Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Just over half way through the term and we are flying along. Our teachers and students are building such strong, respectful relationships centred around learning, it is just magical to witness. Students are relishing the extra responsibility of transitioning safely between classes and working with a range of teachers. Who would have known that living the SWPBS Matrix would be so easy!

As the year continues to warm up, the opportunities to represent our amazing college increases. For example, we congratulated our awesome new SLC (Student Leadership Council) students in to the leadership team. Their first major engagement as leaders is coming up in the coming weeks during their GRIT Conference at the Melbourne Exhibition and Events Centre. Super exciting opportunity for these students. More opportunities will present themselves for students to lead within and across our college, stay tuned and continue to have conversations at home about what good leaders do.

Home Learning (or homework) is all about developing good learning habits at home. Besides spending around 30 minutes reading every night, students at PCC are often required to complete a range of learning tasks at home. Sometimes this is work that has not been completed in class, other times this is learning that is going to support or extend the learning happening in class. We are currently working on our PCC Home Learning Policy, this is a great opportunity for our community to have an input into what home learning should be like at PCC. Home Learning needs to be purposeful and tailored to the needs of our students and community. If you would like to have a say in this policy, please feel free to email Lizzie Tout or myself to share your thoughts.

Thank you to the new families who attended our New Family Seminar, the session was extremely informative. We understand that our College can at times be complex and value those of you who were able to give up your time to build stronger partnerships with us. In moving forward with developing partnerships, it would great to see more parents in attendance. This is our College and we value and appreciate your feedback. When future sessions are offered please ensure that you demonstrate your commitment, by joining in.

Across the term, our teachers have been participating in professional practice days. These professional practice days are a part of the Education Department new agreement. For terms 1, 2 and 4 teachers at our College have chosen to work within their Professional Learning Teams to enhance their teaching practice and influence how they go about teaching and learning. The days have been extremely productive and teachers have gained further insight into their profession.

Late last week we sent out a news item on Compass titled ‘staff professional learning program’, we encourage you all to take a look at this news item and watch the linked Ted Talk. Teacher feedback is an essential part of our profession and the executive team at Point Cook, please ensure you are aware of the program we have in place to provide this vital opportunity for teacher growth.

We love hearing from you. Communication between home and school speaks volumes about the partnership we are creating to impact the learning of our students. Please make contact with your child’s teachers to discuss any elements of your child’s learning. This could include finding out more about what’s been happening at school or learn more about what you can do at home.

Continue to discuss safety, learning, respect, and responsibility at home. What do these values mean and look like in your family? Work with us to build better learners!

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9


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