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Point Cook College

No 15, October 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 to school. In particular a very warm welcome to the number of new families that have joined us. We hope your association with Point Cook College is a positive one and that you embrace the opportunity to enter a partnership focussed on your children’s educational, social and emotional growth.

Term 4 will be characterised by your children consolidating their learning for the year. The term will involve a number of assessments to enable teachers to write accurate reports. In the next fortnight you will receive Learning and Teaching Overviews. I urge you to take the time to read these with your children and discuss their learning.

In addition to the in class programs, Term 4 includes numerous Parent Information evening and celebrations. Be sure to get involved.

Intentions for 2017

It is essential that you notify us if your children will not be returning to Point Cook College in 2016. This information is crucial to ensuring we can plan effectively for next year.

Student Placements 2017

Each year we provide parents with an opportunity to advise us of any considerations that they would like us to take into account when placing their child in a class for the following year. We use our professional judgement to place children with consideration for their academic, social and emotional needs using all of the information that we have available. If you would like us to take certain considerations into account, I ask that you provide your thoughts to me in writing by no later than Friday the 28th of October 2016. Please note that we cannot meet requests for specific teachers and although we try our best to meet all requests we cannot give guarantees. Please ensure all correspondence is marked confidential and handed in at the office.

Report Writing Day

A reminder to the entire College Community that Monday the 31st of October is a pupil-free day as teachers will be writing reports. This means that students have an extra long weekend and are required back at school on Wednesday the 2nd of November following the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

Selective Entry High School

Congratulations to the following Year 8 students who have chosen to be part of Selective Entry High School program in 2017:

  • Krish Popli
  • Minhal Sajid
  • Saloni Sindhu
  • Smit Kowarkar

Hundreds of students across the State sit rigorous entrance exams to be selected in this program. We are very proud of your achievements and know that Point Cook has prepared you well for your future endeavours.

Have a great fortnight and I look forward to seeing you at our very first Twilight Market on Friday Week.

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.

  • 2017 Prep Transition
  • Important Teaching, Assessment and Reporting Term
  • Extra Curricular Activities Calendar

Marg Holness


Important Dates - October

  • 5th-7th - Year 1 and 2 Power Ranger Workshop incursion
  • 11th - Primary Western Metropolitan Athletics Carnival – (Qualified students)
  • 12th-14th - Year 7 Camp – Lake Dewar
  • 14th - PCC Twilight Market
  • 19th - Pathways Showcase 2pm-2.45pm
  • 19th - Science Fair and Mini Maker Fair 5pm-6.45pm
  • 19th - Year 9 2017 Information Evening
  • 21st- House Celebration
  • 25th - Forensic Science Class
  • 25th-27th - PCC Book Fair
  • 28th - Subway Day
  • 31st - Curriculum Day

House Celebration Day

We are very excited to announce that the next SWPBS House Celebration is coming up in Week 3, Friday 21st of October. This is going to be different to last time and we'd like to make sure parents/guardians are aware of the date. A note will be sent to students in the winning House next week, please be aware this is only applicable to students in the winning House. We hope everyone is as excited about the anticipated celebration as we are and you are all working hard to earn points for your House.

Thank you kindly,

Miss V and the House Captains

Book Fair 2016

This year we will again be having a book fair with Lamont Books. Lamont are a well-known Melbourne supplier of quality children’s and teenage books.

Please feel free to check out their range at their website. ( Our book fair will run from Tuesday October 25 – Thursday October 27 before school, at recess and after school. It is a fundraising venture for the library but many children enjoy coming to the fair and purchasing a book for their collection. Please do not feel obligated to buy a book as this is being run solely for the children’s pleasure. There will be two $5.00 trolleys this year.

Of course we will not be able to run the book fair unless we can get some parent help. I will need help in serving the children and collecting money in exchange for books. We were incredibly busy last year so will need as much help as possible. If you are able to help at any stage over the three days please let me know in the library 8348 7106 or let the office or your child’s teacher know. I can then form a roster.

Thank you,

Sonja Faust

Extra Curricular Activities 

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricular Calendar.

Please Note - This calendar is a live document and changes every two weeks, events get added and events get taken off. Costs are approximates.


Future Care Mobile Dental Services

Dental visits will take place during the week beginning the 7th of November within school hours, with over 300 students participating. Appointment times will be managed by the College to ensure logistical efficiency and minimal disruption to student learning. On the day of your child’s treatment they will bring home a slip to advise you that they have seen the dentist. Within the fortnight after the visit you will receive a written report and treatment plan for your child.

