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7th June 2024 (Week 8 Term 2)

10th – 12th June – Year 7 and 8 Cadet Camp

12th – 14th June – Year 12 Retreat

14th June – My Son Pinocchio JR Full Day Rehearsal

19th June – Years 10-12 RKAS One Day Carnival

20th June – Year 7 Immunisations

20th June – 3 Way Conferences – Kindy – Year 12 – 4pm-7pm

20th June – IPSHA Winter Carnival – 7.30am-3.15pm

21st June – 3 Way Conferences – Kindy – Year 12 – 9am-3pm

21st June – FINAL DAY OF TERM 2

15th July – TERM 3 COMMENCES

Important Dates

From the Principal

Ms Emily Goforth

At the Senior School Assembly this week, I spoke to the students about the power of participation and the decision to participate in different activities even if you are not particularly good at them. I was specifically making reference in the assembly to the context of the Cross Country Carnival recently held at the College, however the message application is much wider than this specific event.

At Tranby, we are blessed with a wealth of curricular and extracurricular activities ranging from sports teams and music ensembles to academic clubs, community service groups and being able to participate in carnivals. These activities are more than just ways to fill time before or after the school day, they serve as opportunities for personal growth, building friendships, and discovering new passions.

Getting involved in College activities provides a unique opportunity to develop skills that are just as important as those we learn in the classroom. Collaboration, leadership, perseverance, and creativity are all cultivated through participation in these activities. These experiences can shape our character and often have a lasting impact on our future endeavours.

It is natural to feel hesitant about joining an activity if we think we are not good at it. However, stepping out of our comfort zone can be incredibly rewarding. Trying something new and challenging ourselves builds resilience and teaches us that growth often comes from our struggles and mistakes. The important thing is to focus on the journey rather than the destination.

Participating in activities we are not necessarily good at can still be a lot of fun. Being part of a team or group can create strong bonds and friendships. The support and camaraderie you find can make the experience enjoyable regardless of your skill level. It is important to approach the opportunities provided with an open and positive mindset. Embrace the learning process and the opportunity to try something different.

Remember that it is important to have fun along the way. Whether it is laughing over a missed note in ensemble practice or celebrating the most unlikely of goals by a teammate after a game, these moments of joy are what truly matter. They are what form memories, build character and guide development.

As we approach the midpoint of this year, I encourage each of you to take a step towards getting involved in a new activity. As I conveyed in the Senior School Assembly my advice for students to get the most of their time here at the College, is to turn up, participate and find the fun. It is always there, even if the activity is not the most enjoyable for you to begin with. Parents, please support your children in exploring these opportunities and encourage them to keep an open mind.

‘We only regret the changes we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make’ – Lewis Carroll

Together, we have the ability to see participation thrive, friendships formed, and new passions discovered, if we let each other take the chance on something new.


Deputy Principal

Mr Anthony Britza

AISNSW IT Leaders Conference

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the AISNSW IT Leaders Conference on the Gold Coast as an AISWA representative. The conference was a remarkable experience, offering a glimpse into how digital technologies can significantly enhance our independent schools, especially in the realm of teaching and learning.

It is essential that we do not fear changes like AI but rather embrace them. The challenge for progressive schools like Tranby College is to leverage these technological developments to future-focus our students, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in an ever-evolving world. This includes teaching them to use technology ethically and responsibly.

Another critical topic discussed was the impact of cyber-attacks. At Tranby, we are committed to continually reviewing and improving our processes to safeguard our community. We value the input of our families in this endeavour. Next term, we will introduce an online form for parents and families to report any websites that they know their children are accessing, such as gaming sites. The College is constantly chasing new websites that attempt to bypass our screening tools, and your input will be invaluable in this ongoing effort.

Service Learning

Service is one of Tranby’s core values, deeply embedded in our DNA as a school of the Uniting Church in Australia. We encourage all students, from our youngest to our seniors, to engage in service activities.

On Thursday, 6th June, Mrs Katrina Glenn, our Service Learning Co-ordinator, and I had the pleasure of taking six of our Year 12 students to Grouch and Co in Myaree for barista training. This training is part of one of our service activities, Tranbeans. I invite everyone to visit the canteen before the start of the school day for a freshly brewed coffee prepared by our talented student baristas.

Reports and 3-Way Conferences

Our teachers are currently busy completing the Progress Reports, which will be released on Family Lounge during Week 10. I strongly encourage all parents and caregivers to make appointments with their child’s class or subject teachers to discuss their progress. These 3-way conferences are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the students’ hard work and set goals for Semester 2.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement in your child’s education. Together, we can continue to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment for all our students.


