Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

“I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them, Sam, I am!" What a magnificent performance I had the privilege of viewing. Thank you so much to all the students involved, the teachers and the volunteers who supported the program and special mention to the whole school community for the amazing support you demonstrated giving our students a wonderful experience with an audience. Well done everyone, super proud moment for the school’s history books!

From dancing and singing to enjoying the great outdoors. Our year 3 students enjoyed an amazing camping program, attending the Werribee Open Range Zoo during day 1, sleeping over at the College and then participating in an outdoor program on day 2. Unfortunately the weather wasn't kind to us, however, the students thoroughly enjoyed their camp. There were lots of tired eyes Wednesday afternoon, ready for an early night's sleep. Huge thank you to the students for their wonderful behaviour, the year 3 teachers, the teachers who volunteered and assisted with the sleep over, Mr. Johns, Mr. Brennan, Miss Allen and Mrs. Kip for their leadership of the camp.

It was such a pleasure visiting classrooms on our Media Day, I loved seeing all the purple and yellow outfits that the students wore, it demonstrated their support for the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. It gave me a real buzz watching cross age groups share their media work with each other. The students enjoy sharing their achievements and learning about what other students had completed. Well done to Sally Hill, Ryan Wendt, Ali Ryan and their team for their organisation of the event.

Congratulations to the year 1/2 team, Miss Caras and Miss Perry for their organisation of the iMax and Melbourne Museum excursion. I heard lots of amazing stories about the excursion. Students thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the history of Melbourne. It was reported to me that our students represented the College well and all followed our expected behaviours.

Congratulations to our students who represented our College at the Division Athletics on Wednesday. The students competed at a high standard and thoroughly enjoyed competing at a high level. Thanks to Mr. Brennan and Miss Peters for assisting the students on the day.

Huge thank you to Mrs. Durbridge and her team of helpers for organising Indigenous Literacy Day. It was fantastic to see so many donated books and students enjoyed browsing the range prior to making their gold coin donation purchase. It is a great initiative.

R U Okay? Day, on Thursday the whole school participated in activities led by our student leaders in and around the theme of R U Okay? Mental Health is something that we should all take very seriously and looking after our mental health is vitally important. Thanks to Mrs. Fincher, Mrs. Gigas and the student leaders for leading this wonderful initiative in the College.

Wow, what a fortnight! Throughout the fortnight it was wonderful to see so many students engaged in their learning. I am thoroughly enjoying visiting classrooms and learning about each year levels foci for the term. It has been wonderful sharing in the students learning, credit goes to both our students and our teachers for their amazing dedication to learning. Well done everyone.

It is almost the end of the term, please remember to stay safe over the holidays, I hope that families get the opportunity to spend some time together, and the sun begins to shine. I look forward to seeing all the students smiling faces on day 1 of term 4, ready to finish off their school learning for the year.

Lizzie Tout

Acting Assistant Principal P-6

Global LYNCs project – Connecting with South Korea

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Since Term 2 of this year, Students of 3MK have been linking with students of Yongji Elementary School and Yulgeum Public School in Korea through the Global LYNCs project. Students and Teachers participated in a video-conference using Zoom Application and collaborated with students in their partnership schools in Korea. So far, they have had four digital classroom lessons sharing and learning about both countries’ culture, food, celebrations, sport, songs and animals. Students also had opportunities to learn to say hello and thank you in Korean language.

On the 13th of September, students of 3MK had the opportunity to share their learning about the life cycle of an Australian animal. This presentation was made by the students combining 2 different applications – Keynote and Notes. The project has helped them to build their knowledge on our inquiry topic “Living and non-living things” and the students have used their research skills, creative thinking and ICT knowledge to complete this project while working collaboratively with their partners. Each of their work was finally put together as one presentation to share. Students had done an impressive job that they could feel proud about.

Below is some writing about the video-conference by students in 3MK:

I really liked participating in global LYNCs. I as a Korean also learned new stuff such as Korean animals, Korean school curriculum and many more. This is a great experience I really wish my life would stay like this!

- Bella Shin

My class is very lucky to have GLOBAL LYNCS we did group work, learned lots of facts and communicated with Korea. We did lots of creative work. The Korean students were very funny.

- Gurtaran Singh

As a student of PCC, I'm excited to know that we are the only class in our school to do this fascinating project. I have learned a lot of things during Global LYNCs, such as difference in schools in different countries, national animals, foods, and cultures. I really wish I could do this all year!

- Pari Bang

I think we are very lucky to be able to do Global LYNCs. We get to learn a lot about Korea and their culture. They told us about Korean animals and they taught us how to do some taekwondo moves. We had lots of fun using two different apps and using our creative thinking. I think its lots of fun learning about Korea.

I like working with Mrs. Krishnan and my class doing different projects and presentations on different Aussie things. The Korean people are very nice and friendly and their classroom is very colourful.

