From The Principal's Desk
I am delighted to say that the 2016 school year has kicked off exceptionally well. Students have settled comfortably into routines and expectations and home room and neighbourhood spaces have been established to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. These things do not happen by chance so students, staff and parents of PCC, stand up and take a bow. Our new Preps have taken to school like ducks to water, and no doubt enjoyed their well earned rest last Friday, the first of their four Friday ‘recharge days.’ It was wonderful to catch up with a number of parents, both new and old, at our parent morning tea on the first day of school. We look forward to meeting more families at future community occasions.
The start of a new year can raise many questions for parents, particularly when students move into new year levels and programs, often with different expectations. We know that talking with other parents is often a convenient way to get answers, however sometimes misinformation is shared. Staff at the College are in the best position to answer any query or provide clarification. Remember, when in doubt, go straight to the source. Appropriate contacts were listed in the previous newsletter for your convenience.
It is pleasing to see so many of our students wearing their uniforms with pride, which is both in line with our reinforcement of uniform dress code and SWPBS expectations. Special mention should go to our Prep students who always look adorable in their brand new outfits, but also to our year 7-9 students, many of whom have relished the opportunity to don the more formal expectations outlined for the Secondary Years. Please remember we have allowed a six month grace period for students to adjust to the revised expectations and the policy is located on the website for your convenience. Some questions have been raised about the availability and fit of certain items, which I will be discussing with our Noone representative next week.
This year we have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Wyndham City Council to investigate traffic issues around the College. The purpose of the grant is to assist the College with improving student safety by gathering information about how students travel to and from school and then using this information to create an action plan for decreasing traffic flow, raising safety awareness and increasing physical activity. There will be opportunities for parents to be involved in the process so please keep your eyes and ears open for more information.
On the subject of traffic, concerns have been raised about a number of unsafe practices occurring at drop off and pick up times. These include; double parking and allowing students to get in and out of cars, stopping in no parking zones and driving above the 40km speed limit. Please ensure you refrain form engaging in these practices, no amount of time saved is more important than the safety of our students. Using the YMCA car park for school drop offs and pick ups is also inappropriate, as it endangers the safety of their users, especially the practice of reversing out of the car park. Leaving a few minutes earlier and adhering to traffic expectations will be in everyone’s best interests, so please remember to do your part. Students are also reminded that if they are riding bikes and scooters to school that they must wear a helmet and the school crossings should always be used when crossing the roads around the College.
College Council Nominations
Over the next week we will be calling for parent nominations for College Council representation. This is a great opportunity to increase understanding of and contribute to, the future direction of the College. Please read the information provided below and on the website, it might just be the opportunity you are looking for.
Cyber Safety - Information Evening
The next community event on the calendar is this upcoming Tuesday night, 16th February. We would like to see as many families as possible represented at our Cybersafety presentation by Susan McLean. Susan is a renowned expert in the field and provides timely and often eye opening revelations into the cyber world and what parents and students need to know – an educative experience no parent should miss. Our Year 5-9 students will attend the student sessions on Monday and Tuesday and the attending the parent session will provide the perfect platform for follow up discussions at home. Please go to the website for further information and don’t forgot to book your tickets as there will be no sales on the night.
Term 1 Events
Term one is a short term so I would like to bring your attention to the last week as there are a number of events taking place. The week will kick off with Harmony Day, which will see our students involved in activities that celebrate cultural diversity through inclusiveness, respect and creating a sense of belonging. Harmony Day will be a perfect lead in to our College launch of SWPBS on the Wednesday, which will showcase the spirit of the behaviour matrix and promote our ‘house community’ system. On this day students will be encouraged to come to school in their house colours and as a gesture of community spirit, will be asked to bring a gold coin donation to donate to the Good Friday Appeal. The week will conclude on Thursday with our younger students participating in the traditional Easter Hat Parade. A busy week, but one we are very much looking forward to.
Finally I am happy to inform you that Frank Vetere, College Principal, is well on the way to recovery. We look forward to having him back on deck very soon, just as much as he is looking forward to being here.
Acting College Principal
Assistant Principal News P-4
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Assistant Principal News 5-9
As we complete our second full week I would like to acknowledge and congratulate our staff, students and their families on a great start to 2016.
Firstly I’d like to specifically congratulate our secondary students for embracing the revised uniform policy so well. Most are now wearing the standard or academic uniform on their non PE / Sport days and wearing it well! Thank you to our families for supporting this cultural change. Any uniform questions, from student or families, should be first directed to Homeroom or Advisory teachers. The revised policy is available on the website.
Please click on the Read More button to read about what is happening in the 5-9 community.