From the Principal - Mr Chris Caldow Vol 1

Welcome back to all students and families. We particularly welcome those who are joining the College community for the first time. We have a total of 239 new Year 7 students along with 20 new students across other year levels. This means that nearly one in five students are new to Penola and I would ask all within our community to go out of their way to ensure that our new students are welcomed and supported in their transitional period. A particularly warm welcome to our new families and I hope that your time within the Penola community is both enriching and rewarding.

Staff and students have returned ready for another busy and hopefully successful year. I am really looking forward to this year at Penola Catholic College commencing with our key foci on establishing routines and our subject specific literacy focus. Our theme for the year is “Let us show this love in our acts, bearing with one another, forgiving, and forgetting” (St Mary MacKillop, 1890). This theme is particularly relevant to us as we seek to help each student achieve their individual potential and improve our VCE and VCAL results. After a particularly disrupted 2020 and 2021 we are focusing upon mitigating the learning loss by prioritising the essential skills and knowledge in every subject and explicitly teaching these skills and knowledge.

As such, it is important that all students begin the year well in every context. It is important that the College uniform is worn well at all times; it means getting down to the core business of working hard in class and working with every teacher to produce the best set of results possible; it involves challenging oneself to participate in the vast array of co-curricular activities available; it means embracing the social justice programmes at the College and contributing to these. The evidence clearly supports the theory that the 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.

College Board Information Session
An invitation is extended to parents to come along to an information session being held on the evening of Tuesday 22 February for parents who are interested in the work of the College Board. The information session will provide an opportunity for parents who may be willing to offer their services as Board members in this year or subsequent years, to gain an understanding of the governance of the College. We will have 1 vacancy for a parent for the College Board in 2022.

The information session will commence at 7.00pm in the ERC (Library) at the Broadmeadows campus.

In recent times we have been aware of members of our community who have suffered loss, including:

  • Paul Clements (Former staff member and Deputy of Faith and Mission)
  • Terry Flannery (Father-in-law of Mark O’Dowd)
  • Roberto Ruzgal Junior (Brother of Nora Macawili)
  • Tommaso Ruberto (Grandfather of Letesha Ruberto)
  • Marg Millsom (Former staff member who worked in the ERC at Glenroy)
  • Helen Tatum (Mother-in-law of Julie Tatum)
  • Peter Lucarelli (Father-in-law of Rosa Lucarelli).

Joanne Pace’s daughter Sofia and her husband Steven welcomed Joshua James Victor Basile born January 6.

Congratulations to Katherine and Chris McBrearty on the birth of their son Eoin McBrearty on December 30, weighing in at 2.75kg. Henrietta has been delighted to welcome her new brother.

Late Resignations
Mr Luke Lentini resigned on December 22 and has taken on the Head of Student Wellbeing position at CRC Caroline Springs. Liza Webb and Katherine Jones have kindly agreed to take on the role as Head of Health & PE to replace Luke for the first semester.

Ms Daniela Bombardieri-Szabo was appointed as Head of Teaching and Learning at Thomas Carr College on Friday 21 January 2022. I have advertised her role and hope to appoint a replacement within the next fortnight.

I have provided a list of staff new to the College for 2022 including those who are returning to the College after a period of leave.

