College Connection

21 July 2017
Issue Ten
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
Year 7 Science Excursion
Year 10 News
Mental Health Presentation - Senior Campus
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

Welcome back to school and I hope that you had an opportunity to spend quality time with the whole family. I want to welcome, in particular, our new staff, parents and students to the school.

Term 3 is an important time of transition for our Year 9 students to the senior campus and there will be some key information and dates that will make this easier. You will remember that late last term the senior campus hosted whole day visits for the Year 9 cohort and the students indicated some initial courses and pathways that they would like to engage in commencing next year.

On Thursday August 3rd at 6pm, a Parent Information night (for parents and students in Years 9&10) will allow you to develop some key understanding of the requirements and pathway choices that your child can pursue over the next 2-3 years. The senior pathway needs to be planned as a 3 year learning program as there are so many different approaches or directions that your child can undertake.

Another great opportunity to communicate and connect with the school and your child’s current teachers is to attend the Student-Parent-Teacher Conversations on Thursday, August 17th between 1 and 8pm that will be held at the Junior Campus.

We enter our 27th year of Wakakirri this term and we are again excited about what the cast will deliver. We look forward to seeing you at the school performance on Monday 31st of July. This will be the lead up performance before they head to Frankston to compete in the Nation-wide event.

The annual student attitudes to school survey results have landed. This year changes were made to the questions, new areas inquired about and an on-line survey used to collect the responses in line with recent research and international best practice. We are not able to compare our school with other schools yet, however, the manner in which the survey results are reported allows us to track how we are progressing and identifies areas for improvement.

The responses are marked positive (based on agree and strongly agree scoring) and are strengths for us, neutral responses are areas that we can make some quick improvement and the negative (disagree and strongly disagree scores) will be our longer term improvement focus. Our results indicate that the current work we are investing in in establishing a safe and orderly climate for learning is having an impact from a student perspective.

Teachers are effecting and promoting positive behaviour in and out of the class, including a strong emphasis on attendance, being on-time and task submissions that are fostering orderly, respectful and on-task behaviours. This is indicated by the following students’ responses:

  • No experience of bullying – 75% across the college
  • Attitudes to attendance – 74% positive, 14% neutral, and 12% negative across the college
    • I always try to attend, I try to catch up on missed work
  • High expectations for success – 68% positive, 20% neutral, and 12% negative
    • My teachers: expect me to do my best, believe in me, encourage all students to do their best, believe that all students can be high achievers.
  • Effort – 63% positive, 24% neutral, and 13% negative
    • I usually pay attention, my teachers expects nothing less than our full effort

We will examine our results further internally and when we are able to see how we compare to other schools I will share with you those results.

The Parent survey will open soon and we will contact you about how to be involved in giving us feedback about our performance.


Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus

Welcome back for Term 3. Transition is really important at this time of the year and whilst it might seem really early to be considering options for 2018 it is the time that we need to start planning the subjects students would like to be in next year and we need our students to begin planning possible career paths.


Year 9 students are required to attend an information evening at the senior campus on Thursday the 3rd of August. Details will be provided in a letter and will be posted on Compass. I need to express how important this is for year 9 students as choosing subjects for years 10, 11 and 12 begins on this evening. At Traralgon College we cater for all students, we offer early start VCE subjects at year 10, we offer Foundation VCAL at Year 10 and we offer a variety of VET in schools certificate courses. At year 10 our students need to be working out what they want to achieve over three years at the senior campus and where this learning leads them into the future. We are not about limiting choices but about offering more choices for our students. Students who do not consider these options often find themselves locked into courses that they are not interested in. This is your opportunity to make informed decisions so please get involved.


All Year 7 students are travelling to Melbourne either this Friday or next Friday to participate in a Chinese Cultural Day. The students have been learning about Chinese culture and language and they will travel to Chinatown, visit the Chinese Museum where they will learn about the Gold Rush and the Chinese involvement, some history and immigration, traditional clothing, Chinese customs, famous Chinese people, etc. The students will have lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant and learn about traditional food and its influence on Australian culture. This will be an amazing experience and l look forward to hearing about if from the students.


Our student leaders are also participating in an overnight camp with a leadership group call Change Makers. This is an exciting opportunity that has been organised by the senior campus SRC. We have ten students from the junior campus participating and we look forward to them  sharing their learning with the campus at future assembly.


Wakakirri is full steam ahead. The students will be performing for families on Monday the 31st of July. Ms Callander will get details out to everyone on Compass but please leave this evening free. It will be a great opportunity to see the student perform before they head to Frankston for the heats the following week. Ms Callander and her team of teacher and support staff are leaders in this area of performance. Traralgon College is recognised across the state as one of the top performing schools and has made it to the Grand Final almost every year for the last 20. Don’t miss out on seeing our students at their best.


Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

Welcome back to our students for a very busy term 3. The first few weeks of this term for year 9 and 10 is focussed on course counselling. We have a Course Information evening on Thursday 3rd August 6pm for all 9-11 students and families. It has been posted on Facebook and on Compass with an attached letter of information. It is essential that students and families are fully informed about senior pathways and the programs available here at the senior campus. The information evening will cover VCE, VCAL, VET, Higher studies, extra-curricular programs; and have representative form all subject and program areas. There will be careers advisors available and course providers. I encourage you to take this opportunity to support your child in mapping out their senior schooling and the career options this brings. Year 10s will also have a VCE/VCAL subject taster day at school on the 11th August where they can find out more about subjects they are interested in followed by a compulsory parent and student course counselling interview on Thursday 24th August between 2-6pm. More information on all of these will be provided to students and will be available on the course information evening.


Mental Health Awareness 

All students had the opportunity to hear an outstanding talk on Mental Health Awareness on Wednesday. A very engaging speaker used lots of anecdotal stories to get the message across about seeking help, and helping each other. This is another part of our support for students in this area, following on from the Youth Mental Health First Aid course for year 10s and the Lifeline suicide awareness program.





Sassy café 

The spotlight was once again on the VCAL student led canteen and café- they were featured on the Channel 9 news. Students have been working hard to make this a successful business and every lunchtime you can see staff and students enjoying cooked meals by our student team. A Fantastic Achievement.

Student Leadership

It has been great to see our student leaders running our campus briefing for students on Mondays and also our College-wide assembly at the end of last term. This past couple of days has also seen them involved in a leadership development camp- that has also included the junior campus students.


Student Motivation

Today I spoke to the year 11s about Life Satisfaction, Happiness, the Future. The message was about knowing how to and choosing to ignore the Instant Gratification Monkey in order to make choices that support a future where there are career options, allowing room for movement, higher earning potential and thus flexibility and higher life satisfaction results. Students that go on to apprenticeships, traineeships, diplomas and university degrees end up with more career options and flexibility. Therefore, we need to make choices now and work hard so we have options at the end of year 12. All year 11 students should be doing homework, after-school and during term breaks. They need to be revising and creating study notes. I encourage you to have conversations about future dreams. Students may not know what they want to do as a career but they will have interests they want to pursue and a pictured lifestyle. We all have to work for this.


PBS Coffee Rewards

We have a punch-card reward system in place at the senior campus.  This term, all students can exchange their card for a free hot chocolate, tea or coffee at our Sassy Café.

Upcoming dates


Monday 31st July- Wakakirri preview (7pm) Junior Campus

Thursday 3rd August- Course Information Evening (6pm) Senior Campus

Thursday 11th August- Subject testers for year 10s

Thursday 17th August- Parent- teacher interviews (1pm-8pm) located at the Junior Campus

Thursday 24th August- Course counselling interviews- year 9 and 10- (2pm-6pm) Senior Campus

Year 7 Science Excursion

Year 7 Science Excursion
Gippsland Water's Vortex Centre

In May, all year 7 students had the opportunity to travel to Gippsland Water's Vortex Centre in Maryvale and experience an education program. This included a range of interactive multimedia displays on the water cycle and water treatment. Students completed the 'We Treat it Right' program which focuses on separating mixtures.


Year 10 News

Year 10 News

Transition Day


Year 9 students participated in a highly successful transition day at the Senior Campus on 20th or 21st June.  We’ve had excellent student feedback about the day being engaging and informative.  All staff working or interacting with the Year 9s have commented on how engaged, polite and enthusiastic the groups were. 


Our Year 9s will be moving onto the Senior Campus next year and will have access to VCE, VET and VCAL units.  The transition day was an important step in this process is as it provided students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the campus and staff and find out about options available to them for the coming year. 


Students began the day with the ‘TC Semi-Amazing Race’ which enabled them to find key locations and staff and familiarise themselves with the campus.


The Course Counselling sessions that followed provided information about Year 10, VCE, VCAL, VET and Early Start.  Students were shown how to access the course book and had an opportunity to begin looking at options for their Senior Campus study program.  


After a free lunch, several ‘Taster’ classes were undertaken to provide students with some insight into subjects at the senior levels.  

It is important that parents are aware of what Year 10, VCE, VCAL and VET programs involve, the implications that they will have for their children’s educational future and the ways that they can support the school to ensure that the students have the best possible outcome.

As a part of the transition program Traralgon College will be running a Parent Information Evening for parents and students on Thursday 3rd  August from 6 pm – 7pm.  All Year 9 – 11 students and families are encouraged to attend.


Work Experience


Year 10 students participated in 2 weeks of Work Experience at the end of Term 2.  Most students called and arranged their own placements independently.  This process is important as it teaches skills in seeking work in a real life situation.  We had students complete placements in a diverse range of occupations and locations, with some students travelling as far as Melbourne. A big thank you to all of the employers who supported our students with Work Experience Placements!  This is a vital part of our Year 10 Curriculum and only possible through the generosity of employers willing to provide the opportunity for our students.


Year 10 Teachers had the pleasure of visiting students while they were out where we repeatedly heard how well our students were fitting in and doing their best.  


