Student Leadership

College Captains Report from Angus and Jordan:

Transfer of Leadership Assembly
The Transfer of Leadership Assembly marks the end for the outgoing Leadership Team and the start of the journey for the incoming Leadership Team for the following academic year as the 2023 Student Leadership Team commences in Term 4. The 2022 Transfer of Leadership Assembly took place on Friday 9 September in the ASH with entire College Community present. We MC'ed the first half of the Assembly, prior to handing over the mantle to our new 2023 College Captains, Siala and Leah who MC'ed the second half of the Assembly. Our Assembly coincided with Mental Health Week and R U Ok Day. In line with these events, we began our Assembly presenting the meaning and significance that these dates have in our Calendar each Year, and what activities that the Student Leadership Team had run throughout the week. Year 12 Student, Norma B completed the Acknowledgement of Country and lit the Indigenous Candle as a symbol representing this Acknowledgement. Jordan then sung the National Anthem.

Following this and after Mr. Caldow had delivered his Principal’s Address to the College Community, we had reached the point in the Assembly whereby the formal transition of the College Captains and Portfolio Captains took place. Below is a table that summarises the Transition of 2022 to 2023 College and Portfolio Captains. Staff Involved in the transition process were Deputy Principal of Teaching and Learning, Ms Treloar for the Captain of Academic Excellence portfolio, Head of Sport, Mr Griffin for the Captains of Sport portfolio, Sustainability Coordinator, Mr Bell-Warren for the Captain of Sustainability portfolio, Head of Performing Arts and Instrumental Music Coordinator at the Broadmeadows Campus, Mrs Arney for the Captain of Performing Arts portfolio, Deputy Principal of Faith and Mission, Mr Dullard for the Captains of Christian Service portfolio and Student Leadership Coordinator, Miss Perkin for the College Captains and Vice Captains. Each of the Portfolios have Symbols pertaining to the Roles in which the 2022 Captains processed through the ASH and handed the Symbol over to the 2023 Captains. A huge Congratulations to all involved in the process, to the 2022 Captains, what an amazing journey it has been, we have all worked so well together, achieved some awesome things and most importantly had heaps of fun along the way! To the 2023 Captains, the very best of luck, everyone is behind you guys, super proud of you all, your going to be amazing at your roles and we look forward to seeing a hearing about the many magnificent things you will achieve during the time in your roles!




College Captains

Angus D and Jordan G

Siala M and Leah M

College Vice Captains

Siala M and Melwin E

Ava D and Aston M

Captain of Academic Excellence

Leah M

Rajshree K

Captains of Christian Service

Sarah S and Sofia G

Sarah S and Georgiana D

Captain of Performing Arts

Nelana F

Nelana F

Captains of Sport

Joulia Y and Tara O

Tara O and Chloe E

Captain of Sustainability

Grace J

Amy H

Our 2023 College Captains and Portfolio Captains made their statement of commitment to the College Community and following this Siala, and Leah presented their College Captain Acceptance Speeches. 2023 Captain of Sustainability, Amy then presented her Leadership Experiences with Zoo’s Victoria. The Senior Concert Band then performed Shut Up and Dance for everyone! 2022 Captains of Sport, Joulia and Tara completed their Sports Presentations where they recognised the victorious Year 7 Premier League Boys Volleyball Team, Junior Girls Athletics Team, SACCSS Athletics Individual Champions to the College Community and Hannah A and Kelly G presented the 2022 Josephite Exchange Report to conclude the Sports Presentations. The Victorian Bar Student Achievement Awards were then presented, Shenoli F, Olivia P and Cameron M presented their Canberra Trip Report and to conclude the Assembly the 2022 Mary Mackillop Day Charity Presentations.

Handover and Thank You
To conclude our final College Captains Report for the Newsletter, we would like to personally thank Mr. Caldow and all Members of College Executive for the amazing opportunity that we have been provided with over the past Year. As well as the College Community for all of their support throughout over the past year! We have learned so many new things, gained experience and developed skills in a wide array of areas. This year has come with its challenges, yet we have been able to overcome and learn from every one of them. Being able to make a change in our college community has been extremely rewarding and we have enjoyed every moment of it. Moving forward, we would like to Welcome the 2023 College Captains, Siala M and Leah M. The two are an extremely dedicated and hardworking pair who have displayed impressive Leadership potential, they will be a perfect match to take on the mantle of College Captains. We cannot wait to hear of the many wonderful things that they achieve during their time as College Captains.

