College Connection

07 December 2016
Issue Nineteen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
CreatIF Expo
Presentation Day 2017
Applied Learning Class
School Uniform Reminder
College & Community Updates
Wellbeing Corner
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

Mrs Sue Coffey
College Principal

As 2016 draws to a close l would like to thank all the students, their parents and the staff at the college for a terrific year. As outlined at Presentation Day a lot of wonderful things happen at our college every year and when we take the time to reflect on the achievements and opportunities, l wonder how we managed to fit it all in. A big thank you to all the students and parents who attended on Friday afternoon, all students were expected to attend and the vast majority of students were present. The broad variety of awards reflected  a wide variety of talents and the performances also showcased some of the talented vocalists accompanied by Mr Nathan Byrne.

 The celebration of achievements  and the recognition of students who are not always acknowledged made this a very special afternoon. Thank you to the organisers, Mrs Simone Howard and Mrs Cate Hackett, they spent several weeks pulling the event together and it was a real credit to them and their organisational skills.


The school magazine Visions has captured much of what occurred during the year with photographs and stories from students and staff. The majority of these were collected at the end of our Presentation on Friday afternoon, for anyone who paid for this magazine but didn’t collect  please do so this week at the senior campus office.  


Head Start was a huge success this year, the VCAL team have reported a terrific start to 2017 as have the other Year levels. A reminder to Year 12 students with holiday homework,  getting off to an early start can lighten the load in first term, so make sure you do your reading and prior learning before school begins next year.  


This will be the last College Connection for 2016 so l would like to wish everyone in our community a safe and happy holiday and l look forward to working at the college again next year.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mr Michael Shone
Junior Campus

The 2016 academic year has now concluded with a farewell to our VCE students and a celebration of student achievement at our annual Presentation Day.  Awards ranged from academic, to artistic, music and cultural, to sport, to community service and through to all-rounder awards. It was fantastic to have strong support from the community both in terms of donations for awards and the number of sponsors and parents present at the ceremony. On a warm day in a large stadium filled with people, students in the audience were respectful and appreciated the opportunity to congratulate their friends as they received their awards. It was an extremely positive conclusion to our Head start program and I felt very privileged to be able to congratulate not only the Junior award winners but all students on their progress throughout the year.


2017 Campus Captains:

During Period 2 on Thursday 24th November all 2016 Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to vote for their 2017 Campus Captains and Vice Captains. All candidates had been through a thorough process before progressing to the next stage and all 6 students who were successfully shortlisted to give a speech and put themselves up for election deserve to be congratulated. These 6 students participate in two speech writing workshops run by our current SRC and student leaders before the elections. The voting was very close and it is great pleasure that I announce the 2017 Junior Campus Captains:


2017 Campus Captains

  • Harrison Middleton
  • Maya Wright

2017 Vice-Campus Captains

  • Emmerson Reid
  • Adian Van Vondel Foley

Year 7 Celebration:

On Friday 25th November all Year 7 students participated in a range of competitive, fun, initiative activities designed to celebrate their final day of Year 7. Students made up form group based teams and competed in events such as a newspaper fashion parade and the great egg drop. It was a fun-filled and enjoyable way to finish the year with all students enjoying the opportunity to socialise and have some fun with their teachers and friends. This year’s Year 7 cohort have been a fantastic group of students and I know the Year 7 team will wish them well while also being sorry to see them go.


Year 8 Carnival:

During the last few Advisory periods of 2016, all Year 8 students were given the opportunity to plan an activity or stall for the 2016 inaugural Year 8 Carnival. The aim of this day was for students in small groups to design and plan something they could do that would create a carnival like atmosphere, raise money and provide some fun for all Junior Campus students at lunchtime on the second last day of term. The planning and running of the activity required students to demonstrate high levels of communication, teamwork, project management and trust amongst team members. At lunchtime on Thursday 24th November, students were able to buy home-made food from stalls, participate in activities like Henna painting, pie throwing, initiative activities, sporting competitions, dart balloons - and even a dunk the teacher for a small cost! It was a positive and fantastic end to the year for all students involved and I was particularly impressed with the way all Year 8 students contributed to an efficient and effective clean up at the end of the day.


