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Newsletter - Volume 15 - 19 September 2019

 

From The Principal: Chris Caldow

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Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award Ceremony

On Friday 13 September, I had the good fortune to attend the Victorian Bar Foundation Student Achievement Award Ceremony in the City.  Current Year 12 student, Bawlina Khammoo, was the recipient of this award for Penola Catholic College.  She was accompanied by Year 12 Coordinator and her Year 12 Legal Studies Teacher, Ms Liviana Daniele. There were 15 students who were recognised for their achievement in Legal Studies and we congratulate Bawlina for her award.

 

 

 

Year 12 student Bawlina Khammoo with the Patron for the event Justice Gordon of the High Court of Australia.

Battle of the Bands

Also on Friday evening was the annual Battle of the Bands hosted at Penola Catholic College. There were 6 schools involved with a total of 27 performances. The theme this year was OZ Rock Revolution! It was such an entertaining and fun night. Students rocked out to INXS, AC/DC, John Faram, Nick Cave, Cold Chisel and Sia, just to name a few! Our students were wonderful representatives and all rock bands performed amazingly! Thanks in particular to Mrs Ramona Arney and Mrs Dianne Lee for all of their organisation of the evening and event.

This year Penola had three prize winners! I am happy to announce that Penola students won the following categories:

1. Best Junior Rock Band: Jordan Gioskos (vocals), Matthew Gravina (guitar/vocals), Anthony Hoang (guitar), James Kerr (drums) and Jenith Kurera (bass). Their band, Blud Haeven performed Lost Control by Grinspoon.

2. Junior Encouragement Award – Leah Nguyen (Year 8). Leah not only sang lead vocals but also played guitar at the same time. Her band – Fireflies, performed Mascara, by Killing Heidi. The other band members are Xavier Calli (guitar), Daniel Giacomantonio (bass) and Jonah Seago (drums

3. One of the judges included his own prizes and awarded Johnny Inturrisi (Year 12) a Guitar Award. Johnny’s band – No Alibi performed Evie by Stevie Wright. Bands members include Joey Bennardo (drums), Sam Brown (guitar), Olivia Bruns (vocals and keys) and James Michelin (bass.)

Other Penola bands were:

Breakaway – Sabrina Batras (vocals/keys), Paula Chico (vocals), Matthew Pike (guitar), Michael Cummaudo (bass) and Joey Bennardo (drums).

Hit the Lights – Stephanie Faust (vocals), Christian Maiorana (guitar), Gytha Diong (guitar), Daniel Giacomantonio (bass) and Cayden Weaver (drums)

Many Regrets – Isabella Hatzis (vocals), Emily Collings (guitar), Thomas Borg (guitar), Jonathon Nicolazzo (bass), Mikaela Borg (drums)

The Hunted – Luca Polimeni (vocals), KC Kshitiz (guitar), James Youil (keys), Matthew Gravina (bass) and Chris Ainsworth (drums)

An event as big as Battle of the Bands is not possible without the amazing support of our wonderful school community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben Stivala (Drum Kit Teacher), Matt Erickson (Guitar/Bass Teacher), Simon Greatwood, Tania Hatherell, John Gribble, Peter Ratcliffe and the Maintenance Team, the Parents and Friends Committee and all the staff, parents and students who came and supported the students on the night!

Transfer of Leadership Assembly

Also on Friday we held our transfer of Leadership Assembly where the current captains were acknowledged and thanked and the 2020 captains were invested into their new positions. I have listed below the 2020 student leaders with more still to be appointed such as House Captains and Penola Student Council representatives:

2020 College Captains                                  

Taniya Senanayake

Ellie Tektonopoulos

2020 College Vice Captains

Hans Adarve

Monica Ammendola

2020 Portfolio Captains

Captain of Christian Service - Victoria Brewster

Captain of Sustainability - Chloe Fitton

Captain of Sport - Elyssia Laleas

Captain of Performing Arts - Luca Polimeni

Captain of Academic Excellence - Helena Badawi

Captain of Applied Learning - Jack McQuillan

Each of the Year Level Charities were presented with their respective cheques due to the combined fundraising efforts of staff and students as part of our Feast Day celebrations.  Our theme for this year is “Never see a need without doing something about it” and our community was able to raise a combined total of $23,994.64 towards our respective Year Level Charities. More information is contained within this newsletter.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Mr Rob Dullard on his appointment as Deputy Principal: Faith and Mission for the next 5 years. I am excited about some of the proposed changes that Rob presented as part of his interview, particularly the reintroduction of class masses and unpacking our Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project data with staff, students and parents.

