Newsletter - Volume 6 - 2 May 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Dear Members of the Penola Catholic College community,

We celebrated ANZAC Day last Thursday, where we commemorate the landing of members of the 1st Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey on 25th April 1915.  For Australians the day carries enormous and solemn significance because it is the day on which we remember and pray for all those who have died in the service of our country, and we remember also those who served in the defence forces in the very many conflicts and peace-keeping missions in which our country has been involved.  We acknowledged ANZAC Day at our respective Campus Assemblies on Wednesday, 24 April 2019. We pray for the honoured dead whose sacrifice and memory remain so dear to us.

The Gallipoli campaign was but one chapter in a terrible war that cost millions of lives and was dubbed at its conclusion as “the war to end all wars”.  We know it today as the First World War, and we are also well aware that many wars and conflicts have since followed.  Those who have been to war know full well of its horrors, and upon their return speak mostly of the sacrifices of their comrades and the cause of peace.  As we pray for the dead, and all those who were injured or whose lives were deeply affected by war, let us pray also for peace in our world.  Let us give thanks for the great privilege of living in land that is relatively peaceful and let us do all that we can to ensure that all people are able to live in freedom and peace.

Changes to Reporting

As hopefully most of you are aware, we have started to report continuously online through MyPenola.  As each student completes their various forms of assessment, a comment is provided on MyPenola, which provides feedback about their performance in the assessment task, suggestions for improvement and a work habit.  Significant amounts of time and effort go into developing these comments and providing feedback to both parents and students.  Please take the time to review these comments and discuss with your son/daughter(s).

We have also made the decision to remove comments from the End of Semester Reports. Essentially the reports will look similar to previous years however, as these comments have already been provided on MyPenola there will not be a comment provided for each assessment task throughout the semester.  Parents will still receive an End of Semester Report for each subject, which will provide an overall percentage as an average for each student’s assessment tasks. A rating of their progress according to the new Victorian Curriculum progression points and a scale showing their performance in a range of general work habits.  This allows both the student and family to receive more timely feedback that then allows students to make the necessary changes or improvements before their next assessment task.  In the Semester 2 reports there will be a measure of growth to indicate whether student’s have progressed from Semester 1 to Semester 2 in each of these areas.

Athletics Carnival

The College Athletics carnival was held at the College on Wednesday, 3 April.  This is a major community event and is one of the few occasions throughout the year when students and staff gather for a day of friendly competition and enjoyment. More about the results and description of the day will follow later in the newsletter but I have to say that I was pleased with the large number of students who did attend the Carnival.  As mentioned in our last newsletter, all of these absences will be followed up and a significant number of students will be asked to attend school on Monday, 13 May to make up the time that they missed on the day of the Athletics Carnival.

There are some students and families believe that the Athletics Carnival is not a valuable activity and may condone the absence of their son(s) or daughter(s) from the Athletics Carnival.  This is most concerning to me, as I believe that students should be involved with all aspects of College life, not just the one’s that they enjoy or want to do.  Each student and family has signed up for the whole package and I believe that whole school activities are important and that each student should attend.   

Mother’s Day Friday May 10

This term we will again mark Mother’s Day with Mass at 7:15am followed by breakfast in the Assembly and Sports Hall (ASH) from 7:45am. I encourage you to come along, particularly our mothers, as we acknowledge the special contribution that you make to your son or daughter’s life.  The early morning start has never been a barrier to high levels of engagement and joy from our families.  We will be running a bus from the Broadmeadows Campus to Glenroy Campus at the conclusion of the activities.

Teaching protocols

As a staff we have been having a number of discussions about what constitutes excellent teaching.  As a result of these discussions last year we came up with a set of teaching protocols which we believe outlines what we are striving for as teachers at Penola Catholic College.  I have attached a copy of these protocols so that we can be held publically accountable for these protocols.  The intention is that all members of our community can see our teaching protocols and hold all of our teaching staff to account based upon these protocols. 

