Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning
The VCAL program is an applied learning program offered as an alternative to VCE for students in Year 11 and 12, whose learning style is one which benefits from “hands on” experiential programs. Students participate in a VET (Vocational Education & Training) course at Certificate II or III level and attend weekly Structured Workplace Learning (SWL).
The VCAL subjects studied are Personal Development Skills, Literacy, Numeracy and Workskills. Many students enrolled in the VCAL program also complete one or two VCE subjects. A typical VCAL program will require the student to attend school three or four days a week; on supplementary days the students participate in their chosen VET course and SWL at a range of participating VET educational institutes and work places. VCAL students enjoy the balance of work, study and school that may potentially propel them into the early stages of a chosen career path.
VCAL students at Loreto College have the opportunity to organise a range of hands-on, interest-based projects. An example of one of the most successful VCAL projects initiated by VCAL students is the Loreto Chapel Tours. The Loreto Chapel Tours commence with invitations to local Ballarat community groups to visit the College and receive a guided tour of the magnificent Loreto Chapel. The students organise and provide a tour of the campus, share stories and historical facts about the Loreto Sisters and the development of the Chapel and College. On conclusion of the tour, the guests are provided with a morning tea, catered and served by the students.
Fundraising activities are always popular, creative and very well coordinated by the VCAL students. Each year the College has a dedicated fundraising effort for a selected Community project and the VCAL students plan and manage a number of fundraising activities such as the sale of Loreto College ribbons, ice-cream stalls and sausage sizzles.