Newsletter - Volume 14 - 20th September 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Staff Changes

Mr Sarados Papadopoulos will commence long service leave at the beginning of next term for the entire term. Ms Olympia Kangalis will take his Year 11 Legal Studies and Year 9 English classes, whilst Ms Nella Centorino will take his homeroom and Religion classes during this time. Mr Anthony Boland is taking all of Term 4 as long service leave and Ms Amanda Charharbakhsh-Elya has been appointed to replace him. Ms Francesca Pascalis will commence maternity leave at the end of the first week of next term and Mr Troy Jacuta has been appointed to replace her. I am currently interviewing for replacements for Mr George Ahmar who is taking long service leave for Term Four and Ms Sarah Demeuse who has resigned.

Thanks to Mr Mark Neeld for his efforts in replacing Ms Jane Baker whilst she has been on carer’s leave. Thanks also to Ms Leonora Gamble for her efforts in replacing Ms Lyn Peters who has been on long service leave, Mr Tony Perera who has replaced Mr Nick Laleas for the past fortnight and Ms Olympia Kangalis for her efforts in replacing Ms Jocelyn Rambaldi. Thanks also to Mr Miles Krenzin who has replaced Ms Ramona Arney and Mr Simon Greatwood for the past term as they have replaced Mr Richard Linton. Thanks to Mr Troy Jacuta for replacing Mrs Monica Tromp as she returns after taking the last four weeks of this term as long service leave.

At the beginning of next term, we welcome back Ms Melissa Braganza from her maternity leave to work as one of our College Psychologists over both campuses.

Italian Sister School Visit

This week we farewelled 10 students and two staff from our Italian sister school Versari Macrelli who were on a Language homestay with our Penola families for the past eleven days. The students have attended classes, participated in activities and have been taken on a number of tourist excursions. These programs are of great value to the students and the families who participate and create wonderful opportunities for friendships to flourish. These programs also support the importance of learning other languages as we live in a global community. I thank all Penola families who hosted the Italian students. I also thank Mrs Anna Favrin, Homestay Coordinator, for overseeing the program and the languages staff who have been involved in delivering such a fantastic experience for our visitors.

Year 7 Enrolments 2020

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2020 closed 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.

Family School Partnership

The evidence clearly supports the theory that those parents who are engaged in their child’s learning assist their children in achieving the best outcomes. It also suggests students who get the most out of schools such as Penola Catholic College are those who enthusiastically embrace the educational, cultural, sporting and social justice offerings available. One of my starting points for my discussion is the critical way the partnership between family and school develops – and overtime, has a quantum impact on the education of the students. I regularly make the point that school and family must work in close alignment with one another.

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The things we do at school are strengthened if they are in sync with the things that occur at home; and here, I particularly discuss the vital importance of developing these right from the beginning, good home study habits, as well as the appropriate and safe use of ICT. For example, I make the point that the application of home study in the junior years can be a bit controversial. In one sense, home study can be a fairly ineffectual activity, in as much that it does not greatly impact on the day to day learning of the students – that is, until they reach senior school. However, in another sense home study is a remarkably valuable activity because of the way effective, productive habits are formed through its regular application. What home study achieves at an early age, is the forming of patterns of behaviour, among them the crucial participation of parents in their learning which reinforces that school and home ‘are one’. But as well as this, learning regularity, self-discipline and steady application become acquired skills that translate into embedded habits for later years.

We have a very strong commitment to developing learning programs that are highly engaging for students and call them to have levels of independence, creativity and critical thinking that expand their mental capacities in all sorts of ways. But there is another side to learning which was once a highly prized dimension of learning but now might be viewed as the poor cousin to this more attractive part of our educational endeavours; and that part of learning is, the steady development of skills and habits of both mind and body. These are capabilities that are slowly absorbed and accrue to develop and deepen the capacity of the students in later years, and for life

Staff who choose to work in Catholic schools often make a conscious choice to work in this environment. It is often said that teaching is a vocation which requires equal measures of faith, patience and perseverance. The reasons why people choose to work within Catholic education are many and varied but I am sure that the Holy Spirit is involved in some of these decisions. Working in a Catholic school presents many challenges but also many rewards. 

