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Point Cook College

No 20, November 2016

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 another great year at Point Cook College!

As we have reached the end of our 7th year as a College, it's important that we take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the substantial achievements of the Point Cook College students, staff and community. It has been a very successful year with the continued development and enhancement of our quality teaching and learning programs. In our second year of the Strategic Plan we have had a strong focus on student achievement paying particular attention to student growth, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally.

On Wednesday 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.

Our students are to be praised 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.

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 chose to do you will continue to make Point Cook College proud of you as productive, caring and responsible citizens of the future.

College Captains

Over the past few weeks I have been involved in the selection of our new College Captains. We were overwhelmed with the number of interested students and the calibre of applications. I have the honour of announcing Sophia Potter, Michael Balnozan and Ella Nicholson as our College Captains for 2017. At the same time we acknowledg the outstanding leadership of our outgoing College Captains, Jemi Banson and Riarn Richards.

Farewell

Please join me in farewelling and thanking the following staff members who won’t be returning at the beginning of 2017. We wish them all the very best in their new endeavours and thank them for their contributions to Point Cook College.

Tiffany Baldaccino, Ashlea Childs, Cameron Andrews, Tim Colbert, Jason Hall, Ning Kang, Gina O’Keefe, Louise Cooke, Ellen Taylor, Rachel Pontikis, David Williams and Julie Panagiotidis.

I would also like to take the opportunity to wish Katie Jaz and Vanessa Jalovec all the very best during their family leave in 2017.

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 2017 ready for another great year.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

P-4 Assistant Principal News

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that have happened in the P-4 community.

  • Prep Christmas Concert
  • P-4 Assembly
  • Year 2 Sleepover
  • Merry Christmas!

Marg Holness

Administration

Important Dates - December

  • 20th - Last Day of Term 4 (Dismissal 1.05pm)

Important Dates - January 2017

  • 30th - Teachers Begin
  • 31st - Students Begin Term 1

Student Banking

The last day of Student Banking for 2016 was on Tuesday the 13th of December. Please do not bring deposit books in on the last day of school. Thank you.

Office Admin

Overdue Books

We are still waiting on the return of quite a few library books. Many of these are popular items that all the students like reading. Could I please ask that parents and students have a good look at home and return these items as soon as possible. Lost items will attract a lost book fee however we would definitely prefer to have the book back as some of these are hard to replace.

Thank you to all the students who have returned their books promptly. There have been quite a number of students amazed at the number of books we have in the library since our returns began. Please check out this video here to view the shelves stacked full of popular books!

Sonja Faust

Semester 2 Reports Now Available for Download

To access your child/ren's report please go to COMPASS at https://pcc.vic.jdlf.com.au/ or you can access the portal via the College’s website. After you login, go to the ‘View Academic Reports’ tab indicated by the red arrow on the picture below. Choose Semester 2 reports from the next screen and the report will download automatically. Please contact the College if you have difficulty accessing the report.

Daryl English

Wellbeing

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the College community for their contribution to our partnership in 2016. The establishment of our SWPBS framework and the successful implementation of our Uniform Policy could not have been possible without your continued support. I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season and look forward to the year ahead.

As we move towards 2017 I would like to leave you with the following reminders;

Hats

Hats are a compulsory uniform item for Terms 1 and 4 and protect students from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

The bucket hat on our uniform list offers offer significant protection and should be brought to school every day and worn for PE, sport and other outside learning opportunities, as well as break times. All students should get into the habit of leaving their hat in their school bag to ensure it is readily accessible when required. Hats should also be clearly named so they can be returned to the owner if lost.

College hats can be purchased from Noone Imagewear and also at the main office.

Uniform

The holiday break is a good time to reassess uniform needs for the coming year. Please make sure you visit Noone Imagewear in plenty of time to ensure your needs are met. We also ask that you take the time to revisit the Uniform Policy, in particular the information about additional items such as bags and footwear, as well as Grooming and Appearance guidelines. You will note that the policy calls for white socks, which we believe enhance the uniform appearance much more than some of the colourful or stripey alternatives observed of late, and are also readily available from stores.

If you are leaving the College any uniform items no longer required are always welcomed and made available to support families who are experiencing financial difficulties. We are grateful for any items received that we are able to offer to these families.

CSEF applications and Uniform Support

Any families who are eligible for Camps, Sports and Excursions funding may also be eligible for a 2017 Prep or Year 7 uniform package. CSEF need to be renewed every year with applications for 2017 needing to be made upon return to school. Once eligibility is approved parents can them apply for government uniform assistance.

Anaphylaxis and Asthma Reminder

Parents are reminded that action plans need to be updated annually and provided to the school. Epipens also need to be kept up to date. You will receive a reminder from the college well in advance when any of these items are due for renewal.

Dental Visits

Earlier this year we had a large number of families take up the opportunity offered by Future Kids Dental Care for dental health check ups. All families have now received reports and recommendations for further treatment as required. General feedback provided by Future Kids indicated that a significant number of children both at PCC and in the wider Point Cook community are showing signs of Gingivitis and tooth decay. These conditions can often be attributed to the absence of regular check ups combined with poor oral hygiene habits over time and can increase the risk of health problems in the future. We believe the model offered this year provides convenient and cost effective access to a necessary service for our community. We will be exploring continued access to the partnership in the future as well as developing awareness and education around strengthening oral hygiene practices.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

Prep Christmas Concert

On Monday the 12th of December the Preps performed at the annual Prep Christmas Concert. It was great to see so many of our students dressed up and performing some favourite Christmas songs. Thank you to all of the family members who came to support the concert, the students had a wonderful time performing in front of such a large audience. It was a wonderful celebration for our Preps at the end of their first year at Point Cook College!

