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23rd February 2024 (Week 4 Term 1)

Important Dates

Friday 1st March – Student Free Day

Monday 4th March – Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 5th March – IPSHA Swimming Carnival

Monday 11th March – School Photo Day with Photo Hendriks

Tuesday 12th March – School Photo Day with Photo Hendriks

Monday 18th March – ACC Swimming Carnival

Thursday 28th March – Final Day of Term 1

From the Principal

Ms Emily Goforth

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of Week 4. As I take a moment to reflect on this whirlwind period, I am filled with immense gratitude and inspiration by the amazing community that surrounds us.

Our initial weeks have been marked by a series of well-supported events that truly embody the spirit of our College. The Twilight Picnic brought the community together, fostering connections between families, staff, and students. Similarly, our Inter-house Swimming Carnivals, both Junior and Senior, were vivid displays of camaraderie and sportsmanship, echoing the strength of our community. The buzz felt at both swimming carnivals serves as a testament to the enthusiasm that is present in our College. These events not only showcase our students’ talents but also the vibrant energy that defines our community.

Out of School Hours Care – Availability

We’ve heard feedback from our community indicating that some families are encountering challenges with our current Out of School Hours Care service. To better understand the full extent of these issues, I strongly encourage those facing difficulties to participate in our survey via the following link:

This survey will remain open for the next week, and the insights we gather will play a crucial role in shaping our future plans to better support families in securing the best care for your children. Your input is invaluable in helping us address these concerns effectively and ensure that our services meet the needs of all members of our community.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and insights. By working together, we can work towards enhancing the support and services we offer to our families.


I would also like to thank the College community for your patience and support as we have moved from SEQTA to TASS. Change is never without its challenges, and while we know there have been some hiccups along the way, I am grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this transition period. This platform, once fully released, will facilitate better communications and available information to you as parents and guardians.

Classroom visits and morning greetings

One of the absolute highlights of my day is stepping into classrooms and witnessing the magic that unfolds. The sight of student faces lighting up as they grasp a new concept or master a new skill reaffirms why I was drawn to education in the first place. These moments, filled with boundless curiosity and discovery, are the beating heart of our College.

Another joyous component is when I am walking the campus as students arrive. To see the wide beaming smiles of our Junior School students as they hop skip and dance to their classrooms, and the Senior School students greeting their friends and staff, reinforces the wonderful environment we have at Tranby. When you see me walking around, please be sure to come and say hi! I really enjoy hearing what you have to say.

Opportunities for discussion and engagement

I am excited to announce upcoming initiatives aimed at fostering greater engagement and collaboration within our community. By now, I am hoping that you have received communications about the Coffee with the Principal mornings and Strategic Plan Review Workshops. I invite each and every one of you to participate in these events, as your ideas, vision, and feedback are essential to our collective success and growth as a College community. Please open the LINK where you will find a copy of the communication. More information about these events will be made available through the College website, so please stay tuned for updates. I look forward to these opportunities and connecting with you all in the coming weeks and months.

In closing, I wanted to thank each member of our College community for your unwavering support and dedication. Together, we will continue to inspire, innovate, and empower the next generation.


Deputy Principal

Mr Anthony Britza


Students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 will be participating in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) alongside more than 1 million students across the country. NAPLAN data plays a crucial role in helping our teachers tailor their support for our students’ learning journeys. These assessments are predominantly conducted online, with the exception of the Year 3 Writing assessment, which will be administered using pen and paper.

It is essential to understand that NAPLAN is not about passing or failing; rather, it offers a snapshot of a student’s literacy and numeracy skills on a specific day. To ensure our students feel prepared and confident, teachers will be working closely to familiarise students with the assessment format, minimizing any potential surprises on the day.

Further information is provided in the NAPLAN – Information for Parents and Carers, please open this LINK.

Should you have any questions regarding the assessment program, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s class teacher in the Junior School or their English and Mathematics teachers in the Senior School.

Appointments with Staff

As a school committed to fostering strong partnerships between families and the educational community to support student learning, Tranby College values open communication. While our teachers are always eager to engage with families, we kindly request that all families schedule appointments to meet with staff members. You may do so by directly emailing your child’s teachers for an appointment. Please note that we aim to respond to all communication within 48 hours, allowing our staff to prioritise their teaching responsibilities and classes.

