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Point Cook College

No 7, May 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

We are well into Term 2 and all educational programs for 2017 are well established and running smoothly. Students in Years 3 ,5 7 and 9 are preparing to participate in NAPLAN next week. We wish all students the best. As you read through the newsletter or browse our website and social media you will see the many extra-curricular activities that our students participate in on a weekly basis. We encourage students to take on as many opportunities as possible.

Last week I was honoured to represent the College at the Dawn Service on ANZAC day. Our three College Captains and our College Council President accompanied me at the service. We laid a wreath on behalf of the entire College Community.

I would like to welcome Kaylene Tanti to our staff. Kaylene has assumed the role of Executive Assistant to myself and joins the office administration team. Kaylene brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role. In this edition of the newsletter we find out more about Kaylene and Donna Galvin, our new business Manager in ‘People of Point Cook.'

On a very sad note, we offer our sincere condolences to the Gajdos family for the unexpected passing of Mr John Gajdos, father of Michael in Year 4. We offer Slavica, Michael and his sisters who don’t attend Point Cook College Adriana and Marina our deepest sympathy.

Annual Report – Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday evening I presented the 2016 Annual Report at our Annual General Meeting prior to our College Council meeting. Although attended by very few parents it was a great opportunity to discuss how we are performing in various areas of student outcomes and attitudes to school. I will ensure the 2016 Annual report is uploaded on the College website shortly. I encourage you to take the time to read the report.

Community Partnership Program

I would like to thank and congratulate Rebecca Thornton for her successful grant application to The Brooke on Sneydes Community Partnership Program for 2017. We would like to thank The Brooke on Sneydes and The Geelong Football Club for their support and generous grant of $5000. Kylee Brealey (College Council President) and Rebecca Thornton (Community Partnerships Leader) attended the cheque presentation last week.

Mother's Day

Although a week away, I would like to wish all our mothers and grandmothers a wonderful Mother’s Day. I thank you all for the wonderful things you do for your children and in supporting our College. I wish you an absolutely fantastic day and hopefully you have an opportunity to put your feet up and relax.

Have a great fortnight!

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News 5-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-4 community.

  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Uniform

Bern Cronin


Important Dates - May

  • 6th-7th - Umpire Program (Selected Year 7-9 students)
  • 9th-11th - NAPLAN
  • 10th-11th - Mother's Day Stall
  • 19th - Term 1 House Celebration (Winner TBA)
  • 12th - P-2 Mother's Day Afternoon 2pm
  • 13th - Selected Year 7-9 students umpiring at MCG
  • 16th - Year 7 Sport
  • 17th - 21st Century Learning Parent Forum
  • 19th - College Photo Day
  • 22nd-26th - Education Week

Book Fair - Calling All Volunteers

We are looking for some volunteers to help with our annual book fair. It will be held on Tuesday the 30th of May, Wednesday the 31st of May and Thursday the 1st of June. The sessions where we need help are before school from 8:20am until 8:50am and after school from 3:00pm onwards. Please call into the library or email me at if you can help. We appreciate your support.

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

College Photos

Our College photos will be taken on Friday the 19th of May. Envelopes have been sent home with all students for our College photo day. If you would like to order photos please complete the details on the envelope and either enclose the correct amount of money or pay online and write the reference number on the envelope.

Please return your envelope to school before photo day on Friday the 19th of May. If you have more than one child at the school, you will need a separate envelope for each child.

If you have more than one student at PCC, you also might like to order family photos. Students or parents are able to collect envelopes to order family photos from the office. If you have any questions please contact the office.

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

CSEF Application Reminder

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) initiative helps ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities. Schools are still able to accept and process CSEF application forms up until the end of Term 2 on Friday 30 June. Please contact the office for further assistance.

Must Attend May

This week we kick of the second month of attendance promotions for the year, with Must Attend May. Teachers will be reinforcing the importance of regular school attendance with students we need your support to assist students to be on board. Regular attendance allows students to;

  • maximize their full educational potential and increase learning outcomes
  • build a positive connectedness to school and learning
  • build relationships with staff and fellow students
  • actively participate and engage in their learning

It is important to remember that daily attendance is key to consolidating opportunities for learning. Missing the equivalent of even one day a week adds up to twenty percent of learning time in a year, which is quite significant. If your child is going to be absent from school you will need to either leave a message on the College absence line on 83487117 or advise the homeroom teacher via the COMPASS Parent Portal. Further information can be found on the College website.

Uniform Reminders

Visual Display

Uniform storyboards have been uploaded to the Website which give you a visual representation of acceptable combinations. Go to Curriculum/Engagement and Wellbeing/Uniform then click on Uniform Combination Images or you can download the document here.


Our uniform colours have been chosen to compliment each other and complete the image we want to represent the College. You can assist by ensuring accessories chosen meet the required expectations. Please remember that the tights worn under the skirt and pinafore must be navy, ALL socks must be white and any religious headwear is plain blue, white or taupe.


If you are struggling to assist your child to meet uniform expectations please contact Robyn Fincher at the College.

Robyn Fincher

Whole College News and Events

NAPLAN is next week

Just a reminder that the annual National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be held for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 on May 9 – 11. This assessment helps students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills across English and Mathematics through a series of standardised assessments – Reading, Language Conventions (Spelling, punctuation, grammar), Writing and Numeracy. All students in these levels have been engaged in preparing for the assessments over the term.

Some important tips for families:

  • On the days of NAPLAN, please ensure your child has eaten breakfast and is ready for the day. Please ensure they are on time as testing begins in the first session of the day.
  • If your child is sick please do not send them to school – a make up day is available on Friday for one test (please send a note asking for the test to be made up to either Marg Holness (Year 3) or Bern Cronin (Years 5, 7 and 9).
  • Please focus on NAPLAN as an opportunity for your child/ren to show off what they know, not as a pass / fail test, and promote the idea that they just need to do their best in order to shine.
  • Help your child prepare for NAPLAN by reassuring them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and reminding them on the day to simply try their best. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.
  • If you have any concerns about your child/ren undertaking NAPLAN please discuss these with homeroom teachers as soon as possible. You are able to withdraw your children from the assessments – please discuss with your child’s teacher and then make the request in writing. We will then provide you with an official document.
  • If you would like to know more about NAPLAN please visit the official website

Bern Cronin

Australian Maths Competition 2017

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 on each test 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.

Details of this event are:

Date: Thursday the 27th of July, 2017 Cost: $6.50 AMC only + $2.00 for GetSet (optional)

If your child is interested in participating in this activity please send the Expression of Interest form available on our website or attached here to your Homeroom Teacher to request a permission form. Payment is required when the permission form is returned.

Expression of Interest forms need to be returned BEFORE Monday May 29th 2017.

Helen Barratt

Student Engagement Programs Co-ordinator

Student Leadership

LEGACY’s 86th Annual ANZAC Day Commemoration Service

On Friday the 21st of April, the PCC Senior House Captains attended LEGACY’s 86th annual ANZAC day commemoration service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. Approximately 6,000 students from primary and secondary schools throughout the state of Victoria attended the service.

The gathering at the Shrine of Remembrance commemorated the sacrifices made by both men and women who have served our country.

Many speeches and recognitions took place about the hundreds of thousands who fought and sacrificed their lives for future generations including ours. The students from throughout Victoria were reminded why we are here today and the purpose we can bring not only to our families but also to our country.

At the end of the day we were proud to be representing our school - Point Cook College and helping to keep the ANZAC spirit alive.

Niwa Tutu & Lily Nicholson

ANZAC Day Service at PCC

On Monday the 24th of April 2017, Point Cook College held a formal Anzac Service in the Agora at the Flagpoles. Myself and the two other school captains (Ella and Sophia), along with our wonderful principal Mr Frank Vetere and the junior school captains led the service. We honoured the ANZACS who fought in past and present wars so that we can live in a democratic and free country. The students who attended the service had an amazing experience, listening to the speeches and singing our National Anthem.

On Tuesday the 25th of April 2017 Ella, Sophia and myself were invited to attend the ANZAC Dawn Service at the Point Cook RAAF Williams Base with our principal Mr Frank Vetere, our school council president Mrs Kylie Brealey and our SLC coordinator Mrs Jenni Gigas. The Service began with the mounting of the Catafalque Party and Group Captain Peter Cluff gave the ANZAC Day address. Even though it rained throughout the entire service we had an amazing experience and were proud to represent the students of Point Cook.

School Captain Michael Balnozan

P-4 News and Events

Prep - Year 2 Mother's Day Afternoon

On Friday the 12th of May we will be holding a P – 2 Mother’s Day afternoon. Mums will be asked to go to their child’s homeroom at 2pm for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation! If you have more than one child in the P-2 area you will have the opportunity to stay with your children and visit their different homerooms together. Please ensure you notify your child’s homeroom teachers if this is the case.

Rachel Wallace

Anzac Day in 3AK

During weeks 1 and 2, 3A and 3K were privileged to be shown a variety of medals and items from some respected veterans related to students and teachers of our classes. Olivia Dabinet and Selena‐Rose Bower shared items from their currently serving dads whilst Isabella Stebbing and Miss Allen both discussed their great grandfathers and grandfathers in WWI and WWII.

Students and staff were intrigued when shown Australian army slouch hats, a beret, a variety of medals, badges and pins along with epilates, dog tags, photos and service ribbons. We were all in AWE when Mr Stebbing brought in a real Japanese WWII sword which was found by his grandfather at the end of the war. Students were allowed to touch and explore and asked any, many questions.

Both classes learnt about the amazing sacrifice and bravery shown by Australian soldiers in the Gallipoli campaign, as well as the veterans who have returned from more recent war zones of Timor Leste, Afganistan and Iraq.

Miss Allen and Mrs Kip thank the families for sharing their stories and connections to Anzac day. If you would like see the photos and work have a look at the windows of room 38 and 39.

Michelle Allen and Alison Kip

Blanket Collection for Blanket Melbourne

Some students in 2V have started to organise a blanket collection for homeless people. We are asking the Point Cook community for blanket donations, which we will then donate to a not-for-profit organisation, Blanket Melbourne. The hope of Blanket Melbourne is to provide a warm, clean blanket to every homeless person in Melbourne. We are asking for new and used blankets and sleeping bags. Unfortunately, we cannot accept crocheted blankets or doona covers. We will also be collecting new socks and beanies. There is going to be a collection bin at the office.

Jack, Brandon, Ashlee and Siyona 2V

5-9 News and Events

Year 6/7 Transition 2018

Recently all families of students in Year 6 received documentation in the mail for Year 7 placement for 2018. The process for placing students in the Public Secondary System is handled by both Primary and Secondary settings including P-9 Colleges. Please ensure you have read the letters and documents carefully and fill in the form provided.

ALL students must return the form regardless of where they will attend next year - this includes students applying for schools outside the public system or those with special entry requirements. If you need help filling in these forms, haven’t received yours or have questions regarding the process please contact Sonia Falcone in the office or myself.

Specific questions about Secondary Schools and their programs should be directed to the schools themselves. All forms MUST be returned no later than Friday 12th May. We appreciate your support with keeping to these timeframes.

Thank you.

Julie Ryan

Year 5/6 Neighbourhood Leader

Community News

Please click read more to find out about the following Community News:

  • Mother's Day Stall
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents
  • Olive Harvest
  • The Great Book Swap

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

People of PCC

Donna and Kaylene

This term we have welcomed Donna and Kaylene to our staff. Please click here to read more.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

eLearning News

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 May 17 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Please go to the following link to register

Daryl English

Sports News

Please click read more to find out about the sporting events PCC students have been involved in lately:

  • Sports News
  • Secondary Cross Country
  • House Bonanza
  • Term 1 House Celebration
  • Athletics Carnivals

Amy van Braam

AFL Basic Umpiring Course

Last week we conducted our Bi annual AFL Basic Umpires Course for our Years 7-9 students. Congratulations to the 23 students across years 7-9 who successfully completed the course with Neville Nash from AFL Victoria. Please click read more for more information.

Jo Siketa

Science News

Stella Egg Drop Year 7 Accelerated Science

The students in the Year 7 Accelerated Science Program designed capsules to protect an egg from being broken when dropped from a height of approximately three metres. They created the capsules from a range of materials – newspaper, cardboard, balloons, and plastic bags to protect the egg from breaking upon contact with the ground. Students discussed and used the laws of physics to conduct the egg drop. Some eggs did survive the experiment. Special thank you to Des for assistance with launching egg capsules from roof.

Forensic Science Police Museum

The students from Forensic Science (Year 9 Pathways) attended an excursion at the Police Museum in Melbourne. The program introduced the role of Forensic Science in police investigations. Students learnt the different scientific techniques used to investigate and solve crimes. They discussed some Australian cases where forensic techniques were vital to the police investigation. The students also had the opportunity to examine a fictional crime scene. They worked in groups and each group was given a different box of evidence with key questions to answer. At the conclusion of the class the students collaborated their results and presented their findings to help solve the crime.

Debra Bednarek

Performing Arts News

Year 6 Cabaret





80 Derrimut Rd Hoppers Crossing



$20 EACH (includes light supper)

Download the flyer here.

Loretta Cachia


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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