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Korean Travel Award
22 May, 2018
Aericka Bou has studied Korean for four years at the VSL Point Cook Centre and was recently accepted into the 2018 Korean Government Invitation Program. She is one of four students of Korean who were selected across Australia. She will visit South Korea for 10 days and experience a number of exciting activities like visiting a broadcasting station, Korean Folk Village, government offices, Hyundai Motor, Samsung Electronics, historic sites and a concert. The entire travel cost, including return flight to South Korea, transportation and accommodation within Korea, travel insurance and meals, is funded by the Korean Ministry of Education. Congratulations Aericka.
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Tamil New Year Celebrations
11 May, 2018
Tamil New Year, the first day of the Tamil calendar, usually falls on the 14th of April. This is a very special day for the Tamil community as it is a day solely for celebrating the Tamil language, culture and heritage. In order to mark this festive day and to highlight its significance, the Tamil class at the VSL Point Cook centre hosted a celebration for the students on their last day of Term 1. It was a joy-filled day with lots of activities for the students to participate in. Many parents volunteered to help out on the day and this made the celebration much easier to conduct. Lots of traditional Tamil foods, prepared by parents, were also brought in on the day to share with everyone. Students were taught the traditional Tamil art of “Kolam”, i.e. drawings or patterns made, usually with rice flour, in front of Tamil houses every day - though they are drawn with extra care and detail during important and auspicious days. This is an ancient form of art that is still practiced by many women in Tamil Nadu and is something that must be passed through to the next generations. All the students enthusiastically participated in the activities organised and they also learnt some crucial aspects of Tamil culture in a fun and playful way. Moreover, the day was vital in emphasising to students the need to uphold their strong cultural values irrespective of where they are in the world.
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Hindi Niketan VCE Presentation Night
24 April, 2018
The annual Niketan Hindi VCE Presentation Night was held on Saturday 14 April. It was wonderful to see the 48 Hindi Year 12 students who completed their VCE studies at VSL centres in 2017. All the students received a completion certificate, trophy and books (donated by the Indian consulate). Three students achieved a 48+ subject score and received an award for their great achievement. On the night MP Igna Peulich (herself a former VSL student) gave positive and encouraging speech to all the students, parents and other community members. Ms Kerry Law, Area Manager of Area East 1 also represented the VSL to support and congratulate the students at the awards ceremony.
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Easter Activities
24 April, 2018
Nothing will able to stop our Greek students and teachers to celebrate a special festival, especially Easter. On Thursday 22 March 2018, Greek students and teachers at VSL Doncaster centre celebrated Easter with great participation in different activities. First and foremost was the preparation of Easter eggs – real eggs not chocolate! Students prepared the deep red Easter egg dye and also learnt the background knowledge involved in cracking red eggs on Easter Sunday. Other students learnt Greek language authentically by reading and understanding the dyeing instructions on the package. Students also decorated an Easter bunny basket and Easter candle to celebrate Easter. You can see the passion for learning the Greek language at the VSL Doncaster centre!
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Hindi Holi Festival
24 April, 2018
Saturday 3 March was a very special day for all our Hindi language students, teachers and school community at the VSL Blackburn centre because we were celebrating Holi also known as the ‘festival of colours’. It is a traditional Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring as well as a celebration of fertility, colour and love; it is also the triumph of good over bad. Our Hindi students participated in various activities such as poetry recitals, background stories, article writing and watching animated videos related to the Holi celebration. VCE Hindi students undertook a comprehension questionnaire based on a 45 minutes video on Holi and afterwards they made special cards. Learning a language is not just the language itself but also its culture and the VSL embraces this element of language learning authentically.
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