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“Growing together as adaptable, confident, successful learners and citizens” PO Box 1790 Traralgon Vic 3844

Web www.traralsc.vic.edu.au Email traralgon.co@edumail.vic.gov.au

Junior Campus 5174 8733 Senior Campus 5176 2240 Issue 1

Thursday 13th February 2014

COLLEGE PRINCIPAL’S REPORT Welcome back to all our students and families for the 2014 school year. It has been a hectic start to the year with a lot happening at the college both organisationally and in the way of activities for classes and students. The past week has seen challenges for our community with the latest round of extreme weather and fires in the local area causing concern to many of our families and friends. Thankfully it appears that so far all have at least remained safe and well. There are a number of important items for families to be aware of as the school year gets under way. Junior Campus Principal I think most families would be aware that our Junior Campus Principal of the last 3 years Ms Abby Graham was promoted late last year to become Principal at Korumburra Secondary College. In the last few days of last year I managed to secure the services of Mr Michael (Mike) Shone who will be our Junior Campus Principal for at least the first half of this year. Mike has been an assistant principal at Korumburra and before that at Mt Eliza. Prior to taking up teaching he worked as a youth worker with disadvantaged youth and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Please make him feel welcome should you meet Mike at the college. Laptop Program for 2014 With the end of federal government funding for student computers we have had to change the way in which we support and fund computers for our students. We believe that having a personal device for each student can make a valuable contribution to their education and as a result have instituted a laptop program for years 7 and 10. Students will be provided with a laptop which is jointly funded by the college and a family co-contribution. Students in years 7 & 10 have been provided with information regarding payments and the laptop program in general. Over the next 3 years we will move to a scenario where all students have a personal laptop with a new laptop being provided at year 7 & 10 funded jointly by the school and family. Students who have made the first payment for their laptop will begin receiving their laptops in classes from the end of this week.

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IMPORTANT DATES 19th February

Final Due Date for Year 7 School Camp Payments

20th February

Junior Campus Swimming Carnival

26th to 28th February

Year 7 Camp

10th March

Labour Day Public Holiday

27th March

Year 9 Boys and Year 7 Immunisations

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COLLEGE PRINCIPAL’S REPORT CONTINUED Compass Student Manager software Along with the laptop program we have introduced a new management system to centralise our student and family information, which will over time become one of our key communication tools between the school, students and families. This system is known as the Compass system and eventually will be accessible to all families via an internet connection. At present our staff are using this system and we are ironing out any bugs in the implementation and setup process. It will then be made accessible to students via their classes and finally parents in a staged rollout through the first half of this year. While I know many students and parents will be keen to get access as early as possible, please be patient as it is important we get the staff end working properly before rolling access out to students and families. Attendance Please try to support us by ensuring your child attends school unless there are legitimate medical or other reasons why they cannot be at school. There is a clear link between the amount a student attends and how well they progress at school. When too much school is missed this quickly leads to gaps in learning and makes it much harder for students to keep up and progress as well as they should. We aim for all students to keep their attendance above 80% and in the senior years of VCE and VCAL this is a requirement to be able to successfully demonstrate outcomes. If your child is absent please either phone the college or send in a note ASAP. Progress Reports For the past year our senior campus has been producing progress reports for students in years 10 – 12 on a monthly basis. This will continue this year with the first round of progress reports due to be sent home over the next week. If you have a child in year 10, 11 or 12 please ask your child about this as it is evident that many students do not take home or show their progress reports to their parents. The progress report is a simple and valuable tool that helps indicate whether your child is progressing well and if their effort is improving or declining. We will be introducing the progress reports to the junior campus year levels later this year. Hot Weather With the recent hot weather it is important that all students take care of their health and wellbeing. In particular ensuring they remain hydrated and bring water to class if needed and also that they are ‘sun smart’ and wear hats or stay out of the sun. Regards, Paul van Breugel College Principal

EMA 2014 (EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE)

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is provided by the Victoria Government to lower-income families to help with education related costs. If you have a child under 16, and hold a valid Health Care Card, Pension Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible to receive the EMA. The allowance is paid in two instalments, one in March and one in August. EMA application forms are available from both school offices and must be lodged by 28 February 2014. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Page 2


SCHOOL PHOTOS Did your child miss out on getting their school photo taken? Contact John Ansell School Photography on 5174 7714 to organise a time for your child to get their school photo taken at their studio in Traralgon. To be included in the form class photo, this needs to be done before the 20th February 2014.

Secondary School Immunisation Program – Consent Card Return Immunisation is offered in secondary school to all students in Year 7 and Year 10 and to boys in Year 9 of secondary school. Students are eligible to receive these vaccines for free through a school-based immunisation program. As part of the Secondary School Immunisation Program, students eligible for vaccination(s) take home immunisation consent cards for parents and carers to sign and return to the school. Without returning this consent card, your child may miss the opportunity to be vaccinated. It is important the consent cards are completed and returned to the school, regardless of whether your child is to be vaccinated or not in the school-based program. There is a space on the form for you to decline the immunisation for your child through the school-based program. Recent changes to the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 give authority to schools to provide parent and/or carer and student contact information to local councils to enable them to communicate relevant immunisation information and ensure consent cards are correctly completed. Every day immunisation saves lives and makes it possible for Victorians to live free from the illness and the disability caused by many infectious diseases. Immunisation not only protects those people who have been immunised, but it also protects those in the community who may be unable to receive vaccines themselves, by reducing the spread of disease. Immunisation is a proven and safe way to be protected against diseases that cause serious illness and sometimes death. This is an important partnership between schools and local councils that will ensure more parents and carers are informed about the Program and are able to access the immunisation services provided by the local council. Immunisation Consent Cards have been sent home with students and are to be returned no later than

Friday 14th February 2014. Please ensure that the signed immunisation card is returned to the school, even if you are choosing not to have your child immunised. Please ensure that you write your child’s name on the card. If you would like further information, please phone the Council Health Services Team on 1300 367 700 or look on http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/diseases-a-z

Have we got your email address or have you recently changed it? Send us an email traralgon.co@edumail.vic.gov.au stating your child’s name and we’ll update your contact details on our system

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GLENGARRY JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB The Glengarry Junior Football Club will again be fielding four Australian Rules football teams for the 2014 season. We would like to invite all interested boys and girls, including past and present players, to come along to training if they are interested in playing this year. Training will commence on Monday March 3 rd 2014 at the Glengarry Recreation Reserve from 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the below listed coaches or email the club at glengarryjfc@gmail.com , if you would like more details. Under 10s: born 2004 – 2007 Coach – Darrin Canning 0438 766 300 Under 12s: born 2002 – 2003 Coach - Tim Davis 0413 361 184 Under 14s: born 2000 – 2001 Coach – Steve Eagle 0400 261 496 Under 16s: born 1998 – 1999 Coach - Robbie Gussenhoven 0427 946 448 Please be aware that games will now be played on Sundays. As a result of this, training nights are likely to vary from previous years, but more information will be available once training commences.

Country Bus Applications are due back by Friday 20th February to ensure that this information is included on the new student ID cards.

Any student living within 4.7kms of their closest government school, who are travelling to and from school on a public bus will need to use a Myki card. Myki cards can be purchased at V-Line stations, selected newsagencies, online at www.ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 007. Any students living more than 4.8kms from their closest government school may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance. Application forms can be collected from the school office.

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Traralgon College Council Call for Nominations and Election. Each year the school goes through the process of renewing membership for our College Council. The College Council is comprised of:  The College Principal  Parent representatives who are elected by the parent community of the college.  DEECD representatives who are elected by the staff of the college, and  Community representatives – Our school captains are co-opted annually as representatives. For the past few years the Traralgon College Council has only managed to attract sufficient parents to have a parent membership of 6 however our constituting orders provide for a membership of up to 8 parent representatives. We have 3 parent members whose term of office is due to expire:  Mr Lindsay Fawcett; Lindsay has served for many years as a councillor and as Council President as his children have progressed through the school. As his youngest son has now moved on to territory education we will be seeking to replace Lindsay both as a member and as council president. I take this opportunity to thank Lindsay for his service to the College and the Traralgon Community through his involvement in our College Council.  Mr Murray Ellis; Murray has concluded his second term on our College Council. Again I would like to thank Murray for his work on behalf of our students and community.  Mrs Kim Harwood; Kim was seconded onto council in 2013 and completes over one and a half years of involvement. Thanks Kim for your efforts. With the ability to increase our parent representation to 8 this means that there will be 4 positions available for nomination or election as part of the regular annual election cycle where parent representatives are elected for a 2 year term. Any parent representatives who have completed their current term of office and who have children continuing as students of the College are of course welcome to renominate to continue as council members. In addition to the vacancies available for nomination and election we will also have 2 casual vacancies of one year which will be filled by secondment at the recommendation of the council. These arise as a result of:  Mr Arul Noah who was elected 12 months ago will vacate this position as his daughter has now completed year 12. Thankyou Arul for your year of service to our council.  The opportunity to increase our parent membership to 8 through a secondment for 1 year which would fill all available positions using the 2 year rotation which is part of our constituting orders. The following pages contain:  Some general information for parents from the DEECD regarding school councils and parent involvement.  The notice of election.  Nomination forms for either self-nomination or to nominate another parent. It would be wonderful if we were able to have enough nominations to fill all the elected and seconded positions available this year. Please read the information and consider whether this might be a way for you to get involved in your child’s schooling.

Please note that nomination forms are attached and completed nominations should be returned to the office at either campus no later than 4:00 pm on 21/2/2014 Paul van Breugel, Principal


School Council Elections – Information for Parents School Council Elections 2014 What is a school council and what does it do? All government schools in Victoria have a school council. They are legally constituted bodies that are given powers to set the key directions of a school within state-wide guidelines. In doing this, a school council is able to directly influence the quality of education that the school provides for its students.

Who is on the school council? For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership: A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school. A mandated elected DEECD employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members. An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DEECD employees are not eligible to be Community members. Generally, the term of office for all members is two years. The term of office of half the members expires each year, creating vacancies for the annual school council elections.

