College Connection

18 August 2016
Issue Thirteen
College Princpal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
Wakakirri 2016
Student Achievements
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 Princpal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
College Principal


What an exciting week at Traralgon College!


The Wakakirri performance team have made it through to the grand finale. This is an amazing effort and should be celebrated by the students, teachers and their families. All the hard work has paid off and l  look forward to attending the final in Melbourne on Monday 12th of September. Ms Callander will forward details to the students and no doubt a couple of practice session will be required before then. Congratulations to everyone who worked to get the team this far and we wish them well as the excitement begins to build over the next few weeks.


On Monday evening l attended the Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals Conference in Melbourne. At the conference a Professional Learning Award sponsored by Bank Australia was presented to someone who outlined a Professional Learning Plan that would help improve their school and provide learning opportunities for themselves and their staff. That person was me. I was presented with a certificate and $5000 to support me in learning about project based, self-directed learning from High Tech High, which is a school in San Diego,  USA. I will now attempt to secure further funding and hopefully take two teachers to High Tech High with me next year. This is an amazing opportunity and one that l believe could make a major difference to the way we teach and the way our students engage in learning at Traralgon College.


The year 8 team held an Academic Olympics on Monday and according to my sources the day was perfect. The students had a wonderful time, the weather was perfect and everything was extremely well organised. Congratulations to the Year 8 team and to Ms Prytherch for organising a different learning experience for our students.  


This time of the year we begin planning for the next and to make this as smooth as possible for everyone we require students to submit subject selections and to advise us if they are leaving the school for any reason. Our resourcing relies on student numbers and we like to get them as accurate as possible as staffing decisions hinge on this information. Could you please make sure that your child has submitted their subject selection form either online for the senior campus or a paper copy at the junior campus. Without these selections, students may not get into their preferred electives

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mr Michael Shone
Campus Principal


In all schools Term 3 is a very important time for all students, parents and staff to begin planning and preparing for the year ahead. Year 9 students and parents have already participated in a series of orientation activities in preparation for a 2017 move to the Senior Campus and current Grade 6 families are receiving information about our school and our extensive transition process to Year 7. A reminder to all parents that Year 7 and 8 students are required to submit their 2017 elective subject selection form by Friday 19th August. As students discuss their options with parents and make their choices I strongly encourage them to reflect on what activities and classes they enjoyed over the past year and to make selections based on their strength and what skills, knowledge and subjects will help them achieve their future goals.


Cultural Tour to Melbourne

Over Weeks 5 and 6 of Term 3, all Year 7 students had the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to participate in an excursions and series of events designed to expand their cultural awareness and understanding of Asian cultures. Students were required to meet at the Traralgon train station at 7:30am and visited Chinatown, the Chinese Museum and also enjoyed an authentic Chinese lunch as part of the tour. The response to this opportunity was excellent with almost all students participating and above are some photos of the students on the cultural tour.



Celebrating Diversity - Wear It Purple Day

On Friday 26th August all Junior Campus staff and students will recognise and promote tolerance and acceptance of diversity in our community by participating in the annual ‘Wear it Purple Day’. This national awareness day aims to promote the message that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love and that no one should be subject to bullying, belittlement and invalidation. There will be a number of awareness activities run at lunchtime on this day and students are encouraged to wear something purple with their school uniform to support this cause.


Leukaemia Fundraiser – Shave for a Cure and Casual Clothes Day


On Tuesday 30th August the Junior Campus SRC are running a series of fundraising activities to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. This day will be a casual clothes day for Junior Campus students and all students are required to provide a gold coin donation during form assembly if they are in casual clothes. In Period 3 the SRC will run a Campus Assembly and as part of this assembly, six students and two teachers will shave their hair as part of the fundraiser. These people have been busy collecting sponsorship for their efforts and all funds go to the Leukaemia Foundation.


Parent Forum – Teenage Brain and Internet Addiction

Our combined Junior and Senior Wellbeing teams have organised a parent forum on the important issues of Internet Addiction. The focus of this event is helping parents understand how the teenage brain develops and provide strategies to combat excessive use or reliance on social media and online gaming. The forum will be run by our Junior Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator and Chris Little from MindUrMind Counselling. The forum is on Wednesday 24th August 5:30pm in the Junior Campus Library. All interested parents are encouraged to attend and learn about ways to better support their teenage sons and daughters manage the challenges associated with social media and online gaming.