- Emily Thomson

Global LYNCs to me means having an experience to learn all about the schools Yongji & Yulgeum in South Korea. It also helps me with my listening and presentation skills. I like thinking of the similarities and differences between South Korea and Australia eg. Culture, curriculum school + more.

- Faye Gracio LAN

Meenakshi Krishnan

Tournament of Minds 2017

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On Sunday the 27th of August, 14 PCC students representing their peers in Years 3-6 attended the regional Tournament of Minds at Deakin University Waurn Ponds Campus. One group of 7 completed a Social Science challenge and the other group completed the Language and Literature Challenge. Students spent 6 weeks, predominantly at lunchtimes and morning recess, preparing their responses to these challenges. Both groups also completed the spontaneous challenge – a problem that the group needed to solve with less than 5 minutes to prepare.

Students learnt a lot about time management, team work and creative thinking. They represented the College well in both their responses to the challenges and in their behaviour which was exemplary. Thanks to the parents of all participants for their support throughout.

Wendy Scott and Merryn Watts

Here is a selection of comments from the students, all of whom report that they want to do it all again as part of the 2018 PCC TOM Team:

“I felt really nervous but I know it would be fun because when we practised it was fun.” Bella

“I felt ‘tickled pink’ after the tournament” Faye

“I came to Deakin extremely nervous because I thought our presentation wouldn’t meet expectations. I was confident in the spontaneous challenge but I was frightened about the long term challenge. However, my expectations turned when we received positive feedback from the judges”. Daniel

“I think tournament of the minds is the best experience of my life. I met new friends, had some fun and faced a lot of challenges.” George

“I had a blast. By far the best decision I have ever made.” Josh

“The best moment was when the judges gave us comments” Keerthana

Assistant Principal News P-6

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

What a fantastic few weeks I have had in my new role. It has been wonderful to meet our amazing College community and I am thankful to the many of you who took the time out to congratulate me on my new position.

It was with great pleasure that I attended Crimson's excursion to Sovereign Hill. I am super proud to be leading such an amazing group of students who represented the College by demonstrating respect throughout the day, it was also reported to me that Teal and Indigo's excursions were just as successful and everyone involved thoroughly enjoy the extra curricular experience. I personally would like to thank Julie Ryan and her 5/6 team for their dedication and commitment to our students and for creating a wonderful teaching and learning program.

On Wednesday the 16th of August a number of students across Years 4, 5 and 6 competed in the Point Cook District Athletics, congratulations to all students involved. Yet again this was another example of our students representing our College demonstrating high levels of respect. Thank you to Mr. Brennan and the team of teachers that allowed this to happen for our students. Well done to all those who competed and to those students who made it through to the Divisional Athletics taking place later in the term.

Another privilege I had was attending the dress rehearsal for Seussical Jnr on Sunday the 20th of August. It is simply amazing, our students are super talented! Special mentions go to our Performing Arts teachers Jenni Gigas, Loretta Cachia and Clarissa Leach for their leadership, dedication and commitment to another fantastic extra curricular program for our students.

It was great to see some Year 2 parents who turned up for the iPad information session on Wednesday the 23rd of August. Big thanks to Daryl English for presenting the relevant information to our parents. I believe that there are many benefits for our students to be involved in a 1:1 program.

Congratulations to the students involved in Tournament of Minds who attended Deakin University on the weekend to present their creative solutions to the problems they were given. The students involved ranged from Years 3 to 6. They demonstrated creativity, team work, and excellent problem-solving skills and are to be commended for their positive and respectful attitudes they upheld on the day. I was very proud of their efforts and enjoyed their presentations.

A friendly reminder for all parents if you have any issues with students can you please follow our parent grievance policy and speak to your child’s homeroom teacher. This is a link to our College’s expected behaviour matrix for our community here. Please ensure that you have a clear understanding of the behaviours:

Very big congratulations and a warm welcome to Natasha Caras who has been successful in gaining the Acting Neighbourhood Leader position for the Year 1 and 2 Neighbourhood. Natasha will be an asset to the P-6 Leadership and I encourage all of the 1/2 community to join me in welcoming her to the position.

Please remember that all excursions and correspondence from the College will be pushed out through COMPASS, please ensure that this information is up to date so that your child does not miss out.

Across the next few weeks, there are some amazing events happening across Prep to 6, I look forward to enjoying these events with the Community.

Lastly, I would like to say a very big thank you to the P-6 Staff and Students at Point Cook College who have welcomed me to my new position. I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting your classrooms and sharing in your learning. I look forward to many more visits and to watching you all grow as learners.

Lizzie Tout

P-6 Acting Assistant Principal

Prep 100 Days of School Celebrations

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

On Tuesday the 1st of August our Prep students celebrated their 100th day of school! They completed many awesome 100 based activities such as making 100 day crowns, glasses, fruit loop necklaces and imagining they were 100 years old. The Preps were super comfortable and enjoyed the day wearing their pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns (as did the teachers!).

