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Point Cook College

No 13, August 2016

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

PCC Olympics

I would like to begin this edition of the newsletter by congratulating the entire college community on the amazing Olympics celebration. This once every four year event is definitely one that students won't forget. I sincerely thank the large number of parents that assisted and supported the various activities. I especially thank the organising committee and the entire staff led by Jenny Hayes. You can imagine the level of organisation required to facilitate all the programs and activities over the past fortnight. I would also like to make special mention of the crew involved with PCC radio. The quality of the broadcasts have been fantastic. Bring on Toyko 2020.


Recently you would have noticed that our flag poles have been flagless. This is because the harsh weather had frayed the flags and we have ordered a new set including our National Flag, the Aboriginal Flag and the Point Cook College Flag. Beginning this week we have a rotation of flag monitors in place who will be responsible for raising the flags on Monday morning and lowering them on Friday afternoon.

Every Monday morning the flags will be raised to the sound of the national anthem over the PA. This will occur at 8.55am and our expectation is that everyone in the school will pause and pay respect.

If you are at the College during this time please join us In pausing for a few moments. I really would like to discourage students being late and disrupting the service.


In May this year students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 completed a series of tests as part of the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Parents of students in these year levels will receive individual results this week. These results will be sent home with children.

This information is a ‘snap-shot’ of student achievement and forms only one part of our assessment processes . We will be analysing the information and combining this with the information collected about our students’ progress as a normal part of our teaching and learning program. We will look at trends across year levels from one year to another, as well as strengths and weaknesses identified for individual students.

If you have any enquiries regarding the results, please contact your child's teacher and or the relevant Neighbourhood leader. You may also find the NAPLAN website useful:

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria

Please take the time to read Ms Cronin's report on one of the most important teaching strategies we use across the college. The report will provide you some practical tips to support your children's learning.

Tournament of Minds

I am genuinely proud of the various events that our college is participating in outside of school. Mrs Fincher and I had the pleasure of supporting the two teams who represented Point Cook College in the Tournament of Minds competition at Deakin University in Burwood. Tournament of Minds requires problem solving and effective team work from each member of the seven person team. Teams have six weeks to complete a set open-ended challenge and are also required to complete a 'spontaneous challenge' on the day competing against other schools from around Australia. The task has fostered collaboration, creative thinking and risk taking in our students competing from Years 3 & 4 and Years 7 to 9. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to Mr Godson and Mrs Pontikis for supporting the teams.

People of Point Cook

In this edition of the newsletter we meet Abbi Chamberlain our school based social worker. We are extremely pleased to have Abbi on staff and her experiences are very impressive.

I take this opportunity to wish all dads and grandads in our community a wonderful Father's Day on the 4th September. We thank you for all you do to support your children so that they can be the best they can possibly be.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-4

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

  • Effective Communication
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal News 5-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the Middle Years community.

  • Student Led Conferences
  • Melbourne Experience
  • Secondary Showcase
  • PCC Radio Station

Bernadette Cronin


Important Dates - August

  • 8th August-9th September - Chocolate Drive
  • 26th - Year 7 Winter Sports – Hockey, Basketball and Tennis
  • 26th - Subway Day
  • 29th - Secondary Divisonal Athletics Carnival
  • 30th - Year 4 Polly Woodside and Botanical Gardens excursion

Important Dates - September

  • 1st - Year 6 Caberet
  • 2nd - Prep-2 Father's Day Footy Afternoon
  • 2nd - Year 6 Maths Games Day (selected students)
  • 6th - Year 7,8 & 9 Hockey Competition
  • 6th - Year 2 iPad parent meetings - 9am-10am and 2pm-3pm
  • 7th - Kids Teaching Kids Conference @ Carranballac College
  • 8th - Year 2 iPad parent meeting - 6.30pm-7.30pm
  • 9th - Cooking Classes for Parents 1.30-3pm
  • 13th - Student Led Conferences
  • 14th - Secondary Showcase
  • 14th - Werribee Mansion Excursion - 3C, 3D and 3F
  • 15th - Werribee Mansion excursion - 3A, 3B, 3E and 3G
  • 15th - SWPBS Parent Forums - 2-3pm and 7-8pm
  • 16th - Footy Day (Out of uniform day)
  • 16th - Subway Day

Chocolate Drive

As part of the College fundraising events, we are currently running a Chocolate Drive. Boxes will only be sent home to those families who indicate that they would like to sell them. A note was sent home with a section for you to fill out and return to school if you would like a box to sell. If you would like to sell a box please print this form or collect a note from the office.

