2019 VALA Safari by the Sea


Thursday Oct 31 – Friday Nov 1

2019 VALA Safari by the Sea

Subject to change without notice

Featuring a stellar line up of 3 VCAA VCAL Teachers of the Year recipients:

Cherie Osta

Cherie Osta

Lorne P-12 College

2017 VCAL Teacher of the Year 

Narelle Bean

Narelle Bean

Werribee College

2016 VCAL Teacher of the Year

Narelle Dickson

Narelle Dickson

Sacred Heart College Geelong

2015 VCAL Teacher of the Year

You’ll visit each of their schools 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!

shopping bag with megaphoneA fantastic opportunity to learn about innovative VCAL program delivery including specific integrated projects. With ample time to meet other VCAL educators, share stories and exchange engaging program ideas. Your complimentary VALA Showbag will be full to the brim by the end of this Safari!

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

Thursday, October 31, 2019

9.00 AM Registration opens at Werribee Secondary College Map

Parking at the College

Werribee Secondary CollegeTea and coffee provided

9.20 AM Welcome from VALA & house keeping

9.30 AM Werribee SC VCAL program

Includes morning tea.

Narelle is known to always set the bar high for her VCAL 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 started to invigorate the VCAL program at Werribee Seconday College at the start of this year.

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.

11.20 AM Depart WSC on an airconditioned coach to Geelong

12.20 PM Arrive at Sacred Heart College Geelong Map

Sacred Heart College GeelongSacred Heart College Geelong program

(includes lunch)

Recipient of the 2017 VCAA Chairs Award for their outstanding contribution to the VCAL program since 2004, the VCAL program at Sacred Heart College Geelong is delivered by a talented and committed teaching team supported by a visionary, passionate and dedicated leadership team. The program is inclusive and student-centred, resulting in deep engagement by students at all levels.

Their highly creative VCAL program has enabled them to develop expertise in a range of VCAL program designs. Students will showcase their enterprise projects by hosting a trade fair, presenting their folios of work and passion for their VCAL program.

The VCAL program aligns with the College’s philosophy of: empowering students, active engagement with the community and providing a voice for social justice.

2.20 PM coach leaves Sacred Heart College Geelong

3.30 PM Arrive at Cumberland Lorne, check-in Map

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

5.30 – 9.30 PM Lorne Bowls Club

Team building gets serious when we descend on the Lorne Bowls club for a friendly session of barefoot bowling followed by a wonderful dinner whilst we while away the evening to the jazz-pop-reggae grooves of The Beachniks!

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 VCAL teachers!

Post dinner – Fireside chats at the Lorne Hotel (optional)

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 1, 2019

8.00 am Breakfast, full buffet at Cumberland Lorne Resort

(for participants who booked accommodation at the Cumberland)

Lorne P-12 College9.00 AM – Walk to Lorne P-12 College Map

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

(Cumberland checkout is at 10.00am but labelled bags can be stored at the Resort)

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 10 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 2017 VCAA VCAL teacher of the year award, is a VCAL legend. Under her passionate leadership Lorne P-12 College received a swag of VCAA VCAL Awards over the years, most recently the 2018 VCAA Chairs Award adding to two VCAL Achievements Awards for 2013 – the Senior Team Award and the Team Teaching Award as well as the VCAL partnership award in 2014.

The team at 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’.

9.10 – 10.20 AM Form groups

(participants will split into 2 groups and rotate)

Leaving a legacy – Geoff Bird

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 P-12 campus that has been remodelled into a literacy support space, a variety of other smaller projects.

Enter the VCAL classroom! – Cherie Osta

A most valued part of the Safari is to be in and witness firsthand the processes and procedures in place to engage and track student process. It is plastered all over the walls and windows!  This classroom is the epicentre of the program. It is the place where students return to from their learning adventures in and outside the local community. An inviting, inclusive space displaying innovative and practical ways to design, document and track student outcomes!

10.30 AM Morning tea at Cumberland

11.00 AM – 1.00 PM Plenary at Cumberland Resort Conference Centre

1.00 PM Collect packed lunch at Cumberland

1.15 PM Coach departs Lorne

3.15 PM Coach arrives at Werribee Secondary College.