College Connection

01 September 2017
Issue Thirteen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
Eye Dissections Year 7 Science
School Uniform Reminder
College & Community Updates
College Calendar
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 David Mowbray
College Principal

With winter finishing this week we are reminded that the term is rapidly coming to a close. We are all looking to warm ourselves in the emerging sun to provide an energy boost for the last 3 weeks and to continue with the upward direction in positivity and growth that we are creating here at TC.

Once again the College has been very busy for staff and students, and also for parents, as we have conducted the Student - Teacher – Parent interviews at the Junior Campus and the Course Counselling sessions for parents and students on the Senior Campus.

We think that both parent events went well…what do you think? We would love to hear from you about how we can improve these experiences.

Just a reminder that the Parent Opinion survey has been extended to midnight on Sunday 3rd September.

Currently, all Staff are undertaking the annual DET survey to identify school strengths and areas for improvement in: school climate; teaching and learning; school leadership; professional learning and staff safety; and wellbeing. The ultimate focus is to continue to create and build a school environment that allows us to have a strong positive impact on student outcomes.

By end of this week I will have been on two major interview panels that will impact on our school next year. The first was the Leading Teacher panel to determine which candidates from across the state are best to lead four of our year level cohorts – 7, 8, 9 and VCE in 2017. I will let you know the outcome in the next edition.

The second panel is to identify our 2017 School Captains. This high profile leadership position is an important symbolic and student voice role that enables a strong connection between the adults and students in the school, and invaluably links us to the community through various forums and functions. Once again we will announce the results later in the year.



Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus


Our Wakakirri team has been rehearsing again, they will be performing in the grand final in Melbourne on the 20th of September. If you want to purchase a ticket and go along and support our students please book and pay $36 for your seat at the junior campus office by Tuesday the 5th. I have been to several grand finals and each time l am amazed with the quality of the performances and how our students conduct themselves in such a professional and focused manner. We should all be very proud of their achievements and of the teachers, education support staff and parents who give up so much of their own time to make this possible.  


Year 7 - Digital Tech Weeks 1 and 2

This week the second group of classes at year 7 have been participating in Digital Tech Week. This program has been developed by Mr Dan Farrant and the learning that has occurred for both students and staff has been exceptional. Last week l had the privilege of visiting a class to see students engaging in robot sumo contests.  The students had built and programmed Lego Robots which are designed to push each other out of the ring using sensors. The last robot remaining in the ring was the winner. The excitement and enjoyment on the students faces was priceless, seeing our students engage with the technology and problem solve together was incredibly encouraging and worthwhile.


Our Year 8 student that went to Ballarat report back that an enjoyable and informative program was enjoyed by everyone. Kryal Castle aligned beautifully to the Year 8 Medieval History unit of work and Sovereign Hill enlightening the students about the Chinese involvement in the gold rush and the significance of the Eureka Stockade. Thanks to the staff for organising and attending this camp as without their dedication our students would not be able to experience these opportunities.

Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

It has been a very busy fortnight, with course counselling interviews last week and course selections which are due in today Friday 1st September. Course counselling interviews were compulsory for year 10s, therefore if they did not attend they need to print their selections and submit a paper copy with a parent signature. There will be follow up next week, but this is how we know what classes to run, as it is based on student choice.


Year 10 Health Excursion

Nearly all year 10's visited Morwell today to check out the different health providers in the area. This is part of their Health & PE course where they investigate a particular illness or disability. Their major assignment is to select a health issue to research, identify a service that can help people suffering from or at risk of the health condition and present this publicly to their peers.


Julian McMahon visit 

Julian McMahon AC Melbourne Human Rights Barrister (Bali 9 lawyer) drove from Melbourne to speak to year 10, 11 and 12 students interested in the legal system. Julian covered areas of the legal system that students will study through the legal studies course. He talked about the comparison of Australia laws with other countries and engaged students for over an hour. Students peppered him with lots of questions. This was a great opportunity.

Year 10 Shrine Visit 

Year 10s visited the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance last Monday where they had a tour as part of their studies of World War II. Students had discussions relating back to the impact of the war in Australia. Luckily for them they also had some time to explore other parts of Melbourne.


AusNet services visit


AusNet came and spoke to students on Tuesday about their upcoming career opportunities. They specifically targeted girls with 8 available apprenticeships but also encouraged boys to apply for upcoming positions because they have not been filling the women component. Many of our students have now looked at putting in applications for linesman apprenticeships.


Year 11 Parliament visit 


Year 11 Legal Studies students visited the Melbourne Magistrates court to listen to a case and then on to Parliament House. Students complained about the behaviour of the politicians during question time, and reflected if politicians are allowed to behave so poorly, why can’t they in class?