Congratulations to all of our Preps for completing a wonderful first 100 days of School! We are all so proud!

The Prep Team

PCC Cyber Safety Mascot Program

  • Friday, June 30, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

It has been an exciting Term 3 for Year 1 and 2 students of Emerald. We have been proud to launch our PCC Cyber Safety Mascot Program. Through this program students are able to take a Cyber Mascot home to complete a learning activity with a family member. The activities are all based on Cyber Safety and safe use of ICT.

Some topics include: Digital Footprint, emails, safe searching, online identity, copyright and balancing your time online. Students have enjoyed the program thus far and are enjoying teaching their families about Cyber Safety.

Sal Hill

P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Thursday, June 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Curriculum Day

Year One/Two Musical Theatre Assembly

This is just a reminder to all families that we will be having a Curriculum Day on Friday the 9th of June. Please note that this is a pupil free day. All teachers will be working at school the focus of the day is Digital Learning.

We are having a Special Assembly on Friday the 23rd of June, starting at 2.10pm in the gym. This special assembly will showcase a performance by our year one and two Musical Theatre students. Parents are welcome to attend. Unfortunately some of the prep students will be on an excursion on the day so there will be a special performance for them on Monday the 26th of June starting at 9.10am in the gym.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Curriculum Day

Mother’s Day Afternoon

Premier’s Reading Challenge

P – 2 Assembly

This is just a reminder to all families that we will be having a Curriculum Day on Friday the 9th of June. Please note that this is a pupil free day.

It was a pleasure to see many mums and grand mums attend the prep to year two, Mother’s Day afternoon. I know many mums had their nails painted, neck and shoulders rubbed and many walked out with crowns on their heads. I would like to thank the teachers in the prep to two area for providing this wonderful opportunity for all our mums to be pampered.

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has already started. You only have to sign a Parent Consent form if you would like your child’s name on the online honour role. If you would like your child to take part in this challenge, please let your child’s teacher know or contact Sonja Faust who works in our library.

We are having a Prep to Year Two Special Assembly on Friday the 23rd of June, starting at 2.15pm in the gym. This special assembly will showcase a performance by our year one and two Musical Theatre students. Parents are welcome to attend.

Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar

The Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar will be on each newsletter. We update this calendar whenever new activities are planned, so please make sure you read it to be aware of what is happening around the college. Where possible we include approximate prices of excursions, camps etc. to assist parents with future planning.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Welcome back to Term Two

Winter Uniform


Parent Teacher Interviews

Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all returning as well as new families to Point Cook College. Term Two is traditionally a very long; cold term as well as an extremely busy Teaching, Learning and Reporting Term. We anticipate that the journey ahead will be filled with many exciting adventures and we know that lots of teaching and learning will take place. Please see this newsletter for snapshots of what your child will be covering in the curriculum this term.

Term Two is a winter term, but we are starting with some very warm days. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct combination of our school uniform as we have a very strict uniform policy. We thank you in advance for help in this regard.

Please see the Whole College News and Events column for more information about the NAPLAN Testing Program, so as you get all the information you need. As the Assistant Principal of Teaching and Learning in Prep to Four, I would like to send out a heartfelt plea to all of our parents and guardians of students in Year Three. This is the first year your child will be doing the Naplan Testing and it can be an extremely stressful time for your child. They may be filled with all sorts of anxieties and this can be made much worse with extra pressures from home. I urge you to discuss with your child that this is a test to assess what they know. There will some things they can do and some things they may find difficult and that is fine. Stress that all you expect of them is to try their best and to try to the best of their ability to answer all questions. I have asked the Year Three teachers to have similar conversations during class time about these aspects as well. Again, thank you for your help in this regard.

Last night we held our Parent Teacher Interviews for all students in Years One to Nine. It was a wonderful opportunity for many parents to meet their child’s teacher for the teachers to get to know their student’s parents. I would like to say a very big thank you to all parents who came in for these meetings. All teachers have been asked to make contact with parents, who did not attend, to see if they could make time for a meeting either in person or on the phone.

The Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar will be on each newsletter. We update this calendar whenever new activities are planned, so please make sure you read it to be aware of what is happening around the college. Where possible we include approximate prices of excursions, camps etc. to assist parents with future planning.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Friday, March 24, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar

Whole College Days

Prep Easter Hat Parade

The Extra-Curricular Activities Calendar will be on the newsletter each week. We update this calendar whenever new activities are planned, so please make sure you read it to be aware of what is happening around the college. Where possible we include approximate prices of excursions, camps etc. to assist parents with future planning.

We have had two whole college days this week, namely Harmony Day on Tuesday and Cyber Safety Day today.  Both of these days were well supported by all staff as well as the students.  It would be great if you could have conversations at home about the importance of these two special days.

On Friday the 31st of March, we will be having a prep Easter Hat Parade, starting at 2pm in the gym. The parents and other family members of our prep students are invited to this special event.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4