Dear Parents and Carers,
Please note that with the end of Term 1 being on Friday 8 April, our College will have an early finish on the day at 2:30pm.
Again, we would like to thank our parent and carer community for your care and diligence over Term 1. Please continue to keep our school as safe as possible by following important COVIDsafe measures such as RA testing twice-a-week, on Mondays and Wednesday/Thursdays.
As you know, no is not a time to become complacent. We all need to ensure that we all follow the recommendations, like wearing masks where we cannot physically distance and encouraging children to do the same.
Staffing Update - We are almost there!
As you know, Victoria is experiencing a teacher shortage like never before, impacting many schools across Victoria. With the college working exceptionally hard to employ quality teachers and staff to vacant positions to our college, we are proud to say that:
Over January – we had 16 classroom positions vacant.
Over February – we had 8 classroom positions vacant.
During March – we now only have 3 classroom positions vacant.
From Term 2 – we hope to have all our positions filled (fingers crossed).
We continue to thank all our staff, student and parent community for their flexibility, support, understanding during Term 1. We know that some parents/carers and students are far more impacted than others, but your understanding is so appreciated.
Professional Practice Days
As part of the recent Australian Education Union (AEU) announcements, Professional Practice Days will be re-introduced from Term 2, 2022, meaning that teachers will have a scheduled student free day to focus on important planning, assessment and other teaching and learning work across a number of teaching areas.
As we have spent much more than anticipated on staffing this year (CRTs etc), our School Council has endorsed and approved a Term 2 Professional Learning Day (student free), where the College can substantially reduce the cost of these days, where we would usually employ CRTs (not to mention the Victorian shortage) to cover our teachers, costing the College close to $40,000 for any one term. These savings will be placed back into student learning.
This Term 2 Professional Learning student free day will be chosen and communicated to our parent/carer community in the coming week.
This year, the CAMHS and Schools: Early Action (CASEA) Program will run at Point Cook P-9 College. As an early intervention program, CASEA aims to promote prosocial behaviour, positive self-esteem, social skills, problem-solving skills, and assertiveness, which are often underdeveloped in children with challenging behaviours. Using a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing, the program seeks to develop these skills in all children and identify any children with challenging behaviours, as well as working with families to support them. We thank Ms Abbi Chamberlain for leading and organising this program across our college, continuing to support our students and families.
Last Day of Term 1 - Early Finish
A reminder that students will be finishing at 2:30pm on the last day of Term 1 (Friday, 8th April 2022). Arrangements need to be made for your children to be collected no later than 2:30pm.
Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
A gentle reminder that applications for the 2022 CSEF Year 7 Uniform Package will close at the end of Term 1, 2022. If you have a valid Concession card and need some support with uniform, please contact the office.
State School Relief
A gentle reminder that if you hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for CSEF. Please refer to the Compass post for the application form.
If you applied for CSEF last year through Point Cook College, you do not need to complete an application this year. Last date for CSEF application is 24th June 2022.
Morrisby My Career Insights Program
Year 9 students recently completed their Morrisby profile and will now have a follow-up discussion with a Morrisby-trained Careers Consultant. This session will take around 30 minutes and will occur online using Webex. Round 1 of the career interviews will occur on the 5th and 6th of April. Students and parents in this round have been sent details regarding this. All other year 9 students will participate in their interview in term 2.
Thank You Jo!
Point Cook College would like to send a big thank you to our Ponsford Drive Crossing Supervisor, Jo for her hard work and dedication to keeping our students safe over the last 11 years! We would like to wish Jo luck at her new school!
Our students celebrated Harmony Week today by wearing cultural attire and orange clothing! Harmony week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Everyone looked fabulous and represented Harmony Day at Point Cook College extremely well!
Thank you to all of the students who donated a gold coin. As a school, we collected a fantastic $661.00 which will be donated to the Australian Red Cross!
The Resilience Project- Parent Webinar
Hugh Van Cylenburg will be hosting and presenting at our upcoming Webinar
When: Wednesday 6th April 2022
Booking details have been sent out via compass.
Other useful resources can be found at: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/at-home/
3 Dimensional Crazy Critters!
Year 5/6 art students created 3 dimensional crazy critters over the first 6 weeks of school! Check out their awesome creatures below:
Student Writing Showcase
Boom! They put the notice on the board. “Yes! I got in!” shouted Fiona.
Fiona had been asked to perform a dance in the theatre with Lilac Anderson. It is one of her biggest dreams ever.
Read the rest of The Dazzling Performance here.
Last week in the kitchen, Kylie and the Gilmore teachers supported students to use some of the produce they harvested to cook sushi. They worked in small groups to chop the vegetables, spread the sushi rice onto nori and roll the sushi. Most of all, they loved eating together in the dining room afterwards!
Students have been working hard to complete their first Design Brief! These chopping boards have come up beautifully, incorporating simple designs, as well as combining a variety of timbers to create a unique piece to stand out!