Author Archives: stefce

Q & A with Carlos Franco – teacher of Spanish

MEET THE TEACHER Q & A ¡Hola! My name is Carlos Franco and I teach Spanish at our VSL Collingwood College Centre.  I’ve been at the VSL since 2011.  The most important thing I take into the classroom each week is … Continue reading

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Learning Chinese as a second language

There has been a fair bit of media attention in recent months about the relatively low completion rates of Chinese language by non background students. We thought we might present a couple of examples offering the alternative perspective. Here are the … Continue reading

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Premier’s Awards 2017

On Thursday 27 April, the 23nd Premier’s VCE Awards were held at Palladium at Crown. The main presenter was the Minister for Education and Deputy Premier, James Merlino. The aim of these annual awards is ‘to recognise some of Victoria’s best … Continue reading

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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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