Sustainability News

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Sustainability Student Leadership

Our Senior Environment Leaders did PCC proud last week, representing PCC at the annual Western Metro Region’s Kids Teaching Kids conference. The students planned a workshop which was linked to knowledge 8W had gained on micro plastics in our local waterways as part of their NatureWest project. It is wonderful to see knowledge gained at school be shared to a wider audience. It was the first time delivering a workshop for some of our year sevens and they did a wonderful job. Congratulations to Jade, Georgia, Lachlan, James, Elyssia and Bree and especially to Elyssia and James in year 8 who were supportive mentors to our year sevens.

Kids Teaching Kids – Melbourne Water Conference

Following our regional KTK conference there is a Melbourne Water state-wide KTK Conference running for two days in October which some of our leaders will also be attending for the first time. Keep an eye out for more news in October.

NATUREWEST project

Year 8W enjoyed creating organic skincare products last Friday. These will be for sale at the Twilight Market with an information stall on microbeads and nurdles and their effects on the environment.

MAG Green Gang

Year five and six Green Gang are busy working on products to sell at the twilight market. They have begun a makers Monday which runs at lunchtimes and are continuing to make many products created during Up Cycle week.

SAKG - Learning in the garden

Year threes have been learning how to prune and harvest as well as fertilise the garden in SAKG this past month. They have been learning about composting, animals which live in the compost and techniques which help improve the soil. Students are enjoying recording their learning in online garden journals using the app ‘book creator’. There are lots of changes occurring in the garden coming into Spring, including blossom and bees getting busy pollinating.

Robyn Cairns


eSmart Week 2017

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

I would like to congratulate the Point Cook College community for getting involved in National eSmart week. Our PCC eLeaders took the reigns for the week and ran Cyber Safety workshops for our year 3-9 students using Kahoot, organised a year 3-9 Cyber Safety scavenger hunt using QR codes, created Cyber Safety activity worksheets for our P-2 students and also raised money selling our PCC Cyber Mascot badges! We sold a total of 631 badges throughout the week! We also had a whole school free dress day with students encouraged to wear purple and yellow in support of the Alannah and Madeline foundation. In total we raised a massive $1911!

A special thank you to our eLeaders for organising the week, and spending recess and lunch times making badges- as they were constantly selling out! It is amazing to see so much dedication from our students in regards to educating their peers in Cyber Safety and digital awareness.

Please join our twitter community to view all of these events and more through the twitter handle @PCCP9!

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

Sally Hill


Special Lunch Order

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

We are offering a special lunch order to students as part of our football themed out of uniform day on Friday the 22nd of September.

Students were given an order form today or you can download one from here. The preferred way to pay for the order is through Compass. Orders close on Tuesday the 12th of September. No late orders can be accepted so please pay and return the form on time to avoid disappointment.

Thank you.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Community News

  • Friday, September 01, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Parent Opinion Survey

Each year government schools conduct a parent opinion survey to gain valuable feedback from the school community. A random selection of 30% of our families were recently chosen to complete the online survey. Please check your email account to see if you received the link. If you were selected, it would be appreciated if you could complete the survey by the 3rd of September as we value your opinion and input to enhance the experience for your child at PCC.

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Twilight Market


Our Twilight Market will be held on Friday the 17th of November from 3-7pm. The event is a great opportunity for our families and the local community to come together. Our market will include stall holders, community groups, food vendors and entertainment.

Expressions of interest from market stall holders and community groups are now open! For more information and to request an application form please email market@pcc.vic.edu.au Please note that we have restrictions on the number of stalls selling similar items.

The Twilight Market is another opportunity for families to be involved and support the College. We will be asking for parents to assist in a variety of ways including helping on stalls, promoting the event to the wider community and assisting with setting up and packing up on the day.

We look forward to a great event!

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader


Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our next free cooking class for parents will be held on Friday the 8th of September from 1.30pm-3pm.

It has been great to see some new parents join our classes recently. The classes are an informal way for you to meet other PCC parents and have some fun too. For catering purposes, if you would like to join in please let me know.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

The PFA will be hosting an information session on Wednesday the 6th of September from 2-3pm. Our Literacy Improvement Leader, Jeff Wilson, will be sharing ways to support your child with reading at home aimed at parents of students in Prep- Year 2. So that we have an idea of numbers, could you please let me know if you would like to attend.

The next PFA meeting will be held on Wednesday the 13th of September at 2pm. All parents and younger children are welcome.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Indigenous Book Swap

Join Point Cook P-9 College in fundraising for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and promote the love of reading.

To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day on September 6th we will be holding book sales across the school.

We need you to start collecting any pre-loved books in good condition, which will then be sold for $1.00. Books will be collected at school from July.

Students will be selling picture books, easy readers, novels, information books and even adult novels and magazines in designated areas throughout the school on the day.

All funds raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy fund to buy much needed books for Indigenous communities. Please download the flyer here.

You can log on to our web page and donate directly on: https://indigenousliteracyfoundation.secure.force.com


Chris Durbridge


Library News

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Woolworths Earn & Learn


We are collecting stickers for this program in our school. There are collection boxes at Woolworths town centre and at Featherbrook. Please place any stickers in these boxes or if not in the box in the library here at PCC. Some examples of items we bought the last time we participated were Beebots for IT, badminton racquets for Indonesian classes and a drawing skeleton and ink pads for Art. Please help by collecting the stickers. We would be very grateful for any we receive.


Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge


We have had a lot of successful challengers since the last newsletter. Congratulations must go to the following who tried so hard and succeeded.

All of the following classes : PG, PJ, PB, PP, PRW, 2C, 2H.

From 3TJ : Andy, Breeanna, Cohen, Ethan, Gabriella, Gloria, Jeremiah, Jeremy, Lily, Moana, Olivia, Prithvii, Sara, Tanae, Xander and Yi Jie.

From 3U : Warren Lai

And from 4WS : Danisa Wongmongkol.

For those who are still completing you have until Wednesday, September 6 to have your books logged and marked as finished. If you have any problems or queries please see the library for help.


Lego Wall in the Library


These lovely students (Anisha Verma 56C, Cedere McMiller 56N, Keneisha Malhotra 56C, Sam Boddington 56N, Aarush Soni 56C, Brian Lee 56R and Mathew Baryla 56C) decided they had to give the Lego Wall in the Library a name. They did a fantastic and very creative job decorating it. Thanks to those who donated lego to the library. As you can see it is being used well.

Sonja Faust


eSmart Week 2017

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven young Australians found to have been cyber bullied – and the many other challenges young people face online – it is important we invest in giving our community the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.

That’s why we’re participating in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week along with hundreds of other communities, to show our commitment to building cyber safe communities.

During the week students in years 3-9 can participate in a Cyber Safety Scavenger Hunt with house points up for grabs.

Students in years P-2 can get creative with a Cyber Safety Mascot activity worksheet. PCC eLeaders will be holding Cyber Safety lessons for participating classes.

eLeaders will also be coming around selling our Cyber Safety Mascot badges for $2 with all proceeds going to the A&M Foundation. The badges have been designed by our eLeaders using the PCC Cyber Safety Mascot team with important cyber safety messages to wear proudly.

On Friday 8th September (also Media Day) students are encouraged to wear purple and yellow and bring a gold coin donation to support the A&F foundation.

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

Sally Hill


Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Always Arrive August

Congratulations to the students of McNamara House who took out our Always Arrive August Challenge by having the highest attendance rate for the month, thereby earning them valuable points to put towards winning the Term 3 House Celebration.

We now have had three different winners for the Attendance challenge and the results are always very close. I wonder who will take it out for Never Away November?

It is important to remember that daily attendance is key to consolidating opportunities for learning. Missing the equivalent of even one day a week adds up to twenty percent of learning time in a year, which is quite significant.

The College is committed to working with families to build strong school attendance foundations from an early age. Regular attendance supports students to;

• maximize their full educational potential and increase learning outcomes

• build a positive connectedness to school and learning

• build relationships with staff and fellow students

• actively participate and engage in their learning

We believe school engagement is a partnership between home and school. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school on a regular basis please contact us and together we can make a plan to support getting your child’s attendance back on track in preparation for 2018.


