Assistant Principal News P-6

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Daryl English

Assistant Principal P-6 Newsletter

Wishing all our families a happy and safe holiday, we hope that you get to spend quality time together.

Farewell to the students and families who are leaving us, we hope that your time at Point Cook College has been valuable.

We are Learners

What a fantastic week and a half we have had at the College enjoying Literacy Week. It has been wonderful to see so many of you engaging in literature. Reading is such an important part of learning and is a foundational skill that we all continue to build on throughout our lives.

It was fantastic to see pirates everywhere on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. What a wonderful positive climate it created across the College. Thank you to all who were able to support the day.

We are Respectful

Congratulations to our year 3 and 4 students who attended their camps over the last two weeks. All students demonstrated high levels of respect towards their teachers, helpers and camp staff.

The year 3 students participated in Surf Life Saving Victoria incursion at school last Thursday, and then sleep over before heading down to Anglesea surf beach the next morning. Students participated in a range of beach activity, majority of the students labelling body boarding their favourite!

The year 4 students went to Lady Northcote, located on the Werribee side of Bacchus Marsh. They enjoyed a range of outdoor education activities, including water safety and canoeing. They all had a fantastic time.

We are Responsible

Thank you to everyone who has demonstrated high levels of responsibility across the term. It has been fantastic to watch all students grow across the term and develop higher levels of responsibility. Students have been able to demonstrate this through a range of activities such as camps, excursions, kids teaching kids conference, premier’s reading challenging, out of uniform days, school musical, running assemblies, student leadership opportunities such as the eSmart leaders and many, many more.

We are Safe

I urge all our students to take safe risks over the holidays. Remember to think before you act, we want everyone to return to school happy and safe, ready to have a great term of learning.

Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal News P-6 September 7

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018
  • Daryl English

What a turn out we had for both the P-2 Book Week Parade, the P-2 Father’s Day afternoon and the 3/4 Investigation Gala afternoon; there sure is lots to be celebrating throughout the College at the moment.

This term we have lots of extra-curricular activities that we are very thankful you are supporting, we also understand that cannot support everything. If you are ever having financial difficulty please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Mrs Robyn Fincher, Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing, there may be ways we can support your family with College activities.

We are Learners

Huge congratulations to our Tournament of Minds Teams. Four teams of students headed down to Deakin University, Sunday the 27th of August to present their solutions to long term challenges they had been working on across the term. Our teams, represented the College at high level demonstrating high levels of learning in their solutions. Two of our teams received honours for their solutions. Well done to all involved, thank you to the teachers who supported the program, a great effort by all.

We are Respectful

We said goodbye to our Bali Partnership School Students at the end of last week. I was so impressed by our welcoming and respectful attitudes that all of the students had towards our visitors. Over the period of their stay I saw children helping students around the College, greeting them in Indonesian, and genuinely asking them questions about their culture. Well done to our students for their amazing demonstration of respect.

We are Responsible

It is the week of weeks in our Performing Arts calendar. The time has finally come, and I for one and super excited to watch our Musical Theatre Cast and Crew perform tonight in Aladdin Junior, I hope you all were able to purchase tickets.

The musical has taught our students some amazing life long skills one of those being responsibility. The students have had to develop the capacity to miss out on there lunch times, give up after school time and manage their learning responsibly in order to take part in the performance. They are all to be congratulated for their amazing efforts, I am sure that in the next newsletter I will be writing about the spectacular!

We are Safe

It has been wonderful to see many of our students participating in eSmart week, it is such an important part of our curriculum. Thank you to the College Community for your engagement with this week and the wonderful costumes and support you gave on today in helping us to support the Allanah and Madeline Foundation.

It is always important that we remember to demonstrate our learning all of the time not just in weeks where the College is focusing on it. Please ensure that you encourage your children to demonstrate eSmart behaviours both at school and at home.

