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The 2017 Safari by the Sea takes us down the fabulous Surf Coast stopping at a wide range of outstanding VCAL programs in a variety of VCAL settings along the way. This year we put the spotlight on enterprise and integrated programs!

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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

9.00 am Registration opens at Peter Lalor Vocational College

Overnight parking available at Peter Lalor Vocational College.

9.15 am Welcome from VALA

9.30 Tour of Peter Lalor Vocational College

Peter Lalor is a Vocational College  exclusively offering VCAL and VET courses. The college is home to the Outer Northern Trade Training Centre (ONTTC) offering VETiS programs for the North-West Region. During our visit we will experience a brief overview of the applied learning programs whilst being taken on  a tour of the college.

The VCAL curriculum is fully integrated and has moved from teaching in subject silo’s in 2014 to an integrated curriculum in 2015 and in 2018 the curriculum will extend to be an elective integrated program. The school offers hospitality, childcare, hairdressing, retail cosmetics and community services. The college has SBAT partnerships with Melbourne Airport hospitality services and the Northern Hospital in business administration. The college has a Men’s Shed, Community Garden, Aurora Disability Services, Northern School for Autism and the University of the Third Age utilizing space in the college. Melbourne Storm also support students at the college. These partnerships allow for innovative and engaging educational opportunities for the students.

ONTTC offers building and construction, automotive, electrical and plumbing. The TEC program is in its first year which is an automotive diesel partnership with Cummins Diesel, Kenworth, Mercedes, Komatsu and others. The TEC program offers students a Certificate II in Automotive and a soft skills program. Employer partners support the program with industry knowledge, workplace experiences, resources and employment opportunities.

10.30 Depart Peter Lalor Vocational College in airconditioned coach

12.00 pm Geelong Lutheran College

Pizza enterprise

The Geelong Lutheran College has been operating their VCAL program for 4 years. The VCAL program has a strong emphasis on work place learning and as such a work placement day (Friday) is integrated into the VCAL program. During today’s visit to Geelong Lutheran College you will be able to speak with some of the intermediate students who will be on hand to share their VCAL experiences. In particular they will be talking about their business The Lion’s Den Pizza. The students have created this business from the ground up, including building their very own wood fired pizza oven in their Personal Development Class and developing a business plan and an operational business as part of their Certificate II in Business studies. Oh and of course you will be able to get a slice of their very own wood fired Lion’s Den pizza!

1.30 pm Sacred Heart College Geelong

The road to Integration

In 2015 Sacred Heart College was delivering a great VCAL program. They had just won two VCAA awards: Community partnership and VCAL Teacher of the Year (Narelle Dickson). So why change? We knew could evolve and we knew we could do better. With a restructuring of the program in 2016, a new VCAL coordinator was appointed and given the task of reviewing the program and presenting recommendation to leadership in how to improve the delivery of VCAL. With onus on teacher/student collaboration, integration and innovation; the program has moved into a fully integrated, project based learning model, that is delivered outside of the constraints of the school timetable.

Presented by the VCAL teaching team: Janine Smith, Narelle Dickson and Richie McCann; they will draw on their own experiences “warts and all.” Talking about the challenges they overcame from a change management perspective, to the implementation of the vision and the reality. The team will also discuss and provide participants with a range curriculum documents to help inspire schools to embrace integration.


4.00 pm Arrive at Cumberland Resort – Check-in

Cumberland Lorne Resort provides wonderful accommodation and offers a special rate for Safari participants.

Free time until evening event. Explore Lorne’scenic delights and diversity of the local shops. Stroll, rest or explore.

6.00 pm Enterprise

‘Putting the spotlight on Enterprise!’

The feature event of this year’s Safari by the Sea is ‘Putting the spotlight on Enterprise!’ This year we have invited students and teachers from several regional VCAL providers to share their experiences on how they developed and set up an enterprise as part of their VCAL program A night of reflection, celebration and newly found friendships hosted by the Lorne VCAL students who will also work with Cumberland Lorne Resort staff to develop, prepare and present a mouth-watering banquet

A real feast for the senses, with inspiring VCAL stories and sharing of ideas and experiences on the menu as well. A great way to get to know your fellow Applied Learning teachers while absorbing a breathtaking view of the Lorne foreshore!

Friday, November 3, 2017

8.00 am Breakfast, full buffet at Cumberland Lorne Resort

Participants assemble in foyer by 9:00am and walk to Lorne P-12 College

9.10 am Lorne P-12 College

Integrated VCAL Projects

Lorne P-12 College have been a standout school in the delivery of VCAL, particularly in the area of integrated learning. Over the past 8 years, teams of VCAL students have engaged in a variety of projects incorporating business, community relationships, construction and media production. VCAL Coordinator Cherie Osta, recipient of the VCAL teaching excellence award and local leader in the QA processes in her region, is a VCAL legend. Under her direction Lorne P-12 College received two VCAL Achievements Awards for 2013 – the Senior Team Award and the Team Teaching Award as well as the VCAL partnership award in 2014.

Cherie and Geoff invite VALA Safari participants to get up close with the successful practices that Lorne Aireys Inlet P-12 have developed to raise the bar for their students.

Examples of planning, assessment and evidence will be on display in the dedicated VCAL room.

9.10 am – 9.40 am

  • Group A – School tour with Geoff Bird
  • Group B – Open forum with Cherie Osta, Adam Whitbread, Cornelia deBrincat and Helene Rooks

9.40 am – 10.20 am

  • Group A – Open forum
  • Group B – School tour

Geoff Bird takes us on a tour of the school where students showcase the results of their integrated projects including; the ‘Men’s Shed’ – a large purpose-built workshop in which construction projects are delivered, the ‘Doll’s House’ – an historical building in the Lorne sp-12 campus that has been remodelled into a literacy support space, a variety of other smaller projects.

Lorne’s VCAL philosophy? No idea is too big or too small, ‘it’s about following the students’ passions, talents and interests and developing a curriculum that not only meets the VCAL competencies, but unites the students as a team to leave a legacy within their school and community’.

10.20 am – 10.45 am Morning tea provided by Lorne VCAL Students

10.45 am walk back to Cumberland, collect lunch

Assemble near the bus by 11 am.

Checkout is at 10.00am but labelled bags can be stored at the Resort.

11.00 am Travel to PRACE

2.00 pm Brief tour of facilities at PRACE

Screaming Youth Social Enterprise

Screaming Youth was created by the students to raise funds to rebuild a school in the Philippines that was destroyed by Typhoon Pablo in 2012. As part of this year long project, the students are completing their certificate II in business administration. At PRACE, we like the students to ‘give back’ where they can and for them to see that other people in other places have hardships and difficulties as well. The students wrote their own vision and mission statement, they do the merchandising, the inventory and the bookkeeping as well as making the gifts and cooking the food. They run a cafe, gift stall, market and car wash.

PRACE College offers VCAL at Foundation and Intermediate levels. The students attending PRACE College are dealing with significant and complex issues preventing them to return to a mainstream environment. This is the first year PRACE College delivered VCAL as an independent school building on their solid reputation delivering VCAL as an RTO for the last 12 years. PRACE offers a completely alternative environment addressing the individual needs of the students. All PRACE VCAL and PreCAL projects are fully integrated. There are no timetables and no set periods.

2.00 pm Depart PRACE College

2.30 pm Arrive at Peter Lalor Vocational College