Year 9 Final Assembly:

The final Campus Assembly for 2016 Period 3 Friday 25th November was also our traditional farewell to this year’s Year 9 students. After a brief presentation on our school’s student attitude to school survey results and actions that teachers will be taking, we moved on to celebrating our Year 9 class of 2016. Lara Radford-Iafrate and Stephen Woodgate did a brilliant job in putting together two collages of photos of the Year 9 students and their past 3 years. We were also fortunate to be entertained by some great music by local DJ and Year 9 student Koby Dickinson. The assembly concluded with a form by form walk up on to the stage and farewell to all Year 9 teachers, not to mention a few tears. Good luck to all of our Year 9s at the Senior Campus.


2017 Year 7 Orientation Day:

As part of the state-wide Orientation Day, on Tuesday 6th December the Junior Campus hosted our 2017 Year 7 students for their first day of Year 7. Students met their Form Teacher, participated in an orientation course around the campus and undertook a range of exciting and new activities such as metal work, cooking, sport in the gymnasium and Chinese games. The level of enthusiasm was very high and we all look forward to getting to know our 2017 Year 7 students and families throughout the first part of 2017.

Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal

As Headstart finishes and we get close to the end of school, I want to wish all the students and families a happy holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you all eager and ready to learn on Tuesday 31st January. Last Friday was a day of celebration with our Presentation Day. It is always with pride that as teachers and staff we get to see student achievement being celebrated. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. A reminder to students going in to year 11 and 12 VCE you have studying to do over the holiday season to prepare you for the increased expectations and workload. I implore and encourage you to read you English texts, undertake the readings and exercises from your other subjects so you are as prepared as you can be to move forward with the challenges 2017 will bring you. Have a safe season.


Learning opportunities


National Computer Science School Coding Challenge


Congratulations to Marcus Fox who participated in the NCSS coding challenge and received a perfect score at intermediate level in the year 11 IT class. He received the scholarship for the NCSS summer school and has been fully funded by NCSS.


The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is a ten day summer school for students going into years 11 and 12. NCSS brings together talented young people from around Australia for an intensive course of computer programming and website development in the School of IT at the University of Sydney.

NCSS 2017 will run from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 12th January, 2017 (inclusive).

NCSS has been offered in various formats since 1996, when it was initiated by the University's Foundation for Information Technology. In 2015 we celebrated 20 years of the program.

NCSS is organised by academic staff, alumni and students of the School of Information Technologies. The school is completely residential, with all students staying with NCSS staff in full-board accommodation provided by The Women's College, within the main Camperdown campus of The University of Sydney.


PrintACar challenge Finalists


The 2016 PrintACar challenge has had an exciting finish with the Final being hosted at La Trobe University. Congratulations to our four year 10 students (Marcus Fox, Nathan Drouyn, Tristan Meechan and Jordan Richards) who received third place in Victoria among 16 finals teams from 30 at the PrintACar teams challenge this year. Our team also won the best Poster design, which describes the team’s journey, design and 3D printer technology.   


CreatIF Expo 


Last week the students in the CreatIF program held an exhibition to the public showcasing their passion projects. Our students created projects and businesses including, animation and book design, programming and website design, lizard breeding and enclosure building, metal fabrication work that created barbeques and fire pits, restoring vehicles, journalism enterprises, book publishing and adventure races. Aden Wyers the CreatIF leader reminded the audience “We want our students to be great, not average. Schools are not set-up well to do this and our plan is to help students think like entrepreneurs”. The CreatIF expo was well received and the program will run again next year. Congratulations to all the students.



Activities week begins this week.

Year 12 Valedictory dinner on Thursday 15th December

Year 12 results Monday 12th December

Semester reports available on COMPASS Tuesday 13th December

CreatIF Expo

CreatIF..... Expo

Traralgon College hosted their first ever ‘Entrepreneurs Expo’ on  Wednesday 23 November. Year 10 students showed off the great projects they have been working on as part of the CreatIF… program, which helps students to identify a passion and apply this to a real project – starting a small business or working to solve a difficult problem. Students are able to stop attending some of their classes to make time to work on these projects.

