P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Thursday, October 06, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

2017 Prep Transition

Important Teaching, Assessment and Reporting Term

Extra Curricular Activities Calendar

This is just a reminder to all families, who have children starting in Prep next year. Our 2017 Prep Transition Program starts this Friday. If you have a child who is starting in prep next year, but have not enrolled them, now is the time to do so. Please see one of the ladies in our front office to get the enrolment forms. If you are undecided, please read the link on school readiness.

This is the last term of this school year and it is a long, but very important Teaching and Learning term. There will be a lot of new curriculum content taught as well as a lot of revision of content already covered. Assessments will be ongoing and there will be a final report close to the end of the term. It is therefore essential that all students attend school as well as get to school on time. Please assist us with this and ensure that all students attend unless they are unwell.

Please continue to refer to the Extra Curricular Activities Calendar as it is continually updated with important upcoming events.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4


P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

1. Effective Communication

2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Promoting Effective Communication and Language Development at Home

Communication is often referred to as one of the most important aspects of human life. Through communication we can express opinions and needs, form relationships, read, comprehend, write, create, and convey meanings. Communication comes in many forms; speaking and listening are important aspect of communication.

Young children in their early childhood and primary years need parents and other adults in their lives to model appropriate language skills; to engage in conversations, to enjoy singing, talking, listening, reading and chatting on a daily basis.

Here are some basic ideas to help you ensure your child’s early language skills are being developed richly, right from birth.

• Try to share a meal together as a family regularly, with the TV turned off, so you can chat, talk about the day, listen to each other and enjoy some real family time together.

• Try to provide time for your child to finish what they are saying to you when they try to tell you something. Sometimes we rush them through or speak over them. They need time to practise speaking, expressing their ideas or retelling events.

• Try to ask children questions that avoid a yes or no response. For example, “Tell me about your day”, or “What did you enjoy most today?” These open-ended questions encourage children to describe and explain things.

• When your children ask a question such as, “Can I have that?” encourage them to describe more fully what it is they want. (E.g. “Tell me what it is you want?”)

• When you are speaking with your child, try to use descriptive language that models other vocabulary. Instead of saying, “We went to the park.” you could say, “ This morning, after breakfast, we went in the car to the park where there were swings and slides.”

• Try to tell a story or read a story each evening to your child. It is a wonderful way to end a day and encourages a love of language and reading.

• Limit TV, computer and electronic games if you have them. They are often solitary and isolating without two-way communication.

This was taken from Proactive Parenting Approach Skills and strategies for Effective Parenting

All of our Prep to Year Two students as well as some kinder students from the YMCA attended the Alpha Shows Production “ The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on Monday. The students thoroughly enjoyed this production and all had a fun time.

Marg Holness


Prep - 2 Alpha Show 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

On Monday the 22nd of August, Prep to Year 2 students had the pleasure of watching Alpha Shows perform 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. They met characters such as Quasimodo, Esmeralda and Hugo the Ghost. Students enjoyed singing along to the hit songs, joining in with the dancing and watching a real sword fight! They learnt through Quasimodo's bravery that having the courage to stand up for yourself and forgiving others makes you a strong and good person.

Thanks to the Alpha Show crew for giving the Prep to 2 students and teachers a wonderful afternoon! Here are some student comments about the show:

It was awesome! The good guy was a great good guy! - Jack Prep D

I liked the girl because she likes to dance. - Samantha Prep D

1B loved the Hunchback of Notre. Many of the students enjoyed how funny it was and how the characters made them laugh. There was a lot of chatter when they returned from watching the play on Monday afternoon:

'I thought it was really funny when the girl and boy kissed.'

'I loved the crocodile and how he shook his bottom.'

'It was really cool when we got to high five the actors at the end.'

'The music was cool. I knew the songs.'

A great afternoon had by all. - 1B

I thought it was fantastic because it entertained people. I liked it when Quasi stood up and got braver. - Hannah 2A

Rachel Wood


P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

1. Prep Transition

2. Olympics Opening Ceremony

3. Alpha Shows

This is just a reminder to all our families who have students that will be starting in prep next year. If you have not already enrolled your child, it is essential that you do this as soon as possible as our prep transition program will be starting earlier this year. On the other hand, if you have enrolled a child into prep for next year and they are no longer coming here, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible please.

