Around the Campuses

NRL Schoolboy Cup

Congratulations to the VUSC U/18 Rugby League team who had a fantastic trip to Sydney on Thursday 18th August playing in the NRL Schoolboy Trophy semi finals.


The team were very competitive in the two matches played and were very unlucky not to win one of these matches, going down 24-18 against Ashcroft High School. However, the experience gained playing against quality opposition will put them in good stead for coming years.

The boys conducted themselves magnificently and were fine ambassadors for the school, and were complimented on their presentation and behaviour on the plane trip.


The team has been a pleasure to coach this year. Well done boys!


Mr Adam

Rugby League Coach



VCAL Students do amazing work!

Congratulations to Year 11 VCAL students Nathan Duffin, Sam Vandy, Ben Thang Eng and Aaron Tamati who recently created an awesome wooden chair as part of their Personal Development Skills Project. 


The chair will be displayed in the Administration Office with a plaque to credit the boys' fantastic work. Well done boys!


Our VCAL students have also created lessons on mental health awareness which they will teach to our Year 7 students on RUOK Day on Friday 9th September. VCAL students do this every year and the Year 7 students really enjoy it!



Legal Panel Incursion

On Thursday 28 July, our Year 10, 11 and 12 Legal Studies students heard from a panel of legal professionals about their background, their experiences in the law and the opportunities and challenges they had faced. 


The 10-member panel included Justice Emilios Kyrou from the Victorian Court of Appeal, Coroner David Ryan, senior and junior practising lawyers, and past VUSC students Nezha Khan and Ricky La who are currently studying law. Students made good use of their chance to ask the panel members questions, and also enjoyed chatting more informally to the panel members over afternoon tea. School captain Luke Ratanachan thanked the panel on behalf of the students. The main message of the panel to the students was summed up by Justice Kyrou who urged them to work hard, be brave in seizing opportunities, persist when the going gets tough, and treat setbacks as learning experiences. 

Justice Emilios KyrouVictorian Court of Appeal
Joseph Tsalanidis Victorian Bar
Rachel Doyle SCVictorian Bar
Ffyona Livingstone ClarkVictorian Bar
Coroner David RyanCoroners Court of Victoria
Katrina SonneveldCoroner’s Solicitor
Sobur DhieuLander & Rogers
Emily FioramonteLander & Rogers
Ricky LaPast VUSC student
Nezha KhanPast VUSC student


Chinese Cultural Studies - Peking Opera

Peking Opera (京剧) jīng jù also known as Beijing Opera is a form of Chinese opera. Peking Opera originated in China, in the late 18th century and became recognised in the mid-19th century. Peking Opera was very popular in the Qing dynasty. Peking Opera is a combination of music, pantomime, vocal performance, acrobatics, acting and martial arts.


In the traditional Peking Opera, each of the historical characters portrayed in the performance has its own unique design painted on the face of the actor. Over time, these designs have become a set stereotype. In addition to the colour of the makeup, characteristics, personality and moral character are displayed through the symbolic and exaggerated artistic designs on their faces. In other words, facial makeup is the portrait of each actor’s character. 


Year 8 Chinese Language students learned the history, main roles, performance formats and the meaning of colours on the facial masks of Peking Opera in Term 3. Our students will design their own Peking Opera masks at the end of this unit. These Peking Opera facial masks look marvellous!


Ms Wang

Chinese Teacher


Volleyball Update

Congratulations to our Year 7 & 8 boys and girls volleyball teams who competed against 

other schools in the region recently and came away with wins!


Both teams will now go through to the next round. This is a fantastic effort as it is a very competitive competition. 


Thank you to Mr Eugenio who has spent a huge amount of time coaching and working with these students. 


Ms White

HPE Domain Leader


Legal Studies Excursion

In early August the Year 12 Legal Studies class went on an excursion to the city. The day commenced with a guided tour of the Victorian Parliament where the students learned about the inner workings of parliament while sitting in the Legislative Assembly and then the Legislative Council. The students also had the opportunity to talk with the member for Footscray, Katie Hall MP. 


Allens (a large commercial law firm) hosted the students for morning tea and lunch, where the students practised speed networking, heard from different lawyers about their career pathways and work, and had a tour of the Allens offices. The students then participated in a Legal Treasure Hunt which involved them visiting and learning about sites of legal significance in the city, such as The Monster Petition, the Old Melbourne Gaol, the former Magistrates’ Court, and the current Supreme Court. Along the way they met some legal professionals. The excursion was a fantastic chance for the students to see how what they have learned in class relates to the day-to-day operation of the Victorian legal system.


Mr Anderson

Legal Studies Teacher