The boxes are a mixture of Freddo Frogs, Caramello Koalas and an assortment of chocolate bars that sell for $1 each. Money is due back to the College by Friday the 9th of September.

Thank you for your support.

Gina O'Keefe

Knitting Scarves for the Homeless

I am pleased to announce that Spotlight have made a contribution of $30 to our school for the purchase of supplies to help knit scarves for the homeless. It is a generous donation considering the numerous requests they receive each week. So thank you Spotlight!

Sonja Faust

Prep Enrolments 2017

For more information regarding Prep enrolments in 2017, please click this link to view the flyer.

Please make sure you enrol your child to ensure they do not miss out on our transition program, beginning in early October.

Rachel Wallace

Extra Curricular Activities 

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricular Calendar.

Please Note - This calendar is a live document and changes every two weeks, events get added and events get taken off. Costs are approximates.


Youth/Social Worker

As previously advised we have added a Youth/Social Worker to our wellbeing team. Abbi will be working with individuals and/or groups of students on a needs basis as identified by the Wellbeing team. She has also been introduced as a ‘go to’ person for our 7-9 students seeking advice or support, and while these incidental visits are often requested to be confidential, students will be advised that it may be necessary to inform parents should any matters be raised that may impact on their immediate safety or wellbeing.

If the wellbeing team determines that a student needs to work with Abbi in an ongoing capacity, conversations will be held with parents and signed permission will be required. If you have any wellbeing concerns please arrange a time to discuss these with your child’s homeroom teacher and/or Neighbourhood Leader.


On Thursday 15th September we will be conducting two SWPBS parent forums, one at 2pm and one at 7pm, with both forums running for one hour. The forums will provide parents with an opportunity to discuss and provide feedback around the work done so far, in particular in relation to the staff and parent expected behaviours matrices. We will also be providing an online opportunity for parents who are unable to attend either session but are keen to have input. We will be seeking expressions of interest and providing online participation information via social media and the website over the next few weeks. If you are interested in attending please make a note of session times.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

Prep-2 Alpha Show - The Hunchback of Notre Dame

On Monday the 22nd of August, Prep to Year 2 students had the pleasure of watching Alpha Shows perform 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. They met characters such as Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Hugo the Ghost. Students enjoyed singing along to the hit songs and joining in with the dancing. Thanks to the Alpha Show crew for giving the Prep to 2 students and teachers a wonderful afternoon! Here are some student comments about the show:

It was awesome! The good guy was a great good guy! - Jack Prep D

I liked the girl because she likes to dance. - Samantha Prep D

1B loved the Hunchback of Notre. Many of the students enjoyed how funny it was and how the characters made them laugh. There was a lot of chatter when they returned from watching the play on Monday afternoon:

'I thought it was really funny when the girl and boy kissed.'

'I loved the crocodile and how he shook his bottom.'

'It was really cool when we got to high five the actors at the end.'

'The music was cool. I knew the songs.'

A great afternoon had by all. - 1B

I thought it was fantastic because it entertained people. I liked it when Quasi stood up and got braver. - Hannah 2A

Rachel Wood

Prep - 2 Father's Day Afternoon

On Friday the 2nd of September the Preps, Ones and Twos will be having a Father’s Day celebration. All Fathers are invited to meet their children at their homerooms at 2:00pm for an afternoon of fun games and activities. If you have children from different P-2 year levels please collect them from their homeroom and feel free to move around with your children. All children will need to be dismissed from their homerooms at the end of the day and are not to be taken home early.

If any Dads are unable to make it to the celebration afternoon students are welcome to invite another special person to come and join in the fun. Please let your child’s homeroom teacher know who will be attending on the day. We are looking forward to a fun afternoon!

