Newsletter - Volume 9 - 13 June 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.  We celebrated Pentecost Sunday last Sunday.  Without Pentecost the Christ event – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus – remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can becoming living Christs here and now. Pentecost lifts the whole mystery of salvation out of its particularities and makes it into something universal, embracing all peoples, all countries, all seasons, and eras.  Pentecost is also the moment of empowering. Each individual human being can claim the Spirit of Jesus as the guiding spirit of her or his life. In that Spirit we can speak and act freely and confidently with the knowledge that the same Spirit that inspired Jesus is inspiring us.

New Cover over the Performing Arts Courtyard

Over the past week, Greenline have installed a cover over the Performing Arts Courtyard that will provide additional shelter and shade on the Broadmeadows Campus.  My thanks to Mr John Gribble, Property Manager for all of his hard work in seeing this concept being realized.  My thanks also to Mr Simon Ridings, our new OHS Compliance Officer, for ensuring that those on-site were briefed around our safety procedures.  I have included a couple of photographs of this area.

New Deputy Principal of Learning and Teaching announced

Congratulations to Mr John McKay who has been appointed as the Deputy Principal of Learning and Teaching for 2020-2024.  John is a former student of Penola Catholic College graduating in 2003 and a former staff member in 2007 & 2008 where he worked as a Languages Assistant.  John has completed a Masters of Leadership at Australian Catholic University, a Masters of Education (Student Wellbeing) at the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Certificate of Teaching Religious Education with Yarra Theological Union, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) with Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. 

John is currently working at Assumption College, Kilmore where he has held the roles as Head of Languages, Frayne House Coordinator and, most recently, as Leader of Professional Practices. His referees referred to him as a “people person” and attested to the fact that John builds strong relationships with students, parents and his colleagues. He is a practicing Catholic and a member of the Marist Association.  His mother was a member of the inaugural Penola Catholic College Board and all of his siblings attended Penola Catholic College.  His vision for Penola Catholic College is to foster a student-centred learning and teaching program that is informed by evidence.

AJASS Conference

Last week I attended the annual AJASS Conference in North Sydney.  It was a great opportunity to learn from colleague principals and leaders who are also working in Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Schools.  There are currently 38 schools throughout Australia and New Zealand who have joined AJASS in an attempt to understand the Josephite charism and live it out within today’s context. We had the opportunity to visit the site of Kincumber. The Sisters of Saint Joseph have maintained an important link to Kincumber since “Mother” Mary MacKIllop and the Sisters first established this site as a home for boys in 1887. The area has more recently been designated by Gosford Council as Mary MacKillop Peninsula.  Mary MacKillop established an institution for the poor and destitute at the Rocks in Sydney. This institution was known as St Josephs Providence.

Sr Catherine Mead, spoke at our AJASS Conference about the role of Josephite Education.  She is a Josephite sister who has worked in a number of Josephite schools in South Australia including times as Principal of these schools.  She is currently working part-time at Mt Carmel College in Port Adelaide and is completing a PhD on Educational Leadership in the Josephite Tradition:

Her research to date indicates that there are 4 key characteristics in Josephite Education:

• Founding Story

• Core Set of Values – Strength in Compassion, Dignity, Charity, Justice and Inclusion

• Symbols and Languages – Use of respectful and inclusive language

• Service to the Community – Belonging is central

Her research has also identified the following key characteristics of a Josephite approach to Leadership:

• Faith inspired Leadership – integration of faith and prayer, humility and compassion.

• Integrity in Leading Mission – Congruency of mission and tradition

• Leadership as Service and Vocation – Integration of Gospel values, Servant leadership built on the development of strong relationships.

• Leadership Formation – Capacity building in faith, spirituality and educational leadership.

The ongoing question for us is how to witness the Gospel news through the Josephite charism to the students entrusted to our care.  I found these days challenging as I listened to how these remarkable women, the Sisters of St Joseph, were answering God’s call. 

Work Experience

Thanks to our Careers Staff for their tireless work in assisting over 215, Year 10 students with work placements in the week of 3 June – 7 June.  Thanks also to staff who took the time to visit a number of students within their work placements during this time.  Many favourable comments have been received from employers and the wider community regarding the positive impact that many of our students had within their work placement.  As a school community it is great to receive these comments as often as possible as we only hear negative comments regarding the youth of today but it is great that the community gets to see the wonderful young people that we deal with daily, in action.  More information regarding this week of work experience will be contained within the Newsletter.

Robin Hood

We are looking forward to enjoying the production of “Robin Hood” which will be presented over three evenings from Thursday, 20June – Saturday, 22 June in the Mary MacKillop Auditorium at 7:30pm. There is a matinee session on Saturday, 22 June starting at 2:00pm as well. Students and staff, under the direction of Mr James Maddocks, have been working hard for many months now in preparation for what promises to be an outstanding series of performances.  We wish them well and I encourage students and families to support them by your attendance.

End of Term

Students will be dismissed on Friday, 28 June at 3:10pm.  Classes for Term 3 resume at 8:35am on Monday, 15 July.

I hope that the holiday period provides some respite from the normal busyness of life and that students and staff return refreshed for the new term.

Let us give thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts of the second term and the first semester.

Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.

Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices and provide me with advisors to help me with life’s difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.

And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me.

I am extremely grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned acts of kindness.

Thank you, Lord.

In your name, Amen.


Year 8 Resilience Incursion

On Friday 24th May 8A, C, E, H and 8 I participated in the Resilience Incursion that took place during the Pastoral Lesson.

The incursion took a positive and constructive approach to giving students the necessary tools when dealing with stress, anxiety, grief, anger, depression and other difficult emotions. It also provided students with knowledge on where to seek help, at and outside of school, and how to be proactive in helping others and become more resilient.

Key concept covered during the session were:

-          To identify our part as community members

-          Strategies when coping with stress, grief or depression

-          Decision making based on reasoned values and community

-          Promotion of empathy, community and working together.

The students appreciated the opportunity to be engaged in the activities that ran during this session and I am positive that they took away some valuable suggestions from the presenter.

The following homerooms 8B, D,F, G, H, J and 8K also participated in the Graffiti Incursion, where they explored the issues of graffiti our community is faced with in an educational presentation. This presentation was led by Warner Youth Education and it informed our students of legal, social and personal consequences of graffiti. It encouraged students to be part of the solution by taking care of our surroundings, including our school grounds, and by developing a sense of civic pride.

In the following Pastoral Lesson, students alternated incursions.

Anisa Shllaku
Year 8 Co ordinator


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


NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please click here for more information. 


CSEF Claim Reminder…applications close 21st June 2019

Note: if you have submitted a claim this year there is no further action required. 

Otherwise download an application form and send to Broadmeadows Accounts or Glenroy Campus Office please contact CSEF officer : Delia Gaetano on 93012777 for any queries

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:
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Telephone:(03) 9301-2777
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