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Point Cook College

No 16, October 2017

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

Principal News

From The Acting Principal's Desk

Welcome back to school. In particular a very warm welcome to the number of new families that have joined us. We hope your association with Point Cook College is a positive one and that you embrace the opportunity to enter a partnership focussed on your children’s educational, social and emotional growth. I would also like to welcome back Ms Liz Bryce and Jenny O’Ryan who have returned after parental leave. I would also like to welcome Luhur Saprodinto who joins our ICT tech team.

Term 4 will be characterised by your children consolidating their learning for the year. The term will involve a number of assessments to enable teachers to write accurate reports. I urge you to take the time to read the Teaching and Learning overviews for Term 4 with your children and discuss their learning.

In addition to the in class programs, Term 4 includes numerous parent information evenings and celebrations. Be sure to get involved.

It has been wonderful to see so many students and staff enjoying the numerous camping experiences over the past fortnight. Please take the time to visit our social media pages to see photos and videos.

Twilight Market

Be sure to attend our Twilight Market on Friday the 17th of November. If last year is any indication it is an event not to be missed. We are all so very excited!

Strategic Planning Forums

I would like to extend an invitation to all community members to take part in workshops led by our Assistant Principal’s in developing our 2018-2021 strategic planning. The date set aside is Wednesday the 1st of November. We have arranged for a number of sessions to attract as much participation as possible. Shortly you will receive a push notification from Compass inviting you to participate with all the relevant details.

Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Early this year a number of families were invited to participate in the Parent Opinion Survey. Please click here to view the results. Unfortunately we didn’t get the response rate we were hoping for. If asked next year we hope you take the time to participate. This data together with student, staff and achievement data informs our strategic planning.

Intentions for 2018

It is essential that you notify us if your children will not be returning to Point Cook College in 2018. This information is crucial to ensuring we can plan effectively for next year.

Student Placements 2018

Each year we provide parents with an opportunity to advise us of any considerations that they would like us to take into account when placing their child in a class for the following year. We use our professional judgement to place children with consideration for their academic, social and emotional needs using all of the information that we have available. If you would like us to take certain considerations into account, I ask that you provide your thoughts to me in writing by no later than Friday the 3rd of November 2017. Please note that we cannot meet all requests for specific teachers and although we try our best to meet all requests we cannot give guarantees. Please ensure all correspondence is marked confidential and handed in at the office.

Report Writing Day Monday 6th November

A reminder to the entire College Community that Monday the 6th of November 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 8th of November following the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

Selective Entry High School

Congratulations to the following Year 8 students who have chosen to be part of Selective Entry High School program in 2018:

Daniel Kyeongbin Park, Gregory Basman, Isabelle Georga McGrath, Kishore Prabhakaran, Pournima Paranjape and Vineth Nimhara Wetthasinghe

Hundreds of students across the State sit rigorous entrance exams to be selected in this program. We are very proud of your achievements and know that Point Cook has prepared you well for your future endeavours.

Literacy Strategies - working out difficult words

It is important to give your child time and strategies to read or write any long or unfamiliar word. Before telling your child the word when he or she is reading, try these prompts:

  • Look for clues for the word’s meaning in the sentence
  • Look at the word closely. Does it look like another word you know?
  • Can you break the word down into smaller parts?
  • Do the words before and after this word help?
  • Before spelling a word for your child when he or she is writing, try asking: Does it look right? Does it sound right?

Have a great fortnight and I look forward to seeing you at our second Twilight Market on Friday the 17th of November!

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.

  • Welcome
  • 5/6 Camp
  • 5/6 Boys Basketball
  • Regional Athletics finals
  • House Assemblies

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.

  • Term 4
  • 2018
  • Year 9 Subject Information Evening
  • Parent Forums

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Important Dates - October

  • 23rd - Year 9 EAL Point Cook Senior School Tour
  • 23rd - Year 4 Pollywoodside Excursion
  • 24th - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • 24th - College Tour 9:15-10:15am
  • 24th-25th - Kids teaching Kids Conference (Enviro Leaders)
  • 25th - Year 4 Pollywoodside Excursion
  • 25th - Pathways Showcase
  • 25th - Year 9 information night: Pathways 6:30pm
  • 25th - College Council 6-7pm
  • 27th - Prep 2018 Transition
  • 30th October-1st November - Year 5/6 Camp Crimson - Anglesea
  • 31st - Year 7 Market excursion
  • 31st - Year 7 & 8 Girls Western Metro Hockey Finals
  • 31st - Year 9 Forensic Excursion

Important Dates - November

  • 1st - Year 7 Girls Western Metro Table Tennis Finals
  • 1st - Parent Forums Strategic Plan
  • 3rd - Year 9 Textile/Costume students excursion
  • 6th - Curriculum Day - no students required
  • 7th - Melbourne Cup public holiday
  • 17th - PCC Twilight Market

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Our next uniform sale will be held on Tuesday the 24th of October, from 8:15am - 9 am and then 2:30- 3:15 pm. The sale will be held in a portable near the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. You could enter through the pedestrian gate on Tom Roberts Parade near the garden. Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are mostly $5-$10 each. We will also have a number of worn items for $1 each. We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform, (with no holes please) that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised will assist families in need with their uniforms.