Year 8 and 9 English and Maths Exam Day

On Tuesday 13th September all Year 8 and 9 students will complete an English and Maths Exam. The purpose of the exams is to provide students with a further opportunity to experience the exam process and to support teachers to identify areas of weakness within their class to undertake further work on in term four. The exams will cover all of the essential knowledge areas that have been taught though out the year. Teachers will provide results and feedback to students in Term 4 and use the results to plan their Term 4 curriculum to address individual students key areas of need. The exams will occur during Periods 1, 2 and 3 on this day and a healthy breakfast will be provided to all students at the beginning of the day.

Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal


Term 3 is quickly moving forward with lots of learning experiences for students, the course counselling and selections process coming to an end, and of course lots of learning in the classroom. It is an important time to follow up with your child on their progress report and their study habits. At this stage year 12s can start to become stressed with the thoughts of exams not far away. This is where a consistent study routine of revision is important to alleviate the anxiety and increase their preparedness for the challenge ahead. Please ask your child to talk to their TLC teacher about study tips and advice at this crucial time.


Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Thank you to all the parents who attended last week and to the teachers for the productive conversations held about student progress. If you did not get to a see a teacher or were unable to attend the night, please email or call your child’s teacher for follow up. We appreciate the feedback given on the night and we will use this to further enhance our parent/teacher/student conversations in the future.


Learning Experiences

The focus for all year 10 Health and Physical Education (HPE) students in term 3 is "Health of young people in the Latrobe Valley". 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. Year 10 students attended an excursion last Friday to visit a range of health service providers in Morwell to collect information about each service, as well as more detailed information about their selected service, which they will use to complete their major presentation. Thank you to all the staff who attended.


Year 11 Psychology students spent a day at AmazeNthings on Phillip Island to experience visual illusions for their current unit of study on sensation and perception and distortions.  They were able to experience an Ames room and interact with a range of illusions, which gave them firsthand experience and enhanced their understanding of concepts and illusions being studied.  They also had the opportunity to play minigolf, go in the maze and brave the fall slide.  Overall, everyone had a fun and productive day!



Our Senior boys’ basketball team competed in the Gippsland Secondary Basketball Senior Boys Region Finals, on Monday the 15th and came home with second place. I am reliably informed they were robbed in the dying minutes of their final match but an amazing achievement. Congratulations to the team and Gail MacFarlane and Kellie Asmussen.



The Year 12 photography class attended the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell to gain an insight into the various roles within the public gallery system as well as a variety of other aspects of exhibition preparation and the conservation of artworks. The students were spoken to by a Gallery employee and taken on a guided tour. 


The Environmental Science students undertook water sampling to determine a nutrient pollution profile of the Latrobe River. Last Wednesday they collected samples from Tanjil South, Moe, Morwell, Glengarry Traralgon and Rosedale to gather data to determine if Latrobe River has a nutrient pollution problem and which tributaries are adding nutrients to the Latrobe River.




Coming up

Good luck to students attending the Print a Car challenge Thursday the 18th at Quantum Victoria. The Print-A-Car challenge involves teams of 1-4 students designing, printing and racing cars. All parts of the car must be printed using a 3D printer, with the exception of the axles, which may be made of another material (e.g. metal rod). Our team is presenting a poster and at least one car for the Qualifying Day.


Three of our students, Jordyn Archbold, Chris Lee and Tyler Robin who attended the Operation Flinders hike earlier this year have been selected to be trained as peer mentors and they fly to Adelaide on the 26th August to undertake their training. This is a significant achievement to have been selected for this program and we wish them success.


Education State Targets: Measuring excellence in The Arts at Year 10


​​ The Education State targets set out the Victorian Government’s commitment, including that over the next ten years, more students will reach the highest levels of achievement in The Arts.


This target highlights the importance of knowledge and skills in The Arts across Victoria and recognises that embedding a culture that values excellence in the arts will help Victoria achieve its goals for better learning and life outcomes for all students.

Our school has been given the opportunity to contribute to the process of collecting baseline data in The Arts across the state. A random sample of our Year 10 students will be selected to participate in this process during Term 3 and once identified, information forms will be sent home to provide further information about the participation process.


This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the first ever collection of baseline data in The Arts in Victoria and the participation of students at this school will play a significant role in the development of this important target.    

Wakakirri 2016

Wakakirri 2016
Frankston Heat- August 1.

Mrs Toni Callander, Wakakirri Coordinator

Traralgon college Wakakirri team recently participated in the Melbourne Heats held at The Frankston Entertainment Centre on Monday August 1. Our team of 60 students presented their production ‘Di-Ver-Sity’-

Our performance explored the issues of bullying, acceptance, self image and identity through the famous tale – ‘The Ugly Duckling’. We followed our main ‘Ugly Duckling’ character as she was tormented and segregated from her group. In search of her own identity, she encountered a group of swans and was accepted by them. Transforming into a swan, she realised that beauty is diverse and within us all.

The production featured three separate groups of performers which were divided up into Bully Ducks, Swans and Water. These groups were supported by our main characters: The Stork, Lilly Fairies, Ugly Duckling, Main Bully Ducks and Main Swan.

The performance was very well received by both the audience and judges and we were awarded the prestigious “Spirit of Wakakirri” – which recognises the school that demonstrated the best overall teamwork and positivity toward others schools throughout the heat. We now wait to hear whether we have been successful in gaining entry into the grand final to be held at the Victorian Arts Centre in September.

A huge congratulations to the fabulous cast, crew parent and staff helpers who worked together to make this year’s production such a great success .


Student Achievements

Bonnie Callander Dance Success

Congrtaulations to Year 11 student Bonnie Callander who recently attended the Albury Dance Eisteddfod with her Local Dance School, Julie Ryan Dancers and achieved several first placings as well as the 15-21 age aggregate.


Currently also studying both VCE Dance and VET dance externally, Bonnie was one of the recent student leaders, along with Kate Forwood, Allie Boughton and Grace Lawrence who choreographed the recent  Traralgon College Wakakirri production.


Senior Campus Positive Behaviour Rewards

Congratulations to the following students who achieved progress scores of 100. These students have all been presented with a certificate and went into the draw for gift vouchers prizes from JB Hi-Fi, Gloria Jeans and Village Movies.


Justin Little

Ebony Hicks-Withington

Hayley Mildenhall

Cara Jewell

Sarah Musgrove

Danielle Newham

Samantha Chandler

Taiwo Aliyu


We also congratulate Dana Shirreff on achieveing a fantastic progress score improvement.

College & Community Updates

Building Students' Learning Power 

Parents are invited to a workshop for parents and senior primary and secondary students with James Anderson.

James is Affiliate director for the Institute for Habits of Mind & the first internationally certified Mindset Trainer by Carol Dweck's Mindset Works

Wednesday 16 November 
7:30 – 9:00 pm

Boolarra Primary School

See the flyer below for full details:


Light the Night 2016

Community Light the Night is an annual event supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. Participants can purchase a balloon in support of Leukaemia sufferers and their fanilies, and those that have passed. There will be a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, coffgee, face painintg and body art will be available to entertain the kids.


Saturday 1 October 

From 4.00pm

Victory Park Traralgon 


College Calendar

August 2016

18 - Print A Car Challenge -  Qualifiying

19 - AIME Day for Indigenous Students

19 - Year 7 Chinese Cultural tour to Melbourne

24 - Deconstructing Gaming Parent Info Session See College Updates for info

24 - Yakult Excursion VCE Business Studies

25 - Year 9 Outdoor Education Mountain Bike Trip

30 - Interschool Gymnastics - Box Hill

31 - Debutante Ball

September 2016

1 - Debutante Ball

7-16 Natural Wonders of the Ouback Camp

7 - Matilda The Musical Excursion

18 - Print-A-Car Challenge 

12 - Wakakirri Grand Final

13 - Victorian Space Centre VCE Physics Excursion

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 Connection
Growth Mindset Forum for Parents and Senior Students Flyer.pdf
Growth Mindset Forum for Parents and Senior Students Flyer.pdf
Growth Mindset Forum for Parents and Senior Students Flyer.pdf