College Connection

31 March 2017
Issue Four
College Principal's Report
Junior Campus Principal's Report
Senior Campus Principal's Report
Connected Learning in Community
Year 9 International Travel Program
Federation University Experience Day
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

Mrs Sue Coffey
College Principal

Term One has come to an end and so has my time as Acting College Principal.  Mr David Mowbray will take over as College Principal next term and begin leading the College into the future. Mr Michael Shone will be taking some leave for the remainder of this year so l will relocate to replace him as the Junior Campus Principal until he returns in 2018. We have had an exceptionally busy term and l am very pleased to say that the students have met expected behaviours around uniform, late to class and mobile phone usage.  Thanks to all the teachers who have worked hard this term, planning for student learning and encouraging students work hard and achieve the best they can. I was very pleased to see the students awarded for improved Progress Report Scores this morning and l look forward to more of these moments throughout the year. A growth mindset in students, teachers and parents enables continuous improvement no matter where our starting point is. Keep up the great work! I hope you all have a very safe and happy holiday, that you enjoy the Easter break with your families and l look forward to seeing you all again next term.

Junior Campus Principal's Report

Mr Michael Shone
Junior Campus


With one week left of Term 1 2017, this newsletter provides an opportunity to reflect on our progress so far this year. As has been discussed previously, our clear focus at the start of this year has been the establishment of the preconditions for effective learning - a positive and orderly learning environment. We have emphasised the importance of students being in uniform, being in class on time and using technology correctly. The results below comparing Week 1, Week 4 and Week 7 show a significant improvement and a pleasing trend:



I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and carers who have supported us in the establishment and reinforcement of our expectations. When students adhere to our clear expectations, are in class, on time and focussed on their learning every period, the result is a more powerful learning environment for all. I am both pleased and proud to report that throughout Term 1, parents, community members, teachers and students have consistently told me that Traralgon College is a more positive and productive learning environment than it was last year. I look forward to an even more positive and productive Term 2.


Athletics Sports:

The College House Athletics sports are on Friday 21st April, which is the end of the first week of Term 2. This event will be held at the Edwin Flack Reserve in Newborough and like the 2017 Swimming Sports, this will be a college wide event with students from Years 7-12 competing. All students are expected to attend and those students not competing are expected to come dressed in their house colours and ready to support and encourage athletes from their house. Importantly, all students MUST have parent consent to be allowed to attend. Parents and carers can provide consent online via Compass, they can print the permission form from Compass and sign and return the form to front office or they can collect a form from the front office, sign it and return the form to the school. There is no cost to attend this event.


Progress Reports:

On Friday 24th March the second set of progress reports for all students were published to parents. These reports are feedback to students on progress made in relation to the demonstration of the learning behaviours that we believe are critical for success. Attached to this newsletter item is the assessment rubric and student behaviour matrix that teachers use to complete progress reports, and I encourage all parents and carers to familiarise themselves with these two documents before reading over your child’s report. With two reports now completed, parents and students have an opportunity to compare their Performance Average score from Week 4 and Week 8. At Traralgon College we are more interested in growth and improvement rather than overall score, and I encourage all parents and students to reflect on their two Performance Average scores and look for ways to improve on these results.


Assemblies are held regularly to celebrate student achievement, advertise coming opportunities and allow students to present various items back to the school community on activities and learning that has occurred over the past period of time. At the Junior Campus, Campus Assemblies are held every Week 4 and Week 8 of term and Year Level Assemblies are held in Weeks 5 and 9. In 2017 I have been impressed with the leadership shown by our Campus Captains and Vice Captains in the leadership of Campus Assemblies, and the involvement of Class captains of the leadership of Year Level Assemblies. At Traralgon College we are committed to recognising excellence and improvement and providing a broad range of opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. Public speaking is an important 21st Century Skill and I encourage all students to challenge themselves and plan to present an item at one of our assemblies in 2017.


Senior Campus Principal's Report

Ms Nicole Pryor
Campus Principal


It has been a whirlwind of a term 1. We have started the year strongly with a focus on a Safe and Orderly Learning Environment as this is an important pre-condition to active learning in the classroom.

Our foci:

In Uniform- All students in correct uniform as per the uniform policy to lift our personal image as a school and support students with pride in themselves and their school. Here at the senior campus we have over 97% of students in full school uniform. This is outstanding and I thank our students and parents/guardians for their support. We are coming now into the cooler weather and I remind students and families to organise winter uniform items and we are here to help.

In Class: Attendance is very important. Students need to be in class to access instruction from teachers to support their learning. 100% attendance is fantastic but we do aim for 95% to take into account the occasional illness. WE are concerned when attendance drops to 90% or below as this equals one day a fortnight and equals 1/5 of classes for the week. We are also concentrating on students NOT leaving the classroom, this means being organised with books, pencils/pens and devices for each class.

On Time: We have been firm on students Late to Class, the expectation is that teachers are in class when the music is playing and students arrive before the bell. They need to have their equipment for class and be ready to learn. We still have work to do in this area particularly after lunchtime. We also need to be at school on time. Students must sign in at student services if late or leaving early. Students who are late without a valid reason and note will receive a lunchtime detention the same as students who are late to class. We are trying to prepare students for the world of work- at work you need to show up on time and ready to work.

On Task: We want our students focussed on learning and therefore we have been firm about the use of mobile phones. Phones can be an important learning tool but they can only be used with teacher permission prior to accessing the phone. If a student uses the phone without permission, it will be confiscated to the teacher’s desk and returned at the end of the lesson. Three infractions result in a two-week phone ban.  In term 2 we will focus more heavily on Task Submission- ensuring students are submitting their assessment tasks, hurdle tasks, pre-SAC activities and completing their SACs on time. This will result in heavy monitoring of progress reports and whilst we have been having parent meetings and conversations with students poorly performing this will increase to catch-up class support as well.

At the start of the year I challenged our students and teachers to work hard so that our Campus Average GPA would reach 80- a high standard. After progress report 1 it was 62.5 and after progress report 2 69. We are improving but we are striving for excellence and our students are all capable of achieving this goal. 


It has been an exciting term with lots of extra-curricular activities and achievements including:


  • College Swimming Sports- Tarra (green house) won
  • All About Eve and Susan Alberti lecture for year 12 English
  • Bob Hillman lecture for year 12
  • Outdoor Education canoeing trips
  • Physics has explored Luna Park and Thermodynamics
  • Student Representative Council has undertaken leadership training and planned a schedule of events
  • CreatIF attended a professional film making workshop and are currently making their own documentary film.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid training for all year 10s and some staff and parents
  • VCAL business display at Parent Teacher Student Conversations
  • Eoin Harrison has raised over $1300 undertaking Shave for a Cure
  • Alexandra Chappell has been selected for the London Intensive Youth Science Forum representing Australia with students from over 70 countries.


Term 2 will see more great achievements and opportunities for our students.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Sue Coffey for her outstanding leadership of the College over the last 9 months. As a school we have been involved in a priority review and undertaken establishing the direction for the next four years under her guidance and passion for Traralgon College students to have the best education and outcomes.

From the Staff at the Senior Campus, have a safe and happy Easter break and I look forward to working with you in term 2.




Connected Learning in Community

Connected Learning in Community 

A unique partnership for YAS and Traralgon College

Interchange Gippsland and Traralgon College have entered into a unique volunteering partnership to provide support and assist the development of skills for YAS Latrobe participants.  Each Wednesday during Term 1, Year 9 students from Traralgon College meet YAS Latrobe at the Traralgon library to assist with literacy and numeracy.  For the past two weeks the students and YAS participants have been getting to know each other playing a range of games and playing on computers.   The students are participating in Traralgon College’s CLiC program -  Connected Learning in the Community.  The project provides students with a more rounded work experience, with access to real communities and real issues. The partnership with YAS provides students with the opportunity to make a meaningful and valuable contribution to our community and develop project management skills, while enhancing social inclusion and community connection. Over the coming weeks students will be running literacy and numeracy activities that they have designed themselves.   YAS participants are enjoying their time with the Traralgon College students and together they are all developing new skills and enjoying their time together.  


Year 9 International Travel Program

Victorian Young Leaders to China Program ​

The program is a life-changing opportunity, where students live in and attend school in China. They will experience daily life as a Chinese student, and get to discover and explore China’s thriving culture, from the traditional to the modern.

If you are interested please contact the School for an application form or for further information.


The School for Student Leadership Program.

In term 4 this year the School for Student Leadership is offering 5 fortunate students an unforgettable nine-week program that will be stretched across the Victorian Alpine Campus at Dinner Plane and their campus in China.

This opportunity will provide our students with a unique live in experience that will have them focussing on developing their leadership skills.


Federation University Experience Day

Federation University Experience Day - 30th March

On Thursday morning students from years 10-12 from Traralgon College attended the Humanities, Education, Psychology and Science experience day at Federation University, Churchill campus.

 When we arrived at 10am, we swiftly organised ourselves into the appropriate rooms, including Creative writing, Criminology, Community Services, Psychology and Education, all of which are courses available at the university.

During our first tutorial session on creative writing and criminology we discussed what makes a criminal and learnt that crimes are a social construct, meaning they are what society decides are illegal or unethical. The creative writing teacher got us to write a short letter describing an object we received in an envelope. The purpose of this activity was to recognise our story telling ability.

Deb, the community services lecturer discussed the ethics between relationships outside of work, specifically regarding a professional community services worker and a client requesting them on social media.

At the beginning of the lecture sessions the speakers informed us of the different career paths we can pursue after studying each field. In Psychology we were given a summary of each field of the degree before completing a personality test to determine how we best work and relate to others.

The education students, who were studying to become primary, school teachers got us to write a rap song during their tutorial. This is an example of an activity that could improve student’s confidence when presenting. We all created funny, light hearted rap songs. The education students allowed us to ask questions about their experience as university students and ask what they recommended regarding taking a gap year and living on campus.

Overall the experience allowed us to gain insight about being a university student and what it may entail. We are now aware of the available courses and what careers we can pursue post studying them. We recommend participating in this if you are interested in attending university in the future.

By Selina and Ebony


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

Need help paying for Camps, Sports and Excursions?

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund


The Victorian Government has unveiled a new $148 million initiative to ensure all Victorian students can take part in school trips and sporting activities, this includes Outdoor Education elective fees.


The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions.


Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students, with $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school students. A special consideration eligibility category also exists. Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student.


CSEF applications open from term one 2017 until June 2017.


Latrobe City
Short Story & Poetry Competition 2017




Gormandale Football Netball Club


Rosedale Family Medical Centre


Rosedale Family Dental


Latrobe City
Sister Cities Festival


Beleza School Uniforms

Extended trading hours:


College Calendar


23 - Year 7 Immunisations

24 - Wellington School Sports Volleyball

24 - Wellington School Sports Tennis

24 - Progress Reports

27 - Yr 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge Canoe - Thompson River

28 - Year 12 Bob Hillman Lecture

30 - Julian McMahon SC

31 -  Last Day Term 1


2 -  Boot Camp ROC

18 - First Day Term 2

18 - CreatIf Shoot Day

21 - School Athletics Day

25 - Anzac Day Public Holiday

26 - Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge Mountain Bike Journey

28 - Tertiary Information Service (TIS)


11-12 Year 12 Canoe Trip Gippsland Lakes

12 - Construction Induction Training (CI Card)

17 -  2017 Debutante Ball

18 - 2017 Debutante Ball


5-7 Year 10 Outdoor Adventure Challenge

8 - Year 12 - 1984

12 - Queen's Birthday - School Closed

14 - General Achievement Test - VCE Students

19-23 Year 10A-C Work Experience

26-30 Year 10 D-F work Experience

27 - Year 11 Incursion - Twelve Angry Men

30 - Last Day Term 2


17 - First Day Term 3


22 - Last Day Term 3


9 - First Day Term 4


1- Year 12 exams commence

7 - Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

24 - Year 12 exams conclude


19 - Valedictory Dinner

22 - Last Day Term 4

College Connection
2017 Progress Report Rubric Expected Behaviours Matrix.pdf
2017 Progress Report Rubric Expected Behaviours Matrix.pdf
2017 VYLC Progam Parent Student Information College Connection (2).pdf
School of student leadership parent letter.pdf
Bullying No Way.pdf