Assistance in meeting Uniform Expectations

Thank you to those families who continue to support their children to meet our uniform expectations. It is fantastic to see most students wearing the uniform with pride. Note that we are still seeing some students wearing non College approved jackets, tracksuit pants, tights and socks. If you are unsure of requirements please refer to the College website. If you are having difficulty in meeting uniform expectations please contact the College and we will do our best to assist you.


Navy Tights – where do you get them?

We have noticed a number of students who are wearing black tights rather than the College approved navy. Further investigation has revealed that this may be due to the fact that navy tights are often difficult to source in the local shopping area. To assist our families in meeting uniform expectations we now have navy tights available from the main office at $11 per pair.


Respectful Relationships

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, shortly PCC will be rolling out a whole school approach to Respectful Relationships Education. Over the remainder of 2017 we will be providing information for families to raise awareness about the rationale behind the Government rollout.

Respectful Relationships is about tackling family violence through education. As part of a staged process, all Victorian schools will be supported to implement a whole school approach. This will include looking at schools’ practices and policies relating to gender and driving meaningful cultural change. The approach will build a culture of respect and equality in our schools - as learning places and as workplaces that achieve long-term change in the community. Embedding Respectful Relationships in schools and early childhood settings is key to preventing family violence in the long term and provides a universal platform for change. A whole school approach to Respectful Relationships goes beyond curriculum, recognising that to drive real change, classroom learning needs to be reinforced by what is modelled within the school community.

A whole school approach encourages schools to review their existing procedures and culture to ensure that they model respectful relationships and gender equality practices across the entire school community. What we teach in classroom will only influence behaviour when the key concepts that we teach, such as respect, equality, gender and consent, are reinforced and modelled formally and informally throughout the rest of the school.

Through a whole school approach, schools will be supported to work through six key domains.

1. Culture and environment

2. Support for Staff and students

3. Community Partnerships

4. Teaching and learning

5. Professional learning strategy

6. School leadership and commitment.

While the focus of Respectful Relationships education is on primary prevention, schools will be supported in connecting families to specialist services and in reviewing or developing policies and procedures around responding to and managing disclosures. For prevention programming to be sustained, schools need to feel confident that they can respond effectively and have the connections they need to refer staff and students where necessary.

Stay tuned for the next newsletter for further information.


Saver Plus Program

Saver Plus is a ten month program that provides financial education, budgeting and savings advice for families. Once you finish the program ANZ will match your savings (up to $500), which goes towards education costs for you or your children.

To be eligible to participate you need to be over 18, have a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, have some form of regular income and have a child or yourself enrolled in an educational setting. To find out more call or SMS your postcode to 1300610355 or email saverplus@bsl.org.au

Robyn Fincher


Engagement and Wellbeing News

  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Always Arrive August

Last week marked the beginning of ‘Always Arrive August,’ the third month of attendance promotions for the year. So far our winners have been Newton and Edwards so let’s see if Middleton and McNamara students can rise to the challenge by attending school every day unless ill and earning valuable points for their House community.

Teachers will be reinforcing the importance of regular school attendance with students we need your support to assist students to be on board. Regular attendance allows students to;

- maximize their full educational potential and increase learning outcomes

- build a positive connectedness to school and learning

- build relationships with staff and fellow students

- actively participate and engage in their learning

It is important to remember that daily attendance is key to consolidating opportunities for learning. Missing the equivalent of even one day a week adds up to twenty percent of learning time in a year, which is quite significant. We believe school engagement is a partnership between home and school. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school on a regular basis please contact us and together we can make a plan to support getting your child’s attendance back on track.

Further information regarding Attendance can be found on the College website.


Safe Schools

Recently there has been information circulating via social media regarding the implementation of the Safe Schools program in Victorian schools. This has raised some discussion within the community which we would like to address.

Safe schools is a formal and public commitment that schools make to create an inclusive and safe environment for all students, families and teachers, including those who identify as LGBTI, and recognizes that creating such an environment is key to tackling bullying, discrimination and harassment in schools. The realization of this commitment is determined by individual schools, based on its own local context and the needs of the school community. Safe Schools is not a prescriptive program, nor is it part of the Victorian Curriculum, rather it provides a range of resources for schools to use to best meet these needs through the Department of Education, Employment and Training (DET.) It is also not a Sex Education program.

