Newsletter - Volume 16 - 1st November 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Student Free Days this Term

Monday, 5 November is a Student-Free Day to allow staff time for planning, preparation, assessment of student learning, collaboration, curriculum planning and professional learning.  This day will be student free for both Campuses.  I recognise that this creates an imposition on families and thank you in advance for your ongoing support as we strive to improve student outcomes.

Monday, 19 November and Tuesday, 20 November are Student-Free Days for the Broadmeadows/Senior Campus. This will allow our Senior students (Years 9 - 11) a small break between finishing exams and commencing their Headstart Program and allow our staff to have a Correction Day to finalise grades. Our Junior students (Years 7 & 8) have exams on Monday, 20 November.  The Year 7 students are at the Glenroy Campus and Year 8 students are at the Broadmeadows Campus.

Friday, 30 November is a Student-Free Day for our Years 7 & 8 students at the Glenroy Campus to all our Junior Campus staff time for correction and report writing of the end of year reports.

Thursday, 6 December is a Student-Free Day for our current Year 7 students to allow our staff time to plan for the 2020 Year 7 Orientation Day on Friday, 7 December.  Our current Year 8 students will be involved in their 2019 Headstart Program at the Senior Campus from Monday, 3 December to Thursday, 6 December. This means that our current Year 7 students will finish the 2018 school year on Wednesday, 5 December at 3:10pm.


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 (in excess) 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.


Student Leadership Camp

On Friday, 26 October to Sunday, 28 October most of our student leaders attended our annual Student Leadership Camp at Don Bosco Camp in Safety Beach.  They completed a range of team building activities and planning for the 2019 school year. I am looking forward to working with the 2019 student leaders as they displayed a high level of enthusiasm and initiative in my time at the camp. My thanks to Miss Liz Perkins for all of her organisation for the camp. Thanks also to Mr Ernie Pisani, Ms Katya Brandon, Mr Joe Bilotta, Mrs Nola Francis, Ms Anita Duhig, Ms Lucy D’Angelo, Mrs Stacey Noulas and Mr Joshua Pires for attending the Student Leadership Camp over the weekend.


Farewell to Year 12 students

As our Year 12 students completed their formal classes with us last week and begin their written exams this week it is fitting that we pay tribute to them in this, their final newsletter, before their final exams finish.  For all of our Year 12 students, their behavior was impeccable throughout the final week where they completed a range of activities included a College Assembly where they were farewelled by all staff and students, their Year 12 Breakfast and dress up morning and the Graduation Mass.  We take this time to reflect on their contribution and achievements over the past six years and celebrate the conclusion of their secondary education.

I take this opportunity of firstly thanking our two College Captains, Alexandra Gilpin and Jessica Repic for their leadership of the student body over 2018.  Both of these young people have worked very hard and have made a wonderful contribution this year.  I also thank all of other Year 12 students who have held positions of leadership for their contribution to our Penola Community.

I have recently spoken at a Year 12 Assembly to highlight to the students the importance of remaining focused on study in the coming weeks as they approach their examinations.  I also highlighted the importance of safety in the post examination celebratory period and to look out for each other during this time to avoid any unpleasant or dangerous incidents. I encourage parents and guardians to discuss this with their children if they are going away with others to celebrate.

I encourage the Year 12 students to become active in the Penola Collegians Association next year so that they may maintain strong links with the College Community into the future.  I wish all the Year 12 students every grace and blessing for their future and, in particular, wish them well in the upcoming examination period.

I am sure that all members of our community will keep our Year 12 students in their prayers over the next few weeks.  I have included below an excerpt from my speech at the Graduation Mass

“…As parents, family members and staff members, there are, no doubt, many things that we would like to say to you, our graduating students, as you prepare to leave the College and embark on the journey of adulthood.  Our hearts are filled with hopes and prayers for you, and indeed some fears and anxieties as well. I would like to share several of those hopes with you.

We hope that you will be people filled with joy.  Life is full of many wonderful gifts.  May you recognize in these gifts the spirit of our gracious and loving God.  With great joy, may you be able to place your trust and hope in God.

We hope that you will be people filled with love.  May you be able to share the gift of yourself with others and as you do so, be able to grow in self-understanding and acceptance. Our most basic human need is to love and to be loved in return.  It is difficult to love those who are selfish and totally self-centered.  As parents I thank you tonight for the privilege of educating your sons and daughters and congratulate you on your insight in working with the College to promote Christian values.

We hope that you will be people filled with peace and that you will be peace-makers.  Our world is crying out desperately for peace.  Peace-makers seek to transform the world.  May you use your energy, talents, skills and, most of all, your imagination, to create such a world.

We hope that you will be people filled with courage.  To be courageous is to be true to yourself. We pray that in all situations in your lives you will be true to your human dignity as people created in the image and likeness of a loving God.  We pray that you will be true to the ideals and values of the Christian faith, the faith in which you have been nurtured within your family, your schools and parishes.

We hope that you will be people filled with compassion.  To be compassionate is to journey with those who suffer or who are in need.  Like Saint Mary MacKillop, our College patron, may you never see a need without doing something about it.  May you recognize the great injustices in our world and be fired with a burning zeal to make the world a better place. ..”

