Newsletter - Volume 17 - 15th November 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

Dear members of the Penola Catholic College Community,

Month of November

Traditionally, Catholics observe November as the month of the Holy Souls.  The month commences with two great Feast Days, the Feast of All Saints (1st Nov) and the Feast of All Souls (2nd Nov). As I have mentioned in previous editions of this newsletter, it is also quite appropriate that during this month we observe Remembrance Day, 11 November, the anniversary of the day in 1918 when the hostilities ceased in the Great War, now more commonly known as the First World War.  In remembering, honouring and praying for the dead we recognise the inestimable value of life, the dignity and sanctity of those who have died, and the sure belief that life continues beyond death albeit in a way that we do not fully understand. In remembering and praying for own loved ones who have died, we pay tribute to the gift that they have been to us, and we extend to them the care that they shared with us during their lives on earth.

Last week, at a special Memorial Mass in St Joseph’s Chapel, we prayed with those in our community who have suffered the loss of family members and friends this year.  The great consolation for us is that we know that those who have died are now with God, and are experiencing the fullness of God’s mercy and love.

We also celebrated All Saints day on Thursday, 1 November.  On this day we remember the people of God throughout history like our patron, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who have been recognised as Saints by the Church. These individuals, young and old have lived out their faith and, at times, have paid the ultimate price for believing in God by giving their lives as martyrs.  This year we think again especially of those countries around the world where Christians are being persecuted and are suffering for their faith. We remember the living saints of our times, the people of God living in this world today who by their example live their faith out daily.  We pray that the Saints past and present may inspire us all to follow their example of service to others.

Consecration of the New Altar and Church at St George’s Chaldean Catholic Church

On Friday, 9 November, I was invited to the consecration of the new altar and Church at St George’s Chaldean Catholic Church in Campbelltown.  Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona presided over the service and did the blessing with a range of other invited guests including Auxillary Bishop Mark Edwards, Frank Maguire State Parliamentarian for Broadmeadows and Geoff Porter, Mayor of Hume City Council. It was a fantastic celebration and Fr Maher Gorges, parish priest of St George’s Chaldean Catholic Church was justifiably proud.  My congratulations to the Parish Council for all of their hard work and what they have achieved.  It was pleasing to see a number of our Chaldean Penola families in attendance as well.

2018 Art Show

The annual College Art Show was opened on Wednesday, 8 November.  The works on display have been taken from all subject areas in the Visual Arts Department and across all year levels.  The items on display are of a high standard and provide evidence that our students have wonderful opportunities to develop their talents and skills in these areas of endeavour.  Congratulations to Ms Francesca Pascalis, Mr Jason Hussey and all our Art Teachers and Technicians for their efforts throughout the year and for the organization of the Art Show.

Annual Awards Night

The annual Awards Night will be held in the Assembly and Sports Hall on Monday evening, 26 November, commencing at 7:00pm.  Our guest of honour will be Justine Cumbo, a former Penola Catholic College student. All College families are warmly invited to attend this significant occasion.

Under the Starts Concert

Our music performers had the opportunity to shine at the Under the Stars Concert held on Wednesday, 7 November.  This event showcased the talents of our musicians, bands and performers. Unfortunately I am rhythmically challenged but I can appreciate the talents of our students and their musicianship.  Hours and hours of practice goes into perfecting their skills and talents and I was incredibly proud of the courageous students who performed live on these nights.  I thank the parents and friends who supported our students on these nights as well as the Music Staff including Mr James Maddocks, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mr Richard Linton and our Instrumental Teachers Michael, Ben and Susan.                                      


This year we are continuing our successful Headstart Program at the end of the year to two and a half weeks for current Year 9, 10 and 11 students.  In effect this means that our current Year 9 - 11 students will commence their 2019 VCE/VCAL subjects on Wednesday, 21 November and finish on Thursday, 6 December.  The advantages to this program are that students can begin their 2019 classwork earlier and giving them additional time to learn their respective VCE and VCAL subjects.  I have included this information now so that families can plan their end of year holidays with certainty and also know the finish times of each of the respective year levels.

