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Point Cook College

No 17, November 2015

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

The Education State - Launched

I hope everyone is well and looking forward to a very exciting end of year. Last week I joined all Principals in the South West Region of Victoria at a Regional Briefing which rolled out the agenda for ensuring Victoria becomes and is the Education State. The target areas the department has set for our students and our schools revolve around four areas; Learning for Life, Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids, Breaking the Link and Pride and Confidence in our schools. The feeling amongst the principals was a positive one as we believe the Minister for Education has listened to what schools and school councils have said through the consultation that has taken place this year, and that there are actions that will follow to support the achievement of this important agenda. I am particular pleased that the particulars of the Education State are very much in line with our current Strategic Plan and the future direction of the College.

Remembrance Day – Wednesday 11th November

This year the 11th November marked the 97th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. At Point Cook College we continue to commemorate with pride. We conducted a moving service over the PA and I would like to congratulate the entire College for their reverence during the Service. I would like to congratulate Emma Brennan and Jehqua for beautifully conducting the service. LEST WE FORGET!

Lateness to school

Thank you to the students and their families who arrive at school on time ready for a day of learning. However, lateness to school has become a growing issue recently for some families and we need to work together to improve it. When students are late even by the smallest amount of time they begin the day on the wrong foot. Late students miss the opportunity to catch up with peers and staff prior to school and the chance to get organised and prepared for a solid day of learning. Late students miss out on vital instruction at the beginning of the day which may place them at risk of not understanding the learning intentions for that lesson. Furthermore they may become disruptive to the learning of others and the class in general. Rare instances of lateness are understandable and unavoidable. We ask all parents and guardians to support this improvement by ensuring that their children are at school by no later than 8.45am, ready for a prompt 8.50am start in the homeroom.


On a final note I would like to remind the entire community that November and December can prove to be very busy. Everyone is beginning to feel tired and excited about the prospect of the end of the year. It is extremely important that everyone continues with their routines and focussing on learning and growth. It is an exciting time with many activities that celebrate a hard year of work. Our Year 9 students are preparing for graduation and many year levels are preparing for camps and excursions. It is important that you keep up-to-date with all notes and communication so that you don’t miss out.

Have a great fortnight!

Frank Vetere

Assistant Principal News P-4

On Friday the 18th December, we will be holding a final formal assembly for all Prep to Year 4 students. This special assembly will take place in the gym starting at 9.15am. Parents are welcome.

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-4 community.

  • Prep Transition
  • Year 1 & 2 Students for 2016 Parent Information Evening
  • Year 2 & 4 Concert

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal News 5-9

As we enter the last five weeks it is vital that students keep focussed and on task with their learning. A couple of reminders for families:

  • Uniform must be worn, and worn correctly by all students. Hoodies are not part of our uniform.
  • Learning starts at 8.50am, with doors open at 8.40am. Students need to be ready to learn when the bell goes.
  • Behavioural expectations remain high and consistent. There are no exceptions.
  • Mobile phones are not to be seen during the school day, including in the yard.
  • All classes continue their learning programs until the last week of the year – this includes the regular completion of Home Learning.

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 5-9 community.

  • Year 9 2016 Pathways
  • Year 7 Accelerated Science Program

Bernadette Cronin


Important Dates - November

  • 16th - 18th Yr 5 Camp
  • 18th Year 1 & 2 2016 information Evening 6-7pm
  • 19th Year 9 Pathway Information Evening 2016 6-7pm
  • 20th Subway Lunch
  • 20th Parent Cooking Class
  • 20th Prep Orientation Program
  • 23rd - 25th Year 8 Camp
  • 23rd Prep Orientation Program
  • 24th Prep Orientation Program
  • 24th Year 2,4 & 9 Concert (Desinty Centre)
  • 25th College Council Meeting
  • 30th Parent iPad Information Sessions

Important Dates - December

  • 1st Year 5 Open Homerooms morning for Parents
  • 2nd College Tour & Prep Information Evening
  • 8th Year 7-9 Orientation Day
  • 9th Year 8 Film Festival "PocoFest"
  • 9th Year 9 Retreat

Term 4 Activities Planner Updated!

PCC Council requested, on behalf of parents, that we prepare a term planner that outlines all known costs for families. We have completed this and ask that families download the pdf and use this as part of their forward planning. Notes and payments will still be organized as usual.

We will endeavour not to add any additional events or costs this term, but given this is our first forward planner, we ask for your understanding if we need to make an amendment this time around.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback on this initiative, please speak with a representative of the College Council or Ms Bernadette Cronin, Middle Years Assistant Principal.

Click on the Read More Button to open the Activites Planner.

Students Leaving PCC for 2016

If you have children in Prep – Year 8 who will not be returning to PCC in 2016 we urge you to notify the office as soon as possible. This information is crucial to ensuring we can plan effectively for the year ahead. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Robyn Fincher

Library News

With the end of year fast approaching could I ask that parents and students take the opportunity to search their homes for books that might belong to our school. These mischievious books like to hide in unusual, hard to get places so please have a good search.We spend a lot of money replacing lost books that could otherwise be spent buying new items. Please return the books to the library.

