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Point Cook College

No 17, November 2016

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

I hope everyone is well and enjoying the small bursts of lovely spring weather.

Remembrance Day – Friday 11th November

This year the 11th of November marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute of 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 PCC radio and I would like to congratulate the entire College for their reverence during the Service. I would like to congratulate these students from Crimson MAG:

Raf Serad, Laura Navarro, Thea-Grace Nguyen, Breanna Lindell, Leanne Duong, Junho Lee, Temeika Cathery for beautifully conducting the service. LEST WE FORGET!

Essential Items List and Voluntary Contributions

In the past fortnight all families have received 2017 Essential items list and Voluntary contributions. This list is in place of the booklist and is in line with Department of Education Policy on Cost of Schooling. Please return by the due date to avoid missing out.

Class Placement Requests

I have recently invited parents to provide me with a letter if they had a specific class placement request. The deadline has well and truly past and we will not be accepting anymore requests. We work hard at ensuring effective transitions from year to year and classes are currently being finalised.

People of Point Cook

In this edition of the newsletter we meet Mr. Ben Galea the Dealer Principal of Werribee Toyota, our major corporate sponsor. Ben and his team at Werribee Toyota have always been very supportive of our College. Please find out more about the great deals you can have by simply saying you're from PCC.


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 focusing 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

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.

  • School Uniform
  • Prep Excursion to Scienceworks
  • Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert
  • Prep to Year 4 Camping Programs
  • Prep Celebrations Concert
  • Prep to Year Four End of Year Assembly
  • Extra Curricular Activities Calendar

Marg Holness


Important Dates - November

  • 7th-11th - Future Care Dental Clinic Visits
  • 14th-16th - Year 5 Camp @ Lady Northcote
  • 22nd - Year 2, 4 and Year 9 Theatre Pathways Concert
  • 24th - Year 3 Excursion and Sleepover
  • 25th - Subway Day
  • 28th - Poco Fest
  • 28th November-16th December - Christmas Raffle
  • 28th-30th - Year 1 and 2 Billy Cart Incursion
  • 30th November-2nd December - Year 8 Anglesea Recreation Camp

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 Round Up

The book fair was a great chance for students to see lots of lovely books with an option to purchase these for their own collections at home. They were very excited about the books so I would have to say that it was a big success.

I could not have run the fair without the help of staff here at PCC and the parent helpers in particular, Michelle, Shruthi, Claire, Melinda, Natasha, Megan and Toula. Thanks so much to those people and to all students and parents who were brave enough to venture into the throng at the fair for making it a success.

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.


Uniform Update

Thank you to all parents who have showed support for the Uniform Policy by ensuring their children are wearing the uniform in line with College expectations. There are still a number of recurring issues that need to be addressed and we would like to ensure they are rectified prior to the 2017 school year.

  • Tights being worn under shorts – if this is for warmth then a pants or skirt option with tights should be chosen
  • Long sleeve tops under short sleeve dress or polo – once again, long sleeve approved options should be chosen
  • Black leggings or pants, especially in 7-9 – these items are NOT part of the uniform and should not be worn
  • Plain navy tracksuit pants – only school tracksuit pants with the blue stripe panel are acceptable

Parents are also reminded to advise teachers via email, note or phone should their child need to be out of uniform for any reason. Students will then be provided with a pass which they can produce if questioned. If you are struggling to meet expectations due to financial difficulties please contact the College as we have a number of options available to assist you.


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.

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 a voucher subsiding the purchase of items at the school’s uniform retailer.

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

For further information refer to the fact sheet link on the SSR website parent page at 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.

Students who become CSEF recipients in 2017 can still apply for a uniform pack once their eligibility is confirmed at the beginning of next year.

Prep 2017 Uniform Support

Prep students who become eligible for 2017 Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) assistance will automatically qualify for a Uniform Package through State Schools Relief, however eligibility cannot be confirmed until your child starts school. If you are likely to be eligible for assistance you may wish to consider the following information before making your initial purchases in preparation for Day 1 of next year.

The package includes basic items students require to a maximum value of $57.

There are two options available that align with PCC’s uniform policy;

  • Basic windcheater and tracksuit pants OR
  • Zip Jacket


The final pieces of our SWPBS framework, the Staff and Community matrices are nearing completion. These documents are designed to promote and align with student expectations and in particular, the ‘teach and model expectations’ component of SWPBS. They are essentially a ‘code of cooperation’ underpinning our partnership.

Both documents will be available for viewing on the College Website from next week, along with a feedback opportunity and survey. We encourage all parents to participate.

All documents will be permanently available at the start of 2017.


Unfortunately hayfever season is alive and well and with the windy conditions so far this year we have seen a significant rise in the number of students sneezing and presenting with red, puffy and itchy eyes. So far most of the students who take medication seem to be less affected, which is fantastic. If you have noticed any symptoms or your child has complained of experiencing them, we would suggest a visit to the doctor and/or chemist for advice on how to best manage the condition. If medication needs to be administered at school you will need to complete the appropriate paperwork and leave the medication at the office to be stored in the First Aid room.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

Prep Scienceworks Excursion Report

Last week students in Prep visited The Scienceworks Museum as part of our P-2 STEAM inquiry. During our excursion, students participated in a program called ‘Toys and Forces Show'. We learnt all about the forces involved in making toys move and we had a lot of fun trying different toys that fly, spin and spring. We found out that toys move when we give them a push or a pull.

Students also got to explore other parts of Scienceworks such as the Nitty Gritty Super City and Sportworks. Read more to find out about students' thoughts on the day.

Rachel Wood

5-9 News & Events

7-9 News

We have had a flying start to Term 4! Each year level has an exciting time ahead. I would like to remind all students to wear full uniform everyday. Sport uniform is only to be worn on sports and PE days. Students require a note if there are any issues with their uniform. Alternatively you can email the class teacher. Students also need to bring a hat to school to wear this term. The college hats are available from the uniform shop, but 7-9 students can also wear plain black or navy caps with no logo.

Year 7 News

The Year 7 students are creating some fantastic solutions to environmental issues in the Sustainability Shark Tank unit. The ‘Sharks’ can’t wait to have their ideas and prototypes pitched! Families of Year 7 students also need to be on the lookout for a 2017 Camp Information note that will be coming out this week, as camp falls quite early in 2017.

Year 8 News

Year 8 students have been working hard on their Apprentice program. We are all very keen to hear about our students learning and hope that this is a start to thinking about future pathways. Students will find out about their 2017 Pathways before the 18th of November. Year 8 camp is also coming as is Pocofest, all in November. Specific dates are available on the website calendar. It has been wonderful to see the Year 8 students filming, acting, directing and producing some engaging and interesting movies! We can’t wait to see the finished product.

Year 9 News

The Year 9 students have a focus on personal journey, reflection and transition this term. Students have their Point Cook Secondary Transition on the 5th and 6th of December. They then have Graduation on the 8th of December. More information about this event will be coming out very soon. Year 9 camp is then on the 12th of December. The payment date for this camp has been extended to the 18th of November. It will be a fantastic camp and we encourage all students to come for a final farewell and celebration!

Kate Sykes

Science Fair and Mini Maker Fair 2016

The night consisted of our Year 8 students articulating their experiments to parents who were highly impressed by their scientific knowledge and investigations. They presented with confidence and responded to the many questions that were fired at them by peers and parents.

This year we included an extra twist to the annual Science Fair night with the inclusion of our Year 7 STEM program. Please read more on the 5-9 Blog.

Alison Ryan

Science Department

P-9 News & Events

Australian Maths Competition 2016

Congratulations to all students in Years 3 to 8 who received their certificates for participating in the Australian Mathematics Competition.

Here are Blake Travers (High Distinction), Riva Dubey (Prize and Best in School), Anisha Verma (High Distinction) and Daniel Nam (High Distinction) receiving their awards from Bu Putu (visiting principal from SMP1 Singaraja, Indonesia) and Frank Vetere (College Principal).

Carol Hall

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

We have continued to hold our free cooking classes for parents every fortnight. The dates for the rest of this term are Friday 25/11 and 9/12. The classes are held from 1.30-3pm.

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

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

People of Point Cook

Ben Galea - Werribee Toyota

This week we would like to highlight our partnership with Werribee Toyota. Three of our students visited the dealership this week to find out more about their business and how they support PCC and our families.


Sports Report

Morgan Mitchell Visits Year 5/6

On the 4th of November, the Year 5s and 6s were visited by Morgan Mitchell, an Australian sprinter who was featured in the Olympics. She talked about a healthy diet and having a good amount of sleep as the 5/6 M.A.G.s have been learning about this previously.

Jason Sinclair and Ferlyn Lim 5/6 TEAL

Sanctuary Lakes Football Club

Sanctuary Lakes Football Club are looking for expressions of interest for players and a coach for next year.

Please contact Gavin Young on 0411 567 200 if you are interested. Thanks!


Sustainability News

Wetland Waste Stencil Winners

As part of the Year 1 and 2 Neighbourhood's Term 2 inquiry into habitats, students who chose to investigate wetland habitats took part in a school drain rubbish survey. The drain survey resulted in an estimated 138 pieces of rubbish being 'posted' down our school drains.

With assistance from our environmental science teacher Robbie Cairns, the wetlands inquiry group took part in a wetlands sign competition. The goal was to create a sign to make our school community aware that our school drains lead to our school and local wetlands, then the sea. The winning design was created by Olivia, Hope, Abbie and Breeanna and has been sprayed near drains in and around the school. Look out for these signs in Term 4 and remember; binners are winners.

Monica Simmons

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