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Point Cook College

No 8, June 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 that everyone is well and keeping warm as the cold winter months creep up on us. Last week families received their individual and family photos. I trust that you are pleased with the product and will cherish these photos now and in years to come. This week we meet Robyn Cairns in our ‘People of Point Cook’ Section of the newsletter. Her passion and expertise in environmental education is to be admired.

Bali Partnership School

Late last week I received very exciting correspondence from our partnership school in Bali, SMP Negeri 1 Singaraja. I was notified of their intention to visit our College in October this year. It is likely that a delegation of 18 visitors including staff and students will join our community for 10 days. We look forward to hosting our guests and providing them with an amazing and authentic Australian and PCC experience. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

A reminder that Monday the 13th of June is the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday and as such there will be no school on that day.

Athletics Carnivals

On Monday and Tuesday we hosted the yearly Athletics Carnivals. It was great to see students in their house colours participate with gusto and try their very best at all events. These special days are important cultural events for the college and in 2017 my expectation is that every child attends. Unfortunately this year we had a few who chose not to participate. I would like to thank the many parents who joined us at the carnivals either as spectators or helpers; your presence makes the days even more special. Thank you to the team of staff who worked hard to ensure we had two very successful days.

Attendance Policy

On Wednesday evening the College Council endorsed the Attendance policy. I urge you to take the time to read the policy which will be added to the College website. The Rationale of the Policy includes:

In the State of Victoria the law requires that all children between the ages of six and up to their seventeenth birthday to attend school (The Education and Training Reform Act 2006).

School participation helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community. Regular school attendance enables students to maximize their full educational potential and to actively participate and engage in their learning. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age. Students who are regularly absent from school are at risk of missing out on fundamental aspects of their educational and social development. There is no safe number of days for missing school. Every Day Counts. Each day a student misses may put them at risk, and can affect their educational outcomes.

This policy aims to:

  • Reinforce the importance of regular school attendance for all students.
  • State responsibilities for students and families, teachers, administration staff and school leadership in relation to student attendance.
  • Detail the processes involved in response to student absences.

This policy exemplifies the partnership between home and school and will have a positive impact on all students.

Student Leadership

This week I had the pleasure of presenting the Student Representative Council and Junior College Captains their leadership badges, which they now wear with a strong sense of pride. Our entire student body leadership team is now established and we look forward to their continued leadership across the College for the remainder of the year and beginning of next year. On Wednesday evening our College Captains Rian and Jemi attended the full College Council meeting. They experienced first hand how an official council meeting is run and were provided the opportunity to address the full council outlining the work of the SRC to date. On behalf of the entire community I would like to thank them for their outstanding leadership and ongoing commitment. I also take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all of the following leaders on their appointment. Please click on the "Read More" Button to find out who our student leaders are.

I wish you all 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.

  • Developing Self - Esteem
  • P-4 Assembly

Marg Holness


Important Dates - June

  • 6th - 7th - Year 1 and 2 Royal Botanical Gardens Excursion
  • 9th - Primary and Secondary Regional Cross Country
  • 13th - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • 15th - Year 7-9 Boys Netball and Girls AFL
  • 17th - Winter Sport Grade 6
  • 17th - Parent Cooking Classes
  • 20th - APA Showcase Year 3
  • 24th - Subway Lunch
  • 27th - Zumba classes for parents

Extra Curricula Activities 

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricula Calendar.

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

Community News

YMCA Holiday Program

The YMCA holiday program is now availble for you to read. They are taking bookings now. Click on this link to download the holiday program.






Zumba classes are held every Monday from 9-9.45am and cost $5 per class. The classes are fun, casual and a great way to start your week! If you would like to come please meet us at the office at 8.50am.

Rebecca Thornton

Cooking Classes

There is only one more cooking class left for this term. It will be held on Friday 17th of June from 1.30-3pm. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. If you would like to come please email or leave a message at the office for catering purposes.

Rebecca Thornton

Sausage Sizzle & Car Boot Sale - Election Day

Our College has been chosen as a polling venue for the federal election on Saturday the 2nd of July.

We will be holding a sausage sizzle on the day as a fundraiser for the College. We will also be running a car boot sale which is similar to a garage sale. Stall holders usually sell second hand items which may include household or garden goods. Sites will be $20 each, they will be undercover and a similar size to a carpark space.

Limited sites are available so please email or contact me through the office to ensure a space is available. Bookings will then be confirmed when the payment has been made.

We will also need support on the day to run the sausage sizzle. If you are available for an hour or two between 8am and 6pm please let me know.

Rebecca Thornton

Save The Date

On Friday the 14th of October we will be holding our first College Twilight Market! Our market will include stall holders, food trucks and performances. More information will be advertised soon.

Rebecca Thornton

People of PCC

Robbie Cairns

This week we have spoken to Robbie Cairns our Environmental Science teacher. Robbie has been a teacher for 28 years. She started her career in Glenroy as a library teacher then she was a classroom teacher across Years Prep to 6. Robbie loves working with children and enjoys seeing them engage in learning about the world around them and growing in many ways through their school experiences.

Rebecca Thornton

PCC Olympics 2016

Come To Rio

This year is an Olympic year. If you have joined the college in the last three years you are in for a treat, however if you attended the college four years ago you will remember the fantastic celebrations we conducted for the London Olympics. You might also remember that at our closing ceremony we handed the Olympic Flag over to representatives from Rio. We are now gearing up for our Point Cook College version of the Olympics, Rio style! There are many celebrations, activities and opportunities to learn being organised at the moment. One of these is our torch relay that will begin shortly so that the torch arrives at our gym in time for the opening ceremony in early August. We look forward to a fantastic two weeks as we celebrate one of the world’s most important sporting events. There will be a small cost for students which will cover all the activities over the two weeks including incursions, excursions, international food tasting, opening and closing ceremonies, sporting events and a special treat for all. We will be sending out more information shortly so keep watching this space!

You might like to watch Episode 3 of PCCTV - The Olympic Edition 2012

P-4 News & Events

Yr 3-4 Debating

This term and continuing into next term a number of students across Years 3 and 4 have been participating in extra-curricular internal debating.

On Monday the 23rd of May a number of these students participated in an ‘Introduction to Debating’ workshop presented by the Debaters Association of Victoria. Throughout the day we discovered the ‘Method, Matter and Manner’ of debating and had a lot of fun trying out our new powers of persuasion. This week we have started looking into the construction of an argument on the topic of pocket money and next week we are focusing on our rebuttal with the topic of ‘University should be mandatory’.

Debating teams meet every Tuesday at recess and should be congratulated for their commitment. We look forward to celebrating their achievements and inviting you to watch them in action later in the year.

Rachel Pontikis

5-9 News & Events

7-9 Athletics day

Congratulations to all the students who attended Athletics Day yesterday! It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm among the students, as well as the bright colours and team spirit!

Across 7-9 there has been some outstanding learning happening. I would like to recognise and congratulate the year 9s for raising awareness and funds for the Salvation Army and Handbags for the homeless initiatives. It has been inspiring to see our students take charge and build empathy and understanding of those less fortunate in our community.

The 7-9 Environment Leaders have been leading the charge for World Environment Day on the 3rd June and were brave enough to deliver a plan to teachers during their meetings. We can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with for the day!

We would also like to welcome our new teacher, Mr Graham to year 8. He has been welcomed by students and is creating a positive learning environment.

I would like to remind all students that although the weather is getting very cold, hoodies are not part of the Point Cook College uniform. Please refer to the uniform policy on the website for further information. If there are any issues or concerns about uniform do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Thank you for a fantastic Term 2 so far!

Kate Sykes

7-9 Neighbourhood Leader

Year 6 Camp -Mt Evelyn

Going on camp is always exciting AND nerve wracking – for teachers too sometimes! While teachers are wondering will they sleep, Will they keep us awake all night? Will they like the food? How cold will it be? Will the students have a really awesome time? Students are usually asking different questions! Who will I be in a cabin with? What will it look like? What will we get to eat? Will there be pancakes for breakfast? What time will they make us go to bed? Can I make it to the top of the Leap of Faith? Will I jump? Will I miss my mum and dad?

