True Culture Incursion

The Term 1 Inquiry concept is Identity. Each community has been learning about identity from a different perspective. This concept opened up opportunities for our school community to take a brief look at identity from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens. Our goal is to contribute to the understanding and engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages with our students and staff.

On the 5th March, we experienced an interactive cultural incursion from “True Culture”.


A Birrigubba language meaning greetings such as “Welcome,” “Hello,” or “Goodbye”

Mitch and Ian from True Culture introduced our school community to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
  • Traditional songs and dances with Indigenous face painting with ochre
  • The Didgeridoo
  • Interactive storytelling and dance



Year 5/6 Mill Valley Ranch Camp

Year 5/6 Mill Valley Ranch Leadership Camp (Monday 26th Feb to Wednesday 28th Feb 2018)

Very early on Monday morning, our Penola cohort of 56 students, 5 teachers and 2 parent volunteers boarded the buses to head off to Tynong North Mill Valley Ranch Camp. As we entered into the Western style town centre there were screams of delight, and possibly a bit of nervous energy. What were we all in for? We could see a lake, we could see shop fronts, a blacksmith shed, a barn, an old telephone booth, a train station, wagons and the one that excited the majority were the beautiful horses waiting or us.


The camp is designed to provide students with opportunities to try new challenges in a safe and stimulating environment. To put people out of their comfort zone and encourage problem-solving and resilience. This year one of our main aims for the Penola camp was to provide and encourage opportunities for our students to develop leadership, confidence, teamwork and communication skills, that they could then bring back and build on throughout the remainder of the year.


Many of us faced personal challenges on the camp and had to show initiative, bravery and teamwork to overcome these challenges.  For a number of students, this was the first time that they had experienced horses, lake swimming, eco walks, night hikes, raft building or cooking damper on an open fire.


Thanks for the support of our families and staff in preparing our students for this outdoor adventure. The photos reveal that the camp was a valuable experience and one that will be in the memories of our Penola students for years to come.


5/6 Camp at Mill Valley Ranch - by Juliana and Jackie

At camp, the Year 5’s and 6’s had an amazing time. We all had an awesome experience learning teamwork and cooperation skills, while having lots of fun!


We did exciting activities like raft building, sung fun songs at the chapel and most of us (if not all) overcame at least one of our fears. For example, some people were scared to ride the horses but we gave it a go anyway.

Well done everyone!


Everyone had a great time at camp!


Edward- "The trivia night was marvellously amazing!"

Jennifer- "It was scary to jump off the log diving board but it was heaps of fun.""

Nathan- "The cabins were shoptastic!"

Alex- "Raft building was the best, we had the best time working as a team."

Madaleine- "It is scary to try something new but it is also fun to do."




FUN RUN 10th September


Thank you to all those who participated in the Saltwater Community Fun Run.  What a perfect day it turned out to be.

It was great to see friends and family enjoying the event.  Thank you to all the volunteers who made the day run so smoothly. We appreciate all your hard work. 


The Fun Run finishing times are now available. Click here to view.


Also big thank you to our sponsors.....

Julie Morris Conveyancing

LJ Hooker



Western Recognition Trophies, Medals and Awards.

Brumby's Albert Park

Gecko Sports Hopper Crossing


Coffee Cube Company










Book Week 4-8 September.


Book week was very busy with lots of different activities. 

We started with the THRASS information night and then invited families to see THRASS at work in the classrooms.

There was the book fair where children enjoyed choosing from a range of books.  

Then we had STOP, DROP AND READ daily where children could read a book of their choice.

We also had shared stories over the PA.

Finally, it all ended, with the much-anticipated BOOK WEEK Parade.

Well done and thank you to all who came along, volunteered and joined in the fun.