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Point Cook College

No 5, April 2016

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

Principal News

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.

New Staff

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.

Parent Portal

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.

College Council

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.

Curriculum Day

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!

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 to Term Two
  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • iPad Program
  • Naplan

Marg Holness


Important Dates - April

  • 25th - ANZAC DAY (Public Holiday)
  • 26th - Pre-Loved uniform sale
  • 28th - Yr 9 outdoor education - Overnight hike
  • 28th - Primary district cross country
  • 29th - Subway Lunch

Important Dates - May

  • 3rd - College Curriculum Day
  • 4th & 5th - Mothers Day stall & Raffle
  • 6th - P-9 Class group photos
  • 6th - Cooking classes for parents
  • 10th - 12th - Naplan
  • 16th - Yr 6 Camp
  • 16th - Divisional cross country (Secondary)
  • 20th - Yr 7 Immunisations

Pre-Loved Uniform Sale

Our next sale will be held on Tuesday 26/4/2016 at 8.15 - 9.15am in the canteen, near the gym. Cash only, items are mostly $5 - $10. We will also have some worn items in size 4 & 6 for $2.

Please note we don't have all items of the uniform in all sizes.

If you have any items of uniform you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the sick bay/office. All money raised goes to a charity to help children with their uniforms.

A reminder: Please make sure all your child's uniform items are marked with their name and grade. This makes it easier for them to be returned.

Sandy Thornton

5-9 News & Events

Yr 9 Students are raising money for two important charities.

The year 9 homerooms of 9C and 9D are raising community awareness for two charities: swags for the homeless and handbags for hope. The students have divided into two groups to develop fundraising activities and ideas to raise money from students, parents and teachers. The activities will require donations of toiletries and/or money to participate.

In line with our two current studies of homelessness and belonging we hope two community action projects will allow us to appreciate that we can have a significant and positive influence on others.

These two projects are:

Handbags for hope - Collecting toiletries and sanitary items for the homeless and disadvantaged. The year 9s will be developing their own fundraising campaigns and implementing a range of strategies to collect goods and money from our school community, and beyond.

Swags for homeless (Backpack beds) - Swags for the homeless provides emergency relief backpacks beds to street sleeping homeless people without shelter. They work in partnership with over 450 welfare agencies across Australia to reach homeless people who do not have any other form of accommodation. The backpack bed is study proven to improve health, dignity, sleep, warmth, comfort and safety.

Tylah Tolerton - Vaeluaga Yr 9

Sports Report

Cross Country

As part of our House Program, the PE department have decided to allocate points to students who perform in our intra-school events, going on to represent Point Cook College. These events demonstrate responsibility and determination to improve. This kicked off with our Cross Country trials last Friday. As of now, any student who places 1st in their event will receive 5 token, 4 tokens for 2nd place, 3 tokens for 3rd, 2 tokens for 4th and 1 for 5th. We encourage all students to give every sport their best effort and good sportsmanship will also be rewarded with tokens.

Amy Van Braam

Sustainability News

Family Bird Watching Challenge

Congratulations to Melissa Rademeyer in year 3 for being our first prize winner in the Family Bird Watching Competition.

Melissa had a great time with her family spotting a very long list of the birds in the Point Cook region. She received a wonderful prize provided by our Youth Week Grant and BirdLife Australia. In this picture Melissa receives her prize form BirdLife Australia’s Chris Purnell.

Congratulations also to Isabell in year 2 and James Year 7 for runners up prizes.

Robyn Cairns

National Youth Week - Congratulations

A huge congratulations to our Year 7-9 Environmental Leaders for running their first ever Environment Festival on our local Point Cook Birds – “The Buff Banded Rail Festival” for our Year 4 students. The festival aimed to create awareness of our vast species of birds in the Point Cook region. Children were introduced to our migratory shorebirds, many which are due to head 30,000 kms back to Siberia.

Robyn Cairns

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