In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. VALA Annual Conference

3. VALA Professional development Term 2

4. Membership

5. Dates for the diary

6. From the VCAA

7. Resources

1. From the CEO

Helene RooksWelcome to VALA’s May 2018 newsletter!

With term 2 in full swing there is so much happening in the Applied Learning world. The VCAA is currently consulting on whether VCE and VCAL students should meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. There have been some lively discussions between VCAA and stakeholders about this around the state over the last few weeks. We encourage you to contribute to this consultation by completing the online survey at Engage Victoria by Friday the 18th of May.

Looking for low cost/high impact PD? We’ve got you covered!

In the remainder of term 2 VALA offers 4 Spotlight events (visit a provider), 4 Masterclasses as well as our Annual Conference. More about these further in the newsletter.

With warm regards


2. VALA Annual conference – registration now open – seeking student helpers

2018 VALA ConferenceThe 2018 VALA Annual Conference ‘Fostering connections – celebrating diversity’ is now open for registration. The day will highlight best practice, projects and programs addressing diversity which may lead to a cohesive and inclusive society as well as more generic topics to support you in the design and delivery of a sound VCAL program.

We are currently looking for approximately 10 student helpers to support us on the day.

This is a great opportunity for your students to step out of the classroom, get a hands-on insight to event management and practise their public speaking. Please express your interest by contacting Helene on 0488 440 482 or

Full conference details

3. VALA Professional development – Open for registration

Masterclasses - Thursday June 21, 2018

Jasper Hotel, Melbourne

Full details and registration

VALA Annual conference

Early Bird closes this Friday, May 18!

Friday June 22, 2018

Full details and registration

Spotlight Series (visit a school PD)

VALA Spotlight School visit PD

Full details and registration

4. Membership

VALA is a member based, not for profit association which heavily relies on our financial members.

Join or renew your membership for 2018 now and reap the benefits

VALA membership benefits include;

experiential educators, teachers, corporate trainers, camp & youth leaders with the skills & resources they need to deliver remarkably fun & meaningful programs (valued at $125/year)

You can join as an individual, as a school or organisation and memberships start from only $115 per annum.

Join here

5. Dates for the 2018 diary:

MasterclassTerm 3 Masterclasses: Friday August 31

Registration opening soon

2018 Safari by the Sea Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of November - Surf Coast

Registration opening late term 2

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:

VCAAVCAA Bulletin 28/2018 – May 2018

Should VCE and VCAL students have to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards?

The VCAA is seeking input from the education sector and others in the broader community on whether there should be an explicit requirement for students to meet minimum standards of literacy and numeracy in order to be awarded the VCE or VCAL.

The key issues surrounding this question are presented in a consultation paper published on the VCAA website.

A range of people, including teachers, students, educators and parents, have already expressed their opinions by writing to the VCAA or attending a community consultation event. Twelve consultation events have occurred. The remaining three events are scheduled for Warrnambool, Horsham and Mildura. Please register to attend.

Consultation feedback can be submitted to or you can complete an online survey at Engage Victoria. The consultation closes on Friday 18 May 2018.

The VCAA values all contributions, and the views expressed will help inform a paper that will be sent to the Minister for Education at the end of August.

7. Resources

Responsible GamblingVictorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Time for 'the talk' with kids ... the gambling talk

The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation is running a campaign that encourages parents to have 'the talk' with their kids about gambling.

We know that 75% of kids who watch sport on TV now think gambling is a normal part of sport. This normalisation means the risks associated with gambling can often get overlooked.

The gambling talk'The Talk' campaign aims to involve parents and the broader community to support us in helping kids to understand that gambling and sport don't have to go together.

Head over to to find out more.

FYA New Work Order reports – VCAL Teacher toolkit available for download now!

FYA New Work OrderThe Foundation for Young Australians, in partnership with the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network (BGKLLEN) have launched an innovative new toolkit for VCAL educators and their students.

Designed to support educators in facilitating immersive, meaningful learning experiences that build students’ skills and capacity beyond the classroom, the toolkit is mapped to the VCAL curriculum and can be customised to fit varied contexts and timeframes.

Split into five learning modules, the resources and modules are based on insights and recommendations from FYA’s New Work Order report series. Each of the modules has been developed through a co-design process involving VCAL students, teachers and other community stakeholders who work with and for young people in VCAL environments.

The toolkit aims to help students to build the skills and capabilities they will need to thrive in a changing world of work, where every job will be transformed by automation. In particular students will be supported to build the skills that enable them to be enterprising including creativity and innovation; confidence and agency; digital and financial literacy; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and communication and teamwork.

With practical, project-based learning resources, the toolkit supports students’ individual interests and abilities, allowing them to learn at their own pace and track their progress.

Download your free copy from FYA here or find it in the resources section at