In Visual Arts students explore and develop skills using a variety of different materials and techniques within the areas of drawing, painting ceramics sculpture/construction, textiles, mixed media and printmaking. Art theory, history, cultural connections and appreciation are also taught through art making activities.
In the Early Years, art lessons are based around the elements that develop knowledge of colour, line, shape, patterns and texture. In the Middle years students continue exploring these elements and how they are used in compositions through art principles such as perspective and repetition. Students in Middle and Senior Years engage in the exploration of famous art works and styles as they discover how art pieces are constructed and explore the intent of the artist.
Student artwork is displayed in exhibitions around the school and local community. The PCC Art Exhibition is a biennial event showcasing student work from across the College.
The Department of Education and training place a high priority on the learning of another language and it is an integral part of the essential curriculum for all students. Learning a language develops a better understanding of one’s own language, thus increasing literacy skills. It also assists and expands students’ thinking skills and teaches about other people in order to inspire trust in and respect for other cultures. Students entering the education system at this stage will find that having a second language will be an essential skill for entering the work force when it is their time to do so. Current research shows that it is important and of most benefit to begin languages as early as possible. The ability to have continuity through primary school and into secondary school can only improve the learning outcomes for students. Languages education is not only about learning the words but also more importantly about real communication.
Students participate in games, songs, chants, role-play and authentic experiences where possible, which are effective ways to learn a language. Our program includes a combination of language work and cultural activities, such as cooking and craft, dance and song and excursions and incursions.
At Point Cook College students in Years Prep-6 participate in one hour of Languages per week all year, in years 7-8 they have 2 hours and in year 9, when the subject is optional, students study 3 hours per week.
Students at PCC are encouraged to participate in a range of Performing Arts classes. The aim of the program is to enrich student’s lives by giving them creative and artistic experiences, allowing them to gain an understanding and appreciation of Drama, Dance and Music.
Students from the junior school are exposed to the elements of Performing Arts and using various stimuli they create role plays, music and dance. Year 2 and Year 4 students showcase their learning to an audience of family and friends in an end of year concert.
Year 6 students collaborate to put on a cabaret show, learning the importance of both off and on stage production roles. Parents and friends are invited to come along to share a meal and watch their children perform.
Year 7 students use the 1:1 iPad program to create Performing Arts works, such as making their own music videos, creating movie trailers and stop motion Lego films.
At Year 8, students build on their technical and Performing Arts knowledge to create short films for our own PCC short film festival, POCOFEST. This is a 'red carpet' event, where the College community are invited to come along and view the films.
Environmental Science in the Early Years at PCC is delivered through a “hands on sensory learning “ program. Students make emotional connections with nature and open learning spaces which fosters feelings of well being, calmness and positive relationships within school environments, such as the College SAKG (Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden).
In Environmental Science classes students have experiences in nature using natural materials which enables a range of sensory and tactile learning.
Exploratory, purposeful play is a central feature of their investigations. They use their senses to observe and gather information, describing and making comparisons, sorting and classifying to create an order which is meaningful. Students learn to navigate around their immediate school yard surroundings and have experiences exploring and investigating the school gardens.
Students have opportunities to observe animals closely such as mini beasts/ insects in our food garden and birds in our school yard. Students collect, record and describe data obtained though field study surveys and measurements. They learn how to undertake biodiversity tallies/ surveys of these animals and learn how these animals depend on their habitat for survival.
They learn about special physical features of these animals and their lifecycle, food chain and behaviours in their habitat.
Through learning and practicing observation and identification skills children come to know the animals in the school yard and local area of Point Cook.
Students learn in Environmental Science classes through the arts, literacy, maths, science and geography VELS domains. Students also communicate their ideas and personal experiences in Environmental Science through storytelling and using our Nature Story telling space.
In years 3-6 students will have opportunities to take part in year level focussed Environmental Science projects which link to their Inquiry or Humanities units and local Environment partnerships. The projects undertaken are ones which make a difference to the environment at local, national and global levels.
In Year 7 and in Year 8, all students participate in one semester each of the Food Technology program. Students learn about safe and efficient food preparation, food hygiene and increasingly complex cooking techniques. This includes the use of knives and other kitchen equipment and the learning of base ingredients for a variety of dishes. As part of Design, Creativity and Technology, students will learn about design briefs and utilise these to investigate, design, produce, analyse and evaluate their own recipes and skills. Students will also develop their own work plans to help ensure they reap the benefits of being super organised in the kitchen.
Students in Year 5 and Year 6 have a unique opportunity at PCC as they attend a semester each year of Science taught by a Science Specialist Teacher. Students will attend class in a fully equipped laboratory and have the opportunity to use specific science equipment. Student participate in short hands-on activities that stimulate learning drawn from text and digital resources. Students are introduced to the scientific method, which incorporates performing, recording and evaluating experiments.
