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Welcome to Vermont Secondary College

Vermont Secondary College promotes the achievement of excellence in a learning environment that is safe and caring, and embraces diversity.

Our College is committed to the development of lifelong learning skills that motivate and enable all students to achieve their individual goals and make a positive contribution to the global community.

Vermont Secondary College's true worth lies in its ability
to help the children grow as people, not just as students" - parent


2019 Term dates:


Term 1: Tuesday 29 January to Thursday 5 April 2019 


Term 2: 23 April to 28 June 


Term 3: 15 July to 20 September 


Term 4: 07 October to 20 December



On Tuesday, 3/6/19, I, along with staff, was fortunate enough to attend the Premier’s VCE Awards to witness three of our students gain recognition in this awards ceremony.
The Premier’s VCE Awards recognise top performing students for their outstanding academic achievements in the Victorian Certificate of Education.
In our 2018 VCE results five students achieved a perfect study score of 50 and on Tuesday three of these students, Adorel Ng, Brandon Yeo and Mindy Tay, were recognised by receiving the Premier’s VCE Award.
Parents and staff of the students were all able to attend the ceremony and meet up at the end of the official ceremony to share in their success. Congratulations also go to the three staff that taught the students – Laura Gerbing Business Management teacher of Adorel, Mary Zervos Further Mathematics teacher of Brandon and James Serpant Physics teacher of Mindy.
The five perfect study scores were achieved by the following students:
Adorel Ng received a perfect Study Score for Business Management
Brandon Chen Tong Yeo received a perfect Study Score for Further Maths 
Gloria Chen received a perfect Study Score for Specialist Maths 
Preet Patel received a perfect Study Score for Maths Methods
Mindy Tay received a perfect Study Score for Physics
This outcome is more amazing by the fact that the perfect study scores were achieved in 5 different subjects, with 5 different teachers by 5 different students.
Congratulations to all these high performing students and special congratulations to Adorel, Brandon and Mindy who have achieved further recognition by receiving a Premier’s VCE Award.
Photo inset from left to right:
- Laura Gerbing Business Management teacher with Adorel, Mindy with James Serpant Physics teacher and Brandon with Mary Zervos Further Mathematics teacher




This week saw significant progress in the construction of our new permanent modular $4.873 million building. The Permanent Modular School Buildings Program is integral to the next stage of the largest ever removal of asbestos from Victorian schools. This is a part of the Government’s $200 million investment in the Victorian School Asbestos Removal Program.



The section of our college to be replaced through the Permanent Modular School Buildings Program is known as the ‘C block’ and this is the entire top half of the now demolished ‘C Wing’. This demolition was completed in January and the construction of the permanent modular building has taken place in Bendigo.


Throughout this week, 37 modules are to be trucked down from Bendigo and moved into place by a significantly large crane. Once the individual modules are on site and in place, the final fit out will begin. At this stage we should have full access to the new building by early Term Three.


The Department of Education and Training (DET) have a web site with information on the Vermont Secondary College project. Go to:


The building company behind the project is SENSUM and they can be found at:


Six portable classrooms were moved onto the school grounds late last year and it is important to note that these rooms are temporary whilst the new modular construction is completed. They should be moved off site in the second half of the year, giving us much needed grounds area back for the students.


The previous ‘C’ wing contained 8 classrooms whilst the new construction will house 10 classrooms, including 2 purpose built science rooms, 2 purpose built ICT rooms, 6 generalist classrooms, replacement student toilets, a language faculty staffroom, an office for the Year 9 Student Managers, 2 new locker bays and a science storeroom.






On Thursday 21st February, at our first Senior and Junior college assembly for the year, we had great pleasure in celebrating and acknowledging the outstanding performance of students from the VCE class of 2018. It was a wonderful opportunity to present these outstanding students to the college community.

Learning Area Awards – These awards are presented to the student who has achieved the highest VCE study score, at 38 or above, at the college in a particular subject for 2018.

The following students received Learning Area Awards for individual excellence:

Arts and Materials Technology 
Lauren Nevard for Studio Art Mavis
Wong for Visual Communication & Design

Commerce Awards –
Daniel Kelly for Economics
Adorel Ng who received a perfect Study Score of 50 for Business Management
Kar Yee (Felice) Foh for Accounting

English Awards –
Clement Wong for English
Mavis Wong for English Language
Gloria Chen for EAL
Felicia Hendrianto for English Literature

Health and Human Development 
Joanna Anastasoglou for Health and Human Development

Humanities Awards -
Adam Rae for History: Revolutions
Phoebe Leeming for Geography

Information Technologies  
Sean Holshier for Computing: Software Development

Language Awards –
Jonathon Sayers for French
Annika Ahrens for German

Maths Awards –
Brandon Chen Tong Yeo who received a perfect Study Score of 50 for Further Maths
Gloria Chen who received a perfect Study Score of 50 for Specialist Maths
Preet Patel who received a perfect Study Score of 50 for Maths Methods

Maria Bitzios, Kiamba Briscoe and Spencer Macleod-Finke for Drama
Clement Wong for Music

Physical Education/Outdoor Education Awards –
Amelia Casey for Outdoor and Environment Studies
Heman Punithan for Physical Education

Adorel Ng for Psychology
Mindy Tay who received a perfect Study Score of 50 for Physics
Akira Dobson and Kar Yee (Felice) Foh for Chemistry
Phoebe Leeming and Megan Giblett for Biology

In addition to the subject awards at the assembly the college also recognised the exceptional academic achievements of students who received ATARs that place them in the top 4.0% of the state, a fantastic achievement by any standards.
These are:
Gloria Chen attained an ATAR of 99.85
Heman Punithan attained an ATAR of 98.65
Adorel Ng attained an ATAR of 98.4
Bethany Kerwin attained an ATAR of 98.2
Clement Wong attained an ATAR of 98.05
Quan (Kevin) Gao attained an ATAR of 97.9
Kar Yee (Felice) Foh attained an ATAR of 97.25
Maxwell Chan attained and ATAR of 97.05
Yifan Jin (Jack Fin) attained an ATAR of 96.95
Jonathon Sayers attained an ATAR of 96.7
Mavis Wong attained an ATAR of 96.7
Xuan Jhe-Low attained an ATAR of 96.65
Denzel Sim attained an ATAR of 96.6

Special Congratulations to the VSC Dux for 2018 Gloria Chen who achieved an exceptional ATAR of 99.85.

Well done to all award winners and we wish you and all 2018 VCE students every success in the future.



Success of a Vermont Secondary College Student

It is always with some trepidation that I respond when a student tells me that they will indulge in a ‘gap-year’ after Year 12. I have visions of students lolling on couches, playing video-games and generally failing to contribute to their personal growth or their community. Thus, when one of my students, whom I have had the pleasure of teaching in both History Revolutions and Australian Politics via Distance Education, told me that she was taking a ‘gap-year’ I was mildly alarmed.

This was clearly not the appropriate response in the case of Emma Muscatello (Year 12 2018). Emma has been offered an internship in the Office of the Secretary General of the European Union in Brussels for 2019. This is an extremely prestigious offer that will allow Emma to become exposed to the mechanics of high-level international relations, to shadow high-level policy makers and government officials and also to undergo expenses paid travel around member-states and potentially further afield.

Emma’s achievement is a fine example of the benefits of undertaking language study and engaging broadly with the world. Emma has studied German whilst at Vermont and previously won the Sagse Scholarship (2017) which allowed her to travel to Germany on a cultural exchange, an experience which included delivering a speech at the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin entirely in German.

Whilst in Brussels, Emma will also undertake studies in French so she can further expand her knowledge base and better prepare herself for a future career in Law or Diplomacy. Emma is a fine example to all of us of the benefits of engaging fully with the opportunities that are presented, to working incredibly hard in pursuit of our goals and seeking to engage broadly with the world as an international citizen. All the best in the future Emma.

Aidan Message (History & Politics Teacher/ Head of Learning and Teaching)



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