College Connection

13 October 2017
Issue Fifteen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
CC Victoran Young Leaders to China Program 2017
Central Australia Camp 2017
                Traralgon College Wakakirri 2017
Are You OK Day
Troy Grimes - Clay Target Shooting
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

Welcome back.

This week has been hectic as we settled into the new term. And, one huge issue for us has been the disruption to normal bus services at the senior campus. There has been a deterioration of the exit to the bus loop and this has resulted in the low-rider buses being unable to leave the loop without damage to the bus. This has forced a need to relocate the drop off and pick up points for the conveyancing and transfer buses to the rear of Traralgon West Sports Complex…with things not working as smoothly as we would have hoped or expected with this arrangement.

We have been trying to secure funding for the needed major repair work, but have been unsuccessful. So, we will be attempting a temporary repair and monitoring this solution until further support is given to make a permanent fix.  Apologies, for the inconvenience to: students, parents and staff that have been affected.

Temporary repairs have now been completed, we will pursue a permanent fix as soon as possible.  Buses to resume normal schedules on Monday.


Our aim is to avoid students needing to move between two locations to catch different buses.


Commencing in Headstart, in mid-December, we will be making some changes to our school day. We will be changing to a 5-period day using the following times:

We will be sending out more information around these changes in the next few weeks. What we are aiming for is more continuity with teacher and student contact for each class, more time for students in getting an increased frequency of opportunities to practice and reinforce their learning, give students more time on each subject.

For our Year 12 students there remain just 2 more weeks of classes before they join in the VCE Exams.


An article from The Age, sourcing exam assessors, enlightens students and, hopefully, now parents on some tips to improve success during this time.


General tips include:

  • Taking a deep breath, visualise success, and then the obvious: read the question carefully. 
  • Use timed past examinations as a guide and corrects your work critically, ensuring you follow up any mistakes. 
  • Set revision goals and revise for multiple short blocks of time each day, preferably with a friend of similar ability.
  • Write legibly. Assessors must read hundreds of responses. Illegibility will not influence the assessment but it does make the task more difficult for assessors.
  • When presented with data or stimulus, make sure it is used at some stage in the answer. 
  • Try not to leave blanks. At the bare minimum get the skeleton of the response down.
  • Start with the section that you feel most confident in. This will help build your confidence in the exam and get you into a steady rhythm.
  • Underline the key terms in the question.
  • If in doubt, trust your instincts and move on. There is no point remaining fixated on a question worth one mark.
  • Ensure your study environment is similar to the real exam; same light, sound, smell, water bottle, specialised equipment.


To read more specific tips for Maths Methods, English, Health and HD, and Psychology: 

We wish them all the best in these upcoming weeks.

We will be meeting with Dr James Tang from Latrobe Community Health next week. He will begin working in our school one morning a week this term. Once the process for referral has been finalised we will inform parents.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

This term we have the  Year 8 Canberra Sydney camp in week three and the Year 9 Melbourne camp in week six. Lots of planning goes into these events and l would like to remind all students and parents that it is not particularly easy to take 75  students away for four or more days and ensure that every possible risk has been assessed and planned for. There needs to be a real emphasis on the students taking responsibility for their actions and ensuring that they are ready to follow teacher instructions. The teachers give up their leisure time to create opportunities and experiences for our students, they are faced with the responsibility of looking after the students 24 hours a day which can be incredibly stressful when students are uncooperative. I am confident that all staff involved have the experience and dedication to make both camps an amazing experience. Please ensure that your child is willing to act responsibly, follow all instructions without argument and engage with the learning opportunities provided. That way everyone will have a wonderful time.


A reminder that this term will go very quickly and that all students need to complete learning activities in class and submit all assessment tasks on time. There will be several interruptions to the term such as Professional Learning Days for staff, the Melbourne Cup holiday which will take away from class time. Students who require extra assistance or who have difficulty completing Assessment Tasks in class or at home are encouraged to attend homework club which runs every Wednesday afternoon in the Digital Learning Hub.


Planning is well underway for next year. David Mowbray has outlined some changes for next year and over the next few weeks we will focusing on classes and staffing for 2018.


Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

We are one week into term 4 and it is already fast paced and full of activities. The year 10 students had a fantastic camp to central Australia and we welcome them back suntanned from their adventure. The changes to the structure of our school day from Headstart and therefore timetable will have a significant impact at the senior campus. The new bell times means students need to be in the classroom at 9am not the current 9.08am. All year 10 students will have formgroup and year 11, 12 and VCAL students will start each day with a cohort meeting. These are compulsory and full attendance is required. They are in place to follow up on attendance, give notifications such as course counselling dates, excursions, reminders about assessment tasks and build relationships and support groups with each other. Formgroup teachers will also deliver TLC classes, where they will continue to support students develop study skills, work habits, careers planning, course counselling and task submission. There will be TLC sessions dedicated to private study to support students work completion. The 5-period day means more learning time for our students overall in a week and for each subject. We will continue to have our student-led whole campus briefings on Monday morning where we outline expectations and celebrate success. This is a great change for the senior campus and we will continue to communicate these changes over the next few weeks.


