PVGC PULSE

From the Principal

Term two is coming to an end and I would like to congratulate all students for their commitment to learning and the school community this semester. It has been a very busy term with students completing Common Assessment Tasks across all subject areas and participating in the extensive co-curricular programs as evidenced in Pulse this semester. 

The final round of Progress Reports for Semester one will be available via Compass on Friday June 28. Parents are welcome to contact Year Level Coordinators regarding exams or the college Progress reports. Parent Teacher interviews will be held in Term 3. 

The GAT (General Achievement Test) was held for all students studying a Unit 3 and 4 subject on 13 June. The GAT is a test of knowledge and skills in written communication; mathematics, science and technology; humanities, the arts and social sciences. GAT results will be reported to students in December in their final VCE results. Students in Year 11 and 10 have completed their exams with VCE Units 2 and 4 subjects now underway. Feedback will be provided to students regarding exams via Compass Learning Tasks.

Year 9 students will complete their City Experience program this week. The focus of the City Experience program is to broaden students “real life” learning experiences beyond their immediate environment where students will participate in a range of themed trails and a group research project with presentations of findings being delivered to an audience. At Pascoe Vale Girls College such programs enable students to develop problem solving and team skills, develop confidence and independence and enhance their social awareness. Thank you to Ms Turchiarelli and Ms Leoni for their organisation and management of the program. 

Congratulations to our Year 7 students who took part in the Year 7 History Exhibition last week. The E.D. Daniel Hall was full of parents, family members and staff who enjoyed the evening.  A wonderful showcase of student knowledge and skills with students building scale models, coming dressed in costumes and preparing a range of foods. Thank you to Ms Gregory for the organisation of the event and the Year 7 Humanities teachers. 

In term 3 we welcome the following staff to PVGC: Ms Barrow to the Humanities and English Learning Areas, Ms Inserra to Food, Health and Hospitality, Mr John McKay to Arts and Technology, Ms Berlingeri to Science, Ms Dounias to Humanities and Ms Andrews to Mathematics. 

We wish all families a safe and relaxing break. These school holidays are an ideal opportunity for students to reflect on what they have achieved in semester 1, recharge their batteries and start planning for semester 2. 

Senior School Newsletter

I would like to congratulate all of the senior students for their behaviour during the GAT and the Unit One exams. Most students were very punctual and survived the exam process.

The aim of Year 11 exams are for students to practice all the steps that go with sitting an exams.  That is, studying and preparing all of the content that has been taught, attending exams punctually and with plenty of time to relax before the exam starts, negotiating the seating plan and utilising reading and writing time effectively.  With practice, this process will become easier and with less stress.

The senior school will be looking at Unit One exam and learning tasks marks to gauge how students are coping with VCE and to determine a pathways for students to follow in Year 12.

Unit 4 officially started on the 11th June and Unit 2 this Thursday 20th June. Several students have made subject changes.  Can parents please ensure that students have bought the appropriate textbook for their new subject and all fees are up to date?

Once again PJ Day on Tuesday the 11th was a huge success for our Year 12 students. The array of bed wear was interesting. This day proved to be a slight relax for the hard work to come.  For Year 12 students, Unit 4 is a very short Unit of 12 weeks.  Thus attendance and punctuality at the start of the day is essential for success!

Deb Rodda
Head of Senior School

Junior School Report: Term 2

This term has been a very busy one in the Junior School.  Assessment has continued apace at both year levels and students have been working hard to fulfil their course requirements.  Parents are urged to stay in touch with their child’s progress by logging onto Compass, the College’s internet portal, to check how well work is being completed.  There have been three Progress Reports this semester and the fourth during August will be quickly followed by a Parent/Teacher evening.

The Junior School has been well represented by its students in a wide variety of sports.  Junior School students from Pascoe Vale Girls College have played AFL football, soccer, tennis and badminton to name a few.  We are always thrilled when our students participate in our extra-curricular activities as we strongly believe that this helps the student to develop a connection with the school which will lead to better educational outcomes and a happier student.