Congratulations to our Year 9 Premier League Boys Basketball Team who won their grand final on Tuesday of last week.  Thanks to Mr Steven Woodburn for his efforts in coaching the team and well done to the boys involved with the team.  Congratulations to Mr Arnel Davis (Coach) and our Intermediate AFL Boys Football Team who won the Herald Sun Intermediate Cup with a hard fought 12 point win against Padua College in Ballarat last Thursday. 

Congratulations to our Senior Boys Athletics team who won their division at the Interschool Athletics Carnival on Monday, 2 September.  Congratulations to all other participants and more details are included in the Sport section of this newsletter.

Staff Changes

I am currently interviewing for replacements for Mr Joe Bilotta who has resigned, Mr Tom Flook who has accepted another teaching position at Hoppers Crossing Secondary College and Ms Carol Robinson who has also resigned as of the end of this term.

Thanks to Mr Neale Irwin for his efforts in replacing Mr James Maddocks whilst he has been on long service leave this term. Thanks also to Ms Nur Ankara for her efforts in replacing Ms Lauren Johnson who has been on long service leave and sick leave, Ms Madeline Pepperell who has replaced Mr Joe Bilotta and Ms Ann-Maree Dellorso and Ms Olympia Kangalis for her efforts in replacing Ms Angela Xidias whilst she has been on long service leave. Thanks also to Ms Ann-Maree Dellorso who has replaced Ms Katie Murray-Fawcett as Year 10 Coordinator whilst she has taken on the role as Coordinator of Students.  Thanks to Mr Adam Hipwell and Ms Kim Agbeti who has taken on the role as Year 11 Coordinator whilst Ms Lauren Johnson has been on leave. Thanks to Ms Kim Donovan who is replacing Ms Daniela Bombardieri-Szabo whilst she is on long service leave until the end of Week 2, Term 4.

Year 12 Practice Exams

Year 12 Practice Exams are scheduled for the second week of the holidays namely Monday, 30 September to Thursday, 3 October.  These exams are compulsory for all students completing a scored Units 3 & 4 sequence and provide the opportunity for students to receive feedback about how they are going with their studies so far.  It also enables students to identify their own areas of strength and weaknesses which can focus their study for the remaining time prior to the commencement of the end of year written exams.

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.

Family School Partnerships

The evidence clearly supports the theory that those parents who are engaged in their child’s learning assist their children in achieving the best outcomes.  It also suggests students who get the most out of schools such as Penola Catholic College are those who enthusiastically embrace the educational, cultural, sporting and social justice offerings available. One of my starting points for my discussion is the critical way the partnership between family and school develops – and over time, has a quantum impact on the education of the students. I regularly make the point that school and family must work in close alignment with one another.

The things we do at school are strengthened if they are in sync with the things that occur at home; and here, I particularly discuss the vital importance of developing these right from the beginning, good home study habits, as well as the appropriate and safe use of ICT. For example, I make the point that the application of home study in the junior years can be a bit controversial. In one sense, home study can be a fairly ineffectual activity, in as much that it does not greatly impact on the day to day learning of the students – that is, until they reach senior school. However, in another sense home study is a remarkably valuable activity because of the way effective, productive habits are formed through its regular application. What home study achieves at an early age, is the forming of patterns of behaviour, among them the crucial participation of parents in their learning which reinforces that school and home ‘are one’. But as well as this, learning regularity, self-discipline and steady application become acquired skills that translate into embedded habits for later years.

We have a very strong commitment to developing learning programs that are highly engaging for students and call them to have levels of independence, creativity and critical thinking that expand their mental capacities in all sorts of ways. But there is another side to learning which was once a highly prized dimension of learning but now might be viewed as the poor cousin to this more attractive part of our educational endeavours; and that part of learning is, the steady development of skills and habits of both mind and body. These are capabilities that are slowly absorbed and accrue to develop and deepen the capacity of the students in later years, and for life.

Staff who choose to work in Catholic schools often make a conscious choice to work in this environment.  It is often said that teaching is a vocation which requires equal measures of faith, patience and perseverance.  The reasons why people choose to work within Catholic education are many and varied but I am sure that the Holy Spirit is involved in some of these decisions.  Working in a Catholic school presents many challenges but also many rewards. 

When speaking with prospective staff members, one of the first questions that I ask is why have you chosen to apply for a position at Penola?  This is generally followed by another question such as what does it mean to support the Catholic ethos of a school?

When listening to the responses, I am seeking to get an understanding of the motivations of the prospective staff member as well as the role that faith plays in their own life.  Parents are the primary educators of each child’s faith but we recognise that within Catholic schools a key role is to help support the students in their own faith journeys. Therefore the questions about support of the Catholic ethos go to the heart of whether the person applying for the job is aware of the importance of faith development in our students and, more importantly, in their willingness to provide support in this area.

COMMUNICATION

A key element in helping your child to succeed at the College is communication between you and your child’s teachers. While the student diary is the primary means of communication between teachers and families we also encourage other means of communication.  The email addresses of all staff at the College is the first initial of the Christian name followed by their surname. For example Mrs Evelyn Assaad.  Evelyn’s email address is eassaad@penola.vic.edu.au  

We hope that this will further facilitate our ability to work closely with you in catering for the welfare and educational needs of your child.  Your child’s Homeroom Teacher should be the first port of call for any enquiries with the school.  Please feel free to make contact with me if you have concerns that are unable to be resolved by your child’s Homeroom Teacher, Subject Teacher, Year Level Coordinators or Head of Campus.

Year 12 Information Night

Thanks to the Year 12 parents who attended the Year 12 Information Night on Thursday, 22 August. These are very important occasions and knowing the effort that goes into them by our staff we feel as though it makes clear the expectations and timelines for the remainder of the year. I hope the information you received was positive and will be useful in knowing our expectations for the upcoming weeks and the ways in which the school will acknowledge your sons and daughters as they complete their secondary education.

I would like to publically thank all Year 12 parents for their support of Catholic education and Penola Catholic College.In particular, I would like to thank those parents whose last child is completing their education at Penola Catholic College.  We hope that this is not the end of our association and that you will encourage your children to continue their association with the College through the Collegians association.

I would like to leave you with a poem that has been attributed to Mother Teresa that speaks of the essence of her as a person and is particularly relevant to us all:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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End of Term/start of Term 4

Tomorrow is the final day of Term 3. Students will be dismissed at 3:10pm. The first day of Term 4 is Monday 7th October. Term 4 sees a change of uniform from winter to summer. I encourage all parents to ensure that by October 7th the summer uniform is ready for their child to wear. The …

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From the Deputy Principal Head of Glenroy Campus: Stuart Harrison Vol 15

CEMSIS

Thank you to those families that took the time to complete the CEMSIS (Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys).  These surveys will assist Penola Catholic College in collecting data and feedback on the best way the college can make improvements that will enhance your childs educational experience.

Tuesday and Thursday Screen Ban

Your Year 7 or 8 son or …

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From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Nicole Allan Vol 15

From the Deputy Principal: Teaching and Learning Nicole Allan Vol 15

NAPLAN Results 2019

All Year 7 and 9 families should have received your son or daughter’s NAPLAN results in the mail by now. If you have not please let us know. NAPLAN is the National Assessment Program that measures student achievement in Australia. At the secondary level students complete the tests in Years 7 and 9. Students complete a standardised …

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Sports Report by Mr Griffin

Sports Report by Mr Griffin

Herald Sun Shield – PENOLA from BROADMEADOWS (not PANOLA from TEXAS) claims victory in Sebastopol

As some of you may have seen, The Herald Sun Shield competition run by AFL Victoria provided a live link for the grand final.  Despite AFL Victoria listing our school as ‘Panola’ and using the Texas ‘Panola’ school logo, it is with immense pride that …

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Year 10 Italian Discovery class

During the last month, the Year 10 Italian Discovery class has had the opportunity to put their culinary skills into practice as part of their study of the language and culture of the captivating country that is Italy. The students were able to take advantage of the kitchens on the Glenroy campus to put the course’s regional recipes to the test. Most were thrilled to be back on the junior campus, as the big kids on the block; many of the junior students asking where we were from !!!

Beginning with the Veneto region and preparing tiramisu’, literally, “pick me up” hence the high coffee content, we have travelled to the region of Emilia Romagna making gnocchi al ragu’, then onto Tuscany preparing  fritto misto, a typical Tuscan mixed fried basket of mouth-watering delicacies including zucchini, sage leaves and polenta cubes. Finally, this week we ventured into the region of Lazio to make a very traditional Margherita pizza al trancio, “pizza in a tray” – named in honour of the Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy in 1889. All students actively participated and thoroughly enjoyed the tasting part of the lesson.  Our “journey” will end next week when we reach our final destination, in terms of regional recipes, preparing arancini from the Sicily region. Buon viaggio and buon appetito!!

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Battle of the Bands!

Last Friday evening, our Penola Rock Bands competed in our Annual Battle of the Bands Competition. There were 6 schools involved with a total of 27 performances. The theme this year was OZ Rock Revolution! It was such an entertaining and fun night. Students rocked out to INXS, AC/DC, John Farhnam, Nick Cave, Cold Chisel and Sia, just to name a few! Our students were wonderful representatives and all rock bands performed amazingly!!

This year Penola had three prize winners! I am happy (and proud!) to announce that Penola students won the following categories:

1. Best Junior Rock Band: Jordan Gioskos (vocals), Matthew Gravina (guitar/vocals), Anthony Hoang (guitar), James Kerr (drums) and Jenith Kurera (bass). Their band, Blud Haeven performed Lost Control by Grinspoon.

2. Junior Encouragement Award – Leah Nguyen (Year 8). Leah not only sang lead vocals but also played guitar at the same time. Her band – Fireflies, performed Mascara, by Killing Heidi. The other band members are Xavier Calli (guitar), Daniel Giacomantonio (bass) and Jonah Seago (drums)

3. One of the judges included his own prizes and awarded Johnny Inturrisi (Year 12) a Guitar Award. Johnny’s band – No Alibi performed Evie by Stevie Wright. Bands members include Joey Bennardo (drums), Sam Brown (guitar), Olivia Bruns (vocals and keys) and James Michelin (bass.)

Other Penola bands were:

Breakaway – Sabrina Batras (vocals/keys), Paula Chico (vocals), Matthew Pike (guitar), Michael Cummaudo (bass) and Joey Bennardo (drums).

Hit the Lights – Stephanie Faust (vocals), Christian Maiorana (guitar), Gytha Diong (guitar), Daniel Giacomantonio (bass) and Cayden Weaver (drums)

Many Regrets – Isabella Hatzis (vocals), Emily Collings (guitar), Thomas Borg (guitar), Jonathon Nicolazzo (bass), Mikaela Borg (drums)

The Hunted – Luca Polimeni (vocals), KC Kshitiz (guitar), James Youil (keys), Matthew Gravina (bass) and Chris Ainsworth (drums)

An event as big as Battle of the Bands is not possible without the amazing support of our wonderful school community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben Stivala (drum kit teacher), Matt Erickson (guitar/bass teacher), Dianne Lee, Simon Greatwood, Tania Hatherell, John Gribble, Peter Ratcliffe and the Maintenance Team, the Parents and Friends Committee and all the staff who came and supported the students on the night!

Mrs Ramona Arney - Head of Performing Arts (Glenroy)

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Uniform Changeover Period

The College has designated particular uniform changeover periods during the year.
During the following changeover period, students may wear either full summer or full winter uniform:

• 7th October – 11th October

These arrangements may be varied by the College in cases of unseasonal weather.

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COLLEGE BAG

The College Bag is a compulsory item of the college uniform. 

The chiropractic back pack (padding at the back) will be $90 as of the beginning of Term 4 (Cost includes GST). 

The College back pack can be purchased from either the Glenroy Campus office or the Accounts office at Broadmeadows during college hours (8am-4.00pm).

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Penola Sport Facebook Page 

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PENOLA CATHOLIC COLLEGE

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
Select ORDER ON-LINE
Choose Penola Catholic College and enter password Broadmeadows
Orders can be sent to the School Shop or home address.

Academy Uniforms
238 Wolseley Place,
Thomastown     
Ph: 9460 8011

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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

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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

principal@penola.vic.edu.au
www.penola.vic.edu.au