SRC representatives 2018


The SRC has been running the selection process for 2018 representatives. Students apply to be a rep at year 10, 11 or 12 level, a House captain or School Captain. A panel is formed and an interview held. School Captain elections will begin next week.



Wakakirri Grandfinal on September 20th

Progress reports published to parents next Friday.




CLiC Care - Celebrating 100 Years

CLiC Care students Erica and Chelsea recently helped celebrate Marj Briggs 100th birthday. CLiC Care students spend one afternoon per week with the residents at Mitchell House Nursing Home playing games, sharing stories and keeping each other informed about the world around them. A really rewarding experience for all involved.

Eye Dissections Year 7 Science

Eye Dissections Year 7 Science

During Science Week all year 7 students had the opportunity to work with a partner to dissect a cow’s eye. Photos of students in 7E and 7F.


Comments from students in 7E:

It was gross and I didn’t like it. – Regan

The eye dissection was really fun and educational. I learnt how to dissect a cow’s eye and found out what is inside a human eye and a cow eye. – Nick

It was really cool how we got to look at the cool things inside the eye. I learnt all the different things that are in the eye. The most interesting part was cutting the eye open. – Deegan


I think it was very interesting learning about the cow’s eye because most of the parts are in the human eye and it was really fun and a bit gross but worth it. – Alyssa


It was really gross but cool at the same time. Emma did most of the dissection, I just watched. –Scarlett


The eye dissection was fun and interesting because when I cut open the eye black stuff came out and I thought that was cool. – Maddy H.

It was disgusting. – Jacob


The most interesting thing for me was the lens and the crunchy part. I found the lens interesting, because when you looked through it, the image was upside down. I found the crunchy part interesting because it looked like a jelly type thing but it was hard and crunchy. I learnt that when we are looking at something it is upside down but our brain transfers it so it is the right way up. – Emma


Before I thought it was gross but then I realized that it is very educational and interesting but still gross. I learnt that a cow’s eye is just like a human. The only difference is the size and that it reflects light. Humans don’t have that. – Maddy B.


Horrible, gross and fun. – Shaquile


It is a great experience for everyone. It looks disgusting but it’s awesome. I learnt that the cornea is hard as bricks. The most interesting part is that when we opened up the eye the lens just popped out and it was cool. – Emily


It was cold to touch it and when we cut it open the vitreous humour came out and it was cold as well. With the magnifier (lens) we read the newspaper and it was a fair bit of zoom in it. – Dylan


I found it disgusting and it was very sticky so it was kind of hard to move it around. I learnt where stuff is in the eye and how it works. I found it interesting when you turn the eye inside out but it was really disgusting. The actual eye itself was cold like when you grab something from a fridge. – Cara


It felt cold. It was big. It was interesting cutting it. – Jaxon


The experience was great. We got to see how a cow’s eye work. I learnt how the eye is mostly made up of liquid, and without it, it is flat. The most interesting part was when the lens popped out and how it makes stuff larger and hard to read. – Zachary W.


When we dissected the cows eye many parts were interesting and really put how hard our eyes work into perspective. My favourite part was cutting the cornea and hearing it crunch, it was a cringey sound. – Lilly


It was very gooey and I learnt what is inside an eye. The most interesting part of it was looking through the lens and seeing onto the newspaper with it. – Zach M.


The experience was very interesting. I loved learning what all the parts of the cow’s eye were (the lens for example). The most interesting part of the eye dissection was cutting it open and trying to find all of the stuff we needed to. – Cadence


The dissection was fun. The most interesting bit was learning how strong the eye actually is. I thought it would pop while we were cutting it. – Riley


School Uniform Reminder

College Uniform

Traralgon College is a uniform school, we wear our uniform with pride to identify us as part of the Traralgon College community.

A reminder to all parents/ guardians and students that as the weather is cooling down we should be wearing correct winter uniform. Students NOT in uniform are required to bring a note and are required to change. We are encouraging families to check they have the correct uniform items and restock ready for the summer period.


The College Uniform policy is set out by the College Council.  Staff, parents and students are responsible for ensuring the policy is adhered to. The Traralgon College uniform instils in students and the College Community a sense of pride and belonging.  It is designed to be comfortable and have enough variety to cater for individual student preference. 

It assists to minimise unhelpful fashion comparisons amongst students and foster an environment focused on learning rather than fashion choices.


Students are expected to be in full school uniform at all times and to keep their uniform in good condition.


