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Point Cook College

No 6, May 2018

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 has had a great fortnight. As usual the College has been a buzz with activity and I thank everyone for their ongoing support of our programs and activities.

This week we began our Athletics Carnivals. On Monday it was great to see students, staff and parents participate in the Year 5-9 Carnival. The Athletics carnival is a compulsory component of the teaching and learning program and as such we expect all students to attend. I thank Tim, Amy and the PE team for their outstanding organisation of the event. I would also like to thank the PFA for supporting the BBQ at the carnival.

Last Friday we were fortunate to have a visit by our local member of Parliament and Minister for Health, The Hon. Jill Hennessy. The purpose of the visit was to celebrate our great sustainability practices and to be presented with our 3-Star certificate. I would like to thank Mrs Cairns, Mrs Van Hulst and the Environmental student leaders for hosting the visit. The feedback I received was fantastic. Here is an example from Dominique Dybala at ResourceSmart Schools.

‘I wanted to let you know what a wonderful job the students did talking to Minister Jill Hennessy at the 3-Star presentation for ResourceSmart Schools. They were well prepared and acted as great representatives of the school.

It was wonderful to see students from Year 1 to Year 9 who are so capable and enthusiastic to share what they love about their school.

It really demonstrates Point Cook College's commitment to developing student leadership through sustainability.

I am looking forward to my continued work with Robyn and the school, especially heading towards the fourth star for the water module. ‘

As promised in the last edition of the newsletter I have attached the annual report to the school community. Please download the document here.

I would like to wish all mothers and grandmothers a sensational Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. We are grateful for all that you do without expectation on a daily basis for your children. We hope you have an opportunity to put your feet up and relax.

All the best and have a great fortnight.

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.

  • Kasti
  • Indonesian Speech Competition
  • 4-6 District Cross Country
  • Camp Quality
  • Mother's Day
  • Year 3/4 Athletics Carnival

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.

  • We are Learners…
  • We are Responsible…
  • We are Respectful…
  • We are Safe…

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Important Dates - May 2018

  • 14th - PCC Athletics Carnival Year 3-4
  • 14th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 15th-17th - NAPLAN
  • 17th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 18th - Walk Safely to School Day
  • 21st - Year 8 Winter Sports (Soccer and Badminton)
  • 21st-22nd - Outdoor Education - Overnight Hike
  • 21st - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 23rd - Prep Animal Land Excursion - Frogs
  • 24th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 25th - Hobson's Bay Division Cross Country
  • 25th - Prep Animal Land Excursion - Parrots

2018 Homestay for Bali Students

Our Indonesian partnership school SMP1 Singaraja are sending students and teachers to visit and stay this year. The feedback from our host families of 2016 was extremely positive and we hope the experience this year will be the same. SMP1 Singaraja are intending to send 25 students (13 boys and 12 girls) and 4 teachers from 23rd August to 5th September. They are requiring homestay from the 23rd to the 27th August (5 nights) plus one extra night after they attend a 2 night camp in the Yarra Valley (visiting Healesville Sanctuary) on the 30th August. If you are providing a homestay for one or two of the visiting students your child [if in year 5-9] will also have the opportunity to attend the camp for free. The rest of their trip will consist of a city camp after their time at PCC.

Thank you to those families who have already offered to host one of two students in your home. We are still requiring homestay for 14 more students. Each family who does provide homestay for a student will receive a $100 subsidy per student to help with the cost of the stay. If you are able to help please contact Jenni Gigas at or on 83487100. There will be an information evening on Tuesday 5th June in the LRC for families who are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity.

Engagement and Wellbeing News

Assessments, Private Intervention & Specialist Reports

Recently we have had situations where parents have reported that their children have received a diagnosis or participated in private intervention however we have had no prior knowledge of this at school. If your child has ever been to a Paediatrician, Psychologist, Speech Pathologist or any other professional that has provided assessments, reports or intervention then please let us know. These professionals provide valuable information for our teachers to use so that they can support your children in the classroom.

If you have any reports please provide a copy so that we can implement the recommendations and ensure that your child is receiving the appropriate support for their individual learning needs. Also if your child has received a diagnosis of anything including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or anything else please let us know. The sharing of information means that we can all work together to ensure that your child is being given the support they need. Please feel free to email me any reports ( or provide hard copies for me through the office.

Kate McCallum

Inclusion Coordinator & Speech Pathologist

Extra Curricular Activities


Point Cook College students are invited to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Interested students have the opportunity to compete against thousands of budding Mathematicians across Australia, demonstrating their mathematical skills and sharing in prizes and awards (high distinctions, distinctions & credits). This competition gives our mathematically minded students an opportunity to compare their knowledge and skills against their peers across Australia.