Year 2 iPad Information Sessions

Dear Year 2 Parents and Guardians,

The Point Cook College Council approved plans to extend the successful 1:1 iPad program to all students in years 3 to 6 in 2016. Your child is currently in Year 2 and we would like to introduce the program to you through Information Sessions so that your family is fully prepared for the 2017 school year.

We will run three repeated Information Sessions. They will be held on Tuesday September 6th from 9am - 10 am and another session from 2- 3 pm. The evening session will be held on Thursday September 8th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Could you please go to the following link so that we can have an idea of numbers of parents attending:

Daryl English

5-9 News & Events

Year 9 2017 Information Evening

Calling all Year 8 students and families to an information session about Year 9, including details of the Pathways program and Melbourne Experience. The session will be held on Wednesday 19th October at 7pm. Students and families will also receive their Year 9 information booklets and selection forms for Pathways. All students are expected to attend.

Year 8 Science Fair

The Year 8 students are holding their annual Science Fair on Wednesday the 19th of October from 5.00-6.45pm in the Science Building. Students from Year 7 and 8 have been making their own inventions and products which will be showcased on the night as a Mini Maker Fair.

Students have been working on many different science experiments. The experiments cover the chemical and physical aspects of science. You can expect to see explosions, metal flame testing and sports analysis! There will be coke and mentos fountains, holograms and taste tests to name a few. Prepare to be dazzled! Some experiments are hands on, while others are demonstrations. This is a good chance to see what the students have been learning, as well as learn a few things yourself!

The fair is open to all interested visitors. Please feel free to bring along grandma and grandpa and any other family who may wish to join in. You will be encouraged to question all students about their creations, experiments, findings and results. It should be an exciting and entertaining night!

Kate Sykes

Free Information Session - Dr Michael Carr-Gregg Presenting ‘Demystifying Adolescents’

Wyndham Council is offering a free information session for parents of teens, and pre teens.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg – Presenting ‘Demystifying Adolescents’

Sometimes do you wonder what’s going on in the mind of your teenager? Would you like to have some tools to deal with your teenager and strengthen your relationship?

Wyndham City Youth Services is hosting a FREE Parent Information evening with one of Australia’s highest profile psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. He will be presenting to parents and the wider community during the Wyndham Community Learning Festival on the developmental psychology of adolescents and how to better understand and effectively communicate with young people.

When: Tuesday 6th September 2016

Where: Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Rd Hoppers Crossing

Time: 7pm sharp until 8:30pm

Cost: FREE


Amazing Homestay Opportunity

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to share with you that we have had fifteen offers for Home Stays to host Year 7 and 8 students and staff from our sister school SMP Negeri 1 Singaraja which is located in Bali, Indonesia. Thank-you to members of the community who have already offered their homes. We currently need three more places to accommodate students from the school from families with students in Year 5 to Year 9.

Information about the Program

The touring party will be visiting Australia from Thursday 20th until Friday 28th October. We would like to provide a welcoming and authentic experience for them and are offering an opportunity for our families to host a guest in your home.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • To build international understanding and global citizenship among students and staff.
  • To establish and exchange knowledge of curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment practices between the schools.
  • To develop mutual understanding of culture and education systems.
  • To build ties of friendship which are maintained into the future.
  • To support the teaching and practice of the English language and the Indonesian language in both schools.

The students and staff will attend PCC each day and spend their time taking part in a variety of programs around our College aswell as attending classes in our Year 7 and 8 homerooms. After school and on the weekend are time for your family to host your guest. This could include day trips, visiting a local shopping centre, going into Melbourne or cooking a meal together-the options are endless!

During their stay we are planning to take our guests to Yarra Junction for a two night camp which will include a day trip to the Healesville Sanctuary. The camp has been booked from Monday the 24th to Wednesday the 26th of October. One Point Cook College student in Year 5-9 who has a visiting student or teacher staying in their home will also have an opportunity to attend the camp. All costs incurred for the camp will be covered by the College.

