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


Junior Indonesian News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Sometimes parents ask me what their child needs to do for Indonesian homework. My answer would always be provide more comprehensible input! You can do this easily by subscribing and watching my youtube channel.

Please visit ‘Indonesian Fun for Juniors’, and watch it with your child. Get them to tell you what the stories mean, in English. It makes the students feel great to know more than mum and dad! I have been madly adding new videos, so there are lots of options to view. Prep students can watch ‘Harimau dan Elsa’ and Years 1, 2 and 3 can watch ‘Banyak Donut’ as well as any others they like. Make sure you watch some of Bu Cathy’s videos in the Playlist, they are great!

Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnPiuWfuvK9KvFuebwnjXog

And if you subscribe, you will always be alerted when new videos are posted!

If your child is interested in participating in Sayembara Lisan (Indonesian speaking competition), please ensure they pick up the information sheets from me in the Junior LOTE room. The competition will be held at PCC on Tuesday 8th May so $5 entry fee needs to be paid via Compass by Friday 4th May. Students or parents may contact me at ibuanne@gmail.com

Ibu Anne


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

GO MIDDLETON! Well done and congratulations to Middleton House. It was great to see Middleton students enjoying their house celebration last week. Thanks to the College House Captains and Ms. Van Braam for their wonderful organisation of the celebration.

A timely reminder to all students to uphold the SWPBS expected behaviours of ‘We are Learners,’ ‘We are Respectful,’ ‘We are Responsible,’ and ‘We are Safe.’ Demonstrating these expected behaviours and wearing the correct college uniform helps your house to receive tokens, these tokens go towards a collective total. The house with the most tokens at the end of the term wins a house celebration. Parents and guardians you can find copies of our expected behaviour matrices on our College website.

Divisional Primary Swimming Carnival. It was wonderful to see many of our talented swimmers heading off to represent our College at the carnival. Well done to all students who made it through to the divisional and congratulations to Ellie Swift, Savannah Cope and Brian Lee who also represented the College this week at the Regional Swimming Carnival.

A big thank you to all parents and guardians for having their children ready for College Photos. It was great to see lots of toothy grins and some toothless ones! Our students looked amazing in their full school uniforms, if you haven’t already, you can purchase your photos online through your Compass accounts. Please contact the general office if you need to update your Compass or account.

Yummo! Thanks to all the parents and friends of the College who participated in the Harmony Day afternoon tea. Well done to Ms. Rebecca Thornton for her leadership with the afternoon tea. It was great to see many parents in attendance and wonderful to try lots of different foods from many cultures.

What a great day the Year 6 Gala Sports was. All students demonstrated our expected behaviours and enjoyed the sunshine at the various sports. It was great to watch a bit of the girls’ cricket who were fortunate enough to make it through to the next round. We wish the team well in moving forward.

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike! Well done to all students who participated in Ride 2 School Day. It was a lovely start to the day watching many students participate in the movement. Great job everyone.

Big thanks to the Parents and Friends Association for their organisation of the Family BBQ and Activities Night. It was wonderful to see many of you enjoying the night. If you didn’t get a chance to make it, be on the lookout for more of our wonderful family events and be sure to join in.

What a wonderful event the Prep Easter Hat Parade is. I’m sure that everyone enjoyed the parade, I know I certainly loved watching all the little bunnies hopping around the Gymnasium!

It is with great enthusiasm that I wish to welcome Miss Faye Hatzigeorgiou. She will be joining us from term 2 until the end of the year and will be teaching Prep H. The college has made the decision to add an 8th Prep class commencing from term 2 due to the increasing numbers we have had since the beginning of the year.

Farewell Mrs. Hall. It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Mrs. Hall who has been with us since the opening of the College in 2010. Mrs. Hall has made the decision to move on from our College to broaden her career. We wish her well in her endeavours, thanks for all that you have done for our students you will be greatly missed.

On that note, I would like to wish all of our families a happy and safe Easter holiday. I hope that the Easter Bunny is good to you all. Please enjoy the break. A major thank you to our wonderful teachers and support staff, what an action-packed start to the year we have had. I am proud of each and every one of you; thanks for everything you do for our kids. We couldn't do any of our work without the community partnerships that we have. Huge thanks go to our families for your ongoing positive support. It is greatly appreciated.

Have a great break everyone, we will see you on April 16th!

Kind Regards,

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Congratulations to all of our student leaders that have been announced over the past two weeks. It is with great pride that we get the opportunity to offer our students a multitude of leadership opportunities. These extra-curricular opportunities help to shape our students into becoming well-rounded students; giving them skills they can use in their future endeavours.

It was super exciting to receive our highest amount of applicants in our College history, which demonstrates to us that the leadership programs we offer are giving our students voice and agency in what happens in their College. Unfortunately, we do not have enough positions for everyone who applies, it is during these times that we encourage our students to draw on their resilience. Being disappointed is a natural feeling, how we move forward demonstrates our true capacity to be leaders. It is important that students have the capacity to deal with these emotions in a supportive environment, your assistance in helping your children if they have missed out would be greatly appreciated.

