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8 December (Week 9 Term 4)

Important Dates

Tuesday 12 December
College offices close at 12.30pm

Wednesday 13 December
College closed

12pm Friday 22 December 2023 – 4pm Friday 1 January 2024
Christmas and New Year closure

From the Principal

Mrs Emily Goforth

As we stand on the cusp of bidding farewell to another incredible year, it’s with immense gratitude and joy that I reflect on the journey we’ve shared and the growth we’ve experienced together.  To be writing this article, particularly with its tone of gratitude, seems fitting as my first as substantive Tranby Principal.

I honestly cannot put in to words the honour and gratitude I feel about the privilege of leading Tranby.

First and foremost, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to each member of our extraordinary Community. Your unwavering support, dedication, and input have played an integral role in making this year a resounding success. Whether you’re a student, staff member, parent, guardian or part of our extended network, your contributions have shaped the vibrant tapestry that is Tranby.

Over the past 12 months, Tranby has witnessed significant growth on multiple fronts. Academic excellence has grown, with students pushing boundaries and demonstrating unparalleled commitment to their studies. Our staff have continued to inspire with their passion for teaching and promoting a positive learning environment. The collaborative spirit within our Community has fostered an environment of collaboration and integrity, paving the way for exciting possibilities in 2024.

As we celebrate the achievements of each of our students, whether they have learnt a new skill, achieved a personal best, or been the recipient of an award, it is important to not to forget the challenges faced and the lessons learned.

As we approach the festive season, let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas.

Beyond the glittering decorations and festive feasts, Christmas is a time for reflection, gratitude, and the joy of giving. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the warmth and camaraderie within the Tranby community.

In the spirit of Christmas, let’s embrace the lessons of the season—coming together, fostering connections, and spreading love. Whether it’s reaching out to those in need, expressing gratitude for the opportunities we’ve been given, or simply spreading joy through small gestures, let’s carry the true spirit of Christmas in our thoughts and actions.

May this Christmas be a time of reflection, renewal, and connection for each and every one of you. And as we embark on the new year, let the lessons of Christmas guide us in strengthening a Community that thrives on compassion, understanding, and a shared commitment to making a positive impact in the world.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter, and moments of genuine joy, and a New Year brimming with endless possibilities.

I look forward to working with you all in 2024!


Deputy Principal

Mr anthony britza

As we approach the end of another remarkable year at Tranby, it is with great excitement and anticipation that I share with you some of the incredible strides we have made in enhancing the teaching and learning environment for our students.

I want to thank our IT team, as well as Mrs Chelsea Smart, Mr Luis Palumbo and Mrs Jessica Hutcheson, who have worked tirelessly with me on these improvements.

Great Moves in Technology

This year has been marked by significant technological advancements, aligning with our commitment to providing an innovative learning experience. The introduction of Microsoft Surface devices from Year 3 to Year 12 is a transformative step towards embracing portability, flexibility, and digital inking. This initiative is already reshaping the way we teach and learn, bringing a dynamic and interactive dimension to the classroom.

In response to the ever-evolving digital landscape, we have also undertaken extensive efforts to enhance digital security and privacy, ensuring a secure environment for both students and staff. The installation of 4K screens in the Senior School, alongside improvements in wireless and internet access, further amplifies our dedication to providing the best possible resources for our students.

The addition of cabling for PA systems and vape detectors reinforces our commitment to creating a safe and conducive learning environment for everyone at Tranby College.

New Digital Platform

The College has decided to bid farewell to SEQTA. I want to express my gratitude for your patience during this year as we experience an increasing number of issues with that platform.

Recognising the evolving needs of our College, we are excited to introduce TASS, a robust and versatile platform that will supersede SEQTA, providing enhanced functionality and user experience.

Starting from the beginning of the academic year, parents, students, and staff will have access to dedicated portals – Parent Lounge, Student Café, and Staff Kiosk. Communication channels will shift to email for parents, guardians and students while learning materials will be delivered through Seesaw in the Junior School and Microsoft Office 365 applications in the Senior School.

We kindly ask for your patience and support as we embark on this exciting journey. SEQTA will be deactivated at the end of this year, so please ensure to download any College Reports. Rest assured, we are diligently backing up and transferring all data to the new system.

As we move forward, we will be testing and activating the many features of TASS. We will communicate with parents when and how these will work. Look out for updates in our newsletter, emails, and parent and guardian information sessions.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the past year, let us celebrate the incredible achievements and growth of our students. I encourage you to engage in conversations with your children about their learnings – both about the world and themselves. What knowledge have they gained, and what questions still ignite their curiosity? These conversations are vital in fostering a love for learning and curiosity that extends beyond the classroom.