Captain of Performing Arts Report from Nelana:
Hi All! It's the Captain of Performing Arts again!

This Thursday I held a dance workshop with 10 students and myself where I taught a dance to the song Finesse. I want to congratulate everyone that came and enjoyed letting loose through movement during mindfulness week. I also want to say a big thank you for participating. I know that dance is an outlet for me when I'm overthinking homework or need some stress release so to share it with a group of my friends and new faces is truly gifting!

Last Friday, we also had our rock band performances across both campuses. I had the privilege of helping MC along with music teacher Matt whilst admiring the talent we have at Penola. Some songs included Mr. Brightside - the Killers, Easy Lover - Phil Collins and Beat It - Michael Jackson. The stage lighting matched the occasion perfectly with the red flashing lights and blue hues embodying a real rock concert atmosphere. If you didn't come, I'll let you know you missed a night full of rockstars, break away dance moves and smashing guitars.... However, there is still the Under the Stars performance that you will be able to grab tickets for soon, so keep an eye out for it.

Rock band photos are available in the Music article.

Captains of Sport Report from Joulia and Tara:

Year 9 Premier League
Semi Finals for the Year 9 Premier League Season took place on Wednesday 31 August, a fabulous effort by all involved! Below is the list of Results and the Most Valuable Player from each team as well as the Match Reports from each of the Semi Finals:





Boys Basketball


Lost 29- 62

Team Effort

Girls Basketball


Lost 32-37

Team Effort

Girls Soccer


Won 2-1

Andrella T

Girls Volleyball


Won 3-0

Angelina & Grace N

Boys Basketball Semi Final from Mr. De Angelis

The Year 9 boys fought hard in their semi-final loss to the eventual grand final winners CRC Caroline Springs. Unfortunately, a slow start to the match saw our boys fall behind by around 15 points at halftime. From there we saw an amazing mature performance where our team kept their head up and continued to play with excitement and fun. As a team, we had a range of scorers throughout the match along with plenty of players showing skills with their assists and rebounding abilities. What’s been the most exciting factor about this season is the improvement from every single person from round 1 to the semi-final. Our ball movement, triple threat acquisition and looking after each other as a team were just a joy to watch.

A massive congratulations to the Year 9 boys for making it to the semi-final, you should all be very proud of how far you’ve come.

Girls Basketball Semi Final from Mrs Jones and Ms. Bonavia
The Year 9 Premier League Girls Basketball team played a thrilling Semi Final against CRC North Keilor. The last time these two teams met Penola lost by 4 points so we knew it was going to once again be a close match. With Sienna R out with an injury the team knew they would need to work together and that they did. Charlotte P, known for her outstanding rebounding got to work straight away on the offensive and defensive boards whilst Sienna F the 3 point specialist was hard for the defense to stop. Ella S and Claire O consistently played their best and filled in wherever the team needed. Princess L has a stellar offensive game, keeping Penola in touch at the breaks. Leah S who has consistently been a high performer throughout the season kept Penola competitive throughout the match whilst Gurleen K kept up the team work and communication on the court. In the final minutes CRC snuck way and held on to their 5 point lead. Penola is to be commended for their outstanding team work and sportsmanship throughout the season and the team is already looking forward to next year.

Girls Soccer Semi Final from Miss. Singarella
The girls soccer team secured a place in the Grand Final following their exceptional win over Emmanuel College in the Semi Final last Wednesday, an intense game which ended in a 2 - 1 victory. Andrella T (also MVP) scored the first goal in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and not long after a second goal scored by Rosemary T. Although the only goal conceded was an unlucky umpiring call, the whole team played their best second half defensively to secure the win. I am so proud of all the year 9 girls in our soccer team and can’t wait for our Grand Final this week!