The competition is accessible to all students from Years 3 to 9. There is an emphasis on problem solving which is a valuable life skill. There are 30 questions for each year level allowing 60 minutes for Primary students and 75 minutes for Secondary students.

The AMC also offers an online practice program called GetSet AMC. This course contains a variety of practice scenarios that students are able to use in preparation for the competition. Access to GetSet is an additional $2.00.

Details of this event are:

Date: Thursday 8th of August 2018

Cost: $6.50 AMC only + $2.00 for GetSet (optional)

Entries open on Monday the 14th of May and close on Friday the 8th of June. No late entries will be accepted. Please check out the flyer by clicking here.

Helen Barratt

The 2018 Mark Wilson Dromkeen Young Author/Illustrator Award

Please click the read more link to find out about the Mark Wilson story writing competition for students in Years 3-8.

2018 Consumer Art Competition

You are invited to participate in the Mental Health Month Consumer Art Competition.

First prize - $1000

Second Prize - $500

Third Prize - $250

First prize artwork will be featured on the Mental Health Month 2018 poster distributed throughout Victoria. Prizes awarded at the launch of Mental Health Month 8th October 2018 Melbourne.

Entrants may submit up to two art works as paintings, drawings, mosaics, photos, computerised images or other art mediums which can be displayed

Art works MUST be an original piece by the entrant and suitable for photographic reproduction on a poster and must be capable of being hung for exhibition. The judges will favour works with a positive message about mental health.

To enter read the terms and conditions of entry and complete the entry form and mail or deliver it together with your entry fee and artwork to:

Mental Health Foundation Australia

Suite J 450 Chapel Street

South Yarra VIC 3141

Ph: 03 9826 1422


CLOSING DATE : 18th May 2018 5.00pm

Helen Barratt

P-6 News and Events

Camp Quality Puppet Show

On Wednesday the 9th of May students from year Prep to Two attended a puppet show by the children’s charity ‘Camp Quality’. This puppet show is designed to help support children living with cancer or children closely affected through a family member having the illness. It is aimed at explaining the illness to students in an age appropriate manner, creating a safe and supportive environment for those students impacted by Cancer.

Here’s what the students had to say:

Sonali – “The puppet show was really nice. I learnt a lot about cancer”

Pippa- “I learnt more about chemotherapy and how it makes people feel”

Layla- “I think Camp Quality is important to teach kids about cancer”

Misty- “The puppet show taught me to accept people if they look different”

Ethan- “Kids and adult can’t catch cancer”

Rachel Wallace & Natasha Caras

Year Prep & 1/2 Neighbourhood Leader

ANZAC DAY and the Prep Team

As part of our ANZAC Day program this year, the Prep team collected donations from our families for care packages that were sent to our troops stationed overseas, so they know how much we appreciate the role they undertake protecting us.

We were able to donate six packages that were sent to male and female Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. All packages also contained personal letters from each class and pictures from the children, as well as treats and luxury items that they may be missing from home. We hope they like them!

Thank you for all of our parents and children who supported us with this.

Nicole Hovell

The Magic Bus

We have a wonderful opportunity for our year 1 and 2 and year 3 and 4 students to participate in an instrumental music program called the Music Bus . We have investigated multiple different companies and believe that this company offers a variety of opportunities for our students, including the opportunity to perform throughout the year.

The program is offered in half hour allotments across the school day and offers the following lessons: guitar, drums, keyboard, singing, and ukulele and rock band. Students are placed in groups of 4-7 dependent on the instrument, the cost of lessons are $16-$18 depending on the instrument.

During weeks 5 and 6 every year 1, 2, 3 and 4 class will attend the Music Bus for an open day session. During these sessions students will receive an expression of interest form. If this is something you would like your child to participate in you need to return the form to your child’s homeroom teacher, which is then passed on to the company.

All further correspondence comes from the Music Bus, teachers will not be able to answer questions in relation to the program, there is a phone number provided on the information packs for you to call if you have follow up questions. Download the flyer here.

Lizzie Tout

7-9 News and Events

Melbourne Legacy’s 87th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students

On Friday 20th of April, the PCC College Captains and House Captains represented our college at Melbourne Legacy’s 87th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for students. It was a wonderful experience to honour the fallen soldiers who fought for our country in a time of need and to get a glimpse of the experiences of war.

Students from schools across Victoria presented wreaths for the families of those who served for us, there were speeches and a bugle played the ‘Last Post’ during the ceremony. The PCC college and house captains gathered with fellow students from numerous schools around Melbourne as well Linda Dessau, the Governor of Victoria. Students were then given the opportunity to delve deep into the history of the ANZACs and their involvement in major wars through pictures and pieces of each war inside the Shrine of Remembrance.