PCC is registered with Safe Schools to allow us to gain access to resources to support our students and families as required.

In line with our SWPBS framework, College values and Guiding Principles, we expect our students to be understanding, accepting and respectful of others and to embrace diversity amongst individuals. These beliefs are explicitly taught across all Curriculum areas and encompass all differences including gender, cultural diversity, religion, family backgrounds and experiences.

In Years 5-9, our students cover sex education as part of the Health Curriculum. We acknowledge that parents may have questions or concerns around this topic, which is why we provide letters outlining the content prior to students commencing these units of work.

If you have any further questions information on Safe Schools please go to the DET website at www.education.vic.gov.au.


Respectful Relationships

PCC will be rolling out Respectful Relationships across the curriculum in 2018, in line with recommendation 189 from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. The Respectful Relationships initiative takes a whole school approach, looking at practices and policies to build a culture of respect and equality. It also looks at topics like coping with stress and problem solving and helping students excel at school.

Further information and opportunities will be provided to parents throughout the course of 2017 as we prepare to roll out the new curriculum and practices.


Anaphylaxis Policy 2017

The revised College Anaphylaxis Policy was ratified by College Council in June. The policy can be found on the College website or accessed here for your convenience.


Saver Plus Program

Saver Plus is a ten month program that provides financial education, budgeting and savings advice for families. Once you finish the program ANZ will match your savings (up to $500), which goes towards education costs for you or your children.

To be eligible to participate you need to be over 18, have a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, have some form of regular income and have a child or yourself enrolled in an educational setting. To find out more call or SMS your postcode to 1300610355 or email saverplus@bsl.org.au

Robyn Fincher


Community News

  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Parent Opinion Survey

Each year government schools conduct a parent opinion survey to gain valuable feedback from the school community. A random selection of 30% of our families were recently chosen to complete the online survey. Please check your email account to see if you received the link. If you were selected, it would be appreciated if you could complete the survey as we value your opinion and input to enhance the experience for your child at PCC.

Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Thornton


Prep-Year 6 Disco

We hope that all of the students who went to our Fancy Dress Disco had a great time. Over 700 students attended our three discos and the feedback has been very positive. Thank you to the PFA parents who helped to organise the wristbands for our Year 2-6 students and also to the staff involved in planning and supervising the event. We look forward to the disco next year! If you have any suggestions for a theme please let us know.

Rebecca Thornton


Cooking Classes for PCC Parents

Our next free cooking class for parents will be held on Friday the 8th of September from 1.30pm-3pm. We are unable to have it sooner due to our Curriculum Day on the 25th of August and staff involvement in the musical on the 1st of September.

It has been great to see some new parents join our classes recently. The classes are an informal way for you to meet other PCC parents and have some fun too. For catering purposes, if you would like to join in please let me know.

Rebecca Thornton


Parents and Friends Association (PFA)

Our PFA meet every second Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm. New members are always welcome. The dates for meetings this term are the 2nd of August, 16th of August, 30th of August and the 13th of September.

Rebecca Thornton

Community Partnerships Leader

rebeccathornton@pcc.vic.edu.au


Indigenous Book Swap


Chris Durbridge


Working with Children Check – Changes

  • Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Rachel Wood

Changes are being made to the Working with Children Act 2005 to clarify and simplify the requirements of holding a Check and implement key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The changes come into effect on 1 August 2017 and mean that Working with Children Checks will be needed in some situations where they were not previously required. People undertaking child-related work whose contact with children is supervised by another person will now be required to hold a Check.

For example: Chris has taken up a position as an assistant coach of a junior football team. Even though he is directly supervised by the head coach, Chris is required to hold a Check.

The meaning of direct contact will be expanded to cover all types of contact including written and verbal contact as well as contact by email and through electronic means. For example: John is employed as a counsellor with a phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 18. Because John’s role involves direct contact with children by telephone, he is required to hold a Check.

For more information or to apply, visit workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au

Donna Galvin