Next term, we will be visited in the second week by members of our Japanese sister school, Toyota Higashi.  Student should keep an eye out for the staff and students who will be seen around the school during the week.  Whilst this is an event which generally involved students in the Middle and Senior schools, Junior School students should also pay attention as the visit is made every two years meaning that the next one will be in 2021 when all our students will have moved into the Middle School.

Pascoe Vale Girls College is in the process of introducing the Schoolwide Positive Behaviours Support Program.  This is aimed at modelling desired behaviours to the student body so that they learn about the correct way to behave in a respectful and polite manner.  As part of this program, staff have been asked to acknowledge occasions when students have demonstrated our values of Respect, Achievement and Diversity by writing a postcard to them.  This postcard is then mailed to the student’s home so that their family is aware of their contribution at school.  We also collect the names of those students who have been acknowledged and they are taken to a Junior School assembly where two lucky names are drawn from a hat to receive a prize for their embracing of the College’s core values.  If a postcard arrives at your house, we would be very grateful if you could congratulate your child on her achievement and ask her to tell you about what she did to be acknowledged this way.

At the end of Term, one of our Year 8 Co-ordinators, Mr Leary, is leaving us to begin a new phase of his career in the Senior School as Year 12 Co-ordinator.  We would like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Leary for his years of hard work in the Junior School and wish him all the very best for his new adventure at Year 12.  We would also like to welcome Mr Leary’s replacement who will be Mr Nichols.  Mr Nichols is a very energetic and committed young staff member who, in his time at Pascoe Vale Girls College, has already shown a great deal of skill and dedication in the field of student management.  We look forward to working with him during Semester Two.

We are all looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the upcoming holidays and hope that all our students have a restful and pleasant break and come back refreshed and ready to face new challenges in Semester Two.

Philip Howells
Head of Junior School

Furthermore

At a recent Junior School Assembly, students were asked to farewell Mr Leary as their coordinator, as he moves to his new position with Year 12.  The following is a transcript of that speech.

School Wide Positive Behaviour

Pascoe Vale Girls College is pleased to announce that we are introducing the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support framework as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering engagement and learning at the College . SWPBS is a framework used to create a safe and positive learning environment in school settings. 

The College has selected a team of staff to guide the College through this process: Shane Gemmola (Assistant Principal), Phil Howells (Head of Junior School), Deborah Rodda (Head of Senior School), Graeme Goldsworthy (Head of Middle School), Kerry Hall (Year 12 Coordinator), Tom Leary (Year 12 Coordinator) Andrei Alexandrescu (Year 9 Coordinator),and Jack Nichols (Year 8 Coordinator). 

SWPBS is in its early stages at PVGC. The SWPBS team has begun by working on:

  • Recognising student achievement and positive behaviours
  • Collecting data about student learning 
  • Involving the broader college community in the SWPBS program

One of our early initiatives has been to introduce the Values Beacon which are postcards that teachers fill out when they have noticed a student upholding the College values of Respect, Diversity and Achievement. These are sent home for students to keep.  Students will then be recognised at assemblies and will be awarded house points for demonstrating positive behaviours.

If you would like to read more about the SWPBS program, please visit the following link: 

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/swpbs.aspx

Year 9 Success Assembly

To acknowledge one of the College’s core values Achievement, we have held Success Assemblies in years 9 and 10. Based on the cycle of progress reports, we have acknowledged those students who have performed highly in Progress, Behaviour, Organisation and Effort over the majority of their studies. We also acknowledged those students who had improved from one report cycle to the next. It is a pleasure to see so many students aspiring to the core values of the College and trust that they are proud of their success and will continue to aspire to the values.