Teaching Protocols

1. We know our students and how they learn: 

• By broadening our understanding of the range of social, cultural and religious backgrounds of all students and work to ensure that all students are treated equitably

• By establishing positive relationships through formal and informal interactions catering to the learning needs of all students (Differentiating our teaching and assessment practices)

• By collaborating with each other, Learning Support Officers, EAL teachers and Literacy Coaches to cater to the learning needs of all students.

• By creating consistent and inclusive classroom environments, allowing all students to learn equally by tapping into their intrinsic motivation, vision, goals and journey.

2. We know our content and how to teach it:

• By using Learning Area and PC&T meetings to share, review and evaluate curriculum documentation (using the Penola curriculum development templates and Curiosity and Powerful Learning as a guiding principal)

• By following the Teaching and Learning cycle

• By developing a culture of high expectations for all students and believe that all students can succeed at their own level and pace

• By differentiating for all students in order to provide a challenging curriculum for all

• By collecting samples of student work to better document and measure student improvement.

3. We create and maintain a supportive and safe learning environment:

• By setting clear expectations that are positive

• By implementing co-operative learning strategies

• By managing challenging behaviours by using restorative practices to manage challenging behaviours

• By using ICT safely, responsibly and ethically

• By being vigilant about plagiarism.

4. We at Penola Catholic College assess, provide feedback and report on student learning:

• By using a variety of formative and summative assessment methods

• By collecting and analysing student data to gain an understanding of where students are at, planning accordingly and measuring the growth in their learning. (A sense of belonging and a desire to work towards God's Kingdom of justice and peace)

• By assessing students work regularly and providing feedback, ideally within two weeks

• By reporting on and celebrating student achievements.

5. We at Penola Catholic College engage in professional learning:

• By accessing various forms of professional learning to support the implementation of the mission of Catholic education, the vision and priorities for the College as a holistic community of learners

• By participating in Planning and Coaching Teams with colleagues to plan, collaborate, moderate, evaluate, observe and provide feedback to each other in order to improve practice

• By regularly reflecting on and critically evaluating our own professional knowledge and practice.

6. We at Penola Catholic College engage professionally with parents/carers, professional teaching networks and broader communities:

• By respecting the teachings of the Catholic Church, and sharing the responsibility to follow our mission statement and upholding Catholic values

• By communicating with families to support learning, productive school-family partnerships and supporting others in the profession to do so

• By aiming to be active members of the teaching profession

• By understanding and fulfilling our legal responsibility as teachers

• By responding to communication from parents via phone, email, diary or face to face within two working days.

Best wishes to all students, staff and families for a successful second term.

God Bless,
Chris Caldow


Year 8 Retreat

Last Friday, the year 8’s all attended school at the senior campus, for our retreat. On the day Father Rob Galea, a Maltese priest, would accompany us. We started the day by hearing part 1 of Fr. Rob Galea’s life story. He talked about being a teenager around our age. I was surprised when he said that in Malta the drinking age was 14! After part 1 of his story had concluded, we headed off into our small groups, to talk about what Fr. Rob had just said and learn more about each other. After we finished, we learnt part 2 of Fr. Rob’s story. He taught us how to turn around from our sins and our mistakes and how to be closer to god when we are struggling. We sang heaps of songs, for example ‘Angel’, ‘don’t you worry child’, and many more. At the end of part 2, we went back to our small groups and discussed our thoughts. Lastly, we spent the last two periods of the day saying prayers and having time of silence to take in what Fr. Rob had taught us and to give us some time to talk to God. It was a great day and a pleasure to meet and hear Fr. Rob Galea.

-Lilly Irvine 8K


Mother’s Day Breakfast @ Broadmeadows Campus

Friday, 10th May between 8.00am and 10.30am

Click here for your invitation!


