VCE Foundation celebrates year 12 graduation

The VCE Foundation today celebrated the accomplishments of Year 12 students at Debney Park Secondary College. All students in the Year 12 cohort was presented with a free iPod as part of a promotion focusing on teamwork & collaborative technology.
Oct. 21, 2009 - PRLog -- The VCE Foundation, which in its inaugural year has become Victoria’s largest non-profit VCE support organisation, today celebrated the accomplishments of Year 12 students at Debney Park Secondary College.  Every student in the Year 12 cohort was presented with a free iPod Shuffle as part of a VCE Foundation promotion focusing on teamwork and collaborative technology.

Current student Saeeda Hassan signed up to the VCE Foundation’s free online learning community, The collaborative multi-platform site enables students in their final years of school to communicate and work together remotely. It includes forums for discussion, note sharing facilities and a specially designed VCEwiki element to allow for teams of students across the state to contribute to a growing resource of information.

Callum Forbes, Director of the VCE Foundation and Year 12 graduate of 2008, spoke at the Debney Park Secondary College graduation ceremony on Thursday. “It is immensely rewarding being able to present these gifts to the students of Debney Park SC. Many of these students are refugees and a majority arrived in Australia within the last 10 years. Saeeda and her family have endured hardship through civil war in her homeland and she had not received any schooling before arriving in Australia.”

“Just by signing up to the website Saeeda put her entire year level in the draw to win iPod Shuffles, along with gaining access to a great resource both throughout the year and for the final weeks now in preparation for the end of year exams.”

School principal, Michael O’Brien said that “Debney Park SC is a unique government secondary school with most students having to live on the poverty line and in public housing”. He said that “all our Year 12 students are delighted with the win and the iPods will be truly appreciated by the students, given most would not be in a position to purchase one themselves”.

This free service is just one of the ways by which the VCE Foundation has been supporting VCE students throughout the year.

The VCE Foundation aims to support students to reach their full potential; academically and holistically. The program seeks to allow students to better prepare for their final exams by building upon each other’s knowledge to allow for the highest possible level of understanding to be had by all.

“Year 12 is an important year for all those involved and our team of volunteers have worked hard to try and alleviate the stress and anxiety held by many. Throughout the year we have directly supported 6,865 VCE students from a broad range of schools across our various projects.”

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The VCE Foundation was established in 2008 to support VCE students to reach their full potential. This was identified as a need due to the enormous pressure placed on students as they complete their VCE.
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