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.

Write a Book in a Day

Year 9 Enhanced English students participated in the Write a Book in a Day competition and raised an incredible $4,595 for the Kids Cancer Project - a new school record.

Skye Smith


The Write a Book in a Day competition commences in May each year and is a large fundraising event for the Kids Cancer Project. The competition involves teams of 5 to 10 members who raise funds and participate in a 12-hour writing session in which a children’s book is created based on set parameters. The books are published and distributed through hospitals to children receiving cancer treatment.

This year over 1,007 teams were involved, from 378 schools and writing groups across Australia. Teams competed in four different levels starting in Primary School (Grades 5 and 6) and working through to open teams of adults. Among them were two teams from the Nagle Year 9 Enhanced English program. Our writing day was on Thursday 17 September, from 8 am to 8 pm. It was a very different competition writing day to previous years with all groups having to compete remotely – communicating over Google Meet and Google Docs. It was a day that challenged students in various ways but particularly in terms of their ability to work together as a team, work to a time frame, and work creatively whilst incorporating set parameters.

The competition winners were announced on the Thursday 12 November and the standard of entries was incredible. Whilst Nagle students were not amongst the winners, the two teams managed to raise $4,595 for the Kids Cancer Project which is a fantastic effort (and a new school record) and their two created stories – Golden Trap and Peter’s Spark – will be distributed to the sick children. The following students are congratulated for their involvement: Daniel Worley, Braidan Wylie, Jessie Forster, Crystal Williams, Brylee McMahon, Jessica Bradley, Joshua Carter, Chinela Otuonye, Emily Shenton, Tehya Morrison, Milly Lucetta, Jess Robinson, and Sabastian Etheridge

Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser and our students. Next year we hope to be involved again. Keen readers and writers who are going into year 9 in 2021 may wish to speak to their English teacher to express an interest in being involved in the Enhanced English program.