PCC Bulletin - Term 1, Week 1

PRINCIPAL WELCOME

Welcome back to the 2022 school year and a big welcome to all families that are new to Point Cook Prep- 9 College.

It has been a very smooth start to the school year and the students have quickly settled into a positive and productive learning environment. A special acknowledgement to our new 2022 Prep students and their families on the beginning of their primary school journey. We understand that this is a big milestone for the whole family, and we are very proud of our Prep students for their positivity, resilience, independence and effort. We would like to thank all staff members for their efforts in building relationships and in supporting students, and parents/carers, in a smooth transition back to school.

Term Dates for 2022
As you know, it has been difficult for everyone to see their friends and family over the last few years. In order to assist parents and carers with planning for holidays/breaks etc, the following are the school term dates for this year. Parents and carers are asked to please be mindful of the term dates when booking family holidays, to ensure that they coincide with school holidays. This avoids disruption to the educational program and learning.

Start date

Finish date

Term 1 - 31 January

8 April

Term 2 - 26 April

24 June

Term 3 - 11 July

16 September

Term 4 - 3 October

20 December


Confirmed Covid Cases
The Department of Education (DET) asks that Principals inform the school community of any confirmed positive cases and to advise on the steps required. This will mean that Compass notifications will be sent whenever we have a confirmed student or staff case. We thank you for your cooperation with this process.

We ask all parents to read the regular Compass notifications outlining our COVIDsafe practices in line with DET regulations. Our families will also receive regular emails updating the community on positive covid-19 cases in year levels, and we ask that you monitor your child for symptoms, as per the DET guidelines specified in the emails.

Vital COVIDsafe Steps:
Our College will make sure your child is as safe as possible and will focus on:

  • hand hygiene
  • mask wearing
  • social distancing
  • rapid antigen testing
  • ventilation

Face Masks updated information for all school settings:
Please note that the most recent Operations Guide (Monday 31.1.22) states that school staff will be required to always wear masks indoors when not actively teaching or communicating with students. Masks are not compulsory outdoors, however their use is encouraged when adults are unable to physically distance.

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) have recently been distributed to families (pack of 5 per student). Please see your child’s teacher after school if you did not collect your pack. Thank you to the families who have conducted the Rapid Antigen Tests, as these measures assist in keeping our College community members healthy and safe. Please let the College office know if your child tests positive, as soon as possible.

College Council
Nominations for the Point Cook P-9 College Council are opening Monday, 7th February at 8:00am. There are currently two parent electorates to be appointed for two-year terms between March 2022 – March 2024.


The objectives of a College Council are set out in the college council’s constituting Order and section 2.3.4 of the Education and Training Reform Act and are to:

  • assist in the efficient governance of the school
  • ensure that its decisions affecting students of the school are made having regard, as a primary consideration, to the best interest of the students
  • enhance the educational opportunities of students at the school
  • ensure the school and the council complies with any requirements of the Education and Training Reform Act, the Education and Training Reform Regulations, a Ministerial Order or a direction, guideline or policy issued under the Education and Training Reform Act.

These college council objectives must be taken into account by college council members when exercising any of their powers, duties or functions.

To nominate for a parent electorate position on the 2022 College Council, please visit Point Cook P-9 reception and collect a nomination form. Nomination forms must be submitted strictly by 3:30pm on Friday 18th February 2022. Late forms will be not be accepted under any circumstance.

For further information on the College Council, please do not hesitate to contact the office on (03) 8348 7100.

School Photos
All PCC students will have their individual photo and class photo taken on either Monday 7th February or Thursday 10th February. Please make sure your child/children are in full school uniform on both days.

Sibling photos will be happening at a later date in Term 2, on Saturday 28th May. More information regarding sibling photos will be distributed at the beginning of Term 2.

Please remember to use Compass to order and purchase your child/ren's photos.


PREP-4 SUB-SCHOOL UPDATE

Welcome to 2022. We are looking forward to welcoming all our new Prep's to the College for their first day on Monday, 7th February 2022. A reminder that school starts at 8:40am every morning and finishes at 3:00pm every afternoon. It is important all students are in class between 8:30-8:40pm to begin the school day. 