New Staff

Staff Name



Irena Pavlovska

French Language Assistant


Katrina Chislett

Japanese Teacher


Fulvia Galigani

HOL - Languages


Denise Koshy

NCCD Coordinator


Kylie Duggan

RE & English


Jacinta Muscat

Yr 10 English


Martina Battista

Italian Language Assistant


Bree-Anna Bott

Yr 9 English


Michiko Shibata

Japanese Language Assistant


Zoe Yang

Yr 9 & 10 Maths


Jessica Wu

Yr 9 & 10 Maths Science


Elizabeth Turville

Yr 7 & 8 Maths


Ciaran Ross

Numeracy Tutor


Tom Dullard



Irene Christofi



Xanthe Sefton



Michelle Golfis



Paul Barbetti

Coordinator of Students



Nirmala Lazar

Maths & Science


Maria Joseph

English & Humanities



ICT Helpdesk



Elearning Leader


Returning Staff




Jenny Carroll

EAL Support


Fran Pascalis

Visual Arts


Sam Thompson



Staff with New Roles




Erin Bonavia

Deputy Principal

Head of Broadmeadows Campus


Liviana Daniele

Coordinator of Students Yrs 11&12


Paul Barbetti

Coordinator of Students Yrs 7&8


Letesha Ruberto

Year 7 Coordinator


Dyson Bell-Warren

Year 8 Coordinator


Katherine Jones

Year 9 Coordinator


Emily Hastie

Year 10 Coordinator


Rosa Lucarelli

Year 11 Coordinator


Fulvia Galigani

Head of Languages


Denise Koshy

NCCD Coordinator


Liza Webb

Head of Health & PE (Yrs 11&12)


Brendan Smith

Instructional Coach


Giusi Graziano

Literacy Coach


Fiona Trapani

Literacy Coach


Dyson Bell-Warren

Head of Health & PE - Glenroy


Elaine Georges

Head of Mathematics - Glenroy


Stuart Harrison

Head of Humanities – Year 8


Sandra Warren

Head of Humanities – Year 7


Brendan O’Carroll

Health and PE teacher


Luke Vraca

Health and PE teacher


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 Erin Bonavia. Erin’s email address is .

We hope that this will further facilitate our ability to work closely with you in catering for the wellbeing 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.

I hope that all students will settle into a productive routine as quickly as possible; I hope they will participate in activities new to them this year; and I look forward to witnessing a genuine spirit of cooperation and partnership between all students and their teachers this year.

Results - University Preferences and First Round Offers
In 2021, 87% of students who applied for a course received an offer and 90% of these received one of their top 3 choices. The average ATAR was 59.26 slightly down from 59.33 last year.

  • Total offers - 103
  • Offers of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Prefs - 93 (90.3%) made up of –
  • Offers of 1st Prefs - 60
  • Offers of 2nd Prefs - 18
  • Offers of 3rd Prefs - 15

I am pleased to be able to report that the Dux of the College is Athraa Dawoud with an ATAR of 96.95 and a further eleven students had ATARs above 80. Our VCE median score decreased from 27 to 26 which was disappointing and may have been reflective of the challenges that many of our students experienced with remote learning. Congratulations to all teachers of Year 12 subjects, and to all other staff who did the preparatory work in years 7 – 11.

2022 Bell Times
I have listed the bell times below


8.40am – 8.50am8.50am

Period 1

8.53am – 9.43am

Period 2

9.45am – 10.35am


10.35am – 10.55am

Period 3

10.58am – 11.48am

Period 4

11.51am – 12.41pm


12.41pm – 1.21pm

Period 5

1.24pm – 2.14pm

Period 6

2.16pm – 3.06pm

In an attempt to limit the mixing of year levels and cohorts, The following year levels will be rostered to use the ERC, at recess and lunchtimes, on the following days





Year 12

Year 7


Year 11

Year 8


Year 10

Year 7


Year 9

Year 8


Year 12

Year 7

Students will need to present their student card to gain entry to the respective ERCs. If a student has lost their card, they can either go to the Campus Office or notify their Year Level Coordinator for a replacement.

To limit the number of students congregating around lockers, students are encouraged to bring in small bags to carry their books to class on the Broadmeadows campus. These bags should either be placed at the front of the room at the beginning of class or hang over the back of the chairs to reduce the tripping hazard for staff and students.

Air purifiers
The Victorian Government has delivered air purifier units (model Samsung AX7500) to most Catholic schools. Air purifiers are advised to be prioritised for higher risk areas. These areas include where there are high levels of mixing of staff and reduced mask use when eating, higher levels of exertion and increased aerosol projection, and lower ventilation and possible exposure to illness. For example, sick bays, staffrooms, canteens, school receptions and student centres, gymnasiums and music rooms.

Free rapid antigen tests
Free rapid antigen tests will be available for the first four weeks of Term 1 2022.

The Department of Health is strongly recommending that students complete a test twice a week to help proactively identify any cases, reducing the risks of an outbreak.

