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From the archives: The origins of Italian at the VSL in 1935 Catherine Bryant

  When I started researching the school’s history for my PhD, I discovered the fascinating story about the origins of Italian teaching at the school. In 1935, there had been a strong push for the establishment of Italian and a … Continue reading

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Launch of Chin Hakha VCE courses and textbooks

On Saturday 29 October the VSL held a historic function to launch new Chin Hakha VCE Textbooks for Year 11 and Year 12. At the same time there was a presentation of awards to the inaugural Chin Hakha Year 12 … Continue reading

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When one language isn’t enough…

According to the British Council, more than half of the world’s population functions in two or more languages on a daily basis. In other words, multilingualism, not monolingualism, is the norm and for some students, learning just one language other than English … Continue reading

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From the archives: The origins of Japanese at the VSL in 1935 Catherine Bryant

When I started researching the school’s history for my PhD project, I discovered the fascinating story about the origins of Japanese teaching at the school. The first Saturday Japanese class was held early in 1935 at MacRobertson Girls High School. … Continue reading

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Indigenous languages

In the August 31 and September 1 editions of Guardian Australia, there were a series of very interesting articles on the state of indigenous languages in Australia: the first by Helen Davidson is an overview of the national scene and the types … Continue reading

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French Seminar and Excursion to Degas Exhibition

French Distance Education courses place great emphasis on culture and offer students vast opportunities to explore the rich world of French history and art. Every year the French faculty takes Year 11, Year 10 and Accelerated 2 Distance Education students … Continue reading

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Being the VSL “historian” 2012-2015 – Catherine Bryant

As many people know, the VSL celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015. Some may also be aware that for the past four years, I researched the VSL history for my PhD project at Swinburne University. This was a special project … Continue reading

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