PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 1

Welcome Back!
We welcome all our students, parents and carers back to Term 2. We hope that you have all had a great first week back, enjoying the ANZAC Day Public holiday last Monday.

On Tuesday, our college commemorated ANZAC Day by conducting a whole college service over our PA system, where we shared a minute’s silence together, to remember those who have died serving our country. All our classes across the college acknowledged the occasion as part of the morning routine and discussed the purpose of the day and occasion in further detail that is age appropriate. Some classes made wreaths and displayed them in classes to acknowledge the day too. We thank Robyn Fincher for leading this across our college and supporting our students in understanding the purpose.

It has been a great start to Term 2 with all our staff being organised and prepared and commencing  student learning, day one, session one - ensuring no learning time is wasted. We thank our staff for their preparation and prioritising our students.

A reminder that if you would like to speak with your teacher regarding your child’s progress, please ensure that you make contact. 

Reminder, there are two student free days and one further public holiday in Term 2:
  • Friday, 20 May - Staff Professional Learning Day - DET and School council Approved
  • Friday, 10 June - Staff Curriculum Day - School council Approved
  • Monday, 13 June - Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday

Hoodie Up for Autism
We thank our college community for donating to our fundraiser - Hoodie for Autism. All money raised will be Amaze - the peak body for autistic people and their families and supporters in Victoria, and has been supporting the autism community for over 50 years. We thank our Tracy Peters for leading this across our college

Why hoodies you ask? Some autistic people experience sensory sensitivities and can become overloaded by stimuli in their environment; wearing their hoodie up means they can block out bright lights and busy environments which helps calm them.

PCC Student Clubs
We are pleased to announce that from Monday of Week 2 (this Monday) a majority of our teaching staff will be commencing student clubs at recess and/or lunch times. These clubs will be communicated with your child/ren on Monday, for their participation.. Next week we will be able to promote these clubs with our parent/carer community in this bulletin, for you to encourage your child (if they choose) to participate in one, two or more clubs.

These clubs are designed to promote student wellbeing, opportunity, engagement and teacher/student relationships outside of class time. Each day, teachers will remind our students what club is on offer and where.

These clubs come at absolutely no cost.

Term 2 - Rapid Antigen Testing
As per our recent Compass notification, the Victorian Government has announced it is extending the RAT screening program for the first 4 weeks of Term 2. RAT kits will again be distributed to all students from classrooms in Term 2, as they have been this term.

If your child/ren test positive for COVID-19, please let our college know asap, so we can inform our whole community and those specifically in their class.

We continue to encourage our parents and carers to meet with their child/ren (Year 3 - 9) at an alternate spot inside or outside the college. Doing this will ensure we continue everything we can to minimise transmission and limit crowding in front of classrooms.

We thank you for your continued support in keeping our college safe. Please keep up the great effort! 

Prep Enrolments
Prep Enrolments are now open 2023! Please read the information below and contact the college or the assistant principals for futher information. 

Point Cook P-9 College Sign
Have you seen it? Our front sign has been revamped - check it out below!

Car Park Access
A quick reminder to parents and carers that when dropping students off in the morning and picking students up in the afternoon, we ask that you avoid walking through our staff car parks. Cars frequently park and drive through these car parks making them a hazardous place. Keep your children safe by walking through our designated pedestrian gates around the college on Tom Roberts Parade and Ponsford Drive.

Scholastic Book Club – Issue 3
Issue 3 will close on Sunday 08/05/22
Please click on the link below for more information on book club.
There is a downloadable parent guide to tell you all about book club if you are new to it.

How to place an order:
Parents & Kids > order now
Place your order
Create an account for first time users > all orders are online only.
Please do NOT send money or orders to school

Other things…
There are 8 issues per year. Due date for orders to be placed will be communicated with teachers and via compass. Deliveries will be to the school if ordered before the closing date. However, you may still order after this date but all orders will be delivered to your home and will incur a home delivery fee of $7.50.

If you do not wish to purchase books you may still wish to look at the catalogues and some of the items may be available at your local council library.

The Resilience Project
Throughout 2022, we will be working closely with The Resilience Project to support the wellbeing of our school community. 

The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs and provides evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience.

Our Partnership Program consists of online presentations and weekly lessons for students, professional development for staff, and Parent & Carer Hub (inc. digital presentations) for our parent and carer community. 

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing the Parent & Carer Hub with you. The videos are 5-10 minutes long and will walk through the key pillars of resilience: Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness. You’ll hear stories and be introduced to activities to show how these strategies can support our kids' learning and development, and also support you as parents and carers. 

This program is an important part of our school’s effort to look after the mental health of our community.

View the first presentation of the series here: Part 1: Meet Hugh and learn about The Resilience Project - https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/ 

In this presentation, Hugh shares a personal experience about his sister's battles with Mental Illness.

Note: This video contains a story about an Eating Disorder that may be triggering. Please consider this before watching. For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page. 

We will be in touch to share the remainder of the program, including research and wellbeing activities to integrate into day to day life. 

Parent/Carer Seminar- Hugh Van Cuylenburg
For those that were unable to attend the Parent/Carer Seminar with Hugh Van Cuylenburg last term, please find attached the link to the recorded session. 

Topic: The Resilience Project presents, 'Discovering Resilience' with Hugh van Cuylenburg

Meeting Recording: 

Students in 34L wrote ANZAC poems to comemorate the lives of Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died at war. To view more of the 34L ANZAC poems, click HERE.

Rebel Community Givebacks
Rebel Community Givebacks is a program designed to allow schools, in our case, Point Cook College to earn in-store credits at rebel to purchase essential sporting equipment and teamwear. Registered schools are rewarded with 5% back on sales linked to a member or student who is a rebel active member.

For more information on the program and to learn how you can support our college and the sporting experience of students at PCC, click HERE.

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