Safari By The Sea 2014

VCAL for Life

VCAL First resource

Applied learning Matrix

PoP-Up projects

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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


Special Safari • Special Schools and alternative providers

Gateway LLEN and red busSpecial Schools and alternative providers have been one of the most successful and innovative in taking up VCAL and Applied Learning.

Go on a Safari to visit a range of providers and see what the learning looks like!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 1 pm, meet at Heatherwood Special School, 360 Springvale rd, Donvale for a light lunch. The journey continues to Holmesglen TAFE, Foundation VCAL program Chadstone Campus, Berengarra School

Free and funded by Gateway LLEN

More (PDF)

Digital ideas for the classroom • ABC Radio National

Radio National Big Ideas

Listen or download the audio

Broadcast on Wednesday 18 June 2014

In a rapidly modernising world, technology is more important than ever in doing business, communication and social life. But what about in the classroom? A number of innovative schoolteachers have been combining learning with social media, video games and pocket devices to challenge the way their students learn.


Dr Bronwyn Stuckey, Educational Technologist at the NSW Department of Education and Communities

Dean Groom, Head – Education Development at Macquarie University and co-founder of online community Massively Minecraft

Simon Crook, Senior eLearning Adviser, Catholic Education Office

Alice Leung, Head Teacher Science, Merrylands High

Safari by the Sea

Safari By The Sea 2014Join us as we visit outstanding VCAL providers in the Geelong region before travelling on to Lorne for a night of cinema magic under the stars! Watch as VCAL students present fantastic food and films as part of their Applied Learning experience.

Stay overnight at the Mantra Lorne Resort - the only pure beach front resort in Lorne, then dive into the award winning Integrated VCAL programs at Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 College.

Details soon!

VALA 2014 Conference

2014 conference

Pay 2014 membership fees now long overdue

dollarsMembership fees for 2014 are now due and invoices have been sent to all members. A big thank you to those who paid at the end of last year.

  • Individuals $110
  • Organisations (4 members) $285: additional members $60
  • Unlimited Organisation (unlimited number of members from one organisation) $885
  • Education students $20

Renew or join online

Current members can request an invoice

Download a membership form

For teachers new to VCAL

VCAL 2014 Induction DayThanks to the wonderful team of presenters who made the day a success.

Some presenters have offered material for download. First off the mark is Jan Hagston (Literacy session) (PDF).

We've now added the introductory presentation from Catherine Arnold's 'Personal Development Skills for newcomers' session (YouTube).

Thanks also to the resource organisations who provided resources to new VCAL teachers.


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.