College Connection

27 May 2016
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus News
Senior Campus News
Student Achievements
High Tea Fundraiser
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

The colder weather of late Autumn and early winter is starting to set in and I am sure we are all noticing the shorter days as the term progresses. 


Across the college we work hard to focus on providing every opportunity for deep learning for our students. This means students may often be working on problem solving tasks or their learning may be much more activity based than that of previous generations. Our programs such as the CLIC program, VCAL and the inquiry or application tasks your children undertake in their other classes are all designed to build their problem solving skills and focus on deeper levels of learning. If you aren't sure about the way in which your child's work relates to their learning take the opportunity to ask them about what they are doing and discuss their school work and learning with them.


In the last newsletter I referenced challenges parents have experienced with our uniform provider. We have had further discussions and expect to see improved service in the coming weeks. The winter jackets are still on backorder and are expected by early July. In the interim please let us know, via your child's form / TLC teacher if your child does not have uniform due to supply difficulties and we will work together to minimise any problems. 


As you should all know we have over the past years moved to a 1:1 laptop program from years 7 - 12. We are still having difficulty with some families in year 9 and 12 not making the payments for leased laptops. Please ensure you meet the payments required to use a leased laptop through the school. 


See other sections of our newsletter for information from each campus, upcoming events and our college calendar.

Junior Campus News

Mr Michael Shone
Campus Principal


Grade 5 and 6 Awareness Day

On Thursday 2 June the Junior Campus will host Grade 5 and 6 students from the Traralgon and district Primary Schools. The aim of the day is for the primary school students to get a taste of life as a secondary school student and to develop some ‘awareness’ of the environment and learning programs at the secondary college. Students with their teachers will come to the school and participate in introduction lessons in Woodwork, Art, Chinese Language and Culture, Science as well as activities in English, Maths, Science and Sport. As a result here are no formal classes for Year 7, 8 and 9 students on June 2 and these students are not required at school.


AIME Program and Tutor Squad

The AIME program is a program for young indigenous students to provide educational support and mentoring from undergraduate students studying at Federation University. Students participating in the AIME program travel to Federation University once per term to participate in a mentoring program.  The mentors run activities focussed on engaging students in goal setting and understanding the importance of education. These mentors also come to Traralgon College on a regular basis to run a ‘tutor squad’ which aims to support the learning and development of good study habits in students that are participating. For more information parents and guardians can contact the Junior Campus.


Homework Club

All Year 7, 8 and 9 students are invited to attend our weekly ‘homework club’ which runs from 3:30 to 4:30 every Thursday in the Junior Campus library. There are two teachers present and their role is to help students with homework, overdue tasks or to simply assist the students who want some more help with their learning. Students are provided with a small amount of healthy food to help get their brains working and focussed! Attendance at Homework Club has steadily been growing and last week we had more than 30 students present. Thanks to Ms. Prytherch and Ms. Vazirani who run Homework club each week.


Year Level Assemblies 2016

Twice a term in Weeks 5 and 9, staff from the three sub-schools run a Year Level Assembly for all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 respectively. These assemblies run for 40 minutes and are focussed on providing information that is particularly relevant to the students in that year level. An importance focus for these assemblies is the recognition of students who have scored highly or demonstrated high levels of improvement in their Progress Report Performance Average score. This score is an average of the students’ scores for all subject on the Progress Report which reports on how well students have demonstrated Traralgon College learning behaviours in the previous 4 weeks. It has been fantastic to see the increase in the number of students who have been recognised and rewarded with certificates at these assemblies over this year. The next cycle of Progress Reports will be published to parents on Friday 3rd of June and Year Level Assemblies will be held the following week.


Campus Fun Run

Traralgon College Junior Campus will be holding the annual Adidas School Fun-Run during Period 4 on Thursday 9th as a fundraising event.  All Year 7, 8 and 9 students will walk or run the course. Students have now received a Sponsorship Booklet and we ask all parents/guardians to read the Sponsorship Booklet and sign the front page to grant permission for their child to participate. This year we are raising funds to purchase sporting equipment to be placed in sub school offices for students to use at lunch time. Students who fundraise $10 or more will receive a prize which they choose from the sponsorship booklet, and a $50 Inland Surf Voucher will be awarded to male and female student with the highest tally raised. There will also be a prize awarded to the form group with the most funds raised. Once fundraising is complete, please help your child fill out Step 6 – How to Claim Prizes, on the back page of the Sponsorship Booklet then tear off the last page of your booklet and return it with all money raised to the front office on or before Thursday 16th June 2016.


