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Indian Essay Competition 2018
30 November, 2018
Celebrate India Inc., a Victorian not for profit community organisation, invited students of the Victorian School of Languages to participate in this year’s ‘Indian Essay Competition’. The competition gave year 5 & 6 students across Victoria, an opportunity to explore and share their experience of the Australian and Indian cultures. We proudly announce that Samreen Kaur Arora, a Year 5 student studying Punjabi language at the Werribee Centre, was awarded 3rd prize for the essay she submitted in the competition. A certificate of achievement and entry tickets to Eureka Tower Melbourne, were presented to Samreen at the Victorian Festival of Diwali, which was held at Federation Square on November 3rd. Congratulations and well done to Samreen!
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Italian Study Tour
30 November, 2018
On Saturday, 24 November 2016, a group of students studying Italian at the Victorian School of Languages (both Distance Education and Centre students) and their VSL Italian teachers, left Australia for a three week study tour to Salerno, Italy. This is the second time that such a tour has been organized by the Victorian School of Languages. Students are attending Italian classes at the ‘Accademia Italiana’ in the mornings and after lunch, they attended site seeing trips or seminars, all arranged by the Accademia. We wish them well in their studies and cultural experiences. Below is a photo of the group with teachers and Accademia staff, soon after arrrival.
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Punjabi Drama Competition
27 November, 2018
Punjabi students from the VSL Wodonga Centre have won first prize in the Sikh Naujawan Melbourne inaugural drama competition, beating 11 other schools. Students travelled from Wodonga to Melbourne on the 24th of November to take part in the competition. The theme for the competition was the Guru Nanak’s three pillars of teaching: honest living, meditating and sharing and caring. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and to their teacher, Mrs Harpreet Kaur Sandhu, for preparing the students so well.
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Indian Languages Conference
21 November, 2018
The VSL recently hosted the inaugural conference for teachers of Indian languages. The conference had its antecedent in 2015 when Dr Peter Friedlander, Senior Lecture in Hindi at the Australian National University organised the first Hindi workshop. It was decided to extend this year’s conference to teachers of all Indian Languages and we offered to host it at the Victorian School of Languages in Thornbury. The speakers and participants represented both secondary and tertiary programs. Key-note speakers included the Indian Consul-General, Mr Rakesh Malhotra, Dr Peter Friedlander, Dr Surjeet Dhanji, a Researcher with the Australia-India Institute and the Victorian Minister or Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott. A number of teachers and developers also spoke about recent materials they have developed in the languages of Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu.
For a full report, please see the article in the Blog on the VSL website.
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VSL Wde Tamil Concert
21 November, 2018
The Tamil end of year concert was recently held at our Werribee centre. This is one of the less common arrangements as it is not limited to students just from that centre. All the Tamil classes from across the VSL attend. The organising committee and parents and teachers do a wonderful job to achieve this logistical challenge.
The event celebrated student achievements and provided spectacular entertainment for the parents, grandparents and students who attended. There were items presented by students from Year 1 to VCE, showcasing the Tamil language and culture. The presentations included folk dances, poem recitals and songs dramatisation and choreography prepared by teachers and students. The remarkable performances delivered by students delighted the parents, who felt proud of their children’s achievements. Students were also given awards for their achievements in 2018. Overall, there were a lot of memories to cherish and take home, a sense of achievement and growth and an enthusiasm for next year’s return to VSL Tamil classes!
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