Friendly reminder that Monday the 10th of September is a student free day. Teachers will be working on creating a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, that will assisting them in developing a strong teaching and learning program for our students.

We acknowledge that there are lots of extra-curricular activities happening across the College over the next few weeks. These include year 3 and year 4 camp, Literacy week, Footy Day, and our very first Movie Night. Literacy week will include participating in Talk Like a Pirate Day on September the 19th – students will be encouraged to dress up like a private, also in the same week on the last day of term is Footy Day. Footy Day is a gold coin donation and raises money for State Schools Relief, who support families in need. Please do not feel that you are required to support all activities, it is a family’s choice what they can support.



Assistant Principal News P-6 August 24

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018
  • Daryl English

Thanks once again to the many of you who attended our Primary Assembly last Friday afternoon. A reminder to the Primary Community that we will be having assemblies every second Friday afternoon, they will be conducted on the outdoor stage. Parents and friends are also welcome back in homerooms for the remainder of the afternoon to learn about what students have been focusing on throughout the term.

Congratulations to the amazing students who received awards last week. Well done to all of the students who received wristbands throughout the week and at the assembly, keep up the great work!

We are Learners

This week the students in Prep – 2 have been celebrating Book Week, sharing with each other and their teachers their favourite books. It was fantastic visiting their homerooms and learning about their favourite stories, I was even lucky enough to be able to hear some of our students read their books to me. The love of reading is something that I highly value and love that many of our students also share in this.

I have so many favourite books that it is too hard for me to choose! My favourites authors range from Dr Seuss, Julia Donaldson, Lynley Dodd, Roald Dahl, J K Rowling, John Marsden, Anthony Browne, Mem Fox, Pamela Allen, Alison Lester and the list goes on.

We are Respectful

Congratulations, to the College Primary Athletics team. On Friday the 17th of August the Athletics team competed at the Victoria University Athletics track. All students that represented the College did so with high levels of respect. They are to be commended for their efforts both on and off the track. Thanks also goes to the teachers that assisted the team on the day.

We are Responsible

It has been very rewarding walking around the College throughout the week see minimal rubbish in the yard. This means that our whole student body is being extremely responsible and ensuring that they place their rubbish in the bin and are not taking food wrappers outside. Thanks to all of you for ensuring that our school looks amazing!

We are Safe

Taking risks is a part of growing up. At times I have witnessed students taking unsafe risks in the yard this includes but not limited to things such as climbing fences, swinging in trees and doing interesting tricks on the play equipment. Whilst we do our best to eliminate as many of these activities as possible it is often hard to stop the accidents that can occur when children take these risks.

Asking our students to listen to what their bodies are telling them is key to learning when a risk is worth taking or not. Sometimes their heart may race, they might feel sick in the tummy or they could become a little dizzy. Having conversations with your children about why this is happening to them and using these signs as warning signals is a great way to develop their capacity to take safe risks. This will also support the work that we are doing with them as we implement the Berry Street Education Model throughout our homerooms.

Friendly reminder that Monday the 10th of September is a student free day, our teachers will be completing relevant learning which will lead to the development of the College’s Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.


Assistant Principal P-6 News August 10 2018

  • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
  • Daryl English

A huge thank you to the parents and friends who attended the Primary Assembly last Friday. It was fantastic to see many of you taking up the opportunity to connect with the College. How about our Primary College Captains, they are amazing. A massive shout out to Tanay and Aarush for their efforts in organising and creating an assembly that celebrated all we believe in at Point Cook College.

Well done to all our award recipients, what a fantastic effort you all have put in to be nominated to receive an award. We understand that many students are deserving of these awards and look forward to presenting many more in the future. Congratulations also go out to the students who received wristbands at the assembly, for demonstrating our expected behaviours, great job, keep it up. 

For those of you who missed the assembly, they will be running fortnightly, weather permitting at the outdoor stage. The next assembly will take place on Friday the 17th of August at 2 pm, parents are welcome to join their children back in their homerooms after the assembly to learn about what students are focusing on in their homerooms for term 3.

We are Learners

It was fantastic to spend some time during the week with students, talking to them about their learning. Our students are having an amazing time learning about lots of interesting parts of the curriculum. These have included learning about text types such as narratives and information reports. Develop strategies to tackle mathematics problems and learning new words to use in their writing.

Keep up the enthusiasm, it’s fantastic to see!

We are Respectful

A very big thank you to all the students who attend the College Disco last Thursday, what an amazing effort you all put into your costumes. It was great to see the high level of respect you all demonstrated before, during and after the event. Signs of respect included waiting patiently to have your names crossed off the list, dancing with all your friends, being mindful of others space and waiting to be picked up by your parents. Thank you so much to the organising committee you did a marvelous job!

We are Responsible

Thank you and well done to all of the students and parents who have returned their camp forms from years 3 to 6. We have had a wonderful response with forms being returned. It is great to see our students taking on such high levels of responsibility. Keep them coming back.

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend the Canberra Tour information session and the Year 3 and Year 4 Camp information sessions, your time and involvement with the College is greatly appreciated, especially during the colder months.

We are Safe

A friendly reminder about being cyber safe and being safe with our devices whilst at the College and at home. Please remind your children that they have signed a user agreement contract. We expect that students are following this user agreement all of the time. You can find a copy of our eSafety policy on the College website.

Congratulations to all students who have made a fantastic effort to ensure that they are in full College uniform every day.

Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal News P-6 July 27

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Daryl English

Assistant Principal P-6 Newsletter

Welcome, new families to our amazing College, we hope that you have had an amazing start to the term. If at any time you need assistance with something please do not hesitate to ask, our community members are wonderful at assisting each other.

Primary School Assemblies

On Friday the 3rd of August at 2 pm we will be conducting our first Primary School Assembly. The Primary Captains and I have been working hard to ensure that the assembly process runs smoothly. We would like to offer a warm welcome to our Primary community members to attend.

The assemblies will run fortnightly, in every odd week of term 3. The first assembly will be run in the gymnasium, after the assembly parents will have the opportunity to join their child/ren in their homerooms, to spend time with them, learning about what they have been learning in class.

As this will be our first assembly please be patient with us as there may be a few teething issues, as we learn how to become more efficient in our processes, but we hope that this continues to build on our community partnership.

We are Learners

Thank you to the students for the amazing start to the term, your energy and dedication to your learning has been fantastic to see, well done to you all. I strongly encourage you to keep up this amazing effort!

Our teachers are also demonstrating high levels of learning and will be participating this Friday in the next day of our Berry Street Education Model training. The focus of this day is on relationships, we know that the teachers greatly appreciate the opportunity to be able to spend the day together learning about relevant and practical strategies to implement in their daily practice.

We are Respectful

Thank you to all the students who wear their College uniform daily. It demonstrates a high level of respect and is greatly appreciated. The main breach of the uniform policy by our Primary students is wearing incorrect socks. Please ensure that students come to school in the correct colour socks, older students, in particular, are continuing to breach this part of the policy by opting to wear white socks with images printed on them or generally speaking black socks. Please refer to the College website where you will find the acceptable attire combinations. 

We are Responsible

Thank you to our year 1-4 students and teachers who are supporting the Music Bus program by being responsible and getting themselves to their music lessons on time. I know that the Music Bus teachers have commented on what a fantastic start to the program it has been. Keep up the great work and continue to demonstrate our expected behaviours as the program continues throughout the remainder of the year.

We are Safe

Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that they are students who like to purchase goods from the local 7 eleven before and after school. This is not something that as a College we encourage, it has been disappointing to see students running through the carparks and generally not considering their own safety when travelling to and from the shop. If you do pick your child up from the community oval carpark or 7eleven, we strongly urge you to have a conversation with your child about how to safely get to you at the end of the day.

The College Disco

The College Disco will take place on Thursday, August 2nd and I for one am definitely looking forward to an afternoon of fun! I hope to see as many primary students there as possible.

Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal News P-6

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Daryl English

Assistant Principal P-6 Newsletter

We are Learners

Our Teachers are Learners too!

As parents, you may have noticed that during term one and two your child's homeroom teacher, along with their teams mates had a day of release together. These days are called Professional Practice Days. During these days your child's homeroom teacher along with their Professional Learning Team (the group of teachers they work with, for example, the Teal MAG) work together to learn and develop their professional practice so that we can offer high-level learning opportunities throughout the College. We highly value these days at it gives our teachers the opportunity to inquire into an area of focus and development.

The Music Bus

Our 1-4 students this term were given the opportunity to express their interest in attending an instrumental music program organised by ‘The Music Bus’. We are excited to say that as of next term students who have expressed an interest will be commencing their lessons. Music is a great skill and passion to have in life and we strongly value the program at the College.

If your year 1-4 student missed the opportunity due to absence and this is something you are interested in sending your child to please head to the following website:

www.themusicbus.com.au or alternatively call 1300-1-68742 for assistance with this.

We are Respectful

Congratulations to the year 1/2 team, successfully heading out of the College this week on their excursions. It was great to see our teachers giving our students opportunities to investigate areas of interest in Science.

Part of the group attending an excursion to Werribee Zoo to further extend their knowledge of biological science on Wednesday. The other part of the group attending Science Works on Friday to extend their knowledge of Chemical Science.

Well done to all students involved, you demonstrated high levels of respect whilst representing our College.

We are Responsible

Last week Mr. Vetere, Mrs. Ryan and I spoke with a group of year 5/6 students about the College. The students demonstrated high levels of responsibility through open and honest feedback about the programs and process we have in place. It was a valuable session which allowed us as leaders of the College to give our students voice into what is working well and ideas for improvement.

We are Safe

Unfortunately, I have had reports from parents and teachers that our students are not adhering to our expected behaviour of ‘we are safe'. Often seeing students not wearing helmets when riding bikes and scooters and unfortunately riding their bikes or scooters in the schoolyard or inappropriately as they exit or enter the College.

I urge all parents to have regular conversations with their students if they are making their own way to the College about the safety processes required. Addressing things such as, wearing the correct safety gear, crossing roads in the appropriate place, ensuring that they check for vehicles when crossing driveways and being mindful of others who share their travel space are all expectations of our students. Your cooperation with this would be greatly appreciated. Our teachers will be conducting similar conversations during homeroom time.

This is the last newsletter prior to the break, we wish all of our parting families the best of luck in their new location and hope that your time at PCC has been valuable. We hope that all of our students enjoy their break and get to spend quality time with their loved ones. Come back to us safe and eager for a fantastic term 3.

 Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, June 08, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

We are Learners

Be Fantastic Beat Plastic!

Congratulations to the College Environmental Leaders who demonstrated exemplary leadership skills on World Environment Day on Tuesday. The College was a wash of blue, spreading awareness of the necessary need to recycle plastics and remove them from our water ways.

Thank you parents of all the students who participated in the Indonesian Speech Competition at Melbourne University on Saturday the 2nd of June. Well done and great effort to all of our students. It was wonderful to see you all demonstrating your learning and representing our College. You all looked amazing in your uniforms. I wish you well with your results.

Tournament of Minds commences next term, it is another extra curricular opportunity that our students from years 3-9 have to participate in. Over the course of the rest of the term, teachers will be working with students, introducing them to what Tournament of Minds is all about and seeking their interest in participation. It would great to see as many students as possible involved. If you would like more information about the process yourself please navigate through the following website: https://www.tom.edu.au/

It was great to see many of our year 5/6 students participating in our Indonesian Market as a part of their Indonesian program. By all accounts the students enjoyed the process and even got a bargain or two!

