Kasia Pliszka
Transition Coordinator

+61 3 9908 9017
kpliszka@penola.vic.edu.au

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 2022

    Year 7 Information Night:

    Thursday 13th October 2022 - Vodcast: link to be emailed on the day

    Laptop Distribution: Laptop Distribution Letter

    Tuesday 29th November 2022 (Please ensure full payment has been made by Wednesday 23rd November 2022 prior to pick up)

    Year 7 Orientation Day: Orientation Day Letter

    Friday 2nd December 2022

    Year 7 2023, Booklist

    Book orders are to be completed online by Friday 16th December 2022. To access the booklist, click here

    Q&A with current Year 7 Students

    Meet the team

    College Principal - Mr Christopher Caldrow


    +61 3 9301 2754

    ccaldrow@penola.vic.edu.au

    Head of Campus Glenroy - Mr Stuart Harrison

    +61 3 9301 7807

    sharrison@penola.vic.edu.au

    Coordinator of Students - Mr Paul Barbetti

    +61 3 9301 2789

    pbarbetti@penola.vic.edu.au

    Head of Student Enhancement - Mrs Katya Brandon

    +61 3 9908 9058

    kbrandon@penola.vic.edu.au

    Year 7 Coordinator - Miss Letesha Ruberto

    +61 3 9066 3070

    lruberto@penola.vic.edu.au

    Year 7 Coordinator - Mr Mark O'Dowd

    +61 3 9066 3055

    modowd@penola.vic.edu.au

    Wellbeing Officer (Fridays) - Mr Paul Walsh

    +61 3 9301 7883

    pwalsh@penola.vic.edu.au

    Wellbeing Officer - Mr Tim Ganderton

    +61 3 9301 7890

    tganderton@penola.vic.edu.au


    Psychologist - Ms Teeka Dour

    +61 3 9301 7866

    tdour@penola.vic.edu.au

    Provisional Psychologist - Ms Kellie Smith

    ksmith@penola.vic.edu.au

    Principal's Tour

    Glenroy Campus