On behalf of the Prep team we would like to say Merry Christmas to all of our students and their families.

Rachel Wallace

P-2 Musical Theatre

It is with great pride that I congratulate the teachers and students involved in the Prep to 2 Musical Theatre group. Their performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar was spectacular and would not have been possible without the help and dedication of the following individuals:

Miss Rebecca Clark, who worked with the musical theatre group, Mrs Helen Barratt, who worked with the students in the visual artists group who developed the wonderful back drop and butterfly. Mrs Tabetha Taylor, who worked with the constructions club – responsible for our awesome props – and the costume designers group – responsible for the amazing costumes. Mrs Sarah Krstev, who worked with the sound producers group who put together the sound track.

The students are to be commended for their efforts, it was a great show thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Lizzie Tout

P-2 Camp Program

The Prep to Year 2 Camp program was an amazing day had by all. It was a great way to finish off the year. Special thanks go to all of the teachers who helped out, we could not have run the program without their support and commitment.

I thoroughly enjoyed riding the giant slide and having a go at mini golf!

Lizzie Tout

Year 1 and 2 Digital Newsletter

Our reporters have been at it again! They have done an amazing job creating the term 4 year 1 and 2 digital newsletter. Be on the lookout for your student’s QR code to get the link to watch their reports.

Lizzie Tout

5-9 News & Events

Year 9 Graduation 2016

What a night!

On Thursday the 8th of December Point Cook College celebrated our 2016 Year 9 graduates final year at our school. This year's graduation was attended by a record number of guests numbering over 450 to help us celebrate this very special occasion for all of our Year 9s who will departing our college this year.

With the outstanding number of guests the atmosphere created was electric, with plenty of celebrations, cheers and a sense for the students that they were celebrating a very special occasion.

Please click the read more link to view more photos and find out about the student awards.

David Simpson

P-9 News & Events

McNamara House Celebration

On Wednesday the 6th of December all of our amazing students from McNamara were a part of the final celebration for the House Program. For the reward this time we had Chloe from Stepnout come in to run a dance workshop with our students. The workshops were broken into two, with Prep-4 and 5-9 having a high energy session of dancing. All the students had a fantastic time and were very lucky to be part of such an incredible opportunity.

A huge thank you goes out to Stepnout for running such an amazing workshop that had students pumped up and getting their fun exercise in for the day. Stepnout is a dance school based in Werribee which runs classes for all ages, right through from Preschool to Adult classes. With very passionate teachers in all varieties of performing arts: Acrobatics; Ballroom; Hip-hop; Musical Theatre; Singing; Tap; Cheerleading; and Classical Ballet. There’s definitely ‘something for everyone’. We highly recommend if you are interested in getting your child, or yourself, involved in activity that’s fun, check out the Stepnout flyer here and at www.stepnout.com.au/

Congratulations to McNamara for winning the overall total points for the year. We are already really excited to see what next year holds for each of the Houses. Have a safe and happy break, we look forward to seeing you all back and ready to get lots of points in 2017.

Amy Van Braam

Community News

Cooking Classes for Parents

Friday the 9th of December was our final cooking class for the year. We enjoyed learning how to make some Indian dishes from two of our parents, Natasha and Maitreyee.

The classes will continue again next year and the dates will be advertised in the newsletter when we return. Thank you to all of the parents who have joined us this year and also to those who have taught a class.

Thank you.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Active Travel Program

We are getting closer to launching our Active Travel Paths as part of our involvement in the Wyndham Active Travel Schools Program. To read more about the program and the design work on our shipping container please click the read more button.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

People of Point Cook

David Williams

This week we would like to highlight the work of David Williams our Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Leading Teacher and also farewell and thank him for his wonderful contribution to PCC.

Rebecca Thornton

Sports Report

Sporting Achievements 2016

This year PCC provided 1643 opportunities for students to compete in Interschool Sport competitions. To transport our students out to these competitions, 60 buses were booked across 42 events. The College sporting teams collectively achieved 13 premiership pennants as well as 18 runners up pennants. A successful year for all students and teachers involved.

Matt Saunders

Sustainability News

Sustainability Achievements 2016

It has been an outstanding year for all who have contributed with action to improving Sustainability at PCC this year.

Please click read more and enjoy the achievements of so many across the school.

Robyn Cairns

Sustainability Waste Initiative 2017

Calling for Donations for Up-cycling in 2017

Dear Point Cook College P-9 Families,

Next year the Senior Environment Leadership Team are running some ‘up-cycling’ workshops for students in Years 5-9. We would appreciate your donations of;

  • knitted gloves
  • old clean tee shirts
  • old clean jeans

Please deliver these items to the clearly labelled tubs in the Environmental Science room during the first three weeks of 2017.

Your donations are very much appreciated and will be created into new items.

Thanking you,

Senior Environment Leadership Team

Performing Arts News

'Seussical the Musical Jr'

If your child is interested in auditioning for next year’s musical SEUSSICAL JR, please return the signed permission slip to Ms Cachia ASAP so an audition time can be emailed to you. Auditions will be held on February the 6th-13th 2017. Students will not be given an audition time without a signed permission slip.

Please email Loretta Cachia with any queries about the musical lorettacachia@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thank you!

Loretta Cachia

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