We are Respectful

Congratulations to all our year 5 and 6 students who participated in their athletics carnival last Monday. Fortunately, the weather held out, whilst it was brisk, all students had a fantastic day. The students demonstrated high levels of respect and sportsmanship competing for their houses. Well done to Edwards, who took the winning points on the day. Congratulations to those students who were successful enough to make it through to the regional athletics carnival later in the year.

Well done to all the year 6 students who represented our College at the Year 6 Interschool Sports Carnivals on Monday. It was amazing to hear about the tales of close games and more importantly the sportsmanship that you all demonstrated. Congratulations and well done to all teams and good luck to the teams who made it through to the next round. Go Point Cook!!!

We are Responsible

Thank you to all the students in year 3 and 4 who have been responsible and returned their Music Bus expression of interest forms. This is a great opportunity for our year 1-4 students who will have the opportunity to participate in an instrumental music program. Matt from the Music Bus cannot wait to get started and will be contacting families shortly.

Thank you to all of our Point Cook Family and Friends who support our House Assembly on Wednesday morning. Well done to the house captains who ran the assemblies. You all demonstrate a great deal of pride and responsibility through running your assemblies.

Reminder that Monday the 11th of June is Queen’s Brithday Public Holiday. We hope that families get to spend the day together.

We are Safe

Unfortunately of late I have seen many students in our College uniform not wearing their helmets when riding bikes and scooters. At Point Cook College ‘we are safe’ and we ask that all students wear the appropriate protective gear when riding. It is against the law not to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Please ensure that we do this.

Kind Regards,

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

We are Learners

Well done and congratulations to all year 3 and 5 students who have participated in NAPLAN last week. It was wonderful to see many of you doing your best on the day. Thank you to all the teachers who supported our students through the process. We look forward to seeing the results later in the year.

Congratulations to the Prep team who went on their very first school excursion to the farm this week. The students learned about how a farm operates, including what it takes to look after multiple animals. It was wonderful hearing about all of the student's stories and what a great time they had at the farm.

On Tuesday the 29th of May we are hosting a Prep – 2 parent helper seminar. Correspondence in relation to this has been sent home. We would love to have as many prep – 2 parents in attendance as possible. This will give you an opportunity to learn about how you can assist your child at home as well as learning about how you can assist in our classrooms.

World Environment Day is on June the 5th. Students will be learning about how to save the environment with a focus on recycling and reducing the use of plastic. Further correspondence about the day will come out via compass closer to the event.

We are Respectful

Congratulations to all our year 3 and 4 students who participated in their athletics carnival last Monday. Fortunately, the weather held out, whilst it was brisk, the sun shone and all students had a fantastic day. The students demonstrated high levels of respect and sportsmanship competing for their houses. Well done to Middleton, who took the winning points on the day. Congratulations to those students who were successful enough to make it through to the regional athletics carnival later in the term.

We are Responsible

Thank you to all the students in year 1 and 2 who have been responsible and returned their Music Bus expression of interest forms. This is a great opportunity for our year 1-4 students who will have the opportunity to participate in an instrumental music program. The year 3 and 4 students had the opportunity to tour the bus today and from all reports had a great time. Year 3 and 4 students please ensure you return your expression of interest forms as soon as you can.

We are Safe

It has been wonderful to see many of our students continuing to still participate in active travel to school, walk and wheel Wednesdays as the weather starts to cool down. Thank you to everyone who is traveling safely and using the school crossings. Remember they are here to keep us safe, we strongly encourage everyone to use them.

Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Do you know what Kasti is? Ask your children. As a part of our Indonesian program, our 5/6 students hosted students from another school in a friendly game of Kasti. It was fantastic to see the students taking on the role of host and demonstrating our expected behaviours. Thanks to the LOTE team for organising such a wonderful event.

