Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Congratulations to our College community on running an amazing Twilight Market. It was great to see so many you enjoying yourselves. A huge thank you to Miss Rebecca Thornton and her team of helpers for making this event possible.

It is with great pride that I get to share with the College Community the successful of our Year 6 boys’ basketball team. They are off to the State Championships on Monday the 20th of November, I wish them every success, no matter the outcome the whole school is proud of their achievements and in particular their sportsmanship.

Thanks to all of our teachers and students who are continuing to demonstrate our expected behaviour of ‘we are learners’. It gives me great pleasure visiting classrooms and observing our wonderful students and teachers in action. Our focus on learning is a credit to all involved in the process including our wonderful community.

Prep to Year 2 STEAM challenges - have you heard about the wonderful STEAM challenges being completed in your child's P-2 classroom on a Friday? They are fantastic! It has been great to see students working in collaborative groups to create solutions through a superhero theme.

Our 3/4 students have been looking at the history of Australia. Our year 4 students have recently visited Polly Woodside where they learned about travel, how people and products were transported around the World in the late 1800's and in particular to Australia.

The 5/6 team have been busily working on their own projects through the Genius Hour program. Students have been able to investigate strong passion areas through these projects. It has been amazing to watch how these projects are coming together and to see the excitement in the students as they work to put their learning into presentations. 

A further reminder about hats. It is extremely important that students wear their hats in the warmer weather, this week we have had hot weather and unfortunately, I have noticed a large number of students without hats. Please ensure you remind your child to bring their hat to school and encourage them to wear it.


Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6

Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, November 03, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Thanks to our House Captains for running our House Assemblies last Friday and those of you from our community who attended.

Twilight Market is fast approaching and it would great to see many of you on the night. Your donations would also be greatly appreciated, please refer to Facebook posts about details.

A very big thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Forums on Wednesday the 1st of November. As a leadership team, we found the sessions to be extremely valuable in informing the strategic direction of the College.

The last of our year 5/6 Camps were held this week. MAG Crimson made the most of the camp, even though the weather may not have been the best. Thanks to all the teachers who assisted with the camp. By all reports, the students demonstrated our expected behaviours and represented our College well.

P-2 Transition is well on the way and students are enjoying learning together through STEAM challenges. On Fridays, students in P-2 get together in mixed age groupings to collaboratively solve mini challenges. It gives students the opportunity to make new friends, learn how to work together and be creative. This year’s theme is Super Heroes.

In week 3 the Year 4 team visited Polly Woodside as a part of their integrated studies topic of history. From all reports our students represented our College well, upholding our expected behaviours at all times. We value parent support with excursions and incursion as these experiences give our students opportunities to make ‘real life' connections with their learning. If you need assistance in funding student's excursions please see your child's homeroom teacher.

A reminder that Monday the 6th of November is a student free day and Tuesday the 7th of November is the Melbourne Cup Public Holiday, students are not required to attend school on both days.

Tickets went on sale for the Year 2 and 4 concert (28th of November) this week. I’ve already purchased mine, I hope you have yours!

Safety! Unfortunately, there are people in our community who are not following the road rules during drop off and pick up times. A reminder that the bus stop on Tom Roberts parade is not a drop off zone, it is extremely dangerous not only for your children but, also for those around you to be using this space as a drop off zone. I also see on multiple occasions double parking, please ensure that safety, for all comes first.

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6

Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Welcome back to Term 4. We hope that all students and families had a fun and safe school holiday. We are looking forward to the warmer weather, please remember to send students with their hats and drinks bottles full of water. Full school uniform is required throughout the year, please ensure you let your child’s homeroom teacher know if you are having trouble with this.

All this term we have started off with lots of extra-curricular activities, Team Teal and Indigo attending camp Anglesea. I was fortunate enough to attend Indigo's camp and thoroughly enjoyed catching the waves with the students. By all reports, our students were yet again extremely well behaved demonstrating our SWPBS behaviours at all times. Congratulations to our year 5/6 Boys Basketball team who have won again and are moving on to the Regional Finals early in November. The boys played extremely well, winning all of their games and representing the College in an excellent manner.

Congratulations to our 5/6 students who represented the College at the Regional Athletics finals this week, well done to those who progressed further, we wish you well with your endeavours moving forward.

On Friday the 27th of October we will be holding House Assemblies, commencing at 2:15 pm, parents are welcome to attend. Middleton will be in the Gym, Edwards on the outdoor stage, Newton in the Agora near the 5/6 wing and McNamara out the front of the College near the Prep homerooms. This is a trial event that we hope to continue moving forward into the year. Our house and College captains will be running the assemblies in conjunction with teachers.

It was great to see so many students focused, the first week back, ready for learning. Let's continue to maintain this focus and keep up the good work.

Thanks to all teachers and parents for their ongoing continuous support, it makes our College a great place to be!

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6

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