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. (www.lamontbooks.com.au). 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.
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It’s not long now until our first Twilight Market! Please follow this link for more information.
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.
Community Partnerships Leader
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.
Performing Arts News
PERFORMING ARTS - COSTUME HELP NEEDED
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.
Loretta Cachia, Clarissa Leach, Jenni Gigas
Performing Arts Team