News & Events
Enrolment 2018 Information
10 October, 2017
The VSL enrolment system is being prepared for 2018. When the system is ready, re-enrolling students will be sent an email. The process for new enrolments will be announced on the VSL web site News. Any enquiries for late enrolment for 2017 can be directed to the relevant Centre by telephone. Contact phone numbers are available in Contact Us on the VSL home page.
Hindi/Kannada poetry competition across the South East
21 September, 2017
During September the Kannada and Hindi language faculties got together to organise a poetry competition for all year levels! Berwick kicked off the individual presentations, which finished with Hindi classes (see photos Hindi Yr7-8) “battling it out”. Kannada also invited external guests as their panel of judges. These poems not only serve as great learning tools for the acquisition of the target language but also reflect an important cultural artefact of communication, ritual and celebration. The VSL South East is proud to contribute through its programs to maintain and enrich the communities’ cultural heritage! We look forward to organising many more such events and also looking forward to our Open Day on November 18th to greet and introduce our school to the wider communities!
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International Karen Delegation
21 September, 2017
On September 9, Karen delegates from England, Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Korea, New Zealand, Myanmar (Karen State) and Australia had the opportunity to visit VSL Karen classes at the Suzanne Cory (Werribee) Centre. Since there are no Karen language schools in other countries outside of Myanmar, the visitors were interested in learning about the VSL Karen language program and meeting the Karen teachers, parents and students to share and exchange the experiences of the Karen diaspora. The delegates had the opportunity to meet the Centre Karen teachers and staff over morning tea. This was followed by an assembly in the school auditorium, which was filled with Karen classes and local community members. A welcoming speech was given by VCE students Paw Lwe Moo and Koh Ploh Soe, followed by Area Manager, Zlata Matskarofski, who spoke about the Victorian School of Languages and the Karen language program. The audience was also entertained with an action song sung by the Karen students. Padoh Ziporah Sein- Karen National Union (KNU) publicly thanked VSL and the leaders of the Australian Karen Organisation (VIC) for facilitating and supporting the Karen language program and encouraged students by saying, “how lucky you are to have the opportunity to learn the Karen Language here in Australia. It is very important to keep our identity…” After the official assembly, the delegates visited the 10 Karen classes and eager to interact with the students. They were extremely pleased with the Karen language programs and also with the organisation of the Victorian School of Languages, commenting that it provides a one and only unique opportunity worldwide, for the Karen people to maintain their language outside of the Karen homeland. This visit has been a great highlight for our VSL Karen language program as it coincides with its 10th Anniversary and its first cohort of VCE students graduating in 2017.
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Japanese students view Hokusai exhibition
14 September, 2017
Recently, 22 of our distance education Year 11 Japanese students and their teachers spent the whole day at the National Gallery of Victoria. The excursion was organised to coincide with the gallery’s exhibition of Japanese woodblock print artist, Hokusai, whose famous work “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is an iconic image recognised world-wide and the gallery owns its own copy. Although this exhibition was enjoyed as a cultural experience in itself, it also tied in well with our Year 12 course. Our Detailed Study topic in Year 12 is “Manga and anime” and Hokusai is considered a forerunner of manga artists. Students attended a language session first thing, followed by an introductory talk about the exhibition by gallery staff. They then had time to do a self-guided viewing of the prints. In the afternoon everyone enjoyed a session on manga drawing and one on creating anime with iPads- both presented by gallery staff. We discovered that we have so many artistic students and many masterpieces were created. In fact, the work of Daniel Petty has been selected to appear on the gallery’s official website!
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German Scholarship Winner
11 September, 2017
The VSL Distance Education Section congratulates Liryca Simpson who has been awarded one of the prestigious ‘Society for Australian German Student Exchange’ (SAGSE) scholarships in 2017. The scholarship will enable Liryca to travel to Germany for ten weeks over the Summer holidays, where she will live with a host family and attend a German school. Liryca has studied German with Distance Education since changing schools in Year 9 and is currently completing Unit 2 German. She also studies Japanese with the VSL. In 2016, Liryca also received a Distance Education Award for Academic Excellence in Accelerated 2 German. The German Department is very proud of Liryca’s achievement with the award of this scholarship, following an excellent tradition of winners over the last three years, with scholarships previously awarded to Astro Spiller (2016), Matthew Atherton (2015) and Michelle Roberts (2014).
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