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1 Vermont College News Excellence Integrity Responsibility Respect Tolerance Issue 10 5 May 2011 Principal: Tony Jacobs Assistant Principals: Mike Stevens, Harry Ruff, Joanna Alexander School Captains: Caitlyn Shiel Dylan Raath Phone: Student Absence: Postal Address: PO Box 138, Vermont Vic 3133 Website: DIARY DATES 6/5 Year 12 Studio Arts Excursion - NGV VSC Cross Country at Bellbird Dell 6-9/5 Mt Bogong Mountain Bike Camp 9/5 Intermediate Division Round Robin Junior Girls Division Football EMR Intermediate Softball VSC Autumn Concert 7.30pm 10-12/5 NAPLAN Testing - All Years 7 & 9 VSCCA Meeting 10.00am 11/5 Year 12 Business Management Excursion - Carlton & United Breweries House Theatre Sports Competition VSCCA Meeting 7.00pm 12/5 Year 8 Geography Excursion - Edendale Farm 8.2, 8.4, 8.6, 8.8 VSC Music Recital 7.30pm Junior Spelling Competition 7.00pm 13/5 Division Senior Round Robin 15/5 WORKING BEE 9.00AM PM 16/5 Division Cross Country Year 11 Fast Track VCE Politics Film pm Music Support Group Meeting /5 Year 9 Hotham House Camp 17/5 Year 11 Legal Studies Excursion - Loddon Prison Finance Committee Meeting 6.30pm 18/5 Year 12 Maths Methods Revision Lecture - Periods 5 & 6 Year 10 Indonesian Excursion 20/5 Year 11 Connectedness Day Unit 3/4 Theatre Studies Performance 23/5 Years 7 & 10 Immunisation Day CRICOS Code 00861K Principal s Report WELCOME BACK FOR TERM TWO I would like to welcome back all students and staff to Vermont Secondary College for the start of the second term. I hope all are well rested and ready to take on the second term with a positive attitude and a sense of purpose. With the release of all Term 1 Interim Reports followed by the Student Progress Conferences on Wednesday 6 April (see below for further details!) students and parents/guardians have had the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the completed term and set goals for Term 2 and beyond. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT LEADERS With term two now started all student leaders from Years 7 through to Year 12 have been appointed and I would like to formally introduce them: VSC STUDENT LEADERS 2011 HOUSE CAPTAINS (Year 12) SPORTS CAPTAINS (Year 11&12) PERFORMING ARTS CAPTAINS (Year 11&12) HOUSE VICE CAPTAINS (Year 11) Year 10 Leaders Junior Captain & Form Captain Form Captain Form Captain Junior V/Captain & Form Captain Form Captain Form Captain Year 7 Leader & Form Captain Form Captain Form Captain HOTHAM HOUSE HOUSE CAPTAINS & STUDENT LEADERS MACEDON HOUSE HOUSE CAPTAINS & STUDENT LEADERS STIRLING HOUSE HOUSE CAPTAINS & STUDENT LEADERS SENIOR SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOOL Hamish Sloane Caitlyn Shiel Kristen Johns (11) Kyle Esposito (11) Laura D Urbano (12) Chris Mangidis (12) Christina Erng (11) Adam Hunt (11) Matt Neilsen Josie Toscano Dylan Raath Bree Martin Laura Finnerty (11) Mitchell Rule (11) April Rogers (12) Sam Sheridan-Ferrie (12) Caroline Casey (11) Stefan Nebl (11) Leo Bosley Aimee Joseph Jason Smith Jessica Brien Andreas Pasek (11) Maddie Gange (11) Elise Lewis (12) Luke Burns (12) Jessica Forster (11) Brandon Perring (11) Nathan Begley Naomi Keung JUNIOR SCHOOL JUNIOR SCHOOL JUNIOR SCHOOL 9.3 Jaydan MacDowall 9.1 Jack Maida 9.2 Tiffany Cooper 8.1 Kirsten Reeder 8.2 Gareth Sim 8.3 Kathy Gan 7.2 Emily Harvey 7.1 Ben Maida 7.3 Ally Clark 9.6 Isy Fraser 9.4 Hannah Mc Cormack 9.5 Imone Mukhopadhya 8.4 Sophie Nebl 8.5 Ben Meyer 8.6 Shankley Chieu 7.4 Michaela Facun 7.5 Elley Martin 7.6 Milena Haas 9.7 Emma Fergusson 9.8 Chris Matcott 9.9 Ben Bolshinsky 8.7 Claire Dyette 8.8 Rececca Shanks 8.9 Lachie Jaskson 7.9 Nicholas Gomes 7.7 Michelle Huang 7.8 Natalie Wong I congratulate all students on their appointment to a leadership position and look forward to their contribution to the broader College program throughout Continued overleaf

