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Point Cook College

No 17, November 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 great fortnight and looking forward to the short break.

A highlight of my week was presenting many students with Australian Mathematics Competition Certificates. There is a summary of results in this edition of the newsletter. Furthermore, it was great being a part of the house team celebrations last Friday. I hope you enjoy the short week ahead.

Report Writing Day

A reminder to the entire College Community that this Monday the 6th November is a pupil-free day as teachers will be writing reports. This means that students have an extra long weekend and are required back at school on Wednesday the 8th of November following the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday.

2018 student free days

I am pleased to inform the community of our student free days for 2018. I know many families like to know as soon as possible so that they can make suitable arrangements. The following dates were endorsed at College Council on Wednesday 25th October.


Term 1 Dates 2018

  • Curriculum Day - Monday 29 January 2018
  • Curriculum Day - Tuesday 30 January 2018
  • Students Commence - Wednesday 31 January 2018

Term 2 Dates 2018

  • Curriculum Day - Thursday 26 April 2018

Term 3 Dates 2018

  • Curriculum Day Friday 27 July 2018
  • Curriculum Day Friday 7 September 2018

Term 4 Dates 2018

  • Day before Melbourne Cup - Student Free Day - Monday 5 November 2018

2018 Intentions

I again remind all parents that we are actively planning for 2018. School funding, class sizes, facilities, staffing and programs are dependent on student enrolments and it would be a considerable disadvantage to the College if we planned for your children to remain if in fact they are leaving. So with this in mind, it would be greatly appreciated if you informed us if you are intending to leave us at the end of the year. Please let the office or your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.

Lateness to School

Thank you to the students and their families who arrive at school on time ready for a day of learning. However, lateness to school has become a growing issue recently for some families and we need to work together to improve it. When students are late even by the smallest amount of time they begin the day on the wrong foot. Late students miss the opportunity to catch up with peers and staff prior to school and the chance to get organised and prepared for a solid day of learning. Late students miss out on vital instruction at the beginning of the day which may place them at risk of not understanding the learning intentions for that lesson. Furthermore, they may become disruptive to the learning of others and the class in general. Rare instances of lateness are understandable and unavoidable. We ask all parents and guardians to support this improvement by ensuring that their children are at school by no later than 8.45am, ready for a prompt 8.50am start in the homeroom.


On a final note I would like to remind the entire community that November and December can prove to be very busy. Everyone is beginning to feel tired and excited about the prospect of the end of the year. It is extremely important that everyone continues with their routines and focusing on learning and growth. It is an exciting time with many activities that celebrate a hard year of work. Our Year 9 students are preparing for graduation and many year levels are preparing for camps and excursions. It is important that you keep up-to-date with all notes and communication so that you don’t miss out.

Have a great fortnight!

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.

  • House Assemblies Thanks
  • Twiight Market
  • Parent Forums
  • 5/6 Camps
  • P-2 Transition
  • Year 4 Polly Woodside excursion
  • Melbourne Cup
  • Year 2 and 4 Concert tickets
  • Safety!

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.

  • House Assemblies
  • Twilight Market
  • Parent Forums
  • 2017 Kids Teaching Kids Conference
  • Year 8 STEM @ ACMI
  • Year 7 Victoria Market excursion
  • Year 9 Information Evening
  • Year 8 POCO Fest
  • We are Safe

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Twilight Market


It’s not long now until our annual Twilight Market which will be held on Friday the 17th of November from 3-7pm. The event is a great opportunity for our families and the local community to come together. Our market will include stall holders, community groups, food vendors, Science & Maker Fair and entertainment.

All of our stall holders, community groups and food vendors have been finalised. We are now fully booked and looking forward to a great event!

The Twilight Market is an opportunity for families to be involved and support the College. We are asking for our families to volunteer if they can, to help on a stall or be part of the setting up crew during the day or the packing up crew at the end of the night. Please follow this link to select the job you would like and the time you are available -

If you would like to help please note that you will require a Working with Children’s Check. If you don’t have one please apply at The WWCC is free! If you would like assistance to apply, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

To support some of the stalls we are running we are collecting donations of:

  • 600ml bottles of water and cans of soft drink from the Coke range for our drinks stall
  • Blocks and bars of chocolate and bags of lollies for the chocolate toss game
  • Books and magazines for our second hand book stall
  • Items for a Trash and Treasure Stall

Please take your donations to the office.

We are looking forward to a great event!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Important Dates - November

  • 1st - Year 7 Girls Western Metro Table Tennis Finals
  • 1st - Parent Forums Strategic Plan
  • 3rd - Year 9 Textile/Costume students excursion
  • 6th - Curriculum Day - no students required
  • 7th - Melbourne Cup public holiday
  • 8th - Year 6 ISS - Basketball Regional Finals
  • 9th - Classroom Dentist Educational Visits P-2
  • 9th - Year 7 Boys Western Metro Baseball Finals
  • 10th - Subway Lunch Day
  • 10th - Year 8 Girls Western Metro Volleyball Finals
  • 10th - Remembrance Day commemoration
  • 13th-22nd - Semper Dental Clinic Visits
  • 14th - Digital Photography Excursion
  • 15th - Year 7 Immigration Museum excursion
  • 17th - PCC Twilight Market

Poppies for Sale

Dear PCC Community,

From Thursday the 2nd of November until Thursday the 9th of November the SLC will be selling POPPIES for 20 cents each for Remembrance Day.