If you have requested an appointment for your child we cannot guarantee which day it will occur, therefore we recommend that you explain this to your child just prior to the week commencing. If you would like your child to be included Future Care are happy to take late requests via forms which are available at the office.

SWPBS - Parent Forums

Thank you to the parents who attended our recent parent forums to provide feedback on our SWPBS implementation to date and to those who have indicated that will provide feedback via our Google survey. We will advise you via email over the next week of when the survey is available to receive input. We would like feedback from as many parents as possible. Information regarding work already in place will also be available on the College website for your reference.

Uniform Update

As we move into the warmer months and towards the end of the year in preparation for 2017 purchasing, parents are reminded to revisit the Uniform Policy and guidelines which are available on the College website and in previous newsletters.

If your child does not meet uniform expectations, unless you have made contact with the teacher and provided an explanation you can expect to receive an SMS alert from the College asking for your support in assisting your child to do so. Please remember to contact Robyn Fincher if you are in need of assistance.

If you have any items in good condition that you no longer require, donations are very much appreciated. Items donated are either sold at the Second Hand Uniform Stall or provided to struggling families. Money raised is donated to State Schools Relief who provide much needed support for disadvantaged students across Victoria.

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  • Navy tights ( not leggings) may ONLY be worn with the pinafore or pleated skirt, NOT with the school dress or under checked skort ( skirt/short combo).

Don’t forget….

  • Soft Shell vests with College logo are available from Noone Imagewear. These are a handy option for those ‘in between’ kind of days. Please contact Noone for further information.

Hats are a required item for Term 4 regardless of temperature. See section below for more information.

Lost Property

The down side of our Melbourne weather, particularly during Spring, is the need to add and remove layers of clothing at different times of the day. This can be problematic if items are not clearly named, as it makes it almost impossible to return items to their rightful owner. The same can be said for drink bottles and lunch boxes. We understand that replacing lost items can be a costly exercise for parents and we will continue to develop ‘We are Responsible’ as an expected behaviour. As well as promoting the same message at home, you can assist by ensuring your child’s belongings are clearly named.

Second Hand Uniform Stall

Our next sale will be held on Tuesday the 18th of October from 8.15-9.00am and 2.30-3.15pm in the Community room (Rm 50) next to the wetlands. We will have a range of items for sale, however please note that we may not have all uniform items and sizes available. Items are priced from $1-$10 each, depending on the quality, and as mentioned above donations of unwanted items in good condition are always welcome and money raised will be donated to the State School Relief.


All students are expected to wear a hat while outdoors during Term 4, both during breaks and for outside lessons. Please refer to the Uniform Policy for guidelines and options.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

P-4 Newsletters/Learning Overviews

Please click on the links below to download the Term 4 P-4 Newsletters:

5-9 News & Events

5-9 Learning Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 4 5-9 Learning Snapshots:

Year 7-9 News

Welcome to Term 4!

I hope that everyone has had a restful and enjoyable break. It is going to be a very busy term so please ensure you are aware of the upcoming dates and events on the Calendar.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind students and families that we expect all students to be in full uniform every day. If there are any issues please either call your class teacher, email or send a note so that a uniform pass can be issued. As the weather gets warmer, we encourage students to bring water and wear either a college hat or a plain navy cap and sunscreen.

Some of the key upcoming events this term include year 8 POCO Fest, the Science Fair, Pathways information night for 2017 year 9s, Transition to Senior School and Graduation for our year 9s and transition of our year 7 students of 2017.

Each year level in 7-9 has a camp coming up this term as well. Curriculum Snapshots will be on the college website in the coming week and we encourage families and students to discuss this terms learning. Teachers have put a great deal of effort into making sure that this term is engaging and exciting for our students. We look forward to a fantastic term 4!

Kate Sykes

Year 8 Social Skills Program

On Friday the 9th of September, 7 students from Year 8 were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to participate in a social skills program held at Lady Northcote Camp in Glenmore. This program is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to experience an adventure based program focusing on personal and social development. Students were engaged in trust, initiative and team building activities to provide them with the opportunity to build upon their personal and social skills.

Lauren Shirmer

Surf Life Saving Incursion

The students in 5/6 learnt about water safety and how to recognise a rip when at the beach. They participated in some interactive activities where they learnt how to role-play saving strategies. Click read more to read some of their responses to the session.

Trish Fauvrelle

Pathways Showcase

Students will have the opportunity to talk to current Pathways teachers and students about the classes avialable and ask questions. They will also be able to view some student work. Parents are invited to attend as this will be the lead up to the Pathways Information Night. Students are encouraged to ask questions and think carefully about there choices. More information regarding Pathways and choices will be given at the Information Night so it is important that both students and a parent/guardian attend.

