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MEMBER newsletter SEPTEMBER 2013

An abbreviated version of this newsletter is provided to nonmembers.

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In this issue

From the EO

1. Events

2. Resources

3. Webinars

4. Grants

5. VALA Resources

Adam WhitbreadFrom the EO

End of term comes up fast - just when we need a break. VALA sends off the first regional Safari to beautiful Lorne - now fully booked out!

But don't despair, there is more inspiring PD to follow.

This time we head for Gold Country - Ballarat on Friday November 22nd to the fabulous M.A.D.E Museum. Don't miss this one!

Don't miss this one!


1. Events

M.A.D.E logoVALA'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. Then onto the newly opened Museum of Australian Democracy, M.A.D.E., for an inspiring lunch with guest speakers before a special tour of the facility.

Registrations openin the first week Term 4 or email Adam Cooper to register your interest.

Safari bybthe Sea sold outVALA's 'Safari by the Sea' SOLD OUT!

OK. No tears now! if you are really desperate to go and you haven't been able to get it organised at your end then you can add your name to the 'Safari by the Sea' waiting list. We can't make any promises, but we will see what we can do.

Waiting list

ACER logoAustralian 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.


ACSA logoThe Australian Curriculum Studies Association (ACSA) Biennial Conference • 25 - 27th September 2013

2013 Biennial Curriculum Conference 'Uncharted territory? Navigating the new Australian Curriculum'

This conference aims to build the capacity of curriculum leaders by exploring the Cross Curriculum Priorities.


2. Resources


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 stepby- step instructions, video tutorials & sample lesson plans to 225+ group games and activities including ice-breakers, get-to-knowyou games, energisers, trust exercises and team-building & problem-solving activities.

More about playmeo

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Money Smart Rookie Moneysmart 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.


3. Webinars

VET Development CentreTender Writing For Success

Thursday 17 October

Struggling to win government tenders or funding? In tender and proposal writing, the 'how' is just as important as the 'what'. Success is an dependent on how you present your proposal as it is on what you propose. This webinar is designed for those with little experience of the wide opportunities available through contestable funding, tenders and grants. Provides information about the funding market, and tips and tricks to ensure your application is a success. You will develop responses to some of the commonly asked questions in tenders and grant applications, and consider the budget of a proposal.


Successful Engagement With Industry - Delivery & Assessment Thursday 10 October

This third and last in the series of webinars will introduce best practise in delivery and assessment that will ensure successful and productive long term relationships with employers.

Presenter: Kevin Bennett


4. Grants

Lord Mayors Charitable Trust logoLord Mayor's Charitable Foundation 90th Anniversary In Our Community Grants Program

Application period extended: To last day of Term 3: Friday 20 September 2013, by 5.00pm.

This year, the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation celebrates 90 years of responsive philanthropy within the greater Melbourne community.To mark this milestone and to acknowledge the incredible work of not-for-profit, charitable organisations, the Foundation will launch its 90th Anniversary In Our Community Grants Program.

Schools can nominate projects that promote inclusive communities, help overcome disadvantage, or are environmentally sustainable to receive a grant between $500 and $5,000. These projects will be carried out until 30 June 2014.


5. 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 postcompulsory 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, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, from VALA 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 an introduction to VCAL for students, parents and new teachers. Produced by VALA for the VCAA, VCAL for Life puts VCAL 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.