Community News September 21

  • Friday, September 21, 2018
  • Daryl English

Family Outdoor Movie Night

We hope that all of our families and friends enjoyed our first family outdoor movie night watching The Greatest Showman.

We would like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for their support with many members volunteering to help in the lead up to the event and also on the night.

We would also like to thank the food vendors and sponsors for supporting our event.

Stockland Shop for Schools Promotion

We have been invited to take part in the Stockland Shop for Schools Promotion again this year.

Please save your receipts when you shop at Stockland Point Cook (Town Centre) and place your receipts in an envelope available at the Customer Care desk or at the entry boxes. Don’t forget to tick the box for Point Cook College!

You can also send your receipts to school as homeroom teachers have an envelope to collect them in.

The dollar value you spend will be converted into points so that we can win a share in $20,000! The school who has the most points wins the biggest share!

The promotion will run until the 31st of October.

For more information please follow the link below.

https://www.stockland.com.au/shopping-centres/centres/stockland-point-cook/offers-and-events/news/2018/09/10/05/54/shop-for-schools-2018

Mango Tray Fundraiser

Our mango fundraiser is back! It was very popular last year so we are running it again.

Families and friends will have the opportunity to purchase fresh mangoes for only $25 per tray. The mangoes will be transported overnight from Queensland so they will be very fresh!

More information will be sent out through Compass and our Facebook page after the holidays.

Twilight Market – Save the Date!

Our annual Twilight Market will be held on Friday the 9th of November from 3-7pm.

We will have a range of stalls, food vendors and community groups who will attend. We will have a variety of entertainment on our outdoor stage and we will be holding our Science and Maker Fair on the night too. There will be something for everyone in your family to enjoy!

For further information please refer to our Facebook page and Compass email.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community News September 7

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018
  • Daryl English

Family Outdoor Movie Night

The film that got the most votes for our movie night is…

 The Greatest Showman!!

 The film won by over 100 votes! Thanks to all that updated the google doc with their class votes.

 The movie night will be held on Thursday 20th September from 5pm. We will be selling fairy floss, popcorn and have a variety of food trucks available too. The movie will start at 6.30pm.

Tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Details about how to buy tickets will be available soon. It should be a great night!

Second Hand Uniform Sale

The next uniform sale will be held on Tuesday 18th September

8.15 - 9.15 am and 2.30 - 3-15 pm

The sale will be held in the canteen, next to the gym.

Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are $5 - $10 each.

We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised goes to welfare to help our families in need.

Thank you

Sandy Thornton

Father’s Day Stall

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who volunteered to help at our Father’s Day Stall. The students enjoyed shopping and selecting their special gifts. Your help was greatly appreciated!

We hope that all of the Dads, Grandpas and special friends enjoyed the day and their gifts from the stall.

Subway Lunch

The next Subway lunch order will be on Friday the 21st of September. Order forms are due back by Thursday the 13th of September.

Students will bring home order forms on Friday the 7th of September. Spare forms are available at the office.

Football theme Casual Dress Day

We will hold our annual casual dress day to support State School Relief on Friday the 21st of September which is the last day of this term. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation on the day. It is an AFL football theme but team colours or items of clothing from other codes or sports are also welcome.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap

Thank you to all of the families who donated and/or purchased books from our Great Book Swap. Together we have raised $520.50 to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation!

Parents, friends and families can also make donations through the school link: https://go.greatbookswap.org.au/EventDetail/7011J000000g3RVQAY/point-cook-p-9-college-great-book-swap

Remember donations above $2.00 are tax deductable.


Thank you for your support!

Chris Durbridge

EAL Teacher


Community News August 24

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Daryl English

Family Outdoor Movie Night

Save the date for our first family outdoor movie night! It will be held on Thursday the 20th of September from 5pm.

Students are currently providing movie suggestions which will be shortlisted and then we will hold a vote in classrooms and on Facebook. The movie with the most votes will be screened on the night!

We will be selling fairy floss and popcorn and have a variety of food trucks available too. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $2 for children. Details about how to buy tickets will be available soon.

Football theme Casual Dress Day

We will hold our annual casual dress day to support State School Relief on Friday the 21st of September which is the last day of this term. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation on the day. It is an AFL football theme but team colours or items of clothing from other codes or sports are also welcome.