Head of Senior School

Ms michelle ribeiro

As we approach the end of another successful school term, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all students, parents, and staff for their dedication and hard work. The last day of classes for students will be Thursday, 20th June. It has been a term filled with learning, growth, and memorable experiences, and we are proud of the achievements of our school community.

We value the partnership between parents, teachers, and students, and to foster this, we will be holding our 3-way Parent-Teacher Conferences on 20th and 21st June. These conferences provide an excellent opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress, strengths, and areas for improvement with their teachers and to set goals for the next academic year. We encourage all parents to attend and participate actively in these important discussions.

Our Year 12 students will be embarking on their much-anticipated retreat from 12th to 14th June. This retreat is a significant event in their final year, offering a chance for reflection, team-building, and relaxation before they head into their final exams. We hope this experience will provide them with lasting memories and a renewed sense of focus and motivation.

We are thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our Cross Country team. Our runners have demonstrated exceptional dedication and athleticism, competing with great spirit and determination. Congratulations to all participants for their hard work and perseverance. Your achievements are a source of pride for the entire school community.

As we close this term, we wish everyone a restful and enjoyable break. Let’s return with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the challenges and opportunities of the new academic year. Thank you for being part of our wonderful school community!


Deputy Head of Senior School

Mrs Sally Case

Term 2 and 3 Winter Uniform

The Uniform Shop is open on Wednesday 10th April from 8am -1pm for you to purchase any winter uniforms you may need. A reminder that Year 10-12 students are required to wear a Tie and Blazer for Terms 2 and 3.

Seizing opportunities

On the 26th March I had the pleasure of attending the graduation of two of our Year 10 students from the KIC iSCIENCE Project. The students had worked with many students from other schools over a three week period to learn more about STEM careers in the local area. They chose to seize the opportunities offered, and new experiences, connections and insights were their reward.

There are a lot of opportunities offered to students at Tranby College. Every opportunity can be seen as a chance for personal growth and as an invitation to learn, develop new skills and expand horizons.

Seizing these opportunities can provide a ripple effect when others are also inspired to try new things. This is always witnessed at House events, when a student steps out of their comfort zone to represent their House. The ripple effect is massive and from that one act, the underdogs can become winners!

Sometimes opportunities may appear from unexpected sources, and these may provide surprising outcomes. There are students currently rehearsing for their first musical production, learning a new language, or trying a new sport. Each student has been prepared to take on a new challenge and I am sure they are finding their journey enjoyable.

Next term, I hope that all students seize the opportunities on offer, even if they may seem challenging at the start, and fully embrace their personal journey.

Have a safe and happy Easter.


Head of Junior School

Mrs Cheryl Taylor



Deputy Head of Junior School

Mr Ben Viviers

The mid-year break is fast approaching; it is a moment to both reflect on the successes of the term and enjoy some well-deserved relaxation. Students eagerly await the release of their Progress Reports, which celebrate their achievements this semester and offer invaluable insights into their academic and personal development. I encourage parents to attend the upcoming 3-way Conferences with their children to discuss how we can collaborate to best support your child’s learning journey and identify key areas to focus on for greater success in Semester 2.

Junior School Production – My Son Pinocchio JR

Rehearsals are well underway, and the recent arrival of costumes has added an extra spark to the production! Friday, 14th June, has been designated as a full rehearsal day at school, and I eagerly anticipate witnessing the progress they have made. It is not long now until the release of ticket sales, please keep an eye out on all our social media platforms for this highly anticipated information. Initially, tickets will be available for parents of the performers and crew, with sales opening to the wider Tranby College community shortly after. Make sure to secure your tickets promptly!

Parents of Pre-primary to Year 2 students, please note, that students will attend the Matinee Performance during the school day on Thursday, 1st August, however, more information will be provided via Ms Brooke Steele to all relevant parties.

Kindergarten Nature Connection ‘Bush School’

Mrs Taylor and I recently visited the Kindergarten Bush School. Thankfully, we brought umbrellas, a decision we quickly appreciated. Upon arrival, our students were well-prepared for the conditions, each wearing very colourful gumboots, Tranby rain jackets, and most importantly a smile. As an outdoor enthusiast myself, I was reminded of the invaluable nature of such experiences. While the focus is on students learning about their environment, let us not overlook the benefits of reconnecting with nature for both young and old alike. We had the opportunity to speak with the organisers, who provided feedback regarding our participation in the program. They were impressed with the organisation of our staff and the careful planning that ensured the program ran smoothly. They even likened our standard to that of international schools deeply embedded in such practices for many years. This is a tremendous compliment, and our Kindergarten Team should take immense pride in their efforts.

In closing, as we fully embrace the colder weather, it is crucial for parents to ensure their children are well-prepared for the changing conditions, especially before and after school. Yesterday’s experience at pickup time highlighted the challenges firsthand for many of us. Rainy weather can make these times particularly challenging. While we all aim for efficiency during pickups, it is important to remind students not to run across roads. Please take a moment to reinforce road safety with our little ones. Additionally, I would also like to emphasise the importance of adhering to speed limits when entering the premises to ensure the safety of all pedestrians. Let us work together to make our school environment as safe as possible for everyone.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Senior School Reporting Change

Update No. 3

Our enhancements to our Senior School reporting system mark a significant leap forward in our educational approach. These changes reflect our unwavering dedication to fostering an environment that emphasises not only academic success but also cultivates key learning attributes and behaviours.

Focused Reporting on Learning Attributes – Our updated subject reports will now focus more intensively on learning attributes and behaviours, accompanied by a refined rating scale. This shift enables us to provide clearer and more direct feedback on aspects that are crucial for holistic student development. By concentrating on these attributes, we equip our students with the tools necessary for lifelong learning and success.

Alignment with Educational Standards – It is important to note that the inclusion of marks and grades remains an essential component of the Western Australian Curriculum. This ensures that our reporting system not only meets educational standards but also provides a balanced view of our students’ academic achievements.

Streamlining Feedback – In a progressive step, we are moving away from individual subject comments. This change allows our educators to focus their energies more effectively freeing up valuable time for planning, assessing, and teaching. By providing feedback at the point of need, teachers can offer more targeted support, enhancing each student’s learning experience at critical moments.

Enhanced Mentor Comments – Perhaps the most exciting development is the enhancement of comments from the student’s Mentor—the person who knows your child the best. These comments will now reflect more deeply on the student’s Personal Education Plans, focusing on set goals and personal growth. This tailored approach ensures that each student receives meaningful and individualised feedback that resonates with their unique educational journey.

In conclusion, these enhancements are designed to prioritise effective communication, reflect on meaningful achievements, and support the dynamic educational needs of our students. As we roll out these new features, we look forward to continuing our partnership with you to celebrate and support your child’s educational progress.


Student Achievements

Tranby Students named in the School Sport WA 12’s State Cricket Team to attend the National Championships.

Over the weekend School Sport WA named the final 12’s State Cricket Team to attend the National Championships in Adelaide, in November this year. Two of our High Performance Cricket students gained selection. Jesse Diamanti has been named in the 13-man squad to attend the Championships and Asher Varkey has been named as a non-travelling train-on player.

What an outstanding achievement by both Jesse and Asher, congratulations.

Senior School ACC Cross Country

Last Thursday our ACC Cross Country team travelled to Floreat Reserve to compete against 75 other schools in the ACC Cross Country. Up against 400 runners in some year groups, was understandably intimidating as runners jostled for position both on the start line and into the first turn. That along with a crowd watching and some trying conditions didn’t deter our students as they showed their grit and determination to complete the course. The students showed great camaraderie with cheers of support on the finishing straight to push the runner’s home. The College is very proud of the way our students conducted themselves both on and off the track. A huge congratulations to our Tranby team!


ADF Social Event

A huge thank you to the Tranby ADF families who attended the social event at the Rockingham Navy Club on Friday. Hosted by Tranby’s Defence School Mentor, it was a fantastic evening of food and fun, and we even had the opportunity to tour the in-house Naval Museum.


Uniform Shop

Term 2 holiday opening days and times.

Tuesday 9th July – 8am – 4pm
Friday 12th July – 8am – 4pm


Junior School IPSHA Cross Country

On Friday 24th May, the Inter-school Cross Country team travelled to Guildford Grammar to compete in the annual IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. Our Junior School runners had a challenge ahead of them, competing against eleven other independent schools on a brand-new course filled with puddles and lots of mud!

The team did a fantastic job during their events and gave their best effort on what was a tough course. Once again, the behaviour of our students throughout the day was commendable and the sportsmanship displayed was amazing to see. These students are a credit to the Tranby community, and I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.

A massive thank you to Mr Turner, Mr Pleydell and Miss Kat for taking the team this year, your support is greatly appreciated!

Congratulations to the following students who achieved a top 10 place in their event!

