2014 Term Dates
Term 1 • 28 Jan - 4 Apr
Term 2 • 22 Apr - 27 Jun
Term 3 • 14 Jul - 9 Sep
Term 4 • 6 Oct - 19 Dec
Pay 2014 membership fees now
Membership fees for 2014 have been announced and you can pay them now. That might allow you to squeeze them out of your 2013 budget!
- Individuals $110
- Organisations (4 members) $285: additional members $60
- Unlimited Organisation (unlimited number of members from one organisation) $885
- Education students $20
Current members can request an invoice
For teachers new to VCAL
New to VCAL? Then this event is just for you. VALA is proud to welcome all new teachers to this special event designed to give you the right information, advice and resources. This year we are delighted to be running the event at NMIT’s excellent conference venue in Preston. Also, we have a new and broader format which offers a greater choice of breakout sessions and workshops, with lots of sessions repeated so you can fine tune a program that is just right for you and the setting you teach in.
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.
The VALA 2013 'Connecting Conversations' Conference • The Video
Where you there? Are you in the Video?
Two of the students from Student Marketplace put together this excellent short video round up of the event. Reece and Peter, the young presenters, both gained credits toward their VET Media Certificate through the production of this short piece and for their outstanding work on the day!
Blue SKYS Media is a Social Enterprise based at St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS).
Well done guys!
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
A fantastic new resource for 2013!
Available 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 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 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
Truly ‘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.