Senior VCAL Project – Beanies for Preemies

December 1st, 2020

Within the senior VCAL program, each student must complete a self-directed project reflecting on their TAFE or VET course or develop a project they are interested in.

This year I undertook a Certificate III in Allied Health and chose to develop my project linking with my TAFE course, at VFA Institute.

VCAL Small Business Project

September 10th, 2020

During the pandemic this year, I decided to make masks and learn about running a small business.

I asked  Mrs Mugridge if she could  help me do the activity using the skills we are learning in our Certificate II Small Business class and arrange to have the money I raise donated to St Vincent de Paul.

VCAL Giving Back

August 1st, 2020


In Semester One, Year 11 and Year 12 VCAL students completed a community-based project focused on giving back to the less fortunate.

Every fortnight, we either made healthy sweet treats or reusable bags from donated fabric. During Term 1, we passed the treats and bags on to Mr. Sarris who donates his time to help out the Vinnies Soup Kitchen.

VCAL Main Event: Save Our Seas

August 6th, 2019


The focus of the VCAL Main Event this year was environmental sustainability, specifically our oceans and waterways.

The day went very smoothly and was organized effectively. As convener, my job was to organize and run the event as this task contributes to my Senior Project competency.

When a passion becomes a career

July 29th, 2019

A lifelong love of animals and a desire to protect them will soon launch a career for Year 12 student Monique, thanks to opportunities she gained through the VCAL Program.

Following volunteer and work experience opportunities at a local wildlife shelter, Monique discovered a particular interest in reptiles.

VCAL City Camp

May 27th, 2019

On 13 May, two Senior School students showcased their leadership skills by running a VCAL Camp in the city.

We stayed at the Nunnery in Fitzroy, a good location that made it easy to get around.

On the first day we went to the Melbourne Museum to complete a ‘Road to Zero’ experience.

VCAL Mother’s Day Gifts

May 27th, 2019


In 2019 the VCAL class have been working on Small Business projects. This year we decided to create Mother’s Day gifts, selling them to local primary schools for their Mother’s Day stalls.

Within the class, we split up into groups and created dreamcatchers, potted plants, bath bombs and diffusers.

VCAL sparks a passion for learning

2018 Year 12 student Amber says choosing VCAL was the best decision she has made.

During her last two years as a VCAL student, Amber completed Certificate II in Small Business, Certificate III in Allied Health, Certificate II in Public Safety as well as Responsible Serving of Alcohol and Barista Certificates… and was awarded 2018 Upper Ferntree Gully First Year Firefighter of the Year.

Do you have an old mobile phone to donate?

April 4th, 2019

As part of Intermediate VCAL we will be running a phone drive for Werribee Zoo. We will be collecting old phones and donating them to the Zoo so that they can recycle the parts to help prevent gorilla extinction.

Our target is to get as many phones as we can.

The wisdom of youth

February 12th, 2019

Our speaker at this morning's High Achievers' Assembly was 2017 College Dux Gemma Tripp. Gemma shared her reflections on her time at school as well as her busy 2018.

There is a pearl of wisdom for everyone to contemplate in Gemma's presentation.


Good morning Mrs Fitz-Gerald, staff, students, special guests and the high achievers of 2018

My name is Gemma and I graduated from Mater Christi in 2017. Firstly, I’d just like to say a massive congratulations to the class of 2018. Your persistence, hard work and motivation has paid off and you’ve made it through the toughest year of secondary school.