College Connection

28 April 2017
Issue Five
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
Page 5
Sassy Cafe
Year 9 International Travel Program
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

Hello to all the Traralgon College community. I would like to share a little background: I was previously the Principal at Yarram Secondary College from October 2014. Within this role, I was directly responsible for the leadership and strategic management of staff along with meeting students’ educational outcomes and parent expectations. Previous to that role, I was the Guthridge Campus Principal of Sale College for several years. I have also worked internationally – from 2007 to 2010, as a Cluster Manager: K-12 Government Schools in the United Arab Emirates employed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in supporting various schools and principals undertake a whole-system reform, and I also spent the school year 2000/2001 teaching Physical Education and Sport in the UK. As far as teaching, my area is Physical Education and SOSE. I started my teaching career at Sale Technical School back in 1986 and then transferred to Sale High School and eventually, journeyed through the merger of both these schools in the mid-1990s to become Sale College.

So far, in my short time here, I have focused on getting up to speed with understanding where the school is positioned regarding the Priority Review from 2016, the focus for 2017’s school improvement efforts, meeting staff and students, and working with the leadership team on the school’s medium and long-term strategic direction.


Fundamentally, Traralgon College is fully committed to building a robust, relevant learning and personal development program for each student - as education remains the fundamental building block for success in life. This mission is achieved only when everyone’s role in the school (staff, students and parents) faces and meets delivery of the same high expectations whereby:

  • We each feel responsible for each student achieving excellence and growth in all of the nominated student outcomes – it is at the heart of everything we do as a school community.
  • We work with others – in partnership, within and beyond our own school or office walls.
  • We ground our practice in the best available evidence and data, including in the classroom.
  • We focus on the few things that will make the biggest difference for students, and do them very well.
  • We learn from and with each other, always striving to do better.


It is important to note that our school has positioned itself, based on the outcomes of the 2016 school review, to meet certain fundamental expectations, priority areas and initiatives to ensure that we are building a sound improvement plan around key areas and in the right sequence. The 2017 annual plan – see High Performing Plan diagram - has identified the following key areas: creating a safe and orderly environment; building leadership capacity across the college; developing a strong and effective instructional model; and creating a positive, connected and engaged school community.

Already, there has been a visible positive change and the current climate of the college is one more reflective of our core values: respect, responsibility and resilience. The strong core school engagement focus on having all students be compliant with our expectations on being on-time to class, uniform requirements, not using phones in class has made significant impact to how students approach and engage in their learning.


Our next College-wide focus is moving on to the submission of learning assessment tasks. All student assessment tasks will be posted on Compass for students and parents to see what the assessment is, when it is due and the feedback / results of the assessment. This action is aimed at increasing the students’ cognitive engagement in the learning by monitoring submission of assessment to better enable teachers to know where students are at in their learning and how they can plan for the phase of learning.


We appreciate and acknowledge the important role parents play supporting the school in achieving the school community’s expectations of what we would all like the school to be like for their children and with this in mind I would like to share an important message from the book “How to Raise an Adult” by former Stanford University Dean Julie Lythcott-Haims.

Schools are often the place where childhood friendships blossom into lifelong connections. However, sometimes getting to this point is a lot of trial and error, falling in and out of the ‘friends group’, disagreements and spats, and some of these occasions get nasty. When trying to help our kids, with nothing but great intentions, we actually do more harm by over-parenting.


Most people do not wish or plan to become over-parent, or be helicopter parents. Parents know and love their children and have their children’s best interest at heart. They are motivated to provide their children with access to safety, happiness and success. Yet it is in the small moments of subtle communication of expectations throughout childhood that children learn the habits and values that remain ingrained in their behaviours.


Parents must also allow their children to adjust their learning or behavioural habits to meet the school’s behaviour expectations, increased subject rigor, work for grades they deserve and find their own voices should self-advocacy become necessary. This means parents should not call the school or teacher if their child receives less than a high grade / score on an assignment, or receives a detention and change the outcome. Why? Because while these parent ideas or actions seem appropriate and helpful for the child, it could be argued that for children to successfully manage life after high school they need to do without the constant assistance of hovering parents to develop and establish healthy habits long before age 18.


All parents need to be reassured that Traralgon College is working extremely hard to provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment that grows and develops strong capable young adults by the end of Year 12. We do have the occasional hiccups when students struggle social, behaviourally and emotionally. This is mostly a temporary setback that is well managed, supported by high level solutions, by our extremely competent staff. It is also a time when adults (parents and teachers) can step back and give young children time to identify and solve problems, provide the opportunity for children to learn and develop important skills such as self-regulation, empathy, problem-solving, creativity, tenacity, perseverance and patience. These are all very important skills and character strengths needed to move through life successfully.

We respect and support parents. When parents are aware of school / teachers’ goals and watch how they interact with students they may notice the expectations for children in their child’s current year level. This is valuable because although parents have great expertise on their own children, schools have many years of experience with that age group. Teachers and other caring adults in the lives of children are viewed as partners working toward a common goal, not adversaries.


We use natural consequences to run their course by regarding setbacks as learning opportunities. Failure and disappointment are a regular part of life from childhood to old age. When children are given the opportunity to deal with setbacks early, within a loving, supportive context, they build skills that will help them later in life. When a child loses a board game, they can learn about good sportsmanship. If children do not secure a spot on the best team, or if they are passed over for a starring role in the annual production, they may learn to deal with disappointment and work harder to try again.


Children who are given opportunities to develop their voices and take charge of their learning and behaviour, by teachers and parents, who incorporate these positive practices, will be well-equipped to deal with challenges. Children of all ages need adults (teachers, coaches, parents) as positive role models to offer love, support, encouragement, safety and shelter. Kids are capable of learning, speaking, choosing, doing, trying, failing and trying again, knowing that their caring, supportive adults are right beside them, encouraging them to move forward to bigger things.


Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

Welcome back for term 2, l hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday and that you are all ready for a busy term of learning. Mr Michael Shone is now on leave and l will be the Junior Campus Principal for the remainder of the year.

A reminder that we will continue to follow up with all students who are; out of uniform, late to class, using mobile phones in class and overall attendance.  Mr Dungey compiled attendance data for the Principal team and we were very shocked to see that so many students in years 8 and 9 are missing more than 20% of the time. Based on 200 school days a year this means that some students are missing more than 40 days a year, 8 weeks of school, which is almost a full school term. Students need to be at school and in class learning. It becomes too hard to catch up when so much learning is missed.

This week we have year 9 students on an overnight hike on the Mitchell River. This is an enjoyable hike along the bank of the Mitchell River, hopefully the weather is kind and they have a great time learning about the environment, themselves and their ability to work as part of a team.

Our Year 9 Program, Connecting Learning in the Community (CLiC) has started again this term. The teachers and students have been very positive about the learning planned for the term and l am sure they will share some stories in future newsletters. All students are encouraged to participate so they get the most out of all the opportunities that are available. 

In term 4 we are able to send 15 students to China on two amazing educational programs. The Victorian Young Leaders to China Program invites 10 students from our school to travel and study in China for 6 weeks. The students start this journey in Beijing at a University and then move south to either Nanjing or Shanghai where they go to school for four weeks. The cost of the program is $3000 per student; the Education Department funds the program to the same amount. If you have a Health Care Card this program is free. The second program is the Alpine School for Young Leaders and we have 5 places on this program. The students spend three weeks at the Alpine School at Dinner Plain and then six weeks at the Utahloy International School, Zheng Chen, China. This program also costs $3000 and is subsidised by the Education Department and again if you have a Health Care Card the program is free.  Please contact Ms Taylor or Ms Greening to discuss either of these programs, we are very lucky to have been offered both programs and it would be very disappointing to leave several places vacant.


Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and for students we are straight back in to lots of learning opportunities. The cold weather has hit this term and a reminder to students and parents that we need to have purchased uniform pants to get us through the cold. Tracksuit pants are not the uniform.


Task Submission

This term we are focussed on improving task submission (as well as uniform, on time to class, no mobile phones). WE have introduced to the students a new policy to help make it clear what are the minimum requirements for submission and that all of these tasks MUST be submitted or catch-up classes and parent notifications will be made. The main points are below:

  • All Assessment Tasks must be submitted
  • Extensions sought before the due date
  • Catch up classes at lunch and parent notification if task not submitted
  • After 5 days- the work will not be graded BUT still submitted to determine learning growth AND parents will be contacted for a meeting. Catch up classes remain until the work is submitted.
  • Tasks will be labelled Assessment Task on COMPASS
  • Progress report will now include Task Submission

It is hard to determine the next level of learning for a student if they are not producing and submitting work. In the senior years these tasks are designed as lead up activities to SACs for year 11 and 12 so students can practise the skills they need to demonstrate for final assessments. As parents you will receive emails of overdue work or catch-up classes. You can also check COMPASS Learning Tasks to see if Assessment Tasks are overdue.



The VCAL students have launched the Sassy Café- and it is a fantastic initiative. It is great to see the students have remodelled the room, designed the interior, though up the concept, and are now cooking and serving in the space. Congratulations to the VCAL team.



Our SRC representatives and school captains attended the 11am Traralgon Service and showed why we are so proud of our students. They gave up their “day off” to represent and remember our diggers.



University visits


Year 12s have started embarking on University visits- today at Federation University- to ensure they get an understanding of tertiary life but also importantly the courses and career options available to them. This is the time when many year 12s start to slump. We need to encourage and motivate them to work hard right up until the last exam to give themselves the best opportunity to pursue further studies and employment opportunities for 2018. Life Satisfaction results show the more education you have and choice in career the happier you become with your life as you have flexibility. Those with post-secondary qualifications achieve the best balance in satisfaction for work, their lifestyle etc.




Attendance has become a real concern we have 40% of students at each year level having nearly a day a week off school. This dramatically impacts on student outcomes. Missing instruction, missing the discussions in class, other student views and support from the teacher impacts negatively on student results. With that level of attendance these students would not hold down full time employment. Please contact the school if you have concerns and need support.


Rotary Model United Nations Assembly


A practice session was held here last Sunday and Karen Ander and Keita Matsumoto gave up their day to work with students from our school but also across Gippsland to prepare for the model UN assembly. This will take place in Phillip Island from the 5th May- 7th May.






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Rehearsals are well underway and students, staff, parents  and  several ex-s tudent helpers are busily preparing  for this year’s performance.

Our production is called ‘HARMony’ and looks at our environment and the impact that man has had on the landscape and creatures. Developed loosely on the Graeme Base ‘Uno’s Garden’ storybook, we show that we should take greater care of our environment and that we need to consider the protection of rare plants and animals as we build our homes and cities.

Our production is not only a successful entertainment piece but is also a way in which to “engage” students in a positive, recreational experience.  Our 100 performers/crew are currently working on developing  the choreography, sets, projection and costuming for the performance.  As well as being a rewarding performing arts activity, this program really emphasises the benefits of teamwork and school connectedness to promote positive relationships and student leadership skills.

This year, we are seeking sponsorship to assist with the many costs associated with the performance. All sponsorship will receive acknowledgement in our College newsletters, preview performance program and performance DVD.  Major sponsorship will also be featured on the back of the staff/student team t-shirts.

We are also gathering goods/vouchers to go in our major raffle which will be drawn at our Preview Performance evening at the Old Stadium, Junior Campus, Traralgon College a week before the Heats in Frankston in early August.  Our Preview performance, to our local Primary Schools and the community, is presented to over nine hundred (900) people during the five sessions.

If you would like any further information about our production and/or you wish to support us please feel free to contact either Toni or Leanne on 51748733/ 51 762240. We are also happy to attend any meetings to present our sponsorship proposal to your organisation.


Sassy Cafe

Sassy Cafe

VCAL students at Traralgon College have been working hard to establish new business ideas.  This week students have finally finished one of their projects, the Sassy Café. The business idea arose from the students wanting to create a café where students, teachers and the community could come together and enjoy delicious food and beverages in the comfort of the school in conjunction with the canteen.


Mrs Jackie Nicholls lead the following students: Alex, Olivia, Keisha, Cameron, Tia, Stephanie, Emma, Logan, Shawna, Erin, Dagth, Billy, Kate, Daniel and Bella in the arduous task of getting the project off the ground.  “Every student worked hard painting, sourcing supplies, coming up with business plans and everything you would expect in starting a new business as part of their studies,” stated Mrs Nicholls. “The idea behind the VCAL program is to give the students the opportunity to learn real life skills that will help them develop into competent, successful and motivated young people. We have many small business ideas running from students creating custom made furniture to candle making. The café is one opportunity to learn how a real business works, they learn communication skills, negotiating skills, not to mention, food handling and barista skills.”


In addition, the to the above students there were many other contributors in the collaboration of the Sassy Café. We would like to acknowledge Mrs Petty, Ms Pryor, Mrs Hackett, Mr Yarde, Mr Callander, Mr Reid, all the VCAL students and the following businesses JML flooring, Bunnings Traralgon, AJ Vintage collections who generously contributed to the project.


Sassy Café is due to open on Monday and officially open to the public in the next two weeks – where students will invite members of the community to come into the school and enjoy a hot beverage, refreshing drink or offer catering for events.


As far as we know this is the first café to be open within a school in the Latrobe Valley – one that is run and operated solely by the students.


Year 9 International Travel Program

Victorian Young Leaders to China Program ​

The program is a life-changing opportunity, where students live in and attend school in China. They will experience daily life as a Chinese student, and get to discover and explore China’s thriving culture, from the traditional to the modern.

If you are interested please contact the School for an application form or for further information.


The School for Student Leadership Program.

In term 4 this year the School for Student Leadership is offering 5 fortunate students an unforgettable nine-week program that will be stretched across the Victorian Alpine Campus at Dinner Plane and their campus in China.

This opportunity will provide our students with a unique live in experience that will have them focussing on developing their leadership skills.


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 warms up we should be wearing correct summer 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.

Summer Uniform


  • Summer Dress - To be worn with knee high or short white socks


  • Navy Logo Shorts and College monogrammed polo shirt - 
  • To be worn with knee high or short white socks
  • Navy V Neck Woollen Jumper (monogrammed)


  • 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

Compulsory for all students undertaking PE classes

  • Plain Black Basketball Shorts
  • White or Navy Polo Shirt (monogrammed)
  • Sneakers of student choice.
  • Navy Bucket Hat or Cap.(monogrammed)

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

Approved Accessories

  • Wrist watch
  • Discrete and plain studs or sleepers for ear piercings
  • Studs only for facial piercings
  • Discrete chains or necklaces worn inside shirts or dresses so that they are not overtly visible.
  • Hair ties and head bands – must be worn in one of the school colours – plain navy, light blue or white.
  • Plain navy or cream scarf.
  • For safety reasons, long hair must be tied back in some practical classes.

College & Community Updates

School & Electives Fees

You would have received your School Statements last week.  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.


Beleza School Uniforms

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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.

College Calendar


2 - Wellington Sports Soccer

2 - Wellington Sports Netball

2 - Wellington Sports Badminton

5 - Gippsland School Sport - Volleyball

5-7 Rotary Model United Nations Assembly

5 - Year 10 Outdoor Ed Junior Campus Navigation

5 - Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

9 - Federation University - Nursing/Business

11-12 Year 12 Canoe Trip Gippsland Lakes

12 - School Athletics Day

12 - Construction Induction Training (CI Card)

17 -  2017 Debutante Ball

17 - Year 10 Outdoor Ed Canoe - Thomson River

18 - 2017 Debutante Ball

18 - Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

22 - VCE Music Performance Evening

25 - Federation University - Nursing/Art & Design

26 - Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme


5-7 Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge

8 - Year 12 - 1984

12 - Queen's Birthday - School Closed

12  - 15  Vcal Doxa City Camp

14 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

14 - Women in STEM - Ecolink Baccus Marsh

19-30 Year 10 Work Experience

27 - Year 11 Incursion - Twelve Angry Men

30 -Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

30 - Last Day Term 2


17 - First Day Term 3

31 - Wakikirri Preview Performance


10 - Wakikirri Frankston Performance TBC


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


19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

College Connection
Traralgon College 2017 High Performing Plan.pdf
Traralgon College 2017 High Performing Plan.pdf
2017 VYLC Progam Parent Student Information College Connection (2).pdf
School of student leadership parent letter.pdf