Newsletter - Volume 8 - 30 May 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


PAVCSS Conference

I had the privilege of hearing Dr Anna Rowlands present at the PAVCSS Conference last week. She had so many great things to say but she stated, “the primary purpose of the Catholic school is the promotion of the Common Good through the education of children and young adults.”  We believe in students when others don’t.  We want our students to be confident to try new things to be able to address the issues that the world will face into the future.

The universal tendency for humans is to put one’s self at the centre of all things.  Our role is to lead adolescents out of self-centredness and into the world of others.

Schools should be unconditional but demanding of all students.  Home is where you can be spontaneous and learn to be your true self.  We want our schools to be like homes in this sense. What we owe our young is not second best but the very best.  “Good teachers give us a love of more than we can understand.”  Teaching is much more than presenting objective facts, it transforms who the student is. 

Mid-year examinations

Students in Year 10 finish exams this week and commence work experience next week.  Our Year 9 students will be involved in City Experience next week and hopefully will take the opportunity to become involved in a range of different activities. Year 11 students commence exams tomorrow and will complete their exams by the end of next week. A number of Year 11 students and all year 12 VCE students will be undertaking the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday, 12 June.  We wish them well for these important assessments.

Annual report

The Annual report for 2018 is available on the College website.  It provides an overview of the 2018 year for Penola Catholic College with reports from the five key areas of the College namely Education in Faith, Student Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching, Leadership and Management and Community.  It also includes a report from myself as Principal and Mrs Mary Anastasopoulos as Board Chair.

Vocal Festival at Gladstone Park Secondary College

Last Monday, 27 May our annual Vocal Festival was held at Gladstone Park Secondary College.  This was a fantastic night where our Junior and Senior choirs had the opportunity to perform along with a range of our talented solo vocalists.  The talent on display was fantastic and I am constantly in awe of the talents of all of our students, in this case our vocalists.  Special thanks to Mr James Maddocks, Head of Performing Arts, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mrs Tania Hatherell and Ms Rachel Andrews our vocal teacher for their efforts in preparing the students for this event.


Condolences to Mr Nick Laleas on the passing of his father on Sunday, 19 May.  We pray for Mr Laleas and his family and any other families within our community who are experiencing grief at the loss of loved ones.

Prayer for the next fortnight

This week the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit revealed itself to the world.  This Sunday celebrates the feast of the Trinity, a recognition of the three different forms of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  On Sunday, 20 June we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. In every celebration of the Eucharist, we remember the way that Christ fed the crowds who came to him and how he gave his entire life for us. He feeds us too when we remember and receive Christ’s self-offering, his body and blood in the form of bread and wine in the Eucharist.

Our country has just celebrated National Reconciliation Week and our world has celebrated International Children’s Day. There are many things to celebrate this week, but in particular, we want to hold in our hearts and minds this week that Christ gave his very life, his body and blood for us.  

O Lord Jesus Christ,

You who have given us Your precious Body and Blood to be our meat and drink,

grant that through frequent reception of You in the Holy Eucharist,

I may be strengthened in mind and body to do Your holy will.


Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.


A message from our Literacy Improvement Team

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Educational research states that one of the largest positive impacts on student outcomes is that of parent/guardian involvement. Bearing that in mind, below are five questions from Visible Learning Plus (https://www.visiblelearningplus.com/) that you might like to consider asking your son or daughter at the conclusion of their school day. This of course isn’t the “magic bullet”, however is one piece of the puzzle to helping your child achieve their very best at school.

Mr. Ashley Mills on behalf of the Literacy Improvement Team (Adam Hipwell, Carolyn Nguyen, Nola Francis)


Parent & Friends Association

Next Meeting:
Monday the 3rd June 7.00pm
Broadmeadows Campus


Penola Sport Facebook Page 


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