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Point Cook College

No 20, December 2017

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 being part of another outstanding year at Point Cook College!

We have completed our 8th year as a College and we continue to grow from strength to strength. It is important that we take the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the substantial collective and individual achievements. It has again been a very successful year with the continued development and enhancement of our quality teaching and learning programs. This year was our year of review and we look forward to beginning 2018 with our new Strategic Plan. The new Strategic Plan will have a strong focus on student achievement paying particular attention to student growth, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. There will be a whole school focus on literacy improvement and student engagement.

Our students are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm, creativity and positive attitude in achieving and in many cases exceeding their learning goals. The College staff are to be acknowledged for their endless drive, innovation and professionalism in their various roles as educators, administrators, student councillors and leaders. Their ongoing commitment to making Point Cook College an engaging and motivating learning environment for all really inspires me.

As a community, we have definitely embraced our Whole School Positive Behaviour Framework. At Point Cook College we develop academically, socially and emotionally within a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment.

To our Year 9 graduates I congratulate you all on achieving this significant educational milestone in your life. We wish you continued success and individual growth as you explore your next pathways in life. We are confident that whatever you choose to do you will continue to make Point Cook College proud of you as productive, caring and responsible citizens of the future.

Last Tuesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of hosting an afternoon tea to say thank you to the countless parents, relatives and friends who have given up their valuable time during the year to support staff and students with learning. Thank you! Your efforts are truly appreciated by all staff and students.

Parent Friends Association

I have the pleasure of announcing our inaugural Parents Friends Association office bearers. We look forward to an amazing 2018!

Thank you and congratulations to:

  • President: Sharon Cooper (middle)
  • Treasurer: Renee Dumesny (left)
  • Secretary: Belinda Donovan (right)

College Captains

It is that wonderful time of year, when we select our College Captains. We were overwhelmed with the number of interested students and the calibre of nominations and applications. I have the honour of announcing Jemma Tapp, Ella Pettigrove and Victoria Bal as our College Captains for 2018. At the same time, we acknowledge the outstanding leadership of our outgoing College Captains, Sophia Potter, Michael Balnozan and Ella Nicholson. I would also like to acknowledge the students who put themselves forward and were not selected. They did themselves, their families and the school proud. There are so many wonderful leadership opportunities to get involved in.

Farewell

Please join me in farewelling and thanking the following staff members who will not be returning at the beginning of 2018. We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours and thank them for their contributions to Point Cook College.

Daniella Gargano, Rebecca Clark, Wendy Scott, Danielle Hart, Sarah Scott, Anika O’Callaghan

I would like to make special mention of Deb Richardson our Inclusion Co-ordinator who will be retiring from the Department of Education and Training after 38 years. We wish her the best and thank her on behalf of the thousands of students and families she has had a positive impact on.

Farewell to the families who are leaving us and moving to other school communities. We hope your association with Point Cook College has been positive and rewarding. We wish you all the best.

Have a great break, enjoy the festivities, be SAFE over the summer and return in 2018 ready for another great year.

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.

  • Community Helpers Afternoon
  • Memorable moments
  • End of Year Events
  • Step up to the secondary years
  • Looking ahead 2018

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.

  • POCOFEST
  • Year 9 Camp
  • Step Up Day
  • 7-9 Program 2018
  • 2018 College Captains
  • End of Year Events
  • Year 9 Graduation

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Administration

Important Dates - December

  • 19th - Year 5 and 6 Adventure Park
  • 19th - Year 9 Graduation
  • 20th - Year 6 End of Primary Years Celebration
  • 21st - 2018 Meet the Teacher session
  • 22nd - Last Day of Term 4 - Dismissal @ 1:05pm

Important Dates - January 2018

  • 31st - Term 1 2018 Begins

Important Dates - February 2018

  • 5th - 5/6 Canberra Tour Information Night 7-8pm

Early Dismissal Friday December 22nd

Parents are reminded that students will be dismissed from the College at 1:05 pm on Friday December the 22nd (the last day of term). Arrangements will need to be made for your child's care as staff will not be available after this time.

We wish all our families a safe and enjoyable holiday season and look forward to seeing those returning in 2018 on Wednesday, January 31st.

Daryl English

Semester 2 Reports are available on COMPASS

Parents/carers can access reports by logging into COMPASS. Next to the picture of your children there is a link ‘Academic Reports’ to click on. The reports can then be downloaded as a pdf for printing or viewed on your device.

Daryl English

Library – End of Year Book Returns

Starting next week all classes will be returning their library books. We always get some books that disappear. Could I ask all parents to please have a search in their houses for any Point Cook College library books. If you are at all unsure if it is one of ours please send it along to the library. Books like to hide in bookshelves, under and behind furniture and any place that is obscure. Please help and thoroughly search your homes. Thank you!

Sonja Faust

Engagement and Wellbeing

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

  • Happy Holidays
  • Hats
  • Uniforms
  • CSEF applications and Uniform Support
  • Anaphylaxis and Asthma Reminder

Robyn Fincher

Support over Christmas/New Year break

With only days until the school year finishes and the festive season in full swing, it’s hard to believe that 2017 is already drawing to a close!

Even though Christmas is a time for fun, family and frivolity for most people and families, it can also be a stressful reminder of what some families don’t have. This is where reaching out for help can ensure that some of the stress is alleviated as needed. I’ve listed organisations below that can offer material aid, financial or social support in the local areas.

The holidays over this period can also be an extremely isolating time for some members of our school community. I know so many students have built such wonderful rapport with their homeroom teachers over 2017, and have often contacted via email them with concerns for friends or themselves during the school year.

Over the Christmas break teachers and staff will not be checking emails, and therefore I am providing links to mental health support services that can be accessed during the holidays. Please take the time to chat with your child/ren about how they are feeling over the break, especially if they have had mental health issues, challenging emotions or negative situations that you are aware of.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of Point Cook College and their families a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2018!

Abbi Chamberlain

Social Worker

P-6 News and Events

Year 3 Incursion

On Thursday the 11th of November, the Year 3s had an incursion. When the incursion started we had a talk with Big Al explaining about indigenous things and non-indigenous things. When we finished talking we split up into our classes and got an Aboriginal sign painted on our face. After that we participated in three activities which were Aboriginal dancing, Aboriginal drawing and Dream Time story.

Check it out by cicking the read more link below.

Tabetha Taylor

Prep Camping Day

The Prep Camp Day was held on Tuesday the 5th of December. Students had a fun filled day, participating in activities such as the Giant Slide, Treasure Hunt, Bush Craft and Team building games. Many amazing memories were made with students enjoying their end of year celebration. Please read more to find out about students responses about the day.

The Prep Team

Year 1 and 2 Camping Program

The Year 1/2 Camping Program was a huge success and a lot of fun was had by both students and staff involved, there were lots of smiles on faces! What a fantastic way to celebrate another amazing year for our students in Year 1/2 with pizza, movies, a sleepover and a day of fun filled activities! I have to say the inflatable obstacle course was certainly a hit!

The program could not have been successful without the commitment by all staff involved so we thank them for all their efforts.

Natasha Caras

P-2 Assemblies

I would like to congratulate all the teachers and students who were involved in the Prep and Year 1/2 Assemblies, all your hard work certainly paid off with amazing performances for our wider Prep-Year 2 community.

Thank you to Rebecca Clark for working with the P-2 musical theatre group to plan and choreograph the performance of Giraffes Can't Dance, it was outstanding! A special thank you to all the Passion Hour groups involved: Cassie Benness and her group for the great backdrops, Marcus Zannoni and the costume crew and Marita Skoutariotis for the hard work with her students to create the wonderful tree props.

To the School of Rock group, well done on entertaining us with your performance of Dancing on the Ceiling – thanks goes to Paul Grant for putting in hours of practice with his students to ensure a great show.

Last but not least, congratulations to our Year 2 Student Leaders Matilda, Aveer, Paul and Rose for hosting our assemblies.

All students are to be congratulated on their efforts!

Natasha Caras

Prep Christmas Concert

On Monday the 18th of December the Prep students held the annual PCC Prep Christmas Concert. Students dressed up in their best Christmas gear and sung their hearts out to their families and friends. The Prep class of 2017 belted out the 'Celebration' song to cap off an incredible first year at school. Thank you to our amazing performing arts and prep teachers for teaching the prep students some awesome chereography. Thank you to all of the families and friends who came along on Monday afternoon to watch. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rachel Wood

7-9 News and Events

Year 9 Camp

Once again Lake Dewar put on a marvellous show. With the weather at its peak summer glory and the scent of holidays looming the atmosphere amongst our students was something to behold. The highlights ranged from gruelling gorge walks that took students and staff beyond their comfort zones. Exhilarating flying fox runs that challenged fears amongst all. Most memorable a water sports program that made Wet and Wild seem tame. As always, the YMCA staff did such a fantastic job of looking after the students whilst allowing them to be exposed to new experiences.

It was great for the staff of PCC to celebrate and connect with our students on so many levels. Thank you to the students who put themselves out there and attended. Such a great experience and a positive way to end the year.

Zalfa Bourizk and Dom Zylka

Whole College News and Events

Write Away Competition 2017

The Point Cook P-9 College Writing competition

Every child has a story and every story is worth telling!

This year we embarked on our very first Point Cook P-9 College writing competition. We had entries from students in year Prep to year 9 and were absolutely blown away by the incredible talent! We would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in the writing workshops and who entered the writing competition for your fantastic efforts.

Congratulations to the following winners of the writing competition:

  • Prep – Aadi Malhotra
  • Year 1 - Scarlett Schneeberger
  • Year 2 - Eden Monipale
  • Year 3 - Samuel Wongso
  • Year 4 - Yeju Lee
  • Year 5 - Keerthana Karthik
  • Year 6 - Emma Brennan
  • Year 7 - Anna Fisher
  • Year 8 - Shania Johnsen
  • Year 9 - Adaa Zaidi

We would like to thank the wonderful sponsors of this competition Deans Art and Officeworks for providing our prizes.

Laura Blackwell

Help Avoid the Summer Reading Slide

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

We need your help!

Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books or print materials during the summer lose reading performance. Those losses can accumulate during the primary school years so that by the time a child enters secondary school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind! All children, may fall victim to the “summer slide” if not provided with summer reading opportunities.

So how do we prevent the summer slide-or even accelerate reading growth?

Please click read more to find out!

Jeff Wilson

Learning Potential Resources

In February, Education Services Australia (ESA) launched Learning Potential Resources, developed to assist parents of primary school students looking for ways to enhance literacy and numeracy at home and in everyday activities. Since launch, over 25,000 users have explored the activities and ideas.

Please click the link here to find some great resources.

Sonja Faust

Community News

Trash and Treasure Stall

At the Twilight Market you may have visited the Trash and Treasure Stall. This was a student led stall organised by Naadirah in Year 5. The Year 5/6 students had been working on solving a problem as part of their Genius Hour project and Naadirah’s question was how to involve Year 5/6 students to support a charity. She came up with the idea of a Trash and Treasure Stall at the Twilight Market and with the assistance of a group of students she advertised for donations and ran the stall on the day.

We are proud to announce that the stall raised $160 which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House as the charity that Naadirah selected. We would like to congratulate Naadirah for using her idea and taking action to support others! We would like to thank Wendy Mason, one of our grandparents, who assisted the group to price the items and set up the stall, and also the staff who supported the project.

Twilight Market Survey

As part of evaluating our Twilight Market and assisting us to plan for next year, we would like to ask families to please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey. There are only three questions to complete and we value your feedback.

