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Point Cook College

No 6, May 2016

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

On Tuesday all staff participated in our annual Digilearn conference. It was an exceptionally successful conference that provided all participants with tools that they can implement immediately. We had presenters from other schools, past staff members and some of our own staff led breakout sessions. A statement made by our keynote speaker Andrew Douch that really resonated with me was that ‘The challenge we face is no longer the provision of technology but the revision of our pedagogy.’ This is true for Point Cook College in that we are extremely well resourced with technology and our unrelenting focus needs to be on revising our teaching (pedagogy) that we will meet the needs of 21st century learners. I had an extremely proud moment when it was highlighted that at PCC we are ‘well ahead of the game’ and in many ways leading in the interaction of learning and technology. Please read on for further details of the day. Congratulations and thank you to the planning team led by Jenny Hayes, Darryl English and David Williams. Also thank you for supporting our curriculum day and making arrangements for your children.

College Council

This week at College Council we ratified two key accountability documents. The Annual Implementation Plan and the 2015 Annual Report. Shortly I will be inviting the entire College Community to join me in a webinar where I will present the 2015 Annual Report. Both documents will be made available on the College website.

New Portables

Over the next few weeks we will take delivery of 4 more classrooms to meet the growing demand. This delivery will be the last as per our long-term master plan. Thankfully the classrooms that will arrive are brand new and will create more teaching and learning spaces that will accommodate our growth in 2017.


I wish all our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students all the best with NAPLAN next week and we know you are going to put in your absolute best effort.


Also, we wish the Year 6 students a great time at Camp.

Mothers Day

I would like to wish all our mothers and grandmothers a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday. 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 P-4

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

  • Mother Day

Marg Holness


Important Dates - May

  • 10th - 12th - NAPLAN
  • 11th - Indonesian Market Day Year 6
  • 12th -13th - Active Kids – Year 4 Lacrosse
  • 13th - Year 9 Pathways – Marine Biology
  • 16th - 20th - Year 6 Camp – Mount Evelyn
  • 16th - Secondary Divisional Cross Country
  • 20th - Year 7 Immunisations
  • 26th - 27th - Active Kids – Year 4 - Gymnastics
  • 30th - Primary Athletics Carnival
  • 31st - Secondary Athletics Carnival

Important Dates - June

  • 2nd - Primary Athletics Back-up
  • 3rd - World Environment Day – Whole School P-4 Dress up as endangered animal
  • 6th - Secondary Athletics Back-up
  • 6th - 7th - Year 1 and 2 Royal Botanical Gardens Excursion
  • 9th - Primary and Secondary Regional Cross Country
  • 13th - Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday

Uniform Update

I am pleased to announce with the six month grace period coming to a close that most students within the College are upholding the expected behaviour of ‘wearing the uniform with pride.’ Your role in supporting this reinforcement is greatly appreciated. We have been working closely with Noone Imagewear to ensure they are going to be able to keep up with the demand of our families, with all required items either in stock or not far away, including revised items such as the double knee track pants. Noone Imagewear are also happy to take orders and let you know when these items arrive. Most of the ‘out of uniform’ discussions that have taken place with students or families have been in relation to the guidelines for wearing the uniform. The main issues we have noticed are around wearing visible extra layers under ‘summer’ combinations in the younger year levels, and wearing ‘non College’ jumpers/hoodies in the older years. If you are unsure of these expectations, please go to the website as this information can be found in the Uniform Policy.

We also have a number of options available to help families who are experiencing financial difficulties, please call Robyn Fincher if you need further information.

Robyn Fincher


During the last week of Term 1 we held our SWPBS Launch Day, with all students and staff engaged in activities promoting our Expected Behaviours. The day was also an opportunity to celebrate our ‘House Communities’ with students across P-9 participating cooperatively with members of their own ‘house’ and developing a sense of ‘team spirit.’ Keep your eye out on the website for media and messages about the day over the coming weeks to see our reflections of the day.

The acknowledgement system is also up and running, with students keen to earn tokens or wristbands that will hopefully contribute to their house’s success in becoming the first one to enjoy a special celebration. Our House Captains have been doing an amazing job collecting and collating points and they will be posting information on the website to bring you up to speed in the coming weeks.

The next level of work for the team is the development of staff and parent matrices – we will be looking for parent input so please keep your eye on the website and in email push outs for more information.

Robyn Fincher

Uniform Donations Needed

If you have any uniform items that you would like to donate for our next second hand sale, could you please send it to the office or First Aid room. When we have enough items for another sale we will advertise the date in the newsletter.

Sandy Thornton

Activities For Parents

We currently run Zumba classes for families of the PCC community every Monday. The classes run from 9 - 9.45am and are $5 each week. If you would like to join in, please meet at the office at 8.50am. The classes are casual and friendly so if you haven’t tried Zumba before or you don’t know anyone, it would be a great place to start!

Cooking classes are held every second Friday from 1.30-3pm. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. The dates for the rest of the term are Friday the 20th of May, 3rd of June and 17th of June. If you would like to come please email or contact me at the office for catering purposes.

Bec Thornton

P-4 News & Events

P-4 Newsletters

Year 4 Wyndham Active Kids Program

Last week students in Year 4 commenced participation in the Wyndham Active Kids Program.

Active Kids is a Wyndham City Council initiative FREE to schools, designed to be a fun way to encourage healthy eating habits and increased physical activity in children aged 8-10 years (grade 3 & 4) attending primary schools across the Wyndham municipality. This year we are offering the program to year 4 students.

If you are interested in finding out more about the program please read the year 4 Newsletter or visit the Wyndham Council Website.