If you would like to host a student/s, please contact Jeff Wilson, or Jennifer Hayes via the emails below, or phone the College. If you have any further questions please contact Jennifer Hayes or Jeff Wilson through the office or at or

Kind Regards,

Jeff Wilson

Partnership Visit Leader

P-9 News & Events

Learning Intentions and Success Criteria - Joining in the Conversation

At PCC we have a whole school approach to embedding highly effective instructional practices in every class. Research overwhelmingly indicates that the way teachers communicate with their students has a huge effect on student learning and achievement. One key instructional practice that enables teacher clarity is the development of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria.

Please click read more to view the rest of this article on the College Blog.

Bernadette Cronin

Tournament of Minds

On Sunday the 21st of August two teams represented Point Cook College in Tournament of Minds at Deakin University in Burwood.

The primary team, consisting of 7 students from Years 3 & 4 chose to undertake the Engineering Mathematics challenge. The team needed to construct a machine that accepts only dimensions of the 'golden rectangle' while discarding material of any other dimension.

The secondary team made up of seven students from Years 7 to 9, chose the Language Literature task where they created a scenario of people gathering, sharing different conversation and food, with an emphasis on how these people came to meet.

All fourteen students represented Point Cook College extremely well and most importantly worked together as a team and had a lot of fun in doing so. This extra-curricular experience has fostered collaboration, creative thinking and risk taking in these students and we congratulate them for their achievements.

Please read more to find out about the students' reflections from their experience.

Rachel Pontikis (Primary Team Coordinator) and Andrew Godson (Secondary Team Coordinator)

Premier's Reading Challenge Update

With only 7 days to go – challenge finishes for PCC on the 1st of September – we have had a flurry of people finishing books. All of Prep H have completed the challenge as have Isabella Baxter of 5/6J, Aykamjot Kaur Dhillon of 1F and Shuchi Maheshwari of 3E. Congratulations to these people and let’s see how many more we can get to join our list of champions.

Sonja Faust

Community News

Bread Donations

The Point Cook Lions Club have created a partnership with a local bakery to collect their unsold bread and distribute it to families in need. They have approached us as they would like to support our families. If you would like to know more or request bread for your family please continue reading.

Rebecca Thornton

Father’s Day Stall and Raffle Tickets

We will be holding our annual Father’s Day stall on Wednesday the 31st of August and Thursday the 1st of September. Students will have the opportunity to purchase items from the stall. We are also looking for some parents to assist us. To find out more please continue reading.

Rebecca Thornton

Twilight Market

We will be holding our first Twilight Market on Friday the 14th of October from 3-7pm. We will have market stalls, community groups, food and entertainment. Applications are now open for stall holders, community groups and not-for-profit groups. We would like to thank Emma Heraud for designing our Twilight Market logo. To find out more about the market please continue reading.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

People of PCC

Abbi Chamberlain

This week we would like to introduce you to Abbi Chamberlain, our recently appointed Social Worker. Please continue reading to find out more about her previous experience and her new role at PCC.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

PCC Olympics 2016

Olympic Celebrations Recap

And so we say farewell to Rio and another Olympics! Read more about the Olympic Celebrations by following the link below.

  • International Food Day
  • Olympics Competition Days
  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Thanks and Congratulations

Jennifer Hayes


Just would like to say thank you very much to two local businesses who helped support our PCC Olympics celebrations. Woolworths for donating a gift card towards purchases for International Food Day and Central Equity for providing helium for our balloons. Thanks again for your support! It is great to have the wider community helping us to celebrate our special days.

Anne Mackelvie

Sports Report

Point Cook College Dominates at Primary District Athletics Carnival

It was a cold and windy day this year at the Primary District Athletics Carnival. Point Cook College had 53 students competing across a wide variety of events, who all contributed to PCC out scoring all other schools on Points. PCC finished clear winners with 346 points, Lumen Christi in 2nd on 239 points and in 3rd Carranballac Jamison Way on 167 points.

Competitors needed to place top 2 in their event to proceed through to the next round. On top of the team success, PCC has many individuals that achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd ribbons on the day. Congratulations to the following 29 students who have been successful in making it through to the Divisional Athletics finals:

Hasani Lumu, Grayson Lafaiali’I, Julie Kim Woern, Emily Gerolemou, Emma Chitty, Honey Raut, Amielle Hallett, Ruku Selakovic, Katelyn Lawrence, Blake Kelly, Jaiden Wilson, Jai Luziac, Lucas Koch, Vaughn Southern, Dawid Nel, Evander Thomas, Fin Cowell, Chloe Varcoe, Madisyn Mendoza, Trinity Hawea, Erykah Ahloo, Brianna Ring, Julian Wilson, Rafael Serad, Nane McIntyre, Laura Shippam, Lillian Holmes, Amilia Stevens, Jade Chitty

Matt Saunders

Year 8 Girls Table Tennis Team Finish Mid Table!

