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Penola Catholic College
35 William Street
Glenroy
Victoria
3046
Penola Catholic College is a Catholic, co-educational regional secondary College in the Josephite tradition.
Established in 1995 and set on 27 acres over two campuses, it serves the north-western region of Melbourne.
Melbourne North
03 9301 2777
Broadmeadows - Year 9-12
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Chris Caldow
Catholic
Catholic
Year 7 - 8 | Junior Campus (35 William Street, Glenroy, 3046)
Year 9 - 12 | Senior Campus (29 Gibson Street, Broadmeadows, 3047)
$2,580 - $3,400 (2016)
No
Co-educational
1480
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  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Educational Support
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Special Needs

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.

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Students are provided with the best possible facilities. Historical and modern buildings blend graciously together within pleasant surroundings and well maintained grounds. Facilities include: Computer laboratories with the latest desktop computers, classrooms with electronic whiteboards, Educational Resource Centres, Food Technology areas, modern Science and Language laboratories, ovals, sporting facilities, and instrumental tuition rooms.
Recent additions to the College have included a Performing Arts Centre, Digital Language Laboratory, Hospitality Centre, open plan learning Year 9 building, Technology building featuring a hair salon, together with refurbished classrooms and outdoor sporting facilities; at the Glenroy campus there has been a classroom refurbishment program and new outdoor recreation facilities have been constructed in recent years, and a new gym currently being built.
The College has an ongoing commitment to achieving excellence in teaching and learning through the provision of high level pastoral care, support services and state of the art facilities.

Our teaching and learning environment is rich in challenges and experiences to inspire, encourage and engage our students.

We offer a broad and comprehensive curriculum, which includes, in the junior years, strong early Literacy and Numeracy Programs, student laptop Program at Years 7 - 9 and an extensive Elective Program at Years 9 and 10.

Enhanced and accelerated studies are available for highly able students in a range of areas across the year levels including: Mathematics, English and Languages.

Our Senior Programs include an extensive range of VCE offerings including VET subjects and VCAL, allowing students to design their individual Pathways to University or TAFE, Tertiary Studies and the World of Work.

A must in the 21st Century is the inclusion of Intercultural Literacy. This modern phenomenon requires us to engage in open, cross-cultural exchanges where one’s language preferences or attitudes are acknowledged and openly discussed. Such initiatives we believe help us to reflect on the true makeup of our Penola Catholic College community and are essential elements in seeking world harmony and peace.

The Co-curricular programmes at Penola Catholic College are designed to expose students to a variety of experiences and work to complement the mainstream curriculum. We are proud to offer over 50 co-curricular activities. Students can participate in leadership development, social justice programs, drama, various choral and musical ensembles, science, debating, numerous sporting activities and many other programs.

Pastoral care at Penola Catholic College focuses upon the development of the whole person. Student support and pastoral care structures are highly developed and cover the areas of faith and personal development, counselling and careers advice.

Transition Programs are designed to support new students entering the school to settle quickly and happily into their new environment.

The services provided by our Educational Psychologists, our Chaplains and Home School Liaison Officer are additional ways we support the wider needs of our community.

The College follows the Restorative Practices model and is proactive in its work on increasing student wellbeing.

Enlightened by the Gospel values of Faith, Love, Hope and Compassion, we strive to provide a holistic education which meets the needs and develops the gifts of each student. As a community we recognise that this is best achieved in a welcoming environment with a commitment to justice, service and collaboration.
Penola Catholic College strives to involve its members in the life of the wider society. Through parish participation, local community activity and appreciation of national and global issues, we endeavour to foster critical awareness, a sense of belonging and a desire to work towards God’s Kingdom of justice and peace.
Penola Catholic College is a community of students, parents and staff guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ and inspired by the example of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Principal's Message

On behalf of the Penola Catholic College community, I welcome you.  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 2016 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 and are published on our College website www.penola.vic.edu.au.

Chris Caldow

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