Please follow this link for the survey- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15bgLSF1xv690QKlUsoNS0jXgZO4Nn_smw7vOhWUkeQY/edit

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton

EAL & Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

Sustainability News

NatureWest Partnership

Over the last couple of weeks, students in 8W visited Colleen Miller at NatureWest to thank her for the school and community partnership in 2017 and share some of their learning. Colleen showed the students the felting progress on the Diprotodon model (an Australian megafauna species which roamed Australia over 1.6 million years ago). Year 8W helped to felt the Diprotodon a few weeks ago when Colleen visited PCC. Colleen also shared activities she had created inspired by our students such as these and trays with megafauna replica bones. Our Year 8s donated some of their skincare products to NatureWest and some of their work such as the decorator crabs which will be part of the museum’s display for toddlers.

The community partnership and collaboration of NatureWest and 8W was a great shared learning journey and PCC thank Colleen Miller and all of NatureWest for offering their knowledge of the environmental history of the PCC region and the issues we face in the present and future for the survival of our local marine environment. PCC hopes to continue our learning journey with Colleen and NatureWest in 2018.

Thank You Environmental Leaders of 2017

I would like to thank all of our 2017 student environmental leaders for all of their very hard work in the school and broader community throughout the year to take action and raise awareness for the environment. Thank you to:

  • Our Year 1 and 2 Green Gang who worked hard all year under the mentorship of year 2V teacher Natika Van Hulst
  • Year 5 and 6 Green Gang
  • Senior Environmental Leaders
  • Staff Sustainability Action team
  • The school council and community for their support of PCC’s Sustainability Programs

Achievements in reducing waste at PCC

PCC focused on achieving our ResourceSmart School’s waste module which we wrote goals for in our School Environment Management Plan at the beginning of 2017. Click read more to view a list of our achievements in 2017.

Robyn Cairns

Year 1/2 Green Gang - Composting at PCC

Grade 1/2 Green Gang are trying to decompose food scraps. We are composting our brown and green food scraps to use less land fill. We are putting banana peels, manderin peels, teabags, apple cores and pear cores in our compost bins.

By Jacob 1/2 Green Gang

Grade 1/2 Green Gang have been busy saving the earth by composting. Green Gang have made our own compost bins and have been putting food scraps in the bins. We have put the compost bin in the Stephanie Alexander Food Garden, so try to look out for it.

By Thierry 1/2 Green Gang

We have been composting our greens and browns. Greens are apples, pears and banana peels. Browns are stuff like dead leaves, sticks and teabags.

By Leon 1/2 Green Gang

Performing Arts News

POCO Fest 2017

On Monday the 11th of December the 2017 POCO Fest was held in the Year 3/4 neighbourhood from 7pm -9:45pm.

POCO Fest is our annual Year 8 Short Film Festival which all Year 8 students participate in through their Performing Arts program in Semester 2. The night was a huge success with approximately 140 people attending.

The awards we gave out on the night were:

  • Best Movie – The Spice Chicks
  • Best Actor – Jez Minfaq
  • Best Actress – Elyssia Hyde
  • Best Cinematography – Shirts
  • Best Sound Track - Imperfect
  • Best Script/Storyline – The Substitute
  • Best Animated Film – Paper Planes

Thank you to the Year 8 and Performing Arts staff for all the work they did with the Year 8 students to help the Festival be so successful and thank you to the Judges:

Mr Holland, Mr Wendt, Ms Collins and Mr Gage.

Jenni Gigas

SAKG News

Watering

With summer upon us, it is time to be conscious of our water usage. The best way to water your plants is to give them a good deep water, this allows the water to penetrate into the ground and promotes deep root systems allowing the plants to survive hot dry spells better. As I tell the students count to 10 at each plant when watering, and go all the way around the stem so it gets even root growth. It may take you longer to water the whole garden but you won’t need to do it as often. Happy Holidays!

Sarah Moore

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