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Point Cook College

No 5, April 2018

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

We are well into Term 2 and all educational programs for 2018 are well established and running smoothly. Students in Years 3 ,5 7 and 9 are preparing to participate in NAPLAN next month. As you read through the newsletter or browse our website and social media you will see the many extra-curricular activities that our students participate in on a weekly basis. We encourage students to take on as many opportunities as possible.


On ANZAC day I had the honour of representing the College at the Dawn Service at Point Cook RAAF Williams Base. I was accompanied by our three College Captains, Jemma Tapp, Ella Pettigrove and Victoria Bal, Jenni Gigas (Leading Teacher) and our College Council President Kylee Brealey. We laid a wreath on behalf of the entire College Community.

On Tuesday the 24th April we commemorated ANZAC Day with a whole school service honouring our fallen and departed Australian or Allied service veterans no matter when or where they served or died. The service was streamed live on Facebook. Please take the time to visit our Facebook page to see our service. I would like to congratulate the entire student body and staff for a wonderful and respectful service in our Agora and the Gym.

Learning and Teaching Overviews/Snapshots

Term 2 has truly begun in earnest with all learning neighbourhoods focused on learning in a safe and supportive environment. Please take the time to read the Learning and Teaching Overviews/Snapshots for Year P-6 in Term 2. These documents will provide you information about what learning programs and activities students will engage in throughout the term. The Year 7-9 Learning and Teaching Overviews/Snapshots will be available in the next newsletter. Furthermore, you will receive an extra curricular activities calendar so that you can plan in advance. Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be participating in NAPLAN testing in May and students in Years 4-9 will be surveyed regarding their attitudes to school.

Supervision Before and After School

I would like to remind all members of the school community of the following hours of supervision to avoid further confusion.

Students should arrive at school at 8.30.

Teachers will be available at 8.40 and teaching and learning begins at 8.50.

It is essential that students arrive on time and that teachers are able to begin their programs uninterrupted. You may contact your child’s teachers via phone or email at any time.

It is also imperative that everyone has left the grounds by 3.30pm. This is 30 minutes after the last bell. Staff will not be on duty as they will be in meetings and or professional learning.

I ask that parents with younger siblings take full care and responsibility for their children when dropping off and picking up their children.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.

College Council Annual General Meeting

At the next College Council I will be presenting the 2017 Annual Report. Following this meeting I will ensure the report is published on the College website. If you would like to attend the AGM on Wednesday the 2nd of May at 6pm please RSVP to

Cyber Safety Day

Last week we successfully launched our Cyber safety mascots as part of our cyber safety week. I would like to congratulate and thank the cyber safety leading team for an outstanding job.

I am certain there isn’t a parent or guardian who doesn’t share a deep concern for their children’s online safety.

It is for this reason I am really perplexed why we only had 10 parents attend our parent forum. As part of our Cyber safety week we hosted two meetings at the following times, Wednesday 18th April during the evening and on Friday 20th April in the morning. What was further disappointing is that many parents indicated they would attend and didn’t.

Our vision is to develop a proactive partnership to address universal concerns around student online safety.

At Point Cook College we are recognised nationally for our work. Our leadership in this work is something to be proud of and the parent sessions provided education about the universal concerns and also provided strategies for families to implement at home.

At Point Cook College we aim:

  • To develop a community approach so that we can become early adopters of positive change
  • Be optimistic for a safer internet for all
  • Ensure we have the right balance between protective tools and technologies
  • Create a holistic digital community, including parents and the broader community

Here is what some parents who attended had to say about the sessions:

‘This e-safety presentation has raised a few things that I had not thought about, so I will be putting these strategies in practice… ’

‘It helped me learn about how to connect with my children from a very young age…’

‘Did not walk away feeling negative about any of the stats. The information helped provide relief that this is all being talked about…’

‘It is really informative to know what the school and the e-safety commission is doing for the safety of our children….’

‘The school is doing some amazing work around this space. Education of both parents and students is key. If you missed out, I encourage you to attend. The responsibility is ours’.

Because of the importance of this program I have decided to run another session soon. We will send out a compass push soon to advise of the details.

Let’s all get on-board and fill out the gymnasium.

Have an outstanding fortnight.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-6

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the P-6 community.

