Assistance Principal News 7-9

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Daryl English

We are learners

A tremendous amount of effort needs to go into high quality learning. Whilst the projects that our students presented at the 7-9 Showcase were impressive, it’s the skills and strategies of learning that are of most value to the students. Of course, talking about the topics of the projects are important, but speaking with your children about what they learnt about their learning is super valuable. Some topics to discuss at home include:

  • Planning: This includes how we decide on what’s important (and not important) and then making a plan to get a task done.
  • Organisation: This is about how we stay on task.
  • Time management: Understanding about how important time is and how to get projects done in time.
  • Working memory: This is being able to remember information while working on other tasks.
  • Thinking about thinking: This includes mentally checking on how things are going. Am I on track? Do need to ask clarifying questions? What went well?

We are responsible

Preparations for 2019 are well underway at PCC. One piece of work is the finalisation of our 2019 Pathways for our year 9 students. At the start of next term, we will publish these to the community at the start of next term. We will be moving to an online process for selecting Pathways, streamlining our process. It will be important for families to take responsibility for following up on timelines and supporting students to choose pathways wisely. Stay tuned for more information.

We are respectful

We know that everyone across our school community work really hard to be respect the property of others. Unfortunately, there have been times where some individuals have failed to show respect for the property of others. Recently, we have had some bikes and scooters go missing from our bike shed before being collected by their owners. Please remind your children to securely lock their biked and scooters when leaving them in the bike shed. Sadly, we can’t guarantee their security.

We are safe

Finally, term three has come to an end. Term four is going to be nothing short of amazing, on thing is for sure is that we will say farewell to our year wonderful 9’s and hello to the next wave of secondary students come into year 7. The mid semester break provides us with the perfect opportunity to reset and recharge before jumping head first into term 4. On behalf of everyone at PCC we want to wish everyone a safe break.


Assistant Principal News September 7th

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018
  • Daryl English

Spring has Sprung!!!

We are learners

Our interim reports are coming out next week. Another great opportunity to utilise this information to continue the conversation about learning. It would be great to go through the report together and set some goals for learning into term 4 and the end of the year. If you would like to work more closely with our teachers to support your child’s learning, get in touch with the appropriate teacher.

We are responsible

Unfortunately, we have had a number of PCC students failing to be responsible out in our community. There have been growing reports of shoplifting, by our students, in our community. Particularly at 7 Eleven, where we have received CC footage of a number of students involved in shoplifting. It is extremely important that families speak about choices and risk taking behaviours regularly.

We are respectful

Our Year 7 students represented our school sensationally this week on their annual Queen Victorian Market excursion. There was a huge level of participation and only a few hot jam donuts consumed. Another successful expedition, where we cannot wait to see the fruits of their labour, created in the kitchen.

We are safe

A massive element of being safe includes our fortunate opportunity to be immunised from a range of serious illnesses. In term 4, we will be having our next phase of the YEAR 7 IMMUNISATION PROGRAM. Our students will need to be here the morning of the 29th of October to receive their next instalment.


Assistant Principal News 7-9 August 24

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Daryl English

What a very special week it has been this week… why you ask???

Well, aside from our Year 9 students heading off to the city for their Melbourne Experience, it is Book Week!

It was amazing to see our year 9 students representing our school respectfully and safely this week during the ME experience. The nerves of students quickly dissipated upon arrival to the city when all the hard work falls into place and makes sense. Well done to all involved and we are looking forward to hearing all about it next Tuesday, when year 9’s are back at school.

Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings people and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature. For us adults and for our secondary students very special week in the year where we reminisce and revisit some of our favourite children’s books and share these memories with others…

In today’s newsletter, I am going to share some of my favourite books. I am hoping you will take this lead and spend some time talking about, or better yet reading, your favourites with your children at home. Here I have linked some of my favourites to our expected behaviours.

We are learners



In the Graeme Base classic, The Eleventh Hour, a mystery arises when someone has eaten the birthday feast. As a child, this mystery had me perplexed and I had to learn how to carefully look for clues.

We are responsible



If there was ever a book to encourage someone to take responsibility for their lives, this is it. Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr Seuss, shares an amazing message about the possibilities of life and how the only person in control is you!

We are respectful



The Rabbits, by John Marsden, is beautifully illustrated by Shaun Tan and is a heart wrenching account of what happens when we are not respectful. This story has some powerful parallels with the history of Australia, great way to learn how we can be more respectful to others who are different.

We are safe



The Red Tree by Shaun Tan explores feelings and emotions, with a focus on how optimism and hope can bring us out of feelings sadness and loneliness.

Other things happening across 7-9:

QVM Excursion (Year 7s) - Tuesday September 4th (Payment Due 31st Aug)
Year 7 Camp upcoming in Week 2 Term 4 (more details to come)

Stay tuned for more details…


Assistant Principal News 7-9 August 10 2018

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018
  • Daryl English

Week Four, how can we learn more!

We are Learners…

We are all learners at PCC. The adult learners in our organisation are learning to do our job even better. At times we have staff learning together, just like we did during our curriculum, student free day. Our curriculum day was focussed on how we can better build positive relationships between teachers and students. We know that, when those connections are strong, our students are going to be in the best environment to learn better. Other times, staff engage in professional learning independently, where they can explore the learning needs of themselves to further enhance their capacity to improve learning for our students.

We are Responsible…

At Point Cook College, we are extremely fortunate to have some amazing programs and facilities. Unfortunately, these things are not free and our funding from the government only come some of what we have to offer. The rest of it comes from the small contributions we ask from families through Compass. It is extremely important that families are responsible for paying school commitments. Many of our special events will not be sustainable into the future without your support. Please make sure you speak with our amazing office staff about any concerns with finances or to organise payment plans.

We are Respectful…

We love your feedback and contributions to how we set up and create learning opportunities for the students at PCC. We are beginning to look at how we can further improve 7-9 for next year and beyond, your feedback and opinion is going to be crucial to this. If you have any suggestions, ideas or acknowledgments please share these with myself (Nathan) through nathangage@pcc.vic.edu.au to organise a time to chat or send through your thoughts.

We are always wanting to improve how we do things, we need your valuable perspective!

We are Safe…

We would like to encourage families to continue discussions about personal safety at home. Find opportunities to have meaningful conversations about what is going on in your child’s world. These conversations can be extremely valuable in our quest to support children to make safe choices. Again, we were saddened to learn about some Instagram accounts that have been set up by people to share and discuss inappropriate concepts and ideas. Including personal information and details of other people. Fortunately, we had some diligent students and families alert Instagram, and us ,of the account and it has since been closed down. Be alert and ‘be there’ for your children and seek to understand their world.


Assistant Principal News 7-9

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Daryl English

Semester 2, here we come!

A massive welcome back to our existing Point Cook College families and a huge welcome to our new families joining us this semester. Get involved where you can across the college this semester and make this place even better. So many events are happening this term and in term 4 including; My Melbourne Experience, 7 & 9 Camp to Lake Dewar, Aladdin plus many more. Stay tuned…

We are Learners…

New semester makes way for new learning. We have seen what was achieved through semester one, in our reports, now it is time to set our sights on the next semester. We trust that families have spent some time exploring the reports and discussing ways of improving our learning further. Set some achievable goals together for this semester. They can be as simple as; setting aside 30 minutes when your child gets home from school to discuss some of the key learnings from that day, or having down time from the internet to read! Consider small incremental changes to habits at home that can really amplify learning.

We are Responsible…

We are all responsible for making our school as amazing as it is. Part of this responsibility lies with us being able to meet certain commitments. It has been quite sad to hear that we are not going to be able to run certain programs across our college, due to payments not being made by families. We would encourage you to make contact with our lovely office staff who will be able to support any challenges families might be having. Unfortunately, it is going to be impossible for us to sustain the current way of operating if we cannot get payments for things like; school fees, excursions, Pathways electives etc.

We are Respectful…

At Point Cook College, we are all working extremely hard to maintain a safe learning environment with high expectations. It is important that we all work together on this by respecting the policies, processes and decisions of the college. A huge example of this is our expectation for all students to be wearing correct school uniform correctly, our uniform policy is very simple to follow and can be found on the College website. With Melbourne Experience and other important events coming up, it is going to be very disappointing for students to miss out because they are not in correct uniform.

We are Safe…

We know that when we feel safe, our brains are primed and ready to learn. At our college we value this very important feeling and really want to make serious improvements if students are not feeling adequately safe at school. The feeling of safety can range from feeling left out of their social group, being around people making unsafe choices or feeling pressured to be involved in something that doesn’t quite feel right. We want to encourage all students to take a very important step in discussing these feelings with their teachers, parents or another trusted adult. Together we can explore strategies to improve our environment.


Assistant Principal News June 22

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Daryl English

We are Learners…

The final two weeks of every term are always amazing in 7-9. This is the period where our students are able to synthesise their learning from across the term into some amazing products. For example, our year many students will be spending time creating AVDs, which stands for Annotated Visual Display. An annotated visual display is a combination of visuals and summaries with explanations. This information is used to answer set criteria and assess student learning and understanding from across the term and can include new facts to show further knowledge.

