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
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.
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.
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.
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.
P-4 News & Events
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.
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.
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.
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.