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Point Cook College

No 13, September 2018

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

To all the Dads in the community I hope you had a great Father’s day last weekend and that you had an opportunity to relax. Life at Point Cook College has been extremely productive with so many great activities taking place, It’s show time!

Aladdin Jr

At the time of writing this article the show has yet to be performed. However, I can tell you I am feeling extremely proud and excited about the production. I know the months of hard work and commitment will shine on stage. I would like to thank the entire team for bringing a dream for our College to life. Chookas! Apart from the many students involved I would like to thank and congratulate the following staff for their unwavering dedication to the musical.

  • Jenny Gigas
  • Loretta Cachia
  • Elie Cung
  • Annie Gianni
  • Monica Simmons
  • Clarissa Leach
  • Cherie Spiteri (pre service teacher)
  • We can’t wait to see more in later editions of the newsletter and on our social media.

    2019 Intentions

    I will be repeating this message in a few newsletters to highlight it’s importance. We have arrived at the time of year where we begin planning for 2019. School funding, class sizes, facilities, staffing and programs are dependent on student enrolments and it would be a considerable disadvantage to the College if we planned for your children to remain if in fact they are leaving. So with this in mind, it would be greatly appreciated if you informed us if you are intending to leave us at the end of the year. Please let the office or your child’s homeroom teacher know as soon as possible. In addition if you know of families that intend to enrol at our school can you remind them to make contact with the College as soon as possible.


    Late last week we received our NAPLAN results. We intend to send individual reports home next week, however I like to share with teachers first so that they are aware of individual growth and achievement. I can say however that our whole school focus on reading has really paid off. Across all NAPLAN years we have improved in reading with the greatest result being in many more students achieving high growth. As a College we should be really proud of this outcome. Please feel free to discuss individual results with your child’s homeroom teacher.

    Select entry admission.

    I am proud to announce that the following students have been selected and accepted a place at a selective entry high school in Year 9 in 2019: 

  • George Joseph
  • Thaliath Heer 
  • Patel Jessenia 
  • Jinan Karisha 
  • Leanne Duong 
  • Rosalie Sindhu 
  • Samiran Ronak Narayan 
  • Tanya Sinha 
  •  We congratulate these students and wish them the very best. Have a great week.

    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

    Assistant Principal News Well Being

    Please click on the Read More button to read about Well Being News.

    • Resilience Rights and Respectful Relationships Student Forum
    • Positive Climate
    • Parent contact details

    Robyn Fincher

    Assistant Principal Well Being


    Important Dates - August 2018

    • 10th - Curriculum Day- Student Free Day
    • 11th - Intermediate (Year 9) Winter Sports
    • 13th – 14th Year 3 Camp - Overnight Stay
    • 13th - Divisional Athletics - Prim
    • 13th - Year 7 Winter Sport
    • 13th – College Council
    • 14th - It Takes a Spark! Edu Conference
    • 14th - Primary Assembly
    • 17th – 18th - Year 4 Camp - Lady Northcote
    • 18th- Secondary Showcase (session 5)
    • 18th – Parents and Friends 2pm
    • 18th – Prep Information Evening
    • 19th – Talk Like A Pirate Day
    • 20th - Secondary Western Metro Athletics Carnival
    • 20th - Family Outdoor Movie Night
    • 21st- Football theme- casual dress day
    • 21st - Subway lunch order day
    • 21st - Subway lunch order day

    Extra Curricular Activities

    Tournament of the Minds

    Congratulations to all participants at the Tournament of Minds Regional Finals.  All students were very well organised and present with their parents at Deakin University. The Challenges were indeed challenging, but all teams rose to the occasion and impressed the judges their creative solutions and enthusiastic presentations. They received commendable remarks from the Judges. 

    Mrs. Meenakshi Krishnan and Miss. Jessica Stretton are to be congratulated on facilitating all teams over the 6 week preparation period and supporting the students on the day.

    Parents were very proud of the presentations and they were all pleased to know that the teams addressed all the requirements of the challenges by carefully crafting it all by themselves with no external help. Well done to all the students. 

    Language literature: Team 1 Gurtaran (4B) Sakshat (4B) Pranav (4B) Aashritha (4B) Eden (3D) Inaaya (3D) Luna (3D) 

    Language Literature: Team 3 Keerthana (5/6 G) Mary (5/6 G) Grace (5/6 G) Francesca (5/6 E) Naisha (4D) Aadhya (4D) Sienna (4B) 

    Social science: Team 4 James (5/6 G) Patrick (5/6 G) Jason (5/6 G) Tyler (5/6 E) Suren (5/6 L) Sanjit (5/6 L) Alec (4D) 

    Social Science: Team 2 Archana (3A) Nyneishia (3A) Siyona (3H) Emily (4D) Faye (4D) Ananya (4C) Jasmita (4E)

    The results for Honours and First Place teams for each of the seven Victorian regions were revealed on the following Monday and our college is proud to have achieved two Honours within the Geelong region. Team 2 who presented Social Science challenge, “Don’t fence me in” and Team 3 who presented Language Literature challenge, “The giving tree” were the two winning teams for their performances and overall score. PCC congratulates all participants and winners for their continued commitment and extraordinary efforts. We look forward for more students to participate during next year’s Tournament of Minds. We also thank all parents for their support and encouragement.