Julie Ryan

Cybery Safety Alert


I would like to bring to your attention information about a popular app that a lot of our students have been using at home. The app is called it is free and one of the most downloaded apps on the App Store hence the attraction for our students.

The concerns we have is that this is not just a harmless lip syncing video creation app. It is also a social media app that has some serious cyber safety risks many would be unaware of. It also links back to multiple social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook plus more. Click on the link to "read more". This is a "must read" for all Parents.

David Williams


Uniform Update

This week has seen the start of the really cold weather, which has also seen the return of some non school based items being worn by students. In particular we have seen coloured tops under short sleeve tops, leggings under school dresses, coloured jackets and hooded wind cheaters. Please make sure you are getting prepared by investing in weather appropriate combinations from the uniform policy.

Remember to clearly name all items, in particular those that are removed while at school. If we can locate a name we are able to ensure these items are returned to their rightful owner. If you are struggling to meet the financial costs of providing the correct uniform for your child please contact the college as we have a number of options to assist you and will handle the matter discreetly.

Robyn Fincher


The Attendance Policy has been ratified on College Council this week and has been uploaded to the website, along with the guidelines for implementation. You will find them under the Our College tab in the College Policies and Accountabilities section. Please take the time to read the documents, in particular the guidelines in relation to parental responsibilities, and speak to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns.

If you or your child are struggling with regular attendance issues please contact your child’s homeroom teacher or Neighbourhood Leader as we see school engagement as a partnership and are keen to provide strategies and support to get your child’s attendance back on track.


The acknowledgement system linked to our SWPBS framework, which includes tokens and wristbands for students who display behaviours contained in the matrix, is in full swing. Students are keen to contribute towards their House points total and are becoming very familiar with the language contained in the matrix. They are very much looking forward to finding out who wins the first group reward – Middleton, Edwards, McNamara or Newton.

Our next level of work has been to look at consistent systems and processes for managing inappropriate behaviours in all settings across the College. Once we get to the draft stage early next term we will be sharing this work with parents and asking for feedback, so please be ready to have some input. During the second half of the year we will be developing staff and parent matrices, which will use similar language to, and closely align with, the student behaviour matrix. We will be looking for parent input again, you are most welcome to send an email if you would like to be involved and I will make sure you are kept in the loop.

Robyn Fincher

First Aide

Head Lice

There have been reports of head lice to the College.

Head Lice Can Be Controlled.

It Takes A Consistent Systematic Community Based Approach

When a person is deemed clear of head lice, it doesn’t mean the screening should stop. Regular combing should become part of everyone’s weekly routine.’ Head lice have been reported to the school - please check, and if necessary treat your family for head lice. There is no need to treat everyone if no head lice are found but you need to look for the head lice. If you find head lice in your family please tell anyone who has had head to head contact with the family member and report it to the school. Accurate information on treatment and control of head lice is attached to this Newsletter and can also be found on the following Link.

Annabelle Gornia

Sports Report

What an absolute cracker of a fortnight it has been across the school for sports. Between our superstars at Cross Country and our highly colourful competitors at our House Athletics Carnival, everyone should be exhausted… I was exhausted just watching all of our athletes.

Cross Country

Last week our Primary and Secondary cross country competitors were out for lovely afternoon putting in the kilometres, and a successful afternoon it was. A huge congratulations to our following superstars who will be heading to the Regional Cross Country at Brimbank Park in Keilor on Wednesday the 8th of June.

Athletics Carnival

Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st of May put on the weather for an amazing two days of Athletics carnivals, with plenty of sun and laughter. Our top competitor from each event in the Secondary division and the top two in the Primary division will be presented with the opportunity to take their skills to the next level. Keep a sharp eye out for the announcement of teams to be made soon.

Amy Van Braam


Oral Language Competition Winners

Congratulations to our Indonesian Oral Language Competition winners! We have 17 students who have made it through the state level final to be held on Saturday 18 June 2016 at Melbourne University. Students had intense practice with Pak Elie and Pak Gede Marsaja in the weeks before the competition in order to learn their poem and speech as well as to practice questions and answers.

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