Yr 6 Volunteering

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  • David Williams

Currently in the Year 6 Earn and Learn program students are learning about paid and unpaid work, especially volunteering.

Today we had one of our auspicious staff member, Rose O’Connor a Year 5 teacher who travelled overseas to Cambodia, share with 6F and 6CA about her volunteering experience there.

She went over, towards the end of Term 2, to teach English to students between the ages of 4 -14 years old. She said that in the morning there wouldn’t be as many children attending because they went to their public school but in the afternoon it would swell to about 25-30 attending.

She shared how she taught in a hut with no walls and just a roof. The children were so welcoming and appreciated the simple things such as coloured pencils. There was no electricity, no iPads and Rose had to rethink how she would teach in a school without ready access to all the resources that we take for granted at PCC.

Many industries of Cambodia rely on English, especially tourism. Therefore learning English was seen as a way of eventually gaining employment in the future.

The students were surprised to hear that the children didn’t know about birthdays and that having a birthday cake with party food and playing games was a real treat. It was like their Christmas’ had come all at once.

Rose finished off by saying that she would travel and volunteer her time again.

Trish Fauvrelle

Yr 6 Teacher

Yr 9 Melbourne Experience

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014
  • David Williams

Last week students in Year 9 participated in The Melbourne Experience. This event was conducted over 4 days and students were involved in a variety of activities that supported curriculum studied during the term and familiarised them with Melbourne’s CBD and public transport network.

The teachers were thoroughly impressed with the behaviour and enthusiasm of all students over the four days as they visited locations including The Shrine, Eureka Skydeck, ACMI, the Melbourne Aquarium, the MCG and a number of Melbourne Museums. The final day saw the students compete against each other in The Melbourne Scramble; an Amazing Race type activity where students work in teams to solve clues, visit various locations around Melbourne and collect the highest number of points to win.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who made the Melbourne Experience possible, as well as the students for their wonderful representation of our college in the wider community. We look forward to seeing the program continue to develop and be an exciting, rite of passage for our Year 9 students.

Megan Blackman

Year 9 Team Leader

Some reflections from our students:

The Year 9 Melbourne Experience went for a duration of four days and consisted of various activities, depending on the group, and ended with the Melbourne Scramble on Friday. There were four groups; Animals and the Environment, Art, Science & Technology and Sport. To commence the Experience on Tuesday, the Year 9s went to the Eureka Tower and the Shrine of Remembrance. This directly correlated with their studies in History and everyone had a fun time. The middle two days (Wednesday and Thursday) involved visits to Scienceworks, the Botanic Gardens, the National Gallery of Victoria, the MCG, Melbourne Aquarium and Melbourne Museum. On Friday, students participated in the Melbourne Scramble where they solved problems and competed to get the most points by implementing different strategies. Overall, it was an exciting, educational experience and everyone finished the week with a smile on their faces.

Reece Hodges, 9MB

On the 26th of August the Year 9 students of PCC began their Melbourne Experience. Over the period of four days, students visited attractions and popular monuments around the city. The Year 9s got the opportunity to experience the Shrine Of Remembrance, Eureka SkyDeck, the Melbourne Scramble and a cultural lunch of their choice. They were given the option to choose one of four activity groups all consisting of different places to visit (art, sport, animals and science). On the last day of the experience, the students raced against time to reach as many checkpoints as possible located around the city using the clues provided during the Melbourne Scramble. The Melbourne Experience was an inventive way to get to know the city whilst learning about historical events. Over the course of the four days, the activities and events conducted were very rewarding. It gave a deeper insight, and greater understanding of the city and it's attractions.

Ruby Bovdis, 9LB

Yr 8 Science Fair

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014
  • David Williams

The Year 8 students are holding their annual Science Fair on Thursday evening October 9th from 5.00-6.00pm in the Science Building.

Students have been working on many different science experiments. The experiments cover the chemical and physical aspects of science, and even some environmental issues. You can expect to see explosions, fibre testing and sports analysis!! There will be coke and Mentos fountains, animal races, and taste tests to name a few. Prepare to be dazzled! Some experiments are hands on, while others are demonstrations. This is a good chance to see what the students have been learning, as well as learn a few things yourself!!

The fair is open to all interested visitors. Please feel free to bring along grandma and grandpa and any other family who may wish to join in. You will be encouraged to question all students about their experiments, findings and results. It should be an exciting and entertaining night! There may even be a special guest visitor and presenter!

The students will need to be there for 4.45pm in order to set up and visitors will be allowed entry at 5pm. Full school uniform is required for this event.

