PCC Bulletin - Term 1, Week 5



PRINCIPALS UPDATE

Parent/Carer Online Evenings
Next week, we have our Parent/Carer Online Evenings.

The purpose of these evenings is for our parents and carers to have the opportunity to meet and communicate the need to know information about their child. It is also a great opportunity to share the successes to date in the classroom.

A reminder to all our parents and carers to book into our Parent/Carer Online Evenings by 3:00pm Monday, 7th March 2022. No further bookings will be accepted after this date. Information has been sent out via Compass, and WebEx links will be sent to all families who have booked in by Tuesday.


COVIDSafe Update
We would like to thank all PCC community members for your care and diligence over the first 5 weeks of the 2022 school year.

As you already know, for the size of our College, we are only receiving a few reports of positive cases onsite over the last week or so. This has been very well managed by the families and the impact across the school has been minimal. 

We ask families to keep observing our communicated protocols, to keep our school as safe as possible by following important COVIDSafe measures such as mask wearing, physical distancing, ventilation, getting vaccinated, precautionary rapid antigen testing and isolating when a family member is positive. This has helped our college to remain open. 

It has been pleasing to note that we have also had days of no student COVID positive cases, hence no reports have been distributed on those days. 

For now, all current COVIDsafe practices will continue until the end of this term. This means that RAT tests have once again been made available to schools and can be picked up from your child’s class teacher before school and after school. Masks will continue to be worn for students in years 3-6 and staff members (for those without exemptions), physical distancing is still strongly recommended.

We’ll continue to provide an update to our community as soon as we receive further information from DET, regarding changes to COVIDsafe measures. 

Parent Payment Contributions
Thank you to our parents who have already paid the voluntary parent payment contributions for 2022. Your generosity will enable us to further provide resourcing for our programs. 

Our preferred payment option is via Compass Payments or payment can also be made using cash, BPay or EFTPOS at the office. 

Please contact the college office should you have any questions. 

Road Safety 
This is a reminder to all PCC community members about the importance of road safety, as we have been notified of near misses of students, cars driving too fast or too close to pedestrians. Please drive safely, and exercise tolerance and patience. 

If you are able to commute by walking or riding, please take care when crossing roads and ensure that it is safe to cross when you do so. 

We ask children that ride their bikes or scooters to school to 'walk' their bikes around the perimeter of the school to ensure that all children and adults are safe and that no one is hurt by children riding at high speeds. We also ask all children to wear helmets. Helmets are the ‘seatbelt’ of the bike. 

We ask all parents and carers to please have a conversation with your child/ren about the importance of road safety. We thank you in anticipation around all community members working together to ensure our collective safety and wellbeing. 

Canteen
As of Monday, we will be opening up ‘over the counter’ service at our canteen for our p-4 students to purchase items at recess and lunch times. As you are aware, the importance of physically distancing is paramount. All staff on Canteen duty will ensure that students purchasing items from the canteen are standing on the ‘yellow crosses’ (physically distancing). Please speak with your child/ren about this.

TUNING INTO TEENS PARENTING PROGRAM

Tuning Into Teens is an emotion-focussed program which provides parents and carers with skills in emotion coaching, and recognising, understanding and managing their own and their children’s emotions.

This is being run by Uniting Reconnect West over 6 weeks online commencing in late March.

Tuning Into Teens also covers how to:

  • communicate more effectively with your teen
  • understand your teen better
  • help your teen to manage those difficult emotions
  • help to prevent behavioural issues in your teen
  • teach your teen how to deal with conflict more effectively

Please view the flyer HERE for more information and about how to contact the facilitators, Cath and Owen, of the upcoming program.




THE RESILIENCE PROJECT (TRP)

We are very excited to be working with The Resilience Project again in 2022.

All years prep- year 9 classes have now well and truly commenced learning and applying Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness activities across the College.

Further information on what The Resilience Project is about and to access tools and ideas for your home can be found at:  https://theresilienceproject.com.au/about/

Student Survey
As part of our Partnership with TRP our years 3-9 students are currently completing a student survey which aims to collect, analyse and report the resilience of young people at a cohort level in terms of their strengths, life satisfaction, hopefulness, anxiety and depression, coping style, and risk and protective behaviours.

Specifically, the survey measures the resilience and wellbeing of your young people across 9 key domains: Understanding Self, Social Skills, Positive Relationships, Safety, Healthy Body and Healthy Mind, Learning, Positive Attitude, Positive Values, Positive Identity.

The survey is anonymous and we endeavour to share insights on our data once this process is completed by our students and made available to us. Stay tuned!!

The Resilience Project- Parent Webinar (WITH HUGH VAN CYCLENBURG)
This year we are extremely excited to have HUGH VAN CYCLENBURG facilitating and hosting our Parent Webinar which aims to empower our wider community to further support our children outside the school environment. Stay tuned for further information as we get closer.

DATE: Wednesday April 6, 6.30-8.00pm (details to register for this event will follow via compass- stay tuned).

What will I get out of the Webinar?
As parents and carers, we know you want to show up for your kids, support their mental health, and encourage them to be the best they can be. An important part of showing up for our children, however, is first showing up for ourselves. 

Our Parent & Carer Presentation will help you... 

Equip yourself with simple, practical tools to look after your own wellbeing. 

Be informed of the confronting mental health statistics in our country, and understand why prevention is the key to changing this narrative (especially for our children). 

Learn about GEM (Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness) - the evidence-based principles your kids’ are living and breathing at school to feel happier and build resilience. 

Feel confident in holding positive wellbeing discussions with your family. 

 



CLASSROOM LIBRARIES

We are putting a call out for families that have non-fiction books in their homes that are not being used and are suitable for classroom libraries. If you have any books you would like to donate to the classroom libraries, please pack these in your child/rens bags and take them to the following locations:

  • P-4 - put in neighbourhood boxes
  • 5-9 - hand them in at the office.



YEAR 9 BOYS VOLLEYBALL

On Monday, the year Year 9s competed in the inter-school Volleyball competition. They placed 3rd in their pool.

The students represented the school positively following all our school expectations and showed great sportsmanship!

 


YEAR 7 CAMP

After missing camp for the last two years our students were excited to head off to Mt Eliza. The students have had an amazing time at Camp Manyung. The students were able to participate in snorkelling, high ropes course, archery and sea kayaking. They have built strong relationships as a cohort as well as building their resilience skills. This is key to becoming a successful learner in secondary school.

The YMCA camp staff commended our staff and our students on their politeness, enthusiasm and attitude as they all had a go at each activity! We were told we have been the best school they have had onsite so far! We are really proud of our students.

 
  



UPCOMING INFORMATION SESSIONS 

Our Year 7 Information Sessions for 2023 will be held this term.

The following information sessions will be held onsite at the college. More information about how to register for this session will be sent out shortly but we wanted to ensure you were aware of key dates.

2023 Year 7 Information Session 5pm-6pm 24th March
2023 High Achievers Program 5pm-6pm 29th March
2023 Athlete Development Program 5pm-6pm 24th March




YMCA WEEKLY WRAP 

We have seen an increase in numbers over the last few weeks in both Before School Care and After School Care which has been great to see. 

Children have been enjoying a variety of activities throughout the week, children have shown great interest in sport activities such as hockey, basketball, soccer and more. Children have also enjoyed a variety of cooking activities and art and craft activities such as Iron on Beads and more. 

We have also recognised children who have been showing our values ( Honesty, Responsible, Caring, Respectful) throughout our program, by giving them a certificate to recognise their efforts and a little token towards our movie day happening at the end of term.

We have seen a tremendous interest from children wanting to serve afternoon tea to the other children. This has become part of our program and an opportunity for all children to be involved in aspects of our program and children are excited to be involved on a daily basis. 

If you’re interested in booking your child into our before or after school care programs, please visit: https://childrensprograms.ymca.org.au/before-after-school-programs/point-cook-college.  

For more information please call 0459 999 138 or email John at pointcookoshc@ymca.org.au


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