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15th March 2024 (Week 7 Term 1)

Important Dates

18th March – ACC Swimming Carnival

20th – 22nd March – Year 9/10 HPC Big Bash 3 Day Cricket Carnival – Bunbury

21st March – IPSHA Basketball Carnival

22nd March – Year 2 Assembly

25th – 28th March – Year 6 Camp – Busselton

Thursday 28th March – Final Day of Term 1

From the Principal

Ms Emily Goforth

I am deeply honoured to have been commissioned as the Principal of Tranby College. The ceremony on 13th March was a momentous occasion, further enriched by the induction of Steve Francis as our College Chaplain. As I addressed the wider College community, I shared my unwavering commitment to Tranby College and the values that underpin our educational journey. I thought I would share my speech with you through the newsletter to give you a greater insight into who I am and what I stand for.

‘Today marks a significant moment in the journey of Tranby College. As I stand before you, humbled and grateful, I am reminded of the great responsibility that comes with the privilege of leadership. It is with a heart full of gratitude and a mind focused on our collective aspirations that I accept to serve as your Principal.

At Tranby we are bound together by a set of guiding values that form our identity. These values—are not merely words, but living, breathing pillars that uphold the spirit of our community.

As we embark on this next chapter in the life of Tranby, let us embrace the College Motto of Uniting in Faith and Service—a testament to the enduring power of hope, resilience, faith, and solidarity. In a world that often seems divided by differences, let us find strength in our individuality, shared humanity, and common purpose. It’s the Tranby way.

As your Principal, I promise unwavering support to each member of our community. To students and staff, I promise a commitment to enabling you to be the best version of yourselves. I promise to deliver new opportunities, and to create an inclusive learning environment. Together, we will live our College mission, vision, and values.

It is my hope that each of you before me today, find something as meaningful as what I have found in Tranby College. I truly value our community and the special qualities that you each bring. It is my honour to continue the work of the past Principals of Tranby, some of whom have taken time from their busy schedules to be here today. To past Principals Mr Doug Burtenshaw, Mrs Jo Bednall and Dr Clayton Massey, and Interim Principal Reverend Andrew Syme, thank you. Thank you for your contribution to the life of Tranby College and for setting an amazing course by which we can continue our journey.

And whilst it is important to acknowledge the past, it is imperative that we look to our future. A path that we walk together. I am reminded of a simple quote by Walter Payton that states ‘We are stronger together than we are alone’. This describes the environment that I want to foster and create for Tranby. We each have our own strengths, however, by working together, we can bring out the best in each other, and achieve the unimaginable.

Thank you for entrusting me to serve as the 6th Principal of Tranby College. I cannot wait to continue our journey forward, together’.


Deputy Principal

Mr Anthony Britza

Together in Unity: The Value of Our School Uniform

Dear Tranby College Community,

As we navigate the rich journey of education together, it’s important to reflect on the symbols that unite us as a community. Among these, the Tranby College uniform stands out, not just as a matter of policy, but as a reflection of the shared values that guide us: service, respect, integrity, commitment, and collaboration.

The Purpose Behind Our Uniform

Our school uniform is more than just fabric; it is a badge of pride and belonging. It serves several key purposes that benefit our learning environment:

  • Equality: It levels the playing field among students, minimising distractions and focusing on growth.
  • Identity & Pride: It signifies our collective belonging and celebrates our school’s achievements.
  • Safety & Recognition: It ensures our students’ safety and aids in their identification.
  • Future Readiness: It instils discipline and respect for rules, preparing students for life beyond school.

Balancing Individuality and Unity

We understand the importance of self-expression. Childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood are critical times for exploring and developing one’s identity. We acknowledge this journey and aim to balance it with the benefits that come from wearing our uniform.

Our Approach: Understanding, Not Punishment

At Tranby College, our ethos is built on collaboration and support, not punishment. We seek to work hand-in-hand with our students and their families to understand the value of our uniform standards. Conversations between students and parents play a crucial role in this. We encourage parents to support the school in ensuring that the school uniform, including aspects like hair, makeup, grooming, and the wearing of skirts, culottes, shorts, and trousers, aligns with our code. This includes the length of skirts and shorts being approximately knee-length and shoes being clean and polished.

