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Point Cook College

No 13, August 2015

Point Cook College, 18-50 Ponsford Drive Point Cook,
Melbourne, Australia 3030. Tel: 03 83487100

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

It is great to be back at PCC after two weeks away. I would like to thank Jenny Hayes and Robyn Fincher who did a great job in leading the college in my absence.

A reminder that next Thursday 27th August is a Student Free Day as all staff will be participating in Professional Learning focussed on teaching with technology i.e. iPads

In this edition I make mention of Education Support Staff Week, Community forums for the 1:1 iPad program and uniform updates.

Assistant Principal News P-4

Prep enrolments for 2016 are now open, please contact the office staff if you wish to enrol a child for prep next year. The month of August is the reading month for the MS Readathon. Good luck to all students who are taking part in this readathon.

Marg Holness


Important Dates - August

  • 24th Bali Tour Parent Meeting
  • 26th iPad Information evening 7-8pm
  • 27th Curriculum Day
  • 28th PCC Parents Group Meeting

Important Dates - September

  • 2nd - 3rd Fathers Day Stall
  • 2nd Yr 3 Excursion Werribee Zoo
  • 3rd Yr 6 Cabaret Show
  • 6th - 15th Yr 8 & 9 Bali Tour
  • 10th School Disco
  • 17th 7-9 Parent Teacher Interviews
  • 18th Last Day of Term

1:1 iPad Information Sessions

Thank you to all the Parents who have attended our 1:1 iPad information sessions on Wednesday. If you missed out don't worry we are having another one next Wednesday 26th August at 7:00pm in the staff room. Please enter through the main office and register your interest online through this link. These information sessions have been outlining the rationale behind the choice of device and some Q&A time. We will be having more 1:1 iPad information sessions for Parents next term.

PCC Social Media

Are you following us on Facebook or Twitter? If you havent already noticed we are really ramping up our presence on socal media. We have almost 300 likes on our Facebook Page so far. Why wait for a fortnightly newsletter when you can get it on our blogs and social media as it happens.

School Banking

Commonwealth Bank School Banking Update – Please Read Concerns have been raised regarding the ‘Cosmic Light Beam Torch’ reward item due to the inclusion of four button batteries that can be accessed by unscrewing the back of the torch. Whilst this reward has been independently tested and deemed to meet relevant product standards the Commonwealth Bank have made the decision to proactively withdraw this item from the School Banking Rewards Program. Parents/Guardians are requested to dispose of any ‘Cosmic Light Beam Torches’ their child may have already received as part of the Rewards Program. Students who have previously received a ‘Cosmic Light Beam Torch’ are welcome to redeem an alternative reward item.    

Sonia Falcone - Office Administration

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Wow! We have, so far, 13, 200 points. Well done but we would like to get lots of wonderful resources for our school and students so keep them coming in. Some things to remember though. We can only use the correct sheets. These can be downloaded off the woolworths website or I have some in the library. Any stickers that are not on these sheets will not be counted. Also only use the sixty squares that are on the sheets. If you put extra stickers on the sheets they will not be counted either.

Don't forget their is double points up for grabs this weekend.

Sonja Faust - Library Technician

Fathers Day Stall & Raffle

The Father’s Day stall will be held at the College on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of September at the canteen.

Students from all year levels will have the opportunity to purchase a gift for their loved ones during school hours.

Gina O'Keefe

First Aid

Dear Parents’

In accordance to Department of Education and Training Policy, any medication required three times per day may be given before school, after school and before bed. This avoids too many medications being stored at the school and prevents from disruption to your child/children’s learning time.

Should your child require medication at specific times during school hours this must be specified on a letter signed by a Medical Practitioner.

Annabelle Gornia

Festival Of Visual Art

The very first local art show, Festival of Visual Art (FOVA), has been organised by Stockland and Carranballac College. The display will be located near Target at the Point Cook Town Centre. Art work from Point Cook P-9 College includes Year 2 Collages, Year 5 Pop Art, Impressionist paintings from Year 7’s and ink portraits from Year 8 & 9 students. Take some time to wander down and enjoy the art our local students are producing. The Exhibition dates are Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd August

Faith Roper - Art Teacher


The PCCTV team have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you the next Episode PCCTV. A huge thank you to Zac Fruend, Adam Coustley, Isaac Orchard, James Todd, Harshanti Reddy & Lilli Anstee for putting together this episode. It is now available for you to watch on iTunes, You Tube & Vimeo. Click on the read more button to watch it.

David Williams - ICT Coordinator

P-4 News & Events

National Science Week

During National Science Week students in year three are learning about seeds and plants in Environmental Science sessions. Children are learning about how to plant seeds and planting seeds for our Stephanie Alexander food Garden. Years twos continue their observations and investigations on worms. Preps are exploring our school mini beasts with magnifying glasses.

5-9 News & Events

Year 6 Market Day

As part of their Earn and Learn program, Year 6 students designed their own businesses and participated in a Market Day, giving them the opportunity to design, make and sell items to other students and make a profit.

Secondary Chess Club

The secondary chess have been playing a fun competition for those interested. After a round robin competition Vivek from 8L was victorious followed by a gracious runner up in Rubina from 9B. We had a tie for third place in this tightly fought contest and those champions were Sumati, 9DS, and Darren from 9B. Everyone tried hard and there was a lot of progress in their skill level. We are still meeting for fun Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes.

National Science Week

To celebrate National Science Week our Year 8 students are conducting their own Science experiments. Students will present their work at the annual Science Fair in Term 4. Keep a look out for more details!!!!

Year 6 - 7 Transition

This week all students attending a government school in Year 7 2016 including PCC will have received a letter of offer. If you have not received one please contact your child's home room teacher.

Sustainability News

Rubbish Free Lunches

The other day in Prep KJ we had a discussion on why they brought rubbish free lunch. The students responded by saying we need to keep our school shiny, going on to say that we need to keep our school clean and tidy. After further discussion one student said that the rubbish goes into the ocean and kills the animals there. The class went on further to talk about the nasty chemicals in the packaging that causes our ozone layer to get bigger. Then they talked about the harmful rays of the sun that get through our invisible shield (Ozone layer). We talked about parents buying biscuits etc in boxed items instead of pre packaged plastic bags that cause MORE rubbish.

Sustainabilty Reminders

  • Rubish reduction day for Preps - year 4 is every Wednesday
  • Year three and four Green Gang are collecting scores for the winning classes who will win a class prize at the end of each of term.

Original Story by Allan Basman

This is a correct version of Allan Basman’s story about the 'Year 3 incursion Suitcase Stories from the 3/6/15.

On Wednesday the 3rd of June we went to the Year 3 neighborhood to watch a lady called Anthea do a play called suitcase stories. The play was about showing how many different people from all around the world came to Australia.

I think there were about 4 grade 3 classes in there. It was very crowdy, but it was a good show. Anthea pretended to be many different types of people. There was China, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Lebanon, Russia, England and she also pretended to be an aboriginal person.

There was a lot of funny bites like when she put on a hat and said “Does this hat make me look fat?” In conclusion, this act was about harmony. She was a very good actress.

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