It was great to see all our students in their Olympic country t-shirts, enjoying a really lively Olympic Opening Ceremony. The gym was filled with very excited students who got some interesting facts on each country as it was presented. There will still be many exciting events taking place until the end of next week. Follow us on Face Book and Twitter to keep up to date on all that is happening.

The Alpha Show production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame will be held on the 22nd of August in the gym. Please ensure you pay for this incursion, as their productions are much loved by the students. This is only for the students in years prep to two.

Marg Holness

P-4 Assistant Principal


Year 3E and the Korean Global Lyncs Project

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Last week we had a visit from Professor Ku, the Global Lyncs Coordinator in Korea. The Global Lyncs project brings students together from Korea and Australia using Zoom Video Conferencing . She was very interested in and impressed by our program, which was explained to her by Meenakshi Krishnan, the Year 3 teacher who is involved in the program. She brought beautiful pictures from our partner class in Korea, based on our shared book, "Koala Lou" by Mem Fox. These pictures are displayed in our Learning Resource Centre and will be part of our shared ebook as the final product.

Professor Ku enjoyed a walk through our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and a taste of some fruit growing there. She visited the students in 3E and answered their many questions about Korea. We were really excited to have her visit us and she has returned to Korea with gifts from us for our new friends. We have received great feedback from our students on the experience of interacting with students at Yonji Elementary School, Korea.

Students’ feedback:

The Global LYNCs Project is an incredible event. It felt amazing to see new people just like us. The Korean children showed us amazing things about their school and country - beautiful costumes, and amazing cultural dance and music called “Cheer up” that is heard all over Korea. They also taught us some Taekwondo steps. Their classroom had lots and lots of beautiful, colourful and creative work displayed on the wall.

We shared and taught the Australian Anthem to the Korean children. We also shared information about our favourite Australian animals and different cultural celebrations in Australia.

Last week, we met Professor. Ku who visited our school from Korea. We asked her lot of questions about Korea and this project. I think, my class is so lucky to be able to do this project with Mrs. Krishnan. It’s just amazing!

- Emily Slimmon

I loved meeting the children from Yongji Elementary school. They were trying really hard to speak English!

It’s a pleasure talking with other children from a different country, because we get to learn about a different country. This can help us in the future, as we can get a good job.

It is cool to learn about the country’s food, culture, tradition, and find out how to speak a different language. If we find out a lot of things about a country, we can also teach everyone about it.

- Gabriella Madej

Students of 3E at Point Cook P-9 College, have been linking with Year 3 students of Yongji Elementary school in South Korea.

We have been linking to learn about Asia, which is a continent close to us. I think it is a great idea to learn Asian studies through this project, because learning about Asia is an important subject for us.

- Shuchi Maheshwari

Jennifer Hayes, Jeff Wilson and Meenakshi Krishnan


Prep - Year 2: Alpha Show 'The Hunch Back of Notre Dame'

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

As a part of the school curriculum students in Prep -Year 2 are being offered the wonderful opportunity of viewing the Alpha Shows ‘The Hunch Back of Notre Dame’. The show loosely follows the classic story of The Hunch Back of Notre Dame and explores the values of ‘Resilience, Bullying and Looking Beneath the Surface’ throughout the production. It encourages everyone to have fun as well as learning the process of standing up tall and working through things that get us down.

The show runs for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and the cast engage with students throughout the highly energetic show.

This incursion will take place in the school gym on Monday the 22nd of August. There will be a cost of $9.00 per student.

Please return this permission form together with $9.00 to cover the cost of the incursion by Wednesday the 17th of August 2016.

Thank You,

Prep - Year 2 Staff


3E's Global LYNCs Project (LYNC – Linking You through Net Communications)

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

During semester 2 year 3E with their teacher Mrs. Krishnan will be participating in the Global LYNCs project with another class in Korea.

The students have already had their first digital classroom lesson. Students and Teachers participated in a video-conference with children in their partnership class in Korea.

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

On the 14/06/16 class 3E Krishnan got the chance to participate in the Global LYNCs Project. We interacted with Yongji elementary school at Daegu District. While the time ran by, we got to introduce ourselves.

3E saw the class in the Korean school do a Hip-Hop dance as it was a popular dance in Korea. We told them our favourite Australian animals and mine was a Kangaroo. They showed us some Korean martial arts and they taught us some too! It was fun and we were sad to say bye.

It was a very exciting day and 3E was sooo happy at the end and so was I!

By Shanika

Today 14/06/16 in sessions 3 and 4, we did a kind of Skype with a South Korean School called Yongji Elementary School. This school is in Daegu (pronounced Daygoo) District and has about 1000 children and has a huge amount of land surrounding it, our class got to see lots of things in Korea as well as Daegu.

We got to learn some Korean martial arts skills as well as sharing our favorite animal posters we had made. They also asked some questions for us to answer. As well as Miss Krishnan, Jeff also helped with all the I.T. bits for us.

This Global LYNCs Project was very fun and I can’t wait for our next one on July 12.

By Don

Jeff Wilson


P-4 Assistant Principal’s News

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

1. Welcome

2. Parent Teacher Interviews

3. Prep Enrolments

4. Term Overviews

5. Olympics

I would like to take this opportunity to say welcome back to term three. I hope all families had time to make some special winter memories and that all students have returned feeling refreshed. I would also like to give a special welcome to all families who are new to the PCC community. Term three is only a ten-week term but is a very busy teaching and learning term, so be prepared for some hard work.

This is a reminder to all parents who have students in the Prep to Year Four area that we have Parent Teacher Interviews on Tuesday the 19th of July, starting at 3.15pm and running until 7.00pm.

I would like to encourage all parents who have children starting in prep next year to enrol them as soon as possible. This year our prep transition program is going to start much earlier than normal and letters will be going out this term about the transition program. If your child is not enrolled they will miss out on this very special opportunity.

All term overviews for this term are in this newsletter as well. Please go to your child’s year level to find out what the focus of this term will be.

The whole college will be having a very special Olympics theme this term. All students’ have been placed into countries and will be taking part in many different exciting events. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!

Marg Holness

P-4 Assistant Principal


Year 4 Bus Safety Excursion

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

On the 21st of June, some of the Year four students were chosen to go to the Southern Cross Station in the city for an excursion about bus safety. We went there because it was bus safety week and Bus Victoria chose Point Cook College to participate. We met Craig and Keith who work for Bus Victoria.

The first thing we did was watch a video about bus safety and how different people like kids, adults and elderly people use buses. We learnt not to push people at the bus stop and so there is no need to rush you should make sure that you leave home with plenty of time. We also learnt about what we should do on a bus like don't distract the driver, don't play around and if you don't have a seat stand and hold the handles or poles.

After that, we got a tour of a bus both inside and out. On the outside, we saw a big engine at the back of the bus, an emergency entry from the door and the new bike holder at the front of the bus. The bike holder is on a trial on some buses. Inside we saw emergency exits from the roof, door and two certain windows that you can break when you can't get out of the bus. The two windows you have to break are the first windows. The other way you'll know where the windows are is when you see the strange hammer near that window. The reason that you have to break those certain windows is because of the glass they are made of. If you break any random window, the glass will break into big shards. The windows that have a sign to break them are made of a different type of glass and they will shatter into tiny pieces and you won’t get hurt.

We learnt to make sure that the bus has COMPLETELY stopped before you can enter or exit. Some buses have special seats for people with special needs like pregnancy, the elderly, people with a disability or parents with prams. You need to stand up and let other people sit in those seats if they need them. Please remember that BUS SAFTEY is everyone's responsibility.

Thank you Bus Victoria for inviting us and also for the donation of $100 to our school.

Thanks again

Wendy and Amanda

Year 4 students


Prep's 100 Days of School Celebration

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

On Wednesday the 27th of July, Prep students will reach 100 days of school!

We are so pleased with all the work they have done that we have decided to hold a special ‘100 Days of School’ celebration. We are going to do lots of activities based on the number 100. As they have worked so hard we would like to let the children have a ‘rest’ by letting them wear their pajamas to school (as will the Prep teachers!).

To help support this special day we ask you to:

- Send your child in comfortable pajamas, with a dressing gown for extra warmth outside and sturdy slippers or shoes (they will still be playing outside, so they need to wear footwear they can play in).

- Help your child find something to do with the number 100 that they can bring to school - this could be 100 items (small ones e.g. buttons, beads etc.), something with the number 100 on it or even a photo of someone or something that is 100 years old!

We are looking forward to celebrating this special day!

The Prep Team