College Connection

29 May 2017
Issue Seven
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
Safe Talk
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


We are proud of our school and what we can do for students in preparing them for life, and yes, you, the parents are always proud of your child(ren) when they are performing and doing well. The school likes to share these special occasions, events and accomplishments in showing our own pride in the work and successes of our students and staff.

Education Week was in full swing around the state last week and this is an opportunity for our school to publicly showcase the opportunities we provide for our students. We are immensely proud of the broad range of different programs offered outside the traditional curriculum: VCAL is a highly successful, yet underrated program that gives students real experience in applying their learning in the world of work; our community links programs in Broadening Horizons and CliC create positive and engaging interaction with different community groups; the International travel experiences to China and Cambodia allow global perspectives; the emerging Digital Technologies program places our students in and around creative technologies to make things happen in a fast paced new world; and the collaborative and expressive CreateIF and Wakakirri programs allow students to explore, in a team setting, their collective creativity in developing and making things come to life.

In celebrating, and sharing, with the next generation of students and parents, the Junior Campus, last night, hosted and welcomed approximately 85 prospective Grade 6 parents and students interested in attending our school next year. The turnout was tremendous and the vibe was positive as the Junior Campus team showed off the school…well done to all staff and ambassador students who contributed to the wonderful evening.

The annual Athletic sports were held on Friday 12th, in absolutely glorious conditions at the Joe Carmody arena, in Moe. The relaxed atmosphere was positive for all students, staff and parents in attendance. The engagement and effort by the students resulted in high levels of participation in events and the talent level on display was great. It was a tremendous day all around.

On Wednesday 17th May and Thursday 18th May our Year 11 students were presented in the Debutante Ball celebrations. The formalities were enjoyed by parents, extended family members and many staff. Each of the immaculately dressed couples shared the spotlight and danced well…in spite of the nerves. Well done to the staff and dance instructors who supported our students in the lead up and on the night…the hard work resulted in two great evenings.

Just an advanced notice - soon your child will be completing the Student Attitude to School survey. This annual survey has changed this year and students will completing an on-line version. The data collected is a key indicator of how well the students are enjoying school, being challenged in their learning and also how well they are navigating and managing the social interactions with their peers. We value the feedback from students and will use this information to review what current actions are working and design any future support, if required, to ensure all students are feeling safe, positive and productive in their school experiences.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

The Junior Campus ran an Information Evening on Wednesday last week for prospective parents and students. This was a terrific evening thanks to student involvement. The SRC students were guides on the evening and other students supported teachers in talking about the curriculum and the projects they have been involved in. The parents and students who attended were impressed with the facilities and the broad array of subjects offered at Traralgon College. Thanks to Ms Jess Dye for coordinating the evening and thanks to all the students and staff who helped set up and who attended on the evening, your efforts were appreciated.   


Students at the junior campus have had a very active couple of weeks. The Athletic Sports were enjoyed by everyone on the 12th of May  and  Friday last week we had our Annual Fun Run. Thanks to Ms Flewin and Ms Taylor for organising this event, it was great to see every student and every teacher outside together either walking, running or manning a check point. The weather was terrific and the students who recorded qualifying times will now participate in the Zone Cross Country championships on Thursday this week. We wish them all good luck!


Keeping with the fitness theme, the Outdoor Education class at year 9 were mountain biking at Blores Hill, Tinamba last week and they have a Rock Climbing activity coming up later this term. We have had Year 7 and 8 students playing inter school netball and badminton and as part of the Active Lifestyles Program at year 9, students walking at the Morwell National Park.


This week is National Reconciliation Week  and the message this year is “let’s take the next steps”.  We are planning to paint an Indigenous mural in our quadrangle and have made contact with a local Aboriginal artist who is willing to help us. We have 19 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on our campus and another 10 at the senior campus and we would like to encourage these students  and any parents in the community to come on in and help us get started. If you are interested in this project please contact the school and ask to speak with Mrs Coffey.

Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal

Teaching is a very passion driven profession and one that requires a lot of dedication. I would like to congratulate Gerry Jarvis and Pam Remington-Lane who were recognised recently for 35 years of service to Education.



