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Point Cook College

No 12, August 2018

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Book Week

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.

    2019 Intentions

    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

    Frank Vetere

    College Principal

    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

    Lizzie Tout

    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…

    Nathan Gage

    Assistant Principal 7-9

    Engagement and Well-Being News

    Positive Climate

    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.

    Acrylic Nails

    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.

    Contact Details

    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. 

    Robyn Fincher 

    Assistant Principal - Well Being


    Important Dates – August/September 2018

    • 26th – Tournament of the minds
    • 27th – Melbourne Experience concludes
    • 27th - Aladdin Jr Rehearsal
    • 28th-30th – Bali Partnership School -Healesville Camp
    • 28th - Secondary Hobsons Bay Division Athletics
    • 30th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals
    • 31st Bali Partnership School farewell afternoon tea
    • 31st – Primary Assembly 2:00pm
    • Sept 4 - Kids Teaching Kids Excursion
    • Sept 4 - Outdoor Education - Rock Climbing
    • Sept 4 - Year 7 Victoria Market Excursion
    • Sept 4 &5 – Great Book Swap
    • Sept 6 - Aladdin Jr Dress Rehearsal
    • Sept 6 - Year 7/8/Intermediate Hockey
    • Sept 7 – Aladdin Jnr Performance 7pm
    • Sept 8 – Aladdin Jnr Performance 2pm and 7pm
    • Sept 10 – Curriculum Day

    Community News

    Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • Family Outdoor Movie Night
  • Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Father’s Day Stall
  • Casual Dress Day
  • Entertainment Book
  • The Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap

  • Rebecca Thornton

    Community Partnerships Leader

    Aladdin Jnr – Tickets selling fast

    Performance dates:

    Friday 7th Sept 7pm

    Saturday 8th Sept 2pm and 7pm

    At the Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee

    $20 Adults, $15 Concession

    Extra Curricular Activities

    Tournament of the Minds

    Tournament of Minds is a celebration of the talents and capabilities of our youth, while preparing them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Thousands of parents, educators, and interested public flock annually to watch and enjoy the exhilarating spectacle of the presentations and the ingenious solutions created by motivated students who have accepted the Tournament challenge. 

    On Sunday, 26th August, 28 students between Year 3 & 6 from Point Cook College will be competing in the Tournament of Minds at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds, Geelong. Over last 6 weeks, students have been working collaboratively in teams of 7 under the challenge types Language Literature and Social Science writing scripts, making props and practicing to present on stage to the judges in a 3x3 square area within their given time slot. 

    Throughout their practice period students have been demonstrating their capacity to problem solve and work within a team. We wish all the students good luck for the day and I am sure that they will gain a lot from this leadership experience.

    Meenakshi Krishnan - Tournaments of Mind Coordinator

    Library News

    Premier’s Reading Challenge

    With the end of the challenge looming with have had a rush of challengers successfully completing the challenge. Congratulations must go to:

  • Reyansh Kurakula from PD
  • The whole class of PG
  • The whole class of 1C,1D, 1E, 1G, 2C, 2E
  • Emily Blair 2G, Darius Petridis, Elle Konstantinidis and Grace Niu 3D, Billy Blake, Breeanna Howden, Roarke Dening and Zain Zaman 4A, Sanvi Thakur 56H, Ariella Josiah 56L Ananya Punyamurtula 56B and David Avila 56E

  • Special mention to the following students who have read 100 books. Ayansh Agrawal 1E, Uma Bhas PB, Janaki Bhas 1E, Sakshat Dasar 4B, Hope Lyon 4A & Una Turnbull 2E.

    There are so many others who have read over 60 books.

    The challenge finishes at PCC on August 30 so please have your books logged and marked as finished so they can be verified.

    Sonja Faust

    Library Technician

    SMP1 are here

    Our sister school students from Bali have arrived, tired but ready to begin an exciting time with their host families. They are looking forward to their camp next week at Healesville.