Newsletter - Volume 7 - 16 May 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Changes to the closing time of the Back Gate at Broadmeadows Campus

Towards the end of last term I wrote a number of letters to Hume City Council, Victoria Police and our local state parliamentarian, Mr. Frank Maguire, regarding improving the safety of all community members who utilise the underpass below Camp Road which travels to the Broadmeadows Train Station.  In recent times, we have had a number of students accosted by members of the public who are waiting in this area as our students walk from our back gate to the Broadmeadows Station. 

As a result of these letters, I am pleased to report that all have responded to the concerns that I raised and that a solution has been determined.  The Public Safety Officers employed at the Broadmeadows Train Station previously began at 5:00pm until the last train each day.  Fortunately due to an increase in the number of Public Safety Officers employed by the Victorian State Government, these hours have been extended so that Monday to Wednesday the PSO’s begin at 1:00pm until the last train and now begin at 9:00am until the last train on Thursdays and Fridays.  They have also given an undertaking to include the pathway from Penola’s back gate to the Broadmeadows Train Station as a patrol area from 3:10pm until 3:40pm. This will make the area significantly safer for all community members, particularly our senior students.

The Police raised their concerns about a small number of our students who walk down Gibson Street and then cross Camp Road, illegally at the end of Gibson Street.  In the interests of all students’ safety, I will be reinforcing the message of students using the underpass or alternatively walking up to the traffic lights further along Camp Road to ensure their own safety.  Student safety is paramount at Penola Catholic College and I would be devastated if one of our students was struck by a car on Camp Road by attempting to cross in the wrong place. In the interests of student safety, we have made the decision to close the back gate on the Broadmeadows Campus at 3:40pm.  Students leaving after this time will need to leave via the front gate, walk down Gibson Street and either walk to the traffic lights in front of St Dominic’s Catholic Primary School or use the pathway, which goes, underneath Camp Road.  I will reinforce this message with our students at both College and Year Level Assemblies.


Management of Parent Complaints

Penola Catholic College works in an educational partnership with parents for the benefit of all students. On entering into this partnership, families assume a number of important responsibilities which include: loyalty to the College community, a commitment to the College Mission statement and support of all College policies and expectations.

It is acknowledged that there may be occasions when parents wish to express concerns / make complaints regarding College matters.    Parents are always encouraged to communicate with the relevant College personnel to discuss their concerns.

The College is always available to assist parents through discussion in developing a clearer understanding of College expectations in all areas.

Parents are required to express their concerns in a calm and respectful manner towards all staff who may be involved. On presenting the concern, the family must be able to be identified.   Any anonymous concerns or complaints cannot be satisfactorily investigated, as the College would be unable to confirm them as genuine.

In having specific concerns / complaints addressed we recommend that initial contact be made with the relevant College personnel in the order below:

In all cases where the matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved, parents are encouraged to contact the College Principal.

Mother’s Day Breakfast

The Mother’s Day Breakfast was held on Friday, 10 May. It is a great community event, which enables mothers and grandmothers to spend time with their sons and daughters or grandchildren. My thanks to our Catering Manager, Mrs Maria Cuzzupe, Mr Garry Cottom and other staff who assisted with the preparation and serving of the breakfast, our fantastic Maintenance Team for their efforts in setting up and packing up the Assembly and Sports Hall and to Mrs Xidias for her overall organisation of the various aspects of the event.


This week our students in Years 7 and 9 sat the annual NAPLAN tests in literacy and numeracy. This is a major event organisationally and requires much pre-planning so that the testing process can run smoothly. The student data generated by these tests will assist the College in continuing to improve student learning outcomes in the future and will provide valuable information about the level of improvement in student literacy and numeracy skills in the College.

My thanks to staff involved with this organisation particularly Mrs Sandra Warren, Mr Keven Zavadlal, Mr Simon Greatwood, Ms Nicole Allan and Ms Angie Barilla.

Student Photographs

A reminder to all parents that you need to notify the College if you do not give permission for your son or daughter’s photograph to be published in newsletters or promotional materials.  We would like to begin to place more photographs and videos on our website and so I take this opportunity to remind you of the student permission form for photographs.  If we have not received your permission form back at the College we have assumed that your consent has been provided.  It is the responsibility of each family to make this decision and notify the College if you decide to exclude your son or daughter from having their photograph published.  In practical terms, this will mean that your son or daughter will need to be excluded from most group shots such as class photographs as these are published in our Year Book each year.

Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings

Our next round of Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings take place on Tuesday, 21 May from 3:00pm – 5:30pm with a dinner break from 5:30pm – 6:30pm and our evening session from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. I have been heartened by the numbers of parents who have been attending our interviews and taking an active role in the learning of their children.  Research indicates that parents who take an active role in their child’s education results in significantly better outcomes for these students.  Your son or daughter notices whether you attend these interviews, whether you are taking an interest in what they are doing and whether you think learning is important. Parents act as role models in so many areas of a child’s life and their beliefs about education and the importance of learning are vital.