2 From previous page COLLEGE WORKING BEE - SUNDAY 15 MAY, 2011 A reminder that the first Working Bee for 2011 is scheduled for Sunday 15 May, 2011 in Term 2. Please set this date aside as an opportunity to meet parents and staff from the College and to contribute to the ongoing upgrade of the school grounds. Any assistance on the day will be greatly appreciated. If you have any queries contact Mike Stevens, Assistant Principal. For full details see page 13 of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you on the day! VICTORIAN EDUCATION SERVICE AWARDS - DEECD & EMR RECOGNITION A huge congratulation goes out to Maree Presser who will celebrate many years with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) at the Victorian Education Service Awards ceremony Gala Dinner. The event will be held on Friday 13 May 2011 at the Palladium Ballroom as a lead up to Education Week. Maree will celebrate 40 years of service at this event. At this award evening Maree, along with many other teachers from across the state, will be recognised for many years of dedicated service. This is an amazing accomplishment by Maree and is one that should be recognised and honoured. I thank Maree for her significant contribution to education and in particular to her ongoing commitment to Vermont Secondary College. Maree s contribution and service to Victorian education will also be recognised at the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) breakfast on Wednesday 18 May. Congratulations Maree on a highly distinguished career in the teaching service! PEP LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM CONCLUDES All Year 9 students have now completed the PEP (Personal Enrichment Program) Life Skills sessions. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, Year 9 students were involved in activities such as Victoria Police and Metropolitan Ambulance Service Drug/Alcohol Education and Safe Partying, Family Planning Australia Sex and Health Education, Personal Safety Concepts Resilience, Self-Defence, Personal Safety, Delhuntie Park Inc. The Pinnacle of Terror Physical Challenge, Team Work and Self-Esteem, REACH Youth Personal Motivation Training and Ambulance Victoria Ambulance Drug and Alcohol Program for Teenagers (A.D.A.P.T.) A huge thank you goes out to Kylie Natoli our Year 9 Program Manager for all her hard work in organising and running this extremely worthwhile program. Thanks also to all staff that have supported the program in the last week of Term 1. Coming up in Term 2 are the three Year 9 PEP camps at Phillip Island - Week 4 Hotham , Week 5 Macedon and Week 7 Stirling ATTENTION PARENTS OF YEAR 7 & 9 STUDENTS UPCOMING 2011 NAPLAN TESTING Please note the following information was handed to all Year 7 & 9 students last week to take home. Today (Thursday 5 April) the students were also given a brochure titled Information for parents produced by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment & Reporting Authority) to bring home. The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will be held Tuesday 10 May through to Thursday 12 May The NAPLAN tests are conducted by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) on behalf of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). 10th May Literacy (Language Conventions, Writing) 11th May Literacy (Reading) 12th May Numeracy The results of the tests provide diagnostic information for parents and teachers of Year 7 & 9 students about a child s performance in literacy and numeracy. This information can be used to support teaching and learning programs and improve student achievement. All students are encouraged to participate in the NAPLAN tests. Special provisions can be arranged for a student with a disability if he/she regularly accesses such support for classroom assessment tasks. Large Print, Braille and black-and-white versions of the tests are available for students that require them. Exemptions may be granted to students with significant intellectual or complex disabilities and to students who have been learning English for less than one year. If your child is eligible for a special provision or an exemption you should discuss this with Evelyn Carter our Integration & Support Leader or Rita Ramsaran our ESL/LBOTE Leader prior to the tests. Neither special provisions nor exemptions can be granted without parental knowledge and consent. Later in the year, you will receive your child s personal report. The report will describe your child s particular skills in reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. The report will also show how your child performed in relation to national minimum standards and will describe minimum acceptable standards for students across Australia. I am confident that the information you receive as a result of your child s participation in the NAPLAN tests will be valuable in helping you to assess your child s progress in literacy and numeracy. For more information about the tests, please visit the VCAA website at or the NAPLAN website at VSC STUDENT PROGRESS CONFERENCES - THANK YOU On the last Wednesday of Term 1 (Wednesday 6 April) Vermont Secondary College held its first Student Progress Conference for 2011 based on Term 1 Interim Reports. All interim reports were sent home with students in the second last week of Term 1. Thank you to all parents and students who attended the interview sessions and any feedback can be made by contacting Joanna Alexander Assistant Principal overseeing the process. If you have any concerns about your child s progress then do not hesitate in contacting the relevant class room teacher or Student Manager anytime during the school week. ANZAC PERFORMANCES & OUR MUSIC PROGRAM Congratulations to Vermont Secondary College music students who were involved in the ANZAC Day Parade on Monday 25 April. Our Music students performed superbly marching and playing the route twice! Thanks to Jeremy Shannon and Danni (student teacher) for supporting the students on the day! Thank you also to the parents who were present and supported our school on the day. Our music students also performed on the weekend prior to ANZAC Day at the Annual Mitcham RSL ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony and were once again wonderful ambassadors for the College. Thanks to Sherryn Davies for her support on the day. Thank you again to Jeremy Shannon for his leadership and organisation of Vermont s participation in these two significant events. I would also like to thank the Instrumental Music and support staff, the students actively involved and the Music Support Group parents for their ongoing commitment to the VSC Music Program and these two valuable community events. While on a musical note please come along and see the upcoming VSC Autumn Concert to be held here on Monday 9 May starting at 7:30pm showcasing the talents of our music students and staff. This year tickets can be purchased on line and full details are on page 8 of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you there! Tony Jacobs Principal 2

3 IMPORTANT PARENT INFO DUE DATES FOR PAYMENT AND RETURN OF FORMS FOR UPCOMING EXCURSIONS/CAMPS DATE OF EXCURSION EXCURSION/CAMP COST DUE DATE 6 May Year 8 Geography Edendale Farm $31 12 May 6 May 3rd Instalment Ski Trip $140 1 August Full Payment by 6 April or 11 May - 3rd Instalment Year 9 Hotham PEP Camp $480 $ May As Above Year 9 Hotham PEP Camp As above May As above Year 9 Hotham PEP Camp As above 6-10 June 11 May Year 10 Indonesian Shrangri-La Inn $14 18 May 11 May Australian Language Certificates Years 7 & 8 $9 August 11 May Australian Language Certificates Years 9 & 10 $12 August 13 May Year 11 Connectedness Day $5 20 May 14 May Year 11 Legal Studies Loddon Prison $16 17 May 16 May Reading Matters Conference Youth Day $23 26 May 20 May Toolangi Forest Field Trip Unit 1 Geography $50 24 May 20 May permission form due Ringwood Lake Field Trip Unit 3 Geography Nil 25 May We need your old books! Please drop off any second hand fiction or non-fiction books that are appropriate for selling at the College to the General Office. The VSCCA will be having a Second Hand Book Sale to raise money for the College. MONDAY 9 MAY to FRIDAY 13 MAY Monday - Merryn Ridley, Sue Allen, Michelle MdDonald, Georgia Vassis Tuesday - Nicole Joseph, Alli Carr, Robyn Nash, Louise Rodwell, Sue Callanan Wednesday - Alex O Reilly, Nicole Vernal, Pam Pittard, Kerry Tripp, Sandra Sievwright, Helen Traiforos Thursday - Sue Chamberlain, Leanne Fiske, Sandra Lee, Jodii Chau Friday - Nancy Barnes, Chris Walton, Kerri Maida, Sandra Howells, Jane Moschetti IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DUTY PLEASE CONTACT KARREN OR SALLY IN THE CANTEEN ON VSC Ritchies IGA Community Benefit Card Program Please do not forget to use your Ritchie s Card. Cards can be obtained from the General Office. Second Hand Uniform Sale Wednesday 11 May Gym foyer from 3:00pm to 4:15pm cash or cheque only Any inquiries please contact Jo Danes Is this your money? We have received two payments for $95.00 paid in February and $ paid on 4 March that have no identification. If you did make a payment for either of these amounts this year, could you please contact the Bursar, Mrs Norma Cox on to ensure that your payment has been identified and credited to your account. Thank you VERMONT SECONDARY COLLEGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETINGS Tuesday 10 May at 10.00am Wednesday 11 May at 7.00pm VSC Bakers Delight Dough Raiser Present your card at Bakers Delight in Brentford Square each time you make a purchase. 3