Graeme Goldsworthy
Head of Middle School

Year 10 exams

The year 10 students finished a brief yet important exam period. Exams were held for English, Maths, Science and History. Results will be appearing on Compass. The Middle School was very pleased with the conduct of the students during the exam period and trust that the experience will build confidence to tackle future exams

Graeme Goldsworthy
Head of Middle School

Japanese visitors to Pascoe Vale Girls

Pascoe Vale girls Secondary College have had a student exchange program with the Japanese Toyota Higashi Senior High School for over 20 years. Toyota Higashi Senior High School is a well-respected Japanese school renowned for its art, music sport as well as academic results. The Toyota   Higashi students take great pride in their school, which is part of the Toyota prefecture where Toyota car manufacturing is based.  

There will be a delegation of fourteen Japanese students and three Toyota Higashi teachers coming to Pascoe Vale Girls as part of our host exchange program. The delegation with their Japanese teachers arrives on Sunday 23/7/2017 and they leave on Sunday 28/7/2017.  The Japanese students from Toyota Higashi High School are mainly Year 10 and 11 students. The Toyota Higashi students will to stay with their Pascoe Vale Girls host family while they attend Pascoe Vale Girls on a daily basis.  In 2020, students from Pascoe Vale Girl’s will go to Japan to be hosted by the Toyota Higashi students. 

The Japanese students will attend daily classes at Pascoe Vale Girls and there will be day trips to places such as the Melbourne Zoo and Sovereign Hill.  Students from Pascoe Vale Girls who have had Toyota Higashi students previously stay with their family have found it to be a most enjoyable experience and a great learning opportunity for all involved.   Many of our host students have often established long-term friendships with the Toyota Higashi   students and maintained contact over the years.  Some Pascoe Vale students have even returned to Japan when they finished school to visit their host families.

Brendan Forristal
Assistant Principal

Year 7 Inter school Netball – Moreland division

On the 6th of June the year 7 A and B Netball teams competed at the Moreland Division round robin Netball competition held at Coburg Basketball Stadium. Overall, both teams did amazingly, with the A team second and runners up and B team coming third altogether. The B team sadly lost their first two games versing Coburg High School (0 – 16) and PVGC’s A team (1 – 12), but then made a huge comeback in their last two games, beating Alsir (7 – 5) and Collingwood (8 – 3). The A team one their first three games against Alsir (1 – 11), Collingwood (13 – 2) and PVGC’s B team (12 – 1). Their last match against Coburg Highschool was a nail biting game which would decide who went through. Sadly, they put up a good fight but lost 11 – 12. Everyone did great and we all really took our talent to the next level by versing many teams with various skill levels. Thank you so much to the 4 people who came along to coach us and really supported everyone. Well done girls!

Final places:

  1. Coburg High School
  2. PVGC A
  3. PVGC B
  4. Alsir 
  5. Collingwood.

Written by: Amelie Fitzpatrick (team A captain)

Coaches: Mr. Freeman and Year 10’s Yasmine BEN-ROMDHANE, Montana Condo and Myda Altimimi.

A and B players

BinadeeABEYSUNDARA
YusraNUR
HudaKHALED
AmelieFITZPATRICK
SerafinaKUKA-TOLEAFOA
YaseminBOLAT
CharlotteRIDGEWAY
LornaHARRISON CLARKE
LinaTAHA
AyeshaKHAN
SerenityPOELA
MerinJOMON
MethikaSINU JOY
KisandiGUNASEKARA
BinadieJAYASINGHE ARACHCHIGE
ZainabOBEID

Junior Football

On Thursday the 20th of June, Pascoe Vale Girls College Junior AFL team took part in the district division competition at Oak Park Reserve. PVGC played matches against Coburg High School and Australian International Academy. Due to heavy rainfall on the days leading up to the competition, the conditions were wet, muddy and perfect for contested footy. PVGC won both their matches, kicking four goals in each game; however it was their defensive and contested efforts that were most impressive, as they did not concede a single score against them in either match. From here, the team will take place in the Northern Metropolitan Division on Friday the 26th of July at McDonell Park in Northcote. Good luck to all students involved.

Jack Nichols
Coach

Lowes Sale

Lowes is having a Sale on School Shoes, up to 25% off, whilst stocks last, until the end of July.

Year 7 History Exhibition Evening

Last Wednesday, the 19th of June, the year 7’s got a chance to showcase their learning on Ancient Civilisations. There were some delicious food dishes, extraordinary art and colourful costumes for the families and teachers to view and enjoy. This experience was great for the students as they got to display their work to their families, teachers and peers. After collecting feedback, many students said that they would love to do this again! On the night we saw countless stunning setups from students all across year 7, for civilizations of the ancient world such as Ancient Greece, Egypt, Assyria, Japan, China, Rome, India and looked at the Aztecs, Incans and Mayans. 

Written By:  S Praljak and S Grant. 

STEAM News

Big Science Competition – Results

In May, year 7-10 CAL/SEAL students, as well as other interested year 7-10 Science students sat the Big Science Competition.

Congratulations to all students who took part in the competition! Student results are below and are awarded as follows:

  • High Distinction (HD) = Top 5% of participants
  • Distinction (D) = Top 10 – 15 % of participants
  • Credit (C) Top 25 – 30% of participants
  • Participation (P) = all other students who took part in the competition

Year 7 Division

StudentResult
ABEYSUNDARA, BINADEEC
ALEXIADIS, LIAHP
ARSHAD, AMEEMAP
BUTLER-KOMBA, KHADEEJAP
CALNAN, GRACEP
DASSANAYAKE, NETHMEP
FINALYSON, CAILEYP
GALINATO, CHLOEC
GRANT, SIENAD
GUNASEKARA, KISANDIP
HAQUE, ALEENAC
IZHAR, ZAHRAHP
JAYASINGHE, BINADIEP
JOBY, GLORIAP
JOMON, MERINP
JOMY, JANETP
PERA, ALIYAC
PERERA, DINARAP
PRALJAK, EDENC
PRALJAK, SAVANNAC
RAJENDRAN, ADYANDHIP
RIDGEWAY, CHARLOTTEP
RIMY, ELIZABETHC
SHARMA, ANUSHKAP
SINU JOYU, METHIKAP
SURGERS, MYAP
TAHIR, AMNAC

Year 8 Division

StudentResult
ABREHA, MELATC
ALTINDAL, ZEHRAP
ALTUNTAS, MELEKC
AYOUBI, KATJAD
BAIG, AIMANP
BESHIR, SUMEYAP
EL HALLAK, ZAINABP
FATIMA, AARMISHP
FAUZAN, FATIMAC
FERNANDO, SHEMAYAP
JAYASOORIYA, DULNIP
JOSEPH, LIANAP
KASHIF, EMANP
LARRIS, LILLYP
MUBEEN, HOORIAP
POELA, PRECIOUSP
REHMAN, ROHAD
SARISH, ANN MARIAP
SHAHID, MINAALP
TAYLOR, BERNADETTEP
TOKHI, PALWASHAC
TRAN, KIMD
VICENDESE, SCARLETTP
WIJESURIYA, SENARAP
YOUSAF, ZARIRAHP
YOUSUF, MARIUMP

Year 9 Division

StudentResult
ALI, MARYAMP
AMIR, KASHAFP
FITZPATRICK, SASHAP
FREY, JENNIFERD
GUNAWARDENA, CHAMATHNAP
HAIFA, LARRISSAP
HALL, HANNAHP
HORNBUCKLE, JASMINEP
KIRKUKLU, HUDAP
KURIAN, ALEENAP
LITTLE, RUBYD
MAHMOUD, AMINAP
MCCONNELL, ALICIAP
MIZRAK, AYCAP
NIUMATA, AMBERP
OCAMPO, AMPAROP
OLKEN, EZGIC
PANICKER, ANUSHAP
PHILIP, TERESAP
SANDHU, JASLEENP
SHARMA, GEETANSHIKAP
SHARMA, RADHIKAP
SIBAEI, TAHLIAP
SURGERS, YASMINP
UMAR, MAH NOORP
VIDHIKA, VIDHIKAP

Year 10 Division

StudentResult
AHMED, NOURP
ALTAMIMI, MYDAP
AYACHE, AYAP
BEN-ROMDHANE, YASMINEP
CARVALHO, GABRIELLAP
CEKIC, MELISAP
CONDO, MONTANAP
CUBITT, REBECCAP
FATIMA, NAYABP
FERNANDO, SHERUNIP
HAYES, TIARNIP
HUSSEIN, JAMILAHP
KAHRAMAN, HATICEC
KBAYTER, HAGARP
LAM, LAVINIAP
LIYANAARACHCHI, CHANUDIP
LOKUGALAPPATHTHI, VINDUNAP
MACKEN, EMILYC
MERHI, KALIP
SHAHID, RIHAAMP
SIMPSON, DAKOTAP
THOMSON, TIAREC
ULUGALATENNE, SAHANMAP
VILLANUEVA, HANNAHP
WILSON, KHADIJAP
YUKSEL, YESIMP

Students will also receive a certificate of achievement highlighting their performance in each section of the Big Science Competition.

Students of the Month for Semester One

By Ms Doomernik

The English Department has a tradition of nominating students each month for their excellence in English. Teachers nominate one student in their class for outstanding achievement, effort or improvement. We now have a new noticeboard to show off the smiling faces of our award recipients and to encourage other students to aim high.

This semester on behalf of all the teachers, we would like to congratulate the following students:

Year 7 Anushka Sharma 7E (ACHIEVEMENT), Eliya Vang 7C (EFFORT), Rikisa Sharma-Luital 7G (IMPROVEMENT), Krystal Yang 7E (EFFORT)
Year 8Minaal Shahid 8A (ACHIEVEMENT), Zulal Alkin 8C (EFFORT), Chloe Little 8B (EFFORT), Maysa Farhani-Nia 8D (IMPROVEMENT)
Year 9Dashtiben Patel 9B (ACHIEVEMENT), Malavika Manoj 9B (ACHIEVEMENT), Aleena Kurian 9A (ACHIEVEMENT), Lara El-Chami 9A (IMPROVEMENT)
Year 10Ashlee Borg 10A (EFFORT), Anum Nasir 10D (EFFORT), Damah Salma 10A (EFFORT), Abir Fatima 10F (IMPROVEMENT)
Year 11Stephanie Weerasinghe 11H (ACHIEVEMENT), Malavika Nair Hareesh 11D (EFFORT), Mia Gagliardi 11D (ACHIEVEMENT), Hafiza Sabbouh 11G (IMPROVEMENT)
Year 12Anakha Panicker 12F (ACHIEVEMENT), Eliza Davies 12B (ACHIEVEMENT), Gizem Gencten 12C (EFFORT), Tess Oakley 12F (EFFORT), Sonia Sunny 12H (ACHIEVEMENT)

Kangan Taster Day 

Through the Course Counselling process, many events have been made available to our students to assist them to select the most suitable courses of study for 2020.  The Kangan Taster Days offer students a wonderful opportunity to experience different campuses, participate in practical workshops and receive valuable information regarding courses offered through the VETis program. These events assist students to make important decisions relating to course selection and in many cases future careers. Our students had a fabulous day experiencing courses being offered in the health industry such as Allied Health and Nursing. In Victoria, nationally recognised VET qualifications can be undertaken by school students to contribute towards the completion of a senior secondary certificate, either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). VCE Options students and VCAL students all participate in the VETis program giving students qualifications recognized nationally, experience developing employability skills and experience in their chosen industry.

Mrs M Ferrie
Pathways Coordinator

Year 9 City Experience

During the last 2 weeks of term 2, over 80 year 9 students participated in the City Experience Program. Students navigated around the city, completing a group research task and learning about Melbourne during one of the may trails. Middle School would like to thank Ms. Turchiarelli and Ms. Leoni for the hard work and preparation that went into the past 2 weeks. A big thank you also to all staff members who supervised the program.

Andrei Alexandrescu
Year 9 Coordinator