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Point Cook College

No 11, August 2018

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

I trust you are all well and like me you are looking forward to some spring weather towards the end of the term.

Congratulations to our Wonderful Preps

Last week marked a significant milestone for all our prep students. They celebrated their first 100 days of school. The first 100 days is significant because during this time students develop strong connections and relationships at school, they develop solid routines and set foundations for their learning in particular in the areas of literacy and numeracy. We wish all preps the best and thank all parents, teachers and broader community for their support and guidance.


It was wonderful seeing students and staff let their hair down at the discos last week. Students and staff dressed up and had an amazing time dancing in the gymnasium. I would like to thank Rebecca Thornton and her team for organising such wonderful events. Again thank you for your ongoing support of these fun events for our students

Shade Sail

Over the next few weeks there will be some disruption whilst the huge shade sail over the junior play ground is replaced. With the recent strong winds the current shade sail has developed some tears. The area will be fenced off during the work. I thank you in advance for your understanding.

SMS Absence Alerts

You may be aware that there are new departmental guidelines requiring all DET schools to notify parents as soon as practicable on the same day of any unexplained absence. Beginning this Monday August 6, after the first roll marking each morning, the school will identify students with an unexplained absence. Parents will then be sent an automatically generated SMS notification after 9:30am on the day of any unexplained absence. The message will ask that parents log into the Compass Parent portal and record an absence reason or call the College absence line. We ask that you support this process by firstly notifying the college of a known absence through the absence line or by a note to your child’s homeroom teacher prior to the absence. Also PLEASE ensure we have the correct contact details so that the system can work. .

Prior Planning For Curriculum Day

I wish to advise you well in advance that Monday the 5th November will be a student free day. This is the day before the Melbourne Cup public holiday. All staff will be involved in professional development. I provide you ample notice as I know many families will take advantage of the four day break. I wish you all a wonderful 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.

  • We are Learners ....
  • We are Respectful ....
  • We are Responsible ...
  • We are Safe ...

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.

  • We are Learners…
  • We are Responsible…
  • We are Respectful…
  • We are Safe…

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Important Dates - August 2018

  • 14th - Point Cook Senior Course Counselling
  • 16th - Year 8 Winter Sport
  • 16th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals (cast only) 1:30-4:15pm
  • 17th - District Athletics - Primary
  • 19th - Aladdin Jr Rehearsal
  • 20th - Aladdin Jr Musical Reheasals
  • 21st – Melbourne Experience begins (daily until August 27th)
  • 21st - Year 6 Wyndham Youth Services Tours
  • 23rd - Indonesian visitors-SMP1 arrive(daily until August 27)
  • 24th - Book Day 
  • 26th - Tournament of the Minds
  • 27th - Aladdin Jr Rehearsal
  • 28th – Indonesian SMP1-Healesville Camp
  • 28th - Secondary Hobsons Bay Division Athletics
  • 31st - Indonesian homestay and farewell dinner

2018 Homestay for Bali Students

We are looking forward to the arrival of the staff and students from our Indonesian partnership school SMP1 Singaraja.

They arrive on August 23, spend a few days with their host families and at the College before heading off to an eagerly awaited camp at Healesville. We are really looking forward to learning about the culture of Indonesia and sharing our own culture with our visitors. Most of all we are looking forward to the friendships that will develop.

Jenni Gigas


The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week September 2 - 8

The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected. However, with one in five young Australians found to have been cyber bullied – and the many other challenges young people face online – it’s important we invest in giving our community the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

That’s why Point Cook P-9 College is participating in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week along with hundreds of other communities, to show our commitment to building an eSmart Australia.

There will be many activities for students to do throughout the week, which our PCC eLeaders will be running. Stay tuned for more information closer to the date.

Sally-anne Hill

Sustainability News

National Tree Planting Day for Schools

Congratulations to 2G and Year 9 Garden pathways students for their hard work on Schools’ Tree Planting day. The year 9 Garden pathways group did an outstanding job at pre-digging holes for the Year 2s to plant their shrubs. Students planted over forty native plants into garden beds inside the fence on Tom Roberts Pde. We also have over fifty more plants going into garden beds around the agora and the Year 1/ 2 area in the next month. A special thanks also to Des, Sarah and Will from Warringa Park school for their assistance on the day. The plants were selected to attract or native birds which have increased in the school grounds in dramatic numbers the last couple of years.

Sleeping Mats created and donated to Onevoice

In support of the homeless, Environmental Leaders have created sleeping mats and pet mats from plastic plarn. The plarn was made by many students across the school from the school’s subway bags and donated plastic bags and crocheted into sleeping mats for the homeless by some of our dedicated year 5/6 Green Gang Environmental leaders. This proved to be an outstanding project helping those in need in our community and dealt with a plastic bag problem in an innovative way. The mats are to be handed over to the not-for-profit organization, Onevoice during National Homelessness week.

A very special thanks to Savanah, Sienna and Amanda from our Mags Green Gang and Carol Rafferty from the Western Plarners Workshop on their leadership and hard work on this project.

Community Action Project Team

Ms Cairns is taking a group of year 1s and 2s to take part in a variety of community action projects around the school this semester. This term students are working on a small garden area and will be designing some structural features for this garden. Aadi donated a small bird feeder he worked on for his own action project. Aadi was very proud of his work for the environment.

Junior Green Gang Kids teaching Kids Conference

Thank you to Mrs Van Hulst on her hard work preparing the junior Green Gang for their first Kids Teaching Kids conference coming up on Tuesday September the 4th. Students are preparing to present a workshop on waste and are working hard towards their goal. More news in coming weeks

Robyn Cairns

Environmental Science teacher / Sustainability Coordinator

Extra Curricular Activities


Over 260 students from Years 3-9 participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition this week. Congratulations to all who participated. Results will be delivered to the College from the Australian Mathematics trust later this year. We will distribute results to parents as soon as they arrive.

Community News

Please click the ‘Read More’ button below to read about the following Community News Items:

  • Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Active Travel Program
  • Community Gardening Group
  •          City West Taekwondo are running sessions at the College click below for more information

      North Melbourne FC are running Active Boys and girls clinics at Point Cook Senior Click on the link below for more details
      Active boys and girls at Point Cook .

      Rebecca Thornton

      Community Partnerships Leader

      Library News

      Premier’s Reading Challenge

      We have roughly 3 weeks till the challenge finishes on the 31st of August. This differs slightly from the date given on the website as I need to be able to verify books etc and no further data can be entered after the date on the website. Remember to log all your books on and to mark them as finished.

      Super readers who have completed the challenge this fortnight are : Hargun Kumar of 1C, Mir Rizvi and Samson Huang of 3D, Chithira Wetthasinghe of 3F, Jasmita Kuhaluri of 4E, Itumeleng Makola of 56D, Aiman Rahman of 56E and Yeju Lee from 56N. Congratulations to those students on meeting the challenge.

      Sonja Faust 

      Library Technician

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