Prep Scienceworks Excursion Report

  • Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Last week students in Prep visited The Scienceworks Museum as part of our P-2 STEAM inquiry. During our excursion, students participated in a program called the ‘Toys and Forces Show'. We learnt all about the forces involved in making toys move and we had a lot of fun trying differnt toys that fly, spin and spring. We found out that toys move when we give them a push or a pull.

Students also got to explore other parts of Scienceworks such as the Nitty Gritty Super City and Sportsworks. Here are some of the students' thoughts on the day:

Taksh (Prep A) - 'I played in the city and I saw the whole lego city of Melbourne. I used the digger with my friend to pick up lots of balls.'

Dave (Prep B) - 'The piano played music all by itself! The bus ride was lots fun!'

Darcy (Prep C) - 'I liked the space walk where the man was in the box asleep. We got to see how toys do stuff. I got to throw the beach ball to Cooper.'

Taha (Prep D) - 'I liked the ship in the super city because I like pirate ships and they fight badies.'

Anaya (Prep E) - 'I liked when we were playing upstairs, I played with the blocks and a wheelbarrow to make a wall.'

Sabreet (Prep F) - 'Science can help build things that are hard. I liked when we went to play in the city and I saw the creatures in the glass.'

Pippa (Prep G) - 'We watched the toy show. The girl held the toys and used force to make them move. I liked the ball because it bounces.'

Ethan (Prep H) - 'I liked the running race with my friends. I liked the basketball too!'


A big thanks goes to all of the helpers who came along and joined in the fun!

Rachel Wood


P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

School Uniform

Prep Excursion to Scienceworks

Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert

Prep to Year 4 Camping Programs

Prep Celebrations Concert

Prep to Year Four End of Year Assembly

Extra Curricular Activities Calendar


This is just a reminder to all parents that there is an expectation that all students wear the correct school uniform and the correct combinations of the uniform at all times. As it is term four there is also the expectation that all students have the correct hat to wear at school. We are a Sun Smart school and no hat means no play. If you are unsure about the uniform please check our school website for further information.

On the 3rd and 4th of November all prep students had an excursion to Scienceworks. It was wonderful to wave goodbye to all students as they left the school for this exciting day out. It was clear to see the excitement on their faces and the prep teachers told me that all the students had a great day out.

This is just a reminder about the Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert, which is taking place on the 22nd of November. All students and staff involved have put many hours of hard work into this concert and all students are very excited to be a part of this great show. We look forward to seeing many parents sharing this special event with us.

This is the first year all students in years Prep to Four will be taking part in a camping program. On the 24th and 25th of November, it will be the Year Three Camping Program. The Year Four Camping Program will be on the 5th and 6th of December. The Prep to Year Two Camping Program will be on the 15th and 16th of December. If you need extra information about these programs, please see your child’s homeroom teacher. Further notes and information will follow. It is very important to note that only the year two, three and four students actually sleep over at school.

The prep students and the Performing Arts teachers are practising for the annual Prep Celebration Concert. This exciting event will be held on Monday the 12th of December at 2.15pm in the gym.

The end of year assembly for the prep to year four students will be held on Wednesday the 14th of December starting at 9.15am in the gym. The prep, year one and year two musical theatre group will put on a special performance of ‘ The Hungry Caterpillar.’

It is important to constantly check the Extra Curricular Activities Calendar, which is on the College Website as it does get updated when new activities are planned. On the website, you will find it under the following:

• Click on Our College

• You will then see the word Plans in blue and the third dot point under plans you will see the calendar

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4


Year 2 and 4 Concert 2016

  • Sunday, November 06, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Please note the tickets will be sold until the 11/11/2016 or until sold out.

Year 2 Concert 2016

Year 4 Concert 2016


P-4 Assistant Principal News

  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Book Fair

Prep to Year 2 Musical Theatre Group Performance

Year 1 and 2 Ceres Incursion

Prep Excursion to Scienceworks

Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert

Prep to Year 4 Camping Programs

Extra Curricular Activities Calendar 


Point Cook College is having a Book Fair on the 25th, 26th and 27th of October and we would love some parent helpers to help out before and after school if possible. If you are able to help out, please see Sonja Faust in the library as soon as possible.

On Friday at our Twilight Market, our Prep to Year Two Musical Theatre Group performed on stage. It was delightful to see so many of our students having the confidence to perform in front of a crowd and thoroughly enjoy themselves. I would like to thank two of our teachers who managed all of the performances on the night – Rebecca Clark and Annika Kononen.

All of our Year One and Two students were fortunate enough to have an incursion led by the staff from Ceres – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. It was a wonderful incursion, which had strong links to their Inquiry unit and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our Prep students are really looking forward to their excursion to Scienceworks. Four grades will go on Thursday the 3rd of November (Preps C, D, G and H) and the other four grades will go on Friday the 4th of November.

This is just a reminder about the Year Two, Four and Year Nine Pathways Concert, which is taking place on the 22nd of November. All students and staff involved have put many hours of hard work into this concert and all students are very excited to be a part of this great show. We look forward to seeing many parents sharing this special event with us.

This is the first year all students in years Prep to Four will be taking part in a camping program.

On the 24th and 25th of November, it will be the Year Three Camping Program.

The Year Four Camping Program will be on the 5th and 6th of December.

The Prep to Year Two Camping Program will be on the 15th and 16th of December.

If you need extra information about these programs, please see your child’s homeroom teacher. Further notes and information will follow.

It is important to constantly check the Extra Curricular Activities Calendar, which is on the College Website as it does get updated when new activities are planned. On the website, you will find it under the following:

• Click on Our College

• Click on College Policies & Accountabilites in the drop down tab

• You will then see the word Plans in blue and the third dot point under plans you will see the calendar

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4


Prep Scienceworks Excursion

  • Sunday, October 09, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Dear Prep Parents/Carers,

As a part of our next unit of Inquiry on technology, the Preps will be going on an excursion to the Scienceworks. During our excursion, students will participate in a program called ‘Toys and Forces Show’ and general viewing of exhibitions. Students will explore the mechanics of toys and movement and relate them to their learning in Inquiry.

Students must bring their snack, their lunch and a throw away water bottle in a labelled plastic bag. Any special medication should be given to your child’s classroom teacher. Students must attend in full school uniform and should wear comfortable shoes.

It is advised that students DO NOT bring any money, as they will not be going into the canteen or the gift shop.

Please note that some classes will attend on a different day. 

Details of this event are:

Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 - Prep C, D, G and H

Date: Friday 4th November 2016 - Prep A, B, E and F

Venue: Scienceworks- 2 Booker Street, Spotswood 3015

Time: Leaving school at 9.10 am. Returning to school by 2:45 pm.

Please return the compass permission form with $20.00 to cover transport and admission fees into Scienceworks, by no later than the Friday 28th October, 2016. If you require a permission form please visit compass or see your child's homeroom teacher.

Thank You,

Prep Team


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