In this issue

From the CEO

1. Safari By The Sea 2015


3. 'Breaking the Mould' 2015 VALA Conference - a reflection

4. Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarship

5. Safe-T1 - New Fresh website launched

6. Professional Development

Innovation, STEM and Applied Learning One Day Workshop • Friday October 23

Numeracy workshop: Engaging all Students in Maths and Numeracy • Friday October 16 Camberwell

OXFAM Hunger Banquet • Term 4


7. Research Publications

Helene Rooks From the CEO

End of term is rapidly approaching and we are about the finalise the Safari by the Sea program! On the 29th and 30th of October this annual event will take you to award winning programs in Geelong and Lorne. Keep the date!

Earlier this year Adam Cooper took on a full time position at Holmesglen, and consequently left VALA. Adam has been a valuable member of VALA for over 4 years and is largely responsible for all graphic design as well as project management.

On behalf of the VALA committee I would like to thank Adam for his dedication to VALA and wish him all the best for the future.

1. Safari By The Sea 2015

Yes, it's on again! Bring your buckets (to carry home the good ideas) and spades (to dig for prize shells).

Visit award-winning schools and talk to the teachers of amazing VCAL programs AND enjoy the beauty of the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road. Watch the premiere of 'The Bowled and the Beautiful' - a part of the student's integrated unit.

Lots more details and registration


October 21st 4.00 - 5.30 pm Venue TBC

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a dinner for the current Committee Members and staff as our way of thanking them for the commitment and hard work throughout the year.

Call for VALA CoM Membership

VALA appoints its Committee of Management annually. The committee meets bi-monthly and members learn about VALA's operation and structure and make active contributions to the development of the this dynamic organisation. VALA encourages participation in the Committee from all areas of education. If you would like to contribute your interest, experience and passion for Applied Learning then e-mail Helene Rooks at to find out more.

3. 'Breaking the Mould' 2015 VALA Conference

VALA Conference reflection

Were you there? Missed it this year?

Check out the video and soak up the great energy of the conference. We have started planning next year’s annual conference for the 16th and 17th of June 2016, so save the date and be part of it!

See a short video of the conference here.

4. Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarship

Lynne KoskyApplications close Friday 18 September 2015

Students in year Year 10 are invited to apply for the Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL scholarships. The scholarships recognise the outstanding contribution Lynne Kosky made to education and training in Victoria. One of her greatest achievements was the introduction of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education.

Two scholarships are available for students in year 10 who plan to study VCAL in Years 11 and 12 as a pathway to further study, employment or training. Each VCAL scholarship will be valued at up to $25,000 in $5,000 grants each year over 5 years of study, training or apprenticeship. Financial need is one of the eligibility criteria. Students receiving the Youth Allowance and the student's parents/guardians holding a Health Care Card, a Low Income Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession Card meet this criterion.

Questions: Contact Andrea Constantino ( or 9637 3367)


5. Safe-T1 - New Fresh website launched

The new SafeT1 website was launched at this year's VALA conference! Whilst a lot of background work was done to improve the navigation of the site, it has been completely revamped and given a fresh new look.

Check it out

6. Professional Development

Innovation, STEM and Applied Learning One Day Workshop

Friday October 23

IntuyuSchools in Australia are rapidly acknowledging the need to teach young people the skills, knowledge and 21st Century competencies that are relevant to the fast changing demands of the workplace. Part of the answer is STEM – a cross-disciplinary subject area that fosters Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication & Collaboration.

Mike Lloyd, Founder of, and a worldwide thought leader, author, and education technologist, will deliver a hands-on workshop set within the context of the Australian Technologies curriculum. Many of you would have met Mike at the VALA conference in June. Mike will simplify and demystify the latest trends in STEM learning, explain the underlying Science, Technology and Math involved, and set achievable but challenging and fun activities. This workshop is valuable for VCAL teachers as well as Science, Maths, and IT teachers. As part of the registration fee, teachers will work with and receive an electronic fashion learning kit (worth $300) they can take with them.

Call Rachel on 0411 270 277 or Adrian on 0413 036 382


Numeracy workshop: Engaging all Students in Maths and Numeracy

Friday October 16 Camberwell

SCER logoIn order to engage most students successfully in mathematics and numeracy classes in the middle years and in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), mathematics teaching needs to move beyond the textbook, worksheets and 'chalk and talk' to offer an alternative approach and a chance for all students to succeed in and enjoy mathematics learning. The hands-on activities in this workshop will focus on the development and practice of core mathematics skills through a wide range of approaches such as games, whole-group and other cooperative group work, as well as on enjoyment and having fun with mathematics. The workshop will be run by Dave Tout.


OXFAM Hunger Banquet

Term 4

OxfamCan you believe in 2015, 1 in 9 people still go hungry?

Anytime in Term 4, your students can hold a lunchtime Hunger Banquet at your school, to get a first-hand taste of the inequalities in the world's food system and learn what's causing global hunger.

It's a fun, eye-opening (and mouth-opening!) interactive project for students of all ages. Do it with your class, year level or even whole school.

The simple project is held in one lunchtime, to explore issues around food security, why global hunger still exists and what young Australians can do to help make sure everyone has enough to eat.

Register today and receive a 'How To Guide for Students' to help them plan, organise and run the event themselves, with tips and ideas, posters, stories from the field, teaching materials and other goodies. Oxfam's resources are easy-to-use, inspire discussion and reflection in creative ways, and balance the challenges posed with solutions and actions.

Contact: Annalise De Mel, Schools Program Coordinator – Oxfam Australia, or (03) 9289 9390


VALA membership includes access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities.

Free 60 minute program chock-full of simple, interactive, no-prop style activities which are perfect for any group.

Free playmeo resources

Members use your password and login details at the VALA Resources page and get access to all playmeo resources.

7. Research Publications

Passport to a Positive FutureEarlier this year the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, The Hon James Merlino MP, officially launched project research by the Victoria Institute regarding Melbourne Academy. 'Passport to a Positive Future: Evaluation of the Melbourne Academy' examines the impact of Melbourne City Mission's flexible learning program for young people experiencing disengagement from schooling at a time when youth unemployment is high and demand for flexible learning programs is on the rise, particularly amongst early school leavers who want to re-engage.

Full report