Congratulations to all our students who participated in the Debutante Ball. It was a special moment to see them standing tall and proud and to share that with their families. My favourite part is to hear their ambitions for the future and I wish them well towards these endeavours. These events require a lot of hard work to put together and as usual Michael Yarde has pulled off an excellent event for our students.




It was fabulous to see so many interested students undertake Lifeline’s SafeTalk program. SafeTALK allows individuals to apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) when supporting others who may be at risk of suicide.



Sassy café opening


VCAL Business students who designed the Sassy Café have opened their business officially with a grand opening. Students invited family members to experience canapes, hot food platters, desserts and drinks in the student-designed space. It was a very successful night and it was brilliant to see proud students and parents. Students cook and run the Café, it serves lunch specials to students and staff during the week. It is turning in to a very popular space.



You may notice as parents an increasing number of emails and posts on COMPASS with overdue tasks, SAC S or N, and SAC resits. We are working hard to be transparent to parents and students about work submission and results. We need to lift our Assessment Task submission rates. This is also a new category on the progress report so you can see if your child is submitting tasks on time. We have several supports in place for students; Assessment Tasks are published on COMPASS in the Learning Tasks section with due dates; Date reminders from teachers; lunchtime catch up classes and tutorials for specific subjects; after-school study program Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school for an hour; and then when dates are missed overdue notices on COMPASS and emails. Students are being held accountable to their work and we need your support. If students do miss deadline they are required to attend the lunchtime catch up, further to this if tasks are still 5 days late they will be automatically put into the after-school study sessions. Teachers will be contacting you for parent meetings if students are falling significantly behind. Please contact your child’s teacher with any concerns. The main points of the policy 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



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. This fortnight we have focussed on calling parents of students between 70-90% attendance to discuss with them any concerns for their child getting to school and the importance of time at school. Please contact the school if you have any concern’s with your child’s attendance.



Study Club


After-school study support runs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the library for one-hour. Staff are available for support.




Senior Campus exams will run from the 13th June to 16th June. Year 10s will have normal classes on Tuesday 13th June and are then required only when they have an exam. All year 11s and 12s are only required during the week if they have an exam. I will be away for the last four-weeks of term so I wish the students success on their exams in week 9.

Safe Talk

Safe Talk

This year the Well-Being Team at Traralgon College Senior Campus invited Marisca Seinen from Lifeline Gippsland to facilitate a program called “SafeTALK”. SafeTALK allows individuals to apply basic TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe) when supporting others who may be at risk of suicide.

The SafeTALK program aims to raise awareness and understanding of suicide and enables participants to apply a brief intervention where appropriate (similar to First Aid).

Those who attend the program are encouraged to talk with their presenter about their response to SafeTALK and where necessary, Traralgon College Student Well-Being Staff.

Upon completion, students receive a certificate from Lifeline Gippsland outlining their skills and knowledge. This will be a great addition to their resume.


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 & Electives Fees

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

Extended trading hours:


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.

Rosedale Family Dental


Model Railway Exhibition


College Calendar


29 - Wakikirri Performing Arts Careers Day & Season Launch

29 - Interschool AFL Girls


1- Interschool Cross Country

5-7 Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge

6- P.A.R.T.Y Program

7- Interschool Football - Intermediate Boys

8 - Year 12 - 1984

12 - Queen's Birthday - School Closed

12  - 15  Vcal Doxa City Camp

13-16 Year 11 & 12 Exams

14-16 Year 10 Exams

14 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

14 - Women in STEM - Ecolink Baccus Marsh

15- Civil Contractors Taster Program Day 1

16 - Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

19-30 Year 10 Work Experience

22 - Interschool Football - Senior Boys

22- Civil Contractors Tasters Program Day 2

27 - Year 11 Incursion - Twelve Angry Men

27 - AGL Loy Yang & Ausnet Services Visit

29 - Civil Contractors Taster Program Day 3

30 -Boston Consulting Group Emerging Leaders Programme

30 - Last Day Term 2


17 - First Day Term 3

21 - VEET Electrical Training Centre

26 - Inspiring Young Women

28 - Badminton Senior Girls

31 - Wakikirri Preview Performance


9 - Vic Parliament/Melbourne Magistrates Court

10 - Wakikirri Frankston Performance TBC


14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

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