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Web: www.traralsc.vic.edu.au

Issue 4

P O Box 1790 Traralgon Vic 3844 Thursday 22nd March

2012

COLLEGE PRINCIPAL’S REPORT College Council Elections Thanks to all parents who voted in the College Council elections. The three successful candidates elected to council were:   

Mr Lindsay Fawcett Mr Murray Ellis Mr James Farmer

At our first council meeting on March 15 Mr Lindsay Fawcett was renominated and elected to the Council President’s role and Mr Murray Ellis elected as Vice President. I would also especially like to thank the six other parents who nominated for Council, this is the first time since I've been at Traralgon College that we had to have a council election. I believe it is a very positive sign that we have a greater number of parents interested in participating in College in this way. Parent Teacher Interviews As the end of our first term of the year approaches parent teacher interviews are not far away. In an effort to further improve the process we are trialling an online booking system so that parents can directly book their interviews with selected teachers online. The booking system proved quite successful last year in streamlining the process for parents and we hope that using an online booking system will make that smoother again. Details about booking interviews will be included with the interim reports when they are sent home. Interviews for junior campus students will be held on the evening of Thursday 29th of March and the morning of Friday 30th of March, i.e. the last Thursday and Friday of term. On the Friday 30th of March students from the Junior Campus are invited to attend parent teacher interviews with their parents. There will be no timetabled classes running at this time to allow students, teachers and parents to participate in interviews. Interviews for senior campus students will be held on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 26th of April. Continued Pg. 2

IMPORTANT DATES Thursday 29 March Friday 30 March

Parent Teacher Interviews (Junior Campus) 5pm – 8pm Parent Teacher Interviews (Junior Campus) 9am – 12pm

Friday 30th March

End of Term 1 – 2.30pm (Senior Campus Only)

Monday 16th April

Start of Term 2

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(Students are invited to attend parent teacher interviews with their parents, there will be no timetabled classes on the last day of Term 1)

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College Review This year the College will be having its major College review. Every government school undergoes review on a four yearly cycle and as our last review was in 2008 we are due for review this year. The review process involves input from staff, students and parents and through term two parents will receive information about how they can have input into the process. The key questions the review seems to address are:  What goals have we been trying to achieve?  How did we go?  Why do we achieve/not achieve our aims?  How well do we use our resources to meet our goals?  What can we do to continue to improve into the future? And examines our main outcome areas of student learning, student engagement and wellbeing, and student pathways and transitions. The review is an important opportunity for us to look at what we’re doing well and what we need to work hard on to improve. I hope that when we publish information and invite parents to participate we can get as much input and information as possible to guide us in the future. After the review is complete this leads to the development of a new strategic plan for the College for the next four years. China Trip At the end of the first week of the school holidays Sue Coffey and I along with Ian Outhred and six students will be travelling to Taizhou to visit our sister school for 2 weeks. I know we’re all looking forward to the trip and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to renew our sister school relationship and to try to further develop the relationship with Taizhou. I am particularly keen to increase the focus on internationalising our curriculum for the benefit of our students. Regards, Paul van Breugel College Principal

What’s new in our College Administration!!!!! Available in Term 2 for students and their families  Email Family statements – we will be able to email your statements home via your family email address.  BPay your student fees – we will be able to provide you with a BPay code and Reference number on your family statement to allow you to make payment on your fees through the electronic bill payment service. Watch out for a mailout in early Term 2. This mailout will give you some further information on these new services and will require some details to be filled out by you, to enable access to these new and convenient services.

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Senior Campus Parent Teacher Interviews: 26 April 2012 2 – 4 pm and 5 – 8 pm by appointment: Reports will be distributed from the senior campus in the first week back in Term 2 and information about making a parent teacher interview appointment will be contained in the reports.

What to do when collecting students during school hours

If you need to collect your child before the end of the school day please notify the school at recess or lunch time if possible. This allows time for your child to sign out of their sub school and be waiting in the main office for collection. A note can also be sent with your child in the morning explaining the absence. Whilst we understand it is not always possible to notify the school it would be appreciated by the office staff.

Year 9 students as Coastal Ambassadors Imagine spending time immersing yourself in all that our incredible southern coastline has to offer. Work with scientists and other experts to see what our intriguing environment holds! Examine the pressures our coastlines face, while finding time for surfing and bike riding. Take things into your own hands and make a difference by developing your own action plan. 2012 Camp Dates Camp 1: March 25 – March 28 Camp 2: April 22 – April 25 Camp 3: May 6 – May 9 Camp 4: May 27 – May 30 Coastal Ambassadors involves attending a four day camp at Phillip Island Nature Parks exploring the complexity of our incredible coastline. The program concludes with a Coastal Ambassadors showcase day. This day celebrates the achievements you have made throughout your action plan journey. Activities include: – Presentations from leading little penguin and seal researchers – Surfing – Bike ride challenge – Visiting the Penguin Parade – Seal Rocks cruise – Hands on environmental conservation work. To check out ‘Action Plans’ from past Coastal Ambassadors please go to penguins.org.au and click on the Coastal Ambassadors tab through Education.

Who can be a Coastal Ambassador? The Coastal Ambassador program is open to Year 9 students. You don’t need to be at the top of your class but you must be enthusiastic, motivated to take action, have a keen interest in the environment, enjoy outdoor activities and be ready for a challenge. Each camp involves up to 30 participants from schools around Victoria. Would you like more information? Contact the education team at Phillip Island Nature Parks. Phone: (03) 5951 2826 E-mail: coastalambassadors@penguins.org.au or Trish Thomas Year 9.

