Kasia Pliszka
Transition Coordinator

+61 3 9908 9017

The commencement of Year 7 is a time of celebration and excitement. However, it can also be a time of worry and stress as our students and their parents/guardians begin a new journey in their lives. Our students come from all walks of life and our priority here at Penola Catholic College is to provide our students with a successful transition program that further develops their sense of belonging, connectedness and academic self-competence.

Our aim is to provide a transition program which prepares our students for the changes and challenges that they face. Being based at our Junior Campus, our Year 7 students have the opportunity to gradually transition to the high school setting. In Year 7, most of the subject are taken in their normal homeroom classroom; reducing movement around the campus. Students also have their homeroom teacher for multiple subject, where applicable, allowing for meaningful and authentic relationships to be built really early on.

Our Orientation and Transition days are tailored to cater for each individual student’s learning needs. Through our Pastoral Program, Incursions and the Year 7 Camp we plan and implement early intervention and prevention strategies to promote belonging and wellbeing in all students.

During the Year 7 Camp, we encourage our students and support them in further developing their social and emotional skills and forming new connections with their peers and staff. As a team we work together to achieve common goals on having an optimistic outlook on high school life while building resilience and coping strategies for when things might get challenging.

Key Dates - Year 7 2024

    Year 7 Information Night:

    Thursday 12th October 2023

    Laptop Distribution:

    Tuesday 28th November 2023

    Year 7 Orientation Day:

    Friday 8th December 2023

    Q&A with current Year 7 Students

    Meet the team

    College Acting Principal - Mr Robert Dullard

    +61 3 9301 7802


    Head of Campus Glenroy - Mr Stuart Harrison

    +61 3 9301 7807


    Coordinator of Students - Mr Paul Barbetti

    +61 3 9301 2789


    Head of Student Enhancement - Mrs Katya Brandon

    +61 3 9908 9058


    Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Andrew Romero

    +61 3 9908 9051


    Year 7 Coordinator - Mrs Rebecca Seel

    +61 3 9908 9042


    Wellbeing Officer (Fridays) - Mr Paul Walsh

    +61 3 9301 7883


    Wellbeing Officer - Mr Tim Ganderton

    +61 3 9301 7890


    Provisional Psychologist - Ms Kellie Smith


    Principal's Tour

    Glenroy Campus