Newsletter - Volume 12 - 8 August 2019


From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Year 7 Enrolments 2021

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2021 close on Friday, 23 August.  A number of families applied after the close of enrolment last year and it makes it very difficult to accurately plan for the following year so I ask that you submit your enrolment as soon as possible.  Often families assume that we know that there is a younger sibling but I would be very disappointed if one of our existing families missed out on an enrolment due to not submitting their enrolment in a timely manner.

Mary MacKillop Day

St Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint and patron saint of Penola Catholic College.  This year we celebrate St Mary MacKillop Day on Thursday, 8 August 2019 which is the anniversary of Mary’s death on 8 August 1909.  Much has been planned for the day and the day has two main purposes.  The first is to celebrate our collective Josephite charism and spirit here at Penola.  This is done through a mass at the beginning of the day and later in the afternoon with rides and stalls.  The second aspect is to raise money for the six year level charities for those less fortunate than ourselves.  The main ways of raising these funds are through donations and then through the fundraising efforts of each homeroom both prior to the day and then on the day through the stalls.  I encourage each student and family to consider supporting those in need through either donations or purchasing items at the various fundraisers that occur.  Donations to the Year Level charities is another way in which we put into practice that famous saying of Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it”. Our College has established a fine tradition of supporting the areas of need that the designated Year level Charities have identified and I see no reason why 2019 should be any different.

I am looking forward to St Mary MacKillop Day and hope that it is both successful and rewarding for all.  A reminder that all students are expected to attend and be involved in the activities on the day.  When you sign up for a place at Penola there are a range of different things that you are required to do as a result.  Involvement in whole school activities such as our masses and St Mary MacKillop Day is a non-negotiable.  I ask that you make contact with me directly if you know that your son or daughter was absent on MacKillop Day via email at principal@penola.vic.edu.au

Parent Engagement in Learning

There is a significant amount of research that indicates the greater the level of parent engagement in learning, the better the student results.  Research from John Hattie suggests that when the effect size of effective teachers is complemented with the effect size of engaged parents, the resulting effect size is above 0.8 or two years’ achievement in one.  This suggests that when parents and teachers work together the achievement of all students is greater. Parent participation can be seen as a continuum from involvement to engagement to empowerment.

Our statistics taken from our College website indicate that less than 30% of families open the newsletter every fortnight.  The following strategies are suggested to increase parent engagement:

• Authoritative Parenting – a balance between love, warmth and setting boundaries.

• Know the value of education – parents model the behaviours of successful lifelong learners to their children.

• Have high expectations and aspirations – parents hold high expectations for their children, communicate a belief in their potential to achieve and discuss their child’s educational and career aspirations.

• Family-led learning in the home – linking school work with current events, discussing learning strategies with your child and making connections between their current effort and achievement of future goals of employment or further study.

• Becoming engaged and staying engaged throughout their schooling – regular talk about school and the value of learning throughout schooling, particularly at transition points.

• Family – school communication – schooling is relationship based and requires quality two-way communication and meaningful dialogue between home and school.

Senior Programs Evening

Thanks to the many parents of Years 9 & 10 students who attended our Senior Programs Evening on Tuesday July 30. Our statistics indicate that a similar percentage of Year 9 parents turned up as last year but our Year 10 parent attendance was slightly down.

Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings

Our Parent Teacher Student Partnership Meetings will take place on Thursday, 22 August at both campuses. I hope to see many of you at these interviews to continue to build on our relationship.  Education is a three way partnership between the school, the students and families.  Penola is implementing a system to notify parents when a subject teacher has requested an interview. You will receive communication of this request in several ways, this will include SMS, CareMonkey, MyPenola and the weekly digest emails from my@penola.vic.edu.au.

Once you have received this message, you will be directed via a link to login to MyPenola. From here you will need to click the ‘Interview Bookings’ icon. At the booking screen you will notice ‘Interview Needed’ in RED where a teacher has requested an interview.

With Semester 1 reports not far behind us, parents are often asking the best way to assist secondary age students with their study. At times (particularly in Years 10-12) the courses are fairly difficult and demanding and parents are not always able to help directly with the content or answers that students are grappling with. However, there are many ways that parents can support students as they prepare for tests and other types of assessment. Perhaps the most helpful is to assist with a structure or method for studying. This ensures that students are not just sitting staring at textbooks or doing their work in front of the TV. One such method is known as the SQ3R method, which stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review.

Survey - get the best overall picture of what you're going to study BEFORE you study it in any detail. It's like looking at a road map before going on a trip.

Question - ask questions for learning. The important things to learn are usually answers to questions. Questions should lead to emphasis on the what, why, how, when, who and where of study content. Ask yourself questions as you read or study. As you answer them, you will help to make sense of the material and remember it more easily because the process will make an impression on you.

