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Point Cook College

No 4, March 2017

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

Principal News

From The Acting Principal's Desk

Acting Principal: Jeff Wilson

Dear Families,

Thank you for taking the time to read our College Newsletter,

This is the first time that I have had an opportunity to write from the Principal’s desk in the absence of Mr. Vetere during this week.

Visit by the Minister for Education the Hon James Merlino

It was with great pleasure that last week the College welcomed the Hon James Merlino MP.- Deputy Premier and Minister for Education. As well as the Hon Jill Hennessy MP Minister for Health and Member for Altona.

The Minister came to acknowledge the College’s success in being recognised as having the best edible garden in the Victorian Schools Garden awards in 2016. He visited both our Stephanie Alexander Garden and the Kitchen Program.

Our school captains did such a great job greeting the Ministers and our students in the garden were able to talk knowledgeably about companion planting; the importance of mulching and harvesting the garden.

A ministerial visit takes a coordinated team effort to go ahead in a smooth fashion. Congratulations to Ms Sarah Moore, Mr Liam Holland, Ms Wendy Scott and Ms Dee Bowden who led our students on the day. Also, thanks to Mrs. Gigas who prepared our student leaders to greet the Ministers. Finally, thanks to Mr. Vetere our Principal who coordinated the visit including negotiating the ministerial brief.

Principal Class at a Principal’s Conference

During this week our Principal and Assistant Principals will be attending the Hobson’s Bay Principal Network conference for three days. Just like all members of our staff our Principal Class continue to learn and deepen their knowledge about schools, teaching and learning.

During the conference the Principal class will be delving into the Victorian Curriculum and in particular will be investigating the Thinking Curriculum working with world class specialists. They will work together to plan aspects of future teacher and student learning. I would like to wish our Principal team well in their endeavours.

Monday the 13th of March is the Labour Day Public Holiday - No School this day

Students will not be required at school on this day and the school will not be open.

Why do we celebrate Labour Day?

The history of Labour Day in Australia spans over a century. It is an important annual event that remembers those who struggled and succeeded to ensure decent and fair working conditions in Australia. During the mid to late 1800s the working day was long and arduous, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

School Tours

The College offers school tours in weeks 3 and 8 of each term for families of prospective students, the school tours commence at 9:15 am at the College Administration area.

The World’s Greatest Shave

Just a quick note to acknowledge the community spirit of Jazmiin Devereux and Callum Buckingham who will be participating in World’s Greatest Shave, a fundraising and awareness raising event for the Leukaemia Foundation. Read further about this event in our Community News.

Enjoy the long weekend.

Kind regards,

Jeff Wilson

Acting Principal

Assistant Principal News 5-9

March is Middle Years Education Month!

This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on the middle grades, a very important time in the education of our children. Other than from birth to age three, 10 to 15-year-olds are experiencing the most rapid, significant changes of their lives—changes that are physical, social, emotional, and cognitive in nature.

Please read more on the 5-9 Blog.

Bern Cronin

Administration

Important Dates - March

  • 15th - Whole School Crazy Hair Day
  • 15th - Forum: 21st Century Learning 6.30pm-7.30pm
  • 16th - Primary Divisional Swim Carnival
  • 17th - Active Travel Launch & Walk/Ride to School Day
  • 17th - Year 8 Summer Sport
  • 17th - Cooking Class for Parents 1.30pm-3pm
  • 21st - Harmony Day
  • 21st - Harmony Day Morning Tea for parents 8.50-10am
  • 21st - Year 7 Summer Sport
  • 23rd - Year 9 Pathways robotics Grand Prix Excursion
  • 23rd - iPad Parent information session 8.50-9.50am and 2-3pm
  • 24th - Whole School Cyber Safety Day
  • 24th - Subway Lunch Day
  • 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 - Cooking Class for Parents 1.30-3pm
  • 31st - Last day of Term 1

CSEF Information

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

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 how to get involved in the School Banking program.

Sonia Falcone

Engagement and Wellbeing

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

  • Welcome to the Matrix – Phase Two
  • PCC Students Looking Sharp
  • Front Up February Winners

Robyn Fincher

Student Leadership News

2017 Grip Student Leadership Conference

On Thursday the 23rd of February, the PCC School Captains and House Captains attended the GRIP student leadership conference at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. It was a good opportunity for all of the Captains to learn how to action great ideas to help improve the school. Ella, Michael, Sophia, Lily, Margaret, Sharie, Yasmin, Ashlee, Rebecca, and James all attended the day and we all had heaps of fun.

Please click read more to find out about some of our PCC School Captains' thoughts about the day.

Jenni Gigas

Wyndham Youth Forum

On Friday the 24th of February the 2017 SLC senior representatives and senior Green Gang leaders attended the Wyndham Youth Forum. This was an opportunity for students in the area to voice their opinions about issues in their local community. The students returned back to school and were excited about the issues they discussed and ready to get to work as leaders at PCC.

Please click read more to check out what our student leaders experienced on the day.

Jenni Gigas

Community News

We have a lot of community events coming up! Please click read more for more information about:

  • Our Active Travel Launch & Ride2School Day on Friday the 17th of March
  • Crazy Hair Day on Wednesday the 15th of March
  • Harmony Day on Tuesday the 21st of March
  • Easter Raffle
  • Parent Cooking Classes
  • Subway Lunch Orders

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

People of PCC

Leading Teachers

This week we would like to introduce you to our Leading Teachers who along with our Neighbourhood Leaders, Assistant Principals and Mr Vetere, make up our College Leadership Team. Their role is to lead and manage a variety of programs across the College. Please click the link to read more about their roles in the College.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

eLearning News

1:1 iPad Program

We now have well over 1000 connected devices at the College and students from years 3- 9 are bringing their own iPads to participate in exciting technology rich learning activities. Teachers plan for the effective use of the devices in their classroom and the iPads have become an increasingly necessary tool for students. The College is committed to providing equity of access to technology for all students but we cannot guarantee that an iPad is available and alternative devices will be used. If at all possible we encourage students to bring an iPad to PCC.

We will be running iPad sessions for parents who would like to know more about the use of this technology. The sessions will be held on March 23. One session will be held in the morning from 8:50am-9:50am and the afternoon session will run from 2pm-3pm go to the following link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/9Qrz7Y5trCHCCpzv1

21st Century Learning - Parent Forum

We are running a parent forum this term to showcase some of the new learnings in technology our students are excited about. We will be highlighting the use of coding, the new digital technologies curriculum and the future direction of ICT at the College. Parents will have the opportunity to visit our Maker Space and try out some of the explorations children are involved in.

The forum will be held on Wednesday March 15 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Please go to the following link to register https://goo.gl/forms/jCtadh4WzhkQgCND2

Daryl English

Sports News

Leadership Opportunity - Basic AFL Umpires Course (Years 7-9)

Do you love Sport? Want to be a leader? Love AFL Football? Would you like to umpire an AFL Auskick match at the MCG or Etihad Stadium?

If you answered yes to any of these questions this opportunity is for you!!

We have an opportunity for 25 students from Years 7-9 (boys & girls) to work with AFL Victoria and learn the Basic fundamentals of AFL Umpiring.

Jo Siketa

AFL Auskick Promotion - Sanctuary Lakes and Point Cook North Auskick

NAB AFL Auskick is a great way for kids to have fun, make friends and learn skills of Australian Football.

Through weekly coaching sessions with our passionate coaches and coordinators, your child will be part of a great team, learning new skills and playing non-contact AFL games.

Please download the flyer here for more information.

Sustainability News

Clean Up Australia Day Success

Schools Clean Up Australia Day was a big success at PCC on Friday March the 3rd. A special thanks to Susie Ingles (parent and NatureWest) and Bruce Boddington ( grandparent and Beach Patrol ) for the their time to assist in cleaning out school wetlands.

The school collected 30kg of rubbish which included rubbish from the adjacent council oval. Children participated in Waste Education activities throughout the day. Thank you to our Senior Environmental Leaders for their great planning of the day including education sessions some delivered to other year levels.

Robyn Cairns

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden News

Garden Club - Wednesdays @ recess

Year threes and fours are enjoying coming across to the SAKG garden club on Wednesdays at recess. Children have been taking part in various activities including; flower pressing, watering, sketching, observing and writing poetry. The Garden Club is a new opportunity for children to connect with our SAKG with their friends in a relaxed environment. So far we have had a fantastic turn out.

Sarah Moore

Musical News

SEUSSICAL JR NEWSl

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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