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Point Cook College

No 12, August 2016

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

Principal News

From The Principal's Desk

Olympic Games

What a wonderful time it is at PCC. The entire College community is immersed in the excitement of the Olympic games. On Friday the 5th of August (Brazil time), the Games of the XXXI Olympiad commenced in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pierre de Coubertin, a French educator, is considered to be the father of the revival of the Modern Olympic Games. His advocacy for the games was based on his belief that athletic competition would promote understanding across cultures, thereby lessening the possibility of war and that the competition itself, the struggle to overcome one's opponent, was more important than winning. His thoughts are as relevant now as they were in 1896. We wish all athletes from every country a safe, fair and harmonious games. At Point Cook College whist we celebrate the world’s cultures, foods and traditions, we also promote peace, tolerance and awareness and acceptance of others. I wish everyone a wonderful two weeks of celebration and learning.


I would like to thank all students for their patience and understanding in regards to the limited access to the soccer pitch. The wet conditions and installation of the portables has made the ground surface dangerously uneven and very muddy. We have reinstalled temporary fencing that has reduced access to half the soccer pitch in an attempt to repair the surface so that it is safe and ready for use at the end of this term.

Social Worker

We are very pleased to announce that Abbi Chamberlain has joined our staff at the beginning of last week. Abbi is an experienced social worker and she compliments our wellbeing team that supports students and families. In the coming weeks, Abbi will introduce herself and her role in the newsletter. Welcome Abbi, we hope you thrive in your new role at PCC.

Student Lateness

We all run late sometimes. For your child, occasionally arriving late to school won't cause major disruption. Inevitably, kids will feel sick or tired some mornings, or other situations will prevent them from being on time. But chronic lateness eventually takes its toll on a child's overall educational experience. As parents you can help prevent tardiness from becoming frequent enough to negatively impact your child's school life. Please discuss strategies at home to ensure your child/children arrive at school on time. If you require support please see your child’s homeroom teacher who can provide assistance or possibly make a referral to our wellbeing team.

People of Point Cook

This week we meet members of our office staff in the People of Point Cook section of the newsletter. These ladies work tirelessly in the office and ensure our College runs smoothly. Thank you so much.

Have a great fortnight.

Frank Vetere

College Principal

Assistant Principal News P-4

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

  • Prep Transition
  • Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Alpha Shows

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal News 5-9

Please click on the Read More button to read about the following things that are happening in the Middle Years community.

  • Learning in the Middle Years

Bernadette Cronin


Important Dates - August

  • 8th August-9th September - Chocolate Drive
  • 8th - 19th - PCC Olympics Celebrations
  • 12th - Curriculum Day (student free)
  • 16th - International Food Day
  • 17th - 3-6 Olympics Games Day
  • 18th - Year 8 Winter Sport
  • 19th - PCC Olympic Closing Ceremony
  • 21st - Tournament of the Minds
  • 22nd - Alpha Show – The Hunchback of Notre Dame P–Year 2 students
  • 24th - Year 9 Maths Day – Selected students only
  • 26th - Year 7 Winter Sports – Hockey, Basketball and Tennis
  • 26th - Subway Day

Bali Homestay Opportunity

For families who are interested but not sure about offering homestay to some of our Bali visitors, there is a meeting being held on Monday the 15th of August from 6pm which will include details of what is involved in this opportunity. You are welcome to come along with no obligation to host a student. We still need to place 4 more students. Students are from Year 7 & 8. They would be with you for 6 nights. A camp to Healesville is also part of the program. Please come through the front door of the College.

FAQ - Hosting International students click here.

Jennifer Hayes

Chocolate Drive

As part of the College fundraising events, we are currently running a Chocolate Drive. Boxes will only be sent home to those families who indicate that they would like to sell them. A note was sent home with a section for you to fill out and return to school if you would like a box to sell. If you would like to sell a box please print this form or collect a note from the office.