Year 7 Health Day

The annual Year 7 Health Day will be held on Thursday 9th June during Period s 1-3. The focus of this day is for all Year 7 students to participate in targeted workshops on healthy living and healthy lifestyles. Guest speakers and presenters come to the school to run sessions on topics such as nutrition, mental health, the importance of exercise and how to foster positive social relationships with family and friends. This program runs in place of all normal classes for this day and all Year 7 students rotate through all workshops. Further information will soon be provided to parents and Guardians about the day and the specific workshops that are running.

Senior Campus News

Mr Ray York
Assistant Campus Principal

The campus is a particularly busy place at the moment with VCE students concluding their Units 1 and 3 studies and preparing for Semester 1 exams.


VCE Exams

Year 11 exam period:

Friday 3 June to Thursday 9 June 2016


Normal classes are scheduled up to and including Thursday 2 June 2016. Unit 2 classes commence on Tuesday 14 June 2016 immediately after the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.


Year 12 exam period:

Monday 6 June to Thursday 9 June 2016


Normal classes are scheduled up to an including Friday 3 June 2016. Unit 4 classes commence on Tuesday 14 June 2016 immediately after the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday.


General Achievement Test (GAT)

Tuesday 7 June 2016 (For ALL VCE students studying year 12 subjects - this includes year 11 students undertaking a year 12 subject)

During the exam period, year 11 and 12 VCE students are only required to attend school to sit their scheduled exams. The remaining time should be dedicated to exam preparation either at home or at school depending upon travel arrangements.


Year 10 Exams

All year 10 students are expected to sit exams in their core subjects.


Year 10 exam period:

Wednesday 8 June to Thursday 9 June 2016


Normal classes are scheduled up to and including Tuesday 7 June 2016.


Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students undertake their work experience placement either during week 10 or 11 of this term (June 14 to 17, or June 20 to 24 2016). Staff will seek to visit all students during their placement to see how they are going.


Students are urged to make the most of their placement, learning about the business they are working with and asking questions:

  • Being interested
  • Learning about and fully complying with the requirements of the workplace;
  • Taking the opportunity to establish some industry contacts;
  • Deciding whether or not they are interested in working in their area of placement (A firm yes or no is a positive outcome);

Following their work placement, students often return to school with more purpose. Some realise they are not yet ready for work and choose to engage more with the learning opportunities at school, whilst others become more motivated to engage with their learning to help them get into the workforce at the earliest opportunity and realise the need more actively engage with our Careers Advisors.


Mobile Phones - Appropriate use 

When used appropriately, mobile phones (like other electronic devices) support student learning. However inappropriate use of mobile phones has been on the rise (particularly amongst level 10 students) which is detracting from learning.


At the beginning of each lesson, students are being reminded of the policy (During class, mobile phones may only be used with teacher permission. Otherwise they are to be switched “off” or to “silent” and kept in lockers, pockets or pencil cases. They are not to be visible to either staff or students). If a phone becomes visible to staff, the phone is handed up for the remainder of the lesson which removes the distraction.


Most students respond calmly and quietly and that is the end of the matter. In the event where a student elects not to cooperate, the matter becomes escalated unnecessarily.

Student Achievements

Positive Behavour Support
Junior Campus

At the Junior Campus of Traralgon College we teach the expected behaviours as well as encourage and reward students that exhibit these positive behaviours. Below is a list of the ‘tick’ winners for the last fortnight. They are selected by having the most ‘ticks’ in that class or were lucky enough to have their name drawn out for having some ticks. As well as the possibility of being rewarded with the fortnightly lunch, all students can get an icy pole on Friday lunch-times for every 5 ‘ticks’ in their planners.


