VCAL Achievement Awards
Current recipients of the VCAL Achievement Awards
Many of Victoria's best and brightest students were recognised at the VCAL Achievement Awards that took place at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, on Friday 27 April 2018.
Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Judith Graley MP commended the award winners for their enthusiasm, commitment and diligence, and for the great example they provide for others. The winners included:
- Kayla O'Brien of Whittlesea Secondary College who won both the Foundation Outstanding Achievement and Personal Development Skills Awards for her work ethic and voluntary contributions to her community including with the Starlight Children's Foundation.
- Dylan Sgambelloni of Bright P-12 College who received the Intermediate Personal Development Skills Award for his initiative and effective advocacy for accessibility in his community in Alpine Shire Council.
- Rachelle Dowling of Education College Gippsland who won the Senior Work Related Skills Award for her role as a Meeting Administrator in the Baw Baw Food Movement where she worked with other local organisations to assist individuals experiencing food insecurity. Her hard work resulted in the development of a resource centre at her college.
Teachers were also recognised, with Cherie Osta of Lorne P-12 College receivign the VCAL Teacher of the Year Award for her mentoring and sharing of knowledge with schools around the state and for developing meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with the Lorne community. Sacred Heart College Geelong received the VCAA Chair's Award for its exemplary VCAL program which empowers students with an emphasis on inclusivity and student-led teaching.
VCAL is a hands-on senior secondary certificate of education that provides students with practical work-related experience, and develops literacy, numeracy, and personal skills. The certificate is a pathway to many careers and educational opportunities. VCAL students have gone on to start small businesses, change careers or pursue further study at a TAFE or university.
Between its introduction in 2002 and 2016, VCAL enrolments increased from 545 to 23,436 with 448 providers, including schools, TAFE institutes and adult and community education centres.
The VCAA congratulates all of the VCAL Achievement Award winners from the 2018 ceremony.