College Connection

07 November 2016
Issue Seventeen
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
CreatIF Program
China Study Tour April 2017
Year 8 Camp
Year 9 Excursion to Loy Yang B
School Uniform Reminder
College & Community Updates
End of Year Activity Programs
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

The year 12’s are half way through the exam period and we are just about half way through term 4. All students need to be working hard to complete learning tasks and submit their work on time. Meeting timelines and committing to completing work helps students develop time management skills, builds resilience and results in a feeling of accomplishment when finished.


The year 8 and 9 students have been on camp and the Year 10 Applied Learning class have also had a trip away. These learning opportunities build on the work of the classroom, build collaborative skills and also help develop students resilience. All students are encouraged to not only participate in the learning opportunities provided but to engage  with and connect to the learning.


The school has begun planning for 2017, we are currently advertising teaching positions and working hard to find teachers skilled in appropriate curriculum areas. We have Physics, Chemistry, Specialist Maths and Maths Methods at years 11 and 12 as well as a larger than previous Music class at year 11 and 12. We are pleased that these classes are running next year and once again offer a broad choice of curriculum for all our students.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mr Michael Shone Junior Campus Principal

As we move into the middle of Term 4, student’s thoughts inevitably turn to the coming year and what opportunities lie ahead. During this time  Advisory class teachers will be planning and leading discussions and work on goal setting and teaching students the skills and dispositions necessary to make a successful transition from one year to the next. This is particularly true for 2016 Year 9 students who are preparing to make the significant move from the Junior to the Senior Campus in 2017. At this time, a message I consistently reinforce to students, teachers and parents is that transition and change is an extremely valuable opportunity – it is a time when a person can reflect on their strengths and achievements and also on their areas for improvement. It’s a time when all students have the very real chance to change something that they believe will help them be a better student and make the most of their education. Over the next 5 weeks I encourage all parents to have discussions with your children on what they want 2017 to look like and what is the one or two key things they might do differently to help achieve this.


Year 8 Canberra-Sydney Camp

At 5:00am on Monday 17th October, 86 Year 8 students and 7 staff boarded two buses for the inaugural 5 day camp to Canberra and Sydney. The trip was designed around the Year 8 Humanities and English curriculum with deliberately planned visits to the National War Memorial, Parliament House, Sydney’s Chinatown district and a number of significant Sydney landmarks. Many of the students attending the camp had never been out of Victoria and it was a fantastic opportunity to experience some of the diversity in geography and culture that Australia has to offer. Upon return I was extremely proud to hear that all of our students participated in all activities with positivity, enthusiasm and respect. Students overwhelmingly made the most of their opportunities and many of them thanked staff for making the camp happen.


Year 9 Melbourne Camp

The 4-day Melbourne City Camp for Year 9 students was held during Week 4 of this term with 86 students attending. The camp was designed around the themes of "Future Horizons" and "Taking a Stand". An important feature of the camp was the opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with Melbourne through independent navigation tasks and the use of Public Transport. Students participated in a street tour with the Salvation Army which had a big impact on them. They also visited the Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Sky Deck, the Australian Centre for Moving Images, the Vic Market, undertook a river cruise through the city and participated in a Music Composition Workshop at the Arts Centre. The overwhelming majority of the students participated enthusiastically and respectfully at all times and got a huge amount of benefit from the experiences. This camp does not rely on a tour company to run it but instead is designed and led by our teachers to meet the specific learning needs of our students.


Victorian Young Leaders to China

As I write this article, six of our Year 9 students are arriving in Nanjing for the second half of their 6-week language and cultural immersion experience in China. Jared Bates, Liam Deering, Jacob Lambert, Rennae Munson, Taylah Murie and Selina Patton have spent the first two weeks at the Beijing Foreign Studies University participating in Language studies, Chinese studies and visiting sites of cultural significance in and around Beijing such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The focus of the immersion experience changes once the students arrive in Beijing, with students attending classes with local students and participating in a home stay experience with a local Chinese family. Traralgon College teacher Sharon Taylor has been in regular contact with the school and reports that all 6 students are learning lots. Enjoying their time immensely and making the most of their opportunities – as evidenced by the photos below!


School for Student Leadership

The School for Student Leadership (SSL) is a government funded leadership school where Year 9 students spend 10 weeks at a residential camp being challenged to develop their leadership skills. During their time teams of students develop a Community Learning Project and upon return, they lead the implementation of their project back in their community.  Recently SSL expanded its program to include one program per year that completes 6 of the 10 week program in China and currently Traralgon College has two students – Eoin Harrison and Chantell Munson – in China on this program. After arriving in Bejing 1 week ago they are currently at the Utaloy School in Zengcheng District, learning Mandarin and visiting places of cultural significance before they begin a series of outdoor activities to develop their teamwork, leadership and initiative skills.


Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal

The Year 12s are heavily into exams and we wish them the best with the last two weeks. A big thank you to teachers who have come in to school on their day off, during long service leave and before and after-school to get in that last bit of advice and study practice with students. I have heard from a lot of grateful students. Year 11 exams begin on the 14th November and year 10 exams the 21st I wish them well with their results. Headstart begins for students studying year 12 in 2017 on the 21st November and for year 10s and 11s in 2017 on the 28th followed by Presentation Day on the 2nd December at 1.30 pm at the Senior Campus and I look forward to meeting as many parents as possible. A letter with these details will be mailed shortly.


In this newsletter is information from the Department of Education on protecting Children from Abuse which is part of their Child First Initiative and part of our obligation is to not only provide a safe space at school but to inform the community. The information does have the school’s obligations and advice for parents.


As we get towards Headstart and ready for 2017 I would like to remind parents and students that we are a Uniform school and in the newsletter is the required uniform. Reminders will be given to students during Headstart that are out of uniform and information provided to parents to ensure we start the school year wearing our uniform with pride and respecting our learning community. I thank you for your support.


Learning Opportunities

Applied Learning Camp


The year 10 class were in Melbourne for three days building on the theoretical work already completed in class on historically significant people, places and events, orientation/navigation, map and timetable reading. The Amazing TC Challenge was a major component of this camp. It was an ‘Amazing Race’ style activity around Melbourne. Students had to work together in small teams, read maps and timetables and catch trains and trams to independently visit locations in Melbourne. Thank you to Karen Anders, Peter Stokes and Wendy Kirstine who made this trip happen.


Year 10 Photography


The year 10 Photography class went to Traralgon Railway Reserve to photograph nature this week and extend their skills past the classroom and school environment.


CreatIF Program

Year 10 CreatIF... program - Student Profile

Our Year 10 trial program ‘CreatIF…’ has now been running at the Senior Campus since the beginning of term  3, with students working on a range of group and individual entrepreneurial, real world projects. Below is a report from a student enrolled in the course – Jake Venturoni – outlining his work in the program.


The CreatIF… program will be open for current Year 9 students to enrol in as part of their Year 10 studies for 2017. Any student who has a passion/skill they would like time to explore in more depth, or something they would like to learn about which is not currently catered for by classes offered at Year 10 is invited to apply to enter the program.


We are holding a public expo on Wednesday 23 November in the Senior Campus Hall Foyer, which will include an information session and displays of work from all current CreatIF… students, with opportunity for Q&A with both staff and current students. All Year 9 parents and students are invited to attend.


The Entrepreneurial project class

I have been lucky enough to be selected to enter the Entrepreneurial class based on Yong Zhao’s theories of education. My aim is to create a business where I am buying, fixing and selling old cars, ute’s and trailers that need fixing up to get roadworthy and sell them for people that need a cheap car/ute/trailer for transportation to get them from A to B and then they can take/pick up heavy items in the back of your ute/trailer.

Instead of having to hire or use a friend’s vehicle or trailer you can buy a cheap one and use it whenever you want to and not having to wait for friends or hire one is a lot easier than having to stuff around trying to borrow or hire one of them.

My week starts off by working on my ute on Monday then I go to school Tuesday, Wednesday, then on Thursday I go out into the workplace - CMV Trucks. At CMV I work on trucks and buses and Friday I go to school. During school time I attend Mathematics, Automotive and TLC classes in conjunction with the program.

Within the program we hold many discussions with our mentor teachers and coordinator. We discuss how our businesses are going and get the opportunity to problem solve any issues we may have discovered or brainstorm with our team.

This Entrepreneurial class is helpful for kids that aren’t as good at normal school classes and Traralgon College has given us the opportunity to do things that we prefer to do rather then the school classes and we will be able to get better at what we want to do so it will help us when we want to get a job.

I enjoy this program, I think it will be good for people coming up to Year 10 and would like to do what some of us kids have this year except they need to listen to be able to do it otherwise it won’t work.


China Study Tour April 2017

Expressions of Interest

We would like to know if any students in years 9,10 and 11 (in 2017) are interested in going to China in April 2017 (the last week of term 1 and part of the school holidays). In the past the cost has been approximately $2800 per student.

Please complete the below form and return to the office by  Friday 11th November.


Information will be sent home shortly in regard to a parent information evening.


For further information please contact Ms Nicole Pryor, Senior Campus Principal.



Year 8 Camp

Year 8 Camp 2016

Politics, penguins and picturesque views. Canberra and Sydney held many adventures for our year 8 students during term 4. With an early start on the Monday (5:00am departure to be exact!), parents waved goodbye to the 85 students and 7 staff that were embarking on the 8hour bus trip to Canberra. Students had the opportunity to compare and contrast the Old Parliament House with the New Parliament House through guided tours of both buildings. Darren Chester popped in for a chat and the students bombarded him with questions about how to get into politics. The War Memorial visit was a favourite among the students with many vowing to return again one day. Alas, after a very chilly night, we were North bound to Sydney where the sunshine awaited us.

With students abuzz in anticipation of the activities to come, staff decided that a walk to Darling Harbour was on the cards. Students took advantage of the generosity of the staff and tested their patience with late nights. Staff were able to get their own back though, with Mrs P’s early morning wake up calls. Wednesday dished up a busy day, with students walking a massive 20kms throughout the day. Bondi delivered the goods with a beautiful coastal walk and sunshine over our lunch break. Ice-creams were the go to item for this part of our adventure. The energy and excitement could hardly be contained as the group embarked on a cruise through the harbour and got their first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Dolphins led the way as we took the time to soak in the surroundings of this beautiful city we were visiting. Next up, shopping! Paddy’s Market provided a vast array of products for students to purchase with souvenirs and family gifts a high priority. A trip to the movies capped off the day perfectly but left us all a little worse for wear for the following day.

ANSTO, Manly Sea Life Aquarium, Manly itself and the Sydney Eye Tower filled the itinerary for our Thursday. With students learning about nuclear testing, how to save the penguins and which fish are the most sustainable for us to consume. The Sydney Eye Tower tested some students’ fear of heights but also gave the best view of the trip- Sydney at night. After another long day, students were in bed earlier than expected much to the relief of the teachers.

Our final day saw us touring the Sydney Opera House, where many a famous person has performed and visited. Students then had the option to walk or catch a train across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to our final destination – Luna Park. The thrills and spills of all of the rides provided students and staff with a burst of energy that they didn’t know they had left. The dodgem cars proved to be a winning attraction with both staff and students relishing in the opportunity to crash into each other.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $30 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

We farewelled Sydney at 5:00pm on Friday night and drove express back to Traralgon. 85 tired students and 7 exhausted staff were greeted at the bus bay by coffee wielding parents who were excited to hear all about our adventures. A HUGE thanks to Mrs P, Mrs Vazarani and Miss O’Bryan for organising this fantastic trip and making our Year 8 Camp one to remember.


Year 9 Excursion to Loy Yang B

Year 9 Excursion to Loy Yang B

Year 9 students were given the opportunity to go on an excursion sponsored by GDF Suez and provided by Mobile Science Education to Loy Yang B Power Station. This is Victoria's newest and most efficient power station and produces 17% of Victoria's energy needs.

This excursion provided students with the opportunity to investigate and ask questions about the power industry. Students were taken on a guided tour of the power plant in which they were given information regarding the way that the coal is used to produce power, shown the cooling towers, chimney stack and control room, with panels of hundreds of buttons and screens that are used to operate the Loy Yang B Power Station. At this point students were given the opportunity to ask questions about careers in this area.

Students also listened to information about energy types and transformations and were allowed to participate in various activities that investigated renewable energy sources, coils and magnets, electrical circuits, forms of energy, energy consumption and fossil fuels. All of this provided a better understanding of energy in the real world and students really enjoyed this opportunity.

One of the major focuses of the tour was energy needs now and in the future and the role that renewable sources of power generation will play in our near future as fossil fuels may need to be phased out. Students were given a perspective of the future impacts on society of what we are presently doing to the environment. They were also encouraged to think “outside the box” and come up with solutions to problems society is facing now and in the future in regards to power generation.


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:

  1. Go to the student manager’s/sub-school office before Form Assembly/TLC.
  2. Ask for the uniform item(s) you require, in your size.
  3. Hand over your own clothes
  4. Treat the school uniform items with respect throughout the day
  5. 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.


Shoes are sprayed with disinfectant.


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)
  • Navy Polar Fleece Windcheater(monogrammed)


  • Plain black, fully enclosed shoes for both boys and girls
  • There must be a mechanism for securing the shoe to the foot eg. strap, buckle, laces



Shower Proof Jacket

  • This item is not a replacement for the Woollen Jumper or the Polar Fleece Windcheater
  • 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

Most Likely to Succeed Movie Event

Please find attached information in regard to a fundraising event on Wednesday 30th November to enable Traralgon College to explore other learning opportunities for students.


Department of Education - Child Safe Standard


End of Year Activity Programs

End of Year Activity Programs

Monday 5th December to Tuesday 13th December.


Activities will be offered for students that include; whole day excursions, half day trips and in-school activities.


All excursions have a cost as do some of the in-house activities. These will be on COMPASS and on the selection sheet.


All activities are Junior Campus based except for those running on Tuesday 6th December - this is Senior Campus based.


Paid activities and Jewellery Making have capped numbers.


Selection Sheets are required back to Form teachers by Friday 11th November.


Payment is required by Friday 25th November - if payment is not made by the due date and numbers do not reach the minimum required, the activity will be cancelled and students will be able to participate in another activity.


Please find attached below End of Year Activities Week for students to select from.


College Calendar

November 2016

November 2016


14 - Year 12 exams conclude

14 - 18 Year 11 exams

21 -25  Year 10 exams 

21 -2 Dec Year 12 Headstart (two weeks)

21 - Year 9 Formal

28 - 2 Dec Years 8, 9, 10 & 11 Headstart commences


December 2016

2 - Presentation Assembly 1.30pm-3.00pm 

15 - Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

20 -  Last day Term 4

College Connection
Most Likely to Suceed.pdf
End of Year Activities Week.pdf
Chinese Study Tour - EOI April 2017.docx