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Point Cook College

No 18, November 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

At the time of writing this we are a day away from our Twilight Market. I know the event will be great and highlight the wonderful community spirit at Point Cook College. We look forward to seeing as many families as possible joining us at this event.

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

On Wednesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced the result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. As you are most likely aware by now the majority of respondents voted in favour of the law being changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.

As reported the day was one of heightened emotion and celebration for people in our school communities, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) young people, staff, families and their friends.

Our priority at Point Cook College is to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students and staff. We will continue to promote our behaviours of being Safe, Respectful, Responsible and Learners along with the values of understanding, acceptance and respect for others. We will be mindful of how students respond to this week’s survey results and will continue to provide health and wellbeing supports as appropriate. Please read Mrs Fincher’s article for more guidance.

Remembrance Day Service 2017 – Friday 10th November at PCC

This year the 11th of November fell on Saturday and as such we conducted our service on Friday 10th. This year marked the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute of silence at 11am, 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 out in the Agora. I congratulate all students and staff involved. The service was filmed and can be viewed from our Facebook page.

Parent Forums

On Wednesday the 1st of November we hosted 9 forums at different times of the day to provide parents and community members the opportunity to participate in the development of the new strategic direction of the College. Whilst participation was low those who attended did an amazing job at representing community views. The discussions were robust and we look forward to including many of the ideas in our planning.

Class Placement Requests 2018

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.

College House Names

I urge everyone to take the time to visit our face book page and read all about the wonderful stories behind our house names.

Middleton, McNamara, Edwards and Newton. It is great to see how our students connect with our fascinating history.

Graffiti and school access over the long weekend

At some stage over the extra long Melbourne cup weekend our beautiful school met with some disgruntled individuals who chose to deface a large number of our external spaces with graffiti. Black paint has been located on walls, doors, windows and some of our external art displays. The graffiti appeared to be targeted at the senior end of the school, with obscene references to staff members, our college and unidentified ‘tags’ located on and around the 7-9 neighbourhood.

We acted swiftly to remove the graffiti and have been working with Victoria police to find the perpetrators.

What we discovered in our investigations was that a number of students enter the school grounds over the weekend and at times climb the roof. I urge every family to discuss the inappropriateness of such actions as it is extremely dangerous and illegal.

If you could in anyway support out investigations please contact me at the College.

Jakarta

Next week I will be in Jakarta, Indonesian Capital on Thursday and Friday. I have been invited by the Indonesian Ministry to deliver a presentation on the outstanding innovation at Point Cook College. I will be presenting to principals across Indonesia and look forward to highlighting our great school. The genesis of the invitation is our strong links with Indonesia through our studies of Asia programs.

I wish you all a fantastic 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.

  • Twiight Market
  • Year 6 boys’ Basketball Team
  • We Are Learners
  • P-2 STEAM
  • Year 3/4 History
  • 5/6 Genius Hour program
  • Hats

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.

  • Year Nine Outdoor Education Camp
  • Sports Reports
  • Year 7s at the Immigration Museum
  • Let’s be Sunsmart!

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Administration

Important Dates - November

  • 13th-22nd - Semper Dental Clinic Visits
  • 17th - PCC Twilight Market
  • 20th - Year 6 ISS - Boys Basketball State Championships
  • 22nd - Prep 2018 Transition 11:30am-12:15pm
  • 22nd - College Council Meeting 6-7pm
  • 23rd - Prep 2018 Information Night and College Tour 5:30-7pm
  • 24th - Grade 6 Regional Cricket
  • 24th - Cooking Class for PCC Parents 1:30-3pm
  • 27th-28th - Year 9 Outdoor Education Overnight Hike
  • 28th - Year 9 Outdoor Education Surfing and Sea Kayaking excursion
  • 28th - Year 2 and 4 concerts 6:30pm & 8pm
  • 28th - Year 7 immunisations
  • 28th - College Tour 9:15-10am
  • 29th - Prep 2018 Transition 11:30am-12:15pm

Important Dates - December

  • 5th - Prep Camping Day
  • 6th - House Celebration - Term 4 ( TBC)
  • 7th - Year 1 Camp - Movie Night
  • 7th - Year 2 Camp - School Sleepover

Planning for 2018

Planning for 2018 has begun. Parents are asked to advise the office if their child/ren will not be returning to Point Cook P-9 College next year. This will assist us greatly with forming classes and staff recruitment to support our workforce planning for the coming year.

Student Administration

COMPASS changes

We have now integrated our timetable package into COMPASS and you may have noticed that when logging into COMPASS you are able to view your child’s schedule. The timetable package requires codes rather than subject names and it may be confusing at first, therefore you may find the translation below helpful. Your child’s year level precedes all codes.

GEN refers to General subjects and includes English, Mathematics, Enquiry etc and is usually taken by your child’s teacher. So for example 5GEN25E 12 – ENG would mean the class level is grade 5, the subject is General in semester 2, the room where the subject is held is 12, and the teacher is ENG(lish).

Other codes include:

  • VART- Visual Art
  • PART – Performing Arts
  • PE – Physical Education
  • LOTE – Languages other than English (Indonesian)
  • SPO – Sport
  • SCI – Science
  • FTSA - Food Tech Stephanie Alexander

There are other subjects as Year 9 Pathways but I am sure the students will be able to let you know what they stand for.

Daryl English

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:

  • Marriage Equality Vote
  • Hats
  • School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
  • Dental Check Ups
  • Never Away November - Attendance
  • Support Agencies

Robyn Fincher

P-6 News and Events

Year 6 Camps

Please click on the read more link below to find out about the following Year 6 camps:

  • Crimson
  • Indigo
  • Teal

Julie Ryan

Prep 2018 Information Night and College Tour

We will be conducting a College facilities tour for parents on Thursday the 23rd of November from 5:30pm until 6:15pm followed by an Information session at 6:30pm. No school tours will start after 6:00pm to enable everyone to be seated for the Prep Information Evening.

Rachel Wallace

Prep Camping Day

As part of their end of year celebrations the Prep students will be engaged in camping style activities that support the SWPBS expected behaviours and prepare them for future year level outdoor education camps. Students will also be encouraged to demonstrate positive values by caring for and encouraging others in their school camp community. Individuals will develop self-esteem by encouraging each other to overcome personal and group challenges that have positive learning outcomes. Please see your homeroom teacher or COMPASS for more information.

Year 1 Camping Program

As part of Point Cook College's camping program, the Year 1 Students will be participating in a Movie Night at the College and a House Team Activities Day. The Movie Night will take place on Thursday December the 7th followed by a day full of House Team Activities on Friday the 8th of December. Please see your homeroom teacher or COMPASS for more information.

Year 2 Camping Program

As part of Point Cook College's camping program, the Year 2 Students will be participating in a Sleepover at the College and a House Team Activities Day. The sleepover will take place on Thursday December the 7th followed by a day full of House Team Activities on Friday the 8th of December. Students will be provided with a camp booklet and more detailed information shortly. Please see your homeroom teacher or COMPASS for more information.

Camp Organising Committee

Community News

Please click read more to find out more about:

  • Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents
  • Subway Lunch Orders

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

Bilingual Book Program

WANTED - Book translators wanted for Bilingual Book Program

Can you read and write in another language as well as English? Then we need your help to translate simple picture books from English, to your home language. Translated books will be used by the EAL department to support students learning English, and allow families to enjoy books together in both their home language and in English.

Families who read and share books together promote a life-long love of reading.

Interested? Call the school on (03) 83487100 extension 14, and ask for Chris Durbridge

FREE BICYCLE CLASSES

Learn to Ride a Bike. Enjoy health benefits and new opportunities.

Drop in 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Fridays October 27 – November 24, 2017 The Werribee Men’s (and Women’s) Shed, 57a Kookaburra Ave, Werribee.

Download the flyer here for more information.

Chris Durbridge

Performing Arts News

Year 4 Concert

POINT COOK P-9 COLLEGE YEAR 4 STUDENTS PRESENT OUR 5th ANNUAL CONCERT

AROUND THE WORLD

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28th 2017 8PM @ THE ENCORE EVENTS CENTRE TICKETS $11 EACH

Tickets available ONLY online via trybooking.com from October 31st https://www.trybooking.com/SDSU

* Please note: if you require tickets to both the Year 2 and Year 4 concert please ensure you click on the $13 “Both Yr 2/4 Concerts” option to obtain the 2-show discount

Year 2 Concert

POINT COOK P-9 COLLEGE YEAR 2 STUDENTS PRESENT OUR 5th ANNUAL CONCERT

DECADES OF DANCE

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28th 2017 6PM @ THE ENCORE EVENTS CENTRE TICKETS $11 EACH

Tickets available ONLY online via trybooking.com from October 31st https://www.trybooking.com/SDSU

* Please note: if you require tickets to both the Year 2 and Year 4 concert please ensure you click on the $13 “Both Yr 2/4 Concerts” option to obtain the 2-show discount

SAKG News

Zucchini

Now that the weather has warmed up, it is time a try growing some vegetables. A great vegetable to try is zucchini. The best way to grow them is from seed. Mound up the soil and sow the seeds directly into the soil where you would like them to grow. Plant up to 3 seeds in the hole and then once they sprout, decide on the healthiest plant and remove the others. Your zucchinis will start producing fairly quickly and the more you harvest the more it will produce, you will find yourself having to share them with friends and family as they are heavy producers. They are very versatile, and if you grate them up they are easy to hide in food so the kids don’t know they are eating something healthy.

Why not give it a go

Sarah Moore

Flanders Poppy

Last week saw us celebrate Remembrance Day, with the traditional Flanders Poppy badges and plastic flowers being sold by the RSL to help support their welfare work. If you would like a look at the real thing, feel free to stop by the school garden and check them out. They are growing just inside the gate.

Sarah Moore

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