Community News June 22

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018
  • Daryl English
  • College Disco
  • Community Gardening Group

Our College Disco will be held on Thursday the 2nd of August. Year levels will be placed into groups for separate discos. More information including times, theme and the cost will be available shortly!

Community Gardening Group.

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 27th June at 9am. This session will focus on winter pruning, if you have your own secateurs it may be a good idea to bring them along although we do have some if you don’t.

You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am.

Please let me know via email if you are interested.  My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


Community News

  • Friday, June 08, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 13th June at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online. This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. This session we will continue focusing on flowers in the garden.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 12th of June from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

The final Subway lunch order for this term, will be held on Friday 29th June.

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before this date. 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!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community News

  • Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Hi all,

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 30th May at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. This session we will focusing on flowers in the garden. We will be learning about bulbs and planting some bulbs and seeds to grow on in the greenhouse.

Please let me know via email if you are interested. My email is: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


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!

To purchase the book or a digital membership, please follow this link for the PCC fundraising page - http://www.entbook.com.au/9r19237

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

Thank you for your support.

PCC PFA


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 29th of May from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

The final Subway lunch order for this term, will be held on Friday 29th June.

Please note that orders will close on the Thursday of the week before this date. 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!

Opportunities for families at PCC!

There are many ways that parents, carers, grandparents and friends can be involved at PCC.

Please read below for further information about the opportunities we currently have available.


Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

The group meets every second Tuesday from 2-3pm with a focus on how to support our College programs, ways to engage families and the community with our College and also assist with our fundraising activities. Younger children are also welcome at these meetings. Our PFA also coordinate rosters of volunteers for our Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls and support events such as the Twilight Market, Student Disco and Family BBQ & Activities Night.

For more information please contact pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Community Gardening Group

The gardening group meet every fortnight on a Wednesday morning from 9-10am with our Gardening Specialist, Sarah Moore. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships while learning about gardening.

For more information, please contact sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au


Book Fair and Library Support

Volunteers are able to support our library by helping with tasks such as shelving or covering books. We also have our annual Book Fair where we require support from volunteers before and after school from the 5-8th of June.

If you are interested in helping in the library or at the Book Fair please contact Sonja, our librarian, at faust.sonja.s@edumail.vic.gov.au

Walk and Wheel Wednesday As part of our involvement in the Wyndham Active Travel Schools Program, we run Walk and Wheel Wednesdays each week, to encourage families to actively travel to school. Students who actively travel to school by walking or riding, and who also display our expected behaviours (being safe, responsible, respectful, learners) receive a House token and sometimes also a raffle ticket.

We currently have staff and students leaders who hand out tokens each Wednesday but we would like to extend this opportunity to parents too. If you are available to help between 8.15-8.45am on a Wednesday morning please contact Rebecca Thornton at rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Bilingual Book Program

Almost 50% of the students at our school, speak a main language other than English at home. We encourage our families to maintain their home language as it is important for their child to communicate with family members and creates opportunities for work, study and travel when they are older.

Our PCC families speak almost 60 different languages! We have a range of bilingual books that we use to support children and their families so that they can enjoy reading together at home. We would like to expand the number of languages that we currently cater for, so we are looking for parents who are able to translate picture storybooks from English into your home language. If you are able to assist us with this or if you would like further information please contact Chris Durbridge at durbridge.christine.d@edumail.vic.gov.au

To volunteer at PCC, 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 News

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

Community Gardening Group

Our fortnightly gardening session in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is on again this Wednesday the 16th May at 9am. You don’t need to know anything about gardening to come along, this is a chance for you to make new friends and build community relationships. You do however require a Working with Children’s Check, which is free for volunteers and easily applied for online.

This program will continue to run fortnightly on Wednesday mornings from 9-10am. The first session was on herbs and as we have had a positive interest by new members of the community, the focus will be about herbs again. 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: sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore


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!

To purchase the book or a digital membership, please follow this link for the PCC fundraising page - http://www.entbook.com.au/9r19237

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

Thank you for your support.

PCC PFA


Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who volunteered to help on our Mother’s Day Stall. The students enjoyed shopping for their loved ones. We hope that you all like the presents you will receive on Sunday!

PCC PFA


Parents and Friends Association (PFA) Meetings

The next PFA meeting will be held on Tuesday the 15th of May from 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome including younger children. Please meet at the office.

PCC PFA

pfa@pcc.vic.edu.au


Subway Lunch Orders

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

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!


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, Book Fair, 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


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.


Uniform

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

https://goo.gl/forms/kXsAkN8ssUr4OkeI3

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:

sarahmoore@pcc.vic.edu.au

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

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