STEAM WEEK at Glenroy Campus

24th to 28th June 2019

In the last week of Term 2 the Year 7 and 8 students will be participating in STEAM week, students have already chosen a project that they have an interest in. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.  The projects look to develop not only content knowledge, but also look to foster the skills that employees are seeking such as collaboration, effective communication and critical thinking.

Although this is an alternative program, students are expected to be at school during the normal school hours of 8:30 to 3:10, they are however are allowed to wear sports uniform.

Important Dates

Friday, 15th of May 2019                 Period 1 & 2 - students will begin the thinking process

Monday 24th June 2019                  Period 1 & 2 - guest speaker Doctor Thashara Perera, a past Penola student who in Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute with an expertise in engineering and software development.

Period 3 – 6 - group activities designed to begin the collaboration process

Tuesday 25th June 2019 - Project work commences

Friday 28th June 2019 - Final presentation - some groups presenting to the whole campus towards the end of the day.

Letters will be posted home with information on the project that students have chosen.  If you don’t receive this information, then please contact me at swarren@penola.vic.edu.au and I will resend the information.

Sandra Warren
Head of Teaching and Learning - Glenroy


Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal 

On Good Friday 2019, 21 of the Year 12 students, the 2018 College Captain Jessica Repic and staff members Miss Bonavia, Mr Paul, Mrs Murray-Fawcett, Mrs Agbeti, Mrs Lucarelli and Miss Perkin volunteered at the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal at the Convention Centre.

Penola Catholic College was fortunate enough to partner for the second year in a row with former student Brett Mahon (grad 1998) and his wife Kate Hawthorne who run the Photo Booth Company ‘Mr and Mrs Booth’ . Brett and Kate were very accommodating and allowed for the students to use the photo booth equipment, speak with the public and rattle donation tins. It was such a rewarding day for all involved and together $1330.50 was raised.

A huge thanks to all staff and students involved in the day. We thank you for giving up part of your holidays to raise much needed funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital.


Year 11 Outdoor & Environmental Studies Grampians Excursion

Dear Penola Catholic College Community,

On March 20th the Year 11 Outdoor & Environmental Studies cohort embarked upon their first outdoor experience for 2019. The destination was The Grampians National Park where students engaged in a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking and an indigenous education session to name a few. The weather gods were on our side all trip with perfect conditions for the duration, as our students put into practice some of the VCE O&ES theoretical components of the course learnt so far this year.

Some skills developed during camp included preparing and packing appropriately, cooking food on trangias (portable cookers) and setting up tents. Students were also required to adopt harm minimisation strategies during the trip to ensure that our impact on the natural environment was reduced. Highlights of the camp included hiking to The Pinnacle, kayaking on Bellfield Lake and learning about historical and contemporary indigenous relationships with the local area.

A big well done to all students involved, we sincerely hoped you enjoyed your first experience. Thank you to all parents for assisting in the preparation of this trip and a special thanks to staff members Mr. Hipwell, Mr. Bell-Warren and Mr. Romero for volunteering their time to attend. We look forward to preparing for our next camp; Mount Hotham in August.

Warm regards,
Mr. Reynolds
Year 11 Outdoor & Environmental Studies Teacher


You Yangs Abseiling & Mountain Biking

On Wednesday the 24th of April, Mr Hipwell and Mr Woodburn’s Year 10 VET Outdoor Recreation classes went on an excursion to the You Yangs National Park to participate in abseiling and mountain bike riding. It started off as a cold and miserable morning, thanks to Melbourne’s wonderful weather, but slowly the clouds cleared up and it turned out to be a nice day. When we arrived at the You Yangs we started with some skill training on the bike to prepare us for the ride.

Once we had some skills mastered, our journey began. After riding uphill for a while, our legs started feeling like jelly but as our wise leader stated “you have to ride up hill to get to the downhill”. This gave us some motivation as we persisted and finally reached the fun part. Going downhill was quite scary but totally worth it. After around an hour and half of riding we finally made it back to our starting spot alive. Despite a couple of broken bikes, a few grazes to the legs and being eaten alive by mozzies, it was an awesome experience.

