College Connection

13 May 2016
Issue Seven
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus News
Senior Campus News
Student Achievements
College News
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 Paul van Breugel
College Principal

Our college community was saddened by the passing of one of our long term staff members. Barb Rye taught at the College since 1990 and retired due to ill health in early 2015. Last week she finally lost her battle with cancer. Barb will be remembered as a vibrant, passionate and skilled art teacher who taught and influenced literally thousands of students in her career. She will be sadly missed by all of us at the college and I'm sure by many of her past students. Our condolences to her husband Owen and all her family and friends.


Uniform issues

I am aware that some families have been unable to obtain the winter uniform jackets from our supplier Beleza and that this is causing some difficulty. Unfortunately Beleza were unable to get jackets in the fabric we had been using and this led them to run stocks down while sourcing an alternative. It seems that other items have also been allowed to run low. We have communicated our concerns to Beleza and hope that they are able to lift stocks quickly. 

In the meantime we are asking for our staff students and families to adopt a common sense approach. Firstly you can help us by sending in an note if you are affected by being unable to get uniform, secondly ask your children to wear appropriate clothing that is close to the T.C. colours. We are asking our staff to recognise that many families are trying to do the right thing and are unable to get all their uniform needs and to work with you and our students.


House Athletics Sports – Wednesday 4 May

Our annual House Athletics Sports was held on Wednesday 4 May at the Newborough Athletics track. The focus of the day this year was ‘participation’ and for the first time, students were awarded points depending on how well they were dressed up and representing their house. for the first time year 10 students were able to participate in all athletics events. It was great to have the Year 10s present as their enthusiasm acted as motivation for the junior students. Their participation will also allow place getters to progress to regional athletics championships just like the Years 7, 8 and 9 students. Sport Coordinator Mr Brad Foster will announce the Junior Campus Age Champions and overall House Champion at the next Junior Campus Assembly.


Bus Travel and Bus Passes

Some students are using the buses without a valid bus pass. Please note that students who do not have a Student ID card showing their Country Bus Route are not permitted to travel on country busses. Similarly, students who travel on the town or transfer bus service must have the correct student ID, a bus pass or a valid MYKI card. Students found to be travelling on buses without a valid pass will be required to remain at school and their parent/guardian will be contacted to pick them up. If your child travels by bus, please check that your they have a valid Student ID card showing their bus route. If you have any questions please contact the Junior Campus front office.

Junior Campus News

Mr Michael Shone
Campus Principal


Ex-Student and national Basketball player Jack White visits TC

On Thursday the 14th April, the Year 9 Fitness & Injury, Active Men class, and 2 Year 8 PE classes participated in presentations from Jack White. Jack is a past student of Traralgon College and now a member of the Australian Under 20 Men’s Basketball team. Jack spoke to the students about his passion for basketball and how this started at a very young age which gave him the opportunity to play in various teams from domestic teams through to the National league. Jack accepted a scholarship 2 years ago giving him the opportunity to study Year 11 and 12 at the Australian Centre of Excellence Basketball program in Canberra. Following his academic and sporting success he has now visited Colleges in America and been offered and accepted a place in the Duke University program in North Carolina, fulfilling his dream to play American College Basketball.  Jack spoke about his training and academic programs, his keys for success and things he has chosen to do at the expense of what many of our students considered “normal teenage life”. Jack was motivational and inspiring, acutely modest and happy to visit his old school and staff. The students and staff would like to thank Jack for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come back to Traralgon College to share his sporting story and personal success.   We wish Jack all the best for his future aspirations and look forward to following his success as an athlete.


Supporting your child’s journey to China

In this era of globalisation Traralgon College is committed to providing opportunities for students to develop their understanding of different countries and their cultures, especially those Asian countries that are close to Australia. This year Traralgon College students have three opportunities to travel to China, each of which have a different focus and purpose. The Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, which Traralgon College has a close association with, are holding a forum for parents of students interested in travelling to China or studying Mandarin. The focus of the forum is how to foster, encourage and support your child’s interest in learning about or travelling to China. The details of this free event are below and more information is contained in the flyer attached.


6.30pm-8:00pm Thursday 16 June             

Carrillo Gantner Theatre (B02)Sidney Myer Asia Centre 158/761 Swanston St, Parkville VIC 3052

Click here to RSVP    


2017 Year 7 Parent Information Evening

On Wednesday 18th May 7:00pm-8:00pm Traralgon College will hold am information evening for parents of 2016 Grade 6 students. The parent information evening is an opportunity for parents and prospective students to find out more about our College. The Year 7 program will be presented and parents and grade 6 students will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, see student displays of their learning and speak to teachers and current students about the school. Information will also be provided on applications for the 2017 Likeminds accelerated learning class, our 2016 Awareness Day and opportunities for parents to tour the Campus. Parents and Guardians of current students are asked to publicise this event in the community and encourage anyone they know with a Grade 6 son or daughter to come along.


Mind Matters – Dealing with angry teenagers

As a part of extending our relationships and support for parents and guardians, this year through the newsletter we have been providing regular information on raising adolescents, dealing with teenagers and supporting positive mental health. Click here to read a simple article on how to respond when a teenager gets angry – I hope you find it useful.


Year 9 Teachers 

I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication staff in the Year 9 team have displayed under very difficult circumstances this year. Many parents and guardians will be aware that there was a fire in one of the buildings in January of this year. This fire began in the Year 9 Sub School office and while significant damage was confined to this room, all of the teachers’ resources, books and teaching materials, including all of their stationary, and their desks were damaged or destroyed. These teachers began the year without being able to prepare classes in the usual way and have been working hard to redevelop creative and engaging classes ever since. As well, some Year 9 staff experienced significant and unexpected personal loss this year. The way Year 9 staff have supported each other and focussed on ensuring all classes are well organised and all students are learning has been outstanding. Thank you.

Senior Campus News

Mrs Susan Coffey
Campus Principal


We are almost half way through term 2 and as usual a number of events have been scheduled during term 3. Can l remind all parents that it is important to consent for your child to participate in an event by the consent date posted on Compass. Students who do not have consent by set dates will not be permitted to attend unless there are extenuating circumstances. The dates are set to help staff organise transport to and from venues, to enable correct payment for student numbers and to enable appropriate staffing. Last minute additions complicate these processes for everyone.


Outdoor Adventure Trip

Year 10 Outdoor Educatin students have planned a three day Outdoor Adventure trip from the 23rd of May which begins at Nowa Nowa on the edge of the Lake Tyers National Park. The students will  hike, canoe and cycle their way  back to Bairnsdale competing in a number of challenges on the way. This is an example of an authentic learning experience that uses the skills and knowledge the students have acquired in class. I look forward to hearing about their adventure when they return.


Year 10 Work Experience

At the end of this term Year 10 students will all be involved in work experience. At this stage a large number of students have managed to secure work placements but there are many who either haven’t found a placement or who have not returned their forms. If you require assistance with finding a place please see your TLC teacher or Rebecca Lowe in careers. Work experience is a valuable opportunity for students to explore potential work options for the future. Some students will decide that a career choice is exactly what they want and will continue to pursue this in the future, others will be unsure of what they would like to do and will just find a place of interest. No matter which way this works for your child it helps them to grow and see the various skills and knowledge required to work in a particular environment.

Students in years 11 and 12 studying the VCE are in the last few weeks of unit 1 and unit 3 studies. These students are required to have all learning tasks completed and submitted by the 10th of June. Any student who requires additional assistance to meet this deadline should be speaking with their teachers now. Mr Crutchley our VCE coordinator is also available to discuss your concerns and to arrange additional support if required.  


General Achievement Test

On the 7th of June any student studying a unit 3/4 sequence this year will be required to sit the GAT. The GAT is a General Achievement Test designed to determine a child’s general capabilities and is used to align students classroom and exam results. This is particularly important  and is used if a student becomes extremely ill at the end of the year and unable to sit exams. The GAT along with classroom results can be used to determine a derived study score that can be used for their ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).  

Student Achievements

Progress Report High Achievers


Positive Behaviours Support (PBS) Team at Traralgon College Senior Campus congratulate the following students on their brilliant performances in 2016 cycle 2 progress reports. Students will receive certificates and rewards in recognition to their achievements.



Year 12

Sophie-Mae Barber (100%)

Jeanette McKee (100%)

Sarah Musgrove (100%)

Cara Jewell (100%)


Year 11

Charles Martin (98%)

Gabrielle Segond (98%)



Alana Gatt (100%)


Year 10

Kristyl Robertson (100%)

Lacey Male (100%)


College News

Film: Most Likley to Succeed

Nossal High School is pleased to bring the highly acclaimed film ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ directed by Greg Whiteley to the South Eastern corridor. 


‘Most Likely to Succeed’ is an edu-documentary about schooling in the 21st Century.  The film is recommended as must see viewing for staff and parents. 

It is a fabulous professional learning opportunity for staff; it will provide compelling stimulus for schools to discuss how we are meeting the needs of graduates in terms of school structure, pedagogy and skill development. 


We invite your staff and parent community to attend a screening of the film on Thursday 18 August 7.00 pm.


See the flyer below for full details:


Attention Yr 11 and 12 VCE Students


If you are interested in getting a head start on Unit 2 or Unit 4 studies or wishing to revise your Unit 3 subjects, there is information available in the library regarding lectures held during the mid-year school holidays.


Please note these lectures are offered by external providers, they are not run by Traralgon College.


Click here for further information

Centenary of Anzac Concert

The Victorian police Pipe Band and The Royal Australan navy Concert Band will be performing in the Morwell Centenary of Anzac Concert.


7.30pm Wednesday 8 June

Kernot Hall Morwell


See the below flyer for full details


Can Saver Plus assist you with school costs?

Join Saver Plus and match your savings, dollar for dollar, up to $500 for educational costs including:

You may be eligible if you have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, are at least 18 years old, have some regular income from work (you or your partner) and have a child at school or study yourself.

• school uniforms and text books
• computers, laptops and tablets
• excursions and camps
• sports equipment, uniforms and lessons
• music tuition and instrument hire.


See the flyer below for full details:


College Calendar

May 2016

17 - Peddling Excursion to Sale (VCE English)

18 - Interschool AFL (Senior Boys)

23-25 Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge 3 day adventure trip

27 - Construction Induction Training - Yr 10

June 2016

7 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

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

13 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday - College closed

21 - Victorian Parliament excursion - Year 12 Legal Studies 

24 -  Last day Term 2

July 2016

11 - First day Term 3

25 - Wakakirri Preview Performance

August 2016

1 - Wakakirri Melbourne Performance

September 2016

12 - Wakakirri Grand Final

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

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