25 March 2022
Applied Learning including VCAL and VET has commenced 2022 with enthusiasm!
The Intermediate students are engaged in a varied schedule of learning including classroom classes, their VET studies on a Wednesday and an Applied Learning Day every Tuesday.
The Applied Learning Day involves activities on and off campus. The activities are designed to explore themes and meet learning outcomes in all the strands – Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development Skills, Work Related Skills and Religion and Social Justice. The students are also building an awareness of community, rights and responsibilities, and employability and life skills.
The students have participated in supporting Marcellin ground staff, appreciating the environment that they are fortunate to be in. They have also completed numeracy tasks at Fitzroy Gardens, and explored the marginalised through a class at The Big Issue and Immigration Museum. Discussing the present global unrest, the boys experienced the 1000 steps and are researching the Kokoda Trail and its historical significance as we head towards the end of March and acknowledge the contribution of our defence force.
This week we focused on OH&S in Work Related Skills as the boys tested their hospitality skills in making their own pizzas in the wood fire pizza oven! This is in preparation of our 4 weeks of classes coming up at William Angliss. The students are still to complete bike rides, safe driving and a visit to RSPCA.
Our Seniors are focused on completing their senior year and preparing for the workforce by completing Structured Work Learning every Tuesday. They also attend VET and are developing independent learning skills and navigating and negotiating their curriculum. The students are working as plumbers, builders and with electricians, learning invaluable skills that cannot be taught in a classroom. We have 3 boys commencing School Based Apprenticeship Training whilst completing their senior year meaning they are starting an apprenticeship while still at school.
All VCAL students study a VET and it is positive to see VCE students also choosing VET studies as part of their senior program. The applied learning aspect appeals to the boys and can balance their studies. VET also offers practical and life skill learning.
Applied Learning Coordinator