Newsletter - Volume 14 - 5 September 2019


From The Principal: Chris Caldow


Year 12 Discussions

Recently I asked our Year 12 teachers to nominate 2 groups of students within their classes- the students who are applying themselves diligently towards their studies and those who are capable of more.  I have begun meeting with these students to have a discussion about what strategies they are using to prepare for their written exams in less than nine weeks.  For the students who are applying themselves diligently to their studies, I am congratulating them for their efforts, encouraging them to continue their efforts and asking what tips they have for studying. 

For the second group who are capable of more I am asking what they could do in the next nine weeks to improve their work ethic and study in preparation for the exams. I am also providing them with some of the strategies that our most diligent students are using in their studies.  These strategies include:

• Taking notes during class either in written form or typing their notes.

• Revising these notes, rewriting and summarising these notes to commit this information into their long term memory.

• Applying the knowledge that they have learned by practising previous exam questions.

• Being familiar with and understanding the study design in each of their subjects.

• Using tools such as Edrolo, mind mapping and cue cards to remember important information.

• Seeking extra help and assistance from their subject teachers

• Listening carefully in class to teachers for hints about how to maximise their marks in both coursework and exams.

• Asking teachers for ways/strategies to assist them with their study and revision.

• Completing all of the set work, homework and completing extra questions in preparation for the exams.

• Organise a study group and plan your study time by developing your own schedule.

Professional Development Day – Friday September 6 (Student Free)

The day is focussed upon Feedback and will include presentations from Sandra Harrison (Success Coordinator) and Adam Hipwell (Literacy Leader) as well as Luke Manduoit from the University of Melbourne.  All teaching staff will be at the Senior Campus on this day with all of the Support Staff on the Glenroy Campus for their own day of professional learning.

NAPLAN Results

As parents of Years 7 & 9 students would be aware, students received a printout of their NAPLAN results this week.  Whilst they are only a snapshot of each student’s level of achievement and an indication of how they have performed at a particular point in time, they do provide us, as a school, with valuable comparisons against the State and National performance.  One of the best measures for our school is to look at the growth from Years 7 – 9 as it gives an indication as to whether we are progressing at the same rate as the rest of the state.  I have listed these results below for our community to view and make their own interpretations.  A score of +4 indicates that our growth was 4 points better than the state whereas a score of -4 indicates that we were 4 points behind the state in terms of growth.

Our writing result was very disappointing but we had our best ever result in Grammar and Punctuation and another good result in Numeracy.  We will continue to work with our current Year 9 students to improve their writing as well as spelling and reading.

Father’s Day Breakfast

In our setting – a coeducational school in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs, we are ever conscious of the impact we, as adults have on our young people. The influence that parents have on shaping their children is paramount and the second greatest influence usually comes from the teachers that young people have during their schooling. The opportunity to bring dads and their children together is something which the College values enormously.

The evidence suggests that as dads, we must ensure that we do find time to be with our sons and daughters and to take an active and genuinely interested role in their lives. I thank all those dads who attended our Father’s Day breakfast on Friday, 31 August and hope that all of our dads and families enjoyed a great Fathers’ Day!

I have been fortunate to have my father be a strong and positive influence throughout my entire life. My father is from the era where men were seen as the provider and nurturing children was seen as the mother’s role. My father, whilst an extremely intelligent man, left school at the age of 15 to begin an apprenticeship as a butcher. Unfortunately, he lost both of his parents within a 6 month period whilst he was only aged 14. As a result, dad always found it difficult to express his emotions particularly love. That is not to say that he didn’t love me or my siblings he just wouldn’t say it. He demonstrated his love on a regular basis to all within the family but found it difficult to say. Fortunately, with the addition of grandchildren, he has become much better at verbally expressing his love. This is something that I am conscious of with both my son and daughter and I try to express my love to them on a daily basis. Sometimes too regularly if you ask them!

Year 7 Enrolments 2021

A reminder to all of our existing families that Year 7 enrolments for 2021 closed 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.

Josephite Exchange

On Thursday, 22 August and Friday, 23 August we hosted one of our Josephite schools from South Australia, Mt Carmel College at Rosewater. The visit involved a number of sporting competitions in sports such as netball, soccer, football, volleyball and basketball.  It also provides an opportunity for our students to engage with students from another Josephite school and get a better understanding of the Josephite charism. I thank the staff and students involved with the exchange for the way that they represented the College.  In particular I thank Mr Shane Griffin for all of his organisation as well as Ms Kathryn Ennor and Mr Dean Bird for the support that they provided to Mr Griffin. In what was a very tight contest Penola won the overall shield for the first time in the past five years.

