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Point Cook College

No 8, June 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 that everyone is well and looking forward to the mini break over this upcoming long weekend.

National Reconciliation Day

I would like to acknowledge that last week was National Reconciliation Week. The theme in 2018 was ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery.’ At Point Cook College we understand the importance of recognising and respecting our indigenous origins and the impact that colonisation has had on our traditional owners of the land. Every Monday morning our College Captains lead our whole school in acknowledging the traditional owners of the land and paying respect to all Aboriginal elders; past, present and future.

World Environment Day

This week we celebrated ‘World Environment Day.’ Again our student leaders did an amazing job in spreading an important message across the entire College community. Collectively students raised over $1100 that was donated to Nature West so that they can continue their great work.

eSafety Parent Forum

A few weeks back I expressed concern regarding the lack of participation at our eSafety Parent Forums. As you are now well aware we have arranged for another session next week. Please read information in this newsletter to find out how to sign up. DON’T MISS OUT!

New Zealand Principals visit

On Tuesday the College hosted 27 Principals from the Hamilton region of New Zealand. They were here to investigate our great work across the College. Our school has a positive reputation internationally and our Department often ask us to showcase our work. Thank you and congratulations to everyone.


On the uniform front, I would like to thank students and parents for their commitment to wearing our uniform with pride. As the temperatures drop we traditionally see student add layers that are not included in the uniform policy. Whilst we don’t want students to be cold we ask that you continue supporting our policy. If you require assistance with uniform please feel free to make a time to talk to us, as we are more than willing to assist.

Please don’t forget that this Monday is a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday and classes will resume on Tuesday the 12th of June.

Have a great 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 - June 2018

  • 11th - Queens Birthday Public Holiday
  • 12th - Wyndham Environmental Youth Summit
  • 13th - Wyndham Student Representative Committee (WSRC) 9:20am-12:20pm
  • 13th - College Council
  • 14th - Year 7 Winter Sports (Soccer and Badminton)
  • 14th - Aladdin rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm
  • 14th - eSafety Parent Information session 7:00pm- 9pm
  • 18th - Aladdin rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm
  • 20th - Intermediate Winter Sports 1
  • 20th - Year 1/2 Werribee Open Range Zoo Excursion
  • 21st - Western Region Cross Country - Primary and Sececondary students
  • 21st - Aladdin rehearsal 1:30-3:30pm
  • 22nd - Year 1/2 Science Works Excursion

School Photos

The school photos including ID cards will be delivered to the College within the next 2 -3 weeks. The School Snaps company has assured us they will arrive before the holidays. They will be sent home via students and I will advise parents of that through a COMPASS push.

Daryl English

eSafety Parent Information Evening Thursday June 14

Would you like to know more about Cyber Safety and how to protect your family online?

We 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 session (Parents Only) will be an interactive and informative event, not to be missed. Topics covered will address many concerns surrounding your child’s online use, privacy and safety. The session is relevant to all parents who have children in the 1:1 iPad program (Years 3-9).

The eSafety information session will held on:

Thursday 14th June 7:00pm- 9pm

The session will be held in the staffroom. Please enter through the main office.

Please click on the link below to provide your name and contact details on the booking form to secure a place for this event. If there are no available places left, please email me as we will look at providing another session in the future.

We hope you take this opportunity to learn more about eSafety and how to protect your family online.

Sally Hill

eLearning Coach

P-6 News and Events

Year 1/2 Passion Fair

We would like to invite our 1/ 2 community to join us in celebrating the various passions of our Year 1 and 2 students by hosting a Passion Fair - held on the 28th of June from 9:00-10:00am.

We will begin the Passion Fair with the production of Too Loud Lily from the musical theatre group, with special features of a painted backdrop from the Backdrop group and costumes and props from by the Costumes groups.

Following this we will be running small workshops and showcasing products created by the Textiles, Board Games, Jewellery Making, Visual Arts, iPad Coding, Construction Club, Mindfulness, Boot Camp, Netball and Puppetry groups. Keep your eyes peeled; there will be more details about the Passion Fair sent via email.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Year 1/2 Staff and Students

Community News

Please click more to read about the following Community News:

  • Community Gardening Group
  • PFA meetings
  • Subway lunch order dates

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018

We have so many clever students at our school. Here are some more determined students who have successfully accepted and completed the challenge. These students had to read 15 books. Congratulations to Michael Van Berkel 3B, Brandon Loft and Kira Woolley of 3D, Danisa Wongmongkol 56M and Shuchi Maheshwari of 56B. A superb effort!

The challenge finishes on August 31 so plenty of time left. Don’t forget to log your books and when finished – mark them as finished.

Good luck and keep on reading

Sonja Faust

Library Technician

Sustainability News

World Enviornment Day

Congratulations to PCC for a wonderful World Environment Day which celebrated marine and freshwater habitats and created awareness of ways to take action against plastic pollution.

Students across the college were immersed in a range of learning experiences related to beating plastic pollution from writing a rap song in Performing Arts to creating a plastic free party. Students learnt that all the drains in our school ground empty into our wetlands and discussed the animals being affected by plastic pollution.

Our wonderful student environmental leaders provided workshops for younger students at snack and lunch to create plastic plarn made from our Subway bags. The plarn will go towards students crocheting sleeping mats for the homeless which will be donated to One Voice.

Thank you to all who were able to come out of uniform in blue or as their favourite marine animal to raise money for NatureWest who support Biodiversity in the local Point Cook region ( There were some fabulous costumes and sea creatures out in the school yard. Colleen Miller from NatureWest presented our school with a certificate of thanks for our hard work to raise awareness of important environment issues.

In Environmental Science students wrote letters of love to their favourite marine or freshwater animal which were read by Ms Cairns to the sea at Altona beach that night. Below a lovely letter from Siri in year 2 to a seahorse:

Dear Seahorse,

I love the beautiful and colourful patterns on your body and the way you swim up, down and side to side. I know how kind and graceful you are. Please don’t be shy because some of us are trying to save you from the plastic rubbish.

Love Siri

Robyn Cairns

Environmental Science teacher/Sustainability Coordinator

Musical News

Aladdin Jnr Tickets

Performance dates:

Friday 7th Sept 7pm

Saturday 8th Sept 2pm and 7pm

At the Wyndham Cultural Centre, Werribee

$20 Adults, $15 Concession

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