Sonja Faust

PCC Book Fair 2015

We held a lovely book fair at the end of last month with many excited children running around and some bigger ones too. It was good to see many people taking the chance to get themselves some quality literature. Whilst the fair was purely run as a fun opportunity for people to be able to buy quality books we did receive a commission. The school acquired over $1500 worth of books to supplement our library. May I take this opportunity thank all parents and students who came and to the aides and business manager who all helped run the fair. I certainly couldn't have done it without you all.

Sonja Faust

Parents Cooking Class

Last week, one of our parents taught us how to make a Spanish Omelette. Thank you Miriam, it was delicious!

The next cooking class will be held on Friday 20th November from 1.30-3pm. One of our College parents will be teaching us a Romanian recipe.

If you would like to join in the fun please email me to register as spaces are limited. Everyone is welcome inlcuding younger children. There is no cost for the classes.

The last meeting time for the year will be held on Friday 4th December from 2-3pm. We will be having an end of year afternoon tea. Please bring a plate of food to share.

Rebecca Thornton


The Subway Fun Lunches for this term are:

  • Friday November 20th
  • Friday December 11th

Emails will be sent out with a link to print out a Subway order form as another way to make sure that information is making it home. You can print the attached order form and return it to the College by NO LATER than 12:00pm on the Friday they are due with $6.50 (ADDITIONAL $3.00 for Footlong). Alternatively, copies of the Subway order forms are still available from the office or your child's homeroom.

Gina O'Keefe

P-4 News & Events

Year 1 Garden

As part of an IINK (Inquiring into New Knowledge) project, Year 1 students designed a garden to be established outside their homerooms. We are now looking for approximately 8 tree stumps to turn in to game boards. They need to be about 60cm in height and 50cm in diameter. If you are able to help, please see Mrs Hall in Room 8 or any of the Year 1 teachers.

Lizzie Tout

5-9 News & Events

Scrabble Champion

Congratulations to Riva Dubey from 5S who represented Australia at the National Scrabble Championships in Perth last weekend. She was one of the youngest competitors on the Australian team! That’s a triple-letter effort! Earlier this year, Riva also won the Spellmasters Competition that was held in the city. Look out for her on The Great Australian Spelling Bee on Channel 10 next year! (No pressure, Riva!)

Cameron Smith

School Wide Positive Behaviour

Introducing Firewall - PCC Cyber Mascot

Introducing another Cyber mascot FIREWALL. Do you know what websites are safe to use? What do we need to have on our devices to stop malicious software or hackers from gaining access? We need a Firewall. This mascot is very important to think about because not only do we have to protect ourselves online but we also need to protect our device! #cyberbullyingfree

Sally Hill

Cyber Safety Wristbands

Good news everyone the PCC Cyber Safety wrist bands are back in stock! You will need to get in quick as we only have 100 of them to be sold! eLeaders will be visiting classrooms starting on Monday the 16th November. They are $2. All proceeds will be donated to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Thank you for supporting #cyberbullyingfree

Sally Hill

Stan Walker Performs @ PCC

On Wednesday afternoon the entire College had the opportunity of watching former Australian Idol Winner Stan Walker raise the roof off the College gym with his senational voice. Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the amazing singing and dancing from both Stan and the cast from the Movie "Born to Dance."

1:1 iPad Information 3-9

Parent iPad Information Sessions

We are running another series of information sessions for parents to learn more about the College’s iPad program. These sessions will be more practical and hands on. We will cover how to ‘child proof’ your iPad, working with your iTunes account, installing, arranging and deleting apps and many other essential tips. Three sessions will be held on Monday the 30th of November with all covering similar content. Session one will run from 9am till 10am, session two wil run from 2pm till 3pm and the last will run from 7pm till 8pm. If you would like to attend or suggest areas you would like covered please follow the link

Daryl English

1:1 iPad Portal

Staff at our most recent successful Professional Development day spent time planning for the introduction of iPads across the College. It was a terrific day of learning and enthusiasm for the up coming expansion of our iPad program to cover years 3 - 9. We are able to offer parents access to an online portal provided by JB Hi–Fi that enables parents the opportunity to purchase their child’s iPad at education prices.

Daryl English

Sports Report

State Athletics Finals!

Blake Kelly wins a Bronze Medal at the State Athletics Finals!

Year 7 Volleyball

The year 7 boys Volleyball team played at the regional championships in Geelong. Despite some excellent points and great teamwork they lost their games to Rosehill, Creekside and St. Albans.

All of the boys tried hard all day with the best players for the day being Zion Tuibia (7S) Heinrich Balbuena (7E) and Michael Balnozan (7E).

Dale Evans

Sustainability News

National Bird Week

During National Bird week, a group of year 5 green members conducted bird surveys for our school to submit to the Great Aussie Bird count which was run by Birdlife Australia.

Students also presented some wonderful workshops on birds for Mrs Kip and Mr Crockford’s classes. The sessions were well planned and very well received by students involved. A big congratulations to the students who ran workshops for students. It was wonderful to see older students share their learning on birds with younger students.

During National Bird week we also had two guest Environmental officers from Wyndham council Liz and Julie who presented sessions on our local Point Cook birds.

Robyn Cairns (Environmental Science)

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