College Connection

23 June 2017
Issue Nine
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Assistant Principal's Report
Digital Learning Hub
Doxa City Camp
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

It has been all go across the College and although next week is the last week of Term 2 we continue to move at a frenetic pace.

The senior students in Years 10 to 12 have concluded their mid-year exams last week, with the Year 12s undertaking the very important GAT exam. The General Achievement Test is a test of general knowledge and skills in: written communication, mathematics, science and technology, and humanities, the arts and social sciences. Each represents a body of general knowledge and skills that students are likely to have built up through their school years.

The GAT is an essential part of the VCE assessment procedures. All students enrolled in one or more VCE or scored VCE VET Unit 3 and 4 sequences must sit the GAT. Although GAT results do not count directly towards a student’s VCE results, they play an important role in checking that school-based and external assessments have been accurately assessed, and in calculating Derived Examination Scores.

The GAT is used in these ways because achievement on the GAT is a good predictor of achievement on other assessments. If students have done well on the GAT, then their achievements are likely to be high on their school-based and external assessments.

Now the Year 11 and 12 classes have started Units 2 and 4 respectively as they continue with the VCE studies.

Meanwhile, the Year 10 students are on a two-week work experience program which is an exciting connection to the real world and can shape their future pathway and subject choices. During this time teachers will visit on-site and check to see how the students are progressing.

The annual VCAL city camp was in Melbourne last week and the students enjoyed a range of educational and personal pursuits that was very successful – well done VCAL team on preparing and running a great experience.

On the junior campus, last Friday, the school made welcome various Grade 5/6 students for our Awareness day. Here the students participated in a range of classes and activities that showcased what our school can offer. By all accounts the day was extremely successful with students buzzing about their experiences – great job by Year 7 team in hosting this important transition program.

On Tuesday and yesterday, the Year 9 students began their transition to the senior campus with orientation and familiarization activities, along with more detailed explanations of subjects and pathways that are available to them over the next 3 years. This is where students really begin to shape their future by determining which subjects and pathway they wish to travel down. The Year 10 team and senior staff have placed an enormous amount of planning and effort into these days as we support students and parents in their journey from the junior to senior campus.

Last week Sue Coffey and I attended the Principal region forum for our region in Melbourne. The event was unique and a great opportunity to understand how we can develop Traralgon College further into an excellent provider of high quality educational experiences for your children. The forum had world leading speakers and local schools presenting impactful initiatives, approaches and practices that we will investigate further – some things we already do. We will continue seek to adapt new ideas and modify existing approaches or programs in our school…because we want to be the school of choice for you and any potential students and their families.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

Junior Campus has been busy the last couple of weeks with transition processes. Primary Schools students in years 5 and 6 came to the college last week and experienced a variety of learning activities. By all accounts everyone had a lovely day and did some interesting learning. The Year 9 students have also been to the senior campus for a full day of transition, again reports back are that students enjoyed the day and in particular the focus on careers and future planning. Year 9 students interested in TAFE and VETis, Certificate courses that can be completed while they are at school, are out today visiting the various Federation Training sites and learning about the courses that they offer.


Teachers have been working hard marking students assessment tasks and completing student reports which will be ready on Compass by the end of next week. Please take the time to read your child’s report and to discuss the learning behaviours that would benefit your child to improve for the second half of the year.  Learning never stops and we expect our students to continue to develop their skills and knowledge in every subject every lesson. Teachers will have made comments that can assist students in identifying the things they can do to improve in the future.


We are fast approaching the holidays and given the cold mornings and short days l am sure all the students will enjoy the opportunity to sleep in and spend some time at home. I do wish to remind parents that all students are required to wear our uniform and that those student wearing shorts might be able to purchase some navy blue pants for term 3. Girls and boys can wear navy pants (not tracksuit pants) and the girls can also wear the winter skirt and tights, both would be much warmer than shorts. Everyone that comes into the school comments on how good our students look in their uniform and people have told me in the street that the students from Traralgon College look great in their uniform, particularly the winter jackets.  People from our community do notice and we should be proud that we attend such a great college.



Senior Campus Assistant Principal's Report

Mr Ray York
Campus Assistant Principal

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Digital Learning Hub

Digital Learning Hub

The upgrade to the Digital Learning Hub is proceeding well with students participating in a range of new and engaging activities. Students from all year levels have now taken part in Breakout activities. Breakouts challenge students to work together to firstly find, and then solve a range of puzzles. Each puzzle provides the solution to one of the locks on the Breakout box. To be successful in the challenges students need to show collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills. Even if groups are not successful in getting the box open, there is a lot to learn along the way.

In other exciting news, our recording studio walls have arrived. These walls are made from large foam blocks, which can also be taken down and used as seating. This ability was on display during the recent Grade 6 Information Night.

