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Greek Independence Day
30 March, 2017
The Hellenic community of Melbourne came together over the weekend to celebrate the March 25 holiday in honor of Greek Independence Day. Thousands attended the Independence Day parade waving Greek flags and celebrating. Towns throughout Greece and in the diaspora hold a school flag parade, during which children march in traditional costumes and carry Greek flags. According to the 2001 Australian census, Melbourne has the largest Greek Australian population in Australia (151,785 or around 47%), and the largest Greek population of any city in the World - outside of Greece. So it goes without saying that the march at the Shrine of Remembrance adjacent to St Kilda Road is an extremely popular event in the Melbournian Greek calendar. The procession of Greek Language schools dominates the march and thousands of students march in national costume and the obligatory blue and white. Amongst these schools there are 3 Victorian Government schools, namely the Victorian School of Languages, South Oakleigh Secondary College and Clarinda Primary school. Over 100 Victorian School of Languages students participated in the march this year.
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Pako Festa - Geelong
09 March, 2017
Students, staff and some parents from the Matthew Flinders VSL Centre in Geelong recently participated in Geelong’s annual multicultural festival ‘Pako Festa’. It is one of the biggest multicultural festivals in Australia with over 100,000 people attending through the course of the day. The festival begins with a parade of cultural and community organisations. VSL German teacher, Astrid Paape, inspired the staff and students to organise a parading group from the VSL to help promote our classes. They did a wonderful job, creating a presence, engaging with the onlookers and handing out leaflets. Well done to all.
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Vietnamese New Year at Footscray VSL
01 March, 2017
As part of the Vietnamese New Year celebrations at the VSL Footscray City centre, the junior primary Vietnamese students enjoyed a colourful display of dragon dancing. The Vietnamese New Year, Tet, is considered the biggest festival of the year in Vietnam. It is celebrated on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar and the celebration lasts for many days. The Vietnamese believe that the color of red in particular will bring good fortune, and when gifts are exchanged between family members and friends, children receive lucky money which is kept in a red envelope. May the New Year ahead be filled with health, happiness and success
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Point Cook – New VSL Centre
23 February, 2017
A new VSL location has opened up at Point Cook Senior Secondary College. As a result of growth at our Hoppers Crossing (Suzanne Cory HS) Centre, we needed an annexe nearby. Point Cook Senior Secondary College was in a prime location to serve this function and the administration of the school gladly accepted the opportunity. Classes in Chinese, Korean and Tamil have been shifted from Suzanne Cory and other languages may be added in the future depending on demand and resourcing. For enquiries about Point Cook language programs please call 8734 2815. We welcome the new administrative team, Amie John (Supervisor) and Zoe White (Administration Officer), pictured below with the Area Manager Zlata Matskarofski.
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Hindi Language Prize to Monish Puri
20 February, 2017
VSL Blackburn Hindi student, Monish Puri, recently came first in a major Hindi language competition. He competed in the International Elocution Hindi Competition hosted by the World Hindi Secretariat for the Australia and Asia region. Monish had to write an essay and deliver it in Hindi. To his joy, he came first and was over the moon to receive this award. This has been an honour and one that has boosted his confidence to proceed to a higher level in his studies. Monish was born and raised in Australia. Currently studying in Year 11 at Balwyn High School, he is a keen student, interested in various cultures and languages. He has shown great fondness of the Indian culture, including learning Hindi language. This inspiration came from watching Bollywood movies. As a result, he has been diligent and precise in every effort in his commitment to learn the Hindi language. Congratulations Monish!
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