Another successful Relay for Life

11 May 2017

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More than 350 participants, including Assumption staff and students and those from St Pat's Primary, did laps of the Carroll Oval yesterday in our fourth Relay for Life. 

VCAL staff and students organised the event which raised six thousand dollars, taking our tally over the four years to over $30,000. Yesterday's effort allows us to continue supporting a research project into juvenile bone cancer.

Isabelle Zoch sang Heroes during the opening ceremony and the Gilchrist family cut the ribbon to begin the relay.

We thank participants, their sponsors and the owners of local businesses who donated food and drink to sustain 'the troops'.

In a moving gesture, One prep student from St Pat's ran six laps of the oval for his dad who died from a brain tumour.

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And in other VCAL news... Willowmeade visits by our VCAL art students

Once a week, since the middle of first term, some of our VCAL students (see below) have been visiting residents at Willowmeade aged-care facility. As part of the VCAL art elective, students, with their teacher Jason Gilchrist, have put together scrapbooks of photos and stories for seven of the residents who met them and talked about their lives.

Students have spent about an hour a week with the people of Willowmeade who told stories about their childhood, work history and what they enjoy about life now and in the past. Family photos were shown and some friendly advice given to our students about how to live life to the full and how to get a boyfriend!

Willowmeade volunteer project

Commemorating Anzac Day

Year 11 and 12 students wrote and ran our Anzac service in house groups on April 24, after looking at the Anzac story last term. They the service and then lead the service for each house. At the end of the service we joined together and laid a  wreath on the ANZAC display that the students put together in the VCAL centre.

VCAL literacy

Year 11s have been given a copy of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas,  which is their focus text this term. A variety of activities have been organised to meet the writing and oral outcomes for literacy.

Structured work placement

Students are undertaking structured work placement on a Friday this term and next. They are working at various places including primary schools, a mobile farm, the Greyhound Adoption Centre, childcare facilities as well as working with tradespeople such as builders, electricians and plumbers. Staff will be contacting students and employers to check on their progress in the workforce.

Students must complete a work diary to be submitted as part of their work-related skills assessment.

Grand Prix excursion

Year 11s attended the Grand Prix as part of their numeracy and work-related skills classes. They investigated the GP as an international event, looking at different employment opportunities and all the maths involved in running such an event.

While there, former student Dean Leeds (below) who has the world contract for selling Red Bull merchandise, spoke to them. He explained how he got into that business (a chance event of being in the right place at the right time), the size of his staff and he mentioned the types and volumes of merchandise that he sells during GPs. He encouraged students to send him their resumes if they'd like to work for him next year.


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First aid training

Year 12s completed their first aid certificates on Tuesday, May 2. Students who attend Willowmeade also completed their CPR tests last Tuesday.

Finally, as students are now only at school three days a week it is important that they attend all classes, work effectively when in class and come prepared for every class. This means ensuring laptops are charged and ready to work. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress in VCAL please contact their teachers or Mr Sacha Wilmann, Senior Certificates Leader.

Jenny Pendlebury