Sandy Thornton

Extra Curricular Activities Calendar

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricular Activities 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.

Engagement and Wellbeing

Please click read more to find out about PCC Engagement and Wellbeing information and events including:

  • Student Safety – Bike helmets
  • Student Safety – YMCA access
  • Hats are now uniform…
  • And speaking of the weather…
  • Socks – do they really matter…
  • Infectious Diseases – please read
  • Dental Check Ups
  • ACD Membership
  • Saver Plus Program
  • Rollercoaster Grief Support Program

Robyn Fincher

Library News

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Congratulations to all! We managed to collect 631 sheets of stickers. That equates to 37,860 points. These points will be used to select resources for our school. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Sonja Faust

P-6 News and Events

P-6 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 4 P-6 Learning Snapshots:

Year 4 in the Makerspace

Year 4s all spent some time in the Makerspace exploring how they could use 3D Pens, Bloxels, Little Bits and Makerdo materials. These were used to enhance characters developex in our Science inquiry.

Wendy Scott

7-9 News and Events

7-9 Learning Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 4 7-9 Learning Snapshots:

The Point Cook P-9 College Writing competition

Write Away

Do you have a great idea for a story? Have you dreamt of getting your ideas out there? Do you love writing? Then this could be for you!

Point Cook P-9 College is pleased to hold our first whole school writing competition. For more information and to download the entry form please click here or visit our College Blog here to read more. The competition guidelines are available here.

Every child has a story and every story is worth telling!

Write Away Organising Team

Community News

Please click read more to find out more about:

  • Twilight Market
  • Stockland Point Cook Shop for Schools Promotion
  • Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents
  • Roadworks on Boardwalk Boulevard

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

Indonesian News

Indonesian - KASTI excursion 2017

Some selected students from Years 5/6s are going to Springside College to practise their Indonesian and play KASTI match on Thursday 19 October 2017. Point Cook P-9 College and Springside College have run this HOME and AWAY Kasti match since 2015 and since then it has attracted more and more interest from students from both schools.


Sustainability News

Biodiversity Education

There are two great Nation wide Biodiversity audits happening across the country in the next month which families can participate in. Links to the apps which can be downloaded for free to participate are on the below websites

The great Aussie Bird Count 23rd-29th of October -

National Frog Census (all through October) -

Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference

This year is the first year Point Cook College is participating in the two day Melbourne Water Kids teaching Kids conference. The following Senior Environment Leaders will be running a workshop on the effects of micro plastics on the marine environment. The conference will be taking place at Melbourne University and Collingwood Chilldrens farm.

Good Luck to the following Senior Environment Leaders:

  • Alannah Rechichi
  • Ava Howard
  • Nicholas Brealey
  • Ella Pettigrove
  • Jemma Tapp
  • Jazmiin Devereux
  • Taimur Dar

Robyn Cairns


Garden preparation and seed sowing

The warmer weather is now upon us, as we have experienced over these last couple of days. So it is the perfect time to start preparing those veggie beds for your summer crops. Traditionally you don’t plant out your tomatoes until Cup Weekend when the soil is nice and warm. So in the meantime pull out all the old crops and add your compost and manure into the veggie beds so they are ready when the time comes to plant them out.

You can start growing your seeds now. This is great to do with the kids. If it is your first time try jiffy pots, they expand when water is added, then place a seed in the middle of pot. They hold the moisture helping the seed to germinate. Otherwise you can use some seed raising mix in old egg containers or punnets if you have them. Try not to sow too many seeds in each space, 2 per hole is plenty in the egg carton. Place them in a warm spot like a window sill and remember to water them as seeds need moisture to germinate. These should then to ready to plant out into the garden when Cup Weekend comes around.

Have fun!

Sarah Moore

Design Our Produce Label

Thanks to those who submitted designs for the College Produce Label, they were of a high standard. I would like to announce that a design has been chosen to be used on our produce in consultation with Mr Vetere. This will be displayed on the produce at the Twilight Market. The winner is Heer Patel, well done Heer!

Sarah Moore

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