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

Assistant Principal P-4 News June 17th

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

End of Semester Assembly

Encouragement, Not Just Praise

Happy Holiday

This is a reminder to all our prep to year four families, that our end of semester one assembly will take place in the gym starting at 9 o’clock on Monday the 20th of June. Please note the change of time from 9.15am to 9.00am. At this assembly, we will be introducing our Junior School Captains, our Student Representative Council members as well as our House Captains. They are:

Junior School Captains – Kaeli Cathery (4C) and Peter Jefferies (4G)

Year Two SRC members – Hannah Ellis (2A) and Andy He (2E)

Year Three SRC members – Jake Boniwell Lombardero (3F) and Melissa Rademeyer (3C)

Year Four SRC members – Sienna Lee (4C) and Aiden Dumesny (4F)

House Captains - Eric Bararia, Amelia Dalton, Nihal Dhaliwal, Stacey Sinclair, Cedere McMiller, Grady Cooper, Hope MacMillan and Patrick Brealey.

We will also be having a performance from the year one and two musical theatre group.

Encouragement, Not Just Praise

It may sound strange to consider not always praising our children. However, constant praise that implies everything is always “great, wonderful, fantastic and good” sometimes becomes a bit overdone.

Using encouraging phrases often helps children to keep trying even when things aren’t great. It also acknowledges that the effort, the attempt, the act of having a go and working on something is worthy of acknowledgement, even if it doesn’t always work out. Encouragement helps build resilience and self-esteem and models for children that it is productive and constructive to have a go - even if you don’t always achieve the intended outcome. Praise and encouragement are both lovely for children but encouragement is often underdone and praise is often overdone. Finding the balance is the key!

Some examples of encouraging phrases and comments:

• I can see you have tried hard with that today.

• I like the way you had a go.

• I can see you have had to try really hard with that.

• I like the way you kept trying.

• I wonder if there is another way you could try to make that work.

• I enjoyed playing together with you today.

• I know you are finding this hard. Perhaps there is another way...!

• How do you feel you went with that today?

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students a very happy holiday. Stay warm and safe and we look forward to seeing you back here after the holidays.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Year 3 & 4 Debating

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016
  • David Williams

This term and continuing into next term a number of students across Years 3 and 4 have been participating in extra-curricular internal debating.

On Monday the 23rd of May a number of these students participated in an ‘Introduction to Debating’ workshop presented by the Debaters Association of Victoria. Throughout the day we discovered the ‘Method, Matter and Manner’ of debating and had a lot of fun trying out our new powers of persuasion. This week we have started looking into the construction of an argument on the topic of pocket money and next week we are focusing on our rebuttal with the topic of ‘University should be mandatory’.

Debating teams meet every Tuesday at recess and should be congratulated for their commitment. We look forward to celebrating their achievements and inviting you to watch them in action later in the year.

Rachel Pontiffs

Assistant Principal’s News P-4 June 3rd 2016

  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016
  • Rachel Wood


P-4 Semester One Assembly

Self Esteem

I feel that it is very important for students to have a healthy level of self-esteem. Children who have a well developed self-esteem appear to be able to handle day to day situations a lot easier than children who have low self-esteem. Here are some ways parents can help develop their child’s self-esteem.


Children’s feelings of self – worth or self – esteem influence their happiness, success at school and the way they relate with others. Their self – esteem is influenced by their experiences of success and the messages they receive from those around them. Children with a healthy level of self – esteem usually take sensible risks and extend themselves more, as they have a realistic view of mistakes. Failure doesn’t reflect on them personally, they are still OK and they won’t fall apart when things don’t go their way. Children with a healthy self – esteem tend to be more resilient and cope better with problems and any changes that may occur.

• Develop independence in children. Allow children to do things for themselves as soon as they are able. This sends a powerful message that you think that they are capable and able to take some control over their world.

• Celebrate children’s efforts and achievements in an enjoyable way. Have a display space at home for schoolwork, art and awards they have received . Change the display frequently and make sure that each child’s efforts are represented.

• Send frequent positive messages to children. Focus on their strengths rather than criticising weaknesses and continually pointing out misbehaviour. When providing feedback mention a strength first : ‘Mathew, I like the way you put expression in your voice when you read. Now let’s work on some of these words you are having trouble with.’

• Value your children’s ideas, thoughts and opinions. Listen to them and help them to express their feelings and thoughts. Accept rather than reject their ideas even though you may disagree with them.

• Help children experience success by breaking complex tasks into achievable goals. For instance, a young child can learn to make a bed by first arranging teddies, smoothing the doona and progressing from them.

P-4 Assembly

This is a reminder about our P-4 Assembly for semester one. It will be held on Monday the 20th of June in the gym. This assembly will start at 9.15am.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4