Community News

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Family BBQ & Activities Night

The PFA and PCC staff would like to thank all of the families who were able to take part in our first Family BBQ & Activities Night. It was fantastic to see so many of you making the most of the opportunity to spend time with your families and to meet other parents.

Thank you to the PFA and staff who helped to make the activity such a successful night.

Thank you also to Jazmiin and James, two of our Year 9 Senior Environmental Leaders, who led the organisation of our rubbish disposal at the event. They ensured co-mingling bins were available to recycle empty soft drink cans and water bottles and that rubbish bins were located around the College so that our event could be as environmentally friendly as possible.


Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 10th of April from 2-3pm.

Everyone is welcome, including younger children. Please meet at the office. If you have any questions please contact pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Thank you to our families who ordered Hot Cross Buns. We hope that you enjoy them.

Thank you for your support!

PCC PFA


Harmony Day

Thank you to the families who donated non-perishable food items and toiletries to West Welcome Wagon as part of our Harmony Day celebrations. West Welcome Wagon are a local not-for-profit group assisting families seeking asylum in the western suburbs. Your donations were greatly appreciated!

Thank you also to the parents who took the opportunity to come along to our afternoon tea. It was lovely to taste so many dishes that you shared from around the world!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal

Thank you to the students who donated a gold coin for the RCH as part of our casual dress day. Our donations will be given to the Point Cook CFA and added to the Point Cook community total. When we find out how much PCC raised and the Point Cook community total, we will share the total on our College Facebook page.

Entertainment Book Fundraiser

At the beginning of next term, we will be taking part in the Entertainment Book Fundraiser. The book includes a variety of discount vouchers that can be used at a number of locations around Melbourne. Each family will receive a book early next term so that you can have a look at it first before deciding if you would like to purchase the book. If you do not wish to buy the book, it just needs to be returned to the College. An app is also available if you prefer.

As we are heading into the holidays now, you might like to use the vouchers with your families over the break. The book is not available yet but you do have the opportunity to purchase the app now so that you can start using the vouchers over the holidays. If you wish to purchase the app now, please follow this link for the PCC fundraising page - http://www.entbook.com.au/9r19237

Working with Children’s Check

There are many ways that parents and carers can be involved at PCC. You may like help with events such as our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls or our Twilight Market or maybe you would like to join our PFA. You might also be interested in becoming a classroom helper after completing the Parent Helper training run by the College.

To take part in any of these opportunities, you will need a valid Working with Children Check. The Working with Children Check is free and it’s easy to apply. Go to http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and register as a volunteer. When you receive your card in the mail, please take it to our administration staff who will photocopy it for our records.

If you would like assistance to apply, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au

Community Gardening Group

My name is Sarah Moore and I am the gardening specialist at PCC. I have a Diploma of Horticulture and a Degree in Environmental Science (honours). I have worked in the College Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for 5 years.

I will be holding a 1 hour session each fortnight in the garden to allow for an exchange of gardening ideas and concepts, and to pass on skills to those who which to learn about gardening. We will start with the basic gardening concepts and slowly build on our knowledge and skills in the garden.

This program will run on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. Please forward me your expressions of interest so that I can determine the start date and the topics to cover. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


Assistant Principal Specialist News

  • Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

This term has flown by and the Specialist team have really enjoyed being able to offer your children many exciting opportunities. The Physical Education Team have worked non-stop running their day-to-day program as well as attending the 4-6 District Swimming Carnival, the Divisional Swimming Carnival, Year 6 & 7 Summer Sports program and Mr Brennan has also fitted in a day of Surfing with the Year 9 Outdoor education students. This week he is running the Year 8 Camp at Phillip Island.

The cast has been chosen and the rehearsals for this year’s musical ‘Aladdin’ are well on their way. Ms Cachia, Ms Leech and Puc Elie are currently working with this list of talented students you will be seeing on stage later this year, you might even know some of them:

On Tuesday 13th March I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Melbourne GRIP student leadership Conference with our Senior SLC students. The conference has been developed to assist in preparing student leaders for the role they are undertaking this year. The following is what they found to be the most important piece of information from their day:

Mina Dragovic 8B

One thing that I learnt while being at the GRIP conference is that everyone will have positive and negative aspects about your ideas and suggestions. And that is one thing I will remember while being in this amazing position.

Jemma Tapp 9A

I learnt that to be a productive group we must not only be team mates but friends as well and that we need to review often and honestly to improve.

Ella Pettigrove 9A

The main thing that I took back from the day was that our team needs to be friends not just team mates. I think that this will make a dramatic difference in the way that we communicate and trust each other and will ultimately make our team more effective and efficient.

Devika Karuna 9A

From today’s conference, the most important thing that I took from it was the ‘transforming my capacity part’. I found it really eye opening that as leaders you should understand your strengths and use them to your advantage in order to get things done. In addition to strategies on prioritising jobs, that could guide us throughout this year. I never really considered these aspects of the role and I’m excited to apply them this year.

Victoria Bal 9A

What I found most important from the GRIP conference was the elective on transforming the effectiveness of our team. It taught me the most, that as a team we must work as friends and not just teammates to be the most effective. It also allowed me to get an insight on what true teamwork should look like and work.

Sophia Sadie 8A

What I took away from this conference was that there several areas in which leadership encourages and acts to excel at: Integrity, Event Participation, School Pride, Capacity and Effectiveness. All of which can, at times, be difficult to maintain or even understand. What I understood was that there were basic and simple ways to help us in excelling in, or have a grip on these areas.

Example:

Integrity: 1. Admit mistakes. 2.Follow through on promises. 3.Back up on words with actions. 4. Display values always.

Mark Putter 9B

I found improving school pride was an extremely important piece of information I took home.