As we approach the festive season, on behalf of Tranby, I wish you a holy, safe, and joyous Christmas and New Year.

May this time be filled with warmth, reflection, and shared moments with loved ones. We eagerly anticipate the return of our students next year and extend a warm welcome to new students, families and staff who will undoubtedly contribute to our vibrant Community. There is much to look forward to in 2024 as we start another fantastic year of learning and discovery!


Deputy Head of Senior School


Celebrating the completion of the 2023 Academic Year

Over the past two weeks, Senior School students have been treated to a variety of farewell activities to end the year. It has been wonderful to see their growth over the past year and the friendships that have been formed.

  • The Year 7 and 8 students were treated to a sausage sizzle before their Friday afternoon excursion to the Baldivis Sports Complex where they enjoyed playing basketball, pickleball (a first and a new favourite amongst the cohort!) and volleyball.
  • In Year Nine, a more formal event occurred at Peel Manor House. The students enjoyed a sit-down meal and a lot of dancing!
  • The annual River Cruise for Year 10 students was well attended as usual. Once again, students enjoyed a sit-down meal and dancing whilst cruising down the Swan River.

On each of the above occasions, students demonstrated respect and integrity, allowing students and staff to enjoy the event.

As the academic year draws to a close, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to an amazing 2024.


Head of Junior School


To all our amazing Junior School families I would like to extend my very warmest wishes for the festive season. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education and on behalf of all the Junior School staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout 2023.

As with all years, we are met with challenges, but it is our approach to these challenges that defines us. 

As you read through your child’s report, remember to focus on their effort and attitude. A positive attitude towards learning will take us far, no matter what grade is achieved. Celebrating the positives enables us to approach our learning with a positive mindset and there is much to be thankful for.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful Junior School staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the year to provide the best opportunities and experiences for each child in their care.

I look forward to welcoming you all back at the commencement of 2024.

Merry Christmas!


Congratulations to our Years 3-11 Award Winners

In this morning’s Year 3-11 Presentation Assembly, award winners for students across Years 3-11 were announced. To read the full list of award recipients, click the button below.

Christmas Fun in Year 2K

Year 2K enjoyed writing imaginative stories about the mischief Elfie ‘Cookie Claus’ got up to each day. They also wrote up the steps to making a snowman and had fun playing with ‘snow’ made from bi-carb soda and shaving cream.

Pin the nose on Rudolf was a big hit and everyone laughed seeing who could make the best Santa’s beard!

2023 has been a fun year together and it has been lovely to celebrate our students’ growth and success.

Year 6 Activity Day

After their Farewell Assembly on Friday 24 November, our Year 6 students and teachers travelled to Mandurah for a fun filled afternoon.

The first stop was the foreshore for some lunch with a view (we even spotted dolphins!), then we were on our way to the main event…. FLIP OUT!

There were lots of flips and tricks, and even more smiles.

The Year 6s had great time bouncing and laughing together one last time as Junior School students.

Thank you to Flip Out Mandurah for having us!


Year 5-6 Golf Program

Throughout Term 4, a group of Year 5-6 students have been participating in coaching sessions down at Secret Harbour Golf Course, with Golf Pro Mitch Roberts. Every Wednesday morning before College, students meet at the course to practise skills such as driving, putting, and chipping.

While  developing their skills students also learn about golf etiquette, such as pace of play.

During our final session, students were treated to a 9-hole game where they were split into small groups of 3.

Around we went in our golf buggies, playing each hole and tracking our scores to see who would win the prize at the end. There were some amazing drives on the day, lost balls in the bushes and a spectacular chip in from Chloe Carrabin on the final hole.

The final scores from the day were:

  • Division A: Joshua Stewart (1st), Nathan Edman (2nd), Jesse Diamanti (3rd)
  • Division B: Chloe Carrabin (1st), Lachlan Caudwell (2nd), Joel McMillan (3rd)
  • Division C: Oliver Downham (1st), Jobie Martin (2nd), Khloe Read (3rd)

Thank you to Mitch for taking us out on the course every week and for creating such a fantastic program for our golfers this term.


Student Achievements

Xavier Bogg (Year 6)

On 26 November, Year 6 student Xavier Bogg competed in the Mandurah Long Course Challenge held at the Mandurah Aquatic Recreation Center. The event attracts a number of competitors from around the state. Over the course of the day Xavier gained 5 PB’s and walked away with a total of 6 Gold medals and 2 Bronze medals for his events.

Well done Xavier, we can’t wait to see what you produce at next year’s swimming carnival!

Junior School Surfing

Last Friday the Junior School completed their final surfing lesson and sadly said goodbye to our awesome coaches for yet another season.

It has been amazing to see our regular surfers progress their skills as well as watching our beginners gain more confidence as the weeks went on.

