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.


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

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.

Thank you for your support!


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

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 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

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:

Thanks and I look forward to meeting you all.

Sarah Moore

Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Rachel Wood

2018 has started with a great vibe around the College, with students and staff all doing their bit to ensure a smooth start to the year. Everyone has settled comfortably into routines, getting down to the business of learning. Given that one of our main foci for the year is ‘creating a positive climate for learning’ this is very encouraging. Over the course of the year, students and parents will get the opportunity to provide feedback on how we are performing in this space.


It is wonderful to see so many students meeting our standards in terms of uniform expectations. If you or your child are unsure of these, please refer to the information on the College website. Remember that black or coloured socks are NOT part of the uniform policy and layering of items (other than windcheaters or jackets) is only allowed if the under garment is NOT visible. If this practice is occurring due to religious beliefs, please contact Robyn Fincher to discuss approved options.

Wellbeing Assistance

We understand that life circumstances may present families with emotional and financial challenges from time to time, which can often impact on students’ capacity to engage in educational opportunities or to meet expectations.

If you need support in providing for your child’s needs we may be able to assist, but only if you let us know. These conversations are always conducted with respect and confidentiality so please contact the College if you are in need of assistance.


Regular, daily attendance is key to ensuring students have the best opportunity to develop academically, socially and emotionally, with all students are required by law to attend school until 17 years of age.

Please assist your child by ensuring they are at school each day by 8.40, organized and ready to learn. If your child is not well enough to attend school please advise the home room teacher via COMPASS or by contacting the College absence line on 83487100.

Attendance Challenge

In Term 1 we will be awarding valuable points to the House Community of students with the highest rate of attendance for the term. These points will contribute to the overall SWPBS House Challenge, with students from the winning house earning themselves a special celebration at the end of term. I wish all of our house communities – Edwards, Middleton, McNamara and Newton – the very best of luck!

Optometrist Visit

Healthy eyesight is extremely important to ensuring students can function effectively in the school environment and without intermittent check ups problems can often go unnoticed. We are pleased to be able to offer eye checks on site by a qualified Optometrist for all P-2 students during Term 2.

If well supported, we may offer the service to higher year levels later in the year. This opportunity will operate in a similar manner to the dental program offered in previous years. Paperwork will go home at the start of next term, so please keep an EYE out for it.

Robyn Fincher

Help Avoid the Summer Reading Slide

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

We need your help!

Studies show that children who do not read or have access to books or print materials during the summer lose reading performance. Those losses can accumulate during the primary school years so that by the time a child enters secondary school he/she may be 2 1/2 years behind! All children, may fall victim to the “summer slide” if not provided with summer reading opportunities.

So how do we prevent the summer slide-or even accelerate reading growth? Here are a few ideas: Visit your local library! The Wyndham Library Service offers a wonderful collection of books, magazines or newspapers. Likewise, the digital borrowing service is extensive. It means lots of books and magazines are available to borrow and can be read on digital devices. (For adults there are popular magazines).

Help your child find “right fit” books. Right fit books are books that are of high interest to your child and are not beyond their reading level. It is okay for your child to have easy reads on the holidays or read high interest material that might have some challenges. In the end high volume of real reading is most important.

For younger readers, you can use the five-finger test to determine if the book is too difficult for your child. Open the book to a page with many words. Have your child begin reading the text. Hold up a finger for each word he/she does not know. If you have 4 or 5 fingers up, the text may be too difficult for your child to read independently. Feel free to still check out the book! It just may be a book you want to read with your child, or read to your child.

Be sure your child reads about 20 minutes a day. According to research, a child who reads only 1 minute a day outside of school will encounter 8,000 new words by the end of sixth grade where a student who reads 20 minutes outside of school will encounter 1,800,000 words! That’s huge! If reading isn’t one of your child’s top priorities, you may need to set up an incentive program. Set a good example. When your child sees you reading and enjoying a book or a newspaper article, you are sending a message that reading is important and valuable. Read to your child. When you read to your child, he/she hears the rhythm of language. Be sure to read with expression! Changing your voice for different characters and increasing your volume during exciting parts are only a few ways to keep children engaged. If you have teens, who are reading set novels you could share the reading. My niece who just finished in the top 10% of VCE students still had her mum reading to her at year 10. (I have a sneaky feeling it was more about time spent together!)

Read with your child – rhymes and songs are a great way to improve knowledge of the sounds of language. For our older children, poetry is a means of improving fluency. Read for different purposes. Reading directions for a recipe or directions for assembling a toy are fun ways of incorporating reading into everyday activities. Read shopping catalogues, my personal favourite is the Aldi junk mail. Play games with words. Have a happy and healthy summer! Be sure to read, read and read some more! Not only can we prevent the summer slide, we can accelerate reading growth.

