College Connection

15 September 2017
Issue Fourteen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
Health & PE Term 3
Literacy Week Dress Up Day
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

I recently read an interesting article (Harvard Business Review, August 2017) about finding your inner purpose and have adapted the storyline to reflect on what we are doing with your children.

Traralgon College is spending considerable resources on reinforcing our school values and developing a highly ambitious improvement agenda…to be the school of choice in Traralgon! Sometimes this work tends to fade into the background drowned out by the bustle of the work day, week or term.

What our students, your children, really need, to feel engaged in and satisfied by their attendance at TC, is an inner sense of purpose. A study found people feel loyal to companies, in our case this is the school, which support their own career and life ambitions — in other words, what’s meaningful to each student. So no matter one’s age, status, workplace or school, we all need to find a personal sense of meaning in what we do.






Making School More Meaningful

Teachers and parents can foster this inner sense of purpose — what matters right now, in each student’s life and study pathway — with simple conversation. Using regular check-ins that use five areas of inquiry are a way to help young people to explore and call out their inner purpose. We can ask:


What are you good at doing? Which classes and activities require less effort? What do you take on because you believe you’re the best person to do it? What have you gotten noticed for throughout your school life? The idea here is to help young people identify their strengths and open possibilities from there.


What do you enjoy? In a typical school week, what do you look forward to doing? What do you see on your timetable that energizes you? If you could design your studies with no restrictions, how would you spend your time? These questions help people find or rediscover what they love about school and are often influential in course selections for years 9 to 11 students.


What feels most useful? Which learning / achievement results make you most proud? Which of your behaviours / attitudes are most critical to the class or year level? What are the highest priorities for your life and how do your studies fit in? This line of inquiry highlights the inherent value of certain work and is a strong determinant in the progress report scores.


What creates a sense of forward momentum? What are you learning that you’ll use in the future? What do you envision for yourself next? How’s your work today getting you closer to what you want for yourself? The goal here is to show how them how today’s classes, studies and achievements help them advance toward future goals.


How do you relate to others? Which classroom / yard relationship and interactions are best for you? What would a class of your favourite people look like? How does your learning and attitudes enhance your friendships and social connections? These questions encourage young people to think about and foster better and more positive relationships that can make school more meaningful.

It’s not easy to guide others toward purpose, but these strategies can help.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

The junior campus has been a buzz of activity the last couple of weeks and l know that all students and teachers are looking forward to the holidays. The unpredictable spring weather together with lots of educational and sporting excursions, mental health days and positive behaviour rewards has kept everyone busy.


Today we have a group of Year 8 students involved in the Broadening Horizons Program visiting the Department of Justice in Morwell where they will learn about the broad range of employment opportunities that exist in the Justice Department as well as the type of work that is conducted.  


We have 5 year 8 girls, Britney, Emily, Abbey, Georgie and Jade competing in the State Final for Badminton today. We are very proud of the girls achievement so far and wish them well at this elite level. We hope they enjoy the competition and who knows they might even come home with gold!   


Thank you to all the students who have been wearing their uniform, l am pleased to say that we have 99% compliance with uniform. It is really nice to see our students looking as though they belong to the school and wearing their uniform with pride. We also have 99% of our students in class on time. We are still very concerned with some students attendance and work submission and we will continue to monitor all students. If your child is unwell then please let the sub-school know either via phone or email. Students cannot keep up with classroom learning when they are absent from school and the more they miss the further they get behind and the more difficult it becomes to connect and understand learning requirements.


Chewing Gum is a real problem at our school and from the beginning of term 4 chewing gum bans will be enforced. Currently students are not permitted to chew gum at school yet over the last 12 months it has escalated into a major problem. Next term students with chewing gum will be asked to put it in the bin or in their bag ( if still in the packet) and they will be given lunch time detentions for having gum at school. If they refuse to cooperate then they will be given after school detentions and during this time they will be removing gum from the bottom of tables and scraping the paths.  The amount of chewing gum that is stuck in the carpet, under tables, on walls and all over the paths is of a major concern. This initiative will help keep our school clean and make it a pleasant place for everyone.