Jeff Wilson

5-9 News & Events

Learning & Teaching Snapshots Years 5-9

Term 2 is going to be a busy time across the College and students will have a range of learning opportunities. From learning about Federal Parliament, timely with an election mid year, to Australian experiences of war, there are rich curriculum offerings in each level.

Please read the Snapshots and, as always, any questions should be directed to your child’s teacher.

Bern Cronin

Curriculum Day

PCC Digital Learning Conference

Our second Digital Learning Conference was held on Tuesday the 2nd of May (College curriculum Day). It was a very successful day beginning with a fantastic plenary speech delivered by Andrew Douch, expert on technology in Education and the owner of Evolveducation. The plenary was entitled “The Intersection of Technology and Pedagogy” and was based on the principle that although the technology is important, it is how it is used that makes the difference. He spoke about challenges facing modern education and how we can best prepare our students for their futures in a technology rich world, especially given that much of the technology they will use is not even invented yet. He encouraged teachers to give the students authentic opportunities to publish their work-quoting Will Anderson (expert educator) “We need to move from hand it in to publish it”. The plenary speech was very inspiring and feedback from staff was that they are totally committed to raising the standard of education with technology within teaching and learning programs.

The rest of the day was spent in breakout sessions. There was a variety of classes for teachers to choose from, including Green Screen film making, using quizzes to assess students learning, Maker space, using Google Apps for Education, book Creator on the iPad, using social media (specifically Twitter) to make global connections, podcasting and screen casting and many more. These classes were delivered by a variety of presenters. Several presenter were from outside agencies, like Smart Board and dBprimary; some were experts sourced from within the College (staff who were willing to share their own expertise) and others were past College staff. We even had presenters from other school who gave their time to join our conference.

The feedback from the day was terrific. The feeling across the College for the rest of the week has been exciting and exhilarating. All staff have committed to implementing at least one new thing from the day as well as working together to ensure the momentum is ongoing and our programs continue to improve.

Jenny Hayes

Indonesian Programs

Partnership School

After several years of visiting our partnership school in Singaraja, Bali-SMP1 Singaraja, the staff have finally been able to organise a trip to Australia. SMP1 is the Yr 7-9 school that hosts our students when we visit them during our Bali Tours. Following a telephone conversation between Jenny Hayes and Putu Karnadhi the principal of SMP1 Singaraja, it was confirmed that there would be about 14 students and 4 teachers visiting our school. They will be here for 10 days from Friday 20th October, leaving on Monday 31st October. They are interested in learning about programs in our school such as English, Maths and Science as well as the Kitchen Alexander Garden and Sustainability. Students will do a homestay with families at our school. Students will be able to stay in pairs or singles. They would need a room (they may be able to share with their Australian buddy). Families will need to ensure students get to and from school every day and provide meals. We are intending to have an excursion during school time and suggest that the first weekend is settling in with host families and doing some touring. On the second weekend we will organise a get together/ program for all students and host families. This would be a great opportunity for our past and future Bali Tour participants, but also a chance for those families interested in learning more about Indonesian culture. Information will be sent out to all families shortly. We look forward to your support for this, our first ever international visit.

Sayembara Lisan (Speech Contest)

Point Cook P-9 College has got the honour of running a preliminary round of Sayembara Lisan (Indonesian Speech Contest) for the Western Metropolitan Region. At this stage, three schools with around 90 students have indicated they will participate in the contest. The contest will be held on Friday 20th May 2016. The winners of the contest will join the final round to be held at Melbourne University on Saturday 11 June 2016. We will have about 20 students competing for our college. They will be practicing in class and request that parents support them to practise at home. We wish them well and will let you know the results as soon as the competition is complete.

Jenny Hayes

Sports Report

Primary School Cross Country

Thursday 28th of April saw 36 of our Year 4-6 students out for a day putting their running shoes to the test. A test that students were able to withstand. With 3 different age groups across males and females, our girls in particular stood out in the crowd. A very exciting day for many with 16 students succeeding to continue on to the Divisional Cross Country to be held later this month. Furthermore 6 of our students returned home extra proud, smiling ear-to-ear with the medals around their necks. Congratulations to the following students who will run at Divisional Cross Country:

Amy Van Braam

Year 9 Outdoor Ed Pathways Overnight Hike

On Thursday 28th April 7 of our Year 9 students very excitedly set out on their Outdoor Ed overnight hike, with Mr Brennan and Miss van Braam. They began with Lina and Preshena (the only two girls) leading the way, in charge of navigation. Visiting some of the Otway’s most beautiful locations, they quickly discovered the drought was taking it’s tole on this amazing National Park. Despite the lack of ‘falls’ the area did not disappoint, with Dylan eager to explore an exposed cave. Upon stopping for lunch, Mr Brennan and Adam found themselves losing their lunch to a local kookaburra. The afternoon presented some serious incline, which ensured everyone slept well for the evening.

With plenty of new experiences in place, each student was able to practice their Trangia skills for preparing the evening meal, which again enticed some surprise visitors to sneak into the camp. Russel was extremely happy with himself to score an up close and personal ‘selfie’ with our new kookaburra friend. Despite the teachers’ best attempts, Felix refused to believe that drop bears might be enticed into the camp at night.

We struck the jackpot with the rain coming during the night and clearing for most of our hiking time. Harry discovered the hard way why our shoes shouldn’t be left outside the tent. The final hike destination, Erskine Falls, lived up to its reputation with plenty of flora to be explored. Thank you to our amazing students who once again stepped up to the challenge of representing Point Cook College in the community and embraced the responsibility.

Amy Van Braam

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