4 State Swimming and Diving On Thursday 7 April the State Swimming and Diving championships were held at MSAC. Vermont had a team of 6 students competing in a number of events. All competitors swam and dived extremely well and all ended the day being placed in the top four. This meant Vermont finished 5 th overall which was a fantastic result. The standard of competition was very high and all students should be congratulated on their achievements. Student individual results were as follows: Jo Ryn Tan Silver 50m breastroke; 4 th 50m freestyle; Silver medley relay Jessie Forster Silver 200m freestyle; Gold 50m freestyle; silver medley relay Emily Burt Bronze in diving James Li Gold (new record) 50m backstroke; Gold (new record) 50m breaststroke; Silver 50m butterfly Laura Finnerty Silver medley relay Kaely Kennedy Silver medley relay Again, congratulations to all students. It was great to watch such great competition. Intermediate Girls Region Tennis On Friday 29 April the Intermediate girls played in the Region Tennis Competition at North Ringwood. With very tough competition the girls battled all day and never gave up. There were some great rallies throughout the day and the girls played really well. Finishing 3 rd overall for the day was a great effort well done girls! Special thanks to Ms Moriatis for coaching and looking after the girls on the day. Team: Rasita Vinay, Emma Ferguson, Caroline Ma, Maddie Holloway, Tatum Fankhauser Cara Macfarlane Sports Co-ordinator Relay Team competitors Our team proudly showing off their medals VSC UPCOMING SPORTS EVENTS Friday 6 May Monday 9 May Friday 13 May Monday 16 May Friday 3 June Wed 15 June Friday 24 June VSC Cross Country Region intermediate girls softball Division intermediate round robin Division senior round robin Division cross country Division year 8 round robin Division year 7 round robin Region cross country This Newsletter is available on the Vermont Secondary College Website at For all your Career News for the month of May please access the full version of this newsletter at Career News starts on Page 14 4

5 Library Student of the Month Award At Vermont Secondary College we take great pride in our Library Information Resource Centre. The Library is proud to acknowledge the exemplary study skills shown by VCE student Madhur C who has been selected as our April student of the Month. April student of the month is Madhur C Madhur has shown outstanding dedication and commitment to his studies. He has utilized the Library Resource Centre consistently and is a brilliant example to other students. Kerri Simpson Information Resources Leader - Library Merci Beaucoup STOP PRESS Premiers Reading Challenge news CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle H of 7.7 who has read over 100 books and Tristan L of 7.1 who has read 90 books 47 students have completed the Challenge which is a credit to their dedication. VSC students now have over 3500 books registered on the Challenge. GREAT VICTORIAN BIKE RIDE 2011 Any students interested in par cipa ng in this year s GVBR star ng in Swan Hill and finishing in Castlemaine following the Mighty Murray River from 26 November 4 December, please come and collect an informa on brochure outlining ride informa on, cost etc. from Donna Marshall Student Support Room, Link Corridor. Limited places are available this year and applica ons close by Friday 20 May. Head Lice A case of head lice has been reported in the junior school. Parents are asked to check their child s hair. If head lice are present the school should be notified and appropriate treatment sought. Students should not attend school until treatment has commenced. MELBOURNE WATER STORAGE as of 3 May 2011 Thomson Dam (by far our biggest water storage) 38.2% Total of all Dams in Melbourne 53.8% Calling All Young Musicians We invite you all to play with us in: The John Mallinson Youth Band (AMEB 4-6) or The Wilf Dyason Wind Ensemble (AMEB 2-3) Time: Every Saturday afternoon Venue: Mt Waverley Secondary College 5

6 Students enjoyed many challenges during the Year 8 Activity Day and got to know their House mates even better... CIRCUS tricks ~ Juggling ~ Spinning plates ~ Hula-hoop ~ REACH: Self esteem ~ Tears ~ Supportive friends ~ Feeling better ~ Emotional ~ Happy ~ Yummy lunch ~ Heads of House ~ Fun ~ Spending time with friends ~ Beautiful weather ~ THEATRE performance ~ Acting ~ Scenarios ~ Embarrassing ~ Challenging ~ Student Leaders ~ House teams Special thanks to Ms Dunlop, Ms Lehmann, Mr Duiveman, Mrs Fish and Mr Message for spending the whole day with the students. Ms Le, Year 8 Program Manager 6

7 YEAR 8 EXCURSION MELBOURNE MUSEUM & IMAX During the first week back of Term 2 all Year 8 students had a day out on a Science excursion to the Melbourne Museum and IMAX. What a great way to introduce the Classification topic to our students! At 8.50am staff and students eagerly awaited for the bus to pick us up. Arriving at the Melbourne Museum we had the opportunity to visit Bugs Alive, The Dinosaur Walk, Mind & Body Gallery and the Dynamic Earth which was a new exhibition this year. Lunch was at 12 noon outside at the play ground in the beautiful warm sunshine. This year s movie at IMAX was Deep Sea 3D which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Ms Le Year 8 Science Team Leader 7

8 The Deidre Lowery Creative Writing Competition When? Entries close on Friday August 5th 2011 What you can win: 1st prize is a $75 Dymocks voucher. 2nd prize is a $50 Dymocks voucher. Senior Short Story ( words) Junior Short Story ( words) Senior Poetry (no prescribed length) Junior Poetry (no prescribed length) Important Information Vermont Secondary College Categories Seniors are years 10-12, Juniors are years 7-9. Entry forms available from your English teacher. Winning Entries will be published in the school magazine. Instrumental Music Lessons All instrumental students need to come and collect their term 2 timetables from the Music Centre if they have not yet done so. Autumn Concert Our Annual Autumn Concert will be held in the Flexible Learning Centre Auditorium on Monday 9 May, starting at 7:30pm. This will feature performances by the Choir, Junior Band, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Stage Band. Parents and friends are invited to attend this concert. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 concession. Performers, VSC students and children will be admitted free. Tickets are now available on-line. To purchase your tickets please follow these steps: 1. Go to the school website 2. Click on 'Buy tickets online' 3. Select event 4. Click on 'Buy Tickets' 5. Select the number and type of tickets you want to purchase 6. You will then be presented with the total cost of the tickets and you can click 'Proceed' 7. Enter in your details and click 'Proceed to payment' 8. Enter your credit card details and click 'Make payment'. 9. An will then be sent to you with a PDF ticket attached. Keep it safe and treat it as you would any other ticket you have. 10. Before the concert print it out and bring it with you to the concert. Performers please arrive at school between 6:45 and 7:00pm. Performing students should wear winter school uniform, including white socks for girls, and grey socks for boys, and white business style shirts for everyone (no polo shirts). Please be sure that you have your instrument and music. Sausage Sizzle Starting this week the Music Department will be running their weekly sausage sizzle on Fridays during lunchtime. A sausage in bread will cost $1.40 each and all money raised will go back into the Music Support Group. Last year the Music Support Group raised an amazing $2,000 from the sausage sizzle which helped to buy new instruments, accessories and other Learning tools for the Music Students. We invite and encourage any parents who are interested in volunteering some of their time on a Friday to help with cooking. 8 J Shannon Instrumental Music & Performance Leader

9 VSC Cyber Safety #5 At Vermont Secondary College we do not endorse particular products, however the following free downloads were recommended by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Windows offers a free monitoring software that can whitelist sites students can use etc. and block places that parents or guardians do not wish them to visit. Windows Live Family Safety 2011 Download and information can be found at Safe Search - Keep an eye on your kids The kids are online and you re busy Family Safety is there to help. Use activity reports to monitor your kids' computer activity. Choose websites, games, and programs they can access. Even set time periods when they can use the computer. So go ahead, be busy. Family Safety can help keep an eye on things. What's new? SafeSearch is locked on for Bing, Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines. You can add kids right on the Family Safety website. For parents who are ready to give older kids a bit more responsibility, we ve added a new setting that allows all websites but lets you know if kids go to potentially inappropriate ones. The Family Safety website gives parents control over when kids use the computer, what games they can play, and what programs they can run. Works great with Windows Family Safety enhances the standard Parental Controls in Windows, adding remote management that you can use to change your child s permissions online. Get session and website visit reports right from the Family Safety website you don t have to log on to your child s PC. When installed on multiple PCs in the household, Family Safety enforces the same settings and combines reports from all PCs into one. Monitor activities easily Use activity reports to easily review your kids' online activities so you can teach them to use the Internet responsibly. Parents who want more control can use Family Safety to block inappropriate content or even limit kids to age-appropriate sites. You can also limit your kids and instant messaging access to approved contacts on Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger, so that you ll always know where your kids are hanging out online and who they might be talking to. Setup is a breeze If you already have Windows accounts for your kids, you re most of the way there. Windows Live IDs are not required for children. Just follow a few easy steps to get started, and then choose settings for each child's web access. Windows Live Essentials 2011 system requirements Windows Live Essentials 2011 requires the following: Operating system: 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, or Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher Resolution: minimum Internet connection: Online services require dial-up or high-speed Internet access (provided separately local or long-distance charges may apply). High-speed Internet access is recommended for some features. Graphics card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher. Additional requirements Some Windows Live programs have additional requirements. Windows Live Photo Gallery and Movie Maker require some components of DirectX 9, which might be installed for you if they're not found on your computer. Windows Live Mesh requires OS X 10.5 or newer to run on a Mac. Windows Live Messenger video chat requires a webcam, a microphone, speakers or a headset, and high-speed Internet access. HD video chat requires a compatible HD webcam. HD webcams may also have additional system requirements. FACEBOOK VIRUS There is a new Facebook scam circulating If you receive an like this DO NOT OPEN the ATTACHMENT DELETE THE IMMEDIATELY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CYBER SAFETY PLEASE VISIT THE VSC CYBER PAGE at 9

10 VSC EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS Over the coming months there are several key competitions occurring and we actively encourage as many students as possible to participate in them. Full details have been published in the last two Newletters (Issue 5 & 6) which are available on the College Website at Rio Tinto Big Science Competition Competition - 1 June 2011 Enter by 1 June 2011 ICAS Science Competition Competition - 8 June 2011 Enter by 8 April 2011 Australian National Chemistry Quiz 27 July 2011 Australian Mathematics Competition Competition - 4 August 2011 Enter by 27 April ICAS Mathematics Competition Competition - 16 August 2011 Enter by 21 June 2011 Will be running a May program for Dads 2011 'Reach Out 4 Dads' When: Star ng Thursday 12 May 2011 Where: Uni ng Church Hall Near the Corner of Whitehorse Rd and O' Shannassy St. Nunawading Time: 6.30 to 8.00 pm Parking: Ample free and no cost involved Facilitators: Mick Ferrier and Co Facilitator, Paul Please call ROK on to register and reserve a place 20 spaces will be made available. We will contact you close to star ng date if you register now. PARENTING AGAIN Are you a grandparent, relative or friend caring for children? You are invited to attend our new kinship carer parenting course Parenting Again The six week program will cover topics such as child development, parenting strategies, managing grief and looking after yourself. Thursday 19th, 26th May and 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd June 10am-12pm Bayswater West Primary School, Phyllis Street, Bayswater For further information and to RSVP, please contact Joy at Parentzone on Free Year 7 Maths Tutoring Numeracy Support Program Dear Parent / Guardian Vermont Secondary College will be running a Mathematics Session after school on Tuesdays to support a number of Year 7 students who are making a committed effort, but have encountered difficulty in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards in Mathematics. The session will be held after school on Tuesdays from 3:20pm till 4.20pm as a regular class. Parents are invited to nominate their child for enrolment in this class for a semester. The roll will be marked and parents of absent students will be contacted by the attendance officer the next day. Students will get a stamp of attendance in their diary at the end of this lesson. Parents will be asked to contribute a one off payment of $20 later in Term 2 to fund enrolment in the online Mathletics program. Should you have any further enquiries please contact Mr Francis, Numeracy Leader on Numeracy Support Program Applications for enrolment should be submitted to the General Office by Tuesday 17 th May Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday 19 th May The first session will commence on Tuesday 24 th May 2011 at 3.20pm. I wish to nominate my child of 7. for enrolment into the Numeracy Support Program. My child is making a committed effort, but has encountered difficulty in achieving the Victorian Essential Learning Standards in Mathematics. If accepted I will ensure he/she attends all Tuesday sessions, but if unable on a particular week I will contact the attendance officer before 8.30am on the day. Nominating Parent: Phone H: W: Mob: 10

11 Asthma and Influenza As the weather starts to cool down, the cold and flu season will soon be upon us. The Facts: > Approximately 2,800 Australians die every year either directly from the seasonal flu, complications due to the flu, or pneumonia. > Adults and children with chronic illnesses (such as asthma) are at a higher risk of complications from the virus. > Colds and flu can be a trigger for some people with asthma, and can make your symptoms worse. > Flu vaccinations are the single most effective action in helping fight the spread of flu in the community. > The vaccine provides protection from about two weeks after the injection, and lasts for about one year (so even if you were immunised last year, you need to have the vaccine again this year). > The flu shot cannot give you the flu as the vaccine does not contain any active virus. > In Victoria, under the National Immunisation Program, the criteria state that an annual free influenza immunisation is available to children or adults with severe asthma. The vaccination is available now, so contact your doctor or immunisation provider to make an appointment. Many workplaces provide free vaccinations for staff to help prevent absenteeism during the winter months, so it is a good idea to ask your employer if this is available to you. For further information please contact the Asthma Foundation of Victoria on or Winter and Asthma With the winter months approaching, it is important to be aware of the triggers that can affect your asthma at this time of year. Sudden changes in temperature Certain weather situations like very cold temperatures, humidity and dry air can trigger asthma symptoms. In a school environment, students are exposed to sudden temperature changes many times during the day as they go between heated classroom environments to outdoor activities and lunch breaks. Wearing a scarf over the mouth and nose is recommended as it can help to warm the air as you breathe in. Exercise induced asthma may be exacerbated by breathing in colder air than usual, so ensure that you take your reliever puffer 5 20 minutes prior to exercise, warm up adequately, monitor your symptoms during exercise, and have a blue reliever puffer handy in case of an asthma attack. Thunderstorms Thunderstorms can be an asthma trigger for some people, as raindrops can cause grains to be broken down into hundreds of tiny allergen containing particles allowing them to penetrate the lungs. If you experience asthma symptoms during thunderstorms, it is best to stay inside with windows closed, and ensure that you update your asthma action plan with your doctor outlining the management of your day to day asthma, what to do if your symptoms worsen, and the first aid procedure in the event of an asthma attack. For further information please contact the Asthma Foundation of Victoria on or 11