Jeff Wilson

Community News

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Trash and Treasure Stall

At the Twilight Market you may have visited the Trash and Treasure Stall. This was a student led stall organised by Naadirah in Year 5. The Year 5/6 students had been working on solving a problem as part of their Genius Hour project and Naadirah’s question was how to involve Year 5/6 students to support a charity. She came up with the idea of a Trash and Treasure Stall at the Twilight Market and with the assistance of a group of students she advertised for donations and ran the stall on the day.

We are proud to announce that the stall raised $160 which will be donated to Ronald McDonald House as the charity that Naadirah selected. We would like to congratulate Naadirah for using her idea and taking action to support others! We would like to thank Wendy Mason, one of our grandparents, who assisted the group to price the items and set up the stall, and also the staff who supported the project.

Twilight Market Survey

As part of evaluating our Twilight Market and assisting us to plan for next year, we would like to ask families to please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey. There are only three questions to complete and we value your feedback.

Please follow this link for the survey-

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Happy Holidays

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the College community for their contribution to our partnership in 2017. We would not have such a great school without the support of our families and no doubt everyone is looking forward to the holiday season. We need to be mindful that changes in routines and the opportunity to switch off for a bit can sometimes lead to unsafe behaviours. Please remember to remind your children of how to take care of themselves and others; while out and about, in new or less familiar environments, around water and roads, in the summer sun, as well as online, and don’t forget to read Abbi’s article on support over the holidays.

Remember too that our SWPBS expected behaviours – Learners, Respectful, Responsible, Safe – are just as relevant out of school in the wider community.

As we move towards 2018 I would like to leave you with the following reminders;


Hats are a compulsory uniform item for Terms 1 and 4 and protect students from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

The bucket hat on our uniform list offers offer significant protection and should be brought to school every day and worn for PE, sport and other outside learning opportunities, as well as break times. All students should get into the habit of leaving their hat in their school bag to ensure it is readily accessible when required. Hats should also be clearly named so they can be returned to the owner if lost. College hats can be purchased from Noone Imagewear and also at the main office.


The end of the year is a good time to review your child’s uniform requirements for the upcoming year. If you have items in good condition that you no longer need we would be grateful if you could donate them to our Second Hand Uniform Bank to assist other families who may need to stock up.

If purchasing new uniforms please head to Noone Imagewear well before the start of the school year to ensure your children are well prepared, and don’t forget to label removable items especially! Please note that Year 7-9 students are required to wear the Academic Uniform daily except for PE and Sport Days. If your child has been wearing the sports uniform as their only option for Year 6 you will need to make sure you have purchased the appropriate items to assist them to meet expectations.

The Uniform Policy and guidelines are available on the College website.

CSEF applications and Uniform Support

Any families who are eligible for Camps, Sports and Excursions funding may also be eligible for a 2018 Prep or Year 7 uniform package. Please read the Administration section for further information.

Anaphylaxis and Asthma Reminder

Parents are reminded that action plans need to be updated annually and provided to the school. Epipens also need to be kept up to date. You will receive a reminder from the College well in advance when any of these items are due for renewal.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season and look forward to the year ahead.

Robyn Fincher

SUSTAINABILITY NEWS – Achievements to reduce waste at PCC 2017

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

PCC focused on achieving our ResourceSmart School’s waste module which we wrote goals for in our School Environment Management Plan at the beginning of 2017.

The below is a list of our achievements in 2017.

ResourceSmart Schools PCC Waste Management Achievements in 2017:

- School Environment Management Plan Goals achieved.

- Achieving 2 star re-accreditation for ResourceSmart Schools program.

- Notes all digital on compass.

- Staffroom teabags to compost each week.

- Coffee pods in staffroom- collected.

- SAKG worm farms fed by 2V and 4Ss food scraps.

- Composting in our SAKG.

Comingling bins now in Staffroom and Kitchen.

Waste reduction signage 1- 2 Green Gang for wetlands.

Mulcher purchased for SAKG for Green garden waste.

Humanities, science, inquiry units with a focus on waste education.

NatureWest project with 8W in which marine plastics education was shared across two large Environmental Conferences.

Up Cycle Week – 7-9 leadership – lunchtime workshops.

Blanket donations for Charity – 2V.

Donation of old/unused ICT equipment to NatureWest non for profit organisation.

NatureWest Project- Community collaboration – focus on marine waste.