Read - Reading is NOT running your eyes over a textbook. When you read, read actively. Read to answer questions you have asked yourself or questions the instructor or author has asked. Always be alert to bold or italicized print. The authors intend that this material receive special emphasis. Also, when you read, be sure to read everything, including tables, graphs and illustrations. Often times tables, graphs and illustrations can convey an idea more powerfully than written text.

Recite - When you recite, you stop reading periodically to recall what you have read. Try to recall main headings, important ideas of concepts presented in bold or italicized type, and what graphs charts or illustrations indicate. Try to develop an overall concept of what you have read in your own words and thoughts and make connections to things that you already know. When you do this periodically, the chances are you will remember much more and be able to recall material for essays and tests.

Review - A review is a survey of what you have covered. It is a review of what you are supposed to accomplish, not what you are going to do. Rereading is an important part of the review process – it helps you to measure what you have learned and gained from your study. The best time to review is when you have just finished studying something. Don't wait until just before a test or exam to begin the review process.

Is the Semester 1 report still in a prominent place and referred to regularly in order to assist with setting Semester 2 learning goals? There is significant research to indicate that the higher the level of parent engagement in their child’s learning, the better the outcomes for these students.  I am keen to hear from parents if there are ways that we can assist you in being engaged in the learning process.  If you have any suggestions please contact me via phone or email principal@penola.vic.edu.au

From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 11

From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 12

Transition The Career Expo and Senior Programs Evening last week was a wonderful success with students from the senior campus having access to representatives from the various tertiary institutions that attended. They were well supported by our own staff’s input about the opportunities available at Penola. Various booths provided information about courses and programs available in 2020. In the next …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 12

A lot has been happening over the past two weeks at the Glenroy campus. Year 7 Retreat Our Year 7s experienced their first Penola Catholic College retreat day over the last two weeks. The students started the day by being posed the question “At the age of 12 and 13 can you make a difference in the world?” Students had …

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Women in STEM Conference

Females are drastically underrepresented in STEM subjects and jobs across the planet.
On the eve of Science Week 2019, 15 Year 9 and Year 10 students were invited to attend the Women in STEM Conference especially for Catholic Schools and hosted by Zoos Victoria, St Aloysius College and girledworld at Melbourne Zoo. Students were connected with real-world STEM mentors and case studies.


From The Literacy Improvement Team


Teacher clarity

Teacher clarity is not new terminology in the classroom. When a teacher is clear about the learning that is happening in the classroom, the opportunities for students to succeed in that class increase considerably. The research of Professor John Hattie (a world leader in educational research), demonstrates the effect teacher clarity can have on the student’s potential growth in the classroom. In the below image, it shows that teacher clarity will have a desired effect size of 0.75. This gives the teacher the potential to considerably accelerate student achievement in their learning. (It should be noted that Hattie states that an effect size of d=0.2 may be judged to have a small effect, d=0.4 a medium effect and d=0.6 a large effect on outcomes).

One way that Penola Catholic College teachers are establishing this is through the use of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria which helps both teacher and students alike. Teachers are able to make the learning visible and tangible to the students while demonstrating exactly what they want the students to master each lesson. They also allow students to clearly see the aim and focus for each class and to know what they should be able to achieve for each class.

 For more information on John Hattie and his research, visit https://www.visiblelearningplus.com/


Sports Report

Term 3 Year 9 Premier League is well and truly under way with Penola Catholic College recording some huge wins, narrow losses and even a draw!  Well done to all participants and good luck for the remainder of the season. 

The annual SACCSS Chess tournament was held on Thursday 25th July at RecWest Centre in Braybrook.  Penola fielded teams in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions.  The results were:

Congratulations to all competitors and well done to the Senior team achieving third place!  The team consisted of: Matthew Cassar, Kshitiz KC, Jonathan Toma, Thomas Jamieson, Dip Raj Raj, Sargon Yousuf, Dion Gouvas and Harrison Grindrod.

Term 3

Students are required for the following sports!  If you are interested in representing Penola, get in touch with the relevant teacher or see Ms Ennor or Mr Griffin for further details!

Have you made a representative team outside of Penola?  Please email me and let me know the details and supply an action shot so it can appear in the next newsletter!  Email: sgriffin@penola.vic.edu.au


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) 

CSEF applications have closed as from 28/6/19 except for:

Families on a bridging visa, temporary protection visa, are in community detention or are asylum seeker families

A letter from the Australian Red Cross, AMES, or similar organisation is required as evidence. A copy of an 'immi' card is also acceptable evidence.

Delia Gaetano
CSEF Administrator


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