College Connection

15 April 2016
Issue Five
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus News
Senior Campus News
Operation Flinders
Year 7 Reading Program
Positive Behaviour Support
College News
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 Paul van Breugel
College Principal

Welcome back to the new school term and to some lovely autumn weather to begin term two. This  newsletter has a number of very positive stories about our College as well as information about coming events. You can now access the newsletter and also receive notification of upcoming events via the college Facebook page - just search for Traralgon College on Facebook and subscribe to our page.


As I sit and write this newsletter I can't help but reflect that Traralgon and our College Community have more than our share of challenging and traumatic circumstances to deal with. Most of you would be aware of the tragic death of a woman in her 60's with a man in his 60's sustaining critical injuries  in Airfield road yesterday. The couple were the grandparents and carers of students who are or have been part of our college. The thoughts, care and concern of all our college community go out to their family and friends at this terrible time.


With many friends in the community we know some students will need support and have ensured there is support for students on hand. It is important all families are aware of the support services we have at Traralgon College. Each campus has a full time welfare coordinator, Gail Macfarlane at the Junior Campus and Kellie Goy at the Senior Campus. Liz Sulley our chaplain works across both campuses. We are also able to access additional support through psychologists provided by the DET and many of our teaching and support staff have great skills in helping young people cope with traumatic experiences and grief.  


It is important to remember that we all respond differently and that it is never the wrong time to check in and offer support.


I have included some fact and advice sheets on how you might assist your child if they need to talk about these or other issues. 


Open the document below to read about the common reactions teenagers might have to trauma:

Or open the document below to read tips on supporting your student:

If you are concerned about your child and their response to this event or any other significant event please contact your child's form teacher / TLC teacher, the welfare coordinator at the relevant campus, or a teacher or other staff member you might have an established relationship with regarding your child. 


Once again on behalf of our college community I extend our best wishes and any support available to all who are impacted by this terrible event.

Junior Campus News

Mr Richard Dungey
Assistant Campus Principal

It’s been a busy week back after the Easter break holidays but it is good to see staff and students working eagerly with fresh energy. I am writing this as Michael Shone, the Campus Principal, is still in Vietnam for another two weeks having an extended holiday with his family.


I would like to welcome two new staff members to the school this term. Joni Neave and David Akers have joined the integration team to work with students in need of extra help with their studies. As well as this, we also welcome back Di Richardson who has been on Long Service Leave for term 1.



Being at school every day is very important for all students as it is very easy to get behind with the work when absent and this makes understanding the work more difficult. If your child has to be away from school due to illness or other significant reasons, please enter this on Compass or notify the school. Staff from the school will be following up with phone calls for students that do not have an approved absence but this is time consuming for staff. It is equally important that your child checks in with their teachers upon return so that they can find out what work needs to be caught up with.


If any students want some extra help with their work, homework classes are run every Thursday after school in the Library from 3.30 – 4.30pm. All students welcome.

Student safety


The safest place to drop off students before school is either on the service road along Liddiard Road or on the school side of Shakespeare street in front of the school. There have been a number of near misses earlier this year from students running across Shakespeare street to get to the school. There is also a problem with students leaving the school grounds in the morning and crossing the road after being dropped off by buses or parents. It should be noted that after students arrive at the school, students are not permitted to leave school grounds until the end of the day unless being picked up by parents. For students who arrive at school hungry, the school canteen is now open from 8:30am every morning and breakfast club operates free of charge from 8.15am every Tuesday to Friday morning thanks to the help from volenteers.

Student Representative Council

This year the SRC main focus is to raise money for foundations, organisations and charities in need of help. On Tuesday the 22nd of March we had a casual clothes day to raise funds for the Berry Street Organisation. On that day we managed to raise $380.30, which we were proud to hand over to Jane Barr on Wednesday at a Campus Assembly. We will fundraise money for the leukaemia foundation in week 8 of term 2, along with some people shaving their head and others colouring theirs. We are wishing to make Traralgon College a better and greater place to be by making students aware that, there are other people in life that need help and making students more mature about making their decisions.

Reece Watson and Tiarna Meers

Junior Campus captains 2016


CLiC Environment

Connected Learning in Community - a year 9 program ran with the support of the Broadening Horizons initiative.


Connected Learning in Community is continuing to grow in 2016 with year 9 students in Learning Community One developing skills and gaining confidence by working on projects to better their community. The problems they address are real issues facing our community and it is great to see Traralgon College giving something back to our community.


