College Connection

22 August 2017
Issue Twelve
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
Broadening Horizons Workshop
Music Performance Evening
Maths in the Digital Learning Hub
Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest 2017
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

There have been a couple of great news stories in the last week or so.

Firstly, the Wakakirri team recently enjoyed some well-deserved success at the Frankston round of competition as Winners of the Spirit of Wakakirri, Participating Award, Best Individual Award, Best Backstage Crew, and Best Public Speaking Award. This is a tremendous acknowledgement of the effort and skill demonstrated by the whole team throughout the long preparation time leading up to the performance.

Secondly, the Year 10 Spaghetti Machine challenge team took their machine to Melbourne University last week as part of a 25 school state-wide engineering competition. Capably supported through the design and creation of the machine by senior campus Laboratory Technician Patrick Hull the team unleashed the can-crushing beast and took out 4th place. It is currently on display in the foyer of the senior campus.

Over the previous two weeks all teachers have been seeking feedback from selected classes about how the students learn, about the level of being engaged and challenged by the work, the support given by teachers in teaching the subject and how safe the environment is for learning.

The College results showed:

Area of Strength: Is in planning for and implementing effective teaching and learning and this was supported by the students’ top 3 responses in the teacher knows the topics in this subject, the teacher treats me with respect, and students know what they are supposed to do in their classes.

An Area for Growth: is in creating and maintaining safe and supportive learning environments as students felt: that there is some time wasted; the lesson needs a review or summing up at the end; and that some of the work is boring.

The 2017 NAPLAN results have been released to schools and we will take the next coups of weeks to digest the information and design strategies to continue student performance in the academic area.

Overall, a preliminary look over the data shows us that 129 Year 9 students completed all tests in reading, writing, numeracy, grammar and punctuation, and spelling in both year 7 and year 9 at TC and they can be placed into 4 different performance areas:

  • 45% of the students are optimal performers – that is, high achieving and growing at a high level.
  • 19% of students are growth students – low achievement levels, but high growth. This is positive and something to celebrate.
  • 15% of students are just cruising – high achievement, but only low growth. This is a concern as they are not being stretched and we need to challenge them with not more work, but levels of work that stimulate their thinking and move them out of their comfort zone.
  • 21% of students must change – they are lower than expected in their achievement and not growing. We need to identify and support the needs of these students better.

In summary, over half of these students (64%) are doing well and we need to continue to support and deliver to their needs. The rest (36%) need challenge, stimulation and guidance to enable success as they move up through the school and into Year 10 and VCE.

Two major support events available for students and parents are the Parent-Teacher-Student interview that were held onThursday 17th at the Junior Campus 1-8pm and the Course Counselling sessions to assist students choose the correct pathway for the next 3 years at the Senior Campus

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

The Junior Campus has a few big things happening this week. Fifty-four students from Year 8 are attending a camp in Ballarat on Thursday and Friday and on Wednesday nine students from Years 7 and 8 have been invited to participate in a Chinese Cultural Festival at the Melbourne Town Hall. Half the students in Year 7 are participating in a Digital Learning Tech Program and the remaining classes will participate next week. I look forward to seeing what they have designed and how they work. Hopefully we have a few photos to post online for families to see their students engaged in these learning activities.


Last week we had a cold wet finish to the week with Parent Student Teacher Conferences Thursday afternoon and evening. Thanks to all those families who attended. The conversations about the students learning behaviours are so important between parents teachers and students. We all want our students to perform at their best and when we all work together to set up the best learning environment possible everyone wins.


On Wednesday the 9th of August, the Assistant Principal and two staff members from Shanghai ECUST Middle school came to Traralgon College to sign a sister school agreement. This document signing is the beginning of a relationship between the two schools that should see our students connecting with Chinese students via Skype and through Email in the very near future. Once we make the curriculum link we then plan on hosting a small group of students and then sending our students to Shanghai to do the same. I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops and I encourage our students to get involved in this amazing learning opportunity.


Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

Thank you to all parents and students that braved the cold and rain to attend parent – teacher- students interviews this week. It is a valuable time to find out how your child is progressing and ask questions about their learning. If you missed seeing any teachers I encourage you to email them directly or call the senior campus to have a chat. With regards to learning it is timely to remind the year12s they should be undertaking about 80minutes of revision each night to prepare for exams. Please seek support from year 12 teachers on study techniques.


Course Counselling Interviews


Course Counselling interviews are next week on Thursday 24th August 2pm-6pm for all year 9 student thinking about a VCE subject or VCAL pathway for 2018 and it is COMPULSORY for all year 10 students. Sign-up sheets are outside the library and this is a time for parent and student to meet with one teacher to discuss their future subjects in relation to career options. I also encourage year 11s to take advantage of this support.


Maths Support


There are Maths teachers available every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night to support students in their Maths progress. This is a great program where students can revisit concepts or do extra examples to ensure they fully understand the topics before tackling their SACs.


Course selections


Reminder that Course selections are dur on Friday 1st September- I encourage all parents to look at what your child has chosen and ideally this will be finalised at the Course Counselling interviews.



Federation University has $5000 scholarships for year 12s going on to University studies next year. Please see Mr.Crutchley for more information.