We are Responsible…

With all of this work building up towards the end of term, it becomes increasingly important for students to self-manage, or organise their time better, in order to maintain the high expectations held of them for their learning. Sometimes we develop these skills organically, other times people need support to develop these very important organisational skills. Take some time to explore ways to manage and organise learning. Help your child to use their iPad to store due dates, complete to do lists or even spend time looking a certain apps designed to help students organise their studies.

We are Respectful…

The way we present ourselves to school at school goes a long way to show our respect for our college community. A big part of presenting ourselves truly ready for learning is to present ourselves respectfully by wearing our uniform in line with our uniform guidelines. It is up to all of us to maintain these high standards, please speak to our neighbourhood leaders if there are any challenges with acquiring the correct uniform. Students in 7-9 have been reminded that, if they are not in the correct college uniform they will not be eligible to participate in college programs. Students will be expected to hand over incorrect uniform items (for example, hoodies under polos) to teachers and can collect them at the end of the day throughout Semester 2.

We are Safe…

School holidays can be an amazing time to unwind after a massive term of learning. It can also become an amazing time for students to spend time with friends and family. Conversations about safe choices across the break, whether it be taking the bus to Town Centre or going to the movies at night with friends, talking about potential situations and discussing safe options will be extremely important over this time. We would like to wish all students and their families a safe and enjoyable break. See you in term three for an amazing second semester.

Nathan Gage 

Assistant Principal 7-9


Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Friday, June 08, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Great, Week 8!

We are Learners…

The reporting period for semester one is well underway and this is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the learning achieved this year. As well as celebrating the successes, it is important to utilise this reporting time to consider where growth can be achieved for the remainder of the year. Take time to start talking about some of your child’s learning achievements for semester one and what learning in semester two might look like. Our teachers are always happy to discuss your child’s learning, please contact them via email with your queries or to make a time.

We are Responsible…

In the secondary year levels, our students become much more responsible for getting ready for learning. This includes preparing good food to fuel them for the day and wearing the uniform correctly. We would like to ask that parents support their children to take responsibility for their readiness for learning, by checking in and ensuring that they have brain fuelling food in their bags and that they are wearing the correct school uniform.

We are Respectful…

We have a tremendously respectful community at PCC. It never ceases to amaze me how considerate and caring members of our community can be towards each other. Nothing helps us get ready for learning better than a sincere ‘good morning’, ‘how are you?’ or ‘are you okay?’ What seems simple and easy, can make a huge difference to our lives. Take time to be present with each other and lean in.

We are Safe…

Having discussions at home about being safe are crucial to the development of our student’s ability to make safe choices when not supervised by an adult. Talking about safe choices and options for social situations that teenagers encounter. Talk about the challenging topics of alcohol, smoking and even vaping. Discuss the dangers and empower our children to make informed, healthy choices. For more information, again, speak with your child’s teacher.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

We are Learners…

NAPLAN is over and we could not be more proud of the efforts put in by all students participating. Our attention is again drawn to the main game of learning, with students having time to working on individual and group learning goals. We would be expecting some positive home learning habits being well underway at this stage of the year. Reading should be occurring every day, plus some time should be spent completing incomplete learning tasks. Lots of the learning happening in class is accessible though the Google Classrooms and other online platforms, so conversations about learning could be happening at home. Please make contact with your child’s teacher is you would like any support or tips with supporting positive home learning habits.

We are Responsible…

Again, I would like to remind everyone that up to date calendars and timetables are accessible through the student COMPASS page. Student login details are the same as their log in for our server which is the student code (CASES ID) and Network Password.

It is also very important for us to support students to be responsible for the management of their extra-curricular responsibilities. This includes, organising payments for events and excursions on time, getting notes signed and returned in a timely manner, as well as turning up to the right location (in full school uniform, un otherwise stated). Students in 7-9 are often required to meet at Williams Landing for some city based excursions, please help students be organised and prepared for this.

We are Respectful…

We would like to acknowledge and wish all the very best to all of our students and families observing Ramadan over the next couple of weeks. We can be respectful by learning about the cultures of others. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, is a special time for the Muslim community. As a most blessed month, it is a time for reflection, prayer and renewal of faith. Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to sunset to achieve greater self-discipline, self-purification, and compassion for those less fortunate.

For more information to learn about Ramadan go to https://www.icv.org.au/about/about-islam-overview/ramadan/

We are Safe…

Developing resilience is an extremely valuable way to become more safe. Resilience help us adapt when we are in hard times and during stress. It helps us ‘rebound’ when we fall down, and we are likely to fall many times through our journey of lifelong learning. Here is one valuable way to develop resilience together. Talk and unpack challenges/issue together – talking about challenges, putting them into perspective and considering the perspectives of others helps us learn about choices to deal with them. Always encourage your children to take control and discuss strategies for them work through their challenges.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Welcome to the end of Week 4. We could not have asked for a better first month of Term 2!

We are Learners…

The energy across the college is palpable, with so much learning happening for both staff and student. Staff have continued their learning around the Berry Street Education Model, which helps us to build an even more positive climate for learning. Students have been engaging in a wide range of learning experiences including Indonesian speaking competitions, 7-9 athletics carnival and preparation for NAPLAN.

We are Responsible…

When transitioning into the secondary part of the school, expectations to direct and manage our own learning increases. Students can improve their organisation by accessing their timetables and calendar through COMPASS. This is where they will be able to see if their class has been split, if they have a different teacher or there has been a room change. Student login details are the same as their log in for our server which is the student code (CASES ID) and Network Password.

We are Respectful…

The way we present ourselves to school at school goes a long way to maintaining the positive school culture we have. A big part of presenting ourselves truly ready for learning is to present ourselves respectfully by wearing our uniform in line with our uniform guidelines. It is up to all of us to maintain these high standards, please speak to our neighbourhood leaders if there are any challenges with acquiring the correct uniform. We are extremely fortunate at PCC to have such amazing facilities, awesome staff and amazing students. Let’s show our respect and pride for our college.

We are Safe…

When we feel safe, our minds are primed much better for learning. For our year 7-9 students talking about safety online becomes extremely important. Our adolescents are interacting with others online in ways that are sometimes beyond our comprehension. Their digital literacy is often far superior than the adults in our community. Please spend time learning about how your child works in the online world. Ask them questions about how they communicate with others. Ask them about Fortnite or Sarahah app. What does it mean to be safe on these sites?

Nathan Gage


Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Term 2 definitely started with a bang!

We hope that all families discussed the importance of cyber safety, following our extremely successful Cyber Safety Day. The internet is such an integral part of all of our lives, especially for our students across 7-9. Conversations about safety online has never been so important. The internet has become a space where many of our adolescents interact socially, whether we like it or not, and creating a space where your children can openly discuss the nature of their social interactions online will go a long way. Please come and visit the College and take a look at all of the ways our students have pledged to be safe online. We all need to work together to support safe online environments.

Thank you to all of the families who attended the learning conversations with the 7-9 English and Mathematics teachers. We hope that this has sparked an ongoing conversation about student learning. If you were unable to make a time with your child’s teacher on during the set time, our amazing teachers are ready to make themselves available to meet with you. Their contact details would have appeared on the recent Compass push.

I know that we have only just started the term, however we can’t avoid getting a little excited for the end of this term where our amazing students will perform for you all in Aladdin Junior. It is sure to be awesome, let’s get behind the musical team and show our support.

Thank you to our amazing Student Leadership Group who ran our whole College ANZAC day commemoration service. It was well conducted and all of our students represented the College with the highest level of respect.

Our recent curriculum day focused on the Berry Street Education Model was a tremendous success. All staff participated in learning the ‘Body’ component of the course, which focused on how we can support our students to develop strategies to understand and deal with stress. This is a whole College focus and over the course of this year and beginning of next, teachers will complete 4 days of training that will assist us to strengthen our already Positive Climate at the College.

In the upcoming weeks our year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be taking part in NAPLAN. Further correspondence in relation to how we support our students through the NAPLAN assessments is also in this newsletter. At Point Cook College we value our capacity to develop a Positive Climate to support our students to do their best. We value students' efforts and strongly support them to put their best foot forward with anything they are doing.

On your marks… Our annual Athletics Carnivals are coming up (3/4, 5/6, 7-9), we would love to see as many of you as we can at our carnivals supporting our students to create an amazing atmosphere of sportsmanship. These days are highly valued at the College and this year they are compulsory for all students 3-9. There is no cost associated with the day, as the bus cost was included in your Essential Learning fee, please ensure that you complete the COMPASS permission form. It is important that you understand there will be no classes for the attending year level on the day of their athletics carnival.

We love hearing your feedback! Please contact myself, Dani or Bec if you have any that relates to the secondary space.

Be kind to one another,

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9