AFL Umpiring at MCG and ETIHAD

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Rachel Wood



Following on from their umpire training 2 weeks ago, our Years 7-9 students were incredibly lucky to take to the big stages in AFL Football last weekend and umpired their very first AFL Auskick match. They were able to get a taste of the real thing. They represented our College with pride as they showcased their Leadership and Communication skills to the young Auskickers, parents and spectators.

Their role was to umpire a small match of 12 Auskick players from local Auskick centres across Victoria. Some were quite overwhelmed and nervous at the thought of walking out onto the ‘G, having to remember the signals but also the thought of thousands of eyes watching them was daunting. Nevertheless, once they were out there in the thick of it they were able to shake off the nerves and gain confidence from the training and knowledge they had behind them.

We are so proud of our students as we received much positive feedback from organisers and parents on how professional they conducted themselves with the kids. Congratulations and well done to you all!!!!!!! You were all amazing with the kids.

I thought I would share with you some of the students thoughts about the course…

”It was fun running on the ground with 12 kids following you while also teaching them the proper rules and regulations and learning the signals for the games.” Alannah 8H

“I am now able to make decisions and be confident about the decisions I have made. It has also been an awesome leadership opportunity in the sense that, when I am on the field managing the game, I am the leader of the game.” Jesse 9S

“ I now know what it feels like being in the middle of the action and what it is like to be the person who makes the final decisions on the ground. Because I have taken this course, I now have an advantage if I ever want to become an umpire for the WRFL”. Jesse 9S

“I loved the whole experience, it was obviously super fun being able to go on the ground at the G and umpire the Auskick kids.. I learnt I can do anything I put my mind to. I can now watch a game and understand everything that is happening and all of the signals the umpires use” Jemma 8G

Janam’s Experience

I am Janam and I have taken part in the AFL Umpiring course.

It was an awesome experience, going out onto the MCG and umpiring the little kids was fabulous. Apart from umpiring, sitting with my friends and watching the game was fun as well.

Going out on The G and performing needed a lot of confidence. I of course was nervous and tense since I had to go out in front of thousands of people and knowing I might even be on the television.

I have loved sport since I was a little kid, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the biggest stadiums in the world. I had seen many matches from the stands of the ground and I have always wished to step on the grass of The G. This umpiring course allowed me to actually see the dressing rooms of the players and go onto the ground through the gates along which many legends have been.

I WAS ON THE MCG. I feel that it was one of the top 10 moments of my life. This course allowed me to experience that feeling of being on the greatest ground of the world.

This was not only a day on which I enjoyed myself and had a lot of fun, it even helped me learn many important things. One of the most important things I learned that day was one should be confident in what he/she is doing. I also learned that one should always stay calm and patient in even the worst times (this wasn't the worst time at all). This program gave me a sense of leadership and has also boosted my self-confidence.

I learned that if one wants to do something it gets easier if one thinks he/she can do it. I feel that I can take on responsibilities and lead people. I also believe that if I ever have go in front of 10000 people, I would not hesitate.

The day at The G was unforgettable. 

Janam 9S


Jo Siketa


AFL Basic Umpiring Course

  • Friday, May 05, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Last week we conducted our Bi annual AFL Basic Umpires Course for our Years 7-9 students.

Congratulations to the 23 students across years 7-9 who successfully completed the course with Neville Nash from AFL Victoria.

The students learnt the importance of communication, using signals and their whistles to control a match. They learnt all 3 disciplines of umpiring including umpiring field, boundary and goal umpiring.

These lucky students now have an amazing opportunity to put these valuable skills into practice and umpire a Half Time Auskick match at either Etihad Stadium or the MCG. We wish them all the best for their match and hope you don’t get stage fright! What an incredible experience to add to their resume!

If you are at the footy this weekend, please keep an eye out for our Students and Teachers at the following games:

- Saturday 6 May- Collingwood vs Carlton (MCG)

- Saturday 6 May- Bulldogs vs Richmond (Etihad Stadium)

- Sunday 7 May- Melbourne vs Hawthorn (MCG)

- Saturday 13 May- Saints vs Carlton (Etihad)

A BIG Thank You and shout out to our teachers who are accompanying our students at these games.

Some of these students are already out working within our local Community at junior AFL games gaining valuable Life skills and Leadership experience whilst earning good pocket money. Should your child be interested in being involved in this please contact Mark Westgarth for further information.