The boxes are a mixture of Freddo Frogs, Caramello Koalas and an assortment of chocolate bars that sell for $1 each. Money is due back to the College by Friday the 9th of September.

Thank you for your support.

Gina O'Keefe

Prep Enrolments 2017

For more information regarding Prep enrolments in 2017, please click this link to view the flyer.

Please make sure you enrol your child to ensure they do not miss out on our transition program, beginning in early October.

Rachel Wallace

Extra Curricular Activities 

Click on this link to download the PCC Extra Curricular Calendar.

Please Note - This calendar is a live document and changes every two weeks, events get added and events get taken off. Costs are approximates.


Welbeing Team News

We are excited to welcome a College based Youth/Social Worker to our Wellbeing Team. Her name is Abbi Chamberlain and she comes to us with a broad range of experience in supporting students and families with day to day challenges. Abbi will be working with individuals, small groups and families on a needs basis as identified through our Wellbeing Team meetings and in a low level counselling role for our more senior students. Further information about Abbi and how her role will operate will be provided in the coming weeks.


Before the end of Term parents will be invited to contribute to the development of our staff and student SWPBS matrices, similar to the student matrix developed last year. These documents will provide consistency across the college and will align with our Expected Behaviours; We are Learners; We are Responsible; We are Respectful; We are Safe. We will be looking at running a parent forum as well as an online survey to maximize opportunities for participation, so please keep an eye out on our social media pages and newsletter for dates and times.

Uniform Policy - August Update

As you walk around the college I’m sure you’ll agree our students are looking quite smart. This is a credit to both students and parents for supporting our uniform goals and standards. There have been a few questions raised by parents which we have addressed below and are also outlined in the policy guidelines, if you need to know more please contact the College.

What happens if my child is out of uniform?

If an explanation has not been received directly from parents, teachers will question students as to why they are out of uniform and remind them to bring a written explanation form home. Teachers then enter the details on COMPASS which triggers an alert to parents referring them back to COMPASS for clarification. If the issue is of an ongoing nature, eg: awaiting item availability, no further alerts will be sent.

What consequences are there for being out of uniform?

Often the reason for being out of uniform is beyond the student’s control, however not always. Teachers know their students and families and know when to be discreet and when suspected deliberate behaviours need to be challenged. There are no consequences for uniform breaches other than having conversations with teachers and reminding students and parents of collge and SWPBS expectations.

Why has by child been asked to visit the uniform bank?

Some students like to challenge boundaries and actively choose not to wear the uniform. We have a supply of school approved items that these students are asked to wear for the day and then return before they leave school, which will allow them to meet our expectations.

Why can’t my child wear plain navy track or jazz pants instead?

Part of the reason for the policy is to ensure consistency around belonging to our college and reduce variability in terms of colour and quality. The paneled pants, both senior and primary, make our students easily identifiable and give a smarter look to the overall appearance.

How can I make sure my child’s lost items are returned?

All items are returned to classrooms when they can be identified. The only way to do this is for items to be clearly labelled with your child’s first and last name. We will continue to remind students to take appropriate care of their belongings and ask you to re-inforce the same message.

Why can’t my child wear their jacket indoors instead of a jumper or windcheater?

Jackets are designed to be an additional layer to put on when students move from indoors to outdoors. They can also be restrictive during classroom activities. Options for top layers indoors are ½ zip windcheaters and woollen jumper in the primary years and woollen jumpers and rugby top in the secondary years, depending on whether they are wearing the Standard or Sports options. Please refer to the policy for guidelines.

How do I know when the second hand uniform sales are on?

We advertise second hand uniform sales in the newsletter and they usually occur 2-3 times a term and usually on a Tuesday. This is a good opportunity to pick up additional items as a back up. Any donations of outgrown or unwanted items are always appreciated.

Why can’t my child wear extra layers underneath their uniform when it’s cold?

