Assistant Principal News 7-9

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

It is truly hard to believe that term three is nearly over, it is almost a shame that we are only a week away from out two week mid-semester break. The break is, however, definitely well deserved. Term 3 always is the ‘business term’ of the year. The teaching and learning is particularly accelerated during this time and we are able to witness substantial growth and development. All students across 7-9 have been working hard exceed their own expectations for their learning. We hope that all families will be able to come into student-led conferences and the 7-9 Open Day, as our students are ready to share their learning.

Our interim reports were able to provide a snapshot of the progress being made across the college. This feedback has been very valuable and students have all started considering ways to enhance their learning further over the break and into term four. Across years 7-9 students are beginning to develop preferred study skills that are going to help them gain a deeper understanding of the content being covered in class. Here is one study skill that could be used to support learning at home:

Your feedback and thoughts for years 7-9 are always welcome.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Year 7-9 Open Day

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On Wednesday the 20th September the Year 7-9 teams will be having an Open Day to showcase all of our term 3 work! We will be showcasing the amazing work, high standards and curriculum that we are undertaking at our school in the 7-9 community.

All PCC parents are welcome to attend during session 3 and 4 (11.30am - 1.20pm). Please enter through the front office.

What our students are showcasing:

Year 7 Projects: Inquire and Inspire

The Inquire and Inspire project in Year 7 has been designed to allow for student directed learning, giving them full ownership of what they learn and the pace that they learn it. This is a precursor for projects in Year 8 and Year 9 that follow a similar model and instils a sense of independence within our students. They have been given the opportunity to choose a topic of interest, which cannot be ‘Googled’, and explore various paths to reach their answer.

Year 8 Projects: Change Projects

The Change project has given the students the opportunity to identify a Global, national or local issue that they are passionate about, relating the problem to the United Nations Global Goals. They used the Challenge based learning model to identify their problem and essential questions, which became their focus for the unit. Students narrowed down their problem into one specific challenge, before researching, analysing and ideating possible solutions. Students eventually narrowed down their solutions to one and came up with a plan to raise awareness in the College community about the chosen issue. Throughout the project, students have shared their learning, as well as keeping a progress journal on a Weebly blog that they created. The project has encouraged students to communicate, share, collaborate, question and discuss their project, roadblocks, successes and ideas with their peers.

For more information on the Year 8 Program -

Year 9 Projects: My Melbourne

The “My Melbourne” unit has been developed to support students personal development and showcase their own learning style, personal interest, independence and growing maturity. It is designed to allow students to learn about our City, its precincts, history and orientation. Year 9 students have undertaken an independent project to learn, investigate and expand their knowledge on a topic of personal interest that relates to our city. This unit is designed to develop each adolescence, including:

- Their ability to complete work independently into a topic of personal interest,

- Making decisions and taking actions that are appropriate in the context,

- Taking responsibility for themselves and their peers,

- Solving real life problems and making connections between themselves and the world around them.

For more information on the Year 9 Program -

Thank you,

David Simpson

Twitter: @MrSimpsonY9PCC

Kids Teaching Kids Conference - Western Metro Region 2017

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On Wednesday the 6th of August, some of our senior environmental leaders from PCC attended Carranballac College’s annual Kids Teaching Kids conference.

We planned a lesson focusing on nurdles and microbeads which included activities such as, an experiment searching for nurdles within local beach sand samples, a matching game which involved sorting good and bad skin care products and a four corners quiz to finish it off.

Nurdles and microbeads are small plastic pellets that are regularly seen in beauty and skin care products. nurdles are slightly bigger than Microbeads ranging from 3-5mm. They both can end up in our waterways harming animals such as fish, lobsters, birds and crabs.

Our message to the students was to raise awareness and for everyone to find alternative beauty products that don't contain microbeads or nurdles. Look out for the word ‘poly’ (example polyethylene) in the ingredients list in shampoos, conditioners, body washes and soaps.

We completed two activities and taught two lessons to Carranballac and Truganina South Primary School students. Other lessons included water quality, where we tested water for pH levels, temperature and more, up cycling, recycling and landfill.

Thank you to the senior environmental team for contributing ideas and gaining knowledge from Daphne and Alannah in 8W who have been investigating microbeads as part of the Nature West project. The workshop went really well and was a great experience for all leaders. A big thanks to Ms Cairns.

Thank you also to John Forester from Caranballac College for organizing the event and to Kids Teaching Kids for creating opportunity for student leaders to lead.

Jade 7S

Melbourne Experience Reflection

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Spending a week in the city was an amazing experience. Over time I became more confident navigating in the city, as I learnt all the street names and major landmarks. I also became more familiar with the public transport network, how it operates and what tram routes to catch. By the end of it, I could tell exactly where I was at all times and get somewhere in a reasonable amount of time. The amount of fun I had was off the charts… There was something exciting happening every day! However, all good things must come to an end and when it was over, I was wishing school was in the city.

