Information about learning, extracurricular programs, student wellbeing, our faith journey and how our school works.
We support the social and emotional welfare of students and their families through effective strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures, guidelines and tools that enable healthy personal development in students and contributes to their academic success.
Learning at Penola
Penola is a place where curiosity, imagination and love of learning thrive through working together to provide the most effective, engaging and challenging learning experiences for students. Students are encouraged to extend themselves and achieve beyond expectations, regardless of their ability level.
As part of a system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, we’re working together to transform learning for students in Greater Western Sydney. This means reimagining and refreshing learning and teaching for today’s world and today’s learners.
The purpose and promise of a Catholic education is to inspire each learner - student, teacher and family - to discover a meaningful and flourishing life.
Our Faith Journey
The teaching of Religious Education is central to all schools in the Diocese, who share in the mission of the Church to share the story and vision of Jesus Christ through a daily personal encounter with Him. This personal encounter is reflected in the college's liturgical and prayer life, attendance at parish masses, visits by the parish priest, pastoral care programs, social justice initiatives, music and art. The faith formation of the young men and women who attend this school is central to daily life at Penola College.
Beyond the Classroom
We believe it is important for students to pursue interests to find what they are passionate about. Our school gives them exposure to a range of exciting opportunities to unlock their creative potential, develop a talent or follow a passion.
Sport is a valued part of a school’s curriculum, contributing to the development of the whole child by providing a vehicle for social, physical, emotional and moral learning. Participation, enjoyment and skill development are the cornerstones of school sport. Penola students have the chance to participate in gala days and carnivals across a range of sports including swimming, rowing, football, netball and basketball.
Representative pathways to Diocesan, state and national levels are also available through the Parramatta Diocese Secondary Schools Sports Council.
Penola Catholic College is one of 13 schools from around Australia to develop and integrated STEM projects into our curriculum. STEM challenges and equips students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills to solve authentic problems for the complex world around them.
Student Learning Devices
Our students are already comfortable using technology, to expand on this we focus on teaching them to use ICT in innovative and creative ways that will enhance their learning. All students are required to bring a learning device from home.
Future Pathways Officer (Careers)
Throughout Years 7-12 we educate our students about goal setting and planning for the future. Our Future Pathways Officer provides support, guidance and advice to students regarding work placement, university course possibilities and opportunities for traineeships.
Parents as Partners
Strong partnerships between home, parish and school support students to grow in faith and learning. Parents are key to the life of the college and are encouraged to play an active role in the school community.