Girls Volleyball Semi Final from Rhianna N 9G
On 31 August, the Year 9 Girls Volleyball Team went up against Caroline Springs for semi finals. It was an amazing game as the scores were 3-0 we won smashing them. Everybody did well as they contributed as a team by using great communication skills to keep the ball up and going to play some insane rallies. Some special mentions I would like to address is Mariam M because her serves were really good and won us 8-12points in a row just on serves and same for Kate M she set out great serves towards the opposing team and winning the last set. Chloe B and Savinah M for great commitment towards the ball as they were diving and sliding across the floors trying their very hardest to keep the ball up in the air. All did well and have many special skills they are particularly amazing in. That day was extremely fun and memorable for all the girls.

Grand Finals for the Year 9 Premier League Season took place on Wednesday 7 September, a huge Congratulations and Well Done to all involved! Below are the Match Reports from each of the Grand Finals:

Girls Soccer Grand Final from Miss Singarella
The Year 9 Girls Soccer Team played an outstanding game against the undefeated St Monica’s in the Premier League Grand Final. Our champion goal keeper Alyssia played a vital role in the game & had a major impact on the number of goals that were conceded. The girls soccer team had a fantastic season which earnt them a spot in the grand final, special credit to each team member for always demonstrating good sportsmanship throughout the season!

Girls Volleyball Grand Final from Mrs Doan
On 7 September, the Year 9 girls Volleyball Team played CRC North Keilor in the Volleyball Grand Final. It was a very tough and close game, and unfortunately CRC North Keilor came away with the win 3 sets to 1 set. This year was the first year the girls had played together as a team and during every match they tried their hardest, showed excellent sportsmanship and encouraged each other to be the best they could be. Special mention must go to Rhianna N who was an amazing captain as well as being a fantastic support to all the girls. I am so proud of every student on the team, and I cannot wait to see what 2023 and beyond brings for them.

Staff vs Students Futsal Matches
On Thursday 1 September multiple students from years 9-12 took a part in Staff vs Students Futsal matches during lunchtime in the ASH. In the first match the team consisted of Year 11s & 12s who played against the Staff members, the score was 2-2. The second match was Year 9s & 10s vs Staff scoring 2-0 respectively. Congratulations to the Students teams as they won 4-2 in total. These were fun and exciting matches as many students as well as teachers attended to watch. Thanks to all those who were involved in the planning and participating in this event.

SACCSS Senior Boys and Girls Basketball Match Reports from Mr. Woodburn and Mrs. Jones

Round 4 Senior Boys Basketball
The fourth Round of the SACCSS Senior Boys Basketball Season took place on Friday 2 September with Penola hosting St. Monica’s! A fabulous Friday Afternoon performance from the Boys coming away with the Win by 13 points, 55 to 42!

Round 5 Senior Boys Basketball
The final match of the home and away season turned out to be the toughest and most competitive for the SACCSS Senior Boys Basketball Team. A talented and well drilled MacKillop opposition proved to be able to contain several offensive spurts from the Penola boys, keeping the scores close to even throughout the entire match. Some absolute domination from AJ M and Mason M in the second half had Penola seeing victory in their eyes but a final quarter streak from MacKillop put a nail in the coffin. The final result saw Penola lose to MacKillop 62 – 59, eliminating any chance of Penola making a finals appearance. A massive thank you to all of the players involved in the season, who have come together as a team for many moments of brilliance and connection with one another.

Round 5 Senior Girls Basketball
The girls travelled to Kolbe Catholic College to take on the top of the ladder Kolbe girls team. The Penola girls worked hard throughout the game to counteract Kolbe’s height and exceptional 3 point shooting. This was the first time our team had any substitutes and we tried a number of tactics; however they were unsuccessful. Whilst we were beaten by Kolbe the girls demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship throughout the game and vowed to come back better with some game play to beat them in the Grand Final.

