PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 7

We hope that all our families have a safe and relaxing long weekend. Please remember that there is no school on Monday 13th June 2022.

Weekly Bulletin Feedback
Point Cook College is always looking to improve our communication and processes. We are asking all our parents and carers to please take the time to complete the survey within the link below, regarding the improvement of our Weekly Bulletin. We thank you in advance for your feedback.

Please access our 3min Weekly Bulletin survey at - https://forms.gle/TVe8ytW9mLhNZzBX7

Curriculum Day
Today our staff participated in a range of professional learning activities with a focus on Coaching, Instructional Model, Reporting, Planning and Instruction, in line with our College Strategic Plan goals. Our staff worked together to ensure that we look to improve our teaching, learning and support of all our students from Prep - Year 9. We would like to thank our staff for all their effort and work today, ensuring that we are in a better place to teach and learn tomorrow.

The college is in the process of improving our attendance procedures. The preferred method of notifying our college of your child/ren’s absence is by using Compass. All parents and carers have access to the Compass parent portal, where you can add an attendance note regarding your child/ren’s absence; if you have not received your login details or have forgotten your login details please contact the school reception on 8348 7100.

Late Arrivals:
School commences at 8.30am and finishes at 3: 00pm.The Morning Roll is marked from 8:30 to 8:40am

Students arriving at our college  after 8:40am are marked as ‘not present’ until they report to the Office and get signed in late. Students must provide a reason for their late arrival and should present any supporting documentation. Parents And carers will receive an email or phone call to approve the late arrival.

Early Leavers
If students need to leave our college early. Parents/guardians will need to log onto their Compass Parent Portal and put an attendance note including the time of pickup and for the reason for the early finish. Students need to be collected from the front office.

When collecting your child/ren from our front office, ID may be required. For student safety reasons, the College is only able to release students to a parent/guardian or emergency contact. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to keep the emergency contact list up to date.

Medical Certificates
If your child is absent due to illness or medical reasons a medical certificate is required and must be submitted to our Attendance Officer.

The reason for this is an absence covered by a medical certificate is a Department approved absence which does not affect their attendance percentage.
If a medical certificate is not supplied the absence is not a department approved absence and does impact your chil/ren’s attendance percentage. 

Attendance can be contacted via the following methods:

Attendance Officer: Nicki Sarandoglou
Phone: (03) 8348 7107
Email: point.cook.p9.co@education.vic.gov.au 

Online Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Conferences
Our Mid Year Online Conferences will be held on the 21st and 22nd of June via WebEx. 

Bookings are now open via Compass (please follow the instructions on your child/ren's dashboard and also on the attachment to this news feed). Once you have made a booking you will receive a WebEx link from the teacher you have booked in with after the Friday 17th of June.

If you require any assistance with bookings please use the PCC Helpdesk on Compass or by emailing help@pcc.vic.edu.au and one of our technicians will be able to support you.

Please also remember if you are unable to make a booking you can always contact your child/ren's teacher/s via phone or email to discuss their education. 

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund
Every Victorian child should have access to the world of learning opportunities that exist beyond the classroom. The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps ensure that no student will miss out on the opportunity to join their classmates for important, educational and fun activities. It is part of making Victoria the Education State and the Government’s commitment to breaking the link between a student’s background and their outcomes.

This is a reminder to apply for CSEF for 2022 if you have not already done so. Please ensure that you have a valid health care card. Click on the link below to fill out the form and send it back to point.cook.p9.co@education.vic.gov.au.

Please note that the last date for CSEF applications is Friday, 24th June 2022.


For more information about the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund, please click the following link: https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/camps-sports-and-excursions-fund/policy 


The Resilience Project
Today’s presentation from The Resilience Project is all about Mindfulness.  

Mindfulness is our ability to be calm and present at any given moment. We practise this by slowing down and concentrating on one thing at a time.

Thousands of studies have proven benefits include reduced stress, reduced rumination, increased memory, increased cognitive function and physical health benefits through improved immunity.

View Part 4 of the series here - Mindulness https://theresilienceproject.com.au/parent-and-carer-hub-hugh/ 

Mindfulness can be practised through meditation, yoga, flow-states and daily activities such as cooking. 

Source: UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science, American Psychological Association

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

Year 5/6 Sports
With the rain holding off, and the clouds parting, it was a great day for 5/6 students to compete in their winter sports.

  • The netballers shot true, with the girls’ team placing 3rd in their competition, and the mixed team coming out at 5th.
  • The soccer team put in a fantastic effort supporting one another and ended up having two losses, two wins, and a draw.
  • At saltwater reserve the footy team had a good go, scoring a goal, but missing out on a win by just one point.
  • The tee-ball teams showed graceful sportsmanship winning or losing, with one team having some close games, while the other team come out on top. Leading them to the next round of interschool sports.

Overall, each game ended with lots of handshakes, and fist bumps between competing schools, with GG (good game) being spread around after each round.

A great appreciation to all the 5/6 teachers for their work leading up to today, it showed with students arriving ready and eager. Thank you to the 5/6 teachers who took on roles as coaches, and for the ES staff that stepped up to help with whatever was needed. Students come back with smiles and good spirits, after a fun day of playing sport. 

Supreme Dance Incursion
The Gilmore MAG had the privilege of participating in the Supreme Dance Incursion on Monday 6th June. It was our first incursion for this year and we had the delight of learning and joining in 3 different cultural dances from around the world. This incursion supported our Inquiry project. The dances included Bollywood from India, Salsa from Latin America and an Animal Dance from Africa. Each dance had a different and unique way of dancing.

One of the dance that comes from India and made famous is Bollywood. The dance steps uses hand gestures and body movements. The dresses, clothes and costumes worn had detail, patterns and were very colourful.

Next, we learnt a Spanish Salsa found in many parts of Latin America. The salsa dance can be sensual with lots of quick steps. This dance is based on romance, partnership or friendship. The costumes were beautiful, bright and colourful.  

The African dance included animals and the way they moved. The main animals included in the dance were the elephant, eagle, giraffe and monkey. These animals, found in Africa, made up the dance routine that we learnt and how these animals move in the wild.

The Supreme Dance Incursion was interesting as we wore different cultural and traditional clothes. It was quite fascinating to see the similarities and differences. There were two presenters and they did a great job encouraging us to take part in cultural dancers from around the world.  It was a lot of fun.

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