I know this is an exciting time but it is also a pretty scary one. The future can be uncertain. Your story has not yet been written, so embrace the uncertainty. University or TAFE is great but trust me, it's not for everyone.  One of the benefits of uncertainty and change is the myriad of opportunities it provides. Who would have thought when I left school that there would be web designers, social media editors or mobile phone sellers!

To parents and family members, I say thank you for the privilege of allowing us to share in the lives of these young women and young men.  We thank you for the trust you have placed in us. I congratulate you for the work that you have done as parents and care-givers in raising such wonderful young people.  To those families of Year 12 students who this year will conclude their association with Penola, I thank you for your commitment to Catholic Education and for your support of Penola Catholic College over many years.  May you continue to be blessed in the important role that you play as parents and guardians.

Finally to the students I would like to finish by reminding you who you are.  You are Penola people and you have been educated at a College which has respected you.  You have come from families that have loved you unconditionally.  As you move into the next stage of your life travel the journey with confidence in the spirit of Jesus Christ and Saint Mary MacKillop.


Year 10 Ball

The Year 10 Ball is one of my favourite events in our Calendar as it provides an opportunity for our parents to see their sons and daughters interacting with others and enjoying themselves.  It also allows us as staff members to see some of our students in a different light as they present themselves in a different way to the way in which they may present in the classroom.  My thanks to the staff who attended the night, our Year 10 PE Staff who assisted in teaching the dancing, Ms Michelle Galati, Mr Deveraj Kumar and Mrs Rosa Lucarelli for their expert dance tuition and to Mrs Liviana Daniele and Mr Mark Johnstone for all of their organisation of the event.  My favourite part of the night is the father-daughter and mother-Son dance where all enjoy the experience!



For me Term 4 is the beginning of something wonderful: Spring, new journeys and for all those who love Christmas it is the beginning of the countdown to Advent.  As the end of the year approaches for the students, it is important to savour the experiences of these final few weeks at school. Taking the time to laugh with friends, enjoy the warmth of the approaching summer sun, the fragrance of the blooming blossoms and to remember how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful city. This term we will be focusing on offering thanks and goodwill to not just God within prayer, but amongst the teachers and the students as a focus within religion classes. We hope that you have the opportunity to stop in a beautiful park or on a sandy beach, and to lie down and look up at the wonderful sky that encompasses us. To take in its grandeur and simply say, ‘Thank you God for this wonderful gift of life and nature, I am eternally grateful.’


Spring Awakening by Lily Baker

Spring is the magical time

When the rainbow lorikeets hum and the honey suckles Blossom,

When I actively bounce down the sand dunes

And onto the pea green grass,

The waratahs and the wattles bloom,

And my heart opens to the riot of spring.

I love this time when everything comes to life,

Nature triumphs in the trees, swaying freely in the wind,

Stealing my train of thought

And making my imagination run wild.

I am inspired by this heavenly kingdom,

The tranquility of dew droplets falling,


The mastery of the rain.

I feel connected.

Tree sap trickles down the bark of native gum trees

I examine this, calmly, curiously.

Sometimes the wind whispers to me at dusk

Giving me confidence within my body

I promise

I will always make the most of springtime.


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol. 16

Dear parents, the term is moving at a fast pace and the senior campus is gearing up for the final stages of 2018. Last week we had a fitting finale for our Year 12 students. The final assembly and Graduation Mass and ceremony were tributes to them as they enter their final stages of their enrolment at this school. We …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 16

  EXAMINATION DATES FOR YEAR 7-11 STUDENTS It is essential for students to be using their time wisely and prepare for the end of year examinations, which will begin on the Senior Campus on the Thursday 8th November 2018.  Once the examination period is completed, students and teachers will begin following the 2019 timetable through our Headstart Program. Year 7 …

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From the Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission Nicole Allan Vol. 16

From the Faith and Mission Team From the Head of Religious Education, Broadmeadows – Maria Alberto Year 9RE Toolangi Forest Immersion On Thursday the 20th of September, students from 9E and 9F ventured to the Toolangi state forest on a pilot PBL excursion. This initiative was designed to enhance their learning within the Stewardship unit and also offer inspiration for …

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Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation Surfing Excursion

The Year 10 Outdoor Recreation class arrived a Penola Catholic College bright and early to get on the bus and be on our way to Torquay. Once we had arrived we could see the amazing view from where the bus had parked – we were all very keen to get straight out and give it a go!

We firstly all went for a walk along the shore to have a look at the breaking waves and dip our feet in the, at the time freezing water. Once the “Go Ride A Wave” staff arrived they jumped straight out, greeted us all and organised us with our wetsuits that they had provided along with the surf boards. We soon after headed down to the beach, lay down our surfboards and tuned in to the two instructors. They gave us all the basic instructions we needed to understand how to surf and how to stay safe while surfing. Straight after that, we all headed out into the water that wasn’t near as cold thanks to the wetsuits. We all gave it our best effort to try to see who could do the best out of all of us.

After completing the surfing I can comfortably say we all had a great day out on the water. We either all cheered on when one of us stood up or laughed at them trying, in any case we all loved it. I personally would highly recommended the Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation subject to anyone interested in our amazing outdoors and who wants to experience and learn about things you wouldn’t in any other subject.

Written by Tom Gleeson 10A


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.


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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