College Connection

24 March 2016
Issue FOUR
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus News
Senior Campus News
College Calendar
College News
Traralgon College
5176 2240 Senior 5174 8733 Junior
154-184 Grey Street - Senior or Shakespeare Street - Junior
Traralgon, VIC, 3844

College Principal's Report

Mr Paul van Breugel, College Principal

Here we are at the end of term 1 already - short terms are always more hectic as we  try to fit the same amount of stuff into them. We have had a positive start to the year but also need to ne aware of a few challenges. A couple of key issues that we need your help with are:



Many students attend regularly and well however we have some students whose attendance is lower than is needed for them to succeed. See the stats in Mrs Coffey's report for more detail. Please help us by: 

1) getting your child to school every day on time and;

2) letting us know when your child is absent for a legitimate reason and what that reason is.



the take up of our laptop program is quite high but we still have a proportion of students who have not opted in to this. If you have not taken any action regarding your child's laptop please do so by either logging onto the online system at or contacting the college if you believe you merit hardship support. The other issue is that some students regularly leave laptops at home, These are a learning tool we expect students to have so please encourage your child to bring them to school fully charged every day. 


Work Ethic

Many of our students work hard and consistently and this is reflected in their progress reports and their academic results, some of our students are a bit less focussed. Please discuss your child's progress reports with them and focus on how well they apply themselves and the work ethic required to do well at school. We expect students to be applying themselves as fully as possible for all their time at school.


I hope all families have a positive Easter break and that you are able to celebrate this time of year in the way that suits your traditions and values. Take some time to enjoy the lovely Autumn weather and celebrate what a lucky and wonderful country we live in. We look forward to all students returning safe and well on April 11 for the start of term 2.

Junior Campus News

Mr Michael Shone
Campus Principal

 Progress Reports

Please note that the second round of Progress Reports for this term were made available to parents and students on Tuesday 22 March afert 4pm. 


Year 9 School for Student Leadership 2016

Applications are now open for the Term 4 School for Student Leadership program. This program is a 9-week residential program focussed on building leadership, teamwork and initiative skills in Year 9 students. Successful students spend 3 weeks at leadership school in western Victoria followed by 6 week international program in China. Interested students can get more information and application forms from Year 9 Assistant Leader Mr. Nick Ludowyk.




Science Talent Search Victoria

Traralgon College is excited to give students the opportunity to enter a state-wide science talent search and all are invited to express interest. The competition is held to encourage students across Victorian schools to show case their interest and knowledge in science. Students enter a piece of work under one of four categories and this year the topic is Drones, Droids and Robots. Entry cost is $10, students complete their project in their own time and a panel of teachers will judge the entries at school at the end of term 2. The best entries in each category will be sent to Melbourne for state wide judging and awards may include cash rewards, medallions and certificates. For more information students should speak to their science teacher and/or attend a meeting in W7 at lunchtime on Wednesdays during terms 1 and 2.





Raising Resilient Teenagers

Find yourself in arguments with your teenager? Want to improve how you get along and support your teenager through any tough times they face? As part of our ongoing commitment to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our school community under the MindMatters framework, Traralgon College are pleased to introduce you to a FREE, ONLINE personalised parenting program to help you make sense of the teenage years. Partners in Parenting provide the program called Raising Resilient Teenagers.


Please see the attached flyer for more information and directions to register:


Senior Campus News

Mrs Sue Coffey Campus Principal


Students will be dismissed at lunchtime on Thursday afternoon and whilst it has been a short term it has been challenging given the very humid weather we have been experiencing. The majority of students have got off to a really good start with many students attending after school study in the Library three afternoons a week. Thank you to all the staff working with student after school and during lunchtime and thank you to the parents who are supporting their students to attend these sessions.







Attendance is a major concern and one that needs to be addressed across the college. Our Compass records indicate that only 90 students from years 7 to 12  have 100% attendance for first term. Only 395 out of over 950 students have 95% or above, this means that more than half of our students have been absent for a significant amount of time which will be impacting on their ability to keep up with the learning that is happening in the classrooms. It would be really pleasing to see a dramatic increase in these figures for term two attendance.  It’s not OK to be away!!


