I first entered the room I made sure to say, Bonjour (hello) and Je m’appelle (I am called) and then I started to recite my poem. It went really fast and I was really proud of what I and all of my other friends had achieved.

Nelana Ferguson, 7B


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

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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


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