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Inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grant recipients

VCAL: the hands-on option for Year 11 and 12 students

Eight Victorian providers of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) have each been awarded an inaugural Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Grant.

Each school has been granted $6,250 to fund a range of educational initiatives in 2019, including a recycling program, the refurbishment of a youth centre and an organic cooperative farm. These initiatives will support students to gain essential workplace skills and to build strong links with industry and local community organisations.

The recipients span the education sector, with five public schools, two Catholic schools and one Independent among the grant winners from over 80 applicants across the state.

The grants are awarded in honour of former Victorian Education Minister, Lynne Kosky, who died in 2014. Lynne was instrumental in developing VCAL, which commenced in 2002 with a pilot program of 500 students. Today, over 26,000 students are enrolled with more than 400 VCAL providers.

Below is a summary of the eight projects and the valuable contributions they will make to their communities.

Assumption College Kilmore (Catholic)

The students will work with the staff and students of the new local primary to design and build a playground area and to educate children about water safety and ‘SunSmart’ initiatives. The program will also connect students with the community Men’s Shed.

Bacchus Marsh Grammar (Independent)

Students will redecorate the Melton Youth Centre, ‘The GAP on Graham’, a not-for-profit facility that offers mental health services to young people in the western suburbs. Melton Police, the local Lions and Rotary clubs, and the Melton Men’s Group will provide community links and support.

Casterton Secondary College (government)

The funded project will have a sustainability focus, involving the design and construction of an organic produce farm called the CSC Aquaponics Seasonal Vegetable Cooperative. It will include developing a business plan for the ongoing sale of fresh produce. Students will be involved in community consultation and maintain links with South West TAFE and the Hamilton District Skills Centre.

Catholic Ladies College (Catholic)

In the ‘Food Glorious Food’ project, students will prepare and provide meals for local families who require assistance. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Food Handling Certificate. Lalor Secondary College and St Vincent de Paul will be community partners.

Kyabram P-12 College (government)

The grant will be used to develop both a community book swap and a sustainable green waste recycling and composting process for primary students. The two programs will fulfil the VCAL aims of fostering lifelong education, literacy and increasing community engagement.

Monterey Secondary College (government)

The funded project will establish a hydroponic and aquaponics growing house for fruit and vegetables. It will give students confidence and employable skills in horticulture and land conservation and management. Organisations involved will include Parks Victoria, the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria and Chisholm TAFE.

Northcote High School (government)

The project will develop a recycling program for plastic waste created on campus and in the surrounding community. Students will be involved in processing the waste into new products. The project will grow relationships with CERES Community Environment Park and the Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria.

Sunbury College (government)

Students will design, create and maintain a sensory garden at Sunbury Macedon Ranges Specialist School. Key aspects of this project will be sustainable landscaping, increased disability access and linking with the Sunbury Community Health Centre and Hume Men’s Shed.