Mr Paul van Breugel
Welcome back to term three of the school year and also farewell from me as College Principal.
As some of you may be aware, over the school holidays I was offered and have accepted the position of Principal at Warragul Regional College. This was not an easy decision for me to make as I have loved the time I have spent at Traralgon College both as College Principal for the past 6 ¼ years and for the 2 ¼ years as Junior Campus Principal before that.
However after 8 ½ years at the college it is time for me to move on, and as I now live in Warragul this will save me a great deal of travel as well as being an opportunity to take what I have learnt at Traralgon College and apply it at a new school in a different context. I commenced this position on Monday July 18.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Principal Team, the Leadership Team and all the staff who work so hard to support the students of Traralgon. A special thanks to our parents who take and have taken roles in the past as College Councillors and who have supported me in the tough but rewarding job of College Principal.
I leave the college knowing that the team of staff have put in place many changes and improvements aimed at engaging our students and providing opportunities for deep and meaningful learning. This is no easy task with the demands of modern life, technology and the many distractions and challenges our students face. All our staff should be acknowledged for the work they do.
Sue Coffey has been appointed as College Principal in an acting capacity while the Department of Education and Training organises a replacement process for a substantive replacement. Sue has been a key member of our Principal Team for the past 5 ½ years as Senior Campus Principal and will lead the college with skill and confidence continuing the work that is already underway and guiding the college through the upcoming school review process.
Thank you all for your support over the past years and I look forward to seeing and hearing about the continued development of Traralgon College into the future.