College Connection

02 September 2016
Issue Fourteen
College Princpal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
China Study Tour April 2017
Student Achievements
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 Princpal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
College Principal

The term is coming to an end and as usual there is lots happening in and out of the college.


This has been Debutante Ball week and l had the pleasure of attending both balls on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The year 11 students made their families and their teachers very proud. They were beautifully dressed, they had exceptional manners and their dance moves were amazing. The dance instructors were so pleased, watching them smile and observe the students helped me understand why they come back every year and put themselves through it. Mr Yarde , the VCAL team of students and teachers  together with a mix of teachers help make these evenings such a success, they helped with the table arrangements, the decorative masks, the cheese platters, the flower wall, the Debutante seat and the program and tickets. Congratulations to everyone involved it was a wonderful event.


Next week 40 Year 11 and 12 students are heading to Central Australia. Ms Anders has coordinated this event and we look forward to hearing about their adventures and seeing their photographs when they return.  The Wakakirri Grand Final is on Monday the 12th so only a week to go, l wish all the students well and look forward to seeing the performance.  On the 14th of September l will be flying to China to visit our sister school for four days and then to participate in a Leading Asian Capable Schools Conference at the University of Commerce and Finance. The program involves ten days of learning about China, its history and culture as well as visiting high performing schools and some industries. I look forward to this and will share my learning with the community on my return.


Therefore, I will not write a piece for the next issue but l am sure the Campus Principals will keep you informed and let you know the outcome of Wakakirri before the holidays.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mr Michael Shone
Campus Principal

As we move toward the end of Term 3, many students are finalising important assessments that they have been working on this Semester. This time of the year is an important time for students, parents and teachers to pause and reflect on individual student learning growth. Importantly, this reflection must consider what actions could be taken to maximise learning through the last term of this year and in preparation for transition to 2017. 


Parent-Teacher Interviews – Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September

Each year there are two important opportunities for parents to come in to the school to meet with teachers of their son or daughter to discuss student’s learning progress. The 2016 Term 3 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are on Thursday 15th September 5:00pm-8:00pm and Friday 16th September 9:00am to 12:00noon in the New Stadium. The focus of these meetings is to identify achievements in students’ learning, discuss areas for improvement and identify how school and parents can work best together to maximise student’s learning growth. To book a 10 minute appointment with a teacher, parents are required to log on to Compass using their parent user name and password then click on the link ‘Book Parent/Teacher/Student Conference’ under your son or daughter’s name and follow the process to make a booking. Please note that students are strongly encouraged to attend all parent-teacher meetings as this allows teachers, students and parents to have a clear and consistent understanding of what is expected and how the student can maixmise their learning potential.


Progress Reports

The sixth set of progress reports for this year will be released to parents and students online via Compass on Friday 2nd September at 5:00pm. These reports provide valuable feedback and important information on a student’s learning behaviours that are integral to success. We encourage all students and parents to take the time to carefully read over the progress reports completed by the student’s teachers, compare the results to past progress reports and use this feedback to set goals for the future.


Leukaemia Fundraiser – Shave for a Cure and Casual Clothes Day

On Tuesday 30th August the Junior Campus SRC ran the Campus Assembly as a Shave for a Cure fundraiser. It was an excellent assembly and many students and staff commented to me afterwards on the respectful and supportive way in which all students conducted themselves throughout the assembly. A special mention must go to Campus Captain Tiarna Meers and Year 9 SRC Representative Connor Mackintosh who shaved their heads as part of the fundraiser. All students who shaved or coloured their hair did a brilliant job raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation and the SRC have raised over $1000 and are on track to raise a record amount of money from this fundraiser. Well done.


Parent Drop Off and Pick Up

Recently there has been an increase in the number of parents using the visitor car park as a place to drop off and pick up their child from school. Parents are respectfully reminded that they are not permitted to use this area for this purpose. As the bus exchange for all Traralgon schools, there are many buses coming in and out of the bus loop at the beginning and end of the day. The visitor car park is at the entrance of the bus loop and any movement of cars in this area at the start and end of the day can cause significant problems for the buses. Importantly, there are also hundreds of students moving through this area to and from the buses and the presence of cars dropping of and picking up students in this area is highly dangerous.

Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal

The term is nearly over and sometimes we can feel like we are rushing to a finish line. In this case, the end of winter, the end of term, for the year 12s the end of school and a longing for the end of exams. But it is important that we pause and reflect and take time in the moment to appreciate what we have achieved. This term our students have participated in some amazing learning opportunities and carried themselves with pride and made our school proud. Congratulations.


Learning Opportunities


Debutante Ball

This was an amazing two nights of dancing, student, family and college pride. I congratulate all the debutantes and their partners, they looked brilliant but more importantly they were working together, standing strong, living up to the challenge of being on show in front of family and friends, sharing their aspirations and their dance moves!


Thank you to all the family, friends and staff that attended the evening. Thank you to the VCAL team for their catering, decorations and support, and importantly a big thank you to Michael Yarde who coordinated the entire event and worked tirelessly to ensure the night would be a success for the students. These events don’t happen without dedicated staff. Thank you.


Flying Robot School

Students recently had the opportunity to make a drone aerial video for the Traralgon Bowls club. This is an exciting project and thank you to Mr. Zhu for leading this initiative.



Grey St. PrimarySchool Visit

Health and Human Development students cemented their class learning with a visit to Grey Street Primary school where students assisted with the PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) program which focuses on the gross and fine motor skills of the Prep students of the school. The students observed and interacted with children between 5 to 6 years of age, assessing the children's stages of development (physical, social, emotional and intellectual).


