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MEMBER newsletter OCTOBER 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO

1. VALA's 'Eureka Safari' to the M.A.D.E MUSEUM and Ballarat VCAL Schools - Friday November 22nd.

2. Events

3. Competitions

Party For Your rights Competition and Live Event at Melbourne Central

4. Resources

Party For Your rights - CAV


Moneysmart Rookie

5. Pathways


6. Webinars

Working in the Cloud Thursday, 24 October, 2013

Webinar: Screencasting: Become The Next Khan Academy Star! Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

7. VALA Resources

Safe T1 Resources

Working Community Program - Resource

VCAL First - Resource

VCAL for LIFE - Video

Adam WhitbreadFrom the EO

What a month October is! VALA's 'Safari By the Sea' sets off on the 17th - but don't despair if you missed out as you can get on board for the 'Eureka Safari' on November the 22nd. Booking now!

And don't forget to make a date with VALA for the 2014 VCAL Induction Day on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Bookings open soon.

Check out the members' resources page.

Don't forget Playmeo exclusive offers for members and much much more!

M.A.D.E logo1. VALA's 'Eureka Safari' to the M.A.D.E MUSEUM and Ballarat VCAL Schools
Friday November 22nd.

Celebrate the spirit of Australian Democracy on the VALA Eureka Safari. A unique regional tour taking in some outstanding VCAL schools including Ballarat Secondary College and Phoenix P-12 College then onto the newly opened Museum of Australian Democracy, M.A.D.E., for an inspiring lunch with guest speakers including Dr Helen Weadon from Ballarat University School for Business, before a special tour of the facility.

Registrations open now!

2. Events

VALA AGM logoVALA AGM Thursday, October 24, 2013

at SKYS Learning Centre, 62-74 Pickles Street, South Melbourne at 5pm Map

Note: On-street parking available at rear of Gasworks Arts Park on Richardson Street

The 2013 Annual General Meeting will be held on October 24, 2013 at SKYS Learning Centre, 62-74 Pickles Street, South Melbourne at 5pm.

The business of the 2013 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.

Find SKYSNominate 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. Meetings are lively, purposeful and friendly. Come and add your voice, unique perspective and enthusiasm for Applied Learning to our Committee.

Australian Council for Educational ResearchAustralian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Workshop: Engaging all Students in Maths and Numeracy 8th November

This all day session on November 8th will be conducted by Dave Tout and targets middle year and VCAL teachers. The focus is on moving beyond the textbook, worksheets and 'chalk and talk' to offer an alternative approach and a chance for ALL students to succeed and enjoy mathematics learning.


2014 VALA Induction Day BannerBe my VCAL Valentine - The VALA VCAA Induction Day - February 14th 2014

Head over heels about Applied Learning and all things VCAL? Make a date with VCAL and VALA on Valentine's Day in 2014 and join us at the excellent NMIT Conference Centre in Preston for an inspiring start to your VCAL Year.

3. Competitions

Party for your rightsParty For Your rights Competition and
Live Event at Melbourne Central - Friday, 25 October from 12-2pm

To help celebrate the launch of Consumer Affairs Victoria's great new Interactive resource for young consumers there will be a special live event at Melbourne Central (Shot Towers) on Friday, 25 October from 12-2pm.

There will be freebies and opportunity for 'selfies' - proof you know how to party! For more information contact lucy.fang@justice.vic.gov.au

Party for your rights also features a competition that is open to young consumers aged 16 to 24. They play Party for your rights, share it on Facebook, enter their details and will be in the draw to win a $100, $200 or $500 gift card.

Entries close at midnight on 1 December 2013.


4. Resources

Party for your rightsParty For Your rights - CAV

Party for your rights! Consumer Affairs Victoria's new online game, Party for your rights, helps young consumers learn about their shopping rights when things go wrong. Party for your rights challenges youth to plan a series of parties by purchasing popular products and services. However, things don't go according to plan and there are various purchasing problems to overcome. Consumer Affairs Victoria developed Party for your rights in response to national research that found that 45 per cent of consumers aged 16 to 24 did not know what rights they had after buying a product or signing up for a service. To encourage young people to take the challenge, we are giving 16 to 24-year-olds the chance to win gift cards worth up to $500 simply by playing and sharing Party for your rights on Facebook.



VALA has subscribed to playmeo - the world's largest online group games database - to give every VALA member FREE access to this amazing online resource. Playmeo features step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-know-you games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.

More about playmeo

VALA member access

Money Smart RookieMoneysmart Rookie

Young Australians can avoid common 'rookie errors' when they make first time financial decisions thanks to MoneySmart Rookie - a new national initiative from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). MoneySmart Rookie aims to help 16 - 25 year olds make smart financial decisions and equip workers supporting young people with relevant and engaging resources. These resources include educational videos, interactive website resources, community education guides and teacher lesson plans.

5. Pathways

Artsready logoArtsReady

ArtsReady is an on the job traineeship program for school leavers and secondary school students wanting a career path into thearts and creative industries. ArtsReady is a three way partnership with the arts and creative sector and young people, supported by the Federal Government as part of the National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia. ArtsReady's primary goal is to support the industry's growth, through the creation of exciting traineeship opportunities for young people passionate about embarking on a career across technical, management and administrative roles within the arts world.


6. Webinars

VET Development CentreWorking in the Cloud Thursday, 24 October, 2013

This webinar examines how an organisation has implemented a cloud based system for the management and delivery of their training and assessment delivery.


Webinar: Screencasting: Become The Next Khan Academy Star! Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

Creating content using your computer screen has many applications for providing course information and activities for blended learning. You can use your existing PowerPoints while incorporating video and audio and slide navigation into your presentations.


7. VALA Resources

SAFE-T1 logoSafe T1 Resources

VALA has developed some excellent resources for young workers with WorkSafe Victoria on OHS. These have been recently updated to align with the revised VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.

Working CommunityWorking Community Program - Resource

Working Community is a community focused school program targeted at young people aged 15-17 who are moving into post-compulsory education.

The structured applied learning program involves young people working in teams, designing and managing their own community projects.


VCAL FirstVCAL First - Resource

This new digital publication from VALA, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.


VCAL for LifeVCAL for LIFE - Video

This short video is an accompaniment to our new VCAL First document and is intended as anintroduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers. Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life putsVCAL in context for anyone new to VCAL, featuring interviews with award winning VCAL teachers, a parent and an employer. Of particular interest is the fact that this video has been produced with the assistance of a group of Senior and Intermediate VCAL students.