It is very important for students to bring hats to school each day for sun protection and to allow students to play outside during recess and lunch. Lunch should be packed and placed in students’ bags before school.

To assist Preps in their transition into Point Cook P-9 College, the playground on the Tom Roberts Parade side of the school will be designated to the Preps during Week 2 (Monday 7th – Friday 11th February). Once preps are settled, Year 1 and 2 students will be able to access this playground during recess and lunch.

We are thrilled to be running the Stephanie Alexandra Kitchen and Garden (SAKG) program again starting in Week 2, 2022. The SAKG Program provides a real-life context for learning, with opportunities to be hands on in the areas of growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal foods. As participants in the SAKG Program students discover the pleasures of food education, through regular classes in a productive vegetable garden and a kitchen classroom. Read more about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program on their website here.

All information regarding your child/ren will be distributed through Compass. We strongly recommend downloading the application onto your phone and turning on push notifications so you do not miss any information.


5-9 SUB-SCHOOL UPDATE

Year 7 Camp 
Our Year 7 Camp has been developed to prepare students for Secondary Education with a strong focus on developing key skills such as preparing for exams, study skills, note taking strategies. Activities will be based around resilience, develop independence and provide opportunities to develop leadership skills.

It is strongly recommended all students attend the Year 7 Camp being held between Wednesday, 2nd March and Friday, 4th March. Please see the 'Events' page on Compass to provide consent and make payment by Friday 18th February.

Year 9 Wellbeing Workshops
On the 18th of February we have an amazing opportunity to provide wellbeing workshops for our Year 9 cohort! Consent and payment are due on Compass by Friday 18th February.

For the boys: The Man Cave is a preventative mental health and emotional intelligence charity that empowers boys to become great men. Man Cave has been designed by young men, psychologists and mental health experts to safely create an attitudinal and behavioural shift in boys that participate. 

Feel free to read more at https://themancave.life/

For the girls: Beautiful Minds tackles tough topics, bringing them to light so our young women feel empowered, educated and supported throughout their often challenging journey of being a teen.
Beautiful Minds consists of sports stars such as Paul Roos, leading neuroscience professors such as Dr. Andrew Huberman, psychologists, therapists and youth mentors to provide these workshops.

Feel free to read more at https://beautifulminds.com.au/

The Huddle 
Free after school multi-sport program for students in years 7-9 from 4:30-5:30pm at Point Cook Senior! The 'Huddle-Up Senior' program encourages the engagement between students and increases participation and physical activity among youth.

Click here for more information on the Huddle-Up Senior program.


ICT UPDATE

The Point Cook P-9 ICT department would like to advise that with a sustainable focus in mind, we will continue to have a complete paperless ICT agreement fillable form this year. This means that your child will no longer be bringing home a 4-page form to be signed. All forms were sent out via email from the College email address. Please take the time to read through the agreement with your child and fill in your details on the last page, and then submit the form by clicking the agree button. All emails were sent to your child's primary parent email address.

If you have multiple students attending the college, you will only receive one email with a unique link for each student, please click on the link(s) in the email, and you will need to sign a form for each child you have enrolled at the college. If you have not received a form at all, this would be due to the college not having your most up to date email address on records, and you will need to contact the college to update your contact details. You may request a copy of the ICT agreement unique link for your child/children if you have still not received one, by emailing help@pcc.vic.edu.au and letting us know clearly in the message what your name is, and who your child/children are and what year levels they are currently enrolled in.


OFFICE UPDATE

If your child will be absent for any reason, please log onto Compass via the App on a mobile device or a computer browser and complete an 'attendance note'. If you are not sure how to do this and require assistance, please contact the office for guidance through the process.

Camps, Sports, Excursions Funding (CSEF) applications are now open. If your family has a health care/concession card (this is not a Medicare card), please contact the office to arrange an application for CSEF to support your child’s experience at Point Cook P-9 College.

The office can be contacted via the following methods:

We thank you for you ongoing support of our College.

Please contact the College on the above details for any support.


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