VCAL Achievement Awards - recognising the achievements of VCAL students, teachers and partner organisations.

VCAL Achievement Awards

Teacher Achievement Award Winners

Integrated Program

Leanne Venables

VCAL Provider – Alkira Secondary College

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Leanne Venables with Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley

Over two years Leanne has developed a comprehensive Senior VCAL road safety program. This included a Work Related Skills unit that taught students about the role of emergency works, the hardships they faced and the equipment they used.

As part of a Personal Development Skills unit, students participated in the RACV Safe Mates competition where students developed a road safety social media campaign. Alkira Secondary College students were proud finalists and came third in the overall competition, winning $500 for themselves and $500 for the college's VCAL program.

 

Program Development

Mary Chiodo-Jennings

VCAL Provider – Copperfield College

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Mary Chiodo Jennings with Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley

Mary Chiodo-Jennings has led the development of Copperfield College's VCAL program partnerships with community organisations to bring students real-world experiences, such as initiating a student volunteer program at Sunshine Hospital.  

Mary also forged partnerships with community organisations to deliver motivational seminars to students, help them develop complex community projects and place them into ongoing work, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Mary's work has resulted in an exemplary VCAL program at her school. She has mentored other teachers, taken on leadership roles and presented at VALA conferences.

 

Team Teaching

Karen Green, Dan Hurrell, Kath O'Shea and Judy Stewart

VCAL Provider – Bendigo Senior Secondary College

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L-R: Karen Green, Kath O'Shea Dan Hurrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Judith Graley. Absent Judy Stewart.

Through a grant from Sustainability Victoria the VCAL team were able to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Parks Victoria to work on the Litter Innovation Project to raise awareness of illegal rubbish dumping.

A conference was held with 60 VCAL students from diverse backgrounds to learn about environmental conservation. Students completed field trips around Greater Bendigo participating in activities such as rubbish surveys of major dump sites, tree planting, and a visit to the Eaglehawk Recycle Centre.

Students helped organise food, activities and develop strategies to share their insights with the local community. Their activities were captured in a short film documenting the project.

The project culminated in a clean-up of the Jobs Gully area and a community event where students were able to show their film. The students attracted coverage by the local WIN TV news and the success of the project has led to plans for it to continue.

 

VCAL Teacher of the Year

Presented by the Victorian Applied Learning Association

Cherie Osta

VCAL Provider – Lorne P-12 College

Victorian Applied Learning Association CEO Helene Rooks and VCAL Teacher of the Year Cherie Osta

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Right: Victorian Applied Learning Association CEO Helene Rooks, and VCAL Teacher of the Year Cherie Osta.

Cherie is recognised as a committed and motivated teacher who has mentored other schools to develop meaningful and practical projects in collaboration with the community.

Cherie's VCAL community-based activities include: Sharky's Project where students restored the iconic shark sculpture in the window of Sharky's Surf Shop in Lorne; and the Repair Upcycle and Maintenance Business Enterprise Project - a non-profit repair and maintenance business run by VCAL students for the school community fixing items such as fidget spinners and skateboards.

The Repair Upcycle business was showcased at the 2017 VALA Safari in Lorne, organised largely by Cherie. As part of the safari, more than 50 teachers from across the state visited local schools. The event culminated with a VCAL Showcase evening, which focused on business enterprise.