Imagine Nagle in 2029 - Masterplan Released

Nagle College has released the details of their new Master Plan which outlines the projected building works which will be undertaken in seven phases between now and 2029. These new and refurbished buildings, which will be designed by Y2 Architecture, will provide more contemporary and functional learning and teaching spaces.

The first phase of the project includes administration upgrades (which were completed in January 2020) and a new music and performing arts centre with a 300-seat theatre and an increased number of music practice rooms to accommodate the growing number of music students. Additionally, phase one will upgrade the vehicle and pedestrian network, including improved bus flow and a welcome road connection to Peart Street with increased parking.

Phase two of the plan will include a new VCAL precinct to accommodate the increasing demand of Nagle’s VCAL program. Phase three will include new agricultural science facilities, including farm infrastructure, site sheds, and undercover project yards that help students connect hands-on learning experiences in agricultural pathways.

The remaining phases will include refurbishments to existing buildings, including the Humanities wing, staff room and library (phase four); the Maths and English wing (phase 5); the Science and Art courtyard (phase 6) and long-term administration upgrades (phase 7).

“We are excited with the new opportunities which these projects will offer our students as they undertake their learning in more purpose-built and functional spaces,” said Mr Neville Powles, Principal.

These new and upgraded learning spaces will provide Nagle students with a contemporary learning environment that will support them to become motivated and reflective learners who show ownership and take action.

Graduation and Reconciliation Cloak 10th Anniversary

Nagle College is proud to announce that Year 12 graduate, Harley Finn, is the recipient of the Graduation and Reconciliation Possum Cloak for 2020. Harley’s academic, cultural and sporting excellence – demonstrated since he was enrolled in Year 7 – make him a worthy recipient.

Nagle College acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of this land on which we learn, the Gunaikurnai people, and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and future.

Nagle College is proud to announce that Year 12 graduate, Harley Finn, is the recipient of the Graduation and Reconciliation Possum Cloak for 2020. Harley’s academic, cultural and sporting excellence – demonstrated since he was enrolled in Year 7 – make him a worthy recipient.

2020 is a special year. Nagle is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the cloaks creation, with permission from the Elders and under the guidance of cloak maker, Mrs Lee Darroch. Staff and students at Nagle College undertook the Graduation and Reconciliation Cloak project with respect, and with an understanding of the cultural and spiritual significance of the traditions that the possum skin cloaks uphold.

Nagle’s cloak, a sacred treasure, was bound by many hands including Year 9 Bushtucker students, the Class of 2010, Koorie students and friends, Nagle College staff, Koorie community and Elders. Nagle’s journey and the stories on the possum cloak continue to be shared each year with staff and students. It is a valuable learning experience.

Mrs Tania Holmes and Ms Toni Collins thank both the Koorie and the broader Community for their involvement and support in the creation of the cloak.

Neal Wilson Music Scholarship

Applications for the 2021 Neal Wilson Music Scholarship are now open. A $500 Scholarship will be awarded to a selected music student who is actively involved in instrumental music and intends to study classroom music up to and through their senior years.

Neal Wilson established and ran the Nagle College Music Program from 1978 to 1997. As Director of Music, Neal engaged countless students to the music program who have cherished the gift of music. Before coming to Bairnsdale and Nagle College, Neal was a Drum Major in the Australian Army Band. To this day we appreciate Neal’s contribution to our music program and thank the Bairnsdale RSL for recognising and continuing Neal’s legacy. This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of the Bairnsdale RSL who wish to encourage students to develop and pursue instrumental music, both at Nagle College and throughout their lives.

Eligible students will be considered by means of a short audition/performance, their commitment to the instrumental program and performance in their College academic studies. A copy of the criteria is attached for your information. I encourage instrumental students from all year levels to consider an application. We understand that 2020 has not been a ‘normal’ year and as such the opportunities of music activities has been limited. Please refer to/list any involvement over the last 2 years when completing the attached form. Auditions will be held on either Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 or Thursday 19 November - final date and schedule will be advised once all applications have been received.

Application forms can be collected from Student Reception or the Music Office and returned to the College (Student Reception) marked “Neal Wilson Scholarship” by 4.00 pm Monday 16 November 2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Andrew Long, Director of Music, on 5152 9932.

What'll happen to the wattle??!

Nagle’s Year 8 Enhanced Science students have been selected to take part in the ‘What’ll happen with the wattle??!’ program, supported by the Australian Space Agency. Nagle was one of 150 schools, scout groups and Australian Air Force Cadets across Australia to be selected for this program.

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One Giant Leap Australia Foundation is sending native golden wattle seeds to the International Space Station in early December, 2020. In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) the seeds will live in space for six months, returning to Australia in time for Science Week 2021.


A community panel judged the applications that included 200 words and a short video, explaining what the schools would do with the wattle once it had grown.

“We have spent five days watching videos. Entries were received from across Australia; from a single teacher in a face mask in a school in Victoria to a small school in remote Northern Territory. It has been an amazing opportunity to laugh and cry our way through them,” said on panel member.

The selected schools will receive wattle seeds that have been flown to space and seeds that have not – both from the same seed lot. Students are asked to germinate and grow their seeds, and record data about the germination and seed growth. Data will then be uploaded to the ‘What’ll happen to the wattle??!’ app.

“We are thrilled to be taking part in this unique and exciting program. It an incredible opportunity for our students to take part in a national science project of this scale. We look forward to growing our space seeds!” said Ms Jacinta Preston, Year 8 Enhanced Science teacher.

Throughout the program, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation will run teleconferences and provide educational support to participating groups.

The 12-month to 2 year project will result in the creation of a nationwide map identifying the location of Australia‘s 'space wattle’ trees.

The project is an historic opportunity for Australian schools and students. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) media announcement: