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Point Cook College

No 15, October 2015

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.

As you can imagine I am very pleased to be  appointed as the new Principal of this great College. I look forward to continue working with the community to ensure Point Cook College is the best it can be for our students.

In Term 4 we welcome Ms Lauren Schirmer who comes to us from Melton West PS. Ms Schirmer will work with the Year 8 team and then take over from Ms Kelly when she commences her family leave. We also welcome back Ms Tabetha Taylor from family leave who is replacing Sarah Myers in the PE Department for the remainder of the year. Ms Vanessa Jalovec is also returning from family leave and has replaced Ms Lisa Ramsdale in Year 4. Furthermore, we welcome back Mr Dave Simpson, Ms Kat Hamilton and Ms Megan Blackman who have all been on extended leave.

Cyber Safety week

We begin term 4 with Cyber Safety Week. Our school vision is ‘creating tomorrow today' and in regards to technology this means creating responsible and safe digital citizens. The impact of cyber bullying and online crime can have devastating effects on individuals, family and friends. I urge you to take the time to engage as a family and discuss how you are going to promote Cyber safety at home. The focus of this week is to empower students to speak out against cyber bullying and also to provide strategies to identify, prevent and deal with online danger.

New School Crossing

Late last term the local government installed a new school pedestrian crossing on Ponsford Drive. Using the crossing is NOT optional. It is there to ensure pedestrians can cross safely and to alert drivers that school children are around. There are many students and parents that continue to cross the road a few meters away totally ignoring the crossing. That section of the road has a slight curve and furthermore some parents are still double parking making visibility of pedestrians difficult. Please do the right thing and set the right example. Please click on this link to a family friendly sheet (School Crossing Link)

I wish everyone a great term.

Frank Vetere

Assistant Principal News P-4

Summer Term

This is just a reminder to all parents that term 4 is a summer term and it is expected that all children wear hats during recess, lunch as well as Physical Education. Thank you for helping us in this regard.

School Nurse

Near the end of last term, all prep students received an envelope from the school nurse. She will soon start her visits to the College and we would like those forms returned to the College as soon as possible please. If you have misplaced the form, please see Ms Kylie Whitecross, who will be able to arrange for you to receive another form.

Prep Transition

In four weeks time, we will be beginning our three week Prep Transition Program. This is for preps that will be starting in 2016. If you have not enrolled a prep child for next year, please do so as soon as possible. At the end of last term transition notes were sent to all parents who have enrolled prep students for next year. These notes need to be returned by the 16th October 2015, so as we can plan for and prepare our prep transition program. If you have not returned these important notes to school, please do so as soon as it is possible.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Assistant Principal News 5-9

Welcome to Term 4 and it is a HUGE one! We have four camps, transition for over 200 children, several parent information sessions, the preparation for the expansion of our 1:1 iPad program, our College Graduation, reports and all the end of year activities. Things to know for this term include:

  • Year 5 Parent Information Night
  • Wearing our Uniform
  • Orientation Day
  • Year 9s – have you enrolled in Year 10 yet?
  • If you are leaving our College

  • Bernadette Cronin


Important Dates - October

  • 13th Yr 2 Professor Bunsen Incursion
  • 13th Parent Information Night Yr 7 2017
  • 14th - 16th Yr 7 Camp
  • 14th Yr 8 Science Fair
  • 15th Yr 9 Transition Day
  • 16th Yr 1 & 2 Assemblies
  • 27th - 29th Book Fair
  • 27th Yr 9 Outdoor Ed Overnight Hike

Important Dates - November

  • 2nd Curriculm Day - Report Writing
  • 3rd Melbourne Cup - Public Holiday
  • 10th Yr 7 Queen Vic Market Excursion

Term 4 Activities Planner

PCC Council requested, on behalf of parents, that we prepare a term planner that outlines all known costs for families. We have completed this and ask that families download the pdf and use this as part of their forward planning. Notes and payments will still be organized as usual.

We will endeavour not to add any additional events or costs this term, but given this is our first forward planner, we ask for your understanding if we need to make an amendment this time around.

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback on this initiative, please speak with a representative of the College Council or Ms Bernadette Cronin, Middle Years Assistant Principal.

Click on the Read More Button to open the Activites Planner.

PCC Book Fair

From Tuesday 27th till Thursday 29th of October (that's this month!) the school will be holding a book fair in the library. Lamont Books will be supplying the merchandise for sale. Check out to see the type of books they sell. They will have a $5.00 trolley. We will not be selling gimmicks, just quality books. Students will be able to come in with their class to peruse the books and create a wish list. This is a fun opportunity for students so please do not feel pressured to buy if you do not wish or are unable to. We will be open to purchase items from 8:30, before and after school and at lunch.

Parents Cooking Class

This term we will be running cooking classes for parents. The Parents' Group will meet on the following dates

  • Friday 23rd October - 1:30 - 3:00pm Basic Italian Cooking With Liam Holland
  • Friday 6th November - 1.30-3pm - Menu be advised
  • Friday 20th November - 1.30-3pm - Menu be advised
  • Friday 4th December - 2-3pm - End of year afternoon tea. Please bring a plate of food to share.
  • If you would like to join in the fun please email me to register as spaces are limited. Everyone is welcome inlcuding younger children. There is no cost for the classes.

    Rebecca Thornton

P-4 News & Events

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden - Parent Helpers

Dear parents/guardians, Just a reminder that all volunteers for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program require a current "Working with Children" check. This is easy to get online. You also will need to sign in at the office prior to coming into the kitchen and garden. Kind regards Liam Holland

5-9 News & Events

Students "Get real" About Cyber Safety

This week our Year 7-9 students were given the benefit of a presentation by Susan McLean entitled ‘ Let’s Get Real - what you really need to know about staying safe online.’ Susan is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years. She has regularly appeared in the media promoting the increasing importance of Cybersafety, most recently as this week on ‘A Current Affair.’

The theme of the presentation was Respect and Responsibility and it covered a wide range of confronting yet relevant ‘truths’ involving the internet and social media. Her down to earth approach kept the audience completely engaged and certainly made everyone in the room reassess what they thought they knew about technology use.

School Wide Positive Behaviour

Behaviour Purpose Statement

During the third term staff continued to develop our SWPBS Framework and we are excited to say we are now at the “Living the Matrix’ stage. We have created visual reminders which you will see around the College and here on the website. Staff have developed common language and understandings which they are beginning to unpack with students and will be acknowledging behaviours that are reflected in the Matrix. The remainder of the year will be spent reflecting and fine tuning in preparation for our launch at the beginning of 2016. It is anticipated that our current students will be very familiar with SWPBS language and expectations by this time.

Later this term we will be holding a parent forum where you will have the opportunity to find out more and contribute your feedback so please keep a look out on the website and in the newsletter for further information.

Robyn Fincher

Cyber Mascot Announcement

Thank you very much to all the students who entered the PCC Name and Design a Cyber Mascot competition. All entries were fantastic! The College eLeaders had a tough decision and in the end could not pick one winner. Luckily enough we were able to join two entries together. Congratulations to Xue Guan 9S, and Isabelle McGrath 6AW, for their winning designs. A special thank you to Xue for re drawing the mascots as a team. Proudly introducing to you the PCC CYBER SAFETY TEAM - Keeping you safe on the Internet. Nexa, Firewall, Virus Scanner and Filter. Over the next few weeks we will learn more about these amazing mascots and what they will bring to the team.

Sally Hill

Cyber Safety Wristbands

Due to overwhelming demand we have run out of Cybersafety wristbands. While we understand that some students will be disappointed, we have ordered more bands and will let you know as soon as they arrive. The good news is that this means we will be raising a far greater amount for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation than anticipated so we thank you on their behalf and for supporting our very first Cybersafety Day.

Robyn Fincher

Sports Report

Primary Divisional Athletics Carnival

In the last week of term 3, the Primary Divisional Athletics Carnival was held at the VUT Athletics Track. 26 students across year 4-6 competed with plenty of success. Click read more for results.

Secondary Divisional Athletics Carnival

On the 31st of September, 35 students across year 7-9 competed at the Secondary Divisional Athletics Carnival held at Newport Athletics Track. Click read more for results.

Grade 6 Girls AFL

September 4th was the Grade 6 Girls AFL competition held at Avalon Airport Oval in Werribee. It was a brilliant day with lots of success. Click read more for results and best players and watch the gitls sing the team song.

Year 7 Sport

On September 9th, the year 7 sport competition was held. Four teams from PCC competed on the day, Boys and Girls Basketball as well as Boys and Girls Table Tennis. Click read more for results and a video.

Bower Family - Taekwondo National Champions

The kids competed at the Sports Taekwondo Australia - 2015 Australian National Championships over the weekend at the Adelaide Super-Drome. They were part of the Victorian Team from City West Taekwondo. Both kids competed in the Poomsae (Technical) and Ryan in the Sparring.

Sustainability News

National Bird Week 19th - 25th of October

Dear PCC families, If you would like to take part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count during this week go to for your family to take part in a 20 min bird survey using the free App. Year 5 Green Gang students will be undertaking the Bird survey in our school grounds this week, enjoy our feathered friends—we have over 20 bird species which frequent our school yard including many wetland species,

Robyn Cairns (Environmental Science)

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