As we pass the mid-point of Term 1, I reflect with a strong sense of satisfaction on the positive start Year 7, 8 and 9 students have made to the academic year. This week Year 7 students returned from their 3-day adventure camp at Licola and Year 7. The camp is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop positive relationships with teachers and classmates and Year 7 teachers are reporting that their students appear more settled and comfortable since returning from camp. Year 8 students have begun the year well and were recently informed of an exciting opportunity. In Term 4 2016 all Year 8 students will be able to attend a 5-day camp to Canberra and Sydney, taking in some of the cities’ most historic sights and gaining some practical experiences of the places they have studies in Humanities and English this year. This camp is currently open for parents to provide consent and payment of a deposit and at the time of writing, there were 29 out of 80 places left for this camp. The Year 9 cohort have continued a strong and positive start to the year with many Year 9 teachers commenting to me that their students are consistently demonstrating high levels of confidence, resilience and independence in their learning.
On February 18th over 300 students made their way across to the Moe Outdoor Pool to participate in the annual Traralgon College Swimming Carnival. Once the drizzle cleared the students got into the school spirit and participated in a number of events including freestyle, backstroke, diving, novelty events, a class versus class Volleyball competition and a number of relays (including a year 9 versus teacher’s race). While not all students competed in the swimming events, they all cheered loudly for other students competing for their house. It was also fantastic to see many students (and staff) dressed up in their house colours for the day which made the day a greater spectacle. While there were a lot of great efforts by students contributing to their team points throughout the day there were a number of stand-out swimmers. Below are the final results from the day:
Year Level Champions
Year 7 Boys: Harley Jones (Bulga House) Year 7 Girls: Teiah Hahn (Tarra House)
Year 8 Boys: Lincoln Pead (Tarra House)
Year 8 Girls: Elyse Boulton (Tarra House)
Year 9 Boys: Chase Wilkerson (Wirilda House)
Year 9 Girls: Olivia Taylor (Wirilda House)
Final House Positions
1st Place: Tarra House (582 points)
2nd place: Bulga House (372 points)
3rd place: Wirilda House (335 points)
Year 7 Camp
The 2016 Year 7 camp was held from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th of February at the Licola Wilderness Village. The focus of the camp was for students to develop relationships and build connections with the students they will spend the next 6 years with at school. The camp is also intended to challenge students and put them ‘out of their comfort zone’ through activities designed to build confidence, initiative, teamwork and self-esteem. The activities students participated in included Canoeing, Abseiling, Archery, a Low Ropes course, the Giant Swing, an Obstacle Course, the Flying Fox and a walk along a nearby ridge line. In the evenings, students participated in a range of physical, creative arts and intellectual challenges that encouraged them to solve problems through working as a team. Overall it was a fantastic camp with reports back from teachers suggested that this year’s group were not only the largest and most enthusiastic camp group for many years.
2016 Junior Campus Student Leaders
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is a very important body that acts as a voice of the student population and provides input into a number of school committees. On Monday 29th February elections were held for the 2016 Year 7 SRC representatives. Year 7 students giving speeches were trained and prepared by the 2016 Year 8 and 9 SRC representatives and Campus Captains, and these students also coordinated and ran all aspects of the elections. Final results were announced and communicated to students during Period 4 on this day, meaning we now have a complete 2016 Student Leadership team. Congratulations to the following students:
Campus Vice Captains
Year 9 SRC Representatives
Year 8 SRC Representatives
Year 7 SRC Representatives
Year 9 School for Student Leadership 2016
The School for Student Leadership is a 9-week residential program for Year 9 students from government Secondary Colleges. In the middle of last year, Traralgon College was successful in gaining five places for this the program in Term 4 2016. Since 2012 the School for Student Leadership has been working with the International Education Division (IED) to develop an international leadership program. During 2015, funding was approved to send a group of 44 School for Student Leadership students on a specially designed program that includes 6 weeks in China. Funding for this program was tied to supporting regional and rural schools/students and our school was successful in obtaining places in this program. The five students successful in applying for a position will spend 3 weeks at Gnurad Gundidj leadership school in Glenormiston and six weeks in China. On Tuesday 8th of March, Assistant Year Level Leader Mr Ludowyk will outline the program and application process to all Year 9 students at a Year Level Assembly. On Wednesday 16th March there is a parent information evening and all students and families interested in applying are encouraged to attend.
Shakespeare Street Road Crossing
Over the past two weeks I have had a number of concerned parents and community members contact me regarding the way some of our students cross Shakespeare Street. People have reported that a small number of students regularly cross without using the pedestrian crossing and sometimes walk or run very close to moving cars. I would like to remind students and parents that this is a very busy and potentially dangerous road and that all students are expected to cross using the school crossing. I ask that parents remind their sons and daughters of this expectation and reinforce the importance of being safe around the road.