Applied Learning enables students to put into action the theory they are learning by engaging in real-world situations. Students will learn the knowledge, skills and understandings to then produce real outcomes for real audiences. Students can choose the direction of their outcomes based on interest and community connections.

Subjects offered at each year level

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Community Challenge

My Interest, My Future

VCAL

VCAL

   

VCAL Literacy

VCAL Literacy

   

VCAL Numeracy

VCAL Numeracy

Applied Learning Key Skills include self-management, communication, teamwork, problem solving, planning, organisation, technology, enterprise and lifelong learning.

Applied Learning Activities involve researching areas of interest, posing questions, connecting with the community, team based projects, developing activities and events, putting theory into practice, hands-on learning and communicating ideas both verbally and in written formats.

 

Subject Selection and Progression Rules:

  • In Year 9, all students will undertake the Community Challenge Program for one semester.
  • Entry to My Interests, My Future will be based on successful completion of the Community Challenge program.
  • While My Interests, My Future leads very well into VCAL, it is not a prerequisite. Students can also move into a VCE program from this program.
  • Applied Learning units at Years 9 and 10 can be substituted for any of your regular selections apart from Maths. In the second semester, these units should be substituted for a different Learning Area, so that you still cover all Learning Areas over the year.

 

Year 9 Community Challenge – Compulsory

All Year 9 students undertake the Community Challenge program for a semester. This program is centred in a purpose-built building which houses up-to-date technology and resources. These resources provide significant opportunities for Year 9 students to learn in new ways. Community Challenge is designed to capitalize on our students’ curiosity, their need to socialize and a desire for learning to have a real life component.

 

Community Challenge Year 9 –CC?9?

Community Challenge is suited to students who are keen to work in small teams to complete projects that relate to their community including the class, school and local community. Students will link in with community groups to make a difference to the community in which they live, completing real projects with real outcomes for real audiences.

Course Structure:

In this subject students learn about themselves as learners; the way they think and communicate affects their outcomes. They learn how to lead and be a part of a team, to ask questions, analyse information and research for projects as well as making a difference to their community. Students enjoy many excursions to support their learning. They Race Around Ballarat and Melbourne, learn to juggle, attend SSMART ASSK, visit galleries, work with experts and artists, teach primary school students, participate in fundraising and devise their own projects.

Assessed Tasks:

Learning How To Learn Project, Make A Difference Project, Peace Ambassadors Project, Juggling Performance

Leads into: Year 10, My Interests, My Future, VCAL, VCE

For further info: W.Johnston, E.Rooney

Subject Costs: $35 Excursions costs to Melbourne including the train, Museum and Rialto Tower entry

Community Challenge aims to:

  • Engage students in real-life hands-on learning tasks with real outcomes.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to acquire life skills that are transferable out of the classroom and into the community.
  • Focus on the well-being of students so as to improve their confidence, self-esteem and motivation, by the establishment of positive relationships and a learning environment that is engaging, productive and supportive.
  • Challenge students to work within a range of group situations and to learn how to be a better team player.
  • Being aware of yourself
  • Being able to motivate yourself to learn
  • Being able to manage your moods
  • Developing healthy relationships with others
  • Teachers and students work together
  • Students investigate their world
  • Students negotiate various aspects of the curriculum
  • Students pose their own questions
  • Students explore answers to solve problems
  • Build knowledge and cooperate together
  • Think and engage in their learning
  • Accept challenges
  • Use technology for powerful thinking

Personal & Interpersonal Learning is:

  • In Inquiry Based Learning:
  • Students in Thinking Classrooms

 

My Interests, My Future Year 10 – VCA01/02

My Interests, My Future is suited to students who are unsure about staying at school, considering getting a job, or thinking about heading to university or TAFE. This subject supports your learning in the workplace, being responsible for your learning and energizing your time at school.

Course Structure:

This subject will run for the equivalent of three regular subjects. Students who successfully complete the course will receive qualifications that will assist in their future pathways development that are based on VCAL Foundation Level. In this subject students will make decisions about their learning projects based on their interests. Students can choose to work individually or working with a partner on projects which can be presented in a variety of ways. Students will spend time in the community undertaking workplace experience and/or community service or will commence a VET Course.

Example of our 2014 Course Structure:

Monday Program Wednesday Industry Program Friday Program
  • Redan
  • Buddy
  • Environment
  • Literacy
  • Kicking Goals
  • Mythbusters
  • Small Engines
  • Work Related Skills
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • The World Around Us
  • Personal Development
  • SCOPE Disability Program Horticulture
  • RACV Energy Breakthrough
  • Social Issues
  • Animation
  • Fit 4 Life
  • Visual Art
  • Model Making
  • Outdoor
  • Certificate II Creative Industries
  • Community

Assessed Tasks:

Negotiated projects, workbook activities, excursion tasks, VET courses

Prerequisites: Community Challenge
Leads into: VCE, VET, VCAL
Booklist Items: Numeracy, Literacy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development booklets
For further info: M. Hall
Subject Costs: $20 Course materials costs as related to the Monday and Friday Program$20 Excursions

 

 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Year 11/12 – VCA11/22

VCAL is a hands-on course which provides students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to make informed choices regarding their pathways at school and in the transition from school to work. Students work towards completion of a VCAL certificate at Foundation, Intermediate or Senior level. This course is aimed at students who are not focusing on University entry score, who wish to commence an apprenticeship or who would like to begin working in an industry area. The program takes three regular timetable blocks.

Course Structure:

Students will choose three programs that they will undertake during the week. Each project covers the following integrated areas:

Literacy

Literacy includes reading, writing, speaking and listening and is integrated within projects.

Numeracy

Numeracy includes money, time and travel, statistical and graphical information, designing, making, measuring and the application of shape within projects.

Personal Development

Personal Development includes community-based projects, voluntary work or structured activities that help in the development of self-confidence and teamwork skills.

Work Related Skills

Work Related Skills includes structured work placement, part time apprenticeship or traineeship or part time work to develop employability skills. Units include occupational health and safety and work ready tasks. Students are required to undertake a VET subject as part of their program.

Example of our 2014 Course Structure:

Monday Program Wednesday Industry Program Friday Program
  • Redan
  • Buddy
  • Environment
  • YAA
  • Business Literacy
  • Kicking Goals
  • Mythbusters
  • Small Engines
  • Work Related Skills
  • Cooking on a Budget
  • The World Around Us
  • Personal Development
  •  SCOPE Disability Program
  • Horticulture
  • RACV Energy Breakthrough
  • Social Issues
  • Animation
  • Fit 4 Life
  • Visual Art
  • Model Making
  • Outdoor
  • Certificate II Creative Industries
  • Community

Assessed Tasks:

Program Workbooks and Outcomes, Work Placement, Short Courses

VCAA Assessment – The overall assessment will consist of:

Each VCAL qualification is approximately 100 hours in duration. The emphasis is on satisfactory completion of learning outcomes for literacy, numeracy, personal development and work related skills at either a foundation, intermediate or senior level.

Prerequisites: Year 10
Leads into: TAFE, Employment, Training
Booklist Items:
Numeracy, Literacy, Work Related Skills and Personal Development booklets
For further info:
M. Hall, A.Coloe, A.Greed, T.Blee, R.Lewers, J.Ford, R.Stevens, B. de Bondt
Subject Costs: $20 course materials costs as related to the Monday and Friday Program