Newsletter - Volume 10 - 26 July 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Term 3 Welcome

The term has begun and both the students and staff appear to be happy to be back at school. I hope that the holiday period was relaxing and that you were able to spend some quality time together as a family. In particular, I would like to welcome a number of new students and their families: Jarvis Meyers Year 7, Yasin Sakranlioglu Year 8, Sebastian Prsa Year 10 and Jayde Chahoud Year 11.  We hope that your time with us is both productive and rewarding.

This is an important term in terms of consolidating the work of first semester and using the time wisely. This is particularly true of students undertaking Unit 4 subjects as the end of year exams will be upon them before they know it. In preparation for these exams the College conducts trial exams during the second week of the Term 3 holiday period.  These exams will take place on Monday, 1 October, Tuesday, 2 October, Wednesday, 3 October and Thursday, 4 October. These exams are considered compulsory as they provide the best possible preparation prior to the VCAA Exams in late October and November.

The College will also lead students in Years 8, 9 & 10 through the process of subject selection and an important information evening was conducted on Tuesday, 24 July. Later in the term we will go through the process of electing Student Leaders for the 2019 school year, another important aspect of third term.

I had the good fortune to attend the bi-annual CaSPA (Catholic association of Secondary Principals Australia) Conference in Cairns at the beginning of last week.  The Keynote speakers were fantastic ranging from Kristina Keneally (former NSW premier), Fr Frank Brennan (Jesuit priest, Lawyer and author of a number of articles in Eureka Street) to Nicholas Wyman (CEO of Skilling Australia Foundation).  There were also a number of workshops and I had the opportunity to visit our newest AJASS School, Mary MacKillop College in Cairns.  One of my former principals whom I worked with in Swan Hill, Mr Michael Kenny was recognised for his 25 years of service as a Principal in Catholic Schools.  He is currently Principal of Marymede Catholic College in South Morang.

Staff Changes

A particularly warm welcome to new staff members:

Welcome back to Mr Fraser Kane, Mrs Alison Beck, Mrs Pauline Micallef and Ms Claire Rochford after periods of leave.

The term ahead

As ever we have ongoing teaching and learning- our core business. Term 3 means planning for 2019: subject selection, information evenings, Year 9 interviews, determining staff intentions for 2019, staff reviews and School Improvement Framework surveys. I thank you in anticipation for your support of these ventures so that once again, we may be off to a smooth start for 2019.

Term 3 within secondary schools is an essential time of preparation. For Year 12 students, it is their last full school term in their lives - which can sometimes be a scary thought! It is undoubtedly a time for Year 12 students to consolidate their knowledge, continue to revise and prepare for the end of year exams. For all other students the focus of Term 3 is upon subject selections for 2019 and, with this, a focus upon future career choices.

Term 3 is traditionally a very busy time of year for students, staff and parents as planning for the next year begins in earnest. As a school we are attempting to provide as much information as we can to ensure that all of our students are making informed choices with regards to their subject selections. I understand the anxieties experienced by both parents and students in trying to determine which subjects to do in the subsequent years. At 14, 15 or 16 years of age it is difficult to determine a future career path or even direction. Many students are in exactly the same position of not knowing what it is that they may do in the future. 

There are some broad principles in terms of subject selections that apply to all students:

• Choose subjects that you enjoy

This makes sense to me, as students will put more effort into subjects that they enjoy and where          there is an increased chance of receiving good grades.

• Choose subjects that are required for your future career path

Provided you know your future career path, you should choose any prerequisite subjects that may be required. Generally, this means choosing the highest level of mathematics that you are capable of, continuing with a language if possible or investigating/researching the subjects that are required for tertiary study. Where a future career path is unknown, it is best to keep your options open by choosing a broad course or researching the consequences of not choosing a subject. 

• Choose subjects that you are good at

Students may not necessarily like a particular subject but they are very talented in the area, or have      always found the subject easier than most. 

I ask all families to allocate time to discuss subject selections over the next few weeks. Take advantage of the information sessions available here at the school, organise interviews with relevant staff members and complete your own research regarding what is best for your child. As long as the decisions that are made are informed decisions, then we are all doing the best that we possibly can!

The School Production “Grease”

Staff and students have been rehearsing almost non-stop in preparation for our Annual College Production on Thursday, 2 August at 7:30pm, Friday, 3 August at 7:30pm, Saturday, 4 August at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.  Countless hours of practice and rehearsal has gone into this year’s production “Grease”.  I am attending the Thursday night session and I encourage all members of our College community to attend as well.  I thank in advance student body involved with Grease including the cast members, band, backstage and costumes.  I am mindful of the time commitment that this has meant for our students, staff but also parents as they have had to ferry around their sons or daughters to rehearsals and the like.  I hope that the performances are an accurate reflection of the effort, commitment and talents of all those involved.  Bookings can be made on www.trybooking.com/VLVN 


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani

Over the term holidays, the Semester One Reports were uploaded onto the parent portal. Parents are encouraged to access the report to get an update of their children’s progress or to determine any problem areas that may be developing. Parent Teacher Student Conferences are scheduled for the 23rd August. More information will be made available to parents in due course. …

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

Dear Parents/Guardians, 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 last term. As we plan for our next PTSPMs, we are seeking your feedback as well as the feedback from students and teachers. On Monday the 18th June, all parents and students were sent a …

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Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation

Werribee Gorge Excursion

On Monday the 25th of June our Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation cohort headed to the Werribee Gorge for a 10km, 4.5 hour medium to hard difficulty grade hike. This hike provided excellent views along the gorge rim and was steep in places involving some rock scrambling along the river section of the track. As such, our students were required to support each other and cooperate in order to navigate some of the more challenging sections – which they did with aplomb! Well done all involved for successfully navigating this excursion and doing so in such a positive manner. Also, thank you to our Health & PE assistant Mr Pisani for assisting with this trip, your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mr Adam Hipwell

Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation teacher


From the Literacy Improvement Team:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Educational research states that one of the biggest positive impacts on student outcomes is that of parent/guardian involvement. Bearing that in mind, below are five questions that you might like to consider asking your son/daughter at the conclusion of their day here at Penola Catholic College:

• What did you learn today? How do you know that?

• What were the challenging parts of today? What did you learn from them?

• What feedback did you get from your teachers and how will you use it?

• How did you approach your learning today?

• Did you make any progress in your learning today? How do you know that?

Kind regards,

Adam Hipwell

Literacy Leader


Penola Catholic College presents..."GREASE"

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Penola Collegians' Association Reunion

Register your details for the Penola Collegians Association – you may be interested in the upcoming reunion (September 9th – see details below) for all past students of Penola, Geoghegan, Therry and Sancta Sophia – reconnect with former classmates / friends.  Pass the word around.

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/VPNV


Do you have a business you would like to promote via our soon to be launched PCA Business directory?

Register your details now @ http://penola.vic.edu.au/penola-collegians-association-business-directory/


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 



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