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Point Cook College

No 4, March 2018

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Thank you for an outstanding Term 1 at Point Cook College. There is much to be proud of and celebrate. Students and staff have most definitely settled into the 2018 school year. The College has begun implementing its improvement agenda as outlined in the new strategic plan. Our 3 goals are clearly articulate and focus on excellence:

  • 1. To ensure every student achieves their potential and maximises their achievement and learning growth across all curriculum areas and year levels.
  • 2. To create a contemporary stimulating learning environment where students are intellectually engaged, motivated and have agency in their learning.
  • 3. Develop a high performing professional learning culture with an unrelenting focus on growth for all.

All staff are engaging in intense professional learning to ensure the first year targets are met and exceeded.

Last Wednesday the College Council endorsed our initiative to create a library in every homeroom across the College. This equates to a $90,000 investment in improving literacy outcomes for all students. The initiative will be rolled out during Term 2 by the Literacy Improvement Team and there will be ways in which you can support the project.

Last week we celebrated Harmony Day. Point Cook College showed its community spirit by collecting an enormous amount of everyday groceries for the ‘West Welcome Wagon’ initiative. Thank you for supporting such a great cause. I had the honour of joining many parents at our annual Harmony Day afternoon tea. Parents and friends came along for a chat and shared a wonderful array of dishes from all over the world.

Future Schools Conference

Our excellence in using digital technologies has again been acknowledged. Students and staff presented at The National Future Schools Expo last week at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The National Future Schools Expo is the sister-event of EduTECH (Australasia and Asia Pacific’s largest education event). It consists of one central exhibition and five parallel conferences designed to tackle five specific areas of the future school: Future Leadership, Young Learning, Learning support and inclusive education, Teaching about and using emerging technologies, STEM, coding, robotics and the new digital curriculum.

Congratulations to Daryl English, Ali Ryan and the Year 9 STEAM class for representing our College at such a fantastic event.

2018 College Council

Last Wednesday 21st March, the new College Council met for the first time. It was great to have our College Captains participate in this meeting. Furthermore, as a process of the first meeting of the year I can announce that Kylee Brealey has been re-elected as College Council President and that Lisa Karastamatis has been elected as Vice President. We look forward to a very productive year on Council.

I wish you all a great term break and for those celebrating Easter I wish you Happy Easter. Term breaks are a wonderful opportunity to recharge and return to school ready for learning. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

The first day of Term 2 is Monday the 16th of April.

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.

  • Middleton House Celebration
  • SWPBS expected behaviours
  • Divisional Primary Swimming Carnival
  • College Photos
  • Harmony Day
  • Year 6 Gala Sports
  • Ride 2 School Day
  • Family BBQ and Activities Night
  • Prep Easter Hat Parade
  • Welcome and Farewells

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6

Assistant Principal News 7-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the 7-9 community.

  • SWPBS Matrix
  • SLC
  • Home Learning
  • New Family Seminar
  • Staff professional practice and learning program
  • Communication

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Assistant Principal News Specialist

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

  • Physical Education
  • Aladdin Jr
  • 2018 Melbourne GRIP student leadership Conference

Jenni Gigas

Acting Assistant Principal Specialist Program/Studies of Asia


Important Dates - March 2018

  • 30th - Good Friday Public Holiday

Important Dates - April 2018

  • 16th - Term 2 Begins
  • 16th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-3:30pm
  • 18th - Whole School Cyber Safety Day
  • 18th - eSafety Parent (Years 3-9) Information Session 6:30-8:30pm
  • 19th - Parent Teacher Interviews/Conferences Years 1-9 3-7pm
  • 19th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 20th - Legacy ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony (selected students)
  • 20th - House Cross Country Trials (Year 4-9)
  • 20th - eSafety Parent (Years 3-9) Information Session 9-10:30am
  • 25th - ANZAC Day Public holiday
  • 26th - Curriculum Day (no students required)

Parent teacher Interviews/Student Led conferences and Interim Reports

Interim reports for students in Years 5-9 are now available for download through COMPASS.