  • Cyber Safety Day
  • Aladdin Jr
  • Parent Teacher Interviews
  • Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • ANZAC Day commemoration
  • Curriculum Day
  • Communication
  • Athletics Carnivals

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Important Dates - April 2018

  • 30th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm

Important Dates - May 2018

  • 1st - Indonesian Kasti Incursion
  • 1st - House Assembly 2-3pm
  • 2nd - WMR Softball Intermediate Finals (Year 9 girls team)
  • 2nd - College AGM 6-6:30pm
  • 2nd - College Council 7-8pm
  • 3rd - College Tour 10-11am
  • 3rd - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 7th - PCC Athletics Carnival - Year 7-9
  • 7th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 8th - Digital Photography Excursion Melbourne CBD
  • 8th - District Cross Country Year 4-6 (selected students)
  • 8th - Regional Indonesian Speech Competition
  • 8th - Year 8 Sports (Girls Netball & Boys Football)
  • 9th-10th - Mother's Day Stall
  • 9th - Camp Quality Puppet Show for Prep-Year 2 students
  • 10th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 11th - Year 9 Theatre Pathway excursion to MTC
  • 11th - Subway Lunch Day
  • 11th - Prep-Year 2 Mother's Day Afternoon 2-3pm

College Photos

All school photographs have now been completed and you will be notified on your COMPASS newsfeed when prints are available. This includes class photos, individual and family/sibling photographs. If you have any enquiries about photographs please direct them to ‘School Snaps’ on 8640 9640.

Daryl English

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Tuesday 1st of May

8.15 - 9.15 am and 2.30 - 3-15 pm

The sale will be held in a portable near the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. You enter through the pedestrian gate on Tom Roberts Parade near the garden.

Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are $5-$10 each. We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform, (with no holes please) that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised will assist families in need with their uniforms.

The next uniform sale will be held Tuesday 5th June.

Sandy Thornton

School Banking

Point Cook P-9 College is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

School Banking day is Tuesday. Each week you need to hand your wallet to your teacher or at the office.

Sonia Falcone

Student Administration

Engagement and Wellbeing News

Please click read more to find out about PCC Engagement and Wellbeing information and events including:

  • Creating a Positive Climate for Learning
  • Uniform
  • Student Eye Checks

Robyn Fincher

Extra Curricular Activities

The 2018 Mark Wilson Dromkeen Young Author/Illustrator Award

Please click the read more link to find out about the Mark Wilson story writing competition for students in Years 3-8.

2018 Consumer Art Competition

You are invited to participate in the Mental Health Month Consumer Art Competition.

First prize - $1000

Second Prize - $500

Third Prize - $250

First prize artwork will be featured on the Mental Health Month 2018 poster distributed throughout Victoria. Prizes awarded at the launch of Mental Health Month 8th October 2018 Melbourne.

Entrants may submit up to two art works as paintings, drawings, mosaics, photos, computerised images or other art mediums which can be displayed

Art works MUST be an original piece by the entrant and suitable for photographic reproduction on a poster and must be capable of being hung for exhibition. The judges will favour works with a positive message about mental health.

To enter read the terms and conditions of entry and complete the entry form and mail or deliver it together with your entry fee and artwork to:

Mental Health Foundation Australia

Suite J 450 Chapel Street

South Yarra VIC 3141

Ph: 03 9826 1422


CLOSING DATE : 18th May 2018 5.00pm

Helen Barratt

P-6 News and Events

Learning Overviews/Snapshots

Please click on the links below to download the Term 2 P-6 Learning Overviews/Snapshots:

Prep-Year 2 Mother's Day Afternoon

On Friday the 11th of May at 2pm we are holding a Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Mothers Day special afternoon. Mothers are invited to come to their child’s homeroom for an afternoon of pampering and fun! If you are a mother with more than one child in the P-2 area you are welcome to spend the afternoon with all of your children and visit each homeroom together. We understand that it is sometimes not possible for Mums to attend on the day so in this case we welcome another special person or family friend to attend with your child. If you have any further questions or concerns please talk to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Camp Quality P-2 Puppet Show

On Wednesday the 9th of May students from year Prep to year two will be watching a puppet show by the childrens charity ‘Camp Quality’. This puppet show is designed to help support children living with cancer or children closely affected through a family member having the illness. It is aimed at explaining the illness to students in an age appropriate manner, creating a safe and supportive environment for those students impacted by Cancer. Teachers will be provided with support and resources to assist students with their understandings and questions prior to and following the puppet show. We encourage all parents to have a look at the program by following the link below:

Please note that as Camp Quality is a not-for-profit charity there is no cost involved for your child to attend the puppet show. However, Camp Quality relies heavily on donations in order to keep their programs running and we would encourage our families to make a gold coin donation on the day, which will be collected by homeroom teachers.

Any further questions regarding this puppet show can be directed to Rachel Wallace (Prep Neighbourhood Leader) or Natasha Caras (Year 1/ 2 Neighbourhood Leader).

Rachel Wallace and Natasha Caras

Community News

YMCA Car Park

We would like to remind our families that the YMCA carpark is only for the families using their service. Families are asked to park their cars in an alternative location so that YMCA families can safely drop off and collect their children.

We would like you to consider using our Active Travel Paths instead of regularly driving to and from school. The paths were installed last year after we were selected to be involved in the Wyndham Council Active Travel Schools Program. You may have noticed the signs on the footpath showing your children the way to walk to school and also reminding them to ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think,’ before they cross the road.

The paths start at local reserves which are only a short distance from our College. Most of our families live in these areas which are within walking distance of PCC! By using the paths, not only will we help to reduce the number of cars on the roads around our College but we will also have a positive impact on the environment.

The purple Active Travel Path will lead you to the reserve on Florey Ave.

The blue Active Travel path will take you along Tom Roberts Parade to Sidney Nolan Reserve.

The orange Active Travel path leads to the reserve on Pritchard Walk and also passes through the reserve on Breasley Parkway which is closer to the College.

To access the purple and orange paths please use the School Crossing on Tom Roberts Parade. To follow the blue path please follow the markers on the footpath from the traffic lights on the corner of Tom Roberts Parade and Boardwalk Boulevard.

You may like to either walk your children to and from school along the paths or use these locations as a drop of and pick up point to meet your children. If you do need to drive, there are lots of opportunities to park your car along the paths. This will allow you to safely and legally park your car to drop off and pick up your children.

We would like to encourage families to actively travel to and from school as part of a healthy lifestyle. We ask that parents assist their children to learn how to safely cross the road by teaching them how to use traffic lights and School Crossings.

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton

Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • The Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • Mother’s Day Stall
  • PFA meetings
  • Subway lunch order dates
  • Community Gardening Group

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

eLearning News

2018 Cyber Safety Day

Term 2 has started bigger and better this year with the college celebrating its annual whole school Cyber Safety Day on Wednesday 18th April. All classes from around the school participated on the day from Preps learning about the internet and receiving their iPad licenses to year 8 and 9 students engaged in an amazing Dot Com workshop from the team at Project Rockit.

Check out how the day went on the College Blog.

Sally Hill

eLearning Coach

Sustainability News

Migratory Shorebirds Project – Year 2

This term Year Two students will have the chance to meet and work with Melbourne artist Kate Gorringe Smith, who is well known for her linocut prints of migratory shorebirds and is currently leading a migratory shorebird project called 'The Overwintering' project. At school our work with Kate is part of a cross curricular project which includes Environmental Science, Art and Literacy. In Term 3 we will be holding an exhibition of student’s migratory shorebird stories, poems and art. We are all looking forward to spending time with Kate and sharing her knowledge and stories of migratory shorebirds.

Environmental Leaders News

On Friday the 20th of April, Werribee Zoo education officers Yvette and Kirsty presented the zoo’s model for implementing campaigns to assist wildlife to our Year 5- 9 Environmental Leaders. The session was a pilot for the zoo to present to students and was highly engaging for all. Students learnt what barriers to action could be and strategies to engage the community in positive action for the environment. Yvette and Kirsty presented our students with a tool kit of strategies for working on action campaigns at school. Students will be trialling some of these strategies in the coming weeks.

More Zoo News – Take Action

They’re calling on you – Mobile phone collection station

Point Cook College will be once again collecting mobile phones to donate to the zoo for recycling as part of a Zoo campaign to support the plight of gorillas. This campaign has been running for a long time and we are reintroducing it at Point Cook College. Just drop your old mobile phone in the collection bin near the office. When the bin is full the Zoo officers will collect the bin.

Robyn Cairns

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations must go to this fortnight’s successful challengers who have conquered the demands of the challenge:

Milla Cooper 1A, Megan Wong 3A, Zoe Jefferies 3D, Aveer Singh 3G, Isabella Scott 3G, Aaron Victoria 3H, Jeremiah Matamua 4A, Sakshat Dasar 4B, Rodney Tang 4C, Pari Bang 4F, Peter Jefferies 56I, Donovan Centofanti 56J and Ann Antony Thaliath 56N.

2018 PCC Book Fair - Parent Help

On the 5-7th of June we will be holding our annual book fair. For this fair to be held I will need help from parents. The fair will be open before school from 8.30-8.50 and after school from 3.00-3.45 on those three days. If you are able to do one or more times please either see Mrs. Faust in the library, email or phone 8348 7106. All help desperately needed.

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

Indonesian News

Junior Indonesian News

Sometimes parents ask me what their child needs to do for Indonesian homework. My answer would always be provide more comprehensible input! You can do this easily by subscribing and watching my youtube channel.

Please read more by clicking the following link:

Ibu Anne

Aladdin Jr News


The school musical team are looking for enthusiastic parents to help out with costumes for the Aladdin Jr extravaganza! Unfortunately we are limited in this area and are in need of some expertise. There are lots of jobs to be done - from making costumes from scratch to smaller alterations.

If you can sew and are interested in helping out please email Loretta Cachia, or contact the college.

Thank you.

Loretta Cachia

Performing Arts Teacher


Autumn in the Garden

We are now into Autumn and the weather is starting to represent that which we are familiar with, cool nights and warm days. This is the perfect time for planting. The weather is mild but not too cold. By getting in your plants now, it lets them get settled into the ground which is still warm enough to stimulate root growth, and then when spring comes around they can just take off and start putting on new growth. Enjoy the garden and this beautiful weather.

Sarah Moore

Garden Specialist

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