Why is Parent membership so important? Parents on school councils provide important viewpoints and have valuable skills that can help shape the direction of the school. Those parents who become active on a school council find their involvement satisfying in itself and may also find that their children feel a greater sense of belonging. How can you become involved? The most obvious way is to vote in the elections, which are held in Term 1 each year. However, ballots are only held if more people nominate as candidates than there are positions vacant. In view of this, you might seriously consider standing for election as a member of the school council encouraging another person to stand for election.

Do I need special experience to be on school council? No. What you do need is an interest in your child’s school and the desire to work in partnership with others to help shape the school’s future.


What do you need to do to stand for election? The principal will issue a Notice of Election and Call for Nominations following the commencement of Term 1 each year. All school council elections must be completed by the end of March unless the usual time line has been varied by the Minister. If you decide to stand for election, you can arrange for someone to nominate you as a candidate or you can nominate yourself in the Parent category. DEECD employees whose child is enrolled in a school in which they are not engaged in work are eligible to nominate for parent membership of the school council at that school. Once the nomination form is completed, return it to the principal within the time stated on the Notice of Election. You will receive a Nomination Form Receipt in the mail following the receipt of your completed nomination. Generally, if there are more nominations received than there are vacancies on council, a ballot will be conducted during the two weeks after the call for nominations has closed.

Remember Ask at the school for help if you would like to stand for election and are not sure what to do Consider standing for election to council this year Be sure to vote in the elections.

Contact the principal for further information.

Schedule 4: Notice of Election and Call for Nominations An election is to be conducted for members of the School Council of Traralgon College Nomination forms are attached or may be obtained from the school and must be lodged by 4.00 pm on 21/2/14 . The ballot will close at 4.00 pm on 28/2/14 Following the closing of nominations a list of the nominations received will be posted at the school. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows: MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY

TERM OF OFFICE

NUMBER OF POSITIONS

Parent member

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2014

4

to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2016 DEECD employee member`

From the day after the date of the declaration of the poll in 2014 to and inclusive of the date of the declaration of the poll in 2016

2


School Council Elections Schedule 5A: Self-nomination Form for Parent Member Category I wish to declare my candidacy for an elected position as a parent member on the Traralgon College Council. Name : Residential address: Contact phone (mobile or landline): Email: I am the parent/guardian of , …………………………………….who is/are currently enrolled at this school. I am an employee of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development but not engaged in work at and for the school Yes / No (please circle) I am prepared to serve as a Parent member of the above-named school council. I hereby declare that I am not: an undischarged bankrupt of unsound mind currently serving a sentence for an indictable offence; or a registrable offender within the meaning of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004. Signature of Candidate ……………………………….

Date / /

You will be notified when your nomination has been received. Personal information provided in this form is collected as part of the school council election nomination process. The information may be used to determine your eligibility as a candidate. Your personal information may be disclosed as a result of inspection prior to the commencement of voting or at any time up to one year from the declaration of the poll. Your name will be included in a list of school council candidates and nominators (where applicable) posted in a prominent position at the school and for candidates, on a ballot paper (where applicable). Further, the name, membership category, gender, term of office, office held (if any) of school council members and notification whether the member is an employee of the Department will be forwarded to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by the principal by 30 April each year as a record of council membership and may be used for statistical purposes. You can access your personal information by contacting the principal on If you choose not to give some or all of the information requested your nomination may not be accepted. If you have any queries about the school council nomination process, please contact the principal.


School Council Elections Schedule 5B: Nomination Form for Parent Member Category I wish to nominate ……………………………….for an elected position as a parent member on the Traralgon College Council. CANDIDATE’S DETAILS Name Residential address Contact phone (mobile or landline) Email I am the parent/guardian of , …………………………………..who is/are currently enrolled at this school. The person I have nominated is the parent/guardian of …………………………..who is/are currently enrolled at this school. The person I have nominated is an employee of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development but not engaged in work at and for the school. Yes / No (please circle) Name of Nominator Signature of Nominator Date / / CANDIDATE TO COMPLETE: I accept the nomination and I am prepared to serve as a Parent member of the above-named school council. I hereby declare that I am not: an undischarged bankrupt of unsound mind currently serving a sentence for an indictable offence a registrable offender within the meaning of the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004. Signature of Candidate ………………………….. Date

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You will be notified when your nomination has been received. Personal information provided in this form is collected as part of the school council election nomination process. The information may be used to determine your eligibility as a candidate and to nominate. Your personal information may be disclosed as a result of inspection prior to the commencement of voting or at any time up to one year from the declaration of the poll. Your name will be included in a list of school council candidates and nominators (where applicable) posted in a prominent position at the school and for candidates, on a ballot paper (where applicable). Further, the name, membership category, gender, term of office, office held (if any) of school council members and notification whether the member is an employee of the Department will be forwarded to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development by the principal by 30 April each year as a record of council membership and may be used for statistical purposes. You can access your personal information by contacting the principal on If you choose not to give some or all of the information requested your nomination may not be accepted. If you have any queries about the school council nomination process, please contact the principal.


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