Parent teacher Interviews/Student Led conferences are now open for booking for students in Years 1 - 9. The interviews will take place on Thursday April 19. To book a time please go to your COMPASS parent portal and you will see underneath the photo of your child a link to book an interview time. You will also find onscreen instructions on how to make a booking.

  • All interviews last for ten minutes if you require longer please make alternative arrangements with your child’s teacher.
  • Please remember to only book in to see a Specialist teacher or a subject teacher in years 7-9 (English, Maths, P.E, Science, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, LOTE or Pathways) if they have requested to see you. If you have concerns you wish to discuss with the teacher and the teacher has not requested an interview, please call or email the teacher directly to arrange an alternative time. There are limited interview times and each subject teacher teaches many students. It is important that the necessary interviews have priority. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

College Photo Days

The College photos have now been taken and you will have received an order form to purchase the various packages available. Please note the following,

  • Sibling/family photos will be available in due course and when these are ready you will be notified through COMPASS and given information on how to order and pay for these. This will be a separate process.
  • If you have ordered the class composite photograph it comprises a fold out arrangement (similar to an A4 greeting card) with a traditional school class photograph on one half and a composite of the individual photographs of each student in the class on the other.

If you have misplaced the order form you can pre-order through your parent portal. Go to the 'two heads' icon (Community tab) on the web version and you will see 'photos'. Please follow the instructions.

College Curriculum Day Thursday April 26th

Teachers at the College will be participating in Professional Development on Thursday April 26 and therefore it will be a student free day. Please make alternative arrangements for the care of your children on this day.

Daryl English

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.

Janelle Bidner, Commonwealth Bank School Banking Specialist, will be joining us for a meet and greet with parents and students on Friday 20th April at 8.15am in Area 3, younger children’s playground. Please come and say hello to Janelle. She will be answering all your Student Banking questions.

Check out the flyer here for more information

Sonia Falcone

Student Administration

Cyber Safety Day 2018

On Wednesday 18th April (week one, Term 2) we are holding our annual PCC whole school Cyber Safety Day. This is a very important date in our yearly calendar and one many look forward to. Across the college there will be various activities taking place such as Project Rockit coming to do a half day workshop with our year 8 and 9 students.

Here are some of the other topic foci for the day:

• Prep- ‘How to use technology safely’

• Year 1/2- ‘Cyber Mascot Program’

Parents and guardians of our Year 1/2 students are invited to our Cyber Safety Day assembly at 2:15 in the Gym. We can’t give away too much information however all you need to know is we are introducing some new additions to the Year 1/2 community and we are all very excited to see who they are!

• Year 3/4- ‘Gaming for good’

• Year 5/6 - ‘Friends offline VS friends online’

• Year 7- ‘Building digital resilience’

• Year 8- ‘Bullying no way’

• Year 9- ‘Creating a positive digital reputation’

A whole school activity is also planned where students will be asked to place a handprint with their name and a pledge to STAMP OUT cyber bullying!

Also, to help celebrate our whole school Cyber Safety Day, PCC would like to invite Parents and Carers to an interactive eSafety information session where you will;

• Be introduced to the Government’s “Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner”

• Be provided with some strategies to protect your children at home

• Learn more about our young people, the online environment and how you can help them to be safe, responsible users of technology.

• Introduce the 2018 PCC eSafety Curriculum.

The eSafety information session will be repeated on two days:

Evening session will be held on Wednesday 18th April 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Morning session will be held on Friday 20th April 9:00am – 10:30am

Please check compass for more details on this event!

Sally Hill

eLearning Coach

Engagement and Wellbeing News

Tuning Into Teens Parent Information Evening - Wyndham City Council

Wyndham Youth Counselling services are holding a parent information session in relation to their upcoming ‘Tuning Into Teens’ program. The Tuning Into Teens program is a parenting program that focuses on emotions and is designed to assist parents to better understand their teenagers, and to build stronger relationships with them.

The program teaches parents specific skills that assist in being supportive, empathetic and remaining connected with young people. Tuning Into Teens aims to prevent problems developing and enhance emotional and behavioural functioning.

The parent information session is being held at the Plaza Library on April 17th from 6-8pm. Light refreshments will be on offer. If you would like further information, or wish to register your attendance, please contact the Wyndham Youth Counselling team on 8734 0200 or download the flyer here.

