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‘Schoolgirl’ to be featured in new series by Vocal School Melbourne

The next Vocal school in Melbourne will be getting its own reality TV show, The Schoolgirl, which will debut later this year.

The reality show will feature the school’s students, staff and teachers, as well as the community’s leaders, with hosts coming from the country and overseas.

The first episode of the series will air on the ABC on September 6.

Vocal Schools Victoria CEO Jennifer Aikins said the new show would help promote Victoria’s education system and the work the school sector is doing to improve outcomes for all children.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to have a Vocal education show in Australia, as it has been for us,” Ms Aikin said.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to build up our network and we think it’s a great way to build the profile of our school and the education system.”

Ms Aickell said the show would feature all the key voices in the community, including the school nurse, teachers, administrators, parents and students.

“Our goal is to make this a show that we can all watch together, and so the Vocal Education Team is looking forward to working with our audience,” she said.

Victoria’s Vocal Teachers Association (VETA) president, Chris Wilson, said the Vettea network was looking forward “to working with the Victoria Government and its Minister for Children and Families, Chris Evans, to help promote Vocal schools”.

“I look forward to seeing what kind of opportunities this show will provide for VETA members,” Mr Wilson said.

VETE President Chris Wilson said Victoria’s public school system needed to look beyond the traditional Vocal teachers model.

“VETE is looking to promote a diverse model of Vocal educators,” he said.

Mr Wilson says VETEs are the only voice in education in Victoria, and that they are needed to create a culture of learning in our schools.

“This model of education is based on the concept of teaching the whole child, not just the voice of one teacher,” he explained.

“In the past, we have had a lot of focus on what we call ‘learning at home’ or ‘learning from books’ and those are not sustainable options.”

Victoria’s Education Minister, Christopher Evans, said he was excited about the show and believed it would help foster a better education system in Victoria.

“A Vocal teacher is someone who is passionate about helping children in the classroom and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent,” he told the ABC.

“As we build up the sector, it is important we develop a national model to enable teachers to deliver their vital work.”