Senior Girls Basketball Grand Final from Mr. Griffin
Senior sport concluded on Tuesday 13 September with the Girls basketball team competing against Kolbe in the grand final. After the boys’ team missed out on qualifying for the decider on percentage, the girls had the opportunity to win the inaugural SACCSS Senior Girls Basketball competition, as this was the first year that teams competed for an entire season rather than a one-day tournament. PCC were quickly out of the blocks, scoring the first eight points of the match. Norma B’s passing was sublime to find Chloe E and Savannah B who were able to score some wonderful baskets. Kolbe fought back and by halftime had gained the ascendency. The second half was a very tight affair with lead changes occurring with almost every possession. Jade M, in her final game for the College, hit a huge 3 pointer and her rebounding work was phenomenal. Aimee F, Taliah O’C and Hannah A all worked tirelessly defensively coming up with some crucial stops on Kolbe’s very talented guards. The fourth quarter was very tense viewing as every possession counted for so much! With three minutes of play remaining and Penola holding a slender lead, PCC went up a few gears and scored on the next two possessions to put the game beyond doubt. After being defeated by Kolbe 66 – 23 in the last home and away round of the season, Penola recorded a stunning 8-point victory to capture the trophy! An unbelievable turn around and congratulations to every player and Mrs Jones on coaching the team. Final score; PCC 49 – Kolbe 41. MVP awarded by the referees: Savannah B and Players Peer of the match awarded by Kolbe players and coaching staff: Chloe E.

Year 8 Premier League
After the Bye in Round 1, the Season begins on Thursday 15 September for all Year 8 Premier League Teams with Cricket and Girls Netball Teams travelling to Sunbury to take on Salesian College for their Round 2 Fixtures. Boys and Girls Soccer Teams travelling to South Morang to take on Marymede for their Round 2 Fixtures. Boys and Girls Basketball and Boys and Girls Volleyball travelling to Greenvale to take on Kolbe Round 2 Fixtures. The very Best of Luck to all Teams as they look to start their 2022 campaigns with a Win!

Captain of Sustainability Report from Grace:

Wetlands Revitalization Session
Health and PE week went by in a flash and in a turn of unfortunate events, the wet weather prevented us from going through with our Wetlands Revitalization Session. Thankfully it was rescheduled for Monday 5 September and continued as planned. A small group of us gathered around the Wetlands Area at the start of Lunch, with our gardening gloves, some tools, and a couple bags for collection. The lunch went by quickly as we began with a short introduction to some of the native and invasive species in the area. Mr. Woodburn showed us how to whistle through a leaf and how to recognise some of the pesky weeds. We split off into two groups, one focusing on weeding and then other focusing on picking up litter. We switched after about 15 minutes and left at the end of lunch with a mountain of weeds and a bag full of rubbish.

Mental Health Week 2022 Reports:

Cooking Classes – Broadmeadows Campus from Vice Captain of Sport Tara
To mark the beginning of Mental Health Week, on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September 2 Cooking Classes were held during Lunchtime for Students in Years 9-12. During these Classes, Students participated in making Mini Pizzas with toppings of their choice, which was a great distraction from the busy Term 4 that is quickly approaching. Over the course of the two sessions, roughly 40 students got involved in this activity; came along with their friends and had a great time. We thank Ms Mann for hosting this event and to all the other teachers who assisted in supervising all students.

Mindful Painting Session – Broadmeadows Campus from College Captain Jordan
Continuing with the theme of Mental Health Week, on Tuesday 6 September, one of the Art Classrooms was opened up at lunchtime for students to participate in a mindful colouring session. The lunchtime activity was aimed at promoting the therapeutic benefits of art and other calming hobbies, each student could select a template which they could then paint in as they wished. Alternatively, there where pre-painted pages which students could design an image to. The lunchtime was extremely fun for all the students and there was a great turn up, especially amongst the year 11’s and 12’s, this hopefully aided in providing the with a much-needed break from their studies so that they could go back to class feeling refreshed and ready to learn.

10,000 Steps a Day Challenge – Both Campuses from College Captain Angus
A challenge in which I had set for the College Community was to complete 10,000 Steps a Day, over the week! It was an excellent way, to enjoy some time outdoors, have some fun, catch up with Friends and get some Exercise in! A huge thank you to all participants of the Challenge with heaps of fun had by all throughout! Huge Congratulations and Well Done to our 2023 College Captain, Leah M who was the Winner of the Uber Eats Voucher!