Abbi Chamberlain

First Aid News

Changed or New Medical Conditions

For the school to have efficient, prompt and relevant first aid response, please ensure that we are notified of any Changed or New Medical Conditions for your child/children. This can be done by letter to the Home Room Teacher or First Aid Officer. The following medical conditions require Action Plans signed by a Medical Practitioner or relevant Nurse Educator:

• Anaphylaxis

• Allergies

• Asthma

• Epilepsy

• Diabetes: A management plan completed by diabetes educator is also mandatory.

• Migraine

All medications must be given directly to the First Aid Officer to be stored in sickbay. Any First Aid Response that differs to the Action Plan provided to the school must be signed by a Medical Practitioner. All plans should be revised and updated with a Medical Practitioner annually. The First Aid Officer will complete a Health Support Plan and any special requirements will be taken into consideration. For students with diabetes, the nurse educator completes Management plans. Please ensure the College has a copy of the current plan.


As we are heading into asthma season, it is important that the College be provided with current asthma plans and ventolin to be stored in sickbay and used as required.

Health Support Plans for 2018/19 have been sent out to all parents/guardians of students who suffer asthma. If you have received one, please read, sign and return to me by Friday 23rd April. If you have received a letter to update your child’s Asthma plan or to provide ventolin please do so on the first day of Term 2, Monday 16th April 2018

College Requirements for Temporary or Occasional Medications: Antibiotics/Paracetamol/Antihistamine

In Accordance to Department of Education and Training Policy, any medication required three times per day may be given before school, after school and before bed. This avoids too many medications being stored at the school and prevents from disruption to your child/children’s learning time.

Should your child require medication at specific times during school hours this must be specified on a letter signed by a Medical Practitioner.

You will also be required to:

• Give all medications directly to the First Aid Officer to be stored in Sick Bay

• Provide prescribed medication in the original package including Pharmacy label that indicates child‘s name and required dosage.

• Parent/Carer must sign a “Permission to Administer Medication Form” available from the First Aid Officer

Please note: at no time should your child/children have medication stored in their bags. The only exceptions are Ventolin/Asmol and Insulin.

To enable the College to contact you promptly in case of illness or an emergency please ensure the College is notified of new contact numbers and/or emergency contacts.

The following contact numbers are for Sick Bay. You may like to add these to your contacts.

P: 8348 7104

M: 0409 270 42

Wishing you all a very happy Easter and a wonderful holiday.

Annabelle Gornia

P-6 News and Events

Year 1/2 Musical Theatre Group

Passion hour groups are in full swing in the year 1/ 2 Neighbourhoods and Musical Theatre is no exception. The year 1/ 2 Musical Theatre group have a new teacher: Miss Simmons and a new show: Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna. The students auditioned for lead roles on Friday the 23rd of March. We would like to recognise all students for their excellent efforts in auditions and congratulate the following students on receiving a leading roles in the performance.

Lily: Indie Wallace Miss Loopiola: Layla Nur Dad: Isaac Frinzilas Mum: Varsha Avulanna Sister: Sienna Winterhalter Hester: Kealani McBride Lou: Pippa Brennan Miss. Emu: Siri Rekhi

Ensemble: Anshika Shriya, Rosalie Fry, Euan Kennedy, Yashvin Gobinath, Gracie Wang, Sofia Tan-Khaw, Alena Fry, Raphaelle Ganino, Allegra Nigro-Croker, Linka Saukat, Arush Karanjavkar, Chloe Chang, Sonakshi Prasad, Mason Kapo, Bridget McCormick, Felisha Cher, Ella Winterhalter, Sonali Acharya, Yash Ramsamy, Sasha Dhalavi and Aarav Rajeev.

Well done to everyone who auditioned. All students have received their lines and link to our Musical Theatre Seesaw page to practice with over the holidays. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our upcoming performance!

Monica Simmons

7-9 News and Events


Lachlan Dosser (8C) is heading to Sydney to participate in the 2018 Australian Age Swimming Championships from April 26-29th April. Lachlan will swim in 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. We would like to congratulate Lachlan on his achievements thus far, and wish him all the best for his upcoming competitions!