Uniform Exchange Program


If students are unable to wear full uniform for a valid reason they are asked to:

  • Go to the student manager’s/sub-school office before Form Assembly/TLC.
  • Ask for the uniform item(s) you require, in your size.
  • Hand over your own clothes
  • Treat the school uniform items with respect throughout the day
  • At the end of the day (before you leave school) return the school uniform items and collect your own clothes/shoes.  We will keep your clothes until the uniform is returned.

We guarantee that the school uniform items are washed and dried before they are worn again by another student.


If students do not follow the process outlined above before TLC/Form Assembly and/or they are found to be out of uniform throughout the day, they will be given the usual consequence of a detention and still have to exchange non-uniform items.

Winter Uniform


  • Winter Skirt 
  • Navy tights
  • Navy Blue Slacks


  • Navy Logo Unisex pants/shorts and College monogrammed polo shirt 
  • White school shirt
  • Plain white or navy socks
  • Navy V Neck Woollen Jumper (monogrammed)
  • Navy blue/Sky blue polar fleece top


  • Fully enclosed shoes 
  • There must be a mechanism for securing the shoe to the foot eg. strap, buckle, laces.


  • Micofibre or weather proof jacket
  • It is to be worn over the regularly school day uniform when it is cold or wet or windy or any combination of these.

Sports Uniform

Junior Campus:

Compulsory for all students undertaking PE classes

  • Plain Black Basketball Shorts
  • House colour Polo Shirt
  • Sneakers of student choice.
  • Navy Bucket Hat or Cap.

To be carried to school and changed into for PE classes and subsequently changed out of after PE classes.

Senior Campus:

Change of Clothes

College & Community Updates

School Uniform Shop Vacancy

Uniforms By Design will be opening an on site Uniform Shop in October. We will require someone to staff the shop one morning and one afternoon per week. Exact times to be confirmed, but total hours will be 6-8 hrs per week. We will open additional hours at peak times, particularly early December, and late January.
The position includes fitting of uniforms, and uniform sales. We provide Efpos and cash transactions. Training is provided, so no experience  is necessary.
Our shop staff generally work on a casual basis, and the hourly rate is currently  $25.50 per hour.
If you believe this position could suit you, please provide details direct to our email address, [email protected]  I can also be contacted on 0412191253

Contact and Information Details

You will have received an email or a form in the mail could you please check that all details are correct as it is vitally important that the school has up to date medical and contact details for all our students.

Latrobe Regional Gallery - Rene Magritte




West Traralgon Scout Group


Junior Campus Canteen


Free Meningococal ACWY vaccinge for Years 10, 11 and 12

In 2017 the Victorian Secondary School Vaccine Program will offer free meningococcal ACWY vaccine to students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The vaccine provides protection against four strains of meningococcal disease (ACWY) and is administered as a single dose.

Adolescents are at increased risk of meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, it can become life-threatening, very quickly. There are different strains of meningococcal bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y. In recent years, the meningococcal W strain has increased across Australia, with Victoria experiencing 11 cases to date in 2017 and 48 cases in 2016, compared to 17 cases in 2015, four in 2014 and one in 2013. It is now the predominant strain in Victoria.

To receive this vaccination, students may attend any Latrobe City Council Community Immunisation Session or alternatively make an appointment with their local doctor. Latrobe City Community Immunisation sessions are run every month with day and evening session available. Session times and dates can be found here:

To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit or 


Change of Trading Hours


NBL Blitz


College Calendar


1 - Year 9 Outdoor Education Mountain Bike

1 -  Year 10 Heal Services Visit

6 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe Skills Day

8- Year 8 Movie Reward Trip

8-Year 12 Studio Arts Visit

12 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Lake Narracan

14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

14- Year 7 & 8 Boys & Girls Interschool Basketball

15-Yr 8 Badmitton State Finals

18 - First Gear Excursion to 
Stoney Creek 2017

20 - Aladdin

20 -  Wakakirri Grandfinal

22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4

13 - Yakult/Fountain Gate

15 October -25 November Victorian Young Leaders to China Program 2017

17 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Thomson River

17 -  Year 11 Chemistry Field Trip

23 - Loy Yang B Power Station Tour

23-28 Year 8 Sydney & Canberra Camp

26 - Loy Yang B Power Stations Tour



27 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Junior Campus Navigation Session


1- Year 12 exams commence

7 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

13-16 Year 9 Melbounre Camp

15 -17 Year 10 Outdoor Education  3 day Challenge - Lake Tyers

22 November - 22 December World Challenge Expedition Cambodia

24 - Year 12 exams conclude

28 - Year 9 Formal


8 - Presentation Assembley 1.30pm-3.00pm

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

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