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


Point Cook College – NAPLAN Preparation

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

In order to provide every student with their best opportunity to shine in the upcoming NAPLAN, we have a whole school approach to familiarisation and understanding of the test genres.

All teachers of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 will work with their leaders to develop and implement a consistent, intensive approach to NAPLAN.

Students will be given the opportunity to:

• Use previous booklets to support their exposure to the assessment

• Sit practice test situations, to develop their stamina and make them comfortable with the environment required for the assessments to take place

• Do their best and value the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a supportive and encouraging environment

During Numeracy and Literacy sessions students will be exposed to previous Math and Language Convention questions as a warm-up task. Teachers will lead students through examining what the questions are asking, keywords within the question, the strategies students already know that they can utilize to answer the questions and how to respond to multiple choice questions.

During Reading sessions, teachers will use previous text booklets to support students to develop strategies that will support them to answer the questions accurately. This will involve encouraging students to read the piece of text twice prior to answering the question. When answering the question refer back to the text, looking at the images, title, and determining the text type to assist them. Time management will also be a key focus for our student's preparation.

Teachers will also give students a minimum of 2 timed writing practice assessments to allow for them to assimilate into the test environment. Teachers will give opportunities for both guided writing time (teacher assisted) and non-guided time (NAPLAN protocols, no teacher assistance) to support student’s capacity to complete the writing assessment.

In addition to this teachers will also be supporting students with the development of mindfulness strategies. At Point Cook College we value the importance of mindfulness and will be encouraging our students to have a balance between ‘practice’ and ‘play’. This is not limited to but will include utilizing programs such as Smiling Minds, encouraging the regular drinking of water, healthy eating and looking after our physical health to assist with our brain function.

This preparation will go for a 2 week period, with the majority of classes commencing this preparation in week 3 of term 2.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any further queries in regards to NAPLAN.


Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Creating a Positive Climate for Learning

One of the key elements of our new Strategic Plan is to creative a positive and stimulating learning environment where students are supported to achieve academic, physical, social and emotional growth. We aim to do this by developing strong relationships, providing authentic learning practices and having high and consistent expectations.

Our commitment to SWPBS over the past four years has established a consistent framework of expected behaviours and provided a solid platform on which to build.

We are excited to have commenced the next instalment yesterday, with the first of four Curriculum Days over the next two years with a focus on the Berry St Education Model, or BSEM for short.

BSEM is a researched based, trauma informed approach to building proactive, strength based classrooms. It aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing by building self esteem, resilience, growth mindset, increased engagement and attendance and the capacity for long term, healthy relationships.

The key elements of the model, Body, Relationships, Engagement, Stamina and Character, embed strategies which are designed to strengthen relationships and build acceptance, connectedness and belonging.

On Day One we focused on Body, which involves understanding physical and emotional responses to stress through self-regulation, the use of personal de-escalation strategies and engaging in mindfulness opportunities throughout the school day.

We are now looking forward to Day Two training in July, which will have a focus on Relationships, the core element of the Berry St Model.


Uniform

With the cooler weather upon us please remember to check the Uniform Policy and Guidelines for appropriate uniform combinations. Note that the tights may only be worn with the checked pinafore or Senior tunic, not the school dress. Don’t forget to clearly label all removable items to ensure they can be returned to your child if misplaced.


Student Eye Checks

When students have learning difficulties in the classroom, poor eyesight can often be part of the problem.

Recent statistics show that 1 in 6 students have eye conditions that go undetected.

Later this term we hope to offer access to the Student Eyecare Program. The program would see an optometrist onsite during school hours to provide students with a free comprehensive eye examination, covered through Medicare. All particpants will receive a full report about their eye health and a prescription will be provided if glasses are required.

At this stage we are seeeking an expression of interest to see how many of our families are keen on participating. The program will be offered based on the level of interest shown. To register your interest please do so by going to the link provided below before Wednesday 8th May

https://goo.gl/forms/kXsAkN8ssUr4OkeI3

Robyn Fincher


Community News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

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!

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

Thank you for your support.


Mother’s Day Stall

Our annual Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th of May. We will have a large variety of items for students to select from ranging in price from $1 to $5 each. Students are required to bring their money in a wallet, purse or envelope which has been clearly labelled with their name and homeroom. Students will also need to bring their own shopping bag. The PFA would like to invite any parents or grandparents who are available to assist at the stall to volunteer. If you can help for an hour or two at any time between 8.30am- 3pm on either or both days, it would be appreciated!

Please note that you will need a current Working with Children’s Check. If you are able to help please email pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au or contact Rebecca Thornton at the College so that we can add you to our roster.


Parents and Friends Association

PFA meetings are held every second Tuesday from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. It is a great opportunity for you to meet other families, share your ideas and support our College programs and activities. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 1st of May.

If you have any questions please contact the PFA at- pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway lunch orders

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

Friday 11th May

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!


Community Gardening Group

Hi all,

My name is Sarah Moore and I am the gardening specialist at PCC. I have a Diploma of Horticulture and a Degree in Environmental Science (honours). I have worked in the school Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for 5 years.

I am holding a fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden to allow for an exchange of gardening ideas and concepts, and to pass on skills to those who which to learn about gardening. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is also a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships.

This program will run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am, starting May 2nd. This first session we will be focusing on herbs. 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