Year 12s begin exams shortly and are getting a taste today with the year 12 practice exam. Last edition I included information as tips for parents about exam preparation. Today’s tips are focussed on the students. I encourage all parents if their child is anxious, talking about not turning up to exams and seems overly stressed not just nervous, please contact us for support.

Exam day tips

The Day of the Exam

  • Ensure you get a good night sleep the night before
  • If your exam is in the morning, wake up early and ensure you are wide awake (take a walk if needed)
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Avoid last minute cramming
  • Know the location and time of the exam
  • Arrive in plenty of time - aim to be early
  • Avoid the pre-exam buzz

In the Exam Room

  • Listen carefully to the supervisor’s instructions
  • Read through the entire exam before you start to write
  • Determine the option you will choose, if there are choices
  • Use the marking scheme to allocate your time
  • Circle the key words in questions
  • Answer the easy questions first
  • Hand in rough work too
  • When you have finished, take a break (if time permits) then re-read your work for any errors or omissions
  • Cross out work rather than using white-out as it is faster
  • Attempt all questions

Exams commence on Wednesday 1st November and conclude on Friday 24th November.


CC Victoran Young Leaders to China Program 2017

CC Victorian Young Leaders to China Program 2017

In Term 4, five Year 9 students will be travelling with Miss Hobbin to China for a 6 week cultural immersion program. The students who are travelling are Katie Algie, Tamika Lynch, Bruk Lynzaat, Ana Varela-Pereira and Tilly Young. They recently attended the pre-departure camp, during which a formal ceremony was held for students to receive their program blazers.

At school the group has been attending classes focusing on a range of topics including collaboration, leadership, goal setting, managing emotions, effective communication and improving our Mandarin. Gail MacFarlane has been providing support for the group and Mr Tan has been teaching us Mandarin, as well as helping us to understand Chinese culture.


Tamika Lynch – At the pre-departure camp I learnt many new teamwork skills and learnt a tool to use in China called D.I.V.E. That stands for Describe, Interpret, Verify and Evaluate.

In China I’m looking forward to expanding my leadership skills, becoming more independent and meeting new friends.

In China I’m hoping to grow in many ways. I’m hoping to develop my leadership skills. I’m hoping to grow more respect and skills that will help me in the future.


Ana Varela-Pereira – On the pre-departure camp we learnt a variety of things, but what I learnt the most was more ways to improve my leadership.

I’m looking forward to being in China overall, as well as being able to experience their culture and way of living.

In China I’m hoping to improve on my Mandarin. I’m hoping to improve on my words as well as being able to speak fluently.


Katie Algie – At the pre-departure camp we learnt that things may look strange or scary but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

In China I’m looking forward to full cultural immersion.

When I’m in China I’m hoping to learn about how others around the world live, and I’m hoping to grow my leadership skills before I return home.


Bruk Lynzaat – On the camp I learnt where we are going in China.

In China I’m looking forward to the food and seeing the Great Wall of China.


Tilly Young – The VYLC pre-departure camp was an educational overnight camp that took place in Melbourne. While at the camp we learnt about the D.I.V.E. tool, a way to assess and understand a situation or scene. It stands for Describe, Interpret, Verify and Evaluate. This tool will help us approach a situation correctly while in China.

When I go to China I am really excited to develop my Mandarin and go sightseeing. I hope to create friendships with international students and students from other schools in Australia who are also going to China.

While I’m in China, I hope to learn more about the culture and language, as well as develop my leadership skills.



Central Australia Camp 2017

Central Australia Camp 2017

The Year 10 and 11 Central Australia camp took place in the last 10 days of term 3.  We started 3 days of travel with a rainy 4am departure.  Highlights of the travel to Alice Springs were staying on the Murray River at Renmark and in an underground motel at Coober Pedy.  The town tours at Coober Pedy provided us with an understanding of culture and a way of life vastly different to ours.  


The weather improved as we headed north and sunny, 37 degree days became the norm.  Swimming in rivers and pools at Alice Springs provided a welcome break and helped us acclimatise.  We enjoyed visiting natural landscapes, the School of Air, Telegraph Station and the Royal Flying Doctors. The reptile park visit to our camp was a highlight for many of us and a little challenging for those who aren’t snake fans.  Well done to a few students who touched and held a python despite wanting to run the other way!  Although our days were hot, the nights were cool which enabled us to enjoy a campfire late into the night.  

From Alice, we headed to Kings Canyon.   The rim walk, which we started at sunrise, was spectacular and well worth the walk up the mountain at the beginning.  The valley walk was also amazing and provided an alternate hike for several of us.  We enjoyed having the wildlife at our campground and were visited by several geckos and dingos.   Many of us were challenged here by the lack of hot water.  We had a further challenge the following day when we rode camels.  Riding them as they stood up then ran certainly provided a bumpy ride!

The final destination was Uluru and Kata Tjuta.  We enjoyed cheese and biscuit platters overlooking Uluru at sunset and then a guided tour around it the following day.  Some students went on a helicopter ride over the rock.  Everyone was in awe of the size and presence of Uluru.  We were equally impressed with Kata Tjuta (the Olga’s) and battled our hottest day yet to walk around them.  We definitely earned our swim in the pool after 2 large walks in the one day.

All students were extremely helpful and worked together to ensure the trip went smoothly.  Many went over and above with helping out our cooks and driver including helping change a tyre that blew out on the trailer.  A few plastic spiders and snakes pranked their way around the group over the duration of the trip.  It was pretty black and white that the pranks were out of hand when they devolved to Collingwood posters and a hat (lol).  Overall, the group got along well and had a lot of fun together.  Many students got to know others better and enjoyed building new friendships.  The 36 hour trip home wasn’t too bad and resulted in several of us getting addicted to the tv series Orphan Black and Lucifer.  


We’d like to pass on a big thank you to our driver Damian, our cooks, Sharon and   Shirley who all contributed to the great experience that we had.








Traralgon College Wakakirri 2017

Traralgon College Wakakirri 2017

After successfully competing in the Wakakirri heat at the Frankston Entertainment Centre on August 10,  we received several main awards.

  • Best Public speaking
  • Best individual costuming
  • The spirit of Wakakirri (most positive and friendliest school)
  • Best Backstage Crew
  • Best Set design

We then competed in the Grand final- Victorian State Story Awards Evening which was held at the Recital Hall, Victorian Arts Centre on September 20.

Our performance was extremely well received by the judging  team and we won the state awards for

  • Overall Best Public speaker in Victoria
  • Best individual overall costuming in Victoria
  • Best Set design construction and use in Victoria

 In addition to winning  these 3 main awards, we were awarded the State Story Award for Best Environmental Message and we were selected as the overall Winners of our division.

This is a fantastic achievement as our production is very much student driven as opposed to other schools who had professional choreographers design their performances.

The Wakakirri students were great ambassadors for our College and they should be congratulated for their commitment, enthusiasm, connectedness  and team work throughout the year.

Well done to all performers, backstage crew, staff, parent helpers and ex students who made this year’s production such a fabulous experience.


Toni Callander



Are You OK Day

Are You OK Day

R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that we’ve all got what it takes to ask, “are you ok?” and support those struggling with life.


 The day is about inspiring people to start these conversations every day of the year and asking "are you ok?"


R U OK day's vision is to create a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.


The mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.


R U OK? goals are to: 


1. Boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and downs

2. Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others

3. Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us

4. Be relevant, strong and dynamic


Senior campus RU OK Day Thursday 14th September


Senior Campus celebrated the day with an epic lunch time event which was featured on channel nine news!


At Lunch an RU OK sausage sizzle along with selling R U OK cupcakes and hot drinks was ran by the Traralgon College canteen lead by Kristy Leyshan and a dedicated crew of students,


MIND and Lifeline where both present and set up stalls for the event.


Lifeline brought along 3 non- human helpers and a crowd favourite, 3 beautiful Alpaca’s.


Harold the alpaca brings a message “life can be tough sometimes, but doing my favourite things always makes me feel OK again’. He was a great conversation starter for the day.


Junior Campus “R U OK DAY” Friday the 15th September


Junior Campus celebrated the day with a casual clothes day with the theme of “Spread some Sunshine” and dress in Yellow.


At recess a pop up stall was set up selling yellow milkshakes and R U OK cupcakes, Headspace Morwell had a stall and activities were set up.


The competition for the day began at lunch where the Annual Staff v Students RU OK Day Cup began.


This year featured a mixed netball game with Staff redeeming themselves with a victory winning the cup back with an impressive score 18- 5.

Tom Caile was awarded best on court for the day.


RU OK Lesson plans were taught in all advisory classes to encourage people to start asking “are you ok” and start up a conversation with someone who doesn’t seem themself.


Troy Grimes - Clay Target Shooting

Troy Grimes - Clay Target Shooting

In late 2016, Troy was selected to take part in the Gippsland Sports Academy’s first Junior Development Squad in the discipline of Trap Shooting.

Through the Academy, Troy has been able to participate locally in a number of coaching sessions with Olympic Games medallist Russell Mark.  This one-on-one coaching has given him the opportunity to improve his shooting technique and skills, and challenge even some of the most experienced AA Grade shooters in the Region.

After placing in two of the Zone School Persons Championships, Troy was one of a small number of students lucky enough to be invited to the Winchester School Persons State Final which was held in Echuca on 4th September, 2017.  Here, he represented both Traralgon College and The Gippsland Sports Academy for the South East Zone.

Under challenging, windy and wet conditions, Troy was able to come away with second place in the Senior Boys section, missing out by just one target.

Troy will now be concentrating his efforts on the Victorian State Trap Carnival to be held at Echuca in mid November.


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

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

Latrobe Regional Gallery - Rene Magritte




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 and Term 3 School Holiday Hours


Junior Fishing Day


Stamp and Coin Fair


Scavenger Hunt


College Calendar


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

30 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning


1- Year 12 exams commence

6 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

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

18- Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

19 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

January 2018

30 - First Day Term 1

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