Assistant Principal News 5-9 August 2014

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • David Williams

You may have heard on the radio or seen on the news and in the paper that NAPLAN results for 2014 have been released. This isn't exactly accurate.

On Monday 18th ACARA published 2014 NAPLAN summary (preliminary) information for schools. At this stage the information provided is rather technical and only relevant to schools and teachers. This information does not provide individual student results but rather broader information about the different assessment areas.

ACARA has indicated that Individual student reports will also be released earlier than in past years (the exact timeframe varies between states and territories) with some individual student reports released before the end of August. We will inform you and pass on individual reports as soon as they become available.

Uniform- Grooming and Appearance We are concerned with a growing trend of students in the middle years not adhering to the Uniform Policy. In conversations with parents we have a strong sense that they too are concerned about their children not adhering to the policy and fully support the college in following up.

I have included excerpts from the Uniform policy, which refer to grooming and appearance. We ask for your ongoing support with this matter, as a strong partnership between home and school is important in this regard.


  • Hair must be natural colours only
  • Hair must be neat and if longer than shoulder length must be tied back as a health and safety precaution.
  • Hair Accessories may be school colours only
  • No facial hair
  • Extreme hairstyles are not acceptable


The following items are acceptable:

  • A watch
  • One set of studs or sleepers (in ears only)
  • Other body piercings and body markings are not to be visible
  • Medical alert bracelets are acceptable

Jewellery can be an OHS issue. During some classes you will be required to remove certain items. The school will not be responsible for any loss or damage of items.


  • Face - None
  • Clear nail polish only


For individual issues please consult your relevant Assistant Principal


As we approach the latter part of term 3 students in year 5,7,8 and 9 will be bringing home information regarding camps. At the end of last year we sent home an overview of the 2014 camping program and partnership with the YMCA including dates and approximate costs.

The notes you receive will confirm camp venue, dates, cost and a payment plan for those who choose that payment option.

All camps are carefully budgeted for and the college does NOT budget to make a profit or to subsidized staff attendance. The cost of camp includes the program, food, accommodation, YMCA staffing and transport.

Financial support for families in need. YMCA helps people experiencing disadvantage by subsidising the costs of YMCA programs and services. It is part of YMCA’s mission to provide equal access to health and wellness services to all members of the community, and help everyone lead healthier and happier lives.

If your family is experiencing financial difficulty, but would like to access the YMCAs services (including camp), subsidies of 80-100% are available through YMCA Open Doors.

To be eligible two forms need to be completed.

An application form to be completed by the individual seeking support, and a nomination form to be completed by a referral agency to verify that the applicant is unable to pay but would benefit greatly from participating in a YMCA program or service.  Referral agencies include:

  • School 
  • Employment services
  • Health providers
  • Welfare organisations
  • Support groups

Subsidised access can be provided to a range of YMCA programs and services including health and wellness/fitness training, swimming and water safety programs and camps.

Please feel free to talk to me about this

Frank Vetere

Assistant Principal

Pop Up Park

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
  • David Williams

The "Pop up Park" was used for the first time by the Year Prep EAL group last week. The "Pop Up Park" was created by the year 9 Pathways group "Living Landscapes" last Semester and comprises of planted garden Trugs and chairs, bean bags and toys that children use for literacy experience. The Preps enjoyed creating stories with the toy dinosaurs and reading in the warm sunshine on the bags. The "Pop Up Park" creates a portable outdoor learning space and is timetabled for classes to book. 

Robyn Cairns

Environmental Science Teacher

Curriculum Day 14th August 2014

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Yesterday all staff at Point Cook College participated in a “Positive Psychology” professional development day.  We investigated areas such as wellbeing, resilience, purpose and optimism. The aim was to learn more about mental illness, current research and practice and how to build positive health and wellbeing. The presenter, Maria Ruberto, was inspirational and the feedback from all attendees was magnificent. It was an informative and fascinating day that will have positive effects on both staff and students across the College.

Layer Up Day 2014

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Sally Hill
On Thursday 7th August the year Preps - 4s participated in Layer Up day while the year 5-9 students participated in Layer up day on the 31st of July. “Layer Up Day” is an annual energy reduction education day. Children dress in their uniforms but wear layers of clothing and the heating is kept down to a lower temperature. Children enjoy discussing energy reduction strategies and have a lot of fun on the day. The days are celebrated in July and August as this is when our heating use is the highest in a large school. We have over 67 homerooms to heat and that's not including Specialist's space. Green Gang members advertised the event and some measuring of room temperatures was conducted. Children in years 1 and 2 take part in the “Energy Frog” energy reduction experience. Children in year 1 and 2 take home the Energy Frog on weekends and complete Energy reduction tasks in the family home.