Our next activity was abseiling. We went a little up the mountain to Big Rock lookout (the name is pretty much self-explanatory). We were secured with ropes and a harness and with a little confidence we abseiled down the rock wall. It was super nerve wrecking but so much fun!

Big thanks to the leaders, Mr Hipwell and Mr Woodburn for providing us with such an enjoyable experience that we will never forget.   

Liana Oliva
Year 10 student


Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies Surf Coast Excursion

On Thursday the 4th of April, the Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies cohort headed to the Surf Coast for their 3-day coastal discovery trip, the last trip of their two years of VCE OES.

Blessed with some fantastic weather, our students undertook the range of activities on offer, ranging from surfing, to education and also some conservation work. The behaviour of our students was excellent and in all attendance represented Penola Catholic College with pride and aplomb. Sites visited were Anglesea, Urquhart’s’ Bluff, Distillery Creek National Park, Fairhaven and Airey’s Inlet where students had the opportunity to learn about one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations that is also home many significant and threatened species such as the hooded plover whose population is now at 3000 and declining.

Well done to our 2019 Year 12 students on completing their VCE OES experiences and on behalf of Penola Catholic College, we hope you have had numerous positive experiences that will last you a lifetime and also help foster a sense of custodianship and respect for outdoor environments. A final thank you to Mr Reynolds and Mr Woodburn for assisting with this trip.

Mr Adam Hipwell
Year 12 Outdoor & Environmental Studies teacher


Health and Physical Education

Students engaged in learning in the Health and Physical Education learning area have been exposed to many learning opportunities in term 1 and this will continue into Term 2.

Year 7 and 8 Physical Education

During term 1, all of the Year 7 students participated in an Open Water Learning Experience run by Lifesaving Victoria at Sandridge Beach, Port Melbourne.

The program aims to teach students practical water safety, lifesaving and emergency response skills. We run this water safety program as part of a five eek aquatic unit of work.  Coming up this term all year 7's and 8's will be involved in swimming lessons at Broadmeadows Leisure Centre.  The aim of these lessons is to develop students swimming ability, and empower students to make safe aquatic decisions while enjoying all water-based activities. We would appreciate the support of the family members at home, ensuring the students attend school on the day of their physical education classes with their bathers, a towel and googles to gain full advantage of this program.


Year 9 Road to Zero

This year the Health and Physical Education learning area has introduced a new elective into the year 9 curriculum, "Road to Zero".  The curriculum is based around a world first interactive road safety exhibition developed by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) at the Melbourne Museum.  The students who complete the unit of work, attend the "Road to Zero" exhibition for the day and immerse themselves in learning about being better users of our roads. The intention of the exhibition is to improve young people's understanding and behaviours in relation to road use prior to them becoming drivers and ultimately have zero injuries and deaths on our roads.

The students developed a health promotion video whilst at the exhibition, that they are now getting ready to present to their peers later in the semester.  The students completing the unit are going to advocate for safer road use behaviours of their peers through their presentations.

Year 10 Physical Education

This term our year 10 students will be participating in a range of fitness activities both on campus and at outside organisations.  Students will be attending F45 in Tullamarine and Craigieburn Leisure centre to complete sessions at these venues.  We ask that parents and guardians please ensure care monkey has been read and completed for these classes.

Active April

Over the month of April we asked students to sign up to the Premier's Active April Challenge.  The call out was also put out to families in the Penola community to join up to the Penola team.  Congratulations to all those that have been "Active in April", we hope you improved your physical activities levels during the month and utilised the free YMCA pass and other benefits in the program.  Looking forward to another successful April in 2020.

Katherine Jones and Dion Hughes 


Penola Sport Facebook Page 



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)





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