Progress Reports

Progress reports are published at the end of weeks 4 and 8 each term. Parents can access these through Compass and are encouraged to have the conversation with their child as they are a measure of student learning behaviours and  provide an indication of how a student is progressing. They  also show a trend in student effort and engagement. Please refer to Compass for your childs progress at the end of this week.


World Challenge

Thank you to the 2015 World Challenge students who made a presentation to the junior and senior campus students at recent assemblies. The students presented pictures and dialogue about their experience and the personal satisfaction they received by helping a community in need and in learning about another culture. Early next term the World Challenge team will come to the college to promote a similar opportunity for students in 2017. If you are interested or would like more details please speak with Ms Fiona Shaw or Mrs Sue Coffey.

College Calendar

March 2016

24 - Parent Teacher Student Conferences Junior Campus 9am-12pm

24 - Last day of Term 1

24 - No students at school this day students to attend Meetings

April 2016

11 - First day Term 2

11 - Courtroom Drama Excursion VCE      Legal Studies students

25 - Anzac Day Public Holiday - College    closed

26 - Thomspson River Excursion - Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge

May 2016

No events as yet

June 2016

7 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

10 - Deadline for all VCE Unit 1 & 3 work       submissions

13 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday

24 -  Last day Term 2

July 2016

11 - First day Term 3

August 2016

No events as yet

September 2016

16 - Last day Term 3

October 2016

3 - First day Term 4

21 -  Last day for Year 12

26 -  Year 12 exams commence

November 2016

1 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

18 - Year 12 exams conclude

December 2016

20 -  Last day Term 4

College News

Parent Session: Youth Mental Health First Aid

Parents and Carers are invited to participate in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate course. Traralgon College are covering the cost of this course which is normally $250 per participant.

The sessions will run at the Junior Campus from 6-9pm on the following dates and include pizza for tea:

19 April, 5  May and 12 May

To express and interest in participating please contact the Senior Campus Welfare Officer Kellie Goy on 5176 2240 or via email: [email protected]

Need help paying for Camps, Sports and Excursions?


Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund


The Victorian Government has unveiled a new $148 million initiative to ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities, this includes Outdoor Education elective fees.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.


Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students, with $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student.


CSEF applications open from term one 2016 until June 2016.


Download form here and return to school or see the Office.

Latrobe Regional Airport Open Day

Open Day at the Latrobe Regional Airport, 75 Airfield Road Traralgon West – Sunday 10 April 10am to 4pm.


The Open Day will be a showcase for aviation as a career or recreational pursuit in all its forms from learning to fly to air traffic control, aircraft mechanic and military careers.


We are expecting to have 30 aircraft on show and include trade displays by educators and career providers.


See below flyer for full information:


Beleza Uniform Shop School Holiday Opening Hours

See attached flyer for the opening times at Beleza ove rthe school holidays for all of your school uniform needs:


Broadway Musical Coming to Gippsland

The award-winning theatre company, Off The Leash Theatre, is producing their first musical – and it’s a ripper!


Off The Leash will bring to audiences in Gippsland the acclaimed Broadway hit NEXT TO NORMAL in April 2016. This powerful rock musical grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and will be sure to move, excite and challenge audiences.


Next to Normal will be toured to Latrobe Performing Arts Centre (2 April), West Gippsland Arts Centre (8 and 9 April) and Gemco Players Theatre (23 April).

Recommended for 15 years and older. Contains adult themes and some coarse language.


See the below flyer for full information:


Gippsland Power Football Club Fitness and Skill Acquisition

Under  10, 12 and 14 Fitness and Skill Aquisition days ar ebeing held shortly. See the below flyer for full information:


Smoke Alarm Reminder

See the below flyer  for a timely reminder about Smoke Alarm safety in the home.


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Parenting Flyer.pdf
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A4 Flyer-Airport Open Day.pdf
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