Safari by the Sea • Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, 2018

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The humble, yet iconic, VALA Safari by the Sea will take you down the fabulous Surf Coast to visit a variety of outstanding VCAL programs in different VCAL settings.

A 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.

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

(Registration fee includes morning tea and lunch on both days, a 3 course dinner on Thursday evening as well as travel on air conditioned coach (Geelong – Lorne – Geelong))

Thursday, November 1, 2018

9.30 am Registration opens at Western Heights College

Western Heights College, Hamlyn Heights (Geelong) Location

Secure overnight parking will be available.

9.50 am Welcome from VALA

10.00 am Western Heights College VCAL program

Western Heights College logo

Western Heights College VCAL program has a strong focus on individualized student learning programs and integrated projects. Flexible delivery underpins the VCAL program as they believe this supports positive learning outcomes for our students.

Senior students have planned and set up an enterprise called “Create Twelve”. They have a shop on-site where they sell merchandise made by students in the VCAL program. Students are responsible for the planning, set-up and on-going operation of the shop.

All Intermediate VCAL students take part in the Multi-Industry School Based and Pre-Apprenticeship Support Project, followed by Structured Workplace Learning opportunities specific to the needs of each student. The program is outcome based and focuses on careers in the Geelong and Bellarine areas. These opportunities are resultant from their partnership with Victorian Group Training Company. The majority of the Senior VCAL students are SBAT’s, with employment opportunities spread across a variety of industries and placement days are customized to meet the needs of the employer and student.

Western Heights College has approximately 60 students enrolled in VCAL.

12.00 Depart Western Heights College on Airconditioned Coach

12.15 pm Sacred Heart College Geelong

Sacred Heart Geelong logoRecipient 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, such as the social enterprise project in fair trade coffee called ‘One True Bean’.

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

2.30 pm – Depart SHCG on Airconditioned Coach

4.00 pm – Arrive at Cumberland Resort – Check-in

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Free time until evening event. Explore Lorne’s scenic delights and diversity of the local shops. Stroll (say hi to Sharky at the surf shop!), rest or explore.

6.00 pm – From Surf to Sand – and back again

Staff and students from Lorne P-12 and Santa Teresa at Santa Teresa

The feature event of this year’s Safari by the Sea is ‘From Surf to Sand – and back again’, celebrating the daring and ambitious learning journey of their 2018 VCAL students! To make a difference and expand their understanding of different communities and cultures they travelled to the remote NT community of Santa Teresa, 85 km south-east of Alice Springs to foster strong connections and collaborate with Aboriginal young people to deliver a community project that benefits the people of Santa Teresa. In return the students from Santa Teresa are visiting Lorne to experience the way of life from a Lorne teenage perspective and they will all be included in our guest list!

For a quick preview of this amazing journey go to

Join us for 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!

9.00 pm onwards – Fireside chats

Friday, November 2, 2018

8.00 am Breakfast, full buffet at Cumberland Lorne Resort

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

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

9.00 am – Walk to Lorne P-12 College

Integrated VCAL Projects

Lorne P-12 College has been a standout school in the delivery of VCAL, particularly in the area of integrated learning. Over the past 9 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 and leader in the QA process in her region, is a VCAL legend. Under her passionate leadership 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.

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 – 12.20 (participants will split into groups and rotate through activities)

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

Enter the VCAL classroom! – Cherie Osta

The VCAL classroom at Lorne p-12 College 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!

Creative Mindfulness @ Qdos Art Gallery

Join the students from Lorne and Santa Teresa at the iconic Qdos Art Gallery and experience their creative mindfulness activities whilst enjoying some traditional damper over morning tea.

12.30 pm Collect lunch @ Cumberland

12.45 pm Coach departs Lorne

2.15 pm Arrive at Western Heights College