At the Divisional Year 8 Table Tennis Competition, Point Cook College came fourth against seven schools. The team of four was made up of Mckenzie, Jacinta, Iris and Esha in year 8. Each one of us won a great amount of singles and doubles. This game was a great opportunity to play with people that we were not familiar with and make new friends. We also got to extend our skills against one particular school who came first. As a team we won seven singles and four doubles, Esha won one single and one double with Jacynta and one double with Mckenzie. Iris won three singles and one double with Mckenzie and one with Jacynta. Mckenzie won two singles and one double with Iris and one double with Esha. Jacynta won one single and one double with Esha and one with Mckenzie. Overall it was a positive and entertaining experience.

Iris Pavlidi

Year 8 Boys Basketball Team Miss Out By A Whisker!

On the 18th of August a selected group of boys and girls in year 8 participated in the yearly basketball tournament for inter school sport. The boys team consisted of 8 players. Sanuth, Shen, Darcy, Paolo, Darcy, Callum, Eddie and Heinrich the caption of the team. At the end of the day the boys did their best and finished 3 in the tournament winning 3 games and losing 1. A couple memorable moments were when Eddie Ford had scored a whopping 28 points in a single half and when the whole team managed to beat one of their opponents 75-4. Overall the boys did a fantastic job and the whole day turned out to be a major success.

Piyush Karkera

Year 8 Girls Basketball Team Try Hard!

Last Thursday, a group of year eight girls were selected to represent PCC in basketball, although we had a couple of rough losses, we didn't let that bring us down. We came back strong with our last game, the score was 26-0. Olivia with 14 goals, Breeana with 10 goals and Xanthe with 2 goals. Over all we came 3rd in our pool. No matter what, we are still proud of ourselves for getting out there and winning one out of our three games.

Bailey Deal

Year 9 Boys Basketball team finish 2nd in a close finish!

On Wednesday the 10th of August, eight year 9 boys competed at the intermediate aged Divisional basketball competition. Competing in an 11 team tournament, the team won their two pool games putting them on top of their pool leading into the finals. They beat Bayside Williamstown 30-12 with Jack Costello top scoring with 9 points. They were victorious against the year 10s at Williamstown Pasco winning 20-12. Max Cunningham dominated the scoring with 10 points.

The Semi final saw PCC vs Point Cook Senior. Our year 9 team took their third scalp for the day beating another year 10 team, 31-16. Nathan Ellis and Max Cunningham took the leading scorers titles with 12 and 10 points respectively.

The Grand final followed with PCC coming up against Williamstown High. While our boys played hard and fast they couldn’t quite get over the line, losing 19-30. It was a huge effort by our year 9 students competing in a tournament against older students yet still finishing in 2nd place. Well done to Nathan Ellis, Max Cunningham, Kortez Hawea, Marshall Robertson, Danny Grmusa, Jack Costello, Bailey Kelly and Ben Korare.

Matt Saunders

Year 9 Girls Basketball Team Impress All!

The Year 9 Girls Basketball team competed at the Divisional competition on Thursday the 10th of August. The girls team was made up of athletes from other sports that hadn’t played much basketball before however they impressed on the day. The girls won 2 of their four round robin matches finishing third in their pool. They then had the opportunity to play in the 3rd vs 3rd final, which unfortunately they lost, meaning the girls finished 6th on the ladder out of 10 teams. The best players on the day were Amber Kelly (with a total of 25 points for the day), Jakaya Lam (9 points) and Mimi El-Hawli (5 points).

Well done to all girls involved. Amber Kelly, Jekaya Lam, Mimi El-Hawli, Riarn Richards, Quayla Thornton-Tatolu, Monique Auld and Codie Zander.

Matt Saunders

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