Newsletter - Volume 2 - 21 February 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Year 7 Enrolments 2019

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for next year (2020) closed on 17 August of last year.  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.

Beginning of the Year

It is hard to believe that that the students have only been back three weeks.  In this time we have had a range of activities including our Beginning of the Year Mass, Year 7 Information Evening, Years 9-11 school photographs, Parents and Friends Meeting, College Board Meeting, Opening Academic Assembly and our Year 7 Welcome Dinner.  Our Year 7 Welcome Dinner took place last Friday and we had in excess of 450 people in attendance.  My thanks to the Parents and Friends who sponsor the evening and all those who attended. At our first College Assembly we acknowledged our VCE High Achievers from the Class of 2018 (more information contained later in this newsletter) and presented College pins to all of our new students.

Parent Information Session for the Broadmeadows Campus on Wednesday, 27 February

As part of our endeavor to engage all parents in their child’s learning, you should have  received a personal invitation from the Homeroom Teacher of your child or children to our Meet and Greet Parent, Teacher, Student conversation meetings.  The first of these will take place for the Senior Campus on Wednesday, 27 February from 3:00pm until 5:30pm and 6:30pm until 8:30pm.  In the break it is our intention to run Information Sessions for each of Year 9, Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12.  The intention is to provide relevant information to parents on the same night as the PTSPM interviews so that parents will not have to come out on another night.  For this to be successful, it will require parents to attend the first round of interviews and stay on for the relevant information session or alternatively attend the information session first and then stay on for interviews.  More information about the night is included in Ernie Pisani’s section of this Newsletter.

The purpose of the Meet and Greet Session is for parents to meet the Teachers of their child or children, to convey important information about your child or children to the teacher and to discuss their goals for the year.  What we are seeking from these sessions is to find out as much information as we can about your child to assist us with planning and maximizing the growth of each student in our care.

Year 7 and Year 9 Camps                                                      

Best wishes to our Year 7 staff and students whose Camps occur next week.  They will attend Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza.  Our Year 9 Camps occur in the following week at Lady Northcote Camp near Bacchus Marsh. We wish them well for successful and enjoyable camps.

Co-curricular Programme

The co-curricular programme for 2019 has commenced.  A number of sporting activities have taken place including the first rounds of the Year 10 Premier League.  I encourage all students to participate in one or more of the extensive array of activities that are on offer.  Our Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday, 22 February at the new Oak Park Aquatic Centre.  Best wishes to our students and staff for a successful Carnival.

Thursday, 21 February – International Mother Language Day

This prayer invites us to come to a deeper awareness of the linguistic and cultural traditions that are part of the fabric of our community and city. We will be invited to pray for the grace to be people who aspire to solidarity through respect, understanding, tolerance and dialogue of and about cultural diversity.  Given the wonderful diversity within our own Penola community, I thought this prayer was most appropriate.

Loving God,

To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.

Help us all acknowledge the importance of learning through the mother tongue.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Chris Caldow


From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol. 2

Students are well into the year now and a number of calendared events have already taken place. The Year 12 retreats, the Opening College Assembly and the Opening Mass have been successful events which give the college opportunity to set the stage for a successful year. As term 1 is an extremely busy term, there are a number of other …

Read more.


Year 7 Welcome Dinner

On Friday 15th February, Penola hosted the new Year 7 families at the Year 7 Welcome Dinner.

Nearly 500 people gathered in the ASH for some great food and to meet other families that are joining the Penola community in 2019.  They all looked like they were having a great time and were very thankful for the Penola hospitality.  The night was made special with the singing and musical talents of Penola students Katrina and Hayden.

The Penola Parents and Friends Association (PFA) held a raffle on the night to raise funds which will ultimately go towards something for the College at the end of the year - this is yet to be decided at the next PFA meeting.  Many of the new parents enquired about the PFA and so we hope to see some more new faces at the next PFA meeting on Monday 4th March.

Many thanks to all the staff and PFA parents that helped with the organising and set up, selling raffle tickets, serving food and cleaning up.  It certainly was a successful night for both the College and the PFA.