Wishing you all a lovely holiday and l look forward to working with students and families in term 4.


Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

This week I have some great data to share. We have worked hard together, students, teachers and parents to improve the Safe and Orderly Learning Environment of our campus, one of the key preconditions to a safe and stimulating learning environment. We have reduced behaviour incidences through the year, 97.4 % of students are in correct uniform daily, 99% of students are on time to class, 97% of students are following the mobile phone policy, and our Progress report average score has risen from 69 to 72 this last report cycle. This is an achievement. We have used newsletters, letters, campus assemblies, year level assemblies and TLC classes to convey expectations to our families and students. Thank you for your support.


There are some areas where we have not made as big an impact as we aimed. This is in Task submission and Attendance. Staff have worked hard to be visible to parents and students in regard to the work that needs to be submitted. Students have been asked to attend catch-up classes at lunchtime and we run a voluntary homework support in the library three nights a week. However, our goal for a 15% improvement in task submission will not be reached. We as a learning community (staff, students and families) need to do more to improve in this area. We push task submission as it reflects work ethic, meeting deadlines, being organised, being prepared to undertake SACs in VCE and meet VCAL outcomes. Assessment Tasks are designed to determine learning growth and what to teach your child next. The staff and students will be discussing further how we can improve our results in this area.


Attendance has improved overall this year, but we still have too many students below the minimum 80%. You cannot take advantage of instruction, support and feedback on your progress if you are not here. You miss key information and learning time and this impacts student’s results. We have used several initiatives this year to make families aware of attendance, SMS, parent letters for different Attendance levels, phone calls and parent meetings. Unfortunately, it is not having an impact on students with attendance between 70-85%. We need to work together. Please contact us with any attendance concerns and remember you can check on COMPASS.




Year 12s

It is that time of the year 12 VCE program where students should be heavily into exam revision. The English exam is Wednesday 1st November and this begins an intense exam period. As exams are 50% of the subject mark it is important students have started revising their content and skills. Teachers will be assisting students and have been with exam questions, revision, practice exams etc. but students should be doing 80 minutes of revision per day. They should also be looking towards revision lectures and study notes online. During the exam period we will make W30 a dedicated year 12 study/relax space for in between exams and to arrive to in the mornings. The library will also remain accessible to all year 12s. These upcoming holidays should involve revision and recreating a revision timetable for the lead up to exams. Year 12 last day of classes is October 26th followed by a celebration on the 26th or 27th. Please remember this is an intense time and students may be heightened and seem more stressed. We do have supports here at school for students. The Good Schools Guide has 6 tips for parents- that I have included below:

Six ways you can support your child:

  1. Discuss your child’s goals: It will be helpful to discuss what your child’s ultimate goals are before the exams commence. This will allow you to gain some realistic expectations and will help you both get an accurate idea of how much work needs to be put in to achieve their goal. Also ask them how they would like you to support them to achieve their goals, so you know how much assistance they require from you.
  2. Help your child set some boundaries: Many students find that they cannot get into the right frame of mind to successfully complete their exams with distractions such as social events and Facebook. Once you have discussed your child’s goals for their exams, you can also assist them to set some boundaries and establish whether they require any assistance. It might be as simple as them asking you to set a new Facebook password for them that isn’t revealed until after the exams are finished.
  3. Encourage your child to teach you: One of the best ways to cement a topic in your head is by teaching it to others, and this method provides a really simple and effective way of helping your child to master curriculum content. By encouraging your child to teach you about a particular topic, you will be helping them to revise in way that is (hopefully) engaging for both of you.
  4. Time your child during practice exams: Once students have the key curriculum content mastered, exam time management is an area that can let them down. You can help your child to adjust to exam timing conditions by performing the role of adjudicator as they complete practice exams downloaded from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) websites. All you need to do is let your child know when reading time begins and ends, announce how much time is left at designated intervals and let them know when pens need to be put down.
  5. Be there when your child needs a break: The pressure of seemingly life-altering exams pushes many students to breaking point, so any assistance you can give your child to find a positive balance between study and relaxation will be helpful. Giving your child a wake-up call at a pre-arranged time; planning a daily study schedule; bringing them a snack for a 15 minute break every couple of hours; encouraging them to relax during the evening if they have been studying hard all day; and getting them outside the house for a break if the pressure becomes too much are all good ways that you can assist.
  6. Don't forget the exam day essentials: Make sure your child is well rested, well fed, prepared with the correct equipment and at the exam venue on time. Help them to feel motivated and confident with some words of encouragement.

Central Australia camp


Staff and students headed out at 4am on the 14th – we wish them fun and safe travels.


Upcoming events


Last day of term 3- 1pm finish- buses as normal.

Term 4 starts- Monday 9th October


CLiC Care 

Every Wednesday the CLIC Care group go on trips to the Traralgon library, where we meet with participants from Interchange. We get to socialize with, play games and also teach important skills to the group of participants. CLIC Care is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved, it pushes you to step out of your comfort zone and put someone else’s needs in front of your own. Everyone participating has shown significant growth since first starting and really values the time we get to spend with the participants. Earlier this term the participants visited us at school and we got to show them around, have lunch together (cooked by the CLIC food group), and share fun activities in the Digital Learning Hub.

Emmerson Reid


Health & PE Term 3

Health & PE Term 3

During term 3 students have been participating in net sports during practical classes. This includes volleyball, badminton, bat tennis and tennis. Teachers have been helping students to serve and then working on strategies to help students improve their game. In Health, year 7 are looking at the impact of smoking cigarettes and alcohol on individuals health. Their assessment includes making an advertisement as part of an anti-smoking or anti-drinking campaign. Year 8 students have completed an inquiry unit on Energy. Students have researched into various topics including energy drinks, sport drinks, diets, healthy versus unhealthy foods, and processing energy. Year 9 students have also completed an inquiry topic on risk taking with the focus on minimising risk. Inquiry units encourage students to have a choice of topic, utilise their time and have freedom in their presentation.


Literacy Week Dress Up Day

Literacy Week Dress Up Day


On Friday the 2nd of September, the Junior Campus celebrated Literacy Week by having a dress up day. Students and staff were asked to dress up as their favourite storybook character. In the library at lunch, we had a Spelling Bee and the Best Dressed result. Tijana Van Der-Meulen came first dressed as Cruella De Ville and Harley Goodes came second dressed as the Mad Hatter. Mr Farrant won the best-dressed teacher; he was dressed up as Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. The money raised went towards books for the library. Thanks to all who dressed up!


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 Uniform Shop Vacancy

Uniforms By Design will be opening an on site Uniform Shop in October. We will require someone to staff the shop one morning and one afternoon per week. Exact times to be confirmed, but total hours will be 6-8 hrs per week. We will open additional hours at peak times, particularly early December, and late January.
The position includes fitting of uniforms, and uniform sales. We provide Efpos and cash transactions. Training is provided, so no experience  is necessary.
Our shop staff generally work on a casual basis, and the hourly rate is currently  $25.50 per hour.
If you believe this position could suit you, please provide details direct to our email address, [email protected]  I can also be contacted on 0412191253

Contact and Information Details

You will have received an email or a form in the mail could you please check that all details are correct as it is vitally important that the school has up to date medical and contact details for all our students.

Latrobe Regional Gallery - Rene Magritte




West Traralgon Scout Group


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


Traralgon Little Athletics



College Calendar


14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

14- Year 7 & 8 Boys & Girls Interschool Basketball

15-Yr 8 Badmitton State Finals

18 - First Gear Excursion to 
Stoney Creek 2017

20 - Aladdin

20 -  Wakakirri Grandfinal

22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4

10 -Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Lake Narracan

13 - Yakult/Fountain Gate

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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