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Point Cook College

No 14, September 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Seussical the Musical

At the time of writing this article the show has yet to be performed. However, I can tell you I am feeling extremely proud and excited about the production. I know the months of hard work and commitment will shine on stage.

I would like to thank the entire team for bringing a dream for our College to life. You are amazing. Schools have been doing musicals and productions for years however, the first is always memorable and so much more complex to bring together.

I can’t wait to share more in later editions of the newsletter and on our social media.

Melbourne Experience

Our Year 9 students have completed the Melbourne Experience Program. This is an important component of the Secondary Program where students bring to life our expected behaviours.

Students participated in their learning safely, responsibly and respectfully. I congratulate all students and staff involved in the program and thank them for representing the College with pride. Take the time to look at our social media sites to find out more.

College Council

I would like to congratulate Sesilia Palu for nominating to take up the short term Parent Representative Role on College Council. We hope your time on Council is rewarding.

Double Rainbow

I received a lovely email by Mr Zaman, who captured this amazing photograph of a double rainbow whilst picking up his two grandsons. In times when we can be constantly overwhelmed by terrible news it is great to see nature provide such beauty.

Bali Cultural Study Tour and Leadership Team Brisbane Conference

During the last two weeks of this term I have the absolute privilege of accompanying 14 Year 8 and 9 students to Bali as part of our Biennial Study tour. I will be joined by Mrs Jennifer Hayes, Mr Matt Saunders and Mrs Jenni Gigas. We have an amazing itinerary planned. We look forward to more and more tours in years to come. Following this tour I will be joining the Leadership Team in Brisbane as part of our project with The University of Melbourne Science of Learning Project.

Literacy at Home

In this edition of the newsletter the advice I provide is geared more towards adolescents.

Why it is important to continue focusing on reading during adolescence?

Regular recreational book reading is one of the easiest ways for a student to continue developing their literacy skills. The ability to read fluently is by no means the end of development of literacy skills (a common misconception).

Reading for pleasure can been associated with a range of benefits, including achievement across a range of subjects with literacy levels linked to advantages for academic and future prospects and enjoyment of life.

What can parents do to encourage regular reading?

  • Take students to the school or community library and encourage them to take self-selected reading materials home
  • Don’t curtail reading aloud to young people at secondary level — this practice is enjoyed by teens, too
  • Explicitly engage in strategies for choosing books – don’t assume that this has been learned in primary school
  • Be a model – read and show an interest in reading
  • Find out what your young people like to read so that you can connect them with books of interest to them
  • Talk about books at home, not limiting the discussion to course texts
  • Allow and encourage an aesthetic response – love characters, loathe characters, give up on books halfway through, re-read favourite books. Share what it means to be a passionate reader
  • Communicate the value of the practice by putting aside time at home for reading books for pleasure
  • Finally, don’t assume that equipping them with an e-reader or iPad will automatically lead to increased engagement in reading. Research does not yet support the popular contention that young people prefer using e-readers. Thus continuing to provide access to paper books is important.

Father’s Day

Finally I would like to wish all dads and grandads a wonderful Father’s Day. Thank you for everything you do in supporting our students to do their best.

I wish everyone a great fortnight.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-6

What a fantastic few weeks I have had in my new role. It has been wonderful to meet our amazing College community and I am thankful to the many of you who took the time out to congratulate me on my new position.

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-6 community.

  • Year 5/6 Sovereign Hill excursion
  • Point Cook District Athletics
  • Seussical Jnr
  • Year 2 Parent iPad information session
  • Tournament of Minds
  • Parent Grievance Policy
  • Year 1/2 Acting Neighbourhood Leader Natasha Caras
  • Parent Grievance Policy

Lizzie Tout

Acting Assistant Principal P-6

Assistant Principal News 7-9

So much amazing learning has been happening across 7-9 since I have joined the Point Cook College learning community.

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 7-9 community.

  • Year 8 South Melbourne Market Excursion
  • Year 9 Melbourne Experience
  • Pathways Feedback
  • Years 7-9 Showcase
  • Student-Led Conferences

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Important Dates - September

  • 4th-8th - eSmart Week
  • 4th-8th - Prep School Nursing Program
  • 4th - 1/2 Emerald Excursion Melbourne Museum and IMAX
  • 4th - Secondary Divisional Athletics Carnival
  • 5th - Second Hand Uniform Sale 8:15-9:15am
  • 5th - College Tour 9-10am
  • 5th - Butterfly Foundation Presentation Yr 7 & 8
  • 5th - 1/2 Sapphire Excursion Melbourne Museum and IMAX
  • 5th-6th - Year 3 Camping Program
  • 6th - Indigenous Literacy Day
  • 6th - 1/2 Diamond Excursion Melbourne Museum and IMAX
  • 6th - Alamanda vs PCC basketball game for Year 8&9
  • 7th - Year 9 Sport
  • 8th - Cooking Class for parents 1:30-3pm
  • 8th - Media Day - wear purple and yellow (gold coin donation)
  • 10th-19th - Bali Tour
  • 12th - Year 9 Outdoor Educaton - Rock Climbing
  • 13th - Primary Division Athletics
  • 13th - Year 7-9 Hockey
  • 13th - Year 1/2 Grandparents Afternoon 2-3pm - 2H, 2C, 2S, 1CB
  • 14th - R U OK? Day
  • 15th - House Celebration (TBC)

5-9 Interim Reports

Interim reports for students in Years 5 - 9 are now available through the Compass Portal. Please log in to access these reports. Parent Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday the 21st of September and you will be able to book through Compass. Booking for specialist staff should only be made if you have a concern or a request from the teacher has been made.

Tyson Pearce

Reporting Coordinator

YMCA School Holiday Program Spring 2017

Our holiday programs are full of stimulating and engaging activities for children aged between 5 and 13 years. This includes spontaneous and planned activities based on children’s interests and abilities.


Adam Imber | OSHC Coordinator

Working with Children Check – Changes

Changes are being made to the Working with Children Act 2005 to clarify and simplify the requirements of holding a Check and implement key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Please read more about these requirements on the College Blog.

Donna Galvin

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:

  • Always Arrive August
  • Assistance in meeting Uniform Expectations
  • Navy Tights – where do you get them?
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Saver Plus Program

Robyn Fincher

Parenting Teenagers Seminar

Late last term I asked for expressions of interests from parents interested in attending a seminar on parenting teenagers. I am pleased to announce that the Parenting Teenagers Seminar has be confirmed in conjunction with MacKillop Family Services.

The workshop will be held by a Parenting Resource Officer in the college Community room on Tuesday 19th of September. Discussion topics include the adolescent brain, communicating with your teen and expectations of teenagers to name but a few. Full details below, and tea and coffee will be provided.

There are still some spots available to attend, so please email me to register your participation:

What: Parenting Teenagers workshop

Date: Tuesday 19th of September

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Where: Room 51 @ PCC

Cost: FREE!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Abbi Chamberlain

PCC Social Worker

eSmart Week 2017

The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven young Australians found to have been cyber bullied – and the many other challenges young people face online – it is important we invest in giving our community the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

That’s why we’re participating in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week along with hundreds of other communities, to show our commitment to building cyber safe communities.

Sal Hill

Library News

Please click read more to find out about the latest Library News:

  • Woolworths Earn & Learn Program
  • Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge
  • Lego Wall in the Library

Sonja Faust

P-6 News and Events

Year 3 Camp Newspaper Request


The Year Three team are seeking newspapers for a camp activity. Please drop all donations to Rachael Evans in Room 30 by Monday September 4th.

Thank you.

Year 3 Team

Acting Year 1/2 Neighbourhood Leader

As a teacher at the College since 2010 I’d imagine to be familiar face to some and it’s now that I’d like to introduce myself as the Acting Year 1/2 Neighbourhood Leader. For those who may not know me I’m Tash Caras, I have taught across various year levels at Point Cook College for the past 8 years and this year I worked in the Year 5/6 Neighbourhood as an advisory teacher and MAG Leader of TEAL.

I’d have to say that the most exciting turn in my career has to be now as I have the amazing opportunity of leading the Year 1/2 community at our College. Over the next few weeks I look forward to nothing more than meeting and developing partnerships with those of you who I have not yet met and continuing to build those we have already established.

There are lots of events and experiences in Year 1/2 to look forward to in the upcoming weeks that the amazing teachers of 1/2 have planned and organised for our students and their families to enjoy! Be sure to stop me and introduce yourself when you see me around the College!

Tash Caras

Prep Enrolments 2018

We are now taking Prep enrolments for 2018. Please enrol your child so they do not miss out on our transition program beginning in October. For further details please contact Point Cook College on 8348 7100 and download the flyer here. For more information about our College please visit the website at

Tournament of Minds

On Sunday the 27th of August, 14 PCC students representing their peers in Years 3-6 attended the regional Tournament of Minds at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. One group of 7 completed a Social Science challenge and the other group completed the Language and Literature Challenge. Students spent 6 weeks, predominantly at lunchtimes and morning recess, preparing their responses to these challenges. Both groups also completed the spontaneous challenge – a problem that the group needed to solve with less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Please read more to find out how the students felt about the experience.

Wendy Scott and Merryn Watts

4WS Regional Athletics winners

Charlie Winnell and Kieron Areja of 4WS both returned from the Regional Athletics carnival triumphant. 4WS was very proud that two of our class members both had blue ribbons to show us. Charlie won her shot put event and Kieron set new regional records in his events - shotput, discus and the 100m sprint.

Wendy Scott

100 Story Building - Holidays Writing Workshops

We have three exciting writing workshops lined up for the upcoming school holidays (Sep 25, 26 & 27).

100 Story Holidays has three exciting writing workshops for children aged 7-11 years. In the 'Level 73 Strange Objects' workshop (Sep 25), children will use their special story-hunting skills to discover crazy histories, strange facts and unbelievable secrets at our Level 73 Cabinet of Curiosity and Wonder Exhibition. They can cast spells, fight dragons and topple giants in a story-telling fantasy adventure in the ‘Level 6 Trapdoor Quest’ workshop (Sep 26) or save the world from animal armageddon as a spy in the “Level 38 SIA” workshop (Sep 27).

Where: 100 Story Building, 92 Nicholson St, Footscray 3011 (in the pedestrian mall next to the Commonwealth Bank)

Cost: $49/workshop

Includes: all materials, takeaway stories, fruit for morning tea

Book online now:

7-9 News and Events

MCYA's Challenge Competitions - Year 9 Pathway

Semester One saw the beginning of a new Year 9 Pathway class at Point Cook College P-9. The class was designed around the MCYA's Challenge competition. The competition is based around solving problems involving Tribonnaci Sequences, rates, Pythagoras' Theorem, properties of triangles, circles and tangents, being systematic using lattice paths and unequal partitions. All students involved should be praised for their effort and commitment to their education with special mentions going to Esha Patel, Rebecca Rajabu and Breanna Cornell, who earned Credit certificates from the competition.

Ben Schimanski

Community News

Please click read more to find out more about:

  • Parent Opinion Survey
  • Twilight Market
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents
  • Parents and Friends Association
  • Indigenous Literacy Day Book Swap

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

Indonesian News

Junior Indonesian

Hi everyone!

Lots of students have been telling me they can’t remember the name of Ibu Anne’s Indonesian youtube channel and thus cannot access it from home. Below is the link. Please copy this link into your device! When you have some spare time, please click on the link and let your child watch some of the stories and songs to practise their Indonesian. If your child loves it, you may want to consider subscribing as then you will be notified every time there is something new posted. You may even see someone you know in one of the videos! Here is the direct link:

You should also be able to access the site by typing Indonesian Fun for Juniors into your search engine. Please let me know if you have any problems accessing the site by emailing me at

At the moment Preps are enjoying a story about naughty Lucy eating Dogs and Year 1 and 2s are listening to Lucy wants a Cat. Ask your children to tell you the story!

Ibu Anne


Caring for your Daffodil

Thank you and congratulations to all those who purchased a daffodil grown by the students. I thought it appropriate to follow it up with how to care for your new purchase.

Daffodils are herbaceous perennials that are grown from bulb, meaning the foliage dies back each year before sprouting again in Winter. It is important to know that the bulb is the energy storage tank for the plant this is what gives it the energy to grow again the following year. So now is the time to fertilise your plant to increase this storage and the plant’s production next year. When it comes time for it to die back, allow the leaves to yellow off as this is the plant drawing all the nutrients/energy back into the bulb. Once it has died down, you can either leave it where it is planted or dig it up and store it in a dry place. It is important that it doesn’t get wet as it may rot. If dug up remember to replant it after the last of the scorching hot Summer days, late March-May to enjoy it again next year. They prefer sunny positions but will do well under trees as well. Overtime the daffodil bulbs will multiply, creating a cluster of flowers to brighten your garden.


Sarah Moore

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