Year 11 End of Year Dates

Exams                                     Thursday, 8 November – Thursday, 15 November

Celebration Day                    Friday, 16 November

Headstart Program               Wednesday, 21 November – Thursday, 6 December


Years 10 End of Year Dates

Last day of classes               Thursday, 8 November

Exams                                    Friday, 9 November – Friday, 16 November

Headstart Program               Wednesday, 21 November – Thursday, 6 December


Year 9 End of Year Dates

Last day of classes               Monday, 12 November

Exams                                    Tuesday, 13 November – Friday, 16 November

Headstart Program               Wednesday, 21 November – Thursday, 6 December


Years 8 End of Year Dates

Last day of classes               Thursday, 29 November

Headstart Program               Monday, 3 December – Thursday, 6 December


Year 7 End of Year Dates

Last day of classes               Wednesday December 5


Student Free Days this Term

Monday, 19 November  and Tuesday, 20 November are Student Free Days for the Broadmeadows/Senior Campus. This will allow our Senior students (Year 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 (Year 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 Year 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.


REMAR Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Fr Tony Cox and Mrs Melissa Fry and the 7 members of our Blue Caravel who will travel to Alice Springs on Friday, 30 November for the REMAR solidarity immersion experience and return on Sunday, 9 December. Once again, our caravel members will support the people of the Amoonguna Indigenous Community located near Alice Springs.  We wish them every blessing and trust that both communities, ours and theirs, will be enriched by this experience.


God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.



From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol. 17

The 2018 academic year is slowly winding down with the last of the exams being completed on the senior campus in the next few days. We hope that the endeavour shown by students over the past few months will reflect the results of the examinations. We wish them well.   Year 12 Graduation Dinner The last of the Year 12 …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 17

Congratulations to all of the Year 9-11 students this week!

EXAMINATIONS – YEAR 7 & 8 STUDENTS Year 7 & 8 examinations take place on Monday 19th November as previously advised.

EXAMINATIONS - YEAR 12 The Year 12 VCE Examinations are progressing very well and will conclude on Wednesday 21st November.   Headstart & Campion …

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Attention Year 7 and Year 9 Parents

RE: NAPLAN Student Growth Reports

All Year 7 and Year 9 families were mailed their child’s 2018 NAPLAN Student Growth Report pack a few weeks ago.

This year Penola Catholic College is trialling a new initiative with our 2018 NAPLAN data.  You will find in this pack your child’s NAPLAN Student Growth Report along with a NAPLAN Self-Reflection sheet and a copy of their Writing Task completed. We ask parents and guardians to review these documents and have a conversation with your son or daughter about their growth achieved. Once completed we ask that with your child, you set some achievable goals based on the data supplied, sign this document in the space provided and return these documents to your child’s Homeroom Teacher by the very latest Friday 23rd November.

The NAPLAN Student Growth Reports and Self-Reflection sheets serve as a positive start to encourage you and your child to discuss the growth that has been achieved.  Please note that this is one of many mediums that we use to track our students growth. This growth varies in each section of the NAPLAN paper and with this; areas of improvement can be a focus and goals to achieve in the coming years.  We encourage all families to focus on the growth that has occurred and also having the ‘Growth Mindset’ that improvements can be attained.

These NAPLAN Student Growth Reports will then be filed until the commencement of the 2019 school year where they will be distributed accordingly to your child’s Year 10 English and Mathematics teachers. Furthermore, this information will better assist staff in focusing on your child’s strengths, as well as areas for improvement.

If you any questions or concerns regarding the aforementioned please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sandra Harrison

Success Coordinator

T: 99089019

E: sharrison2@penola.vic.edu.au


2018 Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation

The 2018 VET Outdoor Recreation class has been an extremely enjoyable and memorable class. With excursions such as rock climbing and surfing, there were never any dull moments. Many of our excursions were opportunities to step out of our comfort zones and push ourselves while earning our qualifications along the way.

Our excursions included rock climbing at an indoor venue in the CBD, abseiling and mountain bike riding at the You Yangs, bushwalking in the Werribee Gorge, canoeing on the Maribyrnong River and surfing at Torquay. The participation and enthusiasm was exceptional from all within the class with courtesy and maturity shown on every excursion.

Also a massive thanks to Mr Hipwell and Mr D. Pisani on behalf of the class for organising and attending each our excursions for this year.

Written by Samuel Stronach 10D


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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