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Point Cook College

No 16, October 2016

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Twilight Market

Last Friday’s Twilight Market was an outstanding success. It highlighted the great community spirit that exists at Point Cook College. It was great to see so many families and friends together enjoying a bite to eat and being entertained by students and community groups on stage. I would like to thank all the stallholders for supporting the College and we look forward to ongoing partnerships. I would like to thank Rebecca Thornton our Community Partnerships Leader and her amazing team of Point Cook College Staff who worked so hard to ensure its success. Thank you and congratulations on a wonderful event.

Parent Opinion Survey Results

Every year the Department of Education and Training asks randomly selected families to provide feedback on the school. The data received is important as it provides another lens on how we can work together to improve. Please click here to open and view the table. This is a table of the results from this year. As you can see there has been an outstanding improvement in all variables. As a College we are proud of these results and strive to continue improving.

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, two Assistant Principals, one teacher and 18 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.

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 College has visited the school twice as part of our biennial Year 8 and 9 cultural trip to Indonesia.

2017 Intentions

I again remind all parents that we are actively planning for 2017. 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.

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.

Report Writing Day

A reminder to the entire College Community that Monday the 31st of October is a pupil-free day as teachers will be writing reports. This means that students have an extra long weekend and are required back at school on Wednesday the 2nd of November following the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

Have a great fortnight!

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-4

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

  • Book Fair
  • Prep to Year 2 Musical Theatre Group Performance
  • Year 1 and 2 Ceres Incursion
  • Prep Excursion to Scienceworks
  • Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert
  • Prep to Year 4 Camping Programs
  • Extra Curricular Activities Calendar

Marg Holness

Administration

Important Dates - October

  • 25th - Forensic Science Class
  • 25th-27th - PCC Book Fair
  • 28th - Subway Day
  • 31st - Curriculum Day

Important Dates - November

  • 1st - Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)
  • 2nd-4th - Years 4-9 Baguskan Indonesian Incursion
  • 3rd - Year 7 Regional Volleyball, Baseball and Softball Challenge
  • 3rd - Prep excursion to scienceworks - Prep C, D, G, H
  • 4th - Prep excursion to scienceworks - Prep A, B, E, F
  • 4th - Year 7 and 8 Regional Softball Competition
  • 7th-11th - Future Care Dental Clinic Visits

Outstanding Family Invoices 2016/Booklists 2017

All families will have received their family invoice with any outstanding amounts for 2016.

Please ensure that all Essential Items listed on your invoice are paid for by no later than Friday the 11th of November. This charge relates to the stationery supplied to your child/ren throughout the year. The college has already paid for this stationery.

Shortly you will be receiving the Booklists for 2017 detailing the stationery requirements for 2017. The college can supply these items for your children or you have the choice of supplying these items yourself. All items will need to be supplied by the beginning of the 2017 school year, so students can begin work immediately.

Payments for outstanding amounts can be made by via the college bank account, cash, cheque or you can telephone the college on 8348 7100 and pay by credit card over the telephone. If you are having any difficulties making these payments please contact the college office.

Janette Carey

Book Fair 2016

Just a reminder that we will be holding our annual book fair in the library on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week (25th-27th Oct). We will be raising funds from this to buy books for our library however, the main aim of the fair is to connect children with books and reading. Payment may be made by cash or credit card. There will be two $5.00 only trolleys.

We will be running before school from 8.30am, at recess from 10:50-11:20am and after school from 3pm onwards. There are still vacancies for helpers particularly after school when staff are busy with meetings. Any queries please call the library on 8348 7106 or email faust.sonja.s@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Thanks,

Sonja Faust

Extra Curricular Activities 

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricular Calendar. It can also be found on the PCC website under Our College - College Policies and Accountabilities

Please Note - This calendar is a live document and changes every two weeks, events get added and events get taken off. Costs are approximates.

Wellbeing

Uniform

In 2017 all students in Years 7-9 will be expected to have a standard uniform combination for everyday wear AS WELL AS a sports uniform to be worn on PE and Sport days. Please refer to the uniform policy on the College Website for details of acceptable combinations.

P-6 students will continue to have the choice of wearing either option on any day but must wear a sports option on PE and sport days.

If you are struggling to meet uniform expectations please contact the College.

Year 7 2017 Uniform Support

State Schools’ Relief (SSR) is continuing to support students who are recipients of the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) by providing a subsidised Uniform Pack to students starting Year 7 in 2017. Applications for the CSEF Uniform Pack will open on Wednesday 2nd November and are managed through the secondary school the student will attend. Once the application is approved students will receive either free clothing items from SSR’s Student’s Choice range, a voucher subsidising the purchase of items at the school’s uniform retailer, uniform supplier or school uniform shop; or a combination of both.

In 2017 students will also receive a free pair of shoes. There is a choice between shoes to match your school’s uniform requirements.

Students who become CSEF recipients in 2017 can still apply for a uniform pack once their eligibility is confirmed.

For further information refer to the fact sheet link on the SSR website parent page at www.ssr.net.au If your child will be at PCC in Year 7 for 2017 and you are a current CSEF recipient, please complete an application form at the main office after November 2nd.

Prep 2017 Uniform Support

In addition to the Year 7 uniform packs, SSR will be providing uniform assistance to Prep students who are eligible for CSEF support. Further information regarding Prep applications will be available in the coming weeks.

Hats

All students are expected to wear a hat while outdoors during Term 4, both during breaks and for outside lessons. Please refer to the Uniform Policy for guidelines and options.

Future Care Mobile Dental Services - Reminder

A reminder to parents that dental visits will take place during the week beginning 7th November for those families who have registered. Once your child has had their appointment they will bring home a slip to advise you of their visit. Note that we are unable to advise you exactly of dates and times and family members may not necessarily be seen on the same day. Please consider discussing your child’s dental visit with them prior to the week of the visits.

Robyn Fincher

First Aid News

Headlice

Head lice have been reported from various year levels to the College. Please check your child/children’s hair and if necessary treat for head lice. If you find head lice, please report it to the College on 8348 7104. A generalised note will be sent home to the class notifying parents of a lice outbreak and a request to check hair.

For correct treatment of head lice, refer to the following Public Health Dept. Vic. link: www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/head-lice/frequently-asked-questions

Lost Property

Every effort is made to return lost property. To enable us to return lost property promptly, please label all items, especially jumpers/ jackets hats, lunch boxes and water bottles. For hygiene reasons unlabelled lunch boxes and water bottles will be thrown out.

Hot Weather

As the warmer weather approaches please remember to slop on the sunscreen, make sure your child has a sun smart PCC hat, which is part of the college uniform and most importantly provide your children with refillable water bottles. To avoid overheating, it is advisable not to layer your child/children with too many clothes that they cannot remove themselves.

Should your child suffer severe eye allergies you are most welcome to provide eye drops to be stored in sick bay for use when necessary. Please note you will have to complete and sign a “Permission to Administer Medication Form” available from myself in the sick bay.

Sunglasses are permitted however they must be Australian Standard Approved and shatter proof. Please note, in case of loss or damage, your child/children are responsible for their own glasses.

Annabelle Gornia

P-4 News & Events

Prep Scienceworks Excursion

This term Prep students will be visiting The Scienceworks Museum as part of their P-2 STEAM inquiry. During our excursion, students will participate in a program called ‘Toys and Forces Show’ and will have general viewing of exhibitions. Students will explore the mechanics of toys and movement and relate them to their learning in Inquiry.

Students in the homerooms Prep C, Prep D, Prep G and Prep H will be attending on Thursday the 3rd of November. Students in the homerooms Prep A, Prep B, Prep E and Prep F will be attending on Friday the 4th of November.

The cost of the excursion is $20.00 and notes and money are due on the 28th of October. If you do not have your child’s permission note can you please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. We look forward to this being a very exciting excursion for our Preps!

Rachel Wallace

5-9 News & Events

Pathways Information Night – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended the Pathways Information night on Wednesday. It is a very exciting time for our Year 8s and we hope that some in depth conversations regarding choices are happening at home among families. If you have any questions, please feel free to email katesykes@pcc.vic.edu.au or call the school. Please take into account Pathways costings as this may have an impact on your choices.

A reminder that Pathways selections are due on Friday the 28th of October.

Kate Sykes

7-9 Neighbourhood Leader

Year 7 Camp 2016 - Lake Dewar

On the 12th of October 2016 the year 7s embarked on an adventure to Lake Dewar. Despite the chilly weather, our year 7s had an extravagant time participating in 6 activities and a camp out. They arrived at Lake Dewar in awe of the beautiful camp site. With many activities there was something for everyone. Many students said it was their favourite camp yet. It surely wasn't an experience to be missed.

