Penola Catholic College Emu Plains is a Catholic co-educational school for students from Years 7 to 12. We incorporate a traditional HSC pathway for Years 11 and 12. Our learning environment focuses on providing students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills, in order for them to become passionate and resilient lifelong learners.
Our school is a welcoming, safe and innovative learning community for local students and their families. Enrolling at Penola is a chance for your family to be part of our story too! More...
I am honoured to lead Penola Catholic College, where our dedicated teachers are focused on education that promotes a sense of personal success for each student. More...
We warmly welcome new families to join our school community. Enquiries and enrolment applications for all grades are welcome any time of the year, although the main enrolment period is between March and May in the year before your child will start at our school.
27 Feb 2024
⭐SMASHED LIVE 2024 - ALCOHOL EDUCATION⭐ On Wednesday, our Year 9 and 10 students experienced an impactful presentation from Gibber Educational called 'Smashed.' This life-changing education program addresses underage drinking through positive thinking. When young people encounter tough choices, ‘Smashed’ aims to empower our students to make good decisions. Our students were highly engaged and found the presentation incredibly insightful. Thank you to Gibber Educational. Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
23 Feb 2024
🏊SWIMMING CARNIVAL🏊 Last week, we hosted our Penola Swimming Carnival at Ripples Penrith. Despite the temperamental weather, our students had a wonderful time and truly embraced the school spirit. A special thank you to Mr Elston for coordinating the event and our teachers for their hard work in making this day possible. Lastly, we express our gratitude to our enthusiastic students. We had the best turnout ever, and it was fantastic to see our students and their amazing efforts in the pool. Thank you Ripples Penrith for having us! Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
21 Feb 2024
⭐BETHANY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL VISIT ⭐ On Monday of this week, our Principal Mrs Sparkes and Assistant Principal Mr Borg accompanied by our Vice Captain Montana L and SRC Year 8 representative Anjelica V, to visit Bethany Catholic Primary School and let their students know about our Open Night on Monday 11 March 2024 4pm to 7pm. These visits to Catholic Feeder primary schools provide Year 5 and 6 students with the opportunity to learn about Penola Catholic College and the learning opportunities we provide. The students were captivated and thoroughly enjoyed asking Montana and Anjelica questions about their experiences as Penola Catholic College students. Thank you to Mr Rosato and all of the Year 5 and 6 students and staff for a wonderful visit. We look forward to our visits to other local Catholic primary schools in the upcoming weeks. Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Bethany Catholic Primary School, Glenmore Park
19 Feb 2024
📚 LIBRARY ACTIVITIES 📚 During break 2 last Friday, our library hosted the weekly activity 'Giant Games and Board Games.' It was delightful to observe numerous students actively participating together and thoroughly enjoying the experience. 🎲♟️ Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
16 Feb 2024
⭐ BIG FISH LITTLE FISH ⭐ Last week our Year 7’s attended a workshop run by Human Connections titled ‘Big Fish Little Fish’. The Big Fish into Little Fish presentation focuses on easing Year 7’s transition into high school, building rapport among the year group and enhancing self-esteem and resilience. Our Year 7 Students participated in activities to help minimise fears and maximise their collective hopes and dreams. Together they worked to develop empowering self-identity beliefs, which will lay the foundation for our students to continue to grow in the areas of resilience and self-worth. In addition to this they were able to discover ways to engage with new friends and develop the cohesion among the year group. Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Human Connections - Student Wellbeing Sessions
16 Feb 2024
🌟 ASH WEDNESDAY 🌟 Wednesday was Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time where Christians all over the world spend time renewing their faith in Christ through increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving. To commemorate the penitential nature of this season, Christians traditionally place ashes on the heads of those undertaking the fast as a sign of their mortality and their sorrow for their sins. This symbol is most ancient, mentioned, along with sackcloth, throughout the Old Testament. Penola hosted a liturgy for each stage, where students were invited to receive their Ashes. Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
16 Feb 2024
🥞 SHROVE TUESDAY 🥞 On Tuesday in celebration of Shrove Tuesday, the day preceding Ash Wednesday and the commencement of Lent, our students enjoyed pancakes, the proceeds of which contributed to supporting Caritas Australia. We extend our gratitude to all our students and their families for their support. The pancakes were a big hit! 🥞 Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Caritas Australia
15 Feb 2024
💝VALENTINES DAY💝 In celebration of Valentine’s Day yesterday and Library Lovers Month, our library has curated captivating displays and organised a reading activity titled ‘Blind Date with a Book.’ This initiative serves as a delightful way to promote a love for reading among our students. This month, our library is also offering a book matching service and inviting students and staff to answer the question ‘why do you love the library?’. Happy reading! 📚 Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese
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Students are required to wear their full uniform, especially when representing the school at sport or for any other purpose. Parents and carers are encouraged to learn about our school uniform guidelines.