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Safari by the Sea

  • 2 Nov 2023
  • 09:00
  • 3 Nov 2023
  • 15:00
  • Surf Coast - various locations
  • 5


  • Special price for members
  • Includes 2022 VALA individual membership

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2023 VALA Safari by the Sea

Applied Learning on the Move!

Featuring a stellar line up of 3 outstanding applied learning programs we will visit Werribee SC, St Joseph's College and Lorne P-12 College to get a firsthand account of their programs in action.

Friday will include a forum/workshop during which you will learn about the passion, principles and programs underpinning their success!

A fantastic opportunity to learn about innovative VAL program delivery including specific integrated projects. With ample time to meet other VAL educators, share stories and exchange engaging program ideas.

Join us on this unique overnight PD experience! Limited places available, so book now!

(registration fee includes morning tea and lunch on both days, and networking dinner on Thursday evening as well as travel on air-conditioned coach (Werribee – Lorne – Werribee)

Full Program

(subject to change without notice)

Thursday, November 2, 2023

9.00 AM Registration opens @ Werribee Secondary College

Tea and coffee provided

9.20 AM Welcome from VALA & house keeping

9.30 AM Werribee SC Applied Learning program

Includes morning tea.

Narelle is known to always set the bar high for her Applied Learning students! Determined to equip the them with the skills and attitudes to be well and truly work ready, high expectations are placed on the students.

After delivering many innovative programs at Bellarine SC, for which she received her VCAA VCAL Teacher of the Year Award in 2016, she now leads the VCE-VM and VPC programs at Werribee SC.

Never leaving a learning opportunity go wanting, and always with the needs of the students at the forefront, the team at Werribee SC delivers a program that moves between integrated and non-integrated projects.

11.00 AM Depart WSC on Airconditioned Coach to Geelong

12.00 PM Arrive at St Joseph's College

Plastics Recycling Project

Plastics do not dissolve in water and do not decay. All the plastic that has ever ended up in the environment is still present in some form or other [1]. Only 9% of all plastics are recycled [2].

The community in and around SJC collect and donate their bottle top lids. The boys wash, dry and sort the lids by type and colour. From this point, the boys then shred the lids in the ‘R25 Schredder’ ready for processing. The sheet press machine is used to create a ‘sheet’ of plastic that is then cut into various shapes and sanded to make coffee coasters, while the injection moulding machine liquifies the shredded plastic to create pens, rulers and Eddy coins! Eddy coins are discs that represent either a $5 canteen voucher or $4 coffee voucher. These coins are HIGHLY valued by the students of the college.

(includes lunch)

2.00 PM coach leaves St Joseph's College

3.00 PM Arrive at Lorne, check-in to accommodation

(cost not included in registration fee)

5.00 – 9.30 PM.  

Team building gets serious when kick of the evening with a friendly session of barefoot bowling at the Lorne Bowls Club

A great way to get to know your fellow AL teachers!

Post dinner - Fireside chats

A fantastic opportunity to further foster lasting connections and friendships with your newly found peers from across the state. Exchange experiences and share your challenges. You’ll soon realise you’re not on your own. Always full of passion and packed with problem solving insights, one not to miss!

Friday, November 3, 2023

9.00 AM – 10.30 Visit Lorne P-12 College

10.30 AM Morning tea @ the Pavillion

11.00 AM – 1.00 PM Workshop @ the Pavillion Lorne

1.00 PM Collect packed lunch 

1.15 PM Coach departs Lorne

3.15 PM Coach arrives at Werribee Secondary College.

VALA respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and pay respect to the ongoing living cultures of First Peoples.

We respectfully acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.


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