On behalf of the Specialist Team I would like to wish all or our families at Point Cook a Happy Easter and a safe and relaxing holiday. We look forward to working with you in Term 2.

Jenni Gigas

Acting Assistant Principal

Specialist Program/ Studies of Asia


Assistant Principal Specialist News

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

The Specialist program is off and running and I’m sure your children have come home and discussed some of the exciting things they have been learning in their specialist classes (how to make circuits make light bulbs switch on in Science, what a traditional Indonesian bath in Indonesian is like and cooking and tasting some amazing home grown produce in the SAKG program).

The Performing Arts Team have just completed the Audition Process for this year’s College musical ‘Aladdin Jr’. The first rehearsal was on Thursday 1st March and the entire cast received a visit from College Principal Mr Vetere who wished them well for the exciting adventure they are about to make in to the world of musical theatre. The musical is on the 7th and 8th of September and there will be more information regarding ticket sales to the performance as we get closer to the date.

This is a friendly reminder to all students in P-6 that you must wear a College Sun Smart hat during Terms 1 and 4 for P.E and take a water bottle for all P.E lessons. In Visual Arts students from P-8 are required to wear an art smock to their classes.

Ms Robyn Cairns (Green Gang & Senior Environmental Leaders), Ms Sally Hill (E-Leaders), Ms Amy Vanbraam (House Captains Program) and I (Student Leadership Council) have been amazed and excited by the amount of students who have applied for leadership positions at PCC. We are so proud of all of our students who have put their hand up to be a part of the wonderful student leadership teams/programs we will have at PCC in 2018. On Tuesday the 6th of March our House Captains and other senior students attended the Wyndham East Youth Forum with a variety of schools in the area to discuss issues important to them. On Tuesday 13th March the College Captains and Senior SLC members will be attending the Victorian GRIP Youth Conference at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre along with over 1000 other student leaders from throughout Victoria.

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 students who represented PCC when competing at the Hobson’s Bay Secondary Division Swim Carnival in Moonee Ponds on Monday 5th March. We would also like to wish the Year 4-6 students’ good luck for Thursday 8th March when they represent PCC at the Primary District Swimming Carnival at Werribee Outdoor Pool.

We have had more information from our Indonesian partnership school SMP1 Singaraja regarding the students and teachers who will be visiting us this year. The feedback from our host families of 2016 was extremely positive and we hope the experience this year will be the same. SMP1 Singaraja are intending to send 25 students (13 boys and 12 girls) and 4 teachers from 23rd August to 5th September. They are requiring homestay from the 23rd to the 29th August (6 nights), they will then attend a 2 night camp in the Yarra Valley (visiting Healesville Sanctuary and if you are providing homestay for one of the visiting students your child [if in year 5-9] will also have the opportunity to attend the camp) and the rest of their trip will consist of a city camp after their time at PCC.

Please contact the College on 83487100 if your family would like to assist the school in providing accommodation for the visiting students during this time.

Jenni Gigas

Acting Assistant Principal

Specialist Program/ Studies of Asia


Community News

  • Friday, March 09, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Parents & Friends Association (PFA)

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 13th of March from 2-3pm.

Everyone is welcome, including younger children. Please meet at the office. If you have any questions please contact pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

The PFA are running a Bakers Delight Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser. There are 5 flavours to select from and they are $7 per packet. Orders will be delivered in the last week of this term and will be available for collection from the College.

If you would like to place an order, please follow the link below or access it via our Facebook page. Please note that orders can only be made through TryBooking which will close at 4pm on Monday the 19th of March.

https://www.trybooking.com/UKGA

Thank you for your support!

PCC PFA


Harmony Day

On Wednesday the 21st of March, we will be celebrating Harmony Day. This is a nationwide, annual event which promotes cultural diversity with the message, ‘everyone belongs.’ Harmony Day is important to our College because we are a very multicultural school with over 60 languages spoken within the PCC community. Approximately 50% of our families speak a main language other than English at home and many of our English speaking families, have made Point Cook their home after arriving in Australia from a variety of countries around the world.

As part of our Harmony Day celebrations, parents and carers are invited to a special afternoon tea. Families are invited to bring a plate of food from their cultural background to share. The afternoon tea will be held from 2-3pm. Please meet at the office. Younger children are also welcome.

We will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries for West Welcome Wagon who are a local not-for-profit group assisting families seeking asylum in the western suburbs. Families are invited send donations to the College during the week of 19th – 23rd of March. The items most needed at the moment include full cream UHT milk, vegetable oil, long grain & basmati rice, dry chickpeas & lentils, tea, coffee, salt, pepper, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary pads and cleaning products.

Thank you in advance for your support. Further information will be available closer to the date.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Working with Children’s Check

There are many ways that parents and carers can be involved at PCC. You may like help with events such as our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls or our Twilight Market or maybe you would like to join our PFA. You might also be interested in becoming a classroom helper after completing the Parent Helper training run by the College.

To take part in any of these opportunities, you will need a valid Working with Children Check. The Working with Children Check is free and it’s easy to apply. Go to http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/ and register as a volunteer. When you receive your card in the mail, please take it to our administration staff who will photocopy it for our records. If you would like assistance to apply, please contact me to arrange a suitable time.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community Gardening Group

My name is Sarah Moore and I am the gardening specialist at PCC. I have a Diploma of Horticulture and a Degree in Environmental Science (honours). I have worked in the College Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for 5 years.

I will be holding a 1 hour session each fortnight in the garden to allow for an exchange of gardening ideas and concepts, and to pass on skills to those who which to learn about gardening. We will start with the basic gardening concepts and slowly build on our knowledge and skills in the garden.

This program will run on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. Please forward me your expressions of interest so that I can determine the start date and the topics to cover. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore