PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 3

Education Support Day
This Monday is Education Support Staff Day. Our ES staff are an integral part of our college, who work tirelessly in a range of roles and responsibilities across our school. Every day our ES staff support students, parents, staff and organise a range of tasks that our college would not be able to operate across if we didn't have them.

We thank all our ES staff for all the work and support they do for us all and hope you have a great day. 

NAPLAN -  Thank you
A huge thank you to all our Year 3,5 7 and 9 students and parents/carers for supporting our NAPLAN testing this last week. NAPLAN supports our college and DET to see our progress with our literacy and numeracy goals. NAPLAN also provides our college with  information about how our education programs are working and our areas for improvement.

Education Week
Next week is Education Week. Education Week celebrates the strengths and achievements of Victoria's government education sector. This year's theme is 150 Years of Public Education, to coincide with this milestone anniversary for Victoria. 

Next week our students will participate in a range of activities celebrating this occasion in classes.

Student Clubs
As previously mentioned, below is a schedule of student clubs across our college. Our staff are working hard to ensure that students have many opportunities to engage and to continue to develop relationships with teachers and peers.

We encourage you to speak with your child/ren and encourage them to attend one, some or all within their year level.

To view the Student Clubs that are on offer at PCC, click HERE.

Hoodie for Autism Day - Fundraiser 
Students and staff made their donations on ‘Hoodie up for Autism Day’ to raise a total of $942.15 which will be donated to Amaze. Amaze builds autism understanding in the community, influences policy change for autistic people and their families/supporters, and provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

We thank all staff, students and parents & carers who made their donation and contributed to Amaze, who shape the future of Autism!

To find out more about amaze, click HERE.

The Resilience Project
This week’s presentation from The Resilience Project focuses on Gratitude. 

Gratitude is paying attention to the things that we have right now, and not worrying about what we don’t have. We practise this by noticing the positives that exist around us.

Research shows that practicing gratitude rewires our brains to overcome the negativity bias (which can lead to anxiety and depression) and see the world for what we are thankful for. It is also shown to broaden thinking, and increase physical health through improved sleep and attitude to exercise.

View Part 2 of the series here - Gratitude https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/

There are many ways in which you can practise gratitude, including starting a Wellbeing Journal. In the image below are a few ideas to get started.

Source: Psychology Today

For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchien Garden (SAKG)
Nick Alderson and Sarah Moore our garden specialists, have been hard at work making our ever growing Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden (SAKG) a functioning learning space.

Our SAKG has many different functions: It’s used to grow fresh produce for the SAKG classes with our Year 3/4 students. It’s also used as a hands on learning space for our primary aged students with classes regularly touring the space. The SAKG is an area of interest for our visual art and photography program due to its abundance of life and light.

The ‘Calm’ bench is the newest addition to the garden, making it one of our best resources for supporting our students learning and wellbeing. Our students have the option to utilise the ‘Calm’ bench to support them in times of escalation and it also provides the opportunity to co-regulate and support our with students re-engagement. You can find the ‘Calm’ bench facing the pond, it brings a sense of calm to the space and one which students are already benefitting from. 

Constructing with Clay Elective Year 8 & 9

Below are some of the amazing work our ceramics students have been working on!

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