Many students commented that their work week was tiring as it was longer and more physical than their school day.  Overall, students have reported enjoying their placements and have learned a lot about the world of work and the occupations they chose for their placements.  Students will now use their learning to complete a SAC in their TLC class where they are undertaking a Year 11 Unit – Industry and Enterprise.


Congratulations to Year 10s for doing so well in their Work Experience Placements!


Federation University Campus Visit – August 25th.


All Year 10 students will have the opportunity to participate in the Federation University Campus Visit on 25th August.  The day will enable students to become familiar with a university setting and find out some of the possibilities for further study once they complete Year 12.


Students will participate in an orientation program and sessions about university learning.  We will travel to and from Federation University by bus and will return to school by the end of the school day.  


Further information and permission forms are available on Compass or at the General Office.  There is no cost to the day as it’s subsidised by Federation University.  




Central Australia Camp


The Central Australia Camp is set to take place on 14th  – 23rd September.  An information session has been planned for students and their parents/guardians on 3rd August at 5pm in the Senior Campus Library.  We will go over the itinerary and arrangements, what to pack and address any issues or questions.  If families are unable to make the meeting, please feel free to call or meet with Karen Anders – 51762240.


Inspiring Young People Session

A number of Year 10 girls are attending an Inspiring Young Women dinner on July 26.  They will get to meet with past students and women working locally in a range of careers.  They will have have opportunities to discuss careers, pathways, challenges and successes while enjoying a dinner at the Italian Australian Club.  Thankyou to The Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN and the Smith Family for organising the event.


Elective Changes

A number of Year 10s have requested changes to their elective subjects.  This process requires a parent signature and must be completed by the end of week 2.  Elective change forms are available at the Year 10 Office.  It’s good to see a number of Year 10s picking up a Unit 2, Year 11 subject.


Semester 2

We’ve had a positive start to semester 2.  Students have returned from their Work Experience placements and holidays and are settling in well.  Keep up the good work ethic Year 10s and make it count!


PBS Coffee Rewards

We have a punch-card reward system in place at the senior campus.  This term, all students can exchange their card for a free hot chocolate, tea or coffee at our Sassy Café.




Mental Health Presentation - Senior Campus

Mental Health Presentation - Senior Campus

The Well-Being Team from Traralgon College were happy to welcome such an engaging Motivational Speaker named Jonny Shannon.

Jonny grew up in South Auckland, New Zealand. Jonny discussed some of his personal experiences and how he turned his life around and focused on his emotional well-being.

This presentation highlighted the normality of mental health and gave students strategies on how to get through stress, depression and anxiety.

Surprised in the difference seeing a counsellor made, he committed to doing youth work to help other students like him in the future.

At the end of the presentation, Jonny introduced our local Headspace team members a free confidential health care and support service for youth and gave them information on where they could seek support.

Headspace Morwell- 51368300


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

Contact and Information Details

You will receive 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.


Rosedale Family Dental


Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine for Years 10, 11 and 12 - Tuesday 1st August

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.

Parents/guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students should look out for the Meningococcal ACWY Secondary School Vaccine Program consent card coming home from school with your child. You need to read the information, complete and return the card regardless of whether your child is being vaccinated at school. 

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.

The Latrobe City Council immunisation service may contact you about the meningococcal ACWY vaccine program. Schools are authorised to provide basic parent/guardian contact details to local councils for this purpose. Contact the school by 9 June 2017 if you do not want your contact details given to the Latrobe City Council immunisation service.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, the meningococcal ACWY vaccine and how you can prepare your child for vaccination, visit or  


St Michael's Basketball Club



Latrobe Theatre Company's Production of Oliver



Fleur Ferris


Latrobe Performing Arts Centre




College Calendar


21 - Chemistry Excursion - RACI Hartung Youth Lecture

21 - VEET Electrical Training Centre

25 - Year 11 VCE Chemistry Instruments Analysis

25 - Interschool Basketball - Senior Boys & Girls

26 - Inspiring Young Women

26-28 Year 12 Outdoor Education Mt Baw Baw Ski Trip

28 -  Port of Melbourne Excursion

28 - Badminton Senior Girls

31 - Wakikirri Preview Performance


1- Meningococcal Vaccinations

4 - Year 10 OAC Mountain Bike Journey

9 - Vic Parliament/Melbourne Magistrates Court

10 - Wakikirri Frankston Performance TBC

10 - Year 12 Physics Excursion - Australian Synchronoton

21 -  Year 10 Outdoor Education Mountain Bike Trip - Blores Hill

22 - Music Performance Evening

24 - Year 11 Physics Excursion

25 - Year 10 Federation University Trip

28 - Shrine of Rememeberance

31 - Julian McMahon


6 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe Skills Day

12 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Lake Narracan

14-23 Year 10 Central Australia Camp

20 - Aladdin

22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4

17 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Canoe - Thomson River

27 - Year 10 Outdoor Education Junior Campus Navigation Session


1- Year 12 exams commence

7 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

15 - Year 10 Outdoor Education  3 day Challenge - Lake Tyers

24 - Year 12 exams conclude


8 - Presentation Assembley 1.30pm-3.00pm

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

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