Week 3 & 4 Tick Winners


Year 7

Brad Hourigan

Kyla Mackay

Jack Murphy

Brady Poel

Leteasha Slade

Dylan Williams

Darcy Clifford

Jordan Cook

Darcy Murie

Charli Lia

Reuben Majak

Elizabeth Brown

Charli Parsons

Indi Herni

Kane Peterson

Montanna Tatnell

Alannah Webster

Laura Tingle

Ayana Mehta

Sean O'Ryan

Adam Wright

Ashley Brady

Emiy Grist

Abbey Lambert

Brandon Wass

Matt Anderson

Kylie Angus

Ryan Lowry

Amber Robertson

Emily Grant

Abbey Tripp

Alexandra Hood


Year 8

Jessica Malcolm

Ella Neilson

Katiya De Fontaine

Chloe Drouyn

Ernie Fouracres

Melania Naisua

Molly Grist

Jordan Walmsley

Zach Beames

Brody Deering

Chelsea Hooper

Adian Van Condel-Foley

Mieka Bell

Balie Berg

Liam Thornton

Mel Derbyshire

Sam Harrison

Riley Howard

Tristan Male

Josh Tabone

Sinclair Brand

Aleisha Ludbey

Emillee Teepa

Alana Haar

Amy Burgar

Sean Dykes

Katlyne Marcus

Tenielle Silvester

Koby Bartley

Jesse Justice

Megan Davison

Alyssa Segond


Year 9

Eoin Harrison

Danielle Pattinson

Sophie Xu

Peter Strong

Sidney Canning

Ben Hibbins

Aria Ranui

Mick McKay

Abbey Broughton

Chloe Holmes

Talisha Humphrey

Stephen Woodgate

Tahlia Davenport

Oliver Heuckeroth

Ashton McAllan

Bailey Briscoe

Shontae Dalrymple

Kurt Davidson

Riley Lewis

Connor Mackintosh

Luke Read

Kaylah Dunstan

Liam McAllan

Saskia Eenjes

Ben Murphy

Liana Farmer

Olivia Farmer

Anneliese Pizarro

Hope Townsend

Laura Angus

Aston Martin

High Tea Fundraiser

High Tea Fundraiser
Expressions of Interest

The College are seeking expressions of interest to gauge interest in an afternoon tea to raise funds to assist students of Traralgon College who are in need.



Date:  Sunday 14 August 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Victoria Rose Tea Room, 42 Prince Street, Rosedale

Cost: $30.00 per person (Gluten Free too!)

Capacity: 46 people


If interested, please email your interest by 2 June to: [email protected] or text/call 0409 433675

If there is enough interest, the event will go ahead.

College News

Attention Yr 11 and 12 VCE Students


If you are interested in getting a head start on Unit 2 or Unit 4 studies or wishing to revise your Unit 3 subjects, there is information available in the library regarding lectures held during the mid-year school holidays.


Please note these lectures are offered by external providers, they are not run by Traralgon College.


Click here for further information

Centenary of Anzac Concert

The Victorian police Pipe Band and The Royal Australan navy Concert Band will be performing in the Morwell Centenary of Anzac Concert.


7.30pm Wednesday 8 June

Kernot Hall Morwell


See the below flyer for full details


Can Saver Plus assist you with school costs?

Join Saver Plus and match your savings, dollar for dollar, up to $500 for educational costs including:

You may be eligible if you have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, are at least 18 years old, have some regular income from work (you or your partner) and have a child at school or study yourself.

• school uniforms and text books
• computers, laptops and tablets
• excursions and camps
• sports equipment, uniforms and lessons
• music tuition and instrument hire.


See the flyer below for full details:


College Calendar

May 2016


27 - Construction Induction Training - Yr 10

30 - Port of Melbourne Excursion VCE Business Management

June 2016

2 - Grade 5 & 6 Awareness Day Year 7,8 & 9 no classes this day - Students not required at school - Junior Campus

4 - Spartan Race Boot Camp VCE

7 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

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

10 - Student Free Day - Students not rtequired at school both Campuses

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

25 - Wakakirri Preview Performance

August 2016

1 - Wakakirri Melbourne Performance

September 2016

12 - Wakakirri Grand Final

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

College Connection
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