From The Principal's Desk
I hope that you are all well and beginning to feel the excitement of the end of the year.
Farwell Mr Hayes
We have had a very exciting fortnight at Point Cook College. Last Friday we farewelled Mr Michael Hayes our former and founding Principal. Students and staff gathered in the gym and we acknowledged his 40 years of service in education and in particular his wonderful contribution to Point Cook College. Our student leaders presented Mr Hayes with an Arial photo of the entire school and made a wonderful speech. Following the assembly the entire College moved outside as we enjoyed the antics of a staff versus student cricket match. In the evening we had a formal celebration with staff and friends to celebrate a great career.
On Tuesday the college hosted a delegation of teachers and officials from Jakarta in Indonesia. Senior officials from our Department of Education and Training suggested the delegation visit our College in recognition of our outstanding Indonesian Language program. The delegation was extremely impressed with our College and in particular levels of student engagement.
Year 2 and 4 Concert
On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending the annual Year 2 and Year 4 end of year concert. Students and staff entertained family and friends at the Destiny Centre in Hoppers Crossing. As I said to the audience on the evening, I felt a strong sense of pride as every single student shone up on the stage. The excitement was palpable and both shows were of high quality and very entertaining. Again, we recognise the outstanding work of our performing arts team.
I would also like to thank all parents and families for their support and in particular understanding and patience at the Destiny Centre. It was the first time we used the venue and there was considerable traffic congestion.
Essential Items List and Voluntary Contributions
In the past fortnight families in Prep to Year 5 have received 2016 Essential items list and Voluntary contributions. This list is in place of the booklist and is in line with Department of Education Policy on Cost of Schooling. Please return by the due date to avoid missing out. Students in Year 6,7and 8 will receive theirs next week.
Throughout the year we sometimes ask you to participate and support fundraising activities. Every year the College Council outlines and endorses the fundraising activities for the year. I wanted to take this opportunity to show the college community where we have allocated the fundraising dollars.
The money raised in 2014 was used to purchase a much needed stage for the gymnasium that we frequently use for performances and assemblies. In 2015 the college council has asked the student representative council to consider where they would like the 2015 fundraising funds to be allocated. The student body conducted a rigorous process and presented a proposal to purchase musical instruments to support a future school music program. This proposal was endorsed at the recent College Council.
We have just completed our review of the Uniform Policy which will be ratified by College Council this week. Information regarding the policy and student expectations will be available on the website at the end of the week and I ask all families to read the information carefully in preparation for 2016.
We have a very busy 3 weeks remaining. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.
On Friday the 18th December, we will be holding a final formal assembly for all Prep to Year 4 students. This special assembly will take place in the gym starting at 9.15am. Parents are welcome.
I know that it is hard to believe but we only have three weeks of this school year left. I urge all parents to ensure that all students wear their hats, as it can get very hot at this time of the year. School finishes on the 18th of December and it is important that all students attend school until this date. If you are going on a holiday and will be leaving earlier, please put it in writing and give it to your child’s teacher. If your child is not returning to PCC, please notify the office staff.
Assistant Principal P - 4