Assistant Principal News P-4 May 20th 2016

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

P-4 Assistant Principal News


2. Assembly

At Point Cook College we promote School Wide Positive Behaviours and we have four behaviours we expect to see at all times. These are:

• We are Learners

• We are Responsible

• We are Respectful

• We are Safe

As adults in this College community, it is vitally important that we always demonstrate these four behaviours. It is really important that we support our School Crossing Supervisors by using these behaviours when driving around our College community before and after school. If we all use these behaviours all our students will be safe and this is our top priority. I urge you all to help us to keep everyone safe. Thank you.

I have heard that some parents take it upon themselves to confront other students and parents in the yard or at the YMCA over incidents that have happened at school. If as a parent you are not happy with something that has happened, please follow the Grievance Policy which is on the College website and follow procedures correctly. There are only five short steps to follow. Please do NOT confront students or other adults and always use our four expected behaviours when communicating with others.

To celebrate all the wonderful work our P-4 students have done this semester we will be holding a formal assembly on Monday the 20th of June, starting at 9.15am in the gym. At this assembly this semester, we will be having a special performance from the Year 1 and 2 Musical Theatre Group.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Hawk Moth Caterpillar - Sighted

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • David Williams

This week Sienna and Summer found three hawk moth caterpillars in their grape vines whilst in their Garden class with Mrs Moore. They were vert excited and did some research to then write the below report.

Grapevine Hawk Moth Caterpillar


Grapevine Hawk Moth Caterpillars come in different colours including green, brown, red or dark grey. They have an eye spot on each side of their first segment so when they grow into an adult, they can scare off predators. They caterpillars can grow up to 5cm. The moth's wingspan can grow up to 6cm. The moths are nocturnal.

What do they do when they are disturbed?

When the caterpillars are disturbed , they curl up into a 'c' shape, and tucks its head into their thorax to make it look like a well, doo-doo.Then the predators won't eat the caterpillars.


The moth has a long tongue used for sucking up nectar. The caterpillar feeds on grapevines. Although it eats grapevines, it doesn't eat the grapes. This is because the grapes are too hard for their teeth to bite.


The larva can be green, yellowish green or even brown. The larva can grow to 4mm long when they hatch. They also have a small red spike on their tail.


The caterpillars and moths are found in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. You will find them in woodlands, meadows, gardens and farmlands. Their habitat types are terrestrial.

How we felt

When we first saw the caterpillars, we were scared and excited at the same time. We took into the environmental science room and put them in a tank full of grape leaves and grapevines.

The End By Summer and Sienna 4B

Active Kids Lacrosse Incursion

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • David Williams

On Friday 12th and 13th of May, year four students continued their exploration of different sports. Coaches from the Victorian Lacrosse Association, worked with students to try out Lacrosse skills. The state coach said 'There were a number of children who could be great players.

Active kids is a partnership program with Wyndham Council that aims to promote healthy lifestyle for students and their families.

For community members who are interested in joining a Lacrosse club the Wyndham Lacrosse club flyer is available.

Jeff Wilson

Assistant Principal News P-4 May 2016

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016
  • Rachel Wood


This is just a reminder to all parents who have children in years three; five, seven and nine that next week is NAPLAN week. On Tuesday the students will be doing Language Conventions and Writing. On Wednesday they will do Reading and on Thursday they will do Numeracy. Please note that these tests will start at 9 o’clock, so all students need to be at school on time please. If a student misses a test or tests, they will have the opportunity to catch up ONE Test on Friday morning. If you would like your child to do a catch up test, please put it in writing to their class teacher, whom will then give it to me, so as I can arrange for that catch up test to be done. The only catch up day will be Friday the 13th of May 2016.

NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. It is important to remember that NAPLAN tests are not pass/fail tests. At the classroom level it is one of a number of important tools used by teachers to measure student progress.

Information specifically for parents and carers can be found in the 2016 NAPLAN information brochure for parents and carers ( 124kb).

