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MEMBER newsletter

October 2012

VALA home An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

In this issue

1. From the EO

2. Safari 2 – Friday October 26th

3. Safari 3 "Alternative Pathways" - Thursday November 15th

4. VALA AGM October 24th

5. VET News - NCVER Research Forum: November 21st

6. VALA Committee of Management - Annual Planning Meeting

7. VCAA Notices

8. Within Reach Online PD - December 6th. “Working Communities”

9. New Resource “Young people and the law”

10. Pop-Up Projects - update

11. Items for your 2013 Calendar

1. From the EO

ADam Whitbread

Welcome back one and all for the last term countdown. And what an action packed last quarter it promises to be for VALA Members. With football fever safely behind us we can draw a quick professional breath before Cricket frenzy takes hold for the summer. And what could be better than a double whammy of up-close-and-personal PD with not one but two VALA Safari’s close on the horizon. The first, on Friday October 26th takes a thrill packed sweep across the South East and includes the award winning Carrum Downs Secondary College (featured in our Success Snapshots). Also, just announced, a special Inner Metropolitan Safari hosted by our friends at the Inner East LLEN, looking at alternative pathways for young people at-risk or disengaged from education. Scheduled for November the 15th and offered at a very generous discount for both members and non-members thanks to the support of the Inner East LLEN.

The feedback from our recent VALA Safari 1 was nothing short of fantastic and it brought home the importance of experiencing Applied Learning in the field.

So be adventurous, jump on board and join us on Safari.

Adam Whitbread

2. Safari 2 Friday October 26th

Safari 2 logo Our latest Safari will focus on Personal Development skills and go on location to 3 different VCAL settings, including a Tertiary setting (Berwick Technical Education Centre), a Community VCAL setting (Brotherhood of St Laurence) and a Secondary setting (Carrum Downs Secondary College).

More details   Register

3. Safari 3 "Alternative Pathways" - Thursday November 15th

Safari 3 logoProudly sponsored by the Inner East Local Learning and Employment Network (IELLEN), which enables us to offer this Safari at a very low cost.

A special Inner Metro Safari concentrating on Re-Engagement programs in Community settings. We visit three very special organisations with expertise in working with young people with a range of needs that can’t be met in mainstream settings.

Of special interest to those working with at-risk or disengaged young people.

Visiting Prahran Community Learning Centre, Avidity Salon, Albert Park, SKYS Learning Centre, South Melbourne.

Guest Speaker: Robyn Downie, Regional Manager of ACFE (Adult and Community Further Education) Southern Metropolitan Region.

More details   Register

4. VALA AGM October 24th

Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda at 5.00pm.

Then join us for dinner (own expense).

Notice of meeting

The 2012 Annual General Meeting will be held on October 24, 2012 Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda at 5.00 pm. The business of the 2012 AGM will be

1. Confirm the minutes of the previous AGM

2. Receive reports on the activities of the 2011-2012 year.

  • President
  • Financial
  • Executive Officer

3. Elect the officers of the Association

All positions become vacant at the AGM

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Six general members of the committee.

Nominate for the Committee

Download a nomination form

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 adamw@vala.asn.au 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. The Committee meets bi-monthly at a different school each time and members contribute ideas to sub-committees that meet independently of the main committee. Meetings are lively, purposeful and friendly. Come and add your voice, unique perspective and enthusiasm for Applied Learning to our Committee.

5. VET News - NCVER Research Forum: November 21st

NCVER logoDoes completing matter? Understanding and measuring completions in VET

The vocational education and training (VET) system is built around industry-focused, nationally recognized qualifications, yet we experience low completion rates. Governments have recognised low completion is an issue, but we need to understand why this occurs.

To be held on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, this one-day national research forum which will look at how completion rates are measured, how governments can set up structures to increase completion rates, for whom completion matters and how skill sets fit in. Providers will also share the strategies they use to impact on completion rates.

Book now to take advantage of early bird registration which closes on 19 October.

For further information and to register

6. VALA Committee of Management - Annual Planning Meeting

VALA Victorian Applied Learning Association logo

Wednesday November 28, 2012

A special half-day planning event for our new Committee members.

Venue: Swinburne Senior Secondary College: Hawthorn.

Time: 10.00 – 2.00 pm

swinburne map

7. VCAA Notices VCAA logo

VCAL Awards Nominations - Close November 30th


Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people who participate in the VCAL.

The awards also recognise the contribution and achievement of VCAL teachers and partner organisations that have contributed to the development and delivery of innovative VCAL programs.

VCAL providers are encouraged to consider nominating VCAL students, partners and teachers for the VCAL Achievement Awards in one or more of the award categories.

The VCAL Achievement Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Student Achievement
  • Teacher Achievement
  • Partner Achievement

Applications must be made on the nomination form and submitted no later than 5pm Friday, 30 November 2012:

8. Within Reach Online PD - December 6th. “Working Communities”

Webinar logoWorking Community Resource

Coming Soon

The Working Communities community focused school resource is soon to be available for members. The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams and designing and managing their own community projects. Revised by Jan Hagston, we are delighted be able to offer this resource to members. Jan will be joining us On-Line on December the 6th at 3.30 – 4.30 to discuss the work and ways that it can be applied in the field.

Your experience

If you have experience with the original document or any other student led project work similar to this, please get in touch with Adam and join the Webinar with Jan in December.

9. New Resource “Young people and the law”

Cover of Young people and the lawFrom Victoria Legal Aid and available for download or order now.

This teaching manual is for anyone who wants to educate young people about legal issues. It is aimed at 14 to 16 year olds or year 9 and 10 students.

The kit has five modules:

  • Human rights
  • Authority
  • My body
  • When things hurt
  • Becoming independent.

Each module has fact sheets and a range of classroom activities. All modules are mapped to Victorian Essential Learning Standards and in this edition; each module has its own Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning checklist.

The activities in this manual encourage young people to think critically about the law and to learn about and talk about issues with their peers. The manual also includes educator’s notes to help teachers and community educators use it in the classroom.

Get a copy

10. Pop-Up Projects - update

pop-up projectsVALA's new integrated projects initiative Pop-Up Projects is up and running!

Pop-Up started with 3 schools in regional Victoria: Lavalla College, Lowanna College and Nagle College.

Check out the blog following the progress of each group as they undertake their own integrated VCAL projects. There will be updates over the course of term 4 highlighting each school's progress ... go to http://popupprojects.wordpress.com/

And be sure to start a conversation ... who knows, it may be the start of your own Pop-Up Project for 2013 ...

11. Items for your 2013 Calendar

2013 calendarVCAA/VALA Induction Day Friday February 22nd, 2013

Essential for all new to VCAL and for all things Applied.

VALA Conference Friday 31st May, 2013

Yes, it is later in the year than in previous years!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the Annual Statewide Conference.

Call for papers will be open soon! If you have been thinking about running a session on something close to your heart, 2013 could be the year you take the plunge.

VALA can assist with getting you up to the plate for presentation. Many of our first time presenters find the experience of great benefit to their practice. Get in touch with Adam if you would like to chat about your presentation idea.


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