Positive Climate and Engagement





At PCC we are striving to maintain a positive climate for learning by developing strong relationships, authentic engagement practices and high and consistent expectations, thereby increasing student engagement and the development of a growth mindset in all students. The core elements underpinning our positive climate are; School Wide Positive Behaviour Support, Berry St Education Model implementation and the embedding of Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships practices.



SWPBS



The provision of a positive environment for learning underpins improved engagement, wellbeing and learning outcomes for all students. PCC began implementing the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) approach in 2015 as our whole school framework for creating a safe and supportive environment for students, staff and the wider college community.


The SWPBS framework promotes and maintains a safe and orderly learning environment that focuses on establishing a consistent approach to behaviour management and positive recognition of acceptable behaviours within all settings, all of the time. We recognise that learning social skills and socially acceptable behaviours moves at a different pace for every student and that some students will need more support than others.


At the heart of SWPBS at PCC is our Behaviour Purpose Statement and our four core expected behaviours; At Point Cook College we develop academically, socially and emotionally within a safe, engaging and inclusive learning environment. We build positive relationships by demonstrating our expected behaviours and values.


We are Learners

We are Responsible

We are Respectful

We are Safe


The Student Matrix unpacks examples of each expected behaviour and is ‘taught’ and displayed in all learning environments across the College. The Staff and Community Support matrices have been developed to support the student matrix by promoting the modelling of the types of behaviours that we want our students to display. Our acknowledgement system for recognising expected behaviours is linked to our House Community structure. Students displaying expected behaviours are acknowledged with tokens and wristbands that earn points for each house. House communities with the highest amount of points at various stages throughout the year are rewarded with a celebration for all members of the winning house, promoting a sense of connection to a wider community within the college.


The following links provide more details of the expected behaviours at our College.


PCC Behaviour Purpose Statement

SWPBS Student Matrix

SWPBS Staff Matrix

SWPBS Community Matrix



BSEM



The Berry St Education Model is a research based approach which provides strategies for teachers and students that strengthen relationships and build acceptance, connectedness and belonging. Outcomes include; improved emotional and social wellbeing, increased self esteem, increased capacity to build ongoing healthy relationships, increased resilience and growth mindset, and higher levels of engagement and attendance.



RRRR



The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships is a Government initiative rolled out in all schools and aligns directly with the Personal & Social Capabilities strand of the Victorian Curriculum. The initiative promotes and models respect, positive attitudes & behaviours towards others and teaches students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.



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Student Engagement



Student engagement refers to the extent to which students feel connected to and engaged in their learning and with the broader school community. It spans students’ motivation to learn, as well as their active involvement in learning. Engagement also refers to students’ engagement as they make critical transitions through school and beyond into further education and work. At Point Cook College we are committed to;

  1. Improving student engagement across the school so that every child is connected and challenged in their learning
  2. Maximising student involvement in their learning and broadening educational provision to increase opportunities for all
  3. Ensuring all key areas of student transition are coherent, planned and supported
  4. Creating opportunities within the College community for student voice
  5. Creating a positive and consistent framework to manage and monitor the learning environment and develop processes and programs that support the health and wellbeing of our students.


Attendance



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

  1. maximize their full educational potential and increase learning outcomes
  2. build a positive connectedness to school and learning
  3. build relationships with staff and fellow students
  4. 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. If your child is going to be absent from school you will need to either leave a message on the College absence line on 83487117 or advise the homeroom teacher via the COMPASS Parent Portal.


Long term absences while not ideal, are sometimes unavoidable, eg; family holidays, medical procedures. Notification of a long term absence is required in writing either prior to or at the beginning of the absence.


To view the Attendance Policy and guidelines click here



Attendance Support



Children who are reluctant to come to school often create what seem like ‘acceptable’ excuses and parents occasionally can be tempted to allow students to have a day off for a ‘special treat.’ It is important to keep in mind that if not monitored, regular absences can quickly develop into patterns of non attendance. While we do not expect nor want students to be at school when they are ill, aiming for attendance on all other days is the expectation.


In some cases, absences can be related to underlying issues or anxieties that may or may not be directly related to school. We can provide support for families to address some of these issues but only if we work together. We encourage you to begin conversations with the college if you notice any pattern of ‘school avoidance’ or are struggling to get your child to school, and we will continue to converse with you if we have any absence concerns. It is important to remember that the longer the problem persists, the more difficult it can be to re-engage your child in their schooling. School engagement is a partnership and we are keen to provide strategies and support to get your child’s attendance back on track.



Chronic Lateness



It is important for students to start the day on the right note. Being ‘organised and ready to learn’, an example of the ‘We are Learners’ expected behaviour, is key to creating a positive tone. Students who arrive in plenty of time to organise their belongings, make connections with friends and teachers and understand the day’s routines events and learning expectations are best placed to optimise their learning opportunities.

  1. Homeroom doors open at 8:40am.
  2. Instruction begins at 8:50am.
  3. School finishes at 3.00pm.


Uniform



Students are expected to wear the school uniform to school every day. Point Cook College places great importance on maintaining a sense of pride and community and the correct wearing of the uniform promotes this belief within and beyond the College grounds. Our uniform policy has been developed with consideration given to factors including equality, health and safety and expense. If an occasion arises where a student is unable to meet the uniform expectations parents are asked to provide an explanation to the homeroom teacher. Students who have not been provided with an explanation for uniform transgressions are issued with a uniform pass and parents are notified via text message through COMPASS.


Guidelines outlining acceptable combinations and daily requirement can be found within the Uniform Policy. Noone Imagewear is our uniform supplier and is conveniently located in Hoppers Crossing.


Please click on the link provided to view and download the College Uniform Combination Images.





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