From the SLC

Planning for 2018

Planning for 2018 has begun. Parents are asked to advise the office if their child/ren will not be returning to Point Cook P-9 College next year. This will assist us greatly with forming classes and staff recruitment to support our workforce planning for the coming year.

Student Administration

COMPASS changes

We have now integrated our timetable package into COMPASS and you may have noticed that when logging into COMPASS you are able to view your child’s schedule. The timetable package requires codes rather than subject names and it may be confusing at first, therefore you may find the translation below helpful. Your child’s year level precedes all codes.

GEN refers to General subjects and includes English, Mathematics, Enquiry etc and is usually taken by your child’s teacher. So for example 5GEN25E 12 – ENG would mean the class level is grade 5, the subject is General in semester 2, the room where the subject is held is 12, and the teacher is ENG(lish).

Other codes include:

  • VART- Visual Art
  • PART – Performing Arts
  • PE – Physical Education
  • LOTE – Languages other than English (Indonesian)
  • SPO – Sport
  • SCI – Science
  • FTSA - Food Tech Stephanie Alexander

There are other subjects as Year 9 Pathways but I am sure the students will be able to let you know what they stand for.

Daryl English

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Our next uniform sale will be held on Tuesday the 14th November from 8.15am - 9 am and then 2.30- 3.15 pm. 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 $1 each. We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform (with no holes please) 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

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

Please click read more to find out about PCC Engagement and Wellbeing information and events including:

  • Dental check up reminder
  • Hats are now uniform
  • Dress for the weather
  • Never Away November

Robyn Fincher

P-9 News and Events

Australian Maths Competition

Congratulations to the 144 Year 3 to 9 students who participated in the Australian Maths Competition.

The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3-6) or 75 minutes (Years 7-12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking and questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students.

Special recognition goes to the following students who ranked in the top 10 per cent in Australia: Jye Paladino (Best in School and High Distinction), Isaac Yip, Ryan Duong, Liam Lee, Kyan Chisnall, Claire Nam, Niyumi Perera, Aarush Soni, Ming Leong, Leanne Duong, Jessenia Karisha and Deepsimar Singh (Distinctions).

Again, Mrs Barratt and I would like to thank those students who were willing to take the challenge and making it such a success!!! Next year’s event has already been scheduled for Thursday, 9th August.

Carole Hall

7-9 News and Events


Calling all Space Cadets!!

Dear Yr 7/8 students and Parents,

Point Cook P-9 College is seeking interest in a USA Space Camp Study Tour to take place in November 2018 (subject to College Council approval). The tour will be open to those students in Year 8 and 9 in 2018. (Please note that students must be 14 years of age at the time of the tour). We would like to see this as a biennial school tour, offered to students in Years 8/9. All parents of students in Years 7/8 have been emailed a document further outlining the tour information and an expression of interest to be returned by Friday 10th November. If you have a student in one of these year levels, please check your emails or contact Jenny Hayes at the school if you cannot access it.

The Mars Generation

To get a taste of what your child may experience, The Mars Generation documentary on NETFLIX was largely filmed at The USA Space Camp. It is well worth watching.


Space Tour Team

Community News

Please click read more to find out more about:

  • Stockland Point Cook Shop for Schools Promotion
  • Parents and Friends Association (PFA)
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

Performing Arts News

Year 4 Concert




Tickets available ONLY online via from October 31st

* Please note: if you require tickets to both the Year 2 and Year 4 concert please ensure you click on the $13 “Both Yr 2/4 Concerts” option to obtain the 2-show discount

Year 2 Concert




Tickets available ONLY online via from October 31st

* Please note: if you require tickets to both the Year 2 and Year 4 concert please ensure you click on the $13 “Both Yr 2/4 Concerts” option to obtain the 2-show discount

Sustainability News

Biodiversity Education

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, eight Year 8 students from our Senior Environmental Leadership team attended PCCs very first Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids conference.

The conference was held at both Melbourne University and Collingwood Children’s farm. On Tuesday our students presented two workshops (on nurdles and microbeads in skincare products and their affect on marine environments) to large groups of students who attended the conference which was nationwide. The education workshops were planned by the students and were highly engaging for their audience. The day ended with entertainment from various schools and a conference dinner.

On Wednesday our students attended Collingwood Children’s farm and participated in more students lead workshops on ways they can take action for the environment.

We were very proud of Nick, Ava, Alannah , Elyssia, Ella, Jazmiin, Jemma and Taimur who were outstanding leaders for our school and wider community throughout the conference.

Robyn Cairns



This is the traditional weekend to plant your tomatoes in a nice sunny position. When planting them make sure you make a deep hole, deep enough to bury your whole plant but don’t plant it yet. Place a handful of blood and bone in the bottom and cover with a couple of handfuls of soil. Now get your tomato plant and remove all the bottom leaves, and place into the hole, with just the top tip leaves out of the ground, this will help your plant develop a nice deep root system, with roots developing along the stem buried under the ground. Backfill your hole and firm down. Water the plant in well. If you are growing a variety that needs staking, put the stake in now as this stops you damaging the root system, which can happen if you do the staking once the plant grows to the size when it needs it. Now it is time to look after the plant, remember to water the plant consistently to get the best results and fertilise well throughout its growing season as they are heavy feeders.

A great companion plant for tomatoes is basil, so plant a couple of these around your plants. This give a double benefit as it also tastes great with your tomatoes.

Good luck and get planting!

Sarah Moore

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