Newsletter - Volume 10 - 27 June 2019

From The Principal: Chris Caldow


AJASS Conference

Two weeks ago 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. One of the sessions was an update on the Plenary Council which is being held in 2020.  The first phase was consultation and dialogue which has been conducted and they are now moving into the next phase which is titled listening and discernment.

6 National Themes for Discernment www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

• Missionary and Evangelising

• Inclusive, participatory and synodal

• Prayerful and Eucharistic

• Humble, healing and merciful

• A joyful, hope-filled and servant community

• Open to conversion, renewal and reform.

It also included a visit to another AJASS school in St Joseph’s College in East Gosford and a visit to Kincumber.  Kincumber was formerly a boy’s home established by Mary MacKillop and run by the Sisters of St Joseph.  It has been converted into a retreat and spirituality centre.

Another session involved a panel of Sisters of St Joseph talking about their call for their vocation and the ways in which they answered the call. 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. 


Photograph of 2019 AJASS Conference Participants

Robin Hood – College Production

Countless hours of practice and rehearsal has gone into this year’s production “Robin Hood”.  My thanks to the staff involved with the production particularly Mr James Maddocks, Ms Jane Dalli, Mr Simon Greatwood, Mrs Rebecca Lang, Mrs Tania Hatherell, Miss Bethanie Warren, Mrs Sandra Warren, Mrs Dianne Lee, Mrs Ramona Arney, Mr Paolo Muccini, Mr Stanley Arzacon and Ms Josie Mendoza.  I attended the Opening Night session and I was very impressed by the performance.  I thank the student body involved with Robin Hood including the cast members, band, backstage and costumes.  Congratulations to all involved on a magnificent production and great showcase of student talents to our broader community.

Advance Notice of Changes of Student Free Day

Due to presenter availability we have changed one of our Student Free Days from Thursday, 29 August to Friday, 6 September.  The College Calendar that every family received a copy of has the previous date of Thursday, 29 August listed as the Student Free date.  Please note this change in your Calendar.

Whilst on the subject of changes, Friday, 26 July will be Student Free for all Year 12 VCE students as the vast majority complete their Year 12 English Orals on this day.  This will allow our English staff time to complete a fair and just assessment of each and every Year 12 English student.  Year 12 VCAL students will have normal classes on this day. 


Teachers have been busily preparing summary reports for Semester 1 and these will be available through MyPenola on Monday, 1 July.  An SMS will be sent out to parents when these reports are available for parents to view.  These reports are the culmination of a whole semester’s efforts in learning, assessments and exams. It summarises a great deal of work completed by students and parents alike.  Please take the time to read the reports carefully as it contains a summary of the feedback received throughout the year.  This feedback is an important part of the learning process and should encourage healthy reflection and discussion between students and parents.

Years 7 & 8 STEAM PBL Week

This week has seen the introduction of our inaugural STEAM PBL Week with the focus upon students involved in projects that utilize the 21st Century skills that are so critical both now and into the future.  I have included below an excerpt of my address given at the opening of our Years 7 & 8 STEAM PBL Week.

“I want to speak today about the 21st Century skills that we are trying to develop in every student here at Penola Catholic College.  It is through these 21st Century skills that our young adults will find the power to be globally competitive in a worldwide workforce and find the ability to face career challenges in an ever changing world of technology.

These fundamental skills are gained through experience and involve learning skills, literacy skills and life skills. Learning skills teaches students about the mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment.  Literacy skills focus on how students can discern facts, publishing outlets, and the technology behind them.  There’s a strong focus on determining trustworthy sources and factual information to separate it from the misinformation that floods the internet.  Life skills take a look at intangible elements of a student’s everyday life.  These intangibles focus on both personal and professional qualities.

Let’s take a look at the learning skills which include:

Collaboration – Working with others

Communication – Talking, writing, listening to others

Creativity – Thinking outside the box

Critical Thinking – Finding solutions to problems


The Foundation for Young Australians have conducted research which indicates that current 15 year olds will have 15 jobs over 7 careers over the course of their working life.  They suggest that we need to be prepared for a lifetime of careers rather than the career of a lifetime.  Hopefully this week will assist you in developing the skills for these future careers and success in your future work life.”  

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.


Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Samira Mati (Unit 4 Italian) and Athraa Dawoud (Unit 2 Italian) on being selected as finalists for the Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition last week. The girls will now be returning to Melbourne University on Thursday 18th July to recite the poem again in the finals. Good luck girls, and well done!


Languages Week, Glenroy Campus

Languages Week is indeed an essential experience for all students undertaking French, Italian and Japanese, as it is a celebration of not only languages but also cultures and traditions around the world.

La Comica Variety performed their hilarious ‘Gnocchi Mission’ play to our Year 7 Italian students. Students were actively engaged in the play and learned about Italian culture and the importance of the Italian cuisine.

The Year 8 Italian students enjoyed a Comedia del’ Arte, ‘Il Capitano’, performance by Josh and Adam from Cultural Infusion. Students were introduced to the traditional masks and characters of this historical Italian theatre form in this clever comedy and participated in the performance by acting out different roles throughout the play.

Year 8 Japanese students participated in ‘Shodo’, the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy, incursion were they used ink dipped brushes to artistically create Japanese characters and further engage in Japanese culture. Our Year 7 Japanese students also learned about ‘Manga’ drawing and produced their very own work.

Our Year 7 and 8 French enjoyed a performance by Philippe and Jacques from Global Grooves, where they combined French music, mime, comedy, drama and magic. With audience participation, students were taken on an hilarious journey of French drama and music, using accordion, fife, drum, bombarde, singing and mime. Students were taken on a vibrant and colourful journey through the music of regional France
with folk dance and folk song.