Students in Years 7 to 9 study four major areas of science: Earth and Space Science, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These understandings will develop student knowledge about their natural and physical world.
Students study Science as a Human Endeavor, which provides them with insights into the way science is applied and used by scientists in the community. It helps students make informed decisions about scientific ideas, issues and careers.
Science Inquiry is an area of science where students develop investigative skills, which involve planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations. Students will interpret evidence and communicate their findings. These skills will allow students to solve problems in response to questions about their lives. Middle Years students will have an opportunity to be part of a science fair, presenting their own investigations and findings.
Health Education at PCC aims to provide students with the knowledge and opportunity for young people to make safer and healthier life choices. The Health Education program will investigate the physical, social and mental domains of health. It is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions as they make their journey through adolescence. Students will be actively involved in readings, discussions, exploring ideas and solving problems. Students will focus on the challenges of developing a sense of direction, building new relationships and making decisions about a wide range of health and personal development issues. Students are actively encouraged to express their opinions, consider a range of views and develop a healthy respect for self and others.
Year 5 and 6 students have the unique opportunity to study Health as a specialist subject. This approach allows students to engage in an interactive program and begin building an in depth understanding of a holistic view of health. Students will explore the dimensions of health, bullying, stages of the lifespan, puberty, sun and water safety and food classifications.
Years 7, 8 and 9 students explore their rights and responsibilities associated with the increasing independence of young people. They will focus on personal identity, drug education, nutrition, puberty and sex education.
Physical Education in the Early Years aims to encourage students to be involved in and enjoy physical activity on a regular basis. The students begin with a focus on developing the basic movement skills of crawling, running, jumping and balancing followed by fundamental motor skills including throwing, catching, kicking and striking. Students learn to follow instructions, use space and equipment safely and work cooperatively with others in small groups.
Students focus on using previously learnt skills in game situations. A major focus on teamwork and communication prepares students to play team sports at interschool competitions. Game sense units assist students to develop high quality decision making skills within match-like activities. Written theory components are introduced from year 7 onwards, with areas of study including skill video analysis, fitness components, anatomy and training programs. All students work to improve their interpersonal characteristics of leadership, cooperation, teamwork and respect.
The PCC Sport program begins at year 5 with all students from years 5-9 involved in one hour of sport education each week. Students focus on learning the skills, rules and strategies of sports that they have the opportunity to compete in as part of the interschool sport competition. Teams are selected from tryouts held during class hours and teams represent the college once a term.
From Year 4 onwards, students have the opportunity to represent the college in swimming carnivals, athletics carnivals and cross country competitions. Once students reach Year 6 they have the opportunity to represent the college in sports including cricket, netball, basketball, softball, baseball, rounders, AFL, soccer, tennis, badminton, volleyball, table tennis and hockey.
eLearning at PCC is a shared practice between all specialist teachers and classroom teachers. This collaboration ensures ICT is embedded throughout the entire curriculum and provides our students with the necessary skills to be 21st century learners. Students and teachers have access to multiple devices including iPads, interactive whiteboards, laptops and a computer lab. These devices are supported by a robust commercial grade network providing a safe and secure Internet access for all users. At PCC we place a strong emphasis on cyber safety education in all year levels and we are are proud to be an eSmart school
The use of iPads as the preferred device to support our curriculum occurs throughout the College. Year P-2 teams have access to year level trolleys of iPads. We have a BYO (Parent funded) 1:1 iPad program in years 3-9.
STE(A)M is the combined study of Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts) and Mathematics and is our program for extending student learning and engaging our students in these areas of need for the future.
Point Cook College is proud of its commitment to Science Education. From Foundation through our Primary Years of schooling (Prep – Year 4) students engage in Scientific learning in Inquiry and Sustainability Education. In our Middle Years (Years 5 and 6) Science moves into our Specialist program and students are engaged in a program that exposes them to key scientific ideas and practices. This work intensifies into our Secondary Years (Year 7 – 9) when students work in our Laboratories. Students from Prep to Year 9 have the unique opportunity to be involved in STE(A)M projects and challenges throughout the year however we now we add another dimension to the Science program – the Secondary STE(A)M Program. This work is documented in the PCC Strategic Plan (available on our Website).
We are creating a targeted learning pathway in Year 7 through to Year 9 for students in Science and Mathematics. This program has been designed for students who are interested in, and show an aptitude for, Science, problem solving and real life learning. It has been designed to extend learning and to provide enrichment – we are aiming to build both depth and breadth into our program.
The program is a balance of scientific skills and knowledge alongside integrated cross-curricular project based learning. Examples of teaching and learning from the program involve:
3D printed cells
Coding Scratch games with home made Makey Makey controllers