Telescopes in Schools Program

Our first viewing night for Rephract (Telescopes in Schools) will be Tuesday 11th June from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Please bring your permission form with you. If you do not have a permission form, you can click on the download button below, fill it out, and bring it with you. Wear warm clothes and meet at the Science Building. 

All are welcome!

For those of you who are new, below is some information on the program. Please click the download button to view the presentation.


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Sonia Sunny on placement

This year as part of Year 12 VCAL, I was presented with a really exciting opportunity to do a one year Traineeship with the Victorian Police Force through Skillinvest. Since the start of the year, I have been working each Thursday at a local Police Station whilst completing Certificate III in Business. The traineeship is a valuable way of experiencing the workplace with an organisation that provides career development, encourages diversity and has a commitment to empowering employees to achieve their full potential. The office work I undertake at the station is varied and interesting and each week presents me with an opportunity to further develop my skills. The knowledge gained through the Business course can be implemented in a practical sense to further enhance my understanding of the content. This Traineeship has given me a special opportunity to gain worthwhile work experience, a recognised qualification and a Year 12 Certificate in my final school year.

Written by Sonia Sunny

Yr 12 VCAL

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Denise DiMartino on placement

As part of the VCAL program, I have been fortunate to be involved in a School Based Apprenticeship and Training program (SBAT). This program allows me to be enrolled in Certificate III in Hairdressing, attend Pascoe Vale Girls College and also commence my apprenticeship with NIKA Hair Salon. I attend Kangan Institute, Richmond campus, each Wednesday and the salon every Thursday as part of the SBAT program. The experience in the workplace has been invaluable and I can apply what I learn through my course in a practical way. This program gives me the opportunity to complete my VCAL Certificate while participating in the workplace. I have the opportunity to continue my apprenticeship once I leave Pascoe Vale Girls College at the end of the year.

Written by Denise DiMartino

Mary Anne Ferrrie
Pathways Coordinator

Shine excursion for the winners of the poem competition

After winning the ANZAC Poetry Competition, Sandra Adil, Kauthar Dirani, Hala Khalid, Lily Grimes-Mcbride and Cailey Finlayson went to the Shrine of Melbourne to explore the ANZAC history further. Despite the bitter cold and high winds, the entire Shrine was explored, with a tour guide providing insights into Australia’s experiences at war. A well deserved lunch at South Bank was a perfect end to the day.

Malavika Minoj will also soon have her winning poem displayed as a decorative feature on a wall of the Humanities building.

STEAM News 31/5

Year 7-10 Big Science Competition

As part of their enrichment, all year 7-10 SEAL and CAL classes participated in the Big Science Competition on Tuesday 28th May. Other interested students from years 7-10 also participated in this event. The Big Science Competition is a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. The questions are written by science education professionals and draw on real-life examples and contemporary issues to test skills in critical thinking, problem solving and scientific literacy. Students will receive a certificate highlighting their performance in the competition; they will also be in the draw to win prizes for taking part in the competition.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge Victorian State Finalists

As part of their enrichment, all 10CAL students took part in Round 1 of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) in Term 1 of 2019. The ABBC is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

Round 1 of the ABBC consists of students completing an online quiz about the brain and its functions. The results of Round 1 are tallied and the top students from each school are then invited to participate in Round 2 – The Victorian State Final, which will be held on Wednesday 17th July at the University of Melbourne.

Congratulations and good luck to the following students from 10E who have qualified for the Australian Brain Bee Challenge Victorian State Finals:

  • Aya AYACHE
  • Yasmine BEN-ROMDHANE
  • Rebecca CUBITT
  • Tiarni HAYES
  • Jamilah HUSSEIN
  • Hagar KBAYTER


All Year 10 students are required to participate in the Work Experience program as part of their Year 10 course of studies at Pascoe Vale Girls College. It is a valuable opportunity for students to experience the workplace and gain an insight into an industry they are interested in.

Work experience helps students:

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

All work experience forms must be finalized and submitted to the Careers Room in the next two weeks. Toward the end of the term, Yr 10 students will participate in the relevant online test, through safe@work, in preparation for their placement later in the year.


At Pascoe Vale Girls College we welcome parent engagement in the Work Experience process. This could be as simple as having a conversation with your daughter regarding worthwhile and valuable work experience placements. Evidence indicates that parents are the single greatest influence on their child’s education and career decisions. The Face-to-Face report produced in 2010 by the National Youth Agency in England identified parents and carers as the most common first point of call for career development information, advice and guidance for young people. Other research similarly points to the important role of parents in the career development of their children, especially in the early stages rather than in the later stages of their education (Watson and McMahon, 2003).

Generally, parental engagement in career development occurs around subject and course selections and at crunch times in the later years of education, with a focus on information provision. Given the rapid changes in the world of work through globalisation and technology and the subsequent paradigm shift in career development, this is no longer sufficient. There is also mounting evidence that links improved student motivation, retention, achievement and career outcomes with parental involvement in young people’s learning. Career development now needs to focus not on job acquisition, but on the acquisition of skills, knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and competencies for continuous learning and improvement. The role of parents cannot be underestimated and is vital in supporting the career development of young people.


Mary Anne Ferri
Pathways Coordinator


The safety and wellbeing of your daughter is of paramount importance to us, including where your daughter is diagnosed at risk of a severe allergic reaction. It is important that parents notify the school if their daughter has an allergy.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. As with other serious health conditions, schools put in place strategies to support students at risk of anaphylaxis at school or while they are engaged in school related activities.

Additional measures to support students at risk of anaphylaxis are in place.
These measures include updated procedures and information about precautions schools can take to minimise the risk of exposure to allergens and training requirements for staff, regardless of whether or not there is a student with anaphylaxis at school. The school has many students with life threatening allergy to foods in particular nuts (including pistachios), we ask that students avoid bringing nuts, pistachios and other nut products to school.

Please note: Whilst the school may ask that no foods containing *nut are brought to school, it must never be presumed that an environment is ‘nut free’. Care needs to be taken and other safety strategies need to be adhered to. Medication, the Action Plan for Anaphylaxis and someone responsible for the administration of the adrenaline/epinephrine auto injector must always be close by in case of an accidental, unexpected emergency

For further information:

Anaphylaxis resources – including action plans and instructional videos


Kind regards,

Diana Di Lisio
College Nurse