From The Principal's Desk
Welcome back. We hope that the term break enabled you and your children to rest and re-energise for an exciting and productive term ahead.
Good Friday Appeal
On Good Friday I had the privilege of accompanying our College Captains Jemi and Riarn and Sarah and Nicholas Brealey, in representing Point Cook College at the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. As a College we collectively raised $1531. We presented our fundraising cheque live on TV. Well done to the entire community in supporting this worthwhile cause.
It has been some time since we have had a newsletter, however the ongoing updates on email, Facebook, Twitter and our webpage blogs have provided you with constant, live and relevant information on a daily and weekly basis.
Learning & Teaching Overviews
Term 2 has truly begun in earnest with all learning neighbourhoods focused on learning in a safe and supportive environment. This week you have had an opportunity to discuss student progress with teachers and in some neighbourhoods we have trialled student led conferences. It is imperative that as a learning community and partners in your children’s learning that we focus on each student’s individual growth in all aspects of their development. In the next fortnight all families will receive Learning and Teaching Overviews 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 activities calendar so that you can plan in advance. Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be participating in NAPLAN testing later this term and students in Years 5-9 will be surveyed regarding their Attitudes to school. This survey occurs every year and is a key data set in our strategic plan.
At the beginning of the term we welcomed to our college Mr Timothy Colbert who has replaced Mr Neil Mitchell in Year 5/6. We have also welcomed Mrs Kerry Clayton the newly appointed Principal of Point Cook South P-9, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Kerry will be working from our school as she embarks on the exciting project of opening a new school. Kerry is an experienced Principal joining our educational precinct after achieving great success at Malvern Central School. We are looking forward to a strong partnership into the future.
Last week you received correspondence regarding our new communication Portal "Compass". We look forward to hearing your feedback and we are excited about the possibilities this portal can deliver to ensure effective sharing of information that will promote home school partnerships.
At the next College Council I will be tabling the 2015 Annual Report. Following this I will be arranging an opportunity to share the report with the entire Community.
It has been great to see parents participating in school-initiated activities such as Zumba classes and cooking classes. Please feel free to participate in these activities as they are organised to enable you meet other parents and develop friendships.
A reminder that Monday the 25th of April is ANZAC day and a public holiday. Today we Commemorated 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 Monday 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.
A reminder that we have a student free Tuesday the 3rd of May. All staff will be involved in learning about the new 21st Century pedagogies and tools they can use in their classroom to support student learning. The focus of the day is on learning about digital technologies (iPads, coding, flipped learning and web 2.0 etc) and having hands on experiences, which they can then embed in their classroom practice. You will be able to view some of the activities and learning by logging onto our Twitter account @PCCP9.
Student Led Programs
Lastly, I wanted to share some amazing and authentic learning in Year 9. Students are learning about Homelessness and Belonging. To develop their understanding and to demonstrate leadership and community awareness Year 9C and 9D will be holding events in order to raise money and collect toiletries for the local homeless and disadvantaged.
These projects have been selected to allow the students to appreciate that they can have a significant and positive influence on others. There are two campaigns that they will be collecting for: Swags For Homeless and Handbags for Hope.
Handbags for Hope
Collecting toiletries and sanitary items for the homeless and disadvantaged. 9C and 9D are collecting various hygiene items, including toiletries and feminine products to be delivered in handbags and backpacks for people in need in our local area.
Swags For Homeless - Backpack Beds
Swags for Homeless provides emergency relief Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless people without shelter. They work in partnership with 450+ welfare agencies across Australia, to reach homeless people who do not have any other form of accommodation. The Backpack Bed study has proven to improve health, dignity, sleep, warmth, comfort and safety.
The were awarded a 2011 Australian Human rights award by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Please support our students with this wonderful initiative.
Have a great fortnight!
Lest We Forget!
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 to Term Two
- Parent Teacher Interviews
- iPad Program