Newsletter - Volume 18 - 29th November 2018

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Congratulations to Ms Lucy D’Angelo who has been appointed as the sole Deputy Principal of Thomas Carr College in Tarneit from the beginning of 2019.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Lucy and I am sure that you will join with me in wishing her luck.  I would also like to take the time to publically thank Lucy for her efforts over the past 14 years at Penola Catholic College. I thank her for her magnificent contribution in her time with us.  Due to the fact that it is very late in the year, I have decided to appoint an Acting Deputy for the next 12 months and then advertise externally in May for the position from the beginning of 2020.

End of Year

As this is the final newsletter for 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Penola Catholic College community a very safe, happy and holy Christmas and summer holiday. For some in the community this time will include receiving VCE results and then confirming plans for 2019 at university or in another tertiary setting or commencing an apprenticeship or other employment. For students undertaking Units 3&4 VCE subjects, this time should include some form of preparation for the year of work ahead. It is important, however, that we enjoy the time shared with family and friends and that we express gratitude to our Lord for these gifts and blessings.

The year has been marked with great energy and success in many areas at the College. Congratulations to all students who committed themselves to their studies, to the co-curricular sporting and cultural activities available at the College and who were involved in some form of community service activity throughout the year. These are the students who will gain the most from their time at Penola Catholic College.   

On behalf of the wider school community, I would like to thank all staff (teaching and support) for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for providing the best for all students.

This Advent, as we prepare for the Blessings of this Christmas season, may I thank all Penola Catholic College parents for your support of the College throughout the year and for your partnership with us in the education of your sons and daughters. May Christ’s Peace and Joy be with each of you and with your loved ones.

One of the things that Mary MacKillop was fond of saying was “to never see a need without doing something about it.”  Mary MacKillop saw a need for Catholic education for the poor.  She tried to address this need by creating a religious order, the Josephite nuns, where they would go out to help the poor and help educate them and try to improve their situation and their life.

If you look at all of the great people within history they have all had a significant effect upon society.  Mary MacKillop is certainly one of these people.  Mary battled many hardships throughout her life, her health, she was ostracised and even had a period of ex-communication from the Catholic Church.  Through it all, she never lost faith in her own beliefs or her convictions that she was doing the right thing.  Mary MacKillop is an outstanding example of leadership in action.

Parents and Friends Association AGM

On Monday, 3 December the Parents and Friends Association of the College will hold its Annual General Meeting at 7.00pm in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium.  This will be followed at 7:30pm by refreshments in the foyer of the Auditorium. All parents of the College are invited to attend.

Remar Solidarity Trip

Best wishes to Miss Nicole Allan, Fr Tony Cox, 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. 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.

Year 12 Graduation Dinner

Last Friday night the College Staff gathered with the young men and women of Year 12 and their parents at their Graduation Dinner. It was a fantastic night made better by being able to share it with staff, students and parents. It is very rewarding to see the pride and the joy amongst the students and the excitement about having finished this part of their educational journey. Congratulations to all members of the class of 2018, their parents, teachers and all other staff who helped to get them to this point. We look forward to the release of the VCE results on Friday, 14 December and pray that our students get their just rewards for their efforts.

College Awards Evening

On Monday, 26 November, we held our annual Awards Evening, in which students were recognized for their achievements and contributions throughout the year.  We welcomed to the College as our guest of honour - Justine Cumbo.

Justine was a student of Penola from 2003 to 2008 during which time she enjoyed being a part of REMAR, SRC, school musicals and the St Vincent DePaul Society. Since then she has served as a missionary for two years with NET Ministries Australia, completed an undergraduate in Theology and History, worked as a Youth Minister at Penola for two years, has travelled, written and recorded her own music and has been on various mission outreach trips.

Justine is a Catholic speaker and presenter. She currently lives in Brisbane and works for Real Talk Australia, travelling the country presenting to high school students on topics of love, life and relationships. She is also a manager and supervisor for NET Ministries, in addition to which she also travels Australia speaking at major youth conferences and events. She has a passion to see youth and young adults live authentic and meaningful lives.

It was heartening to see so many students receive recognition for their efforts and participation throughout the year.  I congratulate all award recipients and I thank Mr Ernie Pisani, Mrs Dianne Lee and the members of the organising committee for their work in ensuring the success of the evening.

College Medals 2018

The award of a College Medal recognises those amongst us who have made significant contributions to the College over an extended period of time.

At the Awards Evening, the Josephite Medal was presented to Mrs Carmen Alongi. Carmen has been a member of the College Board from 2014 to 2018 and been involved heavily with our Parents and Friends. Carmen also gave up her time to be involved with the Board Executive which meet a week prior to the College Board Meetings. Carmen’s input into meetings was always welcomed and I thank her for her commitment during her five years.

