- 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…
- 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 email@example.com 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.