PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 5

Online Parent/Carer/Student/Teacher Interviews
Our college will be having our Online Parent/Carer/Student/Teacher Interviews on:

  • Tuesday 21 June - 3:20pm - 6:20pm
  • Wednesday 22 June - 3:20pm - 5:20pm

The purpose of these interviews is for parents/carers and students to speak with teachers on the progress of their child/ren. Parents and carers can ask questions and have the opportunity to hear the positive work your child/ren have been completing, as well as improvement areas. Please encourage your child/ren to be present at the interviews to promote conversation, inclusion, relationships and partnerships.

In the coming weeks we will be communicating links and all booking information.

The Resilience Project
Last Tuesday, our college staff participated in a professional learning opportunity lead by The Resilience Project. Our staff had the opportunity to stop, reflect and participate in a range of strategies to support our mental health and engaged in strategies to support the mental health of our students. We thank Leah and The Resilience Project for all their support and partnership.

RATS Distribution
As you would know, we have completed our recent distribution of RATS across the college. If you did not receive your RATs, please speak with your child/ren’s teacher for follow up.

Education Week Open Morning
As part of our 2022 Education Week celebrations, our students had the opportunity to participate in a range of activities celebrating 150 years of Public Education. Parents and caregivers also had the opportunity to visit classrooms to take part in learning and to observe their child/ren. We all had a great time and again welcomed our community back into our college.

Student Action - Uniform Change
Today, several of our students met with Sub-school Principal, Ms Tracy Peters to discuss the changing of a college uniform rule. The meeting, organised by Naisha Ajmera, Navnidhi Baden, Kylah Gilvray, Ameesha Weragalage and supported by Student Leadership Council Secretary, Sarah Zalzly proposed the removal of the hair-tie rule and make it optional instead. These students have suggested for hair to remain tied in science, woodwork and food technology rooms. These student leaders were supported by seven other students in the meeting with Ms Peters.

Ms Tracy Peters was encouraging in her discussion with our students. In the last 3 months, our students had researched the issue, canvassed their peers and sought their teachers’ advice. Students followed it up with a letter to the school leadership. Acting Principal, Matt Naudi encouraged our students to organise a petition to find out if there was support for the change. Today, our students submitted a petition with more than 300 signatures, representing Years 7-9 students, teachers, staff and parents/carers. 

Ms Peters told the students that she was proud of their effort and that they should be proud of themselves. She invited them to the next School Council meeting to present their proposal. Speaking of our students’ initiative, school Principal Matt Naudi praised them for being proactive and responsible. “I am proud of them. Our students are active and empowered and they are seeking change the right way.

We thank Mr Zul Shariff for leading this whole change initiative with our students. Watch this space!

Year 3/4 Camp
Students in Year 3/4 will have the opportunity to go to the Lady Northcote Camp in Term 3. At the Year 3/4 Camp, students will participate in awesome activities such as Canoeing, Giant Swing, Mountain Bikes, Low Ropes Course, Flying Fox, Raft Building, Archery and Geocaching.

If you have a child in Year 3/4, make sure you go onto compass to check the event information, provide consent and make payment. 

2023 Prep Enrolments
Prep enrolments are now open! If you have a Prep student commencing in 2023 please collect an enrolment pack via our College reception.

Please feel free to contact the college office on 8348 7100 for more information or visit our website via the following link: https://www.pcc.vic.edu.au

On Wednesday 25th May 2022, we conducted a Prep Information Night for prospective families of our College. The presentation from the Prep Information Night can be found via the following link: Prep Information Night Presentation

WynSpeak Public Speaking Competition
On Tuesday 24th May in the evening we had 4 of our students compete in the WynSpeak public speaking competition. Harnessing all their nerves and speaking in front of a crowd is no easy task.

Our students proudly represented the college and although our students did not place this year, they did incredibly well.

Congratulations to the efforts of Prisha Modi (7C), Rafael Cruz (8H), Yi Jie Cheok (8H), and Navnidhi Baden (8C). 

The Resilience Project- Parent Hub
Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they do. We practise this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.

Brain imaging data shows that being kind to others registers in the brain as more like eating chocolate than like fulfilling an obligation to do what’s right (e.g., eating brussel sprouts)!

Research shows that practising empathy, such as performing acts of kindness, taps into our brain’s ‘mirror neurons’, builds compassion and our behaviour becomes more social and community-based. 

View Part 3 of the series here - Empathy https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/ 

Here’s an activity to practise empathy and kindness:

  1. Reflect on someone in your life who could benefit from an act of kindness today. It could be a friend who would love some affirmation about their work, your pet who deserves an extra treat, or a family member who would love a phone call or text message. 
  2. Make a plan for who you are going to show an act of kindness to, and what you are going to do. 
  3. If you want to add accountability to your plan, share it with someone else and encourage them to do the same thing.
  4. Follow up with each other in a few days time, to ask how it went! 

Sources: Psychology Today, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science

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

MacKillop Family Services - Strengthening Parents Support Program (SPSP)
The Strengthening Parent Support Program encourages the families and carers of a child with a disability or developmental delay to build support networks with other families in their local area.

Our coordinator will provide parents with the opportunity to meet other local families in a supportive, relaxed setting where they can socialise, share information or take part in training programs to support them in their caring role.

To view the Strengthening Parents Support Program Flyer, click HERE.

Lunchtime Clubs
Year 5-9 students have been enjoying the Yoga Club running on Tuesday lunchtimes with Ms Cachia. Students have learnt how to focus on their breath and create a sense of calm while holding yoga postures.

All 5-9 students are welcome to come along and give Yoga Club a try!

Year 3/4L Persuasive Writing

The Community Hub is in the process of having Adult English classes for parents of our students, classes will be held once a week for 3 hours at the Community Hub, if you would like to register your interest please contact Maree Scriha, Community Hub Leader 0448 515 587.

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