All students participate in a series of initiation games during the first few weeks of the program to get them out of their comfort zone and in particular to encourage students to use their skills of collaboration and communication – skills vital for young people entering the work force.


Students them undertake a project in their CLiC group around the themes of Environment, Care, Children, Food or Active Communities. The following is what students in CLiC ‘Environment’ have been doing. Watch in future editions of the College Connections for stories from the other CLiC project groups.


During Term 1, the CLiC Environment class have been busy working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). They’ve been investigating the overpopulation of Koalas on Raymond Island and issues surrounding the management of animals, in particular pests. Students were fortunate to have a member from the Game Management Authority visit who gave an engaging discussion surrounding the Hog Deer culling at Wilsons Promontory. Students also visited Morwell National Park to install motion activated cameras with the assistance of DELWP and Parks Victoria and were eager to analyse the results. Students had the opportunity to finalise their inquiry by spending a day at Raymond Island and undertook various survey methods collecting valuable data about the population and environmental impacts of

Koalas on Raymond Island.


Australian Mathematics Competition 2016


At Traralgon College Junior Campus we are offering all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), run by the Australian Mathematics Trust. The Event is available on Compass, payment of $5 and consent needs to be finalised by 29th April. The school is providing a subsidy towards the cost of this activity.


Students will be completing a paper test on the 28th July at the Junior Campus, during school time under strict exam conditions. All students receive a certificate of participation stating their achievement.

Year 7 - 9 Health


During term 2, year 7 to 9 Health students are involved in sex education. Teachers are looking to raise awareness of what a positive relationship looks like and harm minimisation strategies concerning sexual activity. They are discussing who is pressuring or negatively influencing them and what they can say to deflect pressure and reduce conflict. At year 9 level students are involved in activities to help them recognise ways to party safe and reduce risks.


At year 8 level students are looking at harm minimisation strategies regarding sexual activity, contraception, relationships and how to help your friends in difficult situations. Year 7’s are investigating puberty for males and females. For assessment, Year 7 and 8’s will be offering advice in response to a range of scenarios showing what they’ve learnt in regards to body changes, harm minimisation strategies, respectful relationships and where to go for help. This is a turbulent time for some students and it is important to have these discussions both at school and at home to encourage safe behaviour.

Senior Campus News

Mrs Sue Coffey Campus Principal

Welcome back for term 2, l trust everyone had a lovely holiday and enjoyed the beautiful Autumn weather.  Term 2 is an eleven week term that is jam packed with heaps of learning and fun activities.


Year 11 Legal Studies students have already been on an excursion to the Morwell Supreme Court where they participated in a role play where a student was charged with Culpable Driving. The students were given specific roles in the court room and learnt about the processes under the guidance of the Samantha, Michelle and Kate from Gippsland Community Legal Services.


The WOWOW  - World of Work on Wheels Bus will be on the senior campus on the 17th of May. This is part of the Ready, Set, Go! – Work Ready Program. Students in years 10 will visit the bus during the day and other students will have an opportunity to go in during recess and lunchtime. This program is run by the Australian Centre for Career Education and we look forward to seeing and participating in their interactive exhibition.


China Trip - An information session will be held at the Senior Campus on Tuesday the 19th of April at 5:00pm for any students interested in travelling to China in September. The students will visit our sister school in Taizhou where they will be billeted with families for 5 nights, from there they will go to Shanghai to begin an eight day private group tour with Intrepid. The tour will travel to Chengdu the home of the Sichuan chilli and the Giant Panda, Xi’an the location of the Terracotta Sculptured Warriors and on to Beijing to see the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Hutong markets. Any students in years 9, 10 and 11 who are interested in attending are very welcome to attend.


Deb Registrations will be open next month and rehearsals will begin in the middle of the term. Students in Year 11 interested in doing their Deb should check Compass for details. The Deb Balls are planned and run by the VCAL Event management class led by Mr Michael Yarde and if last years are anything to go by they will very special evenings enjoyed by students and families.


Year 12 polo tops and rugby jumpers have finally arrived and the students look very smart in their new attire.  A big thank you to Rebecca Lowe for helping with these orders in Mr Jarvis absence. The varsity jackets should be here any day.

Operation Flinders

Mr Peter Stokes

Recently nine students and two staff from Traralgon College participated in an eight day Operation Flinders exercise (hike). The program is held on Yankaninna Station, in the Gammon Ranges National Park, Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Yankaninna Station is located 65kms east of Leigh Creek in the Northern Flinders Ranges and some 650kms from Adelaide and is served by a bitumen road and dirt track. The terrain is rugged hilly country with some large mountains. The country is saltbush, native pine and mallee with large gum trees along dry creek beds.


The dates for the program (including travel) were Tuesday 15th March - Thursday 24th March. This is our story…


Day 1 (Tuesday) - We departed Traralgon College at 7:00am on Tuesday 15th March in a mini bus and Kia Carnival. We stopped for lunch at Charlton, tea at Renmark, SA and finally arrived at Morgan Caravan Park by 8:00pm. We were all tired but still very excited for the trip ahead.


Day 2 (Wednesday) - We left Morgan Caravan Park at 6:00am the next morning, stopped at Victory Park, Peterborough for breakfast, Lunch at Leigh Creek, and finally arrived at Yankaninna Station at approx. 2:00pm. There we met our team leader (Brendan) and Assistant Leader (Tavares) who had a back pack for each of us with sleeping bag, eating utensils, ground sheet, shelter (hootchie), wet weather gear, tent pegs, rope and water bottles. We quickly packed our backpacks with our gear and began walking to our first campsite. On our way however, the sky opened up and we got very wet. We set up our first campsite in the rain, which wasn’t the start we were hoping for as we were cold and wet. Later, the rain passed and we were able to light our campfire, cook a nice hot meal, dry out and warm up ready for the next day.


Day 3 (Thursday) - The next morning we were issued with a teddy bear as the team mascot. The bear at all times must be able to hear, see and smell what is going on in the Team. We named him ‘Greg’. The Team Leader (Brendan) issued duties to the students (team members) each day including the role of Team Captain. Other Team members were responsible for cooking, digging latrines, building the fire, minding Greg and other duties normally required in a camp and during a 'trek'. Over the course of the program all of the team were taught basic bush craft and navigation skills.


The Exercise route was spread over a 100km circuit around Yankaninna. Teams walk an average of 100km over the eight days, but this can vary depending on circumstances. Distances walked each day vary depending upon the activity at the campsite they have been and generally between 8 and 15kms.

Teams spend each night at designated night locations. Each campsite had limited facilities to support each team, with sufficient rations for our dinner that night, breakfast the following morning and lunch that we carried with us. A supply of water, implements for cooking and digging toilet pits were also provided at each campsite. There were nine other teams on the exercise with us at that time. However, at no time do the Teams meet or mix, although we are aware of each other's presence from evidence at campsites and from radio 'chatter'.

The weather began heating up and average temperatures were in the mid 30’s for the duration of the trip. The terrain was extremely dry, rocky, uneven, unpredictable and unforgiving. The bushes were extremely sharp and constantly scratched our legs, there were prickles everywhere, and the rocks meant there wasn’t very much even ground, putting extra pressure on our feet, ankles and knees.  After the second day, we were all tired, sore and our feet were beginning to swell and blister. Thank goodness for sports tape and our Assistant team leader (Tavares) who was soon named ‘Doctor Bush Doctor’ and his trusty assistant (Tyler) who not only helped us with our feet and first aid issues but also entertained us for hours on end with their funny role play, humour and wit. 


Day 4 (Friday) - The next day we visited two historically significant sites, the Mount Rose copper mine and chimney. They were fantastic and over 100 years old. The chimney in particular was very tall and could be seen from very long distances away. We even referred to it days later, as it came into view from time to time. That night we had a very special visitor to our campsite. Noel, who is an elder from the local Adnyamathanha community (the traditional owners of that part of the northern Flinders Ranges). Noel taught us about his culture. We learned about the Adnyamathanha dreaming and partook in the presentation and consumption of traditional food (Noel’s famous Kangaroo stew). Through the telling of dreamtime stories and songs, we were taught the basic values caring, sharing and respecting each other, their elders and the environment.


Day 5 (Saturday) – This is a day we will remember forever. We had a very hard but rewarding day; this is the day we climbed Mount Rose. The summit of Mount Rose is 744m above sea level. It is extremely steep with very tricky terrain. Sharp rocks of all sizes, some quite large, slipping from underneath your feet as we struggle to balance from the weight of our packs and climb to the steep, never ending hill to the saddle and on again to the summit. Not everyone makes it, but we did… and we’ll never forget the feeling, or the view.


Day 6 (Sunday) - After the success of climbing a mountain we decided we’d try our luck jumping off a 30 metre high cliff (with a harness of course!) We were given the opportunity to abseil and were asked to place our trust in the staff and other team members to overcome our various fears. This improved our self-confidence, by overcoming challenges perhaps we initially thought we would be unable to achieve. Although nervous at first, we had a great time. This activity also helped bring us closer together as a team and group.


