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Point Cook College

No 6, April 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Welcome back. I hope that the term break enabled you and your children to rest and re-energise for an exciting and productive term ahead.

A very warm welcome to the numerous families that have joined our College, we trust that your association with us will be positive and that we enter a strong partnership focussed on your children’s development.

I also have the pleasure of welcoming Donna Galvin to Point Cook College. Donna is our new Business Manager. Donna brings a wealth of experience, she has worked at various high performing schools and at the Department level. I know that Donna is looking forward to meeting as many students and parents as possible in the coming weeks.

Over the break there was a considerable amount of work that took place to maintain and develop our buildings and grounds. You will also notice the installation of a number of shade sails across the College. This project will be finished shortly. Over the remainder of year we will be upgrading and landscaping grounds near the shipping container on Tom Roberts Parade. I seek everyone’s patience during the work and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Good Friday Appeal

It has become a tradition that PCC participates in the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. As a College we raised $1635.55. This year we worked in collaboration with the Point Cook CFA and pooled all of our collections. In addition this year we had a group of staff complete the run for the kids in support of the appeal. Well done to the entire community in supporting this worthwhile cause.

Parent Teacher Interviews

It was pleasing to see many parents/carers attend the Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday afternoon and evening. We cannot underestimate the importance of positive home school partnerships and the affirmative impact they have on students’ development. If you were unable to attend please contact your child’s teacher.

Learning & Teaching Overviews/Snapshots

Term 2 has truly begun in earnest with all learning neighbourhoods focused on learning in a safe and supportive environment. Please take the time to read the Learning and Teaching Overviews/Snapshots for Term 2. These documents will provide you information about what learning programs and activities students will engage in throughout the term. Furthermore, you will receive an extra curricular activities calendar so that you can plan in advance. Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be participating in NAPLAN testing in May and students in Years 4-9 will be surveyed regarding their attitudes to school.

College Council Annual General Meeting

At the next College Council I will be presenting the 2016 Annual Report. Following this meeting I will ensure the report is published on the College website. If you would like to attend the AGM on Wednesday the 3rd of May at 6pm please RSVP to


A reminder that this Tuesday the 25th of April is ANZAC day and a public holiday. On Monday the 24th we will Commemorate ANZAC Day with a whole school service honouring our fallen and departed Australian or Allied service veterans no matter when or where they served or died.

On Tuesday morning I will be attending the Dawn service at the RAAF Williams Base accompanied by our College Council President and our College Captains. We will be laying a Wreath on behalf of the College Community.

Have a great fortnight!

Lest we forget.

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.

  • Welcome back to Term Two
  • Winter Uniform
  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar

Marg Holness


Important Dates - April

  • 25th - ANZAC Day public holiday
  • 27th - Year 7-9 students basic AFL Umpires Course at PCC
  • 28th - School Banking Information session 8.15am

Important Dates - May

  • 1st - Bali Parent Meeting 7pm
  • 4th - Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • 5th - Subway lunch day
  • 5th - Cooking class for PCC parents
  • 6th-7th - Umpire Program (Selected Year 7-9 students)
  • 9th-11th - NAPLAN
  • 10th-11th - Mother's Day Stall
  • 12th - P-2 Mother's Day Afternoon 2pm
  • 19th - College Photo Day

College Photos

Our College photos will be taken on Friday the 19th of May. Envelopes have been sent home with all students for our College photo day. If you would like to order photos please complete the details on the envelope and either enclose the correct amount of money or pay online and write the reference number on the envelope.

Please return your envelope to school before photo day on Friday the 19th of May. If you have more than one child at the school, you will need a separate envelope for each child.

If you have more than one student at PCC, you also might like to order family photos. Students or parents are able to collect envelopes to order family photos from the office. If you have any questions please contact the office.

School Banking

School Banking days are on Tuesdays. Please click here to download an information sheet about our School Banking information session which will take place on Friday the 28th of April at 8.15am in the Early Years Playground (Area 2). Please also download information on how to complete your deposit slip for School Banking day correctly here.

Sonia Falcone

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)

Do you have a Health Care Card? If you do, you could be eligible for funding to assist with camps, sports and excursions for your child. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) provides payments to assist eligible students to attend camps, sport activities and excursions. Parents need to submit an application form at the College. If you bring your current Health Care Card to our office, the staff will assist you to complete the form.

The amount payable for Primary School students is $125 and Secondary students $225. Applications for this year will close on the 23rd of June so please contact our office staff as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out.

Rebecca Thornton

Run 4 The Kids

During the holidays 13 staff members from Point Cook College participated in the Run 4 The Kids to raise funds for the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Despite the cold and windy conditions, the teachers concerned ran either 14 or 4.8 kilometres on the day. Special thanks go to Raf Serad in 7JS for designing the singlet worn on the day by the teachers.

John Scally

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

Get your Gear Ready!

Term 2 has started with fabulous weather however we will be heading for cooler days sooner rather than later. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for the weather conditions and in line with uniform expectations.

To cater for different personal preferences we do not label our uniforms as ‘Winter’ and ‘Summer,’ however it is important to remember if it’s too cold for shorts, skorts or dresses, then long sleeve tops and long pants or skirts with leggings should be selected. Visible skivvies under short sleeve tops and leggings or tights under the school dress are not permitted.

There are also a number of jacket options available at Noone to keep the cold at bay, all of which display the College Logo, and as such are part of acceptable Uniform combinations. Please click here to download the College Uniform Combination Images or visit our website.

Don’t forget to label all items, in particular those items that tend to be removed, as we can only we can only return them if the owner can be identified.

Thank you for your support.

Too small or unwanted…?

As you have been preparing for the term you may have found some uniform items that no longer fit or are unwanted. We are happy to take these items off your hands to sell at our Pre-loved Uniform sales if you are able to drop them off at the main office. Money raised from these sales is used to support families in need, so any help you can give is greatly appreciated.

Pre- Loved Uniform Sales

Our next uniform sale will take place on Thursday 4th May from 8.30-9.15 and 2.30-3.15 in the portable adjacent to the car park and SAKG on Tom Roberts Dve. Our monthly uniform sales will now take place on a Thursday so please keep an eye out in the newsletter for dates.

Must Attend May

We are fast approaching Must Attend May (where does the year go?) which is the second of our ‘attendance focused’ months for the year. So far our attendance rates have improved significantly compared to previous years and we want to keep the momentum going. Regular daily attendance (unless students are unwell) is key to student development and we have detailed attendance information available on our College website if you would like to know more.

Last term the house community with the highest attendance rate for our focus month was Newton, who earned valuable SWPBS points for their effort, so this term we are hoping Edwards, McNamara and Middleton can give them a run for their money!

Robyn Fincher

Netflix program – 13 Reasons Why

Over the recent school holidays, I’m sure many students and other young people have spent some time flicking across multiple programs on television, online and Netflix. Some parents may be aware of a program currently screening on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why”, a series based on a high school student who suffers mental health issues after being bullied and who ultimately takes her own life. It is rated MA15+, and not suitable for younger viewers.

Whilst it important to be able to have discussions with young people about mental health and suicide, there have been concerns about the manner in which this program approaches the topic. The national youth mental health provider, headspace, released a statement this week urging parents to beware about this program and the flow on effects it may have. I have provided the link to this statement below. I have also provided links to other mental health supports should this program trigger any issues for you or your family. I can also be contacted via the school, should you wish to speak further about any issues this raises for your child or family.

Abbi Chamberlain

PCC Social Worker

Whole College News and Events


National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in these year levels are expected to participate in tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Please click here or the link below for NAPLAN 2017 information for parents and carers.

Bern Cronin

Australian Maths Competition 2017

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 on each test 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 the 27th of July, 2017 

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

If your child is interested in participating in this activity please send the Expression of Interest form available on our website or attached here to your Homeroom Teacher to request a permission form. Payment is required when the permission form is returned.