Operation Flinders Mentoring Program

Jordyn Archbold, Chris Lee and Tyler Robin completed their first weekend of Mentor training to be able to peer group mentor other students on the Operation Flinders program hikes. The students took part in navigation exercises, field exercise training, first aid training and importantly assessing each other and supporting each other on the goal areas they identified to work on. Tyler Robin took thise picture on their flight to Adelaide and I think it really does represent how high flying these students have become and how dreams are not just in the clouds, as they have been recognised to lead others and follow their dreams and goals. The sky is NOT the limit!

Healthy Relationships

Year 10s have been involved in the “I Like Like You” relationships program, and the reports are that this has been very positive and empowering.


Print a Car Challenge

Congratulations to students and Mr.Zhu as one of the car’s in the print-a-car challenge has qualified for the next round. Great job!


The Inspiring young people event is running next week involving 32 of our year 10s.

We will soon be cheering on our students in the Wakakirri final, an inspirational achievement and the Central Australia camp leaves next Wednesday.

Enviro Science Wetlands Trip

Mr Michael Thompson

Year 12 Environmental Science students recently visited an environmental engineering wetlands project in preparation for Area of Study 2, SAC 3.

Students travelled to the Firmin's Lane construction site of the new wetlands project. Whilst there they planted  trees to help the establishment of the wetlands and be briefed on the purpose of the project and what environmental regulations and processes that have been put in place. Information collected from this field trip will be used in SAC 3.

China Study Tour April 2017

Expressions of Interest


We would like to know if any students in years 9,10 and 11 (in 2017) are interested in going to China in April 2017 (the last week of term 1 and part of the school holidays). In the past the cost has been approximately $2800 per student.

Please complete the below form and return to the office by Wednesday 7 September.


For further information please contact Ms Nicole Pryor, Senior Campus Principal.


Student Achievements


The following students have received outstanding High Scores - Keep up the great work


Cycle 4

Justin Little - 12D

Ebony Hicks-Withington - 12B

Hayley Mildenhall - 12D

Cara Jewell - 12D

Sarah Musgrove - 12D

Danielle Newham - 12C

Bonnie Callander - 11D

Marcus Fox - 10G

Lacey Male - 10G

Kristyl Robertson - 10B

Nicholas Mackrell - VCAL


Cycle 5

Justin Little - 12D

Hayley Mildenhall - 12D

Cara Jewell - 12D

Sarah Musgrove - 12D

Danielle Newham - 12C

Samantha Chandler - 12D

Taiwo Aliyu - 12D

Bonnie Callander - 11D

Charles Martin - 

Gabrielle Segond - 

Lacey Male - 10G

Kristyl Robertson - 10B

Jacob Hall - 10G

Claire McKee - 10G

Jack Strong - VCAL

Alana Gatt - VCAL





The following students have achieved considerable improvement in their scores and are to be congratulated:


Cycle 4

Dana Shirreff - 12A

William Taylor - 11D

Erin Eddy - 11A

Joel Ierardi - 11B

Mikaela Stephens - 10F

Melisa Furlong - 10L


Cycle 5

Alex Harshegyi - 11C

Erin Eddy - 11A

Briana Maddern - 11C

Tiara Schaeche - 10L

Jordyn Archbold - 10E

Chelsey Van Vondel Tucker - 10E

Amber Fahy - 10D

Shannon Duncan - VCAL

Rohan Matheson - VCAL

Samantha Maximiw - VCAL

Brittany Fitzpatrick - VCAL


Punchcard Draw


The following students were acknowledged being awarded a canteen voucher for demonstrating expected behaviours:


Emma Reeves

Zoe Morris

Cara Jewell

Blake Ludbey






College & Community Updates

Matilda The Musical 

Mr Peter Larsen


The Melbourn season of Matilda The Musical is almost sold out!  We have 20 tickets for the performance on:


Wednesday 7 September at 1.00pm for the spercial price of $85 per ticket which includes train fare to Melbourne and return.


All students are able to come to this excursion, they need to speak to the offcie at their Campus and pay for their ticket now.



Traralgon Little Athletics

The next season for Trralgon Little Athletics commences on Saturday 8 October. 


All families are invited to a "Come and Try" Day on Saturday 1 October 10am - 1pm at the Davidson Street Reserve, Traralgon. Children aged between 5 and 15 years are able to participate.


There will be a sausage sizzle and children will be able to participate in discus, long jump, high jump and track events on the day. 

Light the Night 2016

Community Light the Night is an annual event supporting the Leukaemia Foundation. Participants can purchase a balloon in support of Leukaemia sufferers and their fanilies, and those that have passed. There will be a sausage sizzle, cupcakes, coffgee, face painintg and body art will be available to entertain the kids.


Saturday 1 October 

From 4.00pm

Victory Park Traralgon 


College Calendar

September 2016

1 - Debutante Ball

7-16 Natural Wonders of the Ouback Camp

7 - Matilda The Musical Excursion

8 - Inspiring Young People Lunch Excursion

18 - Print-A-Car Challenge 

12 - Wakakirri Grand Final

13 - Victorian Space Centre VCE Physics Excursion

16 - Last day Term 3

October 2016

3 - First day Term 4

4 - Year 8 Photography Melbourne Excursion

12 - 21 November - Victorian Young Leaders to China Program 2016

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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