In the event of an urgent matter, we encourage you to contact the Junior School or Senior School Administration teams for assistance.

Should you have concerns regarding your child, we recommend reaching out to the relevant mentor, class, or subject teacher initially. If the matter remains unresolved, please feel free to escalate it to either the Deputy Head of Junior School (K – Year 6) or the relevant Head of House (Years 7 – 12). Appointments can be scheduled by contacting these staff members directly or via email, eg: For meetings with the Head of School, contact the Junior School or Senior School Administration teams to arrange an appointment. Meetings with the Deputy Principal or Principal can be scheduled by calling the College and speaking to the appropriate Administrative Assistant.

Scheduling an appointment ensures that the relevant staff member can dedicate the necessary time to address your concerns effectively. It also ensures that you are connected with the individual best suited to assist you and your child.

On behalf of our staff, I extend my gratitude for your ongoing support in this matter.


Head of Senior School

Ms michelle ribeiro

What a term it has been in the Senior School, we have had Inter-house Swimming Carnival, the belated Year 10 River Cruise, Year 12 Outdoor Ed Camp, RKAS, ACC Swimming Carnival, Arts Cup and so much more! It has been fantastic to see the students embracing all of the wonderful opportunities that we have to offer.

Last week we had a belated Harmony Day Assembly, recognising not only Australia’s cultural diversity, but of course Tranby’s. I would like to thank Sarah Varghese Kunnathu for her beautiful performance of a song in Malayam.

At this assembly we also recognised and congratulated two Year 12 students who both received their The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Bronze Award, congratulations Matthew Bickley and Makayla Peddie. 

This week we saw the culmination of the term’s work on the Arts Cup, where every student was involved in something Arts related, whether that be Drama, Art, Media or Music. The participation of the students was outstanding, showing their ability to step outside of their comfort zones at times and ‘give it a go’ was commendable.

At the beginning of next term our Year 7s will venture out for their ELP Camp at Dwellingup, with Marra and Bilu attending Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th April, followed by Karla and Budjar from 1st – 3rd May. We wish them well on this worthwhile experience!

A reminder next term sees Year 10 – 12 in Blazers (leavers jackets for Year 12s). A reminder to revisit our Uniform Guidelines to ensure for the start of Term 2 all students are compliant.

Finally, I wish all of our community a Blessed Easter and a safe and restful holiday.


Deputy Head of Senior School

Mrs Sally Case

Students have now settled into the daily routine of Senior School. Classrooms have been found, teachers have been met and engagement in learning is in full swing.

In many areas, our core values of Commitment and Collaboration are visible. Students are working together to create presentations, supporting each other in study groups, cheering each other on at carnivals and rehearsing their parts for the Senior School production of The Addams Family.

Another core value is Service. A group of students are role models in this area, willingly giving up recess and lunchtimes to return and shelve books in the library. Their service to the College was recognised at the Senior School Assembly this week, when they were presented with their Library Monitor badges.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Rose Chabbert
  • Cooper Hewitt
  • Tilly Vincent
  • Nicole Ferentsev
  • Charlie Edwards
  • Michaela Kirby
  • Alisha Heese
  • Chelsey Francis
  • Adam Anderson
  • Jasper Horton
  • Alexander Buchanan

Head of Junior School

Mrs Cheryl Taylor

As we head into the Easter holiday break, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. It has been a very busy term and the students have been involved in a variety of activities both in and out of the classroom.

The Year 5 Camp, held at Busselton last week was a wonderful experience. When I welcomed the staff and students back on Friday afternoon it was obvious that although exhausted, the excitement of those who attended was still evident. Camps are a huge undertaking, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their commitment and care of each individual student. The staff attending were extremely positive about the experience, but I know a good night’s sleep was sure to be a top priority when they got home. A special thank you to Mrs Barber for ensuring every activity was well planned and organised, so everything ran smoothly. In addition, our very clever Mr Viviers spent time creating a snapshot video for the students and families to enjoy, please open this VIDEO LINK to view it. I am sure you will appreciate the work that has gone into producing the video and that it will provide some wonderful memories for the children.

Next term, I will be away on Long Service Leave. During this time, Mr Ben Viviers will be the Acting Head of Junior School. I know Mr Viviers will do a wonderful job in my absence and I look forward to catching up on all the Junior School news on my return.

