Community Engagement in Learning
Welcome to the Community Engagement in Learning page. On this webpage, you will find information and educational resources to support your child’s learning at home.
Community Engagement in Learning Team
Our staff are committed to engaging families in their children’s learning. Our aim is to provide opportunities for families to participate in experiences that will help build an understanding of how our children learn. We strive to strengthen educational partnerships across our College community and beyond.
Victorian Chief Health Officer message to schools and their communities Prof Brett Sutton Victorian Chief Health Officer
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back the Victorian school community in 2021.
Following an incredible effort by students, staff, teachers, parents and carers last year, Victorian schools are well placed to safely commence the new school year. Schools will return to a largely normal program of activities, including welcoming parents and other vital members of the school community back into their grounds.
Throughout the pandemic, Victorian schools have rapidly adapted and successfully implemented measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in school environments. By embedding COVIDSafe principles in all its operations and reinforcing good behaviours throughout 2020, schools have created safe spaces, and are in a strong position to quickly respond to any coronavirus (COVID-19) risks that may emerge.
Given the current very low risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in the community, continued high rates of testing, wastewater monitoring, and continued observance of health and safety measures in schools; those with medical vulnerabilities or their carers can feel reassured that they can safely return to working and learning on site.
While we have seen outbreaks emerge over the summer break, we have also witnessed our capacity to respond quickly to limit the impact of these outbreaks. Should community cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) increase again, I am confident that with COVIDSafe plans in place, alongside our ability to quickly identify and respond to cases – schools remain safe places for all staff and students. I also continue to be reassured by evidence that children are less impacted by the virus and are less likely to develop severe illness.
It is crucial, however, for everyone to remain vigilant – to stay home when unwell, get tested, perform regular hand hygiene, wear a mask when required and maintain physical distancing from others when practical. Schools should consider how they can continue to pursue strategies that contribute to reduced transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Schools and parents continue to have an important role to promote and ensure testing when a child or staff member has any symptoms, no matter how mild, and then stay home. Getting tested and staying home until results are known, remains critical to limiting community transmission.
Adj Clin Prof Brett Sutton
Victorian Chief Health Officer
Marrung – Aboriginal Education Plan at Truganina College
The Marrung Vision:
Victoria will be a State where the rich and thriving culture, knowledge and experience of our First Nations peoples are celebrated by all Victorians; where our universal service systems are inclusive, responsive and respectful of Koorie people at every stage of their learning and development journey; and where every Koorie person achieves their potential, succeeds in life, and feels strong in their cultural identity.
At Truganina College, we are committed to supporting the Marrung Vision by:
- Celebrating our First Nations peoples rich and thriving culture by acknowledging the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders by naming our College’s Houses after Cathy Freeman, Jonathan Thurston, Albert Namatjira and David Yunaipon.
- Being inclusive, responsive and respectful of Koorie people at every stage of their learning and development journey by ensuring Koorie students have Individual Learning Action Plans and access to support beyond the classroom.
- Embedding knowledge of Koorie experiences and culture within all aspects of our Curriculum Planning in Years F-9. This is highlighted through the development of Resource Tubs, which contain Rich Literature that reflect Koorie culture and traditions.
- Continuing to acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our curriculum and the college to build in our students’ respect and deep appreciation for their contributions to society.
Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan on Department Website: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/aboriginal/Marrung_Aboriginal_Education_Plan_2016-2026.pdf
Parent Engagement in Learning Course 2021
Dear Parents/ Guardians and Carers,
- Are you interested in learning some simple strategies to support your child’s learning at home?
- Will you take up the opportunity to work with small groups of students in classrooms to improve their literacy and numeracy skills?
- Are you happy to volunteer your time and contribute to the learning happening in classrooms?
Then maybe you would like to attend a Parent Engagement in Learning Course at Truganina College.
The Community Engagement in Learning Team will be running the Parent Engagement in Learning Course on Tuesday the 22nd of June at 3:30pm via WebEx. This is an opportunity for you to develop some skills you can use at home with your child to support their reading and maths, or to be a parent helper in the classroom.
To participate in the Parent Engagement in Learning Course, on Tuesday afternoon please access the following link: https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/hume.shannon.s
We look forward to seeing you online.
Jaimie Vernon and Xavier O’Halloran
Community Engagement in Learning Team
NAPLAN Information Session: An Opportunity to Participate in Your Child’s Learning
Term 1, 2021 – See below the resources for the Term 1 2021 information session for Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 families.
These resources will provide you with information about NAPLAN assessment and how to support your child’s learning at home.
Please watch the video with your child and download the resources to help you support your child’s learning at home.
Parent Engagement in Learning Course
2019 – The Parent Engagement in Learning Course was delivered to parents focusing on how to use a range of reading comprehension strategies (developed by Duke & Pearson) which research shows help students develop literacy skills.
