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Point Cook College

No 5, March 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful fortnight since the last edition of the newsletter. It is hard to believe that this term is almost over with one week remaining. Teachers in Years 5-9 are finalising interim reports and teachers from Year 1 to 9 are preparing for Parent Teacher interviews when we return from term break.

Please note that school returns for Term 2 on TUESDAY the 18th of APRIL, NOT MONDAY.

There are so many wonderful activities happening on a daily basis that support learning and teaching in all areas of the College. Please take the time to visit our website, Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more. A reminder that our official College Facebook page is not the forum to air your personal grievances with the College or individual programs. It is an information sharing site that celebrates our students, their achievements and their learning. Having said this if you do have a concern we do want to help resolve it so please refer to the parent grievance policy on the website.

Yesterday I had the honour of joining three of our Year 8 students, Elyssia, James and Ella at the ResourceSmart Principal’s Breakfast at Werribee Open Range Zoo. It was a wonderful opportunity to present our outstanding work to the broader educational community. We spoke about why and how sustainability is an integrated part of our College and the students presented some of our greatest achievements in waste, water, energy and student participation. Mrs Robyn Cairns our very own environmental champion and expert was also in attendance.

The Active Travel Launch last Friday was a wonderful success. The key goal is to increase the number of students and families safely walking, riding and scooting to school. I encourage all families to talk about and reconsider how they travel to and from school. Please take the time to read more about this event in this edition of the newsletter. Congratulations to Rebecca Thornton and her team for the great launch.

The social capital throughout the College community continues to inspire me. Our recent events including support for Jazmiin and Callum who shaved their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave demonstrated the awareness and support of issues that affect the entire community. Furthermore, our yearly celebration and recognition of Harmony day celebrates the exciting diversity at PCC. I was pleased to welcome parents at the special morning tea on Tuesday.

In the People of Point Cook section of this newsletter we meet the wonderful staff at Barry Plant Point Cook. They have been so supportive of our programs and we thank them immensely.

On a very sad note I wish to inform the College community that our business manager Janette Carey has made the decision to retire after 25 years of service with the Department of Education. She began at Point Cook Primary in 1992. Janette will be recognised as being instrumental in the establishment and development of the great College we are so proud of today. My personal reflection about Janette is that she always centred her work on ensuring students are the focus and that no child went without. She created strong relationships with the community and supported the growth and development of many staff members. She will be very much missed at PCC but we know the next stage of her life is exciting and we wish her the very best. A new business manager will be appointed shortly. We are currently conducting a recruitment process across the state.

On Wednesday evening the new College Council met for the first time. It was great to have our College Captains participate in this meeting. Furthermore as a process of the first meeting of the year I can announce that Kylee Brealey has been re-elected as College Council President and that Lisa Karastamatis has been elected as Vice President. We look forward to a very productive year on Council.

I wish you all a great last week and following that a wonderful extended break. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

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.

  • Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar
  • Whole College Days
  • Prep Easter Hat Parade

Marg Holness


Important Dates - March

  • 27th-29th - Yr 8 Camp @ Phillip Island
  • 27th - 5/6 Teal & Indigo Arcade Excursion
  • 28th - 5/6 Crimson Arcade Excursion
  • 30th - 5/6 MAG Celebration
  • 30th - Secondary Regional Swimming Carnival
  • 31st - RCH Good Friday Appeal Casual Dress Day (gold coin donation)
  • 31st - Prep Easter Hat Parade 2pm
  • 31st - Cooking Class for PCC Parents and carers 1:30-3pm
  • 31st - Last day of Term 1

Important Dates - April

  • 18th - Term 2 Begins
  • 20th - Parent Teacher Interviews Year 1 - 9 (3:10-6:50pm)
  • 27th - Year 7-9 Students basic AFL Umpires Course at PCC
  • 28th - School Banking Information session 8:15am

Parent Teacher Interviews Years 1-9

Parent teacher conferences/interviews will be held in Term 2 on Thursday April the 20th for students in Years 1-9. Interviews commence at 3:10pm and the last booking time will be 6:50pm (with a short dinner break for staff). To book a time with your child’s teacher log into the COMPASS portal. You will see a link to where you can make the booking/s. Please note bookings will not be open until Wednesday March the 29th. Please contact me at the College if you need assistance.

Daryl English

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Due to the school holidays we will be holding two uniform sales. The first one will be before the holidays on Tuesday the 28th of March from 8:15-9:15am and 2:45- 3:15pm. The second sale will be held during the first week back on Wednesday the 19th of April at the times listed above.

The sale will be held in a portable near the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. You could enter through the pedestrian gate on Tom Roberts Parade near the garden. Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are mostly $5-$10 each. We will also have a number of worn items for $2 each. We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. We are low on senior uniform at the moment.

If you have any items of uniform in good condition that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised will assist families in need with their uniforms.

Sandy Thornton

CSEF Information


Please view the flyer for the CSEF Information here.

Janette Carey

School Banking

School Banking has commenced for 2017. Please note that Tuesdays are School Banking days. 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

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

Student Safety and SWPBS

‘We Are Safe’ is one of our four SWPBS Expected Behaviours and includes expectations both within and beyond the College grounds. The Active Travel Launch, meticulously organised and rolled out with major success under the leadership of our Community Partnerships Co-ordinator Rebecca Thornton, promotes many of the expectations included in the Student Matrix. We encourage all students and families to maintain support for the initiative by adhering to safety measures highlighted both through the launch and within the Student and Community Support matrices.

Uniform News

Students are reminded that although not compulsory in Term Two, hats should still be kept handy for those sunny Autumn days when the UV rays can still do damage. Students and parents are also reminded that our Uniform guidelines offer numerous alternatives suitable for the cooler days ahead. Remember, if it’s too cold for shorts and dresses, 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.

Robyn Fincher

Community News

Active Travel Launch & Walk and Wheel Wednesdays

We held a very successful launch on Friday the 17th of March which was also Ride2School Day. We had positive feedback from students, parents and staff. The organisations and businesses involved on the day were also very impressed with the participation from our community.

There are a lot of events and activities happening around our College. Please click below to read more about them:

  • Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Causal Dress Day
  • Harmony Day and our support for West Welcome Wagon
  • The Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents & Carers
  • Easter Raffle and Donations

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

People of PCC

Barry Plant Point Cook

This week we would like to introduce you to Steven (far right) and the team at Barry Plant Point Cook who are our new corporate sponsors.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

Sports News

There has been a lot of sporting action around the College lately. Please click below to read more about these events:

  • Secondary District Swimming Carnival
  • Year 8 Summer Sport
  • Year 7 Girls Volleyball

Amy van Braam

Sustainability News

Ride to School Day

Last year Mrs Kang’s Year 4 class began an advertising campaign to support our active travel launch. They designed educational posters, wrote songs, created movies and came up with some great ideas to launch the program. Congratulations to the students from Mrs Kang’s class of 2016 who did this hard work.

A huge thank you to the MAG Green Gang students and the Senior Environment Leaders for their work on Friday, handing out tokens to those who walked and rode to school.

It was great to see so many cars off our roads, reducing pollution and helping look after the environment. Thank you to all of the PCC families who were able to join in for the day.

Robyn Cairns

Helmet Design Competition

Congratulations to Himmat Randawa from 2EM , Nyneisha Thakur from 2EM and Victoria Bal from 8G for their winning bike helmet designs which our Senior Environment Leaders judged. Himmat’s helmet design was inspired by fire and Nyneisha’s by nature. Victoria’s design was very innovative.

Robyn Cairns

Musical News


A massive congratulations to all the students that auditioned for our first school musical!!

Casting is now complete and rehearsals have begun.

Please put these performance dates in your diaries:

August 31st and September 1st 2017.

Come along and support the talented students of PCC as they take you on a journey through the wacky and wonderful world of Dr Seuss!

Loretta Cachia and the Seussical Team

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