Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Wilsons Promontory Camp

During the last week of Term One our Year 11 VCAL students undertook a highly successful 3 day walking camp at Wilsons Promontory National Park. Students worked in teams to plan and organise all aspects of the camp - as part of an integrated project. In addition to a challenging base camp program, two groups completed walks totalling 35 – 45 km.  During the camp teachers witnessed some amazing student personal performances, especially by students who had limited bushwalking experience. There were numerous examples of students supporting and encouraging each other by carrying another’s load, sharing food / water, listening and engaging in meaningful conversations as we marched along the paths. Students were respectful of other team members, staff and the equipment provided by the College. However, one tent at base camp was attacked by wombats and students were able to share a few amusing stories about encounters with the native wild life.

A special thanks to our dedicated VCAL staff team: Travis Pearce, Rebecca Haas, Dave Colcott, Jess Connors, Stewart Irving, Katrina Greenwood, Charlie Pascazio and Jenny DeLongville.


VCAL Project Base Learning

In the VCAL program at Padua College, student are given the opportunity to participate in a range of projects. These projects are designed to engage students in their learning and develop a range of essential work place skills. These include organisational, team work, leadership, and communication skills. One of the most valuable benefits of this approach to learning is the growth in student self-confidence and resilience.

During Term 2 our Year 11 VCAL students will be undertaking the SCOPE Young Ambassadors Program (Disability awareness and inclusivity). They will also be designing and carrying out their own project involving teaching a skill to a mixed ability audience. Our Year 12 VCAL students will be continuing to develop their Small Business Project, undertaking a school based Coaching Project and working on a Sister School Project involving students from Antonine College in Coburg.

In addition to this busy schedule, some VCAL students organised a very moving ANZAC service for the Mornington campus on Monday 24 April. This term a small group of VCAL students will be involved in a landscaping project within the Bentons Square Community Centre


VCAL Excursion & Incursion Dates - TERM 2

Monday May 1st , 8th  and 15th –SCOPE Introductory and Guest Speaker Incursions - Year 11

Tuesday 2nd May – Visit to Antonine College  - Year 12

Tuesday 16th May – Frankston Mornington Peninsula Careers Expo – Years 11 & 12

Thursday 1st or  8th June – SCOPE Balloon Football - Keysborough – Year 11

Date To Be Confirmed – Visit to Frankston Magistrates Courts – Year 12

Thursday 15th June – Start Smart Financial Literacy Incursion – Year 11 & 12

Tuesday 27th June – Wheel talk – Talk and Wheelchair Basketball Incursion – Year 11


As all VCAL incursions and excursions form an important part of the applied learning assessment process, attendance is compulsory. Students who do not attend an incursion or excursion are required to bring to school a doctor’s certificate or equivalent document. Wherever possible, students who miss an incursion or excursion are offered an opportunity to complete an alternative assessment activity and it is essential that students take responsibility for demonstrating competency for all Learning Outcomes.


Katrina Greenwood
VCAL PDS Teacher