Point Cook College Offers an dynamic and engaging specialist program for all students throughout the college.
Information about the specialist programs at Point Cook College are as follows
Why learn another language and why begin at prep level? 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 student’s thinking skills and teaches about other people in order to inspire trust and respect in 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 education in year Prep. Young children absorb the language easily and are unafraid to use it. They are keen and enthusiastic participants in the games, songs, chants and role-play which are effective ways to learn a language. The ability to have continuity through primary school and into secondary school can only improve the learning outcomes for the students. Languages education is not only about learning the words but more importantly about real communication. The program includes a combination of language work and cultural activities, such as cooking, craft and having visitors to teach us dance and music.
Students at Point Cook College participate in one hour of LOTE Indonesian per week all year in years Prep-6 and two hours per week in years 7-9.
Point Cook P - 9 College provides Physical Education sessions for your Prep child on a timetabled weekly basis. Each session runs for one hour and children must be appropriately attired in comfortable clothing and supportive footwear. In Terms One and Four a Sunsmart hat is essential in order to participate in these classes and a water filled drink bottle must be brought along to every lesson.
If your child is injured or has been ill and you do not wish them to participate in the lesson, a written note is required.
Physical Education is fun and fitness combined. Students will be provided with many opportunities to represent our school in Interschool Competitions in Athletics, Swimming, Summer and Winter Sport just to name a few. The main aim of this program is to instil a love of sport and activity amongst children from a very early age and your support is encouraged at every level.
All students at PCC are encouraged to participate in a range of Performing Arts opportunities. From Prep – Year 9, students receive one semester of Performing Arts per year. 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.
In the middle years, there is a greater focus on project work. Examples of this include the Year 6 participation in the National Story Festival, Wakakirri where the students create and perform a story-dance entry. Year 8 students learn a range of dance styles in our ‘Dancing with the Students” unit.
The College also provides various opportunities for all students to perform to their peers and the broader school community.
Loretta Coustley and Clarissa Leach
Performing Arts Teachers
Creativity is at the centre of the Arts Program at Point Cook College. Students are encouraged and guided in developing their own style as they respond personally to stimulus material from a variety of cultures and times. Lessons are designed to build arts skills, creative thinking, problem solving and theoretical knowledge of the elements and principles of art.
The Art program allows students from all year levels to experience art making in 2D & 3D form. The activities may range from painting and drawing to papier mache’ and clay sculptures, or making art with recycled materials or those from our natural environment. Fine motor skills will be enhanced through many aspects of the Arts, particularly when engaging in textiles technique such as threading, weaving and sewing.
Personal responses, creativity and individuality are promoted and valued in every student.
Student work is regularly displayed around the school for the whole community to view and enjoy. Take a moment to appreciate the amazing work our students produce.
Throughout term one our wetlands has been a focus for learning with our first Sustainability Action Project being to plan and plant into the wetlands to increase biodiversity. The children are very motivated and engaged in this project with many already being able to identify plant species we have selected. The year 6 students have created a wetlands learning wall where their researched facts have been displayed on the wetlands fencing. Students from all year levels have been reading this research at recess ad lunchtimes.
Year 7s are researching frogs for our wetlands and have sighted tadpoles which is very exciting for their learning research project.
Year 1s have been intrigued by the dragonflies and damselflies on the wetlands and much of their learning is questioning, reading to find out and learning through art and movement. They have created stunningly beautiful dragonflies with Art teacher Faith Roper.
Year 4s are setting up our habitat tanks which will house Blue tongue lizards and stick insects. They have been reading and researching the needs of these animals.
Science is offered as a semester based specialist subject from Year 4 to Year 9.
Students will link theoretical concepts to practical activities on an ongoing basis. They will research theory and demonstrate their knowledge on a range of scientific study areas. Students will cover Biological, Physical, Chemical, Earth and Space Science. Specific examples of topics include: Cell Structure, Earthquakes, Compounds and Elements, Forces and Forensic Science. Students will also be undertaking a specialised unit on scientific equipment and safety where students will earn their Bunsen Burner Licence.
Students will spend two hours a week for one semester in year 7 and 8 in the Food Technology room.
Students use the time in Food Technology using ingredients, tools and materials to successfully investigate, design and create new and interesting food dishes. A big emphasis is placed on students analysing and evaluating their successes (and failures) so as to make decisions in order to improve their performance for the next session.
A major focus in the Food Technology room is developing the students’ interpersonal skills as they will be required to work in a team on most occasions. These skills are vital for success when they work on design briefs throughout the semester as they will be required to negotiate, delegate and contribute in order for their team to be successful and become skilful and effective thinkers.