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Mother's Day Concert at Berwick VSL
24 May, 2017
The Berwick VSL Centre is one of our newer locations, having opened in 2015. The Centre is gradually growing and has full Hindi, Swahili, Spanish and Chinese classes with enthusiastic and passionate staff and a very engaged community. The new supervisor Mr. Andrew Tomlin had the great idea to organise a Mother's Day concert for the Berwick campus, arranging, with the generous support of Berwick College, the Performing Arts Centre at the school. Hard-working teachers and students pulled of a great display of recital and dance! I am sure that everyone involved is looking forward to next year's event! Well done to all and a big thanks for the support by the parents and community!
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International Children’s Festival
24 May, 2017
The International Children’s Festival which has been taking place in Melbourne since 2002 is an extension of the 23rd of April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day celebrated in Turkey which draws children’s dance groups from over 120 countries around the world. The festival in Melbourne brings together the children from Turkish schools as well as children's groups from various ethnic backgrounds. As outlined by the Association of International Children’s Festival organizers, the International Children's Festival in Melbourne tries to diminish the existing misunderstanding and intolerance among different communities of diverse racial, religious and cultural backgrounds by providing an occasion for the children to get together and help promote and foster collective consciousness towards a uniting Australian cause. In the past, the Victorian School of Languages has successfully been represented in this festival. This year, we have had more time to prepare with 3 dance groups from 3 different VSL Centres displaying excellent performances drawing great admiration from the audience and organizers alike. Our contribution in strengthening the Children’s Festival with our support and participation with our dance groups were specifically acknowledged and appreciated by the Festival organizers and we have officially been invited to take part in next years’ festival with more groups. We would like to thank the following teachers and students for their hard work and fantastic performances in this important and meaningful event: 1) Macedonian teacher/ dance instructor Ms. Vesna Damcevska and students (Keilor Downs VSL Centre) 2) Bosnian parent/dance instructor Ms. Senada Ekic and students (Creekside VSL Centre) 3) Punjabi teacher/dance instructor Ms. Shally Khanna and students (Hampton Park VSL Centre). Sadik Cagdas and Holger Nord
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Sinhala New Year Festival at Dandenong
10 May, 2017
What is the meaning of the New Year Festival in Sri Lanka and how do we celebrate it? These were the "guiding questions" that provided the dramaturgic guidelines that saw all 130 Sinhalese students from Hampton Park being involved in this year's festivities. Held at the hall of the Dandenong High School, the colourful occasion demonstrated the growing experience and professionalism with which staff and volunteers managed this event; congratulations to all! It was a highly entertaining as well as enlightening event for participants and guests alike and was further supported by Vishvavahini, the TV channel! The photos show the staff members of the Sinhala Faculty as well as some impression of the day! Well done to all!
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Mother’s Day at Blackburn VSL
09 May, 2017
Hindi teacher, Anushree Jain had a great idea to celebrate Mother’s Day with Year 3-6 students in her Hindi class last Saturday. Students first learnt Mother’s Day poems written by Ms Jain. After reciting the poems, each student then made a beautiful Mother’s Day card with the poem written by the students for their mothers. On the same day, Ms Jain kindly arranged and recorded the students reciting the poems for Hindi SBS Radio to broadcast during this week to celebrate Mother’s Day.
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French Seminar and Excursion to van Gogh Exhibition
05 May, 2017
French Distance Education courses place great emphasis on culture and offer students vast opportunities to explore the rich world of French history and art. Every year the French faculty takes Year 10, 11 and 12 Distance Education students to the National Gallery of Victoria for a guided tour of the permanent exhibition of French art, as part of one of our seminars. This year we were lucky to be able to combine a Seminar with a very special visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, which is hosting the significant “Vincent van Gogh and the Seasons” exhibition. In the morning the students participated in intensive language lessons which included mastering of vocabulary related to the topic of art and paintings and describing impressionist paintings, using expressions appropriate for their language level. This was followed by a listening comprehension activity with people expressing their views of a particular painting. Students learned to express their personal perception of and reaction to each work of art. After a short break for lunch, students accompanied by their French teachers went to the National Gallery of Victoria for a one hour lecture by a member of the Gallery staff and a viewing of the exhibition. “I liked the gallery. I liked the depth of colour, how you could see how he (van Gogh) used colours. I think it was absolutely brilliant”, said Katarina, one of a large group of Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 students of French who attended the seminar and exhibition. The students came from Benalla, Colac, Kyneton, Mt Beauty, West Gippsland (Warragul), Warrnambool, and there were a few from Melbourne, too! They came to see the work of the great man in his wheatfields and in the brilliance of his colours. Colourful…brilliant… A special thank you to Helen Rich, Head of the French Department, for all her organisation.
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