Intermediate Outstanding Achievement
Skye Ferguson displayed a continued focus on improvement in 2022, while addressing all four VCAL curriculum strands to a very high standard. At SEDA College, Skye thrived in the applied learning environment, whether that was at sporting clinics or in class. She cared for class members, approaching each task with a positive mindset, and her peers flourished in her presence.
This was evident in the way Skye managed her peers in the Great Outdoors subject area Skye took the lead role in her group as they planned and delivered a class event. Her planning was meticulous and her ability to incorporate all group members exemplary. On the day of the event, Skye directed all class members, offering feedback where required. Finally, she reviewed her event in an accurate manner, requesting feedback and future suggestions from key stakeholders. Another task required students to draft, edit and prepare a gratitude tribute for someone special in their life. Skye delivered an exceptional audio recording, celebrating the positive influence of her mother.
As part of SEDA’s The Team subject, students had to complete a numeracy-based task that examined all aspects of team involvement. Using the Supercoach AFL fantasy platform, Skye produced a brilliant assessment with a particular focus on budgeting and identifying player values and ranking. Overall, Skye created a team that was wellbalanced with the most viable options available within the budget.
Last, Skye also produced an excellent task when she examined gender-based harassment within the workplace. This task was within a subject area known as The Apprentice, which helps students prepare for navigating the world of work. She provided a wonderful resource for business that incorporated all elements of workplace harassment, genderbased violence, workplace incidents and strategies to improve workplace culture.
Intermediate Personal Development Skills
Fergus utilised the VCAL program to follow his passions, develop effective relationships and take on new challenges. All this encouraged his development of exemplary leadership and communication skills.
In his Cadet unit, Fergus earned the rank of Sergeant and proudly mentored Year 9 and 10 students through a week-long bivouac at Puckapunyal. Leadership, teamwork and communication were key skills required for this activity to ensure the younger students felt safe and supported but also were following instructions.
This example of leadership was not a singular occurrence, and Fergus assisted his house in various school events, helping in class when needed, modelling appropriate learning behaviours to other students and managing the sound and lighting for the
Middle School play. Furthermore, for one weekend each term, Fergus led school tours for prospective students and their families, communicating confidently and enthusiastically about his love of his school and of the VCAL program.
Fergus could always be counted on to help other students with their work in class and ensured all students were included in activities. He has well-developed emotional intelligence and is sensitive to the needs of other students. He has ultimately been recognised for his leadership by earning the role of Performing Arts Captain for 2023.
Intermediate Team Achievement
Drea Carson, Evelyn Faisst, Ary Smith and Hazel Walley felt that Kyabram P–12 College lacked an outward sign of acceptance and support for the LGBTIQ+ community. To address this, as a Personal Development Skills project, the team decided to raise
awareness by recreating the Pride Flag on a prominent footpath in the College, which would be combined with uplifting messages and contact information for support networks.
They submitted this plan to the College council for approval while simultaneously reaching out to Ro Allen, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Co mmissioner Allen contacted Todd Fernando, the Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ C ommunities, who was able to provide significant financial assistance for the initiative.
The initiative and resilience demonstrated by the students throughout this process was excellent. The students worked well together in planning and painting the mural; at one point expanding the project to include a seating area. The team planned invitations, speeches, decorations, food and sound systems in concert with the Wellbeing leader at the school.
Unfortunately, two days before the unveiling, the mural was vandalised by a member of the public. However, demonstrating exceptional resilience and great teamwork, the students were able to repaint the entire mural just in time. At the opening, the students emceed the event and spoke exceptionally well to a group consisting of their peers, school leadership, council representatives, members of Goulburn Valley Pride Inc., Commissioner Allen, and Commissioner Fernando. The event also allowed these guests to present and provided a forum for the work of the students to be celebrated, validating their persistence in implementing this initiative and strengthening their resolve for further advocacy for the community.
Koorie Student Achievement
In 2021, Kiara was awarded with a Certificate of Excellence for achieving top results at Cranbourne East Secondary College, as well as being nominated for excellence in all other VCAL strands by her teachers. In 2022, she was nominated again in all subject
areas for excellence and was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Year 12 valedictory.
Kiara is a kind and hard-working inpidual who is proud of her heritage and is a fantastic role model to other Koorie students at Cranbourne East Secondary College. She was the recipient of a Marrung Scholarship in March 2021, highlighting her commitment to her studies and her drive to succeed in her chosen pathway. Kiara also played an integral part of Culture Club at the school and has been a part of the club since Year 7.
Culture Club is a place where students can take part in a range of cultural activities and discussions. Kiara planned an Indigenous artwork project, assisting in conceptualising the meaning and design of the artwork, while also contributing to many of the thousands of dots on an artwork (now on display at reception in the College). The painting depicts the people and community that is present within Cranbourne East Secondary College today. Kiara participated in the planning and organising of major event series, Cultivating Creative Cultures with Communities. This included two nights of cultural performances from schools in the region.
For her contribution to the event, Kiara produced a dot painting of 3000 individual dots, representing the connection of cultures across the community. For this, she was rightfully celebrated in the local news.
School Based Apprenticeship/Trainee
Hayley demonstrated an outstanding attitude toward obtaining and completing her School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT) in 2022. She was proactive and positive in her project of developing a clear understanding of pathways to work in
For work experience in 2021, Hayley returned to her primary school. She sought to assist students and teachers in the classroom, as she herself had received support from learning assistants in the past. Hayley knew first-hand the difference such support
can make to a young person’s education.