Kind regards,

Sarah Alizzi

President - Penola PFA



On March the 23rd from 10am, Penola’s Broadmeadows Campus is proud to be hosting Rise, a one-day event organised by the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Created for young people from Year 9 to 25 years old, Rise is a Youth Festival that combines live music, amazing guest speakers, prayer and workshops with a festival atmosphere to allow young people to discover and deepen their faith, while celebrating their importance to the life of the Church today.

Hundreds of young people from different schools, youth groups and communities will come together to create this once in a life time experience!

Heaps of amazing guest speakers and musicians are lined up for the event, including Justine Cumbo, a former Penola Student who now inspires young people around the country with her talks and presentations; Josh Angrisano, an internationally acclaimed hip-hop artist who captivates audiences through the power of his music and storytelling, and has visited the College in the past for Reloaded; and the newly installed Archbishop of Melbourne, archbishop Peter A. Comensoli.

The event will take place on Saturday the 23rd of March, at Penola’s Broadmeadows Campus (29 Gibson St, Broadmeadows). Rise begins at 10am, and will conclude at 10pm, for a jam-packed day of discovery, wonder and excitement.

Rise is shaping up to be a life changing event for the young people of Melbourne, and will be like nothing the northern suburbs has seen before! We’d love for as many Penola students to come along and experience this first hand, right in the comfort of their school! Check out the flyer or www.risemelbourne.com for more information, or head up to Mannes House and find the College Youth Ministers, Gil and James Mein, who’d be more than happy to talk more about the experience.

See you there!!


Are you interested in making a friend abroad?

Are you interested in going on one of the overseas College trips?

Then this is for you…!

In March this year we will be receiving a group of approximately 15 students from Japan on a Homestay program. Our Penola students travel regularly to Japan and are hosted by families from our Japanese Sister School, Dokkyo Saitama High School. They are now looking to visit Melbourne and complete Homestay with our Penola families.

This experience, as one can imagine, has many benefits, both for our visitors who are keen to improve their English language skills and their knowledge of Australia, and for our students studying Japanese who will be able to develop their Japanese language skills and learn more about Japan and its culture.

The Japanese students will be in Melbourne from March 15 to 25, 2019. We are now calling for expressions of interest from families who would be able to host a student during this period, providing board and lodging for the duration of the stay. While the Japanese students would attend school daily, it would be the responsibility of the host families to care for these students after school hours and during the weekend. Students who wish to go on any of the overseas College trips will be given first preference in the selection of candidates for future trips.

If you are interested in hosting a Japanese student, would you please email me at afavrin@penola.vic.edu.au  or telephone me on 9301 2757 as soon as possible.  

Of course, none of these programs are viable without the generous support of our families. I look forward to receiving a favourable reply from many of you..       

Please note also – there will also be a group visiting from France in May, should you be interested in that experience. More information to follow later in the year


Why Music?............

Because it’s FUN!

Learning a musical instrument is fun! The opportunity to learn a musical instrument is available to all students at Penola Catholic College, and is a very rewarding experience for students who take part. All students who learn an instrument will be instructed by teachers of the highest quality in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

Enrolments are now being taken for the Instrumental Music Program

If you are interested please collect your enrolment form from the Music Department.


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Second Hand Uniform Sales 

Fortnightly Tuesdays, Broadmeadows Campus

8.45am - 10.30am

Term One: Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 5, Mar 19, Apr 2
Term Two: Apr 23, May 7, May 21, Jun 4, Jun 18
Term Three: Jul 16, Jul 30, Aug 13, Aug 27, Sept 10
Term Four: Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 12, Nov 26

Interested in selling your uniform?

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. 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


2019 Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF) Changes

Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.

To Submit a CSEF Application in 2019

If you have applied for the CSEF  in a previous year, you do not need to complete an application form in 2019 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. The school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.

You will ONLY need to submit an application form in 2019 if any of the following changes have occurred:

• New student enrolments: your child has started or changed schools in 2019 or you did not apply at the same school in a previous year

• Changed family circumstances: such as: A change of custody, change of name, concession card number, or new siblings commencing at the school in 2019.


Delia Gaetano
CSEF Administrator

Attachments: (English, Arabic and Vietnamese)





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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