Kate Sykes

Year 9 2017 Information Evening

Calling all Year 8 students and families to an information session about Year 9, including details of the Pathways program and Melbourne Experience. The session will be held on Wednesday the 19th of October at 7pm. Students and families will also receive their Year 9 information booklets and selection forms for Pathways. All students are expected to attend.

Kate Sykes

Year 8 Science Fair

The Year 8 students are holding their annual Science Fair on Wednesday the 19th of October from 5.00-6.45pm in the Science Building. Students from Year 7 and 8 have been making their own inventions and products which will be showcased on the night as a Mini Maker Fair.

Students have been working on many different science experiments. The experiments cover the chemical and physical aspects of science. You can expect to see explosions, metal flame testing and sports analysis! There will be coke and mentos fountains, holograms and taste tests to name a few. Prepare to be dazzled! Some experiments are hands on, while others are demonstrations. This is a good chance to see what the students have been learning, as well as learn a few things yourself!

The fair is open to all interested visitors. Please feel free to bring along grandma and grandpa and any other family who may wish to join in. You will be encouraged to question all students about their creations, experiments, findings and results. It should be an exciting and entertaining night!

Alison Ryan and Sophie Jean

Community News

Chocolate Drive

Thank you for supporting our very successful Chocolate Drive Fundraiser. Money is now overdue so please return any money and unsold chocolates to the college as soon as possible.

Gina O'Keefe

Cooking Classes for Parents

Our free cooking classes will continue this term every fortnight starting from Friday the 14th of October from 1.30-3pm. Our Food Technology teacher, Liam Holland, will be helping us to make Herb and Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Rocket and Roasted Red Pepper Salad and a Homemade Aioli.

If you are interested in joining the class please contact me for catering purposes.

Thank You!

Last term we held an out of uniform day to raise money for the State Schools Relief Fund. They support disadvantaged families with uniform, shoes or items their children need for school. As a College community we raised $1175! Thank you to all of the families who made a donation.

Twilight Market

It’s not long now until our first Twilight Market! Please follow this link for more information.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

People of PCC

Faith Roper - Art Teacher

This week we would like to introduce you to one of our art teachers, Faith Roper. Please follow this link to read more about her recent art exhibition.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Sports Report

Secondary Regional Athletics

The following students made through to the Regional Secondary Athletics held at Aberfeldie Athletics Track on Tuesday the 4th of October.

Daelon Eteru (High Jump), Priscilla Chiwota (Shot Put), Heinrich Balbuena (High Jump and 100m), Jenn Espirtu (Long Jump), Carly Crews (Triple Jump) and the 13 Year Girls 4x100m Relay team (Jenn Espirtu, Kymberley Bays, Sarah Golding, Goergia Zuber).

Congratulations to all.

Primary Regional Athletics

The following students have made it through to the Regional Primary Athletics held at Keilor Park Athletics Track on Tuesday 11th of October.

Lucas Koch (High Jump), Lillin Holmes (Shot Put), Vaugh Southern (Long Jump), Grayson L (Triple Jump), Trinity Hawea (Discus and Shot Put), Julia Kim Woern (200m) Dave Nel (Shot Put) Blake Kelly (200m), Hasani Lumu (200m) Laura Shippam (200m) Nane McIntyre (200m) Jai Luzaic (1500m), Chloe Varcoe (High Jump), Julian Wilson (Shot Put) and the 11 Year Boys 4x100m Relay team (Blake Kelly, Fin Cowell, Jaiden Wilson, Van Thomas).

We have 17 students competing at the Regional Athletics Finals, more then the college has ever had. Good Luck to all.

Matt Saunders

Performing Arts News


Dear Parents and friends,

Our annual Year 2 and Year 4 concert is fast approaching (November 22nd) and we are looking for some assistance from parents and friends.

We have made a start gathering costumes from here, there and everywhere to avoid too much construction. There will be some small jobs such as alterations and additions to existing costumes plus a few costumes that need to be made from scratch.

If you are interested in helping out, please come to our meeting on Monday the 17th October at 2.15pm to discuss costume requirements and distribute jobs to parent helpers. It will be held in the Performing Arts Room in the gym (across from the kitchen).

If you are interested in helping with costumes, but are unable to come to the meeting, please contact us at the college to arrange another meeting time.

Thank you,

Loretta Cachia, Clarissa Leach, Jenni Gigas

Performing Arts Team

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