Staff Spirituality Day

On Monday, 13 May we had a Student Free Day so that all staff could gather at The Meadows for our annual staff Spirituality Day.  The purpose of the day was for staff to recognize their contribution to creating a Catholic school where staff are able to best live their mission and purpose at our school. The focus of the day was on ‘Living and Promoting the Gospel in Catholic Schools through Beauty, Truth and Goodness.’

Our presenter for the day was Steve Lawrence who is a former AFL footballer at Hawthorn including winning a premiership in 1991, Steve was a Director of Australia’s largest ever event, the World Youth Day, which hosted 500,000 people in Sydney 2008, where he had a major role in its success, and a father of six children. Steve was able to provide examples of beauty, truth and goodness from his own life experiences in ways that engaged our staff through humorous anecdotes and stories.  My hope is that all staff in attendance were able to recognize the beauty, truth and goodness in their own lives and be able to share this with our students and their families.  Thanks to the Faith and Mission Team for their organization of the day.

National Reconciliation Week (next fortnight)

National Reconciliation Week celebrates the rich culture and history of Indigenous Australians. It is the perfect time for all Australians to think about how to help turn around the disadvantage experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is also a time where we can reflect about what we are doing to advance the process of reconciliation.

Reconciliation involves achieving an understanding of the facts of Indigenous Australia, including history and its continuing effects, the importance of culture, the contribution of Indigenous people to the Australia that we live in today, and the diverse situations of Indigenous people living in our communities. This understanding is fundamental for respectful engagements and mutual acceptance between people.

The week coincides with two important dates in Indigenous Australia’s recent history. 27th of May marks the anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which more than 90 per cent of Australians voted to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution, which discriminated against Indigenous Australians. It enabled Indigenous people to be included in the Census, and Federal Parliament the power to make laws in relation to Indigenous people.

3rd of June marks the anniversary of the High Court’s judgment in the 1992 Mabo case. The decision recognised the Native Title rights of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original inhabitants of the continent and overturned the myth of terra nullius – the belief that the continent was an empty, un-owned land before the arrival of Europeans in 1788.

Prayer for the Journey of Healing

Almighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,

lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.

You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.

We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture

and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.

We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones,

through the separation of children from their families.

We are sorry and ask Your forgiveness.

Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.

In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a

future that is just and equitable.

Lord, you are our hope. Amen.


Visit from our Sister School – La Salle, Avignon (2-14 May, 2019)

A group of very excited Penola students joined me at the airport on Thursday evening, 2nd May, to welcome our visiting French students. Together with Loyola College, Watsonia, we are hosting 25 students from La Salle this year.

Thus far, the Homestay experience has been exceptional. Our host families are wonderful, the students and staff from La Salle are amazing and, according to the students, the program has been perfect. Students have participated in an Aussie Cooking Class, Aussie Rules Footy Clinic, Indigenous Painting experience, French lessons, classes with their hosts, a Treasure Hunt and a Tour of the School whilst at Penola. They have also been on excursion to Eureka Skydeck and Captain Cook’s Cottage, the MCG and QV Market for a Foodies Tour, Puffing Billy and Phillip Island.

In speaking to the French students, their favourite part of the Homestay has been living in the family. Parents have welcomed these guests into their homes and, according to the parents, do not want to let them go home. At school, the students were unable to identify their favourite activity because “we love everything we have done!”

Programs such as Homestay are invaluable for teaching and learning global connections and tolerance as we learn about another culture and how to appreciate it. We also get a glimpse of how others think and live, which all fosters an understanding and perception of the value of those who live in another country.

Such programs do not simply “happen” without the support of a number of people. I firstly would like to thank Mr Caldow and Executive for supporting such an invaluable learning experience for those from the Penola community who participate. My gratitude also goes out to those who were key players in delivering the program – Mr Hussey (Art), Mr Cottom (cooking), Mr Griffin and VCE VET Sport & Recreation Class (footy clinic), Ms Galati & Mr Sliwka for accompanying students on excursions, Mr Zavadlal for organising replacements so that events could take place, the Maintenance Team for everything they do, Maria and the Canteen staff for providing lunches and morning teas for staff and all the staff who smiled, spoke to teachers and students, and/or welcomed them into their classrooms.

To the French teachers and students: Merci, bon voyage, et à la prochaine….

Anna Favrin
Homestays Co-ordinator


Penola Sport Facebook Page 


Past Student Ezi Magbegor drafted by Seattle last week to play in the big league!


NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please click here for more information. 



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