  • Year 4 Boy – Oliver Bennett – 10th
  • Year 5 Girl – Indi Mathers – 5th
  • Year 5 Boy – Flynn Schmid – 5th
  • Year 6 Boy – Finley Smit – 6th

Year 8 Medieval Incursion

This week as part of their Year 8 HASS Course on Medieval History, Tranby welcomed Medieval Theatrical Combat Group-Circle of the Sword for an unforgettable visit! Students witnessed warriors clashing, artisans crafting intricate wares, and a massive display of tools and weapons. This immersive experience offered students a glimpse into medieval life, sparking their curiosity and igniting imaginations. Through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities, our students delved into the past, discovering the fascinating aspects of this bygone period.


Year 12 Barista Course

Yesterday a select group of Year 12 students attended a Barista Excursion, designed to provide hands-on experience and training in the art of coffee making. This half-day course not only offered practical skills in coffee preparation but also included valuable insights into the process of applying for a job as a barista. It was a fun and educational morning!


Library News

This year, both libraries will be participating in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. We had a wonderful response last year and are looking forward to as many students from across the College registering again for 2024.

The official website is now open, and students can begin to log the books they read.

The challenge is for students from Kindergarten to Year 10 to read 12 or more books in the period from May to September. Students can win some fantastic prizes, including book packs, Frank Green water bottles, Crocs vouchers and wireless headphones.

I look forward to assisting the students with their challenge goals over the next few months.

Jane Stanton – Teacher Librarian


From Monday 13th May to Wednesday 15th May, our students Harry Zapula, Cam Burford, and Jamie Morris embarked on an exhilarating journey into the world of trades at MPA Skills. Located at the Jandakot Campus, this unique Try-A-Trade program offered them the chance to explore two distinct trades, plumbing and painting, from 9:00am to 2:30pm each day.

MPA Skills stands as the largest trainer and employer of plumbing apprentices in Western Australia, with campuses in Maylands, Bayswater, and Jandakot. Their commitment to delivering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, license and registration courses, and post-trade training programs speaks volumes about their dedication to shaping skilled professionals for the industry.

Guided by experienced professionals, Harry, Cam, and Jamie seized the opportunity to delve into these trades, seeking to discover their career paths and acquire essential skills necessary for success in their chosen fields. Throughout the program, they were immersed in practical activities, gaining invaluable real-world experience under the mentorship of industry experts.

On Tuesday, Dom, the plumbing trainer, led the students through a comprehensive session encompassing mathematical measurement skills, cutting techniques, design principles, and testing procedures. One highlight of the day was the creation and testing of a sprinkler system, a hands-on exercise that not only honed their technical abilities but also provided them with a tangible takeaway to showcase their newfound skills.

As our students reflect on their time at MPA Skills, they emerge with a deeper understanding of the trades industry and a heightened sense of confidence in their capabilities. Whether they choose to pursue a career in plumbing, painting, or explore other avenues within the trades sector, the Try-A-Trade program has equipped them with the skills, knowledge, and inspiration to thrive in their chosen path.

We extend our sincere appreciation to MPA Skills for providing this enriching opportunity to our students. Their commitment to fostering exploration, skill development, and career readiness underscores their pivotal role in shaping the future of the trades industry. As our students return with newfound experiences and aspirations, they stand as shining examples of the transformative power of hands-on learning and vocational exploration.
Mrs Linda Dunhill


Community News

The Resilience Project presents, ‘Authentic Connection’ with Hugh van Cuylenburg

Dear Families,

As part of our 2024 partnership with The Resilience Project, you are invited to attend an ‘Authentic Connection’ live webinar with Hugh van Cuylenburg on Thursday 6th June, 4.30pm-5.30pm.

Hugh, who is also a parent of young children will talk about ways to support the mental health of your whole family. Through emotionally engaging stories and practical strategies, Hugh will demonstrate the power of vulnerability and imperfection and demonstrate the positive impact connection can have on all of us.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Whilst attendance to the live webinar will provide you with the optimal experience, we appreciate that not all families will be available at the scheduled time. A recorded version of this webinar will be sent out to your early years service after the live event and will be available for two weeks.

Please note that the webinar will include parents from The Resilience Project’s other partnership services.

If you would like any further information about The Resilience Project, details can be found on their website:


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Lifeline WA Counselling Services

Lifeline provides a free counselling service for families going through separation and those who are bereaved by a family member. They provide counselling for primary school-age children, adolescents and adults and offer up to 12 sessions from their office located in Subiaco (zoom and phone sessions are also available for adults only).

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: