College Connection

30 October 2017
Issue Sixteen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus  Principal's Report
Victoran Young Leaders to China Program 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

High expectations and attendance are key to lifting student academic results

A recent newspaper report focused on the impact of high expectations and attendance on student learning and results. Students who felt their teachers had high expectations of them did better and the report shows that teacher's encouragement to work hard drives academic performance. This report mirrors other studies of the positive impact that high parent expectations can have on their child’s success as well.

The report also said that when two students had identical socioeconomic status and academic performance, a student who did not skip classes, or miss days, in year 7 was on average three months ahead in their learning by year 9, compared with a student who had poor attendance. The student with good attendance would also score almost five points higher in their year 9 NAPLAN reading test than a student who regularly missed school or turned up late. I wonder what the cumulative impact is on the senior students VCE results when they miss school. What is your child’s attendance like? TC’s attendance data has improved this year, but it is still way behind the state average. Every day matters!

The report also said, schools, like TC, that set high expectations and relentlessly persist that students must work hard to succeed, encourage students to do better and set personal goals, provide feedback, submit tasks on time and expect homework provide an environment that will allow students to be more successful. This is where the GPA provides a strong insight into how your child is progressing in these key areas and why we have goals and targets to improve in these areas.

As part of the pursuit of higher expectations in teaching and learning, the staff are using the next two Monday’s (30th and 6th) to explore more impactful teaching delivery in the classroom. We are hosting a guest speaker, next Monday, to outline a refinement to our current way of teaching. Then in some follow up work we will use the pre-Melbourne Cup Monday, a traditionally low attendance day, to cement our learnings and develop key strategies to implement in 2018.

Later this week we will be sending out a letter to all parents and guardians of some key information on changes to the school day, attendance, uniform and computer, Head start dates and how the end of year is shaping up.


Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mrs Sue Coffey
Junior Campus



Senior Campus  Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Senior Campus Principal

This week we farewelled our year 12 students at assembly on Monday and today with the traditional Friday morning “muck up” “celebration” day activities. At assembly we acknowledged their efforts at academic success at school, their participation in our school community and the journey they are on in life. It was great to hear the 10s and 11s give them a round of applause and wish the VCE students well with the exams and the VCAL students apprenticeship, traineeship, TAFE and job hunting success. We have this year some year 11 students who complete the VCAL Senior certificate and they too will graduate, which is a huge effort on their behalf to complete a certificate designed for year 12.


We have already many success stories of apprenticeships in automotive, hairdressing, plumbing, building and other industries. Many students have completed coursework and have already left to pursue their future careers.


In the last couple of editions, I have included some exam tips. The best one I can give is to work hard on your revision and breathe through your nervousness. It is hard work that will reap success and this should have been a process over the last two years.


Regardless of the outcome we are here to support our students through and after exams. Please stay in touch to get help with VTAC preferences, and careers support.


Year 12 Muck Up Day

Exam Dates:

Year 12 - 1st November to 24th November (excluding Melbourne Cup Day)

Year 11 - 20th November to 24th November

Year 10 - 27th November to 1st December

Victoran Young Leaders to China Program 2017

Victorian Young Leaders to China Program 2017 Update - Tamika Lynch

For the first two weeks of the 6 week in-country program, the VYLC students have taken part in a language and culture program funded by Confucius Institute Headquarters (HANBAN), and hosted by Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU).


During our two week stay in Beijing all 3 groups were required to put together a performance that would be displayed in front of HANBAN, BLCU and organisers of the VYLC program. The performance had to be based on what we had learnt throughout our stay in Beijing and what we had improved on. In Group C, our performance was based on the story behind the Chinese Zodiac and it’s similarities and differences to the western zodiac. We had to form groups and structure the whole performance by making a script, designing and creating animal masks for all 12 animals, researching both the Chinese and western zodiacs, finding music that suited the play and writing a suitable introduction and conclusion .


My role in the play was to deliver the introduction in English, while Leon from Wantirna College spoke the same introduction in Mandarin. This gave me the opportunity to expand on my skills in performing in front of large audiences.


My speech follows:

Good morning to you, the representatives of HANBAN, Beijing Language and Culture University and fellow students.

We are group C of the 32nd VYLC program.

Our performance will illustrate the story of how the Jade Emperor selected the 12 animals in the Zodiac.

He chose to test them in a race and the top 12 placed animals would have the honour of having a year named after them.


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 warms up we should be wearing correct summer 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.

Summer Uniform


  • Summer Dress - To be worn with knee high or short white socks


  • Navy Logo Shorts and College monogrammed polo shirt - 
  • To be worn with knee high or short white socks
  • Navy V Neck Woollen Jumper (monogrammed)


  • 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

Traralgon College - New On Site Uniform Shop
Managed by Uniforms ByDesign

We are pleased to announce that Uniforms By Design will be opening an On Site Uniform Shop at Traralgon College.

Our first trading time will be on Thursday 9th/November from 8.15am to 10.15am.

From then on our times will be Tuesdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Thursdays 8.15am to 10.15am

We will advise in the near future our additional times for January and February


We are very excited to have this opportunity to provide all uniform requirements for your school. Our commitment is to offer both competitive pricing and convenient times for families to purchase the school uniform. We intend to carry good quantities of stock to ensure the highest level of service.

Uniforms By Design manufacture the majority of special make garments in Australia, and in the case of your school, all Jackets, Polo Shirts, Summer Dresses, Rugby Tops and Winter Skirts are Australian Made. 

In the near future we will advise re the availability of On Line ordering, but we will of course be providing full Efpos facilities.

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 


Trading Hours 


College Calendar


30 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

31 - Broadening Horizon 


1- Year 12 exams commence

1 - Year 8 Broadening Horizons

2-3 Yr 9 Outdoor Ed Overnight Hike

6 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

7 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

9 - Broadening Horizons

9 -  Active Lifestyles CMEFit Ride Session

9 -  Year 9 Active Womend Sky Fitness

13 -  Active Lifestyles - Law Bowls

13-16 Year 9 Melbounre Camp

15 -17 Year 10 Outdoor Education  3 day Challenge - Lake Tyers

16 -  Active Lifestyles - Energetics Gymnastics

17 - Broadening Horizons

18 -  Boot Camp - The Summit Survivior

20 -24 - Year 11 Exams

21 -  Build Up Day - World Challenge

21 -  Broadening Horizons

22 November - 22 December World Challenge Expedition Cambodia

23 - Active Lifestyles - Morwell National Park Walk

23 - Year 9 Active Women Sky Fitness

24 - Yr 9 Outdoor Ed Surfing Sem 2

24 - Year 12 exams conclude

24 - Broadening Horizons

27 - Year 12 Headstart

27 - Active Lifestyles - Traralgon Tennis Courts

27 -1 December-  Year 10 Exams

28 - Year 9 Formal

30 - Active Lifestyles - Jump & Climb

30 - Yr 9 Active Women Sky Fitness


4-8 Year 12 Headstart

4-13 Years 8-11 Headstart

13- Presentation Assembley 1.30pm-3.00pm Junior Campus Hall

18- Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

19 - Student Free Day - Staff Professional Learning

19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

January 2018

30 - First Day Term 1

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