By Jemma, Jazmiin, Elyssia and Ella - Year 7

Community News

Cadbury Chocolate Drive

Thank you to the families who have sold a box of chocolates and returned their money. If you haven’t sent your money back to the College yet could you please arrange to do so.

There are still a few boxes left so if any families would like to take a box to sell please collect one from the office.

Gina O'Keefe

Cooking Classes for Parents

On Friday the 28th of October from 1.30-3pm, our Food Technology teacher, Liam Holland, will be helping us to make Herb and Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Rocket and Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a homemade Aioli. The other classes for this term will be held on the 11th of November, 25th of November and the 9th of December.

If you are interested in joining the class please contact me for catering purposes.

Twilight Market

On Friday the 14th of October we held our first Twilight Market. Thank you to our PCC families and the Point Cook community for making it a successful event! Please follow the link for the full article.


Active Travel Design Competition Winners

Last term, students were invited to enter a competition to create a design or slogan promoting active travel and road safety. The designs will be used by our Year 9 Art Pathways students and painted onto the shipping container near our fence on Tom Roberts Parade. The project is linked to the Wyndham Active Travel Program that we were selected to be part of this year. There will be more information about the program soon as we get ready to launch our Active Travel Paths.

Congratulations to our winners Sarah from 5/6K, Patrick from 4G, Nicholas from 7D, Maree from 8D and Keenan from 8D. They have each received a gift voucher to spend at Riot Art.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

Indonesian News

SMP1 Singaraja Student Tour

This Thursday (20th of October), we will be welcoming our first tour group from SMP1 Singaraja, a Year 7-9 school in the north of Bali. We are very excited to be welcoming them on their visit because although we visit them every second year as a part of the PCC Bali Tour, this is the first time they have been able to come to Australia. They will be with us until Saturday the 29th of October, experiencing homestay accommodation with some of our very generous families. There are many activities organised during this time, including a three day camp at Healesville to learn about Australian flora and fauna, a tour of the city and time to explore with host families. We aim to ensure that all students get a chance to meet the SMP1 students and staff. We will share our journey with our friends through Facebook and Twitter so please follow along.

Baguskan Incursion

We are pleased to be welcoming back Aaron and Nita from Baguskan Indonesian Incursions, who have shared their cultural knowledge with the students at Point Cook College many times over the last six years. Students in Years 4-9 will be involved in learning about Gamelan (Indonesian orchestra), Pencak Silat (martial arts) and dance. This program is an integral part of the students learning at this stage in their Indonesian program and we urge all students to attend. The incursion is from November the 2nd to the 4th and the cost is $7. A note has been sent home to all students.

Digital Technolgy News

eSmart Accreditation

The eSmart program is a commitment to a long term change process in the online behaviour of Australian school students. It is a flagship project of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and is active in over 2000 schools across Australia.

PCC began the process of training staff early in 2015 and a step be step process was followed to gain eSmart accreditation. Schools need to pass criteria in various domains including;

  • Effective school organisation
  • School plans, policies and procedures
  • A respectful and caring school community
  • Effective teacher practices
  • An eSmart curriculum
  • Partnerships with parents and local communities

The College’s eSmart committee met regularly to plan the program and develop policies, procedures and activities to raise awareness around issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, digital footprints, predatory behaviour, and resources and people to turn to for advice.

The College has recently been successful in gaining eSmart accreditation and the comments from the eSmart group included the following quote;

“Thank you for the documentation provided. It’s wonderful to see the evidence of all the hard work you have put in to implementing the eSmart Schools Framework! The team have advised that the video created by your students is one of the best student produced resources they have seen. They have requested your permission to share this video with other eSmart schools as an example”

The video referred to can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/149209132

Congratulations to the eSmart committee at Point Cook College for all the hard work and effort put in to create safer online students

Daryl English

PCC Wins The Sphero Olympics

Year 5/6 students from the Crimson Mag entered the COMPNOW Sphero Olympics Challenge with help of Mr Williams, Mr Wendt & Ms Fauvelle and we won!!! Check out the link to watch the winning video!!!

David Williams

Our Pact

During our 1:1 iPad information sessions this year, we had a number of parents voice their concern about screen time and excessive use of the iPad by their child at home. I mentioned an app called "Our Pact". This app may assist parents who have a child/ren experiencing compulsive iPad behaviour. Click on the link to read more about the app and video walk through on how to use it.

David Williams

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