NAPLAN results

Schools will receive NAPLAN reports for their students from mid-August to mid-September, depending on their state or territory test administration authority. The school will notify you when the reports are being sent home. The same report format is used for every student in Australia.

How is NAPLAN performance measured?

NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, and is designed to illustrate the range of student performance across the country. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia. Preparation for NAPLAN

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure that students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance. Excessive preparation is not useful and can lead to unnecessary anxiety.

NAPLAN tests are constructed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate skills they have learned over time through the school curriculum, and NAPLAN test days should be treated as just another routine event on the school calendar. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day.

“No one really likes tests or exams. Here are a few tips,” says Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist

1. Remember everyone gets stressed during tests and everyone has to learn how to manage these feelings.

2. Know that stress is your body’s way of getting ready to take on a challenge and perform at your best. “Stress can help us to perform at high levels - as long as we know how to keep it in check” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

3. Write down your concerns about the upcoming test as questions – and then write answers to those questions. “Just writing out your fears, getting them out of your head and onto some paper helps you to gain some perspective” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

4. Focus on doing your best with the questions in front of you, rather than thinking about how you did in past tests. “Performance in any area requires presence- focus on what you have to do right now” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

5. If you breathe out and count silently, “one thousand, two thousand, three thousand”, you will start to feel calmer. “The part of our calming system is activated when we breathe out slowly” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

6. Maintaining a powerful posture sends a signal to your brain that tells it you are feeling in charge of things. “Your brain is extremely clever but it can also be pretty stupid. It believes what you tell it. If you hold a power posture your brain notices and decides that you are feeling fine and lowers the levels of stress” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

7. Eat breakfast – a mix of protein (like eggs) and carbohydrates (like toast). “Usually a higher protein, lower carbohydrate mix increases memory, concentration and energy” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

8. Drink water. Avoid energy drinks, which may interfere with your levels of concentration. “Energy drinks increase your levels of adrenaline making you feel wired. If you are feeling stressed you are better to drink water as it reduces your levels of cortisol – the stress hormone” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

9. Get a good night’s sleep. “Before a test or exam it’s best to get a good night’s sleep.” Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

10. Remember that tests and exams are important, but they are not the big predictors of life – Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist.

Mother’s Day Afternoon

On Friday afternoon it was great to see so many prep to year two mums come in for a special mother’s day afternoon. It was great to see the students proudly showing their mums their homeroom and then pampering them with a special treat. I hope that all mums have a wonderful day on Sunday. I know that your children will spoil you. Enjoy the day.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Assistant Principal News P-4 April 2016

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

I would like to start by saying “Welcome back” to all our families in Years Prep to Four. A very special “Welcome” to all families that are new to Point Cook College. Term Two is the longest term of the year, as it is eleven weeks long. It is a very busy teaching and learning term and all year levels will be very hard at work.

On Thursday night we held Parent Teacher Interviews for all students in years one, two, three and four and I was delighted to see so many families coming to school to meet with the teacher. These interviews are a wonderful opportunity to discuss your child with their teacher.

It has been wonderful to see so many of our year three and four students come to school with their iPads. It has been very unfortunate that on some days we have students coming to school without their iPads because they have done something wrong at home. Ipads in year three and four are part of the every day teaching and learning program and if they are not at school it impacts on the child for that day. Please send the iPads to school every day. Thank you for your understanding in this regard.

This is a reminder to all parents who have students in years three, five, seven and nine that Naplan is in the week starting Monday the ninth of May.

Here is a list of the dates and times of the Naplan Program.

Tuesday 10th May 2016

1. Language Conventions 9.15am

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 45 min

Yr 9: 45 min

2. Writing 11.30am

Yr 3: 40 min

Yr 5: 40 min

Yr 7: 40 min

Yr 9: 40 min

Wednesday 11th May 2016

3. Reading 9.15am

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7: 65 min

Yr 9: 65 min

Thursday 12th May

4. Numeracy 9.15am

Yr 3: 45 min

Yr 5: 50 min

Yr 7 (calculator) 40 min

Yr 9 (calculator) 40 min

Yr 7 (non-calculator) 40 min

Yr 9 (non-calculator) 40 min

Please read the letter in the link below for more information.