When speaking with prospective staff members, one of the first questions that I ask is why have you chosen to apply for a position at Penola? This is generally followed by another question such as what does it mean to support the Catholic ethos of a school?

When listening to the responses, I am seeking to get an understanding of the motivations of the prospective staff member as well as the role that faith plays in their own life.  Parents are the primary educators of each child’s faith but we recognise that within Catholic schools a key role is to help support the students in their own faith journeys. Therefore, the questions about support of the Catholic ethos go to the heart of whether the person applying for the job is aware of the importance of faith development in our students and, more importantly, in their willingness to provide support in this area.


A key element in helping your child to succeed at the College is communication between you and your child’s teachers. While the student diary is the primary means of communication between teachers and families we also encourage other means of communication. The email addresses of all staff at the College is the first initial of the Christian name followed by their surname, for example, Mrs Evelyn Assaad. Evelyn’s email address is eassaad@penola.vic.edu.au

We hope that this will further facilitate our ability to work closely with you in catering for the welfare and educational needs of your child. Your child’s Homeroom teacher should be the first port of call for any enquiries with the school. Please feel free to make contact with me if you have concerns that are unable to be resolved by your child’s Homeroom teacher, subject teacher, Year Level Coordinators or Head of Campus.

Year 12 Information Night

Thanks to the small number of Year 12 parents who attended the Year 12 Information Night on Thursday August 23. These are very important occasions and knowing the effort that goes into them by our staff it is disappointing to see so few in attendance. I hope the information you received was positive and will be useful in knowing our expectations for the upcoming weeks and the ways in which the school will acknowledge your sons and daughters as they complete their secondary education.

I would like to publically thank all Year 12 parents for their support of Catholic education and Penola Catholic College.In particular, I would like to thank those parents whose last child is completing their education at Penola Catholic College.  We hope that this is not the end of our association and that you will encourage your children to continue their association with the College through the Collegians association.

I would like to leave you with a poem that has been attributed to Mother Teresa that speaks of the essence of her as a person and is particularly relevant to us all:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani

Dear parents As the term comes to a close, and we reflect on the achievements of the term, we are entitled to be satisfied and proud. The student subject selection process is now in its final stages and behind the scenes there is much happening to organise for the 2019 program. The Student Leadership program is also in its final …

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From September 6th to 17th, we had the pleasure of hosting our friends from our Sister School in Cesena, IPS Versari-Macrelli. The group of 12 students accompanied by 2 teachers (Mr Pantieri and Mr Ceccaroni) spent their days at Penola attending special classes such as an Aussie Cooking Class and an Aussie Rules footy class, attending classes with their host brother or sister and helping out in Italian classes. The students also went on excursion to the Museo Italiano with the year 11 Italian class and  the CBD where they had the opportunity to go to Eureka Skydeck as well as The Edge. They were also fortunate to visit Victoria Market for a Foodies Tour and Southbank, they toured the MCG and spent their last full day at Penola visiting Phillip Island and its many attractions.

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the exchange between Penola Catholic College and Istituto Versari-Macrelli (originally Istituto Macrelli). The exchange was begun through the initiative of the then Italian Assistant, Angelo Grazioso, who worked at Penola for one year in the late 1990’s, together with Joseph Favrin (at the time, Head of Broadmeadows Campus) and the Head of Languages – Anna Salmic. It is fitting that this year, we are hosting Maya Grazioso, daughter of ex-Italian assistant Angelo Grazioso. Penola has been to Italy 10 times, with the first trip in 2000, Versari-Macrelli has made 10 return trips to Penola.