I wish all our Tranby families a lovely Easter and holiday break and a positive start to Term 2.


Deputy Head of Junior School

Mr Ben Viviers

As always, each term starts with a bang and it isn’t too long before students are fully immersed in some type of excursion, incursion, cocurricular activity or sporting event.

Induction Assembly

On Thursday 15th February we held our Induction Assembly to acknowledge our newly appointed Student Leadership Group for Semester 1.

During the assembly I focused on one of our College Values – Service.

I showed a short video of the ‘The Little Engine That Could’, which became widely known in the United States after publication in the 1930’s. There is a lot to take away from this well-known folktale that focuses on the value of optimism and hard work. I discussed how a shift in mindset can allow one to overcome obstacles you never thought could be possible. I encourage all students to have a positive mindset just like the little blue engine, and to say/think to themselves ‘I think I can, I think I can, I think I can’ when unsure, doubtful, nervous, or worried about an obstacle.

Our new leadership group have already commenced their ‘I think I can’ approach to 2024 by putting their hands up to ‘have a go’. I am confident that this group will Serve our community just like the little blue engine.

Semester 1 Leadership Group

The following students were acknowledged at the assembly:

House Captain: Ethan Urbano
House Official: Eithan McKechnie

House Captain: Georgia Robertson
House Official: Stella McKenzie

House Captain: Ebony Green
House Official: Indiana Mathers

House Captain: Helena Kamran
House Official: Lenieke Badenhorst

Arts Captains – Performing Arts: Georgia Symonds and Sarah Peixoto
Arts Captains – Arts: Zoe Wallace and Ansuri Badenhorst
Indonesian Captains: Chayse Krivda-Jones and Elizabeth Hill
Chapel Captains: Lincoln Bullock, Taylah Kosenburger, Lily Short and Keelan Mullins
Library Captains: Oliver Downham and Amity Lothian

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all these students.


Absentee Notifications


Please see the link below that will take you to the Parent Lounge, where you will be able to enter your child/children’s absentees.

  • Should your child be unwell or unable to attend school, please get in touch by 9am. The College may ring or SMS you if we have not received notification that a student is absent.
  • 08 9523 3122

Junior School Sport

Years 3-6 Inter-house Swimming Carnival

On Friday 16th February all students in Years 3-6 travelled to Aqua Jetty to compete in the annual Inter-House Swimming Carnival. The weather was beautiful, and we were set for an awesome day in the water.

As usual, we kicked things off with our freestyle races, and it was amazing to see the dedication of our Year 3s in the pool in their first ever swimming carnival. Breaststroke followed before students moved off to participate in a range of tabloid games. Our Year 3s cooled off with an over/under relay, the Year 4s challenged each other to see which House could fill their bucket the quickest, the Year 6s raced to empty wet sponges and the Year 5s had a blast on the pool noodles! After lunch we were back with our competitive races; backstroke and butterfly.

Budjar once again dominated the Year 4, 5 and 6 relays, but it was the staff vs student relay that was the cherry on top of a perfect day. There was a lane of our fastest Year 6 swimmers, our Year 12 helpers and our staff team represented by Mr Viviers, Miss Kat, Mr Turner and Mrs Barber. It was tough competition, but the might of the teachers got them over the line for the win.

Overall, it was a great day experienced by all and we can’t wait to do it all again next year! Well done to Budjar for winning the House Shield and a special mention to Bilu for winning SPUD, our spirit bear. Thank you to our Junior School staff and maintenance team for their wonderful support of this event.

Congratulations to the following students on their individual results at the carnival! In the coming days, Mrs Barber will announce our Inter-school team, who will represent the college at the upcoming IPSHA Swimming Carnival.


Year 6 Incursion

The Viewer by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan

Guest presenter: Rebecca J. Palmer Literature Centre

This is a powerful predominately visual text in which seeing and watching are used as metaphors for humankind’s impossible quest to control the world. Humankind’s quest for knowledge and civilisation’s progress has brought about self-destruction.

The text reveals the ages of humankind as a cyclical structure:

  • Creation and Evolution
  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Middle Ages
  • Age of Conquest and Colonisation
  • Machine Age
  • Modern Ecological Crisis

After many discussions, and a hands-on insight into how history has been recorded throughout the age’s, students brainstormed events that were most important to them. Students then illustrated these events onto their own disc focusing on symbolic references, salience, and colour.

The next stage students will write a short paragraph on each event as if they are right there: What can they hear, smell, taste, touch and see using descriptive and emotive language to bring their events alive.


Fun in Kindy

On Tuesday, 20th February our Kindy students were treated to an extraordinary day of scientific exploration. The buzz of excitement filled the air as ‘Einsteins Australia’ paid us a visit, bringing with them a world of wonder and hands-on experiments. Our little Einsteins have been delving into the fascinating realm of their five senses. What better way to understand sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing than through interactive experiments? We started by creating icky, sticky, green, slime. Squishing it between our fingers and watching it fall and stretch. Next, we watched crystals expand and transform into jelly-like material. In our final experiment we watched bubbles form and climb to create volcanic eruptions! We had so much fun participating in these experiments and we can’t wait to continue exploring our senses.


College Photos with Photo Hendriks


Monday 11th March 2024 – Years 5 -12

  • Cadets – please wear your Cadet Uniform to school on the Monday. You MUST bring your Formal Uniform to change into. 
  • Year 12’s – please remember your Leavers Jacket.

Tuesday 12th March 2024 – Kindy – Year 4

NB: Sibling photos can be done at 8.15am on BOTH mornings in the Multi-purpose Hall.


The 2024 Tranby College all-in-one SCHOOL ACCESS KEY is: 5GYNBHDN

Note on the Photo Hendriks website you enter the Access Key in the Shoot Key section.

The School Access Key can also be used for placing family photo orders. 

Please open the link to the Photo Hendriks website.

The option to purchase a family/sibling order will close at 4.30pm Sunday 10th March 2024.

If you have any issues with ordering, please phone Photo Hendriks on 6143 5491.


Grounds and Property Update

We are thrilled to announce a series of updates to our College grounds, marking significant progress over the summer break and into the first part of the term.

Firstly, we are delighted to unveil the installation of a comprehensive College-wide PA system, enhancing communication and safety across our campus. Additionally, we have implemented vape detectors in our bathrooms, further bolstering our commitment to student well-being and security.

In response to growing needs, we have expanded our facilities by creating an additional Pre-primary classroom, ensuring that our youngest learners have the best environment to thrive. Moreover, we’ve revitalised key areas such as the Junior School Performing Arts space, as well as the Junior School Indonesian classroom, fostering inspiring spaces for learning and creativity.

We’ve embarked on a painting project, rejuvenating the external walls throughout much of the campus to both refresh the environment and safeguard our buildings. Furthermore, pathways around the College have been repaired, ensuring safe passage for all members of our community.

As we continue into the year, anticipate more updates and enhancements to our grounds and properties. These improvements reflect our ongoing dedication in providing the best possible environment for our students, staff, and visitors.

Exciting times lie ahead, and we look forward to sharing more progress with you as the year unfolds. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for our College community!


Senior School Sport

Years 7-12 Inter-house Swimming Carnival

The Inter-house Swimming Carnival took place on Wednesday 14th February at the Aqua Jetty. It was a hot day which made jumping into the pool for a race that much more rewarding. Congratulations to all those who participated throughout the day, especially if it was not particularly one of your strengths. We love seeing our students having a go, testing their limits, and competing and cheering for their House.
Congratulations to Budjar who finished as our Champion House for 2024.

Tranby’s ACC Swimming Team will be announced early next week. This team will represent the school at the carnival on Monday 18th March at HBF Stadium.

Champion swimmers will be announced following the ACC Carnival and will be determined by both individual House carnival points and Inter-school participation.

Congratulations again to our participants and my many thanks to the teachers who helped run this successful event.

House Results:

  1. Budjar – 1070
  2. Karla – 1044
  3. Bilu – 950
  4. Marra – 591
Service Learning Co-ordinator Miss Kat and her band of helpers Flipped for a Cause on Tuesday 13th February by cooking over 850 pancakes for Pancake Day.
A gold coin donation was made by students across the College, with funds raised at this annual event being donated to Uniting WA.

Junior and Senior School Vocal Ensemble

I’d like to extend the invitation for interested students to join the Junior and Senior School Vocal Ensemble.