Sample Naplan letter to parents

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Premier's Reading Challenge 2016

  • Monday, March 21, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

The Premier's Reading Challenge is on again for 2016. Students challenge themselves to see if they can read a set number of books before it finishes in September. Two thirds of the books must be on the Challenge booklists with the remainder being free choice.

If your children are in Years 1 & 2 and are struggling with reading, books may be read to them instead.

Upon successful completion of the challenge students can consent to have their name printed on an online honour roll and to receive a certificate. Registration / consent forms are available at the library. Prep students will have already received one.

Sonja Faust

Assistant Principal News P-4 March 2016

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • David Williams

I am still noticing a large number of students arriving late for school. It is vital that your child arrives at school on time, to ensure that their learning and the learning of their classmates is not disrupted. The school day begins at 8.40am, when your child’s homeroom teacher will open the door to allow your child to come into the room to prepare for learning. Learning time officially begins at 8.50am, no students should be arriving later than this and we ask that all parents be out of the room by this time to allow for teaching and learning to start.

On Thursday the 24th of March we will be holding our annual Prep Easter Hat Parade. Students will be making hats, masks or headbands in their homerooms, however we encourage students to be creative and make hats at home if they would like to. Parents are invited to join the Easter festivities in the gym from 9am to 10am and help celebrate a wonderful first term for our prep students.

I am very often out on yard duty and I am very disappointed to see that a large number of our prep to year four students are not wearing our school hat. This has especially surprised me this week, as it has been extremely hot. I speak from first hand experience about the damage that the sun can cause at a very young age and the consequences of it are not very pleasant at all. I strongly encourage all parents to ensure that their child has the correct hat at school.

The staff of the YMCA has asked me to remind all of our parents not to park in their car park before or after school. This is to ensure the safety of all the very young students who use this facility.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal P-4

Environmental Science P-4

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2016
  • Rachel Wood

Year Fours in Environmental Science and the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program

Year 4 students have been investigating our school garden insects by taking part in insect audits and researching an insect from our audit.

Comparisons audits were conducted with the food garden and other parts of the school yard. We have found the majority of insects in our food garden. There has been lots of discussion on what attracts insects to our gardens. We wouldn’t have dragonflies and damselflies in our school yard if we had no wetland.

Year Ones in Environmental Science

Year ones have been learning about Bees this term and last week we played the pollination game to learn about how insects pollinate. Students enjoyed dressing up as different pollinators and flying from sunflower to sunflower.

Robyn Cairns

Assistant Principal News P-4 February 2016

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • David Williams

I would like to remind all parents that our morning starts at 8.50am. As soon as the bell goes, the first lesson of the day begins. The beginning of the day is a very important part of the day for all students as this is when all details of the day are discussed so as the child is prepared for the day ahead. It is extremely important that all students are at school by then to hear this important information. This is even more important for anxious children as once they know what to expect for the day they feel more settled. Most children hate entering the room once the day has begun. I know that there are times when unexpected happenings cause parents to be late but I urge all parents to drop their students off to school in a timely manner.

Our prep teachers are going to be holding friendship clubs on Wednesday and Friday during recess and lunch. This is a voluntary club for students who are anxious about going out into the yard or who are experiencing difficulty in the yard. During these clubs the prep teachers will help the prep students with strategies for developing friendships and building relationships.

There will be an Easter Hat Parade for all prep students on Thursday the 24th of February at 9am in the gym. I look forward to seeing all the excited prep students at this special event.

Marg Holness

Assistant Principal

Prep Newsletter Term 1 2016

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
  • David Williams

The Prep term1 newsletter is now available for you to read.