We have been supplied with tests by the Victorian Government – you do not need to buy your own.

The Rapid Antigen Tests have been distributed in homeroom to each student on their first day at school. For Years 7, 9, 10, 11 & 12 this was Tuesday 1 February and for Year 8 students was Wednesday 2 February.

At Penola we are encouraging students and staff to do the test on Mondays and Wednesdays as having set days will be easier for people to remember. If a child/staff forgets, that’s OK, they can do it the next day. Remember that this is voluntary and we are not monitoring results.

Students and staff will do the tests at home; they only need to report their result if it is COVID-positive. They must report a COVID-positive result to:

  • the school by phone on 03 93012777; this is so that we can support students, record that they will be absent while in 7-day isolation, and let the rest of the school community know there has been a positive case onsite and that they should monitor for symptoms
  • the Department of Health via the COVID-19 Positive Rapid Antigen Test Self-Reporting Form or call centre on 1800 675 398.

Parents will be notified by the College if their child is considered a close contact.

Information about how to do a test and how to read RAT results, including a how-to video translated into 33 languages, is available online.

Recently recovered COVID-19 Cases
If a recently recovered COVID-19 case becomes a household or household-like contact of a confirmed case, they do not need to quarantine again if the re-exposure was less than 30 days since the recovered case’s symptom onset (or first positive test if asymptomatic).

Within this 30-day period, recovered cases;

  • can continue to attend high-risk settings
  • do not need to cease work or studies if re-exposed
  • do not need to participate in surveillance testing as part of their employment or education if re-exposed.

Staff, contractors or students whose COVID-19 infections are outside the 30-day period are not considered exempt from quarantine and/or testing requirements. They must, if determined to be a contact of a positive case, follow the requirements for quarantine and/or testing that are applicable in the circumstances (either as household/household-like contacts, or workplace/educational facility contacts,

College Assembly
We have made the decision to only have the award recipients and their parents along with our current Year 7 students present in the Mary Aikenhead Gymnasium at Glenroy for the Academic Assembly on Friday 4 February to restrict the mixing of year levels and reduce the chance of COVID transmission. The Assembly will be livestreamed to our current Years 8-12 students in their respective homerooms. The ASH floor will not be ready, so we have transferred to the Glenroy Gym.

Award winners will be seated at the front on the left-hand side facing the stage with their parents on the right-hand side. Our current Year 7’s will be seated in homeroom groups behind them with a 2-metre gap between each homeroom.

Given the high number of new members of our community, I thought that this prayer was appropriate to begin the school year

The Journey Begins

As we step into this new year,
Restore our spirits.
Renew our passion for sharing your wisdom
And nurture our compassion
for those in need of greater support.

Transform us as we seek to transform:
Guide us as we seek to guide;
Open our minds and hearts
As we seek to open minds and hearts
To the Good News of justice and peace.

Help us listen more deeply
To the world and to your Word,
So we can walk with those in our care,
Attentive to the Wisdom that
Calls us all to the Kingdom of God.

Chris Caldow

From the Head of Campus Broadmeadows - Ms Erin Bonavia Vol 1

I am excited to begin my role as Head of Campus Broadmeadows this year. As a former student myself I am very proud of Penola Catholic College and the opportunities the College provides for our students. I am looking forward to working in partnership with families to support our students in their learning journey and encourage all to strive for their personal best.

It has been terrific to welcome our students and staff back to the College this week. Whilst we continue to live in an uncertain world with the Covid pandemic, school can provide a sense of routine and structure in addition to enhancing wellbeing. Congratulations to the students who have settled back quite quickly into school life.

On the first day back students watched a pre-recorded campus Assembly. The purpose of the assembly was to welcome our students back to school, highlight The Resilience Project that we will be implementing this year and ensure all students were aware of College expectations. Students were reminded of the uniform requirements, personal grooming standards, mobile phone ban and the importance of arriving to school on time. I appreciate your cooperation in assisting students to follow our school rules and expectations.

Another feature of the Assembly was the sharing of strategies that have assisted past students to achieve their personal best at school. These include:

  • Physical activity: a regular walk or structured exercise is a great way to also de-stress.
  • Eating nutritious food including breakfast and staying hydrated, preferably drinking water
  • Getting to bed at a reasonable hour and minimising screen time just before bed.
  • Waking up in time to have breakfast and not be rushed getting to school
  • Speaking to friends/trusted adult about worries and concerns – Homeroom teacher, student services, Year Level Coordinators.
  • Engaging in regular meditation/prayer/mindfulness
  • Behaving in a way that helps manage stress – journal, talking, sticking to routine.

A reminder that student school photographs will take place on Tuesday 8 February, for students in Years 9-12. Students will be expected to observe all aspects of the College uniform and personal grooming standards as per the Student Planner prior to photos being taken. For ALL students – a reminder that no jewellery and badges other than permitted items will be allowed.

Wishing all students and families a successful and happy 2022.

From the Head of Campus Glenroy - Mr Stuart Harrison Vol 1

Welcome to the 2022 school year. A warm welcome to all our new 2022 Year 7’s and their families to the Penola Catholic College community and we also welcome back our 2022 Year 8s. While the first couple of days may seem overwhelming, I hope that all our students have had a positive start and begun forging new relationships with both the staff and peers.

Uniform and School Photos
Students can wear the full college summer or winter uniform at any stage of the year. Penola Catholic College does require students to wear their college blazer as the outer garment Terms 2 & 3 and for formal occasions and school photos. Can I please remind families that school photos for the Glenroy Campus is on Wednesday 9 February and students will be required to wear the full school uniform including the college blazer.

Year 7 Information Night
Due to Covid restrictions our Year 7 Information Night on February 16 will take place online with Year 7 homeroom teaches holding a half-an-hour Teams meeting from 6.00pm. Families can then watch the vodcast that is posted on the Parent News section on MyPenola.

Year 7 and New Families Welcome Dinner
The welcome dinner that was scheduled for March 4 will be postponed till later in the year, as we currently can not hold large gatherings due to Covid safe policies placed on schools.

Dropping and Picking Up Students
Can I please ask that students are not dropped off or picked up by car directly outside the campus. Furthermore, to avoid congestion around the campus it is advantageous to have a designated spot in the neighbouring streets to pick up your child rather than in the streets that surround the Glenroy Campus.

From the Head of Faith & Mission - Mr Robert Dullard Vol 1

“Let us show this love in our acts, bearing with one another, forgiving and forgetting.”
(St Mary Of the Cross MacKillop, 1890)

As a Catholic school and as part of our identity as a Catholic school, we follow the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph. When we talk about St Mary’s Charism, we are actually referring to the characteristics or actions of Mary that attract us to her and that inspire us to be like her. Therefore, each year since 2002, we have had an annual College theme, based on a quote from Mary that has given us an insight into the person she was, capturing her amazing sense of faith and emphasising her vision for the Sisters of St Joseph and for all of us, who have adopted her charism.

We have a selection of six quotes that are linked to our College Vision and Mission through the values of Community, Faith and Excellence. Two of the six quotes are directly related to each of the three values and so we are able to develop understanding and meaning of our College values through our learning and discovery of each the yearly themes.

This year, our College theme, “Let us show this love in our acts, bearing with one another, forgiving and forgetting”, which St Mary said in 1890, is extremely powerful and linked closely to our College Value of Community. By showing a Christ-like love in our acts, by bearing with one another during difficult or tense times and being truly willing to fully forgive each other for our indiscretions or wrong doings, we can enliven our sense of Community, recognising the dignity of all and ensuring we are building mutual respect for all.

This theme urges us to act with love towards each other. It is calling us to show respect, courtesy, care, kindness and support in all our relationships and daily dealings with one another. St Mary also reminds us here that we need to bear with each other and that there will be times when we might feel annoyed or let down by our family, colleagues or peers; or that we may just seem to clash with some others at work or school; or that we might not necessarily agree with a friend’s point of view or behaviour. When these moments occur, we need to be patient, tolerant and compassionate towards one another. We need to stick tight and not give up on each other.

