Community News

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Football Day - Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

On Friday the 22nd of September we will be having a Football themed out of uniform day. Students are encouraged to wear the colours of their favourite football team and bring a gold coin donation to support State Schools Relief who assist families in need with uniforms, shoes and stationery for their children.

As part of the day, the PFA will be organising the special lunches that students have already ordered. Please note that orders have now closed. We are looking for extra helpers to assist us on the day as we have over 800 lunches to prepare! If you have a Working with Children Check and you are available at any time between 9am-2pm please let me know. As we will be using a number of ovens, the kitchen will not be safe for younger children to come with their parents who are helping.

Thank you.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Twilight Market

Our Twilight Market will be held on Friday the 17th of November from 3-7pm. The event is a great opportunity for our families and the local community to come together. Our market will include stall holders, community groups, food vendors and entertainment.

Expressions of interest from market stall holders and community groups are now open! For more information and to request an application form please email market@pcc.vic.edu.au Please note that we have restrictions on the number of stalls selling similar items.

The Twilight Market is another opportunity for families to be involved and support the College. We will be asking for parents to assist in a variety of ways including helping on stalls, promoting the event to the wider community and assisting with setting up and packing up on the day.

We look forward to a great event!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our free cooking class for parents will resume next term. Please check the newsletter, College Facebook page and the calendar on our website for dates after the holidays.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Respectful Relationships

On Tuesday representatives from PCC attended our first Respectful Relationships Community of Practice meeting at Laverton P-12. Laverton College is our lead school and as such they will be guiding us through the rollout. Respectful Relationships is a government initiative born out of the findings from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. We know that cultural change is necessary and that education settings can play an integral role in this. A good education is about more than simply getting good marks. It is about becoming a member of society and succeeding in life – knowing how to build respectful relationships is key to achieving this.

The Respectful Relationships roll out is a whole school approach encouraging schools to review their existing procedures, programs and culture to ensure that they promote respectful relationships and gender equality practices across the entire school community.

We are currently in the process of developing our action plan, with the first step being an audit of our current processes and practices to identify where changes need to be made. We will also be looking at surveying parents and students about our practices later this year or early next year.

Assistance in meeting Uniform Expectations

Thank you to those families who continue to support their children to meet our uniform expectations. It is fantastic to see most students wearing the uniform with pride. Note that we are still seeing some students wearing non College approved jackets, tracksuit pants, tights and socks. If you are unsure of requirements please refer to the College website. If you are having difficulty in meeting uniform expectations please contact the College and we will do our best to assist you.

Navy Tights – where do you get them?

We have noticed a number of students who are wearing black tights rather than the College approved navy. Further investigation has revealed that this may be due to the fact that navy tights are often difficult to source in the local shopping area. To assist our families in meeting uniform expectations we now have navy tights available from the main office at $11 per pair.

Saver Plus Program 

Saver Plus is a ten month program that provides financial education, budgeting and savings advice for families. Once you finish the program ANZ will match your savings (up to $500), which goes towards education costs for you or your children.

To be eligible to participate you need to be over 18, have a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, have some form of regular income and have a child or yourself enrolled in an educational setting. To find out more call or SMS your postcode to 1300610355 or email saverplus@bsl.org.au

Rollercoaster Grief Support Program 

Rollercoaster is a six week grief support program, with separate groups for bereaved children and their parents/carers which provides tailored, specialized support and practical, day to day strategies. The program is targeted at children aged 8-12 and runs on Fridays from 6-7.30pm beginning on 27th October at Crookes Counselling and Consulting Services, 7 Princes Hwy, Werribee. For more information please call 97423500.

An Introduction to the NDIS

The Association for Children with a Disability will present information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Tuesday 19th September at 6.30pm in the LRC. Families of students who are part of our Program for Students with Disabilities are invited to attend the evening. A light supper will be provided.

Please contact Robyn Fincher at the College by Monday if you would like to attend.

Student Safety

With the holidays approaching we would like families to take the opportunity to talk about strategies that children can use to keep themselves safe, both physically and in cyber space. During holiday periods students often spend more time out and about as well as more time online, and it is important that everyone remains vigilant. There are a number of websites that can assist with educating children about personal safety, two of which are outlined below.