Thanks to Legacy and their amazing legatees, they beautifully commemorated the 87th anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp Remembrance Day, in part greatly educating and moving the students and teachers in the audience.

Overall, the entire experience of going to the city and the Shrine of Remembrance on such an important day to our society will be one that will not be forgotten in a very long time. We have been reminded of the importance of our history, and how it's shaped how we live today and we are very grateful for having the opportunity to go there.

On behalf of the College Captains and House Captains

Jez 9E and Casey 9B

Community News

Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • Community Gardening Group
  • The Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • Mother’s Day Stall
  • PFA meetings
  • Subway lunch order dates
  • Working with Children’s Check

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

City West Taekwondo

City West Taekwondo is opening our second branch in the Point Cook area. Please download the flyer here.

Sustainability News

Ministerial Visit Friday 5th of June

A very special thank you our Environmental Leaders who represented all our Environmental Leaders on the visit from Sustainability Victoria, Environmental Education Victoria and our health Minister Jill Hennessy who reinstated PCC with a three star accreditation as a ResourceSmart school. Students were asked to share various projects they had worked on and initiated and each student did a stellar job, showing their love and passion for helping the environment. Thanks to Ella, one of our wonderful College Captains who introduced and ended the visit.

Thank you on behalf of all Environmental Leaders to Will, Leon, Lewis, Stace, Ella, Brianna, Emma, Sizdewe, Alannah, Ava , James and Georgia for your wonderful enthusiasm participating and sharing throughout our three star presentation.

Visit from Melbourne artist Kate Gorringe Smith

It was wonderful to have Melbourne artist, Kate Gorringe Smith visit PCC on Tuesday to participate in Art and Environmental Science classes to print migratory shorebirds with our junior students. Kate brought along her stunning prints and many interesting migratory shorebird stories to share with the students. All the children who participated in Kate’s sessions had the opportunity to print a migratory shorebird. Kate is leading a Migratory Shorebird project called The Overwintering Project which is worth looking up and anyone can join the project. As a school we are looking forward to working with Kate in the future.

Robyn Cairns

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This fortnight has seen another batch of enthusiastic readers successfully complete the challenge. A big well done to the following:

Prep E: all of them!

Prep F: Ava Costea

Prep H: Anthony Yang, Eva Danilin, Ivan Mao & Nadia Saeidzadeh

3C: Nicholas Qafzezi

3D: Aalia hearn, Inaaya Kamran, Jack Chisnall, Joshua Marcok, Kaylee Hydes & Levi Vanda

3E: Rose Centofanti

4A: Amelie Baird, Maddison Hart & Nilein Perera

4F: Caleb Webb & Lucas Flood

56B: Chris Kilburn & Harshini Sangala

2018 PCC Book Fair - Parent Help

This will be held in the library on the 5th-7th of June. As usual there will be loads of fantastic books available for purchase. For the fair to run I will need parent volunteers to help. If you can spare time before or after school please forward your details to the library.

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

Indonesian News

Indonesian Speech Competition

On Tuesday 8th May at Point Cook College there was a buzz of excitement (and nervousness!) in the air as hundreds of students waited to compete in the Regional Round of Sayembara Lisan, the state-wide Indonesian speaking competition. PCC hosted 50 students (and their teachers) from Williamstown High School, 33 students from Bacchus Marsh Grammar and 7 from Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. We also had a record number of 138 students participate from PCC. Visiting teachers and Indonesian university students assessed students, by listening to students describe their schools, interests and friends and asking relevant questions to check comprehension. We are very proud to announce that PCC will be sending 32 students through to the state-level final to be held at Melbourne University on the 2nd June.

Congratulations to all students who participated! It takes courage but you should all be very proud of yourselves for having a go. A massive thank you to Pak Gede Marsaja who organised the whole day and put in many hours to ensure it was a success! Thanks also to Pak Elie, Ibu Anne and Pak Jeff who assessed students and helped out on the day. Names of students to attend the final will be released very soon! Stay tuned!

Ibu Anne


On Wednesday 2nd May 2018, Point Cook College hosted 45 Year 4, 5 and 6 students from Springside College to play KASTI (Indonesian rounders) with our Year 4, 5 and 6 students. All of the students were very excited to meet and make new friends from another school, practicing their Indonesian and compete in a KASTI match with them. We are planning to visit Springside College in Term 4 for another exciting KASTI tournament, please stay tuned for the announcement of this event.

Pak Gede

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