Assistant Principal 7-9 News

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

And just like that… we come to the end of yet another amazing term at PCC. We have so much to be grateful for and to start this newsletter item I would like to share three things that I am grateful for at PCC. I am going to encourage all families to spend some time talking about what they are grateful for. Research has shown that gratitude is an invaluable tool for building our happiness and capacity to be the best we can be. Have a go, you will be surprised at how valuable this can be.

1. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the most amazing secondary students. Our students are resilient, respectful and demonstrate a deep understanding of tolerance for the differences that all members of our learning community possess. All of our students are leaders and we are confident that their leadership capacity is going to direct them to become valuable leaders beyond our school gates.

2. I am grateful for the adult learners across our college, including, staff and parents. The adult learners at our college are supportive and inquirers. Always exploring ways to do our jobs, whether parent or teach, better every time we are with children. We work to explore ways to support our young people to find truly valuable pathways of personal success.

3. Finally, I am grateful for the plethora of opportunities we are able to provide our students here at PCC. We are truly lucky to have the resources of authentic learning extra-curricular learning opportunities. Whether it be the awesome range of Pathways we have for year 9’s, any of our leadership programs, the sporting events or the opportunity to perform in a professional standard musical. When our students participate in these ‘extra’ programs, this becomes their core learning! Rich and authentic.

The term has closed with a bang with amazing things happening across the college in 7-9. With so many things happening across the college, it’s hard to keep up. Here is the smallest of snapshots of what is going on...

- Year 8 camp was, as expected, amazing.

- The annual robotics excursion to the Grand Prix was a hit.

- Our sporting teams represented our college on a number of occasions with pride.

If there is anything I have missed, the best way to find out more is to speak with your children about all of the amazing things that are happening.

Following a well-deserved break, term 2 is not going to disappoint. We will start off with a bang in week one with our super special Cyber Safety Day, where we will officially meet some very special characters. Also, in week one, we will have our Student Learning Conferences where we get to discuss student learning achievement in English and Mathematics, including next steps for learning. Our student free curriculum day is on the 26th of April. All of our staff will be spending the day learning strategies to enhance our positive climate for learning. I can’t wait to share more details on this one in term two.

Term One comes to an end, but we are only just getting started. This term we have collected a huge amount of evidence of learning for our 7-9 students. Our students are learning more about themselves as learners and are working with their teachers to set achievable goals for 2018. All of our teaching teams have been working together to design appropriate learning opportunities for all of our students. We are moving from strength to strength, our collective efforts and confidence if what is going to make the difference.

Nathan Gage

Assistant Principal 7-9

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