Beyond the Classroom

Enriching the lives of our students outside the formal curriculum is a priority and we aim to provide students with the option to participate in a variety of co-curricular opportunities.

These opportunities provide students with the chance to develop leadership and organisational skills. Penola Catholic College encourages students to become fully involved in the life of the College and we believe strongly in the need for students to be balanced and to see education as a process that involves the whole person both in and out of the classroom.

Extracurricular initiatives include:

Big History Project

ExPenola Catholic College Big History Project
An on-line multi-discipline global approach to learning


Penola Catholic College Captivate
Performing arts program including dance, drama and music

Debating & public speaking

Penola Catholic College Debating

University Links

Penola Catholic College Uni Links
Links and partnerships on special learning projects e.g. iSTEM Challenge Western Sydney University

Student Leadership

Penola Catholic College Student Leadership
Opportunities in areas such as sport and recreation, social justice action and many more


Penola Catholic College PTECHBusiness Partners Focus and mentoring days available for Years 7-10 at the college and at Telstra and PwC

Social Justice

Penola Catholic College Social Justice
Engagement with Vinnie's Van, Mama Lanas etc

Fast Forward

Penola Catholic College Uni LinksWestern Sydney University program for students (Year 9-12)

Catechist Program

Penola Catholic College CatchetistsWhere Year 10 students assist in delivering education in local state primary schools

Write a Book in a Day

Penola Catholic College Write-a-Book
Available for students in Year 7-10

Student Hosts

Penola Catholic College Japanese
Hosting visiting students from Japan and China as part of an enrichment program

Choir Group

Penola Catholic College Choir

Chess Club

Penola Catholic College Chess

Sports Gala Days

Penola Catholic College Sport
For representative sports such as Soccer, Rugby League, Basketball and Netball

Girls Get Active Day

Penola Catholic College Girls Get Active
A yearly event at the Sydney Regatta Centre

Representative sports

Penola Catholic College Sport 01

Penola Catholic College Sport 02

Penola Catholic College Sport 03

Penola Catholic College is committed to nurturing the talents of our students and provides opportunities to participate in representative sports and compete at Gala Days, Zone and Diocesan Carnivals. Sports offered include:


  • athletics
  • basketball
  • cross country
  • netball
  • rowing
  • rugby league
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • volleyball

More information on the PDSSSC/NSWCCC can be viewed at the following websites:

Representative Sport  NSWCCC Website