“At Traralgon College, we want our students to be great at something, not average at many things”

Congratulations to the Year 10 students who presented on the night – Lucy Bradford, Larni Grech, Jake Venturoni, Anthony Forth, Logan Alexander, Jordyn Archbold, Abbey Shirreff, Beth Lamb , Nick Peel, Dalton Dare, Liv Howlett and Cantique James. Special thanks to Dalton and Nick for cooking for everyone on their coal fired barbeque they designed and built specifically for the event – what a hit!

We had a large number of visitors in attendance, including:

  • Marie Ghiradello from the Victorian Association of Secondary School Principals,
  • Hannah Cole from the Mitchell Institute,
  • Paul Van Breugal from Warragul Secondary College, and
  • Tristan Zemora from Bank Australia, who had contributed $600 to our student projects,

as well as students and parents.

Thanks to all the students, parents and teachers who attended and helped make the event such a success.

Program leader Aden Wyers spoke about why we see this type of education as being important and how we plan to do this at Traralgon College. This has been published online as an op ed by the national education website ‘Education Review’, which can be accessed by clicking the link below (please note you will need to register for a temporary account to read the article).

“We want our students to be great at something, not average at many things” – Education Review article by Aden Wyers

Links to additional information about the program:

CreatIF… program website – created by current student:

Mitchell Institute newsletter – The Paradigm Shifters

Nick and Dalton show of their homemade BBQ that they used to cater the event, as part of their small business, D&N Homemade Metal Goods, with business partner TristanZemora fromBank Australia.

Anthony Forth educates potential customers on the finer points of the lizard breeding business.

Beth Lamb shows and explains her art projects



Presentation Day 2017

Presentation Day 2017

Award Winners:


Richard Canfield Memorial Prize

Caitlin Bennett


Roland Hill Memorial Prize

Hayley Mildenhall


Vallak Bequest

Bonnie Callander


Lions Club Encouragement Awards

Courtney Missen

Jack Strong


Abraham and Edna Wigg Bequest

Sophie-Mae Barber


Jean McNaughton Award

Riley Henke


Federation Training Sponsorship

Talisha Johnston


Federation University Achievement Award

Gabrielle Segond

Riley Henke


Scott Taylor Award

Blake Aurish

College Principal Encouragement Awards

Year 7

Abbey Lambert & Benjamin Walmsley

Year 8

Emmerson Reid & Zachary Beames

Year 9

Saskia Eenjes & Thon Ruk

Year 10

Lacey Male & Jacob Hall

Year 11

Bonnie Callander & Charles Martin


Darren Chester Achievement Award

Chris Evans


Riddiford Trust Scholarship

Kristyl Robertson

Marcus Fox


Christopher Boulton Memorial Bequest

Lily Yu

Jacob Hall


Wakakirri Participation Awards

Allie Boughton

Ashleigh Duncan

Kate Forwood

Grace Lawrence


CFMEU Mining and Energy Scholarship

Mayen Deng


Melbourne University Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program

Jacob Hall

Claire McKee

Bank Australia Environmental Science and Maths Award

Justin Little


Learning with Technologies

Information Technology Award

Charles Martin


Ann & Peter Dyer Community Spirit Award

Eoin Harrison

Taiwo Aliyu


Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards

Grace Lawerence

Lauren Hood



Caltex Best All-Rounder Award

Hannah Lawrence

Ashlee Turrell

NCSS Challenge 2016


Blake Fitzgerald

Lachlan Hallam

Thomas Hastie

Jake Henry

Ryan Hobson

Charles Martin

Brandon Massimi

Jesse Maximiw

Tristan Meechan

Matt O'Connor

Jordan Richards

Ashley Long


Ashley Lont

Marcus Fox


PrintAcar Challange - Quantum Vic

Marcus Fox

Nathan Drouyn

Tristan Meechan

Jordan Richards


Dux Awards

Year 7 - Abbey Lambert

Year 8 - Cheyenne Angell

Year 9 - Lara Radford-Iafrate

Year 10 - Marcus Fox

Year 11 - Gabrielle Segond

VCAL/VET Outstanding Student Award 2016

Alana Gatt

Alex Jenkins


Mr Ray York Photography Award

Sami Chandler


Mrs Sue Coffey Art Award

Tori Goldsborough

Excellence in the Arts

Lucy Bradford

Libby Brister

Logan Curran

Brittany Forth

Natasha Ganley

Cantique James

Beth Lamb

Kayla Lamb

Breanna Morley

Rhylee Parson

Kirstyl Robertson

Jasmyn Verrall

Academic Excellence Awards

Year 11

Bonnie Callander

Daisy Hill

Gabrielle Segond

Charles Martin

Jacinta Grieve

Luke Miller

Raven Parrilla

Kelsey Brosche

Tahleeah James

Jenna Oosterkamp

Joel Grimes


Year 10

Lacey Male

Kristyl Robertson

Jacob Hall

Marcus Fox

Claire McKee

Riley Henke

Sophie Halligan

Nathan Drouyn

Ashley Lont

Letitia Hessels

Hai Tran

Scott Mildenhall

Lachlan Jewell

Ashlee Turrell

Eilish Washington

Tione Prior

Sophie Cunico


Year 9

Saskia Eenjes

Kaylah Dunstan

Thon Ruk

Taylah Murie

Aria Ranui

Lara Radfor-Iafrate

Emma McCulloch

Kyla Jennings

Heleen Marx

Hannah Hurley

Talisha Humphrey

Danielle Pattinson

Ebony Brosche

Selina Patton

Anthony Evans

Hannah Lawrence

Abbey Broughton


Year 8

Emmerson Reid

Chloe Henry

Cheynne Angell

Zachary Beames

Abby Warner

Adian Von Vondel-Foley

Chelsea Hooper

Sinclair Brand

Katiya DeFontaine

Sasha Milenstein

Allinor Young

Kayleigh O'Neilll

Maddison Kirby

Molly Grist

Charley Whitby

Chloe Drouyn

Stephanie Henley


Year 7

Grace Berends

Bodhi Bright

Abbey Lambert

Benjamin Walmsley

Emily Grist

Matthew Barry

Darcy Murie

Georgie Lambert

Darcy Eenjes

Lucy Dawson

Jade Thorpe

Mahnee Waack-Hawkins

Kaleb Short

Bridie Washington

Dane Whelan

Emma Balfour

Paige Van Lankveld

2017 College Captains

Senior Captains

Gabrielle Segond

Matt Williams


Senior Vice Captains

Bonnie Callander

Wilson Gaudion


Year 12 SRC Representatives:

Alex Chappell

Emma Drinkwater

Jacinta Grieve


Junior Captains:

Maya Wright

Harrison Middleton


Junior Vice Captains

Emmerson Reid

Adian Van Vondel-Foley






Applied Learning Class

Applied Learning

The Applied Learning class finished the year with a 3 day camp to Melbourne.  The purpose of the camp was to build confidence using the public transport system around the city.  We stayed at Doxa, near Melbourne Central and really enjoyed spending the 3 days as a class and getting to know each other better.


While there we visited the Melbourne jail, which was both interesting and scary.  We were taken into the watch house where we were ‘arrested’ before being taken on a guided tour where we experienced ‘ghosts talking to us’ and had our ‘mug shots’ taken.  We really enjoyed hearing about the history and learning about the way the jail was run. 


We visited the Shrine where we learned about the ‘back to back’ generations that fought in WW1 and WW2 and how the shrine was built so we can remember them.  We saw the image of William Barak’s face watching over the city from the Portrait Building facing the Shrine.


We enjoyed a guided walk through the street art ally ways and learned how they are symbolic of the youth of Melbourne having a voice.  We also had a guided ghost tour around the streets and went on the Melbourne Star at night.


We did the Traralgon College Amazing Race where we used public transport to get ourselves around the city.  Britney, Tia, Nick and Jamie got lost but managed to find their way back.  Highlights of the race included the State Library and the Ned Kelly display and the MCG tour.


Overall, we had a great camp.  It was a nice way to finish off the year.


Written by Jamie, Tia, Britney and Ms Anders.


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

Compulsory for all students undertaking PE classes

  • Plain Black Basketball Shorts
  • White or Navy Polo Shirt (monogrammed)
  • Sneakers of student choice.
  • Navy Bucket Hat or Cap.(monogrammed)

To be carried to school and changed into for PE classes and subsequently changed out of after PE classes.


Approved Accessories

  • Wrist watch
  • Discrete and plain studs or sleepers for ear piercings
  • Studs only for facial piercings
  • Discrete chains or necklaces worn inside shirts or dresses so that they are not overtly visible.
  • Hair ties and head bands – must be worn in one of the school colours – plain navy, light blue or white.
  • Plain navy or cream scarf.
  • For safety reasons, long hair must be tied back in some practical classes.

College & Community Updates

Latrobe City Community Fun Run & Walk


High Tea Fundraiser for Josh Earnshaw


Morwell Swimming Club Program


Community-Up Discussion Meeting for Traralgon East


VCE Summer School Units 1 & 3 Head Start Lectures


Christmas Raffle in support of Josh Earnshaw


Wellbeing Corner

The Wild yet Wonderful Teenage Brain

“What’s going on in that head of yours?” How many times have you asked some form of that question about your teenager?

Adolescence is as much a confusing time of life as it is an amazing one. Running roughly between the ages of 12-24, adolescence is known as a time of great challenge for both adolescents and the adults who support them. Because it can be so challenging for everyone involved,

Adolescence is not a stage to simply get over; it is a stage of life to cultivate well. The changes that occur in the adolescent brain are not merely about “maturity” versus “immaturity,” but rather are vitally important developmental changes that enable certain new abilities to emerge.

Brain changes during the early teen years set up four qualities of our minds during adolescence: novelty seeking, social engagement, increased emotional intensity, and creative exploration. There are changes in the fundamental circuits of the brain that make the adolescent period different from childhood. Each of these changes is necessary to create the important shifts that happen in our thinking, feeling, interacting, and decision-making during adolescence.

NOVELTY SEEKING emerges from an increased drive for rewards in the circuits of the adolescent brain that creates the inner motivation to try something new and feel life more fully, creating more engagement in life.

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT enhances peer connectedness and creates new friendships.

INCREASED EMOTIONAL INTENSITY gives an enhanced vitality to life.

CREATIVE EXPLORATION with an expanded sense of consciousness. An adolescent’s new conceptual thinking and abstract reasoning allow questioning of the status quo, approaching problems with “out of the box” strategies, the creation of new ideas, and the emergence of innovation.

(Excerpted from Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Dr. Daniel Siegel)

So, what can we do to help Teenagers flourish?

Understanding: We as adults,, as much as teenagers themselves, need to get to know their brains: why they might be experiencing what they’re experiencing; knowledge is power.

Trust and Respect: So they can trust and respect us in return, and gain independent decision-making power.

Room to Take Risks: To be steered away from high risks, without aggression. And given the room to take moderate risks. Preaching doesn’t help them, it has the opposite effect.

Engage Body and Mind: Chances to develop more than their cognitive skills, so they can engage their whole body and mind: mindfulness, yoga, art, music, sports…

To Be Listened to: Deeply and consistently. Teens have novel, fresh ideas that the world needs. Above all they need to feel like we are listening to and valuing them and their opinions. And they will inherit the earth.

More Sleep! Because they’re learning so much so rapidly, the teen body and brain get a huge workout. They need refreshment: about 9-10 hours of sleep daily. But many teens are expected to pull off a juggling act that wears them out. The resulting sleep deprivation can lead to a downward spiral of poor choices and weakening resilience.

(Excerpt by Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine)


To find out more follow the links below:

College Calendar


5-13 End of Year Activities

12 - Year 12 results

13 - Semester Reports will be published on Compass

15 - Year 12 Valedictory

20 - Last day Term 4

January 2017

31 -  First day Term 1

February 2017

8 - School Photos Junior Campus

13 - School Photos Senior Campus

College Connection
Poster Community_Fun_Run_2017.pdf
A High Tea Flyer.pdf
Community-Up Discussion Meeting.pdf
Morwell Swimming.pdf
VCE Summer School Head Start Lectures Units 1 & 3.pdf
Christmas Raffle in support of Josh Earnshaw.pdf