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Point Cook College

No 14, September 2016

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 wonderful fortnight. This is the last edition of the newsletter for Term 3. This term has been particularly successful as measured against our Strategic Plan and our Annual Implementation Plan. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your ongoing support and strong partnership.

Year 6 Caberet

Last week I once again felt extremely proud of our Year 6 students and teachers, Tech experts Mr Williams and Mr Wendt and their student helpers for putting on a very entertaining show at the Encore Centre in Hoppers Crossing. As I said to the audience on the evening, at Point Cook College we place a great deal of importance on students developing their creativity and having the opportunity to shine. I would like to specifically acknowledge the outstanding work of our Performing Arts Team, Loretta, Clarrisa and Jenny G for their amazing drive and talent and commitment to the program. Congratulations to all involved.

Year 9 Melbourne Experience

The Year 9 students have this week completed their ‘My Melbourne/Melbourne Experience’ program. This unique program was meticulously planned to meet a number of key outcomes including: Personal development, independence, interdependence, decision making, responsibility, problem solving, trust and the list could continue. The unit was designed to allow students to learn about our great city, its precincts, history and all that it has to offer. I would like to congratulate all students for representing PCC in a great light. Furthermore, I thank the many staff who supported the program. Lastly I thank the year 9 staff led by Dave Simpson for ensuring the program was planned perfectly. Well done!

2017 Intentions

We have arrived at the time of year where we begin planning for 2017. School funding, class sizes, facilities, staffing and programs are dependent on student enrolments and it would be a considerable disadvantage to the College if we planned for your children to remain if in fact they are leaving. So with this in mind, it would be greatly appreciated if you informed us if you are intending to leave us at the end of the year. Please let the office or your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.

People of PCC

In this edition of the newsletter we meet Sonja Faust our Librarian. Sonja is an extremely passionate librarian who is driven by students reading more and more books. The work she has done to make the library a welcoming space needs to be commended.

Enjoy the last week of term and please take advantage of the term break.

All the best,

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 Middle Years community.

  • Student Led Conferences
  • Secondary Showcase
  • Uniform
  • Term 4

Bernadette Cronin


Important Dates - September

  • 12th - Student Led Conferences
  • 14th - 7-9 Secondary Showcase 12:30-3:30pm
  • 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 - State Schools Relief Fundraising Day (Out of uniform day)
  • 16th - Subway Day
  • 16th - Last day of Term 3 (3pm finish)

Important Dates - October

  • 3rd - Start of Term 4
  • 5th-7th - Year 1 and 2 Power Ranger Workshop incursion

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.


Future Care Mobile Dental Services

Last week all students received information about Future Care Mobile Dental Services providing dental check ups at school, early in term 4.

If you have missed today’s return date but would like to take up the opportunity, forms must be returned to the office by Monday 12th September at the latest.

Robyn Fincher

SWPBS - Parent Forums

On Thursday the 15th September, we will be conducting two SWPBS parent forums, one at 2pm and one at 6pm, 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 behaviour matrices. The rationale behind these matrices is to develop guidelines that will support our students to meet the expectations as outlined in the student expected behaviour matrix.

Please indicate your interest in participating by going to the following link:

The matrices will be displayed on the website in the weeks after the forums for those who are unable to attend on the day, but would still like to contribute feedback.

Robyn Fincher

Uniform Update

Thank you to all the families who are doing their very best to meet uniform expectations. Spring often produces a mixed bag of weather conditions so please ensure daily choices are appropriate by opting for acceptable combinations of layers that can be added or removed as required. Of course with all this adding and removing, make sure all items are named to ensure misplaced items can find their way back to their owners!

If your child needs to be out of uniform please remember to notify the homeroom teacher in writing to avoid receiving an out of uniform SMS alert.

If you are having difficulty meeting uniform expectations please contact the college for assistance.

New optional items

  • A soft shell zip up vest with logo has been introduced and can be ordered from Noone – a perfect option for those ‘in between’ kind of days.
  • Navy slacks and grey trousers with an elastisized waist are now available in the smaller sizes as an alternative to those with zippers. Contact Noone for further information including pricing.
  • In 2017 a soft shell zip up jacket with logo will also be available as an alternative to the Winter jacket.


We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day (unless they are too ill to attend of course!) Attending school everyday is the single most important part of your child’s education. Students learn new things everyday – missing school puts them behind. They develop good habits by going to school every day – habits that are necessary to succeed after school, whether in the workplace or in further study.

Did you know...

  • In primary school, some students miss an average of 3 weeks of school per year. That’s half a year of school by the end of Year 6!
  • In Years 7-10, students miss an average of a week of school each term. That’s four weeks of school per year!
  • Missing one day of school each week adds up to 2 months missed over a year

It’s never too late to improve attendance – going to school more often can lead to better outcomes. Even at Year 9, when attendance rates for all students are lowest, going to school more often can make a big difference. Every day counts.

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, contact the Homeroom teacher or Neighbourhood Leader for assistance.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

Prep - 2 Indonesian

Students in years Prep to 2 have been given a little snake story book this week, to take home and read. There will be a movie of Ibu Anne reading this so they can listen and read along with their own little books.

Some students will be able to read and translate these to mum or dad by themselves! Please encourage them to read the book to different people and get lots of practice. Here is the link to Ibu Anne’s youtube channel, Indonesian Fun for Juniors:

Thanks for supporting the Indonesian program.

Anne Mackelvie

Releasing our Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Sienna and Summer (4B) joined Miss. Cairns in releasing one of our three beautiful Grapevine Hawkmoth caterpillars... Or moths.

The caterpillars were found in the school garden on a wet day on some grape vines.

Click the link to find out more about the caterpillars and read a poem written by Suren in 4B

Wendy Scott

5-9 News & Events

Year 7-9 Secondary Showcase

On Wednesday the 14th of September from 12:30- 3:30pm, Point Cook P-9 College will be holding our first Secondary Showcase. Students from Years 7-9 will be presenting their work to our younger students. Parents and members of the College community are invited to attend. The Showcase will be held in the LRC (behind the library), the 3/4 neighbourhood and the 5/6 Teal neighbourhood.


Well the Olympic celebrations at PCC seem like a while ago already! Amongst the excitement of Opening and Closing Ceremonies, International Food Day and Event Days you may have had the privilege of listening to our brilliant and talented Year 5/6 students and their teachers hosting our first PCC radio broadcasts. Our students worked extremely hard preparing to launch PCCRio5.6fm to coincide with the Rio Olympics. The students were so excited and it was fantastic to get involved by listening live or by playback, by commenting on twitter and watching the action at the Maker Space window.

PCC Radio is essentially an Internet radio station. Our students created live broadcasts, scheduled podcasts and mixed really cool music. While the shows themselves appeared fairly seamless and deceivingly simple, there was actually a huge amount of work that went on behind the scenes to get the radio station off the ground and I would particularly like to thank the students, those we could see broadcasting and those we couldn’t, David Williams and the 5/6 teachers for creating an amazing teaching and learning experience that engaged and excited their students. Their hard work certainly paid off.

Hopefully we don’t lose Mr Wendt to life as a DJ – he certainly showed some special talent!

Julie Ryan

Maths Games Day

Spending a day playing Maths games, meeting new people and working with our friends from school sounds like a great day for some and for some Year 6 students it was just that! George Thaliath, Tia Singla, Jack Sam, Lisa Sinclair, Temeika Cathery, Raf Serad, Mi Cao and Samiran Narayan competed against like-minded Maths students in a fun day that put their skills and quick thinking to the test! Although they may not have placed in the top 3 they did PCC proud! They not only got to showcase their Maths skills but just as importantly I was privileged to watch how inclusive, friendly and respectful they were when mixing with other students. What brilliant young people we are helping to grow at PCC!!

Julie Ryan

Interim Reports

Interim reports for students in years 5-9 are now available on the COMPASS Parent Portal. Parents can access the portal via this link

Parent teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday September the 13th and parents are able to book a time also through the COMPASS portal.

Daryl English

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.

Kate Sykes

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!

Alison Ryan and Sophie Jean

P-9 News & Events

Love Your Locals Day at the Werribee Open Range Zoo

On Thursday September 1, the Year 5 Green Gang members went to the Love Your Locals Day at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. The aim of the day was to broaden student knowledge on local environments and sustainability issues. Students performed a role-play about the Eastern Barred Bandicoots and presented all the other schools with wallaby grass seeds to attract local fauna who use the grasses for shelter, camouflage and food.

Natika Van Hulst

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

As another year closes on the Premier’s Reading Challenge I would like to congratulate all successful students and their teachers on completing the challenge. We had a record number of both students attempting the challenge (393 students) and those who were successful (343 successful). This year we also had several successful classes from Prep to Year 2 where teachers helped students in the reading of the books. The latest successful challengers are:

All of the prep classes, All of 1F, All of 2B, Georgia Blair 3C, Dhyan Kanzal 4E and Mila Stamenkovic of 5/6M.

Thanks to all students, teachers and parents who worked together to create a brilliant year of Premier’s Challenge Reading.

Sonja Faust

Donations of Lego for a Lego Wall

I am hoping to create a Lego Wall in the library. This involves base plates being glued to a wall so children can make wonderful masterpieces. It should, among other things, stimulate their creativeness and problem solving and encourage teamwork. However, Lego is expensive. Therefore, I am making a call out for donations of all unused Lego that your children may have outgrown or no longer use. Please send any bits to the library where they will surely be used and well loved.

Sonja Faust

Community News

Chocolate Drive

Thank you to the families who have taken boxes of chocolates to sell as part of our fundraising. If you have not returned your money or unsold chocolates yet, could you please do so by Friday the 9th of September.

Thank you for your support.

Gina O'Keefe

Out of Uniform Day

We will be holding our annual State Schools Relief Fundraising Day on Friday the 16th of September. Students are able to come out of uniform and wear their favourite team colours of any football code. Students are asked to bring a gold coin which will be donated to the State School Relief Fund to support disadvantaged families with uniform, shoes or items their children need for school.

Gina O'Keefe

Father’s Day Stall and Raffle

We hope that all of the Dads, Grandpas and Uncles enjoyed their gifts from our Father’s Day Stall. We would like to thank the following parents for helping us to run the stall - Audrey Cater, Megan Robinson, Melinda Centofanti, Leanne Flack, Karen Wade, Sue Yuen, Jamie Fan, Carol Cope and Gee Makola.

Congratulations to the following students and their families for winning our raffle prizes:

1st Prize- Siri Prep E

2nd Prize- Nora 3A

3rd Prize- Param Prep A

Thank you to all of our families for your support of our raffle and stall.

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

Sonja Faust - PCC Librarian

This week we would like to introduce you to our library technician, Sonja Faust. Please continue reading to find out more about her previous experience and her role at PCC.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Sports Report

Secondary Athletics

Congratulations to our Secondary students who attended the Hobson Bay Divisional competition for Athletics last Monday the 29th of August. Our students, yet again, did an awesome job of stepping up and representing Point Cook College against their peers.

Students covered a range of events, from shot put and high jump, to 200m and relays. Across the day our students were incredible and brought home 15 third places, 7 coming in at second place and 7 in at first. What an epic effort!

Eight of our students will be continuing on to the Regional competitions for Point Cook College next week with the Regionals being hosted on Thursday 15th of September. Congratulations to Carly, Jenn, Georgia, Sarah, Kym, Heinrich, Daelon and Priscilla. We wish you the best of luck next week.

Amy Van Braam


AFL Victoria, Cricket Victoria & Netball Victoria are offering you the chance to come and try all three exciting sports in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment at Dunnings Rd Reserve, Point Cook.


TIME: 9:30AM – 12:30PM



The program is open to girls of all ages and skill levels.


Click this link to open the flyer.

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