12 Treat Mum to a night out with no dishes to clean! Choose from a number of Estimated value: $45.00 beautiful restaurants such as Bluestone, Syracuse or Comme Pamper Mum with an afternoon of pure relaxation at the Mansion Hotel & Spa Estimated value: $ Mum will love brunch with her girlfriends at Richmond Hill Café and Larder Estimated value: $35.00 How about a leisurely lunch overlooking the vines at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Estimated value: $40.00 Get Dad to take Mum to see a movie of her choice at Palace Cinemas Estimated value: $18.00 Mum can dress up to see the latest performance at the MTC Estimated value: $90.00 Go wine tasting wines with Vine Tours of Victoria Estimated value: $90.00 To order your Entertainment Book please fill in the form below and return to the General Office with cash or credit card details. Name: Phone: Mobile: Address: State: Postcode: I would like to order x Greater $65 each (including GST) $ I would like to order x Geelong, Surf Coast & $55 each (including GST) $ TOTAL ENCLOSED $ Payment type: CASH VISA MASTERCARD CHEQUE (Make cheques payable to <Organisation Name>) Credit Card number: / / / Expiry date: / Cardholder s name: Signature: Thank you for supporting <Organisation Name> $13 from each Book sold will contributes to <Goal> 2011 Entertainment Publications of Australia Pty. Ltd Entertainment Publications Limited 12

13 WORKING BEE SUNDAY 15 MAY 2011 Come and join us in a day of social interaction and enjoy a delicious brunch. Working Bees save the College thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. The major aims of this Working Bee will be to refurbish the garden areas, construct some box seating and painting. PROGRAM FOR THE DAY 9am 9am - 11am 11am am 11.30am - 1pm Sign in at the General Office Work! Work! Work! Work! BRUNCH Work! Work! Work! Work! PLEASE NOTE: Wear appropriate protective clothing and if possible, please bring equipment to assist in your choice of jobs. VSC WORKING BEE - SUNDAY 15 MAY 2011 JOBS PREFERRED: Gardening - please bring secateurs, spade, rake ( ) Place tick in preference Cleaning Stormwater drains and/or guttering * ( ) Minor carpentry/repairs - Building Box Seating ( ) Tree Lopping ** ( ) Brunch Preparation ( ) Painting ( ) Prepared to do any jobs ( ) * Low Level guttering only ** Significant prior experience is required if using chainsaw Number of persons attending... Number requiring Brunch... Names of people attending Your youngest child s name... Form... If you are unable to attend you may wish to make a donation to help defray expenses. Please circle the amount you wish to donate and return it with this form. Donations would be greatly appreciated. $10 $15 $20 $25 $30 $35 $40 $45 $50 Please return this form to the General Office as soon as possible, preferably by Wednesday 11 May 2011 HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Mike Stevens - Assistant Principal Overseeing Facilities 13

14 Vermont Career News Excellence Integrity Responsibility Respect Tolerance Issue 10 5 May 2011 Principal: Tony Jacobs Assistant Principals: Mike Stevens, Harry Ruff, Joanna Alexander School Captains: Caitlyn Shiel Dylan Raath Phone: Student Absence: Postal Address: PO Box 138, Vermont Vic 3133 Website: Inside this Issue: Focus on where you can study after school Which Qualification Level will I Need? Vocational and Higher Education News Myf Warhurst, Versatility is key Why wait until 2012? Mid-year entry applications are now open Upcoming events June Events Accommodation Mythbusting: Access Melbourne Selection Guarantee 2012 Who says you can t do IT at Melbourne? Times Higher Education: Melbourne s reputation the best in Australia 2012 Undergraduate Prospectus out now! Juris Doctor Information Session Like getting out of the lab? Try Cambodia! Postcard from Sweden Feedback/Comments? May Career Events Pathway s Report FOCUS ON WHERE YOU CAN STUDY AFTER SCHOOL After school you can study at University, TAFE, an Adult Community Education Centre or a Private Provider, or at a combination of institutions (i.e., TAFE and University at the same time through an integrated program). You can also often choose between studying on campus, via distance or through a mixture of both. This is called flexible learning. What type of institute you choose to study at will depend on your career aspirations. Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Adult Community Education (ACE): Compared to Uni, TAFE and ACE study is generally more hands on, classes are smaller, courses are cheaper and they prepare students for vocational careers across a wide range of industries. TAFE and ACE help prepare students for University by offering pathways into degrees and also in many cases credit, which can enable you to start at second year level at Uni for many courses. For more information about Victorian TAFE courses call or see University provides students with professional qualifications. There are some careers you cannot work in without a Uni level qualification like a Doctor, Veterinarian Surgeon, Dentist or Physiotherapist. Compared to TAFE, there is usually more of an academic focus on theory, concepts and research. Many students study at TAFE either before or after undertaking Uni courses to give them practical and industry specific vocational skills. Private Colleges usually specialise in certain areas and their qualifications are the same as you would receive from TAFE and University. Course fees are often higher and you can t use HECS to defer your payment meaning you usually have to pay your fees upfront or as you study (many offer FEE-HELP). Private providers are often more flexible with start and finish times of courses, have small class sizes and often you don t need an ATAR score for Diploma and Degree level qualifications. There are three private Universities and over 700 private providers. Overseas: Yes! That s right- you can head overseas to undertake your desired course. You can either apply for an overseas course straight away or you can start studying in Australia and complete some of your course overseas with the help of your Australian institution. Go to and for more information. Distance Education: Many Institutions offer courses via distance education. This means that for the majority or the whole of the course, you don t need to attend classes on campus. Course materials are often posted to you and you receive support via the institutes website where you can be linked with your lecturers and other students studying your course. Open Learning Australia provides distance education courses from over 15 Universities. You don t need an ATAR for these courses. WHICH QUALIFICATION LEVEL WILL I NEED? The qualification level you will need to achieve will depend on your career aspirations. The table below shows you what qualification levels there are at TAFE, ACE providers, Universities and Private Providers. CRICOS Code 00861K Continued overleaf 14

15 From previous page Vocational Education & Training (i.e., TAFE) Advanced Diploma Diploma Cert IV Cert III Cert II Cert I Higher Education (i.e., University) Doctoral Degree Masters Degree Graduate Diploma Graduate Certificate Bachelor Degree Associate Degree To find out which level you should study at to achieve your career goals, go to and click on the links VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS Are you creative and love the outdoors? Have you ever considered Landscape Architecture as a career? The following is taken from the RMIT Schools Bulletin- Landscape architecture is everything that is not a building: encompassing rural, urban, private and public spaces. It s about solving the issue of modern society and proposing better ways of living in a rapidly changing, complex world. The role of a landscape architect is becoming increasingly more important with changes in population growth and the need for sustainable living. To find out more about this exciting occupation, go to and click on the following links- The Facts > Occupations > Landscape Architect Applying to the Uni of Melbourne next year? They have just announced their guaranteed ATARs for the 2012 intake for SEAS students. If you qualify for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) categories 5- disadvantaged socio-economic background and/ or category 6- applications from rural or isolated areas, you will be guaranteed a commonwealth supported place in the following degrees, providing you meet course pre requisites and achieve the ATARs- Arts, Environments or Science- an ATAR of 78 or above; Commerce- an ATAR of 88 or above and Biomedicine- an ATAR of 92 or above. For more information, go to UPCOMING EVENTS RMIT Ceramics Festival: If you are interested in studying ceramics in the future, you should consider attending the RMIT Ceramics Festival on 7 8 May at the RMIT ceramics studios in Melbourne. You will be able to meet Victoria s leading ceramicists engage in demonstrations in all areas of ceramic process, listen to talks by contemporary artists, find out about RMIT ceramics courses and talk to professionals, lecturers, students and like-minded people. To register, go to Interested in studying Law? To become a fully qualified Barrister or Solicitor, you need to complete a recognized four year undergraduate degree with a graduate certificate in legal practice. You can also undertake an undergraduate degree in an area of interest and then complete the graduate Juris Doctor program (JD). The University of Melbourne JD is the only degree offered by Melbourne Law School that leads to admission to legal practice. The Melbourne JD is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law or a degree in law from a different legal system. They will be running an information session on Tuesday 17 May at the Melbourne Law School. For information and to register, go to JMC Academy Course Information Day: You will be able to learn about career options and courses available in the following areas: audio engineering & sound production, film & television production, digital media & 3D animation, popular music & performance, and entertainment business management. The day will be run on Saturday 28 May between 11am and 2pm at 171 Bank St, South Melbourne. To register, go to Are you passionate about sport and science? On Sunday 29 May you will be able to attend the Careers in Sports Medicine and Science Seminar being run by Sports Medicine Australia. You will be able to learn about careers and education pathways in the following sports medicine occupations- medicine, physiotherapy, sports science, dietetics, psychology, podiatry and osteopathy. University representatives will be in attendance to talk about their relevant courses. The day will run between 9.30am 1.30pm at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. For more information and to register, go to Want to find out about apprenticeships and traineeships? Swinburne University are hosting an Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taster Day. You will be able to step into the shoes of an apprentice, and try out trades such as hospitality and motor sports. The event will be held 9 June at their Wantima Campus. For more information and to register, go to JUNE EVENTS June 9 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taster Day, Swinburne University, June 22 Creative Arts Industries Day, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, ACCOMMODATION Accommodation at the University of Tasmania- apply early! There is an extensive range of accommodation options in Hobart and in Launceston for future UTAS students to consider. UTAS Accommodation Services provide on-campus living in both locations: Christ College, John Fisher College and the University Apartments in Hobart; Kerslake Hall, Leprena and Investigator Hall in Launceston; and Endeavour Hall at the AMC campus in Beauty Point. The Mt Nelson Villas, part of Accommodation Services, are located a comfortable walking distance from the Sandy Bay campus. It is advisable to apply for student accommodation as early as possible to avoid missing out. Students looking to view the range of accommodation and the 2011 costs should visit: 15

16 The University of Melbourne news for Careers Practitioners Inside this Issue: Myf Warhurst, Versatility is key Why wait until 2012? Mid year entry applications are now open Upcoming events Mythbusting: Access Melbourne Selection Guarantee 2012 Who says you can t do IT at Melbourne? Times Higher Education: Melbourne s reputation the best in Australia 2012 Undergraduate Prospectus out now! Juris Doctor Information Session Like getting out of the lab? Try Cambodia! Postcard from Sweden Myf Warhurst, Versatility is key Australian media personality Myf Warhurst believes it doesn t matter if you change your mind about what you want to do after you have started studying at university it s more important that you follow your interests and passions. Myf Warhurst, who completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, gave this advice while speaking to the University s Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars and Extension Program secondary school students. When it was time to apply for university, I couldn t wait to further my education. There was no such thing as the internet or even national radio back then, so I treasured any information I could get about the big, wider world, she said. Originally from Portland in regional Victoria, she said living in the centre of town was vital when choosing a university. I had to experience city life as part of my study. I wanted to try everything. I wanted to be amongst it all, she said. Living in a share house and working part time while studying, Myf says living independently for the first time enabled her to learn valuable life skills alongside her degree. It was the first time in my life that I had to do essential tasks for myself. Most importantly, I learned how to manage my time around my studies, she said. When Warhurst first enrolled at Melbourne, she didn t know what career path she wanted to take. Thinking she might be interested in teaching, Myf began a Bachelor of Secondary Education, but soon changed to a Bachelor of Arts, following her passion for art. Later she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in Fine Art. After all that I am not working in Art, but in music and television. But everything I learned and all the experiences that I had benefited me, even if it wasn t directly related to what I m doing now. She also said completing volunteer and freelance work during university, such as writing for local street press, helped develop her professional and social skills. Since graduating from the University of Melbourne, Warhurst has become one of Australia s best known public personalities. Her current show Spicks and Specks is in its sixth season. The Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program offers high achieving Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to engage with the University of Melbourne through an extensive program of events and activities at the University s Parkville campus. The program is named in honour of the eminent scholar, leading educationalist and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Professor Kwong Lee Dow. Website: The University of Melbourne Extension Program, now in its 19th year, welcomes over 290 students in 2011 from more than 100 different Victorian secondary schools. This year students are enrolled across 17 subject areas spanning a range of disciplines including arts and humanities, languages, sciences and commerce. For more information on the University of Melbourne Extension Program contact Tonia Burridge: Tele: extension Website: 16

17 Why wait until 2012? Mid year entry applications are now open If past students are thinking of applying for entry in 2012, why not let them know about the opportunity to start a semester early? Mid year entry applications are open until 10 June Mid year second semester (July) entry is now open for the following University of Melbourne undergraduate programs: Bachelor of Agriculture Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Commerce Bachelor of Environments Bachelor of Science The application process for mid year 2011 has changed, and now applicants will apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Applications for Access Melbourne (the University of Melbourne s Special Entry Access Scheme) will also be accepted from eligible applicants for mid year entry in Credit (advanced standing) for completed tertiary studies may be granted if any previous studies are comparable in content, equivalent in standard and suitable to be included as part of the course. Students who receive offers for mid year entry are not eligible to defer their place. If applicants aren t yet ready to commence studying with the University of Melbourne we advise them to reapply at a more suitable time. Visit the mid year entry webpage: year entry Upcoming events Don t miss out on our range of events for school students in

18 Mythbusting: Access Melbourne Selection Guarantee 2012 Some of you may have seen reports in the media recently about the University s plans to amend the parameters of the Access Melbourne Selection Guarantee. Please note: This proposal received approval from our Academic Board in mid April. As our usual practice is not to publish changes to entry requirements until they have been officially approved, we did not communicate this change directly to careers practitioners ahead of receiving Academic Board approval in April. However, details of the proposed selection guarantee amendments were obtained by the media and reported on prior to it receiving approval and as a result some of you have already fielded questions about this. Because of this situation we wish to detail here the change that will take effect in As you will be aware, the University introduced a selection guarantee in 2009 for Year 12 applicants who are eligible for the Access Melbourne categories of rural or isolated and/or disadvantaged financial background. In its two years of operation the selection guarantee has been very popular with applicants and successful in encouraging applicants in these cohorts to consider Melbourne (particularly applicants from disadvantaged financial backgrounds). The ATARs used in 2010 for the selection guarantee (78 for Arts, Environments and Science and 88 for Biomedicine and Commerce) were significantly below the course Clearly in Ranks. The approved changes for 2012 retain the selection guarantee at the same ATAR levels for all courses except Biomedicine, where it will increase the ATAR level from 88 to 92 for As detailed in the selection data published by VTAC, the proportion of Biomedicine offers made to applicants below the Clearly in Rank was very large in 2011 almost 48%. This was significantly higher than any other University of Melbourne course and was primarily a result of the popularity of the Access Melbourne selection guarantee. The University views this proportion as unsustainable for this course and has sought to reduce it by changing the ATAR level for guaranteed selection. This will provide selection officers with greater flexibility in the selection of other Access Melbourne applicants for whom entry is not guaranteed, and will potentially also lower the Clearly in Rank, providing greater access for all Biomedicine applicants. Myth 1: The new ATAR required restricts the number of Biomedicine offers made to rural and/or financially disadvantaged students. The new ATAR to guarantee selection into Biomedicine will mean that some rural applicants with ATARs between 88 and 92 will not receive an offer for the course. However, all applicants who are eligible for one or both of the nominated categories of Access Melbourne who achieve an ATAR of 92 or above will be guaranteed an offer there will be no restrictions on the number of offers made to this cohort. In addition, Access Melbourne applicants will continue to be assessed when they are below this ATAR and some (particularly those eligible for multiple Access Melbourne categories) are likely to be selected (this selection will not be guaranteed). Myth 2: Changes to the selection guarantee will prevent rural and/or financially disadvantaged students from pursuing graduate medicine at Melbourne. There are still opportunities for applicants eligible for one or both of the nominated categories to receive a place in the Bachelor of Biomedicine. In addition, the Bachelor of Science also offers a pathway to graduate medicine (the guaranteed ATAR into Science has not changed) and many medicine students will have completed their undergraduate studies at institutions other than Melbourne. The University of Melbourne is committed to providing access to medical studies for students from a rural background and are planning a specific quota for this cohort in the Doctor of Medicine. Subject to meeting an appropriate academic standard, up to 65 places in the MD degree will be provided to students coming from a rural background. Myth 3: The change shows that the University of Melbourne is not really committed to access and equity. The University of Melbourne has had equity schemes in place for undergraduate selection since 1984 and remains committed to significantly increasing the number of students from educationally, financially or socially disadvantaged backgrounds enrolling in our undergraduate degrees. In the past three years, 27% of the University s Round 1 Commonwealth Supported Place offers have been made to Access Melbourne applicants. For more information on the Access Melbourne selection guarantee, visit: Who says you can t do IT at Melbourne? A career in IT demands a great range of skills and flexibility, and offers tremendous opportunities for speedy advancement. Graduates from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) programs are uniquely placed to respond to the wide array of challenges facing society today. Key attributes of IT professionals include: People skills Technical knowledge Problem solving abilities A desire to develop solutions that help people and organisations. IT can be studied at Melbourne at undergraduate level in a number of ways. Majors in Science Informatics, Computer Science and Software Systems are available within the Bachelor of Science at Melbourne. Students can also choose IT subjects as breadth (in Organisational Information Systems) as part of every other New Generation degree. IT majors and Diploma of Informatics are all accredited by the Australian Computer Society. *2010 ICT Skills Snapshot For more information on your students options to study IT at Melbourne, contact Louisa Wilson: Tele: Website: 18

19 Demand for skilled ICT graduates is projected to continue into 2011 with the rollout of the NBN, major Government projects in e health and resources, and a stronger local economy. In May 2010 the Australian Government identified the following ICT professional occupations as suffering from critical skills shortage*: Software engineering ICT business analyst Systems analyst Analyst programmer Developer programmer IT can be studied at Melbourne at undergraduate level in a number of ways. Majors in Science Informatics, Computer Science and Software Systems are available within the Bachelor of Science at Melbourne. Students can also choose IT subjects as breadth (in Organisational Information Systems) as part of every other New Generation degree. IT majors and Diploma of Informatics are all accredited by the Australian Computer Society. *2010 ICT Skills Snapshot For more information on your students options to study IT at Melbourne, contact Louisa Wilson: Tele: Website: Times Higher Education: Melbourne s reputation the best in Australia The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings have placed the University of Melbourne as the most reputable university in Australia, and the 45th most reputable in the world. Melbourne was the only Australian institution to rank in the top 50 in the world from the three categories of overall reputation, teaching and research. The ranking was compiled from a survey sent to over 13,000 long standing academics in 131 countries. Scores were generated on the number of times an institution was cited as being the best in a field of expertise, as well as action based questions such as where would you recommend a top undergraduate should study for the best postgraduate supervision? Melbourne s strongest performing category was our reputation for research. This result follows up on the University s result in the THE 2010 World University Rankings (36th in the world), which placed Melbourne s research and citations among our strongest assets. It s no accident that Melbourne has such high standing amongst its academic peers. Our reputation is created by relations and transactions, promotional campaigns, major events, news reporting, memories and word of mouth says Professor Simon Marginson, Chair of Higher Education at the University. It is great to be able to see reputation in pure form. It s an identifiable market one that matters and has material effects, he said. See the THE World Reputation Rankings : university rankings/ /reputation rankings.html 2012 Undergraduate Prospectus out now! The Office of Admissions is pleased to announce that the 2012 Undergraduate Prospectus is now available. In 2012, we ve combined information for domestic and international students into the one prospectus, so the publication is a one stop reference for student enquiries. We ve jam packed the 2012 Undergraduate Prospectus with in depth information on each of our undergraduate degrees. Information about average contact hours, subject plans and course structure, as well as the opportunities for further study at Melbourne s Graduate Schools are at your fingertips For international students, we ve included information about our beautiful city for visitors, as well as cost of living, accommodation options and our wide variety of student services. We re delighted to share this fantastic resource and welcome feedback from careers practitioners forthwith. Copies have already been sent to schools across Australia. To order more copies for your school, visit: Juris Doctor information session The Melbourne JD is a fully graduate law degree and the only degree offered by Melbourne Law School that leads to admission to legal practice. The Melbourne JD is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than law or a degree in law from a different legal system. Associate Professor Andrew Mitchell, JD Course Director, will be speaking about the advantages of the Melbourne JD, and a current JD student will speak about their own experience of the program. Date: Tuesday 17 May 2011 Time: 6.00 pm (registration from 5.30 pm) Venue: G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School Register via: 19

20 Like getting out of the lab? Try Cambodia! While many consider science research to be focused around a pipette in a laboratory, others are finding that studying communities in their own setting is the best way to understand how environmental changes affect communities. Currently studying her honours year as part of the Bachelor of Science, Rebecca Schwarzman is exploring the sustainability of a rural fishing village in Cambodia, being impacted by a hydropower development in the Mekong River. Rebecca has taken advantage of the opportunity to study and complete her honours thesis through the Melbourne School of Land and Environment s Geography program, and says being on the ground is a whole new level of study: To see or hear of an environmental or social problem first hand allows me to get a real understanding of the context and nature of the problem in a way that can t be substituted by purely theoretical research. It s also a whole lot of fun to travel, play in rivers and in the bush with a great group of people, and get to call it study. Students interested in finding out about entry requirements and opportunities available to them to complete Honours programs in Geography should visit: environment.unimelb.edu.au/honours Postcard from Sweden Careers Update just keeps getting postcards! This one is from Freya Carlton, currently on exchange at Lund University in Sweden, one our Global Mobility U21 partners. To find out more about U21 and the opportunities available for your students, visit: Hej Careers Update! I guess I ll start from the beginning! My fellow new exchange students and I were greeted at Lund central station by a crowd of Swedish mentors. Thick snow covered the ground and a sub zero wind was blowing. The mentors packed us (and our many overweight suitcases) into waiting mini buses and drove us through the historic centre of Lund to the university s large redbrick student administration building where there was a long line of people waiting to be registered. We heard one of the Swedish mentors walking past joking: Welcome to Sweden, land of the queue. Eventually I was able to sign my housing contract, was handed my keys and some linen and was bustled back into the mini bus and driven to my room. It took me a few minutes to work out the security system (swipe cards combined with door codes), and a few more to find my room tucked away on the fifth floor. But I eventually arrived and collapsed into bed, exhausted from the long journey from Australia. The next few days were filled with information and orientation sessions a general university welcome, presentations by the student union and nation societies, departmental enrolment meetings and a friendly (yet stern) speech from a local Lund police constable! I hope everything is going well back home! Ta det lungt från Sverige! Freya Feedback/Comments? Please contact: Eric Brotchie (03) or Authorised by: General Manager, National Markets (Office of Admissions) Published by: Office of Admissions CRICOS provider code: 00116K APPOINTMENTS & CONTACT DETAILS VSC Pathways Resource Centre Open 8.00am 5.00pm Mon Fri -during school terms PH: Rebecca Eames - Director of Pathways & Transition 20

21 19: Meet Melbourne University For students in years and their parents. You will be able to learn about- courses and careers including the Melbourne Model study options and pathways; scholarships and course costs; accommodation options; entry requirements and how to apply and events and programs for future students. Thursday 19 May, pm at the Albury Entertainment Centre. Register at 28: JMC Academy Course Information Day, You will be able to learn about career options and courses available in the following areas: audio engineering & sound production, film & television production, digital media & 3D animation, popular music & performance, and entertainment business management. Saturday 28 May, 11am and 2pm sessions at 171 Bank St, South Melbourne. To register, go to Teaching and Sport Science 13: My Day, Charles Sturt University, You will be a student for a day at the Charles Sturt University Thurgoona campus exploring their courses in Teaching (Kinder yr 12), Early Childhood and Primary Education and the Bachelor of Sports Science. Only year 12 students can attend and it will be held on Thursday 19 May. There are only three places available. To register, please see your career adviser 29: Careers in Sports Medicine and Science Seminar, Sports Medicine Australia. You will be able to learn about careers and education pathways in the following sports medicine occupations- medicine, physiotherapy, sports science, dietetics, psychology, podiatry and osteopathy. University representatives will be in attendance to talk about their relevant courses. Sunday 29 May, 9.30am 1.30pm, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. For more information and to register, go to 21

22 25: Careers in Sports Medicine Seminar, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre. You will be able to learn about careers and education pathways in the following sports medicine occupations- sports medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition, psychology, podiatry, massage therapy and exercise physiology. Wednesday 25 May, 6.30pm 9pm, AAMI Park Stadium. For more information and to register, Megan Marshall at 21-22: Interior Design & Graphic Design 2-day workshops, CATC Design School Melbourne Campus. You will spend 2 days exploring your chosen career area in hands on workshops. This will give you a great idea of whether this career area is for you. The workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday the 21 and 22 May at their Latrobe Street Melbourne Campus. Cost is $160. You must register at 28: A Day in the Life of a Designer, Billy Blue College of Design, you will be able to immerse yourself for a day in the life of a designer in your choice of communication, digital media, branded environment, commercial interior, residential interior or branded fashion. The day will be held at their Sydney Campus on Saturday 28 May between 10am 4pm. Cost is $80. To register, see your career adviser for a form THE AGE VCE AND CAREERS EXPO 2011 The expo runs over three days between Friday 6 May Sunday 8 May. You will have the option of: Participating in seminars focusing on VCE subjects and topics such as gap year options (over 130 to choose from) Speaking to representatives from universities, TAFEs, private colleges and suppliers of VCE resources (over 170 exhibitors to choose from) The cost is $10 for the whole three days- see your career adviser for free passes. 22