2020 – The Parent Engagement in Learning Course has been expanded to now provide parents an opportunity to participate in their child’s learning over 3 WebeEx Sessions. Each session delves into a core curriculum area, and provides useful strategies families can use to support their child’s learning at home.
Call the office on 03 9368 9800 to register for the course.
Year 7 2021 Information Session
Year 7 2021 Information Sessions
Kinder to Foundation Transitions
Kindergarten to Foundation Transition 2021
Kindergarten to Foundation Parent Information sessions will be delivered virtually due to current restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne. You will find the presentations below with an attached handout. There will be new presentations uploaded during Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 of Term 4, 2021. If you have any questions regarding transition please contact the College on 03 9368 9800 or Truganina.email@example.com.
Helping Your Child Succeed
Tips to Support Learning at Home
See the videos below for easy tips to help your child’s learning at home in the following languages: English, Somali, Somoa, Hindi and Urdu.
In this presentation you will find some easy tips for how to access a variety of Educatoinal Resources that have been developed by the Community Engagement in Learning Team to support learning at home.
In this presentation you will find some easy tips to support your child to use Mathletics at home.
At Truganina College, we set high expectations for all students to succeed. Please find below a selection of key educational resources to motivate and support your child’s learning at school as well as at home.
We developed this Reading Mantra here at Truganina College as a brief, visual guide to help support our students develop their thinking and deepen their understanding of what they are reading. Students use this across the College during reading.
Click here to access resources.
How to use the Truganina College Reading Mantra.
The following videos show students using the Reading Mantra for deeper understanding – Video
We developed this Maths Mantra here at Truganina College as a brief guide to help support our students thinking when they are responding/solving Maths problems. It’s simply a structured way for them to think about how to do this.
How to use the Truganina College Maths Mantra
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This video shows students using the Maths Mantra for problem solving – Video
Responsible Digital Citizen
As Responsible Digital Citizens at Truganina College, students agree to follow the expectations set out in the attached poster when using ICT (Information and Communication Techlonogy).
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Truganina College has a strong focus on developing and extending reading comprehension skills.
Here you will find useful resources to support your child’s reading comprehension at home.
This strategy can be used when reading a picture storybook or a longer text for enjoyment. It can promote deeper thinking while reading non-fiction books (science, humanities, history). Students can use it when they read any text containing photographs or pictures.
This video shows how teachers use ‘See, Think, Wonder’ strategy at Truganina College to develop metacognition.
Click to see a list of questions you can ask your child during reading.
Student Work sample.
Predicting is a comprehension strategy that requires students to make an educated guess about what is going to happen in the story. Students need to use information in the pictures, text, title and their prior knowledge to make an educated guess about the story.
Questions to ask your child before, during and after reading.
What do you think the book is going to be about? Why?
What do you think is going to happen next? Why?
What do you think might happen now? Why?
This video shows how teachers use this strategy to promote deeper thinking about stories through prediction.
Inferring is a comprehension strategy that requires students to make an educated guess about a part of the story they are reading. Students need to use the evidence in the story such as the pictures, words and phrases to understand more than what is directly found in the book.
Students can infer character emotions and guess the meaning of unknown words using the clues in the text to help them.
This video shows how teachers use this strategy to promote deeper thinking about stories through inferring.
Summarising and Retelling
Summaring and Retelling is a comprehension strategy to help students focus on the important parts of the story and communicate this to a teacher, friend or family member.
This strategy can be used after reading any piece of writing. After reading ask your child:
Can you tell me what happened in the story?
Then what happened?
What happened at the end?
What was the most important part of the story?
This video shows how teachers and families can use support students to retell and summarise after reading.
Books and Libraries
Truganina College Library
The College library is a focal point for celebrating literature and reading in our community. The library holds books, graphic novels and magazines to meet the diverse interests of students from Foundation to Year 9.
Every student has regular opportunities to visit the library and borrow from the collection.
Contact the library for more information or to ask a question: firstname.lastname@example.org
Story Box Library
Story Box Library
Story Box Library is an online subscription service featuring high-quality videos of picture books being read and performed by professional storytellers.
Familes can use the Story Box Library subscription at home. https://storyboxlibrary.com.au/
Log in details are required. Please contact the library: email@example.com
In this presentation you will find some easy tips to support your child to use Wushka at home.
Wyndham City Libraries
Wyndham City Libraries
Wyndham Libraries is the local public library service for the Truganina community. Membership of public libraries is free, and it is free to borrow. Wyndham Libraries have books, magazines, DVDs and digital resources for all ages, and run free activities during the school holidays.
Students and their families are strongly recommended to sign up for a public library membership.
More Reading Resources
In this presentation you will some easy tips and resources to help your child connect and engage with reading at home.