Western Region Football League

Umpires Manager

Mark Westgarth T: 0448 050 433 E: mwestgarth@mackillop.vic.edu.au

We are extremely grateful to be able to offer such a valuable and unique program to our students who are seeking Leadership experience through sport and look forward to offering this again to interested students in 2019.

Congratulations everyone, we can’t wait to share the excitement with you over the weekend. Go Saints!

Mrs Jo Siketa

Physical Education/Sport


Assistant Principal News 5-9

  • Friday, May 05, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

It was so wonderful seeing so many students and their parents at our recent Interviews / Student Led Conferences. Our homeroom teachers do aim to speak with every child’s parent / guardian so if you weren’t able to make it please make an alternative time to catch up soon. It is important to keep the communication between school and home open as we really do need to work in partnership. Remember, even if you had an interview, that you should always contact your child’s teacher if you would like to discuss anything.

As the weather turns colder it is really important that our students continue to wear the appropriate College uniform with pride. We do have winter warmth items and students need to be wearing them. We do understand that some of our older students are making choices not to wear the right uniform and teachers will continue working with them on these issues. If you have any concerns about your child’s uniform please talk to Homeroom teachers. Once again, we need to work in partnership.

Finally students in Years 5, 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN next week. Teachers have worked with them to ensure that they will face the assessment with confidence and a deep understanding of what is required of them. It is an opportunity for students to shine, or show off what they know, and does not determine the rest of their lives. Please support them to embrace this opportunity to excel and celebrate what they can demonstrate.

Stay warm,

Bernadette Cronin


Year 7 Interschool Sport Tennis Report

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On the 27th of March kids were selected to take part in a tennis day. We versed other schools but the girls and boys were separated. The bus was delayed but we got there although we missed a game. We arrived at the Altona Tennis club around 10:30. It was a confusing day with the weather. First it was hot but windy, then clouds arrived then it started raining but the wind did not leave us. The wind was the hardest part because the balls went anywhere they wanted. Some people lost their games due to the strong winds. The boys ended up drawing 3rd and 4th place but the girls were 2nd, 2 points behind first. It was a such a close result and good job to Werribee for putting up the big fight and winning.

Sizdiwe Ramadan


On the 27th of March students from PCC headed off to Altona tennis club to participate in the interschool sports. Our bus was one round late and we lost one point for PCC. We still managed to play a good game as the weather was poor. It was terribly windy and cold as the result we did not play our best. The girls managed to come out strong as they ranked second out of the girls competition, and the boys did well at the start but we missed out on two games so we finished third on the ladder. We didn't end up going to the next stage but we still enjoyed playing. Overall it was a good day with lots of fun BUT the end was horrible as it started raining while we waited for the bus.

Rayden Adigordha


March is Middle Years Education Month!

  • Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

This annual recognition provides a special opportunity to focus on the middle grades, a very important time in the education of our children. Other than from birth to age three, 10- to 15-year-olds are experiencing the most rapid, significant changes of their lives—changes that are physical, social, emotional, and cognitive in nature.

During this month we ask you to consider the following:

• The importance of parents being knowledgeable about young adolescents and being actively involved in their lives;

• The understanding that healthy bodies plus healthy minds equal healthy young adolescents;

• The realisation that the education young adolescents experience during this formative period of life will, in large measure, determine the future for all citizens; and

• The knowledge that every young adolescent should have the opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and aspirations, and post-secondary education should be a possibility for all.

Explore Middle Level Educator Month to find additional free resources to help celebrate quality middle grades schools in your community

While it may seem very American (and it is!) its a great reminder than more than half our school is made up of Middle Years Learners and we all engage with adolescents every day.

If you would like to discuss how we support our middle years learners develop and excel, please come and speak with me or your child’s homeroom teacher.

Ms Bernadette Cronin


Leadership Opportunity - Basic AFL Umpires Course Information (Years 7-9)

  • Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Rachel Wood


Do you love Sport? Want to be a leader? Love AFL Football? Would you like to umpire an AFL Auskick match at the MCG or Etihad Stadium? If you answered yes to any of these questions this opportunity is for you!!

We have an opportunity for 25 students from Years 7-9 (boys & girls) to work with AFL Victoria and learn the Basic fundamentals of AFL Umpiring.

The course will consist of 2 components:

• an educational component

• practical component- umpiring an AFL Auskick match at either Etihad Stadium or the MCG. (A selection of games and matches will be provided for you to choose from)

The Basic Umpiring Course is an introductory course about umpiring Australian Football outlining the basic factors that are involved in being a field, boundary and goal umpire.

The course is not intended to fully equip a person to umpire a senior game of football but is seen as a way in which people who have a passion and an interest in football umpiring may be introduced to some of the specifics of this rewarding involvement in our great Australian game.

WHEN: Thursday 27 April (Term 2)

WHERE: The full day course- to be conducted at Point Cook College, will cover seven modules, all of which include some theory and physical activity.

WHAT: The course will cover seven modules:

• Introduction to umpiring

• Positioning

• Decision making

• Communication

• Boundary umpiring

• Goal umpiring

• Fitness and nutrition

COST: $15.00 per student

The participants in the course will receive a draw-string boot bag, the ‘Ultimate Umpire DVD’, wrist bands, drink bottle, whistle and a cap.

Permission forms are available from your home room teachers.

Please note we can only take the first 25 students.

Mrs Jo Siketa

PE Team


Leadership Opportunity - Basic AFL Umpires Course (Years 7-9)

  • Sunday, March 05, 2017
  • Rachel Wood


Love Sport? Do you have great communication skills? Love the AFL? Love to umpire an AFL Auskick match on the big stage - at either MCG or Etihad Stadium? Ever wished of earning pocket money just from working in your local community outdoors and keeping fit?

Our PE team have organised a unique leadership opportunity for 25 students from Years 7-9 (boys & girls) to work with AFL Victoria and learn the Basic Fundamentals of AFL Umpiring. On completion of the course students will also experience an incredible opportunity of umpiring an AFL Auskick match at either Etihad Stadium or MCG; an experience you’ll never forget! Interested??? Come to our meeting: Friday lunchtime in the gym to hear all about it.

Permission notes will be distributed at this time to interested students. BUT- be quick, we can only take the first 25 returned permission notes. So make sure you return it ASAP to secure your place.

Jo Siketa


Making a Bad Day Better in Year 7

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Sally Hill

As part of the whole school inquiry into "Making a Bad Day Better" students in year 7 investigated what would be a terrible day at school. They created scenarios for this and identified where choices could have been made to improve their terrible day. Students presented their findings to other year 7 grades and provided feedback on what they had discovered.

John Scally


Year 5-9 News

  • Thursday, February 09, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Welcome back to another wonderful year across Year 5 to 9.

We welcome our new families and teachers and look forward to building strong relationships as the year progresses.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the great effort across these year levels in regards to the uniform. Our students look great, especially our Year 7 – 9 students in their academic uniforms. They have adapted to the change – only wearing Sports uniform on sports days – and we look forward to the continuation of this across the year. A reminder to our secondary students – we highly recommend that students wear SunSmart hats for PE and breaks. If you don’t have a hat please be SunSmart – stay in the shade, use sunscreen, wear sunglasses etc. If you have any issues with uniform please speak with your child’s teacher.

There are many events coming up and we use our PCC Facebook page for reminders and details. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook please do so, then you’ll never miss anything.

With the newsletter we publish the Learning and Teaching snapshots. These documents provide overviews for each level of learning and give you insight into what your child is studying. As always we stand committed to teaching at point of need – we work to grow your child from where they are. I encourage you to read the relevant snapshot and discuss with your child.

I look forward to sharing our students’ learning across the year,

Enjoy February

Bernadette Cronin

Year 5 – 9 Assistant Principal


Year 9 Pathways

  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Dear Parents,

Last year the Year 8 students brought home an invoice with their Year 9 pathways allocations and costs, with a payment due date. This is just a reminder that Year 9 pathways payments are due at the end of this week, Friday the 3rd of February, and will need to be finalised by then. Parents may call the office and make payment arrangements if needed but this also will need to be completed by the end of this week. On Monday, students who have not paid their pathways, or made arrangements, will be sorted into new groups that have little or no cost. As you can imagine, we want all students to participate in the pathways that they were interested in, however, in the interests of ensuring all pathways run smoothly we need to make any changes as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns about Year 9 Pathways please speak to either Ms. Bern Cronin or Ms. Jennifer Hayes. We can be contacted through the office.

Thank you,

Jennifer Hayes

Assistant Principal