Day 7 (Monday) – The seclusion and feeling of isolation on the trip was coming up more and more in conversation. The kids were missing other people. It just so happened that we ran in to an older couple named Cedrick and Hettie. They invited us back to their place, and there hospitality was much appreciated. We were allowed to stay at a nearby campsite for the night and were invited to join them for supper where they cooked us damper and told us stories, and shared a fair bit about themselves with us. They were fantastic people and a breath of fresh air.


Day 8 (Tuesday) – The Last full walking day! We climbed just shy of the extremely steep and high summit of Yudlamoora (a mountain) and made our way to camp in reasonably good spirits, all tired, sore and desperately missing home and loved ones. For tea we had celebratory BBQ which tasted so good! It was a clear night, the moon shone bright, the stars were out, and there were no hootchies in sight as we all slept under the stars on our last night in the Flinders Ranges.


Day 9 (Wednesday) –  With a 5:00am wake up call, we woke up and got ready for our short walk to our pick up point. Once there, we had completed the Exercise and were presented (individually), with a T-shirt and a set of dog tags. Two specific awards were also presented based on performance. Tyler won the most valued participant award for his outstanding leadership, teamwork, effort and humour and was presented with a boomerang. Whilst, Jordan was awarded ‘Greg’ our mascot for her effort, resilience, improvement and humour throughout the trip. We departed Yankaninna at about 9:00am by mini-bus and arrived at Adelaide airport by 4:45pm. We quickly freshened up, had tea and departed Adelaide airport at 7:30pm and arrived at Melbourne airport at 9:15pm. We got picked up at Melbourne airport at about 9:50pm and arrived back in Traralgon by 1:00am Thursday morning. 

Other highlights that need to be mentioned were the:

  • Teamwork, resilience, support and encouragement the team showed throughout the trip.
  • Nick’s and Tavares’ Stephen Curry vs Derrick Rose ongoing debate and sledging which kept up constantly entertained and laughing.

Overall, it was one of the toughest, most physically and mentally challenging experiences we have ever had. It was not easy. But we did it! We walked 100km, we climbed a mountain, we finished! Although it was hard, everyone on the trip has come away with something positive and learned something new about themselves. If we can remember this, when times get tough, when things don’t go quite to plan, when we’re facing things we don’t think we can handle… We can overcome them. With the right attitude, good supports and friends around us, we can do anything!!


A very special thanks to:

  • GDF Suez (Engie) and Traralgon Rotary for your generous sponsorship! It wouldn’t have been possible without it.
  • Luke and the staff of FLO (Flexible Learning Option) for all the support, planning, food, transport and laughs along the way.
  • Hollie and the Traralgon Rays Outdoors team for providing us with boots, socks, and a fun day with prizes.
  • Brendan and Tavares for being excellent leaders, support and getting us all back safe and sound.
  • The parents for all your support, co-operation and understanding.
  • ‘Tango 5’ – For being legends, climbing Mt (Derrick) Rose, pushing through all the challenges and adversity we faced, working together and completing the 100km walk. Be proud of who you are and all your achievements and continue to support one another.  

Year 7 Reading Program

Mrs Pam Remington-Lane

As part of year seven English, students attend reading classes in the library once a fortnight. The program is conducted by the teacher librarian, Mrs Remington-Lane, working in partnership with the English teacher.


The TC reads program is focused on developing skill, knowledge and enjoyment of reading for year sevens. The program examines essential questions, such as

  • What makes writing worth reading?
  • What do we need to evaluate what we read?

Over the year, students are challenged to locate and evaluate good choices in reading. They are introduced to a range of text types, for example, graphic novels, non-fiction books and novels. They learn how texts are designed, and investigate how these elements work and affect the reader. Students make use of a variety of ways to communicate their ideas, including pod casts, short video clips, online book reviews and posters.


In term one the program has centred on developing students’ knowledge of the library, working with the big idea of “How can I find a good read?” Students have brain-stormed many strategies, e.g. book cover, title, genre, blurb, friend’s recommendation, reading a short part, series, author, and if the book has been a movie or game. Students were able to demonstrate their understanding by participating in the “Chuppa challenge”. In pairs or threes, students were given the task of finding seven types of book, for example, one by John Marsden, one in the genre of Horror, a graphic novel etc. This was a timed activity, with staff members using stop watches. Year seven students enjoyed working in a small team to dash very quickly around the library to complete the challenge. The top three teams in each class were awarded Chuppa lollypops.  All year seven students were able to complete the task within five minutes, with the fastest in less than one minute!

