Newsletter - Volume 9 - 21 June 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Long Service Leave

My thanks to all who enabled my wife, Marnie, and myself to take long service leave for the first 8 weeks of this term. Thanks to Mr Ernie Pisani for taking on the role as Acting Principal, Ms Nicole Allan for taking on the role as Head of Campus for Broadmeadows, Ms Maria Alberto returning from maternity leave to take on the role as Deputy Faith and Mission as well as Mr Thomas Lee and Ms Nellie Mimms who took my Year 11 Maths Class and Ms Helen McGlone for taking on Marnie’s role during this time. It was a fantastic experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Eastern Europe.  It was a great opportunity to relax, reflect and renew the batteries in preparation for the remainder of the year. Long Service Leave is a foreign concept in Europe as they have nothing similar to it within their countries.

AJASS Conference

Last week I attended the annual AJASS Conference in Adelaide.  It was a great opportunity to learn from colleague principals and leaders who are also working in Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools.  There are currently 38 schools throughout Australia and New Zealand who have joined AJASS in an attempt to understand the Josephite charism and live it out within today’s context. We had the opportunity to visit the site of Mary MacKillop’s excommunication as well as St Mary’s Church where Saint Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison-Woods first arrived in Adelaide to begin the process of establishing the Sisters of St Joseph.

Sr Catherine Mead, spoke at our AJASS Conference last week about the role of Josephite Education.  She is a Josephite Sister who has worked in a number of Josephite Schools in South Australia including times as Principal of these schools.  She is currently working part-time at Mt Carmel College in Port Adelaide and is completing a PhD on Educational Leadership in the Josephite Tradition:

Her research to date indicates that are 4 key characteristics in Josephite Education:

• Founding Story

• Core Set of Values – Strength in Compassion, Dignity, Charity, Justice and Inclusion.

• Symbols and Languages – Use of respectful and inclusive language

• Service to the Community – Belonging is central

Her research has also identified the following key characteristics of a Josephite approach to Leadership:

• Faith inspired Leadership – integration of faith and prayer, humility and compassion.

• Integrity in Leading Mission – Congruency of mission and tradition

• Leadership as Service and Vocation – Integration of Gospel values, Servant leadership built on the development of strong relationships.

• Leadership Formation – Capacity building in faith, spirituality and educational leadership.

The ongoing question for us is how to witness the Gospel news through the Josephite charism to the students entrusted to our care.  I found these days challenging as I listened to how these remarkable women, the Sisters of St Joseph, were answering God’s call. 

Work Experience

Thanks to our Careers Staff for their tireless work in assisting over 235 Year 10 students with work placements in the week of June 4 – June 8.  Thanks also to staff who took the time to visit a number of students within their work placements during this time.  Many favourable comments have been received from employers and the wider community regarding the positive impact that many of our students had within their work placement.  As a school community it is great to receive these comments as often we only hear negative comments regarding the youth of today but it is great that the community gets to see the wonderful young people that we deal with daily, in action.  More information regarding this week of work experience will be contained within the Newsletter.


We are looking forward to enjoying the production of “Grease” which will be presented over three evenings from Thursday 2rd – Saturday 4th August in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium at 7:30pm. There is also matinee session on Saturday 4th August starting at 2:00pm. Students and staff, under the direction of Mr James Maddocks, have been working hard for many months now in preparation for what promises to be an outstanding series of performances.  We wish them well and I encourage students and families to support them by your attendance.

Vocal Festival at Gladstone Park Secondary College

Last Wednesday, June 13 our annual Vocal Festival was held at Gladstone Park Secondary College.  This was a fantastic night where our Junior and Senior choirs had the opportunity to perform along with a range of our talented solo vocalists.  The talent on display was fantastic and I am constantly in awe of the talents of all of our students, in this case our vocalists.  Special thanks to Mr James Maddocks, Head of Performing Arts, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Richard Linton, Mrs Dianne Lee and Miss Susan Hull our Vocal Teacher for their efforts in preparing the students for this event.

End of Term

A reminder that Monday June 25 all students will have an early finish at 12:00pm to allow time for our Teaching Staff to complete a refresher on Restorative Practices in the afternoon. Students will be dismissed on Friday 29th June at 3:30pm.  Classes for Term 3 resume at 8:40am on Monday 16th July.

I hope that the holiday period provides some respite from the normal busyness of life and that students and staff return refreshed for the new term.

Let us give thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts of the second term and the first semester.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices and provide me with advisors to help me with life’s difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for you keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me.

I am extremely grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned acts of kindness.

Thank you, Lord.

In your name, Amen.


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani

With Chris Caldow’s return this week, I return to the familiar role of Deputy Principal: Head of Senior Campus. It was an exciting few weeks where my own experience into the mechanisms of running a school were extended. I am grateful for the support that staff, especially members of the Executive, gave and I hope I met the challenges with …

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

Dear Parents/Guardians, As we approach the end of Term 2, we are finalising the semester one reports and reflecting on the first semester of 2018 as well as planning for, and looking forward to Term 3. Parent Survey Regarding the Parent-Teacher-Student Partnership Meetings (PTSPM) held on Thursday 24th May, 2018. Our first Penola Catholic College Student-led Conferences took place this …

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Year 9 and 10 Dance/Drama Performance Evening

Year 10 Dance class

What a fantastic turn out we had for Year 10 Dance and Year 9 Drama Performance Evening in late May. I would like to extend a special thanks to all family and friends for your support.

I have had so much positive feedback from students who have felt transformed from this new experience and beautifully expressed by Ashley; “The achievements at the end of our dance journey would have to be how we worked as a team, made new friends along the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better dance group and we performed our dance with confidence and full of excitement and emotion.”

Although our dance classes have come to an end – we will be working at every lunch-time and after school opportunity between now and 26 July for Wakakirri preparation as we have so much more to do.

We do require assistance with costuming and any original artwork/ photographs as there are copy right restrictions for back ground images we use. Please email me with any expressions of assistance in this area, jdalli@penola.vic.edu.au

Year 9 Dance class

What an incredible way for Penola students to start their journey of  Year 9 Dance with an excursion to The Australian Centre For Contemporary Art next to The Malthouse Theatre where they  met a team of Performing Arts Industry Professionals who shared their life experiences in the Arts Industry.  Our students came away with fires lit and a belief that anything is impossible as we heard from an African refugee who participated in a Wakakirri School experience and was spotted by Jason Coleman, who has now offered him a scholarship to work at Ministry Of Dance and given him the  opportunity to gain citizenship and now mentor other students. Our Year 9 Dance students have already approached their classes with enthusiasm and tenacity and I look forward to the unfolding of their dance dreams this semester.

Jane Dalli


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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

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Senior Campus: 29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, VIC 3047

Postal Address:
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