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10 November (Week 5 Term 4)

Important Dates

Monday 13 – Saturday 26 November
Year 11/12 Art Exhibition (Opening Event: Mon 5.30pm)

Monday 13 November
Year 3 – Year 10 Remembrance Day Service

Tuesday 14 – Friday 17 November
Book Fair (Junior School)

Tuesday 14  November
ADF Family Sausage Sizzle

Friday 17 November
Year 7 (2024) Transition Day

Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 November
No Year 11 students on Campus

Thursday 23 November
IPSHA Rugby Carnival (Junior School)

Friday 24 November
Farewell to Year 6 Assembly

Friday 24 November
No Year 9 & 10 students on Campus

Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 November
Music Tutor Concerts (allocated time slots)

Monday 27 November – Friday 8 December
Year 7-10 Art Exhibition (Opening Event: Mon 5.30pm)

Wednesday 29 November
Year 9 Formal Dinner

Thursday 30 November
Year 10 River Cruise

From the Principal (Acting)

Mrs Emily Goforth

As we approach the final stretch of the College year, there’s an undeniable buzz of excitement in the air that’s felt on Campus. The promise of new beginnings and the renewal of energy are evident, thanks in part to the upcoming new student orientations.

New student orientations are a crucial component of fostering a sense of community within our academic family. The arrival of fresh faces brings with it a renewed spirit, fostering enthusiasm and excitement. These events serve as a warm embrace for newcomers, ensuring that they feel not just welcomed but truly a part of something special.

The camaraderie that blossoms during orientation goes beyond first impressions. It lays the foundation for lasting friendships and collaborations that extend beyond the classroom. Whether it’s through icebreaker activities, or informational sessions, students are given the tools to forge connections that can last a lifetime. I was lucky enough to see this occur in our Junior School this week, and I am looking forward to our Senior students being welcomed onto Campus in the coming weeks.

Our dedicated staff play a pivotal role in making these orientations memorable. Their commitment to guiding students through their academic journey and beyond is evident during these events. The accessibility and approachability of our educators help foster an environment where students feel supported and motivated to excel. Thank you to all that have made these events engaging for our students, and to those that will do so in the coming weeks.

As we have these exciting orientations, it’s also a time to reflect on the accomplishments and growth we’ve experienced throughout the year. Each challenge faced, every milestone achieved, and all the lessons learned contribute to the collective sense of renewal.

For current students, this is a chance to share your experiences, offer guidance, and extend a welcoming hand to those joining our community. Your warmth and openness can make a significant impact on someone’s journey.

As we embark on these new beginnings and celebrate the approaching end of the school year, let’s embrace the spirit of renewal and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead. Together, as one united community, we look forward to creating more memories and achieving even greater heights in the academic year to come.


Deputy Principal (Acting)

Mr anthony britza

Nurturing a Culture of Respect and Responsibility at Tranby College.

As Deputy Principal of Tranby College, I am proud to be part of a progressive school of the Uniting Church in Australia that is values-based. Our values of Respect, Integrity, Service, Commitment, and Collaboration are at the heart of everything we do.

I am writing to inform you that we will be dealing with acts of physical aggression in a more considered way. We understand that physical aggression can occur in any group of people. Sometimes, it is an accidental contact that becomes more; sometimes, there is underlying tension, etc. We want to work with our young people in a way that values everyone as an individual, but we do not want a community that tolerates physical aggression as a means to resolve conflict.

Effective immediately, students involved in a physical aggression incident will be asked to spend at least one day at home. This step allows emotions to cool down and prevents further escalation, with parents promptly informed. Upon their return, students will have a temporary exclusion from classes to facilitate a thorough investigation. Our dedicated staff will engage with the involved parties and witnesses to understand the factors leading to the event and determine the appropriate action.

We believe in collaborative conflict resolution, which may involve restorative justice conversations, participation in our Junior School Taking Responsibility Program, or, in severe cases, suspension (internal or external). In exceptional circumstances, a student’s enrolment may be cancelled, emphasising the seriousness of their actions. Our objective is not punitive but rather to guide and educate our young individuals on responsible behaviour and respect.

The constructive collaboration between families and the College, supporting our students’ growth and learning, is essential. We understand that everyone makes mistakes, but it is how they reflect on their decisions and actions and the steps they take afterwards that define their character.

By addressing physical aggression with a considered, values-based approach, we are confident our students will continue to thrive in a safe and respectful environment.

Thank you for your continued support.


