Newsletter - Volume 11 - 09 August 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Grease – College Production

Countless hours of practice and rehearsal has gone into this year’s production “Grease”.  My thanks to the staff involved with the production particularly James Maddocks, Jane Dalli, Simon Greatwood, Catherine Hosking, Sandra Warren, Dianne Lee, Ramona Arney and Kate Shoesmith.  I attended the Opening Night session and I was very impressed by the performance.  I thank the student body involved with Grease including the cast members, band, backstage and costumes.  Congratulations to all involved on a magnificent production and great showcase of student talents to our broader community. I am mindful of the time commitment that this has meant both for our students, staff but also parents as they have had to ferry around their sons or daughters to rehearsals and the like.  I know that the performances are an accurate reflection of the effort, commitment and talents of all those involved.

Year 7 Enrolments 2020

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2020 close on Friday August 17.  A number of families applied after the close of enrolment last year and it makes it very difficult to accurately plan for the following year so I ask that you submit your enrolment as soon as possible.  Often families assume that we know that there is a younger sibling but I would be very disappointed if one of our existing families missed out on an enrolment due to not submitting their enrolment in a timely manner.

Mary MacKillop Day

St Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint and patron saint of Penola Catholic College.  This year we celebrate St Mary MacKillop Day on Wednesday, August 8 2018 which is the anniversary of Mary’s death on August 8 1909.  Much has been planned for the day and the day has two main purposes.  The first is to celebrate our collective Josephite charism and spirit here at Penola.  This is done through a Mass at the beginning of the day and later in the afternoon with rides and stalls.  The second aspect is to raise money for the six Year Level Charities for those less fortunate than ourselves.  The main ways of raising these funds are through donations and then through the fundraising efforts of each Homeroom both prior to the day and then on the day through the stalls.  I encourage each student and family to consider supporting those in need through either donations or purchasing items at the various fundraisers that occur.  Donations to the Year Level charities is another way in which we put into practice that famous saying of Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it”. Our College has established a fine tradition of supporting the areas of need that the designated Year Level Charities have identified and I see no reason why 2018 should be any different.

I am looking forward to St Mary MacKillop Day and hope that it is both successful and rewarding for all.  A reminder that all students are expected to attend and be involved in the activities on the day.  When you sign up for a place at Penola there are a range of different things that you are required to do as a result.  Involvement in whole school activities such as our Masses and St Mary MacKillop Day is a non-negotiable.  I ask that you make contact with me directly if you know that your son or daughter was absent on MacKillop Day via email at principal@penola.vic.edu.au

Parent Engagement in Learning

There is a significant amount of research that indicates the greater the level of parent engagement in learning, the better the student results.  Research from John Hattie suggests that when the effect size of effective teachers is complemented with the effect size of engaged parents, the resulting effect size is above 0.8 or two years’ achievement in one.  This suggests that when parents and teachers work together the achievement of all students is greater. Parent participation can be seen as a continuum from involvement to engagement to empowerment.

Our statistics taken from our College website indicate that less than 30% of families open the newsletter every fortnight.  The following strategies are suggested to increase parent engagement.

• Authoritative Parenting – a balance between love and warmth and setting boundaries.

• Know the value of education – parents model the behaviours of successful lifelong learners to their children.

• Have high expectations and aspirations – parents hold high expectations for their children, communicate a belief in their potential to achieve and discuss their child’s educational and career aspirations.

• Family-led learning in the home – linking school work with current events, discussing learning strategies with your child and making connections between their current effort and achievement of future goals of employment or further study.

• Becoming engaged and staying engaged throughout their schooling – regular talk about school and the value of learning throughout schooling, particularly at transition points.

• Family-school communication – schooling is relationship based and requires quality two-way communication and meaningful dialogue between home and school.

Senior Programs Evening

Thanks to the many parents of Year 9 & 10 students who attended our Senior Programs Evening on Tuesday, 26 July. Our statistics indicate that a similar percentage of Year 9 parents turned up as last year but our Year 10 parent attendance was up significantly.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Our Parent Teacher Student interviews will take place on Thursday, 23 August at both campuses. I hope to see many of you at these interviews to continue to build on our relationship.  Education is a three way partnership between the school, the students and families.  With Semester 1 reports not far behind us, parents are often asking the best way to assist secondary age students with their study. At times (particularly in years 10-12) the courses are fairly difficult and demanding and parents are not always able to help directly with the content or answers that students are grappling with. However, there are many ways that parents can support students as they prepare for tests and other types of assessment. Perhaps the most helpful way is to assist with a structure or method for studying. This ensures that students are not just sitting staring at textbooks or doing their work in front of the TV. One such method is known as the SQ3R method, which stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

Survey - get the best overall picture of what you're going to study BEFORE you study it in any detail. It's like looking at a road map before going on a trip.

Question - ask questions for learning. The important things to learn are usually answers to questions. Questions should lead to emphasis on the what, why, how, when, who and where of study content. Ask yourself questions as you read or study. As you answer them, you will help to make sense of the material and remember it more easily because the process will make an impression on you.

Read - Reading is NOT running your eyes over a textbook. When you read, read actively. Read to answer questions you have asked yourself or questions the instructor or author has asked. Always be alert to bold or italicized print. The authors intend that this material receive special emphasis. Also, when you read, be sure to read everything, including tables, graphs and illustrations. Often tables, graphs and illustrations can convey an idea more powerfully than written text.

Recite - When you recite, you stop reading periodically to recall what you have read. Try to recall main headings, important ideas of concepts presented in bold or italicized type, and what graphs charts or illustrations indicate. Try to develop an overall concept of what you have read in your own words and thoughts and make connections to things that you already know. When you do this periodically, the chances are you will remember much more and be able to recall material for essays and tests.

Review - A review is a survey of what you have covered. It is a review of what you are supposed to accomplish, not what you are going to do. Rereading is an important part of the review process – it helps you to measure what you have learned and gained from your study. The best time to review is when you have just finished studying something. Don't wait until just before a test or exam to begin the review process.

Is the Semester 1 report still in a prominent place and referred to regularly in order to assist with setting Semester 2 learning goals? There is significant research to indicate that the higher the level of parent engagement in their child’s learning, the better the outcomes for these students.  I am keen to hear from parents if there are ways that we can assist you in being engaged in the learning process.  If you have any suggestions please contact me via phone or email principal@penola.vic.edu.au


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani

Dear parents, This term is a fast moving term with a number of programs and events filling the calendar. The Student leadership Program has a been a success thus far and students are gearing up for the application process for school leadership positions for 2019. In the next few days students who have applied for the positions of College Captain …

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

It is time once again for all Year 7 to Year 11 students to make their subject selections for 2019. Year Level Assemblies have already been held to explain the entire transition process to students at the Senior Campus and they have already had a few pastoral lessons dedicated to looking forward to their bright futures regarding various pathways and …

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Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation

Maribyrnong River Canoe

On Monday the 30th of July our Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation students set off to the Maribyrnong River for an all-day canoe excursion. This trip involved our students paddling from Essendon to Victoria University, Footscray and returning to the Essendon rowing club; a big day given this was the first time many of our students had canoed. However, despite a head wind for the trip back and the occasional capsized canoe our Penola students did a wonderful job and completed the day in praiseworthy style… although cold and wet for some!

Thank you to our Health & PE assistant Mr D. Pisani for assisting with this trip, as always your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Mr Adam Hipwell

Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation teacher


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