PCC Bulletin - Term 2, Week 8

Can you believe that we are in the last week of Term 2? With one week to go, we appreciate all our students who are working hard to achieve their best.

Weekly Bulletin Feedback
We thank our community who have already completed our Weekly Bulletin survey. Please access our 3min Weekly Bulletin survey at - https://forms.gle/TVe8ytW9mLhNZzBX7

We appreciate the feedback we have already received to support us to improve.

2:30pm Early Finish
Please do not forget that with this coming Friday being the last day of Term 2, our school day will finish at 2:30pm. Please ensure that you or a family member is at school to pick up your child or make alternate arrangements.

Dogs Connect
Last year our college was in partnership with Dogs Connect, a program where we had an onsite therapy dog (named Cookie), for student wellbeing purposes. The college is no longer in partnership with the program and is currently in the process of being reimbursed.

Point Cook College and our College Council have worked together to ensure that a positive outcome has been achieved for the wellbeing of Cookie, our college and for a possible partnership with Dogs Connect in the future.

We thank our community for your understanding, support and patience while this outcome was achieved.

We appreciate if any questions or concerns are emailed to point.cook.p9.co@education.vic.gov.au. On behalf of our College Council, we thank you.

Student Action – Uniform Change 
The college is currently reviewing our Uniform Policy. Recently, Navnidhi Baden, Naisha Ajmera, Kylah Gilvray and Ameesha Weragalage from 8C met with Sub-School Principal, Tracy Peters to discuss the changing and removal of the hair-tie rule for Yr 7 – Yr 9 students and make it optional instead.

Students have suggested for hair to remain tied in Science, Woodwork and Food Technology rooms as well as during Physical Education.

Our students have also submitted a petition with more than 300 signatures, representing Years 7-9 students, teachers, staff and parents/carers. Well done to the students involved.

Online Parent/Carer/Teacher/Student Conferences
Please do not forget to book a spot to attend our Online Conferences on the 21st and 22nd of June this week, via WebEx. Bookings will close on the morning of Monday 20th June at 9am.

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. 

College Coaching 
We are happy to say that this term, we have been able to launch our PCC Teacher Coaching strategy across our college. Staff have completed surveys as to their areas of strength and areas wanting to improve upon within their teaching. Leading teachers have made time to meet with teachers to ensure that we improve with regards to instruction and reduce the variability across classrooms - ensuring that we embed a consistent approach to teaching and learning. With the state wide shortage of teachers this year, we are happy to say that we are lucky to have launched our coaching strategy.

Annual Report - Reader-Friendly 
Lisa Lloyd, a parent member of the College Council and has kindly created a reader-friendly Infographic of the Point Cook P-9 College, Annual Implementation Plan. This Annual Report Infographic can be found on our website on the recent news section or can be accessed via the following link: 2021 Annual Report 

Book Donations
On 7th April 2022, our school raised funds and organised a book donation drive to help flood victims in Queensland.

Holly Haines, Tzippi Moss, Olivia Baker Crespo, Brianna Old and Rayne Heffernan from 7B and Grace Howard from 7C organised a casual dress day for Queensland. They raised $1,201 to help flood victims with the money being donated to St Vincents de Paul.

On the same day, Warren Lai and Jayden McGregor from 8F organised a book donation drive. They were able to collect more than 300 books from students and staff. These books were delivered to Milton State School in Brisbane. Milton State School was severely impacted by the flood and many of their students lost their books.

When asked why he organised the book drive, Warren said “I like helping others. I want to do what I can to help other students”.

Acting Principal Matt Naudi remarked “This is the spirit of Point Cook College.  Our students are compassionate and proactive. I am proud of how much empathy they have shown.”

Ms Abbey Meletis and Mr Zul Shariff supported our students in their efforts.

A-League Cup
Western United Football Club won the A League final and our partnership with WUFC meant our school and students were lucky enough to have the A League champions trophy visit!

Students in the Athlete Development Program were thrilled to hold the champions trophy and have their photo taken!

The Resilience Project - Parents & Carers Empathy
Empathy is putting ourselves in the shoes of others, to feel and see what they do. We practise this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.

As a family, challenge yourselves to work through the kindness bingo below and do a random act of kindness for someone else. Talk about who you will do the act of kindness for and work together to organise this. Discuss how it made you all feel and how you think it made others feel.

Click HERE to learn more about The Resilience Proect - Parent & Carers Empathy.

Sanctuary Lakes Art Competition
PCC Students entered the below peice into the Sanctuary Lakes Art Competion. The organisers contacted the college with the following message: "Your art piece was very eye catching and creative, and you and your students certainly put a lot of effort into creating your masterpiece, which was evidenced by the large number of votes you received." 

Congratulations to the students who were involved in creating this masterpiece and well done on such a great result!

Essendon Football Visit 
The Athlete Development Program (ADP) students had the opportunity to explore and train on the EFC elite facilities today. Students were thrilled about the experience and learnt a great deal from the number of presentations they listened to from EFC Athletes; Kendra Heil, Alex Morcom and James Polkinghorne. What an amazing opportunity for our ADP students!

Wyndham Leadership Breakfast
We had three students, James, Braith and Roarke represent Point Cook College today at Wyndham Leadership Breakfast. The students enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast whilst hearing from a panel of national sporting icons, as they spoke about their insights to help support the development of leadership skills. The panel was led by MC Kevin Hillier and featured: Emma Kearny (North Melbourne FC AFLW Captain), Michael Barlow (Werribee FC Head Coach & Former AFL Player), Jessica Scannell (Welcoming Australia & Wyndham Basketball BigV Player), Ayuen Akot (Young Leader, Mentor, Player & Coach, Wyndham Basketball Association) and Stephen Wall (CEO, Wyndham City Council).

Another fantastic opportunity for our students made possible by the Athlete Development Program.

Under 12/13 Regional Cross Country
Congratulations to our under 12/13 boys James, Braith, Angad and Izz for finishing 2nd overall in the Regional Cross Country event on Thursday 16th June.

The boys will now represent Point Cook P-9 College at the state finals. Good Luck Boys! 

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