Extra layers are to be encouraged as required for extra warmth provided they are not visible. This means either tucking them into skirts or pants, or ensuring a long sleeve approved item is worn on top. Visible non approved items reduce the overall appearance that we are striving to achieve.

Why does my Year 7-9 child need to have a Sport AND a Standard combination?

Research shows that wearing a school uniform develops a sense of identity, belonging and inclusiveness and supports the creation of a safe and supportive learning environment. As students move into adolescence it is important to continue the development of a culture of self respect and taking pride in one’s appearance. Dressing smartly rather than casually prepares students for the expectations of adulthood and presents a positive image to younger students and the wider College community. Note: For the remainder of 2016 only, students in Year 9 are allowed to wear either the Standard or Sports option from the available combinations on any day.

Please contact Robyn Fincher if you have further questions or refer to documentation on the website, including previous newsletters.

Robyn Fincher

P-4 News & Events

Year 2 iPad Information Sessions

Dear Year 2 Parents and Guardians,

The Point Cook College Council approved plans to extend the successful 1:1 iPad program to all students in years 3 to 6 in 2016. Your child is currently in Year 2 and we would like to introduce the program to you through Information Sessions so that your family is fully prepared for the 2017 school year.

We will run three repeated Information Sessions. They will be held on Tuesday September 6th from 9am - 10 am and another session from 2- 3 pm. The evening session will be held on Thursday September 8th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Could you please go to the following link so that we can have an idea of numbers of parents attending:

Daryl English

Year 3E and the Korean Global Lyncs Project

Last week we had a visit from Professor Ku, the Global Lyncs Coordinator in Korea. The Global Lyncs project brings students together from Korea and Australia using Zoom Video Conferencing . She was very interested in and impressed by our program, which was explained to her by Meenakshi Krishnan, the Year 3 teacher who is involved in the program.

Jennifer Hayes, Jeff Wilson and Meenakshi Krishnan

5-9 News & Events

Year 6-7 Transition News

Over the coming week all Year 6 students who applied for Year 7 in a Government School including Point Cook College will receive a letter with the outcome of their enrolment request.

It is important that any changes you make to your child’s Year 7 placement are communicated to us as early as possible as this impacts planning for 2017. If you do not receive a letter or have any queries please contact me via the school.

Julie Ryan

Year 8 Election

The students in 8B and 8D ran a very successful election! Each student had a role in a political party or as an Electoral Official. Each party developed a set of policies and ran very successful campaigns. The parties were the Greens, Labour, Liberal and the Pirate Party. The election was based on the year 8 humanities topic of Australian Government. It was a great conclusion to the humanities topic.

Gracie Taylor 8D and Jesse Lyon 8B

Year 9 Empowering Young Women through Education

It was a great start of the week for Riarn, Monique, Jemi and Anna. We had the exciting opportunity to attend the Empowering Women through Education Soroptomists seminar. We had the opportunity to hear from the Queenslander of the year, Yasmin, and her inspiring journey to try to make a difference to the lives of young women everywhere. We also heard from Dr. Jess Murphy and learnt about different personalities. We all found out the different traits we had and how to interact more effectively with others, it was very interesting and inspiring. We then heard from Tanya Ha. She talked about how she tried many different courses and decided to become an Eco scientist. They were very inspiring and interesting and we learnt to take every opportunity that we can, in order to improve our lives and give ourselves opportunities for the future.

Riarn, Monique and Jemi I Facebook: @SIMelba

P-9 News & Events

Tournament of the Minds

Two fantastic teams are off to compete at The Tournament of Minds at Deakin University in Burwood on Sunday the 21st of August. Our primary team have chosen the Engineering Mathematics challenge while the secondary team will be undertaking the Language Literature task. We wish all 14 students competing the best of luck and look forward to updating you on all of the excitement of the day.