A massive thank you to ‘Salt and Mantra’ and their amazing team Az, Doug and Dan for all their help and support once again this year. We will be back in Term 1 next year, raring to go!


Mental Health Support

Events such as Christmas can often bring up feelings of anxiety or displacement. If these feelings start to creep in for you or your child during the upcoming holiday season (or at any time for that matter), it is important that you know where to turn.

Your regular doctor can often provide support and referrals for support as required.

If it is an emergency for your child, the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service has a Crisis Connect service contactable on 1800 048 636.

More information on this service can be found using the following link: CAHS | Child and Adolescent Health Service – CAMHS Crisis Connect.

Additionally, there are a number of helplines available including

  • Mental Health Telephone Support Line – 1800 048 636
  • Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
  • Family Helpline – 1800 643 000

Food & Design Technologies Fun

In Food & Design Technologies students were treated to some fun Christmas activities that included making gingerbread cookies and houses to take home, and dog bandanas for our furry friends.

For the gingerbread, students spent two lessons making and mixing their dough before cutting out their designs and baking. Decorating was a highlight, with all students taking their time to plan their designs and their chosen lollies. The end results were very pleasing.

The dog bandanas were an end-of-year activity for our Year 10 Textiles students. Practicing their pattern cutting and sewing skills, the bandanas were created for a range of pets, including one student who made it for their pet chicken! 

We all think they look super cute on Mrs Morrison’s pooch Rodger!.


Year 9-11 Senior Cadet Camp

At the beginning of December, our Senior Cadets attended their annual outdoor camp at Dwellingup. This was an opportunity for them to apply their outdoor skills and knowledge and to build confidence and resilience whilst facing a variety of challenges.

While on camp, Cadets participated in:

  • Ziplining
  • Rock climbing
  • Splat ball (which was an absolute  highlight for both students and teachers!)
  • Forest Ecology Learning, and
  • Fishing

In the evenings, Cadets were treated to delicious food under the stars and even watched an outdoor movie together.

As a team they bonded, creating great memories for years to come. The adventure also marked Mrs Miller’s last Cadet Camp for a while as she is taking leave in 2024.


Music Tutor Concerts & Music Enrolments 2024

Last week, a number of our students taking instrumental and vocal lessons presented items at the Music Tutor Concerts.

It was wonderful to see these students, from Pre-Primary all the way to Year 10, showcase their skills and talent.

Their performances were an outstanding demonstration of confidence, commitment and courage.

Congratulations to all students who performed, and thank you to our wonderful tutors.


We are now accepting applications for 2024, with more space now available in our vocal, woodwind, brass and drums programs. 

Download the Music Information sheet or contact for more details.


Defence Squad Pizza Party

Last week, students of Australian Defence Force families at Tranby College, were invited to attend an End-of-year Pizza Party!

Hosted by Defence Mentor, Miss Kat, and assisted by some of our wonderful Education Assistants, it was a great way for everyone to get together to celebrate what they had achieved throughout the year.

A Message from our Canteen Crew

As we complete another busy year, we would like to say thank you to our parents, caregivers, students & staff for supporting our Canteen. We have enjoyed serving our students with recess and lunch orders every day. 

Thursday and Friday are our really busy service days and we would like to thank our volunteers Michelle and Mel, for giving of their time every week to help us.

Term 1 will commence with new recess and lunch order items, along with our really popular choices. You’ll be happy to know these favourites will not be disappearing!

Once again, thank you to everyone that has visited or placed a lunch order with us this year, we value your support. Have a relaxing festive break & we look forward to serving you all in the new year.   

If You’d Like to be Heard,
We are Listening

You might remember in a recent edition we shared the results of the MMG survey. These surveys are usually undertaken every two years and are an excellent way to understand Community sentiment and trends over a long period of time.

We learn so much from these surveys, but we also want to give you the opportunity to give us feedback on a more regular basis.

We know that not everyone can come in and join a focus group and those that can may not always be available. To make sure that we hear from as many of you as possible, we are creating an online feedback channel, for you to tell us what you think at a time most convenient to you.

It won’t matter where you are or what time of the day or night it is, the channel will always be open to you.

There’ll be questions where we’ll ask for more detail on the feedback you gave MMG so we can get a deeper understanding. There’ll be space for you to tell us what you want us to know and also the opportunity for you to ask us questions.

The page is nearly complete and we will be sending you a link to it in coming weeks.

Together we are the Tranby Community and collectively we can make Tranby the best it can be.


Special Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Open for walk-ins and appointments in 2023 (book online):

  • Tuesday 12 December: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Friday 15 December  8.00am – 4.00pm

Available for walk-ins in 2024:

  • 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