In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. VALA Annual conference

3.  Dates for the diary

4.  Membership

5.  Professional Development opportunities

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

7.  Resources

1. From the CEO

Welcome to term 3! We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break and are settling well into this busy term.

VCAL teacher Narelle Bean and Helene Rooks

Helene Rooks (r) with Narelle Bean, Manor Lakes P-12 College, VCAL Teacher of the Year

On behalf of the VALA committee I would like to congratulate all VCAA 2016 VCAL Award recipients, it was great to see the dedication and achievements of so many dedicated students, teachers and partner organisations during last term's VCAA 2016 VCAL Award Ceremony.

As is tradition, VALA was privileged to sponsor and present the VCAL Teacher of the Year Award, which was taken out by Narelle Bean from Manor Lakes P-12 College for her outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity to support her students to the world of work. We extend our congratulations to the Teacher Achievement Awards recipients, James Inabinet – Melbourne City Mission - Integrated Program; James Macer – Maryborough Education Centre – Program development; Corinne Duhau and Adam Nettleingham – Berwick College – Team Teaching.

More on the 2016 VCAL Awards

Leaving you with a few words from Rob Duncan, Principal at Narre Warren South P-12 College, taken from his inspirational acceptance speech for the 2016 VCAL Chair's Award.

'I have worked in Government Schools in the south east since 1994 and without doubt, my greatest professional joy has come from my involvement in VCAL.  It has been a real pleasure to work with staff, students and parents to establish a program which has positively impacted on so many kids lives.  For a number of students, VCAL is the first time that school makes sense for them.  Confidence grows, goals are set and attained, positive relationships are forged and success is achieved. Seven of our 1,977 VCAL graduates are now employed at our College – a youth worker, a multi-cultural aide, an RTO Manager, an ensemble director, a voice teacher, an attendance officer and a wellbeing receptionist.  They stand alongside the nurses, police officers, IT specialists, Masters graduates, child protection workers, carpenters, plumbers, child and aged care workers, pastry chefs, cake decorators, artists, mechanics, defence force personnel and fitness instructors who have completed VCAL at Narre Warren South P-12. Thank you again and keep up the great work.'

Warm regards,


2. VALA Annual conference

2017 conferenceTowards the end of last term more than 240 educators attended VALA's annual conference ‘Partnerships in action – applied learning at its best!' at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne.  With over 34 different sessions to choose from there were inspirational sessions for all strands and interests. VALA thanks all presenters and exhibitors for their dedication in sharing their knowledge and expertise with the applied learning community, your passion is an inspiration to us all. Also, a big thank you for the students from Point Cook Senior Secondary College who did a fabulous job in supporting many aspects of the conference, well done!

Many presenters generously shared their presentations/handouts.

Conference presentations

'Fostering connections – celebrating diversity'

Next year's annual conference 'Fostering connections – celebrating diversity' will be held on Friday, June 23 2018. A formal request for expressions of interest to present will go out later this year, but if you have any ideas for a workshop or presentation you would like to bring to the table, please contact Helene at of 0488 440 482.

3.  Dates for the diary

Masterclass logoMasterclasses 

Wednesday, September 6 - Choose one - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Friday, September 8 - Choose one - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Masterclass registrations with generous disocunts for VALA members!

Don't miss out and secure your place now!

4.  Membership

Membership payments are now overdue! If your (or your organisation's) membership has not been paid, you are now locked out of the resource section, including access to Playmeo's extensive database of excellent icebreakers and group games, and you will no longer receive generous discounts for our expanding PD offerings! Not yet a member? Join Victoria's peak applied learning association and start enjoying these member benefits. Memberships for 2017 taken out after July are at 50% of the annual rate, so why wait? (Individual memberships are tax-deductible!)


5.  Professional Development opportunities

VDCVET Development Centre

VET for Secondary School Students- free PD for teachers

The Victorian Department of Education and Training are offering limited funded places for Victorian VET for Secondary School teachers to attend VDC Professional Development workshops and webinars during 2017. The VDC Professional Development workshops and webinars are free to Victorian teachers of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students (VETfSSS).

PD Program

For further information and to obtain a discount code contact

Sharon Waitzer, Project Director E: P: (03) 9250 6009 M: 0400 201 595

Maria Romanin, Senior Project Manager E: P: (03) 9250 6008 M: 0410 569 333

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:

VCAANotice to Schools 40/2017 − 19 April 2017

'Clarification of Bridging English as an Additional Language in VCAL'

VCAL providers are advised that VCE Bridging English as an Additional Language (Bridging EAL) will now satisfy strand requirements for VCAL Literacy at Foundation and Intermediate levels.

VCE Bridging EAL is accredited from 2016 to 2018. Please refer to the VCE Study Design (pdf - 694.06kb) for more information.

Notice to Schools 50/2017 − 24 May 2017

'Extension to the VCAL Literacy, Numeracy and Personal Development Skills strands and Skills For Further Study - Senior unit accreditation period and updated Curriculum Planning Guides'

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has extended the accreditation period for the following VCAL strands and units until 31 December 2018:

Updated Curriculum Planning Guides for the Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills strands and Skills For Further Study - Senior unit are now available on the VCAA website.

7.  Resources

Road SmartRoad Smart - a free road safety education program delivered by VIC Roads

Register your interest today to become a Road Smart school in 2018.

Road Smart is a new road safety education and training program for Year 10 students (or equivalent).

Road Smart aims to better prepare beginner drivers and is part of the Victorian Government's Young Driver Safety Package. The program contains four components:

Road Smart will be available to schools from Term 1, 2018.

Register your interest at:

More about Road Smart

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Love The Game Youtube Never before has gambling been so heavily promoted and accessible, especially through sport.

This makes it feel like a normal part of the game and harder for students to recognise the potential harm. We want students to love the game, not the odds.

To address this growing normalisation of gambling, the Victorian Responsible Gambling foundation provides a free School Education Program to help secondary school communities support students to develop healthy and informed attitudes towards gambling and build resilience.

This free prevention program offers:

Love The gameTo learn more about how gambling has become an important student wellbeing issue, read Gen Bet: Has gambling gatecrashed our teens? This foundation discussion paper draws on a range of Australian and international research about young people and gambling conducted in recent years.

The findings include:

For more information, please contact Prevention Program Educator Sally Gissing on (03) 9452 2623 or at