Deputy Head of Senior School


Learning Pathways 

As our Year 12 students complete their final external ATAR exams, now is a great time to reflect on the learning pathways they have followed. Many have taken a direct entry to a university pathway by studying four or more ATAR subjects in Years 11and 12, whilst others have successfully completed a university enabling course which gives them direct entry to university.

Other students have made a career choice that will lead them into an apprenticeship position next year, often by completing a pre apprenticeship certificate whilst still at the College. Some have decided to continue their learning through TAFE courses. Gap years are also being taken by those keen to travel and refresh before continuing with formal training and learning. 

I have not covered every pathway being used, but it does highlight the wealth of choices our young adults have available.  

On behalf of the College, we offer everyone best wishes for their future endeavours.  

Work Experience 

Some Year 11 students have recently been following their learning pathway by completing work experience with local companies. Below, they have provided a summary of their experiences below. 

Rohan Whittaker – “During my two weeks at Aurizon completing work experience doing electrical work on freight train locomotives I enjoyed myself immensely and it felt great to get out of the classroom and get hands on doing the work that I am interested in and getting a good taste of how it will be when I finish school. I am super impressed with the school and Aurizon’s support during this time and setting it all up for me.”   

Jack Williamson – “I have completed work experience at the Truck Centre WA. They are a large company with great equipment and skilled workers. The staff were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the work and was involved in the inspection and servicing of diesel engines.”  

Hunter Frazer – “At Sheet Metal Fabrications the hands on work was good. I learnt new skills such as welding and enjoyed the experience. The staff were nice and supportive.” 

Charlize De Koning – “I am doing a school-based apprenticeship in hospitality. This allows me to learn and use new skills. I enjoy the work as each day is varied. I make coffee, serve customers and now that I have my RSA licence, I am learning how to make different cocktails for the customers!” 

Tranby Year 11 Work Experience students

Head of Junior School

Mrs Cheryl Taylor

Welcoming our new students and families

This week the Junior School conducted two orientation mornings to welcome new students who will be commencing at the College next year.

Our first orientation was held for students who will be commencing in Pre-Primary in 2024. They were welcomed into Kindergarten for the morning, and they were able to spend time with the students who will be moving into Pre-Primary with them next year. There was painting and playing and many other fun activities to make our young new starters feel welcome.

Our second orientation morning was held for our students who will be commencing in the Junior School from Years 1 to 6. This was a wonderful morning where students had the opportunity to spend time in classes and meet their peers. Many parents stayed for an informal Q & A session, and it was a pleasure to welcome our new families.

At the conclusion of the morning, our new students were buzzing with excitement and they happily shared news of the new friendships made.
Our student leadership team assisted in the morning. They welcomed new families as they entered the College grounds and assisted the new students to ensure they were well supported in the classrooms. They even managed a mini fashion show as our student leaders proudly showed off how to wear the Tranby uniform.

It is always such a pleasure to welcome our new students and families into the Junior School.


St John's Ambulance Visits Kindy

A couple of weeks’ ago, St John’s ambulance visited Kindy. St John educator, Linzay, gave each student their own pretend phones and they listened to a ‘000 Wiggles song’ and learnt how to call emergency services.

Students also got to try on a paramedic uniform and listened to a story called ‘000 Heroes’. Kindy’s then made their way down to the ambulance for a tour. They sat on the beds and had a good look around. It was very interesting – especially when Linzay turned the sirens on! Everyone loved that!

We would like to send a huge thank you to Neeve Markham for helping co-ordinate this special incursion.


Kindy's Take on their First Athletics Carnival!

In week four our Kindergarten students participated in their first ‘Athletics Carnival’. The children competed in multiple events including running races, hurdles, relay race, egg & spoon race, sack races and a bean bag relay. The students tried their very best and  showed great sportsmanship, cheering on their peers. We also had lots of parents and spectators there to cheer our Kindy’s on. We finished the morning with our parents competing in a parent relay. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching their parents battle it out on the track.

A huge thank you to Mrs Barber for your assistance on the day and to Mrs Taylor and Mr Viviers who came to cheer us on. It was a fantastic day!


Year 4s Visit Fremantle

Earlier this Term, our Year 4 students took a trek back in time by visiting the WA Shipwrecks Museum and The Roundhouse in Fremantle. Learning about the locations’ history and about shipwrecks in our area, the excursion was interactive with role play, quizzes and hands-on experiences. 

Student Recognition

Keelan Mullins - Year 5

Born at just 26 weeks’, 10-year-old Keelan Mullins, like many premature babies, has suffered breathing issues his whole life. Last year, he was invited to be part of a study to determine the effectiveness of asthma medication in the treatment of ongoing breathing problems in children aged six to 12 years old, who were born at less than 32 weeks gestation.

The study found that nearly a quarter of the children who received Flixotide (asthma medication) experienced significant improvement in their lung function. The findings of this study may change the way some preterm babies are treated, leading to improved respiratory health in this population.

Thanks to this research, Keelan and his family have benefited from improved understanding and quality of life. They are very proud of their involvement in the study as they know it helps others. You can read more about Keelan’s story by clicking here.

Junior School Visual Art Exhibition

It's An Arty World

This year’s exhibition was a celebration of work from every student from Pre-primary to Year 6. This was quite an undertaking! Huge thanks and credit must go to Mrs Hanna who expertly mounted and labelled hundreds of pieces of work. Although the opening was limited due to library capacity restrictions, staff at the library reported a steady flow of admirers with the last day being particularly busy.

Well done to every student who showed their creative talent! Your work brought joy to many.

Thank you to all parents who validated and encouraged their children’s efforts by taking them to see this exhibition. Special thanks also goes to our two student helpers on the night, Maisie-Grace Sibley and Maya Peters.

Student Achievement

Lachlan Morris - Year 7

Congratulations to Year 7 Budjar student Lachlan Morris. He has been over east competing in a BMX competition as a part of the ACE National Factory Team. 

Lachlan came 8th in the National Rounds with his cruiser, 5th in the National Series (which is made up of 5 events) and he even reached the Quarter Finals in the Championships! Awesome results – congratulations Lachlan!

Photo credit: Ace Race Australia, 29 October 2023


Tranby Students Excel at Australian Mathematics Competition and Maths Challenge

During Term 2, students in Year 9 and 10 Mathematics Extension took part in Australian Mathematics Trust’s (AMT) Maths Challenge. This is a problem-solving program which aims to foster students’ understanding of the power of mathematics and the joy of mathematical problem solving. We are pleased to share that Sam Rolfe in Year Ten was awarded Certificate of Credit for his performance in the competition.

Additionally, during Term 3 the students from Year 9 and 10 Mathematics Extension took part in AMT’s Australian Mathematics Competition. We are proud to share that, Sam Rolfe and Corbin Conway-Mortimer received certificates of distinction, Jolie Nguyen received certificate of credit and Adam Pannett received certificate of proficiency.  

Congratulations to the students and their teachers Mr Luis Palumbo, Mrs Alison Fogwill and Ms Elinor Evans.


Give the Gift of Reading

We're on the hunt for Classics!

Our Senior School library is creating a new section of Classic books. Sadly, the library’s existing collection of Classic books has many gap. This is due to books having been lost, or the impact of wear and tear, and age. Even though we can access digital copies, it would be fabulous to have a lovely print copy in our library for students to borrow. We’re therefore asking for donations. If you have Classic books lurking in your home that are superfluous to your needs, please send them our way. They will be well loved! Some examples are:

  • Great Expectations
  • Tale of Two Cities
  • Oliver Twist
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Bleak House
  • David Copperfield
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Moby Dick
  • Little Women
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Treasure Island

Scholastic Book Fair & Raffle

Scholastic Book Fair Promotional Tile


The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Tranby College Junior Library! All funds raised will go towards the Story Dogs Program we have running in the Junior School. You can support our school whilst getting your hands on the best new children’s books during these times:

  • 3:15 – 4:30pm Tuesday – Friday,
  • 8:00 – 9:00am Wednesday – Friday.


As part of our fair, we will be selling raffle tickets for a beautiful ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ prize which includes:

  • A special hand-made cot quilt, and
  • A copy of the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 30 October until Friday 17 November at a cost of $2 for one ticket or 3 tickets for $5.

Image of blanket and book
Art Exhibition Image

Special Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Open for walk-ins and appointments (book online):

  • Tuesday 5 December: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 8 December: 8.00am – 12.00pm (closed in the afternoon)
  • Tuesday 12 December: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 15 December  8.00am – 4.00pm

Available for walk-ins:

  • Monday 15 January:  8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 16 January:  8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 January:  8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 18 January:  8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 19 January:  8.00am – 4.00pm

Available for walk-ins:

  • Monday 22 January: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 23 January: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Wednesday 24 January: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 29 January: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 30 January: : 8.00am – 4.00pm

Term 1, 2024 Opening:

  • Wednesday 31 January: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 2 February: 8.00am – 4.00pm