It is interesting that Mary also highlights in her words, “… forgiving and forgetting.” Often, we are willing to forgive but we can’t actually forget. True forgiveness actually involves this difficult aspect of forgetting and letting it go completely and being able to move forward in renewed and strengthened relationships.

Jesus demonstrated an amazing example of true forgiveness when he fully forgave those who tortured and crucified him. “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).

Can you imagine what it would be like to have your skin torn to shreds by a whip, made to wear a crown of thorns, have nails hit through your limbs and left to hang on a cross until you eventually die? Jesus endured all that and yet, he still found it in his heart to forgive them. Could you? Forgiving and forgetting is clearly a difficult task but that is what Jesus and St Mary are asking of us.

We all know that talk is cheap and that actions speak much louder than words and so too, did St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She actioned her love, dedicating her life to God and the Church and striving to ensure the dignity of those in most need. At crucial times, when some of the other Sisters would let her down, she was able to bear with them to ensure the cohesiveness of their Order was maintained. “I excuse you and with all a mother’s heart, I forgive you. And as I freely forgive and wish to forget, so do I entreat you my dearly loved ones, to forgive from your heart any Sister who has pained you” (St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, 1890). She also forgave willingly, the Bishops and the Priest who mistreated her and played major parts in her ex-communication from the Church. “I forgive him. I forgive all who had any part in these matters” (St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, 1871). Clearly, St Mary was a living and very active example of her beautiful words to us all.

Our 2022 College Banner depicts a collaboration of hands releasing acts of love throughout our College community, which has been inspired by the words of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The hands are different in size, shape and colour indicating that individually, we are each called to share in the collaborative spirit, to work together and empower the spread of God’s love.

Morphed into the College Crest is St Mary, who is focused on the highlighted value of Community. This signals to us that not only is the Charism of St Mary and the Sisters of St Joseph central in shaping the values of our College community but that the value of community is also a central focus of her Charism. As such, we hope our banner will remind us daily of the challenge that St Mary has set for us this year.

And so we pray…

We thank you for giving us St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s
beautiful words, “Let us show your love in our acts, bearing with one another, forgiving and forgetting” as our theme throughout 2022.
Help us to be mindful that there will be times when we may have to bear with others who cause challenges or difficulties for us. Instil within us the tolerance,patience and compassion to do so.

It is so easy to fall into the trap of holding grudges and refusing to forgive those who wrong us. May St Mary’s life and example inspire us to truly forgive those who wrong us and to let go of any past hurts they may have caused.

We ask you Lord Jesus to gift us with the spirit of your love which will empower our acts towards one another and build a College community that values and recognises the dignity of all people and encourages a sense of mutual respect.


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop … Pray for us
St Joseph … Pray for us
And may we always remember … To pray for one another.


Happy New Year. I hope the new year has commenced positively for each respective family and that despite the uncertainty of the year thus far, 2022 brings happiness and good health for all.

It is with a great sense of enthusiasm and immense dedication that I write to the school community, indicating that throughout the 2022 academic school year that I will continue to fulfil the role of Head of Learning- English. I shall still lead through the role of Head of Instructional Practice; equally invested in both domains and enthusiastically invested in leading the wonderful team of English teachers at Penola Catholic College.

I am also extremely devoted to working alongside Mrs. Kasia Pliszka who will continue in her role as Head of English at the Glenroy Campus and together we shall collaborate, model and work closely with all English staff in order to provide each of the students entrusted in our care with the best possible opportunities pertaining to their studies of English. The vision for the English Department for the 2022 school year is as follows:

Cultivating a Reading Culture
A reading culture is an environment whereby reading
is championed, valued, respected, and encouraged.
Reading lies at the heart of the curriculum,
and it's of the upmost importance to a child's
personal, social, and academic success,
along with their health and wellbeing.

This vision shall be achieved by;

  • Leaders and teachers as model readers
  • Encouraging students to read aloud daily
  • Staff shall foster independent reading practice
  • Generate time to discuss books
  • Collaborate and actively involve parents

Collectively we are dedicated in providing and generating a love of learning and a love for the written word for each student at Penola Catholic College. We pride ourselves on engaging our students with 21st century capabilities and a skill set through the rich English curriculum we offer and through the careful selection of texts we shall teach and study throughout the course of the year.

The 2022 school year promises to be a wonderful year ahead filled with positive learning and teaching moments that shall engage your child’s curiosity and interest in English. As parents, actively involving yourself and forming a collective partnership in your child’s learning journey is exceedingly beneficial. This can be strongly achieved through reading the allocated texts your child is expected to read. In turn, rich and plentiful conversations between both you and your child can take place, ultimately leading to further supporting and solidifying their understanding and engagement of elements within the given story.

I would like to make it explicitly clear that all students are to read their allocated English texts. This is not a negotiable request or task; however, a clear expectation.

Both Kasia and I will liaise regularly with all English staff across both campuses, providing ongoing support for both students and staff in order for each English classroom to be inquisitive in nature, drawing on a love for the written word. It is imperative that students are equipped to become confident readers and writers, developing a skill set in English that can be carried through all areas across the curriculum.

Finally, I draw your attention to ‘The Twelve Reading Strategies’ located below. These twelve reading strategies will assist in the home environment where students can draw to each of these strategies to assist with their understanding of a given text. These strategies help promote confident readers and provide for a deeper understanding of the written word. I encourage all parents and students to engage with ‘The Twelve Reading Strategies’ on a regular basis in the home environment to positively assist with reading for meaning.

The 12 Reading Strategies
When reading any text, there are a number of strategies you need to follow in order to really understand the author’s meaning. Here are twelve strategies good readers adopt when they read

Finding the main idea
The main idea of a reading passage is what the passage is mostly or mainly about. This should be able to be expressed in one sentence. If you can’t find the main idea, you won’t make much meaning out of the text.

Recalling facts and details
When you read, you will often come across facts and details. These facts and details tell more about the main idea and will be clearly stated in a piece of text.

Understanding sequence
Understanding sequence is about being able to follow the order of events in a piece of text. Texts may not always be written in chronological order, and so it is important to be able to use clues in the text to create a mental ‘map’ or timeline of when things occur.

Recognising cause and effect
A ‘cause’ is something that happens. An ‘effect’ is what happens as a result of (because of) the cause. This is an important skill in being able to identify the causal relationships between things in a text.

Comparing and contrasting
Sometimes when you read it is important to find out how things are similar or different. This is called comparing (similarities) and contrasting (differences).

Making Predictions
Often when you read you will find yourself making predictions about what will come later. Using information you know from the text, you will be able to make reasonable guesses/predictions about what is likely to happen.

Find word meaning in context

Often when you are reading, you will encounter words you are not familiar with. Rather than skipping over these, there are ways that you can use the context to help you figure out the meaning. This means looking at the words around the text (the rest of the sentence, or even a larger section of the text) to help you figure out what the unfamiliar word means.

Drawing conclusions and making inferences
When you read, many times you must figure things out on your own – the author doesn’t always tell you everything. You will need to use what you do know about the situation, to work out what you do not.

Distinguishing between fact and opinion
It is important to be able to tell the difference between fact and opinion, especially in persuasive texts, but in all sorts of other texts. A fact is something that can be proven, whereas an opinion is someone’s own personal belief, and is unable to be proven or checked.

Identifying Author's purpose
Writers always have a purpose or reason for writing. It is important to be able to identify what this is – is the writer trying to persuade you? Entertain you? Give directions? Explain something to you?

    Interpreting figurative language
    Sometimes, writers use language in a way that is not literal – the meaning of the words used is different to their usual meaning. Figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification etc) is a way for writers to paint a picture in the reader’s head and describe something in an interesting way. For example, someone who has told a secret might say, “I spilled the beans.” They haven’t literally spilled any beans – this is a phrase that means “I told a secret”. Being able to interpret figurative language is an important skill, particularly in areas such as language analysis, poetry and narratives.

    Summarising is an important skill, as it means you are able to identify the main points of a piece of text and express these in a succinct way.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students a brilliant year of learning and encourage all parents to actively support their child’s learning journey in 2022. All students are to immerse themselves in the wonders of reading and writing and to embrace all that the English classroom has to offer.

    I close by sharing one of my favourite Shakespearean quotes- a quote that truly encapsulates the notion of achieving greatness for each and every learner.

    “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
    William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

    If you require any further information regarding the aforementioned, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Kasia Pliszka or I at the college.

    Sandra Harrison
    Head of Learning - English

    Learning at Penola

    Welcome to the 2022 academic year at Penola Catholic College. In particular, I extend a warm welcome to our new staff, students and families. Staff members are keen to support each student to achieve their best. Parents you can assist by ensuring that your child has an adequate study space and by encouraging your child to embrace all aspects of school life and to strive for excellence. Please be sure to contact the College should you have any queries or concerns.

    Captain of Academic Excellence
    We value student voice and provide many forums for students to share their experience and perspectives. Leah M (11J) is our Captain of Academic Excellence for 2022. Please read her address shared at the first College Assembly.

    Good morning fellow students, teachers, parents, and distinguished guests. My name is Leah, I am a year 11 student and I have the absolute privilege of being Captain of Academic Excellence for 2022. This morning I would like to share a few goals with you.

    As we are all well and truly aware, the past two years have been very challenging due to the current pandemic we all find ourselves amid. This has resulted in work ethics and motivation levels decreasing as most of our learning has been online. I truly encourage students to realise that this year can be seen as a fresh start so that you can regain confidence and kick the goals they are hoping to achieve. Throughout my leadership role, I aim to be a source that provides inspiration to the community, through various readings, quotes and resources I will share throughout the year.

    In addition, I would like to address the concept of student questioning throughout 2022. I believe one of the main reasons that students do not understand their work is because they are reluctant in asking questions. It seems as if there is a stigma around this, and this is something I want to work towards eliminating. Throughout the year I will be providing many ways and platforms allowing students to ask questions. Moreover, I would like to begin the process with each Head of Learning at the College to find ways we can provide clubs and additional resources to further enhance the learning experiences for all. A group environment like a club could be more approachable and less intimidating than a one-on-one session with a teacher.

    From Neale Daniher “In life, it’s not if it gets tough – it’s when it gets tough. No matter what happens, it’s up to you to do something about it”. As the 2022 academic year is now underway, it’s time for us to write our next chapter of our journey here at Penola, which starts now by putting in our best effort into everything we do. I am so excited to see what this year holds and look forward to encouraging each of us to be the best versions of ourselves. Thank you.

    Tutor Learning Program
    As you may be aware many students across the state have experienced setbacks in their learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our intention to support students to catch up on learning they may have missed over the last two years. Penola Catholic College has received funding from the state government to continue with our tutoring program to mitigate this learning loss. This tutoring program will involve supporting students from Year 7 – 10 to strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills. Consequently, Penola has engaged tutors to work with students, predominantly by providing support in a classroom setting during English and/or Mathematic classes. We are optimistic that this additional support, that caters specifically to the needs of the students, will have a positive impact on all who are involved with the program.

    At Penola, we celebrate student achievement and this year our focus is strengthening our learning culture. Our students remain at the centre of everything that we do. It is our hope that every student will succeed and flourish as we support them in their learning journey at Penola Catholic College.

    2022 School Photos

    A reminder that 2022 School Photos will take place on Tuesday 8 February for Years 9-12 at the Broadmeadows Campus, and Wednesday 9 February for Years 7-8 at the Glenroy Campus.

    Please see the attached letter with further details.

    Camps, Sports and Excursion Fund (CSEF)

    Eligibility Dates:

    For concession cardholders CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either:

    Term 1 (31 January 2022) or Term 2 (26 April 2022)

    How to submit a CSEF Application in 2022

    If you have applied for the CSEF in a previous year, you do not need to complete an application form in 2022. The school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

    You will ONLY need to submit an application form in 2022 if any of the following changes have occurred:

    • New student enrolments: Your child has started or changed schools in 2022 or you did not apply at the same school in a previous year.
    • Changed family circumstances, such as: a change of custody, change of name, concession card number or new siblings commencing at the school in 2022.

    CSEF Flyer Attachments: English, Arabic and Vietnamese

    CSEF Application Form Attachment


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