Our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their happiness and safety are our top priorities.
A place to belong
As part of a system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. The wellbeing and safety of all students is central to the purpose of Catholic education and we acknowledge that healthy relationships and exceptional pastoral care are core to each child’s positive experience at school.
Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta have a strong focus on pastoral care, and in addition the support of our school counsellor, additional resourcing is provided for wellbeing initiatives overseen by the Wellbeing Coordinator. The Wellbeing Coordinator is supported by staff on the Wellbeing and Behaviour Team, Leading Counsellors as well as K-12 System Counsellors in the implementation of these wellbeing initiatives.
Penola is committed to providing a learning environment where students can thrive, feel safe and supported, and are nurtured to grow, belong and be confident.
Penola equips students with the knowledge and skills to cultivate their wellbeing through Religious Education, health, and wellbeing classes. We believe this sense of wellbeing and connectedness promotes healthy personal development in students and contributes to their academic success.
We support the social and emotional welfare of students and their families through effective strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures, guidelines and tools. Our strong focus on pastoral care includes school counsellors and wellbeing initiatives to support students.
Our school celebrates the inclusion of all students, supporting the learning needs of every individual and providing learning opportunities to build their social skills.
Penola offers a safe, caring and welcoming environment
At Penola our wellbeing programs focus on the needs of young men and women in a contemporary world to ensure they have opportunities to become resilient and highly capable learners who continuously build their own capabilities.
We provide an inclusive and positive learning environment underpinned by a strong pastoral care framework. Our staff are all committed to developing positive and caring relationships with students and parents to enable all students to excel and achieve to their full potential.
We offer the BECOME Careers education program commencing in Year 7 to help students develop goals for a bright and successful future post school reinforcing our school mantra of: Believe, Achieve, Succeed.
The college has a strong support structure of Stage Leaders of Learning and homeroom teachers who form close relationships with their classes.
Students enjoy time together in pastoral care lessons each fortnight that are led by their relevant Stage Leader of Learning. These lessons address the learning, emotional and social needs of the year group.
Pastoral care programs at each year level are designed to help build resilience, independence and courage within each student.
Building child safe communities
We are committed to providing children and young people with school environments where they are safe, informed and participate, and where the adult community works together with them towards making this happen.