Assistant Principals News#17

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Daryl English

It is hard to believe that the 2018 school year is coming to a close. There is so much happening behind the scenes in preparation for 2019, with information being shared with the community as early as humanly possible. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support for our amazing College.

Below is a compilation of brief reports from our Journalism Pathway for today’s newsletter. Lots of very important points for students and families to take into consideration.

YEAR NINE SECOND HAND UNIFORM DONATION

Parents of year nine students are being encouraged to donate their uniform to the second hand uniform shop for others to purchase. It’s nearing the end of the year and year nine students will be transitioning to year ten, so their uniform will no longer be needed. This will be a huge opportunity for families to provide others with a cheaper alternative to buying school uniform for their children. All donations will be appreciated greatly. 

By Shania Johnsen 9D

We are respectful 

Year 8 end of year celebrations                

The school year is coming to an end for all, however the Point Cook College year 8 students have a fun day planned to end the year on a positive note. On the last Thursday of term 4, they will start their day by playing games and enjoying some free time. They will then be going for a walk to the park for a fish and chips lunch. After a long day, they will come back to the campus to reflect on their year and have more time together, before leaving and looking forward to the long Summer break ahead of them.

Saige Rushton 9B

Year 9 Graduation

Christmas is coming and so is year 9 Graduation. Point Cook College is inviting all of year 9 and their family members to come dressed formally and celebrate the end of their year. Year 9 teachers have put the effort to prepare a graduation on December the 18th 2018. Students and parents should arrive at school in the gym by 6:30pm were year 8’s will be catering. Invites will be sent with each year 9 student tomorrow and must be returned by Friday 7th of December 2018. We invite all family members to join the celebration.

Diviya Naiker 9D

House Spirit

All students in Point Cook College have been set a competition to create Mascots (Prep to Year 5/6) and Chants (Year 7 to 9) for their coloured houses. Each entry must be connected to the name and origin of their house. All entries must be submitted to Miss Vanbram via email or her pigeon hole with your house name, homeroom and name by the 29th of November. Prizes will be awarded to students with the winning designs and chants. For more information; please contact Miss Vanbram or the College Captains.

Daphne Belstead 9D

We are Responsible

Uniform policy 

Senior students at PCC are required to wear the appropriate uniform according to the uniform policy. Students can be dressed in any uniform either formal or sport so it is understandable that students may need to time to get with the program. On days without any sporting events, students are required to wear formal uniform— the light blue shirt with the winter skirt or the summer dress, in comparison to that students with sporting events on a school day are required to wear sport uniform. In addition, students must also wear ONLY white socks with the uniform. The leaders at our college want students to have the feeling of responsibility and maturity whilst being proud wearing the PCC uniform. 

Tara M 9A

New Play Areas

During weeks 6, 7 and 8 Point Cook College will be holding a yard duty trial focusing on opening up different areas of the school to every year level according to a timetable at both recess and lunch. Areas such as LRC/Library, Gym and Zen (outside science 1) will be open and organised using a card system for each student coming and going from the area. For more information on the trial, timetable and rules for each of the areas please ask homeroom teachers.

Maddi Kelly 9B

Cleanliness in Point Cook College

All students in the school should be responsible for their study area and the school yard’s cleanliness. If you ever see a waste on the floor, put 1 minute of your time to put it in the bin, it would be much appreciated. This will make the school cleaner and reduce accidents.

By Joshua Wong, 9D

Year 9 Drug Education Day

The Year 9’s participated in a drug education day, where teachers planned out fun and educational activities around drugs. Teachers and students came together for a whole day of learning how to protect yourself, while also learning what not to do. ‘Drug Education Day’ is a great way to share information and learn skills to survive in the real world. Many activities will be scattered around the school for Year 9’s to enjoy. These activities ranged from a self-defence, first aid and drug education classes which act as a range of learning tools for students. Additionally, staff at the Wyndham Youth Services are also coming to PCC, offered a free sausage sizzle at lunch and information about their services that help teenagers. Please see the Point Cook College website for more information or ask the Year 9 teachers.

Jez Minfaq Year 9

We are Learners

Canteen is in business!

At PCC the senior house captains have reopened our beloved school canteen for our year 7-9 students. They have sold various items for affordable prices including , Zooper Doopers, pasta, smoothies, drinks and so much more! Our College is excited for this new start and our junior students are certainly looking forward to their future senior year privileges.

Yukta Gembali 9A

Year 9 Transition Days

From the 3rd to the 6th of December Year 9 students have the opportunity to get a taste of what Year 10 at Point Cook Senior will be like. The Year 9’s will meet at 8:30am at the Point Cook Senior Campus for a 9:00am start. Year 10 orientation day gives everybody a chance to get to know new people and learn more about the  school and the way it works. On the  last day, there will be a lunch provided by the school however every other day you  need to bring your own lunch. All the Year 9’s are excited to carry on  their journey at Point Cook Senior.

Hannah S

We are Safe

YEAR 9 DRUG EDUCATION DAY (NEWS BRIEF)

On the 22nd of November, the year nine students will be participating in classes dedicated to Drug Education. Throughout the day, students will learn about first aid, legal and illegal drugs, and how to defend themselves against attackers. As well as this, year nine students are able to enjoy 20 minutes of extended lunch and a free sausage sizzle provided by Wyndham  Youth Resource Centre.

By Shania Johnsen 9D


Assistant Principal News 7-9 November 16

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Daryl English

As Term 4 continues to roll on, we are all hard at work preparing for 2019. So many exciting things are on the cards for 2019, with many of these things being reliant upon our student numbers and access to resources.

Please ensure you contact the office if your child is not returning to PCC next year. Also, please consider donating any uniforms to our College. Many students could really benefit from access to second hand uniforms that are in good quality.

We are Learners
The Emerging Entrepreneurs tested out their businesses at the Twilight market. They had their first real taste of dealing with customers, placing orders and selling their wares. Some come away with a tidy profit, showing their potential to be successful future business owners. Year 9 Iron Chef students will be producing lunch for the staff on Friday 23rd. The budding culinary experts will go through the learning process of designing a menu, ordering quantities and cooking according to a schedule to get everything out on time. We wish them luck!
 

We are Safe
with the temperature warming up we are encouraging all 7-9 students to wear a hat. 
Hats can be a navy bucket hats with the College logo or a plain navy baseball cap. Also a reminder to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Full Cycle, our Year 9 Pathway group, has started their bike servicing business offering including things like tyre repair, change breaks and services to the community at reasonable prices. By ensuring that you have a well maintained bike, you can travel safely wherever you go. For my details please contact Dom Zylka for details and rates.

We are Responsible

Journalism students attended the Big Issue on Friday to learn about how the social enterprise is supporting the marginalised Members of the community. The students learnt about the reasons why people become homeless and how we can best support Those who need it.

We are Respectful
The Living Landscapes pathways group has been working with the local nursing home to create a garden that the residents could enjoy. During that time our students got to know some of the people living there, learning about their lives and their wonderful personalities. A lot of our students come away feeling truly enlightened by the experience.  


Assistant Principal 7-9 News October 26

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Daryl English

Term 4 would have to be the best term! Everyone is able to reflect on all of the things they have learned and celebrate what has been a very successful year. What else is super exciting is the considerations and preparations for next year, that make term 4 even better. There are so many things in the works for an even better 2019, some of which I will mention in this edition.

We are learners

This year in 7-9, we made some significant changes to the way we deliver teaching and learning. With the introduction of specialised English and Maths teachers, we have been able to learn more about how to teach these subjects better and deliver a richer curriculum. Next year we are looking to make some more improvements to the way we deliver our curriculum. Breakthrough is going to be a new subject area that years 7 and 8 will be doing, this subject is going to be designed to deliver a rich student centered integrated curriculum. Another addition for 2019 is going to be Growth, which is going to be a more sophisticated version of Advisory, this subject will support personal and interpersonal development. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

We are responsible

Term 4 is jam packed with camps, excursions and other expectations. Also, preparation for next year is also important for families to take responsibility for. We are spending a huge amount of time at the moment sorting out our student numbers for 2019. If your child is not going to be at PCC in 2019, please contact the office if you have not already done so. Another huge, and new, responsibility we will be expecting of families this year, is going to be the ordering of student supply packs and payment of family contributions. PCC is proud to announce that parents will be organising all of their payments for these essential items with our trusted supplier, Officemax. Again, stay tuned for more details of what you will need to do!

We are respectful

Over this term, our classes for 2019 will be created. This process takes a significant amount of time, with a large number of variables to take into account. We endeavour to meet the needs of all of these variables, including balancing range of personalities, academic needs, friendships and personal needs in each class. At the conclusion of this very long and detailed process, it is going to be very important that students and parents demonstrate respect for the decisions made on placements of their children. Once our classes are published, we will not be making significant changes to classes. Thank you for your understanding with this.

We are safe

We have an amazing announcement for our year 9 students of 2019 and beyond. Our college has committed to working with the Young Hearts Program that will equip all year 9 students at PCC with the necessary skills to stay safe and potentially save lives. At the end of the program, our students will receive their First Aid Certificate and have a strong awareness of mental health first aid. This will be a great initiative that will empower all year 9 students at PCC. We will also provide parents with a complimentary 1 hour workshop that will inform you all of what your children have learned. Stay tuned for more details of as we move into 2019.

This week we have a report from our year 9 students. Stay tuned for years 7 and 8 in the coming weeks…

Year 9 Report

As Term 4 is beginning, it’s a perfect opportunity to talk about what’s in store. ‘Lion’ is the major film study that will be conducted throughout the majority of the term. Students will be analysing this movie on its complex themes and plots.

The first five weeks of term is deemed to be stressful, but keeping on top of your workload and tackling one task at a time, will deduct the stress helping the students anticipate the end of the term.

Camp will be where the most excitement begins. The trip to Lake Dewar will work differently to the camps students have previously attended- this time they are given the opportunity to choose their own activities, meaning, being able to create a schedule that’s totally theirs! Any activities that they weren’t keen on completing are now out of the picture.

As students are steadily approaching their final year at the college, students will be preparing their entry to senior secondary school, to understand how our schooling lives will differ in senior school. Transition periods will vary from school to school, though majority of the students will be attending the one week transition unit at Point Cook Senior. To finally top the year off, the year 9’s will be to celebrate their successes throughout the year at Graduation! After the awards are given out, a student only disco will be held. Students are encouraged to dress formal at this event, so students may want to start considering what they want to wear.

As hectic as it sounds students are always encouraged to do the best of their ability and finally enjoy their last year here at Point Cook College.


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