Expression of Interest forms need to be returned BEFORE Monday May 29th 2017.

Helen Barratt

Student Engagement Programs Co-ordinator

P-4 News and Events

P-4 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 2 P-4 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots:

Responsible Pet Ownership Program - Prep

On Monday the 1st of May the Prep students will be taking part in an incursion from the Responsible Pet Ownership Program. This will involve Prep students learning how to care for and be safe around dogs. This program will run at no cost to our families. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if your child has an allergy to dog hair, or if your child suffers from anxiety around dogs.

Prep - Year 2 Mother's Day Afternoon

On Friday the 12th of May we will be holding a P – 2 Mother’s Day afternoon. Mums will be asked to go to their child’s homeroom at 2pm for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation! If you have more than one child in the P-2 area you will have the opportunity to stay with your children and visit their different homerooms together. Please ensure you notify your child’s homeroom teachers if this is the case.

Rachel Wallace

5-9 News and Events

5-9 Learning Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 2 5-9 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots:

Community News

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays

Well done to the families who have been taking part in our Walk and Wheel Wednesdays! It has been great to see so many students and their families actively travelling to school as part of Walk and Wheel Wednesdays. Many students have been excited to receive a token for their house. We have also been handing out raffle tickets with great prizes to be won.

We are concerned about the number of students who are riding a bike, scooter or skateboard without wearing a helmet. Please make sure that your child has a helmet and knows the importance of wearing it. We want to encourage our students to actively travel to school but we need your support to make sure that they are safe. Please also make sure that your child knows how to safely cross the road and that they need to use the traffic lights or a school crossing if they are nearby.

Mother's Day Stall

We are looking for some parents who are available to assist on our Mother’s Day stall please!

We are looking for some parents who are available to assist on our Mother’s Day stall please!

We will be holding our Mother’s Day stall on Wednesday the 10th and Thursday the 11th of May from 8.50am-3pm.

For our stall to be successful, we need support from parents who are available to help on either day. You don’t need to stay for the full day, an hour or two would be appreciated! If you can help please contact me through the office or send me an email with the day and time that you are available.

Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our cooking classes for PCC parents are usually run every fortnight on a Friday from 1.30-3pm. They are led by our Food Technology teacher, Liam Holland. It is a great opportunity for you to meet other PCC parents and learn some new recipes.

The classes for this term will be held on the 5th of May, 19th of May, 2nd of June, 16th of June and the 30th of June.

If you would like to join in please contact me by the Wednesday before the class by leaving a message at the office or sending me an email.

Subway Lunch Days

Subway lunches will be held this term on:

  • Friday the 5th of May
  • Friday the 2nd of June
  • Friday the 30th of June

An order form will be sent home with students next Wednesday the 26th of April and will be due back by 12 noon on Friday the 28th April. Please note that the due date and timeline needs to be strict so that we can get the orders to Subway.

The 6 inch lunch package which includes a drink and an apple or cookie is $7. The footlong sub package is $10. The lunches are optional but are very popular with our students and a great fundraiser for the College.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

Olive Harvest

This year we will be harvesting our olives on Wednesday the 10th of May. Our olives will then be combined with other schools from the region at Thomas Chirnside Primary School to be taken and pressed into Olive Oil.

We are seeking help on the day to carry out the task as all of the olives must be pressed within 48 hours of harvesting. You are also able to donate olives from trees you may have if they can be harvested and delivered to PCC on the Wednesday.

If you are able to help us harvest the olives on Wednesday the 10th of May, please let Rebecca Thornton know -

Sarah Moore

Garden Specialist

Sports News

Year 7 Interschool Tennis Reports

Please click read more to find out about the Year 7 Interschool Sport Tennis Reports from 2 students who participated on the day.

Sizdiwe Ramadan and Rayden Adigordha

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Year 4 Parent Helpers

Hi Year 4 parents!

This week, all students will have brought home a note requesting parents to come along and help during kitchen and garden sessions. If you are available to help, please send the note back to school with your child ASAP. Hope to see you there.

Liam Holland

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