2015 Term Dates
Term 1 • 28 Jan - 27 Mar
Term 2 • 13 Apr - 26 Jun
Term 3 • 13 Jul - 18 Sep
Term 4 • 5 Oct - 18 Dec
2016 Term Dates
Term 1 • Jan 27 - Mar 24
Term 2 • Apr 11 - Jun 24
Term 3 • Jul 11 - Sep 16
Term 4 • Oct 3 - Dec 20
2015 VCAL Induction Day • February 20 • Box Hill Town Hall
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.
Playmeo • Full access to all the resources • VALA Member only benefit
Full access for VALA members
VALA 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' 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.
'Stevie's Scam School' • Consumer Affairs Victoria
A reformed scam artist, Stevie shows Victorians tricks of the trade and how to avoid common scams.
Brand New Project just Popped UP
Our 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
VCAL 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.
A special section profiling the standout work of some of our best providers and people.
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
Available for free download
This 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 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.