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Nude Food at Croydon VSL
09 August, 2018
On Saturday 4th August, employees from the Maroondah Council came to Croydon VSL to talk to children about “Nude Food “ packaging as part of their units of work on Food and The Environment. The children looked at various ways of preparing their school lunch in order to reduce the amount of packaging and therefore reducing waste that ends up in landfill. Children participated eagerly. They looked at the different types of waste packaging such as plastic bags, drink containers, straws and cling wrap. Children brainstormed better ways they can bring their lunch to school such as a reusable drink bottle, lunch boxes and other reusable containers for fruit.
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Shepparton Tertiary Education Seminars
09 August, 2018
On Saturday 28 July, Ms Kristina Marko Advisor, Marketing & Engagement Coordinator from La Trobe University came to the VSL Shepparton campus. She gave a presentation to the current VCE students on university life, the benefits of tertiary education and linking language learning to their degree of choice. The presentation was well received by the students. They were keen to find out more as many stayed back and asked many questions. This was especially beneficial to the students who will be the first in their family to ever have the opportunity to go to university. Ms Kristina Marko , also conducted another presentation for teachers. She focussed on how they can upgrade their qualifications so they can apply for the VIT and be fully registered teachers.
SBS Sinhala at Bendigo VSL
09 August, 2018
Recently the SBS Sinhala radio program interviewed teachers and students from the Bendigo VSL center. They discussed what the community needs in Bendigo are and the importance of passing Sinhala cultural values and language to the next generation by studying Sinhala at the Victorian Schools of Languages. Devly Siriwardana, a Grade prep student sang a Sri Lankan folk song and a group song was performed by the whole class. Sanjalee Senasha - a Grade 6 student talked about how she feels attending Sinhala class at the VSL and how it has improved her existing knowledge of Sri Lankan culture and Sinhala language. Ayesha Siriwardana – the Sinhala language teacher expressed her gratitude to the VSL for the support in operating the classes from the Bendigo centre. There was also a discussion about how children in the class have multiple abilities and interests , how lessons are prepared to suit these varied abilities, how children have embraced the Sinhala language class including all the cultural items such as celebrations from Sri Lanka, traditional games, cooking and dancing. Ayesha encourages the parents and the community from Bendigo VSL to keep encouraging the children to learn the Sinhala language and all the cultural aspects as it helps children find their identity in society through pride in their background.
German Poetry Competition- Westall Centre
31 July, 2018
Congratulations to all students of German who participated in the AGTV South East Community/VSL Regional Poetry Competition! On Saturday 21st July our years 5-9 students of German participated in this year’s German Poetry Competition organized by the Association of German Teachers of Victoria. The regional final was held in collaboration between VSL Westall and the German Language School Temple Society Australia, at the VSL Westall Centre, on Saturday 28 July.
The regional winner in each year level will compete in the Victorian State Final in August. Our VSL teachers Antje Petry and Marcia Phillips were nominated as judges for the competition and the winners were as follows:
Year 6: 2nd: Brendan Joss 3rd: Blake Wheeler 5th: Dylan Häusler
Year 7 1st: Anshu Panjikar
Year 9 1st: Gabe Wheeler 2nd: Cara Blakemore
VSL students Anshu Panjikar and Gabe Wheeler are through to the Victorian State Final. We wish them the best of luck!
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Model United Nations Conference in German 2018
26 July, 2018
This year, 7 students from the German Distance Education VCE class for the first time participated in the Model United Nations Conference. It took place on the June 22 and was held entirely in German, obliging students to practise their second language skills.
A Model UN Conference is a creative simulation of the UN General Assembly in which students represent member states of the United Nations. Teams consisting of 3-4 students, from different schools, represent different countries. The VSL students represented New Zealand and Brazil. It was a great opportunity to learn about international relations, the UN system and its global impact overall, while developing negotiation and public speaking skills in German.
The topic this year was Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Global Humanitarian Crisis. After preparing the participating students during a seminar and Skype sessions, we had a successful time at the conference. It was amazing to see all the students from Victoria discuss an important matter using a full range of German vocabulary and demonstrating their full proficiency in it.
All in all, it was a successful day and the students showed their best presentation and negotiation skills in a foreign language. They also made use of the experience by preparing themselves for the detailed study and upcoming SACs, as migration will be one of the main topics.
Sandeep Goswami, German Assistant Teacher
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