Safety 4 Kids is a non for profit organisation designed to help kids make better decisions about their personal safety. The website has lots of handy tips and links. Go to safety4kids.com.au for more information.

The website studentwellbeinghub.edu.au has handy tips and resources around a range of wellbeing topics including being safe online.

Robyn Fincher


eSmart Week 2017

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

I would like to congratulate the Point Cook College community for getting involved in National eSmart week. Our PCC eLeaders took the reigns for the week and ran Cyber Safety workshops for our year 3-9 students using Kahoot, organised a year 3-9 Cyber Safety scavenger hunt using QR codes, created Cyber Safety activity worksheets for our P-2 students and also raised money selling our PCC Cyber Mascot badges! We sold a total of 631 badges throughout the week! We also had a whole school free dress day with students encouraged to wear purple and yellow in support of the Alannah and Madeline foundation. In total we raised a massive $1911!

A special thank you to our eLeaders for organising the week, and spending recess and lunch times making badges- as they were constantly selling out! It is amazing to see so much dedication from our students in regards to educating their peers in Cyber Safety and digital awareness.

Please join our twitter community to view all of these events and more through the twitter handle @PCCP9!

Sally Hill


Sewing Bee

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Can you sew? Do you want to meet some new people and be part of a fun-working bee? Then we need you! We have decided to extend our successful Y1/2 trial of our PCC Cyber Safety Mascot program, which saw students taking our cyber safety dolls home and sharing different aspects of eSmart with their families. These dolls, which are based on our 4 student created cyber safety characters, were a real hit with the students and families and really consolidated student’s understanding of key aspects of the program. However four dolls will not suffice! We need about 8 more of each doll! With this in mind I would like to invite parents to a sewing bee to help me get them all made. All materials and equipment will be provided and I will sweeten the deal with some food to keep us all toiling away!

I would like to hold the “bee” during November but as yet do not have a set date. If you are able to sew, would like to help and think you might be available for a days work, please call the office and register your interest, child’s name and grade, preferred day and an email/ phone number you can be contacted on. I am also happy to hear from people who are not available during the day but are able to make some dolls at home. They are not particularly difficult but you would need a reasonable level of sewing skill.

Thank you in advance!

Jenny Hayes and Sally Hill


Sustainability News

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Sustainability Student Leadership

Our Senior Environment Leaders did PCC proud last week, representing PCC at the annual Western Metro Region’s Kids Teaching Kids conference. The students planned a workshop which was linked to knowledge 8W had gained on micro plastics in our local waterways as part of their NatureWest project. It is wonderful to see knowledge gained at school be shared to a wider audience. It was the first time delivering a workshop for some of our year sevens and they did a wonderful job. Congratulations to Jade, Georgia, Lachlan, James, Elyssia and Bree and especially to Elyssia and James in year 8 who were supportive mentors to our year sevens.

Kids Teaching Kids – Melbourne Water Conference

Following our regional KTK conference there is a Melbourne Water state-wide KTK Conference running for two days in October which some of our leaders will also be attending for the first time. Keep an eye out for more news in October.

NATUREWEST project

Year 8W enjoyed creating organic skincare products last Friday. These will be for sale at the Twilight Market with an information stall on microbeads and nurdles and their effects on the environment.

MAG Green Gang

Year five and six Green Gang are busy working on products to sell at the twilight market. They have begun a makers Monday which runs at lunchtimes and are continuing to make many products created during Up Cycle week.

SAKG - Learning in the garden

Year threes have been learning how to prune and harvest as well as fertilise the garden in SAKG this past month. They have been learning about composting, animals which live in the compost and techniques which help improve the soil. Students are enjoying recording their learning in online garden journals using the app ‘book creator’. There are lots of changes occurring in the garden coming into Spring, including blossom and bees getting busy pollinating.

Robyn Cairns


Special Lunch Order

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

We are offering a special lunch order to students as part of our football themed out of uniform day on Friday the 22nd of September.

Students were given an order form today or you can download one from here. The preferred way to pay for the order is through Compass. Orders close on Tuesday the 12th of September. No late orders can be accepted so please pay and return the form on time to avoid disappointment.

Thank you.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Community News

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Parent Opinion Survey

Each year government schools conduct a parent opinion survey to gain valuable feedback from the school community. A random selection of 30% of our families were recently chosen to complete the online survey. Please check your email account to see if you received the link. If you were selected, it would be appreciated if you could complete the survey by the 3rd of September as we value your opinion and input to enhance the experience for your child at PCC.

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Twilight Market


Our Twilight Market will be held on Friday the 17th of November from 3-7pm. The event is a great opportunity for our families and the local community to come together. Our market will include stall holders, community groups, food vendors and entertainment.

Expressions of interest from market stall holders and community groups are now open! For more information and to request an application form please email market@pcc.vic.edu.au Please note that we have restrictions on the number of stalls selling similar items.

The Twilight Market is another opportunity for families to be involved and support the College. We will be asking for parents to assist in a variety of ways including helping on stalls, promoting the event to the wider community and assisting with setting up and packing up on the day.

We look forward to a great event!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our next free cooking class for parents will be held on Friday the 8th of September from 1.30pm-3pm.

It has been great to see some new parents join our classes recently. The classes are an informal way for you to meet other PCC parents and have some fun too. For catering purposes, if you would like to join in please let me know.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

The PFA will be hosting an information session on Wednesday the 6th of September from 2-3pm. Our Literacy Improvement Leader, Jeff Wilson, will be sharing ways to support your child with reading at home aimed at parents of students in Prep- Year 2. So that we have an idea of numbers, could you please let me know if you would like to attend.

The next PFA meeting will be held on Wednesday the 13th of September at 2pm. All parents and younger children are welcome.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Indigenous Book Swap

Join Point Cook P-9 College in fundraising for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and promote the love of reading.

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day on September 6th we will be holding book sales across the school.

We need you to start collecting any pre-loved books in good condition, which will then be sold for $1.00. Books will be collected at school from July.

Students will be selling picture books, easy readers, novels, information books and even adult novels and magazines in designated areas throughout the school on the day.

All funds raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy fund to buy much needed books for Indigenous communities. Please download the flyer here.

You can log on to our web page and donate directly on: https://indigenousliteracyfoundation.secure.force.com


Chris Durbridge


Library News

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Woolworths Earn & Learn


We are collecting stickers for this program in our school. There are collection boxes at Woolworths town centre and at Featherbrook. Please place any stickers in these boxes or if not in the box in the library here at PCC. Some examples of items we bought the last time we participated were Beebots for IT, badminton racquets for Indonesian classes and a drawing skeleton and ink pads for Art. Please help by collecting the stickers. We would be very grateful for any we receive.


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge


We have had a lot of successful challengers since the last newsletter. Congratulations must go to the following who tried so hard and succeeded.

All of the following classes : PG, PJ, PB, PP, PRW, 2C, 2H.

From 3TJ : Andy, Breeanna, Cohen, Ethan, Gabriella, Gloria, Jeremiah, Jeremy, Lily, Moana, Olivia, Prithvii, Sara, Tanae, Xander and Yi Jie.

From 3U : Warren Lai

And from 4WS : Danisa Wongmongkol.

For those who are still completing you have until Wednesday, September 6 to have your books logged and marked as finished. If you have any problems or queries please see the library for help.


Lego Wall in the Library


These lovely students (Anisha Verma 56C, Cedere McMiller 56N, Keneisha Malhotra 56C, Sam Boddington 56N, Aarush Soni 56C, Brian Lee 56R and Mathew Baryla 56C) decided they had to give the Lego Wall in the Library a name. They did a fantastic and very creative job decorating it. Thanks to those who donated lego to the library. As you can see it is being used well.

Sonja Faust


eSmart Week 2017

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven young Australians found to have been cyber bullied – and the many other challenges young people face online – it is important we invest in giving our community the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

That’s why we’re participating in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week along with hundreds of other communities, to show our commitment to building cyber safe communities.

During the week students in years 3-9 can participate in a Cyber Safety Scavenger Hunt with house points up for grabs.

Students in years P-2 can get creative with a Cyber Safety Mascot activity worksheet. PCC eLeaders will be holding Cyber Safety lessons for participating classes.

eLeaders will also be coming around selling our Cyber Safety Mascot badges for $2 with all proceeds going to the A&M Foundation. The badges have been designed by our eLeaders using the PCC Cyber Safety Mascot team with important cyber safety messages to wear proudly.

On Friday 8th September (also Media Day) students are encouraged to wear purple and yellow and bring a gold coin donation to support the A&F foundation.

Sal Hill


Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Always Arrive August

Congratulations to the students of McNamara House who took out our Always Arrive August Challenge by having the highest attendance rate for the month, thereby earning them valuable points to put towards winning the Term 3 House Celebration.

We now have had three different winners for the Attendance challenge and the results are always very close. I wonder who will take it out for Never Away November?

It is important to remember that daily attendance is key to consolidating opportunities for learning. Missing the equivalent of even one day a week adds up to twenty percent of learning time in a year, which is quite significant.

The College is committed to working with families to build strong school attendance foundations from an early age. Regular attendance supports students to;

• maximize their full educational potential and increase learning outcomes

• build a positive connectedness to school and learning

• build relationships with staff and fellow students

• actively participate and engage in their learning

We believe school engagement is a partnership between home and school. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school on a regular basis please contact us and together we can make a plan to support getting your child’s attendance back on track in preparation for 2018.


Assistance in meeting Uniform Expectations

Thank you to those families who continue to support their children to meet our uniform expectations. It is fantastic to see most students wearing the uniform with pride. Note that we are still seeing some students wearing non College approved jackets, tracksuit pants, tights and socks. If you are unsure of requirements please refer to the College website. If you are having difficulty in meeting uniform expectations please contact the College and we will do our best to assist you.


Navy Tights – where do you get them?

We have noticed a number of students who are wearing black tights rather than the College approved navy. Further investigation has revealed that this may be due to the fact that navy tights are often difficult to source in the local shopping area. To assist our families in meeting uniform expectations we now have navy tights available from the main office at $11 per pair.


Respectful Relationships

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, shortly PCC will be rolling out a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education. Over the remainder of 2017 we will be providing information for families to raise awareness about the rationale behind the Government rollout.

Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education. As part of a staged process, all Victorian schools will be supported to implement a whole school approach. This will include looking at schools’ practices and policies relating to gender and driving meaningful cultural change. The approach will build a culture of respect and equality in our schools - as learning places and as workplaces that achieve long-term change in the community. Embedding Respectful Relationships in schools and early childhood settings is key to preventing family violence in the long term and provides a universal platform for change. A whole school approach to Respectful Relationships goes beyond curriculum, recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.

A whole school approach encourages schools to review their existing procedures and culture to ensure that they model respectful relationships and gender equality practices across the entire school community. What we teach in classroom will only influence behaviour when the key concepts that we teach, such as respect, equality, gender and consent, are reinforced and modelled formally and informally throughout the rest of the school.

Through a whole school approach, schools will be supported to work through six key domains.

1. Culture and environment

2. Support for Staff and students

3. Community Partnerships

4. Teaching and learning

5. Professional learning strategy

6. School leadership and commitment.

While the focus of Respectful Relationships education is on primary prevention, schools will be supported in connecting families to specialist services and in reviewing or developing policies and procedures around responding to and managing disclosures. For prevention programming to be sustained, schools need to feel confident that they can respond effectively and have the connections they need to refer staff and students where necessary.

Stay tuned for the next newsletter for further information.


Saver Plus Program

Saver Plus is a ten month program that provides financial education, budgeting and savings advice for families. Once you finish the program ANZ will match your savings (up to $500), which goes towards education costs for you or your children.

To be eligible to participate you need to be over 18, have a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, have some form of regular income and have a child or yourself enrolled in an educational setting. To find out more call or SMS your postcode to 1300610355 or email saverplus@bsl.org.au

Robyn Fincher