VCAL Year 10/11 Services Project Day27/11/2019
Throughout the year, Year 10 and 11 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students undertake a Project Day once per week as part of a services partnership pathway.
Students have now completed the ten weeks training program with Righteous Pups. During that time students and the puppies learnt valuable socialising skills and leadership skills. In the last session, the students bathed the new litter of pups who will be named after the Game of Thrones characters.
Thank you so much to the staff and volunteers at Righteous Pups for your time and sessions with the pups.
Community and Food
The students visited Food Share Bendigo, Pepper Green Farm and had a guest speaker Sue from Vintage Kitchen Preserves. These have all tied into our nutritional and community awareness.
At Food Share, students learnt how much food is donated and how many people access Food Share weekly via the various community organisations. Discussion were also based around how individuals and schools could help and how we can stop wasting food.
At Pepper Green, farm students saw the layout of the garden and the produce grown. It also tied into our research on Pepper Green catering and the inclusiveness of the organisation through Access Employment.
Sue from Vintage Kitchen Preserves came in and talked to the students about preserving food such as fruit, vegetables, eggs and making jams and relishes. She then showed the students how to make multi grain mustard and led the students through making spiced oranges.
To tie in with nutrition, Food Share and Share the Dignity, the students worked in pairs to buy dry groceries for a bag and hygiene products to fill a toiletry bag. Each student had $20.00 to spend. The packages were then donated to Trish Schofield to be passed on to the various organisations.
To celebrate the end of the Nutrition Unit, students spent the day cooking in pairs. Each pair had to make a baked treat (biscuits) and a preserve (chutney, pickle or jam). They also had to make a pizza for lunch. Once all products were made, they were put into sample/taster packages for everyone to share. Each student (and staff) had 16 samples to take home to families.
Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged
Year 10/11 VCAL Services had their last visit to Bethlehem. The students have been attending weekly since Term 1.
Moo Dah and San Aye entertained the residents with a display of their traditional dancing skills. The staff and residents provided the students with a farewell morning tea and certificates of participation (and a Santa bag of chocolates) for each student.
Throughout the year, students gained wonderful experience socialising with the residents. They have developed their confidence and empathy progressively over the year as a result.