Andrew Godson (Secondary Team Coordinator) and Rachel Pontikis (Primary Team Coordinator)

Premier's Reading Challenge Update

This week we have two superstars who have completed the challenge. A big hooray goes forth to Jasmine Mabbutt of 4B and to Eric Bararia of 4C. In other wonderful news, all of Prep B have successfully completed the challenge with the help of their absolutely wonderful teacher Mrs. Whitecross.

We have less than one month to go and I know there are many of you out there who are so close to finishing so put the hard yards in now and get reading and logging. Don’t forget to mark them as finished. Come see the library if you need help. The challenge will finish on the 1st of September.

Sonja Faust

Community News

College Disco

We will be holding an Olympic themed disco for our Prep – Year 6 students on Thursday the 25th of August. Students will be encouraged to wear their Olympic t-shirts from our College celebrations, a team uniform (e.g. soccer, netball etc), wear shorts and a t-shirt and come dressed as an athlete or dress in casual clothes. Parents don’t need to purchase costumes! Notes went home this week with payments due by Wednesday the 24th of August. Click below to download the Disco notes:

Rebecca Thornton

Father’s Day Stall and Raffle Tickets

We will be holding our annual Father’s Day stall on Wednesday the 31st of August and Thursday the 1st of September. We are looking for some parents to assist us with selling items to the students. If you have some time to spare between 8.50am and 3pm, please email me with your preferred day and time. Any support would be greatly appreciated!

The tickets for our Father’s Day raffle have been sent home with the eldest child in the family. If you require more tickets they are available at the office.

Rebecca Thornton

Cooking Classes for Parents

Our cooking classes are usually held every fortnight on Friday afternoons from 1.30pm-3pm. Due to other events at the College this term, the classes will not always be held every fortnight. The remaining dates for this term are 26/8 and 9/9.

For our next class on Friday the 26th of August, our Food Technology teacher, Liam Holland, will be teaching us how to make Falafels and Chicken Souvlaki. For catering purposes, please contact me to register for the cooking classes. We meet at the office at 1.30pm.

Rebecca Thornton

Competition for students

We are holding a competition for students to create a design that will be used to decorate the shipping container which is on the fence line on Tom Roberts Parade.

The focus of the design needs to be about active travel to school and/or road safety. Earlier this year we announced that PCC was selected by the Wyndham Council to be part of the Wyndham Schools Active Travel Program. More information about the work that has been done will be announced shortly but the aim is to encourage students and families to actively travel to school by walking or riding to reduce traffic congestion around the College and to promote a healthy lifestyle. In doing this, we also would like to remind students, parents and drivers in our community about road safety.

The winning designs will be used by the Year 9 Art Pathways students and painted onto the shipping container later this year.

You need to draw your design, logo or slogan on a piece of paper and include your name and homeroom. There is a box at the office to submit your entries. The competition will close on Friday the 19th of August. Prizes will be awarded to the winners after this date.

Good luck!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

People of PCC

Office Staff

This week we would like to introduce you to our office staff. It may help you to put a face to the voice that you speak to over the phone or when you come in and ask for assistance at the office. Our office staff are available to help you Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm and 8am-3.30pm on a Friday. Please follow the link to read more.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

PCC Olympics 2016

Olympics Update

We are now into the second day of our Olympics celebrations. The Year 7-9 students had their Olympic Games day on Tuesday this week with much enthusiasm and cheering. Results are yet to come in however they will be tweeted out and put on the blog and Facebook as the competition evolves over the week so keep connected!

The very first broadcast of PCCRio5.6fm was a great success this week. We hope you were able to tune in to hear it live. There will be more broadcasting next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but feel free to come to the Agora at 8.30am to see the live action!

The P-2 Olympic Sports day was a gold medal success! Students enthusiastically participated in many fun events such as paper toss, musical chairs, sprint races, egg races, crab crawl and so many more! Keep your eyes and ears open for information on the results. Thanks to Ms Van Braam for planning and organising both of the awesome Sports days and thanks to all the helpers on each day!

