PCC Bulletin - Term 1, Week 2

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PRINCIPALS UPDATE

Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to thank our parent and carer community for all of your continued support this week. I am proud to say that our College has settled well into our teaching and learning program, celebrating the success and growth of each individual student.

As our College continues to take significant steps to stop the spread of COVID- 19, we thank our parents and carers who ensure their child/ren rapid antigen test at least twice a week, and our parents and carers who are testing their child/ren for five days, after being identified as class contacts upon receiving our Compass notifications.

As you are aware, for a school of our size we are doing incredibly well in only recording a minimal amount of positive cases throughout the last two weeks. These This is due to our strong COVIDsafe measures, such as:
  • students in Grade 3 - 9 wearing face masks indoors at our College, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • classrooms being allocated hand sanitiser and disinfectant wet wipes for frequent use.
  • Air Purifiers located throughout the College, in classrooms, hallways and in all high traffic areas.
  • room density limit information and signage displayed throughout our College and upon entry to all inside spaces.
  • staff and students following room density restrictions and signs throughout the College
  • reconfiguring class spaces where possible, using all available space in the school
  • the cleaning of high touch points throughout our College
  • physically distancing at all times

Your child/ren received their RAT kits for testing in Week 3 and 4 today. Please continue to notify the college if your child/ren test positive, to support our College in keeping our community safe.


PREP-4 SUB-SCHOOL UPDATE

Congratulations to our preps for completing their first 4 full days of school! Our staff have loved having our new preps at school and are thrilled with their enthusiasm and spirit.  

All Primary students need to wear a broad brim, bucket, or legionnaires hat when they go outside at recess and lunch or for PE as we are a Sunsmart school.

We are looking for more non-fiction and fiction books for our P-4 classroom libraries, could families please look through their bookcases for any books they do not read anymore and would like to donate to the college to help fill up our classroom libraries.

Year 1/2 iPad Information
We ask that students in year 1/2 classes do NOT bring their iPads to school just yet as we are in the process of finalising the grade 1/2 app list. Once this is complete we will be in contact with you about a time for you to bring your child’s iPad to school with the required apps.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Community Spot
Our Grade 3/4 students participate in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKG) as part of their curriculum. To further enhance and promote this fabulous experience we have created a Community Share Spot along the fence line in front of the school office. 

The Community Share Spot will be stocked with excess produce from our garden for our community to utilise. We currently have an abundance of herbs. Please feel free to browse and take as your needs arise. Produce will vary as supply and seasons change. Enjoy!





5-9 SUB-SCHOOL UPDATE

Year 9 My Career Insights Program
This term all Year 9 students will undergo Morrisby Profiling and Career Counselling as part of the My Career Insights Program. 

As part of the program, students will:

  • Complete a series of online questions and quizzes (on the Morrisby Profile website) at school.

  • Receive a Morrisby Profile Report showing the results from the questions and quizzes, and possible jobs that match their abilities, interests and personality.

  • Have a 30-minute meeting with a Morrisby-trained Career Practitioner, who will explain the report to your child. You can attend this meeting. These will take place from April 4th – April 6th. 
All Year 9 students require consent to engage in this program and this can be completed via COMPASS in Course Confirmations.

Year 7 Transition to High School Parent Session
We are thrilled to announce that Point Cook College are partnering with The Big Sister Experience Education Programs to present a Parent Information session on the Year 7 Transition to High School. 

This session will cover important topics to equip parents and families to support students to ensure a smooth transition from year 6 to year 7, as well as addressing questions around expectations, changes and anxiety that the transition period can bring. For more information, click HERE to view the flyer. 

This will be run online on Tuesday February 15th from 7pm - 8pm. Please click the link below to join the event on the night.

https://eduvic.webex.com/eduvic/j.php?MTID=m167518feea5ed8fc6f9b50460b5527d0 

Alternatively, you may use the below event number and password to join:

Event number (access code): 2652 921 8480
Event Password: pcc2022

If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please feel free to email or contact Abbi Chamberlain via the College office.


Year 7 Immunisations
Year 7 immunisations will be on Wednesday, 9th March. Students have all received their forms and are to return them to their homeroom teacher prior to the immunisation date

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
Consent and payment are due on Compass - Friday 18th February

On the 18th of February we have an amazing opportunity to provide wellbeing workshops for our Year 9 cohort! 
The cost of this incursion for all students will be $15.00 per student. The workshop will run for the full duration of the school day. 


ICT UPDATE

The Point Cook P-9 ICT department have sent out ICT Agreements for all families to complete. Please take the time to read through the agreement with your child and fill in your details on the last page, and submit the form by clicking the agree button.

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

Absence
The preferred method of notifying the school of your child’s absence is by using Compass. All parents have access to the Compass parent portal where you can add an attendance note regarding your child’s absence; if you have not received your login details or have forgotten your login details please contact the school reception on 8348 7100.

Late Arrivals:
School commences at 8.30am and finishes at 3:00pm.

The Morning Roll is marked from 8:30 to 8:40am

Students arriving at school after 8:40am are regarded as ‘not present’ until they report to the Office and get signed in late. Students must provide a reason for their late arrival and should present any supporting documentation.

Early Leavers
If Students need to leave the college early. Parents/guardians need to log onto into their Compass Parent Portal and put an attendance note including the time of pickup and for the reason for the early finish. Student need to be collected from the front office.

If collecting your child College reception, ID is required. For student safety reasons, the College is only able to release students to a parent/guardian or emergency contact. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to keep the emergency contact list up to date.

Medical Certificates
If your child is absent due to illness or medical reasons a medical certificate is required and must be submitted to the Attendance Officer.

The reason for this is an absence covered by a medical certificate is a Department approved absence which does not affect their attendance percentage. If a medical certificate is not supplied the absence is NOT a department approved absence and does affect student attendance percentage. 


COVID Update
With Covid being ever present in the community, it is vital that we are working together to minimise any immediate risk for our students.

We ask that any students who complete a RAT or PCR test and return a positive result, contact the school immediately on 8348 7100 to notify us of the positive case. This will allow our college to follow covid-safe protocols and ensure the safety of our community.


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