Senior Campus Music Performance Night


I encourage everyone to attend on Tuesday 22nd August at 6pm a musical soiree by our year 10, 11 and 12 students. This does form part of their assessment and it is great to see an audience. We have some very talented students performing and will be a shame to miss out. Refreshments will be available.



Upcoming Events


Year 10 Outdoor Ed Mountian Bike Trip - Blores Hill 21 August

Gippsland Interschool Basketball - Senior Boys 21 August

Synchrotron and its Applications  24 August

Course Counselling Interviews for all year 9 and 10 students on Thursday 24th August between 2pm-6pm at the senior campus.

Wellington Athletics 2017 25 August

Year 10 Federation Uni Visit 25 August



Broadening Horizons Workshop

Broadening Horizons - Year 8

Well done to Grace, Sarah and Tylah who attended the recent Broadening Horizons workshop hosted at Yarram Secondary College. The girls worked with the Melbourne based organisation ‘Free Debate’ to develop and present a pitch on the topic of ‘How to engage parents in the school community?’ They learnt how to develop quick ideas, sort these into a logical order and use their voice to present their pitch to an audience. Well done girls!


Music Performance Evening

Music Performance Evening Tuesday 22nd August

To family, guardians, friends current and former students and teachers, you are cordially invited to attend Traralgon College's Music Performance Soirée on the 22nd of August.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will be performing a selection of musical works that they have been preparing as part of their Music studies this term.

The evening will commence at 6pm with light refreshments, tea and coffee available.


Maths in the Digital Learning Hub

Maths in the Digital Learning Hub

7B and 7E students had their first ‘Maths in the Hub’ session with their teachers Mrs Collis and Miss Hobbin. During this session the students worked on developing collaborative skills including getting along, assigning roles, sharing the work and communicating effectively. The mathematics they used included measurement skills such as ‘zeroing’, using tape measures and rulers, converting measurements and finding length, area and perimeter.

Further sessions are being planned.


Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest 2017

Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest 2017

On the 11th of August, a group of 10 Traralgon college students (Tye, Liam, Peter, Jacob, Jed, Keely, Chloe, Tom, Dillion and Riley) and our leaders Patrick and Karen, travelled down to Melbourne university to compete in the Amazing Spaghetti Machine Contest. Now, if you’re wondering what a spaghetti machine is, it is a group of steps and processes which all link up to one another and eventually all combine to achieve one final task. Our task this year was to crush an empty soft drink can and drop it into a recycling bin. Our machine had to have a minimum of 12 steps and had to last between 30 seconds and 2 minutes.

This year 27 schools were competing to win and there were some amazing machines. Our machine was named ‘Hogwarts Recycling’, and was based around the Harry Potter movies. Our machine’s key features included the Hogwarts Express, 2 chemical reactions, a ball bearing race, pneumatic can crusher with prosthetic leg, several magnetic switches and a can tunnel. We built our machine with Patrick’s support during our weekly TLC lessons.

On the day, we travelled to Melbourne by train along with Ms Anders, whilst Patrick drove down with the machine in his car. When we arrived, we were given T-shirts and taken to our work station. We then put on our Hogwarts Recycling lab coats and spent 1-2 hours setting up our machine, and testing that it all worked. As we waited to be judged we enjoyed the free BBQ lunch and watched as other teams showed of their machines. After watching several of the machines fail we felt confident that we might succeed.

Then it was our turn, on our first run through our first chemical reaction failed because the tissue paper couldn’t break down, and then our switch didn’t trigger the ball bearing race. So, we were forced to interfere which lost us valuable points but the rest of our machine went smoothly. On our second run through we fixed the chemical reaction, however our switch still malfunctioned and needed to be interfered with again losing us points. However, our machine worked much better than most of the others.

 Despite losing points our machine still managed to finish 4th place overall, just missing out on the podium by only ½ a point. Considering we were only one of three public schools competing, we did incredibly well and were very proud of our achievements.

Lastly, we would like to thank Ms Anders for travelling down to Melbourne and helping us out along the way, and also a huge thanks to Patrick for all of his hard work and dedication towards the machine, he worked on the machine in his own time and without him none of this would have been possible. His contribution was enormous and greatly appreciated by all of us. Thankyou Ms Anders and Patrick.


Written By: Tye and Liam


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 Performing Arts Centre











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


College Calendar


22 - Music Performance Evening

22 - Grey Street Primary School - Yr 11 HHD OHE

23 - Melbourne Chinese Cultural Day 

23 - Grey Street Primary School - Yr11 HHD PSO

24 - Year 11 Physics Excursion

24-25 Year 8 Ballarat Camp

25 - Year 10 Federation University Trip

25 - Wellington Athletics 2017

26-27 Vic Young Leaders to China Pre-Departure Camp

28 - Shrine of Rememeberance

31 - Julian McMahon


1 - Year 9 Outdoor Education Mountain Bike

1 -  Year 10 Heal Services Visit

6 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe Skills Day

8- Year 8 Movie Reward Trip

12 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Lake Narracan

14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

18 - First Gear Excursion to 
Stoney Creek 2017

20 - Aladdin

20 -  Wakakirri Grandfinal

22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4

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


1- Year 12 exams commence

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

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

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