Tips on how to be a top role model

No matter what young people might say, parents and care givers are still the most influential role models in their lives.  Children learn how to behave from the people closest to them.  This includes how they deal with their emotions and cope with stress and anger and how they relate to others socially.  It also teaches them how to empathise with others and what is appropriate behaviour.  This is a very important message given the potential stresses that come out of trying to make long term decisions such as future career pathways.

As they get older and become more independent, it is important not to underestimate the importance of being a good role model.  Having a strong healthy relationship with a young person will help them navigate the danger years when alcohol, drugs, risky behaviour and peer pressure are also vying for their attention.

• Show support: as teenagers get older they still turn to their parents for advice. Show you support and trust their decisions and they will be more likely to come to you for advice and let you know what is going on in their lives.

• Get involved: try to stay involved in a teenager’s life, share their interests and ask about their friends.  Teenagers are most likely to choose friends who are like them, so encourage good values from a young age.

• Do what you say: if you are asking a young person to respect certain rules and a life style make sure you stick to it as well.  Show them you have confidence in who you are and what you believe in.

• Healthy lifestyle: demonstrating good eating habits and a positive attitude to your body willhelp young people feel positive about their own body image and be more accepting of their body shape.  It also emphasizes having a healthy body rather than striving for the external stick thin images portrayed by the media.

• Exercise regularly: this encourages teenagers to do the same.  This gets them out of the house and away from the computer and other social media that can take up so much of their time.  It also gives them a different outlook and perspective on life and encourages social interaction with others through team sports.

• Life is about learning: show that you enjoy learning and that you are not frightened to try something new.  This can be in both formal and informal education.  Show that sometimes things need a bit of work and sticking at before you get results.

• Look on the bright side of life: an optimistic attitude and positive outlook in life will develop a sense of ‘can do’ in a teenager rather than ‘what’s the point’. This is an important skill for them to develop and helps build their resilience and self-confidence.

• It’s alright to make mistakes: the important thing here is how you handle them.  Everyone makes mistakes and the key point is for a young person to know that this is how we learn. Take responsibility for your actions and talk about how they can be corrected.

• Do unto others: Teenagers will treat people with respect and kindness if it is shown to them first. Talk to them about social issues and point out positive role models in the media (e.g. Nelson Mandela) and inspiring historical role models (e.g. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa).

• Problem solving: try to demonstrate how to solve problems in a calm and productive way (listen and think calmly, consider options and other people’s needs, find constructive solutions and, sometimes, work towards compromises). Getting angry when things don’t go well doesn’t help teach a child how to handle a situation when it doesn’t quite go the way they had planned.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

I have included a reflection given by a staff member previously as there is a truth within the reflection that resonated with me.


When I was 4 years old I thought, “My Daddy can do anything.”

When I was 5 years old I told my friends, “My Daddy knows a whole lot.”

When I was 6 years old I told my best friend, “My Dad is smarter than your Dad.

When I was 8 years old I thought, “”My Dad doesn’t know exactly everything.”

When I was 10 years old I thought, “In the olden days when my Dad grew up, things sure were different.”

When I was 12 years old I told myself, “Well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.”

When I was 14 years old I told my friends, “Don’t pay any attention to my Father. He is so old fashioned.”

When I was 21 years old I said of my father, “Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date.”

When I was 25 years old I thought, “Dad knows a little bit about it, but he should, he has been around for so long.”

When I was 30 years old I said to my friends, “Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all he has had a lot of experience.”

When I was 35 years old my mantra was: “I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.”

When I was 40 years old I would ask myself, “I wonder how Dad would handle this? He is so wise and has a world of experience.”

When I was 50 years old I said to myself, “I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learnt a lot from him.”

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

From the Deputy Principal Head of Broadmeadows Campus: Ernie Pisani Vol 14

Congratulations to the recently elected College Captains for 2020 Taniya Senanayake and Ellie Tektonopoulos, and the Vice-Captains elect, Hans Adarve and Monica Ammendola. These students were elected by the student body as the student voice for the college community. Interviews have also taken place for other high profile student leadership positions and in recent days the following appointments were made: …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 14


On the week starting the 2nd of September Penola Catholic College we will be participating in CEMSIS (Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys).  These surveys allow our staff, students and parents to acknowledge the achievements at Penola Catholic College, as well as collecting valuable data on areas for development.  During the course of this week 500 of our families …

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Sports Report by Mr Griffin

2019 Josephite Exchange

The annual Josephite Exchange featuring Mount Carmel College (Port Adelaide, SA) and Penola Catholic College occurred on the 22nd and 23rd of August.  Students from Year 10 participated in the Exchange and played many sports, made numerous friends and enjoyed being outdoors and participating in physical activity. After six long years, the Josephite Shield returned to Victoria, …

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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