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Point Cook College

No 8, May 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.

I would like to congratulate all students who participated in NAPLAN testing last week. Our students go about completing these tests with very little fuss. They follow instructions well and do their absolute best. Congratulations to all involved including staff and parents. We look forward to using the results to further focus on individual growth of students.

In the near future students in Years 4-9 will be participating in the Attitudes to School Survey. Ms Cronin will provide further information about this very important survey. The results of this survey play an important role in how we run the College. The results will be available later in the year.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying a number of our senior students to the MCG as they officiated the half time AUSKICK program during the Hawks vs Demons game. Our students did a fantastic job ensuring that the AUSKICKERS had an experience of a lifetime on the big stage. They did us all very proud. Thank you Jo Siketa for leading this program and the many teachers, parents and of course the students involved.

Unofficial Social Media

Whilst I completely support parents and the community communicating and sharing information on social media I would like to point out that as a College we don’t have access to and aren’t in a position to respond to issues that arise on unofficial College sites. Our Point Cook College Facebook Page is utilised frequently to share information and share student success. Furthermore, I encourage parents to follow guidelines as documented in the Parent Grievance Policy if they need an issue resolved or clarified. I thank you in advance with your support with this matter.

Attendance Policy

Last year around this time, the College Council endorsed the Attendance policy. I have decided to bring it up again because our attendance data needs to improve. In 2016 the college averaged 15.7 days absence per student per year. This equates to a considerable amount of time away from school. We understand some absences are unavoidable but I urge you to support us in improving this statistic.

I urge you to take the time to read the policy. The Rationale of the Policy includes:

In the State of Victoria the law requires that all children between the ages of six and up to their seventeenth birthday to attend school (The Education and Training Reform Act 2006).

School participation helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community. Regular school attendance enables students to maximize their full educational potential and to actively participate and engage in their learning. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age. Students who are regularly absent from school are at risk of missing out on fundamental aspects of their educational and social development. There is no safe number of days for missing school. Every Day Counts. Each day a student misses may put them at risk, and can affect their educational outcomes.

This policy aims to:

  • Reinforce the importance of regular school attendance for all students
  • State responsibilities for students and families, teachers, administration staff and school leadership in relation to student attendance
  • Detail the processes involved in response to student absences

This policy exemplifies the partnership between home and school and will have a positive impact on all students.

People of Point Cook

In this edition of the newsletter we meet our PCC Junior College Captains as part of our people of Point Cook segment.

Have a great fortnight!

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.

  • Curriculum Day
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon
  • Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • P - 2 Assembly

Marg Holness

Attitudes to School Survey

WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK

Point Cook College is conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.

Please click read more to find out more about the survey.

Bern Cronin

Administration

Important Dates - May

  • 22nd - Secondary Divisional Cross Country
  • 23rd - Primary 4-6 PCC Athletics Carnival
  • 24th - Indonesian Poetry Competition
  • 24th - Year 1/2 Green Gang- Wyndham Council Waste Audit
  • 25th - Secondary PCC Athletics Carnival
  • 26th - Year 8 Sport
  • 30th May-1st June - Book Fair
  • 30th - Year 9 Sport

Important Dates - June

  • 1st - Second Hand Uniform Sale 8:15-9:15am and 2:45-3:15pm
  • 2nd - Subway Lunch Day
  • 2nd - Cooking class for parents 1:30-3pm

Book Fair

Payments for next fortnight’s book fair will be credit card or online payments only this year. We are using a new company, Scholastic. You may know them already via our monthly book clubs.

If you are confused or have any questions please call or see Mrs Faust in the library.

We are also desperate for volunteers. So far it is only me and one other volunteer. If you can help please email me (faust.sonja.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) or call me at the College on 8348 7106.

Dates again are Tues May 30th, Weds May 31st and Thurs June 1st. Sessions are before school from 8.15-8.50am and after school from 3pm onwards.

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

faust.sonja.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

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:

  • SWPBS Congratulations to Middleton!
  • Marvelous Monday Mornings
  • Must Attend May
  • YMCA Program for Curriculum Day
  • Uniform…again….
  • Student Safety
  • CSEF Application reminder
  • Counselling Support
  • Social Media Challenges

Robyn Fincher

Whole College News and Events

Education Week

This year Education Week in Victoria is from May 21-May 27th with the theme of “Healthy mind, healthy body”. With this theme in mind, we at Point Cook College have decided to postpone our Education Week celebrations until the last week of term, from June 26th-39th. There is a very good reason for this. We have a big social conscience project that will encompass the last two weeks of the term and beyond that include all students and their families. As the term rolls on, more information will be shared and our thinking will become clearer.

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

P-4 News and Events

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

Community News

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

  • PCC Parents and Friends Association
  • Walk and Wheel Wednesdays
  • Mother’s Day Stall
  • Cooking Classes for PCC Parents
  • The Great Book Swap

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

People of PCC

Junior School Captains

This week we would like to introduce you to our Year 4 Junior College Captains, Stavros and Emily.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

 

Sustainability News

Upcycle Week 2017

The Senior Environmental Leaders planned and ran an Upcycle week workshop for the 5-9 students.

The team began planning for this event late last year and is part of achieving our school’s ResourceSmart School’s Waste module.

To plan this we had to collect old clothes, create timetables and allocate jobs to everyone. Students booked in for workshops, made badges, jeans pockets for mobile phones or bags, T-Shirt bags/rugs, glove teddy bears and even held a fashion show where they got to create their own outfits using upcycled clothing. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event, and we hope all who attended had fun and learnt something new about upcycling. Everything that was made by the students will be sold at the twilight market later this year, where the environmental leaders will have a stall.

Alannah Rechichi and Ava Howard

Senior Environmental Leadership team

Sports News

Athletics Carnivals

Next week we will be holding the Annual PCC Athletics House Carnivals at the VU Athletics Track. The Primary (Years 4-6) Carnival is on Tuesday 23rd of May and the Secondary (Years 7-9) is Thursday 25th of May. Our attending students are invited to come dressed representing the house that they are part of, with extra house points going to those who dress best. Students need to be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately for participating in their events, along with ensuring they have plenty of food for the day out. Parents are welcome come down and support their child on the day.

Amy van Braam

AFL Umpiring at MCG and ETIHAD

Following on from their umpire training 2 weeks ago, our Years 7-9 students were incredibly lucky to take to the big stages in AFL Football last weekend and umpired their very first AFL Auskick match. They were able to get a taste of the real thing. They represented our College with pride as they showcased their Leadership and Communication skills to the young Auskickers, parents and spectators. Please click read more to find out all about it.

Jo Siketa

Performing Arts News

Year 6 Cabaret

POINT COOK P-9 COLLEGE YEAR 6 PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS PRESENT

A CABARET SHOW

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21st 2017

7PM @ ENCORE EVENTS CENTRE

80 Derrimut Rd Hoppers Crossing

TICKETS ON SALE UNTIL 7/6/17

ALL WELCOME

$20 EACH (includes light supper)

Download the flyer here.

Loretta Cachia

SEUSSICAL JR NEWSl

Our fabulous cast has been busy rehearsing over the past few weeks and the show is looking and sounding amazing!

Tickets will go on sale on Monday the 22nd of May and will be available through the office (adults $20, children $12)

Performance dates: Thursday 31st August and Friday 1st September!

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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