Principal's Message

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.


Penola Catholic College Principal Tania Cairns

 

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. High expectations are evident in all aspects of school life, and our students are encouraged to exceed their academic expectations and achieve their personal and career goals for a promising future.

Students at Penola embrace contemporary learning skills that ensure they are highly employable post school, and prepared for whatever future they decide upon - university study, college/TAFE study, or commencing employment.

The critical skills we focus on include:

  • communication
  • creative, innovative and design thinking
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • critical thinking

I am incredibly proud that Penola Catholic College is the only Catholic School in NSW that is a P-TECH partnership school. P-TECH refers to the ‘Pathways to Technology’ initiative which gives us a direct relationship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Telstra. These organisations work with our staff and students to implement programs of learning and mentoring, both at the College and at their business sites in the city. As a result of this valuable and unique experience, our students often become preferred candidates for future employment, many of them even find places at PwC and Telstra.

Our Catholic faith is an integral part of the culture of our college and we follow in the footsteps of St Mary Mackillop as we promote the values of courage, compassion, hope and integrity in all aspects of school life. Our community events will actively promote opportunities to instil these core values in the lives of our students.

As a community we continue to strive for excellence and consistent improvement and our excellent NAPLAN and HSC results show continual growth. Many of our students continue onto University study, traineeships and employment. In recent years many of our fine students have become teachers themselves demonstrating their genuine love of learning and commitment to changing the lives of young people.

We look forward to welcoming you to our college and encourage you to take a tour where you can personally experience the great climate for learning and outstanding facilities that enable our students to thrive and succeed.

 

Tania Cairns
Principal Leader
Penola Catholic College