Entertainment Book

Thank you to the families who purchased an Entertainment Book Membership. We raised $1748 from this fundraiser! If you do not wish to purchase your book please return it to the office ASAP.

Thank you for your support!

Father’s Day Stall

Our Father’s Day Stall will be open on Wednesday the 29th and Thursday the 30th of August. Students from Prep- Year 6 will visit the stall with their teacher on one of the days. Secondary students can visit at a time that suits their teacher.

Items will range in price from $1-$5. Most items are $3 and over. Students need to bring their money in an envelope, wallet or purse which has their name on it. They also need to bring their own shopping bag.

The PFA are looking for parents or grandparents who are available to help on the stall. Please note that you must have a valid Working with Children’s Check. If you can help, please emailpfa@pcc.vic.edu.au

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Second Hand Uniform Sale

The next uniform sale will be held on Tuesday 18th September

8.15 - 9.15 am and 2.30 - 3-15 pm

The sale will be held in the canteen, next to the gym.

Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are $5 - $10 each.

We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised goes to welfare to help our families in need.

Thank you

Sandy Thornton

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation Great Book Swap

On Tuesday September 4th and Wednesday September 5th,  Point Cook College will once again be holding The Great Book Swap to raise much needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Last year we raised just over $350.00, and this year we are hoping to raise $500.00 to donate.

Students are asked to bring in a favourite book (or two), during the week beginning Monday 27th of August to donate to the swap.

They will then be able to buy another person’s favourite book on the swap day, for only $1.00.

Parents, friends and families can also make donations through the school link: https://go.greatbookswap.org.au/EventDetail/7011J000000g3RVQAY/point-cook-p-9-college-great-book-swap

Remember donations above $2.00 are tax deductable.

Get ready to bring, swap and read!


Chris Durbridge

EAL Teacher


Community News August 10

  • Thursday, August 09, 2018
  • Daryl English

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Tuesday 21st August

8.15 - 9.15 am and 2.30 - 3-15 pm

The sale will be held in the canteen, next to the gym.

Please note that we can only take cash payments. Items are $5 - $10 each.

We don't have all items of the uniform available in all sizes as it depends on the donations that we receive. If you have any items of uniform that you no longer need and would like to donate to our sale, please drop them off at the office. All of the money raised goes to welfare to help our families in need.

The next uniform sale will be held on Tuesday 18th September

Thank you

Sandy Thornton

 The Active Travel Program is having a break in Term 3

You may have noticed that teachers and students have not been braving the cold on Wednesday mornings lately. That is because like all sensible people (not penguins), we have deemed it too cold to be standing outside at the moment!

So… Walk and Wheel Wednesdays will be taking an official break until term 4.

We may call a surprise “Walk and Wheel Wednesday” later this term.

Stay tuned and keep riding, walking and wheeling! Please stay safe and make sure that you wear a helmet if you are riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.

Community Gardening Group.

Hi all,

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again. They will be on even weeks this term. The next session will be on Wednesday the 22nd August at 9am. This session we will be looking at the tree guards around plants in the school ground and deciding on whether they need to be removed or installed to help the plants.

You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a working with children’s check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am.

Please let me know via email if you are interested.  My email is:

 sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


City West Taekwondo

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
  • Daryl English

City West Taekwondo are running classes those interested. Classes are held twice weekly;

Ages 5-7 are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30

Ages 8+ are also held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30

Please contact Zac Markovski on 0402 314 900 for more details or click here to access the flyer


Assistant Principal WellBeing News July 27

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Daryl English
Engagement and Wellbeing

