Point Cook College – NAPLAN Preparation

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

In order to provide every student with their best opportunity to shine in the upcoming NAPLAN, we have a whole school approach to familiarisation and understanding of the test genres.

All teachers of Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 will work with their leaders to develop and implement a consistent, intensive approach to NAPLAN.

Students will be given the opportunity to:

• Use previous booklets to support their exposure to the assessment

• Sit practice test situations, to develop their stamina and make them comfortable with the environment required for the assessments to take place

• Do their best and value the opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a supportive and encouraging environment

During Numeracy and Literacy sessions students will be exposed to previous Math and Language Convention questions as a warm-up task. Teachers will lead students through examining what the questions are asking, keywords within the question, the strategies students already know that they can utilize to answer the questions and how to respond to multiple choice questions.

During Reading sessions, teachers will use previous text booklets to support students to develop strategies that will support them to answer the questions accurately. This will involve encouraging students to read the piece of text twice prior to answering the question. When answering the question refer back to the text, looking at the images, title, and determining the text type to assist them. Time management will also be a key focus for our student's preparation.

Teachers will also give students a minimum of 2 timed writing practice assessments to allow for them to assimilate into the test environment. Teachers will give opportunities for both guided writing time (teacher assisted) and non-guided time (NAPLAN protocols, no teacher assistance) to support student’s capacity to complete the writing assessment.

In addition to this teachers will also be supporting students with the development of mindfulness strategies. At Point Cook College we value the importance of mindfulness and will be encouraging our students to have a balance between ‘practice’ and ‘play’. This is not limited to but will include utilizing programs such as Smiling Minds, encouraging the regular drinking of water, healthy eating and looking after our physical health to assist with our brain function.

This preparation will go for a 2 week period, with the majority of classes commencing this preparation in week 3 of term 2.

Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any further queries in regards to NAPLAN.

Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Creating a Positive Climate for Learning

One of the key elements of our new Strategic Plan is to creative a positive and stimulating learning environment where students are supported to achieve academic, physical, social and emotional growth. We aim to do this by developing strong relationships, providing authentic learning practices and having high and consistent expectations.

Our commitment to SWPBS over the past four years has established a consistent framework of expected behaviours and provided a solid platform on which to build.

We are excited to have commenced the next instalment yesterday, with the first of four Curriculum Days over the next two years with a focus on the Berry St Education Model, or BSEM for short.

BSEM is a researched based, trauma informed approach to building proactive, strength based classrooms. It aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing by building self esteem, resilience, growth mindset, increased engagement and attendance and the capacity for long term, healthy relationships.

The key elements of the model, Body, Relationships, Engagement, Stamina and Character, embed strategies which are designed to strengthen relationships and build acceptance, connectedness and belonging.

On Day One we focused on Body, which involves understanding physical and emotional responses to stress through self-regulation, the use of personal de-escalation strategies and engaging in mindfulness opportunities throughout the school day.

We are now looking forward to Day Two training in July, which will have a focus on Relationships, the core element of the Berry St Model.


With the cooler weather upon us please remember to check the Uniform Policy and Guidelines for appropriate uniform combinations. Note that the tights may only be worn with the checked pinafore or Senior tunic, not the school dress. Don’t forget to clearly label all removable items to ensure they can be returned to your child if misplaced.

Student Eye Checks

When students have learning difficulties in the classroom, poor eyesight can often be part of the problem.

Recent statistics show that 1 in 6 students have eye conditions that go undetected.

Later this term we hope to offer access to the Student Eyecare Program. The program would see an optometrist onsite during school hours to provide students with a free comprehensive eye examination, covered through Medicare. All particpants will receive a full report about their eye health and a prescription will be provided if glasses are required.

At this stage we are seeeking an expression of interest to see how many of our families are keen on participating. The program will be offered based on the level of interest shown. To register your interest please do so by going to the link provided below before Wednesday 8th May


Robyn Fincher

Community News

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

The Entertainment Book Fundraiser

Thank you to the families who have already purchased The Entertainment digital or book membership. We hope that you enjoy the discount vouchers!

If you do not wish to purchase the book that was sent home, could you please return it to the College.

Thank you for your support.

Mother’s Day Stall

Our annual Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th of May. We will have a large variety of items for students to select from ranging in price from $1 to $5 each. Students are required to bring their money in a wallet, purse or envelope which has been clearly labelled with their name and homeroom. Students will also need to bring their own shopping bag. The PFA would like to invite any parents or grandparents who are available to assist at the stall to volunteer. If you can help for an hour or two at any time between 8.30am- 3pm on either or both days, it would be appreciated!

Please note that you will need a current Working with Children’s Check. If you are able to help please email pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au or contact Rebecca Thornton at the College so that we can add you to our roster.

Parents and Friends Association

PFA meetings are held every second Tuesday from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. It is a great opportunity for you to meet other families, share your ideas and support our College programs and activities. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 1st of May.

If you have any questions please contact the PFA at- pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au

Subway lunch orders

We will be offering Subway lunch orders on the following dates this term:

Friday 11th May

Friday 1st June

Friday 29th June

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before these dates. We prefer that orders are paid through Compass. Your child needs to ensure that they return the order form they will receive so that the Subway staff know what to make them for lunch!

Community Gardening Group

Hi all,

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 school Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for 5 years.

I am holding a fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden to allow for an exchange of gardening ideas and concepts, and to pass on skills to those who which to learn about gardening. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is also a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships.

This program will run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am, starting May 2nd. This first session we will be focusing on herbs. I am hoping that we will be able to create new plants and collect seeds that can then be donated to the West Welcome Wagon for families in need to start their own gardens.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is:


Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore

2018 Cyber Safety Day

  • Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Term 2 has started bigger and better this year with the college celebrating its annual whole school Cyber Safety Day on Wednesday 18th April. All classes from around the school participated on the day from Preps learning about the internet and receiving their iPad licenses to year 8 and 9 students engaged in an amazing Dot Com workshop from the team at Project Rockit.

The eLeaders also ran a whole school activity which resulted in every student at PCC making a pledge to stop cyber bullying, writing it on their hand print and placing it on a wall in our green screen space. There are over 1500 handprints up to see and WOW what an impact!

Our college Cyber Safety mascots; Nexa, Firewall, Filter and Virus Scaner launched the PCC Cyber Safety Mascot program for students in year 1 and 2. Students will be bringing home their class Cyber Safety Mascot to complete 1 take home activity with parents or family members. The activities are all based on Cyber Safety education and safe use of ICT.

A very exciting day was had by all and important conversations about keeping safe online and being safe and responsible digital citizens were had!

Also, a very heart-warming thank you to the parents who attended our eSafety information sessions. We were able to have some great conversations about our vision to keep student engagement and wellbeing our core focus through eSafety education.

Please use the link to find out more about Project Rock It https://www.projectrockit.com.au/

We thank Xue Guan and and Isabelle McGrath for the use of the excellent design of our Cyber Safety Mascots

Sally Hill