Carmen has also volunteered her time at the Second-hand Uniform Shop over the past 5 years.  She willingly volunteers her time for a range of school and Parents and Friends functions and can be relied upon in a range of different ways always performing these tasks with a minimum of fuss.

The Charism of the Josephites has been to roll up your sleeves and help out where needed. Carmen has certainly been a supporter of this Charism by quietly helping out and assisting wherever she could.


In the next fortnight a number of staff members will be leaving the College.  Mr Frank Ferguson has resigned from the role as College Archivist as well as assisting in the Library after 25 years of service to our College. I thank him for his efforts and wish him well in the future.  Mrs Lynette Konsol decided to retire midway through this year after twelve and a half years of service in our Canteens on both Campuses. Mrs Rachel De Amicis also retires from the Canteen after 13 years of service.  I thank her for her efforts and wish her well in her retirement.

Mr Michael Biberow has taken up a position at Overnewton College and we wish him well. Michael has taught Information Technology as well as Business Management in his time at Penola Catholic College and been a Head of Learning for ICT.  He has been with us for the past 12 years and we wish him well at Overnewton College. Mr Mark Johnstone leaves us to join Bacchus Marsh Secondary College and was a fantastic Psychology and Health and Physical Education Teacher here for the past 8 years. I thank him for his service at Penola Catholic College.  Mr Chris Ailakis has taught Senior Maths here at Penola for the past year and leaves us to take up a position at William Ruthven College in 2019.  We wish him well. Mrs Hannah Bonaddio has resigned after teaching Visual Arts and for a period of time as Head of Visual Arts after 14 years at the College.  Hannah has moved to regional Victoria and I would like to thank her for her efforts during her time with us. Michelle Guillaumier leaves us as our VET Hairdressing and Make Up Services Teacher for the past six and a half years.  Michelle is travelling next year and we wish her well with her travels.

A number of other staff members are leaving because they have gained positions in other schools or settings, or because their contracts have concluded.  On behalf of the College Community I thank them for their work and efforts on behalf of our students. Best wishes to Daniel Pisani, Patrina Sami, Jane Dalli, Luke Corcoran, Olympia Kangalis, Troy Jacuta, Deborah Lewis, Amanda Chaharbakhsh-Elya, Alexandra Miranda, Mollie Ratcliffe, Bernice Galligan and Anita Duhig.

The following staff will be taking maternity leave for all of 2019 – Lisa Grech, Catherine Weekes, Elaine Georges and Bridie Wallace.


If you wish to sell your freshly dry cleaned second hand uniform items (new logo only), you can do so by leaving them at Reception at the Broadmeadows Campus. All items must show they have been dry cleaned by having the dry cleaning tag attached. 


Thank you Parents and Friends Association!

On behalf of Penola Catholic College we'd like to thank our Parents and Friends Association for their generous donation to one of our Student Scholarships for 2019 as well as their $2000 contribution to a special camera used to assist and enhance learning in the classroom.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas. 


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol. 18

Dear parents, As we continue to navigate our way through the final term, toward a much-earned break, the Headstart program has provided students with an invaluable insight into the academic requirements for 2019, as well as giving them a context for the holiday homework that is to come. We hope that these opportunities are well accepted by students and serve …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Lucy D’Angelo Vol. 18

CONGRATULATIONS ON SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING 2018 & LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019 We have come to the end of another fantastic year at Penola Catholic College. We have enjoyed watching our students grow and develop in every aspect of school life. One of the highlights for me has been working with many student leaders, especially Brooke Davids, Mason Bradford, Chanilka Arachchage and …

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Christmas Collection 2019

Dear parents and guardians,

This year we are collecting a variety of items for St. Vincent De Pauls to distribute during Christmas to families in our local community. Items that are non-perishable can be donated to the school. Items can include:

• Pasta

• Pasta sauces

• Biscuits

• Rice

• Tuna cans

• Muesli bars

• Spreads

• Cereals

• Special treats

• Activity books

• Reading books

• A gift; for example – a pair of earrings, a basketball (brand new, not used)

The collection will take place from the 26th November – 6th  December. All items can be left at the Broadmeadows campus office situated in Kerrsland. Please ensure that the food items are not passed their best before date.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.
Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

Soula Argyropoulos

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 Four: Oct 9, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 27

If you wish to sell your freshly dry cleaned second hand uniform items (new logo only), you can do so by leaving them at Reception at the Broadmeadows Campus. 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