Positive Climate
Creating a positive climate for learning impacts a wide range of outcomes for students including health and wellbeing, motivation to learn and achieve and academic performance. School Wide Positive Behaviour practices are firmly embedded in our culture, which we promote by valuing our expected behaviours of; We are Learners; We are Responsible; We are Respectful; We are Safe. This year we are introducing two more key elements in the Positive Climate domain which will support all students to develop academically, socially and emotionally within a safe and inclusive learning environment.
The first new element is the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) initiative which promotes and models respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence and aligns seamlessly with the Victorian Curriculum Personal and Social Learning domain.
The second new element is the Berry St Education Model ( BSEM) which is a positive education approach promoting strategies which are built around the creation of strength based classrooms. Earlier this year staff participated in a Curriculum Day centred around the first BSEM domain – Body. This domain focuses on understanding the impact of stress on the body and its regulatory abilities, in order to develop student capacity to remain present, centred and grounded and thereby ‘ready to learn.’
Today our Curriculum Day focused on the second, and most critical domain of the BSEM - Relationships. Strong, positive, relationships between students, teachers and parents are integral to creating a learning environment that promotes trust, validation and safety. The remaining three BSEM domains will be introduced during Term 1 next year.
You will hear more about BSEM strategies and RRRR practices across the year and we encourage you to support our learning partnership by asking questions and exploring them with your children.




Year 7/8 Space Camp 2019
We are very excited to be exploring a unique learning opportunity for our current Year 7/8 students to attend a Space Camp Study Tour in September 2019. If the tour gets off the ground our goal is to make this a biennial event. The tour will be of especially beneficial for students with an interest in the STEAM curriculum, but also to those who have a passion for space exploration, or even  just plain excitement.
Eduschool Tours will be conducting an Information Night at the College on Monday 6th August from 6.30 -7.30. Please come along if you would like to know more. Year 7/8 parents will receive another COMPASS alert regarding this event, which we ask you to respond to if attending for organisation purposes. 


Uniform Blitz
The recent uniform blitz revealed that most of our students are taking responsibility for meeting our uniform expectations and demonstrating pride in their appearance as well as being representatives of our College community, which is fantastic to see. Thank you to our families for assisting students to achieve this goal.
Unfortunately most issues around uniform seem to lay with our senior students, which is disappointing given they set the tone for the younger students and are usually responsible for their own choices when it comes to decisions about what to wear.
Of those students who are not in correct uniform, the most common explanations are ‘I don’t like wearing  (a specific item), ’ ‘I don’t have any….” and  ‘I forgot.’
The most common problems in 7-9  include wearing non school items; black socks, black tights or leggings, branded hoodies and wearing sports uniform on non sport/PE days.
For our primary age students the challenges include visible layers of clothing and the wearing of non school trackpants and jackets.
The Uniform policy and guidelines ( both on the website) are specifically designed to provide a range of options to meet students’ preferences and we have support available for families who may be in need of assistance. Please seek assistance via the College if required.


Acrylic Nails
We have increasing numbers of students arriving at school with Acrylic or Shellac fingernails. While this practice is not encouraged, please remember that all nails are expected to be kept short for health and safety purposes. Nail polish or colour must be either clear or natural in line with uniform guidelines.


Semper Dental Visits
Dental check ups will return to the College in the week beginning 29th October. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is extremely important to overall health and we are happy to be able to assist families by making this service easily accessible. Please watch the newsletter for further information.


Have a fabulous fortnight everyone!
Robyn Fincher
Assistant Principal Well Being


Community News June 22

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Daryl English
  • College Disco
  • Community Gardening Group

Our College Disco will be held on Thursday the 2nd of August. Year levels will be placed into groups for separate discos. More information including times, theme and the cost will be available shortly!

Community Gardening Group.

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 27th June at 9am. This session will focus on winter pruning, if you have your own secateurs it may be a good idea to bring them along although we do have some if you don’t.

You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am.

Please let me know via email if you are interested.  My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


Community News

  • Friday, June 08, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 13th June at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online. This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. This session we will continue focusing on flowers in the garden.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 12th of June from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

The final Subway lunch order for this term, will be held on Friday 29th June.

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before this date. We prefer that orders are paid through Compass. Your child needs to ensure that they return the order form they will receive so that the Subway staff know what to make them for lunch!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community News

  • Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Hi all,

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 30th May at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. This session we will focusing on flowers in the garden. We will be learning about bulbs and planting some bulbs and seeds to grow on in the greenhouse.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


The Entertainment Book Fundraiser

Thank you to the families who have already purchased The Entertainment digital or book membership. We hope that you enjoy the discount vouchers!

To purchase the book or a digital membership, please follow this link for the PCC fundraising page - http://www.entbook.com.au/9r19237

If you do not wish to buy the book that was sent home, could you please return it to the College.

Thank you for your support.

PCC PFA


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 29th of May from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

The final Subway lunch order for this term, will be held on Friday 29th June.

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before this date. We prefer that orders are paid through Compass. Your child needs to ensure that they return the order form they will receive so that the Subway staff know what to make them for lunch!

Opportunities for families at PCC!

There are many ways that parents, carers, grandparents and friends can be involved at PCC.

Please read below for further information about the opportunities we currently have available.


Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

The group meets every second Tuesday from 2-3pm with a focus on how to support our College programs, ways to engage families and the community with our College and also assist with our fundraising activities. Younger children are also welcome at these meetings. Our PFA also coordinate rosters of volunteers for our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls and support events such as the Twilight Market, Student Disco and Family BBQ & Activities Night.

For more information please contact pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community Gardening Group

The gardening group meet every fortnight on a Wednesday morning from 9-10am with our Gardening Specialist, Sarah Moore. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships while learning about gardening.

For more information, please contact sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au


Book Fair and Library Support

Volunteers are able to support our library by helping with tasks such as shelving or covering books. We also have our annual Book Fair where we require support from volunteers before and after school from the 5-8th of June.

If you are interested in helping in the library or at the Book Fair please contact Sonja, our librarian, at faust.sonja.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Walk and Wheel Wednesday As part of our involvement in the Wyndham Active Travel Schools Program, we run Walk and Wheel Wednesdays each week, to encourage families to actively travel to school. Students who actively travel to school by walking or riding, and who also display our expected behaviours (being safe, responsible, respectful, learners) receive a House token and sometimes also a raffle ticket.

We currently have staff and students leaders who hand out tokens each Wednesday but we would like to extend this opportunity to parents too. If you are available to help between 8.15-8.45am on a Wednesday morning please contact Rebecca Thornton at rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Bilingual Book Program

Almost 50% of the students at our school, speak a main language other than English at home. We encourage our families to maintain their home language as it is important for their child to communicate with family members and creates opportunities for work, study and travel when they are older.

Our PCC families speak almost 60 different languages! We have a range of bilingual books that we use to support children and their families so that they can enjoy reading together at home. We would like to expand the number of languages that we currently cater for, so we are looking for parents who are able to translate picture storybooks from English into your home language. If you are able to assist us with this or if you would like further information please contact Chris Durbridge at durbridge.christine.d@edumail.vic.gov.au

To volunteer at PCC, you will need a valid Working with Children Check. The Working with Children Check is free and it’s easy to apply. Go to http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and register as a volunteer. When you receive your card in the mail, please take it to our administration staff who will photocopy it for our records.

If you would like assistance to apply, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community News

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 16th May at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. The first session was on herbs and as we have had a positive interest by new members of the community, the focus will be about herbs again. I am hoping that we will be able to create new plants and collect seeds that can then be donated to the West Welcome Wagon for families in need to start their own gardens.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


The Entertainment Book Fundraiser

Thank you to the families who have already purchased The Entertainment digital or book membership. We hope that you enjoy the discount vouchers!

To purchase the book or a digital membership, please follow this link for the PCC fundraising page - http://www.entbook.com.au/9r19237

If you do not wish to buy the book that was sent home, could you please return it to the College.

Thank you for your support.

PCC PFA


Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who volunteered to help on our Mother’s Day Stall. The students enjoyed shopping for their loved ones. We hope that you all like the presents you will receive on Sunday!

PCC PFA


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 15th of May from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

We will be offering Subway lunch orders on the following dates this term:

Friday 1st June

Friday 29th June

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before these dates. We prefer that orders are paid through Compass. Your child needs to ensure that they return the order form they will receive so that the Subway staff know what to make them for lunch!


Working with Children’s Check

There are many ways that parents and carers can be involved at PCC. You may like help with events such as our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls, Book Fair, our Twilight Market or maybe you would like to join our PFA. You might also be interested in becoming a classroom helper after completing the Parent Helper training run by the College.

To take part in any of these opportunities, you will need a valid Working with Children Check. The Working with Children Check is free and it’s easy to apply. Go to http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and register as a volunteer. When you receive your card in the mail, please take it to our administration staff who will photocopy it for our records.

If you would like assistance to apply, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au