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.
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
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!
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.
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:
• Diabetes: A management plan completed by diabetes educator is also mandatory.
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.
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!
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!
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
Community Partnerships Leader
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.
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: https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/story-camp 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:
www.citywesttaekwondo.com.au OR Mobile: 0402 314 900
Download the flyer here.
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”.
STEAM Coordinator/Makerspace Manager
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Indonesian Speech Contest
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.
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