International Food Day - Tuesday 16th August. This is a reminder that all students must have paid and returned an allergy note to participate. This will be a fun few hours. Student will need to bring a labelled bowl and spoon/fork for this activity. Parents of students with allergies are most welcome to join us from 11.20am-1.20pm for this event. Thanks to all the parent helpers who have offered to come in, your help is really appreciated!

Check the calendar for next weeks events.

Jennifer Hayes

PCC Radio and PCCRio5.6 FM

Our year 1/2 & 5/6 students with the assistance of their teachers have been busy the past couple of weeks preparing to launch PCC Radio to coincide with the Rio Olympics. PCC Radio has already provided students with amazing learning opportunities and new digital literacy skills. They are truly living the school motto "Creating Tomorrow Today". All radio content has been created by students on their iPad's. We would also like to thank our Parent community for supporting our 1:1 BYO iPad program as it allows for opptunities such as this to arise.

PCC Radio is essentially an internet radio station with the ability for our students to do live broadcasts, scheduled podcasts and mix really cool music. We are starting off small and will be looking to expand the program to include more students over the next few months.

We have also got commercial music licensing through APRA & PPCA. Allowing us to play music on our station. Mr Williams was a professional DJ for 15 years doing the rounds of clubs, pubs, festivals and corporate parties. He will be handpicking the music and teaching PCC students how to mix quality sets for your listening pleasure.

We will be broadcasting live to PCC Radio from 8:30am on the following days during the Olympics:

  • Tuesday 9th of August
  • Wednesday 10th August
  • Thursday 11th August
  • Tuesday 16th of August
  • Wednesday 17th August
  • Thursday 18th August

At present the best way to listen to PCC Radio is to stream via the internet on any browser including SMART Phones or tablets. We have an Apple and Android app in development and we will hopefully get to release these in the next few weeks. Click on this link to stream PCC Radio.

It would be great to get your support by listening during our live broadcasts and providing feedback by following us on Facebook and Twitter ‪#‎PCCRio‬ and @PCCP9.

David Williams and Ryan Wendt

Putih Bear at the Olympics

Introducing PCC’s special correspondent at the Olympic Games in Rio. His name is Putih Bear (putih means white in Indonesian). He has his very own Facebook page and is providing regular reports, photos and information about what he is doing and seeing in Rio.

You can follow him at

Linda Bramwell

Sports Report

Grade 5/6 AFL Academy Competition Day

On Tuesday the 2nd of August, the grade 5/6 boys from the PCC AFL Academy competed at the AFL Victoria Primary Schools AFL Challenge held at Avalon Airport Oval. The day consisted of a 7 team round robin tournament with the top two teams playing off in the final to move through to the next competition. Click read more to find out how the boys went on the day.

Matt Saunders


I am pleased to announce some very exciting changes to the Point Cook College camping program. These changes will come into effect this year and will incorporate all year levels from Prep to Year 9.

The cost of each camp will be published on the schools website, newsletter, activities calendar and via the year level blogs as soon as they have been established. Information about this years camps have now started to go out via your child's homeroom. If you have any further questions please see your homeroom teacher or Mr Brennan.

Click the read more button to view the camps that each year level will attend from 2016 to 2020 and a list of the 2017 camps and the dates that these camps will run. Alternatively, download the document with this information here.

Tim Brennan

Support Your Sport Program - Rebel Sport discount

We would like to thank Rebel Sport Point Cook for supporting PCC. Please find the attached flyer for our families to use at their store. You will receive 20% off purchases made before 31/8/16. Each eligible purchase will also earn a 5% rebate for PCC as part of the Support Your Sport Program.

Performing Arts

Year 6 Cabaret 'CONTRAST'


A CABARET SHOW - 'Contrast'



80 Derrimut Rd Hoppers Crossing

TICKETS ON SALE UNTIL 19TH AUGUST – ALL WELCOME - $20 EACH (includes light supper)

The Performing Arts Team

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