Information has been sent home about the Science Fair including a note which needs to be returned by: Friday 12th September 2014

Science fair note

Alison Ryan & Sophie Jean

Science Teachers

Bali Tour 2015

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014
  • David Williams

An information evening for the 2015 Yr 8-9 Bali Tour has been organised for Thursday 9th October at 6pm in the LRC. Interested parents and students are invited to join us for an overview of this trip and a video presentation from our last trip. A note has been sent home with students in years 7-8 with a reply slip attached.

Jenny Hayes and Frank Vetere

Year 6 Debating Event

  • Wednesday, September 03, 2014
  • David Williams

Meet the debating team that will represent Point Cook College at Al-Taqwa College on Monday 15th September- Rahu, Saloni and Adaa.

The topic for debate is “Should school uniform be compulsory?’ Al-Taqwa College is arguing the Affirmative and Point Cook College is arguing the Negative. The teams are planning and practising their arguments ready to debate their side. Each speaker will be given 3 minutes to speak. The judges are Mr Vetere from Point Cook College and Mrs Geetha Nair from Al-Taqwa College. Feedback will be given to each speaker and certificates will be awarded.

As this is such an amazing opportunity we hope to have media coverage and high light to the broader community what wonderful connection schools are making in the area. This will be the inaugural debate and another is being considered in Term 4 to be held at Point Cook College.

Trish Fauvrelle

Yr 6 Teacher

Year 8 Interschool Sport

  • Friday, August 29, 2014
  • David Williams

On Thursday 28th of August, boys and girls representative teams from Year 8 participated in Table Tennis and Basketball against other teams from our local cluster of schools. The teams had been practicing hard over the last five weeks in preparation for the big day. While all of our students battled hard throughout the day playing multiple games, our girls table tennis team managed to win their category. Congratulations girls. The boys table tennis tried hard and won a few games against some tough opposition. The girls basketball team made the final and faced Williamstown High, just missing out by two points in a high intensity affair. Although they lacked height, the boys basketball team persisted and managed to win one game while coming close in the others. Well done to the participants in our teams, they represented PCC showing great competitiveness and sportsmanship.

Tim Bailey

Yr 8 Teacher

Girls Table Tennis Team:Kal, Wendy, Caelyn, Eva.

Boys Table Tennis Team:Jong, Roanan, Connor, Jai.

Girls Basketball Team: Tanesha, Taylah, Zoe, Tyla, Thanushri, Jasmine and Chloe.

Boys Basketball Team:Braden, Jared, Sam, Nick, Dylan, Benny and Aiden. Coach Jemma Kelly.

Upcoming Event -Kids teaching Kids Sustainability Conference

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • David Williams
Kids teaching Kids Sustainability Conference

On Wednesday 10th of September a group of year 5 EAL students will be presenting a workshop at the annual “Kids Teaching Kids”  Sustainability Conference at Carranballac College.

Students are planning their teaching session which will focus on our local waterways. They are preparing an engaging workshop on the adaptations of the platypus and native water rat. The conference is held around Australia and our students will participate in the event that will be held in our local area.

Robyn Cairns
Environmental Science Teacher

The Australian Sharemarket Game With Mr Roberson

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • David Williams

An exciting event is happening with interested Year 6 students. The Australian Sharemarket Game has started and it will be running for 13 weeks taking us into Term 4.

Students are given a virtual $50,000 to invest and the challenge is to make it grow. Students will be playing in real market conditions and select stocks from the S&P/ASX 300.

Today, Thursday 21st August they are buying their shares. Syndicates have been formed and are working from a plan that they have developed.

Some are buying vigorously whereas others have a more cautious approach with many in between.

As students play the game they will learn about investing, buying and selling shares, creating a share portfolio, testing their strategies to possibly win $1500!

Watch out for a progress report from our syndicates! 

Trish Fauvelle
Year 6 Teacher

Year 8 Book Clubs

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • David Williams

The Year 8 students are currently engaged in gender based book clubs. The program enables students to choose their reading material based on interest. From their choices, students have been grouped and they complete an agreed amount of reading for home learning each week. At school, students pose questions to each other, discuss their reading, clarify their own and others’ understandings and make notes on their group conversations. Students have been using the Google Drive App to record summaries as a group and to provide evidence of their contributions towards group conversations.

Tim Bailey
Yr 8 Teacher

Swimming Superstars

  • Thursday, August 07, 2014
  • David Williams

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, two of our students participated in the Victorian short course championships at MSAC. Both swimmers have trained extremely hard for this event and should be very proud of their achievements:

Sophia Potter (6H)
State rankings
50m Freestyle- 17th
100m Freestyle- 11th
200m Freestyle- 17th
100m Backstroke- 14th
200m Backstroke- 12th
100m Breastroke- 14th

Kyle Yurkowski (7E)
100m Breastroke- 11th
200m Brastroke- 12th
50m Freestyle- 41st
100m Individual medley-25th

Congratulations Kyle and Sophia!

Katrina Hamilton
Yr 6 Teacher