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College Connection “Developing Successful Learners for the World Community” Junior Campus 5174 8733 Senior Campus 5176 2240

P O Box 1790 Traralgon Vic 3844

Web: www.traralsc.vic.edu.au

Issue 10

Thursday 26th July 2012

SENIOR CAMPUS PRINCIPAL’S REPORT Welcome back for term three, we hope you all had a safe and happy holiday and are ready for another busy term at Traralgon College. Academic reports were distributed at the end of last term and hopefully parents, guardians and students were pleased with their learning progress and success. Should anyone have not received a report, or have concerns and wish to speak to someone at the college about the reports please telephone and make an appointment. Over the holidays a small group of Year 11 German students arrived in Traralgon. These students will be attending the college for eight weeks and are billeted with school families. They began their Australian cultural experience by joining thirty Year 11 students and Mr Callander, Mr Veitch, Ms O’bryan, and Ms Lee on the Central Australia Trip. The students and teachers departed Traralgon on the 10th of July and travelled by bus to the Flinders Rangers and Alice Springs visiting numerous tourist sites along the way. This was a great way for the German students to learn about our country as well as form some lasting friendships with the year 11 students who also attended; by all accounts they had a wonderful time which included climbing Ayers Rock under the guidance of an excellent indigenous guide. We look forward to seeing a comprehensive report and some photos on our website. Keeping with the International flavour we welcomed the Chinese Delegation from Taizhou on Tuesday afternoon, 5 teachers and 10 students are spending a week in Traralgon before heading to Melbourne for some sightseeing and then on to Sydney. The students have been billeted with school families and in some instances students have been matched with students who hosted them earlier in the year in Taizhou. The week is a busy one and consists of a welcome lunch at Latrobe City Offices on Wednesday, a day trip to Phillip Island, classes with their host student and a bon fire and barbeque in Tyers on the weekend. Students who are interested in visiting Taizhou or being involved in the International Programs should speak to Mr Ian Outhred. We are always looking for host families and there is an opportunity each year for a small group of students to travel to China to visit our sister school in Taizhou and to experience living with a Chinese family. A group of Year 7 students are currently studying Chinese (Mandarin) under the direction of Mr Julian Zhu, and were recently involved in the Gippsland Multicultural Festival, performing dance and displaying their calligraphy. Mr Zhu is very excited about the continuation of the Chinese Program at Traralgon College and has recently received a large supply of teaching resources from China that will support him in his teaching and will certainly be appreciated by the students. At the end of last term we had a Beacon Speed Careers event for all Year 10 students that was extremely successful, twenty presenters spoke to the year 10 students in small groups about their careers, how they got to where they are and their learning experiences along the way. Students were able to ask questions and interact with the business people. We are very appreciative of the business people who gave up their time to help our students learn about their various careers and to those who offered work experience placements to our students. Continued on Page.2.

IMPORTANT DATES Wednesday 25th July

Year 8 Tasmania Camp Instalment Due

Friday

Year 9 Queensland Camp Instalment Due Rock Eisteddfod – PLAN BEE Preview Performance Show 1 @ 7:00pm / Show 2 @ 8:00pm in Old Stadium

3rd August

Monday 6th August

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Continued from Page.1. We have another week of Beacon events running from the 7th to the 10th of August, which will see approximately 100 year ten students attending either a Polish Program or Lunch with the Girls Program. These programs are designed to teach students about presentation for employment, the attributes and skills that employers are looking for, social etiquette and interview techniques. These events are full day events that will be held at GippsTAFE, Traralgon or the Waratah Café GippsTAFE Morwell. Any parents or employers who are interested in attending or supporting these programs can contact the college and speak to Paul Crutchley or Rebecca Lowe. All the hard work of students, teachers and parents is coming to fruition with the Gala Performance of the Rock Eisteddfod, “Plan Bee” to be held on Friday the 10th of August at Hisense Arena. In preparation for this event the students will give families and students a preview of “Plan Bee” on Monday the 6th of August in the old stadium at the Junior Campus. There will be two shows, one at 7:00pm the next at 8:00pm at a cost of $2 per person, definitely a performance not to be missed. This year the College will be holding a Presentation Day rather than an evening. This event will be held on Tuesday the 18th of December in the senior campus in the gym. This will a celebration of the year and will consist of performances and awards. All students are expected to attend and parents and families are very welcome. Regards, Sue Coffey Senior Campus Principal

EMA 2012

(EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE)

SECOND INSTALMENT Parents/Guardians if you did not apply for EMA in the 1st Semester application forms are now available from the General Office at either campus. This entitles you to the second instalment only. (*Please do not fill in a form if you applied for EMA at the start of 1st Semester) *If your details have changed since 1st Semester you must fill in a new application form. A parent or guardian of a secondary school student, up to the age of 16, who holds a current Centrelink Pensioner Concession or Health Care Benefit Card, a Veterans Affairs (TPI) Pensioner Card, or who is a foster parent as at 16th July 2012 is eligible for the EMA. Students turning 16 during the year will be paid on a pro rata basis up to and including the month in which they attain the age of 16. Application forms must be lodged with the School by Friday 3rd August 2012. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. 2012-2013 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize – call for entries

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SPIRIT OF ANZAC PRIZE The Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize inspires young people to explore the ethos displayed by the ANZACs at Gallipoli and the Western Front and reflect on how those values apply in Victorian communities today. The prize is open to students in Year 9 and Year 10 at all Victorian secondary schools. Through the competition 10 students representing each of the education regions in Victoria travel on an all expenses paid overseas study tour to sites of military and cultural significance to Australian servicemen and women. The study tour takes place in Term 1 school holidays in 2013. In addition 17 regional finalists will receive a study tour within Australia. Entries close on Friday, 19 October 2012. More information is available to view and download at www.veterans.vic.gov.au THE SIMPSON PRIZE 2013 The Simpson Prize is a national competition for year 9 and 10 students which will see a winner and runnerup from each State and Territory participate in a trip to Canberra. Along with a range of unique and fun activities, students will attend a ceremony at Parliament House, where they will be congratulated and awarded on their achievements. The eight winners will then be flown to Turkey or the Western Front where they will participate in a full itinerary and attend the dawn service and other ANZAC day ceremonies in 2013. Entries close: Friday 9 November 2012. More information is available at www.simpsonprize.org

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YEAR 8 TASMANIA CAMP PAYMENT INSTALMENTS 25th JULY 

22nd AUGUST 

 

YEAR 9 QUEENSLAND CAMP PAYMENT INSTALMENTS 3rd AUGUST 

7th SEPTEMBER 

12th OCTOBER 

     

20 YEAR TRARALGON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION ‐ YEAR 7  CLASS OF 1987   

Date  & Time:  Saturday 6th October from 7pm  Location: Traralgon  For more information and invitations please contact: thsreunion2012@gmail.com

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Issue 10, 2012 - College Connection