In term two, the focus will be on responding to reading. Year sevens are introduced to reading the same short book in small groups, and completing tasks together. They experience a number of ways to respond to their reading, the first being to make a group podcast (recording) using the program Audacity. Students will also learn a format for reviewing books, and will examine the “Inside a dog” website, created for teen readers, where they can find great reads as well as share reviews and discuss topics. Students will be able to publish their online reviews at this site, which is organised by the State Library of Victoria. Students will also learn about different genres, such as humour, adventure, horror, historical fiction and zombies. They will be encouraged to broaden their reading scope by trying different texts.


Teamwork, presentation skills, the use of ICT and media as well as opportunities to read and discuss are the main components of the TC reads program.






Positive Behaviour Support

Mr Richard Dungey
Junior Campus Assistant Principal


Traralgon College Junior Campus has been involved in the Positive Behaviour Support program for a number of years. The Positive Behaviour Support program aims to teach and reward students for displaying expected behaviours when at school. These behaviours are aligned with the schools values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience and many of these behaviours relate directly towards their learning in class and also contribute towards their Progress Report score. Students are given ‘tick’ stickers which are placed into their planners when they display these behaviours. The top ‘tick’ winners for each class during term 1 are listed below.


7A - Shayla Humphrey, Kyla Mackay, Niam Whelan, Claire McCulloch, Jacob Dickinson

7B - Darcy Murie x 2, Annie Fairbrother, Nyalim Deng

7C - Mahnee Waack-Hawkins, Kris Wison

7D - Ryan McCahon, Caleb Moore x 2, Whyatt Joyce

7E - Ayanna Mehta x 2, Tahleigha Jones

7F - Paige Van Lankveld, Ben Walmsley, Abbey Lambert, Emma Balfour

7H - Tahlia Morritt x3


8A - Chloe Drouyn x 3, Katiya De Fontaine

8B - Molly Grist x 2, Kaycee Robinson

8C - Brody Deering, Chelsea Hooper

8D - Kayleigh O'Neill x 2, Balie Berg

8E - Cheyenne Angell, Charley Whitby, Bella Lia, Sam Marshall

8F Connor Richards, Kayleb Pearce, Allinor Young

8G - Chloe Henry x 2, Ashleigh Whiffen

8H - Megan Davison, Molly Borg


9A - Tye Hourigan, Meg Huisken, Danielle Pattinson x2

9B - Aria Ranui x 3, Tyler Semmens

9C - Chloe Holmes, Mitchell Davison x 2, Keely Longmore

9D - Oliver Heuckeroth, Olivia Taylor, Talia Whelan, Tarsha Verrall

9E - Chase Wilkerson x 2

9F - Logan Alexander, Kaylah Dunstan, Saskia Eenjes, Liam McAllan

9G - Tatiana Taofinuu, Tyler Pearce, Nathan Booker, Jazz Cooper

9H - Jayden Green, Aston Martin


These students should be congratulated on an outstanding effort for Term 1!

(Please note that some students names have not been able to be included as we do not have permission to publicise their names).

College News

Need help paying for Camps, Sports and Excursions?


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 2016 until June 2016.


Download form here and return to school or see the Office.

College Calendar

April 2016

15 - Interschool Tennis, Volleyball & Baseball

21 - Top Screens Excursion - VCE Media

21 - Experience Fed Uni excursion - Business

21 & 22 - Outdoor Education Mitchell River Hike - Year 9

25 - Anzac Day Public Holiday - College    closed

26 - Thomspson River Excursion - Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge

28 - Experience Fed Uni excursion - Engineering and IT

29 - Construction Induction Training - Senior Campus

29 - Gippsland Tertiary Information Service excursion

May 2016

10 - Victorian Police Museum excursion - Year 9 Forensic Science 

10 - VCE Environmental Science excursion to Mount Rothwell

10 - 12 NAPLAN Testing - Year 7 &  9

23-25 Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge 3 day adventure trip

June 2016

7 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

10 - Deadline for all VCE Unit 1 & 3 work       submissions

13 - Queens Birthday Public Holiday - College closed

21 - Victorian Parliament excursion - Year 12 Legal Studies 

24 -  Last day Term 2

July 2016

11 - First day Term 3

August 2016

No events as yet

September 2016

16 - Last day Term 3

October 2016

3 - First day Term 4

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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