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YEAR 9 QUEENSLAND CAMP EXPRESSION OF INTEREST Students have received an expression of interest form for the Year 9 Queensland Camp. Could you please make sure you return them to the Junior Campus Office ASAP. EXCURSIONS, INTERSCHOOL SPORT & CAMP DEADLINES

The College runs an extensive range of activities for students that involve trips out of the school. When organising these trips we balance the organisational requirements (bookings, buses etc) with an attempt to maximise students’ opportunity to participate. Past practice at the college has seen many students paying for activities after the deadline has passed and often on the day of the trip. This has caused many organisational difficulties and also makes it extremely difficult for us to ensure that all legal and information requirements are met. As a result the principal team has decided that we will strictly enforce deadlines that are published on permission forms etc. This means that no students will be allowed to attend excursions, sporting activities or camps unless they have returned permission forms and made payments by the required dates. Where families are encountering financial hardship or other special circumstances the school must be contacted and any special arrangements made before deadlines for permission forms or payments have passed. No exceptions will be made to this policy so please avoid disappointment and return forms, payments etc before the due dates.

  RORY SMITH IS GOING TO JAPAN  Rory Smith a year 9 student from Traralgon College, along with seven  others  from  the  Traralgon  Judo  Club  will  be  departing  for  Japan  on  March 21st 2012. The club members will be away for ten days training,  competing,  travelling  and  experiencing  Japanese  culture.  They  will  travel via Hong Kong, landing in the city of Osaka then onto Takasago,  our sister city where they will be staying during our visit.   

They  will  be  experiencing  many  aspects  of  Japanese  culture  during  their stay with separate host families over the ten days. The boys will  be  visiting  Hoden  Junior  High  in  Takasago,  where  they  will  have  multiple  Judo  training  sessions  and  compete  in  several  Judo  competitions. This opportunity will allow valuable experiences and the  development of many Judo skills.    

Rory will be proud to represent Traralgon College in Japan and hopes  to bring back some great photos and experiences to share with the  school and his fellow club members.    

We wish Rory and his club members the best of luck and hope they have a great time in Japan.    By Rory Smith     

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Traralgon College Junior Campus School Wide Positive Behaviour Support 

(SWPBS)   

What is School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)? A School-wide process for developing and teaching appropriate and positive behaviours by teaching, modelling, acknowledging and rewarding expected behaviour. It is a whole school process for addressing discipline, safety and learning outcomes. This process is a long term process, which Traralgon College Junior Campus has been working on for two years. Research has shown that the implementation of consequences, in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modelling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioural expectations, acknowledging and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehaviour to occur before responding. Implementing SWPBS has shown improvement in schools’ climate and helps keep students and staff in safe and productive learning environments. At Traralgon College we do this by teaching the students what the appropriate behaviours are in each of the different areas of the school, we then acknowledge and reward students for demonstrating these behaviours. Acknowledgement and Reward System Teachers are asked to give students green ticks when the students are demonstrating the appropriate behaviours, these ticks are place in the students’ planners, if the behaviour is in the yard or during a sport class the student receives a tick card which the students exchange for a tick sticker from their form teacher. Each fortnight these ticks are counted and students receive different forms of acknowledgement. These can include the students selecting a small prize, a free period or a lunch which might be chips, hot dogs, pizza etc. Ask your child to show you their planner and see how many ticks they have and ask them what they got them for.

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T&DJFL REGISTRATION DAY 2012 The Traralgon and District Junior Football League is holding a player registration day for all new players: DATE: TIME: VENUE:

Sunday 25th March, 2012 10.30am – 11.30am Traralgon Football Netball Club Social Rooms Whittakers Road, Traralgon

All clubs with vacancies on their lists will be represented with their team colours on display along with training information such as venue and times, etc. New players are welcome to attend to register with attending clubs on the day with available places in each age group. All players must be aged 7 or over to be eligible to play AFL football. Proof of age must be produced to the club. ie Birth Certificate. Team numbers are limited to the following per age group in the TDJFL: Under 10’s 25, Under 12’s 24, Under 14’s 24 and Under 16’s 21. We do this to ensure teams do not become overloaded. Thank you for your understanding. For further Information please contact the League Secretary Nadine Beale on 0431018008.

COMBINED SAINTS JFC President: Paul Henderson PH: 0428 356 773 Train: West End Complex

CUMBERLAND PARK JFC President: Wayne Reichelt PH: 5174 9983/0409 942 639 Train: Catterick Crescent

CITY JUNIORS JFC President: Iain Gadner PH: 0409 199 316 Train: Liddiard Road P.S.

PAX HILL JFC President: Michael Peterson PH: 0404 668 799 Train: Apex Park

POLICE BOYS JFC Secretary: Jason Chambers PH: 5174 4329/ 0409 001 896 Train: Apex Park

SOUTHSIDE JFC President: Andrew Livingstone PH: 0431 123 550 Train: Duncan Cameron Oval

TEDAS JFC President: Glenn Duncan PH: 5174 0686 Train: Traralgon Showgrounds

WEST END JFC Secretary: Sharleen Barry PH: 0434832680/5167 1551 Train: West End Complex

Guaranteed A Game! Tyers Lightning Soccer Club is inviting any junior player to come along and check out the club at training on a Thursday at 4.30pm Under 13’s and 5.00pm Under 16’s. If you have any queries please contact Steve Ward (Club President) on 0408179357. Tyers Lightning Soccer Club Where: Tyers Recreation Reserve, Tyers When: Thursday, March 2012 Fees: 12 to 17 years - $110.00

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