As we wave off our students, a huge thanks goes out to all the parents and families who hosted the students and opened their homes to them. To the host brothers and sisters, thank you so much for looking after these students and showing them around the school, ensuring that they were always in the right place. Mrs D’Angelo and Mrs Pace, an enormous vote of thanks to you both for accepting to host the teachers in your homes – an added pressure at this very busy time of year. To Mr Paul and his generous band of helpers, we thank you for working on the evening of our dinner, serving, washing up, clearing up so that we could all enjoy the time together. My heartfelt thanks to the many people who supported me either by taking classes, accepting students within their classes, organising catering, setting up tables and chairs, and the list goes on. Finally, to Mr Caldow and the College Executive, I thank you for supporting these programs which are very important in the life of our school and the young people entrusted to us.


Year 9 LOTE Banquet


On Wednesday, 29th August, there was a Language Banquet for the year 9 students. Students were in groups. Students decorated their table, and presented menus for the occasion. The food was delicious and the afternoon was fun.


Sakira & Sandra


Australian Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to the 210 Year 7-12 students at Penola Catholic College who participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. This competition was held in schools throughout Australia as well as in other countries.

Congratulations to Zoe Nguyen 7I who received a High Distinction (top 2% in the state) and to the following students who received Distinctions (top 15% in the state) Imogen McMaugh 7D, Theologos Sirp 7E, Grace Jory 7I, Tara Oliva 7F, Rithin Rakes 8I, Atena Khateri 8G,  Emily Collings 9B, Mikkel Aguilar 10I,  James Youil 10D, Rithik Rakesh 10D, Sam Tunnacliffe 10I, Jimmy Nguyen 11G and Daniel Alessio 11D.

Well done to all those who participated!


I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of all Maths Staff to wish students in Year 12 Further Maths, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths all the very best as they conclude their academic year and begin a rigorous study routine. I encourage students to prepare well for their practice exams in the second week of the holidays, as this will place them in good stead as they continue to prepare for their final exams and will ensure that they perform to the best of their ability.

Pam Johnson                                     

Head of Mathematics Learning Area.


Music News

The Music Department has been ‘buzzing’ with excitement after the fabulous Battle of the Bands Show here at Penola on September 7th!

The night was an outstanding success and set a new benchmark in performance and production standards.        

With 28 Bands across 7 schools competing for the prize of a day in the recording studio, Penola had 6 bands crossing the stage which made up for an impressive near 25% of the content of the show!

Although the major prize was taken out by Overnewton band Moonlight Empire with their rendition of the Tears For Fears classic ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ our bands gave consistent quality performances with some great audience reaction and participation.

Year 12 band Deja Vu opened the show with a ‘ripping’ version of the The B52s Love Shack.

Year 9 band The Many Regrets received a massive cheer when they launched into Fast Car by Tracey Chapman. This was their debut event and they performed at their best.

Next up for Penola was the Year 10 band with a generous helping hand from Year 12s Will Petts – the Hunted performed The Final Countdown by Europe.

Breakaway the Year 11 band were another highlight opening the second half of the evening with the 80’s hit With or Without You by U2. Sabrina and Paula working their magic with the crowd.

No Alibi’s Year 11 students have been together since Year 7 performing Kick Start My Heart by Motley Crew a great choice to suit vocalist Olivia Bruns.  Discussions by the judging crew were tough and this band only just missed the major prize.  Definitely were best dressed on the night with their black and white theme.

Bulletproof’s Year 12 cohort are another group together since their Junior Days and brought back some memories as they danced around the stage to I Wanna Dance With Somebody from Whitney Houston’s days at the top of the charts.

It’s fantastic to see what a quality event this has become our students represented their school proudly and giving such musically credible performances!

Join us at next year’s battle when we celebrate ‘Australiana’ – The OZ Rock Revolution! Aussie back to back hits! Can’t wait!

Coming UP:
Wednesday November 7th (6.30pm) Under the Stars in Marys Garden at the Broadmeadows Campus – bring a picnic and enjoy an evening celebrating the Performing Arts Department.


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.


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.

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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