Important Dates - February
- 17th - Cooking Class for parents (1.30-3pm)
- 21st - Primary District Swim Carnival
Engagement and Wellbeing
Two weeks in and the tone around the College continues to be extremely positive. Students have settled easily into routines and are working in tandem with staff to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all, underpinned by our School Wide Positive Behaviours. On that note, I’m sure everyone has noticed the new signage around the College as an ongoing reminder of our four key expectations. We have plans for further visual reminders to appear across the College later in the year so keep an eye out for them and continue to discuss them with your child. It has been pleasing to see students arriving at school in plenty of time to be in class and ready to learn by the time the 8.50 bell rings. Let’s do our best to continue this practice across the year.
We have much happening in 2017 linked to Engagement and Wellbeing including the introduction of the Staff and Community Support matrices and further development of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing website link. As the year progresses you will see the link become a ‘go to’ hub of information providing support for PCC families. We will also be ‘turning up the volume’ on student voice and encouraging parents to share their ideas and opinions.
This year will also see the introduction of ‘The SPACE,’ which is located adjacent to the wetlands. The SPACE will gradually be expanded to include an outdoor zone and will be developed to meet the individual needs of students requiring group or individual support from our Wellbeing Team staff. We will provide more information about The SPACE over the course of the year.
Please click read more to find out about PCC Engagement and Wellbeing notices and events including:
- Front Up February
- Uniform Support
- Financial Assistance
- Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
- The 3 A's of Health
- Contact Details for Families
Supporting Young People Through Grief and Trauma
I hope you’re all settling in to term one, and feeling refreshed after the summer break.
While I’m hoping all our students and staff got to spend quality time with family and friends over the break, I’m aware that there have been some events that may have impacted on some of our community, in particular the Bourke St. tragedy.
With such blanket coverage of the incident on the television, online and print media, I’m sure many students would have seen and heard things that may affect them in some way. Even if a young person does not witness an event first hand, they can still suffer from grief and this can arise many questions for the young person, and can also affect feelings and emotions.
I have provided some links below to the headspace website with particular reference to grief and trauma, but as always my door is open for anyone that wants to chat or debrief further.
P-4 News & Events
P-4 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots
Please click on the links below to download the Term 1 P-4 Newsletters/Learning Snapshots:
5-9 News & Events
5-9 Learning Snapshots
Please click on the links below to download the Term 1 5-9 Learning Snapshots:
P-9 Teaching and Learning News
This year the Victorian Curriculum Foundation – Year 10 has been launched. This curriculum is derived from the Australian Curriculum and our previous AusVELS curriculum. It reinforces key learnings from across the key content areas and introduces a focus on capabilities essential for growth.
The capabilities are: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social.
For more information please visit the website: http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au
Across PCC we are launching our work with the new curriculum with a whole school question. Every student and staff member is attempting to develop an answer to the question:
How do you turn a bad day into a better one?
Please ask your child/ren how they are tackling the question and how that is helping them to understand their emotions, collaborate with others and demonstrate their resilience.
We look forward to sharing students responses later in the term.
These changes will also lead to some changes with reports – more on that very soon!
For more information on how we are implementing the curriculum at PCC, please speak with your child’s Neighbourhood Leader.
Family Cultural Celebrations
PCC is a multicultural community and we like to celebrate our diversity. We would like to create awareness of the significant cultural days that our families celebrate. Please comment below or email me with the name of the celebration, the date, country and information about the meaning of the celebration that you would like to share. The information will be shared on our College Facebook page on the day of the celebration.
Cooking Classes for Parents
Our free cooking classes for parents will start on Friday the 17th of February from 1.30-3pm.
Further classes will be held this term on the following dates- Friday the 3rd of March, Friday the 17th of March and Friday the 31st of March. The classes will be led by our Food Technology teacher, Liam Holland.
For catering purposes please let me know by the Tuesday before the class if you would like to attend by sending an email or leaving a message for me at the office.
EAL & Community Partnerships Leader
People of PCC
This week we would like to introduce you to our 2017 Neighbourhood Leaders. Their role is to lead and manage the teaching and learning programs for their teams. Please follow the link to read more about them and some of the exciting things that are planned for their Neighbourhoods this year.
Community Partnerships Leader