Well done to all the students who participated in the Indonesian Speech competition, what a fantastic way to encourage our students to engage with another language. Thanks to the LOTE team for running a successful event. It was great to see the students engage in the process.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the 4-6 District Cross Country. Well done to all competitors and best of luck to those students who have managed to make it through to the next round. It was great to hear that our students demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship and enthusiasm throughout the day.

Thanks to Camp Quality for hosting our Prep to year 2 students on Wednesday. Thanks to all of you who sent in a gold coin donation to support their education program. It was great to see the students engaged with the puppet show.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there, we hope that your day is full of the joy and happiness and that your children spoil you! Thank you for supporting the College Mother’s Day stall and for those of you with children in Prep -2 for joining us for an afternoon of pampering. It was great to see many of you throughout the afternoon.

I look forward to hopefully joining some of you down at the Athletics track next Monday to join in the fun with the year 3 and 4 students. Family and friends are welcome to come down and watch their children throughout the day. Be sure to wear your child’s house colours and join in the fun.

NAPLAN is in week 5 and our teachers and students have been preparing, we hope that you also value the process that we have put in place. All we ask is that our students do their very best and that we in partnership support them through the process.

Kind Regards

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

What a fantastic start to the term! Welcome, all new families to the College.

I hope that your children were all able to come home and talk to you about being Cyber Safe. On Cyber Safety Day our students experienced many valuable learning experiences that we hope they utilise when online. I had the pleasure of speaking to many students on the day, as well as congratulating our eLeaders. Well done to all involved in the organisation of the day.

Have you been on a magic carpet ride? I cannot wait for the end of term 3 when our amazing students will perform for you all in Aladdin Junior. If it is anything like last year it is bound to be amazing, let’s get behind our students and support their amazing work!

In week 1, you were all encouraged to participate in learning conversations with children and their teachers. It was great to see many of you on the night participating in these important conversations about your child/children's progress. If you didn't get the opportunity to book in please contact your child's teacher and make an appointment to see them. Parent-teacher partnerships are vitally important and we highly value them at the College.

Our amazing Parent and Friends Association is running an Entertainment Book fundraiser, if you have the opportunity to support this fundraiser it would be greatly appreciated. We do understand that you cannot support every fundraising effort the College has and therefore please support us in returning the book if you do not wish to purchase it. Thank you for your continuous support.

Thank you to our amazing Student Leadership Group who ran our whole College ANZAC day commemoration service. It was well conducted and all of our students represented the College with the highest level of respect. Thank you to all of those involved.

We would like to thank all families for supporting our staff by making arrangements for care for your children. Our curriculum day focused on the Berry Street Education Model and all staff participated in learning the ‘Body’ component of the course. This is a whole College focus and over the course of this year and beginning of next, teachers will complete 4 days of training that will assist us to strengthen our already Positive Climate at the College.

In the upcoming weeks our year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be taking part in NAPLAN. Further correspondence in relation to how we support our students through the NAPLAN assessments is also in this newsletter. At Point Cook College we value our capacity to develop a Positive Climate to support our students to do their best. We value students' efforts and strongly support them to put their best foot forward with anything they are doing.

As a community we often have concerns relating to an issue that has occurred at school. We asked that any of these concerns are firstly addressed with your child’s homeroom teacher. If you feel that the concern was not dealt with please contact the year level neighbourhood leader, they will best decide if the issue needs to be referred on to an Assistant Principal or if they are best to deal with it. I strongly encourage that all of our community go to the College website and access our SWPBS matrix for our community.

Are you all, ready? Our annual Athletics Carnivals are coming up (3/4, 5/6, 7-9), we would love to see as many of you as we can at our carnivals supporting our students to create an amazing atmosphere of sportsmanship. These days are highly valued at the College and this year they are compulsory for all students 3-9. There is no cost associated with the day, as the bus cost was included in your Essential Learning fee, please ensure that you complete the COMPASS permission form. It is important that you understand there will be no classes for the attending year level on the day of their athletics carnival.

Kind Regards,

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6