Pizza Oven

After the slab was poured by the 2014 HOL students this year’s students are excited to be laying bricks for the base of the pizza oven. Using the newly purchased concrete mixer we have been mixing mortar, learning how to use trowels, laying bricks, using spirit levels and planning out the project.

Frog Bog

Japanese Exchange Program

Host families are required between August 7 and 12 to support a Japanese Exchange Student. It is a fantastic experience. If you are interested, please fill out the attached Expression of Interest Form and return it to the college as soon as possible.

The Hope Tour

All Year 8 students were fortunate to experience the “Hope Tour” who came to our College last week and did magic tricks, told stories, sang and danced, all with the message of HOPE. The purpose of the tour was to engage our students, make them aware of bullying, the impact of it and how they can take charge and make change.

Judging from the level of participation of our students, we believe the message was successfully conveyed to all who attended.

Front Yard Youth Services

Natalie Green recently organised for the VCAL Intermediate class to visit Front Yard Youth Services – City Mission. Melbourne City Mission links young people, adults, and families to housing, education, training, employment and social support. Across the state of Victoria, they are the largest provider of homelessness services to young people under 24 and are also the biggest provider of homelessness services to adults and families (aged from 18 to 45 years) across the Northwest Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

Sarah Perry
VCAL Teacher

Mother's Day Classic

Last Sunday James Earp organised for a team of six students, three teachers and his mum to do the Mother’s Day Classic to raise awareness for breast cancer. We pushed on through the bucketing rain with everyone crossing the finish line with a huge sense of achievement. This walk raises awareness of Beast Cancer, with one in eight women and one in 688 men developing the disease in their lifetime. However, survival rates have increased to 89%, up 6% since the Mother's Day Classic began in 1998.

Sarah Perry
VCAL Teacher

Worlds Greatest Shave

Jayden Bradford organised The World’s Greatest Shave in the gym earlier this term. Students were invited to come and watch the shave for a gold coin donation. Jayden had three participants and raised over $250 in donations and sponsorship.

5000 Poppies Project

Earlier this year Tegan Foster organised for her VCAL Intermediate classmates to volunteer their help with the 5,000 poppies project to help commemorate the Anzac Centenary. 5,000 Poppies is an exciting and ambitious nationwide grass roots community tribute of respect and remembrance with crafters across the Australian and the world participating in this meaningful and heartfelt project.

Year 12 Senior VCAL class completed their RSA course (Responsible Service of Alcohol) at Hospitality Training Australia recently. Alysa Andrewartha, Benjamin Bittles, Corey Papas, Tikka Popple Amos, Bailey Wright & Daniel Burleigh accompanied by their teacher Mr Bumpstead on the 7:18 am train from South Morang station arriving at Southern Cross station at 8:16. The class got breakfast at Hungry Jack's in Southern Cross station then made their way to 250 Collins Street where we then sat a 4 hour course to get our RSA certificate.

RSPCA- VCAL Project

Year 12 Intermediate VCAL went to the RSPCA in Burwood to learn about the puppy factories. We learnt that the puppy factories are increasing every year. All the dogs live there lives in small cages with no room to move and are forced to breed all the time. Un-trained breeders don’t even feed them properly or even give them clean water.

Chemistry

Year 8 students are learning about the density of different objects. Density is the measure of the amount of matter crammed into the object. The students made density columns showing the different densities of many common household products such as honey and oil. Less dense liquids float above denser liquids.

Ever wonder why ice floats on water? Why oil sits on top of puddles?

Have you ever wondered why it was easier to float in the ocean than a pool? It's because the ocean contains a high concentration of salt causing the water to be denser and allowing you to float.

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