On behalf of the Penola Catholic College community, I welcome you to the Penola website. I trust that the information provided on this website provides you with a greater understanding of the spirit of the Penola community.
We are a Catholic co-educational college situated on two campuses in Broadmeadows and Glenroy. We educate the young people of the north-western region of Melbourne in the Josephite tradition of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. We are a Catholic school supported by the seven Member Parishes in the inner north west of Melbourne, being the parishes of Broadmeadows, Dallas, Fawkner North, Glenroy, Hadfield, Gladstone Park and Oak Park. We are part of the church in every sense and the faith development of our community is our first priority in partnership with our parents who have the primary responsibility for their children’s faith development. At the heart of our school are the Gospel values, the role model provided by Jesus Christ and the Charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Our College is committed to educating the whole person so that they can strive to achieve their potential. Our broad curriculum offerings allow students to pursue both academic and vocational pathways. We strive to recognise the gifts and talents of each student and provide a significant number of opportunities through our extensive Co-curricular program.
A critical part of our school community is to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and we endeavour to create a sense of belonging for all involved with Penola Catholic College. Our pastoral care of individual students is a distinctive feature of our community and our Student Services department are a great asset and critical component of our College. Our facilities are second to none and I feel confident that you will be impressed by what we have to offer.
For all those new to the Penola community this year I trust you will feel especially welcome. As your journey begins I hope you will feel a sense of belonging and see in the school you have selected for your sons and daughters a place where they will make new and enduring friendships, thrive upon their learning experiences and participate fully in the myriad of opportunities that will allow them to discover their own unique strengths and talents.
For those continuing their Penola journey I thank you for your past support and seek your ongoing commitment to building an outstanding learning community. Each year brings new demands and this year will reveal its own diverse challenges. Your continuing support for the work of our teachers and the education support staff of Penola Catholic College will enable us to grow and help to build a vibrant and dynamic place of learning for our children.
I thank you for your interest in our College. Should you have any questions about the College or about enrolment or employment possibilities I encourage you to contact us. If you are looking for a secondary school for your children I suggest that you accept an invitation to join me on one of the Principal’s tours which are conducted throughout the year. These are advertised in the local press and in the parish church bulletins.