Robyn Cairns

Environmental Science Teacher

Principal News

  • Friday, August 08, 2014
  • David Williams
Thank-you to the families who returned their parent Opinion surveys last week. This information will be collated and sent back to the College as data to help inform our future decisions.
We have had positive feedback about our new website. Stage 2 of the website should be launched prior to the end of the term with many new features and enhancements.
A reminder that we have a Curriculum day next Thursday 14th August. This is a “pupil free” day therefore parents need to provide alternative arrangements for care of their children on the day. All staff will be involved in professional learning for the day.
The College has a new OSSA (on- site service assistant) Phil Mangione. Phil is eager to become part of our College community and to ensure our facilities continue to remain in excellent condition.
Thank-you to our community for your continued support in your child’s learning as displayed by the high level of participation in the Prep – 4 Parent / Teacher interviews last week. This partnership is a vital component of your child’s education.
Any family who has a Prep to start in 2015 should see the office staff as soon as possible to collect enrolment forms. It is important that I have a clear indication of Prep 2015 numbers to allow for planning staff, room allocations etc.

Curriculum Day

Parents are advised that we have a Curriculum Day scheduled for Thursday 14th August. The school will be closed on this day and parents are asked to make a note of this date on your calendar. Any enquiries about Out of School Hours Care for the day should be made directly to the YMCA.

NAPLAN Results

2014 NAPLAN are expected to arrive at school in the week following 1st September. They will be sent home with students as soon as we receive them.

Playground Protocols

Recently we have seen some incidents of parents taking on board the responsibility of attempting to resolve disputes between students and/or their parents, which is not a practice we support. If your child comes home and informs you that other children have behaved inappropriately towards them we ask that you first speak to your child’s teacher. By following this process you can ensure you have all of the facts (sometimes our kids only give us their perspective), and more importantly give the teacher the opportunity to resolve any issues inline with our College guiding principles and values.

Mick Hayes Point Cook College Principal

Assistant Principals News P-4

  • Thursday, August 07, 2014
  • David Williams

The last fortnight has been action packed yet again, which I guess is to be expected within such a large community. The Preps have celebrated their first ever 100 days of school, following in the footsteps of the Year 1s the previous week. Once again the ‘onesies’ took centre stage and I’m sure there must have been plenty of parents practising their counting skills by adding buttons, stickers and the like to the outfits for the day, so thank you for gettng into the spirit.

The Year 1s had a day out to the Melbourne Zoo learning about life cycles. After some initial concern that it would be too wet to go, although cold, the sun shone through and a great day was had by all.

On Tuesday some of our Year 4s represented the College at the Inter school Athletics sports for the first time. Along with our Year 5 and 6 students they did the College proud, giving their absolute all and coming home with a colourful array of ribbons for their efforts. Congratulations to all involved!

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Assistance

Our Year 3s are involved in the SAKG program this semester which cannot run without the help of parents and we have already had many parents volunteer to help in their child’s session which is greatly appreciated. We under- stand that this is not always possible due to other commitments and we have found ourselves short of help for one of the Thursday classes. If you are able to help on the occasional Thursday can you please speak to Mr Liam Holland. Please note if you are interested in helping you will need to have or get a Working with Children Check.

P-4 Parent Partnership Sessions 

On Wednesday 27thAugust we are planning to run a Family Games Night. This will be an opportunity for families to come along to learn and play games that will promote numeracy and literacy development in a fun, non threatening environment. If you would like to come along please fill out the expression of interest form attached to the newsletter and return it to the office before Friday 18th August.

Robyn Fincher

Point Cook College

Assistant Principal

Educational Leadership P-4

PCC District Athletics Results

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014
  • David Williams

Tuesday 4th August saw the first running of the Point Cook District Athletics carnival held at the VUT Athletics track. Perfect weather greeted the athletes from Point Cook, Lumen Christi, Alamanda, Stella Maris and Carranballac Colleges. The athletes from Point Cook College performed extremely well and have booked themselves a place at the Regional Carnival later in the term. The following students finished first in their events:
  • Jade Chitty 100m, 200m, Relay
  • Georgia Zuber - High Jump
  • Jasmin Maharai - Relay
  • Jen Espirity - Hurdles , Relay
  • Isabella Kalos - 100m, High Jump, Relay
  • Olivia Cop - Shotput
  • Sophia Potter - Hurdles
  • Isaac Hart - Shot Put
  • Kym Bays - 100m, 200m, Relay
  • Ryan Whitcher - Long Jump
  • Teja Talakanti - Shot Put
  • Owen Cook - 100m
  • Will Collins - Hurdles, 800m, 1500m
  • Zander TeBrugge - 200m
  • Eileen Li - 800m, 1500, Tripple Jump
  • Jessie Cop - Discus, Shot Put
  • Heinrich Balbuena -100m, Hurdles, Relay
  • Eddie Ford - 100m, 200m
  • Leon Adamov - High Jump, Relay
  • Daniel Cossell - 100m, Hurdles
  • Sanuth Samaranayke - Tripple Jump

Well done to all the students who competed and thank you to Mr Andrews, Ms Habner, Ms O’Connor and Ms Bryce who attended on the day.  The District team will be announced in the coming weeks
(Photo : Yr 6 students) 

Mr Tim Brennan

PE Teacher

Welcome to our new website

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • David Williams

Dear Point Cook community members,

I am pleased to be able to announce the release of Stage 1 of our new website. I encourage you to have a look through it and feedback any comments to the College. Stage 2 will involve continually updated news and information from each team level throughout the College. The ultimate aim of this new website is to keep you up to date with what is happening with your child/ren’s education and as a vital communication tool to further develop the home/school partnership.


Mick Hayes
College Principal