I would like to start planning performance pieces for our vocalists to perform on Tranby Day, at end of year assemblies and our Christmas service. Other performance opportunities may also arise throughout the year.

Senior Student Rehearsals: Wednesdays at 1pm – 1:30pm in the Music Room. Students may bring their lunch and water to rehearsals.

Junior Student  Rehearsals: Thursdays at 1:25pm in the Central Activities Area. Students may bring their lunch and water to rehearsals.

This extension is ‘free’ and a wonderful opportunity for students to grow their portfolio and performance experience learning invaluable skills and techniques whilst having fun with other students who also love to sing. 


Cricket Reports

Bunbury Big Bash

Lat week our College cricketers attended the Bunbury Big Bash, a Year 10 T20 Cricket Carnival for specialist cricket schools across the Perth and Bunbury areas. We sent a young team, mainly comprised of Year 7-9 cricketers, to have the experience of being challenged playing against older players.

The team had a very enjoyable few days and walked away with plenty of learning and memorable experiences. Highlights included an unbeaten 134 run partnership between Isaac Diamanti (74* from 53 balls) and Sam Haskell (53* from 57 balls) against John Forrest, a final ball tie with Bunbury Catholic College, a final ball win against Dalyellup College in a match where Isaac Diamanti scored a century, finishing with 101. Diamanti finished as the competitions leading run scoring, amassing 320 runs and an average of 53 including four 50+ scores (56, 74*, 101, 50).


Round 1 v Kennedy Baptist College
KBC 6/135 – I Diamanti 3-12, E Ugle 2-10
Tranby 4/90 – I Diamanti 56

Round 2 v John Forrest Senior High School
Tranby 2/142 – I Diamanti 74*, S Haskell 53*
John Forrest SHS 4/143 – H Betley 1-21, L Diamanti 1-22

Round 3 v Kent Street Blue
Tranby – 10/53
Kent St – 0/54

Round 4 v Bunbury Catholic College
Tranby 10/76 – I Diamanti 27
Bunbury Catholic College 8/76 – I Diamanti 2-10, L Diamanti 2-19

Round 5 v Dalyellup College
Tranby 6/149 – I Diamanti 101, S Haskell 20
Dalyellup College 5/148 – T Hughes 2-17, L Diamanti 1-9, T Hooton 1-13

Round 6 v Kent Street Red
Kent St 6/167 – T Hughes 3-33
Tranby 10/35

Round 7 v John Forrest Senior High School
Tranby 8/88 – I Diamanti 50
John Forrest SHS 1/89 – E Ugle 1-20

Monday 27 March – Tranby Year 8-10 v Kennedy Baptist College

Batting first, Tranby’s innings closed on 167 thanks largely to Isaac Diamanti’s 64 runs. In reply, the game remained in the balance for most of Kennedy Baptist College’s innings, where they managed to secure a win with one over remaining. Sam Haskell was the pick of the Tranby bowlers finishing with figures of 3/21 off 7 overs.

Tuesday 28 March – Tranby Year 6-8 v Mandurah Baptist College

Tranby won the toss and elected to bat, finding themselves in early trouble losing four quick wickets. Elijah Ugle and Shlok Sonar combined for what would prove to be a match winning partnership to steady the Tranby innings. Ugle finished with a match high 69 runs and was well supported by Shlok Sonar and Jaxon Fothergill, with Will Hughes providing some late innings hitting. In reply, Mandurah Baptist College fell 12 runs short to see Tranby record the win. Tyson O’Brien was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 2/5 off 4 overs and was well supported by Luca Diamanti 1/5 off 4 overs and Zac Sobey 1/9 off 3 overs.


Student Achievements

Congratulations to Jesse Diamanti, Year 6, who has been named as a non-traveling reserve for the SSWA State 12’s Cricket Team to attend the National Championships in June in Darwin. He will continue to train with the squad and will provide injury/illness cover if required and will be young enough gain selection again next year.

Murdoch University After School Programs

The Murdoch University After School Program in Mathematics and Physical Sciences provides classes in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. For 2023 Term 1 we also have a Study Skills class running.

Each subject runs for 2 hours each week from 4:30pm to 6:30pm starting the second week of school term. Students are welcome to attend 1 to 3 times a week depending on their interests.

Please see the attached flyer for: