From The Principal's Desk
I hope that you are well and reading heaps and heaps of books. This week is book week. I always look forward to this week because I love reading and I enjoy the celebration of books. I encourage the community to talk about their favourite books. I would like to share two of my favourite books from my childhood.
Visit from our partnership school
This week we welcomed our guests from our Partnership school SMP 1 SINGARAJA – NORTH BALI, INDONESIA. The delegation including, the school Principal Dra Putu Karnadhi, one staff member and 25 students arrived yesterday. The College has arranged a sensational itinerary for our visitors including a camp and various excursions. I would like to thank the many families and staff who are billeting and providing a unique cultural experience for our guests. This gesture again speaks volumes of our community spirit and one that makes me particularly proud. We look forward to an amazing fortnight with our visitors. Please take the time to say hello as you see them around the College. Look out on social media for an update on their program. As I write this article it is a great possibility that we will also have a visit from the Indonesian Consulate General who will welcome our guests.
A little about SMP 1 Singaraja: SMP Negeri 1
Singaraja is one of the oldest and most popular Junior High Schools in North Bali. It is the top 7-9 select entry school in the region and many of its students achieve national and international academic awards. Point Cook P-9 College has visited the school twice as part of our biennial Year 8 and 9 cultural trip to Indonesia.
New staffing appointments
I would like to congratulate the following staff members on their recent promotions/ appointments at our school.
Jenni Gigas has been appointed to Assistant Principal – Specialist Team and Niche Programs
Matt Saunders has been appointed to Leading Teacher – Specialist Team and School Operations
Dani Stewart has been appointed to Leading Teacher – 7-9 Neighbourhood Leader
Prue Keating and Erin Nelson have joined our Education Support Team
We wish them the very best in their new roles.
Year 9 Melbourne Experience
The Year 9 students have this week commenced their ‘My Melbourne/Melbourne Experience’ program. This unique program was meticulously planned to meet a number of key outcomes including: Personal development, independence, interdependence, decision making, responsibility, problem solving, trust and the list could continue. The unit has been designed to allow students to learn about our great city, its precincts, history and all that it has to offer. At the time of writing this article I have already received two calls from members of the public commenting on our students’ exceptional behaviour on public transport. Well done! Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures.
We have arrived at the time of year where we begin planning for 2019. School funding, class sizes, facilities, staffing and programs are dependent on student enrolments and it would be a considerable disadvantage to the College if we planned for your children to remain if in fact they are leaving. So with this in mind, it would be greatly appreciated if you informed us if you are intending to leave us at the end of the year. Please let the office or your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible. In addition if you know of families that intend to enrol at our school can you remind them to make contact with the College as soon as possible.
I would like to thank all students, parents and staff for their patience and understanding in regards to the limited access to the junior playground whilst the shade sail is being replaced. We are working to a strict timeline to ensure the area is safe and ready for Term 4. I wish everyone a positive fortnight ahead. A reminder for your calendars that Monday 10th September is a Student Free Day as all staff will be working on curriculum development
Assistant Principal News P-6
Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-6 community.
- We are Learners
- We are Respectful
- We are Responsible
- We are Safe
Assistant Principal P-6
Assistant Principal News 7-9
Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 7-9 community.
- We are Learners…
- We are Responsible…
- We are Respectful…
- We are Safe…
Assistant Principal 7-9
Engagement and Well-Being News
Shortly you will be seeing signage around the College that brings together the key elements involved in creating our positive climate for learning as discussed in previous newsletters. These elements work together to clearly show what we value most at Point Cook College in our vision of ‘creating tomorrow today.’ The new signage will incorporate the core component of the Berry St Education Model (BSEM) and the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships curriculum (RRRR), which is of course, relationships, and will read as follows;
“At Point Cook College we develop academically, socially and emotionally within a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment. We build positive relationships by demonstrating our expected behaviours and values:
- We are Learners
- We are Responsible
- We are Respectful
- We are Safe
We look forward to exploring these values more closely with students, staff and parents over the length of our Strategic Plan. We encourage parents and students to talk about what these statements mean to them and to share examples of how we demonstrate these values at school, at home and within the broader community.
It was pleasing to see our Year 9 students head off on their Melbourne Experience this week with all students decked out in full school uniform, and without a pair of black socks in sight. We will continue to make our expectations around uniform very clear to students, especially when on excursions and representing the College. We would hate to see anyone miss out on opportunities because of uniform breaches and encourage any families who are struggling to support their child in meeting these expectations to contact us for assistance. A friendly reminder that socks should be plain white, which can be purchased from department stores quite cheaply (as opposed to those with Nike ticks and the like!) For those wearing the grey shorts, trousers or slacks, plain grey socks are the only acceptable alternative. Year 7-9 students should only be wearing their sports uniform on their designated PE sports days, for all other days they are expected to be in their academic uniform.
We continue to have students arriving at school with Acrylic or Shellac fingernails. While this practice is not encouraged, please remember that all nails are expected to be kept short for health and safety purposes. Nail polish or colour must be either clear or natural in line with uniform guidelines.
We have a number of families who have telephone numbers that are no longer active. If you have changed your contact details could you please update them on COMPASS or via the office to ensure you are contactable when required.
Assistant Principal - Well Being