Jesse 7F

Assistant Principal News 7-9

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

So much amazing learning has been happening across 7-9 since I have joined the Point Cook College learning community.

Year 8 South Melbourne Market Excursion

A select group of students did an amazing job of representing PCC on their Indonesian excursion to South Melbourne Market and Melbourne High. Students were able to explore the market and locate certain stores. When we thought the day could not get any better, the Melbourne High part of the excursion was an absolute treat. We enjoyed fried rice, mee-goreng and free cake before were fortunate enough to see a performance by one of Indonesia’s greatest pop stars and winner of Indonesian Idol – Michael J.

Year 9 Melbourne Experience

A massive congratulations to everyone who participated at the 5-Day Melbourne Experience. It took a huge amount of preparation from both teachers and students, super impressive stuff! Well done to all those involved. Everyone demonstrated responsibility and worked to ensure we stayed safe throughout the entire experience.

Sure enough the Melbourne Experience lived up to the expectations and everyone involved had a ball. It’s fantastic to see is the remarkable development of our student’s confidence and independence skills, particularly when heading into the city, using public transport and visiting so many parts of our beautiful city.

Pathways Feedback

Our Pathways program is an absolute standout element of our year 9 program! Currently we are looking ahead to 2018, where we will be making our Pathways program bigger and better than ever. Our information evening for Year 8 students is coming up in Term 4, so please start collating your questions and wonderings about the program. We are interested in your feedback also, if you have any visions for our Pathways program. Please feel free to email me on to share your thoughts and questions.

Other Bits

Years 7-9 Showcase is on the 20th of September. Please come on down to witness some of the amazing learning that is happening.

Student-Led Conferences will be on the 21st of September. All students have been working very hard on their presentations, so it is extremely important to make sure that parents/carers are there to share.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

Investigating the Impact of a Body Image Program for Adolescents

  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Students in year 7 and 8 have been invited to participate in a research project: Investigating the Impact of a Body Image Program for Adolescents. Part of the project is a presentation delivered to students by the Butterfly Foundation. This is a FREE presentation that we fell will benefit our students in a positive manner.

This project is being conducted by a student researcher Emily Keohane as part of a PhD study at Victoria University under the supervision of Dr Jenny Sharples, Dr Laurie Chapin and Dr Siân McLean from the College of Health & Biomedicine.

Project explanation

Your school will be participating in a program delivered by the Butterfly Foundation and we are interested to learn about the impact of the program on young people. To find out the effects of the program we will compare the responses of two different groups, one group will attend the Butterfly program while the study is being done, the other group will attend the Butterfly program after the study has finished. Participants will be allocated into a group by chance.

The research project will cover topics such as, body image, self-esteem, the influence of the media, comparing yourself to others, and conversations that you might have about your appearance. We are also interested to explore how wellbeing, school engagement, and the support of family and friends impact you. Your responses will help us to understand if participating in the Butterfly Education program has made any changes to the lives of young people. The project is funded and run by Victoria University separate to the Butterfly Foundation, but the researchers will combine everyone’s responses and then write a report to the Butterfly Foundation about what they find.

What will you be asked to do?

You will be asked to take part in a 40-minute survey. Whether or not you fill in the survey is entirely voluntary and you are free to stop the survey at any time without it affecting your participation in the Butterfly Foundation’s Education Program. You can also choose not to finish the survey at that time. You will never need to discuss or show anyone your answers or the options you select in the survey. We will ask you to complete the survey three times over approximately a three-month period.

What will you gain from participating?

You will have the chance to make a difference to what is being done to improve body image and wellbeing for young people like yourself. You may find that you learn positive things about yourself by sharing your experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Your responses will provide important information about the impact of the Butterfly Education program to identify if it is effective in improving positive outcomes for people like yourself. The information you provide will assist to make any needed changes to the Butterfly Education program for future participants. You may find the research interesting and learn a bit about how researchers study the issues affecting young people. In addition, you will go into a draw to receive a movie ticket.

Information sheets and consent forms will be going home on Monday 14th November. There is a sheet for parents to read, and one for students to read with all the relevant information. If you are unsure or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the college on 8348 7100.

Abbi Chamberlain

Social Worker

Science News

  • Thursday, July 27, 2017
  • Rachel Wood



The Year 5 students are learning about Light and how it travels through different things. The experiment involved passing light through transparent, translucent and opaque materials. They discovered that light passes easily through a translucent object (clear plastic cup, cup of water), light is blurred when it travels through a translucent object (waxed paper, cellophane) and that light is blocked when the object is opaque (foil, black card).


The Year 6 students are learning all about Circuits & Electricity. The experiment involved the students building a Series Circuit using- alligator clips, battery packs, globes and switches. With their Series Circuits they saw that the electrical energy (electrons) travel in one direction.

Debra Bednarek

Laboratory Technician

Game On Pathway

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

This semester during the pathways subject Game On students investigated a web based software program called Scratch. Students used block coding to create their own games. Have a play and let us know what you think!

“Boat Dodging Survival 2” by James Harraden

“Natooty's Quest” by PJ Santos


“Not so space” by Ben Roper

Alison Ryan

AFL Umpiring at MCG and ETIHAD

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Following on from their umpire training 2 weeks ago, our Years 7-9 students were incredibly lucky to take to the big stages in AFL Football last weekend and umpired their very first AFL Auskick match. They were able to get a taste of the real thing. They represented our College with pride as they showcased their Leadership and Communication skills to the young Auskickers, parents and spectators.

Their role was to umpire a small match of 12 Auskick players from local Auskick centres across Victoria. Some were quite overwhelmed and nervous at the thought of walking out onto the ‘G, having to remember the signals but also the thought of thousands of eyes watching them was daunting. Nevertheless, once they were out there in the thick of it they were able to shake off the nerves and gain confidence from the training and knowledge they had behind them.

We are so proud of our students as we received much positive feedback from organisers and parents on how professional they conducted themselves with the kids. Congratulations and well done to you all!!!!!!! You were all amazing with the kids.

I thought I would share with you some of the students thoughts about the course…

”It was fun running on the ground with 12 kids following you while also teaching them the proper rules and regulations and learning the signals for the games.” Alannah 8H

“I am now able to make decisions and be confident about the decisions I have made. It has also been an awesome leadership opportunity in the sense that, when I am on the field managing the game, I am the leader of the game.” Jesse 9S

“ I now know what it feels like being in the middle of the action and what it is like to be the person who makes the final decisions on the ground. Because I have taken this course, I now have an advantage if I ever want to become an umpire for the WRFL”. Jesse 9S

“I loved the whole experience, it was obviously super fun being able to go on the ground at the G and umpire the Auskick kids.. I learnt I can do anything I put my mind to. I can now watch a game and understand everything that is happening and all of the signals the umpires use” Jemma 8G

Janam’s Experience

I am Janam and I have taken part in the AFL Umpiring course.

It was an awesome experience, going out onto the MCG and umpiring the little kids was fabulous. Apart from umpiring, sitting with my friends and watching the game was fun as well.

Going out on The G and performing needed a lot of confidence. I of course was nervous and tense since I had to go out in front of thousands of people and knowing I might even be on the television.

I have loved sport since I was a little kid, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. I had seen many matches from the stands of the ground and I have always wished to step on the grass of The G. This umpiring course allowed me to actually see the dressing rooms of the players and go onto the ground through the gates along which many legends have been.

I WAS ON THE MCG. I feel that it was one of the top 10 moments of my life. This course allowed me to experience that feeling of being on the greatest ground of the world.

This was not only a day on which I enjoyed myself and had a lot of fun, it even helped me learn many important things. One of the most important things I learned that day was one should be confident in what he/she is doing. I also learned that one should always stay calm and patient in even the worst times (this wasn't the worst time at all). This program gave me a sense of leadership and has also boosted my self-confidence.

I learned that if one wants to do something it gets easier if one thinks he/she can do it. I feel that I can take on responsibilities and lead people. I also believe that if I ever have go in front of 10000 people, I would not hesitate.

The day at The G was unforgettable. 

Janam 9S

Jo Siketa

AFL Basic Umpiring Course

  • Friday, May 05, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Last week we conducted our Bi annual AFL Basic Umpires Course for our Years 7-9 students.

Congratulations to the 23 students across years 7-9 who successfully completed the course with Neville Nash from AFL Victoria.

The students learnt the importance of communication, using signals and their whistles to control a match. They learnt all 3 disciplines of umpiring including umpiring field, boundary and goal umpiring.

These lucky students now have an amazing opportunity to put these valuable skills into practice and umpire a Half Time Auskick match at either Etihad Stadium or the MCG. We wish them all the best for their match and hope you don’t get stage fright! What an incredible experience to add to their resume!

If you are at the footy this weekend, please keep an eye out for our Students and Teachers at the following games:

- Saturday 6 May- Collingwood vs Carlton (MCG)

- Saturday 6 May- Bulldogs vs Richmond (Etihad Stadium)

- Sunday 7 May- Melbourne vs Hawthorn (MCG)

- Saturday 13 May- Saints vs Carlton (Etihad)

A BIG Thank You and shout out to our teachers who are accompanying our students at these games.

Some of these students are already out working within our local Community at junior AFL games gaining valuable Life skills and Leadership experience whilst earning good pocket money. Should your child be interested in being involved in this please contact Mark Westgarth for further information.

Western Region Football League

Umpires Manager

Mark Westgarth T: 0448 050 433 E:

We are extremely grateful to be able to offer such a valuable and unique program to our students who are seeking Leadership experience through sport and look forward to offering this again to interested students in 2019.

Congratulations everyone, we can’t wait to share the excitement with you over the weekend. Go Saints!

Mrs Jo Siketa

Physical Education/Sport