Our staff are empowered to have respectful conversations with students should they have concerns about uniform adherence, always with the intention of understanding and guiding rather than reprimanding.

Your Support is Key

We ask for the support of our Tranby College families to continue these conversations at home. Your encouragement and understanding will help us ensure that our students wear their uniforms correctly and with pride, fully embracing the values our school stands for.

For detailed information on our Uniform Guidelines, please open this link.

Together, let’s continue to build an environment of respect, integrity, and commitment. Our uniform is a symbol of our collective identity, and by wearing it with pride, we demonstrate our dedication to the values we hold dear.


Head of Senior School

Ms michelle ribeiro

As we step into another vibrant week here in the Senior School, there are several important events and activities on the horizon that we would like to highlight for your attention.

First and foremost, we want to remind you that the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for our Year 7 and Year 9 students have been taking place this week and will continue on Tuesday with the final one, which is Numeracy. Students have had a positive approach to these tests, and they provide valuable feedback for both students and educators to support academic growth.

In addition to NAPLAN, our students across all year groups are actively engaged in various assessment tasks tailored to their curriculum. These tasks serve as checkpoints to monitor individual progress and understanding of the subjects they are studying. We encourage parents to engage with their children regarding their assessment tasks, offering support and guidance where needed to ensure their success.

Excitement is brewing as our Year 9/10 High Performance cricketers gear up for the upcoming cricket camp and Big Bash competition in Bunbury next week. These camps and competitions provide a wonderful opportunity for students to hone their cricketing skills, learn teamwork, and foster a love for the sport. We extend our best wishes to all participants and hope they have a fantastic time refining their cricketing prowess.

Mark your calendars for Monday 18th March, as Tranby participates in the much anticipated ACC Swimming Carnival. This event promises to be a day filled with exhilarating races, fierce competition, and a celebration of sportsmanship. We wish our talented swimmers all the best as they represent the College.

As always, we are committed to providing our students with enriching experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We thank you for your continued support and involvement in the Tranby community.


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

I am excited to bring you the latest update from our school community. Over the past fortnight, it has been a busy and eventful time with a focus on key activities and events that have engaged our students and staff.

College Principals Commissioning

We are delighted to announce the official commissioning of our new College Principal Ms Emily Goforth. Her leadership and dedication to our school community has already brought fresh perspectives and initiatives to our school. We look forward to the continued guidance and support in shaping the future of our beautiful College.

NAPLAN Testing for Year 3 and Year 5 Students

Our Year 3 and Year 5 students commenced their NAPLAN testing on Wednesday. I would like to commend all the students on their focus and determination thus far, and I wish them well for the remainder of the assessment process.

Pat Cronin Foundation Presentation – ‘Act Kindly’

This week students from Years 5 – Year 12 had the opportunity to listen to the Pat Cronin Foundation Presentation titled ‘Act Kindly.’ This presentation focused on important topics such as Anger and Aggression, Choices and Consequences, and Strategies to Defuse Conflict. It was a valuable learning experience for our students, emphasising the importance of kindness, empathy, and conflict resolution skills in our school and the broader community.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead!


TASS Update

Our staged role out of TASS will continue over the year as we become more comfortable with the platform.

We are currently working on our Interim Reports, which will be available in the Family Lounge at the end of the term.

The next stage is to roll out the Assessment Modules on Parent Lounge. This will allow parents and families to see assessment results. We will also investigate the Homework Module.

Finally, we are working with TASS, and we hope to have a Parent App ready for the start of Semester Two.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Junior School Sport

IPSHA Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday 5th March, selected students from Years 3-6 participated in the annual IPSHA Inter-school Swimming Carnival hosted by Wesley College. There were six schools competing in total on the day including Wesley College, Guilford Grammar, Carmel, Heritage and Helena College. The competition was tough, but our students were more than ready for the challenge ahead.

Poolside, there were wonderful displays of both sportsmanship and Tranby spirit. In the pool, our swimmers performed extremely well and most importantly, had fun. Each relay team (8x in total) placed within the Top 3 schools and every Tranby swimmer walked away with one or more coveted IPSHA ribbon.

Thanks to Miss Kat, Mrs Wall and our two Senior School helpers, Tammy and Ava for your assistance on the day.

Congratulations to the following students for their participation.

YEAR 3: Mia McLeod, Savanna Green, Zaliah McGovern, Benjamin Grant and Austin Suckling

YEAR 4: Elodie Gillam, Alexandra Niven, Matilda Brumby, Heath Roche, Oliver Bennett and Ethan Small

YEAR 5: Flynn Schmid, Seth Gabriel, Oliver Brumby, Stella Conrad, Alexandra Grant, Lily Sobey and Alliya Chandler

YEAR 6: Hunter Suckling, Bailey Boston Greenhouse, Zoe Wallace and Ruby Blitz


2024 Secondary State Leadership Conference

When we hear the phrase ‘age is just a number’ it’s usually to comfort us as we embark on the scary journey of aging. However, upon our excursion to the 2024 Secondary State Leadership Conference, the phrase has garnered a new meaning, one which assures us that our age – in the words of Wil Massara “does not determine our ability to achieve extraordinary things”.

On 26th February, escorted by Ms Ribeiro and Chaplain Steve, the Tranby Prefect team spent the day at the Perth Convention Centre together with many other secondary prefect students from all over WA (even Broome!). It was here we had the chance to listen to several inspirational speakers including Gareth Shanthikumar, Co-founder of MAN UP, incredible athlete Brooke McIntosh and the previously mentioned 21-year old CEO of Youth Leadership Academy Australia Wil Massara.

Each speaker shared their amazing stories and different experiences of leadership, challenging us to think beyond what we tell ourselves is possible. We had the unique opportunity to learn about the range of qualities that make a good leader, and the ways we can enhance our leadership within, and beyond our school community through aspects such as our mindset and actions, goal setting, and empathy for others. Many activities got us out of our seats working together, meeting new people, and learning valuable skills around how to connect with others.

Overall, the conference will have a long-lasting impact on how the Tranby Prefects of 2024 approach leadership, and we look forward to continuing to practice these newfound skills as we develop into young leaders of today and tomorrow, there is no limit in our ability to achieve extraordinary things.

2024 Tranby Prefect Team


Secondary Assistance Scheme

Students enrolled in Years 7 – 12 may be eligible for assistance with education and uniform.

Parents with a current Centrelink Health Care, Pensioner Concession Card, or Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card may apply during Term 1 2024. Please collect a form from our College Reception, complete and return to the College by 27th March 2024.

Please contact the Finance Department 08 9523 3120 or the Department of Education on 08 9264 4516 for further details.


2025 Kindy Enrolments

This is a friendly reminder to our Tranby families to get your Kindy applications in now, as places for 2025 are filling fast.

Please contact our Registrar Justine Robertson on 9523 3123 if you have any questions.


High Performance Cricket Program

The High Performance Cricketers have been very busy over the past few weeks.


On Wednesday 28th February our Year 8 team played Kennedy Baptist College at Alan Edwards Park. The match was a last ball thriller ending in a tie. Shlok Sonar led the way scoring 48 not out. Wickets were shared around.


On Tuesday 5th March we hosted two matches against Mandurah Baptist College. Our Year 7 team batted first and amassed 218/5 off our 38 overs. Jesse Diamanti (57 retired) and Asher Varkey (51 retired) led the way with the bat combining for a 100-run partnership. In reply, Mandurah Baptist College finished on 155/3 with James Turnbull taking 2/17 and Asha Pipe bowling a very tidy new ball spell, finishing with figures of 1/7.

Our Year 9/10 team bowled first and dismissed Mandurah Baptist College for 48. Shlok Sonar was the chief destroyer taking 3/5 and was well supported by Sam Haskell who took 2/7. In reply, Tranby chased down the 48 runs to win and continued to finish 212/8. Isaac Diamanti top scored with a 50 off 34 balls before retiring and was well supported by Sam Haskell (39 retired) and Luca Diamanti (34).


Last week our Year 7/8 HPC students headed to Bunbury for their annual camp playing matches against Our Lady of Mercy and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar. On Thursday 7th March Tranby bowled first against Our Lady of Mercy who were dismissed for 148, thanks to side tight Tranby bowling and match figures of 3/7 from Xavier Cowan. In reply, Tranby passed the total set and finished on 184/8 with Elijah Ugle top scoring with 64 before being retired, and he was well supported by Jackson Douglas (26) and Xavier Cowan (22).

On Day Two of the camp, we played Bunbury Cathedral Grammar who chose to bat first and were dismissed for 98. Japveer Aulakh (3/4) and Shlok Sonar (3/1) did the damage with the ball. In reply, Tranby passed the required total and finished 218/4 with Shlok Sonar leading the way with 62 retired, and he was well supported by Jaxon Fothergill (29 retired) and Asher Varkey (29 retired).


World's Greatest Shave 20th March 2024

Supporting the Leukaemia Foundation

Calling all Year 7-12 students to please contact Miss Kat at to register for the World’s Greatest Shave to colour, cut or shave your hair.

Volunteers are also needed on the day, so again please let Miss Kat know

Come and join in the fundraising fun next Wednesday 20th March.

If you would like to donate to this great cause, please scan the QR Code.

Student Achievements

Inverarity Shield

Four High Performance Cricket students from Tranby College won the 2023/24 John Inverarity Shield. This is the WACA’s U13 Premier Cricket Championship competition, with Rockingham-Mandurah defeating Willetton at Burrendah Reserve on 25th February in the Grand Final.

Elijah Ugle, Jesse Diamanti, both back-to-back winners were selected to play in the final. Shlok Sonar and Jackson Douglas were both members of the squad. Congratulations to the boys and their U13 Premier Cricket Coach, Brendon Diamanti.

Student Achievements

Surf Life Saving Results – Flynn Schmid (Year 5) and Alayla Schmid (Year 7)

Over the last two weekends, Year 5 student Flynn Schmid and Year 7 student Alayla Schmid represented Secret Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club at both the SunSmart Country Championships and the WA State Surf Life Saving Championships. Two of Tranby’s finest athletes cleaned up in several events as they showcased their incredible skill in a combination of beach, surf, and board races. Congratulations to Flynn and Alayla on your achievements, what a way to start the year!

Alayla Schmid (Country Championships)

  • 1st Place – Board Race, Surf Race, Ironwoman, 1km Beach Run and Board Rescue
  • 4th Place – Beach Sprint
  • 5th Place – Beach Flags

Flynn Schmid (Country Championships)

  • 1st Place – Surf Race, Ironman and 1km Beach Run
  • 2nd Place – Beach Sprint
  • 3rd Place – Beach Flags

Alayla Schmid (State Championships)

  • 1st Place – Board Race
  • 2nd Place – Ironwomen
  • 3rd Place – Surf Race
  • 4th Place – 1km Beach Run

Flynn Schmid (State Championships)

  • 1st Place – Surf Race
  • 2nd Place – 1km Beach Run
  • 5th Place – Ironman

Student Achievements

Alexandra Niven (Year 4), Fiona Wallace (Year 4) and Zoe Wallace (Year 6)

In the Junior School we have quite a few keen open water swimmers who have been carving it up this summer. On Saturday 10th February, Fiona and Zoe entered and participated in the annual Simon’s 500m Shortcut Swim at the Busselton Jetty. The swim begins at the eastern side of the Jetty, where swimmers head out for about 200m before ducking under the Jetty and heading towards the finish line. On Sunday 25th February, Alexandra Niven, Fiona, and Zoe Wallace all participated in Rottnest Island’s Champ of the Bay swim. The girls had the choice of entering in their preferred distance of either 150m, 300m, 450m or 600m. Finally, on Sunday 10th March Zoe swam her longest distance so far, in the 750m Coogee Jetty to Jetty swim. She placed 9th out of a total 18 swimming in the U15 Female category.

Well done girls! It’s great to see so many of our students enjoying and excelling in their chosen sports.


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: