Newsletter - Volume 13 - 6th September 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Staff Professional Learning

On Thursday, 30 August, all staff met at Penola Catholic College for our Staff Professional Learning Day on Differentiation.  The morning sessions involved a focus on questioning led by guest presenter, Mr Glenn Pearsall. Glenn was able to look at small changes in teaching practice that could lead to more effective questioning and, as a result, greater student learning taking place within classrooms.

In the middle session a range of staff unpacked this message and led the staff through a range of differentiated activities to better cater for the varied abilities and aptitudes found within a classroom. Thanks to Mr Dennis Alberto, Mrs Maria Alberto, Mr Adam Hipwell, Mr Ashley Mills, Mr Rob Dullard and Mrs Sandra Warren for running these workshops.

In the afternoon session our Guest Speaker was Mr Andrew Douch who presented a range of apps that can be used in classrooms in an interactive way to engage students with the content.  My personal thanks to Mrs Sandra Harrison for all of her organisation for last Thursday’s Professional Learning day.  It was a very successful day and another example to our community about the importance of learning and our quest for continuous improvement.

NAPLAN Results

As parents of Years 7 & 9 students would be aware, students received a printout of their NAPLAN results this week.  Whilst they are only a snapshot of each student’s level of achievement and an indication of how they have performed at a particular point in time, they do provide us, as a school, with valuable comparisons against the State and National performance.  One of the best measures for our school is to look at the growth from Years 7 – 9 as it gives an indication as to whether we are progressing at the same rate as the rest of the state.  I have listed these results below for our community to view and make their own interpretations.  A score of +4 indicates that our growth was 4 points better than the state whereas a score of -4 indicates that we were 4 points behind the state in terms of growth.

All of these results are indicators that our focus upon literacy is making a difference and provides significant encouragement for both staff and students.  Well done to all!

Father’s Day Breakfast

In our setting – a coeducational school in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs, we are ever conscious of the impact we, as adults have on our young people. The influence that parents have on shaping their children is paramount and the second greatest influence usually comes from the teachers that young people have during their schooling. The opportunity to bring dads and their children together is something which the College values enormously.

The evidence suggests that as dads, we must ensure that we do find time to be with our sons and daughters and to take an active and genuinely interested role in their lives. I thank all those dads who attended our Father’s Day Breakfast on Friday, 31 August and hope that all of our dads and families enjoyed a great Fathers’ Day!

I have been fortunate to have my father be a strong and positive influence throughout my entire life. My father is from the era where men were seen as the provider and nurturing children was seen as the mother’s role. My father, whilst an extremely intelligent man, left school at the age of 15 to begin an apprenticeship as a butcher. Unfortunately he lost both of his parents within a 6 month period whilst he was still aged 14. As a result, Dad always found it difficult to express his emotions particularly love. That is not to say that he didn’t love me or my siblings he just wouldn’t say it. He demonstrated his love on a regular basis to all within the family but found it difficult to say. Fortunately, with the addition of grandchildren, he has become much better at verbally expressing his love. This is something that I am conscious of with both my son and daughter and I try to express my love to them on a daily basis. Sometimes too regularly if you ask them!

Year 7 Enrolments 2020

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2020 closed on Friday, 17 August.  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.

Josephite Exchange

On Thursday August 23 and Friday August 24 we travelled to one of our Josephite Schools from South Australia, Mt Carmel College at Rosewater. The visit involved a number of sporting competitions in sports such as netball, soccer, football, volleyball and basketball.  It also provides an opportunity for our students to engage with students from another Josephite School and get a better understanding of the Josephite charism. I thank both the staff and students attending Adelaide for the way that they represented the College.

Tips on how to be a top role model

No matter what young people might say, parents and care givers are still the most influential role models in their lives.  Children learn how to behave from the people closest to them.  This includes how they deal with their emotions and cope with stress and anger and how they relate to others socially.  It also teaches them how to empathise with others and what is appropriate behaviour.  This is a very important message given the potential stresses that come out of trying to make long term decisions such as future career pathways.

As they get older and become more independent, it is important not to underestimate the importance of being a good role model.  Having a strong healthy relationship with a young person will help them navigate the danger years when alcohol, drugs, risky behaviour and peer pressure are also vying for their attention.

• Show support: as teenagers get older they still turn to their parents for advice. Show you support and trust their decisions and they will be more likely to come to you for advice and let you know what is going on in their lives.

• Get involved: try to stay involved in a teenager’s life, share their interests and ask about their friends.  Teenagers are most likely to choose friends who are like them, so encourage good values from a young age.

• Do what you say: if you are asking a young person to respect certain rules and a lifestyle make sure you stick to it as well.  Show them you have confidence in who you are and what you believe in.

• Healthy lifestyle: demonstrating good eating habits and a positive attitude to your body willhelp young people feel positive about their own body image and be more accepting of their body shape.  It also emphasizes having a healthy body rather than striving for the external stick thin images portrayed by the media.

• Exercise regularly: this encourages teenagers to do the same.  This gets them out of the house and away from the computer and other social media that can take up so much of their time.  It also gives them a different outlook and perspective on life and encourages social interaction with others through team sports.

• Life is about learning: show that you enjoy learning and that you are not frightened to try something new.  This can be in both formal and informal education.  Show that sometimes things need a bit of work and sticking at before you get results.

• Look on the bright side of life: an optimistic attitude and positive outlook in life will develop a sense of ‘can do’ in a teenager rather than ‘what’s the point’. This is an important skill for them to develop and helps build their resilience and self-confidence.

• It’s alright to make mistakes: the important thing here is how you handle them.  Everyone makes mistakes and the key point is for a young person to know that this is how we learn. Take responsibility for your actions and talk about how they can be corrected.

• Do unto others: Teenagers will treat people with respect and kindness if it is shown to them first. Talk to them about social issues and point out positive role models in the media (e.g. Nelson Mandela) and inspiring historical role models (e.g. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa).

• Problem solving: try to demonstrate how to solve problems in a calm and productive way (listen and think calmly, consider options and other people’s needs, find constructive solutions and, sometimes, work towards compromises). Getting angry when things don’t go well doesn’t help teach a child how to handle a situation when it doesn’t quite go the way they had planned.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

I have included a reflection given by a staff member previously as there is a truth within the reflection that resonated with me.


When I was 4 years old I thought, “My Daddy can do anything.”

When I was 5 years old I told my friends, “My Daddy knows a whole lot.”

When I was 6 years old I told my best friend, “My Dad is smarter than your Dad.”

When I was 8 years old I thought, “”My Dad doesn’t know exactly everything.”

When I was 10 years old I thought, “In the olden days when my Dad grew up, things were sure different.”

When I was 12 years old I told myself, “Well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.”

When I was 14 years old I told my friends, “Don’t pay any attention to my Father. He is so old fashioned.”

When I was 21 years old I said of my father, “Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date.”

When I was 25 years old I thought, “Dad knows a little bit about it, but he should he has been around for so long.”

When I was 30 years old I said to my friends, “Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all he has had a lot of experience.”

When I was 35 years old my mantra was: “I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.”

When I was 40 years old I would ask myself, “I wonder how Dad would handle this? He is so wise and has a world of experience.”

When I was 50 years old I said to myself, “I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learnt a lot from him.”


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani

Scholarships 2019 Penola Catholic College endeavours to support students through the implementation of a Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program acknowledges students that take responsibility for, and are proactive in the development of their own learning.  We are happy to announce the provision of a number of scholarships for 2019. The scholarships are of $400 each and are categorised as Academic, …

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan

Coffee Time at Glenroy Campus From the 12th of September, a special space just for parents toi gather each Wednesday morning will be setup on the Glenroy campus. All parents are invited to pop into the Art room just inside the front gate to make themselves a cup of coffee and a snack and to catch up with each other …

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Languages Week 2018

27th to 31st August 2018 was Languages Week at Penola. Many activities and celebrations took place, with the annual highlight at the Broadmeadows Campus – the year 9 Languages Banquet. Everybody enjoyed the day, during which they were able to sample perhaps unfamiliar foods from Japan (sushi), Italy (lasagne) and France (éclair au chocolat), as well as participating in activities such as quizzes and tongue twisters. Prizes were awarded to Best Menus prepared prior to the event and Best Tables, a whole team effort with everyone from the table bringing items of food, cutlery and crockery or decorations.

My thanks go particularly to Mrs Xidias who so competently  hosts this event annually, to Mr Cottom and his team of helpers for serving the food, making pizza for those with dietary allergies and cleaning up. To all the Languages Staff, thank you for working tirelessly throughout the week, and especially in preparation for and during the Banquet and to the Maintenance Team we extend our thanks for setting up during what proved to be an extremely busy week of activities.

Anna Favrin

Head of Languages (Broadmeadows)


Year 12 Italian Film Festival (Saturday 1st September)

The VCE Unit 4 Italian class spent last Saturday at school watching 2 Italian films, the basis of the detailed study and completing activities which will be the basis of their next two SACS (writing and oral) as well as Part B of their oral exam in October.

In addition, we enjoyed some exquisite Italian pastries, a delicious Italian lunch, and topped everything off with a gelato – the perfect end to any meal (despite the cold and wet conditions).

A huge thanks to our 2 wonderful language assistants (Angela and Francesca) who assisted us on the day, and to the students for their participation and smiles throughout the day!

Mrs Favrin and Ms Graziano

(VCE Unit 4 Italian Teachers)


Languages Week at Glenroy 2018

Our Year 7-8 Glenroy students enjoyed excursions and incursions such as La Comica Variety Play, Carrousel Theatre,Sushi Making,Manga, and Origami Competition. Languages Week is indeed an essential experience for all students undertaking French, Italian and Japanese, as it is a celebration of not only languages but also cultures and traditions around the world.

La Comica Variety permed their hilarious ‘Gnocchi Mission’ play to our year 7 students. Students were actively engaged in the play and learned about Italian culture and the importance of the Italian cuisine.

Our Year 7 and 8 French and Year 8 Italian students enjoyed a theatrical performance ‘The Jungle Book’ by the Carrousel Theatre. This incursion tied in very nicely with the Animal Unit of work which students studied during the semester.

During the week, we also had the Gelati Van visit, followed by the Year 8 Japanese Sushi Demonstration Incursion in the afternoon.

Year 7 Japanese students also participated in the Manga incursion and also part took in the Origami and Hiragana Competitions.

Anisa Shllaku

Head of Languages -  Glenroy


Penola Catholic College Scholarships

Penola Catholic College recognizes and encourages students who strive for excellence in a wide range of disciplines.  The College believes it important that students develop:

• skills of creativity

• a spirit of inquiry

• self discipline

• critical awareness

• a sense of community

• skills in leadership

• a desire for academic excellence

• be a Real Life Learner

Penola Catholic College endeavors to support students through the implementation of a Scholarship Program.  The Scholarship Program recognizes and acknowledges students that take responsibility for, and are proactive in the development of their own learning.

We are thrilled to be able to announce the provision of a number of scholarships for 2018.  The scholarships are of $400 each and are categorized as Academic, Co-Curricular Involvement, Community Spirit and Personal Endeavor.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship are invited to complete an application form.  Forms will be available from Friday, 7th September and may be collected from the Campus Offices. 

All applications must be submitted to the campus office no later than Wednesday, 10th October.  The Scholarship Selection Committee will then short list and interview suitable applicants.  Recipients of scholarships will be acknowledged at the College Awards Night.

Please Note: Recipients of 2018 Scholarships are not eligible to apply this year, but may apply again next year.


Students parking on surrounding streets

A reminder to all students who drive to school and park in the surrounding streets to please be mindful of residents and other drivers. When parking please ensure you are not taking the space of two cars and that you are not blocking access to drive ways or rubbish bins.


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