College Connection “Developing Successful Learners for the World Community” Junior Campus 5174 8733 Senior Campus 5176 2240
P O Box 1790 Traralgon Vic 3844 Thursday 18 October 2012
COLLEGE PRINCIPAL’S REPORT Welcome back for term 4, always the most hectic term of the school year. VCE Exams: Our year 12 VCE students are about to enter the final stage of their secondary schooling and will commence the formal exam period on November 1. This is the culmination of years of hard work for these students and of a lot of support from their families and the staff at school. I know that all students will do their best and obtain results commensurate with the efforts they have put in. The final day for year 12 students is Friday October 26 when the year 12 students will meet for a final celebration in the morning with some time for a bit of good natured celebration, a morning tea for all year 12 students and the staff. Year 12s will then be expected to leave the college. I trust that our students will be involved in this morning in good spirit and with consideration for the comfort and safety of others. Students in years 10 and 11 are not to be involved in the year 12 celebrations and are expected to attend classes as normal. NAPLAN results and reports: Students in years 7 & 9 will have their NAPLAN results mailed home this week. (National Literacy and Numeracy testing). These reports give an indication of the level your child is performing at in comparison to the state and national averages. Unfortunately the reports sent home to parents do not indicate how much improvement has occurred in the 2 years since the previous NAPLAN tests for your child. Staff at the college have been analysing the ‘learning growth’ for students from year 5 – 7 and from year 7 -9. Students with above average improvement were recognised with a certificate at an assembly on Monday October 15. If you are having trouble understanding your child’s report please contact the college to speak to one of the teaching staff – your child’s form teacher would be a good point of contact to help you with this. Uniform review: Over the past weeks we have been undertaking a review of the College Uniform. We have identified that there are some issues with comfort and warmth for some students and also with the neatness and appearance of uniform. Thank you to those parents who have responded to the request for input via previous college connection. Students leaders at both campuses have had input and the College Council is considering changes this week. Any changes to uniform will be on a “phase in phase out” basis. New items will be introduced and some items removed from the uniform list, these will not be available for purchase but will still be able to be worn as uniform until worn out. We have no desire to create extra difficulty for families who are attempting to support us by sending their students to school in appropriate uniform November 5 Closure day: November 5 is scheduled as our College closure day. Students will not attend school on this day and all offices etc. will be closed. The staff of the college will be working on our strategic planning process for the next 4 years and we have a very full and busy day planned.
IMPORTANT DATES Monday 5
Tuesday 6th November
College Closure Day - Student Free Day Melbourne Cup - Public Holiday
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Industrial action: As many of you would be aware the unions representing teaching and support staff in schools are currently in dispute with the state government over the enterprise agreements for both of these groups of staff. Staff who are union members are continuing industrial action in support of their claims. Two proposed actions are currently planned for term 4: The first is a ½ day stop work planned for the morning of Tuesday October 23. Details will be finalised by Friday morning (after the printing of this newsletter) and parents and students will be notified of arrangements by Friday afternoon. The second planned action is a work ban on writing comments for students’ reports. Participating teachers will still report progress with a numerical progression point but there will be no written comments provided. We will endeavour to ensure that our reports are still of the highest possible standard within these limitations. Write a book in a day: Senior students from Traralgon College participated in the write a book in a day competition late last term. Traralgon College students raised the most money ($1581 for the Royal Children’s Hospital) in the upper secondary section and also for all schools across the country. In addition the Traralgon College students won the best book award in their section. This was a fantastic effort and Katie Lee who organised this event should be commended for her work as should the students who participated. Thanks to the staff and local businesses who supported this effort. Our Student authors were: Ty Liebelt, Jack Davis, Maddy Tolsma, Jess Sawyer,Alex Crosdale, Sarah Wass, Chelsey Johnson, Alex Kaufmann, Nicky Cave; Illustrations by Dylan Langmaid. Awards day: Families are reminded that the college is moving towards an awards day rather than an awards evening as of this year. We are hoping to build the culture of students recognising each other’s achievement and believe that having this award ceremony as the formal end to the school year will be a vehicle to achieve that. The school year will end with a headstart program at both campuses which will run from Monday December 10 till Tuesday December 18 with an awards ceremony held on the morning of December 18 for all students to be held in the Senior Campus Hall. Reports will be issued after the awards ceremony and students will then be dismissed for the year. Mental Health Week Last week students from both campuses participated in activities as part of mental health week. Caring for the mental health of our young folk is a significant part of our work at the college and in some form all of us can be affected by mental health issues either directly or through family and friends. These are the aspects of schooling which do not show up in our reports or NAPLAN data but which together with the academic side of our work, make up our responsibility to care for the whole child. Our wellbeing staff who organised this week did a terrific job and were also well supported by the teaching staff. Day structure changes: As of 2013 the college will be moving to have the same day structure for both campuses. The only difference between campuses will be that the Junior Campus will continue to have a form assembly while the senior campus will not. We are doing this for 2 reasons; the first is to allow better collaboration between staff from each campus and better coordination of activities involving students and / or staff from both campuses. The second reason is to allow us to better integrate our IT systems and to interface with the education department’s digital systems, currently the different timetables prohibit us from accessing and using a number of useful systems provided by the DEECD. The arrangements for 2013 are set out below.
Paul van Breugel College Principal
4 period day times 2013 Time 9:00 – 9:08 9:08 – 10:20 10:20 – 10:28 10:28 – 11:40 11:40 – 12:05 12:05 – 1:17 1:17 – 2:01 2:01 – 3:13
JUNIOR CAMPUS Form assembly
Period 1 Short break Period 2 Recess Period 3 Lunch Period 4
Latest research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows less than one in five Victorian children walk to school. In the 1970s, it was close to half. VicHealth recognises the urgent need to reverse this downward trend – especially at a time when childhood obesity is rising to epidemic levels. In a bid to get more kids more active, VicHealth is running its Walk to School program for a whole month this year. All students, teachers, schools and parents are encouraged to register now. There will be weekly competitions for students, and schools can win great prizes for their participation, including a visit from a ‘Play for Life’ pod. There is a Walk to School 2012 website so teachers can record how far their students have walked. There is also a Facebook page where parents will be encouraged to upload pictures and stories about walking to school. There is a mobile app for parents as well, which allows them to record how far kids have walked and lets their kids win Walk to School 2012 medals. So get involved now, and help get Victorian kids walking to school this October, and beyond! For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see: Walk to School 2012