The picture book writing competition is in full swing with a large number of entries. Students have until the 16th of June to finalise their books before they are judged by local children’s author Sarah Corbell.

Finally, this week we are also excited about the arrival of three new 3d printers, bringing the total to four. Students have been learning 3d design and printing out models for their Year 8 Humanities classes with castles, shields, and medieval siege weapons all having been designed. The 3d design club is still running at lunchtime with the current challenge being to design a rubber band glider.

A big thank you goes to all the students who have taken part in the activities and embraced the challenges these exciting changes provide.


Doxa City Camp

Doxa City Camp

As part of the VCAL program Mr Peter Stokes embarked on the arduous task of coordinating a camp to Melbourne where students could use their skills in Team work, communication, problem solving, initiative and resilience to meet outcomes as part of their curriculum.

VCAL students were accompanied by Mrs Nicholls, Mr Callander, Ms Pritchard, Mr Yarde and Camp coordinator Mr Stokes on their adventure to Melbourne. As part of the camp students undertook numerous activities, some of these activities required students to conquer fears, others to understand the importance of perseverance. One such activity was the amazing race.

In the amazing race students used work from their literacy classes to find certain landmarks around the city. At each landmark students were required to complete challenges. It was a race against the clock and students had to work in teams, some with students they may not usually work with. They needed to use their problem solving and communication skills to navigate around the city in the timeframe allocated. It was a tough race with only 2 of the 6 teams being able to complete the challenge.

Students also had the opportunity to visit some interesting places including the Melbourne museum, Melbourne Star, William Angliss TAFE and the Old Melbourne Gaol,  to name a few. Another interesting opportunity for the students was to partake in a discussion about homelessness at the Big Issue. During this time students had the opportunity to speak with someone who was/is living on the streets of Melbourne. This frank discussion showed the maturity of our VCAL students and I was very proud of each one of them who conducted themselves in such a respectful and appropriate manner.

Overall the camp was a huge success for both the students and teachers. A big thank you goes out to the teachers who came along and gave up their public holiday weekend to spend it with the students;  Mr Stokes for organising the event; Doxa city camp for their hospitality and finally to the students.


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 & Electives Fees

The fees that appear on your statement are now due.

The school relies heavily on the payment of these fees to run the programs that we offer to give the students of Traralgon College the best education available.

If you are experiencing difficulties in paying the fees we have many ways that can assist you.


Payment Options:



BPay details can be found on your statement.


Payment Plans

Payment plans can be tailored to suit your financial needs.   If you wish to enter into a payment plan please contact Simone Howard at the Senior Campus on 5176 2240.  



 If you receive current Centrelink payments you may be eligible for Centrepay whereby Centrelink will deduct a certain amount from your pension/payment with payment being made directly to the school.  Applications are available at both the Junior and Senior Campus office.


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 2017 until June 2017.

Please make sure you have submitted your CSEF application by 30th June 2017 applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.


Senior Campus Study & Homework Program

Afterschool Study Program

In support of Traralgon College’s Term 2 priority of improving work submission, an afterschool program will be running to help any year 10-12 students with homework and study. This is planned to run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons in the Senior Campus Library starting on May the 3rd. Each session will run for an hour after school finishes.

Rosedale Family Dental


School Holiday opening hours


Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 and 12 - Tuesday 1st August

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.

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school. 

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.

The Latrobe City Council immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 9 June 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the Latrobe City Council immunisation service.

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


St Michael's Basketball Club


Latrobe Chorale


Latrobe Theatre Company's Production of Oliver


College Calendar


19-30 Year 10 Work Experience

20 - Year 9 A,B,C, &D transition Senior Campus

21 - Year 9 E,F,G & H transition Senior Campus

22 - Interschool Football - Senior Boys

22- Civil Contractors Tasters Program Day 2

22 -Report Writing Junior Campus - Pupil Free Day

27 - Year 11 Incursion - Twelve Angry Men

27 - AGL Loy Yang & Ausnet Services Visit

29 - Civil Contractors Taster Program Day 3

30 -Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

30 - Last Day Term 2


17 - First Day Term 3

20 -  Year 10 Federation University Trip

21 - Chemistry Excursion - RACI Hartung Youth Lecture

21 - VEET Electrical Training Centre

25 - Year 11 VCE Chemistry Instruments Analysis

26 - Inspiring Young Women

26-28 Year 12 Outdoor Education Mt Baw Baw Ski Trip

28 -  Port of Melbourne Excursion

28 - Badminton Senior Girls

31 - Wakikirri Preview Performance


1- Meningococcal Vaccinations

9 - Vic Parliament/Melbourne Magistrates Court

10 - Wakikirri Frankston Performance TBC


14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4


1- Year 12 exams commence

7 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

24 - Year 12 exams conclude


8 - Presentation Assembley 1.30pm-3.00pm

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

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