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Point Cook College

No 2, February 2017

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

I am pleased that the 2017 school year has commenced exceptionally well and that all classes have settled comfortably into their routines. Home rooms and neighbourhood spaces have been established to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. This smooth start doesn't happen by chance. It's due to the hard work at commitment of all students, staff and parents. I thank everyone for their support.

Today we were fortunate enough to have a visit by our local member and Minister for Health and Ambulance services Jill Hennessy. Minister Hennessy presented the College with some road safety signs and took the opportunity to talk to staff and students on a short tour of the College. It was the first official event for our College Captains. They did so well.

This year we will be continuing our 'People of Point Cook' segment in the newsletter. In this edition we meet the amazing Neighbourhood leaders. From my point of view they are all so passionate about their role, seeing students in their respective neighbourhoods thrive.

College Council Nominations

Over the next week we will be calling for parent nominations for College Council representation. This is a great opportunity to increase understanding of and contribute to the future direction of the College. Please read the information provided to all families sent home this coming Monday. It might just be the opportunity you are looking for.

Insurance - Personal accident insurance, ambulance cover and private property insurance

Please note the following, which has been directly copied from a Department of Education and Training memorandum:

Student Accident Insurance/Ambulance Cover Arrangements and Private Property Brought to School

Schools are reminded that the Department does not provide personal accident insurance, private property insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance / transport and any other transport costs. In some circumstances, medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, that the Department is liable for negligent (careless) acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers.

For more information about the claims process please go to:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/governance/Pages/claimsprocess.aspx

Private property brought to school by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage. As the Department does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and has no capacity to pay for any loss or damage to such property school community members should be discouraged from bringing any unnecessary or particularly valuable items to school.

Parent Grievance Policy

In 2015 The College Council ratified the Parent Grievance Policy. Download the Parent Grievance Policy here. The following is the rationale of the policy. Please take time to read the policy as it will assist in developing stronger home school partnerships.

Rationale:

At times parents may have concerns they wish to take up with the College. Point Cook College welcomes this feedback and encourages parents to raise issues as they arise. Point Cook College has both a desire and a responsibility to ensure that high standards of conduct are maintained by students, staff and parents at all times, and that grievances are managed and resolved fairly, efficiently and promptly in a safe and supportive environment.

Car Park Safety

Recently there have been a number of parents using the staff car parks as student pick up points, which is a particularly dangerous practice. There have also been numerous parents and students walking through the car parks rather than using the adjacent footpaths. In the spirit of ensuring student safety we are reminding everyone to please adhere to these requests.

Have a fantastic 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.

  • Welcome
  • Curriculum Snapshots
  • Hats

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal News 5-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 5-9 community.

  • Uniform
  • PCC Facebook page
  • Learning and Teaching Snapshots

Bern Cronin

Administration

Important Dates - February

  • 17th - Cooking Class for parents (1.30-3pm)
  • 21st - Primary District Swim Carnival

Engagement and Wellbeing

Important Information

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
  • Uniform Support
  • Financial Assistance
  • Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
  • The 3 A's of Health
  • Contact Details for Families

Robyn Fincher

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.

https://www.headspace.org.au/young-people/information-on-traumatic-events-for-young-people/

https://www.headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads/Corporate/Grief-How-young-people-might-respond-to-a-suicide-web.pdf

Abbi Chamberlain

Social Worker

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

Victorian Curriculum

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.

Bernadette Cronin

Community News

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.

Rebecca Thornton

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.

Thank you,

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

People of PCC

Neighbourhood Leaders

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.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

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