This experience was crystalised Hayley’s passions, and she returned to secondary school knowing where she wanted to direct her career. In late 2021, she applied for an Education Support SBAT with U-Train in Melbourne on her own initiative, while keeping
her school and teachers well-informed about the process. Hayley was accepted into the program for 2022.
Throughout 2022, Hayley was excellent in managing both her schoolwork and her SBAT commitments. She continued her high performance in the classroom, setting an example for her peers. She managed groups of students to ensure that projects were
delivered on time, as well as negotiated deadlines to facilitate both the work in her SBAT and her class tasks. In all areas of her schooling, she practiced a formidable degree of maturity and professionalism.
By the end of 2022 and due to her exceptional achievements, Hayley was offered additional work as an Education Support Officer beyond her SBAT.
Senior Outstanding Achievement
Ella is a highly accomplished student who demonstrated resilience and determination throughout her Senior VCAL program. Ella rose to the challenge of her final year of schooling using the opportunities presented to be involved in everything she could
possibly fit into her schedule.
In addition to her leadership role as Applied Learning Captain, Ella was a Sergeant Major with the school’s cadet unit and has led several groups of younger students on hikes. Dealing with medical emergencies, threats of rain and cadets unprepared for the elements, she found these experiences taught her resilience, perseverance, and empathy.
Ella also led the woodwind section at Mentone Grammar in 2022, improving her technical and creating a positive learning environment in which she was able to inspire and teach others. Ella has been part of two operas and played with the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Orchestra throughout 2022.
Contributing to her community is important to Ella, and she managed to complete her Gold-level Duke of Edinburgh Award over the course of her VCAL program, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to skill development and voluntary service.
Ella was an outstanding role model to all students in Mentone Grammar’s VCAL program. She demonstrated to both VCE and VCAL cohorts how applied learning and traditional academic subjects can be effectively combined to build a strong and relevant skill set.
Ella completed Senior VCAL while working toward her Diploma of Aviation. Ella now plans to complete her aviation qualification and later study conservation and land management at university.
Senior Personal Development Skills
At the start of the 2022 school year, Moussa realised that he needed to work hard to improve his learning. From that point on, he demonstrated extraordinary growth over a short period of time. Moreover, he realised he possessed natural leadership qualities with which he could help his peers and wider community.
Moussa led from the front, stepping up and taking responsibility for his own learning, as well as inspiring and supporting the learning of others. In the case of a group project, Moussa not only completed his own work, but took on additional tasks to ensure the project was delivered on time and at a high level.
Moussa grew his capacity to reflect on feedback and strove to do his best both in the classroom and as a leader and advocate of an applied learning model at school. He presented to all Year 10 students about what the new VCE Vocational Major might look like at John Fawkner College and explained the importance, value and commitment required when applying for this course of study. He responded to questions about studying a dual qualification and the skills required to do this effectively.
During the final class presentation to stakeholders, Moussa happily stepped in at a moment’s notice to cover an unexpected absence. He presented on their behalf in front of the leadership team and his peers without hesitation, impressing school staff greatly. Through hard work and selflessness, Moussa has earned the pride and respect of his school community.
Senior Team Achievement
Community engagement was the focus of this student team. The VCAL cohort split into groups of four and were tasked with critically analysing a community problem or issue, then researching different methods of addressing them.
Students identified that despite the many different cultures in the region, they felt there was more focus on negative cultural tensions than on the positives of multiculturalism. Ashlea, Tevita, Hadija, Dimitrios and Chanel discovered the 4C’s (Cultivating Creative Cultures with Communities) while they were researching organisations working to champion multiculturalism. The 4C’s showcase had been running for 16 years until lockdown put a hold on events.
The Cranbourne East Secondary College (CESC) VCAL team liaised with 4C’s and became pivotal in relaunching the organisation in 2022. The team organised, promoted and hosted two nights of the 4C’s showcase at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren. Students chose roles that they would like to do as part of the team to develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Examples of some of the roles included social media managers and content producers, designers, researchers, media liaisons and directors. As the directing team, Chanel, Hadija, Tevita, Ashlea and Dimitri were key in coordinating and supporting the 4C’s host team of more than 80 CESC students.
On the evenings of the 5th and the 12th of September, CESC hosted the 4C’s showcase at Bunjil Place. More than 10 schools from the region took part in showcasing their amazing and cultural performances to more than 1600 guests. Some of the outstanding cultural dances featured were from India, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Afghanistan, and First Nations Australian communities. The directors created passionate speeches about culture, pride and community, which they used to open each night of the event.
Senior Work Related Skills
Jason excelled in his VCAL studies in 2022, completing Structured Workplace Learning with Powa Productions in Bayswater. Jason also worked at the college on high-level Work Related Skills projects, chiefly managing back of house technology for college productions and major college events. In addition to this, Jason’s advocacy for his peers, with his emphasis on inclusivity, led to the appointment of him as the College Year 12 VCAL Captain in 2022.
Jason has shown growth and development in both his personal and employability skills. He is sought after as a worker in the productions industry, especially when it comes to lighting and audio. His peers and teachers were unsurprised when he gained full-time employment with Powa Productions after completing his VCAL studies.
Over the course of his studies, Jason was afforded opportunities to work on professional productions and events, including the Mundi Mundi Bash at Broken Hill, the Big Red Bash at Birdsville, the Port Fairy Folk Festival, events at Sandstone Point Hotel and
Cockatoo Island – and more. While working at these events, Jason was utilised his abilities, including excellent communication and time management skills, teamwork, and technical knowledge, and expertise in theatre and live entertainment.
Jason’s input has been recognised by the School Community, who presented Jason with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on school productions and major events.