Well done to our year 4-6 students who participated in the District Swimming Sports this week. You are to be congratulated for your efforts and for upholding our College expected behaviours whilst representing us.

It's a whole new world out there!!! Congratulations to our cast of Aladdin Junior who were announced this week. After the success of last year's production, it is with great anticipation that I wait for ticket sales. I strongly encourage the community to get behind the production, which will be on show in September.

Thank you to the new families who attended our New Family Seminar, the session was extremely informative. We understand that our College can at times be complex and value those of you who were able to give up your time to build stronger partnerships with us. In moving forward with developing partnerships it would great to see more parents in attendance, this is our College and we value and appreciate your feedback. When future sessions are offered please ensure that you demonstrate your commitment to us by joining in.

This week our 5/6 students participated in a free incursion funded through the Wyndham City Council. The incursion discussed graffiti prevention, it provoked students thinking and gave them insight into how they can demonstrate respect within their community.

Across the term, our teachers have been participating in professional practice days. These professional practice days are a part of the Education Department new agreement. For terms 1, 2 and 4 teachers at our College have chosen to work within their Professional Learning Teams to enhance their teaching practice and influence how they go about teaching and learning. The days have been extremely productive and teachers have gained further insight into their profession.

Late last week I sent out a news item on Compass titled staff professional learning program, I encourage you all to take a look at this news item and watch the linked Ted Talk. Teacher feedback is an essential part of our profession and the executive team at Point Cook would like to ensure you are aware of the program we have in place to provide this vital feedback.

Kind Regards,

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Congratulations to all of our teachers and students on a smooth commencement to 2018!

If you are new to the College, welcome. We hope that you have settled in well to Point Cook College and are enjoying being a part of our community. The College will be hosting a New Family Seminar on March 1st at 7pm in the Gymnasium, we hope that this will give you an in-depth understanding of how our College operates.

It has been with great pride that I have been visiting classrooms, enjoying joining in with the students learning. With this newsletter you will find Neighbourhood term outlines, these outlines share with you the major curriculum foci for each Neighbourhood for this term, including specialists. I strongly encourage everyone to take a look at these outlines.

This week Year 3/4 parents were sent via a COMPASS email the 3/4 2018 iPad App list. If you did not receive this list can you please see the general office to ensure that your email address is correct, so that you receive College correspondence.

Congratulations to our students who participated in the College swimming trials, well done on your efforts, from all reports students represented our College with exemplary behaviour.

Friendly reminder to all students that in P-6 you must wear a hat during terms 1 and 4. It is essential that students have a College Sun Smart hat and a bottle of water with them daily. Hydration in the heat often causes headaches and the inability to concentrate during learning time, so please ensure that all students have their College hat and a water bottle daily.

Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous amounts of feedback in relation to a multitude of things across the College. I thank each of the parents who have offered this feedback and hope that we can continue to develop a strong partnership moving forward. I would like to remind parents that we now have a parents and friends association, held at 2 pm every second Tuesday. PFA is a great way to be a part of the College Community, we strongly encourage parent involvement and would like to see as many parents as possible on the PFA, for further details please contact Rebecca Thornton at the College.

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6


Assistant Principal P-6 News

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

This newsletter is the final newsletter for the year. It is with great pride and pleasure that I get to farewell you all for a short while, whilst we all enjoy a break. It has been an action-packed year at Point Cook College with many firsts and lots of continual success across the school year.

We are very thankful for our community support and we enjoy sharing memorable moments with you all; it was great to see many of you at our Community Helpers Afternoon Tea last week.

Memorable moments across the last couple of weeks; Launching the 5/6 Canberra Tour, Year One Movie Night, Year Two Sleep Over and Year One and Two Camp program, Prep Camp Day, Community Helpers Afternoon Tea, Year One Two and Prep Assemblies showcasing their amazing semesters work.

That’s not all, there are more to come across the last week of the term students will have the opportunity to meet their 2018 teachers and home group, 5/6s will attend Adventure Park celebration day and our Year 6s will celebrate the end of the primary years.

Last week the year 6s also had the opportunity to step up to the secondary years. Students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity and engaged with the activities to experience what school will be like for them during 2018.

If you are leaving the College at the end of this year can you please ensure you complete an exit form available either from your homeroom teacher or the Office. This will support us in our planning for 2018. Throughout this week students will have the opportunity to meet their 2018 teacher and home groups. It is an exciting time for our students and teachers as they get ready for next year.

2018 will be another action-packed year at PCC, I look forward to meeting many more of you across the school year. If you haven't already had a chat with me please feel free to come and say hello, you will find me out in the yard most mornings prior to the school day.

If you are farewelling the College this year, every great wish for you and your family’s future endeavours.

Wishing everyone a happy and festive New Year. Stay safe, be happy and enjoy family moments. Looking forward to continuing to develop the Primary Years at Point Cook College in 2018.

Merry Christmas!

Lizzie Tout

Assistant Principal P-6