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2014 Term Dates

Term 1 • 28 Jan - 4 Apr

Term 2 • 22 Apr - 27 Jun

Term 3 • 14 Jul - 19 Sep

Term 4 • 6 Oct - 19 Dec

2015 Term Dates

Term 1 • 28 Jan - 27 Mar

Term 2 • 13 Apr - 26 Jun

Term 313 Jul - 18 Sep

Term 4 • 5 Oct - 18 Dec


Applied Learning Success Stories • Photographic Exhibition and Professional Development Day

Wednesday 3rd December, 2014 • 9:00am – 3:45pm • Box Hill Town Hall

Program includes

  • Success with Literacy Skills – Minnelese Coetser, Heatherwood School
  • Success with Team Art Projects – Fiona Pope, Holmesglen TAFE
  • Success with Structured Workplace Learning – Bec Allan,Teaching Applied Programs (TAP)
  • Success with School Based Apprenticeship – Loretta Goldsmith, EO atEAST
  • Setting up for Success – Systems to Die for – Jane Davey, Manager Youth Programs, PRACE
  • Success with Large Groups and Levels – Lilly Smolenskaya – Holmesglen TAFE
  • Success with Principals and Programs – Peter Hutton, Principal, Templestowe College
  • Success with Sports – Volunteering and involvement with Special Olympics

More (PDF)

2015 VCAL Induction Day

VALA is head over heels about our Induction Day, designed especially for teachers new to VCAL. This year we step lightly into the beautiful and elegant surroundings of Box Hill Town Hall with a broader program of specialist workshops, with lots of sessions repeated so you can fine tune a day of PD that is just right for you.

More and register

VALA Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5pm

VALA 2014 AGMAt the AGM the following members were elected to the VALA Committee

President – Gill Meek

Vice-President – Karen Dymke

Treasurer – Sam Franzi

Secretary – Andrew Horgan

General members

• Teresa Cusack

• Cherie Osta

• Helene Rooks

• Robyn Saunders

• David Stilwell

• Helen Weadon

VALA Conference 2014 - Reflections

Student presenters and helpers at the 2014 VALA conference

Session presentation

As presentations are provided they'll be added here.

A7 Senior Pathways and Transitions Program

Glenda Fisher, Education Officer - Diverse Needs, Catholic Education Office
Presentation (PDF)


If you contemplate what could be

Whilst others grapple with dogged issues

If you can conceptualise alternative and flexible learning programs

Whilst others question your endeavour

If you can spread good ideas

Whilst surviving in the shadows

If you can unleash learning

Whilst developing enduring partnerships

If you can spread a good idea

Whilst meeting with doubt from others

If you can innovate, engage with excellence

Whilst planning pathways and transitions for students

If you can get online and engage learners

Whilst others plough through textbooks

And provide opportunities for learning experiences that are fun

And enjoy the presence of your students

If you can revolutionise approaches to learning

And prepared to take risks to involve learners

And build assessment around alternative and flexible pedagogy

And celebrate the strengths of your program

If you can build support around you

And hold on when funds are cut

If you can engage learners from all walks of life

And promote lifelong learning for all

If you can be an agent of change

If you can aspire to transforming education

If you can embrace disruptive innovation

And collaborate

You are truly a visionary and worthy to hold your head up high as an edupreneur

With apologies to Rudyard Kipling who wrote the poem 'If' on which this creed is based.

Many thanks to

Dr Helen Weadon, keynote speaker from Federation University who put together this remarkable text from the Conference program itself.

Playmeo • Full access to all the resources • VALA Member only benefit

Full access for VALA members

playmeoVALA has subscribed to playmeo - the world's largest online group games database - to give every VALA member FREE access to this amazing online resource.

playmeo features step-by-step instructions, video tutorials & sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.

Full access to Playmeo - via member login (you'll need your member login which we provided when you joined or renewed)

playmeo has been developed by Mark Collard, whom many of you will know as a frequent presenter and exhibitor at various VALA conferences and events.

Free numeracy resources

Building Strength with Numeracy'Building Strength with Numeracy' are adult numeracy resources that will have value for some VCAL classes. The free online materials revise and improve on the iconic adult numeracy resources 'Strength in Numbers' and 'Breaking the Maths Barrier', and other 'tried and true' numeracy teaching resources.

Free download

'Stevie's Scam School' • Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs - Steve's Scam SchoolTeachers and students will enjoy a humorous new series of scam education videos, featuring animated character Stevie.

A reformed scam artist, Stevie shows Victorians tricks of the trade and how to avoid common scams.


Brand New Project just Popped UP

St brigid's Horsham VCAL groupOur newest addition to POP UP PROJECTS is the VCAL group from St Brigid's College in Horsham. The group have established a Healthy Luncheon Day that caters for the disengaged youth of the Horsham area.


VCAL Road Safety Units updated and aligned with VCAL

VicRoadsVCAL Road Safety Units were updated in early 2013 and aligned with the VCAL curriculum, including the latest Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.

VicRoads has developed this set of VCAL Road Safety Units for teachers and practitioners delivering the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in schools and other educational settings. The resource focuses on young driver safety issues and aims to assist young people to enter the road system as safe and responsible drivers. The units have been designed and developed to integrate learning outcomes in Literacy, Numeracy and Personal Development Skills across all levels of VCAL – Foundation, Intermediate and Senior.

Success snapshots

A special section profiling the standout work of some of our best providers and people.

SKYS St Kilda Youth Services

SKYS won the 2012 Learn Local Outstanding Organisation Award for the State! It has a range of programs ranging from HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training,) a re-engagement program in which students restore donated bikes and get to keep the bike, young parents as students who bring their babies and toddlers in while they learn in VCAL and CGEA.

VCAL First: A guide for teachers new to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

A fantastic new resource for 2013!

VCAL First coverAvailable for free download

This new digital publication, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.

Working Community • free resource

Working Community coverWorking Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.


Applied learning resources

A reminder that access to the applied learning resources is now a member-only part of the website and requires a password.

Of course the SAFET-1 resources continue to have public access.