Every child is different and so is his or her learning journey

Our approach to learning puts the growth of each individual child at the heart of schooling. Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are places of wonder, exploration and endless possibilities. Penola welcomes and truly values each student in our diverse and multicultural learning community.

Each child’s unique strengths and needs guide the design of the learning opportunities we provide to our students.

After all, learning how to learn is equally important as what we learn!

Learning at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains
Inspired learning starts with highly motivated and professional teachers

Like you, we know that great teachers make a real difference in a child’s life. Our teachers are lifelong learners too and regularly undertake professional development to keep up to date with current best practice in education. Our expert teachers will tailor teaching to meet your child at their point of need, track how they are progressing, and respond with extra support when needed.

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Dedicated Teachers - Penola Catholic College Emu Plains

Our learning journey

The Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese Learning Journey honours the developmental stages in a student’s life. Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we prepare students for the workplaces of the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to work collaboratively.

In our classrooms, students are made aware of the purpose of their lessons and what they need to do to successfully demonstrate their understanding. This is at the heart of Penola Catholic College’s contemporary model of learning.


Our learning journey

Learning at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains

Our learning spaces

The learning spaces at Penola are designed to enhance the learning opportunities of our students. From the latest technology to flexible seating options and adaptable class sizes, students will learn how to work both independently and as part of a small or large group depending on the task at hand.

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STEM is integrated into our curriculum

Penola Catholic College is one of 13 schools from around Australia to develop and integrate 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.

STEM is integrated into our curriculum

STEM at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese (CSPD) recognises and respects the heritage, spirituality, cultures and deep connection to Country of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

An understanding of Aboriginal spirituality is incorporated into Religious Education programs, prayer and liturgy. A number of our schools have dedicated yarning spaces, cultural groups and inclusive Aboriginal Cultural Programs. Working closely with Catholic Schools NSW and all CSPD staff, our Jarara Cultural Centre is an integral part of how we share culture, build capacity and provide pastoral care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Indigenous Education at Penola Catholic College Emu Plains
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Future Pathways and Careers

Throughout Years 7-12, guidance and advice are provided to students regarding work placement, university course options and opportunities for traineeships. Our Future Pathways Officer works closely with students to help them set goals for the future.

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School Library

Through access to our library resources and services, students develop a range of learner dispositions and capabilities to cultivate a culture of curiosity, creativity, imagination and innovation.

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Student Learning Devices

Students are required to bring a learning device as part of their education. Find out our device requirements and preferred suppliers.

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Senior Assessment Information

The college provides videos, assessment booklets and frequently requested documents for students in Years 10-12.

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School of Now

This unique learning experience provides Year 11 and 12 students with access to a greater range of extension courses and specialised electives that may not be offered at their home schools, helping them to achieve their personal career and study goals.

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School of Now

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This video is a raw look into the exciting sights and sounds of the School of Now.

We help students be the best learners they can be

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