    Meenakshi Krishnan

    Tournament of the minds Co-Ordinator

    Literacy Week

    Following on from the Book Week focus of “Find Your Treasure” we will be celebrating Literacy week from September 11 – 19 with a series of events around the College. These include activities run by students at recess and lunch, pirate themed activities in classrooms and a whole school writing event- Write Hour. Write Hour will occur on Wednesday the 19th of September. Work of the students will be displayed in homeroom windows for all to enjoy. 

    Also on this day we will contribute to “International Talk Like A Pirate Day”. On this day all students are invited to Dress like a Pirate. They might like to go full pirate or wear something that relates to a pirate eg stripy t-shirt, bandana, eye patch.

    Helen Barratt

    7-9 News

    Melbourne Expreience

    This term the major learning focus for the Year 9’s was the My Melbourne research project. We were required to select a topic of our interest that related to the city of Melbourne and research it in great detail. The process of researching our topic became extremely involved and ended up being the main focus of our school work for this term.

    We then spent a week traveling in and around the city using public transport to find different locations and teacher checkpoints. This part was particularly challenging because of the fact that we had to trust and rely on other groups members to cooperate with the rest of the group to ensure we arrive at the correct destination. We also participated in different activities such as the amazing race, pathways tours as well as the independent investigation day of our chosen topic.

    Maddison Kelly 9B

    P-6 News

    Canberra Tour 2018

    It is not long now until some of our Year 5/6 students head to our national capital, Canberra. 5/6’s have spent this term learning about government and the electoral system in Australia and will add to their learning by undertaking an educational tour that will include the Australian Electoral Education Centre, Parliament House, The High Court of Australia, The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and The Australian War Memorial as well as lots of other places. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of approximately $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

    Canberra Tour – Medication Drop Off

    This week all families will have received an email outlining dates to save for the collection of medicines prior to the Tour. First Aid staff will be available at any time between 3.15pm and 6.45pm on the relevant date listed below. We will not be collecting medication on the morning we are leaving unless it is absolutely necessary due to the very early departure time and the number of students.

    Further information will be sent home later this term with last minute reminders and a "What to bring List" so you can get organised over the holidays.

    Tour 1 (Only) : Monday 15th October – Friday 19th October

    All medicines will be collected on Thursday 11th October anytime between 3.15 -6.45pm in the office area

    Tour 2 (Only): Monday 22nd October – Friday 26th October

    All medicines will be collected on Thursday 11th October anytime between 3.15 -6.45pm in the office area

    Community News

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

  • Subway Lunch
  • Family Outdoor Movie Night
  • Casual Dress Day
  • The Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap
  • Second Hand Uniform Sale
  • Father’s Day Stall
  • Navy Cadets

    Loretta Coste is the Commanding Officer of Training Ship Voyager. She is looking for new Recruits for their program. They are an Australian Navy Cadet (ANC) unit located right next to Commonwealth Reserve in Williamstown. The ANC is a youth development organisation sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy and aims to build leadership skills in young people through adventure and exciting learning activities, including making new friends, being part of a team that values you and experiencing challenges that will develop your potential as a leader. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

    Navy Cadets Williamstown

    Wyndham Pets 

     Please find attached a promotional poster for our upcoming Pet & Animal Expo, we would love the opportunity for this to feature in your upcoming newsletters. This FREE community event is on Sunday 16 September at the civic centre and is a fabulous day out for every animal lover.

    Pet Expo

    Library News

    Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018 update

    With the challenge closing for another year we had a rush of students logging their books and completing the challenge. I would like to congratulate the efforts of all students involved.

     Three more students, all of 3C, have now read 100 books in the challenge. Well done to Zoe Jefferies, Inaaya Kamran and Kira Woolley! Thank you ever so much to the parents, teachers and aides for supporting our students in their endeavours. We had a record 718 take part this year and of those 507 successfully completed the challenge. Also a record. This year I was very pleased to see a number of special needs students successfully challenge themselves. House points will be calculated shortly and prizes awarded. The certificates from the premier usually arrive in early December and these will be presented to the students then