We also had the Gelati Van visit our College, which student and staff enjoyed very much.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated team of Language teachers, Anna, Maria, Trish, Megumi, Donna, Joanne, Elena and Christina for their hard work and commitment to provide our students with an excellent Languages program.

Anisa Shllaku

Head of Languages -  Glenroy

Mission Gnocchi

The year 7’s that studied Italian this semester, had an incursion that came to Penola on Monday 17th where Mario and James presented their amazing comedy show “Mission Gnocchi”. In this funny show they were attempting to make gnocchi and every time, every minute a challenge and humour by them would be encountered for these Italian men to face while attempting to make them.  

They first did the dough by using flour and water. James, the one that acted very dumb and funny in this show, would always get the wrong thing and was very silly which was amusing for us all. Mario said to grab the flour and he grabbed an actual flower plant and gave it to him. This was very funny of how silly he acted. Mario said to grab salt (pinch of it) and he poured in sugar. James put soy sauce in the mix which was funny but very disgusting at the same time. 

They got someone from the audience to help them and they missed the bowl while putting in the other ingredients. There was heaps of funny parts during the show. Throughout the show everything was funny, but my favourite part was at the end where they got a boy and a girl to dance with them and they did a song about making gnocchi.  

It was a very funny dance and I thought it was good that they picked people from the audience to be involved and help them with their performance. Overall, I think that they should go to every school because during it we also learnt Italian word. It was amazing!  

Lara Bascetta 7F

Commedia Dell’arte

The Commedia Dell’arte show included famous characters from the style of Italian theatre. The performance was about Il Capitano and how he wanted to settle down in a town with and marry someone after his long history of fighting in the war. Pantalone suggested that Il Capitano should marry his daughter Coloumbina. Pantalone was convinced by Arlecchino that Il Capitano has been pretending to fight in the war. Pantalone set out three tasks for Il Capitano to complete so that he could prove that Il Capitano was brave and strong enough for his daughter. These tasks included stealing prized possessions from different people. Il Capitano was afraid to carry out the tasks so he sent his servant to complete them. The servant did not want to complete the tasks for Il Capitano because he was actually in love with Columbina but being a servant to Il Capitano was his job. Il Capitano had been thinking and realised that he didn’t want to marry someone but wanted to go to Party Island which is where he stayed when he was pretending to fight in the war. After Pantelone found out that Il Capitano couldn’t make it he said that whoever could bring him the prized possessions to him could marry Columbina. Il Capitano’s servant was delighted to hear the news until Il Capitano convinced him that marrying Columbina was the wrong choice and that running away to Party Island would be the better option so the two ran away together to Party Island. Overall, the show was really funny and really helped us get a better understanding of the Commedia Dell’arte history and characters.

Marissa Cutrupi


Languages Week, Broadmeadows Campus

Last week Penola Catholic College celebrated our Languages and diversity during Language Week. Many activities were organised across both campuses and of course, the annual highlight at Broadmeadows Campus – the Year 9 Banquet – took place on Tuesday 18th June. Many hours of preparation had gone into some of the Table arrangements and Menus. This year, we also had a tongue-twister competition, which proved to be lots of fun with some brave students standing up in front of their peers to read difficult texts in the language they are studying. Well done to all of those who attempted the tongue twisters, and to all the winners of the Table and Menu prizes.

In addition, the week has been celebrated with a variety of activities within classes as well as excursions. The year 11 Italian class were treated to lunch at Criniti’s in Carlton, after their Dante Poetry Recitation and their Italian Museum visit. The year 12 Italian classes were also involved in the Dante Recitation, and had lunch at Brunetti’s. Year 11 French students enjoyed ham and cheese croissants and made crepes during class.

There will be further classroom based activities in the coming weeks.


Japanese Incursion (すみえ Sumie)

On 20/6/2019 we had a Japanese incursion where we did calligraphy (Shodoしょどう). We learnt how to do Japanese painting, sumie (sumi is the ink, e is the painting)] on a thin paper. We learnt that Japanese calligraphy was originally done on a silk material. There are 2 types of brushes: 小さいふで [(chiisai) small brush]

大きいふで [(Ookii)big brush]. The small brush was used to make the branches and thin lines. On the other hand, the big brush was used to draw a river fish and a willow tree. If the colour is light then that represents further objects and if the colour is dark then that represents closer objects. This was a great experience to learn different cultural art skills. It was amazing to see that you can make a really fantastic painting by only using black ink.

Nikitha Kayagurla 8G

On the 21st of June, a manga artist visited Penola. For 7K’s last Japanese lesson, we had the whole session dedicated to drawing a manga character. We followed steps and used different cool techniques to design a character. The artist used various examples of facial features, so that everyone had a different, unique finished drawing. I enjoyed the lesson, as he went step by step, teaching us different techniques anime artists use. He also taught us examples from anime movies as to how facial features can be best expressed and how to get the right position and proportions. My class was interested during the lesson, and we all enjoyed the fun vibe for drawing anime. Even if you can’t draw the best, the step by step lesson really did help those who do find it hard. Everyone’s drawing came out different and really detailed! I do recommend this incursion to other classes/schools as it was a really fun lesson to finish the semester of learning Japanese. I rate this lesson a 5/5.

Ava DeAmicis 7K



This December, thousands of young people from all over Australia will be gathering in Perth for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival! The Festival provides young people an opportunity to have a vibrant, youthful and authentic experience of Catholic Church of Australia. Through the power of music, testimony and prayer, a wide variety of International guest speakers, musicians and presenters …

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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


NCCD Information Sheet for Parents, Carers and Guardians

Please click here for more information. 


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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Senior Campus: 29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, VIC 3047

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