Kids Teaching Kids Carranballac education on microbeads and nurdles.

Kids teaching Kids Melbourne Conference – marine plastics education.

Working towards balloon free at all events.

Comingling at Twilight market – waste management at market.

Sustainability stalls at market; 8W organic skincare, SAKG garden produce and food produce, trash and treasure, book swap.

World Environment Day- whole school awareness.

Clean Up Australia Day – whole school action.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap

Robyn Cairns

Community News

  • Friday, December 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Twilight Market

On behalf of the students and staff of PCC, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Twilight Market successful!

Due to the weather and predicted storms we needed to move some our stalls and activities indoors but everyone still seemed to have a great time.

We would like to thank the parents and grandparents who assisted on stalls or helped us with setting up or packing up. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thank you to the PFA parents for helping us to promote our Twilight Market by arranging to display flyers at local businesses and also organising a letterbox drop to houses in our local area.

We would also like to thank the stall holders, community group volunteers and food vendors for being part of our event.

Thank you to the families and members of the Point Cook community who came along to enjoy our Twilight Market!

Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

The next PFA meeting will be held on Wednesday the 6th of December from 2-3pm. Please meet at the office. Younger children are also welcome.

Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our last free cooking class for PCC parents this year will be held on Friday the 15th of December from 1.30-3pm. For catering purposes please let me know if you would like to attend by the Wednesday before the class by sending an email or leaving a message at the office.

Subway Lunch Orders

The final Subway lunch for this year will be held on Friday the 15th of December and order forms will be sent home the week before. Please ensure that when you pay for your child’s order through Compass that you also send back the completed order form so that Subway staff know what to make. If your child does not return a form they will not receive a Subway lunch order.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, December 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood


Recently we sought Expressions of Interest from our 2018 Year 8/9 families regarding a proposed USA Space Camp Study Tour. Unfortunately we did not receive enough interest to get the tour off the ground for next year so we have put it on the backburner for now. We believe this tour would be an incredible opportunity for our students and will be offering information sessions in 2018 in the hope of relaunching the proposal for 2019/2020. Watch this space for further information next year.

Dental Van Follow ups

Parents who received dental reports offering further treatment are reminded to return consent forms to the office by Monday if they wish to take up the opportunity.

Never Away November

Congratulations to Edwards House who took out the Never Away November Attendance Challenge for the highest rate of attendance this month. These students have won valuable points for their House community which may make all the difference in the final tally for the overall House Community Champion for 2017.

Thank you to all the families who have worked towards improved attendance this year. We will continue to highlight the importance of regular attendance throughout 2018 and will be offering individual support to families of students who have had significant absences this year.


The end of the year is a good time to review your child’s uniform requirements for the upcoming year. If you have items in good condition that you no longer need we would be grateful if you could donate them to our Second Hand Uniform Bank to assist other families who may need to stock up. If you are looking to purchase new items from Noone we encourage you to visit the store now as they will be extremely busy over January. Noone also offer layby services to assist with juggling of expenses at this time of year.

Please note that Year 7-9 students are required to wear the Academic Uniform daily except for PE and Sport Days. If your child has been wearing the sports uniform as their only option for Year 6 you will need to make sure you have purchased the appropriate items to assist them to meet expectations.

The Uniform Policy and guidelines are available on the College website.

Uniform Assistance

Victorian government school Prep and Year 7 students who are CSEF recipients are also eligible for a uniform package through State Schools’ Relief. Applications for the Year 7 CSEF uniform package close on the last day of Term 1, Thursday 29 March 2018. To see if you are eligible for the CSEF payment please read on.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Funding (CSEF)

CSEF funding is provided by the Government to eligible families to assist with the cost of school trips and sporting activities. Families holding a valid means-tested concession card are eligible to apply. A payment of $125 for eligible primary school students and $225 for eligible secondary school students will be paid directly to the school to be used towards camps, sports and excursion costs for the benefit of the student. As of 2018 the requirement for parents to complete and submit a new application form each year has been removed. Parents who received CSEF in 2017 do not need to complete an application form in 2018, providing there has been no change in their family circumstances or change of school. The CSEF program opens for processing in Term one, 2018. Forms will be available via the main office.

Warmer Days

We have had quite a number of extremely hot days recently and it is concerning to see some students still not bringing hats to school, wearing sports jackets all day regardless of the temperature and not drinking enough water, all of which can lead to rapid dehydration. Teachers regularly have conversations with students about these practices and ask that you have similar conversations at home to assist your child in making safe choices.

Robyn Fincher