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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


Safari by the SeaSafari By The Sea is back for 2014! Join us for an exciting OVERNIGHT adventure along the Great Ocean Road to discover some of the Applied Learning treasures from Geelong to Lorne and back. Get on board for a PD experience unlike any other.

More details and register

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

VALA 2014 AGMSKYS Learning Centre, 62-74 Pickles Street, South Melbourne Map

Note: On-street parking available at rear of Gasworks Arts Park on Richardson Street.

Business of AGM (Reports, finance, elections, nominate for the committee)

See the Constitution (Rules of the Association)

All VALA Members and friends are welcome to attend however only financial members are entitled to vote and nominate. We will be thanking the outgoing Committee of Management and electing the new Committee of Management at the Annual General Meeting.

If you are intending to nominate for the new CoM feel free to contact Adam Whitbread to discuss this in advance of the AGM. Reach Adam at or on 0488 440 482

If you have never been on a Board or Committee before, fear not, your ideas and input can make a real difference and it's a great experience to have in terms of your own professional development. Meetings are lively, purposeful and friendly. Come and add your voice, unique perspective and enthusiasm for Applied Learning to our Committee.

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.


Introducing ..... VCAL 4 Life!

VCAL for Life videoVCAL 4 Life is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended to introduce the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to students and parents who are considering options for post compulsory study in Victoria.


SAFE-T1 Starter Book Workplace health and safety resources for young workers and their teachers

SAFE-T1 starter bookTruly ‘by popular demand’ this book – spiral-bound with 100 plus pages - gives you samples of the goodies available on the SAFE-T1 website, including introductory information about OHS and print-based teaching and learning materials. It’s what people have been asking for at professional development days and conferences.

VALA members get a copy for just $30 each

Non-members get a copy for $45.

Why do you need it?

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.