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Point Cook College

No 11, June 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Thank you and congratulations to the entire College community for a wonderful and successful first Semester. As you receive your children's academic end of Semester reports I encourage all families to focus and celebrate what went well and then discuss what can be improved in the second half of the year. Students reflecting on their performance is essential to their personal growth.

Term two has been super busy with many great programs enhancing student learning. The last fortnight has been no exception. The following are a few examples:

  • Year 9 Community Action Projects in support of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation
  • Year 6 Cabaret Show at the Wyndham Encore Events Centre
  • The whole school 'Free Rice' initiative as part of our education week celebrations
  • Year 9 Fashion Show

Last week the College completed its review. All schools undertake a review every four years to reflect on the past strategic plan and then develop the next. We look forward to working with the community to develop our new strategic direction. What stood out throughout the process were our students. The review team spoke to a large number of students. Our students were outstanding, they were extremely reflective and proud of their college. They spoke about the wonderful opportunities the school offers and were able to highlight where they would like to see improvements. I would also like to thank Kylee Brealey and Kylie Jeffrey who represented the parents and community on the review panel.

As this term concludes we farewell a number of staff members.

Ms Janelle Freeman, Ms Deanna Mifsud and Ms Justine Abbott are going on Maternity Leave. We wish them and their families all the very best with the upcoming birth of their children.

Mr Joshua Miles will be moving to Japan to take up a senior teaching role.

Mr Andrew Godson is relocating and pursuing a new career.

Ms Bern Cronin is taking up the role of Assistant Principal at Altona P-9 College in Term 3 followed by leave in Term 4.

I would also like to thank Kate Hamlet who has been working in the Stephanie Alexander Garden during this term. We thank you for your wonderful work in the garden during term 2.

We wish Kate, Joshua, Andrew and Bern all the very best, we thank them for their outstanding contributions and trust that they have fond positive memories of their time at PCC.

Lastly I hope that everyone has a wonderful well deserved mid year break. I urge everyone to be safe and return back to school on Monday 17th July relaxed and energised for a productive second semester.

All the best,

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Administration

Important Dates - July

  • 17th - Term 3 Begins
  • 17th - Reports available to parents
  • 17th - Parent Teacher booking system open on COMPASS
  • 25th - Parent Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 4
  • 27th - Australian Maths Competition
  • 28th - Tree Planting Day (Green Gang 5/6 with Year 3s)

Important Dates - August

  • 1st - Prep 100 Days of School
  • 1st - Second Hand Uniform Sale 8:15-9:15am
  • 1st - College Tour 9:15-10am
  • 4th - Prep Lunch in a box (more information to follow)

Semester 1 2017 reports and Parent Teacher Interviews

Semester 1 reports will be available for parents of all students from Prep to Year 9 through the COMPASS parent Portal on Monday July 17. I will remind parents of this at the start of Term 3. Parent teacher interviews for students in years Prep to Year 4 will be held on Tuesday July 25 – (week 2 of term 3). The COMPASS Parent Teacher interview Portal will be open on the first week of Term 3 and I will advise parents via COMPASS alert when bookings are available.

Daryl English

YMCA Indigenous Garden Notice

The children at the YMCA have spent a lot of time making an Indigenous garden. Unfortunately staff at the YMCA have watched students from PCC pulling the plants out of the garden as they walk past. We would like to remind students about two of our expected behaviours; we are responsible and we are respectful. Please be responsible and show respect to the students and staff of the YMCA by leaving their plants alone so that they can grow!

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:

  • Parenting Resilient Kids Program
  • Wyndham Arts Therapy

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News and Events

Prep Animal Land Excursion

This term students in Prep visited the Animal Land Children’s Farm in Diggers Rest as part of their Investigations into the concept of ‘Living and Non-Living’. During their visit students engaged in many farm activities such as feeding the animals, holding baby animals, milking a cow, churning butter, riding a pony, feeding the ducks, planting seeds, feeding chickens and pooper scooping. The students, teachers and parent helpers had a fantastic time visiting the farm and learnt a lot about what life on a farm would be like.

Rachel Wallace

PCC Cyber Safety Mascot Program

It’s been an exciting Term 3 for Year 1 and 2 students of Emerald. We have been proud to launch our PCC Cyber Safety Mascot Program. Through this program students are able to take a Cyber Mascot home to complete a learning activity with a family member. The activities are all based on Cyber Safety and safe use of ICT. Some topics include: Digital Footprint, emails, safe searching, online identity, copyright and balancing your time online. Students have enjoyed the program thus far and are enjoying teaching their families about Cyber Safety.

Sal Hill

Community News

Please click read more to find out about the following Community News:

  • Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
  • Cooking classes for PCC parents
  • Book Swap

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

Indonesian News

Indonesian Speech Contest 2017

On the 24th of May 2017, our college had the honour of running a regional round of the Indonesian Speech Competition involving 3 schools in the Northern and Western Metro region. There were 110 students participating including 48 students from our college. At the end of the event, we had 22 students make it to the State Final Round.

At the State level final round we had 5 students winning a State award. They are Selma Ariff Syah from 4WS, Nicole Huey Sing from 5/6J, Jason Lim from 5/6P, Kimmy Witono from 7R and Christabelle Ee from 8H.

The award ceremony will be held at Melbourne University on Friday the 21st of July 2017 at 5.30pm. All the winners and their parents are warmly invited to attend the ceremony and a letter of invitation will be sent home. Our college principal Frank Vetere will also be attending the ceremony.

Gede Marsaja

Science News

Year 6 Science

The Year 6 students did a rotation of mini experiments to finish off science for the term. They were investigating surface tension. The rotations included Amazing Detergent, Moving Matches, Floating Paperclips and Pepper & Water Trick. The students all had a great time performing the experiments.

Year 5 Science

The Year 5 students made a lava lamp in science. They put water, oil and food dye in a beaker. They then added soluble aspirin to the solution and observed the reaction. The Year 5 students were amazed by the results.

Debra Bednarek

Laboratory Technician

Sports News

Year 7 Badminton

On the 15th of June there was the badminton match against other schools. It was a very interesting and intense game for the girls but not so much for the boys. The most exciting thing was that Point Cook College girls group B won the finals versing Alamanda by 1 point. It was very close. The scores were 107 to 108 and this was a very proud moment for the Point Cook College team and coaches. Point Cook College won all the games except 1 during the day. On the other hand there was the boys game. They were selected in the finals but lost all the singles. Although they lost, they were very close in all of the matches. The college is proud of all the students who played the matches. The coaches spent a lot of time training these talented players of badminton. The coaches on the day were Dylan and Mr Scally. Everyone had a great time on this day.

Vanya Bhardwaj Year 7

Performing Arts News

SEUSSICAL JR NEWS!

Our fabulous cast has been busy rehearsing over the past few weeks and the show is looking and sounding amazing!

Tickets are on sale and are available through the office (adults $20, children $12).

Performance dates: Thursday 31st August and Friday 1st September!

Come along and support the talented students of PCC as they take you on a journey through the wacky and wonderful world of Dr Seuss!

Loretta Cachia and the Seussical Team

Sustainability News

Please click read more to find out about the following Sustainability News:

  • Community Educational Partnership - Nature West
  • SAKG Garden Thank you
  • Senior Environment Leaders
  • MAGS Green Gang Feedback for Semester One
  • Year 1/2 Green Gang
  • Student Leaders Action

Robyn Cairns

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