PVGC PULSE

Naplan Results 2019

Last week NAPLAN results were released to schools. All families of students in Years 7 and 9 should have received their child’s individual results in the mail this week. Please contact the school if you have not received your child’s results yet.

NAPLAN provides a snapshot of a child’s assessment at a point in time and individual student results should be considered with other school-based assessments. If you would like to discuss your child’s results please contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator, English or Maths teacher. 

NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy, with the data provided used by families, schools and education systems to ensure Australian students are supported in their learning. After looking at the data service reports provided this week I would like to highlight the following points:

  • The 2019 PVGC Year 7 cohort have achieved the highest results in Reading, Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation and Numeracy in the past 5 years
  • The 2019 PVGC Year 7 scaled score mean is equal to the state scaled score mean in Spelling
  • The 2019 PVGC Year 9 cohort have achieved the highest results in Reading, Spelling and Grammar & Punctuation in the last 4 years
  • From Year 7 to 9 our students have achieved higher growth in all areas of NAPLAN compared to the state

Further analysis of the data will take place in the coming weeks, which will inform our planning for the future.

Dani Bedohazy
(Acting Assistant Principal – Curriculum, Teaching and Learning)

Rail to Italy 2020

VCAL Senior Literacy Students make a Special Delivery

The Senior VCAL Literacy classes have been investigating the serious issue of homelessness in Melbourne for the past semester. As part of their work, VCAL students asked the Pascoe Vale Girls College community to donate toiletries for the homeless.  The VCAL students collected over 400 donations and these were dropped off at The Living Room- a nought for profit organisation which supports homeless youth in Melbourne.

The VCAL students ventured into the Melbourne CBD on Monday- heavy bags in hand, full to the brim with donated toiletries for the homeless. The donated goods were welcomed by Melanie Raymond from the organisation who explained that the donated goods would be used by the organisation to make up hygiene kits for the homeless and for the outreach nurses who tend to the homeless on the streets of Melbourne.  Melanie was overwhelmed by the amount of goods donated and by the willingness of the VCAL student to help the homeless.

The VCAL students helped Melanie to sort the donations into their various categories so that the kits could easily be made up by the homeless people who are tasked with this job in order to give them a sense of purpose.

The Living Room is housed in an old building in Melbourne’s famous graffiti lane- Hosier Lane welcomes the homeless and provides them with food, toiletries, healthcare and a clean place to shower and do their laundry. Last year over 16,000 services were provided for Melbourne’s homeless youth.

All of the students felt a great sense of connectedness to the community and many felt good that they were able to help such a worthy cause. Their deep understanding of the issue and the opportunity to meet the people who would ultimately receive the fruits of their labour made the experience even more moving for some of the students. 

The following is an excerpt from an email sent by Melanie Raymond to our students.

The students were incredibly generous and also very well informed. I was very impressed with their awareness of the causes of homelessness and this was also reflected in the donations, all being very useful items for those sleeping rough and for us to use in our centre. The students also showed a high level of team work and initiative in assisting me to further sort and classify the donations, saving me a lot of time for which I am very appreciative as well. We were delighted to have them visit with us and wish them all the very best in their studies. 

Melanie Raymond, OAM
Chair, Board of Directors, 

(BA Hons), (MA Hons), MAICD.

Year 7 Probability Topic

Our Year 7 students commenced the probability topic last week. Here are a selection of photographs of our students engaging in some inquiry based learning.