Community News

Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • Family BBQ & Activities Night
  • Parents & Friends Association (PFA)
  • Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser
  • Harmony Day
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal
  • Entertainment Book Fundraiser
  • Working with Children’s Checks
  • Community Gardening Group

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Active Travel

Staying Safe over the School Holidays

VicRoads has produced two new road safety education storybooks for children aged four to eight years, written by renowned Australian author Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane. Apps, based on the books, are also available. The storybooks are available as hardcopy books and as engaging apps which are suitable for iPads, iPhones, android tablets and android mobile devices. Please check them out here.

Chris Durbridge

Story Camp

Do you have big dreams of writing a novel, penning a poem or publishing your own zine? Or do you have something to say, but you’re not quite sure how to get it out into the world? This is your chance to learn from some of Australia’s most exciting and inspiring storytellers in a free workshop series* for 12- to 15-year-olds. Story Camp workshops include: Spoken word, Zines and Fiction writing.

Lunch and transport costs are provided.

When: 10–12 April, 3–5 July and 2–4 October 2018

Where: State Library of Victoria

Cost: FREE (eligibility criteria apply)


Bookings: or 8664 7014

City West Taekwondo

Opening Monday June 18th 2018

Classes for ages 5+

Teaches children *Discipline *Control *Focus *Confidence *Self Defence and keeps them fit and active

Give it a Go!!! at Point Cook College. Bookings now open: OR Mobile: 0402 314 900

Download the flyer here.

Science News

Future Schools Expo 2018

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd of March Year 9 STEAM students presented at the National Future Schools Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Students conducted small workshops in a Makerspace teaching educators from around the world about virtual reality and robotics. Students discussed how these tools can be used in the classroom for teaching and learning. This was a unique and special opportunity for our students. It was amazing to see our students build confidence and improve social skills while talking about their learning at school. A student commented that the experience “increased my understanding because I had to explain it to others”.

Alison Ryan

STEAM Coordinator/Makerspace Manager

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Firstly, congratulations to the following students who have already completed the challenge. I wonder how many they will have read by August 31st? The whole class of 2A, Ella Park and Rahee Jung from 3F, Dharshan Mariappan, Hope Lyon and Warren Lai from 4A, Angad Bhatia and gurturan Singh from 4B, Yi Jie Cheok from 4C and ethan Flood of 56M. Well done! There is still 5 months left for the challenge to run so if your child hasn’t registered yet there is plenty of time to do so. Just pop in to the library. If you are having any problems - please come see me.

2018 PCC Book Fair

I am calling on all volunteers who may be able to donate either an hour or 30 mins of their time to allow me to run a book fair this year. The students love the opportunity to purchase books and we do receive a commission so that I may purchase more books for our school library. It is scheduled to run in late May. Please leave your details by phoning 8348 7106 or by email at

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

Indonesian News

Indonesian Speech Contest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are pleased to inform you that Point Cook P-9 College has been appointed to host the regional round of Sayembara Lisan (Indonesian Speech Contest) 2018 for schools in the Western and Northern suburbs. We encourage students from Years 1 to 9 to participate in this speech contest. If you wish for your child to participate, you will need to pay using Compass. Payment must be made by Friday 4th May. The cost is $5 per student which will cover costs for running the event.

Date: Tuesday 08 May 2018

Place: Point Cook P-9 College.

Time: Each student will be allocated 15 minutes to perform their speech.

Cost: $5/student

If your child makes it through the regional round, he/she will be required to attend the Final Round at state level which will be held on Saturday, 2 June at Sydney Myer Asian Centre, University of Melbourne 158 Swanston St, Parkville. Finalists are required to pay $10 on the day or they can pay at school prior to the event. Parents will need to transport their child to this Final Round and meet with the event organizer, Ms. Silvy Wantania. Each child will be given a timetable for the final round and they are encouraged to arrive at the venue at least one hour before their assessment time to allow for registration and rehearsal.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Gede Marsaja or Anne MacKelvie via the school office on 83487100.

We look forward to your participation in this Indonesian Speech Contest.

LOTE Indonesian Team

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