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Point Cook College

No 7, May 2018

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 is well as we begin to embrace the chill of early winter.

I would like to congratulate all our students who participated in NAPLAN testing last week. We are such a large school and the process of implementing NAPLAN is no mean feat. Our students went about the tests with little fuss. I also thank staff and parents that supported students during the week. Results will be delivered later in the year and we look forward to seeing growth across the board.

In addition all students in Year 4 to 9 will be completing the yearly ‘Attitudes to School Survey’. This will be completed during school time and will provide students an opportunity to provide feedback on a number of aspects of school life. Again we look forward to receiving these results later in the year.

Annual Report

At last College Council the 2017 Annual Report was tabled and ratified. The Council asked that I provide a brief summary of the results for parents and community members that don’t have the time to read the whole report.

2017 was the eight year of operation as a College. It also represented the last year of its current School Strategic Plan. The College participated in a complete review in 2017 including a comprehensive self evaluation, peer plus one review and the College developed its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and 2018 Annual Implementation Plan.

Because the review was completed early in the year the college began the implementation of its new goals in 2017. As per previous periods most students at Point Cook College were achieving against state-wide benchmarks but weren’t performing as well as similar SFO (student family occupation) schools. Our Strategic Plan focuses on both achievement and growth and the development of teacher capacity to drive this growth.

In 2017 Point Cook College continued its commitment to the Timperley Evidence Based Professional Learning Cycle that supports teachers to measure the impact of their professional learning on their practice and on their students’ learning. This Cycle is modeled on the work of Professor Helen Timperley. It is grounded in teachers’ and teams’ ability to identify fit for purpose data, to analyze the data and make correlations between student and teacher evidence that informs and measures the impact of professional learning. The Evidence Based Professional Learning Cycle: helps teachers to respond to students’ needs based on evidence and facilitates a continued inquiry into teaching supporting teachers to evaluate the impact of professional learning on their students' learning.

The College has developed a School Wide Positive Behaviours Support Framework based on the work of George Sugai. The Behaviour Purpose Statement reads: At Point Cook College we develop academically, socially and emotionally within a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment. Our expected behaviours include:

We are Learners, We are Responsible, We are Respectful and We are Safe.

National Volunteers Week

This week is National Volunteer Week. On behalf of the College I would like to personally thank the huge number of community members that give up their time to support our College and most importantly our students. Schools are communities and we couldn’t do what we do without your help.

A huge and sincere thank you. Please look out for our volunteer morning tea later in the year.

Keep well.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-6

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-6 community.

  • We are Learners
  • We are Respectful
  • We are Responsible
  • We are Safe

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6

Assistant Principal News 7-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 7-9 community.

  • We are Learners…
  • We are Responsible…
  • We are Respectful…
  • We are Safe…

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Administration

Important Dates - May 2018

  • 26th - National Sorry Day
  • 27th May-3rd June - National Reconcilation Week
  • 28th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 29th - PCC Athletics Carnival Year 5/6
  • 29th - Secondary Girls Football & Boys Netball
  • 29th - P-2 Parent Helper Seminar
  • 31st - PCC Athletics Carnival Backup Day
  • 31st - Wyndham Student Rep Committee Meeting
  • 31st - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm

Important Dates - June 2018

  • 2nd - Indonesian Speech Competition Final Round
  • 4th - House Assemblies 2-3pm
  • 4th - Year 6 ISS - Winter Sport
  • 4th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 4th - Bali Homestay Information Evening 6-7pm
  • 5th-7th - PCC Book Fair
  • 5th - Year 9 Outdoor Education - Rock Climbing
  • 5th - Second Hand Uniform Sale 8:15-9:15am and 2:30-3:15pm
  • 5th - PCC World Environment Day
  • 5th - Year 7 Sports (Girls Netball & Boys Football)
  • 6th - 5/6 Indonesian Market Day
  • 7th - College Tour 10-11am
  • 7th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 8th - 5/6 Indonesian Market Day
  • 8th - Pathways Journalism Excursion

2018 Homestay for Bali Students

Our Indonesian partnership school SMP1 Singaraja are sending students and teachers to visit and stay this year. The feedback from our host families of 2016 was extremely positive and we hope the experience this year will be the same. SMP1 Singaraja are intending to send 25 students (13 boys and 12 girls) and 4 teachers from 23rd August to 5th September. They are requiring homestay from the 23rd to the 27th August (5 nights) plus one extra night after they attend a 2 night camp in the Yarra Valley (visiting Healesville Sanctuary) on the 30th August. If you are providing a homestay for one or two of the visiting students your child [if in year 5-9] will also have the opportunity to attend the camp for free. The rest of their trip will consist of a city camp after their time at PCC.

Thank you to those families who have already offered to host one of two students in your home. We are still requiring homestay for 14 more students. Each family who does provide homestay for a student will receive a $100 subsidy per student to help with the cost of the stay. If you are able to help please contact Jenni Gigas at jennygigas@pcc.vic.edu.au or on 83487100. There will be an information evening on Tuesday 5th June in the LRC for families who are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity.

Jenni Gigas

World Environment Day - Tuesday June 5th

The global theme for World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

On World Environment Day PCC students will be exploring issues around plastic pollution and taking action to reduce plastic.

World Environment Day is a gold coin donation casual dress day for students with students encouraged to dress in blue (for our local waterways and bay) or to come dressed as their favorite waterways/marine animal.

The donations for this day will be going to NatureWest ( a local non for profit organization) whom the school has an educational partnership in raising awareness of local biodiversity and the impact of plastic pollution on marine environments.

Taking Action against plastic for World Environment Day

Our Environmental Leaders have been collecting our plastic Subway bags and have been turning them into plarn, which is yarn made from plastic bags. Carol Rafferty from the Plarn Workshop of Western Suburbs group is teaching or students to crochet plarn into sleeping mats or swags for the homeless. This will be one of our World Environment Day projects. The sleeping mats will be donated to Onevoice who run a shower and laundry truck for the homeless in the Western Suburbs.

Robyn Cairns

Environmental Science teacher / Sustainability Coordinator

Engagement and Wellbeing News

13 Reasons Why Season 2 – Advice and guidelines

The second season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on Friday May 18th, on Netflix. As per season one there is a lot of discussion around the broad range of topics depicted in the series including rape, suicide, mental health issues, bullying and self-esteem to name but a few.

Headspace and Netflix have collaborated to develop the following information that may be helpful for viewers of the show and the wider community. It can be helpful to use the show as an opportunity to talk with your young person about topics that may otherwise go unspoken. The information below aims to assist parents engage in healthy conversations about some of the issues addressed in 13 Reasons Why.

It also includes some suggestions for how to respond to these appropriately and spur productive discussions around these themes.

Below is a link to the headspace website which has more information and tips for discussing the series with you child, as well as suggestions for deciding if the series is age appropriate for your child.

https://headspace.org.au/news/the-launch-of-13-reasons-why-season-2/

Abbi Chamberlain

Social Worker

Extra Curricular Activities

AUSTRALIAN MATHS COMPETITION

Point Cook College students are invited to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Interested students have the opportunity to compete against thousands of budding Mathematicians across Australia, demonstrating their mathematical skills and sharing in prizes and awards (high distinctions, distinctions & credits). This competition gives our mathematically minded students an opportunity to compare their knowledge and skills against their peers across Australia.

The competition is accessible to all students from Years 3 to 9. There is an emphasis on problem solving which is a valuable life skill. There are 30 questions for each year level allowing 60 minutes for Primary students and 75 minutes for Secondary students.

The AMC also offers an online practice program called GetSet AMC. This course contains a variety of practice scenarios that students are able to use in preparation for the competition. Access to GetSet is an additional $2.00.

This is an optional competition. Please note that this is not a test and will not be reflected in semester reports.

If your child is interested in participating please choose the ONE Compass event that your child is interested in –AMC only OR AMC GetSet.

Cost:

$6.50 AMC only

or

$8.50 for AMC and GetSet

Entries close on Friday the 8th of June. No late entries can be accepted due to AMC timelines.

Please check out the flyer by clicking here.

Helen Barratt

P-6 News and Events

Year 1/2 Passion Fair

We would like to invite our 1/ 2 community to join us in celebrating the various passions of our Year 1 and 2 students by hosting a Passion Fair - held on the 28th of June from 9:00-10:00am.

We will begin the Passion Fair with the production of Too Loud Lily from the musical theatre group, with special features of a painted backdrop from the Backdrop group and costumes and props from by the Costumes groups.

Following this we will be running small workshops and showcasing products created by the Textiles, Board Games, Jewellery Making, Visual Arts, iPad Coding, Construction Club, Mindfulness, Boot Camp, Netball and Puppetry groups. Keep your eyes peeled; there will be more details about the Passion Fair sent via email.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 1/2 Staff and Students

Prep Animal Land Excursion

On Wednesday the 23rd and Friday the 25th of May the Preps went on an excursion to Animal Land Children’s Farm in Diggers Rest as part of our Investigations unit on ‘living and non-living’. The students and teachers enjoyed a day on the farm milking a cow and churning butter; having pony rides; holding the baby animals, feeding the ducks, the goats and the pigs; and pooper scooping. It was muddy and wet but all of the kids had a fantastic time! This is what some of our students had to say on the day:

I liked milking the cow. I have milked a cow before, you have to squeeze the udder – Elka Prep E

At the farm we picked up animal poo using a special shovel. Jack and I swapped while we were doing it. I gave Jack the shovel and he gave me the fork to pick up poo - Jackson Prep F

I loved riding the pony and going on the tractor around the farm seeing all the different animals – Sherlynn Prep F

My favourite part of the day was picking up the cow poo – Jackson Prep G

My favourite part of the day was making the butter – Aaliyah Prep G

I liked the bunny because it was so fluffy and cute – Nadia Prep H

Thank you to all families for supporting this wonderful experience, and a big thank you to our parent helpers who came along and helped out on the day.

Rachel Wallace

Community News

Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • Community Gardening Group
  • The Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • PFA meetings
  • Subway lunch order dates
  • Opportunities for families at PCC

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents, grandparents and friends of our College, who volunteer their time to support our various programs and events to benefit our students!

Some of the ways in which volunteers support our College include:

  • joining our College Council or Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
  • being a classroom helper
  • helping on our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls
  • supporting our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program
  • participating in excursions, athletics carnivals and special activity days
  • helping in our library and at our Book Fair
  • assisting at our Twilight Market and our Family BBQ Night
  • sewing costumes for our Performing Arts team

We are able to provide many opportunities for our students thanks to the support of our volunteers! Our staff and students would like to thank you for your time, dedication and enthusiasm.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The reading challenge does not finish till the end of August but we have some enthusiastic challengers who have read enough books to successfully complete the challenge. Therefore, a big cheer goes out to:

1E: Ayansh Agrawal

2E: Una Turnbull & Vibhu Iyer

3A: Ahmed Anwar

4A: Rafael Cruz & Saheer Rabikissoon

56M: Claire Nam

PCC Book Fair

In little over a fortnight we will be holding our annual Book Fair on the 5-7 June. (Tuesday – Thursday) before school from 8.30-8.50am and after school from 3pm onwards. Thanks ever so much to all the parents and volunteers who have offered to help. There will be books, trinkets and baubles and posters for sale. You are under no obligation to buy anything. We do receive a commission from what we do sell which will help purchase new books for the library. In the days before the book fair some students will be bringing home wish lists. You may go online and pay for books on the website and record the payment and contact details on the back of the form and send it back to school with the student. Please mark clearly on the front of the form which books you have paid for. Alternatively there will be credit facilities for the duration of the book fair and cash payments will be accepted. Have fun and enjoy the fair!

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

Indonesian News

Indonesian Speech Competition

Congratulations to those 35 students who made it through to the finals in the Sayembara Lisan (Indonesian Speaking Competition)! The finals will be held at Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Corner of Swanston Street and Monash Road, Melbourne on Saturday, 2nd June.

Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from this event and staying with them until they have finished. The cost to enter the final is $10 and this is payable through Compass. Please complete payment by Friday 1st June.

If you have any queries, please contact us via the school office on 83487100.

Pak Gede, Ibu Anne and Pak Elie

LOTE Team

SAKG News

Volunteers - Thank You

As part of National Volunteer Week, we would love to say thank you to all the parent and grandparent helpers involved in the program. The program would not run as successfully without your input.

Robyn Cairns, Liam Holland, Sarah Moore and Julie Paris

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