PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 6

Student Opportunities 
Recently, you would know that we have had a range of excursions/incursions occur, providing many opportunities for our students. In many cases, these have been the first excursions since 2019/COVID and we commend staff in organising and leading these. Most recently, we have had Sovereign Hill, Holocaust Museum, Soccer Incursion, and a variety of sports being played at outside venues. 

We would like to thank our students and parents/carers for prompt payments etc and thank all our staff for leading, organising and attending, ensuring we provide our students with these opportunities and experiences, where we can.

Reporting Process and Term 2 Online Parent/Carer/Student/Teacher Interviews
Teachers have been assessing student learning achievements and writing student reports, celebrating student learning growth throughout Semester One. 

End of Semester Reports will be shared with parents via Compass Friday, June 17 (Week 8).
We encourage all our parents and carers to please open and read your child/rens’s reports with your child/ren, prior to attending our Term 2 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 have the opportunity to ask questions and 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.

Please go onto your child’s dashboard, click ‘Book Parent Student Teacher Conference’, click on ‘My Bookings’ and please follow the instructions required to book.

If you have any difficulties booking, please do not hesitate to contact the PPC Help desk

Winter and Sickness 
As the cooler weather approaches, illness seems to be more prevalent. To help keep our students, college and community safe, please take the following steps if your child has any cold or influenza or Covid like symptoms:  

  • administer a COVID-19 test and follow the current Department of Health isolation requirements if a positive result is shown
  • keep your child at home until their symptoms pass
  • common flu-like symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite, body aches and feeling extremely weak and tired 
  • encourage your child to wash their hands regularly and ask them to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing.
  • Minimising the spread will help us to protect students and staff - in turn impacting positively on absences. 
Staffing Challenges 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students and families for their patience, understanding and support over this term (like last term), during times when we are impacted by staffing shortages. We are most fortunate to have a very large majority of our teaching positions filled and have been able to engage a small pool of Casual Replacement Teaching Staff (CRT’s) who work exclusively at our school.

In addition to this, CRT agencies are all experiencing continuous shortages. Teacher shortages are state-wide with many schools experiencing the same issue. Due to these shortages, we exercise internal options, such as splitting students to other classes within a cohort. We will continue to do our best to mitigate these staffing challenges, especially when the cooler weather increases the transmission of illnesses.

As we approach the colder months, we are already having staff absences due to illness and/or the illness of a family member. Our leadership staff (including myself) are covering classes to support staff absences and illness and to ensure that student learning continues. We want to assure our community that we are doing everything we can to support our College and community.

Curriculum Day 10 June – Student Free Day 
Next Friday June 10 is our Curriculum Day for Term 2, where we have a large amount of professional learning planned to support our staff, to support our students and in line with our School Strategic Plan goals. With a focus on Coaching, Instruction, Reporting and Planning to reduce and respond to variance amongst learners in the classroom. Whenever a teacher reaches out to an individual or small group to vary their teaching instruction to create the best learning experience possible, that teacher is differentiating instruction. We thank our community for supporting our learning.

Dealing With Concerns
We thank our parent and carer community who raise questions and concerns with our college, via the appropriate channels. As a college, we do our very best to deal with parent/carer questions/concerns effectively and in a timely manner, supporting our students and families as best as we possibly can.

As a college, we work in partnership with all our parents and carers within our community and do our best to work together with you. This supports our college and adults within maintaining our high expectations at all times.

We appreciate and thank you for your ongoing support, communication and commitment in keeping our college and aligned with our college values of being LEARNERS, RESPONSIBLE, RESPECT and SAFE.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the college so we can allocate a time to discuss that best suits us all.

Student Attitudes to Schooling Survey – Years 4 to 9
The Attitudes to School Survey (ATtoSS) has been conducted at PCC over the last few weeks and will continue to be administered until the end of this next week. This survey is a mechanism for gaining an understanding of students’ perceptions and experience of school. At PCC, we will use the survey results to set improvement goals and to plan programs and activities to improve each child’s learning experience. 

Premiers' Reading Challenge 
The Premiers' Reading Challenge encourages children and students to read a set number of books over the year and record their efforts online, either ongoing or towards the end of the challenge. Since the Challenge first began in 2005, more than 3.5 million students have read over 54 million books.

Get excited!!! Because the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and we are thrilled to be participating. The application being used offers a range of exciting features including:
  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs) 
  • a modern user-friendly interface 
  • rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved 
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review 

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 2 September. On this date, the Premiers' Reading Challenge ends and the Challenge application closes. 

Children are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents/carers and teachers.. All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier. 

For more information, please visit the website at https://www.vic.gov.au/premiers-reading-challenge#for-schools

Safe Driving and Parking around Schools 
This is a reminder to all Point Cook College community members about the importance of road safety. We remind you about the importance of road safety and observing road rules. Please drive safely, and exercise tolerance and patience. 

If you are able to commute by walking, or parking further away from the College and then walking to school, this may alleviate some of the traffic congestion. 

Disability car parking around the College is reserved solely for drivers who have a valid parking permit. We ask that families respect the disability car parking and only park in these spots if you hold a valid permit and it is necessary as these are limited at PCC.

We ask children that ride their bikes or scooters to school to 'walk' their bikes around the perimeter of the College and wear their helmets to ensure that all children and adults are safe and that no one is hurt. We ask all parents and carers to have a conversation with their child/ren about the importance of safety.

We thank you in anticipation around all community members working together to ensure our collective safety and wellbeing.

Yr 1-4 Student Leadership Council Term 2 Update 
This week the Yr 1-4 SLC began running the assembly with the support of Ms Binder, Mrs Eiszele and Ms Gigas. We wrote the assembly introductions, used the microphone and helped hand out certificates. We look forward to helping run the assembly again in Week 9!

We are also in the process of making an SLC announcements board to be displayed near the front office with our information for others to view.

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

Preps at the Zoo!
Our Preps went on their VERY FIRST SCHOOL EXCURSION to the Zoo!! We don’t think their smiles could have been any bigger. 

Thank you to our parent helpers who joined us for the day and made it even more special.

 of the Holocaust 
Today, our Year 9 Heroes of the Holocaust class attended the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. Students analysed artefacts from the Holocaust and got to participate in a Q&A with Holocaust survivor, Abram Goldberg. Hearing from Abe gave students some insight to the experiences of Jewish people during World War II.

Sovereign Hill
5/6 Daintree shivered their way to Sovereign Hill on Tuesday, 5/6 Kakadu rugged up for their trip on Wednesday and 5/6 You Yangs waited in anticipation for their turn on Friday (today)! Our 5/6 students had a fantastic time exploring life on the goldfields - they got to pan for gold and sat through a gold smelting demonstration. 

Interschool Sport
The inter school rugby team represented the college in the Western Victoria schools rugby 7’s tournament on Wednesday. The boys played well in both games and showed some great improvement. A big thank you to Taio’s dad Paul for taking the time to coach the boys at lunch time over the last 2 weeks and for coaching on the day. 

Congratulations to our Year 7/8 Netball team who competed in the inter school competition held at Altona Sports Centre on Thursday and were runners up! What an amazing effort - well done girls and thank you to our fantastic staff who helped out on the day.

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