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VSL Tops Premiers Awards
07 June, 2018
The 2018 VCE Premier’s Awards were held on Tuesday 15 May at Palladium at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, a function that was attended by over 1,000 guests, composed of students, parents and teachers. The main presenter was the Minister for Education and Deputy Premier, the Hon James Merlino. The aim of these annual awards are to recognise some of Victoria’s best and brightest students. A total of 50,884 students completed their VCE in 2017, of which 274 students received 302 individual Study Awards, 23 students received Top All-Round Awards and 3 students received the Top International Students Awards. The Victorian School of Languages with 15 Awards was by far the best performing school in Victoria in the individual awards and received the highest number in the State. The top five performing schools were:
1 Victorian School of Languages 15
2 Methodist Ladies College 11
3 Balwyn High School 8
4 Melbourne Grammar School 7
5 Glen Waverley Secondary College 6
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Cobram Punjabi Excursion
07 June, 2018
The Cobram Punjabi students recently attended an excursion as part of their language and culture studies. The students delivered a project on Punjabi festivals (Gurpurab) and students played Punjabi games such as King, Queen, Thief and Kikli. Following the games, students drew pictures of festivals on the sand and other students guessed which festival the drawings related to. The class then shared cultural Punjabi food related to the festivals. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day.
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Mothers Day at Berwick
01 June, 2018
On Saturday 12th May 2018 all students at the VSL Berwick Centre performed poetry and singing items for their mothers, families and friends during our 2018 Mothers Day concert in the Berwick College Performing Arts Centre. I would like to thank the eight teachers and their students for the wonderful and colourful performances. It was a great day of celebration and heart-warming to see the dedication of staff and community and their strong support of this ever-growing VSL community in the South East!
Andrew Tomlin VSL Berwick Supervisor
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Greek Mothers Day at Glen Waverley
01 June, 2018
To honour Mothers Day, the Greek faculty at Glen Waverley Centre presented a variety of short performances before mothers and grandmothers. The mini concert started with a couple of short videos, by Paolo Coelho, presenting the cycle of life and the significance of a mother’s role in every child’s life. Many mums and grandmothers were emotional watching the videos and also their children performing. Songs sung by our students were chosen to show gratitude and respect to our mothers .The lower school students presented personal comments on ‘why they love their mum’ and a song . The second part of the presentation was dedicated to grandmothers. A traditional song and funny poems where presented by middle school students. The upper school presented a small theatrical performance, poems, and proverbs relating to mothers, and finally a dance. The highlight of the evening was to involve all mothers and grandmothers in a dance. A Greek gathering cannot be complete without a traditional dance! The evening was very entertaining and successful, filled with laughter and emotional moments. Denise Katiforis Greek Co-ordinator
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Chiriti Thiruvizha - Tamil New Year
29 May, 2018
On Saturday 19 May, the Tamilar Inc, a not-for-profit, apolitical, secular community organisation, held the Tamil New Year Celebration at the Collingwood Town Hall. The VSL is leading the nation in supporting the teaching of Indian languages. The first language was Hindi and was introduced at the Brunswick Centre 31 years ago. Since then we have added Punjabi, Malayalam, Urdu, Tamil and others. We introduced Tamil initially at the Werribee Centre in 2012, at Lalor in 2014, At the Roxburgh Centre in 2016 and at Creekside College in Caroline Springs in 2017. This has been a real team effort involving theTamil community, VSL leadership and the respective Area Managers. The New Year function was also attended by Cr Daniel Nguyen (Mayor of the City of Yarra), Mrs Vijaya Vaidyanath (CEO of the City of Yarra) and other notable guests. The President of the Association, Mr Jayaram Nadar expressed his appreciation of the role the VSL has played. He also acknowledged the VSL support in the printing of six Tamil textbooks, prepared by Mrs Deepa Ganesan and a team of people. The occasion was used to launch the publications. Congratulations to all involved.
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